Katie Couric has confirmed that she’s leaving her anchor job at the “CBS Evening News.” Couric also told People magazine in a story published Tuesday on its website that she hasn’t decided what she’s doing next. But she says she is “looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multidimensional storytelling.” The Associated Press reported three weeks ago that Couric’s tenure as CBS anchor would end just short of five years in the job. Her contract expires June 4. CBS has not set an exit date but is expected to appoint Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes” as her successor as early as next week. … PBS anchor Jim Lehrer told public broadcasters Tuesday that they must continue to defend their federal funding and raise more money to meet an increasing need for serious journalism as commercial newspapers and broadcasters see declines. The heads of PBS, NPR, Minnesota-based American Public Media and others gathered in Washington to discuss the most serious threats in Congress to their federal funding in 44 years. Lehrer said public media needs to produce more local news and serious journalism because other channels are being used to entertain and only to inform across the surface. “I have a good source on why this is a problem. The source is Thomas Jefferson,” Lehrer said. “Thomas Jefferson told the folks back when this country was founded that the only way this democratic society we just created is going to work is if there is an informed electorate.” The Republican-led House voted to eliminate funding for public broadcasting. Those efforts stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and a budget deal with the White House kept most money intact at $430 million this year.
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Kasey Medley (right) stands on the front porch of her flooded home with her friend Erica Cass on Tuesday in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Powerful storms that swept through the nation’s midsection have pushed river levels to dangerous heights and are threatening to flood several towns in Missouri. A tornado killed four people in Arkansas on Monday, and a 3-year-old girl was killed when a storm blew an oak tree onto her family’s home in southern Mississippi on Tuesday.