Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, February 15, 2013

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.

D.C. Gigs: Greeting Power Brokers At The Willard

In our latest edition of D.C. Gigs, we'll head to the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, where Steve Blum has worked for more than 26 years as bellhop, doorman and lobby manager.

D.C. Dives: Jay's Saloon Recalls Different Era In Clarendon

Our monthly series on local dive bars takes us to Jay's Saloon in Clarendon, Va. Jerad Walker finds out why this quirky establishment has survived for 20 years... and why it may soon be gone.

How A Maryland Community Draws From History As Slave Enclave

In honor of Black History Month, we visit two of Maryland's "kinship communities," which were settled by former slaves after the Civil War.

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.

Metro Pegs Green Line Fiasco On Miscommunications

Metro released their version massive delays on the Green Line in late January, citing miscommunication as the cause of a chaotic commute, where an estimated 200 riders abandoned a stranded train.