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McDonnell Hopes Virginia Senate Resurrects His Transportation Plan

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he senses "good will" in the Senate, and is calling on lawmakers to put politics aside and pass his plan to raise $3.1 billion for roads and rails over the next five years.

"I think the time for delays and finger pointing and excuses are over," he says. "This is the session where we need to get this done."

The governor was asked if Democrats are now willing to support his plan because a controversial redistricting bill they opposed has since been shelved.

"There are a lot of things out of the way now that have gotten people apparently more willing to vote," he says.

McDonnell chose a parking lot right next to the Dulles Toll Road as the site for a news conference, so he could tout his plan to raise $300 million for the Silver Line Metrorail project.

That will reduce the tolls by about 50 cents per trip for commuters on the Dulles Toll Road.

Under its current financing plan, about 75 percent of the cost of Phase II of the Silver Line will be paid by those tolls. But money for the SIilver Line is not the controversial part of the governor's plan. Some Senate Democrats are unhappy with the idea of eliminating the gas tax, and instead using a higher state sales tax to fund transportation, but McDonnell now says he's willing to compromise on the gas tax.

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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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