DOVER, Del. (AP) - The chief federal judge in Delaware has ordered restrictions on travel, training and hiring as the government shutdown in Washington continues.
The order issued Thursday by Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Sleet mirrors one issued the same day by the chief judge of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
Sleets order says travel by court officials in Delaware without his consent is to be avoided, and that training activities are suspended. Sleet also said any hiring of new personnel or new expenditure of funds requires his approval.
Families of the fallen are now being forced to pay their own way or find unofficial help from generous donors to make the trip to Dover Air Force Base to meet their loved ones who have died in the service of their country.
In addition, they are not being paid the $100-thousand tax-free lump sum meant to help pay for the sudden loss of income, funeral expenses and other unexpected needs.
All of this comes as the result of the government shutdown.
Despite some of the Federal Aviation Administration's inspectors taking forced time off for the government shutdown, officials with the Wicomico Regional Airport say there is not a safety concern.
Airport officials say air traffic control services are considered a "life safety issue," so they are currently exempt from the government shutdown, and the Wicomico Regional Airport's traffic control tower is still operating.
The Salisbury Times reports that the airport is still unsure of what may happen if the shutdown continues.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md) says he backs tying the an increase in the debt ceiling with undoing the Affordable Card Act. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the Eastern Shore Republican at a town hall meeting in Fruitland.