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west virginia is suing opioid distributors to force them to report unusual sales. the man in charge of those suits is the attorney general, but his critics question just how close he has been to the drugmakerers. jim axelrod and ashley velie continue their investigation. >> we are in mango county, west virginia. >> reporter: the battle against opioids in west virginia, the state with the country's highest rate of fatal overdoses is being fought on many fronts. patrick morrisey its the attorney general. >> what is happening in west virginia right now is that we are losing a generation of people to despair. >> reporter: in the last five
months, morrisey implemented statewide prescription guidelines, moved forward with a lawsuit inherited from his predecessor against 11 drug distributors and filed a new suit against the nation's top drug wholesaler mckesson for flooding the state with 100 million pain pills in a five year period. but the fight against opioids in west virginia is complex. as one look at morrisey's career path makes plain. >> in my past practice i was the co-chair of a large health care pharmaceutical practice. but i had worked on capitol hill before. so i had done a lot of compliance work, regulatory work. >> reporter: from 2010 to 2012, were you lobbying on behalf of health care companies, pharmaceuticals distributors. >> i was a private lawyer. and we did do some lobbying work. >> reporter: as a lobbyist,
morrisey was paid $250,000 to representative a pharmaceutical trade group funded by some of the same distributors west virginia is now suing. records show he also took more than $8,000 in political contributions from cardinal health, a defendant in one of the state's lawsuits. the west virginia bar was concerned enough about a potential conflict, to launch an investigation. when he first took office in january of 2013, morrisey said he would step away from cases involving cardinal. but five months later, he met with senior representatives from the company. is it appropriate for you to be meeting with two executives and a lawyer for cardinal health care when the state is suing them? >> well, as you know, the state meets with entities involved in cases all the time. and i would are gu we should meet with everyone involved across the board to go solve this problem. >> reporter: two months later,
morrisey clarified his position saying he was now "permanently screened from the case." that didn't end the questions. morrisey's wife a lobbyist one of her biggest clients, cardinal health. >> while you have been in office, your wife's firm has made roughly $1.5 million from cardinal. >> you would have to talk and take a look at the numbers. i don't pay attention. >> how does that present an enormous appearance of a conflict if not an actual conflict? >> i think we have gone through this, the process. people have determined there was no conflict. >> reporter: the west virginia bar ruled morrisey's past lobbying work does not present an ethics issue that he is attorney general but his wife's work with cardinal health could diminish the integrity of the process and create the appearance of impropriety. the next five months will be a crucial time for patrick morrisey. scott, both state's lawsuits against wholesale pill distributors are slated for trial in october.k you.
in an extraordinary coincidence, america's elite military acrobatic flying teams each suffered a crash today. a navy blue angels f-18 fell near nashville where the team was practicing for a show. the pilot was killed. earlier today, an air force thunderbird, f-16 crashed after a flyby at air force academy graduation where the president was speaking. the pilot ejected safely, a secret service helicopter picked him up. and he got a handshake from the pcommander-in-chief. los angeles police said today that the man who fatally shot a ucla professor and then himself, had a kill list. and there was another victim nearly 2,000 miles away. ben tracy is following this. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: when an army of law enforcement swarmed the ucla campus they were looking for a shooter.
he turned out to be this man. 38-year-old, mainak sarkar, former ucla graduate student. he shot and killed william klug inside his office before killing himself. lapd chief, charlie beck said he had other targets. >> he went there to kill two faculty from ucla. he was only able to locate one. the second faculty member was off campus. sarkar was living in st. paul, minnesota. here at his apartment. police found what they're calling a kill list. it had three names on it. including, ashley haisti found dead in a home in a twin city suburb. she and sarkar married five years ago but not clear if they were still married. on the list was professor klug, and another unidentified ucla professor who was not harmed. >> proactive shooter appears -- >> sarkar came to campus armed
with 2 .9 millimeter handguns. >> multiple magazines and loose rounds. he was prepared to engage multiple victims. >> sarkar, an indian american, graduated from ucla three years ago with a ph.d. in mechanical engineering and harbored a grudge against professor klug, whom he accused of stealing his computer code. back in march, sarkar called the professor a very sick person. and told students your enemy is your enemy. klug was a popular pro felsor and father of two young children. now when police found the shooter here at the engineering building there was a note on his body. that note asked them to check on his cat. and that is what led police to his apartment in st. paul, minnesota. and scott, that's where they found that kill list. >> ben tracy at ucla for us this evening. ben, thank you. coming up next, the government cracks down on payday lenders. later, soldiers were killed today in the texas floods.
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what many call legal loan sharking. the high interest, debt traps known as payday lending. here's jericka duncan. >> hey, hey, ho, ho, pay day loans have got to go. >> reporter: hundreds marched against the controversial practice at a federal hearing today. with pay day loans, consumers borrow against their future earnings at extremely high interest rates. in most cases the rates factor out to 300% annually and taken out of the next paycheck. four of five loans are reborrowed leading to what critics call a purposeful debt trap. the head of the protection bureau, the agency introducing the new rules. >> many loans, trap borrowers in debt they can't afford instead of tiding over in an emergency. >> reporter: the pro posed regulations would require lenders to better verify a borrower's ability to repay the loan. they would also limit the number
of times a loan could be rolled over. 31-year-old dejuan wash, borrowed $400 and says he ended up paying four times that amount. >> when you think you are going to be able to pay it back. you find out you are not going to be able to pay it back. you end up in a perpetual cycle of debt. >> reporter: pro posed rules were met with fierce resistance by the industry that argues they would cripple bitzness by reducing loan volume in needy communities by more than 60%. these proposed rules do not have to be approved by congress. federal regulators will take public comment until september 14th. scott, regulators are expecting to issue final regulations by sometime next year. >> jericka, thank you very much. coming up. floodwaters claim more lives. this time american soldiers.
there is breaking news tonight. several soldiers from fort hood, texas, have been killed in the flooding there. omar villafranca is following this. omar. >> reporter: scott, from what we understand, three soldiers are dead. six are missing. and three have been rescued. apparently it happened when the soldiers were in a vehicle that went into a low-water crossing that overturned. there on post at fort hood. apparently now they are missing. and the search crews are out there with boats and dogs trying to find the soldiers. when we get information we'll let you know. scott. >> omar villafranca reporting. thank you. and the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
it's commencement season when speakers share the wisdom of the ages with graduates who are 20-something. producer allison schwartz dorfman has brought us the cliffnotes version. ♪ because i'm happy ♪ clap along if you feel like a room without a roof ♪ >> life is like the "star wars movies." some of it is great. some of it sucks. and but you have no choice but to sit through all of it. ♪ ♪ give me all you've got and no holding back ♪ >> if you do what makes you so happy that you want to scream, you will be teeming with such that you won't stop yourself from giving. >> if i could get back half the time and the monies that i spent and wasted because of what i
didn't know i could have paid for everybody's education in this entire school. ♪ i will remember you >> one year, and 13 days ago, i lost my husband dave. i learned about the depths of sadness and the brutality of loss. but i also learned that when life sucks you under you can kick against the bottom, find the surface, and breathe again. ♪ memories >> i can tell you that not all heroes are famous. i have never talked to a medal of honor recipient who has not said to me, i am not a hero. i did my duty. and somebody saw me do it. that's all. my buddies they say, do it every day. put someone else's life ahead of theirs. ♪ it's a beautiful day ♪ you are known as the birth place of louisa may alcott, rocky balboa, boyz ii men, you can have cheese steaks,
scrapple, soft pretzels and wawa hoagies whenever you want. you win, philly. you win every time! >> i wish you a hollywood style happy ending, outrun the t-rex, catch the criminal and for your parents' sake, maybe every now and then, just like e.t., go home. ♪ ♪ >> in the not so distant future, when i am no longer president, i will sleep well at night because i know that men and women like you serve to keep us free. congratulations, class of 2016! god bless you all! >> and that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you the news continues.
for others check back with us later for the morning news. and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the "cbs overnight news". the mud was really slinging on the campaign trail. hillary clinton used a foreign policy speech in san diego to blast donald trump, the presumptive nominee, as unfit for the presidency. >> donald trump's idea aren't just different, they are dangerously incoherent. they're not even really ideas. just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies. [ cheers and applause ] >> clinton pointed to trump's statement about sitting down with the north koreans to arming japan with nuclear weapons and pulling out of nato. trump branded clinton's claims as a pack of lies and berated
her foreign policy credentials from her handling in the attack of benghazi, libya and support of the iraq war. all of this scaring away companies expected to sponsor the gop national convention next month in cleveland. juliana goldman reports. >> reporter: traditionally, republican and democratic conventions introduce the candidates to a broader electorate and millions of people tuning in. with all eyes on donald trump's nominating convention, major companies seem to be staying away from the rnc wary of damage to their own brands. >> there is a great hatred toward americans by large segments of the muslim population. >> translator: donald trump's inflammatory comments have been a staple of his candidacy. >> the only card she has is the woman's card. she has nothing else going. frankly, if hillary clinton were a man, i don't think she would get 5% of the vote. >> reporter: now that he is presumptive republican nominee, some corporate sponsors are distancing themselves from the
republican national convention. color of change is a civil rights group trying to get sponsors to drop out. >> this moment is about corporations making a very clear decision about connecting their money and their resources to the type of hate that donald trump has been selling america. >> hewlett-packard one past participant that will not play a part. according to color of change -- the company provided over % $556,000 in cash and in kind donations four years ago. microsoft another rnc donor in 2012 won't be contributing this time. just technical services and products. coca-cola donated $75,000. >> brand are cautious around their messaging. if they back away from the rnc. >> advertising age managing editor says the political conventions still attract large audiences. >> marketers don't want to be involved with negativity and associated with a convention that potentially is perceived an alienating some audiences.
>> she notes many sponsorships are locked upp advance. google still an rnc sponsor and so is facebook says its involvement is a matter of sieving duty. prosecutors in ohio could announce whether they will charge a mother whose son crawled into the gorilla cage at the cincinnati zoo. the gorilla, harambe was killed to protect the boy. the exhibit has been reinforced and will reopen. the mother has been dealing with online death threats. jamie yuccas reports. >> my son fell in with the gorilla. there is a male gorilla standing over him. i need some one to contact the zoo, please. >> among the callers, the boy's mother. >> okay. >> isaiah, be calm. be calm. be calm. be calm. he is dragging my son. i can't watch this. >> reporter: the toddler's mom has become an online target following saturday's incident which ended with cincinnati zoo officials killing the endangered gorilla. harambe.
offensive comments flooded social media. on facebook, one person wrote, should have shot the boy's mother instead. a changed.org petition calling for parents to be held accountable racked up 500,000 signatures. >> the backlash toward this mother has just been so incredible online in a way. why do people do this? >> there is a degree of insulation when people are making these comments online. they're not necessarily seeing the reaction of another individual. >> reporter: following the incident the cincinnati police department investigated the parents' actions while the zoo says they won't point fingers. >> a lot of the hate mill said that i was a terrible mother. >> an ohio woman with the same name received hate messages from people who mistakenly thought she was the child's mom. >> i even had one e-mail, where he said that karma will be coming for me and my son and used his name and put rest in peace at the end. >> reporter: intense public shaming is reminiscen't of last
summer. >> when a minnesota dentist be came an online target after hunting and killing cecil, a beloved african lion. not all social media reaction has been negative. this week, a blogger wrote "i weep the death of harambe but i also celebrate the life of your son." the child's parents say they do not plan to sue the zoo and in a statement on wednesday they said their son is doing well. the gorilla world exhibit here in cincinnati does plan to reopen this weekend. thousand of supermarkets and department stores are using self checkout counters to ring up purchases. convenient for you but also easy prey for bank card thieves. don dahler has a story from an atm right here in cbs broadcast center. >> reporter: deep vices, skimmers, scan beep placed over self checkout terminals or atm machines and steal credit card information, deb it card information and pin numbers which is why security cameras are important tools in spotting this kind of illegal activity. at first glance, these shoppers
using a self checkout terminal inside a kentucky wal-mart hardly look suspicious. the man on the right shields his partner whose pulls a skimming device out and pops it in place. the operation take twos seconds. they made off with as much as $20,000 from at least 38 victims. atm skimming increased 546% from 2014 to 2015 with criminals turning to self checkout terminals to steal consumer data. these elaborate new skimmers finding their way into retail gross restores, they plop right on top of the whole payment terminal. it literally is another payment terminal intercepting your transaction. at a miami convenience store as soon as a clerk turns around. a skimmer gets placed on top of a credit card scanner. and the secret service representative, part of a team investigating credit card skimming. >> they would download the information and put it on a
duplicate card, gift card, or credit card they have, where they would download the information on to the magnetic strip. and they're able to use it for fraudulent purchases. >> this man use theed an atm inside an atlantic city casino. the next morning the bank told him his card was used to shop in canada. >> i think it is convenience of it all. again, it doesn't feel like it should be my responsibility to have to always test the security of like where i am take my money from. >> with the roll out of chip enabled cards. skimming rates will decline. much as of 30% of credit card holders don't have chips. 20% of card terminals are compatible. >> we are in a big transition. moving from the old magnetic strip card to chip cards. which are really, really hard if not impossible to duplicate. >> how can you protect yourself? experts say cover the key pad when you enter in your pin code. because oftentimes the thieves will use microcameras to capture that information.
♪ ♪ the autopsy results show the rock star prince died from an overdose of opioid painkillers. passed away in april at his home in minnesota. the superstar had a reputation for clean living. but prince was reportedly dealing with hip and knee injuries he sustained during his live shows. opioid addiction one of the biggest health threats facing the country. taking more than 80 lives a day. prescription drug abuse treated as a medical issue. opioids like heroin are easily bought on the streets. and it becomes a law enforcement problem then. bill whitaker reports for "60 minutes." >> what is this with all the names on the wall here? >> we call this the death wall. >> the death wall. why is that? >> majorities of the people on this wall have died of drug overdose due to heroin. >> reporter: angie pellfry, a former nurse and opioid
recovering addict, runs the recovery center in ohio. >> by 2010 we had 50 names total. now 2016 why are over 3,000. >> it's incredible. >> it is. >> reporter: many names are mothers, brothers, grandmothers, relatives or friends of angie's residents. they come from all over state and nearly everyone knew people on the wall. >> it is almost everybody. >> 23. they're on the wall from my hometown. >> reporter: small town? >> yeah. >> reporter: a new university of cincinnati study says one in five ohio residents knows someone who is struggling with heroin. one sheriff told us that up to 80% of the prisoners in his county jail have drugs in their system. largely heroin. >> what can law enforcement do? >> attorney general it not going to solve the problem. your local sheriff. local prosecutor is not going to.
>> reporter: ohio attorney general mike dewine is a former senator and congressman. >> we have been fighting a war on drugs now for decade. this its the biggest epidemic that you have seen, this heroin epidemic. sound like we are not winning that war? >> you know, i have been involved in law enforcement for four decades. i have learned over those years that we are not going to arrest our way out of the problem. >> reporter: that's why mike dewine says he is encouraged by a different kind of court in ohio. >> congratulations. >> they are drug courts and deal only with drug cases. there are 91 in ohio. we went to one in columbus that was being run at the time by judge scott vanderkar. he was handling only heroin cases four times a week. the judge believes heroin addiction is an illness and in his court, heroin addicts are treated more like patients than criminals. >> how long have you been clean? >> i have been clean for 84 days. [ applause ]
>> reporter: there are students in the courtroom, a teacher, a state employee, the ceo of a tech company. if they come here for up to two years, get drug tested and stay clean their heroin charges are dismissed. use the carrot and the stick? >> absolutely. >> reporter: stick with the program or i will put you back in jail. >> i will put you back in jail you will end up with conviction on your record. >> right before i went into detox. >> reporter: under the judge, 250 addicts went through the program. people who might otherwise be jail or dead. >> you get resistance from judge >> absolutely. >> what's their criticism? too touchy, feely. that's social work. not my job. my job is to be a judge. >> drug courts work. some people look at them and say, well it is, it's, judge becoming a social worker. it's not true at all. >> reporter: it work ford caitlyn and robert. not their real names. they were both arrested for
heroin possession. and went to judge vanderkar's court after being addicted to heroin for years. >> it was like this really animal instinct level like obsession with, with getting high. >> you had to do it? >> even when i didn't want to. really using against my will. >> where did you get the money? >> stealing. lying. cheating. using other people. ripping other people off. >> i had no relationship with reality at all. my thinking was limited to how i could get high. >> reporter: in judge vanderkar's court they both were given a new chance. >> it was a gift. >> reporter: what is the gift? >> life. a new way to live. you know? and try to give me a little bit of some education on -- on why i am acting the way i am acting. why i can't stop. >> and he didn't treat us look criminals. i think that was a big thing. >> yeah.
>> reporter: after they passed random drug tests several times day week, went to therapy and stayed clean for more than a year, their drug related criminal charges were wiped off the books. robert started a landscaping business. caitlyn is in premed and wants >> it is freedom. and if i had those charges, i wouldn't be able to -- continue on the path that i'm on now. >> there are a lot of -- law enforcement folks who do see your behavior as criminal. and who do think you should be in jail for what you were doing. >> we did break the law. but i am talking about branding someone a criminal for the rest of their lives. it just doesn't work. >> reporter: but it has been that way for years in many ohio communities. we went to harden county, one hour outside of columbus. >> i have eight felonies on my record that i will never be able to get rid of.
>> reporter: harden county is now experimenting with a drug court. but it didn't exist when jenna morrison first started using heroin seven years ago. she has been arrested at least six times. the prosecutor in harden county, bradford bailey says he is overwhelmed by drug cases. he takes a harder line than judge vanderkar. >> we are going to get them. they don't have the ability to say no. they don't have ability to stop using. some of them. they don't. >> reporter: in 2011, jenna morrison overdosed and almost died. prosecutor bailey charged her with felony heroin possession. internal possession. >> i got charged with possession of heroin. because i had it in my system.
>> she was charged with a felony for that? >> that's what it is. schedule one drug. no one can have it in their possession. under any circumstances not even medicinal. >> isn't that extreme? >> no, that is the law of ohio and the united states of america. >> see the full report on our website. cbsnews.com. the overnight news will be right back. ♪ ♪ i did everything i could to make her party perfect. almost everything. you know, 1 i n 10 houses could get hit by an expensive septic disaster. but for only $7 a month, rid-x helps break down waste. avoid a septic disaster with rid-x. thanks for tnorfolk!around and i just wanted to say, geico is proud to have served the military for over 75 years! roger that. captain's waiting to give you a tour of the wisconsin now. could've parked a little bit closer... it's gonna be dark by the time i get there. geico®. proudly serving the military for over 75 years.
ground, seth doane paid a visit for "sunday morning." >> reporter: there is a treasure hunt going on down there. from above hundreds of thousands. some say a million or more holes, something an animal left behind. but, humans drilled those holes searching for opal. john dunston a prospector for 50 years. >> what kind of fortune are you talking about if you find opal. >> $1 million. >> really? >> yeah. >> reporter: he had to endure the blazing heat not to mention the flies, and has not found any opal in two years. but there is that dream. this is probably the only place in the world where you can be broke one day. and rich the next.
this place is in australia's great outback. it is an 8-hour drive to the closest city and summertime temperatures soar to 120 degrees. still it became a destination after opal was discovered here, 100 years ago. >> this is the lifeblood for the region. >> that's what, basically built the town. >> reporter: these opals. george polishes and sets opal gemstones into jewelry. >> whet we look for is bright colors. the brighter the they war the more brilliant the stones the more valuable they get. >> reporter: as much as 80% of the world's opal supply comes from the mines. you are chipping away, then you
find this. >> yep, yep. >> reporter: like striking gold? >> very much so. winning the lottery. >> reporter: wow. the story could almost end here. if it weren't for something else that makes this town really, really unusual. did you ever imagine you would be living underground? >> no. >> no way. >> wrote to my family and said, i am living underground in the region. my mother wrote back, return of post, don't be proud, son, we'll send you the fare home. they thought i was in a cave, you snow. >> reporter: yep, not just the opals that can be found underground here, it's the people too. folks like shelley and rod wells. what is it like living underground do you think about it? >> beautiful. absolutely beautiful. >> why? >> always cold. soundproof. great acoustics.
everybody here does it. >> it is the preferred way to live in the region underground. >> reporter: there are hundreds of these so-called dugout homes burrowed into rock. they're cooled naturally. and an escape from the brutal heat. >> is there any claustrophobic? >> if you have the height, not really. >> reporter: shelley runs a beauty salon down here. in town there is the underground bookstore, an underground bar, and debbie clay showed us her underground business. >> at the front here, 10 meters. by the time we get to the back at 22 meters below the hill. >> this hotel goes really deep. >> clay took us into what will soon be the newest wing. >> when you want to expand the hotel you dig deeper. >> that's right. >> reporter: once you start digging in the region -- >> could take a long time. >> reporter: you never know what you might discover. >> they found $20,000, across the top of here. >> reporter: opal. >> see the color. >> reporter: that opal find paid for their entire previous renovation. in a section of the hotel which butt up against a 100-year-old mine. >> you really don't realize how big the open space here is until we turn the lights on. >> a labyrinth back there?
>> that's right. >> reporter: tourism brings in more money than the opals these days as people come to marvel at a place where residents even worship underground. and which is filled with a real range of characters. was this a mine or always a house? >> no, it was a mine. >> reporter: meet swampy. he lives underground next to an old chevy truck he is working on. and explained how when you need a shelf for say the skull of your old dog max, you just dig it out. same thing for a second bedroom. >> a work in progress. >> tell me about the work, what is involved? >> well you have a rather large jackhammer. >> reporter: a second bedroom not far away. >> close the gates. we have our own little kingdom here. >> reporter: rod and shelley wells say there its no better sleep than in a silent windowless room and that's all the better of dreaming for what they call opal fever. >> i have tried a lot of things in my life. but when you dig out a few thousand dollars with a hand
tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable movements and outbursts called ticks. for kids with tourettes these ticks can lady to teasing and bullying. but one young man is working to educate his classmates. juliana goldman reports. >> renaming my ticks. we call this the rock star. this one is the gene simmons. >> reporter: trevor harris rarely makes these faces because he wants to. the 7th grader suffers from tourettes syndrome. that would be tough for any 12-year-old. but tough when you are a military kid who moves a lot. last year's transfer took him away from tennessee and forced him stew -- him to start over in a new school in virginia. >> when i was down there, kids understood my tourettes. and up here, no one understands me.
in my first day i got flipped off at least 15 times. >> in school from kids. >> yes. >> reporter: there were tears. trevor among the 138,000 american kids living with the disease decide he wasn't going to hide behind his ticks. >> i have tourette's syndrome. >> he and school officials decided it to educate peers with an anti-bullying psa. >> a tick is not an insect tick. it's actually where you scream, make faces, or click your teeth. >> reporter: if it is uncomfortable to listen to, trevor's dad jeremy says that's the point. >> he realized the more kids that he knows that understand because he talked to them and explained it. easier to get along with folks rather than trying to hide it. >> reporter: trevor can be found solving one of the rubics cubes. one of the ways he tries to keep his ticks at bay. >> how have you noticed a change in students at school since you launched the psa?
>> it's been a major difference. but there are still some kids that don't understand. >> reporter: he is determined to change that. everybody has a different flaw. and -- it's just -- why won't you accept me for me? >> reporter: as trevor says, ignore the tick, but don't ignore me. juliana goldman, cbs news, arlington, virginia. >> that's the "cbs overnight news" for friday.
captioning funded by cbs it's friday, june 3rd, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." a deadly day for the u.s. military. at least five ft. hood soldiers died when their vehicle was toppled in a raging flood. this morning, several soldiers are still missing. and they're the beloved wing of the armed forces, the blue angels. today the navy mourns the death of a pilot killed during a training routine. protesters target trump supporters as they made their way out of last night's rally. people were punched, their trump shirts ripped from their bodies, and their hats set on fire. >> donald trump's ideas aren't justdi