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Virginia Energy Adviser On Plans For Off-Shore Drilling

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The U.S. Interior Department is indefinitely suspending the remaining public hearings on the proposed sale of oil and gas leases off Virginia. The Department's Minerals Management Service says it is postponing the public comment period while it focuses on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Maureen Matsen, energy adviser to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, says she's hopeful the delay will not mean pushing back the expected 2012 gas and oil sale. She talks with WAMU's Rebecca Blatt about why she expects to move forward despite concerns about the Gulf spill.

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How Art Transformed A Remote Japanese Island

The population of Naoshima has fallen to 3,000. But this year, its art will attract 800,000 tourists from around the world. "The level of our sophistication has gone up considerably," says a resident.
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After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
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In A Change Of Tone, Trump Reaches Out To Black And Hispanic Voters

In an effort to reach out to minority voters, Trump met with a group of Black and Hispanic leaders on Thursday. Scott Simon speaks with Pastor Mark Burns, who's supported Trump since the primaries.
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Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

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