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Plea Deal In The Works For Businessman Behind D.C. Shadow Campaigns

Federal prosecutors are in the final stages of negotiating a plea deal with Jeffrey Thompson, the D.C. businessman accused of illegally funneling campaign contributions to Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

NBC4 and The Washington Post report that the plea deal, which could come as early as today, would mark the end of a three-year investigation that has ensnared both local and federal officials.

Thompson, who once held the city's lucrative health care contract, has been at the center of the investigation into Gray's troubled 2010 campaign, which benefited from $653,000 in illicit donations.

Seven people associated with Thompson or Gray's campaign have pleaded guilty to a number of offenses over the last two years, though Gray has steadfastly denied knowing anything about the so-called shadow campaign.

The news of a possible plea deal comes less than a month before D.C. voters head to the polls for the April 1 mayoral primary, in which Gray is fending off seven challengers to keep his job.

A recent WAMU/NBC4 poll found that a majority of residents believe that Gray did something illegal or unethical and that over half of potential voters said they'd be swayed to side against Gray due to the ongoing federal investigation.

At the WAMU debate last week, Gray said that while he had not spoken to federal prosecutors, his attorney had shared information with them. He also refused to answer any further questions on the issue.

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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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