From Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah to the North Cascades in Washington, America's 401 national park areas have gates blocking entrance roads.
The last remaining campers and hotel guests in the parks must leave Thursday, and park rangers will patrol to keep others out.
The national parks "belong to the American people, and the American people should have the right to come in," says National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. "But the only way I can protect these places during this period is to shut them down."
With the federal government shut down for the first time since 1996, Congress is now heading toward a fight over raising the nation's debt ceiling. What would it mean for the US government to default on the debt? David Hyde talks with Rolling Stone financial writer and contributing editor Matt Taibbi.
Could a government shutdown happen in Canada? Probably not. Vancouver Sun political columnist Vaughn Palmer explains why. Plus, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has strong words about the proposed Keystone pipeline and Canada kicks off a brand-new private marketplace for medical pot.
Photos of the government shutdown have not been kind to Republicans: Images of children who can’t play in parks that have been closed and of low-income children who can’t attend Head Start, the government's early education program. And then, of course, are the images of tourists squeezing between national monuments and barriers for posed shots.
Before the government shutdown, the House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program. Senate Democrats and President Obama have said they will block the plan.
Even so, the debate over food stamp funding is worrisome for people who receive food assistance. It comes on the eve of scheduled cuts to SNAP beneficiaries that will go into affect in November, when the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires.
David Hyde talks with Kent resident Catherine Hernandez about how her family uses food stamps. Later in the hour, Ross Reynolds talks with John Camp, administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services' food assistance program about distributing food stamps in Washington.
Last week, militant group al-Shabab attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing over 60 people. On Sunday, dozens of students were murdered when a group, widely believed to be Boko Haram, rampaged an agricultural college in northeast Nigeria. David Hyde talks with Peter Lewis, director of Johns Hopkins' African studies program in their School of Advanced International Studies, about extremist violence in Africa and the different groups operating there.
Correction 10/10/2013: This story has been changed to clarify candidate Vandana Slatter’s position on light rail and differs from the audio.
Bellevue has three City Council races on the ballot this fall. The candidates for those races say they have ideas to help Bellevue manage future growth and to make the downtown feel less like “an airport terminal.” They spoke at a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association.
Opponents of genetic labels on food just got a $5 million boost. The donation from the Grocery Manufacturers Association sends the No on 522 campaign into the record books. More money is going against the genetic labeling initiative than against any other ballot measure in Washington history.
The No on 522 campaign has amassed a war chest of $17.2 million.
With its latest $5 million check, the Grocery Manufacturers Association rockets past agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. as the campaign’s biggest donor.
Congress has failed to reach a deal to fund the federal government, leading to the first shutdown in 17 years. We hear from furloughed worker Kurt Morley about how the shutdown is affecting him and talk with Chris Grygiel of the Associated Press about what's open and what's closed today in Washington state.
On Monday another wave of bombings ripped through Baghdad, killing 37 people and injuring almost 150. According to the United Nations, 979 Iraqis were killed in the month of September due to a rise in violence, making it one of the deadliest months this year.
Violence in the country has been on the rise since the start of the year. Markets, houses, places of worship and even funeral processions have been targeted by insurgents. New York Times reporter Tim Arango explains why there has been a surge in violence and how the Iraqi government has been handling security.