This program is 29 minutes long
(New York: Rehema Ellis) Breaking news on MSNBC's decision to drop the simulcast of radio talk show host Don Imus’s program after his remarks about the Rutgers University women's basketball team reviewed; statement from NBC News president Steve Capus quoted.
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The Pentagon’s announcement of the extension of the tours of duty of all Army troops in Iraq & Afghanistan featured. [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES – says our forces are stretched.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter PACE- admits there will be strain.] [Military analyst Loren THOMPSON- describes the impact on the soldiers.] The search for a war czar noted. [Terrorism analyst Roger CRESSEY- says this is a failure of leadership at the White House.]
(Raleigh, North Carolina: Martin Savidge) The decision by North Carolina’s attorney general to drop all charges against the Duke University lacrosse players accused of rape featured; scenes shown of players David Evans, Collin Finnerty & Reade Seligmann at their press conference; photos shown of the accuser; details given about the unraveling of the case and criticism of district attorney Mike Nifong. [Attorney General Roy COOPER- says the district attorney pushed forward unchecked.] [Accused student’s attorney Joseph CHESHIRE- says these young men were, are and always have been innocent.] [EVANS, FINNERTY, SELIGMANN – speak of their ordeal.]
(Washington: Kelly O’Donnell) The revelation from former Senator Fred Thompson that he has lymphoma featured; details given of pressure from Republicans for Thompson to give up acting and run for president. [THOMPSON – says he has no symptoms or sickness.] [Georgetown University Hospital Dr. Bruce CHESON- describes the condition.] [NBC News political director Chuck TODD- says they’re unhappy about the current set of frontrunners.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) Concerns about food safety prompted by the recent pet food contamination examined; statistics on the increase in food imports and the decrease of FDA inspectors cited; photo shown of 2-year-old Kyle Allgood, who died after eating E.coli-tainted spinach last year. [Former HHS Secretary Tommy THOMPSON- says the FDA is starved for resources.] [Kyle’s mother Robyn ALLGOOD- comments.] [Senator Richard DURBIN- outlines the many agencies responsible for food inspection.] [FDA chief medical officer Dr. David ACHESON- says we’re focusing on the areas of maximum risk.]
(DMZ: Andrea Mitchell) New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s mission to bring home the remains of 6 US servicemen killed in the Korean war reviewed; scenes shown from the DMZ of the plastic boxes containing the remains; details given about the search for US troops still missing in Korea. [RICHARDSON – says to see the remains was very emotional.] [Missing airman’s son John ZIMMERLY- notes the difficulty of recovering & identifying remains now.] [U.N. command security battalion Lt. Gen. Michael ANASTASIA- notes the Army’s policy on fallen comrades.]
(Alburnett, Iowa: Natalie Morales) The Granny Basketball League for older women featured; scenes shown of the Curvaceous Chicks in Alburnett, Iowa. [Players ”DOLORES”, “MARJORIE”, “VIRGINIA”, “ARLENE” – comment.] [League founder Barb McPHERSON- says we’re gonna die on the court.]