Local News from WAMU 88.5

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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.

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.

How Will Bill Euille's Ties With Developers Impact Alexandria Mayoral Bid?

Incumbent Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille lost the Democratic primary in part because of criticism of how much money he's taken from developers, but can their campaign cash help push his write-in bid over the finish line?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Maryland Fisherman Snags Record-Setting Snakehead Fish

It was a record-setting day for one fisherman from Upper Marlboro, who caught a record-setting invasive fish.

FreshPAC's Off-Year Fundraising In D.C. Council's Crosshairs

A new political action committee raising unlimited money for Mayor Muriel Bowser thanks to a quirk in D.C.'s campaign finance laws has drawn the attention of members of the D.C. Council.

5 Stories To Celebrate Ed Walker For His Last 'The Big Broadcast'

Sunday night marked the last The Big Broadcast with Ed Walker. Celebrate the life and career of this Radio Hall of Fame legend with these stories and video that pull from his more than 60 years in radio.