November 12th, 2008
06:53 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: State of the Union

Erica Hill | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Food banks across the country have been struggling for months, and as the holidays approach and the economy continues to sink, the outlook for food banks and soup kitchens is increasingly bleak. In Houston, however, there is hope, thanks to Louise Hauser. As the food pantry supervisor at West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM), Hauser knows the struggle first hand. When she recently won $50,000 on “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire”, 20 percent – $10,000 – was earmarked for WHAM.

WHAM is an agency of the Houston Food Bank. All told, the Houston Food Bank feeds 80,000 people each week.

Lobster is traditionally one of the luxury items on a dinner menu, but that may be changing. Diners are shying away from the fancy crustaceans because of its equally fancy price tag. Lobster now goes for between $2.80 and $4 a pound in Boston, versus $4.50 to $5 a pound last year. On the Cape, you can find it as low as $2.50 a pound. While that may be good news for lobster lovers, it could be disastrous for the men and women who make their living hauling them in.

Free wedding dresses for military brides. I think that says it all!

A young man, senselessly beaten two years ago and left with a broken jaw, forearm, cracked ribs and bruises is fighting back in court. The civil suit could bring down the KKK, but can it snuff out the hate? We can only hope.

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  1. William Courtland

    If you irrigated all of Arizona or Upper Mexico, you would have more food in fifteen years (after the soils life justation) that you would know what to do with.

    If we built a rail which could pump (with engine run off energy and other energy recycling) masses of salt water from the polar coast in Canada to reach those lower Mexican flats, and desalinated for materials of reenforcement within the mountain sides of California to support a new residential empire, and with Mexico planted as a forest and orchards, blossoming, America can then manage budget freedom from the old land, so then after requiring our rescue.


    So in regards to his sake Osama Bin-laden, you have him more than just on tape with people who acctually did it right.

    For all you know it was one or many of his friends girl-friends that framed him.

    Indictment to provide evidence. A video in a more closed and adjusted language can form true evidence of a declaration verses a threat.

    They have guns, they will attempt to rescue the planes?

    Why, because a computer is going to crash them and we need to turn off the auto pilot; they might know; they might have overheard and he just hypnotized to warn you.

    But not being caught... suggests innocence.

    November 12, 2008 at 7:34 pm |
  2. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Hi Erica,
    Good Wednesday evening. I think in these times we all need to give more of ourselves, even if money is tight. No one in this Country should ever go hungry. We need many more Louise Hausers.
    Lobsters? Well, they aren't my favorite, but I bet even they are amazed that their net worth has plummeted! They were tops on the menu, commanded big bucks and now...maybe SpongeBob will take up a collection..

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    November 12, 2008 at 7:26 pm |