NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 30, 2009
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(Studio: Robert Bazell) Concern about the swine flu outbreak featured; details given of the scare from remarks made by Vice President Joe Biden and the shutdown of businesses & government services in Mexico; map shown. [BIDEN – comments on sneezing on an aircraft.] [White House press secretary Robert GIBBS, Transportation Secretary Ray LAHOOD- respond to Biden.] [CDC’s Dr. Richard BESSER- comments on the numbers becoming murky.] The revelation that an Energy Department official contracted the virus in Mexico noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Fort Worth, Texas: Janet Shamlian) The impact of the outbreak on schools featured; details given of the decision to close schools in Fort Worth, Texas; statistics on nationwide closings cited. [Fort Worth ISD superintendent Melody JOHNSON- says it’s an unusual time and calls for an unusual response.] [Parent Jill FRANKE, teacher Linda BOBO- react.]