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AirTalk for November 9, 2011

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Penn State Community Shaken By Sex Abuse Scandal

Penn State sex abuse scandal rocks sports world and beyond

For 23 years, Jerry Sandusky helped well-respected Pennsylvania State head coach, Joe Paterno, lead their football team to victory after victory. For 23 years, Sandusky was a major player in the high-profile world of college sports. Now, he’s been brought low by sex abuse allegations from eight young boys that he allegedly recruited through a charity that he founded to help troubled youth.
California Governor Jerry Brown Unveils State Pension Reform Program

Praise and doubt from the LAO

California's non partisan Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) just released a report that both praises and criticizes Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to reform public pension benefits. Brown’s proposals to combine the existing guaranteed benefits with a 401(k) type plan and to raise the retirement age for future employees from 55 to 67 was lauded by the LAO.
Controversy brews over whether or not to eliminate the one dollar bill in favor of the fairly unpopular dollar coin.
Americans Go To The Polls To Elect The Next U.S. President

Surprising election results in Ohio, Arizona and Mississippi

“Off-year” elections, without big-ticket presidential appeal, aren’t generally big news. But yesterday’s voting yielded surprising results for high-profile ballot measures in three states.
The California Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case that will have far-reaching implications for workers across the state. Five restaurant workers are suing Brinker International – owner of Chili's and other chain restaurants – claiming the company made it impossible to take meal and rest breaks.

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