AirTalk for July 11, 2013

Third Week Of George Zimmerman Trial Continues

Zimmerman trial enters final phase

Closing arguments could begin today for the George Zimmerman trial. The neighborhood watch volunteer pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, claiming he killed the Florida teen in self-defense on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder.
Female detainees
The Center for Investigative Reporting found that doctors with the California Department of Corrections sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without the required approvals. The report found that state doctors were paid nearly $150,000 to perform tubal ligations on inmates.
Garcetti Inauguration
Mayor Eric Garcetti told all of Los Angeles’ department chiefs that they need to reapply for their jobs. The mayor wants to hear from city managers on how they can better incorporate the use of technology and how to ensure the channels of communication between residents and government departments are open. Larry checks in with Mayor Garcetti on those topics and more.
Consumer interest in “detox” drinks and pricey juices has skyrocketed in recent years. But is "cleansing" safe?

Unclear fate for Immigration Reform bill in Congress

President Obama may not see an immigration bill on his desk anytime soon. Despite the Senate’s 68 to 32 vote on its comprehensive immigration bill, the House is in no rush to provide a pathway to citizenship.
The roles of credit unions in the U.S. are growing, as is their customer base. Big banks have been losing their customers to credit unions because of frustration over rising banks fees. Now those big banks are pushing to abolish credit unions' tax exempt status.

Do open-plan offices decrease productivity?

A new study by design firm Gensler shows that open-plan offices do not work. Many businesses made the change to to increase communication, employee engagement and creativity through open-plan offices, but this new study shows that many workers cannot focus.
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