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NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 29, 2012
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The wildfires in Colorado introduced; photos shown.

(Colorado Springs: Miguel Almaguer) The impact of the fires reviewed; scenes shown of burned-out homes, President Obama touring the fire zone, Air Force planes dropping retardant, soldiers digging fire breaks, flames. [Victim Susan SOLICH††- reacts to losing her home.] [OBAMA – praises the firefighters.] [52nd Engineer Battalion Brian RETHAGE†, 4th Engineer Battalion Justin PAYNE†- comment on joining the firefighters.] [Colorado Springs Fire Department Lt. Mike SMALDINO†- says it’s difficult.] [Fort Collins convention and visitors Bureau Jim CLARK†, rafting company owner Pat LEGEL††- note the impact on tourism and business.] [Homeowners Jim and Lynn BECKA††- comment.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Rapid City, South Dakota: Kristen Dahlgren) The firefighters who work without health insurance because they are seasonal employees of the US Forest Service featured; details given about firefighter John Lauer††’s petition; Forest Service statement quoted. [Firefighter Eric RESSLER‡- comments on his medical bills.] [LAUER – says we want the opportunity to buy insurance like other federal employees.]

Williams, Brian;
Almaguer, Miguel;
Dahlgren, Kristen

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