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. . sh clsz good evening, everyone, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. >> receiving less - the reality for 47 million americans tomorrow when they buy gross ris. decision reversed - the legal back and forth on abortion in texas continues. the impact it has on doctors and patients. blocking change. the police tactic that appeals court says will continue on new york streets, and the reason for removing the judge in the case. plus, electric lighting - a rail system. a discovery by authorities to stop smugglers between the u.s. and mexico.
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. we begin tonight with budget cuts about to affect the lives of 47 million americans. they go into effect on friday. people relying on food stamps are about to get less. congress allowed an increase in food stamp benefits to expire. one in seven americans receiving foodstamps will have to cut back on food they buy. a family of four receiving the maximum allotment will see benefits cut by $36 a month. the cuts will affect people not on food stamps. according to financial analysis every dollar spent on foodstamps generates $1.73 in economic growth. foodbanks are bracing for what is about to come. >> monshelle and her 4-year-old
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son michael have to watch their spending. she has a job in local government, she still needs hep from snap. >> between rent, light bills, water bills, everything, nursery bills, i just couldn't afford to have food in the house. >> monshelle receives $364 a month in foodstamps and is grateful for that. like 47 million other americans, she's about to face life with less help putting food on the table. >> the bottom line is people will go hungry. >> natalie serves meals to 263,000 people a year who are at risk of going hungry in south louisiana. >> we are very, very concerned about the reductions going in effect. the effect in the state of louisiana is like a second harvest stopping distributing
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food. we distribute 20 million meals for the state of louisiana. we'll louisiana, and we'll lose 41 million meals. >> a family of four receives about $47 less a month, meaning the difference between eating and going hungry. >> second harvest say they are seeing a new face of hunger - workers who have jobs but are not earning enough. they have jobs, but still are living pay chek to pay check. >> gail was once in instead of snap and runs a food pantry in partnership with second harvest. >> i remember being divorced, raising my boys by myself. i went to apply for foodstamps and i was turned down. i was working. i've always had a decent job, i worked for the federal government, but i was among the working poor. >> now that the word is getting out about the cuts in snap,
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regular customers are looking for more help. monshelle says she'll have to cut back somewhere, but not on nutrition. >> he loves bananas and apples, straw bris and grapes. if i have to catch the sales - i have to keep him healthy. >> second harvest is used to helping people through the end of the month gap. with the new cuts the gap will get wider. >> joining us tonight from seattle is kerry fuller, the mother of two who relies on foodstamps to feed her family. welcome, it's good to have you on the program. >> thank you. >> what will the cuts mean for you? >> basically a little hard time. what we get now doesn't last until the end of the month. >> you had tough times. you have lost your job, you help to take care of your mum, i
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believe, and you - you have had bad health problems as well. in addition to taking care of your children, what do all the things mean when it comes to cutting back on food? >> well, it's definitely going to have a direct impact as far as going short. when you don't have enough to begin with, and it gets cut back further, basically there's going to be gaps that - at this point i don't know how we'll cover those. >> when you say going short or there's gaps, what do you do? >> a lot of times it depends what resources might be available. for instance, food banks are an option, but i don't know if folks realise this. if you are homeless you can only go to a foodbank once a week. if you are not, you can only go once a month. the thing about that is even with that, if there aren't soup
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kitchens around, which take donations from foodbanks, if they run low because of a heavier demand people will go without, and that includes us. >> how do you deal with this regarding your children. >> i'll go without before i let them. one of the things that i have - i try to do is buy probably the least most expensive food available. if i have a way to cook it - that's another thing about folks that i deal with. we try to teach, you know, buying in bulk or dry goods, but after a while there's only so much you can buy of that stuff on a limited budget. i'm already seeing folks now who are seeing budget cuts to their food stamps. a lot of folks getting 200 a month are getting cut to 189. >> what do you want members of congress to know when they make
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this decision? >> before they made the decision, they should have probably looked at the reality of making policies they don't have to directly live with because it seems like it's easy to make policies that are not going to directly affect you, but we are already seeing a direct impact with starvation. it will cause a bigger problem. >> we wish you the best and thank you for joining us tonight. >> thanks for having me. >> some of the toughest abortion regulations in the country are back in force. a federal appeals court overturned a ruling saying new abortion rules in texas are unconstitutional. mark schneider joins us from dallas. >> what this means is 12 abortion clinics - about a third of the ones in texas - will not be able to afford abortions starting tomorrow because the doctors don't have hospital admitting privileges. a district judge said that
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provision had no medical purpose, and struck it down. the first circuit court of appeal said the law can take effect while the lawsuit moves forward. an emergency appeal was made to the fifth circuit court arguing the law was constitutional. planned parenting argues it doesn't affect women. this is far from over. planned parenthood said the fight would continue. the court order is temporary until the court holds a hearing which is likely going to happen in january. in other words - to be continued. >> mark schneider in dallas. the senate intelligence committee voted in favour of tightening rules on the government's electronic surveillance program. it was a secret vote. it sets a 5-year limit on how long intelligence agencies can hold tonne records gathered. critics say it doesn't go far enough. the vet after a round of
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revelations about the national security agency. we have this report. >> these are the slides leaked by whistle blower edward snowden in june revealing u.s. authorities are demanding internet companies hand them user information. as long as the national security agency or the fbi are 51% sure that the user is foreign, their emails, audio and video chats, photographs and documents are theirs for the searching. carefully worded denils follow from the companies, arguing that they only give specific information to the u.s. government as legally required on a case by case basis. these assurances have been left irrelevant sholling the number of sa -- showing the nsa has bypassed this, breaking into googles and yahoo!'s cables. citizens no longer receive
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protection awes all information is -- as all information is considered foreign. >> the government backs into the cables as a backdoor to get around the complaints. >> one thing is clear - any data protections that do exist are only for u.s. citizens. >> if you are not a citizen, if you are a non-american outside the united states, basically they have a free pass do what they like. >> the white house derives the authority from executive order 12333 which places no restrictions on the ability of intelligence agencies to monitor communications of noncitizens, and a u.s. supreme court ruling from 1990 finding the constitutional protection against search and sooezure is not applicable to foreigners overseas. whistle blower edward snowden revealed far from safe guarding citizens' data some governments help the nsa. >> it may about be foreign
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agencies are willing when their citizens were in the dark. the question now is whether there'll be pressure from the streets to push politicians in europe and elsewhere to take action against the global surveillance programs of the united states. >> new york stop and frisk tactic is back temporarily. a federal appeals court knocked down a decision saying stop and frisk was unconstitutional. the case will be sent to a new judge to take a look at the tactic. >> it's a tactic that has been going on for years in new york city. 5 million times since 2002 nypd officers stopped people on the street, frisked and questioned them. all police need is a reasonable suspicion that somebody has or is about to commit a crime. >> when it happens it's embarrassing. the fear is there.. >> stop and frisk - numerous
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times in a day, never find anything. ongoing harassment, it seems. >> critics say police unfairly target minorities, pointing to the numbers. >> in 201187% of stop and frisk were black or hispanic. nine times out of 10 no arrests were made. the new york civil liberties union has been fighting the tactic in federal court. it was called indirect racial programming. a judge allowed it to continue but ordered recommendations in. but a federal appeals court blocked the changes. finding the judge ran afoul of the code of conduct for united states judges, taking the unusual step of removing her from the case. >> the appeals course sited interviews given by the judge during the trial, saying she failed to maintain the purposes of impartiality. for now the nypd can continue a
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practice which the police say has helped bring crime rates down record lows. >> we are at the lowest number of murders at this point in time, october 31st, 2013. probably the lowest it's been since october 31st, and perhaps in the 1940s. so that is how safe the city is. our tactics and strategies, i think, have worked. and continue to work. >> the new york civil liberties union says it will appeal this ruling. a new judge will have to be maintained to take over the case. a lawsuit is not likely to ensue until march. >> a mayors' race is coming up, what is the fallout. >> there is a huge fall out. the front runner for mayor ran his campaign around stopping or ending stop and frisk. this is how it will play out.
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bill has a black son, in his campaign he says, "i'm putting a personal face on this, parents of teenagers who are not black or hispanic do not have the same worries as parents with a black children", people will have an uphill battle fighting a mayor who is against stop and frisk, saying, "it's not happening to my son, i won't let it happen to yours." >> it will be an interesting time. >> in san diego authorities discovered a secret tunnel used to smuggle drugs across the u.s.-mexican border. authorities seized tonnes of drugs and three suspects. tom ackerman has more. >> the rently completed tunnel was wired for power and included electronic rail tracks. inside police found more than 8 tonnes of marijuana and 150 kilos of cocaine.
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authorities said the tunnel was discovered before it could be used to ship contraband. >> this complex underground passage way zigzags or about a third of a mile, under the border at a depth of 35 feet on average. >> the passage way stretched from a warehouse near tia warna's airport to an office park next to a u.s. law enforce. check point. discoveries of cross border tunnels like this are common, more than 70 in the past five years, and are getting advanced. one was equipped with a lift on the mexican side. underground routes are efficient way of transporting shipments of marijuana for drug cartels especially during the marijuana harvest. this is similar to two other tunnels intercepted two years ago built by a cartel. a u.s. prosecutor put the syndicate on notice.
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>> if you continue to build and use the tunnels, we are determined to make this a waste of your dirty money. >> officials say the cartel's investment of millions of dollars was a measure of a crime syndicate's desperation, and is an indication that the u.s. drug market is a rich source of revenue for them. >> good evening. we have a lot of storms to talk about. moving across the ohio river valley, they are causing wind taj and tornado -- damage and tornado damage for some people. these red boxes are tornado watch boxes and are in effect across areas, such as southern illinois, which saw a tornado. this is the damage we have seen with the storm. you can see the yellow dots indicating the wind. some red dots are here in
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illinois. that is a couple of tornados that have been reported and hail damage. this will continue for the rest of the evening the the watches are out. this is what we are looking at. the red boxes are indications of tornado watch boxes. this will be a big problem if you are out and about you need to listen to the radio. the tornados will be diff to see. in the evening, ahead of the system we are dealing with wind. it's coming behind the area of low pressure as well as parts of michigan. we'll keep you updated through the rest of the evening, what happens with the storm and for new england the storm system will push through. we'll see a lot of wind, gusting up to 60. it will cause a lot of problems at the airport. >> we'll see you a little later. the mayor of toronto says he has no reason to resign, despite the fact he has a video reportedly showing him using a crack cocaine pipe.
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new rules for airline passengers, you no longer have to turn off electronic gadgets.
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police in toronto say they have obtained a video showing that city's mayor spoking from a crack cocaine pipe. the city newspaper in may said it was approached by drug dealers who were trying to sell the video, but the paper refused to pay for it. court documents show police have been looking for the video. >> what can you tell us about the police probe... >> a bad day for mayor rob ford began with a this morning of photographers outside his -- this wrong of photographers outside his house. he had no comment. his anger was obvious. >> can you get off my property. >> last may two media outlets said journalists saw a photo
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seeming to show the mayor mistake smoking crack cocaine. the video couldn't be found. now the toronto police have it. >> it's fair to say the mayor appears in that video, i'm not going get into the detail of what activities is depicted on the video. >> absolutely shocked. we have been shocked, frankly, for a few months. >> the same reaction at city hall, where councillors called for the mayor to explain the video and court documents linking him to drug gangs. all against a surreal backdrops of lurid halloween decorations on the walls of the mayor's office. >> this is not the first time toronto's mayor is in the public eye for the wrong reasons. he was elected as a tax-cutting pop u lift. his behaviour and allegations of drug use haunted him. >> i wish i could come out and
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defend myself. unfortunately, i can't because it's before the courts. i have no reason to resign. i'll go back, return my phone calls and do what the people expect. >> the mayor is standing firm. only the voters can remove the mayor, and at a general election, not due until next year. more allegations and a video, when it's produced in court, the pressure on the mayor is bound to increase. >> so here is news for tech savvy travellers, the faa says airline passengers will be able to use most electronic devices throughout flights - even during take off and landing. the new rules apply to smartphones, tablets and mp3 players, but passengers will not be able to make phone calls and
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a safety review will have to be conducted before they take effect. >> a managing partner of airline weekly joins us. seth, good to see you. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> why did this take so long? >> well, let's be very honest. a lot of us have left a cell phone on once or twice by accident and lived to tell about it, yes. in the faa's defense, there's a difference between idol cell phones on takeoff and landing and dozens of devices uploading and downloading data. it made sense to go slowly. it makes sense to go this. concerns about passengers being distracted during risky times of flight. when things go wrong on rare occasions they do, it happens during takeoff and landing. books and magazines distract us too.
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that argument didn't hold much water. it made sense to wait. >> i understand the argument that maybe they are distracted. but i just - what i don't really understand is why it took so long to determine electronically and to do all the technical studies that they need that show that it never had any effect. as you say, there were plenty of people who probably had their phones on. >> no, no question. and look, the faa has sort of taken the global lead in doing this. different parts of the world have gone at different speeds. there are places in the world where you can use a cell phone during flight. you can't do that in the united states. but the faa, in this case going further in most saying, "yes, at least you can use the tablets and smartphones not to make calls, but to at least read a book and jump on the wi-fi
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network. >> just out of curiosity, why not make phone calls. >> there are the same technical questions, it's a little different using cellular technology, it's being done safely around the world. if anything, it's become less urgent now that there are so many ways to get a message out. a decade ago everyone was talking about, "when are people going make a phone call?" there were calls about, "do you want people around you making noisy phone calls during flights. between all the other ways to connect and get the message out and some of those concerns about unneighbourly noises, on the backburner, not to say it won't happen in the u.s., but not a priority. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. well, the owner of a pipeline that spewed more than 20,000 barrels of oil in north dakota
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said the monitoring systems in place did not prevent the spill. last month tosoro logistics pipeline burst, leaving 865,000 gallons of crude across one of tihoga's farmer's land. area residents were not informed of the spill for almost two weeks. clean-up is under way. in a statement tesoro says they are focused on clean-up, repair and remediation. it's one of the largest oil pipeline incidents in u.s. history. >> michael eaves is here with sports, talking about basketball in the city of chicago. >> a long time coming for the return of windy city. 521 days the last time bulls point guard derek rose played a meaningful game in his home town of chicago. a knee injury kept him out last
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season. he was back at the united center as the bulls hosted the nicks. it was a triumphant return, hitting a basket with 6 seconds remaining giving the bulls an 82-81 win. >> in hockey semon varlamov was released from gaol after his arrest on suspicion of second degree kidnapping and third degree assault after allegedly kicking his girl in the chest and dragging her by the hair. semon varlamov with 1.76 goals has been allowed to travel with the team for the friday night game in dallas. >> five weeks after a second arrest on suspicion of drunken driving alden smith is back on the 49ers roster. he was released from a drug treatment center this week is expected to play on november 10 november 10th against the
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karolina panthers. >> the israeli army may have launched a military strike inside syria's borders. if true it's a major develop as the regime indicates it's destroyed equipment it used to make chemical weapons. that's next.
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s good evening, everyone. welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. here is a look at the headlines: cuts are coming tomorrow to food stamp benefits, a program boosting the benefits is expiring. more than 47 million americans receive foodstamps, a family of four will see a reduction of $36. >> a federal appeals court reinstated most of the restrictions placed on facilities providing abortions in texas. the ruling means several clinics will not legally be able to provide abortion, starting as soon as tomorrow. the law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. the president of planned parenthood says the organization will fight the restrictions. a federal appeals court in new york blocked a lower court
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ruling that the stop and frisk policy is discriminatory. the ruling is on hole pending the outcome of an appeal by the city. minor city groups protested the tactic saying they are targeted by the race. police say stop and frisk is necessary to keep the city safe. >> there are reports that israeli war planes attacked a target inside syria. stefanie dekker has more from jerusalem. >> the israeli army is not confirming the reports. it's not unusual. there has been reports of israeli air strikes in syria before this year, earlier in jan there was a reported strike on a syrian convoy carrying missiles. at that time israel said, "we are not saying anything about this. later in the year reports that israel tarted a missile -- targeted a missile storage facility close to latakia.
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israel not commenting. we know israel takes the threat of hezbollah seriously. and they said if there's a threat to the israeli state, that they'll take action to people here are saying it's possible that israel could have carried out the airstrike. the official line is, "no comment" from the israelis. >> syria met a deadline to destroy equipment it used to make chemical weapons. international weapons inspectors today said it has confirmed the destruction of all declared weapons production equipment. the next deadline is november 15th, and that is when syria and inspectors need to agree to a plan to remove the more than 1,000 tonnes of chemical weapons. the country is expected to destroy its stockpile by the middle of next year. >> iraq's prime minister nouri al-maliki is visiting washington for the first time in two years. the prime minister says his country needs more help from the u.s. to stop the growing violence that killed thousands
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of iraqis this year. >> patty culhane has more. >> who is to blame for the carnage seen almost daily on the streets of iraq? prime minister nouri al-maliki's message to the u.s. - this is the work of america's own arch enemy - al qaeda. telling the u.s. media, public forums and the u.s. that he needs their help to stop this. >> the group's resurgens in iraq is because of the vacuum left by the arab springs, the civil war in syria. >> some believe he shares the blame for consolidating power, shutting out the sunni community, saying he is creating continues for another civil war. the prime minister told this conference he has done nothing wrong. >> as long as they use the perog mfiin a constitutional way, there shouldn't be a problem. if i act in abb unconstitutional
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way, tell me when and how. >> at the white house promises the government will raise concerns about how ma'amicy governs. but they won't block the sale of fighters, helicopters or vehicles. >> we'll continue assistance as necessary and denying it would be contrary to our interest. >> officials say they may help by sharing intelligence, analysts don't expect a shift. >> we don't provide for u.s. personnel, trainers or advisors. the equipment sold is in the pipe line. i don't think he'll get more equipment. he probably wants more intelligence cooperation. there may be moves to try to provide contractors to help him. >> the u.s. budgets $200 million to improve the security situation in iraq. in the past, in exchange for aid and weapons, the u.s. demanded
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iraq stop letting iran use its air space to transport weapons to syria. now officials are focused on the violence in iraq, and what it could mean for the us and its security yip. the prime minister will ask barack obama what he will do to help stop it - and hope he has an answer. >> america's infant mortalitiy rate is among the worst in developed nation, 25,000 infants die from premature birth or complication, alabama's rate is 20% higher than the national average for the past decade. as robert ray reports doctors at the university of alabama says the affordable care act could save lives. >> bailey davis has been laying in the incubator fighting for her lich. she was born four months early and at two weeks old weighs less than two pounds. >> when we leave the hospital we think, "maybe she won't be here
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in the morning", she is so little and doesn't have as good chance as full-term baby. >> she is ar yell's first child. bailey's chapses are better because her care is paid for by her grandfather's health insurance. in alabama 519 babies died before their first birthday last year. that's more than in years past. >> alabama's infant mortalitiy rate is son to the state of mississippi, where -- second to the state of mississippi, where one out of nine babies died. a lack of insurance is one of the main contributors, according to the department of health. >> this doctor heads the neonatal department at the university of alabama. >> it's prenatal care that is the bottom line. >> the alabama department of public health says women without
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ipp shurn had 23 in -- insurance had 23 infant death, more than twice that of mothers with infants who are covered. dr thomas believe obamacare means healthy mothers and children - offering more prenatal, mental health and addiction services. it will be an improvement never medicaid. >> it can be a game changer for a large population of patients who do not have insurance or feel they can't afford shirns. >> in some of birmingham's poorest areas, like this housing projecting, poor health, addiction and violence have been problems for decades. the same problems facing other poor neighbourhoods in america. erica knows what living without health care is like and hopes for better access. she and her 4-year-old daughter live here. she's been homeless and lost a newborn whilst living in a shelter. >> counselling.
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a lot of people need people to talk to, but they can't get the counselling or what they need unless they have insurance. dr thomas thinks outreach is key to lookout sheltering infant mortalitiy in the south. >> word of mouth, advertising on television. in the newspaper. community housing. community workers - any available avenues. >> as 2-week-old bailey hangs on to life, her mother believes the only reason she has a chance is because of insurance. >> insurance is taking care of her. if we didn't have it, i don't know what we'd do. >> for now family and medical professionals watch the tiny feet and hands fighting to give the little girl a chance to live a long life. >> seven years ago in oklahoma, they voted in favour of a constitutional amendment define gs marriage between a man and a
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woman, it's a misdemeanour in that state to issue a marriage licence to a same-sex couple. a legal loophole let one same-sex couple tie the not. a member of a tribe, black bear, and his partner are legally allowed to wed under native american tribal law. they said vows and i spoke to them after the ceremony. i began by asking about the law allowing them to marry. >> they cannot create tribal law discriminating against age, gender sex and specifically sexual orientation. it's good to know that it's written in our bill and our constitution. it doesn't define marriage as between a man and a woman. they left it open for their people to marry one another. >> i'm curious what you think.
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75% of state voters are against same sex marriage in oklahoma. that was in 2004. do you think opinions have changed since then in oklahoma? >> i think they have. a lot of people changed in the past 9-10 years. america as a whole changed in that time frame. oklahoma has - has really grown themselves, and i think the next time there's a vote it will be overturned and they'll allow same-sex marriage in oklahoma. >> talk to me about the fact that this is happening within a tribe, and i mean you have been kind enough to invite us to talk to you after your reception or maybe in the middle of your reception. but do you expect that there'll be others in other tribes that will do this as well? >> each tribe has the same constitution. they are all different, varying from tribe to tribe. we don't have the same
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composition or the same bill of rights written for - it's not across the board the same for each tribe. they are different from one another. there are some tribes that have made it a point to designate the fact that their definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. i'm really hopeful that, you know, maybe they'll see how progressive the shian and the other tribes are and will try their best to update and possibly change the wording and open it up for same-sex couples to marry. >> coming up next in sport a big night for one of chicago's finest. >> that's about 45 pounds of n shan oak salmon, part of a record run in north idaho, and we'll look at why so many fish are soming home this fall.
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soming home this fal
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a sal moon boom is happening in washington. more than one million chinook has been counted along the river. allan joins us live now. >> john, it's been a tremendous season for fall chinook. the biggest credit probably impose to conditions in the ocean where they grow to maturity. there's a lot of human help along the way. from the mouth of the river to the spawning beds upstream. >> on one of the north-west stages an underwater drama is playing out. chinook salmon are the stars and they are setting records. >> over 63,000 chinook passed through the dam in day.
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you could not blink or talk. with the visual accounts, there's no going back. >> since bonaville damn was built 75 years ago people paid to count fish never counted more chinook in the fall run. 950,000 so far. more than a million for all chinook species this year. >> we are expecting a good run, nothing at the numbers we got. we exceeded the daily maximum that we had. it was mayhem. >> salmon populations struggled since early in the last century. when the rivers and signatories were hahn as said. banna vil is the first barrier. >> hundreds of miles away, up the columbia, the mistake and the clearwater, the fall chinook arrest the end of the line. fish returning to this stretch of the river - this is a different year. it's fun, mag nif sent. dave johnson manages the
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fisheries department for the tribe in idaho. >> it means something that we are doing something, you know, as a people. we are doing something that is right. >> at this tribal hatchery, funded by court order by the federal bonaville power organization, workers scan fish for computer strips, test for des and strip them of eggs and sperm. fertilisation in hatcheries completes the cycle. all of this an example of human help that the fish get. from state and federal source, conservation groups and tribes. hydroelectrical tur bins have been impressed killing fewer fish. legal challenges have forced federal officials to spill more water over the dams at key times the year making downstream migration safer. habitat restoration work is underway throughout the columbian basin.
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the record run has been a boost for commercial and sports fishing, a boost for anybody relying on the chinook. >> tribal fishermen fishing for commercial purposes or the dining table and livelihood. everyone is innocentlying an incredible run. >> tribal vice president cautions this is one year, one of many threatened salmon species, there's more work to do if the rare show is to become more common. of course, this is tremendous new, but nobody in the fish managing business is declaring victory of any kind. we don't know what will happen next year. it could be a statistical anomaly. good news. we are joined on the banks of the columbia by bob reece the president of north-west anglers and guides and on the board with save our wild salmon. the fishermen i talk to say it was a wild fall.
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how was your time on the river, the water? >> myself and a lot of other fishing guys took advantage of a wonderful salmon run back this year. numbers we haven't historically see. our people went away happy. they were excited to take fish back to their families and want to do it again for the next seller years. >> an indicate i don't remember of how important the resource is. we had a great fall chinook run. other species not so good. this is one species, and one run. >> that's right. there's currently 13 listed species on the columbian river. as far as recovery, we have a lot of work to do. >> one of the big arguments is over spill - how much the federal government should spill water, and when they should do it. it's a continuing give and take. >> it's critical. when salmon might rates to the ocean, they don't turn and head west. they need to be pushed down
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river. >> that's an issue to be discussed. sorry to cut you off. bob rees with save our wild sal mons and pacific north-west anglers and guides. >> alan in bonaville. >> michael eaves is with us next with sport. another athlete in trouble. >> yes, this time from the national hockey leave. semon varlamov won seven of eight games and started between the pipes. his biggest adversary may have nothing to do with hockey. we have this report from denver. >> a beautiful blustery day in denver outside the pep si center home. colorado avalanche. a dark cloud descending over semon varlamov, star goalie, who was arrested after turning himself in to denver police on suspicion of assaulting his
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girlfriend. he spent the night in gaol, was released on $5,000 bond after being told to stay away from his girlfriend. his girlfriend said on monday he kicked her in the chest, stompeded her whilst she was on the ground, dragged her by the hair before telling her if they were in russia he'd beat her more. the colorado avalanche released a statement saying they'd offer no comment until the investigation was concluded and prosecutors decide whether to charge him. semon varlamov has been released and will travel with the team. a russian sports official is saying this is a conspiracy designed to keep semon varlamov off the russian olympic hockey team - the olympics beginning next year. or his part semon varlamov's agent says he's enjoyment. >> on the nba hardwood chicago welcome back one of its own, windy city native derek rose
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made a home debut after missing last season with a knee injury. chicago host the new york nicks. rose played despite a sore neck and struggled shooting 7 from 23. his tear-drop basket with six seconds remaining put the bulls of 82-81. would new york have a chance. anthony from the perimeter off the mark. the bulls able to pick up their first win of the season. rose finished with 18 points. chicago winning 82-81. the minnesota timberwolves hope to end a 9-year play-off drought. making a first tripe since 2004 may depend on the productive yet flamboyant play of the point guard. >> ricky rubio had the world at his fingertips since a kid. the the fresh faced 23-year-old spanish sensation is more than a basketball prot gee, you could
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consider him an artist. rubio's court vision has no rules or boundaries. like many works of art sometimes you have to look at it a few times to appreciate and appreciate the vision. >> anyone playing - you surprised yourself? >> yes. it's something that - like i said, i have found enjoying, sharing the ball, and sometimes i'm trying to move, but it's - it comes with what i do. >> ricky, some may think you were born with a basketball in your hand. when did you actually pick one up? >> i don't remember. mum taught me when i was three or four. it's something i grew up with. i mean, i was trying to play all the time. >> ricky rubio has been a professional basketball player since he was 14. it was a new world when his plane touched down in
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minneapolis and he touched down as a rooke for the timberwolves. >> it was unbelievable. i couldn't imagine any better. i came here. everybody was ready to watch me and actually i had fun playing. >> rubio's arrival into the association marked the beginning of a new era of timberwolves basketball. rubio is the key piece to a team saunders hopes can end the play-off draught. dating back to a decade when saunders was the coach. >> he's been compared to pistol pete. are there players you played or coached... >> we had highlight tapes of our own team, we this a video playbook, and pete was my idol. i had clips of him at lsu. i gave him a 60 minute clip of
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pete to watch. he is a little like him as far as his flare and how he passes. >> ricky's passing skills and defensive ability led him to be a league leader, his new boss would like him to take a page from pistol pete's book and become mr of a threat. -- more of a threat. >> the greatest strength or weakness if you can't control it. he is unselfish and wants to get everyone else involved. sometimes that can be the downfall. >> what do you lining about the international flavour on the team. >> the interesting thing is when there's a mistake made and they are frustrated. whatever is said - many times we don't know what they are saying. we have an idea. >> it is fun to watch different things from everywhere. playing with the guys from russia, america and montenegro,
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spain, everywhere. it comes - the same one, but everyone has his own style. music or whatever. >> have they adopted any of your music or style yet? >> not yet. >> in minneapolis. >> if rooubo can become half the player pistol peat was, he's off to a good career. >> kevin is back with the weather after this.
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the severe weather that's bringing the problems across the ohio river valley brought problems across texas yesterday, i want to show you video that has come out from what they saw. the video - we were looking at evacuations and rescues from people from ohio and austin. in some places it supported to the south-west of the austin -
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14 inches of rain fell. two people died because of the flooding in the area. this is what it looked like 24 hours ago across texas. flood watches were in effect. as you see a lot has moved off. they are now dry. we are more concerned about what is happening to the east. it will take several days, if not a week, for some of the water to go down. some of the water pooled in areas and accumulated up to three feet high. a problem across the state. now, the rain is moving towards the east. you can see the line in the thunder storms here. this is a cold front. it's cooler and drier behind. it's a nice warm-up. we are looking at the warm and cooler temperatures clashing together. that gives you the severe weather, similar to the spring time. we have a little warning in effect for parts of texas. that is because of the water in the area. here to the north kentucky,
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tennessee, ohio, southern indiana looking at severe weather threats. we'll be watching what is happening up here towards the north-east. the rain is falling for many parts of the north-east, including around the new york area and boston as well. we are not getting severe weather here like towards the south. it is going be a problem with the wind. most of new england is looking at warningsed or watches -- warnings or watches in effect now. that will be a huge problem. the frontal boundary will go through tomorrow morning across metropolitan cities. the wind can be before 40. up to 50-60 miles per hour in the localized areas mostly across the great lake and the coast af regions, we'll keep you updated through the mornings. have a great day.
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