Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, October 4, 2013

Major Weekend Track Work To Interrupt Red Line

Three Red Line stations will be closed this weekend, with shuttles operating between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet.

Harpers Ferry Merchants Take Steps To Keep Visits Up During Shutdown

The government shutdown has united merchants and officials in Harpers Ferry in hopes of keeping visitors coming to the historic destination.

Problems With Our Transmission

We apologize for interruptions in WAMU 88.5's broadcasts.

New Polls Finds That McAuliffe Leads Cuccinelli By Five Points

In the race for Virginia's top elected office, it's Democrat Terry McAuliffe at 42 percent and Republican Ken Cuccinelli at 37 percent. Libertarian Robert Sarvis is drawing between eight and 10 percent.

Analysis: Lawmakers Praise Capitol Police Response To Shooting Incident

David Hawkings talks about the latest in the government shutdown, and how it affected Capitol Police's response to yesterday's shooting incident in D.C.

National Cathedral Raises Awareness About Bullying Of LGBT Community

This weekend the Washington National Cathedral is hosting a series of events aimed at honoring and remembering LGBT youth who have suffered from hate-inspired bullying, discrimination, and violence.

Extended Shutdown Could Cost Maryland $5 Million In Lost Daily Revenue

Maryland is heavily dependent on the federal government for employment, a reality that is hurting the state as the federal government remains shuttered.

Got A Question Or Complaint About D.C. Public Schools? Now Someone Will Listen

On any given day, the Critical Response Team at D.C. Public Schools can field up to 300 calls from parents worrying about everything from Pre-K enrollment to a decades-old homecoming award never given.

Woman Shot To Death At U.S. Capitol After Chase Identified

Law enforcement have identified the woman killed in Thursday's high-speed chase that ended at the U.S. Capitol as 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stamford, Connecticut.

Your Letters

We'll pause in the midst of a tumultuous week to pass the microphone to listeners and read from their letters.

'Biodiversitree' Project Studies Health Of Tree Species

Scientists in Maryland are conducting a 100-year experiment to understand the role trees play in promoting biodiversity.

D.C. Debates Changes To Building-Height Limits

Local and federal officials are butting heads over the possibility of changing building-height limits in Washington, D.C.

From A To B: What Does It Take To Build A Streetcar Line?

It's been 50 years since streetcars rolled through D.C., and as we hear in our regular transportation segment, building a new streetcar line is proving to be a tricky process.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Police Chase Ends In Shots Fired Outside U.S. Capitol

A woman was shot and killed Thursday afternoon after trying to ram a security barricade at the White House, which set off a chase in which one Capitol Police officer was injured.

D.C. Tourism Officials Worry That Shutdown Will Drive Visitors Away

With many of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic sites shuttered by the partial federal government shutdown, tourism officials say that visitors are canceling trips and an extended impasse could have a negative impact on the city’s economy.