- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 5, 2001

Storm threatens coastal flooding
NEW ORLEANS A nearly stalled Tropical Storm Barry rumbled off Louisiana yesterday, and residents braced for coastal flooding as forecasters warned it would strengthen and threaten a wider swath of the Gulf Coast.
Meteorologists said the erratic tempest, barely clinging to its tropical storm status with winds just above the threshold of 39 mph, could flood parts of the southeast Louisiana coast and bring heavy rain to the shores of Mississippi, Alabama and western Florida.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Barry's threat to Louisiana had increased and issued a tropical storm warning stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River, on the Mississippi state line, to Grand Isle, located 50 miles south of New Orleans, which was also under the warning.

Governors fault education bill
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Governors from both parties agree the education bill currently moving through Congress has a desirable goal of requiring more accountability for public schools and some problems.
Democrats complain the testing program will force states to pay for new federal requirements. And a leading Republican governor says his colleagues haven't been given enough of a role in overseeing related state legislation.
Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening, the current chairman of the National Governors' Association (NGA), said it was important for political leaders to provide "not just the rhetoric, but the resources."
The Democratic governor said the legislation would impose new pressures on schools to perform without providing adequate resources to make those improvements.
Michigan Gov. John Engler, the incoming chairman of the NGA, said Congress hasn't given governors enough of a role in overseeing education reforms in their states.
"I think Congress made a mistake when they didn't adopt the … amendment which would have given governors a key role in adopting state education reform plans," said Mr. Engler, a Republican.

Bush aides' salaries disclosed
President Bush pays his top staff more than his predecessor did but overall his White House payroll is less, a magazine reported yesterday.
U.S. News & World Report said on its Web site (www.usnews.com) that Mr. Bush's senior aides receive an annual salary of $140,000 compared with $125,000 staff earned under President Clinton.
This includes White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, advisers Karen Hughes and Karl Rove, legal chief Alberto Gonzales, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and economic adviser Lawrence Lindsay.

HUD tightens up on home program
Federal officials are demanding repayment of about $1.2 million from 54 police officers and teachers who defrauded a program that helped them buy houses in return for living in poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Federal housing officials also say they have tightened controls on the program, which was suspended for four months because of fraud and mismanagement. The program resumed last week.
"While most of the officers and teachers who purchase houses through these programs play by the rules, there is no doubt we needed to implement more aggressive monitoring and tighten controls," Housing Secretary Mel Martinez said.

Storm leaves one dead, six missing
PIKEVILLE, Ky. A storm swamped parts of Kentucky and Tennessee, causing flash floods that damaged roads and houses and trapped people in their homes and cars. One person was killed and six were missing, authorities said yesterday.
More than 4 inches of rain fell Friday night on the rugged hills northwest of Pikeville, the National Weather Service said. Water had started receding yesterday and rescue squads were trying to reach areas where witnesses reported seeing vehicles stalled by rising water.

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