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situation. because that's the kind of people that you are. >> of course. >> yes. thanks for watching kpix5 news. >> you got it, len. >> cbs this good morning to our viewers in the west, and welcome to "cbs this morning." it's thursday, july 29th, 2021. i'm gayle king. that's anthony mason, that's jericka duncan. tony dokoupil is on baby leave. let's go. the delta variant spurs new vaccine mandates. the urgent step being taken by president biden affecting millions of americans. children are getting the coronavirus at alarming rates. we meet a mother desperate to save her son as he fights the virus. breaking overnight, a u.s. olympic pole vaulter tests positive and is out of the games. how team usa is still persevering. and actress elizabeth banks
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hosts a new podcast with no topic off limits. she'll joins us for a candid conversation. first, here's today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> the pandemic we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. >> reporter: the white house set to announce mandatory covid-19 vaccines for millions of federal workers. >> reporter: this after the cdc recommended masks indoors once again regardless of your vaccination status. >> we should get more people vaccinated and telling people who are vaccinated to wear a mask doesn't get more people vaccinated. >> reporter: the senate has voted to begin debate on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal. >> while there's a lot we don't agree on, i believe that we should be able to work together. >> reporter: the governors of california and nevada toured an area blackened by the tamarac fire. >> they need assistance. >> they're overworked and underpaid. >> reporter: the washington nationals had their game in philadelphia postponed. >> several players and coaches testing positive for coronavirus. all that --
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>> reporter: duke players during a tiktok video. the coach comes in with a live snake that he had just caught. >> and all that matters -- >> she's pregnant. [ cheers ] >> that's superstar joey logano and his wife, did their gender reveal. [ cheers ] >> oh, my god! on "cbs this morning." >> caeleb dressel is going to win gold for the united states in lane five. he did it! >> a fantastic night for team usa swimming. >> incredible showings from caeleb dressel and bobby finke. >> maybe us humble. the american -- unbelievable. finke is going to win gold for the united states in the firirs ever 800 free in the olympics. [ cheers ] >> wow! >> this morning's "eye opener" is presented by progressive -- making it easy to bundle insurance. >> i really love how they look in the water. the stroke, the bodies, the way it cuts through the water.
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really beautiful to see. >> it is. >> some team racking up some big wins at the olympics. >> i know. we like that. go, usa. >> go, usa. >> jinx. welcome to "cbs this morning." we're going to begin with the increasingly urgent push to get more americans to please do their part to prevent a surge of unnecessary, the word is unnecessary covid deaths this fall. president biden is expected to announce later today that for the first time, all federal workers must get vaccinated or follow very strict protocols. also masks will now be required for everybody including visitors inside federal buildings in covid hot spots. that lines up with the new cdc guidance advising people to wear masks indoors in high-transmission areas even if you've been vaccinated. nancy cordes is at the white house with more on this story. good morning to you. do you think this could have an effect on the private sector, as well? >> reporter: no question, gayle, that this will set a precedent for states and cities and companies across the country because what we're talking about here is the entire federal work
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force. about two million people from coast to coast, plus contractors who would all be required to either s show proof ofof vaccinn oror submit to regegular testin. now, this would actually be a little less restrictive than the policy that facebook and google announced yesterday. both of those tech giants say all of their employees who come to work in person will have to be vaccinated, period, unless they can't for medical reasons. now this all comes on the heels of new guidance from the cdc recommending that even wear -- return to wearing masks indoors in many of the parts of the country where covid cases are on the rise. interestingly, white house officials say that yesterday they saw the highest number of new vaccinations. a sign that fears of the delta variant are causing at least a few more people, gayle, to go ahead and get their shots.
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>> or fears of i don't want to die. nancy, before you go, can we talk about the -- this major deal on the infrastructure. so there's been months of negotiation, we're hearing that 550 with a "b" -- $550 billion worth of spending over five years. what happens next? >> reporter: so this brand-new deal passed a very major hurdle last night when two-thirds of the senate, a bipartisan group of senators, voted to begin consideration of the bill. that is a very good sign. this is a deal between the white house democrats and republicans in the senate, it would sink an extra $110 billion into roads, bridges, and other major projects. it would pour about the same amount into rail and public transit. plus billions more for broadband, airports, drinking water, and the electrical grid. a good chunk of this new plan would be paid for with unspent covid funds and unemployment funds. but this bill is still being written, gayle.
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we've got weeks to go before a final vote in the senate. so still a lot to watch in this view. >> we know you're there. thank you so much. in louisiana, school-aged children now make up the third largest number of new covid infections in the state. more than 2,000 new caes were reported among children ages 5 to 17 during one week in july. overall the state is seeing eight times more cases than just four weeks ago. our lead national correspondent, david begnaud, is at children's hospital new orleans. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're inside the pediatric intensive care unit. the largest hospital in louisiana for pedes. they have more patients here than anywhere else. the youngest a 23-month-old baby girl behind our camera and behind me is a 17-year-old young man, now with his blessing and his mother's permission, we're going to tell you their story. we met them last night in the emergency room.
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this is jauqez lee. he has covid. he's 17, 6'2", 365 pounds. he's a high school football player. what are you struggling with? >> breathing. major headaches. you know, my -- coughing, too. >> reporter: when we got to his room, the nurse told us that he had been in the emergency room waiting for more than nine hours. >> hopefully soon he'll go up to a room. i know they're working on it. >> reporter: they had to wait more than 14 hours to get him a bed in the icu. fetina watkins is his mother. she told us he started feeling sick about seven days ago. >> started when we went out to eat at a fast food restaurant. we sat down and ate inside which we shouldn't have did. >> reporter: ms. watkins is fully vaccinated, and her son received his first dose of the
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pfizer vaccine three weeks ago. >> i just thank god that i did get the first vaccination for him, you know, because it could be way worse than what it is now. >> reporter: for her, being here is like reliving a nightmare. two years ago, her 4-year-old daughter, raine marie, was treated at this very same hospital for rsv, and she died. this is the largest children's hospital in louisiana. the covid case rate here among pediatric patients has jumped just in the last week. what's the current situation? >> the situation is dire. >> reporter: dr. mark kline, a world-renowned expert in infectious diseases, is the physician and chief here. >> on monday we had four hospitalized patients with covid. today we have 17 including four in our intensive care unit for children and one in our newborn intensive care unit. >> reporter: what do you say to the folks who watch anand say, yeah, but kids are, you know, only slightly affected? >> this delta variant that we're seeing now changes the game from my perspective.
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the children are more ill, they require higher levels of care. sadly, i think we're going to be seeing more deaths over the coming weeks. >> reporter: are you scared? >> no. >> reporter: his mother told us jauqez is a fighter. >> having this virus is very overwhelming. so it's best to take care of yourselves and to be safe because it's really not worth it. watching your loved ones suffer. >> reporter: jauqez is stable, and we're told his condition is about the same as it was last night when we met them in the emergency room. he is supposed to go back to school in the next two weeks, she said given everything he's dealing with, she said, i'm too worried, i'm not going to send him back to school. i'm going to keep him home and do remote learning instead. >> david, wow. our prayers are with the family for sure. thank you. the rise of the delta variant is forcing some tough decisions at the state level.
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nevada issued an emergency directive this week mandating masks indoors in 12 counties. in california, indoor masks are a recommendation in all but two counties where they are required. anna werner spoke to the governors of those states, steve sisolak and gavin newsom as they surveyed wildfire damage. >> reporter: do you believe the mask mandate is going to work in light of the delta variant, or are you worried that it's not going to be enough? >> i'm clearly worried. you don't know if it's going to be enough. i'm confident it will work. i'm confident we're throwing everything we can at the virus. >> reporter: both governors say while masks are an important tool, they're focused on increasing vaccination rates to prevent future surges and keep the economy open. >> we're putting everything we can, nonpharmaceutical interventions like wearing face coverings, as well as dealing with the biggest challenge we have in this country, the misinformation. >> we're going door to door in our undervaccinated communities, but we need to do mother nature
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on the education front. >> reporter: california will require masks in schools this fall. it's proven to be a touchy issue for governor newsom who's the target of a september recall campaign. just this week a parent advocacy group that's suing the administration over the masking rules said they found a photo on line of newsom's son with other kids maskless indoors at a basketball summer camp. in a statement, the governor's spokesperson said the newsoms had missed an email saying the camp would not enforce masking guidance and pulled their children out. newsom told us -- >> my son went to camp with his mask on, took it off for a photo, had it in his hand, and we pulled him out of the camp. you want to attack me, attack me. don't attack my son. >> reporter: a new poll found that likely voters were almost evenly split along party lines on whether to keep newsom in office. >> we're going to defeat it. it's a partisan republican-backed recall. >> reporter: sisolak has faced criticism for weighing in on reopening decisions when he promised to give control to
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county officials. and the pandemic continues to potentially impact the political futures of both as they decide what measures are enough to control the virus. will both of you rule out shutdowns again? >> i don't think we can rule out anything. we're studying the science. we are following the science. >> we don't want to go back to physically distancing, social distancing and mandates. we could end this distancing, and masks. once and for all in a matter of weeks do the one thing that we have in abundance, that's taking advantage of lifesaving drugs, these vaccines. >> reporter: anna werner, nevada. now to some breaking news out of tokyo for you where u.s. suni lee won in gymnastics competition. there was a setback earlier when sam kendricks tested positive for covid. that means he is out of the games. jamie yuccas is in tokyo
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covering the olympics. caeleb dressel had a huge night. jamie, i remember when you introduced us to caeleb. it's great to see him doing so well. >> reporter: oh, we were cheering big time in our hotel room watching him today, gayle. we do have to talk about this, though -- more than 50 members of the australian track and field team had to briefly quarantine after some of them came in contact with kendricks, who you were talking about. he is in isolation. meanwhile, team usa is making a big splash in the pool. >> caeleb dressel for the united states is going to win gold in lane five! >> reporter: caeleb dressel set an olympic record of 47.02 seconds to win gold in the men's 100-free final. he was overcome with emotion as he spoke to loved ones including his parents and new bride. >> i'm so proud of you. >> reporter: when we talked to him before the games, he told us how much he values those closest to him. >> i want to make my inner circle proud. sometimes it's not always about going fast, it's just making them proud in whatever manner i can do that.
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>> reporter: fellow swimmer robert finke also received a gold medal after his stunning last-minute comeback in the men's 800-meter freestyle. while on the women's side, regan smith and hali flickinger ended a 21-year drought winning the silver and bronze in the women's 200 meter butterfly. the first to medal in the event. simone biles is still the most talked about story after her withdrawal from the competitions to protect her mental health. it resonates with gold medal gymnast dominique moceanu who posted the video of when she hit her head on the balance beam during the atlanta games. her right leg bandaged due to a stress fracture. she said the decision means we have a say in our own health, a say i never felt i had as an olympian. aimee boorman coached biles for years including when she won gold in rio. she hopes this has a positive impact on athletes going forward.
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do you think this could change the sport forever? >> i'm hoping it does. you don't have to wear this thick skin all the time. it's okay to be human and have human moments. sometimes they happen at inopportune times, but it's okay. it doesn't matter when they happen. you're still human at the end of the day. >> reporter: biles acknowledged the reason from people inside and out of the worlts world and tweeted the outpouring of love and support i've received has made me realize i'm more than my accomplishments in gymnastics, which i never truly believed before. jericka? >> as you mentioned, aimee boorman coached simone for 12 years. has she seen this before where simone needed to take a break? >> reporter: well, she coached her for 12 years. she said occasionally she would get these things called the twisties where her body and her brain were just not aligning. so simone wouldn't get hurt, she
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says they would stop, they would move on to other training, and that obviously this is an inopportune time to have this happen, but she has seen it before. she's proud of simone for stopping and saying what she needs, and she wants people to know that really with this condition it's a day-by-day decision whether she's ready to compete. >> we're pulling for her. thank you. turning back to the u.s., florida's gulf coast is being hit hard this summer by what's known as a red tide. anal aaalgae bloom. it is hurting businesses d an algae bloom. it is hurting businesses during the peak of the summer tourism season. environmenental correspondent b tracy got an up-close look at the worst effects. >> this is nuts -- >> reporter: local fishermen are documenting the devastation from the red tide that has washed over tampa bay. >> this is an absolute nightmare.
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>> reporter: tyler capela runs a fishing charter business. he took us out on the water to see it for ourselves. >> that was a nice, big, beautiful cobi -- >> reporter: dead fish everywhere killed by the massive algae bloom that has at times turned the water toxic, scared away tourists, and appears to be forcing these baby sharks to swim up canals fleeing for their lives. what has this meant for your business? >> that's $1200, $1,500 a day in my pocket. now i'm doing zero. >> reporter: he even covered himself in dead fish and posted it on instagram to raise awareness. >> do i have your attention now? [ chants ] >> reporter: many floridians are worried not just about their waterways but also their own airways. >> there are days that i can't walk to the end of my street because i'm already coughing. >> reporter: red tides do naturally occur here, but it's believed warming waters due to climate change may be making
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them more frequent. this spring a breach at an old phosphate pit sent more than 200 million gallons of polluted water into tampa bay. >> the last severe red tide bloom was just three years ago. we would have expected ten years to go by before we see something like this. >> reporter: tyler kapela fears red tides will eventually sink his business. are you worried about your livelihood? >> 100%. the whole area will become a dead zone. >> reporter: ben tracy, tampa bay. ahead, the new scare at one of the nation's busiest airports. another possible sighting of a
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ahead, kris van cleave takes us out to the the ball game to show us the fight to keep minor league baseball teams from shutting down.
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." while the u.s. does not require a covid vaccine passport, a growing number of european countries are imposing restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated. these measures have been met with some protests. there's also been a surge in people looking to get their shots. chris livesay is in rome where new limit on unvaccinated individuals will soon number place. chris, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, and get ready to show your proof of vaccination if you want to see inside sites like the coliseum or sit down inside a restaurant and eat a pizza. dramatic new rules with a clear
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message -- anything to stop another lockdown. rising tensions. in paris -- [ chants ] and rome, protesters are taking to the streets against mandatory vaccine checks for indoor leisure values already in effect in france and starting august 6th in italy, as well. want to see the sistine chapel or how about michelangelo's "david," you'll have to show your digital covid certificate. if was introduced across the european union earlier this month for international travel. now you'll need those covid records for a lot more. try large supermarkets, bars, and indoor dining like here in rome. now these restaurants are just footsteps from where julius caesar was assassinated. but pretty soon, not even he would be able to eat inside of them without a covid pass. and neither would brad carlson, a tourist from texas visiting
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just before the new rules take effect. are you vaccinated? >> no. >> reporter: so how would you get into restaurants and things like that without your vaccination here in italy? >> i wouldn't be able to. >> reporter: if you have one, your vaccination card from the cdc also does the trick. so does a negative test result from the past 48 hours. for businesses that will have to police their customers, it's a hassle, but a hassle that's worth it -- at least inside this restaurant where many come just to see the ancient ruins of the theater of pompei says the manager -- "i hope it makes people feel safe when they eat inside," he says, is "and that it prevents us from having to lock down again. this past year was a catastrophe. most venues couldn't survive that again." the coliseum is one of thousands of sites preparing for these new rules. as soon as they were announced,
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teams fight to bounce back from the pandemic, minor league baseball is in a league of its own. games were canceled last year, and this season started with restriction on how many people can sit in the stands. despite that, teams are striking out when it comes to getting help. and some are on the verge of bankruptcy. as kris van cleave shows, help may be on the way from the u.s. senate. he joins us from prince george's stadium in maryland, home of the bowie baysox. good morning. >> reporter: good morning from home plate. you know, in a typical year, more than 40 million fans come to minor league ballparks. last year, stadiums across the country looked like this -- they were empty. take the baysox, they are affiliated with a major play club, but 90% of the revenue comes from ticket sales, merchandise, concessions, things that require fans to be in the stands. >> the next pitch is lined into -- >> reporter: the rocket city trash pandas are hotter than the
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madison, alabama, summer. >> we love sitting on the grass. letting the kids play. they can catch a ball possibly. >> reporter: the trash pandas should have been a 2020 sensation, but then the pandemic happened. what does losing your inaugural season cost a franchise? >> millions of dollars. probably close to $15 million, $17 million. >> reporter: the 2020 season was cancelled weeks before the first pitch. this season saw the first 20 games axed, leaving the trash pandas trying to save the club from the financial dumpster before ever taking the field. >> it was either shut the doors and close down and lay people off, or come up with other creative ways to bring people here to the ballpark, use the facility, and do non-baseball events and really push our merchandise. >> reporter: they sold $2.5 million worth of gear and hosted events like outdoor summer camp, socially distanced movie nights, and drive-through christmas lights. it was enough on this keep their 30-person staff employed and the lights on. -- chattanooga, they
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didn't have that possibility. they went more than 600 days without fans in the stands. one of the oldest teams in the minor leagues, they've weathered the spanish flu, the great depression, and two world wars. but the 2020 season was nearly the lookouts' last. are you still in survival mode? >> in a lot of ways, yes. we dug a huge hole in 2020. with '21, i'd like to think that we were going to fill it back in, but the truth is even this year we're still digging just a little bit slower. >> reporter: when play finally resumed, many teams started the shortened season with capacity limits. 2020 season tickets and advertising sales were rolled over to this year, but by then teams had used that money to stay afloat. as a result, 2021 revenue is expected to be down 65% from 2019. >> they are on the brink of financial catastrophe. >> reporter: help for the nation's pastime could be coming from an unlikely team. political polar opposites. democratic senator richard
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blumenthal and republican marcia blackburn. how often do you two find yourself on the same side of an issue? >> i would say we vote together probably -- rarely. >> reporter: but on baseball, they agree. the two are co-sponsoring legislation to use $550 million in unspent covid relief funds to help eligible minor league teams that were shut out of earlier grants for live event venues. >> these are days they don't get back. they are drivers for jobs, for tourism. this is very much a part of your local economic system in these communities. >> reporter: the 120 minor league teams pay about $50 million in local taxes annually and raise another $50 million for local charities. prior to the pandemic, they employed nearly 35,000 full and part-time employees. even as fans filled in to superhero night at at&t field, the chattanooga --
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>> i think that's importance in this community is to employ people of the community. that's what the lookouts do. >> reporter: what if the lookouts don't survive? >> it's unthinkable frankly. >> reporter: tim kelly is chattanooga's newly elected mayor. >> when most people think of sports, they're thinking of major league teams owned by billionaires. this is not that. it's critically important that towns like ours that minor league sports survive and thrive. >> reporter: now without help, the lookouts' owner told us assuming nothing else goes wrong, the delta variant doesn't become more of an issue, it will take his team up to a decade to recover from the financial losses. and i want to leave you with this -- on average, a family of four can go to a minor league baseball game, tickets and a meal for under $70. tickets here start at $8 which may leave you enough money to get a hat for you and your favorite anchor team. >> that's great. >> we've got our hats. mine are the trash pandas. >> thanks for looking out. we've got our hats.
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>> i was going to say the exact same thing. thank you. aside from the economics, chris, it shows what it does -- sports and music always very, very healing for people. they can social distance, it's outside. and you don't think about minor league baseball the way that you just showed it. it makes a lot of sense. >> a lot of these communities, it's a flagship. a point of pride. >> and $70, that's cheaper than a movie. >> you can't get a mets ticket for $70 i don't think. >> thank you again. we appreciate it. up next, vlad duthiers has the stories you'll be talking about
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stories we think you'll be talking about today. pilots near los angeles international airport are being warned to be on the lookout for a man in a jetpack. jericka -- your reaction's great. ooh. okay. after another possible sighting. air traffic controllers who have fielded similar calls over the last year seemed amused by the latest incident. >> 3626, use caution. the jet man is back. let me know if you see him. that was 3626, did you see the -- did you see the ufo? >> we were looking, but we did not see iron man. >> is it a ufo, iron man? in this latest incident, the pilot reported seeing the apparent jet packer about 15 miles east of the airport. the fbi investigated the prior incidents but says the reported sightings were unlikely to involve an actual person with a jet pack. it's unclear what the pilots are seeing. one of the incidents was caught on camera last december. you see there.
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team said he experienced a heart-related incident. the 58-year-old suddenly collapsed on the set of his hit "better call saul." his son said his dad is going to be okay. colleagues sent well wishesers including bryan cranston and aaron paul. very nice -- >> glad to hear he's awake. >> yes, he's awake. >> on the road to recovery. >> very scary to get that news. >> all good. >> worried about that. all right. the longest running children's animated series in u.s. history is ending. take a look. >> uh-oh. ♪ ♪ learn to work and play and get along with each other ♪ ♪ >> it's ziggy marley singing that theme song. pbs kids announce wanted "arthur" is ending after an unprecedented 25-season run. it first aired in eded in 1996. it centers around aardvark
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arthur reed. his family and friends in the fik fictional up to of elwood city. they've tackled goirmg, it also won -- gay marriage, it also won for outstanding children's animated program and snagged a peabody award. it's not clear why the show is being canceled. the final episode will air next year. >> we watched for years in our house. for years i didn't know he was an aardvark. i didn't know what he was. >> i like that the show tackled tough ilike one episode about fear of dying or family getting cancer. much better than the mindless violence of "tom and jerry" and the stuff that bwe watch -- >> pbs has some of the best programming for children. >> we're going to miss "arthur." we've seen gender reveal parties but this kicks it into high garear. watch this.
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the first photo from three years ago and then you see decent water levels. as of last week though, almost no trace of the lake. taking a look at the roadways, brake lights as you head into san francisco. there was an accident and now a broken down vehicle around the 280 split heading into the city. if you want to use 280 into san francisco that might be a good bet. we are seeing brake lights past that also near cesar chavez curve. 880 south, there is activity over to the shoulder and traffic is busy out of san leandro. we've got a day that will be like yesterday with plenty sunshine now that we have the marine layer back pretty much at the immediate coast. it is still at the bay. it will be there for a few hours. we are near 70 already in the tri valley, daytime highs going to the 90s. you can see
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♪ ♪ >> i like that music. it's thursday, july 29, 2021. i'm gayle king. that's anthony mason. jericka duncan is here. tony is on baby leave. president biden gets ready for a major shift on vaccine mandates while big tech companies change their covid policies. we'll take a look at the future of the american workplace. millions of americans could soon lose their homes when an eviction moratorium ends. why billions in federal money meant to help is not going where it's meant to help. actress, producer, elizabeth banks is now appearing as
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herself in a new podcast. >> first, here is today's eye opener at 8:00. president biden is expected to announce all federal workers must get vaccinated or follow very strict protocols. >> this will set a precedent for states and cities and companies across the country, because what we're talking about here is the entire federal workforce, about 2 million people. >> what do you say to the folks who watch this who say, yeah, but kids are only slightly affected? >> this delta variant that we're seeing now changes the game. >> will both of you rule out shutdowns again? >> i don't think ♪ well good morning. i don't think we can rule out any science. track and field team had to quarantinene. meaeanwhile, team u.s.a. an making a big splash in the pool. ♪ perklicious definition ♪ >> perklicious definition is to
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make a lawmaker. >> that's representative sean of illinois. >> having a well conditioned home when it's hot hot, that's perklicious. yrk yield back so i can go work on my fitness. ♪ back in the gym just working on my fitness ♪ >> got some cool points there. welcome back to "cbs this morning." the delta variability continues to spread across the country. today president biden is e pected to a -- expected to announce that all federal workers and contralkers will have to prove they've been vaccinated against covid or have regular covid testing. and they're making indoor masks requirements for employees and businesses too.
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facebook and google are are requiring all u.s.-based employees to be vaccinated if they want to come back the offices. netflix is requiring for all onset crew for the u.s.-based production. good morning to you, nicolas. when you hear about facebook and google making requirements, do you think other companies will follow suit? >> i think a a lot are going to follow suit very quickly. i think one of the things we've seen since the beginning of the pandemic is the tech companies were the first to let employees start working from home and that's partly because it't's easier to take action and let them work remotely because they're working over computers. i think we'll see what we saw in march. >> as you mentioned those are
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tech companies, but what about other companies that say you have to get vaccinated? >> the law is clear. you can mandate employees get vaccinated as long a you take reasonable action for people with religious freedom exemptions. you might get an employee backlash. you may see that at the tech companies where they have a lot of libertarians that come out of the counterculture. but legally, you're allowed to do it. >> it's a very competitive workplace right now. do you think that could factor indiana terms of what they're going to do? >> in certain areas it could be disadvantage because maybe a large pool of people don't want to get the vaccine. it could be an advantage because people willl feel safer if they know their colleagues are
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vaccinated. i also think the tech companies are taking a moral bet that this will help them. that it's a competitive advantage. >> people say they're confused. the cdc keeps flip-flopping. i think they pointed out the other day that the cdc didn't change, the science changed and now we have to act accordingly. how can companies realistically enforce these policieies? >> it's hard to enforce and what we don't know from the tech companies is if employees will promise to get vaccinated or will they take another step of employees send i in their cards and we'll verify them. there are ways of enforcing and mandating it. but you're right it's a tricky thing to do and i think you're
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right that, as the science changes, private companies can take action to lead in the response. >> employees can say, look, you can't force me to do that. and i think you're right. companies have the right to say i want to keep my employees safe, so you can't work there. >> what facebook and google are going to do is they can say fine. if you refuse to get vaccinated and you can do your job remotely without getting in contact with other employees, which is true for a fair number of employees, then they'll let the employee work at home. they have an easier time doing it than, say, where everybody has to come in the office. then if somebody says they refuse to get vaccinated, you have a hard choice to decide whether to let the employee go or change your policy.
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>> nick thompson, certainly the beginning of a conversation a lot of companies will be having. the first plane bringing afg afghan interpreters is on its way. it will arrive at dulles international later today. this is part of the biden's effort to help afghan nationals that helped during the 20-year war. afghan force -- taliban still contin
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♪ ♪ i'm having such a good time ♪ from the united states is going to win gold in lane five. >> u.s. swimmer, caleb dressel continues to make a case that
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he's the best in the world, beating australia by a razor-thin margin. jaime, good morning to you. >> good morning, jurika. razor thin is right. dressel out touched australia by hundreds of a second. it's the first individual gold. all previous gold medals have been in team relays. the 24-year-old has often drawn comparisons to phelps. he said he's just trying to make his country proud. >> michael was a once-in-a-million years swimmer. 200 fly, 100 fly -- i'm not coming to the meet to count medals. i'm coming to this meet to perform for my country. >> reporter: and he has performed. has been hot. the heat is nothing to joke
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about. number two-ranked russian tennis player danil medvedev had to take two time-outs and felt like he could literally die from the heat. he finished and won. back up spanish player paula badaso couldn't finish hers and was taken off the court in a wheelchair because of heatstroke. now the world's top tennis player, novak djokovic, has been playing professionally for 20 years and said these are the worst daily conditions that he's seen in his entire career. and i can tell you they had to move the time later in the afternoon to try to accommodate and make sure the heat doesn't bother these players. gayle? >> jamie, i thought they were so worried about the heavy rains. you know, what -- what is the temperature? how hot is it? >> reporter: it gets up into the 90s, but the real problem i can tell you is the humidity. it's like sometimes between 70 and almost 90%. so you're talking about a heat index that can be almost 100 degrees. and you know, your cooling
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system when it gets that humid is way off. we've heard about some of these try athletes and runners and people, they've got ice packs, popsicles, they're doing everything. the other problem here in tokyo is that it just kind of all sits. you know, you've got that problem where you have lots of big buildings, the heat traps itself, you've got air continuing units, that kind of thing. it creates this kind of heat bubble over the city. >> humidity is really certainly i think worse than the heat. you're doing a good job considering you can't really get out there the way you normally like to. and it's -- i'm glad you introduced us to kailgcaeleb, h fun to watch. i'm paying attention to everything that he does because of you. >> reporter: well, i don't know if you guys were able to see yet but he gets very emortgage when he talks to his -- emotional when he talks to his family. there was a tweet that went out from team usa that said, you know, if you cried, re-tweet, because he started crying. i have to tell you, my producer and i were watching, we were crying. very emotional. and as he summed it up, it's been a very hard year.
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these athletes have been training under such incredible conditions. and to see them when they win and they get emotional about it, it's really what the olympics are all about. >> and he's a newlywed, too. he's 24, a newlywed. his wife was crying. such a great story. jamie yuccas, thank you so much. i've never covered an olympics. have you? >> i have. it must be frustrating to have to do it this way. and thinking about the heat -- these are the fittest guys in the world. for them to be floored by it, that tells you how bad it is. >> i think about the runners coming up. what that's going to look like. >> yeah. jericka's a runner, you know, anthony. >> i know that. >> she's paying attention. >> she knows. she knows. >> she does. cocoming up,, how a s serio racing accident left a a formem olympicc hopeful with around $150,000 in medical bills. yowsa. thank you for watching. we'll be right back.
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millions of americans could be at risk of eviction in just two days when federal protection created during the pandemic are set to expire. about 6.5 million households were behind on rent earlier this month, and around half of those families and individuals worry that they could be evicted in the next two months. that's even though congress has allocated more than $46 billion to help americans going to get the help they need before the deadline. the bumpus family may be on a
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ramp to homelessness. jeremy says he was laid off in january and hasn't paid rent in five months. when the moratorium ends saturday, he's worried his family will be evicted. >> i'm from california, so i'm not from here. i don't have no back up plan or no plan b. i don't have family and friends. >> reporter: the owner of their houston-area home has gone to court to get them out. what will it be like at the end of the month when the moratorium ends? >> we are absolutely terrified of what will happen at the end of the month once the moratorium ends because any case that was on hold can no longer be on hold. >> reporter: juan santamaria of lone star legal aid says he has 60 more cases just like the bumpuses. [ chants ] >> reporter: protests have erupted across the country as the eviction crisis has worsened. as many as 15 million people are in the same situation as the bumpuses. at risk of losing their homes while they wait for federal rent relief. >> the bad news is that the
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money is getting out very slowly. >> getting the money quickly -- >> reporter: this week, diane yentel of the national low income housing coalition offered congress a startling fact. >> some places it's not getting out at all, and it will not reach all the renters who need it to stay stably housed in time. >> reporter: nearly half the states in the country have used less than 5% of their federal relief money. as of june, florida, south carolina, and new york had given out less than 1%. but the money has been flowing faster recently. deputy treasury secretary wally adayama acknowledged that early rules like allowing only landlords to apply for relief slowed down distribution. >> we revised the rule to make sure tenants, individual people, can actually apply for that money in addition to that. we've simplified the application process. we've offered local communities and states the opportunity to work with them to make sure that we can improve the ways that they get the money out the door. >> i don't think we're going to
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see this big wave of pending evictions. if anything, i think it's going to cause people to incentivize the communication between renter and property owner. >> reporter: john borniack owns lower income apartments in houston and heads-up an association of area property owners. he believes the moratorium should not be extended, saying it's taken an especially hard hit on so-called mom and pop owners with only a handful of properties. >> this is their livelihood. so when those rents go unpaid, the mortgage is still due, the utility bills are still due. >> reporter: advocates like santamaria say rent relief programs are working but require patience. >> it's understandable if you haven't been paid in four or five months, you're not thinking of the six month or the seventh month. that's when you're going to get paid. but these programs are successful. it just takes a little bit of time. >> reporter: but the clock is re
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months combined. anthony? >> janet, thank you. ahead, actress elizabeth banks coming up on "cbs this morning." good morning. it's 8:25. starting today if you enter any city building in foster city, you are required to wear a mask. masking requirement applies only to city operated facilities, does not apply to business or private employers though masking is recommended. tsunami warning for portions of alaska lifted after 8.2 square hit near alaska an peninsula. check out the long line of cars trying to evacuate. no reports of major damage. a new mural at california and grant in san francisco
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welcome back to this morning. time to bring you the stories we call "talk of the table." this morning, anthony is in pole position. >> yeah. i want to pay tribute to dusty hill, the longtime bass player for zz top. he died at the age of 72. ♪ ♪ got me under pressure got me under pressure ♪ >> hill was with zz top for more than 50 years, since just after they formed in 1969. he played alongside billy f. gibbons and frank beard, who ironically was the only one who didn't have a beard. their many hits include "la
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grange," "give me all your lovin'," and "sharp dressed band" and was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2004. hill died in his sleep at his home in houston. they did not give a cause, but the band recently said hill would miss scheduled dates because of a hip replacement surgery. it's sad. 72 seems really young these days. >> it does to me. >> yeah. billy -- dusty hill had joined the band -- he was living in houston in 1969 when he -- working with the blues singer lightning hopkins, i don't remember if you remember him. he got a float to audition for zz top. those guys were together for 50 years. unheard of in rock and roll. >> yeah. >> they've had a really long run. they were -- they became superstars in the early '80s. there was a breakout album that had legs which run on mtv it seemed forever -- >> you always knew who they were. >> hill degrees at age 72. my story is about a california community coming together to help a man in need.
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take a listen. [ cheers ] about 90 people surprised john leach with this 2012 toyota camry. many of them didn't even know who he was but felt compared after hearing his story. he walks an hour and a half to his job in california. he's been trying to get a car for a while and says he feels blessed. >> i'm speechless. i -- i don't have anything to say except thank you to everybody that helped and put into this. i really appreciate it. >> yeah. this was a cool story. i mean, you never know who's watching and the people come together to help someone who's clearly trying to help themselves. >> yeah. >> just a beautiful story. and he even had to get there so early that he needed time to cool off from walking so far. >> sure. >> we admire somebody that that's dedicated that job that they would walk an hour and a half to get there. we would do that to come to cbs. we would walk an hour and a half. >> i live nearby -- >> vlad walks to work. >> anthony does, too. >> yeah. >> dedicated. >> anthony does, too. >> i walk home every day.
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>> i still like a car. well, we are really, really psyched about this. our next guest, she is a hollywood triple threat. she's an actor, a producer, she's a director. what her name is -- elizabeth banks. you may know her from roles like effie in the "hunger games" movies and produced and directed the box office hit -- did you know this -- "pitch perfect 2." she's adding one more item to her resume, host of "my body, my podcast," where no topic, we mean no topic is off limits. she talks with experts, activists, and her own mom -- i like this -- about things like shame, sex, and body image. here's the two of them. >> i recently ordered hundreds of dollars worth of post covid bathing suits on line. we will get to see people this summer. i figured, i know my body by now, what will look good, right? you already know where this is going -- depression and self-loathing. those no-returns, no-refund
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suits sit in a drawer reminding me to hate myself or starve myself or hide myself. and that's essentially what we're talking about today. >> elizabeth banks joins us now. li elizabeth, that is so true. we'll talk about stuff with your mom in a second. i loved your candor, i love your honesty. when i say you go there, you go all the way there. there was even a segment about butt bleaching to be polite here. not going to talk about that. but i did wince a little bit at that -- >> thank you -- >> that was very honest. i'm like, no, thank you. you describe yourself as this -- 5'4" actress, blonde, kind of funny, small boobs -- your words, not mine -- nice hip shaker i think you called it, rump shaker. you said it wasn't until your 30s that you really started paying attention and noticing other societal forces at work. what happened -- talk about your body evolution for yourself. >> ooh, wow. it's such a fraught question,
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gayle, of course. you know, i'm -- i'm a mom now, i'm raising two boys.. and really i think so much of what went into the podcast came about because i felt like i didn't have the tools to talk to them about these exact things that you're asking me about. and how to prepare them to not have a shame and stigma around their own bodies, around talking about other people, how to -- how to have these discussions and how to think about our bodies and sexuality as part of our holistic humanity and not something to be silo'd off and only talked about in the shadows. came down to that, having more and more experiences, and being more and more open about my -- myself, this is the most personal thing i've ever done in my life. making this podcast. andd i did it with the intentio of sort of -- conversation around all of these things with my friends, my family, myself,
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and even as you say with my own mom. >> i know. i love the thing with your mom. i felt -- i became very smitten with your mom. i love, too, that you take on things like your first sexual experience, for instance. you talk about having your first period, which i have to say, i was really glad you did that. when i got mine, i thought i was dying. nobody had ever talked to me about it ever. and so when i went to my grandmother because my mom wasn't home at the time, she goes, oh, you're going to have to wait until your mom comes home. i go, she's not coming home for two days! just the fact that you laid it out in a very understandable way to let people know you're not alone when this stuff happens to you. and we do need to talk about it starting with your own mom who didn't know how to pronounce the word -- you say it -- your mom -- your mom. >> oh, vagina. >> yeah. yeah. >> no because -- >> she didn't know how to pronounce the word vagina. she says other words on the podcast, too. i was like, i can't say those on
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"cbs this morning." >> yes, you can. it's a body part. >> a body part. >> what was funny was your mom was pronounced it vaj-ina, and she's been married with three kids. it was a man who told her, you know, you're saying it wrong. >> yeah. i have had these conversations with so many women across my life, and, you know, even friends and college roommates who i had -- i had a roommate who would not wash herself without a washcloth because she was told that touching her body with her own hand was shameful. and i -- these things break -- they just break my heart. and i really felt like this is just so my small -- my zasmall y of making these kinds of conversations more normal, normal to have. you know, we can take the power away from all of these words by just using them correctly and talking about them freely. and i'm hoping that it creates a
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-- a tool for other people who listen. >> yep. >> elizabeth, it's anthony. you mentioned your two sons. and that you kind of started this because you wanted to figure out how to approach talking to them about all these societal expectations. have you figured out kind of how to do that? >> i'm still working on it. i'm still learning. the main thing for me is to start early. it's not one conversation, it's multiple conversations. that their safety and well-being is actually intwined with so much of it. i think when you think about your job as a parent being your children's safety and approaching it from that place, like this makes them safer in the world if they know these things. if they know what their body parts are. if they can talk about them openly. they're much less likely to be abused, they're much less likely to have unintended pregnancy. all the things that you fear, you can actually help allay if you just have these conversations early and often.
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and as i say, and i say this to my mom, too, you need to have trusted adults in your life when you're young. >> yes. >> people to go to when any questions -- it doesn't even have to be you. if you're like maybe ask your auntie about that or your grandmother, for gayle, like just knowing that my kids have trusted adults. that's what matters to me. >> elizabeth, jericka duncan here. obviously you want people to take away a lot from that podcast. i do want to turn to what you are in ireland for now which is the directing cocaine bear. tell us a little about that. >> yes. thank you. i'm -- i am in dublin, ireland. i'm about to start film here, "cocaine bear." in a real-life story in 1985, a bear consumed $17 million worth of cocaine. >> wow. wow. >> i remember this story. >> you do? >> we start our story there, and we imagine the chaos that would happen if a bear in the
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wilderness in chattahoochee national forest had consumed a bunch of cocaine. and what that -- what chaos may ensue from that. and all the people that come across the bear's path that day in 1985. >> it was dropped out of a plane, right? is that what happened? >> it was. yeah. it was a notorious drug smuggler's mo was to drop bags of drugs out of airplanes then get picked up on the ground. and he would dump the planes in the ocean. and this one went sideways. the guy died. so everybody knew that drugs were in the woods. it's sort of a caper movie, but there's a bear high on cocaine in the middle of the jungle -- >> hard to think that is a true story. congrats to you, elizabeth, for your podcast and being break in t back -- being back in the director's chair. we are cheering you on. >> thu
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join the national wildlife federation. we can all learn some lessons about health care from a former professional athlete who had a serious accident and ended up in intensive care. cyclist phil gaimon was left on the hook for about $150,000 in
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medical bills. even though he had double health insurance. he crashed during an olympic qualifying race in 2019. we're examining unexpected medical costs as part of our continuing "bill of the mononth series i in partnersrship with r hehealth - -- k kaiser healtlthd npr. philil gaimon'ss qualifyfying oc race endnded with a a crash whe cocollided witith anotherer cyc. hehe was thrownn f from his bik about 40 miles per hour, breaking seven bones. he was rushed unconscious to a nearby er room at lehigh valley hospital in pennsylvania. >> so when i wokee up, it was excrcruciating pain. ii had broken a all the ribibs right side. my collar bone, and my -- my scapula, my shoulder blade. >> reporter: gaimon received collar bone surgery at lehigh valley and a second procedure on his shoulder bone at the hospital for special surgery in new york. >> both the surgeries were completely necessary. i was just in tremendous pain
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all around. >> he made a quick recovery at home, but then the bills came. they totaled over $200,000 from both hospitals. his two insurances paid a total of only $52,000, leaving him on the hook for about $150,000. he realized lehigh valley hospital was out of network, and his scapula surgery was classified as an elective procedure instead of an emergency which could have saved him money. >> they hit with the bills when you're literally least capable of handling anything. i get a stack of bills every month, i get collections, this is every day. >> reporter: he's spent months calling and writing letters to his insurance, health net, to persuade them in covering bills but has been unsuccessful. healthet says it's completed to providing high quality care with a large choice of in-network providers and members should
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contact them for assistance. >> this could happen to anybody at any time. where you can just wake up in a hospital and then later find out you owe them $150,000. i wish i knew that getting health insurance was still essentially a gamble. >> lehigh valley health network told kaiser health news they have no record of gaimon trying to contact them about financial assistance and that they would be happy to discuss a mutual resolution of his outstanding balance. the hospital for special surgery said they reached out to gaimon to help resolve the dispute about the surgery classification and will continue to advocate on his behalf. joining us now is dr. elisabeth rosenthal, the editor-in-chief of "kaiser health news." thank you so much for being with us. how common are some of the issues that phil experienced? >> well, as we know at "bill of the month," hospital billing is filled with land mines. and phil hit three of them -- out of network hospitals, high
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costs, and here's the biggy in his case -- insurance from one state often doesn't work very well in another. >> so what are your tips for an emergency situation like this? >> well, what happened to phil is he got hit with something called balance billing. it's a type of surprise bill. you go to a hospital that's out of network, and according to all the surprise billing laws that many states have, you're only supposed to be charged in an emergency what you would have been charged at an in-network hospital. so phil's insurer which was california based paid what it considered a reasonable rate. the hospital wants -- both hospitals wanted far more, and they balance billed phil for the difference. if he'd been in california which has a good surprise billing law, that would have been illegal. but because he was in pennsylvania and new york and insurance is state regulated, they could do it. >> there are new federal
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protections -- go ahead. >> yeah. so there are some things you can do. of course, phil was unconscious, so, you know, you're not in a place to be savvy health care consumer. but if you are still awake, you can ask to go to a hospital that's in network when they ask you to sign those forms that say i'll pay for anything my insurance doesn't cover, you can add in as long as it's in my network. and you have a choice if an ambulance comes to pick you up and you don't think you need an ambulance, you can say i'm not getting in. >> yeah. well, that's a tough choice to make. dr. elisabeth rosenthal, thank you very much. we'll be right back. >> thank you. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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tsunami warning was issued for portions of the state after but that warning has been lifted. as we take a look at the roadways, only two lanes are open west bound 580 attis bell. chp has issued a traffic alert, a couple vehicles involved. traffic is really backing up. an already busy ride into the altamont pass. adding to that is the crash. off ramp is affected at isabel. the travel time is 69 minutes from 205 towards 680. temperatures are already 70 for inland valleys, not the north bay. this gives a good clue that temperatures will jump. 97. we have another 27 degrees to go before we reach the daytime highs. other numbers on the screen to share with you for today, we'll
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