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on "america tonight", is it too little, too late. the c.d.c. creates an ebola response team to improve hospital safety. >> for any hospital, any hospital that has a confirmed case of ebola, we'll put a team on the ground within hours. >> this as the group is monitored for the virus gets bigger, and the expected death toll worldwide climbs. also - paying the price for speaking up. they work at the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the country.
when they raise the alarm some say they were fired and blacklisted. "america tonight" with part 2 of her investigation and rech which 'em for a le revolution. >> people want to consume and engage in different ways. >> can science help classical music keep up with the times. . >> good evening, thank you for joining us, i'm sheila macvicar in for joie chen. tonight the seemingly insurmountable challenge to contain the ebola outbreak in the hot zone, and the battle to keep the virus spreading in the
u.s. health officials in texas are still trying to determine how a dallas nurse contracted the disease. as a result, the centers for disease control and prevention laid out a new plan to prevent further contamination of health care workers, dealing with ebola patients. six truckloads of its belonging to or linked to the late dunk sit in limbo, the ashes have been barred from entering the state of louisiana, where they were going to be buried in a hazardous waste file. meantime the world health organisation says a number of cases in west africa will top 9,000 this week, the epidemic is growing in liberia, sierra leone, and guinea. >> it's 8,914 cases are the number today. we will go over 9,000 cases this week. this trend, as you can see, the number of reported deaths are
4,447 as of this morning. a grim update on the ebola update by the world health organisation. what is most alarming - the latest figure on the deadly virus's fatality rate. early estimates gave a rate of 55%. according to the w.h.o., the mortality rate stands at 70%. that means 7 out of 10 people infected with ebola are dying of the disease. evidence suggests the rate of infection is slowing in some of the worst hit areas of south africa, health officials say the deadly virus reached further into districts, counties and prefectors than a month ago. make no mistake about it, ebola is spreading, not just in africa's hot zone. it's crossing the globe. in germany, a medical official
who contracted the disease died overnight despite care. the unidentified 56-year-old man ago. >> the patient who was hospitalized was treated with a course of ebola, died yesterday due to a severe cause of the disease with fever. >> in spain, doctors say the nurse infected while caring for a patient - the first case of ebola transmitted in europe, is slightly better. protecting the medical staff is of the utmost concern in dallas. officials from the center for disease control are in a scramble to figure out how a critical care nurse became the first person infected with the disease in the u.s. the 26-year-old pham, despite wearing the protective gear, became infected while treating
thomas eric duncan, at texas health presbyterian in dallas. >> all of us have to work together to do whatever is possible to reduce the risk of any other healthcare worker. >> days before duncan's death, health officials expressed confidence not just in stopping ebola, but the precautions in place in hospital. >> we know how to stop ebola. that is what is happening in dallas today. >> apparently the precautions were not enough. the c.d.c. is re-assessing the safety protocol in hospital. >> for any hospital, anywhere in the country that has a confirmed case of ebola, we'll put a team on the ground within hours, with some of the world's leading experts in how to take care of and protect health care workers from ebola infection. >> while health care workers express concern. >> we have not received face to face training we requested.
there is real worry among health care workers about the spread of ebola, but conviction at texas health presbyterian that the staff is doing everything in their power to care for one of their own. pham was given a blood transfusion from dr kent brantly, one of three that survived the virus, their blood type matches, brantly's blood is full of antibodies, and many hope it will save her life. >> antibodies will help her get over this. >> in a statement released the nurse said:hile doctors fight to contain ebola, u.s. servicemen and women are gearing up, leaving for west africa. setting up warehouses to make
sure all the stuff that the doctors need get to the country to build facilities. >> containing the epidemic will take a herculean effort. the british will send a ship to sierra leone, full of supplies. >> this is a vital mission, i'm here to wish them god speed. if we don't help the government of sierra leone control it, it will spread across west africa, lives will be lost, it will be a . >> the ship has isolation facilities, helicopters and medical staff to provide transport and support to medical teams and aid workers. also in the u.k., at heathrow airport some passengers are being screened for ebola, but the screening is voluntary. not everyone agreed to have the
temperature monitored or answer questions. despite a call for president obama, france has yet to implement screenings, arguing that it is not effective. the second-largest airport, which offers flights to the hot zone is relying on screenings to the point of departure and route. >> matt zouker burger and his wife are donating money. one critical issue is getting health workers on the ground. we speak to our guest from the medical corp to get more workers on the ground. >> the c.d.c. said they were going to do for hospitals in america - sending in a trained response team to dallas. why is that important? >> the c.d.c. have long experience in dealing with outbreaks and infectious disease. they are our agency of choice
and are designated to do this. they are wonderful at what they do. they have the smartest doctors, and people that work for them, and they are the right people to go into an american institution to support them in this critical need that they have. >> your organization has teams in the field in west africa and liberia, and sierra leone. do your teams operate to the standards laid down by the c.d.c. ground? >> the c.d.c. has excellent standards. any american thinking about ebola should go to the c.d.c. website. they are well versed in the process. over the last 54 years, the c.d.c., world health organisation, doctors without borders have been working on ebola, and other hem rajic fevers to stamp out the disease. this. >> we heard from the u.n., tony
bran brie, the head of the u.n.'s disease control coordinators, that there is a massive need in west africa. that the expectation is 10,000 cases a week by disease, and there's a massive need for beds. how is that effort ramped up? is there enough of an effort to supply what is needed according to what the u.n. says. >> everywhere will look back and say too little, too late. we can't let it go like that. we have to be all hands on deck, and the u.n. is one of the best coordinating bodies to do that, when it effects a broad region like this. we look to u.n., and the leaders to help us coordinate. especially the n.g.o.s. the u.n. is the agency of last resort. they depend on the n.g.o.s, we look to the u.n. to coordinate us, and we recognise that agencies like international medical corp need to make sure
we can function on our own. we rely on the u.n. and other institutions to tell us about the numbers. we have not mentioned this, the number of health care workers we need. 9,000 to 10,000 predicted of national staff in each country. before that, there were mere hundreds. we are requiring over 900 international staff to take care of this. this is unprecedented. usually in a crisis you get the duration and health care workers and you train them, and they do the job. in is unheralded. we need to train a lot of people fast, deeply. threatening. >> thank you so much for joining us. >> whistleblowers exposed to radiation and toxic chemicals, leading to losing our jobs. others are afraid to speak up. "america tonight"s lori jane gliha investigates the most
contaminated nuclear waste site in america known as hamford. we discover classical music by accident. now he wants to make a career of it. symphonies struggle to feel goal. >> i want to be a classical singer bringing something beautiful to the table. >> alaska, a state that depends on it's natural beauty >> we need to make sure that we have clean air >> some are living off natures bounty >> we're rich cause of all the resources we have... >> while others say they can't even afford health insurance >> the owners of this restaurant pay an extra $5.20 an hour to provide health insurance >> communities trying to cope i just keep putting one foot in front of the other >> what can people hope for come election day? an al jazeera america special report amererica votes 2014 5 days in alaska all this week
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story of two whistleblowers who price. >> reporter: heading up this part of the columbia river is like a journey into the past. miles of open space, mysterious structures, remnants from the early days of cold war. what is that? >> that's one of the original reactors built in the 1940s. >> at hamford washington where 200 million is superintendent in the ever-expanding empire. >> known as hamford, here workers produce plutonium for the first atomic bomb and many of the nation's weapons. >> for mike it's where he spent most of his working life. >> 27 years we worked here. we took the fuel rods, extracted the plutonium. >> reporter: now decommissions the site is part of a clean-up programme.
he was part of that, working in the tank farm, a series of underground storage tanks holding millions of gallons of contaminated nuclear waste. first built in the 1940s, many. ageing single-shell tanks leaked and contaminated the groundwater. several of the contractors built tanks supposed to hold the waste security. in object 2011, gavry found the first leek in a double-shelled tank - something that wasn't supposed to happen. >> thousands of call ib rations. we knew we were looking for something, but one day we did, it almost was as if it was happening. >> reporter: by law it required action. how quickly after you informed people that needed to be known, that. >> a year. it was a long time.
i expected something to happen immediately. i expected there was a process in place. >> dangerous radioactive waste in a tank called ay-102 leaked from inner shells. no waste reached the environment, but the discovery proved that earlier assumptions about the safety of double shelled tanks were wrong. gavry says his employer, someone social for wrps, refused to investigate, claiming the leaking material was rainwater, radioactive. >> i didn't feel i could do my job. i didn't feel i could be vocal in presenting problems. >> reporter: disillusioned he environment. >> it took nearly a year for wrps and the environment department to admit that gavry is right.
today the tank has not been pumped. gavry is part of a growing number of voices talking about poor security. many were made sick from gas escaping venting systems. >> they had four exposures yesterday. are they doing is good job. not at all. >> reporter: we spoke to a worker but he was too afraid of retaliation to speak publicly. >> officials tested thousands of air samples, and found no evidence of dangerous exposures. a few weeks ago, a contractor changed the safety policy say workers must wear half-faced respirator, and workers can use air tanks if they choose to. critics say it's not enough. the wave of workers led to evacuations and work stoppages at the site.
>> they have to put money into protecting workers. they don't want to install the filters that would capture and treat the vapours, because it will be expensive. it's been recommended since 1992. >> carl founded a nonprofit watchdog organization. he showed documents showing hazardous chemicals exceeding safety standards many times. >> they found concentration limits of a particular chemical was 13,000 times the oel. >> so this - they found that this chemical was emitting 13,000 times what it should be in order to be safe for humans. >> exactly. page after page of these kind of things, where, you know, there's 3,000 times, 3,700 times the permissible limit. 2,778 times.
the department of energy itself has done several assessments in the last four years of the safety culture at the hamford site and has given them a failing grade. >> carpenter said workers that speak up about safety problems are punished. the message is clear, don't get caught talking out of school. >> he talks about an environmentalist who was fired violations. >> if we are not following the rules, we are falling down, and not keeping the workers and the environment and public safe. >> reporter: she said they repeatedly failed to report. >> there were leak detectors that wept off, that required them to shut down. they were not reporting that. licence. >> reporter: she says managers
blamed her, took away her work, these. >> it was a horrible feeling to know that you are being laid off for doing your job, and doing it right. it hurt. it was humiliating. 23 years my entire career shot. they just destroyed it in one fell swoop. >> the company claimed she was let go as part of a lay off, not fired. the federal department of labour agreed with her, calling the claims not credible and facing that she faced blacklisting. the department ordered she be reinstated and paid back penalties and wages. >> after three years i was vindicated on everything. every ruling was against wrps. every ruling was in my favour. they blacklisted me. >> the decision was not
enforced, and now the cop is appealing. i'm still unemployed, and i still have no back wages. game. >> "america tonight" asked the energy department and wrps to respond. they stated that there are established programs for employees to raise safety and concerns with improved procedures and processes, helping to facilitate interaction with workers. wrps declined to comment. with a department of labour decision in her favour, it's a slap on the wrist for wrps. >> in my ruling from the secretary of labour, they were ordered to pay me in back wages 200,000. well, wrps signed a contract extension words 1.5 billion. them having to pay me back them.
>> what do you think needs to change there. there really need to be severely fine when these things come out to where it sends a message, not only with that corporation or company, but other companies. if you participate in this type of bad behaviour, you will be punished. >> reporter: mike gavry misses the work, but not the fear of speaking up. >> a lot of people voice concerns and afraid to voice the issues. a few do, and they are removed from their positions. >> gavry says he can speak more openly. this woman in your peace, shelley, she was fired from her job. the labour department says she should get the government backs, what is the department doing much.
>> the department of labour ruled in her favour. they have no authority to enforce the decision. shelley will have to start from scratch when her face goes in front of a judge. the ruling that the department of labour made will not be considered when the law judge considers the case, it could be another year before another decision is made, and there's another opportunity for an appeal. there's a lot of time, a lot of money that she'll spend to fight her case in front of the judge. >> thank you so much. despite their story fading from the spotlight parents hold out hope that their girls will make it home. six months have passed since militants have abducted 200 girls. ahead we look at a push to get them back. and a drought threatened californian wine. turns out there's an upside. and vineyard are talking about
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jong un. after disappearing from the public for a month and a half, the north korean leader has reappeared. the state-run media released images of kim jong un smiling and walking with a cane. officials did not say when the pictures were taken or if there's truth about rumours behind his health problems. a violent confrontation, where police in wry at gear clashed with protesters as they tried to clear an area. police used pepper spray and made arrests. the students have been protesting nor three weeks. >> it's been six months since militants abducted 200 girls from a school in north-east nigeria. while the school faded from the spotlight, their loved ones have been gathering in the streets every day since, calling for greater action and keeping hope that they'll be returned a lot
a solemn day marked by song, and lit by candlelight. members of the bridge back our girls campaign commem rated the loss of the living by reading names allowed. hoping for a safe return. >> we are not ashamed, we condition to hold on to hope. we believe that the chibok girls can still be rescued. no matter how badly turned out they may be by virtue of the kind of trauma that they have been through. >> the trauma began six months ago when some 270 girls and women range in age from 13 to 20 years old were kidnapped by boko haram gunmen at their school in north-east nigeria. more than 50 escaped, recounting abuse and pleading for the return of their sisters and friends.
at least 200 are missing. little is known of their fate. boko haram is nigeria's top security threat, killing and kidnapping thousands in their quest to take control. nigerian leaders say they have worked the threat from boko haram, but admits more needs to be done. . >> in the meantime, the fam lus of missing girls vow to keep pushing for their safe
return. >> if anything, we want them back al jazeera's correspondent is on the ground in nigeria's capital city, where protesters are demanding the return of the girls. >> you can see the police and the military are out in full force in abuja, they are here because they are trying to stop people from marching. they want more than 200 girls abducted six months ago. they want to know where the girls are, what the government is doing to find them. it's been a nightmare for parents asking for answers, asking to find out where the children are. the group has come cannot go any further.
they want the president to tell them what the plan of action. they are avoiding the girls. they are being killed by boko haram. that's why they take away time. as you can hear and see, people are not impressed. they want answers to get increasingly tired, they want the girls to be brought home. >> that was al jazeera's correspondent reporting. day two of sentencing and the oscar pistorius trial, bombshell testimony, as the court learnt an athlete known as a blade runner offered blood money to reeva steenkamp's family. in the final stretch, the blade runner's case draws a big crowd. at stake is whether oscar pistorius will go to prison for up to 15 years, and be sentenced
to probation and a fine. under the south african system, fate. >> this week she heard from psychologist. >> we are left with a broken man who has lost everything. he has lost his love relationship with reeva steenkamp, his moral reputation, he has lost friends and lost his carer. his earning potential. for someone with oscar pistorius's mental state. >> there are no private shower facilities, and the exposure. accused stems for inmates to have a severe affect on him. that true an angry response from prosecutor. >> disabled people should not be
in prisoned. >> the biggest bombshell is money - he offered his girlfriend's parents a payment of $25,000 after he shot and killed her. their lawyers said it was rejected but they anticipated a monthly payment of $500 from the runner. >> reeva when she passed away the family was in financial difficulties. >> her parents are going pay back the money. they are pursuing civil charges. oscar pistorius said nothing. the memory of his former girlfriend crushed him. a star athlete brought to tears as he tried to explain horrified wife.
>> they fired four shots at the door. >> i don't know. >> it was an unimaginable downfall for fist. >> the accused is charged with premedicated murder. the evidence is circumstantial . he was convicted of culpable homicide. not murder. oscar pistorius's story was one of overcoming. doctors amputated his lower legs
before he was a year old. in his family there was no room for self pity. >> i grew up in a house when my parents, my mother said "oscar, you put on your legs", and my brother put on your shoes. i thought my legs were different shoes. i played sport with the other kids in the community, i went to school with my brother and sister, to the same school. >> as a young athlete the story gained traction. >> first with the south african sports writers. nothing about him. he was a shy quiet unassuming young man. >> i was certainly tape aback by this incredible youngster that had a disability. life was not getting him down. >> i first met oscar when he was 17. he had got into athletics. on the strength of his ability to run of the 100 meter and break the world record for a
double amputee, he was rushed in the team to go to athens. >> i think oscar's dream was to one with athlete. it didn't matter what got in his way. he challenged the system. the system pushed back. the international association of athletics federation declared his carbon fibre prosthetics an unfair advantage. oscar pistorius would not be stopped. he took highs cheetahs to the top labs. >> we conducted three weeks of defting. results were different. we looked at the prosthetic led, deceleration, number, straddling, the courts of arbitration for sports, and all three judges in the case agreed in our favour. that decision launched oscar pistorius into sports superstar dom. opening the way for him to recess in the 2012 olympics, and one gold at the paralympic games.
twice named one of "time"'s influential persons, and one of people's sexiest me alive, he looked unstoppable. he became an incredible role model. the status was massive. he had so much power from being a disabled athlete, and took it to a whole level. >> the fact that he overcame odds and achieved so much. meant that he would inspire other athletes to come behind him. more than that, it was anybody that felt he couldn't achieve something that looked at oscar pistorius and got inspiration. >> two years ago he met his match - a stunning model and tv parliamentary turned domestic violence activist. 29-year-old reeva steenkamp was a picture-perfect partner. three months after they started dating on valentine's day night. oscar pistorius claims he thought an intruder entered his home.
the first thing that ran through my mind was i needed to protect reeva steenkamp and i and i needed to get my gun. >> the trial was horrifying and riveting. with images of the victim presented, the defendant broke down, devastated by grief, his family maintained. skeptical. >> my fingers touched that head. i don't have to look at the picture. why are you emotional now. now that the question is so difficult. why are you emotional. what happened now? >> hold on. >> he is emotional my lady. >> it's fine, he may be emotional. i don't think you can ask him why now. he's been emotional throughout. >> he was a terrible witness, and i fear the worse for the outcome. he was not convincing. >> south africa was transfixed throughout the trial and verdict.
it was, many said. their version of the o.j. simpson case. a star athlete, a golden couple claims the defendant was broken to an incomprehensible time and devastating lose. loss. >> there's only one person that will know the truth. the tragedy is family lost a daughter, and a sportsman that's gone from hero to zero. >> a tragedy waiting a final chapter lot. >> one of the great things about the time is the definition has been opening up. what we see in classical movement has never been a frozen preparation. >> but as classical music - is
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across the country symphony orchestra s have shrinking audiences. we go to the peabody institute of music to find fought the art is keeping up with the modern world. [♪ singing ] >> he discovered classical music by comment i was in sixth grade, and i turned to a a special. i thought he was saying kay jelly ma ma lena. >> it's cool. >> and now he wants to make it his career. the 20-year-old attends the peabody conservancy
in baltimore u one of the top music schools in the nation. >> when i first started off i swore up and down i was going to be a rapper. my grandma bought me a keyboard when i was ten years old. i was crazy. >> a scholarship got him into peabody. the historic campus far different from the neighborhood i grew up with. >> i have friends who just didn't make it. >> what happened. >> you know, some of them passed away. some of them are in jail because of bad decisions. but i also think, what if they had an outlet like i did. >> but fewer students are getting that outlet. attendance at peabody is dropping, that mirrors attendance across classic music venues across america. >> it's been in decline about 1%
of the year for the past 10 years. >> attendance. >> attendance is down 1% a year? >> does that raise some alarms? what if that trend continues? >> our history is filled with people who have been saying that's the end of classical music is around the corner. we're still here. not to say that we don't have challenges. >> jesse rose is president of the league of orchestra. right now league dispute and labor troubles has orchestras in a lockout. minneapolis, chicago, detroit, san francisco, denver and indianapolis have all faced serious financial problems in the last two years. >> part of what has been happening is our whole culture has been changing. people are really wanting to consume, to engage in very different ways. [♪ singing ] that's a really big challenge
that all performing arts are facing. >> in the fight for an audience many orchestras are now changing the way concertgoers engage in classical music adding videos, celebrity appearances, or even mixing in more popular music. >> i think that the definition is opening up. what we think classical music is, it's never been a frozen or fix the repertoire. >> is this a real evolution? >> it seems that way to me, but we're also seeing programming directed to younger people, people with an appetite for the music, more interactive into the concert, programming that changes the nature of the concert experience.
>> thomas dolby knows a thing or two about new music . [music] ♪ she blinded me with science ♪ one of the first popular videos in the early days of mtv, dolby is on a new mission, help classical students market themselves and a half gate the business side of music. >> there is an assumption in the industry, perhaps, that a classical music audience is less open to having sort of cross media forms of presentation for the music. because they're slightly older, slightly tech-savvy, and so on. but that at the end of the day becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because if you choose not to use the media that are popular among young people, then young people are not going to live to classical music.
>> dolby is now a professor at johns hopkins, just as he broke into music with mtv, he's hoping to break outside of the music box. >> i think it could be a great liberator. you might have a great composer or instrumental is who becomes an international star despite the industry, not going through the regular system. just the fact that their brilliance is exposed to millions of people using the technology that we have today, and they by pass the whole industry. >> that is a theme from your hit song, but what we're talking about is the integration of science into classical music. can you say that right? >> the integration of science--there we go. >> fred bronstein just took over as dean at the peabody institute.
>> do students have a bright future in classical music. >> the world they're going out into is a more challenged world than ever before. i'll be frank. i think conservators have tended to be--not just peabody, but very conservative places and singularly focused. >> bronstein came to the peabody institute following a successful career with th the orchestra. >> we focused on community and education, and so i think that the way i would articulate it, and of course we raised money because you have to do that. >> but to raise money you need to fill seats. and today that means going global to where the market is strong like china. one-third of students at peabody are international. >> it's an exploding market there. what you're seeing in china is you're seeing a proliferations of
orchestras. you're sealing the opposite in china than the rest of the world. >> tariff wants to seek new sounds and new ways to market himself. >> you've written jingles for commercials. you sing around events in baltimore. music director at your church. >> mm-hmm. >> what else can you possibly do at the age of 20. >> a lot. just trying to do everything that i love. [♪ singing ] >> and hoping an audience will support him. >> are you going to write something? >> i plan on it. >> are you going to shake it up a little bit? >> i plan on writing really cool stuff. i want to be a classical singer who is bringing something beautiful to the table. [ piano music ] >> one note at a time. al jazeera, baltimore.
>> next week some of the biggest names in classical music will be at bolt mother for symposium on the future of the art. still to come on "america tonight," a sweet victory after crushing blows to the industry. wine makers now have a reason to see the glass as more than half full. tomorrow on the program the farm-to-table movement is booming as more people want to know where their food comes from, but are consumers really conscience about the people who make it possible? is the movement exploiting workers? we go in-depth.
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become highly stressed and could rupture into an earthquake at any time. they can't tell us when the faults will rupture but the pent up stress is set up to produce quakes at least as large as the 1989 quake if not larger. since 1989 the largest quake hit napa this august near the state's famed wine country. the quake combined with the ongoing drought has many agricultural businesses worried. but it's not all bad news. melissa chan went to napa valley and has more on california wine makers. >> reporter: napa valley, merge's sun-drenched wine industry had a difficult summer, suffering not one but two natural disasters. first the earthquake that sent bottles from shelves and damaging processing tanks. when all was said and done the quake will cost the industry over $80 million.
then there is the ongoing drought. last year was the dryest on record. then there is the silver lining. while the drought has been a disaster for farmers, for grape growers there is an upside. >> so when i taste this very young wine i'm seeing a lot of good potential. >> reporter: for them it's time to celebrate. with harvest done, grapes pressed and wine in barrels, vineyards have discovered the same dry conditions from the drought has produced an incredible vintage this year. >> it's very refreshing on the palate. it has nicely ripe flavors but not over ripe flavors. there is black cherry and a five-spice character in there. >> reporter: grape growers needless water than other farmers. they produce pi
pinot noir. it's very exciting for 2014. >> we didn't have rain during the growing season which promote rot an and mildew. >> reporter: there has been so much bad news, but at least here we finally come across one happy outcome. they call it water stress. when science receive less water it produces a smaller yield, yes, but that means higher concentration of sugar in grapes. >> when a vine does struggle it does lead to greater concentration in the berries and greater flavor. we like to think of more complexity. >> reporter: something for consumers to look forward to. the unexpected consequence of the drought, in wine country the glass is, indeed, half full and never half empty. keep an eye out for those
bottles of 2014 as they come into stores. although this is not going to be the drought that keeps on giving. wine makers are worried if the drought goes into 2015 they will run out of water reserves and that will impact the grapes both quality and quantity. >> melissa chan reporting from wine country. that's it for us here on "america tonight." joie chen will be back tomorrow. good night. >> an american votes 2014 special report kansas >> in our state, government is broken >> a tea party governor has made drastic changes >> the highlight of this is... eventually doing away with income taxes... >> the democratic challenger says, these policies aren't working >> we are trailing the states in our region >> can governor brownback win again? >> i think you spend your money better than the government spends it.. >> america votes 2014 battle for kansas
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