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Offshore Wind Power Conference Kicks Off In Virginia

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The Virginia Offshore Wind Conference gets underway in Virginia Beach Wednesday. More than 60 panelists are expected to take part, including federal and state officials, along with private-sector proponents of offshore wind energy.

Organizers say the conference will give them an opportunity to identify barriers to securing financing for offshore wind facilities and to talk about issues related to building them. They also say the meeting gives stakeholders a chance to start coming up with solutions to any problems.

Those who favor developing wind technology say favorable offshore conditions mean Virginia is well positioned to be a leader on this still emerging form of energy.

Virginia Rep. Rob Wittmann is one of those that would like to see Virginia as a clean energy hub. He recently introduced legislation that would streamline the planning and approval processes for offshore wind projects, which he says are unnecessarily burdened under the current regulations.

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Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

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