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Cocaine Congressman Receives Probation After D.C. Arrest

A Republican congressman caught with cocaine by authorities in D.C. was sentenced to a year of probation.

Florida representative Trey Radel had little to say to reporters as he left D.C. Superior Court following his guilty plea on Wednesday morning.

The freshman congressman was busted three weeks ago in Dupont Circle after buying cocaine from an undercover agent. Police were tipped off to the congressman's drug use by a confidential informant as part of a federal investigation into a large drug ring in the nation's capital.

The authorities set up a sting. They met Radel at a restaurant and later completed the drug deal in the undercover agent's car. Soon after, federal agents swooped in.

Radel, who this year voted in favor of a bill mandating drug tests for food stamp recipients, could now face his own drug tests as part of a plea agreement to stay out of jail.

In court, he apologized to the judge, saying he was sorry to be there and that he hit a bottom and needed help. The congressman has been in counseling since the incident and will seek treatment in Florida.

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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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