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Research Points To Benefits In Uranium Mining For Virginia County

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Researchers at George Mason University say Pittsylvania County in Virginia would benefit economically from a proposed uranium mining operation.

The analysis revealed potential tax revenues, costs, and business activity generated through 1,000 new jobs, suppliers, and consumer spending. Lead researcher Dr. Stephen Fuller says if the mining is safe, the benefits would include annual tax revenues of $1.3 million.

He also says $24 million in economic activity would show up in grocery store sales, housing, maintenance, gas purchases, and grocery sales. "You know, things that you and I spend our payroll on."

But Erica Gray, with the Alliance for Progressive Values, is concerned about the possible effects on local farming, citing radioactive contamination from rubble once it's brought up out of the ground.

"We get way too much rain here for them to actually be able to maintain that," says Gray.

Lawmakers will consider lifting the ban in January.

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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