Thursday, May 26, 2011

Patt Morrison for Friday, May 27, 2011


Friday, May 27, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39





1:41:30 – 1:58:30

California puts the brakes on solo hybrids in the carpool lane

They only cost eight dollars but they saved a million bucks’ worth of time. Now, California is hitting the brakes on carpool lane privileges for hybrids. Starting July 1st, gas-electric hybrid vehicles will be banned from driving solo in California’s carpool lanes. The program, started 6 years ago, issued 85,000 stickers and undoubtedly pushed up hybrid car sales. It also sparked a black market and a demand for used cars with the stickers, which were nontransferable. After the expiration date, the only cars allowed solo in the carpool lane will be the white-stickered cars (all-electric or natural gas-powered) until the green sticker program rolls out sometime next year. How will that work and how will this affect your car buying decisions?



TBD, California Air Resources Board




Jaime Garza, spokesperson with the Department of Motor Vehicles



Mike Omotoso, senior manager of automotive forecasting, J.D. Power and Associates, an independent market research firm





2:06 – 2:19




2:21:30 – 2:39

Texas vs. the TSA: less gropin’, more ropin’ as the Lone Star State takes on full body searches

It was a classic Texas showdown—after a bill that would charge agents of the Transportation Security Administration with a misdemeanor if they knowingly touched a person in private areas without probably cause made it through the Texas State House, the TSA decided to fight back.  The TSA and the Department of Justice lobbied several members of the Texas state government, arguing that the passage of a measure that violates federal law would cause problems.  The TSA said they would have to request an emergency stay of the new law and, until that was resolved, all flights in and out of Texas would be cancelled.  In the end the bill died in the state senate, bowing to the pressure of the Feds.  The fight in Texas is just the beginning of a multi-state effort to push back against what’s seen as invasive security measures at the country’s airports, setting the stage for a serious confrontation over the way searches and security is conducted.  Could a full blown constitutional crisis break out over pat downs?



Texas State Rep. David Simpson, R-7th District (Longview); author of HR 1937, which would outlaw hand searches at airport security checkpoints without probable cause




Alaska State Rep. Sharon Cissna, D- 22nd District (Anchorage); co-chair of the United State for Travel Freedom caucus


Representative from the TSA




2:41:30 – 2:58:30

When being rude is fashionable: manners in the age of texting

We’ve all either done it or been a victim of it:  having a conversation with a person who is fully engaged with their phone, whether they are texting or checking sports scores on the web.  People walk with their heads down, staring at their phones; parents talk to their kids while answering emails; much more dangerously, motorists drive with one eye on the road and the other on their phones.  Whipping out one’s phone to check for texts or emails, whether it’s in the middle of an intimate conversation, in the middle of a business meeting or the in the middle of the family dinner, has become not only common but acceptable behavior.  Have manners completely evaporated or have they merely adjusted to the realities of the digital age, when nobody feels that they can ever miss any piece of new information?  Is it tacky to live-Tweet or update your Facebook account after every seemingly minor interaction?  Is the familiar glow of your smart phone simply too strong to resist?  We ask whether texting and manners have to be mutually exclusive.






Jonathan Serviss
Senior Producer, Patt Morrison
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