The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Monday, October 5, 2015
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PETER GIOIA (Chief economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association) In his monthly call-in, Peter discussed a couple of things – state economy, current state budget problem, and how businesses are feeling about the overall health of business here in Connecticut. Earlier this month, CBIA and BlumShapiro released the findings of its "2015 Survey of Connecticut Businesses" which asked business leaders a variety of questions. The overriding theme was how Connecticut’s economy is improving but was dampened by the state budget fallout from the last legislative session.

DAVID LIGHTMAN (National Correspondent at McClatchy Newspapers)

  • The battle for House Speaker continues. Conservative Congressman JASON CHAFFETZ of Utah has announced his intention to contend for that seat. Could he upend the bid from California's KEVIN McCARTHY? Does he have enough support?
  • Still nothing definite from VP JOE BIDEN on a possible White House run. What's the current buzz in Washington?

Dr. CYNTHIA WARREN (Assistant professor at the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Texas Woman's University) NEW STUDY REVEALS WAY TO GET KIDS TO EAT VEGGIES Researchers from Texas A&M may have found an easier way to get kids to eat their vegetables than trying to convince them Spider-Man actually got his powers from green beans: Just pair veggies with other foods they don't like that much. The Washington Post reports nine out of 10 kids don't eat enough vegetables, and the problem of wasted veggies is only getting worse since the National School Lunch Program started requiring vegetables on every plate. After looking at "plate waste data" from 8,500 elementary school students, researchers discovered veggie waste increases with popular entrees, such as burgers or chicken nuggets, and decreases with entrees kids don't like all that much, such as deli sliders, the Post reports. "Our study shows that optimizing entree-vegetable pairings in schools" results in more vegetables being eaten, researcher Dr. Oral Capps Jr. says in a press release. The study, implies schools are better off pairing popular entre with the most popular veggies, such as fries and tater tots (the research was funded by a potato lobby), while saving the steamed broccoli for something else. On the latter point, cafeterias might have to get creative. One psychologist says that schools have found success in serving vegetables on their own, thus eliminating the competition. "We tested it with kids in school cafeterias, where it more than quadrupled the amount of vegetables eaten."

DALE BUCKNER, MBA (Financial planner helping people avoid the mistakes that wreck most financial plans. Author of "Make Money Think Rich: Take Advantage of the Natural Stupidity of Other Investors") ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DOLLAR . . . LOST While global stocks hit a two year low, Wall Streeters are bracing themselves for a down year. Global equity markets reached a two-year low as the outlook for raw materials prices and emerging markets remained soft, while U.S. biotech shares remained under pressure. Commodity prices edged up but held near multi-year lows on concern over an economic slowdown in major raw material consumer China. U.S. stocks closed slightly higher in a choppy session, and an early rally in biotechs faded to deal the sector its eighth straight drop.
Hey Pre-Retirees, if you're fully invested and only a few years from retirement, this is a wakeup call! “We just booked the worst quarter in investing since 2011. When you read your quarterly statement should you panic or stay put?”

JEFF BIRNBAUM (Fox News political analyst and Washington Times columnist and president of BGR Public Relations) SENATORS DEMAND STRATEGY FROM OBAMA ON SYRIA President Obama is being called out by a number of lawmakers, who are asking him to clarify his strategy on Syria after Russia ignored multiple U.S. warnings and began bombing rebel groups there to shore up President Bashar Assad's government forces. "It's greatly concerning that the administration is continuously caught off-guard and publicly expresses confusion over obvious consequences and foreseeable occurrences," said Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), chairwoman of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities. "Once again, I call on the president to outline in detail his strategy moving forward. Is train-and-equip still our focus? Must Assad still go?" she said. "While the American people continue to wait for these answers, others are filling the leadership vacuum." Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said he has requested that Secretary of State John Kerry testify to explain the administration's Syria strategy to Congress and the American people.

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