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show show. join us for that and tomorrow we have john walsh, host of "america's most wanted" and christian slater. >> brian: ben is happy. >> i'm extremely happy. >> brian: i could tell. >> steve: can you say hemmer. >> hemmer, hemmer. hemmer. i'm happy. bill: a powerful new round of storms on the move across a big section of the united states and we're getting our very business look at a tornado hitting the ground in illinois. that is on monster twister, look at that. strong winds, heavy rain and hail the size of softballs, also smacking around the midwest right now, and we're getting brand new word of severe storm watches in at least six states. good morning, everyone! i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer, on assignment today.
alisyn: great to be with you gregg. i'm alisyn camerota. this later system is setting off a new round of bad weather. gregg: so far, no reports of injuries. that's the really good news, but a whole lot of cleanup out there and close to 50,000 people, still without any power in the state of illinois. meteorologist maria molina is following all of it in the fox extreme weather center. hi maria. >> reporter: good morning, guys, this storm system -- storm system is backing a punch and quite a bit of snow across the midwest, record snow in greenway bay, wisconsin, almost 10 inches yesterday, and these are the tornado reports. we have some tornadoes reported, about 32 of them, the big concern yesterday was wind damage. we had up to seven -- 700 reports of severe weather, reported across parts of the midwest, into the plains states and you can see out of indiana, one of our
tornadoes that was reported in the area, touching down out there. this is a massive storm system, very dangerous, as well, and also reports of hail. otherwise, we are getting 32 reports of tornadoes from oklahoma, up into parts of ohio. today we're going to continue to monitor these storms as they are producing yet another round of weather. we do have severe thunderstorm watches across alabama, eastward across north georgia, into western parts of the state of south carolina. this is not what we want to hear. these storms are headed in the same direction that we saw yesterday. the main concern this time around, though, is wind and hail, not as much a tornado threat, but they are still possible across that area. watch atlanta, the storms headed eastbound into your direction and a few warnings issued about those areas in yellow, the north of atlanta, those thunderstorms could produce wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour. so that's some dangerous stuff, then the storms also expected to produce severe weather likely here in the
northeast. alisyn: my goodness, when will it stop! maria molina, thank you very much for this hourly update, we appreciate it. gregg: it has been a wild weather scene for the last couple of weeks and a lot of folks are saying they have never seen anything like this before, so far 169 tornadoes have touched down across the u.s. this month. there have been at least one tornado report in 11 out of 20 days so far, and the record number of tornadoes for the month of april, 266, that was reported way back in 1974. about the the -- by the way, we do want to see these pictures of storms or videotapes, if you have to have amazing images, send them to us, e-mail to the address on the screen, you report at foxnews.com, give us your nail and location and a brief description of what you're looking at. as we get them, we're going to put them on tv. but as always, please, stay safe when you're doing it. al fox news alert for you now, yemen continues to spiral into chaos this
morning. >> [gunfire] >> what you're looking at here is amateur video, taken on the streets of sanaa, the yemen capitol, as you can see, security forces there firing on protestors, killing at least three people, more than 120 people have been killed in this country since daily protests began a couple of months ago. yemeni protestors there, you can see, are trying to fight back and just run amplet reena ninan is live in jerusalem. tell us about these protestors, continuing in yemen. we understand this is children that have been killed there? >> reporter: yeah, you don't think about children in the crossfire much, ali, in these type of political unrest situations but there is a report saying in the past two month necessary the political unrest in just yemen alone, 26 children
have been killed in the back and forth, forces firing on at least two clashes, and according to one eyewitness news, protestors set fire to one security vehicle, there are members of the antiriot police kidnapped possibly by demonstrators. alisyn: yesterday it was announced, of course, that emergency rule would be lifted after something like 50 years in syria. has that appease dollars the protestors there? >> not one bit, ali. in fact there's a new law put into place, if you want a protest, you've got to apply to the government and they'll determine whether or not to give you the permits to allow to you protest, at least three people were shot by syrian security force, 20 in the past two days. there's a sense right now on the ground that a lot of these protestors, ali, are gearing up and recharging for friday. friday is always a big day in the arab world, following friday prayer, so we could
likely expect to see more protests out of syria. alisyn: my gosh. reena ninan, thank you for that live report. it's not getting any better there. gregg: it certainly is not. president obama, back on the road, heading to the state of california to talk about ways we can tackle our debt, $14 trillion in treat -- $14 trillion in debt, the debt crisis hurting the u.s. dollar and it could have a major impact on millions of americans. stuart varney of the fox business network joins us. stu, explains how this hurts the dollar. >> reporter: the debt crisis is still rippling through, makes people doubt the creditworthiness of the united states treasury. they take it out on america's currency. the dollar goes down. and there's all kinds of repercussions for that and we're seeing it this morning. the price of gold, for example, has broken above $1500 an ounce, and silver, on a real tear, that's an inflation indicator, is now at $44 an ounce, but the real thing is the price of oil has gone back up to
around $110 a barrel, not because of events in the events in the middle east but the lower dollar. people put their money into tangible things, things you can actually touch, hold and feel when the dollar goes down and you've got inflation. oil, up this morning. gregg: soy take it our red ink is hitting us at the gas station, huh? >> yes. you can say in part this debt crisis, the warning to uncle sam, results in a lower dollar, equals a higher price for oil, equals more higher gas prices still to come. there is a chain reaction. the lower dollar, the debt crisis, part of the reason why you're paying a lot more at the pump. gregg: painful. all right, stuart varney, of the fox business network, thank you very much. >> sure. gregg: lawmakers now engulfed in a bitter battle over the debt. coming up we're going to be talking to one senator who says we have been warned. the stark warning that has senator mark kirk of illinois deeply concerned.
he's going to be joining us live later in the program. a close call for first lady michelle bam -- michelle obama, her plane coming dangerously close to a collision and we're told it's all because of a mistake from an air traffic controller. who's watching our skies, coming up next. alisyn: another mistake. while people in -- police in tennessee tripling the award for the information regarding holly bobo, why the search is going underwater. gregg: is she or isn't she? the latest from sarah palin on a possible run for the white house.
over the last several days, trying to assess just how bad it is, north carolina's governor confirming now 24 deaths, hundreds of people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals. and as you can see from that footage there, entire towns appear to have sustained enormous damage. one county alone may have $100 million in damage. some communities devastated, leveled to the ground. nothing left but foundation. we'll continue to update. alisyn: it's a painful day of memories along the gulf coast as well, the deep water horizon oil rig exploded one year ago and today relatives of the 11 men killed will fly over the spot in the gulf where the rig once stood, the explosion triggering the biggest spill in u.s. history, 206 million gallons of crude spewing from the busted bp well, but yet another sign that the gulf
coast is bouncing back, the government reopening the federal waters that were closed to fishing there. we have much more in the show about the status of off shov drilling one year later gregg: well, some are calling it a close call for first lady michelle obama, and an investigation is now underway after yet another incident involving an air traffic controller, the first lady's plane was allowed to fly too close to a huge military argueo jet. ms. obama's plane, forced to abort its landing at andrews air force base. the faa says the aircrafts were never in any dearng. meanwhile, another troubling incident at boston's logan airport, the faa is also investigating a collision between a truck and a jetblue airplane that was parked at the gate. peter goles joins us, former managing director for -- managing director for the ntsb. i want to put up the graphic
that compares the distance between the first lady's plane and the cargo jet that, c17 is enormous. it i would imagine leaves in its wake considerable turbulence. is that why you must keep at least a 5-mile barrier? >> absolutely. and you -- and and you know, we -- the ntsb studied weight turbulence in the 1990s and found that it can really give a following plane a jolt and can cause a real safety issue if the pilot is not prepared for it. and so there was a reassessment of the distances the planes follow each other after that study, and the c17 is a monster. gregg: how could this happen? i mean, air traffic controllers know the rules, and yet, and you would really think they're paying attention when it's the first lady's plane, for goodness sakes, how in the world does this happen? >> it's very disturbing. and what's most disturbing is when the air traffic
controller apparently handed off the plane to the tower controllers, the distance between the two planes was misstated, they said it was 4 miles distance, when, in fact, it was really 3 miles distance, and that's a big deal when you're you're on approach and that's really why the first lady's plane had to circle around and come back again. it was simply almost on top of the other plane. gregg: well, they say the planes were never in any danger, but -- but they abort dollars the landing so there must have been danger. i'm not sure anybody is really going to buy that. ray la hood, who is the transportation secretary, was on our air, and here's what he said. take a listen: >> i've been in this job 2 1/2 years, i don't know when i've ever been madder. i'm outraged about this. i want the flying public to know we're doing everything we can, 24/7, to correct this problem. gregg: do you buy that? are they doing everything they can? >> well, this is a vexing
problem, the relationship of the controllers to the administrators at the faa. i think secretary la hood is doing a good job. i mean, he is a genuine friend of the consumer, he is a friend of the public's, and i think he is really just furious about this and there's going to be some changes in the towers. gregg: well, but he announced some of the changes on fox news sunday, but my goodness, as i understand the rules, those changes don't go into effect when he announces them. they have to be negotiated and approved by the union, don't they? >> they do have to be approved by the union, and the union is in a bind. for two reasons: one is they are part of a program that voluntarily reports mistakes, without punitive action. so you report the mistakes, you get more than -- this is a real challenge for the industry on how you get the
system safer without getting into conflicts between the various groups. gregg: you know, it was just the other day, peter, that jfk, an incident happened on the ground. it was an air france plane, it came in contact with a comair plane, literally. there's the videotape. they collided. what's going on? it's not just what's happening in the air and in the towers, but on the ground. >> well, part of the problem is that the system in the past year and a half has regained the momentum that it lost after 2000 -- the 9/11 tragedy and the recession. i mean, there are more planes in the air, the ground is crowded, and frankly, we have not made the investment in the technologies to keep the system running efficiently and safely. gregg: peter goelz, former ntsb managing director, always good to see you. thanks. >> thank you. alisyn: we've been showing you this morning this
growing chaos in yemen, more than 120 people have been killed since protestors took to the streets to demand that their president leave office. the regime is crushing the opposition. is there any way democracy can take hold there? gregg: plus one week ago, 21-year-old holly bobo went missing in tennessee, she just vanished. what police are trying to do to find the young nursing student. >> holly, i love you so much please try to get home to us, if anybody knows anything about her, please. please. help us find her.
wildfire using a converted passenger jet now that dumps thousands of gallons of fire retardant, the fire outside of fort worth already forcing hundreds from their homes. japanese officials made for the -- may for the very first time restrict a zone around the fukushima nuclear plant, up to 80,000 residents were evacuated but now some are returning to their homes and that raises new fears of radiation exposure. alisyn: it's been one week since nursing student holo bobo vanished near her home in tennessee, police set up five road blocks, stopping cars and asking people if they saw anything suspicious last week, that's when holly's brother says he saw his sister being led into the woods behind their house by a man wearing camouflage, hundreds of volunteers have been battling rough weather and searching the weather all week, some don't even know holly. >> i'm looking for miss
holly bobo. >> do you know her very well? >> not at all. >> what put out here? >> i have a two-year-old daughter, if she was missing i'd want everybody on this earth looking for her, i don't know if it's storming, hailing, snow, we're still going to look for holly bobo alisyn: joining us, a former fbi agent and negotiator, managing director at insight security. good morning, christopher. >> good morning, alisyn. alisyn: it's a pleasure to have you. authorities say they are also searching underwater, there are apparently a lot of lakes and ponds in holly's home town there in rural tennessee. is this standard operating procedure, or does this mean that authorities have been led to a lake or bond for some reason? >> well, this type of a crime has all the earmarks of being extremely well thought out, calculated, organized by the individual, that perpetrated it. you have to realize how many different poaments there are and they don't want to miss any clues so they're being
as thorough as they possibly can. alisyn: what makes you think it was extremely well naught outo thought out? >> someone familiar with the area probably had the yt of this long ago and has been fantasizing about this kind of thing. it's frightening when you think about the kind of -- type of predator that commits this act, if they've been fant fantasizing about it, thinking about it a long time. it doesn't bear the earmarks of a blue creek abduction, it is something that was thought up. >> does this tell you that it was someone who knew holly and her family or was this a stalker? >> the degree to which the perpetrator knows the family, it's a little tough to say. and it's very hard to rule anyone in orioo or out. it could be someone that knew her well, it could be someone that lived in the area and had been watching her. it's early to tell who that perpetrator might be. alisyn: speaking of the area and residents around there, the tennessee bureau of investigation yesterday went apparently door to door,
canvassing her neighborhood, and talking to members of what a described as a close knit community. it's six days after she disappeared. why then? >> well, they are applying their resources in a deliberate fashion, the first thing you're going to want to try and do is go out and if there's a possibility she's alive, find the trail to locate her if she's being held alive and they went after what they saw as a high priority, then they move to other investigations afterwards. alisyn: investigators are also saying they are looking for someone who may be showing signs of stress. what would that look like to the average person? >> well, it would be something that would be very easy to write off and something that the perpetrator would have excuses for. but they realize that at this point in time there's a very good chance the perpetrator is still around and feels the presence of the investigation, and they expect that to manifest itself in whether or not the
person will meet someone's eyes, whether or not they want to talk. there's a very good chance this perpetrator doesn't talk to people a lot, anyway, so the stresso so it will be subtle signs. >> we should let the bureau know -- everybody know the bureau has increased reward money, it's now up to $80,000. if you have any information, please call this number on your screen: you can make a difference in this case. christopher, thank you very much for coming in with your expertise. >> thank you very much, alisyn. gregg: rising gasoline prices got you down? well, there is some good news on the horizon for air travelers, at least. new changes to the airline industry, going into effect today, and some could put some cash back into your pocket. >> will she or won't she? sarah palin had everyone talking at her speech at a major tea party rally.
the country is home to al-qaeda splinter groups. let's bring in lieutenant colonel tony schafer at the center for advanced defense studies and author of "operation dark heart". good morning. the protestors want their president ousted but these gunmen are apparently the president's thugs firing on the protestors. is there any way the president steps aside with all this? >> well, i think there's a necessity at this point to bring stability, and if setting him aside or having him leave in some ways is probably going to be necessary. the problem is this. we face a real challenge here. we know that al-qaeda, ann -- ann wa al-awlaki are trying to gain ground by seizing military weapons and territory and because of the central government pts military forces are all focused on this rebellion, they're making head way and i think the bottom line is,
one of the things i've seen most hopeful in the media is the gulf cooperation council has stepped in, part of the arab league, essentially, and it's very important for them as their neighbors, we're talking about kut eand saudi arabia, helping step in to negotiate a path forward. if that means the current president of yemen is leaving, so be it, but the idea is the local arab neighbors should step in and try and help out at this point in time. alisyn: they've laid out why it's so complicated. there's another reason as well, and that is because yemen has an key u.s. ally in trying to fight terrorism. >> right. alisyn: what would the u.s. be doing while we watch these violent scenes on the other half of our screen? >> well, obviously since we're already engaged in afghanistan and iraq, we're talking about trying to lob missiles into pakistan and now we've got libya, we don't have the resources to actually be involved here. that's why it's so important that we deal with our other allies in the region. qatar has talked about becoming a more involved regional power.
this is another perfect opportunity for them to step in and do something. saudi arabia as well, they've been attacked by the al-qaeda elements based in yemen, so it's in our self-interest to leverage and support them. and we've got to keep special operations -- we talked about this, we do have special operations going on in yemen, we have to keep the pressure on al-qaeda. so this is the time we have to walk a tight wire, leverage our arab allies and there should be arabs helping arabs. these countries are very rich and at the same time we need to look at our own interests and make sure new attacks can't be mounted. alisyn: you make a great point, there have been 120 protestors killed since mid february when this began and as you point out we didn't sit idly by in libya. >> this is a tragedy. we cannot afford for be -- to be essentially the world's policemen any longer. we just don't have the resores and frankly, one of the big issues here, and this may come up eventually in libya again, we may be
accused of trying to foster our own views on the arab people. we don't want that to happen. the arab league has been an on again, off again partner, where they encourage us to come in, but then once the people start getting hurt, they don't want us to do it. this is why it's so important that while we need to be engaged, we have to stand for our principle, we have to allow others to do the hard lifting here. this is where the arab council needs to be the ones doing the work. alisyn: lieutenant colonel tony schafer, you make a compelling argument. thank you very much. >> thank you. gregg: with gasoline prices spiking, a new congressional report says the united states has the largest possible fuel reserves in the world. americans may not be forced to pay $4 a gallon for gasoline if these vast reserves could be safely and efficiently unleashed. john roberts, live with more on that. hi john. >> reporter: hi, good morning gregg. quite a surprise that america has the largest fossil fuel reserves in the world, we're talking about she'll gas here, it's
enormous amounts of natural gas tied up in hard rock, anchebt sea bottom, 5-6000 feet below the surface. drillers have known it's there for a long time but it's been too expensive to get out but new drilling methods have led to a new american energy boom. >> this is the marcella shell. >> it's the rock that could power the world and one of the types of she'll is in pennsylvania. it's high dral uk fracturing or fracking, millions of gallons of fracking fluid are pumped in at high pressure and crack the rock and allow the gas to flow. >> it's very inexpensive to find and produce. the real winner is going to be the consumers of america. >> she'll gas has exploded in pennsylvania farmland, in 2007, there were 27 well, in the first three months of this year, 400 have been
drilled. that's nothing compared to what's coming. >> we'll probably drill 10-15,000 wells, hopefully, over the next 10-20 years. it's an enormous amount of drill to go do. a lot of work. it will create a lot of jobs. >> by some estimate, 40,000 jobs have been created already, with thousands more on the way. once-depressed areas have been revitalized, twanda, the county seat in bradford has become a boom down, the holes are filled with gas workers, he just built a third to meet demand. >> with this gas industry coming to town we have missed the recession, so to speak, this area did not get hit. we've been insulated by it. >> with that drilling technology operating close to home, mistakes have been made. >> that's my water. >> craig sakna used to get his water from this well but after cabin oil and gas drilled about 1000 feet away, methane seeped into the groundwater, the state claims cabot did not seal the gas, they provide them
with freshwater and settled with the state for $4.1 million. >> i want america to know that, yeah, natural gas is clean to burn. it's not clean to extract. i think we're living proof of that. >> reporter: and there are other controversies as well, some of the fluids that drilling companies use to crack open that rock contain toxic chemicals and up until a couple of years ago they were even using diesel fuel to do it, which is a violation of federal law. underground it's not known what the effects are but some of those liquids have spilled above ground on to farms, affecting land and livestock, which is why there's such a vocal opposition to fracking but points say with gasoline ever getting higher in terms of prices we have a ready source of energy that can power vehicles and heat your home and we can get to it right away. gregg: amazing stuff. john roberts, thank you very much. coming up, if we told you there's an alternative to gas that's cleaner and
cheaper to produce in the united states, so what's the problem, if any, with methanol? not either natural, metha methanol. we're going to talk about it. alisyn: i don't know if you heard about this but donnal trump says he's serious about a white house run. gregg: i heard that! alisyn: what about sarah palin, former lz governor? she's telling fox's sean hannity she's not close to forming an exploratory committee. >> you know, that isn't even on the radar, that type of step yet because i do think even that is early and i've never really run for anything conventionally over the last couple of decades, be it city council or presidency or mayor, city governor, anything like that, i've just jumped in there and done it when i have known it's the right thing to do. it's going to be an unconventional run if i so chose to do that. alisyn: palin said she's focusing on getting her message out that america cannot continue going down
the path it's currently on. so no decision quite yet. gregg: in fact, speaking of sarah palin and donald trump, we've got some polls to show folks how they map up against president obama, the president, coming up shortly. alisyn: good. gregg: let's take a look at the markets right now, because investors are reacting to strong earnings from several big companies, including intel and yahoo. and it's up, wow, 160 points, and that's just shortly after the bell, right? the dow closed up 65 points on tuesday. we'll continue to keep an eye on the markets throughout the show. alisyn: that's great, particularly after the dip it took earlier in the week. brand new amateur video of fierce fighting along libya's front line. plus we're now getting word the u.k. and italy are sending in military advisers to train the libyan rebels. we will be live with that on the ground for you.
plus -- >> what would it take for you to support raising our debt ceiling? >> the only way to do that is if we'd see a de funding of omabacare and i'd like to see spending caps as well. we can't do what we're doing, and standard & poor's told us that. that's the canary in the mine. now we know that we're in trouble if we don't change course. gregg: she may be running for the white house, too. republicans say they want something in return for voting to raise the nation's credit card limit, and now, republican senator mark kirk has a pretty serious warning for lawmakers on the debt crisis. there he s. he'll be joining us live next.
fell out of his pocket in the school afeteria. fragments from the bullet injured that boy, as well as two other children, and police say the little boy could face dit plin area a. including being sent to an alternative school. it's not known if that gun belonged to the boy's parents. that could have been a catastrophe. gregg: all right. we have been warned. the stark words from a republican senator after a top credit rating service changes the outlook on the nation's fiscal health from stable to negative. the standard & poor's announcement comes as lawmakers are clashing over how to slash $14 trillion in our national debt. and whether to raise the limit on u.s. credit card, known as the debt ceiling. that senator is mark kirk of illinois. he joins us now, live. senator, thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you for having me. gregg: on her sister network in february, the fox business network, you said you would vote no on raising the debt ceiling nlts --
unless there's dramatic antispending reform. do you still feel that way, and what do you mean by dramatic antispending reform? >> we need to attach the balanced budget amendment to the constitution, a reagan- like commission against federal spending, a line item veto for the president to wipe out unneeded park barrel or other spending, spending caps, and entitlement reform all this is necessary to protect the american people from the kind of crisis that's already bee falling the people of ireland, portugal and greece, where their governments said yes and therefore, no to their economic future. gregg: you mentioned entitlement reform but i want to put a poll up on the screen that just came out by a huge margin, americans oppose cuts to medicare and medicaid. those are the numbers there, they're pretty astonishing,
78 percent oppose cutting medicare. are you on the wrong side of that issue? >> no. i think good politics is always good policy. and remember, democratic speaker tip o'neill and president ronald reagan faced numbers even worse than that. just prior to social security going bankrupt in 1982. and they put forward bipartisan reforms, along the lines of what i think we should do again, that saved the system. i think seniors know that these programs have no value if they go bankrupt, and can't protect them. and i think the kind of reforms that reagan and o'neill did in '83 will save social security and save medicare. because a bankrupt program can help no one. gregg: let me ask you about the president's idea to raise taxes on the wealthy, the same poll found 72 percent of americans support that idea. isn't that concept going to resonate with americans politically in the upcoming
election? >> over time, you will see that a class warfare argument can have a temporary benefit. but i am worried, because this economy is in a very fragile recovery right now. and especially with gas prices now at 4.14 a gallon, for example, in chicagoland, people are not feeling very wealthy. i'm pretty worried, also, about the federal reserve missing a huge inflation signal that's now hitting this economy, and a big tax increase could also put an engine behind inflation which would hurt this economic recovery. i think in the long run, we should look at the gang of six, three republicans, three democrats, that are looking in putting in the bipartisan commission report on decifit reduction. that report offers us a chance to solve this problem, just as reagan and o'neill did in 1983. gregg: i want to throw one more poll at you and we'll put it on the screen.
58 percent of americans disapprove of the way the president is handling the budget decifit. but even more, 64 percent, give republicans in congress, which includes you , low marks. why is that? >> because we haven't finally imple mented what we promised to do, which is cutting spending and restoring fiscal discipline and certainty to funding for medicare, social security, and the federal government as a whole. right now, with standard & poor's saying that the future of u.s. debt is negative, it undermines the entire underpinnings of our world economic system and the future of the u.s. dollar. i think this summer, especially the fight on the most important legislation of the year, the debt limit extension, if we put in comprehensive antispending reforms, we will reassure markets, the economy will recover well, and even our allies overseas will be reassured. gregg: senator mark kirk,
many thanks for joining us this morning. >> you bet. alisyn: gregg, what's going to happen to teachers in detroit -- in detroit? cents latest city to take on the yawnd pink slips have been sent to every school teach ner that city. we'll talk to the head of one of the teachers' unions. gregg: hundreds lined up to get a job but my goodness, national hiring day at one mcdonald's ended with police on the scene. we're going to tell you more of what happened there. alisyn: head to foxnews.com to check out our most read stories. we'll be right back.
gets crazy when two women started swinging at each other but it gets worse from there. take a look: >> one of the women jumped into her car with the other one still attacking her, throwing the car in reverse, then hitting at least three people, a harrowing moment, folks just trying to find work! they're not going to soon forget it. >> i was filling out my application and as i was filling it out, i saw two girls fighting, i don't know their names, but they were fighting over drama. >> we are trying to get people jobs and this is the way people act for no apparent reason, and they harass people like me and other people who cannot get jobs. gregg: man! mcdonald's other than and manager, among those who were injured, and the day of hiring has been temporarily suspended. alisyn: maybe hiring 50,000 people all in one day wasn't the best plan! gregg: a little much to do
in one day. no happy meals there! looked like a pro hockey game. alisyn: there are new signs the car industry is revving back up, the new york auto show, shaping up to the one of the biggest in years, and leading the pack, high performance, raw power, gas guzzling muscle cars. that sounds like just the thing laura ingle would drive! she's live at the javitz center in new york city. lawyer yarks what are you in? >> full disclosure, the ford mustang, 1968, was my first car! and we are now in the ford focus, this is the new 2012 car, and it is beautiful, and this is a compact car that we want to show you. i'm going to have makefagannor, our cameraman, show you. we're talking about an auto industry that's recovering, even though gas as we mentioned is around four bucks these days. consumers want new wheels. the 2012 new ford focus, it's ideal for consumers looking for fuel efficiency,
high tech gizmo and compact car and the price is right, about $22,000. i'm going to show you for the equal friendly -- for the. -- for the eco friendly crowd, this is not in the showroom this year, it's going to hit next year, but toyota showing off the oce-friendly car with this, as well as many others. then of course you've got this sexy luxury muscle car. alisyn, this is for you, the mercedes benz cls, 5 feet 5-liter, v8-turbo, it goes up to 150-horsepower, zero to 60 in .3 seconds. i know that matters to you. you can get this for about $100,000. i want to talk to mark scheinberg, the president of the auto show. we have a lot of different options and a lot of consumers saying they want to spend money. >> this is really quite an exciting time. we've gone through a couple of years where sales were down.
sales are picking up tremendously this year and on the show floor, this is something for everybody, so you've got entry level vehicles, fuel, economy, and of course the muscle cars are always a popular thing. >> everybody is talking about the muscle cars this year but gas is four buck as gallon in a lot of cities. >> that's -- the industry is really sort of taking off in technology like it's never done before, so even this great amc mercedes benz is getting 32 percent better gas mileage than it did before, it's got great performance, great luxury and better fuel economy. >> we'll look forward to showing you more throughout the day. alisyn, we'll send it back to you. i'll try to get you the keys on this one. >> mercedes benz muscle car? that doesn't compute to me. i like the stang. gregg if you can afford the $100,000 -- $100,000 price tag, you can ford the gas? i buy used cars? with soaring gas prices
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alisyn: "fox news alert," a new system for assessing the terror threat, janet napolitano, set to scrap the old color-coded system, that was created by the bush administration, you will remember, after 9/11, and, now the colors are going away. it is a brand-new hour, of "america's newsroom," i'm alisyn camerota in for martha maccallum, great to see you. gregg: i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer on assignment. and out with the old, in with the new and the new system boils everything down to two levels of alert, secretary janet napolitano saying it is the future of homeland security.
>> a continuing evolving threat and terrorism is not a static field, so, we have international and domestic now to be concerned about. and we want this to be a shared responsibility. with the citizenry of our country. to make sure they are aware. alisyn: rick leventhal is live in our new york city newsroom and has been in the works for a while. rick: we heard about that in january when janet napolitano announced the demise of the color-coded system and the two tier system will be more specific to audiences and events and, the american public is a key partner and involves facebook and twitter and the old warnings were first introduced march of '02 and proved ineffective and green, blue, yellow, orange, red meant low guarded, elevated, high and severe and the chart seemed permanently stuck on orange and now there will be two levels, elevated, a credible threat and imminent, means it is specific and pending and, they will only
be issued under certain circumstances and some alerts will be withheld from the public in announcing the threat might expose an intelligence operation and, intelligence officials will be told first before the word is spread publicly and the system begins officially next week. alisyn: and will the new alerts come with an expiration date? >> reporter: yes, they'll be timed to specific threats and will expire no more than 30 days after being issued and could be extended, if necessary and we spoke to congressman peter king who supports the new system. >> it is the right step and the color-coded system worked better than people gave it credit for and it is time to move on and i think it will be much more threat-addressed and will only raise the level, when there is significant change and will notify the specific industry area, that is being threatened. rick: in some cases only law enforcement will be notified, or if there is a specific threat involving, for example, backpack at airports, the warnings will go out to air travellers to be
extra vig a by the bush administration introduced, march 11, 2002 and at that point was yellow or elevated and only was raised to red one time, august 10th, 2006 after a plot to blow up commercial jets over the atlantic was uncovered. and, to this day it has never been lowered back, down to blue or green. and, hence, the expiration date, rick talked about. gregg: it makes a little more sense, so much time passed, and we've had great plots and stay at home. alisyn: sure and no one knew the distinction between yellow, orange, red, so, this sounds more specific. gregg: in the meantime new sweeping reforms for the airline industry. to tell you about, getting rid of those hidden fees for checked
luggage and, forcing airlines to pay you when you get bumped from your flight. doug mcelway is live at reagan international airport, tell us about the new rules. >> reporter: nothing infuriates pass years as much that's bumped flight or the long tarmac delay or hidden fee that you talked about. so, the department of transportation is now expanding the rules, they passed protections as they first imposed back in 2009, to include a lot of new regulation and among them reimbursement for bag fees for lost baggage and we have always been reimbursed for lost baggage and it includes a reimbursement for the fees that you pay to bring your baggage aboard and doubles the reimbursement to passengers who are bumped from flights and, twice the costs of your ticket if you are bumped from a flight. it imposes a four hour hard limit on foreign carriers, and it used to be domestic but now foreign carriers operating in the u.s. and requires the airlines to disclose all of
their hidden fees, so if you get -- ask for one of those mini-pillows, and they charge you $10 for it, you will be knowing about that, via the air carrier's web site. now, we know that airlines are operating on extremely thin profit margins these days and that is just being exacerbated with the rising costs of fuel, i asked the secretary of transportation, yesterday, when he announced the imposition of these new rules, whether the timing is right and here's what he said. >> the airlines would not be able to make money if it weren't for the passengers. and, so, it seems like the way to go, with treatment of passengers. >> reporter: and, gregg, these new rules take effect in 120 days. gregg: doug mcelway, thanks very much at reagan national. alisyn: more extreme weather, severe flooding in northern kentucky, forcing families from their homes, murky brown waters flooding into a dozen homes, within minutes, flooding garages and basements and causing heart
ache for homeowners. >> the federal government, only operates so fast and no matter how much you want to encourage them to go faster they have a process. >> will it speed the process? >> i think so, but the truth of matter. alisyn: we have had it before, so many times over the years and i don't see it happening any quicker. >> you look aggravated. >> you know, you pour your whole life into a place to live and mother nature comes by and wants to take it away. alisyn: there is more bad news today, because there is nor heavy rain expected there today. gregg: getting worse and worse. much of the same scene in cincinnati, ohio area. overnight storms causing flash flood warnings leaving 50,000 people there without any power, mudslides closing traffic along one roadway, and a few miles away, a perfect storm of mud, and water, drooeb and cars, all coming together, at the same intersection and blocking
traffic. >> all the water comes in these two intakes is from western hills and, once we get the -- things get blocked it can't go anywhere and it blocks up and ponds up in street. gregg: for all of your weather headlines check out our web site, foxnews.com/weather. alisyn: "fox news alert" for you now, because french president nicholas sarkozy saying his country will intensify airstrikes in libya. at the request of rebels fighting against muammar qaddafi. you are about to see amateur video, this is believed to show qaddafi's forces pounding the city of misrata. the u.n.'s top human rights chief says libyan government forces may be committing war crimes there. look at this scene, gregg, apparently, some women and children have been killed in the fighting, and, this is a very serious situation getting the attention of the french president, about what to do
next. bill: and qaddafi used the cluster bombs that indiscriminately kill women and children and outlawed by most major nations. alisyn: conor powell streams live for us in benghazi, libya. what is the latest? >> reporter: talking to international investigators they say they are looking at a whole host of allegation and reports that qaddafi's forces murdered and targeted civilians, particularly in misrata where we heard from humanitarian groups and from rebel leaders, that qaddafi forces are targeting, shelling civilians, and, the heaviest and most brutal fighting we have seen in libya took place in misrata, day after day and heard reports of street fighting day in, day out clashes on the streets and also reports qaddafi forces are targeting the shipping port there, preventing aid and weapons and goods and -- from coming in, and civilians from leaving and as a result, we are also hearing the french government wants to send in both advisors, to join the british troops that will come here and help organize and provide
structure and training, to the rebel forces, and also hearing the french government wants to increase and intensify the strikes, airstrikes here in libya and possibly even starting to target command and control structures within the libyan government, that could possibly include hitting communications and commanders of the libyan government here in the western part of libya that are loyal to muammar qaddafi's forces. we're also hearing that italy may actually send trainers here, to train the rebel forces, this will be a big step forward in terms of organizing the opposition fighters here, right now, it is focusing on the trainers focused on providing communication, organization and these might actually provide military instructions to these rebel forces, alisyn? alisyn: they clearly need help against qaddafi's fire power, thank you for that. gregg: brand new poll numbers out could be a troubling sign for president obama, and, donald trump is not pulling any
punches. >> we have a disaster on our hands. we have a man, right now, that almost certainly will go down as the worst president in the history of the united states. [cheers and applause]. gregg: well, say what you will, mr. trump, the commander in chief may not be looking over his shoulder just yet. why those numbers could be worse news for the g.o.p. we'll explain. alisyn: and $4 a gallon for gasoline and the price at the pump showing no signs of subsiding but, today we are learning there may be a much cheaper, cleaner alternative out there. we'll explain. gregg: and a mother of two, hailed as a hero today. how she saved her kids, from a deadly twister, after the break. >> a hero? a real hero, how she cared so much about us. >> covered us, and, the house flipped over. >> you could see your whole body, just going around and around in the bathtub. ing a payt from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years?
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gregg: there's a manhunt underway, now, in missouri, it originated in hope, missouri, a man, during a routine traffic stop by a state trooper, got into a struggle and took off, with the trooper's gun. there is the helicopter shot, now, of the search in the kansas city area. the suspect described as justin ray heller, 31-year-old, 5'9", 200 pounds and this found his minivan and it was on fire and now they are going on foot, door by door searching for him and this is the kansas city area, now, where they are searching and we'll continue to follow what is happening there. alisyn: as you know, gas prices continue to spike across the country, right now, the national average price per gallon is at $3.84. that is up 29 cents, in just one month. and folks in several states are already paying more than $4 a gallon. folks, could there be a simple
solution? could methanol with an "m" be the alternative fuel source we have been looking for? cheap, clean, easily made from the resources we have in this country and supporters say it would limit u.s. dependency on foreign oil and stephen moore is a senior economic writer for the "wall street journal." it sounds like a wonder-fuel, stephen, and it is much cheaper than gas and they say it would be 1.20 per gallon and is safer, to handle and has lower exhaust emissions and is more abundant. -- >> and we make it here, you don't have to get it from saudi arabia. alisyn: why haven't he heard more about it. >> it is a boutique fuel and a couple years ago wouldn't have been economical but with gas pushing $4 a gallon and some states, near $4.50, these things are now becoming economical and the problem for methanol is that you cannot go to a service station now and get it in your car and a lot of cars aren't retrofitted for it and my feeling is, if gasoline stays
high, $4 to $4.50 range you will see fuels like methyl become economical. and you have to -- this would be for mnew years, to have it retrofitted. alisyn: as i understand the flex-fuel vehicles as they are called can be made, for $100 extra per car. isn't that worth breaking our dependence on foreign fuel. >> here's my problem with what the industry is saying. what they want to do is require the auto industry to build flex fuel course and i'm not in favor of that and i don't think the government should force consumers -- if it is an economical fuel and can be cheaper than gasoline, people have a choice of buying a car with fuel flexibility or not. and, that is all i -- otherwise, can i say one other thing? there is another big alternative to methyl, which is natural gas and you talked about that earlier, on the show. we are like the saudi arabia of natural gas and we have so much natural gas in the western states. alisyn: why aren't we using
that. >> a good question and, that, too, you will need -- would need special cars that take natural gas as opposed to gasoline and you would have to have service stations that pump natural gas into your car. alisyn: aren't these jobs programs and wouldn't it be helpful for the economy, to have people retrofitting these cars, at local service stations. >> natural gas is a great fuel, we have it here and don't have to import it from saudi arabia and venezuela and the problem now, a lot of the environmentalists are against it, because they say getting out of the ground pollutes the drinking water. alisyn: that brings me back to methanol, they say that is cleaner and more environmentally friendly and lower exhaust emissions and if our only problem is our cars aren't retrofitted, for $100 we can do it, why not start doing it. >> the only hesitation i have, i agree with almost everything you say, but i hear methanol, i think ethanol and we've pumped so many tax dollars into ethanol and it has not been an efficient
fuel and let me concluded by saying, if methanol can be made in in a economical way, to compete with other fuels, i am all for it and what i say, get rid of all the government subsidies an ld let the best fu win and the one thing i really agree with you on, make sure it is domestic fuel, so we aren't sending the money out of the country. alisyn: i'm glad we solved that problem! >> great to see you. alisyn: thank you. gregg: and in extensive search underway in missouri for a man who took a trooper's gun during a traffic stop, there is' chopper search, this is just new video, literally, got in seconds ago. the man apparently grabbed the trooper's gun during a struggle at a routine traffic stop and the suspect, they are looking for, is described as justin ray heller, 31 years old, 5'9", 200 pound and we have been looking for the last several minutes, of shots of police officers, really
running from house-to-house, they found his car, it was parked on east 7th street in kansas city, the original traffic stop occurred, i believe, in holt, missouri. and found his car and it was on fire. and, he was nowhere to be seen. they seem to have narrowed it down to one particular home, that they believe he may be in. and they've surrounded that area. and, we are now continuing to -- well, we're not able to see too much going on through those trees and we'll continue to follow what is happening, here, and we'll let you know any further details as we get them. ali? alisyn: the fight about unions and spending for teachers going from wisconsin to the motor city. teachers on a collision course with the city government that says it is broke. gregg: and a nanny state on the playground, new york? well, about to do an about-face on games like tag, whiffle ball, all the fun stuff we did.
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alisyn: developing now in "america's newsroom" the army private accused of leaking classified information is transferred to fort levin worth in kansas, pentagon officials say the move is not connected to criticism, of what some have called the harsh treatment of bradley manning and more than 7 million candles, recalled over concerns they are a fire hazard. and, the consumer products safety commission says the tea lights were sold under the chesapeake bay candle and the modern lights brand names. india, launching 3 satellites into space, and, they will study
and help manage natural resources, during their orbits. gregg: new developments in the supreme court battle over climate change, a number of states suing power companies, trying to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. but, it is beginning to look like the supreme court might throw out the case, senior judicial analyst, judge andrew napolitano is here now. judge, this wasn't about whether greenhouse gases cause climate change but, rather, who should regulate? >> exactly, gregg. the federal government of course wanted the epa to regulate and the state of california and other states -- the federal government was too slow and not regulating aggressively enough and sued power companies that were not overnight located in their states and their argument was a simple one, the power companies put pollutants in the air and wind blows the air and the pollutants over to our states and we'd have a right to protect the environment in our states and, now, this was an oral
argument, and, you know, gregg, it is nearly impossible to judge from an oral argument, the question and answers, between justices and lawyers, how the justices are going to go. yet, they seem to give every indication, yesterday, that this litigation, would be too much for any single judge to bear. we do have an environmental protection agency in place, and the law says they have the power to regulate and let them go ahead and do it. gregg: yeah. shannon bream was there and she said -- all the justices said, come on, doesn't the epa do this? i want to ask you about a different case that is supposed to be coming up, that is the appeal of the health care rulings, in various states. virginia appealed to the nation's highest court asking for it to be expedited straight to the high court and is giving the court of appeals -- and we expected a decision so far, there is no decision on whether they'll take the place.
what do you take from that. >> i don't think the supreme court will bypass the intermediate appellate court and doesn't think in terms of the politics of the day or needs of the moment and thinks in terms of generations and centuries of precedent. obamacare is a hot issue and everyone wants a final answer, the president wants to know if it is constitutional. and those who believe it is profoundly unconstitutional want an answer from supreme court. but the supreme court doesn't want to jump the gun, it doesn't want to rule on this, before lower courts have had the opportunity to do so. the fact that it had not yet ruled on virginia's request, for the case to go directly to the supreme court, tells me, that it won't. that this will take its time and make its way through the system and get there when it gets there. gregg: it could get there quickly, a couple of case have hearings already for the court of apiece and if there is an immediate decision, or prompt one, it could actually potentially get on the docket by next fall, the supremes, so, i guess we'll wait and see, judge
andrew napolitano, always great to see you, thank you. >> thank you, gregg. gregg: more with the judge, check out his program, freedom watch, week nights, 8:00 p.m. eastern, on, the fox business network. alisyn: all right. and president obama's poll numbers taking a dip but that is not exactly good news for republicans, either. we'll explain why. >> the only future that barack obama is trying to win, is his own re-election. he's willing to mortgage your children's future, to ensure his own. and, that is not the audacity of hope. [ male announcer ] gout's root cause is high uric acid.
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gregg: well, an intensive search is underway in missouri for a man who took a state trooper's gun during a traffic stop, the man grabbed the gun during the struggle, the suspect is justin ray heller, 31 years old. joining us on the telephone, sergeant sheldon line of the missouri state highway patrol. do you have a beat on where this buy is, sergeant? >> right now, we believe he's in the kansas city area we just got done searching a house in kansas city, along with the assistance of the kansas city police department. we did not locate him. and we want to find this subject as soon as we can. gregg: is this guy dangerous, does he have a criminal history? >> we feel that he is a danger. he's already shot at a state trooper, and we feel that
because he has the trooper's gun, most likely, that he could be a danger and that's why we released this and need to make an apprehension on justin heller, as soon as we can. gregg: absolutely. we are showing a chopper video. you say he shot at a state trooper. tell us how that happened. >> actually, a small community north of kansas city, cameron, missouri, their police department began a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. it went right but the state trooper's home. he got his uniform on and went out, got in his car, was attempting to help these other officers, he observed the vehicle, began pursuing it, it crashed just north of kansas city on the interstate 35, the trooper tried to make the arrest, and the fight ensued, the subject was able to get the trooper's gun, they fought over the gun, and the suspect fired one time at
the trooper, missed him, thank goodness, and got away. gregg: sergeant sheldon lyon of the missouri state highway patrol, thank you very much for being with us, we'll continue to follow the events in missouri. >> you're welcome. alisyn: on a much lighter note it turns out the playground may not be as perilous as we thought! the empire state crafting a set of proposed guidelines for so-called risky camp activities. as we reported yesterday, gregg, new york had deemed dodge ball, freeze flag, wiffle ball to be a dangerous game. today we're happy to report the list sent out by the previous administration, this administration has decides it amounts to nothing more than micro management, after pressing from lawmakers led to comeical reports like those we heard yesterday. gregg: you didn't play dodge ball as kid, right? >> i was the victim, i was the kid getting beaned in
the head by dodge ball, so i think it can be dangerous! gregg why did they pick on you? >> i don't know. i was just that tagged kid on the playground, always chosen last! gregg that's really heartbreaking! all right. a new low for president obama's approval rating. not doing much to boost his possible gop contenders. brand new "washington post"-abc news poll showing 50 percent of americans disapprove of the president's perform earnings that's up five points just since last month, it's the highest disapproval rating yet for that survey. but polls show the president still edges out seven possible republican contenders. joining us now to talk about it, allan cooms, brad blakeman, former assistant to george w. bush. brad, if a president with abysmal approval ratings is still beating any potential gop contenders, doesn't that
say that the field is pretty weak? >> absolutely, the field is weak, and we're seeing the president could very well win by default, despite his many policy deficiencies and failure to lead. what it tells me, no serious republican has announced yet, no serious republican is being talked about, and what you're seeing now is the polls are really irrelevant because i believe that none of the seven that you've discussed so far with people who are selectable by the party, therefore, not electable by the people, because they'll never get past the convention of the primaries. gregg: allan, let me put on the screen how the president matches up. he does his best among the gop candants -- or mitt romney does the best among the candidates, getting 45 percent, compared to president obama's 49 percent, and president obama does his best, 55 percent, when matched against sarah palin, just 38 percent.
allan, what does that tell new. >> it means that palin is my choice for this! and also, very bad at dodge because. look, i'd like to know from gregg, if it's none of the seven aforementioned, who would it be? >> i agree with you the polls don't mean a lot right now. >> allan, i'm looking at people like mitch daniels of indiana, successful 2-term governor, he has experience in the health field, he also has experience with the national budget. he was bush's omb director, and he's done a great job in indiana. also, he's had great turmoil in indiana, with flooding, if you'll recall, and budget crises, so these are the types of people i think -- just like clinton did in '92, he came from nowhere and captured the imagination of the party. >> i agree with you daniels would be a formidable candidate if he's interested in the job, however, the polls that do count shows the american people doesn't want to lose medicare, medicaid, don't want to lose social security, would like to revert to the clinton tax rates and have the sunsetted
bush tax cuts, so those are the poll that is do count. on an issue by issue basis, i really do believe and as it comes to fore, the americans are where the democrats are rather than the republicans. >> i want to put up a poll on this, 40 percent of republicans and republican-leaning independents are dissatisfied with the gop field of potential candidates. do they need to kick somebody off that list of six or seven? >> no. i think you're going to see, just like i said, it happened in '92, you're going to have somebody come from nowhere, even somebody that we may be talking about on the fringes now who captures the imagination like bill clinton did. when bill clinton first announced everybody sat back and said this guy's never going to be able to beat an incumbent president and he did and won leeks. so republicans need to find someone, someone, fast, while our incumbent president is raising a ton of money to announce.
>> whoever this person is is going to have to distance him or herself from the birthers, the crazies, who think bill ayres wrote obama's first book. >> you're talking about donald trump. >> among others, who i have given and -- bachmann and others who are fed into the crazy conspiracy theories. whoever that person is, and will that person be able to bring the party together, the crazies and the so-called normal ones. gregg: allan cooms, brad blakeman, good to see you, thank you. alisyn: coming up, a burglary suspect, hanging high, looking for a hand from the police after he's caught in a sticky situation. gregg: plus, sin city known for being union-friendly, protestors are taking to the streets after a mayor throws down the gauntlet or teacher benefits. the president of the teacher's union joins us from his state.
gregg we're getting positive signs in the desperate rescue of a miner trapped a mile below the earth. crews now say they have found an open space behind the collapsed area and that is raising hopes the missing miner might still be live, the collapse happened on friday, one miner managed to escape, another was trapped. so far, no sign of him. we're told he likely had water with him, his punch pail and protective equipment. meanwhile, folks in the community, refusing to give up hope. >> we're praying and are hoping that mr. merrick found a spot and is just waiting. the process seems slow. >> for all of us this is devastating, when this kind of thing happens. it doesn't happen often, but often enough. it's a life. gregg: well, it is slow, because workers have to dig through about 220 feet of rock to try to reach the trapped miner.
alisyn: we're good to -- about to get new reaction to a bold move out of the motor city. detroit's mayor, taking an aggressive stance against public unions in an effort to cut $200 million of red ink, and one of his biggest targets is teachers. more than 5000 layoff notices, sent out to employees last week. steve johnson is president of the federation of teachers. good morning, mr. johnson. >> good morning, how are you? >> alisyn: i'm well. but you must be concerned this morning, because every single teacher in the detroit public school received a layoff notice last week, basically putting them on notice that come september they could be out of a job unless you all strike some sort of deal with the city's mayor. are you going to agree to more cuts, or are teachers going to be fired? >> well, let's do a little bit of correction here. it actually is not the mayor that issues the layoff
notices. the city does not have any jurisdiction over detroit public schools. it was actually our emergency financial manager, and yes, he did issue pink slips to all 5000-plus of our teachers, and included in that was a notification that divisions within the collective bargaining agreement could change, and i could tell you here, we have absolutely no intention of agreeing to any additional concessions, given the fact that in this contract, we negotiated over $90 million in concessions, not the least of which was $10,000 of our members' salaries being deferred. alisyn: the city's financial manager, the emergency manager you referred to says this, there's a massive budget shortfall, the district is facing $327 million in the red, so what other choice does he have than to ask you for more concessions? >> well, the concessions that he's asking for would have absolutely nothing to
do with retiring the legacy decifit. in fact, we've come up with a proposal that we have shared with him, as well as with the governor, that would allow us to sell decifit elimination bonds to eradicate the three-point -- the decifit. what he's looking to do is to simply impose some concessions, simply because he can. prior to the legislation being passed by the michigan legislature, a little over a month ago, not once did he ever approach the union about having any desire for additional concessions, in fact, 16 months ago, when this contract was negotiated, he heralded it as a game changer, and said that this would allow the district to move on a path towards fiscal solvency. so this has nothing to do with retiring the legacy decifit. alisyn: well, here's what the mayor said, dave bing, a democrat, said last week he warns that if you fail to
agree to these new terms, if the union fails, the city budget debt, he predicts, would jump to $1.2 billion in a decifit and that the city would soon go into a default. so again, if you dig in your heels, it seems catastrophic what might be on the other side. but again, the mayor was talking about the city unions, those that are city employees. that does not apply to the detroit federation of teachers. we are not employees of the city. in fact, we are actually employees of the state. alisyn: well, the mayor says, somehow, it appears that you all are being asked for more concessions, particularly by, as you say, the emergency manager working in tandem with the mayor, so what will you do, sir, will you allow your teachers to not return to school in september? >> well, we have a collective bargaining agreement, and i expect that the collective bargaining agreement to be honored, it was negotiated in good faith
and it's in good faith, i expect it to be implemented. but the mayor and the emergency manager do not work in tandem. they work on separate tracks. alisyn: thank you keith johnson for coming in and we'll obviously monitor what's happening in detroit. >> thank you very much for having me. gregg: "happening now" is coming up in about 13 minutes and rick folbaum is standing by. rick: we have a lot coming up on "happening now", at the top of the hour, there are weferl wildfires burning in texas, already at least 150 homes have burned. there are new reports of severe weather today, so we're all over that stuff. also today, oil prices spiking again, and the man who murdered two women in new york city is now on the run in russia. will ju ever be served in this case? an elderly lady in texas, you don't want to mess with. the shocking sign that is now dominating her front yard. we'll talk to her son coming up in a couple of minutes. gregg: i love that sign!
i love her, too! i'm not going to say any more. that will be great. rick: the tease! that's coming up. greak graik rick folbaum, thank you very much. >> a brand new line of wicked weather creeping across the south. we could be in for ruth round of devastating twisters? balancing the budget as well on the backs of american motorists. why you could be bailing out your state government, whether you like it or not.
his best superman impression but couldn't get through the window and wound up clinging to the building. police were called and they had plenty of time to get there. the guy was rescued, then arrested. gregg: how embarrassing! embarrassment is the least of his troubles! new concerns for drivers all over the country. traffic fines, skyrocketing from coast to coast. the states look for extra cash to try to balance their budgets. one spot in california becoming a government gold mine. william la jeunesse is live in canoga park, california. hi william. >> gregg, this corner is a cash machine for los angeles where city officials collect, get this, almost $1.5 million a year at the singo at this single intersection because it's easier to raise fines than raise taxes. if these cameras catch you, the fine is $470! >> that's almost $500! and i have three kids right now, it's just hard, the way
they want to get you with these tickets. >> i don't think it's fair. i think they're dumping all their problems back to the people. >> reporter: a day in court confirms what many believe. >> traffic tickets are about raising money, not about traffic safety. >> this business of using fines and traffic fees as revenue sources is just flat wrong. >> and it's not just california. speeding signs in -- fines in colorado are up from $115 to $135, goz -- georgia, $200 surcharge for going more than 85, portland, 450, in florida, $200, up from 156, expired parking in boston, doubled to 40 bucks, open tailgate in loss earnings 276. when fans get too high critics say motorists don't
pay and don't show found court. >> i really nt afford it. i don't know what i'm going to do. >> punishment is supposed to fit the crime, gregg, but get this, in california, broken head light, $100, no seat belt, 148. guess how much if you're caught parking in a disabled spot? >> gregg: 250. >> 1043! >> gregg: get out! >> >> reporter: back to you. alisyn: that is a bad crime, parking in a disabled handicap spot. gregg: william -- i bet you speed. alisyn: i walk! so it's hard to speed in manhattan. but occasionally, i may have been known to be in a rush some places. gregg: my children mock me because i drive so slowly. they make fun of me. alisyn: okay, grandpa jarrett, thank you for sharing that. busted out and on the loose, the hunt for a 12-foot long slithering fugitive in one terrified
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