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Ashley Dejean

Senior News Editor

Ashley Dejean is WAMU's Senior News Editor. She does a little bit of everything — editing scripts, preparing newscasts, filing stories and coordinating breaking news coverage. Our afternoon editor got her radio chops interning for Houston Public Radio, where she won a Texas AP Broadcasters Award. Ashley came on board in the summer of 2012 and first worked in our newsroom as the Assignment Editor and News Assistant. Before coming to WAMU, she interned at Washington City Paper and a local daily in Pune, India.


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As marijuana laws across the nation are loosening — D.C. and Alaska legalized the drug just this week — Virginia is taking a very small step in the same direction. Virginia lawmakers have approved a limited medical marijuana bill. It legalizes not pot, but oil derived from the cannabis plant. The medication can help control epileptic seizures without the side e...
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Controversial legislation that would have allowed Virginia to keep some details about the drugs used in capital punishment a secret has failed in the General Assembly. The Senate-approved legislation that was defeated in the House of Delegates aimed a...
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Leaders in the Virginia House and Senate say they've come to an agreement on a proposed state budget, and it could be a boon to local governments. This is the last week of the General Assembly session in Richmond, and budget negotiations seem to be going smoothly — a far cry from last year, when ...
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A federal court is extending the deadline for the Virginia General Assembly to redraw congressional districts after judges found the lines to be unconstitutional last year. Back in October, a federal court found the state's 3rd district unfairly grouped together too many black voters...
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Prosecutors say the D.C.-area rabbi accused of voyeurism secretly videotaped more than 150 nude women at a Jewish ritual bath. Rabbi Barry Freundel was initially charged with videotaping only six women, but at a meeting with victims at the U.S. Attorney's office this week, prosecutors divulg...
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Security officials at the National Zoo will begin conducting bag checks and screening guests on days with a high volume of visitors. The move comes after a shooting occurred outside the zoo on Family Day last April, wounding a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old. A 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty to ...
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The prominent rabbi accused of taking video of women in a religious bathing area in Georgetown is refusing to move out of the synagogue-owned home he's been living in. In an email to congregants, the president of Kesher Israel says the congregation's former rabbi Barry Freundel has no plans to...
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Schools around the country are closed today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, but undergraduate students at Washington and Lee University are expected to attend class on the Lexington, Virginia, campus. The school will recognize the holiday starting next year, after a group of black law students successfully lobbied administrators. One of those students, Brandon Hicks, ...
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Marion Barry's son, Christopher Barry, is being investigated by police after allegedly threatening a bank teller and destroying a security camera. According to a police report, Barry became upset when the employee told him he couldn't make a large cash withdrawal yesterday, and launched a trash can over the 10 foot high security glass, which struck and destroyed a surveillan...
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The Maryland General Assembly convenes today for its legislative session, and Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin is reintroducing legislation aimed at making it easier for those who have been convicted of nonviolent misdemeanors to get a job. Sen. Raskin says he's re-introducing the "Second Chance Act." "This allows for the shielding of nonviolent misdemeanor ...
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This story was updated at 8:45 a.m. One woman died after smoke filled Metro tunnels and a Yellow Line train outside the L'Enfant Plaza station on Monday afternoon, prompting an evacuation and shutting down service between Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square during the afternoon rush. Metro officials said that the woman, who had not been identified, p...
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Last year was a good one for same-sex couples in Virginia, as the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage was overturned. But while LGBT right groups are trying to build on that success, and the lawmaker who wrote that constitutional ban has introduced a bill many say would lead to di...
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In the Maryland city of Hyattsville, city council members have given initial approval to lowering the voting age in city elections to 16. That means Hyattsville may be the second municipality in both the region and the country to do so. A little more than a year and a half ago, nearby Takoma Park gave 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in local elections. Counc...
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Several theaters in our region are showing the feature film The Interview, which Sony Pictures initially had pulled after threats of an attack, but released in about 200 theaters nationwide after reconsidering the decision. Bunny Khorana's phon...
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DC Water made headlines last week when a water main break shut down parts of the Metro during rush hour, and in another incident, residents in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood were put under ...
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A group that gives deer meat from hunters to those in need says it's not getting enough meat this year. Gary Arrington is with Hunters for the Hungry and says his organization is about 20,000 pounds of venison short this year. "A lot of food banks will tell us you know, they can get breads and cereals and canned goods and thi...
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D.C.'s ban the box law has gone into effect. The law means employers can't ask someone applying for a job about their criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. There are exceptions for facilities and businesses providing services to minors or vulnerable adults. Proponents of the measure, introduced by Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward...
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This post is current as of 6:30 p.m. Thursday. In Northwest D.C., water in a portion of the Shaw neighborhood is still unsafe to drink, according to D.C. Water. Spokesperson John Lisle says there's a motor-oil like product in the water, and they're trying to figure out where it came from. "We're looking at facilities that might have that ...
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Story was last updated at 8:30 a.m. DC Water still hasn't given the all-clear on a "Do Not Drink Advisory" issued yesterday in the Shaw neighborhood of Northwest D.C. Chief Executive Officer George Hawkins says that when they tested the water, they found traces of petroleum chemicals, which could have been caused by streetwork or someone doing work...
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Six people are dead after a plane crash in Gaithersburg, Maryland earlier today. The small plane came down in a residential neighborhood close to the Montgomery County Airpark and hit a residence. Three people inside that home—a mother and her two young children—have been found dead. Ann Beale, a resident of the neighborhood where the plane crashed, didn't know...