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tonight, breaking news on the west from capitol hill. the high stakes. president biden and the late push for a vote. nancy pelosi urging democrats to vote yes on this tonight. on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs. build roads and bridges, and broadband. already passed by democrats and republicans in the senate. would they follow their lead, or block this? how this is playing out. also this evening, the major headline in the fight against covid. tonight pfizer announcing its own new pill. taken within days of getting symptoms they say it cuts down the risk of hospitalization or death by nearly 90%. also tonight for parents who want to get their children vaccinated this weekend, important news tonight, and whit
johnson is standing by. paying tribute to general colin powell. u.s. presidents from both parties and former secretary of state hillary clinton embracing alma powell. tonight, the deeply emotional words from powell's son, and the story of the disabled vet who stopped to help colin powell on the side of the road. the emotional scene from inside the courtroom in the ahmaud arbery case today, the trial of three white men charged with murdering arbery. the jogger shot and killed, pursued by a pickup truck. tonight prosecutors say he was chased for five minutes. tonight authorities say a high school spanish teacher was killed by two students at her own high school, found dead in a park. what the teacher's daughter is saying tonight. also, nfl star aaron rodgers breaking his silence. he has covid, after saying he was immunized. he's out of the big game this weekend. and what the quarterback is saying about his vaccination status, adding he thinks this is
a witch hunt. breaking news involving governor andrew cuomo tonight. is the case on shaky ground now? what we've just learned. and we're learning more about that stunning image, the skydiving plane stalling midair, the divers jumping, and what the pilot was able to do next. good evening. and it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together. as we come on the air in the west, late today, house speaker nancy pelosi urging democrats in the house to vote yes tonight on that bipartisan infrastructure bill that would create jobs, build roads and bridges, and broadband cross the country. and late today, word that president biden called the head of the progressive caucus as
they were meeting. but the major question tonight, would they move forward or hold this up? we've learned president biden deciding to stay at the white house tonight. rachel scott leads us off with late reporting from the hill. >> reporter: tonight, president biden could be on the verge of a major victory. nancy pelosi announcing they will vote before the day is done. urging reluctant progressives to vote yet. >> the american people want to see project in their communities. it's very important that we pass it. i hope they make a judgment on the merits of the legislation. >> reporter: tonight, pelosi hoping to call the bluff by scheduling the vote. after she spoke, the progressive caucus huddling behind closed doors. president biden calling the
chair of the caucus, congresswoman pramila jayapal. earlier today, biden demanding that congress pass the bill right now. >> let's get this done. >> reporter: it would install electric vehicle charging stations across the country. it's estimated to create more than a half a million >> do you have 218 votes to pass it? >> we'll see. >> rachel, where does it stand? >> reporter: house progressives have been meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours. i'm told at least 20 members of the caucus would vote against the bipartisan infrastructure package tonight. nancy pelosi can only afford to lose three democratic votes. she said she does not bring
bills to the floor to lose, and she's under immense pressure. >> rachel, thank you. we're going to turn to the other news this friday night, and to the pandemic. pfizer now announcing its own new covid pill. they say it's taken within days of getting symptoms, and pfizer says it cuts down the risk of hospitalization or death by nearly 90%. we also have important news tonight for parents who want to get their children vaccinated this weekend. here's whit johnson. >> reporter: tonight, a potential new weapon in the fight against covid. vaccine maker pfizer announcing early trial results of its antiviral pill show it cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 89%. >> it's really exciting to know that there might be an option to provide to patients that could help save their life. >> reporter: the drug called paxlovid was given to high-risk patients within three days of developing covid symptoms. it comes just a month after merck reported its new antiviral drug cut the risk of hospitalization or death in half. >> while the news around these pills is incredibly exciting,
this does not in any way replace the need for vaccination. the vaccines still represent our safest and most effective way to reduce risk from covid. >> reporter: unlike monoclonal antibody treatments, which are given through an i.v. at a hospital or clinic, the antiviral pills could be taken at home over five days, soon after a person tests positive for covid. merck's drug is on track for potential authorization by the end of the year. pfizer's by early 2022. >> once we get through this delta wave of infection over the course of the next two months, i think that this therapeutic and the other innovations that we've seen coming to market really mark the end of the pandemic for the united states. >> could be a big new weapon in this fight. let's get to whit johnson tonight. i know this is also a big weekend ahead for parents across the country when it comes to children 5 to 11 who are finally able to get their vaccinations. and you've got news on that front tonight. >> reporter: david, both walgreens and cvs will start offering covid shots for kids over the weekend.
plus parents can now search from 10,000 locations across the country on the federal website vaccines.gov or call their pediatrician. the full rollout for younger children expected to ramp up next week. david? >> whit johnson, we'll see you here this weekend. whit, thank you. we're going to move on to the nation playing its final respects to general colin powell, an american life dedicated to public service. remembered as a trailblazer, a leader, a unifying force. presidents of both parties attending his funeral today. president biden embracing powell's wife, alma. former president obama offering his condolences. former president george w. bush there, too. and former secretary of state hillary clinton embracing the wife who colin powell always said was there for him, was his rock. tonight here, the deeply emotional words from colin powell's son. and the story of the disabled vet who stopped to help colin powell on the side of the road and what happened next. here's our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz now.
>> reporter: tonight, the nation celebrating the life of a trailblazing american patriot, a warrior, a diplomat. the first black chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. the first black secretary of state, colin powell. his former deputy and close friend, richard armitage -- who talked to powell every day for decades -- says it was always about family. >> never in 40 years do i recall his ever failing to either start or end his day by telling what alma was doing, what michael and jane were doing, what linda was doing, and what anne marie and francis were doing, what the grandkids were doing. >> reporter: colin powell's son michael, pausing to touch his father's coffin before sharing memories of life with his father. >> my sisters and i were raised under the stars, the stars of the storied general we eulogize today. but our family life was unregimented. no morning reveille or marching
drills. it was a warm and joyous and loving home, anchored by our strong and graceful mother alma. >> reporter: madeleine albright, powell's predecessor at state, joked that powell was a lot more popular than she was, saying he was not only incredibly cool but a remarkable leader. >> i sat in many meetings with colin where i could almost hear his eyes roll. when it was his turn to speak, he was brilliant at bringing over-the-moon claims down to earth and distilling what truly earth and distilling what truly mattered from what did not. >> reporter: michael powell spoke of the time his father had a flat tire and a disabled veteran stopped to help him. >> the young vet sheepishly asked if he could take a quick selfie, but my dad took time to ask about his family. a few days later to thank him for his help, my father invited the vet and his entire family over to the house for dinner. >> reporter: inside that cathedral today, there was unity and warmth.
presidents obama and bush embracing alma powell. a long hug from hillary clinton for the wife who powell always said was his rock, his inspiration. >> and martha raddatz with us live tonight outside washington national cathedral. martha, you and i were on the air here together today. there were so many moments of unity, as you just said, on full display today. a deeply personal and moving service, and we saw each of them embracing alma powell. and we know she was the one who had the most powerful voice behind the scenes when it came to colin powell not running for president. >> reporter: yeah, david, she was just concerned about his safety and his security, but colin powell really never wanted to run either. he said he felt right when he put on a uniform, and he said he never felt right when he was thinking about a possible presidential run. david? >> martha raddatz with us all day here. martha, thank you. we're going to turn now to the very difficult start to the trial in the ahmaud arbery case today, the emotional scene
inside that courtroom in georgia, the trial of three white men charged with murdering arbery. arbery was shot and killed, pursued by a pickup truck, and prosecutors today said he was chased for five minutes. tonight, one of the accused claiming it was self-defense. steve osunsami now from georgia. >> reporter: it was the most painful moment during opening statements today, when prosecutors played the violent cell phone video. watching those last few minutes of ahmaud arbery's life led one juror to look down. >> mr. arbery is under attack by all three of these men. >> reporter: on the other side of this south georgia courtroom, the mother of the man who fired the fatal shot shook her head. and the other mother, of the black victim, let out a cry. saying it was her first time watching it all since her son was killed in february of last year. >> he was running from all three defendants for five minutes. greg mcmichael told the police
this -- stop or i'll blow your [ bleep ] head off. >> reporter: defense attorneys avoided the word race and focused on the word crime, calling the victim a neighborhood intruder and a plunderer, even though he's never seen stealing anything at the open construction site at the center of the case. >> within a split second, ahmaud arbery makes a left, not a right. makes a left and is on travis. such that travis has no choice but to fire his weapon in self-defense. because at that point it's his life or ahmaud arbery's life. >> reporter: prosecutors also shared a graphic police camera video today of the blood and the body in the street. one of the jurors used her notebook to cover her eyes. travis mcmichael, his father gregory mcmichael, a former police officer, and william roddie bryan, one of their neighbors, are all facing murder and other charges. they pled not guilty. they're arguing that ahmaud
arbery should have just stopped, that they just wanted to know what he was up to. but the prosecution along with many americans watching this trial tonight are saying that they wouldn't have expected him to stop if he were white. david? >> steve osunsami on this case since the start. thank you, steve. we turn next this friday night, authorities say a high school spanish teacher was killed by two students at her own high school, found dead in a park. and this evening, what the teacher's daughter is now saying. here's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, these two iowa teenagers charged as adults with murdering a teacher at their own high school. >> i was really shocked when i heard that. it just doesn't feel real. feels like something that would happen in tv. >> reporter: authorities say 16-year-olds jeremy goodale and willard miller allegedly killed 66-year-old fairfield high school spanish teacher nohema graber. her remains discovered at this park wednesday. her body, according to court documents, appeared to have suffered head trauma and was found concealed under a tarp,
wheelbarrow, and railroad ties. >> i got the news while i was at work, and i'm just like, wow. i still am in shock. i cannot believe it. >> reporter: the criminal complaint revealing authorities got a tip from an associate of the two teenagers who were allegedly discussing the crime in social media messages. miller, according to those court documents, allegedly admitted his involvement. graber's daughter on facebook remembering her, writing, we lost an absolute angel in our family. i am filled with so much gratitude to have had such a strong and beautiful woman as my mother. and david, the motive remains unclear. the two teenagers are due to make an initial appearance in court next week. david? >> alex perez tonight, thank you. there is news tonight involving nfl star aaron rodgers, the packers quarterback who revealed days ago he has covid after months ago saying he was immunized. of course he will now be out of the big game this weekend, but amid new questions this week, rodgers is now breaking his silence, and what he's now saying about his vaccination
status, adding, this is a witch hunt. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: this weekend, aaron rogers will not be playing football after testing positive for covid months after saying he was, quote, immunized. >> are you vaccinated and what's your stance on vaccinations? >> yeah, i've been immunized. you know, there's guys on the team that haven't been vaccinated. i think it's a personal decision. i'm not going to judge those guys. >> reporter: today, for the first time, he's acknowledging he never got vaccinated and calling the controversy surrounding him a witch hunt. >> first of all, i didn't lie in the initial press conference. during that time it was a very -- witch hunt going on across the league where everybody in the media was so concerned about who was vaccinated. >> and rodgers is inside! >> reporter: espn reporting that rodgers has been treated by the nfl as an unvaccinated player since the beginning of the season. >> my daily routine is the routine of an unvaccinated person. >> reporter: the reigning nfl
mvp citing an allergy to an ingredient in the mrna pfizer and moderna vaccines and saying he didn't want to get the johnson & johnson shot. rodgers claiming he followed all league protocol, testing daily and masking around teammates. >> everybody has their own story and their own issues and their own reasons for doing things. i made a choice that was in my best interest. you might respect it, you might hate it. >> reporter: david, rodgers has been placed on the reserve covid-19 list, which is why he'll have to sit out that big game this weekend against the kansas city chiefs. david? >> erielle, thank you. and we've learned more about the deadly shooting in front of tourists near two resorts in cancun, mexico. many american tourists racing for cover. abc news learning four americans were actually injured, one struck by a stray bullet. hospitalized in stable condition tonight. the other three treated for minor injuries. authorities say two alleged drug dealers were killed during a shootout between rival gangs.
and back here at home and the major headline about the american economy and jobs tonight. the u.s. adding 531,000 jobs last month, much better than expected. unemployment dropping to 4.6%. when we come back, the breaking headline involving former new york governor andrew cuomo now. and that stunning image today, the plane stalling in midair. the skydivers jumping. we've learned more about what the pilot was able to do next.
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