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D.C. Residents Can Earn Rewards For Saving On Energy Bills

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Acting green to save a little green--that's the theory behind a new program in the District that rewards residents if they cut back on their utility costs.

The premise is simple: the more you save on your energy bills, the more coupons and discounts you earn from local businesses. Starting this week, residents can sign-up with a local start-up called Earth Aid. The company calculates your energy consumption from the past year - it uses your electric, gas, and water bills to create a base-line. Then, you get points each month based on how much you save.

About 30 local businesses have signed up to partner with Earth Aid. D.C. is the first city to go live with program.

Click here for a link to Earth Aid.

Patrick Madden reports...

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Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

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