This program is 29 minutes long
(Jackson, Tennessee: Lester Holt) The night of destruction reviewed; scenes shown of damage in several states, the fire from a gas pumping station near Nashville and collapsed dormitories at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. [Gassville, Arkansas, resident Diane WIDUCH†; Union student Natalie WEST†; NBC correspondent Don TEAGUE; Atkins, Arkansas, resident Blake MARTIN - describe what happened.] [President BUSH – says the American people are standing with them.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Jackson, Tennessee: Ron Mott) A tale of survival at a nursing home in Jackson presented; scenes shown of the damaged Jackson Oaks retirement community, evacuating residents. [Sam and Jackie MATTHEW‡- recount their ordeal.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Flight cancellations at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport due to a major snowstorm reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Brian Williams, Bill Karins) Last night’s violent weather discussed; maps shown.
(New York: Andrea Mitchell) The deadlock between Democratic candidates Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama featured; Obama’s fund raising total for January cited; map shown of states with upcoming primaries. [CLINTON – explains why she loaned money to her campaign.] [OBAMA – says Clinton is a formidable opponent.] [Clinton supporter Senator Evan BAYH- says it could come to a convention where delegates decide.]
(Washington: David Gregory) The Republican race, with Senator John McCain taking the lead, reviewed; map of McCain’s victories shown; scenes shown of Mitt Romney in Boston and Mike Huckabee celebrating his victories in the South. [McCAIN – urges critics to calm down.] [CNBC chief Washington correspondent John HARWOOD- questions whether McCain has enough appeal with core Republicans.] [Republican strategist Scott REED- notes Romney has an impossible mountain to climb.] [HUCKABEE – says we’re both “going after the same bride.”]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The decision of some of Clinton’s staffers to work without pay due to the cash crisis in her campaign noted.
(Studio: Brian William; Washington: Tim Russert) The delegate and popular vote counts after Super Tuesday and the upcoming primaries discussed.
(New York: Robert Bazell) The decision to stop a government study of diabetes in which a high number of participants died examined; scenes shown of patient Ron Williams; statistics on deaths of patients with lowered blood sugar vs. regular treatment cited. [Cleveland Clinic Dr. Steve NISSEN†- says lowering blood sugar may increase mortality for certain patients.] [SUNY Downstate Medical Center Dr. Mary Ann BANERJI†- says treatment should not be altered.]