INVESTIGATORS FINALLY REACH MALAYSIA AIR FLIGHT 17 CRASH SITE
An international team of investigators has finally managed to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since it came down in eastern Ukraine over two weeks ago. Clashes along routes to the wreckage site between government troops and pro-Russian separatists had kept the delegation from reaching the spot to retrieve bodies that have been lying in open fields. The team’s also there to collect evidence from the debris field. The Ukrainian government had announced a “day of quiet” Thursday to ensure the safety of the team, though reporters on the scene say clashes were ongoing in the area. At 6:25 ABC’s Tom Rivers will join us.
COURT TAKES A NEW LOOK AT AN OLD CRIME
It’s been nearly 20 years since Timothy McVeigh committed one of the worst acts of terror in the U.S., bombing the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, a crime for which the Army veteran would later pay with his life. A second man, Terry Nichols, was convicted as an accomplice in the bombing that killed 168 people. Now an attorney from Salt Lake City hopes to prove in court that at least one other person had a hand in the slaughter. Jim Ryan has been covering the bombing since the it happened in 1995 and brings us details at 6:35.
HOUSE LAWSUIT DOESN’T STOP PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS; DRAMA ON CAPITOL HILL
The House vote to sue President Obama for allegedly abusing his executive authority won’t dissuade him from keeping up his executive action drive. President Obama’s latest move, an executive order signed Thursday, making it harder for companies with a record of labor law violations to land federal contracts. The House was supposed to vote Thursday on a 659 million dollar package to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors, but leaders suddenly pulled the bill when it became clear it didn’t have enough support to pass. It was an afternoon of drama here at the Capitol.. with some top Republicans heading back from the airport, to dive into a closed-door meeting over what to do next on a border bill. The G-O-P conference is split, with some conservatives demanding language that aims to block the president from taking new executive actions on immigration. Talks will continue tomorrow, but some members say congress won’t recess for August, until the House votes. ABC’s Ann Compton will join us at 7:10.
At 8:07, President of JC Newma Cigar Co. Eric Newman will join us to discuss the FDA’s efforts to regulate the cigar industry.
At 8:21, Jessica Brady of AAA will join us to discuss the latest on travel.
At 8:35, Tampa Bay Times Columnist Daniel Ruth will join us to discuss his show tomorrow and any other topic he feels.
At 8:51, President of the downtown Tampa Rotary will join us to discuss the club’s project of donating 100 automatic external defibrillators to the Tampa Police Department for use in patrol cars.
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