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Montgomery County To Vote On Minimum Wage Bill

The Montgomery County Council has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on a bill raising the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by the year 2016. The scheduled vote comes after the council's health and human services committee recommended the measure by a 2-1 margin, with committee chairman George Leventhal joining council president and bill co-sponsor Nancy Navarro to approve it.

If Leventhal's support of the bill holds by Tuesday, that would give proponents of the bill four votes on the council — one short of what is needed for final approval. If that fifth vote is not found by Tuesday, then supporters could delay the vote indefinitely as some undecided council members have said they would like to see what the Maryland General Assembly might pass when it convenes in Annapolis in January.

A bill to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour failed last year, but support has been gaining to approve a hike among Democrats who control both branches of the General Assembly. But that wage level is beneath what the councils in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and neighboring D.C. are currently considering.

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'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
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Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
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The Senate Battle That Looms For Scalia's Replacement

NPR's Domenico Montanaro discusses the upcoming battle on Capitol Hill on replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
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Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

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