Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, March 18, 2016

Playing The Metro Blame Game? Start With Decisions In Decades Past

Metro has been the object of a lot of scorn this week after shutting down the rails for the whole day Wednesday for emergency inspections, but the maintenance problems actually have roots that go back as far as four decades.

How A Job Can Offer A Key To Independence And Inclusion For Those With Developmental Disabilities

To really make sure that people with developmental disabilities are integrated into a community, they need to have jobs, but only 19 percent in D.C. are employed. We take a trip to Washington state, to find out how  they got their rate up to 86 percent.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

LISTEN: What Did Virginia's Lawmakers (And Governor) Accomplish This Session?

WAMU 88.5 reporter Michael Pope discusses what the Virginia General Assembly achieved in 2016, and what it means for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who still has one more legislative session left in his governorship.

Controversial Arlington Gun Store's Owner Breaks His Silence

Dennis Pratte, the owner of a gun store opposed by residents in Arlington's Lyon Park neighborhood, reiterated his threat to sue members of the General Assembly and assured concerned neighbors his store would not stock machine guns.

LISTEN: We Get Close, But Not Too Close, To The Bald Eagle Cam Nest

Armando Trull talks to National Arboretum Director Richard Olson about the bald eagles First Lady and Mr. President as the birds prepare to welcome two eaglets into the world.

Metro's Latest Safety Lapse Exposes Major Questions As Riders Return To The Rails

The move to shutter Metrorail on Wednesday to inspect faulty power cables was more than just an inconvenience — it exposes troubling questions about the transit agency's safety culture.

Does Maryland Need A State Standard On Affirmative Consent?

Members of the Maryland House Judiciary Committee heard arguments about the prevalance of sexual assault on college campuses in the state and whether a state standard for affirmative consent needs to be made explicit.

In D.C., A Long-Awaited Turnaround For Residents With Developmental Disabilities

In the third of our four-part series on the decades-long fight to give D.C. residents with developmental disabilities the same opportunities as everyone else, we look at what it took to turn around a system that had failed people with disabilities for so long.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Metrorail Reopens Thursday After 26 Defects Found And Repaired

Metro service has returned to normal on Thursday after emergency repairs shut down the entire system on Wednesday, in an unprecedented closure which rippled throughout the region.

Gun Store Rattles Arlington's Lyon Park Neighborhood

A new business is causing some heartburn in a revitalized Arlington neighborhood: NOVA Armory, a gun store that's scheduled to open next weekend.

Makeover Of Maryland's State Song Advances In General Assembly

Maryland's legislature is moving ahead with changes to the state song "Maryland My Maryland," which has long been criticized for its pro-Confederacy lyrics.

A Day Without Metro: Region Copes Without Rail Transit

Hundreds of thousands of D.C. area residents scrambled on Wednesday morning to find alternatives to Metro — which will be shut down through Thursday morning for a badly-needed safety inspection.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Primary Results And More From NPR Politics

It's a big night in Ohio, Florida and elsewhere for the remaining presidential candidates. Get vote counts, read about what it all means and listen to live analysis on NPR's elections website throughout the night.

LISTEN: Rep. Gerry Connolly On The Metro Shutdown: 'It's A Sad, Sad Day'

The Democrat from Northern Virginia said he was "stunned" about Metro's plan for a 29-hour full shutdown of rail service from midnight Tuesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.

After Forest Haven Closed, Deaths Came To D.C. Group Homes

When Forest Haven, D.C.'s institution for people with developmental disabilities, closed in 1991, there was time for optimism. But it was short-lived: Within a few years, people were dying in the city's new network of group homes. Part 2 of WAMU 88.5's four-part series on disability rights.