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Monday, April 11, 2011

Year-long Constitution Ave. Construction Begins

Road crews are preparing to begin a major construction project that will rehabilitate Constitution Avenue. The road work will mean lane closures and traffic delays for drivers for the next year.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: A major tax increase on alcohol, a plan to invest public money in start-ups to spur job growth and a measure to give undocumented immigrants tuition breaks at state colleges are among several issues left for lawmakers to decide today, on the last day of Maryland's legislative session, reports Aaron Davis and John Wagner for the Post.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Latest Maryland News

The Maryland State Senate is looking to trim down the number of race tracks that would be subsidized by the state under a proposal by Governor Martin O'Malley.

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.

Latest Virginia News

Virginia state prosecutors are accusing nine City of Richmond employees of falsifying time sheets and being paid for overtime hours that they never worked.

How Will Shutdown Affect Local Non-Profits?

The leader of D.C.'s non-profit community says he's worried if the federal government shuts down, the local social safety net will fall through.

Latest D.C. News

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.

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