Today on The Morning Zone:

7:07AM MST: Our Watchdog on Wall Street, Chris Markowski, guests to update us the latest in the economy. What's the real outlook for 2012?

7:37AM MST:  Philip Cioppa, joins us. Phil is the Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer of Arbol Financial Strategies, LLC . He says, "After a November that saw the unemployment rate finally nudge below 9 percent and a December that recorded healthy holiday retail sales, the U.S. government has yet another positive announcement to trumpet going into January—weekly unemployment benefit applications are at a three-year low. Sounds like the economy might just be picking up a little steam heading into this important election year. But, not so fast.”

8:07AM MST: Joan Evans, Director of Wyoming Workforce Services is back in the studio to tak e a look at the State's jobs picture going into 2012

9:07AM MST: Open lines. Your chance to be our guest and talk about what's on your mind. Call in toll free at 1-888-503-6500 or locally at 307-632-6500, or 632-3323.

9:37 AM MST: Anne Siebert PLTI State Coordinator and Facilitator with The Parent Leadership Training Institute. PLTI was created by the Connecticut Commission on Children. Through outreach efforts the Commission listened to many parents that felt their voices were not being heard and that they lacked the advocacy skills necessary to make changes in the lives of their children. In response, they created the PLTI, which is now being implemented in many states and communities.  The mission of PLTI: The Parent Leadership Training Institute seeks to enable parents to become leading advocates for children. Parents’ opinions are often unheard. They lack advocacy skills, but not the motivation or will to change their children’s lives. The PLTI teaches parents to become practiced change agents for the next generation. The program integrates child development, leadership and democracy skills into a parent leadership curriculum that consists of two 10-week phases (total of 20 weeks). The PLTI facilitation team creates learning conditions that enable parents to integrate leadership skills, public policy and democracy tools for use in family, community and civic contexts. The PLTI includes strong experiential learning components, including a community civics project that each participant engages in. For more information about PLTI visit: www.cga.ct/gov/coc/plti.htm.