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  • Divisions have deepened in some parts of Ukraine, and in today`s show we are starting with the unrest that`s causing it.

  • This is CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • We`ve told you how Ukraine is the nation divided.

  • Some people there want to be more closely associated with Europe, to Ukraine`s west.

  • Others want closer ties with Russia, to Ukraine`s east.

  • Protests by the pro-Europe side earlier this year led to the removal of Ukraine`s former president.

  • But in several cities, there are no protests by the pro-Russia side.

  • And yesterday, some demonstrators took over Ukrainian government buildings, raised Russian flags and said they wanted a new government.

  • Ukraine`s current leaders blame Russia for this.

  • They say Russia is stirring up these protests so it can annex more areas of Ukraine, like it did in a pro-Russian region of Crimea last month.

  • Russia says Ukraine`s government is acting irresponsibly, that it should listen to its people and quit blaming Russia for its problems.

  • A royal visit to the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Britain`s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, more commonly known as William and Kate, arrived in New Zealand yesterday.

  • Because Princes William and George are second and third in line to the British throne,

  • they need to beget special permission from the queen to travel on the same plane.

  • And the excitement about their trip extends from their home in Britain to the nations it once ruled.

  • New Zealand and Australia are now independent countries.

  • But they are part of the commonwealth, linked to Britain by history, modern day cooperation and the symbolic monarchy, of which William, Kate and George are a part.

  • A new island has popped up in the Pacific, south of Japan, and it`s made friends with an older one to form an even bigger chunk of land.

  • Here`s the new guy busting through the ocean surface last year.

  • It`s a volcano that appeared in November.

  • It was basically a stone throw away from its neighbor.

  • Another volcano that last erupted 40 years ago.

  • Over the past few months, the new one spewed plenty of steam and ash and grew(ph).

  • It had reached out and touched the older one by late December, and today the combined island is now more than six tenths of a mile across.

  • It`s pretty hot stuff, so you don`t want to move there.

  • But the bigger it gets, the longer it will take to erode in the Pacific.

  • So, as long as it`s growing on the Pacific ring of fire, it`s growing more likely to stay around.

  • Time to take roll. And today we are calling out the Mount Rushmore state, the Hawk eye state and the tar hill state.

  • In Sioux Falls South Dakota, we`ve got the Wolverines watching.

  • Hello to everyone at William Middle School.

  • In Lisbon, Iowa, it`s the lions who were stuck in CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • Great to be online at Lisbon High School.

  • And in Pfufftown, North Carolina check out the radars.

  • Good to see our friends at Reagan High School.

  • April is autism awareness month in the U.S.

  • The event aims to get people talking about the disorders to help the public better understand them.

  • Autism rates continue to climb in America.

  • It` believed to affect one in 68 children today.

  • It was one in 88 children two years ago.

  • Experts aren`t sure why rates are increasing, and they don`t know what causes autism.

  • But children who have the disorders are generally affected in three certain areas

  • the use of language, their behavior or how they interact with other people.

  • The extent of the disorders varies dramatically.

  • One child with autism may be severely affected.

  • Another symptoms may be more mild.

  • And some children seem to outgrow some symptoms as they get older.

  • So, each person with autism is unique.

  • By the amount of food we throw away in the U.S. some estimates put that at 40 percent.

  • You wouldn`t think millions of Americans are going hungry. They are.

  • And one reason - food`s wasted, is because many supermarkets won`t take imperfect-looking produce.

  • Because many shoppers won`t buy it.

  • Sarah Ramirez rescues some of that food, gives it to people in need and earns the title of CNN Hero.

  • Pixley is a small community located in the central park of California.

  • We are in this agriculturally rich area, and yet people who live here and work here, are hungry, are impoverished.

  • Some are working in the fields that feed the entire country.

  • And then they don`t have the resources to support them and - it`s heartbreaking.

  • You can`t just watch that and not wonder if there`s something more that we could do.

  • Thank you.

  • What we do is we clean mostly from backyards.

  • Today, we are looking at a glean of about 6400 pounds.

  • And that`s incredible.

  • My husband and I grew up in Pixley.

  • My parents, they worked in the fields.

  • I had family members who died at very young ages due to chronic diseases like diabetes.

  • And those of you that are high school students.

  • Looking at these issues of poverty and obesity, we were trying to figure out how do we provide our resources for our community and our home.

  • We also have a component in our garden that`s a you pick area.

  • If your household needs some fruits and vegetables.

  • We really try to teach how to use what we are growing.

  • Peach and cucumber.

  • Wow.

  • I want to grow old, and I want to grow old in the healthy way, and I want that for everybody.

  • Thank you!

  • See if you can I.D. me. I`m a year in the late 20th century, Bill Clinton was the U.S. president and John Paul II was the pope.

  • There`s no World Series due to a strike in Major League Baseball. And Dallas won the Super Bowl.

  • And Arkansas won the NCAA men`s basketball championship.

  • I`m 1994. Also, the year that "Friends: debut on TV.

  • Of course, it`s hard to imagine what your life will be like 20 years from now.

  • But the teams you are now following, the shows you`re watching.

  • Maybe even a new story you`ve seen, we`ll all be part of your history in 2034.

  • What would you tell your future self in a letter?

  • A teacher in Canada is making sure his students get a look back at themselves from themselves.

  • Last week, a trip to the mail box was a trip back in time for Scott Fulton.

  • Back to 1994 when he wrote a letter to his future self.

  • November 30, 1994. Dear Scott - myself.

  • Hey, how are you? I`m fine.

  • Do you remember why are you getting this letter?

  • It was an assignment from his grade nine English teacher Bruce Farrow.

  • This one I wasn`t allowed to read. Confidential.

  • This one I wasn`t allowed to read. Confidential.

  • He started it back in 1961.

  • The assignment - write a ten page letter to your future self.

  • The assignment - write a ten page letter to your future self.

  • The motivation to write it - look at where you are going and decide OK, what is it I want to do with myself?

  • And so, they would write about where they wanted to end up.

  • And so, they would write about where they wanted to end up.

  • Then, 20 years later, Farrer tracks down his former students.

  • Then, 20 years later, Farrer tracks down his former students.

  • Over the years, he`s mailed out more than 1000 letters.

  • Fulton is humbled by Mr. Farrer`s dedication and the expectations of his 14-year old self.

  • o, anyway, are you married? To whom?

  • I`ve always wondered if would get married to someone that I already know or someone I`ll meet later on in life. Not married.

  • So, I`m assuming you have some children right now? No.

  • Did you find anything really surprising in your life, that you .

  • On this day, teacher and student reunite.

  • And even though Fulton didn`t imagine it, he is now a teacher, too.

  • And he just gave this same assignment to his students.

  • Yeah, I have no regrets on my life so far for my vantage point,

  • and if I was to, you know, talk to my 14-year old self, I think - I think we`d high five one another.

  • Gwen - Oh, I remember, her.

  • As for Mr. Farrer, he`s been retired for 12 years, but he`s still fulfilling his promise.

  • And that`s not an easy assignment.

  • 20-26. That`s when he`ll mail his last letter.

  • It`s a fight, a brawl, a mob scene, where no one gets hurt.

  • And while some people get into it more than others, everyone gets pelted with pillows.

  • It`s International Pillow Fight Day.

  • When you take the place, you lay your head to smack the head of someone else.

  • Why? Well, why not. It`s a harmless way to express frustration from a sleepless night,

  • and if Kong Fu pillow fighting gets you tired, you`ll have a soft place to land in hand.

  • With that many people, there is no way you`ll get pillow only.

  • These events stuffed with participants.

  • It`s simply cut ton of them. Everyone`s down went down. Everyone`s on the case, even if they all get batten.

  • Birds of a feather fight together.

  • All right, that`s enough fluff. We`ll bring you more hard and maybe some news on Wednesday.

Divisions have deepened in some parts of Ukraine, and in today`s show we are starting with the unrest that`s causing it.

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