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Jonathan Wilson

Environment Reporter

Wilson spent five years working as a local television reporter at stations in Indiana and Arkansas. After growing tired of local TV news, he arrived in the WAMU Newsroom in 2008 as volunteer and quickly realized that working as a public radio reporter was his dream job. Luckily, the bosses at WAMU decided not to crush his dreams and gave him a chance. Now he won’t leave.

Wilson is a graduate of Middlebury College, and received his Masters’ from the Medill School of Journalism. He is a native of Arlington, Virginia, and lives there now with his wife and his daughter.


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Board of trade president Jim Dinegar says a recent survey of member companies shows the debt ceiling deadline is weighing heavily on the minds of just about every business leader in the area."92 percent were concerned or very concerned about the potential for missing the August 2 deadline," he says.Dinegar says a federal default could not only stifle sales and consumer s...
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Arlington County's chief financial officer Michelle Cowan recounted the call she received during a recent vacation -- that Moody's rating agency would have to reconsider it's AAA bond ratings for Arlington in case of a federal default."I think we were all a little taken aback by the rapidity of Moody's looking at our rating so quickly when it's a federal government issue and we...
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It's impossible to know exactly how many hoarders live in the county, according to Barbara McMillen, a senior property code inspector with the county's neighborhood services division. But national averages suggest the number could be more than 10,000.Her office is getting an increasing number of legitimate reports about hoarding, McMillen says."We do notice a bit of an i...
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Maryland and Virginia are among several states that rating agencies have put on a watch list -- meaning their bond ratings from agencies such as Moody's and Standard & Poors -- could be downgraded in the case of a federal default.That's why McDonnell is desperate for federal lawmakers to reach an agreement and avoid defaulting on debt obligations -- and clearly, he favors a...
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Nearly one quarter of the 4,000 FAA employees furloughed across the country are in the D.C. area, and Congress shows no signs of reaching an agreement on this much smaller budget battle than the one on the debt ceiling dominating the discourse in Washington at the moment.U.S....
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Ashley McIntosh, 33, had a green light when she went through a Route 1 intersection in Alexandria in February 2008. The police officer who ran into her car did not. The officer had turned on her flashing lights, but was not using sirens, and McIntosh was killed.The accident happened close to the home of Virginia Sen. Toddy Puller, who sponsored a bill that's become known as Ash...
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The law, championed by State Sen. Toddy Puller, requires emergency vehicles to use sirens or horns, in addition to flashing lights, if a situation calls for them to break normal traffic protocol at an intersection.It's named for Ashley McIntosh, a teacher's assistant killed when a Fairfax police officer, using flashing lights but no sirens, ran a red light and crashed into McIn...
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Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood says the FAA has been forced to issue stop-work orders for dozens of airport improvement projects across the country because many of the 4,000 furloughed workers are overseeing those projects.Nearly a thousand of those FAA employees are in the D.C. area, and LaHood says this is no way to run the best aviation system in the world."There is n...
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The stalemate over FAA funding means the agency is now temporarily unable to collect taxes and fees on airline tickets. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood says that will cost the government $200 million a week.Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says it will also cost thousands of FAA employees their paychecks."It's going to furlough 4,000 FAA employees, including 975 here in our re...
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The partial shutdown could make passengers happy at least for a little while because it robs the FAA of its authority to collect certain fees, thus allowing people to buy airline tickets without taxes.Air Traffic Controllers will stay on the job as essential employees, but Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says the furloughs could still change the traveling experience for the public....
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Exactly 150 years after the Union and Confederate soldiers clashed on the Virginia battlefield in the Battle of Bull Run, historians, local and state officials, and spectators gathered at the site Thursday.After a rhythmic introduction by the Marine Corps band from Quantico, the commemoration began with remarks from elected leaders -- including Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell....
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is working with a non-profit group to overturn Haynesworth's convictions after he spent the past 27 years in prison for crimes it now seems he did not commit."I told the detective from day one, who this guy was ... h...
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McDonnell did not repeat the error he made last year by celebrating confederate history by omitting the mention of slavery.This morning, he told the crowds of hundreds that slavery undermined the ideals on which the country was founded, and that the constitution didn't become itself until the constitution was amended.The biggest concern for the National Park Service, whi...
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Brothers Kai and Beckett Takata-Thiel, 7 and 5 years old, respectively, have climbed atop one of the cannons at Manassas National Battlefield Park."Okay, here we go! Fire!" Beckett cries.The boys are visiting from Boise, Idaho, for a family reunion.Their uncle, Chase Thiel, who's from Oklahoma, says he's actually discovering the battlefield for the first time him...
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Okra's is a popular Louisiana bistro in historic old town Manassas. The activity in the kitchen only hints at what employees are expecting when hordes of Civil War buffs arrive next week.Sarah Paull says the restaurant has stocked up on twice as much food as usual; great for business, but exhausting for employees."It's going to be lots of people, lots of out-of-towners,"...
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Look closely at the storefronts and hotel entrances in Manassas, and you might see more than a few fresh coats of paint. Lots of businesses are pinning their hopes on next week's crowds.Debbie Haight, executive director of Historic Manassas Incorporated, which is overseeing many of next week’s events, says the celebration should help the city build some momentum."Just ...
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Ian Sullivan served in the U.S. Army and did stints both in Kuwait and Bosnia during the late 1990s. He came back with an alcohol problem that quickly turned his life into a fiasco."One night I was intoxicated and ended up getting arrested," Sullivan says. "I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Veterans' Court program."Sullivan ended up in a Michigan veterans' c...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which is overseeing the project, wants to build the Metro station at Dulles Airport underground, saying it will be more convenient for passengers and cost less to maintain.But the underground its a detail that's helped push the initial pricetag for the project to $3.8 billion. Loudoun and Fairfax county leaders are demandin...
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The State Corporation Commission says that right now, electric and water service providers can't terminate a residential customer's service without 10 days' notice.Under the new proposal, customers that provide proof of a serious medical condition for themselves or someone in their household could seek an addi...
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The North American Aerospace Defense Command says two general aviation aircraft were escorted away from Camp David by F-15E fighters on Saturday: one shortly after noon, and the other just before 7 p.m.A third airplane, a Cessna 182, was escorted from Camp David aroun...