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response to asbestos in southern nevada... and lead in michigan. ((kirsten joyce)) > and there's one more week till scott kelly's back on earth! what he says he's going to miss the most... about being in space. /// < welcome to a brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > ((kirsten joyce)) > thanks for joining us, i'm kirsten joyce. ((brian loftus)) and i'm kirsten joyce. this morning, police were out investigating a deadly pedestrian crash... where a woman was killed. police say she was not in crosswalk when she was crossing the road. ((kirsten joyce)) this is one of many crashes we report almost on a daily basis. last year alone.. there were more than 120 fatal crashes on our roads. ((brian loftus)) patranya bhoolsuwan spoke to a young woman... who could have been part of that statistic... but instead, she's a success story. < ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) a wheelchair stranded on the road is what's left of a crash that left jamie farrar in critical condition. ((jamie farrar/survived crash: "it was the most horrific thing
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life...words can't describe the pain that you went through.")) ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) that was her 3 years ago right after she was hit while crossing the street near sahara and valley view living with cerebral palsy, jamie was in her wheelchair, she was also in a crosswalk. the injuries left her with 3rd degree burns covering a fourth of her body. ((jamie farrar/survived crash: "they didn't think i would make it to the hospital.")) ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) but this is jamie today.... ((jamie farrar/survived crash: "i made it, i made it and i am doing exactly what i wanted to do.")) ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) the 28 year old is now a student at unlv with a goal to be a social worker. her other passion: raising awareness about safety on the roadways...espe cially when it comes to distracted driving. ((jamie farrar/survived crash; "for whatever reason, they don't stop, they don't look, they don't look for people like me.")) ((brenda farrar/mother: "it makes me mad, it breaks my heart.")) ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) brenda farrar says despite what happened, her daughter never gave up trying to get better.
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family, are hoping to work with the city of las vegas to put in more crosswalks and more traffic lights to prevent accidents. ((brenda farrar: "i am so proud of jamie...we tell her there's a reason why she's still here.")) ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) farrar says she's not ashamed of the scars on her body...they are reminders of how far she's come. ((jamie farrar/survived crash: "i would say to people don't give up hope and anything and everything is possible.")) > ((brian loftus)) jamie also wants to thank her uncle.. whose medical background is helping her. in december, jamie will graduate with a bachelors degree in social work. she plans to get her masters... then write a book about her experience. /// ((brian loftus)) ((kirsten joyce))
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> that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((kirsten joyce)) > investigators are trying to figure out... what sparked a fire that trapped a woman inside her home. the fire started on nellis and harmon... where neighbors say they could hear screams for help. but when they went to the house... inside. firefighters arrived and tried to get in to save the homeowner... and another crew tried to put out the flames. neighbors told us the victim may have been trying to burn trash /// ((sherry swensk)) > today, you have the chance to zipline through the fremont street experience... and also raise money for a good
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the slotzilla charity challenge is taking place from one to seven. during that time... 100- percent of the revenue goes to "spread the word nevada".. a local non- profit dedicated to advancing childhood literacy by giving books to children in at- risk, low income communitis. if you want to take a flight down fremont street... tickets start at 20- bucks. /// let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather. sherry swensk
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((brian loftus)) > two different public health dangers... one common theme. ((kirsten joyce)) the i-team's george knapp uncovers the government's response to asbestos in southern nevada...
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investigators from several agencies are trying to determine... if criminal charges should be filed in flint michigan... related to the contamination of that city's water supply. ((brian loftus)) tens of thousands of residents were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water. it appears that state officials knew about the dangers but failed to act. ((kirsten joyce)) to some nevadans, the circumstances in flint sound all too familiar. for more than a year, the i-team has been following the story of how nevada officials have handled a different public health concern -- asbestos. george knapp has the story. in his younger years, former nevada congressman jim bilbray was an avid hiker in the hills around boulder city. after he developed breathing problems, it took years of misdiagnosis for doctors to
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was likely caused by asbestos in the desert dust he inhaled long ago. jim bilbray/former congressman: 3235 i have to go to rehab a couple of times a week, breathing exercises, which i have to for the rest of my life. you cannot get better. you can only hope to not get worse. how does bilbray's health problem relate to lead in the water supply of flint michigan? when the story about flint first broke, it struck a chord with unlv scientists rod metcalf and brenda buck. rod metcalf: it's dj vu , i mean, is what i thought. brenda buck there is no amount of lead that is safe, which is exactly what we are dealing with here, with asbestos. it's been more than five years since the two medical geologists first found evidence of widespread natural asbestos deposits in southern nevada. their team also detected a suspicious spike in asbestos related disease. state health officials here reacted to the asbestos news in much the same way officials in
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water supply---they ignored it, stifled the evidence, then attacked the credibility of the scientists who found it. internal emails obtained by the i-team reveal that, contrary to their public statements, nevada health officials tried to stop the publication of the asbestos data because they disagreed with the findings. they also plotted to attack the credibility of the scientists and launched a p.r. dr. rod metcalf: 2805 ish it's easy to get upset at a personal attack on us, question our integrity or competence but what really upset me is they didn't question their own knowledge. brenda buck: 2925ish that's what's so heartbreaking to me. the emails suggest they are so focused on attacking us, instead of getting to the bottom of the question-are people getting sick. how much asbestos are people being exposed to? one reason state health officials have been
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is that it takes years, even decades, for asbestos disease to develop. the true costs are not immediately obvious. it's the same story for lead. the full extent of the damage from drinking flint's water won't be known for many years. it is much easier to measure lead in the water, or in a person's body, than it is to measure asbestos exposure from the air. buck and metcalf say that's the central unanswered question. brenda: 2422 what we need here.and which we keep repeating over and over is we need to find out how much asbestos is in the air and how much people are getting exposed to when they do activities out in the desert. for example, the horse park in boulder city is surrounded by asbestos. so is this elementary school.and the nevada state college in henderson.how much exposure do people get from routine activities at each location? rod metcalf: we should look, and that's not happening. in michigan, once the story exploded and the state could no longer ignore the problem,
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in nevada, when state health officials were confronted at a public meeting in boulder city back in september, they vowed to invite the epa into the state. azzam..nat pop.i don't object to it.. so, did it happen? no. state epidemiologist dr. azzam did write to the epa and ask for help, but the carefully worded request did not seek intervention by epa scientists, only information that could be used by the state to reassure the public. in emails to the i-team federal epa officials confirmed that the cavalry is not riding to nevada's rescue after all. still, buck and metcalf took one more stab at it. they went over the heads of the state health officials who had tried to shut them down by writing directly to governor sandoval. the response from the governor's chief of staff was a let
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the two top health officials for quote " working tirelessly to protect, educate, and serve the people.." rod 2920 ish i don't think they've changed their stance from october 2012, they've learned nothing." ((kirsten joyce)) tracey green, the director of the sprawling health and human services department for the state... is stepping down to take a job at unlv. her agency, however, still clings to the idea that asbestos poses no risk. ((brian loftus)) now, other agencies are side-stepping the health department. the city of henderson and state division of environmental protection... are leading the way toward a comprehensive field study of asbestos risks. the i-team will have more of that in the days ahead. ((kirsten joyce)) you can also check out our other previous reports of asbestos on our website... las vegas now dot com. /// ((brian loftus)) > the type of car you drive... could say a lot about the presidential candidate you side with. ((kirsten joyce)) we'll break down what car models lean towards the republican and democrat candidates.
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earth... space. he checked in with nasa earlier this week... to look over what last minute things need to be done before heading back. kelly says he's going to miss (( scott kelly/astronaut: "you know, leaving this amazing facility is going to be tough because i'll probably never see it again. and i don't expect i will. i've flown in space four times now and uh so it's going to be hard in that respect, but you know, i certainly look forward to going back to earth, i've been up here for a really long time and sometimes when i think about it, i feel like i've lived my whole life up here." )) ((sherry swensk)) kelly spent a year on the international space station... to conduct a study on the effects of space on the human mind and body. nasa says what they learn from him... could one day lead a trip to mars. /// let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather.
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> that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((brian loftus)) > the red carpet is starting to
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((brian loftus)) > ammon and ryan bundy including 16 other ///
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uh just gonna hang out. with gary and todd? yea. i've been meaning to ask you, is there any drinking going on in this crowd? no. so if any of your buddies ever pressure you to take a drink, just tell them you promised your dad you wouldn't. i'd do anything to keep you safe. ok. i will. i hope this is working. i promise. i love you too dad. they really do hear you. for tips on what to say visitderagedrinking.samhsa.govindustrial groundbreakin g... and a positive sign of economic growth and jobs for the valley. city leaders broke ground on a large distribution center.. just off interstate- 15 and lamb boulevard. the first phase includes construction of two buildings... that will allow companies to distribute all over the southwest:
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10 years in the making and it should of been done to make us more competitive throughout the market." // "so, we are putting people to work." )) ((kirsten joyce)) no word yet how many permanent jobs will be at the center.... but it will be able to compete with other centers in salt lake city, phoenix and reno. construction will hopefully be done by the fall. /// ((brian loftus)) > the car model you drive might.. point to which presidential candidate you support. "auto blog" dot com surveyed 10-thousand people.. about their cars and their political stance. the results were... bernie sanders supporters are more likely to drive a honda or volvo... while hillary clinton fans drive a toyota or lexus. on the republican side... those who side with trump, cruz, or rubio are more likely to drive trucks by ford... chevy.. or dodge. ///
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with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > ((kirsten joyce)) > good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm kirsten joyce. ((brian loftus)) > and i'm brian loftus.
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republican caucus... the candidates take the stage. ((kirsten joyce)) a republican debate is being held in texas tonight... the candidates are working to trump... who's surging ahead after tuesday's win. ((brian loftus)) scott mclean is live in houston texas with more. scott mclean has more on the republican debate tonight just a few precious days before super tuesday... the epicenter of the republican nomination race tonight will be texas. that's where the five g-o-p hopefuls left in the race will meet for a debate in houston. the big question now -- can anyone stop donald trump? the front runner says he'll be ready thursday night. we'll be totally prepared, people have not done very well against me so far everyone who has attacked me has gone down. marco rubio has been attacking

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