Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, March 29, 2013

This Week On Metro Connection: Energy

From uranium mining to solar panels, we'll explore how we'll fuel our region's future with a show all about "Energy."

Thursday, March 28, 2013

D.C. Mayor Gray Unveils $10.1B Budget

A new $10.1 billion budget for the District includes new spending on housing, police and fire department vehicles, and libraries.

Maryland Senate Passes Funding For Health Benefit Exchange

Senators voted 35-11 for the bill that will fund the program allowing residents a choice of private health plans.

Sharpshooters Continue Deer Hunt In Rock Creek Park

Trained marksmen with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are on a four-night deer hunt to reduce deer density in Rock Creek Park.

House Lawmakers Push For Bicyclist, Pedestrian Safety Goals

Bicycling advocates have been lobbying Congress to address the 5,000 bicyclist and pedestrian roadway deaths, and a bipartisan group of House lawmakers has heeded their call.

Maryland Senate Passes 'Black Liquor' Bill

Environmentalists urged the Maryland Senate to remove 'black liquor' from the list of renewable energy sources — a request it obliged Thursday.

Pentagon Cuts Furlough Days For Civilian Workers

Amidst months of bad news, Pentagon workers finally got a reprieve late Wednesday, when officials revealed that they were trimming the number of furlough days by a third.

Purple Line A Tough Sell To Many Affected Maryland Residents

While many in Annapolis are pleased with the potential of a Purple Line addition to the Metro, many business owners and local residents are expressing concern for their neighborhoods and businesses.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

D.C. Council Candidate Pat Mara Denies Lobbying For Exxon Mobil

Patrick Mara, who just won the DC Sierra Club endorsement for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council, disputes a congressional lobbying record that lists him as a paid lobbyist for Exxon Mobil.

Still No Clear Front Runner In Virginia Governor Race

Voters in the commonwealth don't yet prefer either major candidatesfor Virginia governor, voicing support for both Terry Auliffe and Ken Cuccinelli in nearly equal numbers.

D.C. Area Patients Face Longer Wait Times Than Most

Those heading to a physician in D.C., Maryland and Virginia spend more time on average in waitings rooms than patients elsewhere in the nation, according to a new report.

Friday, May 24, 2013

D.C. Development: Fixing The System

D.C. has to look no further than its neighbors, Maryland and Virginia, for ways to hold developers to their promises. Meanwhile, critics call for campaign finance reform.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Empty Promises: Developers Often Don't Deliver

Developers receiving subsidies pledge jobs, affordable housing and other benefits for D.C. residents. Yet with little oversight and enforcement, many of the promises were downsized, delayed or broken.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Million-Dollar Properties, $1 Deals

Parcels of city land—often valued at millions of dollars—have been awarded to politically connected developers, some for pennies on the dollar. Since 2008, D.C. lawmakers have approved 20 of these land deals, at a loss of more than $200 million in city assets.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Major Campaign Donors Score Hefty City Subsidies

Construction cranes can be seen throughout the District. Less visible are the symbiotic relationships between land developers and city officials awarding tax breaks and discounted land deals. WAMU investigates.

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