The local news here is leading off the past couple of days with bits about local people who are in Haiti (local student on a church group trip, safe) or were in Haiti at some point (local person volunteering with a church group). Then they do a network feed on Haitian people.
It's totally weird that the news thinks that what's most important about the Haitian earthquake tragedy is that local visitors were there.
Dear local news: really, sometimes people from the upper midwest are not the center of the universe.
Do other areas of the country do this? I don't remember this sort of thing at all in the local news when I lived elsewhere. (Then again, they didn't have daily coverage of the local HS football training, either.)