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Rep. Bill Owens was a key vote for Obamacare and calls efforts to dismantle the law "irresponsible." NCPR file photo
Rep. Bill Owens was a key vote for Obamacare and calls efforts to dismantle the law "irresponsible." NCPR file photo

The Eight O'clock Hour, 10/2/13

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Congressman Bill Owens comments on the budget impasse, warning that the shutdown might spill over into the upcoming fight over raising America's debt ceiling. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the shutdown will depress New York's already struggling economy. Among civilian workers in Fort Drum, who were deemed non-essential and sent home yesterday, there is "a general feeling of disgust," says Loren Zeilnhofer of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 400. Meanwhile, somewhat overlooked is the federal Farm Bill, which has expired. New York's lead lobbyist for farmers is in Washington is figuring out what to do next. In local news, CSX plans to increase the speed at which its trains pass through Canton, making local officials uneasy. And in Andy Flynn's latest installment of the Adirondack Attic series, we hear from Joe Wiegand, the country's premier Teddy Roosevelt reprisor.

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