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news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm matt pieper, cbs news, new york. it's wednesday, june 8th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." >> we are in a window of opportunity right now that we have not been in before. >> direct plea, actor and uvalde native matthew mcconaughey speaks at the white house pushing for gun control as more details emerge about a possible bipartisan compromise. new record. gas prices jump once again overnight nearing $5 a gallon. how hurricane season could make the pain at the pump even worse. protecting america's bravest. the new laws just signed by president biden designed to improve health care for veterans. well, good morning, and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. in what's likely to be an
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emotional day on capitol hill, survivors and relatives of victims of the uvalde and buffalo mass shootings will appear before congress to talk about gun violence. it comes a day after oscar-winning actor and uvalde native matthew mcconaughey delivered a powerful speech from the white house about enacting new gun laws. he called on congress to toughen background checks to purchase guns and to raise the minimum age to buy an ar-15-style rifle from 18 to 21. elise preston is in new york with the latest on all of this. good morning. >> reporter: anne-marie, good morning to you. the emotional testimony comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to reach a deal on legislation this week which would include investments in mental health. visiting the white house, actor matthew mcconaughey made an impassioned plea for change aftea wave of mass shootings and gun violence that shocked the nation. >> we start by making the loss
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of these lives matter. find a middle ground. the place where most of us americans live anyway. >> reporter: the uvalde, texas, native spoke of meeting the parents of 10-year-old alithia ramirez. she's one of the 19 students killed with two of their teachers in one of the worst school shootings in u.s. history. >> now alithia, her dream was to go to art school in paris and one day share her art with the world. >> reporter: on capitol hill the son of 86-year-old ruth whitfield who was killed in last month's supermarket mass shooting in buffalo, new york, urged lawmakers to take action. >> is there nothing that you personally are willing to do to stop the cancer of white supremacy and the domestic terrorism it inspires? >> reporter: senators involved in bipartisan talks appear to be moving toward a package that could include enhanced background checks and incentives for states with red flag laws. >> every day we get closer to an agreement. not further away.
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>> we're hoping to actually get an outcome that will make a difference in the areas of mental health, school safety. >> reporter: later this morning, the house committee on oversight and reform will hear from families and survivors of the uvalde and buffalo shootings during hearings examining the gun violence epidemic in the u.s. and among those scheduled to testify, 11-year-old miah cerrillo, a fourth grader who smeared her classmate's blood on herself to appear dead during the uvalde shooting. anne-marie? >> elise preston in new york. thank you. breaking overnight, the first results from last night's primary races. voters in seven states cast their ballots. here are some results based on cbs news projections. in iowa, republican senator chuck grassley, who has served since 1981, won his nomination. he will face democrat michael franken in november. in south dakota, governor kristi noem won her party nomination.
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she'll defend her seat against democrat jamie smith who ran unopposed. and california governor gavin newsom will advance to the general election. he survived a recall effort last year. he will face republican state senator brian dahle. the department of homeland security is warning of an increased threat of extremist violence in the u.s. yesterday the agency issued a threat bulletin pointing to several triggers for violence in the next six months. they include the upcoming supreme court decision on abortion, the midterm elections, and an increase of my grants at -- migrants at the u.s./mexico border. it also warned of possible copycat attacks in the wake of recent mass shootings. the bulletin said, quote, in the coming months we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic, as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets. the potential targets include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, schools, government facilities, and u.s.
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critical infrastructure. as americans hit the road for summer vacation, yep, the price of gas has hit a new high. the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $4.95 according to aaa. 16 states are averaging at least $5 a gallon, though. >> i just wish they'd come back down. it's going to affect the summer. >> reporter: do you see gas prices getting back into the $3-a-gallon range any time soon? >> not this year. not this year. >> another possible factor that could raise prices is the start of hurricane season. half the nation's oil refining capacity is along the gulf coast. if even 10% of it is knocked out, experts say the average price could hit $7 a gallon. there could soon be a fourth covid vaccine available in the u.s. the fda advisory panel is recommending authorization of a protein vaccine made by novavax. it's made with more conventional technology than the ones produced by pfizer, moderna, and johnson & johnson.
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novavax says that it's 90% effective at keeping people from getting sick from covid. the fda could authorize it this week. and president biden signed several bills into law to improve health care for veterans. one of them was named for a veteran who recently passed away. natalie brand reports. >> reporter: cbs news spoke with marine veteran dr. kate hendricks thomas less than six months before she lost her battle with stage-four breast cancer, leaving behind her young son matthew and her husband shane. >> the radiologist said it looked like i'd been dipped in something. >> reporter: she learned of her diagnosis at age 38, more than a decade after returning home from iraq where she was exposed to toxic burn pits on base. fellow marine veteran mindy beyer has been closely tracking legislation named in her friend's honor requiring the department of veterans affairs to provide mammograms for those who served near burn pits or had other toxic exposures regardless of symptoms, age, or family history. >> we hope that the message is
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getting out to veterans -- if you have been serving, even if you weren't around burn pits, there's a possibility you were around some toxic exposure. check yourself out. >> reporter: one of nine bills for veterans the president signed into law tuesday. >> the veterans are the backbone, the spine of who we are as a country. we owe them. we owe them big. >> reporter: this signing ceremony comes with pressure on capitol hill to still pass legislation to help an estimated 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxins in more recent conflicts. it took hendricks thomas three years to get her claim approved after it was initially denied. >> kate was very proud to serve her country, and i think that her message was -- would always be fight for your country, but then fight for each other when you get back. >> reporter: it's a message advocates hope senators hear when they take a final vote on burn pit legislation, expected later this week.
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natalie brand, cbs news, washington. coming up, fiery landing. a small plane crashes into a back yard of a home in southern california. what happened to the two people inside the home. and not up to par. why golf star tiger woods is skipping the u.s. open next week. this is the "cbs morning news." from prom dresses to workouts and new adventures you hope the more you give the less they'll miss. but even if your teen was vaccinated against meningitis in the past they may be missing vaccination for meningitis b. although uncommon, up to 1 in 5 survivors of meningitis will have long term consequences. now as you're thinking about all the vaccines your teen might need make suru ask if your teen is missing meningitis b vaccination.
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♪ ♪ nasa is getting ready for a historic launch down under. it will send three rockets into space within weeks of each other from a privately owned space port in remote northern australia. it's the first time nasa will launch rockets from a commercial facility outside of the u.s. it's part of a scientific research project. the first launch is set for later this month. why tiger woods is passing on the u.s. open, and there's a plane crash investigation in southern california. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." the "los angeles times" reports
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a small plane crashed into a california home, seriously injuring the pilot yesterday in hemet, 75 miles east of los angeles. wreckage of the single-engine plane could be seen in the back yard of the home. two people inside the home were not hurt. >> i hear a noise squeaking like a tire squealing. and then boom -- just like that. it was everything -- windows shattered, rocks come in the house. >> the plane caught fire, but firefighters put it out before the flames spread to nearby homes. the cause of the crash is under investigation. "the washington post" says a kansas woman who joined isis pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge. 42-year-old allison fluke ekren admitted in federal court yesterday that she was the leader of an all-female isis battalion in syria in 2017. according to court documents, she trained women and girls how to use automatic rifles, grenades, and suicide belts, and she wanted to conduct attacks in the u.s. she faces up to 20 years in
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prison when she's sentenced in october. and "usa today" says tiger woods has pulled out of next week's u.s. open. the 15-time major champion tweeted that his body needs more time to get stronger for major championship golf. woods finished 47th in april's masters tournament, and it came just 14 months after he suffered serious injuries to his right leg in a car accident. he withdrew from last month's pga championship after the third round. woods says that he hopes to play in a charity event in ireland and the british open next month. still to come, toasting the sea. we're going to show you how the art of winemaking is being taken to a new depth. to a new depth. (music) who said you have to starve yourself to lose weight? who said you can't do dinner? who said only this is good? and this is bad? i'm doing it my way. meet plenity. an fda -cleared clinically proven weight management aid for adults with a bmi of 25-40
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taf vgin atlantic.inits policy allowing employees to show off their body ink. they were previously forced to cover them up. a spokesperson said that the new guidelines will let employees express their unique identities and truly t last year united airlines made a similar move. there's a warning about those record high inflation rates, and consumer shopping habits are having a major impact on target. matt pieper has those stories and more in today's cbs "money watch" report. >> reporter: stocks rallied late on tuesday to end higher for a second straight day, but there's a bit of a warning about retail stocks. the dow gained 264. the nasdaq jumped 113, and the s&p 500 up 39. inflation will remain high. that was one of the big comments from treasury secretary janet yellen to senators while also
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saying she hopes price increases will soon moderate. the federal reserve and treasury department have been increasingly blamed by legislators and the public for allowing inflation to hit record highs. yellen repeated her views that it's being fueled by things like severe supply chain disruptions. inflation has shown signs of moderating but is likely to remain far above the fed's 2% target through the end of there year. it's not just peanut butter that jif is recalling, it now includes ice-cream, candy, and chicken salad, pretty much anything that may have been made with that peanut butter that began being recalled may 20th. the products are linked to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 16 people in 12 states. the fda says the outbreak was found in a plant in lexington, kentucky. and target is cutting prices due to too much inventory. it's also canceling orders from suppliers for things like home goods and clothing to make way for what people need like groceries. sales of big tvs and small kitchen appliances that
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americans loaded up on during the pandemic have faded. target shares tumbled with the news. and that is your cbs "money watch" report for this wednesday morning. i'm matt pieper, cbs news, new york. a winery has found a very unique way of aging its spirits. crusoe treasure underwater winery ages its bottles under the sea off northern spain. the owner says that he got the idea from wine recovered from old shipwrecks and says that the water helps to keep the wines cool and the salt transforms the taste. >> the red wines turns to a more violet color, and the white wines turns to a more green color. >> the taste is just absolutely unique. it's not sweet, but at the same time it's not bitter. >> white wines are submerged for around six months, while reds stay under water for about a year. up next, a scorching book sale. we're going to tell you how much a special unburnable edition of "the handmaid's tale" fetched at
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my favorite is the blue, but i think they all kind of rock. what do you think? >> the hit series "ted lasso" may not be getting extra time. brett goldstein, the actor and writer, says the third season is being written as the last. season three of "ted lasso" is currently in production and set to premiere later on this year. no comment from apple tv. actor johnny depp is thanking fans for their support in a newly created tiktok account. depp posted a video montage yesterday of his recent music appearances with jeff beck. he wrote "we will all move forward together," after he mostly won a defamation verdict last week involving his ex-wife, amber heard. a spokesperson for heard responded to depp's video saying, "as johnny depp says, he's moving forward. women's rights are moving backward. the verdict's message to victims of domestic violence is be afraid to stand up and speak out." a special copy of "the handmaid's tale" fired up eager buyers at an auction. sotheby's announced a fireproof
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version of the novel sold for $130,000. no word on who bought it. author margaret atwood promoted the unburnable book by using a flame thrower on it symbolizing how the often-banned book cannot be destroyed. proceeds from the sale will go to a nonprofit that fights book banning. and paramount is interest -- is celebrating the 40th anniversary of "grease 2." >> stephanie is a pink lady which means if you're not a t-bird, you can look but don't touch. >> how do you become one. these t-birds? ♪ >> i want -- >> maxwell caulfield and michelle pfeiffer played two rydell high school students from different backgrounds who fall in love. to honor the 40th anniversary, paramount home video has released "grease 2" in a limited editions blu-ray steel book along with a digital copy. coming up on "cbs mornings," oscar-winning actress ariana debose stops by the times square studio to tell us about hosting the 75th annual tony awards this weekend. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." .
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this is the "cbs morning news."
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our top stories this morning -- survivors and relatives of victims of the uvalde and buffalo mass shootings will appear before congress today to talk about gun violence. it comes a day after actor and uvalde native matthew mcconaughey spoke at the white house about enacting new gun laws. he called on congress to toughen background checks to purchase guns and to raise the minimum age to buy an ar-15-style rifle from 18 to 21. and the price of gas rose again overnight. aaa says the national average for a gallon of regular gas has climbed to $4.95. that's an increase of almost 30 cents in last week. 16 states are now averaging at least $5 a gallon.
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a teenager in arizona is coming to the rescue of pets and their senior companions in times of need. mark strassmann reports from phoenix. >> reporter: kindness comes wrapped in a bag of pet food. >> you're doing a wonderful job -- >> reporter: delivered by a 15-year-old who cares. >> hi. it's sonya with grandpa's pantry here to deliver your pet food. >> reporter: every week, sonya colattur drops off donated pet food to dog and cat owners living at phoenix senior centers, often fixed income, immobile, alone. >> there's sunshine. >> reporter: grand paws, her pet food charity, started when she was 10 visiting her great grandmother. >> i noticed often how senior citizens weren't able to afford pet food. >> reporter: when you were 10 you spent your birthday money paying for the food. >> yes, and i would ask my friends instead of bringing gifts, please bring pet food. >> reporter: carol huggins has two cats, sunshine and patches.
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>> and without your contributing the food, i wouldn't have been able to keep them both together. >> reporter: sonya's deliveries helped keep roughly 75 seniors with their pets. >> it's definitely grown tremendously. i've learned about their stories, their lives, their pets, and it's really just a wonderful experience to have. >> reporter: many people adopt rescue pets. >> hope cocoa likes it. >> she will. >> reporter: sonya rescues pet owners. mark strassmann, cbs news, phoenix. coming up on "cbs mornings," we'll speak with white house covid response coordinator dr. ashish jha about the new covid vaccine and plans to get young children vaccinated. plus, david begnaud talks with a couple who's defying expectations despite growing up with down syndrome. and oscar-winning actress ariana debose stops by the times square studio to tell us about hosting the 75th annual tony awards this weekend. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green.
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