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treason against beijing's official narrative. despite the world's first known covid cases being recorded there. >> there is a conspiracy trying to pinpoint the origin to china. >> reporter: victor gou is a long-time china foreign affairs commentator. >> this virus outbreak of wuhan other parts of the world. including most logically in the united states. centering on fort dietrich. >> reporter: few know about the now closed center of the bioweapons program near washington, d.c. but in china, fort dietrich is famous, even a rap song demands it be investigated. at china's institute of international studies claims there is proof covid started outside china. >> you cannot say it is
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possible -- impossible from the united states. >> reporter: and the w.h.o. has been barred from returning to wuhan after their first visit in january, furthering complaints beyond china's borders over lack of access and transparency. do you think the world health organization should be allowed to go back in? >> if they don't provide evidence about wildlife, then we will the third, even the fourth. >> reporter: in short, no. and the propaganda is working. the w.h.o. is bullying the chinese people, this person told cbs news in wuhan. the u.s. is trying to shift blame to china, says another. a third told us the u.s. brought covid here. during cbs's time in wuhan, these same vehicles followed our crfilmg. hotel lobby trying to take photos. knowing not everyone accepts the communist party line like the frequent target of china's surveillance campaign.
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i hope the u.s. investigation will lead to chinese officials getting punished and families of victims finally finding comfort. but it's unclear when or what the public might see from that coronavirus origin report. beijing will, no doubt, attack any criticisms and will likely keep pushing their anywhere but china narrative about where covid truly began. >> that was ramy inocencio reporting. closer to home now, the new school year has begun in much of the country. teachers and school administrators are finding a lot of students simply missing. in some places, teachers are knocking now on doors to get kids back to class. janet shamlian reports from san antonio, texas. >> reporter: it looks like a pep rally. but the game san antonio's stud in class. it's an aggressive push. door knocking the homes of children not yet enrolled in
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school. >> thank y'all so much. >> reporter: hershell elementary is looking for students. even its principal walk the neighborhood. why are you walking door to door? >> with the pandemic, the entire country experienced losing kids and hirsch specifically lost our students. >> reporter: they will offer learning on a case-by-case basis. it is based on the number of children physically in classrooms. making the persuasion campaign critical. tony dillworth had not reenrolled her 6-year-old son until a teacher showed up at her door. >> do you have any hesitation amid the delta variant about ?> him to have the one-on-one with the teacher. >> reporter: with covid cases rising, children under the age of 12 not eligible for the vaccine, and reports of more young people becoming seriously ill, parents are again
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questioning in-person learning. should we be talking them into coming back into the classroom at all? >> so, we know that it was a disservice to have students out of the classroom not learning. our job is to make sure that our campuses are safe. >> reporter: superintendent pedro martinez says overall virtual students suffered a drop in academic performance. >> as cases are rising, if we had the trust of the families, if we had that relationship, we will eventually bring them in. >> reporter: 97% of the district's 46,000 students are from families of color. populations hard hit by the pandemic. and why many parents are reluctant. are you ready for school? >> reporter: schools are hosting meet the teacher events and phoning moms and dads. >> we want to get some information from you. >> reporter: extraordinary measures. in uncertain times. >> first grade, all right. >> reporter: janet shamlian, cbs news, san antonio.
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a lot of parentstehave thei back in class face another problem, a niationwide shortage of school bus drivers. errol barnett has the story. >> i'll keep saying it till the cows come home. we need drivers. >> reporter: they told parents to expect school bus delays for the foreseeable future. and in west virginia, a request for parents. >> we're asking you to please drive your child to school. >> reporter: one school is offering $700 per students for parents who bring them in. >> i work two jobs. i can't get them to and from school every day. >> reporter: meanwhile, pittsburgh public schools told parents nearly 800 kids will have to walk. >> my 6-year-old is not going to walk here even with a group of people. >> reporter: it is a patchwork of policies stemming from a lack of bus drivers. >> it has always been an issue. the difference now is the numbers are probably double what they would normally be this time
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of year or more in terms of our need. >> reporter: rudolph sanders oversees transportation for the more than 30,000 students in prince george's county, maryland. and says his network is under pressure. >> it puts us in a situation where you might have to condense a route by adding two routes on the same bus so there is' more kids on the bus. >> reporter: which is why four-figure cash incentives are emerging. in atlanta, $1,000 bonuses are on the table for new hires. while baltimore city is willing e t shortage is so dire in montessori mont, public schools are offering 4 grand bonus. saunders may follow suit the president of n.a.p.t. which represents school bus drivers says the pandemic is partly to blame. a health risk for the often older drivers. >> you don't typically find people that are 18 to 25 driving a school bus. it's people of age that are in their 40s or later, and some of them may be afraid to get on a bus because of covid.
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and the students that may or may not have been vaccinated. >> this is easier than driving your car. >> reporter: why is that? >> you can see everything. >> reporter: but driving instructor johnny walker trains new drivers for prince george's county schools. >> that's the most important job in the system because without getting those kids to school and getting those kids to school on time, you know, they're missing education. >> reporter: now, n.a.p.t. estimates tens of thousands of school bus drivers are needed nationwide right now, and it would take roughly six to eight weeks even if there were an influx of applicants today to get these folks trained up to get their cdl, their commercial driver's license. that would be october. schools here in prince george's county resume next month. >> that was errol barnett reporting. yo and tonight's winning number, 43 yes! noooo...
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jack franklin is head of events. >> we've had a few tears, yeah. few people have been sort of thinking of the recording history that's been here over the years and a chance to walk in the same rooms as the people they've been listening to for all of their lives maybe. ♪ >> reporter: the beatles recorded nearly all of their albums here in the legendary studio, too, and cemented its reputation as a pop culture touch stone following the release of abbey road in 1969. with its iconic album cover photographed on the crosswalk in front of the building doors. visitors today rarely leave without trying to recreate it. >> we stood where some of the greatest musicians in the world performed is absolutely mind blowing really. i'm quite emotional. they played a recording of the john lennon "imagine." it brought tears to my eyes. >> reporter: the abbey road open
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house expands all three of the original recording rooms made famous by artists that also include pink floyd. ♪ sam smith. and amy winehouse who alongside tony bennett recorded one of her final sessions here. there is also a stop at the cavernous studio one and the some of the silver screen's biggest blockbusters. at 90, abbey road studios remains a music-making machine. some of the earliest sound mixers ever built were made right here. says isabel garvey, the managing director. >> the studios themselves were an innovation, right. just to have the foresight to build this place in 1931 where there was no such thing as a recording studio was incredible.
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>> reporter: incredible feats of engineering and artistry, which has gifted generation after generation the sound track to their
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a 19-year-old is on a high-flying adventure to set a world record. flying into the history books is one part of her mission. ian lee has her story from london. >> reporter: sara rugter ford's dream has taken off. the 19-year-old is on her way to becoming the youngest woman to fly around the world solo, and it doesn't stop there. >> when you think of the pilot, you don't think of a woman, but a man. i'm trying to change that a little bit. i'm trying to get girls to be interested in flying in aviation. >> reporter: after taking off from belgium on wednesday, she is currently soaring across greenland. you could almost say she was born to fly. >> my entire family are pilots. my dad is a pilot. my mom is a pilot. even my little brother is a pilot. so it's really in the family.
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>> reporter: her journey will couns in just a few nths, the supportive parents will track her progress. >> very aware of the risks. i think she needs to fly away. it's her dream and she needs to live it. >> reporter: for zara, it's not just about landing in the history books, but leveling the air field. >> people say -- to have that record is to show actually women can beat men. >> reporter: and to show girls everywhere when it comes to their dreams, the sky is the limit. ian lee, cbs news, london. and that is the overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for "cbs this morning." and you can follow us online any time at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm jeff pegues.
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good morning. this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. the supreme court says president biden cannot end the remain in mexico policy for migrants. the trump era program requires asylum seekers at the southern border to await approval in mexico. heisman winner herschel walker will join the hud huddle republican hopefuls running for senate in georgia. the 59-year-old former nfl player filed paper to enter the race against raphael warnock in 2022. after a wave of voting restrictions in republican states, the house has passed the john lewis voting rights act which gives the federal government more power to challenge discrimination at the ballot box. the bill now heads to an evenly divided senate. download the
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cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. hanson, cbs news, new yo . it's wednesday, aug it's wednesday, august 25th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." secret trip. as the u.s. races to evacuate americans from afghanistan, why two lawmakers decided to fly to kabul. breaking overnight, remain in mexico reinstated. the supreme court rules in favor of the trump-era policy that forces immigrants to wait in mexico while seeking asylum in the u.s. remembering charlie watts. the rolling stones drummer dies at the age of 80. how celebrities are paying tribute tribute to the legendary musician. captioning funded by cbs good morning. good to be with you.

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