Two Democratic bills aimed at reducing the impacts from hydraulic fracturing failed in a house local government committee on Monday. Each faced opposition from members in both parties. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · The former Florida governor finally seems at ease on the campaign trail. Is he peaking at the right time or have months of missteps made it just too much for him to overcome?
 

February 9, 2016 | NPR · Hit by several scandals over food safety controls, McDonald’s business in Japan has reported its worst annual results since it went public 15 years ago.
 

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · Author Erika Christakis mounts a spirited defense of a four-letter word that, she says, isn’t used nearly enough in early classrooms: P-L-A-Y.
 

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · Pierce Brown finishes his trilogy with a lot of exposition, and a really satisfying bang.
 

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February 8, 2016 | NPR · We talk about the game, the quarterbacks, the halftime show in which Coldplay was hopelessly outshined, and lots more.
 

February 8, 2016 | NPR · After NPR’s Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.
 

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · A surging, hard-won roots-rock epic, indebted to the classics and wise beyond its singer’s 27 years.
 

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · For decades, the Americana singer has been known for her gritty, gutsy songs. The Ghosts Of Highway 20 takes listeners to the American South, a place she associates with her late father.
 

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