Keith: What is up, everyone? It is Wednesday, October 5. I am Keith Kocinski, and Channel One News starts right now.
Let's get the day started by talking about the vice presidential debate. Last night was the only time the VP candidates, Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence, got to go head to head this election season. And Tom is here with more.
Tom: That is right, Keith. The vice president is the second highest office in the U.S. and the top leader in the Senate. And, of course, the VP must be ready to become the commander-in-chief if anything happens to the president. In fact, 13 vice presidents have gone on to become president — eight because of the death of a president.
But a recent poll shows that a large number of Americans — about a third — have no opinion or don't even know about the VP candidates. So here is a little background about them.
Hillary Clinton has chosen Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia as her running mate. Kaine started out as a lawyer known for suing landlords for discrimination against African-Americans. In 1994 he turned to politics and has also served as a mayor and governor. President Obama nearly picked him as his VP in 2008.
Donald Trump picked Governor Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate. Pence is also a lawyer and has served in public office since 2000, mostly in Congress. He says he is "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican — in that order." So now, without further ado, let's see how they did in last night’s debate at Longwood University in Virginia.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine were the two men on stage last night, but it seems like all they could talk about were Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Senator Tim Kaine: Hillary Clinton has that passion. She has been focused on serving others, with a special focus on empowering families and kids.
Governor Mike Pence: Donald Trump has built a business through hard times and through good times. He has brought an extraordinary business acumen; he’s employed tens of thousands of people.
Tom: Issue 1 — Donald Trump's use of the tax code and the possibility that he avoids federal taxes.
Kaine: So it's smart not to pay for our military; it’s smart not to pay for veterans; it’s smart not to pay for teachers, and I guess all of us who do pay for those things, I guess, were stupid.
Pence: Senator, do you take all the deductions that you’re entitled to? I do.
Tom: Another issue — whether Hillary Clinton is a trustworthy candidate.
Pence: There's a reason why people question the trustworthiness of Hillary Clinton, and that's because they're paying attention. Hillary Clinton had a private server in her home that had classified information.
Tom: At times the two just talked over each other.
Moderator: Gentlemen, the people at home cannot understand either one of you when you speak over each other.
Tom: Another debate is set for Sunday night. That one will be Round 2 for Clinton and Trump.
Tom Hanson, Channel One News.
Keith: Tom, thanks for your work on that. Wasn’t expecting it to get that heated.
Now let's see what our Team OneVote teens think about the VP candidates.
Simone: I agree with Tim Kaine, and I think that he has a lot of good ideas, and he brings a lot of passion and love and happiness into America, and Hillary Clinton does that as well.
Malcolm: Mike Pence was a very good idea. I think that's going to help his campaign, and it's something he drastically needed to keep him in line a little bit, especially with what he says. This is going to keep him in line, and it will make him more politically responsible.
Brooke: The Libertarian vice presidential candidate is Bill Weld. The most important part about him is the fact that he does have experience in political office. He was governor of Massachusetts as a Republican for quite a while. So he’s new to the Libertarian sphere, even though, as a Republican, he did have socially liberal stances.
Phillip: All I know is that Mike Pence is the governor of Indiana, and he's under Donald Trump, so yeah, obviously, I'm with him.
Kai: Tim Kaine, who is the Democratic vice presidential candidate, he's a really good public speaker, which — at least in my opinion — Clinton's not the best of public speakers, so that's another plus for her and her campaign.
Keith: Thanks to Team OneVote. You guys are awesome. And make sure you guys keep those comments coming.
Okay, after the break, Azia Celestino looks at another debate — over what teens should be paid.
Keith: Minimum wage is the least amount of money a business is allowed to pay its workers. Now some leaders in places around the country want to raise their minimum wages, but not for teenagers. Azia Celestino has the story from Iowa, where some say it is discrimination over dollars.
Azia: Raygun is the greatest store in the universe, according to those in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Teens come to the clothing store not only for creative graphic T’s and other fun stuff but also because employees start above minimum wage.
Mike: There are several high schoolers who work here now. And our starting wage for part-timers is $9.50 an hour, and then you work up from there. So we don’t — we pay above minimum wage even if it's just a younger person who’s working part time.
Azia: Almost $2 more an hour than if they were working somewhere else — and that is a big deal for young people in Polk County, Iowa, which includes the city of Des Moines.
Sebastian: Even working at places like Raygun, where you are paid above minimum wage, it's hard just paying for, like, transportation, housing, and just, like, even food itself is expensive.
Azia: The county's minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage: $7.25. Thirty states in the U.S. already pay higher than that. And while states like California and New York have signed bills to raise their minimum wage to $15, Iowa hasn't budged since 2008.
A Polk County task force recently recommended increasing the local wage to $10.75 by 2019, but only for some workers. The debate was heated, but in the end, teens were left out of the minimum wage increase. Even though the wage is set to go up, employers will only have to pay 85 percent of the local minimum wage to workers under 18 — a plan that some say is discrimination.
Sebastian: I think it's kinda ridiculous that they wouldn't want to raise the minimum wage for younger people.
Xiao: If a law is enacted for people in the workforce, then everyone in the workforce should have it — the law — be applied to them.
Mike: We've had some kids who are 17, who have graduated from high school early, who are doing the work of full-time employees. I don't think it's necessarily fair for them to be legally paid less.
Azia: But the idea of a separate wage for teens isn't new. In Minnesota the statewide minimum wage is $9.50, but employers there only have to pay $7.75 to workers who are under 18. Supporters say that teen workers should have a lower minimum wage because of their role in the home and limits on younger workers, like teen work permits.
Seth: If they're living with their parents, they don't have to worry about rent, they don't have to worry about buying a bunch of food, they don't have to worry about electric bills and water bills and sewage and taxes.
Azia: Since Iowa's state law applies the minimum wage equally to workers 14 and older, the local proposal could face legal trouble down the line.
Azia Celestino, Channel One News.
Keith: So what do you think? Is it fair for teens to be paid less than minimum wage? Head to ChannelOne.com to let us know what you think.
All right, coming up, streamlining your streaming search.
Keith: Have your friends ever told you about an awesome new TV show or movie, and then you go to check it out on Netflix or Amazon, and you just can't find it?
Arielle: Oh yeah, totally annoying.
Keith: Mm-hmm, well, your days of wasting time searching may soon be over, right, Arielle?
Arielle: Yeah, Keith. Several new apps will now search through your favorite streaming channels in just a fraction of the time. Check this out.
Alyson Strike loves streaming movies and TV shows on her smart TV, but she hates how long it takes to actually find what she is looking for.
Alyson Strike: There's so much to watch, and there's so much amazing stuff to watch.
Arielle: There's an increasing number of streaming services, from Netflix and Hulu to Amazon and Google Play. On average, viewers spend 19 minutes a day looking for something to watch. So Alyson decided to put down her remote and pick up her smart phone, downloading Reelgood.
It is one of a handful of apps that allow users to plug in a specific movie, show or genre. The app then searches all of their streaming services at once and shows users where it is available. Dan Ackerman, editor at tech reviewing site CNET, is a fan.
Dan Ackerman: It will show you where it’s playing, if it's only on one service, if it's on multiple services, or in some cases, if it's something really rare, you'll find out it's not anywhere at all yet.
Arielle: Now Apple has built in a search function in its new Apple TV, and Roku has done the same…
Alyson: I think it's just made it easier.
Arielle: …limiting the search time and maximizing the watch time. Arielle Hixson, Channel One News.
Keith: Definitely have to try that out. Thanks, Arielle.
All right, that is going to do it for us today. Have a great day, and we will see you right back here tomorrow.