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Maryland Senate Passes Funding For Health Benefit Exchange

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The Maryland Senate has passed a bill that will fund a key component of federal health care reform. Senators voted 35-11 for the bill that will fund the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, which is the new insurance market that will offer residents a choice of private health plans.

The exchange is a big part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that was approved by Congress and President Obama. The measure the Maryland Senate approved yesterday also includes an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, up from the current 124 percent.

State officials estimate that number of uninsured Marylanders will be cut in half by the end of the decade under the health care overhaul. The House of Delegates passed its version of this bill earlier this week, meaning a conference committee will be needed to iron out any differences in the bills before Gov. Martin O'Malley's is able to sign anything.

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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

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