News

Federal workers back on the job after 16 days

Federal workers back on the job after 16 days

BACK TO WORK: After 16 days, federal workers are back on the job. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers are returning to work across the country after 16 days off the job.

The Office of Personnel Management announced that workers should return to work on their next regularly scheduled work day, noting that is Thursday for most workers. The workers have been furloughed since the partial government shutdown began Oct. 1.

The office is encouraging agencies to be flexible for a smooth transition by allowing telework and excused absences in some cases.

The workers presence will be felt on the roads and rails in the Washington region, where commutes have been less crowded over the past two weeks.

Metro reported a 20 percent drop in ridership when the shutdown began and has said it lost a few hundred thousand dollars each day.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Yankton Initiative To Offer $10,000 For Next Big Idea

IMG_0699

A new group called “Onward Yankton” has been teasing what they have been calling a new initiative for the community.

in Local

Sediment In Lake An Issue

missouri river sign

The amount of sediment flowing into Lewis and Clark Lake from the Niobrara River have groups struggling to find a solution.

in Local

Camping Reservations Being Taken

Camping

With warm weather around the corner, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is gearing up for vacation season and already getting reservations for camping sites at many of the state parks.

in Local

Nebraska Senate Debates Gas Tax

gas pumps 2

A bill that would increase the gas tax in Nebraska by six cents a gallon will be up for debate this week.

in Local

Regional Economic Indicator Lower

down arrow

The Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index for March, a leading economic indicator for a nine-state region stretching from North Dakota to Arkansas, fell from February’s reading.