During this week's political chat, host Michel Martin discusses the budget talks, various abortion laws nationwide and Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, who recently announced her White House bid. Martin hears from Linda Chavez, chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, and Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director of Voto Latino.
Just as Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived at a Manhattan federal court this hour for a hearing on the sexual assault charges against him, there was word from several media outlets (including The Associated Press and NPR) that sources with knowledge of the decision say prosecutors have agreed he can be released without bail.
For some employees, smartphones and computer tablets have become digital leashes to the office. They've made it easier to stay in touch with what's going on at work from almost anywhere, which has made it increasingly more difficult for some workers to disconnect — even while on vacation.
For Dimitar Popov, a business consultant from Chicago, the "day off from work" is dead.
"I took off work but with the promise that I would be periodically checking e-mails," he says.
Not to mention returning phone calls and text messages from co-workers on his day off.
The former vice president of a Kentucky oil and gas company and a former geologist were sentenced Thursday for defrauding hundreds of investors nationwide out of millions of dollars. Christopher Cello Smith, 50, of Prestonsburg, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted by a federal jury of seven counts of mail fraud last July, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Smith served as vice president of Target Oil and Gas Co. in Albany from 2003 to 2008. He also was sentenced to three years supervised release and a $500 mandatory assessment. U.S. District Senior Judge Joseph M. Hood imposed a a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $3 million.
Formal public hearings concerning proposed power rate increases sought by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Kenergy Corp. are scheduled to take place in Frankfort next month. If the full rate increases are granted to both companies, residential rates for Kenergy customers would increase 9.97 percent. Commercial and industrial rates would increase by lesser amounts.
The Republican Party of Kentucky's leadership on Thursday hoped to dispel concerns raised by some tea party members and said they don't have plans to delay the state GOP's re-organization from 2012 to 2013. Tea party activist David Adams this week released a statement urging tea party supporters to oppose efforts to delay Republican Party elections of local and state officers by a year. Adams said the delay would keep tea party supporters out of the GOP leadership until after the presidential election.
New York prosecutors in the sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn were expected to concede in court Friday that serious questions have arisen over the credibility of his accuser.
Concerns that the woman, a hotel housekeeper, might have lied in parts of her story leading up to and immediately after the alleged assault in May were likely to weigh in Strauss-Kahn's favor at a hearing to reduce his strict bail conditions.