This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: John Yang) The challenge of paying back student loans featured; average debt cited; details given about the doubling of the interest rate for Stafford loans in July. [3 STUDENTS – cite their debts.] [University of Illinois at Chicago director of financial aid Tim OPGENORTH- says the default rate could go up.] [“Today” financial editor Jean CHATZKY- notes the impact on the broader economy.]
(Studio: Brian Williams, Chuck Todd) The agreement between Obama, rival Mitt Romney and other Republicans that this situation has to change, Obama’s election-year visits to swing states and Romney’s claim of victories in tonight’s primaries discussed. The status of Newt Gingrich’s campaign noted.
(Greensboro, North Carolina: Lisa Myers) The testimony from Andrew Young in the trial of former Senator John Edwards for violating campaign finance rules reviewed; details given about the search for money to support Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter, the money from heiress Rachel Mellon and Edwards’ reaction to Hunter’s pregnancy; Young’s remarks quoted; courtroom sketches shown. [Legal analyst Hampton DELLINGER- comments on Young’s testimony.]
(Studio: Robert Bazell) A new case of mad cow disease found in Hanford, California featured; details given about the BSE disease and the outbreak in Britain in the 1980s and ‘90s; scenes shown of patient Jonathan Simms. [USDA veterinarian John CLIFFORD- says this animal did not enter the food supply; says the announcement should not disrupt trade.]
(Detroit: Kevin Tibbles) The impact of Detroit’s financial troubles on the city’s fire department featured; excerpts from the documentary film “Burn” shown. [“Burn” co-director Tom PUTNAM- notes the firefighters can get hurt or killed.] [Detroit fire commissioner Donald AUSTIN- says every problem seems to generate another problem.] [“Burn” co-director Brenna SANCHEZ- says it’s not a typical place in terms of fire.]
(Burbank, California: Kristen Dahlgren) Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki from Burbank, California profiled; scenes shown of the White House honors with President Obama. [MIELIWOCKI – credits other teachers; says the future of our nation depends on educators.] [STUDENT, OBAMA, Luther Burbank Middle School principal Brian O’ROURKE– comment on Mieliwocki.]