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>> from the area's local news station, you're watching the kron. 4 morning news at 4. >> good morning. thank you for joining us here on the kron. 4 morning news. it is tuesday, january 6. i'm james fletcher. want to start off this morning with a check of the weather is likely like we like to do. random harvey standing by with a look at that morning. right just waking up this we are ok now. we've got it all some good morning, everyone. just waking up this morning. >> we have drier conditions today. we return to those seasonal averages. >> however, we are seeing some fog lingering from overnight into the early morning hours. so a live look outside right now. san francisco. and you
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can see pretty patchy in terms of fog there. we talked about we've been tracking that storm system. we had a few pass to the bay area. we get a break today. but then tomorrow, another one early morning hours returns to the bay area could potentially bring with it. some snow in the sierras. so if you're traveling up there today would be a good day to do that. i would be mindful of that if you're trying to travel up there on friday. let's get a look at our current temperatures outside right now as you're hitting the road of otto. 54 in san francisco, half moon bay, san carlos, all mid to lower 50's out in concord. 46 there any active. 48 live in moore. 53 and in the south bay mid-fifties. we'll have a look at your seven-day because we have yet another storm system after friday. that's set to arrive again next week. we'll have more on that coming up. but for now, james, we'll send it back to you. all right, reena, thank you very much. a quick check of just a few bridges here. before we get to the headlines, starting things off here at the bay bridge toll plaza. >> obviously, it's very light here at the early hour. 04:00am and you've got just a
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few headlights here making their way westbound on 80 across the u.s. pan and into san francisco as well. so far here. we're also looking at some pretty decent conditions at the san mateo bridge to the south. we'll take a quick check their highway. 92 not bad, both east and westbound. you're doing all right. as you're making away from the peninsula out towards the east bay or the other way around, which are we're going. let's get to the north here. this is the richmond, sandra fell bridge west bound 5.80, the ride from fremont, i should say from richmond out towards sandra fell in all as well. so far, hardly any traffic out there this morning. so you're making pretty good time as you head into marion county. final stop for the golden gate bridge. you're right across the span. looking good. both north and southbound directions flowing freely. no incidents, no accidents to report from the chp, more weather and traffic checks in a bit. now, let's get back to the news and a big story out of the east bay. the west contra costa unified school district has announced it will close all of its campuses tomorrow and next monday because of the covid surge. jonathan mccall has the story.
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the district announced the news wednesday night in a message on its website. >> superintendent doctor chris hurst said that the rapid spread of the virus has now prompted the district to take an aggressive response. her said the district will undergo to smoke days. the first friday. the second next monday. that's where all campuses and school buildings were undergo a deep cleaning. the move comes just hours after kron. 4 0st learned that the doors at king elementary school in richmond will be closed for the foreseeable future after covid-19 outbreak at the campus. according to the contra costa county health department leaders at the district notified them of the decision which was required. according to the statement, the school confirmed as many as 10 cases in several classrooms after the winter break. kron 4 has learned that members of the united teachers of richmond, the union representing educators, also held a meeting late wednesday evening to discuss the issues. kron 4 reached out to district
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leaders. the school board in the union for comment. but so far we have yet to hear back starting next week, teachers and staff members also in the district will be required to wear kn 95 medical mask while on the job. the new requirement starts on monday. the district says it's one of several steps itself taking to keep students and staff members safe. the district says it's ordered enough mask for each of its workers to have one mask per week for the remainder of the current school year. the move comes after the california department of public health recommended avoiding using cloth mask as the omicron variant spreads and instead using a surgical mask or higher level respirator, instead, jonathan mccall kron 4 news. both teachers. >> isn't happy with how the district is handling this latest covid surge. this after more than 600 educators were called out sick on tuesday. the union president says that they asked san francisco unified school district to have covid protocols in place back in august, but they claim
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they've seen no results and they're now demanding the district do better. >> as u.s. does not require a negative test for adults or children to return to school buildings yet. and does not have a vaccine mandate for poster mandate for adults. >> the school district superintendent doctor vincent matthew is responding to the criticism saying in a statement, quote, as we return from winter break this week, we encouraged testing set up new testing sites and sent out information about numerous ways to get tested prior to school. reopening throughout this weekend. this weekend, we are making rapid testing available at several schools and district headquarters. doctor matthew also says that the district has been handing out masks for months now and we'll continue to do so. the union, by the way, will meet with school leaders today to discuss their requests for testing and covid sick leave. the union says if 2 parties, if the 2 parties can't reach an agreement, teachers may go on strike. we'll keep you updated. happening today. the
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fremont unified school district will distribute more at home covid tests. the school district is offering drive-thru pickups and we've listed the locations here on your screen. it runs from 10 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. the school district says it has enough supply for all of its employees. and its if you're in that district and you need a mask, are testing kit, go get it. the demand for covid tests, though, is as high as it's ever been here in the bay area. and that's leading to long lines and even traffic congestion. this was again, video of long lines out at sky port, dry red cross for a minute of san jose airport where people were outside kaiser permanente's medical offices. we learned most of the people had made appointments for their for a covid test. one man that we spoke to actually took a whole day off from work. >> how you've been in line >> over an hour and a half. >> was it frustrating? extremely frustrating. so the worried >> expect bad.
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>> it's not just sick. people trying to get tested. many students returning to school are also required to be tested. one santa clara county supervisor says his fellow leaders need to do much more to make these tests available. joe submit, ian says, quote, people can't take the appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of the virus if they don't know there are infected to begin with simply put. we can't fight the virus if we can't see it and we can't see it if we don't test and quote, now so many and it is asking county staff to present a plan for better distribution of the tests. the at the january 11th board of supervisors meeting. he's going to bring that up and we'll see what they decide. also happening today, one contra costa county supervisors will be distributing at home covid test for anyone who has struggled to find them supervisor. diane burgess is holding a drive-thru event tomorrow from 1 o'clock until 4 at the oakley recreation center. the address is there on your screen. each car can receive to test kits while
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supplies last. 10 days before it was set to expire in california. the indoor mask mandate is now here to stay at least until february. 15th. state health officials say that the rule will be reevaluated as the day gets closer, but they're not using a specific metric to decide when to drop it. the announcement comes amid concerns over the number of hospital admissions, which is increased 8.4% overnight to more than 8,000 people. 1800 out of state medical professionals are being brought in right now to help hospitals deal with the current search. >> omicron is here here now and you can abandon the tools that we've used to achieve our collective success. >> yeah, doctor galley added that for now closing or putting limits on businesses is not being discussed. people as young as 12 may soon be eligible to receive the pfizer covid-19 booster shot. cdc director doctor rochelle walensky has approved the panel's recommendation to
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expand the eligibility for booster shots. the advisers, they weighed the record of the number of covid cases in children amid the surge of the highly contagious omicron variant before making their decision. the western states scientific safety review workgroup has to now review the recommendation before it can take effect here in california. >> the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths are among the unvaccinated americans and completing the primary. vaccination series is clearly a critical step to e outcomes with boosters. as doctor walensky said, given the highest level of protection. >> definition of fully vaccinated against covid-19. will not be changing to include booster shots just yet. the biden administration says that americans will still be considered fully vaccinated if they have their first 2 shots of the pfizer or moderna vaccine or at least the single dose of the johnson and johnson vaccine. officials are still urging everyone to stay up to date on their doses.
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well, no cases of the floor. rona virus have been reported in the bay area. but one case was reported in los angeles county yesterday. that's a new variant health officials there say that it was a child who had not received either the flu or the covid vaccine. they also say that both viruses right now are spread in similar ways. so they're encouraging vaccinations and masking for both. all right. in the north bay, some residents in vallejo are getting fed up with the city's poor road conditions and now they're now doing something about it. kron four's dan thorn takes a closer look. >> potholes are a problem all across the bay area and allay is no exception. but these residents are turning their complaints into action. i run over potholes every day.
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>> and i'm tired of it. david marr, stellar junior is leading the valais toll gate movement. he's hoping by taking matters into his own hands. it will inspire others to take care of their city. there's a lot of smart people here in the i think there's enough that if we all got together, we can fix this city and and take it to the next level over the past couple of weeks, the group is filled just a modest handful of potholes, but their eyes are set on a much larger goal. the word has been spread through social media pages and a gofundme has raised more than $1000 to get asphalt to help patch up the streets next week. the group is planning to fill dozens of them. that's the whole goal is just to make the community, realize that can get things done faster than asking city government to do our stellar says he's been encouraged by some city leaders to continue the work. there's also some concern that it might force a cease and desist because these actions are not going through the
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proper channels. marstellar simply wants the city to be a better place and he thinks it will take the community to do it. let's bring some pride back little and what better way than doing that by 8, 6 in the streets reporting in vallejo, dan thorn kron. 4 news. it is for 12 and coming up on the kron 4 morning news police have identified the sheriff with fruit who was shot and killed tuesday evening. >> we'll tell you how the police force is remembering him this morning. plus, it's now one year since the attack on the u.s. capitol will tell you how government leaders are remembering the victims and how they're pledging to make sure this doesn't happen sure this doesn't happen again. when a truck hit my car, sure this doesn't happen athe insurance company wasn't fair. i didn't know what my case was worth, so i called the barnes firm. i'm rich barnes. it's hard for people to know how much their accident case is worth. let our injury attorneys help you get the best result possible.
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let our injury attorneys help after my car accident, i wondered what my case was worth. so i called the barnes firm. i'm rich barnes. is your accident case worth more than insurance offered? call the barnes firm now to find out. you might be surprised. here. as we resume on the kron. 4 morning news reyna harvey in the weather center with an eye on our forecast for. >> especially tomorrow. really worried about that with the rain coming in is going to be bigger or worse than what we saw beginning the week. it's pretty much going to be a light storm system. so that's the good news. if you're planning that, let's go ahead and get a look. >> outside right now, what we're currently experiencing and that's fall throughout the bay area this morning. so you want to be mindful of that as you're traveling and driving, that's going to stick around into the early morning hours. so this is going to be on your morning commute. we're talking about visibility out there. you can see oakland, san
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francisco novato as you're traveling towards sacramento through the delta, visibility is pretty low in certain areas this morning arrived the afternoon around 2 o'clock. that's when we start to see that cloud. and those low fog patches start to clear out. so that's the good news. like jane just mentioned, we're going to get another storm system arrive in the bay area. this is our future cast. it passes through friday morning. it could also bring potentials of snow in the sierras. so we're looking at that as well. if you're trying to get up there, i would suggest maybe traveling up there today. that might be your best bet as you're planning your weekend forecast. we also have another system that arrives on wednesday of next week. so again, we've been looking at all the systems back to back here in the bay area. highs for today. 50's and san francisco daly, city pacifica, half moon bay mid-fifties there. burlingame mill race and brutal. all in the mid-fifties south san francisco. your at 55. redwood city, palo alto mountain view all mid to upper 50's in san
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jose. your 58, morgan hill. 57 santa clara, upper 50's fremont union city and hayward mid-fifties dublin. 54. so a little warmer today than we were yesterday, concord or end. the wannacry call lower 50's up here in napa. fairfield vacaville, upper 40's for you. santa rosa petaluma mid to lower 50's. a look at your 7 day forecast. so we had rain at the start of the week. we get a break today and then rain returns again tomorrow morning. so we'll be tracking that into the weekend. you're much drier, partially cloudy, though, at the start of next week. we have another slight break and then wednesday, yet another chance of rain again in the lows throughout the week. mid 40's to upper 30's along the coast there. you're looking at temperatures in the 40's throughout the rest of the week. james, back to you. all right, reena, thank you very much. quick check of the >> traffic for you here. before we get back the headlines, bay bridge
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approach. it's fine is really nothing out there to worry about as you make your way from oakland to san francisco. easy right across the bay bridge at the moment. the san mateo bridge last time we checked was fairly smooth and that's still the case. we've got just a trickle of traffic right now moving west and eastbound on 92 across that span. let's jump up to the richmond. sandra fell bridge and again, fairly uneventful. just a few headlights here coming towards the camera position. that's westbound 5.80, at the toll plaza side in richmond as folks are heading out towards sandra fell marin county residents. if you're commuting down in san francisco across the golden gate bridge as usual, it's a nice easy ride here at 4.18, in the morning. no problems being reported by the chp. now back to the headlines. it was one year ago today that americans witnessed an attack on capitol hill that we haven't seen in centuries. rioters carrying the name of former president trump violently stormed the capitol to keep congress from certifying joe biden's election victory as president. now, since then, there have
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been many arrests and an investigation that's reached the highest levels of government attorney general merrick garland says the department of justice will follow the facts wherever they lead. >> the justice department remains committed to holding all january 6 perpetrators at any level accountable under law. >> garland says his department has arrested and charged more than 700 people in connection with that attack. the house select committee is conducting a separate investigation into how that insurrection happened in who was behind it. president biden will discuss the attack during a speech later today. capitol police meanwhile, have spent the past year fortifying the capital to prevent such assaults from happening in the future. well, the devastating riots still resonating with lawmakers and law enforcement who were there today. many local organizations will be holding rallies and gatherings to remember the events from that day while also trying to find ways to make sure it doesn't happen again. kron four's gayle ong has that part of the
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story. >> the nation watched as donald trump supporters breached the capitol building on january 6, 2021 5 people died during and after the insurrection, hundreds were injured while congress was certifying the victory of president joe biden over trump in the november 2020 election wednesday night. congresswoman jackie spear hosted a virtual town hall with police officers who were on duty that day. to michael. >> and that's to community now they're being lot of people come forward mission that he going to not much has changed since january 6, 2021. >> and we still have politicians. they engage in the same insightful, violent rhetoric. >> and in many ways they've doubled down. >> thursday marks one year since the attack on the first anniversary, there will be several day of remembrance in action. rallies nationwide
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calling for those responsible for the insurrection to be held accountable and for elected leaders to protect voting rights in the country. we stand for democracy. is organizing a vigil in san mateo elections should mean something and especially if they're run she strode get says least 300 people have our acp to the walnut creek event. the intention is first to condemn. >> the assault on our democracies and second to take this opportunity to to remember those who lost their lives, everyone who was harmed, everyone who is betrayed has been betrayed. san francisco will have a gathering at civic center plaza. >> one of the largest events will be held in downtown oakland, warm air. libby schaff is set to be one of the speakers gayle ong kron. 4 news. >> well, one of the events happening at the capitol today is a virtual roundtable discussion hosted by oakland representative barbara lee. we have links to that on our website at kron 4 dot com. if you'd like to watch. well, the
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smithsonian museum is working to make sure that no one forgets the events of january 6. it's continuing its continuing to collect artifacts from the insurrection. employees began collecting items last year on january 7th, and they include a black vest worn by journalist that day. protest signs and whips and sticks that were used as weapons. museum officials say that currently there's no plan to still collecting. those are the facts. 4.22. is the time. we'll take a break. coming up next on the kron 4 morning news. more information on the deadly house fire tragedy. >> in philadelphia and how it's affecting that community. we'll have more on that coming up after the break.
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>> well, an unthinkable tragedy in philadelphia. a dozen people, most of them children killed during a row. house fire. they're in philly. tom, the govan shows us how it happened. >> neighbors who woke to smoke and flames pouring from second story. windows fire crews already there. that part of the house is believed to be the kitchen and possible point of origin for the fire was extinguished.
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>> was it was terror? >> 2 survivors were pulled from the building before first responders began to realize the full magnitude of this 18 people lived upstairs in an apartment on the second and 3rd stories. another 8 lived one floor below. >> this is a without a doubt. one of the most tragic case and our city. history. >> friends and relatives gathered outside the burned out home trying to console each other you know, the way. >> neighbors say the families have lived in the area for years. the children often seen out playing so far, no ages or ids are being released. >> so you had a loss of words. under state. >> tonight, investigators tell us they were 4 smoke detectors in the building, but none were
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working. >> much is much more to say then wiese. all these folks and especially these children. in your prayers. so many kids. it's just. that's >> that was tom negovan reporting. the property is owned and operated and inspected by the philadelphia housing authority. they say the smoke detectors were last inspected about 8 months ago and they were working at that time. in the wake of this tragedy, the san francisco fire department is giving out smoke detectors for free while supplies last. anyone who needs one and cannot afford a detector is urged to call the number on your screen again. that's 4, 1, 5, 5, 5, 8, 3, 3, 0, 0, the department is taking calls monday through friday from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. we'll take a break. we'll be right back.
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and we're back here at 4.30, with another check of weather and traffic. and then eventually the headlines, too. but firstly, let's get over to the weather center and say good morning once again. >> to rain. hard to hear in a good morning, good morning, everyone. it's just waking up this morning. you know, we've had. >> several weak systems passing through the bay area this morning. it's fog on your morning commute. a live look outside right now san francisco. and you can see the clouds as they continue to move into the bay area, drier conditions today. but we don't stay dry for long. we have another


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