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kristen: we will be here every weekday a tonight, breaking news. the flooding rescues playing out right now. seniors pulled from a facility on a rope. the images coming in at this hour. the effort at an assisted living facility in mississippi, under several feet of water. seniors led through those rising waters. the urgent race to get everyone out to safety. highways flooded. stranded drivers rescued. the flood watches at this hour across several states again tonight. trevor ault in the flood zone. rob marciano timing this out. also tonight, the other major headline. president biden planning to cancel thousands in federal student loans for millions of students in this country. 43 million graduates will qualify for this. about 20 million will see the full balance of the remaining student loans canceled. the reaction pouring in tonight. the supporters, the republican critics, and the students and
families grateful to be helped. cecilia vega live at the white house. the war in ukraine tonight. and after those dire warnings from president zelenskyy, tonight, russia launching a deadly attack on a train station on ukraine's independence day. tonight, authorities now believe more than 20 people have been killed. ian pannell with late reporting from kyiv. tonight, abc news, the countdown to the midterms and the eye-opening results from the primaries overnight. what a race in new york state, a congressional state, might reveal about abortion rights and its key role as we approach the midterms. the democrat pat ryan beating the republican, a major upset, and he focused on a woman's right to decide. in uvalde, texas, the school board determining right now the fate of embattled school police chief pete arredondo. will he keep his job or will he be fired? john quinones standing by. >> the first lady dr. jill biden and her rebound case of covid tonight, after taking paxlovid. so, how common are these rebound
cases? and news tonight on the new booster that will cover the new variants. will it be ready by labor day? the major discovery in texas. the dinosaur fruit prints now in full view and the reason why. and tonight here, we remember an nfl legend. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. president biden plans to cancel thousands in federal student loans for millions of americans. who is eligible? and the reaction tonight. that's in a moment. but first, rescues under way in jackson, mississippi. the terrifying flooding emergency playing out, seniors being guided out of a facility using a rope. the national weather service calling it a particularly dangerous situation. rescuers out in full force just east of jackson in brandon, mississippi, tonight. rescuing many seniors from a flooded assisted living facility. as you can see there, guides
them through the high waters. more than 40 seniors and staff. the facility filling with several feet of water. the rescue as the rain was still coming down there. and tonight, south of jackson, more than 100 children and employees have been rescued from a day care facility. the lightning and possible tornado. lightning strikes captured in louisiana. and that hattiesburg, mississippi, tonight, they believe it was a tornado that touched down there. they're assessing the damage. this is all a slow-moving system, threatening several states as behead into the night. rob marciano standing by to time this out, but first, abc's trevor ault from the storm zone tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the urgent race to evacuate an assisted living facile till east of jackson, mississippi. workers saying waist-high water rushing in from every entrance. >> the whole thing's probably 2 1/2, 3 feet deep inside the area. >> reporter: first responders and good samaritans, guiding more than 40 peach tree village retirement home residents and staff through filthy, fast-moving water, gripping only a rescue line, slowly brought to
higher ground, one by one. >> we continue to see volunteers, firefighters, even state troopers coming in to help, trying to pull out whatever they can. >> we got everybody out and that's the most important thing. everybody's safe. >> reporter: and south of jackson, more than 100 children and employees rescued from this day care facility. the national weather service declaring a flash flood emergency, calling it a particularly dangerous situation. this is a completely flooded highway in forest. the drainage system simply cannot keep up. police have closed this off. they said they've had to rescue multiple people. >> look at it. >> reporter: and in hattiesburg, this possible tornado spotted. that slow-moving system already plaguing the region for days, dropping up to a foot of rain in parts of the state. and david, those rescued seniors are thankfully all okay, but they're frail and they were all soaked from the waist down. officials had to bring in blankets from the jail to keep them all dry and warm. now, some of them will be staying with family, others are going to different nursing facilities as more rain is expected to move through the
area. david? >> just incredible, this has been going on for days across the south. trevor, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano, because again, several states are tracking this as we head into the night. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. yes, we are getting more rain, this stalled front really triggering more things this is the sixth state to see an extreme rainfall event in the last five weeks. now alabama is getting it. look at the radar. seeing heavy rain in through pensacola. flash flood warnings are ongoing. the watches, some of them stay up through tomorrow. and there's that front and that deep moisture. that's thing therer. i think tomorrow, the rainfall will sink farther to the south along i-10. rainfall rates as we've seen this summer exwhen they get aggressive, we will see more in the way of flash flooding. david? >> rob marciano with us tonight, as well. rob, thank you. we turn from these rescues to the major headline this wednesday night. president biden late today declaring that had will cancel thousands in federal student loan debt for some 43 million americans. up to $10,000 in federal student
loans for those making $125,000 or less and canceling up to 20,000 in student loans for those who received pell grants. the president saying it will give working and middle class families some much-needed, quote, breathing room. tonight here, the support for the plan, and heavy criteria similar from some democrats and many republicans. but relief for many that some help is now on the way. here's our chief white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: president biden today announcing what could be life-changing relief, saying his move to cancel student debt would entirely wipe out loan balances for some 20 million americans. >> i made a commitment that we provide student debt relief and i'm honoring that commitment today. >> reporter: the president promising assistance to the overwhelming majority for people with outstanding student loans, by forgiving up to $10,000 for individuals earning less than $125,000 a year, or couples making less than $250,000. and forgiving up to $20,000 for
low income borrowers who received pell grants. it also extends the federal pandemic pause on student loan repayment through the end of this year. and the president is proposing that people with undergraduate loans will be able to cap their payments at 5% of their monthly income. >> people can start -- finally crawl out from under that mountain of debt, to get on top of their rent and their utilities, to finally think about buying a home, or starting a family, or starting a business. >> reporter: it is a massive relief to people like nick fuller, a teacher from michigan who graduated in 2018 with over $60,000 in debt. >> it's lifted a huge part of the stress in my life away. >> reporter: but in texas, shareefa mason was hoping for more. she's the first in her family to graduate college and has had her wages garnished by the government due to her loans. >> i know that there needs to be more done, simply because black women in this space are hit with the student loan debt more
disproportionately than any other demographic. >> reporter: and republicans like senator mitt romney call president biden's move an attempt to attempt to bribe the voters, saying it fuels inflation and foots taxpayers with other people's financial obligations. minority leader mitch mcconnell calling it astonishingly unfair and a slap in the face to every family who sacrificed to save for college, every graduate who paid their debt. >> so, let's get to cecilia vega. president biden promising, obviously, this relief to some 43 million americans, was the number they released late today. you and i were on the air. but bottom line, when will they get this relief? >> reporter: good news right now for some 8 million people who could become automatically eligible because the department of education already has their income information. others, they might have to wait a minute for the administration to create this new form. they'll submit that and see if they qualify. but it's important to say here, this income cap, that applies to
the years 2020 and 2021 and anyone who took out a loet after june 30th of this year, they are not jeleligible for this relief. >> and questions about how this will be paid for? >> reporter: it's a huge question, and we just got an estimate. they say this could cost taxpayers $500 billion over the next decade, david. >> cecilia vega at the white house for us. thank you. we turn now to the war in ukraine and tonight, the deadly russian attack on a train station. ukraine already on high alert as it celebrated its independence day. president zelenskyy last night we reported here warned brutal russian attack was likely and tonight authorities now say at least 20 35people were killed i this attack. our chief foreign correspondent ian pannell in ukraine tonight. >> reporter: tonight, as ukraine celebrates 31 years of independence, president zelenskyy telling the u.n. a russian missile strike at a rail
center in the center of the country killing more than 20 people, including an 11-year-old boy and wounding at least 22. ukrainian officials posting photos showing what they say is the scene of the strike. abc news can't verify the photos. the attack follows u.s. and ukrainian warnings that russia would step up its attacks on civilian targets today. president zelenskyy marking independence day with a defiant message, saying his country was reborn the day russia invaded. today, the biden administration announcing its largest single aid package for ukraine, $3 billion in weapons and equipment. zelenskyy saying u.s. aid will help them to get more of the weapons they need. and overnight, multiple strikes on kharkiv, seen in this video posted online. the toll for ukrainians mounting. 9,000 ukrainian soldiers and more than 5,500 civilians have been killed.
and nearly 7 million refugees have fled ukraine. >> and so let's bring in ian pannell reporting from kyiv. and ian, tonight, not only their independence day, but the six-month mark in this war. so many have speculated along the way how this conflict might end, would ukraine, for example, ever be willing to cede any of that territory in the east. and as he addressed the ukrainian president, president zelenskyy standing firm, does not appear to be on the table anything like that. >> reporter: yeah, i mean, i think many had expected ukraine to be forced to give away the donbas in the east of the country in exchange for peace, but you're right, zelenskyy's adamant that they won't do that. instead, they want to retake not just the donbas, but crimea, too. six months in, this war looks set to grind on at least well into the winter. david? >> and we're grateful you're there, ian, thank you. back here at home tonight, and to the abc news countdown to the midterms and the eye-opening results from the primaries overnight. tonight here, what a key congressional race in new york state might reveal about the role abortion rights could play in the midterms.
the democrat pat ryan winning in a major upset and he focused on a woman's right to decide for herself. rachel scott on the race tonight, and what it could signal. >> everybody for pat ryan! >> reporter: tonight, a surprise democratic upset in a key congressional race, a new sign abortion could be a driving force in the midterm elections. democrat pat ryan of upstate new york winning tuesday, after making abortion rights his central focus. >> when the supreme court ripped away reproductive freedoms, access to abortion rights, we said, this is not what america stands for. >> reporter: his republican rival marc molinaro, read freg the g■opcampaignlaybook, urging voters to focus on inflation and kril instead. >> it does a disservice to the people in this district to be focused on anything other than they're concerned about the cost of living. they're concerned about safety in their communities. >> reporter: that message falling short. ryan securing a victory in the
swing district president biden won by fewer than two points. >> republicans should be very, very, very scared this morning. >> reporter: it comes after voters in kansas, a conservaitve state, overwhelming rejected a move to strip abortion rights from the state's constiution. in the weeks after the supreme court overturned roe v. wade, 70% of newly registered voters in kansas were women, according to target smart insights, a democratic data firm. the group says there are similar surges in key battleground states. wisconsin, michigan, and pennsylvania, where the percentage of women registering to vote for the first time outpaced men by about 12 points. and back here in new york, the democratic winner pat ryan, a west point graduate, did campaign on fighting inflation, but he made it clear that choice was on the ballot this primary election and democratic turnout exceeded expectations, david. >> everyone studying each and every one of these races seeing if it could signal something coming with the midterms.
rachel scott, thank you. in the meantime, we turn now to uvalde, texas, and the school board there determining the fate of that school's embattled police chief. tonight, he's now released a statement, as the board decides whether he keeps his job. abc's john quinones from texas tonight. >> reporer: tonight, after months of calls for his signati >> your boy pete, he dropped the ball, big time. 77 minutes! >> reporter: uvalde school district police chief pete arredondo facing termination. the school board meeting in a closed session to decide his fate. arredondo criticized for his lack of leadership during the shooting, telling "the texas tribune" that he never considered himself the scene's incident commander. a blistering report stating a command post was never set up, leading to a breakdown in communication between officers on every level. arredondo testified that the officers prioritized evacuating children over taking down the
attacker, stating, "we have this guy cornered. my thought was, we're a barrier. get these kids out." body came video inside the school showing arredondo's attempts to talk to the gunman. >> please don't hurt anyone. >> reporter: it was border patrol agents who breached the classroom, killing the gunman, but not until 77 minutes into the attack. david, pete arredondo will not be attending tonight's meeting. moments ago, he issued a 17-page statement calling this termination proceeding an illegal and unconstitutional public lynching. he's threatening legal action, demanding his reinstatement as the school's police chief. david? >> john quinones in texas for us again tonight. thank you, john. we turn now to the first bi taking paxlovid. many have asked, how common are these rebound cases? president biden had a rebound case, as well.
here's abc's erielle reshef tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the first lady once again in isolation, testing positive for a rebound case of covid after taking the an anti-viral drug paxlovid. just three days ago, dr. jill biden, who is double vaccinated and twice boosted, tested negative and was cleared to end her previous isolation. a spokesperson for the first lady saying she "has experienced no re-emergence of symptoms" and she'll remain at home in delaware where she's following cdc guidance. president biden, who himself had a similar rebound covid case after taking paxlovid, tested negative earlier today. in recent weeks, the white house covid-19 response coordinator dr. ashish jha pressed over concerns of rebound cases of paxlovid. but he said they are relatively small. >> the clinical data suggests that between 5% and 8% of people have rebound. >> reporter: but health officials urge paxlovid is preventing severe outcomes, with people who took the pills five
times less likely to be hospitalized and ten times less likely to die from covid. and now the fda reviewing pfizer and moderna boosters that specifically target omicron and its dominant subvariants. with officials saying those shots should be available soon after labor day. and david, we reached out to the white house tonight. they are standing by those paxlovid rebound numbers, saying that cases remain low, but they say there are still ongoing studies. david? >> they still it's still worth it, even if there is a rebound. erielle, thank you. there was also one more moment from president biden's time before the cameras today, as we await decisions from two different judges after the fbi searchal mar-a-lago, one who will rule if any of that affidavit will be revealed, the other who will rule on the former president's request for a special master to review the documents the fbi retrieved. well today, president biden was asked, how much he knew about that fbi raid beforehand. >> mr. president, how much advance notice did you have of
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paluxy river outside fort worth. and just a remarkable sight here. these are dinosaur footprints that scientists say are more than 100 million years old, usually covered with water and filled with sediment, but you can clearly see them now. and they go on for more than 300 yards down this riverbed. >> big claws. >> reporter: the footprints belong to two species that once roamed the terrain here, including the sauroposeidon, which stood at 60 feet tall and weighed almost 100,000 pounds. and this year's drought allows teams to map the imprints for the very first time. >> they seem like they're there in stone in there forever, but they're not. just the next flood we have, they could be all gone. >> reporter: the state finally getting some longest dinosaur track ways in the world. >> marcus, thank you. an extraordinary find. i'm david muir. thanks for watching. good night.
>> now i see -- >> businesses are down. some are not going to come back. >> empty restaurants my empty streets, empty offices. the pandemic hit the bay area hard. san francisco's downtown still has not recovered. >> thanks for joining us. two and a half years ago, seems like that were common in san francisco but as people have slowly returned to work across the area, downtown has been slow to recover. kristen: a new report shows th't recovering quickly enough in the post-pandemic phase. luz peña spoke to the professor. >> she is live in the newsroom with us. >> this study included data of
27 months from march of 202010 may of 2022. many people in san francisco are not coming back to the office. in many cases mondays and fridays, many workers don't go to the office. >> it doesn't take long to notice at this -- a difference in downtown now. >> it was crowded in 2019. now i see emptiness. people are coming back. >> according to a study, people are not coming back fast enough. in many cases because of workers don't have to. >> there is not really a requirement. it is up to us if we can come back or not. >> researchers gathered data from cell phone gps location and compared the movement from spring of 2019