Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Quarter Of D.C. Area Residents Speak Language Other Than English At Home

A new report reflects the diversity of the D.C. Metro region, where more than a quarter of local residents speak a language other than English in their homes.

Suspects Indicted In Dozens Of Eastern Shore Arson Cases

More than 70 buildings on Virginia's Eastern Shore destroyed by arson, and the two suspects being held have been formally charged.

Maximum Sentence For Bradley Manning Reduced To 90 Years

Several counts faced by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning have been merged together, reducing the maximum jailtime he faces for his role in the release of classified documents to Wikileaks.

In Early Poll, Gray Leads All Mayoral Contenders

A poll commissioned by one of his challengers finds D.C. Mayor Vince Gray leading the pack, though many voters remain undecided ahead of April 2014 mayoral primary.

Gansler Proposes Measures To Help Ease Ex-Offenders Back Into Society

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is calling for reforms to help people who have served prison sentences to re-enter society.

Two Men Die After Catamaran Capsizes North Of Ocean City

The two men died after their 28-foot catamaran capsized in rough seas on Monday. Two other men survived after being rescued by nearby fishing vessels.

Former Assistant Virginia Attorney General Sues Cuccinelli Over Firing

A former Virginia assistant attorney general claims in a lawsuit that she was improperly fired after being accused of posting derogatory comments about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on a newspaper's website.

Metro Police To Hand Out Free U-Locks To Cyclists Today

Metro Transit Police will be on hand at the College Park Metro station from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, where they will hand out free U-locks to cyclists who register their bikes with the agency.

Virginia Libertarian Takes Aim At State-Owned Liquor Stores

Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate in Virginia's gubernatorial race, wants to privatize the commonwealth's state-run liquor stores.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Area Beaches See Rise In Dolphin Deaths

As many as 44 dolphins were found dead on Virginia beaches, just last month, which has marine biologists searching for a cause.

Maryland Seeks Private Firm To Build And Run Purple Line

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is pressing forward with the $2.2 billion Purple Line, and is seeking a private partner to help operate the east-west light rail line once it's running.

D.C.'s Rate Of Pedestrian Fatalities Higher Than National Average

Federal funding will be made available to the District, along with 21 other cities, following a report that pedestrian fatalities are on the rise.

Former Baltimore Colt Art Donovan Dies at 89

One of the most beloved athletes in Baltimore history, Art Donovan, has died. The former Baltimore Colt was 89.

Amid National Debate, Gray Remains Undecided On Minimum Wage Increase

As low-wage workers across the country protest to demand higher pay, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray says he remains undecided on whether the minimum wage in the city should go up.

Analysis: Steny Hoyer Leads Congressional Delegation To Israel

David Hawkings talks about what kind of impact Congressional delegations have, as well as Sen. Tim Kaine's new role as chairman of the Senate subcommittee on the Middle East.

Pages