This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Tom Costello) The soaring cost of fuel featured; details given of the hardship for independent truckers; scenes shown of truckers’ protests and oil executives at Congressional hearings on the profits for their companies; average diesel costs and oil industry profits cited. [Independent trucker David SANTIAGO- says we’re losing money.] [Trucker Oliver ROGERS- says he’s going to quit.] [Representative John LARSON- says it’s manipulation around greed.] [Representative Jay INSLEE- comments on taxpayer abuses.] [ExxonMobil vice president J. Stephen SIMON- defends the industry.]
(New York: Mika Brzezinski) A report finding an alarming number of big city high school students are dropping out examined; details given of about America’s Promise Alliance, founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife Alma, and the success of Georgia’s graduation coaches; graduation rates by city and race cited. [Chicago student Candace WINTERS, Georgia student Megan HARRISON- comment.] [C. POWELL - says it is a catastrophe.] [A. POWELL – cites statistics.] [Secretary of Education Margaret SPELLINGS- comments on this silent epidemic.]
(Washington: Kelly O’Donnell) Senator John McCain’s campaign road trip to revisit his past and re-introduce himself to voters featured; scenes shown from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia; old photos and campaign ad featuring English teacher William Ravenel shown. [McCAIN – recalls his high school days; says he has been an imperfect public servant.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Senator Barack Obama’s victory in the Texas primary/caucus last month and the increase in voter registration in Pennsylvania and North Carolina noted.
(New York: Robert Bazell) The dilemma for patients and doctors following study results finding the cholesterol drugs Vytorin and Zetia do not prevent heart disease examined; statistics on prescriptions cited. [Columbia University Medical Center Dr. David ENGEL, Santa Monica UCLA Orthopaedic Hospital Dr. Ravi DAVE- comment on patient concern.] [Schering-Plough Dr. Thomas KOESTLER- defends the safety of Zetia.] [Patient Ephraim WARSAW- calls for testing medications thoroughly before rushing them into the market.]
(New York: Carl Quintanilla) Cost-cutting options during these tough economic times featured; savings amounts from various tactics cited. [Homeowner Danielle GUTIERREZ- says it’s what you have to do to survive.] [Radio financial show host Ric EDELMAN- says people can increase savings without a significant change in their lifestyle.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) A portion of the documentary “King,” focusing on the reaction to and aftermath of King’s murder, previewed; historical footage shown; details given about the manhunt for James Earl Ray. [Son Martin Luther KING III– comments on the thousands who came to the funeral and the FBI investigation of Ray.] The mission of King III’s Realizing the Dream Foundation noted.
(London: Jim Maceda) The chaos at the new Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport when the baggage system crashed on opening day reviewed; details given of a similar malfunction in Denver and the role of FedEx in sorting out the mess. [Several PASSENGERS – complain.] [Travel analyst Simon CALDER- summarizes the situation for airline travelers and British Airways staff.] [British Airways CEO Willie WALSH- apologizes.]