Talking Points: Lifestyle, the 'flu tax' and the Skakel case

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Local,Talking Points,Bob Kemper

Is there a place where life is less stressful?

Residents of Hawaii are the least stressed people in the U.S., a Gallup poll shows. Only 32 percent said they feel stressed on any give day last year. Other low-stress states include Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa and Wyoming, where about 38 percent in each state felt stressed. West Virginia was the most-stressed state, at 47 percent, Gallup found. Other stressed out states include Rhode Island (46%), Kentucky (45%), Utah (44.6%) and Massachusetts (43%).

What is a 'flu tax'?

Congress is considering a measure that would raise taxes on flu vaccines to about 75 cents per dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 135 million doses of flu vaccine used this year and the so-called flu tax on each one would raise about $100 million a year. The House and Senate has been considering the issue since February, but no vote has been scheduled.

Does Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel deserve a new trial?

Michael Skakel, convicted in 2002 of bludgeoning to death his Connecticut neighbor Martha Moxley with a golf club in 1975 has charged that his lawyer didn't do a thorough job because the attorney was caught up in the media limelight. Skakel, 52, the nephew of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, who was married to Robert Kennedy, said attorney Michael Sherman failed to track down key witnesses that could have supported his alibi, or that could have challenged the claim that he confessed to the crime. Sherman dismissed the charge, saying Skakel, who as sentenced to 20 years in prison, was defended as well as possible.

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