Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tolls Are Biggest Silver Line Issue, Not Unions, Residents Say

While funding for Silver Line construction continues to hinge on whether contractors using union labor will get preferential treatment, residents of nearby Reston, Va. are objecting to the threat of dramatic toll hikes.

O'Malley Announces Special Session For May 14

Facing a "Doomsday budget" that features $512 million in cuts on July 1, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has officially called a special session of the General Assembly to come up with a state budget.

Architect Makes Pitch For Whole Foods In Prince George's County

After residents in the Riverdale Park area voiced their concerns about commercial development in their neighborhood, the developer went back on the offensive, as an architect explained the plan before the County Council.

More Speed Cameras Coming To Montgomery County

Montgomery County is getting more than a dozen new speed cameras.

Ulman, Baker Go Through Firefighting Training

Ken Ulman and Rushern Baker receive hands-on firefighter training to help make budget decisions for their counties.

Metro Won't Postpone Track Work This Weekend

Metro won't postpone scheduled track work even though the weekend is full of  major sporting and other events, the agency says. 

Q&A: Education Reporter Kavitha Cardoza On American Graduate Series

WAMU 88.5 education reporter Kavitha Cardoza talks about the dropout crisis in the U.S. and about what she learned through the months of reporting she did for the American Graduate series.

Alexandria Democratic Party Fractured Leading Up To Primary

A rare competitive Democratic primary is bringing out all kinds of party factions issuing endorsements for Alexandria City Council.

National Archives Thief Sentenced To 18 Months

A former National Archives employee has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing $80,000 in historic materials from the national trove.

Damascus Grad Targets Drug Abuse At His Alma Mater

A Damascus High alum has formed a new group to help combat the rising tide of drug abuse in the school and the surrounding town.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Woman Dead, Another Injured In Church Shooting

One woman is dead and another is injured after a homeless man open fire at a church in Howard County.

D.C. Child Advocacy Group Offers Abuse Prevention Tips

Child abuse is a problem just about everywhere, but one D.C. children's advocacy has some tips for parents

LaHood Calls For Increased Federal Oversight On Transportation

The U.S. Transportation Secretary is pushing for more federal oversight on safety standards on mass transit, as part of the of the transportation re-authorization bill.

Advocates Protest Slow Progress On Medical Marijuana Program

The D.C. Council passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana for city patients in 2010, but advocates are protesting the lethargic pace with which the program has so far been implemented.

New Dinosaur Hall Object Of $35M Smithsonian Donation

Billionaire and and conservative political donor David Koch has made a $35 million donation to the Smithsonian for the construction of a new dinosaur hall.