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Furloughs, closures hit Indiana as shutdown begins

A sign entrace Dunes National Lakeshore explains federal shutdown. | Carole Carlson~Sun-Times Media

A sign at the entrace to the Dunes National Lakeshore, explains the federal shutdown. | Carole Carlson~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 1, 2013 11:16PM



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The partial federal government shutdown is sending hundreds of workers at north-central Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base and the state’s national parks onto unpaid furlough.

Grissom spokesman Lt. Col. Gary Lockhard says about 600 full-time civilian employees and Air Force reservists were furloughed Tuesday after Congress failed to break a budget impasse. About 25 air traffic controllers and 50 base security staff will remain on duty.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is closed and 50 staffers are furloughed, but park deputy superintendent Garry Traynham says police and fire staff aren’t affected.

The Hoosier National Forest has starting shuttering its campgrounds at the 200,000-acre southern Indiana forest and 45 staffers are now furloughed.

Property spokeswoman Judi Perez says people will still be able to access the forest because it isn’t fenced.



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