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U.S. Transportation Secretary Gives Metro $150 Million to Buy New Railcars

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $150 million grant to help Metro replace outdated rail cars.

The grant matches another $150million provided by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Nearly $80 million of the money will allow Metro to purchase as many as 300 new 7000-series railcars.

The cars will replace Metro's current 1000-series cars -- cars that were cited by the National Transportation Safety Board as a contributing factor to the severity of passenger injuries and the number of fatalities in the Red Line crash in June of 2009.

The rest of the $300 million will go towards track rehabilitation and elevator and escalator improvements, and other station upgrades.

It includes $10 million specifically aimed at helping the transit agency address safety recommendations made by the NTSB.

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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

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Computer Guys And Gal

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