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McDonnell Asks Obama To Keep Plans To Avert Sequester

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking President Obama in a letter to make good on his campaign pledge to avert automatic cuts to federal spending that would disproportionately damage the state, reports the Associated Press.

McDonnell says the threat of cuts from the 2011 Budget Control Act is already harming Virginia. But unless the President and Congress agree on their own cuts before March 1, federal cuts would drain $85 billion from the government's budget over the coming seven months.

Virginia would feel the proportionately heaviest burden of any state, with its heavy concentration of military assets, including the Pentagon and the world's largest U.S. Navy base at Norfolk, as well as defense and civilian government contractors.

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Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo' Full Of Loneliness And Longing

In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014.
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Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.
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Virginia Remains At Odds With Feds On Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Virginia continue to resist the $9.6 billion Medicaid expansion on offer from the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

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