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Power Bills In VA Going Down, But Not By Much

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By David Schultz

It's the third time this year Virginia's State Corporation Commission has ordered Dominion Virginia Power to lower its fuel rate. Starting this week, the rate will be less than three cents per kilowatt hour.

For the average homeowner's monthly power bill, that amounts to a decrease of almost $4. But bill payers in Virginia shouldn't start rejoicing just yet. Two surcharges also go into effect this week. Dominion requested the surcharges to cover the costs of new power plants it built this year.

The surcharges will nearly wipe out the savings from the fuel rate decrease.

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Former White House Doctor Outlines Gray Areas In Candidates' Health

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Rob Darling, a former White House physician, about how much voters have a right to know about the medical histories of presidential candidates.
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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

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