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Thursday, April 7, 2011

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.

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.

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