Local News from WAMU 88.5

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dominion To Offer Energy Efficiency Programs

Dominion Virginia Power has been given the green light to move forward with several energy-efficiency and demand-reduction programs, which will help customers save money over time.

More Than 300 DCPS Jobs To Be Cut

More than 300 D.C. public school teachers have been told their jobs are being eliminated, a move that's part of the system's so-called "excessing" process.

Safe Routes To School Program In Jeopardy

Federal funding is in jeopardy for a local program that provides safe trails for children on their way to school.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Alexandria Among Playful City USA Communities

Alexandria is one of four Virginia towns being recognized as America's most playful cities.

Virginia Continues Working On Healthcare Benchmarks

Virginia lawmakers have until fall to devise the state's benchmark plan for healthcare.

Virginia Participates In Climate Impacts Day

In honor of Climate Impacts Day, environmental activists are showing Virginia residents that climate change is taking a toll now.

D.C. Area Activities Planned For Climate Impacts Day

Environmental activists around the region are joining in a global day of action on climate change.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tolls Are Biggest Silver Line Issue, Not Unions, Residents Say

While funding for Silver Line construction continues to hinge on whether contractors using union labor will get preferential treatment, residents of nearby Reston, Va. are objecting to the threat of dramatic toll hikes.

O'Malley Announces Special Session For May 14

Facing a "Doomsday budget" that features $512 million in cuts on July 1, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has officially called a special session of the General Assembly to come up with a state budget.

Architect Makes Pitch For Whole Foods In Prince George's County

After residents in the Riverdale Park area voiced their concerns about commercial development in their neighborhood, the developer went back on the offensive, as an architect explained the plan before the County Council.

More Speed Cameras Coming To Montgomery County

Montgomery County is getting more than a dozen new speed cameras.

Ulman, Baker Go Through Firefighting Training

Ken Ulman and Rushern Baker receive hands-on firefighter training to help make budget decisions for their counties.

Metro Won't Postpone Track Work This Weekend

Metro won't postpone scheduled track work even though the weekend is full of  major sporting and other events, the agency says. 

Q&A: Education Reporter Kavitha Cardoza On American Graduate Series

WAMU 88.5 education reporter Kavitha Cardoza talks about the dropout crisis in the U.S. and about what she learned through the months of reporting she did for the American Graduate series.

Alexandria Democratic Party Fractured Leading Up To Primary

A rare competitive Democratic primary is bringing out all kinds of party factions issuing endorsements for Alexandria City Council.