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Ethics Reforms Don't Go Far Enough In Virginia, Critics Say

Charges of corruption in the Virginia governor's office have sparked a number of ethics-reform efforts. But critics say the reforms don't go far enough.

The General Assembly passed a law that limits gifts to $250. That doesn't apply to meals and travel, however. A newly created ethics commission would have some oversight, but Alexandria Delegate Rob Krupicka says he would have liked to have seen it play a stronger role in approving sponsored trips.

"A lot of folks pushed for, and I supported, efforts to require the ethics commission to sign off on your travel to make sure it is truly related to the job of being a legislator," Del. Krupicka says. He says he would have also liked to see limits on food and travel.

Springfield Delegate Dave Albo disagrees. He says that might have limited the ability of legislators to attend Rotary Club meetings and awards banquets. Also, while he says the commission could theoretically play an oversight role in approving travel, making that happen was too difficult.

"We were looking at that, but it was going to cost a million bucks because you were going to have to hire a bunch of accountants if you wanted them to have audit power," Del. Albo says.

This year's session took place against the backdrop of a major corruption scandal, as former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has been indicted on federal corruption charges for allegedly accepting gifts in exchange for helping a nutritional supplements company.

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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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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Donald Trump now has enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination, according to the Associated Press. A State Department review criticizes Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. And 11 states sue the federal government over a transgender bathroom directive. A panel of journalists joins guest host Sabri Ben-Achour for analysis of the week's top national news stories

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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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