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Friday, April 8, 2011

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.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

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.

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