This program is 29 minutes long
(Empire, Louisiana: Mark Strassmann) The massive response reviewed; details given of concern about the winds, BP’s mobilization and President Obama’s reaction; scenes shown of the slick and the oil on fire; animation shown of the sinking Deepwater Horizon rig and the underwater leaks. [BP COO Doug SUTTLES– notes skimming will continue despite the weather forecast.] [FISHERMAN, fisherman Anthony STIPELCOVICH– comment on the impact on their industry.] [OBAMA – says his administration will use every available resource.] [WFOR-TV meteorologist Jeff BERARDELLI- forecasts the weather.] [Plaquemines Parish president William NUNGESSER- comments on requesting to lay boom across inlets.] BP’s request for help discussed.
(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) The lax safety standards for drilling featured; animation shown of how the leak could have been prevented with a valve or an acoustic switch; details given of Senator Bill Nelson’s proposed legislation to halt Obama’s plans to expand offshore drilling. [NELSON – says this could be one of the world’s greatest nightmare scenarios.] [SUTTLES – says we shouldn’t assume that this acoustic switch would have caused it to stop.]
(Phoenix: Bill Whitaker) The debate over Arizona’s new immigration law featured; scenes shown of protests; details given about opposition lawsuits, other states pushing for similar laws and boycotts. [Mexican-American singer Linda RONSTADT, ACLU’s Alessandra Soler MEETZE, community activist Salvador REZA- oppose the law.] [Texas state representative Debbie RIDDLE- says the citizens want to take their country back.] [Sunrise, Arizona resident Jeff FRANKLIN- says there are cancellations for hotels in Arizona.] The 1987 boycott of Arizona when it refused to recognize the Martin Luther King holiday recalled.
(St. Petersburg, Kelly Cobiella) Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s announcement that he is switching from Republican to independent featured; scenes shown of President Obama hugging Crist after he supported Obama’s economic stimulus plan, after which Crist’s supporters turned to his opponent Marco Rubio; Quinnipiac University poll findings cited. [CRIST - announces he will run for the Senate without party affiliation.] [RUBIO – campaigns.] [Former New York City Mayor Rudolph GIULIANI – endorses Rubio.] [On Fox News last month, CRIST – says he’s running as a Republican.] [University of South Florida Susan McMANUS- says people are disgusted with Washington and both parties.] The challenges for other high-profile Republicans, including Senators John McCain and Bob Bennett, noted.
(New York: Peter Greenberg) New rules penalizing airlines for delaying passengers on the tarmac outlined; scenes shown of passengers stuck on a JetBlue plane. [Transportation Secretary Ray LaHOOD- says this gives the flying public options.] [Cathay Pacific Airways CEO Tony TYLER- notes most delays are outside their control.] [American Airlines CEO Gerald ARPEY- predicts more cancellations.] [Farecompare.com CEO Rick SEANEY- comments on the reaction.]
(Studio: Sanjay Gupta) The FDA’s approval of the therapeutic vaccine Provenge for prostate cancer featured; details given about how the treatment is customized with immune cells from each patient; diagrams shown; cost cited. [Dendreon Corp. CEO Dr. Mitchell GOLD- says cancer immunotherapy represents a whole new era of medicine.] The effectiveness of this treatment discussed.