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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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.

Monday, August 29, 2011

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.

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.

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