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covered california. this way to health insurance. enrollment ends january 31st. >> when >> fun time from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron. 4 news at known now at 9 contra costa county health and education leaders are uniting to deliver a single message. kids. >> belong in the classroom in need to be in class. during the latest covid surge. thanks for joining us, everybody on kron. 4 news at 9. i'm vicki liviakis and i'm grant lotus. this move comes despite concerns from some about safety and it comes despite an average of nearly 2000. >> new cases a week there. we get the latest now from kron four's jonathan mccall. >> plus is we're back in session tuesday. that was contra costa unified schools after a covid outbreak prompt a district leaders to close campuses for 2 days for deep cleaning. but as teachers,
parents and even some students push for a return back to virtual learning during this latest surge tuesday county education and health leaders agreed kids should be in the classroom. >> for early on, we were like, oh, no, the kids are going to transmit it to each other and though the safer at home. well, it turned out to being at being unmasked and playing with their friends. i'm actually probably cause more transmission and then being in school contra costa county, public health director doctor or ease of illy. >> said despite hundreds of new covid cases being reported at schools daily and the county averaging nearly 2000 new cases in the past week. he says in person learning is better for kids and families and our workforce. >> right now is really suffering with a lot of absenteeism related to people getting covid-19 are quarantining from exposure to covid-19. said. >> cervelli says the county has one of the highest vaccination rates in the bay area. lynn mackey is
superintendent of the contra costa county board of education. we are funded for in-person ce learning this year. are required to keep schools open and require 2. >> offer an option for those families who want to independent study. >> teachers across the bay area have raised concerns over safety. a lack of personal protective equipment in schools and the lack of testing available. some have even staged protest. mackey says the county is dealing with a shortage of teachers because of the surge and is now asking folks to step up to fill in as substitutes. >> if you maybe recently retired the graduated from college. we can really use your help in all the schools throughout the county of elise's, the peak of the surge is likely a few weeks away, but says until then, >> it will be a rough go until we're on the other side. jonathan mccall kron 4 news. >> governor newsom has signed an executive order to try to
address the staffing shortages at schools across the state due to this omicron surge. the order makes it easier for schools to hire and extend assignments to substitute teachers while allowing them to stay in those roles for longer if needed. it also lets certain retired teachers return to classrooms to help out if they're called upon the executive order will expire on march 31st. palo alto unified school district is taking a unique approach to try and solve it. staffing shortage by. >> asking parents to volunteer and fill in some of the holes on campus. that includes tasks like administering covid tests monitoring lunch and recess office work and providing classroom support. the district sent out a request on sunday night within 12 hours, 300, 60 parents replied either saying that they want to help or that they're interested in helping without the parents. could you guys still operate? >> we are. we can just how well can we i mean, i'm constantly checking my suburb
port in terms of of filling in one of my custodians has been out on a still out today. a couple of items that i'm thinking a parent could help would be helping us to wipe down the high touch point surfaces. >> the school district says it wants to do all it can to keep those classrooms open, believing that kids learn better with face to face learning. >> and having these quiet conversations with members of congress for the last to watch. i'm tired of being quiet. >> president biden returned to the key battleground state of georgia today. his message in his words, choose democracy over a talker c the president endorsed changing senate rules rules that have so far stalled democrats voting rights legislation and those rules require 60 votes to advance most bills, a threshold. the democrats cannot meet along because they only have a 50, 50 majority with. >> vice president kamala harris acting as a tie breaker
and republicans had unanimously block all voting rights measures. sadly. >> united states senate. designed to be the world's greatest deliberative body has been rendered a shell of its former self as an institutional us. i believe the threat to our democracy. so great. and we must find a way to pass the voting rights bill, the bake them vote. but the majority prevail. that bare minimum is blocked. we have no option but to change the senate rules, including getting rid of the filibuster for this. >> now, not all democrats are on board with the changing the filibuster rules. west virginia senator joe mansion says he believes any changes should be made with substantial republican support. and as we mentioned, no republican lawmakers have expressed any interest in doing so. >> joining us now to break down what we heard. what we
saw today is david mcewan, chair of the political science department at sonoma state university, a friend of the program. thank you for joining us tonight. professor for nice to see forceful from biden maybe more so than at any time as president. is it going to work, though? jagr? and i think that's a great place to start. here's why. what the president did today and i would say what the democratic position has done is really solidified republican support. >> if you get rid of the filibuster of big institutional change in a big deal and you lose the senate in the fall, then what do you do and what does that look like? and this is the broader institutional are. you meant that people like joe manchin acre krysten sinema, nothing the great institution, a list. but there's worry about what this looks like downstream, if you will, or after what happens in november. but really what the president's position is done is solidify republican support, which means things are dead. so pay
very close attention to what happens early next week with chuck schumer because it sure is going to push forward some version of getting or filibuster. on certain issues aren't under certain conditions early next week. mcconnell is quickly going to rush forward with a host of bills that he wants republicans to vote on. that will have 50 votes and they only need one democratic vote to get there. so this really could become a nightmare for democrats very quickly. and i think that's exactly what happened today with this strong statement from the biden white house. so basically are saying it could backfire on them. i think it could backfire on them. what democrats made changes to the filibuster in 2013. they were worried about all of the backlog nominees of judges that president obama had appointed. of course, then what ended up happening? well, republicans take over the senate in 20 be put forward 100 as and the democrats also change the rules on supreme
court nominees subject to the filibuster. then as a result, you get 3 nominees that come forward for republicans under donald trump. merrick garland never gets is his day as it were. so it really could back changing it. and this white also are in the midst of a huge election year where the democratic great sense of what's happening with covid because of what's happened with inflation, all about a person this year. so it's a very curiously strong statements. and yet at the same time, progressive groups, african american groups, voter rights groups, all of them want to see some movement on these 2 pieces of legislation that the president talked about. but between the 2 of them, they only have one republican vote, lisa murkowski, and that's a lukewarm vote. that's not a very good place to be in this election year and headed forward for the biden agenda. want you to kind of back up really quickly and play professor and just briefly for our viewers, if if maybe that will follow this stuff really closely. >> you know, quickly, what exactly is the filibuster? and then after that, why are
voting rights right now? so important to this white house? >> so let's back up here for a second. after the 2020 election wrapped a huge deal about what happens in georgia, what happens? the arizona at what happens in pennsylvania. we all remember this. we get the backdrop of the optics of january 6, which the president has talked about most recently garland talked about most recently and voting rights became, if you will, i top priority for speaker pelosi and for democrats. so it's also topped of issue, if you will, for democrats overall because clyburn from south carolina, along democrat from that congressional delegate hope bush joe biden forward during the primary process and the filibuster. essentially it's a procedural hurdle that instead of moving things from 50 votes in the senate, we moved to 60. need 60 to get things not. it's designed to protect the minority and because of changes with that design for some idea of consent. but what has happened the last couple of years as the whole environment of the senate has changed and that's
hyper partisan, hyper politicized environment and look, republicans won the house. republicans win the senate and that gives rise to potentially coming back. all of this could be a real disaster for democrats for that potential. and that has to give all democrats pause while progressive groups push for adopting these changes to voting rights, which are so crucial for professor, i learned a whole lot in just the city, you know, they talk about the filibuster is something that's so sac are saying to me is not really in the constitution is not an amendment or anything mean what why is it being treated with kid gloves? yeah. it's being treated with kid gloves because look, the senate is supposed to function under rules of decorum and consent where every member grant vicki day that all of us are recognized as equals. and so the idea is that you move the business forward. but look, that in reality has become problematic. everybody remembers jimmy stewart and mister smith goes to washington or ted cruz reading about green eggs and ham or
rand paul. doing crazy things. so that the environment of the senate has changed dramatically. it's become much more like animal house or some crazy thing watch on c-span. it's not become the greatest deliberative body. if you go to that place where you change the filibuster rules, you are moving that much closer to the precipice where it could be chaotic when it's most of the upper house, the place like the house of lords. we're missing that kind of opponent here. and that's going to be a not only voting rights, but also for build back better and the biden agenda. >> so bottom line here, it seems like biden and the democrats can't even get 50 democrats in the senate to support, you know, the social spending and climate change bill, which is currently stalled and, you know, the voting rights legislation. so do you think when you get down to it in your gut that this will all be for naught? and this is just president biden wanting to in his mind and in
may be a lot of democrats minds be on the right side of history. >> yeah, i mean, they really do have to get on that place where they are on the right side of history. joe biden was in the senate in washington there for 38. but her. for almost 200, 50 members of congress who never worked with him. so his ability to understand how the institutions change has changed a lot dramatically within the white house that affects them. moreover, not just the environment and we're talking about, but joe biden changed completely about what he wants to do because the you need some wind at their back and not getting there getting the face of this >> professor we've stretch this is as as much as our producer is going to allow us we'd like to have you back to to teach class again some other night they're going to acting on this monday. maybe do you think is really is that what it has to be before
martin luther king day? yeah. truck schumer bring something forward. yeah, it will be. it will be early next week. we could see some have to bring your friendly civics lessons for the day. >> but he says coast with almost to keep people up late at year. you were at our other story. we'll have a good evening and then maybe make a cup of stressful. go away. appreciate thank you all much. thanks, david. he's the chair of the political science department at sonoma state. meanwhile, some san jose city council members are considering whether to allow >> non u.s. citizens to vote in local elections there. the measure would give more than 200,000 noncitizen residents in san jose, the right to select new lawmakers weigh in on different policies. vote. new york city enacted a similar measure last month and san francisco past alone 2016 to allow non citizen parents to be able to vote in school board elections advocates for
the change say expanding the vote will benefit people who are here from all over the world. san jose city council also considering whether to issue a covid booster mandate for certain indoor events. currently anybody attending events at city own facilities, facilities like that. >> as ap center, the convention center or the center for performing arts must prove they are fully vaccinated. the new order would simply expand that to include a booster shot and would also apply to venue staff. we're monitoring that city council tonight. we're going to let you know when a decision is made. >> a ban on large gatherings in sonoma county is set to take effect just after the stroke of midnight tonight. the order by that county's health officer also urges people to spend as little time away from their homes as possible. only leaving for essential trips as if we're back in the early stages of the pandemic over the last 2 weeks, the covid case rate in sonoma county, they say has risen from more than 24 new cases per 100,000 people. 2
more than 120 new cases per 100,000 people. the order bans all indoor gatherings of more than 50 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people and wallet may help stop the spread of omicron. it is also crushing local businesses. >> got the news last night at about it's definitely it's and mistrustful, you know, for everyone that it's missing out on works with we'll be able to eat. but it's fun. it's not easy. it's scary and stressful and very frustrating. >> the large ban, the ban on gatherings will last through february, 11th at least but the county health officer could extended. of course, if they deem that necessary. >> new at 9 state lawmakers today move forward with an effort to create a single payer universal health care
system here in california, our capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala explains the debate and what's next for the proposal? >> in to make single payer universal health care. a reality in california. you like? >> the entire health care system. the last us with ab 1400 establishes and sets the rules for cal care. a proposed single payer healts care program for california residents in a separate bill. lawmakers are hoping to ask voters to approve several tax increases to pay for it. we have a health care system this far. >> that's far too much suffering and into it. particularly here in the wealthiest state, in the wealthiest nation on earth after tuesday's more than 3 hour long hearing ab 1400 still faces many hurdles in a tight deadline because it was introduced last year. it must pass through another committee in the entire assembly before the end of the month. in order for it to stay alive this session, some democrats and republicans opposed to the bill say it has too many
unknowns, including funding. >> and how it will affect retirees and the medical workforce. >> so many unanswered questions, it faces opposition from some medical and business groups, including the california chamber of commerce is not a time to a brand-new study room here out to sea, funded by unsustainable taxes, play some employers trying to survive the >> before getting elected, governor gavin newsome campaigned on a push for single payer health care news and this year is proposing his own version of universal healthcare by expanding the state's health insurance to cover all low income californians regardless of immigration status. when asked if he'll support ab 1400. here's how the governor responded. >> i have not had the opportunity to review that plan. no one is presented its make. the bill now heads to the appropriations committee in sacramento. ashley zavala kron. 4 news. >> let's turn now to the 4 zone forecast as we get a live look right now. bird's-eye view of downtown san francisco from our sutro cam.
>> sparkling as always. chief meteorologist lawrence karnow is with us. good evening. lauren said boy, it's a quite a change from all that rain. yeah. boy drying things out around the bay area. seeing that sunshine out there. the beautiful sunset. if you miss that tonight, don't worry. we'll have some nice ones ahead here. the next few nice and dry out toward the golden gate bridge. no rain to speak of today. just a gorgeous day out there. temperatures running above the average 60's into san francisco, 60 in oakland. pair 6 is there in san jose again today. 63 in lemore 62 in concord. 62 in santa rosa along the coastline with that offshore wind in some places closer to 70 degrees may see that again for tomorrow as well out there. now you see some high clouds drifting up above most of that really high cloud. cover for that gorgeous sunset. no threat of any rain out there right now. we're starting to see the beginnings of that offshore wind, although it's fairly weak. you see the arrows here pointing off shore, but watch out. we're going to see some of that fog developing in the central valley and you get that
offshore wind start to get dragged right back into the delta and that's where we could see tomorrow morning things being a little bit thick. so early on tomorrow, you're going to see the visibility also begin to change late tonight early tomorrow morning. there you go. you see that big pool of tooley fog begin to develop the central value that offshore wind gets pulled back and hugo possibly see the visibility less than a mile there. and that means but the shovel an antioch, those areas are going to look at some thick fog tomorrow morning, but not to be around long. and then it's long gone. we'll clear out your skies. and then by tomorrow afternoon, these numbers looking good again, plan on lots of sunshine and some a high level clouds. temperatures near 70 degrees in san jose about 68 in concord is 62 in the valley. thank you, lawrence. a special tribute today on the house floor for the late nfl legend john madden, east bay congressman eric swalwell led the tributes. his district includes pleasanton, which is where madden died in december. of course, made his home. there is adult life. madden was the coach of the raiders
from 69 to 1978, then went on to become one of the most popular nfl commentators ever. >> but congressman swalwell says john madden was much more than a football icon. he was a fixture in the east bay community. >> john madden was simultaneously a larger than life hall of fame coach and broadcaster, but also someone you can hang out with and have
>> new tonight at 9 oakland police say they're investigating an assault of an elderly woman in chinatown. and the surveillance video here. you can see the woman walking down the street and right there, a person comes from behind shelves or to the ground seemingly unprovoked. this happened yesterday at the corner of 9th and franklin streets just outside the pacific renaissance plaza officers arrived on scene but were not able to. find the victim who was described as roughly 70 years old, ab%ut 5 feet tall. police are searching for the victim.
they're also searching for the suspect who was last seen heading north on franklin street. anybody with information is asked to contact oakland police. >> in pennsylvania, a pilot crash landed a medical helicopter. everybody on board survived. somehow that pilot managed to avoid a web of power lines. it buildings as a chopper fluttered. it hit the street slid into some bushes outside a church in a residential neighborhood. one man happen to be driving he says that the helicopter was flying solo was clear. something was wrong. people are calling it a miracle that all 4 people on board survived, including an infant patient. investigators believe mechanical problems during the flight led to that crash landing.
>> next on kron, 4 news at 9, it is one of the most dire blood shortages the u.s. has ever seen with the red cross says is behind it and how one donation can ru 5,000 bucks. >> plus, a dangerous high in the air. the high stakes rescue of a man from a power tower that resulted in thousands of families losing thousands of families losing their electricity. ♪ dry eye symptoms keep driving you crazy? inflammation in your eye might be to blame. let's kick ken's ache and burn into gear! over the counter eye drops typically work by lubricating your eyes and may provide temporary relief. those drops will probably pass right by me. xiidra works differently, targeting inflammation that can cause dry eye disease. what's that? xiidra? no! it can provide lasting relief. xiidra is the only fda-approved non-steroid eye drop specifically for the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. one drop in each eye, twice a day.
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>> story today. the cdc is now considering updating its mask guidance, possibly recommending. can 95 or n 95 masks against sore? i should say maybe instead of cloth masks and a matter of cute. they are. they don't work as well. and this is in response to the highly transmissible omicron variant talking about. >> here are the current mask recommendations from the cdc. they should have 2 or more layers of washable breathable fabric completely cover your nose and your mouth fit snugly with no gaps to prevent air from leaking out the top. these guidelines could still be useful if n 95 are not readily available, there's no estimate as to when the new mask guidelines are going to be released. multiple studies have shown the cloth masks offer the least protection, especially indoors. >> a hearing today on the white house's pandemic response quickly took a personal turn. the country's
top infectious disease expert doctor fauci and senator rand paul clashing again before the senate doctor fauci claiming the kentucky lawmaker feel death threats on his life and field harassment of his family. evan lambert reports. >> he's doing this for political reasons. a senate hearing tuesday on covid response briefly sidelined by yet another heated exchange between republican senator rand paul and doctor anthony fauci. the white house's chief medical advisor, senator paul accusing doctor fauci of trying to discredit scventists who have embraced unproven claims about the origin of covid-19 fauci pushed back accusing paul of helping to inspire threats against his and his family's lives. a person was arrested who was on the way from sacramento to washington, dc at a speed stop in iowa and they asked the police as to going and it was going to washington, d c to
kill doctor fauci and they found in his car an ar 15 and multiple magazines of ammunition. because he thinks that maybe on killing people. fauci also says paul is profiting from his repeated high-profile attacks, brandishing a page from paul's web site. so go to rand paul website and you see fire doctor fauci with a little box that says contribute here. so you of making a catastrophic epidemic for your political game. so have political know exactly your colleagues and in a politically reprehensible things i can read attacks from republican lawmakers, conservatives and critics on the internet have amped up negative opinions of fauci. >> social media filled with images ranging from fire fauci to him in handcuffs or in jail. fauci has used bodyguards when in public since early in the pandemic.
but a recent survey from gallup shows americans are split about how fauci is handling his job, though, a slim majority. 52% still approve. that's down 27% from april twenty-twenty in the hearing, republican senator mitt romney coming to fauci is defense. i do want to point out how i personally, i believe the great majority, the people, our country. >> respect you individually and professionally for the work that you do. you are scientists, not politicians. outside the tense moments. senators from both parties questioning the strategy of the white house to deal with the onslaught of the omicron variant. >> pushing for answers to testing shortages and the lack of availability of some treatments. white house advisers promising the rapid test shortage will begin to be eliminated by the end of the month when the first of 500 million free rapid test pledge by the white house are expected to ship in washington. evan lambert. >> meanwhile, the cdc has
issued a do not travel warning for canada due to the high spread of omicron there. the state department also joined the cdc issuing a level 4 high-risk travel warning for that country meeting. all americans are strongly urge against traveling there. according to johns hopkins university. last week, canada reported its highest weekly total of covid cases since the pandemic started. united airlines is reducing flights because of covid related staffing shortages. the company says as many as 3,000 workers are out sick. that's about 4% of the airline's u.s. staff. united has not said how many flights it has canceled, but the ceo credits the company's vaccine mandate with keeping the infected from getting seriously ill. other airlines, including jetblue and alaska, have also canceled flights because of sick crew members. some scientists are debunking reports of a supposed new combo. covid variant call that delta kron. >> over the weekend,
researchers in the republic of cyprus claims 25 patients had tested positive for the super variantbut some virologist and immunologist say those findings were actually more likely due to a lab sequencing error and not cross breeding. they argue that fragments of delta samples were probably left over from previous sequencing, giving the appearance parents, rather of a new variant. pandemic has reduced the number of blood donors in the u.s. to an all-time low. american red cross is its first ever national blood crisis. the organization says this is the worst blood shortage in over a decade. it is forcing doctors to make tough decisions on who receives blood. first, the nonprofit blood donation company vitalant says that it is seeing the lowest overall blood supply in more than 2 years here in the bay area. no matter what your blood type donations are desperately needed. >> every blood type right now it is currently needed. you know, we typically like to see at least a four-day supply on
our shelves. and right now in certain blood types, we have less than a one-day supply ourselves. >> if you don't know your blood type, the organization should be able to detect that once you're done donating as an incentive, a vital and will be giving away a $5,000. prepaid gift card to one lucky blood donor. at the end of the month. >> medicare is proposing limited coverage of a controversial alzheimer's drug. the federal program would only cover the medication called to helm if a patient is enrolled in a qualifying clinical trial. so normal people wouldn't get those trials would need to be approved by the centers for medicare and medicaid services and be conducted in a hospital. outpatient setting. you see the drug is controversial for both its cost and it's controversial because of lingering doubts about its effectiveness. its maker, biogen announced last month it was cutting the price roughly in half down to
$28,000 a year. >> still ahead tonight, after decades of debate, the new smart gun is almost here. how they would work and why advocates say they shape up the gun industry. >> and in sports, it's tough grisly scene dubs in memphis, clay, game 2 for he's looking good, but no draymond. still, sports director jason dumas says highlights when we come back.
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>> and now kron 4 sports. >> the warriors on leg, one of a four-game road trip starts down in memphis against grizzlies team that has been like a thorn indeed of side. the dubs are just 4 for the last 8 games they played against memphis. but you know what helps klay thompson returning making its first appearance on the road. start off in the 2nd quarter. grizzlies up by 16. just pouring it on the warriors, they extended to 18 after that gamel and layup. >> 3rd quarter now chipping away late on for 3, 14 points for clay warrior within 5 minutes later. last brother got to play 3. then you've got to step 3. i've been waiting so long for that. 27 10 10 for golden state for steph. i could say then they finish on
the break. that andre to gary payton, the second. the grizzlies are good team. that's i air williams on the alley. you the stanford product. he had 17 points on the night and then rahm puts the finishing touches on this one end the harm. that is a superstar right john morant had 29 warriors fall one. 16, one. 0, 8. memphis when its 10th straight game after the game, klay thompson was asked about the young memphis team. does it remind him of the warriors when he was first drafted? >> they're a good team. i mean, the record reflects that. but i don't and our teams are pretty unique kind of. specials early championship use kind of change the way the game is played. but other good team, i mean, tough for the west. possible playoff matchup down the road and we do not take ,pthem lightly. >> yeah, i guess not. they won 5 of last 9. meanwhile, we've
got past that clay comeback. now we're waiting on this kid, james wiseman should i say, man, i don't want to call him a kid. he's 19 years old. the second-year center is still rehabbing that torn mcl that he suffered late last season. it's been 9 months since that injury and we're getting close to that return. steve kerr says he expects wiseman to ramp up physical contact drills this week. get this wiseman was actually in memphis last night getting his high school jersey, retired at his former school. all the warriors were there to support him. i think he's back in the bay now rehabbing but here's current his young price center. >> rehab is going really he says knee is really good. is spirit he's bouncing around high energy. he's getting ready you know, play with with some contact and it's exciting just to see a smile on his
face and to see him him back. you know, after this long absence and so i'm i'm thrilled for him and thrill for us too. >> all right. one quick note before the break, stanford beat number 5 ranked usc tonight. that's their first win over a ranked opponent since 2000, 7 when they be ucl a huge win for the cardina
>> oakland city council members have introduced new legislation to ban the distribution or creation of untraceable ghost guns. seize guns, do not have serial numbers. they can be purchased online, delivered right to people's homes and assembled in just a few minutes. if you're good, authorities say they are a growing problem across the bay area in oakland. officials say the percentage of firearms seized by law enforcement that were privately manufactured guns jumped from less than 7% in 2019 to more than 16% in 2022. nearly 22% as recently as last march, the city council is expected to hold a vote on banning them next tuesday. similar laws have already been passed in los angeles and san diego. a new type of gun could soon be hitting the market. they're called smart guns. they're equipped with technology which only allows them to be fired by an authorized user. yeah. well, some say that this could be the future of firearm safety.
>> others argue it's just not practical. markie. martin has a closer look and how this would all work after 2 decades of reliability questions and concerns smart guns could finally be hitting the market. lodestar works is one such company currently working on its prototype inspired to offer a safer option to buyers following one too many stories of children shot while playing with an unattended gun. i've seen the abject failure of every policy to try to make. >> to do something about gun safety. lobbying and regulations and lawsuits. you know, and it all goes nowhere. not one life is saved. there are only 3 ways the gun would work for its owner, fingerprint recognition, smartphone, pairing or a keypad code. the user can program it. however, they'd like what those are, the warmest tactile push buttons. there's 3 of them. you can do a 4 to 6 digits acts. much
electronic door lock. what i mean, what coffee pot is smarter than my firearm. we spoke to co-founder ginger chandler, former senior vice president of remington. she says now is the time to bring the gun to market. >> consumers are more comfortable with smart devices and technology has gotten smaller. is there any fear the gun go off when they use areas if needed next year? absolutely. i mean, just like a mechanical firearm. if it doesn't go up when you want it to. >> you could under stress be hurt. just like the mechanical firearm goes through all the reliability testing. so, you know, at's going to work. we're putting this going through that same set of reliability but there is skepticism from gun shop owners. every guy on the planet is basically held together with been springs. that stuff is physical. if you put a break into that. >> that require some sort of electronic into this. and the batteries did, for example, why? >> yeah, i mean, i think that that is probably the primary
concern. >> and this kind of product has been promised for years and has the potential for a big industry shake-up, particularly in states with tighter gun laws that might only support smart guns. >> that was markie. martin reporting for us tonight. the smart gun would retail for about $900. >> all right. now, time for the 4 zone forecast and vicki, one of the great things about lawrence's that you can you can toss it to him kind of from any and he can catch it and then pivot and somehow make it sounds reasonable, right? like we're right here sea level. and then next thing, you know, we're going to be up in the sierra and the high country. >> well, yeah. anywhere you like here we go, guys. how about that were up in the high country donner summit? you've a lot of snow. they're packed on the sides of the road and we're getting ready to get up
there. and if you're headed up by country, hey, it's good news. things are open and clear. roadways are looking good. that's way it's going to stay. you know, temperatures going to be running a little bit warmer over the next couple days. so maybe getting a little slushy almost spring-like as you head toward the mountain slopes by the afternoon. tomorrow. cooling off, though. 41 as you in the friday, staying dry right on through the weekend. so that's the way it's going to be right now. we have tremendous december. a good start to january now are quieting down quite a bit as high pressure building in almost get the sense of that ridge of high pressure building overhead. see that little arc in the clouds. that's that ridge building in overhead. and that is going to mean some dry weather for us. but not so for the pacific northwest. they've got all that rain storm clouds rolling in there right now. snow up into the cascades and we're going to see that series of storms out there continue to track to the north right over the top of that ridge. now occasionally will see these clouds coming through from time to time. but that's about it. otherwise, very mild conditions, a building in over the next few days. it is going to stay that way as high
pressure will keep the storm's tracking. welcome north. look at that. as long forecast models we get into iday, still dry system comes out the south maybe bring some rain in southern california, but staying dry for the bay area over the weekend. look at that storm system rolling through into monday and tuesday of next week. but the bay area keeping us high and dry. so that's the way it's going to be temperatures going to be a little cold, though. tonight, 30's and 40's for lows tomorrow. highs looking good. temperatures running up in the 50's and the 60's across much of the day or almost 70 degrees and parts of the santa clara valley and the next few days, we stay dry and above normal temperatures, least wednesday and thursday. a pretty nice over the weekend and dry through the weekend as well. thank you, lawrence. the power's back on for thousands of folks in charlotte, north carolina, after a guy climbed up an electrical tower forcing. >> officials to cut off the power. kelly decided to come down the man who officials say appeared to be under the influence. climbed 85 feet. into the tower there is there.
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>> investigators in orlando are working to determine the cause of actor bob sag its death. we may not get an official answer for weeks, but authorities in florida say security guards at the ritz carlton found sag it face up on a hotel bed with his left arm across his chest and his right arm lying beside him. tmz is also reporting that the 65 year-old actor had battled covid-19, though it is unclear when an autopsy revealed no foul play was involved and no evidence of drug use. a long-running tradition is coming back to the oscars. the 94th academy awards will be the first in 4 years to actually have a live host. that is the word from the academy when the oscars take place on march. 27th. no word yet on just to the host will be, it was confirmed today that someone well, man, the ship, jimmy kimmel was the last person to host the show back in 2018. they then, of course, when host lists the
following year. but since then, the ratings have a tusd to a record low 10.4 million viewers last year. >> it could certainly be some one woman the ship as well. there you go. i suppose and maybe. people like to drink a little wine. well hate. watch the oscars. most americans apparently, though, do not practice what is considered good etiquette. when it comes to drinking wine. a woodbridge winds survey of more than 2000 people found that just 17% make sure to. well, this is the wrong video, but make sure to swirl and would you say that? don't inject because that's bad etiquette. they say northeast really have issues because they like to put ice cubes and their wine, i guess, especially the whites no red, too. the northeastern real. and where we drink wine is apparently pretty important to
some people, some favorite locations. folks said in bed while taking a bath. and while on the beach. so there not at work. they didn't say anything about that. so that might be ok, i will have to check on that. talk to the boss about that wraps up kron. 4 news at night. >> but our primetime coverage continues at the top of the hour, including a message from contra costa county leaders keep kids in class this as districts try to keep their students are protected from the surging omicron variant and san francisco health leaders announced a new order targeting mega events. the new recommendations on masks. >> vaccination requirements said much more when those rules and that's new to
>> when fun time from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron. 4 news. >> and now tonight at 10 contra costa county health and education leaders are uniting to deliver a single message. kids belong in the classroom. we need to be taught in class during this current omicron surge. thanks for joining everybody on kron. 4 news at 10. i'm vicki liviakis and i'm grant lotus there with those bikes and buses to keep on coming. that move comes despite. >> concerns from some about