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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Budget battle impact initially won’t be felt at Hannibal airport

  • The nation braced itself for the impact that a partial government shutdown would have that began Tuesday.
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  • The nation braced itself for the impact that a partial government shutdown would have that began Tuesday.
    Nearly 3,000 Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors were furloughed. But Robin Carroll, the fixed base operator at Hannibal Regional Airport, doesn’t foresee the FAA’s action having a local impact, at least initially.
    “I just don’t see that it will really affect us right now... definitely not in the immediate future,” she said. “We have our own inspectors, we have our own instructors and they’re all licensed by the FAA anyway, so they can do everything necessary to continue our daily operations.”
    Among the sites being impacted across the nation are hundreds of federal parks, including all the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-operated campgrounds and day-use parks at Mark Twain Lake. Affected recreation areas will not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted, according to the Corps.
    USACE parks with leased areas and concessionaires will remain open, but cannot be supported by USACE personnel or services while the shutdown is in place.
    Campers who are on site prior to the shutdown going into effect will be required to vacate campgrounds not later than 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2. These campers may elect to leave their campsite reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted. Campers will receive a refund for any unused portion of their reservations.
    Millions of Americans were unable to get government services ranging from federally-backed home loans to supplemental food assistance for children and pregnant women.
    One local agency not feeling any repercussions is NECAC.
    “For NECAC, it’s business as usual and we’re operating normally. Service centers in all 12 of our counties are open, we’re still seeing clients and we’re still meeting the needs of the disadvantaged,” said Brent Engel, public relations officer for NECAC. “We are not looking at program cuts. One thing to keep in mind is that NECAC has contracts and grants to administer more than 60 programs that use funding from more than 30 sources. Most of the funding we’re operating on now has already been allocated. If our funding sources somewhere down the road tell us that money is being cut, we will take appropriate action at that time.”
    (The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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