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WASHINGTON — With only hours to spare on the last day of the fiscal year, Congress approved a temporary spending measure to avert a shutdown and keep the federal government operating through Dec. 11. In the House, the measure was approved only because of strong support by Democrats — a […]

Without Congressional agreement to avoid a lapse in appropriations by midnight on September 30th, certain federal departments and agencies will suspend operations for all but “essential” government functions. Government departments and agencies have begun to identify exactly what the shutdown means for their operations and the services they provide. Because […]

by Griselda Nevarez Julian Zatarain may not be able to vote because he is undocumented, but his immigration status didn’t prevent him from accepting an appointment to a city advisory board this week. The 21-year-old college student and longtime community volunteer was appointed Monday to the parks and recreation commission […]