Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, February 15, 2013

Pharmaceutical Companies Court Virginia Lawmakers For Rule Changes

Pharmaceutical companies have been singing Virginia's praises for it's pioneering work in clinical trials, but some wonder whether it's not a PR stunt to court favor for proposed rules changes on generic drugs.

House Passes Extension Of Pay Freeze For Federal Workers

An extension of the pay freeze on federal workers has passed the U.S. House, though it is likely to be voted down in the Senate, as it is opposed by Senate Democrats.

U.S. Postal Worker Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes

A purchasing specialist with the U.S. Postal Service has pleaded guilty to accepting thousand of dollars in bribes.

Metro Delays Abound Over President's Day Weekend

Federal employees can enjoy some extra time off this President's Day Weekend, but with station closings around the Metro system, don't expect to get anywhere too quickly.

Analysis: House Votes On Extending Federal Pay Freeze

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the House bill that would extend the pay freeze for federal employees.

Alexandria Leaders Poised To Rezone Waterfront

Alexandria City Council members may finally have cleared away the obstacles to the construction of a new waterfront hotel that could change the face of Old Town.

How Will Implementation of the Affordable Care Act Affect You?

As the deadline for implementation of many elements of the Affordable Care Act approaches, WAMU 88.5 is working to understand what changes in health care will mean for local communities. 

Virginia Lawmakers Reject Farm Sales Bill

Virginia lawmakers have rejected a bill that would strengthen local farmers' rights to sell products.

Gray To Push For Increase In D.C. Education Funds

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wants to increase the city's education funding by 2 percent.

Virginia's Concealed Handgun Bill Goes To Governor

Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill that will keep the names of all holders of concealed-carry gun permits a secret from the public; the bill now goes to Gov. Bob McDonnell for signature.

Wilson High Learns To 'Love Your Healthy Self'

Wilson High School students got a special health lesson during a "Love Your Healthy Self" health fair at the school Thursday.

Teacher Double-'Crosses' Students Into Learning Vocabulary

A former Prince George's County high school teacher found a way to help teach vocabulary to his disadvantaged students using one of the oldest tricks in the book.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

D.C. Activists Sue To Halt West End Project

The District's deal to develop an area of West End is tantamount to a giveaway, according to activists suing to put a stop to the project.

O'Malley Takes On Death Penalty In Maryland Senate Hearing

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley tackled another of his legislative priorities on Thursday, testifying against the death penalty before a Senate committee.

Ladies In Red: Congresswomen Call Attention To Heart Health

Female lawmakers on Capitol Hill came to work wearing red on Valentine's, not to celebrate the holiday for lovers, but to call attention to the risk of heart disease for American women.