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Proposed budget would hurt veteran care

WASHINGTON - At least tens of thousands of veterans with noncritical medical issues could suffer delayed or denied care in coming years to enable President Bush to meet his promise of cutting the deficit in half - if the White House is serious about its proposed budget.

After an increase for next year, the White House budget documents assume a cutback in 2008 and further cuts thereafter.

But the White House doesn't seem serious about the numbers. It says the long-term budget numbers don't represent actual administration policies. Similar cuts assumed in earlier budgets have been reversed.

Officials: Work remains to protect nation

WASHINGTON - A year after a sweeping government reorganization began, the agencies charged with protecting the United States against terrorist attacks remain troubled by high-level turnover, overlapping responsibilities and bureaucratic rivalry, according to former and current officials.

Progress has been made, most of the officials say, toward one critical goal: the sharing of terrorist threat information from all agencies at the National Counterterrorism Center. But many argue that the biggest restructuring of spy agencies in half a century has bloated the bureaucracy, adding boxes to the government organization chart without producing clearly defined roles.

Man guilty in shooting

of high school coach

CANTON, Texas - An East Texas jury on Monday found a man guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of a high school football coach. Jeff Doyal Robertson faces a sentence of two to 20 years.

Gary Joe Kinne was critically injured when he was coach of Canton High but has recovered and coaches at Baylor University.

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