Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Herman Cain beats Perry in Texas (link)

Statistically, it's a tie but to some it might be shocking. According to a new University of Texas/ Texas Tribune poll, Herman Cain gets the support of 27% of Republicans in the state. Rick Perry receives 26% of the support. Close and to outsiders it's shocking, but is it really? In my opinion, no. Even though Perry has been winning election in Texas, it hasn't seemed like many Texans have been that high on Perry for a while. Instead they have been voting for him because there hasn't been a better option it seems. It might be a tie, but I think it says a lot that Cain can come in and give Perry problems here in Texas.

2. More Cain (link)

Did Herman Cain sexually harass two women in the 90's? I'm not sure, but as of right now this Politico story just isn't working for me.

Presidential candidate Herman Cain's campaign has been rocked by a Politico report that revealed Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two female employees during his stint at the National Restaurant Association. Cain told Fox News this morning that he has “never sexually harassed anyone” but confirmed that he was accused of doing so in the past, claiming such accusations were "false." Past employees of Cain, including his long-time female executive assistant, have told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the charges are unbelievable.“It’s just not Herman,” says Sibby Wolfson, who was Cain's executive assistant from 1997 through his first campaign for office in 2004, in a phone interview. “He’s got a lovely wife, a lovely family.”

Did Wolfson ever see Cain act in a way that could be construed as sexual harassment? “No, God, no,” she says. “Nothing. Absolutely nothing. In fact, I think Herman was careful to act in the opposite way.”

Those who know Cain from his 2004 run for one of Georgia's U.S. Senate seats say the allegations are completely out of character.


3. Blame modern weddings (link)

What's to blame for the decline in marriage? According to one pastor, it's the modern weddings.

Fifty years ago, about three-quarters of American adults 18 and older were married. Today, about half are. Nearly 40% of respondents to a Pew Research Center survey last year said marriage is becoming obsolete. If you think this is just demographic background noise with no real consequence, think again. This shift ultimately will harm kids because children in married family households are far less likely to live in poverty than those in single-parent households.

There are myriad reasons for the disintegration of American marriages, and I don't have a one-size-fits-all fix, but I do know that just as with a building, little is more important than its foundation. So a marriage's starting point — the wedding day — should be more than just cake and cocktails.

The pastor writes that who performs the ceremony, vows, and who attends may all have an impact on your marriage.

These and many more topics coming up on Tuesday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.