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Politics & Government

Rubio vs. Rand vs. Ryan: The race for conservative mantle in 2016
Is Rand Paul the most conservative candidate for president?
Rubio vs. Rand vs. Ryan: The race for conservative mantle in 2016

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are both strong contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, and for both of them, there will be a premium on not letting the other guy get to their right.

So far, it’s been a tight battle...

 

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Sequestration as a Disruptive Force to West Kentucky’s Food Processing Industry
Sequestration as a Disruptive Force to West Kentucky’s Food Processing Industry

Looming over West Kentucky is the sequestration bomb of instant food industry employment cuts and factory closings.

According to Graves County Growth Alliance’s website, the Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Hickory is one of the most cost efficient in the US. The plant employs 1,500 workers in the factory. Between 500 and 1,000 workers rely on the plant indirectly through local farms and suppliers.

...Come March 1, 2013, these jobs may be cut due to the lack of a federal meat inspector...

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Sequestration: Possible Furloughs Could Affect Guard Members Nationwide
Kentucky's National Guard will be affected by sequestration.
Sequestration: Possible Furloughs Could Affect Guard Members Nationwide

...The unpaid furloughs likely would be one day per week for the last 22 weeks of the fiscal year, from late April through September -- effectively a 20 percent pay cut for Defense Department civilians that would yield an expected $5 billion in spending reduction.

More than half of the National Guard’s full-time members may be furloughed, resulting in maintenance backlogs for all states and curtailment of critical training, especially aviation crew training, that potentially cripples one of the essential 10 capabilities that governors and first responders rely upon in disaster situations, National Guard officials said...

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Sequestration: USDA Agriculture Cuts:
Discretionary programs include food safety, nutrition programs for women and infants, conservation and rural development.
Sequestration: USDA Agriculture Cuts:

The seriousness of these budget cuts can be seen in just one federal agency that works with many individuals and rural communities. This would be the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

To achieve an 8% cut totaling $2.2 billion from FY 2013-level discretionary programs, USDA would have to implement across-the-board budget cuts of up to 10%.  

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Sequestration: Education programs
Federal money funds real programs for real kids.
Sequestration: Education programs

Several months ago, Lynn Jennings wrote of what she called a "fog of fiscal uncertainty" over the possibility of sequestration. Writing on the Education Trust website, she related that a survey was conducted by the American Association of School Administrators of about 1,000 school administrators — mostly rural superintendents — from 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Respondents were asked how their districts are preparing for sequestration. Nearly all (9 in 10) thought neither their state nor their district could absorb or offset the budget cuts. Instead, they anticipated their districts would make budget cuts that directly impact schools. For instance, most expect reductions in professional development, academic programs, and instructional and other staff, as well as increases in class size and delays in technology purchases.

 

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Sequestration: McConnell says
Senator McConnell - time to negotiate "without gimmicks"
Sequestration: McConnell says "world won't end"

Senator Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the US Senate to blame President Obama for sequestration.

Read his remarks at the Courier Journal website by following the jump.

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Education

Three McCracken County Students to compete in Poetry Out Loud
Jazmyne Lilly, Lone Oak High School, Katelin Burchett, Heath High School, and Skylar Lindsey, Reidland High School, will compete against each other and fourteen students to represent Kentucky in the national Poetry Out Loud competion in Washington DC. State finals will be Tuesday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Boulevard in Frankfort.
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Editorials

Join the million against Mitch
Jim Pence, creator of the site, Hillbilly Report, is a long and faithful opponent of Sen. Mitch McConnell
Join the million against Mitch
Retired Kentucky Steelworker Jim Pence is doing his bit to help retire Sen. Mitch McConnell.

“Social media is the way to go,” said Pence, who lives in Glendale, Ky., and belonged to United Steelworkers Local 423 in Louisville.

McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, is up for reelection next year. Few senators are more anti-union than McConnell, whose AFL-CIO COPE score for 2012 was zero.

Pence has opened a pair of Facebook pages: “Ditch Mitch” and “1,000,000 Strong Against Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.”

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Community and Regional News

Business Growth in Western Kentucky: A Community Affair
"More than just a monetary commitment, KeeFORCE dedicates time 10 months out of the year in organizing the makeover contest, coordinating with other businesses offering their services to help give direction and practical business tips, and working with the contest winners. According to KeeFORCE Marketing Director David Morse, KeeFORCE talks to the contest winners every couple of weeks to ensure the makeover is going according to planned. Morse announced the start of the third annual KeeFORCE Xtreme Business Makeover earlier in the month...
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