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DC Plans to Modernize Sewage System

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In parts of D.C., raw sewage flows into rivers and creeks when it rains. The city's Water And Sewer Authority is moving forward with a plan to fix the program.

D.C.'s sewer system is about 100 years old. It was designed to use rainwater to dilute sewage before running into local waters. But since then much of the District has been paved so there's not as much soil to absorb rain. And more people mean more sewage.

In response to a federal consent decree WASA is planning a series of underground tunnels to contain wastewater until it can be treated. WASA spokesman Carleton Ray says crews will break ground in May 2011, and the entire project will be finished by 2025.

Jamila Bey reports...

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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