Pennsylvania Could Eliminate State of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse, Stalemate in the Deficit Supercomittee, Immigrant Entrepreneurs, the Price of Thanksgiving Dinner: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on November 17, 2011

1:06pm: Lawmakers in Pennsylvania held an open meeting this week to push for action on long delayed bills that would eliminate the civil statue of limitations on childhood sex crimes and require witnesses to report suspected sexual abuse of children to the police. Pennsylvania representative Louise Williams Bishop came forward during that open meeting to talk for the first time about having been raped at the age of 12. We’ll speak to her about her experience.

1:12pm: Signs of a stalemate are rising at the deficit supercommittee in Washington, D.C. By next Wednesday the six Democrats and six Republicans who’ve been meeting largely behind closed doors for weeks must agree on at least $1.2 trillion dollars in government spending cuts or else across-the-board spending
cuts automatically kick in. Republicans have offered what was previously anathema to them: to raise tax revenue, in exchange for keeping the Bush-era tax cuts. Democrats have counter offered, but still no deal. We’ll get the latest.

1:35pm: Like many immigrants, Kadiatu Jalloh left her home country due to strife – specifically, the civil war in Sierra Leone. She made her way to Louisville in 1998, but her life in America didn’t start easily. She worked as a housekeeper and served food in a diner until she was arrested by INS for having improper documentation. Now Jalloh owns the Maa Sha Allah African Restaurant in the Buechel neighborhood. As part three in our series on immigrant entrepreneurs, we’ll hear her story.

1:50pm: According to a survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation the price tag to
host a feast for ten is up five dollars and seventy-three cents for the classic fixings. That’s about 13 percent more than last year and the biggest jump since 1990. Why the jump, and how will families adapt?

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