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MPD Hiring Driven By D.C. Population Boom

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The Metropolitan Police Department will use the new hires to expand their presence at nightlife hot spots.
The Metropolitan Police Department will use the new hires to expand their presence at nightlife hot spots.

The District is beefing up its police force to meet the challenges of a booming economy and vibrant night life.

D.C. Council chair Phil Mendelson says about 50 new police officers will be hired by the city through a funding "reprogramming." Mendelson says the move is made necessary by D.C.'s growing population and associated increase in activity at District hot spots.

"U Street, H Street, the new southwest waterfront, areas like that — in order to be proactive and stay ahead of the possibility of new crime, there ought to be new police officers," Mendelson says.

Just a few months ago, the D.C. Council rejected a request to hire an additional 100 officers using additional speed camera revenue, but Mendelson says it makes sense this time around.

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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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