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tonight, the drivers trapped tonight, the drivers trapped in their cars, people trapped in their homes. the deadly flash flooding. more than a foot of rain in some areas in and around st. louis. rescuers saving victims. major roads including parts of i-70 temporarily closed, as those storms collide with the staggering heat. and in dallas tonight, dealing with temperatures above 100 for days, those homes burning to the ground. in the suburb of balch springs. authorities now revealing what they believe caused this. and tonight, the pacific northwest now bracing for record heat, too. rob marciano in the middle of it all, timing this out. also tonight, the harrowing new images coming in of that terror inside that dallas airport. the newly released video of that active shooter at dallas love field. the suspect seen opening fire near the ticket counter. travelers running for cover. gio benitez with news on the suspect tonight.
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after the prime time hearing before the american people showing where the former president was for hours, watching cable news as the capitol was under attack, tonight, the former president back in washington, talking about law and order. and his former vice president, who came within 40 feet of those rioters, mike pence, speaking today, too, a much different message. and could the former president be held accountable? rachel scott live in washington. tonight, the astonishing new discovery at lake mead. a third set of human remains now. the images coming in, as water levels sink to historic lows. kayna whitworth on this again tonight. the principal in uvalde now under the microscope, suspended from her job. what a new report now reveals, what leaders in the school allegedly knew about broken door locks, about propped doors, among other concerns. mireya villarreal from texas. the new and alarming numbers tonight. the cases of monkeypox here in the u.s. so tonight, the common questions. how do you get it, how do you
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treat it, and what do summer travelers now need to know? what the cdc is saying. the war in ukraine. and tonight, russia now quitting the international space station. what it vows to do instead. and wnba star brittney griner in a russian courtroom today and what she told our producer. here at home tonight, the deer through the windshield. the bus driver keeping her cool when that deer smashes through the window. how did she keep driving? the mega millions, $830 million tonight. good luck. and right here tonight, an honor long overdue. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin tonight with those rescues. drivers trapped, people trapped in their homes, the deadly flash flooding in st. louis, when the storms collided with that oppressive heat. more than a foot of rain in just hours. st. louis alone with more than eight inches, breaking an
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all-time daily record. many people were trapped as the waters rose. one person found dead in their flooded car. a flash flood emergency in st. louis. parts of major interstates leading to downtown were closed. the fast-rising waters catching drivers by surprise. look at the images. the stairs at this metrolink station under several feet of water. emergency crews making at least 100 rescues from flooded homes and flooded cars. and tonight, that searing heat continues across much of the country. the images that came in last night as we were coming on the air in a suburb of dallas. more than two dozen homes now damaged or destroyed in balch springs. dallas dealing with temperatures above 100 for more than three weeks now. and tonight, what authorities now say caused that fire. and in the pacific northwest, a major heat wave is now under way, as well. the governor of oregon just a short time ago declaring a state of emergency because of the heat. senior meteorologist rob marciano leading us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, that historic rainfall event in the heartland. a deadly flash flood emergency
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across the st. louis area. people trapped in the water before dawn, as the rain kept coming down. >> 911 is on the way. hold on, man, hold on! >> reporter: rescuers responding to calls as fast as they can. >> several vehicles were reported completely submerged under water. you have the overpass ahead of us. and you can see some of the conditions. >> reporter: apartment buildings flooding. >> that's the kitchen. don't get me started on the living room. >> reporter: training thunderstorms unleashing more than a foot of rain in some areas. more than 100 people rescued across the region. tragically, one person dying in a flooded vehicle. >> our dispatchers are working overtime. our police officers, our firemen, our sema, everyone's working overtime to handle this emergency. >> reporter: parts of multiple interstates shut down, including
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i-70. >> the road is completely flooded. >> reporter: and this metrolink station completely inundated. the once in a thousand year event caused by that stationary front, fueled by record-breaking heat from the plains to the west, where it's fueling the oak fir in mariposa county, california, now burning more than 18,000 acres. our alex presha is there. >> you see crews taking this tree down right now. they had to. it suffered so much fire damage it was a threat to any car driving down this road. in fact, firefighters call those trees widowmakers. >> reporter: and in balch springs, outside dallas, where that fast-moving grass fire damaged or destroyed more than two dozen homes monday. officials believe the fire ignited by sparks from a grass-cutting crew. extreme drought making every spark a danger. the last measurable rain in the area on june 3rd, more than 50 days ago. 23 out of 26 days so far this month have been over 100 degrees. >> stunning images outside dallas and that suburb tonight. let's get to rob marciano, he's with us tonight from portland, oregon, where i mentioned off the top tonight, the governor declaring that state of emergency because of the heat. and rob, we know it's not just
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the heat, the storm fronts colliding with this intense heat across the country that brought what we saw in st. louis overnight and this morning. these storms aren't over. >> reporter: no, david. unfortunately, that front is just not moving very much and there's a couple more pieces of energy that will trigger more rain along it. though most of it should be south and east of st. louis. the flood watches are posted pretty much all along the ohio river valley for the next day or two. and again, it won't clear out until the end of the week. and the heat below it as you mentioned is not helping. warnings up for memphis, oklahoma again. many towns in texas en route to record streaks of 100-degree plus days. and now we're in the oven here in the pacific northwest. record challenging temperatures today and a triple digit threat the entire week. they've opened cooling centers here in the portland area. this could go down as their longest heat wave on record. david? >> just extraordinary from coast to coast. rob marciano leading us off. rob, thank you. we turn next tonight here to the chilling new images from that shooting scare at dallas love field airport. newly released surveillance
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tonight and body cam video showing the moment the suspect began firing. passengers running, hiding in that terminal. and what we're now learning tonight about the suspect. she was not supposed to have a gun. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, dramatic new video from inside dallas love field airport as a woman opens fire. watch. surveillance cameras capture her arriving in a red uber vehicle, entering the airport wearing a black hoodie. just before 11:00 a.m., she walks into a bathroom. five minutes later, she exits and wanders into the ticketing area. >> started to ramble, talking about a marriage, incarceration, and that she was going to blow up the airport, and then pulls a handgun from her sweatshirt. >> reporter: then, the first shots fired. her arm raised, the crowd runs for cover, crouching behind seats. authorities say the suspect then pointed the gun at a veteran dallas police officer and a bystander. >> officer cronin took cover behind a ticket kiosk and fired his department-issued weapon, striking the suspect multiple times. >> reporter: that officer striking her lower extremities and she falls.
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officers move in. body camera video capturing her arrest. the shooter taken to the hospital for treatment. police tonight say she is 37-year-old portia odufuwa and the weapon was not registered to her. since august 2018, she has been prohibited from possessing a firearm. law enforcement officials saying she has a history of mental health issues, and had previously been arrested for arson and bank robbery, but both charges were dropped. she had also been apprehended at love field once before. >> on september 28th, 2020, the suspect was detained for an apow, which stands for apprehension by peace officer without a warrant, at love field, and transported for a mental health evaluation. >> reporter: and david, that investigation is still under way. we don't know why the shooter opened fire, but police say that uber driver was not involved. meanwhile tonight, there are major questions about how she got that gun. david? >> all right, gio benitez with us here. gio, thank you. tonight, former president
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trump returning to washington, d.c., for the first time since he left office and just days after that prime time hearing showing where the former president was as the attack on the capitol was unfolding. watching cable news just off the oval office for hours, never calling for help to end the riot. well today, he was in d.c. talking about law and order. and his former vice president mike pence, who came within 40 feet of those rioters, speaking in washington, as well, with a much different message. here's rachel scott. >> reporter: it's been just days since america learned that as his supporters rampaged through the capitol for more than three hours, donald trump sat in his private dining room, watching it all unfold on television. not taking the 60-second walk to the briefing room, where there is always a camera live and ready to go, to tell the rioters to go home. still today, as trump returned to washington for the first time since leaving office, his message -- law and order. >> we are living in such a
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different country for one primary reason -- there is no longer respect for the law. and there certainly is no order. >> reporter: but the day after the insurrection, the january 6th committee says trump crossed out lines in his speech about punishing the rioters. the committee asking his son-in-law jared kushner why that happened. >> it looks like here that he crossed out that he was "directing the department of justice to ensure all lawbreakers are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. we must send a clear message, not with mercy but with justice. legal consequences must be swift and firm." do you know why he wanted that crossed out? >> i don't know. >> reporter: in that january 7th speech, trump could not even bring himself to say the election was over. >> but this election is now over. congress has certified the results. i don't want to say the election is over. i just want to say that congress has certified the results without saying that the election's over, okay? >> reporter: trump repeating his
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election lies today. but this morning, also in washington, a very different message from former vice president mike pence, who was raced to safety just feet from the mob. pence's message to the republican party -- move on. >> i don't know that the president and i differ on issues, but we may differ on focus. i truly do believe that elections are about the future. and that is absolutely essential at a time when so many americans are hurting. so many families are struggling. that we don't give way to the temptation to look back. >> reporter: it comes after abc news was the first to report that pence's former chief of staff marc short testified before the federal grand jury investigating the riot. short appearing on abc news live. >> if the mob had gotten closer to the vice president, i do think there would have been a massacre in the capitol that day. >> reporter: tonight, attorney general merrick garland making it clear once again, no one is above the law, not even a former
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president who is considering a run in 2024. the department of justice is promising to hold everyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding january 6th accountable, david. >> rachel scott live in washington. rachel, thank you. now, to yet another troubling discovery tonight at lake mead, as we continue to report on the climate crisis here. this evening, the images coming in, reports a third set of human remains have now been found, with waters now at historic lows and what it's revealing. lake mead is a vital source of water for 25 million americans across several states. abc's kayna whitworth, who has been reporting on lake mead, back on this again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the astonishing discovery -- a third set of human remains emerging from the ever shrinking waters of lake mead. a visitor making the gruesome discovery on the lake's nevada side monday, according to the national park service. officials seen removing the remains early this morning. >> what startles me the most is how recent, like if it's recent bodies or if they've been there a long time.
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because if it's more recent, that kind of scares me more. >> reporter: this comes after two additional bodies were found in may. the drastic difference seen in these images released by nasa. this is what the lake looked like in 2000. and this image from just a couple of weeks ago. the nation's largest reservoir reaching its lowest level ever due to a mega-drought made worse by climate change. this sunken world war ii era higgins boat also surfacing earlier this month, because of the ongoing drought. the park service telling abc news they expect even more discoveries to come. >> it's a big place, and it's got a long history, and most certainly, people were buried in this area. i'm positive that other artifacts and things will be found over the years. >> reporter: and david, officials anticipate that lake level will continue dropping for at least the next year, but by summer's end, the farmers who rely on that water to grow most of the fruits and vegetables in this country will likely be facing additional cuts themselves. david? >> yeah, the ripple effect wide-ranging here. kayna, thank you again. to uvalde, texas, tonight, where the principal of robb
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elementary school has now been suspended from her job after a new report. what the principal and some leaders at the school allegedly knew were problems for some time there. abc's mireya villarreal from texas again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the newest figure under the microscope in uvalde, the principal at robb elementary now suspended with pay just a week after a state investigation detailed a botched police response and school security failures. >> i'm just concerned for my families and my kids. >> reporter: the report finding mandy gutierrez and other employees widely knew the lock to classroom 111 was broken, but never had it fixed, before the gunman walked in and killed 19 students and two teachers. investigators say the school had a culture of noncompliance with safety policies requiring doors to be kept locked. teachers often used rocks to prop open exterior doors and left interior doors unlocked for convenience. at the latest school board meeting, families demanding
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accountability and details on new security measures. >> their children are traumatized. they sleep with their parents. they do not want to go to school. >> reporter: some parents walking out in protest. brett cross lost his 10-year-old nephew uziyah garcia. >> two months. finally after i asked and asked and asked, finally said, "well, everybody messed up, but we messed up." they couldn't even accept that ad say, "yo, we messed up." >> reporter: and david, take a look at this picture. that's a state trooper in the r earlier than what dps director stephen mcgraw testified to. dps is now fielding questions today about why they said a tooper wasn't on scene until 11:42 when this image clearly shows someone was there from dps at 11:37. dps continues to tell us they are investigating the actions of
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all of their officers on that day. david? >> mireya, we know you'll stay on it. thank you. we turn now to monkeypox here in the u.s. new numbers tonight showing the u.s. documenting the most known cases here in this country. what we know about how it spreads, how it's treated, and what summer travelers should remember about this. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, reported cases of monkeypox in the u.s. jumping nearly 33% in the last four days, up from 2,900 to nearly 3,900. the u.s. now with the most known infections of any country. while stepped up efforts to test and report new cases in the u.s. may account for higher numbers than other countries, experts warn the data is spotty and the real cases are likely much higher. experts say most people getting sick are gay or bisexual men, but the virus is transmitted through direct contact with skin and through droplets from face-to-face contact with an infected person for a prolonged period of time. with summer travel under way, the cdc recommending more handwashing and using an alcohol-based sanitizer. the symptoms ranging from fever,
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headache, rash, to blisters, usually heal on their own. the u.s. stocking up on the vaccine. >> we have been working around the clock to ramp up our response. and to make important progress in short order. >> reporter: and david, not everyone needs or can get a monkeypox vaccine. only those considered at high risk. again, the cdc urging extra handwashing and avoiding any direct contact with someone who has been infected. david? >> erielle reshef. erielle, thank you. we turn now to the war in ukraine, and tonight, russia announcing it will quit the international space station. and outside moscow, wnba star brittney griner in court and what she told our producer. here's our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell. >> and the hatch now opening. >> reporter: tonight, the fallout from the war in ukraine reaching into space. russia ending decades of cooperation with the u.s., saying it'll withdraw as a partner in the international space station in 2024. the head of russia's space agency telling vladimir putin today they'll launch their own orbiting station instead.
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nasa saying the russians still haven't notified them officially of their plans, but the announcement was expected amid major tensions between america and russia over the war. it's a dramatic deterioration in relations between moscow and wshington, in which american civilians are also increasingly becoming pawns. today, american basketball star brittney griner was in a russian courtroom again for her trial on drug charges for carrying vape cartridges containing hashish oil. she was led into a holding cell in the court this morning, where she held up a clear plastic envelope containing a photo of her wife. an abc news producer was able to ask her if she had a message for her wife. >> do you want to say something to cherelle? >> good luck on the bar exam. >> how do you feel? do you have any complaints? >> no, no complaints. just waiting patiently. >> reporter: amid these tensions, it's been another day
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>> smoke from that fire keeping our fires hazy i will have the hour-by-hour forecast coming up. >> we question a cdc monkeypox advisor on the plan to distribute more vaccines. abc7news at 6:00 starts right now. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions this is abc7 news. >> will it be enough, no. we have to have that reality check that with this vaccine it is not enough right now. >> it is a reality check that the health of people in the bay area is at risk. larry: -- dan: keep ox has been it detected in every bay area county. napa county is the last county to report its first case. santa clara county is up to 39 cases, alameda cases has more than 50. san francisco has the most at
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more than 200. there are vaccines for monkeypox. there are not enough to me to the demand, especially in places like san francisco that has some of the highest case numbers in the country. luz pena is live in the newsroom. reporter: i spoke to the cdc's senior advisor for the monkeypox response team. the federal government is working on getting more doses, but we need to manage expectations because supply is limited. san francisco continues to be the city with the most monkeypox cases in california. the latest count, 222 infections. >> we have monkeypox coming from west africa and monkeypox coming from the congo basin. the congo basin one is more aggressive. the one that is currently spreading is the west african one. and has less mortality than smallpox or the congo based monkeypox. reporter: