This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Federal Reserve Board's decision to cut the interest rate to help the economy noted.
(Studio: Betsy Stark) The Federal Reserve's decision examined. [Economist David JONES- assesses what the Fed is saying about the economy.] [Economist Donald STRASZHEIM- says the rate cut won't have much effect on the economy, which needs time.] The potential winners in the rate cut discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(New York: Bob Jamieson) The impact of rate cuts on investors & credit card consumers examined. [In a Miami nursing home, 99-year-old Margaret STERN, SENIOR - worry.] [Independence Investments senior vice president John FORELLI- says some money funds are earning zero.] [Consumers Union Janell DUNCAN- says credit card companies are looking to make money.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tornado reports in the center of the nation introduced.
(Buffalo Lake, Minnesota: Dean Reynolds) The tornadoes featured; scenes shown from Manchester, South Dakota, of a house disintegrating, a monster tornado in Fairfax, Minnesota & damages in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. [Fairfax police officer Larry DAHLMAN, Buffalo Lake WOMAN, soon-to-wed Sharon ANDERSON, Buffalo Lake police Chief Greg GOWAN- comment on the storms.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) CIA confirmation that an Iraqi scientist told them about a centrifuge buried in his garden since 1991 that would enable the enriching of uranium for nuclear usage discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The appearance before a Senate panel by Gen. John Abizaid, who will replace US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy Franks, shown; details given of his views on the difficult days ahead in Iraq.
(Baghdad: Jeffrey Kofman) The increased attacks by Iraqi resistance to US & British soldiers featured; details given about the killing of British soldiers; scenes shown of demonstrations against allied raids & of night scenes in Tikrit. [IRAQI - says we want an Iraqi government.] [Army 1st Armored Div. Pfc. Johnny MARKHAM- says the situation is frustrating.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The landing of two rockets in the diplomatic compound in war-torn Liberia near the US Embassy reported; photos shown of the wounded in wheelbarrows. [Via phone from Monrovia, "Vanity Fair" editor Sebastian JUNGER- describes what happened after the explosions.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Anti-American protests in North Korea on the anniversary of the start of the Korean War & concerns about the fate in Burma of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained by the government of Myanmar, reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The reopening of the American Embassy in Kenya noted.
(Washington: Lisa Stark) The latest weapons in the fight against terrorism featured; scenes shown of the Texas Transportation Inst. testing of barriers designed to stop an explosives truck. [Former diplomatic security officer Nick MARIANO- says barriers are the first line of defense against truck bombs.] Findings of a government report on the inadequacies of barriers at many facilities cited.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor that early education should make affirmative action unnecessary reported; details given about her deciding vote on Monday in the affirmative action case.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Findings of a RAND Corp. study on medical care in the US cited.
(New York: John McKenzie) The inadequacies in the American health care system featured; details given about the lack of a safety net for doctors, too many medications, the lack of medical cooperation, uniform record keeping & the measurement of quality. [RAND Health Elizabeth McGLYNN- says these are the basics of medical care.] [Inst. for Health Care improvement Dr. Donald BERWICK - says the system is designed to fail because it is too complicated.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Government announcement on the fall of the US birth rate noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The death of segregationist Lester Maddox reported; footage shown from Maddox's Georgia restaurant that refused "integrationists" in 1965 & of Maddox as governor. [MADDOX - states his views on integration & segregation.]