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and we have news updates always on captioning sponsored by cbs >> diaz: tonight, major relief americans. >> diaz: the senate passes the controversial covid relief bill. president's desk. >> we have taken a giant step >> diaz: what's in it for you. milestone-- 10 million shots in some states easing dropping mask mandates. too soon? number of states days. newly released shows a california held down by police. world's influential leaders, the
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historic meeting and call for bracing for oprah's tell-all. package of the vaccine. >> diaz: that's the "cbs weekend from chicago, here's adriana diaz. peace. royal ruckus, royal watchers are bracing for oprah's tell-all bracing are if impact ahead of meghan and harry's tell-all from europe. >> diaz: that's the "cbs weekend from chicago, here's adriana diaz. >> diaz: good evening, we begin tonight with senate passage of the $1.9 trillion covid are relief bill. after an all-nighter the final vote was along strict party lines, 50-49. one senator was out of town. the senate version of the bill now returns to the house tuesday
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for almost-certain passage. it's a big victory for president biden. the measure includes a $1,400 check for millions of americans, emergency grants for small businesses, and extends unemployment benefits. cbs news' congressional correspondent kris van cleave has the details and the drama from capitol hill. kris, good evening. >> reporter: well, adriana, it took longer than expected, some 25 hours. senators had to vote on 39 amendments, but democrats did what they set out to do which was pass a $1.9 trillion covid relief billion, and they did it without a single republican vote. >> the bill, as amended is passed. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: with that party- line vote, democrats are one big step closer to delivering on their promise of a major covid relief bill. >> we made a promise to the american people that we were going to deliver the real relief they needed, and now we have
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fulfilled that promise. >> reporter: republicans ridiculed the measure. >> their top priority wasn't pandemic relief. it was their washington wis-- wish list. >> reporter: among the $1.9 trillion package, up to $1,400 stimulus checks for people making less than $80,000 a year. is that stimulus enough to help you? >> honestly, no, but it's something.s >> reporter: taryn johnston, a new york estitition saw her income cut in half last year as covid forced her work to close. after tapping her 401(k) and savings, she's now thousands in debt and behind on her rent. >> it's just survival mode, trying to get through every day, and trying to get through every week and every month with bills and all the craziness that's happening. >> reporter: passing it did not come easily. the required vote-a-rama, where any senator can offer an amendment, turned into vote-a- drama, as democrats spent 12 hours deadlocked over an amendment to weekly federal unemployment benefits. they agreed to extend $300 payments through the beginning of september. the bill will also send billions to schools, cities and states,
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and to vaccine programs. president biden this afternoon: >> today i can say we've taken one more giant step forward in delivering on that promise-- that help is on the way. >> reporter: now, the bill has to go back to the house because the senate made changes to the one the house passed. that includes dropping the minimum wage hike to $15 an hour. so the house has to approve the new senate bill and then it can go on to president biden's desk to be signed into law. adriana. >> diaz: kris van cleave on capitol hill, thank you. for more on the covid relief bill, let's turn now to cbs news chief washington correspondent major garrett. major, people might have thought this bill would have passed more swiftly, since democrats control both the house and the senate. why did this appear to be such a slow and sticky process? or was that just business as usual? >> reporter: well, it's slow in senate and house time, but it's pretty rapid in the calendar time of real americans. what i mean by this, the senate majority is very narrow, 50-50. you can't get more narrow than
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that. the house majority is also narrow. so, you have to be careful. you can't lose many votes. also, remember, in the senate, there was an impeachment trial to open up this legislative year, and, it took a while for republicans and democrats to even organize under a senate democratic majority-- that being a very narrow one. all of those things slowed this process down a little bit. but, still, having this $1.9 trillion package done by mid- march, well, it's twice the size of president obama's relief package to deal with the great recession. that was done in mid-february. so twice as large, only one month longer in time. that's not bad. >> diaz: that's great perspective. and, now, turning to the president, joe biden campaigned on the promise of working with republicans. but this bill has zero republican support. how does that bode for future legislation? >> reporter: it's going to be very important. the political dividing line here is very clear-- democrat, including the biden white house, are betting that this very large bill will do everything the economy needs, and, therefore, all the credit will now come to democrats and the biden white
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house. and if they're right about this, republicans may regret not getting on board. but republicans are betting that this will only do a little bit, and that they will criticize spending too much, creating more deficits, more debt, and ride that kind of animosity toward that kind of washington spending to victories in the midterm elections. it's a huge political gamble for republicans. the house, the white house, and the senate-- i'm sorry, and the democrats in the senate and house, believe they've got the politics and the policy on their side. >> diaz: we shall see. major garrett, thank you. and you can get more details on the covid-19 relief bill on major's podcast, "the debrief," out tuesday. also check out "the takeout" on fridays. a bright note now in the war against covid. nearly 90 million americans have received least one dose of the vaccine, and in hard-hit clifornia, a milestone-- 10 million people have received one or two doses of a vaccine,
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but the news comes amid increased warnings that now is not the time for states to let down their guard. cbs' danya bacchus reports from los angeles. >> reporter: tonight, nearly 10% of californians have been fully vaccinated. and across the country, the current average of two million shots per day is triple the rate seen at the beginning of this year. bringing hope to many, like these grandmothers recently vaccinated in minnesota. >> i just want to see my babies and keep my family safe. >> get together with all my grandchildren. it's just going to be wonderful. >> reporter: and t this enencouragement from the dalai lama, whwho received his first dose this weekend. >> more people should have courage toto take this i inject. >> reporter: with vaccinations up, the race to reopen is on. south carolina's governor now the latest announcing mask mandate roll backs, this as a new c.d.c. study of counties that allowed indoor dining found masks led to fewer infections
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and deaths. >> i can't stand these masks myself. >> reporter: west virginia bars and restaurants and bars now open at full capacity, but governor jim justice stopped short of removing mask rules. >> we know they saved a lot of lives. >> reporter: alabama's governor says masks in her state will be optional beginning next month. covid-19 infections are down across the country, but so is testing. >> testing is really important for us to understand the state of the pandemic. >> reporter: health experts, like dr. mary hayden, an infectious disease doctor at rush university medical center in chicago, worry about losing ground. >> if testing continues to decline, we will not know whether or not cases are starting to increase. >> reporter: how can we beat covid fatitigue? >> we need to sustain what we're doing now, continue to vaccinate like mad. this is just not a time to-- to let-- to let up. >> reporter: with california breaking single-day vaccination records, governor gavin newsom just announced that stadiums and
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theme parks, including disneyland, can reopen with limited capacity, starting april 1. adriana. >> diaz: danya bacchus in los angeles, thank you. tonight, police and first responders in fresno, california are phasing intense scrutiny. newly released video of a 2017 incident shows a man in their custody saying the now-infamous phrase, "i can't breathe." he was later pronounced dead at" he was late the hospital. here is cbs' michael george. >> breathe. >> help me! >> breathe! >> reporter: these are among the last moments of joseph perez's life. he died after being restrained by fresno police officers in may of 2017. when officers saw perez, they say he appeared disturbed and was standing in the roadway. >> joseph, we're here to help you. >> reporter: the 16-minute video released friday was under a federal court order. it shows the 41-year-old perez in distress, face-down on the ground. >> 16 minutes was the amount of
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time that i watched as me brother was being murdered. >> reporter: a lawsuits filed by perez's family blames three entities, fresno county sheriff's deputies and fresno police, and american ambulance, which the family says requested police use a paramedic's board to hold him down, a maneuver paramedics suggested to help secure perez so they could get him into the ambulance. >> we got him. ambulance. >> we got him. >> help! >> get on that board. >> reporter: the police chief at the time, andrew hall, said an internal investigation found no excessive force was used and blames drugs for perez's death, who he said became combative. >> mr. perez was found to have a level of methamphetamine in his system that was 24 times the toxic level. >> reporter: but the coroner's office found perez died of asphyxia during restraint. michael george, cbs news, new york. >> diaz: today marked the second day of pope francis' four-day historic pilgrimage to iraq,.
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the pope met with the grand ayatollah calling for interfaith unity. cbs' chris livesay is traveling with the pope in iraq. >> reporter: it was a meeting months in the making. pope francis sitting with iraq's senior shiite cleric, grand ayatollah ali al-sistani, a man who rarely meets with world leaders, this time inviting the pontiff into his home, saying religious authorities have a role in protecting christians. francis then traveled to the ancient city of ur, revered as the birth, place of abraham.aha. hostility, extremism, and violence are not born of a religious heart, he says. they're betrayals of religion. such religious betrayals have left a blood trail around the world. perhaps nowhere more so than here, in the middle east some go back centuries, but they've hardly healed. yesterday, francis prayed inside a baghdad church where jihadists massacred dozens in 2010. today, he celebrated his first
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mass here at the baghdad cathedral, offering words of comfort for iraqi catholics. "for you who are afflicted, the lord promises you that your name is written on his heart," he said. and tomorrow, he heads north to iraq's christian heartland, devastated by isis. but now, one muslim cleric tells us that francis' daring visit is another sign that the extremists have lost. "we have seen through all this ideology founded on the sword," he says. the pope's presence will help bring christians back. some are already back, an with the arrival of pope francis in cities and villages once besieged by isis, they're rebuilding, too. chris livesay, cbs news, baghdad. >> diaz: straight ahead on the "cbs weekend news," tomorrow the duke and duchess of sussex tell all to oprah winfrey, but the fallout has already begun. also, the business woman mixing know-how and magic.
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>> diaz: >> diaz: in case you somehow haven't heard, prince harry and meghan markle are sitting down with oprah for a two-hour special right here on cbs. the interview airs tomorrow, but the royal family and the british press are already pushing back. imtiaz tyab reports from london. >> reporter: for meghan, the beginning of the end was, in her words, because of a royal muzzling.. >> i wasasn't even a allowed toe that cononversation n with you persrsonally, riright. therere had to b be people f fre comp s sitting thehere. everytything-- >> therere were otheher people n the roomom when i wawas having t conversatition. >> repororter: the j jaw-droppig rerevelation c came after r oprh winfrey asked meghanan why a yer after stepping back as working royals, the couple decided to give their first interview now.
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the duchess' claims of an overly intrusive royal staff has sparkeked a media a frenzy in brititain and sent alarm bells ringing in palace circles. >> i'm sure there will, i'm sure be retaliations and push-back on that. >> reporter: according to meghan that retaliation is already happening, calling the announcement that buckingham palace was opening an investigation into allegations she bullied royal staff back in 2018 the latest attack on her character. >> a very firm accusation coming from meghan that what went on behind palace walls was a smear campaign. these are claims, effectively, describing a machiavellian setup at buckingham palace. >> reporter: the timing of the interview is being sharply criticized here in the u.k. 99-year-old prince philip, who remains in hospital, was admitted just a day after the oprah sit-down was announced. for meghan and harry it's clear the royal gloves are off and very little will tell them from telling their side of the story. imtiaz tyab, cbs news, london.
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>> diaz: you can watch "oprah with meghan and harry: a primetime special," tomorrow night at 8:00, 7:00 central, right here on cbs. i am not missing that. still ahead, black-owned businesses banding together to survive and thrive in the pandemic economy.
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>> diaz: the pandemic has hit black-owned businesses especially hard. nearly 60% are considered at risk, according to a recent study. but as cbs' jessi mitchell found, some enterprising women are bucking the trend using a little creativity and magic. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: you can usually find alyson lawson dancing around her arlington, texas, convenience store. she won it in 2017, following 7-eleven's first competition for women entrepreneurs. >> you're looking at the new franchisee of 7-eleven. >> i think anybody who underestimated me, knew nothing about me or where i came from or who i knew or what i was capable of. >> reporter: within a year, she expanded, running a second store. her sales among 7-eleven's best. success fueled by community support of black businesses in the wake of the black lives matter movement, and its social media impact. >> a bunch of groups, "does
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anybody know a black-owned gas station," and hundred of people started tagging me. >> reporter: lawson also found new opportunity with the mcbride sisters who run the largest black-owned winery in the country. >> it started wanting to support another black-owned business and women, but then when it grew, it was "like let's make money." >> reporter: among their brands, "black girl magic." >> nobody was expected alyson to come out of the left and just be consuming all of the inventory in our distributor warehouse. >> i sold 1,000 bottles in two days, which is unheard of. >> reporter: lawson's story is an exception. nationwide, this pandemic hit black business owners hard. in a recent study, h&r block finds 53% of black-owned businesses saw their revenues drop by half, compared to 37% of white-owned businesses. >> black women own business and we don't tend to have a lot of
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>> diaz: president biden's promise that 100 million americans would be vaccinated in his first 100 days in office is close to completion, and this week, the johnson & johnson vaccine rollout added to our arsenal. for the people shipping out that new vaccine, it was a very special delivery. at mckesson, the company distributing the johnson & johnson vaccine, the first shipments monday delivered hope and a message. the first one read, "first j&j packout, get healthy." >> it all started with our great director of operatioions, and we alall took turns signing ourur n little messages, the names. mine i put, "get vaccinated. love kamryn." >> diaz: kamryn brown and the other supervisors at the kentucky facility signed the very first box. so did kristi larson. >> it was a humbling moment knowing that we now had the vaccine in our hands, and we were going to ship it out, and
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be able to send it to so many people. >> diaz: was it emotional at all that day? >> absolutely. i think i was crying for half the time. >> diaz: with one dose and normal refrigeration, this vaccine can more easily reach community health centers and rural america. that's why for brown, this isn't a job. it's a mission. >> to me, it's, like, i'm one of the frontline troops against the war on covid. >> diaz: these troops have been training. before f.d.a. approval, they ran drills using boxes of soap similar in size to the vaccine packs. >> we practiced wiwith irish spring soap to get ready for when we started having orders come. >> diaz: so you basically had a dress rehearsal using irish spring soap in the place of vaccine? >> yes. it smells very good ( both laughing ) >> diaz: the f.d.a. signed off, and they signed their names, too. what do you hope the person who unpacked that box felt when reading your message? >> i hope when they saw that
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message they knew that we cared, and that we're definitely going to keep striving to make sure that they're well vaccinated, well stocked, and that we're going to kick this covid in the butt ( laughs ) >> diaz: so grateful for their work. finally tonight, a look back at the cbs archives. >> and that's the way it is, friday, march 6, 1981. i'll be away on assignment, and dan rather will be sitting in here for the next few years. good night. this has been... >> diaz: it was 40 years ago tonight that walter cronkite signed off for the last time as the anchor of the "cbs evening news." a lot's changed in our world since then, but our mission, which cronkite embodied, remains the same: to report what's happening accurately and fairly >> diaz: that's the "cbs weekend news" for this saturday. later on cbs, 48 hours. and don't forget "sunday morning with jane pauley" first thing tomorrow. i'm adriana diaz, in chicago. good night.
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captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh live from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. a first step on a long road, tonight as the san francisco inches closer to reopen schools, plenty of parents are left asking, what about us. >> reporter: i'm john ramose in marin county where there is an all-out effort to get the schools reopened. that story is coming up. plus, this sprawling site could soon be home to hundreds but tonight the state says that is a terrible idea. >> the likelihood that a fire will occur there is extremely high. it's really a matter of when.
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san francisco firefighters go to great lengths to save a dog in distress. we start in san francisco were students and teachers will start heading back to the classroom m next montnth. afteter ththe districtct struck deal with its union. >> dozens o of schools s are sl to reopenen on apriril 12th as of the first wave. it will be more of a ripple, really, with just about 350 students starting, about one half of 1% of the districts total enrollment. >> wilson walker reports that for most parents it is still a waiting game. >> reporter: the plan would open about two dozen preschools, elementary schools and special education programs, the deal with the teachers union, however, does not cover middle and high schools. >> through a lot of hard work, but we have achieved is a way to bring students back with the teachers


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