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Alexandria Debates The Need For New Schools

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Interim Council member Sekou Biddle is hoping to make it easier for local businesses to report truants.
Interim Council member Sekou Biddle is hoping to make it easier for local businesses to report truants.

Kerry Corso is a speech pathologist at Maury Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., where she works in a room that's: "As a teacher earlier today said, 'Oh, my walk-in closet is almost this size."

Maury and every other school in the city is bursting at the seams. That's why Superintendent Morton Sherman is asking for $164 million to build four new elementary schools.

"If you build it, they will come," says Maury's principal, Lucretia Jackson.

But City Manager Jim Hartmann's budget set aside half that amount. Budget Director Bruce Johnson says there's no reason to believe current enrollment trends will continue.

"Well, we're not sure to what exactly we attribute the growth in enrollment over the last four years. We need to understand that better in order to project what might happen in the future," he says.

Members of the Alexandria City Council will have the final say when they vote for a budget.

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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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