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Virginia Senate Panel Rewrites Governor's Transportation Plan

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A Virginia Senate committee has rewritten Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding reform bill. The proposal would keep and increase the gasoline tax, add a 1 percent fuel sales tax and allow localities to add another 1 percent tax to fuel, according to the Associated Press.

Changes to the legislation, which already passed in the House, came in a Senate Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. The meeting was briefly held up by a Republican senator's demand that the bill's sponsor, Republican House Speaker Bill Howell, appear and explain it. Republican Sen. Frank Wagner, however, offered his substitute to the Senate panel, which advanced it on a 9-6 vote.

The Senate finance panel's measure essentially reverses the governor's plan that passed in the house, which would have eliminated the gas tax and instead increase the sales tax.

The Senate version will face a floor vote later this week, and if it passes, return to the House where it will likely be rejected. That will set up negotiations for a small conference committee of delegates and senators.

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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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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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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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