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University of North Florida biologist Dr. Julie Richmond is headed to Antarctica to study Weddell Seals.

Richardson had been worried that her long dreamed of trip would have to be postponed another year as the result of the federal government shutdown.

She found out Friday that the trip is still on.

She leaves for McMurdo Station next Monday where, she says, she and her research team will spend two weeks preparing for life in the Antarctic’s 20 degree below zero temperatures.

Common Core meetings to kick off this week, escaped convicts caught as hunt turns to their accomplices, and Duval County's new education lobbyist are in the headlines today.

After Budget Fight, No Sign Of Cease-Fire

Oct 19, 2013

As it dragged on in recent weeks, the debate about the budget, the debt ceiling and Obamacare felt like an epic battle.

But now that it's over, there's reason to think it was actually only another skirmish during the long period of partisan warfare Americans have become accustomed to.

New traffic pattern for gameday Sunday, Mayor Brown trying to make events easier to launch, and emergency highway call boxes being removed from state highways are in the headlines today.

Now that the government has reopened, attention turns to the next phase of the spending fight, a battle that is far from over.

The bill that President Obama signed early Thursday provides only a temporary respite to the partisan tussles that have perennially plagued the budget process. The government stays open through Jan. 15 and the federal borrowing authority is safe until Feb. 7. After that, all bets are off.

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The government shutdown ended Thursday, but the deal may have come too late to save one University of North Florida professor’s dream project for this year.

Bringing to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst, the House approved a Senate deal that will end a 16-day federal government shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history.

The 285-144 vote came at the eleventh hour, after weeks of partisan bickering and a very public airing of deep divisions within the Republican party. President Obama signed the bill into law after midnight Thursday.

The White House is insisting, publicly at least, that nobody emerged victorious from the government shutdown/debt crisis debacle.

"There are no winners here," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday after Senate leaders announced they had a deal to end the budget impasse.

"And nobody's who's sent here to Washington by the American people can call themselves a winner," Carney said, "if the American people have paid a price for what's happened."

Well, yes and no.

Since the start of the fiscal standoff that led to a government shutdown and a flirtation with a historic debt default, Democrats have been led by the tag team of President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

At times, their tactics resembled the good cop, bad cop routine where one officer offers the suspect a cup of coffee and the other smacks it from the suspect's lips. Reid, of course, is the smacker.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leader Harry Reid says Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan deal to avoid default and end the government shutdown, now in its 16th day.

Reid made the announcement at the start of the Senate session on Wednesday.

The deal would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and increase the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

Reid thanked Republican leader Mitch McConnell for working out an agreement.

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After weeks of partisan battle, a deal may be emerging at to end the government shutdown and prevent a first-ever default on the nation’s debt.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell ended a day of constant talks yesterday with optimism that a pact they’ve been negotiating could end the standoff.

This is good news to the hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers across the country including many right here on the First Coast.

Update at 10:18 p.m.: House Approves Bill:

The crisis is over. With about two hours before the country reached the debt ceiling, the House has approved the bill and it is now it's way to the White House. We've posted separately on that development and we are putting this live blog to bed.

Our Original Post Continues:

Day 15 of the government shutdown started with as much promise as any recently: There was a bipartisan proposal by Senate leaders to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

But any hopes were quickly dashed when leaders of the Republican-controlled House said they would offer a competing proposal because of their dissatisfaction with the Senate effort.

The Senate's Bipartisan Proposal

The Senate agreement between Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., came after weekend negotiations.

Florida has stopped most inspections and complaint investigations in nursing homes, health clinics and other health-care facilities. Now the inspectors only go out if there’s case that’s life and death. Congress stopped paying the Medicare agency, so that agency stopped paying the states.

Austin Curry, director of Elder Care Advocacy of Florida, was appalled when he found out.

“This is a travesty, above all things to curtail is nursing home inspections”, Curry said.

(This post was last updated at 11:05 p.m. ET)

With a little more than a day to go before the nation potentially defaults on its debts, there's still no solid plan on the table in Washington.

There was a flurry of activity on Tuesday, but it produced little significant movement.