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(CNN Student News) -- February 3, 2009

1. According to the program: What products has Kroger pulled off of its shelves? Why is the company taking this action?

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2. What severe weather event occurred in London recently? What were some effects of the severe weather?

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3. What is the status of the economic stimulus bill? How is the U.S. Senate's version of this bill different from the one in the U.S. House of Representatives?

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4. According to the report: How many Americans are currently collecting unemployment benefits? How does this statistic compare to the U.S. government's estimate of the number of unemployed Americans?

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5. What comparisons does CNN's Josh Levs make between the number of unemployed Americans and the populations of various geographic locations?

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6. What is your reaction to the U.S. government's unemployment estimate? Are you surprised by the statistic? Why or why not?

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7. According to the report, how have some families in Peoria, Illinois been affected by recent layoffs at Caterpillar? How are the individuals featured in the segment coping with losing their jobs?

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8. If you were in a similar situation, what courses of action would you consider to cope with losing your job? Explain.

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9. What is a Snuggie? According to the report, how are Snuggie sales faring during the current economic crisis? What reasons are offered in the story for the Snuggie's popularity?

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10. Can you think of any other products that have remained popular during this economic downturn? If so, what are they and why do you think that they are able to withstand tough economic times?

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