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country. >> we want to give our final salute to our veterans out there. good morning inflation nation consumer prices soaring to the highest in more than 30 years hitting home for americans from coast to coast >> everything is more expensive. everything across the board. >> the cost of gas, milk, food, cars all skyrocketing. so what is driving them up and what does it mean for your bottom line and your holiday season this morning we have everything you need to know. drama in the courtroom kyle rittenhouse breaks down as he testifies at his own trial on what led him to shoot and kill two people during a night of
protests >> i did what i had to do to stop the person who was attacking me >> the judge snapping at prosecutors over their questions. >> take it upon yourself to put it in because you think you've found a way around it? come on. >> the defense now demanding a mistrial we are live at the courthouse with the very latest. breaking overnight overruled. a federal judge blocks an order banning mask mandates in texas schools. with nearly a younger kids being vaccinated in the first week, the debate now growing nationwide, when will the masks come off breaking his silence a crew member who witnessed the fatal shooting on the set of alec baldwin's movie now suing the actor and the production team saying the trigger should never have been pulled in the first place. why he says it was a completely
avoidable tragedy. those stories plus stepping out. prince harry and meghan markle attend a special event in new york to honor veterans just ahead, what the royal revealed about his own service and how it shaped his life. on the way >> ignition and liftoff. >> a new spacex launch lights up the florida sky carrying a new crew of astronauts to the international space station. today thursday, november 11th, 2021 >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to today. we're so happy that you're joining us on this special thursday morning, veterans day, and we will be honoring our nation's service members throughout the morning here. let's start with the alarming concerns over the nation's economy record high inflation and it effects just about everything we buy as we head into the holiday
season. >> president biden says reversing the trend is now his top priority especially in retail service and but in order to do that, he'll have to combat two major factors. >> the supply chain issues we've been telling you about for months caused by covid disruptions and a major increase in pent-up demand, plus a dramatic shortage of workers, especially in retail, service and shipping industries. all of it a perfect storm combining for price hikes nearly across the board >> we've got it all covered from what's being done to turn things around here in the u.s. to china the first link in that troubled supply chain what you need to know. tom costello is kicking things off. tom, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. from main street usa to your main street, your local shopping mall, your grocery store, we're seeing this every single day you hit the bottom line here americans are spending big time pent-up demand after being locked down during covid but the supply chain can't keep up right now that's sending prices higher and experts say it's unlikely that we're going to see the prices come down any time soon.
>> reporter: whether you're filling your tank, stocking up at the grocery store or dining out, the cost for just about everything is trending higher. the consumer price index spiking 6.2% for october the largest inflation surge in more than three decades. >> gas prices have bananas >> everything is more expensive, everything across the board. >> reporter: just in the past year, a gallon of milk has climbed 28 cents a pound of ground beef up 66 cents. gas prices have soared more than a dollar reaching levels we haven't seen since 2014. used cars are also up 26% and at auto shops nationwide the supply chain crisis is making it tough to order parts >> most of them are available if you're willing to wait but everything -- it used to be we could get cars in and out in a day. now it's sometimes a week. >> a week. or even longer >> or even longer, absolutely. >> reporter: discounts this season may be hard to come by.
and you'll pay more if you're traveling over the holidays. for thanksgiving, up 23% from last year. $300 round trip on average if you wait until christmas week, $511 round trip. >> reporter: the good news, airfares are lower than they were before the pandemic but across the country, millions of people have now left the workforce. >> the economy is reopening and employers are scrambling for workers and they're having to pay more money to workers. what they're doing is they're passing along those higher costs in their prices. >> reporter: that's creating a dilemma for some businesses. >> pricing i get now changes almost weekly. >> reporter: they've avoided passing on the cost customers. >> i'm not going to change the sign out there to say market price like it's seafood. we keep it what it is. some weeks it's a lower margin
and some weeks it's a higher one. >> reporter: the trouble is, a lot of these businesses, especially small businesses, they simply can't afford to eat that cost. they have to pass it on to the consumer they have to pass it on to you and me and that means everything is just getting more expensive. hoda, back to you. >> thank you >> joining us now is stephanie ruhle. i hope you brought your crystal ball i really want to know how long this inflation might last. >> listen, no one knows how long we're going to experience this but we have to remember, this is not inflation in isolation all of this is part of the covid recovery and the government knew it was going to be rocky it's why you saw three stimulus checks right now you're seeing the families of 60 million children get, on average, $430 a month as part of that expanded child tax credit while people at home are watching and saying, i'm on a fixed income, i'm on social security, that's scary, but they've adjusted those social security benefits next year up 5.9% specifically to adjust for
inflation. so while this doesn't feel good, there are cushion around us to help us get through this. >> how bad is this going to get, you look in the grocery stores, eggs, steak, then you go to gasoline. everything is going up. how bad do you see it getting? >> it's not good especially in the short term you mentioned gas. we're heading into winter. it's going to cost a lot more to heat our homes this winter on average from $300 to $500 that is real money remember, over the last few months, people have been pushing for higher wages. that's a really good thing but what we're experiencing is the consequence of higher wages. you pay employees more, the customer at the end might end up getting that passed onto them. unfortunately, inflation is moving up faster than wages are. so that bigger paycheck you're getting, the money is getting wiped out. >> that's the burn here. the wages are going up, but inflation is going up more so much for that you said you would leave us with some good news.
>> there is good news. one of reasons prices are up is because people can afford to pay those prices we're expecting a record holiday season in terms of consumer demand, consumer shopping. and while wall street is not -- and the market is not the same thing as the economy, you do have to acknowledge over half of american households have some investment in the stock market, mostly i funds. and the stock market is way up. if you own a home, the value of homes is way up. and with all of these jobs out there, there are job opportunities and wages are going up. it's a mix picture. i know it feels terrible when you're out there shopping for anything. but we are doing okay financially. we really are. >> thank you very much. now to a day filled with drama and high emotions at the homicide trial of kyle rittenhouse. the teenager breaking down in tears as he took the stand in his own defense. now the possibility of a mistrial after the judge lashed out at the prosecution. gabe gutierrez joins us from the courthouse in kenosha,
wisconsin, good morning. >> reporter: more defense witnesses are expected today after a wild day at this courthouse, the defendant sobbing, the judge yelling and the defense asking for a mistrial. this morning, kyle rittenhouse's attorneys requesting a mistrial with prejudice in the closely watched case after clashes between the judge and the prosecution. that would mean rittenhouse could not be tried again. the request came after he first took the witness stand, breaking down as he described tense moments last summer when he opened fire, shooting and killing two men and wounding another. the judge calling a short break. rittenhouse's mother in the courtroom sobbing. the dramatic day of testimony coming as the now 18-year-old faces six charges including intentional homicide stemming from last year's protests in
kenosha, wisconsin, following the police shooting of jacob blake. >> i didn't do anything wrong. i defended myself. >> reporter: rittenhouse describing how he'd come to kenosha to provide medical aid and protect property from rioters telling the court how the first man he shot joseph rosenbaum chased him. >> i didn't notice mr. rosenbaum until he came out from behind the car and ambushed me. >> reporter: the prosecution with aggressive cross-examination suggesting that rittenhouse had no business in kenosha with a military-style weapon. >> everybody you shot at that night you intended to kill, correct? >> i didn't intend to kill them. i intended to stop the people who were attacking me. >> by killing them. >> i did what i had to do to stop the person who was attacking me. >> reporter: with the jury out of the room, the judge lashed out at the prosecutor over his line of questioning. >> i was astonished when you began your examination by
commenting on the defendant's postarrest silence. that's basic law. it's been basic law in this country for 40 years, 50 years. don't get brazen with me. >> reporter: the judge also accusing him of improperly trying to introduce testimony that he had earlier prohibited. >> when the judge says i'm excluding this, you take it upon yourself to put it in because you think that you found a way around it? come on. >> reporter: the judge has not yet ruled on the defense's motion for a mistrial. more defense testimony expected today and closing arguments could come early next week. hoda? >> gabe gutierrez for us. thank you. now to that breaking news overnight about masks. a federal judge ruling texas cannot ban mandates in schools. this comes as the first wave of younger children are beginning to get vaccinated against covid. a million shots in the first week of the rollout. stephanie gosk joins us from new york. good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
i'm at citi field, home to the new york mets. it's become one of the largest vaccination centers here in new york city. and later on today there will be a line of parents with their kids ages 5 to 11 to get vaccines. meanwhile, the fight against the ban on mask mandates, well, it suffered a blow in texas. a judge in that state declaring the ban against mask mandates unlawful. >> reporter: after months of heated clashes nationwide over masks in schools, a texas judge ruling overnight the state's ban on school mask mandates violates federal law. governor greg abbott issued the order prohibiting schools from requiring students and staff to wear masks before the year started. >> kids will not be forced by government or by schools to wear a mask in school. >> reporter: in a conversation with lester, the cdc director says with vaccines for young kids ramping up, now is not the time to let our guard down.
>> that means kids should continue to wear masks even if they're vaccinated? >> i would say masks for now but not forever. >> reporter: in new york city children aren't just going to get vaccines, the vaccines are coming to them. >> it was quick. did it hurt? >> no. >> that's good. you're brave, aren't you? >> yes. >> reporter: shots are right there when class is over. >> we're very, very happy that they're able to get vaccinated and the school made it so easy. >> reporter: the white house says nearly 1 million children, ages 5 to 11, have received their first covid shot. 700,000 more have scheduled appointments in pharmacies alone. those parents haven't hesitated. but actor matthew mcconaughey echoed the skittishness many families feel about their young children getting vaccinated. >> it's scarey. right now i'm not vaccinating mine. >> reporter: but the surgeon general says that puts kids at risk. >> covid is not harmless in children. many kids have died sadly, hundreds of children. thousands have been hospitalized. >> reporter: the white house
says that last week we saw the most vaccinations in this country that we've seen in five months. those numbers are up because of boosters and because of kids ages 5 to 11. it needs to be noted that the numbers of adults getting their first shot continues to decline. savannah, back to you. >> thank you. it is 13 minutes after the hour. craig joins us now. new details on the concert tragedy in houston. >> good morning. we're talking about houston, once again this morning, because we're hearing from an attorney from rapper travis scott who was on stage when the massive crowd surge led to the death of eight people. this as houston's police chief speaks out. morgan chesky joins us once again from houston. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the chief providing some much
needed clarity on the investigation calling it complex and saying it will likely take months to learn more. but trusting his responsibility here lies with the families of the eight victims. we're hearing more haunting stories of the concertgoers trapped in a chaotic crowd. >> reporter: with eight deaths and two concertgoers still in critical condition, the houston police chief placed some responsibility for the disaster on travis scott and organizers. >> the ultimate authority to end the show is with production and the entertainer. >> reporter: overnight, scott's attorney speaking out saying there has been multiple finger-pointing much of which has been by city officials who have sent inconsistent messages. the chief is focusing on who knew what when. >> timelines are a major focus of the investigation right now. >> reporter: the first call for mass casualties went out at 9:37 p.m. but organizers did not stop the show until nearly 40 minutes later. because the festival was sanctioned by harris county, nrg
and live nation not the city of houston, authorities say there was no direct communication between organizers and the houston fire department. >> it absolutely creates a delay. >> reporter: the president of houston's firefighter association saying the district fire chief closest to the venue was denied a walk-through the morning of the event. authorities say live nation was responsible for security inside the mosh pits. the promoter had more than 700 personnel on hand. records confirming that are unclear. this is not the first time a live nation event has turned deadly. since 2006, the event promotion company has been connected to multiple deaths and hundreds of lawsuits worldwide. nbc's calls to live nation and the security companies involved in astroworld have not been returned. >> i accepted the fact that i might have died -- >> for gabby, flashbacks to friday night are haunting. the 17-year-old unaware she was recording moments she thought would be her last.
her screams caught on camera. >> i started screaming, i can't feel my legs. >> reporter: her friend pulling her to safety just seconds later. both realizing as they escaped just how close they came. travis scott has said that he was not aware of any deaths or the severity of the injuries until after his performance had concluded. and the houston police chief also adding some clarity to a story that came out over the weekend involving a security guard pricked in the neck with drugs. it was not consistent. it appears he was struck in the head and not injected with drugs of any kind. >> morgan, thank you. let's get our first check of the weather and we have a special guest. hi, bill. >> great to be here on this veterans day. great to be here.
you're probably not going to like me in two days. that's when the cold air gets to new york. we're going to fill up the complaint box. the snow and the cold is on its way. we had serious storms in the tulsa area. there was some significant damage. those storms have weakened and heading further to the south. we will watch the storms rolling towards the east today. mostly going to be a batch of heavy rains. the evening commute, the worst of it at 6:00 p.m., detroit, cincinnati, columbus, down through kentucky, friends in nashville, your evening commute will be wet. gusty winds coming through, d.c., philadelphia to new york. during the day it sweeps through new england and boston. by friday evening, it's all clear. but that friday morning commute is going to be significant delays for that i-95 corridor as we go throughout your early friday morning. we'll get to your local forecast in the next 30 seconds. in the next 30 seconds
good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. we do see a sunny start looking live right now in walnut creek. really nice for veterans day. temperatures reach into the low 70s. we'll see more low 70s through the weekend. next week more clouds and cooler temperatures, only reaching into the mid 60s. for coastal areas in san francisco expect highs in the upper 60s over the next two days. that's your veterans day forecast, guys
>> thank you. still ahead, alec baldwin and others involved in the making of "rust" now being sued by a crew member who witnessed that fatal on-set shooting why he says cut corners and a gun that never should have been fired led to the death of his longtime friend. an eye-opening look at the problems of the global supply chain crisis a live report from beijing on what it really takes to get a product from there to here but first, thiis "today" on s
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good morning. i'm marcus washington. here are today's top stories including soaring inflation hitting home in the bay area. >> reporter: i'm bob redell. we've learned the consumer price index has risen 6.2% over the past year, the steepest rise since december of 1990. averaging almost $5 for a gallon of gas throughout the bay area. you compare that to a year ago.
prices are up over a dollar. >> reporter: cierra johnson a aboard the u.s.s. hornet. ceremony begins at 11:00. time to get a look at that forecast for you. >> we have some pretty perfect weather for the bay area. our temperatures headed for the low 70s this afternoon. we'll continue to see those 70s into the weekend. early next week we will see a weak storm system pass by that opportunity look to bring us any rain but will drop our temperatures into the mid 60s and bring more clouds. veterans day events are going to enjoy nice weather with temperatures in the upper 60s.
♪♪ ♪♪ we're back at 7:30. it's the 11th of november, 2021, the day that we honor our veterans. as you can see, we've invited the united states marine band to our plaza as we honor all americans who have served in the armed forces today. >> beautiful to watch. let's move on now to our 7:30 headlines. a judge in michigan has approved
a $626 million settlement for flint residents who were exposed to lead contaminated water. that was back in 2014. the water was not treated to reduce corrosion and as a result, lead broke off through the pipes. 80% of the settlement will be paid to children who were younger than 18 at the time of the water crisis. former south african president f.w. de klerk died this morning at his home. he headed the white minority government until 1994 when nelson mandela's party swept to power. he later shared the nobel peace prize with mandela. he was 85 years old. a spacex rocket launched into orbit last night. >> three, two, one, zero.
ignition and liftoff. >> that liftoff you're seeing there was originally scheduled for last month but was delayed because of weather and a medical issue. the four astronauts are heading to the international space station for a sixth-month stay. they're expected to arrive there later today. >> also this morning, there are new developments on the fatal shooting on the set of alec baldwin's latest movie. >> we're hearing from a crew member who was there and now he is suing. miguel almaguer has more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in this lawsuit filed here in los angeles, the attorney for the chief lighting director on the set says the fatal shooting took place because the low budget production was trying to save money and cut corners. two dozen plaintiffs are named, among them alec baldwin who pulled the trigger and is a producer of the film. >> she was my friend. >> reporter: now breaking his
silence, a new lawsuit filed by chief lighting director says negligence on the part of producers, crew members and star alec baldwin led to the death of halyna hutchins. >> any responsible actor knows you don't take a real gun, point it at a human being, pull the trigger, shoot a bullet and they die in the answer is, huh, i didn't know it was loaded. >> reporter: he was working directly alongside hutchins and held her as she lost consciousness inside this church in the lawsuit, he says he saw unattended guns laying around on set and claims baldwin should have double-checked the colt revolver with dave halls, the assistant director to ensure it did not contain live ammunition, adding the scene did not call for baldwin to shoot and he should have refrained from
pointing the gun at anyone. >> i still cannot believe that she's not here with us. >> reporter: he says he's not singling out any one person for blame. the suit claims armorer hannah gutierrez-reed loaded the gun before halls handed the weapon to baldwin saying it was safe. the attorney says corners were cut to save cash on the film. >> their conduct was despicable. >> reporter: baldwin had previously said the shooting was an accident and disputed claims the set was unsafe via social media. halls has not released the comment. a new statement from gutierrez-reed says she's convinced this was sabotage and she's being framed. a theory the attorney called extremely suspect. >> to me that sounds unbelievable. >> i tried to save her life. >> reporter: this morning a preventable tragedy and now the first lawsuit filed.
>> this lighting director is also raising questions about the experience and qualifications of the armorer. what more can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, the civil claim blames the production for not hiring a competent and experienced armorer, bringing the spotlight on hannah gutierrez-reed who he alleges did not train baldwin on how to properly use the gun and failed to inspect it. ultimately, though, he also says younger and less qualified people should be given opportunities on set but they should always be accompanied by more experienced people to prevent a tragedy like this one. savannah? >> miguel almaguer on the story for us. thank you. coming up next, an eye-opening new way to look at the nationwide supply chain crisis threatening to disrupt our holiday season. >> we are going to show you firsthand the plight of toys trying to get from the toys in china to stores in the united states and the mini roadblocks standing in their way. a live report from beijing right after this. a live report from beijing right after this dad, we got this.
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literally millions of them >> it's every kid's dream. >> reporter: more than 80% of imported toys on store shelves in the u.s. are coming from china which is why christmas shoppers this year could be facing a toy shortage. the pandemic triggering a domino effect that started here with chinese factories juggling higher costs, an energy crisis and a shortage of computer chips and shipping rates for exporters that rocketed. >> increased a lot >> yeah. >> how much? >> maybe ten times. >> ten times >> reporter: and there's more, a shortage of shipping containers and covid outbreaks that shut down some major ports here all slowed the flow of chinese-made goods into the global supply chain. then congestion and long delays on the u.s. side, like the logjam at the port of los angeles, have meant a lot of toy shipments are stuck. if they leave the factory at all. because of challenges like high shipping costs, you have toys that could have been sent to the u.s. a month ago, now just piling up.
for sets of blocks to get from the toy company's factory in china to the warehouse near chicago usually takes about ten weeks. the last shipment, nearly eight months leaving stores that want the blocks on their shelves scrambling. >> >> reporter: a shortage of truck drivers too means this year the hottest toy brands may be hard to find and more expensive to buy, at least in the u.s. here, most factories have inventory. these are top seller's in the u.s. some toy exporters are switching to air freight to get toys primed for the holidays out of south china's version of the north pole in time the bottom line is that demand is going to outstretch supply for most things, especially the
really popular toys. the advice from the factories here in china to the distributors, the retailers, everyone along the supply chain, is to adjust your expectations of what toys are out there and to get the toys that you need soon guys >> good advice thank you, janis >> maybe she can pick up a few things for us. let us get another check of the weather. >> i'm nervous i'm excited about this next thing than i think everyone else will be. last night this was spacex everyone was watching this cameras are pointed to the sky then that happened a fireball meteor happened just as spacex was going on all of the cameras were capturing this huge fireball a lot of people set the open exposure to get the rocket this was the fireball going down a lotto-type picture out there did i sell it? >> you did
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we turn to a special event to honor u.s. service members held in new york last night. and prince harry, meghan markle >> yes, good morning for the second time in two months, the couple came to manhattan this time to shine a light on a cause very dear to the prince. >> reporter: making a dazzling entrance, britain's prince harry and his wife meghan all smiles as they arrived at the ceremony on board the uss intrepid. >> your dress is beautiful. >> thank you >> prince harry himself, a british military veteran no longer allowed to wear his
military uniforms since stepping back from royal duties but he did wear his metals at the ceremony he said, my experience in the military made me who i am today. and in emotional remarks he spoke of the scars on the inside that no one sees the appearance comes as both the u.s. and the uk honor veterans britain's remembrance day ceremony is one that harry always used to attend. harry and meghan marking the event last year, laying a wreath at a ceremony in los angeles for his wedding, he wore the uniform and was also in uniform for his brother william's marriage to kate >> his involvement with the military was the one bit of his decision to move to the united states that really, really hurt knowing he was going to have to give up those honorary titles. >> reporter: harry spent ten years in the military saying at the time --
>> take a life to save a life. people are trying to do bad stuff to our guys, we'll play the game, i suppose. >> reporter: harry said nothing was more valuable than the time i got to spend with my soldiers. and in a ceremony he paid tribute to those who serve >> the gala raised money for the program to support veterans and other educational programs you can tell it's still very near and dear to his heart no question about it >> great cause >> thank you, sheinelle. >> we're going to tell you -- maybe upsets the cmas were last night but coming up first, a quick check of your local news and weather. upsets. the cmas were last night. but coming up right now save on holiday gifts for everyone on your list. get under armour shoes - just $59.99. silver jewelry for $19.99. and sweaters for $29.99! plus, take an extra 15% off or even more with a kohl's card.
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good morning. i'm marcus washington. here's what's happening now. >> about 32,000 california teachers are still not vaccinated. that amounts to about 10% of the workforce. here in the bay area we are in better shape with just 5% unvaccinated, 3% in france, 5% in fremont and oakland. teacher vaccine mandates vary by district because there is no state policy. almost a million children in the 5-11 range got a shot within the first week. another 700,000 parents booked appointments at pharmacies. in the u.s., there are about 28 million kids in this age group. the cdc director says masks
aren't forever. they're just for now. meteorologist kari hall standing by with the forecast . >> starting to see the fog clear out over san francisco. temperatures headed for the low 70s. next week with upper 60s and more clouds moving in by tuesday. a very comfortable weekend ahead with more sunshine. that's it for right now. we're going to have another one coming in 30 minutes. i'll see you back here then.
coming up, inflation nation. >> everything is more expensive. everything across the board. >> from groceries to gas, costs are on the rise. consumer prices soaring to the highest increase in three decades. we'll tell you why it's happening, plus, ways to save money on your commute, your food and your health care to the rescue. >> those things stick with you >> it doesn't fade. >> it doesn't fade >> how one organization is using rescue dogs to help veterans with ptsd. we'll introduce you to a group
of brave service members and their four-legged friends. plus, holiday head start it's time for consumer reports best products of the year, from we'll give you a peek at what made the list. and last night in nashville awards, an evening filled with ♪ >> we're recapping the biggest moments from the country music awards, an evening filled with surprises and top prizes we have it all covered today thursday, november 11th. >> today we celebrate veterans day! >> shout-out to our hometown, savannah, georgia. >> today is our birthday from jersey and philly. >> honoring our veterans. >> like my dad.
>> and my husband. >> hello, "today" show and happy veterans day. >> god bless america ♪ >> welcome back to "today. so happy that you're waking up with us on just not another thursday morning. >> it's veterans day we're so honored to have the united states marine band with us filling our morning, filling our hearts with patriotic music playing "god bless america." >> and we want to thank all of the veterans for their service today. >> let's get right to our news at 8:00.
the highest inflation rate since the 1990 has americans worried about the skyrocketing costs of everything from gas to groceries. tom costello joins us with what is behind the nationwide sticker shock. good morning >> reporter: good morning. this is really a good news, bad news kind of situation the economy is doing really well right now. the stock market is at an all-time high. the unemployment rate is down. but we're all paying for it and we're seeing prices move higher from the gas station, the grocery store, the local shopping mall, the restaurant, really across the board here the consumer price index was upt 6.2% last month. the biggest jump in more than 30 years as the country emerges from the pandemic with exploding demand the trouble is, industries are working overtime and the supply chain, as we've said, simply cannot keep up, stretched all the way to china that's pushing prices higher, just as companies are forced to pay their employees even more and all of those costs getting
passed onto you and me just in the past year, a gallon of milk has climbed 28 cents, a pound of ground beef up 96 cents -- 68 cents. while gas prices have soared more than a dollar, reaching levels we haven't seen since 2014 used cars up a stunning 26%. experts say this is likely to continue into next year because even if that supply chain issue is eventually worked out, those higher prices and wages are going to cause companies to pass all of those costs onto you and me and so even though you may have gotten a raise, the chances are, it's already been eaten up just in the cost of inflation in fact, real wages right now down about 1.5% compared to a year ago, even though a lot of people have already seen a pay hike back to you. >> thank you with the cost of nearly everything going up, saving money wherever you can is the order of the day vicky nguyen is really good at that
let's talk about gas prices. that hits everyone indiscriminately and can add up. >> gas prices are at their highest levels in seven years. we're looking at $3.42 a gallon on average right now consider signing up for a free membership with gas buddy. there's an app, a website. it's absolutely free you just link your debit card and you can save up to 25 cents per gallon and these are gas stations nationwide the next thing to consider and remember is maybe you're a member of costco or sam's club they often have discounted gas prices same thing for grocery stores, they all have gas stations as well try to plan your trips around stopping at those gas stations aaa will say, change the way you drive. don't waste gas warming up the car in the morning group your trips together. those are all small things that you can do, but it will make a difference and help you avoid paying at the pump. >> if you want to save a little money, what do you do?
>> it starts with meal planning for the week so you make a list and you go to the store and you're focused and you don't pick up those extra things on impulse. consumer reports is recommending these apps, flip and basket. what it does is it tells you all of the local grocery stores and it shows you their coupons and their weekly deals all in one place so it's really helpful let's say you're going to do burgers this week, you want to go to the store that has the lowest price on ground beef. that's superhelpful. when you're at the store, i want you to consider buying in bulk chicken thighs are on sale, stock up food is a big part of our budget. >> let's talk about prescription drugs, essential for a lot of folks. it's also hard to skimp on savings there. >> prescription drugs continue to be the most erratic and illogical thing when it comes to pricing, right you can pay ten different prices
for the same pill at ten different places it's so frustrating and you have to be your own best advocate when it comes to saving money. three apps i want you to think about, good rx, blink help the last one is a membership service for generic drugs. it's available in more than 40 states just because you have insurance, sometimes paying out of pocket will save you money. don't assume insurance is going to be the cheapest it takes a little bit of time but it will pay off. >> we're going to put all of that information on the website, all of the apps you just mentioned. >> thank you in wisconsin, it was a dramatic day of testimony on wednesday at the intentional homicide trial of kyle rittenhouse. the 18-year-old appeared to break down as he described fatally shooting two men and wounding another last summer it happened during the unrest over the police shooting of a black man, jacob blake
rittenhouse testified he fired in self-defense. at one point, his attorneys objected to the prosecutors's line of questioning and asked for a mistrial the judge issued a stern warning to the prosecutor. it's happening this morning, this year's rockefeller center christmas tree getting ready for its trip to our neck of the woods. that's a shot right now. the tree scouts traveled farther than usual they went to maryland this year and found the perfect holiday centerpiece. after this morning's chop-down, the norway spruce will be hauled 145 miles and reach midtown manhattan this saturday. there, it will be decked out with 50,000 lights and you can watch them all shine for the first time on december 1st here on nbc when we have our tree lighting. >> first time we've had a tree from maryland, by the way. >> yeah. we've got our news covered let's have our morning boost a high school english teacher
was honored yesterday with a $1 million international educators award. here is the announcement and her stunned reaction. >> the winner of the global teacher prize 2021 is -- from the united states of america pro let's look at her for a second she grew up in jamaica at he she helps her students fill out their college applications she plans to use her million dollar prize to help even more of them achieve their college dreams. >> i got chills. >> it's amazing. >> so happy for her. coming up next, when man's best friend becomes a lifeline kerry sanders will introduce us to a special group of rescue dogs helping veterans in need get their lives back on track,
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right now that's helping veterans cope with a lot of mental health challenges. >> kerry sanders has the story good morning >> reporter: good morning, guys. these are not pets these are service dogs and they're trained specifically to work with vets who have ptsd. and since when those emotional problems kick in so they can defuse the situation before the emotions escalate. palm beach county, florida, is a long way from a battlefield. while you can't see anyone's scars here, some of those who wore the uniform are still at war. but it's in the memories that haunt them an enemy ied explosion sounded just like that dump truck tire that blew out. >> while i was driving, the back tire of the dump truck blew. it wasn't just a flat. it was an explosion. a tire blowing >> and you heard it? >> i felt it for a moment i was there
i swerved. it was one of the scariest situations since coming back. >> were you back in iraq at that moment >> for a split second, yeah. >> reporter: since he got his therapy dog, he says triggers are muted. >> she's there to help me with anxiety. she's there to be my buddy. >> reporter: not too different than you might say in the military watching your back. >> i never thought of it that way, but you're 100% right i'm never more comfortable than when i'm with my army buddies. i feel the same way with my dog. >> reporter: it's a charity that rescues pooches from shelters and then after months and months of training with those in need, the rescue dogs become the rescuers ryan, a veteran himself, trains and matches vets with dogs. >> what's it like when you see a
dog make a connection with the vet? >> when i see a connection, it's -- i might not be rich, but it's spiritually i'm rich. i know i just changed not only that veteran's life, but just like you drop a petal in a pond, it changes everyone's life around that veteran. >> reporter: it's why veterans are 60% more likely to separate or divorce than the average i . >> it's been a challenge but he's better. he's getting better. >> in just the last year, emma joined this family if only they married 39 years had known how a ptsd therapy dog could help vinny is a vietnam vet the memories of death and killing in the jungles still keeps in five decades later. >> those things stick with you. >> it doesn't fade. >> i just keep reliving it. >> reporter: drafted in 1968, fighting in vietnam a year
later. >> kicking and punching in my nightmares we have pillows between us to make -- to protect her. >> he's fighting he's trying to stay alive. he's physically fighting in the jungle and his nightmares take him back there. >> reporter: when he begins to thrash, emma goes to work. >> i'm sleeping in bed and she's at my head she'll wake me up. >> that's her job? >> that's her job. >> reporter: as we honor our vets this week, they ask for understanding. >> some people when i walk around will just say, look at her, doesn't look like you have any disabilities i hope people instead of judging right away, take a second, ask someone, cool dog, why do you have him >> reporter: hey, guys who do we have here? well, we have an untrained dog
and this guy is unnamed. on today.com we're going to do a naming competition let's take a look at the various names we have here there's zeus, gunner, dusty, buddy. there we go. he's untrained thank you very much. the goal is to train him up and then he can then go into service for those who provided service to us. all of those veterans today who we should say thank you very much for what you've done for our country. guys, do you have any favorite names for the yet trained dog here >> i'm going with buddy. >> i like buddy too. >> buddy was the name of the dog in the clinton white house, the chocolate lab they had. >> it's a good name. >> important part. >> thank you >> call him buddy and see if he answers. let's check in with bill --
>> gunner. >> am i the only one on team gunner it's a lab they were hunting dogs, duck dogs. >> that's true >> make a good argument. >> i'm trying. does anyone get excited about the first snow of the year i know the kids do we have some snow that's finally going to be heading into the midwest. it's bringing rain to the east is starting to bring snow into the dakotas. we haven't had our first snow in areas like minneapolis, chicago, and cleveland and detroit. you're waiting for your first snow that's going to happen this weekend. we may not get accumulating snow, but we're right on time for chicago and detroit. the heaviest snows, look out, good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. we're still watching out for that dead fog from santa rosa to
nevada. else where mainly clear as we're starting out with a lot of sunshine in our forecast for today. a lot of veteran day celebrations and we're looking at temperatures in the low 70s and we'll see this continue into the weekend and next week more clouds coming in and cooler temperatures highs in the valleys only reaching to the mid 60s and for san francisco we'll continue to see highs in the upper 60s the next few days. >> i want to take this time to thank all the veterans out there, my family members, stepdad, nephew and i have two special thank yous, one to my dad. this is from vietnam his tour of duty came to an end when he was shot down and broke both legs when his helicopter crashed. he was left unconscious. i still have my dad around today because of his rescue. at this time for the first time ever to him personally i know you're watching this morning, thank you from my family to you.
you got out of your helicopter along with a special forces medic, ran across a battlefield. you took my dad who was unconscious with bullet wounds, you dragged him 50 yards across the battlefield into a bomb crater you protected him there along with a couple of the other friends. and so any time we're together, dinner and drinks are on me. and this is you, lonnie. i wanted to have this moment to thank him. i appreciate -- >> yeah! >> beautiful [ applause ] >> way to go >> beautiful >> let's go, lonnie. >> that was beautiful. >> i am fired up right now i want to see that movie, bill you got to make that >> that's what it's all about. the story, the family tradition. incredible. >> they're still in touch. i love that. >> love that you know that
my grandpa is a green beret and didn't like to talk about it >> a lot of veterans didn't. still don't. let's get to "pop start. hi, how are you, america dropped the first trailer for the lucille ball movie the sneak peek teasing trouble in paradise for the iconic hollywood couple take a look. >> lucy, i'm home. >> why is this coming out now? >> lucille ball is a threat to the american way of life. >> does the fbi have a case against lucy >> you need to help me save my marriage >> i didn't know the fbi was involved. >> a lot of people don't know there was that other side. it's set to hit theaters on december 10th. the 55th country music association music awards they
were last night. luke bryan hosted the show they saw the biggest stars in country music take the stage carly pearce and chris stapleton took home the titles of female and male vocalists of the year taking home the cma's biggest honor luke combs who beat out eric church, miranda lambert the first time winner was so speechless when he took the stage. take a look. >> i'm at a loss for words alan jackson said my name twice just now >> and, of course, it was a big night full of knockout performances carrie underwood and jason aldean gave their first performance of "if i didn't love you. ♪ ♪ if i didn't love you ♪
her the trophy i would have just handed it todt her. >> why are we in this business it should only be jennifer hudson. >> when someone would sing like that, she would just be like -- she would take her shoe off and throw her shoe that's the greatest sign of respect. i'm surprised there weren't cowboy boots thrown on stage. and finally downton abbey is headed to the theater. a big return ♪ coming back to the cast favorites, and check back with us next week for an exclusive first look at a brand-new trailer. it hits theaters on march 18th
>> 30 seconds. >> 15 now. >> we're going to dip into holiday's handbook our friends at consumer reports are ready to help with your shopping by revealing their top products of the entire year. we'll do that after your local good morning. it is 8:26 right now. i'm marcus washington. police in oakland this morning are investigating two shootings. the most recent happening at around 3:00 a.m. you can see right there that police are setting up the crime scene around a white chevy suv. the shooting last night that injured one person in east oakland on 97th avenue near b street and all of this comes after yesterday's outside the theater. a woman was struck in the arm by a stray bullet. time to get a look at that
forecast for you on a thursday. kari hall standing by with the numbers. >> taking a look outside our window in san jose. a beautiful start to this thursday morning. we have some nice weather for all the veteran day celebrations and parades going on. our temperatures head for the low 70s today and 73 in napa and san francisco reaching 67 degrees. we will see more weather like this going into the weekend. we keep it on repeat through sunday and then by early next week, more clouds move in and slightly cooler temperatures for next tuesday and wednesday, marcus. >> thanks, kari. another local news update coming up for you in 30 minutes. i'll see you back here then.
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♪ ♪ ♪ >> wow >> let's go! >> wow we are back on this veterans day morning with more music from the president's own united states marine band formed in 1798 this group is the oldest continuously active musical organization in the entire country and we're honored that they're spending part of this very special day with us how about one more round of applause. >> yes [ cheers and applause >> and to all the veterans who -- i think there are many here on our plaza. we just want to say thank you, you and you.
>> get ready to take notes for your holiday shopping. we're revealing consumer reports best products of the year, including coffee makers so good you may not buy coffee outside again. >> all right and we're serving up garbage in today's kitchen. they're called garbage plates. it's the official dish in the hometown of social media star andrew rae it's gone viral. it's incredible. >> i can't wait to meet this >> after that, third hour, carson, you're going to stick around you're going to introduce us to an organization that is helping veterans heal through music and art. and gary sinise is going to join us live to share his mission. >> he's done so much incredible >> tomorrow on today, guys, a dynamic duo. will farrell and paul rudd sheinelle had a chance to chat with them about their new show and for some reason, i guess she asked what would will's superpower be if he could have any one.
that and more tomorrow right now, we need a check of the weather. >> veterans here veterans u.s. army right here thank you, sir vietnam vet. thank you so much. let's get to that weekend forecast and prepare you for what's coming up we're going to watch things changing i mentioned friday morning airports and roads, boston, new york, d.c., philly, everywhere in between a significant rain event it will clear up friday night. as we go through the weekend, we'll watch the cold and snow that's been in the northern plains starting to head down towards the great lakes. we'll kick off lake-effect snow. you're going to dig out the winter coat and is boots and our friends in the pacific northwest, you have significant rain event and hopefully you'll get through this one good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. a lot of sunshine in our
forecast today and temperatures for our inland areas headed for the low 70s. expect more low 70s headed to the weekend with early morning clouds and fog and then clear out. next week we're looking at more clouds with the storm system being nearby and doesn't look to bring us any rain and drop our temperatures into the mid 60s and lower 60s in san francisco. we'll enjoy our dry weather into at least the next few days. >> i don't want to hear i didn't warn you. tomorrow morni >> i don't want to hear i didn't warn you tomorrow morning at this time, it's going to be pouring on the plaza. >> what? >> that's good. >> aren't you glad you came today? >> yeah. help for your home and your holiday shopping two for the price of one as we dive into consumer reports new list of the year's top products. first, this is "today" on nbc.
we're back with today's holiday handbook this morning, a great cheat sheet for your gift-giving needs. >> consumer reports tests thousands of products for its annual top products of the year list we get a sneak peek today at the winners and from the bunch, we pulled out some of the best holiday gift ideas. >> i love this segment here to walk us through is consumer reports digital lifestyle editor you can shop along with us we put the qr code up. made it easy let's start with the bedroom people are very particular about their comforters, blankets this is the number one. >> this is called a weighted blanket. they give people a sense of getting a hug. >> the science on these is kind of split as to whether or not they actually work but the people who use them and like them love them. so it's maybe worth a shot you get 30 days to return this if it doesn't work if you're shopping for any weighted blanket, they come in 10, 15, 20 pounds.
you want to look for 10% of your body weight. if you weigh 150 pounds, i'll do the math for you -- >> i was like, too early. >> it's a 15-pound weighted blanket. >> the pillow is important to you. >> i really like it. pull that over there this is what makes it special. this is one of those pillows that you can add or take out the filling as much as you need it you customize it to you. i take the filling out of mine because i wanted it more flat. if you want your pillow a littl because i wanted it more flat. bit more fluffier, add the filling to it. it's about $65 people really, really like it. >> i'm into that great. >> move on this cast iron pan, why do you like it? >> from the bedroom to the kitchen. it does everything really well it sears a steak, and bakes
cornbread. watch the chipping, that's the downside of this but it really does everything well $60. if you want the lid, an extra $10. >> not the dishwasher. >> you should not put any pan in the dishwasher >> don't come to my house. >> coffee is like our number one staple >> this is from ninja. this, again, does a lot of things well. if you want a regular kind of standard coffee, it does that. if you want to amp up the game, you can do some ice brews over this cool feature here, that is a milk frother you can really kind of make that special coffee drink as well it's about $152. >> you know what i love about what we're doing right now, i
spent so much time on amazon looking at reviews, trying to sort out -- i need a pan >> all of these went through our labs we buy the products we test. we're in bed with any manufacturers -- sorry for the bed pun. this is independent testing for us. >> i like how the scooper is right here >> you can do separate tea and coffee functions it won't take -- you don't want your tea to taste like coffee. it will take care of it for you. >> what is this? >> this is called a mesh router. we've all spent a lot of time at home over the past two years maybe we found wi-fi hot spots in house. >> upstairs we can't get wi-fi at all >> so this is a mesh network this is from tp-link this will make any wi-fi service better because it uses beacons
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channels start a happy accident and i was playing around with my camera, i was watching parks and rec and i was like, what would that burger taste like in real life and i'm talking about it. >> what's your favorite food you've recreated >> i should have studied before i came on here just a simple pasta. >> you're from rochester new york is this a garbage plate? >> this is our pride >> what's the history of this dish in rochester? >> i don't know. somebody was drunk and they put a bunch of stuff in a frying man. >> you want to get it crispy
>> yes it's topped with something called hot sauce which is just a meat sauce that is made from grill scrapings. the crap that they scrape off the flat top >> at the end of the day of making 800 cheeseburgers, they would scrape it off and that would be at the nucleus of this meat sauce >> that's equivalent of taking a bar mat shot we get these crispy. >> we get this crispy. we're going to add a bunch of spices we have cinnamon, all spice, paprika. that gets tossed with tomato paste, stock >> you let the sauce sit on the side for a second. >> let it sit all day, for weeks at a time, even. don't actually do it >> forget about it. >> we parboil our potatoes so you can cook them at a much higher temperature, get them really, really crisp in a cast iron skillet. >> you said it's hard for you to recreate that really crispy -- that you can get at a diner. >> the key is to not overcrowd you want to make sure that everybody is -- has contact with the pan. you're not generating steam by stacking stuff on top --
stacking potatoes on top of each other. don't move it. let it sit there. >> how long? >> 5 minutes wait until there's a nice crust, flip it. >> you're eating the garbage plate. >> you have every food group represented here. >> it's a total comfort food. >> seems like it needs to be at 2:00 a.m. with a beer. >> 100%. >> this is the only time it's been eaten in the morning. >> can you put tater tots on top of it? >> anything you want >> i can serve this with my garbage bloody mary. >> i'm going to have to get that recipe. >> there's a lot here. >> every carb that you can imagine. >> this looks healthy. >> underneath there's -- what we're looking for, the pasta but lots of herbs and stuff here the stuff from the deli or grocery store kind of tastes like seafood sometimes i like using mayo and sour cream, a little bit of mustard
in there and just mix this up would you care to mix this up for me i understand your wife is a chef. >> she is. >> this is one of my favorite things it's topped up with burgers or hot dogs and a specialty is the white hot. >> is that a brat? >> it's sort of like a brat. pork, veal and a lot of fat. >> is this on every dinner menu in rochester >> you know you're getting a garbage plate when the restaurant ends with the word "hot." >> this is setting you up, to go home and return to bring the garbage plate back at the og -- >> is it always these ingredients? you have to have macaroni salad or whatever garbage you got, throw it on a plate? >> if you put pasta and carbs -- sometimes you do french fries. >> normally this is served on a paper plate. >> i didn't realize we were cooking for the queen. but we have this on -- served o
paper plate. >> i didn't realize we were cooking for the >> dive in there >> thank you very much >> that's an explosion of flavor andrew, thank you so much. today.com/food for the recipe. check out andrew with his 10 million followers on youtube and instagram where you can find more of the recipes. we'll be back in a minute. much more on this veterans day from the u.s. marine band. but first this is "today" on nbc. thank you, chef. appreciate it. ♪
>> we are back on the plaza. veterans day you get the honors >> a lot of families look forward to this. let's spin those smucker's jars. happy 100th birthday to florence isabella is 100. she started her own catering service when she was in her 60s. happy 100th birthday to joseph along. he and his wife has been married for 72 years congratulations and certainly happy birthday next we have david of colorado he's celebrating 100 years david served as a major in the u.s. army during world war ii and we salute you for your service. angela is from watertown, massachusetts. this lady is 100 years old
she learned how to use a computer in her 90s and now you can't get her away from those online card games. and listen to this, a very special happy 104th birthday to faye alexander there's nothing she would rather do than spend time with her family, including her grandson peter alexander. he's always talking about grandma faye >> she had me at water aerobics. >> we're going to be back with our third and fourth hour. jenna has a great conversation with the legendary willie nelson. >> we've been honored by the performances of our veterans this morning we want to thank our veterans for serving and we'll give one more performance from the united states marine band take it away and thank you ♪
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live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. this is the "3rd hour of today." >> welcome to the "3rd hour of today" on this thursday morning. >> friday eve. >> it is 11/11. that means that you should make a wish today. normally when i see the clock say 11:11, i make a wish. >> every day? >> yeah. today i hope your wishes come true. we've had a lot of fun this week with our family members dropping by. and i'm excited about today. you see that chair sitting there. >> yeah, i do. >> we have a special guest coming. first, we want to tell you what's coming up over