This program is 29 minutes long
(Palm Beach County, Florida: Mark Potter) The battle against the fires in Florida featured; scenes shown of flames and smoke; photos shown of Forestry Rangers Josh Burch and Brett Fulton, who were killed. [Florida Division of Forestry Gary CARPENTER, Frank BRIGHT- comment on the fatigue and the need for rain.] [Wildfire emergency incident commander Jim KARELS- comments on the deaths of Burch and Fulton.]
(Cochise County, Arizona: Miguel Almaguer) The impact of the Monument fire in Arizona featured; scenes shown of burned-out houses. [Residents James TUNSTALL, Dora PERADA, Barbara REEVES- react.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) The government’s order for new, graphic warnings on cigarette packages featured; images shown; 1964 footage of Surgeon General Luther Terry warning of the risks of smoking and cigarette warning labels through the years shown; details given about opposition from tobacco companies. [HHS Secretary Kathleen SEBELIUS – says everyone is going to know exactly what risks they’re taking.] [FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret HAMBURG- says kids will be confronted by a different reality.] [New Yorker Tewasontahawitha PORTER, Washington, DC resident Andy MOLLISON- comment on the labels.]
(White House: Chuck Todd) President Obama's speech tomorrow in which he will reveal details on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan previewed; details given about the measures of success laid out in 2009. NOTE: technical glitch in this report.
(Studio: Andrea Mitchell) The official entry of former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman into the Republican presidential primary race featured; details given about the problems with his announcement event and the controversy over his stand on abortion; web ads shown. [HUNTSMAN – speaks.] [McCain/Palin 2008 communications strategist Mark McKINNON- outlines Huntsman’s positions.] [NBC political analyst Charlie COOK- says Huntsman could be the strongest of the bunch.] More resignations from Newt Gingrich’s staff and Mitt Romney’s effort to trade a one dollar bill to a little boy when he only had 100s noted. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s gaffe about social media discussed. [PERRY – says you can follow me on “Tweeter.”]
(Johannesburg: Kristen Welker) The historic visit by First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters and her mother to South Africa reviewed; photos shown of them with former President Nelson Mandela, touring a museum with Mandela’s wife and reading “The Cat in the Hat” at a day care center. [NBC’s Rohit KACHROO- says these countries share a painful racial history.] [Former political prisoner Ahmed KATHRADA- describes Mandela’s outstanding qualities.]
(Paterson, New Jersey: Ron Allen) Violin teacher Nathan Thomas’s mission to teach music to kids despite being laid off from the middle school where he worked featured; scenes shown of the Paterson Strings Ensemble practicing with violins bought by Thomas and of their recital. [THOMAS – talks about the kids’ progress; says it’s the right thing to do.] [Student Jesus ROLON- praises Thomas.]