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us on kpix 5 news app. the cb evening news captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbsattp across the country, as the delta variant surges nationwide, with health officials warning the next three months are going to be tough. some hospitals expanding their morgues, setting new records for covid patients in florida and missouri, but there's good news tonight on the administration's vaccination goal. plus breaking news about senator lindsey graham, he just tested positive for coronavirus. why he says he's thankful he's vaccinated. facing eviction: with a ban running out, what's being done to help americans like ebony smith, one of the millions who is behind on their rent. biles is back, the olympian says she'll compete after an emotional roller coaster for u.s.a. gymnastics. what her teammates are saying tonight after picking up medals
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in the events she missed. plus, tennis star rafael nadal talks about his support for simone biles. drinking and cancer: the new study that links alcohol use and cancer. the number of drinks that could put you at risk. cbs news investigation: you know the a.s.p.c.a.'s commercials. what we're learning about how the animal charity spends the hundreds of millions of dollars donated. hundreds of flights canceled: what's to blame for the travel woes. and the spirit of the games: how fierce rivals come together in the name of sportsmanship. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donne >> o'donnell: good evening, to our viewers in the west, and thank you so much for joining us, and as we start out a new week, there is both good news and alarming news in the
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coronavirus pandemic. the biden administration just announced that states with the highest rate of covid cases are seeing vaccinations more than double, and although it's nearly a month late, the u.s. has now reached president biden's goal of partially vaccinating 70% of american adults. but, there is still cause for concern, look at this, the number of new covid cases is higher now, than during last summer's peak. and weekly hospital admissions up more than 40% mostly because of that delta variant. the c.d.c. director explains the mutation this way: it can infect twice as many people as the original strain of covid. and it is hitting a handful of states especially hard including florida, texas and missouri. so there's a lot of new reporting to get to tonight. we begin with cbs' mireya villarreal in missouri where cases have tripled in the last month. good evening, mireya. >> reporter: good evening, norah. here in cox health in springfield they've brought in a new morgue and doubled oxygen reserves all in anticipation of
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a rise in covid cases and in covid deaths. right now they have 187 patients inside the hospital, the most they've ever had since the start of the pandemic. tonight, covid cases are skyrocketing in missouri with healthcare workers bearing the brunt. >> many nurses say every night they go home and they're crying. >> reporter: average daily cases tripled in the last month while hospitalizations have nearly doubled and the hardest hit area, includes springfield,thise where this chart shows the dramatic rise of covid patients in one hospital system, since mask mandates were lifted and then two big holiday weekends. >> we're very concerned at this point because, we are headed back into school and we have seen disease spreading in our kids who are not vaccinated and don't have the option to be vaccined >> rep ar missouri, they're w four othg florida where things are the worse they've ever been, more than 10,000 are now hospitalized, and there are more than 21,000 new cases.
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>> the numbers that we're seeing are... are ...unbelievable. >> reporter: and tonight, the c.d.c. is warning that it's not over yet. >> while we desperately want to be done with this pandemic, covid 19 is clearly not done with us. >> reporter: adding a reminder that vaccines do work. >> i want to be clear, while vaccinated people can spread the virus if they get a breakthrough infection, the odds of them getting sick in the first place are far lower than those who are unvaccinated. >> reporter: among the new cases is u.s. senator lindsey graham, who is fully vaccinated, but, after having flu-like symptoms, tested positive. senator graham tweeted, without vaccination, i am certain i would not feel as well as i do now. my symptoms would be far worse. the delta variant is responsible for the nation's exponential surge, according to the c.d.c.. in new york, the push continues to mandate vaccinations. today, governor andrew cuomo
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announced that 68,000 state transit workers will be required to get vaccinated or face weekly testing and that others should follow suit. >> private businesses, i am asking them and suggesting to them go to vaccine-only admission. >> reporter: mean while, back in missouri, vaccination rates are low and opposition is high, as covid continues to surge at this hospital near the lake of the ozarks, the prognosis is grim. >> we're working longer hours, and when we see the level of sickness that we are seeing and the number of deaths, it takes a toll on the healthcare workers, and that's what we're seeing. we're seeing burnout. >> reporter: does that include yourself? >> yes. it does. >> reporter: healthcare workers across the state are telling me right now they are most concerned about the recent rise in pediatric cases. the largest school district here in springfield actually says it
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has, that as students and staff are going back to school they will have to wear a mask. they say, if they say children under 12 can't get vaccinated and the community isn't doing their part, this is the only way they can keep everyone safe. norah. >> o'donnell: mireya villarreal, thank you. president biden is under pressure to take action to help millions of americans who are at risk of losing their homes as the eviction ban expired and left renters scrambling. cbs' nikole killion spoke with a young mom who can soon be out on the street. >> it says i owe $1,600. >> reporter: ebony smith has only 11 days before she could be evicted out of her dallas home. >> i paid all my rent, i never was behind on my rent. boom. >> reporter: her four kids don't even know. >> kids, kids supposed to be kids. they're not supposed to be worried about, oh are we getting evicted? they ain't supposed to worry about that. >> reporter: with roughly 6.2 million households behind by an
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average of $3,700 and possibly facing evictions as soon as this week, the white house tried to step in today to ease the blow, calling on governors and mayors to extend their own moratoriums for the next 30 to 60 days. >> the president's focus is for us to do everything within our power. >> reporter: for the third straight day, missouri congresswoman cori bush, who was once homeless herself and has been evicted three times, camped out on the house steps in protest demanding house colleagues return from recess to pass an extension. she also met with vice president kamala harris at the capitol tweeting: >> we get paid to do that and so we have to make this-- we have to make this happen.. >> reporter: alexandra alvarado is with the american apartment owners association, her members racked up losses while the moratorium has been in effect. >> for them, you know, tens of thousands of dollars of back- owed rent is not uncommon, and
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since they don't have very many units and many of them rely on that for supplemental income or retirement, it has been quite a challenge for them to make it through this time. >> reporter: congress has punted the issue back to the white house, but it is making progress on one of the president's other priorities, infrastructure. senate negotiators finally released the details of a $1 trillion bipartisan bill and hope for a vote as soon as this week. norah. >> o'donnell: nikole killion on the hill, thank you. and we'll turn now to the summer olympics where the u.s. leads the medal account with 64 followed by china with 62. there was big disappoint for the u.s. women's soccer team and their bid for gold and gymnastics supertar simone biles is set to return after withdrawing from most events to focus on her mental health. cbs' jamie yuccas has more from tokyo. >> reporter: in a history making race, jasmine camacho-quinn won the gold for puerto rico in the women's 100-meter hurdle. the 24-year-old is only the second from the island to win a gold.
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>> it hit me there, i just won an olympic gold medal. that's something huge. >> reporter: a stunning loss for the'sr from canada in the semifinal, its only the only second time they won't compete for the gold in the olympics since 1996. they will have a chance to win the bronze. new zealand's laurel hubbard became the first openly transgender weight lifter to compete. she exited after failing on three lift attempts. and the emotional roller coaster for u.s.a. gymnastics continues. after withdrawing from previous events citing her mental health, simone biles announced she will compete in the beam finals just hours after teammate jade carey won the gold in the floor final. >> my hard work has paid off. and this is all i've ever dreamed of. having simone being back is great. i'm really proud of her. she's been through a lot this olympics, so it's going to be great to see her out there. >> reporter: performance consulh robert andrews who worked with biles nearly four years through the rio olympic games says biles' return to the balance
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beam will be tough especially when she's suffering from the twisties when a mental block hurts a gymnast during aerial moves. >> it's such a difficult event in aerial space and you have to know where you are on everything because you only have a-- a little 4-inch strip to land on. >> reporter: tonight marks the final gymnastics routine and simone biles' return to the competition floor. it will be the only time in these games she can win a medal in an individual event. in that quest biles joints suni lee. biles won bronze on the balance team in 2016. norah. >> o'donnell: jamie yuccas, and happy birthday to you. well, rafael nadal is a two-time gold medalist but because of an injury, he chose to sit this olympics out. we got to ask the tennis superstar what he thought about the mental health situation simone biles sparked in an interview. you respect 100% what simone
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biles is doing? >> yeah, 100%. if you don't feel ready, you have been working so hard all your life to achieve your dream, she achieved amazing things, i'm sure she will be back. but in this moment, she doesn't feel ready and why she has to do it? >> o'donnell: and we'll have more with our interview of rafael nadal including his own experiences with mental health and why he's here in washington for the first time to compete all tomorrow. tonight doctors are sounding the alarm over new research between drinking and cancer. almost 750,000 new cases were linked to alcohol use last year at a time when many americans reported drinking more. cbs' nancy chen reports. >> the tumors here... >> reporter: a new study finds over 4% of all cancer cases in 2020 were caused by alcohol consumption. while most cancers linked to alcohol use were in people who have more than two drinks a day,
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more than 100,000 cases worldwide were in people who averaged less than that. >> reporter: even two drinks a day can lead to this risk. >> absolutely. alcohol is an irritant. it irritates the lining of our mouth, our throat, of our stomach and as our body trials to heal, sometimes it heals in abnormal ways that can lead to the very beginnings of cancer. >> reporter: three-quarters of alcohol-related cancers were diagnosed to men, mostly liver and esophageal, but when they occurred in women, breast cancer was most common. the new findings come as alcohol consumption spiked during the pandemic. almost two-thirds of americans surveyed last year said their drinking has increased. sarah church is a psychologist who runs an addiction treatment program in new york. >> for many people who were using alcohol to cope in one way or the other, once the pandemic hit, the drinking increased significantly. >> reporter: those seeking help include people who didn't drink heavily before the pandemic. there's a ten-year lag between drinking there's a ten-year lag between drinking and being diagnosed of
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alcohol-related cancer so doctors say the impact is unclear. cvid's toll will continue for years to come. nancy chen, cbs news, chicago. >> o'donnell: this weekend brought more deadly gun violence across country. in queens, new york, at least 40 shots fired and 10 people wounded in a gang related shooting outside a barbershop. in chicago, at least 51 people were shot and eight killed over the weekend. chicago police say more than 600 people were shot in the city last month, that's nearly double the number of victims from july of 2019. and we want to turn now to a cbs news investigation, into the a.s.p.c.a., the nation's oldest charity devoted to animal welfare. it raises hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and its mission is to rescue, protect and care for animals in need. tonight, there are new questions about how the charity spends all that money.
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more from cbs' jim axelrod. ♪ (sad sarah mclachlan song) ♪ >> reporter: the commercials are impossible to ignore. sarah mclachlan urging viewers to donate now to save a life. >> will you be an angel? >> reporter: and help the a.s.p.c.a. become one of the nation's leading animal charities, taking in nearly $280 million in 2019. the a.s.p.c.a. says 77 cents of every dollar raised goes towards its mission. >> the devil is in the details when one looks at spending. >> reporter: brian mittendorf who teaches nonprofit accounting at the ohio state university looks at the numbers another way. >> 40% of their total spend has been put in either veterinary services, grants, shelter services. >> reporter: for every dollar somebody sends in to the a.s.p.c.a., only 40% goes to these services to help animals on the ground? >> yes. >> as a donor, you-- you probably are going to assume that the vast majority of the money that you give should be
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used for program services. >> reporter: patti mercer, president of the houston s.p.c.a. says there's also a common misconception among donors that organizations with s.p.c.a. in their name, like hearse, get money from the national a.s.p.c.a.. >> it is not illegal, it's certainly unethical to continue to perpetuate the notion that they are an umbrella organization, and that there's some kind of trickle down. >> reporter: we spoke to more than two dozen local s.p.c.a.s across the country. a few had applied for and received grants for a few thousand dollars from the a.s.p.c.a.. most received nothing. of the $2 billion the a.s.p.c.a. raised since 2008, 7% has been directly distributed to animal welfare organizations across the country, $146 million. nearly three times that amount was spent on fundraising. >> your $19 monthly gift could mean the difference between life
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and death. >> reporter: in 2019, the a.s.p.c.a. c.e.o. matt bershadker made more than $840,000. that's more than the c.e.o. of the american red cross, a nonprofit ten times bigger than the a.s.p.c.a.. >> we save lives. >> reporter: gary rogers runs the nassau county new york s.p.c.a. running mostly on volunteers. >> i don't know how they can put their head on their pillow at night, knowing there are so many animals out here that that money could be used for other things. >> o'donnell: well, cbs' jim axelrod joins us now. how is the a.s.p.c.a. responding? >> reporter: well norah, the a.s.p.c.a declined the request for an interview. they said 84% of a.s.p.c.a. donors also donated to a local animal charity, but what that survey did not ask was if people understood that local organizations with s.p.c.a. in their name is not in any way affiliated with the national a.s.p.c.a.. >> o'donnell: jim axelrod with
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>> o'donne >> o'donnell: an update on travel. weekend storms and what's called operational challenges are being blamed for hundreds of airline delays and cancellations. more than 500 or 16% of american airlines flights were canceled today and another 782 delayed. spirit airlines, meanwhile canceled 37% of its flights. tonight comedian kathy griffin says she has lung cancer and will undergo surgery to have half her left lung removed. griffin, who is 60 years old, says she never smoked. her diagnosis is not that uncommon, the c.d.c. says 20% of lung cancer patients in the u.s. are nonsmokers. this new tonight, bill and melinda gates have finalized their divorced. they announced in may they were ending their 27 year marriage. they will continue to run their charity. no details on how they will split their fortune estimated to be about $150 billion. coming up next, olympic rivals
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6:59 pm right now at 7:00. >> we don't like to tell people what to do. >> i think it's needed and it's been needed for a while. >> hope you held onto your mask, because most of the bay area is going to need them again, starting in just a few hours. none of us wanted to be here, but the virus has changed. >> the numbers of this new surge aren't all bad. tonight one is trending in the right direction. >> i was pleasantly surprised. and a kpix 5 original report as bay area merchants struggle to recover from the pandemic. a new threat from a very specific type of lawsuit. >> these businesses are already struggling for a lifeline to stay open, and then, now, this. >> for me, it's extortion, pure and simply.
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>> and in another potential blow to struggling bay area businesses, a facemask mandate returning for most of the region, less than five hours from right now. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm juliette goodrich and for elizabeth. the order requires indoor masking in most public settings like retail stores, restaurants and gyms, regardless of vaccination status. and for now, it will apply to people in every bay area county except napa and solano. >> kpix 5's andria borba life in san francisco's north beach neighborhood now. i'm sure you've got plenty of reaction. >> people have no shortage of opinions on this subject, as that indoor mask mandate kicks in here in the bay area in those counties that you mentioned starting at midnight tonight. while masking is required indoors, capacity limits at bars and restaurants haven't dropped yet, and will remain the same. not everyone we spoke with was on board with this


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