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Friday, August 26, 2011

D.C. Police To Encrypt Radio Communications

After decades of use, D.C.’s police scanners are about to go silent. Next month, the Metropolitan Police Department will start encrypting its radio communications.

Earthquake Damages Historic Alexandria Tavern

One of the most historic buildings in Old Town Alexandria has been damaged by Tuesday's earthquake and the extent of the damage is still being assessed.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

State Of Emergency Declared In Maryland Because Of Hurricane Irene

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Irene prepares to hit the state's Eastern Shore.

Va. Governor Declares State of Emergency, Activates National Guard

Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia and he's put about 250 members of the state's national guard on alert in response to Hurricane Irene, which is expected to hit the eastern coastline this weekend.

Street Signs Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unveiled

City leaders in the District unveiled several "Martin Luther King Jr." street signs Thursday near the new memorial for the slain civil rights leader.

Officials Say Check Well Water After Earthquake

Health officials in Virginia are urging people who get their water from private wells to check the water quality following this week's 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

Ocean City Evacuates, Region Prepares For Hurricane Irene

A state of emergency has been issued for Maryland, but residents in Ocean City are asked to evacuate the area immediately in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irene, according Mayor Rick Meehan. Residents should be evacuated by 5 p.m. Friday, Meehan tells WRAU 88.3 Ocean City.

Washington Monument Damage More Extensive Than Originally Thought

The Washington Monument remains closed today after further inspections gave a better picture of the damage caused by Tuesday's earthquake.

DCPS Open Today, Except For School Without Walls

D.C.'s public schools will open on time this morning with the exception of School Without Walls in Ward 2. That school is expected to remain closed for the remainder of the week for while the building is repaired.

Local Immigration Activists Speak To Secure Communities Task Force

The Secure Communities program is a federal immigration enforcement program that aims to identify and deport undocumented immigrants who pose a threat to public safety. But Arlington County and the District have tried to "opt out" of the program for fear it will lead to racial profiling. Now ICE is trying to make the Secure Communities program more acceptable.

Culpeper, Va. Still Assessing Damage Days After Quake

Two days after the earthquake the shook the entire east coast, the town of Culpeper, Va. is still surveying the damage to its numerous historic buildings.

32 Schools Closed In Prince George's County

More than 30 schools in Prince George's County will remain closed today because of ongoing structural tests to gauge damage from Tuesday's earthquake.

Earthquake Damage To National Cathedral Will Cost Millions

Officials at the National Cathedral say it will cost millions of dollars to repair the damage from Tuesday's earthquake.

Montgomery County Company Tracking Hurricane Irene With New Technology

As Hurricane Irene approaches the D.C. area, a Montgomery County company is using lightning to track the storm in a new way.

Va. Governor Urges Residents To Prep Early For Hurricane Irene

With relatively minor damage and no loss of life as a result of Tuesday's earthquake, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is putting that disaster on the back burner to focus on the hurricane expected to hit the commonwealth this weekend.

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