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Longhorn Network plans to telecast every event of the LBJ Library’s Civil Rights Summit live this week except former President Jimmy Carter’s speech because of a prior programming commitment.

Carter is scheduled to speak with LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove at the summit on Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m., but the Longhorn Network will air Texas’ home baseball game against the Rice Owls, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., live instead.

Stacie McCollum, Longhorn Network programming and acquisition director, said the baseball game is a live programming commitment in place for months that could not be moved.

“The schedule for the Civil Rights Summit was set so we worked with [the LBJ Library] to the best that we could,” McCollum said. “The Civil Rights Summit was already scheduled based on Carter’s commitment. That was the day that worked for him. So it wasn’t a matter of picking and choosing who aired and who didn’t air live.”

Members of Carter’s staff could not be reached for comment. Texas baseball head coach Augie Garrido also declined to comment.

Kristy Ozmun, Longhorn Network local media contact, said the channel will air the Carter speech on tape delay.

“Carter is still going to air,” Ozmun said. “It’s just going to air later that evening so it won’t be live but it’ll air as soon as possible and re-air leading into Wednesday’s coverage of the Civil Rights Summit. There will be 14 hours of live programming that will air on Longhorn Network for the summit.”

McCollum said the network has aired academic programming since it launched in 2011 and has a franchise on the network called “LBJ Presents,” chronicling events put on by the LBJ Library. She said the network is in contact with the library weekly to discuss programming opportunities and the summit is an extension of that partnership.

“They recognize the commitment — the 14 hours of live programming, almost 16 total hours — but I would say they are equally pleased with our partnership and our commitment as we are with working with them,” McCollum said.

The LBJ Library, in collaboration with Google and Longhorn Network, will live stream each of the Civil Rights Summit programs on the summit’s website. Anne Wheeler, LBJ Library spokeswoman, said Carter’s speech can be seen live on the live stream. 

“The Longhorn Network is actually providing live video of president Carter’s program to television networks covering the summit and the live stream in real time,” Wheeler said. “His program is only tape delayed for Longhorn Network subscribers. We don’t have any concerns about that at all.”

According to the LBJ Library, the summit will comprise of afternoon panel discussions and evening keynote addresses — from President Barack Obama and former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Carter — reflecting on the civil rights legislation and examining current issues of civil rights.

“This is by far our biggest academic initiative to date and we see this as a great opportunity to be a part of something that is historic and newsworthy,” McCollum said. “So we are very pleased to partner with LBJ in such a big way.”

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For the first time since 1995, the federal government is in shutdown as a result of budget disagreements between the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Though the post office, government-run schools and Medicare will continue to operate, all services deemed non-essential — including the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum — will temporarily shut their doors.

The disagreements, which fall mostly along partisan lines, are centered around the federal budget and specifically around funding and the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare. Though the House passed multiple budget bills, each bill came with stipulations including delaying the act’s enactment and limiting the scope of its contraceptive coverage. A majority of Senate members refused to pass a budget with these conditions attached.

Though entitlement programs like Social Security will not be affected, government agencies reliant on yearly federal funding reached the end of their fiscal year Monday night. Affected agencies include the Pentagon, national parks and museums within the National Archives and Records Administration.

Katherine Stacy, a Plan II sophomore and LBJ Library employee, is one of roughly 60 LBJ Library and Museum employees who will remain out of work for the duration of the federal shutdown. 

“I’ve worked for the library since August of 2012,” Stacy said. “Now, I won’t be able to step foot into my job until a budget is passed.” 

Stacy said the team atmosphere her job provides will be greatly missed.

“I love working at the library,” Stacy said. “LBJ employs some of the best people I’ve ever come in contact with, who are all involved in really wonderful work and research.”

Stacy, who works as an aide in the library’s research room, said that beyond the library’s employees, the researchers who use the archives will also experience financial setbacks as a result of the shutdown. 

“The shutdown is going to be a real problem for library researchers who often book travel and accommodations for research studies months in advance,” Stacy said.

While the library and museum, which is visited by more than 150,000 patrons every year, will not be able to open its doors without the records administration’s federal funding, campus officials said they remain positive the shutdown will not greatly affect University operations and logistics. 

“The government shutdown will have very minimal overall affect on the University,” UT spokesman Robert Meckel said. 

Faculty research funding and student financial aid, which draw on federal funding, will not be affected.

“Financial aid has been secured for students through the 2013-2014 school year, with customer service offices and hotlines remaining open throughout the shutdown,” UT spokeswoman Tara Doolittle said. “Moreover, awards for research funding [are] usually given out a year in advance, so most applicants have since been compensated.”

A campus-based call center, as well as a research and customer-care call center, will be unavailable during the shutdown, but the on-campus Office of Student Financial Aid will remain open.