Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, January 17, 2013

DCPS Chancellor Takes 5 Schools Off Closure List

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson

D.C. Public Schools has removed five schools from a list of 20 that were slated for closure last year. A total of 13 schools will close at the end of this academic year and two more will close in 2014.

Metro Officials Urge Inauguration Visitors To Plan Ahead

'Be prepared' should be the motto of anyone heading to the inauguration on Monday, and that extends to Metro. WMATA officials are urging riders and visitors to plan routes and fare card purchases ahead of time.

Winter Storm Watch Downgraded To Advisory For D.C. Region

The D.C. region should still expect some snow this evening, but the storm is not expected to have as much of an impact as previously thought. Accumulation is expected to be between 1-3 inches of snow.

Art Beat with Lauren Landau, Jan. 17

The Constellation Theatre Company debut their version of "Zorro" tonight and the Wolf Trap presents a gathering of international guitarists. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

High-Capacity Magazine Vendors Arrested In Baltimore

Baltimore County Police have arrested a pair of vendors accused of selling high-capacity magazines at a gun show at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Virginia Lawmakers Take On Abortion, Again

Alexandria Delegate Rob Krupicka, a democrat, is co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the transvaginal ultrasound requirement.

Marine Corps Band Prepares For Inauguration

A brass ensemble from the Marine Corps Band will play during a prayer breakfast at the Washington National Cathedral a day after President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term.

LaHood 'Optimistic' About Silver Line Federal Loan

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for cleaning up its hiring and contracting practices, saying he's optimistic a federal loan for Metro's Silver Line rail project will be approved "sooner rather than later."

Virginia Senate Committee Approves UVA Rector Nomination

A Virginia State Senate committee has approved the re-nomination of University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas, paving the way for a vote in the full Senate. Dragas came under fire last year for her attempt to remove UVA president Theresa Sullivan. 

D.C. Fire Department Developing New Sick Leave Policy

D.C. Fire and EMS is examining its sick leave policy after approximately 90 firefighters called out sick on New Year's Eve. A D.C. man says his father died while waiting for an ambulance early in the morning on New Year's Day.

More Reports Of Nepotism, No-Bid Contracts At MWAA

More than 10 percent of Metropolitan Airports Authority employees are related to someone else that works there, and more information has come out about no-bid contracts at the agency.

Lawyers For Virginia Death Row Inmate Ask SCOTUS For Stay

Attorneys for an inmate scheduled to be executed tonight in Virginia are asking the Supreme Court to stay his execution and order a mental health evaluation.

Virginia Democrat Proposes Gas Tax Increase

State Senate Democrats in Virginia have proposed an alternative to Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to do away with the gas tax and instead raise the sales tax; Democrats' proposal would increase the gas tax by 10 cents during the next two years.

Virginia Business Leaders Split On Uranium Mining

Business leaders in Virginia are largely split on whether the state should lift a ban on uranium mining, according to a new report released by a state task force. Allowing uranium mining in Pittsylvania County is expected to be the subject of much debate in the General Assembly this year.

D.C. Plans Expanded Bikeshare, Other Bike Parking For Inauguration

Bicycling may be the best way to get to D.C.'s inaugural events on Monday, and city officials are preparing to accommodate thousands of bikes that will need to be parked downtown.