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bill: 9:00, that is when our show starts. martha: 9:00 when the show starts. we're here like clockwork. haven't been late yet. have a great day everybody. we'll see you back here tomorrow. jenna: we begin this hour with major developments in syria as defense secretary ash carter joins his nato counterparts to deal with russia's growing military aggression. i'm jenna lee. >> i'm gregg jarrett. russia steps up airstrikes in areas held not by isis as the kremlin is claiming, but, by syrian opposition forces, some of them backed by the united states. and also this. look at that. russian warships joining the fight. launching cruise missiles from the caspian sea.
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that is nearly a thousand miles away. those missiles are actually flying over iran and iraq before then hitting targets inside of syria. all in support of moscow's allies, syrian president bashar al-assad. it is the first combined air and ground assault with government troops since russia began its campaign last week. jenna: a lot of moving parts. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot inside of nato headquarters in belgium with more. greg? >> reporter: jenna, over last couple hours inside of this building we're hearing very tough talk coming from defense secretary carter as well as nato officials about russia's aggression in syria. now nato's top official warned today, what he called troubling escalation of russian military activities including cruise missiles yesterday and widening ground operation today, including as fox news first reported, the first use of russian artillery in this battle.
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all this topping number one for discussion here, a meeting of defense ministers of the 28 nato countries, again including u.s. secretary of defense ashton carter. he continued today to take a tough line. take a listen. >> i have said repeatedly over the last week, we, the united states, believe this is a fundamental strategic mistake. and that it will inflame and prolong the syrian civil war. we have not and will not agree to cooperate with russia. >> reporter: maybe no cooperation but perhaps better coordination is needed with the military of vladmir putin. for the first time since world war ii u.s. and russian planes are in combat over the same country. there have already been some close calls. the fundamental problem though, as you guys have noted, the two sides are working at cross-purposes. while russia says it is going
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after isis, it is clearly aiming at defending syrian leader assad and u.s. wants to get rid of isis and also wants to get rid of assad. carter asks whether the u.s. was flat-footed by russia's actions in syria right now? he says the west was misled by moscow and important to see what they are doing now. they are watching. and watching. back to you. jenna: greg, just a quick follow-up question. you spent some time inside of syria. these nato officials are operating on what little we know from the ground there. what can you tell us about how good the information is from inside of syria at this point? >> reporter: well, the information that they are getting, that we are getting from our own sources inside of syria, jenna, really talks about the targeting of rebels that have been clearly backed by the united states, that have been armed by the united states. that are one of the principle,
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one of the principle enemies of bashar al-assad, being targeted by just not syrian government but russian military. that seems very clear. we erred that this morning, jenna from secretary-general stoltenberg here in nate toe. we that from secretary carter. should the united states have known a little bit before and should have acted before? well, perhaps but now they are watching, frankly and we put this to officials here today, a little bit helpless as they watch russia act and really, it is a problem. they can't, don't know what to do. they can't do anything and russia is basically undoing a lot of the work that the united states and its western allies have been trying to do inside of syria the last couple years. back to you. jenna: very interesting perspective for us, greg. sets up nicely for next segment. greg palkot, thank you very much.
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we debut a new segment, four questions for the next four years, giving you a chance to ask white house candidates about the issues you care most about. our first guest for this segment, former florida governor jeb bush who is campaigning in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of iowa. joins me in that state from des moines. governor, great to have you on the program. >> thank you, jenna. great to be with you. jenna: we picked four questions. we hope to get more. we'll ask follow-up questions as we ask questions from our viewers. we got great questions from our viewers. a lot of them about our top story today, that is syria. barbara moon is very curious about russia. you heard greg palkot say the impression from nato there is feeling of helplessness what russia is doing in syria. how would you deal specifically with russia? if you were in the oval office today, what is priority number one? >> first of all the idea america is helpless on any subject is deeply disturbing to me. we should be leading the world. in this case we pulled back an
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putin is taking full advantage of it. i think we need to be clear we want to create a no-fly zone. starting with areas where the people, the military, the troops that we're supporting exist. we ought to have a safe zone for them. we ought to be working with our partners in europe to deal with the refugee crisis there in the region. and we also ought to join forces with traditional arab countries to create a clear strategy of how we deal with assad and isis at the same time. and that requires american leadership. and right now we have none of that i think the tools that we have are pretty significant. we could work in concert with europe to impose greater sanctions. that would create, that would create a real adverse situation for russia. make them pull back from what they're doing right now. jenna: i heard that one of your priorities is the no-fly zone. one of your fellow candidates rand paul was on "special report" last night. he has an issue with the no-fly
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zone concept. i will play his response. >> what is reckless and irresponsible from some of my colleagues on presidential stage, oh, we're not going to stalk to putin. having no relations or communication with putin isactl. others have been saying we need to be prepared to use force against russia. like, my goodness, we avoided that for 70 years in the cold war. i don't think that is a good idea. others are saying we need to draw a red line. we need to have no-fly zone. that is also a recipe for disaster for either accidental or purposeful shooting down by one country or the other. jenna: what is your response to that, governor? >> well, 45 days ago i laid out a strategy as it relates to isis and syria in general. i did advocate a no-fly zone. had we imposed it earlier, russia would not be doing what they're doing. i mean we should make it clear that assad can't use barrel bombs to kill innocents. we need to be clear we need to improve our intelligence
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capabilities to take out strategic assets in isis-controlled areas. that continues to be i think the proper policy there are a lot of smart people that have been actively involved in national security issues that embrace that idea. jenna: one of our other viewers, lance, had a question about immigration. you mentioned refugee crisis is one of the issues you're really interested in. lance asks, if you agree securing border in this country is the first priority controlling immigration? what are your thoughts on that? >> absolutely. there needs to be respect for rule of law. 40% of the illegal immigrant come with legal visa and extend their stay. we have to be serious making sure coming here illegally is a lot harder to get to a point where we can reform the legal system as well. it is the first priority. and i have a plan to do just that. that focuses on border security in a way that is practical. eliminate sanctuary cities. uses technology in the proper way. deals with this real challenge
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of having people, that have legal visas just stay. other countries have biometric means by which to know where they are. and don't have the same problems we have. we have not committed to this in serious fashion under president obama. jenna: that ties something i'm seeing from the nbi director. newswire crossing right now, fbi followed dozens and dozens of people united states 24 hours, seven days a week over last year. we got a horrific report from associated press, isis perhaps getting their hands on nuclear weapons. one of our other viewers wants to know what you're going to do to profocus against terrorism? what is the top priority when you look at the terrorism issue to protect our country? >> look the first priority for a president is to keep us safe. that increasingly means we have to deal with islamic terrorism overseas as well as protecting the homeland. we need to enhance counterintelligence capabilities to keep us safe. let's be clear.
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this is not a law enforcement exercise. this is threat to our national security. if you think of it that way, you get much more aggressive. sadly under president obama twice he admitted we don't have a strategy to deal with isis of the we need one. and we can be successful. we have far more resources than i think what the obama administration pretends. we should be using them. this is the first priority for our country. jenna: what would be an example something we should be using we haven't been using? >> as it relates to dealing with isis in iraq and syria, embed with the iraqi military. to have air controllers to be able to make our sorties more effective. not to have, it is to recognize this as a war, not a law enforcement exercise so i don't have lawyers approving every strike. to improve the intelligence capabilities so we're more effective. to be engaged with our partners
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in the region so they know we're serious. this is more complicated by president obama's approval of iranian agreement emboldened them. the reason putin is in russia, soleimani went to russia and encouraged this. iranian forces are in syria as well. so we need to be engaged with our allies and we need to be serious about it so they can follow. jenna: critics say this administration say no one fierce president obama. governor huckabee was on our network on "america's newsroom," he said fear is really important to foreign policy. why do you think there would be those who would fear a jeb bush president? >> because, first of all, i would have the humility not to have grandiose talk and never follow it up. the word of the president really matters. when you have, when you talk about red lines or talk about a country being, isis being junior varsity or russia being a regional power or pivoting to asia you better back it up.
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and it is the lack of action cited a lack of fear. lack of fear creates embodiening of our adversaries. equally important, our friend no longer trust us. that is creating a up certain world. we don't have to be the world's policeman. the president pushes down anybody that suggests his policies are weak and vacillating. the simple fact if we're strong and consistent we'll keep the peace. we won't have to send men and women in harm's way. jenna: we covered a lot with foreign policy i have a few questions when it comes to domestic affairs as well. i will make sure your audio working good. you're checking ifb. >> i'm good. jenna: quick commercial break, governor bush. a couple questions from our viewers about all these issues. commercial break. we'll be back with governor bush with questions from our viewers and more "happening now."
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jo back now with florida governor jeb bush campaigning in iowa.
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good enough to join us in our first segment where we take questions for the candidates from viewers. governor bush, this question is coming from robert. we know that the theme so far, for the 2016 race has been about outsiders. we see that somewhat as well, playing itself out as well for the speakership down on capitol hill. what distinguishes you from your father and brother and from other running mates? that is what robert would like to know. >> i have my own record. in my adult life since i turned 21, i have had 32 years in the private sector. built a business up from a standing start of two people to be largest commercial real estate company in south florida. i've been involved in other business activities. i got to be governor eight years. that is my, that is my government experience. it is not an experience grounded in washington. in fact, i was disruptor. i turned the whole city and state upside down. we improved things for everybody. my belief is people are assets,
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not liabilities. if you empower them by giving them the chance to have the capacity to achieve and earn success they do. so we cut taxes. we shrunk government. we created rising income. all of that disruption i think i can bring to washington. based on practical experience, not just talking about it. that is the difference. i have done it. i just haven't talked about it. jenna: well for those say it is just another bush, another bush in the white house. what do you say? >> first of all, first thing i say my dad is greatest man alive. i love my earth bro. i have no qualms about being a bush. i'm quite happy about it. i know i will have to earn it myself. that is what i intend to do. i will prove to people that i have, i have the ability to disrupt the old order, to bring about a new environment where we can fix a few big complex things so people can rise up again. that is the focus here. how to create secure america and rising income to allow people to pursue their dreams. we're not doing this right now
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because of progressive liberal policies and lack of total gridlock in washington. i can see why people are angry. they ought to be focused who can do this, who has the practical experience. we had a president for seven years who has done nothing but, there was no indication he was leader when he ran for office. great speaker, very eloquent but nothing in his background that suggested he could make a tough decision or bring people together. jenna: you mentioned big, complex issues. that plays into the question kathy asked. of all the issues being discussed which is your one biggest concern? if you could put it on top of the list? is it economy, security, is it immigration? what is it? >> i think it is keeping us safe. i think that is many about increasingly the biggest challenge. we're gutting the military. we have a president that doesn't believe in america's leadership in the world. our enemies are taking advantage of that our friend no long every trust us. i wish it wasn't the number one issue but it is. my hope we can fix how we
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regulate and tax embrace the energy revolution to create higher income for the middle class in this country. that is where i focus most of my energies in terms of policies we're laying out. jenna: we had a ton of questions on this next topic. david lopez, steve connell, eric to name a few. there were so many, governor, i can't name them all. they really wanted to talk to you about your poll numbers. some of them felt some of your poll numbers now are too low to overcome at this point. that was a big concern to them. how would you respond to that, their concern your numbers are too low to go back up? >> well, they're not that low in places that matter like new hampshire and iowa. we're moving forward. i just saw a poll showed i was in the reuters poll, that showed me tied for second place nationally. none of that stuff really matters though. how you move the needle over the long haul. and, we're in a good position right now. look at what happened four years ago and eight years ago? john mccain was down and out eight years ago. he literally had no staff at
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this time. he was totally written off, and won the nomination. at this time four years ago herm main cain and rick perry were winning the nomination. two good people but mitt romney ended up winning the nomination. we have a long way to go. i will stick with it. show my heart. advocate ideas that i'm serious about improving their chance to be successful. i'm confident i will win the nomination in the right way. jenna: we had a lot of interesting questions. we'll keep them all. we hope to have you on to do another round. four questions. we got in a lot more than that. appreciate the time, wish you the best of luck. thank you very much. >> thank you, jenna. take care. gregg: all right. other stories in the news. the volkswagen emissions scandal, it is deepening with the auto maker's ceo expected to make very tough questions on capitol hill today. the latest on that hearing about the controversy.
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gregg: right now, new action on capitol hill in the volkswagen emissions rigging scandal. as a house panel is holding a hearing on just how the automaker duped for years regulators, with lawmakers now grilling volkswagen's top u.s. executive. doug mckelway, live in washington with more on that. hi, doug. >> reporter: hi, gregg. this is the first public appearance of vw's chief of american sales since the scandal surfaced. michael horn is telling a congressional panel he knew as long ago as spring of 2014 that vw might be breaking diesel emission testing rules but not until september 3 of this there are, vw admitted knowingly and deceitfully that in 11 million vehicles worldwide. to hide real level of night russ
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oxide emissions. 40 times higher than admitted in stationary testing of engines. excessive levels of nitrogen oxide increases asthma, acid rain, ozone depletion and other environmental problems. as one member noted the scandal involves only tiny percentage of the vehicles on the road today. >> there is some need for a sense of proportion regarding this matter. 480,000 or so vw vehicles implicated in the scandal represent only .2% of the cars and light trucks on united states highways. we have no evidence software similar to used by wv is present in any other u.s. vehicles. >> reporter: vw fired the ceo. pinpointed origin of deceit coming from a handful of engineers. but the investigation is only in the early stages right now. much remains unknown. >> vw hasn't revealed how the defeat device affects the engine, why it was installed, and how it was able to evade emissions tests.
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you haven't revealed when and how the engines equipped with this defeat device will be fixed. >> reporter: in the meantime the revelation of these defeat devices had severe economic impact for vw diesel owners and dealers. the value of the cars has plummeted with no assurance how they may be compensated. one factor surely played into the installation of these defeat devices was intense pressure to meet increasingly tough european and american pollution standards. at paris auto show in 2014 long before the scandal emerged, martin winterkorn, said if vw emission rules were tightened again, it would be quote, fatal for the car industry. gregg. gregg: this might prove fate val to one or more careers there at volkswagen. we'll wait and see. doug, thank you very much. jenna: fox news alert. senior defense official paris
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train hero, spencer stone has been stabbed. adam housley with the latest. >> reporter: statement from the air force spokesman colonel christopher carnes in part. airmen first class spencer stone has been transported to local hospital, sacramento. currently being treated for injury. the incident is currently under investigation by local law enforcement. he is currently in stable condition. the reports coming out including from the "air force times" is that early this morning around 12:45 a.m., in area of midtown sacramento on k street for those who know the area the airman was walking down the street. stabbed four times in the upper torso. early on investigators thought he would not survive his injuries. they were told beginning process after homicide investigation. but as the report comes at this hour, stone has survived the injuries and reported to be in stable condition. we believe at uc-davis medical center in sacramento. at least that is the thought at this hour.
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i do know someone spoke with his father half an hour ago. his father had not his son had been stabbed and attacked early this morning. this information still coming out. a lot of information we do not know yet. sacramento pd has not commented. they haven't even conferred it is him. the air force is confirming spencer stone, one of the heroes from the french attack has been stabbed. currently in stable condition in sacramento hospital. jenna. jenna: we wish him the best. what a story. we certainly need a lot more information, adam. back to you as we get it. thank you. gregg: crucial leadership elections are underway right now on capitol hill to replace outgoing house speaker john boehner. majority leader, kevin mccarthy, there he is, the clear favorite. this is far from a done deal. why our next guest says if republicans choose poorly, their majority in congress could be in jeopardy. plus the rise of isis, just one of the threats facing our homeland. what are the feds doing to keep
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(girls sing) safelite repair, safelite replace. jenna: still to come this hour of "happening now," the growing threat of isis and risk it poses to our homeland. we'll have that for you. danger on the field. after series of deaths an injuries linked to high school football, a cluster in one state
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and panel on safety standards in schools. in south caroline after record rains pounded state last week forcing thousands to evacuate. we have a live report ahead. gregg: just minutes ago governor jeb bush who of course is running for president joined us here on "happening now." answering a lot of viewer questions. and among them, how he plans to reverse his low poll numbers. he said, quote, none of that stuff matters. he also said this. >> we've got a long wray to go, and stick with it and show my heart, advocate ideas that give people a sense i'm serious about improving their chance to be successful and i'm confident i will win the nomination in the right way. gregg: let's bring in larry sabato, who is director of center for politics at the university of virginia. and dr. sabato, always great to talk to you. look, these poll numbers are not good for governor bush. in iowa he gone from fifth to sixth place. in new hampshire dropped from first to fourth.
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south caroline that he dropped from first to fifth. in home state of florida he is in fourth place. you know, he says look, long way to go. well, i'm not so sure about that. only 3 1/2 months till the first contest. >> you know, this is an anti-establishment year. at least that is the feeling of the republican base. of course nothing announces establishment like the bush name. i think that is the fundamental problem really he's got other than specific positions on immigration and common cause. but i will tell you where he is right. if somehow we could fast forward to february i can almost guarranty you that our jaws would collectively drop. we would be shocked at how many changes there will be in the overall balance in the actual polls that matter. in the year prior to an election, people give their preferences to pollsters in
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order to send messages. they really get serious when it comes time to cast that ballot. now, you know that is not to say the current front-runners won't win. it is simply to say people sale wait their votes -- evaluate their votes very differently when election season actually gets here. gregg: we also want to talk a little bit about your crystal ball which everybody reads. if they don't, they should. because you write on today, the focus of the house leadership elections is of course on replacing retiring speaker john boehner. we could see preliminary results around 2:00 p.m. reason time today. lawmakers have a choice of three candidates on the ballot. there are the faces. house majority leader kevin mccarthy on the left. florida congressman daniel webster in the center and jason chaffetz, chairman of the house oversight and government reform committee. you say in your column if republicans ultimately poorly in replacing this speaker, i mean
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that could lead eventually to some dire results, maybe even losing the majority in congress. talk to us about that. >> it is not so much the individual they choose. it is that the republicans have to get their act together. you know, chaos doesn't usually sell with the electorate. now it is early enough so that people will forget all about this, if it is isolated period come next november, not this november but next november. if somehow the republican caucus can't get its act together and they can't prove republicans can govern their own caucus, it will obviously hurt them in seeking re-election, at least in competitive districts. it will certainly hurt the republican presidential candidate. gregg: you make a second point as well that could contribute to a loss of the majority in congress and that is, if a lot of long-serving gop house members decide, you know what? this is, this ain't going well.
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i'm going to give up. i'm not going to run for re-election. how likely is that? >> well, i never think it is terribly likely that loads of incumbents will decide they no longer want to have all their fancy titles and staff members and junkets and all the rest. so i don't think it is likely but i could see where some senior members who are in districts that might turn competitive could say, i have had enough. if the chaos continues. now look, republicans are heavy favorites to keep the house. we always said that consistently but there is old principle of politics. when you think you can't be beaten, you're halfway to losing. so it's important that republican remember, even though they're heavy favorites, there are conditions under which they could actually throw it away, and one of them is continuing chaos on capitol hill. gregg: in fact people should check it out. you really lay it out.
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you're specific about particular seats as well. want to get to your third point. you write, if the party's presidential nominee, quote, ends up being a colossal general election dud, could also lead to losing the majority. what kind of dud did you have in mind? >> well i don't want to names. that is up to the republican base in deciding who to nominate. gregg: oh, come on. >> look at this way, everybody knows that it helps house candidates and senate candidates and governor candidates when the ticket leader, the presidential candidate, is winning big, and conversely, it hurts all of those candidates when the presidential candidate is doing poorly. so, it really matters for coattail purposes if nothing else, who the presidential nominee is. gregg: yeah. >> people at some point will think about who can win the general election. gregg: so in other words, a mainstream candidate would help
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keep the gop seats in congress? >> mainstream or out of the mainstream, whatever is selling in 2016. people need to pay attention to it because it will affect the whole ticket. more and more americans really do stick to one party. they vote for that party from the white house down to the court house. gregg: larry sabato, always great to see you. thanks very much. >> enjoyed it. thank you. jenna: one of the big issues for voters is homeland security. a hearing on the rise of isis and the other threats facing the u.s. underway on capitol hill. first time in two years, heads of nbi. gregg: national counterterrorism center and department of homeland security testify in a public session before our senate committee. chef intelligence correspondent, catherine herridge is live in washington. >> reporter: thank you, jenna. number of americans traveling to isis overseas or attempting to travel to syria, stands at 250. that is a significant jump from over a year ago when the figure
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was put conservatively about 100. this morning that the fbi testified new recruits are younger, mostly teenagers into early 20s. significantly more young women as well as girls. the main obstacle for investigators, this tactic of going dark. once isis connects with a potential recruit online, redirect them to encrypted communications leaving fbi agents effectively blind to their movements and deaf to the communications with the terror group even with help of judiciary. >> even with a court record order, the way we collect content communications in united states, we get a court order we can not what is being said between the recruiter. this is big problem. this is illustration of the problem going dark. >> reporter: the other main headline at this morning's ongoing session before the senate homeland security committee that isis remains focused on inspiring attacks
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inside the u.s. if operatives can not travel to syria and iraq and focus on law enforcement and u.s. military. this is crowdsourcing of terrorism. >> they send two messages, come to the caliphate and participate between the final battle between good and evil on god's side, and find meaning in your life. if you can't travel, kill where you are, kill anyone, especially killing people in military uniform and law enforcement uniform, that would be best of all. >> reporter: the big takeaway so far from the hearing this morning while the u.s. is attempting to block the transiting of americans to syria to join isis, what they are seeing is that the individuals who are getting through are in fact much younger than what they saw a year ago. again a lot of teenagers and specifically young women and girls in that category, jenna. jenna: that is really interesting. leads to a whole lot of series of questions about how to solve this. catherine, thank you. >> reporter: you're welcome.
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gregg: a bunch of really sad stories we've been following in the news. a series of deaths and injuries on football fields raising new concerns about the safety standards for football at high schools all over the country. our medical panel weighing in, coming up next. usaa makes me feel like i'm a car buying expert in no time at all. there was no stress. it was in and out. and it was just easy. usaa, they just really make sure that you're well taken care of. usaa car buying service. powered by truecar. save money, zero hassle.
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gregg: right now some crime stories we're following. police in oregon arresting three people for their roles in killing a 67-year-old man, two days after he was found dead with his dog on a northern california hiking trail. investigators used the gps software in the victim's car to find the trio. nanny in massachusetts charged with bank fraud for stealing $280,000 from the family that hired her. prosecutors say 30-year-old stephanie fox used her employer's checkbook to write checks to herself. used the money for vacations and luxury jewelry. police in california on the hunt for two men they say stole
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a home surveillance camera. video of the alleged burglars caught on that very same camera. jenna: doctors are in on dangers of high school football, after a series of deaths and injuries involving team players several states. involving fresh concerns about safety standards. for example, in seattle we're awaiting autopsy results on a teen that died from what is believed to be a tramatic brain injury suffered in a game last week although his cause of death is unknown which makes it more of a mister. on heels of another death after high school football player in new jersey that made national news. evan murray died from massive injuries taking a hit, the injury being his spleen. we have a pediatric and young adult sports specialist ad webster orthopedics. we have dr. randy wade, uc-davis medical center. i'm a fan of football. we'll talk about the benefits of sports as well.
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when we see these injuries together, doctor demarest, are we as parents doing enough to make sure our kids are safe? what do you think about that? what should parent do before they even start to play competitive sports like football? >> sure. kids these days are playing sports and younger and younger ages. they're strong, they're big, they're fast. i think just making sure that your kid has a good idea what the sport involves. just trying to be an aware parent. if you're on the sidelines watching a practice or at a game, your child just doesn't seem right, take that seriously. big deal if they miss a play or two, could mean difference between an injury or not an injury. jenna: you have a lot of experience in competitive sports, collegiate level as well. what are your thoughts on this. >> there are no more concussions now than there were previously but we know a lot more how to diagnose them. there is misconception from a
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lot of people you have to be knocked out to have a concussion but you really don't. any sort of headache or nausea after a blow to the head or being shaken around and could be symptoms of concussion and the kid needs to come out of play and be vail waited by a health care professional before they return. jenna: didn't seem concussion was issue, especially one of the deaths. issue of the spleen or something else being a problem for a child. would a simple blood test shown there was issue? should parents require kids get their blood work before they start competitive sports? >> you know, a plan injury is caused basically by a blow to the body. there is no blood test or any prevention thing you could do that would be able to test for that or know you're at risk. anytime you get hit to the trunk or torso you have a spleen injury. not very common in sports but unfortunate it happened to this young man. jenna: as we look at statistics seems like we had a few tragic
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injuries in a short period of time that made national news. as the doctor said, the questions of competition and gear are coming up are kids protect right way? is there a way from a medical professional to know the gear is iting if the right way and my kid is protected. >> unfortunately for concussions there is no concussion-proof helmet. no helmet that you can wear that will prevent your risk of having a concussion. when you look at high school athletes, more than a million kids playing football. the numbers have not necessarily increased in terms of catastrophic injuries. i think my biggest concern, what some people point out, at the college level, nfl level, there is a lot of money. so people do have properly-fitting equipment. equipment will only be as good as it fits you. for the third-string quarterback, do the shoulder pads fit them properly? are they getting a helmet that really is going to help protect them from whatever it can protect them from, from head and neck trauma?
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i think there is definitely research involved in trying to, we would love to have a concussion helmet that protects our kids. we're not there yet. so the things that they do wear though should fit them properly. that sometimes can be a concern because in a lot of high schools there is not a lot of money. so they're not getting new equipment every year. there is a concern regarding that. jenna: as we finish up here, high school football is one of the joyce being in high school and fans. there is benefits to playing. we don't want to forget the benefits you do get from playing competitive sports as well as risks. >> absolutely. it is not limited to football. any competitive sports you learn team work, reliance, sticking to a schedule and importance of healthy fitness activities. there are some benefits to be had. unfortunate there is some risk associated with it. overall i think benefits far outweigh the risks for most kids in most sports. jenna: we like to mitigate risks as much as possible. we appreciate a very balanced conversation about it.
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we don't want to be alarmist and prepared. protect your kids as best you can. we appreciate it. >> thanks, jenna. gregg: well the rain finally stopped falling in south carolina. the floodwaters are receding but there is more trouble ahead. we'll tell you about it.
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jenna: flooding continuing to wreak havoc on south carolina after record rains pounded state last week. thousands forced to evacuate. now returning to home to heartbreaking reality just how
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much they have lost. john tan scary in georgetown, south carolina, with the latest. jonathan? >> reporter: hi, jenna. here in georgetown the biggest factor in the flooding right now is the tides. we saw flooding downtown in the neighborhood where we are. it is pretty much dried up. when high tide comes again we expect it will come back. but the long-term concern there are four rivers that feed into this bay here. it is those floodwaters that wreak havoc on columbia and midland section of south carolina moves towards the low country the water levels will go up even higher and there could be more flooding here. another major concern is a small isolated community in the northwest corner of georgetown county. take a look at this video that we just got back. this community is essentially surrounded by water. right now georgetown first-responders are bringing food, supplies, including baby products out to the residents there. about 200, 250 people live there.
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and, because their houses are, for the most part, at relatively high elevation, but the community is surrounded by water. most of these residents have decided to stay in their homes. listen. >> everyone is calm. they're not, they know the water is rising. as you can see where our neighbors have sticked off the difficult levels, that it has increased a lot over the last three days but, still, they're just going to stay and see what's going to happen. >> local officials expect this water to rise over the coming days. they are going to keeping a close watch on this isolated community. jenna? jenna: sound like a good idea. jonathan, thank you. gregg: new next hour of "happening now," jury selection is underway in the trial of a teenager just 14 years old, accused of raping and killing his math teacher at school.
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