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Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, left, and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr., R-James City, debate during a budget hearing. (BOB BROWN/AP)

Nature’s itching powder. The trees of Washington, in their annual orgy of procreation, are bombarding the city with pollen. Get the latest pollen forecast here.

Are motorists changing their gas-guzzling ways? Learn how drivers in the D.C. area and around the nation are responding to $4-a-gallon gasoline.

Coming up today on PostLocal:

— The 2012 Shad Planking, a curious Virginia political tradition involving the cooking and consumption of a bony, oily fish, will be held today. Former governor and senator George Allen will attend and make a speech; his Democratic rival Tim Kaine will not.

Jury selection in the Roger Clemens re-trial continues.

—Washington Airport Authority board members are expected to discuss the Dulles Metrorail project at a meeting this morning.

— The Virginia General Assembly reconvenes for “veto day,” and could vote again on the budget that failed in the Senate on Tuesday.

— The Nationals go for their third straight win against the Houston Astros tonight.


View Photo Gallery: In addition to their annual home-and-away games against the NFC East, the Redskins will face the NFC South, the AFC North, St. Louis and Minnesota.