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she's positioned well to run in this race. i was just in iowa last week. there's still some conservatives talking about her. there's this new movie coming out next month debuting about sarah palin. you can sort of see the ground working laid for potential presidential run. it's way too early. no word yet from the ex-governor. >> fun to speculate. jim acosta, many thanks. i'll throw it over to suzanne malveaux. i'll join you in a bit to talk about whether a college education is worth it. >> i hope so. >> me too. >> we spent a lot of money on education. >> live from studio 7 i'm suzanne malveaux. i want to get you up to speed. we have just received this exclusive video minutes after the deadly tornado ripped through joplin, missouri. just look. >> oh, my gosh.
oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. >> went right through here. i don't know where we are. >> i don't know. >> we got to keep going this way. don't step in any of this. >> it's a firsthand account of not only the damage and devastation but also the panic search for loved ones. what you're seeing here is a man and his fiancee trying to reach the man's sister. >> we'll keep asking. let's go to this house. it's gone. >> they were unable to drive because the streets were blocked with debris. >> sarah, mike! sarah, mike! >> sarah, mike! mike, sarah!
>> i'll check the basement. >> sarah, mike! >> mike, sarah! >> you guys down here? >> mike? >> sis. >> the sister was in the house during the tornado and rode out the storm in the basement. she wasn't hurt but had gone to other family member's home. the man who shot this amazing video and his sister will join us live in about half hour. stay with us to hear more about their remarkable story. four days after the tornado frustration and anger over the missing. that's at a boiling point in joplin, missouri. city leaders are about to release a definitive list of job lynn residents who are considered missing. all week they put that number at roughly 1500. we expect that number will change at the news conference today. search crews have rescued just a few survivors since the tornado struck on sunday in joplin and
no survivors were found on wednesday adding to the sense of frustration. >> what we found left of my grandmother was a mattress. we went to the hospital, showed pictures, made copies of pictures. been on the world news. we went every place possible that you could imagine to find a loved one. >> she has counselled teenage girls, pregnant girls, runaway girls and taught sunday school. it kills me that someone that good -- i know there's millions of other families but somebody that good something bad would happen to them. >> this is a picture hard to turn away from. a big rig getting blasted by a tornado in oklahoma. now we're hearing from the man who actually survived this wild ride. he was driving on interstate 40
when a tornado shredded his truck. >> when it's your time to go there's nothing you can do. i felt the truck go over. my words were here we go. >> u.s. supreme court today upheld an arizona law that peoplizes countries that hire illegal immigrants. it was a 5-3 vote. justice rejected arguments that states have no say over immigration. this ruling could foreshadow the court's handling for a more controversial part of the law, that is giving local police a greater role in arresting suspected illegal immigrants. 16 years on the run, serbian police have war crime suspect ratko mladic in custody today. he commanded the serbian army
during the bosnian civil war in the early 990s. he ordered the massacre of 8,000 muslim men and boys in 1995. the u.s. tells federal government workers in yemen to send their families home. battles between yemeni troops and tribal fighters have raged for four days. 51 people were killed overnight. yemen's president had promised to sign a deal to give up power but then he back tracked. the uprising in north africa will be a primary target. leaders are arriving at a resort in normandy today for their annual economic meeting and president obama met his ruetion and french counterparts on the streets. all three started to work the crowds. here's your chance to talk back on one of the stories that caught our attention. today's question is a college
education thwart money? carol? we know the national center for education statistics says it costs more than $20,000 for students to attend a four year public college? >> oh, yeah that's just for a public institution. the cost of a college education is outrageous at least in some people's minds. but now that theive your child's college graduation is over you may be looking at a huge black hole in your bank account as your graduate sits home or looks for a job. maybe you're suffering from buyer's remorse. peter thiel found pay pal thinks you don't need college to success seed. he's telling kids to dropout at least for a couple of years. he's offering $100,000 fellowships to worthy kids who agree to leave college to start their own tech company. he says college is overvalued. >> people can get loans to bror
but you have to pay them off. we had this housing bubble where everybody said you have to have a house. housing would always be good. >> now we're saying that about college. >> yes. us are. before you discount his idea. consider this. do we as a country push college on our kids even if they are not interested. there are other kinds of jobs out there good jobs that don't require a good job as in skilled labor but how many of you are willing to encourage your kid to become a welder. not many. a manufacturing institute survey showed 30% of american parents said they encourage their kids to learn a trade. so today's talk back is a college education really worth it? facebook.com/carolcnn. here's a look at the rundown some of the stories we'll cover. japan's earthquake and tsunami now making waves here in the united states.
why car shoppers could soon see higher prices. also the deadliest tornado season in decades, why so many have touched down here in the united states. and unfit to stand trial. what's behind the ruling in the arizona mass shooting case. medicare politics a look at the latest effort to overhaul the federal health insurance program up next.
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economic growth for the quarter. growth still weak. we're following that story the first three months the year. also taking a look at the dow jones the stock down by 64 points or so keeping a close eye on that. we're also following the earthquake and tsunami in japan crippling the car production in many parts of the country. now dealers here in the united states are scrambling to cope with a new car shortage that some are calling unprecedented. our alison kosik is reporting it could mean higher prices. >> reporter: two car dealerships, one problem. >> i've never experienced this before. >> reporter: the devastating earthquake struck japan more than two months ago but some of the effects are now just hitting american soil. automakers aren't operating at full speed and that means we could see a car shortage this summer. >> we're probably going to get about, in round numbers, 70 cars a month. we'll be about 30% down off of
the normal numbers that we normally get. it's not great. >> in a typical month you coulder and between 140 to 200 vehicles per month. right. now we're in a situation where we are seeing we're earning anywhere between 40 vehicles a month. that's a drastic reduction. >> reporter: the auto industry has been through tough times before. but what makes this situation so unique is dealers don't know when things will get back to normal. >> there's still a little bit of uncertainty as far as exactly when we're going to get cars, what we'll get, what the numbers maybe. there's not a good forecast. normally you could forecast. >> reporter: why is at it problem businesswise not to be able to forecast? >> you have to know whether or not you can pay your bills. >> reporter: ultimately paying the bills is the issue. >> we have a huge responsibility. we're responsible for people and, you know, we're also responsible for making sure people's needs are met.
so, yeah, let's put it this way. i don't sleep very well. >> reporter: unfortunately, there's not much these business owners can do. they don't make the cars and can't change what's available so they are literally watching business walk out the door. >> a woman walked in. want ad specific model. unfortunately -- it's fine when people want what they want. i didn't have it. >> this is a supply and demand business with fewer cars available prices are rising. edmonds.com says overall car prices are up $350 since the earthquake. so if you want options and lower prices -- >> you really need to come out and start looking now. >> if you're thinking about buying a vehicle this calendar year now is the time because as we've all experienced we don't -- we can't predict what may or may not happen. >> can't predict. alison you spoke to toyota and subaru dealers.
what about other automakers? >> reporter: other automakers are seeing price increases as well. take a look. they are across the board. honda seeing its cars go up about $1,000. lexus, acura, infinity, those prices are going higher too. it's not just toyota or subaru. christ rear expects to produce 100,000 fewer cars. honda coming out and saying there will be fewer civics. civics is very popular. there may be fewer on the lot as well. also honda crv, 2012, the launch of that new one will be delayed because of production troubles. gm and ford say they have not been affected as far as from the earthquake in japan. >> okay. alison, thank you. this has been the deadliest year for tornadoes since the 1950s. but why? we'll explain the factors that came together to make this such
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it's a trailer house. >> very large tornado. >> we had a power flash. hopefully -- >> oh, my gosh. >> thoe will get out of there and safe. >> the motion is tremendous. david are you still with us? >> another killer tornado. it was corrosioning highway 1. it intensified right on top of us. >> a violent tornado. it's carving out a v-shaped debris cloud and we'll let this roll. this was live for a good 20, 25 minutes. that's the water tower. we showed that to you a short while ago. watch this. folks were watching and in safe spot. a lot of folks got out of town. they were in a safe spot. homes were obliterated. >> right there. you got it. >> we got a funnel.
>> right on the ground. >> tornadoes have killed more than 500 people this year. it makes it the deadliest tornado season since 1953. so we're asking why? why so many storms? our meteorologist rob marciano is soing joining us with some oe answers. >> it's startling and the less we know the scarier it becomes isn't that the case? more reports last night, over 81 reports of tornadoes across the area. but the good news is we had zero fatalities. so maybe mother nature becoming a little bit more merciful. thunderstorm watch out for more tornadoes across parts of the eastern appalachians. the set up across the u.s. is different from any other place
in the world where you have cold canadian air that comes down from canada and this time of year in may and april, we have worm humid air from the south and then also dry air coming in from mexico. this year is different. earlier on we had this la nina. it starts to kink up the jet stream more than usual and that gives it more energy, allows more cold air to drop down and that allows a battleground to light up more. tornadoes and then fairly quiet couple of weeks in may. just what we had this past week is this classic set up. we haven't had as often but we had it this past week. that allowed for not only thunderstorms but super cell thunderstorms that produced the ef-3, ef-4, ef-5 tornadoes and when they hit populated areas
that's when we get fatalities. populated areas are just little dots on the map like any other city. so really it's just a matter of bad luck in some cases. we had tuscaloosa, joplin. both very populated areas getting hit by ef-3, ef-4 tornadoes. they are so rare but they happen in rural areas. only one tenth of all 1% of tornadoes that touch down were ef-5. one in joplin that rolled through the center of a highly populated area. that's why we've seen so many deaths. not necessary global warming. climate change helps increase the heat. but for tornadoes to develop you need winds at different directions from different levels of the atmosphere and that doesn't necessarily come from climate change. that part of the equation we don't know. >> will there be more major tornadoes? are we done with this or more to
come. >> we don't have a high risk today. slight risk. tomorrow slight risk. that's what we typically see this time of year. may and then june two highest months for seeing tornadoes. we won't be out of this for some time to come. >> we're continuing to get remarkable stories from joplin tornado survivors. take a look at this exclusive video. >> we'll keep asking. look at this house. it's gone. >> this is a man and his fiancee frantically running through the debris to check on his sister and he'll join us next. >> sarah, mike! sarah, mike! >> sarah, mike! mike! that is oil sands. this resource has the ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. at our kearl project in canada, we'll be able to produce these oil sands
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here's a quick rundown on some of the stories we're working on. the search for missing loved ones minutes after the tornado hit. then the man accused of opening firing on congresswoman gabrielle giffords and others is declared unfit to stand trial. we'll take a look at his dieing a no sis. and then the politics of overhauling medicare. going beyond the headlines for a compelling story of survival. >> sarah!
sarah, mike! >> this is moments after the tornado slammed joplin. and aaron cox and his fiancee were searching for his sister and her fiancee. they were found. they are alive and well. and aaron and sarah cox join us from joplin, missouri. thank you very much, first of all, for sharing this with us and for being here. aaron, can you tell us what was going on through your mind at that point, you picked up the cam remarks you were running to your sister's house. what possessed you to roll the tape? >> we didn't know how bad it was when we first left the house. i was staying with my parents it wasn't that bad. a few overturned trees. so i took the camera just to see what we could see. but the farther we got into the city the worse and worse it got. by time we had to leave the car
because of all the debris and get moving you realized it was really bad. i had the camera still running at the time. so we just kind of captured it all. >> sarah, i know that this is the first time that you've actually seen and heard this, this video, and it's clearly very emotional. it is obvious so much how much your brother loves you. >> yeah. yeah. i'm blessed to have family members and brothers that were searching for me and searching for my pets. i have friends coming back the night after, they knew we weren't there but looking for our cat. >> i understand your cat is okay. yeah? >> he is. yes. he's okay. he's right here. >> sarah, wipe away those tears. a lot of us had tears. what goes through your head or heart when you see that chilling video of your brother searching
for you? >> it just -- i guess i kept thinking what it would have been like for my brother had they not been able to find me. what it would have been like for them. i'm glad they found me because i don't want to do that to them. >> i'm so glad they did. where were you, sarah. can you tell us what happened? >> yeah. we were getting ready for dinner and just watching the end of a tv show, and we had the windows opened because it was supposed to a nice little storm coming through. we heard the sirens go off. we went in the basement. our cat hides. we get in the basement a lot for tornadoes. we count there and continued watching tv and it wasn't until we couldn't hear the tv any more that we realized that we were in the tornado in the basement. >> and so, aaron, when you were looking for sarah, she had already left the house, is that right? >> yeah. by the time we finally got in
there, it took us a while, you know, to finally get to the house. we didn't know where we were, everything was so destroyed. we had to go around to the back of the house because of the fire across the street. by the time we got in there and searched around they just left. we had heard that they had a triage unit at walgreen's down the street. we went through town trying to get cell coverage and find them. >> i want our view towers take another look and play another portion of your search what it was like to actually look for your sister in that house. >> sarah, mike! >> mike, sarah! >> i'll check the basement. >> sarah, mike! >> mike, sarah! >> you guys down here? >> mike?
>> sis. >> sarah! >> mike! >> they must have left. >> herbie. >> herbie. >> herbie must be with them. come on. they are not in the basement? >> no. i don't think so. >> that's okay. >> sarah, mike! >> you went down there. >> can't see anything. >> maybe they are out here. i went through the bedroom, through everything. aaron, sarah, how did you come together? how did you find out that you were okay, aaron when you found out that sarah was okay? >> well, we were just walking like i said down the street and
finally we bumped into an area of cell phone coverage and right at that time they finally made their way to our parents' house and her fiancee mike got a phone call through to us. they finally said hey we're safe we made to it mom and dad's house we're okay. we didn't get to talk very much beyond that and it cut it off. it was a very brief conversation but one that we were glad to get. >> obviously you're very close and sarah, i understand you have herbie there. how did you find him? >> well, we went back the next day to get what we could get out of the house and he just came out. he was at my feet. he was try. i think he had hidden under the bed. when the cabinet flew open he got in there and stayed with the pots and pans. >> all right. >> he's a little traumatized. >> i'm so glad you're all reunited airlines and you're all okay. i know, sarah, it was you and
your fiancee and i know, aaron you have a fiancee as well. i under that you're getting married in just a couple of days is that right, aaron? >> yeah. on saturday. so, you know, it seems to me odd to be downing that. the church and reception and friends and family have urged us to go along and do it so we are. >> where your holding this? is this in joplin or is there a church or a place where you can sngd. >> it's on the far north side of town so it was just outside the area, the first united methodist church where fema is set up right now. so, they are okay. that's the church we grew up in and they said, they wanted to go ahead and still have the wedding. >> okay. we wish the very best. sarah and aaron thank you so much and thanks again for sharing your story.
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judge in the jared loughner case. our ted rollins has the details. >> reporter: jared loughner was pulled from his chair and dragged out of the courtroom by u.s. marshals during a mental competency hearing wednesday in tucson. it happened following an outburst from loughner that sounded like he said thank you for the freak show. the federal judge ruled he was income period doesn't stand trial for the january 8th tucson shooting rampage. the judge agreed with two mental health evaluations that loughner doesn't understand what's going on. from here loughner will spend a few months in a mental health facility where prosecutors say they are confident he can be healthy enough to stand trial >> you're goal has always been and always will be to go to trial in this case. >> loughner pleaded not guilty to 49 charges the shooting rampage outside of safeway
supermarket wounded gabrielle giffords, and killed six people, a federal judge and a 9-year-old. several of the victims were in court some clearly upset with the ruling others said they agreed with the judge. >> you don't have to be a professional psychiatrist to know that the boy is disturbed. >> criminal defense attorney said there's a good chance loughner will eventually be able to stand trial but a jury may end up sending him to a mental hospital instead of prison. >> he's clearly got diminished mental capacity right now and i think there's a strong argument he had a deeply diminished mental capacity at the time of the crimes. >> we reached out for reaction from gabrielle giffords office. they said they never comment on jared loughner. loughner is expected to spend several months at a facility in springfield, missouri. he's expected back here in september. let's get a closer look.
it's paranoid schizophrenia. elizabeth, tell us what it means, first of all, for him to be mentally incompetent for this trial. >> what the judge is saying is he's not capable of comprehending the charges against him. he's not living in the real world. he doesn't get what's happening. so he can't participate in his own defense. he can't help his lawyers. as a matter of fact he think his lawyers are out to get him it sounds like. so when someone is that delusional, they can't participate in their own trial. >> what happens next? >> what happens next is he goes to the hospital as ted pointed out in his story and there they will treat him for paranoid schizophrenia. there are drugs they give people to help them get rid of those delusions and hallucination. if he gets out of those delusions and hallucinations and seems to be competent they will check him again and have this hearing all over again. >> what happens if the drugs don't work. >> if the drugs work he'll stand trial as a competent person. if the drugs don't work, this
could go on forever. we talked to psych trifts and psychologists about this. it could go on forever. if the drugs don't work and can't get him to at that level of competency he won't stand trial. >> thank you. democrats force a vote on a plan to overhaul medicare but was it more political theater than legislative action. details in our political update. later we'll meet the 13-year-old winner of the national geographic bee. he answered some tough questions to win it. how do you think you'll do. what's the largest city east of reno, nevada and west of chicago. so we made it easier for you. it's multiple choice. dallas, st. louis, los angeles or portland, oregon. the answer in just a minute.
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a senate reject as republican plan to overhaul medicare. the politics are in it. first i want to give you some facts about medicare. the primary health care program for seniors. people over 65 are eligible and it also covers people one 65 who are disabled. medicare covers about 44 million americans. so, more now on the senate vote on reforming medicare. lawmakers voted 57-40 against a republican budget measure that included the medicare overhaul. dana bash live from capitol hill. dana, great to see you. tell us about this vote. how important is this. was it mostly political theater. >> reporter: it's more than mostly political theater. democrats are open about the fact that they held this vote in the senate last night to try to put senate republicans on record just like house republicans were on this paul ryan's plan to change medicare for people 55 years and younger and make them
private coverage, private accounts instead. house republicans in particular are sticking by this plan but they are admitting, in fact republicans across the capital are admitting they have to explain this better they didn't do a very good job on messaging as we call it here in washington. so they are saying that certainly they believe democrats are demogouging this issue and had some success with it in this past tuesday. but they are turning the tables and asking where is the democrats plan. >> things got testy on the senate floor. >> reporter: it sure did. it did between republican rand paul and the senator majority leader the democratic leader harry reid. tissue is the patriot act. and there was a deal to extend
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downpour outside as long as he could before running for cover. take a listen. >> whoa! that's right there. shall we go in? >> down to denton, texas where i-reporter kelly frederickson shot this striking image of a tornado on tuesday night. the video was taken from a bedroom window after kelly realized the tornado was tracking north, that being away from his home. now on to denton. i-reporter todd cawstead says he heard sirens going off, then he started shooting and talking. >> get back up there. get that little tail up there between your legs where it belongs and you just avoid our neighborhood all together, thank you very much. >> talking to the tornado. did it work? todd tells us just as the tornado closed in on his home the tail went back up into the clouds and sailed right over the
house. studies now showing that students pay an average of more than $20,000 total to attend a four-year college and that brings us to the "talk back" question today and carol skos tell low has your responses. education. it was expensive when you and i were in college. now -- >> i know. but i just wonderfy could afford it now because if i to pay for it myself way back in the day. the question today, is a college education worth it? this from christa. i went to school to become a high schoolteacher. i graduated in 2007 and i am now a restaurant manager. my husband graduated with his plumbing apprenticeship program this week and makes double what i do. to date, all i have from four years of college is a to be of debt. i'm not saying it's not worth it but it sure hasn't paid off yet. >> of course it is worth it. but how many doctors, lawyers and wall street crooks account economy sustain? >> i can tell you college is not for everyone. i'm a college student. i've seen students who were
smart enough for college or forced into it. those students ended up quitting school or just wasting their time and money there. >> roberto -- is a degree is something you fight for or earn. after you attain it, no one can take akay your college degree or education. i just graduated from a local community college. it may not and bachelor's degree but it is something to say i'm liberating myself from ignorance. >> you go! you can't take an education away. >> education is always worth it. but at some point you got to determine just how much it's worth. >> it is a lot of money. >> if you're going to eye $20,000 or $30,000 or maybe even $100,000 in the end. >> well i applied for financial aid. i got a lot of help. >> i applied for a lot of financial aid and got a lot of help. >> well worth it, carol. well, his truck was literally ripped apart by a tornado. he lived to tell about it. hear his amazing survival story. .
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a tornado literally ripped his tractor-trailer apart and he lived to tell about it. jeremiah morrison suffered just a broken shoulder. he was hauling a load of freight to oklahoma city tuesday night when he spotted the tornado. he shared his amazing survival story on cnn's piers morgan tonight. >> as it came toward me, i saw it out in the distance so i pulled my truck over and i was getting ready to get in the
ditch just because that's what i've always been taught to do. kind of started to get out, looked up, looked like the tornado kind of disappeared, so i got back in the truck, tried to get my seat buck buckled, about that time i felt the driver's side of the truck come up off the ground, closed my eyes, put my arms over my face and bounced around in the cab a little bit. not real sure if i blacked out. i know that i was laying on the ground and i picked myself up, looked over and the truck was on its wheels and i ran around to see -- i guess kind of sort of assess the damage. >> i mean we're watching these pictures again. it is just absolutely extraordinary you survived this. as it was all going on and the tornado hit the truck, did you think that you were going to die? how were you feeling at that moment? >> honestly, sir, i'm -- i believe very, very strongly that if it's your time to go, it's your time to go and i there's
nothing you can do. i just pretty much held on as best i were. my words were "here we go." >> when you look at the video pictures of that tornado hitting your truck, can you quite believe what you're watching? >> actually, the first time that i saw it after they'd already taken me to the hospital. i was flipping through the channels bass everybody was saying it was on. that particular video i said that's not my truck. that's not my truck. it ain't my truck. then later they showed really good, clear picture -- that is my truck. so yes, i was amazed. top of the hour, i'm suzanne malveaux. want to get you up to speed. we've received exclusive video just minutes after a deadly tornado ripped through joplin, missouri. >> look at this. oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh.
oh, my gosh, erin. oh, my gosh. >> it went right through here. i don't know where we are. >> i don't know where -- >> we got to keep going this way. don't step in any of this. come on. >> i know, but it's like i need to help if someone's hurt. >> well we'll keep asking. look at this house. it's gone. >> you guys okay? >> yeah. >> oh, my gosh. >> oh, my gosh. >> what you're watching is a firsthand account of not only damage and devastation, but also
you can see and hear the panic search for loved ones. what you're seeing is a man and his fiance trying to reach the man's sister's home. >> we're going to need if someone's hurt. >> well we'll keep asking. look at this house. it's gone. >> now they weren't able to drive because these streets, as you are seeing, were blocked with debris. >> sara! mike! sara! mike! >> sara! mike! mike! sara! >> i'm going do check the basement. >> sara? mike? >> mike! sara! >> you guys down here? >> mike? >> sis! >> well, the sister was in the
house during the tornado and rode out that storm in the basement. now she was not hurt. she had gone to a family member's home and i talked with her just last hour about the ordeal. >> i guess i kept thinking what it would have been like for my brothers had they not been able to find me. and what it would have been like for them. i'm glad they found me because i didn't want to do that to them. >> the latest now on the effort to find people still unaccounted for in joplin. within just the past half-hour, authorities have now updated their figures. they now say that 232 people are unaccounted for. our cnn's brian todd is joining us from joplin. first of all, brian, explain to us about this number. because before authorities were saying it was something like 1,500. now it's been dramatically lowered. how did that happen? >> reporter: well, suzanne, it's been kind of a touch-and-go process as far as that particular number that was first
floated out, 1,500. that was floated out by a local official a couple of days ago and they really haven't done much to update that since then until just this morning. this is when, as you've said, they released a list of 232 people for whom an official missing persons report has been filed. that's the big difference. the 1,500 figure that was kind of floated out there -- which they have actually tried to dial back from since that was floated out there a couple of days ago. one of the officials clarified that. she said these were everything from someone saying that my uncle usually calls on sunday and didn't call yesterday, reports like that, kind of unofficial, loose reports from people who were concerned. that's how they kind of arrived at that figure. they were following up on all those leads. for this particular figure, 232, these are official missing persons reports that have been filed. but that still doesn't mean that that's the extent of the missing persons. i mean there are a lot of people still out there looking for
their loved ones. they may not have actually come in and filed an official report yet. now we did hear from don bloom, he is with the federal disaster mortuary operational response team. this is in reference to essentially why some people have not been allowed into this make shift morgue that they have in this area to possibly identify their loved ones among the dead bodies in that morgue. this is what he said about why families aren't necessarily allowed to gain access to that morgue right now. >> we have to be 100% accurate. so as much pressure is put on us to speed up the process, the process has to take its time. we have to be 100% accurate. >> reporter: now again to clarify, 232 people have had official missing persons reports filed for them. that does include some of the people that they know are deceased. 125 is that number.
there is evoverlap there. among those deceased are some people who are still listed among the missing so there is overlap there. hopefully these numbers will be broken down even further today. >> there are a couple points i just don't understand. i don't get this. hopefully people are challenging those authorities. first of all to just float a number like 1,500 out there and say, oops, that's not our official number, to me it seems it would cause quite a bit of alarm and concern when you have that high a number that people are not correcting and certainly not correcting publicly. it's been out there for 48 hours. did anybody challenge them on that? >> reporter: we've been challenging them on that since they floated out that number. again, that number was kind of put out by one official and a lot of people kind of clung to it, only because we weren't getting any updated numbers since that time. even yesterday when we pressed them on this they didn't give an updated number. all they told me yesterday at this news conference was we're paring down a number, 1,500.
i said what's the number? they wouldn't give me a number. now the official count is 232 missing persons. a lot of those 1,500 were very loose accounts, "i'm worried about my brother," but not an official report filed. so again the number could really be between 232 and 1,500. the actual number of people really missing. >> brian, just to clarify, also, that official -- what is the reason that they're not actually able to identify the relatives, the bodies of the relatives in that morgue? i mean what is holding up that process. didn't even understand his response. >> well, they want to do this by kind of forensic analysis. they have taken dna samples from family members. they've been doing that a lot over the past couple of days. they want to do it via dna, fingerprinting, establishment of certain marks on the body that are familiar that are known to the family members. they want to do it that way rather than having people come in and identify bodies. there was a report very early on
that one body was misidentified and taken to a funeral home and that's been kind of the theory as to why they're pulling back and not letting people have access to the morgue. they just feel that this is the best way to do it, this is the best way to get a completely accurate reading of who's deceased. we're pressing them repeatedly, if you might have been able to match some characteristics, let someone come into the morgue and see if that's their loved one. most of these people how talk to out on the street here are prepared for the worst news, they're prepared to get that news that their loved one is deceased. they want to go into the morgues. the officials just don't want to do it that way right now. they want to do it more scientifically, forensically and that's why they're doing it this way. >> brian, thank you for pressing them and holding them accountable and excellent reporting, really appreciate it. thanks, brian. >> oh, my god! back up!
oh, no. >> storm chasers capture shots of one of the tornadoes that ripped into oklahoma on tuesday. the national weather service now says at least seven tornadoes hit the state. ten people were killed. tornadoes struck across a wide area of the country on wednesday, at least two touched down in chico in northern california. dozens of people got hurt when tornadoes hit tennessee, north carolina and indiana. no deaths fortunately were reported. jared lee loughner charged with killing six people during a shooting rampage in tucson will not face trial any soon time. a federal judge has ruled that he is not mentally competent to stand trial. he's going to be treated for paranoid schizophrenia at a federal mental fa is sicility i missouri. a judge will evaluate his mental health in december. those involved in the shooting did not question the decision.
>> you don't have to be a professional psychiatrist to know the boy is disturbed. >> the tucson shooting wounded 13 people, including congresswoman gabrielle giffords. an attorney for john edwards is hinting that the former presidential candidate may take his chances at trial. rather than accept a plea deal. sources say that federal prosecutors want edwards to admit that he used campaign funds to cover up an extramarital affair. if not, they are prepared to indict him. but edwards' lawyer issued this statement saying john edwards has done wrong in his life and he knows it better than anyone but he did not break the law. the government's theory is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. there is no civil or criminal precedent for such a prosecution. nato says seven soldiers were killed in southern afghanistan today when a roadside bomb exploded. officials have not announced the nationalities of those killed but mention make up the bulk of the nato force. 16 years on the run.
serbian police have war crimes criminal in suspect today. he commanded the serbian army during the bosnian civil war in the early 1990s. prosecutors say he ordered the massacre of 8,000 muslim men and boys after the fall of a bosnian town in 1995. here's your chance to "talk back" on one of the stories that caught our attention. today's question is college educati education. is it worth it? stats now, $20,000 for a four-year public college. >> much, much more for a private institution. say you go to harvard or princeton? we won't even talk about that. but now that the joy of your child's college education -- or college graduation is over, you may be looking at a huge black hole in your bank account as your graduate sits at home or looks for a job. maybe you're suffering from buyer's remorse. well, listen to this.
theert peter thiel thinks you don't need college to succeed so he's actually telling kids to drop out, at least for a couple years. his foundation is offering $100,000 fellowships to worthy kids who agree to leave college to start their own tech company. thiel says college is overvalued. >> people can normally get the loans to borrow but then you have to pay them off the rest of your life. we just had this housing bubble where everyone said you had to have a house no matter what. housing was always good. it would always have value. >> now we're saying that about college. >> now before you discount his idea, consider this. do we as a country push college on our kids even if they're not interested? after all, there are other kinds of jobs out there, good jobs, that don't require a college degree, as in skilled labor. but how many of you are willing to encourage your kid to become a welder? a plumber? not many, i'll bet.
manufacturing institute research says parents don't encourage their kids. the question is -- is a college education worth it. facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll read some of your comments later this hour. >> you mentioned harvard. the good thing about that, it is total financial aid. total need-based so if you need the money you get the money. >> if you happen to be a member of the middle class -- >> then you're in trouble. financial aid, it is hard to get. >> takes a lot of time and know-how. >> thank you, carol. here's a look at what's ahead this hour. students are complaining about a school run by donald trump. now new york state attorney general is taking a look. dr. oz joins us live. we'll ask him about a new survey that suggests an alarming number of young people have high blood pressure. and of course we'll chat with oprah winfrey's final show. then the spring real estate season is here. we'll show you how to increase your home's curb appeal.
and, a place 45 minutes from downtown atlanta takes you millions of years away. we're going to tour and tell you about a science museum. finally, the natural geography bee winner will joins us. we'll put him through the test. you won't believe how hard these questions are. >> my favorite geography fact is that cape 2 is the only 1,000 meter mountain that's not been climbed in winter. it's coal here. it doesn't get this cold in texas. [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible.
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school is anything but. they want their money back. allan chernoff reports, new york's attorney general is now investigating. >> at trump university we keep success. that's what it's all about. success. it's going to happen to you. >> i didn't realize at that time -- >> reporter: it did not happen to carmen mendez, a former schoolteacher who sank $35,000 into the trump gold elite program at trump university. mendez put the expense on three credit cards, expecting trump's profit from real estate investing course would make her rich. >> i thought that i'm going to be a millionaire. because donald trump is a millionaire and they were offering the course for people to get rich. >> reporter: this is the closest mendez got to trump during the course, a picture of her with a picture of donald trump. the three-day course, she claims, was worth little an her personal mentor, she says, never
even met with her. >> not only me, a lot of people were cheated. because if you offer something and you don't deliver, you are stealing. that's the word. you are stealing from people. >> reporter: mendez complained to the better business bureau which last year gave trump university a d-minus, one step above an "f." other students have now complained which is now the new york attorney general is investigating the trump school for possible consumer fraud and defective business practices, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. last year, donald trump got into trouble with new york's education department which wrote him, "the use of the word university by your corporation is misleading and violates new york state education law. trump university is now "trump entrepreneur initiative." in a statement, the trump initiative told cnn, of the hundreds of students who took our classes in new york, 95% of
them evaluated the courses as excellent and our national average is even higher. we look forward to cooperating with the inquiry. miss mendez says she wants her money back. the trump organization showed cnn an e-mail to miss mendez from december that offers her just that. she claims she never saw the e-mail. the trump organization says, the offer still stands. allan chernoff, cnn, new york. we're going to meet the winner of this year's geography bee in just a few minutes. he's only 13 years old. we want to see how you do with another question -- what country has the most time zones? here are the choices. united states, canada, russia, china. we'll have the answer in just a moment. [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience.
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call now to find the plan that may be right for you, or visit us on the web. ♪ so i asked which country has the most time zones? it is not the united states. which ties canada with six. it is actually russia which has nine. china, believe it or not, has only one for the whole country. we're all going to get a lesson in geography in just a couple of minutes from a 13-year-old. he is the new national geographic bee champion. cnn's reporters, anchors, producers, we always have our bags packed. right? we've got the inside scoop on some of the best restaurants, hotels, travel spots around the world. our cnn meteorologist chad meyers takes us inside his favorite science museum. >> reporter: i'm chad meyers and i have a 6-year-old and he's
little, and little people like big things. and i come here to the telescience museum in georgia, not that far from atlanta, to find big things, big dinosaurs, big trucks, big airplanes. we'll see you what you're going to see. by car, literally a 45 minute ride from downtown atlanta will take you millions of years away. might even scare you a little bit, too. you have no idea what you're going to get around any corner. from a giant american mastadon to a mouth of a shark that ate whales the size of a bus. and, okay, some things here are just for fun. but think about that shark taking a bite out of this tire? okay, so maybe that truck doesn't get very good gas mileage. like maybe 1 mile per gallon. but here they do make their own power. and of course it would have to be big. okay, so i admit, nothing everything has to be big to be cool. like the inside of a cockpit of
an airplane. or, for this, an entire helicopter sitting right here that you can even look at engine. and something that i thought was really big when i was a kid? sputnik, that satellite? it's actually not much bigger than a beach ball. chad meyers, cnn, cartersville, georgia. [ female announcer ] experience dual-action power, with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse. it's the only listerine® that gets teeth two shades whiter and makes tooth enamel two times stronger. get dual-action listerine® whitening rinse. building whiter, stronger teeth. professional driver on a closed course.
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here's a rundown on some of the stories we're working on. a family rushes to safety before a tornado trashes their home. but they couldn't grab the dog in time. but don't worry, the story does have a happy ending. we're going to talk live with heart surgeon and talk show host dr. oz. and, at 12:35 eastern we're going to challenge this year's national geography bee winner. and authorities responding to the growing frustration over the number of people who are still missing from the tornado that hit joplin, missouri. within the past hour, public safety officials released a dramatically new figure. authorities say that it was 232 people who are missing, and that's based on actual missing persons reports that have been filed. that number before was somewhere in the range of 1,500. from the tornado in joplin, the story of one man and one
family's anguish over their missing son. they believe he was killed in the tornado and now they are fighting simply to claim his body. they told their story to cnn's john king. >> i understand this is a federal disaster, but you know what? you're messing with a whole lot of families right now. i know my son is gone. >> our son was sitting there watching tv and stuff. my wife called him, toll him to go to the bathroom because the storm was coming in. after everything was over, i woke up and i was sitting in my pickup truck in the front yard. i had no idea how i got there. i kind of tried to pull myself together and remembered trying to look for our son and i don't remember seeing him at all. one of the neighbors come up to us yesterday when we was at the house trying to collect memorabilia or whatever, he told me i was standing over his body when he found me and he made sure i got to the hospital. and it wasn't 20 minutes after the storm was over that he said
that our son got taken away by ambulance. >> my 12-year-old son needs to be laid to rest. >> i understand. i understand exactly. but if you'd like to come in, we'll be glad to do whatever we can to help you. >> with cameras. >> there's other grieving family members here who don't want that. >> what do you think is happening in there? >> i don't really know what's happening. nobody has been prepared for anything like this or nobody knows what's going on. >> to a degree that's understand, that it's hard for everybody at a time like this. but you've been here once, twice, already filling out paperwork? >> we came here monday, tuesday, wednesday. >> sign in for me and we'll send you up -- >> they can tell me the same thing they've been telling me. >> the process has changed today. >> last count i had was 122 bodies. on monday they had 30. i cannot understand why the
coroner's office cannot have, you know, maybe half of them processed and back with their loved ones so they can get closure. >> so we know that he was deceased. there was no doubt when they put him in that ambulance. you know? it's just a matter of getting to actually -- you know, it's like nobody has any heart around here. >> you know, you come over here an we want to get closurclosure we can't because we're getting jerked around over here. i mean these people we feel have no compassion. >> the parents were told it could be as long as two weeks before they get some resolution and we're going to stay in touch with the family. we wish them the very best and moving forward and obviously we offer them our condolences. we keep getting remarkable survival stories from tornado vic tips in joplin, missouri. i want you to take a look at this exclusive video. >> sara!
sara! mike! sara! mike! >> sara! mike! mike! sara! >> i'm going to check the basement. >> that is cnn i-reporter aaron cox and his fiance franticly searching for his sister sara and her fiance, mike. this is just after the tornado hit. we are happy to report that aaron found his sister. >> we didn't know how bad it was when we first left the house. where i was staying with my parents, it wasn't that bad. just a few overturned trees. but the farther we got into the city the worse and worse it got.
by the time we had to leave the car because of all the debris and get moving, you realized it was really bad. i just kind of had the camera still running at the time and so it just kind of captured it all. >> what gross through your head or through your heart when you see that chilling video of your brother searching for you? >> it just -- i guess i kept thinking what it would have been like for my brothers had they not been able to find me. you know, what it would have been like for them. and i'm glad they found me because i didn't want to do that to them. >> aaron, when you were looking for sara, she had already left the house. is that right? >> yeah. by the time we finally got in there, it took us a while to finally get to the house. we didn't know where we were. everything was so destroyed. we had to go around to the back of the house because of that fire across the street. by the time we finally got in there and searched around, they had just left and so we had
heard that they had a triage unit at the walgreens down the street so we went there looking for them. then pretty much just started meandering through town trying to get cell coverage or trying to find them. >> 13-year-old from texas is the winner of the national geographic bee. we're going to meet him in just a moment. but first, want you to see how you do with a question that actually won him the championship. so here it is -- the southern part of mount everest is located in why i nvmt nepalese national park?oo and then i decided to go get a doctorate degree. university of phoenix gave me the knowledge to make a difference in people's lives. my name is dr. kimberly horton. i manage a network of over a thousand nurses, and i am a phoenix. [ male announcer ] find your program at phoenix.edu.
if i had a ticket to go anywhere in the world, i would go to the french overseas department to see the tine volcano. >> my favorite geography fact is that cape 2 is the only 1,00 1,000-meter mountain that hasn't been climbed in winter. you see this insurance face cable? i just plug it in right back here and now i just get the information. >> he's got great sense of humor. that is tine valencic, winner of
the national geographic bee and the video he made for the folks at national geographic. before the break i gave you the question that won him the $25,000 scholarship trip to the galapagos islands, the southern part of mount everest is located in which nepalese national park? of course we all knew this one -- right? sagarmatha national park. i didn't really know the answer to that. i'm glad you're with us, congratulations. how you doing? >> good. and you? >> i'm good. i'm good. you must be very proud, as well as your parents and all those at texas's collieville middle school. i understand you sailed through this. like the first part, there were 119 questions. what was it like to be out what? 5 million fourth toate-graders? >> backstage before the finals i was very nervous but then after i had my first few questions answered correctly, i just settled down and began to focus
on each question one at a time. >> did you ever think you were going to win? >> at the start of the finals i didn't think that i with a win. but once i had gotten down to three or four of us left i started thinking that maybe, just maybe, i had a chance. >> you had a great chance. i mean this is pretty extraordinaire. when did you first start learning about geography? when did you become interested in this? >> i got my first atlas when i was in kindergarten and i was intrigued by the lines and colors on the maps and i decided to start studying. so i started studying seriously in the middle of fifth grade, because i had won my school bee and i wanted to do well in the texas state bee. >> you've done really, really well. how did you and your mom prepare for this big event here? >> my parents and i, we found an internet source that contains information about all 192 countries and then i also looked for more information about each
fact listed on this internet source. >> how long did it take you? you've been studying for years? >> yes. i also made it to last year's bee, national bee, also. i fell out in the preliminary round. so i've been studying intensely for about two years. >> what was that like? i saw you crying there. you were very emotional. >> yes. i put so much time into this, and to finally win it, it is a great feeling. >> well, we want to show our viewers what you're made of. we're going to give you a couple questions. is that okay? a lot of these actually stumped us. so the first question -- where is waterloo, site of napoleon's famous defeat. netherlands, belgium, france or sweden? >> it's in belgium. >> correct. you got it right. all right. second question -- 1 for 1 -- what is the world's southern-most national capital? is it wellington, new zealand,
it is canberra, australia, sanity ya yo, chile, or -- >> it is wellington. >> which continent contains the largest number of landlocked countries. south america, australia, africa or europe. >> africa. >> africa! 3 for 3. all right. tine, you're awesome. i got maybe 1 out of 3 on our team here, but congratulations again. i understand you have like a $25,000 college scholarship. a lifetime membership to national geographic society and your trip. where are you headed? >> i'm going to the galapagos islands. >> galapagos island. any interesting tidbits about the islands you can share with us? >> actually, on his voyage aboard the hms beelg, charles darwin formulated his theory of
evolution there and there are many divorce flora and fauna which are endemic to the islands. >> wow! that sounds really cool. i did not know about that. tine, thank you again and congratulations. we wish you the very best. >> thank you. >> okay, thanks. i did not know that. well, what was it like for a friend and a colleague to see oprah winfrey say good-bye? we're going to find out next from dr. oz. 11, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible. ♪
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he's a heart surgeon, an author, emmy winner, oprah winfrey's viewers got to know him as dr. oz. he's since moved on thoeft his own show out of new york, and that is where we find dr. oz today who joins us this afternoon. thank you so much for being here with us. really good to see you you became a household name when you started doing regular house calls on oprah seven years ago. she'd just wrapped up her show. i'm a big oprah fan. tell us what it was like to know her, to work with her. >> well, i always kid folks that i attended oprah university for about eight years which is as much time as i spent in med school and college put together. very earnest, authentic person. she taught me to realize that there was no place for shame,
that you could be the real force in your life, you can make life better for yourself by just showing up in your own life. i think my mantra on our show has been the exact same thing. as you know we're taking over her spot in most of the country now that she's going off the air. it is the exact same mission we tried to achieve for her. i promised her we'd make her proud and oprah, i mean it. >> well, we hope she's watching. i understand today, 4:00 to 6:00 this afternoon, you're offering free cab rides for stressed out new yorkers and free blood pressure screenings? can you tell us a little bit about this? >> well, part of the reason we're doing it in rush hour traffic is because we know how stressful that can be for new yorkers and i think it is really a med that for for the rest of the country. we want to meet people where they are in their lives. since we're making the move to 4:00, we thought we'd celebrate it by coming to you at a stressful time and we'll check your blood pressure. cab rides are free, in case everyone's wondering. blood pressure measurements are invaluable. they're free, too. when you know your blood pressure number which is truly
the number one cause of aging and number one killer in this country, you can do dramatic things to improve it and we'll educate you in your cab ride so you'll be a lot smarter. >> more seriously, a new study is out that says young people now, 24 to 32 have high blood pressure and it is almost five times higher than originally thought. what is happening? why is that happening and why is it so dangerous? >> well, let me blow your mind. i'm a heart surgeon. i still operate. i've begun taking care of 25-year-old people who have blocked arteries. now how can that be? the reason is because we have so much childhood obesity in this country dramatically increasing much faster than it is in the adult population. these kids when they have a lot of belly fat kidneys which causes high blood pressure. it also poisons the kid's livers leading to high cholesterol numbers and it blocks their insulin so they get diabetes.
the belly fat that kids in america today are experiencing in unimaginable numbers are leading to early disease detection and in my case coronary disease but strokes, kidney failure and the like. that is all happening because of the blood pressure that you identified. >> what should you do? how can you protect yourself from something like that happening or getting out of control? >> well, the first thing for kids to do is to recognize that they cannot control what's going on inside their bodies and never control what's happening in the world outside of them. when kids -- we have a program called health corps we take into schools to try to educate kids about their bodies. it is not about weight loss, it is about mental resilience. once you appreciate that you recognize two important factors. one, if you cut white foods, white sugar, white rice, white pasta, those white foods, those sugars, are converted by your liver into fat. second thing you have to do is stay active. kids historically were very active. >> did you walk to school as a
kid? >> i took a bus but i was involved in a lot of activities after school. >> not everyone walked by about 60% of our generation walks to school today. 10% of kids walked to school. that dramatic shift in the most basic thing you do in the morning when you get up which is to go to school is to reflect what's going on in our schools at every level. physical activity is on not reimbursed in schools. therefore schools don't afford them to kids anymore. if you don't make the varsity team you're not going to be playing sports. but kids are the activists, they are the strength of our society. they're the future and they always will be. >> dr. oz, we'll be watching for you in your new time slot. it is big shoes to fill but, as always, we enjoy watching you so we will stay tuned. thank you very much for your advice. >> thank you. we're getting a lot of responses to today's "talk back" question. the question is a college education worth? >> i'm still in college.
i've found through networking it is totally worth it but then again, i haven't started off paying my loans. carol is back with your responses. and economic growth. north america actually has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. a large part of that is oil sands. this resource has the ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. at our kearl project in canada, we'll be able to produce these oil sands with the same emissions as many other oils and that's a huge breakthrough. that's good for our country's energy security and our economy.
pay an average of more than $20,000 total to attend a four-year college now. it brings to us today's "talk back question." >> i mean is it a college education worth it? lot of talk surrounding that question these days. from randy -- good luck finding a decent job with just a high school education. oh, wait, good luck finding a deenter job to begin with. >> jennifer -- i got a bachelor's degree in design and couldn't get a job. >> experience in any field pays off way more than a degree. >> college is worth it if the career you want requires a college degree to succeed in it but no reason not to learn a trade as a fall-back. make yourself recession proof. >> i'm not sure anymore. i spent 50k and four years and make only a hair more than what i was making before college. kinda feelin' screwed here.
keep conversation going, facebook.com/carolcnn. this is a spring selling season for real estate but it is raining foreclosures. that's driving down home prices. if you're trying to sell your house, christine romans has got some advice on how to spruce it up. >> when i drive up to this house, it is a great classic american house but it needs some attention. obviously the garage is chipping and needs to be painted. putting -- scraping and putting a fresh coat of paint will really help out with that. plantings, cleaning out the leaves with a leaf blower, cleaning out these flower beds and just with simple mulch. it won't cost a lot of money but that focal point is key. >> reporter: forget that old adage its what's on the inside that counts. this author helps homeowners who want to sell, helping them
redesign the inside and outside in a buyer's market. >> people tend to notice things that are not quite nice -- as nice looking, like maybe it is a plant that's dying or something like that. i would just get a nice new flowering plant and maybe stagger a few out here. >> reporter: plants won't break the bank but a lot of sellers assume they need to make big expensive renovations to sell their home. in fact, a quarterly report on remodels released by harvard university projects annual growth and remodeling this year at only 0.2%. but the returns on some home impromise of can be worth the invest. . the best returns on your renovation dollars are things like outdoor improvements, the front door, for example. say buying and installing a fiberglass front door. it costs about $1,000 and you'll get back 60% of your money. make it a steel front door, you get back 102% of your money. a new garage door, you'll get bab nearly 84% of your money and a new wood deck recoups 73%. all good investments. if you can't afford any of these
things, small outside touches still matter. >> so outside your house my first impression driving up, you're in a neighborhood so obviously people are going to come here, see front lawn. you know cleaning up a lawn is always key before a showing. >> reporter: christine romans, cnn, new york. ♪ what do you see yourself doing after you do retire? client comes in and they have a box. and inside that box is their financial life. people wake up and realize. "i better start doing something." we open up that box. we organize it. and we make decisions. we really are here to help you. they look back and think "wow. i never thought i could do this." but we've actually done it. [ male announcer ] visit ameriprise.com and put a confident retirement more within reach.
a missing loved one found in tornado trash piedmont, oklahoma today. her name is roxy and you're going to watch this moment when the missing pooch and family are reunited. ed lavendera has the story. >> reporter: these are the frantic moments. just before frank woods scrambled up the stairs to torn beast for the first time, staring him straight in the eyes. >> reporter: wood rushed his children down into the garage and locked themselves in a rock-solid reinforced safe room,
but they couldn't grab the family's dog in time. a boxer named roxy. >> she was basically standing there staring at me. i was trying to get her to come in. nathan said you just got to shut the door. >> i thought she was just going to get sucked up in the tornado. >> reporter: so it was kind of heartbreaking to close that door and leave her outside? >> yeah. >> reporter: time had run out. moments later the torirnthe woo. >> here's the safe room. >> that's a good thing to have. >> that's a very good thing. >> reporter: this is what the house looked like before the tornado. three stories tall, overlooking 12 green acres. when you look at this house it is amazing to think that it was once a three-story house. the tornado 14 redded the top two stories. frank woods' pickup truck was thrown almost 300 yards into a ditch. but roxy is nowhere to be found and 8-year-old paisley wood is devastated. we climbed through the rubble to find the sky is the ceiling.
frank wood hunting for anything that might bring a snil his daughter's face. >> this is her her appendix out three months ago at children's hospital. >> reporter: but paisley can't stop thinking about her dog. >> that was probably the most upsetting thing to the kids out of all of it, was roxy. >> reporter: then a phone call one day after the storm and almost two miles away from the wood's home, an oil rig worker sees a dog walking around his worksite. >> as soon as i saw her i knew that she belonged to somebody who maybe house got destroyed. >> reporter: paisley and her family jump in the truck to see if maybe it is true if their dog somehow managed to escape the tornado's grip. then the moment they'omg right . >> roxy! >> it is roxy. >> here we go! bless her little heart. r ed lavendera, cnn, piedmont,