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tonight the hurricane warning just issued as tropical or barry churns towards the gulf coast. millions now watching and worrying thetorm become a to hurricane by the weekend with more than a foot of rain in some places. mandatory evacuations unr way for thousands with warnings of life-threatening storm surge. >> i stuck around a little bit too long during katrina and don't want to make that mistake ago. >> the latest on when and where barry will hit. the terrifyifl ht over the pacific as a flight with 300 people board hit severe turbulence. >> it went bang and the people just shot up. >> dozens injured, the plane forc to make an emergency landing in hawaii. the president alters course on the census and immigration
crackdown expected this weekend. thousands target for immediate dertation in ten major cities sparking fear across the country. ford under fire caeportedly selling two populamodels even though it knew it had major problems. thousands of oz complaints ands of injuries reported. >> i would not feel confident selling this car to somebody else and having them drive it. i don't know if i could sleep at night. >> more than a million of the cars still on the road. the price you pay, hol guests shocked by the fees they've been charged now being investigated in all 50 states. where the wild things are, on the trail in chicago of an alligator on the loose. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening everyone, a hurricane warning has just been posted for the louisiana coast as that tropical threat we've been watching has spun up into a tropical sto named
barry, strengthening and poised to make land fall saturday possibly as a hurricane. ew parts of the n orleans area are under mandatory evacuation orders at this hour. the storm could dump as much as 20 inches of rain along with a storm surge that threatens historic flooding. heur kerry sanders is in t storm zone tonight. le> reporter: tonight peopn louisiana are heading out with mandatory evacuations ordered in low lying parishes. >> you're concerned if the levees give way, you could house could t geay. >> i don't want that. i just want everything to be all er with. >> reporter: it's not tropical storm barry's winds officials are worried about. it's the water. with new orleans already reeling from over 9 inches of rain qesterday flooding the frenchuarter. plus the mississippi rir is eight feet above normal. barry c drivet its highest level since 10.
this will be the first time that we've had a hurricane make land fall in louisiana while the mississippi river was at flood stag >> reporter: here in this parish, flood control saying a storm surge pushing the river to 19 life threatening. it would cause the water to overtop which means the mighty mississippi would spill over this levy flooding homes. >> those who survived katrina know the nger. >> i stuck around a little bit too long during katrina and don't want to make that mistake again. >> reporter: tight the national guard is deployed, officials o urging residents t of e three day supplies on hand. >> you never know. even if it's a small one, something can happen. >> reporter: in a flood water can come up storm drains adding to the cri so, tonight they put these giant heavy sandbags on top of the storm drains to plug them up. lester, ey're doing everything they can to try to prevent a disaster here.
thanks for the update. dillon dryer is tracking the storm. ghhat are you seeing toni >> reporter: good evening lester, we are keeping a close eye on tropical storm barry, the outer bandof rain already making the way well ndinla. hurricane warnings are s posted acros south central louisiana and we are going to see this storm take that turn within the next 24 hours. it's moving west of five-miles-per-hour, wind up to 40-miles-per-hour. it does not look like it's going to turn into a hurricane. with tropical storm force winds, areas in louisiana do need to be mindful of the storm moving in. we could see 10 to 20 inches of rain across southeastern louisiana. >> far from there, severe turlence sent passengers flying today during a flight to australia. dozens were injured injury.ated for steve patterson has more. >> reporter: ss pagers say it struck without warning. >> all of a sudden, bang, it dropped. it must have dropped a hundred feet or mething because everyone went up to
theeiling. >> reporter: sudden severe turbulence tossing passengers from their seat injuring 35 people on board air flight 33. the boeing 777 flying from vancouver to australia, the airline saying it encountered a unforecastednd sudden turbulence about two s west of hawaii. the turbulence so violent the plane was forced to make an emergency landing. the plane carrying 269 passengers and 15 crew members landed safely in honolulu. some posting pictures wearing neck braces d an pictures of oxygen masks and food scattered on the ground. it's the latest in a string of turbulent flights. tonight the three dozen injured expected to fully recover. others happy to be back on solid ground. at >> i had my elt on luckily. >> reporter: another reminder, always buckle up. steve patterson, nbc news. another breaking story we're following tonight. ent trump just announced he is altering his controversial plan to
include a question ab t citizenship on the 2020 census. our hallie jackson has the details. p > reporter: president trumnight still determined to count how many people are legally living in this country. >> today i'm here to say we are not backing determine the t to citizenship status of the united states population. >> reporter: but it won't be a question on the 2020 census. instead, the president is retreating from that fight and itead directing federal agencies to give records they already have to the commerce department to try to more accurately determine the count. >> we will defend the right of the american people to know the full facts about the population, size of tizens and noncitizens in america. >> reporter: it comes two weeks after the supreme court delivered a temporary blow to the trump administration by refusing to allow the commerce department to include that controversial citizenship question 2020 census. >> these delays would have prevented us from c completing theensus
on time. it's deeply regrettable, but it will not stop us from collecting the needed information. >> reporter: the sensus determines how manyeats a state gets in the u.s. house es of representat the president's opponents have argued including that question on citizenships could make immigrants afraid to respond undercounting the number of people who live in those communities. clhile the president may m victory, they describe it as a defeat for him. bottom line, the president is basically directing his administration to take steps that they already have the ability to do, just to take them more effectively. >> thank you. this evening federal authorities are preparing to begin a nationwide round up of 2,000 undocumented immigrants on sunday. as nbc's gabe gutierrez reports, the move is prompting waves of fear. >> reporter: tonight two senior homeland security officials tell nbc n meationwide arrests of undocued immigrants are
scheduled to start sunday conducted by immigration and customs enforcement in at lea ten major cities including los angeles, chicago, atlanta, ami, and new york. i.c.e. won't comment on enforcement operations. across theountry today, swift outrage, several protesters arrested in buffalo, new york. the president had postponed the round up said it week will begin fairly soon. >> they came in illegally and we're bringing them out legally. >> people are concerned. >> reporter:ba is an immigration attorney in atlanta. what are you telling your clients right now? >> we'reaying things to them like don't answer your doors in the middle of the night. if they're an official from the government, they need to have a warrant if they're going to come to your home. o. >> reporter: stephanie lope is a daca recipient who worries who will care for her younger siblings. >> it breaks my heart to hear him say or having his mom. not >> reporter: when you heard about these planned raids, what went through your
head? >> it just creates a lot of fear and no one knows if t going to knock your door next. >> reporter: families arrested this week could be put in detentionters in texas and pennsylvania while they await deportation. plans are still being finalized, lester. gabe, thanks. lawyers for jeffrey epstein asked a federal judge today to release him on bond while he waits for his sex trafficking trial. they said the ldbillionaire wouut up his manhattan townhouse worth $77 million and his private jet as collateral. they propose that epstein be placed under house arrest with security guards. epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. p president trum today dropped one of his key proposals to lower the cost of ru prescription d, a promise that resonated with millions of americans who struggle hoedication.heir anne tson has that story in o series your money your life. >> reporter: it's a frequent promise of president trump.>> you'll be seeing drug prices falling very substantially in the not too distant
future and it's going to be beautiful. >> reporter: but today e the white hous abandoned its plan to lower drug prices by cutting payments to middlemen. just last february alex azar touted the idea as revolutionary. >> we are making the biggest transformation in how drugs are inpriced in america history. >> reporter: what changed? the white house says byit's encouraged continuing bipartisan conversations to reduce costs. it also claims g rescription d costs have declined for the first time in 46 years. not exactly. since thday president trump was sworn in, more than 10,000 drug prices have increased. only about 1,000 decreased according to a recent analysis. today's announcement is the latest blow to the president's efforts to lower drug costs. on monday, a judge blocked his proposal to require drug companies to list prices in tv ads. >> the onetem that is still in play is a proposal to bring the prices we pay in
this coury for some of our most expensive drugs more in line with the lower prices people pay in other countries. eporter: like many moms of children with diabetes, kourtney taylor wants prices lowered now.>> ince chase has been diagnosed with type one in 2011 up to now, i know that the price ofnsulin has tripled. >> reporter: seemingly endless price hikes for medicine that is life. anne thompson, nbc newsnew york. now to the investigation for profit colleges by nbcws nen the hechinger report. millions of americans have gone to these schools to earn a certificatoping to get a job in a new field with higher pay. but we found students who say they have debt and haven't found a job. and in manyases taxpayers are footing the bill. here's senior national correspondent kate snow. >> reporter: statements in the mailbox are a nstant reminder. how much debt are you
in right now? i >> owe right now as of today 24,000. >> reporter: that's a lot of money. the wife and mom of three in oakland, massachusetts is still reeling financially from a decision she made nine years ago wh she was a single mother. >> my dream was to have a better job for myself and my child. >> reporter: after seeing an idea like this one for salter college in massachusetts, jessica met with an admissions officer about a certificate program for medicale off administration. >> he was very nice, personable, made me feel comfortable, told me that their job employment rate was %. >> 97%? >> reporter: she says edthe college helper get federal loans. >> does that money go straight to the school? >> yes. >> to pay your tuition? >> yes. >> reporter: after an initial job salter helped find her didn't work out, jessica says the college offered
little assistance. her student debt is growing bigger. >> reporter: salter college is in this strip mall. no one from the school would speak to us. dinstead they referre us to their parent company, premier education group which operates about 20 different campuses of for-profit schools on the east coast. >> they target low-income students but charge them high tuitions because they're eligible for federal financial aid. >> reporter: yin ko who studi higher education at the progressive century warns salter college is one of many for profit schools offering certificates in everything from culinary arts to massage therapy to dental aistants. >> they're paying high tuition, but they're t etting gains and earnings. >> reporter: premier education group received $65 million in federal funds in just one year for 10,000 students. the hechinger report showed students in some ofer premi's campuses have a loan default rate of more
than 30%. >> when a student defaults it's a terrible result for a student. atnd in terms of higher educn ecosystem, taxpayers are left holding the bag. >> reporter: this month premier settled a federal whistle blower lawsuit in which several company employees said the company misled job ents about placement rates and falsified records to keep students and their tuition money flowing in. premier agreed to play $3.4 million though the company nies acting wrongly. in a statement, the company said its graduates find jobs the in their fields. premier added it makes no guarantees of employment and programs past the overall official gainful requirements of the department of education. as forjessica, it said salter college has been in contact with her on several occasions for employment assistance. although we did find some salter grads who found jobs in their field, jessica evers says she learned just one valuable lesson. >> what do you think
the certificate you got from salter is worth? >> nothing. nothing. >> reporter: lester, news late this afternoon the massachusetts attorney nggeneral announci that premier education must cease operating in their state by the end of the year, also saying premier will provide more than $1.6 million in debt relief for students. >> what other options s are there for fo who need a certificate to try to find a muetter paying job? >> comty colleges are an option. they're less expensive and expertske we spo to said you can get a better jo a better paying job after getting a certificate from a community college. >> thank you>> ahead for us as we continue the dangerous problem with two popular car models and why ford sold them anyw. why ford sold them anyw. jardiance asks: while managing your type 2 diabetes- why think about your heart lower a1c helps, but type 2 diabetes still increas my risk of a fatal cardiovascular event. and that's why there's jardiance- the first type 2 diabetes pill that offers a lifesaving cardiovascular benefit for adults who also have known heart disease. it can significantly reduce my risk of dying
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