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laura podesta here in new york. thanks, laura. historic flooding continues to cripple parts of the midwest this morning, and more rain is expected in the coming days. vice president mike pence visited nebraska yesterday and promised federal aid. flood watches and warnings are in effect for more than a dozen states. rivers are rising in kansas, missouri, and parts of southern nebraska, making the situation even more dire. kennith craig reports. >> reporter: mandatory evacuations and states of emergency remain the order of the day in the flood-ravaged midwest and plains. this disaster has been fueled by days of intense rain that were
followed by a pre-spring snow melt. in some areas the water has started to recede, but communities along the missouri and mississippi rivers know more is on the way. >> as we prepare ourselves for the spring thaw and the rains that are going to come, we need to just recognize that, you know, we're just getting started. >> reporter: on tuesday, vice president mike pence travelered to nebraska to get a firsthand look at the devastation. >> the american people are going to stand with people across nebraska, across iowa, across all of the eight states that have been impacted by this severe weather and this flooding. >> reporter: in nebraska alone, it's estimated that farmers will lose nearly a billion dollars worth of crops and livestock. many don't carry flood insurance. those who do say it won't cover all their losses. >> i don't know, maybe haven't sank in yet. but if you know most people around here, you're going to pick up, you're going to start all over, and -- and go from
there. >> reporter: some of the damage can't be assessed until the water has fully receded. in some areas, that's likely to take weeks or even months. kenneth craig, cbs news, new york. president trump is traveling to ohio today where he will visit a tank plant and hold a fundraiser for his re-election campaign. the trip comes as questions surround the president's tweets over the weekend criticizing the late senator john mccain. the president continued his attacks yesterday. >> very unhappy that he didn't repeal and replace obamacare, as you know. i was never a fan of john mccain, and i never will be. >> republican senator mitt romney came to mccain's defense. he tweet, "i can't understand why the president would once again disparage a man as exemplary as my friend, john mccain." court records reveal the investigation of president trump's former lawyer, michael cohen, began much earlier than first thought. cbs news was among the
organizations that sued to get the documents released. and repaula reid has details. >> reporter: the court documents reveal special counsel robert mueller zeroed in on president trump's former attorney, michael cohen, almost immediately after launching his russia investigation. in july, 2017, mueller went after years of cohen's emails and began looking at payments he received from a russian oligarch. nine months later, fbi agents raided cohen's homes and office in new york city. president trump has tried to distance himself from cohen who served as his fixer for a decade. >> he was convicted with a fairly long-term sentence on things totally unrelated to the trump administration. >> reporter: the documents show that during that april, 2018, raid, investigators seized evidence related to hush-money payments cohen facilitated to women who claimed they had affairs with the president. the papers mention an illegal campaign contribution to
then-presidential candidate donald trump. but much of the detail is blacked out. for the hush-money payments, cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. he begins a three-year prison sentence in may for that and other crimes. last month, cohen testified that he is still cooperating with investigators. >> is there any other wrongdoing or illegal act that you are aware of regarding donald trump that we haven't yet discussed today? >> yes, and again, those are part of the investigation that's currently being looked at by the southern district of new york. >> reporter: paula reid, cbs news, washington. president trump is planning to unemployment former dealt airlines executive steve dixon to be the administrator -- administrator of the faa. the agency is under scrutiny for its approval of boeing 737 max jets. they've been involved in two deadly crashes since october. authorities are demanding boeing and the faa hold on to all
documents related to the aircraft. boeing says it will cooperate. new details into the investigation into the new zealand mosque shootings that killed 50 people. police officers apparently stopped the gunman while he was on his way to another attack. police say they believe they know where the gunman was going, but they won't say any more about it. in a manifesto released before the attack, the accused shooter, brenton tarrant, said he was going to attack mosques in three towns including christchurch, new zealand. the first two syria and found little time to celebrate. clashes are still ongoing in several pockets, though. yesterday hundreds of militants surrendered. suspects involved in a january bombing that killed four americans in northern syria were among militants that were captured.
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next at 4:30 am, the rain returned and is soaking much of the bay area this morning. we pinpoint the hardest hit areas and when the storm will move out. a mysterious blast sent a bay area trash collector flying. this morning, the bomb squad is investigating. no charges for giants ceo larry baird after public altercations with his wife. join us starting at 4:30 am. here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. ♪
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our top story this morning -- a massive fire at a chemical plant near houston is now out. investigators say a leak in one of the plant's tanks is believed to be the cause. residents are concerned about air quality, though. officials say the levels are fine. and historic flooding continues to cripple parts of the midwest this morning. flood watches and warnings are in effect for more than a dozen states. forecasters say more rain is expected in the coming days. yesterday vice president mike pence visited nebraska. hoe promised expedited federal aid. anti-discrimination groups say the number of white supremacists in the u.s. has grown in recent years as well as
in 2017 were committed by right-wing extremists. 26% were committed by islamic extremists. but isis inspired attacks like those in san bernardino and orlando seem to make islam ii i extremism a priority. did you hear from local law enforcement about the support that they were getting from the feds? >> they would say, hey, it's great that we know about isis and al qaeda, but my frontline officers are seeing sovereign citizens and neo-nazis. >> reporter: homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen spoke yesterday -- >> the primary threat in the united states continues to be from islamic militants and those they inspire, but we should not and cannot and must not ignore the real and serious danger posed by domestic terrorists.
>> reporter: a.m. stout says it's a start. >> if we take our eye off the ball it's going to be a cyclical event. we can't afford to make that mistake again. >> reporter: jeff pegues, cbs news, washington. coming up on "cbs this morning," we talk with andrew wheeler in his first network interview since becoming confirmed as the epa administrator. and redit co-founder alexis ohanian shares a note to self about a loss at a young age and starting his life with wife serena williams. that's the the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday morning. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day.
the rain is going on right now. it is wednesday, march 20. i am michelle griego. >> i am kenny choi. it is just about 4:30 am. mary, just like you predicted, i was hoping your forecast would be wrong. >> welcome back, michelle, from vacation. if you missed the rain, you've got it now. you are looking at a wet start to the day. we are watching the weather system move through. you can see moderate to heavy rainfall all across the bay area. it is a rainy start to the day. it has been a while but right when we have our morning commute, unfortunately, that is not the best timing. on high def doppler, the orange and red colors are indicating moderate to heavy rainfall pushing across the north bay,