State Sen. George Barker's statement that uncompsensated care costs went down 30 percent in states that, unlike Virginia, expanded Medicaid. Here's our review of that claim and four others that generated the most interest in 2014.
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The four Republican candidates squared off for the first time in Roanoke. We put some of their claims to the Truth-O-Meter. More from PolitiFact Virginia: *In Context: McDonnell denies his impending ad campaign *Ad Watch: Obama lauds his energy record *Ad Watch: American Energy Alliance blames Obama for gas prices
We do not dispute that precautions should be taken when mercury is released. But there’s a big difference between mercury beads spilling from a broken glass thermometer and the amount released from a shattered CFL light bulb. Marshall, in his statements, glosses over this key distinction.
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