Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – September 21st, 2019 | NBC Nightly News


>>>TONIGHT, DEADLY
TEXAS STORMS. A FIFTH PERSON KILLED
BY THE EPIC
FLOODWATERS. RESCUE MISSIONS UNDER
WAY AT THIS HOUR.
AND THE WARNINGS ABOUT THE HIDDEN DANGERS
UNDER THE FLOOD WATERS
INCLUDING SNAKES AND ALLIGATORS.
19 MILLION MORE
AMERICANS UNDER FLASH FLOOD WATCHES THIS
EVENING.
>>>JOE BIDEN FIRES BACK.
LASHING OUT AT
PRESIDENT TRUMP AMID REPORTS HE PUSHED A
FOREIGN LEADER TO
INVESTIGATE THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT’S SON.
>>THIS APPEARS TO BE
AN OVERWHELMING ABUSE OF POWER.
>>THE NEW CALLS FOR
IMPEACHMENT TODAY. >>>PANIC AT FRIDAY
NIGHT FOOTBALL.
SHOTS FIRED AT THIS HIGH SCHOOL GAME.
PLAYERS AND FANS
RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES.
SIMILAR SCENES
HAPPENING AT GAMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
>>>A SCHOOL BUS
NIGHTMARE. >>SHE’S WOBBLING AND
HER EYES YOU CAN TELL
SHE WAS DRUNK. >>A POTENTIAL TRAGEDY
AVERTED AFTER A LITTLE
BOY CALLED THE COPS WHEN THE DRIVER
STARTED ACTING
STRANGE. AND IT HAD HAPPENED
BEFORE.
>>>AND THE HERO AT THE MALL.
THE KIDDIE TRAIN
ENGINEER SOME CREDIT WITH SAVING LIVES.
>>AND THE CAR CAME
RIGHT PAST THE CHA CHAO TRAIN.
HE’S THE REAL HERO.
>>AS AN SUV TORE THROUGH A SHOPPING
CENTER.
>>Announcer: THIS IS NBC “NIGHTLY NEWS”
WITH JOSE DIAZ-BALART.
>>>GOOD EVENING. WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH
THE DEADLY FLOODING
DISASTER IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS.
AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE
HAVE DIED SINCE TROPICAL STORM IMELDA
BEGAN POUNDING THE
HOUSTON AREA. RESIDENTS ACROSS THE
REGION FORCED TO FLEE
THEIR HOMES AS FLOODWATERS POURED IN,
TURNING STREETS INTO
RIVERS, AND THE DANGEROUS SYSTEM IS ON
THE MOVE.
AT THIS HOUR THERE ARE FLASH FLOOD WATCHES
FROM WESTERN TEXAS ALL
THE WAY UP TO WISCONSIN.
19 MILLION PEOPLE ARE
UNDER THREAT. NBC’S MORGAN CHESKY IS
IN HUFFTON, TEXAS JUST
NORTH OF HOUSTON. MORGAN, IS THE WATER
STILL CUTTING OFF
ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS THERE?
>>Reporter: JOSE, IT
CERTAINLY IS. WE’RE STANDING BY A
ROAD THAT IS STILL
SUBMERGED MAKING IT TOUGH FOR FAMILIES TO
GO BACK TO CHECK ON
THEIR HOMES. AND EVEN LOVED ONES
WHO CHOSE NOT TO
EVACUATE AS THOSE WATERS ROSE.
WE KNOW THAT RESCUE
EFFORTS HAVE BEEN ONGOING THROUGHOUT THE
DAY AND THE KEY
MESSAGE FROM OFFICIALS TONIGHT, EVEN THOUGH
THE LEVELS ARE
DROPPING THE DANGER IS STILL VERY REAL.
TONIGHT IN SOUTHEAST
TEXAS, TESTING DANGEROUS WATERS.
THOUSANDS FIGHTING
FLOODED ROADS TO GET BACK HOME AFTER A
STORM THAT FELT TOO
FAMILIAR. >>DID YOU EVER THINK
YOU’D SEE THIS AGAIN?
>>NO. NEVER.
NEVER, EVER THOUGHT IT
WOULD EVER FLOOD AGAIN.
>>Reporter: NELDA
DOYLE HAD TO SEE THE DAMAGE FOR HERSELF.
TWO YEARS AFTER SHE
DID THE EXACT SAME FOR HURRICANE HARVEY.
WHAT DID HARVEY LEAVE
YOU WITH? >>WELL, A BROKEN
HEART AND A DEVASTATED
HOME. >>Reporter: LIKE
HARVEY, NO ONE
ANTICIPATED IMELDA WOULD DUMP SO MUCH
RAIN SO FAST.
IN SOME AREAS UP TO 43 INCHES IN JUST THREE
DAYS.
PUTTING ROADS AND NEARLY WHOLE TOWNS
UNDERWATER.
EVEN WITH THE WORST OF THE STORM OVER, ONE OF
THE BIGGEST THREATS
REMAINS A FAST-MOVING CURRENT, PROMPTING
WATER RESCUES ALL
ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS.
>>THAT WATER’S
UNFORGIVING WHEN IT’S MOVING THAT FAST.
A LOT OF TIMES YOU
DON’T REALIZE IT UNTIL YOU’RE IN IT.
WE LOCATED ONE
GENTLEMAN IN A TREE. WE HAD ANOTHER
GENTLEMAN ON A LOG.
HE WAS HOLDING ON TO A LOG.
AND WE RESCUED BOTH OF
THOSE. >>Reporter: DOZENS OF
OTHERS HOISTED TO
SAFETY BY THE COAST GUARD.
OFFICIALS ALSO WARNING
OF DOWNED POWER LINES. TONIGHT AS FLOOD
WARNINGS STAY IN PLACE
MANY FACE THE MASSIVE TASK OF TRACKING DOWN
WHAT WAS WASHED AWAY.
AND CLEANING UP THE MESS FROM YET ANOTHER
STORM.
FOR THE DOYLE FAMILY THEIR FEARS FADED.
WITH THEIR FIRST LOOK
INSIDE. >>OH, THANK YOU,
LORD.
>>Reporter: THE MINOR WATER DAMAGE A
BLESSING.
KEEPING THE FAMILY HOME INTACT.
FOR NOW.
>>SO KNOWING THAT I DON’T HAVE TO GO DOWN
THAT TOUGH ROAD AGAIN
IS JUST — OH, IT’S JUST WONDERFUL.
JUST SO WONDERFUL.
>>MORGAN, WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST ISSUES
PEOPLE IN THE HOUSTON
AREA ARE FACING IN THE DAYS AHEAD?
>>Reporter: YEAH,
JOSE. WATER DAMAGE NOT THE
ONLY CONCERN.
I’M TOLD PEOPLE WHO HAVE WELLS SHOULD
CONSIDER THAT WATER
CONTAMINATED UNTIL THEY CAN PROVE IT IS
INDEED SAFETY TO
DRINK. MEANWHILE, OFFICIALS
SAY THAT WITH THESE
RISING WATERS COMES WILDLIFE, SPECIFICALLY
PEOPLE NEED TO KEEP AN
EYE OUT FOR SNAKES AND, YES, EVEN
ALLIGATORS.
JOSE? >>MORGAN CHESKY IN
HUFFMAN, TEXAS.
THANK YOU. >>>TO POLITICS NOW
AND NEW REPORTS THAT
PRESIDENT TRUMP REPEATEDLY PRESSURED
UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT TO
INVESTIGATE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE
BIDEN’S SON.
NOW BIDEN IS FIGHTING BACK.
OUR WHITE HOUSE
CORRESPONDENT HANS NICHOLS HAS THE
DETAILS.
>>Reporter: TONIGHT A FIERY JOE BIDEN ON
OFFENSE, ATTACKING
PRESIDENT TRUMP AMID REPORTS THE PRESIDENT
PRESSURED HIS
UKRAINIAN COUNTERPART TO INVESTIGATE BIDEN’S
SON.
>>YOU SHOULD BE ASKING HIM THE
QUESTIONS.
WHY IS HE ON THE PHONE WITH A FOREIGN LEADER
TRYING TO INTIMIDATE A
FOREIGN LEADER? >>Reporter: BIDEN’S
COMMENTS COMING AFTER
THE “WALL STREET JOURNAL” REPORTED MR.
TRUMP PRESSED
UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY
EIGHT TIMES IN A JULY
25th PHONE CALL TO WORK WITH HIS PERSONAL
LAWYER RUDY GIULIANI
TO INVESTIGATE HUNTER BIDEN FOR HIS
UKRAINIAN BUSINESS
DEALINGS, ACCORDING TO PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH
THE MATTER.
>>TRUMP’S DOING THIS BECAUSE HE KNOWS I’LL
BEAT HIM LIKE A DRUM.
AND HE’S USING THE ABUSE OF POWER AND
EVERY ELEMENT OF THE
PRESIDENCY TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO SMEAR
ME.
>>Reporter: TODAY THE PRESIDENT AGAIN
DEFENDED HIS PHONE
CALL. “CALL IT THE UKRAINE
WITCH HUNT,” HE
TWEETED. “NOTHING WAS SAID THAT
WAS IN ANY WAY WRONG.”
AND UKRAINE’S FOREIGN MINISTER TODAY
DISPUTING REPORTS OF
ANY PRESSURE FROM MR. TRUMP.
“THIS CONVERSATION WAS
LONG, FRIENDLY, AND IT TOUCHED ON MANY
QUESTIONS.”
WITH CONTINUING CONCERNS ABOUT WHY THE
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
DELAYED MILITARY AID FOR UKRAINE.
LAST NIGHT THE
PENTAGON ANNOUNCED THE U.S. WILL DEPLOY
ADDITIONAL TROOPS AND
MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO SAUDI ARABIA AFTER ITS
OIL FIELDS WERE
ATTACKED LAST WEEK. >>THE PRESIDENT HAS
APPROVED THE
DEPLOYMENT OF U.S. FORCES WHICH WILL BE
DEFENSIVE IN NATURE
AND PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON AIR AND MISSILE
DEFENSE.
>>Reporter: THE SAUDIS TONIGHT STILL
TRYING DETERMINE WHERE
THE HOSTILE MISSILES CAME FROM.
>>WE HOLD IRAN
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK, BUT WE ARE
INVESTIGATING WHERE
THE LAUNCH EMANATED FROM.
>>HANS, TURNING BACK
TO THE UKRAINE STORY, THERE WAS A NEW CALL
FOR IMPEACHMENT TODAY.
>>Reporter: YEAH. LATE THIS EVENING
SENATOR ELIZABETH
WARREN RENEWED HER CALL TO BEGIN
IMPEACHMENT
PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND
APPEARED TO REFERENCE
UKRAINE SAYING TRUMP HAS SOLICITED ANOTHER
FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO
ATTACK OUR ELECTION SYSTEM.
JOSE?
>>HANS NICHOLS AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
THANK YOU.
>>>A POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE RATTLED THE
WEST COAST OF ALBANIA
TODAY. THIS IS WHAT IS LEFT
BEHIND IN THE CAPITAL
CITY OF TIRANA. BUILDINGS CRUMBLED AND
THERE’S RUBBLE THROUGH
THE STREETS. THE PRELIMINARY
MAGNITUDE WAS 5.8.
AT LEAST 68 PEOPLE WERE INJURED BUT SO
FAR NO REPORTS OF ANY
DEATHS. >>>HIGH SCHOOL
FOOTBALL IS A FRIDAY
NIGHT MAINSTAY HERE IN THE U.S.
BUT FOR THE FIFTH WEEK
IN A ROW SHOTS HAVE BEEN FIRED AT FOOTBALL
GAMES ACROSS THE
COUNTRY. LAST NIGHT IN
PHILADELPHIA PANICKED
CROWDS SCRAMBLED FOR THEIR LIVES.
KATHY PARK HAS THIS
REPORT. >>Reporter: PANIC AT
A FRIDAY NIGHT
FOOTBALL GAME IN NORTH PHILADELPHIA.
A MAD DASH TO GET AWAY
FROM GUNFIRE. >>IT’S CRAZY.
IT WAS JUST
PANDEMONIUM. THE KIDS DIDN’T KNOW
WHAT TO DO.
THEY WERE CRYING. >>Reporter: HUNDREDS
SWARMED THE FIELD WHEN
POLICE SAY SHOTS RANG OUT JUST BEFORE 8:00
P.
P.M., CUTTING THIS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
GAME SHORT.
>>SHOOTING AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD.
THERE’S A LOT OF KIDS.
ABOUT 200 JUVENILES OUT THERE.
ALL RUNNING.
>>Reporter: IN THIS VIDEO YOU CAN HEAR THE
ANNOUNCER TRYING TO
CALM THE CROWD. >>EVERYBODY ON THE
STANDS.
PLEASE, YOU CAN SIT BACK DOWN.
>>Reporter: A PAIR OF
TEENAGE BOYS WERE RUSHED TO THE
HOSPITAL.
ONE SHOT IN THE FOOT, THE OTHER IN THE LEG.
THEY ARE NOW IN STABLE
CONDITION. SINCE AUGUST SHOOTINGS
HAVE HAPPENED AT OR
NEAR FOOTBALL GAMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
TWO PEOPLE INCLUDING A
CHILD WERE HURT AT A PEEWEE FOOTBALL GAME
IN FORT WORTH LAST
SATURDAY. MORE THAN TWO WEEKS
AGO A SHOOTING DURING
A GAME IN PITTSBURGH KILLED A MAN.
AND LAST MONTH TEN
PEOPLE WERE SHOT IN MOBILE.
>>WE COULD GO BACK
20, 30, 40, 50 YEARS. THERE’S ALWAYS FIGHTS
AT HIGH SCHOOL
FOOTBALL GAMES. THE DIFFERENCE IS WE
ADDED IN 200 MILLION
MORE GUNS. >>Reporter: FRIDAY’S
VIOLENT NIGHT IN
PHILLY IS NOW PART OF A TROUBLING TREND AS
THE FOOTBALL SEASON
GETS UNDER WAY. >>KATHY, DO WE HAVE
ANY UPDATES ON WHAT
HAPPENED? HAVE THERE BEEN ANY
ARRESTS?
>>YEAH, THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF
QUESTIONS ABOUT WHO
DID THIS AND WHY. AND POLICE SAY THEY
HAVEN’T MADE ANY
ARRESTS AND THEY STILL HAVEN’T RECOVERED A
WEAPON EITHER.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>>WE ARE FINDING OUT
MORE TONIGHT ABOUT THAT TERRIFYING
INCIDENT AT A CHICAGO
AREA MALL WHEN A MAN PLOWED HIS SUV THROUGH
CROWDS OF SHOPPERS.
AND WE’RE LEARNING ABOUT A SURPRISING
HERO.
THE ENGINEER OF THE MALL’S KIDDIE TRAIN.
BLAYNE ALEXANDER HAS
MORE. >>YO, THIS IS NOT
HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
>>Reporter: IT’S THE MOMENT A MALL TRIP
TURNED TO MAYHEM.
>>WE’RE GETTING A LOT OF CALLS RIGHT NOW
ABOUT A MAN IN A
TRAILBLAZER, A BLACK TRAILBLAZER, DRIVING
THROUGH THE MALL RIGHT
NOW. >>Reporter: AT THE
WOODFIELD MALL JUST
NORTH OF CHICAGO TERRIFIED SHOPPERS
SCRAMBLING OUT OF THE
WAY. THE BLACK SUV PLOWED
INTO THE SEARS
ENTRANCE, THEN STRAIGHT THROUGH THE
MIDDLE OF THE MALL.
>>I WAS RIGHT IN HERE WITH A CUSTOMER.
SO HE COULD HAVE RUN
US OVER EASILY. >>HE JUST LOOKED VERY
STOIC.
THERE WAS SOMETHING NOT RIGHT ABOUT HIM.
>>Reporter: DIRECTLY
IN HIS PATH, WITNESSES SAY, A KIDS’ TRAIN.
ITS DRIVER HERALDED AS
AN UNLIKELY HERO. ZWLE SAW THE CAR
COMING.
HE TOOK ALL THE KIDS OUT AND PUT THEM TO
SAFETY.
HE’S THE REAL HERO. >>TOLD EVERYBODY GET
OUT THE WAY, GET OUT
THE WAY. HE WAS A REAL HELP.
IT COULD HAVE BEEN
REALLY TRAGIC. >>Reporter: WHEN
POLICE ARRIVED THEY
FOUND THE 22-YEAR-OLD DRIVER, QUICKLY
ARRESTING HIM.
>>OH, MY GOD. >>Reporter: OFFICIALS
SAY THERE’S NO
INDICATION OF A TERRORIST PLOT, BUT
THEY’RE STILL LOOKING
INTO WHAT HAPPENED. >>ONE OF THE
POSSIBILITIES THAT WE
ARE INVESTIGATING, THAT THIS WAS — THAT
THERE WAS SOME TYPE OF
MEDICAL ISSUE INVOLVED HERE.
>>Reporter: POLICE
REPORTING ONLY MINOR INJURIES.
TONIGHT THE MALL BACK
IN BUSINESS AFTER A TERRIFYING AFTERNOON.
BLAYNE ALEXANDER, NBC
NEWS. >>>AND NOW TO AN NBC
NEWS EXCLUSIVE.
AN INTERNAL REPORT BY THE CUSTOMS AND BORDER
PROTECTION AGENCY ON
WHAT EXACTLY IS CAUSING THE MASS
MIGRATION FROM CENTRAL
AMERICA TO THE UNITED STATES.
THEIR ANSWER INVOLVES
THE WEATHER AND ITS EFFECTS ON CROPS
THERE.
NBC’S JACOB SOBOROFF WENT TO GUATEMALA TO
INVESTIGATE.
>>Reporter: THE ROOTS OF GUATEMALA’S
MIGRATION CRISIS ARE
HERE IN THEIR ONCE FERTILE FARMLANDS, NOW
DRIED OUT.
MANY WHO HAVE LEFT WERE IN THE COFFEE
BUSINESS LIKE THIS
FARMER. HE SAYS HE’S BARELY
SURVIVING BY SELLING
BANANAS INSTEAD. YOU KNOW AT LEAST 100
PEOPLE THAT LEFT FOR
THE UNITED STATES? >>Translator: NO LESS
THAN 100 PEOPLE.
>>Reporter: THEY’VE BEEN HARD HIT BY
DROUGHT AND A
PLANT-KILLING FUNGUS FUELED BY CLIMATE
CHANGE.
CHIQUIMULA THIS VILLAGE LEADER TOOK TO
US I ACOFFEE FARM.
>>Translator: THIS IS THE FUNGUS.
IT IS THE CONSEQUENCE
OF DROUGHT IN GUATEMALA.
BEFORE THERE WERE
REALLY GOOD-PAYING JOBS.
>>Reporter: HIS
COFFEE PLANTS PREVIOUSLY AS GOOD AS
CASH, NOW WORTHLESS.
THIS IS ELIZABETH. WE’VE MADE IT TO HER
FARM AND SHE’S SHOWING
US WHAT SHE GROWS HERE.
OR I GUESS MORE
ACCURATELY WHAT’S NOT GROWING HERE ANYMORE.
>>Reporter: IN ZACAPA
A SIMILAR STORY. >>MAIZ?
?
SI. MAIZ.
>>THIS IS CORN.
AND I WOULD SAY THIS CORN IS DEAD.
>>Reporter: PRESIDENT
TRUMP HAS CUT FOREIGN AID TO GUATEMALA
INCLUDING TO
U.S.A.I.D. FOR RURAL FARMERS.
DEMANDING THE COUNTRY
DO MORE TO STEM THE MIGRATION TO THE U.S.
THIS DESPITE AN
INTERNAL REPORT OBTAINED BY NBC NEWS
BY HIS OWN CUSTOMS AND
BORDER PROTECTION THAT STATES THE
OVERWHELMING FACTOR
DRIVING THIS RECORD-SETTING
MIGRATION IS CROP
SHORTAGES, LEAVING ITS PEOPLE IN EXTREME
POVERTY AND STARVING.
BACK IN CHIQUIMULA THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM,
WHICH DOESN’T RELY ON
U.S. FUNDS, BROUGHT TO US THIS SCHOOL BECAUSE
LAST YEAR FIVE KIDS IN
THE VILLAGE DIED OF STARVATION BROUGHT ON
BY CLIMATE-INDUCED
CROP FAILURE. MANY OF THEIR PARENTS
HAVE LEFT FOR THE
UNITED STATES FOR HELP.
NOW IN AN EMERGENCY
RESPONSE THE NGO IS FEEDING THE KIDS HERE.
EVERY ONE OF THESE
KIDS IS RAISING THEIR HAND RIGHT NOW, KNOWS
SOMEBODY WHO’S LEFT TO
GO TO THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THEY
COULDN’T SURVIVE HERE.
WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT WENT TO THE UNITED
STATES?
>>MI PAPA. >>PAPA.
>>Reporter: A
FAMILIAR STORY FOR THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF
GUATEMALANS LEAVING ON
ROADS JUST LIKE THIS TO THE UNITED STATES.
SOURCES HERE ON THE
GROUND IN GUATEMALA CITY SAY THAT THE
DEFUNDING OF THOSE
FOREIGN AID PROJECTS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN
LEAVING COMMUNITIES
THROUGHOUT GUATEMALA LOOKING FOR ANOTHER
OPTION TO STOP
STARVATION THAT IS AFFLICTING THEIR
RESIDENTS.
JOSE? >>JACOB SOBOROFF IN
GUATEMALA CITY.
THANK YOU. >>>A BILLIONAIRE
INVESTOR WHO RECENTLY
PLEDGED TO PAY OFF HUNDREDS OF STUDENT
LOANS HAS A NEW
SURPRISE. BACK IN MAY ROBERT F.
SMITH ANNOUNCED HE WAS
PAYING BACK LOANS FOR ATLANTA’S MOREHOUSE
COLLEGE CLASS OF 2019.
ABOUT $34 MILLION WORTH.
THE STUDENTS WENT WILD
AND NOW WE KNOW THE MONEY WILL ALSO PAY
OFF ANY LOANS THE
PARENTS TOOK OUT TO FUND THEIR KIDS’
EDUCATION.
>>>UP NEXT, A SCHOOL BUS NIGHTMARE.
A LITTLE BOY CALLING
911 ON THE DRIVER. >>SHE’S LIKE WOBBLING
AND THEN HER EYES, YOU
CAN TELL SHE WAS DRUNK.
>>>ALSO A PHOTO THAT
>>>A YOUNG BOY IS
BEING CREDITED WITH
SAVING LIVES AFTER HE CALLED 911 LAST WEEK
WHEN HE BELIEVED HIS
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER WAS DRUNK.
AND THIS WASN’T THE
FIRST TIME A CHILD HAS REPORTED A BUS DRIVER
FOR DRINKING.
MATT BRADLEY HAS THE REPORT.
>>Reporter: IT’S
EVERY PARENT’S NIGHTMARE.
>>THE BUS DRIVER,
KATHERINE, SHE WAS DRUNK.
BECAUSE SHE PASSED
THREE RED LIGHTS AND SHE GOT ON THE BYE
ROAD.
>>Reporter: THE 10-YEAR-OLD BOY CALLED
911 AFTER HE SNIFFED
OUT HIS BUS DRIVER WAS DRUNK.
>>SHE’S LIKE WOBBLING
AND THEN HER EYES YOU CAN TELL SHE WAS
DRUNK.
>>DID SHE SMELL OF ALCOHOL?
>>YEAH.
HER BREATH SORT OF SMELLS LIKE ALCOHOL.
>>Reporter: THE BOY
PHONED AUTHORITIES, URGED BY HIS MOTHER,
WHO DOESN’T SPEAK
ENGLISH. POLICE TRACKED DOWN
AND ARRESTED THE
48-YEAR-OLD DRIVER CATHERINE MACARON.
SHE’S BEING
INVESTIGATED FOR DUI AND RECKLESS
ENDANGERMENT.
LONGVIEW OFFICIALS SAY SHE HAD ALREADY DRIVEN
TWO BUSLOADS OF KIDS
THAT DAY. A TOTAL OF 90
STUDENTS.
THE INCIDENT LEFT LONGVIEW PARENTS
SHAKEN.
>>HITS YOU PRETTY HARD.
I MEAN, IT’S MY KIDS’
LIFE ENDANGERED. >>Reporter: LONGVIEW
SCHOOLS’
SUPERINTENDENT SAID IN A STATEMENT THE
DISTRICT WOULD
IMPLEMENT AN IMPROVED PROCESS FOR SCREENING
DRIVERS PRIOR TO
DRIVING THEIR ROUTES EACH DAY.
“THE SAFETY AND
SECURITY OF OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF IS
A TOP PRIORITY.”
BUT IT’S NOT THE FIRST TIME BUS DRIVERS HAVE
BEEN ACCUSED OF
DRIVING DRUNK. IN MAY OF LAST YEAR A
16-YEAR-OLD ALABAMA
BOY TIPPED OFF HIS MOTHER THAT HIS BUS
DRIVER WAS DRUNK AFTER
SHE’D BEEN DRIVING ERRATICALLY.
AND SLURRING HER
WORDS. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT
AND A DUI. AND EARLIER IN YEAR IN
PENNSYLVANIA A BUS
DRIVER WAS CHARGED WITH 26 COUNTS OF
ENDANGERING THE
WELFARE OF CHILDREN AND ONE COUNT OF DUI.
>>SHOULD WE FOLLOW
HER? >>Reporter: AFTER
POLICE SAY SHE LEFT
KIDS STRANDED AT A GAS STATION.
DUI CHARGES WERE LATER
DROPPED. ADDING CONCERN FOR
PARENTS AS CHILDREN
HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL. MATT BRADLEY, NBC
NEWS.
>>>UP NEXT, MYSTERY OF THE DEEP.
WHAT HAS BEEN KILLING
THE ONCE BEAUTIFUL CORAL REEFS OFF THE
COAST OF FLORIDA?
>>>AND IT’S ALL >>>WE’RE BACK NOW
WITH WORD OF A LATE
SUMMER SHARK SCARE THAT A SURFER SAYS WAS
PURE SHOCK.
THIS PHOTO TIMED PERFECTLY SHOWS THE
MOMENTS WHEN A SURFER
NEAR CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS TURNED
AND SAW THE GREAT
WHITE PASSING NEARBY YESTERDAY.
THE SURFER PADDLED
BACK TO SHORE UNHARMED.
>>>A PRAYER VIGIL IS
PLANNED TONIGHT FOR A MISSILE NEW JERSEY
5-YEAR-OLD.
LITTLE DULCE MARIA ALAVEZ WAS LAST SEEN
ON MONDAY PLAYING AT A
PARK IN BRIDGETON WHEN POLICE SAY SHE WAS
SNATCHED BY A MAN IN A
RED VAN. AN AMBER ALERT WAS
ISSUED.
THE FBI IS ALSO INVESTIGATING.
THE COMMUNITY HAS
ASSISTED IN THE SEARCH FOR DULCE.
A $35,000 REWARD IS
BEING OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO
HER WHEREABOUTS.
>>>HERE AT NBC WE HAVE BEEN BRINGING YOU
A SERIES OF REPORTS
EXAMINING THE CLIMATE IN CRISIS.
BUT AN IMPORTANT
MEASURE OF IMPACT IS OFTEN OUT OF SIGHT.
DEEP BENEATH THE SEA.
OUR KERRY SANDERS WENT DIVING OFF THE COAST
OF FLORIDA TO SHOW US
WHAT’S THREATENING THE FRAGILE ECOSYSTEM
UNDERWATER.
>>Reporter: JUST SIX MILES OFF THE ATLANTIC
COAST IN THE FLORIDA
KEYS A VIEW TO BEHOLD. A 300,000-YEAR-OLD
CORAL REEF THAT TO THE
UNTRAINED EYE APPEARS TO BE THRIVING.
DR. BRIAN LAPOINTE, A
RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC
UNIVERSITY, STUDIED
THIS REEF FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS.
WE WENT DIVING TO SEE
THE DEVASTATION FIRSTHAND.
>>HOW SAD ARE YOU
WHEN YOU SEE WHAT THE WHEN YOU SEE WHAT THE
CORAL LOOKS LIKE TODAY
VERSUS 30 YEARS AGO? SIDE-BY-SIDE VIEWS
CHARTED OVER THE LAST
THREE DECADES BEST SHOW THE DECLINE.
THIS LOOKS BEAUTIFUL
TO ME. WHAT DID IT USED TO
LOOK LIKE?
>>WELL, IT USED TO BE COVERED WITH ELCORN
CORAL THAT CAME RIGHT
UP TO THE SURFACE. >>Reporter: BREAKING
THE SURFACE.
YOU COULD SEE IT? >>THESE WERE
BEAUTIFUL BROWN
BRANCHING CORALS. OVER 90% OF THAT CORAL
IS GONE.
>>Reporter: WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
FOR YEARS SCIENTISTS
THOUGHT IT WAS SIMPLY WARMING OCEAN WATERS
AND UNUSUALLY HIGH
LEVELS OF SAL INT, A COMBINATION IT WAS
THOUGHT THAT WEAKENED
CORALS AND MADE THEM SUSCEPTIBLE TO DEADLY
DISEASES.
>>THE TEMPERATURE LOOKS TO BE ABOUT 30.6
DEGREES C.
>>Reporter: BUT LAPOINTE FOUND
MULTIPLE YEARS WITH
LOWER WATER TEMPERATURES AND NO
SIGNIFICANT
FLUCTUATIONS IN SALINITY.
YET CORALS WERE STILL
DYING. HE ZEROED IN ON A
DEEPER LEVEL OF
CLIMATE CHANGE. NITROGEN.
IN LAB TESTS WATER
WITH NITROGEN TURNS GREEN.
ABSENT NITROGEN,
YELLOW. >>WHAT WE HAVE FOUND
IS IT’S A LITTLE MORE
COMPLICATED THAN JUST TEMPERATURE ALONE.
THE PLANET IS WARMING
BUT IT’S ALSO SIMULTANEOUSLY BEING
ENRICHED WITH REACTIVE
NITROGEN. >>Reporter: NITROGEN
THAT COMES IN PART
FROM WHAT’S DRIVING CLIMATE CHANGE.
FOSSIL FUELS.
NITROGEN ALSO FROM AGRICULTURAL RUNOFF.
AND IN UNTREATED WASTE
WATER. >>LIKE ALL SCIENCE
IT’S COMPLICATED.
>>IT’S COMPLICATED. >>Reporter: WHAT’S
NOT COMPLICATED IS
WHAT IS VISIBLE DOWN BELOW.
THIS IS THE LAST
ELCORN CORAL HERE. AND SCIENTISTS SAY
GROWING BACK WHAT WAS
ONCE HERE IF EVEN POSSIBLE WOULD TAKE
ANOTHER 300,000 YEARS.
KERRY SANDERS, NBC NEWS, LOU KEY,
FLORIDA.
>>>WHEN WE COME BACK, FLORIDA.
>>>WHEN WE COME BACK,
>>>FINALLY TONIGHT, LIKE FATHER LIKE SON. AN INSPIRING STORY
ABOUT TWO POLICE
OFFICERS, ONE’S SECOND CAREER AND A SHARED
DEDICATION TO SERVICE.
BUT THERE’S A TWIST. AT AGE 64 GRANDFATHER
OF 13 JIM GRAY SR. HAS
STARTED HIS SECOND ACT.
>>HERE’S DADDY
HELPING PAPA WITH HIS RACE CAR.
>>Reporter: HE’S
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS SON,
JIMMY JR.
THE PAIR NOW CO-WORKERS ON THE
POLICE FORCE ABOUT AN
HOUR NORTH OF NEW ORLEANS IN HAMMOND,
LOUISIANA.
>>BEING TOGETHER IS JUST BEYOND WORDS.
>>Reporter: JIM SR.
GRADUATED FROM THE ACADEMY WITH HONORS
JUST LAST MONTH.
AND NOW HE’S A VOLUNTEER RESERVE WITH
THE SQUAD.
HIS INSPIRATION? JUNIOR.
A COP SINCE 2009 BUT
NOW KNOWN AROUND THE STATION AS SERGEANT
GRAY.
>>IT’S BEEN AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE SO
FAR.
I’M TRAINED BY ONE OF WHAT I CONSIDER THE
BEST IN THE BUSINESS.
>>Reporter: THE NEWEST RECRUIT GETTING
RAVE REVIEWS.
>>I’VE ALWAYS GONE TO HIM FOR ADVICE ANYWAY.
SO HE’S FITTING GREAT
INTO HIS NEW ROLE. HE ALWAYS KNOWS THE
RIGHT THING TO SAY AT
THE RIGHT TIME. AND I CAN BOUNCE STUFF
OFF THIS GUY TOO.
HE’S GOT A BIT OF HISTORY BEHIND HIM.
>>Reporter: WHETHER
IT’S ON PATROL OR WORKING THE BEAT.
>>WE’RE PROBABLY TWO
MINUTES OUT. >>Reporter: THEY
SHARE MORE THAN JUST
BLOOD. A PROFOUND DEDICATION
TO COMMUNITY AND EACH
OTHER. >>I WANT TO BE A
PEACE OFFICER BECAUSE
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE TO DO.
I LIKE TO BRING PEACE
TO EVERYBODY IN THIS PARISH.
>>WHEN THE PERSON
BACKING YOU UP IS YOUR FATHER, YOU KNOW HE’S
GOING TO BE THERE.
100%. NOBODY’S GOING TO HURT
MY DADDY.
WE’RE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.
>>Reporter: CAPTAIN
JIM RICHARDSON SAYS THIS PAIR MAKES HIS
TEAM STRONGER.
>>WE WELCOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR
FAMILIES BECAUSE IT
KIND OF BRINGS EVERYBODY TOGETHER,
BONDS EVERYBODY.
>>Reporter: BUT NO MATTER WHO’S THE BOSS,
IN THIS CRIME-FIGHTING
FAMILY SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE.
>>I WANTED TO BE JUST
LIKE MY DAD WHEN I WAS LITTLE.
I STILL WANT TO BE
LIKE HIM. >>AND THAT’S NBC
“NIGHTLY NEWS” FOR
THIS SATURDAY. ON TOMORROW’S SHOW
WITH KATE SNOW THE
ENDURING LEGACY OF “THE SHAWSHANK
REDEMPTION” 25 YEARS
AFTER ITS RELEASE. I’M JOSE DIAZ-BALART
REPORTING FROM NEW
YORK. THANK YOU FOR THE
PRIVILEGE OF YOUR
TIME, AND GOOD NIGHT.

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