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The Pulse: Bowe Bergdahl Meets With Army Investigators

The Pulse, August 6, 2014
Number 5:
People eating at a restaurant in Minnesota are seeing a new fee added to their bill.
Restaurant owners added it because of the minimum wage increases in that state.
Owners of the Oasis Cafe say they had no choice. The 35 cent fee is needed to offset the cost of giving 12 hourly employees a raise.
Some say it's not a big deal to pay a little extra to keep a small business afloat.
The wage increase is costing the biz about 10 grand a year.

Number 4:
Help is coming for veterans trying to get back in the college classroom.
Beginning in the Fall of 2015, they'll be granted in-state status at all public universities.
This is a victory for veterans organizations who say members of the military often spend long periods overseas and don't maintain residency in the states.
The bill has already received bipartisan support from congress and the president already promising to sign it soon, making it official.

Number 3:
The fragile cease-fire in Gaza is welcomed after weeks of bloodshed, but tension throughout the Middle East remains higher than ever.
Middle East experts and diplomats say the crisis in the area is the worst they've ever seen, and one of the reasons is that there's multiple conflicts happening at the same time.
While Israel and Hamas were trading fire, the terrorist group ISIS was continuing its assault in Iraq.
And, the years-long civil war is raging in Syria.

Number 2:
There are still a lot of questions about the drug that might have saved two Americans from Ebola.
It's called Z-MAPP, and it's an experimental medication not even approved by the FDA.
Yet doctors say when it was given to Dr. Kent Brantly his condition improved dramatically over the course of just one hour.
Could it be a cure?
Doctors say because there was no control and these were the first two people ever to get a trial version of the drug, more trials and studies are needed to be done, so eventually, more people can benefit and more lives can be saved.

Number 1:
An army investigator meets with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Wednesday to interview the soldier about his disappearance from his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Bowe Bergdahl will answer questions about his disappearance from an army post in Afghanistan five years ago.

The soldier's recovery in may through a prisoner swap with the Taliban came with mixed reactions; some cheered his rescue, while others renewed their questions about his disappearance. Members of his own unit called him a deserter.

Officials say the Army concluded in 2009 that Bergdahl did leave his post of his own free will, but without knowing his intent, it couldn't definitively save he was a deserter.

Bergdahl meets, Wednesday with the Army General who's leading the investigation.

Bergdahl's attorney says he wouldn't characterize the meeting as an interrogation; more like people sitting around a conference table -- at least, that's what he assumes.

Bergdahl has met with Major General Kenneth Dahl before but only briefly.

Captured as a private first class and promoted to sergeant during his absence, Bergdahl is now back on regular duty at Fort Sam Houston -- near where he underwent counseling and medical care.

The Army said, last month, he will eventually be given a position commensurate with his new rank.


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