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Md. Elk Tourism Would Raise $4.5 Million Annually, Advocates Say

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Proponents of reintroducing elk to western Maryland say tourists coming to see the animals would bring millions of dollars each year into the region.

The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation says elk tourism would generate nearly $4.5 million every year.

The group is working with the state's Department of Natural Resources and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to explore the possibility of establishing an elk population in Garrett County, Md., and Allegany County, Md.

But the proposal is drawing skepticism from some local residents. The Garrett County Commissioners oppose the idea. Some farmers say they're worried about damage to crops and property.

The proposal appears to have more support statewide. Earlier this year, a Department of Natural Resources survey of Maryland residents found 75 percent of respondents favor reintroducing the once-native elk.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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