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(CNN Student News) -- August 30, 2006

Quick Guide

One Year Later - Join Gulf Coast residents at prayer vigils and ceremonies marking Katrina's one-year anniversary.

Iran's Nuclear Ambition - Find out how Iran is defending its nuclear program and issuing a new challenge to President Bush.

What's in a Name? - Consider the name of the game behind a candidate's political race against New Mexico's governor.



MONICA LLOYD, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Welcome to Student News Glad to have you along. I'm Monica Lloyd. In the gulf coast, there were prayers to remember and promises to rebuild. A battered region observes the passing of a year, since Katrina. Iran's president holds a news conference -- with a nuclear rebuke to the U.N. and a challenge for President Bush. And in New Mexico, everyone knows him as "Bill". And that may be the problem. Whose playing politics with the governor's nickname, and why.

First Up: One Year Later

LLOYD: First up today we go to the Gulf Coast where people are marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Up and down the coast storm survivors held services to remember the dead yesterday, one year to the day after Katrina made landfall. President Bush paid respects in New Orleans with prayers and promises for ongoing aid. Despite a year of rebuilding, the recovery is far from complete. And as Carl Azuz explains, residents will never forget this storm of a lifetime.


CARL AZUZ, CNN REPORTER: When the levees broke, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin marks the anniversary of a storm that decimated his city. A year after Hurricane Katrina, his message was of progress and of hope.

MAYOR RAY NAGIN, NEW ORLEANS: The dollars are there for us to move forward. We're just having a problem getting them quickly to the people that need it the most. And once that happens, we're going to see an economic revival that this nation has not seen in a long time.

AZUZ: But on Tuesday, many residents along the Gulf Coast were looking back, reflecting on how their lives had changed. Vigils, prayer meetings, a sunrise service in Mississippi -- all in remembrance of a storm that killed more than 18-hundred people.

U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: This is an anniversary, but it doesn't mean it's an end. Frankly this is just the beginning of what's going to be a long recovery.

AZUZ: You can see that all over the Gulf Coast. Heaps of debris are still piled around New Orleans. Trailers sit in front of houses too damaged to live in. Lives are moving at a crawl toward normalcy.

MAN ON STREET: It's like simple things -- going to your neighborhood McDonald's. You can't do that.

WOMAN ON STREET: Trying to get your family back together, because families just scattered everywhere -- my family's everywhere.

AZUZ: But there is a sense of purpose amid the pain. One city official said residents weren't finished; they had made it, and he encouraged them to move forward together. The hope is that on the next anniversary and the ones that follow, the debris and destitution will fade, if the memories don't. Carl Azuz, CNN Atlanta.


Is This Legit?

CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: Is This Legit? Hurricane Katrina was the most intense storm ever to make landfall in the U.S. Answer: False.

Disasters & Stress

LLOYD: The physical damage from Katrina is well known. For many storm victims the psychological effects have been just as devastating. After natural disasters, doctors can often see cases of "post-traumatic stress disorder"... Or PTSD. Judy Fortin reviews the symptoms that accompany PTSD.


JUDY FORTIN, CNN REPORTER: It's estimated 70-percent of us will go through a traumatic event in our lifetime, including natural disasters...but that doesn't mean we'll all suffer emotionally.

DR. BARBARA ROTHBAUM, EMORY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: Most of us do, if you want to use the term, recover. Most of us do process it and get past it, so it is not currently interfering with our life.

FORTIN: Dr. Rothbaum predicts about ten percent of the U.S. population will end up with chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. She says there are three classes of symptoms. Sufferers can re-experience the trauma, often through haunting nightmares. The second class involves avoidance and numbing symptoms, when people don't want to talk about or be reminded of the trauma. Dr. Rothbaum describes the third category.

ROTHBAUM: This is where we see problems sleeping, difficulty concentrating, irritability, outbursts of anger, people are jumpier.

FORTIN: She calls these natural responses to trauma and says most people recover over time. If the symptoms of PTSD last more than a month, Dr. Rothbaum says it may be time to seek professional help. With today's Health Minute, I'm Judy Fortin.


Iran's Nuclear Ambition

LLOYD: Iran's president is challenging President Bush to a televised debate. But the White House promptly dismissed the proposal by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a distraction to international negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. In a wide-ranging news conference yesterday, Ahmadinejad asserted his country's right to pursue a peaceful nuclear program. No matter what the U.N. says. Aneesh Raman puts those remarks in context.


ANEESH RAMAN, CNN REPORTER: Hours ahead of a U.N. deadline Iran's president, reveling in the flash of cameras, was, from the start, eager to change the subject. And within minutes he issued a challenge to the U.S. president.

IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD: Mr. Bush, the President of the United States should participate in a direct television debate with us - discussing world affairs, how to end world predicaments so we can have voice our point of view, and they too can view our point of view - but the condition is that there should be no censorship, especially for the American nation.

RAMAN: An unlikely prospect, but a sign that Iran sees itself as the balancing power to the United States. Its president the leading voice for disenfranchised Muslims worldwide, a key reason Iran will not back down amid the nuclear dispute and calls for suspension of its nuclear program.

RAMAN ASKS AHMADINEJAD: Is suspension of the nuclear program at all on the table for any talks that might take place?

AHMADINEJAD: Access to peaceful nuclear energy and power is the right of the Iranian people -we've chosen our right and under international law we want to use our right - nobody can prevent us from it.

RAMAN: And that is what the U.N. will now have to decide...Will it invoke sanctions in an effort to prevent Iran from having a nuclear program? Or will Iran's calls for peaceful negotiations give enough reason for the U.N. to avoid confrontation and embark on a new round of talks.

From Iran's president a clear message, not just that the country will not meet the U.N. deadline set for Thursday, but that he sees this country as setting the diplomatic tone for the entire world. It is Iran not just desiring a prominence in the region, but to be seen as a rising, if not indisputable power in the world. Aneesh Raman, CNN, Tehran.


Word to the Wise

AZUZ: disenfranchise: (verb) to deprive of a right or privilege

Source: www.dictionary.comexternal link

What's in a Name?

LLOYD: New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has plenty of name recognition. The democrat has served in Congress and the White House Cabinet... And represented the U.S. at the U.N. He's even considered a possible presidential candidate. But as he campaigns for re-election, an opponent thinks he's found a weakness. It's not a scandal, but rather Richardson's nickname. Sasha Andrade explains the strategy.


SASHA ANDRADE, KOAT ACTION SEVEN NEWS: He's one of New Mexico's top politicians, and is well known across the nation. But this man says Bill Richardson does not exist...the name "Bill Richardson" that is.

ANSELMO CHAVEZ, CONTESTING THE GOVERNOR: He cannot hold office, he cannot run for office, he cannot even vote.

ANDRADE: Meet Anselmo Chavez. He wants to be your next governor, and claims he's already won the primary election over Richardson,even though he never campaigned for office.

CHAVEZ: Why would I need to spend a dime when I only needed one vote. That's exactly the amount of votes I need. One legal vote, and I win.

ANDRADE: Chavez' claim may sound outlandish, but he says Richardson registered to vote under his nickname 'Bill' instead of his legal name 'William.'

CHAVEZ: It's irrelevant if it's Billy the Kid, he cannot run as Billy the Kid either.

ANDRADE: The secretary of state's office says a candidate for office must register to vote using their legal name. And that name goes on the ballot. And according to Chavez, the name the governor must use is

CHAVEZ: William Blaine Richardson, or William B Richardson, he can't do anything else, other than that he's not there, he does not exist.

ANDRADE: Chavez has filed a notice of election contest with the district courthouse claiming he, with his alleged 'one vote', should be the nominee for the democratic party.

CHAVEZ: How far am I gonna take it? Until I win.

ANDRADE: The fairly unknown politician is hoping to knock out this political heavyweight in a battle of names.


LLOYD: According to CNN affiliate, KOAT, the Richardson campaign says the complaint that's being filed "lacks merit" and they're asking for an immediate dismissal.


LLOYD: Teachers, get the most out of CNN Student News by using our free classroom materials available at Today's Ten Questions are available at our web site to help you test your students on today's stories. Streaming video, plus a complete transcript of the show, all at your fingertips at

Before We Go

LLOYD: Before we go, let's catch you up on the diamond action, at the Little League World Series. A team from Columbus, Georgia, is getting hometown honors today with a big parade. In Pennsylvania Monday the American squad beat Japan 2 - 1 to win this year's championship. It's the second straight year that an American team has won the title. Last year, Hawaii beat Curacao in extra innings.


LLOYD: And safe at home we wrap up this edition of Student News. Join us again tomorrow. I'm Monica Lloyd.


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