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Gray Says Plans For More Action Are Underway

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says more actions are being planned to bring attention to the city's lack of autonomy.

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Mayor Gray, Protesters Released After Arrests on Capitol Hill

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and 40 others have been released after they were arrested Monday on Capitol Hill after they sat down in the middle of Constitution Avenue to protest the budget riders or policy announcements included in the federal budget deal that lawmakers struck to avert a government shutdown.

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D.C. Mayor Decries Congressional Budget Deal

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray says he thinks Democrats shouldn't have compromised on the issues affecting the District in Friday's last-minute Congressional budget deal, even if it would have meant a shutdown. But he quickly clarified on WAMU's Morning Edition that D.C. "shouldn’t have been the compromise."

"The issue is, it was not necessary to include the District in this in the first place," Gray said in an interview.

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D.C. Mayor, Council Members Arrested In Protest Over Budget

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and several members of the City Council were arrested for civil disobedience after taking part in a protest Monday on Capitol Hill to voice their opposition to the budget deal reached by Congress.

City officials say Washington was used as a pawn in last week's budget bargaining, with new restrictions part of the price of a deal.

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How Will Shutdown Affect Local Non-Profits?

The leader of D.C.'s non-profit community says he's worried if the federal government shuts down, the local social safety net will fall through.

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Moran Town Hall On Shutdown Turns Contentious

Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat, is telling the federal workers in his district to start making financial preparations for a possible government shutdown.

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D.C. Roads Will Be Hit Hard By Government Shutdown

A federal government shutdown could have a major impact on local roads — especially in the District of Columbia. The National Park Service operates dozens of roads here in the D.C. region and if the federal government shuts down, many of them could be closed.

For WAMU's full coverage of the potential government shutdown, click here.

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Cherry Blossom Parade Won't Be Canceled If Gov Shuts Down

Federal government shut down or not, the National Cherry Blossom Festival parade will go on as scheduled tomorrow — but it could be cut a little short.

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How will a government shutdown affect D.C. public schools?

Even if the government does shut down this weekend, that won't mean a snow day-style vacation for D.C. Public Schools students next week. In the event of a government closure, the approximately 70,000 students in DC's Public schools will still be expected in class first thing Monday morning, according to a DCPS spokesperson.

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Shutdown Would Hamper D.C. Environmental Work, Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

The D.C. area's local environmental stewards are among those bracing for a federal government shutdown. A shutdown would have environmental consequences for D.C. and the entire Chesapeake Bay region, officials say.

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