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Pepco, Other Power Companies Could Face Fines For Poor Service

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The Maryland Public Service Commission is seeking the authority to hold companies up to a tough new set of standards for reliability and customer service.

The commission has already published a list of proposed rules on its Web site. They would mandate how quickly power companies must answer customer calls and set standards for how soon crews have to get the power back on after an outage.

New guidelines would also define how often companies have to inspect their power lines, and force each one to prove that they're in compliance with all of the new rules.

Commission members will meet again on March 3 to talk about the proposal.


'If They Have It, It's Undeniable': Lorne Michaels On Casting 'SNL'

The Saturday Night Live executive producer says criticism of the show's perceived lack of diversity frustrated him, but that the perception needed to be addressed.

Chef Paul Prudhomme Will Live On Through His Restaurants, Spices And Books

Chef Paul Prudhomme has died at the age of 75. He revolutionized Cajun and Creole cuisine and popularized it throughout the world, creating a craze for "blackened" everything.
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The Politics Hour - October 9, 2015

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.


Beyond The 'Like' Button: Facebook Comes To Our Emotional Rescue

Facebook reveals new emojis it's testing to expand the iconic "Like" button. All Tech Considered welcomes a new host, who tries to explain her vision for the blog using Facebook's seven "Reactions."

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