June 14th, 2010
09:17 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf disaster, Arkansas floods, van der Sloot

Gulf oil - President Obama will visit the Gulf states affected by the oil spill Monday and Tuesday. On his fourth visit to the Gulf region since the disaster began April 20, Obama will make stops in Theodore, Alabama; Gulfport, Mississippi; and Pensacola, Florida, according to senior administration officials. After returning from the two-day trip, Obama will make a televised statement from the Oval Office on the night before he is scheduled to meet with top BP officials.

In response to the government's order for BP to step up efforts to collect more oil from the runaway well, BP said it has a plan to contain more than 50,000 barrels of oil per day by the end of this month, according to a letter obtained by CNN. With estimates changing over the past few days about how much oil actually is spewing each day, BP began deploying pressure sensors on its ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in an effort to fine-tune estimates.

Arkansas campground deaths - One person remained missing Monday from last week's flash flood at an Arkansas campground that left 19 dead, and "there's still a possibility there could be others," Gov. Mike Beebe told CNN.

Funerals for two of the victims killed in the flooding were scheduled for Tuesday. Those who escaped the waters are sharing their stories of what happened and the terrifying moments when some of them realized their family members were missing.

Van der Sloot confession - Joran van der Sloot said he elbowed murder victim Stephany Flores Ramirez in the face before strangling her and then suffocating her with his own shirt, according to transcripts of his confession released by Peruvian authorities.The transcripts give shocking details of the murder that van der Sloot is accused of and also gives the public its first glimpse of why he says the alleged murder took place.

"There was blood everywhere," van der Sloot said in the transcripts. "What am I going to do now. I had blood on my shirt. There was also blood on the bed, so I took my shirt and put it on her face, pressing hard, until I killed Stephany."

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    2. a drilling of the two relief wells finished in mid-august after 100,000,000 more gallons of oil spilled

    June 14, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
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  3. Blake Rogers

    pressure sensors are great for remote pressure measurements and they very accurate too':;

    October 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    pressure sensors that are designed for weighing scales are sometimes expensive',-

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    November 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
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