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found. they had to find a pathway into that area. they were able to land, load her into the helicopter and air lift her to crmc in fresno. >> when you're nine days into it and starting to wonder if the dividend is going to pay off for you and have such a success story, it's utterly amazing and tickles us all to death that we have good news at the end of nine days because that's an amazing survival for that length of time. >> incredible story of survival. rescuers say that she was conscious, talking and very grateful when she was found. we've got so much more straight ahead in the "newsroom" and it all starts right now. all right. happening right now in the newsroom, alison parker's mother and father talk about their new mission, changing gun control laws in our country. >> if it's the only thing that's given me strength right now, to
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take on this cause because, you know, i know that somewhere she'd be looking down and saying, you go, dad. this is what she would want me to do. >> i can just -- i can see how it is her fight and i can see alison sitting there going -- because that's what she'd do. plus, a terrifying fall. a fan plunges to his death from an upper deck at turner field. and new polls show bernie sanders closing the gap between he and hillary clinton. "newsroom" starts right now. hello, everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield. we want to take you live to roanoke, virginia, where wdbj is holding an interfaith service for its two colleagues, alison
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parker and adam ward. ung see right there the father of alison parker, andy ward. let's listen in a little bit. all right. well, people there are beginning to assemble and take their seats as this service will soon be getting under way. among those who will be speaking, jeff marks, who is the station general manager and, of course, you're seeing them open up with a video tribute of alison and then i'm sure adam. ♪ ♪ >> all right. the general manager of wdbj will be speaking soon to those gathered there in roanoke. earlier today he spoke on cnn's
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"reliable sources" about how the tragedy has forced his newsroom to rethink how they do their jobs. >> the plan going forward is to look at each live opportunity separately and make the proper decisions. but i'm not going to go here and say, every live shot is going to have three or four people because there are crazy people out there and i think it's best if we keep our plans to ourselves but it's certainly a subject of discussion here and i can imagine every newsroom in the country that are you teenly does what we call these live shots. >> polo sandoval is joining us from washington. polo, you've just returned from roanoke. what have people been telling you about how they are coping? >> fred, they are in disbelief. just yesterday i ran into a woman standing outside of the memorial at the studios where these two young journalists used to work at and this woman told me that she just can't believe that tomorrow morning she will turn on the television and she
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will not see that familiar face that woke her up every day on the news and that's one of the reasons that this community has been dealing with a tremendous pain. we discussed this yesterday, fred, the news business, a very transient one. reporters and anchors move from one place to another but these two were very different. both alison and adam lived in the community. they were from there and so they really did come to know everybody from when they were young on the way to their professional lives. that's one of the reasons why we expect a tremendous show of support, to reach these high points in just a few minutes here as they begin -- it's actually already begun at that memorial service, expected to be likely standing room eventually as this ceremony, this memorial continues. >> vicki gardener was the woman that alison was interviews. what do we know more about her condition today? >> that's the good news coming out here recently. the family updating an
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announcement. she remains in icu but she is awake, she's conscious and talking. in fact, just late yesterday she was able to get up on her own. that is a very promising sign as vicki gardener, the lone survivor in wednesday's terrible shooting continues to improve. really, it's the emotional scars that are going to take a long time to heal. >> indeed. polo sandoval, thank you. alison parker's parents say they are determined to use their daughter's death to achieve stricter background checks on purchases and stronger restrictions to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally dis h disturbed. earlier today, this is the first time that we heard from barbara parker who received an open letter from the mother of a sandy hook victim poppy read that letter to them and got this reaction. >> i understand the overwhelming
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need to make something positive come from this. the need to save lives as part of your daughter alison's legacy. i can see the anger and grieve bubbling under the surface threatening to overcome you at any time. i have insight into the journey for you and can sadly say it will never get easier but there is hope and that is what you need to hold on to. people say, if sandy hook couldn't deliver change, nothing will. i disagree. what do you say, barbara? >> the -- >> i absolutely agree with that. you think that how could that many children be killed and nothing happen, for it to be ignored. but what we have to do is, there are people out there whose minds we will never change. they are the people that are unimportant in this fight. the people who are important in this fight are the silent majority who feel the way we do that some kind of gun control measures are necessary.
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>> the ougauthor of that letters the mother of a 6-year-old who died at sandy hook. so, miss hockley, you're clearly still grieving the death of your little boy. back to school, seeing the buses, how were you able to reach so deep inside to write this open letter to the parkers? >> well, first of all, i really want to say thank you for sharing that letter with them because i had no idea how to
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it because i can see alison's face and transpose that with that of my son and i don't -- i have nightmares about his last moments regularly. i don't need to see it play out on tv and retraumatize myself or have anyone else retraumatize that way. i did allow my friends and colleagues to get the information for me and filter it to me and recommend to me which articles i should read as more details came out. >> you write that sandy hook was a catalyst that started significant catalyst and that more people are discussing gun safety but then you hear the
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parkers' situation and you hear from andy parker who predicted that people will stop talking about it and it will be an uphill battle, you know, to try to promote any kind of change. what do you advise them to do in their ongoing fight? >> in terms of the change, even for sensible gun safety and mental illness, it's absolutely an uphill battle but there is movement being made and the conversation has never fully stopped since sandy hook. it goes in ebbs and waves. it comes and goes but it's always still there. unfortunately, more shootings and more gun violence continue that conversation but always at a notch higher in terms of its volume and what mrs. parker said in her interview there, she is
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absolutely spot on correct. this is not about the views of extremes on either side. this is about the silent majority, which i used to be part of. this is about having the every day sensible america stand up and say that we are going to do whatever it takes to get this done because this is about protecting our own communities, our own children and there is progress that can be made and you just have to keep forging ahead. change is slow. change takes time but change will happen. >> and how has what happened to your little boy dylan and what has happened to you as a family, how has that changed your purpose in life? >> well, before dylan was killed, i didn't know anything about gun violence in america. i admit, i didn't even know who the nra was. you know, this was not on my radar whatsoever back in 2012.
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i was a mom on a corporate leave of absence about to start up a smoothie business with one of my friends. my focus was on my boys. we had just returned to the states after i had been away for a number of years and i just wanted to get them settled and now there's really nothing of my former life that is similar. i mean, i'm still me but there's a very different me. my personality has changed. the optimist that i once was, you know, she's still in there somewhere but there's a lot more realism now and i don't plan as much in the future as i used to. you know, i had a plan for life. i knew what i wanted to do and i had plans for my boys and now everything is much more unclear. >> so you wrote this letter to the parkers but you've reached a lot of people through it. and i'm wondering if you can envision joining forces with if
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not just barbara and andy parker but perhaps even the parents who lost children in the aurora movie theater massacre or perhaps parents who were still grieving after what happened at university of california, santa barbara. can you see joining forces with that kind of commonality? >> without a doubt. there are a lot of -- i've had contact with some of the families from aurora, such as the phillips. i count them as friends. i met richard martinez. we are all on the same path but we're all going about it a slightly different way. after the first six months of losing dylan, i focused on background checks. and when it failed in april 2013, i learned a hard lesson that policy and politics aren't really what changes the country.
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it's the hearts and minds of people. and i decided, although i still advocate for gun legislation on a regular basis, i decided with the organization that i lead along with other families who have lost their loved ones and children at sandy hook, we decided that our mission was to get ahead of the violence. what can we do more upstream to help stop it before it happens and that's our primary focus, rather than focus on the firearm, let's focus on what we can do to prevent -- to get help for people and prevent the wrong people from accessing firearms. >> all right. nicole hockley, thank you so much. our hearts continue to be with you and so many of the other parents from sandy hook and, of course, to the family of the parkers and the wards. thanks so much. and a reminder that poppy harlow's exclusive interview with the parents of alison parker begins tonight at 5:30
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all right. now to texas where investigators are trying to determine why a man shot and killed a sheriff deputy execution-style as he was gassing up his patrol car. harris county police have arrested shannon j. miles and he's charged with capital murder. miles approached the deputy from behind, said nothing and fired multiple shots. deputy darren goforth was a ten-year veteran and leaves behind a wife and two children.
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cnn's ed lavandera is live at the gas station where this happened. ed, a vigil was held there last night for the deputy and today people are streaming in, as i can see behind you. >> reporter: it's a poignant scene here at pump number 8 where community members have been flocking endlessly leaving flowers, notes, teddy bears and those sorts of things. the organizers have been taking up a collection for the family of deputy goforth and his wife and two children. they have raised nearly $25,000 over the course of the last 24 hours. and that is in addition to a gofund me page that's been raising money online. last i heard, the fund was up to $30,000 as well. an incredible outpouring of support for the family of this deputy, as we have seen here. his wife described deputy goforth as someone who is incredibly passionate and tough
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yet gentle. and that is the way that many community members say they remember the deputy, the man who helped organize this collection here, deputy goforth was one of the deputies that would patrol his neighborhood and had gotten to know him over the course of the last several years but also a great deal of attention being paid to the investigation trying to figure out exactly what was the motive behind this brazen attack that's been described as cowardly and cold-blooded and execution-style by the investigators working this. so far we have not been told of any kind of motive that might have motivated shannon miles to allegedly gun down this officer right here as he was finishing up his shift. moments before, 30 minutes or so before the attack, he had been working a traffic accident and presumably on his way home for the weekend. fredricka? >> ed lavandera, a terribly sad situation there. thank you so much. straight ahead, the
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this weekend marks one month since the biggest clue in the
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disappearance of mh370 washed ashore but now experts are saying that piece of debris found on the island of the indian ocean might not be from that plane. the piece of wing called a flaperon was taken to france for forensic testing and analysis while investigators have been able to confirm that it's from a boeing 777, they are still waiting to match the serial numbers with the manufacturer. joining me now is cnn safety analyst and former safety inspector david soucie. good to see you, david. officials were so positive, it seemed at first, that this could have been from the mh370 mainly because it's the only 777 missing from that region. so how does this news strike you? >> well, it's really kind of contradictory to me, which we're used to in this investigation. the malaysian government comes out and says, yes, it's definitely this, a week later they say we're not so sure about it. so it's not uncommon what's
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going on and tragically for those who are the loved ones who were on the airplane, they are being pulled back and forth. but there's an explanation for this kind of information back and forth and that is that who it is that is saying it and who it is that has to bear the responsibility of saying this is 100% from that airplane and that's the burden on that is on the french right now. these are professional investigators. i've been to this laboratory. this is the best of the best and if they are not 100% certain that this is from that airplane, they are not going to say that they are. so they can't just use process of elimination and say, look, it's most likely that it is because investigators don't do that. they don't. they are waiting until they get the absolute, positive 100% confident that it's from that aircraft. the only way to do that is to get the serial number off of the part and validate that with the person who manufactured it who is in spain and it just so happens during the month of august the guy who can only make
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that determination has been on vacation the entire month. >> so if it's not related to mh370, then the inference is there are parts falling off 777s and that that wouldn't be unusual. but that can't be the case, can it? >> no. just logically, that's not the case. here's the rub, though. let's say that this remote possibility of this conspiracy theory, which has been out there since the beginning, is that this airplane was intentionally brought some before else and then used a diversion to say, go search for this airplane in this area where we are now and somehow intercepted these handshake signals we have from inmarsat. if that's the logic and where we were going with this, wouldn't it pan out that perhaps the perpetrators of this horribly complex crime would have come up with a flaperon on their own and put it out in the water to further throw off investigators. so while that, in my mind, is completely preposterous, it's
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still in the minds of some. that's why us, as investigators, professional investigators, have to be 100% certain, not 98, not 99, but 100. >> there's been so many theories as it relates to this plane. the new york magazine has floated this theory that, quote, the part might have been a replacement part not yet put into service or pulled off a skr scrapped air frame. what do you think about that potential theory? >> i think it's incredibly wrong. we have a suspected, unapproved parts program. what that does is, if there's a serial number issued for a part on an airplane, then that is tracked video so it's not like you could have an extra one hanging around. those are all accounted for by flaperon, not just been aircraft is it to avoid someone from
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another country less reputable country manufacturing them and allowing the substandard parts to get into our aircraft system. so that is very closely related. that is really far-fetched. >> this tragically becomes more mysterious. david soucie, thank you so much. >> thanks, fred. donald trump continues to lead the polls in iowa. still to come, we'll ask if his campaign could be challenged by changing voter demographics in that state.
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all right. hello again, everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield. a new poll out of iowa shows that trump has a very sound lead over his republican rivals and caucusgoers in the bloomberg
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politics poll, trump is on top with 23% and ben carson is making gains and getting 18% support. jeb bush is in the middle of the pack with marco rubio and then carly fiorina and rand paul and mike huckabee all in the single digits. let's bring in ron brownstein. you're in iowa today. that's where the first caucus takes place but this year's caucus may look different than in years past. they are looking for an increased latino turnout by 10 to 20%. how much do you see this latino base making on trump's success or failure in the caucus? >> i think it's a fascinating question. iowa is ink cchanging. as recently as 2000, 93% of the population was white. it's gone down to 88% and the change is more pronounced among the young. we see an impact of that in the
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sdwr general election context. as you point out, you know, lulac is trying to organize latinos to attend both and it's a bit of an uphill climb and on the other hand, these are pretty small turnout affairs. only 120,000 people are likely to vote in the republican caucus unless it increases. even small numbers could have an impact. >> you call iowa an overlooked backdrop. what do you mean by that? >> iowa is thought of a mono lit clee white state but it's recasting all of america, not just the immigrant destinations like miami, l.a., dallas and phoenix. a majority of the students are now nonbhwhite. an analysis shows that the state has 88,000 fewer white kids
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younger than 20 than it did in 2000. meanwhile, the minority population under 20 has grown by almost 80,000 in turn and, fredricka, that points towards an accelerating change. iowa, i think, is really emblematic of the changes going on across america that are reshaping all of our institutions, including politics. >> and when we talk about that new poll, trump more than 20% but in a very strong second place, carson with 18%. so why, in your view, is he doing so well in iowa? >> well, i think, first of all, in that poll you see the impact of the first republican debate, the 25 million people watching, another one coming up on cnn in a couple of weeks. impressions are still pretty shallow. people don't know them yet that well. something big like that can happen. in ben carson's case, he's very strong with the evangelical community. in the caucus electorate, both
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in 2012 and 2008, voters identified as christians and evangelicals were a majority and that's what distinguishes us from new hampshire. >> ron brownstein, thank you so much. >> thanks, fred. >> all right. coming up, we look at what you can expect from the markets this week after last week's very rocky ride. vo: today's the day. more and more people with type 2 diabetes are learning about long-acting levemir®. as my diabetes changed, it got harder to control my blood sugar. today, i'm asking about levemir®. vo: levemir® is an injectable insulin that can give you blood sugar control for up to 24 hours. and levemir® helps lower your a1c. levemir® lasts 42 days without refrigeration. that's 50% longer than lantus®, which lasts 28 days. levemir® comes in flextouch, the latest in insulin pen technology from novo nordisk.
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the one on your right is made out of high strength steel and the other is made of aluminum. now i'm gonna release a 700 pound grizzly bear into the room so you better pick a cage and get in it. this is crazy. oh my goodness. why did you pick the steel cage? harder for the bear to get into steel. you want to see something else made with high strength steel? that's the chevy silverado. made with high strength steel for high strength dependability. beautiful. this is highly irregular.
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all right. investors are hoping wall street tomorrow morning won't be anything like a week ago when the dow fell dramatically. joining me right now is an economic forecaster and director of the economic forecasting center at the georgia state university. professor, good to see you. a lot happened in the last week. even though it ebbed and flowed and they are still very nervous what could potentially happen. would it be any difference from what they saw? >> i think people are coming to the terms with the fact that china has slowed, you know, and that steadied the whole thing and the market is still digesting it and then you have the momentum trading, electronic trading and then the total uneasiness and on tuesday market changing so much. so that's to be expected, you
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know, and then the fed meeting is coming up in september. in september there's concern about will it more or not move. that causes for nervousness and volatility. that's going to be there. >> of course, this could happen at any time but since we're in that moment right now, i guess people are a little more conscientious of perhaps another big fall, another big dip happening in the near future as opposed to something that is far off in the distance. >> nobody can rule it out. it can happen. if you go by the metrics, it seems to be overvalued but that's been there for a while. i think the real thing that happened is china buys all of the commodity and people finally woke up, said yes, there is a problem so they need to adjust. >> okay. professor, i'm going to stop you right there because, as you know, in the last 40 minutes or so, a memorial service has been under way in roanoke, virginia, to honor the two journalists
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killed. the general manager of wdbj, jeff marks, is speaking. let's listen. >> do we show our temper to our friends, co-workers, if so, can we change? can we allow ourselves to breathe? we all inherited traits from our upbringing. my favorite cartoon shows a large auditorium like this with hundreds of empty seats and two people sitting in the audience and the banner in the back says, welcome to the annual convention of the nacmp, the national association for the children of normal parents. give gifts to each other and love each other and emnity will disappear.
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what does it say about us that we can be so quick to anger and so slow to give and who is the first person we need to forgive most of the time, our own self. in 12-step programs, the individual does not make amends to others until she's done so to herself. there are mental health services out there. there need be no stigma on getting counseling. a man i know, a man racked with anxiety was leaving a party and his wife asked him why he was so quiet and withdrawn at the event and he said, you have to understand, anxiety disorder is like a broken leg. it's real. you just can't see it. our mental health system is not perfect. it needs a lot of work. but services exist and we must use them for ourselves and for those we know who have uncontrolled anger. we must learn to speak directly to anger. you are angry and that must be making you feel awful. i know where you can get some relief. let me go with you. i spoke this week with governor
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mcauliffe about the need to increase our embrace. yes, our embrace of mental illness just as we do with cancer or als or heart disease. mental illness cannot exist on the periphery of health care. it should be obvious that it's center staged because most of it is treatable if we can get to the sufferer. in this case, we didn't. this morning, i asked one of my employees, did you ever see adam angry? she said she couldn't recall for sure but if so the anger was gone in five seconds. i suspected alison ever became angry she might have said an emphatic darn and started working on whatever positive thing she could do next. adam and alison saw it as their mission to awaken us to what was good and fun in life. you've heard that adam was the newsroom cut-up. you may have heard leo say that
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adam many times would take a candy and take the wrapper and hide it on the weather set to see if he could later see it on the air, meaning leo had not found it. leo says he found one of those on wednesday. when alison started doing those live reports last year, kelly zuber, the news director will remember, she had a tendency to sort of wave the arm that was not holding the microphone. kelly showed her the video and i'm sure she laughed at herself and i know that she quickly fixed that. i say she must have laughed because this was a woman who never seemed to get down. chris hurst has shared with us the descriptions that she wrote in their photo book. and adam, mr., hey, why don't we try this, i chatted with members of his family. they were just like he was, positive and even able to laugh a little amidst the tears. it must be in the genes.
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growing up in the ward home had to have been a nurture and loving home. and the parker home, if you've heard from the parkers this week, you know they must have instilled in alison her drive to excellence, her confidence and her positive nature. i want to play softball with adam again. and i want to see alison dance. and i will in the wonderful memories they gave me, they gave us. >> all right. the general manager there, jeff marks at wdbj, playing tribute to alison parker and adam ward. and we'll be right back.
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suddenly fell to his death. kyle john bap tooes died saturday. he was the first african-american to play the lead role in a broadway production. >> and europe is calling for change in railway security after the recent attempted terror attack on a train in france. they want more police patrols on board international trains and better coordination on intelligence and security across europe's border-free travel zone. and pope francis speaking out today about the migrant crisis in europe. he specifically mentioned the recent death of 70 migrants found dead last week. the pope said these crimes offend the entire human family. and he called on people to work together to address the migrant crisis. and a horrible incident at last night's atlanta braves basketball game. a fan died after falling from
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the upper deck of turner field. 60-year-old gregory murray tumbled out of the stands. he landed on a concrete walkway in front of a row of fans. an andy schultz has more. >> this was a big game. since this is at a national league park, a rod wasn't playing the entire game. in the 7th inning, he came to the plate for the first time as a pinch hitter. it was the first time to yell and boo at a-rod. witnesses in the upper deck section where murray was yelling at a-rod from, say he was standing in the fist row up against the railing. at some point, he fell over dropping 50 feet all the way to this lower esection.
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lucki luckily, no one was sitting where murray landed. this is generally where the players' families sit during the game. even though no one was sitting right where he landed, a very traumatic experience for everyone. witnesses say paramedics immediately began performing cpr on murray. he was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. now, there was never any delay in the ball game. they kept playing as usual during this entire ordeal. this is not the first time a fan has fallen from the upper deck at turner field. in 2013, a man died after falling 85 feet. in 2011 in texas, firefighter shannon stone died after falling out of outfield seats. after that incident, the texas rangers, they did a complete review of the stadium's safety measures and made many changes to the railings around the ballpark in arlington.
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next season is their last at turner field before they move to a new stadium. >> thank you so much. gregory murray's family says he was a season ticketholder with the same teeseats for 23 ys now and watching the braves was one of his favorite things to do. >> right now, live pictures from a medical y'all service in roanoke, virginia. we'll bring you the highlights. plus, the parents of alison parker open up about their daughter in an exclusive interview with cnn. all that and more right after this.
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all right. happening right now, slain journalist alison parker's mother and father share memories of their daughter and talk about their new mission, changing gun control laws in this country. >> it's the only thing that's giving me strength right now, to take on this cause. i know that somewhere she'd be looking down and saying, you go, dad. you're -- this is -- this is what she would want me to do. >> i can see -- >> this is her -- >> it is her fight. i can see alison sitting there going, because that's what she'd


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