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weeks, sometimes months. >> what's your message then? >> we need help now. >> you're watching al jazeera america. >> good evening, i'm roxana saberi, this is al jazeera america. underdog upset a look at the victories in wisconsin that could be game changers in the race for the white house. >> you just can't sell anything in the city of flint. >> what lead contamination in flint's water supply means for home values. and the racket ea racketeering t that hundreds have joined. ♪ so i come to you. >> and finalist, managing to
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survive the digitavinyl, managi. we begin with the presidential campaign. the front runners, hillary clinton and donald trump are looking for a path forward, after losing in wisconsin. david schuster are explains. >> it is my great pleasure to introduce hillary clinton. >> reporter: in pennsylvania the democratic front runner embraced labor and tried to reset her campaign. >> when joins are strong families are strong and america is strong. >> reporter: after losing seven of the last eight democratic contests, hillary clinton's frustration he with bernis withbernie sanders.
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>> i couldn't believe when senator sarnd opposed the paris agreement, the best chance we have to reverse climate change and deal with the consequence is. >> but sanders said he opposed the agreement because the agreement was too weak. in a statement after the paris conference he wrote while this is a step forward it goes nowhere near far enough. the planet is in crisis, we need bottomed action and there doesn't provide that. but some are blasting clinton, what secretary clinton is doing is disgraceful. part of clinton's challenge on environmental issues is she has supported fracking. bernie sanders has consistently opposed it. >> no, i do not support fracking. >> polls suggest that most democrats on this are with sanders and it's a wedge issue
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that could become a big one for democratic voters in new york. the latest new york poll suggests clinton's lead has dropped to 12 point, when just last month her lead was as high as 40. in wisconsin sanders erased a double digit lead on route to his primary victory. in the republican nomination raise should provide a reset for gop front runner donald trump. but reeling from a bad loss, the trump campaign is intensifying its fire against ted cruz, ted cruz is worse than a puppet. he's a trojan horse being used by party bosses and fox news's spokes woman c katrina pearson.
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>> if neither trump or cruz become the nominee. >> reporter: he focused reporters and diners on his antiregulation policy. >> i'm very glad we're here in a small business that's providing jobs providing opportunities yet it's getting harder and hard he for small business like this. >> but immigration activists interrupted cruz. >> this is an immigrant community and you're anti-immigrant to the welcome here. >> reporter: the in your face style of new york politics may only add to the intensity of the gop race and regardless what happens in new york and beyond the odds of a contested republican convention are growing. >> god bless you! >> reporter: that would be good news for democrats except the race between clinton and sanders also remains undecided. >> we got to get the energy
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going. >> reporter: david schuster, al jazeera. >> bill schneider san al jazeera contributor and a visiting professor at ucla school of communications. bill, this is shaping up to be an intense race for both parties, why is that? >> first of all, hillary clinton, bernie sanders and donald trump have connections to new york, it is a very rough and tumble state, you have got a lot of media, a lot of tabloid media, no holds bard in new york politics. >> do you think donald trump will have an easy time? >> i don't think he'll have an easy time. he's favored to win, largely because his chief opponent is ted cruz. cruz doesn't have any roots in new york, in fact he once criticized new york values, and
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issues around 9/11, but ted cruz is not a typical new york republican. on the other hand, cruz may be surprisingly well because he is the anti-trump candidate now. and trump may not be any more popular in new york than he was in the rest of the country. >> you're talking about cruz gaining momentum after his win in wisconsin do you think that is going to help much? >> he the the anti-trump candidate, if you don't like trump, two-thirds of the delegation have been chosen so if you don't want donald trump to be the nominee, the only reasonable, rational alternative is ted cruz, and that could be a very difficult choice for many new yorkers. >> and on the democrat side, what do you think is the biggest challenge facing clinton and the biggest challenge facing
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sanders? >> oh reply gosh. sanders is way behind in delegates. superdelegates can change their minds but bernie sanders is on the road to catching up quite a bit with hillary clinton. it's going to be hard for him to get more delegate votes than she has but on the other hand if he moves ahead very fast a lot of voters, a lot of delegates will take another look at this race. hillary clinton, bernie sanders neither one are popular with the public at large. >> andrew quomo and hillary clinton have been partnering quite a bit. does that help her? >> i don't know that it will help her too much, don't know if it's going to matter to new york voters. she is the candidate of the status quo for most voters. voters who want to continue president obama's policies which
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is only about half of democratic voters, they're supporting hillary clinton. voters who want change in any direction or who are hurting economically, they're voting for bernie sanders. >> so we'll see what happens, thank you bill schneider, al jazeera contributor. >> sure. >> hundreds are accusing the state government of racketeering, in response to the city's water crisis. so far 400 have joined the class action lawsuit that names governor rick snyder. in annal intentional scheme to cut corners to solve the city's financial problems. >> it is beyond tragic. it is a catastrophe beyond i believe anyone in this room's comprehension. i'm dumb-founded, i'm numbed by the facts that i hear and what's the suffering for citizens of flint. >> the lawsuit says switching to the flint river as a water
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source was a state-created danger, one that could hurt future generations by exposing unborn children to lead. another aspect of life in flint that could be affected by the crisis, property values. al jazeera's bisi onile-ere has more on that. >> reporter: rick roener is a retired flint auto worker. he has owned his home for more than 20 years. >> how much did you pay? >> i paid just under $60,000. >> what's it worth now? >> according to taxes a little over 30. >> reporter: he fears that the city's ongoing water crisis will send his property prices sinking even further. in 2014, flint's water supply became tainted with lead. michigan governor rick snyder did not declare a state of emergency until january of this year. >> i may position to sell it.
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the problem is, no one is in a position to come and buy it. i don't know even if they're giving home loans to buy houses in flint. >> when this happened, there was a problem. the lenders were running a bit afraid. >> chris is a president of a local realtors association. he says 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 that water test. >> reporter: once a bustling auto town, now vacant homes fill landscape and the first part of the year, the average price was around $17,000. that figure i increased to aroud
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28,000. long time realtor wade, says despite the water problems the environment is improving. >> people getting the lead in the pipes, you can't equate money to that but i mean we certainly, the housing portion of it hasn't been negatively affected by it. >> reporter: but some local leaders estimate that property values could drop more than 20% this year. although there's no end in sight to the city's water crisis, roner says for now his home is worth holding onto. >> best thing i could do is be a generous soul and give it away, if i wanted to go. but right now i'm here. >> reporter: bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, flint, michigan. >> done blanken ship, of west virginia's upper big branch mine
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was find $250,000 and sentenced to go to jail for failing to follow basic safety rules. a new state-of-the-art train safety seam apparently did not work as it circulate have, failing to prevent an amtrak crash. amtrak says the positive train control system in the train was operational. but it did not alert the engineer that something was on the tracks nor did it automatically slow down the be train. defense attorneys are asking for a delay of the trial. also a promising treatment that could help opioid users beat their addiction.
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>> lawyers for a former new york police officer convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed pan are asking for a new trial. particularly one member of that jury that convicted peter liang may have lied during jury selection, leading to a biased jury. when a top prosecutor suggested
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that peter liang should not go to prison, supporters protested. >> i'm appalled, discouraged, upset. >> we have reached a verdict, guilty. >> two of the jurors, also spoke out with one unidentified 62-year-old i don't remember tellin62-year-old juror tellinge new york daily news, he shouldn't get a slap on the resist. his attorney said they didn't know that the father of that juror, michael vargas, served time in prison. they are calling for a retrial. in this court document his attorneys ask the jurors, have any of you been accused of a crime?
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i'm talking about close family or yourself. vargas responds, no no. the document goes on to say a juror who lies his way on to a jury is a stranger who snreeks into the jury room. the statement vargas made on facebook before the trial, suggests police officers get away with violence. a spokesman for brooklyn are district attorney's office, says they will respond in court. we reached out to vargas, who says he won't speak to anyone except the judge. liang faces up to 15 years in prison but the prosecutor has suggested a sentence of probation acknowledge community service and restriction of movement. treasury's plan to crack down on tax t versions
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acknowledge moving american companies overseas to avoid paying taxes, pfizer would have only had to pay 12% tax in ireland. methadone fails for 10% of chronic addicts. but researchers in vancouver say they have found a prescription drug that works. al jazeera's allen schauffler has more in seattle. >> roxana, we're talking about a study coming out of the crosstown clinic in vancouver, a place where for several years ago they had been giving severely addicted heroin users, heroin acknowledge as part of a study of harm reduction in drug treatment. what harm reduction is basically the concept is if you give users what their body's craving perhaps they won't go out and
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commit tree toot crimes, sell themselves in prostitution and buy dangerous drugs on the street. but for a six month period, a little more than a year ago, some of the people at the clinic were given thought the heroin they were expected or dilaudid now the doctors at the clink clc didn't know which of them was getting the heroin and the study found that the hydr hydromorphor dilaudid helped them with the problems associated with street drugs. but this stuff is not haven. it's already approved for use, can be prescribed for pain, in
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the proper clinical setting. it doesn't face the same regulatory restrictions that heroin does. this is one more tool in the chest for treating chronic drug users. remember a very small set of the most severely addicted this would be appropriate for. he is hoping to see that use of hydrom offeringsrphone in clinics and elsewhere around the country. whether it will be used in u.s. is hard to say. hhide rosemorphone would be a different study. heroin users, the most severely addicted can be streeted with
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something that isn't heroin. roxana. >> thank you. still ahead, the vinyl revival. and how mining is threatening the world's largest primates.
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>> we're here to fully get into the nuances of everything
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that's going on, not just in this country, but around the world. getting the news from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> ali velshi on target. >> two international agencies say the world's largest living primates should be put on the endangered list. found only in the eastern democratic republic of congo, conservationists say war is is part of the issue. plerl haggard decide on his 79tmerle haggard died on his79t.
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as paul beban reports. ♪ one true friend i thought i'd found ♪ ♪ tonight the bottle let me down ♪ >> reporter: a honky tonk classic, from a true country music legend. merle haggard was extraordinary, 38, number one hits comfortable and songs that spanned genres and generations. >> i had to have something to say. i had to have something to sing. i had to have something to identify and some way in music to tell people who were listening to me, who i was. >> reporter: haggard had much to say, especially from his years of poverty and stints in prison. he and his family lived in a box car. he left school only to find trouble with a growing rap sheet
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that landed him in san quentin. it was a concert by johnny cash that put him on the road to singing. he is known for bakersfield sound. at the height of the vietnam war haggard released this. ♪ we don't burn our draft cards down on main street ♪ ♪ we like living right and free ♪ >> oakie from muskogie was his reply. tributes, one from good friend willie nelson, he was my brother my friend i will miss him. paul beban, al jazeera.
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>> over the last few years, old fashioned records have been making a come back. new bands have added vinyl releases along with cds and downloads. now classic titles are being reissued in the format. but as ash-har quraishi reports, there are only a landful of places where labels can get records made. >> reporter: to escape drug and alcohol abuse louisiana native chad casson moved to oklahoma to get sober. >> it sounders better it's more musical it draws you in. >> reporter: it was here 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 was in to and that's what i love. and i knew vinyl would never die. >> 30 years later, he owns and
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operates one of the few vinyl producing companies in the nation, salina kansas is center of the record producing universe, according to the record producing association of america, vinyl was up 32% in 2015. for audiophiles, transferred owhat is known as a lacquer, used to capture the nickel coated plate. >> now it catches just a little bit. and at that point when you're sure it's centered we punch the hole. >> reporter: the end result is what's known as a stamper. this is essentially the negative that is used to press the vinyl
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records. it then goes into the pressroom where it can be used to make a thousand records. old school operation. the presses are obsolete, manufactured in the 1970s. heated and turned into what is called a biscuit. the vinyl biscuit is pressed into two plates, the a side and the b side, the vinyl hardens immediately and out comes a record. every 15 minutes or so the record is checked for quality control. he has released everything in jimi hendrix to nirvana and the beastie boys. >> is it a resurgence like it is? i don't know. it's not going to go anywhere. >> cassen says he believes newer
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isn't necessarily better. ash-har quraishi, al jazeera, salina kansas. >> i'm roxana saberi, ray suarez is up next for "inside story." >> the national institutes of health is an enormous organization. a medical research agency dedicated to preserving health, extending life. and given $1 billion a year doing it. the nih director is one of the pioneers sequencing the human jeno, a tireless advocate for biomedical r&d. and he's my guest. precision
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