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District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered a freeze on hiring and pay raises because of concerns that city government agencies are overspending.
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, has announced 600 job openings at two of its stores scheduled to open later this year in the District and hundreds of local workers have flocked to a hiring center in hopes of landing on of those jobs.
On Saturday morning, the DC community was answering the president's call for a dialogue on the issue of mental health paticularly in light of the recent strong of deadly shootings that have rocked the country including the events at the Washington Navy Yard.
District funding for local services is caught in the middle of the tug-of-war over the budget on Capitol Hill. And cash available to keep services running are dwindling without congressional intervention.
Mayor Vincent Gray has proposed banning Styrofoam food containers in the District, citing their harmful effect on the Anacostia River.
In an effort to keep the national parks clean, D.C. public works staff will collect the trash at publicly accessible National Park sites for the duration of the shutdown.
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