Local News from WAMU 88.5

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Virginia Could Miss Deadline For Health Care Exchanges

Under the new rules for Obama's Affordable Health Care Act, all states will be required to operate health-care exchanges, but Virginia may miss the deadline.

Obama Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

President Obama joined in the St. Patrick's Day festivities with a Guinness at a crowded bar near Union Station.

Prince George's County To Hold Town Hall On Jobs Bill

Prince George's County Council members are holding a town hall meeting Monday evening to discuss the benefits of the recently passed Jobs First Act.

Virginia Passes Bill For Convenient Chemo Treatment

The Virginia House and Senate passed a bill allowing for a more convenient form of chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients.

Caesar's Entertainment Supports Prince George's County Casino

An entertainment company seeking to build a casino in downtown Baltimore is supporting plans for a Prince George's County casino, even though they feel it'll hurt their own business.

Police Increase DUI Patrols And Checkpoints For St. Patrick's Day

Drivers can expect additional DUI patrols and checkpoints during today's St. Patrick's Day festivities around the region.

Fairfax County Student Told To Read Poem 'Blacker'

School administrators in Fairfax County are looking into accusations that a teacher forced the only African-American student in a classroom to read a poem "blacker."

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wave Of Crimes Against LGBT Community Worries Activists

Three crimes in the past week against members of the LGBT community have activists concerned about a repeat of the the spate of hate crimes that marred the District last year.

New Pedestrian Safety Program Launched In Ocean City

Ocean City is debuting three new highly-visible sidewalk markings to prevent pedestrian accidents, particularly this weekend when the city plays host to a St. Patrick's Day parade.

Lawmakers Continue Prince George's County Slots Discussion

One of the bills Maryland lawmakers are discussing today includes adding a slots casino in Prince George's County.

Bikeshare Opens Two Stations On National Mall

It's going to be easier to get around the National Mall this summer, as the National Park Service helped install two of a planned five National Bikeshare stations near the monuments today.

Bridging The Gap Between Home And School

We look to schools to ensure that students graduate high school, even though kids spend about three-quarters of their time outside of school. For many at-risk students, the extra attention paid to what's going on at home may be what gets them over the hump to graduation.

Track Work Hampers Metro, Cherry Blossoms Or Not

Track work will be affecting all five lines of the Metro this weekend as Metro gets in their last week of repairs before a brief break for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Riding Along With A DCPS Attendance Counselor

Stephen Liggon is an attendance counselor at Luke C. Moore High School in Northeast D.C. When students reach 10 unexcused absences from school, Stephen hits the street to talk with them -- and their parents -- in person. WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza went along on one of his trips.

WaPo's McCartney: Investigation Linking Money Orders And D.C. Council Members Continues

A WAMU investigation found suspicious money orders linking Jeffrey Thompson to Council member Vincent Orange and Mayor Vincent Gray.