Midday Live News Report Headline - March 23, 2007

Iraq Terrorism

Terrorism was compounded with treachery today in the latest Iraq bloodshed. It was an assassination attempt on the country's deputy prime minister. He survived, but nine others did not.

The would-be assassin is the man's own bodyguard.

It was betrayal from within. A security guard blew himself up inside the house of Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister, Salam Al-Zobaie. Minutes later the guard's car, parked outside, also exploded. Zobaie, who was praying at the time of the explosions, was injured. He was taken to the U.S. military hospital inside Baghdad's green zone - six of his aides were killed.

Zobaie, one of two deputy prime ministers, is a moderate Sunni politician. The attack on the deputy prime minister appears to be just the latest in a series of attempts by extremists to derail the new U.S. backed peace plan.

Last month, a bomb inside the public works ministry wounded the Shiite Vice President, Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Six people died in that attack.

On March 22, 2007, a rocket landed close to Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki's residence as he was in the middle of a press conference with U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

According to U.S. officials, extremists linked to Al Qaeda are doing all they can to provoke sectarian conflict, as Iraq's politicians try to bring an end to the fighting that has torn their country apart.

Bush Promises to Veto Bill to Pull Troops from Iraq

The house is expected to vote shortly on a bill that would require President Bush to pull combat troops from Iraq before next September.

Bush has promised to veto the bill.

Elizabeth Edwards' Cancer Returns

Politics turns personal this morning as Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth reveal her cancer is back .

They've decided, though, his campaign will go on.
After making the announcement John Edwards was back on the campaign trail at a fundraiser in New York City.

Today, March 23, 2007, the couple will campaign in Los Angeles.

Tubby Leaves Kentucky

A man synonymous with UK basketball is packing up and heading north.

Tubby Smith is to be introduced this afternoon as the new head basketball coach of the University of Minnesota. Word spread yesterday of Smith's departure from the Bluegrass.

Now, UK's athletics director is under pressure to find a successor for the successful program. Former UK standouts are being considered for the position.

Tubby said the change in jobs will give him a new life and a new start.

Kentucky's Own Spends Last Days as Miss USA

Kentucky's Tara Conner is spending her last day as Miss

A successor will be chosen tonight on the nationally-televised pageant. Organizers said the show will spotlight how Conner nearly lost her crown.

The Russell Springs' native endured intense scrutiny after reports that she was spending at lot of time in New York bars.
Conner underwent a stint in rehab and held on to her crown after Donald Trump decided to give her a second chance.

Fletcher Signs Minimum Wage Bill

If you make minimum wage you could soon see an increase in your check this summer.

Governor Ernie Fletcher has signed the minimum wage bill. That means Kentucky's minimum wage will increase from $5.15 an hour to $5.85 beginning July 1, 2007. Minimum wage will increase again July 1, 2008 to $6.55 an hour and a third time to $7.25 an hour July 1, 2009

If the federal minimum wage is increased beyond Kentucky's minimum wage, the state's wage would change accordingly.