Morning Links for May 21, 2013
All the news that's fit to link (and then some).
Thunder storms are predicted for this afternoon, but we're hear to tell you this morning's news isn't much sunnier. What we're reading:
- CNN.com is reporting that there are at least 51 people dead in Moore, Okla. as a result of yesterday's two-mile wide tornado. Authorities anticipate as many as 40 more bodies will be included in that count.
- The headlines about Walker's 2013-15 budget are certainly not stopping anytime soon. The Journal Sentinel is reporting that his plan to require able-bodied, childless adults receiving government-subsidized food stamps to attend "bare-bones" job training would reduce the number of those receiving food stamps by half.
- In one bullet point in the very same story, the Journal's Jason Stein reports that the Joint Finance Committee will consider another Walker proposal: require state workers and retirees who smoke to pay an additional $50 for health care coverage.
- Apple, "the nation's most profitable tech company," also employs some savvy accountants, who were able to save the company billions of dollars in taxes using a multinational chain of subsidiaries. The New York Times reports some senators are not happy about these exploited loopholes in the tax code. Congressional investigators found some $74 billion in taxes "shifted...from the reach of" the IRS between 2009 and 2012. Apple's CEO will face lawmakers at a hearing scheduled for today.
- Based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WISN.com has created a cumbersome slideshow revealing (after 70 slides) which Wisconsin county has the most "excessive drinkers." We'll save you the time and tell you that Calumet ranked first with 37% claiming to consume more than four drinks (for women) or five drinks (for men) per day.