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U.S. Senate Appropriations Approves Less Restrictive Budget For D.C.

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The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a budget for the District that doesn't try to restrict city officials' ability to craft their own policies.

The House bill to fund the District includes a rider that forbids city officials from spending even local residents' tax dollars on abortions, which makes city officials bristle. It also says no federal dollars can go to the city's needle exchange or medical marijuana programs.

None of those restrictions are in the Senate version, which D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is praising. In a statement she says the bill has a keen eye toward the District's needs and priorities. The Senate bill includes $2.5 million more for HIV and AIDS prevention programs.

It also includes $2 million more for public and charter schools in D.C. than the House version. And while House lawmakers would slice D.C.'s tuition assistance program in half, the Senate bill increases it's funding by five million dollars.

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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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