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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Montgomery County Stands To Lose $500,000 Per Day During Shutdown

Some 70,000 federal government employees live in Montgomery County, and the shutdown means no paychecks for them—and no revenue for the county.

Monday, September 30, 2013

What Is Open And What Is Closed During The Government Shutdown?

The federal government is closed, but that doesn't mean that every government service you rely on will be unavailable. Here's what's open and what's closed.

Shenandoah National Park Plans Controlled Burn

Access to Big Meadows at Shenandoah National Park will be restricted while park officials conduct a controlled burn.

National Zoo's Panda Cam To Go Dark During Government Shutdown

Not only will the National Zoo be physically inaccessible during a government shutdown, but it's cutest animals will not be viewable on popular web cameras.

D.C. Sales Tax Will Go Down On Tuesday

Starting on Oct. 1, D.C.'s sales tax will drop from six to 5.75 percent, the lowest in the region.

Metro To Remain Open During Government Shutdown

Metro opens doors, even during a federal goverment shutdown.

D.C. Government To Remain Open During Federal Shutdown

D.C. will pay its 32,000 employees out of a reserve fund, sparing residents from a local government shutdown.

National Aquarium Closes Washington Location On Monday

An aquarium that opened its doors to visitors in 1885 is closing its doors in the District.

Two Maryland Casinos Fined For Instances Of Underage Gambling

Maryland Live! Casino and Hollywood Casino are paying a combined $30,000 in fines for incidents in which people under the age of 21 were caught gambling.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Maryland Health Officials Seeking Public Input On Medicare Agreement

The public can provide comments on a new plan that would affect how hospital costs are paid under Maryland's unique Medicare waiver agreement.

Gun Sales in Maryland Rise Before New Law Takes Effect

A group has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to block Maryland's new gun legislation from taking effect Oct. 1. But gun collectors and enthusiasts are still rushing to their local gun store before the law kicks in.

D.C. To Start Study Of Nine-Mile Streetcar Line From Buzzard Point To Takoma

The District Department of Transportation has launched a one-year study of a nine-mile streetcar line that would run from Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. to Takoma in Northwest.

Local Federal Workers Prepare For Potential Shutdown

As lawmakers at the Capitol continue to haggle over funding the federal government, employees across the region are bracing for a potential shutdown.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Some D.C. Cab Drivers May Get Third Extension On Credit Card Readers

Some D.C. cab drivers may get a few extra days to make their vehicles credit card ready.

Film Industry Gives Virginia Economic Boost

Virginia's film industry is making millions of dollars for the state while employing residents.