Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

D.C. Councilwoman Cheh Pushes For Public Release Of Mugshots

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is calling for the District to join the more than two-thirds of states that release mugshots to the public.

National Prayer Service Caps Inauguration Ceremonies

President Barack Obama started the first official day of his second term Tuesday at a prayer service at the National Cathedral, emphasizing a spirit of inclusion.

VIDEO: Inauguration Day Time Lapse

WAMU 88.5's Morning Edition crew had to be at the U.S. Capitol at 4 a.m. to kick off the station's live inauguration coverage on Jan. 21. They set up a camera to record images for this time lapse video. 

Va. Senate Committee Endorses Crime Bills

Virginia lawmakers have endorsed a plan to crack down on illegal cigarette trafficking and to prevent the elderly and the incapacitated from being the victims of financial crimes.

Montgomery County Council To Vote On Gun Control Resolution

The Montgomery County Council votes on a resolution today that would urge Maryland state lawmakers and members of Congress  to take actions to reduce gun violence.

Maryland Bill Would Allow Casino Revenues To Go Toward School Safety

One Maryland lawmaker wants to make it easier to use some revenues from that state's casinos to place armed guards in schools if the schools see fit.

Cleanup Crews Brave Chilly Temps After Inauguration

Cleanup is underway on the National Mall and throughout the District today after President Obama's second inauguration yesterday. That cleanup will be a rather chilly affair during the next couple of days.

Washington Gets Decked Out For Inaugural Balls

Washington partied late into the night Monday night at two official — and many unofficial — inaugural balls. Attendees came from around the country to celebrate President Obama's second inauguration.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Virginia Senate Reappoints Controversial UVA Rector

University of Virginia Board Rector Helen Dragas received overwhelming support in a vote by the state senate, despite her role in the controversial forced resignation of President Theresa Sullivan.

Virginia Bill Would Add Absentee Exception For Seniors

A bill flew through the Virginia Senate on Monday that would offer seniors in the commonwealth the ability to cast absentee ballots.

Agenda Laid Out In Obama's Inaugural Address Delights Area Lawmakers

President Barack Obama didn't pull any punches in his Inauguration Day speech. Area lamwkers reacted strongly to the liberal causes he addressed, including climate change.

Despite Snafus, Metro Has Largely Problem-Free Inaugural

The crowds were big and the minor interruptions plenty, but the Metro managed to handle the Inauguration Day influx of passengers without major issues.

PHOTOS: Inauguration Day 2013

The WAMU team was broadcasting live from the U.S. Capitol all morning on Inauguration Day. Check out the view from right in the middle of the action.

Analysis: Post-Inauguration For The House And Senate

The U.S. Capital has often been a site for bitter partisanship in the past few years but today of course it is the venue for the 57th Presidential Inauguration and member of both parties will be coming together in honor of the occasion. 

Gray Hopes Message Of Inaugural Address Will Apply To District Residents

President Barack Obama spoke of inclusiveness and fairness during his inaugural address, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he hopes those same principles come to embrace residents of the District.