01.04.2017

01.04.2017

Today’s Buzz features the NAACP sit-in, the absurdity of driving your kid to school, and a jobs update from Ford Motors. We just started watching Twin Peaks (they’re releasing more episodes sometime this year), so today’s buzz is a blast from the past.

Right Now with Emily Leuning

What I’m Doing: Tackling cleaning out the room that has been a mess since we moved in three + years ago

What I’m Reading: Finishing the light reading fiction I bought for the holiday plane rides

What I’m Listening To: iTunes on shuffle while cleaning!

What I’m Watching: We just started watching the original Twin Peaks from 1990 – the hairstyles are fab!

We’re Buzzin’

This Video Illustrates The Absurdity Of Driving Your Kid To School: In 1969, roughly half of American kids walked or biked to school. By 2009, that number had dropped to 13%. A video of Unionville Elementary, in a rural area outside Charlotte, North Carolina, perfectly illustrates the absurdity of the daily parental chauffeur system.

The NAACP is staging a sit-in and risking arrest to oppose one of Trump’s major Cabinet nominees: The civil rights group has a good reason for its latest protest against Trump’s attorney general nominee.

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After Backlash, Including From Trump, House GOP Drops Weakening Of Ethics Office: After a storm of criticism, including from President-elect Donald Trump, House Republicans have reversed themselves and restored the current rules of the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Low-Wage Workers Are Getting A Raise, And Economists Are Getting An Experiment: The new year brought raises — sometimes big ones — to millions of low-wage workers. It also begins the country’s first large-scale experiment in the economic effects of a double-digit minimum wage.

How Atheists and Agnostics Let Christians Dominate Congress: America is becoming more religiously diverse. The U.S. legislature is not. There’s a reason for that.

Megyn Kelly Is Leaving Fox News To Join NBC News: Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is leaving the cable network for a role at NBC News. In a statement Tuesday on her Facebook page, Kelly said, “I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experiences I’ve had.”

Local Gov Confidential 

In Phoenix, Signs of a Downtown That’s Ready to Thrive Again: The city’s urban core is making a comeback after decades of decline and stagnation—but this isn’t the typical “back to the city” movement.

More people are arriving: Oregon remains a top relocation spot, study finds: Moving vans are on the roll and many continue to head to Oregon, according to a migration study released by Atlas Van Lines. The moving company found that Oregon continues to be a top relocation spot, ranking second in inbound moves, percentage-wise.

Gretchen Whitmer files to run for Michigan governor in 2018: Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer became the first candidate to officially jump into the 2018 election pool Tuesday, by filing paperwork with the Secretary of State to set up a committee to run for governor.

Ford scraps Mexico plant, plans to invest $700M in Flat Rock, create 700 jobs: Ford Motor Co. announced some major news Tuesday morning, days before Detroit’s North American International Auto Show. Ford CEO Mark Fields said in a news conference that the Dearborn automaker will invest $4.5 billion in new electric vehicles, and $700 million to “transform and expand” the Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

Atlanta City Council postpones vote on tax incentives: A sharply divided Atlanta City Council delayed action Tuesday on an ordinance aimed at attracting small businesses to under-served areas of the city. The ordinance would waive occupational taxes for five years for small businesses that open or relocate in low-income areas with high unemployment. Building permit fees for eligible applicants would be waived for one year.