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. I'm back!

Well that was a nice vacation, but it's time to get back to work. I'm back on the show this morning and boy is there a lot to talk about. I'll get to the Iowa Caucus a bit later, but first let's talk about the new year. Did you catch the All Lubbock Marching Band yesterday in the Rose Bowl Parade? Great job to everyone involved and a big thumbs up to NBC for spending a lot of time on the band. Speaking of the Rose Bowl, what a game! It was fun watching Oregon battle Wisconsin and I still believe what I tweeted last night. The Rose, Sugar, and Fiesta Bowls will all be more entertaining than the National Championship game. You can even add the Orange Bowl in there.

I'm looking forward to what 2012 will bring to LFN. You can plan on hearing more national guests and even some added stuff on our website at As always, I hope you will follow me and KFYO on Twitter and Facebook where the conversation continues after we are done at 9am.

2. Iowa Caucus

Tonight I will be flipping back and forth between the Sugar Bowl and the Iowa Caucus. I believe Mitt Romney will win this evening, but look for Rick Santorum to come in second place. I don't believe Santorum will win the GOP nomination, but he could add some drama into the race. Ron Paul will probably come in 3rd (even 2nd) but the story could be Rick Perry. If Perry can walk away with 10% or more of the vote he could gain momentum going into New Hampshire and South Carolina.

3. Dumb story of the morning (link)

Here is your dumb story of the morning.

Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warning them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The development also has some wondering whether the agency’s advice will result in an educational backlash by creating less of an incentive for some high school students to graduate.

The “informal discussion letter” from the EEOC said an employer’s requirement of a high school diploma, long a standard criterion for screening potential employees, must be “job-related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity.” The letter was posted on the commission’s website on Dec. 2.

So those without diploma's are disabled now?

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.