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Thursday, April 7, 2011

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.

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.

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:

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

African acoustics and art, plus some extraordinary paintings of ordinary Dutch life circa the 1700s.

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.

Old Plans, Current Debate: Would A Second Beltway Work Today?

The idea of another circular highway in Maryland and Virginia -- a second Beltway -- may seem far-fetched. But some local transportation activists say it's just what our congested highway system needs.

American University Chemistry Building Reopens

The chemistry building on American University's campus was evacuated Thursday after a report of smoke in the Beeghly Building. Emergency services personnel responded to the incident, but there were no injuries reported and no long-term damage to the building.

Latest Maryland News

A conservative Democrat has added two last-minute amendments as state senators prepare to vote on a bill offering legal recognition to same-sex couples in Delaware.

Latest Virginia News

No charges have been filed after a Virginia Beach parking enforcement officer died after being injured when his scooter collided with a sport utility vehicle.

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.

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