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Why is stimulus money going to companies that have histories of misconduct?
Tonight we begin a week-long special on the Stimulus Program. According to our polls, the stimulus bill has lost popularity with the American public because many people believe a lot of money has been wasted. In fact, six in ten believe that the projects in the stimulus bill were included purely for political reasons.
We’re taking a look at some stimulus-funded projects in Massachusetts. It turns out more than half of the companies awarded taxpayer-funded contracts have histories of breaking the law. So how did they manage to secure millions of dollars in new contracts? Drew Griffin is keeping them honest tonight.
Thousands of people were pushing for rescue efforts in Haiti to continue over the weekend, after a 24-year-old man was pulled alive from the ruins on Saturday – 11 days after the earthquake rocked the nation. The Haitian government says it will be switching from a search and rescue operation to a search and recovery mission. But some American families, whose relatives have yet to be discovered, started an online petition to continue search efforts “until all the survivors are accounted for.”
Reports indicate that 9,288 Americans and family members were evacuated from Haiti and there are 46 confirmed private American fatalities. One U.S. government official is confirmed dead and 24 private Americans are presumed dead. But there are still close to 5,000 unresolved cases. What will the U.S. do to track down these people?
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and representatives from 19 other nations will meet in Montreal today to discuss long-term aid to Haiti. They plan to discuss initiatives to rebuilt the country, but three countries – Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela – are boycotting the summit. They say they oppose the U.S. military role in Haiti.
Anderson is still in Haiti where he is reporting on how people are getting on with their lives and getting through the misery. We’re also following up on what happens to newly-orphaned children. What kind of system is in place to make sure they’re cared for?
A new audio tape allegedly from Osama bin Laden hit the airwaves over the weekend. The al Qaeda leader praised an attempt to blow up the plane en route from Amsterdam to Detroit last month. He said the message was from “Osama to Obama” and warns the U.S. of more attacks. How much influence does bin Laden have? What do you think of the release of this audiotape?
Last night an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed off the coast of Lebanon with 90 people aboard. British, French and Cypriot aircraft joined rescue crews searching the Mediterranean Sea and crews had found 23 bodies – but no survivors - by midday on Monday. The plane disappeared from radar just minutes after takeoff but authorities did not immediately know the cause of the crash.
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