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Va. Legislators May Have Breakthrough To Medicaid Expansion Impasse

A procedural change to may be the starting point of a compromise to end a months-long impasse over the Virginia state budget, one that could lead state government to shut down for the first time in history.

Republican state Senator Emmett Hangeris is proposing to change how the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission votes on whether to expand Medicaid eligibility. Under current law, the commission must vote to expand the health insurance program for the poor before any expansion. Hanger is proposing the state expand Medicaid unless a majority of lawmakers who sit on the commission vote against it.

House Republicans, who oppose Medicaid expansion, say they would consider the proposal. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who like Hanger and most Democratic lawmakers favors expanded eligibility, say he is encouraged by it.

The Medicaid debate has delayed passage of a state budget.


New Head For Jesus Statue Is, Uh, Turning Heads In Canada

Last year, baby Jesus' head went missing from a statue at a church in northern Ontario. A local artist volunteered to help and sculpted a terra cotta substitute that has caused some consternation.

In Jerusalem And West Bank, Nutella Cafes Offer A Sweet Refuge

Palestinians are flocking to a string of Nutella cafés that have popped up in the region. The cafes offer a welcome refuge from the realities of living in a conflict zone.

Divided States: 4 Florida Voters Weigh In After The Final Presidential Debate

As part of Morning Edition's election year project, Divided States, four voters in Florida, a battleground state, share their thoughts on the presidential candidates and the final debate.

Cyber Aggression Takes A Back Seat To Other Presidential Campaign Issues

The White House says it plans to retaliate against Russia for cyberattacks. Cybersecurity has been a constant issue on the campaign trail. No candidate professes to have expertise in this policy area.

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