Partial Government Shutdown

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The Government is in partial shutdown and all is quiet on Capitol Hill after Congress failed to approve a stop gap spending measure before the midnight deadline. The Senate is due back in session Tuesday morning. Republicans want to include a measure in the bill that would defund or delay part of the health care law. Democrats have refused.

Happening today, despite the brutal back and forth on Capitol hill surrounding Obamacare, the controversial health care program has gone live. New health insurance markets open today around the country. This is the largest expansion of healthcare in the U.S. since Medicare. People who are eligible to buy health insurance through the exchanges have until next April to sign up.

Investigators are working to figure out what caused a Petersburg home to catch fire late last night. An elderly couple lived inside the home. The woman was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center and the man was taken to the MCV Trauma Center for burn treatment. The two were unconscious when firefighters arrived on the scene. It happened around 10 last night in the 2400 Block of Merryoaks Avenue.

Today the trial is set to start for the Chesterfield couple accused of giving their 6-year old son beer at a Richmond Flying Squirrels Game. Erin and Russell Ellis are expected to face a judge in Richmond. The pair face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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