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D.C. Council To Vote On Minimum Wage Increase Today

The D.C. Council is scheduled to take a preliminary vote on increasing the District of Columbia's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the nation's highest.

Tuesday's vote comes after similar minimum wage hikes approved by lawmakers in suburban Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray supports raising the minimum wage from its current $8.25 to $10 an hour, but not higher. The council and the mayor clashed earlier this year on raising wages for workers at Wal-Mart and other big-box stores.

The minimum wage bill already has enough support to override a potential mayoral veto. Supporters say raising the minimum wage will allow low-wage workers to benefit from the city's prosperity, while opponents worry it will hurt the job market.

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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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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
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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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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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