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VA. Tech panel may face limits on its inquiry

Published April 29, 2007


RICHMOND, VA. - As the nation looks to Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine's commission to answer questions raised by the April 16 massacre at Virginia Tech, the panel could face limits on its authority that would hinder its ability to answer key questions about the tragedy. Unlike a court or a congressional inquiry, panel members said they will not have the power to subpoena people to give testimony. Because of laws protecting privacy, the commission is not sure how deeply it can probe Seung-Hui Cho's mental condition in the months leading up to the rampage that left Cho and 32 of his victims dead. The panel also is trying to figure out what evidence the state police can turn over to it, said Philip Schaenman, the commission's staff director.


Recall ruled out in case of hogs

WASHINGTON - Two federal agencies said Saturday a continuing investigation affirms that the risk to humans from hogs that may have eaten contaminated pet food is very low and that no recall is warranted. The government said last week that 345 of 6, 000 hogs that may have eaten the food are believed to have been placed on the path to slaughter, but that almost all are still on farms in California, New York and South Carolina. "At this time, we have no evidence of harm to humans associated with the processed pork product, and therefore no recall of meat products processed from these animals is being issued, " the Food and Drug Administration and Agriculture Department said in a joint statement.


Marchers protest recovery effort

NEW ORLEANS - The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Ray Nagin led hundreds of marchers Saturday to the crumbling houses that still dominate the Lower 9th Ward to draw attention to the area's slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Jackson said the Bush administration and much of the nation had largely forgotten the working class and mostly black hurricane victims in the Lower 9th, while areas that draw tourists and more affluent sections recover more quickly.


Diggers find bones of ancient camel

PHOENIX - Workers digging at the future site of a Wal-Mart store in suburban Mesa, Ariz., have unearthed the bones of a prehistoric camel that is estimated to be about 10, 000 years old. Arizona State University geology museum curator Brad Archer hurried out to the site Friday when he got the news of the find. Officials have agreed that the bones will go on display at ASU.


Former senator hurt in mugging

CHICAGO - Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun suffered a broken wrist when a mugger tried to steal her purse and she fell during a struggle, authorities said Saturday. Braun was standing at her front door late Friday when the man came out of the bushes and tried to take her purse, her spokesman said.


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