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Sad Sunday

This has been a very busy Sunday.  Several stories are still unfolding tonight.  We have been following a plane crash near the airport in Lexington, Ky.  49 people died this morning in a Comair commuter jet headed for Atlanta.  There was one survivor.  Sources tell NBC News tonight that the plane may have taken off on the wrong runway... on a runway that was too short for this plane to properly takeoff.  NBC's Tom Costello will have the latest.  And NBC's Lester Holt takes a closer look at air safety.

Also... Ernesto is a hurricane and it now appears to have its sights set on Cuba... and then the west coast of Florida.  It has already prompted some evacuations in the Florida Keys and the rest of Florida is on alert for the possibility that the storm could hit the state sometime this week.  We'll have the latest from NBC Weather Plus and from NBC's Ron Mott.


The other major story today is the release of two Fox News journalists held hostage by a militant group in Gaza.  Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were let go early this morning and described their experience at the hands of the kidnappers.

As we approach the one year anniversary of Katrina... NBC's Carl Quintanilla takes a look at the recovery in New Orleans and how life has changed since the hurricane.

Those are some of the stories we're covering today.  We are still gathering information and we'll have the latest tonight.  We hope you'll join us.