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D.C. Council Returns From Summer Recess To Face Veto Override, Censure Vote

The D.C. Council is holding its first legislative session since breaking for summer recess, and members will be getting right back to business with several key issues up for a vote.

The biggest vote planned for today is the potential override of Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the so-called living wage bill that targets Walmart and other large retailers.

Eight council members voted to approve the legislation when it passed in July, requiring certain large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour. Nine will be needed for an override, but so far no Council member has indicated they will change their vote. Heavy lobbying will be expected until the last minute.

Another critical vote will be the possible censure of Council member Marion Barry.

A special D.C Council committee has recommended the former mayor be censured and stripped of his committee chairmanship for accepting nearly $7,000 dollars in cash from two city contractors. Nine votes will be needed for the resolution to pass.

Barry was censured by council and stripped of a chairmanship in 2010 for helping a former girlfriend receive a city contract.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — with culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90, and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos, yet.

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