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'Gang Of 8' Releases Immigration Bill

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The Senate 'Gang of 8' championed for immigration reform.
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The Senate 'Gang of 8' championed for immigration reform.

Lawmakers in the region have been calling for immigration reform for years, and they think this latest bipartisan effort from the group of eight may be their last, best chance for some time.

The plan includes a path to citizenship for undocumented workers, and seeks to strengthen security along the southern border. But lawmakers in the region say they're eyeing some of the less headline-grabbing sections of the bill.

In the Washington Metro region, businesses have been calling for more high-skilled workers, while Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin says he believes the bill meets his demand to grant more visas to low-skilled workers.

"It's critically important to the economy, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the seafood industry," says Cardin. "They rely on H2B workers."

But plenty of pitfalls remain. Conservative talk radio hosts and members of the far right wing of the GOP are already attacking the bill as backdoor amnesty. That sets the stage for another bloody battle over a bipartisan piece of legislation.

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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.
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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.
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Hillary Clinton Releases 8 Years Of Tax Returns

The returns show that she and her husband Bill Clinton paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes since 2007, according to her campaign. "We've come a long way," she said.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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