AirTalk for January 28, 2014

President Obama Works In The Oval Office At The White House

President Obama to push up minimum wage for federal workers

During tonight's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will announce an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for federally contracted workers, according to a White House statement.
Joint Economic Committee Holds Hearing On Income Inequality In The U.S.
Income inequality is expected to be a major theme of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight. There are signs that the gap between the rich and poor in America has been widening for decades and there is no consensus in Washington over what, if anything, to do about it.

Should West Hollywood City Hall fly the rainbow flag? (Poll)

The City of West Hollywood is reconsidering whether City Hall should fly the rainbow flag. The flag was first raised in June, after a WeHo resident and business owner proposed it at a City Council meeting.
Artist's representation of DNA.

Pentagon researchers hone in on rapid DNA identity tests

Scientists working with the Department of Defense say they are closer to DNA analysis that takes just 90 minutes instead of two to three weeks, as first reported by USA Today. The science of DNA analysis revolutionized criminal investigations - small and large.

California bill seeks ban on 'affluenza' defense

New legislation in California may outlaw criminal defence based on economic privilege. The bill, proposed by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, is inspired by a drunk driving case in Texas.
Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers
Time Warner Cable launched the site for their exclusive Dodgers network. The channel’s television debut is set for February 25th, just before the Dodgers begin their spring training games.
Oscar
Larry Mantle and the KPCC film critics are ready for their close-ups. The 11th annual “FilmWeek on AirTalk” Academy Awards preview is coming to the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at 1:00pm on Sunday, February 23rd.
Asian College
Studies suggest that Asian-American students at highly selective universities have mean SAT scores considerably higher than their classmates yet are rejected at a disproportionate rate. Enrollment at the Ivies remains stagnant as the number of Asian students in the US has more than doubled in that period.
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