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News features from the Washington, DC Metro Area.
WAMU: Local News


News features from the Washington, DC Metro Area.

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Adoptees At Risk Of Deportation Bring Fight To Washington

May 15, 2019 1:10


Although they were adopted from other countries by U.S. citizen parents as children, tens of thousands remain without U.S. citizenship, limiting access to needed services and placing them at risk of deportation.

Giant Bugs And Neon Houses Take Over Smithsonian Gardens

May 15, 2019 1:30


"Habitat" explores the places that different species call home.

ACLU Study Finds D.C.’s Black Residents Arrested At Higher Rate For Largely Minor Offenses

May 14, 2019 0:00


Newly released data shows black residents were arrested disproportionately in the vast majority of the city's neighborhoods, including predominantly white areas.

Why Some Restaurants Call Food Delivery Apps A ‘Necessary Evil’

May 14, 2019 4:45


Customers love the convenience of delivery apps like Postmates and Uber Eats. But does that convenience come at a high cost to restaurants?

Two Dozen Bullets Almost Claimed A Father And His Teenage Son. Now The Whole Family Is Surviving The Aftermath.

May 13, 2019 4:55


Daryl and his 14-year-old son Rell survived 26 bullets mistakenly fired at them in late December 2018. Now the family is navigating a difficult road to recovery, one they say has brought them closer together.

Is Metrorail’s Reputation Improving? Poll Respondents Seem To Think So.

May 10, 2019 2:34


But ridership isn't improving -- it's at its lowest point in nearly 20 years.

Should D.C. Toll Streets During Peak Traffic Periods? Council Wants To Study ‘Congestion Pricing’

May 9, 2019 4:01


The concept of tolling to use regular roads is coming to the U.S. and New York City in 2021. Could D.C. be next?

When ‘1-In-100-Year’ Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them?

May 8, 2019 4:02


The term "100-year flood" is often confusing and misleading, scientists, local emergency officials and homeowners all agree. Experts say there's a better way to communicate about flood risk.

Former Deputy Assistant AG Offers Perspective On Unitary Executive Theory

May 8, 2019 7:25


John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush, talks about executive power, and the tug of war between Congress and the White House over the Mueller report.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries On Contempt Proceedings Against Barr

May 8, 2019 4:38


NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, House Democratic Caucus chair, about the contempt proceedings against Attorney General William Barr.

Iran Announces It Will Ramp Up Nuclear Activities

May 8, 2019 4:19


Iran has announced its intention to begin withdrawing from parts of a 2015 nuclear agreement in 60 days. The decision could reduce the time needed to develop a nuclear weapon — if Iran chose to do so.

Mississippi River Closure’s Impact On Illinois Farmer

May 8, 2019 3:56


Illinois farmer Joe Zumwalt's soybeans, corn and wheat can't go down the Mississippi River because the Coast Guard has shut down a 5-mile stretch. Tariff conflicts have also affected his business.

Addiction Medicine Mostly Prescribed To Whites, Even As Opioid Deaths Rose In Blacks

May 8, 2019 2:33


A study looked at who gets prescriptions for buprenorphine, and found that white patients are almost 35 times more likely to get the lifesaving addiction treatment than African Americans.

Lessons Learned From California’s Effort To Tighten The Childhood Immunization Law

May 8, 2019 5:04


NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with California state Sen. Richard Pan. Pan is also a pediatrician, and he was one of the leaders of the effort to force parents to vaccinate their children.

House Judiciary Committee Votes To Hold Barr In Contempt

May 8, 2019 3:29


The House Judiciary Committee votes to hold William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to provide access to the unredacted Mueller report after the White House asserted executive privilege.

How Big A Problem Is Religious Objection In Health Care?

May 8, 2019 3:44


About once a year for the last decade, a health care provider would file a complaint of conscience through Health and Human Services. Last year, complaints skyrocketed to 343.

South Africans Head To Polls

May 8, 2019 4:05


South Africans voted Wednesday in an election viewed as a referendum on the African National Congress. It's been in charge since the end of apartheid but has largely failed to live up to its promises.

Want To Walk Or Bike Across The Country? There’s A Plan For That.

May 8, 2019 1:35


The Great American Rail-Trail would begin with a section in D.C. and Maryland, mostly along the C&O Canal. But don't put on your lycra bike shorts yet -- the trail is likely decades from completion.

‘They Don’t Understand’: Howard Neighbors Search For Solutions After Dog-Walking Uproar

May 8, 2019 4:42


A look at the complex history Howard University has with the surrounding community in light of the recent dog-walking controversy.

How One Non-Muslim Is Working To Make Restaurants More Inclusive During Ramadan

May 8, 2019 1:39


"There is obviously a religious aspect to this, in that we're talking about Ramadan and an Islamic holiday. But really, this is about capitalism," says Katherine Ashworth Brandt, Dine After Dark's founder.

Venezuelan President Maduro Denies Claims He Was Ready To Flee

May 1, 2019 3:43


President Nicolás Maduro emerged defiant on state television after opposition leader Juan Guaidó called on the military to oust him. David Greene talks to reporter Mariana Zuñiga about the issues.

Attorney General Barr To Testify On Capitol Hill About Mueller Report

May 1, 2019 7:08


Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Judiciary Committee member and 2020 presidential candidate, about Barr testifying on the special counsel's report. NPR's Tamara Keith comments.

Mattress Firm Seeks Intern To Sleep On The Job

May 1, 2019 0:27


The company calls it a snooze-tern. It's taking applications for an intern to test beds and post videos on social media.

High School’s Pitchers Throw Perfect Game And No-Hitter On Same Day

May 1, 2019 0:27


Pitchers at two teams at a New Mexico high school threw a perfect game and a no-hitter on the same day, according to the Carlsbad Current Argus.

Opinion: How Holzhauer Hacked ‘Jeopardy!’

May 1, 2019 3:47


Sports commentator Mike Pesca has his say on the unstoppability of Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer.

NASA Warns About Threat Of Meteors

May 1, 2019 1:00


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said meteor impacts happen more frequently than the general public knows.

Democratic Senators Look To Make Headlines In Barr Hearing

May 1, 2019 3:50


Attorney General Barr's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee will give three presidential candidates another opportunity to make headlines from the committee dais.

How Proposed Asylum Rule Changes Would Affect Asylum-Seekers

May 1, 2019 3:23


How will the Trump administrations' proposed changes to asylum rules affect asylum seekers? NPR's David Greene talks with Michelle Brané of the Women's Refugee Commission.

As Meth Use Surges, First Responders Struggle To Help Those In Crisis

May 1, 2019 5:53


The return of methamphetamine is overwhelming police, ERs and treatment centers — especially west of the Mississippi. But, unlike opioid dependency, meth addiction has no reliable treatment.

No Visas For Afghan And Iraqi Interpreters

May 1, 2019 5:15


Dozens of lawmakers have signed a letter to the Trump administration demanding to know why there has been a drastic slowdown in granting U.S. visas to Afghans and Iraqis who helped U.S. forces.

How Takoma Park Became ‘The Berkeley Of The East’

Apr 24, 2019 6:08


Exploring the origins of a Washington suburb's hippy-dippy reputation.

Fairfax County Proposes Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants

Apr 23, 2019 7:49


The program will benefit immigrants living in the county including permanent residents, DACA recipients and Temporary Protected Status holders who are facing deportation proceedings.

‘Compared To Notre Dame, We’re A Baby.’ National Cathedral Leadership Sees Lesson In Paris Fire

Apr 17, 2019 4:52


The National Cathedral is currently updating its fire plan. But "ironically, that's not fully funded," the Director of Preservation and Facilities James Shepherd said.

Despite Housing Crunch, Montgomery County Expected To Freeze New Development

Apr 16, 2019 4:29


To mitigate overcrowding, the county is looking at redistricting schools and putting a pause on housing development.

What Does It Mean To Have A Military Base In Your Neighborhood?

Apr 16, 2019 5:24


Between the hundreds of thousands of military personnel, including contractors and civilian employees, there are a host of benefits for local communities that have bases. But there are also some risks.

‘Save Black Women’: D.C. Gets To Work Addressing Pregnancy-Related Deaths

Apr 12, 2019 5:19


African American women in D.C. are dying at disproportionate rates after giving birth, when compared to other women in the District and across the country. The city's committing new resources to figure out why.

Kid-Sized ‘Traffic Parks’ Are D.C.’s New Playgrounds With A Purpose

Apr 11, 2019 4:27


"It is the city in miniature," says Ellen Drogin Rodgers, a George Mason University professor who helped coordinate the project. Preschoolers learn traffic safety basics. In second grade, DCPS teach students how to ride bikes on the traffic garden.

In The D.C. Region, Some Residents Complain About Too Many Banks — While Others Have Few

Apr 10, 2019 5:04


After years of closing branches, some banks are getting back into brick-and-mortar. But they're opening in Washington neighborhoods that arguably don't need more banks.

Why Is Child Care So Expensive? Costs Leave Washington-Area Millennials Hesitant To Have Kids

Apr 9, 2019 5:00


It's not unusual for young families to spend a quarter or more of their income on child care. Does it have to be this way? We look at some of the baked in costs for What's With Washington.

‘Slumlords’ Have A New Foe: D.C.’s Attorney General

Apr 8, 2019 4:43


D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has stepped up enforcement of the city's housing code, creatively using legal tools to go after landlords who don't fix up their properties.

More Than A Decade Later, Some Former D.C. Public Housing Residents Worry If They’ll Ever Return

Apr 8, 2019 4:35


Temple Courts residents were vouchered out of their homes more than 10 years ago. What has D.C. learned from their stories?

Washington’s New Archbishop Has A History Of Fighting Child Sexual Abuse

Apr 5, 2019 4:15


Archbishop Wilton Gregory brings his decades-long experience of fighting child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to the Washington diocese at a time when the community is reeling from a scandal-riddled past.

The (Very Scientific) Egg Carton Test

Apr 5, 2019 3:46


Maryland lawmakers spent a long time talking about egg cartons, during debate over banning foam food containers. Does foam really protects eggs better?