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District Employees May Go Without Paychecks As Reserves Dwindle

The District may keep employees at work without pay if funds run out later this month.
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The District may keep employees at work without pay if funds run out later this month.

If the shutdown continues, D.C. government employees could soon be asked to start working for free.

Since Mayor Vincent Gray declared all city services and employees "essential," the District has been paying its workers out of its emergency cash reserves. But that money is running out.

A spokesperson for Gray says if the shutdown hasn't ended by Oct. 29, city government employees will still be working, they just won't be getting paid.

The workers will be compensated eventually, once the federal government is back up and running and D.C. can start spending its own tax dollars again.

But that doesn't mean the District will be able to recover all of the lost sales and income tax revenue.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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