This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Kevin Newman) Report introduced.
(Hanford, WA: Brian Rooney) The threat of wildfires in Washington state to Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where radioactive material is stored, featured; scenes shown of the flames. [Energy Department spokesperson Julie ERICKSON - downplays the concerns about radiation leaks or dangers.] [Resident Maxine EVANS, her SON-IN-LAW - describe what happened with the fast-moving fire.]
(Studio: Kevin Newman) Last month's fire at the Los Alamos National Laboratory recalled.
(No location given: Barry Serafin) The need for Energy Department preparations for emergencies examined in light of the two fires; details given of efforts to prevent radioactive runoffs at nuclear sites. [Former Energy Department official Robert ALVAREZ - says the department is not prepared for wildfires.] [Deputy Secretary of Energy T.J. GLAUTHIER - says we could do better.]
(Studio: Kevin Newman) Federal Aviation Administration plans for special inspections of safety procedures at the nine biggest airlines in response to problems at Alaska Airlines reported.
(Studio: Kevin Newman) The return to Cuba of six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez reported; scenes shown from Havana.
(Studio: Kevin Newman) Senate passage of a campaign finance reform bill to force secretive groups running campaign ads to explain where they got their money reported.
(Studio: Kevin Newman) Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) predictions of drunk driving deaths among July 4th weekend fatalities cited.
(Ellensburg, WA: Tom Foreman) The case of drunk driver Audrey Kishline, author of the controversial book Moderate Drinking, which argues alcoholics can moderate rather than stop their drinking, featured; details given of her DUI auto accident that killed Richard Davis and his daughter. [KISHLINE - says she takes responsibility for her actions and will go to prison.] [Kittitas County deputy prosecutor Margaret SOWARDS - says Kishline was driving in the wrong direction.] [Victim's brother Will DAVIS - comments on Kishline's drinking.] [University of Washington professor Alan MARLATT - calls "moderate drinking" an alternative to abstinence.]
(Studio: Kevin Newman) The super-speed capabilities of an IBM computer reported.
(Studio: Kevin Newman) The arrival of Atlanta Braves baseball pitcher John Rocker in New York City for a game with the New York Mets reported; scenes shown of security measures.
(Studio: Kevin Newman) Seniors' concerns about health care coverage introduced; statistics on Medicare and HMOs cited.
(Washington: Jackie Judd) The shift of HMOs out of the Medicare program featured; details given of the withdrawal of major carriers like Aetna and Cigna. [Market analyst Greg CRAWFORD - comments on the system.] [Senior Mary CLYNE, Medicare Rights Center President Diane ARCHER - respond to HMO pull-outs.] [American Association of Health Plans president Karen IGNAGNI - says the program is underpaid.] [Senior John CLYNE - comments.]
(Studio: Kevin Newman) House Republicans' passage of a bill to help seniors pay for prescription drugs reported.
(Capitol Hill: Linda Douglass) The problems with the prescription drug plans proposed by the Republicans and by President Clinton examined; details given of the coverage, premiums, deductibles, catastrophic coverage in the two plans. [Drug user Frieda HURLONG - says drugs take most of her money; wonders what the government will do.] [Kaiser Family Foundation Larry LEVITT - says there would still be out-of-pocket expenses.]
(Studio: Kevin Newman) Report introduced.
(Mexico City: Deborah Amos) How the PRI ruling party in Mexico is sponsoring giveaways to attract voters in the presidential race featured; scenes shown from campaign rallies where free medicine and gifts are being given away. [Political advisor James CASTANEDA - says the power of the Mexican state is at the service of one candidate.] [PRI election commission Carlos ALMADA - says we are doing everything within the law.] [Disguised PRI WORKER - (thru translator) says there is corruption in the rural areas where votes are bought.]
(Studio: Kevin Newman) The drought in the Southeast mentioned.
(Atlanta: Steve Osunsami) The threat of the drought to Atlanta's lush lawns featured; scenes shown; details given of area water restrictions. [Homeowner Harry TEAR, landscaper Ben REED - worry about the lawns.] [University of Georgia Walter REEVES - says many Atlantans love their lawns because they are one step from the farm.]