March 17th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

On the Radar: Education, health care, river flood watch

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will discuss President Obama's education plans.

Here’s a look at some of the stories reporters are working on Wednesday:

Education reform - Education Secretary Arne Duncan will appear before a Senate committee to discuss the Obama administration's blueprint for overhauling the No Child Left Behind Act (we'll carry Duncan's comments live). As reported, the blueprint will replace the accountability system with a new one focused on helping students graduate from high school college- and career-ready. Under the guidelines, schools that achieve excellence and show "real progress" will be rewarded.

Severe weather flooding - The Red River at Fargo, North Dakota, reached major flood stage Wednesday as the National Guard and a small army of volunteers filled sandbags to keep the waters at bay. Meanwhile, along the Eastern Seaboard, utility crews made steady progress restoring electricity after a powerful weekend nor'easter whipped the region. We'll keep an eye on the Red River and look for iReports from the area for the latest on the flooding.

Health care votes - Health care reform continues to loom over Capitol Hill, and Wednesday may be a sign of how things will unfold for Democrats as they look for a vote by Thursday. U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, plans to announce at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday how he will vote on the Democratic health care proposal. Kucinich is among liberal Democrats who have opposed the bill in its current form because they say it doesn't go far enough.

He may be a bellwether of how other liberals will vote on a bill crafted by Senate Democrats that is more moderate than they would have preferred. Kucinich's news will come as Democrats also are considering unusual methods to pass health care. Senate Democrats also will get an update at 12:30 p.m ET Wednesday on where House Democrats stand in terms of a vote count. With all of the bickering debate, we also take a look at what the bill will mean for you immediately if it passes.

Jobs bill - The Senate was scheduled to vote on a jobs bill Wednesday morning. At 10:30 a.m. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Chuck Schumer are set to hold a press conference to discuss the legislation, which we'll carry live. The bill contains about $18 billion in tax breaks and also would put $20 billion into highway and transit programs.

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