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April 20th, 2009
06:56 AM ET

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Congress gets back to business today after a two-week spring recess. The Senate will convene at 2pm ET. Before leaving town, both the House and Senate passed versions of the president's proposed budget. Now lawmakers must work out a final version.

Throughout the day in Colorado, vigils will be held for victims of the Columbine shootings. It was 10 years ago today that 13 people were killed when two students went on a shooting rampage before killing themselves.

At 9am ET, a suit brought by Hurricane Katrina flooding victims will finally go to trial. The four-week trial won't have a jury. A federal court judge will decide whether the Army Corps of Engineers should be held liable for failed levees that caused catastrophic flooding in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish. Billions of dollars in damages are at stake.


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April 14th, 2009
07:01 AM ET

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At 10am ET, a government watchdog group releases its annual report on pork barrel spending better known as the congressional "pig book." The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is expected to include some 340 pet projects in this year's budget totaling more than four-billion dollars.

At 11am ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit the Department of Homeland Security. She'll be joined by Secretary Janet Napolitano. The first lady's office says the goal of the agency tour is simply getting to know the community.

At 11:30am ET, President Obama will give a major speech on the ecomony. He'll talk about how the specific steps the administration is taking fit the broader vision of economic recovery.

Later today in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a conference focusing on Haiti. She will discuss how the U.S. and other countries can provide aid to the poorest country in the Americas. Secretary Clinton travels to Haiti on Thursday to meet with that country's president.

All day long we're keeping a close eye on the flooding in North Dakota. The National Weather Service says the Sheyenne River is headed for a crest at around 22 feet in the next couple of days. That river empties into the Red River near Fargo, which is also in danger of reaching a second flood crest this week.


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April 13th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

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At 10am ET President Obama and the First Family play host to some 30-thousand people for the traditional White House Easter egg roll on the south lawn.

A town full of Bernie Madoff victims is getting its day in court. Fairfield, Connecticut claims it lost tens of millions of dollars in employee pensions in his 65 billion dollar ponzi scheme. A judge will decide whether to lift the freeze on assets of investors who allegedly served as "feeder funds" for the scam.

At 1pm ET a life-line from the tax man. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman delivers a speech at the National Press Club highlighting the agency's new plan to help taxpayers in financial distress. It allows IRS employees to adjust or defer tax payments for people having trouble paying their taxes.

At 11:35am ET President Obama and Vice President Biden will speak at a Transportation Department event highlighting road and infrastructure projects funded by stimulus money. The focus is a 68-million-dollar project in economically-depressed Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Investigators in New Hampshire are sifting through the ashes and trying to determine what sparked a massive fire that burned through dozens of summer cottages at a christian center. High winds fanned the fire, which broke out yesterday. No one was injured.

Tonight the New York Mets christen their brand-new ballpark Citi Field. The Mets will host the San Diego Padres in the first-ever regular season game at Citi Field. The bailed-out financial giant Citigroup paid 400-million dollars for the naming rights, which, as you might imagine has created some controversy.


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April 8th, 2009
06:59 AM ET

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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 6th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

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Airlines are getting higher marks for "quality of flight." This morning the Department of Transportation will officially release the results of an annual industry study by private researchers. It says airlines did a better job last year when it came to rates of lost bags, late arrivals, passengers bumped from flights and consumer complaints

Singer Chris Brown will be in court in Los Angeles this afternoon for his arraignment on felony assault charges. Brown is accused of attacking his girlfriend, singer Rihanna. The celebrity website TMZ is reporting that Brown will make a deal so that Rihanna doesn't have to testify.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates will announce which of the multi-million dollar weapons programs will be cut or delayed today. It's an effort to reign in defense spending, which has soared 72 percent since 2000. Depending on which programs are affected, thousands of jobs could be cut.

A Big Apple landmark goes green. This morning at 11am ET, Former President Bill Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on hand as the Empire State Building unveils its groundbreaking new energy efficient technology.

The Boston Red Sox are hoping to have Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy throw out the ceremonial first pitch this afternoon at Fenway Park. The BoSox play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in their season opener. Ted kennedy, as you know, has been battling brain cancer for the past year.

And it's the "last dance." North Carolina and Michigan State will meet tonight in college basketball's national championship game. The Tar Heels are favored. The teams played back in December and North Carolina won by 35-points. But the Spartans should have a real home-court advantage with the final being played at Detroit's Ford Field.


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April 3rd, 2009
07:00 AM ET

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Here are some of the stories that will be making news later today:

At 8:30am ET – The Labor Department releases its March unemployment report. Economists expect a loss of more than 650-thousand jobs and a jump in national unemployment rate to 8.5 percent. If they're right it would be a record four straight months with job losses topping 600-thousand.

Iowa's supreme court is expected to issue a ruling this morning on whether the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. A national gay rights organization sued the state on behalf of six gay and lesbian couples who were denied marriage licenses

The Coast Guard is preparing to move about 4.7 millions of gallons of oils stored near Alaska's Mount Redoubt. The volcano has had 18 major eruptions in just two weeks – but has quieted in the past 48 hours. Officials fear a massive oil spill at the storage facility that's just 22 miles away.

While we could all use a vacation, Congress is getting two weeks. After today, lawmakers are scheduled to start their spring-Easter vacation. They reconvene on April 20th.

Disgraced former NFL star, Michael Vick, is expected to take the stand around 9am ET this morning in his own chapter 11 confirmation hearing. The proceeding is meant to determine how he will emerge from bankruptcy. Vick's fortune was depleted after his arrest for involvement in a huge dog fighting ring.

And at one o'clock ET this afternoon – Demonstrators will stage a protest rally in New York against bailouts for the big banks. Their "bail out the people" march on Wall Street will call for a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.


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