Tuesday, July 22: Hero Returns Home

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Pfc. Jessica Lynch (search), the first of the rescued prisoners of war from Operation Iraqi Freedom (search), leaves Walter Reed Army Medical Center and returns to her home in West Virginia.

Lynch has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and POW medals and her small hometown is preparing a hero’s welcome for the 20-year-old Army supply clerk. Rebecca Gomez will bring it to us live, and we will get an interview with West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, don’t miss it.

Carlton Dotson (search) has been arrested for the murder of former roommate and missing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy (search). Mike Tobin will update us from Waco City Hall.

How can the police be certain Dotson killed his former friend when there has been no body discovered? Former prosecutor Doug Burns, defense attorney Michael Bachner and forensic pathologist Larry Koblinksy weigh in.

Is there physical evidence that can prove Kobe is guilty of sexually assaulting the 19-year-old hotel worker? If not the Kobe case may come down to ‘He said, She said’, so who will get the benefit and who will get the burden of doubt? We’ll assess the situation.

Is the district attorney up to such a high profile case? We’ll ask Carol McKinley of the Eagle County Justice Center.

Plus, how do students who can’t read pass to the next grade? Do they beat the system or is  the system broken? Who is to blame? Educator David Daubernmier and Krista Kafer, the senior education analyst at the Heritage Foundation, will debate it.

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