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White House says Minnesota would feel sequester

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The White House claims thousands of jobs are at stake with today's beginning of a federal sequester, automatic cuts in most federal programs.

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Here are some cuts the White House and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan say Minnesotans can expect by September if Congress and the president make no changes:

-- About $7 million in general education funding is at risk, putting 100 teacher and aide jobs in jeopardy.

-- Disabled children's education programs would lose $9.2 million.

-- About 920 fewer low-income students would receive college financial aid.

-- Head Start services would end for 700 young children.

-- Up to 500 disadvantaged children may lose child care.

-- About 2,400 fewer children would receive disease vaccinations and 3,200 fewer Minnesotans would be tested for HIV.

-- Food inspectors' hours would be cut at Minnesota food processing plants, which could close plants off and on and lead to shortages of some products.

-- Nearly $5 million would be lost for environmental, fish and wildlife programs.

-- About 2,000 civilian Defense Department employees in the state would be furloughed at times, Army bases would lose $2.5 million and a Navy Blue Angels air show in St. Cloud could be canceled.

-- More than 23,000 people would not receive job-search assistance.

-- Air traffic control towers at some airports, including Duluth, could be closed overnight and airport lines could be long.

-- About 1,700 fewer people would be admitted to substance abuse programs.

- See more at: http://www.dl-online.com/event/article/id/73323/#sthash.haLeeymA.dpuf-- Up to 400 fewer domestic violence victims would be served.

-- The state's elderly could lose $845,000 in meal aid.

-- Emergency personnel could receive less federal support when responding to natural disasters such as floods.

-- Federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, would be trimmed.

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