This program is 29 minutes long
(Atlanta: Thanh Troung) The impact of the weather on holiday travel and shopping featured; scenes shown from Delta Air Lines' control center in Atlanta, passengers stranded in airports, accidents caused by a dust storm in Arizona, a highway shut down due to ice in California; retail sales statistics and AAA travel predictions cited. [Stranded traveler Paul LAZO†, last minute shopper Jim LUDIS†- comment.] [Weather Channel Tom MOORE†, Nick WALKER†- talk about the weather and the travel impact from the pre-Christmas storm.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The resumption of Eurostar train travel between Britain and France that was suspended due to the weather reported.
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The debate over the Senate health care bill that Democrats want to wrap up before Christmas updated; scenes shown of senators arriving at the Capitol in the early morning; details given about Republican tactics to keep the debate going and about the differences in the House and Senate versions. [Senator Roland BURRIS- does his version of “The Night before Christmas.”] [Senator Kay Bailey HUTCHISON- says we want to stop this bill.] [President OBAMA – comments on his holiday plans.] [Senator Harry REID- says we are focused on one thing: passing this bill.] Representative Parker Griffith’s switch from a Democrat to a Republican noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams; Washington: David Gregory) What is happening with this bill discussed.
(Rio de Janeiro: Jeff Rossen) The Brazil Supreme Court ruling that David Goldman may reunite with his son Sean featured; details given about Goldman’s 5-year fight.
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The debate over Iraq commander Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo’s order that pregnancy in the military could be punishable by court martial reviewed; details given about the cases of 7 soldiers who violated the order. [On the phone, voice of CUCOLO – says he wants his soldiers to think before they act.] [Military law expert Eugene FIDELL- says the adverse publicity would be overwhelming.] [NOW’s Terry O'NEILL- speaks against the bans against abortion and contraception in the military.]
(Fern Park, Florida: Maria Menounos) The Central Florida Animal Pantry started by 9-year-old Zach Wilson and his mom that helps pet owners keep their animals in exchange for volunteering their time featured; statistics on foreclosures in Florida cited. [Shelter volunteer Lois SMART- states one thing people cut back on is their animal.] [Lake Mary resident Karen MacDONALD, Casselberry resident Albert RAMOS- comment on the pantry.] [Z. WILSON – talks about his plan to make a sanctuary for dogs and cats.] [Mom Erica WILSON- says our goal is to make sure all the animals are taken care of.]