Local News from WAMU 88.5

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thomas Tipster Running For Ward 5 Seat

After having tipped off officials to the wild spending of former councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., Republican Tim Day has announced he is running to fill the vacant seat in Ward 5.

New Hampshire Rejects D.C.'s Statehood Pitch

The New Hampshire state legislature rejected a non-binding proposal Friday that would have supported D.C.'s bid for statehood. Legislators cited constitutional concerns.

Virginia Panel Approves Voter ID Measure

A new bill approved by a Virginia House panel would require residents without identification to cast provisional ballots that would have to be reviewed by election officials the next day.

Nepotism In Mayor Gray's Administration

In this series of reports, WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden finds evidence of nepotism within the administration of District mayor Vincent Gray, and follows the subsequent investigation into the administration's hiring practices.

Transgender Issues In The D.C. Area

WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull takes a look at a series of crimes against transgender individuals in and around D.C., and provides a look what activists and leaders are doing to call attention to discrimination and mistreatment of transgender men and women.

The Heavy Burden Of Obesity

In this 5-part series, WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza explores the growing trend of of childhood obesity.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Metro Track Work Closes Two Red Line Stations

Metro's continuing track work will close two Red Line stations this weekend.

NPS Orders Occupy DC Protesters To Stop Camping

The National Park Service has ordered Occupy DC protesters to stop camping at the parks by Monday, or risk arrest.

Brittany Norwood Sentenced To Life Without Parole

The woman charged with the gruesome killing of her co-worker at an upscale yoga shop in Bethesda has been convicted with life without parole.

R Paul Smith Power Plant To Close

One of the first coal-fired power plants to close in a generation will be shutting down this year in Maryland.

Body Found In Prince George's County Well

Investigations for the dead body that was discovered in a 20-foot well in Fort Washington are still on-going.

GRAPHIC: D.C. High School Graduation Rates By School

The graduation rates of the public schools in the district vary widely, and those rates are expected to change when the District begins using the new, federally mandated graduation calculation.

WaPo's McCartney: Occupy DC May Be Kicked Out, Kings Dominion Wins In Va.

Occupy DC gets a final warning to pack up camp, and the Virginia legislature shoots down a repeal of the "Kings Dominion law." 

CQ Roll Call: Gingrich's Congressional Record, Weighing STOCK Act


As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has picked up support among Republican primary voters in recent weeks, his record in Congress has come under more scrutiny.


Brittany Norwood Sentencing Scheduled For Today

Brittany Norwood, the woman convicted of murdering her coworker at Lululemon in Bethesda, will be sentenced today.