Shutdown threat cancels law enforcement session

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Concerned that a threatened federal government shutdown could shut off funding, Pittsburgh-based U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced Friday that he is shelving a law-enforcement conference slated for Wednesday and Thursday.

The 2013 Law Enforcement and Community Safety Awareness Conference, scheduled for Robert Morris University's Sewell Center in Moon, aimed to bring together police officers, school administrators, social services professionals and community members.

But a threatened federal shutdown could start Tuesday, Mr. Hickton's office said.

"Canceling this important work is unfortunate, and we do so with regret," Mr. Hickton said in a news release. "We have no choice. The negative impact that budget issues and a potential shutdown are having on law enforcement and public safety is real."

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