Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, June 2, 2011

City, Federal Agencies Closed Again Due To Power Outage

A power outage along North Capitol Street in the District is still affecting almost 1,900 customers, and agencies with offices in the area are closed again today.

O'Malley Meets With Tasly Group On Economic Trip To Asia

A Chinese company that makes traditional medicine pills said to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease is investing $40 million in Maryland.

D.C. May Be Without Breathalyzer Program Until Next Spring

Authorities in D.C. say it could take another nine months before the city's breathalyzer program is up-and-running again. At least one official is concerned that without this key law enforcement tool, the city could see more drunken drivers.

D.C. Businesses Offer Free Refills On Water Bottles

A new program in the District is urging residents to drink water sustainably.

LaHood Meeting On Dulles Rail Yields No Agreement

The partners working to build an extension of Metrorail to Dulles Airport are deeply divided, and their funding agreement is on the verge of collapse. Now, the federal government is stepping in.

No Charges Will Be Filed In DC9 Death

In the District, prosecutors say they won't press charges in the death of a man who died following an altercation outside the DC9 nightclub in October. The U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C. says there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The District's Miyazaki, VSA's Shift, and the 24 Hour City Project.

Arrest Made In Memorial Day Shooting

Police in the District have made an arrest in the murder of a 15-year-old boy on Memorial Day.

New Potomac River Bridges? Don't Count On It

If you head down I-95 in Northern Virginia all the way to Dumfries, and then make a left turn, you'll eventually run into a small, master-planned community called Southbridge on the Potomac. It's kind of a weird name, actually, given that there's no bridge over the Potomac anywhere near here for at least 20 miles.

Traffic Safety: Have You Checked Your Tire Pressure Lately?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is joining with rubber manufacturers to talk about proper tire care.

Transportation Secretary Says He'll Deny Loan Request For Dulles Metrorail

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is telling the planners behind the Dulles Metrotrail project that he won’t grant them the federal loan they were requesting, and that could have a big impact on local toll road users.

What Chinese Drug Company's Move Could Mean For Md.

Maryland's governor, Martin O'Malley, announced Thursday that a Chinese pharmaceutical company called the Tasly Group is investing $40 million in a new facility in Montgomery County. WAMU's Rebecca Blatt spoke with Bill Marcus, a freelance reporter covering the announcement in Shanghai, about its significance.

D.C. Council Looks To Overhaul Treatment Of Troubled Teens

In response to last year's mass shooting on South Capitol Street in Southeast Washington, the D.C. Council is looking at overhauling how the city screens and treats young people with behavior problems.

Judges Ask Whether Health Care Lawsuit Is Premature

Both sides in the legal battle over the Obama administration's health care overhaul in Virginia agree that a federal appeals court has jurisdiction to decide the case. Now judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has asked for additional briefs.

Peru's Election To Affect Traffic in Falls Church Sunday

Expatriates are expected to gather in parts in Falls Church for absentee voting in Peru's presidential election Sunday. The crowds are expected to cause gridlock around the area.