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tv   Bay Area News at 7  KICU  February 1, 2012 7:00pm-7:30pm PST

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and bay area firefighters climb to the top culminates in a historic hiring. it's wednesday february 1st. this is bay area news at 7:00. convicted killer on saint quinton death row says he holds the answers to one of the bay areas long unsolved missing child cases. that's our top story. live in hayward where he's been quizzing police about this new lead in a cold case. >> reporter: hayward police here are eager to talk with that death row inmate to find out what he knows about the disappearance of mckayla garrett 23 years ago. on november 19th november 19th 19889-year-old mckayla garrett was kidnapped from this grocery
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store parking lot. this call came from the store. >> see the white female. >> now there's a possible new lead coming from death row at sanguine ton, killer is saying he believes his former partner in crime lauren herzog may have been responsible. >> and that he had family which put him in close proximity to hayward. and here is a booking photo of herzog. >> there are similaritities there without a doubt that we had leads too with there were similaritities back in the day looked a lot like that. >> once talked with sherman since he killed himself last month. they have to wait because king county investigators are talking to him about more than a dozen other murders. i talked by phone to two bounty hunters one who said he talked
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with herzog the he died. >> back in the day -- parties came under our radar. but there weren't -- it didn't rise to the level of we need the investigate tiff right now we did have more valid leads. >> just 20 minutes ago we talked to mckayla's mother and here is what she said about today's news. >> because we've been into it before, i try not to invest myself too heavily in it emotionally when somebody comes up with an answer when somebody says this is it, we actually found something. >> and the grocery store parking lot there's a tree covered in yellow windows. one said you can never imagine how much person can miss a sister they don't remember. hayward i'm john, ktvu channel 2 news. classes are now cancelled for the rest of this weekend. san francisco high school due to an out break due to what
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health officials say is a highly contagious virus. they're now infected. cleanup crews are busy today disinfecting the campus. they plan to do another round of clean up tomorrow. it was originally closed -- they decided to shutdown for the rest of this week. now, to silicone valley where as expected facebook took the first step toward highly anticipated ipo. they filed papers with the exchange commission stating its decision to take the company public. they could make stock market debut in about four months and i merges as one of the world's most valuable companies. in its filing facebook indicated it hopes to raise $5 billion in its initial public offering. analysts say that number could double in the coming weeks. facebook founder and other company executives will be pinching the company to investors. >> the real problem they have now decide exactly what price
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to offer the shares at. >> 845 million users hope to list its shares under the ticker symbol fb on the nasdaq or new york stock exchange. on wall street today positive manufacturing numbers help spur rally. they're now near 4-year high. nasdaq jumps 34 points that's a gain of 1%. california public utilities decided pg&e customers can opt out of the program but for a price. as patty shows us reaction to the decision was anything but positive. >> this is a crime against humanity. >> she's right. >> commentary got personal. >> you should be ashamed of yourself. >> as emotions erupted at this california public utility commission meeting. >> you are security pro-- supposedly. >> four commissioners voted to approve pg&e's interim plan that gives customers the
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ability to opt out of smart meters they have to pay a 1 time of fee $79. there's a monthly charge of $10. low income customers will pay less. >> you have to pay to keep the meters you have on your house. >> customers were literally standing in front of the meters begging pg&e. >> public utility's commissioner says charging customers is fair and that the commission voted for lower fees than what pg&e initially proposed. >> so that meter you're still going to have to send somebody out to go read it. that's the cost. they're getting special treatment. 99% of the people are having special treatment. >> special treatment is not how customer who is say they're sensitive to smart meter radiation described their experience. >> i can't sleep. i -- headaches, nausea, i've lost 8 pounds. >> reporter: the commission voted today out of respect for the health concerns of pg&e customers even though he says the data does not show that smart meters are any more
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dangerous than a cell phone. in san francisco, patty lee, ktvu channel 2 news. >> we're looking occupy protesters inside city hall mass demonstrations. oakland police released this video late this afternoon. it appears to show protesters opening the doors to city hall and they're just pouring inside. it shows protesting grabbing an american flag taking it outside. police hope to identify and prosecute anyone committing a criminal act more than 400 people were arrested during saturday's protest. members of occupy said today they're considering a class action lawsuit and almeda county county. >> police -- they were trying to precondition to make it safe for people to -- and that's the protest in america. >> the activist say officers brutalize unarmed protesters. they say there are reports of people being hurled downstairs
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and people tier gassed as they tried to disperse. they say that conditions where most of the people were taken after being arrested are unsantir. official layoff notices went out today to dozens of oakland city workers as the city struggles struggle to make up for state funds. they voted to eliminate 81 jobs. union representatives and residents packed city hall. it has to cut more than $28 million to offset the loss of state redevelopment funds. many of the jobs being eliminated are in economic development and public works. city make some history today with hiring of new fire chief. ahead in seven months her store plus the change in title at the top of the police department. we have a sad update tonight on the concord woman who was injured in an apartment fire this week. the fire announced was taken off life support today and died. english was hospitalized when the fire ripped through her clayton road apartment on
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monday. the cause of the fire is still under investigation tonight. >> a southern california woman won the lawsuit against honda over the par makers mileage claim for vehicle. peter sued honda accusing hon day of making misleading claims about the 2006 hon day civic. today she was awarded $9,800. she hoped to encourage others to go the route of small claims. small claims court does not award lawyer fees like class action cases. american airlines today plans to cut $13,000, they come as they try to cut cost and restructure under bankruptcy protection. the layoffs will include maintenance workers and managers. american also wants to slash pension plans and stop paying for health benefits. the cuts will reduce its over all cost by $2 billion a year. now to the campaign for president. one day decisive win in florida
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gop primary he took center stage again with controversial remarks about poor people. >> i'm not concerned about the very poor. we have a safety net there. i'm not concerned about the very rich, they're doing just fine. i'm concerned about the very heart of america -- >> romney who campaigned in minnesota today has comments for misunderstood. he said he was trying to emphasize that he's focused on the struggles of the middle class but rivals newt gingrich fired back. >> let me show up governor romney. the very poor who they called americans. my goal is to find steps for every american to have a job. >> former house speaker, he's been endorsed by the owner of several gambling casinos. he also has the support of tea party movement. president obama sent congress a new proposal to help homeowners
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whose mortgages are under water. >> it is wrong for anybody to suggest that the only option for struggling responsible homeowners is to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom. >> the plan would make it easier for homeowners to refinance at lower interest rates even if they owe more than their home is worth. the homeowner must be current. the average barrower would see an average savings of about $3,000. banks to pay for the program. california secretary state provided a clearer look at the political leanings of california voters. new numbers out today show 44% of state voters are registered democrats, 30% are registered republicans. those who declined the state any party affiliation has been rising steadily and now stands at 21%. there are 17 million registered voters in california except for 15.54 million years ago. where a feud is brewing over a logo used by medical marijuana
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club run by former marine. he calls his group i united veterans. one of the logos he uses bears a similarity to log go honoring troupes. so veterans of members say they find the implied link to military offensive. the original low dog is not protected by copyright. they say they will keep using their version. energy secretary steven chew among those breaking ground today up in the east bay hills. >> over. all right. >> lawrence berkeley confrontational research building will price numbers on everything from physics and biology problems. the $145 million project is vital to maintaining the united states competitive edge. the super computer lab will employ 300 people when it opens in 2014. >> breaking news our chopper is over the seen of rescue
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happening right now the brett. we will bring you more information just after this break. a man who launched a careers of some of the best known musical super stars has died. his legacy and his cig -- his legacy at his signature show. we're going to talk about the warm up that's heading your way for thursday. see you back here. [people chatting] everyone, it's $37 a piece. paying with your smart phone instead of cash. that's a step forward. with chase person-to-person quickpay, you can send money directly to your friend's checking account. all you need is their email address or mobile number. don't worry honey, i'll show you. thanks everyone. so take a step forward... and chase what matters.
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we're following breaks news happening thatch's where emergency crews in brent wood are attempting to rescue a man who has been trapped in trench. we're giving you a live look at that rescue for news chopper 2. we've been told at this point the man was digging in the backyard of his home when the dirt collapsed around him. this all started around 5:30. that's almost two hours ago at this point. we know the man was buried
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above the waste. firefighters are using buckets to carry the dirt. no word on the man's condition right now. we're told he's conscience w.' going to follow the story for you tonight on the 10:00 news. two key leadership was open. historic hire. announcement of new fire chief theresa. >> she will be the first african-american woman to lead a major fire department. >> read also becomes the first female to -- she was retired as the assistant chief. >> i did start off as firefighter and i worked my way up through the ranks. i was a driver which i thought was a really good job. i work t as an inspector, company officer. >> reed is a long time oakland resident and said she will work to make the fire department more efficient. >> this is real joy to me to be able to come and work in
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oakland. oakland is beautiful. i love this city. >> please join me today in welcoming chief jordan. >> city officials pow -- he was referred by fellow officers at oakland police chief. over the past 24 years jordan worked his way up the ranks and was turned down for the chief position before. >> in terms of anticipating. >> jordan cities one of his top priorities will be getting the apartment up to compliance. it's been under scrutiny and in danger of -- decreasing the crime rate ranks high. many will be watching as jordan will change tack the ticks when it comes to how officers handle the occupy movement. reed official starts as fire chief. she says one of the biggest challenges will be learning the politics of oakland. reporting from oakland ktvu
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channel 2 news. san francisco celebrating the expansion and relocation of popular diner. >> we kicked this off by declaring this, god true blue cafe day here and in san francisco. >> new restaurant and there are plans to double the no. of employees from 12-24. >> will resume and there will be enhanced street cleaning in that central market area. >> this is the last day saint anthony. ceremony was held today to mark the end of an era and new beginning. it will be demolished to make way for $23 million multilevel facility. saint anthony served almost 3,000 meals a day. it will continue to serve those in need right across the street for about 2 years until the new building is ready. heavy weather is hampering efforts to contain an oil spill
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from a capsize crew ship. lifting containment -- find other ways to contain the spill. in egypt at least 74 people are dead following a riot. one said the fighting felt like war. the violence erupted after the home team won the match against egypt's top club. fans -- it seems some of those killed died in stampede. one man said he heard gunshots in the stadium. another say some people were carrying knives. reports suggest that police stood by as the violence unfolded. the entertainment world is mourning death of legendary innovation torr. the name don cornelius may not ring a bell for you. soul train helped launch the career of some of the world's best known entertainers. looks back at impact and
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legacy. >> legacy the soul train. >> look at after that soul train line. >> his -- one of the longest dance parties shows in television history. he may have left his mark on popular culture as the founder of soul train started with $400 out of his own pocket. but for many of the performers who appeared, cornelius real impact was creating space on television for african-american artist like. >> disnight. >> and we artist so grateful to him for giving us that face he gave those people who -- for commercial opportunities to have a way to get products out. he was a pioneer like you would not believe and he's really an unsown hero. >> the jackson five.
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stevie wonder, elton john, witness houston, justin timber lake and beyonce all performed on soul train. today he was found dead of an apparent self imflicked gunshot wound early wednesday morning. friends say he had fallen ill in recent years. though details have not been made public. he was 75. his famous soul train sign off a fitting tribute to a man who draw part and soul to television. >> the seconds here survey of the season isn't much of an improvement from the first. state water officials measured 15 inches of snow today. have to sum it up with water content of 3-point # inches. the snowpack is 37% normal. the good news officials say the state reservoirs are nearly full from all that snow we had last year. coming up we are keeping an
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eye on breaking news happening. that's where crews are trying to rescue a man who is trapped in a trench. this morning drizzle has moved out and warmer weather has moving in. will tell us how warm it's going to get. keep in mind you can watch bay area news at 7:00 and all of our ktvu newscast. we're streaming lye for you at
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call or click today. an update on the breaking news we're following for you. emergency crews in brent wood are working to rescue a man trapped in a trench. he was digging in the yard of his own home when the dirt collapsed in around him. so happened about 2 hours ago. the man was buried above the waste. firefighters are using buckets to carry the dirt out of the trench. you can see the rescue effort continue. we have a crew. we'll have a live report for you tonight on the 10:00 news. turn now to chief meteorologistist. bill we saw this cool weather this morning and that's about to change. >> we've had scattered sprinkles this morning. things are changing around as we go through the next couple of days. highs tomorrow are going to come up a few degrees we're going to see numbers, so warmer day for your thursday. overnight lows tonight, 36 in santa rosa. 39 in napa. overnight lows will be on the
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mild side, not expecting a lot of patchy fog, maybe a little bit. mild overnight lows, tomorrow the sun comes out. weather systems are staying to the north. there's activity out in the pacific, main activity see all that energy going north, big ridge plopped right there. it's going to stay there. it's going to stay right through the bay area weekend which means a nice bay area weekend ahead. tonight we're looking at a good shot for few clouds lingering. dry in the long range forecast, that's not good. but we with that said minus well enjoy it while we're here. no major rain systems or weather systems headed our way. we might see a few sprinkles on monday. as we go into today we have drizzle, hoping it might have slowed you down. high pressure sets up in daytime high's come up. we're going to go a little bit of warming trend, tomorrow we'll feel like a late march early april with temperatures easily into the upper and mid-
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60s. computer shows fog and watch where it goes as the day goes on, goes away. high pressure is powering in there and it just vapor rises the fog and helps t go away. the winds are going to go offshore. the mods taking through time. you don't see time. that's just an indication, computer models picking up on the strength of high pressure. notice a few clouds moving in late into saturday, looks like we could see some clouds on saturday and into sunday. some upper 60s, nice costal weather as well. large ocean swells. 5-day forecast bay area weekend view is looks like an april forecast. tomorrow is going to be very warm as we head through the weekend looks nice and mild. >> cal tran began pouring cement that will link san francisco and pacifica. they'll put in tunnel lighting,
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air circulation fans, traffic lights and other systems. they hope to open the tunnel by november. that's our report. thank you for trusting ktvu channel 2 news. we'll see you the next time news breaks. our coverage continues online and tonight 10:00 news on ktvu channel 2. tmz is up next right here on tv36.
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