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an ocean of cheap oil. and, the reviews are in on jamie foxx's turn as a real-life hero. >> the idea that someone would do that is so much more than i can fathom. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. a tale of two crises in two michigan cities cried out for the nation's attention today and got it. the governor asked the president to declare a disaster in flint, where lead has contaminated the water. and detroit's public schools closed today, when teachers staged a sick-out to protest what they say are dangerous buildings. first, omar villafranca in detroit. >> reporter: hundreds of detroit teachers who called in sick today, were instead protesting outside of the detroit auto show where president obama was a
>> i have to take a stand. >> reporter: monica tyson teaches elementary and junior high students. >> my mindset is always to be there for the children, to make sure they have the best education possible, but at the same time, we have to also stand up for their rights, because they can't speak for themselves. >> reporter: the planned sick- out affected nearly 45,000 students and shut down 91% of detroit public schools. >> stand up! >> fight back! >> reporter: teachers are upset about recent paycuts and what they are calling deplorable conditions at their schools. these photos show just some of the problems-- heavily damaged ceilings and roofs, maggots in the toilets, mice sharing rooms with students. and at one point, mushrooms were growing inside a classroom. nine-year-old julia murray says the furnace at her school is broken. >> one time, our teachers allowed us to wear our coats, but she wasn't supposed, to but she did anyway because she was cold herself. >> reporter: because the
red, schools are now run by a state-appointed emergency manager. in an interview with cbs news last week, darnell earley said sick-outs aren't the right approach. >> the frustration levels are high here, but at the end of the day we still have to focus what's in the best interest of the kids. >> reporter: detroit school administrators are asking a judge for a temporary injunction against the sick-outs, but, scott, teachers i spoke with today said they are planning more protests. >> pelley: omar villafranca, thank you very much, omar. in michigan today, president obama said he would be beside himself with worry, if he were a parent in flint where the city water is contaminated with lead. in an interview for this weekend's "sunday morning" program, he spoke with lee cowan. >> what is inexplicable and inexcusable is, once people figured out that there was a problem there and there was lead in the water, the notion that immediately families weren'tfa
down, that shouldn't happen anywhere. it's also an indication of sometimes we downplay the role that an effective government has to play in protecting the public health and safety of people. and, clearly, the system here broke down. >> pelley: that breakdown means that flint's 100,000 residents cannot use their tap water. the silent poisoning began in 2014 when, to save money, flint switched from detroit's water to the flint river. the river corroded the pipes, releasing the lead. lead can cause brain damage, especially in children. last night, the governor apologized, and adriana diaz has the latest. >> did you get a water tester? >> yes, i have a bottle. >> reporter: this is abbey carradine's new normal-- worrying about water. today, she bottled tap water for lead testing.
weeks. >> every morning i wake up, i'm-- we've been going different places taking showers, and this is our life that we live every day. and, it's just been turned upside down. ( applause ) >> reporter: at last night's state of the state address, governor rick snyder took responsibility. >> i am sorry, and i will fix it. >> reporter: and he thanked private citizens for discovering the danger that his own department of environmental quality missed. >> professor marc edwards from virginia tech, and dr. mona hanna-attica sounded an alarm. >> this is what was coming out of their tap. >> reporter: professor marc edwards, a water safety expert from virginia tech, alerted the public for the first time this fall, that flint's water contained high levels of lead. >> there is no safe level of lead in a child. none. >> reporter: after hearing about edwards' study, dr. mona hanna- attica, a flint pediatrician, discovered that the number of children with dangerous blood lead levels had doubled after flint tapped into its river water. >> for two years, for almost two
the water's safe. it's being tested. we meet all regulatory, you know, guidelines. you can drink the water. so there's a huge loss of trust. these are government agencies, whose only job is to ensure the water is safe. and they failed. they failed at every level. >> reporter: late today, the governor released e-mails showing how his office handled the flint crisis over the past two years. scott, several show that the governor was aware of residents' complaints about water quality as far back as february. >> pelley: adriana diaz, with some of the emergency water rations, there. adriana, thank you. well, you just heard the apology of michigan's governor, rick snyder. this afternoon, the governor told us there is extensive ongoing testing of the lead levels, and we thought the public would like to know what those tests are showing. governor, is the water in flint safe today? >> we don't want to consider it safe, scott. i think we've seen progress in terms of improvements in the
thoroughly tested, including third-party verification, we want people to assume that they should be using filters or bottled waters in the interim measure. >> pelley: so, fair to say you don't know what the lead content is in the water? >> well, again, we don't want people to believe it's safe. extensive testing is going on, has been going on for some time. and we are seeing improvements in the water supply, but we don't want people to believe it's appropriate to drink at this point in time, and that's why i am proud to have the national guard out there working hard. >> pelley: i don't understand why you can't give us the latest testing data and what it shows for the water in flint. what is the number? >> i don't have the number at the top of my head of the very latest data. and it varies by parts of the city. >> pelley: i would think that the governor of michigan would have those numbers at the top of his mind right now. >> until they're in a range that is considered safe, i don't actually want to get into the
street, what the particulars are. >> pelley: do you know how many children have been injured? >> no, not specifically. we do know how many have high blood lead levels, and in that range we're talking probably over 100 kids. there could be a number of others, many others, and so we're assuming there's a much broader universe and that's why we're working hard on making sure we're following up with good early childhood interventions, interventions during elementary school, and we'll be looking at care for years on this to make sure we're following through, to do what we can to really make sure these kids get issues addressed. >> pelley: let's be plain. what went wrong in the department of environmental quality? >> they were too technical. they followed-- literally-- the rules. they didn't use enough common sense, to say in a situation like this, there should be more measures, there should be more concern, and it has led to this terrible tragedy that i'm sorry for, but i'm going to fix. >> pelley: if the pipes throughout the city are corroded, how do you fix this
>> you can re-coat these pipes, in all likelihood, and that's why we're going through that process now. we've enhanced the corrosion controls to really put a coating back on the pipes so it can be safely used. because as you know, many places in this country do have lead pipes but water comes out safely because of this coating process. >> pelley: in terms of the sick- out in the detroit schools today, what is your message to the teachers? >> i would hope you would stop harming the children. i appreciate the fact that people have strong feelings on different issues, but to do it at the expense of affecting the school day for the children, i don't think that's appropriate. >> pelley: flint switched back to detroit's water system. many have called for governor snyder's resignation, but he told us that his responsibility is to stay and meet the crisis. in other news today, kentucky and tennessee got a few inches of snow. there were accidents. there will be ice tonight, but a
forecast for the east. eric fisher, chief meteorologist at our cbs boston station wbz, is joining us. eric, what do we have to expect? >> well, scott, we are all systems go tonight for a major east coast snowstorm. it will be wrapping up the end of this week and the weekend, the weather service getting ready with winter storm watches from arkansas, stretching all the way over to new jersey and in that lime green shading, the epicenter for this storm, washington, d.c., and baltimore, where blizzard watches are in effect. it all starts tomorrow as liquids, some severe weather possible along the gulf coast. the storm then moves just to the east of the chesapeake, the snow moving into the mid-atlantic on friday afternoon and evening, and as it really intensifies we get a textbook nor'easter, heavy snow right along the coast moving inland, and the snow shield will move up to southern new england and then it will halt. big snow totals here. in the dark blue shadings, one to two feet, and local totals could even exceed two feet. and before all this gets going, there is a chance of severe storms in places like new orleans, pensacola for tomorrow.
towards florida for a chance of severe storms. >> pelley: two feet. eric fisher, wbz. eric, thank you. one year from today a new president will be inaugurated. and a new poll shows republican donald trump is leading ted cruz two to one in new hampshire, less than three weeks before the primary. we have two campaign reports tonight. first we're going to go to major garrett on sarah palin, joining trump on the trail. major? >> reporter: sarah palin helps donald trump deflect attacks from ted cruz over trump's conservative credentials, but cruz and trump differ on several issues, including taxes, government surveillance, and immigration. >> our candidate is ballsy enough to get out there and put those issues on the table. >> reporter: like trying to ban muslims from entering the u.s. >> we're talking about security. >> i disagree with that proposal. >> reporter: cruz instead wants to halt immigration from countries where isis or al qaeda dominate.
tax for individuals, 16% for businesses. >> there are more words right now in the i.r.s. code than there are in the bible. >> reporter: trump keeps much of the tax code, but cuts rates and creates just four income brackets. >> it will grow the american economy at a level that it hasn't seen for decades. >> reporter: cruz voted to curb government collection of phone and computer records to fight terror. trump wants to reinstate the surveillance, and told us u.s. security trumps privacy. >> i have always come down on the side of security. to me, it's the most important. >> reporter: even if it means, doing something to encroach on the bill of rights? >> i hate it. i hate the concept of it, but we're dealing with some very, very bad dudes. >> reporter: i'm nancy cordes. with bernie sanders gaining steam, hillary clinton's top supporters are fanning out with this message: >> i think the term "socialist" doesn't make it easier to win. >> reporter: connecticut governor, dan malloy, argued a socialist nominee would hurt
general election. new york congressman steve israel agreed: >> there's a place to carry the socialist banner. there's no question about it. i'm not so sure that, particularly in swing congressional districts, the most competitive districts in america, that's the banner you want to be parading. >> reporter: others brought up sanders' radical views from the 1970's when he pushed for public takeovers of the oil, gas, even television industries. >> hillary clinton, as i understand it, was a supporter of barry goldwater. who cares? that was a long, long time ago. >> reporter: sanders says his positions now are right in line with the base. 68% of democrats say they support a single payer health care system, or what he calls "medicare for all." and the socialist label doesn't seem to be a deal breaker. at least not in the primaries. in fact, scott, one recent poll in iowa found that 43% of democrats there would use the word "socialist" to define themselves.
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leak is swelling. officials have now doubled the impact zone, adding thousands who are eligible to relocate. mark morris is deciding whether to leave: >> it needs to stop, and it needs to be shut down, and it needs to be shut down forever. >> reporter: to stop the leak, the utility company, southern california gas, is drilling down 8,000 feet and using a relief well to intersect the leaking pipe and plug it up. crews are being very careful, drilling just 20 feet a day. still, so-cal gas announced, they expect to have the leak plugged by the end of february. congressman brad sherman toured the site: >> you've got to keep trying to seal this until either the field is empty or the leak is plugged. if it just keeps leaking, it goes for a year. >> welcome to our home. >> reporter: the eng family of eight is living out of suitcases in a hotel. >> the kids were experiencing nose bleeds and stomachaches.
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under fire! 8 news now uncovers the findings of a new audit that could get the agency shut down - next at 6. >> pelley: jamie foxx won an oscar for his portrayal of ray charles. now he's winning praise for a live performance in the role of real-life hero. here's carter evans. >> reporter: the drama unfolded monday night in front of foxx's house, in an upscale neighborhood just outside l.a. >> when i got here, the truck was over on its side and it was in flames. >> reporter: the driver, 32- year-old brett kyle, was still inside.
that 911 call and an off-duty first responder helped foxx pull kyle from the wreckage as the flames grew. he was trapped by his seat belt. >> luckily, a guy pulls up. he has e.m.t. scissors, hits the window, cleared the glass. i climbed in and i grabbed the scissors from him, cut the seat belt, and as we pulled him out, within five seconds later, the-- the truck goes up. >> reporter: police say kyle, seen here lying on the ground after the rescue, was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when he lost control and hit a ditch, causing his truck to flip several times before it burst into flames. >> it's all tears of joy. >> reporter: the driver's father, brad kyle, stopped by the scene later to thank foxx. >> it doesn't matter to me who it was or what they do for a living or whatever, just the idea that someone would do that is-- is so much more than i can fathom. >> i don't look at it as heroic. i just look at it, like, you know, you just had to do
>> reporter: as kyle recovers in the hospital, his family is grateful for the unscripted act. >> you good? >> i bet i am. >> come on, man. >> reporter: ...of bravery. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs switch to centurylink prism tv, and get the same great channels cable gives you, without having to deal with cable. yes and?
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