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      Oklahoma City Memorial: Government shutdown will have no impact

      168 chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Courtesy: oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org

      As the countdown to 12:01 AM ET ticks closer, the threat of a government shutdown lingers, threatening to shutter operations run by the federal government.

      But it will not have an impact on a memorial to 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.

      Mary Ann Eckstein, Media Coordinator for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, says operations will continue as normal because the Memorial does not receive any annual federal funding.

      168 men, women, and children were killed April 19, 1995 when Timothy McVeich parked a rental truck packed with explosives at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The explosion sheared the north side of the building and shook Oklahoma City and the nation to its core.

      A government shutdown is scheduled to begin at 12:01 ET Tuesday morning unless the House and Senate can strike a last minute deal.

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