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Monday, August 29, 2011

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.

Youth Voices: Rohjanae Mathis

Dreams don't always come true, and for commentator Rohjanae Mathis, that's a lesson she's just now learning as she gets ready to leave behind her childhood friends to head off to college.

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.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Power Outages And Fallen Trees Are An Obstacle For Howard County Residents

Officials in Howard County are urging residents to stay off the road as they work to restore power to traffic lights on one of the county's busiest roads.

Irene Leaves Behind Toppled Trees And Thousands Without Power In D.C.

Pepco says there are at least 90 down wires in D.C. right now, and some of those are live wires, meaning there are sparks and smoke coming from them.

Hurricane Irene Leaves Thousands Without Power In Maryland

Hurricane Irene's overnight visit left hundreds of thousands without power in Maryland Sunday morning. And around 200,000 of those customers are in Prince George's County, 65,000 are in Montgomery County, and the rest are in the District.

Power Outage Could Be A Multi-Day Event For Thousands In Virginia

The winds have died down enough this morning that Virginia Dominion Power says they have a full crew out restoring power to people in northern Virginia and across the state.

Daylight Reveals Hurricane Irene's Wake on Delmarva Peninsula

The aftermath of hurricane Irene is being assessed on the Delmarva Peninsula, but the region appears at first glance to have weathered the storm.

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