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>> this is aljazeera america, live from new york, i'm erica pitzi. tony harris has the night off. convention, ted cruz's victory in wisconsin, and the possibility more likely. and amulet'sy million dollars merger terminated. helping people with heroin addictions, there could being be a new treatment option. and the rebirth of vinyl.
>> we begin with the state of the presidential campaign in the wake of the wisconsin primary. democrat, bernie sanders and democrat, ted cruz, both scored huge victories last night. and this means that frontrunners, hillary clinton and donald trump face a supply less sure path to their nomination. >> reporter: it is my great pleasure to introduce hillary clinton. [ cheers ] >> in pennsylvania wednesday, the democratic frontrunner embraced organized labor, and tried if her speech to reset her campaign. >> when unions are strong, families are strong and americans are strong. >> but after losing seaso sevenf the eight contests, her
frustration with bernie sanders is boiling over. in an interview, she attacked him over climate change. >> i couldn't believe that senator sanders opposed the paris agreement, the best chance that we have to reverse the consequences. >> but sanders said that he opposes the paris agreement not because he is opposed to taking action, but because it was too week. he said it goes no where near far enough. the action in the very near future, this does not provide that. some environmental activists are now blasting clinton. saying "what clinton is doing is disgraceful. talking about entering the twilight zone. part of clinton's challenge with progressives is spence supported fracking. bernie sanders has consistently opposed it. >> i do not like fracking.
>> most democrats with this are on sanders, and it's a wedge issue that could be a big one for democratic voters in new york. the latest polls suggest that clint on's overall lead in her home state has dropped 12 points, when last month, her lead in other polls was as high as 40. in wisconsin, sanders erased a double-digit deficit the final two weeks in route to his landslide victory. >> you're going to be proud of your country again, okay? >> in the republican race, the primary in a couple of weeks should provide a reset for gop frontrunner, donald trump. but reeling from a bad loss tuesday night in wisconsin, the trump campaign is intensifying. saying that ted cruz is a trojan horse being used by party bosses. >> the people running senator
cruz's campaign, and this is going to be a serious problem if senator cruz continues to go down this path, and neither trump nor cruz is the nominee. >> dismissed the latest accusation, and instead, he focused on his anti-regulation policies. >> i'm glad we're here in a small business that's providing jobs and opportunities, and its getting harder and harder for small business like this to survive. >> immigration advocates interrupted cruz. >> if you are anti-immigrant, you're not welcome here. >> the in-your face style of new york politics may only add to the intensity of the gop race. what happens in new york and beyond the contested convention are growing. that would be good news for the democrats, the race between clinton and not sanders
also remains undecided. >> we have to get the energy going. >> david schuster, aljazeera. >> now hillary clinton now faces the challenges of regrouping after their loonses in wisconsin. what's next for the frontrunners. >> reporter: thifrontrunners. not supposed to happen. the most unlikely candidate, donald trump, far and away leading in the race for the republican nomination. >> are we babies? hello, over there. >> reporter: his style, rambling, often offensive as attack ads rise. and provocative to say the least. >> i will build a great wall. >> every time he offends a person or group, it seemed to help him. but that may not be the case as trump lost badly to ted cruz in wisconsin. >> what we saw, we saw
republicans come together and unite. >> reporter: despite the law, trump could win the no more nation, but he has to win big in the next contest, his home state, new york. as for the democrats. >> those come from behind victories. >> reporter: hillary clinton was talking about a basketball fame. and she wouldn't celebrate that in her race for the democratic nomination. >> it has been a wild election year, and we're looking forward to an exciting primary here. >> reporter: her opponent, bernie sanders, has beaten her in seven of the last eight contests. >> oh, my gosh, it's so great to be in new york. >> reporter: next up, new york. that will be a pivotal moment. both candidates have a connection to the state. clinton is a senator, but sanders was born and raised there. >> certainly if sanders was to win new york by 15 points,
there's not a lot of indication that sanders is going to be able to win like that the way he won wisconsin >> reporter: most political analysts believe that clinton will eventually be the democratic nominee, and they're split on whether trump will get the nomination. >> i think that the chance of trump becoming president are higher than zero, but not that much higher than zero. >> reporter: that's why the republican establishment is trying to determine if it can. aljazeera, washington. >> looking at the important role that the u.s. virgin islands could have in the nominating process, coming up at 7:30 eastern. scrapped plans for a multibillion-dollar merger with aler jen. the u.s. treasure plans to crack down on the so-called tax inversions, moving u.s. companies overseas on paper in order to pay lower taxes.
>> the collapse of two corporations. pfizer, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, and maker of such well-known drugs as xanax and viagra, announced a $150 billion merger with allergen, who makes bo botox. fies senior based in new york, and aler began is based in ireland. the merger to ireland, the tax rate would be stimed at 12%. that would have meant that pfizer avoided paying billions of dollars in corporate taxes, and now with the u.s. treasury
department rules, pfizer will be staying here in new york, and that's a victory for those who are fighting against corporate tax loopholes. on monday, barack obama called out corporations on their sometimes murky maneuvers. >> i'm very pleased that the treasury department has taken new action to prevent more corporations of taking advantage of one of the most insidious tax loopholes out there and inflaming the country just to avoid paying their be taxes. >> it was an old trick. >> u.s. companies stash about $2 trillion in profits abroad to get out from under it, and the other issues, we want to make it easier to avoid tax, and so they figure they could have more fun and success in lowering the u.s. tax bills, even what they do in this
country if they can avoid t. >> they said that it would have been perfectly legal. and now they're being unfairly targeted. >> for the rules to change after the game is played is a bit un-american. >> reporter: as i situation now where the richest corporations in america will have one less avenue to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. >> six years after safety of violations led to hay blast in a mine in upper west virginia, going to prison. don blankenship was find $250,000 for conspiracy to violent safety standards. 29 miners were killed on april 5th, 2010, during a coal dust explosion. the federal investigators say that if basic safety rules had been followed, no one would have died. in court in flint,
michigan, alleging rocket tiering in the water crisis. so far it names governor rick snyder and the members of his administration. they said that the water crisis was an intentional scheme. >> it's beyond catastrophe, and it's beyond anybody in this room's comprehension. i'm dumbfounded and numb by the facts that i hear and the suffering for the citizens of flint. >> reporter: now, the lawsuit said switching to the flint river as a water source was a state created danger. one that could hurt future generations by exposing unborn children to lead. and the other crisis, falling property values, bisi onile-ere has more on that. >> reporter: rick is a retired flint auto worker.
he has owned his home for more than 20 years. >> how much did you pay when you bought the house. >> i paid just under 60 brands when i bought the house. >> what's it worth now? >> according to the taxes, about 30, a little over 30. >> reporter: and he fears that the city's ongoing water crisis will send his property values sinking even further. >> the water itself. >> reporter: in 2015, flint's water supply became tainted with lead. michigan governor, mick snyder, didn't declare a state of emergency until january of this year. >> i'm not in a position where i can sell it, and the problem is, no one is in the position to come buy it. i don't even know if they're giving home loans to buy houses in flint. >> when this initially happened, it was a problem, because the lenders were running a little bit afraid. >> reporter: chris is a real estate agent, president of the local realtor's association, he says that loans are available,
but they don't come easily. >> that is what scares us the most. but we have found that the lenders are working with us. you just can't sell anything in the city of flint without -- without- >> reporter: in some neighborhoods, vacant houses fill the layup. according to the east association of realtors, and in the three months of 2015, the average price for a home inch flint was more than $17,000. the figure increased during the same three months this year, to more than $278,000. long time realtor, wait, says that despite the water problems, the housing market is improving. >> you look at it, and it has worked out to our advantage, other than the people getting the lead and things like that. >> you can't equate money to that, but i mean, we certainly -- the housing portion of it hasn't been
negatively affected by it. >> but some local leaders estimate that property dropped more than 20% this year. although there's no end in sight to the city's water crisis, roaner says for now, his home is worth holding on to. >> the best thing i could do is be a generous soul and give it away, but right now, i'm here. >> reporter: bisi onile-ere, aljazeera, flint, michigan. >> a former new york police officer, convicted of shooting an unarmed to death, asking for a new trial. they claim that one member of the jury might have lied during the jury selection and made a biased jury. that's a big deal. >> reporter: the attorneys said that it was not long after his conviction in february that they learned that wasn't jurors had been convicted of manslaughter.
the jury robbed him of a fair trial and he is demanding a retrial. >> reporter: when a top prosecutor suggested last month that liang should not go to prison. >> i am appalled, i am discouraged, i am upset. >> we have reached a verdict. >> guilty. >> two of the jurors who found the former police officer guilty of killing akai gurley spoke out. telling the news, he doesn't deserve tremendous time, but if something is wrong, you shouldn't get a slap on the wrist. they didn't know until they read the article that the father of that juror, michael vargas, served time in prison for shooting a friend z. this may have made him biased toward liang, and they're calling for a retrial, in the jury
selection, asking vargas, have you or anyone close to you been accused of a crime? and he said, i'm talking about clops family or yourself, vargas responds, no, no. the document went on to say that a juror who lies his way onto the jury, is he suggested that the police officers get away with violence. the brooklyn district attorney's office said: we reached out and varg agency said that he spoke to anyone but the judge. he faces up to 15 years in prison, and the prosecutor has requested a sentence of house arrest, community service and probation. >> all right, thank you so much. still ahead, turned away. refugees being deported from greece are being sent back to
>> the eu i, the flow of migrants has not stopped. >> you hear it before you see it. anxiety, exhaustion, desperation. so many children have drown making this journey, yet more still come. even if this is one of the rare life jackets that actually floats, it's of no use. others make do with rubber tubes. even then, not everybody is
wearing them. these are iraqi families who probably paid hundreds of dollars for passage to the greek islands. but the boat is too small, even for the 40 or so packed into it. this is how families are separated in a moment. he can only call out, look after the woman. on the west coast of turkey, the message from the eu to greece, these kinds of voyages are futile, they will be sent back, and still they're desperate to go. >> a handful left on the shore, we ask why they're not risking this? they have little chance of getting past the greek holding center before being sent back. >> pressure, living with bombs and kidnapping. greece doesn't want us, turkey doesn't want us to say, where else will we go?
do we just sink into the water? kill our children? >> this time, there was no sinking, no death, but no safe passage either. picked up by a patrol. fill stated by men like abu jafar, a former member of the syrian army, he has been smuggling people for a year. with business down since the eu-turkey deal, he said i try to convince reluctant customers that they still have a chance of making it to europe. >> i still send them because thethey have a choice of eight countries, and they can be taken there. and otherwise, they will be sent to a country chosen for them. >> but such chances are slim. europe is trying to close the door. wednesday, we were supposed to see the first syrians sent back.
turkish camps set to europe. instead, the only arrivals, those on the water for a matter of hours. we were going to greece to escape the war. everyone treat us badly. they exploit us. >> what happens to them now is far from clear. still in the same country as those they left behind on the shore, but separated from them. the children play a warped version of a morning on the beach. a life jacket whistle becomes a toy instead of a call for help. aljazeera, turkey. >> in greece, anger is growing among the refugees who fear that they will be deported. reporting from the isle of lesbos. >> locked up in detention, asking not to be deported back to turkey, chanting freedom,
chanting we're not illegal. and they are consistently worried that they will be sent back. that's what happens when they are applying for asylum. if they are rejected, they will be sent back. this is a huge operational effort, and greece requires assistance. the eu has sent more on greece's islands to try to speed up the asylum process. >> many here have expressed their willingness to apply for asylum, and i need to emphasize here that this is not an automatic return system. so this last name be automatically sent to turkey. doesn't work like that. >> every case will be treated on its own merits. permits, that's under the conditions in particular. where real to the countries, and there's another article
related to the first country. this person has already been given protection, and it becomes this person can be safe and protected in another place. >> reporter: the eu/turkey deal came into practice on monday with the first deportations but there hadn't been deportations since, there's another reason, the eu now needs to asylum requests, and what we also understand, is that the eu is waiting for reassurances from turkey that the political commitment that they made are now being enforced. >> reporting from greece for us, and up next, in the race for the white house, how a tiny u.s. territory with just a handful of delegates could determine the republican nominee. and want new way to fight heroin addiction.
sanders both walked away with wins in wisconsin last night. aljazeera's kimberly reports. >> reporter: it was a decisive victory for ted cruz in wisconsin. defeating frontrunner, donald trump, in the state's primary. it was a win that cruz felt would change the course of the republican race for the white house. >> tonight was a bad night for hillary clinton. it was a bad night in the democratic primary, and it was an even worse night for her in the republican primary. [ cheers ] we're winning because we're uniting the republican party. >> the cruz campaign claims that the latest win will propel him to win contests, and cause trump to fall short of the
delegates needed to win the republican party. the convention where he needs to take on hillary clinton. but the path to the nomination is also more complicated for clinton. bernie sanders was winner of the democratic contest in the midwestern states. >> with our victory tonight in wisconsin, we have now won seven out of eight of the last caucuses. [ cheers ] and we have won almost all of them with overwhelming landslide numbers. [ cheers ] >> sanders says his grassroot support will propel him top win bigger, and allow him to increase his delegate count, but the math favors clinton.
she'll have the lead in delegate support. and in the next contests, in pennsylvania and new york, they will be for sanders, clinton, once representative of the state as a senator in the u.s. congress. >> what's next for the wisconsin primary, both cruz and bernie sanders saying that the course of the campaign has been changed. and while it could be a very messy path, now it's expected that the nominating contests will go right to the july convention. aljazeera, milwaukee, wisconsin. >> so when you think about states key to a presidential victory, you think of florida, ohio, and you might likely not think of the u.s. virgin islands, but this year, the territory could play a major role in who eventually wins the white house. >> reporter: just a little more than 100,000 americans
live here in the u.s. virgin islands. though they're citizens, they don't have the right to vote for president in the general election. however, many here are active in party politics. this year, it could be more important than ever. paradise and politics are surfing toward a collision in the u.s. virgin islands. the territory will send nine delegates to the gop convention. >> i'm the hottest date in town, all of us who are committed and let's put it this way. they realize it, and if they don't, the ground game is critical now. >> reporter: holland red field is a former six-term senator of the virgin islands, and now a super delegate. he says presidential candidates are wooing him and the other delegates, even calling it into a radio program. >> they want a marriage, you know, i want more than --
>> have you made a decision on who you're going to support? >> i'm leaning toward john kasich, i think he's the only adult in the room. the only one that i have said that i have real difficulty with is donald trump. >> the virgin islands, and guam and perfect are not holding be presidential votes. the states of wyoming and colorado, that's 121 delegates. [ audio difficulties ] >> i think that right now, donald trump is looking for that, the votes, nine in the virgin islands become very important. >> the owner of a gun shop, a u.s. military veteran and a fifth generation virgin
islander, he leans more conservative. as chair, he's embroiled in a controversy on who want virgin islands will send as delegates. he's sticking to his guns of being open-minded. >> i'm staying neutral with the whole process. i think that we had a great group of candidates. >> beyond pressure from the candidates on these unbound delegates. in the political campaigns, saiad owns a furniture store in san croy. >> this is a lot of business owners. this is owned by an arab person. it's like 100% people,
including all of the tenants, the full market share in st. tomas are owned by arab muslims. >> some politicians refer to him as the king baker, and he's not happy about the anti-muslim run in the campaign. >> the suspicion in the republican party is very disappointing to me. they don't represent the good old party that i'm proud to be part. the lack of respect for each other. >> given the fact that saint croy has a large muslim community, and many business owners, you must have the ear of many of the delegates going to the convention, and what are you telling them? >> i don't think that they are
going to vote either, because these two people are outrageously far right. we need somebody moderate to be the representative of the republican party in this race. john kasich, i wish him good luck. >> reporter: while who the unbound delegates say is up in the air, all on the island say that they need more from washington to deal with the struggling economy, and high unemployment and lack of services. >> what do you think that the virgin islands might get from this? >> time, some of the issues that we have been screaming and hollering about, we will be heard, and that we are in a position of strength, not weakness. >> do people here feel cheated by washington if they don't get to vote in the general elections? >> i absolutely think that virgin islands should vote for
president. my father served in the korean army, i served in desert storm, my brother was killed in iraq, and we should vote for president. >> an island, mostly known for its beauty, hoping to add power to its reputation. the unbound delegates have made a big impact. in 1976, there was no clear winner heading into the gop convention, and gerald ford ended up beating out ronald reagan, thanks to support for unbound delegates in places like the virgin islands. adam may, aljazeera. >> what an amazing assignment and an interesting story. well, the netherlands held a referendum today on the european union's association with ukraine. some say that the dutch people should have a voice on policy in expansion and aid packages.
>> this matters, do dutch voters want the association agreement with ukraine? every other eu country has done so. with asset from the netherlands, the government cannot benefit fully with the eu. they have led the government's yes campaign. he told me why a yes rote is so important. >> we have the support of the ukraine, the ukraine an people, fighting for liberty, with economic prosperity. and it's in the interest of the citizens. >> we need stability, we are a trade nation, and it's very good for an up cupping market there. >> this referendum is happening because of a petition by 4,000 people. it's supported by prominent politicians, such as the far
right. he opposes the ukraine treaty on sceptic grounds, but this man, jan, he and his group succeeded in getting the referendum called. he said it's a democratic deficit. >> you have to listen to your open people. we can talk about a democracy in ukraine, but in this country, it's not that good at all. >> any help in kiev hope that the ratification process is not derailed. the demands were for european immigration, this treaty would provide some of that, but full immigration is still daint. how the dutch vote is being watched across europe. in just over two months, the british face a more momentous decision, whether to leave the
eu all together. they're neck-and-neck, and the dutch may have itch cases for that. >> but if it the turnout is less than 30%, the referendum will be void. but that doesn't mean that what happens here matters. they could plow ahead with the ratification of it. and the result is negative, but whether the parliament would choose to defy the vote of the people is another question. dominic cane, aljazeera, at the dutch parliament. >> america's growing heroin epidemic, the researchers in vancouver have found something that appears to help chronic addicts. a powerful pain killer. let's bring in allen schauffler in seattle. and good evening, and how promising is this? >> well, a very interesting study in healthcare and a
cross-town clinic in vancouver, bc, and it's coming out of a clinic where for the last two years, they have been giving severely addicted heroin users heroin as part of their treatment, it's called harm reduction. if you give addicts what they want, maybe they won't go out on the street and sell themselves in prostitution to get money to buy street drugs. they have been successful with it, but in the study, for a six-month period, some of the patients were given not heroin, but hydro more phone, it's legal to prescribe for pain. and in the study, the doctors didn't know who was getting it, the patients didn't know who was getting it. and the study found that it worked as well as pure heroin was in terms of keeping the most severely addicted people
away from street crime. but the key difference is not heroin. something that can be prescribed for pain and used in the proper clinical setting and it's not heroin, it doesn't have the same package, the political issues and the moral issues like a drug has in this country and in canada. >> so will we see this drug, hydro more phone, being described in the u.s.? >> this is a drug, that will have to be used in a very clean
setting, and that would take change. the doctor is hoping to see it used in more settings around canada and at least the conversation will continue about harm reduction in drug treatments, and maybe hydromorphone can be used in treatments. >> seating wants to be the first city to -- shooting galleries. >> that has been talked about a lot, not only in seattle, but in new york. and it's different than the study. we're talking about safe injection sites, where people can bring in street drugs that they purchased and inject them in a medical setting. it's not quite the same as we have been talking about. but there's a concerted movement to do that in seattle and the mayor of ithaca, new york, pushing for that as
well. nothing concrete in the city, but we'll see in months and maybe years to come. >> all right, allen schauffler in seattle, thank you so much. the national institutes for health is the largest bio medical institution in the world with a $30 billion budget. it's director, dr. francis collins, sat down with ray suarez to discuss precision initiatives. it's meant to collect data to help the nih do a better job on disease prevention and management. all of this, when you go to the doctor with ailments, what they prescribed is based on the average response of the average person. response of the average person, and most of us are not all that
average, and we're better at determining what those are, and how that will improve outcomes. so it's partly about your inheritance, and your geno, and that's something that we're able to measure, but it's about your environmental exposures, and about your lifestyle. it's about what's happening in your life at that point, as far as social determinants of health. putting all of those things together, we, with a very large number of individuals, when we measure those things, ought to be able to figure out what's the way for not just the average person, but for each of us to maintain health? >> nearly 1 million americans are being asked to participate in the initiative. up next, crackdown on counter if i want goods. what authorities in los angeles are being used to stop a multi-billion dollars drag on the economy. and we'll take to you the center of the universe, where the future is surprisingly bright.
>> here in the northeast, it has been a whole nother day in the spring to get us started, and apparently this winterly weather pattern is continuing. >> nobody wants to hear this, and unfortunately, i'm bearer of bad news, but the particular pattern is expected to say in place for probably the next week to week and a half. >> i don't like t. >> here's what's going on,
look at the satellite. and a lot of the snow up to the north, we have afrontal boundary pushing through, but the snow, this is the third round of snow pushing through the great lakes and the northeast in the last five to six days, and i want to show you what wisconsin looked like today as the snow came down, basically, it looks like a january day there. this caused slippery roads, as well as problems with commuters there. and the snow for them will be ending, but in terms of -- you're going to see, it's going to be colder air in place. for the rest of new england, we're seeing the snow push being across mostly northern new england, not like down to the south, the snow that we saw just a few days ago. this is the problem. we have a weather pattern that's basically stuck in place. and there's a trough in the east, high ridge toward the west. and let's put this into motion, thursday, friday and into saturday. you'll notice that the pattern doesn't change too much, and
that's really what's going to be caught, cause the northeast and the lower planes to stay below average for the next few days. wet snow to the east and the united states, and really not much of a change, but if you want to go someplace to get away for this weekend, look agent our saturday forecast. miami, 81, billings, montana, 79°, so those are your two chases for a weekend get away, miami or billings. >> thank you, kevin. well, the underground economy good and growing ex potentially. it's close to a trillion dollars business worldwide. now on the illegal trade, we went along on a bust. >> reporter: come out with your hands up. >> reporter: a midday raid in down los angeles with sheriffs
deputies, not for illegal drugs or guns, but fake designer be labels. >> we're going to have a group come in from abercrombie and finch, and we're going to be seizing it, taking it all. >> 10% of all manufactured products are counterfeit. and while buying knock off and designer labels may be harmless enough, it is frightening with counter fits. like this child's helmet, seemingly authorized by the monster dream company. >> we took these and tested them and it failed two of the three tests, one for crash respectance and the other for impact resistans. >> these boxes are filled with hundreds of thousands of items, knock offs of gucci, viewy vat on, rolex, and airbags. they head for the county
incinerator. crackdowns are on the rise in southern california. more than 80% of counter fits come from china and hong kong, making the important of los angeles a major gateway for smuggled goods, it's approaching $2 trillion worldwide. >> if you look another the drug trade, tripping it. >> chris owns a private investigation firm, tracked to crack down on knock-offs. and he works with the law enforcement agencies. >> the amount of goods, and platforms for being sold, brick and mortar stores, it's overwhelming. the problem is that the counterfeiters make so much doing, and it's worth doing. >> i was only 17, when i was 21 years old, i already crossed $1 million. >> reporter: for 16 years, he made millions, he smuggled fake luxury goods from china and sold them to clients, and even
making calls to celebrities. >> i have doctors, engineers, movie stars, and you name the profession, i have people buying watches from me, and people buy all kinds of stuff. they know what they're buying. >> reporter: this underground economy runs so deep, law enforcement is always playing catch-up many. >> it's a cat and mouse game, every day they're thinking of ways to be smarter than we are, to avoid detention. we have had them go and pull criminal court case records to get information opt cabses and how they were built. >> a lot of people are sending money back home and to buy properties. >> when you say back home, what do you mean? >> india, pakistan, africa, all kinds of places >> reporter: investigators say money from counter fit products poses a major threat of funding terrorism.
>> it's a major player in the counter if i want goods and scenes. they will sell the counter if i want goods in los angeles, and smuggle the money back to lebanon >> reporter: back in l.a. w. out much pressure, the owner gives the deputies the names of his counterfeit supplyish, and the investigation will continue. >> how often are you able to prosecute those? >> for our case, 80% are prosecuted. >> i don't think that we're losing the fight, or winning it either. but it's going to take the consumer being educated and making the right choice. >> over the last few years, music on vinyl has been making a comeback. releases, and the titles are being issued in that format. but it's difficult for record companies to find places that are still pressing vinyl.
>> reporter: to escape drug and alcohol abuse, the louisiana native went to kansas to get sober. >> there's a lot of emotion there, you feel it, it sounds better, it's more musical, it draws you in. >> reporter: it was here that he found music. ♪ >> at a time in the early 1980s when the compact disk began eclipsing lps, he began collecting records. >> i just trusted my ear, and that's what i loved. and i knew vinyl would never die. >> reporter: 30 years later, he owns and operates one of the few vi vinyl companies in the nation, it's at a time when vinyl is making a comeback, according to the association of america, the vinyl lps were
up 36% in 2015, and they have reached their highest levels of since 1938. >> this one is beastie boys. >> it's an uncomprseith a lackes used to create the edge, milk coated. >> it's very important to have it lined up. and at that point, when you know it's centered, we punch the hole. >> the end result is a stamper, this is essentially the merrick garland that's used to press the vinyl record. and then it goes to the press room over here, where it can be used to make up to 1,000 records each. it's old school production. the operations were obs sleet, manufactured in the 1970s. vinyl, which starts out as pellets, is heated and turn food what's called a biscuit.
its pressed between two plates, the a side and the b side. out comes a record. every 15 minutes or so, a record is checked for quality control. the company has reissued major lps, from the doors, to nirvana, to the beastie boys. will it continue? >> is it going to be like it is? i don't know, it's not going to go anywhere, it's still going to be there. >> reporter: but with constantly evolving sound technology, he believes that newer is always better. ♪ aljazeera, salina, kansas. >> well, fans are mourning the death of country music legend, merle haggard. ♪ come on, everyone knows that one. haggard died today in his home in northern california from
complications from pneumonia on his 79th birthday. he left behind the life of petty crime and became a founding father of the country movement 138 country songs. thank you for watching and john seigenthaler is next. argument. >> people out here are struggling and just trying to get by with whatever they can. >> new york city has a higher level of inequality of wealth than honduras and india. >> people need to demand reform. >> it's coming together little by little. >> we're making it the best that we can. >> we're not deterred. we're building a historic project here. >> how big do you see this getting? >> we're trying to get a feel for what the people of iran are thinking right now. >> the galleries and the art and the parties, everything. it's getting better. >> greece is this close to running out of cash. i went there to show you first-hand. >> if you paid taxes, you expect to having something back. >> the city is a powder keg at the moment. >> we're back square minus one.
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