Local News from WAMU 88.5

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Plan For I-66 Toll Lanes Moves Forward

Virginia's plan to charge tolls on I-66 outside the Beltway is one crucial step closer to final approval.

Montgomery County Schools To See Long Overdue Expansion And Modernization

School officials in Montgomery County are unveiling their construction plans for the next five years, and thanks to a backlog the northernmost part of the county will see a lot of construction.

Saying Goodbye To Ed Walker

Longtime radio personality and The Big Broadcast host Ed Walker passed away early on Oct. 26 at age 83. We invite you to leave your thoughts and remembrances.

Why Has The Hiring Of A New Metro GM Taken More Than A Year?

Metro is expected to hire a new general manager within days, but crises besetting the transit agency from all sides, how have they managed to go so long without finding a new leader?

Fresh PAC's Biggest Donors Do Big Business With D.C. Government

A controversial political action committee that supports D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's agenda has received some of its biggest checks from individuals and companies that are connected to more than $70 million in contracts from the District government, according to a WAMU 88.5 analysis of city records.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Where To Go For Foreign Affairs Talks? Try This Bethesda Retirement Community

Once a month, in a packed room in Bethesda, current and former ambassadors give lectures on everything from nuclear proliferation to the pros and cons of commercial diplomacy. But they have a rather unlikely audience: retirees in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

At D.C. Galleries, 17th-Century Japanese Artist Gets His Due Praise

A once-in-a-lifetime Japanese art exhibit opened in D.C. this weekend — and it couldn't happen anywhere else.

Under New Common Core Test, Student Scores Drop In D.C. And Maryland

Educators got their first look today at how D.C. and Maryland students are doing with the new Common Core standards, and the results aren't great — fewer than half of high school students met the goals on tests tied to the new standards.

Abortion Takes Center Stage In Virginia's Hottest State Senate Races

With control of the Virginia state Senate at stake in elections Nov. 3, the issue of abortion has proved to be of the most effective wedge issues for candidates on the campaign trail.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Feds Promise Surprise Inspections, Strict Safety Regulations On Metro

In its first safety directive for Metro, the Federal Transit Administration says it will be watching the transit agency closely.

Remembering Ed Walker: Six Decades of Making Radio in Washington

From his days as a pioneering student at American University through his final episode of WAMU 88.5's "The Big Broadcast," Ed Walker's love of radio came through every time he took the microphone. He died early Monday at age 83.

D.C. Wants Quick Debate On Pepco-Exelon Merger, But Critics Try To Apply Brakes

Opponents of the Pepco-Exelon merger say regulators shouldn’t rush to review D.C.’s proposed settlement with the power companies.

Radio Legend, 'The Big Broadcast' Host Ed Walker Dies At Age 83

Just hours after listening to his final signoff on The Big Broadcast, longtime WAMU 88.5 radio host Ed Walker passed away.

Fines For Soliciting Prostitutes Being Considered In Montgomery County

If civil fines work to curb red light runners, why not johns? Montgomery County is considering legislation that would cost those caught soliciting a prostitute.

Metro's Largest Union Pursues Wage Increases; Tough Negotiations Ahead

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 will seek substantial wage increases for its 8,000 employees, leaving budget negotiators with even less room to maneuver.