Embed America: Ask Austin
If This Trailer Had Wings perform for pedestrians on Austin's South Congress Avenue.
July 19th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Embed America: Ask Austin

By Jonathan Binder, CNN

Austin, Texas (CNN) – Even in the middle of an overcast Tuesday afternoon, South Congress Avenue in Austin is still cluttered with people. People move through the countless shops and spots to eat, including about a dozen food trucks parked along the street.

From the picnic tables in front of the trucks, one can hear the haunting folk music from the trio, If This Trailer Had Wings.  The members include Jacob Marshall on violin, William Michael Landine on the washtub bass, and Zeferino Chrones on accordion. FULL POST

'Sexting' trend highlights need for laws to catch up with technology
A study finds one in four teens may engage in sexting, sending a nude picture to a friend
July 19th, 2012
11:09 AM ET

'Sexting' trend highlights need for laws to catch up with technology

By Barbara Hall, CNN

(CNN) – Nearly 30 percent of high school students in the Houston area admit they've sent a nude picture of themselves to a friend by email or text. That's according to a study by the University of Texas Medical Branch. If the sample represents national rates, as the study authors believe, millions of kids could be engaging in this risky behavior. And emotional and legal consequences can be severe.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only 19 states and Guam have some type of legislation that addresses teen "sexting."

[2:43] "Generally the legislation reduces penalties or creates educational or alternative kinds of programs for kids," says NCSL Senior Fellow Pam Greenberg. FULL POST

Embed America: A ‘His and Hers’ health care dilemma
Janet and Richard Copeland say one of their few disagreements as a couple is over the Affordable Care Act.
July 19th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Embed America: A ‘His and Hers’ health care dilemma

By John Sepulvado and Jonathan Binder, CNN

Mayflower, AR (CNN) – Janet Copeland is struggling to pay her health insurance. Her husband, Richard, has good coverage for a low cost. Coincidentally, 70-year-old Janet supports President Obama’s health law, the Affordable Care Act, while her husband does not.

[6:43] Janet Copeland: "We’re kind of split on that one. It’s probably one of the few heated discussions we have. Right now, I’m at the point where I’ve already told him that ‘Okay, if the person you want gets elected, sit back and watch…We’re in a little standoff about that one."

Richard Copeland rolls his eyes.

[7:17] Richard Copeland: "What about the people that can’t afford health insurance? What part of not being able to afford it doesn’t our President understand? That's my concern." FULL POST


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