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. >> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america i'm john seigenthaler. the ferguson police chief quits. >> the city of ferguson and police chief thomas jackson have agreed to a mutual separation. >> tonight, more fall out from the justice department report. isil fighters on the run in one city, and on offense in another and in a ruthless new video a child who kills. factory farms, the new battle over pork and pollution.
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plus monopoly, the true story of greed goodness, and america's most iconic game. >> he was the ferguson police chief for five years. tonight he's out of a job. chief thomas jackson resigned. he was outspoken defending the department in the days after the shooting death of michael brown but today at a press conference ferguson's mayor made the announcement that chief didn't show up. randall pinkston is here with that. randall? >> john, the events that began with the police chief started when michael brown himself was shot and killed in ferguson last summer. officials seem intent on staying put for a while but that all changed last week where the department of justice finally released a longstanding investigation. >> police chief thomas jackson
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is the sixth ferguson, missouri e employee to step down. ferguson mayor james knowles announced the departure late wednesday afternoon. >> the city of ferguson and police chief thomas jackson have agreed to the police chief's resignation from ferguson. >> he made no mention of the doj report or the shooting death of michael brown by a white police officer. jackson said it has been an honor and privilege to serve this great city and to serve with all of you. last week u.s. attorney general holder announced police officer darren wilson would not face federal charges in brown's death. >> the facts do not support the filing of criminal charges against officer darren wilson in this case. michael brown's death though a tragedy, did not involve
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prosecutable conduct on the part of officer wilson. >> but a separate justice department report into police practices found discrimination by police and elected officials against african-americans. police stops arrests use of force, and excessive fines for minor infractions such as traffic violations and failling to cut weeds on residential property. >> both policing and municipal court practices were founding to disproportionproportionately against african-americans residents. >> the municipal court judge resigned after the state supreme court took the extraordinary action of assigning his cases to a state judge. the doj report accused the
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municipal court judge of charging unconstitutional fees. on tuesday the city manager shaw also resigned he was cued of using toker court fines as a means of raising revenue most of those fines against african-americans defendants. last week >> we're prepared to use all the power that we have to insure that the situation changes there. and that means everything were working with them to coming up with an entirely new structure. >> does that include dismantling the police force. >> if that's necessary we're prepared to do that. >> another finding is that police use tasers and dogs excessively on african-american suspects. attorney general holder said that many violated civil rights laws but it is unclear whether the department of justice will
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bring federal charges against those people responsible for those violations. >> thank you. dante barrie, your reaction to the news today? >> i'm thrilled. i'm very thrilled to see that there has been some action around ferguson, the leadership there. this further proves that organizing works. it further proves that the people being out in the streets protesting shutting things down it works. but i'm saddened to hear that it has taken this long for it to work. >> it seems unclear why it happened? >> mm-hmm. >> we hear it's by mutual agreement. the contract was up. they wanted to move forward. but it sounds like you take a different view of that? >> yes i think that it's also in light of the ferguson report, right? it's a week after the report
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was-- >> the justice department. >> the justice department made this report, and they hadn't even made any negotiations with the justice department yet. so i'm very much--still kind of skeptical of whether or not they are really interested in changing the conditions of ferguson because it's not just about the leadership, right? it's not just about the people who were in power, whether or not you're racist or not oh whether or not you're capable of understanding the community or not. but also about the structure and system that is in place that continues to pepper pet wait this type of policing. needs to step down and you're also seeing calls for the m mayor to step down. and i'm glad that you also see the city manager step down. the city manager was the actual person that had most of the
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power outside the mayor and had the opportunity to hire and fire the police chief. and so i think when we look at the key people in terms of leadership, they do need to step down. but it's only a part of finding justice. we also have to think about how we're dismantling the police department, which is a problem. >> there are now six vacancies for ferguson city employees. what qualities do these new hires need to have? >> for the most part, it really needs to be representative of the community. 67% of the community is black. we've now gone through -- >> they need to hire black people? >> it needs to be representative right? the government that the system that's in place currently is not representative of the people that go, that live in that community. >> the citizens choose the mayor. >> the citizens choose the mayor. >> they don't vote. >> they also -- why believe in a system that's not necessarily going to protect themselves
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right? >> sounds like you believe in the system. >> it needs to be part of the problem. you need to be part of the system in order to change it right? getting to the fundamental question of whether or not the system works for the people that we're trying to serve right? because when we get bound to the piece of it like the ferguson police department has been using the fefergz community as revenue -- fergz ferguson community as the finances right? the black community is financing. >> dante, thank you. will change make a difference for african american community in that city? is the issue much bigger than a shakeup and a resignation? let's talk about the big picture with matthew hughie, a adjunct professor at the university
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of connecticut. he's in hartford tonight. do you think these are the right move professor? >> i think they're the right move a step in the right direction but i think we need to back up from that for just a second. look at the larger structural issue. this is not just about ferguson, but about many towns that are hypersegregated. maybe moving, removing some of the personnel might help just a little bit. but i think if we stick to that type of conversation we're going to fall into a type of discourse that i like to call the good, the bad and the ugly. we think that these people are somehow the bad apples that really don't spoil the good bunch and we miss the overall ugly structure of racism in the united states that haitian gone away that we're still living -- that hasn't gone away that we're still living with.
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>> how do you fix racism? >> i think you need to look at what are the causes for of this. white supremacy legacy of that and continued practices of that. one which the former guest was speaking about the municipality using the black people for funding of that. the voting rights act of selma 50th anniversary in 2013 the supreme court basically neutered by getting rid of section 4b of the voting rights act so that effectively prior southern states or southern states that were engaging in disen disenfranchisement, that's exactly what we're seeing in largely african american cities all throughout the u.s. but the second thing is, to look at the forces of largeer knee
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neoliberalism. >> you mentioned selma and in fact we were going to have you on to talk about university of oklahoma and that ugly videotape of racism spewing from the mouths of students, at that fraternity sae. but we decided to talk about ferguson tonight. but if you take selma 50 years ago, and so much and how far this country's come and you take that videotape and you take ferguson and all the other events that have happened in the last six months that have raised questions about racism, it might make people wonder how far the country really has come. what do you think? >> well we've we've made remarkable steps. i think it would be a disservice for the people who sweated and bled and lost their lives during the human rights and civil
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rights movement to say that nothing at all occurred. at the same time we have to look at the material realities of race in the united states. and that's a difficult thing for many people to do. race for many is a third rail of american politics. no one wants to touch it. if they do touch it then someone calls them a racist. but we need to look at the material realities. for example the wealthy gap currently is astronomical worse than it was before the civil rights movement. average white family has 20 times the wealth of the average black family, 18 times the average latino family. banking systems housing systems, red-lining is still occurring. we are living in a hair-invoked supremacy, if you will. let's look add the way we have to deal with it is through direct action. frederick douglas says power
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concedes nothing like a demand. a demand like in ferguson not much is going to change and kudos to those in ferguson who did what they had to do. >> matthew hughie it's good to have you on the program. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> gathering in madison wisconsin, after the shooting of an unarmed african american teen demonstrators marched to state department of corrections. diane eastabrook, why are they protesting outside the corrections department? >> john, wisconsin has the highest incarceration rate for blacks. they don't want this city madison to become another ferguson. on the streets of madison wisconsin this week, anger over the fatal police shooting of 19-year-old tony robinson. >> they should not be able to
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kill us. they always telling us to get in the way. >> and comparisons to michael brown's death in ferguson, missouri last summer, comparisons madison's police chief cause unavoidable. >> a young african american male who is unarmed who subsequently loses their life at the hands of police. i can't negotiate around this. >> but demographically madison is not ferguson. 77 are white fewer than 21% are black. also reflects the community 10%, african american. >> what's his name? >> tony robinson. >> police blocked traffic so people could protest people feel
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anxious. >> what are you hearing from the congregation? >> i'm hearing about fear, mothers are afraid. >> gee supports the police department even though he has been stopped for no reason. >> the problem is we have people who have been trained well tactically but they don't have these personal interactions so they default to some of their old perspectives when they're interacting with people. >> officer alvarez is trying to forge a stronger relationship between the community and law enforcement. he says the robinson shooting has been the topic of conversation with many of the residents he meets. >> ists a tough situation 19 years -- it's a tough situation. i wasn't a happy person when i was 19 years old. >> sees it as a teaching moment. >> what are my biases? i'm looking at that, how do i
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respond to people should i be responding differently? there is nothing wrong with that. >> gee hopes they will see the same. >> we need to see population with different lenses. there is too much power to not see people in an appropriate light and we cannot afford to have another unarmed black person be shot in this country or anywhere else in the country for that matter. >> gee point out that madison has been traditionally a very liberal, inclusive community and the community is shocked that the shooting of an unarmed black teenager could happen here. john. >> diane eastabrook, thank you. two that are seen in the racist champ video are now apologizing. >> sae sigma alpha epsilon
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video shows students singing a song that is derogatory to african americans. he has learned a devastating lesson and will live with the consequences forever. coming up on our broadcast a family torn by war in the middle east. the shocking way they lost a loved one to i.s.i.l. plus polluting the air the land, the water the legal battle over pig farming that could change the economy in iowa.
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o. >> iraqi military officials say they are gaining ground against i.s.i.l. in tikrit. soldiers and shia fighters apparently entered the city from four different locations. tikrit is one of the major cities still under i.s.i.l. control and on a key supply
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route. i.s.i.l. remains on the attack. fighters launched more than a dozen car bombs fighting army and security positions there. i.s.i.l. has also released a disturbing new online video. it shows the apparent measured of an israeli palestinian at the hands of a child. i.s.i.l. accused mohamed musalam of spying for israel's intelligence agency. his family denies that accusation. the video shows a fighter speaking in french and a boy of about 12 years old who shoots musalam in the head. for more we're joined by fadi al saleleem a senior fellow. fadi let me get your reaction from the latest horror from i.s.i.l. other than the obvious reaction what dough do we read into the
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video of a child? >> what you are seeing john is the clear example to use a ideology islam to recruit children who are helpless around the world give them a god so they can advance the thuggish ideology which i.s.i.l. has basically to control land and become what they are advocating for which is a state of their own. this is a very dangerous phenomenon. we have a lot of young people in the arab world in the muslim world who are helpless. they do not have a vision towards future. what is happening now is the most alarming, the most clear wake-up call for countries like the united states or continents like europe to get involved in supporting an arab coalition to fighting i.s.i.s. this is not in any way a representation of islam. this argument has already been discussed. the arab world as you can see
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as -- >> fadi led me ask you. you mentioned the united states and europe. but you denied why not? >> this is why. because the arab is country have already formed a coalition. okay? today i think president sisi has called for an arab nato like force to be assembled to fight i.s.i.s. so the will on the arab side exists. this is the first time by the way you find a arab sunni coalition to go into where i.s.i.s. is and fight them head on without worrying to battle the masses. when i.s.i.s. tburnd jordanian pilot -- burned the jordanian pilot you have never seen the jordanian population come together and agree unanimously that i.s.i.s. should be annihilated. this is no no way a
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representation of islam. on facebook i put a simple question, do you think i.s.i.s. represents islam yes and no, and why? except for one or two comments everybody says absolutely not. we never learned we should be chopping people's heads off or killing people right and left just because they don't agree with us. these people are thugs began sisters. they don't represent islam. >> you talk about the masses and jordan, what about the other countries do the mass he agree that i.s.i.l. is a bad thing or is there some support for them? >> this is where it gets tricky and this is a very good question. let's look at iraq. most people will tell you i.s.i.s. in iraq is a sunni group that is fighting fighting shia militias that have abused the sunni minority after maliki took power. there is some justification.
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we actually joined i.s.i.s. because we had nobody else to turn to, they will say from the shia militias from iran. i agree with you 100%. we have to look at iraq as an issue, what happened after the iraqi army was dismantled, who should be protecting the sunni minorities and how to deal with the iraqi forces that exist now and of course, obviously keeping in check forces like iran and other shia militant groups i completely agree with you. >> fadi we're going to have you back to answer some of the questions and talk about some of those in the future. it's good to have you on the program tonight thanks very much. >> thank you for having me john. >> in nigeria the rebel group boko haram is trying to create an islamic state around the region but now the states have joined to create a force to stop
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them. nick schifrin is in nigeria i talked to him about why the tide appears to be changing. >> john i think what we've gathered over the last weeks atraveling the region is one the neighbors chad, niger cameroon have made deals with the nigerian military and allowed to move inside nigeria. and conversely, nigerian fighters are chasing boko haram and that's new. political will, very obviously the government realize in the last few -- realized that they had a problem out of control. three, military has brought in new commanders, and four, not to be underestimated a lot more hardware, a lot more weapons a lot more machinery has flooded this zone. the nigerian military has brought in quite a bit of equipment from eastern european countries and there is a lot of that in that we see in the northeast, especially in borno
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and yogi states. >> what is the u.s. doing to help? >> reporter: the navy seals are currently training the equivalent in nigeria they are known as the special boat services. like our navy seals fight on the ground, their sbs troops also fight in the northeast. the u.s. is training the nigerian troops and also the chaddian military and has pushed for a regional collaboration. all those force he fieding bokos that are fighting boko haram. and the u.s. is leading that training. >> what strikes you about what you are seeing? >> the one thing i think americans are amazed by is resilience. there is an extraordinary reliance on what we would consider vigilantes.
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young men with swords or clubs or sticks whatever they can get a hand on being used with the nigerian military which is very robust and very large but still needs the help of some of these young boys, some of them, to keep security and it seems that even the members of these civilian vigilante groups admit to me they were uncontrolled at first and they had ten-year-olds in there. now they seem to be more organized and are respected. >> nick schifrin who has been doing some remarkable reporting from nigeria. nick thanks very much. still ahead. million pigs and just three million people. the multimillion dollar legal battle over farm pollution in iowa. plus blowing the whistle on the department of veterans affairs how a culture of overprescribing drugs was uncovered.
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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america i'm john siegenthaler. livestock and lawsuits, the new battle over factory farms. and threats to the environment. firing back. >> my reaction to the letter was utter disbelief. >> tough words for congressional republicans. the controversial letter to iran takes center stage on capitol hill. and giving credit: the surprising origination and lasting legacy of an american classic. rising global demand for meat is leading to serious environmental concerns in states where hog and cattle farming is big business. the u.s. is the world's largest beef producer. almost 26 billion pounds last year.the pork industry expected to produce almost 24 billion pounds in 2015. about a quarter of that meat is export ed to other countries.
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-- exported to other countries. in washington state federal and other lawsuits are challenging livestock to change its ways. the issue the risk of air and water pollution imposed in manure. battle over factory farms. robert ray has more from des moines. >> reporter: on the desolate snowy plains of central iowa, the stench of animal feces and harmfulharmful chemicals hangs in the air. >> we have picked iowa as the place we can sacrifice and that's not okay. >> reporter: under the topsoil the ground is saturated with manure polluting the water systems with nitrates phosphorous, according to the epa. >> it makes your head hurt your
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throat raw your nose run your breathing labored. that's hydrogen sulfide. >> we can't do that, it gets -- odor -- >> rosie partridge and her husband have been farming here for 37 years. about two football fields away from their home is a large corporate hog facility. and they don't like it. >> people are afraid to speak up in farming communities. it's very difficult to speak up. after they've been in a while there's just family members that work at these facilities or drive feed trucks for them or -- these are their jobs. >> home to a $13 billion livestock industry the state leads the nation in pig production. and the so-called corporate
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factory farms are now the norm. here in the state of iowa there are 21 million pigs in units like the one you see behind me. now, there are just 3 million people. now, all these pigs excrete waste. in fact 5 billion gallons of it per year. to put this into perspective: the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere the great salt lake in utah, it holds 5 billion gallons of water. that is the same amount of waste that these 21 million pigs excrete here on the lands in iowa. >> there's a lot of hog confinement up the river. they apply farmers apply the hog manure on the land in this watershed. >> and that's what comes down seeps into the water comes down into the system where people are drinking it and that's what's raising the levels? >> it adds to it. the nitrogen they apply through the ammonia into the ground is a
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big part of it. the hog manure contributes nitrogen and phosphorous. >> but large scale livestock farmers insist they are using techniques to keep manure and fertilizer from draining into waterways. >> 50 million gallons of manure covering ground -- >> today the business raises 200,000 pounds of rg product for cargill. >> we can still smell the odor from the pigs. there are people in these communities that say that you know, they don't like the smell they think you guys are kind of destroying the area. what do you say to that? >> we try to be good stewards of the land. i live in town. walmart and all the different places i go to so it's a respect
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back and forth and we are doing everything we can to mitigate the odor, whether it's through a biofilter that takes the odor out of the air. >> his company is watched closely by iowa's department of natural resources procedures to keep the air and water as clean as possible. >> there can be an odor at certain times of the year but we try to do the best to mitigate as best we can. >> it's a bunch of garbage a bunch of baloney. >> hugh espey says that is not the case. since the state has only over 2 dozen dnr inspectors monitoring two dozen livestock farms. a surprisingly low number. >> big corporations want to make as much money as they can with little regard for regulations little regard for how it impacts
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family farmers or little regard how it impacts communities. >> in the state capital the raccoon and des moines rivers supply water to the nearly 500,000 residents of central iowa. bill stowe is the ceo of the local water company. he says he needs money for equipment to filter out even though the district has the largest nitrate removal system. >> if we do that that has significant consequences raising risks to a portion he of our customers and creating significant implications to this area of iowa. >> and that is why the utility is planning on suing three counties to force them to monitor nitrate levels in the water that eventually flow south to des moines, the state's major
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population center. >> certainly the electorate is resistant to this point. the governor the u.s. secretary of agriculture the state secretary of agriculture. at least one of the state senators in this state have said you are picking a fight in this state, you need to give volunteerism, how they can change their efforts more time. >> the department of natural resources says fines and scaled other actions have been taken against some farms after recent spills and that some facilities are under investigation. also that making sure guidelines are followed is a process that requires occasional spot-checks. >> we've got statistics that show the nitrate levels in the raccoon river have been improving, they have been gradually coming down. >> iowa pork production association session the big rain can boost the nitrate data.
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making the numbers look worse than they are. >> you can't control mother nature, we can do what we can to protect the environmental resources and we're working on that. >> pork association says it depends on when you atake those readings, it's not always accurate. and you guys are fudging the numbers. >> u.s. geological survey has three monitors on this thing continuously, continuously checking nitrogen. right now throughout history we have had very low nitrogen this time of year. right now it's 15 milligrams, we've never had it this high before. >> al jazeera america checked for that date and the levels were beyond 14 mpl well above the epa limit of 10 milligrams per liter. even though pork association says the numbers are coming down it still admits there's a problem and says it's trying to be a good neighbor. in fact that is their marketing
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slogan. >> epa obviously says it, the dnr, i don't know so much about the dnr saying it, but studies show that iowa has got a water problem. all right we do, we'll suck it up and get it fixed. >> oh my god. >> we showed hugh espey of the iowa citizens for public improvement what it was he was surprised they even admitted there was a water problem. >> it was a way to admit there was oversight, we'll take care of it, what we need is tough fines and penalties. we need to crack down on polluters, we need to shut down polluters that can't clean up their mess. what he's saying is a way to avoid all of that. >> reporter: meanwhile the partridges are stuck farming in an area that used to be dotted with families making a living.
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>> i think a lot of the general milk thinks their meat their food their bacon are something from that area. they put a nice farm with a green roof on their bacon packages whatever. i don't think people have a real grasp of where their meat is from always. so they may have a different idea than what's really there. is that lying? it's public relations for hurry. >> they say that most of you guys are not doing the right thing. >> uh-huh. >> is that true? >> i would disagree with that strongly like i said i've applied lots of manure and everything is objected, we have set back from schools and houses and everything like that. i go according to the plan. >> you're following the rules? >> i follow the rule. i have to. the dnr follows up with us, we are registered with the state. >> why are some farmers not following the rules?
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>> i think in my opinion if filter strips or buffer strips were taken outs -- >> this is about money? >> this is about money yes. >> the iowa farm bureau and 11 other agriculture groups released a statement this week saying that enacting regulations will do nothing to improve the water quality. des moines water works disagrees. it plans to file its lawsuit friday, in federal court. robert ray, al jazeera, des moines iowa. >> and bill stowe who you just saw in robert's report is the ceo of the des moines water works he is in des moines, iowa tonight. so bill the water works just voted to proceed with this lawsuit against three counties in iowa. what are you trying to do with this? >> well, john, it really comes down to this: we're very concerned about the level of water pollution in the rivers we see coming into des moines that we treat forwater drinking
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purposes. we are trying to force the issues protecting those waters under federal law and state law. we view the state electives have essentially side stepped that issue entirely and certainly to the detriment of central iowans and our economic development in central iowa. >> if you take on the hog industry and try oget them to clean up this water doesn't that mean that some farmers are just going to have to shut down their operations? >> it probably does, john, and the reality is that when we went through a great focus in this country 40 years ago on air pollution, a lot of folks went out of business. but the alternative of taking a cost and a health risk and pushing it downstream in our case, simply has become the norm in this state. and a norm that we intend to fight. >> so does this issue divide, let's say farmers and then everyone else? >> you know, i don't think it's
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that simple. i think there are some folks particularly in the state elective leadership that want to make this an urban versus a rural issue or a farm vs. the rest of iowans issue. there are a great farmers in iowa you have interviewed some for this story. there are great progressive and organic farmers in this state who practice progressive but industrial and agriculture practices have really changed. we are seeing a greater emphasis on squeezing margins and increasing pollutants into our waterways, that is a huge concern for us. >> what is the biggest health concern when it comes to your water, the water you are producing for the citizens of iowa? >> nitrate concentrations are the largest concerns for us. but realistically, animal waste
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can create other concerns for us that seasonal ammonia levels, for example you had reporting stench of ammonia around animal feeding operations. at the end of the day, we have 3 million people 20 million hogs and a great deal of other livestock. we have a nitrogen problem that is very clear here in central iowa but also clear in the gulf coast through mississippi river pollution, we view this as an opportunity for us as iowans and the agriculture community to reach some solution about greater concern for environmental impacts. >> we'll see how this move through the political landscape of iowa, bill stowe, thank you very much. >> thank you john. a recovery operation is underway after a military helicopter crashed off the coast of florida. they have recovered human remains on a base near eggland
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affairs base. the 11 military personnel are presumed dead. they were taking military operations during the nighttime they say dense fog may have been a factor. >> they are very cognizant of weather conditions before they depart on a mission. but you know you can depart from one station and hit weather that you didn't expect. and so the conditions have to be right for them to take off. >> seven marines four soldiers were on board. the white house says there will be a thorough investigation. meteorologist kevin corriveau has more on the dangerous fog and the rest of the weather kevin. >> that's right john, he made a very good point in the video that the weather conditions can change drastically from one position to another position. when you are talking about fog in the nighttime hours, this is what they were dealing with,
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overnight fog conditions were in place across the panhandle. the fog could have gone less than a quarter mile. i want you to take a look at video across the area as they were doing search and rescue last night. i was looking at the observations across the area. we were seeing fog values down to a quarter of a mile or less. now that fog would have gone up to about six or 700 feet and we are talking about ocaloosa island. that's the area we are looking at here is eggland air force base here. the crash site just to the south of navarre beach. in this area we would have seen fog maybe down to zero in that area. we are talking about 8:00 or 9:00 last night. unfortunately today when they were out there with recovery efforts, we didn't see the fog
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come back until 10:00 a.m. unfortunately we are seeing dense fog advisory still in effect now. i want to take you to the north to indiana where dense fog advisories were in effect last night. i-65 going up to the northeast where we talked about three major car and truck incidents on the highways, two people fatally dead because of that john back to you. >> bad night for fog last night kevin thank you. coming up solving the mystery behind the real inventer of the board game, monopoly.
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>> there was a controversy where u.s. foreign policy with iran, authorizing force against i.s.i.l. stephanie sy is here with at a and other stories coming up in the next hour stephanie. >> yes john, there were heated conversations between the president and members of the
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senate. and john kerry. >> my reaction to the letter was just utter displeaf. disbelief. during my 29 years in the senate i never heard of nor heard of it being proposed anything comparable to this. >> also in our next hour we'll be talking about the women's movement that is now also the girls movement. tonight we are talking to three girls who are taking matters in their own hands. malawi ethiopia and in the america. >> the girls in malawi, child marriage as has already been highlighted. child marriage is the biggest killer that has destroyed likes of of young girls in my community. >> just a few weeks ago malawi's parliament did ban child
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marriage. we're going to have more stories of girls driving change in our next hour. >> pretty impressive. stephanie thank you. the veterans affairs department has long been accused of dis"america tonight's" christof putzel has more on what that autopsy found. >> i never thought he would died. >> marv and linda lost their son jason last august. the marine did not die overseas, he died at the medical facility. i said jason what's wrong with you? he said blah blah blah. what's wrong with him he can't even talk? she said we gave him some
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medication for migraine, he'll be all right in a couple of hours. >> reporter: he wasn't all right, efforts to revive him had failed. the state autopsy revealed something entirely different. mixed drug toxicity. >> everywhere it says positive drugs found in his system? >> right. every one is a medication that the va prescribed to him. >> the medical examiner found 13 different medications in jason's system. >> he was so drugged up, he had a drug to keep him up in the morning, and drugs at night because he couldn't sleep. it was a vicious circle. >> reporter: jason was one veteran, kept doped up on unusually high levels of opiates. it was difficult for jason after his four years in the marines
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ended at 2002. one witness to jason's last day was kristin a former toma housekeeper. who spoke out what she saw. >> it was like a zoo. i.t. was really bad. running around everywhere, the nursing staff screaming and yell, i stayed out of the way watching the whole thing though. >> the death of jason and the subsequent report by the center for investigative reporting set off a fire storm. in jan bok bob mcdonald, secretary of veterans affairs. unsafe practices in main management and psychiatric care. the prescribing of high doses of opiates as two and a half times the national average and a culture of fear that compromised patient care. for simkakoskis that realization
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came too late. christof putzel, al jazeera wisconsin. >> the future of mafn space travel took a big leap forward today. it came in the form of a rocket that did not leave the ground. nasa says it launched the next nexting level of rocket system. engineers described the two minute burn as a significant milestone towards their goal of putting astronauts on mars. a test launch is slated at 2018. now to mon op li. monopoly. it's more than a board game it's an institution. it was introduced back in 1935 or was it? well tonight the truth about monopoly as you see it. it was really created by a woman, she was an
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anti-capitalist and she wanted to show the world what the evils of money can do. mary palan joins us now. she helped uncover the true history of her game the monday openmonopolist. how did you find out about lizy mcgee? >> totally by accident. the whole story of the game came on by accident. i thought as everyone that monopoly had been invented during the great depression. not true. lizy mcgee got a patent of her game in 1904. sw. >> what did that game look like, i.t. didn't look like monopoly did it? >> to recognize her patent, she
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has go to, railroads, it is a circular design. she was very concerned with that and she used her board game as a teaching tool which would have been very in line with the times. the board games we think of them as a way to have fun now and even antiquated but the turn of the century it was a big way to get her ideas across. >> instead of someone who loved capitalism, it was someone who hated capitalism and was a feminist right? >> she was pretty outspoken on women's issues, income inequality, a lot of economic ideas at a time when a lot of women weren't or at least weren't getting listened to. she makes this game almost a protest and in 30 years by the time parker brothers acquires it it was already associated with the opposite, the greatest ironies, the whole story. >> the game obviously differs from monopoly.
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a guy named darrow changed the game into what we remember today? >> sort of. lizy creates her job and it goes viral and it becomes a folk game, there are philadelphia versions, boston versions, new york versions, and they move it to make it simpler. it is a version of this game that parker finally acquires from darrow. people are playing it with children they want it to be easier. >> it was based on atlantic city? >> correct. the group who really play it are the quakers. and we're 30 years past lizy's original patent by then. >> you uncovered this information, parker brothers didn't comment on it right? >> no. hasbro acquired parker brothers.
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we have a lot of deposition escort documents we could talk about. >> mary it is great to have you on the program. thanks for revealing all of this. that's our program i'm john siegenthaler, the news continues next.
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you. >> the battle for tikrit is on. as iraqi forces push into the i.s.i.l. stronghold. >> we started to retake the neighborhood on the outskirts of tikrit city. >> but the obama administration is concerned allied shia and sunni soldiers could turn on each other after defeating i.s.i.l. and you stack. four years after the start of the war critics say the white house strategy is not working. >> there was a rise of what we call insurgent parties in