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. Rick Perry prayed (link)

The media's fascination with Governor Rick Perry's faith continues. The New York Times was quick to point out in their story that Reliant Stadium wasn't filled to capacity for Governor Perry's prayer rally. However, I'm not sure that the upper decks of the stadium were even open. Many times, stadiums will close off the upper decks for special events. Not sure if that was the case here, but it seems like the NYT just wanted an excuse to throw Perry under the bus and dismiss him.

It has been funny to watch the media go crazy over this event. Why is it that big of a deal that one of our elected officials loves God and has no problem expressing it? Pretty sad if you ask me.

2. Geithner sticking around (link)

Tim Geithner is sticking around according to an announcement on Sunday. Rumors have been circulating for a while that he planned on stepping down soon. Looks like that's not the case.

"Secretary Geithner has let the president know that he plans to stay on in his position at Treasury. He looks forward to the important work ahead on the challenges facing our great country," said Treasury Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Jenni LeCompte.


3. USA could be downgraded again (link)

On Friday night S&P downgraded the United States rating from AAA to AA+. That isn't good, but the bad news could get worse according to the AP.

A Standard & Poor's official says there is a 1 in 3 chance that the U.S. credit rating could be downgraded another notch if conditions erode over the next six to 24 months.

The credit rating agency's managing director, John Chambers, tells ABC's "This Week" that if the fiscal position of the U.S. deteriorates further, or if political gridlock tightens even more, a further downgrade is possible.

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These and many more topics coming up on Monday’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.