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tv   KRON 4 News at 4  KRON  March 15, 2011 4:00pm-4:30pm PDT

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>> as we zoom and you could
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see there is a three model of the power plant. number one through #four power plants. the no. 4 reactor of the one that is at the recent problems. as he could see close to the power plant their buildings and neighborhoods fulfil officials are now saying there is a potential for unsafe levels of radiation. >>pam: while the nuclear threat in japan is getting worse, nuclear experts from uc-berkeley say the danger here in the bay area, even if there was a complete meltdown in japan was nonexistent. kate thompson reports, they say if some radiation reached the u.s. it would be so small it would not be cause for concern. >>kate: today's danger level in the bay area on a scale of 1 to 10, one being the best and 10 being the
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worst, as far as radiation. >> id 0. one. >>kate: worst-case scenario everything goes wrong. what is the situation in the bay area on a scale of one to attend if that happens in today's question mark? >> 1. there shouldn't be any health hazard. to the bay area. >>kate: reporting live, kron 4 news. >>pam: on the phone to help us understand the implications of exposure to radiation, michael with the state public health. there is concern even though we are hearing from experts said it's unlikely the u.s. could really be affected by
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a meltdown and radiation from any plants in japan. nonetheless there is concern among the general population. what message do want to give the population. >>caller: thank you for having me, i am a spokesperson for the agency. we want people to know that according to our federal partners, with the nuclear regulatory corporation. we believe there is really no danger to california at the present. we are testing on the federal level and all that information is being passed up to us. we really have no cause for concern. >>pam: no danger at the present. people are concerned, why did you qualify that at the present? >>caller: note, we're not speculating. the current situation is and we will evaluate on a day-to-day basis. we really have no cause for concern.
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>>pam: many people are stocking up on potassium iodine and tablets as a protection against potential exposure. talk about what those tablets do and what you think about people stocking up on the? >>caller: people can stock up on emergency supplies, we do not recommend that people take potassium iodide. if it blocks the radiation from being able to be absorbed by your thyroid gland. this is not necessarily recommended for especially for people who may have health concerns. for example, if you're allergic to iodine or shellfish or at their thyroid problems which may or may not be diagnosed. it's something you should do in conjunction with your physician. did not pull them off the shelves and start taking them. there could be side effects. >>pam: people are nonetheless stocking up in light of this radiation concern. it is there a point where people might have to take them? >>caller: it's not a cure it
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only protect the thyroid if you're in a high radiation zone. for example we have them at the nuclear power plants in california in the areas around the power plants. for people who would be affected by potential power plant disaster like forcing japan might need to take them. there is no danger from any radiation that might be coming here that would require using those particular >>pam:. i'm sure the days ahead will be coming back to you to get more answers. f the spokesperson for the state health department. despite the nuclear problems in japan, u.s. officials they'll tell us within the hour it is still unlikely our air will be affected. kron 4 news reporter, found an instrument in san francisco which is designed for that very reason to detect radiation. >>reporter: this may look like an ordinary lobby, security on one side and a
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sign on the other. if this is a secure lobby because of the roof of the building is an instrument that affects radiation. this instrument since above the seventh floor at the bay area air quality in district building. the inflation picks up go straight to a national laboratory in alabama. experts i talked to said radiation have not been picked up and they don't expect to be picked up after the japan explosions. >> at this point we've never had anything of any consequence measured by the instrument >>reporter:. experts tell me particles from those explosions aren't likely to make it to this instrument or san francisco, off the likely break up over the pacific. that is something that will talk more about on my 5:00 story. reporting in san francisco, kron 4 news. >>pam: stay with kron 4 in
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www.kron4.com for continuing coverage of the nuclear meltdown threat. coming up at 5:00, we will hear from an expert about safety concerns regarding radiation and nuclear exposure. >>jacqueline: a live look upside from the golden gate bridge at this hour. overcast and wet pavement. the rain will spread to the south. rainfall totals have the highest in the north bay, we will see a lot more rain this evening. over half an inch in santa rosa, not quite in petaluma, a quarter of an inch in now bought and drops up from there. looking at storm tracker 4, it will certainly change and the rain will approach the golden gate moving south. we will talk about it coming up in a bit. stay with us we'll be right back. úñúñbx
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california should be proud.
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we were the first to ban smoking on airplanes. the first to have smoke-free bars and restaurants. all while saving over $86 billion in health care costs... and over a million lives. we've done a good job. but even if you were born today, you'd still grow up in a world where tobacco kills more people... than aids, drugs, alcohol, murder and car crashes... combined. we have a lot more work to do. >>pam: today is the deadline for teachers throughout
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california to receive preliminary layoff notices. 24,000 percent last year and the numbers are expected be higher. dan curman is live at a teacher rally in san bruno, to tell us about the impact. >>dan: i just got the latest on those layoff numbers. we're told that so far, 19,000 lay off notices went out. that's only the 300 districts in california. there are actually 1000. that number is bound to go up. as we mentioned in san bruno, there is a rally going on and we are hearing from the state school, he is addressing both teachers and parents. he is basically talking exactly about what all of these layoffs will do to public construction throughout the state of california. today i visited a school in oakland that will be devastated if the layoffs go through. >> morgan has been teaching
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at oakland's of living learning without limits for four years. now she is more than a dozen teachers at the school to receive a layoff notice. >> i feel defeated and we worked hard and building the school. >>dan: the layettes go for it means there will be awful change to the school staff because 16 of the school's 70 full-time teachers are now threatened with losing their jobs. >> as kids are walking through the campus we know them. as they pass through our grades weakened be a part of the family and raising them in connecting the family and making sure they're getting what they need. >> it's indescribable to think about not having the relationships with these people. >>dan: teachers and administrators say, that connection and sense of belonging allows students to focus on learning and test
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score show, it's working. >> we've now triple the proficiency of children. with more than doubled the percentage of kids provision and math. >>dan: the only thing that can reverse these layoffs is if the governor's tax extensions are to pass. that is what state school chief is talking about right now. we will bring you more of the details about what he had to say coming up tonight at kron 4 news at 5:00. reporting live, kron 4 news. we will have more kron 4 news after the break.
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>>jacqueline: rain continuing in the no. 8 at this hour and going to spread to the south. areas of heavy rain over santa rosa, petaluma and san rafael. steady rain going to push down to the south, in the next couple of hours. we
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have a steady plume of moisture coming from the storm to the north as we filter into the bay area. let's get a look on future cast this evening it is placing the rain very well in the north bay. still sink areas of moderate rainfall, by set the clock finally shifting down south. by 8:00, heavy rain over san jose turning into showers by 11:00. tomorrow morning, a few isolated showers in the morning commute mainly in the north bay. 9:00 heavier rain in the north bay, lighter rain in the north bay and a few more showers. 2:00 p.m. tapering off but we could have a few isolated showers. rainfall totals from now until 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. three-quarters of an inch of rain in the north bay, up to half an inch in the central and east bay, and a quarter of an inch in the south bay. here is a
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look at your 7 day around the bay, rain today tapering off in the afternoon and partial clearing into tomorrow evening. we will have clear skies tomorrow and cooler temperatures thursday. by friday, rain back in the forecast and that will be pretty happy. we will see impressive totals bay area wide and much cooler temperatures in the low 50s. i chance of a lingering rain saturday morning. >>catherine: taking look at japan's market was down more than a thousand points to its lowest level since april of 2009. it brought this here, what is happening? >>rob: fear and greed. but both bad for wall street over time. last night a p.m. and was sitting in my office and i saw japan was down 12%. that must be a typo. what percent in a day.
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that's the way to get your stock market crash. this is a normal reaction, there's been an earthquake before in japan where we've had to oversell. we tend to over arch. we went too far down, the same thing with japan they've been growing at 1% last for 20 straight years. the manufacturing will shift into the united states and other countries. it is a problem but it's a manageable problem, the story is still good. it then frankie came to the rescue this afternoon when he came out and said the u.s. economy is doing great. inflation is not there, job creation should come on line. it diverted our attention for what's happening in japan. i like the sell-off, because january was up, said yuri was shot. in two years rock 90%. it got boring. we need steam led off before we have a meltdown of our stock market. a little steam in
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the month of march due to tokyo, that's ok. >>catherine: it affects everything things from car, nuclear stocks and insurance. the ripple effect goes on and on. >>rob: nuclear power is the big loser here. even though nuclear-powered plant still need the uranium rods to be replaced. that is a stock that will come bouncing back. so the companies they obviously don't have the radioactive problems, insurers get hit in scenarios like this where big losses are called reinsures. they tend to raise their prices and come right back after year. oil spill, the same thing we saw short-term debt and we said why we have to rebuild all this. the disasters and mores they don't sell like it, but there plus two economies because you ought to spend money. a >>catherine: rob will come
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mom >>live, from the bay area's news station, this is kron4 news at 4:30 p.m. >>pam: we are continuing to monitor the situation in japan. higher levels of radiation are being recorded from japan's crippled nuclear plant as a result of last week's 9.0 earthquake in tsunami. officials are struggling to address the failure of safety systems at several of the plant's reactors. the confirmed death toll is approximately 3300 people. it is expected to rise and thousands more still missing. the

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