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Former President Jimmy Carter Hospitalized

By: David Shepherd & News Sources – Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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Former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized in Cleveland.

NBC News has learned the former President fell ill on a flight to Cleveland while on his way to a book signing.

The White House said this afternoon that President Barack Obama called Carter from Air Force One.  White House Spokesman Bill Burton said Carter was feeling great and planned to resume his book tour Wednesday.

MSNBC is reporting a Carter Center official told NBC News that Carter became airsick while on a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta and vomited.

“While on a flight to Cleveland, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter developed an upset stomach, and, upon arrival, was taken to Metro Health Hospital for observation,” according to a statement from the center. “He is resting comfortably and is expected to resume his book tour this week.”



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New Details: Gunman Kills Himself on Campus; Search For a Second “Suspect”

 By: David Shepherd [dshepherd@wtwo.com] – Tuesday, September 28, 2010


NEW DETAILS:  The first gunman is dead and a possible second “suspect” is at large, according to NBC affiliate KXAN – TV in Austin, Texas.  Police are looking for possible explosives that may have been left behind.Civil Defense sirens can be heard going off all over campus alerting students of the potential danger. 

We are learning more about the shots fired inside the library.  KXAN is reporting the gun used was an AK-47.  Reports say the gunman wore a suit and a ski mask.  The name of the gunman has not been released as police focus on the possibility of a second suspect and possible explosives.

First News Update:  NBC News has learned a suspected gunman fired shots in the library at the University of Texas in Austin before fatally shooting himself.

 The campus remains on lockdown and classes have been cancelled as police search for a possible second gunman on the campus,


 according to a post on the university police department’s Facebook page.

 The university says no one else has been hurt.

 An alert message was sent out to students and staff at 9:48 a.m. (local time) saying, “A suspected shooter in PCL library is dead.  Law enforcement are searching for a second suspect.  If you are off campus, STAY AWAY.  If you are on campus, lock doors, do not leave your building.”

 I’m getting new information in and will update the story as those details become available.

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Economy Improves Slowly; Indiana’s Governor Remains Concerned

By: David Shepherd [dshepherd@wtwo.com] – Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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TERRE HAUTE, IN — The Obama administration is claiming economic progress, but not everyone is so sure our worst times are behind us. 

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said Sunday he remains concerned about the economy and says Washington needs to get it in gear.

Earlier this week, there was good news on the housing market.  Housing starts surged last month well beyond what economists had forecast, but it’s still not enough to stifle talk of a double-dip recession.

The governor says, “I’ve been worried for some time that the economy still looks fragile to me and I don’t think we could rule out the possibility that it slumps again.  Let’s just hope not.”

While hoping for the best, Daniels says he’s planning for the worst as the job market continues it’s long struggle.  “Indiana is adding jobs at 3 and a half times the national rate.  But the national rate is so darn slow that it’s not getting us nearly where we need to be.”

Part of the governor’s plan is to continue a push to draw more people to the state.

“Keeping taxes down, keeping Indiana an attractive place for the jobs that are being created is number one,” explained the governor.

Gov. Mitch Daniels - (R) Indiana

As Daniels continues his plans to jump-start the state’s still slumping economy, he’s calling on lawmakers in Washington to do their part.

“Let’s just hope that Washington begins to take pro growth, pro jobs policies.”

This, as the Obama administration admits progress is coming in slow increments.

The President said last week,  “We stopped the bleeding, stabilized the economy, but, the fact of the matter is, the pace of improvement has not been where it needs to be.”

Another key to Daniel’s economic plan is finding a way to keep the state’s budget in the black without raising taxes for already struggling Hoosiers.  It’s a task that gets more difficult the longer the job market remains fragile.

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