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welcome to al jazeera. here is a look at the top stories this hour. in washington president obama sat down with senate democrats to discuss the stalemate. they called the meeting "productive." they rejected a republican bill to temporarily raise the debt limit and fund the go. government. despite the shut down a dosedozen iconic parks will re-. but the states will have to foot the bill for running them. the decision comes after the log at lost revenue.
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cyclone phailin has reached the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane. there are reports of massive power out adgeages and thousande moved inland to ride out the storm. shelters are packed for the storms. those are the headlines. stay tuned "america tonight" is coming up next on al jazeera america. you can get the latest news on-line on
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good evening i'm i'm joie chen. welcome to "america tonight." it doesn't mean they'll vote against the individual law makers responsible for the strategy. you can tall them the teflon republicans redistricting helped one of them come to power. in north carolina's blue ridge mountains stunning views and a break from the hustle and bustle of the real world. and normally 1000 tourists pulling up the blue ridge parkway every day. grabbing a bite to eat.
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but the federal shutdown has disrupted all of that. >> >> what would the resort look like right now if the government were open. >> we would be full and there on would a line out the door and the hotel would be full and the gift shop would be full and the campground would be full and you wouldn't be able to find a space in the parking-lot. >> now the parking-lot is armed by park rangers. even though they have run the inn for 35 years they don't own the land or the buildings. >> the national park service does. and all national parks are closed till further notice. two hundred bikers were going to come here saturday. >> o' connell has had to layoff 90 seasonal employees. this was 20-year-old christina web's first season. she worked as a pantry chef and
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scrubbed her fair share of pots and pans rchlts a lot o. >> a lot of us have no homes or jobs. they have to realize how many people they are putting out. last week mark meadows took to the house floor. >> this government shutdown should not have anything to do with the inn. the parkway is open for business. >> but mid dos meadows who cameo washington is a key designer of the shutdown. last august he wrote a letter to john boehner. it states "we urge to you t youd obamacare." the letter which 80 lawmakers signed provided the blueprint for the shu shutdown. these guys come in and take a hay he were to the fuse-box and
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wonder were th why the lights a. these guys have no interest in dpov hgoverning they just want w the place up. >> a former republican congress congressman from ohio served 18 years ago in oavtion. office. office. he says a group of two dozen republicans have hijacked the u.s. house of representatives and putting all republicans at risk. >> these flame throwing tea party libertarian people are coming out breathing fire and saying defaulting is a good idea. >> mark meadows is a flame thrower. >> here is what he said in a 2012012 campaign stop. >> 2012 is the time we are going to send mr. obama home to kenya or wherever it is? when you have a guy like him who says e who gets in front of a
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camera and says the president need to go back to kenya or where every it is. is that productive for the republican party. >> we lose and look goofy. >> he olympic games th blames tg internal division on redistricting. it's the problem of drawing of congressional gis districts. a tool that is used by whoever is in power to gain seats. >> in 1990 the democrats had the pen in ohio. and in 2000 the rum republicansk the pen and we had an influx of republicans. and in 2010 this began packing these districts with bigger and bigger concentrations of party members. >> you don't have red and blue district you have bright red and bright blue districts. >> back in north carolina mark
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meadows h 11th district was the most competitive in the state. that is because it included ashville. sometimes called the san francisco of the south because of it's artsy politics. but the district became as red as the leaves around here in 20 he h2011. the g.o.p. seized the opportunity to split ashville between two congressal districts. making the h 11th the most republican in the state. in 2011 the congressional districts were redrawn. what happened in this neighborhood. >> you had a neighborhood that was remembere represented by one congressman and split on the street. >> this congressman was a democrat and was a north
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carolina senator. he says the line has one purpose to dilute the democratic vote. >> so on this street you have got these people represented by one person in congress. >> correct. >> who is that? >> that is representative mark meadows. >> and you have a different congressmen. >> this is patrick mchenry. and who represents that person? >> that is mark meadows again. >> yeah. >> would you call this jerry man dering? >> this is jerry mandering onste steroids. >> he says it's never been this extreme. >> when you look at what happened in this neighborhood, and then you see what has happened in washington. is there a correlation between the government shutdown, the gridlock in washington and this, this and this congressional district? >> very much so. you have people again that cannot come together as a community and ask one
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representative to represent them. you have them all divided up. you have a situation with small minorities of people that can take over a congressional district and run it for their particular purmings. purposes. >> this used to be a democratics district. yes the congressman represented it for three terms. >> if the district was not drawn up the way it were do you they he would be able to win. >> i don't think so, no. >> up in the mountains outside of ashville mark meadows has plenty of short a support at th. >> they are doing what is constitutionally allowed and they are doing it because of their convictions. i respect that. >> i am shock the to hear you say that. the effect it's having on your
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90 employees. do you think there should be a come pracompromise between the s and the president. >> i think they should allow the parks open and the inn is a private business. no government funding and sittings on the site of the blue ridge parkway and let me open that is what i think. >> with no end in sight sight te shutdown he continues to cancel business and vendors. >> i can tell you this i don't need anymore trout right now. >> firm in his believe congressmen meadows is not to blame nor is the president. >> he has 2000 pounds of trout septembeset aside. send the stinking fish to the white house. i would almost pay for them to do that. no not really. just a thought. >> just kidding. that was adam may.
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the inn has reopened their doors. a federal judge granted an injunction citing against the national park service. if there is one thing thatted a v advocates and owe bon opponentsf obamacare agree upon it advocates young people. you may find some of the images in her report disturbing. >> oh i see you chose to sign up for obamacare. >> yeah actually it's my first time here. >> well here we are then, change into a gown and the doctor will see you soon. >> just when you thought the battle over obamacare couldn't get any nastier. consider this. this video was posted on youtube and another featuring a young man getting a prostate exam. is is this necessary. >> we'll try to make it quick.
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>> these are not made by a fringe group. they are part of a campaign to flighfrieptfrighten young peoplo sign up for obamacare. obama needs joininge joining yoo sign up for healthcare. spend a couple of hours surfing the web and you will come up with an array of anti-obama videos. alongside of the scarier once there are music videos. ♪ so to recap young people your house get cut and your income goes down and your premiums up ♪ >> this provision literally forces american companies to sell things far cheaper than they would otherwise. the high cost of reis risky life sometimelifestyles is passed alo someone else. the group has ties to charles
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and david coke. the generation opportunity plans to sponsor parties and tail gates at university across the country. the white house has been making an effort of it's own to reach young people. including reminding them one easy way too get insurance. still the white house is concerned it's efforts may not be enough. it's enlisted the help of friends in hollywood to help sell obamacare to younger mernls americans. >> they have a history of making topical funny videos. a comedy website visited by 4 million people a month. earlier this year they ran a group of celebrities. including jennifer hudson. >> i think we were inspired to help out. all of us relate to being up and
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coming inspiring writers, directors and actors and you never get health insurance because you never have jobs. >> they decided they could best help by going with what they know, humor. the result this resent video featuring hudson in the parody of the th hit tv show "scandal." >> where are you? >> my past is coming back to haunt me. i had asthma as a kid and now my insurance company wants to drop me. something about pre-existing conditions. >> i personally hike a like a gd fight. other groups opposed to this are spending tons and tons of money. it's not just the federal government government that is spearinisspearing the effort ton young people away from
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obamacare. >> we try to use a lot of video. >> he is with the ad ad agency t put together the states marketing campaign. one of it's features is a group of animated characters. >> her name is venessa and she is a healthy non-smoking 22-year-old college student. if i am in that situation what is my deductible and co-insurance and co-pay. >> talk about how tough is it to go after this group. >> they are consuming a lot of media and there is plenty of opportunity to get in touch with them. they are a distracted audyengs. audyengs -- audience. they are tough to reach by doing it efficien efficiently is toug. >> in the next few months vanessa will be all over. from facebook to special lighted sites. they are working on the ground
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aggressively t to reach young people fac face-to-face. no event is too small. >> you have to connect. that is partly of the new healthcare law. we have a website. you can apply through the website or you can call this number. it's easy. >> it was the bourbon festival where we met katie. a 25-year-old social worker. >> i have heard of it but i don't know too much of it. >> she is the kind of young adult both sides in the obama debate are hoping to win over. >> right no now i don't have any insurance. we do have it offered through the company i work for but it's too expensive. >> it's scary. every time i get in the car i worry about getting in an accident. >> the young people are more
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informed and the older people are not enveloped. informed. >> the folks at connect believe they can help young people find low cost health coverage. but raising awareness is a challenge. katie didn't know about it until her mother said something. >> they are trying to get the word out that the affordable healthcare act is going into effect do you feel you have a handle on that act? >> no i know i am supposed to have insurance. >> before she left she said she was interested in signing up. a small victory for the pro obama crowd but one they are happy to have. and coming up here on the program, the back of the line. the wait time for a family's chance at the american dream.
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now to an ongoing debate. immigration 4.3 million people are waiting years for a family sponsored vises i visa. most are living here with no jobs, and no papers and no country. >> this old motor home is all that 33-year-old alberto has to call a home. he spends most of his time alone in his camper. alberto asks that we not use his last name for fear of deportation. he like 11 million other immigrants is in this country illegally. >> it's hard. because you know everybody we need opportunity. and we need to have a future.
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>> alberto like his sister before him snuck across the border from te tijuana. he was 12 years old and made the journey alone with no money in his pocket. only a phone number and a gomrem of a better life. >> did you tell your sister you were planning to cross the border and come into america? >> no. no. you know when i called it was because i was here already. >> you had no idea he was coming. >> when he show up there it was a surprise for me. i get upset at the time because i say why, why are you here? i didn't know what to do and i had to pay $250 to the coyote. >> did you think about sending him back home? >> no. no. i say okay you are going to stay here. >> still life in america has not turned out the way alberto
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driemedreamed of all of those ys ago. he doesn't have a home and he doesn't have paper and he doesn't have a job. and because of complications of diabetes he walks with the help of prosthetics afte after losinh legs. alma has become a american by marriage. he has pe petitioned for alberto but that has been years. >> it's been so long and we have been waiting and waiting and no answer. we feel it's our home here. our family is here. we wish we could have a better process. faster. >> it's a process that 4.3 million undocumented imgrants across the country find themselves in waitings for a green card or visa.
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some have been waiting for as long as 30 years. >> every year these backlogs get worse and worse. >> aas an immigration attorney e is trying to work thank you a -- work through a system that is broken. >> under today's system that is why they call it a broken immigration system. it's a defined category it should be allowed for u.s. citizens it's unworkable for certain countries on the backlog. >> thcountries like mexico where the wait list is 740,000 people long. and the list continues to grow by 4500 people a year. in part because of the sheer up number of people that want to come into the united states. the cap that is placed on the green card or visa that are being issued each year for mex key.
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mexico. >> if someone applies for a visa today you are looking at a 164 year wait. the coile coalition for humane immigration rights forces people to wait that tears families a part. >> we have families that have gone homeless. we have situations where boat bh parents are deported and the children are in fog a foss fost. the system is broken. the results are cruel. some people out there say they shouldn't be in this country in the first place. they should stay in their home country and if they don't come here legally thin they shouldn'e here. >> we have a system for certain countries the door is wide open. if you are from europe or england or scotland, you can
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come in most of the time bou wit a visa. >> if you are from latin american countries or asian countries or caribbean, those doors are shut. >> at an immigration reform rally in los angeles this past saturday people marched, chanted and demanded change. >> those rum republicans are hog the immigration reformed and the destiny of he is an 11 and a han people hostage. we are going to continue fighting until we have got it. what we need is a pollty that makes it easier for families to be together not harder. and if we have a policy that allows people to unite with their families this shoul theree no wait for anyone. >> immigration experts say the wait list is there by government design. >> we are still to this day processing people from the am am
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amnesty in 1986. we let in so many people but yet there is a waiting list. if i went to france and i married a french citizen should i connec expect to have my sistd my brother and my adult children to be legal in france. i wouldn't expect it. but for some reason it's an entitlement in the united states. >> and while immigration preform advocates are calling on the house to take action. bottom line, the reality is that not everyone that wants to come to america can. >> we all know you can't let everybody in. we let in over a million a year legally. and so it's not like we are not incredibly generous with the number of people coming into this country. for example, we are incredibly agaigenerous for family based v.
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you can bring in your sister or brother or adult child. but they are a lesser priority and so they are going to go to the back of the line. >> waiting at the back of the line is something that alberto and his sister alma no all too well. >> what has the wait been like for you? >> >> i can't say. it's hard, you know. alberto would it be easier for you to return home then? >> no. >> why not? >> i can't say anything all of my life is almost here. i have been here for so many years. and i don't know nobody over there. you know, a lot of people they already disappeared and they don'don't know me any mower. anymore. i have my family here.
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>> immigration attorney says unless the system is reformed there is little he can do for families like his client alberto and alma. >> for me it's frustrating dealing with a system that doesn't change. all i tell them is i hav you hao keep waiting. >> that is what alberto is doing parked on the side of the road going no where fast. coming up looking for sanctuary how american officals are handling the world's big over the humanitarian crisis. together unexpected voices closest to the story, invite hard-hitting debate and desenting views and always explore issues relevant to you. millions who need assistance now. we appreciate you spending time with us tonight. up next is the golden age of hollywood going golden but
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elsewhere. why l.a.'s mayor has declared a state of emergency for the entertainment industry there. next.
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a high honor for the u.n. team tasked with dismantling syria's arsenal of weapons. the organization was awarded the nobel peace price this week. price -- peace prize this week. it's people are still on the move. every 15 seconds there is a new syrian refugee saturating the
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neighboring countries. in the u.s. in columbus ohio they would like nothing more than to host his own family and he is asking the state department for help. >> this i'm an american citizen originally from syria. i would like to get my brothers and his family from syria to here. >> he makes the same call almost every day. >> i really appreciate your help. i am really need of your help. so please give me a call back. thank you very much. >> he is desperate to get his brother and two nephews and a niece out of syria and into the united states. the response? >> none. >> no response. >> no response whatsoever. and i call the department of state and i left at least three messages and nobody even bother to return the call or say "i'm sorry we can't help you at this time."
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>> he left syria in 1988 to study agriculture in the u.s. hihe works as a handyman. his garden is where he tries to escape the trouble back home. >> you have family members that have been killed. >> i have the latest one is my nephew was killed in may. >> what happened to him? >> he told his grandma i'm going for a walk for about an hour or so and never came back. >> he never came back. >> and after two days they called his father and told him and come and receive his body. and his body was open. >> your nephew was slaughtered. >> more than slaughtered. he was tortured. he was so, so badly abused. >> back in the 80s before leaving syria, he had his own
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experience with syrian security forces. he was jailed for three months and says he will never forget the horror in prison. >> we can hear especially during the night, the crying of woman and people. they were tortured. he would know they were tortured. you can't rea really -- you cant really describe the cry. you can't -- there is -- you never hear that kind of cry before. as far as al water knows his brother and children try to flee syria for will h lebanon at the beginning of september. >> everybody who is going to leave the house in the morning, they say goodbye to everybody and he knows he might not come back. >> every day could be your last day? >> every minute? every second actually. >> the sirians ar sir sir syrian
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mass numbers. i'm hearing from families. it's not about the son who fled how to i get my parents here or my grandparents or my siblings or cousins. >> nadine is a syrian-american immigration attorney. it is a her job to get families back together. >> sometimes in minutes they are sobbing on the phone to me telling me their story. >> i have seen muslims and sue sunnis and everyone is affected no matter what their religion or back ground is. >> for si syrians already here there are options. the obama administration has protected status for them. for syrians that are trapped in the middle east there is it little hope.
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>> for syrians that are abroad the options are limited. there is no tangible refugee process for them to come to the united states. they can apply as refugees and be placed in neighboring countries. they can request to come to the united states but that will rarely ever be granted. >> since the war began only 90 sir yan ee90syrians have been o the u.s. the war makes getting into the united states harder. >> the problem is that visitor visas require you to show that you are planning to come for a short stay. and when the country conditions are so bad, it's very hard to prove that and they are just stuck. >> southern california u.s. representative has an answer. well about six months ago i organized a letter to the secretary of the homeland security to grant humanitarian parole to 6000 sirian 6000 syrie
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trying to be reunited to their families in the united states. they are syrians that have fled they have bee approved petitions they are waiting for a visa. this is something tangible we can do to help with the refugee problem. here is an opportunity to help us do our part h? >> he has yi yept yep yet to hea response. >> the united states has a great record. >> more than 10,000 iraqi request war refugees and burr be and displaced families from somolia and the congo. the u.s. had contributed $1.3 billion for syrians.
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the sources that work on refugee issues and the united states department and united nations given the size and urgency of this crisis the united states is falling short when it comes to bringing refugees here. with 2.1 million refugees aen ad rising the u.n. is calling syria the largest humanitarian crisis. >> this is not a special u.s. responsibility it's a international responsible. >> larry bartlett is the director for refugee resettlement for the u.s. state department. >> for critics that say it's taking way too long what do you say? >> for resettlement? >> yes. >> resettlement is not the first solution. the first solution is emergency assist tanks. assistance -- assistance. >> other countries have stepped
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up and neighboring countries have taken the lion share and germany has committed to taking 5000 refugees on a temporary basis. >> the number we are throwing around is the u.s. could bring in 2000 right? >> the number is unhr have identified 2000 that will be distributed between 11 countries. in 2014 we expect to have a larger number. >> we are talking 2 million refugees. it sounds like a drop in the bucket. >> it's significant in terms it's a human tea humanitarian g. >> we have interviewed this guy who lives in columbus ohio and he has family right now trying to flee. and he feels he has called the state department and he has been passed thank yo through voice m. how is the state department helping these people? >> sure.
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what i would say to these people as they flee make contact with the u.n. they have identify themselves as refugees so they can be provided assistance. they need to be helped with shelter and food and medical care. and later on if there is a need they would be identified thank you thathroughthat process. >> i'm a u.s. citizen originating i from syria. i have a brother who is a physician. >> this time he finally get through. i have heard you are accepting 2000 refugees through a humanitarian visa? so how can we get that? there is no special treatment for people who have family here in the united states as americans? okay. thank you very much, lisa. bye, bye. >> does this call give you any
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optimism? >> not really. but at least i can, somebody answer this time. >> on the other end of the line lisa explained some of the steps the family can take once they arrive in will h lebanon, but ul then. >> very complicated we know that. we have to have a hope. that some day, sometime it will be safe there and we don't have to go through this. >> when we left him he head the back to his garden. he knows his tome tomatoes wille back next spring. but for his family he doesn't no when or if he will see them again. after break here a medical mystery out west. what lies in california's rich soil. and what is it doing to the community. community.
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take a new look at news. in california and in solve south western state a mostly incurable disease that is found no where else on everet eater es spreading 50. 50 -- fast. it's called valley fever and no one is sure why the cases have increased fou fourfold. the victims are looking for more research and a vaccine or cure. >> you have to be in the dirt, right. >> all of his life wine maker todd schaffer relied on the land and the fruits for his living. >> oh, yeah, that is good. that's good. >> but one day the california soil turned against him leaving him fighting for his life. >> i wake up in the morning every morning and i throw up.
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it's the worst. it's a good start to the day and then the headaches set set off. i stumble, i fall, i pass out. who wants that? there is no way. i don't trust myself anymore really. >> it started ten years ago. a few days after working in a dusty vineyard todd had nausea and extreme fatigue and blinding headaches. he collapsed and was rushed to hospital. the diagnosis, valley fever. >> what the heck is valley fever. >> you didn't know what valley fever was. >> i didn't have any idea. i figured some valley fever. there is a pill for it and i obviously will go about my merry way. boy was i wrong. it's an infection caused by a fungus it lives in the soil of
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california's central valley and parts of arizona and other southwestern states. it's common among far farmworkes exposed to flying dust. doctors in fresno see many cases of valley fever every year. >> the simila symptoms may rangm the severe case of the flu to severe pneumonia to the dissemination of the disease. and what i mean is it gets outside of the lung to other parts of the body and the most series it can cause meningitis and it can get into the bones and into the joints. >> can it be fatal? >> it can be fatal. we have deaths every year from this disease. >> according to the u.s. center for disease control the disease is spreading fast. >> over the last four years there has been a profound increase in the disease as reported to the c cd c dc.
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>> why is it spreading so fast? >> more spores and more people at risk and more people to get sick. >> because valley fever is localized and affects lower income farm and construction workers there is little money spent on research and little incentive for big drug companies to spend amalgamatio millions o. >> we have anti-fungal antibiotics and they are 60 to 70% effective. >> not the greatest. >> not the greatest. we have aways to go. here it's impossible to not be exposed to the fungus. most people get over it with mild symptoms.
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but about 40% wind up in the hospital. avenol, california is one of the towns worst hit by valley fever. the mcgee family was particularly unlucky. three of the four children have valley fever. including ten-year-old arianna. >> my fifth grade teacher mr. johnson now he has valley fever. about three of my friends have it. >> seventeen-year-old says the illness drastically affects her future. >> it got me angry, it really did. i had plans, i did. all of my friends are going off to san francisco or san diego or lsu or wherever they decided to go. and i feel like i got trapped here in the one place i did not want to be. >> the girl's father wants more efforts to be made on finding a vaccine and a cure. >> i hate to see them be knocked down by valley fever because,
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you know, i realize they have potential and they have been doing everything they can to realize their potential and then, this comes along and it's like taking two stem steps forwd and a mone a bunch of steps bac. >> valley fever nearly killed todd schaffer. his doctors gave up hope. >> he is not going to make it. he has too much in his head and central nervous system it doesn't look good. >> but he is still fighting. but these days his priorities are clear and simple. >> make it through the harvest and keep my family healthy and safe and hope to find a cure for this stuff. there is a lot of people suffering. >> suffering from a stealthy killer that lurk in ths in the .
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coming up here, the lobster bubble. how hefty harvests are threatening the livelihoods of maine lobstermen. across america. >> share your story on tv and online. that's all i have an real money. victoria azarenko
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maine lobstermen are still feeling the pinch caused by last years' record lobster catch. america tonight's adam may explains why too many lobster means less money. >> and why the high restaurant prices may be mat masking a indy in need of an overhaul. dawn is breaking on a crisp morning. while most of the country is sleeping steve train is leaving the shore. the sea has been the source of steve's livelihood for 25 years. >> you guys about ready? >> he is a lobsterman. one of 5000 lobstermen that is the back bone of maine's
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economy. my grandfather was a lobsterman. now steve seas wa's way of lifes jolted because the economy of maine is going in different directions. it's gotting to three quarters of an inch from the eyes to the back of the shell. >> the lobster harvest is at a record high. >> those are good ones? >> bubut prices and all time lo. >> it's like everything else. supply and demand. we have on over supply. >> we return ten times of what we keep. >> warmer waters and climate change have led to an explosion in the lobster catch. >> how many? do we have a count? >> so many that the prices plummeted falling from 6.
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>> to $3 a power outag pound to. >> what would happen economically some people will survive and some people will not. people will leave the industry and try something else. i don't knei don't know what wer jobs in some of these communities if we are not figure fishing if you are not making the money in that community are you spenting i spent spen spendt community. pat develops and promotes the fishing industry. in less than a year we have doubled the volume. >> that is a lot of lobster. 126 million-pound and in the u.s. a i loan. when you put that much volume out in the markets you have to be able to keep pace. and right now the pace of volume is winning over demand. >> to cover the expenses of running the boat steve needs to hall 30 300 lobsters.
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ten years ago he had to get half as many. >> that is before anyone on this boat gets paid a dime. that is if nothing breaks. that is just operating. we like to cover that and with any luck we like to do better than that every day. you take what you get. it's fishing. we would like to go out and not lose money in a day. i used to go out like to make money in a day. i changed my attitude. it's nice to go out and make money. >> if you are a fisherman and you face the cost of doing business and you have bait at and all time high and fuel prices at and all time high, mortgage payments and truck payments and kids going off to college and all of the expenses they have in life they are struggling down here. they are looking at ways to be more profitable but it's difficult when you look at the expenses with fisheries.
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>> maine is launching a two-and-a-half million dollar marketing campaign. and new processing facilities lake this may save the industry. >> it's amazing to see how fast everyone is working and the product you put out. >> you have been doing this a long time. you are in awe when you walk in and see this. they are tremendously skilled. >> luke is the founder of luke's lobsters. he grew up in maine before moving to new york city. >> i was looking for lobster and the average price was 30 bucks and they were screwing it up. >> he was inspired by the lobster shacks he grew up around. luke opened up his first restaurant with a simple sweet lobster roll. >> we have serv seven locationsd one in philadelphia and three in d.c. >> this facility alone has
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processed 45,000 pounds of lobster in a single day. all of the meat ends up at luke's lobsters. do you see a day where lobster becomes a bigger part of the american diet. are we on that path? >> we are getting better to process the lobster and find being new and unique ways to ship it to areas that it didn't exist before. i don't think it's going to be like a burger but is there an opportunity for it to be more popular on the west coast and internationally i think so. with the amount of lobster on the market right now we need people like that are selling that type of product. it's not the big cooked red center plate item. it's also something you can have for lunch. you can have a lobster roll or lobster stew or lobster pie or lobster mac and cheese. and it's a great ingredient in a lot of meals. >> all of the challenges are not
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stopping a new generation. >> i went to second grade here. justin is a resent physics zbratgraduate but now a full tie lobsterman. how does a guy with a physics degree end up with this is what he decided to do. what do your parents say about that? that? >> i'm not sure what they say about that. you look out here and this is your office. better than a cubicle. it's always a challenge. never doing the same thing over again. you can go out and make $2,000 or lose $300. it's exciting. >> you are a physics guy. >> you know math. these are tough times for the lobster men now? >> the 5 55-gallon crime drum . and now it's 190. and fuel was 1.50 and now it's
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3.85 and lobster was i two two a quarter three weeks ago. >> what does that math tell you? >> it if you ca fluctuates a lo. you need a lot of lobster to make money. >> does it interest you that a guy that has a four-year degree in physics wants to become a lobsterman? >> i think a lot of us were there whether it's 1* 1* 16 or . >> you were all there a at one point. >> people say why do you want to do that? why do you want to put up with that ?mplet? that? >> it's away of life. you really get hooked on it. there are bad days and good days. everyone of those good days you will put up with bad days to get another one. i have been doing this for 25 plus years full time. and i still take the camera out
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and take a picture of the sunrise. >> twenty-five years at sea and each day ends the same. steve and his crew take stock of the day's catch and they head he for the best. their goal was 300 to break even. >> not a lot. >> not a lot. >> how did it go? erchlts wwe have had a lot betts than this. if we make money it's a good day. >> it's a good day. >> that was adam may reporting. >> that is it for us on "america tonight." if you would like to comment on the stories you have seen tonight log on to our website al jazeera america tonight. and you can meet the team and join the conversation with us on twitter or the facebook page. good night.
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