This program is 29 minutes long
(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The accumulation of enemies, including the US and Iran, by ISIS featured; details given about the Pentagon’s deployment of armed drones over Baghdad and the loss of confidence in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki; photos shown of Iraqi soldiers who were executed in Tikrit and of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. [Baghdad RESIDENT – says the strength of ISIS comes from the weakness of government.]
(St. Paul, Minnesota: Katy Tur) The extreme weather featured; scenes shown of the Mississippi River in St. Paul, flooding in Alaska’s Denali National Park, tornado damage in Galveston, Texas, and last week’s tornado in Pilger, Nebraska; flood watch map shown, [Tour boat captain Gus GASPARDO- comments on the impact of the flooding on his business & employees.] [Texas MAN – reacts.] [The Weather Channel’s Jim CANTORE- predicts more extreme weather and severe raining.] A tornado in Wisconsin and the estimated cost of the damage in St. Paul reported.
(Edmond, Oklahoma: Janet Shamlian) Oklahoma residents’ concerns about the spike in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma examined; statistics cited; details given of suspicions about fracking; animation shown. [Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Assn. Mike TERRY- says it takes scientists to figure this out.] [Oklahoma Water Survey director Robert PULS- says this many earthquakes in this short period of time have never been recorded.] [Oklahoman Charlotte COPELAND- says it’s frightening.]
(Studio: Cynthia McFadden) The role and influence of White House senior advisor Valerie Jarret featured. [JARRETT – comments on the drop in President Obama’s approval rate; says she didn’t anticipate that Republicans in Congress were going to say no to everything; comments on her friendship with the Obamas.]
(Studio: Meredith Vieira) The controversy over regenerative medicine, an approach which uses a patient’s own cells to grow new tissue to repair diseased parts and eliminating the need for donor organs, featured; details given about the work of surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, including his creation of a synthetic trachea for toddler Hannah Warren. [MACCHIARINI – wonders if you can say no if you see a patient that will die.] [Trachea transplant patient Ciaran FINN-LYNCH, Hannah’s father Darryl WARREN- comment.]
(Brooklyn: Harry Smith) The honor for Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winner Steven Paul, a student at Edward R. Murrow High School in New York City, when his photograph of his friend Nina Attal was chosen by Colossal Media to be reproduced on the side of a 4-story building, featured; photos shown of past Scholastic winners, including actor Robert Redford, writer Stephen King & actress Lena Dunham. [Assistant principal Spy KONTARINIS, writing portfolio winner Irie EWERS- comment.] [PAUL – reacts.]