Friday, January 9, 2009

CBS Evening News with Katie Couric E-Mail Alert


Hi everyone. I hope you had a great week.


New jobless statistics paint a bleak picture of our economy. The nation's unemployment rate rose last month to its highest level in 16 years: 7.2 percent. It's a clear signal the recession has taken a serious toll on industry over the past year – and the new statistic means that 2.6 million jobs were lost in 2008, the most since 1945. Anthony Mason takes a closer look.


Lawmakers in Illinois voted today to impeach disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The vote sets the stage for a trial in the state Senate on whether Blagojevich should be stripped of his powers as governor for corruption. Dean Reynolds has the story and Bob Schieffer will join us with some analysis.


Next: The war in Gaza. The battles continue, now that Israel and Hamas have both rejected the UN resolution calling for a ceasefire. Mark Phillips has the latest on the fighting from the Gaza-Israel border.


A new study reveals a shocking statistic. About one in seven American adults – 32 million people – would have trouble reading this page. Seth Doane looks at what's behind this illiteracy problem, and what can be done to teach more people how to read.


Finally tonight: It wasn’t too long ago that some “experts” were predicting the stock boom would continue through 2010, with the Dow possibly hitting 40,000! Steve Hartman decided, in light of the financial meltdown, to seek out some of these “not so wise” men to hear their side of the story. Do they regret making those projections? Are they embarrassed? Find out, in tonight’s Assignment America.


See you tonight,

Katie Couric


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