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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Protesters Block Federal Construction Site Over Labor Dispute

Hundreds of people blocked a federal job site in Southeast D.C. Wednesday to protest the number of D.C. residents hired for the project.

Md. Sen. Ben Cardin Assuages Fears Over NIH Cuts

Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin tried to calm fears about impending budget cuts Wednesday at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

Massive Solar Panel Array Unveiled At College Park

The University of Maryland in College Park is unveiling a new solar panel array on one of its buildings. The school calls the facility one of the largest in the region.

More Water Discovered in Washington Monument

The National Park Service says engineers sealed cracks in the Washington Monument from last week's earthquake ahead of Hurricane Irene, but have discovered water inside that may indicate additional leaks.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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.

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