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Catch up on our coverage of how the shutdown is affecting Southwest Virginia:
Parks, national forest attractions close across the region (added Wednesday): The gridlock in Washington, D.C., began spoiling plans throughout Southwest Virginia on Tuesday afternoon as popular attractions such as Pandapas Pond and the Cascades were ordered closed amid the federal government shutdown. | This story is generating a lively conversation on Facebook.
Virginia prepares for shutdown’s effects, Gov. Bob McDonnell says: McDonnell said he doesn’t expect the looming federal government shutdown to interrupt specific state services, but his administration is bracing for a fiscal impact that could have ripple effects on Virginia’s budget.
Blue Ridge Parkway will allow traffic, not attractions: Mabry Mill, Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant, the Blue Ridge Music Center, campgrounds and other sites will be closed for business.
Radford ammunition plant prepares to furlough workers: About 20 of the plant’s 800 employees are facing furloughs if lawmakers didn’t work out a deal by midnight, according to Justine Barati, spokeswoman for the U.S. military’s Joint Munitions Command.