This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Supreme Court: Tim O'Brien) Landmark Supreme Court ruling in an affirmative action case featured; details given the case in which highway guardrail construction was granted to an Hispanic-owned company over a lower bidder. [Adarand Constructors, Incorporated, Randy PECH - comments on the case.] [Representative Kweisi MFUME - questions the ruling.] Opinions of Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Antonin Scalia quoted. [Adarand Constructors attorney William PENDLEY, Gonzales Construction Company president Frankie GONZALES - comment on the implications of the ruling.] The court's skepticism about racial preferences reiterated. (Artist: Carole Kabrin)
(New York: John Donvan) The overall impact of federal affirmative action programs on minorities before and after today's Supreme Court decision examined. [Dynamic Concepts, Incorporated, Pedro ALFONSO - comments.] The rule of "strict scrutiny," which has already been used on the state level in affirmative action cases, explained; examples cited. [Painting contractor William BULLOCK - says strict scrutiny hurt his business.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(No location given: Bill Blakemore) Supreme Court ruling that the court-ordered school desegregation plan in Kansas City, Missouri, can now be ended examined; classroom scenes shown. [in 1989, United States District Court judge Russell CLARK - comments on schools.] The majority opinion from Chief Justice William Rehnquist quoted. [Missouri Governor Mel CARNAHAN - affirms that quality in the schools will continue.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The question of whether intelligence failures helped lead to American pilot Scott O'Grady being shot down over Bosnia raised.
(Washington: Brit Hume) The continuing astonishing journey for O'Grady featured; scenes shown of President Clinton with O'Grady at the White House and Pentagon. [CLINTON - introduces O'Grady.] [Modestly, O'GRADY - makes speech.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) A United Nations delivery of flour for embattled and near-starving Sarajevo shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Passage in the New Jersey state senate of legislation on limited hospital stays for new mothers reported.
(New York: Jackie Judd) The controversy over the trend of insurance companies mandating that mothers and their newborns leave the hospital very soon after birth examined; details given of the problems with these so-called "drive-thru deliveries." [Mothers Yvette JOSEPH, Maternity Center Association Dr. Ruth LUBIC - criticize the hospital policy.] [New Jersey HMO association Dale FLORIO - defends cost effectiveness.] Dartmouth medical center study on the dangers of early release cited.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The family of Nicole Brown Simpson reported filing a wrongful death civil lawsuit against O.J. Simpson.
(Los Angeles: Aaron Brown) The surprise announcement by the prosecution in the Simpson murder trial not to call Dr. Irwin Goldin examined; courtroom scenes shown. [Deputy district attorney Brian KELBERG - says Goldin will not be called.] [University of California at Los Angeles law school professor Peter ARENELLA - says now the defense will call Goldin.] [Reporter Cynthia McFADDEN - describes the graphic autopsy photos.] The prosecution's hopes that the power of the autopsy photos will sway the jury and overcome any mistakes made by Goldin reiterated.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Cancer surgery for Cardinal Joseph Bernardin reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Meeting in Geneva of United States and Japanese trade negotiators to discuss the United States threat of sanctions against the import of Japanese cars reported.
(Tokyo: Mark Litke) Japan's opening of its construction market to American businesses following the Kobe, Japan, earthquake in which American-made buildings fared better than the Japanese-made ones featured; scenes shown from Kobe. [US Construction Links Tom OSSINGER - cites the market for quality housing.] [US ambassador Walter MONDALE - comments.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Progress in the negotiations between the US and North Korea over the latter's nuclear program reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The weekly look at how the government spends taxpayers' money introduced.
(Washington: John Martin) The potential cost of the closing of the Navy Nuclear Power Training School in Orlando, Florida, examined; scenes shown from the campus. [Navy deputy assistant secretary Charles NEMFAKOS - says closing and consolidation will reduce costs.] The finances of the replacement of this first-class campus detailed. The possible role of Senator Strom Thurmond in getting the school relocated to South Carolina mentioned.