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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There are nearly 24,600 federal employees in the state of Mississippi, according to Eyes on Washington. Many of them, specifically civilians, could see furloughs.

Active duty military will receive a paycheck. Civilian contractors at military bases, such as Camp Shelby and Keesler Air Force Base are expected to be furloughed.  

The Jackson Veterans Administration hospital and its seven community based clinics will remain open.  

WIC, a federal program that provides nutritional food and services for pregnant women, infants and children will no longer receive funding.  However, the Mississippi State Department of Health says the state's 95 WIC distribution center's will remain open until further notice. Up to 93,000 clients are served at those clinics each month.  

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will shut down campgrounds and parks.  
A spokesman says about 450 of the Vicksburg District's 1,100 employees can expect to be furloughed.  

The Lower Mississippi River Museum in Vicksburg will not see an immediate impact and remain open. It's operated by a non-governmental company on a yearly contract through the Department of Defense.

Drivers can expect the Natchez Trace to remain open. However, rest stops, campgrounds, and restrooms would close.  

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