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night, blizzard watch. the snow and ice in the midwest as the northeast braces for a lot worse. a potentially crippling winter snowstorm, the biggest of the year. major travel and power problems. promise from a top trump administration official who says no one will be worse off financially under the republican plan. hoverboard tragedy after a house fire is sparked by a hoverboard safety. safe sleep. the simple idea cutting number of sudden infant deaths. the small town that found a voice in a living room and
built a radio station all its own. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. hopefully you remembered to spring forward today and reset your clocks. but spring is a distant promise for much of the u.s. tonight. snow coated parts of the carolinas this morning. there is more coming tonight. almost 100 million people are under winter weather watches or warnings. flakes falling right now in minneapolis, as you can see in this live picture. chicago ready for a messy commute in the morning. the east coast and new england bracing for the biggest snowstorm of the season. we begin tonight with sara dolloff. >> reporter: with just over a week to the start of spring, winter refuses to release its icy grip on much of the u.s. >> oh, my god. it's actually snowing. like it's real snow. it's sticking to the ground. >> reporter: this morning residents in
north, even south carolina, waking up to falling snow and several inches already on the ground. >> it's so exciting. >> reporter: a winter wonderland for some, treacherous conditions for others. on the shores of lake ontario, a winter scene so surreal, the photographer had to post it was created by nature, not photoshop. in north dakota, braving the elements to prepare for another round of severe weather. including forecasted temperatures with windchills of 9 below. snow is expected across a wide swath of the midwest tonight. with winter weather advisories and storm warnings stretching from the dakotas to northeast ohio. with blizzard conditions possible in new york and boston during the work week. as plows roll out, officials are expecting slick roads and power outages. commutes are expected to be affected in major cities, as well as air travel. some airlines waving change fees in advance of the weather. working to get ahead of a storm system with
millions in its path. sara dolloff, nbc news. for more on the storm making its way toward the northeast, we turn to nbc meteorologist. >> we continue to see the heavy snowfall around the minnesota area. minneapolis seeing that heavy snowfall. as we continue through the overnight hours into tomorrow morning, we'll see the system moving into the chicago area. they are calling for 3 to 6 inches of snowfall. through the evening hours of tomorrow, this is where we start to see the action. we'll see flurries around the d.c. area. as we go through the overnight hours, that's where the system really intensifies. now d.c., new york city, as we go through the morning commute, here comes that heavy snowfall. late morning commute in through the boston region, this snow will continue to fall throughout the entire day, leftover showers possible on wednesday. heavy amounts of snowfall, very strong winds, could bring that visibility down near zero. so blizzard watches are currently already in effect, especially out towards new york city as well as boston.
coastal sections of con korngs necticut con, massachusetts. it's where this low develops. whether it shifts a few miles one direction on the other changes everything. we have combined several models. this is what we're calling for currently. d.c., calling for 6 to 8 inches. we could see more or less. philadelphia now calling for 8 to 14 inches of snowfall. new york city, definitely upwards of a foot. boston, 10 to 16 inches of snowfall could be possible. we'll monitor this through the overnight hours. >> indra, thanks. now to health care as the debate intensifies in congress and beyond, a top trump administration official said today nobody will be worse off financially, as he put, it under the republican health care plan. nbc's kelly o'donnell has more tonight on the battle over the bill. >> i really worried about -- >> reporter: today in philadelphia, anxiety over looming changes to the health care law. at a town hall meeting held by democratic senator bob casey. >> i'm very concerned about the aca
problems, the medicaid issues. >> reporter: and others this weekend held by congressional republicans. >> i'll give a full 100% repeal. 100%. >> reporter: unwinding obamacare, a top priority for all of washington's republican leaders. president trump's comment last month sounded both ironic and predictive. >> nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan says republicans have been formulating their health insurance alternative over the past year. >> we're actually on the cusp of keeping our word. i hardly think that is rushing things. >> reporter: the gop leaders' timeline -- repealing obamacare in the next 29 days. the house expected to vote the week of march 20th and the senate by april 10th. while fierce opposition from democrats was expected -- >> what the american people want is an improvement on obamacare. not the decimation of obamacare.
>> reporter: the real roadblock has come from within the republican party. >> and i don't want to see the house majority put at risk on a bill that is not going to pass the senate. >> i think it's basically obamacare-lite, keeps the subsidies, keeps the taxes for a year, then keeps the cadillac tax forever. >> reporter: trump's secretary for health and human services, tom price, says the proposal won't cost consumers more. >> i firmly believe nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we're going through. >> reporter: this coming week president trump is expected to hit the road for a rally in nashville that is categorized as a campaign event not official white house business. but the president is expected to try to sell the gop plan with much of his own political capital on the line. kate? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house tonight. thank you. it was a flash point that sparked nationwide protests and soul-searching over relations between police and communities. we're talking about the police shooting of michael brown, an unarmed man in ferguson, missouri, in
2014. tonight there's a new turn in that case. we hear about it from nbc's morgan radford. >> reporter: tonight newly disclosed surveillance video raising questions about what happened the night before 18-year-old michael brown was killed in ferguson, missouri. for two years local police have said he robbed a convenience store before police responded. and he was shot. >> politicice just shot this man for no reason. >> reporter: police released this surveillance at the time for evidence. tonight a new documentary called "stranger fruit" reveals more surveillance video from that same store. the filmmaker says it shows brown knew the clerks and didn't rob them but, instead, traded them marijuana for cigarillos. >> might give the store a little bag of weed. can you see the employee smelling it and passing it around. then you can clearly see mike being given two big boxes of cigarillos. mike is about to leave the store but decides to have the clerk hold his things behind the counter for him.
>> reporter: the next day, brown comes back with his hands behind his back. the filmmaker says to get his boxes. nbc cannot confirm this exchange and the store clerks deny it. in a statement about the video, the st. louis county police department says, we cannot confirm its authenticity at the time. if it did occur, the incident is still irrelevant to our version. what do you think this video shows us? >> i think this video shows us that we were not told the whole story then. people have a right to feel frustrated and i think this will make them feel even more frustrated. >> reporter: in 2014 a grand jury did not indict officer darren wilson, the responding svr who shot michael brown. sparking outrage across the country. >> don't shoot. >> reporter: in some cases, that frustration still lingers in ferguson. >> i think mike brown is just opened up a lot of eyes, you know, woke a lot of people up. >> i do believe that people see that we are tired. they see that we are
not playing and they see we really do want change. >> reporter: when we talk about the national conversation about race, what role does mike brown's killing have in that conversation? >> black boys and men die like this across america every single day at the hands of police, although the hands of criminals in the community. and i think there is this overflowing pain we have yet to resolve. i think that's what make this is case so weighty. >> reporter: a lawyer for the convenient store tells nbc news he's not sure why this latest video wasn't released by authorities sooner, but the store clerks are in no way at fault. meanwhile, the brown family is in the middle of a civil lawsuit against the city of ferguson and still no indication whether this new video will be entered as evidence. >> thank you so much. federal officials say they are opening an investigation into a hover board explosion and fire that killed a 3-year-old girl in pennsylvania. it was the first fatality from a fire of this kind. a tragedy that's bringing new scrutiny tonight on the lithium-ion batteries that power a range of
electronic devices. we get more from nbc's steve patterson. >> how many people we still got trapped? >> reporter: terrifying moments in harrisburg, pennsylvania, friday night. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: crews rushing in, flames shooting out of the roof, family members frantic. >> we're getting rapid calls and reports of kids trapped on the third floor. >> reporter: inside, a 3-year-old severely burned. she later died. two others critically injured. the fire caused by a battery in a rechargeable hoverboard. but it's not just hoverboards. lithium-ion batteries can fail and burst into flames, like those involved in the samsung galaxy 7, and a laptop, that exploded charging next to a 17-year-old devin johnson in february. the company says that battery was from a third-party. >> very scary. >> reporter: the batteries in hoverboards so dangerous that the consumer product safety commission warned none of them are safe. more than half a
million recalled. >> if you own a hoverboard, please, stop using it immediately. >> it's on fire! >> reporter: since 2015, there have been more than 100 incidents, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in damages. experts say if you do have one, don't take any chances. >> i would not leave them charging in a home unattend sxid probably wouldn't store this device in your house. >> reporter: tonight officials say they are launching an investigation into what happened friday. a safety nightmare still sparking heart ache years after the danger discovered. steve patterson, nbc news. in europe and beyond, there's a lot of interest in this week's parliamentary elections in the netherlands. that's because the pop populous right-wing anti-immigrant candidate is gaining traction. >> reporter: has been called the donald trump of the netherlands. >> there is a lot of those that make the streets unsafe. >> reporter: and been
called racist against muslim immigrants. >> he's painting a picture like we're all bad, we're all trying to go to syria and do things like that. but that's not a realistic view of life. >> reporter: polls say he's unlikely to win wednesday's vote, but thanks to his massive following, he's already pulled this famously tolerant left-wing country to the right. prime minister saying out newspaper ads saying, act normal or leave. and on tv, less polite. >> translator: my primary feeling is piss off, go back to turkey. >> reporter: are you playing toward populist sentiment, anti-immigrant -- >> i'm fighting on my own agenda. >> reporter: sandra is a newly right-wing voter. >> you feel intimidated by these -- >> reporter: really? >> -- these groups. >> reporter: she's not convinced by the change in tone from the current prime minister and presumed winner. >> i don't think it's authentic. he's swimming with the waves of those. >> reporter: it's not just here in the
netherlands. politicians across europe are talking right. >> the theresa may in england, or you can see it on the france. parties are moving to the radical right. >> reporter: a fresh phenomenon. >> people think this kind of chaos won't happen in netherlands. but i'm warning people, it could still happen. >> reporter: after all, such populists have been known to surprise before. matt bradley, nbc news, the netherlands. still ahead tonight, how a simple cardboard box may be a key to s i have asthma... ...one of many pieces in my life. so when my asthma symptoms kept coming back on my long-term control medicine. i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment with breo. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms. breo is for adults with asthma not well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid.
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very steep learning curve, especially with twins. these boxes are awesome because you don't have to think about it. it's a safe space. very portable. >> reporter: it's a simple solution to reduce cases of sudden infant death syndrome, borrowed from an effective tradition in finland where the infant mortality rate is less than half of america. this looks sort of comfortable. >> sleep-related deaths as the number one cause of post neonatal causes, as a pediatrician i would, absolutely. >> reporter: in the u.s., s.i.d.s deaths have fallen sharply from 130 to 100,000 per live birth to 39 in 2015. >> thank you. >> reporter: and the baby box company is trying to drive the number even more. offering bocks and supplies for free around the country. here in ohio, with some of the highest infant mortality rates. >> haven't gotten a crib yet, to be honest. this was a complete life-saver. >> reporter: the
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south korea's ousted president park geun-hye left the executive mansion, two days after a constitutional court expelled her from office over allegations of corruption and cronyism. crowds of supporters greeted her motorcade outside her private pns in seoul. the next presidential elections is in two months. south korea's direction is uncertain. joe biden drew a big crowd today. appearing at south by southwest in austin. the conference focuses on innovation. biden spoke about a cause he continues to champion what he calls a cancer moonshot. nbc's jo ling kent is there and has our report. >> reporter: joe biden is back. the former vice president taking the stage for his first major address since leaving the white house. >> i had one regret in making a decision not to run. and that was, i would have loved to have
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there's not a lot of good stuff out there in some places. i shouldn't have said it that way. >> reporter: as for the republicans' efforts to repeal obamacare -- what did you think of that new health care bill, mr. vice president? >> not a lot. >> reporter: ultimately biden pledges to work with president trump. saying cancer rises above any political divide. >> the only bipartisan thing left in america is the fight against cancer. >> reporter: a fight he intends to take all the way. jo ling kent, nbc news, austin, texas. up next, main street media. the big news from small town america. needles. essential for him, but maybe not for people with rheumatoid arthritis. because there are options. like an "unjection™". xeljanz xr. a once daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. xeljanz xr can reduce pain, swelling and joint damage, even without methotrexate. xeljanz xr can lower your ability to fight infections,
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different twist on public radio. from one small town in iowa, when folks in murray, population 742 at last count, decided that they wanted to get their news out to a broader audience, there was only one thing to do. harry smith tonight on the little radio station that could. >> reporter: joe hynek is a dreamer. he imagines things. then makes them happen. >> you're listening to 91.9 ksoi, murray. >> reporter: like the radio station in his living room. when you started having conversations with people, hey, you know, i think maybe we need a radio station in murray, what was the initial reactions? >> a lot of scratching heads. people did not understand who i was, where this was coming from. >> reporter: but for four years now, 24/7, south central iowa has ksoi. you get the announcements from the murray, iowa, school. >> welcome to the mustang corral. >> reporter: weather
from grandma perry. >> i'm grandma perry with the national weather service forecast. >> reporter: and disk jockeys with a style all their own. >> happy friday, amigos! that's right, it's friday night! >> we just pray they use their church manners when they're talking. we couldn't afford the profanity button when we did the grant. >> reporter: joe, who has a full-time job, wrote the grant to get the license and the money for the town. and everyone who's on the air is a volunteer. retired physician jim kimbell offers home-spun advice. >> just remember, hug your wife, love your kids, have a great day and -- >> reporter: it's made him a star. >> i can't go in the grocery store without somebody say, i know that voice. aren't you on the radio? >> reporter: in the summertime the radio broadcasts concerts from the porch of joe's house. joe's real dream was maybe the radio station would be the glue to hold the folks around here together.
>> our goal was to reach out to as many of these small southern iowa towns, pool our events, pool our culture, to make it an interesting place to live. >> reporter: ksoi, a dream coming true. harry smith, nbc news, murray, iowa. >> grandma perry with the weather. that's "nbc nightly news" with the weather. lester holt will be in tomorrow. i'm kate snow. i'll see you tomorrow on msnbc. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night. .
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