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. good morning. on the move, nearly 70 million people under winter weather alerts this morning as a monster storm barrels across the midwest and south toward the northeast. snow, heavy rain and bitter cold with the wind chill plunging to 40 below in some places as millions prepare for a deep freeze, others are eyeing an ice storm that could cause power outages. we'll have the full forecast. about face. the cdc updating its guidance, nearly two years after the start of the pandemic. now telling americans they can
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wear those n95 masks that had been in short supply early on. this as hospitals fill up. >> we're running out of beds. we don't have enough intensive care unit beds. >> seeing a record number of pediatric covid patients. a small sight of good news with infections appearing to have peaked in big cities. novak djokovic taken back into australian custody overnight, just a day after his visa was revoked for a second time. top australian officials citing public health concerns. another hearing set for tomorrow where djokovic could be sent home. will he be able to play in next week's australian open? all that, plus wild card weekend. the nfl gears up for a series of high stakes matchups. >> at any moment one play can change really the entire game. >> but freezing temperatures may be the real wild card, a half
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dozen win or go home games as the road to the super bowl kicks off "today," saturday, january 15th, 2022. >> announcer: from nbc news this is "today" with peter alexander, kristen welker and dylan dreyer. welcome to "today" thanks for joining us on this saturday morning, it's going to be a good weekend to bundle up and watch football. >> i'm not the biggest football fan but i know my eagles are playing tomorrow, big match up with tom brady. >> we had a briefing before the show, say tom brady. a big game tonight, the buffalo bills hosting the patriots, the temperatures below zero. the weather is going to have an impact on this weekend. we are covering several developing stories as well this morning, including updated guidance from the cdc when it comes to which mask to wear. the agency now advising people
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it's okay to wear the n95s that they had once urged them to stay away from early on in the beginning of the pandemic, you might remember that, over fears of a shortage. and overnight, tennis great can, novak djokovic was taken back to detention in australia as his visa was cancelled again as he'll await a hearing to see if he'll be able to play in the australian open. could he be sent back home? we begin with the massive winter storm barrelling down on half the country right now. the snow already impacting millions with much more to come. and this morning, it is the bitter cold gripping more than 20 million americans. we'll have the forecast in just a moment. but first nbc's kathy park, bundled in st. louis where the snow is already falling. kathy, good morning. >> reporter: peter, good morning to you. yeah, the snow is starting to fall here in st. louis. we're expecting anywhere 2 to
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4 inches of snow. the temperature is right above freezing so the snow is starting to stick. this is the beginning of an active weather weekend. parts of the southeast, especially the carolinas are bracing for a dangerous ice storm. this morning millions in the midwest digging out after a powerful winter storm buried parts of the dakotas. the same system slamming portions of minnesota and iowa, where it was a struggle to clear the snow. at times falling an inch an hour. the slick conditions and reduced visibility on the roads, a dangerous combination, sending cars sliding. the wintery weather is now tracking toward the southeast where a small swing in the temperature could spell trouble. nashville may get up to a half a foot of snow, while north carolina is bracing for significant icing. the governor declaring a state of emergency, warning of possible power outages and travel disruptions.
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crews spent friday getting ready, even with many employees out with covid. >> we may not be able to respond as fast. so we're encouraging people to be prepared. >> reporter: on top of the wintery mix, 21 million under wind chill alerts. some of the coldest air will reach new england where it could fall a dangerous 40 degrees below zero. and tonight in the middle of the arctic blast, the buffalo bills and new england patriots face off in upstate new york in what may be one of the coldest playoff games in nfl history. the temperature at kickoff may only reach 7 degrees. and this certainly is a high impact weather system. by sunday afternoon, the mid atlantic states will be seeing some snow as well. as you know, virginia is still reeling from the traffic nightmare from last week on i-95 from a separate storm system. so on thursday and friday, crews were out there pretreating the roads. probably a good idea. peter? >> fortunately those bills fans
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are built different than the rest of us. they'll be ready to fill up the field in anticipation. >> looks gold out there. let's bring in somara theodore from our station in d.c. she's tracking this massive storm. so the big question, how bad is this going to get? >> this ranges from inconvenient to crippling depending on where you are. i want to talk about the timing on this. we're starting to see snow coming down in missouri, as we head through tonight, 8:00 p.m. saturday that's when the heaviest rain hits the southeast as the storm hits the gulf coast it's going to tap into the moisture, really powering up. 8:00 a.m. sunday morning, from saturday night into sunday morning, that's where we see the icing taking place from parts of atlanta to raleigh, north carolina. i want to spend time on the ice. we have the cold air, snow, rain but the ice can be dangerous. we're talking a quarter inch to half an inch. tree limbs break, scattered
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power outages, dangerous road conditions. when we get half an inch to an inch of ice, extensive tree damage impassable roads widespread multi-day power outages. look at what we're expecting in the carolinas, up to half annual inch of ice in parts of north carolina, including charlotte and greensboro. this is a dangerous situation in the carolinas, we'll talk about the snow totals coming up. back to you. >> busy morning for you. we want to turn to the coronavirus crisis and a glimmer of hope. health officials in some cities saying they're seeing signs it is starting to peak. this as a cdc let the record reflect finds that most children eligible to be vaccinated are not. guad is in los angeles this morning. >> reporter: that report on low vaccination rates coming out as pediatric hospitalizations have
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surged nationwide and with omicron gripping the country, the cdc is shifting their guidance on the mask recommendations. this morning, the cdc issuing new mask guidance urging americans to use higher quality face coverings, such as n95 or kn 95s. instead of the more common cloth masks. the pivot comes as omicron infections push nationwide. pushing hospitals to the brink. >> we don't have enough beds. >> reporter: average daily hospitalizations up 78% in the last two weeks. at the current rate january alone could register over 19 million cases. that's more than half the total infections recorded in 2021. pediatric hospitalizations are also up by 118% in the last two weeks. averaging more than 4,600 children in hospital beds per day. in missouri, this school district reporting more than 260
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cases among students and staff. >> she's had her shots and i'm concerned and -- for the other kids as well. >> reporter: the cdc is now reporting only one in four of the roughly 8,229 million children ages 5 to 11 have received their first shot. yet, amid the surge, some good news out of the northeast. daily infections appear to have peaked in large cities like washington d.c., new york, and chicago. >> we're seeing emergency department diagnosis just starting to come down and maybe some flattening in the hospital numbers. >> reporter: health officials hoping the trend will continue nationwide. what can this possibly mean for infections and hospitalizations? >> hopefully it means that the peak of our case rise has ended in at least the areas that initially had the spike of omicron and usually we can expect the other parts of the country to follow suit. >> reporter: if we hit the peak
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and see the cases start to decline it may be easier to keep schools open. until then some students in cities like oakland, chicago and boston are walking out of school demanding safety measures or demand online learning until omicron subsides. >> thank you very much. we want to bring in dr. michael osterholm, the director for infectious disease research and policy at the university of minnesota and a member of president biden's advisory board. thank you for being here. >> good morning, kristen. >> i want to ask you about something you said. you said that omicron could be a, quote, viral blizzard, and now here we are more than a million cases a day, and yet, we are starting to see that case number drop in some cities and states. so how long do you think it will be before we peak? >> well, when i first suggested this was going to be a viral
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blizzard, it was about five weeks ago, i said it would be eight to nine weeks this would happen. we're on target for that. i think you'll see, in fact, as you know it in the northeast in particular, the case numbers may have peaked but that means a lot of cases are still coming in every day. nationwide i think we're at least three to four weeks off before we see that peak and the numbers start to drop. i also remind people, doesn't mean it's overwith at that time. if you look at south africa, the numbers went up quickly and came down quickly but still about 25 times the number of cases now in south africa today than there were before the omicron peak started. it doesn't mean it ends in three or four weeks it means the numbers come down i think quite substantially. >> about the changing mask guidance from the cdc, now saying it's okay to wear the n95 or kn 95 masks, there were concerns about shortages of them in the past. what's your message to those americans still wearing the
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surgical or cloth masks at this point? >> at this point i have to say i'm glad to see that the cdc has made some movement. it's far too late. we knew a year ago they should be wearing n95s as a routine and there were plenty of them in this country. i welcome the new news but it's late in coming. the recommendations are at best called tepid. you can wear them. i think you must wear them. this virus is highly infectious and cloth face coverings and surgical masks are not adequate to keep it out. you can do a lot to protect yourself by wearing an n95 you will not be taking them from health care workers. we have plenty right now, this is an important step in protecting yourself in addition to being vaccinated. >> that is a clear and definitive message. doctor, let's talk about kids. when you think about vaccination rates more than 75% of adults are vaccinated. but when it comes to kids eligible, those 5 to
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11-year-olds it drops significantly to 17%. how concerning is that figure given the increase in hospitalizations among kids? >> i think it's a real concern, kristen. what it signals is we are having a terrible time turning vaccines into vaccinations. right now a vaccine availability doesn't mean much if we didn't get kids vaccinated. you've covered the fact that we're seeing increases in cases presenting to hospitals and young kids. we need to keep emphasizing the importance of getting the vaccines in. we've had such a divisive period with regard to schools. i have been saying for some time, i don't think schools can be open in this many locations right now. not because the kids shouldn't be in school, we want them in school. the problem is we have so many teachers and support staff and bus drivers out. when you have 35% of your teachers out, how do you conduct school? but that's going to be short lived. that's the next three to four weeks and we have to get through that period.
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please get your kids vaccinated. >> we're going to delve more into schools and how some of them are getting creative to keep kids in the classroom in the next half hour. doctor, always so good to have you on. thank you. >> thank you. to politics now where president biden is wrapping up one of his toughest weeks since taking off, vowing to keep fighting for his priorities even after a series of setbacks. it comes as former president trump makes his campaign stop of 2022, in arizona, later today. still pushing the lie that he won the last election. josh letterman is traveling with president biden, he's in wilmington, this morning. josh, good morning. >> reporter: peter, good morning. voting rights activists had pleaded with president biden all last year to make this issue his urgent priority but the president waited until his build back better plan fizzled last month to pivot to voting rights. now it looks too little too late.
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>> this morning, president biden's voting rights push in peril, and barrelling toward failure in the senate. the president insisting he's not defeated, just disappointed. >> a lot of talk about disappointment in things we haven't gotten done. >> reporter: democrats will miss their self-imposed deadline of monday, mlk day, for a vote changing senate rules to pass voter protections with no republicans. >> the united states will, for the first time this congress debate voting rights legislation beginning on tuesday. >> reporter: that vote almost certain to fail, doomed to opposition from the rules change dy senators joe manchin and kyrsten sinema. >> there's been a lot of attention to a specific two people -- >> reporter: vice president harris promising the fight isn't over. >> we are not giving up. >> reporter: but this morning the white house can't layout a pathway to vick tour. >> if we believed everything every pundit said the president would not have run for office.
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>> reporter: the election year push pressing president biden's powers of persuasion. as president trump returns to the campaign trail. his first rally of the trail set for tonight in arizona, ground zero for trump's false election conspiracies. appearing tonight with candidates who all back his big lie. mr. trump shaping up as a king maker in the midterms, endorsing 93 republicans so far. the former president telling npr, that republicans will do anything for his endorsement. >> whatever they have to do they're going to do. >> reporter: but hanging up when pressed about election fraud claims. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> reporter: another reminder of mr. trump's firm grip on the republican party, congressman john catco said he's retiring. the third from that group to announce they won't face voters
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again. >> josh letterman thank you for that. we appreciate it. we want to turn back to the forecast, we've been talking about this massive storm, somara theodore you're watching the forecast across the rest of the country. >> our friends have dry and mild conditions across the rockies. and we're seeing we are seeing limited visibility p to parts of santa rosa and about half a mile and four miles into tracy. expect the dense fog to linger for the first half of your morning in san jose. temperatures are at 44 degrees. notice about 8:00 or 9:00, we'll be in the upper 40s. it will be a mix of sun and clouds today. expect temperatures to top out in low 60s.
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>> somara theodore is getting a little bit of water and she will be back with more in just a bit. but still to come, the latest from australia where tennis champ novak djokovic is back in detection over his vaccination status. will he be able to compete in the australian open? plus the extreme measures that one school district is being forced to use when you have xfinity xfi, you have peace of mind built in at no extra cost. advanced security helps keep your family protected online. pause wifi whenever for ultimate control with the xfinity app. and family-safe browsing gives parents one less thing to worry about. security, control and peace of mind.
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we are back on this saturday morning with the weekly down load, our look back at the week's other big stories. >> among them top health officials in the hot seat on capitol hill. >> you are totally incorrect. >> fireworks when dr. anthony fauci testified in front of the senate health committee. >> the american people don't trust the words coming out of your mouth. every day you appear on tv you do more damage than good.
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>> a frustrated fauci caught off camera on a hot mic after a series of heated exchanges. >> what a moron. beloved tv dad bob saget passed away at age 65. >> saget had just kicked off a new comedy tour in florida, on sunday orlando authorities say they found him in his hotel room where he was pronounced dead. attorneys for hannah gutierrez reed, the armorer for "rust," filed a lawsuit. in the wake of a tragedy. >> in new court documents pdq arm and prop is accused of supplying the set with real bullets. >> the facts are a live round or multiple live rounds ended up in a box labeled as dummies. >> nbc news has reached out to
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seth kenny. his attorney says for now, no comment. professional baseball will soon have its first female manager. the new york yankees announcing rachel as the new manager of the team in their minor league system. >> it's an advantage that i was discriminated against because i had to work harder. the 2022 u.s. olympic figure skating team is now set. >> it's a really cool opportunity to get to show the world what you love to do. >> they will jump, they will twist, and they will most certainly dazzle. >> something that i've been working for for a really long time. and it's really amazing. some of the week's wildest moments caught on camera. a ring camera shows a medical helicopter crashland outside philadelphia. incredibly, everyone, including an infant patient on board
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survived. a passenger broke into the cockpit of an american airlines jet in hondouras, authorities say he assaulted two pilots, damaged flight controls. authorities apprehended the man. more than 80 ostriches escaped a farm in southern china and went racing through the streets. finally, happy anniversary to us. the "today" show celebrated 70 years on the air on friday. >> for 70 years, people have tuned in and the people who brought them that news will have changed, but the mission hasn't. find out that the world is still there and get them ready for their day. >> it was such a beautiful celebration of 70 years of "today." and i have to say one of my great influences was katie couric and i had the incredible honor of working with her there. my hair looked a little
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different. i was an intern back in the 1990s. i learned so much from her. mostly about diligence. she was a journalist who had an impromptu interview with former president george h.w bush, she nailed it. >> the person i tried to emulate was david bloom who anchored this broadcast for three years before he passed away. i was blessed to be friends with the bloom family. this is what the girls looked like last time before we were together for the pandemic. nicole, second from the right got engaged. ava on the far right is about to wrap up college. and there's christine, beautiful christine on the left. it's nice to remember him as we honor all those who came before us at "today." >> no doubt he would be proud of you. the unbelievable story of russ the dog who survived a
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wildfire, blizzard, and months on his own before he was reunited with his owner. plus we're going to make you an offer you cannot refuse. stick around to see how "the godfather" is celebrating turning
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thank you for joining us on this saturday, january 15th, i am kira klapper, the cdc updated its recommendations on the masks we hear, we can choose a respiratory from the best protection from covid. the n-95 and kn-95 has the highest protection. it could impact the supply for healthcare workers but that's no longer a concern. masks with the lowest protection are loosely woven cloth masks.
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businesses will need to notify customers with the looming indoor vaccine mandates. people 12 and older will be required to show proofs of vaccination to enter businesses in oakland that includes restaurants, bars and gyms and large indoor events. the mandate goes into effect february 1st. you can find our ongoing pandemic coverage including updates on our website, go to nbcbayarea.com/coronavirus. let's check in now with meteorologist vianey arana for a quick look at our vas. >> good morning, we'll start dry and we'll keep a dry weather all weekend long and a beautiful shot of san francisco, not a lot of shot, we are seeing fog in other areas, a live look right now in san jose, it's about 41 degrees. downtown san jose also looking really nice, we'll look at the fog and a few parts of the
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northeast. notice santa rosa is down about a quarter of a mile up to napa and down to 5 miles visibility and less than that into tracy. that dense fog will linger into 7:00 a.m. for the first after of hour day, by the afternoon, san jose, 41 degrees right now and by about 8:00 or 9:00, we'll still be in the 40s, notice in the icons between 10:00 and 11:00, it will be a mix of sun and clouds. it will be cloudy but we'll get a lot of sunshine heading into the afternoon. temperatures topping out into low to mid-60s today. we'll start to bump up in the 50s and eventually topping out in those mid-60s with more pleasant weather ahead heading into sunday's forecast coming up. >> coming up at 7:00 on today in the bay, the risk of
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millions are digging out from a wicked winter storm. the snow creating treacherous travel conditions and now the storm is both south and east, parts of tennessee could get 6 inches of snow. the governor of north carolina has declared an emergency as his state expects to get hit with ice. and on top of that, 21 million americans are under wind chill alerts that could reach a dangerous 40 degrees below zero in new england. firefighters are battling a massive fire at a new jersey chemical plant this morning, the 11-alarm blaze erupted friday evening in new jersey, sending flames and dangerous smoke high into the air, prompting the
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evacuation of nearby residents. one firefighter was injured. officials say the building was used to store chlorine and other chemicals for cleaning swimming pools. the only person in the building when the fire broke out was a security guard who was fortunately not hurt. in los angeles friday, bob saget's closest friends and family came together for a private service paying tribute to the 65-year-old comedian. about 100 guests attended, including the stars of "full house". saget was found dead on sunday hours after a stand up performance. an autopsy showed no evidence of foul play or drug use. the cause of his death is still unknown. also this morning, the number one ranked men's tennis player in the world is back in australian custody today. novak djokovic's visa has been revoked again as he battles for the chance to play in the australian open despite being
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unvaccinated. nbc's molly hunter has been tracking the story and she's here with the overnight developments. what's the latest, molly? >> reporter: good morning, the saga just keeps going. australian immigration officials say that if novak djokovic is allowed to stay, that could ignite the anti-vaxx movement. his legal team said he's not hurting anyone. but as of this morning we have no idea if he's going to be allow today play on monday. this morning the best tennis player in the world is back in detection. novak djokovic's visa was cancelled for a second time friday on the grounds of health and good order. in newly released court documents australian immigration officials worry his presence could foster anti-vaccination sentiment. today his legal team appealed the decision calling it irrational.
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the final decision will come sunday, one day before the australian open begins and potentially dashing his hopes of winning a record 21st major. but tennis stars are looking to focus on the matches. >> if he's playing, finally, okay. if he's not playing, the australian open will be a great australian open with or without him. that's my point of view. >> reporter: and australians who have spent the last two years largely trapped inside the country have little sympathy. >> why is it fair he can go around not being vaccinated and do whatever he can, whereas the rest of the public and australia has been stuck? >> reporter: djokovic has been locked in this a battle with australian immigration officials since january 4th tweeting he had an exemption permission allowing him to enter despite not being vaccinated. then getting that permission revoked and later arguing that he should be allowed in, because
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he had covid in december. controversy then erupting after he admitted attending an interview after his diagnoses. an unforced error that may cost him a chance to hit the court on monday. as far as next steps, there was a procedural hearing already today. his team submitted the necessary paperwork. tomorrow is the final hearing and the immigration minister says if djokovic doesn't win he's going to be on the first plane out of that country. >> you called it a saga, molly. i think that's the right word for this. we continue to watch it. somara theodore join us again now with a look at the forecast and wet weather across the south. >> that's right. that's one component of the storm i don't want to neglect. this is a winter storm but that's weighted towards the west. we talk about the coastlines, expecting winds to push water towards the coast and that causes potential for flooding. warnings have been issued for
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many areas from maryland up to connecticut. peak winds occur at the same time as high tide during the full moon and that has caused up to 3 to 5 foot storm surge. so again the flooding is a big concern along with the snow to the west. a lot of this situated east of i-95. we have the severe weather along the florida coastline as well, they could see winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour and there is i am meteorologist vianey arana, live look in san francisco, no fog right there. we are seeing dense fog up to parts of north bay. santa rosa about half a mile of visibility into napa and tracy as well. daytime highs nice day ahead,
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mid-60s for san jose, 64 degrees. morgan hill at 65. oakland at 61 and san francisco at 60 degrees. >> that's your local forecast. peter, back to you. >> thank you very much. just ahead here, the challenges facing so many school districts across the country. how to keep students in the class as covid forces teachers and staff to stay home. >> that's right. we'll tell you how one superintendent is keeping his district open and whether it might wk for youror with her citi custom ℠ card, rashida earns cash back that automatically adjusts to where her spending is trending. just ask overly confident diy rashida... wait, was this the right wall? ...or last-minute gift shopping rashida... i'm putting a bow on it! wow... ...even sneaking away for a vacay rashida. shhh! i've earned this, okay? earn 5% cash back in your top eligible spend category, up to $500 spent each billing cycle. with the citi custom℠ card.
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avoid a return to virtual but they're also dealing with staffing shortages. it's a problem that isn't a new one, but one that's grown worse lately. heidi is here. good to see you. >> reporter: before covid stopping shortages in the school system was a problem. meaning many were ill equipped to deal with the blow they were given by the omicron surge. and now many districts are forced to get creative in order to keep their doors open. it's a familiar scene playing out across the country. schools scrambling to keep kids in the classroom safely. unlike last year, there's no one-size fits all approach to the latest surge. new york city schools open through the current wave. chicago shutdown for a week in a teacher revolt. and schools in rural areas are forced to come up with creative solutions. >> of course, we'll certainly owe them a few favors when this
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is said and done. >> reporter: randy, superintendent of a district near albany, new york. he's calling all hands on deck, getting retired nurses, like kathy green, to contact trace. >> i retired in june of 2021, after the last school year. and last week i got a phone call from the district requesting some assistance. >> reporter: so you weren't surprised based on everything that you were seeing going on in your community? >> i was not surprised. i knew that my fellow nurses that i had previously worked with, were certainly exhausted. this year has been so much more than last year. >> reporter: college students are also being called in to help teach. among them, the superintendent's own daughter, maggie. >> some days i move around i'm three different teachers filling in the gaps. >> without them we probably woul
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>> reporter: in fact, 25% of his substitute teachers are college students. staffing is the biggest problem awe cross the schools. thousands of schools have been forced to close with people calling in sick, others going remote. >> we had about 12% of our instructional staff calling out. that doesn't include the bus drivers and cafeteria workers. that's just instructional staff. and obviously that has a domino effect. that is a lot of classrooms that are unattended. >> reporter: teachers say they saw this crisis coming, nationwide 35% of education positions were unfilled last year. >> it is a shortage across all staffing, they are being asked to do more and more, it's not only a troubling trend, but it is disrespectful to them as professionals. and we, as a society, have to address this issue. we are in a crisis. and we need to act like we are
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in that crisis. >> reporter: randy squire's volunteers are happy to pinch hit but know their solution is only temporary. >> i go back next week for college and i'm worried there's not going to be enough subs. but i hope this brings the message out to our community that these jobs are out there and they need people like as soon as possible. >> reporter: and in the past ten days superintendent squire said they've had more positives in his school district than in the last four months of 2021 combined. his advice to other districts is to be creative in their staffing challenges and at the end of the day, it's what's best for the kids that's most important. >> heidi, thank you so much. so many challenges piling up for students and teachers. >> remarkable that 25% of those substitutes in that piece were from college. now we want to bring in joe fryer for a look at what's coming up in pop start. good morning, joe. >> good morning.
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next, i dug deep into my dvd collection and found this, an old blue ray disk of "the godfather." i don't have to watch this at home. in honor of the film's 50th anniversary, "the godfather" has been restored and is returning to movie theatres. >> i thought you weren't going to become a man like your father. >> i never wanted this for you. >> director francis ford cope la spent more than a thousand hours remastering all three films in the trilogy, the 4k ultra hd version will be able at home on march 22nd. this is no longer pop start, it's now pop shark. that's right we have a "baby shark" sighting here, all thanks to the ear worm your kids love
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and you love to hate. ♪ baby shark ♪ ♪ baby shark ♪ >> i'm so sorry. the song just became the first video on youtube to hit on to hit 10 billion views. it's inspired toys, games, and even a tv series on nick loadian. last week we saw you swim with the sharks, maybe now you can sing with the sharks. >> this is the sound of every parent in america quickly muting the "today" show afraid their children will hear it and sing it the next 24 hours, my house included. >> my house, too. i'm impressed with your baby shark, incredible. >> that's like a pineata. >> it is. still to come, the
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there is a new warning from one bay area county that made healthcare providers to step up their covid-19 testing. kaiser and center are failing to provide enough tests everyone to cover their own members. the county itself providing most of the covid-19 testing in state of texas bay. the county council says threatening to enforce this order requiring health providers test and vaccinate all their patients instead of referring them to their county. they are working to increase testing capacity but admit that testing requests and staffing shortages have made it difficult. there is a plea for help from the west contra costa school district. the district is feeling the impact of the omicron surge. the district is looking for substitute teachers and is
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asking anyone who'll become a certified sub to please do so and sign up to help. let's check in with our vianey arana for a quick look of our forecast. >> hey there, we'll see the calm weather to stick around for the bay area through the week, nice right now, beautiful shot of san jose, it's 41 degrees. there is no fog in the south bay right now. yesterday we had that dense fog early on but there is fog up through the north bay. take a look at santa rosa, less than two miles of visibility and down to five mills in napa. the rest of the bay area is doing okay with fog and visibility. temperature trends we are in the 40s right now, a little chilly. by 11:00 or 12:00, your lunch hour will bump up in the 60s. it will be cloudy at times with peeks of sunshine. we are not tracking any rain. eventhough it may look to you it's going to rain, it stays far to our north and it's a nice mild day with partly cloudy skies.
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daytime highs this afternoon, san francisco at 50 degrees. concord at 62. morgan hill at 65. mid-60s in santa rosa and the napa area. this dry weather will remain for your saturday and your sunday. i will have a closer look on what to expect coming up in your forecast. kira? >> we'll see you at 7:00. coming up on "today in the bay," an agreement on new covid protection for san francisco schools. the differences students and staff will now see inside the classrooms. we'll have that and plus all your top stories and vianey arana's full forecast, we hope you join us. right now we'll send you back to "today."
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good morning. dangerous winter weather. a massive storm is on the move with more than 69 million people under weather alerts. from the midwest to the south to the northeast. bringing snow, heavy rain, and bitter cold, with a wind chill feeling like 40 below in some places. the southeast getting ready for a crippling ice storm, while millions more prepare for an arctic blast. we'll have the latest forecast. wild card weekend. the nfl gearing up for a series of high stakes matchups.
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>> at any moment one play can change really the entire game. >> with that severe weather expected to be a factor, a half dozen win or go home games in store for the weekend and it all kicks off today. and rough rescue. we'll share the amazing survival story of a dog who was separated from his owner and then somehow made it out in the wilderness, alone for four months surviving a wildfire and then a blizzard. >> this guy is something else right here. he's been through it all. >> to make his way back to his owner, "today," saturday, january 15th, 2022. >> from burlington, vermont where no matter how cold it gets here, the "today" show makes me feel fuzzy. >> i'm greg and this is lola, i want to give a shout to my family in tennessee. >> good morning from maryville,
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missouri. home of the spook hounds. >> go hounds. love to see all of those smiles. good morning, welcome back to "today" on this saturday morning. what is a very chilly saturday morning in a lot of areas. i had my warmest coat on today walking to the car, it was still cold. >> a cold start and a cold night in buffalo. they have a playoff game, the temperature at kickoff is 7 degrees without the wind chill that could put it in the teens below zero. >> that's where we begin. the weather and the huge storm impacting nearly half of the country. the snow is already starting to fall and this morning we're looking at cold temperatures across the northeast ahead of a series and potentially devastating ice storm in the southeast. somara is tracking the storm but we begin with kathy park in st. louis. the snow already falling. kathy, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, kristen, good morning to you. yeah, the snow is starting to
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pick up here in st. louis. you might be able to make out the iconic arch behind me through that snow. but as the system slowly moves on out of here later this afternoon, the southeast is bracing for icy conditions which could lead to some power outages. this morning, millions in the midwest digging out after a powerful winter storm buried parts of the dakotas. the same system slamming portions of minnesota and iowa. where it was a struggle to clear the snow. at times, falling an inch an hour. the slick conditions and reduced visibility on the roads, a dangerous combination. sending cars sliding. the wintery weather is now tracking towards the southeast, where a small swing in the temperature could spell trouble. nashville may get up to half a foot of snow, while north carolina is bracing for significant icing. the governor declaring a state of emergency, warning of
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possible power outages and travel disruptions. crews spent friday getting ready even with many even with many employees out with covid. >> we may not be able to respond as fast so we're encouraging people to be prepared. >> reporter: 21 million under wind chill alerts, some of the coldest air will reach new england where it could fall a dangerous 40 degrees below zero. and in addition to that brutal cold, coastal flooding is also a possibility in parts of new england and new jersey, due to extreme wind gusts. so this is system really seems to have it all. if you're over all this wintery mess, spring is just 64 days away. back to you. >> but who's counting. kathy park, thank you for braving it for us this morning. >> let's check in with somara, weekend duty, people rely on you to get a sense of what this is
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going to look like. >> 69 million of our friends are waking up this morning to different types of winter alerts, stretching from parts of the midwest down to the southeast, up 95 to the mid atlantic and into the northeast. let's time this out, a lot of icing is occurring in the carolinas overnight tonight into tomorrow morning, and beyond that we'll see it ride up i-95 into central virginia, washington d.c., through tomorrow night. from there it's going to make its way through new york city into new england and up towards maine through your monday. we're looking at i coastal flooding and of course the snowfall. the appalachians, we could be seeing 20 inches in some of the mountains in north carolina. we could see 18 inches farther north up to areas like upstate new york near buffalo so this is going to be a very dangerous situation. i highly recommend if you live in the carolinas, go to the grocery store today, and if you live further up i-95 into new york city and new england, at least by tomorrow get everything you need from the store. again, up to half an inch in
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parts of greensboro, north carolina, of ice, that's a very dangerous situation on the roads and we're expecting lots of power outages. back to you. >> somara, thank you. we have the rest of the full forecast in just a few minutes. well, also this morning, some frightening scenes coming out of the pacific island nation of tongo this morning. take a look at this satellite video which shows a nearby undersea volcano erupting 12 miles into the sky. unbelievable. thousands rushed to higher grounds as waves as four feet crashed to the shore triggering a tsunami warning. authorities in the nearby names of figi and samoa warned residents to stay away from the shore. there are no reports injuries but communications are difficult with a small country of just over 100,000 people. alec baldwin has voluntarily turned over his cell phone to police investigating the fatal shooting of the movie "rust," baldwin handed the phone over friday saying in a statement
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that the phone will not provide any answers. authorities in new mexico have been investigating the incident since late october when baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematography halyna hutchins. actor tiffany hadish was arrested in georgia on friday on charges of driving under the influence. the 42-year-old comedian was stopped on the road, and several reported 911 to report a driver asleep at the wheel. she is best known for her standup comedy and the 2017 film. coming up more for this weekend "morning boost" and we want to get more from joe. >> 6-year-old ducey donemoyer has a lot to celebrate after battling a high risk cancer for more than two years. she recently got good news and with nurses and family cheering her on and after a quick hug
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with little sister, lucy got to take part in a hospital tradition. [ bell ringing ]. >> lucy got to ring the bell that signifies she is cancer-free. her mom says lucy was very brave and during more than 20 hospital stay 20 hospital stays in in the middle of the pandemic, during at least one stay the family boosted lucy's spirits by posting a sign on a nearby parking garage, which she could see from her room. she was diagnosed at the very beginning of the pandemic, april 2020, now so much to celebrate after nearly two years. >> congratulations to lucy and her family and all those who supported her for all this time. i love the heart that was staring back at her from across the way. >> that's bravery. thank you for that story, joe. a football filled weekend. fans all geared up for an nfl wildard like c
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we're back with today's talker and a super wild card weekend, in a matter of hours the nfl playoffs about to kickoff. there are six win or go home games with the league's first ever monday night win or go home game. >> all of this with frigid temperatures in some stadiums and covid concerns top of mind as well. nbc's sam brock is outside the tennessee titan's stadium in nashville.
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>> reporter: good morning. fired up would not be the words i would use right now. the presents are under the tree, they just got to be unwrapped right now, because this is arguably the best weekend of football in the entire nfl season. there are story lines flowing from every contest from ben roethlisberger playing in his final playoff to tom brady facing a familiar foe. the titans play next weekend but for 12 teams they're deciding their fate in the next 72 hours. are you ready for some football? >> brady for the end zone. >> reporter: football fanatics, the big day has finally arrived. the nfl playoffs kicking off in a matter of hours with the margin for error never thinner. >> at any moment one play can change really the entire game. i know it's like that in the regular season but playoffs it goes to a different level. >> reporter: as the action heats up on the field, the temperatures are dropping off of
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it. at paul brown stadium in cincinnati it's expected to hover around 30 degrees when the bangles and raiders clash. balmy compared to the high of 14 degrees in buffalo as the bills take on the patriots. >> it's not fun getting hit in the cold, catching hard passes in the cold. i think it's an even playing field for both sides of the ball. you have to stay as warm, as stretched out as humanly possible because you're sitting on the bench for an extended period of time, your body will start doing different things. >> the defending champion tampa bay buccaneers are squaring off against the philadelphia eagles tomorrow, the same eagles who defeated tom brady's pats four years ago. the most decorated player in nfl history he was asked about not shaking nick foles's hand after that game. >> i try to be a good sport. i know it doesn't look like that because sometimes i get pissed
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but i try to be a good sport. >> reporter: also a final hue ra for ben roethlisberger who's won two rings and is expected to retire after the season. >> just try to tell the guys you have to go out there, play free, have fun, play football. it does get a little bit faster. >> reporter: with more than 500 nfl players testing positive for covid in the month of december alone, the virus is going to be under the spotlight as well. including for america's team, the dallas cowboys, their star linebacker, micah parasons just coming off the list, and amari cooper was just fined by the nfl for attending a maverick's game, nba, court side with no mask on. back to you. >> sam brock, thank you for that. how do you function as a quarterback in 14 degrees below zero. >> i was thinking of josh alan, the quarterback for the buffalo bills. imagine a 260 pound all muscle
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linebacker knocking you down, that ground is going to feel so hard tonight if he gets sacked. feel for that guy. >> it's going to feel like ice. we know everyone is going to be watching. an exciting weekend for sports fans. you can see the raiders take on the bangles today and the steelers versus the chiefs tomorrow evening. all here on nbc. and nbc is the only place you can watch the super bowl, of course, this year. the big game is on february 13th, if you haven't already, circle your calendar. >> welker dropping sports knowledge. >> it was scripted, thank fly. somara theodore is back with another forecast. >> we're talking 40 below zero as far as what it feels like in maine as we head through this morning. and colder as we head into the afternoon for some good morning, we got fog up through the north bay right now.
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les less than two miles of visibility into rosa. the rest of the bay area is doing okay with the fog. expect to see some cloud cover into the afternoon. temperatures bump in the 50s by 10:00 or 11:00. reaching 60s in the afternoon. here is a close look at your daytime highs. it's going to be a nice mild day with a mix of sun and clouds. a that's your local forecast. kristen, back to you. >> somara, thank you. still ahead, we have the incredible survival story for one very good dog who managed to one very good dog who managed to make it through a wildfire and a
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separated from his owner four months ago. >> the owner wasn't sure if he'd see his beloved pup again especially after a wildfire tore through the region. >> as emily tells us, that's really only half their story. >> reporter: if it happened in a movie, you wouldn't believe it. >> he's a sweet heart. >> reporter: the story of russ, the pit bull mix losted in northern california for months. >> it's a true story of "homeward bound". >> it began last summer when russ was on a camping trip with his owner. somehow russ got spooked and took off. soon after the caldor fire swept through the region, to be followed by a snowstorm months later. ricardo thought he'd never see his beloved dog again. but then -- >> i was alerted by people who alerted me, a back country snowboarder saw a dog curled by
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a tree. >> reporter: wendy runs furry friends, she sent volunteers to find russ. >> we were sinking in up to our thighs even on snow shoes. >> reporter: they spotted a black dog, at first still and then movement. >> the moment you saw russ lift his head, what goes through your mind? >> joy. absolute joy. because i think both of us went up the hill thinking this was going to be a recovery not a rescue. >> reporter: with coaxing they pulled russ into their arms and sledded him to safety. >> we were going to get him. >> reporter: but who did he belong? thanks to amicro chip, they got him back to ricardo. >> i thought it was a work call, how can i help you. they're like, we found your dog he's in the middle of the snow. in the snow?
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where? >> reporter: ricardo in utter disbelief until he saw for himself, through fire and ice, his dog miraculously survived. >> this guy is something else right here. he's been through it all. >> reporter: the best friends together again. enough to keep this team of volunteers going for a lifetime. to know that russ is now back with his owner, what does that mean to you? >> everything. absolutely everything. >> reporter: for "today," emily eketa, nbc news. >> oh my goodness. i'm trying to imagine what was going through ricardo's mind when he got that phone call. unreal. >> it's hard to imagine. joe, they say cats have nine lives, that little dog has about 12 lives. that's an impressive dog. that's an impressive dog. >> i russ if snothing like a weekend in the woods. it's a good choice all around, like screening for colon cancer... when caught in early stages it's more treatable. i'm cologuard. i'm noninvasive... and i detect altered dna in your stool
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