Local News from WAMU 88.5

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fighting The Odds: Inside D.C.'s Dropout Crisis

Fewer than 60 percent of children in the nation's capital graduate from high school on time. In a special one-hour documentary, WAMU 88.5 News follows one of the lowest-performing schools in the District as it struggles to improve, through the eyes of students, teachers, school administrators, and parents.

Woodbridge Principal Placed On Leave After Investigation

 A principal at a Woodbridge elementary school has been placed on administrative leave after an internal school investigation has led to police involvement.

Primary For Alexandria City Council Heating Up

A Democratic primary race for the Alexandria City Council is a crowded field, with 14 candidates pursuing candidacy for six seats. 

Montgomery County Businesses Decry Energy Tax Extension

Businesses and other constituents in Montgomery County are asking the county council to nix a plan to extend an energy tax hike indefinitely.

D.C. Council Votes Down Surplus Spending Plan

The D.C. Council devolved into deadlock this week over how to spend a portion of the city's unexpected surplus.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day Activists Rally Around D.C. Area

Workers and labor groups rallied in D.C. and Alexandria today as part of the May Day protests taking place across the globe, which organizers hope will give the Occupy cause new momentum.

Montgomery County Holding Hearing On Energy Tax

Business leaders in Montgomery County are objecting to the continued imposition of an energy tax that was pushed through originally as a temporary measure to close a budget gap during the worst of the recession. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday night.

GOP Freshmen Renege On Earmark Ban

After campaigning on a platform that included a self-imposed ban on earmarks, freshman Republicans from the D.C. area are backtracking in order to assuage local businesses and manufacturers.

Secret Service Expands Ethics Training At JHU

Members of the Secret Service were scheduled for ethics training at Johns Hopkins University, but in the wake of the recent scandals, the program has been expanded to include more than 100 agents.

Designs Sought For Memorial To Metro Crash Victims

The D.C. Commission on the Arts is soliciting area artists for designs for a memorial in Northeast D.C. to the victims of the Red Line Metro crash in 2009 that killed nine and touched many more.

Ocean City Hires New Manager Over Ethics Objections

Ocean City hired a new city manager Tuesday, despite objections from citizens and members of the city council, who said the hiring process may have been tainted.

Nearly 300 Now Implicated In D.C. Unemployment Fraud Scheme

The scope of an investigation into recurring unemployment fraud perpetrated by D.C. government employees is getting bigger, with hundreds of current and former D.C. government workers now implicated.

After Therapeutic Horses Slashed, Nonprofit Looks For Answers

Three horses that were slashed by an unknown attacker in Virginia last week are recovering nicely, but the director of the nonprofit that owns them is still looking for answers.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Four Laws Taking On Cancer Signed In Virginia

Gov. McDonnell is signed a package of four laws that will aid research, treatment and education in Virginia's on-going fight against cancer.

Graham Voices Opposition To Last Call Extension In D.C.

D.C. Councilman Jim Graham voiced his opposition to an extension of D.C.'s 3 a.m. last call, amidst a larger discussion about budget issues in the District.