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Animal Shelter Hopes Food Pantry Will Keep Pets In Homes

Pets are often the unsung victims of economic downturn, but a cat shelter in Alexandria, Va., is trying to take the financial burden off animal ownership.

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Stink Bugs May Be Reunited With Old Nemesis

Stink Bugs were introduced from Asia to Allentown, Penn., in the '90s and have been spreading outward, including to the D.C. region. They're a nuisance in homes, but for farmers they're a dangerous pest that can destroy crops. The USDA is looking to control the insects by importing their natural predator: parasitic Asian wasp.

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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.

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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.

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Stink Bug Threat Has States Asking For Expanded Pesticide Options

Scientists representing seven states, including Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to change rules on certain pesticides to allow farmers to better fight stink bugs.

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Local Farmers Fear Stink Bugs During Growing Season

Stink bugs aren't just a nuisance to homeowners, they are also destructive pests that can ruin crops. Local farmers in Maryland and Virginia are very concerned as the growing season approaches.

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PETA Asks To Sponsor Virginia Rest Stop

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to "adopt" and rename an interstate rest stop in Virginia.

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Consider This With Fred Fiske: Who's Dog Is Smarter?

This week, Fiske considers dog intelligence, including how it's been studied and what both scientists and dogs have learned.

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