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it says domestic and international airfare over thanksgiving could cost 22% higher compared to 2019. it's even worse over christmas. a round-trip ticket on average is projected to cost you $463, 31% higher than three years ago back before the pandemic. one more stat here. over christmas, an international round trip will cost you $1300 on average. there are a few big tips to save, book your tickets ideally within the next few weeks, hopefully by october 10th according to hopper and book for times off peak and not flying on the saturday or sunday after thanksgiving and flying home on the tuesday or wednesday after could save you as much as $270. whitney? boris? >> pete, thank you so much. the next hour of "new day" starts right now. ♪ ♪ good morning.
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welcome to your "new day". >> i'm whitney wild. >> i'm boris johnson. why officials are telling people to stop coming to the site. >> the white house is slamming the bussing of migrants to the democratic-led states as a cruel, political stunt. how they're planning to fight back even as gop governors vowed to continue sending migrants elsewhere. >> plus updated covid booster shots are rolling out across the country even as the world health organization says the end of the pandemic is in sight. we will be joined by a doctor with all you need to know heading into autumn. sad news for theater fans. broadway's longest-running show announcing the final curtain. ♪ ♪
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it is a brisk autumn morning. saturday, september 17th. we are grateful to have you starting your weekend with us. welcome, whitney. >> thank you for having me, boris. >> plenty to get to this morning and no shortage of news. we begin with the battle over immigration and the migrants caught in the middle. florida governor ron desantis is vowing to transport more migrants to the southern border to so-called sanctuary cities after arranging to fly 50 people from texas to martha's vineyard off the coast of massachusetts. >> this is all part of a campaign by republican governors to protest the biden administration's immigration policies. the white house says simply these migrants are being used as political pawns. >> those taken to martha's vineyard are receiving shelter and humanitarian aid at a u.s. military base. cnn correspondent miguel marquez has more on their journey. >> after less than 48 unexpected hours in martha's vineyard nearly 50 venezuelan migrants
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were given a warm sendoff. volunteers embracing each person as they boarded busses. , then ferries and on to the next part of their long journey. their unannounced arrival wednesday all part of a campaign by texas governor greg abbot and florida governor ron desantis to so-called sanctuary cities by surprise. >> all we're trying to do is offer transport to sanctuary jurisdictions free to the alien and certainly not mandatory and that way they're able to go and these sanctuary jurisdictions can put their money where their mouth is. >> these immigrants were picked up in texas and others were taken to a hotel to wait and then boarded planes. well, we didn't know until last minute our destination such as new york where our relatives reside, he says. paolo mora and other immigrants said they were promised all sort of things including onsjobs and
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housing. nothing that happened. we were told by a foundation that in this case remains unknown, he says. it's the latest account of migrants seemingly deceived and dropped off. >> from washington, d.c.. >> they felt fooled and their suffering was exploited. >> to confusion in new york city. >> standing at port authority he asked me and how do i get to portland, oregon? >> to california where governor gavin newsom has asked the department of just tice to openn investigation into the practice. >> what ron desantis is doing is a disgrace and monstrous. >> they did get a packet that had a map of martha's vineyard and also treated very well with all of this. they're treated well with meals and everything. >> while volunteers and officials in martha's vineyard promptly responded and cared for their unexpected guests, lawyers
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assisting the immigrants say the stop did nothing but detour already desperate people. >> it is sickeningly cruel, throwing obstacles in the way of people fleeing violence and oppression some of whom walked through ten countries in the hopes of finding safety. >> my heartbreaks for them because they were not the first priority. they're in my heart forever. i don't know what else to say. >> look, there is no doubt that these immigrants were well taken care of by the people here on martha's vineyard. the people here on the vineyard and across the country raised money, almost $200,000 to help them as they move on in their journey, but plmany of these people are trying to maintain their status here. they're here from venezuela, fleeing political oppression. they have immigration hearings coming up across the country. los angeles, washington state,
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cincinnati, back in texas, washington, d.c., all over the place and the idea of sending them here to martha's vineyard, an island off the coast of massachusetts in an already complicated journey. back to you. >> thank you. president biden has said simply that he thinks they're just playing politics with people. that's it. >> let's take you to the white house now and cnn white house reporter jasmine wright who earlier this week reported that the white house was having meetings over a coordinated response to this. jasmine, good morning. what are you learning? >> yeah, boris. they're having meetings, but they're also leaning in on criticism against those two republican governors ron desantis and greg abbot. the white house feels those governors miscalculated and they're intensifying their criticism against them. we heard president biden saying they're playing games. we heard from the vice president last night who said that they are playing political stunts with human beings and it is her
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residents in which migrants are being dropped and her husband, second gentleman doug emhoff said that it was shameful. rhetoric came from the podium here at the white house from white house press secretary kareen jean pierre. take a listen. >> these migrants were reportedly misled about where they were headed, told they were would be headed to boston, misled about what they would be provided when they arrived, promised shelter, refuge, benefits and more. these are the kinds of tactics we see from smugglers in places like mexico and guatemala, and for what? a photo-op? >> so in addition to that intensified language that we just heard there, the white house is also calling for republicans to come to the table on some type of immigration reform. of course, that has little to no chance of passing with the makeup of this congress and
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obviously republicans feel that this is an issue that they can push ahead of the midterm. so that means that conversations are happening internally. a white house official told me that a meeting between biden officials happened lear at the white house on crucial immigration issues like operational things, but think, one has to think that they would also talk about this situation of bussing and flying migrants. separately, we know that department of justice officials and department of homeland security officials have been discussing about litigation options, potentially that could have come up in the meeting, as well. so you're right. no public announcement of a coordinated response here, but certainly discussions are happening in the building behind me. boris? whitney? >> jasmine wright reporting from the white house. keep us posted on what you hear. >> all right. in about two and a half hours president biden and the first lady will leave for london to meet hundreds of other global leaders and dignitaries for the
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funeral on monday. >> thousands lining up to pay their respects as the queen lies in state at westminster hall. >> king charles and prince william went to greet those that have been waiting for hours and some overnight and cold temperatures, too. >> cnn's nara bashir. what a surprise to those waiting in line. 16 hours some of them to see the new king and the prince of wales. >> absolutely, boris. this was a huge surprise to many of the people that are standing beside us that have met the new king and prince of wales. they've been waiting all night to enter the palace of westminster to pay their respects to queen elizabeth who is lying in state at westminster hall. we have seen that visit from king charles iii. i am joined by emi, she's been here since 2:45 in the morning
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waiting to enter. she just actually met the prince of wales. what was that like? >> amazing. amazing. i feel like everybody dreams of a moment like this with any celebrity and also with the royal family because they're just world known. it's absolutely amazing, and it's quite important to me as well because my family are quite royalists and my nana especially, as well, because she's been lucky enough to speak to princess diana and princess anne in the past, and she -- she wanted to be here today and unfortunately wasn't able to be, and i was able to speak to a royal as well and keep it in the family and it was quite nice. >> you got to shake hands with prince william and exchange a few words. >> unfortunately, not and he said thank you very much for everyone being here and he was moving along with everybody else and it was an amazing experience. >> why is it so important for your family to be able to take part in this moment?
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>> i think because queen elizabeth obviously was the longest reigning monarch in life. it's just one of the most historical moments, and i think if anybody has the chance to be able to come down to london and pay their respects before monday i think everybody should because it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we are never going to -- a lot of us will never be able to do this again with a female monarch, so -- >> and we are bringing in a new royal with king charles iii. for a lot of young people wonder whether the monarchy can be transformed for britain. what do you think on that? >> i think charles will do a good tourism and will do good for the country and it's going to be interesting to see all of the new changes because he's obviously a male monarch now and we'll have new post boxes and stamps and things like that, so everyone is quite excited about it. >> thank you very much. good luck.
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>> thank you very much. >> as you can see behind me, it is still very crowded and people ran down here to meet the new monarch and meet the prince of wales who just came by to shake hands and people have been waiting for hours and many of them overnight and it is very busy, as you can see. we are just across the river from the palace of westminster where the queen is lying and there are still a few hours to go and many have been waiting for hours and this will be ongoing until early monday morning and that is, of course, the morning of the queen's funeral and it will be lelheld westminster abbey. >> cnn will be covering the only way cnn can live monday morning. thank you so much. get ready to see on tv and online encouraging people over 50 years old to get their booster shots for covid-19. fears of a global recession sending stocks into a freefall. it's not a pretty picture. it's not a pretty picture. we will look at markets next..
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months the biden administration is debuting a video at encouraging more video to get the updated covid-19 booster shot especially folks 50 and older. >> that's a particularly vulnerable age group. right now less than a third of americans have received the booster shot and the cdc saying that it's people more than 50 years old who accounted for hospitalizations between april and june. cnn health reporter jacqueline howard has more on all of this. >> the biden administration has been rolling out public service announcements and paid advertisements as part of this education campaign to really encourage people to get their covid-19 shots and so this latest video ad is just the latest installment of this ongoing effort. cnn was the first to report this
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new ad. it's the first ad for the updated vaccine which is now available at pharmacies and doctors' offices and the ad specifically targets adults 50 and older. between april and june of this year adults 50 and older did account for about 85.6% of covid-19 hospitalizations and about 95.7% of deaths. that's according to cdc data, but the data also consistently show that getting boosted reduces the risk of severe disease and death, and now this latest rollout of an updated vaccine might just be the start of an annual routine where we could have a new covid-19 shot each fall. just like we have an updated flu shot each year and the white house has said before that an annual covid-19 shot possibly could be in the future. back to you. >> our thanks to jacqueline howard for the great reporting.
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let's dig deeper now with dr. james philips an associate professor of emergency medicine at george washington university. good morning, good to have you up bright and early for us. fewer than a third of all americans have gotten their booster shot and why is it important to get one right now? >> people are due. what is good is that two-thirds of americans have started their series or completed their initial series. getting boost side critical as we enter into the months where people are doing more inside activities and being in situations where they're gathering with friends and family and it's the same things that make cold viruses and flu viruses more prevalent during the winter. what's super important now is that we finally have a vaccine and a bivaliant vaccine to stimulate our immune system to the, on original virus and ba.4 and ba.5 which make up the vast
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circulating virus right now so hopefully it will give people the immunity they need for the winter months. >> it's an update booster for the winter virus. who should get it right now and who should perhaps wait. >> fortunately, we have evidence that tells us exactly who should be doing this and the department of health and human services and the biden administration are rolling out this campaign. 50 and older and they're the most likely to have a bad outcome if they'll have a bad outcome. copd and things that we talk about through the entire pan the demic. if we can specifically target those folks we have the best chance of reducing death and mosh i idity to the public. >> similar to a flu shot right? >> all vaccines are similar in the way that they're provided to stimulate their immune system to fight the virus.
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flu vaccine is also most critical for people over the age of 50. >> right. >> and people who have pre-existing health conditions to help protect them. >> what if you recently had covid. for example, i had it in may, how long should i wait to get boosted? >> that's a very important question. i had it in march and even though it was an omicron variant it knocked me down for three weeks and i have mild asthma. e even though i'm not 50 yet, it's important to heed the message. everyone needs the shot particularly over 50. if you've had covid, the cdc is recommending that you wait three months in order to get the full benefit of your booster. if you've been recently boosted and finished your recent series, they recommend waiting two to three months. as long as you're in the window of two to three months after the last booster or recovering from covid you should get the bivaliant vaccine. >> doctor, i wanted to ask you about a new report from the
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lancet commission. they called the more than 6 million deaths from coronavirus a profound tragedy and a quote, massive global failure. you're talking about more than a million deaths here in the united states alone. what do you think are the lessons that could be learned from what we just went through? >> it's a really important document. as a disaster medicine specialist, one of the things that we do whenever we hold an exercise or we evaluate a disaster that's occurred, we do what's called an after-action report. we analyze every aspect of the response and the recovery thus far to the event and it helps us derive these lessons learned that we try to get from every tragedy. this is sort of an end of the beginning after-action report as we're at this point in the pandemic and it is important because their critiques are warranted. they talk about how internationally we failed to come together as different countries and work together. we failed as individual countries and even individual governments in our failure to take things seriously, our
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failures in transparency and communication, and what i'll tell you is a unifying theme of all after-action reports following disasters, it's communication, communication, communication every single time and it started with first being notified about the virus, understanding the airborne component of it and allowing us to adapt our responses both as a single country and internationally that would have lessened the transmission of the virus. >> and looking forward, perhaps, adapting to misinformation likely would have been something that could have prevented more death along the way. we have to leave the conversation there. dr. james philips, always appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> of course. stocks fell friday after the ominous report from fedex. >> good morning, whitney and boris. the fedex ceo was pretty direct about where he thinks the economy is going. in a cnbc interview where he actually blindsided investors he gave a pretty ominous warning that he thinks the slowdown in
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his business shows we're on a path towards a worldwide recession and fedex believes things will only get worse as we head toward the end of the year. in a pre-earnings announcement fedex said it missed revenue targets by a half billion dollaring. research analyst ken heckster from bank of america told me that fedex's announcement shows that the u.s. economy is decelerating and it is one more xafrmel of the drumbeat getting louder and louder about where the economy is headed. heckster says other companies over the past few months have noticed a slowdown in the economy, too, like walmart and target indicating they have too much inventory and amazon closing warehouses because they overbuilt. so fedex is just another canary in the coal mine. its announcement caused shares of fedex to tank more than 20% and also causing a frenzy in the market because fedex is seen as a barometer for the bigger economy and the thinking is if it's doing poorly, what does that mean for the economy as a
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whole? which brings me to a fun fact for the weekend. former federal reserve chair alan greenspan himself used to think of fedex as an economic bellwether, as well, similar to how he saw mren's underwear sals as a key predictor. if sales drop, it shows a pullback in spending of men's underwear. it's just one of the many strange ways experts try to predict booms and busts. back to you, whitney and boris. >> allison, thank you. relief agencies in pakistan say flood survivors are experiencing a rage of illnesses after the disaster. more on that after the breakak. or... his nose.
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♪ we want to take a look at some of the top stories we are following this hour. the death toll from pakistan's floods has risen to more than
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1500 including at least 500 children. almost 13,000 people have also been injured and in the last 24 hours alone more than 36,500 homes have been partially or fully destroyed from flooding. a humanitarian disaster is unfolding there. >> unicef says 16 million children have been impacted by pakistan's super floods and 3.4 million remain in need of immediate life-saving support due to disease or malnourishment. >> a storm is heading toward northern california's mosquito fire. heavy wind from the storm might cause those flames to actually jump over the containment lines, however, there's a little bit of hope. higher humid itd and rain throughout the weekend could help keep all of this under control. the mosquito fire is the largest fire in california this year. it is now burning at more than 71,000 acres and only 20% of it is contained so far. and broadway's longest-running show sadly
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closing its doors. phantom of the opera will only play for five more months before the final curtain on february 18th and that is a month after the show's 35th anniversary. quite a run. quite a run. ticket sales for the production have slowed during the pandemic dropping to 30,000 weekly attendees over the last four months, however if you are a phantom fan you can catch it internationally. you can see it in london. you can see it in australia. you can hop a flight to china. it will still be playing in those locations. >> pivoting our focus now to the war in ukraine, president biden is warning russian president vladimir putin that there will be consequences if the kremlin uses chemical weapons in that conflict. >> putin's recent battle losses have enraged his own citizens including those pro-war activists. cnn's matthew chance has more. ♪ ♪ >> ukraine's gain here set to
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dramatic music by their own troops is increasing putin's loss. russia's stunning military setbacks stirring broad, public criticism at home with shocked military hardliners forcing anger. >> hi, i'm dimitri. >> and dozens of elected local politicians signing an official petition offered demanding president putin be impeacheded. he offered to pay his fines and even to hide him if the kremlin tries to put him in jail. >> obviously, russian army is being destroyed right now. so we lose people. we'll lose weapons, and we'll lose our ability to defend. >> that fact the russian army is suffering these setbacks and that is fueling anger, isn't it? not just amongst liberal aspects of russian society, but also
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among hardliners as well. they're furious. >> yeah. actually pro-war activists now really feel betrayed and there is a point where both liberal group of people and the pro-war group of people can have the same goal. >> like these early anti-war protesters in moscow back in february, hard liners complain of russia being too soft on ukraine and sending woefully underprepared troops into battle. but it's the of heavy price russia is paying where there may be common cause. >> hi. >> why another russian chancellor has filed a second petition calling for putin to resign. the kremlin strong man, she told me, is depriving russians of a future. >> russians become poor.
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they are not welcome anywhere and there's less facilities, supplies. russia doesn't really produce anything itself, and i don't know what future can be for the country which is isolated. >> can you talk to me about what impact that lack of a future is having on people had you speak to? >> oh, well, it's quite depressive now, very depressive atmosphere in russia and the frustration feeling fear, anger, shame. >> the kremlin insists the mood of the people is still with the russian president. the growing criticism at home and abroad may at least threaten to take the swagger out of putin's step. matthew chance, cnn, london. school districts across the u.s. are trying to recruit teachers in new and creative
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ways. coming up next we're talking to a superintendent in missouri who says to bring in the teachers, he has to drop a day from the school week, and he says there is a huge insensitive and the big question is how do parents feel about it and how is this in the community and how is this affecting students? all of that coming up after the break. great, that was my third d red-eye this month. is my eye twitching? you don't have to choose a spending categorory or remember to opt in. sir? what happened? your cash back automatically adjusts for you. wonderful. earn 5% cash back that automatically adjusts to your top eligible spend category up to $500 spent each billing cycle with the citi custom cash℠ card. ♪ when you really need to sleep. you reach for the really good stuff. zzzquil ultra helps you sleep better and longer when you need it most. its non-habit forming an powered by the makers of nyquil.
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time filling open positions. so maysville, missouri, though, thinks it has found the answer. maysville is a small area, it's a rural area. the district there is moving to a four-day school week. so here's how it works. no school on mondays. the other remaining days are 30 minutes longer. so you have fewer days, but longer hours. of the 464 school districts in missouri, about a quarter have moved to four-day weeks this year. now we'll bring in the architect of this and this is the maysville superintendent chris hueslinga. what are you learning? how are the students reacting to this and how are parents reacting? >> it is early in the game with this. so far parents have endorsed it. students enjoy having the extra monday off because there are so many activities and being it's a small community they like to do
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family things so having the extra day off really helps. >> how did you get parents to support this because i wonder if parents say now i'm losing a day of -- teachers are not just glorified babysitters, but the reality is it does comprise the bulk of schchild care for worki parents. i'm wondering that you got buy-in from two-parent households where there are two parents that are households and how did you get them to buy into the idea? >> buy-in, that was the number one reason. 80% was buy-in and we asked the local churches to see if they can help and we also asked other districts that went to a four-day week and that was the number one concern and over time people figured it out and found babysitters. we'll be surveying to see how things are going, but right now,
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we've not heard any resistance. >> and how are the students reacting academically? how do you know that this works for them? >> we've only been in school for four weeks and we run weekly reports of ds and fs and one thing we can do is we can look at last year's ds and fs and we were able to put a support in where at the high school we have a 50-minute block of time where students that are struggling will get extra support. so we built in supports within the day to help students that are struggling because the bottom line is our students. >> so how will you know that this is going to work for you long term and what are the key performance indicators that you're watching. >> student attendance and staff attendance and ultimately academics and looking at our test scores and also just the culture of the building and the culture of the community and culture of the staff and also we look at the mental health.
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i think you can look at many factors to determine whether or not this was a success. >> so did it help with recruitment? are you guys at 100% with positions filled? how did people out there who are looking for teaching jobs react? >> we're a small school so we don't have a lot of applicants to begin with. instead of having three or four applicants we may have five to seven. there are some people that applied here just because we were going into a four-day week and we were late into the game and it was an april win and by then a lot of positions were being filled. everything is filled. we have two positions that are not completely fully certified and our goal is to retain our staff at maysville, and we want to keep our teachers here and not go into a neighboring district or to a larger district. >> chris, thank you so much. we really,a appreciate your time. >> thank you. you have a great day. >> still ahead, officials in mississippi are looking into allegations that millions of
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sorry. nfl hall of famer brett favre is denying any wrongdoing after his text messages were included in a lawsuit over misspent welfare funds in mississippi. >> the lawsuit stems into an investigation into how the state spent tens of millions of federal money that was intended to go to those most in need. cnn's diane gallagher has that story. >> new court documents filed this week include text messages that appear to show mississippi's former governor
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helping hall of famer brett favre secure millions to build a volleyball facility, money meant for funds for needy families in one of the nation's poorest states. something the former quarterback could not know at the time. >> he had no idea where it came from. >> the text messages first revealed by mississippi today as part of the years long investigative reporting into the scandal were entered into the state civil lawsuit on monday for the non-profit founded by nancy new who has already pleaded guilty to charges related to the overall welfare funds scheme which the state auditor has called the largest public fraud scheme in mississippi history. new's son has also pleaded guilty to charges related to the scheme. court documents show that he knowingly transferred public funds intended for needy families for the construction of the volleyball facility. the batch of nancy new's texts start in 2017 and appear to show
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former governor phil bryant favre knew and others to secure the volleyball center on august 3rd, 2017, court documents show that favre texted nancy new. if you were to pay me, is there any way the media can find out where it came from and how much? she responded, no. we have never had that information publicized. i understand you being uneasy about that, though. the next day adding, wow, just got off the phone with phil bryant. he is on board with us. we will get this done. bryant texted new. just left brett favre. can we help him with his project? we should meet soon to make sure i keep your projects on course. favre and new text updates forwarding each other messages from bryant on the funding status. in august 2019 favre tells nancy new he september sent to me that
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he has seen it but that, hint, hint, you need to reword it to get it accepted. he forwarded a message allegedly from the governor instructing how to rework the funding proposal. at one point new asked, confidential. do you get the impression the governor will help us? favre responded i really feel like he is trying to figure out a way to get it done without actually saying it. months later, governor bryant asked new whether she had gotten any of the new programs from the state's department of human services. new responded in part, someone was definitely pulling for us behind the scenes. thank you. bryant responded with a smile emoji. neither favre nor bryant have been charged with anything related to the welfare fund scheme. in a statement the former governor's attorney told cnn in part cases should be tried in courts of law where rules of law govern and privileges expected. they should not be tried in the press from innuendo sometimes gets confused with facts. anna wolf said she began digging
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on the volleyball center funding in 2020, asking favre and briebt about the project then. >> brett favre told us that he did not discuss the volleyball project with the governor, which is flat-out proven to be incorrect by the text messages that we uncovered this week. and the governor also, you know, tried to distance himself from the project and said he didn't know anything about it. >> reporter: this is not the first time the former quarterback's name has been associated with the scheme. last year he was forced to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars that the state auditor said was illegally paid to favre from welfare funds for speeches favre never gave. the mississippi native said in may of 2020 that he had no knowledge the money he had received was misappropriated. >> more to learn on that. diane dgallagher, thank you. hurricane watches are up in puerto rico and the dominican republic as parts of fiona begins to close in.
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>> let's go to allison chinchar. >> we're starting to see showers and thunderstorms begin to appear across several areas. really that far southeastern portion of puerto rico really starting to see a lot of that cloud cover fill back in at this point. a lot of the heavy rain showers will likely continue in the next few hours. sustained winds with fiona are 60 miles per hour, gusting up to 70. we anticipate those to get a little bit stronger. that's why you have hurricane watches. that's the pink color you see for portions of the u.s. virgin islands as well as puerto rico. the blue color indicates tropical storm warnings. again, the forecast for fiona is for it to intensify and strengthen into a category 1 storm likely in the next 24 to 36 hours. sometime late sunday into early monday. by that point it will make its way over toward hispaniola before making a right-hand turn to the north steering away from the mainland u.s.
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with that said, you are still likely to get some rip currents and high surf along the east coast of florida in the coming days even though the storm itself will be a little farther away from shore. in the short term, heavy rainfall will be one of the big concerns across the u.s. virgin islands and puerto rico. we're talking widespread 4 to 6 inches but as much as 8 to 10 in some places. >> allison chinchar. thank you so much. thank you for spending your morning with us. after an hour of smer kconishsm we're coming back. thanks for being with us. "smer kconish "smerconish" us next.
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migrants vineyard. i'm michael smerconish in philadelphia. this week ron desantis joined the escalating battle between red state governors and the biden administration over the southern border with a showy maneuver he knew would ignite a media blitz around an animating issue for republican voters as the midterms loom. on wednesday desantis took credit for directing two planes carrying 50 migrants to martha's vineyard where everyone from the obamas to larry david have vacation spreads. the next day not to be outdone, texas governor greg abbott who for months has


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