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CBN NewsWatch: May 29, 2014

On CBN Newswatch May 29: VA officials face searing questions from lawmakers, Shaky economy has college graduates nervous, and Israeli PM: We'll build everywhere in Jerusalem, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" CALLS

FOR RESIGNATION, MORE ON THE

HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS THAT IS

CAUSING MANY TO DEMAND THE HEAD

OF VETERAN'S AFFAIRS STEP DOWN.

PLUS JERUSALEM DAY.

SEE HOW RESIDENTS IN THE CITY

CELEBRATE THE HISTORIC HOLIDAY.

AND HOW SOME CHRISTIANS ARE

WORKING TO PROVIDE COLLEGE

EDUCATION IN NORTH KOREA.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." AND ANOTHER SCANDAL

ROCKING THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION.

GOOD EVENING I AM GEORGE THOMAS.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

AT THE SCANDAL, MEDICAL

TREATMENT FOR OUR NATION'S

VETERANS CALLS FOR

ACCOUNTABILITY ECHOING AS NEW

EVIDENCE OVER THE VETS AT VA

HOSPITALS COMES TO LIGHT.

LORIE JOHNSON JOINS US FROM THE

NEWS ROOM WITH MORE, LORIE?

WENDY, VA HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN

SEVERELY MISMANAGED, WHAT MANY

DON'T AGREE ON IS HOW TO FIX THE

PROBLEM.

IN A RARE LATE NIGHT SESSION,

CONGRESS GRILLED VA OFFICIALS OF

NEGLIGENCE AND COVER UP.

WHEN WERE THESE DOCUMENTS

DESTROYED?

AT THE PHOENIX HOSPITAL, FAKE

RECORDS DESIGNED TO MAKE THE

HOSPITAL LOOK GOOD INDICATE

ABOUT 2,000 VETS WAITING ONLY 24

DAYS TO SEE A DOCTOR.

SECRET RECORDS REVEAL THEY

WAITED THREE MONTHS LONGER.

AVERAGE OF 115 DAYS.

WHAT I DON'T IS, HOW YOU CAN

LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR

AND SHAVE IN THE MORNING AND NOT

THROW UP.

THERE IS NO PROOF THE LONG

WAIT TIMES CAUSED DEATH.

MANY BELIEVE THAT IS EXACTLY

WHAT HAPPENED.

THEY ARE AT FAULT WHY MY DAD

IS DEAD.

EVEN A DOCTOR PERSONALLY

WITNESSED PATIENTS DIE.

ONE WAS HAVING CHEST PAIN,

COULDN'T GET IN TO SEE HIS

DOCTOR AND DIED OF A HEART

ATTACK. IT IS NOT PHOENIX, 42

HOSPITALS ARE BEING LOOKED AT.

MANY LAWMAKERS DEMANDING VA

SECRETARY ERICK SHINSEKI BE

FIRED.

MAKING HIM A SCAPEGOAT WON'T FIX

THE VA.

IS HIM RESIGNING GOING TO GET

US TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PROBLEM

AND FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON?

THE ANSWER I KEEP GETTING IS NO.

BY THE END OF THIS WEEK THE

ADMINISTRATION WILL RECEIVE AN

INTERNAL REVIEW FROM SECRETARY

SHINSEKI HIMSELF.

PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY

REFUSED TO SAY IF THE PRESIDENT

STILL HAD FAITH IN THE AFFAIRS.

GEORGE, BACK TO YOU.

JOINING US IS VERNA JONES.

DO YOU THINK SECRETARY SHINSEKI

SHOULD STEP DOWN?

THE AMERICAN LEGION CALLED

FOR HIS RESIGNATION BEFORE THE

REPORT CAME OUT.

ONCE WE KNEW THE ALLEGATIONS AND

HAD GONE OUT TO PHOENIX AND

TALKED ABOUT TO VETERANS AND

EMPLOYEES THEMSELVES, WE KNEW IT

WAS TIME FOR SECRETARY SHINSEKI

AND TWO UNDERSECRETARIES TO

STEP.

TO JOHN BOEHNER'S POINT, WILL

IT FIX THE PROBLEM OR IS THERE

SOMETHING MUCH DEEPER THAT NEEDS

TO HAPPEN?

WELL, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO

START OVER.

THE VETERANS NEED TO HAVE THE

FAITH RESTORED IN THE SYSTEM.

I THINK THE WAY TO DO THAT IS

FOR SECRETARY SHINSEKI AND

UNDERSECRETARIES STEP DOWN AND

FIX THE PROBLEM.

RIGHT NOW IT SEEMS LIKE ALL THE

FOCUS IS ON THE SCANDAL AND HOW

AND WHAT HAPPENED, NOW WE NEED

TO START TO FIX IT AND REBUILD

THAT SYSTEM SO WHEN VETERANS GO

TO THE VA HEALTH CARE FACILITY,

THEY ARE GETTING GOOD TIMELY

TREATMENT.

VERN A, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING,

ARE VETERANS LOSING FAITH IN THE

SYSTEM THEY HAVE COME TO DEPEND

ON?

SURE, WE RECEIVED SO MANY

PHONE CALLS FROM VETERANS, THEY

ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED AND

CONCERNED.

THEIR FAITH IN THE SYSTEM IS

FADING FAST.

THE AMERICAN LEGION IS STANDING

BY.

WE WANT TO HELP THE VA SO

VETERAN'S FAITH CAN BE RESTORED.

THEY DESERVE A SYSTEM SET UP FOR

THEM SO THEY CAN RECEIVE GREAT

HEALTH CARE.

VETERANS DESERVE THAT.

TERRIFIC.

VERNA JONES, THANK YOU FOR

JOINING US ON THE BROADCAST.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

WENDY?

WENDY: THE U.S. ECONOMY

SHRANK IN 2014, GROSS DOMESTIC

PRODUCT FELL 1%.

THAT AFTER EARLY GOVERNMENT

ESTIMATES PREDICTED THE ECONOMY

WOULD GROW BY 0.1% IN JANUARY

AND MARCH.

MANY EXPECT A REBOUND IN THE

APRIL-JUNE QUARTER.

AS GRADUATES LEAVE SCHOOL,

SOME WORRY THEY WON'T FIND JOBS.

SOME EXPERTS SAY THERE ARE MORE

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CLASS

2014.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM REPORTS.

REPORTER: JOBLESS RATE FOR

COLLEGE GRADUATES IN 20S IS

10.1% STILL HIGH, DOWN SINCE

2012.

IT IS ENCOURAGING NEWS FOR MANY.

SOME ARE STILL SKEPTICAL THEY'LL

LAND THE JOB THEY WANT.

I AM A LITTLE AFRAID.

I STARTED MY OWN GRAPHIC DESIGN

COMPANY WHILE I WAS IN SCHOOL.

MOST STUDENTS HOPE TO FIND A

JOB IN THEIR AREA OF STUDY.

MANY SETTLE FOR POSITIONS THAT

HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR

DEGREE.

ANALYSTS SAY THE ECONOMY

SUFFERS.

THE FACT THAT WE HAVE SO MANY

GRADUATES THAT ARE NOT WORKING

OR NOT WORKING IN THE SKILLS

THEY HAVE, THAT IS PART OF THE

GAP AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

WHAT WE COULD BE PRODUCING AS AN

ECONOMY AND WHAT WE ARE

PRODUCING.

STUDY CONDUCTED

EMPLOYERS

PLAN

TO

HIRE

8.6% MORE

GRADUATES.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, I

ALREADY FOUND A JOB AND VERY

HAPPY.

I AM VERY EXCITED.

ACCORDING TO THE NAC,

AVERAGE

SALARY IS UP 1.2% SINCE 2013.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

MOVING OVERSEAS, 14 UKRAINIAN

SOLDIERS INCLUDING A GENERAL ARE

DEAD AFTER PRO-RUSSIAN

INSURGENCE SHOT DOWN THEIR

HELICOPTER NEAR THE EASTER CITY

OF SLOEVIAN.

THE VIOLENCE COMES AS CLASHES

BETWEEN PRO-RUSSIAN GROUPS AND

FORCES CONTINUE ACROSS UKRAINE.

ANOTHER PRO-RUSSIAN GROUP

HIGHLIGHTING THE DIFFERENCE IN

THE AIMS OF THE VARIOUS

INSURGENT GROUPS.

NEARLY 300 GIRLS KIDNAPPED BY

BOKO HARAM AND WAGING WAR ON HIS

COUNTRY AND THE SECURITY OF HIS

NATION IS NOT NEGOTIABLE.

PUT AN END TO TERRORISM ON

OUR SOIL.

ALSO USING ANY MEANS NECESSARY

TO INSURE THIS IS DONE.

I ASSURE YOU THESE TALKS WILL BE

DONE.

BOKO HARAM BEGAN ITS DEADLY

RANT FIVE YEARS AGO, THIS YEAR

2,000 DEATHS BLAMED ON THAT

GROUP.

MUSLIM REBELS STORMED A

CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE CENTRAL

AFRICAN REPUBLIC KILLING UP TO

30 PEOPLE.

GUNS AND GRANADES ON HUNDREDS

WHO SOUGHT REFUGE.

VIOLENCE ROCKED THE CAPITAL CITY

SINCE MUSLIM COALITION OUSTED

THE PRESIDENT.

MUSLIM REBELS ATTACKED

CHRISTIANS LEAVING SOME TO FALL

MILITIA AND FIGHT BACK.

BOTH HAVE FOUND SANCTUARY IN THE

CITY'S CHURCHES.

ISRAELIS CELEBRATED JERUSALEM

DAY.

AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS, IT IS

A SPECIAL DAY IN

HISTORY.

ON JUNE 7TH, 1967, ISRAELI

TROOPERS HEADED TO THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY

2000 YEARS, THE JEWISH PEOPLE

CONTROLLED THE OLD CITY AND THE

WESTERN WALL.

JERUSALEM REUNITED UNDER ISRAELI

SOVEREIGNTY.

MANY JEWS AND CHRISTIANS CALL

THAT BATTLE A MIRACLE AND A

HISTORIC TURNING POINT.

THAT IS WHY EVERY YEAR ISRAELIS

CELEBRATE JERUSALEM DAY.

REPORTER: JERUSALEM DAY

MARKED BY THOUSANDS COMING OUT

TO THE STREETS, WAVING FLAGS,

DANCING, SINGING, IT IS ONE SIGN

OF HOW IMPORTANT JERUSALEM IS TO

THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS

IS OUR HISTORY.

THIS IS OUR CAPITOL.

THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD THINKS OF

US.

REPORTER: ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

DECLARED, ISRAEL WILL CONTINUE

TO BUILD EVERYWHERE IN JERS ERS

JERUSALEM.

JERUSALEM WAS UNIFIED 45

YEARS AGO AND JERUSALEM HAS

DEVELOPED AND WE MEET HERE EVERY

YEAR IN ORDER TO INSURE THIS

PROSPERITY WILL BE GREATER AND

CONSTRUCTION EVEN BROADER AND

FLORISH EVEN MORE.

PALESTINIANS WANT IT TO BE A

CAPITAL OF A PALASTINIAN STATE.

THERE CAN BE NO PEACE AGREEMENT

WITHOUT JERUSALEM.

SECOND HOLY PLACE FOR THE

MUSLIMS IN THE WORLD.

FOR THE PALESTINIANS, AN

ADDITION,

NO ABILITY WITHOUT

JERUSALEM.

REPORTER: POLICE

SHUT DOWN

THE TEMPLE MOUNT SOME

WANTING

TO

PRAY ON

THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

CURRENT RULES PREVENT ANY

NON-MUSLIMS FROM PRAYING AT THE

SITE.

MANY BELIEVE BECAUSE OF THIS

TENSION, THE TEMPLE MOUNT COULD

BECOME MORE AND MORE OF A FLASH

POINT IN THE FUTURE.

*

IN THE MEANTIME, ISRAELIS

CELEBRATE REUNIFICATION OF THE

CITY.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN

NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

FOR MORE OF CHRIS'S EXCLUSIVE

COVERAGE OF ISRAEL, CHECK OUT

"JERUSALEM DATELINE," YOU CAN

FIND BOTH AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

COMING UP, LOOK AT THE FIGHT

TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN

THAILAND.

DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN HOUSE

MEMBERS COMING TOGETHER TO STOP

SEX TRAFFICKING.

FBI ESTIMATES 289,000 KIDS ARE

AT RISK OF BEING TRAFFICKED AND

ADDRESS TRAFFICKING WITHIN

FOSTER CARE AND IMPOSE GREATER

PENALTIES AS WELL AS ENCOURAGE

STATES TO STOP TREATING MINORS

AS CRIMINAL PROSTITUTES BUT SEX

TRAFFICKING VICTIMS.

IN THAILAND HOME TO THE

WORLD'S LARGEST SEX INDUSTRY.

EACH YEAR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

TOURISTS TRAVEL TO THAILAND FOR

SEX.

ONE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY IN THE

HEART OF BANGKOK HELPING THOSE

FIND A WAY OUT.

LUCILLE TALUSAN.

REPORTER: AT AGE 14, MIN

QUIT

SCHOOL.

SHE LEFT

HER

RURAL

HOME TO WORK

IN BANGKOK.

HERE SHE MET A MAN THAT GOT HER

PREGNANT.

AFTER GIVING BIRTH I BROUGHT

MY SON TO THE PROVINCE, I WAS

ENTICED TO GO INTO

PROSTITUTION.

REPORTER: MIN HAD TO FACE THE

D. I WAS ALWAYS DOING DRUGS

AND DRINKING.

ONE TIME SOMEONE SMOTHERED MY

FACE WITH A PILLOW SO I CRIED TO

GOD TO HELP ME AND I SURVIVED

THAT NIGHT.

REPORTER: A FEW MONTHS LATER

A CHRISTIAN INTRODUCED HER

TONIGHT LIGHT MINISTRY.

WE GET TO READ THE BIBLE AND

WORSHIP.

HE GAVE ME A NEW LIFE AND NOW I

WANT TO SERVE HIM.

NIGHT LIFE TRAINS WOMEN TO TRAIN

THEMSELVES.

FOUNDER ANNIE

SAYS

PROSTITUTION

AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAVE

INCREASED IN THAILAND SINCE THE

MINISTRY STARTED IN 2005.

THAILAND HAS VERY GOOD

ANTITRAFFICKING LAWS

,

EXCELLENT.

VERY HARD TO ENFORCE THEM.

THERE IS A LOT OF CORRUPTION.

REPORTER: LAST YEAR NIGHT

LIGHT ASSISTED 26 TRAFB

TRAFFICKED WOMEN MOSTLY FROM

UGANDA.

GOD

LONGS FOR THE WOMEN TO

HAVE A WAY OUT.

REPORTER: CBN'S ORPHAN'S

PROMISE PROVIDED FUNDS TO

REMODEL THE CENTER TURNING THE

GROUND FLOOR INTO A COFFEE

SHOP.

THIS IS THE LOCATION OF THE

CITY LIGHT COFFEE SHOP ORPHAN'S

PROMISE HELPED BUILD HERE IN

BANGKOK.

THE

LOCATION IS VERY STRATEGIC.

IT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF TWO BARS

AND THE NIGHT LIFE MINISTRY

TOGETHER WITH ORPHAN'S PROMISE

WILL BE ABLE TO REACH OUT TO

MORE WOMEN AND EVEN THE MALE SEX

SERVANTS.

MEN AND WOMEN CAN COME IN OFF

THE STREET TO GET A GOOD CUP OF

COFFEE AND PEOPLE THERE TO BEGIN

RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM AND OUT

OF THOSE RELATIONSHIPS, WE EARN

THE RIGHT TO GIVE THEM HOPE.

REPORTER: THE CENTER IS USED

FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP,

CHRISTIAN PARTIES AND MEDICAL

CLINIC

CLINICS.

GOD HAS GIVEN ME A BURDEN FOR

THE WOMEN IN THE STREETS.

I INVITE THEM TO THE PARTIES AND

PAINT THEIR NAILS AND SHARE

CHRIST WITH THEM TO GIVE THEM

HOPE.

REPORTER: TOGETHER NIGHT LIFE

AND ORPHAN'S PROMISE ARE GIVING

MORE AND MORE WOMEN LIKE MIN A

BETTER OPPORTUNITY FOR A NEW

LIFE.

LUCILLE TALUSAN, CBN NEWS,

BANGKOK.

UP NEXT, HOW A CHRISTIAN

BACKED UNIVERSITY IS WORKING TO

BRING MORE EDUCATION TO NORTH

KOREA.

NORTH KOREA IS THE WORLD'S

TOP PERSECUTOR OF

CHRISTIANS,

YET IN THE HEART OF PYONGYANG IS

A CHRISTIAN BACKED

UNIVERSITY.

THE

SCHOOL IS WORKING TO

BRING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION TO THE

ELITE.

GARY LANE EXPLAINS IN TONIGHT'S

FOCUS REPORT.

REPORTER: GRADUATION

CEREMONIES ARE COMMON

OCCURRENCES THIS TIME OF YEAR AT

AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNITS.

THIS IS NO IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS,

THESE 44 STUDENTS ALL MALES

RECEIVE THEIR DIPLOMAS IN NORTH

KOREA.

IT IS A FIRST TIME EVENT.

NEVER BEFORE HAVE SCIENCE AND

TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS GRADUATED

FROM A FOREIGN FUNDED, FOREIGN

STAMPED UNIVERSITY IN THEIR

COUNTRY.

IN 2011, UNIVERSITY FOUNDER AND

PRESIDENT JAMES SHEN KIM

APPEARED ON "THE 700 CLUB"

SHORTLY AFTER THE UNIVERSITY

OPENED.

DIFFERENT BECAUSE NORTH KOREANS

LIVE IN A CLOSED MILITARISTIC

SOCIETY.

RARELY ARE THEY GIVEN ACCESS TO

FOREIGNERS AND WESTERN IDEAS.

HERE THEY LEARN COMPUTER

ENGINEERING, AGRICULTURAL AND

LIFE SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL

FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT.

HOUSING AND MEALS FAR EXCEED

QUALITY OF OTHER NORTH KOREAN

UNIVERSITIES.

THEIR PROFESSORS ARE FOREIGNERS

LIKE THIS INSTRUCTOR WHO LIKENED

HIS HOME WORK EXPERIENCE TO

TEACHER'S HEAVEN.

BECAUSE WE GIVE THEM HOMEWORK

BUT TELL THEM ONLY DO FIVE.

THEY USUALLY DO TEN.

ON THE WEEKEND, MAYBE SOMETIMES

YOU HAVE TOO MUCH HOMEWORK NO

HOMEWORK, BUT THEY DO IT ANY

WAY.

REPORTER: WHILE THE SCHOOL IS

BACKED BY EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS

IN SOUTH KOREA AND UNITED

STATES, THE UNIVERSITY DOES NOT

PROMOTE CHRISTIANITY.

KIM SAYS HE IS NOT A COMMUNIST

OR CAPITALIST, HE IS A LOVIST

BUILDING BRIDGES OF PEACE ON THE

KOREAN PENINSULA.

BEFORE HE STARTED THE UNIVERSITY

HE WAS ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF

BEING A C.I.A. SPY.

HE RESPONDED WITH LOVE BECAUSE

HE WANTED TO BUILD BRIDGES OF

PEACE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA.

WHO HAS TO PAY THE PRICE?

REPORTER: MOST OF THE CLASS

OF 2014 GRADUATES SAY THEY'LL

EITHER CONTINUE THEIR ADVANCED

STUDYS IN EUROPE OR IMMEDIATELY

BEGIN WORK, GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

UP

NEXT, HOW

OPERATION

BLESSING IS PROVIDING ONE

COMMUNITY WITH LOCAL FOOD.

FINALLY TONIGHT OPERATION

BLESSING IS HELPING A LOW

INCOME

COMMUNITY IN

VIRGINIA.

THAT'S RIGHT, TEAMING UP WITH

JUAN

SOKOR AND TURNED THE CITY

OF

NORFOLK INTO A

COMMUNITY

GARDEN.

THEY

PLANT

AND

PREPARE THE

GARDEN AND OPERATION BLESSING

BOUGHT 300 PLANTS INCLUDING

EVERYTHING NECESSARY FOR

HYDROPONIC BOXES.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

NOTHING LIKE A FRESH GARDEN

TOMATO.

CAN'T BEAT IT.

TOMATO

SANDWICHED.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

GOOD NIGHT, EVERYONE.

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