Local News from WAMU 88.5

Sunday, September 30, 2012

GMU Economist Makes Case For An Improving World

Despite the melting ice caps, austerity riots, and violence in the Middle East, an economist at George Mason University says the world is actually getting better.

EPA Orders Military Base And WSSC To Fix Water Problems

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission are required to sort out some water issues.

New Scooter Regulations In Maryland Begin Monday

Scooter and moped riders in Maryland are now required to carry proof of insurance and registration, or otherwise pay a hefty fine.

Alexandria Power Plant Closes After Lengthy Fight

Alexandria officials are celebrating the victory of the long awaited closing of the GenOn coal power plant.

Maryland Sequestration Could Cut Thousands Of Jobs

Maryland state officials are taking a look at what the federal budget sequester would mean for the state's bottom line.

Virginia Tree Nurseries Set To Reopen

Virginia residents will soon be able to take advantage of over 24 million tree seedlings in the state's two tree nurseries.

Former Occupy DC Protesters Help Local Reverend

A local reverend facing foreclosure is getting support from former Occupy DC protestors.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ocean City Extends Ad Agency And Rodney The Lifeguard Contract

The Ocean City Council opted to give their official mascot at least one more year as they renewed the contract of the ad agency that created Rodney the Lifeguard.

Office of Police Complaints Say D.C. Police Abusing Power

Six complaints of off-duty officers abusing their power are raising concerns about Metropolitan Police Department policies.

Construction Employment Up In D.C.

The District has one of the fastest growing construction industries in the country.

Police Uncover Renoir Painting Theft Report

The story of the flea market find that turned out to be the work of a French Impressionist continues to unfold.

American Muslim Organization Hosts National Walkathon

Thousands are expected to participate in an interstate walkathon to help fight "Islamophobia."

Friday, September 28, 2012

Local Counties Recommend Flu Shot For All This Year

woman getting a flu shot

Shortages have relegated flu shots to the vulnerable in years past, but now health officials are recommending that everybody get vaccinated.

Virginia Horse Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Animal health officials in Virginia are urging horse owners to check vaccination records after one horse contracted West Nile virus.

Monday, October 1, 2012

StoryCorps: Ed Walker, Host Of The Big Broadcast, On His Early Start In Radio

Host of The Big Broadcast, Ed Walker

Ed Walker got his start on the radio at a very early age. In the first story recorded as part of the StoryCorps program, the host of The Big Broadcast shares his passion for the art form.