Northwest Arkansans Feel Effect of Continued Government Shutdown

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The government shutdown enters it’s third week and several Arkansans are being affected by the gridlock. 
    
From dirty parks to people possibly not receiving food stamps, the partial government shutdown continues to cause major downfalls for people in our area.
 
The shutdown has affected the operations of nine departments, including Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury, and several agencies, including The Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.

National parks in our area are still closed including the Pea Ridge National Military Park, Fort Smith National Historic Site and The Trail Of Tears.

After President Trump’s press conference at The White House yesterday it looks like there is no end in sight.

If that’s the case around the country and right here in Northwest Arkansas people could face severe cuts to food stamps and see a delay in tax returns. 

SNAP benefits are only funded until the end of the month so after January those on food programs may no longer be able to access funds.

We spoke with Kelly Johnson from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport who said despite hundreds of TSA workers calling in sick, XNA along with connecting flights from the airport have not been negatively impacted.

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