Shutdown cutting off the flow of alcohol

Beer glass
Beer being poured in a tavern.
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About 300 bars, restaurants and liquor stores around Minnesota are unable to buy alcohol right now because of the government shutdown. A court appointed referee overseeing the shutdown will take up their case today.

The alcohol retailers are asking for the court to authorize a single, part-time clerk to process applications for so-called 'buyer's cards,' so they can start purchasing alcohol again.

Frank Ball, the executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, discussed the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.