This program is 29 minutes long
(New York: Trish Regan) The impact of high gas prices on consumers and retailers, particularly for the holiday shopping season, examined; gas prices, average family expenditures, and the worst monthly retail sales in 12 years noted. [2 SHOPPERS, Oil Price Information Service Tom KLOZA, retail analyst Burt FLICKINGER- comment on the situation.] [BERNANKE- says household spending will slow due to gas prices.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Stock Market Report.
(Washington: Tom Costello) The recall of Aqua-Dots art toys due to toxic glue featured; details given on children who have gotten sick from the chemical in the glue, which acts like the “date rape drug” GHB, and the latest recalls. [Consumer Product Safety Commission Julie VALLESE, mother Shelby ESSES, Arkansas Children’s hospital Dr. Matt JAEGER, toy store owner Denise MOORE, Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike LEAVITT- comment.]
(Islamabad: Richard Engel) More violence and protests in Pakistan as former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto prepares for a showdown with President Pervez Musharraf featured; scenes shown of demonstrations in Islamabad. [MUSHARRAF – says elections must be held before February 15.] [BHUTTO – says she won’t back down; appeals to supporters to join the protest.] [Political analyst Zubair KHAN- comments.]
(Ames, Iowa: John Yang) Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik facing federal charges for possible organized crime ties and its impact on the presidential campaign of Rudy Giuliani, who hired him during his tenure as mayor, featured; details reviewed of Giuliani’s history with Kerik. [GIULIANI – says he’s not running as the perfect candidate.] [University of Northern Iowa Donna HOFFMAN†, “Prince of the City” author Fred SIEGEL†- comment on the campaign.]
(Saint Maries, Idaho: Dawn Fratangelo) The story of Vernon Baker, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in World War II presented; historical footage and photos shown. [BAKER – remembers the horrors of war; talks about being abandoned by a racist commanding officer.]