Threat of federal government shutdown cancels Moon law-enforcement conference

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Concerned that a threatened federal government shutdown could shut off funding, Pittsburgh-based U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced today that he is shelving a law-enforcement conference slated for Oct. 2 and 3.

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

But a threatened federal shutdown could start Oct. 1, Mr. Hickton's office indicated in a press release.

"Cancelling this important work is unfortunate and we do so with regret," Mr. Hickton said in the 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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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.


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