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Hazardous Material Spill In Alexandria Prompts New Procedures

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This week 30 gallons of liquid ethanol spilled onto the ground of a loading facility less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school.

Norfolk Southern, which owns the operation, failed to notify the local fire department and instead alerted the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Norfolk Southerns says it was just following standard procedure, and the state eventually notified the fire department. But neighborhood residents didn't find out until the next day.

A Norfolk Southern spokesman says the railroad will notify the city government immediately after any incident in the future, and a spokesman for the city also committed to more timely notification.

Michael Pope reports...


'They May Not Mean To, But They Do' Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair

Cathleen Schine's new novel explores how one character's physical and mental decline ripples out to affect his whole family. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a mix of "fun and bad behavior."
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How History Influences Diets In D.C. And Around The World

Kojo and chef Pati Jinich look at how history -- and famous names like El Chico, Azteca and even Fritos -- shaped modern Mexican-American cooking in the Washington region and beyond.


NPR Politics Lunchbox: Concerns in Cleveland, 'Funny-Looking People'

Our favorite 2016 news and stories curated from NPR and around the web.

Facebook Shakes Up News Feed, But We Still Don't Know Exactly How It Works

It will now prioritize posts from friends and family — potentially bad news for media companies relying on Facebook for traffic. The company has been under pressure to defend its political neutrality.

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