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'Troops To Trucks' Makes It Easier For Vets To Get Jobs

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A new program in Virginia will make it easier for veterans to get jobs in the transportation industry. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) outlined the "Troops to Trucks" program May 14, calling it the first of its kind in the nation. 

Beginning July 1, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will streamline the process for veterans to obtain a civilian commercial driver's license through a new federal regulation. The regulation gives holders of military commercial driver's licenses a waiver from the road skills test requirement. The written test is still required. 

The DMV is partnering with military installations to provide training for veterans who don't have experience operating commercial vehicles. The agency also is partnering with transportation associations to refer applicants to potential employers. 

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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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The new operating system includes user-friendly features, such as a personal assistant named Cortana. But its Wi-Fi Sense feature has sparked security concerns.

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