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Virginia House Leaders Urge Senate To Scrap Medicaid Expansion From Budget

In Virginia, GOP leaders in the House of Delegates are calling on the Senate to take Medicaid expansion out of its budget so it can pass. They're also calling for a special session to consider the issue.

The House GOP says the Senate is holding the budget hostage to force passage of its plan, which would expand Medicaid. House Majority Leader Kirk Cox said without that, the House and Senate versions are just $26 million apart.

He said localities, school boards, and others must craft their own budgets and need state budget passage this week. Cox added that the House plan to limit college tuition-hikes to single digits is in jeopardy since college boards will set tuition rates soon.

"If we wait until July 1, they've already had to set tuition. I can guarantee you, it's not going to be at three percent, it's not going to be at four percent. It's going to be double-digits again, and our college students will suffer," he says.

House Democratic Leader David Toscano, who supports expanding Medicaid, said since federal dollars come with the expansion, it should be in the budget. Still, he inquired about what would happen in a special session.

"We're going to just say no again? If you can assure us that a special session will be to work out the details of Medicaid expansion great! Well, let's do that! But we don't have any assurances about that," he says.

Both sides said they want to avoid a government shutdown, which could occur if the budget is not passed by June 30.

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Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

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