Concealed Carry Gun Permits; Courts Face Budget Crisis; Iraqi-Iranian Soldier Drama: Today on Here and Now

by Brad Yost on November 16, 2011

A few highlights from the show today:

1:06pm:  Lawmakers To Vote On Making Concealed Carry Gun Permits Like Drivers Licenses: Today the House of Representatives is likely to pass legislation that would enable gun owners who have concealed-weapons permits from one state to carry their weapons to another state, regardless of the gun laws in that state. Currently every state except Illinois issues some form of concealed weapons permit.  Supporters of the bill say it creates a uniform standard, critics say it erodes state rights.

1:15pm:  Criminal Cases Dismissed As Courts Face Budget Crisis: In Georgia, courts have dismissed indictments against people accused of violent crimes, including tossing out murder charges. A family law attorney in San Francisco is now advising wealthier clients to settle disputes outside of court because the system is just so slow. In New York, judges have been ordered to halt court proceedings at 4:30 PM sharp to limit overtime pay. In New Hampshire, all civil cases were put on hold for a year. Those are just a few examples of how budget cuts are hitting American courtrooms.

1:34pm The State We’re In Story of the Week: Two soldiers, one Iraqi and one Iranian, meet on the battlefield. The Iranian saves the Iraqi’s life, risking his own in the process. That was 1982. Nearly 20 years later, and on the other side of the world, sheer coincidence brings the two men together again in a life-saving drama. (The State We’re In airs Sunday nights at 10pm on WFPL). Listen to the whole story

1:40pm:  Reckless Teen Behavior May Be Evolutionary Advantage: When you think of teenagers, words like ‘responsible’ or ‘careful’ probably do not come to mind.  Teens often drive fast, experiment with drugs, don’t get enough sleep, and seem to only care about hanging out with their friends. But new research about teens’ brains shows that their hunger for risk may be an trait that has evolved over time to help them succeed at this time in their lives.

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