Thousands of federal employees in North Carolina are at home today after the government entered a partial shutdown.
In Durham, most of the 2,000 employees at the Environmental Protection Agency's office have been furloughed. Kevin McLaughlin is a communications specialist there. He says he went into work long enough to record his outgoing message and shut down his computer before he left.
"I've met up with a few fellow federal employees. We are enjoying the beautiful day. I think I'll do some yard work. I'm actually going to go volunteer," McLaughlin said Tuesday.