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>> the nato summit gathered leaders from all over the world, in wales today for what is being called the alliances most important meeting in decades. the leaders are discussing several issues including the crisis in eastern ukraine, the islamic offensive in iraq and syria, and winding down the war in afghanistan. diplomatic editor has more now from the meeting in wales. >> they are calling this the most crucial summit since the end of the cold where are. and that's because of the range of crisis. top of the agenda is the situation in ukraine. difficult balancing act for the nato leaders here. trying to deter russia, and yet at the same time, not further antagonize president putin.
one western official, they now believe there are about 3,000 russian soldiers inside ukraine. probably nearly as many now as there are separatist whose are a part of that fight too. now, they have come one a package of measures, support for the military. training, logistical help, helping rehabilitate those soldiers that are being wounded in the conflict. also, a new very rapid reaction for us, the rapid reaction force will be known as the spearhead force about 4,000 troops able to deployed within two days. as well as ukraine, a number of other issues including the islamic state group, and their very brutal tactics. and the territory they control in iraq, and discussions about what to do with syria, and nato will get involved but nato leaders are all deeply concerned and they can tell you that one issue that has come up is the payment of ransomes
which some leaders believe have been paid by other nato countries. it is believed that some $280 million has been paid since 2008. by nato nations. the u.k. prime minister is saying enough is enough, this is just encouraging further hostage taking and is urging his fellow leaders to stop paying. >> well, the president says he will order a cease fire tomorrow. if an agreement on a peace deal to end the fighting in the east is signed and talks of bela ruise. he says he is optimistic that will happen on the ground, in eastern ukraine, meanwhile, at least two people were killed when a neighborhood came under intense shelling. paul brennen with the latest. we have heard and seen sustained barrage of what could be artillery, and what could be mortar fire. close to the airport,
frankly, a big smoke rose above the buildings just over the tree that way, we are not sure which way it was going, it sounds almost as though it was just coming from the airport, which is hold by a small contingent of soldiers. down in the south, which is a strategically vital city. teams have witness add big push, probably russian tampings at least ten of them pushing that they have already capture add week ago, pushing forward. at least 30-kilometers and closer to that town and the problem in identify canning is russian, and which is pro russian, and tanks which have been taken from the ukrainian military, they fly flags of convenience. they fly the flag of the republic, or the red flag of the russian orthodox army, which is the name of one of the other militia. it does seem that matters are coming to a head,
almost as though with just hours to go, before that contact group meets on friday, there is some last minute territory gaining trying to take place. >> well, nato will be discussing options for containing and dismantling the islamic state group, one thing is clear, iraq needs the help. it's troops are trying to retake for the fourth time. u.s. and iraqi air strikes around mosul and the nearby dam were partially successful, but they hold large swaths of the country. live for us in the relatively stable kurdish region of iraq. josh, good to see you, the nato secretary general say the alliance would consider a request, what is the latest there on the ground. >> good to see you, tony. shouldn't be too surprising. because the islamic state stretches from iraq to syria, and up to the
border of turkey, which of course is a nato member, so they are adjacent to the problem. the latest on the ground here is there are a reports today of intense fighting. after broken there, a number of those state fighters have spread out in the area. today, there was a kid p thatting of about 40 men, in the province, now that kid p thatting happened in a town. it could be known as the arab strong hold, in the province. so isis controlled that, and has experienced little resistence from the town itself. also, report of a hand full of soldiers dying this morning. fighting with islamic state members. where we ran into the army, two days ago, it's in a town just north. so intense fighting still happening in the northern central part of iraq here today. >> so josh, let's put the
military aspects of this aside for a moment. talk to us about the humanitarian toll about this fighting going on in the north. >> it is a massive humanitarian toll. there were 3 million people have been displaced. here in northern iraq, almost everywhere you look it is very easy to find a refugee camp. in the last three weeks i have been here, we have spent significant time in these catches. there's a camp down by dahook where we spent a lot of time, but there are camps down by j, alla. they say they are not concerned about the fight with the islamic state, because they are flees from the shiite militias on the southern side. here there are a couple of dozen camps of
christians that have left mozul fleeing from the islamic state, so it is a heartbreaking crisis. and it, in fact, when you spend time in there, and see what the familying are dealing with, they don't have enough food. they don't have enough water, they don't have what they need for sanitary or medical needs. and i have a package airing tonight on america tonight, about the women and what they go through in three camps. they suffer because so many of the responsibilities of the family falls on them. i interviewed the governor of kokook. he said he had 80,000 displaced people that don't have a camp to go to. they are staying in schools and school is about to start, and they are going to be pushed out with nowhere to go. >> so a good heads up, try to get a portion of that piece that is airing tonight on our program tomorrow, one more question for you, iraq's unity government, as you know, highly touted two
weeks ago, step forward to a solution of this crisis, i think time is running out for the formation of that government, what is the latest there? a lot of politics are happening. they are very frustrated. particularly if you talk to sunnies. they feel very disenfranchised. now maliki is being released by someone from the same party. and the sunnies here say the party is iranian backed a bit like the new boss is the same as the old boss, so they are not happy with what looked like to be the successor there are playing out on the battlefield as well. >> that's in northern iraq, the justice department, launched an investigation into the ferguson missouri police
department today. attorney general eric holder says the probe will look at police practices of ferguson and st. louis county police. the investigation comes after an ukraine and nato armed black teenager was killed. the shooting set off weeks of unrest and protests. it will look at several different aspects of the department. >> it will analyze stops, arrests, it will analyze individuals detained at the jail. in addition to other police and techniques and tactics that have been proud to light. in today's power politics there are just 61 days left until the november midterm elections, and republicans just got some embarrassing news, thanks to virginia governor,
david chuteser here with more, david. >> this afternoon a federal criminal jury found former governor mcdonald and his wife guilty of public corruption charges the former republican governor was convicted on 11 counts. his wife was found guilty on eight, that means the jury was convicted beyond all reasonable doubt that the couple gave access and product endorsements from the governor's office, in exchange for golf outings. lavish vacations and 120,000-dollars in sweetheart loans. the coup almost be sentenced later this fall, they could be september to prison for decades. a kansas city seat that was supposed to be a slam dunk win is now suddenly in play. late last night, democratic challenger on the last day for the ballot changes dropped out of the race, he sent a letter the secretary of state saying he was withdrawing. that means greg or mapp, an independent candidate is all alone for a head to head battle against the republican incumbent
pat roberts. the latest polls have indicated that senator pat roberts and a two way race would lose to the independent candidate, or monday has caught fire with kansas moderate, thanks to ads like this. i approve this message, because regardless of party labels we are all-americaned and we will rise or fall together. republicans need a net gain of six seats to win senate control, if they lose that kansas senate race, the number goes up to seven. in alaska, where incumbent democratic senator is trying to win re-election in a tough race, the momentum he built up the last few months has come to a screeching halt. he is in hot water for running this over the top attack ad against republican challenger, a former state attorney general. a lot of sex offenders
get off with light sentences. one of them got out of prison, and is now charged with breaking into apartment building murdering a senior coup and sexually assaulting their two-year-old granddaughter, he should not be a u.s. senator. >> the problem is that sullivan was not responsible for the sentence, and relatives of the victims were infuriated by the ad. this episode will hurt the democratic incumbent, the question is how much. in north carolina, there was a good senate campaign debate last night, between incumbent democrat kay haggan and republican challenger tom till lines in syria. here is a sample. you voted 95% of the time. >> i want people to know, i am the most moderate senate in the nation. >> i think the realance is, is she probably regrets the fact that she has been a rubber statute for barack obama. >> he has defunded planned parenthood. the only state i know of, that's actually done that. >> that north carolina
senate race is crucial to determine which party will take control. in 2016, presidential politics massachusets democratic senator is again raising her profile. she just did an interview with yahoo katie couric. >> we have a washington now, that works for anyone that can hire armies of lobbyiests and lawyers. and it doesn't work for regular families. >> and last night, warren appeared with the comedian david letterman. >> america needs to be a place well, like i said in the book, where everybody get as fighting chance. >> warren insists that she is not running for president, hillary clinton supporters warning the present tense are not so sure, and that is today's power politics. >> i would be nervous. all right, appreciate it, thank you. comedian joan rivers died today. her daughter said she passed away in the hospital surrounded by
family and friends. her daughters say she spent most of her life accomplishing her greatest joy, making people laugh. randall pingstop looks back on her life. she was irreverent. >> squishing the boob js flatter than a dad cat in an episode of hoarders. >> irrepressible. >> i am going naked. >> and irreplaceable to her many fans. >> that's always been me. >> the queen of the insulting quip. able to szczur any subject with a park remark. >> her legs go on and on and on, like gweneth paltrow when someone asks her about kale. >> would turn her background into a comedy bonanza as joan rivers. >> i know that house work, house work because you make the bed, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. >> she got her big break on the tonight show. >> can we talk.
she was a trap. >> performances that catapulted her to success, as she told current tonight show hosts. >> there were nights that i was on -- and i have been working eight years and nothing and he said god bless him, you will be a star. >> but at the height of her career, the creation of her own late night talk show cost her dearly. johnny carson never spoke to her again. the show was a flop. though she took home an emmy as a daytime talk show host, and became a hit with her daughter melissa covering the red carpet. >> and sniping at stars on fashion police. >> stacy was so excited because that morning her agent called and said they picked her up for another 13 weeks. >> i say what was going on, i don't want to be
the one that the president has to pardon on thank giving. >> she was joking about her death, just hours before her emergency. telling a new york audience she could go at any time. she had had medical scares before, and used her craft. >> just not going to be sad about this, we will do jokes and be up, until we know. >> joan rivers was 81 years old. randall pinkston, al jazeera, new york. >> and coming up, another escape attempt at a juvenile detention center in nashville, with a long history of violence, previous escapes and accusations. and fighting for 15 fast food workers for a higher minimum wage.
another attempted escape at a juvenile detention center. 24 boys under lock down made a run for it laths night, this time, riot police stopped them. that wasn't the case monday when more than 30 other teens broke out of the same facility, several of them are still on the run. jordan martin has our report. >> the chaos lasted for more than two hours wednesday night. 24 juvenile inmates at the detention center, are seen running lose, some armed with rocks and metal rods attacking security guards. state officials say it happened during a overnight shift change.
>> they can all walk out of their rooms at any time they want to, to the common area. and when they came out of the rooms they breeched the door. and they got out. you don't have enough people, you have to bring people in from other courts you sound an alarm, and they come into that unit, but they were able to knock the doors out, because they had done tut night. >> , very quickly. police form add ring, so no teens could leave the property, on monday night, 32 teenagers broke out of their dorms during a shift change, they managed to escape the facility. most were quickly caught. the tennessee department of children services runs the center. the center is currently short about 14 staff members. >> there are vacancies that are very difficult for us to find people, we have not let up on trying to find people at this facility. people that we cut back because it hadn't -- you can't find people to work here.
the detention center has long history of problems. and there have been allegations of sexual assault by staff. in 2010, the justice department ranked the facility 13th among juvenile centers with reports of sexual abuse by staff. >> you make it better by having our staff do good work. you make it better by making sure the kids are properly classified. you make it sure that the kids get the services that they need. if there's no single fix for this. >> the detention center staff has been criticized for waiting nearly 90 minutes to call police after first learning of the escape. the department of children services has promised to review it's policies. while some tennessee lawmakers are asking whether this facility is the right place to house some of the state's most dangerous young inmates. jonathan martin, al jazeera. >> new numbers show fewer unaccompanied children are entering the united states illegally, the homeland security department says more than
3,000 unaccompanied miners were apprehended in august. that is a 45% drop from the 5500 who crossed the border in july, and it is a huge decline from the nearly 11,000 apprehended in june. it comes as some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied miner whose are already in the united states are starting school. many them in places far from the border, more now from san francisco. >> mario is 15 years old. and like most teenagers, getting ready for a new school year. i came to the united states for school, to make progress for my studies and to learn another language. >> he is starting school here at international high. 3,000 miles from the home he left behind, in honduras. he risked his life to come here. >> in mexico it becomes much more difficult, because there things change, there are thieves that rob you, you may even have to sleep on the straights and it is very difficult.
when you get to the border you have to walk allot and be strong, because then there's the dessert. >> many peer have a similar story, and every student is new to the country. every student is learning english. sometimes they are living with a friend of a friend. sometimes they are representing a room, and paying rent on their own. >> san francisco school district has seen more than 1,000 new recently arrived immigrant students enrolled this september. part of the national influx of more than 66 unaccompanied border. the spike has come from central america, el salvador, and honduras. mario came to frank looing for an uncle but he now lives with a foster family. >> one challenge, one irony is that many students escaped gang violence back in the home country, only to find
gang culture here in san francisco. in places like the mission distribute. >> if they avoided gangs advocates feel they might have a chance at success. and while many of their needs are like those of other teenagers, these students are different. >> we work with some of the most motivated, and resilient and intelligence students i have ever met. they have navigated countries and borders. they have managed to navigate systems so much bigger than school. >> mario says while the journey was difficult, and dangerous, he is glad he is here. >> when you get here, everything is different. it's like entering a new world. everything chains. you're teen, everything. your way of life changes. since my arrival here, i have been treated well. >> mario's american dream to graduate high school attend a community
college, and become a mechanic. >> melissa chen, al jazeera, san francisco. >> on wall street today, stocks fell one day. >> the government releases the august jobs report. the dow down 9-points the nasdaq lost 10 points. the s&p 500 down 3 points. overseas stocked were up today, after an unexpected interest rate cut by the european central bank, the e.c.b. lowered it's rate to .05% that's free money. the bank also announced plans in an effort to stimulate the economy, call that quantitative easing europe style. and the united states today, pledged $75 million to provide to 1,000 beds and protective suits to ebola clinics. west africa is in crisis right now, more than 1900 people have died there since march, and drug labs are rushing to develop a viable vaccine, reports now. >> in the outskirts of
napeles is this small, unassuming lab, and yet, this is where one of the most promising vaccines against ebola, is being developed. >> from alfredo and his team started developing the vaccine five years ago. they didn't know it would be ready just in time for the worst ebola epidemic in history. >> initially, we thought of developing our technology for vaccin vaccs like hiv. but at the same time, we also thought that ebola could have been an important target to be developed in order to obtain a vaccine. the same that has killed more than 1500 people so far. well, that way the new system learns how to protect itself, from the virus. the vaccine has proved effective on lab animals.
human testing in the u.s. was approved in a record two days. but time, is running out. >> fen thousand are already being produced by pharmaceutical giant. ready to be dispatched the world health organization, if and when the vaccine is deemed safe. the first recipients will be health line health workers already at least 120 of them have died while treating patients. we don't think it will serve this outbreak, it is important for the future, but it will not be the solution. the solution right now is to have a lot more treatment, and isolation centers, and labs, to have more people. >> two older vaccines
will undergo human clinical trials by early next year. if all goes well, they will join the battle to contain the world's worst ebola outbreak. al jazeera, napeles. >> and coming up, no joy stick, no computer, the new research that could lead to controlling drones with just your brain. and b.p. called reckless today, in a ruling that may have the company paying billions more over the gulf oil spill.
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as dianne reports for us, now restaurant as raising wages could lead to huge job losses. >> in chicago, the protests for higher wages at fast food chains started on the sidewalks near a mcdonalds. but then quickly moved to the street blocking traffic. >> chicago police arrested about two dozen protestors. + i do you mind going to jail? >> similar scenes play out in new york city. detroit, and los angeles. where fast food workers dend maaing union representation and a $15 an hour wage, took to the street. the lowest ping occupational group. the office estimated about half of the nation's 10 million restaurant workers maybe within 25 cents of the federal minimal wage.
it is very difficult, every day i have to scrape, to try to get them to meet. invited home healthcare workers to join in the day's demonstrations the restaurant industry blasted the union's effort and it's call for higher wages. in a same, the national restaurant association said, many restaurant tours would be force to limit hiring cut employee hours and implement a combination of all three to pay for the wage increase. getting a $15 wage won't be easy, even raising the federal minimum wage to just over $10 an hour, could cut up to half a million jobs.
but president obama did missed that claim, at a labor day rally in milwaukee, earlier this week. >> it turns out the states are the minimum wage has gone up has higher job growth than the states that didn't raise the minimum wage. that's the fact. >> many of the protestors say they know this is a uphill battle. >> they say it is worth the fight, dianne al jazeera, chicago. >> so let's take a closer look now at the fast food industry in the united states. now, according to the bureau of labor statistics more than 4 million americans work at fast food restaurants. 70% of those are 20 and older. more than 70% of them earn roughly $10 an hour or less. >> began the offensive against armed groups four
months ago, but despite his alliance, they are still controlling the city. for a massive power outage that brought them to a standstill. when the main power station went down earlier this morning officials believe that led to a chain reaction at several other plants the country lost 50% of it's power genere ever toes. egypt has had months of block outs. and in india, several provinces are on high alert after al quaida announced the creation of a new military wing there. the chief warned india and surrounding many say the group expanding to keep one the islamic state group. b.p. gets most of the blame for the worst offshore isle spill in history, with that story
and other headlines across america today. >> 153 page ruling. 11 men dies in the blow out sent millions of barrels of oil into the gulf of mexico. the judge says b. p. was reckless. ignoring known risks. the ruling means they could 517 billion-dollars in federal fines. the company says it will appeal. in chicago, two more womens for marriage equality advocates. bans on gay marriage, in indiana are unconstitutional. the ruling from the three judge panel was unanimous. during arguments last month, one of the judges compared the bans to laws that barred interracial marriage. two desix means that same-sex marriage is now legal, in 21 states. a father in atlanta is now charged with murder, after his son dies in a hot car. the grand jury indicted justin harris today,
prosecutors say they will prove that on june 18th, harris intentionally left his son, cooper, in a car for seven hours. harris had said he went to work, and forgot the child was in the car. the murder charge opens the door for prosecutors to seek the death penalty. the new jersey teenager was given community service for his climb to the top of one world trade center. he was sentenced to 23 days of service. he told police that he slipped through a holt in a construction fence, and passed an inattentive guard to climb the tower. zoo keepers in san antonio are using ancient medicine to treat an old ailment. suffers from a degenerative bone disease, he is a big guy, and has been experiencing age related pain and discomfort in his knees. the zoo started using acupuncture, and says it is seeing positive signs.
he is moving around more easily. >> yeah. >> so it is good for everyone. >> age related in the knees. arthritis. see you later, appreciate it. >> modern technology is slowly catching up with science fiction, researchers across the country are experiments with drones that are fully controlled by your mind. our sieges and technology correspondent joins us. jake, how is it that you can control a drone? tony, i know you sound dubious, it is a question of teaching people to think about certain thoughts and translating that into movement. in this case we are talking about -- in which they are trying to teach basically the wearers of what is called an e. e.g. cap, an electrode cap that you put on your head to think in a certain way, and direct a drone. we have seen this kind of work with prosthetics
that can be controlled via the mind, when you connect pros that is sis to what remains of somebody's arm, and you teach them to think about or move nerves in a certain way. we have already seen that. in this case it has to do with the mind itself. >> well, how about this, what's the military interest in this i am thinking of a single
person, right, one person able to control the whole fleet of drones right? >> that's the thing, is that right now it is very very early days. the theory here is if you are going to have drones for sensing what is going out in front of you. this is about controlling a flying object, as you mentioned of having many drones under your control, turns out human beings are really bad at controlling more than one thing as a time. we are terrible at multitasking. we can't text and drive at the same time, so it is unlikely to see one person controlling a jadon, but the fact that one person can move it left and back, that could be in the near future. coming up, the department of justice opened an
the justice department launched an investigation into the police department today. attorney general says the probe will look at the departments police practices. the investigation comes after michael brown an unarmed black teenager was killed. by a ferguson police officer last month. usher has more. >> attorney general says police have to take a hard look at retomorrowing their practices in st. louis county. i want to be clear, this is not a stop gap or a short term solution. it's a long term strategy.
it's been nearly a month. expose add community grappling with a racial divide in a deep seeded disinstruction of a police department that's almost all white. that led the department of justice to open a civil rights investigation into the shooting now lit look at the whole ferguson police department. in ferguson, our investigation will arecess the police department's use of force, including deadly force. it will analyze stops, searches, and arrests. and it will exam the treatment of individuals detained at ferguson's city jail. the violent crime control gave the civil rights division the authority to investigate state and local law enforcement agencies for unconstitutional pat terps or practices of conduct. that would include getting rid of the police officers who regularly engang in unconstitutional conduct. it can vol getting rid of
daughter-in-lawing terminating supervisory personnel who have been turning a blind eye. so the remedy can go from the very bottom through the very top. two years ago, the d. o.j. launch add civil rights investigation into the death of trayvon martin. george zimmerman shot him to death, but was acquitted. that federal investigation remains open. >> get on the ground. >> police in albuquerque new mexico have been under investigation over dozens of fatal police shootings like the death of a homeless man this year, in a scathing report, investigators document add history of police brutality, and unnecessary deadly force, an independent monitor are now overseeing reforms. a law professor at i.i.t. school of law, whose expertise is in constitutional law and civil rights violations involving police. >> these are typically explosive situations.
it will probably will take months. >> in a statement, the city of ferguson says it welcomes the d. o.j. investigation, and says it has been working to be transparent, as it continues the process of earning back the trust. and while the unrest on ferguson street is over, some say the underlying apinger won't be quelled unless real changes are made. al jazeera. >> joining us now from st. louis. she is a democratic committee woman, in ferguson township. well, it is good to see you again, spent some time with you, good to have you on the program. >> hi, tony, thank you for having me, good to see you too. >> so, what's your reaction to the d.o.j.'s decision to open this -- they are calling it a pattern in practice investigation. of the ferguson police department.
the community, and i, am thrilled. it's as if they are really starting to see why we have been out here for a month. it's been about 100 degrees. people have stayed out in the rain, we are not crying over a small minor things. currently to my knowledge, the ferguson police department is under -- they are four different federal lawsuits going on. and they are major thinks. a cop has pistol whipped a child, another one was hog tied. there was a mentally ill man that was tazerred. and the everyone that seems to be the most familiar with, the one where the police were involved with a physical altercation, and charged the man with damaging government property because they got blood on his uniform one of the officers is actually a former cop who is sitting on the council now.
is it encouraging that the d.o.j. is not stopping in ferguson? and looking at reforming police in practices throughout the st. louis county police department? that's a up the further. >> yes, that is a step further. i have been told they are welcome and open to that investigation. because after what we saw a few weeks ago, when the streets of ferguson, almost look like the okay corral, and people are running from tier gas, and rubber bullets, clearly there are some issues here that need to be looked at. let's talk about trust here, giving the lack of trust, between the citizens of ferguson, and the police department, how confident are you that ferguson officials will follow through on their promise to cooperate with this investigation? you know, this is where community, accountability comes in. this is where what we have been doing, and organizing, and learning what do we need to ask,
who do we need to deal with, and keeping an eye on these issues. this is where all of this comes into play. so we are not going back to businessing as usual. we stated that, we are organizing and regardless of what they say, we are going to be holding them accountability. so this is going to be seen because -- we will work through this. let me ask a question, what you really feel here, what do you think the d.o.j. will find in it's investigation? in the areas of traffic stops, stop and searches, frisking handling mass demonstrations what will the d. o. j. find? well, there's a white paper that was written by the art city defenders and they have been looking at this for some time. and of the outline three municipality of people civil rights and constitutional rights one of them happened to be
ferguson. i believe once they start doing this deep dive, they will see what everybody in st. louis county and in ferguson has known that there are some serious racial profiles going on. this is not new to anyone who lives here. and even law enforcement in missouri, there's a serious problem here, and now there just seems to be steps that are being taken to take a serious look at this, that no one is really wanted to touch before. >> let me squeeze one more in here, those issues solved the ones you have outlined here, by making the police department more diverse? or is new leadership needed. >> so no, you don't just hire diverse officers and that changes. there is a culture, in the police department. that if you speak with african-american mys they will tell you, about the culture there in the department of how they are not promoted.
how they are talked to. and it is almost as if they need to take on the persona, that many of the cops have in order to be effective in their jobs in order to have any type of promotion possibilities. so there's new leadership. there's a new culture, that needs to be implemented. regarding on the ground, community policing. >> patricia is a democratic committee woman in ferguson township, patricia good to see you. talk to you soon. and coming up, already changed the electric car game, now it is about to pump billions of dollars into one state with a huge battery factory. that story is next. lap.
the winner is nevada. roxanne that has been studying and really driving these battery powered cars. okay, roxanne that, share. factory will help it mass produce batteries. powers by batteries and marketing itself as a car of the future. test la is taking off. he says he will never much gas again. >> so there's $3.49 for a gallon of regular in new jersey today. and i don't have to worry about that,ly go home and plug my car in. >> is free at super chargers like this one.
with it's generation 3. test la is keeping the cars design a mystery. >> we are just trying to show that an electric vehicle can be exciting it can be practical, and have performance, and in three years kit be at a price that just about anybody can ray ford. aluminum and graphite, form as battery. more than soap thousand batteries make up a pack. the pack slips in under the cars cabin. test la plans to turn out 35,000 cars this year. by 2020 it promises to produce enough for 500,000, by building the world's largest battery factory. the new factory will cut the price by at least 30%.
if i touch the screen, i can see how much life i have left. that can drive 247 miles before i have to recharge. even if you want to buy one, you can't get one from a dealer. the mall at short hills to check out the cars. here they have on display the model s, this one costs about $80,000 but you can't buy one of these here either. some like new jersey say it has to work through dealers, in georgia, competitors are taking the company to court. saying it is violating state law. tesla facing over obstacles too.
but they are plowing ahead. it is building super chargers across the country, by the end of next year, it expected to have charging stations every 100 miles or less. plantses like this, they hope a lot of drivers will be lining up to use them. other companies like bmw and nissan, make all electric cars too, they are hoping to grow what is now a small market. vehicles make up around 2% of america's passenger cars. joining me now, is john boyd. he is the principle of the company. tell me about nevada, we were mentioning at the top of the segment. one of the most probusiness friendly states in the country. >> corporate taxes.
this site they chose, showing compelling advantages as well. >> primarily, that will link this factory directly to tesl's assembly plant, with the model three will be. and of course, also, this technology park has an abundance of green friendly power. >> and why -- why does that help? this is an example where three friendly fathers is emerging as a major business. it is all about sustainability. so it's ability to access power, ultimately is a major advantage. >> wait a minute, we have heard the debate going on that you can't make money. >> you have heard that, i am sure. it is making a big investment, and nevada must really believe in this. >> absolutely. this will be a major
victory for nevada. this the most historic development project in 25 years. >> really? so is the state getting enough out of this? 6,000ing jobs. is the state getting enough on the deal. >> it sure is, this is a $6 billion investment, that they will invest in the state of nevada, above and beyond, the 6,000 manufacturing jobs the multiplier to the state of nevada are enormous. anything from construction, to hospitality, to retail. all the sectors will benefit enormously. and it's a way for politician in las vegas to also leverage this. i foresee it being able to do a satellite operation, perhaps some back office operations in las vegas. >> the batteries is the thing, isn't it? this is the potential game changer here. if -- if they can get this to work, is it -- how far ahead of thele co are they right now?
a very narrow segment of the market. these are very exciting cars and this will be afford bly priced. what about the thoughts that they are not able to make the sales marks. because that's the criticism out there. >> that's obviously what the industry experts aring looing at. very closely, but i see no reason they can't do it. and i think -- >> your are bullish. >> i am. and this site, i mentioned has direct access, not only to the assembly plant, but also the port of oakland. this is an expression of
marketing them globally. >> terrific. john, good to see you. >> pleasure. up next here on al jazeera america. after more than 300 years in a united kingdom, some scotts wanted a divorce from england and wails, they want to return to what they were for centuries, a separate country, culture, and economy. just two weeks away and it is the inside story.