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August 31st, 2009
06:08 AM ET

What's on Tap – Monday August 31st, 2009

A firefighter drives away from a wall of flames August 30, 2009 in Acton, California. (Getty Images)
A firefighter drives away from a wall of flames August 30, 2009 in Acton, California. (Getty Images)

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Firefighters have lost two of their own, fighting out-of-control flames north of Los Angeles.  The wildfire has already swallowed an area the size of our nation's capital, about 66 square miles.  Right now, thousands of homes are at risk.  We are live on the front lines of the fire fight and talking to the man in charge of stopping its advance.
  • New developments in the case of the kidnapped girl, found and returned to her mother after 19 years.  You won't believe what Jaycee Dugarg's first words to mom were.  The stunning reunion taking place as authorities bring shovels and chainsaws to search a convicted sex offenders backyard.  Our Ed Lavandera will be live there with the latest.
  • Almost every high school student stresses out over taking the S.A.T's.  So why are more and more colleges making the test optional?  Today, in our American Morning series, Educating AmericaCarol Costello takes a look at whether it's really worth all those extra classes, and all those extra thousands.

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  1. james

    I feel sorry for the family's and thier children facing this wildfire in California. They should not have to be endangered by a fire that is by neighborhoods. I feel for the family that lost thier 2 loved ones (the two fire fighters that lost their lives when they fell down a hill. Are these wildfires being started by people or natural causes.

    August 31, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  2. Fran

    I saw your segment where you interviewed nurses about health care. FINALLY!!! I've been a nurse 29 years and we see more than any doctor has ever seen. Everyone wants to know what the doctor thinks. If it wasn't for the nurses, pharmacist, lab and radiology people and respiratory people, the doctor would be lost. All we've heard from doctors is that they are not reimbursed at what they think they should be. Well most doctors who see their patients in the hospital see thier patients for an avaerage of 5 minutes a day. How much should they charge for that?? Ask more nurses about the state of health care. ALso ask nurse educatros about the state of the faculty shortgage. You want to discuss low pay, ask the nurse fauculty what they make. I'm one of them. We need all of the health providers in health care. Without all of us the patient would not get adequate care with just docotors alone. Make sure nurses are at the table.

    August 31, 2009 at 8:08 am |