Depending on your outlook, the government shutdown that began Tuesday at midnight is either a sort of legislative diet or it is an unnecessarily damaging disruption of the lives of millions of Americans. We scoured local news sites (and the very helpful Twitter feed of the Huffington Post's Sam Stein) to find examples of how the shutdown has affected people across the country.

Below, a map of the United States allowing you to click on states and see the news stories we've turned up. Not included: the 800,000 people currently furloughed or the closure of national parks in nearly every state. The bright red states on our map are those we thought we particularly striking examples of how the shutdown is affecting America. (Washington, D.C., is pretty small, so click here to view it.) We also tried to categorize the negative effects for the sake of clarity.

Have suggestions for stories that should be added? Let us know in the comments.