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drivers will be able to charge passengers a $50 cleanup fee if they vomit in cabs. next, virginia, there is a law that says all electronic messages on outdoor advertisements must remain in place for 8 seconds. in massachusetts a law banning the disposal of medical sharps in household trash. in idaho police will be able to issue warrants by fax. in kentucky all the folks with extra hogs, yes, pigs, on their hands are not able to release them into the wild anymore. there are your weird laws of the day. this is cnn breaking news. we want to show you this just in to cnn. take a look at these amazing pictures from one colorado springs neighborhood. these are just coming in to cnn.
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these pictures show complete devastation, wiped out homes. look at that. you have one frame of one brick home, not even wood home, brick home standing there. everything is completely gone. look across the street you can see a house that is standing that is completely untouched right across the street. it shows how actually discriminating this fire was destroying one home and leaving others untouched. interestingly, too, the lawn in front of that home is green and not charred. the home is completely destroyed. this is coming from a lot of people that were evacuated, the thousands of people evacuated. they are getting the chance to come back. they are being bussed in by the government to take a look at the damage to see if their home was saved or if their home was destroyed or not. let's take a listen in to this video. >> grab that and extended that out to try to fight the fire out
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here. so now the remains of the hose and that continues up where they cut down some trees to try to prevent the fire from spreading into the house. our barbecue on the back lawn has survived. there was a metal upper part of this that you can see the remains of it. it is actually completely melted down to nothing. our yard chairs which is -- this is where i actually saw the fire start from this seat here looking up into the mountains. maybe come up over here. so this is where i saw the fire start coming down, coming out
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the back door looking up and seeing the fire coming down. so the seat is kind of right where we left it. >> and it sounds very much to us like that is the man who owned the home. we can't independently verify that because this was shot by the neighbor. the media was not allowed in. this is remarkable video. this is the first time we are seeing the damage first-hand as the families go back to the area. jim spellman is in colorado springs. we will talk to him later on about this. everything that is happening in just a little while, 5:30 eastern time. heat as well as gusty winds are an issue for firefighters battling the wildfires near colorado springs. the weather conditions have kept some from going to see the
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conditions. for the one whose are going back fire officials are warning them to stay vigilant. >> as you repopulate these areas you will see smoke. you will not see the firefighters but they are there. >> the waldo canyon fire has destroyed nearly 350 homes and burned more than 1,700 acres. temperatures rising and power lines down around much of the northeast. >> powers out. anything goes. >> i guess a light moment in what could be a very serious situation for people suffering through blistering heat with no power. a severe storm knocking out electricity. ice, water and air conditioning units are being handed out to residents. >> sleeping at night is diffkltd. last night was a very long night. we are hoping it gets cooler. no definitive plans. my two older kids spent the
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night at friends' houses. i said if you have someplace to go with air conditioning go. >> some people are going to cooling centers and doing what they can to get out of the heat. virginia has opened 35 cooler centers. brian todd is at one live right now. how are people holding up knowing it might be an entire week before their power is fully restored? >> reporter: well, they are dealing with it, poppy, in kind of a stowic fashion. people are trying to make the best out of it going to these cooling centers like the one behind me. with millions without power and spiking in record temperatures this is a double whammy for this region. these are the life savers, power company teams scrambling to bring transformers back online. but for millions in the midwest and mid atlantaic these crews can't work fast enough. >> i hate it. all our phones are dead right now. in case of an emergency we can't make a call or anything.
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>> reporter: in the wake of devastating storms 20 states are dealing with excessive heat warnings. temperatures over 100 degrees are scorching much of the southeastern u.s. more than a million customers still have no power. >> heat stroke defined when you start having neurologic problems. people come in confused. once you get to that point it can be very severe. >> reporter: businesses and state officials are working furiously to make sure people don't get to that point from passing out free ice to offering cooling centers. what is the biggest challenge for you running this library on extra hours? you are usually not open on sundays. >> correct. the challenge is getting the word out and working with the can'ts to market and get staff. >> reporter: virginia's governor calls it a dangerous situation for his state. some people in the hardest hit areas may not get power back in
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more than a week. a resident in georgia speaks for a whole region dealing with a double whammy of power outages. >> used to it but it still is not fun. this heat is not fun. >> reporter: now comes the added challenge of millions of people heading back to work on monday. the power outages have also knocked out traffic lights all over this region. here in virginia national guard troops are being staged to help deal with what will surely be a nightmarish commute monday morning. i'm going to show you a little bit of what relief looks like in northern virginia. the reeds slightly blowing in the wind. that is a revelation because there hasn't been much of a breeze. >> when you are thanking that things have to be pretty bad where you are. adding to the problems i know there were complications with the emergency response systems in some places where you are?
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>> reporter: that's right. 911 systems were down in fairfax county, prince william can't and elsewhere. governor bob mcdonald upset about it. they are investigating whether it was a hardware or software problem. they had to go to tv, radio, twitter and facebook to get the word out for people if they have an emergency to call 911. you can call 911 and get help. the governor is investigating what went wrong because in the critical hours after that storm that was not the thing you wanted to have happen. >> thank you. i appreciate it. relentless bombings across syria again today. the death toll climbing. 69 people dead today alone as turkey scrambles fighter jets to protect its borders from the syrian air siege. people across mexico head to the
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checking our international stories for you right now. today the european union oil sanctions against iran take effect making it difficult to trade with iran. in response today iran announced missile tests and threatened to wipe israel, i'm quoting here, off the face of the earth. in just under four hours all poling stations in mexico will close and mexico will elect a new president. top of mind the brutal drug war and weaknic growth. in kenya 17 killed.
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police say the attackers threw grenades at the churches and opened fire on people as they ran out. it is the deadliest attack sense kenyon forces invaded. now let's turn to syria where the violence continues once again a day after world diplomats hammered out what they hope would be a peace deal. according to activists at least 69 people have been killed today alone throughout the country. the deal calls for the regime to adopt a cease fire and pave the way for transitional government. paula newton joins us now. it seems like there are so many diplomatic meetings and solutions that simply have not worked yet. >> it is hard not to get cynical. you have seen the diplomats meeting and came up with the peace plan that looks like the one that has failed.
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there was no breakthrough in terms of bringing russia on side to show pressure on the assad regime. i want you to listen to u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton. >> unless i am wildly off base there is no way anyone in the opposition would ever consent to assad or his understand regime, cronies with blood on their hands being on any transitional governing body. i said weeks ago that assad going could be an outcome as well as a precondition. >> it's interesting because we are just back at square one. why is it significant what she said? she is saying assad will not be a part of the new government. russia is saying we are not putting conditions in this. they are basically propping up the regime. in the meantime it has been
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difficult to see the violence. we continue to get videos on a daily basis. it is utterly heartbreaking how really impotent the whole world diplomatic situation is absolutely impotent with it. >> until you get russia on board and you know there have been tense talks and tense relationships between secretary clinton and russia just to get them on the same page to get the countries on the same page i think an indication of how tense this is as you said with what we saw happening in turkey scrambling the f 16s in the air. >> it is a tending box. we saw a little while ago the syrians take down the turkish debt. in the meantime the turkish government has really been on hair trigger with this. today they scrambled jets to the border. turkey is part of nato. we are not there where we are talking about military
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intervention. as you see the diplomatic process ground to a halt, turkey is getting very impatient. they feel as if they do not have the international support they need to bring an end to the assad regime. more than people on the run from wildfires in the west. we are going to take you to montana where a woman is doing pretty incredible work saving ingangeerred horses there in montana. that's next. the greatest empires. then, some said, we lost our edge. well today, there's a new new york state. one that's working to attract businesses and create jobs. a place where innovation meets determination... and businesses lead the world. the new new york works for business. find out how it can work for yours at i have to know the weather patterns. i upgraded to the new sprint direct connect.
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this just in to cnn. take a look at some amazing pictures from one colorado springs neighborhood. these are just coming in to cnn. these pictures show pure, utter devastation. these were shot by neighbors. media was not allowed in along with families. what is dramatic is how completely destroyed that one brick home is and right across the street you have other homes in the back there that are standing just fine and the brush in front of the home not really touched. it shows you the fire has been discriminating in terms of the
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houses it has completely destroyed and those it left untouched. we will talk to our own jim spellman live there for us in about ten minutes with the latest. we have been talking a lot today about the wildfires in colorado. you just saw that video. they aren't just happening in colorado. they are raging across the rocky mountain west. in montana there is a battle to save horses. we are going to bring in sasha with a group that is setting up safe refuge for the horses. she joins us via skype. the work you are doing is amazing. tell us what is going on right now. i know you have a number of horses that you guys are protecting and taking care of. >> what we have done is we have basically opened up our entire facility to any horses in need in montana and across other states. we can house over 400 horses and small livestock to prevent these animals from suffering from
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fires and getting killed with the high winds we had and the fires traveling fast. >> we are looking at pictures of fire and smoke there and we see one beautiful horse there being rescued. i know that one of your concerns is that a lot of people don't know that your facility is out there and you have capacity for a few hundred horses. so people like the ones you see on the screen can bring them to you. is the biggest issue getting the message out and getting the animals? >> definitely. i think getting the message out is hard especially in panic situations and crisis. a lot of people don't know what to do. for us we will be around and having this option open for the remainder of the summer so that people at any moment anytime there is a risk, potential fire, fire coming their way they don't have to wait to be evacuated to bring their horses to us. >> that's such a good point. at that point it might be too late. they are just evacuating the people out. i know you have 52 acres.
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150 indoor stalls. you are taking more than just horses, right? if anyone needs help with any animals you are helping. >> correct. definitely. most people with horses have other animals, too. >> absolutely. what can people do to help at this point for you guys? >> right now it is really spreading the word, visiting our website. we have lost horses sign up and we have missing horses and livestock. if someone has located something or lost one we have that ability on our site to be able to provide that information to the public. >> keep up the great work. thank you. hopefully more people know about this now that you came on our air. thank you so much. >> thank you. i appreciate it. illegal immigrants getting a free ride to college here in the united states. is it fair? is it legal? one illinois college says yes. you are going to hear both sides of this story so you can decide for yourself. what inspires us to create new technology.
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listen to this. a small private catholic university just outside of chicago says it spend over a quarter million dollars to educate 17 undocumented students. it's a dream come true for these young people but not everyone feels they deserve it. i think it is a fascinating story because they are skirting the law here. >> they is circumnavigating the law. the funding is coming from
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private sponsors. for them as a catholic institution they say it is their moral obligation, their convictions led them to this. when you take a controversial stance like this it will polarize people. not everybody is in line. some alumni say they disagree with the decision. one state representative there earlier this week says it is a horrible idea that these people are illegal immigrants according to him and should not receive this education. we spoke to them earlier this week. listen to what they had to say. >> reporter: they are a private university and private school. some say they can do whatever they want with their money. >> they could. why are they still breaking the law, then. there are kids with no identification. they are not citizens but we are going to give them a college education. then what? >> as a catholic institution, as
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a dominican institution one part of our mission is a commitment to social justice. these students are not criminals. they are not aliens. they are bright, aspiring young men and women. >> this is a very devisive issue. one saying it is a human issue and the other side with a different stance. >> and what are the opportunities for these students as they graduate from the university. they are still likely not going to have papers so they will not be allowed to legally work in this country and not get what foreign students legally in this country get which is the one year pass to try to get a job and get sponsorship here. >> this is a tough road ahead for the students. they are not guaranteed jobs after they graduate. they are receiving the education. in illinois there is a dream act that passed in may. we spoke to a student who is the
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face of the dream act in illinois. she remains optimistic and says she doesn't want to think about the future and knows there are fuch options and more obstacles. >> my hope is that something like the dream act or immigration reform would happen so that it would make it possible for myself and for my friends and other students like myself to be able to work. >> she is saying well, it's worth it. sacrifice is worth it. she does worry about the future but will stick with it. >> it gives the kids a few more years to see if policy changes in the country and what happens with immigration reform. i wo i wonder is there any organized movement to try to sue the university? >> not yet. you would think there would be more of an outcry of opponents against what dominican university is doing.
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even those within the university that disagree haven't been that vocal about it. it took a long time for us to find someone who was opposed to it. he represents a larger group of people in the united states who disagree with what this university is doing on a local level. >> keep an eye on it for us. it is a fascinating story. i want to show you dramatic video coming in to cnn. we are getting an up close look at the devastation left behind from the colorado wildfires. in here, opportunities are created and protected. gonna need more wool! demand is instantly recognized and securely acted on across the company. around the world. turning a new trend, into a global phenomenon. it's the at&t network -- securing a world of new opportunities. ♪
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right now in colorado for the first time people are getting a first-hand look at what is left of their homes. i want to bring in live our jim spellman in colorado springs. you have amazing cnn exclusive video in to us of the devastation, the first time the families are seeing what has happened. >> reporter: absolutely, poppy. what we did was we gave a camera to a couple named ted and kate and asked them to film this for us. they gave us a tour of what their neighborhood looked like. some homes all you can see are a few bricks from a chimney. weird artifacts, a hull hull of a washing machine. this is a family who first discovered their home was
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destroyed when they saw a photograph of it. to see it up close was really stunning for them. they really felt like this gave them some sort of a sense of closure and set them up to be able to maybe start looking to the next phase to rebuilding and being ready to start a new life. they are going to rebuild right back in their neighborhood on that same plot. >> on that same plot. people on their screen are looking at images of the home of ted and kate stufaunae who you sent a camera in with. so they willingly shot this video of their own house. i know there is one chair that is very important and it is where ted sat when he first saw the fires. >> reporter: that's right. ted sat on that chair watching the fire come down the hill when they made the decision it was time to get out. they went back.
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the chair is still there. the fabric on it long gone. really just a metal frame. ted is an army surgeon who served in iraq and afghanistan and has seen a lot of tough times but never seen anything like this. they went back looking for specifically one thing, his father also a surgeon in the military in the army in world war ii and they were hoping his uniform had survived. it didn't make it. they have come to peace with that. the stuff is gone. we have a clean slate. we are safe, together and will rebuild. >> let's listen in to some sound from ted. >> this is our first look at it after the fire so we'll go for a tour around but there's not much left. >> this is what was the garage. and you can see the gutter that has fallen down.
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the only thing left of the garage is the brick standing here and the brass fixture that we really didn't like anyway but it made it. >> i can just walk it around from there. >> thank you. >> i will take it around. >> so this is our garage or what is left of it. of course, there is the one pillar remaining with the fixture with the light that we absolutely hated. that is all right. we'll go around the side here. as you can see the heat is so intense with the fire that it kind of incinerates your grass. so the cans of glass cleaner that we had survived for
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whatever reason in various states. you can see the foundation but our adjuster is telling us that in these fires that the heat is so great that you can't save any of the slabs or the foundation. coming over the only thing that you see of this box over here is our deep freezer that was in our garage. >> that is a small look at this family taking a look at their home. and jim spellman live for us. i want to bring up for our viewers this photo on "the denver post" that you mentioned was the way the family learned of their home. the house is to the bottom left of the screen. this photo has become symbolic of the raging fires in colorado. what is interesting to me in this video is that this fire
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burned some homes completely to the ground and right across the street and behind and next door homes are untouched. >> reporter: it's really incredible. if you see an aerial map it is destroyed, fine, destroyed, destroyed. we spoke to one woman who got to go in and the firefighters who actually fought and tried to save her home told her it was because she had juniper bushes around the house that acted like an accelerant. no bushes on the house next door and that home was fine. people are happy that their neighbors' homes are not destroyed and when they go back and rebuild it will feel more like a neighborhood. the people that are still there and are going to help them make it feel like part of a community and have the kids have somebody to play with and not this barren
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moon scape a another person described it. i think the homes may come to be a seed that will help rebuild the rest of the neighborhood. >> especially for the family who said told you they are going to rebuild on the same plot right there. i want to keep jim live because he brought you the amazing story of susan and her four grand sons we showed you earlier last hour who is suffering so much, as well. you have been doing an extraordinary job on the ground getting the stories. we are starting to feel from a very human way what this means to this community and this state. >> reporter: well, poppy, what is amazing is how the people here are weathering and dealing with this, really. it's really an incredible community here, poppy. >> great work, jim. keep on it. thank you very much. much more on this coming up 6:00 p.m. eastern. armed with chisels and hose militants destroyed ancient
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. well the united nations educational scientific and cultural organization is condemning the destruction of three sacred tombs by islamic militants. they plan to destroy more shrines because they think people shouldn't worship saints. i spoke with the director earlier today about what can be done. >> the information that we got that four of the mausoleums, there are 60, four of them were completely destroyed.
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early may we know that one of the ones with more than 30,000 unique manuscripts from the 16th century have been vandalized. what is more disturbing is that yesterday they vouched to destroy the rest. >> i know they are using hoses and chisels and some circled yelling god is great. they are doing this in the name of religion. is there anyone opposing what they are doing or is it too dangerous for anyone to be fighting back and protecting this area? >> i have been seeing pictures of local people bewildered of what they see and what happened.
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these are very vived living monuments. people go there to pray every friday. and all of a sudden they are destroyed. and i believe that we need the total of everybody, religious leaders, world religious leaders because this is not acceptable. >> do you feel, though, that you have the attention, the necessary attention of world leaders on this right now? >> i think to the secretary general equally worried about it. i spoke with the secretary general of the organization for cultural and education and i tried to reach out with other leaders. the tour was launched to everybody. i believe that is why we inscribed. i believe that everybody, all political leaders should be
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mobilized for the military groups. >> that's a place that so many people will go to one day. we'll keep you updated on that story as we get more information. spain makes history in the euro 2012. and a record breaking ending for the nba draft. for the first time in history two players from the same school got the top two picks. npr sports correspondent is joining me from new york with smart sports. you know a lot more about this than i do. the only thing i know a lot about is minnesota sports. we are talking about spain and kentucky. let's start with spain. spain making history. a 4-0 win against italy just wrapped up. the first mage nation to win three international titles back-to-back. fans elated at this victory. how good is this team? was this expected?
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>> it was expected and the answer is they are fantastic. three majors in a row. some of the great teams of all time have won a world cup and a federation cup but no team has done what spain did, europe in 2008, the world cup in 2010 and just won europe again. people are talking about them as the greatest of all time. we in the sports media will say they are the greatest ever. fans do it, too. i think there is a really good case. the 1970 brazil team that was voted the best soccer team ever. they couldn't do what spain did with this three in a row and the spanish side turned over some players. their striker wasn't in this tournament. we are seeing they are deep and excellent. they can continue into the world cup in 2014. it is quite unprecedented. >> the defending world cup champions. they get this and it is great
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for them because that country and italy going through a lot right now when it comes to their economy. let's turn here to the united states. the nba draft wrapped up. kentucky really knocking it out of the park. six players from the draft. >> kentucky won the national championship and they showed why. they have great players. michael kid gilchrist went second overall. back in 1977 when the draft was ten rounds unlv had ten players taken. a lot of people will say that is why kentucky won. what is missed is the fact that coach calipari coaches the kids up. he makes them tough players. michael kidd gillcrest was well
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prepared. credit should go to calipari. he is not just a guy who harvests greatness. he makes these guys better players. >> does he teach them how to work together really well? that is key. when you look at the heat it was getting those players to work well together? >> that's right. they are a cohesive team. some of the guys were taken late in the second round. so calipari makes them better than they are. it is too easy to say this was a top kid out of high school. a guy named perry jones was a top kid out of high school and went 28 on thursday. austin rivers were co high school players of the year. he went ten. why are kentucky players going so high? coaching has a lot to do with it. >> and a lot of coaches have great names like calipari and krzyzewski. good to have you on.
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folks you know to win the white house you have to win ohio. at least that is how it has worked for the past 12 elections since 1964. how is it looking now for president obama? the first trade route to the west, the greatest empires. then, some said, we lost our edge. well today, there's a new new york state. one that's working to attract businesses and create jobs. a place where innovation meets determination... and businesses lead the world. the new new york works for business. find out how it can work for yours at
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the repair men come up and the first one says we can't get it started and it's his fault. the second one says it is his
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fault. the third repairman says i know how to fix your furnace but these guys keep stopping me before we can do it. you have every right to say i hired you to do a job. don't blame each other. don't tell me why you don't like each other. please go down there and fix the furnace. that is how it is supposed to work. except in one area. in politics and government and acromony has been so constant with finger pointing that we sometimes lose sight of the fact that with their lofty titles, members of the house, senators, presidents over the years, the people who have been hired have like eelectricians and plumbers have been hired to do the job. there is a self congratulatory phrase that political professionals sometimes use, politics ain't bean bagged but it seems to have devolved into
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it, a child's game played just for the playing. bob dylan when he was a young song writer wrote a song with the title "only a pawn in their game." it would be difficult to blame americans if at least once in a while in this political atmosphere they don't identify with that phrase. the citizens are not pawns. they are employers. with the seriousness of the matters facing this nation this is not a game. >> interesting opinion. we are paying their paychecks. you can read bob's column and other great opinions on the issues on to politics we are going to the rust belt. i hit the road with our team from wisconsin to indiana, michigan and ohio. you see our route to get the pulse of voters in key auto towns. all four states selected obama.
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now indiana towards romney. ohio a tossup. 55 votes up for grabs. we wanted to see what people are thinking. >> we bled on him. this town and gm went hand in hand. >> reporter: how many years as an auto worker? >> 30.7 when the plant closed. >> reporter: i first visited in 2009 right after gm shut its doors here. three years later we found them trying to build back. a town with more unemployment and more foreclosed homes and more people that want to work that just don't have that option anymore. >> they want jobs and want good jobs. >> reporter: is it still a union town? >> that's changed. >> reporter: when we rolled in to kokomo, jana it was 90
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degrees reflecting the revival of this town. we came to meet at the neighborhood bar two friends whose auto careers followed a similar path but whose politics did not. >> reporter: do you agree on who the next president should be? >> i'm all over obama. >> i'm leaning towards mitt romney. >> reporter: why obama? >> because i have a job today. >> reporter: he credits the auto bailout which romney opposed. you see folks here call kokomo little detroit. >> if it weren't for obama i would not have a pension and would not have insurance. >> reporter: despite that he doesn't think president obama deserves another four years. in the outskirts of detroit two auto workers -- >> michigan is on its way back. >> reporter: with similar 9 to 5s but different views on the economy here where unemployment is about 8.5%. who do you credit for having a
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job today? >> i credit president obama totally 110% because when everybody turned their backs on the auto industry he said no way he was going to let us fail. >> reporter: mitt romney's criticism of the auto bailout doesn't sit well here. michigan is leaning towards obama this election but not all the auto workers we met here are. >> i think mitt romney will do a much better job managing the economy. the government needs to be out of the economy as much as possible. >> reporter: warren, ohio and lordstown, ohio, two towns with two very different stories. does this town revolve around the gm plant. >> yes. >> reporter: no question. >> no question. >> reporter: we met sherry in lordstown. >> look where gm is at now. if the government didn't step in might not be working. might newt have a job. >> reporter: in barren, ohio,
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some former auto workers are angry. >> i was one of the innovators. >> reporter: worked at auto parts supplier delphi for 34 years, a senior engineer nonunion. what did the bailout mean to you? >> the effect on me and my family is a loss of all of my health care insurance, a loss of all of my life insurance, a reduction of my pension by 30% for the rest of my life. >> reporter: he and his fellow retires feel they have been thrown under the bus. >> he didn't protect my pension. i was road kill. to be kicked to the curb and out of the way. >> reporter: really interesting to hear the perspective of all of those folks across the rust belt there. you can see the first story in our series tomorrow night. coming up my good friend dawn in
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new york. >> we switched roles here. we didn't get to hang out. what is ahead on the show? >> you know poppy it is nice to get out. i did the trip in 2010 during the mid terms. it is great to hear people talk about what is going on and get out of the building and listen to the american people. i can't wait to see that. >> thank you. i appreciate it. we talk about what we think people care about so much. sometimes you got to shut up and listen to them. >> very well said. i had the chance to talk with former nba star jason williams last night, his first tv interview since getting out of prison. i have to tell you it was really, really intense. >> i'm sweating up in here right now. >> okay. that was not the right sound byte there. during the interview, poppy, he was sweaty, unsure about himself just a little bit.
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he was very humble and he said i am sorry for what i did. if i could take it back i would be more careful about what i did. he said it was silly what happened as you know back in 2001 he had just come home from a harlem globetrotters game with nieces and nephews in his home. he was showing off a gun. the gun went off and killed his driver. and then he went to jail for that and served 22 months for it. now he is out and saying that he was part of his behavior is that he was molested as a child and was an alcoholic with addiction issues, as well. we will play that for you. >> we look forward to that next hour. that is going to do it for me, folks. the winds, i have to know the weather patterns. i upgraded to the new sprint direct connect. so i can get three times the coverage. [ chirp ]
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