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story. >> we are going to say it day after day. we have showers out there now and you have some moderate pockets of heavier rainfall into parts of the north bay right now. some of that let's check traffic first with elizabeth. >> no wind advisories, no fog advisories nothing like that but it is a wet start to our morning commute. if you are heading toward the sierra pack your chains. they are required on interstate 80 and 88. this is interstate 80 near applegate so chains required on the roads towards the sierra and tahoe. ' little standing water in the middle lanes nothing too bad though heading into san
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francisco. no major problems because of the rain. back to you. >> thank you. it's 5:01. just the past 30 minutes plant officials say workers evacuated earlier from the crippled japanese nuclear power plant were allowed to return. they were forced out when there was a surge of radiation at the plant. we'll have a live update from charlie d'agata in japan in a couple of minutes. you might be surprised where the biggest threat from a tsunami is here in the bay area. christin ayers is in oakland, where a big wave could mean some very big problems. reporter: good morning. scientists tell the "contra costa times" that the biggest tsunami threat could come if there was a massive earthquake 9.0 or larger in southern alaska sending a huge wave that could flood the port of oakland in four or five hours. if we look at the maps that scientists have developed here, it shows you just why oakland
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and alameda are most susceptible to that kind of flooding. they are geographically situated at the end of the golden gate strait and could bear the brunt of a big wave like that. they say up to 165 structures in that area would be threatened. now, of course, we saw some of the devastating effects that a relatively minor tsunami had on santa cruz harbor. experts tell the "contra costa times" that area would actually be spared and really any other areas south of santa clara county, they would likely miss any heavy damage. now, another factor that makes the port of oakland such a vulnerable area to that kind of flooding is the massive ships in this area and also the huge cargo containers that are parked here and, of course, the thousands of employees who work here, as well. scientists say it is, however, unlikely that it would hit soon. >> thank you, christin ayers in oakland. the tsunami damage in the bay area is worse than
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originally thought. port officials say damage to the santa cruz harbor could be more than $25 million. that doesn't even include the $4 million in damage to these private boats here. the original damage estimate was $17 million. at least 13 boats sank in the harbor there. another 100 were damaged, a few others are missing and assume swept out to sea. up in crescent city, port officials there now say 63 boats were damaged by the tsunami. of those, 16 sank.
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back to our top story: the radiation scare in japan...
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workers who were evacuated from the crippled japanese nuclear plant... have just been allowed to return. charlie d'agata is live in tokyo with the latest on the nuclear threat source: rtv/nhk-no access japan) efforts to prevent a full blown nuclear disaster suffered a scary setback overnight - (sot: yukio edan/japan chief cabinet secretary) :06-:09 "workers are said to have evacuated to a safe location." (voice of english translator) a dangerous spike in radiation levels forced workers
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time is 5: pg and e admits -
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getting on with their daily lives but like many in japan they are worried about the amount of radiation coming from the plant and where it may be headed. in tokyo, where low levels of radiation were detected, store shelves were wiped out after people stocked up. >> no water, no food. >> reporter: japan is fighting disaster on so many fronts. the earthquake, tsunami and resulting humanitarian crisis, the growing nuclear nightmare, and now the newest problem, the weather. a cold snap overnight brought freezing temperatures and snow to some of the hardest hit areas. now, the cold front brought with it very high winds that we have been experiencing all day today. the good news for the people of japan, that wind is headed over the nuclear power plant and
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towards the pacific. frank? >> charlie, a question for you. how about your own health? as a reporter, i know you want to cover this story. but with radiation and some of the fallout, how do you feel about that and take from us there. >> reporter: you know, it's a concern. and i guess the concern i have is -- is shared with the people that we're with here in japan even 150 miles west. it's uncertainty, what everybody is concerned about is what is going to happen at the nuclear power plant, how concentrated is it going to be and most importantly, everybody is concerned about the wind. it was really blowing a gale today and everybody is wondering is it going in that direction, is it going in that direction? most people toward that area that are at higher risk as now in that exclusion area are being told to stay indoors, keep the windows down, don't let the kids outside, don't drink tap water. as we get closer to the area, i
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think we're all getting a little bit more concerned because we have to do a job that obviously takes us out into the open air. i think we're just going to sort of judge how we approach this and how behave according to what we're seeing happening on the story that we're trying to cover. frank. >> charlie d'agata live in japan, charlie, stay safe and stay healthy and thanks so much. >> our time now 5:10. pg&e admits it is missing crucial documents. >> as the utility tries to prove its pipeline pressures are safe, what it might be forced to do that taxpayers might ultimately pay for. ,,,,,,,,,,
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some important pipeline tests. anne makovec is at the site of the san bruno pipeline explosion...with the developments.
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the pressure tests haven't been identified for san bruno. here's a quote from chris johns the president of pg&e. he says while we have made good progress on our records validation, we are not satisfied with the results to date we will review our files for additional pressure test reports. the public utilities commission says they will do that. pg&e also talking about doing more in line inspections. talked a little bit over the past several months about the smart pigs, these cameras that can go into the lines so they are planning on doing more of that as well as more pressure testing and pipeline replacement. specifically, on 150 miles of untested pipeline similar to that in san bruno. they are talking about doing high pressure water tests with that calling it a very aggressive plan. but when you're talking about things like the smart pig
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situation and these high pressure water tests, those are very expensive. that would include some shutdowns in service for some neighborhoods, pg&e talking about doing that this summer. pg&e may order more tests and shutdowns in the future. back to you. >> thank you. it is 5:15. coming up, outrage over a california student's racist rant. >> if you're going to come east to l.a., then use american manners. >> the viral video and how some are taking their anger a little bit further. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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raindrops outside continue to fall. scattered showers around the bay area right now. you can see some moderate amounts of rainfall in the north bay. good cell making its way east of oakland, going continue to see this throughout the morning hours. in the middle of the day, the afternoon, starts to taper off and a little sunshine coming
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in. if you are headed out, be prepared for rain. keep the umbrella handy and a jacket. temperatures in the 50s. we have areas of fog, too, especially over skyline boulevard. i think this afternoon, a chance of some scattered showers but they will be more widely scattered and it will be a bit breezy. temperatures in the 50s and 60s. chains needed in the sierra nevada. another system developing out behind that although a slight chance of a few showers on thursday. but i think more significant rain as we get into friday. 57 in daly city. east bay temperatures up into the 50s and 60s by the afternoon. with a couple of sunny breaks it out there. toward the north bay we'll see temperatures in the 50s and the 60s. so looking out over the next couple of days, we have some more rain, don't put the umbrella too far away and we have a chance of a few more
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showers for tomorrow. just a slight chance. friday significant rain in the bay area. more showers on saturday. another storm moves in come sunday. keeping things unsettled and wet well into next week. that's a look at weather. here's elizabeth with traffic. >> very dreary forecast. >> sorry. >> i don't even see any little like -- there is a little tiny sunshine i guess behind one of those clouds. all right. chains are required as lawrence mentioned if you are planning a trip to the sierra. here's a live look. snowy by truckee. just getting word of an accident sounds like it's in the westbound lanes of 80 near truckee. jackknifed big rig. a big rig jackknifed, rather, and couple of lanes are blocked up in that area. eastbound 80 that is looking okay. but obviously, you definitely need chains heading up that way. and yeah, slick conditions across the bay area. headlights coming into san francisco on the bay bridge toll plaza. a little standing water in the middle lance you can see some cars making splashes as they
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head toward the pay gates. no delays. great day to use mass transit. everything is on time including bart, ace, muni and caltrain. and we have a photographer in san jose. this is a look at 101 near the alum rock exit. headlights moving northbound towards santa clara. we haven't seen any big accidents because of the wet weather but again, give yourself some extra time, take it extra slow out there. that is your traffic and your weather. back to you. >> thank you. coming up, a california student's racist rant that's prompting death threats. >> and you can barter for airline tickets and hotels, so how about a pair of jeans? one local company saying, name your price. tell you who when we come back. getting ready to plant?
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alexandra wallace has apologized but could face disciplinary action. >> a popular gal. a nasa astronaut and two russian cosmonauts are back on earth after spending five months on the international space station. the soyuz capsule landed in a remote snowy area of kazakhstan. the landing was 3.5 hours after soyuz undocked from the space station. the astronaut is scott kelly, whose twin brother is mark and is married to wounded congresswoman gabrielle giffords. mark kelly is prepping for a mission on the space shuttle endeavour going up next month. for the first time in history, a bay area teen has won the intel science talent search. 17-year-old evan o'dorney of danville taking home first place this year. that award considered the high school equivalent of the nobel prize. o'dorney beat out 39 other finalists from across the country for his work in mathematics. he also won a big national math award. the teen found the answer tie
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previously unsolved theoretical math problem. that award comes with a $100,000 prize. and congratulations from president obama. you might recognize evan o'dorney. he also won the scripps national spelling bee back in 2007. and he says he wants to go to harvard and i don't think he will have any trouble with that. >> harvard is already calling him saying you're in, in a big way. it's like priceline for pants. >> yeah. gap is inviting shoppers now to name their price on 18 different pairs of khakis for men. you just make an offer at gap counters. check it out. on is good through today. a new way to get buyers in now. 5:26. they are likely part of your morning grind. is starbucks brewing up a merger with peete's? the rumor circulating on wall street this morning. >> and some more fallout from the alleged police misconduct. officers accused of searching without warrants. this morning the impact on some drug cases, coming up.
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and scientists studying where the next big tsunami could happen in the bay area. the surprising results of their research. and the death line has came and went for pg&e to release records on its pipelines. what this might indicate about danger underneath some of our neighborhoods. coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. and a big good morning, everybody. it is wednesday, march 16. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm sydnie kohara. thanks for joining us. your time is 5:30. well, the rain is still around, it could stick with us for quite some time. let's go ahead and start with a quick check of your weather and traffic before you head out the door. lawrence, good morning. you're back with us. and the rain is back with you. >> and bringing more rain. there is not really an end in sight just yet as we continue to see the showers around the bay area this morning. you got some moderate amounts of rainfall in through parts of the bay area this morning so if you are heading out make sure you're extra careful on the roads. we have some fog out there, too. we have a series of storms headed toward california and we are going to let you know how those will impact us and when in a few minutes. first, elizabeth has traffic. >> chp working a couple of
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different accidents right now. nothing though blocking lanes so no big delays. at the bay bridge toll plaza, you can see some of that standing water especially in the middle lanes earlier some cars making big splashes towards the pay gates. mass transit is a good option. everything is on time so far including bart, ace, muni and caltrain. we'll continue to keep updated on the conditions on the roads and the in back to you. radiations have dropped at the nuclear power plant at fukushima, japan. that is allowing workers to return to the job of trying to prevent a meltdown. they were forced out earlier because of an increase of radioactivity at the plant. >> workers are said to have been evacuated to a safe location. >> low levels of radiation have been detected in tokyo. people there stocking up on food, water and other supplies. and they are still feeling
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aftershocks. the 6.0 magnitude quake hitting eastern japan yesterday. the quake shook buildings, but there are no immediate reports of any more damage. tidal changes were reported but this time no risk of a tsunami. japan is asking the united states for a shipment of potassium iodide pills for use in the nuclear emergency. they work by filling the thyroid with potassium iodide so it has no room to absorb the radioactivity. this is especially crucial for children who are more sensitive to the radioactivity. people should not use the pills if they are allergic to iodine or have certain skin disorders or thyroid disease. radiation fears seem to be prompting a run on the pills here in the united states. and the air we breathe is being checked for possible dangers from japan's damaged nuclear plant. a device on top of a building in downtown san francisco continually monitors our air for signs of radiation contamination. more such sensors are expected
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to be put up in short order. the east bay is the most vulnerable part of the bay area if a tsunami rushed through the golden gate. christin ayers is in oakland check the map showing the danger zone and joins us now live. >> reporter: good morning. tsunami experts say it would take a massive earthquake not here in the bay area but in southwestern alaska, of all places, to spark a large tsunami. the places that would be hit hardest, alameda and oakland. if you take a look at the map, you can see what researchers have developed. they say alameda county is at the end of the golden gate strait putting it in a perfect position to be pummeled by tsunami waves in the event of an alaskan quake of 9.0 or higher. and the damage would be extensive. we're talking about 165 structures damaged in alameda county, 121 in san francisco. and 35 structures in san mateo county, contra costa and santa
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clara counties would largely be spared. and so would santa cruz harbor. we saw friday how damaging a relatively small tsunami was there. but a large alaskan quake would likely not have much of an impact beyond the south bay according to those experts. now, we are hearing from those experts that it would take anywhere from four or five hours for those tsunami waves to actually reach here after a large earthquake in alaska. they are saying that the possibility of that kind of tsunami is relatively low. still, you should be prepared and know the places it could hit hardest. frank. >> okay, christin ayers is live in oakland. thank you. dozens of bay area college students being forced to return home from japan. 12 students from san francisco university and 35 from stanford have been studying in japan as part of a program but that program is suspended for the first time in its 45-year history. it's unclear when the students will get back home. the airports are packed with
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passengers trying to leave japan. and if you want to help japanese victims, you can log on to our website, click on "links and numbers" for a list of agencies that are coordinating relief. the time now is 5: 35. we are going to use a little reverse psychology here saying i love the rain. i am so looking forward to the rain you. >> better love it because it's going to be around for quite some time, right? >> frank, you're going to love the next seven days. >> you bet! we love ya! >> i don't think too many folks feel that way. they are looking forward to spring. even i'm looking forward to a heat wave around the bay area but right now we have winter holding on here. some more showers showing up outside. if you are heading out this morning prepare for some rainfall out there in toward richmond, san pablo and yup into berkeley we have some scattered showers continuing there. pockets of moderate amounts of of rainfall so be careful on the roads, slick starting the day. and we have had a good rain from the last 24 hours over almost 1.5" there in santa rosa, over an inch in petaluma,
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almost a half inch into san francisco. and you have .13 in san jose. so pretty good soaking from this and we have another series of storms headed our way. this one making its way onshore right now. that will move on through bringing the rainfall for today. temperatures not all that bad. 50s and 60s, less showers as you head toward the afternoon. maybe even a couple of sunny breaks. all right. let's get a check of traffic with elizabeth. >> maybe a couple of sunny breaks. hold you to it lawrence. all right. let's go outside towards san jose. here's live look at 101 traffic near the alum rock exit. those headlights are moving northbound towards the direction of santa clara. and as you can see, kind of a wet start to our morning commute but so far, again, we're not seeing any big trouble spots because of it. chp was working a couple of different accidents, but quickly cleared to the right shoulder. no serious injuries. and mostly green on all of our live traffic sensors. here's live look through -- down the eastshore freeway near ashby. it looks like our camera is updating right now but it's 18 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze.
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we also have some roadwork still lingering especially in the eastbound lanes of highway 4. it sounds like this is our biggest area of roadwork right now between bailey road and railroad avenue. various lanes blocked. again, just in the eastbound direction until 7:00 this morning. westbound traffic in the commute direction still looks good. that is your traffic and weather. back to you. >> thank you. 5:37 your time. pg&e says hundreds of miles of its gas pipeline system will be tested or replaced. anne makovec is in san bruno, where last year's explosion shed some light on pg&e's problem. she joins us now. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a lot of clues are coming in the realm of pressure and the questions are what pressure is it safe to operate these pipelines at and what pipelines that may have been damaged already because of pipeline pressure spiking that has gone on in the past. now, pg&e has spent the past several weeks poring through its records trying to figure out what pressure pipelines
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have been operated at and what sort of testing has been done on them. they have been able to come up with some of that history, some of that written history of lines in high consequence areas like in this neighborhood here in san bruno. pg&e says it has been able to come up with the records on 90% of its lines at least some of the records but about one-third of those are still missing. now, some may have been false as well like the records on the pipeline that blew here, which was originally called seamless and it turns out it did end up having seam. the president of pg&e is commenting after the deadline came and went last night on the producing of these records to the public utilities commission. chris johns said, "while we have made good progress on a records validation we're not satisfied with the results to date and we will continue to search for and review our files for additional pressure test records." and that is going to include
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replacing some pipelines including about 150 miles of untested pipelines similar to that here in san bruno, high pressure water tests will be occurring there and again, some of those miles are expected to be replaced at the order of the public utilities commission. and they are going to do a lot of these tests this summer because that is when the demand for gas is lower. frank. >> well, as my mother always said, you soon forget the price but never the quality and i know the people around san bruno, they want this -- they want it done right to be sure. >> reporter: that's right. as does everybody else who might have a risky line running under their neighborhood. >> thank you, anne makovec live in san bruno. thank you. some more drug cases have been dropped related to the police misconduct investigations in san francisco. so far, prosecutors have dismissed 68 cases. a group of police officers is under investigation for allegedly conducting searches without warrants. hotel surveillance video shown here of some of the raids
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surfaced nearly two weeks ago. dna leads to an arrest for a brutal assault three years ago. santa cruz police arresting 21- year-old elvis garcia friday for rape, robbery and false imprisonment. he is accused of attacking a woman working at a coffeehouse at the santa cruz harbor. dna found that the crime scene closely matched that of garcia's father, who had provided a sample for the state's database after a felony arrest. >> i am thrilled by what we are doing. you know, it -- it -- it highlights for me who we are as californians, frankly, where, you know, we -- we are the place that has cultivated the science. >> garcia is expected to be arraigned later this month. convictions on all counts could mean 80 years to life in prison for him. time is 5:40. lawmakers tackling the issue of airport body scanners today. the travelers most at risk for
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low levels of radiation. plus... >> stunning new images out of japan the moment that deadly quake hit plus our first look at people who ran away from the tsunami as it barreled toward them. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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this is highway one in sonoma county near valley ford early last night. a foot and a half of water forced crews to directions. it's a wet morning out there. this is near valley ford last night. a foot and a half of water forced crews to shut down the road in both directions. a big wall of mud and debris fell on the highway near the russian river. the county did get crews out there though to clean up the mess. but lawrence, i understand we are going to have rain for
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quite some time. and we could see more mud slides and more flooding? >> when you start seeing stuff like this the ground is so saturated now that, yeah, we could see some more mud slides. we have a series of storms still heading toward the bay area. we are seeing stormy weather outside right now. showers continuing but looking like they are diminishing just a little bit outside right now. but you can see extending across san francisco and into oakland and alameda, you're catching a brief break but more rain is heading into your direction, too. it looks like scattered showers for today and as we head toward the afternoon, things should taper off and we'll catch a sunny break a couple of sunny breaks in between. stepping outside now we have the rainfall and temperatures running in the 50s. watch out for areas of some dense fog showing up around the bay area, as well. this afternoon, there is a chance we could see some leftover showers. we'll see some sunshine in between. and temperatures going to be running in the 50s and 60s. a little breezy behind the cold front as we are going to see some gustier winds developing at the coastline and inside the bay. here's your cold front. not the strongest one we have seen but a good soaker around the bay area bringing with it rainfall and lots of snow up
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into the high country. bring chains heading into that direction. you will need them. showers for today will continue behind that. there is a slight chance we could see a few leftover showers for thursday but doesn't look like a big deal. but i think that sets us up for friday and friday looks like a pretty good soaker and that's when we may have to start worrying about some of the mudslides again. temperatures in the 50s and 60s in the south bay. i think as you look toward the east bay we'll see skies part a little bit and bring in a little sunshine but temperatures going to stay down a bit. plan on 50s and 60s, cooler storms now affecting the california coastline. and well, it's cool enough that we may see some snow across some of the higher peaks especially as we head in toward friday. some cold temperatures then and we could see snow down to about 3,000 feet. looks like a chance of leftover showers for tomorrow. i think more serious rain event toward friday. showers on saturday. more rain expected sunday. showers continuing into monday and tuesday. of course, with all the rain getting busy out there on the roads, here's elizabeth with the latest. >> yeah, unfortunately, we are seeing our first real problem of the morning now in
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livermore, westbound 580 before you reach vasco road, we are just getting word of a multi- vehicle crash and we are already seeing some slow speeds behind it. we know at least the right lane is blocked, possibly more. we got calls from ron and don both with the kcbs phone force who tell us traffic is just beginning to stack up in the area. sounds like one car went into a ditch and the accident may have been caused by a truck that dropped a piece of metal debris. we still have debris that lanes as well. there is a look at your drive time right now, 16 minutes out of the altamont pass. but unfortunately, we are starting to see brake lights as far back as 205 so expect that drive time unfortunately to grow here as you make your way out towards pleasanton. so we'll continue to follow that accident and again westbound, 580 at vasco. chp may have just issued an advisory across that stretch, as well. all right. here's a live look at 880 through oakland. we are off to a wet start for our morning commute, slick conditions out there but 880 as you pass the coliseum still looks okay and the san mateo bridge is still moving fine
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here in either direction across the span. about a 13 minute drive between that stretch between hayward and foster city and the peninsula. and mass transit is also on time. a great option for you this morning. remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. back to you. >> thank you. let's take a check of today's top stories. the senate expected to vote today on the state budget. governor jerry brown has been negotiating with republicans over putting tax extensions on the ballot. a new poll out today finds most voters support the extensions to help close the state's $26 billion deficit. now, one move to close the budget gap is laying off teachers. more than 19,000 of them have received a pink slip. depending on what happens with the state budget, districts will decide by may 15 just how many teachers will lose their jobs for good. and the effort to prevent a
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nuclear meltdown resumed today in japan. workers are back at the fukushima power plant after being forced to leave because of a surge in radiation levels. those levels have now decreased. 5:48 now. we are getting new images from japan by the minute here. these pictures show people running for their lives as the tsunami waves fastly approach them. the waves swept across the area over take what appears to be a street and then slip away with cars and homes in tow. shoo >> and this is new video, as well. it captured the moment the deadly quake shook tokyo. you can hear people yell and see products tossed to the floor. the earthquake and tsunami in japan are affecting all types of businesses around the world even japanese restaurants here in the united states are
5:49 am restaurant changed its menu because of the shortage of sushi ingredients. a main supplier of sushi grade products in japan has shut down. >> in the tokyo area they are undergoing planned and scheduled blackouts so a lot of restaurants don't have refrigeration or ways to keep fish so the little they have caught became available to us much sooner than expected. >> of course, the situation much more serious in japan where it could take years to recover from the low food supply. there is talk brewing this morning that starbucks may buy peete's coffee. according to deal reporter, peete's recently met with starbucks about a potential sale. no word though on how likely a deal is. starbucks and peete's aren't commenting. peete's is based in emeryville. its first coffee shop opened in
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the 60s. it currently has 192 stores in six states. >> we love peet's. >> is it a hate crime or simple theft? the stolen sign in a witchcraft store in the bay area. >> let's make a deal. one shelter's unique offer to pair you up with a new furry little pet. saving you money -- now, that's progressive. call or click today.
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it has to do with witches. police say a m off with this sign from a santa cruz a theft of a sign may be a hate crime because it has to do with witchcraft. a manmade off with a sign from a santa cruz witchcraft supply store put it in the vehicle that has "jesus saves" and confess and forgive, and he took off and led police on a 20-
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minute pursuit, finally arrested. >> i think we have a person with christian propaganda painted all over his vehicle stealing from witches. and i don't think it's a coincidence that he stole our sign. it's because of his religious beliefs and how he feels about us. i think that makes it a hate crime. >> a shop owner says everyone tries to get along in santa cruz. police were able to spot the man after an employee jotted down the license plate number of his car. researchers are questioning the safety of those whole body airport scanners that use low levels of radiation. it's safe for occasional travelers but frequent flyers and airport workers should get a patdown. more studies are needed to look at the scanners a long term effects. lawmakers are discussing that today on capitol hill. walking and talking on your cell phone may be more
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dangerous than you think. a everyone should use caution but olders adults should be careful. >> i think it really applies to everybody where you go, lawrence, when you cross the street, you have to be extra careful there. >> what for they are walking, talking, chewing gum. >> and drinking coffee! >> that's a killer waiting to happen! [ laughter ] we have a decent day, some showers, but not a total rainout. scattered showers continuing in across parts of the peninsula and parts of the east bay, as well. toward the middle of the afternoon, we'll sneak in sunshine in between the clouds. so with that in mind, we are going to see a brief break in the real stormy weather.
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we should have a soaker on friday. showers continuing into saturday and sunday likely another soaker going to make its way into the bay area. unsettled, scattered showers continuing on monday and tuesday. all right. we have a great pictured for you. this one send in by eric says my plum tree is ready for spring. and you know what, eric? a lot of people are ready for spring especially elizabeth our local traffic reporter is. westbound 580 a location change, actually approaching north greenville road, unfortunately traffic is stacking up behind that accident. we have been getting several calls from the kcbs phone force. one caller says it's still blocking a lane, another caller says it's just cleared to the right shoulder but we know for sure that our drive time continues to grow. westbound 580, 17 minutes out
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of the altamont pass. a long line of yellow traffic sensors now. this was a multi-vehicle crash. one of those vehicles involved apparent a big rig. also, chains required if you are heading towards the sierra. back to you. >> thank you. >> i'm an anchor that's ready for spring. how much is that doggie in the window? >> name your price. if it's a chihauhau, that's the adoption offer from a bay area shelter. the silicon valley animal control authority seeing a growing number of the small dogs. the problem is so bad, they are calling it a crisis. typically they costing about $150 but you can take home for whatever price you can pay. >> they just shipped some out to the east coast. >> they did. a lot of people, big demand in apartments and things like that. >> gobble them up there in a heartbeat. but too many near california, apparently. >> 5:56 your time. in the next half hour, we have some new pictures of the
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tsunami damage here in california. and why it's now the worse than previously thought. >> and could a tsunami happen in the bay area? we'll check the research. >> pg&e has until 5:00 last night to come up with records for all of its high power transmission lines underground. well, they weren't able to do it. what does that mean? coming up next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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fighting a nuclear power plant meltdown in japan. what workers are doing now after a setback. plus a big announcements from pg&e. its plan to test hundreds of miles of pipeline. good morning, everybody. it is wednesday, you made it halfway through the week, it's march 16. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'


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