This program is 29 minutes long
(Wilmette, Illinois: Kevin Tibbles) The severe weather in the Midwest reviewed; scenes shown of downed trees and power lines, windy and rainy conditions in Chicago, an Indiana hospital where patients were evacuated due to flooding, smashed cars, stranded passengers at O’Hare Airport, high water; details given about water problems and power outages. [WOMAN, injured 3-year-old Megan Dietrich†’s father John DIETRICH†- comment.] [Water department’s John SPATZ†- comments on sewage dumped into Lake Michigan.] [Chicago meteorologist Brad MILLER – comments on pictures e-mailed from viewers.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Ottawa, Ohio: Janet Shamlian) The flooding from the Blanchard River in Ohio featured; scenes shown from Ottawa and Findlay. [Lima, Ohio, firefighter Mark RUDASILL†- comments on rescue operations and the damaged homes.] [Ottawa resident Dan GECKEL‡- comments on living on the second floor of his flooded house.]
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The growing divide within the military over troop levels in Iraq featured; details given of the views of top generals, including Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace and Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus, and criticism of the Iraqi government. [3rd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Rick LYNCH- opposes decreasing troops.] [Army Chief of Staff Gen. George CASEY, retired Col. Jack JACOBS- comment on the strain on the Army.] [From “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” 3 SOLDIERS – joke about the Iraqi government’s August vacation.]
(Concord, New Hampshire: Kevin Corke) Former Senator John Edwards’s presidential campaign reviewed; scenes shown from New Hampshire; details given of his attacks on opponent Senator Hillary Clinton. [EDWARDS – criticizes Clinton and her husband; predicts he will win the nomination.] [Democratic consultant Steve McMAHON- says Edwards needs to become the alternative to Clinton.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) A slew of airport near-miss incidents between planes reviewed; animations shown of runway close calls in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Los Angeles; tapes of air traffic controllers and pilots played; details given of the response from the FAA and NTSB. [FAA administrator Marion BLAKEY- comments on the need to address safety issues at Los Angeles.] [NTSB chairman Mark ROSENKER- says we can’t afford to have even one accident.]
(Jacksonville, Florida: Ron Mott) The football field for the Barrow, Alaska, high school football team built with money raised by Florida woman Cathy Parker featured; scenes shown from Barrow, where drugs, drop-outs and suicides are problems, and of Parker at the first game on the new field. [Coach Mark VOSS- says we hope it will involve our kids in making better choices.] [Superintendent Trent BLAKENSHIP- reacts to Parker’s proposal.] [PARKER – comments on their need for a field.]