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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

After Irene, Pepco Critic Still Has Strong Words For Utility

In the 24 hours after Hurricane Irene passed, PEPCO was able to restore power to two-thirds of the customers who lost it. But one of the utility's harshest critics is still not impressed.

Arlington Prepares Energy Labels For Government Buildings

Visitors to county-owned buildings in Arlington are about to start seeing something new -- labels documenting energy use and carbon consumption. The county is planning to start installing the signs in October.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Crews Making Dent in P.G. County Power Outages

Many homeowners in Prince George's County are still without electricity late Monday, but the work to restore power to one of the hardest hit counties in Maryland is having an impact.

Va. Gov. Warns of Continuing Challenges Despite Light Initial Damage

Even though Virginia was spared the worst of Hurricane Irene, hundreds of thousands of residents are still without power and more flooding could be in store for residents downstate.

Pepco Gets Mixed Reviews For Hurricane Response

Thousands of Pepco customers remain without power Monday afternoon. Reactions from Maryland leaders to the beleaguered utility's work following Hurricane Irene have been mixed.

Virginia's Consumer Protection Hotline To Answer Hurricane-Related Complaints

Virginia's Consumer Protection Hotline is now staffed around the clock to help consumers with complaints related to Hurricane Irene.

Virginia Feels More Aftershocks

Even as utility crews work to repair the damage to power lines caused by Hurricane Irene, Virginia has continued to feel a few more aftershocks from last week's earthquake.

New Task Force In Virginia To Seek Better Ideas For Non-Violent Offenders

Instead of placing non-violent offenders in correctional centers and maximum-security prisons, Virginia is seeking other options. One alternative is implementing a new state task force.

Thousands Still Without Power As Irene Cleanup Continues

Utility crews are working nearly around the clock to restore power throughout the region after this weekend's hurricane swept through the region.

School Closures In Some Areas After Hurricane Irene

Most D.C. public schools will open on time today, but students at 14 of the District's traditional schools will have an extra day added to their weekends. Some schools in Montgomery County and other Maryland districts are also closed today.

Ocean City Puts Irene in Rear-view Mirror

Town officials in Ocean City are breathing a sigh of relief after hurricane Irene passed by without inflicting too much damage on the resort. The region is now trying to salvage whats left of the summer season.

After the Storm: Tips For Filing Insurance Claims In D.C.

Those in the District whose house or other property sustained damage from hurricane Irene should take care to review certain guidelines before filing a claim.

For Some, Post-Hurricane Irene Sightseeing Is For The Birds

Hurricane Irene provided plenty of sights to see in its aftermath for those who didn't have to worry about storm damage.

Irene Buys Time for Fire Fighters in Dismal Swamp

Hurricane Irene may have accomplished something positive by helping douse a fire that has been burning in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp since Aug. 4.

Q&A With New Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr

It's the first day of school for students in Montgomery County, and it's also the first day of classes for new superintendent Joshua Starr. Starr took over in July for former superintendent Jerry Weast, who retired after nearly 12 years in the position. WAMU Maryland reporter Matt Bush sat down with Starr to discuss his plans for a school system consistently ranked among the best in the country.

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