This program is 29 minutes long
(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on charges he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat featured; courtroom sketches by Verna Sadock shown; details given of other Blagojevich schemes involving the “Chicago Tribune” and Children’s Memorial Hospital. [US attorney Patrick FITZGERALD- says Blagojevich has taken us to a truly new low; comments on the scheme to get money from contractors; quotes what Blagojevich said about the Senate seat.] [OBAMA - says he had no contact with the governor.] [Yesterday, BLAGOJEVICH – says there is nothing but sunshine over him.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.
(Studio: Jeff Greenfield) The long history of political corruption in Illinois reviewed; photos shown of 3 previous governors who were sentenced to prison. [WBBM-TV reporter John DRUMMOND- says 5 governors have been indicted.] [FBI special agent in charge Robert GRANT- says if it isn’t the most corrupt state it’s one hell of a competitor.]
(Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) The obstacles to a deal on an aid package for the auto industry featured; details given about the bailout proposals and the sticking points for Republicans. [University of Maryland economist Peter MORICI- warns the car companies will be back for more cash.] [Representative Jay INSLEE- says we cannot rescue companies today if they are going to die tomorrow.] The Federal Reserve Board’s reluctance to lend money to the automakers noted.
(New York: Kelly Wallace) The economic downturn that small cities have been experiencing for years featured; Census Bureau data on poverty levels, unemployment and the jump in the Hispanic population in Elmont, New York, cited; details given about job losses for the auto industry. [Milledgeville, Georgia, Mayor Richard BENTLEY- comments on reduced incomes after a plant shutdown.] [New York University professor of urban planning Mitchell MOSS- says the immigrant labor force may be the saving grace for these small towns.] [MAN – says the population has changed for the best.] NOTE: technical problem.
(Atlanta: Armen Keteyian) The alarming rate of explosive incidents involving juveniles examined; scenes shown of homemade bombs exploding and training exercises for law enforcement officials; graph shown; details given about specific incidents in Arizona, North Carolina, Kansas and Ohio, where Robbie Moser’s friend Dan Ferraro was killed by a pipe bomb the teens made. [ATF Scott SWEETOW- says it’s going to be a tough problem to deal with.] [MOSER – comments.]
(Studio: Jon LaPook) Studies concluding that vitamins and supplements do not prevent disease featured; details given about the disappointing finding that Vitamin E and selenium do not prevent prostate cancer. [Cleveland Clinic Dr. Eric KLEIN- cites the study findings.] [NIH Office of Dietary Supplements director Paul COATES- outlines the evidence on Vitamins E, C, and B and multi-vitamins.] Whether people should take Vitamin D discussed.
(Los Angeles: Hari Sreenivasan) Mechanic Johnathan Goodwin’s transformation of muscle cars into vehicles that are faster and more fuel efficient featured; scenes shown from his H-Line Conversions, Inc. shop in Kansas, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Jeep and singer Neil Young’s Lincoln. [GOODWIN – comments on his modifications.]