On the Radar: Wildfires, GOP debate, jobs speech and Lee's remains
Thomas Polly tries to open a fireproof gun safe with his father at their burned home Wednesday near Bastrop, Texas.
September 8th, 2011
06:38 AM ET

On the Radar: Wildfires, GOP debate, jobs speech and Lee's remains

Texas fires - Wildfires continue to rage in Texas. One fire near the Texas capital has charred thousands of acres as of Thursday and prompted evacuations as officials bring in more resources to help local emergency crews. Authorities are working to pinpoint the cause of the fire in Bastrop County, which has killed at least two people. An elite search team is helping local officials look for victims. The fire near Austin started Sunday and has spread across 33,000 acres, forcing the evacuations of at least 5,000 people, officials said. At least 576 homes have been destroyed in the county and that total is expected to increase, officials say. Watch hundreds of animals be rescued

Republican debate ahead of jobs speech - GOP candidates took turns blasting President Barack Obama at the latest Republican presidential debate Wednesday night.  It was Texas Gov. Rick Perry's first debate since entering the race last month and he and Mitt Romney went at each other over job creation, Social Security and other issues. The CNN tea party debate is Monday. That debate will likely be informed by whatever Obama says tonight in an anticipated speech about how he's going to create jobs. CNN will carry the speech live at 8 p.m. ET. It's unclear how much Obama's plan will cost. Some are figuring as much as $400 billion. It includes large investments in infrastructure and unemployment assistance.

What's left of Tropical Storm Lee - The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are dumping heavy rain and prompting flood advisories from Washington, D.C., to western New England. Several rounds of heavy rain are in store for much of the region the next couple of days, with an additional 2 to 6 inches forecast - and in isolated cases as much as 10 inches, according to the National Weather Service. "These rains may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," a weather service advisory said. Watch for updates on Lee and other storms on the National Hurricane Center's site.

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  1. reality

    Any good news CNN?

    September 8, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Why were the republicans debating Obama?
    It seems to me they pretty much agree they want to replace Obama...
    Was it a contest to come up with the best basher joke?

    September 8, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Come on mr president we have fuel taxes for infrastructure and Unememployment how is that helping the jobs How about build houses for the homeless that would put people to work Mournining banasy

    September 8, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    Morning gung and Banasy.
    Perry really wants to be pres. Romney would be the better president. With that said gung, I still would not vote for either.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    CNN hosting a tea party republican debate Isnt that like inviting the K K K to a black panther party isnt it

    September 8, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    Morning moma as i was telling joey last night i believe i would have to vote for obama

    September 8, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    You get any rain from the cane moma

    September 8, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |


    September 8, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. william choate

    Re. Gov Perry high Texas jobs created last 3 months. That is not hard to do with destroying a thousand
    homes by delayed and reduced fire response [compare first 911 call to arrival times of equipment], job
    security for more firemen, demolition contractors, to little, too late disaster relief administrators, etc.
    The real economic recovery will come from gainful, truly productive jobs.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    No rain on our plain, gung but it is alot cooler here. gung I think the sky is going to open up if you vote Obama. I would think this is a troll trolling you. I watched some of the debate and it seems they are going at each other a bit more and will as the election date nears.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Recollections of North Hollywood c. 1986

    Soory about posting this "off-topic" story here, but the proper thread (Arkansas hot tub) has heavy traffic. I feel it is an important story to tell, for it might tell what has become of many of our missing children.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Recollections of North Hollywood c. 1986

    1.) According to the FBI's website, over 2,000 children go missing each and every day, and that"s just in the USA...not the entire world. 2.) The FBI's crime lab reports that roughly 3/4ths of these missing children are found and returned home, or they are simply runaways who return home on their own. Also, only about 100 missing children are found dead each year, leaving 500 per day unaccounted for.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Recollections of North Hollywood c. 1986

    (please bear in mind that the graphic details that I'm about to describe would be readily apparent to each of you, if this were a video post. So kindly keep your racist remarks in check. ty)

    September 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Recollections of North Hollywood c. 1986

    3.) While touring Hollywood I was running low on 35mm film for my trusty Nikon F1, so I found a camera store. I was in North Hollyood kind of off the beaten trail, an old habit of mine. Sure, Warner Brothers studio was cool...but I like to see the real America too,

    September 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Recollections of North Hollywood c. 1986

    4.) I found this camera store, and the sign in the window told me that the store should have been open for over an hour already, but it was still closed.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
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