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hello again, everyone. i'm fredericka whit field. big story this is hour. governor of missouri declaring a state of emergency in response to severe weather. people in orrick are spending the mother's day cleaning up after a tornado hit yesterday and they're facing the possibility of more storms. and national weather service team is investigating the damage
and gave a preliminary rating of an ef-2. highway state patrol estimates 80% of the town was affected. let's bring in cnn meteorologist jennifer gray. what more should people expect? >> more of the same today, unfortunately. we have area of severe weather threat we're watchingment we have a tornado warning we're tracking over last couple of hours. still there. the threat is still there. packwood and richland, those cities need to be on the lookout. this is traveling in your direction. and so get into the safe spot in your home. that small interior room away from windows until the threat passes. ping-pong size hail also is reported with this one particular storm. so, we watched velocity and that's what tells us if there's an actual tornado. pretty good signature with this one particular cell and looking in this direction and storms to the east and northeast and watching as we go forward in
time over the next couple of hours. so the severe thunderstorm also for fairfield and hendrick. those cities. about 11,000 people in the path of that so we have some really nasty weather dealing with, guys, over next couple of days. this is today and tomorrow. we have all the ingredients in place that warm air coming in from the south cooler air coming in from the north. dry line that's sparking off storms. we have that cold front all of that, that upper level energy to spark off some storms and nasty ones most likely. wichita, kansas city, des moines all of you in that main threat. 3 million people but anyone from chicago all the way down to the whole country of texas need to be on the lookout because thunderstorms and strong thunderstorms could be headed in your direction as we go through the late evening and overnight hours. of course, severe threat will last again tomorrow, fred. >> oh my gosh. >> today and tomorrow. dealing with this. >> oh my goodness. here's the potentially dangerous
spring weather now finally coming upon us. >> absolutely. >> all right. jennifer gray, appreciate that. all right. crews have found the third victim of that deadly hot air balloon crash near richmond, virginia. two other bodies were recovered yesterday. it hit a live power line friday night. what more can you tell us about the finding, the location of this third victim? >> fred, this is a difficult search. more than 100 people involved. that is heavily wooded area, a third person found today this morning located about 100 yards from another body that was recovered yesterday. investigators have now found all three people who were in the basket of that hot air balloon. i spoke to the father of the pilot, the pilot was daniel kirk. his father said he was an experienced flyer, more than 30 years of flight experience. the two gone up together more than 50 times and he wants to know what happened here, what wept wrong. one of their last pictures
posted on instagram, two friends smiling in the basket of a hot air balloon ready for what might have been a great adventure. another snapshot from their tethered practice flight friday morning. it was hours before this fateful ascent in the blue balloon. tried 6:30 a.m. and too foggy. will go up this evening. #anxiety writes jenny doyle. a basketball coach for the women at the university of richmond. spectators at the mid atlantic balloon festival in virginia see a balloon burning after hitting a power line. >> the airborne hot air balloon. appears to be still smoking pretty high in the air. >> a report that the basket has come off and trying to find it right now. >> advise all units, the airborne balloons aren't the issue. we need to locate the basket. >> reporter: doyle and co-worker natalie lewis on board the balloon with their pilot. >> he was taking every effort to
manage the situation and exteng wish the fire. >> >> reporter: after a small explosion, the basket and balloon separated. >> during the investigation, we'll examine the man, the machine and the environment. >> reporter: witnesses say as the balloon burned, they saw two people jump or fall. >> and you could hear them screaming please, dear god, sweet jesus, we are going to die. please help us. please help us. >> reporter: now all three victims have been found, investigators say they'll begin the search for the wreckage of the balloon. fred? >> thank you so much. all right. the u.s. defense secretary is weighing in on the scandal surrounding a long secret wait list at a va hospital. a story cnn uncovered. what chuck hagel is now saying about veterans affairs chief eric shinseki next. but first, here's today's "cnn hero."
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hagel said today the potential for problems with patient backlogs at the country's va hospitals began before general eric shinseki took over as secretary of veterans affairs. but hagel says accountability is paramount. this week shinseki will have to answer tough questions on capitol hill from lawmakers who want to know how and why some veterans died after being put on secret wait lists at va hospitals. here's cnn's erin mcpike. >> reporter: revelations veterans hospitals tried to hide a backlog is a major washington controversy forcing veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki to the hill to explain how it happened. >> if these allegations are true, they're a violation of law and it's not a matter of resignations. it is a matter of whether or not somebody goes to jail or not. >> reporter: already several republican senators want him to resign. >> i agree with the american
legion that general shinseki's time as secretary of veterans affairs has come to an end. >> reporter: nbc news asked would he consider the option? >> i would say i serve at the pleasure of the president. >> reporter: the white house insists the president has complete confidence in shinseki and whether to hold on or let go of a top ranking official is tricky territory for the president. when stanley mccrystal and his team were described as criticizing the vice president and the president he was out immediately. kathleen sebelius stayed put in the face of repeated calls for her to leave by the gop. >> getting rid of a cabinet secretary is actually very, very rare. presidents, whether republican or democrat, are really going to think twice before they do that. and having the opposition call for a resignation is not really going to be something that they
take into their real calculus at the end of the day. >> reporter: not everyone is trying to push shinseki out the door just yet. even house speaker john boehner said thursday -- >> i'm not ready to join the chorus of people calling for him to step down. the problems at the va are systemic. >> reporter: as in, complicated and not so easy to politicize. as illinois republican congressman shock told cnn -- >> the one thing that brings republicans and democrats together is veterans and making sure that our men and women getting back get the benefit and the services that they deserve and are delivered in a respectful manner and clearly that didn't happen in this case. >> erin mcpike joining us now live from washington. this could be tricky politically speaking for the obama administration, couldn't it? >> that's right. you heard there it's complicated because leaders in both parties believe some problems within the va system, really throughout the country, may not be coming from
the leadership and could run much deeper and senate republicans, for example, are split on shinseki's future at the va and some of those that question him thursday at the hearing that you mentioned at the top told cnn that they're reserving judgment until they hear his answers and defense secretary hagel was on abc this morning and said he doesn't think it started with shinseki's term at the va and that they should have looked at it years ago. he says he thinks they missed it, fred. >> erin, thanks so much. hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls still have not been found in nigeria. we'll tell you who's helping in this desperate race to find them, next. hi, i'm zach, in afghanistan. i would like to say hi to my mama linda cheek located from st. joseph, michigan. happy mother's day. i love and miss you. [ male ann] hey, look at you!
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the leader. vladimir nutia is in nigeria. what are you hearing about this active search? >> reporter: fred, we know that the united states has sent a team of seven personnel to nigeria joining a team of 11 already on the ground and eventually grows to 50 or 60 people just from the u.s. we know that britain and france offered to lend their support and we are also learning today from president goodluck jonathan, the israelis sending an anti-terrorism team to also assist in the search and won't be boots on the ground, purely an advisory role, fred. offering assistance on reconnaissan reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and even hostage negotiation but the area that they need to search is pretty significant and with the u.s. intel reports saying the girls may have been split up into the neighboring countries, it's a significant challenge, fred. >> vad anywhere duthier, thank
you so much. keep us voesed. more from nigeria. how the u.s. is helping and the limitations straight ahead. but first, if you haven't heard of the tough mudder, you're going to want to see it. cnn's sanjay gupta has more in today's "fit nation." >> fred, it was about four years ago this month when this phenomenon started to catch fire of extreme endurance challenges. you have different royces, the warrior dash, the spartan race. back then, there was just one. it was called the tough mudder. and funny enough, one of our producers ben tinker decided to partake and we decided to go along for the ride. >> you guys look really, really pumped up. >> yes. here to enjoy all the people and like a true challenge. >> we have been talking about doing some sort of adventure race for a while now. >> i have committed to doing this race. i'm not sure that's a good idea.
i thought there would be all shapes and sizes of people here. everyone here is in really, really good shape and starting to wonder if i can cut it. >> all right. so we have reached the top of the hill. i have my number. sophie says it's too late to turn back. >> too late now. >> all right. >> go. let's go! come on, come on, come on! >> started out with those guys at the beginning of the race. they're ahead of me now. i hope they gave everything they have in the beginning and i can catch up now. >> tough mudder. >> let's go, mudders. >> got it. all right. >> get up there. come on! >> almost at the end. how are you feeling? >> little tired. >> all right. how about how? >> fantastic. >> good team work.
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all right. hello again. bottom of the hour now. welcome back. here are several big stories we're following this hour. same-sex couples lined up to get married first time in arkansas this weekend after the state's same-sex marriage ban struck down. a judge on friday ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. according to the associated press, the arkansas attorney general plans to appeal the ruling. former first daughter chelsea clinton got anotherdy loma this weekend with a phd in international relations from oxford. her father, the former president, posted a photo on his twitder feed yesterday and said, quote, couldn't be prouder today, congrats on your docket rat. and ex-wife of golfing great
tiger woods made a rare public speech. elin nordegren spoke in winter park, florida. the reason for the honor? she was named the graduating class's outstanding senior. the school's version of value democracy valedictorian. she didn't refer to the scandal. >> right after taking communication and the media, i was unexpectedly thrust into the media limelight. and i probably should have taken more notes in that class. >> nordegren receives a degree in psychology. all right. back now to the search for hundreds of schoolgirls in nigeria kidnapped by terrorists.
the u.s. is there and sad vising the nigerian government. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr has more. >> reporter: the names of the missing schoolgirls go up for all to see. >> there's no question racing against the clock here. they have been gone for a listening time. >> reporter: three weeks after the kidnapping of more than 200 nigerian girls, u.s. military advisers are on the ground being joined by fbi and other personnel. the obama administration insists it's been pressing the nigerians to act. >> we had made repeated offers of assistance and only just this week when they accepted the offer of this coordination. you know, within 48 hours people were moving. >> reporter: u.s. officials caution they are only offering advice. the nigerian military will have to conduct any rescue mission. a rescue mission that may encounter boko haram militants armed with libyan machine guns,
rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons grabbed hundreds of miles away in libya after the fall of moammar gadhafi. >> boko haram may have got hold of surface-to-air missiles including significant concern about that, not absolute proof that they have obtained these but significant concern. >> reporter: now a claim from amnesty international that nigerian security forces were aware of a planned attack on the school four hours before it happened but failed to deploy enough troops. nigerian security forces knew about boko haram's impending raid but failed to take the immediate action needed to stop it the group said in a statement. the nigerian government adamantly denies it knew anything about an impending attack on the school. behind the scenes, the u.s. is talking to the nigerians about sharing satellite imagery and electronic communications but
with every day that goes by, those girls are in more jeopardy. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. and a new book and new controversy, what hillary clinton is facing this week as the gop prepares to
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the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, could end up in the next presidential election if the republicans on capitol hill have their way. a special house investigative panel called a select committee plans to use its subpoena power to force officials in the obama administration past and present to testify under oath. candy crowley is anchor of "state of the union" joining us from washington. candy, democrats say it's a political stunt meant to harm hillary clinton in particular. is it or is this a legitimate inquiry? >> yes. i mean, in the end, look, washington is a place where you can have an inquiry, pass a bill
and even if you didn't have political intent it would, in fact, have some political impact. and the fact of the matter is when you say, wait, is this political or really about finding facts, it pretty much commends on who you talk to. >> i think when it comes to this issue of benghazi, what happened was so appalling that people simply want to have answers. we don't take it lightly. security threats are nothing to take lightly. >> bottom line here is that the republicans have clearly lost the ability because we have had such a precipitous drop among republicans even in their fervor for refeeling the affordable care act and clearly doing this to drive their turnout. >> candy, that is not true at all. >> michelle, i didn't interrupt you. excuse me. >> now, that was bound to happen seeing those two ladies were your guests. you know, polar opposites.
there's a possibility that hillary clinton would be subpoenaed as her role as former secretary of state. but it is hard to see how she i guess will either erase the image of last testimony when it was, you know, why does it even matter? you know, what difference does it make? or how she might answer questions differently given that she at least right now is a front runner a race she's not said she's running in yet. >> yeah. the question is always going to be, certainly, if she decides to get into the 2016 race, does this hurt hillary clinton? the fact is that her strong point is going to be and i was secretary of state. sort of the whole next book is about. sure, it's a part of it. could what happened in benghazi, i mean, barring something so amazing and so new that we don't know right now, could it derail a presidential campaign in and of itself? i think, no.
campaigns are determined through multiple things and let's remember, benghazi happened in september. president obama was re-elected in november. so, it -- you know, the act itself had occurred so, it is something that certainly republicans will use. i would tell you it's probably of more value to them politically without, saying, you know, look, they have reasonable questions they feel haven't been answered and but the fact is politically it does stir up their base and in a midterm which 2014 is what you want is to excite your base and get them to go to the polls and benghazi is one of the things that does it for republicans. whether it's the intent or not, that's certainly the impact of it. >> you mentioned her book coming out next month. hillary clinton. who could forget those long lines, the popularity of her book "living history" hillary clinton and that was in 2003. one has to wonder if you see the
same kind of lines with her huge popularity now and the promise that she brings if she decides to run. but at the same time, she is going to be littered with lots of questions, whether it's about benghazi or about monica lewinski all over again on tour with her book. >> sure she will and a good run for the presidential run if that's what she wants to do. that's part of the politician. you spend your public life in public life, you get questions you don't necessarily like. hillary clinton will get the same kind of lines, maybe even better than she got before for her book and i tell you the same way that barbara walters crossed the line between -- she did not just hard-hitting news interviews, celebrity interviews. hillary clinton and bill clinton were in many ways the first modern celebrity political couple so she is both a politician which doesn't generally draw people to bookstores but she is a
politician and a celebrity. that hasn't gone away. i think she still sells that book pretty darn well. >> all right. candy crowley in washington, thank you so much. >> thanks. also speaking of barbara walters, gearing up for the final full week. many consider her as a trail blazer and making a mark as a broadcast journalist. i talked to one of her former "today" show successors next. but first, funny man will farrell put ahead the ron burgundy alter ego to take on a different role. fund-raiser. making an impact on teens with cancer by helping them pay for college. >> oh yeah! >> what do you get when will farrell, kevin spacey and novak djokovic and stan drokanco play
doubles? >> i'm more sorry than you are. >> it's for a good cause. cancer for college. farrell's college friend craig pollard started the charity after a battle with cancer and cost him his lower legs and nearly his life. >> i got the idea for wanting to give something back. >> he just kind of made it his mission to make kids' lives better and that's what i'm so proud of him for and proud to be his friend. >> reporter: scholarship recipient abby battled cancer as a child and cost of medical bills left little for college. >> a lot of people don't necessarily think of college when they look at a 10 yeerd that's going through cancer and what i have to say to that is really important to support them. >> good thing then that a chance to see farrell in action packed the stands raising close to a million dollars. >> they appreciate the fact that, you know, every day is a gift. and so, what going to college for them, it means ten times
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barbara walters is getting ready to scale back her career in broadcast journalism. she is retiring this week but will be on the air from time to time with abc news. walters paved the way for many female journalists with her half a century on television. i talked to one of her "today" show successors, deborah norville, and asked whether she thought of her or sometimes channelled her on the set. >> i don't think i was channelling barbara walters but i would say that the job that i had as co-host of the "today" show was probably very different because of barbara walters. she told the story of how she wasn't allowed to ask the first question. the guy had to ask the first question. by the time i came along, there
was no discussion. you got to interview the serious politicians, you got to interview the business titans. and you also got to do the cookbooks and sometimes bryant insisted on doing the cookbooks bah he liked to talk to the guys that wrote those and the roles were completely parcelled out in a much more equitable way than when she was there. >> incredible. talking about groundbreaking work from her from sadat to nixon and tyson and tina fey. six decades and now this week she is calling it quits. you know, she is bold, steadfast. she's influenced so many of us as interviewers. how women dream of seeing themselves in the biz. how tv execs make decisions. she is a fixture. what will her absence in your view mean for the business? >> i think there will be no one whouk ever assume the kind of role barbara had. her interview with monica lewinski, 72 million people
tuned in. what that will never happen again. what i hope barbara can do is influence young women in the business. coming along, there weren't that many role models. while i wasn't trying to emulate her interviewing style, that was unique to her, what i thought was wonderful about the career and what i think has made it possible for all of us in this business is continue and thrive in this business sen that she was able to blaze a trail in which, yes, she interviewed sadat and the despots of the world and also talk to actors and movie stars and dance with john travolta and keep her integrity and credibility. that wasn't an easy line to walk. >> do you think it's that versatility that explains her staying power over the years? >> absolutely not. i think what explains her staying power is barbara herself. the woman has been singularly focused in being the best she
can be and in pushing the envelope in terms of where she was allowed to go. no one said please come and be our sbe viewer, anchor the newscast, do a magazine show on friday night. barbara created the opportunities for herself. and frankly, she paid a very strong personal price. married four times. none of the marriages lasted. her career is what endured and it is endured because she has been so dedicated to it. so, i have a husband and three kids. i'm able too have that life in no small way because barbara chose a path that didn't make it as possible for her. so, we all owe her a huge debt. >> what do you think her good-bye this week will be like, as so many stars, so many news makers come to kind of celebrate her? >> can i tell you? i think it is overwhelming. if not for barbara, then certainly for the rest of us. how do you encapsulate nearly 60 years on the air?
52 to be precise and the work behind the scenes before that. how do you put that into a time capsule on a television show? i don't think you can. i certainly have my thanks to pay to barbara and what i plan to do this weekend is sitting down and writing a letter to her because long -- >> nice. >> long after the tv shows of this week and the retrospectives are gone and they may be on a disk somewhere, the letters are very tangible. >> yes. >> and, you know, there will be a quiet moment in barbara's life coming forward and it might be a nice thing to pick up a note from a young woman, maybe not so young anymore, who's incredibly grateful to barbara everything she did. >> that's so nice. i can't recall ever seeing an emotional barbara walters. i don't know if you have seen that. >> i actually have. i'll tell you the story, fredericka. when i left the "today" show my career was toast. i did a radio show from my apartment in new york city. she was my second guest and i
asked her about her marriage ending, her marriage to merv, had just come to a close. and i asked her about the sacrifice that her career had required of her personal life. and she got misty eyed. you didn't know it because it was radio but there was very clear emotion on her face and a very sharp eared listener could have heard it. it will probably be a very, very tricky for her. this is a big deal. but i don't think it's a last we have heard from barbara. i don't think it's the last we have heard. >> no. >> last week she did the interview that nobody got. i would like -- i was at her apartment a couple of weeks ago and said rewrite your book. a book on how to interview anything and ask them anything. that book was written in the '70s and time for a sequel. >> thanks to deborah norville and what a way to begin her last week. abc news reporting barbara walters sat down with l.a.
clippers shelly sterling today and maintains that she will fight to keep the nba team. all right. up next, nba star kevin durant's emotional dedication to his mom, the ultimate mvp he says. she says it was an overwhelming mother's day gift to receive. hear what else mom told our anderson cooper next.
made sure we ate. you went to sleep hungry. you sacrificed for us. you're the real mvp. [ applause ] >> gosh, durant's mom opened up to anderson cooper about that very special night and the son that she raised grew up and became what she calls a humble man. >> yes. >> and to see the man that you have raised and to see him, you know, not only achieve so much and recognized by others and also to know that she hasn't forgotten where he came from and who helped him get there. >> as a parent, you raise your children and you always want the best for them. but to see that he has become the man that he can look in the mirror and be proud of, i think that's a gift that a mother cherishes from her son and he really rewarded me yesterday
with that gift because i see how he's growing as a man and i'm extremely proud of him and grateful that he is humbled and he does remember where he's come from and who helped him to get there and it wasn't just me. it was our entire family. >> that moment that he spoke of in particular, really stayed with me. talking about how, you know, you moved into the first apartment, there was no bed, no furniture. you were huddled together holding each other, hugging each other. were you surprised he remembered that? and, do you remember that moment? can you kind of tell us about that moment? >> yeah. i was surprised that he remembered. i do remember that moment. it was a time as he stated it was my first apartment. my mom had really encouraged me it was time to move out of her home and to stand on my own two feet and to show my sons that i was standing for not only them but for myself, too. and when i had taken them to the
apartment that day, we did have furniture that was coming but i just wanted them to see what we had accomplished and, yes, i do feel that i had arrived. i had done it. i had -- i was able to stand on my own so that my sons will look up and be proud of me. >> did you ever imagine that your son would be so successful? i mean, when he was younger, did you think he could make the nba mvp? >> of course i thought he could make it. because he worked really hard. and i say that as humbly and modestly as i can because i know that those accomplishments come from hard work. and he worked from age 8 or 9 for this day and for this time in his life. and so, i knew that it was inevitable for it to take place. i'm grateful that it was -- it's now for him. >> and hearing your son tell you that you're the real mvp, i mean, with mother's day coming
up, that's got to be the best gift any mother could possibly get. >> wow. there's no gift that he can top ever that will surpass what he gave me yesterday. he and i talked this morning and i told him that he really doesn't know what he did for me as a mother. because as i stated, when you raise your children, you want them to be especially a mother and son, you want them to be a man that you can lean on and rely on. and he gave that to me yesterday. so i'm really grateful to him. extremely grateful. >> gosh. what a gift. and what an inspiration. happy mother's day to everyone out there. all moms out there. that's going to do it for me. the next hour begins right now with randi kaye. >> fred! >> hi! gosh. that's nice. >> this is from the cnn newsroom team. happy mother's day. this is the hardest working
mother in the business. we want to honor you today. >> jennifer, you are so sweet. thank you so much. >> we love you. >> thank you. >> happy mother's day. >> happy mom's day mom to my mom and your mom. >> now you made me all veklempt. thank you. okay. newsroom. randi kaye, hi! hello, everyone. happy mother's day. you are in the cnn newsroom. i'm randi kaye. we begin this hour with the horror story no one would want to live through but one girl that made an escape from the terrorist captors brave enough to tell her story. from the night boko haram fighters snatched her, it's