Local News from WAMU 88.5

Sunday, February 5, 2012

D.C. Public Library's Fine Forgiveness Program Ends

The D.C. Public Library's fine forgiveness program is coming to an end.

Police Clear Tents From Occupy DC's McPherson Camp

Occupy DC protestors have moved into a new phase after U.S. Park Police cleared parts of their McPherson Square encampment Saturday.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New App Navigates Users Through Virginia State Parks

A new smartphone app will make it easier for visitors to navigate trails and other attractions at Virginia state parks.

Virginia House Education Committee Passes 'Tebow Bill'

A bill that would allow homeschooled students to participate in public school athletics has passed the House Education Committee, despite receiving criticism from public school administrators, teachers and PTA advocates.

Friday, February 3, 2012

D.C. Leaders Review School's Security Policies After Alleged Sexual Assault

As police continue their investigation of an alleged sexual assault at a D.C. elementary school, city leaders are calling for a wide-ranging review of the school system's security policies.

WAMU 88.5's Jerry Gray Dies At 78

Jerry Gray, longtime host and one of WAMU 88.5's most influential personalities, died Thursday at age 78.

Metro Continues Weekend Track Work

Two Metro stations in Virginia will be closed this weekend, and single-tracking on part of the Red Line will cause delays.

CETUSA Banned From Bringing In Foreign Students

Foreign students hoping to work in Ocean City this summer may have to find a new sponsor company, as the U.S. State Department has banned one of the country's leading work and travel companies from bringing students in to work.

WaPo's McCartney: Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Before Abortion Law, O'Malley's Tax Hikes Face Skepticism

Virginia lawmakers are aiming to limit abortion rights with a new legislation, while O'Malley's proposed tax hikes will take a toll on the wallets of wealthy Maryland residents.

Transgender Woman Dead In D.C. After Attack

A transgender woman has died in the District today, after being attacked earlier this week.

CQ Roll Call: Insider Trading Bill Passes By Wide Margin

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday by a wide margin that would ban insider training by members of Congress and their staffs. Now it's on to the House, where Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has said it will go to the floor next week.

Montgomery County Teacher Accused Of Sex With Student

A 47-year-old teacher and coach in Montgomery County is being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

Embassies Go Green In Partnership With D.C.

Embassies in D.C. are pledging to work with the District government on environmental sustainability measures.

Big Chair Coffee Reopens In Anacostia

Big Chair coffee reopens its doors in Anacostia, hoping to win back the neighborhood sorely lacking in sit-down restaurants.

Second Arrest Made In Death Of Lenny Harris

Police have arrested a Maryland man in connection with the shooting death of Alexandria civic activist Lenny Harris, the second suspect apprehended this week.