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Lawmakers Upset Over Partial Transportation Funding

This weekend the U.S. Senate wrapped up its work until after Election Day. One of the last orders of business was to pass a bill keeping the government funded for the next six months. But there was a problem with the bill.

Leaders left out half a billion dollars in highway funding, which advocates and lawmakers in the region say must be restored. Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin says the omission is frustrating because lawmakers already agreed to a two-year highway bill.

"It's important for two reasons," says Cardin. "First the dollars are important. But secondly the message of whether what Congress does means anything. And here we gave a two-year commitment. The money should be there for two years."

Lawmakers say they believe the highway money will be restored in the fall during the lame duck session.

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Robert Irwin Brings 'Big' To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He's spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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Post Republican Convention Wrap-Up: Did The Party Make Progress On Unity?

The Republican National Convention wrapped up on Thursday. Ron Elving was there, and tells NPR's Scott Simon about the ups and downs of the four day meeting.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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