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3:00 on air and on live stream, answering your questions. tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the passenger jet off the runway in houston. the united airlines flight at bush airport. what pilots reported just beforehand. emergency crews rushing to the scene. the abortion showdown on capitol hill. the democrats efforts to start a process to protect roe versus wade to make it federal law fail. senate republicans blocking the vote. the democratic senator joining them. rachel scott live on the t horf that killed 98 people. tonight, nearly $1 billion for families of the victims and survivors. the judge appearing stunned by the number. what the judge said. the newly released 9d 11 call tonight. you can hear the capital murder suspect and that former corrections officer moments after they crash.
what former officer vicky white said before authorities say she took her life. the economy tonight. the numbers on inflation showing alarming dynamics still at play. but the question, have we reached the peak, with record high gas prices and what president biden announced today when it comes to farmers. the war in ukraine. and tonight, u.s. defense secretary loild austin now warning vladimir putin, an attack on nato allies is, quote, a fight he really doesn't want to have. ian pannell in ewe train tonight. the dire new warning on climate. warning more than 2 billion people around the world will face water scarcity, including 160 million children. matt gut maunman reporting froma tonight. the white house this evening calling for an investigatihoth palestinian american journalist, killed in the west bank. and here at home, the severe storms as we come on the air tonight. tornado watches across several states at this hour and we'll time this out. also, unsettling news on
that baby formula shortage. what the makers of the formula are now saying. and remembering an nba great tonight. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. news from the hill tonight. republicans blocking the democrats. also that major development, the settlement after the surfside, florida, condo collapse. but we are going to begin tonight with that breaking headline from houston. the passenger jet going off the runway. the plane operated by united airlines ending up off that runway. 16 people onboard, 13 passengers and three crew members. what the pilots told the tower just before this happened. abc's mireya villarreal leading us off from texas tonight. >> reporter: the faa says this united express plane from
victoria, texas, had just come in for a landing around 2:30 this afternoon at houston's george bush intercontinental airport when the plane lost nose-wheel steering. the plane rolling off the runway and onto the grass. >> looks like there's a plane in the grass that landed in front of us. >> reporter: authorities say there were no injuries among the 13 passengers and three crew onboard. >> this is the captain of the aircraft, the united express aircraft here off the runway. we need to somehow to get out of here. the passengers are fine in the back, there are no damages of any kind. >> reporter: those passengers bussed to the terminal as ground crews moved in to inspect the jet. david, that runway is now shut down while crews work to get the plane off the runway so the faa can now come in and investigate exactly what went wrong. david? >> sumireya, thank you. in the meantime, to capitol hill at this hour, and the showdown across this country over abortion. tonight, efforts by democrats in the senate to begin the process of protecting roe versus wade
with a federal law failing. republicans blocking them, along with a democratic senator. the democrats knew they didn't have the numbers, but they wanted every senator on the record on this. rachel scott on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, democrats forcing a vote to safeguard abortion rights. >> all of us will have to answer for this vote for the rest of our time in public office. >> reporter: with the supreme court likely to overturn roe versus wade, democrats say it's just the beginning. >> they are coming after your birth control. they are coming after plan b and iuds. and right here in the senate, they are talking about a federal abortion ban. a federal abortion ban. >> reporter: senate minority leader mitch mcconnell recently said it is possible republicans could pass a federal abortion ban if they win back congress. today, he called the democrats' bill radical. >> this bill would take us to an even more extreme and darker place.
>> reporter: the bill would make abortion rights outlined in roe versus wade federal law. it would also override state laws banning abortion before 24 weeks and abolish state restrictions like mandatory ultrasounds and waiting periods. those provisions convincing democratic senator joe manchin to join every single republican in voting no. >> it wipes 500 -- 500 state laws off the books. it expands abortion. and with that, that's not where we are today. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: tonight -- with vice president kamala harris presiding -- the democrats bill, defeated. >> let's get to rachel scott live on the hill tonight. rachel, even with democrat joe manchin joining republicans today, i know manchin did indicate he might support a pared down bill. you have reported here that republican senators lisa murkowski and susan collins have proposed a bill with those basic protections, as well, so for
folks keeping track at home, does this go anywhere? >> reporter: david, not quite here. the two sides do still seem to be very far apart. republican senator susan collins wants protections for providers who may not want to perform abortions for religious reasons. the bottom line here is even if they did get on the same page, they would still be far short of the votes that they need to get legislation passed, david. >> rachel scott live up on the hill tonight. thank you, rachel. now to the breaking headline today, the massive settlement in the collapse of the surfside condo near miami. the judge stunned by the number. what the judge said. you'll remember the collapse nearly one year ago. the plaintiffs arguing the building was flawed and construction next door played apart, as well. tonight, reaction from the families now coming in, and here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, the surprise billion dollar settlement for the families and
survivors of the surfside building collapse. the $997 million announcement made today in a florida courtroom. miami-dade circuit judge michael hanzman saying, "i'm speechless. that's incredible news." in a class action lawsuit, the families argued that the poor construction and maintenance of champlain towers south turned catastrophic with the development of a new luxury tower next door. owners and insurers of that building had consistently denied any responsibility. it's been nearly a year since the tragic collapse that killed 98 people. last june, as family members searched for loved ones, david spoke with michael noreiga, who showed him photos of his 92-year-old grandmother hilda. >> she was the most loving person that i ever met in my entire life. i mean, she lived for her family. and i'll venture to say that she lives for her family. she was absolutely giving and she was just the type of person that was the epitome of almost the prefect grandmother, she
loved us very, very dearly. >> i can see your strength and i gather your grandmother is partly responsible for that. >> absolutely. absolutely. >> reporter: his grandmother did not survive. tonight, the noreiga family telling abc news they are still processing their loss. now, this settlement is still pending final approval. the judge says he wasn'ts everything finalized by the one-year anniversary. that's on june 24th. with payments made to the victims and the families who once lived here, the site of the champlain towers south, by the fall. david? >> we'll never forget all those families there on the scene. victor, thank you. we turn now to the economy and your money tonight. new numbers on inflation tonight, still painfully high. the consumer price index 8.3% higher compared to a year ago, but down slightly from the month before, from the 8.5% in march. those inflation pressures, though, remain strong. gas prices hitting a new record high. president biden visiting illinois today, pledging to help america's farmers to bring down food prices. here's abc's chief business and
economics correspondent rebecca jarvis tonight. >> reporter: tonight, inflation's grip on american consumers not letting up. that latest report from the government out today showing prices climbed 8.3% in april from a year ago, slower than march's 8.5% increase, but still at historic highs. at this california food bank, adelle feeling stretched thin. >> you go in the grocery store right now and everything is sticker shock, meat, eggs, everything. everything. >> reporter: food prices now climbing for 17 consecutive months. eggs up 23%. chicken up 16%. milk up 15% from a year ago. tonight, president biden proposing help for american's farmers. >> we have to keep investing in our farmers to reduce the cost, to reduce prices to consumers, and have the most productive, most efficient farmers in the world here in the united states. >> reporter: meantime, gasoline prices up 44%, rents up 5%, and
air fares up a whopping 33%. the inflation eating into wages. even after significant wage increases, up 5.5% over the last year, prices are still moving faster. >> people feel like they're chasing a moving target, because they're not keeping up. >> reporter: david, while the jobs market and consumer spending remain strong, odds are increasing of a recession with these elevated prices. goldman sachs putting the risk at 35%. that probability over the next 24 months. david? >> yeah, potentially some difficult months ahead. rebecca, thank you. now to the newly released 911 call tonight from the moments after that 11-day manhunt for a alabama murder suspect and the former corrections officer who helped him escape after that manhunt ended. tonight, casey white now back in alabama. he's facing new charges now. and the coroner confirming that vicky white took her own life. nd what they said in that car picked up on that call after the chase. here's alex perez.
>> reporter: tonight, for the first time, we're hearing the dramatic 911 call from inside the speeding car of alabama fugitives vicky white and casey white. vicky's voice, in those final seconds before their 11-days on the run came to a chaotic end in evansville, indiana. >> 911. >> stop, stop. before those airbags are going to go off and kill us. casey. >> hello? >> reporter: authorities believe the call may have been inadvertently placed. the former corrections officer, who police say orchestrated casey's escape, never responds to the operator, but is heard suggesting they ditch the car. >> air bags are going off, let's gt out and run. >> reporter: police body cam video moments later showing the mangled, overturned vehicle. >> we could hear her on the line saying she had her finger on the trigger. ep arities say th csethe 17-year law enforcement veteran shot e r dying at the hospital. officers dragging capital murder
suspect casey from that car, surrounding and handcuffing the 6'9" 38-year-old. >> casey, did you kill vicky white? >> reporter: overnight, the escaped convict, in bright yellow prison garb, extradited to alabama, appearing before a judge and charged with escape in the first degree. >> i've got every confidence that he won't get away again. >> reporter: and tonight, questions remain about why vicky white, who had an exemplary career in corrections, would herself become a criminal. >> i think vicky white was -- probably dreading having to come back and face her family and friends after what she'd done. >> reporter: and david, in attendance at that late night hearing, the family of connie ridgeway, the woman casey white is accused of killing. david? >> alex perez tonight back in indiana. thank you, alex. tonight, defense secretary lloyd austin with a new warning for voladimir putin.
secretary austin saying putin doesn't want a conflict with nato, saying this is a fight he doesn't want. here's our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell in kharkiv, ukraine's second-largest city, again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, u.s. defense secretary austin warning vladimir putin any attack on nato allies would be a game-changer. >> this is a fight that he really doesn't want to have. >> reporter: on the ground, ukrainian troops liberating more than 30 villages around kharkiv and driving the russians towards their own border. we are seeing increasing signs of ukraine kran forces on the offensive, pushing the russians back, taking more and more villages across this region. >> reporter: stary saltiv is one of the liberated areas and as the russian's retreat, these graphic images reveal a gruesome catalog of death and devastation. a convoy of civilian vehicles trying to flee the village destroyed. evidence children were here, too. a ukrainian commander says they were shot at with an automatic weapon. one car was hit with a shell.
there were quite a few people killed, he says, including children. today, we met people fleeing a village near kharkiv only just liberated. exhausted and traumatized by 75 days under russian occupation. olga, you lived through one war. what has this war been like for you? "it's terrible," she says. 92, afraid, and today, olga became homeless, too. the house confirming more aid to ukraine. this is going to go to the senate, where it is expected to pass swiftly and then to the president's desk to sign. zelenskyy tonight expressing his gratitude to the united states. david? >> all right, ian pannell in ukraine again tonight. thank you, ian. back here at home and we turn now to our abc news reporting on the climate crisis. this evening, a dire new report on land turning to desert across the globe, in fact, warning that this year alone, more than $2.3
billion people will face water scarcity, including 160 million children. abc's matt gutman reporting from kenya, and a warning tonight, the images are difficult. >> reporter: these days, it's all they eat. all you eat all day is this? ikiru, who is about 10, says it's been this way since the rain stopped and the goats started dying. palm fruit, so hard they have to bash it with rocks, just to get at the leathery flesh. tonight, at least 15 million people across the sun-blasted plains of kenya, ethiopia, and somalia, are already on the verge of starvation. half of them children. the drought killing millions of livestock. this is the kosopir river in northern kenya. 50,000 people depend on this river. now, in a good year, i would be underwater. but this is not a good year. every day, ikiru, whose name actually means rain, and his
siblings so desperate, they have to trek over ten miles to find palm fruit. and then ten miles back. and in their village with their grandmother, they spend hours harvesting the fruit's meager calories. drought, swarms of locusts, and soaring food and fuel prices means 6 million more people will fall into hunger in the coming weeks. all while aid to the region has plummeted by 95%. we made the two-hour drive to this refugee camp where the hospital now has a special ward for malnourished children. admissions up 400% just the past month. dr. sila monthe taking us inside >> they're actually in the -- >> reporter: oh, my god. the kids are so small. i didn't even see them. they just look like bundles of blankets. she estimates that 15% of the children here will not survive. is there anything that you want
americans to know? >> help us. >> reporter: david, aid groups telling me they are braced for a famine worse than the one here in 2011 in which more than 250,000 people died. they say it's not that the drought is thatmuch worse this time, it's that with the war in ukraine and with covid, donor attention is elsewhere, so they lack the resources to keep people alive. david? >> yeah, not only the drought, but the need all over the world on this. matt gutman, thank you. he'll have more tomorrow morning on "good morning america" and to learn more on how you can help these organizations working on the ground, you can go to our website, abcnews.com. in the meantime tonight, the white house is now calling for a thorough investigation after a palestinian american journalist was shot and killed while covering an israeli raid in the west bank. shireen jaziri. in disturbing video, she lay wounded, a colleague calling for help. al jazeera accusing israeli
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>> sometime in the middle of the summer, we are going to know how often we have to vaccinate people. i do not think you will see all of a sudden one day a declaration that the pandemic is over. >> it is definitely not over. cases on the rise once more and it could get worse. >> a helicopter flight comes to a terrifying end in the east bay. >> the new effort to end racial bias in traffic stops. good afternoon. >> thank you for joining us. fears of a summer search our topping headlines today. officials say 37 states including california have seen cases increase by 10%. kristen: hospitalizations up 28% nationwide, the highest level since march. the cdc projects continued increases over the next four weeks. >> a sweeping review of the cdc
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