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Bill Reversing Virginia Abortion Ultrasound Policy Fails

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A Republican-dominated Virginia Senate committee has rejected legislation that would have made pre-abortion ultrasound exams optional, not mandatory.

The hastily-convened Privileges and Elections Committee special meeting lasted only minutes as Sen. Ralph Northam's (D) bill failed 6-3 in a party-line vote. Committee chairman Sen. Steve Martin ® abruptly called a vote, stifling efforts to testify by Northam, who is a doctor, and at least one other physician.

Martin ruled that Northam's bill was so similar to his previous attempts to reverse last year's ultrasound law that any distinction was irrelevant. Northam called the meeting "a kangaroo court" and stormed from the room. He and Martin are both lieutenant governor candidates.

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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
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Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
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Why Local Nonprofits Haven't Fixed Poverty

As long as there has been poverty, there have been people trying to end it. We explore the obstacles and inefficiencies local nonprofits run into when trying to solve society's stubborn problem.

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Can We Trust Our Cars?

There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.

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