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Md. Officials Argue For Fracking Regulation At Hill Hearing

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Congress held a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning on the environmental impact of that controversial drilling technique.

Hyrdaulic fracturing, also called "fracking," involves injecting chemically treated water into the ground to crack shale deposits and release trapped natural gas. Industry advocates say the technique is well-regulated and safe, but opponents warn it could contaminate water supplies.

Hearing co-chair Sen. Ben Cardin listened to, among others, Robert Summers, Maryland's acting Environment secretary. Summers urged the federal government to take a more active role in regulating future hydraulic fracturing in western Maryland's Marcellus shale deposits.

Experts say that site, along with others in neighboring states, contain enough natural gas to last approximately 20 years.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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