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911 System Has Failed Multiple Times In Maryland, Virginia

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The D.C. region's 911 emergency network has suffered widespread failures over the past two years, according to a new analysis by the Washington Post. The failures started long before the June derecho storm, in which the company acknowledged failures of backup systems in different parts of the region.

There have been at least 11 outages since July 2010 in Maryland and Virginia, records and interviews conducted by the Post show. In some cases, callers received busy signals. Some outages blocked all calls in a particular area and others restricted the number of calls or did not provide location information or callback numbers. 

The company has said drained batteries, faulty generators and a failure to fully explore the problem contributed to restoration delays in June. Verizon is auditing backup power systems throughout the region, according to the company.

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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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