Government Shutdown

Government Shutdown 2013
6:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Beshear Plans Shutdown Press Conference

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has scheduled a press conference for today to discuss the impact of the federal government shutdown on the state’s families.

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Politics
2:23 am
Mon October 14, 2013

How The Debt Limit Became 'A Nuclear-Tipped Leverage Point'

Congress set a limit on how much debt the U.S. Treasury could accrue back in 1917.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 5:14 pm

Political battles over the debt limit have been around nearly as long as the law passed by Congress in 1917 that set a statutory limit for how much debt the Treasury could accrue.

Since then, Congress has had to increase that limit on more than 100 occasions — and 40 of those times, lawmakers have tried to tie strings to raising the debt ceiling. In the last few years, though, there's been a marked escalation in those demands.

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Government Shutdown 2013
6:36 am
Fri October 11, 2013

McConnell Blames Dems In New Radio Ad

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is running a new radio ad in Kentucky blaming Democrats for the government shutdown and pledging to donate his pay to charity until the dispute is resolved.

McConnell calls the shutdown a disgrace in the radio spot airing across over the next two days.

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Government
5:12 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Gov. Beshear Not Sure About Using State Funds to Reopen Fed Parks

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear needs more information to determine if funding the Commonwealth’s federal parks during the partial government shutdown is a feasible plan.

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Agriculture
4:34 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Government Shutdown Keeps Farmers from Signing Up for Federal Programs

Kentucky Farm Bureau officials say the lack of a budget because of the partial government shutdown is preventing farmers from getting loans they need through federal agencies like the Natural Resources Conservation Service or Farm Service Agency.

KFB’s National Affairs and Political Education Director Joe Cain said farmers interested in signing up for government programs are at a loss because many federal employees are furloughed.

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Agriculture
4:27 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Farm Bill Expires, Milk Prices Could Double Next Year

News of the partial government shutdown has overshadowed the October first expiration of the Farm Bill, which sets the nation’s policies on farming and nutrition. 

Calloway County Dairy farmer Jim Stahler said he believes most Kentucky farmers continue their daily operations. He said if one aspect of the Farm Bill is not addressed before the end of the year it will affect people’s pocketbooks more than farmers’ operations.

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Shutdown
10:33 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Even If It Doesn’t Get Paid Back, Austin Peay Covering Soldier-Student Tuition

Active duty military can get up to $4,500 for college work per year. But the tuition assistance program was suspended October 1.
Credit United States Forces - Iraq via Flickr

Austin Peay State University may lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process, but it plans to float tuition for soldier-students if the government shutdown continues.

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Government
3:26 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Whitfield: Democrats Blocking Compromise Over Government Shutdown

  Kentucky's 1st District U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield says his fellow Republicans have made it known to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that they want to reach a compromise over the federal government shutdown. But Whitfield says the Democrats are trying to win political points.

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Government
11:11 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Federal Shutdown Leaves Local Services Unavailable, Delayed

The partial U.S. government shutdown is leaving some field offices and public lands in the WKMS listening area understaffed or closed entirely.

U.S. Forestry Service-managed Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is only under federal security. Forestry lands are under a seven-day shutdown process, and un-furloughed employees are only responsible for protection of lands and research and prevention of fires or other damages to public property. LBL’s website states that it is closed, along with all federal offices, and it links potential visitors to the USDA website, which is also temporarily shut down.

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Government
6:24 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Fort Campbell Drops Retiree Appreciation Day

Fort Campbell has canceled Retiree Appreciation Day, saying the government shutdown makes the event impossible.

Garrison Commander Col. David Dellinger says a review of what services would be available would not make it worth the time for retirees to travel to the military post.

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