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Americans see impact of federal shutdown

Tuesday - 10/1/2013, 4:30pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- The partial government shutdown that began today is throwing the household finances of some federal workers into turmoil -- not just in the Washington area, but around the country.

Darquez Smith is a park ranger in Dayton, Ohio, and he's about to become a father. He says he already lives paycheck-to-paycheck while putting himself through college, and he's worried about what he'll do if the checks stop coming.

A building mechanic at a Smithsonian museum in Washington, Robert Turner, is headed to the Maryland shore until he's called back. He says if he's not back to work by the end of next week, he'll have to find a job, since he doesn't want to eat into savings.

Across the country, the impact of the shutdown is immediate and far-reaching for some Americans, but minimal for others.

In Colorado, where flooding killed eight people earlier this month, the emergency money to help rebuild homes and businesses will continue to flow -- but federal worker furloughs could slow it down.

Even programs that aren't immediately affected could run out of cash if the shutdown drags on. The head of the Ohio Head Start Association says the preschool learning programs will be in jeopardy if a shutdown lasts more than two weeks.

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204-w-33-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Paul Sacker, environmental engineer, Environmental Protection Agency)--Federal work isn't getting done in thousands of locations around the country. AP correspondent Warren Levinson has an example from New York. (1 Oct 2013)


205-a-11-(Paul Sacker, environmental engineer, Environmental Protection Agency, in AP interview)-"watching the henhouse"-Environmental Protection Agency engineer Paul Sacker says he cannot inspect underground fuel tanks for leaks. ((cut used in wrap)) (1 Oct 2013)


GRAPHICSBANK: US Capitol, East front, Washington, DC, on texture with BUDGET BATTLE lettering, finished graphic (1 Oct 2013)

APPHOTO MSRS105: Rick Martin, chief of operations at the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Miss., expresses his disappointment at having to close the park Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The National Park Service has been directed to close all memorials, and non-essential staff has been directed to go home. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (1 Oct 2013)


APPHOTO TXCON101: Ruban Diaz waits outside the Social Security Administration office on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Conroe, Texas. While the office remained opened, the government shutdown limited some services, such as requesting social security cards. (AP Photo/ The Courier, Jason Fochtman) (1 Oct 2013)

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