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good morning. breaking overnight. crisis point. multiple levees in danger of failing across the midwest and south today. new evacuations underway with rivers cresting at historic levels. zone.ons in the danger we're live with the latest. h standinger ground. the new comments overnight from house speaker nancy pelosire sting the pressure from fellow democrats to impeach. >> i probably have a better idea as to what the president has to be held accountable for than anyone. >> at the white house, the president unloads. >> t me it's dirty word. the word impeach. it's a dirty, filthy, disgusting
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word. >> what's next as we go live fr washington? heated battle. protests in missouri with the state's last abortion clinic set to close down in just hours. the last-minute fight to keep it open just ahead. those stories, plus brutal attack. >> i just remember thinking at that point i wasn't going to make it home. >> an aricanourist viciously beaten at a popular caribbean resort. her warning to other travelers. "today" exclusive. ellen degeneres' mother speaking outor the first time after her daughter's painful revelation. >> i wish i would have been better taken care of. ish wish would have believed me. and can you spell unprecedented? >> theyill forever be remeered as the elite eight. >> the national spelling bee ending in an historic eight-way tie. and the haocto-cmps
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are celebrating with us "today," may 31st, 2019. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie andod ha kotb live from studio in rockefeller plaza. >> hi, everybody. welcome to "today." it is friday. bo f that was a spelling bee the ages. it went late into the night, the early hours. they were so good they had to say you all won. >> they ran out of words at the national spelling bee. we'll talk to all eightf the winners soon. >> they conquered the dictionary. let's get to the wther and this slow rolling disaster in the midwest and south at this hour. millions at risk today as cities scramble t cope with that historic flooding. levees and dams are being pushed to the brink. kristen dahlgren joins us with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. we are just getting wordhis
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morning that one of the levees to our east has now breached and so the fear is that more neighborhoods are soon going to look like this. this morning two weeks of severe weather leading to new flooding fears. on the illinois border in west quincy, missouri, a mandatory evacuation order issued overnight. warning major floodin is immint after a levee failed. officials in darden, arkansas, warned it could breach at any moment. parts of the arkansas river at record levers. you can see how much water is flowing down. we have to turn around. the water is pulling us in because of the vumeight now. the wicked weather stem that caused the historic floods a spawned deadly tornadoes is now moving east. maryland getting hammered by rain and high winds. this possible twisting touching
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e wn in alcott city. there haven more than a thousand tornado reports so far this year. aout vemo re than half of them in ma acss 32 states. some of the worst damage in kansas and ohio where a deadly tornaduck the dayton area. back in arkansas, water spreading as far as the eye can see. some residents building barricades around their homes to stop the flow o water from coming in. >> the waters are going to recede. we'll get it cleaned up. >> reporter: as she returned to survey h flooded home, a glimmer of hope. >> a tragedy like this bringou the very best in people. and they surround you with hope. and we peve ho we do. >> kristen, you mentioned a lot of those levees are old. they're aging. what's the latest on that? >> reporter: right. so that breach in darden to our east hap ned atmidnight. it has already doubled in size
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at least. you saw all of that water. that is a lot of pressuret againshese levees so things not looking good there this morning. >> thank you very much. now to the battle on capitol hill on whether to begin impeachment proceedings. eaker pelosi pressed again on the issue overnight. and the president weighing in with word kristen welker has more on all of that. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good friday morning to you. president trump is ending this week onefense lashing out at former special counsel robert mueller and at democrats with a growing number now calling for impeachment proceedings to begin. this morning president trump firing back at what he considers foul language. >> i never thought that would ever be possible to be using to me it's a dirdy word. the word impeach. it's a dirty, sgusting, filthy word and has nothing to do with me. >> reporter: stepping up his attacks on democrats and robert
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mueller just a day after mueller suggested it's upgr to cons to determine if the president engaged in wrong doing. >> i think he's a total conflicted person. i think mue is a true never trumper. >> reporter: the president even walking back a tweet from earlier in the day sa hng, iad nothing to do with russia helping me to get elected. >> no, russia did not help me get elected. you know who got me elected? you know who got me elected? i got meelected. >> reporter: while touting that mueller did not charge him with any crime. >> so he saide essentially you innocent. i'm innocent of all charges. >> reporter: here's what muell actually id. >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not we would have said so. >> reporter: it comes as attorney general william barr is offering his first reaction to mueller's stement directly conflictinti the asseron that he couldn't reach a decionn whether the president obstructed justice because doj policy
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forbids indicting a sitting president. >> he could haveea rched a decision as to whether it was crimintivity. >> reporter: all of it as democrats ramp up their calls for impeachment. nancy pelosi last night on jimmy kimmel live. >> we hast the cution of the united states. and so when we go down this path, we have to be ready. >> reporter: now, by nbc's count, 51 house members say it's time to start an impeachment inquiry. that list includes 11 members of the judiciary committee. and one republican, michigan'sj in amash, still making it clear overnight pelosi is not ready to take that step. >> isten, the other big story out of the white house, president announcing trie ining mexico. what's been the rareaction so f? >> reporter: that's the presint made that announcement in a tweet overnight. here's that tweet.
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he said on june 10th me united states will impose a 5% tariff on all gootds coming into our country from mexico. he also warned they will gradually increase until they reach 25%. that move comes as border crossing by migrants haseached levels not seen in more than a decade. it could have an economic impact d impact though. mexico recently became the number one trading partner with the united states. and a big portion of that is through the auto industry. there's already pushback. chuck grassley calling this a, quote, misuse of presidential tariff thority. >> also threatsf legal action as well. kristen welker there at the white house. thank you. now to the battle that's raging coast to c ostver abortion. overnight louisiana's governor signed a strict new ban into law. and missouri's last abortion clinic could be st down if a
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judge doesn't intervene and stop it. stephanie gosk is here with re mo >> planned parenthood is fighting to keep that clinic in st. louis open past the midnight deadline. it's in the hands of a judge right now. all this after heated protests are hrod ac the nation. >> no more! no more! >> reporter: this rning a battle cry in st. louis. planned parenthood fighting to keep thestate's only abortion provider open. >> missouri is about to go and could be the first state in the country with no health care center that provides abortion. >> reporter: at midnight, the clinic's license expires. planned parenthood in court trying to keep d thers open. >> l shame on the very posoticians and mi government for weaponizing the licensing and regulatory process ending safe and legal abortion in missouri.
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>> reporter: fnd safety violations at the clinic in march and the license shouldn't be renewed until those are corrected. >> if you don't provide a standard of care that ensures the safety of women, you shouldn't be allowed to operate. it's that simple. >> reporter: planned parenthood insipss it's in compliance with state laws. >> the state i discontinuing to move their requests and demands in an arbitrary and capricious way in order to not allow safe and legal abortion in the state. >> reporter: supporters of abortion rights are not backing down. even after missouri's governor signed a bill lastba week ing abortion in the state after the eighth week of pregnancy. some protesters takenaw in handcuffs. and in louisiana, more protests. the governor signed thes state' new abortion law latay thursd the so-called heartbeat law
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outlaws abortion after a fetal heartbeat isdetected. states across the nation introduce bills to restrict the procedure. >> let's continue to fight long and hard together for fre ortion on demand without apology. >> stephanie, i know there are some ramifications for some of these bills that have passed i the south with hollywood. >> yeah. actually, the state of georgia which interestingly has become a major film destination, you have netflix, disney, and our parent company universal saying they're going to rethink filming in that state which could be a real blow to georgia. they're rethinking in case georgia decides to enforce this bill they signed, one of these heartbeat bills. georgia gets92,000 jobs, nearly $3 billion in revenue from this filming. it would be a huge blow for them. and they try to entice film companies to the state by giving them tax crits. % tax credits. another 10% if they use the
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peach logo. already we know that some productions have pulled productions from georgia. "the power" and a kristen wiig movie are being pulled. >> thank you. also this mornheg, t jussie smollett case is back in the headlines. never been seen documents now released surrounding the who police say staged a bogus hate crime. miguel almaguer joins us with the latest. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. more than 460 pages of unreleased documents including detective notes and case records were ordered to be made public by a judge in chicago. now for the first time, we ha new details including when detectives began to apply pressure against the actor attackng he made up the to garner publicity. the troth of documents started with jussie smollett being the victim. but detectives start to doubt the actor's story officers preh
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this grainy photo he said those are the guys who attacked me. but when they showed him pictures, he saidt can't be them. they are abel and osa who ped for th supplies in the hoax and gave them $3500 to stage the attacks. the documents also accuse smollett of the buying weed, molly, or whitney slang as cocaine from the brothers. >> i've bnruthful and consistent on every level since day one. w >> reporle smollett stuck to his story, it had already begun to unravel. he was charged with 16 felonies which could have landed him in prison for years. though some of the reports are highly redacted, they show how thoroughly chicago police worked to build their case. >> jussie smollett took advantage of the pain and anger
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of racism to promote his career. i'm left m hanging head and asking why. >> reporter: but some three weeks later, procutors dropp all charges in exchange for two days of community service and $10,000 in court costs. still to come, authorities say, poce body cam footage of smollett which should be released in wes. and footage of the actor entering his luxury apartment after the alleged attack carrying a sandwich with a noosh tied around neck. telling the doorman, i just got jumped. another bombshell in a ce ill making headlines four months later. >> miguel, when the documents were sealed, the judge said it also had to do with smosmollett actions, right? c that's right. the judge said inrt that heollett decided to talk publicly about t case, he forfeited any expectation of privacy.
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we also should mention we reached out to the attorneys for smollett and the attorneys for those brothers. none of them would comment, but the attorney for the brothers s said that their clients are remorseful for their involvement in this. >> all right. miguel almaguer in los angeles, thank you. much more to get to including the frightening situation in houston where a oung girl was hit hard by a foul ball. gadi schwartz is on the story. so many people wondering how she's doing. >> reporter: good morning. still no word on the condition of that 4-year-old girl rushed to the hospital after being hit by a foul ball. one fan tweet, prayers to young astros fan who was hit by the foul ball and to her family. iis her the very best. albert almora jr. was visibly emotional after hiss foul balhi that girl. >> i just couldn't hold it anymore, man. honestly.
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i had to try to keep my composure during that at bat. but when that happened and was er, i just couldn't hold it anymore. right now i'm obviously -- i want to put net around the whole stadium. yeah, man, i don't know. sorry. >> reporter: and that's just what some people want to do. the incident sparking a hugeng debate amohe baseball community on one hand for a lot the ds taking a glove to stadium dreaming of catching a pop fly is a family tradition. t as we can see on the other hand, some of those foul balls are sending people to emergency rooms. as for the little girl in houston, we hope to know more on her condition. but almoras holding out hope saying, god willing i'll be able to have a relationship with this girl for the rest of my life. but prayers right now, that's all i can contl. >> ga thank you for the update. appreciate it. mr. roker is standing by. al, it would seem as if this
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the first relatively quiet morning in awhile. >> we are so thankful that. and thank you for getting your first national frcht from us. looking at wet weather in texas. showers through the mid-atlantic. hit for the most part, ts are quiet. we do have a risk of some severe weather back through the southwest. also up through the upper midwest and the mid-atlantic state. six states. a few tornadoes possible inhe northwest new mexico and texas. but tomorrow we have a risk for four states. we'll be watching this. but the tornado threat thankfully is very low. we do have a weekend washout for much of the upper midwestnto e northeast especially tomorrow on into sunday. new heaviest storms texas t york. then on sunday from the great lakes into the northeast. the heaviest rain will be in the afternoon and evening hours. of course our big concern now il ding. you can see the heaviest rain is going to be back through kansas, oklahoma, on into texas and along the arkansas, missouri, and mississippi rivers. we've got 17 states that are
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affected by either major or moderate flooding. it's going to be a slow disaster as we move into the mekend. because rain is just going to keep those river levels where they are or rising slightly. we'll get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. good morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. bright sunshine has returned to the washington area and we get to keep it most of the daat temperes are mostly in the mid to upper 60s for now. a little b moreloud cover
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later on in the day. then there's a chance for an isolated shower or two. southern maryland dow towards culpepper and fredricksburg. sunny and warm tomorrow. little better chance everyone gets a rain shower on sunday afternoon. >> and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al. thank you so much. comg up, a mother share her agonizing story of survival after she was brutally attacked at a caribbean resort. ahead, her warning to all families traveling this season. andeighing in on the business of cbd. what we could learn about its uses and safety. at a first of its kind hair iea. but first this is "today" on nbc.
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that's right. eastbound i i-70 southb ond, only lane getting by that earlier tractor-trailer problem there. >> thank you. later on news4, harris' heroes will introduce us to a volunteer who spent decades working with a nonprofit calledkeane. >> it provides exercise classes for people with developmental and physical disabilities. that's on at 5:00. we'll take a break now. your forecast is next.
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morning, everybody. temperatures in the 60s for most of us.ty humidi noticeably lower this morning than yesterday. your planner for today, we'll see a gradual buildup of clouds today after highs in the low to mid-80s. and theain chances across central virginia now could inch their way a little farther north later nonthe day today.
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main the southern half of the area has our rain chance for today. today, sunny and warm. any rain tomorrow doesn't come until after the sun goes down. >> thank you. another local news update in 25 minutes. >> now back to the "today" showr after this sht break. have a good day.
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> we're back. 7:30 with eight happy faces. those are ere super spells involved in a historic tie forze the top p at the national spelling bee. we'll talk to them just ahead. they shared that trophy, but they each got $50,000 checks. >> and what do you do if you're a spelling bee champ and did something unprecedented? you create a word. they call themselveshe octo-champs. first let's start withhe historic flooding in the midwest and the south. a mandatory evacuation order overnight in west quincy, missouri. authorities warning major flooding in imminent after a vee is bursting its banks.
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officials in arkansas are urging people there to consider leaving after a levee began leaking parts of the arkansas river are now at record vels. president trump is imposing a 5% tariff on goods coming from mexico. he said it could get as high as 25% until, quote, mexico stops the illegal inflow of illegal ill yens over the. border it took the mexican government by surprise on a day it started a formal process to ratify a trade deal we the u.s. and canada. tariffs are scheduled to go into effect on june 10th. the nba finals tipped off last night in toronto. it was the raptors that came away with a big win in game one. they beat the defending champs golden state 118-109. pascal siakam led the way. 32 points for him. thiss the first nba finalsga me played outside the united
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states. i know your little boy likes the raptors because he likesno disaurs. >> one of the highlights last night, by the way, drake on the sideline. the unofficial ambassador for thes, raptor got into a bit of a little exchange there with steph curry. >> what was that? >> we didn't want to put our lip readers on there. but he trolled him the entire game. he's also wearing a dell curry jersey. that's the father of steph curry dell curry played his last three seasons in the nba with the raptors. we'll probably see more of that throughout the series. let us take a turn now this friday morning. also happening, a mother from delaware speaking out about what she describes as a savage attack she suffere while on vacation in the caribbean. a ena warning right now. the photos of her injuries,it qu graphic. tom costello talked to her. tom, good morning. >> good morning. the injuries areruesome and really hard to look at. tammy lawrence daly's story is
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terrifying. it does not appear her attacker has been caught, but she's speaking out to warn womennd men never let your guard down even when you tnk you're in paradise. >> reporter: it was january, tammy lawrence daly and her husband chris traveled to the dominican republic in search of sand, surf, and sun. instead they walked into a nightmare. tammy says she was violently attacked by a stranger. >> r i justember thinking at that point i wasn't going to make it home. to see my boys and myd. husb that they weren't going to find me. and i remember that last breath i took and then i just went unconscious. >> reporter: this week tammy turned to facebook writing, how do you explain to your kids you were almost killed b some random stranger? she says, she left their room at the majestic elegance resort for a late night snack when a
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stranger suddenly grabbed her from behind, pulled her into a maintenance room, and began savagely beating her, choking her to the point of passing out. >> when i came to, i came to to himeating me and kicking me. in the head. >> reporter: she says the attack continued for hours. as husbandhris was desperately looking for tammy, her attacker dragged her into a basement crawl smapace. >> i have no idea what he did to . i just knew i was in this pit. and i cldn't getut because i couldn't see. >> reporter: she says she got a glimpse of his clothes and saw a uniform with art reso logo. >> i just knew i was dead th rage coming off ofhi ts it. it was palpable. >> reporter: workers found her eight hours later. >> it didn't look like her. her eyes were swollen shut.
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i jus lost it. yelling for people to get help. >> reporter: tammy says local police have not made an arrest. she's telling her story, she says, to warn other vacationers. >> even though you think you're sitting in paradise, you're not. >> tammy underwent multiple injuries. she's still recovering from her injuries. we asked thees majc elegance resort for comment but so far it hasn't provided one and its social media accounts now seem to beoffline. >> those pictures are so hard to look at. what are the experts telling you about how to stay safe when traveling abroad? the state : so department issued a travel advisory for the dmominican republic last month. some common sense tips though because it's easy to forget when in paradise. avoidecluded situations or places. try to always be accompanied by somebody y t know even the restroom. to not physically resist any
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robbery tempt, they say. do not display signs of wealth like a watch or jewelry. and yell or scream for help immediately if you feel threatened. >> tom costello for us there, thank you. >> good advise there. i see you're now talking about the heat. >> that's rmright. has started to work your way in. becoming more seasonal. staying cool out west, but the heat hangs on in theso h. houston will be 90 the today. raleigh 89 degrees. tampa 91. as we move intoay satu from oklahoma city, memphis, knoxville, into orlando and tallahassee, and next week, the heat continues. you get up to by tuesday. mid-70s in new york all next week. and 90s as you get down into the south. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning, everybody. a bright blue sky over washington this morning. temperatures are mostly in the .0 but you'll notice the much lower levels of humidity on your way out the door.
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a far prettier day today than yesterday. sunshine dry for the northern half of our viewi area. there will be a little better chance for showers south of the hety. and maybe into t evening hours tonight there could be a stray shower or thundershower. mainly staying south of the d.c. metro area.te zehero. >> that's your latest weather. backo taki kids. >> yes. >> you've been waiting all morning for that. >> let's go to safari. >> ain't no party like a taupe party. you're upset you don't have your taupe outfit on. coming up, we're going to ertalk about ellen degen. big week for her opening up in a netflix interview. we're going to hear from her mother s the first time her daughter had those paiul abuse allegations. also tom brokaw sits down to talk about themportance of
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>> a hearing could go a long way into determining whether we see more of the compound found in drinks, supplements, even food. joe fryer is on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. cbd products are seemingly everywhere these days from coffee to candy. t laws from state to state are like the wild west making i difficult to know for sure where you can have it, where you it t, and what you can put in. today the fda weighs in with its first public hearing on this booming industry. it has been called a magic elixir. >> it's like takin a chill pill. >> reporter: cbd the compound from cannabis, sellers and users alikeanlaim it c treat everything from arthritis to insomnia. >> the cbd was a miracle. seriously. >> reporter: and business is booming. cbd i on track to become a $22 billion industry by 2022.
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>> we have seen i would sigh at least 25% growth month to month. that is insane compared to a lot of other markets. >> reporter: it has been added to jt about everything. makeup, coffee, pet treats, and possibly even ice cream. ben & jerry's says it can't wait to add the compound to some of theon pints so. the catch? the fda prohibits from addin to food, beverages, and dietary tosupplements. y is a chance for regulators to hear from cbd manufacturers, farmers, and researchers irectly looking for answers to pressing questions. one top fda official tweeting, what happens if you eat food with cbd in it? use cbd skin scream and other he products on tame day? what if you use these products daily for a week or month or longer? what if someone taking cbd is also taking medications? adding thus far the data appear
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insufficient. doctors also say the jury's out. >> just buyer beware, you know. no going into it that there is no evidence for it. but if you're going to walk out feeling better, i'm not going to say thas a terrible thing. but as a society, let's get the real evidence. >> reporter: adding the t confusion, congress legalized certain forms of cbd in december. but laws still vary widely from state to state. earlier this month, this great andmother was arrested on a family vacation at disney world. >> i'm going to have to put cuffs on you. >> reporter: she was using oicb to help with her arthritis. >> they madee take pictures, take my clothes off. >> reporter: this weekend the tsa changed its policies to allow travele to carry certain hemp derived forms of cbd oil. just the latest change while the future elsewhere remains up in the air. don'txpect much to come of this first hearing. this is mostly a listening session as they gather more information oncbd and other
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history was made at last night's final of the scripps national spelling bee. in an unprecedented ending, eight kids were crowned co-champions after each correctly spelled a word in the 20th and final round. all wereiven the full $50,000 prize and a trophy. we have the entire elite eight with us this morning. guys, good morning. congratulations. >> thank you. >> erin, we'll start with you there in the front row. we've got two spokes people, if you will, for the group. so i'll start with you. story. i men, how excited are you to be part of the eight that made history a theational spelling bee? >> well, frankly i never
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expected to be here. i had convinced myself that the bell was going to ring on me at some point because honestly the odds are against you whenever you do this competition. t somehow the bell did not ring and i made it all the way to the championship round. nd that's just an amazing feeling. i'm very grateful for it. >> sohum there in the front row, first of all, how long have you been practicing for this? how long have you practiced to become a spelling bee champion? >> well, i won me county and region i can't te ial sixth gra. from then i started getting more into it. i started with the basics and moved on to advanced words. >> erin, letke come b to you here. how does one become a great speller? how does one practice, develop these skills? >> well, i've been doing this
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since i was in second grade. that's when i was really idea of d to the whole there being a national spelling bee and i think that that was the year when i decided i wanted to become a great speller. so i just worked hard and studied for the past six years. and starting in march every year after i win my state bee, i do at least 25 hours a week oud st and practice. >> 25 hours a week. >> it just takes a lot of hard work. yeah. >> i know all of you can hear me. i want to ask you a question and give me show of hands here. eight co-champions. would you guys have preferred to continue going? raise your hand if you would have preferred to continue until ere were just two or three champions? a few more rounds? show of hands. okay. sohum, that was it. youanidn't wt to continue going. why? >> yeah. it was getting pretty late for
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all of us. >> we were all sleepy and the we also wanted to win together. it wasn't like something where we were all, like, competing with each other. we were competing together. and we were really happy when one person spelled it correctly. christopher, did you all celebrate together >> well, on the stage, yeah. but then we went back to our roo rooms because we were really ,red. >> well congratulations, guys. job well done. again, all of you walking away with that $50,000 scholarship. well deserved. thank you. >> thank you. >> they're so cute. it was a late night at the spelling bee. >> it was. more than 350 of them started. and then those are just the final eight. >> and then there were eight champions. love it. all right.ut let's gode to al. >> thanks a lot. thomas, you ready for a big concert? >> i'm ready. what about you? >> and they' ready too.
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♪ 7:56 is your time now on 2019.friday, may 31st, good morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. a maryland student is among eight tco-champions a the scripps national spelling bee. he's from howard county. each winner receives $50,000. ow let's check on your commute with melissa mollet. >> good morning. traffic alert still in meyersville on eastbound i-70 at south mountain. the tractor-trailer is now on the shoulder. we still have delays through there. take 40 if you'd like. inner loop, outer loop of the icltway, very typ right now. 66 and 95, no major issues. >> melissa, thank you. we'll take a break now. we'll check your forecast next. stay with us.
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cool, less humid this morning. temperatures now are in the 60s and low 70s. your planner then for today, gradual highs. little more cloud cover the farther south you live and travel. there will be opportunities for more showers across southern maryland. ybe as far north as fredericksburg. i think most of the washington area and points north will be dry for your friday. five-day forecast, sunshine and 87 tomorrow. hitti inand miss showers on sun. not a washou >> another local news update in 25 minutes. but now back to the "today" show after this short break. have a great d . to reducing the sugar in your family's diet, coke, dr pepper and pepsi hear you. o we're working together tdo just that. bringing you more great tasting beverages with less sugar or no sugar at all. smaller portion sizes, clear calorie labels and reminders to think balancew
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because we knomom wants what's best. more beverage choices, smaller portions, less sugar. it's 8:00 on "today," comg up "today" exclusive. we'll hear from ellen's mother for the first time since the star talked about the sexual abuse she suffered from her stepfather. >> it's a roshl story. plus, honoringd-day. ahead of the 75th anniversary, tom brokaw sits down with tom hanks and steven spielberg to talk about the event and their iconic film "saving private l ryan." >> it took us 25 days of shooting to capture 25 minutes of those landings. >> it was very, very loud. it was a lot of explosion. special effects, you know.
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>> just ahead, how the hollywood stars brought that battle to life. and star of the show.yo ♪ u are the star of the show >> country king thomas rhett taking over our plaza for a live concert. and we already know it's going to be unforgettable. "today," friday, may 31st, 2019. ♪ >> our moms let us skip school! >> celebrating your engagement. >> ready for thomas rhett! ♪ >> here with my daughter. >> roommates. >> best friends. >> for the summer concert series! ♪ >> hi, everybody. good morning. welcome back to "today." it is a great friday morning.
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the sun shining, crowd is assembled. and there's a great concert in this morning. thomas rhett, we just heard him do a little sound check. sounded so good. there he is. he's going to treat us to newso s. >> looks like he saw a familiar face there as well. we're going to head outside in just a bit. first we'll start with the news at 8:00. >> that's right. we'll start with the historic flooding in the midwend south. evacuations underway with multiple levees in danger of failing. and many have already burst. kristen tahlgren has latest. >> reporter: the news is not good this morning. slready in arkansas 500 homes affected by thi flooding. the fear this number is going to grow. we just learned overnight about a breach to our east. the water flowing now through that levee. it staed small. it continues to get bigger. it's rushing mostly into
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thousands of acres of farmland right but tre some homes that could be threatens. sop there is a flash flood warning now in effect until 9:00 local time. they're telling people to get out now. >> thank you very much. meanwhile, president trump t is questioning motives of robert mueller accusing the special counsel of being, quote, anti-trump. the remarks coming a day after th muellerstatement. he said it's up to congress to determine if the president ene.ged in a crim this as calls for impeachment grow louder. >> i never thought that would even be possible to be using that word. to me it's a dirty word, the word impeach. it's a dirty, filthy, disgusting word. and it has nothing to do with me. >> house speaker nancy pelosi appearing last night on jimmy kimmel live said she bieves e president actually wants to be impeached because he believes the republican-controlled senate would bail him out. this morning the desperate search for a connecticut mother is entering a seventh day. search crews were back out at
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the 300 acre park yesterday looking forn any sig of jenner in dulos. there was found near when she went missing. kathy park is there with the latest. >> reporter: good morning to we are here at the park which has been a focal point for investigators for several days now. it expanded nine miles away in a home there. police have not made any they're still looking into foul play. but this is still considered a missing person's case. overnight, prayers and pleas for the safe return of jennifer dulos. a connecticut mom who vanishe a ek ago. >> we're simply here to pray for jennifer. for her family. for all those who love her. for this entire community. >> reporter: late thursday, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation telling the hartfor current that detectives found traces of blood
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and other evidence in her home last saturdayng lea them to suspect she might be the victim of a violent crime and that the scene appeared to have been cleaned. >> reporter: new canaan police declierned to comment whenco acted by nbc news. earlier, search crews retning to waveny park scouring the property and areas. >> they have a map and tgoy're g section by section. >> reporter: dulos' abandoned suv was found near the popular spot. a short time after she was reported missing. as a search presses on, courtdo ments obtained by nbc news shedding light on the divorce proceedings between jennifer and her husband and the bitter custody battle over their five kids. before jennifer filed for divorce in 2017, her husband calling 911 saying he was hisied about the welfare o wife and children. new york ft to go to
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and i haven't been able to get in touch with them. >> reporter: later in a 2017 emergency order for sole custody, jennifer alleging her husband dplayed irrational, unsafe, bully, threatening, and controlling b avior towards her and the couple's children. her husband denied the accusations before adding the physical safety and emotional health ofer they are children w of utmost importance to him. the cole's children currently saying with jennifer's family. >> i just hope it has a positive outcome.nd >> reporter: a jennifer is described by a close friend as a devotedom who wouldn't disappear on her kids. jennifer and her husband have joint custody of all of her five children pending the outcome of the divorce. >> thank you, kathy. a spectacular sight along the east cst of sicily overnight. mt. aetna let up the sky with
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bursts of sweltering hot lava. those eruptions come after recent acitvity. known to burst into action several times year. but the last major eruption was back in 1992. all right. we've got the news all squared away. let's do the morning boost. a boy in oregon got the birthday present of a life time. but it took him awhile to figure out what it was. >> open it upnd see if there's a message on the board. >> so on the letter board the name of his favorite band. are youeady for this? it's iron maiden. yes. iron. maiden this didn't happen in 1982. this is from a couple of days ago. the board also said sepmber 6th. his dad is taking him to see his favorite band coming up this fall in portland. the dad gives the little boy a big hug. he burst into tears he's so happy to see his favorite band.
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abuse she suffered as a teenager in an interview with david letterm letterman. that interview was released overnight. she said her mother at first did not believe her. for the first time we're hearing from ellen's mother. in a statement exclusively given to "today" about the love for her daughter and her own regrets. >> i mean, it's a horrible, horrible story. the only reason i'm going to go into detail about it is because i want other girls to not, you know, ever let someone do that. >> reporte just releas overnight, an emotional ellen degeneres gettiand with david letterman in his newas seon of "my nextee guest nds to tiintroducon." ellen describing in detail how she was sexually abused by her late stepfather when she was just 15 years old. >> he told me when she was out of town he felt a lump in her breast and nd to feel my breast because heo didn't want t upset her but needed to feel
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mine. >> reporter: ellen's mother who has appeared many times on her daytime talk show is now responding publicly for the first time about the abuse. in an exclusive statement provided to "today" through ellen, deathty tbetty dseneres know now one of the hardest things to do is speak up after sexual abuse. ht love my daug. i live with my regret and wouldn't want that for any other parent. >> i should never have protected her. i should have protected myself. and i didn't tell her for a few years. and then i told her and then she didn't believe me. and then she stayed with him for 18 more years. andef finally l him because he changed the story so many times. >> so she did confront him about the story? >> yeah. but he said i was lying. and then she stayed with him. so that made me really angry. i was 15 years rd. >>eporter: last year i spoke with ellen about the me too
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movement and her own experience of abuse. >> i think anybody who's gone throughig it r now is watching this so angry because, youn kno, how dare you not believe us? >> reporter: a sentiment she echoed about her mher in the interview. >> i wish i would have been better taken care of. i wish she would hav believed me. and she's apologetic. >> so it was talked over. not talked out. >> reporter: in a statement provided to "today," betty degenere added,f someone in your life has the courage to speak out, please believe them. ellen says by speaking out now sh hopes to emg power other women. >> and i like men. there are so many men that get away with so much. it is just time for us to have a voice. it's time for us to have power. >> so interesting to hear from ellen. when we talked last year, it felt so present so raw for her. it's not easy to talk about these things.
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but she's doing it for a purpose. she knows she has a voice and she knows she can help people. it's a lot to carry. >> please believe them. please believe them. that's the takeaway. >> it's hning to somebody right now. it may be old for her,ut it's still so relevant, unfortunately. >> and to hear from a person that said i didn't believe at first and i'm sorry. e that'll open thes of parents today. >> i know she's talking about, obviously, the abuse of her then-stepfather. and i know she's targeting women here. but i would encourage men as well, if you watto that s and listen to ellen, if you've been a victim of abuse, speak up. mr. roker, we turn to you now for another check of the forecast. >> all right. let's she you what we have going on for today. we still have a few severe storms on the mid-atlantic. hot and humid in florida. strong storms in the upper midwest. sunshine returning to the northeast and new england. some afternoons storm in new mexico and on into texas.
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a few showers back through the interior pacific northwest. west coast looking awfully nice. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> and right here at home, we have sunshine i washington. 75 degrees currently. 72 leesburg. high today near 85. there is a risk of rainrs showe down mainly to the south of the washington area. that's where the moisture sort of pooled up. st. mary's county, fredricksburg, culpepper. could have a stray shower much later on into the day. probab l moreely into the evening. most of your good outdoor weather will be tomorrow. though sunday won't be a total washout. >> and that's your latest weather. carson daly with a friday pop start. >> smells fresh. les get right to it. first the film "rocketman" hits theaters today. stars a tremendous young actor. while the movie has received rave reviews, there's been controversy surrounding ctain
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scenes. specifically those involving sex and drugs. edgerton spoke about the film's inclusion of those moments and why they were important to keep. >> i think that's important because it's a fundamental par of elton is. it's part of his dna and identity. and it's well documented. so i think if we'd skated around the fact that elton has had his difficulties or that elton has occasionally behaved in a way that he probably wouldn't be boastful of, we'd been eaten alive. that's part of what there is to be celebrated about elton. the triumph over adversity. the story of a survivor. >> he also said the film doesn'z glamore drug use. "rnketman" is out i theaters nationwide. jennifer aniston. st night she opened up about a frightening experience she recently went through. aniston was on her w to mexico with her friends when they heard
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an explosion during takeoff a couple of hours into the flight the pilot said they had to do an emergency landing because they believe a tire had blown out on the plane. here's what happened in ex-. >> everybody starts texting all of a sudden their a spouses their children. and i'm like, what's going on? >> i was one of them too. >> you were. >> i'm on google looking up can you land without a tire. >> literally. >> i was. i'm not kidding. > this is the loving respons i l oveth yatou and i love jas . you've alwen an incredible husband. >> yeah. i said i just signed up for tinderut i promise not to i activateuntil we know what's what and this is my profile picture. >> wow.s >> that' jimmy. fortunately they did land safely. that was a pretty funny story. finally an all-star lineup of actresses yesterday on ellen.
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all sitting down to talk abou their upcoming film request t the kitchen." she asked if they'd met before. there appeared to be conflicting stories. >> i hadn't met either one of them. none of us met. >> we met. you just don't remember. well, it's like -- i was kind of like stalkerish. i was like hi, i want to work with you one day. >> that doesn't count.n' we did know each other. >> we didn't know each other. but in my mind, we best friends. >> so funny. a different note, melissa mccarthy had to perform numerous stunts in the film. there s one thing she couldn't seem to nail down. >> i've done a lot of stunts but i could not for any amount of time or money keep a purse on my shoulder. joke.i wish that was a i have no shoulders at all. this is all prosthetics. and i can't physically -- i
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can't carry like a lady handbag. i can't do it. and we'd be doing this aggressive scenes and i was like -- i'm sorry my handbag is falling. >> looking forward to seeing that film. itomes out on august 9th. >> all right. ca next week marks. 75 years since d-day. and to honor that anniversary, "saving private ryan" the award-winning film that vividly portrayed the invasion is t brought backo the big screen. >> tom brokaw joins us with more. good morning. good to see you. >> this is a confluence my book came out and we didn't know how it was going to do and about the same time, "saving private ryan" came out. steven and didn't know that we were both working on this project. so we had a little reunionce rely. i caught up with steven spielberg and tom hanks to get the sauce on the making of the film that will forever represent
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that great, great moment in history. >> we'll see you on the beach. >> there have been a lot of world war ii films before yours. a lot of them in the eyes and judgment of some of the veterans at the end couldn't quite pull the trigger on how hard iwas. >> well, i'd never beeno twar. i'm a film maor. i didn't want to rely on my imagination. it's a dangerous thing to have made science fiction and fantasy films and then apply all that to a historical subject such as the omaha beach landings. >> reporter:nevertheless, steven spielberg set out to do just that. as a tribute to his father arnold, a i world veteran. >> if we pulled this off in ae right way and it stood the test of time, this is going to stand in in some small way for what those kids experienced at 6:30 in the morning on june 6th, 1944. >> reporter: he put his actors through a rigorous boot camp
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under the marine captain dale dye. >> the legend of it now is we were in the freezing cold woods ear weeks and weeks. i think it wasy only five days. but it was -- >> r >> yeah.nd catered. it was a substantial five days. we were up at 10 to 6:00 getting yelled at. we had a march through the rain withull packs. our weapons were real a avy. when a fake ambush happens at 3k app, your adrenaline gets pumping. i could not see my hand in front of my face. i could just see the dial of my army issue watch. >> reporter: spielberg studied the precious few surviving images b famed combatph photograer robert kappa to ilm makers, we took everylife.
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inch ch>>s and it took us d5s of shooting to capture 25 minutes of those landings. >> follow me! i >>was very, very loud. it was a lot of explosion. special effects, you know.'r they planting peiotechnics er on your body or in thend grou his is a lot of places to get hurt. >> reporter: every agonizing moment wn based o the ans whoctions of vet were there. >> he said, you know, after the first explosion, took my best friend out, he was in pieces all over the beach. i got sand in my eyes. when he said i couldn't see anytetng, i said you know l show the audience what it looks like not really to see very much. wheere's what i always sayvi say things you never said and be places you never were. but outside of that, we're going to be as authentic as possible. >> reporter: you and i have been
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at normandy together. the 75th anniversary will probably beashe l one we have veterans. is there a danger we'll lose sight of the real meaning? >> i think the danger is that it enters into some sort of mythological place. where it becomes a time ofods and heroes. if we ever forget that it was a bunch of individuals thatndent over a they all had names like ernie and buck and robert, that's when we'veone a bad job of being citizens of the world, i think. >> aving private ryan" was a breakthrough film in many ways because it showed up close and personally tro hor of combat. what went on before that was soft pedalled. kpoept one aer the war called "battleground." and then of course after thi film we had all those great films coming out of iraq and syria and other places that really representation of the horrors of war. >> fascinating conversation.d we shoul let folks know you are
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going to normandy for next week's anweversary. look forward to those reports. "saving private ryan" in select theaters for screenings this weekend. and now we go to carson. >> we've got thomas rhett. we're heading out. we'll have a little concert. good morning, everybody. 8:26 now on this friday, may 31st. i'm aaron gilchrist.o let's get t melissa mollet. she'supdating first 4 traffic. >> laurel here at gw parkway, dela northbound and southbound because of in loop and outer loop of the beltway, no complaints right now. 395 southbound, duke street right lane is s down there. l. >> ak right. thanu. we'll have a check of your forecast when we come back. stay with us. (
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. good morning, evody. we're in the 60s and 70s across the region now. but a lot less humid outside today than yesterday. it will beoo cr too. made it up to 90 yesterday. mid-80s today. there will be a chance for rain drops mainly south of the city for today. there's where the rain is now. grazing far parts of southern maryland. could create northward here late into the afternoon and into the evening. by 8:00, there could be a few drops there near the fredricksburg area. but not a big threat. for tomorrow, sunshine and 87 degrees. if you're beach bound for the weekend, today and tomorrow,er perfect weat the
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♪ it's 8:30 now. f it's aday morning. it is the final day of may, 2019. and we are moments away now thomas rhett taking over our citi summer concertstage. s morning.good t we're so happy to have you. and somewhere al is in the crowd. al, what are yoioung d? funny.
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>> good morning, al. >> al making a comment on our fashion choices today. >> let's go. >> we are tan-tastic here this morning. >> i'm a little more mustard than you are. >> you're pretty excited to have thomashett here. [ cheers ] >> i'm over here, guys. in the crowd. look at my friends who are visiting us from sesame street. here they are! big board, elmo, cookie monster, and abby. good morning, guys. wow. you guyss rhett. you big fans? >> thomas rhette to sesame street and we sang a song together. he's really cool. >> yeah.
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>> we love him. >> cookie monster, you guys are celebrating0 years of sesame street. you're going out on the road this summer and visit people in theirte cities. me about it. >> yeah. we going to ten cities across america and we going to celebrate sesame street. >> wow. that is great. thomas rhett is here. this is where you grew up. >> that's where i grew up. >> i see the correlation with sesastreet. did you write the anniversary or tell?ng >> yeah. it was a blast. thank you for having me. >> what was that like to visit? >> it was the coolest day ever. my girls got to go. they were in heaven. >> well, sotomayor so good to have you guys here. thank you for being here. how are you, abby? >> i'm very good today! >> all right. looking good, guys. enjoy the road trip. be sure to check out sesame street. back to savannah. >> thank you somuch. before our big concert -- i can't take you seriously with this >>tfit.
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why should today be any different? by the way, sesame street gang are going to stop by third hour of tods he"today" to help us co. let's check your weather. let's look at what's happening for your weekend. and you'll see for tomorrow we've got wet weather in the great lakes into the northeast, unsettled out east west. and then sunday sunday. hot and dry in the southwest. wet weather also as you make heur way into four corners. tomorrow june 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season. that as be watchin well. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >>ood morning. i'm chuck bell. tomorrow not only the beginning of hurricane season but meteorological summer. today is the last full day of meteorologbeal spring. tiful view at the lincoln memorial now. temperatures in the 70s across much of the region.
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highs today around 85 degrees. nice for tomorrow. real nice air conditioning vacation coming up monday and tuesday. >> announcer: the citi concert series on "today" is proudly presented to you by citi. s >> and we are ready to get the thomas rhett party started erght here on our plaza. >> but before he prms on our citi stage, we wanted to show you what makes him one of country sic's biggest stars. >> reporter: thomas rhett has been on top of his game and the charts as one of country music's stand-out stars. ♪ you are the star of the show ♪ baby i could die a happy man >> rep uter: racking 12 number one hits and a handful of awards including this year's academy of country music's male country artist of the year. ♪ ain't it funny how life
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changes ♪ >> reporter: his last album reached the top of the billboard charges earning him country radio's most-played artist of 2018. his music, rereflection of his life and growing family. his wife lauren and their two young daughters. aylook what god gave us >> reporter: tode is out with his fourth studio album and hitting the road for his hot summer tour. and this morning he's bringing that summer heat right here to our citi concert stage. and ladies and gentlemen, here he is! thomas rhett! >> new york, if you know the song. feel free to sing along with us, all right? ♪ started getting the song is on
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as you're spinning around ♪ ♪ she got me drunk like a romming hot racing at daytona ♪ ♪ ive in hea ♪ in those eyes i'mze hypnoti ♪ look what god ge her ♪ ♪ how perfect he made her ♪ she walks in the room it's like he answere my prayers ♪ ♪ the way that she moves how could anybody blame her ♪ ♪ i know she's got haters but it ain't her fault ♪ ♪ look what god gave her ♪ it's like i heard angels singing ♪ ♪ like she came dow from the ceiling ♪ ♪ when she walked in here this evening i thought ♪ ♪ thatl gir one in 7 billion ♪ got everyone in here feeling ♪ like there's a fire in this building so hot ♪ ♪ got a smile on an angel face ♪
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♪ i know i'll never lose my faith ♪ ♪ look what god gave her ♪ how perfect he made her ♪ she walks in the room it's like he answered my prayers ♪ ♪ the way that she moves how could anybody blame her ♪ ♪ i know she got haters but it ain't her fault ♪ ♪ look what god gave her >> somebody scream in new york ci one time! ♪ ♪ got that look in her eye ♪ swear she fell right out the sky ♪ ♪ man i think i've seen the eght ♪ ♪ry kiss i could die ♪ it's like the heavens open ♪de ♪ man i swear i've seen the light ♪ ♪ oh look whatod gave her ♪ how perfect he made her ♪ she walks in room it'sike he answered my prayers ♪ ♪ the way that she moves how
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could anybody blame her ♪ ♪ i know she's got haters but it ain't her fault ♪ ♪ t look what god gave her ♪ ♪ look what god gave her ♪ made her so perfect ♪ ohook what god gave her . >> thank you so much! >> don't go anywhere. thomas rhett just getting started. oh, look, a special guest! but first, this is "today" on nbc. honey, this gig-speed internet is ridiculously fast.
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i've slain your dreaded dragon. for saving the kingdom what doth thou desire? my lord? k hey goodght. where are you going? ♪ ♪ climbing up on solsbury hill ♪ grab your things, salutations. coffee that is a cup above is always worth the quest. nespresso. tiall i desire. did thou bring enough for the whole kingdom? george: nespresso, what else? and welcome back. we're here with country superstar and all around great
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guy, thomas sett. >> he' out with his fourth studio album called "center point road." t's already heating up on the itunes charts. >> he's heading to a city near you. his hot summer tour is rolling on. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> you've got so many fans out here. you even got hoda kotb out of be she's on maternity leave. >> we love seeing you out there. you were just singing that song called "look what god gave her" wi your wife lauren and the song's about her. >> it is. it's super fun, super up tempo. this crowd is rock early in the morning. >> what's the story on the significance of the title of this album? >> it's the road i grew up on in tennessee. 20 minutes north of nashville. where i did a lot of growing up. a lot of this record is pretty nostalgic. derived a lot of inspiration from my15, 16, 18-year-old self. center point road seemed like the center piece for the record.
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it's cool to dive back into my past. >> if i had to write about my 13-year-old self, it would be sitting at a bus stop. not exciting. what things did you do at that age tt spawned some lyrics? >> normal kid stuff. i think my friends inspired the songs. my wife inspired a ton of the songs. cool to look back and see how you learn and grew. from 15 to 21-year-old all the dumb stuff you did. there's just a lot of cool song titles that came from just kind of looking back in that past. >> great album. a >> kids growing up. i think lauren was pregnant the last time you were here. she said the kids are getting big. >>hey are growing at a rapid pace. >> they'll do that. thomas rhett, you're going to sing for u >> let's do it. >> all right. take it away. ♪
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♪ hey buddies that i grew up with ♪ ♪ all straight laced and married up now ♪ ♪ youin't fooling me ♪ wasn't long ago we tore the roof off thatne red light town ♪ ♪ hey darling sipping that red wine ♪ ♪ all classy kicked back on the couch ♪ ♪ you smile and i s you shooting tequila or shutting them college bar down ♪ ♪ and no matter how much time goes by ♪ ♪ and no matter h much we grow up ♪ ♪ for worser for better from now 'til forever ♪ ♪ i'll always remember you
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young ♪ ♪ hey babies crawling on the carpet ♪ ♪ no you won't be that little for long ♪ ♪ one day you'll move away but you're still going to stay this innocent after you're gone ♪ ♪ cause no matter how much time goes by ♪ ♪ and no matter how much you grow up ♪ ♪ for worse or for better ♪ from now 'til forever ♪ i'll always remember you young ♪ oh ohh ♪ ♪ oh oh oh ♪ oh oh oh oh oh ♪ yeah i hope when we get to
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heaven ♪ ♪ he looks at us all like we're kids ♪ ♪ shameless and painless and perfect and ageless ♪ ♪ forgives all the wrong that we did ♪ ♪ and no matter how much timees go by ♪ ♪ i hope we never have to grow up ♪ and he'll say for worse or for better from now 'til forever ♪ ♪ i'll always remember you young ♪ ♪ oh i'll always remember you young ♪ >> thank you so mu. >> we're back with a lot more from thomas rhett including one of his biggest hits. but first this is "today" on nbc. ♪ re wk be' aac
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and the crowd is pumped up. done yet with mr. thomas rhett. he's back with one of his assics. here thomas rhett, ladies and gentlemen!is! h >> i think y'all might know this one right here. this song's called "crash and bur burn." it's early but let's turn th ♪ so i guess it's over baby ♪ hav d thoughta that time don't stop ♪ ♪ and somehow girl the world keeps spinning ♪ ♪ i guess i've turned myself into a solitar man ♪ ♪ ain't like i'm the only one
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♪ that's in the shoes that i am ♪ that ♪u hear ♪ i'm right back ♪ at the sound of lonely calling ♪ ♪ dough you hear that ♪ it's where i'm at ♪ it's the sound of tear drops falling down ♪ ♪ down ♪ a slamming door and a lesson learned ♪ ♪ et loveanother lover crash an burn ♪ ♪ i know that it might sound jaded ♪ ♪ and i have toay ♪ i think love is overrated ♪ but i don't like throwing it away ♪ ♪ i know you could probably tell me ♪ ♪ right where i went wrong ♪ some guys can't have all the luck if d others't sing sad
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songs ♪ ♪ do you hear that ♪ i'm right back ♪ at theound of lonely calling ♪ ♪ do you hear that ♪e it's wh i'm at ♪ yeah it's the sound of tear drops falling down ♪ ♪ down ♪ a slamming door and a lesson learned ♪ ♪ i let another lover crash and burn ♪ >> new york city, i got one for you. the last chorus, if it's safe for you to do so, jump upwn and ith us one time like crazy people. are you ready? here we go. one, two, three, four! ♪ do you hear that ♪ i'm right back ♪ atnd the sou of lonely calling ♪ ♪ do yo ♪ it's where i'm atu t the ♪ ♪ it's the sound of tear drops
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falling down ♪ ♪ down ♪ a slamming door and a lesson learned ♪ ♪ i let another lover crash and burn ♪ yeah i let another lover crash and burn ♪ ♪ another lover ♪ another lover crash and burn ♪ anotherover ♪ another lover >> thank you, thank you 12k3w4r6789. >> thank you, thomas rhett. and we are back in a moment. but first this is "today" on nbc. >> thank you, thank you! >>hank tyo that little bits ofxtra tang.
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ok, here you go.ggs. ♪ w i mean i dont it too high obviously. ♪ ♪ free range eggs for free range living. nellie's frerange eggs. and we're back. sheinelle is joining us now. thomas rhett will be back with more tusic in third hour. >> we're so happy to have you here. you got a big tour going on.
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you're rolling on rough. you're getting a lot of dates? >> yeah. i think 40 or 50 cities. >> including madison square garden. >> ah. let'sgo. i'll see you there. >> you will. the album is called "center point road." >> that's right. >> thank you very much. >> thank y'all much. >> we want to tak aen mom to ou supervisor here. she is my sunshine. ese m every morning brighter. we are just so sad that she's moving on. but she's hoing with family to texas and she's got a great new adventure ahead of her. so we want to say thank you. and tell her how much we truly love her. >> one of the loveliest -- >> she made every single one of my days here brighter. >> she's one of those behind the scenes that make this whole thing happen. she's to me like an auntie. >> she is. she make yous calm. i asked her to get me that safari outfit at the last minute. boom. >> we're going to miss you,
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jani janine. come back and visit. >> tsl whilw ailay b >> and hopefully we'll see you tomorrow morning on saturday "today." it's thetart of hurricane season so we're going to check in on preparations for the summer to come. >> but first up, the third hour of "today" along withore thomas rhett. >> and we've got our friends from sesame street. i know you performed with them and the love you. so we're very excited about that. >> you're doing the new theme song. >> we are. >> so cool. it's all coming up after your local news and weather. have is a great weekend, everybody. have a great weekend, everybody.
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8:56 is your time now on this friday, may 31st, 2019. good morning, everyone. i'm.un yang let's get right to melissall mo and your first 4 traffic. how's it loomong? >> gooing. bw parkway stopped. southbound isery slow here at this point this morning.
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. good morning, everybody. we're in the 70s now. afternoon highs will be around 85 degrees. a lot less humid than the last couple of days. there is a chance for a few showers towards fredricksburg in southern maryland. sunny and warm tomorrow. hit and miss showers on your sunday. nice, cool break forhe air conditioners on monday and tuesday. >> thank you. get the latest news and weather any time in the nbc washington app. ve a great day.
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rockefeller plaza this is the third hour of "today." >> it is a tgif edition of the third hour of "today." >> i love >> that's right. al, lan, sheinelle. craig had to leave early today, not because he wanted to, but because he could. >> i'm sure a little bit of wantedh, to. >> yeahat's it. yesterday we were talking about the weather and how, i mean, 1 days in a row of severe horrible weather. at least we are getting a little relief from the severe weather. unfortunately, across the midwest and the south the flooding problems are still continuing. >> and you see all


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