Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, October 5, 2012

Track Work On Orange, Red Through Columbus Day

Don't have the day off for Columbus Day? Well that's just too bad, because weekend track work on the Orange and Red lines will continue through Monday.

Virginia Holds Tax-Free Holiday On Energy Efficient Products

Virginia is offering a tax holiday for certain energy efficient products and appliances starting Oct. 5.

Analysis: 'Gang of Eight' Starts On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings says the 'Gang of Eight' senators may be trying to "clear out the underbrush" and lay the foundation for an eventual deal to avoid the fiscal cliff that would be made after the election. 

Analysis: Redskins Support Maryland Gambling, Nationals Unite D.C. Region

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about D.C. budget autonomy, the Washington Redskins' support over expanded gambling in Maryland, and how the Nationals' success unites the D.C. region.

Governor Wants Virginia To Be An 'Energy Capital'

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell hosted his annual Conference on Energy this week, touting the commonwealth's potential as the "energy capital of the East Coast." 

MLB Playoffs Begin, Orioles Head To Texas To Face Rangers

The Major League Baseball playoffs start today, with the Baltimore Orioles in action this evening. Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals will learn who their first round opponent will be today.

D.C. Combines Health Care Exchanges For Individuals, Small Biz

D.C. is considering a move to combine the city's health care exchange for individuals with one for small businesses as part of its efforts to comply with the Affordable Care Act. 

Maryland Parents Educate Teens On Drunk Driving

Montgomery County parents are working ahead of time to prevent alcohol-related crashes during homecoming season.

Foggy Bottom: One Of D.C.'s First 'WalkUP' Neighborhoods

D.C.'s Foggy Bottom neighborhood simultaneously provides a prime example and a cautionary tale about the transition to vibrant, transit-oriented urban communities. 

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 5

One of Europe's best, sonic landscape celebrations, and Chips Off the Old Bach.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Analysis: Virginians Eye Candidates During Presidential Debates

Michael Pope, Virginia reporter for WAMU 88.5, sets the scene for the state of the presidential election in Virginia before the first presidential debate.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sequestration Threatens To Slash Billions From Budget

Lawmakers in the region are terrified about the steep budget cuts hanging over the federal budget, but they're still struggling to get past partisan differences that have prevented a deal.

Maryland, Virginia Medical Facilities Respond To Meningitis Outbreak

Several medical facilities in Maryland and Virginia are contacting hundreds of patients who may have been infected with meningitis.

Obama And Romney Focus On Virginia

After the first presidential debate wrapped up in Denver, both candidates are turning their attention to Virginia.

Technology Helps Victims Avoid Abuser's Gaze

Videoconference software offers abuse victims a way to testify in a Montgomery County court without having to face their abuser.