This program is 29 minutes long
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The testimony before Congress from Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke about the economy reviewed. [Senators Ron WYDEN, Jim BUNNING, SENATOR - question Bernanke.] [BERNANKE – expresses anger over bailouts; says it isn’t fair that money is going to big corporations; comments on limitations on government borrowing; comments on the aid to AIG.]
(Chicago: Phil LeBeau) The drop in car sales as people are holding on to their old cars longer featured; statistics for the Big 3, Toyota, Honda and Nissan and the median age for cars cited. [Chevy dealer Jeff ROBERTS- says it’s the toughest environment he’s ever had working.] [Standard and Poor’s analyst Efraim LEVY- calls it an automotive depression.] [Cars.com Joe WEISENFELDER- says it’s a confidence issue.] [R.L. Polk Lonnie MILLER- says people are thinking twice.] The upcoming meeting between GM bondholders and President Obama’s auto task force noted.
(Studio: Chuck Todd) President Obama’s promotion of his economic recovery plan featured; details given about proposed spending on transportation projects; scenes shown of the recovery.gov logo; poll findings on the stimulus plan cited. [OBAMA - says buying stock is a potentially good deal; notes the need to focus on a long-term strategy.] British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s visit with Obama noted.
(Janesville, Wisconsin: Kevin Tibbles) The increase in community college enrollment as displaced workers seek new jobs featured; scenes shown of former GM employees at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wisconsin; statistics cited. [Chef trainees Michael MELTON and Jim BADE, electrical trainee Toni JEWELL- comment on their re-training.] [Blackhawk Technical College Linda BROWN- notes the workers have to deal with emotional, social and financial issues.] [American Assn. of Community Colleges George BOGGS- comments on funding cuts for the schools.]
(New York: Carl Quintanilla) Marketing aimed at the growing Hispanic population featured; details given of the Boy Scouts’ efforts to attract new members; Hispanic ads shown. [Boy Scouts of America chief scout executive Bob MAZZUCA†- says there’s this marvelous universe of folks we’re not doing well with.] [Mars Snackfoods US Michele KESSLER†- comments on the ads.] [LatinWorks Sergio ALCOCER††- says companies realize it’s a great business investment.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Tomorrow’s segment previewed.
(Off the Georgia coast: Kerry Sanders) The threat to endangered right whales from commercial fishing lines and ship collisions featured; scenes shown of biologists helping a whale being strangled by lines from tracking buoys off the Georgia coast. [Coastwise Consulting Chris SLAY- notes the whale will die slowly if they can’t reach it.] [NOAA Fisheries Jamison SMITH- comments on the increase in whales caught in lines.] [New England Aquarium Monica ZANI- says the solution is preventing the entanglement from occurring.]