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gee, this is fun. how much is this again-- a million bucks? you know, maybe i'll just buy one of these. everybody's going to die. (sharks laugh) they can tell, they saw george floyd under the cop's knee, and it was clear i'm shepard smith, this is the news on cnbc paramedics responding to the george floyd 911 call tell jurors what they saw when they arrived on scene. >> i didn't see him moving or breathing. >> in lay terms, i thought he was dead. >> and emotional testimony as the victim's girlfriend takes the stand. day four in the trial of derek chauvin. got your shot, still immune six months later what about the variants, now we know more. pfizer announcing findings from its phase three vaccine trial.
yet again in america, a gunman kills a 9-year-old boy and at least three others, uses bike locks to prevent police from responding. the latest in a wave of mass shootings. it blocked the suez canal and disrupted global trade, now the ever given boarded by investigators. the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith back in 60 seconds >> actually, we're here now. and good evening it looked like george floyd was already dead when the ambulance arrived and police officers were still on top of him. that's what we heard today from the responding paramedics who tried but in vain to save george floyd's life they testified in the murder trial of the now fired minneapolis cop derek chauvin. one of the paramedics described how he checked george floyd's pulse while officers were still on top of him, and floyd was in handcuffs. >> i noticed he wasn't moving. i didn't see any chest rise or fall. >> you didn't feel or detect a
pulse? >> did not detect a pulse. >> and what did his condition appear to be to you overall? >> in lay terms, i thought he was dead. >> what did you do next? >> i kind of looked for my partner and told him, i think he's dead. i want to move this. >> the paramedics testified they tried chest compression on george floyd and shocked him with a defibrillator nothing worked here's nbc's jay gray. >> fighting through tears george floyd's girlfriend tells jurors she was at a difficult time in her life when they first met >> i'm sorry he said can i pray with you? >> from the witness stand courtney ross discusses their three-year relationship acknowledging she and floyd battled opioid addiction,
something defense attorneys pressed on during cross examination. >> it was your belief that mr. floyd started using again about two weeks prior to his death, correct? >> i noticed a change in his behavior, yes. >> later, a recently retired police supervisor who was on duty and arrived at the scene after floyd's death was pushed by prosecutors about chauvin's use of force. >> when mr. floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers they could have ended their restraint. >> and that was after he was handcuffed and on the ground and no longer resistant. >> correct >> his testimony ending another tense and highly emotional day in this minneapolis courtroom. yeah, and look, legal observers now say that this day may have pointed to what's been an anticipated shift in this trial by the prosecution, shep they called in a lot of experts here dealing with medical issues
as well as policing. that's expected to be the tone as they move forward >> jay gray, thank you david henderson now, civil rights attorney, former prosecutor, cnbc contributor david, derek chauvin's former police supervisor testified that he should have ended restraint after floyd stopped resisting. how big of an impact will that moment have on the outcome of this trial >> shep, that's going to have a huge impact on the outcome of the trial, and not just because of what he said but because of who said it. this is kind of like the family rule i can say things about my family you can't say things about my family the police can say things about the police that other people can't, so it's not just what was said, but who said it. >> and an emt said that the cops were still on top of george floyd while they were checking his pulse, and that officers just wouldn't remove themselves. you wonder how the defense is going to deal with that? >> despite everything that's
been said so far, shep, that's the most important testimony so far. and when this trial is all said and done, i think that the second emt that you heard from, derek smith will end up being the most important witness because not only did he say that, he also said there is no reason they could not have started doing chest compressions that's a nail in the coffin. >> a nail in the coffin right there? >> i think so because when doctors look at this footage, one of the things they typically say is why aren't they trying to revive him, and smith also said that smith said he's a human being. i wanted to give him a second chance at life chauvin has to come up with a really good reason why he didn't do the same thing. >> you say chauvin has to come up with it, not his lawyers. you're saying again for the fourth day he's got to testify >> and it just gets worse and worse for him as the case goes on, shep, yes. i think that derek smith, again, my money's on him for being the most important witness in the case because we already heard it's going to be a battle of experts at the end of the day, right? the emts turn the tide they're not interested in the case
smith didn't seem like he even wanted to be there he don't have a dog in the fight. >> he's just there as a medic. that's his job, he's not a professional witness or anything like that. but back to this matter of chauvin testifying, he runs a lot of risk. i know you've said he needs to come up there and show that he's compassionate, that he's sorry, that he wished it hadn't happened to show some emotion, but there's so much that the prosecution could do to him in that moment. >> that's absolutely true, shep, but the problem is he's already at risk, and so when you're losing big, you have to gamble big. that's what it comes down to i'll also say this, our degrees say attorney and counselor at law. that and counselor part is really important you have to counsel him and get him to the position that he can do it if you're his lawyer and trying to do a good job. >> you've been critical of the defense's examination of prosecution witnesses all week really how'd they do today? >> much better today they got the -- i mean, on cross
examination with the emts, they got them to acknowledge that, you know what, a police officer is riding with the ambulance because sometimes people do wake up on drugs. you also have an officer in the back of the ambulance, which implies they didn't know they were supposed to do it up until now. the biggest thing he did right is he stopped and he didn't press witnesses like derek smith. >> drug use is firmly established now. even his girlfriend said i noticed a change in his behavior over the last couple of weeks. is there a chance in your mind that for some jurors that's going to mean, i don't know about a guilty verdict when he was clearly on drugs >> i mean, that's the problem, shep we call it the war on drugs for a reason, right? i thought george floyd's girlfriend did a good job by helping to humanize him, but she also talked a lot about drug use. i mean, we heard the words overdose, heroin, prior pill use. that's not good for conservative
jurors when conservative jurors hear about drug use, they tend to feel afraid of drug users, especially big ones, and when they do that, they don't have a problem with aggressive policing. >> david, thanks so much david henderson. the court continues tomorrow morning, but only in the morning. the judge giving the jurors good friday afternoon off you can get live updates from the courtroom on nbcnews.com, and we'll have full coverage tomorrow here in this news hour. there is encouraging news tonight in the fight against covid. listen to this, pfizer announcing its vaccine protects people for at least six months, roughly 91% effective at preventing the disease after the second shot and more good news, pfizer's vaccine also holds up against that highly contagious variant, the one first detected in south africa. the new data shows it offers strong protection. cnbc's meg tirrell covers science and medicine for us.
meg, this is really reassuring. >> it is on the south african finding these are the first results that we've seen for either pfizer or moderna's vaccines against that concerning b 1351 variant. they're very strong. 800 apartments were in pfizer's trial. and there were cases of covid in those who got the placebo. they suggest the vaccine protects well against that variant. remember, this is the one that's so concerning for its ability to partially evade vaccines that the nih started a trial this week of a modified moderna shot tailored to this strain. now, whether we'll need that or other booster shots is not yet clear, though many believe this round of shots won't be our only one. now, the other news on the results out to six months means that pfizer now has enough data to file for full approval of the vaccine with the fda this would mean the vaccine wouldn't be authorized only for
emergency use anymore, which could lead employers or schools to feel more comfortable potentially requiring vaccinations, shep >> and meg, j&j threw out millions of doses yesterday, i guess, it was because some sort of production mix-up what happened? >> yeah, so these were doses made by j&j's manufacturing partner, emergent bio solutions, and nbc confirmed today from a senior administration official that a batch of j&j's vaccine became contaminated with ingredients from astrazeneca's covid-19 vaccine which emergent is also making at the same plaint i spoke with bob kramer this afternoon and he denied that's what happened. >> it isn't the case or wasn't the case where an ingredient from one vaccine contaminated or impacted the other it was more simply the fact that one production run, one batch of product was determined to be
inconsistent with our quality specifications >> now, importantly, this doesn't affect any doses of j&j's vaccine that are available now, and j&j says it still plans to meet its supply goals shep. >> very good, meg tirrell, thank you. yet again in america, gun violence, a mass shooting, four dead in a business complex in southern california. one victim a 9-year-old child. >> and it appears that a little boy died in his mother's arms as she was trying to save him during this horrific massacre. >> a massacre that happened last night in the city of orange 30 miles southeast of los angeles medics there took the suspect to a hospital after a shootout with officers police say the suspect knew the victims. this shooting adding to the grief across our country last week a gunman killed ten people at a grocery store in boulder, colorado. a week earlier, eight people died at a shooting at three spas
in the atlanta area. yet again in america nbc's steve patterson tracking the investigation from orange. steve. >> reporter: shep, we learned much today, but i think the number one thing unequivocally that police and officials wanted to get out there is that this was not a random act of violence this was a very targeted crime according to police. the victim and the suspects, according to police, knew each other, that they had a relationship and that factors in to what they're describing as the initial motive one of the things that they're pointing to in that respect is the way the suspected shooter used this crime almost as not -- you want to say a premeditated fashion, that's for a court of law to decide, but that he used bicycle locks to lock both the front entrance and the back entrance both trapping his victims inside and keeping police out while he fired at police arriving on the scene
that is a piece of information they made sure they wanted us to know here's how they're characterizing this initial motive as they move forward with the investigation. listen to this >> it appears all of the adults were connected, either by business or a personal relationship, and this was not a random act of violence the child is believed to be the son of one of the victims who worked at the business >> reporter: meanwhile, one of the other pieces of information they wanted to get out was the names and ages of the victims. unfortunately, they say they're not able to do that as they've not notified all of next of kin. the district attorney very strong on this case talking about that 9-year-old little boy, talking about the relationship between the suspect and the possible victims in this case, but also talking about what could move forward as far as charges, and one of the things he pressed on was the possibility of the death penalty when you look at the circumstances of the case. meanwhile, the investigation's still continuing there are still csi trucks on site here processing this scene.
it will move forward very slowly as they want to be as methodical as possible. >> steve patterson, thank you. major brands are facing serious backlash now in china. the government there looking to boycott companies like h&m for their response to alleged human rights abuses. and amid the glow of opening day, major league baseball at the center of georgia's fight over its restrictive new voting law, mounting pressure on the league to remove the all star game from atlanta. and the speed with which covid upended american lives shook small business owners along with everyone else later in this news hour, three businesses and how they adapted to become part of the american comeback part one of our brand new series the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith back in 60 seconds
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republicans in texas are one step closer to passing sweeping restrictions on voting the texas state senate pushed through a bill that would ban drive through voting and limit extended early voting hours. now it heads to the state house. here's what the republican author claims it's designed to do, make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. voting rights advocates call the bill the most dangerous threat to voting rights they've seen in years. texas is just one of several states where republican lawmakers are trying to pass voting restrictions following the former president's election defeat, and those bogus claims that the election was somehow rigged in the state of georgia, republicans already passed sweeping election restrictions and the backlash has been fierce coca-cola and delta airlines are headquartered right there in atlanta. after threats of boycotts, the companies are taking a stand against the voting law and publicly condemning it
republicans are now retaliating. georgia's house pass add bill to strip delta's multimillion dollars tax break, and major league baseball's commissioner says talks are underway with teams and executives to potentially move the all star game out of atlanta because of that voting law. president biden says he strongly supporting moving the all star game he's described georgia's voting law as jim crow in the 21st century. today georgia's republican governor brian kemp told fox news it's ridiculous that president biden is in his word focused on pulling the game out of georgia a reminder, the new law adds i.d. requirements to absentee voting, limits ballot drop boxes and makes it illegal to offer food or water to voters in line. nbc's blayne alexander on that part of the story. >> what we saw today from a group of religious leaders is essentially a countdown to a boycott. they're targeting three very
large georgia-based companies. they're looking at coca-cola, delta airlines and the home depot, and essentially they're giving them until next week to fulfill a very specific list of demands. here's what they want to see from these businesses. one, they want to see them publicly oppose georgia's newly minted voting law, and they also want to see them -- the other thing is they want to see them oppose similar legislation that's making its way through other states right now that critics say would restrict the right to vote in those states as well, and they also want to see those businesses put a lot of vocal support and financial support behind the passage of federal voting rights legislation. here's a little bit of what we've heard from that news conference today take a look. >> we will learn to like some other drinks we will learn to go to some other stores we will learn to fly on some other airlines >> that's right. >> but we're not going to support these corporations >> and so what they're saying is
they hope to actually meet with the ceos to discuss some of this the strongest language that we've seen from delta airlines and coca-cola has come in the days after this legislation was signed into law by georgia's governor, brian kemp both companies called it unacceptable >> it's like that zoom call, right, with your boss, except we want to hear from blayne, unlike the boss two retail giants are now facing growing backlash in one of the biggest economies in all the world. the chinese government calling for a boycott on nike and h&m. e-commerce sites and celebrities there have cut ties with both of those brands, others taking a more extreme approach. look at this, videos posted on chinese social media show people burning their j's and their air force ones the reason, nike and h&m have expressed concerns over chinese human rights abuses of muslim
uighurs. many of the ethnic religious minority have been held in labor camps in western china in beijing, here's cnbc's eunice yoon >> reporter: with all the calls to boycott international brands like nike and h&m over their stance on human rights -- we decided to come out and talk to customers and find out what's going on this h&m store had very few customers. the swedish customer has welcome the primary target of chinese outrage after a past statement surfaced online saying it was deeply concerned about reports of alleged forced labor for some products from china's xinjiang region human rights groups have posted videos like this which they say show muslim uighurs working in internment camps, what the chinese government calls training centers and what u.s. officials say could be the largest attention of an ethnic religious minority group since world war ii. >> a religious minority
enslaved, addressing the complicity of u.s. companies in uighur forced labor. >> advocates for greater scrutiny of china's treatment of the uighurs and u.s. supply chain has been sanctioned by beijing, which washington argues is behind the boycott of foreign brands h&m clothing is banned from shopping sites and maps. business is down and they're worried about their job. we spoke to a number of customers, but because the topic is so politically sensitive, we couldn't get anyone on camera. off camera responses were mixed. many said they felt pressure not to buy the targeted brands and would buy chinese or other alternatives, but nike, which is popular in china, appears to have its loyal fans. people told us they would delay purchases or buy online to avoid being spotted in the shop. what was most apparent in my conversations is how uninformed many are about the controversy
at all there isn't open discussion here about the government's policies so most foreign companies were simply refusing to use chinese products this reflects how public opinion has formed here in what's a controlled information environment. for the news, i'm eunice yoon in beijing. >> so great to have someone inside china so that we know what they're hearing based on what they're telling us they're hearing, right the traumatic impact of covid still sending a lot of people out in search of mental health assistance. the surge in teletherapy and how mental health professionals are struggling to meet the demand. and another gender reveal announcement gone horribly deadly wrong .
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covid watch and the stresses of the virus have left mental health professionals very busy over the past year a survey from the american psychological association found that roughly a third of all psychologists say they've been seeing more patients since the pandemic began, and most of that care has been happening remotely with demand for teletherapy skyrocketing, mental health professionals are stepping up to help those in need here's cnbc's kate rogers. >> if the pandemic's effects have left you feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or having a hard time sleeping, you may feel alone, but you're not. in fact, of psychologists who treat anxiety disorders, nearly
3/4 saw an increase in the need for such treatment since covid took hold. 60% of those treating depression saw an increase, and similar rates for stress-related and sleep-related disorders. >> that first rush was both anxiety in terms of the daily uncertainty of, you know, what was going to happen in terms of the pandemic and then i think it turned to a lot of sadness >> reporter: there are dozens of telehealth therapy apps online including better help, doctor on demand and talk space. they've gotten a boost over the last year as the mental health conversation has gone mainstream data show the global telehealth market is projected to hit $312 billion by 2026, more than quadrupling in size from 2019. and even though there still aren't enough practitioners to go around and cost is a huge barrier for many, telehealth has provided more flexibility and increased access >> what telehealth does do is increases the convenience
factor, so you're able to see a therapist in your own home you don't have to rely on transportation or child care, but we still obviously have a pretty substantial problem within the health care system on having enough providers for the people who need them >> reporter: and as a result of all of this, these professionals are also feeling the struggle themselves due to this increased demand the apa said 41% of psychologists said they feel burned out 30% said they can't meet demand. they told me they had a wait list of just under 200 people at one point over the pandemic last year there just aren't enough practitioners to go around shep. >> kate rogers, thank you. behind the scenes of a mega vaccination site in texas and a masters class in coordination. tonight wrangling the hundreds of volunteers needed to inject more than 7,000 shots a day. no longer blocking the suez canal, that ever given is safely moored and no longer a threat to global trade
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on wall street, the dow up 172, the s&p up 47, the nasdaq up 233 i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news turns out getting a vaccine is good for more than just your health now an nba arena and a cruise line offer perks but only if you've got the shot. tariffs paired with a pandemic, hard to swallow for u.s. whiskey distillers, and the problem is about to get worse. plus, two toddlers rescued near the border in new mexico after being dropped from a 14-foot barrier. the feds say it was a smuggler who dropped the 3-year-old and a 5-year-old right over that fence and left the small children to fend for themselves in the desert luckily, agents spotted them and brought them to the hospital as a precaution officials say they're now in federal custody. this all comes as the biden administration grapples with a surge of migrants at the border and an unprecedented number of
children in u.s. custody according to the latest data from the feds, nearly 5,000 kids are in border patrol custody and more than 13,000 are in the care of health and human services the texas congressman, michael mccaul now top republican on the house foreign affairs committee, congressman, thank you. there's clearly a problem on the southern border. nobody can deny that the video of the toddlers being dropped from a 14-foot barrier, i mean, it's another example, and it's horrifying. how should the country be addressing this? >> well, first of all, i watched that video, and it shows you how bad the situation is we do have a humanitarian crisis to drop these children have no idea where they are in the middle of the desert in new mexico, miles away from any civilization so i'm glad they're in, you know, were picked up by border patrol thank god i think this whole situation really comes down to two things. one is deterrence, a message of
deterrence, which was not given. the message was by the secretary, if you want to -- we're not saying don't come. we're just saying don't come now, and that was a bad message but on inaugural day, the president, president biden signed an executive order rescinding these policies that actually, you know, whether you liked the prior administration or not, they were actually working. >> actually, sir, it's not about the prior administration the specifics of what was not liked about that was that they were separating the kids and now we don't even know how to put the kids together. you said -- >> that's right. -- >> let me finish sir, just one moment -- >> i stood up against the separation of family policy -- >> just a moment our time is limited. you've said that the biden administration created this crisis the numbers of encounters in president biden's first month are extremely high, but there were nearly 50,000 of them that happened in the first month of president obama's administration there were nearly 20,000 in
president trump's first month. isn't the truth here that the problem is these countries from which they come are in crisis and our aid to those countries had been cut off this has been a problem for years. isn't all of this just playing politics >> well, look, i just want to report the facts and you're right, i've seen this movie before in 2014, 2019 i do think we're sending the re -- mexico and asylum cooperation agreement with the northern triangle contributed to this because the traffickers know it opened up -- we're open for business for them now again unfortunately. but to your point, the root cause is a very important issue. we won't fix this until we get to the root cause. i passed the northern triangle security initiative, which provided law enforcement and security assistance, but i think at the end of the day -- i know you've got kind of an economic people watching this show, at
the end of the day, i think the state department, we have to work with private investment to lift up the economic conditions down there, which is always the driver why else would you send your 5-year-old child up a dangerous journey. and i think that's ultimately going to be the answer, and at the same time, shepard, it counters malign chinese behavior in the region. so me -- to me that's a really win-win on a foreign policy level. >> it's hard to imagine a situation where it's so bad at home that to try to save my child's life i would take my child and give it away to a country and not really know what's about to happen that is a sad state of affairs you've written a letter along with the republican members of the foreign affairs committee to the secretary of state blinken criticizing the decision to rescind former presidents remain in mexico program. but critics said that policy was inhumane because it forced migrants into dangerous situations in other countries. why bring up that program now?
shouldn't congress be working toward a larger solution here? >> well, you know, we tried to change these legal loopholes, once they set foot in the united states, the court decisions, and you know, the human trafficking law, you know, the children are put in the custody of hhs as they should be but what that policy did previously was it required them to apply for asylum outside of the united states, so they never set foot in the united states. now, with that rescinded, the traffickers know this, and now they're coming in in droves into the united states, and it's a direct cause and effect. i think they were planning to build a detention facility in southern mexico where we could have more humanely dealt with them and i know there are questions about the tent city on the border, but i think the idea of having them apply out of the country and not inside the united states was a very successful idea that we got to go back to >> congressman michael mccaul,
we one thing every american can agree on, we don't want anything bad to happen to these kids, and we want them to be with their families good to have you to come. investigators have now boarded that massive cargo ship that blocked egypt's suez canal. the ever given they call it, is currently anchored in the great bitter lake. that's a wide stretch of water halfway through the canal. dives there inspected the bottom of the ship. officials say they found some damage but thankfully not enough to take it out of service. a fleet of tug boats freed the ever given from the bank of the canal after a six-day struggle now investigators are trying to figure out how it got stuck there in the first place he's nbc's keir simmons. >> there was joy when the ever given was finally refloated, but now there's a steep price to pay for the chaos it caused blocking the canal for days according to the chairman of the suez canal authority, the ship's
operators may have to pay egypt more than a billion dollars in compensation this morning insurers estimate they could be facing payouts running into the hundreds of millions of dollars. some vessels are still waiting to cross the vital waterway. >> the impact from a scheduling perspective will take weeks to correct in the suez canal its. >> reporter: even america may feel the impact. in stores and on deliveries. >> for the american consumer, we may see lower inventories or stockouts at our stores. >> reporter: the ever given's operator telling nbc news that the crew are well and in good spirits and they remain on board assisting the investigation while the ship continues to be inspected. investigates are checking equipment and machinery, and will access the vessel's black box just like with an airliner a dvr on board the ever given recording every word said as it ran aground. a statement from the ship's insurer says initial inquiries found the vessel grounded due to strong winds adding that two
suez canal pilots were on board. the suez canal chairman says the ever given is being held until a compensation deal is reached in the next few days. otherwise the case could go to court. the ship that was stuck for so long still not truly free. tonight an operator of one of those diggers that helped free the ever given has been speaking he describes it as a frightening experience digging underneath a ship as tall as a skyscraper they feared, he said, they would be crushed underneath it shep. >> thanks very much, keir simmons. a gender reveal turns deadly in mexico. a pilot and co-pilot killed when their small plane crashed into the caribbean sea during a gender reveal fly-by it happened yesterday near cancun police say the soon to be parents were on a boat watching the plane as it flew overhead with the gender reveal, it's a girl, it's a girl, and then the
plane suddenly took a nose dive and went straight into the water. federal authorities are now investigating. in myanmar, military rulers ordering a nationwide shutdown as protests of the coup continue no reason given, but they reportedly told internet service providers they have to comply. the military overthrew the democratically elected government exactly two months ago, according to human rights groups since then, security forces have killed more than 500 people. what happens if you walk down the street at your house smoking a joint? or maybe weed smell comes out of your car as a cop is right outside, you know what happens wait until you hear what now happens in new york. and why the nypd will let you do, well, we'll tell you in a minute plus, the great american comeback next, how some small businesses fought through the pandemic, stayed strong and bounced back
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move over am ter dam, the nypd is out with a new directive to the cops. it's now perfectly legal for adults to smoke a joint or hit a weed pen almost anywhere you can smoke a cigarette in new york city so you can light up and smoke a spliff on your front stoop or puff puff puff pass a blunt walking down any sidewalk. under the new policy, if police see you smoking a joint, it's not a basis for an approach, a stop, a search, or certainly an arrest cops smell weed wafting from your car, they can't search. under the new law signed in new york state yesterday, people 21 and older can legally possess and use up to three ounces of marijuana out in public, and can have inside their homes up to five pounds of cannabis. and you can give weed to passing
strangers in times square if you feel like it, but legal marijuana dispensaries won't open for 18 months so where do you get it whiskey makers, american ones are caught in the middle of a trade war. they pay 25% tariffs on spirits that they sell to europe, but that tax is set to double. two months from today. imagine what that could mean for distillers already struggling in the pandemic here's cnbc's frank holland. >> over a barrel, he enjoys the craft rye he distills before it's bottled as dad's hat, but he doesn't want his business that way, and it has been since 2018 when 25% tariffs were put on all whiskey exports to europe as part of the trade war those exports have since plummeted more than 40%. >> just basically dried up our business in europe, so 2018, 2019, were both zero. >> eu exports were previously a double-digit portion of dad's
hat sales. now tariffs could increase to 50% in june. >> a 50% tariff on kentucky bourbon and other american whiskey would be a crippling blow to our industry you're looking at losing hundreds of millions of dollars. >> reporter: even big brands say that's hard to swallow the maker of jack daniels, our company has born ruchly 15 prert of the tariff bill retaliatory tariffs clearly makl our products less competitive, and it's critical that we avoid a doubling of the tariffs. alcohol sales have boomed during the pandemic, but that glass is half empty for craft distillers because of virus concerns. many are just buying brands they know instead of looking for something new according to the trade group for distillers it's a double shot for u.s. distillers that have increased by 72% since 2016, even with all the uncertainty, they still have to figure out just how much to distill. >> we have to plan two, three,
four, five years out for sales because, you know, we're putting that whiskey into barrels today, making decisions today that could over commit the amount of cash into your inventory could be devastating >> reporter: for the news, i'm frank holland. earlier this week, we reported on satan's shoes, the blood and the pentagram and all that big sellers, but turns out even lucifer is beholden to trademark law. a judge ruled today that the company mschf must stop fulfilling orders. the modified nikes were made in collaboration with rapper lil nas x and contain drop of human blood on the sole. they sold all 666 pairs of sneakers for about a thousand bucks each a judge granted temporary restraining order hours later to keep mschf from keeping its work and logo mom and pop stores have long been the life blood of the u.s.
economy. in 2017, small businesses employed near ly 60 million people that's nearly half of the company's private work force we begin a new series of reports, the american comeback we'll take you across the country and introduce you to small business owners and workers, each grinding through the pandemic for their families, their employees, and their communities. first up tonight, springfield, ohio, at the start of the pandemic, cnbc spoke with these three entrepreneurs. they say their businesses certainly struggled during the covid shutdowns, but as cnbc's andrea day reports they've made a major comeback >> one word to best describe the past year is nightmare >> for me it's steady. >> for me it's blessed. >> three small businesses, one town, and one year into the new normal >> we're slowly working our way back up. >> reporter: but it hasn't been easy for kevin loftis at mother
stewart's brewing company. >> our gross revenue has been down over 50%. we had really become a community event space. we were hosting events every weekend, so it hit extra hard. >> reporter: and finding a way to pivot a brewery he says almost impossible. >> we had eight full fermenters full of beer, and we scrambled and were able to get all of those in cans. we were down as low as three employees doing two days a week takeout only. >> reporter: near by frame store owner audrey mckenna is counting her blessings. >> we actually did better in 2020 with two months of shutdown than in 2019 >> reporter: so how did audrey do more business in the middle of a pandemic? >> we'll do whatever you want. we framed guitars. we framed wedding memorabilia. >> reporter: not far from the frame store is the eatery, lee ann's dairy delight where lee ann lopez is thankful for loyal customers. >> they have all came out to help keep me going and our business is up about 25%.
>> reporter: so what kept the business going strong? >> that drive-through has been a blessing if we wouldn't have had the drive-through, we'd have never made it. >> reporter: but lee ann also had to adapt >> i had to readjust my menus a little bit because they couldn't have things that i would have normally sold. >> reporter: and while each entrepreneur had a very different experience this past year, they all agree the pandemic delivered some important lessons. >> this has taught me that you just roll. you just roll with the punches. >> remain positive. >> don't get too comfortable in your day-to-day. >> our future looks great. >> i'm just hoping that we can grow >> we're feeling hopeful, hopeful and hopefully profitable soon. >> reporter: and we're rooting for you springfield, for the news, i'm andrea day. >> and all of y'all. states across the country are racing to gets shots into arms as quickly as possible. these mega vaccination sites are playing a critical role. volunteers admit that setting up the operations and ensuring they run smoothly, that's complicated. local reporting now from nbc 5
in dallas/fort worth, and their reporter sophia beausoleil. >> we've all seen the images of people driving through the tents of a vaccination site, but it's what takes place before the crack of dawn and the people who show up who make it all happen. >> without the volunteers we couldn't do it that's why we needed volunteers all the full-time. >> reporter: hundreds of volunteers help direct traffic, identify which vaccine someone is getting and help first responders observe people after they receive a shot. >> this is probably my sixth time volunteering so it's -- and it's fun, you know it's really a good feeling >> reporter: they receive training every morning on how to keep the process smooth, and while they're handling the lanes. >> we can then cross and put more vehicles into the tent area. >> reporter: a whole site is managed inside a black trailer that sits in the parking lot. >> we're constantly monitoring the traffic flow. >> reporter: personnel from the u.s. coast guard, department of defense, fema and other federal and state and local partners are
working on logistics to ensure there are no hiccups. >> we want everybody from the top level leadership to everybody in the field, whether they're a vaccinator or whether they're doing traffic, we want them to know what they're supposed to do when they get on site. >> reporter: because when you're vaccinating more than 7,000 people a day, organization is key. >> these are the doses that we're planning on using today. these are pfizer doses. >> reporter: inside a different trailer, the vaccines are brought in every day through either the dallas county health and human services office or a hospital other medical supplies are stored here, too, all part of a massive multifaceted operation to get shots into arms and to save lives >> sophia beausoleil from nbc 5 in dallas/fort worth the team at vaccine site hit a major milestone this week by administering 250,000 shots. my jor so you have a vaccine, you get a seat, a special one.
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opening day and the cleveland mlb team making some major changes for this season, especially for the fans. cleveland's banning fans from wearing head dresses and face paint depicting native american culture, but fans will still be able to wear the controversial wahoo logo on shirts, hats and other gear for now the team stopped selling merchandise with chief wahoo about two years ago. they also removed it from the uniforms and placed it with a block c logo for cleveland the franchise also announced plans to change its name as soon as next year they've been known as the indians since 1915. already covid is messing with baseball. the season starter between the
mets and the nationals postponed for covid protocols. the nats got a positive test from a player yesterday, contact tracing put four more players and staff members in quarantine as well, and now -- now, the nats' gm says there are at least three more positive tests and they could end up with a fourth. vip sections have been around a long time, but vof sections, they're the new new. vof, vaccinated only fans, and the miami heat rolling out a new vof section tonight. fans have to prove they're fully vaccinated, then get access to groups of seats in the lower bowl, masks required other companies and businesses are offering perks as well royal caribbean set to kick off a series of summer cruises on which all crew members and passengers over 18 must be fully vaccinated as more and more americans get shots, will life start to look one way for the haves and another way for the have nots, in miami he's cal perry.
>> reporter: the first in the league to try something like this out, the idea is simple enough, take 450 fans out of the 4,000 and give them the option of sitting in what they're calling a fully vaccinated section. you bring your cdc vaccination card to the arena behind me. you have your government i.d. with it, somebody will match up those names. they have to do it by hand, of course, because there is no master system yet. that is why we believe they're starting this on such a small trial basis. now, in talking to fans in the area, it seems like not everyone supports the idea. >> we already have a mask on, what's the difference between sitting over here and you're vaccinated and sitting a few rows that way. >> i already got vaccinated so i'm already ready to go and buy the tickets. >> i don't think it's fair, especially for the people that can't get it, like i'm pretty sure they want to be close to the players as well as the other people >> reporter: a lot of the coronavirus pandemic rules will still apply in that vaccinated section. fans will still have to wear a mask the pods, as they're calling it, two or four ticketholders and a family will still be socially distanced from that next pod by
one seat, but they're trying to get the attendance up here coach erik spoelstra said he's in favor of the idea, the more fans in the stadium, the better it is for the players. if you want to sit anywhere near the court, 30 feet within the players, you'll have to have a test the same day or within 48 hours. that seems to have become standard operating procedure. >> hello future, thanks. a coaching career that spanned 48 years comes to an end, roy williams hanging them up from charles d.o. in high school in north carolina, and lawrence, kansas where he led those jay hawks for 15 years to his dream job, head basketball coach at the university of north carolina his alma mater, roy williams followed his mentor, the legendary dean smith he spent 18 seasons in chapel hill, then announced he's retiring this morning. all told, his teams made nine final fours, won three national championships, 903 wins over 33
seasons, third all time. roy williams leaves some big sneakers to fill 45 seconds left on a race to the finish the paramedics who tried to save george floyd's life say it appeared he was already dead when they got to the scene and officers were still on top of him. they testified today at the murder trial of the now fired minneapolis cop derek chauvin. in covid an ongoing trial shows pfizer's vaccine is still effective after six months and works against the south african variant of the virus. and four people are dead after a mass shooting at an office building in southern california and now you know the news of this monday thursday april the 1st, 2021. i'm shepard smith, follow us on twitter and instagram @thenewsoncnbc
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