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show. we will be here every weekday at 3:00 on tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the vote just moments ago. the key cdc panel unanimously in favor of pfizer's vaccine for children 5 to 11. cdc director rochelle walensky expected to sign off at any moment. what parents should know tonight. also this evening, the election showdown right now in virginia. what it could say about the country, about the president's agenda. the first exit polls coming in now in that hotly contested race for governor between democrat terry mcoff life and republican glen youngkin. tonight, new signs a house could be nearing a vote on the president's house infrastructure bill. the second bill, universal pre-k, affordable child care, expanded medicare and climate. and news just now on a key part
of that second bill, controlling prescription drug prices. and tonight, with president biden signaled on the world stage today when it comes to that key democratic senator, joe manchin. tonight, the trial of kyle rittenhouse under way in kenosha, wisconsin. the 18-year-old gunman who crossed state lines, charged with shooting three people with an assault rifle during a police protest. killing two and wounding one. tonight, what rittenhouse's attorneys are now claiming. news tonight on the deadly shooting on that movie set. abc news now obtaining a resignation letter from one of the camera operators sent just the night before the shooting and what that letter claimed. tonight, the nfl star facing possible dui charges following a deadly crash. the jet pack mystery hovering over los angeles. pilots reporting several sightings. tonight here, what authorities are now revealed. last night, we took you to madagascar, the climate famine. tonighten, the abc news special
report on the climate crisis with james longman, now taking us to india. on top of a coal mine, the village where the ground is too warm to stand on. children breathing toxic fumes. and tonight, india's new promise. and a word tonight about someone very dear we lost here at abc news. and the words of wisdom she shared with so many people now in one place. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. we are just back from scotland tonight and a lot of news to get to here at home. and we begin tonight with that late vote today from that key cdc panel on pfizer's vaccine for children 5 to 11. that panel voting unanimously in famous of the vaccine. the first covid vaccine for about 28 million children in this age group. cdc director dr. rochelle walensky expected to sign off at any moment now.
this will be two shots, each shot about one-third the adult dose. 15 million doses have already shipped out and columbus, ohio, for one, 1,800 doses arriving right here at nationwide children's hospital, packed in dry ice and immediately stored in freezers. vaccinations could begin as early as tomorrow. the government also shipping doses to doctors offices, drugstores, clinics and schools where parents already go for other vaccinations for their children. abc's steve osunsami leads us off tonight from the cdc. >> reporter: the cdc's panel of experts believes that vaccinating children with the new pediatric pfizer vaccine is clear and voted unanimously tonight in favor of the new drug for children 5 to 11 years old. >> we have a total of 14 yeses and 0 nos, and so the motion passes. >> reporter: while the scientists were debating, the federal government was shipping boxes of the vaccine today. this children's hospital in
columbus, ohio, is storing theirs tonight in a freezer, and will start vaccinating kids here tomorrow morning. this new vaccine is still two shots but one-third the amount of the adult dose. early results in children show that it's nearly 91% effective in preventing symptomatic infections with only mild side effects, like a sore arm, headaches or fever. and they saw no cases of myocarditis, a rare heart inflammation that's been seen in some young men. >> children are going to be able to get their lives back. be able to get back to school, back to in-person learning, back to be around their friends. and this is a huge win for public and mental health. >> reporter: the government wants parents to be as comfortable giving their children this new vaccine as they already are with vaccines required for school. and to that end, there are millions of doses now arriving at 25,000 doctor's offices, clinics, schools and community centers. big pharmacy chains like cvs, rite aid and walgreens will get shipments, too, within days. >> we're trusting the service, so, we're going to go ahead and do it.
>> reporter: a new poll shows that more than a quarter of parents say they're ready give their kids the shot right now, but nearly two-thirds say they'd rather wait or plan to refuse to vaccinate their children altogether. >> i wouldn't be getting any of my kids an emergency use authorization vaccination. i definitely would want to see long-term studies. >> reporter: on the day children get their shots, there's no reason for their parents to even try and keep them home from school. that in the kids they've studied who have gotten the vaccine, if they had any reaction, it was mild and no reason to stay home. david? >> all right, steve osunsami leading us off tonight. steve, thank you, as always. the other major story unfolding right now, the election showdown in virginia. polls about to close at the top of the hour in this high stakes race for governor. president biden won that state by ten points a year ago, but tonight, polling going into election day showing this race very close. democrat terry mcauliffe.
and tonight, some of the exit polls already coming in now, revealing the issues driving voters in a race now being watched by the nation. abc's stephanie ramos in virginia. >> reporter: today, virginians lining up to vote in the razor-tight race for governor. democrats haven't lost a statewide contest here in more >> i need you to call on your friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, whatever you got. >> reporter: but tonight, former governor terry mcauliffe locked in a battle with republican businessman glenn youngkin. >> it's election day. we feel pretty darn good i have to say. >> reporter: youngkin campaigning on kitchen table issues, but also on cultural flashpoints. >> let me be clear, on day one, we will not have political agendas in the classroom, and i will ban critical race theory. >> reporter: even though critical race theory is not currently taught in virginia public schools. youngkin has the support of former president donald trump. >> i'll tell you what. glenn youngkin is a great
gentleman. truly successful. >> reporter: still, youngkin has kept trump at arm's length, even as his opponent reminds voters of that endorsement. >> glenn youngkin has been endorsed by donald trump ten times. ten. he said so much of the reason why i'm running is because of donald trump. >> reporter: voters we spoke to today, divided. but many mentioning education and the schools. >> what i see is that economy has taken a really bad turn very fast very quickly. i think parents do have a say over their kid's education. >> my sister and i came out here today to vote especially regarding the issues within the school system and just the mask mandates and all the covid regulation policies. i voted for the democratic candidate because of these reasons. >> stephanie ramos outside a polling place there in ashburn, virginia, tonight. stephanie, president biden won
by ten points there. tonight's election, though, seen by many as a sort of referendum of sorts on his first year in office. >> reporter: exactly, david. no doubt the white house is watching this closely. early exit polls are showing jobs and the economy as the top issue for voters, education right behind it. then taxes and the pandemic. as for president biden, he is underwater with voters. more than half disapprove of the job he's doing. former president donald trump, his numbers just as bad. but voters i talk to say this election isn't about either president, it is about the future of their state, david. >> we'll be watching. stephanie, thank you. there's also late word from capitol hill tonight on what president biden calls his build back better bill. universal pre-k, expanded medicare, incentives to fight the climate crisis. speaker nancy pelosi tonight now saying the final details could be wrapped up by tonight. and as part of that bill, word tonight that there's now agreement on efforts to get a handle on prescription drug prices.
the president now on his way back from the climate summit and he very much wants a victory on this. and what he's saying tonight about senator joe manchin, saying, "i believe joe will be there." here's our chief white house correspondent cecilia vega from glasgow. >> reporter: president biden heading home tonight, after insisting world leaders made real progress in glasgow. >> i can't think of any two days where more has been accomplished, dealing with climate, than these two days. >> reporter: more than 100 countries signing a pledge to limit emissions of methane -- a greenhouse gas that's a leading cause of global warming. leaders also promising to end deforestation by 2030. but today, the president acknowledging criticism that wealthier nations like the u.s. still aren't doing enough. >> there's a reason for people to be worried. i'm worried. >> reporter: the president again using the world stage to tout his domestic agenda back home. and while it sets aside a record $555 billion to fight climate change, right now, it's on hold and under attack from a key
moderate, senator joe manchin, who publicly bashed it, saying it's paid for with, quote, shell games and budget gimmicks. manchin today telling abc's rachel scott the house should quit stalling and vote on a separate bipartisan bill to rebuild roads and bridges. house progressives are holding that up, demanding a vote on the president's social policy and climate plan, too. >> what do you say to democrats who say you threw the president a curveball while he was overseas on the world stage? >> not at all. not at all. i feel basically it's time to do something. >> reporter: the president tonight saying he's confident manchin will come around. >> i believe that joe will be there. i understand that joe is looking for the precise detail to make sure nothing got slipped in, in terms of the way in which the legislation got written that is different than he acknowledged he would agree to. but i think we'll get this done. >> reporter: but there is now late word tonight that democrats have reached a deal on a key sticking point in their fight, it's about the cost over prescription drugs. this plan would lower the cost
of some of those drugs including insulin and it would cap out of pocket expenses. it's not as sweeping as what democrats wanted, but it does have the backing of a key holdout, arizona senator kyrsten sinema. right now, there is no scheduled vote on this plan, but david, that all means that this is still waiting for president biden when he lands back in washington overnight. >> all right, cecilia vega. safe trip home for you, as we. we turn next tonight to the trial of kyle rittenhouse getting under way in kenosha, wisconsin. the 18-year-old accused of shooting three people during a protest against police brutality last year, killing two and wounding a third. rittenhouse saying he took up arms to protect local businesses and what his lawyers argued in court today. abc's alex perez is there. >> reporter: opening statements in the trial of kyle rittenhouse. the 18-year-old in court, at times yawning, as the defense told jurors rittenhouse was the one threatened by protesters, prompting him to fire. >> what this case will come down to, it isn't a whodunit, it is,
was kyle rittenhouse's actions privileged under the law of self-defense? >> reporter: prosecutors arguing rittenhouse's actions were intentional. >> hundreds of people were out in the street experiencing chaos and violence. and the only person who killed anyone was the defendant, kyle rittenhouse. >> reporter: it was back in august of 2020, when rittenhouse, 17 then, says he armed himself to help patrol the city of kenosha in the wake of violent protests, after a white police officer shot jacob blake. rittenhouse, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of shooting and killing joseph rosenbaum and anthony huber and injuring gaige grosskreutz. >> so help you god. >> i do. >> reporter: on the witness stand, dominic black, rittenhouse's friend who purchased the semiautomatic rifle rittenhouse used in the shooting. black testifying he saw rittenhouse shortly after the shooting.
>> he said he had to do it. it was self-defense. people were trying to hurt him. >> reporter: david, the trial is expected to last two to three weeks. he could face life in prison. david? >> alex perez in wisconsin. alex, thank you. we turn now to the deadly shooting on that movie set. tonight, abc news obtaining a resignation letter from a camera operator on the crew the night before the fatal shooting and what that letter claimed. here's abc's kaylee hartung. >> reporter: tonight, abc news obtaining a resignation letter from one of the camera operators of "rust." the night before the fatal shooting, lane luper emailing production managers -- "in my ten years as a camera assistant, i have never worked on a show that cares so little for the safety of its crew." luper writing, "the filming of gun fights on this job, things are often played very fast and loose" and saying when he raised concerns about the lack of safety meetings on-set with production, "we are usually met with the same answers about not having enough time to complete the day if we rehearse."
tonight, the production camera saying he had absolutely nothing to do or knowledge of safety protocols. the company also saying safety is also the number one priority on our films. luper an a half dozen members of the camera department walking off the santa fe set just hours before authorities say assistant director dave halls handed alec baldwin a loaded gun. but halls' lawyer challenging that account in an interview with fox. >> in the affidavits, it states that my client grabbed the gun off of a prop cart and handed it to baldwin. that absolutely did not happen. >> reporter: a single shot killing cinematographer halyna hutchins and injuring director joel souza, seen here recovering with his arm in a sling. and dave halls' attorney says checking the gun was not his sponltd, but investigators say halls told them he should have inspected each round in each chamber of the gun before handing it to baldwin but did not. david? >> kaylee hartung in los angeles tonight. kaylee, thank you. we're going to turn now to
the abc news series climate crisis, saving tomorrow. last night, madagascar. tonight, we take you to india. the third-largest emit or the of carbon dioxide in the world. that country pledging to reach net zero emissions by 2070, trying to break its addiction to coal. tonight here, we're in one village, on top of a coal mine. the floors in people's homes and the ground, in some cases, too hot to stand on. children breathing toxic air. james longman now from india. >> reporter: living on the edge of hell. this village in the east of india sits right on top of a coal mine. these people's jobs depend on coal, but just below their feet, it burns for 24 hours a day. the smoke you see is carbon dioxide-filled vapor. these children breathe in these toxic fumes all day and all night. life expectancy is ten years short of the national average here. black lung a common illness. irreparable damage to their health and the climate. coal is so important to the livelihoods of these families,
they're willing to die for it, on this fossil fuel front line. sapna has been living in this village all her life. she shows me something extraordinary. oh, my god, that's actually really hot. you can see the steam coming off of it. she's terrified the heat, from the mine under the ground, will swallow her home like it's destroyed others around her. mining is not about old problem in india. it's a modern one, and it's going to be a future one, because they're expanding all the time. so this is the reality of coal mining in india. 70% of india's energy comes from coal, making it the world's third biggest polluter behind china and the u.s. but its energy needs are set to rise faster than both over the next 20 years. with so many yet to be lifted out of poverty, the potential for emission levels to explode is clear. this is sensitive for officials here, who at one point tried to stop us filming these conditions. >> we can't film until we have authority from high. >> reporter: fine. what were all those people doing there? >> the process is, they are
segregating larger rocks. >> reporter: so, they have the workers down here and they're just on the surface of the coal here and they're sorting through it with their bare hands. hard labor doesn't begin to explain this life. but india has exciting green energy plans. solar will be huge here. and delhi's massive pollution problem has already forced it into cleaner energies. but coal will be a hard habit to kick. the average indian generates far less carbon than the average american. in fact, it takes at least seven indians to generate as much carbon as one person in the united states. but it's the sheer number of people who live here, coupled with the rate of development, that means a greener indian future is vital if the world is going to beat climate change. david? >> stunning shot. james longman in india and we'll continue this series all month long here. when we come back tonight, the nfl star facing dui charges following a deadly crash. and the jet pack mystery.
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>> reporter: tonight, the words and wisdom of our colleague, our friend, cokie roberts. >> we're following two major stories tonight -- >> reporter: from her husband of 53 years, steve roberts. >> this has been a home for a long time. >> reporter: celebrating his wife in his book, "cokie: a life well lived," as a kind and generous mother and mentor and a pioneer in journalism at a time dominated by men. >> she was totally unphased. giving it back to them, playing with the big boys. and women all over the country started noticing this, martha. >> reporter: now sharing the stories he heard from so many after cokie's death two years ago. cokie was a tremendous mentor to so many women, me. and when i looked up to cokie, it wasn't just professionally, it was because she was doing sog
many of the thing s we couldn't do. >> here was cokie coming in with two kids, six grandkids, a long marriage, and yet still managed to have the career she did. and so many women saw her as a role model, because that's the life they wanted. they didn't want to have choose. there would be a line outside her door of people seeking her advice above all, seeking her encouragement, because she was a great cheerleader. >> reporter: tell me what her legacy is. >> there are two legacies. the public cokie and the private cokie. not everybody can be a big tv star. everybody can be a good person. everybody can learn something about those private acts of generosity and charity and friendship that she did every day. >> i love that. our thanks to martha and of course, to steve, for his book of wisdom from cokie. good night. announcer: building a better bay area. moving forward, finding solutions.
this is abc 7 news. >> zero no's the motion passes. the interim recommendation is another recommendation by the acip. dan: a u.s. advisory panel give the recommendation for the pfizer vaccine for kids ages five to 11 now it is. . up to the cdc. thank you for joining us. i am larry beil. kristen: and i am kristen sze. you are watching abc 7 news at 4:00 here, on hulu live, and wherever you stream the first shots could be administered as quickly as tomorrow morning. but there will not be a wide will in next week. most recent data from pfizer's the trials finds the one-third dose is nearly 91% effective against symptomatic illness. pfizer says men of the children in the trials experienced a rare
hurt inflammation side effect known as myocarditis. >> the bottom line is getting covid is much riskier to the heart than getting the vaccine. larry: the cdc estimates that for every million pediatric vaccinations, more than 18,000 cases and 80 hospitalizations could prevented. kristen: let's go to reporter leslie brinkley. shots will be available as early as friday, right, in contra costa county? leslie: that's exactly right, realistic expectations is, across the bay area, the pfizer vaccine for children could be available by friday at major health clinics, at pharmacies, but the county itself says they expect to be ready to roll it out by saturday in their clinics. in the rollout is expected to be very rapid. >> i think a lot of people will rush to get the vaccine and that is probably a good idea.