Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, October 19, 2012

Voter ID Requirements

Virginia state law now requires registered voters to present an approved ID to cast a regular ballot in the Nov. 6 election.

Polling Places and Times

Voters are encouraged to check their voting locations before heading to the polls.

Frequently Asked Questions For Voters In D.C., Maryland, And Virginia

Frequently asked questions for Nov. 6, 2012 voters in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

Virginia Executive Sentenced For Domestic Bribery

A former Virginia executive has been sentenced to prison for his role in one of the largest domestic bribery schemes in federal contracting.

Harassment Complaints Spike On Capitol Hill

Allegations of harassment and discrimination went up five-fold between 2006 and 2011, according to a new report from Congress' Office of Compliance. 

Beltway Inner Loop Closes After Accident Involving Tractor Trailers

A major accident on the Inner Loop of Interstate 495 stopped traffic for more than two hours this morning and is expected to affect the rest of the morning commute.

Developers Gear Up For Big Deals In Tysons Corner

Prospective Tysons Corner real estate developers are salivating at the possibility of adding housing and office space for more than 100,000 people to the area. 

Suspect In Molotov Cocktail Attack Appears In Alexandria Court

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A man accused of trying to set the food court at Ballston Common Mall ablaze using what is believed to be a Molotov cocktail, appeared in court Friday afternoon.

Storycorps: Born African American, Raised By White Foster Parents

We continue our month-long series of Storycorps interviews with the story of Terry Wright, an African American woman raised by white foster parents.

Bookend: Pulitzer Prize Winner Edward P. Jones Discusses His Work

For this month's Bookend, we bring you the most decorated fiction writer D.C. has produced in recent years: Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Alexandria Boat Club Fight Spotlights Virginia Eminent Domain Debate

Virginia voters will decide next month whether to add protections against eminent domain to the commonwealth's constitution. Nowhere are the implications more obvious than the Alexandria waterfront.

Montgomery County Cracks Down On Handicap Parking Abuse

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Montgomery County has a new tool at their disposal to enforce laws governing handicap spaces and crack down on people abusing handicap placards.

MTA Expanding Audio Recording On Buses Over Privacy Objections

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The Maryland Transit Authority has plans to install audio recording equipment on half its fleet by next year, but groups like the ACLU are concerned about what it means for privacy.

Local Muslim Group Speaks Out Against Attempted Federal Reserve Attack

Leaders from the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are emphasizing that outreach to young people is the most important deterrent to incidents like the attempted attack on the Federal Reserve in New York.

Judge Dismisses Most Serious Charges In Case Of College Park Beating

The two Prince George's County police shown beating a prone and unarmed UMD student after a 2010 basketball game have had the most serious charges against them dropped.