Wear Your Seatbelts

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Buckle up

On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching its national "Click it or ticket" campaign.

The program was created for traffic officers to enforce seat belt laws in the effort to get more Americans to buckle up.

The administration says 82 percent of the nation currently wears its seatbelt, the highest mark ever.

Blair and Bush Tea Party

President Bush is hosting his most loyal ally one last time.

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair will arrive Wednesday evening for a farewell visit. Blair plans to leave office at the end of June.

Aides say the two will discuss Iraq, Afghanistan, trade and global warming, among other topics.

Bush says Blair is a "remarkable person" and that he will miss him.

French Politics

A new political era begins in France. President Nicolas Sarkozy was officially inaugurated at an elaborate ceremony in Paris, Wednesday morning.

The conservative leader replaces Jacques Chirac, who was in power for twelve years.

Sarkozy  is urging tolerance in French society and asking his countrymen to "rehabilitate the values of work, effort, merit and respect."

Sarkozy says the defense of human rights and global warming are his foreign policy priorities.

Remembering Jerry Falwell

Funeral services for Rev. Jerry Falwell are planned for Tuesday in Lynchburg, Virginia.

However before sending him away, Falwell advocates like Liberty University's Ron Godwin would like to recognize his accomplishments. "He was a man of great optimism and great faith. He has left instructions for those of us who have to carry on and we will carry out that charge faithfully," says Godwin. 

Falwell founded the school in 1971. It was originally called Lynchburg Baptist College.

Falwell was the conservative founder of the Moral Majority. Some say this group was partly responsible for electing Reagan in 1980. His social message always included strong stances against abortion, stem cell research, and homosexuality.

Falwell died from an apparent heart failure at the age of 73.

Columbia Enjoys Fresh Air

Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week continues Wednesday night. The event is to encourage people to get out of their cars and walk or bike instead.

The events include a presentation on keeping kids safe by a Columbia police officer. It starts at 6:30 P.M. at the Columbia Public Library.

There's also a meeting from at 7:00 P.M. at the Daniel Boone Building where biking and pedestrian issues will be discussed.

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