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♪ it's friday, september 29th, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." one crisis, two different stories. president trump says the federal government is doing a great job responding to the disaster in puerto rico, but residents say help isn't coming fast enough. high-priced travel has the health and human services secretary apologizing to the american people and writing a check to taxpayers. and repeat trouble at yosemite. a second rockfall at a popular climbing spot in as many days.
good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. the trump administration says relief efforts in puerto rico are going well. acting homeland security secretary elaine duke, who visits there today, says the effort is under control, but millions of people on the island tell a much different story. according to one puerto rican lawmaker, the federal response has been a disaster, and the department of defense says nearly half the people on puerto rico remain without water. now a senior general is on the ground coordinating the military relief operations. nikki batista's here in new york. good morning, nikki. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. president trump cleared the way for more supplies to head to puerto rico yesterday, waving restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo to the island. he later tweeted, "fema and first responders are doing a great job." a three-star army general is spending his first full day in puerto rico, sent to support the
hurricane response. lieutenant general jeff buchanan will help coordinate the more than 7,000 troops and 10,000 government workers trying to rebuild, restore power to the island, and distribute clean water and food. >> the relief effort is under control. it is proceeding very well. >> reporter: acting homeland security secretary elaine duke is among those in the trump administration who is praising the government's response, as is the president himself via twitter, saying in part, "fema and first responders are amazing." residents of the island, though, say more than a week since hurricane maria hit, help is scarce and disorganized. laura brown says she's sending her children to miami on board a cruise ship evacuating locals. she's worried about their health and safety at home. government officials in d.c. say the problem isn't getting supplies to the island anymore, it's getting them from the ports to the people. clearing roads is one issue.
>> there's still a shortfall there, though, and that is drivers for all those trucks. so we are pushing personnel in to augment state and local authorities to continue to push those commodities. >> reporter: to help support with medical needs, the navy's hospital ship, the "usns comfort" leaves from virginia this afternoon on a five-day journey to puerto rico. president trump also took to twitter to comment on the media's coverage of the administration's response, writing, "wish press would treat fairly." anne-marie? >> nikki batista here in new york. thank you very much, nikki. twitter says it has suspended 200 russia-linked accounts as part of a probe into online efforts to influence last year's presidential election. twitter executives met with members of the house and senate intelligence committees yesterday to explain what the company's doing to curb the russian misinformation campaign, but the top democrat on the senate committee says twitter's explanation was lacking. >> their response was, frankly,
inadequate on almost every level. their actions have not matched their words in terms of their grasping the seriousness of this threat. >> thursday's briefings were closed to the public. both committees invited twitter to testify publicly this fall. health and human services secretary tom price is fighting to keep his job. it's unclear if he will. price says he'll write a personal check for nearly $52,000 to reimburse taxpayers for his travel on charter flights that he took while on government business. that doesn't cover the overall cost of the trips, though, which could total several hundred thousand dollars. >> i look forward to gaining, regaining the trust that the american people, some of the american people may have lost in the activities that i took and to not only regain the trust of the american people but gain the trust of the administration and the president. >> travel by other top administration officials is also being investigated. president trump says he's not happy and was noncommittal about price's future.
congressman steve scalise says it feels great to be back at work. scalise made an emotional return to capitol hill some three months after being critically wounded by a gunman during a baseball practice. nancy cordes reports. >> reporter: it was a triumphant moment for scalise and an emotional one for his colleagues. [ cheers and applause ] as the house majority whip walked on his own into the house chamber. >> for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> to speak out of of order, mr. speaker. >> reporter: scalise started by thanking the heroes who saved his life. >> david, you are my hero. >> reporter: capitol police officers david bailey and crystal griner. >> when i was laying there not long after the first couple of shots were fired, i could hear % different caliber weapon. [ shots ] and that told me that they had
immediately engaged the shooter. and let me tell you, if they didn't act so quickly, and even after being shot both themselves, continued to engage the shooter and ultimately got him down, which not only saved my life, but saved the life of a lot of other people that are here in this chamber today. >> reporter: luckily, is a hae said, one of those people was ohio congressman brad wenstrup, a doctor and former army medic. >> who would have thought that god would have put brad out on that field with me, because the tourniquet he applied, many will tell you, saved my life so that i could actually make it to the hospital in time with all the blood loss. so, brad, where are you at? right down front. right down front. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: scalise has had to relearn how to walk. >> how are you feeling physically? >> i feel great! i obviously have a lot of work to go in rehab. >> reporter: in an interview to air this sunday on "60 minutes," he told norah o'donnell he was unconscious for most of the first four days. >> i found out later just how
much damage was done internally, you know. i mean, my femur was shattered. the hip and pelvis had serious damage where the bullet went through, and you know, did some damage to areas that had to be shored up with steel plates, and they did a phenomenal job of rebuilding, you know, kind of rebuilding humpty dumpty. i mean, there was a lot of damage inside that had to get fixed. >> reporter: they put you back together again. >> they put me back together again. >> reporter: scalise has spent most of the last three months first in the hospital, then in an inpatient rehab facility. he is now back at work, but he will still be spending a great deal of time at an out-patient facility as he works to regain his strength and poebmobility. nancy cordes, cbs news, capitol hill. ahead on "cbs this morning," we'll have more of norah o'donnell's "60 minutes" interview with steve scalise. and for the second day in a row, there's been a massive rockfall at a famous rock
formation in yosemite national park. one person was injured and flown to the hospital. a rockslide wednesday actually killed a hiker. rockslides from al capitan are common, but it's very unusual for anyone to get hit by the falling rocks. kenneth craig has more. >> do you see that? i'll zoom in a little bit. it's just, it looks like smoke, but that, again, is dust. >> reporter: huge pieces of yosemite national park's el capitan crumbled again on thursday, one day after a hiker died there in a rockslide. reporter matt mendez from cbs affiliate kgpe captured it on his cell phone. >> yeah, this is what we're seeing, just a lot of dust filling the air. >> reporter: this tourist also witnessed it. >> then i saw the dust. it's kind of just falling down the mountain. just hoping no one was up there. >> reporter: little more than 24 hours before, a slab of the mountain thundered down into the valley, killing a british hiker and injuring his female companion. officials reopened the park
thursday morning, despite the accident. >> it's a very common occurrence to have rockfall. unfortunately, a horrible tragedy in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> reporter: climbers said the latest rockfall happened in nearly the same location as wednesday's. kenneth craig, cbs news. the first game of week four in the nfl started with a demonstration of unity. the green bay packers and chicago bears locked arms during the national anthem. ♪ what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming ♪ >> many fans in green bay chanted "usa" as the flag was unfurled before the anthem. the packers players asked fans to join them in locking arms, but it didn't appear that many did. coming up on the morning news now, athletes against racism. boston area sports teams launch a new initiative against hate.
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our top stories this morning. health and human services secretary tom price says he'll write a personal check for nearly $52,000. it's to repay taxpayers for the charter flights that he took while on government business. price says from now on, he'll fly commercial. president trump is said to be livid and was noncommittal when asked if he would fire price. and the trump administration says its relief efforts in puerto rico are succeeding. a three-star general has been assigned to coordinate the hurricane response, but many on the island continue to suffer from food and water shortages. power remains a problem as well as communications, and blocked roads are hampering the delivery of supplies. the health crisis in puerto rico is also growing.
hospitals are crippled, and there's a rush to evacuate patients in dire need of treatment. dr. jon lapook is in san juan. >> reporter: it's life or death on the tarmac as this premature baby awaits help on the mainland. he was born early at 1 pound 3 ounces. he desperately awaits surgery that could correct an eye condition that could prevent blindne blindness. he's been on a ventilator since birth. without that breathing tube? >> those lungs are not mature enough to support the transfer of oxygen to his blood. >> this doctor arranged with fema to medevac the 2-month-old out of san juan. why is this baby in such trouble? >> the baby has to improve and mature his lungs, mature his heart and mature his eyes, and his eyes are not maturing. he had hemorrhaged inside the eye, so those have to have surgery done in order to take that blood out, and that cannot be done here. >> reporter: why can't it be done here? >> because we don't have the infrastructure working right
now. >> reporter: these are the crucial minutes, because we've learned that the batteries for the ventilator have gone out. the baby's being manually bagged. so as he's being moved from the ambulance on to a plane and to a ventilator that's working, this is a time that's really important. there's no room for error during this high-tech handoff from the ambulance to the airplane. next stop, shreveport, louisiana. we both just watched the plane take off. how do you feel? >> i feel great. it was so emotional to see that plane take off and take that baby to a safe place, because baby will have a chance, and the only chance was on that plane. >> reporter: for that baby and other patients, it's been risky to rely on emergency power for critical equipment like ventilators. 44 of the island's 69 hospitals are now reportedly operational, but communication and power issues continue to cripple the medical system here. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, san juan. coming up on "cbs this morning," when hurricane harvey hit texas, residents in one community say actions by an oil
refinery made the flooding on their properties worse. we'll hear from some of those displaced residents who are now suing. plus, as the caribbean continues to recover from recent hurricanes, travel editor peter greenburg has advice if you have a trip planned to the hard-hit areas and which islands are open for business. and actor mark foyerstein from the new cbs sitcom "9jkl" stops by studio 57. that is the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a g great day.
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>> well, happening today, camden country father d.j. creato is back in court after saying he played a role in the murder of his 3-year-old son and we'll tell you hoyng he's expected to stay in prison. >> and a normally quiet chestertown. what happens in front of a local landmark. >> and a new season. starting to feel like fall. weather is here to stay. today is friday, september 29, good morning i'm jim donovan. >> and i'm rach rach. >> we made it to friday. >> and we're talking about the roads with meisha. >> katie, you took the words out of my mouth.