Beshear to discuss federal government shutdown

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday to discuss the impact of the federal government shutdown on Kentucky families.

The U.S. government halted most non-essential government services 16 days ago, forcing unplanned furloughs for thousands of federal workers across the country and leading to the temporary closure of Mammoth Cave and Cumberland Gap national parks in Kentucky.

Beshear is expected to tell reporters that more serious problems could begin Oct. 31, when funds for lots of government services will dry up, if Congress doesn't resolve the spending impasse.

The press conference will be at the state Capitol at 2 p.m. EDT.

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