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soldier and diplomatdiplomat. how colin powell was remembered today. rising sea levels now threaten to wash toxic waste into neighborhoods around the bay area. i'm audrey asistio. >> and i'm raj mathai. on the surface it is a mess. top democrats have abruptly postponed an expected house vote on their ten-year trillion dollars social and environmental measure. there's a lot of in-fighting now between progressive and moderate democrats, once again that spending bill, which is so important to president biden has been sidetracked. here's nbc's susan mcginnis from
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washington, d.c. >> after another day of infights from democrats, an abrupt turn around, nancy pelosi announcing the house will delay its vote on president biden's sweeping $1.75 trillion build back better plan until at least thanksgiving. >> we have waited a while. we had hoped to pass it sooner, but we can't wait too much later for the legislation. >> reporter: pelosi is pushing for a vote tonight on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. >> the fact is we believe it is necessary to pass the bif so that these jobs can come online as soon as possible. >> reporter: moderate democrats want the delay to get an official estimate of the cost of the larger plan, but progressive democrats want both bills to be voted on together. despite last minute arm twisting and pleading from president biden. >> let's build an incredible economic progress. >> reporter: house democrats still struggling to unite behind
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his agenda. >> we have a diverse set of points of view in the democratic caucus. we celebrate that, it's a good thing, but sometimes it makes threading a needle a little more difficult. >> reporter: the larger social spending bill has only democratic support. republicans arguing voters sent a clear message this week with key losses for democrats on election day that americans don't want these high levels of spending. >> susan, thank you. meanwhile, family, former colleagues, and friends honored colin powell's life well lived held at washington's national cathedral. powell the widely praised soldier diplomat died from complications from covid-19 last month. he was remembered as a model patriot, public and private life. powell fought in vietnam, rose to become a four-star general, the first black chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the first black secretary of state, but he was also a dad to three
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children. >> dad was famous for his 13 rules, but our family life was unregimented, no morning revelry, it was a warm home anchored by our mother alma. >> powell's vaccinated against the coronavirus. not just world leaders but also regular citizens. today they made their presence known at the u.n. climate summit in scotland. they marched and demanded less talk and more action to fight climate change. among the protesters, swedish climate activist greta thunberg who's now 18 years old. she told the crowd that while the leaders inside the summit were making beautiful speeches in public, privately they were creating loopholes to continue to profit from the destructive system. this week leaders and executives have pledged to fund efforts to get companies and countries to
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net zero emissions by the year 2050. environmentalists say, though, those pledges lack important details. here at home, a dramatic change in the fight to protect homes and businesses from climate change. >> senior investigator stephen stock spent months documenting how ground water is rising under many of our local neighborhoods. what's the concern and which cities are most impacted? >> reporter: rising ground water can push to the surface toxic liquids and gases that are found in landfills like this and other sites around the bay area. we wanted to know just how much toxic waste is buried here in the area. while much of the world has been focused on rising sea levels due to climate change, we found a uc berkeley team of environmental scientists who have been studying rising water in the ground beneath our feet. >> what we think of as a dry crust of land, it's not so dry
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anymore. >> reporter: dr. christina hill, a uc berkeley professor studies water moving in urban areas. >> it's coming up through the ground, so we can't see it, but we need to be checking what's going on under the hood. >> reporter: dr. hill and her team studied data from wells that the state uses to monitor water quality. they matched those numbers to ground elevation at each well. the team mapped the entire bay area, red highlights where ground water is less than 40 inches below the surface. black shows where the water is already at the surface. >> underground water with an underground contaminant on it getting into pipes and coming into buildings, that could be happening during the wet seasons now. not 2050, 2100. >> now? >> now. >> it's a risk now? >> yep. >> people could be exposed to this in a way that impacts their health, causes a miscarriage, causes a cancer case. >> it's underground, and it's affecting the water under under
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the. >> reporter: sherry padgett lives next door to a toxic site. she developed two cancers work crews tried to dig up that site digging into the soil. >> do you worry this has impacted your help? >> i think that it did. >> reporter: pad gent worries that the rising ground water will wash those toxins still left in the soil next door directly into her neighborhood. >> this is a reality that can't be ignored. >> the chemicals that we worry the most about escaping from the landfills are volatile organic, like petroleum, benzene, et l benzene. >> keith roberson is senior engineering geologist for san francisco's water quality control board. the board has already identified 25 different landfills at risk of leeching toxic chemicals as sea levels rise. >> it doesn't take too high of a concentration of some of these
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chemicals to render water unsuitable for drinking. >> reporter: all but two of those landfills are now closed, but wastes from decades of dumping remains. roberson has sent orders to landfill managers in the area to closely monitor the contaminated soil. usually the only barrier keeping chemicals from escaping is what's known as a cap made with layers of clay, plastic sheeting, sand, and vegetation. >> ground water levels are going to rise, and it is something we're concerned about, not only at the landfills but also at the hundreds of thousands of other contaminated sites in the bay area. >> many of the areas where we see toxic sites, those cities are not actually even aware that those sites are going to be under water soon. >> the executive director of san francisco bay keeper, found more than 1,100 sites in the area that could release toxic chemicals as ground water rises. >> a lot of these toxic sites around the shoreline are going
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to be inundated and we're honestly looking at a big catastrophe. >> are we doing enough fast enough to mitigate or address this issue? >> no. the answer is no. the state is not acting fast enough. none of the agencies are not acting fast enough, and they're not acting in a coordinated way. you need to be excavating the toxins out of these sites. cleaning them up to standards that are safe for public health. >> we take our mission very seriously. >> reporter: meredith williams is director of dtsc, the state department of toxic substances control, which oversees many of these sites. >> bay keeper and other critics say dtsc is not doing enough fast enough. what would you say to those critics. >> we count on doing our work based on the best available science, and that sometimes takes time. >> reporter: as for those critics who want to remove these toxic chemicals from the ground,
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williams says that must be balanced against the cost. >> it's a question of how it pencils out. >> how much it's going to cost. >> how much is it going to cost if we want to, for instance, dig up every speck of highly contaminated dirt and haul it away. is it worth the carbon and the diesel fuel and emissions that would be required? >> reporter: experts tell us that rising ground water poses such a serious threat that parts of the bay area may actually have to be abandoned and returned to the bay waters. it's what's called managed retreat, and it's a very controversial idea, but it's one some experts say may be the only way to avoid toxic waste from washing into occupied neighborhoods as the waters rise from below. i'm stephen stock, nbc bay area news. up next, more encounters with coyotes and mountain lions, the reason we're seeing increased animal sightings in the bay area.
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holiday air travel is looking turbulent, and we're not just talking about storms. i'm consumer investigator chris chmura. we'll explain several problems and share some solutions. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri, and we do have the clouds, also the chance of a little bit of drizzle, and we're talking about that next storm system. a new update in less than ten minutes.
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so we've seen a lot of airline meltdowns recently, right? >> yes, we have. so are big delays and cancellations on the radar for the holidays as well. >> southwest airlines had problems, our consumer investigator, chris chmura says, yes, brace yourself. he's here to explain why and to help us avoid getting stuck. just make sure none of our flights the get canceled. >> i'll work on it. you're number two and number three. so analysts say many airlines are packing their holiday schedules full, even though thousands of their workers who were sidelined during the pandemic aren't back on the job yet. so if you booked a holiday flight, here's what you can do
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right now just in case. research the airline's schedules and save backup info, backup flights. also, do this right now, download your airlines app because when there's trouble, many will let you rebook yourself for free sometimes using alternate days or alternate cities. that is a huge time saver, and perhaps we'll help you avoid a line like that one right there. that is our post it note version. tonight at 11:00 we'll map out how to win the rebooking race, a few minutes with us now could save you hours upon hours later. we tackle all sorts of travel complaints, and oh, boy, i love them. if you have one go to nbc bay area.com, and click the response option from the main menu or call 888-996-tips. how many times have i had to spend the night in the airport? >> zero because you're so good. >> zero. i'm going to try to make sure you guys are in the same boat. zero nights in the airport. >> looking forward to that full
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story. i spent some nights at the airport, not fun, with a newborn, too. >> you need to hang with chris. >> with a newborn, oh, boy. >> that was rough. >> hawaii, though, i've got to say. >> see you at 11:00. thank you, chris. the bay area is feeling a little relief with all the rain we're getting. state officials remind us, yes, we're still in a drought. among those who have been impacted the most by this deep dry spell, wildlife. we report so often of interactions between wildlife and humans. in fact, just yesterday we that story of an east bay woman who encountered a bear inside her lake tahoe home. is the drought and climate change to blame here? here's joe rosa toe jr. >> here is a wildlife paradise. >> with its abundant forests and hills, you see a lot of wildlife in marin county. >> we live with wildlife in every neighborhood. >> reporter: but last may in san
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enselmo. >> poor guy seemed really scared. >> reporter: came an individual so unusual, an adult black bear up a tree just a block from busy downtown before climbing down and wandering off into local lore. >> for him to end up in a residential neighborhood was a little concerning, but it was exciting at the same time. >> pretty large. >> reporter: experts say the bear was probably just lost and confused, but some wonder if we might see more unusual animal behavior as climate change takes hold. >> climate change is really important for wildlife. it really forces wildlife to be more transient in finding resources, maybe stretching out of their home territory. >> reporter: over the last couple of years, there's evidence animals have been impacted by the drought. >> good morning. >> at the sonoma wildlife rescue in petaluma, the lack of rain may be a culprit and the increase calls for service. >> did tend to see a little bit more animal intakes during times of drought. everybody's sleeping in this
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morning. >> reporter: danielle mcguire, the center's director of animal care says during times of drought, wildlife will wander into urban areas, sometimes searching for water. sometimes chasing prey searching for water. >> it tends to drive them closer to humans searching for food. >> yeah, he was on my lawn. >> reporter: we've seen the videos, coyotes, raccoons turning up in bay areas. state wildlife officials draw a line to the dry conditions of the last couple of years. >> the consensus is among the wildlife community and our scientists is that there's a slight increase in wildlife activity in urban areas. >> reporter: but ken paglia of california fish and wildlife says there are reasons for that, in addition to the drought. development and wildfires have claimed much of the animal's habitat setting them on a course with people, but there's another reason altogether why wild animals may be showing up on the public's radar more often, the
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rise in home surveillance cameras and social media. >> there's just a lot more ways to see and discuss animals as a community these days. >> with climate change, scientists predict a seesaw of drought and intense rain, creating more changes to the way humans and animals live. the director of animal services at marin humane believe the wildlife will adapt. >> we can definitely learn a lot from wildlife. they are 500 steps ahead of us on a lot of these issues. >> there are hopes a wet winter will give the critters a break, but for many, the changes coming down the pipe may be hard to bear. joe rosato jr., nbc bay area news. >> we're in their backyard. >> seriously, wish them the very best. concerns me when they're being seen more often. >> look at this, sky ranger. >> is this live right now? >> live over hayward.
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>> amazing. >> this just reminded me it's daylight savings time this sunday already. >> so we're going to get dark sooner. >> the sunset right around 5:00. we gain an hour of sleep. we get more sleep. >> i love it. >> i got a 3-year-old at home. i get no sleep. >> oh, man. okay, you guys are going to be extra busy next week. >> we'll call you in the morning, 7:00 a.m. on sunday. >> thanks for that. >> how about i manage some sunshine in here eventually for you too. >> okay. let's go ahead and get you into that forecast, and it was cloudy today, but felt like fall, maybe you have the sweater on, getting some pumpkin spice latte on, whatever you had going on here, it really felt like november outside. you can see on storm ranger, a few areas of spotty drizzle offshore, but the substantial rainfall is off to the north, and that's really what we're going to see as we head through this weekend. we'll get you in closer. it's always good when we get snowfall across the california mountains, especially with our fire seasons. the past few years this is just
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what we want to see. mount shasta getting in on a little bit of snow tonight. we'll continue with snow chances as we head through this weekend. back here across the bay area, we have the cloud cover locked in. no need for an umbrella if you're headed out tonight, just make sure to have that jacket and keep that jacket handy as we move through tomorrow morning. one of the coldest days of the week moving on in. it's going to start us off with widespread 40s. your heaters might just be clicking on, grabbing that extra blanket, 48 here for the south bay, peninsula 49, tri valley coming in at 47 degrees. we'll have those 40s over the east bay, 47, san francisco 50, and the north bay with my chilliest weather right there at 45. daytime highs tomorrow dropping off a few more degrees. you're probably going to need some sort of jacket also through the day, just 62 in napa, 59 half moon bay, and 66 in morgan hill. let's go ahead and move things ahead, that system for next week. everything is still on the table for this to happen. the timing has slowed down, kind
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of pushed ahead just a little bit here. so by 8:30 on monday night we've got that storm system just starting to bring in some showers to the bay area, but we'll likely get in on that heavier widespread rainfall at 5:00 a.m. there on tuesday morning, but this should move out a little bit quicker than our recent atmospheric rivers. by tuesday evening, again, this thing does start to break up. totals with this overall, we're averaging about a quarter to a half inch, the yellow and the green color here for most of the bay. for the north bay, that's where we could get in on 3/4 of an inch to an inch. maybe some of the mountains higher than an inch. we're going to have full coverage as we continue through the weekend. my seven-day forecast here in san francisco, we'll hold onto those 60s as we move through the next couple of days, and across the inland valleys we do, hey, i said i was going to get you some sunshine in here. we just got to wait for it. next thursday and friday, we've got 70s coming on in. it's going to feel really, really good. >> i love it.
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i love that you mentioned getting your pumpkin spice latte. >> so good. i recently tried it for the first time. >> you guys should go two for one. >> i know. >> i could have went for like three or four actually. >> so good. >> thank you, jeff. up next, revealing more about his positive covid test and taking a swipe at the cancel culture. what star quarterback aaron rodgers is now saying about being forced to sit out this sunday's game. ♪ i see them bloom for me and you ♪ (music) ♪ so i think to myself ♪ ♪ oh what a wonderful world ♪ i didn't have to shout out for help.
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it's getting ugly for aaron rodgers, the green bay packers quarterback and cal grad is in the hot seat about his vaccination status. today he criticized the woke mob and cancel culture. earlier this week, rodgers tested positive for covid and will not play in this week's game against the chiefs. he says he's not an anti-vaxxers. he added that he's an allergic
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to an ingredient found in the moderna and pfizer vaccines and silyoto get the j&j vaccine. rodgers also said he's getting advice from podcaster joe rogan. >> i consulted with a now good friend of mine, joe rogan after he got covid, and i've been doing a lot of the stuff that he recommended in his podcasts, and you know, on the phone to me, and i'm going to have the best immunity possible now. >> rodgers says people should have the right to choose what they want to do with their bodies and shouldn't have to follow some woke culture in his words. we're back in a moment. and there you have it- woah. wireless on the most reliable network nationwide. wow. -big deal! ...we get unlimited for just 30 bucks. sweet, i get that too and mine has 5g included.
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you're just like, wow, i did that. >> reporter: she has a strong arm, is handy with the glove and has speed around the bases. >> representing the oakland athletic, mylia perez. >> a day after game five in atlanta, her skills were put to the test. a finalist in the 13 to 14-year-old softball division, the dougherty valley sophomore took the title. >> i'm going against all these good competitors from all over the u.s., just knowing that i beat them and was able to come up with that win just means a lot to me. >> this was her third time winning the national championship, along with the trophy, she also got to watch game four of the world series. >> being able to go to the world series is just like a once in a lifetime thing. i had to take it all in. it was just like, wow this is it. >> reporter: perez advanced through the competition by winning the a's team championship at the coliseum back in july. she was representing the a's but
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tells us her favorite player is show hay ohtani of the los angeles angels. like he, he can do it all. she plays shortstop, center field, and wherever she's needed and she takes great pride in helping to shine the spotlight on her program and the east bay. >> just being able to like represent, you know, my high school and everyone, my team, i just feel so proud that i was able to show them up and make them proud. >> reporter: a straight a student, perez hopes this title will raise her recruiting stock and eventually lead to her dream of one day playing college softball. in san ramon, anthony flores, nbc bay area. >> i think it's safe to say she has a successful future ahead of her. >> star softball player and straight a student. >> can't beat that. >> jessica aguirre is joining us with what's coming up at 6:00. >> right now at 6:00, drivers beware, an uptick in car break-ins. >> there was a lady here yesterday who had her car broken into it, and she had mentioned
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that her laptop was stolen. >> the advice the police are giving as we head into the holidays. covid here to stay, what the experts are telling us and what you should know. >> also, under pressure to be more transparent, we investigate and dig into the numbers released by the san francisco d.a. about prosecution rates in the city. the news at 6:00 starts right now, good evening, and thanks for being with us on this friday, i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. apparently what happens in the city is not staying in the city. lots of focus on car break-ins in san francisco, but it turns out it's not just there. car burglars increasingly targeting san jose streets and parking lots, too. nbc's scott budman is live in a recent hot spot. we know this area really well. it's right near our studio, scott. >> reporter: yeah, it's true, jessica, and it is one of the areas here in the south bay where car break-ins are

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