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Wexton Wins Special Election, Giving Democrats Edge In Virginia Senate

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Voters in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Virginia have selected a new state Senator to replace Mark Herring, who became Virginia's attorney general after a recount last year. The election preserves the even 20/20 party split in the Senate.

Turnout yesterday was about 18 percent, higher than expected despite the winter weather. Democrat Jennifer Wexton won the race with 53 percent of the vote, beating Republican John Whitbeck and independent candidate Joe May, a longtime Republican member of the House of Delegates who split with the party.

Wexton is a former prosecutor. She won every Fairfax precinct and all but two of the precincts in Loudoun County. This is her second time running for office. In 2011, she waged an unsuccessful campaign for commonwealth's attorney against Jim Plowman.

With the election of Democrat Ralph Northam to the office of lieutenant governor, Democrats hold the tie-breaking voting in the commonwealth's divided senate. Under Senate rules, however, Republicans will maintain control over all Senate committees. It would take a two-third majority to change these rules.

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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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