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Thursday, August 25, 2011

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.

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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What's Closed And What's Open After Yesterday's Earthquake

Things are mostly back to normal in the D.C. area today, after yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake, although some agencies are still seeing the effects. D.C. Public Schools are closed, as are Prince George's County Schools in Maryland and Fauquier County Schools and Spotsylvania County Schools in Virginia.

D.C. Public Schools Closed Today For Inspections After Earthquake

D.C.'s public schools will be closed today as school personnel assess the damage in each of the 126 buildings.

MLK Comic Book Helped Inspire Arab Spring

A 50-year old comic book is receiving renewed interest in the D.C. area, thanks to the upcoming dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, and recent events in the Middle East.

Primaries Shake Up Virginia Politics

Yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled voters in Virginia as they were headed to the polls Tuesday, and election results may shake things up in Richmond.

Post-Earthquake Gridlock Raises Questions About Emergency Evacuations

The earthquake triggered some of the worst traffic jams since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the massive traffic problems have prompted questions about the way District officials handled the situation.

Earthquake Hits Union Station Cafe Hard

Many local businesses are still trying to determine the extent of the damage they incurred during yesterday's earthquake. Due to its location above most of the main level of Union Station, the Center Cafe there got hit harder than most.

D.C. Council Report On Hiring: 'Clear Evidence' of Nepotism and Cronyism

A D.C. Council report into the hiring scandals of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's administration finds clear evidence that top staffers engaged in cronyism and nepotism and likely broke the law.

Some Prince George's County Schools Will Remain Closed

In Prince George's County, a school spokesperson says some schools will remain closed Thursday as crews assess the damage from Tuesday's earthquake.

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