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. Rising Cain (link)

Herman Cain pulled off what many called an upset in Florida over the weekend by winning the Florida straw poll. The last few winners of that poll have been Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bob Dole.

Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain won the Presidency 5 straw poll here Saturday, delivering a blow to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s front-runner status and a victory for a candidate who has struggled to transform his grass-roots popularity into strong showings in national polls.

“Tonight’s winner is Herman Cain,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced. “It shows you something: The road to the White House comes through Florida, and it pays to spend time here.”

Mr. Cain received 37 percent of the more than 2,600 votes cast.

Rick Perry came in second place with 15% of the vote while Mitt Romney finished 3rd with 14%. Bachmann came in last place. Could we be seeing a Herman Cain surge? We'll see.

2. Annoying words (link)

Here is a fun article from Cleveland that discusses words and phrases that have been used too much.

What is the most overused word or phrase?

The suggestions are still flowing in.

After reading the ones I listed in a previous column, more than 100 people called or emailed to share words that feel like fingernails on an English classroom chalkboard.

Martha called to say she's sick of "no problem." "People say that when you thank them." Whatever happened to, "You're welcome"?

Jack called to say the word "cool" is only OK if preceded by Steve McQueen or James Dean. "All the rest are just wannabes," he said.

Gretchen called to remind us that we graduate from high school. "Not, 'I graduated high school.' We've become so lazy, we forget to use the word 'from'," she said.

So what is the most overused/annoying word or phrase?

3. Want to own an island? (link)

Now you can buy your very own island!

Lower Birch Islands

Place: Near Addison Township, Maine, about 60 miles northeast of Bar Harbor

Asking Price: $1.295 million

Acreage: Larger island is 23.6 acres; smaller island is 4.4 acres

Larger island is developed; smaller island is undeveloped

It's rare to find islands for sale in this easternmost county of the U.S. Located about ten miles off the mainland, the larger island has a three-bedroom, 1.5 bath home with a wraparound deck, and the current owner is obtaining permits to build a four-bedroom home on the smaller one.

Hey, why not?

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.