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and attacked in his own taxi cab, the assault all caught on camera and the search for the man behind it. and we'll take a look over here for freeh month, where i just had some flashing lights pulled over to the shoulder, they just cleared. i'll check on what chp has to report coming up. >> and we'll have a look at the chilly start, christina is working on her forecast right now, a live look outside a clear look at the bay bridge from the distance, it's thursday, april 2nd. this is "today in the bay." and a very good thursday morning to you, thank you for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> and i'm sam brock. with black bands over their badges, thousands of police officers from all over the country will be in san jose today to honor officer michael johnson. johnson was killed last week while spending to a call.
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>> the memorial and procession will be large and very powerful. many major streets in the south bay will be closed. >> "today in the bay's" christie smith joins us live from los gatos where the funeral procession will begin for johnson in a few hours. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, sam and laura. certainly this is expected to be an emotional and powerful day that will begin right here in just a few hours, starting with a funeral procession that could be a quarter mile long, maybe even longer, and certainly that could impact those who are not even attending, so i wanted to show you what the route looks like at 10:00 a.m. first, of santa cruz avenue which turns into winchester boulevard and east on stephens creek boulevard which turns into san carlo street north to montgomery and autumn, that takes them to s.a.p. center where a funeral service is scheduled to begin at 11:00 this morning. police say standard security
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procedures will be in place at the s.a.p. center today. county board president dave cortez had time to spend time with the johnson family and they are satisfied and grateful. >> on duty there 24/7 at the funeral home and they expressed a great deal of gratitude for this public outpouring of support. >> reporter: the california highway patrol will use 45 motorcycle officers to guide the procession from los gatos to san jose, and then afterwards from s.a.p. center to oak hill cemetery in south san jose. reporting live in los gatos, christie smith, "today in the bay." >> thank you very much, christie. >> we have a live look at s.a.p. center this morning, it is empty now, but in just hours, mourner also start filing into the building to remember johnson. among them, california's attorney general harris, and
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former mayors gonzalez and mchenry will attend. >> there will also be a private burial at san jose's oak hill cemetery. the procession will leave s.a.p. center around 1:00 this afternoon traveling along santa clara through the heart of downtown san jose before turning south on market street and the procession will end again at that private ceremony at the cemetery. >> much if not all of san jose's police force is expected to attend today's service. who will be patrolling city streets? >> it's a team effort. "today in the bay's" kris sanchez live outside s.a.p. center with that side of the story. good morning, kris. >> reporter: good morning to you, sam and laura. just as there are preparations under way here at s.a.p. center, there are also preparations under way at sjpd headquarters will the department will grow by about 200 officers today. officers from other departments pouring in to offer help so that all sjpd officers who want to attend the memorial can do so. hundreds of officers are stepping in, you may see them in your neighborhood today if you
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live in san jose and all the police chiefs, all 13 law enforcement departments in santa clara county will leave their desks, they will get into patrol car and they, too, will hit the streets and be briefed at roll call in about an hour and a half this morning. sjpd will be home base for today, where it will be impossible to forget exactly why all of those mutual aid officers are in the city. the memorial for the department fallen officer are a reminder what could happen to any one of them on any given day, any given shift. in addition to the mutual aid, officers patrolling the city for today we expect we will see a lot of other uniforms here at s.a.p. center and at the memorial service earlier in the day as they pay their respects to their fallen colleagues. in san jose, kris sanchez, "today in the bay." >> police departments banning together, thank you very much. >> we will air the entire memorial service for officer michael johnson later this morning as well as the procession beforehand.
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coverage begins at 10:00 on nbc bay area and on our website as well, all new this morning, some east bay residents rattled awake by a small earthquake overnight. the magnitude 3.6 quake struck about a mile northwest of san ramon, a few minutes after midnight. it struck about six miles beneath the ground, so far no reports of any damage or injuries. a violent taxi cab attack was caught on camera, now san francisco police are hoping someone recognizes the attacker. >>bay's" stephanie chuang is in san francisco with a clue that may lead to an arrest. >> reporter: good morning it's one of the best things you can have in this case, video, the attack captured on a dashboard camera while the cab driver was driving on his way to the b.a.r.t. station. you can see the dash cam captures the driver trying to save his farer a couple of bucks
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taking him to a closer b.a.r.t. station. he sensed something was off when the man wouldn't slide over in his seat, kept sitting directly behind him when the man said he was going home to oakland began to beat him with a metal pedlock. >> got a bump on the head, a little blood. it could have been so much worse. >> reporter: more and more taxi drivers have cameras in their vehicle. this is in february when the passenger beat up a yellow cab driver in daly city, leaving the driver with serious facial injuries. the san francisco suspect tried to take electronics from the front passenger seat but got away with nothing. the hope is that the video goes viral and lands the attacker in jail. in san francisco, stephanie chuang, "today in the bay." >> thank you, steph. it's 5:06. a follow-up now, we've learned thement at the center of the latest security breach at san jose international airport was missing for a week beforehand. deanna predal just moved in with her aunt and uncle in sunnyvale
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after breaking up with her boyfriend. police say she scaled a fence tuesday and walked to the far side of the airport before someone spotted her. the breach is the fifth in the past year, making sjc the most breached airport in the country. not really a title you want to have. >> not the distinction they were looking for. 5:07. christina has been closely watching the futurecast and a couple of real strong chances for rain in the future. >> that's a good thing, we need the hills to stay green. we're in a drought, we'll take every drop we can get. get a free lawn watering as well but not just yet. i'll talk about that in my next report. i want to focus on the cool temperatures outside, and what you have in store for the day ahead. cold and mostly clear conditions to start, make sure you layer up, bundle up the little ones before they head off to school. make sure they have something they can peel off later on today because temperatures are going to be warm out there. we'll hit 69 degrees even in san
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francisco today. 73 for the east shore. 70 degrees on the peninsula and right around 72 degrees in the south bay, room temperature, that means you can let mother nature cool your house down, you don't have to run the ac. five degrees warmer than yesterday, a noticeable warmup. tomorrow morning we'll see less wind and as a result frost formations certainly possible, actually a frost advisory issued for areas south like salinas this morning, and tomorrow we'll have a frost advisory in our inland valley spots. the showers arrive for easter weekend. i'll show you the futurecast that sam was just talking about in just moments. first we want to check your drive, happy thursday, mike inouye. >> happy thursday, christina. we'll show you the current cast which is called a live camera westbound 580, this is your traffic flow through dublin toward the santa rita off-ramp, tas harrah, depending where your location is off the freeway. no problems through the tri
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valley area. slowing at the interchange, out of the altamont pass just a little build as we expect but the next few weeks a lighter volume of traffic around the bay, spring breaks rotating around and so are the yellow and orange blips around the south bay. no major incidents throughout san jose, silicon valley moves smoothly north up the peninsula and the like. getting in toward san francisco no problems either side of the bay. here is the east bay headed up through oakland. warriors are playing tonight, that's about the only thing marked on the maps. overnight road crews, the north bay and upper east shore freeway both at speed. 101 toe novato, san rafael to the golden gate bridge you're at speeds. east shore freeway to the bay bridge we'll look at the toll plaza a few cars in the cash lanes, not enough to show up on our live camera and easy drive off the bay and the east shore freeway. back to you. >> thank you very much. it's 5:09. i'm usually the optimist, but this is a tough one. we told you the drought was bad but now we know it's even worse.
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governor brown issues mandatory water restrictions as the drought reaches historic levels, unlike anything we've seen before. we've got new details ahead. o
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. a very good thursday morning to you. taking a live look outside this morning, see how clear it is out there, not a lot of cloud cover to keep us warm. you'll notice a dip in the temperature this is morning.
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christina is tapped in on that. it is a different world says grn brown and we have to act differently. the pictures tell the story when it comes to california's drought. on the left is video from yesterday's sierra snow survey, dead grass, not a flake of snow on the ground. on the right what the sierra looked like in the place just one year ago. for the first time in this state's history, there will be mandatory water restrictions. the governor laid out the restrictions atop the dry sierra summit. so save water he threatened heavy fines and possible rate hikes for californiaones who don't meet new conservation targets. in addition, the state is partnering with cities and counties to remove 50 million square feet of grass. that is the equivalent of about 1,150 football fields. this is perspective for you, this map was provided by the "l.a. times." the area in the circle that you
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see here is actually 50 million square feet of grass, that is more square feet than all of span tars stadium and nearby neighborhoods as well. this is 280, this is 87 for perspective. the idea is to replace that grass with drought-tolerant landscaping. >> people should realize we're in a new era, the idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day that's going to be a thing of the past. >> as for farmers in the central valley they are taking a big hit. last year they left nearly 500,000 acres unplanted because of lack of water and they may be forced to leave more land barren this year, it's very dry out there. this is the fourth year of the drought, the april snowpack survey marks the worst april snowpack in history. this graph was also provided by the "l.a. times." as earn looks for solutions to our severe drop the governor may want to look to santa cruz. santa cruz actually cut back water use by 25% last year.
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the city offered rebates to replace lawns and also imposed mandatory water rationing of 15% to 25%, for water wasters they held water school, place for customers to learn what they were doing and how topix it. if they attended and passed the test their hefty fines were reduced. >> the water is not there, so i don't think we have much of a choice at this point so i think it's a step in the right direction. >> the water department will continue to hold water school this summer, perhaps we should all attend. we will have many other stories on the drought in the coming weeks. for details how the cuts will affect you, head to our website and search "historic drought." the historic lows, the snowpack, rain. in the bay area the poverty rate is near an historic high right now. report released yesterday shows more than 800,000 people in the entire bay area living below the poverty line. to give you an idea of how big
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that number is, the 2010 census found about 800,000 people lived in san francisco alone n san francisco 800,000. the poverty line ranges from an annual income of about $11,000 a year for one person to around $24,000 a year for a family of four. here's a breakdown of the numbers, california's poverty rate is just under 17% while the percentage of people living in port in the entire country around 16%. here in the bay area, san francisco has the highest poverty rate at 13.8%, while santa clara county is about 10.5%. despite that, the silicon valley has shown promising news in other economic areas. over the last 12 months santa clara county added jobs at a nearly 5.4% rate that would be the strongest in the entire country. >> possibly good news for people working at mcdonald's, a hefty pay raise. >> for that we turn to landon dowdy who joins us live from cnbc world headquarters. good morning, landon.
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>> sam and laura, good morning to you both. mcdonald's is raising minimum wage for full and part-time employees at its company-owned locations and will start offering vacation benefits. 90,000 employees are expected to see a 10% raise in wages starting in july, and it could drive its competitors to follow suit. several regulators charging two major food companies with manipulates wheat futures in a scheme that allegedly raised more than $5 million in profits. they are accused of manipulating prices. regulators are speaking unspecified penalties and restitution for violation of u.s. commodities laws. on wall street futures are lower ahead of the open, all of the major indices closing in the red red, the dow touching its lowest level since february 3rd, falling 77 points to 17,698 and
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the nasdaq down to 4880. where is that scott mcgrew? >> he will be back at the beginning of next week. we'll tell him you miss him. >> he's not ill, he's vacationing. he should come back well rested. >> oh. >> maybe he left because it was april fool's day. no longer, but we still think this is a little funny. tesla prarnked its fans postinga video about the new feature for the model s, ticket aviedance modes. they'll move automatically if it detects a meter maid nearby. it will drive until the meter maid's gone, even pick up the driver for you. obviously the video is just a prank, but some may be able to use that. >> pretty convenient. an officer's body cam captured video of an officer's frantic search for survivors following a tornado in moore, oklahoma.
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sergeant joseph williams was on patrol when a torpedo touched down. he headed to the damaged area and saw a home with the roof torn right off. he called out but no one handed so the officer kicked in the door, nobody was inside. in all, 33 homes destroyed in last week's torpedo, scary there. >> exactly. we want to check the forecast now, a cool start we've been talking about this morning. >> noticeable, you want to give yourself plenty of time to get your car warm before you jump into it this morning. temperature also rebound nicely into the mid-70s across the board so really comfortable conditions especially compared to yesterday, 44 degrees in the tri valley, we're at 50 to start the new day in san francisco, on our way to the mid-60s by lunch time, and then we'll round out the day, highs coming in at about 4:00 p.m. now that our days are getting longer at 74 degrees for the north bay, the same for the tri valley. 72 degrees in the south bay and on the peninsula. so let me kind of talk about
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what's happening out there. high pressure really strong ridge of high pressure is going to boost that jet stream well to the north but only for 48 hours today and tomorrow we are going to get a taste of that beautiful spring warmth. then we have this area of low pressure moving in quickly for your easter weekend, you want to count on some shower activity, you want to get outdoors saturday the better day to do so. look at your temperature drop, 73 degrees for friday, down to 66 by saturday in the south bay. sunday into monday, keep that umbrella handy is showers on the way, that will continue into your tuesday as well. so temperatures are going to be much cooler, outdoor plans you want to think about that for saturday, and let me show you the futurecast and give you the timing. i'll tell you how much we expect where you live as well. sunday at 1:00 p.m., widespread activity. the first round not that impressive but up to a quarter inch in the north bay. i stop the clock monday at 8:00 p.m., this next wave of rain that comes late monday into all
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day tuesday could provide up to an inch of rainfall. we really need it up in the north bay, so that's great news. we're already at about 97% of average in places like mountain view, so it's keeping our average up as well when it comes to annual rainfall. i'll tell you exactly how much we're going to show you the map and what some of the models are projecting in my next report. first how our drive is shaping up with mike inouye. >> looking over here and a little better than average for the bay bridge toll plaza because we have a lighter than average flow of traffic. this week, in the next few we talk about, spring break rolling around the bay area, a smooth flow as we just started seeing more volume coming in and the cash lanes a little backup. the maps on the approach to the maze, the east shore freeway moving close to the speed limit. eastbound 24 highway 13, the caldecott overnight typically have a lane or two closed for maintenance. no problems anymore, back at speed on the approach or heading out of the area toward
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lafayette. the upper east shore freeway, carquinez bridge, benicia bridge moving nicely. same speeds for the north bay. valve through mill valley and across that golden gate bridge, the peninsula itself moves nicely as well. the san mateo bridge at the bottom of your screen will get you to look out there. live camera westbound, traffic flows nicely across the bay eastbound. getting you back out to the map, the tri valley your typical build for west 580 out of the olt month. we have a crash over in the brentwood area, vascoe and marsh creek road, slows a bit. back to you >> 5:22. coming up a brutal attack at a kenyan college. latest on the developing story ahead. plus the parents of a co-pilot accused of crashing a germanwings plane face questioning. what we can learn from them, still ahead.
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right now to a developing story, at least 15 people have died and 65 are injured as police and terrorists exchange gunfire at a university in kenya. masked men stormed the dorms there shooting at students and taking dozens of hostages. right now an unknown number of students are being held inside of student housing. somalia's al shabab islamic militant group claiming responsibility to the attack. coming up in 15 minutes a live report from washington on the developing story, learning more about the attackers and what this means for the war on terror in general. right now, rescuers are frantically searching the icy waters off of eastern russia for survivors of a sunken fishing vessel. the ship had 132 people on board when it started going under this morning. as of now, at least 5 people are confirmed dead. 63 have been rescued, 15 are still missing. crews think the ship collided with a chunk of ice.
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this morning investigators are questioning the parents of the germanwings co-pilot believed to have been intentionally crashed a plane full of people in the french alps. it's unclear if officials are learning any new information from andreas lubitz's parents. the ceo of the airline visited the crash site this morning where 150 people died. the company said it knew lubitz suffered from severe depression in years past. a georgia teenager who received a controversial heart transplant two years ago died this week, following a car chase with police. 17-year-old anthony stokes received a heart transplant in 2013. the hospital initially denied him a spot because he had past rushes with the law but the hospital reversed its decision after stokes' mother argued he deserved a second chance. on tuesday, investigators say the teen was involved in a home invasion robbery, then got caught driving a stolen car. he led police on a chase before
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apparently losing control of the car and crashing. >> the time right now is 5:26. coming up next, charged with corruption. major player of the democratic party due in federal court today, but still ahead, why he says prosecutors have the wrong guy.
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right now it's 5:30, following developing news, gunmen storm the university of kenya taking hostages. paying tribute to the san jose officer killed in the line of duty. details on today's memorial service and how other south bay police departments are lending a hand. >> good wednesday morning to you, headed off to work grab a jacket, clear and cold to start and we're still counting on that rain for easter sunday. details in just moments. plus we're seeing that backup forming at the bay bridge toll plaza, and will we have problems at that dublin interchange for the third day in a row, i have' go the my eyes on that camera.
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>> we have our eyes on you, mike. live look mccovey cove, hopefully the temperatures will warm back up in the next week and a half when the giants return thursday april the 2nd and you are watching "today in the bay." good thursday morning. thank you for joining us. i'm sam brock. >> and i'm laura garcia-cannon. remember officer michael johnson. police officers from across the state will be in the bay area this morning to hopper the 14-year veteran of the san jose police force. >> "today in the bay's" christie smith joins us from los gatos where the funeral procession for officer johnson will begin in a few hours. sad day, of course, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, sam and laura. certainly bound to be an emotional day. i just spoke with an officer here who says he's been on duty since 10:00 last night. in a couple of hours he'll head
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straight over to the s.a.p. center to pay his respects to officer michael johnson. of course we're hearing that the funeral procession could be a quarter-mile long, maybe even a little longer so it could impact those who aren't attending. i wanted to show you the route leaving los gatos at 10:00 this morning, up santa cruz avenue which turns into winchester boulevard and east on stevens creek boulevard which turns into san carlos street, north on montgomery into autumn, taking to the s.a.p. center where a memorial service is set to begin at 11:00 this morning. san jose police say standard security procedures will be in place. friends and co-workers, including those who were part of the special response team at san jose recentlial medical center, are bracing for the service. >> it's a very emotional toll tom owe rehn we see things that are ham, the tv, the funeral, just to understand the support he threwly had and i hope if anything where he is up in
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heaven he's able to feel that. >> reporter: the california highway patrol will use 45 motorcycle officers to guide the procession as well as overwards to oak hill cemetery in south san jose. reporting live in los gatos, christie smith, "today in the bay." >> thank you. live look at s.a.p. center this morning. it's empty currently, but in just hours, mourner also start filing into that building to remember police officer johnson. among them, california's attorney general camella harris, expected to speak at today's service, and former mayors tom gonzalez and tom mchenry will be there. >> the procession will leave s.a.p. center about 1:00 this afternoon. it will travel along santa clara street through the heart of downtown san jose before turning south on market street. procession will eventually end at the cemetery. the vast majority if not all of san jose's police force is
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expected to attend today's service. who is going to be patrolling the city streets? it will be a collective effort. >> "today in the bay's" kris sanchez is live outside s.a.p. center with that side of the story. good morning, kris. >> reporter: good morning to you laura. as the preparations are under way at s.a.p. center to receive the well-wishers, the people who want to provide support to the family or department there are preparations under way at sjpd headquarters this morning where the department will grow by about 200 officers. hundreds of officers are stepping in to patrol san jose today so all sjpd officers can attend michael johnson's memorial. the chiefs from all 13 law enforcement agencies in santa clara county will be on patrol in patrol cars helping to protect san jose today as well. all of the officers will be briefed at roll call in about an hour at sjpd head are the quaerquaer
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headquarters. all of the flowers, the candles and the pictures of officer mike johnson. it will be a very physical reminder of what could go wrong on any given day. in addition to the officers from the surrounding department providing mutual aid the san jose police officers association expect law enforcement agents from across the nation to attend services as well. while their uniforms may be different they'll all have the same black stripe across their badges honoring their fallen colleague. in san jose, kris sanchez, "today in the bay." >> that sal doir on displolidar. this story hits home for many people living in and around san jose. >> just because you can't attend the funeral service doesn't mean you can't help. you today the brittannia arms in downtown san jose will donate their entire day's proceeds to the officer's memory. the the british pub is open from 11:00 this morning to 2:00
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tomorrow morning. the san jose police officers association raising money for the family. if you're interested, visit our website,, for more details on how you can donate. we are going to air the entire memorial service for officer johnson later this morning. our coverage begins at 10:00 here on nbc bay area and on our website as well. new this morning, no damages being reported after a small earthquake overnight. the magnitude 3.6 quake struck about a mile northwest of san ramon just after midnight. people as far away as san francisco are reporting they felt it, struck about six miles beneath the ground. police and sheriffs say no reports of damage or injury. a palo alto high school teacher recovering following an accident in class. chemical reaction sparked flames. the teacher's hair and clothing caught fire and despite getting to an emergency shower quickly, she sustained burns on 18% of
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her body. fortunately doctors expect her to make a full recovery. >> frightening there. 5:35. take a look at these images really telling it all when to comes to california's drought. on the left side of your screen there, video from yesterday's sierra snow survey, dead grass and not a flake of snow on the ground. on the right, what the sierra looked like in the same place just a year ago. governor brown was there to see firsthand the trouble and for the first time in california's history, there will be mandatory water restrictions. >> this is the new normal, and we'll learn how to cope with it just as californians have lived in the past under very difficult situations. >> the governor laid out the restrictions atop the dry sierra summit. he tlented hefty fines and water hikes. this is the fourth year of the drought.
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the april snowpack survey marks the worst april snowpack in history. >> people should realize we're in a new era. the idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that's a thing of the past. >> brown wants a 25% statewide reduction in water use. he also wants to take action on those who waste water. >> much more on the drought and stories on the drought in the days and weeks to come. for more, go to and search the word "drought." >> easy to remember in the times we're in but i think we can search for a little rain out there as well, meteorologist christina loren has been tracking a storm possibly for this weekend? >> yes, looks very likely that we'll get some shower activity as of this weekend. this morning as you make your way out the front door it is chilly. keep that in mind but remember, if you're curious as to whether or not the showers will hit your household you can check our seven-day forecast right here
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scrolling at the bottom of your screen. 50 degrees in san francisco. 45 to kick off the new day in the north bay, and 69 degrees in san francisco. 74 later on today in the north bay. what a pretty day coming your way. let me take you through your thursday. if you're headed out and about this morning, it is chilly out there, make sure you grab a jacket. your sun will rise at 6:51. then as we get into your afternoon, five to eight degrees warmer than where we ended up yesterday, abundant sunshine across the bay area and good air quality courtesy of the wind that we had over the past couple days. still a little breezy this morning in san francisco. as we go to this evening, cloud free, your sun will set at 7:30, want to remind you the boys are back in town, the bay bridge exhibition series kicks off tonight at at&t park, 60 degrees out there, chilly conditions, 62 for tomorrow night and they're bringing that series across the bay to coliseum, 1:05 p.m. saturday. 70 degrees out there. let's go giants or a's.
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chances are you like both of the teams. >> no, you can't like both, not allowed to. pick a side. oakland side first for the report, oakland and the backup forming for the toll plaza trying to get in towards san francisco, fast track lanes backing up a bit. the metering lights may be on right about now. look out to the maps a smooth flow of traffic on the approach to the maze. a small reported a flat tire reported south 680 at highway 4 coming off of the bay bridge, actually a little farther south at highway 4. south bay a little slowing typical pattern, clearing up and nicely for the time being. the dublin interchange a bit of a build, problems for the last three days with a live camera, no problems, just the crowd over there up the dublin bridge. back to you. >> thank you, mike. coming up next, he's changed his mind. and a brutal attack caught on camera. how officials hope you can track down the suspect. a live look outside downtown
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san jose, thereabouts. traffic started to pick up. we'll be back with 15 minutes of nonstop news, traffic and weather after the break.
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update to a developing story this morning. deadly terror attack in calf rah. masked gunnedmen storm a top kenyan college which is now under siege. >> tracie potts is live in washington to explain who is behind this attack. good morning. >> good morning, al shabab is claiming responsibility, the somali islamist group behind the 2013 mall attack in nairobi. anoth in another part of kenya they claim to have stormed the campus in the middle of the night, students were sleeping, witnesses say that the gate, explosion was set off at the gate and they stormed in and went to a girl's dorm and started shooting. it was a long shoot-out with police and as far as we know, still under way. there's gunfire and explosions
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all night long into the early morning. we know at least 15 people were killed, 65 at last report were wounded. some of them critically. about 50 escaped but there are still hundreds of people unaccounted for. the concern is with these gunmen hold up in the school that many of them may be held hostage. that's what we know as of this morning. it's still a developing situation and certainly one with a lot of concern with students and possibility faculty members and other staff members still hold us inside with the gunmen. >> absolutely, a terrifying situation there, tracie potts live from washington, thank you very much. a major player in a democratic party is due in federal court today to answer to corruption charges. senator robert menendez of new jersey accused of fraud and bribery. prosecutors say he received more than $1 million in lavish gifts in exchange for some personal favors. those included providing help in getting medicare reimbursements, obtaining visas for friends.
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menendez calls those allegations hogwash. >> i'm here to say the justice department don't know the difference between friendship and corruption. >> vehement denial there. he's temporarily stepped down as top democrat on the powerful senate foreign relations committee. he's the first u.s. senator to face bribery charges in 35 years. >> it is 5:44. also caught cheating but they're not students, nearly a dozen former atlanta educators have been convicted of racketeering. 12 were charged in a jury found 11 guilty. prosecutors say the 11 were part of a conspiracy to cheat on standardized testing in order to raise scores. the convicted were cuffed and sent to jail right after the verdicts were announced. jeb bush is going to continue to fund-raise in san francisco this morning but doing so just hours after he changed his stance on indiana's controversial religious freedom law. during a closed door fund-raiser on the peninsula the former florida governor told a group of
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supporters that a "conis enious oriented approach would have been better from the beginning" different from what bush said monday night when he praised indiana governor mike pence for doing the right thing. >> the sudden about-face, but will it be enough to stem the outrage? >> "today in the bay's" jay gray joining us live from indianapolis where that issue is leaving many people divided there. >> reporter: good morning, sam and laura. it is and there was work all night last night by lawmakers here and in arkansas rewriting some of the legislation, removing other parts, trying to come up with a compromise that they say will not be discriminato discriminatory. the authors say that was never the intent of the legislation, but clearly there has been a backlash here and now in arkansas, people concerned that it would allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians based on their religious beliefs. now look, they don't expect to
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have the law vetoed here. no one expects that that will be the result, but within the next hour we do expect to hear at least here in indianapolis of some type of compromise that would make this bill palate able to those who have been obviously complaining and protesting against the measure so we expect to hear that within the hour in arkansas, they have five days to work something out there, if nothing's done the bill doesn't lie dormant. it becomes a law so they have to work there and the clock is ticking. this may not be the end of the debate over this issue. lawmakers in nevada set to move on a religious freedom bill there sometime next week, so sam, laura, still a lot to go as far as this issue is concerned. >> the issue is spreading like wildfire right now. thank you, jay gray. >> so many people weighing in. happening in today, robert durst heads back to court on gun and drug charges. he will attend a preliminary hearing in new orleans later
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this morning. durst is awaiting extradition to l.a. to face charges in the murder of writer susan berman. he was arrested right after he was featured in an explosive hbo documentary which revealed new evidence. keep some warmer clothes handy today, that would be the message because it is a little bit cooler to start here today. good morning. >> good morning, maybe even the long underwear if you have to work outside the next couple of hours. temperatures are chilly out there, the time is 5:47. good thursday morning to you, so close to that easter weekend, chances are you'll be getting together with family and friends and i want to make sure you're aware, showers on the way. this morning we're starting out with the 40s and 50s. this is what sam was talking about, temperatures typically have been in the 50s at this time for the past couple weeks so this is a cold start even colder tomorrow morning as we cut off even more of that wind. the wind is actually helping to keep things nice and mixed, that helps to keep that dense, cold air from settling to the surface. we lose that wind over the next
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couple hours, temperatures are expected to drop toward 40 degrees, if not the upper 30s. 65 degrees at lunch time in the tri valley, same for san francisco, really you're going to notice today that by noon temperatures will be about as warm as they were in the heat of the day yesterday. warmest point of the day is 4:00 p.m. and temperatures at that point will be at 72 degrees on the peninsula, same for us here in the south bay, and overall running five to eight degrees warmer than we did yesterday. chilly start and yes, really warm tomorrow, but tomorrow morning i just want to point out we could see some frost, so it's a good idea for you to bring in that sensitive vegetation tonight, especially if you live in inland valley spots in the north bay or the tri valley, where it will be the coldest. those showers arrive on easter weekend, so if you're trying to make those outdoor plans, saturday looks good. it will be chilly, but definitely not expecting those rain showers until we hit sunday, we're actually looking toward some thunder potential as well on sunday night into monday
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morning. keep that in mind. the storm has a little instability with it. another round of rain on the way for us as we head throughout monday into tuesday, but just on this first round we could get a quarter of an inch up in santa rosa, more like 0.1 of an inch in the south bay, we'll take it, same for hayward and livermore and looking good from the next round to bring the totals up closer to an inch up in the north bay. so real rain on the way. we'll talk more about that coming up. right now if you have to get out the front door not as windy. mike has the details. >> it is helping drivers out. we don't have any reports of major problems. smooth drive across that bay bridge partly due to the lower winds and also because the metering lights which have bchb turned on. backup on the oakland side to west grant, keeps the span moving smoothly as we see on the speed sensors, no problems san francisco. just a little bit of slowing building up coming over toward the san francisco side, traffic
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moving smoothly across the water. the east shore freeway and maze and easy drive off the caldecott tunnel. no problems upper east shore or north bay. i want to show you san rafael, speed sensors showing slowing northbound. you see how light the northbound traffic is in the live shot. southbound 101 commute direction building out of novato. at the speed limit to the golden gate bridge. back out to the map we'll talk about the little slowing through antioch, a fender bender reported westbound highway 4 right around willetts ash road, the flat tire repaired and completely out of the roadway. now look toward the tri valley no incidents, just a little build west 580 through livermore out of the altamont pass. slowing at the dublin interchange expected but a lighter than normal flow of traffic around the bay, there's southbound 880 through hayward, a little slowing there. looking at the south bay itself, northbound 101 shows that first burst of traffic we typically see and flowing from 680 to 880,
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a stall reported north 87 at curtnor. the procession for officer johnson starts in los gatos, winchester and takes san carlos to downtown san jose at s.a.p. center where kris sanchez continues to report all morning. preparer some slowing from 10:00 to about 1:00 when they make their move after the service. back to you guys. >> thanks, mike. >> we'll be covering the entire ceremony of course. a violent taxi cab attack caught on camera. police hope somebody recognizes the attacker. >> "today in the bay's" stephanie chuang explains what the victim says led up to the vicious beating. >> reporter: good morning. the ride began suddenly enough and before they got here -- you
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can see the dash cam catches the passenger hitting the driver with a metal padlock. the passenger tried to steal electronic answer other things from the front passenger seat but was unable to and took off. he didn't rob the taxi cab dryer but the driver feels robbed of his sensibility. >> wow, i'm out there every night, and that's it, just me against the world in a way. >> reporter: it's a growing trend, more of the taxi cab drivers have these dash cams in their vehicles, this is footage from february in a different cab when a passenger refused to pay the fare and beat up a yellow cab driver in daly city leaving him with serious facial injuries. the victim in this san francisco case says it's the first time he's been attacked by a passenger in the 12 years he's been driving and hopes this video goes viral and lands the attacker behind bars. in san francisco, stephanie chuang, "today in the bay." >> thank you, steph. it's 5:52. here's a look at other stories we're working on for the 6:00 hour. remembering officer michael
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johnson, thousands of police officers from across the country will be in san jose today to honor the 14-year veteran of the san jose police force. johnson was killed last week while responding to a call. no damage is being reported after a small earthquake overnight. the magnitude 3.6 quake struck about a mile northwest of san ramon, just after midnight. people as far away as san francisco are reporting that they felt it. for the first time in state history, there will be mandatory water restrictions. governor brown is threatening heavy fines and possible rate hikes for californians who don't meet new conservation targets. brown is calling for a 25% statewide reduction in water use. in addition, the state is partnering with cities and counties to remove 50 million square feet of grass. the stories and more coming up at 6:00. it's 5:53. 300 east bay preschool students are going to be relocated to make room for special education classes on campus. ♪
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>> the lease signed by kids clock in antioch ten years ago expires this summer. antioch unified decided to centralize its numerous special education programs on one campus, and that would not leave room for the reschool students. >> the school district continues to try to want to help kids club find a location that's going to be accessible, but it needs to make space for those special education kids that it is required by state and federal law to serve. >> the executive director wants the school district to leave things as they are while he finds a new location. he says the nonprofit school needs a lease extension or refurbished building from the district. a new study finds that too much time in front of the television could increase your risk of type ii diabetes no matter how much you workout. researchers looked at overweight adults taking part in a diabetes prevention group. for every hour they spent watching tv daily their risk of developing diabetes increased 3.5%, this happened regardless
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of age, gender or level of exercise. >> as long as we're talking about vulnerable demographic, night owls may also face a higher risk of diabetes. researchers looked at sleeping habits of middle aged adults, those with late bedtimes were more likely to develop diabetes, obesity and lose muscle mass than early risers. even if they got the exact same amount of sleep. recertainers say night owls tend to get poor quality sleep and more likely to eat late at night or have sedentary life styles. >> wake up with us early every morning. >> and aget a workout to get the day started. christina loren has a look at what's going on outside. >> you want to move fast this morning to get to your vehicle. it is chilly to start the day. good morning to you. sew close to the weekend and temperatures will drop significantly for saturday and sunday. 74 in the tri valley today, 74 degrees in the north bay and 72 degrees for us in the south bay and on the peninsula and just
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one degree shy of 70 in san francisco where the gentlemen in our technical operations center are giving us a lovely picture of that moon. we'll show you that close-up coming up as we head throughout the 6:00 hour together. pretty goodi imagery, mike. >> i was noticing that. wonderful shot of 101, a smoother flow, very quickly clears up after the first burst. the map shows you the sensors going from orange to yellow, tully to the approach past 680. the earlier fender bender has cleared from north 87 right around curtner. no other slowing for the silicon valley. tri valley south 680 and south 880 slowing. hayward no big surprises headed over toward the bay bridge tell tell where the metering lights are of course on and the toll plaza is full. back to you. >> thanks a lot, mike. it appears san jose's minor league hockey team has a new name, the san jose barracuda. >> and they shall be feared. that's according to a report in
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the "silicon valley business journal." the team is not confirming that name but says an announcement will be later this week. the campbell based internet security company that already is a corporate sponsor of the nhl team. it also provides a natural goal song of the same name of the 1977 hit "barracuda" by heart. >> not going to sing it for you though. >> not a chance. coming up, california institutes mandatory water are restrictions. plus how the san jose earthquakes are honor fallen police officer michael johnson.
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good thursday morning to you. i'm meteorologist christina loren. daytime highs spring five to eight degrees warmer today and two very different sides to your easter weekend. more on that in just moments.
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a spring break rotation around the bay as well. we see the lighter volume but the backup at the toll plaza, watch a crash of anotherr@)í m east bay interchange coming up. a live look outside of the s.a.p. center in san jose, where this morning thousands will gather for a final farewell to a fallen officer. very good morning to you. thanks so much for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> and i'm sam brock. it's an emotional good-bye to a son, a brother, a husband, and a local hero. today with black bands over their badges, thousands of police officers from all over the country will be in san jose to honor the life of officer michael johnson. >> "today in the bay's" kris sanchez is at the s.a.p. center this morning where today's memorial will be big and powerful, but we begin with christie smith, joins us from los gatos this morning where in just a few hours friends, family and people who didn't even know the officer will begin lining the streets just to pay their respects.


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