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AC360° Associate Producer
Anderson is in Ghana today where he will meet up with President Obama for an exclusive interview tomorrow. The President’s visit to the West African nation has generated a lot of excitement among many people in Ghana.
Across the country street vendors have been stocking miniature American flags and citizens are wearing Obama clothing to celebrate his visit. Anderson will talk to Obama about the significance of the trip and also about the president’s own African history. We’ll have more of the interview next week.
The President arrives in Ghana later this evening after a busy day in Italy. He wrapped up his time at the G8 Summit and headed to Rome, where he and Michelle will meet with Pope Benedict.
We also have a shocking story about an environmental disaster in Kingston, Tennessee. Six months ago a barrier broke and toxic sludge spilled across 300 acres of Eastern Tennessee. The spill amounted to about 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash – that’s 100 times larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. State authorities and the EPA say they’ve tested the air and that it’s safe, but citizens of the community say they’re getting sick – and they blame the coal ash. They’ve brought in environmental activist Erin Brockovich for help. Dr. Sanjay Gupta went to Kingston to see the spill for himself and to talk to Brokovich about what’s being done and where the spilled coal ash may end up.
More details keep emerging about Michael Jackson’s drug use. We learned yesterday that he took more than 10 Xanax pills a night – and that’s down from 30 to 40! – according to a confidential 2004 document. Randi Kaye is learning more about Jackson’s use of prescription drugs, the doctors involved and just what may have led to his death last month. She’ll have more details on the investigation – and where he might be buried – tonight.
And Gary Tuchman is in Mexico where a multi-agency search is under way for the killers of two U.S. citizens in northern Mexico. Both Americans were members of a polygamist sect and were beaten and shot to death this week. The killers have yet to be identified but the case seems to be connected to local drug lords according to the Chihuahua state attorney general’s office. Gary Tuchman will have more on the story tonight.
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