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Friday, April 8, 2011

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One of the labor unions that represents federal employees is arguing that it is illegal for the federal government to force essential government employees to work without pay during a shutdown.

Unions Brief Federal Employees On Shutdown Procedures

A federal government shutdown is just hours away unless a deal is reached to avert it and federal agencies are scrambling to educate workers about how a shutdown will work.

Shutdown Would Hamper D.C. Environmental Work, Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

The D.C. area's local environmental stewards are among those bracing for a federal government shutdown. A shutdown would have environmental consequences for D.C. and the entire Chesapeake Bay region, officials say.

How will a government shutdown affect D.C. public schools?

Even if the government does shut down this weekend, that won't mean a snow day-style vacation for D.C. Public Schools students next week. In the event of a government closure, the approximately 70,000 students in DC's Public schools will still be expected in class first thing Monday morning, according to a DCPS spokesperson.

D.C. Firefighters Injured in Northeast Fire

One District firefighter is suffering life-threatening injuries and three others are critically hurt after battling a house fire in Northeast D.C. early Friday morning.

Cherry Blossom Parade Won't Be Canceled If Gov Shuts Down

Federal government shut down or not, the National Cherry Blossom Festival parade will go on as scheduled tomorrow — but it could be cut a little short.

D.C. Roads Will Be Hit Hard By Government Shutdown

A federal government shutdown could have a major impact on local roads — especially in the District of Columbia. The National Park Service operates dozens of roads here in the D.C. region and if the federal government shuts down, many of them could be closed.

For WAMU's full coverage of the potential government shutdown, click here.

Maryland News Roundup

From [MarylandReporter.com:] (http://marylandreporter.com/2011/04/08/state-roundup-april-8-2011/) As budget negotiators put the finishing touches on the state’s $34.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2012, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are concerned about a projected fund balance (surplus) that is lower than any budget in eight years, Alan Brody reports in the Gazette.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

April 08, 2011 - Filling in for Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey, Matt Bush talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about the looming threat of a federal government shutdown and the hearing regarding the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray's Administration.

Power Breakfast: Different Views On The Federal Government Shutdown

From Capitol News Connection:

The pressure is on with less than 24 hours before the Friday midnight deadline for budget negotiations. If Congress fails to reach a consensus by then the nation will undergo a federal government shutdown.

Moran Town Hall On Shutdown Turns Contentious

Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat, is telling the federal workers in his district to start making financial preparations for a possible government shutdown.

Former Gray Chief of Staff Testifies At Hearing on Hiring Practices

There were conflicting testimonies, no-show witnesses and Sulaimon Brown storming out of the Wilson Building. After another day of hearings on the hiring practices of the Gray administration, there are still many questions.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A weekend with everything you could really ask for, including ice cream and cake.

O'Malley's Offshore Wind Bill Stalls In Finance Committee

Gov. Martin O'Malley's offshore wind energy bill will have to wait at least another year.

Virginia Attorney General Visits Alexandria Jail

In the last few years, the Alexandria Detention Center has added several programs to help inmates learn to lead sober lives and treat their mental illnesses.