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September 7th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

A soldier's sacrifice

Two of the biggest challenges of the Obama administration intersect in our story, “A soldier’s sacrifice.”

Back in July, Army Specialist Greg Missman was killed in Afghanistan when his convoy was hit by an IED. The explosion cut short what was Missman’s second stint in the Army. He had left the military 11 years ago but came back for one reason: health insurance.

Last year, Missman lost his job as a computer consultant. And Missman’s father Jim says his son was worried about providing health insurance for his family. Specialist Missman had a four-year-old son, Jack.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Health • Politics
September 7th, 2009
06:25 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday September 7th, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • We're heading toward a final showdown on health care reform.  After months of passionate debate, the president is about to say something we haven't heard before.  Exactly what he wants to see in health care reform.  What you will hear in his speech this Wednesday night in Prime Time.
  • How many added airline charges are you willing to take?  In the first three months of the year, U.S. airlines took in a half billion dollars by making you pay for checking your bags.  And now there's another way to make you pay… think of a fast pass at the amusement park.
  • And what would a Labor Day show be without a trip to the beach?  Our Rob Marciano is taking his road show to Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Where the surf's up and the pros are hangin' 10.
  • No sun and fun off the coast of Cape Cod.  Several great white sharks spotted off the beach, tagged for the first time in the Atlantic Ocean. And we're not reading from the script of "Jaws."  Why the beaches could be quiet this Labor Day in New England.

Filed under: What's On Tap
September 7th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

Rob's Road Show – Send in your ideas

Rob's Roadshow

CNN's Rob Marciano is hitting the road this summer.

Surf's up! Today he's at the 24th Annual NKF Pro-Am Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

So far he's been to:

  • Dog Days – Mystic Seaport, Connecticut
  • National Tractor Pulling Championships – Bowling Green, Ohio
  • World Yo-Yo Contest – Orlando, Florida
  • World's largest yard sale – Dunlap, Tennessee

Where he goes, nobody knows...

But you can decide his next stop – send us your ideas!

Filed under: Rob's Road Show
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