Local News from WAMU 88.5

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fairfax County Schools' Planetarium Shut Down Indefinitely

Parents and school officials are divided over the future of a planetarium at a Fairfax County middle school.

Montgomery County Holds Town Hall For Students

Montgomery County students will have the opportunity to speak their minds at a county council meeting this week.

Record Number Of Baby Oysters Placed In Bay

The Horn Point Oyster Hatchery says it's produced a record number of baby oysters to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's depleted population.

D.C. Scholarship Helps Students Attend College Close To Home

The District is making it easier for 185 students to attend college close to home.

D.C. Church Remembers Sniper Shootings 10 Years Later

A D.C. church is marking the 10th anniversary of the D.C. area sniper shootings with a service of remembrance.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

EPA's Bay Cleanup Strategy Heads To Court

The Environmental Protection Agency's strategy to clean up the Chesapeake Bay is being argued about in court.

Supreme Court To Decide Virginia FOIA Case

The case of two Rhode Island residents trying to obtain government documents from the state of Virginia is now headed to the Supreme Court.

Maryland Municipal League Members Eyeing State Money

Maryland cities and towns need more roadwork and policing, and they want the state to pay for it.

Issue Of Restitution Raised In Virginia Child Sexual Abuse Law

Some question whether Virginia's prosecutors are going after sexual offenders for restitution, or if victims even know they have the right to demand it.

National Guard Memorial Museum Closes For New 9/11 Era Gallery

The National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is preparing to close for a few weeks for renovations.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Vet Of 'The Apprentice' Heads Taste Of D.C.

Taste of D.C. is run with a very entrepreneurial spirit, thanks to the event producer — native Washingtonian Steuart Martens, a veteran of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."

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. 

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.