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Virginia's Information Technology May Answer to a Higher Power

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Democrat R. Creigh Deeds says he plans to make Virginia's massive computer agency the first to face performance reviews if he's elected governor.

Deeds wants the chief of Virginia's Information Technologies Agency needs to report to the governor, as other state agencies do. The technology agency was created six years ago to standardize the state's computing systems, and was supposed to streamline the government. But instead of a more efficient and inexpensive system, state agencies are complaining that prices are higher, delays are longer and service to the system is poor. The complaints triggered three inquiries into the tech agency's 10-year, $2.3 billion partnership with defense company Northrop Grumman. It is the largest contract to a single vendor for one project ever in Virginia.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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