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Mexico / Drug War / Spring Break #936985

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 12, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Reports introduced.

(San Diego: George Lewis) The violent drug wars in Mexico updated; details given of the debate over sending US troops to the border; scenes shown of a reporter caught in the crossfire of a gun battle, captured weapons. [At Congressional hearing, Representative Sheila Jackson LEE†- says we are at a point of major calamity.] [Department of Homeland Security Roger RUFE†- says we do not want to militarize our border.] [San Diego Mayor Jerry SANDERS†- calls for stopping weapons from California going south; comments on homicides in Tijuana.]

(Cancun, Mexico: Mark Potter) The dangers for US college students on spring break in Mexico featured; scenes shown from Cancun; details given about the kidnap/murder of retired Mexican Gen. Mauro Tello†† {photo shown}. [Student Maria CARNEGO†- says she feels very safe.] [Cancun tourism police comandante Carlos NOVELO†, Cancun Mayor Gregorio SANCHEZ††- say Cancun is safe.] [Stratfor’s Fred BURTON†- notes the stakes for the Mexican tourist industry.]

Williams, Brian;
Lewis, George;
Potter, Mark

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