Asbestos in schools?

September 3, 2009 1:39:56 PM PDT
It's one of those leaps of faith, sending our kids to school.

We assume that the teachers are qualified, that the people who work there have the kids' best interest at heart, that our children will get a good education and, perhaps most importantly, be safe on campus.

Which makes our story tonight at 11 all the more disturbing. Our investigative reporter Jim Hoffer looks at a whistleblowers allegations of covering up asbestos contamination at several New York City Schools. And, nearly as troubling, the whistleblower says the City has used trumped up disciplinary charges to silence him about the potential dangers of the cancer-causing material throughout the schools.

Jim's exclusive story, tonight at 11.

Speaking of schools, we're also in Stamford, Connecticut tonight for the story of a 14-year-old girl who claims a man in a car tried to kidnap her this morning as she waited for a bus to get to school. Jim Dolan is there for us.

And Tim Fleischer is in Montclair, New Jersey, where they're having a final health care forum - just days before the President speaks to Congress about his plan to reform the health care industry. It figures to be a lively event.

And we'll have reaction to the breaking news this afternoon of the agreement to allow Americans with "close relatives" in Cuba to visit the island as often and as long as they'd like - beginning immediately.

We'll also have any breaking news of the day - plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Jessica Taff (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa (in for Liz Cho) and me, tonight at 11.