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>> that has to be such a wild ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: tonight, the escape from mariupol after two months without sunlight, the elderly women, mothers and small children making the journey to safety. but what about those still trapped, in a bombed out steel plant? civilians crawling through the rubble, but constant shelling stopped the evacuation. the tears of joy for those able to get out. plus what this village near the ukrainian capitol is doing to stop russians from advancing. >> they effectively saved their village and saved the capitol kyiv just further on in that direction. >> o'donnell: paths of destruction: look at this from the devastating ef-3 tornado. tonight the threat isn't over. we're tracking the severe weather. higher covid risk level, tonight the news from new york city as the rate of cases picks up.
what does it mean for you? alabama jail break, tonight an accused murderer on the run. why officials believe a female corrections officer may have helped him. the biggest wildfire in america. the worst drought conditions in two decades forces hundreds to evacuate. we're following the fast-moving developments. remembering naomi judd. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ love can build a bridge. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: the news that stunned the country music world ahead of the star's induction into the hall of fame. and honoring that special woman in our lives ahead of mother's day. we kick off our new series on the modern mom. ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us as we start a new week together. we begin tonight with the race to escape mariupol, the city reduced to rubble.
and tonight after spending more than two months underground at least 100 civilians were able to get out from the besieged steel plant in ukraine's port town. but there are more still trapped and the red cross and united nations called off the evacuation today because of constant russian shelling. and it comes as the highest ranking u.s. official, speaker of the house nancy pelosi made a surprise visit to kyiv. today pelosi and a delegation of democratic lawmakers met with the polish president in warsaw after a secret trip to meet with president volodymyr zelenskyy in kyiv. and we're learning more tonight about what u.s. officials believe is russia's plan for putin's war. the kremlin is planning to annex the two eastern regions of ukraine after failing to capture the capitol and overthrow the government. we have a lot of news to get to tonight and cbs's chris livesay will start us off from kyiv, good evening, chris. >> reporer: good evening, norah. pelosi's visit to the region comes as president biden is requesting $33 billion in funding for ukraine. that's money for defense, economic and humanitarian aid
and no city needs it more than mariupol. after two months of hell on earth, the relief of escape. in a major breakthrough for the u.n. and the international committee of the red cross, women, children and elderly are among the first to leave the darkness of the mariupol steel .n't o to the bathroom with a flash light any more," says natalia. "they were bombing the whole time," olga sobbed. bombing that continues across ukraine. a country under siege by land and a blockade by sea. in the coastal city of odessa a child was killed in a russian missile strike on a residential building, according to emergency officials.rike on a residential
combined with russian attacks on key infrastructure, the country is now struggling to find enough food and fuel with vehicles lining up at the pump for miles. but ukraine is not without its victories, a drone strike taking out two russian patrol boats on the black sea. throughout the war, ukraine has creatively defended it's territory, not afraid to blow up its own bridges, roads, anything to slow down the russians. just outside kyiv that meant breaching this dam. at great cost to the nearby town of demydiv. the water completely destroying this part of town, destroying possessions, destroying homes, but we're told they were happy to do it because if they didn't the russians were going to destroy it for them. they effectively saved their village and the capitol kyiv just further on in that direction. and local residents go through the ashes. "the russian soldiers were here." and russian shells maria warns us in her vegetable garden,
invisible beneath the murky water. the same shelling rocked her neighbor valentinea's house as her family of six hid inside the basement while it slowly filled with water. "we had to climb out," she said, but at the same time the russians had to retreat. this water saved us. and with that russian retreat from kyiv, the u.s. today officially resumed diplomatic operations in ukraine. albeit in the western city of lviv. however the acting ambassador said the embassy may return here to the capitol by the end of this month. norah? >> o'donnell: that's some news, chris livesay, thank you. tonight, residents in south central kansas are still digging through debris following friday's ef-3 tornado that carved a path of destruction nearly 13 miles long. just take a look at this as a funnel cloud destroyed everything in its path in the city of andover, nearly 1,000 buildings were damaged, three university of oklahoma college
students chasing a tornado were killed in a car crash because of slick roads. the same area from kansas to oklahoma is bracing for more severe weather tonight. for the forecast let's bring in meteorologist mike bettes from our partners at the weather channel, good evening, mike. >> good evening, norah. indeed, another stretch is very active weather ahead. this is a virtual view of kansas city, missouri, taking really heavy rain, potential ponding on the streets and in neighborhoods and yes, potential for some severe storms as well. let's show you the future radar, you can see the storms ripping through the middle of the country through the evening and overnight. many storms push eastbound through the day on tuesday. that includes the ohio valley, targets will be louisville, cincinnati, columbus and over towards pittsburgh, pennsylvania then right back to the plains once again come wednesday with a target in oklahoma city where tornadoes could erupt again but as far north as wichita, south may historically the most active months for severe weather and tornadoes, norah, so this should come as no surprise. >> o'donnell: good point, mike bettes, thank you. let's turn now to alabama and a story that sounds like the plot
from a movie of the week. the f.b.i. has now joined the manhunt for an escaped prison inmate and a corrections officer who they say helped him with the jail break. here is cbs's janet shamlian. >> reporter: tonight, an alabama sheriff searching for an escaped capitol murder suspect says one of his own corrections officers vickie white was in on it. >> we have had a warrant issued for vickie white, the charges are permitting or facilitating an escape in the first degree. >> reporter: white claims she was driving inmate casey white, no relation, from the jail to a courthouse mental health evaluation on friday. then going to a medical appointment herself. the sheriff now says neither statement was true. and taking a prisoner without a second deputy was a violation of policy. her patrol car was found in a shopping center parking lot later that day. >> the patrol car left the detention center and went
straight to the parking lot. and there was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse. >> reporter: this is casey white last week inside the jail where he was being held on charges of capitol murder. six foot nine, and 250 pounds. he was put into the patrol car handcuffed and shackled. >> we have gotten a couple of tips on the possible vehicle, we're still pursuing that, trying to get a positive confirmation on the possible vehicle they switched into. >> reporter: 56 year old vickie white has been with the department almost 17 years. several times named employee of the year. the widow who had no childrenhin submitted retirement papers submitted retirement papers thursday, friday was to be her last day. >> she did sell her home about a month ago. and talked about going to the beach, everybody thought she was going to retire. nobody saw this coming. >> reporter: vickie white's mom says her daughter never mentioned casey white whose only been in that jail since the end of february. authorities are now reviewing video from inside to determine the nature of the relationship.
norah? >> o'donnell: quite a story, janet, thank you. tonight the covid risk level in new york city has been raised from low to medium as the rate of cases picks up. the new designation means new yorkers need to be more cautious. health officials advise wearing a mask in public indoor settings where vaccine status is not known. and this update tonight on vice president harris, nearly a week after testing positive, she's covid free and returning to the white house tomorrow. back here in washington, a federal jury convicted a new york city police veteran of assaulting an officer, during the january 6th attack on the capitol. 56 year old thomas webster was the first capitol riot defendant to be tried on an assault charge and the first to present a jury with a self-defense argument. he was found guilty of all six counts and faces up to 20 years in prison. he will be sentenced in september. let's turn now to the election trail because the first major contest of the 2022 mid terms is under way in ohio.
with republican voters picking their nominees for governor and the u.s. senate. as cbs' robert costa reports it is also a major test of donald trump's continued influence over the party >> reporter: former president trump is dominating the senate primary here in ohio. and contenders spent weeks fighting for his support. his name is uttered constantly. >> president trump. >> president trump. >> reporter: j.d. vance, a well- known author and political novice, won the trump endorsement battle last month. and has since become the frontrunner. vance was a never trumper in 2016, but tells voters he was wrong. the former president has been forgiving. >> he is a guy that said some bad [bleep] about me, but you know what, every one of the others did also. >> reporter: vance told us he is confident he can shake off any suspicions from trump voters and spent the weekend campaigning with staunch trump allies matt gaetz and marjorie taylor greene.
is the trump endorsement enough to put you over the top? >> the president support it is usually helpful because it signals which side he is on. >> reporter: primary voters say they are mostly concerned about the economy >> everybody is paying more for everything. >> the prices are real bad right now. >> reporter: in many states trump's backing will help vance who alonthher top candidates have falsely argued the 2020 election was rigged. >> once donald trump gave his endorsement, i think you know they will look buy it. >> reporter: trump's hold on the g.o.p. is unprecedented. but it will be tested in primaries across the country this month. >> we've endorsed dr. oz. >> reporter: in pennsylvania trump is backing celebrity dr. mehmet oz for senate and also endorsed several controversial candidates, including herschel walker in georgia, previously accused of domestic violence. and charles herbster for governor in nebraska, accused by multiple women of sexual assault. trump campaign for him sunday night.
>> i defend people when i know they're good. >> reporter: one candidate who might benefit from the fight on the trump side here in ohio in tomorrow's primary, is state senator matt dolan, one of the owners of the cleveland guardian's baseball team, he has been running as a traditional republican and a trump critic and he has been gaining in the polls. norah? >> o'donnell: interesting to watch. robert costa with all that news, thank you. let's turn now to breaking news in the century long fight for justice for the last known survivors of the 1921 tulsa race massacre. a judge ruled they can make their case to hold the city accountable. cbs' omar villafranca has the late developing details. >> reporter: the last three survivors entered court for what could be a last effort to force the city of tulsa to pay reparations for a 1921 massacre that killed an estimated 300 black residents. >> we know what happened 100 years ago. and it is time for the city of
tulsa to do what is right and stand on the right side of history. >> reporter: the survivors, viola fletcher, lessie benningfield randle and hughes van ellis are all more than 100 years old. they were small children living in the greenwood section of town known as black wall street, a thriving black community in the middle of the jim crow era. in 1921, a young black man was accused of assaulting a white teenage girl, a white mob including members of the tulsa sheriff's department torched roughly 35 blocks of homes and businesses. nearly wiping out the city's black residents. >> on the night of the massacres i was awakened by my family. >> reporter: now 107, viola fletcher saw her community torn apart by that white mob. >> i think about it every day, it is nothing i will never forget. >> reporter: no one was ever held accountable for what happened that day. and the lawsuit alleges that the defendants exploitation of
death, destruction and disparities they created have resulted in their unjust enrichment at the expense of these communities. the city is arguing it should not be forced to pay anything because today's residents had nothing to do with what happened more than a century ago. late today, the judge partially ruled for the plaintiff, a trial will take place, that means the three remaining survivors will get a chance to make their case against the city of tulsa for reparations. no trial date has been set. norah? >> o'donnell: as it has been said, the arc of history bends towards justice, omarc of history bends towards villafranca, thank you. well tonight tributes are pouring in for country music legend naomi judd who died unexpectedly over the weekend. she was 76. her death sheds a shining light on the disease of mental illness, a battle judd herself was very public about. here's cbs' jim axelrod. ♪ love can build a bridge.
>> reporter: no one would have been surprised that judds were being inducted into the country music hall of fame last night. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ after all, between 1984 and 1991 naomi judd and her daughter wynonna had 14 number one hits. >> this is the first time i've talked since saying good-bye. >> reporter: know what stunned the music world was naomi's death the day before the induction. >> i didn't prepare anything tonight because i knew mom would probably talk the most. >> reporter: the judd family and carefully chosen words said naomi judd died at the age of 76 from, "the disease of mental illness." the 2016 memoir river of time detailed her struggle with depression. her daughter actress ashley judd last night.
>> my mama loved you so much. and she appreciated your love for her. and i'm sorry that she couldn't hang on until today. >> reporter: less than a month ago, naomi and wynona judd shared a stage at the c.m.t. awards. tonight taking in their last performance together it is wynonna's words that speak for so many. >> it is a really strange dynamic to be this broken and many. this blessed. >> reporter: blessed to have shared the music of naomi judd, broken at the thought there will be no more. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: i know almost all those songs by heart. still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," the large wildfire forcing families from their homes, and a former philadelphia police officer is charged with murdering a 12 year old boy. harged with murdering a 12 year old boy. or atopic dermit under control? hide my skin? not me. by hitting eczema where it counts,
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under district attorney gascón, i prosecuted car break-ins. all repeat offenders, often in organized crime rings. but when chesa boudin took office, he dissolved the unit and stopped me from collaborating with the police on my cases. now home and car break-ins are on the rise because repeat offenders know they can get away with it. chesa boudin is failing to do his job. there's a better way to keep san francisco safe. recall chesa boudin now.
>> o'donnell: all this week, we're honoring moms that unstoppable woman in your life whose superpower is love. becoming a new parent can be a becoming a new parent can be a scay time for a imagine what it was like giving birth during the height of the pandemic. we caught up with a new mom who found that the second time around was not only easier, it was a healing experience. cbs's adriana diaz kicks off our new series, "the modern mom." >> hi, how are you? >> reporter: when twins mitchell and maksim were born and 3 and 4 pounds the world was in the throes of a new pandemic. >> these kids really came in to the world against all odds, i feel. >> reporter: it was april 2020, jen lawbach went into labor
early, sick with covid, dad andre couldn't with be there, he had covid too, they couldn't see the boys in person for three weeks, relying on facetime at beaumont hospital, in troy, michigan. >> i will never get that time back and that's hard for me as a mom because those first few weeks and days are so important with your child. >> hi! >> reporter: these are the twins two years later. and now they have company. baby sister liz was just born, no covid, no complications. >> i have bonded with her so much already-- bonded with her so much already. and i didn't get that with the boys. >> reporter: has this experience helped heal those wounds? >> yes, definitely, definitely. you know, andre was able to be there. i wasn't isolated and alone when she was born, they placed her right on my chest. >> reporter: and do you have a little sister now? >> yeah. >> reporter: what is her name? >> baby. >> reporter: baby.
( laughs ) jen's first mother's day was in the nicu. this next one, in a home full of laughter. >> despite how hard it was for us, we're healthy and strong now and we have a happy ending. >> reporter: adriana diaz, cbs news. >> o'donnell: that's great news, and three under three, that's tough, hats off to you, we'll be right back. 6
and that's tonight's "cbs evening news." good night. right now at 7:00. breaking news, where the supreme court may be poised to overturn rowev. wade. >> he's the talk of one town. this visitor doesn't mean any harm, he's just getting his bearings. >> one out of ten bta employees missed the deadline to show they've been vaccinated, but they're still working. the wind will continue to diminish. we'll track those in our first alert forecast. attend the show and pay the price. the city looking to slap a fine on spectators. a scramble to save people from a burning building near the cal campus. a piece of the past goes up in
flames. and gilroy reacts to save the garlic festival. while many of us tell us, it stinks. >> it feels like it's going to be a stolen event. >> and the switch to environmental bio fuels. i'm ryan yamamoto. in a stunning brief of supreme court confidentiality,politico has released a draft. the draft has not beenauthenticated by cbs news and the supreme court is still pending. reaction from california leaders has been swift and
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