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April 8th, 2009
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April 8th, 2009
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Fast Forward

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Some of the stories that will be making news later today:

Residents in Fargo, North Dakota are in a race to save their city again. This morning they'll resume filling sandbags to reinforce the make-shift levees. Next week the Red River is expected to rise just a few inches shy of last month's record 40 foot crest.

At 9:30am ET former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan will be the featured speaker at a health care conference in Chicago. Greenspan is expected to discuss the current state of the economy and its impact on the nation's health care system.

A New York bankruptcy court could rule today on a request to auction off one of Bernard Madoff's seized assets – two New York Mets season tickets. Officials liquidating the convicted investment schemer's assets are hoping to sell the tickets to the highest bidder in an online auction this month. Court documents list the value of the season ticket package at $60,750.


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April 8th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Wednesday April 8th, 2009

Here are the big stories we're working on for you right now:

  • President Obama arrived back from Iraq overnight.  A full agenda on his plate after a trip to try and reestablish America’s leadership in the world.  What did his journey accomplish? Are Iraqi police & military personnel up to speed for handling operations after U.S. forces begin pulling out?  We’ll ask NATO’s former Supreme Allied Commander, who led a Congressional study on Iraqi Security forces.
  • Italy rocked by strong aftershocks – an uplifting moment amid disaster – a woman who was buried alive in the original earthquake, is pulled from the rubble.
  • Congress and Castro – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with Raul and Fidel Castro.  It’s Raul’s first face-to-face meeting with U.S. leaders since he took over the island.  This comes as the Obama administration gets ready to lift all travel restrictions on the Island.  Has decades of Cold War-era policy been a complete failure – like Fidel Castro said?
  • Stiffed by Stimulus – At first glance, it appears good on paper.  One-point-two billion in funds for Texas transportation infrastructure under President Obama's "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” but there is a growing anger in Texas over several expensive new TOLL roads being built with tax dollars.  They say that's equal to being taxed on both ends.
  • The super-generous CEO – An insurance company owner sells half of the biz and then split the proceeds with all of his employees.
  • Python Patrol – Need a job and don’t mind catching 20-foot, 200 pound snakes that dine on bobcats??  A non-profit group is trying to save the Florida everglades from pythons… and it needs your help.   We take a class on catching the beasts.

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