On Tuesday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  January 11, 2011 at 3:09 PM EST

Updated

ARIZONA SHOOTING | Surgeons treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., are tentatively optimistic about her recovery but caution that surviving an injury of this magnitude is a long and uncertain process. Gwen Ifill has the latest.

GUN LAWS | Arizona’s gun laws are being examined in light of the Tucson tragedy as details emerge about how alleged gunman Jared Lee Loughner obtained the weapons. Judy Woodruff talks to James Cavanaugh, who recently retired as a special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

MENTAL HEALTH | Friends, neighbors and classmates recall a troubled Jared Lee Loughner, prone to angry outburdts and anti-social behavior. Concerns over his mental health were flagged at the community college where he attended classes. Betty Ann Bowser takes a closer look at warning signs that could link mental illness to criminal behavior. Then, Gwen Ifill talks to a panel of three experts about mental health care.

REBUILDING HAITI | Miles O’Brien explains how structural engineers are using earthquake science to rebuild Haiti’s structures to be stronger and safer, and how science used in other earthquake-prone regions can help minimize injuries and deaths. It’s a story in partnership with NOVA, which will air a report Tuesday on deadly earthquakes and the science behind them.

OIL SPILL COMMISSION | Ray Suarez talks to the chairmen of the president’s oil spill commission about how companies can adopt practices to lower the risk of another massive oil spill like the one that devastated the Gulf of Mexico.

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchor Tuesday night’s program. Kwame Holman will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

We hope you’ll join us.