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On Wednesday’s NewsHour: New York Digs Out; Ivory Coast Standoff; India’s Water Shortages; Patti Smith

NEW YORK CITY DIGS OUT | Days after a major northeastern blizzard hit the Big Apple, airlines are still struggling to get stranded passengers back in the air. Residents are navigating around stranded cars and buses as the city tries to clear the remnants of the storm Ray Suarez gets an update from Bob Hennelly of WNYC Public Radio.

IVORY COAST VIOLENCE | Despite calls to accept election results and step down from the United Nations and other West African leaders, Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has refused to surrender power – and is still in control of the nation’s military forces. Nearly 200 people have been killed in post-election clashes. Gwen Ifill takes a closer look at the situation with Christopher Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute, who recently returned from the Ivory Coast.

WATER CRISIS IN INDIA’S CAPITAL | In the first report of a year-long partnership with National Geographic Magazine and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting examining population issues, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from New Delhi, where rapid and unplanned population growth is exacerbating a shortage of water.

EXIT INTERVIEW: REP. STEPHANIE HERSETH SANDLIN | Judy Woodruff has the second in a series of interviews with lawmakers facing involuntary retirement. Tonight, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a moderate Democrat from South Dakota.

HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE | We continue an encore look at Paul Solman’s recent series on the foreclosure crisis with a second look at a non-profit that is helping homeowners in crisis stay in their homes.

A CONVERSATION WITH PATTI SMITH | Legendary rocker Patti Smith talks to Jeffrey Brown about her book “Just Kids,” a look at her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the 1960s and 70s, before their careers became part of America’s pop culture palette.

Gwen Ifill and Ray Suarez anchor Wednesday’s broadcast. Hari Sreenivasan will recap the day’s other top headlines.

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