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In Annual Wall Street Visit, D.C. Leaders To Make Case For Higher Bond Rating

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders are making their annual trip to New York to meet with the three bond rating agencies.

The city's bond ratings have improved steadily since the mid-1990s, when Congress was forced to take over the bankrupt District government.

Gray will argue that the city is due for an upgrade in part because of three consecutive budget surpluses. Most of that money has gone toward bolstering the city's reserve fund, which now has a record $1.75 billion. Gray, a Democrat, is seeking re-election and has made fiscal stability a priority.

Improved bond ratings would mean lower interest rates when the city borrows money.

The mayor and the District's new chief financial officer, Jeffrey DeWitt, will depart for New York on Tuesday.


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Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Discovering The Science Secrets Of Sourdough (You Can Help)

Many bakers treat their sourdough starters like a family heirloom. Some starters date back decades, even centuries. Now researchers want to analyze your starters to unlock their flavor secrets.
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The Politics Hour - October 28, 2016

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joins us as the new series "Good Girls Revolt" based on her early civil rights work debuts.


A Moment Of Silence For The Black And Brown Talent That Grew On Vine

We'll miss Vine, but not just for its goofy, raw, six-second looped videos. We'll miss the platform for its ability to incubate young black talent.

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