This Morning from CBS News, March 5, 2015

Winter’s last storm?

One more winter storm is hitting nearly 100 million Americans. People in Philadelphia are preparing for a messy commute due to a storm that’s expected to continue all day. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the government is taking a snow day again and schools are closed. The storm is also not sparing those in the South, but it’s more than just the snow causing concern for millions from Texas to Tennessee. CBS News Correspondents Vinita Nair and Chip Reid report on this storm that stretches from Texas to Massachusetts.

Battle for Tikrit

Iraqi forces are pushing into the suburbs of Tikrit. It’s the fourth day of an effort to take back Saddam Hussein’s hometown from ISIS fighters. CBS News correspondent Holly Williams spoke with a former American colonel who now advises the Kurds in their fight against the extremists.

China’s billionaires club

One of the most important events on China’s political calendar gets underway in Beijing. The National People’s Congress opens its 10-day annual meeting. Increasingly, the gathering to represent the Communist Party masses is becoming a club for ultra-wealthy capitalists. CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports on the billionaires who say they’re ready to give back.

Civil rights poll

The Selma to Montgomery marches of 1965 culminated in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation that led to the enfranchisement of blacks in the South who faced multiple barriers to voting despite the guarantees laid out in the 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. A CBS News poll shows how Americans feel now about the achievements of the civil right movement.

Ferguson report

The Justice Department has released the reasoning behind its decision not to prosecute former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports on the findings, which also paint the department as plagued by racism.

Calls for action

The”60 Minutes” report that found high levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde in flooring made in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators brought a call on Capitol Hill yesterday for a federal investigation. Understandably, reports CBS News Correspondent John Blackstone, homeowners whose families walk on that flooring every day want to know what they should do.

Dark horse

If former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb runs for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, he’ll do so as a man with very little to lose. And for Hillary Clinton, the party’s undeclared front runner, that might be a big problem.

Key number

When the Department of Labor offers its February employment report tomorrow, the figure hogging most of the attention, as usual, will be the number of jobs the economy added during the month. But there’s a more important number to zero on in gauging the strength of the recovery: the monthly rise in workers’ earnings.


One World Trade Center opened in November, and 62 percent of the building is now leased. The tower carries a legacy like no other, but it faced a dilemma common for any new office complex: What should go on the walls? CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason reports on the remarkable results.

Pot allergy

With marijuana use becoming increasingly common — and legal for either medical or recreational use in a growing number of states — doctors are warning about a little-known health risk: It’s possible to be allergic to pot.

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