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(CNN Student News) -- January 12, 2009

1.What action did the Illinois House of Representatives take against Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday? How has the governor responded?

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2. Who is Roland Burris? Why was he barred from the U.S. Senate last week? What ruling did the Illinois Supreme Court make regarding his situation?

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3. Evidence of what disease was recently discovered in a tub of peanut butter? How widespread is the outbreak of this disease currently being investigated by the CDC?

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4. What is literacy? According to a new report, how many U.S. adults lack basic literacy skills?

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5. What reasons are offered in the report to explain why the illiteracy rate in the U.S. is so high?

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6. In your opinion, what are the consequences of illiteracy, both for individuals and society? What would you suggest be done to address this problem?

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7. Who is Zach Cogdill? How has he transformed the South Cobb High School band? How do his students feel about him?

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8. What prestigious invitation did the band recently receive? What concern did students and school officials have about being able to accept the invitation?

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9. How were the band members able to achieve their dream of going to Washington, D.C.? Why do you think that the community came to the aid of the band?

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10. In the video, we hear that South Cobb's band director is "instilling hope in his students." Is there anyone at your school -- teacher, staff member, administrator or a student -- who has brought a sense of hope to students in tough times? If so, share his or her story.

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