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House passes Medicare payment overhaul in rare spark of bipartisanship

- The Washington Times

The normally fractious House made governing look effortless Thursday, passing a long-sought deal to permanently cancel Medicare budget cuts that eat into doctors’ pay, erasing a perennial political headache while praying that a set of replacement reforms will help pay for some of the $200 billion in new spending.

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Kansas officials hope budget puzzle pieces drop into place

- Associated Press

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback hopes the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature wraps up several key budget issues this week, though he's not pushing lawmakers to finish a spending blueprint for state government that also erases a projected shortfall of nearly $600 million.

DNA lab shifts focus from crime to detecting false positives

Associated Press

An Indianapolis company founded to run DNA tests on crime scene evidence is now using the same technology to solve false positives on cancer biopsies and prevent doctors from operating on patients who don't need it.

Michigan Legislature revisits major bills from last session

- Associated Press

What's old is new again with the Michigan Legislature as the Republican majorities in the House and Senate reintroduced many bills that died last session or were vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder for various reasons.

Guinea weighs lockdowns as West Africa continues Ebola fight

- Associated Press

The West African countries hit hardest by Ebola are ramping up efforts to eradicate the deadly disease using lockdowns, restrictions on burials and a warning to survivors about the potential dangers of unprotected sex.

$76 million rec center becomes new hub in Williston

- Associated Press

In less than a year, Williston's $76 million rec center has become the hub of the community's recreational and social life. It's where new residents hook up with each other to play racquetball and new moms bring strollers to the walking track for exercise and to relieve their isolation.