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D.C. Council To Take Final Vote On Increasing Minimum Wage

The D.C. Council is scheduled to take a final vote on raising the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016.

With the Council already having approved the minimum wage hike unanimously, Tuesday's vote is considered little more than a formality.

The bill will go to Mayor Vincent Gray for his signature. Gray has advocated for an immediate minimum wage hike to $10 an hour but wants to study the prospect of further increases.

Lawmakers in Montgomery and Prince George's county have approved similar minimum wage increases in those jurisdictions. The votes follow a national trend in which states and municipalities are addressing the minimum wage in the wake of federal inaction.

The District of Columbia's current minimum wage is $8.25. That's $1 higher than the federal minimum.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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