tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS March 13, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: the white house said today v.a. health care is getting better, so we asked a vet. >> i don't see any difference from when i start aid year and a half ago to today. >> pelley: also tonight reports of their death were exaggerated. how many of you have been declared dead by the federal government? the pope reveals the earthly pleasure he misses. and steve hartman on the butterfly theory taking wing. >> it's inspired me. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today, president obama made his first visit to the phoenix v.a. hospital that epitomized all that was wrong with the veterans health care system where some vets died before they got treatment and
hospital officials hid those long delays on secret wait lists. the administration says thousands of doctors and nurses nurses have now been hired nationwide and those wait times are improving. but the president, who vowed nearly a year ago to fix the v.a. acknowledged there is still a lot more to do. here's wyatt andrews. >> reporter: brierk an iraq war veteran, said two months from now he will finally get to see a v.a. surgeon in phoenix for a blood clot condition in his legs. you can get appointments now but it takes forever >> it never ends. the questions are never answered. >> reporter: almost a year after the secret wait lists were revealed the president came to phoenix, report card in hand. 4,000 veterans have been cakd for appointments, including everyone on those secret lists. 30,000 appointments have been arranged outside the v.a. and 94% of all appointments are made
within the goal of 30 days. >> we brought in a new team that has been tackling these issues to make sure that wait times for scheduling, access to providers is greatly improved. >> reporter: but brian gibbs says some of that improvement is overstated especially the 30-day appointment. >> you get your appointment within 30 days and then it gets canceled. and then you get another one within 30 days. it's actually happened to me several times. >> reporter: in one sign of change, both the president and v.a. secretary bob mcdonald spoke with whistleblower dr. katherine mitchell. a year ago when mitchell told the truth about phoenix she was placed on leave. >> certain things have improved. the ability to schedule a patient appointment within 30 days has improved. the speed of hiring has increased dramatically. >> reporter: what hasn't changed is that no one has been fired. the former chief in phoenix, sharon hellman, was fired for taking gifts but not for the wait list after a judge ruled
the v.a. botched the evidence. scott, it's a matter of time before congress revisits why heads haven't rolled. >> pelley: wyatt andrews in the washington newsroom tonight. wyatt, thank you. another federal agency we count on is having trouble keeping track of who is dead and who is alive in america. the social security administration maintains something called the death master file, but a "60 minutes" investigation has found this national list of the departed is sometimes fatally flawed. how many of you have been keclaird dead by the federal government? all of you. you're looking pretty well to me. this would be a seance, except these are living, breathing americans that we conjured up from around the country all declared dead by the social security administration. don pilger passed away when he tried report the death of his wife. this is a form from the social security administration. the idea was you were going to call this number and essentially report that your wife had
passed. >> exactly. and that's what i did on the following monday. eight days later i went to access my bank account, and it was-- they kept saying "invalid bank. i give the lady the problem i was having. she typed my numbers into the computer and she grabbed my hand, and he said "mr. pilger i don't believe this. they reported you deceased and not your wife." >> pelley: judy rivers told us she had $80,000 in her accounts but when she tried to use a bank card at a store they assumed she was an identity thief. you couldn't get access to your bank accounts. you couldn't get a credit card. how did you live? >> well, for a time, i lived in my car. and i couldn't get an apartment. i had my debit cards which were, of course, no good. i used one without knowing the consequences, and was actually taken to jail and questioned because they thought i wasab
identity thief. >> pelley: but we found a much bigger problem is in the millions of americans who actually do die and are not included in the death master file, which leads the government popay out billions in benefits to the dead. our full report this sunday on "60 minutes." today, the police said they are following leads in the manhunt for whoever shot two officers during a demonstration in ferguson missouri, this week. dean reynolds has the latest. >> hands up! don't shoot! >> reporter: there was a noteworthy change in crowd control at the latest demonstration in ferguson-- riot gear was replaced with restraint. st. louis county police lieutenant jerry lore. >> we're trying to de-escalate things. we want to get back to normal. we want to make progress forward and in o trdero do that we have to give a little bit and i think we're willing to do that. >> reporter: both wounded officers are expected to recover, but one still has a bullet lodged behind his ear.
st. louis county police chief john belmar. >> we have had several leads since then. i cannot tell you at this point an arrest is imminent. >> reporter: six high-ranking ferguson officials have departed in the last few days, but the protest continues .brit me packnet is reviewing reforms for the city. is there any doubt in your mind that the protests will continue? >> there is no doubt in my mind that pieceful action will continue in ferguson andy across this country because there is still a lot of work to do. >> reporter: there is now a reward in excess of $10000 for information leading to an arrest in the shooting early thursday. and, scott the police say that amount would could go up as their investigation proceeds. >> pelley: dean thanks very much. in another deadly police shooting, the medical examiner in madison, wisconsin said today 19-year-old tony robinson was shot in the head, arm and torso
last week. robinson, who was biracial, was unarmed. the police say he assaulted matt kenney, a white officer, responding to reports of a disturbance. the shooting is under investigation. a u.s. drone in somalia has killed one of the world's mostmented terrorists. the man is suspected of planning the 2013 attack on a shopping mall in kenya. david martin has more on this. >> reporter: the strike was carried out thursday by eye predator drone as adan garaar was travel buying car through southern somalia. the predator launched hellfire missiles on its first pass over the carc circled around and fired again just soon sure. it was another round in the long-running, but almost ibvisible battle against al-shabaab, one of al qaeda's many affiliates. adan garaar was said by u.s. intelligence to be the mastermind of the 2013 attack on the west gate mall in noocial kenya, which left more than 60
dead and 175 wounded. four gunmen sent by al-shabaab took over the mall sing ling out non-muslims for death. hundreds of shoppers fled, but it would be three days before kenyan forces could regain control. it was the goodliest terrorist attack in kenya since the 1998 bombing of the american embassy there. al-shabaab claimed it was in retaliation for kenya having sent troops into somalia. in the past seven months, u.s. strikes have killed the leader of al-shabaab, its director of operations, its head of intelligence, and now the planner of the west gate attack. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon tonight. thanks. the pentagon also said today that isis has lost a quarter of the ground that it held in iraq most of it to kurdish forces in the north with the help of u.s. air strikes. isis is also surrounded tonight in the city of tikrit by iraqi troops fighting alongside shiite
muslim militias. holly williams is in baghdad for us tonight covering the war on isis. holly, this isn't the end of isis by any means, is it? >> reporter: no, scott. isis is unquestionably still a threat. isis killed at least 10 people in a wave of coordinated car poms west of here in ramadi on wednesday, and isis is still hanging on in tikrit more than 10 days into that iraqi offensive in the city. on the other hand, though, isis has been weakened and contained by u.s.-led air strikes. u.s. officials say more than 8,000 isis fighters have been killed by those strikes, and we've seen the wreck annualage of buildings and armored cars used by isis and then destroyed by the air strikes. but actually destroying isis will require effective ground forces because you cannot bomb them out of cities without causing massive civilian
casualties. and those forces simply do not exist in most of iraq where instead they're relying on a patched together army of some government soldiers, lowell tribesmen and shiite muslim militias. and, scott, so far, they're making very slow progress. >> pelley: holly williams covering the war on isis again for us tonight from baghdad. holly, thank you. in a tragic irony, an iraqi man who fled the killing in his homeland was shot to death last week in dallas. today, a teenager was arrested for his murder, and manuel bojorquez is following this. >> reporter: this is video of ahmed al jumaili as he and his family walked outside their dallas apartment a week ago thursday. it was the first time aljamaily had seen snow, and the last moments of his life. his wife, zahraa altaie, was there when someone opened tire. >> i think it was fireworks or something like that. >> reporter: until you saw him.
>> reporter: al jumaili had scaebed the violence in iraq after saving up a year's salary to reunite with his wife here. he had been in the u.s. only three weeks. mohammad altaie was his father-in-law. >> reporter: a safer place. surveillance video caught four young men leaving the scene that night. police say one of them, this 17-year-old, was the shooter, and that he did not know al jumaili or his ethnicity but may have chosen him at random as paypack for an earlier shooghtd.
the teenager admit he was there but denies pulling the trigger. >> reporter: police say more arrests are possible. scott, they're looking into whether the three other men who were seen leaving this apartment complex the night of the shooting should also be charged. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez in dallas. manuel, thanks very much. and now on to this. two years ago today, a little-known cardinal from argentina was elected pope and became one of the most popular religious leaders of our time. now in an anniversary interview with mexican television, francis makes some surprising revelations. here's allen pizzey. >> reporter: by his own account, he enjoyed his first two years as pope with one big exception-- "the only thing i would like," francis told a mexican tv interviewer" is to go out one day without being
recognized for a pizza." but he doesn't think he'll be in the job for more than five years. it's like the psychology of the gambler who convinces himself he will lose so he won't be disappointed," francis said. "and and he wins, is happy." the pope also spoke out on one of his trade causes, what he called the painful problem of illegal migrants. on a personal level francis has said he considers travel a penance, but he already has half a dozen trips planned, including to the u.s. given his first two years don't be surprised if there's a pita penciled in there somewhere. allen pizzey, cbs news, rome. >> pelley: edciegz officials say that campus racism is on the rise so, what's being done about it? and the terrifying moment a skier was buried alive when the cbs evening news continues. upon
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of oklahoma may be shocking, but for many, not surprising. according to the department of education, the number of racial complaints reported on college campuses has increased from 555 in 2009 to 939 last year. "the journal of blacks in higher education" has chronicled campus racial incidents on its web site for the last 20 years averaging about 50 a year. despite intolerance on campuses black co-eds across the country launched this internet campaign. it's called i too am. you felt really alienated when you first arrived here? >> yes. >> reporter: new york university sophomore devan worth helped organize their campus campaign. >> a lot of my interactions were with white students who didn't understand my experience. i had to teach every one how to treat me like a person honestly. >> it is a troubling trend. >> reporter: university of maryland professor julie park
said her study on campus racial climates shows 48% of white students say they had at least one close friend of another race compared to 74% of blacks, 92% of latinos, and 84% of asians. >> we found that those students who went to more diverse institutions tended to have higher levels of close interracial friendship so it really speaks to the importance of universities doing their job to attract diverse student bodies in the first place. >> reporter: at n.y.u., devan worth says the administration is listening to their concerns. that's the hope of many students across the country chanting for change. elaine quijano, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: still ahead, steve hartman "on the road." but when we come back, a ride on the wild side far off the road.
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its wings on one side of the dwhroab can in theory, start a hurricane on the other. it's a physics concept but chris wondered if it could be applied to kindness as well. >> reporter: a few months ago he decided to test the theory at this diner in his hometown of durham, north carolina. he saw two girls at the table next to his and gave them each $50 with one very simple instruction-- do something kind. >> reporter: that was the end of it? until? it included pictures from a village in africa with people holding signs that read, "thanks a lot for spreading kindness chris rosati."
the two girls responsible were 13-year-old kate cameron and her 10-year-old sister, anna. they say they couldn't believe it when a stranger gave them each $50. you didn't want to let him down. >> no. >> that makes you want to do something good with that money. >> yes. >> reporter: the girls say they already knew about this illage in sierra leone where their dad had worked in the peace corps. they knew the people there had been working hard to fight ebola so the girls paid for a feast to help them celebrate being ebola free. they said it felt great to help. >> it inspired me. >> would definitely encourage other people to do it. >> reporter: now that it's proven what, do you do? to that end, last month, chris rosati, who has already done so much for north carolina, launched his latest campaign. ( cheers ) he told these screaming fans his plan to give out hundreds of
little butterfly grants, $50 each, to any kid who wants to start change the world. ♪ a hero comes along ♪ >> reporter: america, get ready for a hurricane. ♪ that a hero lies in you ♪ ( applause ) >> reporter: steve hartman on the road in durham, north carolina. >> pelley: be the change you want to see. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley, and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes," good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
he jumped the white house fence and made it all the way into the beck active mansion and this afternoon omar -- executive mansion and this afternoon omar gonzalez makes a plea. i'll have a report coming up. >> reporter: a university president refuses to do interviews with reporters and takes to twitter instead to discuss an unfolding racist e- mail scandal on campus. i'm scott broom at university of maryland, coming up reaction. >> reporter: fines reaching tens of thousands of dollars on the express lanes, are they unconstitutional? i'm peggy fox. i'll tell you what happened in court today. >> good evening. i'm jan jeffcoat. >> and i'm derek mcginty. a yellow alert tops your only local news at 7:00. >> it's not going to let up any time soon, right, top? >> no flood watches in effect but heavy rain after 10:00 tonight through the overnight
hours. the closest rain is back toward harrisonburg and roanoke. this activity is not reaching the ground. the atmosphere is still pretty dry. it's close but still dry in cumberland, romney and kaiser. probably till 9:00 or 10:00 in the metro, it will start in the west and move eastward. by 8 a.m. we still have rain across the board, 40s. good news, we're looking at temperatures getting milder tomorrow, one of the our silver linings. by 1:00 temperatures back in the 50s. see the dark green there? that's pretty heavy rain and the yellow is very heavy rain. even through early afternoon we're looking at heavy rain with temperatures 55 in leesburg, 56 in manassas, 507 downtown. we'll come back, talk -- 57 downtown. we'll come back, talk about when heavy rain turns to showers. to the university of maryland where president wallace loh took to