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Shutdowns in space: What Mars rovers and NASA scientists have in common

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and senior military leaders, signs the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 on Dec. 12, 2017. Due to the Government Shutdown  many United States agencies were without funding for 35 days.
February 21, 2019

After 15 years of exploring the red planet, the Mars Opportunity rover died Feb. 12. After the rover team's attempt to contact it on Tuesday was unanswered, NASA shut down Opportunity's mission. This,...

Longest-ever government shutdown affects local citizens

The Mather family, shown above, is one of many affected by the government shutdown.
February 12, 2019

On Friday, Jan. 25, President Donald Trump signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks after a 35-day shutdown. A partial government shutdown started in the United States on Dec. 21, 2018. A...

Low Country businesses and organizations step in to provide for furloughed workers

A sign reads
February 8, 2019

As the government shutdown continues into its 35th day, many Low Country restaurants and stores have begun to provide for workers affected by the shutdown, such as those working at the Charleston International...

Longest Government Shutdown in U.S History

The Capitol at sunset after the Senate rejected competing Democratic and Republican proposals for ending the partial government shutdown, which is the longest in the nation's history, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 8, 2019

Throughout the nation, January brought an abounding amount of stress to federal employees and contractors. Over 1.8 million Americans were denied pay and left out of work, 1 million of which are contractors...

No Budget, More Problems

As the partial government shutdown drags on, southern Illinoisans begin to worry about the potential hardships which they might soon be facing.
As the Shutdown Drags On, Real People Begin to Face Real Problems
February 7, 2019

Complete economic free fall, the closure of schools, the unemployed forming into unimaginably long breadlines, violence in the streets, an entire country in disarray-- these might be some of the images...

Federal employee describes government shutdown hardships

Hundreds rally at the White House for an end to the government shutdown on January 19, 2019.
January 31, 2019

The name have been changed to protect this federal employee’s identity Robert Matthews is one of the 800,000 employees who had been affected by the government shutdown. He had little concern when he...

The Bug: 2018-2019 government shutdown is making history

Collage of U.S Customs, Border Patrol, President Donald Trump, NASA, Capitol; agencies that have been involved in the government shutdown.
January 31, 2019

The issue to shut down the government was stalled by Congress on December 5, 2018, meaning that federal employees would still receive a paycheck. However, after fighting towards no shutdown the fight was...

Students show growing dismay after month-long government shutdown

The United States Capitol on a cloudy day.
A opinion poll of grades 9-12 collects thoughts on the longest government shutdown in history
January 31, 2019

One month in Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a day of celebration, service and progress—marked the 32nd of the longest government shutdown in United States history. Over the course of a month, numerous...

Sophomore shares his government shutdown experience

Esteban Rocha is one of the many federal employees' children affected by the government shutdown.
January 29, 2019

Esteban Rocha is one of the many children of federal employees who are being affected by the shutdown. He is a sophomore VMT creative writing student. Like many others, he did not anticipate the length...

What the government shutdown means for Coppell

The current federal government shutdown is impacting many offices, including the Transportation Security Administration and Food Drug Administration. Coppell ISD, however, does not expect to experience repercussions from the shutdown in the near future, notably in its reduced lunch program.
January 29, 2019

Uncle Sam has been tagged by a kid named Government Polarization in a game of freeze tag that affects every American. As Washington D.C stands still, the rest of the nation is teeming with uncertainty. ...

Affecting the masses: South Forsyth families and how they deal with the government shutdown

President Trump announced the government shutdown December 27th. Since then, this government shutdown has become the longest one in the history of the United States. The government continues to try to reach a compromise in order to end the shutdown.
January 28, 2019

Since December 27th, the United States government has been in a government shutdown, leaving thousands of government employees unpaid but still required to go to work. Employees have now missed two paychecks,...

Dance student explains family’s government shutdown challenges

Krista Lopez, sophomore dance student, is one of 800,000 federal employees’ children who is dealing with the effects of the shutdown.
January 28, 2019

Krista Lopez is one of the 800,000 federal employees’ children who is currently dealing with the effects of the shutdown. She is a sophomore VMT dance student. She described her feelings as concern...

Not Shut Out by Shutdown

MoCo families are struggling to stay afloat as the shutdown keeps employees on furlough.
Montgomery County provides assistance to furloughed federal workers
January 28, 2019

Due to a disagreement between the democratic and republican party, the United States government went into a shutdown December 22. Trump requested $5.7 billion for the development of the wall between the...

Federal shutdown causes local pain

TSA employees are continuing to work after 35 days without pay. TSA employee Kevin Foster said, “We have a lot of passengers coming through saying 'We are sorry,' but I asked this one guy ‘What are you doing to try to help us? Have you called your representative or your senator saying this thing needs to end?'”
January 28, 2019

For 35 days, one fourth of the federal government has been shutdown due to a dispute between Congress and the President over a spending bill allocating money to build a southern U.S. border wall. The now...

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

January 24, 2019

The current government shutdown—now in its 30th day—is the longest in U.S history. The shutdown has kept around 800,000 federal employees from receiving pay, including many parents in the Whitman community. ...

Government shutdown jeopardizes Big Bend trip

Due to the government shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, there are currently no visitor services provided in Big Bend National Park, which would impede the annual eighth grade retreat. Above, last year's eighth graders navigate down a trail in the park.
January 24, 2019

Additional reporting by Ashley Yen As the partial government shutdown finishes day 29 with no end in sight, the eighth grade Big Bend trip is threatened by Congressional inaction. For the first time...

For these three Knights, cost of government shutdown hits close to home

FACES OF THE SHUTDOWN: Junior Acacia Burnett and freshman Finn Higginbotham are among the many Americans whose families are facing financial hardship because of lost income during the federal government shutdown. Photo by Risa Darlington-Horta
Longest-ever national government shutdown hurts families at McCallum, elsewhere around the nation.
January 24, 2019

Junior Acacia Burnett doesn’t have to tune in to CNN or check the president’s Twitter feed to learn about the effects of the government shutdown. For Burnett, the effects of the government shutdown...

Government hits wall

Those interested in finding information on usa.gov will find it limited by the shutdown.
Students comment on shutdown
January 24, 2019

The partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, 2018, is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history as of Saturday, Jan. 12. The shutdown is in response to President Donald Trump's demand...

Shutdown won’t immediately impact SCCC students

The government shutdown hasn't impacted students directly at SCCC but here are some things you should know.
January 24, 2019

It’s day 26 of the government shutdown and the longest in the history of the United States. Government workers are not being paid and many offices are closed while congress and President Donald Trump...

Government shutdown hits home

According to Kare11, the government shutdown began Dec. 22 and has continued since the time of publication, Jan. 16. The shutdown has not only affected those in Washington D.C., but also St. Louis Park community members.
St. Louis Park lives affected by federal decisions
January 24, 2019

For senior Jack Ostrovsky, the government shutdown is more than simply a news headline. According to Ostrovsky, his father, a federal worker for the Internal Revenue Service, has been out of work for three...

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