This program is 29 minutes long
(Donetsk, Ukraine: James Mates) The Ukrainian government’s counteroffensive against pro-Russian insurgents reviewed; details given of concerns about a civil war and the downing of 2 military helicopters; scenes shown of fighting in the streets of Odessa, a burning building where people were killed, Ukrainian troops and angry villagers on the outskirts of Slavyansk.
(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(White House: Chuck Todd) President Obama’s warning about consequences for Russia if it doesn’t help de-escalate this crisis featured; details given about the agreement between Obama & German Chancellor Angela Merkel about sanctions aimed at Russian banking, weapons production and energy. [OBAMA – says we have a range of tools at our disposal.] The tension over the NSA revelation that the US spied on Merkel noted.
(Washington: Tom Costello) The latest jobs report reviewed; statistics on which industries created jobs and on people who gave up looking for work cited; details given about companies that are hiring, including Global Foundries, Amazon.com, Lockheed Martin, IBM, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. [President OBAMA – comments on job growth.] [Global Foundries Mike RUSSO, new employee Erica CHASE- comment.] [CNBC’s Steve LIESMAN- notes long-term unemployment is a negative.] [University of Maryland senior Ruth CABRERA- comments on her video resume.]
(Princeton, New Jersey: Nancy Snyderman) A case of the MERS virus brought back by a health care worker to the US from the Middle East featured; map shown of the patient’s route from Saudi Arabia to Indiana; details given about the spread of the disease and the death toll in Saudi Arabia. [Vanderbilt University Medical Center Dr. William SCHAFFNER- says there has not been a case of person-to-person transmission outside of the health care setting.]
(Washington: Pete Williams) 17-year-old John LaDue’s plan to attack his school in Minnesota with bombs and guns and to kill his family updated; scenes shown of the storage unit where he stashed weapons and the playground where he tested his bombs. [911 caller Chelsea SCHELLHAS, Waseca police Capt. Kris MARKESON, Waseca Public Schools superintendent Tom LEE- comment.]
(Colorado Springs: Miguel Almaguer) Concerns about this fire season in the West featured; scenes shown of Marines from Air Squadron 462 training to fight the fires; details given about the massive Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs in 2013 and the rebuilding process. [Firefighter Glenn BARLEY, Colorado Springs HOMEOWNERS – comment.]
(Los Angeles: Mike Taibbi) The excitement in California over the close proximity of migrating gray whales to the shore featured; scenes shown of swimmers and whales; migration map shown; Facebook post from the Dana Wharf Whale Watching page quoted. [Photographer Tim DUONG, WOMAN, MAN, Dana Wharf whale watching Capt. Thomas WHITE– comment.]