A bill to reorganize the Governor’s Energy Office and expand its mission to include promoting oil and gas is in limbo in the Democratic controlled senate. Senate Democrats killed a similar bill last year saying it would take resources away from renewable energy. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Shereen Marisol Meraji and Kat Chow talk to young Asian Americans who crowd-sourced an open letter to their family members, asking them to care about police violence against black Americans.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Minicomics are kind of a relic — few artists now want to go to the trouble of printing and distributing paper comics. But there are still a few out there that are worth the trouble of hunting down.
 

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July 26, 2016 | NPR · As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as “episodes” and “seasons” rather than “books.”
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · The folk-pop band builds mountains out of sensitive harmony lines at the Newport Folk Festival. Kam Franklin of Houston soul band The Suffers joined them on a Woody Guthrie-Wilco cover.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · “These are the smallest songs you’ll hear at this folk festival this year, I think,” Shelley said of her set with guitarist Nathan Salsburg. Small songs, perhaps, but each one contained a world.
 

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