This program is 29 minutes long
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) Breaking news on a shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas featured; details recalled about the shooting by Maj. Nidal Hasan in 2009.
(Los Angeles: Mark Potter) The impact of a powerful earthquake in Chile featured; scenes shown of damaged boats, people running, flooded streets; map shown of the “ring of fire” zone of seismic & volcanic activity; details given of concern about the Puente Hills fault in Los Angeles. [Seismologist Lucy JONES – comments on preparations in Los Angeles for the “big one.”] [Los Angeles Mayor Eric GARCETTI- worries about complacency.]
(Supreme Court: Pete Williams) The Supreme Court ruling striking down the ceiling on how much a person can give for total political contributions examined; courtroom sketches by Art Lien shown; majority opinion from Chief Justice John Roberts and the dissent from Justice Stephen Breyer quoted; details given about the event put on in Las Vegas by casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who spent 93 million in the 2012 elections. [Public Citizen president Robert WEISSMAN, NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck TODD, Republican National Committee chair Reince PRIEBUS– assess the ruling.] Possible remedies to the decision discussed.
(Washington: Tom Costello) The Senate hearing on GM’s delayed recall of cars with faulty ignition switches reviewed; photos shown of young crash victims Amy Rademaker, Natasha Weigel, Michael Sharkey & Brooke Melton; details given about the role of GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio. [Senators Edward MARKEY, Barbara BOXER, Claire McCASKILL- question GM CEO Mary Barra.] [BARRA – responds.] [Victim’s brother Phil TRAUTWEIN- comments.]
(New York: Kate Snow) Concern about police investigations of accidents involving cell phones featured; details given about the death of Evan Lieberman, a passenger in a car in which the driver was texting, and about a device that plugs into phones and provides clues about a driver’s activities. [Parents Debbie & Ben LIEBERMAN- express frustration that the police did not ask to see the driver’s phone at the scene.] [Attorney Todd CLEMENT- compares distracted driving to drunk driving.] [Forensic computer specialist Chris McGEE- describes what was found on a crash victim’s phone.] Civil liberty concerns about searching phones without a warrant noted.
(Glenwood Springs, Colorado: Ann Curry) The story of 13-year-old Chandra Starr, who decided to raise money through her Million Penny Project to build a vegetable garden for the needy, presented; details given about how she and her mother were once homeless. [STARR, mom Kim WALKER, SUPPORTER – comment.] [4th grader Nico POLAR- comments on starting his own penny project to help a relative.]