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>> tens of thousands of hourly workers walked off their jobs today in the protest against low pay. holding rallies at fast food restaurants around the country. they demanded a 15-dollar minimum rage. diane esther brook is in downtown chi for us, where protests have been going on, and these rallies, let's face it here. they're about a lot more than fast food workers these days, aren't they? >> oh, that's right tony. we've seen healthcare workers and security and clerical workers. they're also demanding the right to unionize. >> shouting battle cries and waving signs protesters outside of this mcdonald's restaurant blasted the chain for what they call unliveable
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wages. >> we're tired of working for multibillionaires who are making money off of our hard work and we can't survive. >> we demonstrated for a 1 dollar minimum wage. fast food workers started the fight for 15 movement two years ago, and it's a fight for other low wage workers as well. security workers making more than $15 an hour, walked off of their job in chicago to join the protest. >> we risk our lives on a daily basis, and we're handling millions of dollars. we work long hours, 60 to 70 hours in a week, and none of that is overtime. >> protesters say that the risingrising tide of the u.s. economy isn't lifting them. the labor department backs them. wages plunged during the great
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recession and hasn't recovered to prerecession levels. this protest is not just about a higher minimum wage, but been the right to organize. about american workers and it makes them prime targets for the unions. the international union is backing the fight for 15 at a time when right to work laws are making it harder for unions to recruit new members. labor professor steven ashby says that the growing number of low wage jobs could make it easier for unions to organize. >> what the employees count on is turn over. people equipped their job and they will find another lousy job somewhere else. it's harder to organize when the entire workforce changes every year. that has changed now. the average age is 28. and because of the lack of jobs, people are quitting quickly. >> nancy salgado has worked at
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mcdonald's for 12 years and only makes $8.35 an hour, and she's eager to join a union. >> we'll have our rights and our vacation and all of our rights you know? mcdonald's wants to flip off without letting us have t. >> mcdonald's is also feeling the heat from the national labor relations board. it's claiming several cases cut hours and fired workers who took part in the fight for 15 movement. now, some of these companies including mcdonald's, will argue that if they raise the minimum wage to 15, it will make it harder for their franchisees to hire additional workers. >> diane, thank you. and from the city that has already taken steps to phase in a 15-dollar minimum wage, we now from the $70,000 minimum salary. wow, a seattle company that
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processes credit card transactions has set a new pay scale, and nearly half of its employees will get a pay raise. at least this sounds too good to be true here. $70,000 membership? >> well, topi and it is good at least for a handful of workers in seattle. now, i talked to a couple of workers yesterday who just got $11,000 raises, bam overnight. they were making $50,000. and that's the minimum with the company. let's roll the video and show you the meeting. this is where dan price the ceo and foundern of gravity payments made this announcement about restructuring the pay scale. it was a mandatory meeting and only a couple of people in this room knowing what was going to happen and it was a good news bomb cell when it did ham. people were a little bit startled and didn't quite believe it at first but finally the cheers and the
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standing ovation came as it finally sank in. >> i know there were a lot of wide eyes, all of us looking at each other, woah. we were still in shock. >> now i'm making more than anybody else in my family probably has ever made. >> it's a lot of money and it definitely is going to affect how the company is able to grow and sustain itself. >> does that worry you? >> no. because our phones haven't stopped rinking today. >> what do you say to the boss? >> just thank you. we always had faith in him taking a leap like that. >> it's a pretty big leap. >> it's a huge leap. >> so there are some variations to this, but basically everybody who was making less than $50,000 a year is right now making $50,000 a year. and next year that minimum goes up to 60, and within three years, the minimum at that company will be $70,000. and as for dan price the ceo that's what he's going to be making too.
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he's taking a pay cut, tony from somewhere near $1 million down to $70,000 at least through the company making through the changes and then back to the profitability that they were seeing next week. >> he's a hero for a lot of his workers and for a lot of people around the country at this moment. it has to be expensive allen and isn't this a risk for a small company? >> it is expensive and it is a risk. there are only 120 employees in the company. but the managers figure they will have better productivity, and happier employees and a lot of people applying for work, and all of that is going to boost their bottom line, that's what they're hoping for. >> coming up in the next half hour, the ceo of gravity payments dan price, will be here on ali aljazeera. less bring in seretta and did to see you.
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so the fight for 15. it's a pleasure to have you here and this protest is nearly three years old now and what do you count as successes in those three years? >> well, tony, it's great to be here with you and i think that today has been a remarkable day. the movement sta started out with cooks and cashiers, has exploded. with restaurant workers and childcare providers and college faculty and basically a lot of under paid people who want to create an economy with jobs that can pay people enough to actually live on. and what's exciting, the momentum is building, and we're in fact getting responses and reactions from some of the biggest corporate actors in our economy today.
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>> yes yes. >> so we recently saw these announcement from mcdonald's, and wal-mart for wage increases, which i would say are minimal wage increases and certainly not enough. but these announcements were really in response to the growing pressure and demands of the employees demanding $15 an hour and a union. >> well, in the case of mcdonald's, hasn't it kind of created a backlash, so mcdonald's is raising wages at its company stores, but not at the franchise stores, and i'm imagining that people are a bit upset about that, and i'm wondering if that's creating a bit of a backlash and fueling the move. even more. >> it has certainly fueled the movement. because it means that over 90% of mcdonald's employees will not in fact benefit from this wage announcement. too many of the people who work
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at mcdonald's are working two or three jobs just to be able to put groceries on the table. we have an economy that's broken where people who serve food on our tables can't put food on their own table,, or the people who care for their loved ones can't care for their loved ones. yes, people are angry and frustrated and people want an economy that works for everyone. so what is inspiring about this movement, i think the movement for fast food workers really speaks to something that we all want, which is for our voices to be heard. and to be able to live a better life. to have the wage that's we need to be able to provide for ourselves and your families. >> yes. >> and i think that this move. just represents so much in terms of the voices that need to be heard. we have to stop silencing these workers. >> serita, let me push back on
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this congressman paul ryan, says that a hike in the minimum wage, which you would like to say, he says it's inflationary and it's counter-productive in many ways, and you end up costing jobs for the people at the bottom running, and senator marco rubio, running for president, he says that the impact of raising the minimum wage nationally, businesses hire less people. and what's your response to that? >> well, you know, of course they're going to say that. these are the exact lines that we hear from big businesses who support those very campaigns. >> are they right? >> at the end of the day they're wrong. we see in states and cities across the country where we have been able to increase wages that in fact the local economies thrive from that, and the businesses do better because people are more money in their pockets and can actually participate in the economy. so actually that argument is
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wrong. >> serita, make your point. >> well, i was just going to say that for too long, we have allowed highly profitable corporations like mcdonald's and wal-mart to ignore the basic well being and needs of every day americans and what we have seen is they're shifting their responsibilities onto taxpayers and it's time for us to hold these corporations accountable and responsible for paying the wage that people can actually live on. >> there's no doubt, it's a real movement and the pictures are stunning. serita the executive director with jobs with justice from washington d.c. certainita, thank you. and reaction today from u.s. and iranian leaders who agree to give congress the power to review any deal with iran. they should be able to sell the deal to concent call lawmakers. >> we're confident about our ability for the president to negotiate an agreement.
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and to do so with the ability to make the world safer. >> iran's foreign minister said that his country needs to study the ramifications of the bill. and he says that the obama administration is responsible for upholding it's end of the bargain. >> it's the obligation of the government of the united states to implement it's international agreements and we will hold the u.s. government, the u.s. president accountable for the agreements that he will make, but he will look into what the senate -- it impinges upon, or hinders the ability of the president to carry out his obligations that he's going to assume. >> and during the visit to iran that country's president rohany said that it's powers, and not lawmakers. >> what the extremists in the u.s. are pursuing and america's
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mercenaries in the region are saying has nothing to do with our government and people. we announce that our negotiating partner is not the u.s. senate, or the house of representatives, but the group called five plus run. >> iran and six world powers have until june 30th to wrap up the nuclear program. and iraq, isil has launched a new offensive. fighters seized three villages near ramadi province, and the attempts to liberate anbar province, and the town of baiji before taking over mosul. iraqi forces are making gains despite isil's offensive. >> they are making gains with more territory and advancing
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further. more have been set and soldiers are ready to fight. but isil is holding tight. town's center is in, behind the lines is the battle front. jets from the u.s.-led coalition have carried out multiple airstrikes. the commander in charge of these men says that the plan is on track. >> our troops now are here, and we finished the first phase. we advanced four kilometers have from north to south. and now we're preparing to storm the city center. >> but more than 75% of anbar province is under isil control. it's fighters are entrenched and bombs, and houses are booby trapped with explosives. isil is also expanding control
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sweeping through more areas in the northeast of the prop visual capital. most of hamadi is now under isil control. the head of the professional council said that the iraqi army needs help. >> the battle is very big. the arrival of the reinforcement is not enough. there's huge pressure from isil and anbar and they want to tell the public that we are here but we will stop them. >>it iraqi government wants to keep the momentum after clearing tikrit. but anbar and mosul are different. the u.s. commanders have said that the iraqi soldiers need more training. the u.s. is also concerned about the role of the popular mobilization force which the iraqi government ride on in the fight against isil. there's a force of shia paramilitaries with many
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iranian officers, and it's accused of carrying out executions and lynchings and wide-spread looting in the anbar provinces. something that the u.s. said will further tensions. the go. says that it's forces need more preparations and weapons. iraq has asked the u.s. for app patchy attack helicopters and drones and fighter jets, and that demand is unlikely to be met any time soon. aljazeera, baghdad. >> and coming up next on the program, a florida man lands his personal aircraft at the expectantcapital.
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>> well, a man is in custody tonight, landing an aircraft on
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the west law of the capital. and he did it to protest congress. and do we know why this man decided this was the way to have his violence heard? >> well, tony, apparently, according 20 what he told a tampa newspaper, the 61-year-old mailman from florida wanted to get the attention on the public on this issue that he cares a lot about, which is campaign finance reform. and he did manage to grab the spotlight. but he also violated the security of the nation's capital. this cellphone video shows what tourists on capitol hill saw and heard. >> this is not good, people. >> the loud noise of a small single person aircraft flying low and then landing on the capital lawn. based on this foot am, it took the capital police nearly a minute to begin converging october gyro copter. >> you could just see him with his helmet on, piloting on to
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the lawn. >> the man at the controls, doug hughes, made no secret of his plans. he had talked expensively with the tampa bay times which posted this video on his website. >> what hughes wanted to do, was deliver letters to every member of congress, bemoaning the influence of big money and calling for campaign finance reform. and what he did was create a security nightmare. capital police quickly closed off the area. at the time, the congress was in session and the iraqi prime minister was in the building, meeting with congress. the monument and capital and white house is covered by a no-fly zone, put in place after 9-1-1. but small aircraft close to the ground such as the drone that ended up on the white house line and this gyro copter, are nearly impossible to pick up on radar.
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within a few hours a bombfection robot had cleared the area, and now an investigation is underway to figure out how this security breach happened. military jets were not scrambled because the gyro copter was not picked up by the faa, and they didn't know that they were scrambling jets, and the secret service talked to this pilot about a year ago and 24th got wind of his plan to come to washington, so the big question ton did 24th decide that heme decidethat he was not a threat and stop looking after him? >> a sign that google could be in big trouble in europe. the search engine giant accused of skewing it's results and it may have to change the way that it does business. simon mcgregor wood has more
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from london. >> in brussels, the commissioner announced something called the state of objections against google. initially against its price comparison service google shopping but damaging competition. google controls 90% of all europe based web searches, the eu authorities and they have been investigating whether this near monopoly is being abused. diverting people's searches to its own products, and others may be better. >> and if you use that kind of market power to promote something artificially, to favor it in your algorithm by not giving it the same treatment as other services, well then you are using your dominate position to restrict competition. >> today's move comes after five years of complaints by
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digital companies that feel they have suffered directly from google's practices. >> so we are stuck with an al ga rith mim search. no matter how much we were into it. it's disappearing from the internet. >> some see this as a test to the economy and how big companies are dominating the internet. in europe, it's seen as a u.s. monopoly. people want to encourage competition, but in the u.s., that's being called protectionism. the eu uses 10% of its global earnings, and other bins, including its android mobile system are now under formal eu investigation as well. google has ten weeks to respond, and on wednesday
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issued a statement while google may be the most used search engine, people can find and access information in numerous ways, and competitors have proven wild at the mark. google will have an appeal. and the whole process could take years to resolve. but the stakes are high in what could be a test case for the economy. >> technology correspondent jake ward is with us. >> google is such a massive octopus. >> tentacles everywhere. >> and as a result, it's no longer a sort of impartial way to find things that you're looking for but it's getting into the business of being one of the companies that show up in the results. you think about shopping, it's one of the destinations of flight searches. if you look at flight searches,
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you would look at one of those and now there's an inherent conflict of interest. >> why is it happening in europe? i haven't read anything to show that it's happening in the united states. >> there has been things, regulators have thought about going after google and it seems to be the philosophical differences in the way that the u.s. thinks about it, and the eu. in the u.s., if it actively hurts customers, but in europe, they're much more devoted to the abstract notion of fairness. if you have the ability to quell competition then they go after you sort of on principle. and also, this is sort of a personal thing but i feel that europe has moaz al-kassasbah collective memory of being spied on and that experience. and here in the u.s., we don't have as much practical wartime
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memory. it's a cultural difference. >> jake ward with us. >> . >> a protester attacked the president of the european central bank today in a news conference. did you see this? >> okay, so here's the story. mario doggie was speaking when the man you saw -- the woman jumped onto the desk and threw confetti all over him. she was wearing a shirt with dictatorship on it. and there you go. coming up next on the program new concerns about the war in yemen from iraq's prime minister. plus it doesn't happen often. coming together to help medicare patients and doctors.
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>> so there were several developments today in the war in yellen. criticizing the saudi-led
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coalition, he said that there's no logic to the coalition's bombing campaign, and aljazeera has learned that yemen's former president requested safe passage out of the country but the gulf cooperation council denied his request. we have more on the latest military campaign. >> reporter: houthis destroyed saudi-led airstrikes, and the attacks were on the way to aiden where the fighting continues. these war planes were spotted on the runway over a military base near the capital. and they were also hit. >> houthis are organizing it, and trying to redeploy in other areas, but their convoys were someone targeted by coalition forces. >> there's no indication that the military operation may come to an end any time soon. for saudi rainio, the use of force was the only way in
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yemen. >> i would not describe the military in yemen, i would describe it as a war of necessity. we have no choice, but the legitimate government in order to take over by a radical group. the iranians, last time i checked, did not have a border with yemen and there's no reason -- >> after almost three weeks of airstrikes houthi fighters, backed by troops loyal to al sada, sent ground it troops to defeat the houthis but for the time being the saudis have no plans for a ground invasion. forces loyal yemen's president are gaining some ground in aiden and other areas of the south. here on the western entrance
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into aiden the vehicles speed away carrying people with the fighting traveling in the opposite direction ambulances can't get very far. >> there are injured people over there, but the ruth he's are targeting our vehicles. >> the hospitals have been badly hit. some, like this one have no electricity. airstrikes continue to target the houthi positions in sada, their strongholds, and some of the best trained army units. the coalition is ramping up its campaign to force the houthis and their allies to disarm and join political talks to solve yemen's crisis. they said they will not hold
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talks if the airstrikes continue. aljazeera. >> oil prices are up, but the number of oil jobs are down. ali velshi is here with more details, and what's going on here? >> well, it was inevitable, tony, we have been hanging around the $2.50 point for a while. $56.39 a barrel. and traders are reacting to the lower than expected inventory. everybody has been pumping and drilling a lot hanging onto it when the prices start to go up, and now the inventories drop. and the energy department said that supply rows just 1.3 million barrels last week, and the traders were expecting four times more. this pushed the prices to the highest levels so far in 2015. and last month the price was
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$43 a barrel. so we're up from that. they have been inches this direction, tony. after today you saw the prices settle at $56.39 a barrel. and we're back in the range that the experts say this we can expect oil to be at in the next year. >> i'm dubious of what's going on. oil prices have gone up, but jobs in the industry are shrinking. >> about 56, $57 is where you need to be to have a profitable operation. that's oil sands in canada and shale oil in north dakota. and the companies started cutting back on new drilling. they were still adding jobs as late as october. but now they have shed 3,000 jobs in the six months since october. that's the first time that we have seen job cuts in the oil
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and gas extraction industry since 2007. between 2007, when the recession started and 2014, america's oil and gas boom added 50,000 new jobs. and that trend is starting to reverse. and 14,000 jobs in the oil and gas category have been shed. think of them as not tracting oil and gas but there to support the oil industry. the biggest in the shale industry, and fracking. it costs more to extract than the kind of drilling that you do in texas where you put a drill in the ground and oil comes out of the. >> wow you're a class act operation, and that's well done. what else are you looking at tonight, ali? >> we're looking at the good, the bad and the future of conecttivity. america is not number one.
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but where we rank in internet access and what this means to our prosperity. >> thank you. >> you can watch aljazeera 7:30 pacific here on aljazeera america. a former nfl player is found guilty of first-degree murder. aaron hernandez is convicted of shooting his one time friend, odin lloyd. and the former new england patriot is convicted on firearms and munitions charges. >> aaron hernandez may have been a well-known patriots football player, but however in the end the jury found that he was just a man who committed a brutal murder. the fact that he was a professional athlete meant nothing in the end. he was held accountable by the jury for his depraved conduct. >> the prosecutors said that hernandez shot lloyd six times in an industrial park near
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hernandez's home. for far too long the ritual known as hazing has been a partly of college sports. now, crossing the line into sexual abuse. >> they were kicking me, and i was kicking them back. they were gragging my legs and hitting me. >> reporter: the 18-year-old is describing his high school teammates. varsity soccer players that he admired and trusted. and on the day that he said they beat him and sodomized him in a high school changing room. >> i was fighting for my life. >> jesus had trained for years hoping to be a starting goalie on la puente's team. and as a freshman, he thought he heard tall tales about a twisted tradition for incoming varsity players. they called it impaolo. >> it's spanish for sticks, i
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guess, saying that they will stick the pole, or whatever they had in reach to get which would normally be like a flagpole, and put it in your butt. >> when they said that and you heard these things, were you nervous? or were you thinking it was like funny? >> i would say they're just trying to get in my head or just joking around. it was just a joke for me as a freshman coming in. but it was pretty serious. >> so serious another student subjected to the hazing ritual suffered injuries, setting off a criminal investigation in 2012. los angeles county detectives found multiple soccer players experienced abused. they reported being poked or sodomized with a sharp stick. one team captain told
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investigators that the initiation was no big deal, all in fun but a judge thought otherwise, sentencing three teens for a misdemeanor hazing charge. we wanted to know about the policy at la puente high school and if it has changed. school officials wouldn't sit down for an interview citing a pending lawsuit so we found them at a public school board meeting. >> went to know what training exists for coaches and students for the future. >> i have no comment on that. >> do you have a policy in place? that's a simple question. >> laurie james. we see the school administrator walking away from you on camera but were you able to find out if they have a hazing policy at the school? >> well, they're being sued by jesus and a bunch of other soccer players so it wasn't until i filed a freedom of information act request that they sent me a bunch of documents, and i did find that
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they have an anti-bullying policy and anti-harassment policy, and their staff on how to handle the supervision of student. but what's unclear f. they teach them any differently than a few year ago when this happened. and you have to be open and not deny it, because this can happen anywhere. >> how big of a problem is hazing of this kind? >> in doing a lot of research on this, i found it's prevalent every with where. on basketball teams and soccer teams, wrestling, high school aged kids, middle school-aged kids and the experts say 47% of kids going into college have experienced hazing already by the time they get there. but one of the big problems is that you don't hear about this until somebody gets hurt or there's a death. so tonight we're going to talk about a hazing victim who later
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killed himself. and what the family is doing to push a new law to prevent this from happening again. >> laurie, thank you. you can watch the rest of laurie's report tonight at 7:00 pacific. new allegations of wild spread mission management at the office in philadelphia. they come from a va inspector general's audit. prompted by complaints, they found $2 million in payments. and the office is accused of manipulating data, and miss handling mail, and keeping veterans waiting for an average of ten months for something that should have taken days. congress has fixed the problem with the doc fix. it changes the way that doctors who treat medicare patients are reimbursed. libby casey is in washington for us tonight. libby. >> tony, this means that doctors will not see a dramatic cut in the money they get paid
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through the government, reimbursement for treating medicare patients. congress waited until the last minute to pass this last night. and that's nothing new. over the years, they have waited until the last minute for temporary fixings and what's new this time, the effort to truly fix the problem once and for all. it was down to the wire, but the senate overwhelmingly passed the doc fix overnight. it's the biggest change in medicare in 20 years. >> it happened after the press went to bed i think but a very important thing a thing called the doc fix passed. we passed it any very bipartisan way. >> it calculates how doctors who treat medicare patients are paid. if congress didn't act the doctors would have seen a 20%
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dron if this were reimbursements from meld care. >> we have been driving them out of the profession. >> congress has come up with 17 temporary catches over the years, but this bill scraps what many view as a flawed way of reimbursing doctors and now they will be reimbursed on the paper performance model instead of fee for performance. it eliminates unnecessary procedures to pad bills. >> we all know that it's time to fix this. not just to eliminate the problem, but to student a payment system that encourages physicians to provide quality care and reduce the volume of care. >> with fixes the house leaders agreed to compromise on what both sides decided before.
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paving the way. >> the nays are 8 and the bill is passed. >> and on tuesday night in the senate, by a vote of 92-8. republicans compromised some of the bill doesn't have to be paid for right away, and it can instead add to the deficit. >> like any bill of this magnitude, there are strengths and weaknesses. >> and democrats agreed to let wealthier seniors who rely on medicare foot some of the cost. also in the bill, a two-year extension of the children's program, and $7.2 billion to county health centers. the bill's total price tag $214 billion over a decade with about a third of that offset. >> this has been a long ordeal and a lot of us worked on it for a long time. a lot of people on capitol hill. >> one battle over, but congress remains deeply divided on a slew of other issues which
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aren't seeing a bipartisan butch. >> tony, a human trafficking bill installed over details and then the bills which they are nowhere on. >> severe flooding after rains this week, and at least four people have been killed by floodwaters, including three louisiana and four in kentucky, and in south texas power lost to 7,000 homes and businesses. ketch, we have been talking about it for days now. >> five days, and it's going to be another three or four days before all of this rain starts to ease up. it has been an amazing event going on throughout. region. and just when some of this rain begins top end then we pick up moreover parts of louisiana right now. we have severe weather going on through new orleans. and actually, they had a tornado warning that went
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through the city. but i want to show you video of areas such as mississippi, that have had incredible amounts of flooding, and of course a lot of cars have been at stand still. people have been evacuated out of their karls. very dangerous situation when you get into the low water crossings. you don't want to drive when you don't know how deep the water is. and also in kentucky, a lot of people stranded at their homes and they had to take alternative routes to get out of their locations. take a look at what we can expect to see over the next couple of days. floodflash flood warnings and tornado warnings, and the next couple of days, tony, we don't expect to see much of a change in the rain. as you can see from new orleans all the way over here toward parts of destip, and pensacola and seaside, florida, we can expect to see more in the rain over there. ii want to take you to california. it's not the rain, it's the
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winds, as well as the warming temperatures. we have red flag warnings and the santa anas are kicking up. that means that we could be seeing wildfires in the region. and tomorrow, more flooding across the south. and severe storms across the central park and tony, believe it or not 2 feet of snow possible in wyoming. >> coming up, mourning the victims. families remembering the hundredses of young lives lost last year in the south korean ferry disaster.
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>> south korea is marking one year since a ferry capsized off of its southern coast. more than 300 people died, most of them high school students, and the chief engineer is now serving a three year prison sentence for homicide. we look back on the disaster. >> reporter: on april 16th last year, south korea was
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confronted with these painful images. a passenger ferry full of children sinking off of the southern coast. what emerged over the days with more. those children caught between laughter and fear, obeying instructions to stay put while the ferry overturned, trapping them under the water. she believes her daughter is still there one of nine bodies who remain missing since november. >> how can we go back to no more life? how can we know where they are? without finding our kids and husbands? >> for the last few weeks, this has been the last commute for park and her husband going to the presidential office, asking that they raise the wreck. a year after the disaster which rocked this country, many of the families find themselves still fighting on. some to recover the remains of
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their loved ones, others to find answers. there have been criminal convictions for the captain who caused outrage by being one of the first to abandon the ship. the crew members and the ferry operators. the families cougs the government of obstructing efforts to get an investigation underway, for the disaster and failures for the emergency response after it. once it went public, we reported to the public exactly what happened during the incident and after. perhaps it will be a burden for the current government. so i believe that the government has a negative view. >> cameras were recently allowed onto the twin ship, and the official government investigation found that the operator had routinely overloaded it's vessels and not tied down vehicles, which slid
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over the deck during a sharp turn causing it to capsize. the president said that she will actively consider raising it to the surface but at the same time, the government said that there should be a public consultation on a project that will cost at least $110 million. on wednesday family members were taken to the site of the sinking, marked by a yellow buoy. >> i'm so sorry for the things that i could not do for her and i'm so sorry for not loving her more as a father. >> a year after the tragedy it remains unresolved. with the family's grief and regret. and questions of how 304 of their loved ones were allowed to die. >> captain jim staples joins us now, a master mariner in the merchant marines and what exactly happened? was this a crew that panicked?
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was it badly trained? did it panic because it was badly trained? >> well, you said the key point there, in its training. it all comes down to training, and what we see here is the crew training. absolutely. the crew hadn't been trained in southeast measures on the ship and some of them hadn't trained at all. and some of it was the onus negligence in the way that he ran his vessel. the captain is to blame for the incident to taking an unworthy vessel to sea. the cargo not being latched down and the many incidents with the seawall. you can't just point to one factor that caused this incident. but training is a big part of it. >> so captain remind us again of the life raft story. very few if any were actually deployed at the time of the accident? >> yes that's true.
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we can look back and look at the pictures as we saw it at a 145-degree angle. the life rafts were still in the cradle. they hadn't been launched. and when they looked at the sister ship, some of them were froze be, and the lashing gear was inadequate and hadn't worked in years. a lot of problems. negligence, not doing the training and not doing the safety procedures onboard that vessel >> so part of your frustration you're trying to make this better, and we're seeing the same mistakes reamed on passenger ships, correct? >> well, not the exact same mistakes but we're seeing quite a few mistakes happening on passenger-type vessels. mostly on ferry vessels. we saw the same thing with the cost on concordia. again, the lack of training for the crew. in 1987, 4,000 people were lost
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onboard in the philippines so we have a lot of these ferry incidents, and we're still seeing last year, onto ferry hit a seawall. and then here in 2014, in the adriatic sea we saw the northern atlantic catch fire and burn for days while people tried to get off the vessel. >> look, i'm putting you in charge, and what regulations need to be put in place to clean this industry up? >> well, it's not so much more regulations but regulations already in place need fob abided by. the regulators who inspect the vessels for safety of violations need to be doing their jobs to make sure that it's being durn. obviously, it looks to me looking at the seawall they were not checking the same. equipment to make sure that it was properly maintained. >> captain, thank you for your time.
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captain jim staples from the merchant marines. >> lost in in the marathon bombing two years ago gathering for a moment of silence. three killed and 260 wounded in the attacks. the penal phase of dzhokhar tsarnaev's trial gets underway next week. john seigenthaler is up next. >> we'll talk about google. the european union accusing google of hurting competitors with their web search. and plus, surviving california's drought. we're going to examine the state's water allocation policies leaving some with plenty of water while others have none. march incounty's reservoir is 100% full while other counties are running dry. and tonight an unmistakable violence.
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