Hurricane Irma leads to 25,000 Florida Keys evacuations; NVTA to discuss $190 million Godwin Drive extension

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, Sept. 7.

At least 10 are dead after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the Northern Caribbean yesterday. Approximately 25,000 people have already evacuated the Florida Keys, and forecasters are now predicting that Georgia and South Carolina might also be hit.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority will meet tonight to discuss a $190 million extension of Godwin Drive to cut back on Route 28 traffic from Manassas to Fairfax.
(Prince William Times)

A pregnant history and law teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland, has gone missing. Lauren Elizabeth Wallen, 31, reportedly sent a “troubling” text message to her family Monday morning and has not been seen or heard from since.
(NBC 4 Washington)

Disgraced, a play about Muslim-American assimilation and identity, premieres at NextStop Theatre Company tonight and will run through Oct. 1 . In a press release, NextStop wrote the performance is of particular relevance following anti-Islamic acts in the region.

Reston-based nuclear fuel developer Lightbridge Corp. developed a new line of advanced metallic fuels to improve safety and efficiency in nuclear power plants. Lightbridge has partnered with Areva Inc. to manufacture Lightbridge’s latest project starting in early 2018.
(Washington Business Journal)