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Key wont turn to lock steering wheel

When I got in the car this morning everything was fine. Now when I turn off the key it won't go into the lock position. I can take the key out and start without key now. My instrument lights stay on like the key is still on. they won't go off. However, all the other lights stay off. What do I do? I don't want to have the battery go down n leave me stranded. Please help

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