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Sunday Edition: Food takes, students cheating and dollar coins

By Richard Piatt | Posted - Dec. 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.



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OverviewIn this Sunday Edition: A possible food fight on Captiol Hill next session. It is all over a proposal to increase the sales tax on food. We'll discuss the issue with both sides. Plus faking the grade. We'll go inside the world of cheating and discuss how educators are trying to curb the problem. And cash versus coins. Doug Wright explains why he'd rather his pockets jingle all in this Sunday Edition.

Segment 1

There is idea floating around the state capitol these days and involves the tax you pay on food. The idea is to boost the state's portion of the sales tax rate, to raise money for things like education. There's some trepidation. But Lawmakers say don't worry. They have a way to cushion the blow to the poor. We discussed the issue with Sen. John Valentine, who is pushing the increase and Sen. Gene Davis, who opposes the idea.

Segment 2

a lot of students are studying for winter finals right now. Some students feel so much pressure to make the grade they end up cheating.

In the past six months alone, both Harvard University and an elite New York City High School have experienced large-scale cheating scandals. Which poses the questions: How far will students go to make the grade? And how does that affect their lives beyond the classroom? We discussed that with Amy Kelly from Westminster College. She was a member of a committee that recently created the Academic Literacy/Academic Honesty Handbook for the college.

Segment 3A money debate is brewing. (And we're not talking about the one having to do with the fiscal cliff.) This one boils down to whether we should do away with the dollar bill. Doug Wright offers his opinion.

Richard Piatt

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