Government Shutdown Ripples Across Kansas City Region

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From scientists seeking research grants to poor mothers worried about feeding their babies and tourists turned away from the Truman Library, the Washington budget deadlock is spreading its woes deeper into the Kansas City region. Beyond the misery of thousands of idled local federal workers, it is now starting to force other government workers off their jobs.

The shutdown is similarly beginning to bite private sector workers elsewhere whose companies depend on federal contracts. Lockheed Martin announced Friday that it plans to furlough 3,000 workers across the nation beginning Monday. United Technologies Corp. has already idled 2,000 workers. The Small Business Administration, a federal agency that administers and guarantees loans to a variety of local companies, is among the host of government agencies that have closed.

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