Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

D.C. Students See Modest Gains In Test Scores, But Few Remain Ready For College

Students in D.C.'s public schools are doing better on English and math tests, but even with recent gains only around a quarter of them are considered ready for college or career.

LISTEN: 'Heavy Duty' SafeTrack Surges Ahead After Labor Day For Metro

Metro has reached a halfway point of sorts, completing about eight of its planned SafeTrack "maintenance surges," but there are many months of single-tracking and shutdowns ahead. Martin Di Caro and Matt McCleskey explain what's waiting in September and beyond.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Inquiry Into Conflict At D.C. Agency Is Planned By Council Member Cheh

Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says she plans on holding hearings on a recent staff shakeup at the city department that awards major public construction projects.

How Many Times Were You Late? Metro Is Keeping Track Of It Just For You

If you log into your SmarTrip account, you'll notice that Metro has started providing individualized trip analysis. It's called MyTripTime, and it measures the time from when you tap in, to when you tap out.

D.C. Takes Homes From Developer, Plans To Turn Them Into Affordable Housing

Six D.C. homes owned by a Virginia developer have been taken by the D.C. government and will be converted into affordable housing.

After 20 Years, Are Charters And DCPS Learning To Get Along?

When charter schools first opened in D.C. 20 years ago, the idea was that the competition would force the city's public school system to improve. But that competition is slowly being replaced by a spirit of cooperation with D.C. Public Schools.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

LISTEN: Pay-to-Play Politics, Big Appointments Loom In D.C.

Catch up on the week's major regional news stories with Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and The Washington Post's Robert McCartney.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Turmoil At D.C. Agency After Disputes With Prominent Contractor, Campaign Contributor

The head of the D.C. Department of General Services has resigned and two top staffers are being forced out after a company that has been a key contributor to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s campaigns lost out on two major city construction contracts, sources tell WAMU 88.5.

Metro Board Presses Leadership On Problems With Track Inspections

It was a packed house this morning at the WMATA board meeting, where explanations into the gaps in track inspections were not forthcoming.

Uber Rolls Out New 'Scheduled Rides' Feature In Washington

Heading to the airport without a lot of time to lose? Uber is rolling out a new feature that will let you schedule a ride ahead of time — taking another bite out of taxicabs' traditional business.

Coming Soon To D.C. Streetcar: Sunday Service And Shorter Wait Times

For those who live or work on H Street, the D.C. Streetcar may soon become a more viable alternative to the bus — with a long-anticipated increase in service.

D.C. Is Full Of Tiny, Obscure Parks. Can The NPS Keep Up With Them?

In D.C., the National Park Service manages nearly 7,000 acres of public land — and some say the agency struggles to get the job done.

Why Don’t Washingtonians Take More Fashion Risks?

Professional Washington has a reputation for being conservative in its style of dress — is there any truth to this? And how can we break out of our box?