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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Severe storms have left more than 23,000 customers without electricity in Virginia. The total includes more than 15,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers and more than 8,600 Appalachian Power customers.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A study looking at extending light rail from Norfolk to Virginia Beach is on hold. The decision follows questions raised by Federal Transit Administration officials concerning phasing in extensions and models used to project ridership.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) Authorities say a Prince William County English teacher has been accused of taking indecent liberties with a 16-year-old male student. A spokesman for the Prince William school system sayd 27-year-old Tina Marie Amato has been a full-time teacher at Gar-Field High School since 2008.

RIDGELY, Md. (AP) Maryland State Police say two people from Maryland and one from Virginia were on board a small plane that flipped as it was landing at an air park in Ridgely on the Eastern Shore. Two passengers were flown to a hospital in Delaware and the other was flown to Baltimore.

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Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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