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July 9th, 2010
12:58 PM ET


Tax cuts put into place during the Bush administration are set to expire at the end of the year unless Congress decides to extend them. So what does this mean for you? Tax rates and long-term capital gains rates will rise among other things. We'll break down the specifics and offer advice on things you can do now to protect your retirement nest egg. Join us this Saturday at 2pm ET for a conversation with Financial Adviser Ron Hart.

Post your personal finance questions and we'll answer them live on the air!

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
July 9th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Live on CNN at 11am ET! Dive Beneath the Oil Spill

For the first time in 81 days, CNN takes you live into the oil-poisoned waters of the Gulf of Mexico to see firsthand the impact this disaster has had on the world beneath the waves. No one knows exactly what we’ll find. CNN Correspondent Amber Lyon and famed oceanographer Philippe Cousteau, wearing special Hazmat dive suits, will enter the contaminated waters at a site previously popular with divers. They will broadcast live and we will talk with them during their time under water. Have a question for them? Leave it here, then join us beginning at 11am ET and be part of the discussion. More of your comments, questions and observations will be coming up during the noon hour.

Filed under: Don Lemon • Tony Harris
July 9th, 2010
07:12 AM ET

No-show parents could face jail time

Detroit parents may get more than detention for missing their child's parent-teacher conference.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is pushing for an ordinance that would allow schools to punish parents who repeatedly miss parent-teacher conferences. The punishment- up to three days in jail.

Worthy plans to officially present the proposed ordinance in Mid-August. She hopes that this ordinance would make parents be more responsible and involved in their child's education, ultimately keeping more children out of trouble.

This raises concerns with some parents, however, who are worried that it could target single parents or those who cannot take off work. Others say that just because a parent misses a meeting, doesn't necessarily mean he or she is negligent.

Do you think that this should be a law? What do you think should be done to get parents to become more involved in their children’s school careers?

Please post your comments below and Fredricka Whitfield will use your comments as part of her discussion when she talks with the experts on this issue during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Kyra Phillips