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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pepco Finishes Off One Storm While Another Looms

Pepco has set a deadline to get service restored to all of its customers following Hurricane Irene.

Shutdown Of Alexandria Coal Plant Could Have Impact On Waterfront Planning

Environmentalists are hailing an agreement struck between the city of Alexandria and GenOn Energy to permanently close a coal-fired power plant on the Potomac waterfront in Virginia. But that could add a new element to the city's waterfront planning process.

Va. Republicans Confident They Can Take Majority

Virginia Republicans believe the dynamics of state politics are about to change dramatically for the first time since 2007. They're confident they will be able to retake the state Senate and control both chambers.

Disclosure Requirements Weak For D.C. Officials Involved With Nonprofits

The D.C. Council is promising to tackle ethics reform when it returns from recess next month. Among the changes are likely to be stricter reporting requirements for potential conflicts of interest.

Katherine Bradley: A Great Teacher Inspired and Inspiring

Katherine Bradley is the co-founder and president of the City Bridge Foundation, focused on building a strong system of traditional public and charter schools in the District. She says she owes her drive and success to an inspirational teacher.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Cantor Draws Line On Disaster Funding

It's still summer break for most in Congress, but as Russell Berman, staff writer for The Hill newspaper, reports, the White House is already sparring with Eric Cantor over federal funding for the Hurricane Irene response.

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.

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