Tuesday, 01 October 2013 21:27

Government Shutdown Impacts Maine

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STATEWIDE - The US Government remains shut down, and while this shutdown continues, Mainers are feeling its effects.

The Hampden Police Department is hoping they will still receive a federal grant allowing them to hire a new school resource officer.


"My thought is the money's already been appropriated so I don't think that's going to affect the money itself," says Joe Rogers, the director at the Hampden Police Department.


Some government programs still do have funding, but other programs such as WIC only have enough money to last for two weeks.


"If it's only a couple days, that may be fine. If it's prolonged we'll have to have some more, hopefully step wised plans," says Patty Hamilton, the director at Bangor Public Health.


The Department of Environment Protection is also open as normal, but that could change depending on how long the government is closed and any risks that could impact the environment.


While things are continuing to run smoothly for now, the length of the shut down will be what tells how each agency is effected.



Jaclyn Cangro

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Jaclyn Cangro joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in September of 2013. She was raised in suburban New York and graduated cum laude from Emerson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2013.

While at Emerson, she won the 2012 New England Emmy Award for Best College Newscast as co-executive producer. She was also nationally ranked by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) as one of the Top 20 Sports Broadcasters in the country, being one of two females on the list.

When not on the air, she enjoys watching and rooting for the New York Mets and New England Patriots.

She’s excited to explore all Maine has to offer! If you have any story ideas, contact her at [email protected] or tweet her @jaclyncangro.


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