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>> pelley: also tonight, will u.s. olympic athletes be endangered by the zika virus? a rare one-on-one interview with the head of the c.i.a. isis has access to chemical artillery shells? a college president's scheme to rid his school of struggling students. and a story brings sheer joy to a child. not the words, it's the voice. >> then elsa accidentally hurt anna and both girls rushed... >> this is the "cbs eveni captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: a new national poll shows how critical tonight's democratic debate is. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are neck and neck, and both are looking to african americans to break the tie. african americans make up more than half the democratic
where first-in-the-south primary is just over two weeks away. here's nancy cordes. >> hillary clinton has been there. >> reporter: nearly 20 members of the congressional black caucus vowed today to campaign for clinton. hakeem jeffries of new york was one of them. >> hillary clinton has been there from the very beginning to deal with the gun violence epidemic and its impact on african american communities across the country. >> reporter: she has prayed with black pastors, met with black lives matter protestors and is airing this new ad in the south. >> you have to face up to the hard truth of injustice and systematic racism. >> reporter: her campaign says sanders is a johnny-come-lately on race issues. he says he got his start in activism during the civil rights movement. georgia congressman john lewis scoffed at that today. >> but i never saw him. i never met him. i chaired the student non-violent coordinating committee, but i met hillary clinton.
>> reporter: sanders does speak frequently about incarceration rates and poverty. >> 51% of young african american kids in this country are unemployed or underemployed. that is a national tragedy. that has got to change. >> reporter: the influential writer tanehisi coates called sanders the best option, and performer harry belafonte endorsed him today. >> i think he represents opportunity. i think he represents a moral imperative. >> reporter: when clinton and sanders face off here in milwaukee tonight, she'll argue that she will actually do more to carry on the legacy of the nation's first black president, while he'll argue, scott, that he'll actually do more to help minorities with his proposals for things like free public college tuition. >> pelley: nancy, thanks very much. the republican primary in south carolina is just nine days away, and the attacks are getting
here's major garrett. >> we win here, we're going to run the table. >> reporter: donald trump in south carolina by turns optimistic and vulgar. >> what the hell is this guy talking about? i don't know what the hell i was doing. what the hell are we thinking? >> senator marco rubio. >> reporter: marco rubio campaigning in a state with more conservative culture instincts criticized trump's language as an assault on decency. >> you turn on the tv, you have the leading presidential candidate saying profanity from a stage. profanity from a stage. i mean, all these things undermine what we teach our children. >> reporter: jeb bush also piled on. >> he says, "we're going to bomb the blank, blank, blank out of isis," using a vulgarity. that's not leadership. >> reporter: in 2012, about two-thirds of republican primary voters in south carolina described themselves as evangelical or born-again christians. that represents a challenge for trump despite his large lead in
voters we spoke to here were divided. >> when he claims he's a christian and he can only quote one verse from the bible, i mean, come on. >> i think that's what a lot of people like about him. he says what he means and means what he says. i love it. >> reporter: trump today pulled an ad criticizing ted cruz and said he would only run positive ads from now on. scott, john kasich's campaign has been doing that for weeks and described bush's efforts in south carolina of having all the joy of a texas chainsaw massacre. >> pelley: thanks, major. cbs news will host the next republican debate. that's saturday evening at 9:00 eastern time. and john dickerson is the moderator. in another important story tonight, the zika virus, suspected of causing birth defect, keeps spreading. 79 cases now in the u.s.
territories in the americas. brazil is the hardest hit. with the olympics there this summer, hard choices have to be made. here's dr. jon lapook. >> morgan in the box. >> reporter: the u.s. women's soccer team started on the road to rio last night with a win in their first olympic qualifying game. the team's goalkeeper, hope solo, is raising concern about the risk of zika infections during the game. >> the olympics, if they were today, i wouldn't go. fortunately the olympics aren't today. so we have six months. we have a little bit of time to figure things out. >> reporter: u.s. olympic committee c.e.o. scott blackmun tried to address questions and doubts in a memo to perspective olympians. he said the organization is working with the c.d.c. and infectious disease specialists to closely monitor the situation, but no matter the preparation, he wrote, there will always be risk associated with international competition. an official with the rio games
olympic village will be air conditioned, and venues will be inspected daily to remove standing water where mosquitoes might breed. the population of the mosquito that carries zika goes down significantly in the cooler, dryer months of august and september, when the games will take place. the main worry is the suspected link between the virus and microcephaly, an unusually small head at birth. that link has been strengthened within the past day by reports both in brazil and the united states. the virus has now been found in the placenta of mothers who miscarried and the brain tissue of newborns with microcephaly who died. i spoke with an official from the rio olympic organizing committee today and asked, are there any thoughts of canceling or postponing the olympics or it is full steam ahead, and he said, full steam ahead. in fact, this weekend they're having a test event in rio for the driving competition. >> pelley: jon, thanks very much.
stand whereof between f.b.i. and armed anti-government protesters ended peacefully. the final four hold-outs surrendered. one refused to go quietly, though, ranting, "liberty or death." tonight we've learned that the isis terrorist group in syria and iraq has chemical weapons in its arsenal. in a rare interview for "60 minutes," we spoke to the director of the c.i.a., john brennan. >> we have a number of instances where isil has used chemical munitions on the battlefield. >> pelley: artillery shells? >> sure. >> pelley: isis has access to chemical artillery shells? >> uh-huh. there are reports that isis has access to chemical precursors and munitions that they can use. >> pelley: the c.i.a. believes that isis has the ability to manufacture small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas. and the capability of exporting
>> i think there's always the potential for that. this is why it's so important to cut off the various transportation routes and smuggling routes that they have used. >> pelley: are there american assets on the ground hunting this down? >> u.s. intelligence is actively involved in being part of the effort to destroy isil and to get as much insight into what they have on the ground inside of syria and iraq. >> pelley: we'll have our full interview with c.i.a. director brennan, including the threat that he says keeps him up at night. that's this sunday on "60 minutes." millions have fled syria, but there are tens of thousands who can't get out. they're trapped between russian bombers and a closed turkish border. holly williams is following this. >> reporter: imagine the terror, never knowing where and when the warplanes will hit next.
these videos, but they appear to show the aftermath of air strikes on the town of tel rifaat this week. in the syrian regime's new offensive, which is backed by russian air power, civilians are once again paying with their blood. crossing the border into turkey, we met abdul karim bahloul, who runs a school in tel rifaat. "the shelling and air strikes are random," he told us. "homes are destroyed and children's bodies lie in shreds on the ground." he told us he came to ask the turkish authorities to give refuge to children from the town, but after absorbing more than two million syrian, turny's reluck tantd to let any more in. syrian regime forces have now nearly encircled the city of aleppo.
civilians could be cut off as they were in the town of madaya during a siege by the regime. more than 40 starved to death. dalia al-awqati told us that her charity, mercy corp, feed and clothe 500,000 people in northern syria every month. >> it's not much, but it's essential to keep a family alive. >> reporter: now they're racing to get food parcels to families in aleppo city, fearing more starvation in a country that's already exhausted by a senseless war. and as if syria's war wasn't complicated enough, today some american-backed rebels told us they were attacked by kurdish fighters who were also supported by the u.s. now, the kurdish fighters say it wasn't deliberate, but, scott, this shows just how difficult it is for the u.s. to unite different factions on the ground in syria. >> pelley: holly williams, thanks.
the war? for that we turn to margaret brennan. margaret? >> reporter: well, today the u.s. is trying to broker an immediate ceasefire. today secretary kerry pushed both russia and iran to stop attacking syrian civilians in aleppo and allow in aid to besieged areas, but the russians haven't been quick to agreed agree to that. in fact, vladimir putin's military has cut off supply lines to the u.s.-backed rebels, and u.s. officials warn that that strengthens both isis and assad and it leaves the u.s. with little leverage in a war president obama has resisted getting involved in for five years now. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white houseful margaret, thank you. today cleveland mayor frank jackson apologized to the family of tamir rice after the city billed his estate $500 for ambulance services. the city also tore up the bill.
rice, who was 12. he was holding a gun that turned out to be a toy. he died the next day at the hospitals. the officer was not charged. in a big development today, scientists have announced what may be among the greatest discoveries in the history of physics. they believe they found gravity waves, predicted by einstein but never observed, two huge antennas, one in washington state, the other in louisiana, detected a gravity wave last september. this confirms einstein was right when he described the universe as "like a fabric, woven from the three dimensions plus time." what physicists call space time. the gravity wave was set off by two black holes that collided, sending a ripple through the fabric. the effect is so tiny one scientist estimated the ripple
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>> two, one... [explosion] >> reporter: they're going through a new program designed to address troubling security gaps when the transportation security association. a damning report last summer found screeners failed to detect 67 of 70 suspicious items brought through airport checkpoints. peter neffenger became the tsa administrator in july. >> what the inspector general's results have told us is you can never take you eye off the mission. >> reporter: shawn weeks-freeman is one of the academy instructors. on august 11, 1982, she was a flight attendant on pan am flight 830, standing just rows from where a terrorist bomb exploded while the 747 prepared to land in honolulu. one person was killed, more than a dozen injured. >> when i talk to my class, i tell them, you're not here by accident. and i wasn't saved at that moment by accident. because that threat in 1982 is today's threat still. >> reporter: the academy marks
security officers will have standardized training. previously new hires were largely trained on the job at their home airport. if they're getting through checkpoints today with one of their teams trying to bring things that should be flagged, will those things be caught? >> i think we'll catch them today. >> all of them? >> i don't know if we'll catch everything. i sure hope we catch all of them. >> reporter: the students will work at this mock checkpoint. it's complete with all the equipment, scott, they're going to use in the field. >> pelley: kris.
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>> pelley: a small catholic university in maryland is in turmoil after a report that its president wanted to weed out struggling students quickly to improve the school's standing. some professors have been sent packing. here's chip reid. >> reporter: ed eagan was a professor at mt. saint mary's university in maryland. what would you normally be doing
>> i'd be on campus. today i'd be teaching my class on the first amendment. >> reporter: but on monday he was fired in a letter a school official said he's "persona non grata" and not welcome to visit the university's campus because he violated his duty of loyalty to the school. it all began last month when the student newspaper reported that school president simon newman wanted professors to identify struggling students in the first few weeks of school so they could be encouraged to drop out. some faculty members resisted and the school paper reported that newman told them, "this is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can't. bunnies. put a glock to their heads." many students and faculty were outraged. >> it's not just the words, but described. the plan? >> weeding out students because we think they might not do well
look better, that's not mount st. mary's. >> reporter: eagan was the faculty adviser to the school paper and says he's being punished for accurate but embarrassing reporting by the students. you did not tell them what to write? >> i did not, not in any way. anybody on campus that knows the students knows that nobody would manipulate these students. >> reporter: they can't be manipulated. >> they are independent, strong, bright people. >> reporter: a petition protesting the firing of eagan and another professor has been signed by about 7500 professors across the country, and, scott, the university declined our repeated requests for an interview. instead they issued a statement saying the two professors had violated the code of conduct. >> pelley: chip reid, thanks, chip. in a moment how a mother's words
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>> pelley: our final story tonight is written on the face of a young child whose joy mere words cannot describe. here's elaine quijano. >> elsa had magical powers and could create things out of snow and ice. >> reporter: four-year-old mattie zapata can't get enough of her books on tape. >> anna was delighted. >> reporter: because the voice is her mother, mandi balderas, locked in a prison four hours away. >> i told her how i missed her. even though i'm not there physically, i know she's sitting there listening to my voice, spending that time with me. >> reporter: each month balderas and other selected inmates choose a story to record, then mail it home. it's called storybook project, and it runs in six women's prisons across texas. >> it was a sunday afternoon at the end of may.
>> we weren't scared as long as we were together. >> reporter: 64% of incarcerated women nationwide lived with their children before prison. storybook tries to ease the pain of separation. mattie was 18 months old when her mother went to prison for a d.w.i. crash that killed the other driver, a crime of manslaughter that victimized her daughter, too. >> i was crying for mmy. -- mommy. >> reporter: how come? >> because i miss her. >> reporter: if it wasn't for the book, she wouldn't be able to have the bond we have now. i know that means something to her, and i know it means something to me. >> reporter: but the fact is you got behind the wheel of the car when you had alcohol in your system, and a person is dead because of that. didn't you forfeit your right to do things like this when you made that decision? >> yes, i made a decision, but
anymore. it's about how we handle the circumstances. and that's how i'm choosing to handle the circumstances, by helping the kids the best way i can from where i'm at. >> hey, mattie, it's me, mommy. >> reporter: balderas has four years left of an eight-year sentence. when she finally reunited states with -- reunites with her family, she hopes her children won't mistake her voice for a stranger. >> you are my sunshine, my only sunshine. >> reporter: elaine quijano, cbs news, columbus, texas. >> i love you always. mommy. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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