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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.

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2 Stolen Van Goghs Recovered By Anti-Mafia Police In Italy

The two paintings — of a seascape and of a congregation at a churchwere stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002. "They are the real paintings!" a curator said in a statement.
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A Growing Champagne Trend Is Uncorking More Ways To Celebrate

Champagne shouldn't be just for special occasions, says wine writer David White. He explains how to choose it, how to pair it with food and how small growers are changing the industry.
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The Politics Hour - September 30, 2016

D.C.'s statehood activists rally while the Council opens debate on a state constitution. An appeals court reviews Virginia's voter ID law. And Prince George's County contends with a spate of incidents involving sexual abuse of school kids.

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Crisis Mapping Pioneer Focuses On Humanitarian Uses For Drones

Patrick Meier pioneered the field of crisis mapping during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, compiling information to create a real time map of damage. Now he's focusing on humanitarian uses of drones.

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