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graffiti capitol of the world. plenty more news for you online, has all of the breaking news, the headlines, the video on demand and the social media feed on the left-hand side so you can keep up with the news 24/7. ♪ this al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. we begin with breaking news. police in virginia are searching for a gunmen who killed two journalists on live television. it happened at a shotting center near rowen oak. they were interviewing a guest when the report was interrupted by gunshots. you can see that the camera
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captures what looks like a man holding a gun, standing a few feet from where he and parker were working. it all happened as viewers and coworkers back at the station were watching live. >> okay. not sure what happened there. we will let now know as soon as we find out what those sounds were from. >> that was the anchor reacting to what she saw live on television. he was hearing the screams of her colleagues and saw the photographer's camera drop. let's go to libby casey in washington. >> reporter: stephanie the governor was just on wtop radio. it's a regular call-in he does. and he said they believe they know who the suspect is. they believe him to be a disgruntled former employee of the television. this is coming from the governor himself. they have a photo and the governor believes arrest is eminent. this has sparked a lot of fear
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in franklin county this morning. the area going into essentially a lockdown mode until authorities had a sense of who this was and what he had done. we did see a glimpse of the suspect as the camera fell to the ground. it looked like someone wearing black clothing. the atf has been involved. a manhunt is underway, but the governor is giving us the latest news. >> what about the victims what do we know about them? >> reporter: 24 year old allison parker was the reporter, and 27 year old, adam ward the photographer. they were out doing what many local tv crews do. an early morning interview at the bridge water plaza, and this was something done on live tv, a very regular thing that you could watch as you were getting ready for your day, and this
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truly came out of nowhere. these two young people were graduates of colleges in virginia. they are part of a close knit family of this television network. in fact adam ward was engaged to a producer at the television station, and parker was dating the evening anchor. so we're hearing a lot f sympathy in the community for this loss. the general manager commenting that this was going to be a devastating loss. >> libby thank you. and we have confirmed that the third injured victim -- the woman being interviewed by the reporter, you see her there on the right, she is from the chamber of commerce. this was obviously a local business report they were doing for the morning show. she is in surgery right now, libby. we will continue to update our viewers as we get developments on this story. other news we are following this morning, wall street is
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climbing right now, despite another down day on the chinese exchanges. [ bell chimes ] >> the dow soared nearly 400 points at the open just one hour ago. right now it is up about 2%. in china the shanghai composite ended down again, but the tokyo market ended with a rise. china on tuesday cut interest rates again, which some investors see as a sign of deep worries donald trump is defending his actions at interview in iowa. >> yeah, please. excuse me, sit down. sit down! >> reporter: the tension exchange between the two happened at a political event in
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iowa. ramos was questioning trump about his immigration policy, and trump didn't want to answer. >> you haven't been called. >> i have the right to ask a question. >> go back to univision. >> reporter: ramos was escorted out of the room. when he was allowed back, the two clashed again. on abc's good morning america today, ramos said trump clearly gave the orders to though him out. something ramos never expected. >> what i would expect is that i can ask a question as a journalist, what i didn't expect is to be thrown out of a press conference. it was very clear that he was giving orders. >> reporter: trump spoke on the today show saying ramos was out of line. >> i was being asked a question by another reporter. i would have gotten to him very quickly. and he stood up and started ranting and raving, and most
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newspapers said i handled it well. >> reporter: there is a deeper history. trump is suing univision after it dropped the miss universe panelling ebt in response to trump's comments against mexican immigrants. the head of fox news this week demanded he apologize for his repeated attacks on fox anchor megan kelly. including this most recent tweet: >> ramos says it is his responsibility to denounce the dangerous words and extreme behavior of donald trump. one of trump's immigration proposal is to build a wall along the border, which mexico should pay for. >> reporter: so this is the u.s. side of the border fence, and
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you can see it is made out of steal and concrete. it looks impenetratable, but it's not. people tunnel under it and claim over it. last year when i was hear covering another series of border stories, we saw two young men go over this fence and back again in seconds. we assume they were drug smugglers. we happened to catch it on camera. take a look. donald trump says he is going to stop young men like those and everybody else by replacing this fence with a wall that runs from coast-to-coast from the pacific ocean to the gulf of mexico along almost 2,000 miles of border. but is that practical or even physically possible? we'll look at the facts on the ground and the fence. we'll have that story tonight. a former prep school student
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on trial for rape is now on the stand in his own defense. he is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl as part of a ritual at st. pall's school called the senior salute. john henry smith has more. >> reporter: from the time the alleged victim took the standing at the start of the new hampshire prep school rape trial, both sides have worked to answer a key question, did the senior have intercourse with his accuser at all. julie curtain testified tuesday that she twice questioned labrie once in the police station after labrie's mom repeatedly interrupted a coffee shop interview. >> it was clear to me a further conversation was not going to be conducive with his mom being there. >> what happened next? >> owen said that he finally saw that we shouldn't be talking
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about that subject matter in a coffee shop where there was employees, there was other people at the front of the shop, and i again offered that he could come back to the pd with us, and he said he would do that. >> reporter: detective curtain admitted that labrie never admitted to having sex with his accuser. on monday one class mate testified that something happened. >> he told you that he hooked up with her? >> that's correct. >> and did he elaborate any further? >> no, he did not. >> what did that mean to you? >> it could have meant anything from they kissed to they had sex. >> reporter: other classmated said that labrie admitted to having sex with the young woman. >> i told him that it probably wasn't a great idea, and i warned him that she was a lot younger than us. >> when we asked he kind of said no, but nodded his head yes, i
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asked him if a pretty serious manner if approximate he had sex with her, and he proceeded to tell me he did. no -- well, he said to kind of keep it on the down low is what he said. >> what does that mean? >> so, i guess is -- so don't spread that. don't tell people. >> john henry smith, al jazeera. a colorado judge is set this morning to formally sentence james holmes. over the past three days more than 100 people spoke at the sentencing hearing, including holmes' mother. many of the victim's families spoke about what they lost. >> i can't do anything to alter the fact that our entire family is deprived for the rest of their lives of the joy that aj brought into our lives. >> reporter: prosecutors want holmes to receive the maximum
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sentence. he is already guaranteed 12 consecutive life sentences without parole. the judge can decide to add another 3,000 years. crews battling wildfires in washington state are making progress, but resources are being stretched by the day. it is the largest and most def -- devastating fire in the state. crews are being diverted from california to washington state even though the golden state is also facing wildfires. and with dry air and lightning in the forecast, crews may have even more to deal with. >> reporter: a dozen wildfires continue to rage across washington state. we're between omac and cocanellshgy, and you can see the charred land and smoke in the air. this is the state's largest fire on record and it now standings
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at more than 400 square miles. weather conditions have slightly improved, but there's no real relief in sight from mother nature. >> there's over a thousand miles of fire line. so it's a tremendous effort to contain the fire over that thousand miles. we're getting a little bit of a toehold because of the break in the weather, if we could get a good rain, and that could be hard to get, but there's a chance we'll get some rain in the next 30 days, and that will be a real game changer. the racial gap when it comes to discipline in schools, why some districts are suspending more than half of their black students. plus the new new orleans, why young folks are seeing a bright opportunity.
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more reaction today to a new study that finds a huge racial disparity in discipline. it looks for 13 southern states. these are the states that account for 55% of all expulse shuns nationwide. earlier i spoke with one of the coauthors of the report who says the study quantified for people
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something they long believed. >> the research is very clear on this, that black students tend to be targeted and suspended at disproportionately higher rates for reasons that are incredibly subject live like the kid was rude or giving me attitude, or, you know, the kid -- you know, perhaps was loitering in the halls. whereas the research shows that white students tend to get away with those things and not be referred to principal's offices for disciplinary action. instead they tend to get referred to principal's offices for things that are considerably less questionable like skipping school or smoking. so there are definite racial elements that are linked to the ways we have all been socialized
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to think of black people as criminals and as deviant. i think teachers sometimes perhaps unknowingly go into classrooms having been socialized about young black people in these deeply criminalized way, so therefore, a kid does anything, right, and there is this hyperresponse to get the kid out because this kid is a problem like so many other people are thought to be problems in your nation and in the southern context. >> he says he hopes parents are use the study to demand change. a new accusation of racial bias today against a tourism company. the napa valley wine tour is apologizing for kicking a group of black women off of the tour. and now a hispanic woman is
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coming forward with the same type of story. >> reporter: the napa valley wine train now says it was 100% wrong when it kicked a block club of mostly african american women off of the train this weekend. police escorted the 11 women off of the train. >> at no time were we loud with them. we were asking questions, but at no time were we loud or inappropriate with them. >> reporter: they may have let it go if it wasn't for the company's initial social media response. a facebook message that was later related read in part: >> that is absolutely untrue. we never touched anything. >> reporter: a company spokesmen said the post was clearly a mistake. >> the bad thing about social
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media is that people want to respond right away, and many times thoughtfulness is more important than speed. >> we made it y'all. look at us. >> reporter: the incident caused a stir on social media with the hashtag laughing while black going viral. a reporter who happened to be on the train told us the women very just having a good time. >> they were definitely loud, but they were not drunk. they were loud from the moment they got on the train, and they were just happy. >> reporter: she says the woman should not have been kicked off of the train. >> it's not a movie theater, or a library, it's basically a wine bar. people are there to drink wine and take in the scene. >> reporter: the ceo has since apologized to the group. writing a letter. and the ceo says he will offer
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diversity training to employees. he also invited the group to come back with dozens of other people so they can have their own private car for free. >> thank you. >> thank you. all of this week we're looking back at the impact of hurricane katrina. right now there is a new trend, younger people moving into town. they see an opportunity, but as jonathan betz reports, that's not trickling down to everybody. >> reporter: for generations this family has called new orleans home. now she can't help but notice how different the city and its people look. >> i hope a lot -- a lot of black people still come back. >> reporter: it has been a concern since katrina emptied new orleans. >> this city will be chocolate at the end of the day. >> reporter: how to make sure some people aren't left behind in the boom of rebuilding. >> i think the issue that is near and dear to my heart is to
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make sure that those individuals who were born new orleans, they don't feel as this new new orleans is moving forward, and there is no place for them in this new city. >> reporter: 67% of the city used to be african american, and it has now dropped to 58%. and the percentage of whites has grown slightly. >> we have young people coming here, many of them are white and so folks have the feeling it is a whiter city. >> reporter: a new younger creative class is emerging. some drawn by adventure, others attracted by opportunity. lauren arrived in 2009 to sell t-shirts from her living room. her business quickly grew into four stores. >> in new orleans, you just get to be you, and that's what i love about being here. >> reporter: leaders say people of all colors are coming for opportunities hard to find
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anyplace else. >> before katrina, i felt there was a closed network that was scared of change, and now it is open to new people, new ideases, and really the soaring of possibility. >> reporter: people like patrick who moved from new york to new orleans and start adage tall company. >> how many times do one of the most important cities in america go through a complete renewal, and you are invited to participate in that process in that's a once in a lifetime opportunity. >> new orleans now is a lot more affluent than it was prior to the storm. disproportionately you have more blacks who cannot come back because of that. >> reporter: there are still as many people living in poverty, and many african americans prefer instead to live to the suburbs. >> reporter: proportionately the poor have returned. >> reporter: the assumption was
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it's the rich that could only return and rebuild. and you are saying? >> i'm saying there are a lot of people who chose to return. >> reporter: and i it did not matter how much money you had? >> that's right. a lot of people may have had the means to return and chose not to. >> reporter: for henry and emmanuel, there wasn't any other choice. she had to be home. >> i'm just hoping and praying that a lot of other people come back too. >> reporter: until then, as new orleans changes, many worry how to keep the spirit the same even if the city looks different. we're following breaking news from virginia, the search for a gunman and the killing of a reporter and cameraman live on television. we'll have the latest after the break.
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>> top architect david adjaye. >> for architecture to be
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more now on this breaking news from virginia. two reporters were killed on live television in virginia this morning. allison parker and cameraman adam ward seen here in this video. they were interviewing a guest when the interview was interrupted by gunshots. the suspect is caught on camera. he may be a disgruntled former 'em -- employee says the
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governor. libby what more have been learned. >> reporter: the governor was speaking on a regular ask the governor call-in show. he said state police are right behind the suspect. they have his license plate, he has been on i-64, that runs through virginia from the coast out to stanton in the west. he says they are being careful, and the colonel will let the governor's office of course when they have the suspect in custody. the general manager of the television station is asking employees to stay in doors, and that there is police protection. clearly concern if this was a disgruntled past employee stephanie. >> what more do we know about these two victims? >> reporter: the general manager of the television station made some comments earlier this morning. let's listen to his own words. >> it is my very, very sad duty
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to report that we have determined through the help of the police and our own employees that allison and adam died this morning shortly after 6:45 when the shots rang out. we do not know the motive. we do not know who the suspect or who the killer is. we do know that the franklin county sheriff -- i just got off of the phone with the sheriff, and before that i just got off of the phone with the state police, they are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists. >> reporter: and they were only 24 and 27 years old, stephanie. both dating other employees of the television station. so a close-knit community. now of course the update we have
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from the governor is they have identified a suspect even though that name has not yet been released. >> libby we know there was a third injured victim. what do we know about her? >> reporter: that's right the woman being interviewed. this was a typical morning news show about a chamber of commerce event, trying to build business in the area. it is said she is hospitalized and they are trying to work on her situation, stephanie. clearly a shocking situation this morning in a small community in virginia. >> thank you, libby. again, just to recap here, a reporter and a cameraman were shot to death in virginia by a gunman who is still on the loose. the virginia governor says an arrest is eminent. they are tracking him on i-64 right now. we'll continue to follow developments on this story as they come in. thanks for watching.
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