tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS September 6, 2021 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT
captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> yuccas: tonight: the search for storm victims continues as the death toll from hurricane ida rises with hundreds of thousands still struggling to find food, water, gas and shelter. heartbreaking video of a failed rescue attempt as the new jersey governor warns of a long road back to normal. plus more rain headed for the gulf coast, as we're learning what happened inside that warehouse where more than 800 nursing home patients rode out the powerful storm. >> they were crying for, you know, out. they was in pain. >> yuccas: escape from afghanistan, the first reported land rescue of americans from taliban-controlled territory. but what about the dozens more still stranded? holiday super-spreader fears:
travelers pack airspace and fans fill college football statements as new cases in the u.s. hit the highest level since january. plus, the state with the highest labor day gas price-- ever. crime wave in chicago, at least 55 people are shot in the city over the holiday weekend, including a four year-old-boy, the new crackdown on illegal gun sales. a small town cries foul: workers at a minnesota factory are worried their jobs will be outsourced to china. unbearable, why officials in tahoe are telling residents to be on the lookout for bears. and surf's up: a different kind of therapy for front line healthcare workers. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> yuccas: good evening, to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us. i'm jamie yuccas in for norah. tonight, millions of storm victims from the gulf coast to
the northeast are bracing for yet another blast of heavy rain and possibly even more floods. flash flood watches and heat alerts are posted across storm ravaged louisiana tonight while hard hit communities in the northeast could see heavy thunderstorms by wednesday. president biden on tuesday will get a firsthand look at flood and tornado damage in new york and new jersey. more than 50 deaths have been confirmed in the northeast in the aftermath of hurricane ida, which made landfall in louisiana, more than a week ago. more deaths were reported in both the north and the south over the weekend and we have reports from both regions tonight. cbs' mola lenghi leads off our coverage in central new jersey. good evening, mola. >> reporter: good evening, jamie, manville new jersey here, was one of the hardest hit communities in the hardest hit state in the northeast. all over town, you see sights like this, what's left of people's homes, people's lives. now, these folks got it bad, some folks got it worse.
this silent body cam footage shows the desperate attempt by police to save a two-year-old boy and his parents as rainwater flooded their new york city basement apartment. with no special equipment, an officer at one point ducks into the murky water to feel for the apartment door as a brown teddy bear floats into view... but the officer comes up empty. the door is locked. back up from fire rescuers eventually arrived, but not in time, the family of three drowned. they were among at least 51 people who died in the remnants of hurricane ida, including this father of seven in new york city. five days after the storm hit, at least four are missing in new jersey alone while the massive cleanup continues. >> this is going to be a long journey but we'll stay with them every step of the way. >> reporter: new jersey governor phil murphy. >> it's homes, it's small businesses, it's infrastructure in some cases, schools, and sadly, 27 losses of life. >> reporter: for many who survived, digging out has been nothing short of overwhelming. manville, new jersey was hit
especially hard, as can be seen in the before and after image. for the marotta family, there's nothing to dig out from. >> were you able to salvage anything? >> no, not really. >> reporter: nothing? >> a few dog pictures. that was all i could find in my room. >> there were two or three old pictures. crazy how that survived. >> reporter: this is their manville home after it explded into flames the day after the storm. do you consider yourself lucky. >> absolutely, very lucky. >> yeah. very. lucky, yes. >> reporter: well, ahead of his trip to new york city and here to manville tomorrow, president biden has declared a disaster area in six new jersey counties, making residents like these folks eligible for federal aid, jamie. >> yuccas: just so much loss, mola, thank you. we turn to the south where the death toll climbed to at least 17 in the aftermath of hurricane ida. tonight a nurse from louisiana is giving us horrifying new details in the deaths of seven nursing home patients moved inside a warehouse as the storm approached. here's cbs' jessi mitchell.
>> reporter: they were hungry, they were thirsty, they were in pain. it was just very sad. >> reporter: a harrowing account from nurse natalie henderson who rode tout the hurricane inside a warehouse crammed with 800 nursing home residents, relocated just before ida hit. these images show patients in squalid conditions packed close together on mattresses. >> and the whole place is reeking of urine and feces. it was horrifying. >> reporter: some were forced to relieve themselves in small buckets. >> who would do this to patients, you know what i mean? and if you speak up about it, they get mad. >> reporter: who gets mad? >> the supervisors. they don't want you to say anything. >> reporter: are there many other options for you in new orleans? >> not really. >> reporter: since speaking out, henderson says she lost her job. >> they just try to paint me out to be this bad person, and i'm not. i'm not a bad person. i'm trying to look out for
people who can't speak up for themselves. >> reporter: the owner of the nursing home seemed to downplay the tragedy last week. >> we only had five deaths within the six days, with normally with 850 people, you will have a couple a day. so we did really good on taking care of people. >> why you say that? there should be no deaths at all. it's heartbreaking. >> reporter: the storm's emotional toll extends throughout louisiana and some residents have given up, they're leaving the state. >> any place the lord blesses us to go out of this heat, where we able to get food, get a hot bath and just some comfort. >> reporter: the state health department is investigating that nursing home owner and has shut down his facilities. we reached out for comment but have not received a response.
on top of everything else, jamey, we've learned some married nursing home residents were separated during the evacuation of this warehouse, causing even further anguish. >> yuccas: just painful to hear, jessi mitchell, in independence, louisiana, thank you. u.s. officials today confirmed the first reported land rescue of americans from afghanistan. until now, we've only heard of americans and afghan allies escaping by plane. the rescue comes amid claims from the taliban that it has made one final land grab seizing total control of the country. here's cbs' charlie d'agata. >> reporter: taliban fighters raised their flag in the panjshir valley today, a declaration of victory over the last region to fall under taliban control. the last hideout of the enemy has been captured a taliban spokesman told a news conference, the war is over, but the mass exodus continues and among the tens of thousands desperate to flee over land, state department officials tell cbs news an american family of four got across today, and the taliban did not stand in their way.
but dozens more americans remain stranded here, satellite images of the mazar-i-sharif airport north of kabul show six commercial aircraft on the tarmac amid accusations they have been grounded by the taliban. >> the taliban is holding them hostage for demands. right now, the state has cleared these flights and the taliban will not let them leave the airport. >> reporter: the taliban denied the claims. marina legree, the founder of ascend athletics, a group helping afghan women and girls trying to get out. >> i told a whole bunch of teenage girls that are under my purview to come, so we've got teenage girls traveling away from their families in this unsafe condition, and it's gone on for too long. >> reporter: amid the emerging crisis, u.s. secretary of state antony blinken arrived in doha today for high level talks with the qatari government. this country played a vital role in the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from
afghanistan, helping to find a new home for those too terrified to risk staying behind. the secretary of state's visit to doha is seen as a thank you to the qataris and personally to the amir. this country has emerged as a key player in the region for assisting in the massive airlift and serving as a diplomatic bridge between america and the taliban. jamie. >> yuccas: charlie d'agata in doha, thank you. tonight many americans ae returning from their holiday weekend getaways. millions traveled by plane and car amid the highest daily numbers of new covid cases since january. we get more now from cbs' errol barett. >> reporter: the return of college football attracted hundreds of thousands of fans this labor day weekend. more than 70,000 watched notre dame beat florida state and out west similar sized crowds saw u.c.l.a. top l.s.u..
still, the t.s.a. report says sunday's air traffic while busy was 14% lower than the same sunday before labor day in 2019. this follows the c.d.c. discouraging those not vaccinated from traveling. back on memorial day, new covid cases averaged 18,000 daily, the c.d.c. now tallies more than 150,000 new cases per day and nearly 100,000 covid patients currently hospitalized. >> you have to be safe to make sure that we can travel more later, right? >> reporter: for those who flew protecting themselves against the highly transmissible delta variant was top of mind. >> using my mask, hand sanitizer, keeping safe. >> reporter: most of those on the move will drive home today and tomorrow finding higher gas prices. the aftermath of hurricane ida in the gulf helped push the national average up to $3.19 per gallon, and californians are paying $4.40, the highest labor day gas price ever.
now, as soon as gas demand declines, we expect prices to follow suit. here at d.c.a., both delta and united estimate their holiday weekend traffic was 20% lower when compared to before the pandemic. and for those of you wanting to avoid the traffic on the roads, the most congested times will be between 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. tuesday. so jamie, avoid that window if you can. >> yuccas: good tip, errol barnett, thank you. in chicago, at least 55 people have been shot this holiday weekend, including a 4-year-old boy who was killed by a stray bullet. tonight, charlie demar, of our chicago station wbbm, looks into the wave of illegal gun sales fueling the crime wave. >> reporter: it's been another deadly year on the streets of chicago. (multiple gunshots) so far this year, there have been more than 2,300 shootings. michelle chambers' 28-year-old son was just one of the victims. . michelle chambers' 28-year-old >> i'm so tired of this, i really am.
i am. it just needs to stop. >> reporter: authorities recovered five guns at the scene which were traced back to this kentucky army base. prosecutors say three fort campbell soldiers bought the guns and sold them illegally to convicted felons in chicago. these "straw purchases" have helped fuel the violence. last month, prosecutors say another straw purchase for these two brothers led to the shooting death of the first female officer in three decades in chicago. john lausch is the u.s. attorney here. >> this is not a victimless crime, you know. guns end up in the hands of wrong people who can use them to do harm. >> reporter: the justice department has launched a strike force in chicago and four other cities to fight gun trafficking. kristen ditinio, the special agent in charge of chicago's a.t.f. office will help lead the crackdown. >> our straw purchasers are savvy and their intent is to deceive a firearms dealer. so it is a major cornerstone of our trafficking strategy is to identify the straw punches.
>> reporter: the trigger-pullers also need to be held accountable. >> the offenders are completely emboldened. they are not afraid of getting caught or the consequences. >> reporter: crackdowns on guns crimes date back decades but authorities hope for impact. charlie demar, cbs news, chicago. >> yuccas: it's about to get even harder for those struggling to find work as pandemic unemployment benefits end. more than 7 million americans are losing their jobless benefits as three federal programs expired today. and an additional 3 million people are losing a $300 weeklys boost to their state unemployment benefits. in minnesota, a factory partly owned by major league is shutting down, moving dozens of jobs out of state and over seas to china. more on this from cbs' kris van cleave. >> reporter: every crack of a big league bat used to spark a sense of pride in caledonia,
minnesota, knowing the batting helmet on every pro baseball player's head was made in this small town of 2,800. but the miken factory that's provided good-paying jobs for over two decades will soon close, the bulk of the jobs shipped to china. >> it's infuriating. it's america's game. >> reporter: sarah glasrud owns "good times," the bar across from the factory and fears the closure will bring anything but good times. miken makes up about a quarter of her business. >> it was difficult before the pandemic hit. it's going to be even more difficult now. >> reporter: what really has the folks crying foul is who is outsourcing this community's lifeblood? once family run, miken was bought by rawlings, who are partially owned by major league baseball. what would you say to major league baseball? >> i would probably want to say so that you've got it on tape. >> reporter: schroder is caledonia's mayer. >> i thought they would have more respect for the united states. and small america who supports all their baseball teams.
i think going to china is the hardest thing. >> reporter: m.l.b. stresses th. going to china is the batting helmets will still be made in the u.s. stating it does not batting helmets will be still made in the u.s., adding it owns less than 20% of rawlings and does not have a role in the day-to-day business operations. the helmet work are will shift to missouri but most of the 80 jobs in caledonia will be lost to china, saving rawlings at least $4 million a year. >> i just keep thinking what would happen if the commissioner of baseball called up the guy who runs these companies and says, "hey, i don't think we should do this?" >> reporter: minnesota senator tina smith says americans should be outraged. >> we should be expecting more of "america's pastime" than this kind of "put the dollar first" kind of thinking. >> reporter: one small town's field of dreams risks striking out and turning into an economic nightmare. kris van cleave, cbs news, caldonia, minnesota. >> yuccas: that factory could close in less than 18 months. still ahead on "cbs evening news." breaking news, the tragic death of a beloved actor. and an incredible story of
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>> yuccas: tomorrow, on the debut of "cbs mornings" and right here on the "cbs evening news," norah o'donnell's two- year investigation into domestic violence in the u.s. military, the survivors who say the military failed to help them. and that's tonight's "cbs evening news." for norah o'donnell, i'm jamie yuccas. happy labor day, and we want to wish everyone celebrating rosh hashanah a very happy new year. good night.
temperatures not helping. good evening i'm allen martin. and i'm elizabeth cook. chief meteorologist paul hagan is tracking the heat as we head back to the work week. >> it was hot today and the hot weather patterns tends to trap any surface level pollution whether it is urban or wildfire smoke and despite that air quality across the board in the moderate category and for where it is in most locations and good air quality downtown san francisco and even though it was a spare of the earth day we did not reach unhealthy for sensitive groups. it is not great but it could be worse. the wildfire smoke is up to the northeast. the heat is what you will have to deal with. temperatures right now it is still in the 90s in the east bay for the santa clara valley and 70s in the bay and even 60s in downtown