This program is 29 minutes long
(Phoenix: Jose Diaz-Balart) The controversial Arizona law that makes illegal immigration a state crime featured; scenes shown of protests in Phoenix; details given about the requirement for police to check identification. [Governor Jan BREWER- says it represents what’s best for Arizona.] [At a swearing-in ceremony for new citizens, President OBAMA – criticizes Arizona.] [State senator Russell PEARCE- supports the law.] [Maricopa Sheriff Joe ARPAIO- says we do not racial profile.] [Guadalupe resident Andrew SANCHEZ – says they’re going to be looking for one color.]
(Venice, Louisiana: Anne Thompson) The oil rig disaster updated; scenes shown of the fire and the oil slick; animation shown of cleanup operations; map shown of proposed offshore drilling sites. [Coast Guard R/Adm. Mary LANDRY- expresses sympathy for the victims’ families.] [March 31, President OBAMA – says we need to harness traditional sources of fuel.] [Gulf Restoration Network Aaron VILES- notes there are risks from expanding drilling.] The threat to wildlife noted.
(Little Rock, Arkansas: Mike Seidel) The impending outbreak of severe weather that is later than usual featured; scenes shown of yesterday’s twisters in Texas; animated maps shown.
(Washington: Kelly O’Donnell) Senate hearings into the role of credit rating agencies in the crash of the economy examined; scenes shown from the hearing; details given about good ratings being given to bad mortgage investments by Standard and Poor’s and Moody's; e-mails quoted. [Senator Carl LEVIN – says the e-mails are devastating.] [Moody’s managing director Yuri YOSHIZAWA- says there was pressure from banks.] [Columbia Law School professor John COFFEE- says they were willfully blind.]
(Washington: Lisa Myers) Allegations that WellPoint insurance company is cancelling coverage for women with breast cancer examined; letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and WellPoint’s response quoted; scenes shown of WellPoint’s headquarters with a large pink ribbon. [Patient Patricia REILING- comments.] [HHS public affairs Jenny BACKUS- says let Americans have health security.] [Former California state health official Peter HARBAGE- comments on companies using rescission.]
(Santa Ana, California: Chris Jansing) The story of how autistic girl Stephanie Diaz found her voice with the help of opera singer Renee Rulon Cortez and the persistence of Stephanie’s mother, who was battling cancer, presented; scenes shown of Stephanie singing in 4 languages. [CORTEZ – recalls meeting with Stephanie’s mother.] [Stephanie’s FATHER – comments.]