Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, August 27, 2015

LISTEN: Gang Power Inside And Outside of Prisons In El Salvador

In his latest update from Central America, WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull discusses navigating dangerous gang-controlled areas, the situation in local prisons and the complexity of El Salvador's problems in general.

Pro-Transit Group Attacks D.C. Traffic Congestion Report As Deeply Flawed

The study ranks the D.C. region as the worst for time spent sitting in traffic. Transit advocates say that the results shouldn't be taken as an argument for more car capacity on the roads.

Lawsuit On Uranium Mining Moratorium Should Be Dismissed, Virginia AG Says

Virginia Uranium Inc. filed the lawsuit earlier this month in federal court. It wants to begin mining a 119-million-pound deposit near the North Carolina border.

Friday, August 28, 2015

From Relief Workers To Residents: Former Washingtonians Help Rebuild New Orleans

It's been a decade since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, but two former D.C. residents who founded the non-profit St. Bernard Project say there's still plenty of rebuilding to do.

D.C. Is One Of The Most Expensive Places In The U.S. For Child Care. But Why?

Child care in the District expensive — more expensive than anywhere else in the country. But why? It's complicated.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Prosecutors Respond To McDonnell's Last-Ditch Attempt To Stay Out of Prison

Will embattled former Gov. Bob McDonnell be able to stay out of prison while he pursues his appeal to the Supreme Court? That question should be answered soon.

National Zoo Says Smaller Of Twin Panda Cubs Has Died

Washington's National Zoo says one of its two newborn panda cubs has died after three and a half days.

Slain TV Reporter, Cameraman Were Team Working On Careers

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were in their twenties and had both found love at WDBJ in Roanoke.

Reporter, Cameraman Killed By Shooter During Live Interview In Virginia

A reporter and cameraman for a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, were reportedly killed by an active shooter during a live TV interview this morning, according to CBS News.

What Should Metro Do When A Bus Route Regularly Comes Under Attack?

When stray bullets and rocks are regularly directed toward Metrobuses in one neighborhood, what is to be done? Metro first bypassed three stops before announcing a new strategy Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

D.C. Regulators Reject $6.4 Billion Pepco-Exelon Merger

The D.C. Public Service Commission on Tuesday rejected the proposed $6.4 billion merger between local electric utility Pepco and national energy giant Exelon, the only local jurisdiction to do so.

Business Leader Sues To Stop D.C. Vote On $15 Minimum Wage

The head of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce is suing to stop a public vote on a $15 minimum wage for the District.

What Advice Would You Give A First-Generation College Student?

Just 1 in 4 low-income college students, many of them the first in their families trying to get their degree, don't make it to graduation day. What advice might help change their outcomes? We want to hear about your experiences in college.

Will The D.C. Public Service Commission Sign Off On Pepco-Exelon Merger?

Renewable energy advocates have been strongly critical of a proposed $6.9 billion merger between energy giants Exelon and Pepco, but ultimately it's the D.C. Public Service Commission that will need to sign off.

LISTEN: Gang Violence Drives Desperation In El Salvador

Violence has driven thousands of Central American immigrants to cross U.S. borders in recent years. WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull returns to San Salvador to explore the continued violence there and how it might affect Salvadorans in our communities.