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CBN NewsWatch: May 28, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, May 28: President Obama defends reluctance on military force, Maya Angelou remembered as 'bright light,' and NYPD to carry heroin overdose antidote kits, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

AMERICAN TROOPS IN

AFGHANISTAN.

A LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT'S

PLAN FOR A MILITARY PRESENCE

IN THE COUNTRY.

PLUS HEALTH CARE FOR OUR

SOLDIERS, WHY THE DEPARTMENT

OF DEFENSE IS INVESTIGATING

HOW SERVICE MEMBERS ARE

TREATED.

George: AND SEE HOW AN

OIL BOOM IS TRANSFORMING

NORTH DAKOTA.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

AND GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE,

I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

Heather: AND I'M

HEATHER CELLS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS DECLARING

AMERICAN ISOLATIONISM IS NOT

AN OPTION.

THE PRESIDENT USED HIS

SPEECH TODAY AT WEST POINT

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY TO

GIVE A BROAD DEFENSE OF HIS

FOREIGN POLICY.

George: AND TO THAT

POINT, IT IS A POLICY THAT

HAS FACED INTENSE CRITICISM

AFTER A SERIES OF CRISIS

FROM THE MIDDLE EAST TO

ASIA.

HERE IS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY.

President Obama: JUST

BECAUSE WE HAVE THE BEST

HAMMER DOES NOT MEAN THAT

EVERY PROBLEM IS A NAIL.

George: SIX YEARS INTO

HIS PRESIDENCY, BARACK OBAMA

SAYS AMERICA MUST CONTINUE

TO BE THE LEADER ON THE

WORLD STAGE, BUT...

President Obama: U.S.

MILITARY ACTION CANNOT BE

THE ONLY, OR EVEN PRIMARY,

COMPONENT OF OUR LEADERSHIP

IN EVERY INSTANCE.

George: SPEAKING TO

GRADUATES AT WEST POINT,

MR. OBAMA LAID OUT A FOREIGN

POLICY DOCTRINE WHICH HE

BELIEVES MUST BE ROOTED IN

DIPLOMACY, RATHER THAN

ALWAYS RESORTING TO MILITARY

INTERVENTION.

President Obama: I

WOULD BETRAY MY DUTY TO YOU

AND TO THE COUNTRY WE LOVE

IF I EVER SENT YOU INTO

HARM'S WAY SIMPLY BECAUSE I

SAW A PROBLEM SOMEWHERE IN

THE WORLD THAT NEEDED TO BE

FIXED, OR BECAUSE I WAS

WORRIED ABOUT CRITICS WHO

THINK MILITARY INTERVENTION

IS THE ONLY WAY FOR AMERICA

TO AVOID LOOKING WEAK.

George: BUT CRITICS SAY

AMERICA HAS LOST INFLUENCE

UNDER THIS PASSIVE DOCUMENT,

AND THERE ARE MAJOR CRISIS

IN SYRIA, IRAN, UKRAINE, AND

CHINA, HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY

WEAK.

A RECENT POLL SHOWS 59%

DISAPPROVE OF OBAMA'S

HANDLING OF FOREIGN POLICY.

THE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH

COMES A DAY AFTER HE

ANNOUNCED DRAWING DOWN

TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN.

CURRENTLY SOME 32,000 TROOPS

ARE ON THE GROUND, REDUCED

TO 9800 BY THE END OF THIS

YEAR, WITH A PROJECTED 5,000

IN THE PLACE BY THE END OF

2015.

AND BY 2016, ALL TROOPS WILL

BE OUT OF AFGHANISTAN,

ACCEPT FOR AMERICAN

PERSONNEL.

BUT IS IT ENDING IN SIC

TORY?

>IN VICTORY?

I THINK IT IS ENDING IN

THE BEST WAY YOU CAN DO,

GIVE THE AFGHANS THE ABILITY

TO FIGHT FOR THEIR OWN

COUNTRY.

THEY HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO

FIGHT FOR IT.

George: THE PRESIDENT'S

DECISION TO WITHDRAW TROOPS

WILL ONLY EMBOLD DEEN THE

ENEMY.

HE SAID, QUOTE,"THE TALIBAN

WILL WELCOME THE RETREAT."

HE IS EXPECTED TO GIVE

FOREIGN POLICY SPEECHES IN

THE AFTERMATH OF THE IRAQ

AND AFGHANISTAN WARS.

DURING HIS SPEECH, THE

PRESIDENT ALSO ANNOUNCED

PLANS TO PARTNER WITH OTHER

COUNTRIES TO PUSH BACK

AGAINST RADICAL EXTREMISTS.

THE PROPOSED $5 BILLION

TERRORISM PARTNERSHIP FUND

WOULD ALLOW THE UNITED

STATES AND ITS ALLIES TO

FACE THE INTERNATIONAL

TERROR THREAT TOGETHER.

Heather: AND FOR MORE

ON THE PRESIDENT'S PLANS

OVERSEAS, WE TURN TO

DR. PAUL BONICCELI, AND HE

IS AN EXPERT ON FOREIGN

POLICY.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

GLAD TO BE HERE.

Heather: THE CRITICS

ARE SAYING THAT THE

PRESIDENT'S PLAN IS TOO

PASSIVE.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE?

IT REALLY IS A REACTION

TO THE CRITICISM.

WITH AFGHANISTAN, HE WAS

GOING TO BE OUT TOTALLY BY

2014, AND NOW IT IS GOING TO

BE BY 2016.

AND KEEPING 10,000 TROOPS IS

A WAY TO MULLIFY CRITICS.

BUT IT IS ABOUT LETTING THE

TALIBAN KNOW AND THE

TERRORISTS KNOW THAT YOU'RE

GOING TO LEAVE ONE DAY.

I DON'T THINK THAT FIXES THE

PROBLEM.

THE LARGER ISSUES OF

FIGHTING TERRORISM, PART OF

THE REASON HE HAS HAD TO DO

THAT IN SYRIA AND OTHER

PLACES IS BECAUSE HE LET IT

GET TO THAT POINT WITHOUT

STANDING UP FIVE YEARS AGO.

Heather: DID HE

ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING TODAY?

DID HE MAKE ANY ADVANCES

WITH HIS SPEECH?

I DON'T THINK SO.

AND THE REASON I DON'T THINK

SO IS BECAUSE HE IS TRYING

TO SATISFY TWO GROUPS.

HE CANNOT GO TOO FAR TO THE

RIGHT, AND HE CANNOT GO FAR

ENOUGH IN TERMS OF HIS

CRITICS, WHICH ARE BOTH

REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT,

WHEN SYRIA, CHINA AND OTHERS

ARE WHAT THEY ARE, WHICH ARE

FAILURES IN HIS FOREIGN

POLICY.

Heather: HE TALKED

ABOUT AMERICAN

EXCEPTIONALISM, WHICH, OF

COURSE, HE HAS TALKED ABOUT

IN THE PAST.

AND HE SAID, I BELIEVE IN

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM WITH

EVERY FIBRE OF MY BEING.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THAT?

IT SOUNDS LIKE HE CHANGED

HIS MIND ON THAT, LIKE HE

DID ON GAY MARRIAGE.

HE USED TO BE CLEAR THAT IT

WASN'T A PROBLEM TO CONSIDER

OURSELVES EXCEPTIONAL, AND

THE GREEK CONSIDER

THEMSELVES EXCEPTIONAL AND

THE DUTCH CONSIDER

THEMSELVES EXCEPTIONAL.

Heather: IT IS

INTERESTING, THERE IS ALSO A

POLL OUT SAYING, LIKE GEORGE

MENTIONED IN HIS PACKAGE,

59% OF AMERICANS DISAPPROVED

OF HOW HE HANDLED AFFAIRS

OVERSEAS.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS SAYS

ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION?

I HAVE A LITTLE SYMPATHY

FOR THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE

KNOWS IF HE WERE TO BE MORE

AGGRESSIVE, THEN THE POLLS

WOULD SHIFT AND THE PEOPLE

WOULD BE UPSET THAT THE

PRESIDENT IS DRAGGING THEM

INTO A WAR THEY DON'T WANT.

BUT THE PROBLEM IS THE

PRESIDENCY.

HE IS SUPPOSED TO LEAD.

HE SHOULD LEAD AND NOT CARE

WHAT THE PUBLIC OPINION IS.

AND THEN HE GETS THE PUBLIC

BEHIND HIM.

Heather: DR. BONICCELI,

THANK YOU.

George: A PREGNANT

WOMAN WAS STONED TO DEATH BY

HER OWN FAMILY OUTSIDE A

COURTROOM IN PAKISTAN.

THE MURDER WAS AN HONOR

KILLING BECAUSE SHE MARRIED

OUTSIDE HER FATHER'S WILL.

MORE THAN 25 PEOPLE ATTACKED

HER AND HER HUSBAND IN BROAD

DAYLIGHT, INCLUDING HER

FATHER, BROTHERS, AND HER

COUSIN, THE MAN HE HAD CHOSE

SIN TCHOSEN TO BE HER

HUSBAND.

Heather: AUTHOR AND

POET MAYA ANGELOU HAD DIED.

SHE WAS 86 YEARS OLD.

SHE ROSE FROM SEGREGATION IN

THE SOUTH TO POSE TH THE

POEM ON PRESIDENT CLINTON'S

INAUGURATION.

HERE ON THE PASS OF THIS

NEW DAY, YOU MAY HAVE THE

GRACE TO LOOK UP AND OUT AND

INTO YOUR SISTER'S EYES,

INTO YOUR BROTHER'S FACE,

AND INTO YOUR COUNTRY, AND

SAY SIMPLY, VERY SIMPLY,

WITH HOPE, GOOD MORNING.

Heather: MAYA ANGELOU

IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE

FIRST BLACK WOMEN TO ENJOY

MAINSTREAM SUCCESS, WINNING

NUMEROUS AWARDS FOR HER

AUTOBIOGRAPHY "I KNOW WHY

THE CAGED BIRD SINGS."

SHE STARTED WRITING POETRY

AT AGE NINE.

George: DEFENSE SUCCESS

CHUCK HAGEL IS ORDERING A

REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE

MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM.

THE ARMY HAS REMOVED A

MORNING CAROLINA MEDICAL

CENTER COMMANDER AFTER

PROBLEMS WITH PATIENT CARE

MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE

DEATH OF TWO 20 SOMETHINGS

WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

THE 90-DAY REVIEW ALSO COMES

AS NEW REVELATIONS ON HOW

V.A. CLINICS USED TRICKS TO

HIDE DELAYS IN TREATING

VETERANS.

SOME CLINICS MADE FAKE

APPOINTMENTS, KEPT

UNOFFICIAL LOGS, AND

SCHEDULED VISITS WITHOUT

TELLING THE PATIENT.

IN COLORADO, 500,000

VETERANS ARE STILL WAITING

FOR A HOSPITAL PROMISED TO

THEM 10 YEARS AGO.

WE KEPT OUR WORD.

WE SERVED HONORABLY.

AND IN RETURN...

I DON'T HATE THE V.A.

THEY'VE GOT SOME OF THE

GREATEST EMPLOYEES AND

CARE-GIVERS IN THE WORLD.

BUT THEIR MANAGEMENT,

THEY'VE GOT TO CHANGE.

George: THE BUILDING

PROJECT IS SOME $500 MILLION

OVERBUDGET, AND 16

CONTRACTORS ARE SUING

BECAUSE THE V.A. ISN'T

PAYING THEM.

Heather: NEW YORK CITY

POLICE OFFICERS WILL SOON

START CARRYING HEROIN

OVERDOSE ANTEDOTE KITS.

WITH A RECENT SPIKE IN

HEROIN-RELATED DEATHS, THE

CITY SAYS THE KITS ARE

NEEDED TO HELP SAVE LIVES.

HEROIN HAS BEEN GROWING

AS A PROBLEM.

AND IT IS NOW INTERWOVEN

WITH PRESCRIPTION OPSPEEDS

OPIADS AND OTHER DRUGS.

AND IT ACTUALLY COUNTER-ACTS

THE EFFECTS OF HEROIN.

THE WAY YOU DIE FROM A

HEROIN OVERDOSE IS YOU STOP

BREATHING.

AND NALOXONE IS SOMETHING

THAT GETS PEOPLE BREATHING

AGAIN.

Heather: NEARLY 20,000

CITY COPS WILL CARRY THE

ANTEDOTE KITS.

MONEY COLLECTED FROM CIVIL

AND CRIMINAL DRUG CASES IS

HELPING TO PAY FOR SOME OF

THE INITIATIVE.

HEROIN USE IS ON THE RISE,

AND THAT INCLUDES IN AN

AMERICAN SUBURB.

George: LORI JOHNSON

EXPLAINS HOW ITS POPULARITY

IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE

INCREASE IN PRESCRIPTION

DRUG ABUSE.

Reporter: MILLIONS OF

AMERICAN ADULTS AND

TEENAGERS ARE ADDICTED TO

VICODIN AND OXYCONTIN.

SO MUCH SO THEY'LL DO

ANYTHING TO GET THEM, EVEN

KILL.

BUT FINDING THE DRUGS AND

PAYING FOR THEM IS HARDER

AND HARDER.

SOMETIMES JUST ONE PILL

SELLS FOR $80.

SO ADDICTS, LIKE THIS WOMAN,

OFTEN SWITCH TO THE

PAINKILLER'S COUSIN, HEROIN,

BECAUSE IT IS EASIER TO

FIND, CHEAPER, AND PACKS A

BIGGER PUNCH THAN

PAINKILLERS.

YOU HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING

THAT'S LIKE THAT, ONLY 100

TIMES STRONGER, YOU KNOW, I

CAN DEFINITELY SEE THE

APPEAL.

Reporter: BUT THE

APPEAL FADES QUICKLY.

SOON IT TAKES MORE OF THE

DRUG TO TAKE THE SAME HIGH,

THAT FEELING THAT BECOMES

THE ONLY THING IN LIFE THAT

MATTERS.

IT IS HORRIBLE.

IT IS HORRIBLE BECAUSE YOU

DON'T WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE,

BUT YOU JUST DON'T REALLY

HAVE ANY CHOICE.

Reporter: REHAB CENTERS

REPORT A RISE IN HEROIN

ABUSERS, ESPECIALLY ONES

FROM MIDDLE CLASS HOMES

BECAUSE HEROIN HAS BECOME

MORE AVAILABLE IN PLACES

YOU'D NEVER EXPECT.

IT IS CHEAPER FOR KIDS.

I MEAN, THAT'S THE QUESTION

YOU ASK, WHY DID YOU START

WITH HEAVIER DRUGS THAN

ALCOHOL?

AND MOST OF THEM TELL YOU IT

IS EASIER TO GET THAN

ALCOHOL.

Reporter: THERAPIST

LINDA MENTAL SAYS THERE IS

ONLY ONE WAY TO BREAK THE

BONDAGE OF HEROIN

ADDICTION.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT

WILLPOWER.

YOU CANNOT WILL YOURSELF OFF

OF THIS TYPE OF BIOLOGICAL

PULL THAT IS IN THE BRAIN.

SESO YOU REALLY NEED TO

HAVE SOMETHING BIGGER THAN

YOURSELF.

AND THE TRANSENDANT POWER OF

GOD, THE RELATIONSHIP WITH

CHRIST, WHO IS IN YOU AND

CAN STRENGTHEN YOU TO DO ALL

THINGS, IS ABSOLUTELY

NECESSARY IN ANY ADDICTION

TREATMENT.

Reporter: MENTAL SAYS

PEOPLE CAN DIE FROM A HEROIN

OVERDOSE THE VERY FIRST TIME

THEY USE IT.

SHE RECOMMENDS PARENTS TALK

TO THEIR KIDS ABOUT THE

DANGERS OF HEROIN, AND

INTERVENE IF THEY SEE

CHANGES IN THEIR CHILD'S

PERSONALITY, WEIGHT,

FRIENDS, OR SCHOOL WORK.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Heather: COMING UP,

FIGHTING FOR JERUSALEM, HOW

ISRAEL RECAPTURED THE HOLY

CITY NEARLY 50 YEARS AGO.

HEROIN

Heather: TODAY MARKS

THE 47th ANNUAL JERUSALEM

DAY.

THE ISRAELI HOLIDAY

CELEBRATES THE UNIFICATION

OF JERUSALEM AFTER ISRAEL

CAPTURED CONTROL OF THE OLD

CITY DURING THE SIX-DAY

WAR.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU MARKED

THE DAY BY VOWING JERUSALEM

WILL NEVER BE BROKEN UP,

TELLING THE KE KNESSET 47

YEARS AGO JERUSALEM WAS

UNIFIED, AND IT WILL NEVER

BE DIVIDED AGAIN.

ISRAEL CONSIDERS URGS TO

JERUSALEM ITS CAPITAL.

THE HISTORY BEHIND JERUSALEM

DAY IS A GREAT STORY.

George: ISRAELI FORCES

STOOD AT THE WALLS OF

JERUSALEM'S OLD CITY, READY

TO TAKE IT OVER FOR THE VERY

FIRST TIME IN ALMOST 25 HP

YEARS.

2500 YEARS.

TAKE A LOOK.

JUNE 7th, JUST TWO DAYS

INTO THE WAR, ISRAEL HAD

ALREADY PUSHED DEEP IN

EGYPT, PUSHED JORDAN OUT OF

MUCH OF THE WEST BANK AND

PUMMELLED SYRIA WITH

ARTILLERY POWER.

ON DAY THREE, ISRAEL'S

LEADERS WERE POISED TO DO

THE UNTHINKABLE, TO

RECAPTURE JERUSALEM AND

BRING THE CITY UNDER JEWISH

CONTROL IN NEARLY 2500

YEARS.

ONE DAY EARLIER, ISRAEL'S

55th PA PARA TROOPER

BRIGADE HAD FOUGHT ITS WAY

TO THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM'S

OLD CITY.

AND NOW ON SUNRISE ON

JUNE 7th, ISRAEL'S

MILITARY COMMAND ORDERED THE

PARATROOPERS TO TAKE THE

CITY.

THEY A ADVANCED THROUGH THE

LION'S GATE AND ENCOUNTERED

FIERCE HOUSE TO HOUSE COMBAT

ALONG THE WAY.

THAT MORNING, SOLDIERS

REACHED THE WESTERN WALL OF

THE TEMPLE MOUNT, THE

HOLIEST PLACE IN JUDAISM.

AND IN NEARLY 20 YEARS OF

JORDANIAN RULE, NO JEW HAD

BEEN ALLOWED IN THE AREA.

TWO JEWISH LEADERS ARRIVED

AT THE WALL, WHERE MANY OF

THE PARATROOPERS WEP WEPT

FOR THEIR FALLEN COMRADES.

AND ISRAEL RECLAIMED ITS

HERITAGE IN THE ANCIENT

CITY.

IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST

JOYOUS MOMENTS IN JEWISH

HIT.

THEY RULED THAT MUSLIMS

COULD KEEP CONTROL OF THE

TEMPLE MOUNT.

HIS DECISION ANGERED MANY

JEWS, WHO HAD BEEN DENIED

ACCESS TO THEIR HOLY PLACES

FOR SO LONG.

FROM THE SINAI PENINSULA,

ISRAEL SURROUNDED THE

EGYPTIAN ARMY AND THE ROUTE

OF EGYPT WAS WELL UNDER

WAY.

IN FACT, EGYPT'S RETREAT WAS

SO CHAOTIC THAT ISRAEL'S

ADVANCE WAS SLOWED BY

STALLED EGYPTIAN VEHICLES.

THE SAME DAY ISRAEL'S NAVY

REACHED SHARMEL SHECK TO

REOPEN THE STRATEGIC STRAITS

OF TEHRAN.

IN THE WEST BANK, THEY

FORCED TO JORDAN TO CALL A

CEASE-FIRE AND WITHDRAW FROM

THE BIBLICAL LANDS OF JUDEA

AND SAMARIA.

HEBRON, JERICHO, AND

BETHLEHEM WERE JEWISH

CITIES.

George: UP NEXT, HOW A

NEW GENERATION OF

PROSPECTORS ARE FINDING

FORTUNE BETWEEN THE PLAINS

OF NORTH DAKOTA.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK.

WHEN YOU THINK OF NORTH

DAKOTA, YOU MIGHT NOT

PICTURE A LAND OF

PROSPERITY, BUT THAT'S

EXACTLY WHAT IT IS

BECOMING.

Heather: IT IS ALL

THINK THANKS TO A HUGE OIL

BOOM.

DAVID BRODY SHOWS US WHAT IS

CAUSING THE INDUSTRY TO

PROSPER.

David: HISTORY BOOKS

TELL US ABOUT THE FAMOUS

CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH IN THE

1800s, WHEN PEOPLE HEADED

WEST TO STRIKE IT RICH.

WELL, WELCOME TO WESTERN

NORTH DAKOTA WHERE A OIL

RUSH IS ON FOR PEOPLE LIKE

CURTIS HANZEL.

THIS IS NOT A BOOM THAT

IS GOING TO FIZZLE IN THREE

OR FOUR OR FIVE YEARS.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A

30-YEAR BOOM.

David: THIS BIG BOOM

COVERS MORE THAN 200,000

SCARE MILES IN THE BALKAN

OIL FIELDS.

THIS ISN'T A BEVERLY

HILLBILLY'S STRIKE BECAUSE

THE OIL IS ACTUALLY IN

UNDERGROUND ROCK.

NEW DRILLING TECHNOLOGY,

CALLED FRACKING, MEANS THAT

THE ROUGHLY

170 BILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE

OIL CAN NOW BE UNEARTHED.

OIL PRODUCTION HAS ZOOMED UP

600% IN THE LAST SEVEN

YEARS, PUTTING NORTH DAKOTA

AS THE SECOND LARGEST OIL

PRODUCING STATE IN THE

NATION, BEHIND ONLY TEXAS.

WE ARE HERE ON AN ACTIVE OIL

RIG IN THE BALKAN OIL FIELDS

OF WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA.

THERE ARE ABOUT 180 OR SO

OIL RIGS HERE IN THE STATE.

ONE REASON MANY FAMILIES ARE

COMING SPECIFICALLY HERE TO

THE WESTERN PARTS OF THE

STATE IS BECAUSE OF ALL OF

THE ECONOMIC POSSIBILITIES.

IN MANY OIL OPERATIONS,

WORKERS KEEP THEIR FAMILY

AND HOME IN ANOTHER STATE.

BUT IN THIS CASE, MANY

FAMILIES CHOOSE TO LIVE HER

PERMANENTLY.

CURTIS HANZEL LEFT HIS UTAH

REAL ESTATE JOB AND BROUGHT

HIS FAMILY HERE TWO YEARS

AGO.

I REALIZED THIS WAS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN ON THE

CUSP OF SOMETHING THAT I

THINK WILL BE GOOD FOR US IN

THE LONG RUN.

David: IT HAS BEEN

GOOD FOR THE HANZEL FAMILY

AND MANY OTHERS.

THE AVERAGE OIL WORKER MAKES

$112,000, AND GY BEGINNERS

START AT $62,000.

THE POPULATION INCREASE

MEANS MORE DEMAND, AND SO

THE LOCAL McDONALD'S AND

WAL-MART ARE HIRING WORKERS

STARTING AT $14 AN HOUR, AND

MANY TIMES THEY ADD A

HEALTHY SIGNING BONUS JUST

FOR AGREEING TO WORK THERE.

ON THE OTHER END OF THE

SCALE, THE NUMBER OF NORTH

DAKOTA MILLIONAIRES HAS

CLIMBED RAPIDLY.

LAST YEAR THE STATE RANKED

43rd IN MILLIONAIRE

HOUSEHOLDS.

NOW THEY'RE UP TO 29th ON

THE LIST AND CLIMBING.

WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LIVE

VERY COMFORTABLY, ENJOY SOME

THINGS, FOR INSTANCE,

VACATIONS, THOSE KINDS OF

THINGS, AND STILL PUT A GOOD

CHUNK OF MONEY AWAY FOR THE

FUTURE.

David: AND THERE IS

MORE GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS

HERE: A STAGGERING LOW 3%

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.

75,000 JOBS CREATED IN THE

PAST FEW YEARS, AND A STATE

ECONOMY GROWING AT FIVE

TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.

ALL OF THIS HAS LED TO SOME

GROWING PAINS, HOWEVER.

DENNIS JOHNSON IS MAYOR OF

DICKINSON, A TOWN WHERE THE

OIL BOOM HAS BEEN A MIXED

BLESSING.

THE MAJORITY OF THE

PEOPLE, PROBABLY SOMEWHERES

AROUND 60%, 70%, ARE

POSITIVELY IMPACTED BY THE

OIL DEVELOPMENT.

BUT THERE IS PROBABLY A

MINORITY OF 30% TO 40% THAT

IT'S A NEGATIVE IMPACT.

David: TAKE HOUSING

FOR EXAMPLE.

THE DEMAND IS SO GREAT THAT

TWO-BEDROOM APARTMENTS THAT

USED TO RENT FOR $500 ARE

NOW GOING FOR CLOSE TO

$2500.

IT HAS INCREASED THE

HOUSING COSTS QUITE A BIT.

AND I FEEL SORRY FOR PEOPLE

THAT DON'T HAVE THE BIG OIL

JOBS.

David: AND THE

INCREASE IN PEOPLE HAS LED

TO MORE CRIME, ESPECIALLY

AMONG THE YOUNG, SINGLE MEN

HOPING TO STRIKE IT IS

RICH.

IT IS DANGEROUS OUT HERE

FOR WOMEN.

AND WHEN GIRLS COME OUT HERE

THEY THINK IT IS FLATTERING,

LIKE I DID WHEN I FIRST CAME

OUT HERE, AND I VERY QUICKLY

REASSURE THEM IT IS NOT, AND

THEY NEED TO BE VERY

CAREFUL.

BECAUSE THESE GUYS WILL TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF YOU.

David: THERE IS NO

DOUBT THIS BALKAN OIL FIELD

AREA HAS PROBLEMS, BUT FOR

CURTIS AND HIS FAMILY, THE

POSITIVES OUTWEIGH THE

NEGATIVES.

IF WE DO OUR PART, GOD

WILL DO THE REST.

FOR MY WIFE AND I, IT IS

JUST ANOTHER CHALLENGE.

David: THAT CHALLENGE

IS PROVING FRUITFUL FOR THE

THOUSANDS STRIKING IT RICH

IN THE OILED FIELDS OF NORTH

DAKOTA.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS, IN

WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA.

Heather: UP NEXT, HOW

ONE TEENAGER IS TAKING TO

THE SKIES TO BREAK A WORLD

RECORD.

George: FINALLY IN THE

BROADCAST TODAY, A

CALIFORNIA TEENAGER TOOK OFF

TODAY TO BREAK A WORLD

RECORD.

Heather: THE

19-YEAR-OLD IS ATTEMPTING TO

FLY AROUND THE WORLD SO

LOW.

SOLO.

IF MATT SUCCEEDS, HE WILL BE

THE YOUNGEST PERSON TO

COMPLETE THE TRIP.

HE WAS INSPIRED AF AFTER A

21-YEAR-OLD MADE THE TRIP

LAST SPRING.

HIS PARENTS NEVER EXPECTED

HIS INTEREST IN FLYING TO GO

SO FAR.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO GO EAT

OUT AT THE AIRPORT CAFE AND

WATCH PLANES TAKE OFF AND

LAND.

I THINK AT THE TIME, THEY

THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DO

THIS 20-MINUTE FLIGHT AND

GET IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM, AND

THREE YEARS LATER I BELIEVE

GOING TO GO AND FLY SOLO

OVER THE WORLD.

I'M NOT REALLY NERVOUS.

ONCE I GET OUT OVER THE

OCEAN AND ALL I CAN SEE IS

BLUE, THAT MIGHT CHANGE A

BIT.

Heather: THE TRIP

SHOULD TAKE MATT 40 DAYS TO

COMPLETE.

I CAN ASSURE YOU IF HE IS

NOT NERVOUS, HIS MOTHER IS.

BE CAREFUL HOW YOU ENCOURAGE

YOUR CHILDREN.

George: I'VE BEEN

ACROSS THOSE OCEANS.

AND THAT IS SCARY.

Heather: THANKS FOR

JOINING US.

YOU CAN E-MAIL US AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

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