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breaking overnight, a texas standoff with one sergeant paying the ultimate price and four other officers injured. a resolution just a few hours ago. rising concern over a surge in covid cases as the delta variant spreads rapidly. los anles county now mandating masks for those who are vaccinated and for those who are not. buckle up for an economic rollercoaster. good news on the child tax credit front but bad news on inflation from treasury secretary yellen we'll sort it all out for you. to japan where the olympics
begin one week from today as tokyo hits a new high in covid cases. plus, a big weekend at the box office kicks off with a long-awaited sequel to "space jam. but that's not all as we kick off your friday. "early today" starts right now thanks for ending your week with us. i'm frances rivera >> and i'm phillip mena. breaking news at this hour, another suspect in custody police in texas responded to calls about a man acting strangely and carrying a large gun. the standoff quickly turned deadly after the officers tried to make contact. >> he was very hostile it was only a matter of minutes after that contact that the suspect opened the front door to the residence and began firing on the lvelland police police
officers >> a s.w.a.t. officer was killed and three other officers were hurt police used a robot to take the suspect into custody just hours ago. he is also injured rising covid cases are casting a dark cloud over america's summer of recovery the delta variant is fueling new spikes in nearly every state yesterday the biden administration leveled part of the blame on tech companies to crack down on covid misinformation also posing a problem, the breakthrough cases positive covid tests forced the yankees to postpone their game against the yankees yesterday. several players who tested positive are vaccinated. tracie, this surge is a major setback for the biden administration >> reporter: it is, frances, because this deadly delta variant is pushing cases up in 40 states we're seeing an increase now, 98 million americans still are not protected including many children under 12.
but the fda is now reviewing data for a vaccine for children under 12 years old that could possibly be available as early as this winter about 4 million children have tested positive. a few of them have been hospitalized or died and the cdc director says even though kids should go back to school in the fall, schools should also be ready to shift virtual if these cases continue to rise. >> i remain emphatic that our schools need to open in the fall, they need to open for full in-person learning we know how to keep our children safe if they're eligible for vaccination we can keep them safe by being vaccinated if they're not eligible for vaccination, we can keep them safe in two important ways, surround them with people who are vaccinated and when they go to school, put a mask on >> speaking of being vaccinated, it's also had a huge impact on travel and tourism but if you are vaccinated, canada's prime minister justin
trudeau says americans may be welcome across the northern border again as early as september. frances? >> we'll see if that stays the case with these numbers, the way they're going. thank you, tracie. in parts of the country with low vaccination rates, hospitals are once again rune delta varias rampant. gabe gutierrez went inside one of them. gabe, good morning >> reporter: phillip, good morning. arkansas has a vaccination rate of just about 35%. and this and other hospitals are now bearing the brunt. in little rock, arkansas, you not only hear but see the surge. >> you hit the floor running and most all of us are working extra hours. >> reporter: this is one of four covid units at the university of arkansas for medical sciences. this nurse is exhausted. >> these patients are definitely sicker like, we've seen really, really sick patients.
>> reporter: and younger ones 20 to 40 years old as well as pregnant women overall arkansas has seen a 130% jump in cases over the last two weeks. they're storing wheelchairs and other equipment in the hallways because there's just no other place else to put them every single room in this hospital is full except for this one. they plan on bringing in someone here from the er any minute now. >> i am very worried about back to school. i'm very concerned about continuing strain on our healthcare system. >> how much does it frustrate you that the vaccination issue has become politicized >> it's disheartening. >> reporter: at one of the hospitals vaccine clinics nearby, 600 doses are available each day just 19 people made appointments the overall vaccination rate here is only about 35% >> were you skeptical of getting the vaccine? >> yes >> why is that >> because it was not proven yet. >> reporter: tate and his wife did not get the shot in may the couple and four of
their five kids tested positive for covid. tate was hospitalized. so was his wife. >> just kind of turned our world upside down. >> reporter: they texted each other from separate rooms until she was placed on a ventilator, all the more terrifying because she was pregnant >> we lost the baby, and at some point her oxygen had just dropped too low. >> reporter: his wife survived and is now in rehab. to him, covid is far from over >> i want other people to hear my story so maybe they will think twice about not getting vaccinated >> reporter: nearly everyone at this hospital who's really sick chose not to get vaccinated. before it seemed that we really didn't have much of a choice when it came to the coronavirus. but now by getting vaccinated, we do. phillip? >> that's right. we do have a choice. gabe, thank you. after torrential rainstorms caused catastrophic flooding in germany, at least 50 people are dead and more than a thousand
others are missing storms caused rivers to burst their banks sweeping away cars and causing homes to collapse. and in neighboring belgium, at least eight are reported dead, and another river overflowed they are sending torrents of water tearing through the streets. l luxembourg and the netherlands are also experiencing flooding for more on the impact of this child tax credit payment, here's more. >> reporter: badly needed relief for sasha in arkansas, the si single mother of three was laid off while she was hospitalized with covid this spring what does that money mean to you and your family? >> it means a lot. i've always lived paycheck to paycheck and so it will continue to be helpful and keep us going. >> reporter: the child tax credit payments begin showing up in checking accounts up to $300 a month for each child five and
under, $250 each month for children 6 to 17 it applies to single parents earning as much as $112,000 a year and couples making up to 150,000. families that don't make enough to pay taxes can register to receive their check. >> this is the right thing to do, and it's a smart thing to do >> reporter: the new program expands on the existing child tax credit and was added as part of the covid relief package earlier this year. some republicans have criticized the program as welfare because it removes work requirements to receive the money. sasha says she hopes they make the one-year program permanent >> we've got billionaires going to space but we still have people down here trying to make ends meet. >> reporter: the white house says the families have as many as 60 million children stand to benefit, and president biden says it'll lead to the largest one-year decrease in child poverty in u.s. history. phillip? >> peter, thanks about a dozen of those texas democrats who fled their home
state met with senator joe manchin thursday they spoke with him about the restrictive voting bills they are opposing and the push to pass federal protections >> back at the texas capitol voting rights activists turned to prayer for support. >> reporter: here in texas, hundreds of clergy members and civil rights leaders descended on the south steps of the capitol. they kicked things off with a prayer for those texas democrats who have fled the state and are in washington, d.c. holding those meetings around this federal voting legislation, and then they prayed about this bill that is currently making its way through the texas legislature saying that while the gop may control both chambers here, it is god who has the ultimate power to intervene on this legislation that they say is unnecessary. and, so, what these folks did after holding those prayers is they went inside to speak with republican lawmakers about their opposition to these bills.
and so you've got the democrats from texas in d.c. you've got folks on the ground here all in opposition to these bills. but it remains to be seen what impact, if any, this will actually have on whether or not these bills become law phillip? >> doing everything they can with so much at stake. let's see how we're going to end the week weatherwise and get a check of your friday forecast with nbc meteorologist bill karins >> great to see you guys the rainfall this morning is over interstate 44 in missouri, i-70's not a fun drive from st. louis to indianapolis. eventually this rain will be on the move as we go throughout the day today. this will start at 8:00 a.m. this morning heavy rain over st. louis. this evening thunderstorms will erupt through areas of western kansas, evansville to paducah back to louisville, lexington, even columbus and detroit. it's not going to rain all night but we will see a period of heavy rain with storms very much
like we see in the early summer. and tomorrow kind of a messy rainy day buffalo to syracuse. and tomorrow afternoon, thunderstorms are likely from new york city through southern new england right down through the mid-atlantic areas, raleigh and charlotte included it's not going to rain all day, but when it does, it will pour and as far as the forecast goes for the rest of the country today, very hot from texas alltp california and in oregon and then the great lakes that's where we'll see the coolest temperatures in the country with rainy weather. that rain has to go somewhere, guys i'll tell you where over the weekend coming up. >> i can just guess because it's been that way every single
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daily new infections have now hit a six-month high >> reporter: he was hoping to help team usa win a fourth consecutive gold medal, but usa basketball announcing wizards all-star bradley beal will miss the olympics after being placed in covid protocols >> he was playing very well. there's no next bradley beal >> reporter: his teammate jeremy grant now under those protocols as well out of an abundance of caution. over the last week, they've played teams from three different countries in las vegas. while here in tokyo, covid cases are at a six-month high. organizers saying another olympian has tested positive the ioc president telling me safety is their number one priority >> we want to organize these olympic games, but we want to organize it in a safe and secure way for everybody. >> reporter: athletes are flying
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i don't trust this delta variant very much. >> right now at 4:30, masks could be required indoors once again. the bay area county that's considering reversing course. and push to move forward means getting kids vaccinated. just how long it could take until younger children can get a shot. plus, preventing wildfires in the east bay. the new million dollar effort to keep residents and homes safe. a very good morning to you. thank you for joining us. i'm laura garcia. >> i'm marcus washington. mike has a look at that traffic