overseas. they want scientists to come here to experience the buzz for themselves. ed>> more on this will air thursday right here on al jazeera. you can always keep up to date with all the latest news, by logging on to our website. you can see it there, aljazeera.com. >> in the path of the storm, tornadoes cause damage in the plains as strong winded a rain head east. >> hopefully missouri will see our fear and protect us. >> a campus on edge, students worry about safety amid racial tensions at the university of missouri. >> medal of honor, he tackled a suicide bomber in afghanistan. today he receives the nation's highest award.
this is aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. this morning, as many as 30 million more americans are in the crosshairs of a dangerous storm system. high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms are moving east. as john henry smith reports, the storm caused damage in the rookies and the plains already. >> tornadoes, blizzards, even a wind swept wildfire, this fast moving storm system produced a little of everything and its impacting a lot of people. >> tornado on the ground. >> one of the twisters touched down in norwalk, iowa. >> it was time to go in the basement. >> around sue city, 40 miles an hour winds along with hail and heavy rain damage would buildings and flipped three tractor trailers. at one point, tornado watches
were posted in parts of missouri, nebraska, cans, and iowa. winds of up to 60 miles per hour swept one wildfire through parts of oklahoma, leading to evacuations and destroying homes, and in many states, travelers are struggling with traffic slowdowns and canceled flights. >> it's been rough, slow going. about 55-mile an hour from kansas city, that's about all i could get. >> heavy snow has been the problem in denver as well as utah, new mexico and wyoming with blizzard like conditions in some places. not everyone is unhappy. at copper mountain, skiers are celebrating a foot of new powder. >> it was opening day. i was working and then i was like ah, i better go ski. [ laughter ] >> don't tell my boss. [ laughter ] >> john henry smith, al jazeera. >> nicole mitchell has been tracking the storm's silver
lining, it is a pretty serious system. >> high winds especially phenomenal with a few tornado reports. the rotation closer to the great lakes, the comma symbol when these storms get wound up. as the pressure drops. it means an intensifying system, the winds tend to go up. we still have a widespread area, all these advisories are wind related, including the red flag danger, that means dry conditions if there are fires that could spread that along. if you've ever driven in that, in. some cases, you've got the pedal to the floor and you're still only going 40-50 miles an hour because of all that wind coming at you. it was a hard day yesterday. system not as likely to produce the severe weather. watch for the wind, but less in terms of that. right now, there's not any areas of snow, but into the day tomorrow as that cold air wraps back, wisconsin could see some
of that. it clears more by tomorrow night into the weekend. we could deal with significant snow in the u.p. of michigan. this could be our first big snow of the season. while this is definitely the big system out there, i want to point you to the northwest. you can see that next system starting to come in in the final frame. this one starts with the rain today. by tomorrow, heavy rain especially toward the coastline. we could see a couple day total, seeing over a foot of rain. we already have flood watches, pretty widespread in this portion of the country, something we'll need to watch closely and that rain will linger through the weekend with some river flooding possibly through sunday. >> ok, nicole mitchell, thank you. >> tenses are still high on the university of missouri campus. one student arrested for on line threats may be in court later today. authorities are looking into one other similar post on line.
al jazeera is live in missouri. students missed class yesterday due to threats. what's the situation there this morning. is class going to be open? >> chooses are getting back to norm. we had one arrest of parker hunt, ian rallah, he was charged with felony terroristic threat. he made an on line threat of kill black people. there was a threat of a young man. police are looking into another post again threatening black people. >> the school board of curators met in emergency session.
what have you heard about that meeting? >> they are looking at the hiring an interim, naming an i want rim president. they announced on friday they are going to have a big open forum for faculty members to come talk about their experiences this week. they are going to open up the campus and talk about dialogue and get away from some of this social media stuff that has people so up in arms. >> faculty have been the targets of ire on social media. another professor resigned. why did he leave and what is the university said response? >> this was kind of weird. a protestor -- i'm sorry, oh professor yesterday told his class to get to class. he said get in here, we have an exam here today. if you don't show up, the bullies win. he got a huge backlash on social media from people saying that he wasn't taking the threat of a possible shooting seriously enough. the back and forth continued.
he actually resigned yesterday. he was apparently a popular teacher. the university, we're told, and it's being reported now is refusing to accept his resignation, so the back and forth continues really on social media. the university says that it is doing its best now working overtime to try to calm things down on social media. >> andy, thank you. >> the protests at missouri sparked other demon straes on campuses nationwide. there has definitely been an upswing. it has a lot to do with the rise of the black lives matter movement, additional concern about sexual violence on campus and the vising cost of attending higher education.
>> black lives matter was one thing but that payments it with an african-american brush. are you seeing more multi-racial efforts on campus, more multi-cultural efforts? >> i think that's absolutely true. the campuses are more diverse. >> let me ask you this. this is -- i'm curious about this. have students been angry for a while and just not vocalizing anger? when we think of students nowadays, they are texting, tweeting, on social media but not talking, protesting, carrying signs. what changed? >> there's protests that any under the radar, we don't find out about. for a long time, students haven't believed that they had the power to make change. the more they see something like the university system president at missouri forced to resign as a result of student protest, the more they're actually going to feel that they have the capacity to really make change. >> was it the student protest or the fact that the football team said we're not going to play come saturday and that would have cost the university system millions of dollars?
>> i think football players are students, right, so that's a part of it. it's absolutely true that campus athletes, particularly are a sleeping giant that have not felt their power and that may be about a change. >> students of planning solidarity demonstrations including at harvard, and colombia universities. >> thursday, students staged a walk out in new york protesting the school's penalty as he stood there and watched. students there are angry over what they see as his slow response to reports of racially charged incidents at that school. >> investigators have recovered the black box from that small plane that card in ohio. new surveillance video shows the moment the plane hit into an apartment building in akron on tuesday. the building was empty, but all seven passengers and two crew members on the plane were killed. >> the video shows that the aircraft was flying at a low altitude and banking to the
left. we have also examined the accident scene. the left wing hit the ground first and left a witness mark. then the aircraft hit half of an apartment building, destroying it before running up an embankment behind the building, and coming to rest. >> investigators say the pilot did not make distress calls before the crash. all passengers onboard were workers at a florida real estate company. >> president obama called myanmar's option leader to congratulate her on a landslide victory. aung san suu kyi's party is projected to defeat the military backed government by a wide margin. the president thanked her for her hard work promotes democracy in myanmar. obama called the country's current president to congratulate him on a peaceful and transparent election. >> the battle against isil, kurdish fighters move to retake a key city in northern iraq. how u.s. airstrikes are helping. >> juveniles in jail, the
candidates called for an independent investigation into the election. >> a rocky kurdish fighters are creating suction in their operation to retake a key city in northern iraq from isil. they are backed by u.s. forces from the ground. >> isil have been expecting this attack since they took over the town in august of last year. they have embedded themselves. abandoning villages, but left behind explosive devices planted in cars and trucks. one went off and was so large that many people thought it was an air strike. this is slowing down the kurdish offense into sinjar.
that is a tactic used time and time again. once they get into the town, they use urban warfare to defeat the kurdish forces, but the kurdish forces have a large amount of troops ready to go in, seven and a half thousand. they've made successes, cut this road off and are looking to go to sinjar soon. this fight could take several days. they move in slowly because of the i.e.d.'s in towns. cutting off the town is key, and that's what they've been doing. it could take several days. that's what we're hearing from the u.s. and kurdish forces. >> former cent com commander told use it makes sense for the peshmerga to see this fight to
the finish. >> the peshmerga are the probably the most capable and more importantly most willing to actually take the fight to daish. it's an area that favors them in that they control the territory to the east and mostly so the south. it's fairly isolated. it's going to be a bit of a challenge probably because as i recall the geography up there, there's a long ridge line that sinjar and that's probably where the daish fighters are camped out, so they're going to have to take that high ground. i think it's probably important to them because it sits astride a major infiltration route from syria that enables the daish to stay capable within iraq, and i think it would also be helpful to the peshmerga, because it would open up some lines for them to be able to reconnect with peshmerga fighters that are in northeast syria and on into turkey. i think it's probably a pretty
interesting and pretty good spot to start. >> sip jar mountain is where thousands of yazidis were trapped in 2013, leading president obama to start the anti isil airstrikes continuing today. the top coalition in charge of fighting isil will step down. general allen was responsible for getting other countries to give might to the effort. >> september, 2014, isil uses violence to claim parts of iraq and syria for what it calls a caliphate. president barack obama calls in a u.s. war hero to lead the global effort to stop it. >> retired marine general allen who worked with sunnis in iraq as they fought to reclaim
communities from terrorists to help and coordinate our growing effort. >> he said daish is no typical enemy. >> i would say that in many respects, daish has become a protostate in some respects. it points to a piece of terrain that it calls a capital. it has attempted local governance through emirs that look like provincial governments. it has even attempted to have its own currency. >> he set up a multi-national coalition with goals and nations participating where they can. while the u.s. and iraq coordinate the military fight against isil, the sawed's, italians and americans tackle isil financing. the germans deal with humanitarian relieve and dutch
and turks focus on foreign fighters. there are some legal crackdowns. >> we've had 45 countries, including the united states providing interpol with 4,000 profiles on foreign fighter terrorists. >> isil still controls territory inside syria and iraq and analysts say the fight is hampered because of other crise, most notably yemen. >> the problem is that now with more and more fighters being diverted to other theaters by our allies, as well as on going discussions about what to do in syria, we're left on our own fighting isis and that's not a way to defeat the islamic state. it's a way to perhaps contain it. >> the job for new sperm envoy is making sure the military campaign against isil isn't the u.s.'s alone. what is certain, fighting isil will take years, as will the effort to keep the coalition together and effective.
al jazeera, washington. >> some disturbing new numbers about military vets on death row. the according to the death penalty information center, one in 10 people on death row are veterans, about 300 people. the report says many suffer post traumatic stress disorder, a condition that may not have been considered during trial or conditioning. the report details the case of the first inmate to be executed in 2015. he was a vietnam veteran whod had been diagnosed with severe ptsd. >> thousands of juveniles are serving time in adult prisons. some of them have life sentences. in louisiana, a group is trying to find a way to hold juveniles accountable for crimes while keeping them safe. we have a report from new other loans. >> two brothers, one 16, the other 17 stand inside a narrow cell they share at the orleans
parish prison opinion here more than a dozen juvenile inmates are in a common area. this his called the most dangerous jail in america, documenting juveniles doing time in adult prisons. in new orleans, there is a campaign to change that. >> we understand some young people who have committed serious offenses should be held accountable. they should be held accountable in age appropriate settings. >> about 30 are held on any given day. some as young as 15 have had their cases transferred to adult court. many are 17-year-olds and many are 17-year-olds and automatically tried as adults. >> josh periis with the louisiana centers for children's rights. he leads a group petitions city leaders to remove everyone under 18 from the prison. even though federal law requires juveniles to be held separately from the general adult population, perry said that doesn't always ham. >> this office works with children who have been sexually abused by adults, who have been been beaten, stabbed, brutalized
by adults in the parish prison. it's unacceptable. >> this prison is one of the worst around. for two years it is under federal orders to institute reforms to change a culture incidents that led to violence, sexual assault and death. >> this mother couldn't sleep knowing her son was locked up there. the 15-year-old was charged as an adult with armed robbery. he spent four months awaiting trial. >> after being there for maybe two or three days, he said mom, i just want to let you know i'm going to pray and i plan to be all right, however i do want you to know and be aware that i'm not afraid to die. >> her son, now 18, is serving a 10 year sentence at another facility. >> do you want a kid to be indicted, to come to adult prison before found guilty or innocent?
when you do something like that, you become the first offender. >> several cities and states go further than federal law, banning juveniles from being held in the same facilities as adults. last year, the new orleans city council passed a resolution that sent some run to the city run youth facility. >> the revelations about the facilities and treatment of youth in our facilities is something that has progressed over recent times. >> there isn't enough space in the youth center. the city is considering a plan to use federal disaster money to expand the center, adding at least 20 beds. >> it seems like we've gotten most of the people in the criminal justice system to agree that the juveniles should not be at o.p.t.
>> but construction would take at least two years, further delaying a solution to what many in new orleans have long considered a dangerous problem. jonathan martin, al jazeera, new orleans. >> up next, the highest honor, the army captain who will be recognized by president obama for his selfless act in afghanistan.
to a soldier from afghanistan. >> the president will present the military's highest medal of honor to a military member who saved lives and risked his own in afghanistan. he jumped on a suicide bomber. we have the story. >> four military members were killed in this attack. retired army captain recalls it as the worst day of his life. >> i lost four of my brothers. i mean, they didn't come home and i did. it's the worst thing to have happen to me. >> it was the captain's second tour of duty in afghanistan. he was in charge of a security detail protecting a half dozen senior american officers and afghan commander, as his soldiers escorted the officers on foot to the local governor's compound, they encountered a man wearing a suicide vest. he had seconds to do something.
>> it's instincts. you know he's a threat, so you got to get rid of the threat. when i hit him with my rifle, he had a suicide vest under, it was get him as far away as possible and quickly as possible to protect everybody else. >> he survived but spent months having his leg rebuilt. his troops say more would have died except for his quick action. he is accepting the medal of honor on behalf of the four who died. >> roberg was born in france and became a naturalized u.s. citizen in 2001, a track star at
the university of maryland, the september 11 attacks inspired him to renounce his dual citizenship so he could get a clearance to join the u.s. military as an officer upon graduation. >> i went in, and went to the french embassy in d.c. and said i'd like to renounce my french citizenship because i'm joining the army. >> he insists this army, as great as it is is not the end of his service. >> i still want to serve my country in a different manner. when this is all over, i'm going to sit down and figure my next plan. i plan on serving my country. >> al jazeera, the pentagon. >> thanks for watching. the news continues next live from doha.
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