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  • It`s April, 18, Good Friday for millions of people worldwide. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • Ten minutes of commercial-free current events.

  • Our first story today takes us to a Texas town named West.

  • Yesterday was exactly one year after an enormous explosion destroyed a fertilizer plant there.

  • That gives you a sense of how powerful it was.

  • It started with the fire, and while first responders were fighting it, the explosion occurred.

  • 15 people were killed.

  • The accident is still under investigation, but some effects on the landscape remain.

  • 120 homes were destroyed. Another 200 were damaged.

  • The blast registered as a magnitude 2.1 earthquake, shaking houses 50 miles away.

  • In a town of about 2800 people, everyone in West was affected in some way.

  • But residents have started to rebuild. The process described as being brick by brick, shingle by shingle, prayer by prayer.

  • In West it is a new day.

  • Street by street, block by block, house by house, the town`s mayor Tommy Muska likes what he sees.

  • It`s a smile on my face. And we lived with dumpsters for a while.

  • Dumpsters is progress. That humming is progress.

  • The town recently hired the same economic development consultants who helped New Orleans and Galveston start over after Hurricanes Katrina and Ike.

  • And for the first time since the town`s darkest day last year, folks who live here are beginning to ask a painful question:

  • should a new fertilizer plant be built in West?

  • That`s a hard pill. That`s going to be a hard pill to swallow for some people.

  • With the West plant gone, the mayor says farmers must travel up to 30 miles away to get the fertilizer they need.

  • You know, it`s a needed industry.

  • Somewhere in this area. Is it right here in West?

  • I don`t know. Will it be zoned where people won`t build around it?

  • Hopefully, hopefully we`ve learned the lesson there. Will it be safe? You bet!

  • While the mayor looks toward the future, he says he will never forget the 15 people who lost their lives that day.

  • Mostly first responders, some of who`ve volunteered with him at the Fire Department.

  • As we drove around town, Mayor Muska spotted the two flags flying over the ambulance sheet.

  • Someone lowered them to half-staff after the explosion and they`ve remained that way ever since.

  • The powerful symbol for the town.

  • Might seem hard to believe that in some areas what`s killing more Americans than violent crime and car crashes is the illegal drug heroin and other opiate narcotics.

  • These are highly addictive drugs.

  • They are easy to overdose on.

  • They cause violent withdrawal symptoms.

  • Despite that, there`s been a recent surge in heroin use in the U.S. Experts say one reason might be a nationwide crackdown on prescription painkillers.

  • That`s leading addicts to turn to heroin.

  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the issue seemed to sneak up on government officials.

  • That it used to be thought of as a regional problem, until statistics showed it was nationwide.

  • Holder`s been criticized, though, for pushing for more lenient treatment of non-violent drug offenders.

  • Tracking across the United States, today`s CNN STUDENT NEWS Roll Call starts in the Tar Hill state.

  • We found some hawks soaring over Kernersville, North Carolina.

  • They are online at Kernersville Middle School.

  • (INAUDIBLE) from there will make (INAUDIBLE) in Laurel, Mississippi, the Mustangs of West Jones High School are watching from the Magnolia State.

  • Mustangs will come up later today.

  • And on the West Coast, in Bakersfield, California, we are shouting out the bull dogs.

  • Great to see you at Golden Valley High School.

  • An underwater drone has spent hours at the bottom of the Indian Ocean scanning for wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

  • It disappeared last month with 239 people aboard.

  • No sign of it has been found.

  • But if something is, getting a view at a place without light where any quick movements could stir up too much silt to see through will make a recovery very difficult.

  • It is a pretty amazing scene.

  • We are inside of a submersible.

  • Now, I`ll stress, not the kind of submersible that could go to the depths of, say, where they believe the airliner is,

  • but it`s a perfect way to demonstrate some of the challenges as well as the abilities.

  • If you take a look back here, let me just demonstrate how extremely tight these quarters are.

  • Our pilot has to sit all the way directly behind us here in the dark, and he is the man in control.

  • He is guiding this vessel. Meanwhile, the two of us up here, Phil Newton who is the expert on underwater recovery works.

  • He`s been doing this for decades, is going to show us how manipulating this arm at this depth of retrieving a black box.

  • It`s one we set out there, but it`s a way to give you a good example of just how even in this murk that you can begin to evaluate the tricky circumstances.

  • So, Phil, if you would - we`ve already glassed it with the mechanical arm that you`ve got here, right?

  • bring it over and get in the basket. Now it`s easy as one I suppose.

  • And so there you can see the black box is going to be retrieved by the claw.

  • It`s no easy thing, just finding it in the gloom, but then the next step is it`s got to get into the basket because that is the way it`s going to be transported to the surface.

  • And again, we point out to you at this step, it would be totally done.

  • We are using very bright lighting up, there`d been - even then you can see the gloom.

  • On top of that, manipulating this arm is not as easy as using your own hand to try to grab something under the water.

  • Time for The Shoutout. What was the tallest building in the world back in 1931?

  • If you think you know it, shout it out! Was it, the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Willis Tower, or Eiffel Tower.

  • You`ve got three seconds, go!

  • When the Empire State Building was completed in 1931, it was the tallest manmade structure on the planet.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.

  • So, no surprise there was a ton of publicity throughout its construction.

  • And the Empire State Building has been used in a number of publicity stunts.

  • Consider, if you will, a car company looking to generate a lot of buzz for a new model.

  • So much so, that it`s willing to cut it in the pieces, carry it up 86 floors and rebuild it outdoors on an observation deck.

  • Down there on the street is where cars are supposed to be, not up here. 86 floors above New York City atop the Empire State Building.

  • The out of place 2015 Ford Mustang had tourists wondering.

  • The first thing was, how in the name of God did they get it up here?

  • Maybe by the copter? A helicopter or something?

  • I throw (INAUDIBLE) the helicopter.

  • It basically rode the elevator just like you and I did.

  • Not just like you or I. We wouldn`t have to get chopped up into pieces.

  • The Mustang was cut up into five pieces, small enough to fit in the smallest Empire State Building elevator.

  • We only have an elevator that`s 36 inches wide.

  • They actually built a mock elevator back at the Ford shop to make sure everything would fit.

  • This wasn`t` the first time a Ford Mustang rode these elevators.

  • Back in 1965 then newly introduced Mustang made the same trip and was photographed on the observatory.

  • This latest elevation of the Mustang was meant to celebrate its 50th anniversary,

  • and weather, though, didn`t cooperate.

  • Snowflakes were flying as they assembled the Mustang high above Manhattan.

  • It had to be done overnight when the observation deck was closed.

  • And the car had to be put together in a six hour window.

  • Here`s the process sped up. Despite the weather they met their deadline.

  • Ford wasn`t actually first to raise a car in new heights, maybe they got the idea from Chevy.

  • Chevrolet 1964.

  • They did use a helicopter to lift car and model atop this sandstone tower in Utah.

  • Getting the car up there is certainly a tall order.

  • With that Mustang, there was no room for horsing around, but if you have the drive, you can afford to stunt your building publicity.

  • You`re really trying to give a brand a lift? Well, this can be an ingenious idea.

  • But it`s a tight fit, and you must angle it just right.

  • I`m Carl Azuz. My shift is up. We are hitting the road back in the driver seat on Monday.

It`s April, 18, Good Friday for millions of people worldwide. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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