Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Experts Look To Reduce The Number Of Children Dying In Hot Cars

As temperatures remain above 90 degrees in the D.C. area, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is bringing experts together to reduce the number of children dying in hot vehicles.

New Buoy Seeks To Boost Security

The Navy is testing a new kind of surveillance technology on the front lines of homeland security in our area. On a narrow stretch of the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia, there's a quiet sentinel looking out for our safety.

Montgomery County To Get Its First Charter School

The first charter school in Montgomery County got its approval Monday night, as the Montgomery County Board of Education voted 6-2 in favor of a proposal for the Crossways Montessori School.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Virginia Lawmakers Still Debating Offshore Drilling

Virginia lawmakers are fighting for the state to get millions of dollars in revenue from allowing drilling off the state’s coast.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Talks Test Scores, Teacher Evaluations, And Next Year

Henderson served as the interim chancellor after Michelle Rhee left the post in October, and was confirmed as the new chancellor by the D.C. Council in June. She's now preparing for her first full school year as chancellor, and she sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about test scores and teacher evaluations from the previous academic year and plans for the new one.

Norwegians, Others Mourn At Norwegian Embassy

A life sized bronze statue of Princess Martha, one of Norway's most beloved figures, graces the entrance to the Norwegian Embassy in Northwest D.C. Now, white roses, candles, images of orthodox saints lie at the foot of the statue as expressions of sympathy over the massacre of almost 100 people in Oslo, Norway Friday.

Arrest Warrant To Be Issued For Suspect Involved In State Trooper Assault

According to police, James Howard, 54, of Hyattsville claimed he had crashed his car on the Beltway early Saturday morning, but when a state trooper arrived at the crash scene, the suspect allegedly cut the trooper's hand through the window of his cruiser, reports the Associated Press.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Screen on the Green returns to the Mall, Bauhaus is still in style and Ms. Fridrich gets emotional at the Black Cat.

Arlington Considers Future Of Its Last Dairy Farm

In Virginia, leaders in Arlington County are trying to determine the future of Reevesland, the last working dairy farm in what is now a thriving urban area.

Virginia To Consider Early Standardized Testing

Later this week, members of the Virginia Board of Education are set to take up a proposal that would allow school divisions to conduct standardized testing earlier for students in middle school, and retest those who fail.

Nearly A Thousand FAA Employees On Furlough In D.C. Area

Thousands of Federal Aviation Administration workers are on furlough this week because of a failure by Congressional lawmakers to agree on funding for the agency.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Media

It's interesting that while most of our institutions and businesses have been heading in the direction of amalgamation, increasing size and tighter control, the news industry seems to be returning to a means of dissemination, which more closely resembles the past.

Brown Comments On Thomas Case: Says He's 'Disappointed' With The Situation

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says he is "disappointed" with the situation involving Council member Harry Thomas Jr.

Federal Judge To Determine Outcome Of State Sen. Ulysses Currie

In Maryland, a federal judge is determining whether to drop all remaining corruption charges against a powerful Democratic state senator from Prince George's County.

Virginia State Crime Commission To Discuss Medicaid Fraud And Reckless Driving

The Virginia State Crime Commission is meeting in Richmond to discuss topics ranging from Medicaid fraud to reckless driving.

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