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could happen next. the uvalde school board voting unanimously to fire the embattled police chief three months after the massacre the emotional meeting parents and survivors speaking out. california green lighting the most sweeping emissions rules in the nation aiming to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars. and our rare access inside nasa, suiting up with the astronauts, training to take america back to the moon as we count down to an historic launch. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening we're all about to learn more of what the government knows that drove it to search former president trump's mar-a-lago he estate a federal judge late today giving the justice department until noon eastern time tomorrow to make public a redacted copy of the affidavit that backed its application for the search warrant. the order issued just hours after the
justice department submitted to the court sections it wants blacked out to protect witnesses, law enforcement, and methods used in the investigation. the full affidavit would describe the government's case and justification for the unprecedented search, but how much the redacted version will disclose remains an open question tonight. kelly o'donnell is tracking late details. >> reporter: new tonight granted in part a decision from the florida federal magistrate to unseal by noon tomorrow a redacted copy of the affidavit used to authorize the controversial mar-a-lago search. where fbi agents seized 11 sets of classified information from former president trump's seaside home mr. trump has demanded the whole affidavit be made public. late today, former trump senior advisor jared kushner agreed. >> i think what the judge should do is release all of the information so people
can know whether there is a serious allegation or this is more manufactured. >> reporter: parts of the search warrant affidavit will be blacked out. the judge findin government lawyers made a compelling argument that releasing all of it would identify witnesses and law enforcement and reveal strategy as well as sources and methods. but new information will become public as the judge described the redactions as narrowly tailored. after president biden insisted wednesday he had no warning about the search. >> i didn't have any advance notice none, zero. not one single bit >> reporter: mr. trump mocked that response on his social media and lashed out again at the justice department and fbi claiming their investigation is politically motivated. >> kelly, as i noted at the top, the judg took just a few hours after receiving the justice department's redactions to issue his order. >> reporter: and that's unusual but the judge said this case is of such high public interest and the affidavit is key to
explaining why the justice department argued that there would be evidence of potential crimes inside mar-a-lago. lester >> kelly o'donnell starting us off, thank you. also tonight, we're tracking storms on the move in the south. millions under flood watches from east texas to the florida panhandle, from the same system that brought dangerous flash floods to mississippi. kerry sanders is in the flood zone tonight. >> reporter: tonight, 5 million people under flood watch as torrential rains move across the gulf. this as flash floods pounded parts of mississippi yesterday, derailing trains, washing out roads and forcing nursing home residents to flee to higher ground. >> if we instruct you that you are in a risk area or a high-risk area, please heed that advice. >> reporter: while water has receded outside jackson today, the mayor warning of more floods to come. >> i think it is important that our residents prepare in advance.
>> reporter: of big concern, the pearl river, running through the city it's already nearly three feet above flood stage and could soon impact homes and businesses that's only six feet less than the floods that ripped through the same area in 2020, damaging more than 500 homes. just this week in florence more than 100 children and employees had to be rescued from a day care in nearby canton the concern is bear creek. 80-year-old william james and his 76-year-old wife arlena are housebound. will you have to evacuate where will you go? >> all i got. wherever >> reporter: this is far from over. the pearl river is expected to crest eight feet above flood stage on tuesday meantime, the weather system is moving east dropping two to three inches an hour next in its path, the florida panhandle. lester? >> all right kerry, thank you now to the dramatic shift in abortion rights. so-called trigger laws designed to ban or
limit access in the wake of the supreme court's roe reversal are taking effect in more states. here's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: today, idaho, texas, and tennessee triggering even tougher laws on abortion tennessee going from a ban after around six weeks to a near total ban beginning at conception >> it's a rare exception when the life of the mother is truly in jeopardy. >> how does the law define serious risk and risk to the life of the mother? is that laid out very carefully? >> well, in this law, that is not. that determination is left up to a doctor. >> but is it up to a doctor to look forward and in their best estimation end a pregnancy before it becomes dangerous for a mother >> it's really not -- it has to be that the life of the mother is in danger. >> reporter: the two-page bill does not include the word exception. instead, requiring
doctors to prove a procedure was necessary. >> they really don't know how to handle certain medical predicaments until a mistake is made or until some case law is crafted, comes into being. >> reporter: in texas, except to save the life of the mother, it is now a felony to provide or attempt abortion after fertilization with fines of at least $100,000 in idaho, a rare victory for the biden administration a judge saying the state cannot punish doctors for performing abortions to save the life of a woman in an emergency room setting. >> this is just a last-ditch effort on the part of a pro-abortion administration to keep abortion legal in idaho. >> reporter: and late today after a challenge by north dakota's lone abortion clinic a judge temporarily blocked the state's plan to outlaw abortions, with few exceptions starting tomorrow. bracing for the ban, the clinic moved across state lines. >> people that are
most impacted by trigger bans are the people we have been serving. patients we have been serving, people who live in a rural area, have difficulty getting to where the clinic is at, black, indigenous, people of color. >> reporter: with oklahoma's stricter law also taking effect saturday by the end of the week it is estimated 1 in 3 women will live in a state where abortion is banned or severely restricted kristen dahlgren nbc news. three months after the heavily criticized response to the mass shooting in uvalde, texas, the school police chief is out of a job. correspondent priscilla thompson is in uvalde tonight with the emotional fallout. >> reporter: tonight, uvalde schools police chief pete arredondo is out. >> all in favor? motion passes unanimously. >> reporter: with mounting pressure from parents the board voted to fire the embattled chief wh waited over an hour to storm a classroom and take down the gunman who killed 19 children and 2 teachers >> our babies are dead >> reporter: the anger felt by families and students still
palpable three months later. >> i have messages for pete arredondo and all the law enforcement that were there that day. turn in your badge and step down! you don't deserve to wear one >> reporter: some victims' families emerging from the meeting feeling relief. >> it feels good to finally see some kind of justice being done in uvalde >> reporter: javier lost his 9-year-old daughter jackie in the shooting. >> the work is still not done we still got more work to do. >> would you like an apology? >> i would have liked an apology back then right now, no. it's too late. >> reporter: chief arredondo refused to attend the meeting just prior, hi attorney sent the board a scathing 17-page statement calling him the fall guy and the process an unconstitutional public lynching accusing the board of violating arredondo's right to due process and calling for his reinstatement, writing none of his decisions or actions demonstrate a failure. that despite an investigation by the texas legislature which found officers
failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety with arredondo gone, parents are left to reconcile their grief with the memories of their children. >> because of the way she was, a forgiving person, she would want us to forgive. priscilla thompson, nbc news, uvalde, texas. in ukraine, new concerns that a russian controlled nuclear plant after officials say a fire temporarily disconnected it from the power grid ukraine's president zelenskyy said emergency generators were activated ukraine and russia blame each other for shelling near the plant. back home new debate over president biden's plan to forgive student debt for millions of americans. some progressives arguing it doesn't go enough while some moderates and many in the gop say it's unfair peter alexander is at the white house. >> reporter: triana downing is overjoyed >> i did a happy dance. i was very, very excited. >> reporter: after
president biden's announcement that it will knock her student loan debt down from $16,000 to $6,000. welcome relief just a few years after she graduated from george washington university. >> this is a huge blessing for me. there is a weight that's lifted off my shoulder >> reporter: but tonight th president's executive action is fueling a fierce debate over fairness the move means the government will erase $10,000 in federal student loans for those making less than $125,000 and $20,000 in student loan debt for lower income pell grant recipients >> my plan is responsible and fair it focuses the benefit on middle class and working families. >> reporter: the announcement praised by many progressive democrats though som wanted the president to go further. several moderates are critical ohio democrat tim ryan warning it sends the wrong message to the millions without a degree working just as hard to make ends meet republicans say it will force many working class taxpayers who did not go to college to cover the cost of more affluent people who did.
>> this is grossly unfair it gives you an insight into the priorities of the democratic party they are once again looking out for the interests of wealthy, well-educated elites, largely clustered on our coasts. >> reporter: a master plumber in georgia gabriel runyon is outraged by the president's decision he says he and his wife juggled multiple jobs so his wife could pay for college without a loan what frustrates you most about this? >> we worked hard so we wouldn't have to get loans. we didn't want to use the system why is it those who use the system get the easy way out >> reporter: still unclear whether this will impact inflation. the white house says it cannot predict the price tag. one nonpartisan grou says it could cost taxpayers $500 billion. lester >> peter, thank you. in 60 seconds, california's strict new rules of the road. is it the beginning of the end for gas-powered cars and growing threats to irs agents how the agency is taking action.
just breaking in california, regulators voting to ban the sale of new gasoline fueled cars by 2035 the major decision today in the golden state is expected to usher in not just a statewide, but likely a global move towards electric plug-in hybrid or hydrogen run vehicles. tonight, the irs on alert after a rise in threats against the agency it comes with a new law calling for the hiring of many new agents gabe gutierrez has the latest >> reporter: in a letter to irs employees commissioner reddick a trump appointee said he's order comprehensive review of safety measures at the agency's facilities nationwide. in recent days, he writes, there has been an abundance of misinformation and false social media postings, some with threats directed at the irs and its employees. >> we are a target. >> reporter: the president of the irs workers union in chicago is telling members to hide their
badges when they leave the building. >> it's really unfortunate because we are public servants. >> progress does come. >> reporter: the inflation reduction act includes $80 billion in new funding for the irs over the next 10 years. the biden administration says the money is meant to hire new workers after years of underfunding and help prevent high income earners from cheating on their taxes. some conservatives have falsely claimed the agency plans to hire 87,000 mostly armed agents. >> those irs agents are designed to come after you. >> it's joe biden's new army. >> are they going to have a strike force that goes in with ak-15s loaded ready to shoot some small business person in iowa >> reporter: in reality, only a fraction of irs employees work on criminal investigations and carry firearms >> words have power. and they have consequences and they're putting federal employees, your fellow americans, in danger by saying this. >> reporter: john coskanin is a former irs commissioner who faced
repeated accusations from gop lawmakers that the agency unfairly targeted republican organizations. >> the last couple of years it changed the nature of the threats out there. >> reporter: this is the first wide ranging security review of its kind at the irs since the oklahoma city bombing in 1995. lester? >> all right gabe, thank you. we're back in a moment with my rare access inside nasa ahead of their mission to finally return to the moon
a view this evening of the artemis 1 rocket on the launchpad in florida ahead of its planned lift-off monday. the rocket and orion spacecraft on top critical to america's plans to return to the moon i recently visited the johnson space center in houston where i got a firsthand look at what future lunar explorers will experience >> reporter: sitting on launchpad 39b the artemis rocket, nasa's most powerful yet, taller than the statue of liberty, 55 engines and motors will lift the nearly 600 million pound rocket skyward on an historic mission. a first step to eventually return americans to the lunar surface. how real is this going back to the moon >> oh, it's very real. we are definitely going. we are going to actually live there. we will have landers go to the moon we will have rovers on the moon
and eventually we will have a base camp on the moon. >> reporter: once beyond the pole of earth's gravity, the orion capsule perched atop of the rocket will orbit the moon for 42 days uncrewed but with male and female astronaut dummies loaded with sensors to study the potential facts of the mission on future real astronauts. jessica meir is one of the 18 veteran astronauts part of the artemis team who could fly on the first mission to the moon since 1972 the goal, learn more about the moon and use it as a jumping off point to mars. recently, i met her at johnson space center in houston to experience some of the training it's a big, big rocket you are going up on? >> absolutely. even bigger than the saturn 5 for the apollo missions. you got to get out there to kennedy space center and see it there.
it really gives you perspective. >> reporter: inside the orion training simulator we strapped. into our seats, screens and switches over our heads. >> you can see the batteries, over here right now this is looking at the propulsion system. >> how exciting is the prospect of going to the moon for you personally >> it's incredibly exciting we haven't been there since the '70s and it's time to go back to me it's about exploration. it's an inherent part of all of us as humans we have this profound impact on society when we went to the moon the first time with all of this stimulation of resources and all the s.t.e.m. fields. we can expect that all when we go back to the moon again >> reporter: once on the moon, astronauts will explore the surface. here on earth engineers showed me using virtual reality how astronauts will train to walk on the moon using available data to simulate the lighting conditions and even what it would be like to climb a ladder to the lander it even allows me to get a glimpse of home. i can see the earth here to explore the moon further, nasa is working on a new lunar rover that will allow astronauts to drive on
the surface. using data gathered from the lunar reconnaissance orbiter, they are able to replicate the deep shadows and craters astronauts will encounter. how do we explore? >> you will pitch the hand controller forward and then you can twist it to turn left and right. >> using this, you would be able to simulate routes and places way want to go? >> unlike on earth where your route planner in your car takes into account where the roads are, you need to be able to accommodate what the terrain looks like, what the lighting is, where you're going and all along the route. >> reporter: nasa has come a long way from one small step the return to the moon and eventually a mission to mars, a leap that was once beyond our imagination. exciting times on nasa sign me up. when we come back, a moving reunion from two survivors of the highland park massacre
two brothers wounded in the july 4th massacre in highland park, illinois, went back to the hospital today where they were treated. this time to say thank you. here's maggie vespa. [ applause ] >> reporter: for two brothers walking into this room is a tribute in and of itself nicholas and stephen kolpack returning to northwestern medicine lake forest hospital to thank the doctors and nurses would came to their rescue.
>> there's always a sense of comfort just being here physically, being able to see the faces. >> they cared for us like family. >> reporter: that care came on july 4th when at a parade in nearby highland park, illinois, a lone gunman killed seven and wounded dozens a tragedy that left the suburb forever scarred. the brothers took this photo of stephen's kids moments before. nicholas shot in the right knee and ankle stephen in the left calf. >> i don't think i really felt anything it was i needed to get the kids out of there. >> reporter: doctors went to work >> we sort of fall back on what we now, and that's sort of to put calm amongst chaos. >> reporter: stephen at risk of losing his leg only cared about his family his wife also shot in the leg. >> i was like, you know, do you need pain medication he is like, yes, yes. >> reporter: for both brothers, emergency surgery and physical therapy. zoe recovering, too. amid the pain the family never forgot the strangers who saved them hospital staff who rarely see patients' victories.
>> we don't often get to see folks walk out of the hospital. we see them when they're at their worst. >> today feels like a win? >> absolutely. a huge win. >> reporter: maggie vespa, nbc news, lake forest, illinois. and that's "nightly news" for this thursday. thank you for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night ♪♪ here's what he'll do, he'll play it cool ♪ ♪ when he hangs out with a woman like you ♪
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>> kelly: it's a good day, a good day. you can never go wrong with the little kacey musgraves. in our house, he's connected sell requested that once a what is your connection to "bread winner." >> i am a huge kacey musgraves fan, i've seen her three times and he share a birthday. i relate to that song because i have definitely been the breadwinner in relationships. i like how the song talks about not letting people take your shimmer away, we'll need that message. i've definitely been the breadwinner. the only thing they paid for, was funny enough, the meaning of life tour to her. they took me to see you in 2019 here in dallas. >> kelly: he did one good thing! >> one good thing. >> kelly: [laughs] >> you do not live. >> kelly: it's a good thing! >> that part, i can sleep at night, because i got to see you, girl. >> kelly: i love it! what i love about kacey is she
is such a great and strong storyteller and songwriter. it feels like she has been transported back in time, all her outfits. she is really cool, i like her. >> love her. >> kelly: all right, it was a good to sell thank you so much, you loved her, i love her as queen "scandal. now she has a new netflix series called "inventing anna." all right, over to our first guests were both very funny people. you've seen her and "parks and rec" and you've seen him in "it's always sunny in philadelphia." you can see them together starting tomorrow and i want you back on amazon prime video, say hello to jenny slate and charlie day! [cheers and applause]
>> kelly: i'm so sorry, i can't talk! [cheers and applause] we are getting closer. i feel as though we are getting close to the hugs i don't know, can he sit there? no, yes? no. >> sorry! >> kelly: you can sit closer though. >> this one? same one! to be my gosh, she knew we were going to play -- what is the game we played with the chair game? >> musical chairs. you didn't know. >> i have a goldilocks thing i like to do, test every chair. >> kelly: you are like goldilocks. >> softest. >> kelly: i love it. >> then you fall asleep. >> kelly: i wish i could be one of those people who falls asleep anyway. can you do that? >> now i can. >> kelly: you are a mom, congratulations! and you just got married, right?
speak up i did, i just got married about a month ago. >> kelly: congratulations, that is so cool. what is it like, married life at your house? do you like it so far? >> i like it, i like it. i am a born romantic, i am very suited to it i think. we got married on new year's eve, which is a nice time. >> kelly: beautiful, beautiful. >> thank you. it was my husband's great grandmother's. >> kelly: i was going to say there is a story there. that is so beautiful. >> there is a story there. >> kelly: no, i just meant more than it is a brand-new bring your body. it looks beautiful and antique. >> now i think there is some banana bread better in -- it is the type of thing, they are like, will you marry me? i am like yes, are you sure you want to give me that? because you've met me before and i have the back of my dress tucked into my underwear. >> kelly: that is my kind of person. did you get married at your house? >> yes. >> kelly: was that stressful
or exciting? >> my best friend told me i was surprising chill which i will brag about on national tv. >> kelly: you should, most people are not that way. >> i was chill about it. we only had 23 people, it was after many cancellations and now it seems like i'm weird but we live in my husband's great-grandmother's house too. >> kelly: oh, my gosh, i love this. everything is -- you are going to become her. >> i know. >> kelly: i heard about this though because the house, she is to throw huge parties or whatever. people have weird dreams, did i hear? >> yes, that is what they say. my dreams are all weird so i am like i don't know, seems normal to me. >> it's definitely his great-grandmother haunting you. give me my ring back! [laughter] >> kelly: get that banana bread out! >> that's my ring! >> kelly: did she throw crazy fun parties? >> she