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The Scramble: The Government Closed; Women Are Running; Trump Has A Rubber Duck

Jan 21, 2018

This is one of the worst flu seasons in a decade. For the first time in thirteen years, the entire country is getting sick at the same time. While the government shutdown ended today, the two days of closure remind us what services could be lost when we most need them.

In light of prior budget cuts that are slowing efforts by the CDC, hospitals and public health departments to prepare for widespread outbreaks and the challenges caused by this season's influx of flu patients, there is concern over how a government shutdown could make things worse.

As the world learned in 1918, nothing can disrupt like a severe strain of flu.

Also this hour: Unprecedented numbers of women are running for elected office in 2018. 

We also talk to a local business owner whose hottest item is a "Make America Quack Again" rubber duck. We'll explain. 

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.