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Federal government shutdown impacts hundreds in the Valley

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A federal government shutdown furloughed 800,000 workers nationwide on Tuesday and hundreds right here in the Mahoning Valley.

While social security checks will continue to be delivered, Jackie Carter of Youngstown is going home empty handed, after stopping by the Social Security Administration and leaving without the information she requested.

That's because of the federal government shutdown that has lawmakers at odds.

Carter tells 21 News, "Their computers are down, and we will not be able to get anything until they open back up again."

And no work means no pay for 400 furloughed employees at the Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station.

Only 50 fire and police personnel remain on the job at the air reserve base.

1,400 local reservists will also have their training and pay delayed.

 "All of our training has been put on hold. The only thing we are doing is performing support for contingency operations, and that's the war fighters overseas and that's it. Everyone else has been sent home. No training, no day to day business here at the base," says Colonel James Dignan, the Commander of the 910th Airlift Wing.

President Barack Obama approved an signed-off on payment military members on active duty, despite the shutdown, however, the air base needs clarity from the Secretary of Defense on who is approved to come back to work -- to cut those checks.

"So we have folks overseas right now that may or may not get paid depending on how this goes down," says Colonel Dignan.

For now Youngstown's Airport is still flying high. Air traffic controllers and TSA agents remain on the job.

The federal courts in Youngstown including the bankruptcy court will continue to hold hearings and trials as scheduled, but if the government shutdown lasts for more than ten days that could change.

All veterans services are available, but new claims may be delayed.

All mail will be delivered. But some fear it's the federal lawmakers who are not getting the message.

"The lawmakers need to get themselves together. They just really are depriving people of things that they need that are important," says Carter.

Some recreation areas in the Mahoning Valley have also been impacted by the shutdown. The boat ramps at Berlin Reservoir and Shenango Reservoir are closed, as well as their campgrounds.

The Mosquito Lake boat ramp is also shut down, but the park is open.

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