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news app, and "cbs evening news" is next. we will be back here on the kpix 5 news at 7:00 p.m. until then, have a good night. ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, movie set tragedy: actor alec baldwin fatally shoots a cinematographer and injures the director. all the new details, and the big question tonight: how could something like this happen? the actor visibly shaken in new mexico. was it live ammunition in a prop gun that led to the deadly accident? the reaction from movie professionals. >> it's your worst nightmare. >> o'donnell: vaccines and children: a mini-pfizer dose for kids five and up. the new numbers about how effective it is. plus, advice for adults on which covid booster combination works best. abortion showdown: all eyes are on the supreme court as it agrees to hear a major challenge to the strict texas abortion law.
educating our children: the massive investment in pre-kindergarten that's a key part of the president's "build back better" plan. why it could have a huge impact for america's kids, and their parents. the great resignation: millions of americans ditched their jobs. but for what? and, why millions more are thinking of doing the same. severe weather: the new threat from flash flooding. the forecast for the first significant rainstorm for the west coast in months. >> what up? >> o'donnell: and "on the road:" how dads on duty are straightening up a troubled school. >> we decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? are us. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you so much for joining us. we are going to begin with the latest on the deadly shooting on a movie set on a ranch in santa fe. tonight, actor alec baldwin,
who fired the shot that killed the cinematographer and injured the director, called it a tragic accident, and said his heart is broken. investigators spent the day on the set trying to piece together what went wrong. a baldwin spokesman says a prop gun misfired. police say it has not yet been determined whether a live round had been placed in the gun by mistake. tonight, director joel souza is recovering, but the film industry is mourning cinematographer halyna hutchins, who was 42 years old. cbs' omar villafranca is going to lead off our coverage from new mexico. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening. alec baldwin says he's fully cooperating with this investigation. meanwhile, here at the ranch, production of the movie has been suspended indefinitely. alec baldwin, seen here visibly distraught, says he is heartbroken over the prop gun shooting that took the life of the cinematographer on the set of his new movie "rust." "there are no words to convey my
shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of halyna hutchins," he tweeted friday. "i am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family." tonight, detectives are continuing to investigate exactly what type of projectile was fired from that prop gun, while a scene was being filmed for the low-budget western thriller starting baldwin. >> reporter: 42-year-old director of photography hutchins was killed. joel souza, the film's director, was wounded. >> as somebody who really has safety as paramount in everything i do, especially when dealing with prop weapons, it's your worst nightmare. >> reporter: kevin williams has supervised prop guns on movie sets for 20 years. >> generally on set, you have either the prop master or a set armorer who is going to be maintaining chain of control, from when the weapons are in the trucks to when they hit the set, to when they go to the actors' hands. >> reporter: there are reports several members of the crew complained about the long hours and low pay, with some walking
off the movie shortly before the accident. ( gunfire ) the death from a prop gun on a movie set echoed the one back in 1993, when brandon lee was killed while filming "the crow." in that case, the gun should have fired a blank, but instead, fired a live round. meanwhile tonight, hollywood is mourning the loss of a rising talent. cbs news editor gustavo sampaio worked closely with halyna hutchins on a short film he directed. >> she was always very kind. she always looked people in the eye. and, she was a mother. >> reporter: there are two other movie sets near here, and we just learned that all of them have stopped production. norah. >> o'donnell: omar villafranca, thank you. tonight, more than 70 million americans are eligible for covid booster shots. the daily number of americans getting those boosters is now more than double the number getting their first shots. and there's also some important news tonight on pfizer's mini-dose for young children.
here's cbs' meg oliver. >> reporter: today, pfizer reported its vaccine for kids 5-11 was more than 90% effective in preventing symptomatic covid in clinical trials. this comes on the first day millions of americans became eligible for boosters from moderna and johnson & johnson. pfizer's booster was authorized last month, but the c.d.c. has not taken a stand on whether people should mix and match doses, leaving it up to the individual instead. >> there may be some people who might prefer another vaccine over the one that they received, and the-- the current c.d.c. recommendations now make that possible. >> reporter: a small n.i.h. study awaiting peer review looked at which combinations of brands offered the best protection. coming in first, three doses of moderna offered the highest level; followed by two shots of pfizer, then moderna. anyone who received j&j's one-shot would be more protected if they got either the pfizer or moderna shot as a booster. but, an f.d.a. review of the
n.i.h. study concluded, it's not possible at this time to determine preerred boosters. the c.d.c. also urged pregnant women to get a booster shot. currently, only 34% of pregnant women are fully vaccinated. the c.d.c. chief also said today, they may need to update the definition of "fully vaccinated" in the future, which means people may need a booster to be considerede fully vaccinated. norah. >> o'donnell: meg oliver, thank you. tonight, the supreme court has agreed to fast-track challenges to the strict new abortion law in texas. the justices will hear arguments on november 1. but for now, that texas law remains in effect. cbs' ed o'keefe joins us now live from the supreme court. so, ed, talk about the significance of today's action. >> reporter: yeah, norah, this is now the second time the supreme court has refused to block the controversial law, despite the most recent request by the biden administration, which considers the law unconstitutional. it remains in effect across texas, and essentially bans aboron procedures after the
sixth week of a pregnancy, which critics point out is often before many women realize they're pregnant. it's left millions of texas women without access to abortion services, a point noted by justice sonia sotomayor today in her partial dissent. she wrote the law should be blocked immediately because, "every day the court fails to grant relief is devastating, both for individual women and for our constitutional system as a whole." this decision now means there will be two major abortion rights cases before the justices in the span of a month. the bigger case, set for december, involves a mississippi law that could lead to overturning "roe vs. wade." norah. >> o'donnell: yeah, many people closely watching the supreme court. ed o'keefe, thank you. tonight, tens of millions of people in the west are bracing for another wave of severe storms. parts of the bay area got eight inches of rain in recent days, and up to four more inches are expected sunday into tuesday. wildfire burn areas could see mudslides. huge waves will pound the coast of the pacific northwest.
and, the sierra could get up to seven feet of snow. all right, tonight, new signs that congressional democrats may be nearing an agreement on president biden's "build back better" plan. house speaker nancy pelosi says they are 90% of the way there, and she hopes to hold a vote next week. but a key part of the plan is universal pre-kindergarten. our cbs news poll shows two-thirds of americans support federal funding for it. but, it comes with a big price tag. democrats originally set aside $450 billion for pre-k and child care subsidies, but supporters claim the pay-off would be invaluable. here's cbs' nancy cordes. >> reporter: four-year-old dahlia scoots to school in downtown d.c. every day-- >> super fast! >> reporter: --joining 75 other kids at a brand-new early learning center that is just for three- and four-year-olds. how much do families pay to send their kids here? >> absolutely zero. we are a public school. >> reporter: amelia hunt is the
principal at thaddeus stevens. washington, d.c. has one of the most robust pre-k programs in the country. >> 85% to 90% of brain development occurs by the time children are age five. they are taking in so much information. >> reporter: research shows that kids who get even one year of pre-k are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college. >> kids are more likely to enroll in honors courses. >> reporter: one study, co- authored by georgetown's bill gormley, found that pre-k kids in tulsa did better years later on math tests. >> the effects are stronger for disadvantaged children, and the effects are somewhat stronger for students of color. >> reporter: and yet, just eight states and d.c. offer universal or near-universal pre-k. under the president's "build back better" plan, the federal government would pay the start- up costs for every state to offer pre-k 3 and pre-k 4.
>> i think that is absolutely phenomenal. this is not politics for me at all. it is just about doing what's best for kids. >> reporter: it's one of the few proposals that hasn't yet been whittled down, as the party seeks compromise on a larger $2 trillion federal spending plan. even moderate holdouts see pre-k as an economic investment in children and their parents, like dahlia's mom, marisa. how much do you think you would be paying if you couldn't send her to pre-k for free? >> anywhere between $1,600 and $2,000 a month. >> reporter: experts estimate that the plan could lead to cheaper and better care for more than eight million u.s. children. and so, there's a lot riding on negotiations that are taking place just one mile away. nancy cordes, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: today, wall street wrapped up three straight weeks of gains. the dow closed at a record high, well above 35,000. and they say traders are
encouraged by strong corporate earnings. all right, tonight, we're taking a closer look at what's being called "the great resignation." 4.3 million americans quit their jobs in august alone. that's actually a record. the biggest reason? burnout. and rather than complain about the boss, thousands have become one, by starting their own companies. here's cbs' mark strassmann. >> reporter: nick folmar had pandemic panic, furloughed by his janitorial company 13 months ago when no one else was hiring. >> if i'm going to have something, i'm going to have to create it. hi, i'm nicholas with jet stream clean. >> reporter: folmar gambled with his family's savings to start jet stream clean, his carpet- cleaning business along the alabama-georgia border. how's it paid off? >> well, i've doubled my money, and my salary. >> reporter: doubled? >> doubled. >> reporter: covid america has become a nation of quitters. job quitters. millions of workers, like
folmar, leaving the job market for good, often to become their own boss. in one survey, nearly one-third of workers who quit started their own business. ominously for employers, in another survey, 95% of workers say they were thinking about quitting. >> i'm done with the cubicle. i'm done commuting. i'm done sitting in an office. >> reporter: professor tom smith studies the pandemic's labor market trends at emory university's business school. what explains why people are willing to take that leap now? >> maybe the, looking craziness in the eye and coming up on the on the other end of it, has made people reevaluate how much risk is actually involved. >> reporter: hustling in a crisis, folmar found pandemic prosperity-- more money, more time with his family, better life balance. >> i took this dream and ran with it. and with it, i cured my family. >> reporter: and with a paycheck he created, folmar can take this
job... >> look at the color difference here! >> reporter: ...and love it. mark strassmann, cbs news, fort mitchell, alabama. >> o'donnell: glad to see they're doing so well. all right, we saw something remarkable in afghanistan this week. nearly two dozen women risked punishment from the taliban by rallying to support education for all. since the taliban takeover, schools are off-limits to most older girls, but their desire to learn survives.n survives. cbs' imtiaz tya cbs' imtiaz tyab reports from afghanistan. >> reporter: these sixth graders in kabul are among the oldest girls being educated across afghanistan, after the taliban banned girls 12 and up from going to school. can you ask your class if they all want to go back to school next year? >> ( speaking native language ) >> reporter: all of them. >> all of them. >> reporter: for 14-year-old hoda, who hasn't been to school
in two months, the situation she's in is hard for her to comprehend. >> your future is, like, you don't know what's going to happen. i had goals, but now i don't know what's going to happen to them. >> reporter: zabihullah mujahid is the taliban's chief spokesman. he insists girls over the age of 12 will be allowed back in the classroom. when can they go back to school? is it a matter of weeks, months, years? ( speaking native language ) he says, "we are trying to do this, but i can't tell you how long it will take." >> the taliban really don't like women at all. >> reporter: afghan american mahbouba seraj is one of the most prominent women's rights activists. what do you want to say to those girls who haven't been able to go to school? >> i want to say to them, "my girls, my dears, my daughters-- don't lose hope. because that is going to destroy you more than you not going to school." >> reporter: and you are going to keep fighting for them. >> till the last, the last...
breath i take. >> reporter: women and girls in afghanistan, united and defiant, despite the odds. imtiaz tyab, cbs news, kabul. >> o'donnell: and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," what caused another airline to cancel more than 1,000 flights? lyft releases a disturbing safety report, revealing thousands of incidents of sexual assault. and, was it a meteor that blazed through the midwestern sky, or, was it something else?
>> o'donnell: tonight, another u.s. airline is struggling to restore full service. skywest airlines canceled more than 1,100 flights in the past two days. the carrier blames it on an internal technical issue. skywest is a regional carrier in the west that operates flights for the nation's biggest airlines. in a long-awaited safety report, the ride-share company lyft reveals it received more than 4,000 reports of sexual assault during rides between 2017 and 2019. most involved non-consensual touching. the company now has an in-app emergency button to call 911, and says it screens drivers for criminal records, and is proud of its commitment to safety. all right, now to a mystery in the night sky that may have been solved. the american meteor society says that people in nine states, from west virginia to illinois, reported a fireball streaking
>> o'donnell: when the s.o.s. went up at a troubled school, who answered the call? a bunch of d-a-d's. here's cbs' steve hartman, "on the road." >> reporter: not many good-news stories begin in such a bad news way. it happened last month here at southwood high school in shreveport, louisiana. over the course of three days, 23 students arrested for fighting. >> massive police response. >> reporter: but strangely, there hasn't been another
incident since. perhaps, in part, because of this most-unusual crisis intervention team. nobody here has a degree in school counseling? no majors in criminal justice? >> no. >> no. >> reporter: your qualifications are? >> we're dads. we decided, the best people who can take care of our kids are who? are us. >> reporter: so mike lafitte started "dads on duty," a group of about 40 southwood dads who now hang out at the school in shifts. >> let's go! >> reporter: today, any negative energy that enters the building has to run a gauntlet of good parenting. >> what's going on, buddy? >> you're moving fast. i like that hustle. >> i immediately felt a form of safety. >> we stopped fighting. people started going to class. >> reporter: how could that be? >> you ever heard of a look? >> reporter: a look? dads have the power to do that? >> yes! not many people know it, but yes. >> let's go! >> reporter: but it's not just the firm stares and stern warnings. >> make it to class, my son! >> reporter: it's also the dad
jokes. >> they just make funny jokes, "your shoe is untied," but it's really not untied. >> they hate it. they're so embarrassed by it. >> reporter: it's that perfect mix of tough love and gentle ribbing that dads do so well that has helped transform this school. >> the school has really just been, like, happy, and you can feel it. >> reporter: which is why the dads plan to keep coming to southwood indefinitely. >> because not everybody has a father figure at home. >> or a male, period, in their life. >> so just to be here makes a big difference. >> reporter: do you think you stumbled on to something here? >> absolutely. >> i think absolutely. >> absolutely. >> have a good morning! >> reporter: they'd like to start chapters of "dads on duty" throughout louisiana, and hope to eventually take on the country... >> all right! >> reporter: ...without a fight. ( laughter ) steve hartman, "on the road," in shreveport, louisiana. >> o'donnell: how much do we love those dads? we'll be right back.
the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in our nation's capital. i hope you have a great weekend. w'll see right now at 7:00 -- >> we have some preparation to do. >> we have about a day left to make those preparations before the biggest storm we have seen in at least 9 months blast the bay area. heavy rain and gusty wind in the forecast for sunday. details coming up. the stormy weather has already turned deadly for at least one driver. meanwhile, pg&e scrambling hundreds of crews into position . we will show you what they are doing to try to keep your power on. >> it's all hands on deck right now. a bay area police employee accused of encouraging people to kill officers. tonight, he is free on bail. a double dose of pfizer
news. >> it's not all about the vaccine. plus, what a company scientist told the jury in the elizabeth holmes trial. >> it's significant because it goes to fraud. anything. i'm ken bastida. and i'm elizabeth cook. don't let the calm skies full you right now. you only have about 24 hours left to prepare for the atmospheric river rolling our way. >> most of the bay area likely to see inches of rain on sunday but with much more, and snow in higher elevations. flash flood watches have already been issued for the last year's burn scar areas. the storm will also come with some strong wind and large ocean swells. paul heggen begins our coverage. >> you have been talking about this on cbsn bay area , this 5 out of 5. river ratea level