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About one hour before Congress cleared the way for a vote expected to extend funding for the federal government to Feb. 8, nearly 1,000 West Virginia National Guard employees received furlough notices and drove home not knowing when they would return to work or get their next paychecks.

Most of those involved in the furlough were federally funded technicians, some uniformed and some not, who perform a wide range of tasks for the Guard.

Reach Rick Steelhammer at, 304-348-5169 or follow @rsteelhammer on Twitter.

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