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Most state and federal offices are closed today for Columbus Day

Most state and federal offices are closed for Columbus Day, but the federal employees will get paid while the state workers won't.

It's another furlough day designed to help balance the state budget.

State employees are required to take 16 unpaid days off during two-years ending in July of 2011.

But some services will remain open, mainly the ones you'd expect, like prisons, emergency management services, state parks, the Wade House and Old World Wisconsin historic sites, and the Milwaukee Child Welfare emergency office.

The courts won't shut down, and neither will the state's public defenders.

The Wisconsin Center for the Blind in Janesville is also open, among other things.

The State Lottery's Web site pointed out that tonight's drawings will be held as usual.

But most lottery players know the numbers never stop - not even on Christmas Eve.

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