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March 27th, 2012
07:45 AM ET

Intricacies of 'Stand Your Ground' law in Florida

Defense attorney Brad Conway on the specifics of using the "Stand Your Ground" law in cases in Florida.


Filed under: Trayvon Martin
March 27th, 2012
06:35 AM ET

MYB: State of the Economy – Fed chief Bernanke says he will continue to stimulate the economy

Good news for your 401-k. The markets had a stellar day yesterday, with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 each rising more than 1%.

All because of some encouraging comments from Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke about the economy and his commitment to shoring up the recovery.

This morning on Early Start, Christine Romans explains why the markets reacted so positively to Bernanke's claims.


Filed under: Minding Your Business
March 27th, 2012
06:25 AM ET

Early Reads for March 27, 2012: Layoffs for 'pink slime' makers and girls likely to drive while texting

e're getting an early read on your local news that's making national headlines. This morning we have stories from the "Sioux City Journal," "Chicago Daily Herald" and the "Philadelphia Inquirer."

* Sioux City Journal has a report that "Pink Slime" negativity forces suspension at plants

* Chicago Daily Herald reports girls two times more likely to text & drive

If you missed it, see Ashleigh and Zoraida's report on the Early Reads above.


Filed under: Early Reads
March 26th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Military spouses speak out in support of Karilyn Bales

Heidi Collins, military wife for 13 years and blogger for SpouseBuzz.com, explains how military service affects families and explains what type of support is available for struggling military families.


Filed under: Military
March 26th, 2012
09:46 AM ET

How effective are neighborhood watch programs across the country?

Brian Palmer, Slate contributor, explains the rules that typically govern neighborhood watches and discusses the various studies conducted about how neighborhood watch groups influence crime rates.


Filed under: Trayvon Martin
March 26th, 2012
08:37 AM ET

Rev. Bryant: People from 'all walks of life' coming to today's rally in Sanford

Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor who helped to organized a rally in Sanford, Florida today to protest the fact that no arrests being made in Trayvon Martin's killing,  explains what type of turnout he is expecting at today's event.


Filed under: Trayvon Martin
March 26th, 2012
07:10 AM ET

What are the central issues of the Supreme Court health care hearing?

William Winkenwerder, former COO of the Massachusetts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, explains why he thinks that the Supreme Court's  judgment on the legality of the individual mandate will be a "close call."


Filed under: Health • Supreme Court
March 23rd, 2012
10:27 AM ET

Details of Tennessee 'evolution bill' – Law author on why teachers need protection when discussing challenges to evolution & climate change

Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson, who authored a bill that protects teachers who challenge evolution and climate change in the classroom, explains why his state needed this legislation and responds to criticism.


Filed under: Climate change • Evolution • Law
March 23rd, 2012
10:23 AM ET

The problem with "Stand Your Ground" – Fla. State Sen. Chris Smith on legal issues surrounding the law

This morning on Early Start, Florida State Sen. Chris Smith explains the complications with using the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida shooting cases and as it relates to the Trayvon Martin case. He also explains the legal ramifications if Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, is not prosecuted.


Filed under: Law • Trayvon Martin
March 23rd, 2012
07:56 AM ET

Early reads for March 23, 2012 – A new gene for autism, and a mystery boomed solved

We're getting an early read on your local news that's making national headlines. This morning we have stories from The "San Diego Tribune," New Jersey's "Bergen Record," and the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."

"San Diego Tribune" has a report on UC-San Diego finds genes possibly linked to autism

New Jersey's "Bergen Record" has a report on experts saying Dharun Ravi media tour carries risks at sentencing.

"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" reports the mystery booms in Wisconsin have been solved!

See the video of Early Reads with Ashleigh and Zoraida above.


Filed under: Early Reads
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