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TSA workers receive lunch from the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis during the partial government shutdown.
The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Federal workers across the nation are taking a temporary sigh of relief as the government reopens for three weeks during negotiations over security along the southern border.

But even with the shutdown on pause, there is still a lingering question of when the roughly 800,000 federal workers nationwide affected by the shutdown will get paid.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 16, 2009 - The scene could have been anywhere. St. Louis city Democratic Party chairman Brian Wahby, who supports the re-election of Mayor Francis Slay, was in an earnest discussion with a couple city teachers who were critical of Slay's actions regarding the public schools.