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    D.C. Promises To Restore Solar Energy Grants

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    By Sabri Ben-Achour

    D.C.'s Department of the Environment has promised to improve it's solar energy grant program, that's the program that subsidizes solar panel installation. The pledge comes after city lawmakers received an earful from frustrated residents at a council round table.

    The complaints streamed in for hours as homeowners from Georgetown to Capitol hill complained of delays and unresponsiveness. The Renewable Energy Incentive Program fell so far behind last year that it didn't spend $1.4 million out of the $2 million it had available.

    Interim Director of the Environment Department, Keith Anderson offered 20 minutes of testimony that answered few questions and did little to satisfy Council Members. He did pledge to develop a plan of action, hire two more people, and report back in two weeks.

    "And you can hold me accountable to make sure that this program is fixed and it works," says Anderson.

    Up until a few weeks ago, the program had been staffed by one person and a private contractor. That private contractor was let go a few weeks ago - program officials said it wasn't possible to extend the contract any further.

    NPR

    Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

    NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.
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    Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

    A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
    WAMU 88.5

    New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

    Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

    WAMU 88.5

    UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

    Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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