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CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Updating a Bill of Rights? The U.S. government is announcing version 2.0, and we've got the details for you. I'm Carl Azuz. This is CNN Student News!

First Up: Wildfires

AZUZ: First up, the state of Texas is under siege, and the fight is getting bigger by the day. Talking about the wildfires that have been going for more than a week now, one official said "west, east, north, south... we're actually seeing Texas burn from border to border."

More than one million acres -- that's about the same as one million football fields -- have been scorched. More than 170 homes destroyed. At least one firefighter has died. Several others have been hurt. Officials were hoping for some brief help from the weather yesterday, but the dry, windy conditions that have spread these flames were expected to be back today.

Firefighters from 34 different states are in Texas trying to get these things under control. Ed Lavandera was with some of them. His report gives us an idea of what it's like to be right up against the blaze.


ED LAVANDERA, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT, DALLAS: The relentless waves of fire erupted here along Hells Gate Drive. You can see how these low-level trees and the dry brush just add to this fuel. In a matter of seconds, these flames devour all of these trees, dry it up, and keeps moving on this way.

For these volunteer firefighters from Lone Camp, Texas, Hells Gate is a fitting backdrop for the showdown they're about to face with these wicked flames.

BOZO HENDERSON, LONE CAMP FIRE DEPARTMENT: It's hard to stop. The ground is all dry and everything. There's no moisture anywhere. There's nothing slowing it down.

LAVANDERA: The wildfire shoots over a mountain ridge, and Bozo Henderson --yes, that's his name -- knows the fire is pushing right at them. They're the last line of defense where Hells Gate hits Highway 16.

HENDERSON: If it jumps 16, I don't know what's going to happen after that. It's just going to be ugly.

LAVANDERA: What's the fear over here?

HENDERSON: There's another fire back over here, and we're trying to keep it from merging.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've got to get to the safety zone.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, what do you think? Can I have an engine down here at this house?

LAVANDERA: Brandon Thornburgh tells me the flames shooting from the treetops reach up to 100 feet high, and that temperatures deep in the woods could reach well over 3,000 degrees.

BRANDON THORNBURGH, LONE CAMP FIRE DEPARTMENT: As you say, the flames are just racing.

LAVANDERA: Look at that.

THORNBURGH: Wave after wave, they keep exploding and creating new head fires. The one down below is coming our way. It's actually...

LAVANDERA: Splitting up a little bit?

THORNBURGH: It's splitting like this and coming this way.

LAVANDERA: Other fire teams set backfires to slow the flames. An aerial tanker shoots over the hotspot, dumping fire suppressant. But the flames are now at the edge of Hells Gate.

So, we've been doing live reports from here, but the winds have shifted. And as you can see, it's starting to blow everything back on us. And we've been told by firefighters that we need to get out of this area.

We race out of the area through the thick, smoky haze. The firefighters, standing their ground until the end. One of the Lone Camp firefighters would tell me later this was one of the few battles they won on this day. Ed Lavandera, CNN, Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas.



TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Today's Shoutout goes out to Mr. Paulson's social studies classes at Our Lady of Tepeyac in Chicago, Illinois! Which of these is a type of road surface? You know what to do! Is it: A) Sheetrock, B) Tarmac, C) Asbestos or D) Halite? You've got three seconds -- GO! Tarmac is the right answer here; the material is used to pave roads at many airports. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Passenger Rights

AZUZ: The U.S. government is putting out a second set of rules to help keep air travelers from being stuck on the tarmac for too long. It also addresses some other common complaints. You can call it the latest Passenger Bill of Rights. The first version came out in 2009. It said domestic flights can't sit on the ground for more than three hours. The new rules set a limit of four hours for international flights. Also included: Airlines have to announce all fees on their websites. And passengers will get more money if they're bumped off a flight. The new rules take effect in 120 days, but the airline industry responded immediately. It said these regulations could lead to higher ticket prices and more flights getting canceled.

Blog Report

CNN STUDENT NEWS: A school's policy in Chicago: Students can't bring bagged lunches from home. So unless they have a medical condition, students either eat the school food or no food. Not a popular policy with students there. Not a popular policy with you. Ethan says "packing lunches gives kids the freedom they want to choose their food." Carly writes "it would actually be healthier to bring a lunch" than to have the food they serve at her school. Sydney tells us, "I usually bring a PB&J on wheat, a fruit salad, water, and a granola bar. Isn't that pretty healthy?" Yes, Sydney, it is. From Alexis: "Parents should be able to decide what their children eat for lunch, the school should not have anything to do with the students' lunch decisions." And Celine from South Korea says she wishes she could bring her lunch to school, but she's not allowed. "Our health is our business, not our school's," she writes. A few of you saw it the school's way. From Peter: "If the school lunches are truly healthier than the packed lunches students bring, I don't see a problem with banning packed lunches for students' benefits."

Libya Crisis

AZUZ: Civil war in Libya: Rebels are fighting against the government forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Britain, France and Italy are sending military advisers to help train the rebels. U.S. officials are talking about sending aid, and U.S. intelligence workers are on the ground in Libya. But President Obama has said he won't send American troops into Libya, not even as advisers. One Libyan official said other countries sending advisers is a step toward confrontation. Meanwhile, the fighting between rebels and Colonel Gadhafi's forces is raging in the city of Misrata. Sources say dozens of people have been killed there this week. One United Nations official says some of the military's attacks could be considered international crimes.

Production Levels

AZUZ: The Toyota Motor Company is announcing serious production cuts at plants in North America and China. The problem here is that it is hard to get enough parts out of Japan after last month's earthquake and tsunami there. And it's not just one company, either. Eunice Yoon explains how those disasters are driving changes across the entire automotive industry.


EUNICE YOON, CNN ASIA BUSINESS EDITOR, HONG KONG: Song and dance, premieres galore, crowds of curious fans. This is the Shanghai Auto Show, a car show in the world's biggest auto market. Players like Toyota, Audi, Mazda and Ford are all showing off their latest creations. But overshadowing the marketing mania is concern about the road ahead as car makers race to find the parts they need in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Japan.

It's been over a month since the Japan quake, and the industry is still struggling with the shortage of supplies. Japan is a dominant producer of auto parts, and it's the largest when it comes to certain electronics. But the quake has forced many of the suppliers to shut down.

JOE HINRICHS, CEO, FORD CHINA: Obviously, a terrible tragedy for the people of Japan. It's really deep, because it's not just the supply base that directly supplies the auto companies, but their suppliers and their suppliers. So, it's a complex situation that is evolving every day.

YOON: To cope, car makers like General Motors have idled production lines. Ford is rationing some items like paint. Volvo, which was running low on inventories, is now working with new suppliers.

STEFAN JACOBY, CEO, VOLVO: We have some specific components where we are relying on Japan, but we managed together with suppliers from Japan to find alternatives within Japan, but also out of other countries and other production locations abroad.

YOON: That's unsettling news for many Japanese suppliers still grappling with structural damage and power outages. Many fear they could lose business for good as their customers start to forge new relationships. Some analysts say if the shortages persist, global production could shrink by a third this year. So far, most car makers say their sales haven't been affected, but they're bracing for more obstacles.

HINRICHS: The Japan quake results are going to play out over the next several months. It's a critical time when suppliers are ramping back up and the inventory levels have been coming down throughout the system. So, over next couple of months, we will know the real proof of impact of what's happening.

YOON: To an industry that was only just starting to perform again after the global financial crisis. Eunice Yoon, Shanghai, Japan.


Before We Go

AZUZ: Before we go, you may not like surprises, but these are some of the best kind: young people being surprised by family members who serve in the military. April is the Month of the Military Child. The men and women who serve make sacrifices, but so do their families. And this month-long event pays tribute to the more than 1 million Americans under the age of 18 who have a parent serving. It's always great to see these surprise reunions.


AZUZ: And we certainly salute all of the U.S. service members out there and their families for everything that they do. We're leaving you now, but we'll see you at roll call tomorrow.


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