Local News from WAMU 88.5

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Advocacy Groups Urge D.C. Council To Restore Funding To Housing Production Trust

Advocacy groups are pushing D.C. officials to restore millions of dollars to help low income tenants purchase their buildings.

New Web Tool Helps Maximize Retirement Benefits

The country's economic problems have forced many people to delay retirement. The AARP now has a tool on its website that helps people decide the best time to retire.

Emergency Drill At Virginia Nuclear Plant

Some officials in Virginia will soon find out how effective their emergency procedures are. An emergency drill will be held this week at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

James Dean Brewer Back In Custody After Escaping

Police say James Dean Brewer, the suspect that escaped from custody Saturday morning, has been recaptured.

New Smartphone App Aims To Hook In Fishermen

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is offering a new smartphone application that will help fishermen identify their catch or locate nearby boat ramps or recreation areas.??

Manassas Brims With Anticipation of Sesquicentennial

In less than a week, Manassas, Va. will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas and the start of the Civil War.

Another Setback In Obama Administration's Crackdown On Leaks To Media

A former senior spy agency official has been sentenced to probation and community service for leaking information about a federal espionage program.

McDonnell Continues To Plead With Pentagon Over BRAC Moves

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) is once again pleading with the Pentagon to delay moving thousands of its employees to the Mark Center in Alexandria.

New Operations Center In Montgomery County To Have Green Roof

Green roofs are becoming a common addition to new buildings throughout the region.

Florida Manatee Back In The Chesapeake Bay

Chessie, the wandering Florida manatee, is back in the Chesapeake Bay.

Capitals Host Thousands Of Fans On Saturday In Arlington

While lockouts in the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association have some sports fans frustrated, the District’s hockey team continues to draw an audience.

Man Treks Thousands Of Miles For Conservation

A man is using any means necessary -- except cars or mass transit -- to cover 6,000 miles of terrain in an effort to call attention to conservation of North America's wild lands.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Manassas Businesses Pin Hopes on Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Civil War started with the First Battle of Manassas. Next week, the town commemorates the 150th anniversary of the battle, and this could bring a lot more attention to city than it has received in generations.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Great American Hall of Wonders, crafty ancients from Iran, a school year document and all that jazz.

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