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3:30 am reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell. >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us on a very busy thursday. we're going to begin with that breaking news tonight. at least one person is dead and four others are in critical condition after a gunman opened fire with an assault weapon at a cabinet maker in texas where he worked. sources tell cbs news the shooting happened at kent moore cabinets in an industrial park in bryan, texas. that's just outside of college station. it appears the gunman then took off in a car, leading to a frantic manhunt. tonight cbs news has learned a
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texas state trooper has also been shot during a confrontation outside of the suspect's house. now, it is the fourth high-profile mass shooting in this country in just three weeks, and it comes just hours after president biden announced several major executive actions to curb what he calls an epidemic of gun violence nationwide. ed o'keefe is standing by at the white house with those new measures, but cbs's mireya villareal is going to lead off our coverage tonight from texas. >> ems 1. active shooter. kent moore cabinets manufacturing plant. >> reporter: at 2:30 chaos rang out at this custom cabinet business in bryan, texas. police say multiple people were shot. and after opening fire the suspect fled the scene. >> officers responded. they found several victims. and they were checking the area, checking the building, looking for more victims. >> bringing one patient out. they still have one inside they're doing compressions on. >> reporter: a source says the suspect was armed with an assault-style rifle shooting at least five people. one has died and four others
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were critically injured. the victims were all transported to an area hospital with several in critical condition. multiple police agencies responded to the scene. a nearby school was locked down. >> we feel that the scene is safe behind me, so we believe everybody left. we're just trying to piece together what exactly took place leading up to this. >> reporter: according to a cbs news source, a trooper was shot outside the suspect's home and airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. kent moore cabinets makes custom cabinets and has locations across texas. their headquarters in bryan opened in 2011, and they employ nearly 600 people. police say they do not have a motive at this time, but cbs news has learned they believe the shooter was known to the company. devastating news for obviously a very tight-knit community in bryan-college station. police say right now the suspect is in custody and the fbi is aware of the situation. however, the bryan police department is still the lead agency on this investigation. still a lot more to come, though, on this story, norah.
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>> all right. mireya villareal with that breaking news. thank you. and we want to turn now to the president's executive actions on gun violence, his first since taking office. he's targeting so-called ghost guns and equipment that can turn a pistol into a rifle. cbs's ed o'keefe reports from the white house. >> reporter: president biden today voicing frustration over the frequency of mass shootings. >> gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it's an international embarrassment. [ applause ] >> reporter: but with quick congressional action to seriously address gun safety unlikely, mr. biden took executive action, targeting stabilizing braces that can be added to pistols and so-called "ghost guns," firearms without serial numbers that are sold in kits and can be assembled at home. >> anyone from a criminal to a terrorist can buy this kit and in as little as 30 minutes put together a weapon. >> reporter: baltimore police commissioner michael harrison says ghost guns are increasingly popular in his city. >> this year alone we've
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recovered 53 of those goeftd guns, and of the 53 nine were connected to murders and shootings. it's actually hurting us and making it more difficlt to keep our streets safe. >> reporter: bryan muehlberger's 15-year-old daughter gracie was killed by a ghost gun at her california high school in 2019. he said mr. biden's changes could have saved her life. >> it's a step and it's a start. >> reporter: but he warns washington needs to work faster, believing that gun violence will intensify as the pandemic ends. >> i'm worried that this is going to be a really, really bad year, and i think i'm most worried about the children. you know, the schools. last year was the first year where there wasn't a mass shooting at a high school. the only difference was there was nobody at a high school. >> reporter: mr. biden today also called on congress to pass stalled democratic legislation expanding the gun background check system, and he wants the federal ban on assault weapons renewed. both unlikely given staunch republican opposition. >> enough prayers. time for some action.
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>> reporter: while the president said he wants sweeping changes in gun policy, what he did himself was actually modest at best. having worked the gun control debate for decades, the president uniquely understands that ultimately it's congress, long reluctant to debate the issue, that would have to pass laws to make those big changes. norah? >> all right, ed o'keefe at the white house. thank you. tonight, forecasters are predicting an above-average atlantic hurricane season. scientists at colorado state university predict up to 17 named storms and eight hurricanes including four major hurricanes. among the reasons, the atlantic waters are warmer than average, providing fuel for storms. a record 12 named storms made u.s. landfall last year. six of them hurricanes. including zeta, which slammed into new orleans in late october. all right. tonight the federal investigation into congressman matt gaetz has taken a dramatic turn. and it could be bad news for the florida republican and trump ally. an associate who's charged with sex trafficking is now negotiating a plea deal and may
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be ready to cooperate with prosecutors. cbs's major garrett has the late developments. >> reporter: congressman matt gaetz potentially in more legal jeopardy tonight. his close associate joel greenberg charged with sex trafficking last summer is expected to plead guilty to some federal charges. greenberg could cooperate in a separate federal probe of gaetz. greenberg, according to sources, used so-called sugar daddy websites to locate female partners for the congressman. greenberg's attorney spoke to reporters today. >> based on what my client knows, okay -- see, i thought if i kept on talking i would avoid these questions. and not to say -- i'm sure matt gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today. >> reporter: gaetz, a close friend and political ally of greenberg since 2016, has denied having sex with underaged girls or paying for sex. >> it is a horrible allegation, and it is a lie. >> reporter: according to sources familiar with the
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matter, federal investigators are also probing gaetz's relationship with orlando doctor and marijuana entrepreneur jason pirozzolo. cbs news has learned gaetz and pirozzolo took a trip to the bahamas in late 2018 or early 2019. according to sources familiar with the probe, the doctor paid for travel, accommodations, and escorts on the trip. investigators want to know if gaetz was accepting any of these gifts in exchange for political access or legislative favors. pirozzolo provided no comment when we met him yesterday outside his orlando office. >> did you pay for escorts for congressman matt gaetz? >> meanwhile, women who work in gaetz's office released a statement endorsing his character. "we uniformly reject these allegations as false," the statement said. the women were not identified by name or job title. we have learned, norah, that eight working women -- eight women, rather, work in gaetz's office. all endorsed this statement. >> all right. major garrett, thank you. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm catherine in washington. thanks for staying with us. new numbers from the border patrol show the record number of migrants arriving at the southern border. agents apprehended nearly 170,000 migrants in march. that's a record high for the last 15 years. and while most were quickly expelled, the data does show about 19,000 children either traveling alone or with families. and for the most part family groups are allowed to stay in the u.s. while they seek asylum.
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the kids traveling by themselves are transferred to the department of health and human services. there are many reasons for making the long and dangerous journey to settle here in the u.s. manuel bojorquez continues his reporting from guatemala. >> reporter: it's written in the hillsides as far as ruben che is concerned. the crops that have supported generations of his family in the guatemalan highlands are gone. they've never seen it like this before. so this would be full of leaves? [ speaking foreign language ] and instead it's dry. and this is the coffee bean. no good. the coffee and cardamom stood no chance. this valley turned into a lake after back-to-back hurricanes lashed the region last year with intensity and rainfall believed to be magnified by climate change. like many here, lured by billboards advertising a farmer's dream, he took out a loan to get the operation
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running again. but nothing's grown. >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: you have a debt you have no way of repaying it. because your crops are ruined. >> si. >> reporter: the sign drawing his attention now is a smuggler's. advertising a trip to the u.s. >> climate change is coming on top of previous problem like poverty, food insecurity. >> reporter: edwin castellano studies climate change at the university of the valley of guatemala. >> the problem is that not only we are seeing extreme events in terms of too much rain, we are also seeing the opposite in terms of too little rain. >> reporter: parts of the country are experiencing severe drought. >> we have seen a huge increase in extreme events including flooding, storms, but also droughts. >> reporter: he pointed us to his research, showing a dramatic spike in severe weather events here over the last decade, compared to those past. you know, there's always a big debate around climate change, and some people say they don't
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believe in it. but you say climate change is a factor that is driving people to the united states. >> mm-hmm. yes. ithink that if you ask most people here in guatemala it would be evident that most people believe in climate change because they have seen the change in the climate. >> reporter: what can be done to keep people here? >> well, basically, these are families who have lived in extreme poverty for many years, and so they are not really expecting big changes. small changes, small amounts of help would make a huge difference for these families. >> reporter: ruben says he doesn't want to leave his wife and 5-year-old son. but he struggles to envision a future for them on the only hillsides he's ever known. manuel bojorquez, guatemala city. back at home, travel season is fast approaching and the cruise ship industry is hoping to get back on track. passenger ships have not been allowed to sail in the u.s. for more than a year because of covid-19.
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but that could change as early as this summer. errol barnett has the story. >> we want to get ourselves going everywhere. >> reporter: in his first sit-down interview since the pandemic began, royal caribbean ceo richard fain tells cbs news he's pushing to set sail again now that there's more information about how to stop the spread of covid. >> we would like to work closely with the cdc to make sure that we do that in a safe and healthy way. >> reporter: no cruise ship with passengers has left a u.s. port in over a year. last february a major covid outbreak on board the diamond princess, run by a separate cruise company, left passengers stuck at sea for nearly a month. soon after there was another outbreak on board the "grand princess." in all, more than 800 were infected with covid and more than a dozen people died. in mid march the cdc issued a no sail order, stopping all cruises from the u.s. >> i've done four cruises since
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covid appeared, and i will be doing another one very soon. >> reporter: but cruises have resumed elsewhere. morgan o'brien is an american travel video blogger living in germany. >> on board the ship we're required to wear a surgical mask at any time we're moving around the ship. >> reporter: in videos like these he's pushing the cdc to establish protocols cruise ships outside the u.s. are already using. >> people are getting temperature checks every day. we have to be tested 72 hours before the cruise leaves and of course it has to be a negative pcr test. >> reporter: royal caribbean has tested those systems abroad, and fain says with encouraging results. >> the royal caribbean group alone has carried over 100,000 guests and of that we've only had 10 cases. we would like to be treated in a very similar way to the airlines and other forms of transportation. >> reporter: last week the cdc unveiled technical steps for cruise operators including trial voyages with volunteers and updating the definition of
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covid-like illness for reporting. but they have not set a specific return date. cruise lines are also choosing to install better filtration systems to clean the air. here in the next few months should they be able to set sail, what will be different? >> all the cruise lines are working toward best protocols, and that includes new ways of circulating air, new filtration. it includes cleanliness, ways to clean areas. it includes testing. >> reporter: the cdc also recommends passengers and crew get vaccines before boarding. but some companies are taking it further. royal caribbean and norwegian say they will require all passengers and crew to be inoculated. >> nobody can guarantee anybody is safe from covid anywhere in america or anywhere else. actually, the irony is if you go on a ship you're going to reduce your risk of coming down with the virus. >> reporter: now, fain makes that assertion by saying that they will test passengers before, during, and afternoon
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the surge in residential real estate prices has some builders looking for new sources of raw materials and a growing number are turning to reclaimed wood. here again, errol barnett. >> reporter: at this baltimore warehouse the lumber is anything but run of the mill. >> a lot of this lumber was harvested around the civil war, and a lot of the trees that were turned into this lumber really started growing probably in the 1500s. >> reporteter: thehe antntique pipine was savaved f from crumb row homes like these. >> so it has a grain that you wouldn't find today. it has a color you wouldn't find today. and it really just as importantly to us, it has a story. we can able to kind of hold on to that little bit of history. >> reporter: max pollack is the founder of brick and board, a company that sells reclclaimed wood and other salvageged materl in babaltimore, a a cityy witit estimated 16,000 vacant and abandoned properties. for five years you've been a part of what people describe as
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the urban lumber movement. what is it and how do you seee yourself fittiting i into itit? >> it r refers to both lumber that's's harvesteded from build that wouldld o otherwise b be discscarded andd sent to a a landfill, and it a also referer capturining materiaial that fal during storms. >> repeporter: woodworkers acro the countntry are buildingg the movement. but pollack says there's more work to be done. >> if you were to poll 100 people who are working in the reclaimed wood field, the truth is that a lot of them look like me. they're white guys with beards and with flannel shirts. but there really isn't any reason why that should be the case. it's always been important for us to try to democratize these skills a little bit. to try to take people who may not have had the opportunity to go to shop class or may not have had the opportunity to apprentice with a carpenter, and teach them about the material. teach them about milling this stuff so they can create a career out of it. >> reporter: like 21-year-old dante godwin, who's worked here for about a year and a half. he appreciates the opportunity, he tells me, in a city with an
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unemployment rate that usually tracks a few points higher than the national average. >> it's not that easy to get an opportunity. i was lucky. i had mentors. i wouldn't have known about this opportunity if it wasn't for them. >> reporter: so even in baltimore with a high black population and a rich history it's very difficult for young black pen to get started? >> yes. most definitely. that's why more black men is in the streets than having a job. >> reporter: brick and board is just one of the private partners in the urban wood project, a collaboration between the city of baltimore, the usda forest service, and others. the hope is that salvaging wood can revitalize the city. this used to be abandoned row homes. it's now a park. >> exactly right. it's a park. you can hear these birds. and residents comment on that. >> reporter: co-leader of the urban wooood projectct is ceara heheinz of ththe usda forest servicice. she wantss to helelp other c ci replicate what she calls an urban wood economy. >> zip codes like this and
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similar have high rates of unemployment, high rates of poverty, high rates of incarceration, underlying health issues. this project can ameliorate a lot of that by thinking about ways to employ people, give peopople opportrtunities, avoid waste, and plant trees in places that desperately need them. >> reporter: i don't think most people realize that. logs in a landfill are actually a bad thing. >> yeah. you think about a tree, it's sequestering or capturing carbon. so that's co2 has in the air. and d it storess it in thehe bo the tree. and soso when thatat tree is rd and it's decomposing it releases all of that co2 back into the atmosphere, contributing obviously to climate change. >> reporter: jennifer saliga leads the urban wood rescue in sacramento, which is funded in part by a grant by the california department of forestry and fire protection. she says her organization has sequestered 6,770 metric tons of carbon. that's equal to about 731,000 gallons of gas.
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>> we're able to divert logs that would normally go to the landfill into our yard and then get them back out into the community. >> reporter: but saliga admits this process isn't easy. >> it's a long endeavor from when the log is taken down to when it becomes a piece of furniture, and it can be very costly building out partnerships and building t that comommunity just really important to success. >> reporter: one of those partnerships is withh minnesesota-basedd room & boara fufurniture companyny that is a part of the u urban wooood pro turning g reclaiaimed woodd fro baltimorore, sasacramento,, det and minneapololis into s sustaie furniture and a core. >> we have one planet. so all of us need to look at not only as leaders but as individualals to say howow can make a a differenence. >> repeporter: roooom & board presidentt and ceoeo bruruce chu says shizz company has an environmental and social responsibility. >> it's a combination of using those materials and creating jobs for people that can have an opportunity. >> reporter: so it's morere tha
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just a about raw resosources? >> absolulutely. thee social aspect of it is equally a as importrtant. and i think when you take those two things and you combibine th that's's whehere it bececomes somethining really magigical. >> reporteter: remodedeling the we caree for ach when you humble yourself under the mighty hand of god, in due time he will exalt you. hi, i'm joel osteen. i'm excited about being with you every week. i hope you'll tune in. you'll be inspired, you'll be encouraged. i'm looking forward to seeing you
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would you plunk down a quarter of a million dollars to spend a few minutes in orbit? sir richard branson is hoping the answer is yes. he unveiled his company's new space jet and he's planning to have paying customers on boardr by nextt yearar. chriss marartinez reports. >> r reporter: virirgin galacti believeses this brand new spacecraft will give paying customers a chance to be an astronaut. >> it's tremendously exciting. it's been a long journey to get this far. >> reporter: sir richard branson is the billionaire behind the operation and says the vss imagine will have test flights this summer including one that he will go on. this is the third version of the virgin spacecraft.
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previous flights were carried up aboard a mother ship. >> two, one, release, releasase release. >> reporteter: and t then droro back d down t to earth.h. future missionons will head d m abovove the plananet's s surfac allow touristss to unbuckle and experiencece several m minutes weightlelessness. the fifirst launcnch could b be yeyear, withh ticickets already selling for $250,000. >> our plan is to build a number of spaceships, and so we could maybe get up to 400 or 500 flights a year. and then we will try to get it down to a price where as many people as possible are able to go up. >> reporter: branson isn't the only billionaire reaching for the stars. amazon's jeff bezos tested his latest blue origin rocket in january, with hopes of one day taking tourists up. >> i'm so proud to work with such a great team. >> reporter: and tesla's elon musk has spacex. one of the company's experimental rockets blasted off on a cloudy tuesday in texas, exploding during the flight. it's designed to return t to eartrth, but a a test earlier t
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monthh also endeded in an explosion. virgin's spacecraft lands like an airplalane. the compmpany had itits own cran 201414 that kililled o one o of pilots.. ththere have beenn many success tests since then, and the compmpany expecects to givee pe an o out off thihis world e exp and b bring them back safely. chris martinez, cbs news, los angeles. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. and t t's the "overnight
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news" for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back later for "cbs this morning" and follow us online all the time at capital, i'm catherine herridge. it's friday, april 9th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." texas shooting spree. in yet another deadly rampage, police have revealed new details about the man accused of opening fire at a cabinet business. new concerns. why at least two vaccination sites had to shut down over the same coronavirus vaccine. tennessee twister. severe weather damages an elementary school. how one resource officer possibly saved the lives of possibly saved the lives of dozens of students. captioning funded by cbs


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