Local News from WAMU 88.5

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

West Nile Virus Shows Up In District

The West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in the District, and officials are warning people to take precautions.

Mount Ranier Cop Indicted For Attemped Murder

Gene Gillette, a police officer in Mount Rainier, Md., is due in court today after being indicted for attempted murder and sex offense charges in relation to a shooting in Capitol Heights earlier this month.

9/11 Memorials Prepare For 10-Year Anniversary

Managers of the memorial sites to the 9/11 terrorist attacks are now preparing for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, and some of them gathered at the National Building Museum last night to talk about the challenges of creating something both timely and timeless.

Debt Ceiling: Va. Governor Urges Lawmakers To Find Common Ground

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says a federal default will cause the Commonwealth to lose its AAA bond rating for the first time in 75 years.

Outside Planned Parenthood, Client Escorts And Abortion Opponents Clash

Each day, women walk into abortion clinics in the District. Some seek advice; others will enter and terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Almost all will be approached by someone who will try to persuade them not to enter the clinic, and one local group is trying to counter that effort.

Heat Wave Killed 3 People In Maryland Last Week

The heat wave that oppressed the D.C. area for most of last week killed three people in Maryland, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Virginia Lawmakers Try To Bridge Workforce Skills Gap

While tens of thousands of Virginia workers say they can't find jobs, many Virginia business owners say they can't find workers with the right qualifications. Now, state lawmakers are looking at way to narrow that gap.

DCPS Chancellor Says 'Hopes And Dreams' Campaign Will Bring Community Together

D.C.'s Public Schools are almost at the end of their "Hopes and Dreams" campaign where residents have been asked to share their opinion of what DCPS should look like in the future.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

The nature of Rock Bottom, eclectic sounds courtesy of Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and culture through clay.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Whooping Cough On The Rise In Virginia

Cases of whooping cough are on the rise in Virginia. So far this year, seven outbreaks have been reported according to AP.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: So Many Debt Limit Plans, So Little Time

Talks on the debt limit negotiations are largely stalled, as Democrats and Republicans now work on their own separate plans. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, talks with WAMU All Things Considered host Pat Brogan about the current status of talks.

Redskins Return To Work

With the end of the NFL lockout, the Washington Redskins are back to work.

Va. Governor Visits Alexandria to Sign "Ashley's Law"

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell visited Alexandria today for the ceremonial signing of "Ashley's Law" - named after a local resident killed in a traffic accident in 2008.

DC Water GM Says Ruling Could Affect Water Bills

A judge's ruling requiring federal regulators to come up with tougher pollution standards for the Anacostia River has the head of the DC Water District's water utility concerned.

Metro Adds New Bus Route To Deal With BRAC Traffic Woes In Alexandria

Metro has unveiled a new bus line to help handle traffic problems in Alexandria, Virginia created by the Base Realignment and Closure changes.

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