This program is 29 minutes long
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The announcement from Representative Charles Rangel that he is stepping aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee following an ethics violation featured; details given about the investigation into his corporate-financed Caribbean trips, failure to pay taxes on a vacation villa and a special deal for lower rent on apartments. [In November 2006, Speaker of the House Nancy PELOSI – says we will make this the most honest, ethical and open Congress in history.] [RANGEL - explains his decision; talks about completing the president’s health bill.] [Representative John BOEHNER- questions this being temporary.]
(White House: Chuck Todd) President Obama's final push for a health care bill examined; details given about tweaks to the plan. [OBAMA - says every idea has been put on the table.] [Twice before, OBAMA - speaks of getting the job done.] [Senator Mitch McCONNELL - says every election this fall will be a referendum on this issue.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) Two incidents in which an air traffic controller’s children were allowed to give instructions to planes at the JFK airport reviewed; LiveATC.net audiotapes played. [Transportation Secretary Ray LaHOOD- calls it total disregard for the safety of the people on the airplane.] [Air traveler Nydia HERNANDEZ, veteran PILOT - react.] [NBC aviation analyst Mark ROSENKER- calls it an egregious violation of federal rules and regulations.]
(Constitucion: Mark Potter) The anxiety and devastation after the earthquake and tsunami in Constitucion, Chile featured; details given about the panic caused by aftershocks; scenes shown of people running, rubble; cell phone video of the tsunami shown. [Resident Carlos PINOCHET- reacts to the damage.]
(New York: Robert Bazell) The relationship between sleep and wellness examined; details given about the health risks from sleeplessness; statistics on sleep medication prescriptions cited. [Former President Bill CLINTON – attributes lack of sleep as a factor in his recent heart trouble.] [University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Grace PIEN- notes the association between sleep and heart disease.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Tomorrow’s segment previewed.
(British Columbia: Tom Brokaw) The depletion of the salmon population along the west coast of the US and Canada featured; scenes shown from Vancouver, British Columbia; details given about problems spreading from salmon farms, the push for tougher regulations for fish farms, and Target’s decision to stop buying farmed salmon. [Former Canadian wildlife official Bob HOOTEN- says we went at it too hard, too fast and too long.] [Living Oceans Society Shauna MacKINNON- notes concern about sea lice spreading to the wild sockeye population.] [Salmon farmer Per HEGGELUND- describes his operation.]