A Flood Watch and a Winter Storm Watch are out for the entire region late Tuesday through early Thursday. Heavy rain develops Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and may put down 1”-3” in some areas. Arctic air pushes in from west to east on Wednesday with heavy sleet and snow taking over. That setup could produce several inches of accumulation. Snow will slowly end from west to east Thursday as bitterly cold air continues to push in.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he's increasingly worried that deep spending cuts will take effect on March 1, hurting the nation's students and teachers.
Duncan told reporters Thursday, quote, "no one in their right mind would say this is good for kids or good for the country."
He says no one would have designed the automatic budget cuts, known as sequester, on purpose. Duncan says those automatic cuts were designed to be so unpleasant that lawmakers would reach a compromise to dodge them.
But with time ticking down, Duncan says it's more and more likely the cuts will kick in. Duncan calls the budget fight, quote, "the height of dysfunction in Congress" and warns he cannot mitigate the cuts if they take hold.
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