Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, March 23, 2012

Anti-Abortion Free Speech Case Heads To Federal Court

Lawyers for the city of Baltimore and Montgomery County urged a three-judge panel to reverse a ruling requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to post signs stating that they don't provide medical services.

Cherry Blossoms Halt Metro Track Work

Metro is temporarily suspending its weekend track work to accommodate the extra riders in town for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Analysis: JOBS Act Passes, But Paralysis Remains On Highways Bill

Sen. Barbara Mikulsi (D-Md.) is urging Congress to move on a Senate transportation bill that could result in increased federal regulation for Metro.

House Republicans Reject Bipartisan Highway Bill

Democrats say House Republicans' rejection of a bipartisan highway bill could cause thousands of construction workers their jobs.

Schools, Municipalities Fight Virginia Pension System Change

Local governments and school districts in Virginia are up in arms over a proposal to reorganize funding for the Virginia Retirement System.

Camera Live-Streams Baby Eagles From Richmond

A camera trained on a bald eagle's nest in Richmond live-streamed the hatching of two bald eagle chicks last weekend while the world watched. 

Think Pink: New Breed Of Cherry Blossom Marks 100th Anniversary

The National Arboretum has created a new, pinker breed of cherry blossom for the 100th anniversary of the trees being planted in Washington.

D.C. Mayor's Budget Plan Won't Raise Taxes

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will outline his proposed budget for the coming year today, and it's not expected to raise residents' taxes.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Suicide Rates In Montgomery County Below Average

It's not only the usual list of things for a county to be proud of, but Montgomery County has the distinction of having an especially low suicide rate compared to the national average, though awareness could improve.

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.

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.