While there are still many open questions, some things are more certain in the sorry tale of Solyndra, the now bankrupt solar-cell manufacturer President Obama once praised as a model for the nation's renewable energy future.
One, U.S. taxpayers will take a loss on their $535 million federal loan guarantee that was part of the stimulus program.
Two, 1,100 workers have been laid off.
Three, the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week raided Solyndra's offices.
Scores on the critical reading portion of the SAT college entrance exam fell three points to their lowest level on record last year, and combined reading and math scores reached their lowest point since 1995.
GREENVILLE (ketr) - A Kaufman County woman faces a potential life sentence Friday for multiple counts of sexual assault of a child.
Misty Laverna Dale Mayo is also charged with multiple counts of indecency and injury to a child. She pleaded guilty to each of the five indictments earlier this year. She also admitted to setting fire to two children after pouring alcohol on them.
Charles Dwayne Mayo Jr., of Terrell, has agreed to plead guilty to the same charges and will be sentenced later this month.
COMMERCE (ketr) - Texas A&M University-Commerce welcomes Former East Texas State All-American and Super Bowl champion Alan Veingrad back to campus Thursday to speak during the 2011 Harvey Martin Classic Kickoff Reception.
Veingrad was a two-time first team All-Lone Star Conference offensive lineman for the Lions and played seven years in the NFL, five with the Green Bay Packers and two with the Dallas Cowboys. He graduated from East Texas State University with a degree in accounting in 1986.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's an article of faith that parents are going to try to work hard and sacrifice so they can leave something to their kids. But a new survey shows that that's less and less the case for millionaire baby boomers. We'll hear more about that in just a few minutes. That's this week's Money Coach conversation.
For another perspective on combating the increase in poverty, Tell Me More turns to Jared Bernstein. He served in the Obama administration as Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. He responds to Herman Cain's 999 plan and identifies the impediments of getting Americans back to work.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to spend a good deal of time today talking about money, how much the government has to spend and how much and how little many American families have. Later we're going to talk about that special Congressional Committee that's been charged with coming up with a plan to take a big bite out of the federal deficit. That group held it's first public hearing on Tuesday.