Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, August 25, 2011

State Of Emergency Declared In Maryland Because Of Hurricane Irene

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Irene prepares to hit the state's Eastern Shore.

Va. Governor Declares State of Emergency, Activates National Guard

Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia and he's put about 250 members of the state's national guard on alert in response to Hurricane Irene, which is expected to hit the eastern coastline this weekend.

Street Signs Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unveiled

City leaders in the District unveiled several "Martin Luther King Jr." street signs Thursday near the new memorial for the slain civil rights leader.

Officials Say Check Well Water After Earthquake

Health officials in Virginia are urging people who get their water from private wells to check the water quality following this week's 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

Ocean City Evacuates, Region Prepares For Hurricane Irene

A state of emergency has been issued for Maryland, but residents in Ocean City are asked to evacuate the area immediately in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irene, according Mayor Rick Meehan. Residents should be evacuated by 5 p.m. Friday, Meehan tells WRAU 88.3 Ocean City.

Washington Monument Damage More Extensive Than Originally Thought

The Washington Monument remains closed today after further inspections gave a better picture of the damage caused by Tuesday's earthquake.

DCPS Open Today, Except For School Without Walls

D.C.'s public schools will open on time this morning with the exception of School Without Walls in Ward 2. That school is expected to remain closed for the remainder of the week for while the building is repaired.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Primaries Shake Up Virginia Politics

Yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled voters in Virginia as they were headed to the polls Tuesday, and election results may shake things up in Richmond.

Post-Earthquake Gridlock Raises Questions About Emergency Evacuations

The earthquake triggered some of the worst traffic jams since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the massive traffic problems have prompted questions about the way District officials handled the situation.

Earthquake Hits Union Station Cafe Hard

Many local businesses are still trying to determine the extent of the damage they incurred during yesterday's earthquake. Due to its location above most of the main level of Union Station, the Center Cafe there got hit harder than most.

D.C. Council Report On Hiring: 'Clear Evidence' of Nepotism and Cronyism

A D.C. Council report into the hiring scandals of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's administration finds clear evidence that top staffers engaged in cronyism and nepotism and likely broke the law.

Some Prince George's County Schools Will Remain Closed

In Prince George's County, a school spokesperson says some schools will remain closed Thursday as crews assess the damage from Tuesday's earthquake.

Discovery Launches Nationwide Jobs Program At Montgomery College

In Maryland, Discovery Communications, which owns the Discovery Channel, is launching a jobs skills program for students in community colleges. Discovery didn't have to go far to find a school where they could start the program.

Most D.C. Public Schools Will Be Open Thursday

Most D.C. public schools will be opened Thursday morning, after being closed Wednesday to inspect for damage following Tuesday afternoon's earthquake. Schools Without Walls in Ward 2 will be closed.

D.C. Churches Suffer Minor Earthquake Damage

Churches in the D.C. area felt the force of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Tuesday, with many reporting falling debris and superficial damage. Most managed to escape without serious problems.

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