Local News from WAMU 88.5

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Former Police Officer Convicted Of Child Pornography

A former police officer from Virginia has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young boy.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Physical And Emotional Mess Remains After Va. Flooding

trailer park cleanup

The community in Woodbridge, Va. is still struggling to pick up the pieces after Tropical Storm Lee rendered dozens of residences uninhabitable.

CQ Roll Call: Partisan Rhetoric At New, Even Lower Low

Obama has taken shots at what he calls a "do nothing Congress," and the Senate is seeing new lows in partisan rhetoric after Harry Reid used an obscure parliamentary move.

Purple Line Gets Thumbs-Up From Feds

The Federal Transit Administration has given its approval to the Purple Line, allowing Metro to make more detailed plans for the expansion.

Local Restaurants Take a Bite Out of Breast Cancer

breast cancer awareness fundraiser

Local food bloggers and restaurants are teaming up for campaign to raise breast cancer awareness in the month of October.

WaPo's McCartney: Redistricting In Va. And Md., Battle Over Transit Board Seats

Democrats in Maryland are trying to gerrymander districts to expand their control of House seats in the state, and in Virginia, the governor is sparring with counties over seats on the transit board.

Metro Delays For 3-Day Weekend

Metro is closing three stations for track work over the Columbus Day weekend.

Bill Aims To Help Timeshare Owners

People seem to either love or hate timeshares, and while some say the units have paid for themselves, others find them costly and burdensome. Many have unsuccessfully tried to unload their properties, and one state Delegate is spearheading an effort to address this.

Southbound 295 Flyover Bridge Opens

The first major phase of roadwork on a big D.C. transportation project is wrapping up.

Senate Renews Effort To Increase Taxes

Sen. Ben Cardin is rallying behind a new effort in the Senate to increase taxes on millionaires.

Value Voters Promotes Conservative Issues

The Value Voters Summit kicks off Friday, bringing together thousands of conservative supporters, and pushing the message of maintaining strong family values and condemning homosexuality.

D.C. To Crack Down On School Residency Fraud

With their own budget problems to worry about, D.C. schools are looking to identify out-of-state students whose parents enroll them in D.C. schools without paying any taxes.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 7

james blake

Puppets, parks, pots, and the electronic sounds of James Blake.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wetlands Continue To Decline

The rate at which wetlands are disappearing in the U.S. has slowed considerably, but the rate is still unacceptable to conservationists.