- Newsmaker: Storms Wreak Havoc from Alabama to Pennsylvania
The death toll so far is 35 people in 5 states as tornados, created by rare wind conditions, march across the eastern United States. Schools, homes, churches and businesses have been obliterated. The state hardest hit is Tennessee, where Laura Edge is Managing Editor at the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
- Reporter's Notebook: Veterans- Cemeteries Quickly Filling with WWII Soldiers
One of the federal government-s biggest departments is Veterans- Affairs, which maintains 120 national cemeteries around the US. Last year, a single cemetery that serves Southern California, Arizona and Nevada held almost 8000 burials, an average of one every 15 minutes, five days a week. The Los Angeles Times- Mike Anton has been following the problem.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Congress- Lame Duck session, which begins tomorrow, will be dealing mostly with unfinished business. Government funding heads the agenda, but the showpiece could be a new department of Homeland Security. The session will also serve as the first test of how big a mandate George Bush really has and how the Democrats plan to respond. Will it begin an era of compromise, or will both sides be hunkering down for the partisan battles to come? We hear from some of the major players and commentators on both sides, including journalists from The American Prospect, Slate, a former communications director for the Republican National Committee, and Senators Patty Murray of Washington and Bill Frist of Tennessee.