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NBC Nightly News features plight of Toomer's trees

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams introduces a piece on Auburn University's poisoned trees. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams introduces a piece on Auburn University's poisoned trees.

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - NBC Nightly News, the nation's number one nightly news broadcast, sent a report to Auburn, Ala. Thursday to feature the plight of the school's famed 130 year old oak trees.

The trees, which stand at the entrance of Auburn University on the corner of Magnolia and College were poisoned in November.

Only after a caller to a national sports radio show claimed responsibility for the act did authorities realize the severity of the situation.

NBC Nightly News reporter Ron Mott discussed the school's tradition of rolling Toomer's Corner after athletic victories, the suspect and fan reaction.

NBC Nightly News, based out of New York, New York chose the final slot in its Thursday evening broadcast rundown to focus on the trees' plight, asking if a rivalry has gone too far.

You can watch the segment in the video player located at the top of this page.

NBC Nightly News is seen each evening at 5:30pm on WSFA 12 News.

Copyright 2011 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

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