The team kicks off the top news stories on tap with big venture money going to a local startup and an app being developed to help with early detection for children with autism.

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The team talks about the most recent murmurings about Amazon HQ2 and why certain sources believe that the D.C. metro area has high chances because of the potential for federal government contracts.

In our conversation teaser, Michael sits down with City of Durham Senior Budget & Management Analyst Ben Kittelson and Management Analyst Caley Patten to talk about innovation on the municipal level, and year two of the upcoming Innovate Durham. Kittelson and Patten explain what Innovate Durham is, where the idea came from and the merits of innovation in local government. Check out Innovate Durham and apply by July 23 at

Jason, Michael and Laura end the show with a discussion on recent mergers in the business landscape and what that means for journalism (Gray & Raycom), Internet service (AT&T & Spectrum) and media (Disney & 21st Century Fox).