Local News from WAMU 88.5

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Metro Workers Disciplined For Extra-Long Train

After rolling a Metro train out with more cars than could fit on a platform, several Metro employees have been disciplined for the mistake.

Virginia Senate Stumbles Over Judge Elections

The Virginia legislature ground to a halt Tuesday after Democrats and Republicans came to an impasse over the election of two new judges.

Montgomery, Frederick Counties May Install School Bus Cameras

Montgomery County is looking at a bill that would allow installation of traffic cameras on school buses to catch drivers that pass the buses illegally. 

At Busboys & Poets, Praise For Obama During SOTU

D.C. residents gathered at the liberal-leaning Busboys & Poets Tuesday night to watch the president's State of the Union speech, and many of them said they liked what they heard from President Obama.

D.C.'s Prostitution-Free Zone Proposal May Be Unconstitutional

A bill before the D.C. Council would strengthen anti-prostitution laws, but some law enforcement officials and activists say it might be unconstitutional. 

Local Lawmakers React To State Of The Union

Local Republicans were less than thrilled during the State of the Union to hear the President talk about bypassing Congress for some of his proposals for the coming year.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Obama Outlines Vision, Declaring 'America Is Back'

The economy was the main focus of the president's State of the Union address. Obama offered specific proposals for boosting manufacturing and creating more jobs.

The Hill: Delays In Obama's Budget And The Congressional Budget Act

Critics are taking President Obama and Senate Democrats to task for not passing a budget, but as Alex Bolton explains, recent legislation has removed most of the bite from budgets.

One Final Warning For Occupy Campers

Under pressure from a Congressional oversight committee, the head of the National Park Service said they will soon begin enforcing the ban on camping in McPherson Square by booting Occupy protesters.

Controversial Speaker Will Appear In Ocean City Despite Protests

The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in Ocean City, Md. will play host to U.S. Army Lieutenant General William Jerry Boykin, over objections from groups who accuse the retired officer of making hateful comments about Islam.

Council Approves CCT Change To Buses

The Montgomery County council voted Tuesday to change the Corridor Cities Transitway from light rail to rapid bus service, citing the relative costs involved with both.

O'Malley Talks Gay Marriage Legislation

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley talked gay marriage legislation Tuesday, emphasizing the focus on religious freedom he thinks is needed to get it through the General Assembly.

September 11: Ten Years Later

In the week leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, WAMU 88.5 News explored how the lives of area residents have changed since 2001.

VIDEO: Joining Forces To Make It Happen

Through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate initiative, WAMU, WETA, and WHUT are teaming up with educators, parents, students, and others in the community to raise awareness of the dropout crisis and motivate everyone to start doing something about it.

Friday, January 20, 2012