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>> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said the president searching plan is "something we are not going to do." he argued that increasing taxes to pay for it would only hurt the economy more. . mcconnell spoke at a vaccination clinic in lexington, kentucky. sen. mcconnell: enough is enough. we are threatening the future of the country. it would have to be completely re-crafted in a way that was not going to engage in and doing the tax increase. have it credibly paid for without running up even more debt. anchor: president biden's
proposal would increase the corporate tax rate from 21% for 28%, impacting primarily big businesses. the nation's inoculation campaign against covid-19 is gaining ground. 1.4 million shots were administered daily the past week, peeking at a record 4 million saturday. health officials say it is leading to a steady drop in deaths among older americans, but covid infections are on the rise among young people. >> cases are increasing nationally and we are seeing this occur predominantly in younger adults. this is why you have heard me so clearly share my concern. we are learning that many outbreaks in young people are deluded to sports and extracurricular activities. according to cdc guidance, these activities should be limited. anchor: three will have more on the up in cases later in the program. meanwhile, florida and maryland became the latest states to open up vaccine eligibility for
all adults. overseas, infections in india surpassed 100,000 in a day for the first time taking the second country after the u.s. to reach that benchmark. the supreme court handed google a victory in a copyright disputes with software developer oracle. in a six-two opinion, the justices ruled that it constituted a fair use. justice amy coney barrett was not confirmed when the case was argued, and she did not participate. cruising near tampa bay florida are struggling to drained a wastewater pond that is near collapse. at least 300 people have been evacuated. the initial leak at the piney point reservoir was discovered last week. a drone has detected a possible second breach. county officials are optimistic the new pumps could drain the million-gallon pond.
>> we go from 35 million gallons a day to 100 million gallons a day or more pulling it out. you can see how within probably 48 hours, if all continues, we will be at a situation where we will no longer have that risk of the full breach, which would send the 20 foot wall of water. anchor: officials said the situation posed a major flood risk that was not a threat to the drinking water. damage from a powerful tropical cyclone is hindering rescue efforts across southeast asia. the storm has claimed the lives of 133 people in indonesia and east timor. heavy rains triggered flash floods which uprooted trees and destroyed homes. thousands were displaced. >> everything is gone. we only managed to salvage whatever we could save. compared to the positions, of our lives are more important. if we save the items, we might
die. it is better to save ourselves. anchor: the storm is expected to linger a few more days for moving toward australia. renewed tribal fighting incident has left at least 40 people dead in the last few days. clashes broke out in the western door for region between -- western darfur region this weekend. challenging efforts by sudan's transitional government to restore peace. in this country, the governor of arkansas vetoed a bill that would have made his state the first been gender affirming care for transgender from providing purity bloggers, hormones and surgery to minors. republican asa hutchinson rejected the measure at the urging of doctors of parents. the majority of the state letters ledger can override the veto. the stanford women's basketball team is celebrating its first ncaa championship victory in 30
years. they defeated arizona last night. 54-53. in the game's final moments, arizona missed a long shot before the buzzer to hand stan ford the third national title. still the come, the minneapolis police chief desk -- testifies against derek chauvin. hospital struggle encode infections. dravidian prince planning a coup against the king. and much more. >> this is the pbs newshour and from the west from arizona state university. anchor: life is not back to normal. we are taking small steps to see what works.
i am so grateful to our staff for working both here and from home. and for doing all we can to stay safe. we appreciate you staying with us for the news. in the derek chauvin trial today, the prosecution examined the former police officers use of kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes violated protocol. special correspondent fred reports and a note. this report contains disturbing images from mr. ford's death there were showed during testimony. -- floyd. reporter: prosecutors called the police chief to the stand. >> up until may 26 2020, an individual named derek chauvin was a minneapolis police officer, is that right? >> that is right. reporter: he is the first african-american to hold the position.
the chief spoke to alternative methods that police officers are trained and including the escalation. >> de-escalation is providing a knowledgebase or skills, in this case for officers to really focus on time options and resources. it is really primarily trying to provide an opportunity to stabilize a situation, to de-escalate it and the goal being a safe and peaceful outcome. >> they also have a professional policing policy, is that right? >> yes. it is about treating people with dignity and respect. above all else, at the highest level. reporter: he recalled reviewing. >> you believe that he followed
departmental policy? >> i do not. >> do you think this restraint on the ground should have stopped? >> once you stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that. that show stopped. that should have stopped. there was reasonable force getting them down in the first few seconds. once there was no longer any resistance and clearly when mr. floyd was no longer responsive and even motionless to continue to apply that level of force to a person chromed out, handcuffed behind their back, that no way
shape or form is by policy. it is not part of our training and it is certainly not part of our ethics. reporter: also on the stand today. the emergency room physician who pronounced george floyd dead. he said that he had been in cardiac arrest for 60 minutes before he called his time of death. >> was deleting theory for the cause of his cardiac arrest oxygen deficiency? >> that was one of the more likely possibilities i felt at the time based on the information i had. it was more likely than the other possibilities. reporter: the cause of ford's death is a key part of the case. they say it was because my shaaban's actions. the defense attorney argued that a drug overdose along with the underlying heart condition were responsible. the pbs new but -- pbs newshour,
this is fred. anchor: the wider reaction to the testimony so far. this man is a civil attorney and president of the minnesota association of black lawyers. he has been following the trial closely. thank you so much for joining us. first of all, tell us what your reaction been today from hearing from the police chief? >> thank you for having me. i think today is one of those days a just kinda comes full circle a little bit because these special prosecutor said he will provide as a bouquet of unity and shows people who witnessed this murder. yet chief who let the attorneys that was the general of the police department and the head who is speaking out against what
he saw and said that there was no way what happened was by policy, designed, good policing, any of that. i think for a bipoc community to hear the people he say that is just something that really expresses how wrong what happened in may of 2020. anchor: what is the significance of this is coming from the chief of police? how unusual is it for someone his position to be testifying against one of his own former officers? >> highly unusual. when we can about this, having him testify early speaks to this community. you heard chief. he is from minneapolis. he was born and raised here. he rose up from the ranks and now he is chief. he speaks not only to the minneapolis community as a whole
, but the back -- black community here in minnesota and the world around. having someone of his bringing status speak out. again, my words will not do justice. anchor: you mentioned the black committee. the community of people of color there. what are you hearing? what are the kinds of reactions are you hearing from the community echo -- community? quite you know what, i think it is twofold. you have people expressing thanks that the trial is open. it is televised. not many people understood what a criminal trial will the flights of this is eye-opening to see the process, to see the detail, the care, advocacy the prosecutor is showing. but also especially with the testimony last week. we had children, we have older
individuals, we had white people, black people, everybody speaking up from their hearts and the courage that took for them to stand up and to say it the officers at the time but also cups the trial and for us to listen to that and revisit that trauma is powerful. it speaks volumes to the people we have in the city. anchor: you mentioned the trauma. talk about what that means to, we have heard a deft described over and over again from multiple people who were there when it took place. >> seeing this in may 2020 and me and my wife we live in south minneapolis 20 or so blocks from this.
this is our home. see the video and see the reaction of the world, not just black and brown people but the world. now we are revisiting that. for lack of brown people seeing that, the torture of the individual of nine minutes of 29 seconds, i can't imagine what mr. floyd's family is feeling little load the witnesses who testified and relived that trauma because for me watching that, it was painful because i had revisited over and over again. it is necessary. this is necessary for us to get justice it does not stop it from being any less painful. anchor: is it fair to say that the communit is coming together in a way over this or essentially pulling the breath to see what the outcome is going to be active -- be? >> i think having the wide
variety of individuals testified so far shows there is a lot of support for the prosecution in this case. i would like to you to say this has happened to black folks over and over again. we have asked that there be some justice and some change. we have not really gotten that in a lot of circumstances. there are people holding their breath and hoping that justice will be served in this instance and this is the arena. this is the chance for that to happen. i among others will probably say i am running for the day the jury tells us their decision because you never know but i'm hoping that based on what we see, you touch people and they understand this is murder. anchor: president of the association of black lawyers. we thank you very much. >> thank you.
anchor: even as vaccinations are rising substantially, parts of the u.s. the upper northwest and a northeast parsing a search in covid cases. michigan is struggling with a strong spike. william has an update with what is happening there. reporter: judy, if you are to look at a line on a graph, it's been curving higher and higher since early march and then worsening over the last two weeks. the state is averaging more than 6400 new cases a day over the last week. hospalizations are rising as well. the data analysis by the new york times finds that the six worst metro areas in new outbreaks relative to their population are all in michigan. this doctor has been deeply involved with all this. he is the medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology at the beaumont health system and he joins me now. dr., thank you for taking the time to talk with us.
you're quite swamped with what you're dealing with right now. can you give us a sense of what you are seeing your hospital? >> yeah, happy to. we are certainly swamped. it is an understatement. this is i would say our third search that we have experienced in the last year. our first and mightiest search was back in march and april of 2020. we had a bit of a respite in the summertime and that we experienced our big surge in the fall and winter. and then we had another brief respite in the later part of january and february and that is collated and this familiar drumbeat of cases and hospitalizations and test positivity rates rising at an unprecedented rate. we look back at activity we have experience in the past, the slope of the slide is alarming to say the least. reporter: you told one of my colleagues you're seeing
positivity rates in the 15-20% range which is a lots of virus circulating in your community. do you have a sense of what is driving those high rates? >> i do. for starters, what we are seeing right now in terms of these astronomical positivity rates is that this is, on the tales of a relaxation of restrictions. for the better part of the winter in the holidays, bars and restaurants were predominantly closed. mast gatherings were discouraged and as case number started to decline, a lot of those restrictions were relaxed and set what i think you're seeing is a lot of people were frankly tired of covid, they want to get together, they want to see their top -- family, they want to get vaccinated. there is a sense of everybody getting together to be beauty. that is one half the equation.
the other half is that we are seeing a lot more of these covid variants. specifically, the b.1.1.7 or the u.k. variant which is absolutely in our backyard right now in michigan. i believe we are the second highest state in terms of b.1.1.7. we know but this variant is not only more transmissible but also potentially more deadly as well. you put those two things together, relax restrictions, b.1.1.7 variant and that accounts for why you're seeing 70 cases. reporter: you're saying before that hospitalizations have been going up. are you seeing a similar rise in deaths? or are we keeping those people live? >> great question. not yet. what i'm seeing right now is an overall rise in the possibility -- hospitalizations. a slightly younger demographic of patients which make sense
because were doing a good job of vaccinating older individuals. we are driving that vulnerable population doubt to a younger age. instead of seeing predominantly 60 some things we are seeing more fiftysomething's and even some fortysomething's. that is what we are seeing the most of in our hospitals right now. regards how sick they are, it is too early to say for sure but the early trends are favorable. these patients don't appear to be as sick. they don't seem to be as intensive in terms of their resources. we are not seeing a lot of ventilator use or icu. it is still very early. reporter: this is gotta be it frustrating for you. you're doing the job as a state that's in people but these variants that have snuck in our seeming to threaten that miraculous progress we are making.
>> 100%. the takeaway i would like to offer to folks is getting vaccinated is great and i'm glad we are doing so well at that but it's not an all be all to stopping covid transmission. i think we have to continue to be diligent. we have to continue to wear our masks and do our physical distancing. we gotta do everything we can as a community to stop transmission. there is fundamentally, as a hospital there is very little i can do to stop transmission from happening in the trinity. -- community. judy: palace intrigue shakes one of the middle east most stable monarchies.
jordan's king abdullah is challenged by the former crown prince. as he tells us, there are long simmering reasons for the confrontation. reporter: in jordan this weekend, a simmering family feud publicly oiled over. >> the lives of our children are at stake this continues. reporter: when the prince accuses half-brother of neglect and the people. what they have been put second by ruling system that has decided that it's personal interests, its financial interests, that its corruption is more important in the lives and dignity and futures of 10 million people to live here. reporter: jordanian authorities laced him under house arrest for trying to unseat his half-brother. they arrested 20 of the in collaboration, including former financial minister and his
foreign minister called a foreign back plot. >> these investigations also found links between foreign elements. the external oppositions threaten to weaken jordan's position on major issues. reporter: jordan was rolled by king hussein. his second wife gave birth to their older son, the current king who took power in 1999. hussein's fourth wife is a syrian american, gave birth to comes up. he is the half-brother. -- hamza. the kingdom has been seen as a reliable partner in the middle east. it's the economy is struggling. this year, none of limit jump to 25% exports and tourism are down. syrian refugees tax and overburdened system and the downturns exacerbated by one of the world's strictest covid lockdowns.
>> our economy is collapsing. look at the shop? it is empty. reporter: that frustration is field protests. security forces fired tear gas at anti-lockdown demonstrators. the king also dissolved the parliament. the source and target are the highest echelons of power. >> the result has been the destruction or the loss of hope. reporter: jordan's allies came to the kingdom's defense. >> the king has our full support and that is in large part because jordan is a close friend. reporter: they affirmed their standing by and full capabilities for the hashemite kingdom of jordan. his defenders to fight the government. his mother tweeted that truth and justice will prevail for all it is and victims of his wicked
slander. today, first comes up vowed to speak out. >> of course i will not abide what he tells me that i'm not allowed to go out, tweak, or connect people and that i'm only allowed see family numbers. reporter: right in the day, he releases statement saying that we must stand behind the majesty. reporter: weeks for this now with this doctor. presser of little science at the university of waterloo in ontario canada. thank you to the -- thank you and welcome to the newshour. jordan's allies have always viewed it as in a way of stability. do these incidents effect that stability? >> it suggests some cracks in the system. billions have been perplexed by the narrative that the government has given them. it is unclear if there some kind of foreign element to the story or this is an internal squabble with the world family. it is really been made question. they could deal with the reality
that there is internal squabbles but the idea that there are some foreign meddling or intervention or plot to undermine the government is something that is clearly keeping them awake at night. reporter: there is no proof that the authorities presented of the foreign plot and there certainly talk of this family feud which has existed in the past. what is the source of that family feud and how long has been going? >> there are some kinds of succession battles. what unlike what you might see in neighboring countries, whether it is saudi arabia or the uae and others. we have not seen this public display of challenges within. not really has is quite remarkable. he is a popular figure animals a certain group. they do see that he is reminiscent of his father and in many ways he is the same charismatic personal touch. even if you saw the video, i think there was a lot of
references to the common person, the struggles of corruption, the economic crisis that is on the minds of many jordanians. he is very much the spotlight. i think that is one of the core issues that in fact lead to this situation that the country is in today. reporter: is that popularity among tribal leaders translate into actual power that would allow him to threaten the government? >> no, i don't think so. these east bank tribes don't want to see the monarchy as institution crumble. here disaffected, certainly if you learning to be some serious structural reforms in the country. they're very lesser with the nepotism and corruption. but in no way i think they have no interest in undermining the regime and regardless, i think bringing in a different king for that matter would bring in that kind of instability that no jordanian, even east bankers want to see. when did see in the last couple days, there are changing their
avatars to a picture of hamza. a lot of outdoor sport on facebook, questioning the narrative of the government, and isaac we saw in a lot of ways well palace today concede to the fact that this is not working. this messaging backfired. there was of that tape that hamza sent out made the situation more problematic and they were better off to make amends and that's exactly what we saw today. reporter: let's talk quickly about the people arrested. he was an informal liaison of the king to sally crown prince. -- saudi. >> i think it was to attempt a he has no popularity inside the country. he has been blamed for a lot of the privatization of neoliberal pop -- policies that made things harder for the average tragedian. his name is associated with so many of the economic policies in
particular the country does not like and feels challenged the way the jordan having social contract for 70 years. i think it is a distraction. the connection between comes up and the saudi prince, there is no person who can make that connection. to make a connection into one sentence just does not make sense and frankly it adds more confusion and uncertainty in the narrative being provided by the government. thank you very much. judy: well, the times are changing. with new york's legalization of referential cannabis, 40% of americans live in a place that has marijuana legalized. organ has been on the leading edge of drug law reform. in november, they became the first to decriminalize possession of hard drugs.
as other states i similar moves, stephanie reports on organs early rollout and the obstacles ahead. reporter: 37-year-old sabrina brandt has been an iv drug users she was sick -- 16. >> i had mental health issues. since age 12, i have been on multiple antidepressants and multiple diagnoses so i think my iv drug use was heroin and cocaine as a way to self medicate. reporter: she describes her relationship with drugs as a love-hate thing. >> i thought if i quit right now i would lose my closest confidant. his been with me for so many years. reporter: if she were caught with saint less than one gram of heroin or two grams of meth in oregon today, she would receive no more than the equivalent of a parking ticket. with a maximum fine of $100. she could avoid paying that by
making a phone call with the counselor for with health assessment. it is a sea of change. measure 110 which was passed by 58% of oregon voters last november treats active drug users as potential patients rather than criminals. portland addiction specialist says what they are doing was not working. >> let's try different way than putting people in jail, taking away their ability to get a job, taking away relationships, their housing, the very things that we know support long-term recovery or substance use with less harm. reporter: prior to measure 110, and 2017 organs legislature had already softened penalties on drug use, down getting first time possession to a misdemeanor. carry a maximum sentence of one year. measure 110 goes even further. drug possession charges will
plug -- plummet by 90%. >> and makes the business of dealing drugs much easier. reporter: since it was intimate in february, the district attorney a critic of measure 110 says that he is already seated abuse. >> i've already learned of an example of a dealer weaponizing measure 110 to deal in quantities that are at the violation level into carry the phone number so if they get the citation, they can call and get it waived. >> what was he dealing? >> cocaine. reporter: >> there is accountability based on the science of psychology and behavior. what motivates individuals to change, not just to alter what
they are doing in the moment but to really change and move into a life of recovery. reporter: and he disagrees. >> why it doesn't work. it is a neurological process and has a lot of factors and people can't be told that they have to quit and be forced into it. does not work that way. reporter: for years, organ had the worst rate of substance use and mental health list. law enforcement officials throughout the state reported methamphetamines and heroin were readily available in their communities. >> drugs are in our community. they are already here. reporter: she can personally attest to this. she became homeless after leaving in abusive home -- relationship. and got up in a cycle of drug
use and jail. >> it is a constant. every jail trip is in the charge and that continuous cycle. every time that i got out of jail i was still homeless and i had be in a system many times and i never got sport i needed until i got pregnant. i was way willing and previous to my pregnancy. reporter: she says that it's been more humane options for users. measure one tent requires a fund set up to addiction centers and housing. the state capital, legislators are scrambling to implement all of this. the represented says that they are behind. >> organ was already in last place for having access to resources for folks. returning a clean and sober. so, it made it really difficult how how read to settle that when
we are already in a deficit and we want to step two and make that happen really quickly. reporter: it funnels money from marijuana tax review to the overall drug problem. it takes funding from other needed services without a new revenue stream. >> to put a cap on the existing resources that went to cities and counties, state police, school fund. reporter: you think the cart was put before the horse in a way? >> yes. reporter: it may take time to get the services, but is the right decision. >> these hundred the transformational change, you are going to say it is not time and that we do all these things first. that has been the conversation for the last 50 years. reporter: on wednesday, sabrina brandt volunteers at the outreach project, a harm reduction for his agent that provides clean syringes. no lots of to reverse overdoses and strips to test for the
fetanyl. >> the more people that have it, the less people are going to die. reporter: measure one tent with a focus on this type of intervention. with overdose deaths spiking 40% in oregon during the pandemic, it's never been more needed. >> you can't make somebody stop using drugs and does not want to stop using drugs but you can cut down on the amount of harm they do to and society by offering them a different tool. reporter: like brandt, not everyone will choose the path of sobriety but christine avery did. she is not done drugs are more than three years. >> once i tapped into the support, one's eyes -- once i excepted what i had to do, my life changed dramatically. oh my god. everything. reporter: other states trying to find ways out of the failed war on drugs have their eye on
organ. it is an experiment where the stakes could not be higher. judy: the backlash to george's new voting laws is forcing companies to decide if they do business in the state. here to analyze the politico calculations behind the pressure in the response our politics monday team amy walter and tamera keith of npr. hello to both of you. so good to see you on this monday. amy i'm going to start with you and the georgia law. the reverberations continued. i number of companies taking a stand. coca-cola, delta airlines, prominent black leaders taking a stand. over the weekend, major league baseball pulling up the all-star
game from atlanta. my question is, how does this kind of pressure sit with political leaders? can it be effective in getting them to change a law? >> this is really vaccinating. it is been a fascinating develop ment. it did not start with this georgia law. we saw it in places like north carolina with the bathroom bill. we are seated on gay rights and other states. the laws and other states. what is happening, and this is especially true in the south, these metro regions like atlanta, dallas, houston that were pretty republican have become a lot more democratic. this is where these companies are headquartered and many of their employees come from those blue areas. they live in those blue areas and those expectations are that the companies they work for reflect the values that they share. that is a bg reason why we are
seeing in states where they have incredible influence but were that influence is really relegated to just the metro region. what i think happens is that it divides e state. once again between those who live in and around, they support this. those who live outside of it who believe that their values and views are being taken into consideration. i think for so many voters and forced to pick a side. but jesus lazily write out someplace -- in some cases you have companies the grave much more with what going on in other states that was going on in their own. judy: tim, how do you see the political to them and to this? --tam.
>> the governor came out swinging and call this cancel culture which is becoming increasingly common refrain from republicans in recent months, especially what we do have here is major league baseball. mlb will not choose to do something unpopular broadly with the public. mlb like other companies who have made in taken stands for instance in north carolina before several yrs ago, these companies are following public opinion. it may not be public opinion in the state where they are taking action, but it is national public begin. as we've been seeing play out again and again. one other example is what
happened with the governor in south dakota. vetoing a transgendered sports bill in part under pressure from the ncaa which is hugely influential. when these major sporting institutions pull out of a place by they did in indiana several years ago as the all-star game is happening with baseball, there huge economic implications. is this going to change the georgia voting law? that is not clear. also the voting law is a bit more nuanced than the fight about it making it seem. judy: no question. i know it something that we continue to report on here but you are right about the influence of athletics and how that can cut across our cultural and political world in so many different ways. dinner think i want to bring up
the two of you, amy if flash back to 2020. campaign finance. new york times reporting that over the weekend the trump campaign ended up having to refund $64 million in donations from people who were in a way misled by the way the money was being solicited. there was a line earlier in the year when people were solicited. the font for smaller and smaller. people do not see with your setting up for and now the campaign isn't have to pay up. the biting cap being found guilty of the same thing, pay back at a smaller amount. just $6 million. what does this say about our campaign finance system that is going on? >> it is a really interesting story and it's something in this era of fundraising that is
becoming that small many donors are becoming more and more domina. the stories may become more regular. the trump campaign depended much more on small donors than the biden campaign did. member, at the very end of the summer it became clear that even though the trump campaign started with this huge fundraising lead, they squandered much of that money. they spent much of it before that the fall and they were desperate to raise a lot of money very quickly. that's hard to do when people are only writing you a 20-20 five dollars check at a time. the good is about small dollar donors that a democratize is the process. it's not as people of big big accounts that have these fancy dinners invite politicians there. it is now regular people who could have influenced. it doesn't mean it is without some of its own drawbacks and this is clearly one of them. tam?
>> there's nothing like a bad fundraising number to make your dollar dry up. those big donors want to support a winner. they want something for their investment. what the story highlights is that after the election was over, all these refunds go out but at the time when they were hitting these big milestone donation amounts, it was based on a premise that involves a lot of people giving money did not know they were giving. judy: so much money washing around in our politics. it's to cochran what it all is. -- it is difficult to comprehend what it all is. thank you both.
judy: as the economy slowly begins to pick up. many businesses are facing a rocky year ahead. cat wise has a story about one family owned business has taken one hit over -- after another. they're hanging on with support from the community. reporter: happy moments make time before masks and social distancing at enchanted forest. a small reason park just south of selah morgan. normally this time of year would be filled with spring breakers. after a turbulent year cap by devastating winter storm in february, this unique and much love park is closed and struggling to survive. enchanted forest was built by hand by this man. >> i am the creator of enchanted forest. reporter: he recently turned 91,
he purchased the lab and he spent several years in his free time building the part storybook themed attractions and brought them to life with his artist. in august of 1971, he opened the park to the public. >> we started we don't have too much. i think we charged $.50 to go through. reporter: over the years, he added to those attractions with the help of his four children and his other family who helped run the park. around 100,000 visitors came each year, strolled through the porky western town, got soaked on the log ride, and blessed people characters on this ride that it took seven months for him to he took me for a spin on the right on our recent visit. part of the right is taking these blasters and aiming at things. >> we have infrared guns and we
should have these blue spots. i think i got one. reporter: his older -- his oldest daughter is comanager of the park. how would you sum up the past year? >> challenging. it is one challenge that another challenge that another challenge that another challenge. before covid, we had no debt. we were a thriving family business. things were great. then, we were forced to shut down so we had zero income coming in. and an amusement park is expensive to run. reporter: later in the summer when relations eased up, they were allowed to reopen but a greatly reduced capacity. then came e wildfires. as the fire encroached on surrounding committees in september, family members scrambled to save important
documents and memorabilia unsure if the park would survive. nearby, a tragedy unfolded. the 13-year-old great-grandson and his grandmother were killed by the fire outside their home. the mother was survived but badly burned. >> corbel tragedy of trying to save -- horrible tragedy trying to save them. the world could not have lost more beautiful people. reporter: they're hoping for a better year ahead but damage from the ice storm set back their reopening plans. enchanted forest is one of many small businesses that been devastated by the pandemic and other events if past year. many had to get creative and had to survive. that is what happened here too. every step to the community for support. there's been a big effort to save this part. >> they started a gofundme campaign which has raised 400,000 dollars from nearly 8000 donors. reporter: many have taken to
social media what the park is meant to them and their families. that money combined with other efforts like by a brick program and governmental relief funds have allowed the park to continue to operate but just barely. it had to let some staff go in the park has taken on debt. >> when you walk in, you know that every piece was made with love. reporter: one of those pretty for the park is 23-year-old who worked at the park for five seasons and met her now husband there. >> if it were ever to go away, it would be a loss to be my family, it would be a loss the whole community. it's been part of our community for so long. >> there are so many similar institutions are facing the same pressures. reporter: she has been tracking wasn't happening at enchanted forest and other cultural institutions across the state. she says that of some don't make it, the impact could be wide
ranging. >> it is important to our denny as -- our identity to have institutions like this. it's great to have places like this even if we disagree about other issues. there is an important functio of acer. -- they serve. >> until we are past the point of social distancing and wear a mask, we cannot get to marble -- normal. >> i'm pretty sure it will survive. reporter: he and his family hope to reopen in april. judy: that is the hour for tonight. thank you and please stay safe. we will see you soon. major funding has been provided
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