Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CBS Evening News with Katie Couric E-Mail Alert


Good afternoon, everyone. This is Harry Smith filling in for Katie.


The Obama team is reporting today that transition officials had “no inappropriate contact” with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. As you know, the governor is accused of trying to sell the Obama Senate seat to the highest bidder. But will this internal report be the last word on President-elect’s connection to the matter?  Ben Tracy has the full story and I'll talk with Jeff Greenfield about what today's new disclosures really mean.


For holiday travelers, today brought another round of misery. While planes, trains and automobiles are back in motion in the Pacific Northwest, a new round of snow and ice in the Midwest snarled traffic and caused hundreds of flight cancellations. Cynthia Bowers reports on how our economic struggles make the messy weather even more crippling.


Next: it's another sign of our struggling economy. In these tough times, more people are turning to desperate measures. Shoplifting is on the rise, and, according to one measure, nearly all major retailers have seen an increase in retail thefts. Randall Pinkston has the story.


And more than ever, Americans are turning to the government for help. One of every ten now relies on food stamps to make ends meet. Byron Pitts goes inside the growing problem of hunger across the United States.


Finally tonight: One woman's mission to save her daughter took her to the ends of the earth – running marathons. And she's still racking up the miles helping others. Mark Strassmann tells the remarkable story.


I hope you'll join us tonight,


Harry Smith


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