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watching this morning, we appreciate you making us part of your weekend. >> our coverage continues right now with fredericka whitfield. hello, everyone, thank you so much for joining me this saturday, i'm fredericka whitfield. we begin this hour with the rising death toll after that catastrophic flooding in eastern kentucky, you just heard the governor right there reiterate, 25 people have been killed including four children who were all siblings. but many people remain missing at this hour. you heard the governor say they continue to be in search and rescue mode. right now, rescues and recovery efforts are under way full throttle, days after torrential rains burst river banks. towns are inundated. and they were cut off from resources as roads and bridges were washed away. rescuers are scrambling, working
around the clock to find families who still may be trapped, some residents losing everything. >> animals are without people. homes are destroyed. we need as much help, please, i'm begging anyone who sees this, help my town, help my people. >> cnn's joe johns is live for us in hazard, kentucky. and the debris field is tremendous, joe, and we heard the governor there say they continue to look for people because so many remain unaccounted for. what are you finding? >> reporter: that's right, and they say it's possible this could go on for weeks, not days. so they say a picture is worth a thousand words, fred. and i just wanted to show you where we are. we are in hazard, kentucky. you look behind me here, there's the foundation of a house. believe it or not, before the
flood there was a house there, a woman inside told us she started feeling the house moving around 1:00, 2:00 in the morning. she gets out, and then the rushing water essentially d demolishes the house and sends the debris rolling down this creek. that looks like the floor of the house or at least part of the floor. we see a wall with a window, and on it goes, down the creek. a debris field, as you say, fred, that stretches essentially as far as the eye can see. important to say, though, there's another pile of debris here that belongs to this building. now, this of course is essentially an antiques store that's been here probably 50 years. and it's still standing, but as you can see, the floor was just torn out and what appears to be a lot of the inventory of the
antiques store is now on the bank. that's what the authorities are up against as they try to figure out where people are. they have to get up in all these creeks and streams to try to look for people to check on their welfare, to find out if anybody died. they're telling us, fred, that could be a very long process. >> so devastating. of course we heard the governor at the top, while there are 25 confirmed deaths, it's his best guess, as so many others there, that the numbers are going to go higher, but of course no one knows because there are so many still missing. thank you so much, joe johns, we'll continue to check with you there in hazzard, kentucky. still more storms are expected to hit eastern kentucky tomorrow. cnn meteorologist allison chinchar is tracking the latest forecast. allison, they just can't handle any more, and another front is
on the way. >> they'll have at least one more dry day but these folks need weeks of dry weather to allow the water to recede and allow the cleanup process to begin. this is a live look at the radar. the bulk of the rain is making its way into tennessee rather than into kentucky, that's good news for folks in eastern kentucky, it will give them a little bit of a break, it gives them time to try to get as much of the cleanup done as they can in the short term. you do still have flood warnings in areas of eastern kentucky, those are for creeks and streams. it takes time, this is a look at one of the gauges on the kentucky river, we're still cresting at this location. we have yet to come back down. we do anticipate that will start to come back down later on today but until we do, it doesn't allow for folks to get into some of these areas, to not only look for friends and family but to look for belongings, try to find vehicles that may have been
swept away. that takes time. for some of these areas it will be at least until later today if not tomorrow before that water finally comes back down. here is a look at the flash flood threat. this is for today. cr you'll notice this is farther south than a few days ago. that flow is pushing off to the east. that's where the concern goes when we talk about the second half of the weekend. this is a look at sunday morning. look at all of that moisture surging into areas of southern missouri, tennessee. all those areas that have had a tremendous amount of rain are expected to get more, sunday afternoon more of an influx. it's not just eastern kentucky. you have cities like memphis, nashville, charlotte, north carolina, that also have potential for flooding because of the amount of rain we expect. most areas likely to pick up one to three inches. but there will be a couple of isolated spots here where you're talking four to six. four to six alone can trigger
flooding concerns, fred, in addition to when you're talking about the ground already being saturated. that's why you have the flood risk for tomorrow, for basically this entire area that you see here. >> goodness. all right. just seemingly never-ending. allison chinchar, we'll check back with you. thank you so much. for more information on how to help victims of the kentucky flooding, go to cnn.com/impact. this just in, quite the contrast, because someone has hit it really big and is hugely lucky. at least one winning ticket sold in illinois, that mega millions huge jackpot of $1.28 billion. that is the second largest prize in mega millions history. and the third largest lottery prize ever won in the u.s. and just one lucky ticket matched all of the numbers. here are the numbers, because you've still got to know, even
if it's not your ticket. 67, 45, 57, 36, 13, and the gold mega ball number is 14. cnn's omar jimenez is tracking all the excitement. there you are in illinois. i know yesterday you told me you bought five tickets. was one of your five the winning ticket? would you tell? >> reporter: fred, i love you so much, but if i had won, i would not be here. i would be sick today. but this place -- >> sick with happiness. >> reporter: -- is just outside chicago. yeah, sick with happiness. this is the spot where it happened. this is the gas station where the winning ticket was sold, the illinois lottery confirmed. so whoever came in here, over likely this past week since the last drawing tuesday, and picked up their ticket, walked away with a life-changing amount.
we were just talking with an illinois lottery official who told us they're still going through the verification process right now, so this person who technically has a year to come forward to claim their prize wouldn't even be able to do so until after this verification process is done. that means things like taking samples of the ticket stock in this gas station so they can match it up with the winning ticket so they can make sure there isn't any funny business going on, because obviously people would be motivated to do that especially when the amount is $1.28 billion. >> i hate to interrupt you, there's press conference right now involving this mega millions so these words are important too. let's listen in. >> -- the actual amount grew to $1.34 billion last night based on last-minute sales. the winner elected to receive the lump sum option, they would receive $780 million.
that winning ticket was sold at a speedway gas station in des plaines, illinois. that lucky retailer will receive a half million dollars in the selling bonus for selling the winning ticket. as far as the winner is concerned, we have not heard from the winner yet. we don't know whether or not they even know they won a prize, so i encourage everyone to check your ticket. the winner has 12 months from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. however they only have 60 days from the date of the drawing to choose whether or not they want to take the cash option or not. there were other winners last night. we had a ticket sold in berkeley. that retailer will receive a
$10,000 cash selling bonus for selling that ticket. with that, we're excited, we're happy that you all are here to join us and would very much welcome and entertain any questions you may have. >> reporter: when is the last time that someone in illinois has won a prize of this size, something similar to this, what was it and how much was it? >> this is the largest jackpot ever won in illinois and the second largest ever won for the game in the u.s. the closest thing that we had here, we had in 2012 a mega millions win for $626 million. but we shared that jackpot with two other states, the player actually won a third of that. >> reporter: folks in the speedway will get a half million dollars, is that a flat fee determination or is it a percentage of whatever the total
prize is? >> it's based on a percentage. retailers get a 1% selling bonus for the prize, up to $500,000. >> reporter: is that the same way it works -- let me ask the question again. based on the amount of prizes, the monetary amount of prize, does that determine what they'll get? is it a set fee, if it's under, let's say, a million dollars? >> the percentage is set, the cap is set as well. so it's 1% of the prize. and the maximum is $500,000 that they would get. [ inaudible question ] we'll be processing that over the next few weeks, but it should be fairly quick. >> all right. did you hear that? the folks there at the mega millions, they have yet to hear
from the winner or winners of that one ticket that matched and has won this 1.2 plus billion dollars. we know the business is the speedway because that's wherema. did you see the business owner run out with their arms in the air? because they just got a half million dollars, that's what i would be doing. >> reporter: i think i heard something back there, i think that might have been it, oh, my gosh. but that's the interesting part about this that i'll say, is that, you know, this person might not even know that they've won. they could be waking up at some point or they should be up already at this point, or finding out later this morning, that now their life has completely changed forever as of course they continue to verify it. so it's an unbelievable situation, i hope this person is in it for the right reasons. if not, just enjoy themselves and have a great time, the time
we all wish we could be having. >> i neglected to even buy a ticket so i'm definitely not a winner but i'm smiling because i'm so happy for the person or group of people who bought that ticket because who can imagine? that's quite the jackpot. all right. the biggest in illinois and the second largest in the u.s. all right, omar, we'll check back with you and maybe you'll see somebody running around with arms up in the air, maybe the owner or the person coming to claim their ticket, so i know you're on it. thanks so much, owe mar jimenez. as the white house tries to bring brittney griner and paul whelan home, a new twist about russia's surprising demands coming up. and how house speaker nancy pelosi is visiting asia right now, chinese officials warn remember trip could be playing with fire. that disagreement ends right now. lactaid ice cream isis the creamy, real ice cream you love
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cnn learning new details about a potential prisoner swap to get both brittney griner and paul whelan out of a russian prison. sources say russian government officials are now requesting that a russian spy convicted of murder be included in the proposed swap. cnn's fred plight fred pleitgen joins us from moscow. >> reporter: hi there, fred. the u.s. proposed to trade victor bout, a russian arms dealer, for brittney griner and paul whelan. the russians have said they want another man who u.s. officials never believed it was a serious counteroffer because he's in german, not american, custody. however they did inquiry with
the germans. we have a german government source who says yes, the u.s. inquired whether something like this could be possible. it was never seriously considered. meanwhile here in russia, brittney griner is getting ready for a really, really important part of the trial she faces here on drug charges. i managed to speak to her legal people. here is what they told me. wnba star brittney griner focused on the final and decisive phase of her drug trial in russia. griner's lawyer says the athlete is keeping the faith. >> she is of course quite nervous and she knows that the end of the trial is approaching. but she really appreciates all the support she is getting. >> reporter: griner's legal team is building their strategy on efforts to get leniency from the court by showing remorse for trying to enter the country with vaping cartridges containing cannabis oil.
>> i do understand what my charges are against me. and with them being accidentally in my bags, i take responsibility. but i did not intend to smuggle or plan to smuggle anything into russia. >> reporter: the legal team believes so far their approach has worked as well as possible in a russian court. >> the court listens and accepts all our evidence. so i think that procedurally it is going how we planned. >> reporter: but conviction rates in russia are well over 90% and brittney griner faces up to ten years in prison if found guilty. the u.s. has been frustrated by the process of getting a prisonner swap with moscow to
get back griner and paul whelan. secretary of state blinken says he raised the issue with the russian foreign minister. >> i pressed the kremlin to accept the substantial proposal we put forget on the release of paul whelan and brittney griner. >> reporter: but the russians have made clear they don't want to speak publicly about prisoner swaps. >> translator: this topic was discussed over a year ago during the geneva meeting between presidents putin and biden. there they agreed to authorize competent people to deal with these issues. the foreign ministry is not one of them. >> reporter: brittney griner's legal team says they have not been made aware of any negotiations and are only focused on the tough legal battle ahead. >> she asked to say that she loves everybody and misses her family, of course her wife. and again she appreciates a lot the huge support she's getting
from the wnba, from the sports community in the u.s., in russia, worldwide. she's very grateful and it really means a lot to her. >> reporter: and fredericka, her legal team said it was very important for brittney griner to get that message out there that obviously she is very focused and does really appreciate all the support she's getting not just from the u.s. but of course from around the world. and speaking further to her legal team, obviously they say right now they're very much focused on the trial, very much trying to get a good outcome but they also said they would really appreciate if there was a prisoner swap to make sure that brittney griner gets home as fast as possible, fredericka. >> and the feeling is, if there is to be a prisoner swap, it would be at the completion of the trial, it wouldn't shorten the trial, correct? >> reporter: yes, that's exactly correct. her legal team also said they believe a verdict would probably have to happen before a prisoner swap could happen.
>> all right, fred pleitgen, thank you so much, in moscow. house speaker nancy pelosi on a trip to asia right now, visiting u.s. allies including japan. but they big question is whether they will visit taiwan. that prospect is stoking tensions with china. the chinese foreign ministry says president xi jinping has warned the u.s. directly it's playing with fire if pelosi makes a stop there. cnn's blake essex is in asia with more. >> reporter: as you mentioned, one question remains unanswered, will the self-governing island of taiwan be on nancy pelosi's agenda on her trip to asia. the prospect of her visit has already created a headache not only for the white house but it's also infuriated china with
beijing vowing to respond and some chinese analysts suggesting that response could involve the military, raising concerns of a possible military miscalculation in the air or sea if both china and the u.s. increase their operations. an analyst, jim heinz, told cnn's wolf blitzer that the speaker can travel wherever she wants and everybody needs to take a breath. >> if i were in beijing right now i would think the last thing you would want would be to create more problems in an already friction-laden relationship, flying military aircraft near the speaker r sp speaker's aircraft, whatever it might be. >> reporter: if the trip happens, fredericka, it would be the highest level u.s. visit to
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debris from a massive chinese booster rocket is due to land somewhere on earth in the next few hours. the 23-ton rocket is ten stories tall and launched last sunday to deliver a module to china's space station. and with its job completed, the rocket is now in an uncontrolled descent toward earth's atmosphere and it's not yet clear where on earth it would land. right now u.s. space command is tracking the debris. joining me right now is canadian astronaut chris hatfield, the former commander of the international space station and the author of "the apollo murders." he sits on the space advisory board for virgin galactic. commander hatfield, so good to see you. so help us understand, this huge rocket is right now in kind of a free fall descent. it's an uncontrolled descent. and how is it tracked, what kind of notice might we get on where
on earth it might land? >> sure, hi, fredericka. i built this really nice simulator for you. this is the rocket. on the 24th of july, it delivered that big new piece of the chinese space station so it went up to dock with the space station. now you've got this empty old rocket body tumbling around the world, going five miles a second. it gets close enough to the atmosphere that it gets a tiny bit of drag slowing it down, so each orbit gets a tiny bit lower until sort of like something going down the drain, eventually it's going to get right into the atmosphere and then most of it it's going to burn up. but some of the big, heavy pieces will make it right down and hit the surface. that's what's going to happen in the next 45 minutes. >> five miles a second, that explains what i read that said it could circle the world in an hour and a half before it starts to, as you say, break up. something like 20% of its
totality might be falling, that's like 20,000 pounds that will end up somewhere, and rather quickly. any kind of idea where it might be? >> well, the trouble is, it's actually want sun, i don't know if you ever looked into it, but the sun sort of pulses like a big bass drum. every 11 years. when it reaches its loudest max, it puts a lot more energy towards the earth every 11-year cycle and that makes our atmosphere grow a little bit, sort of expanding like hot air. so it's really hard to predict, as this thing's tumbling through the air, because our atmosphere's size is growing and shrinking a tiny bit. so the best answer to your question, fredericka, is probably in between mainland u.s. and hawaii, somewhere out there in the pacific. but it could come all the way down to the yucatan or maybe as far down as south america.
we'll know better within an hour. >> oh, my gosh. i'm sure people are leaning on the hope that somewhere in the ocean, not near any ships, and hopefully no marine life or anything like that gets disturbed or hurt through it all. so help folks understand why in the world this is happening anyway. you spent time on the international space station. the chinese are building its version of that, right? and this is part of the construction of this other location, this chinese space station. and they had to launch this rocket for what purpose before it had to come down? >> well, the rocket was just to get that piece going fast enough to stay in orbit. i flew as part of the crew on the space shuttle, twice. and we would carefully predict where the pieces of our rockets were going to land to make sure they weren't a threat to anybody. one piece would land just off the coast of florida and the other might land in the middle of the indian ocean. just this past week, a piece of
an old spacex rocket was found in a sheep paddock just near waga waga, australia, so it happens. the world gets hit by 40 tons of meteorites every day. so there's a lot of natural stuff coming out of the sky. but it's up to each country to take responsibility for their vehicles as they launch them to make sure they're not increasing the hazard to life on erarth. >> you showed us that great model with the bottle, the piece that stays up at the space station and the part that comes tumbling down. it appears to be high risk because we don't know when or where it will come down. is there another way to deliver the pieces needed to create this space station without uncontrollable rockets descending? >> sure. the newest vehicle that spacex is working on is probably the
greatest example. it's a two-stage rocket, and both stages, if i can use my silly model again. >> i love that model. >> both stages, the first one, once it's got everything up to speed, it actually has a little bit of fuel left, and engines. it can flip around backwards, land, and get used again. even the second stage, and they're working on this, a vehicle called "starship," the second stage can come around and land again so the vehicle becomes 100% reusable. we're in the infancy and space flight and figuring it out. it's a matter of common sense, regulation, and technology all coming together and doing what we collectively want people to do. the reality is, within the next, whatever, 40 minutes, a 23-ton rocket, 200 feet long, is going to crash somewhere in the world. >> oh, my gosh. you did a great job explaining to us why in the world this is happening and what potentially to expect. thank you so much, command chris hatfield, good to see you.
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i mean, in normal times it would be a huge, huge bill. and a lot of attention on it. >> we haven't had normal times in a long time. i think the abnormal is kind of our normal right now, quite frankly. so if this bill does pass, the government would be able to also negotiate with drug makers for lower prices on certain medicines for the first time ever. and it would cap what seniors on medicare pay for drugs each year at $2,000. that sounds, you know, quite sizable. how big of a potential victory is that, particularly for people, you know, who have been struggling for a very long time on escalating prices of their prescriptions? >> i think for the medicare cap, it's very important and long overdue. i think the drug price negotiation is a baby step forward. it's kind of the camel's nose under the tent. in and of itself, not wildly
impressive. negotiations would start for drugs in 2026. only ten drugs by the end of the decade, we'll get to 20 drugs. there's a lot of restrictions on which drugs can be negotiated. thereof to be no biosimilars, no generics, they have to be on the market for a very long time, i.e. their patents are almost about to expire. so i'm not expecting a huge amount. but i think it's a start. and in that regard, it's very, very important. and if everyone's comfortable, it hasn't torpedoed innovation as the drug companies keep claiming, then more serious drug price regulation i think is a distinct possibility. >> you're credited with being the architect, one of the a architects of obamacare. in your view does this breathe
new life into the affordable care act or extend its life and viability? >> so last year -- i mean, it's here, it's permanent, it's shaped american health care in so many ways. to say breathe new life, it's vibrant. if you're in the health care field, the affordable care act is shaping decisions every single day. i think the real issue is these exchanges where about 14 1/2 to 15 million americans get coverage. and we expected more. we expected 30 million. there are lots of reasons for that. but one of them is increasing the subsidies so that people don't have to pay as much out of pocket and that the insurance they get really covers a lot of their health care bills. and this bill will help with that, it will retain 3 million people who got coverage under
enhanced subsidies during covid. hopefully more people will come in and realize there are good deals to get health insurance. that again is very important. the problem i have with it is that the subsidy increases are temporary. only three years. they expire in 2025 rather than making them permanent. >> are you worried about that, then? >> yes, i'm always worried, because congress has to come back and reapprove them. >> we'll leave it there for now, it's half glassful, right? it sounds like -- >> oh, no, i think this is a big bill, and it's a good step forward. >> okay. dr. zeke emanuel, good to see you, thanks for coming back. >> take care. of course we continue to monitor the fatal flooding in kentucky. at least 25 people dead. but the officials fear that number could rise as efforts to find people in the devastation continues. more on that and the efforts to help those impacted, next. ?
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. all right, the u.s. on high alert this morning as the monkey pox outbreak continues to grow. right now there are nearly 5,000 recorded cases and cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta goes inside of a clinic treating the virus. some of the images are graphic. >> what you're looking at are monkeypox lesions. on 33-year-old adam's arm, face, legs and even his eye. >> right under the eyelash next to the eyeball. >> the previous week he gone to a festival. and after he returned, he
received an email from festival organizers saying someone who attended had monkeypox. >> the last exposure that i could think of was on the 3rd of july. and then by the 11th, that is when i first noticed the marks on my arm. >> that is important. it is called the incubation period. the time between being exposed and first developing symptoms. it could be anywhere from 6 days to as long as 21 days in this outbreak. >> and then by the 12th, that is a full on fever. >> within three days of the fever, adam continues to break out in rashes, even in the back of his throat. and those were the worst. adam could hardly eat or even speak. the only thing that seemed to help, gargling with lidocaine solution. >> have you ever experienced anything like this. >> i would kind of liken it to a cross breed between covid, strep throat, mono, in addition to the
pox. >> dr. stacy lane is founder of the central outreach wellness center in pittsburgh. it is a center focused on lgbtq health. she's also adam's doctor. >> he had a lesion on the inside of his lid. but if that would rupture, he would auto inoculate his eye. >> turns out about 25% of people developed lesions around their eyes and if the infection spreads to their cornea, it could cause blindness. >> so i treated him. >> that is right. there is a treatment for monkeypox. it is an anti-viral known as t-pox. it is been approved since 2018 in the united states to treat smallpox. that is a virus in the same family as monkeypox. and recent studies have now shown effectiveness against monkeypox as well. >> what are you seeing in terms of response to this medication? >> really only been involved with three cases now intimately to watch the progression through
pictures and literally melting away within i would say three doses. >> but here is the issue. 4900 people have been diagnosed and just over 230 patients have actually been treated with the medication. >> what is the level of awareness of t pox. >> i think it is minimal. this is a disease that is in the gay community. >> in in ways the story of t pox is a remarkable one. years agoowd of concern that smallpox could be weaponized, the federal government stockpiled 1.7 million doses. but now even in the middle of the new outbreak, getting those doses to those in need has been a real challenge. >> you're talking about a five, six-day time lag to get that medication to you at a local doctor's office an the paperwork and all of the bureaucracy to make that happen is very
cumbersome. takes a few hours of your time and that is the barrier. >> i marvel that even after we eradicated smallpox, there was still the wherewithal to say let's put close to 2 million doses of a treatment, just in case, great preparedness. but i feel like the response is lagging now. >> there is a ton of health disparities in the lgbtq community. >> even in this interview. adam agreed to speak with me but he asked to use his first name and keep his face hidden. the stigma is areal. >> they do association it with being a gay man's disease or a bisexual man's disease which i think is not a great way to approach it. because any disease could be anybody's disease. >> last week the cdc did stream line the process for t pox approval. reducing the amount of paperwork and follow up requirements. dr. lane said that helps.
but it's still not enough. >> if this wasn't being defined or described as a gay, bisexual man's disease, do you think some of the barriers wouldn't be there or as big. >> most likely. right. i mean, we like to think that homophobia doesn't exist any more or racism in medicine doesn't exist any more but we have a lot of evidence to say that it does. >> lane's pittsburgh clinic is seeing such a high volume of patients with eye lesions, she was able to get approval from federal and local health authorities to keep doses on hand in their office. but they are precious. they are kept under lock and key. >> how quickly did you think it made an impact? >> within the first couple of days. >> really? >> things are night and day from where they were a week, especially two weeks ago. >> wow, extraordinary. dr. sanjay gupta, thank you so much. still ahead, we're live at the very store where one lucky person became an overnight
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