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>> on "america tonightmentment" a rising tide of trouble. rushes of water so great it's killed people in their homes and sent divers searching the streets for survivors. what's behind the growing number of devastating flash floods. one hint: it's not just rain but what's under foot. pot. at the intersection of states pushing the frontiers of marijuana legislation, idaho just says no. >> okay in washington or colorado or oregon or whatever
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the case may be but not our state. >> why idaho has held such a hard line against pot and why one little boy, might soften it. and he died of ebola half a world away, raising alarm both for his heartbroken family and his community. >> psychologically we do, six-year-old is afraid that her mom is going to get sick and die from ebola. >> we have hit 1,000 deaths. >> adam may speaks with the wife of the first american to die of the ebola outbreak. and good evening, thanks for joining us, i'm joie chen. much of the country right now faces more dangerous flash flooding in the northeast and south, even out west.
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as heavy rains pour a deluge of trouble into communities that are already underwater. damage, in some cases death caused by the sudden rushes of water in the places least expected to have floodwater. rain by michael okwu. >> record shattering rainfall in the east coast turned roads into rivers, stranding motor ists and damaging homes. twice the record, an entire summer's rain in just one night. crews work to rescue drivers and pump water off roads. >> municipal systems are designed to sustain a five inch storm over a 24 hour period. this was 13 inches within several hours. >> this has never been this high before, not even during sandy.
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>> my backyard's a lake. >> nine inches of rain caused five feet of flooding in new jersey which led to evacuations. over a thousand power outages in some collapsed home s. baltimore saw its wettest day in 80 years. rat least 40 homes were flooded. in north carolina they received unusually heavy rainfall too. low lying areas in ra raleigh were inundate he. the downpour came from the atlantic seaboard. heaviest single day rainfall since 1925. some areas received half a foot of rain in about ten hours causing land to give away. parts of the state declared emergencies. >> there's significant damage on a number of freeways in terms of flooding. we made a significant survey of the areas.
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>> reporter: at least two deaths were blamed on the rain and floods. including a 100 year old woman who died in her basement. the cleanup is underway but dozens of abandoned vehicles are still underwater. and it isn't just the east coast. in phoenix, arizona, 16 people had to be rescued from this intersection after high waters rushed the roadway. storms continued in the tucson area today with more flooding expected. and over the weekend, in nebraska, heavy rain overwhelmed the storm water system in carnick and a massive wall of water burst through the cafeteria at good samaritan hospital. the drenching is far from done. as the rain moves up through the new york area, new england is next in line. the extreme rainfall isn't completely unexpected. according to the national climate assessment flooding events have become more frequent over the past century, putting a strain on aging sewer systems.
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unable to handle these massive storms which we can expect to see more of in coming years. michael okwu, al jazeera. >> remarkable images and in some of these cases in some of these cities evidence of a phenomenon scientists are increasingly warning us of, they call it nuisance flooding and it's on the rise. occurring ten tiemsdz more often than -- times more often than i.t. did just ten years ago. we appreciate you being here. we say nuisance flooding we all have a picture of that but give us in a nutshell what you mean tbhai. by that. >> nuisance flooding, cities like norfolk, floods come in and flood streets but not houses or homes too much. >> what are the conditions that make this happen? >> what's happening along the coast from norfolk up towards boston is the land is sinking a
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bit each year, about that much and the ocean's rising and the result is sea level is slowly creeping up so with each high flooding. >> we think about flooding and you get the warnings from the weather man when you think of a lot of rain. that's not all to it. how could it be that the land is sinking? >> the land is sinking because one thing, we built when these cities were built three or 400 years ago they filled the land in so we're sitting on land that's sinking a bit. also because of processes that are going on the whole east coast sinks slowly and we also have ground be water withdrawal going on. they all add up to a few more of these sinkings. >> tall way up north here along the coast of maryland, a couple of spots at baltimore and annapolis, quite a bit more of it in the future right?
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>> yes, it will be increasing it looks like because of the way the north atlantic ocean works that sea level is going to tilt up a bit more here. we'll be seeing more as time goes by. north norfolk happens to have a higher rise rate than the rest of the area, but norfolk, annapolis, baltimore, all have high rise rates and will see more flooding. >> we have also talked about flooding in other parts of the country, out west in places like nebraska, detroit, these though are very different situations, obviously they don't have tides in detroit or nebraska. >> right, no tied but climate -- tides but we will see more intense rainstorms and i guess this is what we're seeing happens along the coast when you have a strong storm together with a tide you have flooding.
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>> we all need to brace for it and bring out the sandbags. coming. >> thank you very much. >> growing issue in missouri where an unarmed teenager michael brown was shot and killed by police officers. tonight, age err protesters took to the street again following a second officer related shooting. it happened late tuesday night, where officers responded to a call of four armed suspects wearing masks. ferguson police department has not released the name of the officer involved in michael brown's death, siting concerns for violence. out the officer who shot brown once it is able to make a final confirmation of his name. the recent shootings in ferguson further focus the spotlight on a growing conversation about race and the excessive use of force by police
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officers. this latest incident combined with the high profile cases of trayvon martin and jordan davis leave people wondering just how safe are young black people in america? >> the killing of michael brown, the 18-year-old's death has sparked outrage and roi riots ia city where black men are twice as likely as whites to be stopped by police. in los angeles tuesday another police shooting left 25-year-old izel ford dead. like brown ford was unarmed when he was confronted by officers. both cases are being investigated and they brought back memories of two other recent shootings, involving unarmed black men, trayvon martin and jordan davis. 17-year-old davis was killed in jacksonville florida, two years ago.
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davis and his friends refused to turn down their music. dunn was convicton other charges but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on unjustified murder. >> do you believe that your son will have justice? >> i believe so. i believe that there's an outcry in this nation where a gentleman can shoot at unarmed children and prove that these children are unarmed because if the children had a gun the gun would have been found, number one, number two if somebody had a gun and they aimed it at you and you were in the car with your fiancee, you never spoke about a weapon. you had hours and hours of speaking but not one word of a weapon. that tells me you're trying to justify your action he. >> across the -- actions.
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>> in new york black men are 25 times more likely to be shot by police np in chicago 87% of the people shot by the police in 2012 were black. in los angeles, 146 african americans have been killed by police since the year 2000. that's compared with 99 whites. as tensions rise in the street in ferguson, missouri, michael brown's father urged people to keep calm. >> i need justice for my son. i need everybody to be on one accord. i need y'all to be -- i understand everybody how they all have different pains and deal with the situation because they have losses too but i need all of us to come together and do this right, the right way. the right way so we get something done about this. no violence. >> and inspired by their son's death the parents of trayvon martin and jordan davis have turned to the united nations,
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aiming to put pressure on the united states to act to save young black lives. jordan davis's father ron is now in geneva for a u.n. conference and i asked him what i hopes to accomplish there. >> the message is racial discrimination in america has got to stop. we have to do something about it. it's -- they're shooting our kids down because of it. the bias that we received as people of color and they are taking it to a global body now so we can ask the united states to look at this more closely. >> is it just looking at it more closely that you think washington and indeed the entirety united states needs to do? or are there specific things that you would ask for, demand even, of our government? >> i think the mindset has to change. because the laws that they come out with including stand your ground laws they take into account what's reasonable to different citizens that are in america.
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and if people have bias in america, you can't look at their mind and say what's reasonable. you know because people have this fear of people of color for some reason. i don't know why. you know i live my life i'm 61 years old on this earth and you cannot take this kind of action against our children, you know, and claim that you thought that you might be hurt, or that you had it in your mind that you may have some kind of consequences from this individual. you have to look at every individual that's -- they have a life to live and you know it's a human rights violation for you to sit there and say because of what's in your mind you're able to take action against these kids and against the citizens in america. >> right now in ferguson, missouri, there is a case that has drawn a great deal of attention and concern in that community, that is the death of michael brown, a young black man unarmed at the hands of police. now that case is still under investigation. but when you hear about that,
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does that bring back to mind your own son's situation, and his death? >> absolutely. i am horrified, absolutely horrified by that situation. you know, that didn't have to happen. they were on their way home, from what i read. i wasn't there, i'm in geneva. but i am horrified by that. because this kid has a reasonable expectation to live his life to the fullest. and for the people that are in law enforcement that are supposed to protect and to serve, they're not protecting and they're not serving. what they did was just -- i can't even put it into words. these people that have a mind that they have to do these things in the community, they shouldn't be in law enforcement. and law enforcement by the way should not protect them. i know they haven't released a name because fearing for life of that policeman, i don't think they should fear for life. i think within 72 hours like the law states they should release
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the name, you know, because he had no expectations of that child, you know, when he pulled the gun on the child, allegedly, you know, there was witnesses what he did. and to me, you know, you should go to trial just like anybody else, it shouldn't be depending on whether you're law enforcement or not. because had that person been a private citizen the person's name would have been out there for everyone to see. >> and in the case of your own son and his death, the man who was responsible for your son's death whose shot was responsible for your son's death in that case the conviction didn't come down quite the way you wanted it, we've discussed that before. but looking ahead to the next court date what are you thinking? >> we have a court date on the 22nd of september in jacksonville florida at the duval county courthouse. i want the people to come to view it. i want the media to come to view it.
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i want the citizens to come to view it. i want court in action. i want justice being served. you know, i'm tired of people saying we can't convict because we have to know what's in the mind of the person that killed my son. me and hits mother we've gone around the country, trying to help people understand if you fear a race of people or people of color then there's ways that you can go not community and find out what we're all about. we're just like you, you know. we love our family. we love our friends just like you do. so don't fear us because our skin color is different and don't take action because our skin color is different. so i'm very much ready to go for this trial. i've been waiting a long time. he has not been sentenced yet for attempted murder charges that he faces and i want all this to be over so we go out with our foundations and have a jordan davis foundation and his mother has a foundation and that way we can go out and help the community and do what we need to do across this great nation.
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so without that judgment coming through we're still waiting a year and a half almost two years now, we're still waiting for justice for jordan. >> mr. ron davis, the father of jordan davis. thank you very much for being with us. after the break, when the fear comes home. the widow of the first american killed in the ebola outbreak speaks to "america tonight's" adam may. as the victim's family and community tries to come to grips with the ebola ahalf a world away. >> she's piecing it together in her brain and she asked me quite recently, if it's her daddy killing everyone. >> and what
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will share doses. according to "america tonight's" adam may, lieb reigns are fearful that they might bring the outbreak to our doorstep. >> viconte sawyer is spreading the word about ebola. broadcasting to minnesota's african community and she's been personally hit by the ebola outbreak. >> he was such a loving father and has been. but his passion for liberia and making a change in liberia and being a part of a systemic change in liberia took him over and he died with that cause and i respect that. >> her husband, patrick sawyer, was the first american to die from ebola in this recent outbreak that is now claimed more than 1,000
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lives in west africa. sawyer was working in liberia on a government project. he lives behind three young girls back in minnesota. his older daughter deaf aat this timed and scared. >> she knows daddy is in heaven and trying to put the pieces together. she's here in liberia and here in minnesota and she's piecing this together in her six-year-old brain. she asked me sometime recently if it's her daddy that's killing everyone. >> what do you say to her when a section-year-old raises these fears? >> it broke my heart. because she shouldn't have to have these fears. no kid should ever have to go through this. you know she has this fear now that when i'm not with her, she doesn't want me to be without her. especially when she's going to sleep. she wants me to lie in bed with her. if i'm
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not, she fears i'm somewhere sick with ebola and will die. and i -- i can't imagine what's going through her head. and just as her mom, that makes me feel so powerless. >> minnesota is home to a large well established community of newer african immigrants. in fact it has the most liberians living here outside liberia. >> that's why we're trying do the best we can can to minimize the panic. zuba kabanaku, his wife is in liberia. >> we have prepared special room downstairs for my wife to stay. >> special room in your house that your wife is going to stay in when she comes back? >> so that she you know until she is going to go to the hospital the next day for her checkup.
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all those arrangements have already been made. and i'm not the only one. families that have had relative return within the past two weeks they've done that. some family have gone to the extent of you know telling their loved ones, say i don't feel that you are ostracizing me but let me stay away from the house completely. >> thousands of liberian american families live near brooklyn park and brooklyn centers, some members of the community have faced backlash and he fears it would get worse. >> it is reported that a lady had gone to work and she sneezed and the lady that the senior ten citizen called the nurse and said, is this lady from liberia, whether the head nurse said yes, she said, can you find someone else to take care of me today?
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they were forced to send that lady home. we knew immediately that was going to be a problem. >> brooklyn park police fire and other first responders are now required to wear extra precaution with anyone showing the most minute ebola symptoms. >> in the bathroom, what if they sneeze and all that, suddenly i don't know if that kick is nod sick is not showing symptom of ebola, they cannot transmit the disease to somebody else. >> reporter: on top of some unfounded fears, deconte sawyer is also upset with the president of liberia. ellen johnson surleat,. >> it is interesting to make these comments at a man who's
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dead and isn't able to defend himself. but she must have forgotten that he has a wife who he left behind who is quite capable of defending him if need end about quite frankly patrick didn't trust the liberian health system. the last place he wanted to be was in the liberian health system, that's in her lap. >> we've now hit 1,000 deaths from ebola. facing people far far away from here. tell me why they're wrong. >> it is not an issue facing people far far away from here. we're here, my girls are here. i'm here, it's affecting us. we don't have ebola physically, but psychologically we do, a
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six-year-old is afraid her mom is going to get sick and die from ebola. >> finding themselves on the defense while dealing with greef grief on the midst of the ebola crisis. adam may, al jazeera, minnesota. when we return, the bid for ceasefire in gaza, will all parties comply and open the way to a more lasting peace? also ahead, the state known for its straight rose of famous potatoes tried to draw more firm lines against pot. >> okay in washington in or colorado or oregon or whatever the case may be, not in our state. >> ahead, how the life of a idahoan might soften that hard line. >> al jazeera america
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world. this is what we do. al jazeera america. >> now, a snapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." a historic day for women in the field of mathematics . maryam mirzakhani has been awarded the fields prize, a kind of nobel prize for mathematics. raised in iran, and recognized the iranian president rouhani who congratulated her on twitter. egypt's uprising of 2011, said he never targeted his own people. last year a court threw out a
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case on similar charges. eduardo campos was killed in a small plane crash in brazil. the port city of santos. all seven people on board the plane died. and there was late word from cairo where peace talks are continuing that the temporary ceasefire between fighters in gaza and israel has been extended for another five days. this is the longest ceasefire yet and it is meant to keep the guns silence long enough to get a permanent truce in place. but it nearly fell apart earlier after israel reported that hamas rockets were fired from gaza just before the last truce expired. and an associated press video journalist was among five people killed when an unexploded israeli missile exploded in gaza. al jazeera am nick schifrin is on the ground for us in jerusalem. nick, talk to us a little bit about the
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these lates rocket reports. >> any strike during a ceasefire is serious because the chances of the ceasefire being broken or spiraling out of control is higher. but it is seen that the ceasefire is holding despite the fact that according to israeli military there were eight rockets fired between 9:30 p.m. local and midnight, midnight, that new 120 hour, five-day ceasefire was announced. nine rockets from gaza into israel at about 12:30, that's when israel fired three or four air strikes. joie it's important to realize that all of these air strikes feel fel into open fields. an explicit or implicit understanding if the rockets hit open fields, israel would hit
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open fields. a tit-for-tat. the two sides traded strikes and since then it's been quiet. >> since all that going on the backdrop the negotiations in cairo go on as well? >> yeah, absolutely. and we've got five days now. i think it's important to note that one, the optimism from the palestinian negotiators who gave a press conference was unprecedences. we haven't seen that level of positivity, the language they used. and the fact that both sides sat there, marathon sessions, some continue for ten, 12 hours, got to midnight and then agreed to move on. a desire or proof perhaps that both sides want to make a deal but joie as you know, very difficult to make a deal. israel wands gaza demilitarized,
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that's not going to happen. gaza wants a lifting of the sea, that's not going to happen, both sides hopefully from their perspectives can go back to their respective public, saying this is why we signed a long term deal. >> this is more in the matter of face saving, both has to get something even though both sides know they won't get everything. >> yes, absolutely. one israeli official put to me, both sides are light years apart. that's a quote. neither side is expecting long term status agreement the notion that in this five days a long term truce between hamas and israel can be had. so therefore what do you do? you get the best you can and you get some kind of easing of the siege by israel, you get some kind of pledge by hamas not to use construction materials for
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example for tunnels. but of course the critics would say what's the point? it could be six months, nine months, 12 months, even two years, you're going to go back to war. israel wants a long term ceasefire, but the priority is to stop the fighting, getting the sides to agree to more than three or five days and at the very least, giving relief to the people of gaza and the people in southern israel who have to deal with so many rockets fired from gaza into israel. >> al jazeera's nick schifrin, thanks. iraq, united states ramping up efforts to help a humanitarian drama playing out on mt. sinjar. now 136 more military advisors have arrived, figure out escape routes for 30,000 yazidis stranded on the mountain top.
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the white house said it's considering sending americans to help in the humanitarian areas. and france is lending military support, saying it will send weapons to kurdish forces battling the islamic state. the islamic state is driving fighters from al qaeda. al qaeda even without osama bashar al-assad in its head, remains active. it is hold hostage a 73-year-old american man, warren wine stein, just days before he was scheduled to leave the country. recently, he's had pictures taken in december. it's believed he's held in a
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mountainous region near afghanistan's border. his wife and daughter are in studio. i can't imagine how difficult this day is, did you think it should go on this long? >> no, we were warned, i thought it would be a couple of weeks. >> a several months later, not having him with us it's incredible. >> also been attention on terror groups for example boko haram in africa. all this sort of attention we're not hearing very much anymore about al qaeda and about your father. does that concern you in terms of his safety and what might happen for him? >> i mean obviously we're concerned for his safety and we hope that you know, he's being well cared for, as you know, getting his medical attention and things like that. and that people won't forget him, with everything else going on in the world.
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>> i want to read to you a comment by the statement following up here, we did ask him what is being done and the response from the state department official is we remain concerned about the safety and well-being of mr. winestein, monitoring the situation closely as well as working with pakistani authorities to get his release. >> is enough being done? >> everyone says as much as possible is being done. we have the cooperation of the pakistanis to some degree. we have the attention of every american agency. we're assured that my husband is on everybody's agenda. and short of going in there i don't really know what else they could do which is the most frustrating of all. >> at his age in his medical condition, you haven't heard any more about his condition any
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more contact since december? >> since december and in the last video could you tell his health was declining, he was missing a tooth. we have really serious concerns about his condition. >> what do you tell your children? >> it's hard. our ten-year-old was seven and a half when it happened. and you know, at first you try to say oh the phones aren't working oh he's traveling he can't call or he used to call or to speak every night to the grand kids or to speak to us. as you get more and more frustrated that he was missing things, we gave her a simplified reason why grandpa couldn't come home. she asked smart questions for a seven-year-old, is grandpa able to go outside, is he clean, can he speak to people, things like that. she's been dealing with it as well as you can at that age for the past three years. and our son was three when it
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happened, he's six now. he really has no comprehension. he just doesn't understand why grandpa hasn't come to play, why he missed a birthday, wants to know every time i go out the door, are you bringing grandpa back with you, is he coming home today, it's hard, we're trying omake him focused on the memories we're making and what he can share when he comes home. >> mrs. winestein do you believe you have hope of a resolution is coming any time soon? >> i have to have hope. if i don't have hope i won't get up in the morning. it's what keeps me going. the belief that something goodwill happen. just like i got a phone call to hear he was taken, i'll get a phone call to hear that he's been freed. because that's what i live for at this point. >> thank all of you for being here .
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mary winestein your daughters alisalyssa and jen. thank you very much. >> lawmakers in boise took a stand saying idaho won't go to pot. >> we know just like when alcohol was legalized, it gives more exposure to young people, easier to get. same thing will happen to marijuana. >> a tough line in a rugged landscape but why the needs of a seven-year-old boy might be just the thing to soften idaho's stance.
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>> more states these days especially out west is ready to go to pot. oregon has just put a recreational marijuana pot matter on its ballot. lawmakers in idaho are holding on to a tut position against pot at least as long as they can. known for its natural beauty, it's abundant potato fields and being predominantly republican, idaho has not jumped on the legal marijuana band wagon. >> it may not be washington or oregon or colorado or whatever the case may be.
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not in our state. >> what he sees as a growing problem. >> i think many people in our state are very naive what's happening in our state what's crossing our borders. >> allowing marijuana in some form up to now though idaho has held a tough stance against marijuana. interstate highways crisscross this state. the speed limit was just raised to 80 miles per hour and troopers say, trouble is moving through. >> honestly even though we've seen a huge uptick in arrests and prosecutions we've had for a lot of trafficking cases for marijuana i think we're just scratching the tip of the iceberg. >> state officials say marijuana seizures have increased five fold over the past three years and with legal marijuana sold in washington and colorado, formation of
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contraband are found here also. he pulled over this man on suspicion of being drinking and driving, ended up calling a sniffer dog to look for drugs and found a stash of syringes. idaho governor sponsored a resolution that passioned easily. a commitment to oppose the legalization of marijuana for any purpose, even medical. >> we know just as like when alcohol was legalized, it filters down. it gets more exposure to younger people. it's easier to get. the same thing we think will happen with mj. >> there is a countermovement here to legalize at least medical marijuana, but it was never able to get much traction. a look at the state's population explains why. about a quarter are members of the conservative lds church and
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37% of the state legislature is mormon. >> we represent a constituency in my case more of the conservative areas of idaho and there's an expectation that we'll protect their kids. that we'll stand up against what we see going on in other states. for the benefit of the family. >> idaho's stance is under assault from an unexpected quarter. seven-year-old kahn onmuldoon can't speak but he may be the most persuasive argument against idaho's hard line. >> cannon doesn't sing anymore, cannon doesn't say the alphabet anymore. kahn ondoesn't see anymore. >> cannon seemed health but when he was three years old he suffered a more than three hour long seizure which left him with brain damage. >> essentially what that did for
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cannon is it deleted, it basically wiped his little hard drive. he came home from the hospital full 80 ca y cat ato bic and with a needing tube in his nose. >> led to a devastating diagnosis. cannon is one of only few children in the united states with drevay syndrome. he can sometimes connect with his sister maggie and his younger brother dooley, but he lives on borrowed time. the family never knows when he has his next seizure. >> the diastat this is what we're using to stop seizures. never go anywhere without it.about. >> his parents say the drugs none of which will cure him are toxic.
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>> we might as well pour pesticides down his throat. >> they feel that perhaps marijuana would help. >> it alters those receptors for seizures, slow them down or stops them completely. >> cdb is very low in component of thc the component that gets you high. it's undergoing clinical trials, very effective for children who are suffering. >> the life they get back. >> but cannon can't get cbd oil in idaho and his parents are making the case publicly that the state's policy is misguided. >> the people that we elect into office aren't paying attention.
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they're not doing the right research. >> they think they're protecting the communities, people don't want mwant marijuana. >> i would agree with that. i don't want people smoking pot or cannon high but i do believe in him having every medical advantage he can possibly have. i'm trying to save his life. >> political science professor gary moncrief says the pressure is on for the legislators to back down from their stance. >> to make medical use of marijuana potentially there. i think that may have an effect as well. the elected officials in utah have a great deal of legitimacy among the people in the state. i don't think it will be the last state. >> the senator is not backing
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away from his resolution but may consider a narrow exception for cbd oil. >> i can't promise it would be passed or that i would vote for it. >> how long can your son wait? >> i don't know whether the next seizure is the last seizier r your. we don't know. if we've got to wait for them to change their minds and figure this out he may not ever realize that this might have helped him. >> the time is ticking for muldoons. the only way to save cannon. >> i've actually invited the senator to come spend the day with him. to see why it's necessary. come hang out with me in the hospital. come watch . >> the muldoons continue to watch themselves and to sea what action lawmakers in boise are willing to take, as do a handful of other idaho patients and their families who believe medical marijuana could be
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critical to their treatment too. coming up tomorrow here on "america tonight." >> this is steel pier right in the heart of atlantic city, opened more than a century ago, it's nostalgic, the driving force of this city's economy. based on the crowds you see here you might never imagine that other aspects of this city's economy are currently in big trouble . >> yes, a economy in free fall. "america tonight's" adam may on the casino crisis and how it plans to reinvent itself yet again. coming up thursday on "america tonight." and ahead here dark matter. it makes up almost 80% of the universe but what exactly is it and where can you find an answer? that may be found deep below the earth's surface. we'll explain after a break.
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>> timely from us this hour it's probably something you haven't even considered. did you know that about 80% of the universe is made up of something called dark matter? something that scientists don't observe but pretty sure it's there. sudbury canada, researchers are trying to unearth a scientific mystery. >> a snow lab two kilometers down. this subterranean mine still produces nickel. at the end of a long dark tunnel another world altogether. a stringently clean place of high science, and experiments
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that probe the swirling edges of cos cosmos. a device made of lead and radioactive helium, kne nuetrinos are the building blocks of the universe. >> all the heavy metals forming universe came from the supesupernova. >> it blocks neutrons. >> dark matter has never been seen or physically measured. this is science at its purest. precision engineering, rare materials, years of data collection. won't find anything who point the way for others who search. assemble when we look for dark matter we're looking for thing that we know how the look for. that's same as the analogy, the
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guy who lost his keys in the dark, the only place he knows how to look is the place under the street lamp. >> physicists say. >> if we understand dark matter, we can understand how the universe itself evolved through big bang and forward through time. understanding that matter will allow us to understand not tonal particle that we think our matter is made up from but even things like why are the galaxies here today? >> it's not all physics. two years ago, a choir performed in one of the project chambers ever. there are also plans to use the low radiation environment for medical research, seismic
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monitoring and other uses. scientists realize they're years away from what they seek, but making sense of the universe from deep into the fragment of i.t. it. daniel ludwig, al jazeera. >> join us in the conversation on twitter or o on our facebook page. we'll have more tomorrow. primetime news. >> welcome to al jazeera america. >> stories that impact the
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