Morning Links: Final Deadline for Budget Approval Approaches; Rep. Robert Byrd Dies; Prince Harry Thrown from Horse


• Last night New York State legislators refused to vote on any of the bills Governor Paterson had submitted to end the three-month budget impasse. Today is the final deadline for budget approval. Government services will be shut down if an agreement isn’t reached. [NY1]

• West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress, died early this morning at the age of 92. [WP]

• BP is losing stock (and traders). Bank of America Merrill Lynch is halting long-term contracts with BP, and there’s been a departure among some of the best traders for rival firms. [NYT]

• The V and W are gone, along with 37 bus lines throughout the city. [ABC]

• A tree branch killed a 6-month-old and injured her mother in Central Park this weekend, leading to questions about tree safety and maintenance in the park. [NYT]

• Michael Douglas’ ex-wife Diandra is suing for 50 percent of the up-front money and royalties from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. [NYP]

• Prince Harry was thrown from his horse at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governor’s Island on Sunday. He’s fine. [NYDN]