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a veteran lung doctor narrates george floyd's last moments alive. >> that is the moment the air goes out of his body. and college hazing. a fraternity member is charged after police say he sprayed a toxic chemical into a student's mouth. and a new college student's death last month. more see cases rise as others who dropped the mask mandates dropped see their cases going down. why? and a college degree from chipotle and losing the covid-19 pounds. live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. out of texas, one person is dead after a shooting in the warehouse in the town of bryan, just a few short miles from
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texas a&m university. it happened a few hours ago, and the cops say that at least four people are now critical in the hospital. after a search and pursuit, they say that the suspect is now in custody. they say that they believe that he was an employee at that warehouse. a texas trooper now reported shot in nearby grimes county. according to the local reporting, he was chasing the suspect. official say that he remains in stable condition. these shootings come hours after the texas governor greg abbott slammed the white house's latest push on gun control, and in a tweet from his personal account, the governor called it a new liberal grab to take away gun, and then minutes ago, greg abbott said that he and his wife are praying for the victims and their families and the law enforcement officer injured while apprehending the suspect. and less than 24 hours ago, another mass shooting in south carolina. yet again in america.
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a former nfl player is now reported to have killed five people including two children, 5 and 9 years old, before he shot himself in the head. the massacre happened last night, we are told at a house in rock hill, 25 miles southwest of charlotte. police say that they found the bodies of dr. robert leslie and his wife barbara and their grandchildren aden and noah and a fifth victim james lewis was found outside of the home, and sixth person still unidentified in the hospital with serious injuries the officials have identified the suspect as philip adams. they they the 32-year-old shot himself in the head after a standoff with the cops. his father is expressing condolences to the victims and saying that football bears some of the blame. >> he is a good kid. he was a good kid, and i think that the football messed him up. you know, i don't think that he ever did anybody any harm.
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all i can tell you is that we pray for the family. >> the officials say they have yet to determine a motive and now the the investigation. allison barber is tracking that part in rock hill, south carolina. ellison? >> shepard, one of the 911 calls was a witness outside of his home mowing the lawn when he heard the gun fire said that he thought that he heard at least 20 shots the suspect had here and used two gun, a .45 caliber and a 9 millimeter and both of them appear to have been legally obtained. philip adams forced entry into the leslie home according to police and shot four inside. all members of the leslie family, two of them children. both under the age of 10, and he also shot two people who were outside of the house. air conditioning technicians who were there working on a job to fix something with this family's air conditioning unit.
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one of those air conditioning technicians was a man named james lewis. he did not survive. a family member told the associated press that the second technician is named robert shook, and police say that he is in very critical condition. so far, the police have not been able to establish a motive. the sheriff says that there is nothing about this right now that makes sense to any of thom. dr. robert leslie was a pillar of the community. he was not only someone who had treated patients here for decades, but someone who was closely involved in his church and also camps like camp joy that focused on helped special needs children and let them go to the camp for a week exa, and worked there as a physician, and as well as his wife. and this statement says we are in the midst of the
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unimaginable, and the loss cannot be uttered at this time, but because of their faith, they do not grieve without hope. they said that they are enveloped with peace that surpasses all understanding, and to that end, our hearts are bent toward forgiveness and peace. they said they are going on to pray for all of the families involved in this including the suspect's families. and one more time the names of the victims here are robert, barbara, aida, noah, james lewis and the surviving victim robert shook. shepard. >> ellison barber live on the scene. and since march 16th, just over three weeks, at least seven mass killings by guns in america. today, president biden outlined a number of executive orders on guns. later in the newshour, the proposals to limit a certain type of weapons in flagging family weapons who should not
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own a firearm at all. derek chauvin's knee was like a vice on george floyd's neck, making it harder to breathe than he were sucking air through a straw until tend when he could not breathe at all that is part of the extraordinary testimony today from dr. martin tobin, a lung and breathing expert with 45 years' experience. dr. tobin wrote what is dubbed the bible on ventilation and breathing. a 1,500-page textbook. prosecutors used him on two fronts to explain what happened to george floyd in the final moments and to attack the defense contention that drugs, especially fentanyl could have caused george floyd's death. the doctor watching the crime scene video and counting george floyd's breaths. >> one, two -- >> reporter: his respiratory rate normal. >> it is extremely significant. >> reporter: because he had testified that if fentanyl had
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been affecting george floyd's breathing the rate would have been reduced by 40%. >> that tells you that there is not fentanyl on board, and that is affecting his respiratory centers. >> reporter: fentanyl did not contribute to floyd's death, and he said that the officer's knee on his torso and neck did that. floyd on the pavement and chauvin forcing the left wrist into his chest. >> forcing it in tight against his chest and forcing it high up, and you have to keep in mind that the opposite side of this is the street. so he was being squashed between the two sides. >> reporter: he couldn't help himself breathe. >> it was almost like a surgical humanectomy, and almost as if a surgeon had gone in and removed the lung. >> reporter: the doctor watched the video as the jury looked on and observed george floyd trying to get the air into the lungs,
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but unable. >> he made his own last spontaneous effort to breathe. after that, you can look at the videos and you can see that he makes no effort. there is no breath. >> reporter: then the video shows george floyd was on the street for three more minutes. then officers moved him to the ambulance and that is when the medics first inserted a breathing tube. >> when they gave him the first breath, and that is a gap of 9 minutes 50 seconds of when he last took a breath. >> reporter: the damage he testified had already been done. >> at the beginning, you can see that he is conscious, and slight, but then it disappears. so one second he is alive and one second, he is no longer. where you can see his eyes, and he is conscious. and then you can see that he isn't. that is the moment that the life goes out of his body.
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>> george floyd die, the doctor testified, from a lack of oxygen as he was pinned face down on the pavement. nbc's jay gray is outside of the courthouse in minneapolis, and jay, what did the defense do with dr. martin tobin on cross-examination? >> yes, shep. the attorney eric nelson questioned not only dr. tobin's results, but the methods as well and stressed that he is a renounced scientist and doctor and that derek chauvin did not have the luxury of time and expertise to assess george floyd that day. >> you have taken this case and boiled it down into a nanosecond. >> i would not say that. >> when we are talking about the biology and the physics of this case, these things are working simultaneously and contemporaneously altogether, correct? >> that is correct, yes. >> in an incredibly rapid fashion. >> yes. >> so, now, look as the
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testimony unfolded for hour, derek chauvin took notes from defense table, and the jury is taking notes as well and seemed to pay close attention as well, and that is not the case always in the more technical aspects as well, and it was a tough day when the doctor outlined the final moments of george floyd's life. look, shep, there is a long list of possible medical witnesses to testify in this case, and experts, including the medical examiner who is expected to take the stand tomorrow. >> jay gray, live on the scene. david henderson, and civil rights attorney, and former prosecutor and cnbc contributor, and david, thank you. we were emailing in this dr. martin tobin testimony, and it was so powerful to watch. i wonder from your experience, how would that sort of testimony play with the jury >> shep, i don't think that you can do it any better than dr. tobin did it. i was so impressed with the mine and so easy to overlook the heart. he chose to do it pro bono, and
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a guy like him would normally charge you $700 an hour and including travel time, and he outlined what did not kill george floyd and that is fentanyl and other conditions. the only thing that is complicated of what killed him, and he listed four factors and one of which is derek chauvin's knee. >> he appeared to me to totally squash if fentanyl argument, and is that the last you expect to hear of it >> okay. he squashed it for intelligent people i think, for thoughtful people, and no other way to say it, but this whole fentanyl argument, i don't think that it was meant to be a rational train of thought, but it is appealing to the people who appeal to dog whistle terminology and that people might respond to people who might die of him dying of a drug overdose, but not a serious argument. >> and so did they do any
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damage >> the prosecution did not do any approach, and you don't try to arm wrestle with a gorilla. he is clearly qualify and he knows more than you do with the medical stuff, but he said, four things. and derek chauvin's knee is one factor, but there are three other factors, and that knee has to be the substantial contributing factor, and that what you should have cross-examined on, and three other ways that are not directly attributable to my guy and i don't know why they didn't take that approach. the number of children making the way to the border alone hit record numbers last month. now the texas governor says that one of the facility caring for the migrant kids is a threat, and it needs to be closed immediately. a busier than usual hurricane season ahead. the brand-new forecast for more named storms, and the states put
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on high alert for increased chances of landfall. you can buy pot innevada, but you can't light up in public. now, a possible solution for a state that wants those green tourist dollars. the ct, fathe truth, the news with shepard smith. back in 60 seconds. ♪ ♪ the moxie showerhead speaker. only from kohler. (vo) nobody dreams in conventional thinking. it didn't get us to the moon. it doesn't ring the bell on wall street. or disrupt the status quo. t-mobile for business uses unconventional thinking to help you realize new possibilities.
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who was blindfolded at the time if he wanted water, blindfolded, and instead of the water, he sprayed cleaner and the victim swallowed two to three gulps and the lawyer says that he has serious internal injuries and cannot eat a meal, and may snead su -- may need surgery. and the death of a pike fraternity pledge who died of what is alcohol poisoning after a fraternity ritual. the attorneys for the family told a local television station that the ruling did not involve any witness interviews or evidence at all, and it has no value and it does not impact anything criminally. his death has sparked a push in ohio for harsher punishments for hazing. a spring break hot spot is causing a halt to a hot spot. in florida, now that the spring
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break is over, so is the 8:00 p.m. curfew, and that went into effect because of raucous crowds when the mayor declared a state of emergency. get ready for a busy hurricane season. there is an annual forecast out for the atlantic, and predicting five more named storms, and on annual we get six, and four major hurricanes up from the average three. and here is a warning if you are living in the carolinas, researchers say that higher chance an average of landfall in your states. and the hurricane season kicks off june 1st. georgia, shaquille o'neal is getting big props for paying off a stranger's engagement ring. it happened at zale's and he says he was in there getting some yanearrings, and he heard e
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guy asking how much it would cost to pay them off, and he paid it off for a smile. and who doesn't hate to be stuck in traffic. well, after a long day, it is the last place that you want to be. well coming to the rescue is elon mask launching what is called the loop in las vegas. the concept is simple, take the traffic underground in giant tunnels that in the future could stretch for miles in sin city. contessa brewer is first with a live look on cnbc. what can you see >> well, hi there, shep. as you descend the escalator in sin city, you can see the teslas waiting to whisk you in a tunnel 40 feet below ground. now you might think all right,
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it is like a subway, but this is more like a highway underground, and because it is las vegas, this is also a thrill ride. >> reporter: the las vegas convention loop is part thrill ride and light and sound show, but mostly, just a commute across a sprawling convention center. >> if there is a show going on and you have a lot of traffic in the convention center, it can be a 45-minute walk from one end to other. >> reporter: and the loop will get you there in less than two minutes. you enter the station and call for a tesla. >> it operates like a uber or the lyft. and you have to app on the phone, and say, i want to go from here to here, and the car has the identifier with the app on the phone. >> reporter: the passengers don't have to make multiple stop, because there are multiple exits and you go to the station
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of your choice. the convention center have three. and there is a plan to make the loop system city-wide. there's the ferris wheel and the new sphere under construction and the stadium is out there somewhere waiting to be used. so are you saying that eventually this loop is going to connect people from airport to downtown to stadium and everywhere in between? >> it will, and this is eventually not that far away. >> reporter: construction was done for a cost of $53 million and designed to handle 4300 people an hour with 62 cars and right now with drivers, but soon, there is going to be autonomous. and what happens in vegas -- [ laughter ] -- likely won't stay in vegas. >> any place that has congestion issues needs to move people and really can't just keep expanding
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roadways. it is going to want the look at a system like this, because it makes a difference. >> reporter: so we want a station, and we will build it, and so they are thinking that if we build it, they will come. >> thank you contessa. that could be a high attraction, but nevada has a new brand-new bill to bring in more customers to legalize pot smoking in lounges, and think amsterdam coffee shop or the local bar and thinking weed instead of beer. if passed customers could bring in their own marijuana to one of these establishments, and of course, weed has been legal in nevada for years now, but while you can buy pot there, and smoke it at home, you can't smoke in public, so no place for tourists. no action yet, and they have to vote by tomorrow or the bill is
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when you think great american companies you think apple, ford, mcdonald's, but last year '99% of all businesses in the u.s. were small businesses. the two largest walmart and amazon employ roughly 2.5 million people combined, but that is a fraction of the 60 million employed by small businesses. so tonight, we bring you their stories in the series american comeback. and the start of the pandemic, cnbc spoke with three entrepreneurs in port washington, new york, and their businesses were struggling to
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stay afloat as covid crippled the whole economy, and now almost a year later we are checking back in to see how they are doing. cnbc andrea day with their stories of the "american comeback." >> the one word that best describes this past year is beyond. >> for us, dynamic. >> for me, horrific. >> reporter: three small businesses, one town, and all of them holding on. >> i have loyal customers, and they were all behind me. they took care of me. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: but even the loyal customers couldn't revive the frank's pizza. >> we are down 30%, and everything is a delivery and no such thing as catering, but that is okay, i can dig deep.
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>> reporter: and she says that is what helped her to survive. >> reporter: everybody is working. >> reporter: and down the street a music school trying to keep going. >> we have half of the revenue and trying to keep going. and going virtual was huge and helped us tremendously. >> there you go, awesome. >> reporter: and virtual lessons and at the studio today, six foot dividers and plenty of masks. ♪ and i just can't ♪ >> reporter: and not far from the music lesson, a sign company is trying to recover. >> in 2020, the sales down 30%, and we saw a complete shutdown of the operations for three months and flurry of phone calls for people canceling, and within a week, it was a ghost town in here. >> reporter: they turned to others. >> we started to make birthday signs and yard signs. >> reporter: and a light at the end of the tunnel. >> if i looked at the projects that were canceleded in the first quarter of last year, more than half have come back.
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>> reporter: and even though they faced so much stress and chaos in the main street in the past year, all of the owners said they learned big life lessons, too. >> stuff happens, and whether you do everything right, something is going to come and screw up the apple cart. >> positivity was the only thing that would get us through this. >> i think that i'm more resilient than i thought that i was and i'm a lot tougher. i feel like we are in the homestretch here. >> the future is bright. it feels really, really good. >> it is going to boom it is going to boomment boom. >> and shep, get this, she has her first catering job in 15 months tonight. now, it is an outdoor birthday party for 20 people, and she is so excited that she said that she is back on track. and she said, i'm back on track. shep. >> strong island on point. thank you, andrea. hours before america's latest mass shooting, president biden promised executive action on gun control.
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the global semiconductor shortage, and the same for ford canceled next week at three of the u.s. plants. there is a new airline coming to the west coast, avelo taking off april 28th. and the budget carrier is set to focus on the travelers in western states living near smaller airports. >> they don't have to go a long distance to get to the busy airports and the headaches and the hassles of going through one of the large airports that you have in a lot of the hub markets around the country. >> introductory one-way fares advertised at $19. chipotle is offering to send the employees to college for free, and the chain says that the workers can pick from 100 degrees in agriculture and hospitality arts and you have to be on the job for six months. and on wall street, the dow up and the nasdaq up 140.
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i'm shepard smith on cnbc, and it is the bottom of the hour, and time for the top of the news. zoom zombies on the road, and the warning of going straight from the computer screen to the driver seat. tight restrictions with a rise in covid and open for business and drop in cases. investigating the theories of the different pictures of covid across the country. and president biden is taking executive action on guns. the violence in this country is an epidemic. let me say it again. gun violence in the country is an epidemic, and international embarrassment. enough prayers, and time for action. >> and president biden takes executive actions, and just before he could utter the words another mass shooting, and this time, bryan, texas. this is the way he is going to
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use the executive powers to stem the bloodshed. he is going to crackdown on the ghost guns which are the ones that you can build with a kit, and virtually untraceable. he is looking to help the states to create red flag laws to allow the family members and law enforcement to temporarily block people from buy being or owning a gun if they are a danger to themselves or others. cnbc white house correspondent kayla tausche with a look at the president's actions. kayla? >> shep s president biden acknowledged the executive powers on this issue are limited, but the white house said that the six actions taken today are a start requiring that the justice department regulate the ghost gun kits and add-ons to convert the pistols to rifles such as the one used in boulder, and funding for prevention programs and installing an advocate in the program that has been vacant since 2015.
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and mark barden who has been working in the program since 2015, and he says that the laws have been modest, but if implemented it may have saved his 7-year-old daniel in sandy hook. >> i believe it could have been prevented and if folks had been trained to know the warning signs and helped that individual, it could have likely been avoided. >> but the white house says that actions must be coupled with the action from congress, and on the campaign trail, biden says on day one he would work to repeal immunity for the gun industry, and today he said that remains his top priority. >> if i get one thing on the list and the lord came down and said, joe, you get one, give me that one. >> the lawmakers have twice tried and failed to pass legislation on a bipartisan basis, and one of the cosponsors of of the legislation is retiring pennsylvania republican pat toomey seemed to hold out hope today said that if done in
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a manner to respect the rights of law abiding citizens, there is an opportunity to strengthen the background check system to better able to keep the guns away from those who have no legal right to them. pat toomey is one of two remaining republicans who supported that effort back in 2013. ten would be needed to overcome the filibuster shep >> kayla, thank you. covid progress, the cdc is reporting that one-third of all americans have now received at least one vaccine dose. but that has not stopped covid from surging in some region, and health officials have attributed it to the high contain gent
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variant detected in the united kingdom, and it is the most common covid strain now spreading in the united states. the cases and hospitalizations are rising again as well in certain pockets of the country. but the experts explain that the trends can really be confusing. for instance, some states with the most restrictions are seeing their numbers going up. while others who rushed to reopen are seeing them drop. in miami beach, here is nbc's sam brock. >> reporter: call it a covid conundrum, in the states with the strictest measures in country like michigan, pennsylvania and much of new england, the cases are on the rise. while in the south, states like arkansas and texas that have reopened businesses and ripped away the mask man dates are seeing the numbers drop. >> i am announcing today that the statewide mask mandate will be lifted. >> people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate. >> reporter: so what might explain the apparent
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contradiction? one theory, the differences of the testing rates. alabama has experienced one of the biggest dips in reported infections more than 50% in more than two week, but it is dead last in the u.s. for covid testing. and only 56 tests per 100,000 people which is a fraction of what you will find in places like vermont and massachusetts and new york where the numbers are surging. so how much does lack of adequate test having to do with the numbers that we are seeing right now? >> when you don't test, you are blind, and when you are not testing, you have a false sense of what the real problem is in your community. >> another theory, covid fatigue. in michigan where people are just coming out of lockdown for the first time in month, the cases are up 100% as the demographics shift. >> what is different in this wave, these are younger individuals between the ages of 30 and 60, and the vast majority are not currently vaccinated. >> texas on the other hand began to reopen the doors months ago and just jammed 40,000 people into the rangers ball park and
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many without masks. >> a lot of the individuals in the southern part of the u.s. and especially here in texas have been exposed to the coronavirus. so, many individuals already have coronavirus antibodies. >> reporter: that leads us to the risky behavior that we have seen in places like miami beach, florida, where the numbers have increased slightly, and in theory number three that young people are acting as carriers. as the doctors say they are returning to other states taking the virus with them. >> those are the least likely to show up for testing and when those younger individuals infect older individuals, that takes time. >> reporter: and experts is a they the falling figures in south may be giving a false sense of security. >> and that is emboldening those leaders who said it is a good idea to loosens the restrictions. >> we worry about a perfect storm brewing, because the virus takes 10 to 14 to 21 days to develop, and so maybe we are seeing the early effects of that right now.
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>> reporter: for the news, i'm sam brock. latin america's country is posting a grim milestone as we go around the world on cnbc. brazil, 8,000 covid deaths in the past two days and the most in that country over any 48-hour span in fact, it is so bad that they are exhuming bodies from old graves in sao paulo to make room for more victims. and president bole sew their row to stand by the nationwide lockdown and refusing to take a vaccine himself since he has already had the virus, and public health experts are saying that the virus is spread sog wildly in brazil, it is breeding ground for new virus straining that could spread around the world. northern ireland and shades of the old troubles as rioters set a bus on fire, and hurled gas bombs at police. it is the worst of violence in
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years, and 55 officers is injured in the chaos according to police, and the uprising is happening in protestant reasonings because of mounting problems in the post prex it is rules and the protestant and catholic sharing governments. and now, what is next with the international space crew. a russian astronaut and two cosmonauts are going to get to international space center and they will have a record when they get there. they have been vaccinated for covid ahead of the launch and that is our trip around the world. lawyers working to reunite the families from the trump administration say they have found the parents of 61 more kids bringing the children whose parents still have not been found to 445. but the children are still coming in record numbers now.
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in marp, there were reports of children being sexually assaulted and not eating and being exposed to other children with covid. >> the biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children. to end this abuse, the biden administration must immediately shutdown this facility. >> that county's commissioner says they are investigating, but after touring the facility, there was no proof of the sexual abuse allegations. >> i think it is difficult for that to happen, because it is such an open space. it is, you know, you are in the expo hall and not in individual rooms, and lots of security and individuals on the premise. i think that the governor after the tour having both of us having seen the same thing, i don't think that he is going to reach the same conclusion, and he is going to begin to walk that back. >> he says that the children are under 24/7 supervision, and there are 200 covid cases there,
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and all of them are quarantined. >> tiktok to the rescue. the tv livestream that went wrong and turned a casual social tv viewer into a real life hero. zoning out on the zoom call? not recommended. zoning out behind the wheel, now that is a hazard. and turns out that the two are going hand in hand, and the experts are worried. now, we are getting this in from nbc news and cnbc. there has just been a warning of a volcanic eruptions in puerto rico, and an alert just went out, and the details coming up. like added sugars and preservatives, and what's left is the good stuff. the real fruit and vegetable juices of naked. strip down to naked. did you know you can go to to customizes yourd vegetable car insurancef naked. so you only pay for what you need? really? i didn't-- aah! ok. i'm on vibrate. aaah!
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the alert i mentioned before the update is that it is the st. vincent island where yesterday the local authorities believe that an active volcano is in danger of exploding and they have ordered mandatory evacuations and so far nothing has happened and should that change, we will let you know.
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so is spending too much time on video calls turning us all into bad drivers here's the thing. screen time has skyrocketed in the pandemic, and now a new survey that has some experts worrying that it is causing people to zone out behind the wheel, an turni gand turning th zoom zombies. and it is concerning because 42,000 people died in car crashes up 8% according to the national safety council. and with so fewer of driving we would not have so many wrecks, but we have seen the increase since 1994. phil lebeau is joining us saying that many are having trouble concentrating after a zoom call? >> they asked 1,800 driver, shep, what happens when you are driving and how much distracted driving do you see, et cetera, and 54%, and more than half said
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that they have trouble concentrating after they get off of the video call. that is the zoom zombie headline that people are talking about. this is the scary part. 60% admit to checking the phones, and more worrisome, 30% think it is safe to check the phone or maybe text while you are behind the wheel. bottom line is this, shep, we see the people doing this more and more, and it is not going away. >> but there are apps to keep the people from driving and working their phones. is that working? >> yes, and there is technology into the vehicles to keep you from using your phone or tell somebody who is texting you while you are driving that you are busy, but the problem is that people are not using it. if you are not using it, it is no good. and the only way to stop texting behind the wheel or distracted driving, shep, is if you have completely autonomous vehicles, and news flash, we won't see the completely autonomous vehicles for a long time and i'm talking
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about past 2030. >> and no matter what mr. musk says. thank you, phil. and remember concerts? the sweat, and the mosh pits and the burst eardrums -- the good old days that took a break in covid obviously, and they will be one of the last things to come back, they tell us, because you can't socially distance at a real concert not like a movie or the museum or whatever. and so that is hurting our favorite venues and the artists and the government is stepping in to try to help and offering $16 billion for aid for music venues and arts programs. and for one indie spot in san francisco this is music to their ears. here is kate rodgers. one industry getting a lifeline. billions available for operators of lovers of concerts and theaters are waiting for music to begin. advocates say that the venues are a crucial part of the nation's comeback. >> we are part of the backbone
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of the local economies, because for every dollar spent at a small music venue on a ticket, $12 of economic activity is realized for the area businesses, so they recognize that if they want their communities to come back once it is safe to reopen fully, they are going to need this economic magnet of independent venues like ours. >> reporter: the national independent venue association estimates hundreds of venues have closed for good as the pandemic ravaged the industry in 2020. at the independent in san francisco, business is down nearly 100% over the last year. with merchandise sales bringing in a tiny bit of revenue. the grant program can't come soon enough with operators hopeful that it will tide them until the the events start in the back end of the year as vaccines roll out, and fans are comfortable in the new normal. >> we have had early indicators of festivals going on sale, and
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some tours are going on sale that have all blown out on the on sale, so it is really, i'm really optimistic about the demands out there. and we can't wait to open up our doors. >> reporter: now the last show here at the independent was more than a year ago in march with the band little jesus, and while the owners of allen were really eager to get the applications in today, the sba portal had technical difficulties and actually shutdown before the people could submit the applications, so after more than year of weight, shep, the owners are wondering how much longer they can hang on. >> kate, thank you. teenagers spend a lot of time on tiktok, right? so do some adults. last weekend, it paid off for a 13-year-old boy in new hampshire, and he used the app to save another boy's life. 800 miles away.
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kayden continueneer was watchin boy ride a atv and it flipped over on him, and he could hear jared gasping for air. >> that is the hardest part to listen to, and you were praying that somebody was there to help him. and he could hear him repeating a phone number, and so he told his parents and he called the kid's family and found him trapped struggling to breathe, but okay. and he said that he called cotnoir later that night to thank him. and fans going out to ball park are not the only once happy to be back, and ask jimmy wilson working for the nats since day one, and then covid kept him away a year and a half, and then a homecoming at the home opener. and slowly but surely the country is coming back to life, and now a quick stop or ten at the gym, and up next, the all-out rush to leave the pandemic and the pounds behind.
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major league baseball's opening week wraps up tomorrow. we saw sunshine, snow and some fastballs and covid curveballs like in d.c. where the nationals had the first four games postponed due to virus. but the d.c. opening day was worth the wait. a year and half before they could play in the home crowd and the nats gave them a thrill coming from behind with a walkoff against the braves a. good day to rout for the home team or to work for it. jimmy wilson has been doing both in washington for four decades now. the pandemic caused a little bit of a rain delay, but this week, he finally got home. here's nbc's vaughan hilliard. >> who are you >> jimmy wilson. >> reporter: did you go to ball park at all last year? >> no, i was not allowed to. >> reporter: his name is jimmy. he has worked the stands at washington sporting events since the 1980s, including every season of the washington nationals' existence.
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you were there opening day >> opening day. >> reporter: and george bush threw out the first pitch? >> indeed. >> reporter: but the pandemic left jimmy no ball park to supervise only the health of his own family. >> reporter: where did you spend your time? >> at home. >> reporter: you seem like a social man to me >> yeah, i am. the virus is no joke. and it was a whole year that nobody came to visit me. no one, because you are not coming near. >> reporter: we get to ball park on this tuesday afternoon, and and we spot jimmy down the road and a hug, and within seconds the first day back to the job, and it is opening day for the washington nationals baseball team, and also what could be called reopening day for jimmy. and hundreds of other game day employees. >> reporter: have you gotten the vaccine? >> yes. i am ready to get back to the
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fans. >> reporter: that is amazing. >> we have the best fans in baseball. >> reporter: it does not take long for jimmy to see friends that he has not seen in a year and a half. >> this man is a legend. >> reporter: he has known scott sphere for a year and half. when is the last time you have been here? >> 2019. >> reporter: in fact the nationals won the 2019 world series, and he has not returned here since then. this is a view, this 79-year-old man yearned for from his home. >> how you doing >> reporter: and now double masked and soft spoken and the mere presence here makes this idea that it is more of a game, and the actual truth in 2021. baseball last year, it is like going to bed without a bed. you sleep on the floor, and that is how i feel about this. how you doing? >> jimmy is one of the most cherished people in the ball club. >> we love him. >> one of the things they missed most.
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i missed the employees and the fans here. >> reporter: only a few thousand fans allowed in the stadium for the season start, but jimmy is going to be there to supervise it to the full capacity again, because for jimmy wilson, this year, it is day-to-day concern, it will be of baseball season. for the news, i'm vaughan hilliard. >> ready for your home opener? as in the door is open, and you get out of the hus i feel you. but as the country isp cok back the life, some people are using a pretty different notch in the belt, right? some home fitness saw big growth last year, but so did some of our waistlines. change is coming and fast. all over, couch potatoes are transforming into gym rats. here is our resident fitness fanatic, cnbc's diana olick. >> with the world shutdown this past year, there is a lot of this, this, this and this, and now armed with vaccines, we are supposed to get back out there. >> you mean, back to the
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wardrobe that i purchased a i can no longer fit into yes. >> and closer to when everything opens up and we want to be and looking our best and feel our best >> reporter: 42% of americans reported an undesired weight gain due to covid according to the american psychological association, an average increase is 29 pounds. >> we love sourdough bread. >> reporter: and that is why gyms saw increase and strongest member sales in a year despite the footprint in l.a. and san francisco and even though they have heavy gym restrictions. >> we are forecasting that the big boom is september when we have gotten through the summer and the kids are back to school, and normalcy with the businesses
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opening up the offices again. >> reporter: barry's boot camp said that march attendance was up 48% over january, and it is streaming the workouts, and they are strong. >> five more seconds. >> reporter: at orange theory the memberships are up 17% from january and the biggest jump is 9% in the past month. >> we are getting a lot of people now that haven't seen us over the winter that are ready and like realizing this has been a long time coming, and it is over a year since i have done any workout and i am desperate to get back into shape. >> reporter: the gym industry itself is desperately trying to get back into shape. and many of the small gyms have gone out of business and most are struggling under the rent and the payroll obligations. other industries that should get a quick boost now especially the beauty business. there is talk of an impending botox boom. not here of course, shep. >> not you, diana. thank you.
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55 second left on the race to finish. two mass shootings in fewer than 24 hours. police if bryan, texas, say at least one is dead and six others are hurt, and a state trooper is among those shot chasing the suspect. investigators in south carolina say an ex-nfl player killed five people including a doctor and his own two young grandchildren before killing himself. today, president biden took executive actions on the gun, but he says he is calling for the congress to act themselves and strip the gun industry of its lawsuit immunity. and now, you know the news of this thursday april 8th, 2021. i'm shepard smith. thanks for having us in tonight. we sure do appreciate it. follow us on instagram and twitter @thenewscnbc. see you tomorrow. and now with optional alarms,
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