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Metro To Remain Open During Government Shutdown

The federal government could be closing its doors, but Metro is keeping doors on trains and buses open to commuters, whether or not they have a job to go to.

The regional transit agency announced this morning that it will continue its usual weekday service during the shutdown, which would start in time for tomorrow's morning rush.

"Metro is not a federal entity and would remain open during any government shutdown. Trains and buses will operate on regular schedules, and the system will open and close at regular times," the agency says in a release.

If the shutdown extends into later this week, Metro says that it will consider making changes to service to account for lower ridership.

"In the event of a shutdown lasting several days that results in significantly lower ridership, we may eventually make adjustments to 'right size' capacity if necessary. For example, we may operate more 6-car trains and fewer 8-car trains, because 8-car trains might not be necessary. We will communicate these changes publicly if any such decision is made," it says.

An extended shutdown could wreak havoc on the agency's finances, though. In a recent report, the agency said that a federal government closure during the 2012 Christmas holidays and the impact of Hurricane Sandy ate into expected revenues.

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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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