Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Suspect's Brothers Filmed 'Unprovoked' Attack On Prince George's Police Station

A Prince George's County police officer was killed by friendly fire Sunday, in an "unprovoked" engagement with an armed assailant outside a police station in suburban Maryland.

Partial Ban On 'Neonic' Pesticides, Believed To Be Bee Killer, Passes Maryland Senate

Controversial neonicotinoid insecticides are believed to be a contributor to honey-bee colony collapse disorder, prompting the Maryland Senate to pass a partial ban on the substances.

Monday, March 14, 2016

For D.C. Residents With Developmental Disabilities, A Decades-Long Fight For Inclusion

In this four-part series, WAMU 88.5 looks at the many struggles that people with developmental disabilities in D.C. have undergone to be treated the same as everyone else — and how that fight continues to this day.

Has Dominion's Political Power Clouded The Fight Over Coal Ash?

Dominion's plan to close its coal ash ponds is fueling protests and lawsuits in Virginia. We explore the controversy and look at the relationship between Virginia environmental regulators and the state's politically powerful utility.

Answers Sought After Prince George's Officer Shot Dead Near Police Station

A police officer was shot and fatally wounded on Sunday afternoon outside the Prince George's County police headquarters in what is being described as an "unprovoked attack."

Should Maryland DUI Offenders Be Required To Use An Ignition Interlock?

A Montgomery County police officer was struck and killed by a suspect drunk driver last year, prompting a push for stricter limits on DUI offenders.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Rubio Wins D.C. GOP Convention, Edging Kasich By Just 50 Votes

The turnout was lower than expected for the D.C. Republican convention on Saturday, where less than 3,000 voters weighed in on 19 delegates.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Casino Revenue Is Already Built Into Prince George's Education Budget, Baker Says

The MGM National Harbor casino hasn't opened yet, but Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker says he is already banking on revenues from gaming and entertainment to help fund public schools next year.

Former D.C. Mayor Gray Outraises Rival Alexander In Council Race

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has raised more money than the incumbent he's trying to unseat on the D.C. Council.

Free Rides? Metro To Test Rider-Friendly Monthly 'SelectPass'

Metro is trying out a new program called SelectPass, where regular riders can preload their commuter fares for each month ahead of time — getting some free rides on top for their trouble.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

For Those Who Do An About-Face Beyond Metro's Gates, A Refund Is Coming

Metro is solving one of riders’ biggest pet peeves.

Brain Injuries And 'Piece Of Mind' With Author Michelle Adelman

Author Michelle Adelman talks about her book "Piece Of Mind" with The Kojo Nnamdi Show's Ruth Tam, drawing on her personal experiences with her sisters' traumatic brain injuries.

Baltimore Police To Start Wearing Body Cameras In May

Officials say the city is finalizing a $11.6 million contract with Taser International that includes 2,500 cameras and storage.

For D.C. Republican Presidential Primary Saturday, Voters Possess Outsized Sway

Just 10,000 voters are expected to turn out to the D.C. Republican presidential primary on Saturday to decide which presidential candidate will get the District's 19 delegates.

Metro's Latest 'Vital Signs' Report Full Of Familiar Failures

The latest self-assessment from Metro is out and the data will not surprise anyone who has spent time waiting for trains or buses in the D.C. region.