Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom; Amazon considering net-zero energy buildings for HQ2

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Tuesday, April 2.

The region’s cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom, with more than 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry tree blossoms open. The National Park Service says the bloom period will last for the next seven to 10 days, depending on temperature and wind. (NBC4 Washington)

Tech giant Amazon has raised the possibility of creating zero-energy buildings at its new Arlington campus, repeatedly bringing it up in negotiations with county officials. (Washington Business Journal)

If the General Assembly approves $280 million in budget amendments Gov. Ralph Northam is recommending, drivers could see improvements to highways across Virginia. The plan would fund improvements to Interstate 81. (Fauquier Times)

Trading cards featuring Loudoun County farmers have launched by a partnership between the Loudoun Economic Development and Loudoun County Public Schools. Students are now able to trade the cards and learn more about the local farming industry. (WTOP)

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