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What's Open, What's Closed During Government Shutdown

Critical functions like law enforcement, air traffic control and military operations will remain funded through the government shutdown, but a lot of other federally funded programs that you might not think about are now closed.

National parks - regulated by the Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Forest Service are largely closed.

The agencies are maintaining a security staff, but most visitor's centers, campgrounds and recreation sites are closed. And more than 900 Nevada BLM workers have been sent home.

Nevada's military bases will remain at the ready, but thousands of their civilian employees have already been sent home. At Nellis Air Force base in southern Nevada, more than 1,000 civilians were furloughed Tuesday.

If you are waiting for paperwork to be processed for things like visas, passports, or gun licenses, you'll have to keep waiting. The employees who process those will not work during the shutdown.

And while federal criminal cases will still be prosecuted, non-criminal cases like appeals and civil suits will not move forward.

Nevada's federal courts will remain open for the time being. Officials there tell us they have reserved two weeks of funding to keep running normally.

It is important to note that Social Security checks, Medicare and veterans services will remain funded - And the U.S. Postal Service will function as normal.

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