Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, August 27, 2015

UMUC To Eliminate Textbooks, With Goal Of Saving Students Some Money

The university, located in Prince George's County, says it's a front-runner in making a transition of this magnitude. Students will use online materials instead.

As Vinyl Booms, Virginia Company Plans To Open A Record-Pressing Plant

Demand for new vinyl records is off the charts. That's why one company in Northern Virginia plans to open its own record-manufacturing business.

Black Lives Matter Protesters Interrupt Bowser's Anti-Crime Announcement

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s news conference to announce an anti-crime strategy was disrupted by Black Lives Matter activists on Thursday.

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

Is It Possible To Crowdsource Love? One Virginia Woman Says 'Yes'

We hear one woman's creative antidote to the frustrations of the local dating scene.

The Most Famous Philanthropist You've Never Heard Of: Julius Rosenwald

Julius Rosenwald never finished high school but he became a powerful philanthropist who helped build more than 5,000 schools for black children in the Jim Crow South.

Could The D.C. Government Do A Better Job Than Pepco?

Public power utilities have brought better service and lower rates in some cities. Could it work in D.C.?

A Sea Lion's First Date At Smithsonian's National Zoo

Zookeepers at the National Zoo are excited to be introducing a a new male sea lion named Jetty to the population — the hope is he can get some needed genetic diversity to their harem.

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.