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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the last-minute negotiating right now. will the house vote tonight on that bipartisan infrastructure bill? president biden in the oval office late today. congress has averted a government shutdown. but of course, now the question, will this infrastructure vote happen? roads, bridges, broadband. house speaker nancy pelosi working the phones with progressives who are demanding movement on the much larger $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill. health care, child care, early education and fighting climate change. tonight, moderate democratic senator joe manchin and the price tag he now says he'll accept. can they come up with a framework that they all agree on so that they can then pass this
smaller bipartisan bill tonight? what the house speaker said late today. rachel scott live on the hill. terry moran live at the white house. the coronavirus and tonight, the vaccine mandates kicking in. workers refusing to get vaccinated now losing their jobs. the battle reaching a breaking point in some places. police escorting public health officials to safety in new hampshire. and tonight here, the new study. just how many americans who have had covid still have symptoms three to six months later? and what they're now seeing. the school shooting in memphis. a teenager opening fire in a stairwell. a 13-year-old boy in critical condition. hundreds on lockdown and what we just learned. the fbi tonight returning to the home of brian laundrie and news this evening about two calls to police involving the laundrie home the day before gabby petito was reported missing. the fiery collision on the tracks. the train slamming into a stalled truck and the explosion. the postal service slowdown set to begin tomorrow. what you should expect. righting a wrong a century later. giving this beach to the
descendants of its rightful owners. and america strong tonight. it turns out a lot of you at home are up for a beer and a scone. america strong. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin tonight with all eyes on washington now. this high stakes showdown. congress averting that government shutdown and now the question, of course, will the house vote tonight on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill already passed by the senate? money for roads, bridges, broadband and to create jobs. progressives have said they want a framework for the much larger human infrastructure bill, expanded health care, child care and fighting climate change. but is it even possible a framework comes together by tonight? all day today, speaker pelosi vowing to press ahead with the vote. saying they're on a path to win the vote.
a short time ago, we learned she is still working the phones, counting votes at this hour. tonight, one of the key moderate democratic senators, joe manchin, who they need onboard for that larger bill, has confirmed a price tag he offered the white house some time ago, that he would be comfortable with. the other moderate senator kyrsten sinema says she's been sharing her concerns on the larger plan. the head of the progressive caucus in the house, congresswoman pramila jayapal, says their number remains $3.5 trillion. so, where do things stand tonight? speaker pelosi has not brought bills to the floor if she doesn't have the votes before, so will there be a vote tonight? rachel scott leading us off on the hill again this evening. >> reporter: tonight, president biden signing the bill to avoid a government shutdown. one crisis averted, but another, just around the corner. biden's entire domestic agenda hanging in the balance. speaker nancy pelosi declaring the house plans to vote tonight on the president's bipartisan trillion dollar infrastructure bill. >> we're on a path to win the vote. i don't want to even consider
any options other than that. that's just the way it is. we go in it to win it. >> reporter: progressives insist a vote tonight will fail, that they will reject the bill unless the house and senate first pass a separate, massive $3.5 trillion package covering everything from early childhood education to the battle against climate change. >> let me just tell you about negotiating. at the end, that's when you really have to weigh in. you cannot tire. you cannot concede. this is the fun part. >> reporter: on the other side, two moderate senators, kyrsten sinema of arizona and joe manchin of west virginia. for them, $3.5 trillion is just too much. today, manchin finally going public with a price tag he would accept -- $1.5 trillion, less than half of what progressives demand. did you share that number with the president? and has that 1.5 since gone up? >> the last week or so. >> reporter: has your topline raised since then? >> my topline has not been. my topline has been 1.5, because
i believe in my heart that what we can do and what with the needs we have right now and what we can afford to do without basically changing our whole society to an entitlement mentality. >> reporter: today, the head of the progressive caucus saying manchin should come to the table. >> my number is 3.5. our number is 3.5. if somebody has a different offer, they can put it on the table. so, you tell us what you want and we'll figure out whether or not we can get there. >> reporter: manchin pleading with progressives. >> you have a good piece of legislation. don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. take this. let's sit down and work what we can through the others and get what we can get. >> maybe she's getting an update right now. >> reporter: speaker pelosi working the phones nonstop, even at the congressional baseball game. madame speaker, you've been working on this hour by hour. are you any closer to bring the two sides together? >> yes. >> well, the american people getting a real-time lesson on how this all comes together or doesn't. rachel, bottom line, where do things stand right now? does it look like there will be a vote tonight? >> reporter: well, david, right now, house speaker nancy pelosi is huddled behind closed doors with close aides working with
the white house trying to broker a deal that would satisfy both sides and get this infrastructure deal across the finish line tonight. i just spoke with a source with the progressive caucus who told me that they still have the votes to tank this and if there is no agreement, that they will, david. >> rachel scott tonight. rachel leading us off again, thank you. president biden, meanwhile, in the oval office, also working the phones, too, his domestic agenda, of course, on the line here. let's get right to terry moran, live at the white house. and terry, what are they saying over there at the white house tonight? >> reporter: well, they are still hopeful, david, despite this roller coaster of a day. the president, as you say, in the oval office all day working the phones, pulling out all the stops. last night, he attended the annual congressional baseball game. that's a throwback to a very different washington. and aides emphasize that's part of joe biden's strategy here. this is not his first rodeo, they say. and they also say in these calls and meetings, he's listening more than dictating terms. he says he didn't like being told by presidents what to do when he was a senator and he's not doing that now.
but there are many democrats less hopeful who are hoping that he'll be more forceful and get this thing done. right now, it's not done, but they are still hopeful. david? >> all right, a long night ahead, perhaps long several weeks ahead. terry, thank you. we're going to turn in the meantime to the other major news this thursday night. the coronavirus and the vaccine mandates now kicking in. workers refusing to get vaccinated now losing their jobs. california health care workers facing a deadline to be vaccinated by today. new york city teachers and staff must be vaccinated by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. the battle reaching a breaking point in some places. this angry meeting in new hampshire, police having to escort public health officials just to get out of the room. tonight here, the new study, as well, just how many americans who have had covid still actually have symptoms three to six months later and what those symptoms are. here's whit johnson. >> reporter: tonight, the nationwide crackdown on workers who refuse the vaccine. from california, where health care employees had until today to be fully vaccinated or risk
losing their jobs. to new york city, where teachers and staff face a deadline of tomorrow night to get their first shots. >> i believe we should have a choice in what we decide to put in our bodies. >> reporter: in new york, nearly 100% of health care workers in the state's largest hospital system, northwell health, are now fully vaccinated. >> it was the right thing to do. i will stand with that. it was hard to do, though. it's hard to force people to do something that you truly wish they would do voluntarily. >> reporter: but late today, a federal appeals court blocked the firing of new york health care workers who claimed a religious exemption, pending the outcome of a court hearing next month. the battle over vaccines boiling over in new hampshire. >> shut it down, shut it down! >> reporter: protesters disrupting an executive council meeting over vaccine outreach. state police escorting some employees and public health officials out of the building to safety. >> saying to people, "i know where you live," i think that's intimidating and threatening.
>> reporter: and tonight, growing concerns about covid and kids. two children in virginia dying from the virus in just two days, including 10-year-old teresa sperry. the state of ohio seeing the country's second-highest number of child hospitalizations. >> pretty hard to keep our heads above water day in and day out. >> reporter: it comes as we're learning more about the risks of long haul covid symptoms, like shortness of breath and abdominal pain. a new study from oxford found that 37% of covid survivors experience at least one symptom three to six months after infection. scott plaut got covid last december, but still needs oxygen and cardiac rehab. he's urging everyone to get the vaccine. >> unless you want to go into a hospital and have something cut into your throat for a tracheotomy, go 105 days without eating or drinking anything and
likely lose your life, i say go for that vaccine. >> all these pleas from people who have had covid are really powerful. whit is back with us tonight. i want to go back to this new study, whit, because people who've had covid who are still having symptoms three to six months later, what are they seeing? >> reporter: well, david, we've also heard from doctors who treated patients nine months, even 1 mont8 months after their initial covid infections. common symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, depression and brain fog. and some of those patients had no issues early on, only to experience those long haul symptoms months later. david? >> all right, whit johnson on this again tonight. thank you, whit. next this evening, a school shooting in memphis. a teenager opening fire in a stairwell. a 13-year-old boy in critical condition. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: parents at this south memphis grade school tonight just can't believe this is happening again in america and happening to them -- a teenage boy brought a gun to school and shot a 13-year-old student. >> they have a student that has
been shot. possible suspect responsible is still inside the school. >> reporter: shortly after 9:15 this morning, memphis police had to race to cummings elementary school. with 500 students on lockdown, police swept the school searching for the child with the gun. >> the shooting occurred in a stairwell inside the school. and from the video evidence that we've reviewed, there were no other students around. >> reporter: police believe the boy with the firearm is also a 13-year-old student at the school and say he somehow left the school in a car. at this baptist church a half mile away, frightened parents had to wait for their children. >> my daughter had text me and told me it was a little boy in her classroom that was shot and she said, momma, come and get me. >> reporter: the parents were standing in the pouring rain for hours, praying their kids would walk out of the church doors. >> woo, my baby! >> they came out with a smile and they just came out with a smile and hugged us. so, they okay. they okay. >> reporter: across the country so far this year, the data shows more than 50 school shootings on
school campuses. 13 people dead and 40 wounded. a very frustrated school superintendent in memphis tonight says this shouldn't be happening. >> no way a child should have a gun. this must stop. >> reporter: so far, authorities aren't sharing a motive in this shooting and tell us that the 13-year-old who is accused is in police custody tonight and likely to be charged with attempted murder. they say that he turned himself in. the victim in this case, who is also a child, is expected to make a full recovery. david? >> all right, steve. steve osunsami tonight, thank you. we turn next tonight to the new headline, the fbi returning to the home of brian laundrie's family. laundrie, of course, a person of interest in the disappearance of gabby petito. and late today, word that police received a number of calls involving the laundrie home the day before gabby petito was reported missing.
and the following day, too. abc's victor oquendo in florida tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi back at brian laundrie's family home amid newly released police records showing that two calls involving the laundrie house were made before gabby petito was reported missing and three calls came the next day. the nature of those calls has not been revealed. >> can you tell us why you were at the laundrie house? >> reporter: today, the family's attorney saying agents were there "to collect some personal items belonging to brian that will assist the canines in their search." laundrie now missing for nearly two weeks after he returned to north port florida alone. he'd been on a cross-country trip with girlfriend gabby petito, who was later found dead in wyoming. >> do you know where brian laundrie is? >> are they cooperating? >> reporter: and tonight, more details emerging about laundrie's whereabouts before he vanished. the family's attorney confirming he bought a new cell phone at an at&t store, though it was not clear why he needed it. the fbi now in possession of that phone. investigators also seen searching the laundrie's camper they took on a labor day trip to fort de soto park. this couple who was camping
nearby says they saw brian and his parents together. >> apparently, they were at the campground when we were there, and they were right next to us. >> reporter: one of the couple's selfies capturing who they believe is brian laundrie walking in the background, possibly his last public sighting. >> they kept to themselves. they were there and then they weren't. >> so many questions remain tonight. victor, as we wait to learn more about those calls to police, the day before she was actually reported missing, tonight, we're also reminded that coverage of gabby petito's case has led to news coverage of others who are missing and news on a loved one who had been missing, a houston man? >> reporter: david, robert lowery was visiting wyoming in august when he vanished. authorities say that a body matching his description was discovered just this week and his family says that is thanks in part to all of the attention on the gabby petito case and the tips that have been coming in, but the manner of death in his case is still pending. david? >> all right, victor, thank you. and one more note on the missing tonight.
the family of missing florida college student miya marcano calling on the fbi to help find her. marcano was last seen at her orlando apartment complex on friday. a maintenance worker at the complex, the primary suspect in her disappearance, found dead on monday, an apparent suicide. investigators say he used a master key fob to access marcano's apartment just before she vanished. we're going to turn tonight to california and righting a wrong a century later. a beachfront property returned to the descendants of a black family who owned it when it was seized by the town with the pretense of building a park. but the property then sat idle for decades. here's abc's zohreen shah tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a century-long injustice now corrected. los angeles county giving this beachfront property to the bruce family. descendants accepting the manhattan beach land that willa and charles bruce bought in 1912 for $1,200. their great-great grandson anthony bruce giving thanks.
>> and i want to thank everyone who is here today. >> reporter: this less than quarter acre now worth millions. the bruce's were among the city's first black landowners, creating a resort for many barred from beaches because of segregation. the couple then becoming targets of racist attacks. in 1929, manhattan beach took the bruce's property by eminent domain, citing the urgent need for a public park. but for decades it sat empty. black lives matter protests quickly catching the attention of lawmakers. is this enough? >> no, this is only the first step in our fight for justice for charles and willa bruce and sth their descendants. the first demand we had was to restore the land to the family. there's the restitution of the loss of revenue for the past 97 years. >> reporter: tonight, the governor signing into law the land's return. this area is now a lifeguard station. i spoke to a family member who says they plan to keep it that way and lease the land to the county. david? >> zohreen shah, who was there on the scene for us. zohreen, thank you. and when we come back here tonight, that fiery collision on the tracks.
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