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Government & Politics
4:28 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

New Insurance Benefit Will Cover More Children with Autism

Delegate Tag Greason
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A wide array of new state laws take effect July 1st, and among them are a statute that will ultimately extend health insurance coverage to many more children with autism spectrum disorder.  The mandatory benefit covers diagnosis and treatment—and applies to ALL insurers except plans offered by self-insured companies and smaller businesses.

Lawmakers added a mandated insurance benefit for autism spectrum disorder in 2011. But the new law’s sponsor, Delegate Tag Greason, says that only covers children who are ages two through six.

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Environment
4:00 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Black Bears on the Move

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There are an estimated 17,000 bears in Virginia – most in the mountains or the Great Dismal Swamp, but they’re turning up in many places, prompting the state to offer advice on how to live peacefully with carnivores that can weigh more than 700 pounds.  

This is the time of year when hikers are most likely to bump into bears.  That’s because cubs from last year have grown to adolescents and are heading out on their own, according to Lee Walker with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 

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Government & Politics
11:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Affirms Marriage Equality for All 50 States

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In a landmark 5 to 4 decision today in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality for all 50 states. 

 

The ruling protects the marriages of nearly 2,000 Virginia couples who have married since marriage equality came to Virginia in October, thousands more who have had their marriages recognized, and dozens of children who have been adopted or had both their parents placed on their birth certificate.

 

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Sports
9:45 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Renaming the Redskins

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The Washington Redskins were back in court this week, hoping to overturn a U.S. Patent Office decision that canceled the team’s trademark, because some find it offensive.  That controversy prompted business students at Virginia Commonwealth University to research and choose new names for DC’s professional football team. 

Whatever happens in court, VCU Business Professor Kelly O’Keefe says Washington has got to come up with a new name, because native Americans are not the only ones who think calling a team by skin color is offensive.

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Government & Politics
9:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Rethinking Redistricting in Virginia

During the last election in Virginia, fewer than eight percent of eligible voters showed up to cast a ballot, perhaps because only 18 districts had contested primaries. In most places, lawmakers ran unopposed.  Critics say that’s because the legislature drew boundaries to ensure that incumbents could keep their seats, so citizens figure there’s no point in voting.  Now, however, there are signs that situation could change.

Angela Lynn is a former teacher and FEMA employee. 

“I’m Angela Lynn, and I’m running for the House of Delegates.”

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