Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Maryland Unveils New Driver's Licenses, ID Cards

The cards feature new security measures designed to prevent identity theft and fraud.

It's Not Just You — Metro Self-Assessment Finds 1 In 4 Trains Are Late

Does it feel like Metro is always running behind? There's something to that observation, according to the latest "Vital Signs" self-assessment report from Metro.

Monday, May 9, 2016

ACLU: D.C. Public Schools Initiative Is Unfair To Girls

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report that finds a D.C. Public Schools initiative, which focuses on boys of color, is not fair to girls.

As Metro Faces Crisis, Is Paul Wiedefeld The Leader The System Needs?

As the leader of a transit agency known for breakdowns, delays and concerns about rider safety, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld stands at the center of a vortex of rider anger. But is his approach in the first few months on the job what the transit agency needs?

When D.C.'s Frogs Call for Mates, These Human Volunteers Respond

We're often told that a chorus of frogs will set about doing a lot of "ribbiting," but as a group of citizen scientists saw firsthand, D.C.'s amphibian friends have a much different signature sound.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Feds Order 'Safety Stand-Down' At Metro After Thursday Track Explosion

The Federal Transit Administration is taking Metro to task for their handling of a track fire at the Federal Center Southwest station this week in a safety directive issued on Saturday.

Friday, May 6, 2016

In Push For Statehood, D.C. Leaders Unveil Constitution For State Of 'New Columbia'

D.C. leaders on Friday unveiled a draft 31-page state constitution that would serve as a part of a petition for statehood she wants to present to the new president and Congress next year.

Suspect In Maryland Shootings Now In Custody, Police Say

Police said 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil was taken into custody without incident. An onlooker shared video from the arrest with WAMU 88.5.

Metro Unveils Yearlong Track Work Program, Will Shut Down Sections Of Lines

Spanning all six lines and taking place over the course of a year, Metro's plan to address its major maintenance backlog will be based around 15 "safety surges" starting in June.

Are DCPS Teachers Due For A Bigger Raise? Negotiations Fuels Protest

Teachers at D.C. Public Schools are slated to get a 1 percent raise for the upcoming year after several years of flat salaries — leading many to protest, saying they feel the school chancellor doesn't value educators.

Critics Take DMV To Task For 'Separate But Not Equal' Driver's License Process For Undocumented Immigrants

D.C. began issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants back in 2014, but critics say the process is unfair because it puts them in a separate waiting list and not enough language resources are provided to help them pass.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Norton Says She'll Keep Fighting Against Ethanol Shipments Through D.C.

D.C.’s delegate to Congress says the government should ban ethanol and other flammable substances from being transported by freight rail through densely-populated areas.

Two Metro Stations Closed Due To Another Electrical Malfunction

In the thick of Thursday's afternoon rush hour, Metro evacuated and closed two downtown stations after reports of smoke triggered a massive fire-department response to Federal Center SW along the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

As Developers Eye Anacostia, $50 Million Is Pledged To Minimize Displacement

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation says it will put $50 million into projects that help long-time residents stay in Anacostia as it takes in development from the planned 11th Street Bridge Park.

Metro To Announce Major Months-Long Rehab Effort Affecting Most Riders

Prepare for a summer of delays, Metro riders. As part of an effort to dig out of an extensive maintenance backlog, Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld will announce a months-long effort that will likely have affect most commuters. Check out the details.