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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Md. Gov. Tours Irene Damage, Commends Response

In Maryland, the state's top two leaders spent the day inspecting damage from Hurricane Irene and checking on efforts to restore power to those who still don't have it.

Montgomery Co. Considering New Law To Prosecute Flash Mobs

In Montgomery County, Md., the mass robbery of a convenience store by 25 teens earlier this month is prompting some councilmembers to call for new laws to address the crime.

Area Red Cross Workers Threaten To Strike

The American Red Cross says about 200 workers who staff blood drives in five states including Virginia and Maryland plan to go on strike on September 16.

Maryland Man Dies Due To Indoor Generator Use

Officials in Maryland say one person is dead and six people are hospitalized because they were improperly using generators to power their homes after they lost electric service because of Hurricane Irene.

GenOn To Close Coal-Fired Power Plant In Alexandria

City leaders in Alexandria have reached an agreement with GenOn to permanently close a coal-fired power plant on the Potomac River waterfront.

Aftershocks Continue To Shake Virginia

Virginia continues to feel aftershocks stemming from the earthquake that rattled the East Coast a week ago.

After Irene: Ocean City Businesses Try To Recoup Lost Profits

Life is almost back to normal in Ocean City after Hurricane Irene passed by the resort late Saturday night. The town emerged nearly unscathed, but officials are now worried about getting the tourists to come back.

Fauquier Co. Court Must Move To Allow For Earthquake Repairs

As much of Virginia is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene Fauquier County is still struggling with fallout from last week's earthquake.

19 Schools Closed In Prince George's County

More than a dozen schools are still closed in Prince George's County this morning in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The rest will open on time today, but the system has already closed schools twice in a school year only six days old, and that could cause an issue for school administrators.

Fairfax Search and Rescue Team Helps With Hurricane Irene Recovery in Conn.

Virginia was spared the worst of Hurricane Irene, but the commonwealth's most experienced first responders have been active since before the storm even hit.

Virginia Works To Pick Up Pieces After Hurricane Irene

The sound of chain saws and generators have been piercing the air in many parts of Virginia as residents dig out from under the debris left by Hurricane Irene.

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.

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