Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fairfax Goes Global In Quest For Economic Power

Fairfax County, Va., is setting up shop in far-flung international cities to woo global corporations to set up shop in our region.

Is The District's National Political Power On The Wane?

As D.C. Democrats struggle to have their voices heard at the convention in Charlotte, we ask WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden why the city is apparently at a low ebb when it comes to national power and influence.

This Week On Metro Connection: Power

As the summer ends and the electoral campaigns heat up, we take a look at power — from the political arena to the realm of real-life super heroes.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

MWAA Takes Comments On Dulles Toll Road Toll Hikes

Members of the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will take comments on possible toll hikes for the Dulles Toll Road during a public hearing tonight. 

Haitian Boys Choir Visits D.C., Performs To Help Fix Their School

Washington is hosting the Les Petits Chanteurs, a renowned Haitian boys choir, as the children tour the world to raise money for their school, which was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. 

ACLU Sues MPD Over Confiscated Memory Card

The Metropolitan Police Department is facing a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union that alleges officers confiscated a memory card from a citizen's camera after he was photographing the officers.

DNC 2012 Roundup: Bill Clinton, Dems' Secret Weapon, Makes The Case For Obama

Former President Bill Clinton came to President Obama's defense at the Democratic National Convention last night, wowing the crowd despite a lengthy speech. 

Van Hollen's Speech Captures DNC Attention

Maryland delegates at the Democratic National Convention are keeping their eyes on Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen who they say is a rising star.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Alexandria Residents Question Ethanol Spill Response

Norfolk Southern Railroad waited an hour after a spill of toxic liquid ethanol to notify the Alexandria fire department, again calling into question the whether the city should be able to regulate the practice.

NASA Reschedules Rocket Launch For Thursday

It's a bird! It's a plane! Actually, if you're looking at Virginia's Eastern Shore Thursday morning, it's likely you're seeing the first flight of NASA's Talos-Terrier-Oriole launch vehicle

Focus On Gender Gap Misses Deeper Impacts Of Women's Issues

So-called "women's issues" are a hot-button issue in the presidential campaign season so far, but several prominent advocates for women say these issues actually affect most voters.

Baltimore To Celebrate Phelps, Other Olympians Monday

Maryland will celebrate their own on Monday, when they receive 22-time gold medalist Michael Phelps as well as other state Olympians at the Inner Harbor.

Simultaneous Success Of Nats, O's A Historic Happening

The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are two teams that have found winning elusive, so the simultaneous success of both teams has some turning to the history books for precedent.

Area Winter Will Be A White One, Almanac Says

Driven by an El Nino pattern in the Pacific, one of the region's oldest almanacs is forecasting a Winter heavily-laden with snow.

Ellicott City Derailment Caused $2.2M In Damage

The human cost of the Ellicott City train derailment last month is already well known, but a preliminary report by the NTSB identifies the cost in property damage: more than $2 million.