>> techknow every saturday go where science meets humanity. this is some of the best driving i've ever done, even though i can't see. techknow. we're here in the vortex. only on al jazeera america. cau top stories of this hour. >> i want peace. the new president of ukraine makes a bold pledge, vowing to stand up to russia. in a few hours egypt gets a new measurement as the government furthers its crackdown on the muslim brotherhood. [ ♪ music ] a memorial service celebrates the life of artist,
poet and actress maya angelou and tracy morgan, actor, in hospital after a deadly crash on a los angeles highway. a new president took the oath of office in ukraine, president petro porashenko calling on separatists to lay down their arms. his words of warning not enough to stop the fighting. an official in donetsk today was shot dead. ukraine is a deeply divided nation. petro porashenko sent his speech to send a message to russia, condemning its annexation to crimea, saying the region is and will be ukrainian. we have more from kiev. >> reporter: he may have the red carpet. petro porashenko has a mountain to climb if he's to save ukraine
from conflict and economic ruin. at his inauguration the international community was there to show support. for an elected leader at last in ukraine. president petro porashenko promised to take the fight to the rebellion in the east, and to russia over crimea. >> translation: who comes with a sword will fall from the ward. citizens of ukraine will never enjoy the beauty of peace unless we settle down with russia. . >> reporter: on europe he said this time there'll be no turning back. >> translation: what exactly do we have to do to live free lives
free and prosperous lives. all this is enshrined in the agreement on political association and free trade zone with the european union. many of you and myself were part of a team putting the document together. now the job it to make is a reality. >> reporter: president petro porashenko mentioned economic reforms, power. this is the parliament that invested presidential powers in petro porashenko today. today this is the parliament that stripped those powers from viktor yanukovych after the rev lurks and this is the parliament that petro porashenko wants resolved so he can have new deputies to press forward with the reforms ukraine needs.
nears the men he commands. a -- these are the men he commands. a solution to the violence may lie with russia. talks are expected. this country is virtually at war - there's hope for diplomacy. they need to choose which path to tread. vice president joe biden was at the swearing in ceremony along with others. he promised millions in aid to ukraine and neighbouring countries. petero poroshenko was elected on the 25th. there was no sign the resistance will end soon. kim vinnell reports from donetsk. >> reporter: people here are divided over whether petero poroshenko can create a change in the east. many for a long time felt alienated by kiev. the donetsk people's republic
has dismissed petero poroshenko said offer to hold local elections. >>. >> translation: they couldn't arrange presidential elections. there was no elections of petero poroshenko. what local elections are we talking about. he's turning around words, making promises he can't keep. this is popalism. >> reporter: it's insisted that the donetsk people's republic is in talks about becoming part of the russian federation, and he will ask russia for a peacekeeping force to come across the border. the fight in the east will continue until ukranian troops withdraw. kim vinnell in donetsk. i spoke to an associate professor of international affairs at the new school in new york. the professor said petero poroshenko must put forward a plan. >> he must put forward a roadmap.
we haven't seen it. hopefully within the first week he'll say something and explain hue he will deal with it. yesterday he met with vladimir putin for a brief time, but there was good step forward because it is very important to have russia on his side if he does want to solve the problem. we - those of us asking ukrainian and russia are hopeful. >> ukraine will be a western country it has to be stratagicly planned. ukraine's president has an opportunity to prove - he is different from his predecessors. it is something that he winter games in his goal. he has the benefit of the the doubt. soon he'll be judged by his performance. >> tonight more than 50 people are dead after a wave of car bombings in iraq. officials say seven bombs went
off near places like a cinema, a juice shop and a mosque. young people playing billiards were targeted. 23 were killed. >> the violence came hours after militants took dozens hostage. three police officers had at the gates to anbar were killed. militants held police at bayment the student were freed when militants retreated. we are hours away from the an-august ration of the new president. abdul fatah al-sisi will be sworn in after a victory at the polls. a former head of military is coming under fire. there was a decree that banned unauthorised preachers in teaching islam and mosques in public places. a court in egypt handed down death sentences for so charged after protests. they are members of the outlawed muslim brotherhood. they have not been arrested. they are believed to be in
hiding. their charges include insighting violence and blocking a road. it happened after the army toppled mohamed mursi last july. >> four al jazeera journalists are locked up in egypt. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed have been held now for 161 days. reporters without borders wrote to egypt's new president acting for the release. another al jazeera correspondent abdullah al-shami has been held without charge since august. we'll take you to afghanistan where flooding killed dozens. it's the latest in a series of flash floods hitting the remote northern area of the country. 74 bodies have been removed. the death toll could rise after thousands have been forced from their homes. we have more from kabul. >> trying to sal vige what is left. homes were badly damaged in flash floods after days of heavy rains. the district in northern bagram is the worst affected area.
the government and international aid agencies struggled to get to the remote region. most of the surrounding roads and bridges have been washed away. >> translation: so far the reports show 74 have been killed and bodies handed tof the families. the search operation is continuing. hundreds of houses have been destroyed. residents who lost loved ones began to bury their bodies. it's the most vulnerable suffering the worst. these people were given first aid after the house collapsed on them. a government minister surveying the area promised to airlift to a nearby hospital. many don't want aid, they want houses rebuilt. >> i want hamid karzai to know we don't just want food. we want a house to live in. as citizens we deserve this. don't feed us for a few days and forget us.
give us homes. given the scale of the disaster, it has been badly affected. it's unlikely that it will happen. >> floods and landslides are uncommon. 2014 is remembered as being bad. over the past several months thousands have been displaced and hundreds lost their lives in disasters raising questions about the government's ability to take care of those most at risk. u.s. and iran will try to start stalled nuclear talks. a deal lifting some sanctions against iran expires next month. no permanent agreement has been reached if talks led by european union. the u.s. is spreading william burns, vice president joe biden's national security advis advisor. he led the talks leading to the interim agreement.
there has been a decision by the government and f.a.r.c. to set up a truth commission in columbia. they will investigate the death are of thousands over five decades of conflict. the deposit and leftist group sfark meet for peace talks. more than 200,000 died since fighting erupted in 1964. mike robinson, bill clinton, oprah winfrey a few of the hundreds to remember writer, artist and civil rights activist maya angelou. they expressed admiration and talked about the impact of maya angelou's life. >> if you know spirit, you know she's here. [ singing ] . >> reporter:. >> reporter: an emotional and private celebration of the life of maya angelou in north carolina attended by hundreds. >> the loss i feel i cannot
describe. she was my spiritual queen mother and everything that that word implies. maya angelou passed away at the age of 86. known for her command of words, poet, novelist, dancer, civil rights actist and inspiration to millions. the memorial was a trip through her influential and first life. first lady mike robinson gave the eulogy. >> words so powerful they carried a little black girl from the south side of chicago, all the way to the white house. >> born into poverty and segregation, her life included writing poetry at age 9, giving birth as a single mother by 17, and becoming san francisco's 1 black female street car conductor. she worked with malcolm x. martin luther king and others.
>> she had the voice of god and he decided he wanted to back. >> president clinton asked her to compose a poem to read at his ipp august race, one of the most famous. >> she called our attention to what really mattered - dignity, work, love and kindness. they are things we can all share and don't cost anything. >> in her most famous book published in 1970 "i know why the caged bird sings" she details the hardships of her childhood. >> for the first time reading a story about someone moves like me. i was that girl who loved to read. i was that girl who was raised by my southern grandmother. >> the pioneering work helped to give writers a literary voice and became required reading in a classroom. >> she was the original. she was the master. for at a time when there were
such stifling constraints on how a black woman could exist in the world, she serenely disregarded all the rules. >> maya angelou served on two presidential committees was awarded the presidential medal for ards. the lincoln award. the freedom award was awarded by president obama, whose sister is named after her. a life celebrated with joy by family and friends. an aamerican icon put to rest. a legacy living on for eternity. remembering a true legend. still ahead on al jazeera america - the cost of syria's war. he take a look at the deeper conflict and how it's permanently changed millions of lives. first rebecca stevenson is here with a look at the forecast. >> it is getting stormy. there's so much flash flooding
could drive up your health care premium. i'll make the connections from the news to your money real. welcome back. time for a deeper look at a civil war unfolding in syria. the uprising against bashar al-assad began in march 2011. since then the number fleeing the country reached nearly 3 million. lebanon hosts more than 1 million, followed by turkey, jordan, iraq and egypt. the scale of the crisis is overwhelming many of the counties. as nick schifrin discovered on a trip to the syrian-lebanon border wound have not taken away the flight. >> reporter: after a few years of brutal war few have survived without injury. many are marked for life.
in syria that man was a farmer. he was walking through his field when hit by an air strike. he woke up in this bed, wounds to his leg and pry. >> translation: i think i was and how i am today. how i used it work and how now i can hardly pick anything up. >> the war made it impossible to find a working hospital in syria. lebanese hospitals can't cope with the influx. they evacuated clinics in lebanon. this is built on a mosque. everyone here lost a limb or is paralyzed below the waste. >> osama carries the jihadi video on the cell phone. showing him carrying rocket-propelled grenades. >> translation: the syrian army fired on us. i was hit in the vertebrae. >> reporter: he fought in the
cradle of revolution. they battled furiously. homs suffered a campaign of strikes, shelling and seizures. the government's victory was written in ruin. this man was in a bloody battle. the rebels lost, he is defiant. >> translation: i don't feel regret or fear. this is my fate. i accept it. today they take a step towards recovery. in lebanon 10,000 syrian refugees need prosthetics or a mechanical brace that holds him up. how do you feel? >> translation: thank god, i'm happy. this is better than laying down. >> reporter: it's a big smile. the damage is not only physical, it's psychological. new legs provide hope. >> translation: when you do this your heart gets stronger.
>> and when you are strong again, what do you do? >> i want to go back to my country and continue jihad. if i have a better leg than this i would be fighting. >> for these men syria's next step is not an election, it's them taking steps to return to syria after a vote they vowed to fight. nick schifrin joins us now. good to see you. >> you too. >> so many devastating stories. post election what do you see for syria and its people? >> i think the sad fact is most of the suffering will continue. most of the analysts and people in the region say the war will continue. the fighting will get worse, and that means the humanitarian crisis will get worse. this is the worst humanitarian crisis since world war ii. 100,000 flee. you go to lebanon, to the border and beirut. syrians are everywhere. and the stories that they have,
if you just scratch just below the surface are horrific. add -- sadly they'll get worsism. >> when you visit the camps and hear the stories, what are you hearing from the syrians. >> to a person i spoke with, and i spoke with dozens, nobody cared about the election. they jimp didn't think it mattered. they didn't think it was a real election they were just worried about survival. the fact is that they fled a country because, in their opinion, what the government is doing to the cities, and they are in lebanon, they feel safer somewhat, but they don't really see their future as a hopeful one. >> i want to bring in james from los angeles, a professor at u.c. la and wrote on the syrian crisis. good to see you. i guess i want to start with was
bashar al-assad trying to gain international legitimacy with the election, did it work? >> it didn't work at all. any election where you use north korean and zimbabwe pole watchers - most will under is a fraudulent election. elections could not be held in various parts of syria under opposition control. if they did not cross through an official border crossing, they were not allowed to vote. it was not an election that by any means imaginable was free and fair. >> many call is a sham. does it demonstrate that passau is holding brand. >> the election doesn't but bashar al-assad is holding ground and expanding. he's winning at the frequent time. he will never retake all of syria, there'll be large pockets in the north and east that will be under some form of opposition
control. there'll be areas that will be under kurdish control as well. >> you mentioned gaining ground. do you think bashar al-assad was stronger now than years ago? >> definitely so. there was a period of time in which the momentum was with the opposition. that seemed to have shifted a year ago in favour of bashar al-assad. a lot tv has to do with the large amounts of support that he is getting from hezbollah, who played an important role in battles, from iran, keeping a steady supply of armaments. as i said, syria will be a state in name only. it will be a paper state that bashar al-assad is never going to control the entirety of the country. >> you speak with the syrian people. is there a message with the u.s. >> i think the message is we need help.
that's a message that the syrian national coalition, the opposition has been begging for for a few years. more weapons, more money, more support. na is something that president obama really refused, at least the kinds of weapons, and the extent of the help that they want, and the syrian refugees, the people, the normal people, civilians - they need a lot of help too, and what the u.s. is trying to do is trying to infuse the u.n., and ipp fuse the neighbouring countries with money. secretary of state john kerry was in beirut giving them $50 million. the u.s. is trying, there's a sense of abandonment. >> what long-term role do you see the u.s. playing? >> none. fundamentally we have policy. those negotiations have failed and we have no fallback policy at the president time. that being said, let me say that i'm not sure that the united states has any good options
available to it. the united states wants to make sure that syria does not end up like libya. they call it a hard landing. there were no institutions intact. libya's on the verge of civil war. what they want to do is create a situation in which the two sides can get together and reach a form of compromise. it will not happen because both sides have to feel at the assault that they - that the battlefield victory is not on the table for them, and at the same time the united states, saudi arabia, russia, iran, hezbollah have to agree as well that there's no battlefield option. only if those two things take place can there be negotiated settlement. >> bashar al-assad said he'll include some opposition what will that look like, in the deposit. >> there's an eternal opposition, the national coordination committee. they are old-time dissidents,
some leftists. they were the ones who fundamentally stayed behind when members of what became the syrian national council fled abroad. they are people who will probably be the ones who will be integrated into a form of transition government or phoney transition government that bashar al-assad is keeping. >> they know what the limits of their capabilities are within syria and will keep within the limits. >> is the re-election of bashar al-assad a grim outlook for the syrians. >> i'm not sure if it's grim, but it enshrines bashar al-assad in power. it gives him basically a statement saying, "i'm not going anywhere. the u.s. called for his ouster. the opposition is militarily more fractured. you have members of the
opposition fighting each other. often you have radical opposition fighting radical opposition, and radical fighting moderate opposition. regardless of the election, the trend has been that bashar al-assad has more strength and has more support. so one solution that a lot of people are beginning to talk about is can we expand this outside of syria, can we talk to iran about a larger barring april, and russia about the region. >> where do we go from here? >> sadly, you know, journalists are bad at solving problems. i think the west right now doesn't have a good option. i think ultimately the only thing that people are talking about with any shred of chaps of working is a -- chance of working is a regional discussion. the two sides inside of syria are never going to make the bargain. >> final word here. where do we go from here. how do we resolve the conflict. >> i want to go back to nick's
report and let your viewers ponder this: last year saudi arabia made $311 billion in oil sales. they gave the abdul fatah al-sisi government in egypt $4 billion almost immediately. yet the policemening for himman -- pledge for humanitarian assistance $32 million. qatar the same thing. it's a shame. james chevron, nick schifrin, thank you both for being with us. >> still ahead - she survived an attempted honour killing. what her husband says about the attack next. charges have been filed in the accident that badly injured comedian tracy morgan. details ahead.
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took up arms. vice president joe biden was at the ceremony. more than 50 died after a wave of car bombings in iraq. at least seven bombs went off near places like a cinema, a juice shop and a mosque. more than 100 were wounded. in one case young people claimed they were targeted. bill clinton talked about maya angelou's life at a memorial today, as a single mother, accomplished civil rights leader. new details about a fatal accident on the new jersey turn pike badly injuring actor tracy morgan. courtney kealy has the latest. >> it all happened so fast. >> reporter: the driver of tracy morgan's vehicle said he never saw the truck until it hit them. >> heart broken now. i basically wanted to come and
wish my condolences to the james mcnair family, the morgan family. it's a great day turned tragic in seconds. >> middle sex county prosecutors identified the truck driver as 35-year-old kevin roper. he faces four counselled of assault, his bail set at $50,000. roper's tractor trailer allegedly slammed into tracy morgan's vehicle on the new jersey turn pike, setting off a chain rehabilitation crash at 1am. tracy morgan is in intensive care at robert wood johnson university hospital in new brunswick new jersey. his family is with him, and he is receiving excellent care a hospital spokesman said: the comedian and former star of saturday and "30 rock" was on
his way back from delaware riding in a limousine bus after the launch of his tour. one of the passengers james mcnair died at the scene. arty from "comedy central", is another in critical continue. this instagram picture was posted after opening for tracy morgan to say: the pile up included two tractor trailers, a sports utility building. tracy morgan, a 45-year-old father of four started on "martin - with martin lawrence" over 20 years ago. he joined "saturday night live" in 1976 and was a regular until 2003. he started a long-running role on "30 rock" created by tina fey. there has been an attack on
a young woman in pakistan by her family. but this time a survivor. the 18-year-old survived an honour killing after being shot and thrown into a canal, retribution for marrying against the family's wishes. she made her way to a bank and sought help. she spoke to reporters on friday. >> reporter: my family members have been cruel. my father, brother and uncle tried to kill me. i do not want to go home her husband visited his wife, asking for protection. a policeman stood guard. her father, uncle and brother are at large. u.s. navy rescued hundreds of migrants from a sinking vessel in the mediterranean sea. they had a call from the italian military and transported 277 to malta. thousands of migrants have been rescued while trying to get to europe. now to spain where thousands
demand an end to the monarchy. king juan carlos decided to step down in favour of his son. allegations of corruption and large-scale unemployment led many to question the system. we have this report from madrid. >> reporter: they are calling for change. the words you hear a lot on the streets of spain. this is a movement born out of frustration with a political system, corruption and unemployment. the royal family, once popular, is viewed by some as part of the problem. >> we don't want to - we are, like, babies. we cannes decide what we want to be. we don't want a king. the king's son and successor was not involved in the scandal that brought down his father. the monarchy is trying to
change. it promised only the top royals will have access to special privilegeages. those supporting the monarchy held a smaller rally. they say a president can't unite spain like a king. >> for the socialists, for the poppualists. he has spoken to, you know, governors, presidents from all over the world. no matter the ideology. a president of the republic might j issues. >> the royal family is an international brand, promoting trade and attracting tourists from the spanish speaking world. >> we was a colony of pain. for us, the history of us is really closed. the mood in spain changed. many families were torn apart by the financial crisis.
some of the movements call for a referendum did well in the recent european elections. many expect their popularity to grow, as spain perhaps for elections next year. for now, these alternative movements have no power in parliament and the senate. where a succession law is expected to pass easily. in a few weeks, this man, prince phillippa will be crowned king. let's get a check of the forecast. rebecca stevenson is joining us. i see the red, yellow and green, not a good sign. >> it looks like some areas are hit hard. the storm reports are impressive across the midwest, kansas into illinois, and missouri and tennessee. we are watching a tornado warning for texas, and thunder
storms getting severe when it comes to wind gusts and damage in this part of the mississippi towards parts of the northern areas of louisiana, mississippi, towards alabama. our hazards. here is the tornado warning for texas. you can see flash flooding is an issue. we have the problems of the thunderstorm - severe thunderstorm watches, but also tornado watches in effect for the storms. a look at the live radar, you can see a lot of heavy rain across illinois, and making its way to the great lakes of chicago, to detroit. areas of heavy showers. storm reports started out early with tornado reports in new mexico, and the storm producing wind and hail damage, continuing eastward north of st. louis. there has been a lot of storm reports with damage to roofs ripped off. we had a gymnasium destroyed, and a meat market was knocked up
and destroyed in parts of st. charles county in hizb al-tarir. we are watching that closely. we are getting reports of southern turkey getting heavy rainfa rainfall. the areas of destruction is great when you see cars sinking into the water. >> images are stunning. gunrights activists are not hiding demand in texas. supporters of open carry force are out in full force at a state g.o.p. convention. john henry has the story from fort worth. [ gunfire ] >> this man believes the answer to gunviolence in america is more guns out in the open where everyone can see them. >> if somebody sees a pistol on my hip they are not going to do anything. instead of reacting to crime, it's better to prevent it to begin with. >> in booest rose, bars roos the
u.s., americans are -- booest rose, in bars across the u.s. americans are carrying guns. in texas it is part of the culture. for some, here, carrying them openly is a little too much. at the state republican convention in pistol-packing texas. >> to walk into a place and see several people with their guns sought. it's a little intimidating. you know, the first question that kind of goes through my mind is are they the good guys or the bad guys. >> reporter: open carrying is so popular that some restaurants asked their customers to leave their weapons at home. the national rifle association called open carry texas called them counter productive in weird. the n.r.a. apoll quiffed. open yair advocates have a
texas-some time omplaint. >> reporter: you have a holster. >> and as you can see, it's empty. >> 44 of the 54 u.s. states allow americans to hold a handgun. texas allows concealed handguns and rifles and shotgun is not one of them. there's an exception. texas says this is a firearm. this civil war era pistol is not. many open carriers carry replicas of old school black powder revolvers as they carry the law. >> when i enter a gun free zone i don't feel safe. i feel safer, because it gives me the ability to protect my life and my family life. the only solution it a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. as the movement has a good shot at liberalizing the state's gun
laws. lady justice blindfolded relies on eyewitness testimony. what happens when the witness get it wrong. the episode of "the system" explores how faulty testimony tips the scales in the wrong direction. >> every day in this country thousands of suspects are identified by eye witnesses. a shocking number of these eyewitnesses get it wrong. >> in this location two gentlemen purchased drugs. a gunfire ensued and the resident was killed. when the police arrived they looked for the suspects. two black mails, one tall, one short. they had given the description. >> how accurate are the eyewitness testimony? >> about 30% of time witnesses in real cases pick someone and say yes, that's the person who committed the crime are wrong. >> what jennifer and others believe is that the
identification procedures used by the majority of the police departments in this country are outmoded and unscientific. >> they put me in front of a glass window, door like. handcuffed me to the bench. everybody else in the room was pushed on the other side, where they can see these -- -- they can't see the individuals, only me. >> you can watch "the system" form 9 eastern and 6 pacific here an al jazeera america. next - saving delicate coral off the coast of miami. the promote that's under way to find the reef a new home. >> here is california chrome on the far outside. and california chrome comes up short in its bid for the tripple crown. which horse spoilt the party and why chrome's owner says the race was not fair. . >> tonalalist sh it went be a tripple crown. it will be close.
they are into the stretch. there's tonalalist, there's california chrome on the outside. a fer long for immortality. horse racing fans hung their hopes on california chrome to break the tripple crown's 37-year-old dry spell. back to back in kentucky and preakne preakness. a fair tail ending was not to be. it was standing room only at belmont park. fans donning a vest betting on a chaps for a victory the horse racing industry is thirsty for.
this is a history the track knows, the disappointing kind. a horse that's been trained since day one to go the distance. the last six horses to spoil a crown skipped the kentucky, preakness or both. tonalalist didn't run in either. >> it's all nothing. it's not fair for the horses that run their guts out, to have somebody come out. this is the coward's wait out. fans came away disappointed. some quickly moved on to the next big thing. five days until the world cup in brazil. transit workers in sao paulo are marking their third day on strike. some picket line battles got
ugly. we spoke some left stranded by the strike. >> reporter: commuters locked out of station, closed for business as some remain on strike. no trains running on the tracks. people like this were left without a way to get to her job downtown. >> this is very bad. this is very bad. it's an injustice for all of us that use the metro to get to work. >> this woman is not alone. i'm trying to get to work now. now i have to get to another stakes, it's give, it's chaos. >> reporter: about 4 million in the city use the metro. it's difficult. the strike is going into the fourth day. it's been ugly at times when police briefly used tear gas to disperse struggling workers trying to prevent authorities opening a station. transport in brazil's largest
city with a metro region of 90 million has been crippled with hundreds of kilometres of back ups, and packed buses. the oars wanted 12% pay raise. the state is offering 8% and the city is days away from hosting the f.i.f.a. world cup. >> this is the world cup stadium in sao paulo, it's about 15-20km outside the city center. which means that the vast majority of 61,000 football fans expected to watch world cup matches here are going to arrive via metro or train. the station is across the street. it means if this metro workers strike is going on next week, it means chaos for the fans trying to arrive here. >> it appears unlikely it will get to that point as both sides will sit with a mediator on sunday to hash out a compromise to end the strike. with every day it's not resolved
it's a day closer to the football spectacular turning into a transport nightmare. meanwhile the road to the world cup is paved with goals - at least for the u.s. soccer team. u.s. took on nigeria in a warm-up match in nigeria, scoring two goals. by josie altador. they won 2-1. the team won all three warm up games. goalkeeper tim howard says they are ready for brazil. >> i think we are ready. we are kicking each other. it's been a long time coming. we are in good rhythm. we have to rest and build towards ghana. >> tomorrow we'll take an indepth look at the world cup. exploring what is facing brazil, along with the troubles facing f.i.f.a., soccer's governing body. join us for "the week ahead". we'll be back. stay with us.
it's on track to meet the requirements of the others are turning to them for hem. the cherokee station sits north of downtown denver. this complex has been burning coal to make power since the 1940s. soon the coal will go. >> the big thing for the facility is it started as a coal-burping facility -- i within the next several years it will be on clean-burning natural gas, helping the air quality in colorado. the $530 million offer under way at cherra key by excel energy is part of the clean air, clean jobs initiative. >> that is an intentional effort to retire some coal units and replace with natural gas, so we don't lose capacity but are decarbonizing the equality. >> reporter: clean air, clean jobs is a sweeping plan approved four years ago.
the initiative was cited in the e.p.a. report outlining the initiative for other states. the state of colorado is making the right bet on energy. >> former colorado governor bill ritter is ahead of the center for economy. >> we were the first in the country to put a renewable energy standard in place at the ballot box. >> the standards in a mix of solar power helps colorado reduce emissions by 30% by 20, 10 years after the e.p.a. mandates. >> all of this will come at a cost. this plant is a prime example of the price that rate payers may have to shoulder. >> the plant was dammed by fire. converting it to gas when it returns to service has been deemed too expensive. >> we have to dig a high pressure, high capacity line and put it in. and the cost is not economically
feasible. excel energy. colorado's largest facility says customers will pay 2% more to cover the cost of converting plants. a price the company believes is worth the cost as it moves away from coal to a clean energy future. celebrations of d-day continued today in a french hamlet. u.s. secretary of state john kerry laid a wreath honouring fallen u.s. troops. three soldiers died liberating the town. in normandy crowds gathered to commemate an invasion. french and british planes took part in an air show over cold beach, one of five landing zones. earlier i spoke to an historian about the invasion. >> at this stage it's the last chance to win the war or come to a favourable conclusion.
when the invasion suck easier or the allies take norm andy, it's the pivot point leading to the beginning of the end for nazi germany. >> this is an invasion unlike others. 150,000 allies, 6,000 sea vessels. >> it was the largest they in the european theatre. it may have been eclipsed by the inquags of okaya nowa in world war ii, in terms of sheer numbers of people and ships and whatever. oath there's a disputing -- i don't think there's a disputing as far as the consequences this is the most significant. let's take you to the port of miami, one of the busiest in the country. delicate coral offshore is at risk of being destroyed. efforts are now under way to save it. >> reporter: believe it or not, this colourful thriving coral reef is living in the water of the main shipping channel of the
port of miami. >> it's beautiful and exciting and sad, a little bit because you know that they are going to be gone. >> that's because beginning on saturday the army core of engineers dredges the channel as part of an expansion project. army core drivers retrieved coral, transferring them to an artificial coral reef north of the channel. there they'll be out of the path of cargo and cruise ship. the effort was mandated by the state of florida. marr each biologist andrew baker said there are a number of coral reefs at risk. >> we have one of the largest urban populations in the world. these corals are valuable, some of the few left. economic concerns will win again. >> for almost two weeks the university of miami professor
and his student dived for coral. despite days of bad weather and poor visibility they retrieved about 1200, researchers thought they had until mid july to dive. the state, who issued the permit to dive said the date was subject to change, giving the dredging project the the state can't afford to give the divers extensions. each day of delay would cost taxpayers $100,000. >> it's a missed opportunity. we could have gotten more, saved more and had years of research corals at our disposals. the corals are sitting in the pool. baker and his team hope to study them and learn about how coral reefs can survive. such is the water of a shipping channel. if we are trying to save the reefs, the few we have left are adaptable. these are what we should protect because they may represent the
future. >> reporter: army corp officials say this will grow back after they did after the last directlying project in 1991. baker says the: ic is faulty. when mother nature shows us around the world that it doesn't always bounce back. banksy, known for his anonymous street art, is getting a sophisticated exhibit. sotheby's will open a show with more than 70 of his works. dubbed "the unauthorised representative", including sculptures, oils and prints. the most expensive comes in at $840,000. thanks for joining us. i'm thomas drayton in new york. "consider this" is coming up next. for the latest headlines you can go to aljazeera.com. have a great night. thanks for watching.
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