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How An Explosion Investigation Spurred A Call For New Natural Gas Regulations

As the new legislative session gets underway, one Texas lawmaker is trying to change regulations of the state’s natural gas industry, in light of a series of explosions and deaths tied to pipeline leaks that took place over a decade. Full story on Texas Standard .

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We have a lot to - ground to cover tonight in our regular Friday week in politics chat. There's never a dull moment, and tonight is no exception. So let's hop right in with Eliana Johnson of Politico. Welcome back, Eliana.

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To Chicago now and news of the sentencing of former police officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke got nearly seven years in prison for killing black teenager Laquan McDonald. Here's Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan.

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Does watching news of government dysfunction ever make you want to scream at everyone, get it together?

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JOHN BERCOW: Order.

Last summer, All Things Considered and Atlas Obscura took a road trip up the West Coast. Along the way, they met Bob Carr, the creator of Bob's Crystal Cave near Joshua Tree, Calif., where he welcomed visitors for 15 years.

Bob died earlier this month at age 80. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and daughter Zena. Bob "died as he lived — on his own terms and with dignity and grace," Elizabeth says.

An Iranian-American woman arrested five days ago during a visit to the U.S. is testifying behind closed doors to a grand jury in Washington, D.C., a U.S. federal judge said Friday.

The disclosure by Beryl Howell, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, marked the first time any U.S. authority has provided information on the mystery surrounding Marzieh Hashemi, an anchor on Press TV, the English-language version of Iran's state television.

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In the case of serious medical emergencies, it's better to call 9-1-1 rather than drive a patient or family member.  


According to a report by Billboard magazine on Friday afternoon, R. Kelly has been dropped by RCA Records. The move comes in the wake of a documentary series called Surviving R. Kelly that aired on Lifetime and cataloged more than 25 years of accusations of sexual and physical abuse made against Kelly by a number of women, including seven who were interviewed on camera.

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Act Locally Waco - January 18 - 24

Act Locally Waco Host Ashley Thornton highlights some of Waco's upcoming events, including several plans for Martin Luther King Jr Remembrance Day and the Waco Walks Museum Peek-In on January 20th.

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