On Thursday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  March 11, 2010 at 4:44 PM EDT

HEALTH REFORM: | Over the past 24 hours, leading Democrats on Capitol Hill have indicated they believe they’re getting close to clearing the way for a vote on health reform. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman has the story tonight, and then Jim Lehrer talks to National Public Radio health correspondent Julie Rovner.

STATE OF THE UNION | Judy Woodruff examines the growing tension between two branches of the U.S. government: the White House and the Supreme Court, following Chief Justice John Roberts’ assertion that the annual State of the Union Address should be viewed as a “political pep rally.” Judy’s guests are Tom Goldstein of Scotusblog.com, and Jeff Shesol, author of a forthcoming book about the relationship between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the high court.

SCHOOL’S OUT | We report tonight on plans to shutter nearly half the public schools in the Kansas City system. The city’s school board narrowly approved the plan designed to stave off bankruptcy Wednesday night. Ray Suarez reports on the controversial decision, and then we have a newsmaker interview with Superintendent John Covington, architect of the plan.

‘LETTERS TO JACKIE’ | Gwen Ifill talks to Ellen Fitzpatrick about her new book “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation.” The book captures the nation’s extraordinary outpouring of grief in the immediate aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, as communicated to his widow in letters written by more than one million people.

WEB-ONLY | Hari Sreenivasan gives a tour of new and related features on the site including, a look at the latest foreclosure numbers on our Patchwork Nation map; Ray Suarez blogs about the politics of the immigration reform debate; and the original letters to Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband’s death

All that, plus the rest of the day’s news as reported by the NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan. Anchors tonight: Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff. We hope you’ll join us.