Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hurricane Season Has Officials Pushing Preparedness

Hurricane season begins June 1, and officials say it's time to start thinking about hurricane preparedness and boating safety.

New D.C. Foreclosure Rules Take Effect Tomorrow

New D.C. regulations go into effect Wednesday that require banks to go further to try to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. But some are wondering whether the requirement for mediation between lenders and borrowers will actually keep people from losing their homes.

Email Records Proving Challenging For Va. FOIA Officers

A recent Freedom of Information Act request that cost the state of Virginia $34,000 to compile has state officials looking at their open records practices.

BRAC Delay Out Of Local Va. Officials' Hands

The fight to delay the September arrival of more than 6,000 federal workers at the Department of Defense's new Mark Center complex off Interstate 395 in Alexandria continues, but lawmakers are finding that there's little then can do to stop the move.

Sharpe Health School Parents Fight Budget Cuts

A D.C. school that serves some of the District's most developmentally challenged students may be facing significant budget cuts in 2012, and that has some D.C. Council members concerned and some parents angry.

Blue Angels Cancel Naval Academy Displays

The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's famous aerobatic flying team, have announced they are canceling two scheduled air displays this week at the U.S. Naval Academy. Thousands of visiting family members and the graduates themselves are disappointed by the last-minute cancellations.

D.C. Council Chair To Unveil 2012 Budget Plan

D.C.'s plan to close its $322 million budget deficit should become a lot clearer today.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Movies on U Street, Cold Light in The Fridge, and serious speeches at Ford’s.

Parking Rate Increase Coming To Montgomery County

Montgomery County is raising parking rates and bus fares in its attempt to balance its 2012 budget. The plan is expected to be approved later this week.

In Arlington Free Clinic, Service Depends On Chance

People without health coverage in Northern Virginia gather each month at the Arlington Free Clinic for services. The demand is so high the clinic is being forced to conduct a lottery, and more and more patients are showing up each month.

The Hill: Congress Watches Netanyahu's Speech And N.Y. Special Election

WAMU's host, Pat Brogan, speaks with Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill, about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech in Congress and a special election in New York that could be an indicator for 2012 election results.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tanger Outlets To Open At National Harbor

A new high-end $100 million, 350,000-square-foot outlet mall will be built just off the Capital Beltway as part of the National Harbor Complex.

Number Of Homeless D.C. Families On The Rise

Activists involved in fighting homelessness are warning District government officials that proposed cuts in homeless services could take a serious toll on the homeless population in D.C.

D.C. Police Arrests Man For The Killing Of His Daughter Last Year

Following a six-month investigation, police over the weekend arrested 45-year-old Rodney J. McIntyre of southeast Washington, D.C.

USDA Hopes To Stem Spread Of Invasive Beetle

Federal authorities are asking campers to buy their firewood locally in an effort to stop the spread of an invasive beetle this Memorial Day weekend.