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Monday, June 11, 2012
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1:06 – 1:39: OPEN
1:41:30 – 1:58:30 The fight for Gabrielle Giffords’ seat in the House
A year and a half ago, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was grievously wounded by a would-be assassin. Tomorrow’s election to replace her 8th district post is fraught with emotion, and politics. She’s endorsed her friend and former district director Democrat Ron Barber, who’s running against Republican Jesse. Aside from the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the election, the climate of the race itself is garnering some attention for its civil nature. Neither candidate seems to be slinging mud, at least directly, although political action and party committees haven’t shied away from negative campaigning. Just how entrenched are these PACs in campaigns? Does the race for Giffords’ seat look one way in Arizona and another way in D.C.? And what will one victory or the other mean for Arizona? And for Congress?
Ron Elving, Senior Washington Editor, NPR
Kristen DelGuzzi (del-GOO-zee), senior editor for national and international politics, The Arizona Republic
2:06 – 2:19 California closes down courtrooms, despite $7.5 billion in uncollected fines
Courtrooms in downtown L.A., Hollywood, San Fernando, and elsewhere in California have recently laid off employees or closed due to falling revenues and budget cuts. What if the court system could get a $7.5 billion shot in the arm? Lloyd W. Pellman, former Los Angeles county counsel asked the California Judicial Council, the policy body for the state courts, to do something about collecting the more than $7.5 billion owed to the state court system. Lawyers familiar with the court system say that money owed to courts is too difficult to collect. Many are too poor to pay their fines, and it’s costly to jail the non-payers.
2:21:30 – 2:30 Disco ball-like mirror could save your life
With his new disco ball-inspired mirror, a math professor from Drexel University may have eliminated one of the most pesky and dangerous quirks of driving: the blindspot.
R. Andrew Hicks
2:30-2:58:30 Time to start preparing for taxes (again)!
April 15th may seem worlds away, but it’s never too late to get savvy with your tax preparations. Besides organizing your files and adjusting your withholdings to match the first half of this year’s income, now’s the time to strategize computer and home purchases, elective medical procedures, savings plans, or straight-up home improvements. July’s solar panel installation might be the difference between owing the government a check or expecting money back, so make sure to listen to today’s show for some expert advice. What do you do to prepare ahead of time for tax season?
Selwyn Gerber, CPA and founder, Gerber & Co., Inc.
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