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state? a new law in mississippi takes effect today. it could force the state's only remaining abortion clinic to close. and bankrupt. not a company, an entire city. we'll tell you where and why it happened later this hour. good morning, everyone, i'm randi kaye. it is 7:00 on the east coast. 4:00 a.m. on the west. thanks for starting your morning with us. happy sunday. we start in colorado where firefighter gained a little ground on a fast-moving wildfire near colorado springs. the waldo canyon fire is now 45% contained. that's up from 25% at this hour yesterday. still, the fire has destroyed nearly 350 homes. thousands of homes still being threatened. we'll take you there live in just a couple of minutes. now to the strong storms that knocked out power to millions.
at least 12 deaths are being blamed on the storms. those deaths caused mostly by falling trees and some power lines. athena jones is live in forecast, virginia, this morning -- in fairfax county, virginia, this morning. virginia is one of three states declaring emergency. how many people are without power there? >> reporter: good morning. well, hundreds of thousands of people are without power still in virginia. and across the d.c. heart area. we're in springfield, which is just outside of washington, d.c. if you look behind me, you see an example of why so many people still don't have power. this is a major series of lines delivering power to the homes and businesses around here. you see a large tree fell on the lines bringing many of them down. actually it killed a 27-year-old man on friday night who was in his car when the tree fell on it. you see the transformer came down when the utility pole it was on snapped into three pieces. and so this is an example of what the worker are confronting as they try to get the power back on. we've seen utility workers out
this morning at work. early this morning on the way here. across virginia, the latest numbers, 477,000 people still without power. that's way down from the million or so immediately after the storm. progress is being made. and one more number in maryland, 350,000 people are without power in the washington, d.c., and area around washington, d.c. so a lot of work still to be done. >> yeah. and certainly a lot of questions about the cleanup. how is that going? >> reporter: well, in some areas, it's happening rather quickly. in others, not so much. i mean, there there's a lot to be done, as you see behind me. yesterday in rockville, maryland, outside of washington, d.c., on the other side, this were already people out clearing some of the debris. putting trees and chopping them down and clearing the way. so it's going to depend on where you are. the real issue here for many people who are still without power is going to be the fact that we're expected to reach 100 degrees once again, not counting the heat index. so it's not too hot just yet,
but it's very early. >> atheena joan, thank you very much for the update. one of the biggest problem for the millions without power is, of course, the heat. imagine no air conditioning with temperatures hitting 100 degrees. meteorologist karen maginnis is here with an update on what we can expect. any relief? will. >> no. that's the short answer. we'll see into the next three to four days, some areas going to swing upward. look at the forecast coming up for this afternoon. minneapolis expecting about 92 degrees. new orleans, 94. take a look at atlanta, georgia. expected high temperature once again, sizzling at 104 degrees. coming up in the forecast, here's the temperature trend for atlanta. downward, 104 today. by wednesday, about 91. is that going to feel different? probably. significant significantly not so much. st. louis, triple digits down a little by wednesday. back up to 102 degrees.
louisville, kentucky, pretty much staying in the mid to upper 90s. today, 101. washington, d.c., sizzling. a lot of those people, a million without power. it is going to be insufferable. make sure you check on the elderly. also for animal, make sure you have extra water for them. someplace where they're in the shade or indoors. take a look at these temperatures we saw on saturday. record high readings from columbia, south carolina, with a sizzling hot 109 degrees. athens, georgia, yesterday was 107. the day before, 109 degrees. it was also 109 degrees in nashville, tennessee. athens, georgia, atlanta, evansville, everybody in extreme heat with indices making it feel like 115 degrees, up to 115 degrees. that's the heat and the humidity in the orange and pink shaded areas. that means the heat is on. it looks like no significant relief in the next several days.
>> that is not what we wanted to hear. karen, thank you very much, though. crews have been busy clearing crease from the famed congressional country club just outside of washington. a storm tore through the course late friday night, toppling about 40 trees. that forced organizers to delay the start of the third round of the at&t national tournament by almost six hours yesterday. fans also weren't allowed on the course because of safety concerns. the weather didn't stop tiger. tiger woods made his way up the leaderboard and is tied for second going into the final round today. and at the u.s. olympic swimming trials in nebraska, michael phelps proved once again why he is the king of the pool. the big question was if phelps could beat be his rival. he did, phelps won the 200-meter individual medley and qualified for today's final in the 100-meter butterfly. another swimmer likely has some mixed, motions morning. hours ago, endurian swimmer penny palfrey gave up her quest
to swim from cuba to the florida keys. she broke the record that she set for the longest unassisted swim. the 49-year-old grandmother swam more than 86 miles. it was just it 0 miles more to land -- 20 miles more to land. her team said she had to be pulled out because a current made it impossible to continue. victims of the colorado fires now finding ways to help their neighbors, even as they mourn the loss of their own homes.
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welcome back. let's get back to the fires in colorado. thousands of people have been forced from their homes near colorado springs. today some of them will get the chance to go back. a bus tour will actually take them through the burned out neighborhoods to see what's left of their homes. rob marciano is in colorado springs. rob, tell us a little about what those evacuated families are dealing with and going through right now. >> reporter: well, they've been dealing with waiting for one thing. they've been dealing with having to see pictures of their homes and neighborhoods and guess whether or not their homes are okay. most of them have -- don't know whether or not their homes have been destroyed. you mentioned they'll be going on bus tours later. they won't be able to get out because it's still an active fire zone. a huge church is giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stuch -- of stuff. one evacuated family volunteering here while they're staying at somebody else's house. that's kind of how the
community's coming together. this five-daytime l lapse has b winning. a mother spoke with that and what it's being like being an evacuated victim. >> saw the time lapse video last night of what's been going on since saturday. and i've been a mess because those are people's lives. and we're watching it, and so yeah, my heart goes out to them. and that night as -- from our friends' house in monument, we could see the flames on the mountain. and we really didn't know if we'd have a house the next morning or not. really whether we had a house or not, we were going to be okay. we were together, we're safe. and there's more important things than your stuff.
>> reporter: we are standing outside that church, one of many churches that will be holding special sunday services in honor of the victims and what this town is going through. 45% containment as you mentioned earlier. they've got a fairly good handle on it. still, over 10,000 people will remain evacuated until further notice because the fire is still close. >> yeah. >> to these communities. >> last hour you mentioned that people are being warned about bears. i need to know more about that. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, you know, there's all sorts of reasons why they're not letting people back. one, they're too close to the fire. one thing you don't think about are utilities. you know, water, gas leaks, electricity. that all has to be restored before kpeem if back to neighborhoods that are fine. but yeah, there's been reports of block bears invading some of the neighborhoods that are okay. obviously their habitat's been burned. their food source has burned. they're probably confused. they're filtering into communities. one more reason that people can't go back yet. they're trying to figure out how
to deal with that in a humane way. a lot of their forest is now gone. >> and have you been able to follow up on reports that some of these homes virginia had to have been evacuated were burglarized? >> reporter: yeah. there was some -- 20 or 22 reports of burglary. a couple of people have been taken into custody. i think a lot of that happened early on in the chaos. the blockades that have been put up since then have been strict. but unfortunately, that kind of happens in disasters across the country. there's always a few bad apples that take advantage. on this sunday morning, folks here certainly won't be thinking of that. they'll be thinking about the community coming together and trying to move forward now a week into the disaster. >> yeah, that's certainly good news and good news that they are making some real progress there. rob marciano, thank you very much. flat broke at city hall. >> the decisions that you're making tonight are effectively
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bankrupt, dirt poor, on the rocks. whatever you call it, stockton, california, has filed for chapter 9, making it the largest city in u.s. history to do so. the city of nearly 300,000 is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, and the mayor says that she sees no other solution to the problem. >> it's heart wrenching to think about the implications for all of you sitting in these
chambers. unfortunately, we're running out of cash. >> definitely not a good situation. clyde anderson is here with us this morning to talk about this. exactly how much money are we talking about? >> you know, different their have been different reports. we're looking at around $500 million to near the billion-dollar mark. a lot of debt. they're listing the city's assets at around $4 billion. a billion dollars in debt, assets, you're a wash. >> yeah. >> they've got a lot of contracts out there, union contracts. big pension accounts. and a lot of people with big health care plans that have retired now. so now they're looking at cutting contracts to go ahead and even out the budget. >> the retirees aren't going to get their pensions and health care benefits and all of that? >> that's what's on the table, what they're looking at. they have to cut some of the large contracts that they have to reduce the debt. >> when stockton was doing well, talk about going from boom to bust, right? they were pretty -- they were living pretty high. what exactly caused this? i mean, how did they get sneer.
>> you can look at a lot of things. one thing you can look at from the standpoint of doing things as far as investing in things that may not have had a return. thing that cost them a lot. new centers and new things and construction, building. also you had the housing boom that, you know, the crash, the recession. after the boom. so now you've got taxes that hurt a lot of people for the most part. with all the foreclosures, people aren't having property taxes. that was big hit to the budget. and then you've got large pensions and large contracts that you're paying union employees. that's hurting, as well. when you have all these things mixed with the recession and what happened, you've got a recipe for destruction at this point. >> yeah. and stockton apparently didn't put money away. they didn't have that rainy day fund for the retirees and all of these benefits. >> like a lot of other americans. >> exactly. could this happen in other cities? >> yes, it can happen. it has happened in other cities. we have villejo, california. jefferson county in alabama. that was probably the next largest that we've seen in
history. so it can happen. especially in this type of economy. so if the city hasn't prepared, haven't done due diligence and things they need like cutting, reducing spending, not necessarily investing in a stadium where it wasn't necessary or they don't have a plan to get the return, you can see it happening. now we're seeing people get the idea that we need to cut big contracts. we need to make sure that we don't have these big health care plans that -- it's going to actually be damaging to a lot of people as far as city workers. people that wanting to to see a city, you know. who want to live in the city where the police department or fire department's being cut? >> right. a big safety concern. a lot of people, no surprise, they're not happy about. this listen to what one guy told the city council. >> we have appointed you and put our faith and trust in you. you have disappointed us and let us down. the world is watching, thank god. they can see that we're victims of a society that's failing us. >> you listen to that. it's not surprising, but is
there anything that citizens can do to prepare for something like this? >> the citizens really can't do anything. you work, pay taxes, you think you're doing what you're supposed to do. from that standpoint, you as a citizen can't do anything. it's not something that the citizens did. it was how the people running the city managed the city. >> can any of the cities recover? >> yeah. there's always a recovery, abbu how long is the question. chapter 11 is a pause button. they can get out of debt that they were entitled to pay. they can push pause, creditors won't get paid. contracts can be renegotiated. they don't have to carry through. the standpoint, you look at it, it's going to be hard for recovery. who wants to move to a city with prices like this? >> right. not a lot of folks. cloudy ski clyde, nice to see you. california's not such a bad place to be today. temperatures topping out in the 70s. the rest of us are running from a heat wave. ♪
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head outside. 14 states have been issued excessive heat warning by the national weather service. triple-digit temperatures are in the forecast again after many states hit record highs yesterday. and millions of people are still without power this morning after deadly storms that killed a dozen people. hundreds of downed power lines, trees, and damaged homes have been left in the wake of this weekend's storms. threstates have declared emergencies -- virginia, west virginia, and ohio. maryland now will likely do the same. imagine no air conditioning with temperatures hitting 100 degrees. meteorologist karen maginnis is here to tell us if there's any relief in sight. >> and randi, it's misery for those folks. here it is, the beginning of july, and we're looking at triple digits. that doesn't sound contradictory. in fact, these are exceptionally hot temperatures. we've shown you this graphic the last couple of days. the high temperature are in the mid to upper 90s to the low
100s. we were looking at similar temperature in atlanta as we were look -- temperatures in atlanta as we were looking in the desert southwest. about 105 degrees for atlanta. we'll take a look all the way from st. louis through nashville, memphis, extending toward birmingham, as far as charleston, south carolina, and charlotte, north carolina. the sizzling hot temperatures will continue here. there will be records coming up for the day. but then we think the temperatures are going to be knocked down a few degrees. but look all the way at minneapolis. 92 degrees in store for them. 99 in kansas city. and along a frontal boundary through the ohio river valley, we might expect a couple of storm to pop up along that boundary. it's moving to the north and to the south just a little bit. well, for atlanta, triple digits. and we'll make it down midweek to the low 90s. a little bit of relief, but that was a widespread area impacted by the huge storm. we're keeping temperatures hot and n raleigh, louisville,
washington, d.c., memphis, st. louis, chicago. i think your temperatures may actually get bumped up a bit. how about columbia, south carolina. yesterday, record high 109 degrees. comparable to phoenix, arizona. atlanta, 106. evansville, indiana, 106 degrees. for tomorrow, 94 expected in chicago. denver, 99. we have red flag warning for the critical area, the waldo fire in colorado springs. could see gusty winds expected there for the rest of the day. >> all right. thank you for the update. mississippi as we've been telling you this morning could soon be without any abortion clinics at all. a new law that takes effect today may force the state's only abortion clinic to close its doors. earlier this morning i asked for your thoughts on a law which would among other things require doctors at clinics to also have privileges at hospitals. so what do you think? is it too harsh, or is it more about politics than women's
health? joseph hale tweeted, "i feel the new abortion law is all about politics. strange how this happens just after obamacare is passed." and this tweet, "as a lifetime resident, it is clear the ideologies of ancient times exist in the culture and politics of mississippi." robert barrett says, "it's about stopping killing babies with heartbeats. living human beings." certainly keep the tweets coming. there were a lot of strong opinions on this issue. we'll speak to an abortion doctor coming up in our 8:00 hour and get his thoughts on this story. you can find me on twitter, weigh in, i'd love to read some comments. you can find me there, @randikayecnn. i'll be back at the top of the hour. "sanjay gupta m.d." starts right now.