How Central Nebraska is affected by a govt. shutdown

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By Tim McNicholas

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Updated: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:38:54 CST

Whether you ask members of the House or the Senate, they’ll both say it didn’t have to come to this.

But here we are:

The United States government is shut down.

 Some United States Department of Agriculture workers showed up to the office on Tuesday.

 They hung up signs that said they’re closed and left.

 The Head Start Child and Family program isn't feeling the effects yet.

They're funded on annually by grants, so they're safe for the remainder of the year.

But some of their services, like their lunch program, are funded monthly. 

The longest government shutdown—also the most recent—lasted 21 days. If the government is still shut down in a month they might be forced to cut other services to pay for the food.

"I would be concerned that the quality of our services would suffer because of it,” Tonna Gilbert of Head Start said. “And also worried that we may not be able to serve as many kids and families

as we had previously."

Some Head Start parents are dependent on those lunches.

"I work part time due to medical issues and I can't afford to pay for my

kid's lunches,” Jamie Raney, who's four-year-old son is in Head Start, said.

The gates are locked at the U.S. Army Reserve Training Grounds.

President Obama has said the active guard will not be affected.

But federal technicians like the ones at the reserve grounds in Hastings have been sent home.

Training drills scheduled for this weekend have been put on hold.

 Not all government agencies have been shut down.

 The United States Postal service will remain open.

 And, all emergency services will also stay active. The health insurance exchanges are still a go.

 Most government shutdowns last less than a few days.

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