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Maryland Board Approves Money For Slots

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Maryland's board of public works is moving forward with a lease for what will be the state's largest casino. The state will pay $168 million to lease approximately 4,700 slot machines in Anne Arundel County.  The board approved the move in a 2-1 vote today.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says he opposes the plan because he doesn't think slot machine gambling is a part of the solution to Maryland's fiscal challenges. He says it's a predatory scheme to separate working people from money they can't afford to lose, while taxpayers pay for the machines.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp supported leasing the machines.

Maryland already has spent approximately $99 million to buy slots at a casino in Perryville and at the Ocean Downs horseracing track in Berlin.

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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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