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afghan soldiers surrendering. what the u.s. is saying about the future. unprecedented murder case. two coaches are charged in a teenage athlete's death after she collapsed on a hot summer day. our interview tonight with her father. prices on the rise, from groceries to hotels-- why seemingly everything costs more. when could prices come down? out of focus: how the pandemic is impacting children's eyesight, and what parents can do about it. and, the purr-fect match. senior citizens, meet your new senior companion. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> garrett: good evening, everyone. thank you for joining us. norah is off. i'm major garrett. we begin with scenes and statistics we thought were well behind us. hospital admissions in texas are higher than they've been since
february. ventilators are being sent in bulk to florida. and a field hospital is going up in mississippi. all because of covid's summer surge fueled by the delta variant that is tearing through every part of our country. today, the c.d.c. urged all pregnant women to get vaccinated. california became the first state to order its public school teachers and staff to do the same or submit to weekly testing. and there's other breaking news on the vaccine front. sources tell cbs news that the f.d.a. plans to allow people with certain underlying health conditions to get a booster dose of either the pfizer or moderna shot.moderna cbs' janet shamlian leads us off in houston. janet, please tell us, how critical is this moment in texas? >> reporter: major, good evening. take a look. we are inside of a tent. it's equipped with supplies and hospital beds, just like an emergency room, even though there is a hospital emergency room just outside of this tent. but tonight, it is so full, they needed a backup plan.
( sirens ) tonight the delta variant is devastating the south. they've put up an overflow tent outside houston's l.b.j. hospital. inside, a dozen emergency room patients are waiting for beds in the i.c.u. >> we are challenged. we are stressed in our hospital capacity. >> reporter: more than 20,000 new cases reported across texas on tuesday, the highest in six months, and spiking just as kids are going back to school. the san antonio and austin districts defying the governor's no-mask mandate, telling teachers, students, and staff masks will be required. and two texas judges ruling, local officials can require masks. >> no more masks! no more masks! >> reporter: anger spilling over in franklin, tennessee, tuesday outside a school board meeting, parents yelling at medical professionals, who advocated for masks. >> we know who you are! >> reporter: in florida, the number of new cases is now averaging more than 20,000 a day
for the first time since the pandemicstarted. 200 ventilators and other supplies were sent to the state from the national stockpile, though on tuesday, governor ron desantis said he was unaware of the shipment. >> we have-- i mean, i would honestly doubt that that's true, but i'll look. >> reporter: and tonight, there's new guidance, the strongest yet, from the c.d.c. urging women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant to get the vaccine, saying there is no increased risk of miscarriage. it's guidance jamal chubb wishes he and wife had sooner. she gave birth to a healthy baby boy two weeks ago, while covid positive. her condition deteriorated and she is now on a ventilator in the i.c.u. the south carolina mother of three had not been vaccinated. >> for us, it was because she didn't know enough, and she didn't feel confident when it came to getting the vaccine that it wouldn't hurt our child. >> reporter: chubb told me that doctors are not optimistic about his wife's condition. he is. >> i believe in miracles, and i
believe that when i look into my reminds me so much of her mother, that i want to be able to tell her that i did everything i could to get her mom back to her. >> reporter: the administrator here told me that prior to covid, the last time she had to get a mobile unit up and running like this was when she was commander of a combat support unit, 10 years ago in afghanistan. major. >> garrett: janet shamlian, thank you. today, the incoming governor of new york introduced herself, a day after cuomo announced his resignation. kathy hochul has not played a major role running the state as lieutenant governor, but said today she is ready to do just that, and will act far differently than her predecessor. cbs' jericka duncan reports from albany, new york. >> in 13 days, i will officially become the 57th governor of the state of new york. >> reporter: today, new york's lieutenant governor, kathy hochul, announced she's ready to
lead. >> i will fight like hell for you every single day. >> reporter: she's stepping up as the state's first female governor, once the current governor, andrew cuomo, stepsmos down at the end of this down at the end of this month. >> no one will ever describe my administration as a toxic work environment. >> reporter: it's been one day since governor cuomo made h since governor cuomo made his bombshell announcement to resign, following a state attorney general's report detailing what it called sexual harassment allegations from several women. >> the best way i can help now is if i step aside. >> reporter: do you think there's a culture of sexual harassment that is rampant within the workplace? >> i want them to know that with me in charge, they better watch it. don't you dare think that you can make any woman-- or any individual feel uncomfortable in the workplace. >> reporter: as a former county clerk and congresswoman, hochul is not used to being in the spotlight, like cuomo, who kept her out of his inner circle in her nearly seven years as his
number two. >> i think it's very clear that the governor and i have not been close, physically or otherwise, in terms of much time. >> reporter: hochul was not mentioned in the a.g. report that accuses close staffers, like top aide melissa derosa, of working to discredit at least one of cuomo's accusers. >> no one who is named as doing anything unethical in the report will remain in my administration. >> reporter: but for the soon- to-be new governor, her title isn't the only thing changing. >> i've just always viewed myself as someone behind the scenes, to make someone else look good. but then i decided at one point, i need to get in the arena. i have to get in there and fight. >> reporter: cuomo maintains that he did not sexually harass or grope anyone. he still faces multiple criminal investigations and possible civil lawsuits. and on monday, the judiciary committee meets here in albany to discuss impeachment. major. >> garrett: jericka duncan, thank you.
tonight, we are following severe storms that have battered the upper midwest, including a tornado spotted in northeast wisconsin. no reports of damage or injuries, but hundreds of thousands lost power in wisconsin and michigan. some could be in the dark for days. tonight, more than half of all americans are under heat alerts, and we and we are tracking tropical storm fred in the caribbean. cbs' lonnie quinn has the latest on all of this. lonnie. >> all right, major, the heat you're referring to is on both sides of the country, at least certainly by the time you get to tomorrow. as far as the eastern half of the country is concerned, it's the heat and humidity combination that gives you these oppressive feels-likeity combination that gives you t temperatures. today, it felt 108 in norfolk, virginia, 111 in kansas city. tomorrow more of the same. d.c. feels like 112, st. louis feels like 110. friday, another day of that type of heat. now, out west, the heat really kicks in tomorrow. portland and yakima will both set records of 104 degrees so this resjust rolls on, more heat to come. but, you look to the tropics now and we're looking at our tropical storm.
there you see tropical storm fred. i got to tell you, it's very disorganized right now. it's just to the west of santa domingo. it's going to be pushing over the island, so it never really gets its act together and becomes a major hurricane, its a tropical storm, maybe saturday pushing into the florida keys. the chances of this becoming a hurricane are low to slight chance, more likely a tropical storm. but we'll keep an eye on everything. it's a rainmaker, nonetheless, regardless what of winds are doing. major all yours. >> garrett: keeping an eye out. lonnie, thank you. the u.s. and nato press ahead to leave afghanistan by the end of this month, the taliban's territorial blitz continues. the extremist group now controls two-thirds of the country. u.s. intelligence now feels that in a worst-case scenario, the government could fall in a matter of months. cbs' david martin has more. >> reporter: ranks of surrendering afghan soldiers and rows of u.s. military equipment captured by the taliban tell the story of what is fast becoming a humanitarian disaster for the
afghan people and a humiliating end to america's longest war. since last friday, the capitals of nine provinces have fallen. you can't look at that map and assume the taliban is going for anything less than total victory, one u.s. military officer said. pentagon spokesman john kirby insisted, all is not lost yet.iy insisted all is not lost >> no potential outcome has to be inevitable, including the fall of kabul. >> reporter: with the taliban capturing more and more equipment, the latest military assessment is that kabul could come under attack in as little as 30 days. the afghan government could fall within 90. refugees are flooding in to kabul, and taliban agents are almost certainly among them. the u.s. increased the number of air strikes to eight in the last 24 hours, but afghan units are collapsing so rapidly, there'si not time to call in strikes that stop the taliban advance. that only happens when the
afghan army stands its ground. >> there are places and there are times, including today, where afghan forces in the field are putting up a fight. >> reporter: the biden administration is now considering whether to begin evacuating the u.s. embassy. the pentagon has been urging the state department to start bringing out its diplomats before it becomes necessary to rescue them. major. >> garrett: before it's too late. david martin at the pentagon,in thanks so much. two atlanta-area high school coaches face murder charges. in 2019, one of their players died after conditioning drills on a scorching hot day, and coaches everywhere, who sometimes push their kids hard in the heat, are on notice. cbs' mark strassmann reports. >> reporter: imani bell, a stand-out student athlete, number 23, loved basketball. two years ago this week, the 16- year-old junior died during conditioning drills. coaches at elite scholar academy ran an outdoor team practice, despite a heat index as high as
103. >> gut-wrenching, heartbreaking. how could this happen? >> reporter: eric bell, imani's father, says e.r. doctors revived his daughter twice. >> the body was so hot that it went right back into cardiac arrest. >> reporter: you actually watched your daughter die. >> yes. i was actually in the room. and, you know, that's just a memory that i will never forget. >> reporter: charges against the teen's two high school coaches include second-degree murder, cruelty to children, and involuntary manslaughter. the autopsy says she died of hyperthermia, heatstroke. >> there were rules broken from top to the bottom. >> reporter: lawyer justin miller represents bell's family, now suing the school system in clayton county, georgia, which had no comment about the case. >> there's no trainer there to help her. there's no ice bath to put heres in. there is no way to help her at that time. >> reporter: bell's father also coaches high school basketball. he sees a message in theses murder charges to coaches
everywhere. >> every child that you coach, treat them like your own. >> reporter: pushing athletes bd like bell beyond reason could put coaches behind bars. mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta. >> garrett: here is something you may have noticed. it's getting more expensive to live in america, as the cost of food, clothing, and other consumer items keeps going up. the labor department reported rd today consumer today, consumer prices rose 5.4% compared to last july. here is cbs' carter evans. >> it's been fun planning. >> reporter: karen eccleston is finally getting married this saturday, after waiting a year due to covid delays. but now, high demand for weddings is causing prices to skyrocket. how much more is it costing you? >> at least $10,000 more. i mean, a wedding that costs $20,000 is now $30,000. >> reporter: she's paying top dollar for everything from catering to flowers, even her wedding dress. >> it was, like, double the price. >> reporter: her experience
mirrors today's consumer price index, which shows the cost for women's dresses was up almost 20% in july. >> this inflation is impacting across the board. >> reporter: u.s.c. professor nick vyas says manufacturers are still recovering from covid shutdowns that interrupted supply chains. now, reopenings and government stimulus checks are driving consumer demand for just about everything. >> we keep buying more and more and more. >> reporter: and you have people with money in their pockets so they're willing to spend more. >> absolutely. and then that creates this perfect storm for inflation. >> reporter: with people getting back out of the house, travel costs are soaring, hotels up 24%, airfare up 19%, and gas prices up almost 42%. at the supermarket, there's also still plenty of sticker shock. and now, the delta variant could slow the recovery, keeping some prices high. >> that's probably one of the biggest lurking variable that i would be concerned with. if we don't have control over that, it could be a year, year and a half.
>> reporter: another reason karen eccleston is ready to get her "i do's" over with, for richer or poorer. >> i have to bite the bullet, because it's a once-in-a- lifetime thing. >> reporter: now, you may have noticed rising prices at restaurants as well. higher food costs are part of the problem, but another is the labor shortage. restaurants are having to pay more to hire servers and kitchen staff, and they're passing that expense on to the rest of us. major. >> garrett: with our inflation tutorial, carter evans, thanks. there is still much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," including what all that screen time is doing to children's eyes, and what you can do to keep your child safe. ok everyone, our mission is to provide complete, 27 vitamins ensuh and minerals, now introducing ensure complete! with 30 grams of protein. for people who could use a lift new neutrogena® rapid firming. e co.
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♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm major garrett in washington. thanks for staying with us. there is an urgent appeal for blood donations from the american red cross. a nationwide shortage of blood is now stretching into its third month, and that's got hospitals postponing elective surgeries and scrambling to find blood donors. donations have plunged since the start of the pandemic, and that's got blood centers offering gift cards, free rides and even lottery tickets. bradley blackburn has the story. >> reporter: peter beverly needs a new liver. he suffers from nonalcoholic liver disease. >> functioning at a very low
level. >> reporter: fortunately, his son david is a match. so the liver transplant was scheduled for the end of june. >> the day before the surgery, we get a call, and they said hey, we're going to need to postpone this. there is a nationwide blood shortage. >> reporter: as pandemic restrictions lift, elective surgeries are resuming. car accidents, traumas, and drug overdoses are increasing. and so is demand for blood. >> they're having to make adjustments accordingly. hospitals have to have blood for the anticipated surgeries, but they also have to make sure they have enough on their shelves for emergencies. >> reporter: the red cross says more than one thousand additional donations are needed daily above the usual target to keep up with demand. >> we are mostly in need of donors who have blood type o because it is universal, and we are also in need of platelet donors. we really need donors to roll up their sleeves and donate and donate again. >> reporter: david's wife is
expecting their third child in september. so the family was grateful the transplant was rescheduled for last week. but despite being extremely cautious and fully vaccinated, peter tested positive for covid, and the surgery was postponed again. >> my hope is that i can get through this, get myself better so i can enjoy my family. >> our hope is that we can find a good time that also we can help dad out because my boys absolutely love him. >> reporter: so this family can get back to doing what they love together. bradley blackburn, cbs news, new york. in other medical news, it turns out the high cost of health care is driving thousands of americans into bankruptcy. a recent study found that more than half of all bills in collection right now are from medical care. anna werner reports. >> reporter: florida resident chad kisch's medical debt story began with severe pain from herniated disks in his neck last