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The WTOP Storm Desk is open:, For the latest information about current closings and delays, go to the following URL:, The weather forecast of a big storm on Thursday evening is going to affect the storm shutdowns for this week, WTOP meteorologist Brian Pender said at a news conference yesterday. Were probably going to have some changes, but they arent going to affect the big storm, at least not yet. The government shutdown has already affected storm delays for schools. Worcester County Schools said in a statement they have no plans to be closed Thursday. WCS is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff, and in order to ensure our students are able to learn in a safe environment in a way that is effective, we are not opening on Thursday, WCS said in a statement. Worcester County schools spokesman David Elam said the system plans on operating on a normal schedule as quickly as possible. AdvertisementHe said in a message sent to parents this afternoon that he had no new information from Worsham Township authorities this afternoon. WCS would like to assure parents that as this mornings weather changes, we will work with the district to assure our students and staff are safe, Elam said. In Hanover County, schools Superintendent Mark Shackelford said students will be bused to nearby schools. The district said students from several campuses will be bused from their original locations to locations in the surrounding area. Students leaving the school will be able to walk and drive to their other destination. Worcester County School officials said no matter the weather, schools would still be open on the normal schedule today. In Southbridge, the schools system said school would be in session at the normal time, but that we will continue to monitor and evaluate the weather. In Virginia Beach and Norfolk, where the storms are already impacting school system schedules, officials said the schools system would be in regular session. The US has released its annual Freedom in the World report, and it includes a lot of bad news. Not all the bad news is bad news. The United States was ranked the least free country in the world for the sixth year in a row, thanks in part to its government spending:Despite spending less per capita, the U. Governments overall score increased slightly from last year.

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