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National Parks and other federally-run recreation sites in Missouri are open again, now that the partial government shutdown is over.

Those sites include the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.  Ann Honius with the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial says there are no lingering problems or issues stemming from the 16-day shutdown.

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A spokesman for Governor Jay Nixon (D) says his office is continuing to explore options on how to reopen the Gateway Arch and other National Park Service sites in Missouri.

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A group of protesters Tuesday afternoon called on Missouri U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) to vote to end the federal government shutdown that began October first.

The 40 demonstrators picketed outside Luetkemeyer's Jefferson City office and also delivered a so-called "cease and desist order" to members of his staff.    Allison Dreith is with the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, the group that sponsored the demonstration.

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Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.

In a statement released late Friday, Governor Jay Nixon (D) says he's directed members of his staff to put together a proposal for reopening National Park Service sites in Missouri, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park.  He calls the two sites "national treasures" that draw millions of tourists every year and "generate significant economic activity."

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A deadline has been extended for some Illinois state retirees to submit certain health insurance documents because of the federal government shutdown.

Recipients of various state health insurance programs need to provide IRS documents by a late October deadline in order to prove that their dependents should still be eligible to receive state health insurance coverage. But as the federal shutdown drags on, the transcripts aren't being released by the IRS.

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Civilian workers returned to Scott Air Force Base today after almost a week on furlough because of the government shutdown. Their return was a result of a Department of Defense ruling that civilian workers whose mission contributes to “the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members” could return to the job with pay. 

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Democratic Congressman Bill Enyart is frustrated with the partial government shutdown.

Enyart, who represents areas of Southern Illinois and East St. Louis, supports a continuing resolution that would allow the National Guard to be paid and put the VA and 70 percent of the CIA back to work. A veteran with over 35 years of military service, Enyart contends that the best way to support the troops is to reopen the government.

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The federal government shutdown has now hit the Missouri National Guard.

Late Wednesday, the Guard furloughed nearly a thousand of their 1,400 federal technicians considered to be non-essential.  Spokeswoman, Major Tammy Spicer, says the technicians include both civilian and uniformed staff.

"Full-time federal technicians do a variety of jobs across the state, anything from clerical, to mechanical, to aviation related," Spicer said.

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On day two of the government shutdown, it continues to cause headaches, including for a group of Missouri and Kansas veterans that flew to Washington. 

The nonprofit Heartland Honor Flight organized the trip and the closed National World War II Memorial was the first stop Wednesday. The group was met by many Missouri and Kansas lawmakers, who helped them get inside the memorial where barriers had been set up. 

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“No shutdown, let’s work!"

This was the anthem of protestors demonstrating today in front of the Federal Center in St. Louis. The protest, comprised of federal employees and their supporters, was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees in response to the shutdown’s effect on furloughed government workers.

Beyond the loss of wages for government employees, protestors also criticized the shutdown of some government services.