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Dominion Virginia Power Considers Putting Power Lines Underground

Dominion Virginia Power is taking a fresh look at putting some of its power lines underground.

The energy provider—the largest in the commonwealth—says a preliminary analysis shows that putting the most frequently damaged power lines underground would speed power restorations after major storms.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia regulators have estimated that putting overhead electric lines underground statewide would cost more than $83 billion—that would amount to an average cost per customer of $27,000—and would take decades to complete.

D.C. has similarly pursued putting its power lines underground, and a city task force recently estimated that it would cost $1 billion.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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