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Prince George's County Eyes Spot In Largo Town Center For New Hospital

Leaders in Prince George's County believe they have found the right spot for a new regional hospital in the county.

County Executive Rushern Baker and a search committee are recommending building a new regional hospital at Largo Town Center. The $645 million facility on 70 acres of county-owned land near a Metro station would replace the financially troubled Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.

The search committee considered four sites and narrowed its choices last month to Largo and Landover Mall. The board of Dimensions Healthcare System, which oversees county-owned medical facilities, will consider the choice this week.

A 259-bed, 700,000-plus-square-foot hospital is planned with a full-service medical complex and trauma center. The project would be funded with $450 million in bond financing, including about $200 million each from the state and the county. The hospital could open in 2017.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

NPR

$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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