Local News from WAMU 88.5

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Analysis: Balancing Federal Retirees And Budget Cuts

In the coming years, a wave of federal retirees will strain government balance sheets. Government Executive's Amanda Palleschi discusses some attempts to address the growing liability.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

JOBS Act Moves Forward, Despite Local Resistance

Senate lawmakers passed a modified version of the JOBS Act on Thursday over the objections of many of the region's centers, who say the Senate should have different priorities.

Finally, Compromise On Virginia's State Budget

Some were predicting that the budget stand-off in Virginia would last for months, but it appears as though a two-year, $85 billion deal has been reached in the State Senate.

Pregnant D.C. Stabbing Victim Loses Unborn Child

A woman in Southeast D.C. who was the victim of a stabbing in her home overnight lost her baby this afternoon.

VIDEO: Producing WAMU 88.5's American Graduate Series

WAMU 88.5 education reporter Kavitha Cardoza and Ginger Moored talk about the research and reporting process behind the American Graduate series.

Students In Northwest D.C. Break Ground On 'People's Garden'

Students at Bell Multicultural High School will be putting in the work, as well as reaping the rewards, as they learn what it takes to make a garden successful.

Bus Dispatcher To Stand Trial For 2011 Crash

A Virginia bus dispatcher who ignored a driver's complaints of fatigue prior to causing a crash that killed 4 people will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Friday, March 23, 2012

D.C. Gigs: The 'Voice Of God'

In this month's D.C. Gigs, we meet a "Voice of God": a professional announcer who makes the announcements you hear at galas and conferences in the nation's capital.

American Graduate: Going Beyond The Classroom's Four Walls To Prevent Dropouts

In the latest in our American Graduate series, we find out what school officials are doing to keep tabs on students during the hours when they're not in the classroom.

The Location: From Hell's Bottom To Murder Bay To Bloodfield

In the years following the Civil War, the District was so lawless that the city was full of unsavory-sounding neighborhoods, such as Hell's Bottom and Murder Bay.

Door To Door: Glover Park, D.C. And Hope Park, Va.

This week, we visit Hope Park, Va., and the Northwest D.C. neighborhood of Glover Park.

From Brownfield To Superfund Site: Baltimore's Sauer Dump

What does it mean for a community when the EPA declares a part of your neighborhood a Superfund site?

Prince George's County Cracks Down On Illegal Drag Racing

Four years after a deadly drag-racing crash, Prince George's County officials say new rules have been slowing down aggressive drivers.

Betting Big On D.C.'s Next Big Snack Craze

Could popcorn be the new cupcake in D.C.? These local entrepreneurs are putting all their kernels in one basket and saying yes.

Washingtonians In Startup-Land: In The Trenches At The Fort

Washington, D.C. isn't known as a mecca for tech startups, but if the folks at The Fort have their way, that soon will change.