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nuclear plant. that means there's nothing to stop the fuel rods from getting hotter and melting down. more than 4300 people are officially listed as dead. officials believe the toll will climb to well over 10,000. more than 450,000 people are in temporary shelters, millions of japanese have been left with little food and water. if the biggest worry is still a potential nuclear meltdown. jonathan blum is here with us now with a look at the concerns. >>jonathan: we've been getting used to looking at this map, there's a new ring on the map, it indicates the zones and which american authorities think it's not safe to be any more. you could see the power plant located in the fukushima plant. this gold ring here, that's the voluntary evacuations on the japanese authorities have implemented. there's a small
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arizona in this that is the mandatory evacuation if we could back out you could see this ring that's 50 mi. in radius and that is the evacuation zone that american authorities are recommending. if you're that's on your getting radiation levels, if you're exposed to for three years would cause to get cancer. they're recommending american citizens stay out of that area. here's the city of sendai, the evacuation zone is getting dangerously close. that is where they have the command center set up for all of the national and independent agencies that are courting evacuations. if we going closer you could see once again the familiar layout of the power plant here. there are six reactors and primarily the effort to save the plant have been focusing on these four. reactors 133 those are the ones that suffered explosions. reactor water after their
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roof blew off, we're now hearing 7% of the fuel rods had started to melt as of yesterday. reactors to and three separate explosions, reactor for that's the subject of today's trouble because these fuel pumps now said to be empty of water and that is where most of the radiation could be coming from. jonathan blum kron 4 news. >>pam: while the talk of a nuclear meltdown has been threat for days, the system does not completely filled yet. kate thompson explains what has to happen for a nuclear meltdown to take place. >>kate: at the center are the fuel rods that must be kept cool. if they're not cool they could melt, hence the term meltdown. in japan after the bears quake the cooling system failed and the fuel rods got hot and boiled through all of the water and were exposed to the air for hours. to keep the reactor from overheating sea water was pumped into the plant. what a full
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meltdown occurs the fuel rods melt and turned into more a nonnuclear fuel. it it then sells through the chamber it's considered a meltdown. the major concern here is the containment shell. it the this and hold catastrophic about of radiation can be released into the atmosphere. kate thompson kron 4 news. >>pam: the nuclear crisis in japan has left many people with health questions about radiation exposure and how to protect yourself. christine has when talking with the state health experts, she's here with answers. >>christine: a lot of questions about potassium iodide and how it works. the drug does is it shields of thyroid from radioactive iodine which can cause cancer. think of the thyroid like a gas tank, if you fill up the tank with potassium iodide, the good guy died and that helps provide that it had died from coming in.
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that's kind of one would think of it. we have answers to other questions. one of the most common questions the should that be taking potassium iodide to protect myself? the health department said it's not recommended for people to take the top let's which you see here is tied. the can pose a danger to people of apologizallergies to iodide, shellfish or thyroid problems. people using in an appropriately could lead to side effects like abnormal heart rhythms, not a shock, vomiting and bleeding. potassium iodide all to protect against a real act of iodide could cause thyroid cancer and blocks no other type of radiation and projects no other body part. the another question, is it true before exposed to radiation daily? the answer
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is yes, were exposed to natural radiation on a daily basis from the sun. and from things like televisions, cell phones and computers. >>pam: and x-rays when you go to the doctor. does california have a stockpile of potassium iodide? >>christine: a lot of people are asking that question. the answer is they do half potassium iodide for communities near plants. also some county health departments have some as well. a small not just in case there were disaster and it was needed. that happens at certain county health departments. >>pam: our team coverage with to resell who founded the u.s. government is now installing more air monitors on the west coast. >>terisa: in the next few weeks the epa plans to install about 30 more of these devices. this one is
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in san francisco. experts explain the device works by collecting hair samples and sending the data to a testing site to the u.s.. scientists then run a battery of tests, some of the test look for gamma radiation and particulates that concern associated with the nuclear plant meltdown. although japan is 5,000 mi. away, a spokesperson with the bay area air quality management tells kron 4 news that in the past, the air monitors have been able to detect coal dust from china. besides stationary system such as this one in the air quality management in the city, the epa also has mobile units. some of those are already being rolled out right now to western states. in oakland, kron 4 news. >>pam: stay with kron 4 for continuing coverage of the nuclear meltdown threat. at 530 the impact it could have on the japanese and u.s. economy. new tonight at 5:10
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p.m. the shooting at mcdonald's and san jose, the fears in the neighborhood and the search for a suspect. by 3:00 p.m. californians ongoing budget battle, tonight the latest on the fight to let voters decide what to do. a 5:25 p.m. new programming, how that fits is trying to go head-to-head with companies such as hbo and showtime. coming up. @
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>>pam: your looking at live pictures of police activity in san jose. police are investigating the shooting that took place outside a mcdonald's restaurant located on bascom road. officers say the victim was standing in front of the restaurant, when an unidentified suspect came out and shot him at close range. the victim was taken to hospital but police still did not know who he is. >> try to give thumbprint and see if he is at a record or drive fares license. it
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appears he doesn't have any idea on his person, were hoping once we identify the victim, we can find out if he's been associated with gangs or had police contacts that will give us an understanding of whether or not this was gang-related. >>pam: police say the suspect ran away and was last seen about a hundred yards away near the talk about. the shooting prompted a lockdown at a high-school a few blocks away. listen as those at the school describe what happened. >> they didn't tell us anything for a while until they knew for sure. they then lost the place up until this what was going on. >> some kids were freaking out, they weren't screaming but they were paranoid a little bit that something was going to happen. >> to what students or staff of the hall, we want to know where everybody is that everybody is safe. >>pam: the lockdown lasted
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less than an hour. after 1:00 p.m. the please give the school the all clear to resume normal activities. >>jacqueline: about a storm tracker 4 reader, were sink is creasing clouds as the storm pushes out. more rain is on the way, all tell you all about it coming up. úñúñbx
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>>pam: new details of the state budget battle. debate is underway in sacramento in anticipation of a long- awaited vote. dan curman is been monitoring the debate and joins us now with the latest. this is very important for governor brown's budget. >>dan: and all there are 20 different bills but to keep one's are outstanding. the budget bill will cut spending by 12 and a half billion dollars. it is likely to pass. the others, specifically a are the tax extensions. if it passes is expected to save the state another $12 billion. as you
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mentioned, debate is under way in the assembly and several and the key one is the tax extensions and that will lead to a two-thirds vote to pass and that means the need a couple of republicans to join democrats. it's anybody's guess at that will happen. >>pam: imagine there's a new poll that could help influence >>dan: there's an old new field poll and it says 61 percent of those polled say they want the measure go to the ballot. 58 percent say if it's on the ballot they would vote for the tax extension. >>pam: if it will get the two-thirds today or tomorrow is it over? >>dan: know there is still more time. some people speculated that some republicans who want to join and will wait till after the convention. as a last ditch effort it's possible the legislature might try to ram this through with just a majority vote. on clear how they're doing that because right now all were hearing
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as they do two-thirds vote. >>pam: university of california officials meantime the preparing to deal with state budget cuts which could lead to more tuition increases and the student access. at today's regional meetings administrators said the campus system should be prepared to lose 500 million to $1 billion in public support. it currently receives about $3 billion annually in state funding. democrats of the house and senate are making another stab at repealing the defense of marriage act. it bars the federal government from giving benefits to same-sex marriages are recognizing the marriage. the respect for marriage act which seems to overturned the defense of marriage act was reintroducing both the house and senate today. one of the sponsors california senator said she's optimistic the bill will eventually pass. due to changing attitudes that she's observed. >> has more people came in
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contact with more people who are gay, lesbian they said there's nothing to be worried about for me. there's no threat to my marriage from enabling to people to be happy together with economic guarantees over a lifetime. that doesn't bother me. those feelings becoming more and more pro blunt. i think it's a hopeful sign of the ultimate victory of this cause. >>pam: last month they announced it would allow professional law because they believe it's unconstitutional. >>jacqueline: a live look at side, down on the city right now, it just high clouds over the city and a few lingering other clubs is the conceit. it were going to see clear skies starting from the north bay and down to the south. there is that veil of clouds, you could see the decrease in cloud over the past couple of hours. clear skies will fill
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in tonight, we will see cooler temperatures as we head into tomorrow. a decrease in cloud cover tonight into tomorrow morning. it was the clear skies. the chance of fog and valleys. tomorrow afternoon increasing clouds turning the north bay as another storm approaches. another look at storm tracker 4 radar. your morning commute, 60 and mainly dry and a few light sprinkles. you could see this band of rain sitting near the north bay an approach 8:00 in full swing. it is moderate to heavy rain is going to come down. by 11:00 moving south of the golden gate, and still the main band of rain remained intact. it shows you how strong the storm is, possibility of small hail and thunder. plus we will see gusty winds and very
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heavy rain. if this were to sit over us for a few hours we would be dealing with letting issues. as it stands it will push through quickly. even in the quick time period it, ought to attention have a dark day, three-quarters of an inch in central east bay, up to 2 in. in the santa cruz mountains. this will be a good rainmaker. we should see a break on saturday. here is a look at your 7 day around the bay, dry today and heavy rain friday, should stay dry and saturday. sunday morning, another round of heavy rain rides the coastline and last into sunday afternoon. another chance of rain monday. >>pam: 2 officers run for their lives a while police chase through two states of the most expensive dog of the world. kimberly is here with today's edition of take a look at this. >>christine: for going to start off with this breaking car crash. police officers diverting traffic away from
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an accident on the highway in misery. of what to watch the wright card on the right-hand side and the direction it's going there. the car slammed into the patrol car, one officer jumped over the medium and another ball to down the highway. police said the driver wasn't paying attention and somehow did not see that car on the highway. no one was seriously injured and the driver was ticketed. what started as an escape from a prison ends after a police chase through not one but two states. police dash cam was rolling and not this as deputies tail the two fugitives in a white pickup truck. a police car rear ended the truck causing it to spin out and stop in the path of oncoming traffic. the inmates are facing charges in at least three states. an 11 month old dog has become the world's most expensive dog after being purchased in china for just over $1.5 million. the
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multibillion dollar, bought the mastiff affectionately called a big splash. their age and breed long revered as guard dogs. it does poppy is considered a perfect specimen. >>pam: checking traffic on the golden gate bridge in the san mateo bridge. both bridge's look good. there is some heavy traffic on the east bound san mateo, but otherwise pretty good. will be back. [ banker ] when ashley's violin teacher told her parents she was gifted,
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they were thrilled. she's a natural vibrato. oh. we started saving for this music camp in vermont. so i told them about some of the wells fargo online savings tools
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like my savings plan, which helps them set up and monitor a savings goal. until we found out that maybe her teacher uses certain terms a little bit loosely. rebecca is clearly very gifted. [ banker ] we decided to roll that money into ashley's college account. turns out there's seven gifted kids in ashley's class of nine. [ male announcer ] wells fargo. with you when it's time to save. ♪ >>pam: >>now, here is gabe slate, with some tech news. >>gabe: that likes is making a bold move to take on hbo and showtime. there negotiations to buy the rights to an original tv series. this is the first time they have tried anything like this. if they offer streaming original high-quality programming, that could change the landscape of television entertainment. the show is considered a hot item and being shot around to all the big networks. it's the kind of show you would see on hbo or other
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premium channels. it has big star power behind it. the show is called house of cards and a remake of a popular british political drum and miniseries that originally aired in 1990. are watching clips, it's classified as a drama and it did seem like that. it was about serious subject matter but at times it came off as a dark drum up. it's rumored they offer as much as 45 million an episode and committed to two seasons a total of 26 episodes. this deal could be worth as much as $100 million. if this works, it would be a big deal. low-budget what series shows have been around for years often on the internet, house of cards would be the first big budget projects delivered exclusively on line. gabe slate, kron 4 news. >>pam: motorola will start
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selling a why five version of its in tablet on march 27th. it will sell for $599, the same price as the i pad 2 model which went on sale earlier this month. it's one of the first tablets that's been able to match the i pad price. >>jacqueline: a live look outside, you could start to see the blue peking through. that's clearing skies. were going to see decreasing clouds for the evening. more lead is on the way. at both levels of is coming off your gif
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>>live, from the bay area's news station, this is kron4 news at by 3:00 p.m. >>pam: problems continue out of the japanese at nuclear plants by last week's earthquake. the fears of a nuclear meltdown and radiation exposure are only adding to the burden of the japanese people. many of th


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