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Thursday, April 7, 2011

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.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

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

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.

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.

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.

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