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Monday, August 29, 2011

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.

School Closures In Some Areas After Hurricane Irene

Most D.C. public schools will open on time today, but students at 14 of the District's traditional schools will have an extra day added to their weekends. Some schools in Montgomery County and other Maryland districts are also closed today.

Ocean City Puts Irene in Rear-view Mirror

Town officials in Ocean City are breathing a sigh of relief after hurricane Irene passed by without inflicting too much damage on the resort. The region is now trying to salvage whats left of the summer season.

After the Storm: Tips For Filing Insurance Claims In D.C.

Those in the District whose house or other property sustained damage from hurricane Irene should take care to review certain guidelines before filing a claim.

For Some, Post-Hurricane Irene Sightseeing Is For The Birds

Hurricane Irene provided plenty of sights to see in its aftermath for those who didn't have to worry about storm damage.

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.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

D.C. Shelters Remain Open For People Displaced By Irene

All of the homeless shelters in the District are now open around the clock, and arrangements have been made to house anyone whose home has been damaged by Hurricane Irene.

D.C. Closes Bridges, Fears Of Structural Damage

The District is closing at least two bridges in Rock Creek Park because it fears flooding from Hurricane Irene could cause structural damage.

Ocean City Open For Business After Irene

Businesses in Ocean City are beginning to reopen to the general public after being sparred by Hurricane Irene.

Irene Leaves Fallen Trees And Wires, Thousands Without Power In D.C. Area

Hurricane Irene's overnight visit to the Washington, D.C. metro area left fallen trees, blocked roadways, downed wires, and thousands without power. But despite the destruction, local officials say the damage was not as bad as originally predicted.

Irene Underwhelms, But Outages Could Last Days

More than 100,000 customers are without power in northern Virginia, and although some were expecting more damage from Hurricane Irene, those outages could still last for a couple of days.

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