Businesses in Kentucky await campers after shutdown

SMITHLAND, Ky. (AP) - Business owners in western Kentucky who rely on traffic headed to Land Between The Lakes are anxious to see travelers again.

Marilyn Fowler runs a small sweets shop near the entrance to the recreation area. Fowler told WPSD-TV in Paducah the 16-day government shutdown meant almost no visitors to her business. With the government funded again and Land Between The Lakes reopening at noon Friday, Fowler and other business owners are hoping visitors will stop and help them make up for some of what was lost.

Says Fowler: "It should've never happened it really shouldn't had."

A deal extending government funding and the debt ceiling came together late Wednesday night, ending the shutdown prompted by members of Congress and President Barack Obama locking horns over multiple issues.

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