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The Government Shutdown Is Hitting Home In North Carolina

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EPA workers volunteering during the government shutdown.

How is the partial government shutdown affecting North Carolinians? The federal impasse is in its fourth week with no end in sight. President Donald Trump demands funding for a wall along the southern border of the United States and says the shutdown could last months or even years

North Carolina citizens are experiencing an array of side effects firsthand: Farmers are struggling to get the information they need to apply for federal loans or crop assistance; Vance County Schools announced they are scaling back their school lunch options for students; and food stamp recipients are getting their February benefits early and will not receive anything next month.

WUNC Daily News Producer Will Michaels talks to host Frank Stasio about his reporting on the multitude of ways the partial government shutdown is affecting North Carolina. 

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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