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An economic index of Midwestern states plummeted last month, and the survey's authors say the government shutdown played a part.

The monthly report from Creighton University is a survey of businesses in nine states, including Kansas. Creighton Professor Ernie Goss calls October a tough month for the region.

"One fourth of the businesses we surveyed said there were negative impacts from the shutdown," says Goss. "I think those will be temporary and we'll see those effects reversed in the weeks and months ahead."

Shutdown Recovery: Kansas Federal Sites Resume Operations

Oct 18, 2013

Federal employees and government facilities are returning to normal operations Friday.

Congress agreed to fund the federal government after partially shutting it down for 16 days.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene is open again. The complex is part of the National Archives system and had been closed since October 1.

Kan. Furloughed Employees Recalled To Work

Oct 15, 2013

Civilians who were furloughed at two Kansas National Guard maintenance sites will go back to work.

The Kansas Adjutant General's Department said Monday that 126 of the 263 federally-funded state employees will return to work at sites in Salina and Fort Riley.

The employees perform maintenance on military equipment for active duty and reserve units.

The department says they can be recalled because they are working under funding from the fiscal year that ended on September 30.

Gov. Brownback issued a statement Friday saying his administration is committed to minimizing the effects of the shutdown. The governor says the state can juggle its cash reserves to fund programs that are usually sustained by federal dollars.

For example, the state had enough in its reserve for the governor to cancel furloughs for state workers who process unemployment benefits Friday.

Kansas Department Of Labor Cancels Worker Furloughs

Oct 11, 2013

The Kansas Department of Labor is ending most of the furloughs it imposed on employees because of the federal government's partial shutdown.

Gov. Brownback's office says it will not put others on unpaid leave, either.

The governor's spokeswoman Eileen Hawley says the administration will tap the state's cash reserves to maintain staffing for the state program that provides benefits to unemployed workers.

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Shutdown Puts WIC Checks For Mothers In Jeopardy

Oct 10, 2013

If the shutdown of the federal government continues longer than two more weeks, 70,000 young mothers, babies and preschoolers in Kansas stand to lose access to some of the food they rely on.

KDHE has ordered local WIC offices to withhold checks for November and December until federal funding is assured. WIC checks are normally issued for three months at a time.

Dave Thomason, who heads the federally-funded Women Infants and Children supplemental food program in Kansas, says withholding checks dated later than October is a precautionary response to the federal shutdown.

Kansas National Guard Recalled From Shutdown

Oct 8, 2013

All but five of the 772 Kansas National Guard airmen and soldiers who were furloughed last week because of the partial federal government shutdown are being called back to work.

The Kansas adjutant general's office said Monday that the recalls came after the Department of Defense issued guidance over the weekend regarding which employees were covered by the federal furlough orders.

Those five National Guard technicians who remain furloughed don't meet the guidance for recalls as stated by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

During Government Shutdown, State Parks Still Open

Oct 4, 2013

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is reminding people that state parks are still open during the federal government shutdown.

Park camping areas, trails, cabins, boat ramps, and other amenities are open, as are many of the businesses who serve lake visitors.

State nature centers are also open during regular hours. Access wildlife areas and fishing lakes operated by the department remains unchanged.

The federal shutdown has created some confusion about state parks.

Federal Shutdown Rolls Across Kansas

Oct 2, 2013

The federal government shutdown is showing its effects across Kansas, from shuttered national parks and Farm Service Agency offices to charities that rely on federal money.