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Study Tracks How School Start Dates Affect Tourism

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 A new study by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center examines family travel patterns when school starts before Labor Day. Researchers say it will provide data for policy makers mandating a school start date.

The study found family trips of two or more nights away decreased 50 percent in August or September when the start of school was before Labor Day. It also found family overnight travel from May to September decreased 30 percent when school opened before Labor Day.

Data for the study was drawn from the American Time Use Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The university says that while past studies have asked hypothetical questions about travel, the Tourism Center study examined actual travel behavior of families in five states including Virginia, where an effort to overturn the "King's Dominion Law" mandating that schools begin after Labor Day was shot down in May.

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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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