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>> do we have a picture of peggy at high school? >> time for a break. breaking news tonight. dramatic finish. cruz and the stop trump movement score a big win in wisconsin this week. and can sanders beat clinton as insiders tell nbc news of a power struggle in the trump campaign. anti-gay up roar. this time in mississippi as the governor signs a bill that some say is about religious freedom, but others say is a license to discriminate. the hunger games. the new weight loss procedure unveiled that makes your body think you're full, helps you lose those pesky pounds. no surgery needed. was it the greatest ending ever? a buzzer-beater for rt ages. tonight, a hero's welcome as the crowd goes wild. and the verdict from marcia clark herself on the smash hit series making millions see the trial of the century in a
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whole new way. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. we begin tonight with voting underway in wisconsin's presidential primary, and we may soon know whether the stop trump movement's wisconsin gambit will work. ted cruz has remained ahead in the polls going into today's election, and the stop trump effort has placed a big bet that wisconsin is the place that can begin to turn trump's fortunes around. tonight, multiple sources inside the trump campaign and close to the candidate tell nbc news there is deep concern about the front-runner's inner circle and their level of experience. nbc's hallie jackson has details. >> reporter: this is where donald trump will be stopped if the never trump movement gets the win it needs from ted cruz. a top aide privately predicting to nbc news
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a double-digit win. we're going to win here in wisconsin. it will have a powerful effect nationwide, continuing to unite republicans. >> a win for ted cruz tonight has more to do with trump's weaknesses and the terrible week he's had than it does with cruz really rising or shining in the spotlight. >> reporter: outside, anti-trump groups spending four times as much as the front-runner as they try to make today a turning point. helped by people like enrique, a peruvian immigrant who got his citizenship in order to vote for the first time today, voting against trump. >> i really feel that he's trying to divide people. >> reporter: if trump loses, maybe more pressure on what nbc news has learned is growing frustration and infighting in the campaign. for months, the campaign motto, let trump be trump, has worked well. but now some loyalists fear that strategy is haunting the campaign. multiple sources on trump's team and close to the candidate now questioning how he's being advised, warning
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he's too insulated by a handful of aides. certain people don't want to lose power, one source said. that inner circle includes embattled campaign manager corey lewandowski. campaign sources question whether he can stand up to trump, telling nbc news they think he lacks the authority to ensure his billionaire boss beeves up on policy. among those angered by lewandowski, members of trump's family. now with plans to pivot to more formal policy speeches, trump's dismissing talk of turmoil today. >> we're doing really well. i had not heard anything about the inner fighting of the campaign. but, you know, we have a very successful campaign going, and i think we're going to keep it going. >> reporter: steadfast still in support of his campaign manager and the rest of his team. trump's appeal tested tonight in this badger state battleground. the results here will marinate for the next two weeks until new york's primary. there and in the following five states, trump looks strong, making it all the more important for cruz to win in wisconsin to
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prove he can compete in the east. lester. >> hallie, there's plenty of drama to go around in wisconsin. we're watching the democratic side as well. polls showing a close race between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. the sanders campaign hoping to pull off another win and up the pressure on clinton heading into her home state of new york. nbc's andrea mitchell has late details. >> reporter: bernie sanders counting on wisconsin. >> we are hoping that here in wisconsin, there will be a record-breaking turnout. >> reporter: behind in delegates, needing a big win tonight to build momentum for the bigger prize, new york, two weeks from now. that's where hillary clinton is today, ignoring wisconsin, going after donald trump. >> i wish he'd get out of one of his towers and actually walk the streets. >> reporter: but even on "the view" questions about being, quote, inauthentic. >> i don't understand that. i don't understand that because i've been pretty much the same person my entire life for better or worse. >> reporter: that inauthentic charge partly because of a
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sanders attack that's sticking. the contrast between clinton's claims about small donors -- >> our campaign depends on small donations for the majority of our support. >> reporter: -- and the reality, the ties to big money. the secrecy of those goldman sachs speeches and now her closed door campaign fund-raisers. we talked to sanders today. >> the reality is that the majority of her money comes from wealthier people. >> reporter: in fact, only 19% of clinton's donors give less than $200 while 66% of sanders' donations this year are from small donors. he says averaging just $27. >> it's a big contrast. she has to go to rich people's living rooms. he just says, you know, send the money in, and he gets millions online. >> we're very proud of the number of small-dollar donors that we have to our campaign as well. >> reporter: tonight, jane sanders telling kasie hunt, she's not sure they're donors would help clinton. >> there are a lot of people getting involved for the first
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time in the democratic party. the question is can he convince them to believe in someone else if he -- if he's not the nominee? >> reporter: a clinton spokesperson says tonight that he assures sanders and clinton will come together to defeat the republicans. and tonight hillary clinton is doing exactly what barack obama and all the republicans have done, relying on the high-dollar fund-raiser, this time in the bronx. lester. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. a major controversy is brewing once again in the south as another state passes what it's calling a religious freedom law in the wake of last year's supreme court decision to legalize same sex marriage. critics see it as a thinly veiled license to discriminate against gays and lesbians. janet shamlian has the fallout. >> reporter: the announcement from mississippi governor phil brienlt came on twitter and facebook. despite calls for a veto, he signed the state's controversial religious rights bill, allowing businesses, churches, and others to refuse service to
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same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. >> it simply protects someone's religious views. >> reaction swift on social media. i've never been more disgusted in the state of mississippi. but also support. how is passing the bill considered hate? tonight, the aclu saying it will serve as the magnolia state's badge of shame. others calling it sanctioned discriminati discrimination. >> mississippi needs only to look as far as north carolina to see how damaging discrimination can be to a state's reputation and to a state's economy. >> reporter: paypal today canceled plans for a 400-job expansion, citing north carolina's new law limiting protection for transgender people. and atlanta joined a growing list of cities and states banning publicly funded travel there. but in georgia, a religious liberty bill was vetoed after big companies threatened to take business elsewhere. >> i believe it is about the character of our state and the
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character of our people. >> reporter: in the wake of last year's landmark decision legalizing gay marriage, showdowns in a number of states. mississippi's law takes effect in july. janet shamlian, nbc news. also in the south, an unprecedented move. alabama lawmakers are acting to impeach governor robert bentley amid the scandal over bentley's alleged affair with an aide and complaints he misused state funds. but the governor is fighting back and vowing to defend himself. we get the details from nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: for the first time in alabama history, today the process to impeach the state's governor began. >> we're looking at this governor who has essentially betrayed the trust of the people of alabama. >> reporter: in response, the 73-year-old governor issued a statement promising to vigorously defend himself. second-term governor robert bentley is accused of using state resources to further an alleged affair with
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former top political aide rebekah mason. leaked audiotapes are believed to be the now divorced governor talking to his alleged mistress. >> let me kiss that left ear, okay? >> reporter: governor bentley has denied a physical affair but has apologized for making inappropriate comments. >> i did. i did it, and that's why i ask the people of this state to forgive me because they are a forgiving people, and they know god's grace. >> reporter: the scandal exploded after the fired top law enforcement official here raised question about the governor's alleged relationship and possible misuse of state resources. >> this is not about the governor's personal conduct. this is about the allegations against him, including that he obstructed justice within the alabama state law enforcement agency. >> if you're in favorite, vote aye. >> reporter: ironically house members who may eventually vote on impeachment are the same politicians who re-upped the speaker of the house, despite his indictment on 23 counts of ethics violations. the speaker who
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maintains his innocence has yet to go on trial. and among the witnesses who could be called in that case, governor robert bentley. >> partly embarrassed by it and partly used to it. it's just part of the circus that goes on here. >> reporter: tonight a special house investigative committee will be formed to look into the allegations, which means a vote on impeachment could still be weeks away. kerry sanders, nbc news, montgomery. the scandal over what's believed to be the biggest data leak in history may have claimed its first political casualty. iceland's prime minister, sigmundur david gunnlaugsson says he's asked another official to take over his office for now after the so-called panama papers exposed his link to a secret offshore company. the papers leaked from a law firm revealed billions allegedly hidden by the rich and powerful. back here at home, san francisco is now the first city in the nation to require six weeks of fully paid parental leave. workers in california are already eligible to receive 55% of their pay for six
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weeks of parental leave. this new measure requires employers in san francisco to pay the other 45 pshsz. now to the shot heard round the world. being called one of the greatest finishes ever. it was the reason neighbors across the country were woken up out of sound sleep by the screams of millions who couldn't believe what they just saw. tonight the celebration is far from over at villanova. nbc's ron mott is there. >> it's page off balance. >> reporter: zero to thrilling in 4.7 seconds. north carolina trailing late, ties the game. enter kris jenkins, already a big man on villanova's campus, then this. >> gives it to jenkins for the championship. >> reporter: tonight he's the biggest of them all and one of the most fantastic finishes in ncaa history. >> i just knew if i get in his line of vision, then he'll find me. >> how about this? >> reporter: the buzzer-beater driving
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more than the faithful wild. at b even basketball hall of famer charles barkley. the vice president cheered too out of duty for his alma mater. >> she is a diehard fan. >> reporter: dr. biden sharing with nbc news this exclusive message for the team. >> congratulations. you were spectacular. >> reporter: with classes canceled for the day -- >> look at that. there go the fire hoses. >> reporter: the boys in blue showered with a hero's welcome. >> i can't believe he made that final shot. i can't believe that we're national champions. >> i'm losing my mind. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: it's a storybook ending for kris jenkins, whose mom asked melanie and nate britt senior to raise him. for the britts, the championship was an emotional tug-of-war. kris on one side, their other son, nate britt jr., playing for the tar heels.
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in the end, both joy and pain and two brothers, keepers. a cold night here, but a lot of warm hearts behind me. they just heard from their team the last time villanova was on top of the college basketball world, none of the players on this team was even born. that was 31 years ago, 1985, and that team pulled off a pretty big upset over georgetown. being here, lester, i think it's another night of partying on the agenda. >> i don't know what was more fun to watch, ron. the shot or the reactions in the stands. thank you for that report. still ahead tonight, we're going to talk about the war on weight. the new one-hour procedure that could become an alternative to gastric bypass, helping people shed pounds without y. also kate on camera. a dramatic exit by a flight attendant has shocked those on board her plane.
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there's promising new weapon in the battle against bulging waistlines. it's a pioneering procedure that can trick your appetite, and unlike gastric bypass, this new method requires no surgery. we get more from nbc's morgan radford. >> reporter: cheryl denby says her weight has been a burden her entire life. >> it's hard to do daily things like laundry, grocery store. just getting up to get dressed. my knee's hurting. >> reporter: so she decided to take a chance on an
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experimental weight loss procedure. >> what made you choose this procedure as opposed to gastric bypass? >> i wouldn't have to be off work. >> reporter: it's called bare at rick embowlization. while the patient is awake, a doctor threads a catheter into the arteries at the top of the stomach. tiny plastic particles are injected. the procedure takes just over an hour. in three months, cheryl has lost 30 pounds. >> i feel like it's a start, a big start. >> we do not think this is a magic bullet. i believe it's a great new tool that will hopefully have long term effectiveness. >> reporter: it showed on average patients lost 13% of their excess weight after six months. the study was small. only seven patients so far and still needs more testing. >> i don't think patients should expect at this point to go to their local interventional radiologist to have this procedure
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performed. we're not quite there yet. >> reporter: but cheryl says she's not as hungry, and when she is, she's making healthier choices. >> i'm just happy to be lighter, not just in weight but spirit. >> reporter: something her whole family is celebrating. >> have you noticed a difference in cheryl since her procedure? >> yes, i have. >> reporter: cheryl says she's happy to be a pioneer in the new front to fight the war on weight. morgan radford, nbc news. we're back in a moment with a medal winner who proved that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and even species.
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we have an update now on a story we first told you about last night. a flight attendant that allegedly opened the emergency door and deployed the evacuation slide on a united airlines flight after it landed in houston, even though the airline says there was apparently no emergency. now we're seeing what appears to be that moment caught on camera as the flight attendant emerges from
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the plane and slides down the shoot to the ground after the plane had taxied to the gate, then walks away. as the investigation continues into exactly what happened. tonight the airline tells nbc news the flight attendant is no longer employed by united. not all heroes on the battlefield happen to be human. luca, a retired u.s. marine corps dog received a top medal today for her military service. luca completed over 400 mission over six years and lost a leg while hunting for homemade bombs in afghanistan. she was joined at the ceremony by her handler, a gunnery sergeant from california, and we salute them both. when we come back, former o.j. simpson prosecutor marcia clark on what you didn't see in the courtroom or on the hit series based on the case. >> announcer: "nbc nightly news" is brought to you by pacific life. for life insurance, annuities and investments, choose pacific life. the power to help you succeed.
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finally tonight, imagine this. a dramatic conclusion to a smash-hit series in which viewers already know what's going to happen. and millions are set to tune in anyway.
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that's because "the people v. o.j. simpson" on fx has given both those who lived it and those who didn't a textured look at the role of racism and sexism in the so-called trial of the century. nbc's cynthia mcfadden was in the courtroom for every day of that trial, and today she talked to lead prosecutor marcia clark to get her verdict on the series. >> reporter: will you be watching tonight? >> i can't resist. even though i know how it ends. >> reporter: marcia clark was a star in the l.a. prosecutor's office when she was asked to lead the double-murder case against o.j. simpson. but it didn't go as planned. >> i wasn't sure i was going to be able to watch it to be honest with you. >> we're taking him to trial. >> reporter: but she has and says sarah paulson's portrayal captures not only what happened but how she felt. looking back, clark says the sexism is obvious. >> you anticipate that we can hear what she has to say in one day? >> i would expect so, your honor, barring any acts of god or further child care
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crisises from ms. clark. >> reporter: in the film they have you crying in the office one night. >> i'm not a public personality. this isn't what i do. >> reporter: is that a scene that really happened? >> i didn't go up and exactly slide down the wall and cry, but i felt like it about every day. >> reporter: clark says from the start, the issue of race hung over the courtroom. >> the jury was not subtle. i could tell that they were resisting everything we were doing. >> reporter: she says the reason in part was the simmering racial tension in l.a. after the acquittal of four white cops seen beating rodney king a few years earlier. 53 people died in the ensuing riot. >> people didn't appreciate to what degree the rodney king riot mattered. >> reporter: johnnie cochran understood and made race the narrative of the defense. >> reporter: so did johnnie cochran and his team play unfairly? >> of course he did. but that's what they always do. the defense is going to push the envelope as hard and as fast as they can. it's up to the judge
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to stop them. >> reporter: but she says judge lance ito didn't. >> i see you sent me a fan letter today. that's arsenio hall. >> he was much more interested in playing to the media and his own celebrity than he was about making sure that the case was run appropriately. >> reporter: clark is now a writer. her new book, out next month. >> it's crime fiction because i'm done with reality. >> reporter: she ended her career as a prosecutor the day of the verdict. >> i walked out. i never went back. >> reporter: justice was not done. >> justice was certainly not done. >> reporter: cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. that lo do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. taaye ofalirniouut a ap thfacte
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this is ridiculous. this is crazy. it's an outrage. and it's a slap in the face to taxpayers and for the state of california. >> right now at 6:00, a state agency asking for millions of dollars to defend itself against another state agency. tonight the fight to stop the p.u.c. from getting the money. good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm peggy bunker in for jessica aguirre. the california public utility regulators want more of your money to pay for lawyers to fight corruption charges against them. they've told state lawmakers that they need another $6
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million for a pair of outside law films. nbc bay area's mark matthews has the story you'll only see on nbc bay area. >> in the aftermath of the san bruno pipeline explosion and fire that killed eight people in 2010, the state attorney general opened a corruption and influence peddling investigation into suspected back room deals between utilities and the regulators at the state public utility commission. essentially one public agency investigating the other. the feds also have started a separate corruption investigation into the p.u.c. and the p.u.c. says the $6 million that it is requesting from the state is needed to comply with eight subpoenas and three search warrants. the bulk of the costs having to do with discovery, especially document production. there are 1 million pages that the p.u.c. wants to run by outside lawyers. san bruno state senator jerry hill spoke with me by phone this afternoon from sacramento. >> this i government. government shod

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