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McDonnell Declares State Of Emergency In Virginia

Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency for Virginia.
Markette Smith
Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency for Virginia.

Friday night's storm knocked down trees and power lines, and left millions of people without power. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency Saturday, saying the incident is the largest non-hurricane power outage in Virginia's history.

McDonnell says he received a call from Obama and was assured Virginians have federal support for all of the resources needed to recover from the devastation.

McDonnell also confirmed 6 deaths in Virginia, all of which were caused by fallen trees.

In the D.C. region, an estimated 2.5 million people lost power in Friday night's storm. In Fairfax, Virginia's largest county, 60 percent of residents lost power.

See here for additional storm coverage.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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