This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Tom Costello) Continuing financial troubles for the airlines due to oil prices featured; e-mail message asking passengers to pressure Congress to crack down on market manipulation quoted; details given about the removal of in-flight entertainment systems from US Airways flights to reduce weight, layoffs for several carriers and bankruptcies. [US Airways president Scott KIRBY- says it’s a matter of life and death for the industry.] [Air Transport Assn. Jim MAY- worries about more layoffs.] [Senator Byron DORGAN- calls oil speculation a carnival of greed.] [CNBC’s Erin BURNETT- predicts there would be opposition to Congressional intervention.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Upcoming story previewed.
(Studio: Brian Williams, David Faber) Concerns about the solvency of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which buy mortgages from banks and other lenders, discussed.
(Washington: Kelly O’Donnell) Damage control by Senator John McCain following controversial remarks from his economic advisor, former Senator Phil Gramm, featured. [McCAIN – says Gramm does not speak for him; says Gramm would be in consideration for Ambassador to Belarus.] [February 29, McCAIN – praises Gramm.] [GRAMM – says this is a mental recession; says we have become a nation of whiners.] [Senator Barack OBAMA – says America already has one Dr. Phil.]
(Chicago: Lee Cowan) The reaction to civil rights leader Jesse Jackson’s remarks about Obama featured; details given of Obama’s efforts to distance himself from Jackson; statement from Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. quoted. [On Fox News, JACKSON – says "I wanna cut his n-ts off."] [NBC News political director Chuck TODD, “Chicago Tribune” Clarence PAGE – comment on Jackson’s personality.]
(New York: Robert Bazell) A medical study finding genes that can increase the risk of autism reviewed; diagrams shown. [Children’s Hospital Boston Dr. Christopher WALSH- explains the role of the genes.] [Autism Speaks Dr. Andrew SHIH- says it’s likely to be not a single disorder.] [Autistic twins’ father Morrie LEWIN- comments.]
(Fort Worth: Tyler Mathisen) The Fuel Smart program at American Airlines aimed at lowering fuel costs examined; details given about reducing weight and balancing the planes. [Manager of Weight and Balance Planning Penny WILLIAMSON- cites the savings from moving the center of gravity on the plane.] [Manager of Flight Operations Efficiency Scott TURNER- says it’s a total cultural change.]
(Cleveland: Kevin Tibbles) Cancer survivor Deforia Lane, who uses singing to help patients at Cleveland’s University Hospitals Case Medical Center, featured; scenes shown of 8-year old Kyra Norris singing the song Lane helped her write for her mother. [Former patient Thury O’CONNOR- says you feel like you have a friend.] [LANE – says connecting with patients is a privilege.] [Ireland Cancer Center director Dr. Stan GERSON- says when you’re listening to music your pain threshold goes up.] [Kyra’s MOTHER – reacts.]