sequester http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Military Readiness, Local Economy A Concern As Scott AFB Deals With Impacts Of Sequestration http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/military-readiness-local-economy-concern-scott-afb-deals-impacts-sequestration <p>About 5,100 civilian workers at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois are being forced to take-off 11 unpaid days, as are civilian employees at military installations throughout the Department of Defense.&nbsp; The furloughs begin July 8 and are a result of the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:00:53 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 27070 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Military Readiness, Local Economy A Concern As Scott AFB Deals With Impacts Of Sequestration The Sequester Means St. Louis Gets An Extra Dose Of Regional Air Force Band http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sequester-means-st-louis-gets-extra-dose-regional-air-force-band <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The so-called sequester is going to take some military pomp out of summer events across the country.</span></p><p>Budget cuts have forced the Golden Knights, the Army’s signature parachute team, to cancel several of its performances.</p><p>The same goes for the The Navy’s Blue Angels.</p><p>Military bands aren’t immune from the cuts, either; travel restrictions have forced them to cancel shows from coast to coast.</p><p>But in a twist, we’re going to be seeing the local Air Force band a whole lot more than we normally would. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Tim Lloyd 26878 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Sequester Means St. Louis Gets An Extra Dose Of Regional Air Force Band Missouri, Illinois Control Towers Slated To Close Due To Sequester To Stay Open, For Now http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-illinois-control-towers-slated-close-due-sequester-stay-open-now <p><span style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 20px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">The Transportation Departments says 149 control towers at small airports that </span><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/faa-st-louis-regional-airport-lose-control-tower-due-sequester" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 20px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">were slated for closure</a><span style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 20px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> will remain - open at least through Sept. 30.</span></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 19:55:30 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 26285 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri, Illinois Control Towers Slated To Close Due To Sequester To Stay Open, For Now Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Background Check Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-mccaskill-odds-over-background-check-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri’s U.S. Senators are divided on a bill that would expand background checks to more gun buyers.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Blunt has indicated that he does not support the bill, while Democrat Claire </span>McCaskill<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says she will.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, </span>McCaskill<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said Congress needs to do <em>something </em>to try to prevent mass shootings.</span></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:14:26 +0000 Chris McDaniel 25308 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Background Check Bill FAA: St. Louis Regional Airport To Lose Control Tower Due To Sequester http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/faa-st-louis-regional-airport-lose-control-tower-due-sequester <p>The Federal Aviation Administration has announced <a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/media/fct_closed.pdf">a list of 149 </a>contracted control towers slated for closure due to the Administration's "sequestration implementation plan."</p><p>In the Missouri and Illinois, those towers include:</p><p><strong>Missouri</strong></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:15:57 +0000 Kelsey Proud 24758 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org FAA: St. Louis Regional Airport To Lose Control Tower Due To Sequester Furlough Notices To Arrive This Week At Scott Air Force Base http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/furlough-notices-arrive-week-scott-air-force-base <p>Thousands of civilian workers at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois will soon begin receiving furlough&nbsp; notices.<br>&nbsp;<br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/c6czgkj">The Belleville News Democrat reports</a> workers will be informed that they must take one day per week of unpaid vacation between next month and September because of mandatory federal budget cuts referred to as the "sequester."<br>&nbsp;<br>The newspaper says the workers will receive the 30-day notices in the mail by the end of the week.<br>&nbsp; Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:12:31 +0000 The Associated Press 10367 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Furlough Notices To Arrive This Week At Scott Air Force Base Sequester Won't Stop Tuition Help For Military Students At Webster, Lindenwood Universities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sequester-wont-stop-tuition-help-military-students-webster-lindenwood-universities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the military enrolled at two St. Louis-area universities will continue to get a break on their tuition, despite the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:07:44 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 10349 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sequester Won't Stop Tuition Help For Military Students At Webster, Lindenwood Universities Sen. McCaskill Promises To Take Pay Cut http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sen-mccaskill-promises-take-pay-cut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Claire </span>McCaskill<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Missouri says she will take a cut in pay as a show of solidarity with those federal workers who face furloughs due to the sequester.</span></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:02:22 +0000 Bill Raack 10255 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sen. McCaskill Promises To Take Pay Cut Fund Proposed For Mo. National Guard Members Who Lost Tuition Because Of Sequestration http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fund-proposed-mo-national-guard-members-who-lost-tuition-because-sequestration <P>Members of the Missouri House Budget Committee are proposing a new fund to provide tuition assistance for National Guard members who are also enrolled in college.</P> <P>The move comes because the federal government has suspended federal tuition assistance for National Guard soldiers&nbsp;due to sequestration cuts.&nbsp; House Budget Chair Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood)&nbsp;says they’ve reallocated $1.5 million in next year’s state budget to make up the difference.</P> <P>“While tuition assistance has not been a contractual requirement of the state or federal governments, it has been a longst Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:21:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 10214 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fund Proposed For Mo. National Guard Members Who Lost Tuition Because Of Sequestration The Sequester Is Here To Stay, Blunt Says http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sequester-here-stay-blunt-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sequester’s across-the-board cuts to both entitlements and defense went into effect at the beginning of the month, and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says it's here to stay, at least for now.</span></p><p>The sequester was never meant to be a permanent change, just a threat so Congress would compromise on a plan.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Blunt wants to give the President more authority in deciding what is cut.</span></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:54:40 +0000 Chris McDaniel 10210 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Sequester Is Here To Stay, Blunt Says