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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:
- One month before Americans go to the polls the jobless rate drops to 7.8 percent. Government numbers show employers added 114,000 jobs in September. The report also says job numbers for July and August turned out much better than previously reported. That's providing a boost to President Obama's campaign. But Moyra Bidner, one of the 14.7 percent of Americans who are underemployed, is annoyed by all the campaign rhetoric:
[2:46] “I'm actually tired of the pundits telling me what to think and what's going on with the numbers."
- We used to hear about the "digital divide", the gap between those individuals and communities that have, and do not have, access to information technology. Smart phones and affordable computers have almost wiped out that gap. However, education experts say it's no longer just access to the internet that kids need to succeed. Educators say in order to develop cognitive skills,children must have access to creative technology. CNN's Steve Kastenbaum explores the issue with teachers and students at the Island School in New York, including student, Ray Rivera who loves doing more than just playing games on his computer:
[12:21] "It feels awesome! We've done a lot.. from doing blogs, to doing games, to creating 9/11 memorials. I think it's exhilarating. "
- As part of CNN's Our Mobile Society series, CNN's Susanna Capelouto examines cell phone etiquette. Cell phones allow us to have a conversation almost anywhere with almost anyone. But what about those people who can't stop talking in the checkout line – even when posted signs expressly ask shoppers to hang up. Ya’Al, who works at a pharmacy in Atlanta, says, keeping up with your friends is no excuse for rude behavior:
[16:32] "You expect me to give you humane, courteous service. Well, I believe people should give me humane, courteous service because I'm a human being. That's all I ask."