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Foreign countries were generally puzzled by the U.S. government’s partial shutdown and its flirtation with the debt ceiling. With the debt authorization deadline fast approaching, the newspaper Le Monde’s front-page story had this headline, referring to France’s favorite founding father: “Jefferson, wake up, they’ve gone crazy.” 
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United States Representative, Vicky Hartzler (R), of the Fourth District was in Columbia Monday, Oct. 21, touring Hickman High School.

The congresswoman spoke about the stalemate in Washington during the partial government shutdown.

Hartzler did her student teaching at Hickman in the family and consumer sciences department when she was an education student at M-U, and on Monday she toured the career services wing.

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Both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators voted in favor of the bill Wednesday night that reopened the federal government and raised the country’s debt ceiling.

Mo. National Park sites reopen after shutdown

Oct 18, 2013
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Visitors to Missouri can once again go up in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and pitch tents at federally-run campsites, now that the government shutdown has ended. 

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.

Central Missouri Honor Flight completes 25th flight

Oct 16, 2013
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Central Missouri Honor Flight took 64 veterans to visit national memorials dedicated to their service on Tuesday, despite the government shutdown. Later that night, the veterans returned home with the guide of the Patriot Guard to a crowd of family members and friends.

Dane Gregg served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. When he came home, he saw the support of family members and friends, all wearing blue shirts stating “Team Dane.” The shirts were made to support their vet who has survived two heart attacks and is currently battling cancer.

Protesters in Jefferson City demand end to shutdown

Oct 16, 2013
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A group of protesters Tuesday called on Missouri Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer to vote to end the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1. 

The 40 demonstrators outside Luetkemeyer’s Jefferson City office included David Meinell with the group Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans.  He says they want a “clean bill” that will reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling:

“We do not believe what is going on in Washington DC is conducive to good representation," Meinell said. "They’re holding all of us hostage because of their dirty politics.”

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The government shutdown is creating a backlog of chemicals needed to produce the steady supply of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides American farmers count on to keep pests from destroying their crops.

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Because of the federal government shutdown, some active duty military students cannot get the tuition assistance they rely on to pay for college. Several have already dropped their classes. 

Tuition assistance is not the same as the GI Bill tuition, which is usually for veterans who are out of the military. As of now, GI Bill benefits are still covered.

“Tuition assistance” is a benefit awarded to active duty service men and women.

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Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.  

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Normally, Friday, Oct. 11, would be a big day for the commodity markets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report is due, providing what is widely excepted to be the most trusted and complete snapshot of farm markets in the middle of harvest season.

But, with the government shut down the report is not coming out. In fact, farmers and ranchers aren’t getting any of the USDA information they rely on, and in this case, ignorance is not bliss.  

An outbreak of salmonella linked to raw chicken is spreading across the country. But, the partial government shutdown could make it tougher to track.

More than 270 people have been sickened across 18 states. But when you call the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food safety information office, you hear a recorded message saying: “Hello, you have reached the congressional and public affairs staff. We are not in the office at this time. We are on furlough due a lapse in federal government funding.”

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The National Head Start Association says that a donation of $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs in six states, including Missouri, from closing during the federal government shutdown.

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National Head Start Association officials say a donation of up to $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs in Missouri and several other states running during the federal government shutdown.

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Military students who rely on federal funding to pay for college are facing headaches because of the government shutdown.

WIC remains open despite government shutdown

Oct 3, 2013

The Missouri Women, Infants and Children Program, or WIC, remains open despite government shutdown.

Government shutdown slows USDA

Oct 3, 2013
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  The U.S. Department of Agriculture was forced to send home tens of thousands of employees because of Tuesday’s government shutdown.

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“30 Rock” fans know the phrase well: Shut it down.

Nearly all of the characters have used it at some point during the TV show’s multi season run. And now it’s echoed in real life as the federal government has gone into shutdown mode. This week we take a look at how the shutdown has affecting mid-Missouri.

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As the federal government shutdown enters its second day, it continues to cause headaches for many, including for a group of Missouri and Kansas veterans flying to Washington, D.C.

KSHB reports that the nonprofit Heartland Honor Flight organized the trip. Its first stop today was the closed National World War II Memorial. The group was hopeful it would get inside after a Mississippi veterans group did on Tuesday.

Several federally run Missouri attractions also are closed, including Mark Twain National Forest.

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Some of Missouri's House members, including Republicans Vicky Hartzler of the 4th District and Jason Smith of the 8th District have requested that their salaries be withheld until the government shutdown ends.

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Baseball fans arriving in St. Louis for the start of the playoffs this week can scratch off one potential side visit — the Gateway Arch.

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Consumers can rest assured that even with the government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, all of the meat, poultry and eggs bought from the grocery store will be inspected as usual by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

But that’s not necessarily the case for other foods -- like cheese, produce and boxes of cereal. Inspections for these products fall under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration, which had to furlough 45 percent of its staff on Tuesday.

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Even with a potential federal government shutdown next week, some of Missouri’s programs and agencies will continue to operate as usual.

Emily Cain, the press secretary for the federal Office of Management and Budget, said that the Obama administration believes that a lapse in appropriations will not occur.

In addition, she said that the administration is “willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical government operations.”