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belongs to. goo good elephant. >> hope it gets good pay. at least peanuts. >> cbs even news is ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, we have a number of big headlines as we come on the air. there are shocking new details about why police took so long to end that elementary school massacre in uvalde. and the breaking news tonight about a bipartisan gun reform deal on capitol hill. >> do you have anything to say to the parents? >> o'donnell: today uvalde's school police chief avoiding tough questions after texas' top cop accuses him of putting the lives of officers ahead of the lives of children. tonight, could the rampage have ended in just three minutes? the new detailed timeline. plus, a breakthrough in the u.s. senate. we have the details on the new gun deal. also on capitol hill, gripping testimony. republican election officials detail threats of violence and
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the pressure campaign from then president trump, and what rudy giuliani admitted to arizona's republican speaker of the house. >> he said, we've got lots of theories. we just don't have the evidence." >> o'donnell: president joe biden and the first lady visit a d.c. covid vaccine clinic where kids as young as six months old are getting their first shots. sad news tonight about a five-year-old boy in texas left in a sweltering car. tonight, how dangerously hot a vehicle can get in just 10 minutes. america's nursing home crisis. how staffing shortages, financial distress, and unsafe conditions are putting the elderly at risk. and the big n.f.l. retirement news and the end of a dynasty. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us on this tuesday night. we are learning some stunning
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new information that tonight has parents of those 19 children who were killed in uvalde, texas, wondering could their child have been saved? that's because the head of the texas department of public safety blasted the police response, detailing how there were enough armed officers in the school hallway three minutes after the attack began, but instead, officers waited 74 minutes before breaching what we learned today was an unlocked door. texas' top cop, steven mccraw, testified today in austin that officers had the manpower. they had the equipment and the time to "neutralize the suspect." mccraw placed the blame squarely on police chief pete arredondo, who was inside the school but did not act. cbs' omar villafranca is going to start us off tonight from uvalde, texas. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening. the head of d.p.s., said the fact that officers waited so long to react goes against everything they are taught and
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said that inaction set the profession back a decade. he also said the school police chief put lives of officers over children. texas' top trooper was blunt. >> there's compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at robb elementary was an abject failure. >> reporter: colonel steven mccraw, head of the texas department of public safety, placed that blame solely at the boots of the uvalde school police chief, pete arredondo. >> the only thing stopping the hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children. >> reporter: mccraw laid out multiple times police failed to engage sooner. three minutes into the attack, armed officers, two with rifles, were present, including arredondo, and at 11:52 a.m., 21 minutes in, the first ballistic shield was inside the school, confirming security footage
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obtained by the austin american statesman. by 12:21, officers with four ballistic shields heard more gunshots, yet, police waited, even as 911 calls were coming from at least two students inside the classrooms. >> the officers had weapons. the children had none. the sphersz had body armor. the children had none. >> do you have anything to say to the parents. >> reporter: arredondo, who was also in austin at a closed door hearing, tried to dodge cameras and tough questions. arredondo has claimed that officers were looking for keys to open the classroom door, but mccraw stunned lawmakers when he said the door didn't lock from the inside, and no one tried to open them. >> i don't believe, based on the information we have right now, that that door was ever secured. in fact, i have great reason to believe it wasn't secured. how about trying the door and seeing if it's unlocked? >> reporter: as more information comes to light, uvalde's grief has turned to anger. at last night's school board meeting, angel garza, whose
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10-year-old stepdaughter, anne marie, was killed, called for arredondo to resign. >> how are we supposed to continue our lives here knowing that those people that are supposed to protect us let down our family? >> reporter: arredondo previously told the media that officers didn't have enough firepower to stop the shooter, but mccraw's testimony contradicts that. he said they did. it's worth noting that arredondo is also a city council member and there is a city council meeting tonight, and one of the things they plan to discuss-- a leave of absence for arredondo. norah. >> o'donnell: so many new details. omar villafranca, thank you. we want to turn now to some breaking news right here in washington. senate lawmakers are reporting a breakthrough on a bipartisan gun reform bill. it would town federal gun laws and provide billions of dollars for school safety and mental health programs. cbs' scott macfarlane is here with us. scott, we just got the text of the bill? >> reporter: it's the biggest gun reform proposal in three decades. it has what three earlier
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proposals have last, it has the necessary 60 votes in the season. need 10 republicans and so far these 10 republicans have been part of the talks and indicate some preliminary report texas republican john cornyn who reports uvalde, democrat chris murphy, who represents newtown. let me show you three of the big provisions that other part of the talks. enhanced background checks for those under 21. expand red flag laws through which courts have order guns seized from people deemed dangerous. and closing the boyfriend loophole. it's been a point of contention. gun control advocates have pointed to this stat-- 70 women shot and killed by an intimate partner each month as part of their argument for closing the boyfriend loophole. two more provisions, priorities for republicans, mental health programs, expanding them. that's in the bill text. and school security upgrades.
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this is less than some gun control advocates wanted. they were calling for assault weapons bans but timing is of the essence. they go on recess next month. >> o'donnell: we are just learning the republican leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell, signaling his support for this bill. >> reporter: big endorsement. >> o'donnell: very big. also on capitol hill today, we heard testimony from arizona and georgia republican state election officials about the pressure campaign that they felt from former president donald trump. cbs' nikole killion is on the hill with what we learned in the fourth january 6 hearing. >> this is a tragic parody. >> reporter: that's how arizona house speaker rusty bowers described efforts by former president trump and his allies to pressure him to overturn the 2020 election, which he ultimately resisted. >> you're asking me to do something against my oath, and i will not break my oath. >> reporter: bowers, a lifelong republican, who voted for trump, described least two phone calls from the former president and his attorney rudy giuliani, asking him to review fraudulent claims of undocument
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immigrants and dead people voting. >> do you have names? yes. "will you give them to me?" "yes." the president interrupted and said, "give the man what he needs." >> did you ever receive from him that evidence. >> never. >> reporter: he faced additional pressure to set up a session to decertify the state electors. >> when you learned the electors had met and sent their electoral votes to washington, what did you think? >> i thought of the book "the gang that couldn't shoot straight." >> reporter: even some of trump's own campaign team refused to go along. >> i don't think this is appropriate. >> reporter: and some white house officials admitted the scheme was illegal. >> did you hear the white house counsel's office say that this plan to have alternate electors meet and cast votes for donald trump in states that he had lost was not legally sound? >> ysir. >> reporter: the committee also questioned georgia secretary of state brad raffensperger after his highly publicized call with the former president. >> i just want to find 11,780
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votes. >> what i knew is that we didn't have any votes to find. >> reporter: raffensperger and his deputy said they also found no proof of some other bogus claims, like suitcases stuffed with ballots, which the former attorney general also knocked down. >> i told him that the stuff that his people were shoveling out to the public were ( bleep ). >> reporter: former election work wandrea moss said she and her mother faced death threats and intimidation after the former president and his lawyer accused them of counting ballots multiple times. >> i haven't been anywhere at all. i've gained about 60 pounds. i second guess everything that i do. all because of lives. do you knowhow it feels to havee president of the united states to target you? the president of the united
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states is supposed to represent every american. >> o'donnell: wow. powerful to hear all that. nikole killion joins us now. the other big bombshell we learned today-- never-before-seen video from a documentary filmmaker that was shot before and after january 6, and includes interviews with donald trump's family. what do we know? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, norah. british filmmaker alex holder will be deposed before the panel thursday. he got exclusive access to then-president trump, including 11 hours of interviews with his family. ivanka told that film crew in december 2020 that she thought her father should fight the election results until every legal remedy was exhausted, which is different from what she told the committee in her deposition. norah. >> o'donnell: and we will soon see that. all right, nikole killion, thank you. a new phase in the fight against covid is finally here with vaccines now available for about 20 million children under five. president biden and first lady jill biden visited a "shots for
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tots" clinic here in d.c. where some parents have been waiting for nearly a year and a half for this day to come. cbs' elise preston is outside a clinic in new york where she spoke to parents today. >> reporter: tonight, protection for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. ( applause ) new york dad jason lotz says he's been counting down the days to get his eight-month-old daughter, juniper, vaccinated. she battled covid a month ago. >> it only takes one or two horror stories of something much worse happening for to really be scary. we're really grateful for a chance to be able to do something to protect her. >> reporter: both the moderna and pfizer vaccines are just a fraction of adult doses. children under the age of six will get a two-dose moderna regimen or three doses from pfizer for those under five. but doctors are concerned millions won't get either. among eligible kids ages 5-11, fewer than 30% are fully evacuated. what are you telling parents who
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are hesitant? what do they need to know? >> these vaccines have been shown to be safe and highly effective. the main side effect that we see with these vaccines is a fever. >> reporter: florida governor ron desantis is pushing back. his state is the only one that did not preorder doses. >> we are not going to have any program where's we're trying to jab six-month-old babys with mrna. >> reporter: today, after his visit to a children's clinic in washington, president biden said this is no time for politics. >> elected officials shouldn't get in the way and make it more difficult for parents who want their children to be evacuated, who want to protect them and those around them. >> reporter: many more pediatricians and pharmacies are expecting to adstert shots tomorrow. the c.d.c. and the department of health and human services have teamed up to help families find where those available doses are. you can search on
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norah. >> o'donnell: elise preston, thank you so much. the first day of summer is here, and so are some dangerously hot temperatures. the heat turned tragic on monday when texas thrlts say a five-year-old boy died after being left in a vehicle in the houston area as temperatures topped 100 degrees. for more on the dangerous heat and what you can do to help protect yourself, let's bring in meteorologist mike bettes from our partners at the weather channel. hey there, mike. >> reporter: norah, good evening. and our hope during the heat of summer is we can help prevent tragedies like what unfolded in texas. here at the weather channel we developed the scorching car scale. it gives you an idea of the dangers of enclosed vehicles. atlanta, for instance, tomorrow, forecast high of 100 degrees, after just 10 minutes, the inside temperature of that vehicle is 119. the temperature after just 30 minutes, 134 degrees, unsurvivable for a small child strapped inside a car seat or for pets. always important to look before you lock, make sure you're exiting the vehicle and everyone else exiting the vehicle for you before you lock it up.
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the heat is not giving up. temperatures again triple digits, quite common, especially across the southeast. a pattern, norah, we believe stays with us at least through july 4 and beyond. >> o'donnell: mike, thank you. now to the war in ukraine, where an eight-year-old boy was among at least 15 people killed when russian forces bombarded neighborhoods in and around ukraine's largest city of kharkiv. cbs' chris livesay is there. >> reporter: ...assaults and more ukrainian bloodshed. russian forces nearly capture kharkiv before ukraine pushed them back in may. but now, ukraine's second largest city is once again on the front line. the regional commander tells us, "we are under constant shelling. bombs could fall any minute on any playground, backyard oh, apartment block." russia continues terrorizing the local population. we saw for ourselves up close. ( bleep ) and came to see the
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aftermath. the kharkiv region is one of the hottest front lines in this war. those booms from last night, well, one of them was a russian missile slamming right into this community college. and we can still hear the shelling today. shelling that stretches into the donbas region, where russia has captured a key village near severodonetsk. in that city, only a chemical plant protecting soldiers and civilians remains in ukrainian hands, according to the mayor. the rest is now russia's. vladimir putin today vowed to strengthen his military with new weapons systems. as for the old ones, russia has shown no restraint in turning them on civilians. to help investeri u.s. attorney general merrick garland made a surprise visit to ukraine, announce the appointment of a special prosecutor known for hunting down nazis. >> the united states is senble e is no place to hidh those
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air raid sirens, more grim news. the state department confirms that a second american has been killed in ukraine. stephen zabielski was fighting alongside ukrainian forces. he leaves behind a wife and five stepchildren. norah. >> o'donnell: chris livesay, thank you very much. we want to turn now to the crisis facing nearly every nursing home across the country. according to a recent survey, 87% of providers are facing staffing shortages. the lack of staff has led to unsafe conditions and fears of losing a vital safety net for the nation's elderly. here's cbs' mark strassmann. >> reporter: jackie rojo sanchez is a c.n.a., a certified furthers assistant, and the face of a staffing crisis that her boss, amber mcintosh, knows all too well. >> i think covid took it to a different level. >> reporter: without c.n.a.s nursing homes can't function. >> absolutely not. they're want backbone. >> reporter: sanchez looks after eight residents each shift
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at abernathy laurels, a nonprofit outside charlotte. but diondre clark a traveling c.n.a. in the same area sometimes has to look after 20 or more. >> i have never been to a place where it was fully staffed yet. >> reporter: what's the impact on care? >> it's really bad. they'll be hollering. some of them fell out of the bed, go in their room, and they're on the floor. >> reporter: last january, north carolina sanctioned this nursing home after two deaths there. one nurse and two c.n.a.s cared for 98 people. nia recent survey of nursing home operators, in any event% report having trouble hiring. 60% say they're losing money. nearly three in four say staffing issues could force them to close. >> the status quo is unsustainable for workers in this industry, for the residents that are cared for, and for the best employers. >> reporter: to recruit more c.n.a.s, like rojo sanchez,
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abernathy laurels raised pay to $16 an hour, and started paying to train and certify new c.n.a.s. it's a measure of how much the world had changed. >> that's right. and it was an investment. >> reporter: most furthers homes remain understaffed, some dangerously so. >> it's just a form of neglect, and i don't want to be part of that. >> reporter: part an industry where too often help just isn't there. mark strassmann, cbs news, newton, north carolina. >> o'donnell: and still ahead right here on tonight's "cbs evening news," breaking news from a major u.s. airport where a plane caught on fire. ...with rinvoq. rinvoq a once-daily pill can dramatically improve symptoms... rinvoq helps tame pain, stiffness, swelling. and for some...rinvoq can even significantly reduce ra fatigue. that's rinvoq relief. with ra, your overactive immune system attacks your joints.
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that is tonight's "cbs evening news." >> i didn't do it, and this is the reason i'm suing my mother. >> announcer: a son denies crimes against his family. >> stole the tv out of my mom's room, hit my sister three times in the face. i was arrested, ripped out of my bed in my underwear. >> judge judy: these reports indicate that you were totally uncooperative. >> how would you react? >> announcer: did he bring it on himself? >> judge judy: how many times had you been arrested before? >> a bunch. my anger gets the best of me. >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution glenn hazelton is suing his mother, nancy hazelton, for falsely accusing him of assault and theft. >> byrd: order! all rise! your honor, this is case number 375 on the calendar in the matter of hazelton vs. hazelton. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge.
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parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. ma'am, have a seat, please. >> judge judy: mr. hazelton, the defendant is your mother. and it is your claim that she had you falsely arrested a little over a year ago for both stealing her property and for assaulting your sister, who tried to intervene and prevent you from taking her television. that's what the case is about. you spent, according to you, six days in jail. you finally bailed yourself out, and you want to be compensated for that. >> that is correct, your honor. >> judge judy: okay. prior to being arrested last year when you were arrested on your mother's complaint, how many times had you been arrested before? >> a bunch. >> judge judy: how many? more than a dozen? >> i could say yes. >> judge judy: and were those, at least some of those, arrests drug-related? >> no. >> judge judy: were they alcohol-related? >> no. >> judge judy: were they physically related? were they assault cases? >> some. but what does that got to pertain to this case? >> judge judy: everything pertains to this case. were some of them involving theft? >> no. >> judge judy: were some of them involving trespass? >> no. >> judge judy: so they were all


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