Midday Live News Report - March 26, 2007

T.C. Cherry Pool Dome Collapses

A squirrel is to blame for a major mishap at a popular indoor swimming spot here in Bowling Green.

The Warren County Aquatics director said a squirrel bit into an electrical line leading to a power outage. That power outage then caused the dome over the T.C. Cherry pool to collapse.

Thankfully, everyone was cleared out of the pool in plenty of time.

"The dome will always hold on for 35-40 minutes. We always retract our lights down. It's just like putting a tent down. It'll take about 35-40 minutes and it'll be back up again. It's all held up by air," said Bill Goodwin, Warren Co. Aquatics director.

The T.C. Cherry pool has a back-up generator that normally prevents this problem. However, it didn't work this time.

Anna Nicole Smith Died of Accidental Drug Overdose

Authorities release the cause of death for Anna Nicole Smith.

A Florida police chief said Smith died of an accidental drug overdose. She was found unresponsive at a hotel on Feb. 8, 2007. Foul play was never suspected.

A Senator Criticizes Kentucky's Pension System

A plan to overhaul Kentucky's pension system is being criticized by Jim Bunning.

The U.S. Senator said the plan would overburden the state's financial future. Governor Ernie Fletcher and the State Senate are endorsing the idea, which calls for the state to sell about $800 million in pension bonds to give its financially troubled public retirement systems a cash infusion.

Under the proposal, future employees would no longer receive the traditional pensions enjoyed by current employees and retirees. Instead, they would have benefits more similar to private sector retirement offerings.

The plan is pending in the Democratic-controlled House, which agrees with selling the bonds but not to changes to employee benefits.

Gonzales Is Losing His Republican Support

Alberto Gonzales is losing support from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Gonzales is once again fighting for his job after the firing of eight federal prosecutors.

Already on shaky ground, this weekend Gonzales saw further erosion in his support on capitol hill.

"I believe he should step down. I think the nation is not well served by this," Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said.

Not so surprising coming from a Democrat, but three leading Republicans are now also questioning Gonzales's ability to lead the justice department.

"He has said some things that just don't add up. He has been wounded," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said.

And those wounds may have been self-inflicted. More Justice Department e-mails released this weekend indicate Gonzales attended an hour long meeting about terminating U.S. attorneys on Nov. 27, 2007. Ten days later seven federal prosecutors were fired. That seems to contradict what the embattled AG told reporters earlier this month.

"Was not involved in seeing any memos, was not involved in any discussions about what was going on," Gonzales said during an earlier interview.

"How could the attorney general say he never had a discussion about where things stood when he attended an hour long meeting on that very subject?" Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer asked.

The Justice Department insists Gonzales was not involved in choosing who would be fired, but did sign off on the final list

"I see no evidence that anything illegal was done, or improper," said Senator and Minority Whip Trent Lott .

Over the weekend, President Bush once again re-iterated his support for Gonzales. The next test of the attorney general's staying power will come March 29, 2007, when his former chief of staff, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Former Sen. John Edwards and his wife are continuing the campaign to put him in the White House.

On March 22, 2007, the couple revealed Elizabeth Edwards' breast cancer has spread to her rib. In an interview that aired last night, we learned that is not the full extent of it.

Speaking on CBS news, the Edwards presented a united front of optimism, despite the revelation that Elizabeth's cancer has spread.

"There are a couple hot spots on the bone scan in my right hip, for example," Elizabeth said.

Since announcing last week that her cancer had returned in an incurable form, the Edwards have received both support and, because of their decision to continue his presidential campaign, increased scrutiny .

"You really have two choices here. I mean, either you push forward with the things that you were doing yesterday, or you start dying," Elizabeth said.

John Edwards said he is not looking for a sympathy vote.

"That would be an enormous mistake. The vote for the presidency is far too important for any of those things to influence it," John said.

On ABC's Good Morning America, Hillary Clinton reserved judgment on her political rival's decision to stay in the race.

"It's so hard to have these intensely personal decisions played out in public. I think they are doing the very best they can to get through this together," Clinton said.

When asked what they'd do if the worst happens and Elizabeth's health deteriorates, the Edwards are unequivocally hopeful.

"It is our intention to deny cancer any control over us," Elizabeth said.

"I mean, this could kill her, and we know it. And We choose to live our lives fully and with strength and optimism," John said.

Elizabeth is scheduled to speak about cancer today in Cleveland, Ohio.


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