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  • CROWD: We`re (INAUDIBLE) North Carolina. And you`re watching CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • CARL AZUZ, HOST: Thanks to those News Charter (ph) students for getting things started,

  • and thanks to all of you for wrapping up your week with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • I`m Carl Azuz.

  • First up today, parts of Texas are recovering from severe weather they hit on Wednesday.

  • The National Weather Service says at least ten tornadoes touched down in the area.

  • The U.S. gets more tornadoes per year than any other country.

  • These storms can show up any time, but the peak months are April, May and June.

  • The ones that hit North Texas killed at least six people.

  • Rescue crews were searching for others who were missing yesterday.

  • Officials say the victims were in this neighborhood, most of the homes there were destroyed,

  • you can see some foundations where the buildings are just completely gone,

  • and some of the homes that are standing like these ones still got massive damage.

  • Recovery efforts could take a while.

  • If you`re looking for a way to help out, go to the resources box at cnnstudentnews.com and click the "Impact Your World Link."

  • Following up now in a couple of government stories.

  • Earlier this week, we reported on a scandal involving the IRS.

  • The agency admitted that when groups from the Teat Party Movement and other conservative groups applied for a tax exempt status,

  • their applications were targeted for extra review.

  • It was basically political bias.

  • You can get all the details on what happened in the transcript from Monday`s show.

  • The acting commissioner of the IRS was forced to resign this week because of the scandal.

  • The reaction from across Washington, outrage.

  • SEN. RAND PAUL (R ) KENTUCKY: Whether you`re a Republican or a Democrat or Independent in this country,

  • to take the abuse of a $3.8 trillion government,

  • the power of that government and to use it to stifle opposition is profoundly un-American.

  • BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: It shouldn`t matter what political stride you`re from,

  • the fact of the matter is that the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity.

  • The government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust,

  • that`s especially true for the IRS.

  • It`s inexcusable and Americans are right to be angry about it.

  • REP. JOHN BOEHNER, (R ) HOUSE SPEAKER: There are laws in place to prevent this type of abuse.

  • My question isn`t about who`s going to resign,

  • my question is who`s going to jail over this scandal.

  • AZUZ: The other follow-up is about a terrorist attack against the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya last year.

  • Four Americans were killed including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

  • There`s been a lot of criticism about how President Obama`s administration responded.

  • Wednesday, the White House released more than 100 pages of emails about that response.

  • The communications between the White House, CIA and State Department show how the administration developed its talking points.

  • That`s the information the government would share publicly.

  • Representative Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee explained why Congress is holding hearings about Benghazi.

  • REP. DARRELL ISSA, (R ) CALIFORNIA: Our solemn responsibility is to hold government accountable to taxpayers.

  • Because taxpayers have a right to know what they get from their government.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s first "Shoutout" goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Heller`s academic enrichment classes at Westminster High School in Westminster, Colorado.

  • What U.S. holiday is being celebrated tomorrow?

  • Here we go. Is it Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Arbor Day of Flag Day.

  • You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • Armed Forces Day falls on the third Saturday in May.

  • That`s tomorrow. And that`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."

  • AZUZ: You`re probably not as familiar with Armed Forces Day, as you`re with Memorial Day or Veterans Day.

  • But the holiday celebrated this Saturday dates back to 1949 when it was announced to honor all branches of the U.S. military.

  • In honor of Armed Forces Day, we`re drumming up some military trivia.

  • First, the oldest and largest branch.

  • You`ll probably guess it`s the Army, but did you know that it dates back to June of 1775?

  • That`s year before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

  • The Navy was also established that year on October 13th, and on November 10th, 1775, the Marine Corps was born.

  • All three of these groups would fight in a Revolutionary War.

  • The U.S. Coast Guard came along in 1790, but not as the Coast Guard.

  • It was called the Revenue Marine Service, and it was created by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.

  • The Coast Guard got its current name in 1915.

  • The youngest branch is the Air Force, of course, you couldn`t get that one off the ground without planes,

  • but even after those did take flight and start their military service, they were part of the Army until 1947.

  • People always talk about prom as a night to remember.

  • For a group of high school students from Davy, Florida, theirs is a night they`ll probably never forget.

  • ASHLEY WOLF, HIGH SCHOL SENIOR: We were in a limo and we`re all dancing and having a good time,

  • decide (ph) to go to prom, and then all of a sudden the bus slams on its breaks.

  • I was the first to think, call 911, so I stepped to the side and called 911. I was calm.

  • AZUZ: Staying calm will be impressive enough, considering this is why the driver slammed on the breaks.

  • A van had swerved, wrecked and flipped on its side right in front of them.

  • The limo driver and 20 students got out, jumped in the action helping rescue the five adults and two kids in the van.

  • Police and firefighters showed up a few minutes later, and everyone from the van was taken into hospital.

  • As for the students, after going through all that, they went on to their senior prom, they were a little disheveled, but still determined to be there.

  • WOLF: And we all made it, we`re just happy to know that we all alive when we enjoyed that night.

  • AZUZ: Seniors, we want to hear from you. What are you planning to do after graduation?

  • Work, higher education, serve in the military?

  • Tell us in our quick poll. It`s on the blog, it`s cnnstudentnews.com

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s "Shoutout Extra Credit" goes out to Mrs. Essex social studies classes at the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg at Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

  • On what type of vehicle would you find a derailleur?

  • You know what to do? Is it on a train, bicycle, roller coaster or zeppelin?

  • Put another three seconds on the clock and go.

  • On bikes, the derailleur moves a chain in order to shift gears.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout Extra Credit."

  • AZUZ: When I was in school, my very first car was a bike.

  • But I couldn`t fix a rear derailleur and students in the oasis bike workshop probably can`t either at first,

  • but when they`re finished, they know their way around every inch of the vehicle, and they ride away with much more than wheels.

  • DAN FURBISH: How many guys of you have a friend who has like a flat tire?

  • His bike has just been sitting around and you guys could probably help him out with that.

  • Yeah? I bet you can.

  • I`m Dan Furbish, I`m the coordinator of the Oasis Bike Workshop in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • This is a six-week workshop, that the students signed up for, we work with middle school and high school students.

  • On the first class, the student will come in here and pick out a bike.

  • Whether or not it`s a full complete bike, an older bike or a brand new bike, it doesn`t need any work,

  • they`re going to strip the whole thing down on the frame and start rebuilding it from scratch.

  • In the process of rebuilding, seeing all the working parts of the bike,

  • when they finished this program, they`re going to know how to fix it.

  • And we have them pledged that they are going to take all these skills that they`ve gained over the past six weeks and take them back to the neighborhoods and help out their friends.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s my first bike taken apart and (inaudible) back together.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They give us character, leadership.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My friends may have a little trouble, but you know what, I can be there and say, you know what?

  • A few months (inaudible) at the bike shop actually did this.

  • So I can actually help you.

  • FURBISH: These bikes are really a tool for freedom, especially for a lot of the homeless teens that we work with,

  • they really need bicycles to get around on interview for jobs and a lot of them were taking classes at different schools around town.

  • So these bikes are like - they`re price possession, they really need this.

  • The hope is, that - that the teens will come in here, build the bike and really use it as like a tool for empowerment to explore beyond the neighborhoods and communities.

  • The more they know about their city, the more they`re going to want to get back to it.

  • I can`t imagine the more like tangible concrete example of something that is like - gives your freedom and is really empowering for a kid.

  • Especially if it`s something they put together themselves and build.

  • AZUZ: When you`re dealing with several things at the same time, sometimes it`s called juggling.

  • When the things you`re doing at the same time are juggling and jogging, it`s called joggling.

  • At least that`s what Ivan Shlepenbach (ph) called it.

  • We`ll take his word for it since he is the one doing it.

  • The college freshman is in training to juggle his way through half marathon this weekend.

  • Three balls, 13.1 miles, and after the race, some may forget about Ivan.

  • But it shouldn`t take much to remind them, a little jog will do it.

  • I just hope Ivan doesn`t get tripped up by some simple mistake.

  • It`ll be awful if he drops the ball and overshadowed his amazing fit.

  • Even if that happens, I`m sure, he will take it all in stride.

  • We reach today`s finish line. Have a great weekend, you all.

  • END

CROWD: We`re (INAUDIBLE) North Carolina. And you`re watching CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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