On the Radar: Louisiana flooding, Iran hikers, college shooting, Newt Gingrich
A bathtub in the yard of a home in Cairo, Illinois, on Wednesday, surrounded by Mississippi River water.
May 11th, 2011
07:52 AM ET

On the Radar: Louisiana flooding, Iran hikers, college shooting, Newt Gingrich

Louisiana flooding - As many as three million acres in Louisiana could be flooded by the surging Mississippi River, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is urging residents to take precautions immediately. Rising water could reach levels unseen since 1927, which has many people fearful. The region is still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Flooding has already forced casinos in Tunica, Mississippi, to close. About 600 people in Tunica have had to leave their homes.

Iran hikers trial delay - The trial of two American men whom Iran accuses of spying has once again been delayed. A Swiss diplomat tells CNN that Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were not brought from jail to the courthouse Wednesday, and that no reason was given. Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran. Sarah Shourd, a third U.S. citizen who was arrested on the border between Iraq and Iran in 2009 along with Fattal and Bauer and also accused of espionage, refused to attend Wednesday's hearing. Shourd, Bauer's fiancee, was released from an Iranian jail on bail last year and allowed to leave Iran on "humanitarian grounds."  Shourd said she would not return because she was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder after spending 14 months in Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

California college shooting - Three people have been killed in a shooting in a parking garage on the campus of San Jose State University. Police say it's unclear if the victims were students. The identities of the deceased have not been released pending autopsy results.

Newt Gingrich's presidential run? -  The former Republican speaker of the House is expected to officially announce Wednesday that he's running for the White House in 2012. He's already been traveling to some of the early primary states like Iowa. At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Gingrich took jabs at President Barack Obama.

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  1. bigdog4x4

    we have lake meads water level droping and we have flood in the mid section of the u s almost every year. we are the greatest country in the world why cant we build an awesome aqua duct to fill lake mead from the mid section and solve two problems at once. the amount of money we spend on rebuilding after every flood season would pay for the project and put thousands of people to work.

    May 11, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    @ bigdog- you took the words out of my mouth. I was coming here to promote a pipeline to the west. To be put in drought areas for comsumption of the people and to fight the fires that take homes at this time of the year. Not only could this solve the drought but also create jobs. It would have to have water stations and open and close valves to pipe the water and control it at various times of the year.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. YIKES!!!

    @Bigdog4x4 and Scottish Mama... Great ideas! The other story, SJSU is not far from here. Curious to know if those killed were students or transients from the down town San Jose area. By day light the area is not too bad, but at night... I would't walk the streets without a form of personal protection. The surrounding areas are more so, ghettos... Kinda like being in a foriegn country right here in the usa

    May 11, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Michael: so?

    May 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jj

    newt gingrich. go away you power mad penga! havent heard from this guy in how long? now he wants to run against obomba? what a flippin joke! we gotta get obomba out but he certainly isnt the answer.

    May 11, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @JJ: Shut up maggot.

    May 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cmello

    @bigdog – I agree, great idea. I live in California. We have a "water imbalance" in this state so we have the California Viaduct which moves water from the northern part (which gets all the snow in the Sierra Nevada Mtns) down to the central valley and the southern parts of the state where they need water. But we are all in one state so building the viaduct was a one state issue. You need interstate cooperation to handle your water problems in the midwest - a Midwest Multi-State Water Resources Management Board - to get the viaduct built or federal government involvement. Why doesn't Congress address this issue instead of some of the silly stuff they argue about???

    May 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drap

    Really Newt..already bored and tired of number #3. truly funny... .

    May 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jj

    im not a maggot cesar. have 2 jobs and actually contribute to society instead of sucking off the govt like gaysar. have a nice day

    May 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SANDY


    May 12, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Observer1290

    Obama is either a liar or insane:


    May 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |