Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, August 24, 2012

Virginia Community Unites For Fallen Marine

The small community of Altavista in Virginia is coming together to honor a fallen marine, and give his family a hand.

Virginia's SNAP Schedule To Change In October

In an effort toward a more effective distribution, Virginia officials are changing when they distribute SNAP benefits.

Supporters Happy With SEC Rules Regarding Financial Transparency Law

Congress finally writes rules to enforce a financial transparency law that was passed two years ago.

Two Dead, Several Wounded In Empire Building Shooting

Several people are wounded, and two are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting near the Empire State Building.

Congress Asked To Serve Tap Water At Inauguration

In an effort to save money and be more environmentally friendly, some lawmakers are asking Congress to serve tap water instead of bottled water at the presidential inauguration.

Future Of Lost Graves At Fort Ward Unknown

Alexandria city leaders are finishing up archeology of long-forgotten African-American graves at Fort Ward Park. And now, opinions are divided about what should happen next.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

DC Water Challenges Residents To Taste The Tap

Tap water is not only more environmentally sound than bottled water, but DC Water is keen to prove to District residents that it tastes as good, or better.

Ravens Fans Cautioned About Possible Rabies Exposure

The Baltimore Ravens are known to have a rabid fanbase, but health officials are cautioning that a run-in with a bat at M&T Stadium may actually have put fans at risk for contracting rabies.

Loudoun County Makes Recycling Easier

Loudoun County is giving people another reason to recycle... at no cost.

Maryland Legislator Admits To Drinking Before Boat Collision

Maryland Del. Donald Dwyer admitted to drinking alcohol before a boat he was operating collided with another boat on a river in Pasadena, Md., on Wednesday, hurting him and five others.

Report Says Hunger Is A Problem In Classrooms

In a survey, more than half of Maryland teachers say they hunger is a regular issue among students in their classrooms.

Derailment Cleanup Continues In Ellicott City

Ellicott City, Md. is still picking up the pieces after a coal train that derailed in the area early Tuesday morning, killing two teen girls. 

Officials Update Earthquake Emergency Procedure

Last summer's 5.8-maganitude earthquake that struck the D.C. region has caused officials to review and alter earthquake emergency plans.

George Huguely's Request For New Trial Denied

A judge has denied fromer UVA lacrosse player George Huguely's request for a new trial after he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, earlier this year. Huguely will be sentenced Aug.30. 

D.C. Mayor Turns Focus To DNC In Statehood Fight

D.C.'s ongoing battle for statehood faced a setbacks this week as Republicans made their opposition to statehood part of the national platform. Now, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will turn his attention to Democrats.