The Fine Print
When she went into premature labor last year, getting to the hospital quickly was a matter of life and death for Etta Kuzakin and her unborn child.
But Kuzakin was delayed by gusty winds and the fact that there is no road from her home in the remote Alaskan village of King Cove to the nearby town of Cold Bay, where an all-weather airport makes emergency flights to Anchorage.
The residents of King Cove would like to build a one-lane gravel road that would provide a reliable route to the Cold Bay airport, but the federal government is blocking the project. A group of locals came to Washington to make their case.
“I had to have the Coast Guard come in and get me … Had they not come in and get me, more than likely, both me and my daughter wouldn't be here,” Kuzakin told “The Fine Print,” tearing up as she recounted the story. “I have two older children that I couldn't tell anything to, because you don't want to have to tell your kids that mom may not be coming
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On the Radar
As President Obama and world leaders conclude the Nuclear Safety Summit in Europe, “On the Radar” travels to the frozen plains of Nebraska and Wyoming to meet the men and women in charge of the US nuclear missile arsenal.
“Our mission is to provide the president with an option to launch nuclear weapons,” Capt. Mark Wullshleger explained during a tour of a 20th Air Force underground missile bunker. “If he wants to utilize us, we're always here, and we're always on alert.”
We traveled underground to a Missile Alert Facility, a capsule secured behind blast doors and five-foot thick concrete walls. Eight times a month, officers like Wullshleger “pull alert,” going 60 feet underground for a 24-hour shift at the launch controls for the world’s most powerful weapons of mass destruction.
“Pulling alert, it's a different animal,” Wullshleger said. “Going underground for 24 hours at a time without seeing daylight is kind of an experience.”
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The Fine Print
If you live in a battleground state this midterm election, you may be wondering who’s behind those controversial ads where people share their concerns with the nation’s new health care law. But if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gets his way, the public will soon know what Americans for Prosperity is, and who its billionaire backers, the Koch brothers are, too.
“I'm not surprised that he’s doing it,” Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips told "The Fine Print" of Reid’s recent attacks against the conservative group’s chairman David Koch and his brother Charles. “I'm not surprised that he's doing it If you look at his history, his background as really a political slash and burn sort of politician, but this is a calculated strategy.”
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