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(CNN Student News) -- May 11, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What do you think might be the benefits and drawbacks of preserving news footage? In your opinion, what information might be important to save along with this footage?

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Severe Flooding

How does CNN's Rob Marciano characterize the rising and falling of the Mississippi River? How do you think that officials and residents might use this information?

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In your opinion, how might cities south of the river's crest prepare for potential flooding? What actions do you think that communities where the river has already crested are taking, whether they experienced flooding or not?

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Immigration Debate

According to President Barack Obama, what is driving the debate over immigration? What positions do President Obama and some Republican leaders each take with regard to this issue, as outlined in the report?

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According to the segment, what are some reasons why some Mexicans try to immigrate to the United States? In your opinion, what impact, if any, might these immigrants have on the United States?

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What do the U.S. Border Patrol agents seen in the report say about catching illegal immigrants? What resources have they been given to help them with this task?

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In your opinion, how should the United States and Mexico handle the issues surrounding legal and illegal immigration, if at all?

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Tech Industry Deal

What Internet-based service does Microsoft plan to acquire for $8.5 billion? What have some analysts said about this proposed deal?

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What are some Microsoft products that you are familiar with? In your opinion, will Microsoft be able to incorporate Skype into these products? If so, how? If not, why not?

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Privacy Concerns

Why did executives from Apple and Google meet with a U.S. Senate subcommittee yesterday? What concerns did some lawmakers raise with regard to mobile devices that track and store their users' locations? How did the technology company executives respond to these concerns?

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What do you think might be the risks and benefits for users of having mobile devices store location information? How do you think that the technology companies might achieve the balance that Senator Al Franken is seeking? Do you think that they should try to do this? Why or why not?

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