This program is 29 minutes long
(New York: Tom Costello) The focus on the alertness level of engineer William Rockefeller in the investigation into the deadly train derailment in New York City reviewed; fire department radio transmissions played; animation shown. [Rockefeller’s friend Michael McLENDON, NTSB Earl WEENER- comment on Rockefeller’s role in the accident.] [Modoc Railroad Academy David RANGEL- notes the monotony of driving a train could possibly lead you to zone out.]
(Chicago: John Yang) The concerns of city workers that their pensions will be cut featured; courtroom sketches by Jerry Lemenu shown with remarks from Judge Steven Rhodes quoted; details given about risks to public worker pensions in other states and cities, including Chicago; map shown of states with at-risk pensions. [City worker Donald SMITH – comments.] [Detroit emergency manager Kevyn ORR- says it has to be done.] [University of Illinois at Chicago Chris MOONEY- comments on the decision of some governments to give workers bigger pension benefits rather than pay raises.]
(Duluth: Mike Seidel) The weather forecast for cold and snow presented; maps shown.
(Studio: Rehema Ellis) The results of PISA international tests of 15-year-olds in 65 countries reviewed; details given about the drop in the US ranking in math, science and reading and the impact of America’s child poverty rate. [Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development Angel GURRIA- says the US performance remained fundamentally flat.] [Education Secretary Arne DUNCAN- says we’re running in place.] [Harvard University Paul PETERSON- says Asian countries are doing well because they make it clear to their students how important education is.] [In Shanghai, STUDENT – says he wants to have a better future and do some contribution to society.]
(White House: Chuck Todd) President Obama’s campaign to re-pitch health care and the HealthCare.gov website reviewed; details given about the plans for a new event every day. [OBAMA – says we’ve learned not to make wild promises about how smooth it’s going to be.] [“Consumer Reports” Nancy METCALF- advises buying insurance quickly.] [Insurance shopper Pam ZOOK- reacts to the improved website.] [America’s Health Insurance Plans Robert ZIRKELBACH- notes concern about insurance companies getting inaccurate information on the new enrollees.] A warning about scams mentioned.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) New details about North Korea’s detention of 85-year-old American Merrill Newman examined; details given about his service as a commando team leader who trained South Koreans to go behind enemy lines during the Korean war and his plans to visit his former troops in South Korea before he was pulled off his plane; video shown of Newman signing a confession. [Friend Allen HEDGES, wife Lee NEWMAN- comment.] Reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un purged his uncle from leadership noted. [Former New Mexico Governor Bill RICHARDSON- says Kim is acting differently than his father.]
(Ridgewood, New Jersey: Katy Tur) The tribute by police in Ridgewood, New Jersey for 10-year-old Michael Feeney, who died of bone cancer, featured; photos shown of Michael acting as chief for a day. [Police Chief John WARD, father Jack FEENEY, local business owner Sue STOLL, CLASSMATE - talk about Michael.]