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    D.C. Promises To Restore Solar Energy Grants

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    By Sabri Ben-Achour

    D.C.'s Department of the Environment has promised to improve it's solar energy grant program, that's the program that subsidizes solar panel installation. The pledge comes after city lawmakers received an earful from frustrated residents at a council round table.

    The complaints streamed in for hours as homeowners from Georgetown to Capitol hill complained of delays and unresponsiveness. The Renewable Energy Incentive Program fell so far behind last year that it didn't spend $1.4 million out of the $2 million it had available.

    Interim Director of the Environment Department, Keith Anderson offered 20 minutes of testimony that answered few questions and did little to satisfy Council Members. He did pledge to develop a plan of action, hire two more people, and report back in two weeks.

    "And you can hold me accountable to make sure that this program is fixed and it works," says Anderson.

    Up until a few weeks ago, the program had been staffed by one person and a private contractor. That private contractor was let go a few weeks ago - program officials said it wasn't possible to extend the contract any further.

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    Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

    Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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    Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

    A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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    The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

    Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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    Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

    Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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