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Government Shutdown
6:16 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Federal Workers Still in Limbo as Shutdown Drags On

Federal worker Justine Kelly with her toddler.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

As the federal government shutdown drags into its third week, it has become a sort of background noise, present but not always noticeable. Unless you’re a federal worker, that is; Justine Kelly’s a case in point.

She works at the Social Security Administration, and has been working without pay for weeks.

“This is just so demoralizing,” she said at a Democratic party event in Dayton Monday. “I feel like nobody cares. I feel nobody’s listening, like this is all a game.”

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Government Shutdown
5:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Wright-Patt Back Up Running, But Shutdown Woes Continue

Most civilian workers are back at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, although officials say normal operations will remain difficult during the partial government shutdown. But across the Dayton area, Wright-Patt isn’t alone in its woes since the partial federal government shutdown began Oct. 1.

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Government Shutdown
1:05 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Civilians Return to Work at Wright-Patt

 Nearly 9,000 civilian workers went back to work Monday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. That’s after the Department of Defense reinterpreted a new law in order to end furlough days.

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Military
2:42 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Wright-Patt Workers, Local Businesses Concerned About Shutdown

Leaders of the 88th Air Base Wing held a press conference Monday on the impact of an emergency furlough.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

 Nearly 9,000 employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base remain on emergency furlough following the federal government shutdown, and workers and businesses are worried about the financial impact, particularly if the partial shutdown is prolonged.

Wright-Patt officials estimate that for every day the government stays closed, the Dayton area loses $5 million in wages.

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Developing
11:03 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Wright-Patt Begins Emergency Furlough Due to Partial Government Shutdown

Colonel Cassie Barlow of the 88th Air Base Wing speaks to reporters about a possible emergency furlough.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

As of midnight, October 1st, the U.S. House and Senate had not agreed on a  budget, and the federal government is now implementing a partial shut down for the first time since 1995-1996.

On Tuesday Forbes listed Dayton as one of the top ten cities at risk during a government shutdown. Civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base bear the immediate brunt: approximately 8,700 non-military staff at Wright-Patt received furlough letters Tuesday morning.

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