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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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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Former White House Doctor Outlines Gray Areas In Candidates' Health

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Rob Darling, a former White House physician, about how much voters have a right to know about the medical histories of presidential candidates.
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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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