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Dominion Proposes New Natural Gas Power Plant

Dominion Virginia Power is asking state regulators for permission to build a new gas-fired power plant in Brunswick County. 

The state's largest utility, which serves about 2.3 million customers, filed its request with the State Corporation Commission on Friday. Dominion says the proposed $1.3 billion facility near Lawrenceville would create more than 500 construction jobs and more than 40 full-time jobs. 

If approved, the Richmond-based company expects the power station would be completed by the spring of 2016. The initial increase to the typical residential customer would be 83 cents, starting Sept. 1, 2013. 

The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club opposes the new plant and says the company should look to cleaner energy, such as wind and solar. 

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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

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