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(CNN Student News) -- April 27, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How do you think that you could use different forms of media to investigate and evaluate your career options?

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Levee Failure

What is a levee? What do authorities think may happen following a levee failure in Poplar Bluff, Missouri?

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What actions is the Missouri National Guard taking with regard to the flooding? What do you know about the National Guard? What kind of training do you think that members of the National Guard might receive?

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Air Traffic College

What is described in the program as one of the most stressful jobs in America? In your opinion, why might this job be considered stressful?

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According to the program, how has the Federal Aviation Administration reacted to recent reports of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job? In your opinion, should air traffic controller training be changed in the wake of these reports? If so, how? If not, why not?

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What do the people seen in the segment say about air traffic controller training? What skills do you think might be important to an air traffic controller? Do you think that you would like to become an air traffic controller? Why or why not?

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Your First Paycheck

What is the difference between gross income and net income? What is a deduction?

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What are some types of paycheck deductions mentioned in the segment? According to the report, what is the purpose of these deductions? How might some of these deductions benefit the person who earned the paycheck?

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What are some examples of state government expenses that might be paid for through state income taxes? What role do you think that taxpayers might play in determining how much income tax is deducted from a person's paycheck, and what this income tax is used for? In your opinion, what impact, if any, might higher or lower state income taxes have on a state's residents?

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