(WMC-TV) - The federal government shutdown forced hundreds of Mid-Southerners to go on emergency furlough Tuesday.
Although 1,600 civilian workers are furloughed at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South about 200 civilian workers will still work. Also, anyone on active duty in the military will still get paid.
The WIC federal program that provides nutritional food and services for women, infants and children will no longer receive funding in Mississippi. But the Magnolia State's distribution centers will remain open.
In Arkansas, the WIC program will be funded on a week-by-week basis. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe says the shutdown impacts real people in his state.
"There are people that are going to get hurt by this stuff, by what's going on in Washington, real people and usually, there are children and there are people in nursing homes that aren't going to be protected," said Beebe.