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>> reporter: and when do you graduate from high school? >> may 22nd. >> this is this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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funnel. >> reporter: sumner owns the rustic barn event hall. when the twister hit, a dozen people hunkered down inside bathrooms crying and praying. some were teens wearing tuxes and gowns for a prime minister that was supposed to start an hour later. >> >> it was very scary. that first initial hit was the loudest thing i've ever heard. >> reporter: miraculously, no one was hurt. >> watch out. call 911. >> reporter: moments after one twister passed near myrtle springs, texas, strangers jumped into flash flood waters to rescue two children stranded in this overturned pick-up truck. >> a baby. >> a baby. >> here, here, send him here. >> reporter: cpr likely saved their lives. dawn sumner still in disbelief about the violent weekend weather. from beginning to end, 45 seconds? 45 seconds to do all this? >> to do all. this. >> reporter: over the weekend there were at least 26 tornadoes in seven states.
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this storage facility or what's left of it. all day families have come here to remove what's left of their belongings. one of the tornadoes here traveled for more than 50 miles of destructive power. >> reporter: i'm in pacific, missouri, where the rains have slowed but the water is rising fast. the river crested eight feet above a 100-year weather. and here along the merrimack, the river is coming up, the town is shutting down, and this too is expected to be a record by morning. the banks along the current river in donovan, missouri, were no match for the rising water. the flooding forced major roads and bridges to shut down after the river crested at 33 feet, breaking a 113-year-old record. jason schaefer is an engineer with the missouri department of transportation. >> we need to make sure the flow of water hasn't done any structural water to the bridge before we put traffic back on. >> reporter: since friday, missouri has gotten nearly a foot of rain, causing this
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>> it went right over it. >> reporter: and turning neighborhoods into lake front properties. the governor has declared state of emergency and called in the national guard. he says there have been nearly 100 evacuations and three dozen rescues. >> in many parts of missouri, this will be ad from of historic proportions. >> reporter: officials are now preparing for the worst as there is more rain in the forecast. tony dokoupil, cbs news, pacific missouri. >> pelley: well, today the white house had to clean up after the storm that president trump created when he said in a bloomberg interview that he would be "honored to meet with north korea's dictator under the right circumstances." the president's spokesman said today it is clear those circumstances are not right right now. mr. trump talked about north korea and much more in another interview with our own john dickerson. we have more on that from margaret brennan at the white house.
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>> i would not be happy if he does a nuclear test. i will not be happy. >> reporter: newark newark dictator kim jong un's top expanding nuclear arsenal is president trump's top challenge. what are you making of the north korean leader. >> people are saying, is he sane? i have no idea. i can tell you this, but he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died, and at a very young age, he was able to assume power. a lot of people i'm sure tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else, and he was able to do it. so obviously he's a pretty smart cookie. >> reporter: kim is accused of widespread human rights abuse, yet president trump told bloomberg news that he'd be honored to meet him. white house officials later stipulated that north korea would first need to abandon its nuclear weapons. it is unusual for an american president to publicly empathize with authoritarian leaders. from mr. trump has made aoi
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of praising leaders with an iron grip on power while avoiding condemnation of their abuses. this was candidate trump on russian president vladimir putin. >> if he says great things about me, i'm going to say great things about me. i've already said he's very much of a leader. >> reporter: at the white house last month, with egypt's president abdel sissi. >> you have a great friend and ally in the united states and me. >> reporter: mr. president has also invitessed the president of the philippines, despite overseeing thousands of killings in the name of cracking down on drugs. the obama administration called off a meeting with the president when he called then president obama ason of a bitch. president trump then praised president andrew jackson. >> he was a very tough person, but he had a big heart, and he was really angry that he saw what was
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to the civil war. he said there is no reason for this. people don't ask that question, but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out? >> reporter: jackson died 16 years before the civil war, and, scott, president trump failed to mention that jackson's support for slavery more than 170 years ago continues to haunt his legacy. >> pelley: margaret brennan, thanks. joining us is chief washington correspondent john dickerson with more of his remarkable "face the nation" interview with the president. john? >> reporter: scott, after our sitdown interview, i spoke to president trump in the oval office about the weight of the decisions he has to make as president and whether he has turned to president obama for counsel as he once said he might. george w. bush said the reason the oval office is round is there are no corners you can hide on. >> well, there's truth to that. there is truth to that. there are certainly no corners. you look, there's a certain openness, but there's nobody out there. you know, there is an
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but i've never seen anybody out, there as you can imagine. >> reporter: what he meant is it's all coming back to you. >> sure, sure, sure, it does, but i think that's true anyway, but it does, there's no question. >> reporter: when did that hit you, the magnitude of the office, and that idea that you are, regardless of what happens, the buck stops with you. >> it's the bigness of the office. it's the bigness of the transactions. it's the bigness of the deals. you look at the order of plains. it's bigger than any order of planes. you look at aircraft carriers that cost $10 billion and $12 billion and submarines that cost $5 million to build. it's the magnitude, but most importantly, you know, the decisions like when i made the decision to go with syria, the 59 top hawk missiles, unbelievable technology, we have unbelievable talent, but those are tough decisions. those aren't like decisions that i'm going to buy a building. >> reporter: t
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>> because it's human lives. >> reporter: killing people. >> you're killing people, and you can kill the wrong people, too. you know, those things go off, and they end up in a town or they end up in a city, and you have another tragedy on your hands. so these decisions are unbelievable, you know new york terms of the importance, because it's human. it's killing. i hate it. but things have to be done. >> reporter: how do you learn that skill? who do you call to say, what's it like? >> there's nobody you can call. >> reporter: did president obama give you any advice that was helpful? >> well, he was very nice to me, but after this we've had some difficulties, so it doesn't matter. you know, words are less important to me than deeds. and you saw what happened with surveillance and everybody saw what happened with surveillance. >> reporter: difficulties how? >> well, you saw what happened with surveillance, and i think that was inappropriate. >> reporter: what does that mean? >> you can figure that out yourself. >> reporter: well, the reason i ask, you called him sick and bad. >> look, you
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yourself. he was very nice to me with words, and when i was with him, but after this there has been no relationship. >> reporter: but you stand by that claim about... >> i don't stand by anything, you can take it the way you want. i think our side has been proven very strongly and everybody is talking about it, and frankly, it should be discussed. i think that's a very big sur surveillance of our citizens. i think that's a very big topic, and it's a top thank should be number one, and we should find out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: i just wanted to find out, you're the president of the united states, you said he was sick and bad because he tapped... >> you can take it any way you want. >> reporter: but i'm asking you because you don't want it to be fake news. >> you don't have to ask me. >> reporter: why not? >> i have my own opinions. >> reporter: i want to know your opinions. you're the president of the united states. >> that's enough. thank you. thank you very much.
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it up, after all, john. what did you learn about the president in that meeting? >> reporter: well, we learned that he still thinks president obama is to blame for surveillance of his campaign, even though f.b.i. director and others have said there was no support for president trump's previous claim that the obama administration had wiretapped trump tower. we also learned to identify when the president has had enough. but after the end of that oval office visit, we traveled to harrisburg, pennsylvania, with the president on his plane. he hosted us in his office, there and then we spoke to him later as we continued throughout the rest of the day. >> pelley: one of the things that jumped out at me in the interview was president trump telling you that he would not touch medicare. that was one of his campaign promises. >> reporter: that's right. he said during the campaign that he was not going to touch medicare, but he's modified or reversed several campaign promises, as president, from his position on china to opposition to the export/import bank, for example. in this case members of his own administration, his n
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director and his health and human services secretary have in the past, when they were members of the house, supported modifications to medicare. of course, speaker paul ryan does and is trying to convince the president the change his mind some the president now says as president he is sticking with his campaign pledge. he will not agree to touch medicare for current recipients or future retirees, he said, except to address waste, fraud and abuse. >> pelley: john dickerson, anchor of "face the nation" with the interview that everybody is talking about today. john, thank you. >> reporter: thanks, jot. >> pelley: john's interview also revealed some confusion about what's happening with the republican health care plan at the other end of pennsylvania avenue. our chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes is there. >> preexisting conditions are in the bill, i mandate it. it has to be. >> reporter: in the interview, president trump insisted his party fixes does
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preexisting conditions. >> they're changing it. >> reporter: it will be permanent? >> sure. >> reporter: well, that's development sir. >> reporter: accept it hasn't happened. the g.o.p.'s latest bill does give states the options to let insurers charge sick people more, a move move that brought conservatives but alienated moderate republicans, like pennsylvania's charlie dent. >> well, it could affect people with preexisting condition, and it will make insurance probably much more expensive for them. >> reporter: in harrisburg, pennsylvania, this weekend, president trump pushed his party for a vote. >> and i'll be so angry at congressman kelly and congressman moreno and all of our congressmen in this room if we don't get that damn thing passed quickly. >> reporter: but that was just after he told dickerson that he was actually in no russia. >> take your time. get the good vote, and make it perfect. >> reporter: his chief economic adviser delivered another mixed message on cbs this morning. >> we'llet
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the floor of the house. we're convinced we have the votes. >> reporter: that came as a surprise to republican leaders here on capitol hill who have not scheduled a volt and here's why: scott, cbs news has confirmed that at least 20 house republicans at this point would vote no, and the g.o.p. can only afford to lose 22. >> pelley: and they're leaving town on thursday. nancy cordes on capitol hill for us. thank you, nancy. police in austin, texas, have a suspect in custody in a stabbing spree today at the university of texas. it happened outside a gym. man with a hunting knife killed one person and wounded at least three others. some of them seriously, before surrendering. theiv mote is not known. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," a new study finds bullying in schools is down sharply. but, i smoked and i got heart disease. my tip is; it's hard to serve your country
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bullying in schools. well, tonight, dr. jon lapook tells us a new study shows us it's beginning to pay off. >> good morning, staff and students. >> reporter: the morning announcement at howard high school in ellicott, maryland, start with a heavy dose of pride. >> as always, i hope the lions are ready to roar, at howard high school where we're filling our days with pride. punctuality, respect, excellence. these are characteristics that we feel like every student should be embracing and modeling in their daily lives. >> reporter: principal nick novak says these virtues help students battle bullying. strategies can be as simple as encourages kids to say hello to each other. sophomore emma griffith. >> people in howard are more likely to be inclusive and to be able to talk to people and respect people and everybody in their class, not just who is their friend. >> reporter: today's study is based on following nearly 250,000 maryland children grade four through 12 for
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researchers found those who reported being victims decreased from 29% to 13%. back in 2005, 22% of kids being bullied were physically hit, and 6% were being cyber bullied. by 2014, those numbers dropped to 5% and 4%. professor katherine bradshaw at the university of virginia co-authored the report. >> we have a lot of work left to do. we don't want to take our foot off the gas as it relates to focus on school climate and prevention and using evidence-based practices, so by no means is bullying checked off the list. >> reporter: kids are encouraged to do something when they see it. that could be talking to an adult, comforting the victim or making sure they don't encourage the bully. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook, thanks, doc. coming up, a high school honors student killed by the police. the comfort in knowing where things are headed.
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>> pelley: east of dallas, a spushian police officer is under investigation for shooting to death an unarmed 15-year-old. the police said today that the officers' story doesn't add up. omar villafranca is following this. omar? >> reporter: scott, police were called the a teenage house party when things went wrong. this is the high school freshman who was killed, jordan edwards, a 15-year-old honor student and athlete. now, police initially said the boy was in a car that was backing up aggressively toward police. but today, according to the police chief, jonathan haber, after watching body cam video, the chief says the car was actually moving away from officers when one of them opened fire, hitting edwards. >> i can tell you that i do have questions in relation to my observation on the video. and what is consistent with the policy and core values of the balch springs police department. >> reporter: the teenager's family is calling for the officer to be charged.
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leave. scott, the police chief has not released that body cam video, but he is promising a thorough investigation. >> pelley: omar villafranca, thanks. also in dallas today, first responders came under fire while answering a call about a dispute between neighbors. a paramedic was seriously wounded. he was rescued by a police sergeant who drove him to the hospital in his squad car. hours later a police robot located the gunman dead inside a house and a second body nearby. we'll be right back. your eyes work as hard as you do. but do they need help making more of their own tears? if you have chronic dry eye caused by reduced tear production due to inflammation, restasis multidose™ can help... with continued use twice a day, every day, one drop at a time. restasis multidose™ helps increase your eyes' natural ability to produce tears,
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college degree. >> i graduate from college on may 5th. >> reporter: when do you graduate from high school? >> may 22nd. >> reporter: you heard that right, that's this friday, two weeks before she gets her high school diploma. when people hear, that they go, what? >> they think i'm lying. >> reporter: she did it through online class, year-round community college, and two years at perdue university northwest. her semester-long college courses counted as a full year of high school credits. >> sophomore, that was the most work i had. i had five high school classes, four college classes. >> reporter: raven attends the 21st century charter high school in gary, indiana. it's an o'asis in a city that's seen better days. everyone here is required to take college classes on a college campus in order to graduate. some get just a few credits, but five of this year's 43 graduates earned associates
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then there's raven. what's the graduation rate? >> 100% this year. >> reporter: kevin teasley started the foundation that runs the school. he uses state funding for tuition and transportation to nearby college campuses. >> reporter: the one line i'm i want to see go up every single year is how much i'm spending on college. >> reporter: has that gone up? >> absolutely. when we started it was $10,000. last year it was about $85,000. >> reporter: so how much did you pay for college? >> absolutely nothing. >> reporter: didn't cost you a thing? >> not a time. >> reporter: this fall raven will be back at 21st century charter. >> i'm going to work on some words. >> reporter: instead of paying for college, the school will be paying her salary, $38,000 a year to teach. jericka duncan, cbs news, gary, indiana. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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right now. sit time for president trump to sit down with kim jong un? the president says he would be up for a meeting under the right circumstances. >> but first we have a live look outside. we're under a yellow weather alert for a strong cold front that could be bringing damaging winds and hail over the next few hours. chief meteorologist tracking what you can expect later on. tom. we are looking at a severe thunderstorm watch. technically it does not cover st. maries county beefing to the south and west. it goes until 11:00. this means we were on facebook live explaning the difference between a watch and a warning. a watch means conditions a favorable for severe thunderstorms to develop. if we have a warning, that means they are actually


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