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developing news tonight. new homegrown zika, for the first time, confirmed outside of south florida, on the other side of the state. expectant mothers are fear ing and pay for play. donald trump calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the clintons as new questions arise about the clinton foundation and trump faces questions about his new controversial outreach to black voters. >> and the price of epipen skyrocketing over 400%. drug executives under fire and parents worry about how to afford it. is there an alternative? and medical miracle. the little boy with a double hand transplant.
amazing everyone with his determination. wait until you hear how far he's come. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nightly news with lester holt." good evening. just as health officials and others have warned, homegrown zika has popped up in more than the known infection zones. today five new florida cases reported include one infected patient in the tampa bay area, hours away on the other side of the state. tonight as officials try to get ahead of the spread, they are reminding anxious residents that zika infections can be prevented. nbc's kerry sanders is in florida again tonight with the latest. >> reporter: on florida's gulf coast in pinellas county,
picked up their fight. florida's governor is not declaring a new zika zone just yet. >> just because we have one case here doesn't mean we have active transmission. >> reporter: active transition still in the declared zika zone. now authorities are trying to figure out how one zika case turned up more than 250 miles away on florida's west coast. today 42 homegrown zika cases in the state. at breath of life here in pinellas county, anxious calls to mid wives from mothers to be. >> it's not a time for panic, it's a time for people to be informed. >> reporter: jenna is due in three weeks and says labor can't come soon enough. >> i was very worried about the fact that i couldn't have deli meat or sushi, but now it's a whole new level. >> reporter: this new study in radiology shows the range of destruction to t
rain, defect s beyond microcephaly. >> it's the scariest thing since polio. >> reporter: but unlike the earlier days of polio, dr. charles lockwood, ob/gyn says pregnant women now know how to protect themselves. >> i don't think this is going to be confined to florida. on the other hand it also tells us that our surveillance methods work, we can identify these outbreaks very, very early. >> reporter: tonight in this tourism hot spot, the unanswered question, where might the zika mosquitoes be. businesses now fear visitors may choose to go on vacation someplace else. lester? >> kerry sanders tonight. thank you, kerry. # to presidential politics and donald trump calling for a special prosecutor to investigate hillary clinton. amid new questions about the clinton foundation's power brokers and how much access they got to hillary clinton while she was secretary of state. nbc's andrea mitchell has new details. >> reporter: tonight the drip, drip, drip of the clinton
15,000 emails could be released before the election, and now donald trump calling for a special prosecutor. >> the amounts involved, the favors done and the significant number of times it was done require an expedited investigation. >> reporter: hillary clinton trying to laugh it off with jimmy kimmel. >> have you considered using face-time instead of email? >> actually i think that's really good advice. >> good idea. >> not a bad idea, it's a good idea. >> reporter: in fact tonight, according to state department calendars being reviewed by the state department associated press. more than what the officials who called on hillary clinton while she was secretary of state made donations to clinton foundations. in one email, noting good friend of ours.
a few days later, abedin arranges a meeting after his goes through his diplomatic channels. this would not necessarily violate laws or ethical agreements the clintons signed. >> it's a huge new target for the trump campaign to dive on top of and a huge new bunch of targets to have to defend. >> reporter: a headache for the clinton campaign that could last until the election and beyond. donald trump meanwhile is coming under fire for the way he's attempted to appeal african-american voters. kristen welker looks at why that appeal is falling flat. >> reporter: tonight donald trump raising eyebrows with his new pitch to african-american voters. >> what do you have to lose? >> reporter: trump's arguments, democrats take black voters for granted, he can do better. >> you'll be able to walk down the street without getting shot.
>> reporter: but that has some african-americans bristling. >> that is condescending at best, and bigoted at worse. >> reporter: arguing trump is delivering his message to precome naptly white audiences. >> he's talking to those suburban white voters who are afraid they'll be voting for a racist, a bigot. >> this is someone who's the original birther, who's seeking to delegitimize our first african-american president. >> reporter: a trump surrogate firing back tonight. >> we have been at the bottom of the totem pole for the last 50, 60 years, have voted for democrats and what do we have to show for it. >> reporter: but there have also been gains, over 50% of african-americans over 25 have attended college and incomes are growing. polls show only 8% of african-americans back trump. vp nom m
>> by 2020, he's going have 25% of the african-american support. why are you laughing? >> well, that's donald trump. >> reporter: tonight, trump's team stressing it's an ongoing conversation. now to the west where there is an urgent battle being waged against wildfires burning in more than half a dozen states scorching hundreds of thousands of acres and there is no end in sight. nbc's steve patterson has details. >> reporter: from border to border, the west is on fire, a relentless march of flames and smoke, more than 100 fires across eight states. in southern california a river patrol into the mouth of the chimney fire, crews trying to choke the flames that swallowed at least 36 homes. the fire briefly threatened the famous hurst castle. and in nearly two weeks since the fire sparked, it's only 35% contained. outside spokane, duelling fires fueled by high winds, threaten dozens of
to evacuate. this man returned to find his home in ruins. >> when the real thing hits, you can't run fast enough. >> reporter: and the cost of the fire fight is piling up. u.s. forestry service has spent $1.2 billion this year, but for the boots on the ground, the cost is even higher. >> the fire fight has been on for more than 30 days and does it take a toll? absolutely. >> reporter: a toll that keeps climbing, with no end in sight. from fire to the ongoing flood disaster in louisiana. president obama surveyed the damage there today where thousands remain in shelters. his visit comes after donald trump's and criticism from some republicans he should have cut his vacation short and been there earlier. we get details from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: with homes in shambles and thousands still in shelters, president obama toured the devastation. >> i'm asking every american to do what you can to help get local families and businees
>> reporter: president obama coming four days after donald trump and mike pence surveyed the flood zone and blasted obama for not cutting cutting his vacation short and visiting. >> reporter: has the federal response been adequate? >> there's been i believe unprecedented cooperation and collaboration. and we're getting what we're asking for. >> reporter: lleyton rigs is the president of livingston parish, where 400 homes took on water, including his own. >> like so many others we didn't have flood insurance. >> joanne' began moved here after the flooding from hurricane katrina. tonight she's trying to salvage any memories from her late husband. >> i'm trying to salvage anything i have left. >> reporter: there are more than 100,000 people like her applying for federal aid. it has been a summer of heart break for this region. today the president also met with the family of alton sterl st
family of officers in a separate shooting weeks later. now to the nbc news investigation into the clinton connection into the controversial for profit university. hillary clinton has slammed some of these schools as predatory. but as nbc news senior investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden found that president clinton made millions from one such school. >> reporter: since announcing for president, hillary clinton has been a vocal critic of for profit universities in general. >> we will crack down on predatory schools. >> reporter: and of trump university in particular. >> he is trying to scam america the way he scammed all those people at trump u. >> reporter: but it isn't just donald trump who's profited. for five years, bill clinton was the honorary chancellor of the biggest for profit education company in the world, laureate education inc.
not accredited and laureate is, bill clinton was paid an enormous fee. $7.6 million over five years, visiting 19 campuses in 14 countries, the clinton foundation also got between $1 million and $5 million from laureate. >> i hadmire laureate's dedication to educating the next world leaders. >> stepping down only 12 days before his wife launched her run for the presidency. >> there are students who take out loans to pay for an expensive degree from a for profit institution only to find little support once they actually enroll. >> reporter: but as secretary of state, she praised laureate, writing to her staff, the founder doug becker is someone who bill likes a lot and that laureate should be included in a state department dinner, they were. over the last three months, nbc news has taken a closer look at laureate's u.s. flagship, walden university. more than two dozen students tell us the school misled them, trapping them in a
staggering amounts of student loan debt. >> the five of you represent $500,000 of student debt. that's a lot of money. >> it's taken me from a successful career to poverty. >> reporter: these five phd students claim that walden's constant churning caused them to go further and further in debt. while raking in profits for the university. they're part of a group of 80 students who hope to file a class-action lawsuit. >> i had five committee members over the six years. >> reporter: so they kept changing? >> that's the part of the scam that we're talking about. >> reporter: laureate tells us that their program is high quality, vigorous and challenging. and a 2012 senate report says walden was perhaps the best of any company examined. laureate and walden declined to give us graduation rates for their phd candidates but pointed us to three students who were satisfied with their experiences, one who got his phd on a full scholarship.
is it possible that you're just not qualified to get a phd? >> even then, they should have told us. you don't keep me here. you could have told me, you're not cut out for this, have a nice life. >> i have lost everything, i have nothing else to lose. >> reporter: what would you like bill clinton to know? >> that he can forgiveloans. he can do that, because i don't think he would want to be representative of something that is basically unfair or unethical. he can't give us back our years, but he can give us back our dignity. >> reporter: bill and hillary clinton declined to comment on these students allegations, but a spokesman for bill clinton says he's pleased to support laureate's plan for higher education. and a spokesman for hillary clinton said that all universities should be held to the same standards and that she intends to clamp down on bad actors. a lot more to tell you about this
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medical history by finally tonight, it's been a year since we met a boy who made medical history by becoming the first child to receive a double hand transplant. his story has touched so many of our viewers. now he's back to show the world how far he has come. rehema ellis who first brought us zion's story as his next chapter. >> when we first met zion harvey last year, he was unstoppable, even though he had lost both his hands and legs to an infection as a toddler. >> keep monitoring things. >> reporter: and even after ground breaking surgery to attach new hands, his energy was drained, but not his determination. and take a look at him now. oh, my goodness! his new hands are growing with him. >> when i got my hands, it's like here's a piece of my life that was missing. now it's here. now my life is complete. >> reporter: now he
can cut -- look what you can do. color and play, beating me at jenga. you are not giving up. he can do nearly all the things most kids take for granted. he ud cuddled up to his mother patty, his hands can feel hers. >> like right now, her hands are cold and sometimes they're warm. sometimes they're hot. >> reporter: it's taken a year of grueling rehabilitation. zion had to reteach his brain to communicate with his new hands. >> there you go. >> reporter: chief surgeon dr. scott levin says that zion success has inspired the teams at the children's hospital of philadelphia and penn medicine. >> we have learned so much, we are grateful to him and our whole team now is energized. >> reporter: zion's mom is relieved her son has a new freedom. >> one of the major concerns that i had for him was
things and have that independence and not need me forever. >> but i need you, without you i wouldn't remember to do everything, that's why i have you. >> reporter: this afternoon, zion talked about his hopes for the future. >> convince mom to let me play football. >> i knew that was coming. >> reporter: one remarkable boy -- >> before you quit and say i give up, try everything first. >> reporter: learning to grab hold of his world and sending a message to the rest of us. rehema ellis, nbc news, philadelphia. >> leave it to a little boy to help put life's challenges in perspective. that's going to 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. night, for all at nbc news, i'm lester