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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Even with new support from key GOP leaders, Medicaid expansion in Virginia still faces serious roadblocks. That includes a fierce intraparty squabble among Republicans and strong disagreement among expansion supporters on how to pay for it. Those divisions were on clear display Thursday as both chambers of the GOP-controlled General Assembly debated whether Medicaid expansion should be included in the state budget.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a Virginia man against the Republican Party for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act has been dismissed. The Virginian-Pilot reports federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen rejected Bob Heghmann's claim Tuesday.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Almost half a billion dollars separates the Virginia House and Senate adopted budgets. The Richmond Times-Dispatch quotes Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, as saying the $500,000 difference makes impending negotiations equal to "starting off with one person on Mercury and the other on Pluto." Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, called the difference in the in budgets adopted Thursday a "chasm."

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia public school students may get more time for recess. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that legislation to allow recess to be counted as instruction time by local school boards and the state.

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