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>> from the area's local news station. you're watching the kron. 4 morning news at 4. >> good morning and thanks for joining us for the kron. 4 morning news here on tuesday. march the 8th i'm reyna harvey for a lot of you waking up bright and early like me and john are today. you're probably wondering what do i wear? john? we'd like to know you have answers to that yet. there were lots of things that if you are waking up early, got to layer up as you now and then we can shed a couple of those layers a little bit later on today. so pretty typical bay area fashion today. >> we are going to be looking outside at the golden gate bridge under some clear skies much as we saw yesterday, another day with abundant
sunshine today, though, even a little bit more mild than yesterday was. and that's really going to make for a comfortable feel later on 30's and 40's for most of our current temperatures. we do have a couple of 50's like pacifica, alameda, timber on in san francisco, north bay easily. our coldest spot santa rose at 39 along with nevado napa in petaluma. also in the 30's right now. now, as we work our way into the afternoon, temperatures waste no time climbing back into the mid to upper 50's by noontime in some upper 60's to low 70's for afternoon highs. really comfortable stuff. lighter winds than yesterday. all in all this forecast is working out pretty well for us today. i'll be letting you know what the rest of the week asked offer. still to come right now. john, thank you for that. all right. let's look at the traffic today heading from the east bay into the city. >> about 9 minutes for you at this time, the san mateo bridge and across towards the peninsula. a little under 13 minutes for your drive. richmond center fell bridge about a 9 minute commute at
this hour. and let's get a look at the golden gate bridge. 37 to the tolls. 20 minutes for your drive. we're learning more about the death of a university of san francisco student. 21 year-old christopher laying was reported missing last week after he rented a car to drive to irvine. the fresno county sheriff's office says the college student's body was discovered and a car crash near interstate 5 over the weekend from force. rob nesbitt has more on that investigation. >> christopher lee, family had concerns about his road trip because of his mental health. and because he just got his driver's license last year, search parties organized by the family for the college student were called off when his body was found in the central valley. this is the area on note road about 6 miles west of interstate 5 where police found christopher lee body, according to the fresno county sheriff's office. it appears liang died when his car crashed off a cliff. the california highway patrol collision report so that liang was driving westbound on note road when he
went down the cliff and overturned on a dry riverbed due to a lack of witnesses to the actual crash. it was determined that it happened sometime between february 28 and march 5th. was a senior at the university of san francisco university, president paul fitzgerald released a statement monday saying in part usf is collectively heartbroken to learn that chris died in an apparent car crash as his usf community offers comfort and support. we pray that chris's family, friends, classmates and professors who are experiencing profound loss and sadness in the face of many questions. we'll find solace and peace. liang was reported missing february 28th when he failed to return from a road trip to irvine. his brother posted on social media. but the family was concerned about the erratic nature of the trip combined with a 21 year old's mental health issues. liang ren to the 2020 model, 3 tesla for the road trip. the car company recalled nearly 27,000 vehicles in the u.s. last month because of cabin heating systems, not defrosting windshields. quickly enough, cutting visibility and increasing the risk of a
crash. tesla sent out online software updates to fix the issue. family posted online asking for privacy during this difficult time. i reached out to tesla for comment but have not heard back in san francisco. i'm rob nesbitt kron. 4 news. >> well, young girl is safe at home and a north bay neighborhood is on high alert as police continue to search for her would-be kidnapper this morning. santa rosa police say they're investigating an attempted kidnapping near a school. the victim is a 12 year-old girl who fought off her attacker. kron four's dan thorn has that story. >> police say around 8.30, monday morning, a girl walking to school was almost kidnapped. families living along calistoga road are a little shaken up its absolutely terrifying as a parent, you know, you really want your kids to be able to be >> independent these days and, you know, have that experience of walking to school. danielle salinger is one of many parents in this area of santa rosa. she was alerted to the attempted abduction through a
message from the rincon valley schools. superintendent salinger was amazed the 12 year-old girl was able to get away unharmed and think of somebody being able to. >> on such a busy road with so many people around a 10, something like that. it's just there's an audacious next to it. police say the suspect is in his late 40's or early 50's and was driving a bmw. he threatened the girl and tried to pull into his car. she then fought back and was able to run home. >> the suspect was last seen driving northbound on calistoga road. this attempted kidnapping comes as the school district is reading for its walk and roll to school day santa rosa police plan to have an increased presence around the school. the superintendent is asking families to be vigilant. thankfully doesn't happen that often. but still when it does, it helps you remember. >> the really need to reinforce your kids how to be safe, what to do in that type of situation and do as much as you can to protect them. >> reporting in santa rosa, dan thorn kron. 4 news. new
legislation was introduced in the state capitol to stop law enforcement agencies from. >> using a assault victims, dna against them in future cases. well, this comes after san francisco's district attorney jason to dane called out the city's police department for doing just that last month, dean accused the department of using dna from a rape kit to link victims to unrelated crimes. well, in the wake of these by revelations, santa clara county officials gathered yesterday to make it clear that using dna samples in that manner has not is not and will not be happening in their county. >> we want to protect victims of assault. not collect evidence from them. that could be used against them later. we haven't and will never do that. it's difficult enough to get survivors of assault to cooperate with law enforcement. and if in the back of that survivors mind she's thinking, oh, well, this
da or this police officers helping me today. but meanwhile, he's collecting evidence that he might use against me tomorrow. it makes it very likely that that person may not come forward. >> well, the police department is stop the practice in police chief bill scott says he supports the legislation. senator scott wiener introduced the bill dean is co sponsoring it. >> with gas prices on the rise, those who drive for a living are also taking a major hit rideshare drivers. and taxi drivers say they're paying more at the pump and they're taken less money home, forcing some to work many more hours. kron four's. tell exactly spoke to drivers in san francisco. here's what they had to say. >> prices at the pump continue to climb and pinching drivers, especially those who drive for a living. you >> my view, wall. all all >> we had to take a lie is one of drivers now questioning
whether or not they can continue driving if gas prices keep rising. the average cost of gas in california on monday is $5 and $0.34 according to triple a meanwhile, the average price in san francisco where many rideshare in cab drivers come into work is five-fifty cab driver mohamed her base as normally costs him about $32 to fill up the tank in his prius. however, he's now paying nearly $16 more. >> at the end the in this, that nice? think of on that. >> the bbc and gave her a vase has been driving taxis in san francisco for more than 30 years. in those 3 decades. he says it's never been this hard to make a living and to feed his family been a lot of, you know, like i let you know, case. it very hot. >> so i you know, and no, he said to that gas prices. >> this showed up. and we don't have much business scene
he won that it would many the price going up and we making less and less. >> that was taylor is actually reporting for us. here's a look at the average gas prices across the bay area. so in san francisco, you're going to pay $5.56 in san jose. gas is a bit cheaper at 5.47. gas and oakland is about 5.50, in the north bay. you're going to pay 5.57. in santa rosa. u.s. lawmakers are considering a ban on the import in use of russian oil. 10's of thousands of barrels of russian oil still come into the u.s. each day pumping millions of dollars back into russia. well, the white house has been reluctant to change that knowing gas prices here with spike even higher than as the war enters its 3rd week. both republicans and democrats on capitol hill are showing you support both sides, including
president biden agree would be a critical blow to russia's economy and its ability to fund its war effort. congress is expected to take up the issue when they return from break today. as covid restrictions, relax and mask mandates are lifted. people who never got infected with covid should approach the guidelines a bit differently. a local infectious disease expert doctor peter chin-hong recommends that people continue wearing mask. he does say the changes in the chances of catching covid are low. now and maybe even slimmer in the coming weeks. he says the best protections should be to get vaccinated. and if you think you haven't gotten covid doctor chin-hong says you likely contracted it and didn't know about it. >> we know from the cdc data that >> but >> twice as many people probably got exposed in the country in general to covid than the official counts. so it means that a lot of people having mild symptoms so they didn't get tested or had no
symptoms. given the low level of virus simply in the community, chances of you getting it is going to be much lower than even just 2 weeks ago. >> doctor chin-hong says people should also get boosted the infra sizes. people shouldn't try to get the virus. a new study found out covid case can cause damage in certain areas of your brain. british scientists studied brain scans before in a few months after covid using a database that already at tens of thousands of brain mri store prepandemic. they say even mao covid cases are tied to brain tissue damage and accelerated losses in the regions that control the sense of smell the cognitive defect was most pronounced in older patients. the long-term impact of these brain changes are still unknown. >> well, coming up on the kron, 4 morning sfpd officer found not guilty for using excessive force during an
arrest. we're going hear the reactions from the victim's lawyer. plus, a high school soccer team says it endured racist behavior during the game. how the school is now responding and u.s. lawmakers want to see the biden administration put a ban on russian oil. why the white house says and holding off on that idea. we'll be right back after the break.
>> arrival, let's get another check of the forecast with john who has been telling us about the sunshine that we are set to expect today was really happy that we got that much needed rain. john. now it's nice to dry out a little bit. yeah. and the rain was certainly nice. the sunshine is also nice and something we've seen a lot of so far this 2022. is january february and now march. >> has brought no shortage of it. your view outside at the coastline this morning, things out there about to be brightening up under some clear skies. we're off to another fog free start this morning. and this high-pressure ridge sitting firmly in place going to continue to keep us this way for much of the week. yesterday was a breezy one today being a little bit so just a better opportunity, even to get outside venture out there and enjoy all that sunshine both today and tomorrow. looking at nice, clear conditions. we're going to keep that around into thursday, too, thursday and friday going to be just as nice and clear. you will notice a few snow showers up
in the sierra nevada, though, come thursday in a sign of some unsettled weather towards the weekend. nothing that's going to result in any major storm or anything for the bay area. but a couple sprinkles possible saturday night. now, as far as winds go today, breezy for some upper elevations, really pockets. most of us are really not in for a breezy day ahead. some pretty calm conditions, especially like right along the bay shoreline. temperatures today still mostly in the 60's. a nice warm range of 60's, though, with mid to upper 60's for much of the bay and a fair share. 70's mixed in too, saying carlos in redwood city at 70 degrees, much of the santa clara valley. also there as will be portions of the east bay shoreline fremont's in castro valley. among those spots, danville, walnut creek, up to concord, antioch, tip to vacaville over in the wine country in closer to one o one. all the spots mostly in the 70's today. so tomorrow thursday, not quite as warm as today, but still going to be
pretty nice and mild friday and saturday will be some of the warmest of the forecast. now saturday night got to adjust. those clocks will be springing ahead. that means you've got to put those clocks forward an hour and you'll be losing that hour of sleep into sunday morning saturday night and then again on monday. our best chances of rainfall looking nothing more than just a few light sprinkles, though. so really nothing major to anticipate in the forecast. reyna. john, thank you for that. you have your daylight savings plan already ready. just to go to sleep like they usually do. mondays. that it is monday is a tough one. thank you for that. john. >> let's get a look at the traffic traveling from the east bay into the city maze of that fremont street exit. about 10 minutes for your drive. there. the san mateo across towards the peninsula about 13 for us. richmond, sandra fell 9 minutes traveling across towards sandra fell and the golden gate bridge. 37 to the tolls are looking at a 20 minute drive for you. there. governor gavin newsome will be
delivering his state of the state address. that happens today. it's going to be in sacramento and it starts at 05:00pm we will have that address. that's going to be streaming live on kron on. you can download kron-on for free in the app store or watch it on our website. people fleeing ukraine packed themselves into buses this morning as thousands tried to evacuate the country along safe corridors. the refugees are traveling on one of 5 quarters. russia promised to offer civilians as a way to escape. well, previous attempts to evacuate failed due to shelling from russian forces. officials with the united nations say the war forced 2 million people to flee from ukraine into neighboring countries. but they say those that are trapped in ukraine are running low on food, water as well as medicine. well, fragmented hacker group anonymous is claiming responsibility for hacking russian state tv broadcast the show war footage from ukraine. anonymous has
been a part of a series of cyberattacks targeting russia last week. they claim the shutdown, the russian stock market. it's becoming increasingly difficult. the circulate information about the war as the russian government claims to lockdown on information they don't like last week they ban facebook and they created a law that said journalists who publish what russia considers fake news could face years of jail time. state lawmakers are pushing for with a bill to stop the flow of money between california and russia. they believe sanctions from california, one of the largest economies in the world will further punish russia for attacking ukraine. the bill requires the state's public retirement system too. pull investments out of companies from russia and belarus. also blocks state contracts from being awarded to companies doing business with russia and ask private companies to do the same. >> the repercussions are going to be very, very significant. repercussions will rank right
up there with the repercussions if any nation in europe did the same thing. >> the bill has bipartisan support but is still in committee so it could take a while before it becomes law. lawmakers are returning to washington today eager to help ukraine. congress is putting increasing pressure on the biden administration. this in more money, more sanctions and more troops to assist ukraine and the surrounding nato countries. anna wiernicki joins us live from dc with the very latest. good morning, anna. good morning. well, lawmakers from both parties are really pushing for this ban on russian oil and >> they've made it very clear that they're not waiting for the president to act. >> texas republican senator john cornyn says every barrel of oil, the u.s. imports from russia is helping fund their war in ukraine and helped a lot more money to kill innocent ukrainians with
cornyn and a number of lawmakers on capitol hill are putting pressure on the biden administration to be in the u.s. from purchasing russian oil. but they're also taking matters into their own hands. introducing several bills with support from leaders on both sides of the aisle that would sanction russian energy exports. now we need to boost domestic production. that should be our priority. arkansas. republican french hill says america imports nearly 60,000 barrels of russian oil each day. he says that number should be 0. no decision has been made. but white house press secretary jen psaki says the president wants to minimize the impact on americans and is fighting high gas prices. the best thing we can do is reduce. >> our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign because that will help have a reliable source of energy so that we're not worried about gas prices going up because of the winds of a foreign dictator. cornyn says if the administration wants to promote american
energy independence. >> they need to support producers with better policies. >> now, even if one of those bills passed, the white house did not say if the president would sign it, but did stress that russian energy sanctions are still on the table and are being heavily considered for now live in washington, i'm anna wiernicki. bring it back to you. thank you for that update. anna. well, you can get the latest headlines and updates on the war in ukraine. >> on kron 4 dot com. we have this on your screen. go ahead and use your mobile app. the scan that qr code and you're going to be directed over to our website. coming up next on the kron 4 morning news. uc berkeley is trying to make a room for incoming students were going to tell you what they're doing to create space. >> after we get back from the break.
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rescind acceptances for more than 3,000 students in order to comply with a court order to cap enrollment. some students have already accepted the alternatives. and now berkeley says it can admit almost the same number of transfer and freshman students as it did a year ago. but the school says it still needs to reduce enrollment by more than 2500. all of this is because of a lawsuit by people in the neighborhood concerned that the school has not provided housing for all the students. it brings in and they claim that is affecting the quality of life in that neighborhood. san francisco park officials want to keep john f kennedy drive car free permanently. the san francisco metropolitan transportation agency and the city's recreation and park department gave their official recommendation on monday. so 3 mile stretch between lincoln way and case our drive. it's been closed since the early days of the pandemic to make outdoor and socially distant recreation easier. the 2
agencies receive feedback on the street. closure from some 10,000 people over an 8 month outreach process. the san francisco board of supervisors is expected to vote on that proposal as soon as april. still ahead on the kron 4 morning news, more and more people. >> calling for the release of brittney griner. why officials say the war in ukraine can complicate her release and russian. we'll be right back.
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well, welcome back to the kron. 4 morning news here on this tuesday morning. just >> a couple of days, a week from friday and of the week. looks nice. if you want to get outside and get some work done in the garden and maybe take the pets outside. it's a good day for that. john is not right definitely another nice we've got more sunshine today and winds a little calmer than yesterday's temperatures. >> a little bit warmer. so all in all those factors lining up to make it a very nice one. looking outside of the golden gate bridge this morning. still dark. but looking nice and clear. another fog free start another day that we'll start with cold conditions. but look at temperatures climbing into really comfortable range, 30's and 40's for most of us currently, alameda pacifica, san francisco and timber on the exceptions on the warmer side of things in the 50's right now,