Local News from WAMU 88.5 | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lawsuit Blames MetroAccess For Exposing Riders To TB

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in the District against Metro and a contractor for the transit service. That group of riders says a MetroAccess bus driver may have exposed them to tuberculosis.

Disability Benefits In MoCo Changed By Council

Council members in Montgomery County, Md., have approved sweeping changes to disability retirement packages for county workers. The council passed the changes without going through collective bargaining, which has angered many.

New Red Light Cameras Unveiled In Fairfax

Fairfax, Va., is launching its Respect Red campaign, with red light cameras at two city intersections: North Street at University Drive and Fairfax Boulevard at Fairfax Circle.

Ted Loza Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison

Ted Loza, former chief of staff for D.C. Council member Jim Graham, was sentenced to eight months in prison Tuesday for participating in a corruption scheme related to the D.C. taxicab industry.

Homebuilders Group Sues EPA Over Bay Restoration

A homebuilders group is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's strategy for restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Attempted Sexual Assault In Montgomery Village Under Investigation

Sixth District police were called to Montgomery Village Avenue and Stewartown Road in Maryland on a report of an attempted rape Tuesday morning just after midnight.

D.C. Kicks Off 'Be Safe This Summer' Campaign

The District kicked off a campaign today to keep kids in D.C. safe this summer, as both government and community groups are making a push to fill the gap being left by a reduction in many summer programs due to budget cuts this year.

PHOTOS: Breast Cancer Patients Protest FDA Hearing On Avastin Drug

Breast cancer patients and their supporters are protesting at the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring this morning in support of the breast cancer drug Avastin.

Montgomery Co. Schools Superintendent Gives Farewell Address

In Maryland, Dr. Jerry Weast will retire Thursday after 12 years as the superintendent of Montgomery County schools. He sat in on his final Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Montgomery Co. Board Of Ed. Hears Charter School Proposals

Two groups are proposing Montgomery County's first charter schools, and the county's board of education got a full presentation on each of them at a board meeting Monday.

Dominion Customers To See Increase In Fuel Rate

Virginia regulators have approved a fuel rate increase request by Dominion Virginia Power, effective on the first of July. The rate increase will be spread over two years, as opposed to the original one year that Dominion proposed.

Marcum And Accused Killer May Have Had Money Dispute Before Her Death

More insight into the relationship between American University professor Sue Marcum and her alleged killer, including a dispute the two may have had before she died, has come to light.

After Shooting Near Caribbean Parade, Group Says Funds Are Needed To Fight Gangs

A 19-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting that happened near Saturday's Caribbean Festival Parade. The incident has some people questioning the city's gang-prevention efforts.

Report: Defense Department Schools Need Major Renovations

Three-quarters of schools run by the Defense Department on military bases worldwide are either beyond repair or would require extensive renovation before they meet the department's minimum standards, according to a new report. That includes four in Virginia rated "poor" or "failing."

McDonnell To Host Chesapeake Bay Executive Council Meeting

Governor Bob McDonnell will host the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting with other governors in July, an announcement that comes at a time when a slew of new environmental laws are taking effect in the commonwealth.

Pages