>> calls for flight bans and the head of the c.d.c. to resign. why the agency said it was ok for a nurse to get on a flight after she was exposed to ebola. the outbreak, missteps and what's being done today to keep it contained. >> we are striking targets around kobane for humanitarian purposes. >> helping kurdish fighters regain ground near a key syrian
town. >> a look inside isil shows how the group has been able to take so much ground so quickly. >> 85 mountain climbers missing after a blizzard triggered an avalanche in the him lay i canes. we're on the ground with the latest search and rescue. >> barreling towards bedroom mood da, hurricane reaches category four strength with winds up to 40 miles per hour. >> this morning, the obama administration ramping up efforts to stop ebola. the president canceled all of his events arched the country. the head of the c.d.c. is set to face a grilling on capitol hill. >> the agency admitted it knew a nurse who treated an ebola patient was getting on a commercial flight. the c.d.c. actually told amber vincent that it was ok to go onboard. she's now been moved from texas to atlanta for treatment. >> stepped up ebola screenings
beginning today at four more airports while house speaker john boehner joining the chorus of lawmakers that said the u.s. should consider banning travel from west africa. >> lisa stark is in washington, but we're going to begin with robert ray joining us from atlanta. good morning. why did officials decide to move amber vincent from texas to atlanta? >> emery university hospital behind me has already successfully treated two american aid workers and there's another one still in the hospital and that patient says that he is on the road to recovery and should be leaving soon. they are tried and true, protocols down pat, one of four united states created in conjunction with this hospital across america. she landed last night here in atlanta, and she's being treated
this morning. >> dressed in a haz-mat suit, amber joy vincent walked off a private plane wednesday night and into an ambulance. she is now at the special he isolation unit here at emery university hospital after testing positive for ebola. the 29-year-old nurse cared for tomorrow mass eric duncan, who died last wednesday at another hospital in dallas. >> this is a heroic person, a person who dedicated her life and is dedicating her life to helping others. >> just last week, vincent traveled to cleveland to see her family. >> she flew into cleveland to prepare for her wedding. she departed from cleveland hopkins on monday, the 13th, and she arrived into dallas that afternoon. >> the next day, she was diagnosed with ebola.
before flying back home to dallas on frontier airlines, vincent called the c.d.c., saying she had a 99.5 fever and was traveling by plane. in a telephone briefing, the head of the c.d.c. said vincent should not have stepped foot on the plane. >> because at that point, she was in a group of individuals known to have exposure to ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline. >> late on wednesday, the c.d.c. admitted she was told it was ok to get on the airplane, because her temperature was below their threshold of 100.4. according to the website, flight aware.com, after leaving dallas the plane flew at least five more times. it arrived in cleveland tuesday night and was taken out of service. >> frontier airlines aircraft has been decontaminated twice at a remote location on the
airport. >> this morning, the plane is sitting in this hangar at denver international airport. frontier airlines says the plane has gone through three cleanings and will receive another one today in denver. >> the c.d.c. is trying to contact the 132 passengers who were on the plane. the frontier airlines plane from cleveland to dallas. they set up a toll-free hot line for any of those people to call. i actually called that last night, waited for over an hour with no answer, so i can imagine that there are people trying to get ahold of the c.d.c. >> yeah, i would imagine so. robert, is this the new protocol for the c.d.c., to transfer all future ebola cases to one of these four infectious disease specialty hospitals? >> they haven't officially announced that it's a new protocol, but it appears based on what occurred in the dallas
hospital that that may be the case. there are four beds inside the quarantine unit here at emery. there's not an abundance of spots, so if the numbers of people who become infected in america go up, they're going to have to expand some of these quarantine centers. there's only four officials ones here. washington, d.c., nebraska, and in montana. >> we know there are patients being treated at the nebraska facility, as well. you found out that the c.d.c. had cleared this nurse to fly on that flight. why do we now have the head of the c.d.c. saying the nurse should not have flown. was this a miscommunication? >> well, an absolute breakdown in communication between the correct for disease control and prevention. when the patient called the c.d.c. and told them she had a low grade fever, someone within
the c.d.c. told her it's ok, get on the plane, come back to dallas. then we hear in the statement yesterday to the public, the head of the c.d.c. say she should have not gotten on that commercial plane. well, so who's got the correct information? who's not talking to each other? did breeden know that that patient was allowed to get on the plane or was he just not revealing that information? today as del alluded to earlier, he's going to be on the hot seat on capitol hill. we'll see what happens. >> robert ray for us in atlanta. thank you. >> let's go to lisa stark in washington. in a few hours, c.d.c. director set to testified before the house subcommittee. is his job on the line? >> there are at least two gop lawmakers calling for his resignation. he will get very harsh questioning today here in washington, d.c. so far the white house has indicated it has confidence in
dr. frieden and that he is not about to go out the door. some experts say it could hurt experts to fight ebola to leave the c.d.c. without a director at this time. the white house has issued, the president in fact has issued new marching orders for this agency. >> as soon as somebody is diagnosed with ebola, we want a rapid response team from the c.d.c. to be on the ground as quickly as possible. hopefully, within 24 hours, so that they are taking the local hospital step-by-step through exactly what needs to be done. >> the president is insisting that this ebola situation is being taken seriously at the highest levels of government. as you have mentioned in fact today, just as he did yesterday, the president has canceled his plans to be out of washington to stay here to deal with this
ebola crisis. >> meanwhile, house speaker john boehner now the latest and most prominent person to say that the u.s. should car ban into the u.s. flights from the affected nations. >> there are no u.s. carriers that fly into these countries and appear no direct flights from the u.s. in and out of these flee west african countries, although people can transit through europe, which is what mr. cub can did before he ended up in dallas. the white house said a travel ban is not on the table,nessing that isolating these countries would hurt the effort to fight ebola there and they said fighting ebola in west africa is critical to stop it spreading globally. >> you've covered aviation for a long time. how do you sanitize a plane days after an ebola patient got onboard?
>> this is a new one for me, but the c.d.c. does have guidelines. those sanitizing the planes have to wear disposable protective gear. there are certain disineffectants approved for use on this. frontier has now said it will be pulling the seat cushions and the carpeting around the area where that nurse sat. >> thank you very much. >> we are outside texas health presbyterian hospital in dallas now. the hospital is firing back at the nurses who say they weren't protected when the ebola patient, thomas eric duncan, showed up. what is the hospital saying? >> the hospital released a statement earlier this morning saying that those nurses' assertions are not rive of actual fact. the hospital administration said that workers were protected by c.d.c. recommended equipment, but that these guidelines were ever owe evolving. they say the nurses who have
asserted that thomas duncan samples were passed through the hospital tubing system, that that only happened during his initial visit. i want to remind that you a long time ago, but when duncan first approached this hospital, he was sent home from the e.r. with antibiotics. he did have samples taken from him. that was sent through the hospital system that nurses said may not have been safe. the hospital said there were no spilt at that time. later when he returned and was hospitalized, during that time, his samples were taken by hand to the lab. the hospital essentially saying that it played bit book, however the undertone here is that this book may have been flawed as it was written bit c.d.c. >> now there are two nurses from that hospital that have ebola. how is the first nurse that hasn't been transferred, nina pham doing and are there plans to move her to emery? >> nina pham seems to be doing
very well. that is great news as this crisis plays out. the last condition update, yesterday she was in good condition, the same the day before that. she seems to be recovering because of this blood transfusion that dr. kent brantley, who happens to live in nearby fort worth and is the first ebola survivor in the united states, transferred that blood to her sentenced and it appears that the antbodies in his blood may be doing her very much good. >> thank you. >> stephanie, west african officials are saying a flood of volunteers now boring in to help fight the epidemic there, 2,000 arriving over the last five days, more expected in the coming weeks. officials say there is a huge shortage of medical workers on the ground in sierra leone, liberia and guinea. an infectious disease doctor has
been with us throughout the crisis. the c.d.c. said it was ok to fly from dallas to cleveland. if your job is on the line and you're the head of the c.d.c., why aren't you the one fielding these phone calls, because there aren't an avalanche of patients dealing with ebola. >> you have to remember that the number of phone calls the c.d.c. is getting right now with respect to ebola is monumental. you have a lot of worried withle, as well as people who have had potential exposures and a lot of folks from the dallas community. for tom frieden to be on the phone fielding phone calls himself would be like obama trying to field calls about isis. >> there is a limited number of nurses, five or so health workers total that treated eric duncan. why wouldn't frieden be the one that says no, you can't fly, you were treating an ebola patient. >> well, clearly somebody much more senior should have been fielding the calls, somebody who
had real knowledge and expertise in ebola and i don't really understand why that was not the case. >> i just want to talk about the reaction here. there are three schools in bilton, texas, this morning that are actually closed because they had a couple of students that were on that frontier airlines flight. they are decontaminating the buses, the classrooms, keeping kids from school. can you put the fear into perspective. is that on overreaction? >> i think it is. somebody is not contagious until they have symptoms. amber vincent did have symptoms and has a known exposure, so she was probably contagious to some degree while on the plane. however the other passengers haven't developed symptoms. they are not contagious. >> thanks for being with us. coming up at 7:50, we'll talk about protecting from dangerous
conditions. why so many are getting the ebola cleanup wrong. >> let's move to the fight against isil. the u.s. coalition launched more than forth airstrikes in 48 hours aimed at protecting kobane. >> where does the battle right now stand? >> it is a constant pull and push, but kurdish fighters believe the tide is now turning in their favor. u.s. officials have killed several hundred isil fighters, but they warn kobane could still fall. in iraq, fighters are trying to expand in several areas. weaver obtained exclusive footage showing isil military tactics. you won't see this anywhere else. >> it's an inside look at an isil assault in northern iraq. this exclusive new video obtained by aljazeera shows how the group has made rapid advances. the militants used captured american humvees and weapons.
while in the syrian town of kobane wednesday, kurds now appear to be gaining the upper hand, too, backed by another 18 u.s. and coalition airstrikes. >> there's a few reasons why you have seen more strikes in the last couple of days. one of them is there is more isil in and around kobane. >> the president's envoy for building an international coalition to fight the group said the sup particular in those attacks goes beyond just destroying isil. >> we are striking targets around kobane for humanitarian purposes. there was a need for additional fire support to go in to try to relieve the defenders and buy somewise space ultimately for reorganization on the ground. >> the general's comments come after meeting with turkey. >> they are old friends and nato partners. we talked about a variety of areas where we could work together. >> turkey reiterated wednesday it will not join the fight against isil military unless the u.s. commits to a no fly and
buffer zone along the turkish border. in iraq, its military is displaying new russian-made weapons like these multiple rocket launchers. that hardware will be used in the fight against isil after iraq troops abandon their post in anbar province, miles from baghdad, where the pentagon says the capitol city is secure. >> nobody is under any illusion that the baghdad is certainly in their sights, but we do not believe this there is in a eminent threat to the city now. >> in iraq itself, bad weather is making it very difficult for the u.s. led air coalition to go after isil right now. when the visibility improves, they will launch airstrikes again. it is now called operation inherent resolve. >> let's go to bernard smith on the turkey-syria border.
bernard, good morning, what's the pace of airstrikes been like there in the last few hours? >> it's now mid afternoon and it's been quiet. when i've been reporting, it's been total background of gunfire and airstrikes. this morning, sporadic gunfire. we've heard fighter planes flying overhead this morning, but anker requiet out of kobane and an indication that the difference those airstrikes appear to have made. >> the strikes have intensified over the last few days. could they be decisive in the battle? >> they've certainly made a difference. the kurdish-syrian fighters in
kobane tell us as a consequence of the airstrikes, they've been able to push back and regain ground in the town that they had lost to isil fighters. as they regained that ground, they regained it unopposed. the airstrikes that went in, we heard the u.s. defense department saying they killed many hundreds of isil fighters, so the kurdish fighters have regained ground they lost. those isil fighters who remained have been scattered. they're trying to regroup but for the moment, it remains very calm over there. >> bernard smith on the turkey-syria border. >> nasa giving a rare glimpse into the eye of a hurricane. this is the video posted on line showing hurricane gonzalo from the international space station on path to bermuda, packing winds of 140 miles an hour. >> let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell. how soon before it hits bermuda?
>> we're lking at tomorrow. whether it's a direct landfall or grazes by, it's going to be a dramatic storm. here's the image as it moves away from the caribbean islands it impacted over the past couple of days. winds over 200 miles across, so whether or not there's the landfall with the actual eye of this storm a little irrelevant at this point. what is going to steer it away from the u.s. land is the front coming off the coast. if you're getting rained on this morning, you can appreciate that it's keeping this system away. going near bermuda, you get the circulation of the storm. that goes forward on the right side, the forward momentum. we say the right front is the words and that's where bermuda would fall. off to the pacific, a tropical storm heading to hawaii, that could be a hurricane by the time it impacts tomorrow night into saturday. >> we'll keep our eye on that,
as well. nicole mitchell, thank you. >> a desperate search for missing hikers in the him lay ii canes. >> an avalanche kills 20 and leaves 80 missing. >> a step forward in the standoff on the streets of hong kong. we are live there now this morning with the details and what the government is offering to help in the protest after yet another night of clashes. >> cheers in a new york city courtroom after a man is freed after three decades in prison for a crime he did not commit. >> our big number of the day. >> how the u.s. is helping to stop ebola in africa.
>> the numbers of frightening. 4200 people have now been infected in liberia alone. more than half have died. >> a big rescue operation is underway in the him lay i canes, officials in nepal say 20 are confirmed dead, mostly foreigners. the avalanches were triggered by unseasonal blizzards along the route. >> we are right at the base where most of the hikers are stranded. the army choppers right next to us, just around the corner from us. there are five bodies brought this morning. yesterday was the day when four bodies were taken to katmandu. it seems very unlikely right now, the weather is beautiful, but the army choppers were trying to rescue people earlier, and they were saying that up in the pass, around 4,200 meters,
the weather is turning, and it's going to be quite difficult for the army to recover more bodies or rescue more people. the range is an extremely popular trekking area. hundreds of people come every day. earlier, we were talking to army personnel saying there were 54 people who were registered on the other side of the mountain who have not been in touch, who have completely lost contact. a lot of people are coming down, there are a lot of people coming down with broken limbs, frost bitten people, a lot of the people apparently, it looks like a lot of people tried to take shelter in areas which were kind of -- wherever there was a dip. it was morn an avalanche, it was a snowstorm and people go ahead buried underneath. it's quite difficult to figure out, because the snow is still very deep up there. whoever has been rescued are people who were actually seen. recovered bodies are people who
when the snow starts melting, people started to see these bodies. it's extremely difficult to say how many people are still up there. >> this time of year is very popular for people hiking the him lay i canes. it is normally dry with pleasant temperatures. >> hong kong's embattled leader reaches out to student protestors there after another night of clashes on the streets. the chief executive now offering new talks a week after pulling out of negotiations. >> over the last few days, including this morning through third parties, we expressed the wish to the students that we are not to stop the dialogue, and hopefully can start it as soon as we can. >> video showing a police beating, beating a handcuffed demonstrator and there were no
clashes with police just this morning. sarah clark is live for us in hong kong. has there been any response from the students to the offer for talks? >> there has ban cautious response from some students, particularly on the grounds of the talks scheduled last week but canceled. others suggested this might be a positive step forward. the government has said it will appoint mediators. they will be university chancellors, who will try to find common ground between the students and government. they wanted to restore order through associations. the students have said before they go ahead with these talks, they want to agree on some principles, including number one, agreeing on the agenda, items to be discussed at these meetings. they want these meetings not to be just one off. anything that comes out of these meetings, they want them to come
to them. >> will this be enough to break the deadlock? >> he wants to restore order and move this matter forward and also has told at press conferences that students must understand that beijing and china's decision cannot be altered. by the sounds that have, it doesn't indicate that there's any room for compromise. >> that protestor attacked on video now filing action charging police brutality. >> nicole mitchell is back. >> we have both the system that moved through the south and now is on the east coast and another new one moving into the pacific northwest. this is wind damage in oregon as
that system starts to move in. this is what i'm talking about, we have kind of a front ahead of that, without a lot of moisture that will change temperatures over time. you can see that moisture start to go push in through the region and increasing over the course of the day today. some of this making it down into northern california over the next couple of days. i want to mention, noaa is putting out their seasonal outlook for winter later today. if el niño continues, those conditions we've seen in california, it could see more rain. >> after what we've been seeing, i'm almost afraid to hear what they're going to say. >> they would like the rain. >> nicole, thanks. >> confirming an ebola diagnosis could take days but that's about to change. >> a development to take a blood test that can confirm ebola within minutes. >> spent chemical warheads and
shells from the sadaam hussein regime and the development of a program to deal with them. >> buildings in mexico he on fire, protestors say the government isn't doing enough to bring back students there. >> stop ago speeding driver. that driver was speeding for a good reason. that's one of the stories caught in our global net.
>> you're looking live at the capitol building in washington d.c. the director is going to testify about the agencies response to ebola. welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in this half hour, allegations of a pentagon coverup, new concerns that leftover chemical munitionses could fall into the hands of
isil. >> after three decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, a new york man is free. how a celebrity helped him gain his freedom. >> fanning the flames in a heated political battle. why a small fan under the podium brought the florida governor's debate to a halt. >> the c.d.c. told a nurse it was ok to get on acommercial flight. now the agency is asking all passengers onboard that jet to come forward to be monitored. lawmakers say travel from west africa should be banned. the head of the c.d.c. will answer questions about the agencies response to the ebola crisis. >> one of the big challenges of dealing with ebola is how long it takes to confirm the
diagnosis. it could be days before the tests come back. >> that makes it easier for the virus to spread. a faster test is on the horizon. >> in a perfect world, anyone in close contact with a person in effected with ebola would be tested in the first moments after exposure. unfortunately, the virus doesn't show up that early. the amount of virus in the body gross over time and it doesn't reach a reliably detected level until symptoms appear, like fever or bleeding. we might be able to test faster. currently the test for ebola can take three days to process. nina pham reported her symptoms on friday and her test results came back positive on sunday. that window meant the second worker was already on a plane between the time pham's symptoms
appeared and the ebola test indicated a positive. >> in sierra leone, officials fear the fear of ebola is causing people not to report cases, saying some families because of that stigma still harboring sick people in their homes. they are burying dead bodies without government help and refusing to call the ebola emergency hot line. more than 1100 people have died from ebola in sierra leone so far. >> c.d.c. director will testify before congress in a few hours. aljazeera will bring you live coverage of that testimony. that's at noon eastern, 9:00 a.m. pacific. >> airstrikes have killed hundreds of isil fighters near kobane in syria. u.s. led coalition launching 40 airstrikes in 48 hours. kurdish fighters say they are helping stall the advance.
the situation is very different in iraq. where do things stand now in the anbar province? >> a town linking baghdad with the anbar province, if the town falls, isil will have a base in which to be able to attack parts of the south, more crucially, baghdad and the airports itself. isil fighters have proved themselves to be focused, determined and resilient fighters. many wonder about their tactics. aljazeera gained a very rare first-time look at an isil assault and what it looks like. let's take a look now.
>> we're looking at the video now that you are talking about. describe for us what that video tells us about the military operations. >> what it shows you is the incredible amount of forward thinking and planning that goes into an isil assault. this is a very professional army. they use the terrain that they have. they're effectively using the weapons that they captured from the iraq army against iraq forces themselves. this is american-made weaponry. you can see in the pictures humvees, heavy armor. you can see the way they form defensive formations. in this particular attack, it was against a town, a little village. what happened there is the iraq army were able to push them back, but before they did, they faced quite heavy losses. when isil fighters decided to go
from an offensive into a defensive mode, you see that they changed their tactics. they have fire that goes over the heads of the soldiers as they go into retreat. these are tactics incredibly familiar to anybody that's spent time in the army. this is a very focused force. >> the pentagon has been saying they are well trained. thank you very much. >> dell, this morning, the pentagon promises any service members injured by chemical weapons in iraq will get the treatment they need after "the new york times" reported more than a dozen american troops were hurt after finding leftover chemical munitionses from the 1980's. the service members found nearly 5,000 chemical warheads, bombs or smaller munitionses between 2004 and 2011. it alleges the pentagon kept these findings secret. many of those munitionses were in areas now in the control of
isil. our next guest was in iraq as part of the iraq survey group and joins us from washington this morning. your report said there were a small number of chemical munitionses. did it down play the leftover munitionses? >> these are very old. they can't be used in the normal military sense, launched as rockets or in artillery tubes. they are more akin to an industrial waste site. these are areas in iraq now under the control of isis. those guys could pick up these things and perhaps, perhaps use them as a weapon at this point, but i think the risk of that is relatively low. >> back up for adjusted a second. i wanted to get your opinion on
isil. were you aware when your report came out in 2004 that there were internal reports that perhaps were being kept secret by the pentagon with rewards to leftover chemical munitionses? >> our report was completed at the end of 2004. we had one case where an i.e.d. had been made inadvertently out of a sarin round and that did create an exposure and one or two individuals were exposed to that. the later exposures happened as people focusing on i.e.d. and littered all over iraq. i don't understand why the pentagon didn't focus on these exposures as a unique case and offer the treatment that was
required by these individuals. the notion of keeping it confidential, i tend to suspect is more bureaucratic bungling rather than malice aforethought, but i don't really know. >> in fact, some analysts interviewed by "the new york times" say the pentagon handling of these munitions vital the handling of chemical weapons. >> that is true, the united states had control for the inventory they found in iraq and there are procedures for the accounting of and reporting to the u.n. body. when the transfer of authority shifted to the government of iraq, technically, the government of iraq became responsible for that. i believe that was in 2009. the government of iraq was responsible for it. yes, there were procedures in place, which should have been followed. i think the more egregious mistake was not offering care
and not caring for the soldiers exposed. there were small numbers compared to the number being injured by weapons, but that is the case. >> chemical munitions were discovered around the center of iraq chemical production in the 1980's. since june, that compound has been under isil control. can these munitions be repurposed to be used again as weapons? >> i have some familiarity with that site. in the 1990's, the u.n. weapons inspectors were disposing of the iraq inventory at that location. i was a deputy director at that time. one of the key aspects of that facility is a very large german built bunker in the 1980's. part of the work of the u.n. inspectors was to destroy the materials and the munitions, but there were certain elements of that precursor chemicals,
barrels which were too volatile to destroy in the normal pros. it was decided in the 1990's to entomb them in this large bunker, which has been under seal until the war in 2003 when the security around it denigrated. what happens there i think is open to question, but again, that's more of a toxic waste site. i'm not sure that anybody could really make a weapon out of what's being held in that facility. i've been in that facility and it's a very ugly location. to walk in there and walk out without being killed i think would be a remarkable feat if you're unprotected. >> we appreciate your unique expertise on this. former u.s. weapons inspector in iraq, thanks for your time. >> a student marsh in mexico city turned violent wednesday with protestors smashing windows and setting a fire.
they are protesting the government not helping to find missing students. >> a prison riot in brazil now over. the officials agreed to move the inmates to another center. they were demanding better conditions at the overcrowded prison and took the hostages to the roof of that facility. >> a colorado judge is looking over a new psychiatric report for james holmes, the man accused of opening fire in a suburban denver movie theater in 2012. 12 people died, dozens more were hurt. this is the second psychiatric exam given to homes. he's pled not guilty by reason of insanity. >> a relative of reeva steenkamp said oscar pistorius needs to be punished. she doesn't believe his apology for killing her cousin. episcopalian was convicted of
culpable homicide in steenkamp's death. >> a new york man will wake up a free man this morning for the first time in 29 years. he had been wrongly convicted of murder. >> his release was one of the latest wishes of hurricane carter. >> with years of attention brought to his case by carter by various news organizations and even by a documentary released this year, david mccullum's fight became almost as famous as hurricane carter. >> after wrongly convicted, he finally heard these words. >> i will dismiss the indictment. >> with that, his 29 year nightmare was over, a nightmare that began in 1985 when as a 16-year-old, he and friend willie stuckey confessed to a
carjacking and murdering the car's owner. their confessions were mismatched and they soon recanted them. later, someone else's d.n.a. was found inside the victims' car, yet the confessions kept them behind bars. >> these two teenagers had no chance with professional interrogators. >> exboxer hurricane carter, himself a victim of wrongful imprisonment called on brooklyn's district attorney to review the case. >> when i walked through the doors of this office in january, i inherited a legacy of disgrace with respect to wrongful conviction cases. >> sitting next to the now 45-year-old man when he got the good news was the mother of willie stuckey. he died in prison. >> there's someone else supposed to be walking out with me but
unfortunately he's not, will come stuckey. >> how do you feel about losing three decades of your life for something you didn't do? >> well, i've had a long time to think about that, and unfortunately, so, but at the same time, i think i'm mature enough to understand that i can't get it back and i won't attempt to get it back. i think my life starts from this point on. >> he now hopes to help others who have been wrongly convicted. according to the innocence project, one out of every four people who have had their convictions overturned due to d.n.a. evidence had originally confessed their guilt to police. >> the highest court in arkansas has thrown out that state's voter i.d. law. the state supreme court says the requirement view lathes the arkansas constitution. the decision was unanimous. opponents argued the photo i.d. requirement would disenfranchise voters. >> the kansas city royals
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connecticut. it is a slow commute. this moves up over the next couple of days, wraps around moisture into the great lakes with another front behind it, cooling temperatures into the midwest. more new tomorrow, northeast cools a little with the rain today. >> like fall. >> yes. >> lots of people love classical music but that passion is not paying the bills. across the country, many symphony orchestras face huge deficits and shrinking audiences. we look at if the music can make it in the modern world. >> he discovered classical music by accident. >> i turned to a special where bow chilly was singing.
♪ ♪ >> it's cool. >> now, he wants to make it his career. ♪ >> the 20-year-old attends the peabody conservancy of johns hob kins. attendance is dropping. >> it's been declining 1% a year. >> over the last 10 years. >> does that raise alarms? what if that trend continues? >> our history is filled with people who have been saying the death of classical music is around the corner and of course we are still here, wimp isn't to say we don't have challenges. >> jesse rosen is president of
the league of american orchestras. right now, a labor dispute and financial troubles have the atlanta orchestra in a lockout. orchestras in minneapolis, chicago, detroit, san francisco, denver and indianapolis have all faced serious financial problems in the last two years. in the fight for an audience, many oak he strays are now changing the way concertgoers engage in classical music, adding videos, celebrity appearances even mixing in more popular music. >> is this a real evolution? >> it seems that way, but now we're also seeing programming that's directed to younger
people, even programming that changes the whole nature of the concert experience. >> wanting to be part of the classical evolution, and hoping an audience will support them. >> are you going to write something and shake it up a little bit. >> i plan on writing some really cool stuff. going to be a classical singer who's bringing something beautiful to the table. >> one note at a time. adam may, aljazeera, baltimore. >> some orchestras are experimenting with shorter programs to appeal to shorter attention spans. i'm pretty sure mozart is turning over in his grave. >> a look at a fairytale wedding from 1953, 13 of the images capturing j.f.k. and jacki tying
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the inner workings. >> we were told that governor scott will not join us for this debate. >> it is being called fan gate, the small device that caused a huge uproar, nearly derailing a gubernatorial dehe bait. >> new efforts to stop ebola as the c.d.c. director faces questions about the cries. >> four more airports will screen passengers. >> c.d.c. director tom frieden will face a congressional panel on the agency response to ebola. >> the c.d.c. gave a nurse who had a high fever the ok to board a commercial flight. amber vincent has been moved to
atlanta for treatment. >> we have team covering this morning from dallas, washington, but let's begin outside emery university hospital in atlanta. robert, good morning. the c.d.c. facing criticism over allowing this passenger to get on a plane. tell us what happened. >> good morning, this nurse treated the now deceased thomas eric duncan two days after that gentleman died in dallas, she board add plane, went to cleveland. she was allowed to. there was no protocol in place for her not to travel. then all of a sudden, before she's leaving cleveland, ohio, she realizes she has a low grade fever of 9090.5. she calls the c.d.c., talks to someone inside there, tells them that she has this fever and that person within the centers for disease control says ok, no problem, get on an airplane and come back to dallas, and she
does. now the problem is with that situation is that yesterday, dr. thomas dreaden, the head of the c.d.c. came out and said, you know, this person now that ebola, the nurse at emery behind me and she should not have gotten on a commercial airplane. let's listen to what he said yesterday. >> health care worker number two should not have been allowed to travel by plane or any public transport by virtue of the fact that she was in an exposed group, and although she did not report any symptoms, and she did not meet the fever threshold of 100.4, she did report at that time that she took her temperature and found it to be 9090.5. >> out of the abundance of precaution, the fact that she had close contact with the bodily fluids of the now deceased patient, why did the
c.d.c. even allow her to travel and then when she reported that she had a fever, even though it didn't meet their threshold, why was she allowed to be an the plane. those are the big questions today when dr. frieden hits capitol hill, he will get a shellacking from lawmakers. >> she is now at the hospital behind you. why did the c.d.c. bring the nurse from class to emery university hospital? >> the situation in dallas in confusing at best. the patrol controls, many people say were not followed. they have built a quarantine unit 12 years ago in conjunction with the c.d.c., so they now what they're doing and how to
handle an ebola-infected person. >> robert, thank you. >> let's go to lisa stark in washington, d.c. the c.d.c. director will testify today. you got a copy of his opening remarks. what's he going to say? >> in his written testimony he'll say the c.d.c. anticipated that someone infected with ebola would show up in the u.s., that they've been preparing for it. he goes through a long list and say that they are actively investigating what went wrong at that dallas hospital, allowing two nurses to be infected. he'll say that even a single inadvertent slip can be problematic. he'll try to reassure the committee thinking they will stop this, but it will take meticulous attention to detail. he believes the public health system in place in the u.s. will prevent an ebola outbreak in the
united states. >> president obama clearing his schedule to concentrate the federal response to ebola. what is the message out of the white house this morning? >> he he's canceled his schedule for his second day now. it's trying to show -- he's trying so show that this is a clear priority for the white house. the president has ordered stepped up efforts by the c.d.c. he wants rapid response teams that would deploy to any hospital within 24 hours that has an ebola case so the c.d.c. can see how that hospital is handle it. he wants to make sure that the hospitals are getting the most up to date information to protect their own workers. >> i think what we've all learned over the last several weeks is that folks here in this country and a lot of non-specialized hospitals and clinics don't have that much experience dealing with these issues, and so we're going to have to push out this information. >> the president also trying
to -- the president also trying to reassure the public that ebola is not transmitted easily, and he also says that it is being taken seriously at the highest levels of his administration. >> lisa, thank you very much. >> we continue our covering from texas health presbyterian hospital in dallas. good morning to you. are officials there now acknowledging -- >> good morning stephanie. >> are they acknowledging that there were mistakes in the handling of an ebola patient there and what are they doing about it? >> the hospital administration is now frankly on the defensive. they released a statement this morning, addressing some of the allegations we've heard from anonymous nurses who treated thomas eric duncan and voids concerns. the hospital said all workers followed the ever evolving c.d.c. protocols. >> the hospital is in full
crisis mode. >> no one wants to get this right more than our hospital, the first to diagnose and treat this insidious disease that's now attacked two of our own. >> those two nurses treated thomas eric duncan. the team did not start wearing bio hazard suits to prevent transmission of ebola for two days after duncan was admitted. the national nurses union said the way the case was handled was disturbing. >> he was left for early hours not in isolation in an area where other patients were present. >> they also say the protective gear provided was not worn properly by health care workers, leaving skin exposed. >> these nurses were said not to be following protocol. the nurses are saying there were no protocols. >> that will be part of the investigation as how the virus was transmitted.
>> every element of our personal protective equipment and infection control inside the hospital, we don't have an answer but are looking at every possible angel. >> pham has shown improvement at the very hospital where she works and was infected. part of her treatment includes receiving blood donated from dr. kent brantley who was cured of ebola. >> she is so positive. she doesn't have any doubts about her care or anything like that. >> in all 75 other health care professionals that came into contact with thomas duncan here, the hospital is offering all of them a place to stay at the hospital should they be concerned about possibly infecting family members. >> the hospital family sizes that making rooms available to workers is not a medical recommendation. it's simply offer them a piece e of mind. as they come here, they will continue medical monitoring. at home, they are taking their
temperature twice daily. here there will be mormon forking of that. >> it certainly sounds like there's space. as you've reported, the hospital is eerily quiet. what is the hospital doing to ease the fears of the public and health workers? >> ever since the first diagnosis happened two weeks ago, there have been barely any people coming to the emergency room. since the first nurse was diagnosed, the hospital has diverted ambulances from coming here, meaning the e.m.s. is taking them to elsewhere, other hospitals. there is a lot of fear surrounding the community and hospital here. they're trying to take communication to a higher level to establish a media hot line. we also hope to get more answers. >> thank you. >> the world health organization saying the ebola outbreak has claimed 4500 lives in south
africa, more than 8900 people have been infected, close to 9,000 officials are saying, efforts have not stepped up soon enough. cases could top 10,000 by a week by december. the c.d.c. director thomas dreaden set to testify about the ebola outbreak in just a few hours and aljazeera america will bring you live coverage of that testimony before congress, it areas at 9:00 a.m. pacific time. >> u.s. airstrikes appear to be shifting the balance in the fight over kobane, syria. >> in iraq, it is a very different story. isil fighters making significant gains in anbar province. isil forces are now getting ready for siege just 25 miles from baghdad. >> they've put pressure on a
town for weeks, this town is crucial, one of the motor strategic towns in anbar province, linking ball dad and the rest of the south. if isil fighters take that town, they will have a base to talk baghdad. that's got a lot of people concerned. isil's tactics are surprising people. they are a very professional army. we've managed to get some foot acknowledge of them in action, it's the first time that anybody's actually been inside an isil assault. let's take a look at that now. >> this is a previously unseen look inside an isil assault. on sunday, the group hoisted their bullet ridden flag above a village in northern iraq. the iraqi army sent in helicopters that dropped bombs, isil used anti aircraft guns. the assault begins at mid-day, and isil fighters are confident.
they chant "god is great" and isil remains, isil expands, the unofficial slogan of the group. >> as the iraq army pushed closer, they changed tactics from offensive to defensive. using captured iraq humvees at cover, they stand their ground. they are in effect using u.s. made weaponry and armor against iraqi forces. this isn't an amateur army. isil is well equipped and use tactics familiar to armies the world over, including making full use of the terrain. as it gets darker, the iraqi army seems to have beaten back the group and it retreats to positions in villages it still controls. this is typical of isil, take control of the town or village or retreat to safe havens when overwhelmed. surrender isn't an option.
>> that's the reason that many here in iraqi are saying that we need more airstrikes within iraq. we also need ground troops. you saw how the isil fighters there were maneuvering. this is a very professional army. people are asking for more airstrikes. they also want ground troops to be able to go in and clear areas of isil fighters. >> those are incredible images. it's been difficult to launch airstrikes in iraq because of the bad weather there. what effect is that having on the ground? >> it means isil are now able to move more freely than before, especially in the north where they still control large parts of the country. now they have the second biggest town of mosul, that's of real concern. as you move down towards baghdad, the fear is they'll cut off the only remaining supply route between baghdad and the north. if that happens, that's going to
be a real problem for reestablishing ground troops and getting people back to their unit. it's a real big issue here that the airstrikes aren't going in the kind of number that the iraqis were expecting. >> while isil is making gains in on bar province, it seems the tide may be turning in kobane. is that city still at risk of falling? >> it is. the u.s. officials are very, very concerned about that, even though the kurds seem to be gaining some ground. we have seen isil forces bounce back before. once again, we are talking about the syrian border here. in 48 hours, they've launched 40 airstrikes. the strikes have scattered isil fighters, but they appear to be regrouping. this town is not strategically
significant but hundreds of lives are at stake. if kobane falls, there could be a genocide of the kurds and the u.s. is also very well aware that have. >> we're striking the targets around kobane for humanitarian purposes. clearly there was a need, given the circumstances associated with the defense of that town. there was a need for additional fire support to go in and relieve the defenders and buy white space ultimately for reorganization of the ground. we have picked up the tempo and the intensity of the airstrikes. >> the takeaway this morning, the battle is very fluid and it's been going on nearly a month. there is no end in sight. >> isil threatening to kill another american hostage, an aid worker in syria. >> his friend spoke to the aljazeera program "the stream"
and said he believed the good work he was doing would help protect him. >> at the time, it was thought that those relationships that he had and the fact that he was doing work to help those people and that they were transporting him in and out would afford him safety. >> you can catch the full conversation today on "the stream" airing at 12:30 p.m. pacific time. >> police and demonstrators clashed in the streets of hong kong last night. the chief executive of hong kong said he is ready to meet up with student protest leaders. we go live now to hong kong. i can still see the encampments behind you. what has the response been to the offer to resume talks? >> the student response has been cautious particularly ocean that the last talk scheduled last
week were canceled by the government. others indicate that is a step forward. the next round will be next week with university chance lowers to try to mediate between it is students and governors. the students said before this meeting, they want to agree on principles. they want the outcome of that meeting to be executed, the agenda agreed on. they want this not to be just a one up meeting. >> one of the protestor demands is that the executive step down. he is willing to talk, but for us, those have us that watch china, can he really offer them anything? doesn't beijing call the shots in all this? >> that's exactly what he said. while he said that these talks, he wants to restore order to a paralyzed city, he's told his press conference that he's restrained, shouldn't shouldn't expect beijing will alter its mind. it will go ahead with reform.
it certainly suggest that is there's very little room for compromise. >> sarah, thank you. >> there is a search going on right now for 85 hikers still missing in the him lay i canes, possibly buried in an avalanche and blizzard there. twenty are confirmed dead. the blizzard was unusual. the season is very warm and it's the time of year most hikers choose to summit the him lay i canes. >> one thing it is right now is hurricane season and gonzalo is bearing down on bermuda as it gains strength. >> you wanted to be flying into this particular hurricane. >> jonessing a little bit, my air force job being the people that fly into these and my colleagues have been doing this, getting data from the storms. the international space space were able to get these images and now they are going around the internet if you want to find
those. here's the look fromlight. this is a broad system, winds extending over 200 miles across. it's a large and intense storm, being a category four right now with winds 140 miles an hour. over the next couple days, this is already making that northerly turn and part of that is that front coming off the east coast. that's going to keep it away from us, but headed right toward bermuda or on the west side of it, wimp would put bermuda on the west side of that storm as a major hurricane passing by. the other system, we head over to hawaii, it's a tropical storm but could be a hurricane as it brushes by the islands, probably more likely saturday is the bermuda storm tomorrow. >> the death toll from ebola in africa approaching 5,000 people. we're talking with the number of one group trying to get volunteers to help and the challenges they face. >> the stock market taking
>> health officials are ramping up efforts to stop the spread of ebola. four more airports will screen travelers arriving from west africa today as the c.d.c. admits it gave a potentially infected nurse the ok to board a commercial flight. she's been moved from texas to atlanta for treatment. >> a lot of americans are asking what more can be done to stop the spread that ebola here. the situation in africa worse, 9,000 people sickened. more than half have died. health agencies don't have enough worker to say handle the infected on the ground. in sierra leone the government is treating citizens to treat family members because the hospitals are overwhelmed. volunteers are being recruited to go to africa. i have talked to a lot of people who say they want to go but when they see doctors and nurses getting sick and dying in some
cases, they get concerned. what do you tell them? >> we've seen an overwhelming and inspiring outpour of enthusiasm for this. over 2,000 people have come forward, and we actually haven't had to do much convincing. our community itself has been posting comments about volunteers saying why they want to do this, and so many people have come forward and supported them and said thank you so much for doing this and it's that back and forth between the volunteers and other members of the community that have really made this happen. >> you've got 2,000 people you say that want to go there. the house speaker john boehner calling on a flight ban to africa, as someone who is trying to get people there, what do you think will happen total efforts that you and others are trying to do if there is a flight ban into africa. >> i don't think that should be
a problem for this -- the response that we are generating right now. we think that it's needed that the front line organizations do have the capacity to send in people who are trained, who know safety protocols, who can do an effective job containing this outbreak. we want to keep those policy options open. we don't think that the flight ban should stop that. >> i want to ask you a question because i know there are a lot of people listening right now and wondering if they should go. are volunteers asked to sign waivers if they get sick and if they do get sick, do american insurance companies cover them? >> obviously ebola is a risky disease, a very dangerous disease. we all know that, the volunteers know that. these front line organizations have training evacuation and treatment programs in place.
volunteers do accept some of the risks by going, and they're health insurance depends on what type of insurance they have, but every volunteer that comes through our group would have a treatment plan in place. >> thank you very much. >> it is a rainy morning for parts of the country. nicole mitchell is back with more on that. >> good morning. if you got under one of the bands, you got wet this morning. that is from the northeast. you can see more clearly in the early frames a front coming through the midwest without a lot of moisture is leading to temperature changes. heavy rain that's moved through the northeast, this is what's left of the same storm that caused severe weather earlier in the week and now continues its way through the course of the day today. some of the mid atlantic already out of this, northeast new
england, it will be later in the day today. watch moisture wrap around, that will be reinforced with the front i was mentions in the midwest. we've got temperatures like 70 in minneapolis, cooler, atlanta at 67 behind the first front, but tomorrow, temperatures go down. minneapolis dropped to 55 with the next front. >> it will feel like fall, great. nicole mitchell, thank you. >> as we have been reporting, that second texas ebola patient now in atlanta for treatment for the virus. we'll talk to a council woman about the city's role in fighting the ebola situation and just how ready dallas and atlanta and all of the other cities really are. >> a rare inside look at north korea, aljazeera goes inside the secretive country amid questions over who's in charge. >> this is alaska, a dry town. alcohol is illegal here. what happens is alaskans prove
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only on al jazeera america >> you're looking live on capitol hill where the head of the c.d.c. is going to face tough questions in just a few hours concerning his agencies handling of the ebola outbreak in the u.s. welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in this next half hour, the debate between two men for governor in florida led to a battle over a small fan. >> the apology issued after a band gave away music for free. >> a look at our latest headlines. kurdish fighters say u.s. led airstrikes are keeping isil from taking over kobane. forty strikes have hit isil targets in the past 48 hours. officials in iraq say gains have been made in an bar. >> a desperate search in the him
lay i canes for 85 hikers buried by avalanches. twenty are confirmed dead. blizzards are responsible for triggering the avalanches. >> health officials are ramping up efforts to stop the spread of ebola. four more airports will screen travelers arriving from west africa today. the head of the c.d.c. will go before dong address his agencies response. >> positive news when it comes to foreclosures, the number dropping to its lowest level since july of 2006. reality track says filings are down 9%, saying the decrease from august is evident and 19% down from last year. we could be seeing another seesaw day on wall street, the markets making investors queasy on wednesday, and that maybe the understatement. the dow plunging 460 points in early trading only to rebound late.
still, they closed down 173 points. at one point, the nasdaq slipping 10%. >> what is driving all this volatility? >> pick your poison. there is so much uncertainty weighing on the market now, but topping the list is weakness in the global economy. we've had some very troubling signs and leading the pack with news out of germany. germany is the powerhouse of the euro zone and recent economic data shows germany could be skidding toward recession. we have fresh signs of weakness in japan. we have seen emerging markets like china slow down more than expected. this is a very, very big concern weighing on the markets. we also have commodity prices falling. >> exactly, down $80 a barrel now compared to what it was. >> exactly. a lot of that is due to an
oversupply of oil right now, but also weakening demand in china. we've seen other key commodity prices fall for soy and corn. while that is good news meaning lower prices at the gas pump and lower grocery bills, it can be a big concern. you want to see some inflation. the risk of global deflation is weighing. >> the fed is scheduling to unwind its bond buying program this month. how much is that affecting sentiment? >> that is more uncertainty. what is this economy going to be like when the training wheels come off. nobody is sure what the world is going to look like now that that stimulus is being kicked away. if i have to list the number one concern, it is weakness in europe. >> all right, thank you. >> a repair look inside north korea, the country under stepped up scrutiny after the seeming
with literature. it wants to lead to war. >> on wednesday, north and south korea met for the first time in nearly four years to discuss military issues across the border. at the demilitarized zone, it made clear we could only film what we're told to. this is parallel 38, the front line in a 60 year long conflict. >> that side is the u.s. and south korea and all of this is north korea, the south korean dogs are wearing the helmets on the opposite side. >> north korean soldiers, southee and its ally, the united states. >> this is the closest we'll get to south korea. it's right there in front, you can see he tourists right on the other side. we were supposed to go inside this blue building that are controlled by the united states, but apparently the doors are closed. >> lt. colonel says there are 40,000 troops on the other side. the u.s. has 30,000 droops
deployed in the southern part of the peninsula and there have been nuclear weapons in the south for 20 years. >> the west is always saying north korea needs to dismantle its nuke collar weapons prom. >> we will only give up our nuclear weapons when the country that is threaten us give up their nuclear weapons. once theirs disappear, so will hours. >> with a new possibility of dialogue, the nuclear question keeps it isolated and under sanctions. it isn't likely the north will dismantle its nuclear program anytime soon. >> the reason why the north korean -- that's the only way kim jong-un can rule the
society. >> >> the latest military talks are a move forward, but the road to peace here is long. >> we'll target those who provide a base or send military assistance to the u.s., japan and south korea he i can't to in void our country. we will target them wherever they are in the world. >> threats and provocations by both sides make it difficult to imagine and then to a war that divided the koreas six decades ago. aljazeera, north korea. >> north korea a nuclear power, making the politician very important to the u.s. and its allies. >> we're going to turn back to our top stair, the second health care worker sickened with ebola as we've reported has been moved from dallas to atlanta, emery hospital. atlanta is not only home to emery, but also the c.d.c. and one of the busiest airports in the world. they began stepped up screenings
today. council woman moore joins us today. what is asked of the agency to do to prepare? >> to come up with a plan, make sure we're ready for anything that may happen, so in 30 days, they're supposed to report back to the council on their actions. we did get a report yet from the airport. >> what is your greatest concern when it comes to the preparedness of your city right now? >> i think the workers, making sure that we have a healthy workforce so that we can have healthy citizens. one concern i have is because this is a fluid-borne illness, that we are protecting our suh workers, waste water treatment operators, just making sure that we prepare and fortify our workforce. >> do city councils, you think around this country feel they
are getting clear guidance on how to prepare from the experts at the c.d.c. >> well, we have, i'm sure, the executive branch, which runs the day to day operations have had advice and working now on developing plans. there are areas that i have not heard in the media or others that are talking about it yet, dealing with workers and how they may come in contact with ebola if in fact it does spread further than right now. i think we should be prepared. >> we've interviewed experts here at aljazeera who say you can't get it through assuming water. it has to be sort of direct contact. the fact that your council is talking about these things makes me wonder whether, you know, the c.d.c., wimp is there in atlanta, is actually giving you good medical information on how it's spread. >> i think we get the same
information, even though they're in atlanta that everyone else does. we certainly have the availability of the resources on the web and with the people in the community that come out and talk to you. it's not that we're getting any special information. i think that there is a lock of information on some areas. i did a lot of research myself, trying to figure out raw sewage, we have people that have a handle it. i don't think we have thought about all the ways that this could impact our communities. >> there are so many questions and clearly you are being proactive about it. atlanta city council woman felicia moore, thank you for your time. we will bring you live coverage of thomas friedens testimony before congress and see if he answers some of those questions at 12:00 eastern time.
>> if the supreme court does nothing, same-sex marriages will resume in alaska friday afternoon. >> some people in alaska are not thrilled about marijuana being legalized. we have more in our special america votes series, five days in alaska. >> a town in what is called the bush in alaska. there is no road connection, flying is the easiest way in. it's 4,000 miles from washington, d.c. where the campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol in alaska has its roots and its money. >> why would somebody else from the outside of alaska try to push the legalization in alaska for marijuana? i mean, that -- i don't think that's right. >> this is a place where local control is important, a matter
of health and safety. >> we're here visiting this little town like many communities in alaska, it's completely dry, no alcohol allowed. we're here to find out what they think about the possibility of broad legalization of recreational marijuana. >> drinking takes a disproportionate toll in the alaskan population. alcohol-related deaths are nine times the u.s. average. booze has been banned here since the town was founded 42 years ago. it is a local option allowed under state law and used by more than 100 communities. >> alcohol distorts minds and makes people do things that they shouldn't do. >> there's not the same kind of local option built into the proposed pot law, and much of the pro marijuana campaign is built on branding it as safer than alcohol. leaders here would like to make their own decision but legal
supporters have their own ideas. >> they are tired of seeing this wasteful policy of prohibition and realize a new approach is needed. >> chris worked in d.c. then sent north by the marijuana policy project. the m.p.p. has committed more than $700,000 to this campaign, part of a national strategy. proving they can win in a staunchly red state like alaska would be a big political victory for legal weed after yes votes in colorado and washington. still, it is called a grassroots effort. >> it's a little disingenuous. you're running the campaign, the m.p.p., and made no secret about it. >> our chair is a local professor and our board is completely made up of alaskans, providing vital input every step of the way. >> 100% funded by the m.p.p. >> not 100%, but close to it. >> 95?
>> yeah, sure. >> back in the village, as a caribou cleaning session, it is clear there's a generational split over legalization. >> what do you think the young people in this village think about legalized marijuana? >> i think they're happy about it. >> a tiny player anal game that could bring big changes to the far flung villages of alaska. >> the proposed measure by the way would allow people to have one ounce of pot and grow six marijuana plants. >> they call ate grass roots effort. i found that fascinating. >> tune in tonight at 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. eastern time. tune in friday evening for five daysing alaska. >> it is the final stretch of the mid term elections and the mud-slinging in full effect. >> we talk to a political
consultant about effectiveness of nasty ads and big money behind them. >> the important gubernatorial debate that almost didn't happen because of a fight over a fan. >> final now for our big quote. >> one of the democratic parties getting involved in the hot term of the mid election saying on election day, you're going to show the world that big ideas and a big heartbeat big money every single time. >> the person and the race behind that rallying cry.
>> who said on election day, you're going to show the world that big ideas and a big heartbeat big money every single time? >> well, our big quote is from hillary clinton during a stop in kentucky where she gave a strong endorsement for allison grymes. >> the top trending hash tag on twitter now is fan gate.
>> we have the details. politics known for producing its share of surreal moments, but what happened last night bordered on the bizarre. >> i don't think "saturday night live" could have done it better. the fireworks started right before either politician ever spoke a word. the whole row began after florida's former governor crist set up a small fan under the podium. he said he was trying to keep from sweating under the hot lights. his opponent, the sitting governor delayed the start of the debate for seven minute, refusing to take the stage because of the fan. that provided uncomfortable moments for the host of the debate. >> florida governor rick scott, our incumbent governor and the republican candidate for governor is also in the building. governor rick scott, we have been told that governor scott will not be participating in
this debate. now, let me explain what this is all about. governor crist has asked to have a fan, a small fan placed underneath his podium. the rules of the debate that i was shown by the scott campaign say that there should be no fan. somehow, there is a fan there, and for that reason, ladies and gentlemen, i am told that governor scott will not join us for this debate. >> oh, but wait, there's more. this morning, scott's campaign manager, melissa sellers told the washington post her candidate was late and had nothing to do with the fan, saying: charlie crist can bring his fan, microwave and effort
tier to the debate. none of that can cover up how sad his record is as governor. >> he did come out, by the way. this adds new meaning to the phrase hot air in politics. >> i don't know how the moderator kept a straight face. >> we have air conditioning in the room to just negate the issue. >> he didn't want an unfair advantage, i guess. thank you. >> millions of dollars being spent on ads in that campaign in florida. millions more around the country as the mid term elections grow near. >> many ads are pointed, some might say nasty. critics wonder however is too far. >> a tree fell on greg abbot. he sued and got millions. since then, he spent his career working against other victims. >> wendy davis under fire for an ad involving her wheelchair bound opponent. it is called desperate and
despicable, but davis said it tells the truth. >> greg abbot, he's not for you. >> just as the mid terms enter the home stretch, the gloves are off and campaigns getting nastier. it's not just the texas governor's race that's sparking controversy. in california, republican candidate making a not to subtle dig at democratic incumbent jerry brown, using a drowning child to make a case against brown's education policies. >> when i'm governor, i'll fight for kids, not against them. >> in north carolina, the battle is fought against the backdrop of women's rights. take the incumbent senator, her talk of pro choice hammering republican opponent in this ad. >> he wants to out law safe, legal abortion. >> republicans in kentucky are hitting back, where incumbent congressman mitch mcconnell is portraying grymes as a obama clone.
>> i'm not obama. >> obama said a vote for grymes is a vote for his policy. obama needs grymes and kentucky needs mitch mcconnell. >> with millions spent on both sides for attack ads, voters can expect thousands more in the coming weeks. >> let's go to david heller now, a political consultant live for us in miami this morning. you heard that criticized ad ford texas governor's race. is a disability in this case fair game in a political ad or a sign of desperation? >> i think it's fair game. he brought his disability into the campaign first. he went up on the air with an ad talking about how his character has been shaped by the accident that happened that confined him to a wheelchair. he's the one who talks about his steel spine and how that has shaped his character. if he wants to talk about the
accident and his life in a wheelchair and how that's impacted his character, i don't know why she wouldn't be able to do it, too and that's what she's doing. i think it's very fair. >> there are concerns about ebola, about isil, comet, the stock market is not doing too well, are these ads actually working or just turning people off? >> i don't really know that voters believe that if a politician got on television and started talking about ebola or the stock market that they can really have anything to do with it. i mean -- >> they are not talking about anything they would do in washington. >> you just showed the hagueen ad talking about strong commitment to pro choice and tom tillis against pro choice.
that is something they do talk about in washington. >> do you think this is nastier than most? >> i do. i will give that you. there has been a coursenning of the dialogue in terms of political speech. >> how much is blamed on political speech and that super pac spend that go we hear so much about? we don't even know who's behind the ads in some cases. >> that's a great point. the truth is, that political campaigns and political advertising in particular, i've been doing it for 22 years, and it's changed more since the citizens united decision by the supreme court than it had in the previous 16 that i had been involved in in politics. it's a sea change now. you have groups that are completely unaccountable, completely unknown to people. they don't release donors or staff names. they're putting in millions and
millions of dollars into politics and nobody knows who they are. that's not a good thing for american democracy. >> thank you very much. >> apologizing for giving free music, a recent promotion with apple caused an album to automatically download. 500 million users got it. some said it was an invasion of privacy and they had a hard time deleting the music. in a facebook chat, a letter was read aloud from a critic. >> can up please never release an album on itunes that automatically downloads to people's play list ever again? it's really rude. >> oops. other about that. >> you two singer bono explained the reasons for giving the album
away, they wanted fans to hear the songs they've worked on for the last two years. >> let's get another check of the weather with nicole mitchell. good morning, nicole. >> good morning. heading out the door this morning, the system is moving into the northeast now with another into the northwest starting to bring us rain, high winds we've had, oregon getting damage into the day yesterday, becoming more widespread over the next couple days, some of this making it into california. later today, noaa will release their winter outlook. could be interesting to see what they have for drought stricken states. >> breaking news, an air france plane from paris was grounded landing in madrid over concerns a passenger has ebola. officials say the passenger showed symptoms and will be tested for the virus. spanish television reporting the passenger is of nigerian descent. they have been given the ok to
>> welcome to the news hour. these are the top stories. >> making gains in kobane, syrian kurdish forces pushing back isil. >> the virus is rampant. oblique assessment at more cases of ebola are reported in west africa. >> at least 20 people killed in a nepal of a charge. >> watching me watch you. reports from inside north