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his new book called "all you can ask for." what might surprise you is the novel is described as tender and wonderfully insighted story of friendship, love, heart break, and renewal. three women showing a softer side, all for a great cause. >> great story tomorrow. meantime, "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right with carol costello begins right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com happening now in the newsroom, breaking overnight, america responds. >> it's about showing the south koreans that we are ready to protect them in the face of any threats. >> u.s. warships move in. radar is activated. north korea now valiant to start a key nuclear reactor. also, a tale of two states and very different gun laws. one georgia town requiring you to own a gun.
>> if anything should happen, they would have to use a firearm, that they are backed up by their government. >> on the flip side, connecticut to pass the nation's strictest gun ban. >> everyone needs to think about it and look into their hearts and try to do what's necessary to make the changes that have to happen. plus -- mystery on mtv's "buck wild." star shane gandy found dead in a truck stuck in feet of mud. new questions about what happened on that rural west virginia road. and words of motivation. >> i have no doubts that he would be back. >> the mother of louisville guard kevin ware speaking out about her son this morning. >> seems every obstacle he has to go through, he becomes a better man. >> an amazing recovery and new pictures of kevin from the hospital. here live in the cnn newsroom.
good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. we begin in colorado, where a very upset widow says a public apology will not bring her husband back. catherine leon, the wife of a murdered pizza driver, is irate after learning evan ebel, the man accused of killing her husband and colorado prison chief tom clements was mistakenly freed four years early from prison because of a clerical error. will riply from affiliate kusa has the unbelievable story. >> clerical error ain't going to bring my husband back, not going to bring tom clements back, not going to bring my children's father back. how do i tell my 4 year old, daddy was murdered because of a clerical error. >> reporter: outrage does not begin to describe how catherine leon is feeling. >> irate.
how do you feel when something like this happens? >> reporter: the man suspected of killing her husband, nate leon, should still be in prison, a fremont county court made a mistake, a clerical error that led to ebel's release four years early. ebel killed leon while he was delivering pizza and killed department of corrections officer tom clements. >> i want to know who is going to stand up and beaccountable. i don't mean by saying we send condolences. who's going to stand up and be accountable to my daughter, to my grandchildren? >> reporter: bernadette says her son-in-law's death leaves the family feeling empty. >> nate fit in all these different places, a husband, a father, son, brother. >> reporter: after five years of marriage, leon's husband is gone. >> he was the greatest person i've ever had the pleasure of meeting. by far. >> reporter: his suspected killer would still be locked up if not for a clerical error.
>> a simple sorry ain't going to suffice in my book. i'm a 30-year-old widow with two little 4 year olds that i have to go on the rest of my life explaining what happened to their dad, that this could have all been prevented. and it makes me sick, and it angers me something fierce. to sit there and think this all could have been prevented. >> that was will riply from affiliate kusa reporting. evan ebel was killed in a shootout with texas police last month in the days following those murders in colorado. in texas, an interim prosecutor will head the kaufman county district attorney's office. randy fernandez was chosen following the death of her boss, district attorney mike mclelland, mclelland and his wife were found dead on saturday. another county prosecutor was killed back in january, but
investigators are struggling this morning with no new leads in the case. joining us live from kaufman, texas, good morning, george. >> reporter: carol, good morning. put it this way, investigators have plenty of angles to look into. they can look into the brotherhood possibility, the possibility of drug cartels, or was this an inside job. the bottom line, we don't know at this point. there's still no suspect in custody, but still so many unanswered questions for many here is taking a toll. just off the town square in kaufman, texas. >> they would eat up in the front room most of the time. it's a little private area, so they would have -- him and his wife and friends or whatever. >> reporter: lisa hawk and debby ray say the mclelland's were regulars at the especially for you tearoom. in fact, they saw mike and cynthia here just a few days ago, just days before the county's district attorney and his wife were shot dead in their own home.
when you heard about what happened -- >> i was heart broken. heart broken. >> shocking. very shocking. not value soaking it in, i don't think. >> this is a small town. it hits very close to home. people are on edge a little, and afraid for the rest of the city employees. >> reporter: it's the second prosecutor to be killed in two months in kaufman. first, assistant d.a. mark hassey gunned down on january 31st, then his boss, d.a. mike mclelland and his wife found dead saturday, shot multiple times. there are many questions, but answers are in short supply, even public officials are taking precautions. >> i'm certainly aware. fear, i don't know that that's the right word, but awareness. all of us are cautious now. >> reporter: police say they have no suspect. the motive is unclear, and authorities have not officially
said whether the killings of the two prosecutors are connected, but that's what most people here seem to think. >> one in one makes two. you can't keep from connecting these. and so, of course, our concern is what is going to happen next. >> reporter: just the other day, the hearse arrived at the funeral home to prepare for events later this week. we know thursday there will be a public memorial service that will be held in sunnyvale, texas, and funeral and burial to follow. >> george howell reporting live from kaufman, texas, this morning. let's shift gears to the sound and fury of north korea. yes, the north racked up the heat again and raises the stakes just hours after a state-run tv shows communist troops opening fire on symbols of the united states and south korea.
the regime announcing it will restart a nuclear reactor for its weapons program. it is the latest move that shows just how belligerent north korea has become. you remember that? just five years ago a cnn crew was among a select crew to witness the demolition of a water cooler at that same nuclear facility. the message, north korea was committed to the disarmament process, but that was then and this is now. overnight, the u.s. deployed a warship off the korean coast and is now moving a radar platform like this one closer to monitor any military moves. cnn learned more u.s. naval deployments could be coming and the united states keeps a weary eye on north korea. here's more from cnn's keene law. >> reporter: the message is clear, north korean soldiers firing on a target with words
"usa" on the helmet. a live fire drill that aired on state tv vowed to show enemies, united states and south korea it was ready to fight, showing off the military skill with weaponry and physical drills with ease. the kingdom releasing this video just days after it declared it was in a state of war. this is not the first time north korea has aired this sort of military readiness video. in march of last year, it pledged a, quote, sacred war against south korea. state video showed soldiers unleashing dogs in the snow, attacking south korean president lee moon-bak, also showed the military using rocket launchers to blow up then-president they call the leader of the, quote, puppet nation of traitors. what's unusual about the latest
video is the rare show of firing on a u.s. target, even if it is just paper. the pentagon says it remains unconcerned about what north korea says. the u.s. cares what it does. >> we haven't seen any kind of troop movements that would indicate immanent military action. we think things may be dialing down a bit on the korean peninsula, at least we hope so. >> reporter: south korea responded to north korea's days of threats with a warning of its own, announced any provocation against her country would result in a strong response and initial combat, essentially, lowering the military's barriers to respond immediately to a north korean attack. the big concern here on the peninsula is miscalculation, that in this heated environment, there could be a mistake, either from the north or the south and then this region could trip into conflict. kyung lah, cnn, seoul.
nearly four months after the sandy hook massacre, the nra today will unveil the last part of its school safety initiative in washington, that plan includes putting armed guards in every school in america. the pro lobby group has been pushing that idea after 26 teachers and children were killed in newtown back in december. also in reaction to the newtown shootings, connecticut lawmakers tomorrow will take up a bipartisan plan being called the strongest and most comprehensive in the country to curb gun violence. the proposals include adding more than 100 guns to the state's assault weapons ban, eliminating the capacity of ammunition magazines to just ten rounds. in the meantime, the small georgia town of nelson just passed an ordinance requiring all households to have a gun and ammunition. it's mainly seen as a political statement on gun ownership and city officials made it clear they will not enforce the law. residents can opt out if they choose without facing a fine or
penalty. talk about sports now and kevin ware. he is facing the biggest challenge of his young life, but the louisville guard is certain he'll play basketball again after shattering his leg in sunday's ncaa tournament game against duke. ware is expected to leave an indianapolis hospital today following surgery. his mom also believes he will play again. >> i have no doubts that he will be back stronger and even better than he was. like i said, he's had to overcome a lot of obstacles, and it seems as if every obstacle that he has to go through, he becomes a better man because of it. >> bleacher report's vince chalinni is here. one thing kevin has going for him, he's young. >> that's true. another thing is his attitude. that's really the most important thing right now, how he approaches this injury. he's already tweeted out he's going to be back by next season.
that's a powerful sign. also, it's going to be a difficult road. he had a rod placed in the right leg, that's a gruesome fracture he's trying to come back from. earlier today, joe theismann spoke to cnn's "starting point." he said when he saw this injury to ware, it brought him back to the injury he suffered in the monday night game against the giants, you know what i'm talking about. >> yes, i do. >> this was the memory it conjured up for joe. >> all of a sudden it conjured up all the memories of what happened to me some 28 years ago, the vividness was incredible, and it has been in my mind. i can see the faces around me, smell the smells, hear the sounds, feel the moisture on my back when i close my eyes. it's like i relived that moment all over again through kevin. >> joe has reached out to kevin ware, so they've had conversations. ware spoke to the new york daily news by phone and said, this is a minor setback for a major comeback. here's the attitude we talked about. i have to have the right
approach to it. things are going to be good for me, this is not a lifetime injury where i can never play basketball again. carol, really, the best medicine for ware right now is rejoin his teammates midweek in atlanta for the final four. that will give him and the team a big lift. people are searching for answers as to why this happened, why, how could this possibly happen, don't do that. you're a sports fan, it's inherent once you step between the lines or on the court, you can be injured like this. >> just land the wrong way and it happens, sadly. the other thing, too, there have been medical advancements since joe theismann broke his leg, right, who knows? maybe medical science will save kevin ware, too. >> he's young, that will help in the healing process, as well. got great treatment right away. with rehab, hopefully we'll see kevin ware back on the court next year. wouldn't that be great? >> it would be great. thanks so much. jury selection begins in a las vegas courtroom this morning in the michael jackson wrongful
death lawsuit. katherine jackson, michael's mother, says the concert promoter is liable in the death of her son. the company denies that claim. miguel marquez with more for you. >> this is it, and see you in july. >> reporter: this is it meant to herald michael jackson's comeback. like so many things in jackson's life and death, it's become a supersized trial. reports the jackson family seeking from concert promoter aeg as much as $40 billion for the wrongful death of the 50-year-old king of pop. reports the jackson camp deny. >> if the jury feels the family deserves $40 billion, that's what they are going to give, but i can tell you, no demand has been made by the jackson family for $40 billion from aeg. that is just not true. >> reporter: at the center of the trial, who hired dr. conrad murray, found guilty in 2011 of
involuntary manslaughter for injecting the insomniac pop star with a lethal dose of the anesthetic pope propofol. >> what do you think as his mother caused his death? >> i don't know. all i know is they used propofol and they shouldn't have used it. >> reporter: his mother and two kids blame aeg. his lawyer says there was never a signed contract, and murray, who was never paid anything, served only at the pleasure of michael jackson. >> if you look at the draft explicitly, he was chosen by michael jackson to be there at jackson's behalf, he was the only person who could get rid of him at will. >> reporter: possibly testifying, jackson's 15-year-old son prince michael and 14-year-old daughter, paris. also on the list but not expected to testify, the artist prince, who has his own history with aeg. musician quincy jones could take the stand to testify how much
jackson could have earned if he had lived. now, if there is no settlement in there and there's always the possibility of a settlement here, it could get ugly quickly. jackson folks in terms of evidence say they have reams of documents and e-mails from aeg proving they were responsible for hiring dr. murray. on the other side, aeg says they are going to bring everything in, including michael jackson's 2005 molestation trial to prove this was a guy essentially trying to kill himself. back to you. >> miguel marquez, thanks so much. jean casarez is live in phoenix, good morning, jean. >> reporter: good morning, carol. >> does michael jackson's family have a chance? >> reporter: they definitely do. you see, this is a civil action. it's wrongful death. they believe aeg caused the death civilly of michael
jackson, and they have a number of grounds that they are alleging. number one, they are saying aeg was the employer, conrad murray was the employee, aeg paid conrad murray his salary. furthermore, that aeg knew or should have known it was foreseeable that a traveling doctor with michael jackson would give him legal drugs in an illegal manner so he would be able to perform. they are saying they did not investigate conrad murray, they did not know he was so in debt, and there is an e-mail that i think the plaintiffs are going to say is very particularly important that comes 11 days before michael jackson died. it was from the head of aeg live to kenny ortega and it was after conrad murray stopped michael jackson from going to a rehearsal and the e-mail says, i'm summarizing, we pay michael jackson -- aeg, conrad murray, not michael jackson, murray needs to know he has a job and
has got to do it with michael jackson. so, the pressure is on conrad murray. >> what is the dollar amount? what will the dollar amount be, in your mind? >> reporter: that's going to be up to a jury, and they are asking for the amount of money that michael jackson would have earned if he had lived out the rest of his life. >> $40 billion? >> that's speculative, billions, yes. but it's also very speculative because of michael jackson and the person he was, the life he led, and thereby you have aeg's defense, too, they are saying michael jackson is responsible himself for his own death, because he was the one that decided he wanted the propofol, he is the one who wanted conrad murray, demanded conrad murray, had known conrad murray in the past, and there may be evidence on other tours michael jackson had doctors give him propofol. >> jane casarez of "in session" on trutv. thanks so much. >> thanks, carol. just ahead in the newsroom,
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it is 22 minutes past the hour. time to check our top stories. later this hour, president obama will unveil a $100-million initiative to research the human brain. the goal is to unlock the secrets of brain disorders like alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injuries. the first funds become available some time after october 1st. today, hillary clinton makes one of her first public appearances since leaving the state department less than two months ago. she'll attend an event honoring women leaders and speak in the coming days. in a few weeks, clinton's expected to earn a six-figure paycheck with her first paid speaking appearance. and a frightening robbery caught on video. thieves in england used a bomb to explode and rob a gas station atm. no one was hurt. i guess they blew it up with that bomb. no word on how much money was taken after all of this. authorities are asking people to
be very cautious when approaching atms. they also don't want people to touch the machines if anything seems unusual or out of place. this morning, west virginia officials are trying to determine how one of the stars of the mtv hit reality show "buckwild" died. >> i don't have a phone. i don't have a facebook. i don't have a -- none of that internet stuff. if i need to talk to my neighbors, all the i got to do is come out on the porch, guess what, i need a loaf of bread, bring it over here, i need a cup of milk, bring it over here. >> that's 21-year-old shain gandee. he was found dead inside a ford bronco, along with his uncle and another man in west virginia. that's the same time where the mtv show was shot and filmed. our entertainment correspondent nichelle turner is with me now. anymore clues as to why this happened? >> a couple, carol, actually. a spokesman for the sheriff's department telling us gandee was
found dead in west virginia and as you said, they found the body of gandee's 48-year-old uncle and a third victim. the causes of death are stilg under investigation, but there are no signs of foul play at this point and an autopsy will be performed to determine the causes of death. they do say gandee's 1984 ford bronco was found partially submerged in deep mud and the muffler was below the surface of the mud. that is leading to speculation the three could have been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, but the official cause of death has not been determined. there has, of course, been an outpouring of reaction from the local community and mtv community. the network released a statement, we are shocked and saddened by the terrible news of shane ga shain gandee, but our main concern is for the family and friends. our thoughts and prayers are with them, shain had a magnetive
personality and a passion for life that touched everyone and he will be missed dearly. cast members sharing shock and grief on twitter. r.i.p. shain gandee, she also tweeted you are the most amazing person i've ever known. i know you will be watching over. this is the emptiest i've ever felt. please, pray for dale and loretta, gandee's parents. a second season of "buckwild" has been given, but production has been reportedly halted after the loss of shain gandee. carol? >> understandable, nichelle turner, thanks so much. still ahead, the talk back question for you, will america have come together on guns? facebook.com/carolcnn, or tweet me @carolcnn. [ male announcer] surprise -- you're having triplets.
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one of the big stories of the day, the question this morning, will america ever come together on guns? america's big discussion on guns illustrates one thing, we live in two americas, one that lives in nelson, georgia, where council members just passed a law requiring people to own guns, although there's no penalty if you don't. >> that doesn't mean that they are going to be somebody knocking at their door and say, you have to have it. >> okay, maybe it's a symbolic gesture, but not in tucson. if you want a gun and you cannot afford one, you may be in luck. there's a plan to give guns away to help fight crime. now, the other america lives in connecticut, where state lawmakers just agreed to a deal on some of the strictest gun laws in the country. 15 weeks after sandy hook. for the families there, of course, personal. >> it's our job to make sure it doesn't happen, for our son.
>> everybody needs to think about it and look into their hearts and try to do what's necessary to make the changes that have to happen. >> exactly what those changes are depends on which side you're on. today the nra is coming out with its plan for school safety, including more guns in schools. not exactly a priority for the obama administration. it's focused on background checks and gun trafficking. it's like americans live in two totally different countries. talk back question for you today, will america ever come together on guns? facebook.com/carolcnn. facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. stories we're watching right now in the newsroom. it's 31 minutes past the hour, marking world autism awareness day on wall street. autism speaks cofounder susan
and bob wright join families affected by the disorder to ring the opening bell. stock futures have been pointing to a positive opening. the first of 35 indicted alabama educators turn themselves in. all 35 must surrender by today. they are accused in a cheating scandal where students' test scores were changed. the scores led to bonuses for some educators. former south carolina governor mark sanford has republican primary runoff today for his old congressional seat. sanford tells cnn he's seeking redemption. sanford's political career was derailed by an extramarital affair that came to light in 2009. up next in the newsroom, sure, it's three years away, but are we getting early signs about 2016? today, hillary clinton returns to the public spotlight. what that could mean, you know, for a potential presidential run. we'll talk next.
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to politics now. the cleanup continues in arkansas after an oil spill dumped nearly 12,000 barrels of crude oil into a neighborhood near little rock. take a look at that. nearly two dozen homes had to be evacuated as the oil seeped into backyards and actually ran down the streets. the cause of the leak has not been determined. exxon says recent inspections of the pipeline carrying the heavy crude underground showed absolutely no signs of problems, but critics of another project, the politically charged keystone pipeline, say the incident in arkansas clearly shows what a pipeline running under the ground can do to the environment. joining me now, jason johnson, chief political correspondent for politics 365 and political science professor, amy, chairman of the tea party express. good morning to you:
>> thanks for having us. >> morning. >> you knew there was maybe a leak in a pipeline running underground in arkansas, maybe environmentists would point to that as an example of why not to move quickly on the keystone pipeline. the pipeline in arkansas carried the same kind of crude oil that the keystone pipeline would. is it a fair comparison, jason? >> i think it's a fair comparison, the keystone gallons is going to be like 900,000 gallons a day. if we have these kinds of problems in one or two places in oklahoma, in nebraska, this would be a huge expense. i do think this is a legitimate concern for environmentalists and taxpayers who don't want to pay to clean it up. >> should the president pause, should he wait? >> i actually think that this is the -- shows exactly why we need the keystone pipeline, because this pipeline is 60 years old. we need to upgrade and get that oil from canada to the states. i mean, obviously, you know, age
is a factor here, so i think it's all the more reason why we should have the keystone pipeline. >> those in favor of the pipeline do have a point, those pipes underneath arkansas are really old and there will be new technology associated with the pipeline. >> i'm a big fan, does anybody want this in their backyard? i don't think so. you could say it's the safest pipeline in the world, most americans are not going to want it. the problem as i have as a tax paying citizen, whenever this happens, we end up paying. until we get assurance mistakes will be paid for by the oil company, we need to reevaluate it. >> people are still trying to find jobs. >> they are trying to find jobs, but the oil companies do end up paying for it and there's always a risk. there's always going to be a risk. we've got to have fuel and energy in this country. >> we do have that fuel. >> this is one example of where you have republicans and democrats come together in those states in support of this keystone pipeline. >> i think we did something
about infrastructure in general, this would be great. i don't think just the pipelines. we should be talking about roads and bridges, but again, i think the risks are too great and they end up being too expensive. we don't need to push this through now. there's other things to focus on. >> where are we going to get the fuel? we need energy. >> we don't always have to use these pipelines, in particular when they have these kinds of issues. >> we get the point. let's talk about hillary clinton now, because hey, that didn't take too long, right? hillary clinton back in the spotlight today, just two months after stepping down as secretary of state. clinton making her first public appearance at a ceremony honoring women leaders from around the world. april is shaping up to be quite the busy month for hillary clinton. she'll also speak on friday and then clinton gets her first paid speech later this month in dallas. publicly endorsed same-sex marriage in a web video last month. is there any doubt hillary clinton is going to run for president in 2016, amy? >> no. we all knew that.
she went and took a much needed break and i hope she did rest, because, obviously, she had some health issues. look, she is the front-runner right now, but anything can happen between now and 2016. the benghazi thing, that is something i think she's going to have to deal with, because no one wants that attached to their presidential candidate, and, of course, her health. i think it's good she's getting out there. i knew when she walked away from the state department we had not seen the last of her. >> hillary clinton's camp says we haven't made decisions yet, probably won't run for president, but because she's not making a decision yet, isn't that holding off other democratic candidates who might want to jump into the fire? >> it's not holding off anybody. this is going to be a very, very, very important election for democrats. i think there are going to be tons of people that want to run. i'm preparing for hillary clinton fatigue because that's going to be the case, because we all know she's going to run. i don't think it's going to hold anyone else back. joe biden still wants to run. it's going to be an open field.
>> on the republican side, amy, in florida, let's say, hillary clinton is way ahead of marco rubio, let's say, so how will hillary clinton running affect who will run on the republican side? >> i don't think it really will. i think the republicans are going to do their own thing, but hillary's going to be a force to contend with, but the thing is, hillary's numbers are off the charts right now, and it's because she hasn't had to be political. she was the -- representing the administration, so she hasn't had to be political. i think once she starts getting into the politics, her numbers will fall some, but she's popular. i mean, people love her. >> especially democrats. thanks to both of you, jason johnson, amy kremer, we appreciate it. attention new jersey spring breakers, if you want to tan and you're under the age 17, you may want to bring a parent or go outside and tan in the actual sun. we'll tell you why in just a minute. what a customer thought?
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all right. this bit of news just in for cnn about the auto industry, chrysler, its u.s. sales were up 5% in march. now, that is the highest month in sales for chrysler in six years. we'll have more news on chrysler in just a bit. just kind of wanted to pass that along to you. at 51 minutes -- at 45 minutes past the hour, time to check our other top stories. skilled foreign workers are in high demand here in the united states, that's leading to a jump in request for the so-called h-1-b visa. the wall street journal reports u.s. companies are expected to reach the limit on those visas this friday after the application process opened just yesterday. jodi arias's defense team is seeking a mistrial for juror misconduct. the attorneys say juror number
five is, quote, unfit to continue as a juror. the defense says the comments that the female juror made in front of others during a sealed hearing last thursday makes her impartial and unfit to continue. colorado theater shooting suspect james holmes will have to stand trial. prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against him for last summer's shooting rampage that killed 12 and injured 58. his defense team was seeking life in prison in exchange for a guilty plea. holmes's trial has been pushed back to next year -- actually, pushed up to next year. just in time for spring break, kids in new jersey under the age of 17 cannot use tanning beds, that's according to several reports this morning. the governor there, chris christie, signed a bill into law noting the risks of skin cancer and protecting the safety of minors. the law bans children under 14 from getting spray tans in those salons, too. apple ceo tim cooke has now apologized to customers in china. after china's state media
slammed the tech giant for warranty standards for customer service, but many are still wondering what the real reason behind the apology is and if there's much more to this story. a stretch of i-75 in south florida shut down this morning due to a combination of heavy smoke from a brush fire and fog. the affected area is a 78-mile section of alligator alley. part of that same stretch closed for seven hours yesterday because of smoke from that very same brush fire. talk back question for you today, will america ever come together on guns? facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. carfirmation. only hertz gives you a carfirmation. hey, this is challenger. i'll be waiting for you in stall 5. it confirms your reservation and the location your car is in,
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talk back question for will america ever come together on guns? from frederick, "probably not as long as both sides refuse to compromise." from joseph, "americans overwhelmingly come together on key issues including gun control. tussle's our leaders who refuse act." from doug, "probably not, but the right to owner not own guns is a right that should not be infringed on." from david, "not until each side respects the differences of the other. they don't have to agree. agree to disagree and not be disagreeable. now that would be a great start." keep the conversation going, facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. showtime comes back to l.a. this time on a college course. andy enfield takes his brand of basketball from florida coast to usc. the story in "bleacher report."
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big news this morning for the cope of florida gulf coast university. guess what -- he's leaving the team he led to the sweet 16. here's more on the "bleacher report." vince? hi, carol. they call florida gulf coast dunk city. we'll see if dunk city travels. like his team, andy enfield burst on to the national scene and now goes from ft. myers florida to hollywood. after just two seasons at florida gulf coast, enfield is headed to usc. his 15th seeded eagles made that crazy sweet 16 run, a high-flying, wide-open style that appeals to southern cal. the coach will go from making $157,000 a year a six-year deal, reported over a million per. he is central casting for l.a. young coach, exciting style of play, ex-model wife, three kids, perfect. guard brett comer tweeted, this "i love coach enfield to the end. i was his first recruit. he made me the player i am
today." enfield and the eagles with a tournament feel-good story. kevin ware of louisville the heartbreak. ware suffered this gruesome leg injury sunday. later surgery to repair a compound fracture of his right tibia. on monday, though, ware moving around on cultures. he was in good spirits. could be released from an indianapolis hospital today. hopes to join his team midweek for the final four. played high school ball in atlanta. so it's a homecoming for him. his mother talked about her son's ability to come back from this big injury. >> i have no doubts that he would be back stronger and even better than he was. like i said, he's had to overcome a lot of obstacles, and is seems as if every obstacle he has to go through he becomes a better man because of it. >> of course, wishing him well. the nationals' bryce harper received his rookie of the year
and then showed he's not a rookie. he blasted not one but two home runs. at 0 harper became the youngest player to blast twourns home rn opening day. and the los angeles dodgers, they put on a show not far from hollywood on opening day yesterday. matthew johnson on the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. but skipper don mattingly decided to come out from the dugout and replace him with all-time great baseball icon sandy koufax. made a surprise appearance. wonderful. meanwhile, it was kershaw who carried the day. not only homering in the eighth inning, first career giving the dodgers the lead, but he followed that up with a complete game shutout of the defending world champion giants. no one has thrown a shutout and hit a homer on opening day since cleveland's bob lemon in 1953. and carol, no, i did not cover that game in '53 when lemon
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happening in the newsroom, not what you'd expect out your front door. crude oil in your front yard. >> to see oil running down the road like a river all along that side there. just black crude oil, and smells terrible. >> green activists stay proves the keystone pipeline is a dangerous idea. plus, the case of michael jackson back in an l.a. courtroom. jackson's mother says the concert promoter is to blame. she wants the company to pay. and no hospital here. wounded american heroes on the open road. >> amazing. if you can get someone to sign up and do the events with us, the difference is unbelievable. a mother's instinct to protect her son. >> i couldn't look at him or speak to him right then and there to see if he was okay. >> kevin ware's mom on her son lying helpless on the basketball
court. you're live in the cnn newsroom. good morning. thank you very much for being with me. i'm carol costello. we begin in colorado where a veryup -- very upset widow says a public apology will not bring her husband back. the woman learned the man accused of killing her husband and the prison chief tom clements walked free from prison four years early because of a clerical error. evan ebel was supposed to serve additional time for punching a prison guard but because of a paperwork error, ebel got out early. cnn affiliate kusa spoke with a very emotional catherine leon. here she is in her own words. a simple sorry ain't gonna suffice in my book. i'm a 30-year-old walt disney
woe two little 4-year-olds that i have to go on the rest of my life explaining what happened to their dad. that this could have all been prevented. it makes me sick, and it angers me something fierce. to sit there and think this all could have been prevented. >> happened once, it's going to happen again. i mean, they -- clerical error. clerical error ain't going bring my husband back. not doing to bring tom clements back, not going to bring my children's father back. how do i tell my 4-year-old, "oh, daddy was murdered because of a clerical error, because of something they failed to look into"? how do you tell your 4-year-old daughters there and have to go on the rest of your life knowing that this could have been prevented. if somebody would have done their job and stood up and went through that paperwork before they released this monster into society.
outraged doesn't touch how i feel. doesn't touch. sick to my stomach. irate. how do you feel when something like this happens? i mean, really. every day it's been getting worse. every day i find something new out, and this was just the cherry on top of a really messed up month. to say the least. my husband never held a grudge against anybody. he saw the light in everybody no matter how evil that person was. he was the most amazing father and the most amazing husband that anybody -- i mean, there's
good people out there, but my husband topped them all. he was 27 years old. he was light of my life. he was the light of my children's life. >> ma'am? >> he was -- he was the greatest person i've ever had the pleasure of meeting. by far. >> the alleged killer, evan ebel, was killed in the shoot-out with texas police last month. in the days following those murders in colorado. to texas now. an interim prosecutor will head the kaufman county district attorney's office following the second murder of a prosecutor in just two months. brandi fernandez was chosen following the death of her boss, district attorney mike mclelland. mclelland and his wife cynthia were found murdered on saturday.
investigators are struggling this morning. no new leads in the case. the clues are hard to come by, as well, in the death of mclelland's deputy prosecutor. mark hasse was shot and killed outside the courthouse in january. george howell is here with more. good morning, george. >> reporter: carol, good morning. as you mentioned, no new information from investigators at this point, but we do now have new insight into this case because of a search warrant affidavit. we now know that mr. mclelland and his wife cynthia, their body were discovered by friends who had been trying to reach them for some time. we all knows that mclelland talked to relatives on friday. that is according to this affidavit. now investigators there are trying to work with a judge to get mobile phone records from a cell phone tower near the home. that's the new information that we have according to the affidavit. >> i understand, too, there's a touching tribute to the mclellands. >> reporter: indeed. we know just the other day the
hearse arrived they're basically let people see -- see this is really a family for a first time. in many ways, this is law enforcement supporting family. we saw full police escorts. we saw police saluting the victims of this crime as they prepare for events later this week, carol. we know that on thursday there will be a public family will be held at 1:00 p.m. in sunnyvale, texas. on friday, the funeral and burial to follow. >> george howell live from kaufman county, texas. also this morning, in new york state, federal agents arrested a state senator in new york and several other elected officials. they face public corruption charges. the fbi says democrat malcolm smith offered bribes to republican leaders to get on to the gop ballot for the upcoming new york city mayor's race. next hour, the nra will unveil the last part of its full
safety -- school safety initiative in washington. it comes nearly four months after the sandy hook school massacre. the measures include putting armed guards in every school in the country. the pro-gun lobby group has been pushing the idea after 26 teachers and children were killed in newtown in december. also, in reaction to the newtown shootings, connecticut lawmakers are expected to vote on a bipartisan plan being called the strongest and most comprehensive in the country aimed at curbing gun violence. parents of sandy hook, of the victims, voicing their support. >> our job to make sure it doesn't happen for our son. >> everybody needs to think about it and look into their hearts and try to do what's necessary to make the changes that have to happen. >> the proposals include adding more than 100 guns to the state's assault weapons ban and limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines to just ten rounds. in the meantime, the small georgia town of nelson passed a law requiring all households to own a gun and ammunition.
this is mainly seen as a political statement on gun ownership. city officials have made it clear they won't enforce the law. residents can opt out if they choose without facing a fine or penalty. it still could be several days before more than two dozen arkansas families displaced by an oil spill are allowed to go back home. crews are working to clean up about 12,000 barrels of heavy crude that's flowing like a river through the town of mayflower. the spill happened on friday with a two to three-inch gash in a pipeline that runs underneath the ground from illinois to texas. joining me are amber bartlett and glen hooks. amber and her family are among those displaced, and glen lives nearby in little rock and is with the environmental group the sierra club. welcome to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. amber, i want to start with you. wi tell me what your yard looks like. >> my yard is not affected near as badly as those up the road from me. a little bit of oil got just in the very front of the front
yard, and that's it. >> tell me about the rest of your neighborhood. >> well, if you travel up to the cul-de-sac, it was just covered friday in nothing but oil. and it looked like a river flowing down the road. >> what does it smell like? >> oh, it -- the smell is -- it's very intense. the rain actually helped it out i think from over the weekend. but i went back in for a few minutes to get things yesterday, and it was smelling -- it was more intense than it was on saturday. >> so does this -- this pipeline runs underneath your neighborhood. were you ever concerned that this might happen? >> i don't say that is concerned because i do not recall being told that it was there. so no. >> you were totally surprised by this. glen, you represent an environmental group, what critics would call greenies. those same critics say your group is trying to politicize the spill in arkansas to stop
the keystone pipeline which will be running through oklahoma and nebraska. are you connected and if you are, why? >> certainly we are connecting the two because this is a great example of what could happen if the keystone xl pipeline is built. what happens happening in mayflower is not a simple crude oil spill. what's flowing through there is oil from canada. this is viscous, nasty stuff that's dangerous. the same that the keystone supplie to bring from canada. the dangers are analogous. we think it's work togethering about the risks, especially -- work talking about the risks, especially because the pipeline is located in their back yard. we need to let them know this is not okay. >> in fairness, the pegasus pipeline that runs through amber's neighborhood is 850-mooild mil850 850-miles long. some say old pipelines are
likely to break. the new pipeline will be able to electronically catch leaks before it becomes serious. could the answer just be new technology and new pipes? >> well, every pipe no matter how new it is is going to leak. even the proponents of the keystone pipeline are talking about how many leaks will there be, not will there be leaks at all. and there are dangerous leaks to our water systems and so forth. this pipe we're talking about now actually continues on and runs into the little rock water supply. so it has a lot of danger that we're concerned about. really if we're talking about big picture issues, keystone pipeline would move tar from canada, affect the climate change problem that we're battling. but also adds to the risk of leaks and water pollution and a lot of environmental damage that is entirely avoidable just like this problem in mayflower was. >> amber, what would make you feel better? would new piping make you feel better if exxon listening to neighbors' concerns and trying to get this cleaned up as
quickly as possible? >> exxon has been great in aiding the residents and information. you know, at this point i couldn't tell you what would make me feel better when the situation. i think i'm still in shock as most residents are at this point. i think it will just take some time to set in. i do know that there are probably some homes that will not be livable, which that makes the rest of us in the neighborhood bornd the auto -- wonder about the value of our homes. >> i understand that. thank you very much. jay leno and jimmy fallon can do more than just tell a joke. they can sing, too. more after this. [ male announcer ] it's red lobster's lobsterfest our largest selection of lobster entrees, like lobster lover's dream or new grilled lobster and lobster tacos. come in now and sea food differently. now, buy one lobsterfest entree and get one 1/2 off with a coupon at redlobster.com. she can't always move the way she wants.
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15 minutes past the hour. time to check our top stories. north korea state-run tv is showing images of communist troops opening fires of symbols of the united states and south korea. the latest test of the strained relations between the two nations. north korea also saying it will restart a nuclear reactor for its weapons program. victims of bernie madoff's ponzi scheme are getting more money back, another $500 million
according to the securities investor protector corporation. that brings the total returned so far to almost $5 pptd 5 billion. investors say -- $5.5 billion. investors say almost $17 billion was lost in the scam. laws now making tanning beds for kids under 17 illegal according to reports. the governor has signed the bill into law noting the risks of skin cancer and the need to protect the safety of minors. the law also bans children under 14 from getting spray tans in the same tanning salons. two comedians plus a lot of network drama equals one classic performance by jimmy fallon and jay leno. it sounds like the two are pretty tight as they swap "tonight show" rumors over a duet. let's listen. [ laughter ] >> hey, jay. >> hey, kid. how you holding up? >> okay, i guess. you? >> you know, i've been through
this before, you know. got to admit, i get a little sick of all this. >> jay, can i ask you something? we're still friends, right? >> yeah. of course -- of course we're still friends. >> that's good. [ laughter ] ♪ only you every night you come to me jay leno in the news they say i'm replacing you ♪ ♪ they think i can woo the demos ♪ ♪ oh that's an idea take your bag take a headacbag ♪ ♪ ♪ who's gonna hope tonight ♪ ♪ is it going to be jimmy or
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♪ on tonight jimmy or jay >> i needed a laugh this morning. i hope you did, too. the lip syncing was a little off, but that was really funny. why they keep -- why do they keep making fun of rumors when everybody pretty much knows the rumors are probably true? >> the message is when the going gets tough, the tough sing show tunes. me, too. why not? the sun will come out tomorrow. i think what they're trying to do is deal with this issue of will fallon replace leno the best way they know how. that's by making a joke about it. you know, despite his popularity, jay leno is a polarizing figure. he's always had his share of detractors inside and outside of the industry. carol, he is a survivor. you know, in '92 he outmaneuvered letterman to get
the job. a couple of years ago he survived the attempt to replace women with conan o'brien. even though nbc seems to be ready to move on with jimmy fallon as host of the "tonight show," i would say don't ever count jay out. his ratings are higher than letterman's on cbs or jimmy kimmell's on abc. and he's got a contract. and that reportedly runs through the fall of next year. all of that adds up to a sticky situation for nbc executives. >> okay. it's fascinating to watch. it will bring ratings in the meantime, right? yes. >> and there has been a ratings bump, by the way, for the "tonight show" through all of this. yes, you're right. we love to watch a train wreck. yes, we do. >> you're right, the sun will come out tomorrow. thank you very much. >> say it with me now -- >> oh. we'll be right back. cer ] what does the anti-aging power of olay total effects plus the perfecting color of a bb cream equal? introducing the newest beauty trend. total effects cc cream c for color. c for correction. [ female announcer ] fight 7 signs of aging flawlessly. cc for yourself.
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you and for dominic? especially for dominic? >> you know, it was really moving, and he was -- it was really moving. dominic is a people person, but i think he understood that that was exceptionally special. i think you can see that in the pictures and in the video because he broke out in a huge smile and wrapped his arm around the pope which was very moving as a mother. and for my family to see that. it was a beautiful moment. even for the people around because there was not a try eye around us. it was really, really moving. >> we saw his arm around him, and we did see that huge, big, beautiful smile come from dominic's face. that was very, very powerful. did you have any idea that that might happen when you went there yesterday? >> no. actually, i didn't even know if we were going to get seating because we left a lot later than we expected. i have four other children, and
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>> you know, actually, this past month that's exactly what i've been thinking about. trying to understand, trying to understand what dominic's role is in this world. and you don't ever plan to have a special child like dominic, but he has moved so many people, i was thinking what is he here for. that is what i had come to realize. and for her to verbally say it out, she literally sort of yelled it out to me after he got kissed by the pope. it was just -- it was exceptionally moving and exceptionally touching to get that so completely reaffirmed. because he -- dominic really is, he really is a beautiful child. and if you ever get caught by the gaze in his eyes, that's it. you're a goner. >> i can certainly understand that.
terrific. another mother talking about her son this morning. louisville player kevin ware, guard, shattered his leg in sunday's ncaa game before being wheeled off the court during that game with duke. and he called on his teammates to win the game. he was inspirational. louisville, of course, did advance to the final four. whereas mom, she's not surprised. she believes in her son. >> he's not so much focusing on what happened, but he's focusing on the future. he wants to be there to support his team. and he's in great spirits. oh, my god, you know -- just devastated that i couldn't be there. i had to wait for, you know, an update as to how he was doing, where he was going, what happened, what's going to take place now. and the team was very responsive, very quickly, you know. they pretty much updated us all
and assured us that he was getting the best care. and that he would be fine. and i had no doubt. didn't say hello. he didn't say anything. all he said was, "i need you to calm down," and he kept saying that. him saying that made me do that. i mean, he knew that i would be devastated about what happened and not being able it help him in any way. but he was okay, and him being okay helped me be okay. >> ware is expected to leave an indianapolis hospital later today, two days after surgery. he plans to be on the bench when louisville takes on wichita state on saturday right here in atlanta. a nation at odds on the gun control debate. now the nra is poised to jump back into the public discussion. unveiling its proposal to put an armed guard in every school in america. we'll talk about its plan next. mine was earned in djibouti, africa, 2004. the battle of bataan, 1942.
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chairwoman of the tea party express. >> thank you. >> should we expect anything unexpected from the nra later morning, john? >> i think we're probably going to get rick rolled again. the nra has been pretty clear in the wake of the newtown shooting that they want as little to do with reasonable restrictions as possible. there is their brief. that is their special interest. but it's a departure from the past when they supported gun-free school zones and background checks. i'm not expecting anything new except arming more teachers and guards in schools. but that reality check might not matter. >> amy, it seems that everybody's firmly in their camp on this issue. the nra plan will be unveiled in nelson, georgia, as they pass a law requiring everybody in the town to own a gun. and connecticut lawmakers, they're poised to pass some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. what does that say to you, amy? >> i think everybody is in their camp. i don't expect anything unusual. they told us what they wanted to
do? n december, and that's what they'll do. look, we've seen this, and i think wayne lapierre said himself that, you know, what stops a bad man with a gun is a good guy with a gun. we saw in newtown, there was a shag in atlanta in december after -- shooting in atlanta in december after newtown. it was an armed guard who went in. i think it's a good plan and doesn't infringe against our constitution rights. if it doesn't infrank up-- infrn our constitution rights, why not pass it? you can pass all the laws you want, legislation dealing with gun control, but criminals don't obey laws. they're going to get the guns regardless. what we're going to do to stop that. >> i too, actually. there -- i do, actually. there are plenty of things, background checks, 89% of republicans support. there are things we can do. we can reason together, justice scalia made clear in the heller decision it's constitutional with the constitution. we have regressed on this issue. ronald reagan supported an
assault weapons ban. this issue we have regressed as a country in the debate. the idea we can't do anything is a fiction. >> let's talk about the regression. we have regressed on the issue. there seems to be no compromise at all. i mean, you're either -- it seems to be rural against urban america, right? >> that's right. >> in more rural places -- >> a great point. >> they're not for gun control of any kind. in urban places, they are. the two sides just simply can't understand the other. when did that happen, amy? >> this is the thing. here we are after newtown, and i remember, you know, doing press. we talked about that we needed to talk more about the mental health issue. now here we are back again talking about, you know, legislation for gun control. i mean, we need to talk about other things. we have a constitutional trite bear arms, and that's why you've seen these senators, it started out with three that were going to filibuster the legislation. now two more -- two more united states senators have said that they will join the filibuster, and they have the support of their constituents in their states. >> although -- although, mark
kelly would disagree with you and the senators that amy's talking about, ted cruz, rand paul, and mike lee -- let's listen to the husband of gabby giffords about the filibuster. >> it certainly is doable. and to the senators that are planning on filibustering the bill, they should recognize that, for instance, like senator rubio in florida, 94% of his constituents support a universal background check in kentucky. where rand paul is a senator, it's over 80%. so, you know, i think when -- when members of congress don't listen to the -- their constituents, ultimately there are consequences for that. >> so john, if what mark says is true, when are they going to filibuster? >> i think it's -- there's a good reaction to rand paul's i think heroic filibuster to drones earlier. there's a huge risk of backlash for the reason mark kelly said. this is something, universe ag
breaks is something 89% of -- background checks is something 89% of republicans support. it is absolutely within the purview of reasonable restrictions and a debate we can and should have as a country. simply trying to say that every single reasonable restriction which justice scalia said is a part of the debate we can have with the country consistent with the second amendment is itself an assault on the second amendment, doesn't pass the truth test. and there will be a backlash. >> last word, amy. >> i mean, i don't think there will be a backlash. like i said, i think the senators have the support of their constituents and other americans all across this country. it comes down to criminals do not respect laws. we already have background checks. and i mean, senator feinstein has said it, if she could ban all guns she would at one point. this is ridiculous. we need to protect our children when they're in school. >> a ridiculous argument you're making. >> it should be up to the schools and parents if they want to have armed guards there. the nra's coming out with a plan
today, and i think we need to wait and see what's in the plan. let them put it out there, and then let's debate it. >> absolutely. >> we will. john avlon, amy cremor, thank you very much for taking part in our conversation this morning. >> thanks. claims of juror misconducts could derail jodi arias' murder trial. all the details coming up. a febreze experiment. to prove febreze can keep this car fresh, we loaded it with fast food, sweaty hockey gear, and a smelly dog cage. and parked it at a mall. in texas. for two days. then put a febreze car vent clip on the dash and let in real people. it smells good. like laundry fresh out of like the dryer. yeah. a man fresh out of the shower. nailed it. oh yeah. proof. febreze car vent clips keep your car fresh. another way febreze helps you breathe happy.
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a discussion on guns -- join our preefgs discussion. the question -- will america ever come together on guns? from jennifer -- "feels more like an israeli/palestinian each to me. both sides have capitulate toad much already. hopeless. in the meantime, the body count keeps rising." and a tweet, "come together on guns? sure, right after civil rights, voter rights, abortion, economy, et cetera. america ain't together on anything." this from abraham, "america will never come together on guns. the u.s. republic is assured freedom by the force of arms. it's tyranny's counterbalance." and another, "guns are like gay marriage, if you don't want one, don't get one. stop trying to pass laws that take away rights from honest citizens." keep the conversation going,
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you may not know about the project's soldier ride. the ride takes place in cities around the country, actually around the world. at one of the -- it's not a competition, just a race. it's not a race either, just a bike ride. it was held in the atlanta area last saturday. wounded vets not only get a day of physical activity but goat bond, as well. i talked with nick krauss from the wounded warrior project about soldier ride. i hear, nick, that this whole idea about this ride and wounded warriors started in a bar over drinks. >> yes. yes, it did. we were in new york in 2003 -- >> how did the conversation go? you're drinking a couple of beers? what happened? >> well, we'd been doing concerts for some wounded warriors that we heard about on long island, we wanted to help out. we were doing a concert that wasn't signed very well. one of the bartenders said, why not ride a bicycle across the country. we had another beer and agreed that he would do that. we said "we rode across," i was in a car, he was on his bicycle.
but he set up a booth that night at the concert that we did, and we collected a lot of money. i said, "now you have to do it because i don't know how to return the money." he did. it along the way we met wounded warriors in colorado that heard about us, calhoun and ryan kelly, one leg between them. they said, "we want to ride with you." we realized, wait, why is a bartender doing something called soldier ride. one thing led to another. they said, "we want to ride across the country with you next year." we said, "this was a one-time thing." how could you say no to these guys? we set up a relay with them and chris and other wounded warriors. it's become a great rebtative program. >> what appeals to wounded warriors about this particular ride? >> well, basically we originally started modeling trips after what we would do on vacation and add the bicycle riding. of course as we've known as an
organization with the help and things to keep in mind, you know, it's just a fun trip. everybody gets to bond. and you -- you're able to do rehabilitative exercising without being in the hospital on a treadmill, for instance, on a standup cycle. you can go out and whatever it is we need, we have the adaptive equipment to fit that. spinal injury, you're on a trache. we have adaptive equipment, balance issues, anything we can overcome. >> and you were telling me before some of these wounded warriors haven't been out of the house in four years. i mean, this enables them to -- i mean, just boggles my mind, makes me sad. >> yeah, you get folks that definitely, you know, they've been through a traumatic experience. and these are the invisible wound. so just getting them out over the course of a weekend to do something other than going to a doctor's visit or v.a. and to be with people that are in a similar situation, to acclamate, it's incredible. i look ted at the surveys of people's experience and odysseys and trips we do, experiences
that we offer in the programs, and it's amazing. if you can get someone to sign up and do the events with us, the difference is unbelievable. everything's at a high 90% in terms of people saying this has made a big impact on me. >> not just physically, but i would assume emotionally, psychologically. >> almost more in those divisions, yes. obviously the physical part's there, and we hope they continue with their cycling. but over the course of a weekend, you can see it. you can see when they show up to the bike fitting. and by the time the trip's over, you know, high fiving people on the bus. the guy that wasn't talking the first day is giving someone a hard time. the impact is incredible. >> how can we donate, help? >> to g -- go to woundedwarrior.org and you can find different ways to support. there's something for everybody to do. >> nick krauss, thank you for being with us today. >> thank you. >> such a terrific program. we want to get you this news before the break. in new york, a state senator is under arrest along with other
elected officials. the fbi says malcolm smith is a democrat was offering bribes to republican leaders in the hopes of getting on the gop ballot for the upcoming mayor's race. presumably in new york city. cnn's mary snow joins us from new york. this is a strange story. >> reporter: it certainly is, carol. and a shocking one. we're about to hear from the u.s. attorney in the southern district in a few minutes. he said in a statement that these federal corruption charges demonstrate a show me the money culture seems to pervade every level of new york's government. as you mentioned, six officials arrested by fbi agents early this morning, including a prominent state lawmaker, state democratic lawmaker named malcolm smith. he's a state senator. he had been at one time the president of the state senate. and in a 28-page complaint, he is accused of coming up with a game plan of trying to fix his
way into the new york city's mayoral race next year as a republican candidate. this complaint alleges that there were promises of payoffs to other officials to try and secure a spot in exchange for using his influence as a state senator for a project in upstate new york. now, these officials are expected in court later this afternoon. smith's attorney told us that he steadfastly denies the allegations in this complaint. carol? >> all right. i'm going to let you go. i know you have to get into the courtroom to listen to the proceedings. reporting live from new york city this morning. we'll be right back. can it help protect your people and property, while keeping out threats to your operations? it's not working! yes it is. welcome to tyco integrated security. with world-class monitoring centers and thousands of qualified technicians.
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