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♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, nearly 200,000 americans are still without safe drinking water, in a major american city. so, we asked the federal government official in charge of the emergency response, why hasn't more been done? the humanitarian crisis in the city of jackson enters its fourth day. cbs' elise preston is there, as residents are told to shower with their mouths closed. how could this be happening to a major city in america? extreme weather threat: millions on the west coast baking under triple-digit temperatures, with no end in sight. plus, tropical storm danielle set to become the first atlantic hurricane of the year, but is it a threat to the east coast? >> reporter: why is that important? >> o'donnell: the breaking news.
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cbs' robert costa reports on what a federal judge said about donald trump's request for a special master to review those mar-a-lago materials. >> i feel a weight lifted off my shoulders. >> o'donnell: and, "eye on america." cbs' jonathan vigliotti on how one school district is hoping to fix the nation's teacher shortage by getting into the real estate market. >> this gives teachers hope. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us on this busy thursday night. tonight, day four of the humanitarian water crisis in jackson, mississippi, as frustrations grow for the nearly 200,000 americans living without clean drinking water. officials reported progress in repairing the city's water treatment plant, but even as the water pressure returns, the state capital and its surrounding communities can't drink that water.
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some 600 national guard troops are on the scene helping the city and volunteer groups get drinking water into the hands of residents. thousands are lining up in the 90 degree heat. jackson's population, which is more than 80% black, has been under a boil water notice for more than a month. and, all jackson public school district students are learning remotely. we have a lot of news to get to tonight, and cbs' elise preston will start us off from jackson. good evening, elise. so, how are people holding up? >> reporter: norah, they are trying to make do, but as you can imagine, it is extremely difficult, and there is no timeline for relief. families don't even have clean water to take showers or even brush their teeth, so they're coming here to one of seven new large distribution sites. for residents like sharon dunceon, clean tap water is hard to come by, but frustration is in full supply. >> i mean, i don't understand why should we even go through this like this? >> reporter: after nearly a week, many in jackson,
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mississippi, are still without reliable drinking water, despite crews installing an emergency pump at the city's deteriorating water treatment facility a day ago. >> do not drink the water. do not use the water to brush your teeth. if you're going to drink the water, please boil it. >> reporter: today, the mississippi governor deflected questions about why it's taking so long to solve a crisis that was a long time coming. >> what we are focused on is the immediate health and welfare of jackson residents. there will be plenty of time in the future to play the blame game. >> it smells like dirty creek water or something. >> reporter: the water in cherry white's home is no good. she's concerned for herself and her five-year-old grandson who she cares for during the day. how does this all make you feel? >> well, it makes me angry. it really make me angry. >> reporter: her grandson akeem told us he's afraid to use the bathroom. >> i need to, but i can't flush the toilet. >> reporter: today, the national guard set up
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additional sites to hand out bottled water by the case. >> thank you. >> even up in washington, somebody needs to be trying to hurry up and solve this problem. >> reporter: until the problem is solved, people will continue to be desperate to get water. now, the national guard tells cbs news it will remain here in jackson until orders change. norah. >> o'donnell: elise preston, thank you so much. with the emergency declaration from president biden, fema is now coordinating the response in jackson. administrator deanne criswell is heading to mississippi tomorrow, and we spoke to her earlier and asked, what's being done by the federal government? >> our focus right now for fema is handling the immediate needs that jackson, mississippi, has. and right now, that's making sure that they have safe water to drink, and that we are bringing in the resources that can do some temporary repairs to restore the water pressure to the city. >> o'donnell: even with that water pressure coming back, residents are being told to
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shower with their mouth closed. in some cases, the water is brown, it's dirty. how can this be happening in a major city in america? >> it's an absolutely tragic situation that we find ourselves right in. how are we going to make sure that this doesn't happen again, and bring in the right resources, the right experts, that are going to define a plan to help repair this critical piece of infrastructure, and help the community of jackson, mississippi, get back to where it needs to be. >> o'donnell: more than 80% of jackson's residents are black. has there been a lack of investment in communities of color? and, is this the prime example? >> you know, i don't know about the investment there, in mississippi, but what i can say is that, from fema's standpoint, when we look at natural disasters, we often see communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by disasters. and that's one reason why we have made equity a principal
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focus for this administration. >> o'donnell: the mayor of jackson, mississippi, started warning years ago about that city's water system. why wasn't this fixed before it became a crisis? >> yeah, i can't speak to the specifics on why it hasn't been fixed in the past. we are bringing in all of the right federal resources to better understand what it is we need to do going forward. >> o'donnell: our interview with the fema administrator. now to the weather. out west, a fast-moving wildfire has erupted in a rural area north of los angeles. the root fire comes amidst a scorching heat wave across the western u.s., and has prompted mandatory evacuations, temporarily closed part of interstate 5, and has burned more than 5,000 acres. all this as tropical storm danielle forms in the atlantic, after a slow start to the hurricane season. for more, let's bring in meteorologist chris warren from our partners at the weather channel. good evening, chris. >> reporter: good evening, norah. dangerous heat hangs on along much of the west coast.
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in fact, from the coast to well inland, excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are in effect. coastal temperatures, 80s and even lower 90s. inland, well into the triple digits. this record heat is possible all the way into early next week. so, through the holiday weekend, some potentially dangerous heat. unfortunately, no significant help whatsoever for all the wildfires burning in the west. and today, a tropical storm expected to become a hurricane. however, no threat to the east coast. we are watching this, norah, which does look like it will become the next named storm in the atlantic. >> o'donnell: chris warren, thanks. from the tropical storm to the legal storm over those top secret documents seized from former president donald trump's florida home. a federal judge has declined to rule immediately on whether to appoint an independent review of the material, but has ordered the unsealing of a more detailed inventory of what was taken.
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here's cbs' robert costa. >> reporter: today's trumps lawyers clashed with justice department officials in court for the first time since last month's search. trump's team argued that the review of evidence should pause, so an independent lawyer or special master could be appointed. and see whether the documents are privileged. some legal experts say that move could further complicate the investigation. >> if that special master is given authority to look for executive privilege, very much so. one, that master would look at every document, and, two, presumably it would mean that trump wins some of these calls. >> reporter: the federal probe has revealed the presence of hundreds of documents marked "classified" in trump's possession, and prompted an unprecedented damage assessment by intelligence officials. jay bratt, the head of d.o.j.'s counterintelligence division, argued against the appointment a special master. he claimed the f.b.i. search was legally sound. trump is no longer the president and because he is no longer the
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president, bratt said, he did not have the right to take those documents. the former president continues to maintain he did nothing wrong when he brought the sensitive materials to florida last year. >> all of a sudden you're leaving. >> reporter: as federal judge aileen cannon mulls whether to appoint a special master, she has ordered the unsealing of a more detailed list of property taken from mar-a-lago. >> you're going to be able to see what trump had, and that it was more than just keepsakes and-- and mementos. it was serious national security material. >> reporter: judge cannon said earlier today that she would not make a ruling from the bench, and she has not yet made an announcement about what she will do. for now, the intel assessment of the evidence continues, as does the investigation of
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trump's conduct. norah. >> o'donnell: still so much more to learn. robert costa, thank you so much. well, a federal judge here in washington today handed down the longest sentence yet stemming from the january 6 assault on the u.s. capitol. former new york city police officer thomas webster will serve 10 years in prison for assaulting police during the riot while wearing his police-issued body armor. one officer testified that he struggled to breathe when webster grabbed his mask, cutting off his oxygen. tonight, president biden delivered a blistering prime- time speech at philadelphia's independence hall for what the for what he described as the continued battle for the soul of the nation. the president warned that maga forces within the republican party threaten the country's democratic foundations. here's cbs' nancy cordes. >> too much of what's happening in our country today is not normal. >> reporter: speaking from the birthplace of american >> reporter: speaking from the birth place of american democracy, president biden argued, democracy is under assault by the far right.
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>> donald trump and the maga republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic. >> reporter: white house officials cite recent armed attacks on federal law enforcement, egged on, they say, by violent rhetoric from some maga officeholders. >> reporter: democracy, typically an abstract issue, has rocketed to the top of voters' concerns, too. seven in ten of them describe voting and election issues as very important this fall. >> maga republicans do not respect the constitution. they do not believe in the rule of law. they do not recognize the will of the people. they refuse to accept the results of a free election. >> absolutely. i think the state of our democracy is in peril. >> reporter: lisa deeley chairs the philadelphia elections commission. she got death threats in 2020 after trump lost the state.
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>> it has changed my behavior. >> reporter: how so? >> i don't really like to go places by myself anymore. >> reporter: speaking in scranton, pennsylvania, tonight, house republican leader kevin mccarthy insisted it's the other party that is pitting people against each other. >> we should inspire us to defend america first, not blame america first. >> reporter: white house officials argue the president isn't trying to be political. he's simply calling out extremism. but with just nine weeks to go before the midterm elections, there's no question he's trying to create a contrast between his party and the g.o.p. norah. >> o'donnell: nancy cordes for uthank you so much. >> o'donnell: turning overseas, a team of inspectors reached that embattled nuclear power plant in ukraine today, trying to prevent a nuclear disaster. the convoy was temporarily delayed by shelling in the area, with russia and ukraine accusing each other of trying to sabotage the inspection. it's unclear how many nuclear experts will stay at the damaged plant, or for how long. one school district is looking to solve the teacher shortage by fixing the housing crisis.
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>> reporter: a 122-unit apartment complex, approved by local voters, built for teachers and staff, on school property. for the average two-bedroom unit in this neighborhood... >> you're going to easily pay over $3,000 a month. >> reporter: biology teacher michela ott's rent is nearly half that-- $1,600 a month. >> if i hadn't gotten housing, it would have been really challenging for me to make ends meet. >> i was absolutely blown away. >> reporter: jonathon krupp has taught social science for 13 years. how important is an effort like this to the teaching community? >> there are no words to describe it. i think that this gives teachers hope. >> reporter: while other school districts still have vacancies, at teranova high school... >> this year, we started fully staffed, which was huge. >> reporter: ...principal megan carey says there have always been pocketbook concerns. >> we had a teacher who was delivering pizzas. >> reporter: meet erick willemse--
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is >> o'donnell: the magical >> o'donnell: the magical run of serena williams is far from over, and, her retirement will have to wait. at last night's u.s. open, the 40-year-old tennis superstar showed why she is simply the greatest of all time. cbs' nancy chen was there. >> reporter: the numbers were not in her favor. after competing in only a few tournaments this past year, she was the 605th ranked player in women's tennis. ( cheers and applause ) but serena williams has always known how to beat the odds. are you surprising yourself with your level? >> ( laughs ) >> reporter: no. i know. ( laughter and applause ) >> i mean, i'm just serena, you know, so... >> reporter: and "just serena" continued her triumphant return, beating 26-year-old anett kontaveit and advancing to the third round. >> i've had an "x" on my back since '99, so it's kind of fun,
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and i really enjoy just coming out and enjoying it. and it's been a long time since i've been able to do that. >> reporter: tiger woods was there to celebrate, along with a record-breaking crowd. what was it like watching her tonight? >> i just look at her and she's inspirational. she's inspirational to all women. >> reporter: it's also a family affair. daughter olympia, who turns five today, marked monday night's win. and sister venus will join serena on the court tonight in doubles, for the first time since 2018, writing the next chapter in this storybook run. nancy chen, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: i've been watching every night, and it has been thrilling to watch. congratulations, serena. and that's tonight's "cbs evening news." and remember, if you can't watch us live, don't forget to set your dvr, so you can watch us later. i'm norah o'donnell in the nation's capital. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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