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Thursday, April 7, 2011

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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.

Gray Briefs Council On Budget

In the District, the first reviews are in for Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed budget.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

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

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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Potential Federal Shutdown Would Hurt Virginia Economy, Leaders Say

It's not just residents and businesses inside the D.C. city limits that will be affected by a federal government shutdown, should it come to that.

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