Local News from WAMU 88.5

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dupont Circle South Closed For Eight Months

The notoriously unreliable escalators at the south entrance of Dupont Circle are being replaced in the first step of WMATA's push to increase reliability around Metro.

Virginia Tables Request To Reclassify Marijuana

A bill that would have formally called on the fed to reconsider marijuana's classification as a Schedule II drug has been tabled in Virginia's House.

Metrobus Crash In Silver Spring

A Metrobus accident in Silver Spring has resulted in at least two injuries and traffic backups on Colesville Road.

Gas Thieves Using Drills To Steal Gas From Car Tanks

A rash of gas thefts have officials warning drivers to be careful where they park their cars and to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

Internet Gambling Repeal Before D.C. Council Committee Today

D.C.'s Internet gaming law will face an up or down vote today when a bill to repeal the measure comes to a D.C. Council committee. If the repeal passes, the issue could come before the full council. 

D.C. Homeland Security Chief Resigns

The latest chapter of the Harry Thomas Jr. scandal involvs the resignation of the chief of D.C.'s homeland security and emergency management agency. Millicent West was in charge of a youth investment trust fund during the time Thomas is accused of stealing more than $350,000.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Hill: Senate Gets A New Parliamentarian

The position of parliamentarian for the U.S. Senate is not one that gets a lot of attention, but as the position changes hands and goes to Elizabeth MacDonough, it could have implications on the future of Congress.

O'Malley Testifies In Favor Of Gay Marriage Bill

Governor Martin O'Malley broadcasted his support of same-sex marriage in Maryland Tuesday, testifying in support of a bill that would legalize it.

Arrest Made In Death Of Lenny Harris

Police have made an arrest in the shooting death of Alexandria, Va. civic activist Lenny Harris, whose body was identified Monday after being found in a well.

Virginia Moves Forward With Voter ID Bill

A bill in the Virginia House of Delegates that would require voters without IDs to file provisional ballots is one step closer to being passed on Wednesday, despite opposition.

Jack Johnson Starts Prison Term In Two Weeks

Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson will begin his 87-month prison term in two weeks, after a minor two-week reprieve while the Federal Bureau of Prisons determines where he'll serve his time.

Staying True To Gen. McPherson's Good Name

'There's no fear in McPherson,' or, why we're pronouncing it mc-FUR-son and contradicting what many D.C. natives believe is the right way.

Poll: Half Of Marylanders Support Gay Marriage

With the governor of Maryland contemplating legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, a recent poll found that half of Maryland residents support it, the highest result yet recorded.

Montgomery County Starts New Shuttle To Germantown MARC

Montgomery County is launching a new shuttle to the Germantown MARC station in hopes of reducing traffic congestion in the area.

Occupy DC Stays Put, Judge Clarifies Terms Of Camping Ban

Not much has changed at the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square since the no-camping ban went into effect at noon Monday, with a federal judge ruling Tuesday that the NPS cannot seize tents unless violators are caught violating the rules.