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Virginia Advisory Panel Reviews Fracking Process, Chemicals

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An advisory panel examining Virginia's rules on fracking for natural gas is focusing initially on the chemicals that energy companies use in the process.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy held the panel's inaugural meeting in Richmond.

The panel consists of industry representatives, environmental officials and local officials, who discussed at length what energy companies should be required to disclose when they use hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Fracking involves the use of chemicals and water to free natural gas reserves beyond the reach of conventional drilling.

Industry officials say the drilling technique is not harmful to the environment. Critics counter that it is a threat to air quality and water supplies.

The review comes amid growing interest by energy companies in the Taylorsville Basin in eastern Virginia. It contains 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 29, 2015

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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.

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