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Gray Focuses On Affordable Housing In State Of The District

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray promised a major investment in affordable housing during his State of the District address Tuesday. The address, his third since taking office, which was held last night at the Sixth & I historic synagogue in downtown D.C.

In an hour-long speech that leaned heavily on baseball metaphors, Gray touted the successes of his administration: the growing population, the lowest homicide rate in more than 50 years, and a booming economy that has led to record surpluses. With that extra cash, Gray said, the District has a unique opportunity to re-invest the money back into the city.

"We once worried about the District becoming a city of  haves and  have-nots," he said. "But now we are increasingly in danger of becoming a city of only  haves."

To make sure "everyone benefits from D.C.'s prosperity," Gray proposed a $100 million plan to expand affordable housing in D.C. He also called for a pay increase for city government employees, including the police and firefighters.

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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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