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doctor about pfizer's pill and kids in vaccines and we caught up with hunter pence and got his tonight, breaking news on several fronts as we come on the air. on capitol hill at this hour could president biden be on the vernal of a major victory in his domestic agenda? the push for a potential vote tonight. the vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that would create hundreds of thousands of job, build roads and bridges and broadband, already passed by democrats and republicans in the senate. tonight house speaker nancy pelosi urging democrats in the house to vote yes on this tonight. with a procedural vote on the social spending bill, and a promise to move forward on that in the coming weeks, hoping to get progressives on board. we'll go live to rachel scott on the hill tonight. also this evening, the major
headline -- the tight against covid. tonight pfizer announcing its own new pill, taken within days of getting symptoms they say it cuts down the risk of hospitalization or death by nearly 90%. also tonight for parents who want to get their children vaccinated this weekend, important news tonight, and whit johnson is standing by. paying tribute to general colin powell. u.s. presidents from both parties and secretary of state hillary clinton embracing alma powell. tonight, the emotional words from his son, and the story of the disabled vet who stopped the help colin powell on the side of the road. the emotional scene from inside the courtroom in the ahmaud arbery case today, the trail of three white men charged with murdering arbery. the driver shot and killed, pursued by a pub truck. tonight prosecutors say he was chased from five minutes. a high school spanish teacher was killed by two students at her own high school,
found dead in a park. what the teacher's daughter is saying tonight. also, nfl star aaron rodgers breaking his silence. he has covid, after saying he was immunized. out of the big game this weekend, and what the quarterback is saying about his vaccination status, adding he thinks this is a witch-hunt. breaking news involving governor andrew cuomo tonight. is the case on shaky ground now? what we've just learned. and we're learning more about the stunning image, the sky diving plane stalling midair, the diveris jumping and what the pilot was able to do next. good evening. it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together. always seems to happen on friday. several breaking stories, the new covid pill from pfizer. this can be significant. the emotional story from colin powell's son at the service for powell at the washington
national cathedral today. we are going to begin with the breaking news, late today house speaker nancy pelosi urging democrats in the house to vote yes tonight on that bipartisan infrastructure bill that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs, build roads and bridges and broadband, already passed by democrats and republicans in the senate. so will they follow her lead, or will they block this? president biden late today called the head of the progressive caucus, congresswoman pramila jayapal in their meeting and she informed the president she's still a no along with members of her caucus. the president urging members to send the bipartisan infrastructure bill to his desk and send the other bill, the build back better bill to the senate. a flurry of negotiations and calls on capitol hill today. house speaker nancy pelosi seen speaking with members all day. and her late fupush today for a vote tonight. progressives huddled, deciding
their next move when the call came in from president biden right in the middle of it all. is this going to happen or not? rachel scott leading us off from the hill tonight. >> good morning. >> reporter: tonight, president biden could be on the verge of a major victory. house speaker nancy pelosi announcing the house will vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill before the day is done. pelosi urging reluctant progressives to vote yes. >> i hope that it would weigh heavily on them that american people want to see progress in their communities. it's very important that we pass it. so i hope that they would make a judgement on the merits of the legislation. >> reporter: progressives have refused to pass that infrastructure bill unless the house also votes on the president's massive social spending legislation. tonight, pelosi hoping to call their bluff by scheduling the vote. after she spoke, the progressive caucus huddling behind closed doors. in the middle of the meeting, president biden calling the chair of the caucus, congresswoman pramila jayapal. she rushed out of the room to take his call. earlier today, biden demanding that congress pass the bill
"right now." >> let's get this done. >> reporter: the $1 trillion infrastructure bill would repair the nation's roads and bridges and improve rural internet access. it includes new clean water initiatives and the largest investment ever in public transit. it would also install electric vehicle charging stations across the country. it is estimated to create more than 500,000 jobs. >> do you have 218 votes to pass it? >> we'll see, won't we? >> let's get to rachel scott live on the hill again tonight. rachel, where does this stand? >> reporter: house progressives have now been meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours. i'm told at least 20 members of their caucus would vote against the bipartisan infrastructure package tonight. house speaker nancy pelosi can only afford to lose three democratic votes. the speaker has said she does not bring bills to the floor to lose, and tonight she is under immense pressure to pull this thing off. >> a long night ahead for rachel
scott and our team on the hill. rachel, we thank you as always. meantime, this other news this friday night and to the pandemic. pfizer announcing its own new covid pill. they say it's taken within days of getting symptoms and pfizer says it cuts down the risk of hospitalization or death by nearly 90%. we also have important news tonight for parents who want to get their children vaccinated this weekend. here's whit johnson. >> reporter: tonight, a potential new weapon in the fight against covid. vaccine maker pfizer announcing early trial results of its an the i viral pill show it cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 89%. >> it's really exciting to know that there might be an option to provide patients that could help save their life. >> reporter: the drug called paxlovid was given to high risk patients within three days of developing covid symptoms. it comes just a month after merck reported its new antiviral drug cut the risk of hospitalization or death in half. >> while the news around these pills is incredibly exciting, this does not in any way replace the need for vaccination.
the vaccines still represent our safest and most effective way to reduce risk from covid. >> reporter: unlike monoclonal antibody treatments, which are given through an i.v. at a hospital or clinic, the antiviral pills could be taken at home over five days soon after a person tests positive for covid. merck's drug is on track for potential authorization by the end of the year. pfizer's by early 2022. >> once we get through this delta wave of infection over the next two months, i think that this therapeutic and the other innovations that we've seen coming to market really mark the end of the pandemic for the united states. >> could be a big new weapon in this fight. let's get to whit johnson tonight. i know this is a big weekend ahead for parents across the country when it cops to children 5 to 11 who are finally able to get their vaccinations. and you've got news on that front tonight. >> reporter: yeah, david, both wall greens and cvs will start offering covid shots for kids over the weekend, plus parents with now search from 10,000
locations across the country on the federal website vaccines.org or call their pediatrician. the full rollout for younger children expected to ramp up next week. david? >> whit johnson, we'll see you here this weekend. we're going to move on to the nation playing its final rescues to general colin powell. an american life dedicated to public service. remembered as a trailblazer, a members of both parties .- attending the funeral. president biden embracing his wife. former president obama offering his condolences. george w. bush there, too. and former secretary of state hillary clinton embracing the wife who colin powell always said was there for him, was his rock. tonight here, the deeply emotional words from colin powell's son, and the story of the disabled vet who stopped to help vcolin powell on the side f the road and what happened next. here's martha raddatz now.th naon cebrating thlife of a
trailblazing american patriot, a warrior, a diplomat. the first black chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. the first black secretary of state, colin powell. his former deputy and close friend, richard armitage -- who talked to powell every day for decades -- says it was always about family. >> never in 40 years do i recall his ever failing to either start or end his day by telling what alma was doing, what michael and jane were doing, what linda was doing, and what anne marie and francis were doing, what the grandkids were doing. >> reporter: colin powell's son, michael, pausing to touch his father's coffin before sharing memories of life with his father. >> my sisters and i were raised under the stars, the stars of the storied general that we eulogize today. but our family life was unregimented. no morning revelry or marching drills. it was a warm and joyous and
loving home, anchored by our strong and graceful mother alma. >> reporter: madeleine albright, powell's predecessor at state, joked that powell was a lot more popular than she was, saying he was not only incredibly cool but a remarkable leader. >> i sat in many meetings with colin where i could almost hear his eyes roll. when it was his turn to speak, he was brilliant at bringing over-the-moon claims down to earth and distilling what truly mattered. from what did not. >> reporter: michael powell spoke of the time his father had a flat tire and a disabled veteran stopped to help him. >> the young vet sheepishly asked if he could take a quick selfie, but my dad took time to ask about his family. a few days later to thank him for his help, my father invited the vet and his entire family over to the house for dinner. >> reporter: inside that cathedral today, there was unity and warmth. presidents obama and bush
embracing alma powell. a long hug from hillary clinton for the wife who powell always said was his rock, his inspiration. >> martha raddatz with us live tonight outside washington national cathedral. you and i were on the air here together today. there were so many moments of unity on full display. a deeply personal and moving service, and we saw each of them embracing alma powell. we know she was the one who had the most powerful voice behind the scenes when it came to colin powell not running for president. >> reporter: yeah, david, she was just concerned about his safety and his security, but colin powell really never wanted to run either. he said he felt right when he put on a uniform, and he said he never felt right when he was thinking about a possible presidential run. david? >> martha raddatz with us all day here. mart martha, thank you. we're going to turn now to the difficult start to the trial in the ahmaud arbery case today,
the emotional scene inside that courtroom in georgia, the trial of three white men charged with murdering arbery. he was shot and killed, pursued by a pickup truck, and prosecutors said he was chased for five minutes. tonight, one of the accused claiming it was self-defense. steve osunsami now from georgia. >> reporter: it was the most painful moment during opening statements today, when prosecutors played the violent cellphone video. watching those last few minutes of ahmaud arbery's life led one juror to look down. >> mr. arbery is under attack. by all three of these men. >> reporter: on the other side of this south georgia courtroom, the mother of the man who fired the fatal shot shook her head. and the other mother, of the black victim, let out a cry. saying it was her first time watching it all since her son was killed in february of last year. >> he was running from all three defendants for five minutes. mcmichael told the police this -- stop or i'll blow your
[ bleep ] head off. >> reporter: defense attorneys avoided the word race and focused on the word crime, calling the victim a neighborhood intruder and a plunderer, even though he's never seen stealing anything at the open construction site at the center of the case. >> within a split second, ahmaud arbery makes a left, not a right. makes a left and is on travis. such that travis has no choice but to fire his weapon in self-defense. because at that point it's his life or ahmaud arbery's life. >> reporter: prosecutors also shared a graphic police camera video today of the blood and the body in the street. one of the jurors used her notebook to cover her eyes. travis mcmichael, his father gregory mcmichael, a former police officer, and, william roddie bryan are facing murder and other charges.
they pled not guilty. they're arguing that arbery should have just stopped. that they just wanted to know what he was up to. but prosecution along with many americans watching this trial tonight are saying that they wouldn't have expected him to stop if he were white. david? >> steve osunsami on this case since the start. thank you, steve. we turn next this friday night, authorities say a high school spanish teacher was killed by two students at her own high school, found dead in a park. the evening what the teacher's daughter is now saying. here's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, these two iowa teenagers charged as adults are murdering a teenager at their own high school. >> i was really shocked when i heard that. it just doesn't feel real. feels like something that would happen on tv. >> reporter: authorities say 16-year-olds jeremy goodale and willard miller allegedly killed 66-year-old fairfield high school spanish teacher nohema graber. her remains discovered at this park wednesday. her body, according to court documents, appeared to have suffered head trauma, and was found concealed under a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties.
>> i got the news while i was at work, and i'm just like, wow. i still am in shock. i cannot believe it. >> reporter: the criminal complaint revealing authorities got a tip from an associate of the two teenagers who were allegedly discussing the crime in social media messages. miller, according to those court documents, allegedly admitted his involvement. graber's daughter on facebook remembering her, writing we lost an absolute angel in our family. i'm filled with so much gratitude to have had such a strong and beautiful woman as my mother. david, the motive remains unclear. the two teenagers are due to make an initial appearance in court next week. david? >> alex perez tonight, thank you. news tonight involving nfl star aaron rogers the packers quarterback who revealed days ago he has covid after months ago saying he was immunized. will be out of the big game this week. rodgers is breaking his silence and what he's saying about his
vaccination status, announcing, this is a witch-hunt. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: this weekend, aaron rogers will not be playing football after testing positive for covid months after saying he was, quote, immunized. >> are you vaccinated and what's your stance on vaccinations? >> yeah, i've been immunized. you know, there's guys on the team that haven't been vaccinated. i think it's a personal decision. i'm not going to judge those guys. >> reporter: today, for the first time he's acknowledging he never got vaccinated and calling the controversy surrounding him a witch-hunt. >> first of all, i didn't lie in the initial press conference. during that time it was a very witch-hunt going on across the league where everybody in the media was so concerned about who was vaccinated. >> and rodgers is inside! >> reporter: espn reporting that rodgers has been treated by the nfl as an unvaccin since the beginning of the season. >> my daily routine is the routine of an unvaccinated person.
>> reporter: the reigning nfl mvp citing an allergy to an ingredient in the mrna pfizer and moderna vaccines and saying he didn't want to get johnson & johnson shot. rodgers claiming he followed all league protocol. tested daily and masking around teammates. >> everybody has their own story and issues for doing things. i made a choice that was in my best interest. you might respect it, you might hate it. >> reporter: rogers has been place on the reserve covid-19 list, which is why he'll have to sit out the big game this weekend against the kansas city chiefs. we've learned more about the deadly shooting in front of tourists near two resorts in cancun, mexico. many american tourists racing for cover. abc news learning four americans injured, one struck by a stray bullet. the other three treated for minor injuries. authorities say two alleged drug dealer were kill during a shootout with rival gangs.
back here at home and the major headline about the american economy and jobs tonight. the u.s. adding 531,000 jobs last month, much better than expected. unemployment dropping to 4.6%. when we come back, the breaking headline involving former new york governor andrew cuomo now. and that stunning image today, the plane stalling in midair. the skydivers jumping. we've learned more about what the pilot was able to do next.
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uiing a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. pres. biden: >> we will not have to go everywhere with a mask. >> i am not a fan of having a needle in my arm. >> vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11, appointments booking up all over the bay area and later this hour we see your questions about kids in the covid-19 vaccine. >> you're watching abc 7 news at 4:00 live on abc 7 news and wherever you stream. >> pfizer says its experimental covid pill dramatically cut hospitalization and death rates by nearly 90%. it announced it will seek authorization from the fda. >> 11 states led by missouri filed a lawsuit against the biden administration over its vaccine mandate for private businesses.
similar challenges are being made by 15 other states. >> -- the county holding clinics at schools. >> medical providers are doing everything they can to encourage parents to get their kids vaccinated. doctors were answering questions today. with 5 to 11 year olds, it is understandable parents may have safety concerns. doctors pointed to the data as a reason to get the shot. >> we know that the vaccines are safe. those -- no steps were skipped in the development of the vaccine and we now have enough data to know that the benefits far away the risks. the clinical trial show the vaccines are 91% effective in preventing covid. >> the team also touched on the side effects saying they tend not to be as severe as in adults because of the smaller dose. >> san francisco unified is going all out to convince parents of younger kids to get cc