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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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Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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