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(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Challenges related to rebuilding along the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita featured; Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco's refusal to respond to former FEMA director W. Michael Brown's comment that Louisiana is "dysfunctional" reported. [BLANCO- says she is more concerned with rebuilding.][Senator Max BAUCUS- says "good for you."] Some senators' claim that President Bush is making the recovery effort more difficult noted.
(Washington: Jim Angle) The requests of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for federal funds to pay for the health care of large numbers of Hurricane Katrina and Rita survivors reported. [Senator Trent LOTT- asks for compassion, says people need help.] [Senator Charles GRASSLEY- comments on necessity of health care.] Details given of the health care bill.
(New Orleans: Steve Brown) Rumors of mass death and murder of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in the Superdome and Convention Center reviewed; details given on the credibility of widespread stories of rape at the Superdome; scenes shown of evacuees. [Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Office Dr. Louis CATALDIE- says none of the bodies retrieved were homicide victims.] [New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's spokeswoman Sally FORMAN- says Nagin, who was among those repeating the rumors, had bad information.]
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Closing of a FEMA relief center in Houston and the predicament of the citizens of Jasper, Texas, who say they need more help, reported; scenes shown from Jasper. [EMS volunteer Jeff SARGENT- says the situation is becoming serious.]
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) The indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on criminal conspiracy charges featured. [DeLAY- calls the indictment a sham.]
(Washington: Brian Wilson) Charges that DeLay conspired to violate the Texas election code examined; details given on the actions leading to the charges. [Texas prosecutor Ronnie EARLE- describes the indictment.] [DeLAY- says the charges are a personal vendetta on Earle's part.]
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) The continuing struggle in Iraq featured; details given of President Bush's warning of a possible increase of violence in the days leading up to the referendum on Iraq's new constitution. [BUSH- says Iraqis want to be free and terrorists will fail.] Scenes shown from Baghdad.
(White House: Wendell Goler) Bush's reassurance of progress in Iraq in the face of declining public support noted. [BUSH- says US tactics are constantly adapting, and that the Iraqi people are taking control.] Questions about the Iraqi people's ability to keep order on their own noted. [Senator Dick DURBIN- raises doubts.] [Gen. George CASEY- says this is a period of uncertainty.]
(Pentagon: Mike Emmanuel) Several suicide bombings reported; details given on a female suicide bomber in Tal Afar, Iraq, an attack outside the Najaf home of one of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's bodyguards, and a bomber on a motorcycle in Kabul, Afghanistan; scenes shown from Afghanistan and Iraq.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the production and cost of energy examined; details given on House Republicans' ideas to relax environmental regulations and opposition by Democrats, and damage to oil rigs.
(New York City: Terry Keenan) Ramifications of high energy prices on the wider economy reviewed; details given on high supply costs, hurricane damage to refineries, the reopening of the Exxon plant in Beaumont, Texas, and late credit card payments because of the effect on consumers; Stock Market Report.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) The fatal collision of a car with one of Amtrak's high-speed Acela trains in Waterford, Connecticut, reported; scenes shown of the crash site.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Tomorrow's vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Roberts, and the expected partisan struggle over retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement noted.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Report introduced.
(Washington: Molly Henneberg) Senate Commerce Committee hearing on steroid use in sports reviewed; details given on Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's† proposal for a penalty structure and the Players Association's disagreement. [Baseball Hall of Famer Hank AARON†, Senator John McCAIN†- criticize the Players Association.] [Major League Baseball Players Assn. Director Don FEHR†- hopes an agreement can be reached by the end of the World Series.] Scenes shown from the hearings.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Tonight's stories: A warehouse fire in California; the collision of a school bus and van in Kentucky; a brush fire on the edge of Los Angeles; controversy over a pink locker room at the University of Iowa.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Frustrations of Hurricane Rita evacuees in Texas with lack of information on aid featured. [American Red Cross Anita FOSTER- says the Red Cross will figure out the best strategy.]
(Beaumont, Texas: Todd Connor) The recovery situation in Texas examined. [In line for FEMA aid distribution, Fannett, Texas, resident Becky FREEMAN- says she's getting by as best she can.] [US Coast Guard R/Adm. Larry HERETH- says relief workers are doing their best to ensure a speedy recovery.] The lack of power, isolation of victims in rural areas, and complaints about red tape reviewed; scenes shown of storm damage and from an overcrowded shelter.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Problems with disaster relief explored; details given on federal workers' suspected abuse of government credit cards, Senate Committee hearings on FEMA's response on the Gulf Coast, and the origin of the phrase "cutting the red tape"; scenes shown of recovery efforts.
(Washington: Major Garrett) A look at striking a balance between too much government red tape and too much waste in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita presented.[Senators Blanche LINCOLN, John KERRY- complain about administrative hurdles.] [Representative Jay INSLEE- expresses concern about too much spending.]
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Study linking use of the antidepressant Paxil to birth defects noted.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) NASA Chief Michael Griffin's statement to "USA Today" that almost all the manned space missions since Apollo 18 were mistakes noted; details given on NASA's plans.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Report introduced.
(Washington: Jonathan Hunt) US Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton's appearance before Congress reviewed; details given on his assessment of the progress of U.N. bureaucracy reform; scenes shown.
(Washington: Jonathan Hunt) Taped interview held with U.N. Chief of Staff Mark Malloch Brown† about U.N. reform. [BROWN†- says the oil-for-food scandal was not U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's fault, but a "systemic institutional failing."] House International Relations Committee's reaction to the admission noted.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Israeli bombing of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip reported; scenes shown from Gaza; Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's lead in the Likud party over political rival Benjamin Netanyahu noted.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Flash flooding and landslides in Vietnam in the aftermath of Typhoon Damrey; details given on the typhoon's movement and death toll; scenes shown from Yen Bai, Vietnam.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Japanese scientists' videotaping of the elusive giant squid reported; video shown.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Tonight's stories: The family of a Brazilian man killed in London, England, retrace his last steps; students protesting in Tehran, Iran; a park in Canada with kissing bears; bungee-jumping bartenders competing in New Zealand.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles: Anita Vogel) Friction between the Latino-led group Friends of the Border Patrol and other Latinos explored; details given about Latinos' opposing viewpoints on illegal immigration from Mexico; scenes shown from the Mexican border. [Members Andy RAMIREZ†, Lupe MORENO†- describe difficulties related to the controversial organization.]
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Pets rescued from New Orleans and taken to Seattle, Washington, featured; scenes shown.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Meteorologists' predictions of another major storm this hurricane season reported.
(Fox Weather Center: Janice Dean) Potential tropical depression tracked; tomorrow's forecast given; weather maps and data shown on screen.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) On this day in history: 1989: Former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos died in exile in Hawaii.
(Studio: Rick Folbaum) Tonight's headlines reviewed.