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this was a sponsored presentation >> do you think the shutdown was a mistake? >> i never think it's a mistake -- >> why? >> -- to stand up for what you
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believe in. i think what the american people admire most about this president is he says what he means and he means what he says. in a very real sense. he said that there is a crisis at our southern border. he said he was determined to get the funding, to build a wall and secure our border, and he was willing to take a stand to accomplish that. >> can you guarantee there will not be another government shutdown? >> well, i think our hope is that there's not, but i can't make that guarantee, jeff. the president's made it clear he's laid out a plan to secure our border, to build a steel barrier in the ten most important areas that our homeland security says that we need it. all of that is exactly what the american people wants us to do. the congress should come together and deliver that. >> one line that made news last night in the state of the union was when the president said, quote, if there's going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. isn't oversight part of the
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legislature' job? i mean, you served in the house for more than a decade. >> i did. i did. well, look, a congressional oversight is part of the checks and balances of our system, but -- >> but isn't he saying that can't happen, though? >> well, what the president referred to last night was partisan investigations. and you know, you've spoken about the president, you know his feelings about investigations on capitol hill. we don't object to oversight. that's the proper role of committees in the congress, but when it takes on a partisan tint, when it -- when it seems more intent on becoming a forum of invective against the president and against the administration, the american people expect better. >> vice president with us here earlier today. venezuela's military today used trucks to block humanitarian aid from entering that country. this is what it looked like. that was on the orders of president nicolas maduro who insists there's no emergency despirit severe shortages of food. the u.s. wants maduro out.
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elizabeth palmer in caracas, the capital, reports military leaders support maduro, the people, maybe not. >> what we need is for maduro to leave. >> reporter: without the armed forces, president nicolas maduro is finished. so state tv broadcasts pictures almost daily showing apparently loyal troops with their commander in chief. but in reality, vast numbers of them on a salary of about $6 a month have had enough. >> why are they ready to desert the president? >> because they are tired. we are suffering just like the people are. my family, for example, my salary isn't even enough to buy food. >> reporter: is this something you can talk about among yourselves in the barracks or is it too dangerous? >> translator: if we trust the people, we talk about what's going on in the country, but the
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higher ranks don't know what we're talking about. that is why i'm doing the interview like this, to protect myself. >> reporter: to convince soldiers and their brass to defect to the opposition, juan guaido widely recognized as interim president has offered them amnesty, but the rank and file need more than that. >> what will it take to get you to change sides? >> translator: in the national guard, all we need is a high-ranking general to rebel, to lead the way. >> reporter: the next big test for the army will be in the coming days when large quantities of humanitarian aid, much of it sent by the united states, reach venezuela's border. president maduro has ordered the military not to let it in and everybody is watching to see whether or not they obey. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, caracas, venezuela. coming up, new information about jayme closs and the man accused of holding her for months.
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home in wisconsin where she was held for nearly three months. jamie yuccas has an update on how she's doing and the suspect. >> reporter: 21-year-old jake patterson walked into a wisconsin courtroom with his hands in shackles but he did not enter a plea. >> and do you understand the charges against you at this time? >> yes. >> reporter: according to the criminal complaint, patterson says he killed jayme closs' parents and kidnapped the 13-year-old who he held captive for 88 days in his family's home. patterson is facing kidnapping, burglary and murder charges. members of jayme's family and friends attended today's hearing, as did patterson's father patrick, who offered support for his son's alleged victim as he left the courtroom. >> pray for jayme's family. >> reporter: this week the closs family released this picture of jayme with her grandfather, who had promised her a steak dinner when she was found. michelle safford is a close family friend. >> how is jayme doing? >> she's doing really well.
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she's starting to spend a lot more time with some friends from school. she started doing some therapy now, you know, working through the process a little bit. >> reporter: prosecutors from douglas county where jayme escaped will not press charges for additional crimes to save the teen from reliving her nightmare. jayme's family is grateful. >> they have goals outlined and they have a direction they want to go and jayme's fully aware of what that direction is. >> reporter: jeff, investigators have obtained call logs, videos and photos from jake patterson's cell phone which was on the front seat of his car when he was arrested. >> yamy yuccas, uh-oh! guess what day it is? guess what day it is! huh...anybody?
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in san francisco, a restaurant and five buildings went up in flame after a gas explosion near golden gate park. the fire chief says a private contractor cut a gas line. nasa reported today that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record. temperatures were 1.4 degrees above the 20th century average. the hottest 20 years have come in the last 22. the heat and climate changes are blamed in part for hurricanes and wildfires in the u.s. that caused a combined $91 billion in damage. today it was announced "60 minutes" will get just its third executive producer in the program's history. cbs news president susan
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we end here tonight with a daughter's love. she just wanted to spread the word about her dad's birthday, never expecting what would happen next. here's carter evans. >> reporter: for sue morse, picking up the male has become a labor of love. her dad duane sherman recently had a big birthday coming up,
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but as a member of the greatest generation with few shipmates still alive, she knew the mailbox would be empty. >> so i put on my facebook, my dad's turning 96, he's a world war ii purple heart vet and i'd like to get some birthday cards to make him feel special. >> did she ever. >> first day it was about 150 letters and i thought that was really cool. the next day they said could you pull around back? >> reporter: 100,000 birthday cards now fill up the rooms of her house and a friend's home. since duane is now legally blind, sue and her card squad have vowed to read every one of them. >> my farther served in world war ii and was captured in the battle of the bulge. >> reporter: letters from veterans and messages of gratitude. >> moves me to no end. >> i know. me too. >> reporter: but one birthday message stood out. it was from a shipmate on the "uss lamson." the last time they saw each other was in 1944 when their
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ship was under a kamikaze attack. >> the captain said abandon ship and we all ran over to the port side and leaped over the side. >> did anyone die that day? >> 27 or 28. >> reporter: 96-year-old bob apple was that shipmate. >> good to see you. >> oh, boy, i like that cap. >> reporter: when they reunited for the first time in 74 years, he gave duane a painting of the "uss lamson" in flames. >> i said we should have a nice card with that, maybe a nice little birthday card. >> he doesn't need any more of those. >> he doesn't need them. >> reporter: sue estimates it will take the rest of the year just to get through all the messages of love and support. >> that's nice. >> what's it like to know that so many people care about your dad in that way? >> he truly is part of america's greatest generation. they saved the world. >> reporter: and clearly the world has not forgotten. carter evans, cbs news, rancho mirage, california. >> that is the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you, the news
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continues. for others, check back later for "the morning news" and "cbs this morning." from washington, d.c., i'm jeff glor. this is the "cbs overnight news." hi everyone and welcome to the "overnight news." i'm demarco morgan. the blackface scandal that has engulfed virginia politics is now exploding across the state democrat. another top democrat attorney general mark herring now admits he put on brownface makeup and a wig during a college party. his boss democratic governor ralph northam's political life continues to hang by a thread over a blackface photo. there are new details about the sexual assault allegations against lieutenant governor justin fairfax.
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ed o'keefe has the story. >> reporter: attorney general mark herring admitting that he also once dressed in blackface. as an undergraduate in 1980 he said in a statement he and friends went to a party as rappers. we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup. he added, i have a glaring example from my past that i have thought about with deep regret in the many years since. when word reached the statehouse, there were audible gasps and expletives from staffers. some lawmakers hung their heads in disbelief. this from the head of the virginia legislative black caucus, lamar bagby. >> like i said, we're not praying enough. >> reporter: the scandal rocketed all the way up to washington. >> i'm shocked and incredibly disappointed. this has been an awful week for virginia. >> reporter: today's bombshell comes just days after herring called for governor ralph northam to resign over a racist photo, including a man in blackface, that was discovered on his medical yearbook page.
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>> i'm not either people in that photo. >> reporter: after that news conference herring had said it is no longer possible for the governor to lead virginia. northam remains out of sight as he contemplates his political future. he's meeting with black leaders and may hire a private investigator to prove it's not him in the photo. then there's lieutenant governor justin fairfax who is facing an allegation of sexual assault during the democratic national convention in 2004. today his accuser, vanessa tyson, put out a lengthy statement saying she's a democrat and is sharing her story with tremendous anguish. she said she had gone to fairfax's hotel room to receive documents and that after consensual kissing, mr. fairfax forced me to perform oral sex on him. fairfax has repeatedly denied the allegation and responded today saying, reading dr. tyson's account is painful. i have never done anything like what she suggests. as a if northam steps down, fairfax
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would take over, then herring, next in line, republican speaker cox. in a twist worthy of the movies, that race ended in a tie. >> david yancey. >> reporter: and was decided when the name of the republican winner was pulled out of a ceramic bowl. >> reporter: democrats across the state are especially concerned that this could spoil their chances of retaking control the state legislature later this year. kirk cox issued a statement urging virginians to keep calm, alluding to the commonwealth's 400th anniversary this year. he said in part, we have weathered the storm of four centuries and will weather this one. president trump told a gathering in washington that the islamic state in syria will be 100% contained by next week. u.s.-led forces are closing the noose around the last stronghold and charlie d'agata is on the front lines. >> reporter: we weren't expecting a u.s.-led coalition
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air strike to land so close to us. >> another one. >> reporter: or what came next. >> behind the wall. behind the wall. >> reporter: that whirring noise feared to be the sound of an incoming isis mortar that flew right over our heads, sending everyone scrambling and taking cover. soldiers told us we had no choice but to run into the open single file to reach a safer place. u.s. forces and allies have now reduced isis territory to the point where everything has become close combat. even getting to the front line this morning meant a dash through the desert at breakneck speed, quickly covering ground where isis could mount sneak attacks. >> we've been taken to a rooftop position about as far as we can go where we can see about what's left of isis. >> reporter: we weren't there long before twin air strikes pounded positions right in front of us. in the distance, we witnessed the isis dream of a caliphate in its dying days.
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>> after all the fighting and lives lost, this is what it comes down to, a terror group that once held territory about the size of indiana has been reduced to that, an area of just a couple square miles. commander khaled baran told us the final fight against isis has slowed to a grind because the terror group is holding those civilians as human shields. it's a fight that's already been costly enough. as we pass through recently liberated villages, we saw people who had begun returning home only to find there's not much left of home at all. charlie d'agata, cbs news, fawqani, eastern syria. vice president mike pence defended president trump for shutting down the government over demand for money for his border wall. pence says another shutdown could be right around the corner. jeff glor spoke with the vice president. >> there was no mention last night of the government workers who missed paychecks during the
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shutdown. why not acknowledge their sacrifices? >> i think the president wanted to say in a very real sense we have great challenges as a country, but we can come together to solve those challenges, but it will take a renewed spirit of unity to accomplish that. focussing not so much on the past, not so much on the divisions of the past but focussing on the opportunities we have to work together in the future. >> but some of those workers really suffered. why not take a moment to thank them and acknowledge what did happen, 35 days? >> well, as the government shutdown came to an end, the president did just that. you know, i've spent some time just over the last few days with members of the coast guard who went without pay for a period of time, and we appreciate all those federal workers and their families that made sacrifices through that. >> do you think the shutdown was a mistake? >> i never think it's a mistake -- >> why? >> -- to stand up for what you believe in. i think what the american people admire most about this president
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is he says what he means and he means what he says. in a very real sense. he said there's a crisis at our southern border. he said he was determined to get the funding, to build a wall and secure our border, and he was willing to take a stand to accomplish that. >> can you guarantee there will not be another government shutdown? >> well, i think our hope is that there's not, but i can't make that guarantee, jeff. >> one line that made news last night in the state of the union was when the president said, quote, if there's going to be peace in legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. isn't oversight part of the legislature's job? i mean, you served in the house for more than a decade. >> i did. i did. well, look, a congressional oversight is part of the checks and balances of our system, but -- >> but isn't he saying that can't happen, though? >> well, what the president referred to last night was partisan investigations. and you know, you've spoken about the president, you know his feelings about investigations on capitol hill.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." in his state of the union address, president trump said he plans to lower the price of prescription drugs. tony dokoupil reports on the difficulties doing that and the great distance one family is forced to travel for medicine. >> americans spend more on prescription drugs than people pay in any other developed nation, an average of some $1,200 a year. for some the cost is so high they're forced to take extraordinary measures. how extraordinary? we talked to one father who in order to save tens of thousands
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of dollars on his son's medication travels to canada four times a year. >> so right now i'm paying $15,000 for this medicine which costs the united states $53,000 a year. which i feel is at best criminal. >> reporter: jon yeagley says his 21-year-old son has a condition where he started losing his hair around the seventh grade. only one treatment worked but insurance wasn't covered by yeagley's health insurance, so every six months he drives 6 1/2 hours to canada to buy the medicine. >> there's no reason why an american should pay three times what somebody in canada or europe or mexico has to pay. >> reporter: that sentiment was echoed by president trump, who promised to slash the cost of prescription drugs. >> i am asking congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for american patients. finally. >> reporter: last week the administration proposed a rule
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to lower prescription drug prices by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients instead of giving those rebates to middle men known as pharmacy benefit managers or pbms. it says this historic action moves towards a new system that puts american patients first while bringing new transparency to prescription drug markets. but the pbms oppose the administration's plan, saying it will undercut their ability to bargain with drug makers for lower priced. acquired last year by cigna is one of the nation's largest pbms. >> we get accused of being the middle men, but the reality is the most sophisticated employers and health plans employ us to drive care at a better cost. in the absence of pbms, patients and planned sponsors would be spending literally billions and billions more on an annual basis. >> reporter: the proposal by the
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administration would have to be passed by congress. but even if it passes, consumer advocates recommend you shop around for prescription drugs, the way you would for any product. >> prices vary a lot. the same medication could be $8 at one pharmacy and $358 down the street. you just don't know until you ask. >> reporter: for jon yeagley, reform can't come soon enough and to my son, the medicine is priceless. it's given him an entirely new
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the biggest night in music is just around the corner. the grammy awards take place this sunday and you can watch it right here on cbs. one artist getting a lot of attention goes by the name h.e.r. gayle king got a chance to sit down with her for a chat ♪ and it don't change if i had it my way ♪ ♪ you will know that you are ♪ you're the coffee that i need in the morning ♪ >> reporter: she simply goes by the name h.e.r. at 21 years old, this r & b singer-songwriter is up for five grammy awards, including best new artist and album of the year. >> i don't really have the words for it. i definitely feel like, wow, i'm exactly where i'm supposed to be. >> i read that you actually practiced and dream of accepting
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a grammy, true? >> yes. on nights i couldn't sleep as a kid, i would close my eyes and imagine my acceptance speech, like me up there and, you know, i would see alicia keys, you know, in the audience and diddy. >> she's hosting this year. >> right. which is crazy. >> i won't ask us to tell you what you said, because i think you're going to get a chance to deliver it to us. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: h.e.r. don't only sing, she plays the guitar, drums, bass and piano. ♪ can you focus on me >> reporter: born gabriella wilson, she was a child prodigy. ♪ listen to my bass playing >> reporter: who had performed on national tv when she was 10. ♪ >> i was looking at old videos
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of you as a little girl and you were so poised and your voice was so strong. ♪ >> when i play the piano, i feel like i'm just at home, you know? >> right. >> it's kind of like my couch. >> what was that little girl like?li >> i was just having a good time. i just loved music so much. i was going to regular school. i would fly to new york, play an alicia keys song, the next day i'd be on the playground having a good time like a normal kid. >> when did you realize this thing you do that you were really good at it, in terms of your voice? >> i don't know that i ever realized it. i think the people around me did before i did. i just did it because i loved it. >> you didn't think you had a good voice? >> i guess i had a little cockiness about me as a kid like, yeah, i can do this, you know? >> reporter: since her days as a child star, h.e.r. has taken on a new persona.
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it's why she never performs without her signature glasses. she says she wants to keep the emphasis on the music and for some things to remain a mystery. ♪ i never saw it coming ♪ you want to take me away >> i just remember saying i'm never going to be this girl that falls for the wrong guy. i'm never going to do this and do that. i'm going to be smart about it, i'm going to be perfect. >> how did that go? >> people make mistakes. it didn't go very well. i actually experienced those mistakes. i experienced, you know, my first heartbreak. i've always kind of internalized everything, but music was my way of expression, and i said i'll never be that girl. i became h.e.r. ♪ is it really even my fault ♪ i don't think that it's supposed to be hard ♪ >> so h.e.r. stands for what? >> having everything revealed. >> and what are you revealing? >> everything. >> everything? i can't even see your face. you're not revealing everything. >> right. i guess everything below the
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surface because that's who i am. it's not what you see. it's all about my message. ♪ had about all i can take >> how are you handling the fame? >> i've been doing shows. i've been receiving tweets and fan letters and things like that of people saying that i've changed their lives, of people saying that i've saved them, i got them through heartbreak. janet jackson told me i got her through her pregnancy. >> wow. >> now i feel like my purpose is so much greater than it was a few years ago. i didn't think anybody was going to relate to my story. >> so is it kind of a dream come true right now? >> i'm living my dream like every single day. i was just talking about how two years ago i made a vision board and made all these goals. a grammy nomination was on there. now i have five. it's like, wow, the power of really seeing what your life can be and making that vision come to life is just, it's crazy. >> one grammy that's already been announced goes to the music
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educator of the year, and the winner is jeffy redding. he conducts the women's choir at west orange high school in winter garden, florida. >> reporter: jeffrey redding couldn't always count on lots of stuff, but he could count on two things, his music and the love of his mother. he lived in a single-parent home and his mother, a school cafeteria worker had little money but in plenty of support. she taught redding that circumstances don't make the person. now he's taken that message and paid it forward. ♪ >> reporter: the power of this chorus. ♪ the world is here with familiar voices ♪ >> reporter: is in more than the voices of its singers. it comes from chorus director jeffrey redding's philosophy. >> what are some of the things that inspire you that he teaches? >> dr. redding, he's very adamant about passion and purpose and making sure that
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everyone is accepted. ♪ >>ary there lessons in what you do to unify different people that spill over way beyond music? >> oh, absolutely. the first thing is whenhi a student walks into your room, they're people. you treat them as equals. the first thing you may see is someone's color, someone's weight, someone's this, that and the other, but when they sing, you see their spirit. >> reporter: spirit like the one in senior darby lesston who first met redding as a freshman. >> whenever i want to hold back, i can hear his voice in my head kind of like, yo, you got to show them who you are and what you're about, so don't hold back. be like, okay, if i'm going to cry, i'm going to cry. if i'm not going to cry, i'm not going to cry. if i'm going to be emotional about this, i better be emotional about it the way that i want to be and be unapologetic about how i feel. >> bravo. >> reporter: growing up, all
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redding wanted to do was sing. >> take it. >> reporter: but when he got his chance to conduct as a graduate student, he found a new calling and a way to give back. what . >> what we see when we watch you interact with your students -- >> think about your relationships. >> is a man who built a family. >> i got that from my mom. raising four boys by herself, she taught us regardless of what goes on on the outside, you can be the very best version of yourself. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: he's now passing that on to his students. >> you really are creating a continuation of a tradition of selflessness in a way. >> i am nothing without them. i can't make chairs sing. ♪ ♪ >> there you go. >> reporter: serving his students to honor his mother. >> all the rehearsals, all the choir trips. >> has there been a moment where you have felt like, yes, i've
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made my mother proud the way i've wanted to? >> no. >> you haven't gotten there yet? >> no. the best way i can make my mama proud is saying every sacrifice you made for your boys, thank you. i can -- i can't repay her. i can't. that's all i can do. and hopefully serve others how she served us. >> reporter: listen to the chorus. they'll tell you he's done just that. ♪ we are one >> i just want him to know that all the work he put into me -- my goodness. is not going to be lost. and i just want to be able to give him all of my love and support, like no matter what, and always be able to be there for him like he was for me. ♪ we are one >> he's given me my identity. that's what he's given me. that's the single greatest thing, he's given me my identity. >> i love those kids and it's a
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relationship. now we get to share with the world. ♪ we are one narrator: this february fall in love
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if you've seen the animated film "madagascar" you know that's the island off the coast of africa. it's filled with lemurs. turns out madagascar is the only place on the earth where lemurs live in the wild and their habitat is under assault. deborah pet to paid them a visit. >> reporter: we finally spotted one of the rarest animals in the world. a lemur, one of only 2,000 left. anthropologist pat wright from new york's stoney brook you've told us that lemurs share many of the same genes as humans. she's turned the national park into a science lab and has been
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studying lemurs for 30 years. >> it's kind of ironic that an animal that is on the verge of extinction could hold the key to so many life-threatening diseases. >> that's really true. it's like burning a library. >> reporter: there are over 100 different species, including the mouse lemur, our smallest cousin. >> the mouse lemurs, why do they hold such importance for us? >> because they get some of the same diseases that we get. >> reporter: alzheimer's is the top of wright's list. her team has imbedded computer chips in hundreds of lemurs so they can monitor the development of alzheimer's for an average of 20 years. she's built a genetic data bank from her research and her hope is it will lead to new drugs one day, but it is a race against time. lemurs cannot survive without forest and 95% of the lemurs' natural habitat outside this park is gone. researchers bait traps to lure the mouse lemurs inside.
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each one is weighed and measured. they're looking for early signs of disease or weight loss. once the tests are over, the lirims are released unharmed back into the wild. but now they are facing a new threat. madagascar has been hard hit by extreme changes in weather, strong cyclones, severe drought then torrential rain. this year wright told us the fruit trees that are the lemurs main fruit source did not flower. >> that's just never happened before. for the lemurs it's devastating because it means they can't get fat enough to actually produce offspring, and they probably won't starve, but they certainly are going to go hungry. >> reporter: wright is fearful the devastating changes to the island spell the end of her lemurs. >> madagascar itself is like the canary in the coal mine. this island is very vulnerable. so climate change makes a bigger impact here. >> that's the "overnight news"
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for this thursday. for some of you, the news continues and for others, you can check back with us for a little later for "the morning news" and, of course, "cbs this morning."" from the bro cast center in new york city. captioning funded by cbs captioning funded by cbs it's thursday, february 7th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." leadership turmoil in virginia. a new admission by another top state official. venezuela on the brink of collapse. much-needed aid is blocked as dissent grows from within the embattled leader's army. and powering flames shooting out of the


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