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January 9, 2014

Federal Budget Deal Delays Hospital Cuts -- For Now

The budget deal reached last month delays $1.1 billion in cuts to funding for hospitals serving large percentages of uninsured people. But that postponement will only make 2016 hurt a whole lot more.


Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

Virginia Governor Apologizes for Scandal During His Final State of the State
Utah Puts Recognition of Gay Marriages On Hold
L.A. County to Put Religious Cross Back on Official Seal?
In Annual Address, New York Governor Pledges Lower Taxes and Statewide Pre-K
Kentucky Governor Promises Tax Overhaul, More Education Funding in State of the State
Health & Human Services
Drug Addiction the Focus of the Vermont Governor's Annual Speech
Infrastructure & Environment
How Far Below the Earth’s Surface Do Property Lines Extend?
Management & Labor
West Virginia Governor Promises Pay Raises for Teachers, State Workers in Annual Address
Public Safety & Justice
L.A. Sheriff's Resignation Leaves Future of Department Unclear
Minimum-Wage Hike, Pre-K Expansion at Top of Maryland Governor's Priorities
Education, Water and Wolves Top Idaho Gov. Otter's Priorities in State of the State
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