This program is 29 minutes long
(Baton Rouge: Anne Thompson) The imminent opening of the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana to prevent flooding in Baton Rouge and New Orleans featured; scenes shown of Terrebonne Parish residents preparing to leave, levee work in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the levee built by farmer Everett Deere, Tiger Dam tubes in Baton Rouge; statistics on oil production in the flood zone cited; details given of concern about toxins in the flood debris. [Terrebonne Parish resident Leroy MAYS, DEERE, Louisianan Randy BOUDREAU- comment.] [Louisiana Oil and Gas Assn. Gifford BRIGGS- says any disruption in the oil market has the potential to affect pricing.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Live interview held with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu about the threat to his city. [From New Orleans, LANDRIEU – comments on working with the Corps of Engineers; notes the levees in question are not the ones breached by Hurricane Katrina; expresses concern about the people whose property will be flooded.]
(Lake Chotard, Mississippi: Thanh Truong) The impact of the flood on wild animals in the area featured; scenes shown of a coyote swimming in Mississippi, a raccoon on a telephone pole, a wild hog in the water, running deer, alligators in Chotard Lake, a water moccasin snake on a flooded street. [Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Randy NEWELL– says they’re looking for dry ground.] [WOMAN – says a gator got the dog.] [Tennessee Wildlife Resource officer Ray McMILLEN- says stay away from alligators.]
(Islamabad: Peter Alexander) A suicide bomb attack by the Taliban on a military training center in Pakistan that may have been in retaliation for the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden featured; scenes shown from the bombing site; details given about the US interrogation of bin Laden’s widows. The discovery of pornographic videos in bin Laden’s compound noted.
(Etowah, Tennessee: Mark Potter) The effort in Tennessee to stem the production of methamphetamine by monitoring sales of the cold medication pseudoephedrine examined; scenes shown of meth labs in Etowah; details given about the role of “smurfers.” [Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Mark GWYN- says there are lives being damaged and lost every day.] [McMinn County Sheriff Joe GUY- says you take away pseudoephedrine, you take away meth.] [Anderson Drugs pharmacist Jeff ANDERSON- objects to requiring a prescription.]
(Shelton, Connecticut: Mara Schiavocampo) The uproar over the banning of Shelton High School student James Tate from his prom after he taped his invitation onto a school wall featured; scenes shown; details given about the online support for Tate. [TATE – says he figured he’d do something special; apologizes.] [GIRL – reacts.] [Shelton Mayor Mark LAURETTI– says there has to be some common sense.] [School headmaster Beth SMITH- explains the rule.]
(Detroit: Kevin Tibbles) The outpouring of donations for Detroit Dog Rescue, which rescues strays in Detroit, after it was highlighted on NBC’s Making a Difference featured; scenes shown. [Co-founder Monica MARTINO- says we spent almost every last dime.] [Co-founder Dan “Hush” CARLISLE, volunteer Rodney STEWART- react.]