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Thursday, April 7, 2011

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.

Government Shutdown Could Paint A Strange Scene On D.C. Streets

The streets of D.C. could look a lot different next week if the federal government shuts down.

Key Witnesses Fail To Testify At D.C. Council Hearing On Hiring Practices

Two key witnesses scheduled testify did not do so at Thursday's D.C. Council hearing on the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray's administration.

Gray Briefs Council On Budget

In the District, the first reviews are in for Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed budget.

Giant Anteater Pup At National Zoo Named by It's Mother

The National Zoo has opened naming contests up to the public before, but letting the animals get in on the process was unheard of... until now.

Virginia Senate Votes On Public Broadcasting Funding Thursday

Virginia's General Assembly is reconvening this week to consider Gov. Bob McDonnell's recommendations to 134 bills, four vetoes and 86 budget amendments. The House is agreeing to an amendment to cut Public Broadcasting funding. Senators will vote on the measure Thursday.

Moran to Discuss Potential Government Shutdown at Town Hall

In Virginia, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) is holding an emergency town hall to discuss the impact of a government shutdown on his district.

Commentary By Robert Rooks: Focus On Education, Not Incarceration

As localities across the country face mounting budet pressures, many are having to reevaluate spending and focus their priorities. Commentator Robert Rooks -- director of criminal justice programs for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- is urging policymakers in our area to focus spending on education.

Shutdown Could Have Devastating Effect On D.C. Economy

The looming possibility of a shutdown of the federal government could have a huge impact on our local economy. Some businesses are preparing for the worst.

Dulles Metro Decision Upsets Politicians

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority may have a mutiny on its hands; politicians in Northern Virginia are not happy with its handling of the Dulles Metrorail Project.

Storify: Government Shutdown Looming...

Time is running out as both Democrats and Republicans continue to work toward a budget agreement.

Here are what some people are saying about the possibility of a government shutdown:

Businesses Feel Unprepared For Potential Shutdown

The Greater Washington Board of Trade says businesses in the region are concerned about a federal government shutdown and many of them are unprepared.

National Zoo Braces For Government Shutdown

With a federal government shut down looming, it would be business as usual for animals at the National Zoo, but not for 30 percent of the zoo's staff and 100 percent of zoo visitors.

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