Local News from WAMU 88.5

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

D.C. Promises That Long-Awaited Northeast Bike Trail Will Be Completed

The eight-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail from downtown D.C. to Silver Spring remains unfinished, but D.C. officials are promising progress in the coming year.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

D.C. Businessmen Indicted For Allegedly Bribing Officials For Taxicab Licenses

A father-and-son duo were indicted Tuesday for allegedly paying bribes to gain licenses to operate D.C. taxicabs.

Five Years After Court Let D.C. Residents Keep Arms, Some Want To Bear Them

Five years ago today the Supreme Court struck down D.C.'s longstanding ban on handguns, but now some residents are waging the next legal fight: being able to carry their guns outside their homes.

How is sequestration affecting you this summer?

WAMU 88.5 is continuing to cover implementation of federal budget cuts, and we're wondering what sequestration means for you.

Loudoun Supervisor Won't Face Charges For Misuse Of Office Funds

Eugene Delgaudio will not face criminal charges after a special grand jury probe into allegations that he misused his county office to raise political funds.

Case Against Maryland 'Joker' For Threatening To Shoot Workers Dismissed

The case against Neil Prescott, the Maryland man who threatened to shoot his co-workers only days after a deadly rampage in Colorado, was dismissed today.

Second Thompson Associate Pleads Guilty In Massive Straw Donation Scheme

Stanley Straughter, a Philadelphia-based contractor associated with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, admitted that he gave $130,000 in straw donations to candidates for local and federal office.

Task Force Chickens Out On Loosening Rules On Backyard Hens In Arlington

A county task force couldn't come to consensus over whether or not rules governing backyard hens should be relaxed.

Montgomery County Officials Pitch Capital Bikeshare Expansion To Residents

This week officials in Montgomery County are meeting with residents to take feedback on the planned expansion of Capital Bikeshare into Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville and other sites in the county.

Monday, June 24, 2013

NASA To Launch Rockets From Wallops

NASA's two rockets, which were originally scheduled to launch Monday morning, are set to blast off Tuesday, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Studies Find Long Commutes Make People More Unhappy

No shock here: people stuck in traffic on a daily basis tend to be unhappier and less healthy.

National Zoo's Red Panda Wanders Off, Found In Adams Morgan

One of the National Zoo's red pandas wandered off on Monday, only to be caught after he was spotted by an eagle-eyed resident in Adams Morgan.

'Blair Witch' Director Hoping To Film At Abandoned Frederick Mall

The director of 1999's "Blair Witch Project" wants to come back to Maryland to film his next movie.

Analysis: Republican Chairmen Oppose Farm Bill, Women Influence Growing In Congress

David Hawkings talks about how lawmakers might learn from the failed farm bill when taking on immigration reform this week.

D.C. Debates Reversing Ban On Surrogacy Agreements

D.C. remains the only jurisdiction in the country that bans surrogacy agreements, but a new bill could change that.