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Virginia Legislators Remain Divided On Medicaid Expansion

In Virginia, Republican leaders in the House of Delegates are holding firm in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to 400,000 low-income residents.

House Speaker Bill Howell says he's optimistic Democratic lawmakers will back down from their support of a proposed state budget that includes expanding Medicaid eligibility.

"Last fall, Virginia Democrats blasted Republicans for threatening a federal government shutdown and now they are using the same tactic in Richmond and don't see the hypocrisy," he says.

House Republicans are sending Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner a letter asking him to support their position, pointing out that the senator condemned Republicans last year for forcing a federal shutdown over a failed effort to defund the Affordable Care Act.

But state senator Donald McEachin says the letter is an election-year stunt.

"Maybe they need to go check their clerk's office, but we have passed a budget. There is a budget waiting for them to act on. It's Senate Bill 5003 if they need some help finding it," he says.

If both sides fail to reach a compromise before July 1, the government of Virginia could shut down for the first time in history.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.
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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim's Phone

Michigan State University engineers tried 3-D-printed fingertips and special conductive replicas of the victim's fingerprints to crack the biometric lock on his Samsung Galaxy phone.

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