Mark Twain National Forest

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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.

Government shutdown affects some in mid-Mo.

Oct 1, 2013
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The government shutdown has affected some, but not all, federally-funded organizations in the area.

Medical Buildings

The Columbia Vet Center is operating regularly Tuesday despite the shutdown. The Center’s funds are appropriated ahead of time, meaning they did not lose any funding to the shutdown.

“Our funds are appropriated a year ahead of time so our 2014 fiscal year funds, which start today, were appropriated last year,” Acting Team Leader  Shawn Martin said.

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Federal officials are seeking public comment on proposals for protecting several endangered animals and plants in Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest.

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Federal officials say two fires in southern Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest have been contained, but new ones have broken out.

Arson is the suspected cause of a fire that burned about 620 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest.

Fire concerns are widening in southeast Missouri as crews battle a 550-acre blaze in the Mark Twain National Forest.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday ordered the Missouri National Guard to get ready to assist with firefighting efforts. The fire broke out Thursday in a section of the 1.5-million-acre forest located in Iron County, and the governor's office says about 2,000 additional acres are at risk.

Three hundred more acres of Mark Twain National Forest in Salem have burned since last night, in a fire that has burned 5,000 acres since Tuesday afternoon.