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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Latest D.C. News

Authorities are investigating a string of violence across Washington that they say has left at least three people dead.

Maryland State Agencies Brace for Government Shutdown

We could see a government shutdown this weekend if lawmakers fail to negotiate a way to fund the U.S. government by midnight Friday.

Power Breakfast: Assessing Earthquake Risk Reduction In The U.S.

From Capitol News Connection:

Democrat David Wu represents an Oregon district that includes a swath of Pacific coastline. In the last Congress, he got a bill through the House that would have stepped up federal efforts to study and prepare for natural disasters.

Firefighters Could Be Banned From Street Fundraisers Under MoCo Bill

In Montgomery County, Maryland, a bill under consideration could restrict fundraising efforts by county firefighters. If the measure passes, one well known charity may stand to lose thousands.

Federal Shutdown Would Affect 120K Employees In NoVA

Business owners and local leaders in Northern Virginia are preparing for the effects of a possible federal government shutdown on the local economy.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Library Of Congress Adds More Songs To National Registry

The Library Of Congress is adding to the National Recordings Registry, which saves songs and other materials deemed to have "cultural significance."

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Nesting at torpedo, benefiting at La Masion Francaise, and the return of FilmfestDC.

Latest Maryland News

Lawmakers are concerned that the governor's plan to have state utilities buy wind energy would cost ratepayers too much money.

Latest D.C. News

A leading hospice care provider in the Washington region says end-of-life care is severely underutilized by black people in the district compared with people of other races.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: House OKs $925 million in new borrowing for capital budget; state to study university merger, leaving House to consider alcohol tax; McIntosh orchestrates tit-for-tat House maneuver against Senate; pension cuts worry state workers; in-state tuition for illegals likely to pass; wind farm proposal gains important ally; and UM system faces $4 million cut.

Latest Virginia News

Two University of Virginia football players have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery stemming from an altercation at a party in Harrisonburg.

Airports Authority Backs Pricier Dulles Metrorail Plan

The Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority has decided to build a new Metro station at Dulles International Airport underground, rather than the less expensive above-ground options, WAMU's David Schultz is reporting. The decision will add $300 million to the total cost of Metro's Silver line construction project.

Government Shutdown Looms

A government shutdown could be on the way if lawmakers can't reach a deal on long overdue legislation to finance the government by Friday.

Power Breakfast: House Science Committee Reviews Airport Security Program

From Capitol News Connection: The airport security tool in question doesn't undress you with its electronic eyes or pat you down with a gloved hand. The program known as SPOT, which stands for Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, relies on behavior detection.

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