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CNN Student News Transcript: March 27, 2009

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(CNN Student News) -- March 27, 2009

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Secretary Clinton Visits Mexico - Hear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's views on drug violence in Mexico.

Allergy Relief - Learn how to avoid allergy attacks with some tips for seasonal sufferers.

Women's History Month - Honor the work of some famous female politicians during the 21st century.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: [Speaking Japanese] That is a warm welcome to our new viewers in Japan. Thank you for tuning in to CNN Student News.

First Up: U.S. Weather Headlines

JAY WESTBROOKS, CORINTH BAPTIST CHURCH: We are gonna survive. The church is, the building is destroyed, but the church is alive. And we're gonna come back, and we're gonna rebuild. There's, you know, the weather is not gonna stop us.

AZUZ: That church just one of more than a hundred buildings damaged or destroyed by severe weather in Mississippi. Officials say more than 20 people were injured by the storms, which included at least two confirmed tornadoes. The National Weather Service says the damage caused in Simpson County, where that church was destroyed, was caused by an EF3 tornado, which can produce winds of 136 to 165 miles per hour. Mississippi's governor has declared a state of emergency in several counties. That allows state resources to take part in the recovery efforts.

JENNIFER SONDAG, IREPORTER: Here's kind of what we're looking at. We have our sandbag dike that stretches basically from this neighbor's fence, goes all through here, and you can see kind of curves back there through the trees. And people just bring in bag after bag after bag after bag.

AZUZ: And this is why: flood waters rising in North Dakota. The mayor of Fargo says the city is in "uncharted territory," and officials are working to raise those sandbag levels high enough to face the increasing water levels. Volunteers have turned out in huge numbers to help prepare against the severe weather.

I.D. Me!

GEORGE RAMSAY, CNN STUDENT NEWS: See if you can I.D. Me! I'm a country that's home to more than 111 million people. The vast majority of my residents speak Spanish. My current president is Felipe Calderon. I'm Mexico, and I declared my independence from Spain in 1810.

Secretary Clinton Visits Mexico

AZUZ: Nearly 200 years later, drug violence is a huge issue in that country. It's blamed for the deaths of 6,500 people last year alone. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that the U.S. shares some of the blame for the ongoing violence and for the drug trade taking place between the neighboring countries. Secretary Clinton visited Mexico this week. Jill Dougherty reports on the trip.


JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: On her first day in Mexico, Secretary Clinton focused on drug violence along the U.S.-Mexican border, praising the Mexican president Felipe Calderon for what she called his courage in fighting the drug cartels, saying that the U.S. would help as much as possible with law enforcement personnel and also with equipment. She said there would be an extra $80 million for Blackhawk helicopters that could be used by Mexico along the border. And then finally, saying that Mexico and the United States have a shared responsibility in this violence, arguing that U.S. drug use, what she called the insatiable demand by Americans for drugs, is fueling this violence.

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: Obviously, our demand for drugs is what motivates these drug gangs. If they didn't think they were going to make a bunch of money across the border, they would go into another line of work. And so, we do share responsibility for the security challenges facing the Mexican people.

DOUGHERTY: Secretary Clinton will be focusing on broader aspects of the relationship. She'll be in the industrial city of Monterrey, meeting with students. She'll have a roundtable with business leaders and also visit a clean energy plant. This is all part of her message that the overall relationship should not be overshadowed just by the drug issue. Jill Dougherty, CNN, Mexico City.


Allergy Relief

AZUZ: Shifting from international politics to national pollen. With the start of spring comes some fun, the start of springtime allergies, and that's bad for millions of seasonal sufferers. The biggest blame for the sneezing, coughing and runny noses goes to pollen, tree spores that are spread by the wind. Judy Fortin checks in with some tips on avoiding allergy attacks.


JUDY FORTIN, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Opening a window in the springtime can be risky for Sara Sanders. She suffers from severe allergies to pollen.

SARA SANDERS, ALLERGY SUFFERER: We just make sure the windows are closed and very well sealed.

FORTIN: That's not the only step Sara took to allergy-proof her house. She removed most of the carpeting and installed a state-of-the-art air filtering system. Dr. Alpen Patel, an allergist with the Emory University School of Medicine, says there are other ways to protect yourself during allergy season.

DR. ALPEN PATEL, EMORY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: Showering or bathing at night, basically taking the pollen off your body or your hair. Limiting outdoor activities for those who suffer from severe springtime allergies. That includes recreational activities, hobbies like gardening, playing outside, working outside.

FORTIN: Patel says if that doesn't work, see a doctor.

PATEL: We usually recommend taking an antihistimine or an antihistimine decongestant, some of which are now available over the counter.

FORTIN: Patel also recommends keeping your pets clean and out of the bedroom. Pollen can get into their thick coats and make it difficult to keep allergy symptoms at bay.



RAMSAY: Today's Shoutout goes out to Mrs. Thwaites' government class at West Ottawa High School in Holland, Michigan. Who was the first female vice presidential candidate from a major U.S. political party? Was it: A) Sarah Palin, B) Geraldine Ferraro, C) Shirley Chisholm or D) Susan B. Anthony? You've got three seconds -- GO! In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was nominated for vice president by the Democratic Party. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Women's History Month

AZUZ: Ferraro and her running mate didn't win that election, but she did make history with her nomination, and she is far from the only famous female in American politics. As we wrap up our coverage of Women's History Month, we're taking a look at some of the accomplishments of a few political trailblazers from the 21st century.


MICHELLE WRIGHT, CNN STUDENT NEWS: When Hillary Clinton won New York's U.S. Senate seat in 2000, she became the only first lady to hold an elected office, and for about three weeks in January 2001, she held both positions! In 1993, as head of the president's task force on health care reform, Clinton became the only first lady ever to have an office in the West Wing of the White House. She is the first and only first lady to run for president. Clinton currently serves in President Barack Obama's cabinet as the U.S. secretary of state.

Clinton received the torch from Condoleezza Rice, who served as the 66th U.S. secretary of state. She was sworn in as the first African-American woman to hold the position in 2005. Before that post, Rice was the first woman to work as the national security advisor to President George W. Bush. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a professor and appointed provost of the university, the first woman, the first African-American and the youngest person to hold that office.

Alaskan governor Sarah Palin became the first woman to run for vice president in the Republican Party in 2008. Palin is the youngest and only female governor of America's largest state, Alaska. Before serving as governor, she was the mayor of Wasilla, the state's fourth largest city. Palin is considered by many in the GOP to be among the top choices for the 2012 Republican presidential candidacy.

This year, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, became the first African-American president and first lady in U.S. history. Mrs. Obama graduated magna cum laude from Princeton and obtained her law degree from Harvard in 1988. As first lady, Mrs. Obama has pledged to support military families, help working women balance career and family, and encourage national service.

Honoring achievements from political women of the 21st century this Women's History Month.


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Before We Go

AZUZ: And finally, a group of students are on track for a world record thanks to this pile of pennies. They laid the loot out in a 100-mile-long chain around a racetrack this week, and in order to get the record, every penny has to touch the one next to it. It took about 8.5 million coins to complete the task, making this project worth nearly $85,000! The money will go toward an after-school program.



AZUZ: A student project that ends up helping schools? That makes a lot of cents. You guys have a great weekend. For CNN Student News, I'm Carl Azuz.

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