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CBN NewsWatch: June 24, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, June 24: NSA leaker crisscrosses the globe to avoid U.S. capture, 'Yes Jesus!' Nick Wallenda conquers the Grand Canyon; Justices rule on affirmative action, and more. Read Transcript


Wendy: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," MAN ON THE RUN,

HAS THE N.S.A. LEA LEAKER

STOPPED BY A WHISTLE-BLOWER

AND STARTED BEING A TRADER.

PLUS, TURNING GARBAGE INTO

FUEL, IT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD

IDEA, BUT COULD IT BACKFIRE

AND HURT PEOPLE INSTEAD.

AND A BLIND WOMAN WITH A

VISION AND HOPE.

HOW SHE PUTS THE LOVE OF

CHRIST IN ACTION IN A MUSLIM

STRONGHOLD.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

EDWARD SNOWDEN IS A MAN

WITHOUT A COUNTRY.

GOOD EVENING, I'M LORI

JOHNSON.

THE N.S.A. LEAKER IS ON THE

RUN, LOOKING FOR POLITICAL

ASYLUM.

HE IS HOP SCORCHING

HOPSCOTCHING AROUND THE

WORLD.

THEY ARE SCRAMBLING TO STOP

SNOWDEN BEFORE MORE TOP

INFORMATION IS RELEASED.

Reporter: EDWARD

SNOWDEN CONTINUED TO EVADE

THE NORMALLY LONG ARM OF

U.S. JUSTICE.

THE U.S. ASKED HONG KONG TO

ARREST HIM AND BEGIN THE

EXTRADITION PROCESS.

HONG KONG SAID THERE WERE

PROBLEMS WITH LEGAL

DOCUMENTS, AND ALLOWED

SNOWDEN TO LEAVE FOR RUSSIA,

DESPITE HAVING HIS PASSPORT

REVOKED.

WHAT IS INFURIATING IS

PRIME MINISTER PUTIN AIDING

AND ABETTING SNOWDEN'S

ESCAPE.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS VERY

SIMPLE: ALLIES ARE SUPPOSED

TO TREAT EACH OTHER IN

DECENT WAYS.

AND PUTIN ALWAYS SEEMS

ALMOST EAGER TO PUT A FINGER

IN THE UNITED STATES,

WHETHER IT IS SYRIA, IRAN,

AND NOW, OF COURSE, WITH

SNOWDEN.

I THINK IT WILL HAVE SERIOUS

CONSEQUENCES WITH THE UNITED

NATIONS-RUSSIA

RELATIONSHIPS.

Reporter: A SPOKESMAN

FOR PUTIN SAYS SNOWDEN'S

ARRIVAL WAS UNEXPECTED.

THEY WARNED OTHER COUNTRIES

NOT TO LET HIM THROUGH.

WHAT SNOWDEN HAS REVEALED

HAS CAUSED I IRREVERSIBLE

DAMAGE.

Reporter: SNOWDEN WAS

EXPECTED TO LEAVE RUSSIA

TODAY, FLYING FIRST TO CUBA,

AND THEN ON TO ECUADOR,

WHERE OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE

CONSIDERING HIS REQUEST FOR

ASYLUM.

BUT THIS MORNING SNOWDEN WAS

A NO-SHOW AT THE AIRPORT,

MISSING HIS FLIGHT TO CUBA.

HE PLACES HIMSELF ABOVE

THE LAW, AND I THINK THERE

ARE VERY SERIOUS

IMPLICATIONS IN THAT.

Reporter: TODAY THERE

IS GROWING CONCERN THAT THE

FORMER N.S.A. CONTRACTOR

WILL PUBLICLY REVEAL MORE

DAMAGING INFORMATION OR EVEN

PASS I IT ON TO AMERICA'S

RIVALS.

SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN

SAID ON CBS'S FACE THE

NATION, THAT SNOWDEN HAS

PERHAPS MORE THAN 200

SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS.

AND SNOWDEN SAYS HE IS

TRAVELLING WITH NUMEROUS

AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE

SECRETS.

I HAD ACCESS TO THE FULL

ROSTERS OF EVERYONE WORKING

AT THE N.S.A., AND

UNDERCOVER ASSETS ALL AROUND

THE WORLD.

SENATE DEMOCRATS SAY THEY

WILL GET THE VOTES TO PASS

AN IMMIGRATION BILL.

BUT AT LEAST ONE SENATOR

SAYS THAT BILL WILL BE DEAD

ON ARRIVAL IN THE HOUSE.

DEBATE IS RAGING IN

WASHINGTON NOT ONLY ABOUT

THE BILL, BUT ABOUT THE

DANGER IT POSSESS TO THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY.

JOHN WAGGI EXPLAINS.

Reporter: IF IN THE

G.O.P. ARE SENDING OUT DIRE

WARNINGS THAT THE PARTY IS

THROUGH IF IT DOESN'T GET ON

THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE

IMMIGRATION BILL.

IF WE DON'T PASS

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND GET

IT OFF THE TABLE, IT DOESN'T

MATTER WHO YOU RUN IN 2016.

WE'RE IN A DEMOGRAPHIC DEATH

SPIRAL AS A PARTY.

THE ONLY WAY WE CAN GET BACK

IN GOOD GRACES WITH THE

HISPANIC COMMUNITY IN MY

VIEW IS TO PASS

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION

REFORM.

Reporter: BUT MANY

CONSERVATIVES ARE CONCERNED

POLITICS IS PUSHING

LAWMAKERS TO PASS A 1200

PAGE IMMIGRATION BILL, IN

THE SAME WAY CONGRESS PASSED

OBAMACARE IN 2009, WITHOUT

EVEN KNOWING HOW IT WILL

AFFECT THE COUNTRY.

I REJECT THE IDEA THAT

HIS POLICY REFORM OF FIXING

OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION

SYSTEM, SHOULD BE DONE FOR

POLITICAL OR ELECTORAL

REASONS.

I THINK THAT IS THE WRONG

REASON, AND I THINK IT COULD

LEAD TO A BAD RESULT.

BECAUSE THEN WHEN YOU SAY

THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS FOR

POLITICAL REASONS, YOU MAY

ENDS UP SWALLOWING A BAD

POLICY OUT OF A MISPLACED

DESPERATION.

Reporter: KENTUCKY

SENATOR RAND PAUL SAYS HE

WON'T SUPPORT THE BILL AFTER

HIS AMENDMENT TO SUPPORT

BORDER SECURITY FIRST

FAILED.

BUT HE IS URGING TO

REPUBLICANS TO APPEAL TO

AMERICANS OF ALL RACES AND

AGES.

WE NEED TO HAVE THIS

OPTIMISM, THIS HAPPINESS

ABOUT OUR PEOPLE, THAT IT IS

ENTICING TO PEOPLE, AND IT

NEEDS TO APPEAL TO PEOPLE OF

ALL RACES.

WHEN WE LOOK LIKE AMERICA,

WHEN WE HAVE TATTOOS, WITH

TATTOOS, WITHOUT TATTOOS,

WITH PONY TAILS, WITHOUT

PONY TAILS.

Reporter: CHUCK

SCHUMER'S IMMIGRATION PUSH

HAS BEEN A BRILLIANT

POLITICAL STRATEGY, SHOVING

THE BENJAMIN SCANDAL TO THE

SIDE.

THIS IS GOING TO BE AN

HISTORIC WEEK FOR THE SENATE

HAS WE PASS COMPREHENSION

IMMIGRATION REFORM.

Reporter: SCHUMER ALSO

CAUTIONED ON CNN SUNDAY HE

COULD SEE A MILLION

DEMONSTRATORS MEETING ON THE

MALL IF HOUSE REPUBLICANS

TRY TO BOTTLE UP OR

SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGE THE

SENATE'S VERSION OF THE

BILL.

A SIGN THAT DEMOCRATS HOPE

WILL BE A WEDGE ISSUE TO

HELP THEM TAKE OVER THE

HOUSE IN 2014.

BUT SENATOR PAUL DOESN'T

SEEM TO BE INTIMIDATED.

IT WILL PASS THE SENATE,

BUT IT IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN

THE HOUSE.

THE HOUSE IS MUCH CLOSER TO

ME.

I THINK THEY THINK BORDER

SECURITY HAS TO COME FIRST

BEFORE YOU GET IMMIGRATION

REFORM.

Reporter: JOHN WAGGI,

CBN NEWS.

THE SUPREME COURT VOTED

TO RECONSIDER THE

CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE

ABORTION LAW.

THEY WANT THE 2007 LAW

THROWN OUT.

IT SAYS IT PREVENTS THEM

FROM TALKING TO WOMEN

ENTERING AND LEAVING THE

CLINICS.

REPUBLICANS IN THE TEXT TSX

HOUSE PASSED A SERIES OF

ABORTION RESTRICTIONS

TODAY.

IT BILL BANS ABORTIONS AFTER

THE 20th WEEK OF

PREGNANCY, AND REQUIRES

DOCTORS TO HAVE ADMITTING

PRIVILEGES AT NEARBY

HOSPITALS, AND IT LIMITS

ABORTIONS TO SURGICAL

CENTERS.

SUPPORTERS SAY THE BILL

PROTECTS WOMEN'S HEALTH.

OPPONENTS WARN IT COULD SHUT

DOWN 37 OUT OF 42 ABORTION

CLINICS IN THE STATE.

THE BILL HEADS NEXT TO THE

TEXAS SENATE, BUT DEMOCRATS

HAVE THREATENED TO

FILIBUSTER, TO KEEP IT FROM

REACHING SENATOR BILL

PERRY'S DEATH.

THEY HAVE RULED THAT A

6-YEAR-OLD BOY CAN USE THE

GIRL'S BATHROOM IN HIS

SCHOOL.

THE DENVER POST REPORTS THAT

YOUNG COY MATHIS IDENTIFIES

HIMSELF AS A GIRL.

HIS PARENTS AGREE.

THE TRANSGENDER LEGAL

DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND

FILED A COMPLAINT ON THE

FAMILY'S BEHALF, CLAIMING

THAT COY HAS BEEN

DISCRIMINATED AGAINST.

NOW HE WILL BE TREATED AS A

GIRL AT EAGLESIDE ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL, LOCATED IN FOUNTAIN,

COLORADO.

DARE-DEVIL NIK WALLENDA TOOK

AN HISTORIC HIGH-WIRE WALK

ACROSS THE GRAND CANYON.

AND HE DID IT WITHOUT A

TETHER OR A SAFETY NET.

PRAISE YOU, JESUS.

Reporter: IT TOOK NIK

WALLENDA JUST 22 MINUTES TO

COMPLETE THE DARING WALK

ACROSS THE GRAND CANYON.

HE IS A SEVENTH GENERATION

HIGH-WIRE ARTIST, PART OF

THE FAMOUS FLYING WALLENDA'S

CIRCUS FAMILY.

IN THE 1970s, HIS GREAT

GRANDFATHER, CARL, FELL TO

HIS DEATH DURING A

PERFORMANCE IN PUERTO RICO.

SEVERAL OTHER FAMILY

MEMBERS, INCLUDING A COUSIN

AND AN UNCLE, HAVE PERISHED

WHILE PERFORMING

WIRE-WALKING STUNTS.

HE SAYS HE DOESN'T SEE HIS

FEATS AS THAT RISKY.

I DON'T SEE WHAT I DO AS

BEING MORE DANGEROUS THAN A

POLICE OFFICER.

WHAT I DO IS COMPLETELY

CALCULATED.

GOD HAS GIVEN ME A UNIQUE

TALENT, AND IT IS UP TO ME

IF I TRAIN PROPERLY FOR

THAT.

Reporter: AS A DEVOUT

CHRISTIAN, HE SEES HIS

TALENT AND DESIRE TO PERFORM

AS A GIFT FROM GOD.

THANK YOU, JESUS.

THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT

GOD HAS GIVEN ME TALENTS.

I THINK GOD HAS GIVEN ME A

VERY UNIQUE TALENT AND I CAN

USE THAT TO GIVE GLORY TO

HIS NAME.

Reporter: HE SAYS HE

DOES IT ALL FOR A HIGHER

PURPOSE.

THANK YOU, LORD.

IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME

THAT EVERY TIME I DO ANY OF

THESE BIG EVENTS, I GET IN A

CIRCLE AND PRAY WITH MY

FAMILY.

AND I ALWAYS SAY, GIVE GOD

THE GLORY.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT

PEOPLE DON'T PRAISE NIK

WALLENDA, BUT THEY PRAISE

GOD FOR THESE GREAT

CAPABILITIES.

IT IS HARD TO DENY THERE IS

A GOD WHEN YOU SEE THE GRAND

CANYON.

THAT'S WHY I LIKE TO SHOW

THESE AMAZING PLACES OFF

AROUND THE WORLD.

HE SAYS FOR HIS NEXT

FETAL, HE WANTS TO WALK

BETWEEN NEW YORK'S EMPIRE

STATE AND CHRYSLER BUILDINGS

IN NEW YORK.

AND WE WISH HIM ALL THE

BEST.

COMING UP, IN EAST

JERUSALEM, A BLIND CHRISTIAN

WOMAN LEADS MUSLIM CHILDREN

TO HOPE.

THE PAKISTAN TALIBAN SAYS

IT KILLED 10 FOREIGN

MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS, INCLUDING

ONE AMERICA, IN RETALIATION

FOR U.S. DRONE STRIKES THAT

KILLED A DEPUTY LEADER.

ABOUT 15 MILITANTS DRESSED

AS POLICEMEN ATTACKED THE

CAMP.

SOME MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

MANAGED TO ESCAPE, BUT THE

REST WERE SHOT DEAD.

THEY SAID THEY CHOICE TO

ATTACK FOREIGN VISITORS TO

PRESSURE THE U.S. TO STOP

DRONE ATTACKS.

SUPPORTERS OF EGYPT'S COPTIC

CHRISTIANS MET THIS WEEKEND

IN WASHINGTON.

THEY WARNED THE GROWING

PERSECUTION FROM ISLAMISTS

UNDER MOHAMMED MORSI.

THEY QUOTED A NIGERIAN

BISHOP WHO HAS SEEN ISLAMIST

PERSECUTION IN HIS OWN

COUNTRY.

HE SAID, IF WE HAVE A

FAITH WORTH LIVING FOR, IT

IS A FAITH WORTH DYING FOR.

AND DON'T YOU -- THAT'S

US -- COMPRISE THE FAITH WE

ARE LIVING AND DYING FOR.

AND I SAID MY CONCERN IS WE

ARE COMPROMISING THAT FAITH,

WHICH OTHERS, INCLUDING THE

COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT

ARE LIVING AND DYING FOR.

I BELIEVE WE WHO HAVE

FREEDOM MUST USE OR FREEDOM

TO DEFEND THE FREEDOM OF

OTHERS.

OUR NEXT STORY GIVES NEW

MEANING TO THE PROVERB "THE

BLIND LEADING THE BLIND."

IT IS HAPPENING IN A SMALL

LEARNING CENTER IN EAST

JERUSALEM.

WHERE DISABLED PALESTINIAN

WOMEN ARE LEARNING SKILLS

THAT GIVES THEM CONFIDENCE

AND HOPE FOR A PRODUCTIVE

LIFE.

ALL BECAUSE OF A PALESTINIAN

CHRISTIAN WHO WOULD NOT

ALLOW HER OWN BLINDNESS TO

KEEP HER FROM SERVING

OTHERS.

EVERY TIME LIDIA GO GROCERY

SHOPPING, SHE FACES

OBSTACLES.

THEY ARE VERY, VERY

DIFFICULT, AND THEY NEVER

THINK OF BLIND PEOPLE, AT

LEAST NOT IN EAST JERUSALEM

OR THE WEST BANK.

Reporter: MISS LIDIA

SHOPS NOT ONLY FOR HERSELF,

BUT FOR THREE DOZEN STUDENTS

AT THE PEACE CENTER FOR THE

BLIND.

AN EDUCATIONAL CENTER SHE

FOUNDED 30 YEARS AGO IN EAST

JERUSALEM.

ALTHOUGH SHE IS A

PALESTINIAN CHRISTIAN, HER

STUDENTS ARE MOSTLY MUSLIM.

THE PURPOSE FOR THIS

CENTER IS TO HELP THESE

WOMEN TO BE INDEPENDENT.

IF WE HADN'T STARTED THIS

CENTER, MANY PEOPLE WOULD BE

LEFT WITHOUT EDUCATION,

WITHOUT A JOB, WITHOUT ANY

INTEREST, PERHAPS, IN LIFE.

Reporter: CA CARIMA

JOINED THE STAFF AFTER GOING

THROUGH THE SCHOOL'S

EDUCATIONAL TRAINING

PROGRAM.

THEY GAVE ME THE

PERMISSION TO DO EVERYTHING,

AND I FEEL CONFIDENCE IN

MYSELF.

Reporter: STUDENTS

LEARN TO READ AND WRITE,

ALONG WITH SKILLS THEY NEED

TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.

THEY CREATE PRODUCTS TO

SELL, GIVING THEM AN

OPPORTUNITY TO EARN AN

INCOME.

EACH INDIVIDUAL HAD

SPECIAL ATTENTION, AND WE

GET TO THE INDIVIDUAL, JUST

UP TO WHERE THEY NEED TO

GO.

SOME FINISH UNIVERSITIES,

AND IF NOT, THEY GO TO THE

VOCATIONAL CENTER.

AT LEAST THEY HAVE SOMETHING

TO HELP THEM IN THE FUTURE.

Reporter: MISS LIDIA

WAS BORN NEAR JERUSALEM AND

LOST HER SIGHT WHEN SHE WAS

ONLY TWO.

BUT SHE WAS DETERMINED THAT

BLINDNESS WOULD NOT HOLD HER

BACK.

AS I GREW UP, IF I TOOK

OVER SOMETHING, I WAS ALWAYS

DETERMINED TO DO IT.

IF I WAS QUITE CONVINCED

THAT THIS HAD TO BE, I

ALWAYS GOT THROUGH.

Reporter: THAT SAME

DETERMINATION IS NOW TURNING

OTHER LIVES AROUND.

MUNA COULDN'T SPEAK WHEN SHE

ARRIVED AT THE CENTER.

WEEKS LATER, HER FAMILY

NOTICED A STRIKING

DIFFERENCE.

WE WERE REALLY SURPRISED

BECAUSE SHE WAS TALKING AND

UNDERSTANDING WHAT SHE IS

SAYING.

THERE WAS A LOT OF JOY IN

THE FAMILY BECAUSE SHE ALSO

WAS HAPPY THAT SHE COULD SAY

THINGS, AND PEOPLE CAN

UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE IS

WANTING AND WHAT SHE IS

TRYING TO SAY.

Reporter: MUNA'S FATHER

UNDERSTANDS DISABILITIES.

HE OVERCOME CHILDHOOD POLIO

TO EARN A DEGREE IN

BUSINESS.

NOW HIS DAUGHTER IS ON HER

WAY TO A MORE FRUITFUL LIFE

AS WELL.

THERE ARE MANY MORE WOMEN IN

EAST JERUSALEM AND THE WEST

BANK WHO COULD USE THIS KIND

OF HELP.

I'M ALL THE TIME PRAYING

THAT THE LORD WOULD GIVE US

A BUILDING THAT WE COULD DO

ALL OF OUR WORK IN ONE --

UNDER ONE ROOF.

BUT IF WE DO NOT HAVE A

BUILDING LARGE ENOUGH, WE

CANNOT HELP HALF THE PEOPLE

THAT WE REALLY MEAN TO

HELP.

Reporter: YET SHE IS

DETERMINED TO KEEP THE

CENTER'S DOORS OPEN.

EVERYBODY IN LIFE, EVERY

CHILD, HAS TO BE GIVEN A

CHANCE TO PROVE WHAT THEY

CAN DO.

SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE

VERY SUCCESSFUL.

OTHERS, NOT.

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH

BLINDNESS AT ALL.

BUT I BELIEVE THAT EVERYBODY

SHOULD BE GIVEN AN

OPPORTUNITY.

Reporter: HEATHER

CELLS, CBN NEWS.

INSTEAD OF GOING TO A

LANDFILL, SOME SOLID WASTE

IS BURNED AND USED FOR

ENERGY.

IT MAY SEEM LIKE A GREAT

IDEA, BUT IS IT?

MARK MARTIN TAKES A CLOSER

LOOK.

LIKE A GIANT CLAW, A HUGE

CRANE SLOWLY DESCENDS INTO A

PIT FILLED WITH TONS OF

TRASH OR MUNICIPAL SOLID

WASTE, AT IT IS KNOWN IN THE

INDUSTRY.

THIS ENERGY RESOURCE

RECOVERY FACILITY NEAR

WASHINGTON, D.C. IS

COULDVANT KOVANTA'S

LATEST.

IT IS ONE OF 86 PLANTS THAT

BURNS MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

TO RECOVER ENERGY.

THIS PLANT PROCESSES AROUND

3,000 TONS OF MUNICIPAL

SOLID WASTE EACH DAY.

COMPANY LEADERS SAY THAT

PRODUCES ENOUGH ELECTRICITY

FOR 80,000 HOMES.

THE FIRST KEY TO A VERY

EFFICIENT AND CLEAN

COMBUSTION PROCESS IS MIXING

THE WASTE WELL.

SO YOU CAN SEE AND HEAR THE

CRANES BEHIND ME MIXING THAT

WASTE AND THEN SLOWLY

FEEDING IT TO THE BOILERS

THAT CREATE THE STEAM THAT

THEN MAKES THE ELECTRICITY

FOR THOSE HOMES.

HOWEVER, FOR ATTORNEY

MIKE E WA, THE CO-DIRECTOR

OF THE ENERGY NETWORK, THE

PROCESS IS DEFINITELY NOT

CLEAN.

IT IS NOT WASTE TO

ENERGY.

THEY LIKE TO CALL IT THAT.

BUT IT IS WASTE TURNED INTO

TOXIC ASH AND TOXIC AIR

EMISSIONS.

IT RELEASES A LOT OF TOXIC

METALS, LIKE LED AND

CADMIUM, AND SOME OF THE

MOST TOXIC CHEMICALS KNOWN

TO SCIENCE.

AND THE CHEMICALS GET INTO

THE FOOD SUPPLY.

Reporter: THE LEADERS

HERE MAINTAIN MEASURES ARE

IN PLACE TO COMPLY WITH

E.P.A. REGULATIONS, AND TO

PROTECT PEOPLE FROM HARMFUL

EMISSIONS.

THE REGULATIONS ON

POLLUTION CONTROL REALLY HAS

MADE IT A REMARKABLE SOURCE

OF RENEWABLE POWER.

Reporter: THEY ALSO SAY

THE ASH PRODUCED FROM THE

COMBUSTION PROCESS IS SAFELY

STORED.

UP THERE ON THAT RIDGE IS

THE ASH MONOPHIL.

THE GREY MATERIAL IS THE ASH

THAT IS PRODUCED FROM THE

BURNING OF THE MUNICIPAL

SOLID WASTE.

AND THE WHITE MATERIAL IS

THE LINER HAS BEEN PUT DOWN

TO PREVENT THE LEACHING OF

IT INTO THE RAIN WATER.

IS THERE METAL LEACHING

OUT OF THE CONCRETE, AND THE

ANSWER TO THOSE QUESTIONS

AND THE LONG-TERM MONITORING

IS NO.

IF YOU'VE DONE IT RIGHT, AND

THAT'S WHAT WE SET OUT TO

DO, AND THAT'S WHAT THE

LOCAL ENVIRONMENT AGENCIES

ASSURE THAT WE DO, THEN YOU

DON'T HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THE

ASH.

AND YOU DON'T HAVE THE ISSUE

WITH AIR EMISSIONS

ASSOCIATED WITH THESE

FACILITIES.

I AM NOT IN ANY WAY

CONCERNED FOR MY HEALTH FOR

THAT MONOPHIL.

IT IS VERY WELL-BUILT.

IT FOLLOWS STRICT GUIDELINES

FROM THE LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.

I HAVE NO CONCERNS FOR

MYSELF OR MY FAMILY AND MY

THREE KIDS WHO LIVE RIGHT IN

THIS COMMUNITY.

Reporter: MARY JANE

RAYAS ISN'T CONVINCED.

SHE LIVES ABOUT EIGHT MILES

FROM THE FACILITY.

SHE TELLS CBN NEWS SHE WANTS

TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE

DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE

COMBUSTION OF MUNICIPAL

SOLID WASTE.

WHEN I SAW THEY HAD BUILT

HOMES SO CLOSE, I SAW

CHILDREN IN THE STREET

MAILING.

PLAYING.

THEY'RE ALL SO INNOCENT.

THEY'RE POTENTIALLY GOING TO

HAVE A LOT OF YEARS ON THEIR

LIFE.

Reporter: I'M HERE IN

THE NEIGHBORHOOD BELIEVED TO

BE CLOSEST TO THE PLANT AND

THE LANDFILL WHERE THE ASH

IS DUMPED.

YOU CAN SEE THE STACK FROM

THE PLANT RIGHT OVER THERE.

EWA SAYS THE PEOPLE LIVING

IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD ARE

DEFINITELY IN HARM'S WAY.

IF I LIVED HERE, I WOULD

BE VERY CONCERNED.

I WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE IN A

COMMUNITY WHERE THERE IS

THIS MANY TOXIC CHEMICALS

COME OUT OF THE STACK AND

WHERE I WOULD BE BREATHEING

THEM, AND WHERE THE LANDFILL

GAS WOULD BE AFFECTING THE

COMMUNITY.

Reporter:

Reporter: BRUCES

BACKYARD IS BEHIND THE

LANDFILL.

IF I WERE TO LIVE HERE

LONG-TERM, IT WOULD CONCERN

ME.

THE FACT OF BEING SO CLOSE,

WE'RE NOT SURE HOW MUCH OF

IT RUNS OFF.

AND TO BE HONEST, MOST OF

THE BIGGEST CONCERN IS JUST

THE SMELL SOMETIMES.

IT REALLY CAN BE ODOROUS

AROUND HERE ON CERTAIN

MORNINGS.

THERE ARE ODORS BECAUSE

THEY'RE COMING OFF OF THESE

FACILITIES AND HAVE MANY

OTHER CHEMICALS MIXED IN

WITH THEM.

SOME OF THE CHEMICALS HAVE

ODORS.

MANY OF THE OTHER HUNDREDS

OF CHEMICALS MIXED IN TO THE

GASES, YOU WILL NEVER SMELL,

BUT THEY WILL AFFECT YOUR

HEALTH.

Reporter: CITY MANAGER

SCOTT DREW DENIES THE ODORS

ARE A PROBLEM.

THE COMBUSTION AIR COMES

THROUGH THE WALLS, AND INTO

THE UNIT, ALWAYS KEEPING THE

ODOR INSIDE.

IN THE 15 YEARS I'VE BEEN

HERE, THERE HAS NOT BEEN ONE

SINGLE ODOR COMPLAINT FROM

THE FACILITY.

Reporter: EWA'S ENERGY

DEPARTMENT DOESN'T BUY IT.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT

THIS INCINERATOR WILL BE

CLOSED DOWN.

WE WANT TO BE CERTAIN WE

STOP SENDING WASTE HERE WHEN

THE CONTRACT COMES UP IN A

COUPLE OF YEARS.

AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THE

LANDFILL STOPS OPERATING AS

WELL, BECAUSE IT SHOULDN'T

BE THIS BIG AND CONTINUE TO

EXPAND THIS CLOSE TO

RESIDENTS.

Reporter: MARK MARTIN,

CBN NEWS, VIRGINIA.

A SPECIAL GRADUATION FOR

SOME VERY SPECIAL STUDENTS.

THESE 4- TO 7-YEAR-OLDS ARE

ALL PROFOUNDING DEAF, BUT

THEY LEARNED HOW TO TALK AND

BE UNDERSTOOD AT THE CENTER

FOR HEARING AND SPEECH.

NOW THEY'RE READY TO

GRADUATE AND MOVE ON TO

CLASSES AT MAINSTREAM

SCHOOLS.

WE BROUGHT SOME

CUPCAKES.

WHAT KIND OF CUPCAKES?

GRADUATION CUPCAKES.

TO SEE HER WHERE SHE

STARTED AT TO THE POINT

WHERE SHE IS NOW IS REALLY

EMOTIONAL.

THEY MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND

WHY THEY HAVE TO WEAR CAPS

AND GOWNS, BUT THEY KNEW

JOINING THE HEARING WORLD IS

A BIG DEAL.

THEY EVEN DELIVERED SPEECHES

THEY COMMITTED TO MEMORY.

I NEVER THOUGHT SHE WAS

GOING TO MAKE IT, BUT SHE

MADE IT.

THIS SCHOOL REALLY HELPED

HER A LOT.

THE KIDS WILL BEGIN

KINDERGARTEN OR FIRST GRADE

CLASSES IN THE FALL.

THAT'S ALL WE HAVE FOR THIS

EDITION OF "NEWSWATCH."

SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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