MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News) University of Wisconsin students and researchers are the latest to be affected by the federal government shutdown. About 90 U-W Madison employees have been told to halt the studies they're doing for the National Institutes of Health and the National Park Service. They get paid by the federal government, so they're technically on a furlough -- but they're also U-W employees, and officials are trying to see if they can work elsewhere in the university for now.
Medical research has also been thrown for a loop. A clinical trial for a new prostate cancer drug was ready to enroll patients until Washington cut that off.
The U-W also says financial aid and V-A benefits to students will also be affected if the shutdown drags on much longer.
Vice chancellor Kim Moreland says this week has been a "mess," and the U-W expects more confusion and delays in the weeks after the shutdown ends -- until things get caught up.