On Saturday, Judge Sonia Sotomayor will make history as the first Hispanic justice to sit on the Supreme Court. Although Sotomayor was born in the US, her parents came to New York from Puerto Rico.
Update from the Associated Press(Friday, 8/7/09, 9:30 A.M.):President Barack Obama signed into law Friday morning an extension of the stimulus program that proved so popular it ran outof money.The Senate voted Thursday to triple the "cash-for-clunkers"fund to $3 billion and extend the program to Labor Day, assumingthe new money lasts that long. The law gives owners $3,500 to$4,500 for trading in old cars that use a lot of gas for newer,more efficient vehicles.
The “Cash for Clunkers” program, which the Obama administration engineered to help stimulate the car industry while getting gas-guzzlers off the roads, has hit a pothole. It was wildly popular in its first week, but it’s currently on hold while Congress finds out how much money has already gone out in the form of new cars. Meanwhile, local dealerships are standing by anxiously, awaiting word from Washington that they will be reimbursed for all the money they’ve shelled out through the program. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore visited a local dealership and has this story.