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foreign [Music] spiral after the biggest bank collapse since the global financial crisis a decade ago coming up ahead we break down with that and a new jobs report means for your money and the possibility of another interest rate hike plus those serious rains are here and hitting California hard with a lot of flooding and the risk of landslides across the state we'll take you live to the ground and a former player of one of the country's top college men's basketball teams being indicted on capital murder charges but his lawyers just now telling our team plus a new report shows more than one in five women at the country's service academies have been victims of unwanted sexual conduct with the Pentagon plans to do about this new Spike and in the breakdown daylight saving time is coming and Senators want to make it permanent year round right they've been talking about that for decades so why would now be any different we're going to explain later on in the show hey I'm Hallie and listen Wall Street is sliding down for the fourth straight day to end the week after one of the biggest bank failures in U.S history and after a jobs report that may mean higher interest rate hikes that's why the markets are having their worst week since June sorry to tell you here's what that means for you and your money first you've got the jobs report you see here 311 000 jobs added last month that's less than the month before but more than what experts expected it's kind of a hot jobs Market you'd think isn't that good well keep in mind the Fed chair says that a quote-unquote hot job market means that interest rate hikes are probably going to have to go up now the FED does like two other numbers wage growth has slowed down and Rising unemployment you're thinking well wait a second wage growth is slowing down meaning my paychecks getting higher slower right and unemployment's going up that doesn't sound like good news it does to the FED because to them it means that maybe their pushed to fight inflation could be working that's where you saw President Biden taking kind of a Victory lap we'll talk about that in a second what happens now a couple of key dates Tuesday that's a big e you'll see it here the inflation report will come out giving us the specifics of how much more expensive everything is getting and how quickly that's the last big piece of the puzzle for the FED ahead of its next meeting on March 21st what's also happening now a move that makes history by federal Regulators shutting down Silicon Valley Bank and taking control of its finances I mean listen put it really in plain English right this is the biggest bank collapse since the 2008 financial crisis treasury secretary Janet Yellen was really clear about her concerns today on Capitol Hill watch when Banks experience Financial losses it is and should be a matter of concern let's bring in Stephanie Rule and Ali Rafa so Steph you know the secretary yellin sort of put it in in sober terms here but this is significant and let's put some key details up this is the 16th biggest bank in the U.S people may think Silicon Valley Bank like I don't know it a lot um it is really important to startups in the tech world right and the fact that it has collapsed means it's the biggest failure since Washington Mutual back in 2008 Steph it absolutely is so the question is how did this happen well take yourself back to the covid times and we saw a huge push in the tech space we saw a huge investment in Tech space so Silicon Valley Bank which is considered the preeminent Bank in Silicon Valley it's where all the startups put their money you know it's the Founders Bank they saw a huge boom in deposits so what did they do with a lot of those deposits well they invested them in treasuries and in mortgage-backed Securities and they did that when interest rates were really low well now interest rates have gone up so some of that growth and lending and investing you have seen in the tech space has slowed and at the same time those big Investments they made in treasuries and mortgage backs they're now hurting so the bank had a hole and what unfortunately happened was very publicly they said well because we have this whole we're going to go out and raise money that spooked the market and then that caused a whole lot of their depositors their investors to pull out all of that happened and it created what's called a run on the bank the FDIC has now shut it down and it's on temporary hold as they try to figure out how do they get the depositors at least some of their money back listen Steph and Ali you both know it is a big deal it is on the White House's radar obviously the fact that this bank had collapsed talk through sort of the response from the White House Ally what the plan is here because while this Bank collapses significant as Steph has laid out it's also not like you know pick a bank that you might use for your checking account like it's not that kind of super consumer-facing Bank yeah Hallie questions about this news really took up a big portion of the White House Press briefing today some of those questions referred to the FDIC by White House officials but they did answer some because they know how big of a deal this is as you mentioned this is the country's 16th largest bank and it has arms really across the financial sector so many reporters in the room asked whether you know Americans should continue having confidence in the country's banking system whether the United States has safeguards put in place in their banking systems to prevent this from possibly becoming a widespread issue prevent this from having a domino effect White House officials saying that they have built-in safeguards since the 2008 economic crisis and that they have every confidence that the country's banking systems will work in this situation I want you to take a listen to what the chairwoman of the Council of economic advisor Cecilia Rouse had to say our banking system is in is in a fundamentally different place than it was you know a decade ago and that the reforms that were put into place back then really provide the kind of resilience that we'd like to see so we have every faith in our Regulators um and we can see that today White House officials said treasury secretary Janet Yellen is in close contact with the FDIC which as you heard Steph mentioned quickly intervene and absorbed the bank to prevent this from becoming a widespread issue the question now is what happens to those investors those depositors who had invested more than the 250 thousand dollars that is insured and guaranteed to be returned to them by the FDIC White House officials and the FDIC are saying that they are going to spend the weekend trying to figure out how many depositors fall under that category and what the next steps are to get them their money back Steph let me go to you because as we talk about the president we talked about the kind of Victory lap he was taking on one specific piece of the puzzle we found out about today and that is what your friends at CNBC like to call Labor Force participation and what the rest of us call the number of people who are actually working right who are out there who have jobs it's the most it's been since the very beginning of the pandemic right March 2020. that's the number that the president was pretty into today listen people who've been staying out of the job market are moving back in began to move back in jobs are available people are working again they're becoming more optimistic about their future as we look ahead to the months to come step is that also your biggest takeaway listen there's a few things to take away the President also said that the CPI number that's how we measure inflation is coming out next week and he's feeling pretty good about it because remember that's at the root of all of this we had really high inflation prices were getting higher and higher over the last year those raising prices have slowed but the goal is we want to have the American people back out there about back working a high labor participation number is a good thing but it's tricky because remember Jay Powell is trying to cool the economy a little bit and that will involve unemployment going up slightly which isn't good on a one-on-one basis you never want to say great news Hallie people are losing their jobs but but on a bigger scale they are trying to slow things a bit Ali let me go to you on this sort of tense trade discussion that's happening as the president is also meeting today with the head of the European Union both sides are kind of dealing with some of that stuff and is Steph well knows and if she had seven hours I'd let her explain it what happens internationally with the world when it comes to trade Etc the global economy matters here at home yeah one of the sticky issues that was on the agenda for these two today President Biden and EU president Ursula vanderlein was the result of the inflation reduction act that passed last year that acted not was not greeted with a great reaction from leaders of European countries because essentially in a nutshell what this did was it gave tax incentives to tax breaks to companies investing in clean energy technology to come to the United States to be able to manufacture those clean energy technologies that concerned a lot of leaders of European countries thinking that their economies would take a hit because their companies would go to the United States to then do business so one of the results coming out of this meeting today according to this joint statement that both of them released after this meeting was these two came to some sort of negotiation some sort of deal to make sure that the results of this is going to be mutually beneficial for both European countries as well as the United States they announced the uh creation of what their calling a quote clean energy incentives dialogue to make sure that those investments into things like the critical minerals that are needed to build the chips that go into these Clean Energy Technologies could be shared among both the U.S and Europe all of this in an effort to lessen uh the dependence on China which right now has a monopoly on those sorts of Technologies Hallie Ali Rafa outside the White House Stephanie rule thank you so much for your reporting your analysis as always appreciate you both let's talk about what's going down out west there is a ton more rain we've seen mudslides the high risk of flooding even a new Avalanche warning that is hitting that state which listen California kind of can't catch a break here you've got forecasters warning that people could be in danger right there is the potential for potentially deadly weather here there's power outages possible landslides roofs caving in officials in some parts of the state are telling people go leave your home now evacuation orders are in place in at least six counties in central California so far you're seeing some of the images look at this I mean that's a river in Springville that's flooded so high it's like hitting houses along the banks it's also not just California you look at this map you've got 51 million people from west to east under winter alerts on the other side of the country a messy snowstorm is dropping like a foot of snow in Wisconsin and Michigan Jake Ward is on the ground in SoCal California Jake talk to us about this 17 million people under flood watch people are kind of Trapped where you are because parts of their street have actually washed away how are they supposed to get out we're looking at some of the let's look people Cruise behind you there tell us about it well so Holly at this hour we are in as you mentioned so kill California we're near Santa Cruz and those folks on the far side they are not just you know neighborhood folks coming out to see the sights they are stuck this is the main street it is literally Main Street Soco California and there's about a hundred people that live beyond the break which formed at about 2 A.M when this small
Creek Rose suddenly and tore away the road that you're seeing and you know Holly what's so crazy right is like you and I usually spend our time talking about what my mom would call I guess high quality problems that's what I'm learning today right Ai and technology and Elon Musk and the rest of it but it is amazing how quick you can wind up in the 14th century when mother nature decides that it's going to have its way with the place that you live I mean we are just seeing incredible weather effects all across California 21 counties at this point under some sort of emergency declaration and that of course you know includes the scene you're seeing here in which this crew is basically just throwing debris into the breach they're going to try to basically build another road so that these poor people beyond the break here can receive you know a fire fly you know a fire Services ambulances you know Emergency Services if they needed not to mention being able to drive to and from all of that exactly so it's just amazing to watch how quickly a storm can change the fate of this the fifth largest economy in the world pretty much overnight out explain this too because this is going to sound like a role-lay person question but it's not like there's another road like it's not like they can go the other direction on the road and get out right like that basically dead ends even though this is the main track you can hike through the woods if you need to you know if you really want to and you can cross a foot bridge and fall on the far end but if you need to drive something in and out you know God forbid somebody who was injured in and out there's no way to do that at this hour here in SoCo and what's next right because this isn't over yet we talked about the real concern for more of this kind of thing flooding roads washing away mudslides there's this Avalanche inch risk you've got California basically saying hey feds please help us we need it that's right at this hour uh Governor Gavin newsom's emergency declaration across the 21 counties has turned into now a federal declaration President Biden has signed that order and that brings federal assistance to State local and tribal authorities here in California to help out because basically think of this across 21 counties and think of this at higher elevations where you have let's say at Lake Tahoe the threat not just of flooding and mudslides and the rest of it as rain as is falling on me falls into the snowpack there and melts it away it also when it falls into that snowpack makes it heavier and so suddenly when you have six feet of snow on top of a house and you add another few hundred pounds per square foot of rain to it well the structural collapse threat is enormous and so you're just having this Litany of threats and that is why we need not just the power of the state but now the power of the federal government to help California out here Howie Jake Ward life is there in SoCal Jay keeps posted please obviously we want to know what happens there and in other spots around the state appreciate it right now the still not a presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is going to a place and saying some things that a candid would say and would visit making multiple stops in Iowa we want to show you him in the City of Davenport today going after the person who is probably going to be his biggest rival in a 2024 race former president Donald Trump it is subtle see if you can pick it up we refused to let our state descend into some type of faucian dystopia where people's livelihoods were destroyed and their freedoms were curtailed no we chose Freedom over faucism just like Iowa and we were right and they were wrong so to be your sort of DeSantis interpreter here that sounded a lot like he was calling out the former president for how he handled the pandemic obviously not by name you've got Donald Trump in some ways looking over Mr desantis's shoulder since he will be in that exact same Iowa City coming up on Monday that matters because Republican candidates need people in Iowa to be on their side this is the first place that voters are going to get out there and caucus for who they want the Republican nominee to be and turns out former president Trump has been losing some ground there since he left office with 47 percent of Republicans saying they're definitely going to vote for him in next year's caucus 47 you know what it was in 2021 67 Dasha Burns is alive in Iowa for us and Dasha you know sure Rhonda Santos is not officially in the 2024 race yet really kind of sounds like it yeah our call colleague Savannah Guthrie this morning said coming to Iowa sort of like tell me you're running for president without telling me you're running for president that's certainly what it feels like here we were just across the state in Davenport this morning we're now in Des Moines where he's holding his second event here today and the Davenport event really felt like a stump style speech followed by a fireside chat with Iowa governor Kim Reynolds you know this is part of his book tour his Memoir which is largely a Florida policy Playbook that he's using to make a platform for for his message so he's been talking a lot about what he sees as his big successes in Florida under his administration and how that could apply both here in Iowa and nationally I mean the banners behind me here say the blueprint for Freedom not the blueprint for Florida's Freedom so read into that uh what you will his Focus has really been on his education policies working against quote in Doc Nation he used the word woke many times in his speech but the biggest Applause lines that he received from the Iowa audience were really on his uh covid policies you played a sound bite there Holly you know what's interesting that is both a job at former president Trump and at current President Biden and the difference in the Florida approach to the covid-19 issue of Halle there's another candidate who's also I mean formally in this race it's not Donald Trump and that's Nikki Haley of course uh the former U.N Ambassador she's been all over Iowa and there's one local Republican official telling NBC news that she's certainly doing what in their view you need to do spending a lot of time here working hard that's half the battle um okay one of the County Republican chairs says that what matters is what voters think right what do they think about where this race is headed well here's here's the thing it is all about retail politics here the voters here take their jobs very seriously so the folks that I've been talking to they say they're going to come out and see everyone who comes to the state and then start to maybe make up their minds although many people don't decide until they caucus right I want you to take a listen to just some of my conversations good thing about Iowa though is everybody and shake their hand and talk to them there's more candidates certainly coming out of the woodwork I'm sure and in Iowa we're blessed to be able to meet all the candidates and that's what we do thank you those handshakes Hallie those direct connections the diner stops that's something that voters here really prize it'll be interesting to see how a candidate like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who's been more of a Podium kind of guy how he approaches the style here in the Hawkeye State Hallie Dasha Burns thank you very much appreciate it today Congressman George Santos once again fighting back accusations of fraud this time having to do with something else unrelated to The Lies We already knew about and that's being The Mastermind behind a credit card scheme saying nope he didn't do it there's this political story that outlines a sworn statement from an alleged co-conspiracer co-conspirator rather this is a guy who did some jail time who was deported to Brazil Who basically said Santos was leading an operation to steal money from people at ATMs and did everything from show this other guy how it's all done to buying parts to even promising to split the profits 50 50. Now NBC News has not reviewed that sworn statement but our own Ryan Nobles is one of the people who asked the congressman pressed him on these allegations today listen I'm innocent never did anything of criminal activity and I have no Mastermind of anything I was an asset for law enforcement in Seattle I assisted them with the case I assisted in them bringing down a ring of criminals and I'm very proud of that you have to think that this may turn the heat up on Santos from other lawmakers he's already got this health ethics house ethics investigation against him at this point and there's this new bill unveiled by Republicans that would block the congressmen from profiting off of his lies if he's convicted for any of them NBC's Ryan Nobles of course you just saw him the aforementioned Ryan nobles was there a couple of things that are really interesting here Ryan number one is that he even addressed you at all right because Santos up to this point has largely been ignoring questions from Outlets or maybe just giving very brief answers he actually engaged a bit more than we've seen him engage before on this issue casting himself as like the guy who helped put bad guys away not as one of the bad guys himself yeah that's right Hallie but then when I followed up and asked him does that mean that he's been cleared of any wrongdoing he's not risking any sort of prosecution as it comes to this case he specifically told me no that he hasn't been guaranteed anything by prosecutors so it does seem as though he is still at least part of somewhat of an investigation into this issue uh it seems as though in many ways the prosecutors had settled this back in 2017 when they convicted his former roommate and then deported him to Brazil but it is interesting to see that he's now been in contact with these investigators and then perhaps this means that this new piece of information that was sent to them by his old roommate perhaps has made them take a second look at this particular issue regardless Santos says you know in a position now where you're right he is trying to present a bit of a different posture here in Washington answering some questions from reporters and even agreeing to sign on to this piece of legislation that you talked about that would limit the ability of of members to profit off their work in Congress or the anything that happened before that was it's an interesting thing there that he's raising his hand like and just to explain to people basically this bill was put up that kind of is targeted at Santos and then sandus is like I'll sign it sure let's do it right I mean it's it's an interesting Dynamic um I don't know if we can answer the question of how seriously is he taking this but it's certainly notable that he's making that move well I think at the very least he's playing the game right Hallie uh you know to a certain extent this is a PR Ploy by his fellow members of the New York delegation on Long Island who feel squeezed by him who came in as part of this new majority in the Republican house are trying to carve their own Niche and there are many ways dragged down by him because of just their Geographic association with him and this is Santos kind of fighting back a little bit saying like I know the only reason he introduced this bill was to tweak me well I'm going to sign on to it and make it look like I'm undercutting you so you know whether or not this bill actually does anything more than be a messaging press release situation is something we're going to have to wait and see but you know your your broader Point here I don't know if anyone's being completely serious in this regard with the back and forth over this bill and we're not going to get a real sense of the future of George Santos until we see some real movement in these investigations that's right the house ethics investigation these investigations at the federal and state level until we get some real concrete kind of definitive adjudication about what he may or may not have done it's going to be a lot of this kind of press release game what's the timeline on that ride months years weeks so it's impossible to forecast how long the prosecutors involved in this could take they're not set by any sort of election calendar but I have to imagine the house Ethics Committee wants to get their work done as soon as possible they do it all behind closed doors they're very tight-lipped very little ever leaks out from that organization but you have to imagine before the next election rolls around that they're going to want some sort of definitive conclusion so that could be six months could be a year but I can't imagine it's going to go much longer than that Ryan Noble's live for us on Capitol Hill Ryan I know you'll be all over it no matter how long it takes thank you very much coming up the trouble is not over for that railroad company Norfolk Southern what we're learning tonight about what's being called an urgent safety issue plus a big development in that deadly kidnapping in Mexico of four Americans we've got that coming up in the five things stay with us [Music] U.S military academies are seeing a big
spike in sexual assault reports recently according to a new survey conducted by military officials anonymously student reported sexual assaults jumped 18 in the last year with one in five one in five female students saying they experienced some kind of unwanted sexual contact sex assault is a huge problem in the military after graduation too the latest report from the dod last year said 36 thousand active service members reported some kind of sexual misconduct including 8.4 percent of all women in the military NBC's Courtney hubby our Pentagon correspondent is joining us now 18 Court um what is behind that right because that is that is a number that I think is rightfully startling to people yeah that's right and it's it's 18 as the average it's important to point out that the Naval Academy actually saw much higher increase from their their numbers last year the Naval Academy was one that saw the the biggest they had actually about about had about a 100 percent jump in Num in in cases of unwanted sexual conduct or assaults from the same report just last year now also keep in mind Hallie that this this report was for 2021-2022 school year well the previous year the numbers were they actually didn't conduct the full survey of the full report because of covid not all students were on campus but according to this the report that we saw today the Naval Academy had had 85 or had 61 total cases like I said that was almost double the number that they had in the previous report up from 33 Air Force Academy actually had no chain virtually no change um and then the U.S military academy West Point actually their numbers went down slightly but as you mentioned overall there was an 18 increase this is more than 1100 students from the various academies who reported some form of of sexual misconduct but the thing is Courtney like you and I have talked over the years and just the years that you and I have been doing TV together about what a problem this issue is in the middle military right like and they and there seems to be they clearly want to put some Solutions in place they clearly want to try to manage this but like what is happening right like like what is going to change so that in five years Court you and I cannot be talking about this on TV do you know what I mean and the reality is Holly I got to tell you they have been putting measures in place that at times have made a difference so we saw this large change in the number of reports at one point about a decade ago and then over the course of several years where there was an increase in reporting so the numbers went up because the the Assumption was so the assessment was that students it felt more comfortable reporting over time they were destigmatizing the issue and they were more comfortable coming forward but that's really tapered off now some of the things that the according to this report and according to officials who briefed us on this here today A couple of the things that continued to be a factor one was alcohol about 60 of the women who reported had had some sort of a factor in their in their assault or their sexual misconduct was alcohol was a factor but another one was again I mentioned that because of covid 20 20 21 year they didn't do a full survey or full accounting well coveted restrictions have loosened we saw that happen that means that there's more spending time together among the cadets there is an assessment that because of that because they're literally just spending more time together they're back in their dorms that that might have been one of the reasons that the numbers went up for this for this new report Courtney cubey it's great reporting great uh context as well thank you so much for that as always appreciate you all right folks in East Liverpool Ohio are getting ready for a concert to help their neighbors in East Palestine and that town as you know is the site of that train derailment last month where all those toxic chemicals ended up leaking were exposed the show is set to start in just under an hour and the fundraiser comes as we're finding out more about what may have contributed to another Norfolk Southern derailment cruise for the railroad company say they found what they're calling loose wheels on some rail cars that were part of the derailment last week in Springfield Ohio and this is problematic for the railroad company which is calling this an urgent safety issue they say these specific wheels are on cars that they got not too long ago from a specific manufacturer you see it there Jesse Kirsch is joining us now loose wheels does that mean the wheels are messed up does that mean they were bolted onto the cars right how many rail cars have these kinds of loose Wheels what are they going to do about it yeah so Hallie here's what we know at this point according to the association of American railroads this is 675 rail cars across the country that are either in the process of being taken out of service or have already been taken out of service not just by Norfolk Southern I think that's the important thing to underscore here the railroad really interesting the broader industry to this issue and says that multiple railroads use this type of rail car and so this is a call industry-wide at this point to get these cars off the track so they can be inspected and this seems to be tied specifically to Wheels to loose wheels and the the association of American railroads says all of these cars in question would have had these Wheel sets placed on them with going back just to last August so it's not like we're talking about decades-old cars I know that's something that's coming to scrutiny older materials as well we're talking about current uh production and so that is something that is being looked at is this type of car in particular and this is something that the industry is doing on its own right now Federal authorities tell NBC news that they are aware of this issue but they have not taken any uh enforcement action at this point they are not intervened yet so they are watching this situation but they haven't taken action Norfolk Southern says this could lead to a derailment they have not said this caused the derailment in Springfield and I talked with someone from that trade group The Association of American railroads and they describe this as being an issue that can cause the train car if you imagine it's going down the track straight down the tracks Holly you can imagine that the car could wobble side this side so that's what we're looking at here that kind of issue and that wobbling the association says could lead to a derailment uh we haven't heard anything about this specifically being the cause of adrenaline NTSB didn't have any information about that at this point uh so this seems to be a proactive cautionary measure and the association I spoke with earlier stressing as well Holly that this is something that is rarely done this is a rare maneuver that they're taking what's interesting Jesse and I want to be super crystal clear about it because we've shown video of two different things that have happened one was in Springfield that was the video that we showed just a moment ago of that car coming across the screen the rail cars I should say coming off the tracks you're saying that they can't say that's why this train cards you rail but the loose Wheels may have been something to do with it right fair but what about East Palestine which was that other video we were showing that horrific sort of derailment with those toxic chemicals that were let loose that's the one that we're showing right here were there loose wheels on that train do we know so there's no indication from Norfolk Southern statement or anything else we've heard from uh various groups that we've been in touch with today that East palestine's train derailment was caused by this type of car we're still not even sure if that kind of car was on the train that drill but we know that NTSB is looking closely at multiple things including from East Palestine Howie the possibility of an overheated wheel bearing causing that derailment that's something that's getting a lot of attention there Jesse Kirsch live for us there in Ohio glad to have you there thank you very much Jesse let's get you over to the five things our team thinks you should know about tonight number one Mexican officials have arrested five people in connection with last week's deadly kidnapping of four Americans they've been charged with aggravated kidnapping and intentional simple homicide remember two people died it comes less than 24 hours after that Gulf cartel issued an apology number two the California Man convicted of killing college student Kristen smart 27 years ago will be sentenced in a courtroom any minute he faces the possibility of life in prison 46 year old Paul Flores was found guilty of first degree murder last October prosecutors say flores killed smart during an attempted rape in his dorm room in 1996 when they were both students at Cal Poly Smart's body was never found she was declared legally dead in 2022. it was wide interest in this case from around the world it was documented in a true crime podcast number three more than three million calico critter toys sold in a set with a baby bottle and a pacifier are getting recalled after the deaths of two kids the consumer product safety commission says there's a serious choking hazard on these issues the recalled items were sold at a lot of stores from January 2000 all the way up until December of 2021. you see me on screen the agency says if people have them they should immediately stop using them and get in touch with the company for a free replacement number four 27 year old ski star Michaela schifferen has just earned her 86th World Cup win The Americans tying the record for the most wins ever shiffrin could break the tie and set a new world record when she takes to the slopes tomorrow at her next race at the World Cup in Sweden we'll see how many races she can win there number five guess what more people are now buying records than CDs for the first time since I was four years old 1988 the recording industry of America says 41 million vinyl albums were sold in 2022 compared to 33 million CDs um like it's nostalgic right I have a record player not a CD player maybe you're the same still streaming is the most popular way people listen to music can't imagine you're surprised by that so listen Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend 2 a.m Sunday morning all
the clocks spring forward an hour which means we get a little more daylight in our day and depending on your schedule a little less sleepy time in our night if you are over it if you are like good Lord like I don't want to do this you're not alone 60 plus percent of Americans want to get rid of daylight saving time altogether there's a group of folks on Capitol Hill trying to make that happen which brings us to tonight's breakdown [Music] yes it is daylight saving time not daylight savings as Jonah Ryan reminded us all in Veep Daylight Saving not plural time has never saved us from anything last week Senator Marco Rubio introducing a bill for the fourth time that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the U.S and he's got support from across the aisle the worst thing of all is that you've got a fall back and then jump forward over and over again so how did we get here Germany was the first country to adopt daylight saving time making the move during World War Ned to light that extra hour of Darkness a lot of countries followed including the United States legislation passed in 1918 made it official and also established time zones here but contrary to popular belief Farmers actually were not fans of later Sunrise because they needed that morning daylight to guide their way to the markets the unpopular law was repealed when the war ended but the uniform time act of 1966 brought back the twice a year clock changes to this day only two states opt out of the spring forward fallback schedule Arizona and Hawaii but more States may be joining them soon in the last five years 19 of them have passed legislation or resolutions that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent year-round only if Congress does the same so for now don't forget to set those clocks you won't if you have like one of these because they do it automatically thank goodness keep in mind though that like it's not a totally done deal if we should make Daylight Saving Time permanent or make Standard Time permanent because the American Academy of sleep medicine says our bodies actually do better with more light in the morning rather than the evening thus continues the Eternal debate we'll keep you posted coming up here on the show we've got a lot more to get to including a former player for a top college basketball team just indicted on capital murder charges what we're learning about that case tonight next [Music] a men's basketball player is being charged with capital murder just as his former team wraps up his first game in the SEC tournament Darius miles and his friend Michael Lynn Davis are being indicted for their roles in the shooting death of Jamia Harris in Tuscaloosa on January 15th [Applause] you hear they are obviously the moment that the shots were fired miles was kicked off the team the same day both he and Davis are now being held in a Tuscaloosa jail Priscilla Thompson is in Atlanta talk us through what we're hearing now from the D.A and from the sort of attorneys today involved as well foreign yeah Hallie well the attorneys for both of these men are saying that they are not surprised by this indictment we heard from the attorney for Michael Davis saying that he plans to defend his client to the fullest extent possible and alleging that this was a shooting that happened in self-defense saying that there was someone in that vehicle with the victim that pointed a gun at Mr Davis which is what prompted him to ultimately fire those deadly shots and that was something that was revealed in pre-trial testimony and we're also hearing from the attorney of that former Alabama player Darius miles his attorney saying that they are disappointed with these charges that they feel like these charges were not warranted based on the evidence that this is a weak case and that the evidence simply isn't there and of course Darius miles in this case has basically been accused of aiding and abetting in this Murder by providing the weapon that Mr Davis ultimately used to fire those dead shots Hallie this is getting so much attention because of the Crimson Tide right the fourth ranked team in men's college basketball their coach got a lot of criticism so did star player Brandon Miller Who police say was at the scene of the shooting Miller is not facing any charges but we are now hearing from him for the first time about all this right that's right Hallie and it's making for quite a split split screen as this team is headed to the SEC tournament with this news that is now coming out and we heard Brandon Miller actually speak about this incident for the first time on camera in the first time period at an SEC tournament preview press conference on the day that this indictment was announced and I want to play a little bit about what he had to say about this incredibly tragic incident I never lose sight of the fact a family has lost one of their loved ones that night this whole situation is just really heartbreaking but respectfully uh I saw I'm going to be able to see about on that [Music] and Brandon Miller has faced a lot of criticism in this case there have been chance in the audience as this team has played in these games the mother of the victim calling it unimaginable that he is still being allowed to play given everything that has happened here um Hallie and just to give you a bit of context about his role in all of this all of these men went out for a night Brandon Miller was driving we know from the pre-trial hearing that at some point uh Mr miles sent Brandon Miller a text message asking him to come and bring him his gun we don't know if Brandon Miller ever read that text message but we know that minutes before the shooting happened he drove and arrived back on scene in his car again according to testimony Mr miles and Mr Davis went to the car and got something out of the car and then minutes later this deadly shooting transpired now Brandon Miller's attorney has said that he did not touch the gun did not exchange the gun he knew nothing of what was happening and for that reason the D.A is saying they don't have the evidence to charge him but there are still questions about whether he should have faced some disciplinary action for his role and in being there that night Hallie Priscilla Thompson thank you so much for that reporting appreciate it still to come way a really common type of breast reconstruction surgery is getting a lot harder to afford potentially that's coming up in tonight's original plus if you live in Glendale Arizona well you might not for a day we'll explain what Taylor Swift has to do with that coming up next [Music] so tonight's original now with in-depth reporting on a topic we've been watching and you know it's estimated that every year in this country something like a hundred thousand people get mastectomies a lot of them are because the person is at risk of or already has breast cancer but now some insurance companies are making it harder for people who are already going through so much to get a popular type of reconstructive breast surgery NBC's Emily aketa has more Jessica Hezekiah found out she had breast cancer back in October of 2020.
here's stunned it's stunned to know that at 34 I've got left breast cancer so that started my journey after getting a mastectomy removing her left breasts going through chemo and 33 rounds of radiation she decided to get reconstructive surgery this was absolutely necessary for me I kept my right one because there's nothing wrong with it so when you have that unilateral appearance um it does something to you she opted for something called Deep flap surgery where a doctor uses the patient's blood vessels fat and skin from their stomach to reconstruct the breast without damaging their abdominal muscle and for Jessica the surgery was life-changing this is me again this is I'm living right I'm no longer just going to my treatments I'm a person again I'm myself um I'm beautiful right this is my new mold now more breast cancer patients are choosing to get reconstructive breast surgeries in 2020 about 17 percent were deep flap Dr Elizabeth Potter calls it the gold standard it's really the culmination of many years of refinement of surgical techniques and it creates a lifelong reconstruction for a patient with living tissue that does not involve an implant a few years ago Dr Potter says the center for Medicare and Medicaid services changed the billing code for the procedure prompting some insurance companies to drastically slash reimbursements for deep flap surgery making it really tough for the average person to afford we live in the best country to have great Physicians learn their craft to be good at it to provide you with the best outcome least complications to then say but how much money do you have and paying out of pocket can be expensive it can cost upwards of fifty thousand dollars according to Medical experts wealthy women around the country will always have access to reconstruction using their internship make no mistake about that this insurance change is challenging the access of women who need character insurance and honestly that's most patients nearly half of people with breast cancer in a new survey called out-of-pocket costs a significant or catastrophic burden we didn't ask to get cancer so I feel like the insurance company is taking away an option that we could have that would help us be more normal it's a little alarming and concerning uh I've never faced something like this before where it was covered and now it's not the woman's health and cancer Rights Act from 1998 says Insurance Group plans that cover mastectomies must also cover all stages of reconstruction of the breast so how did we get here congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz so breast cancer survivor herself says a lot of finger pointing for this bureaucracy to have blown up the opportunity in many cases for women to have a less impactful physical physically less impactful surgery that is going to use their natural tissue is just unacceptable and they have to work it out we need to ensure don't just have but have access to reconstruction and we need to ensure that women around the country are fully informed of their options at the time of diagnosis Emily aqueda is joining us now and Emily it sounds like there are a lot of players involved here where does the responsibility lie what are we hearing in response to the concerns of some of these patients Hallie a lot of moving pieces here Dr Potter says it will take the communication and cooperation of the federal Regulators doctors groups and insurance companies to improve affordable access to deep flap surgery and here's where the finger pointing comes in hang with me here a lot of names the centers for the Medicaid and Medicare Services a government agency that oversees the code says the American Association of plastic surgeons requested the change well that group blames insurers for limiting patients access and while several insurance companies we reached out to contend the changing code doesn't change patients out of pocket costs but critics say there's a ripple effect they're ignoring because when reimbursement rates for surgeons are slashed by 50 60 Dr Potter says surgeons will struggle affording the highly technical lengthy surgery and stop offering it Hallie it's an important story I'm glad you're telling it for us tonight Emilia thank you so much appreciate it NBC News covers hundreds of stories every day and because you couldn't possibly read or watch or listen to them all our Bureau teams have done it for you this is what they tell us is going down in their regions in a segment we call the local from our Southern Bureau parent in a South Carolina say a high school teacher shoved a 15 year old because she didn't stop to recite the Pledge of Allegiance you can kind of see what happened allegedly in the surveillance video this girl's parents are suing the teacher the principal the school district and state education officials saying the students constitutional rights were violated the school district says because this is an ongoing legal matter they're not saying much except for that a response will come sometime soon also from our Southern Bureau but in North Carolina a home inspector got a bit of a scare on the job when he saw this in an attic was a stuffed alligator no no that is not stuffed that is real that is like eight feet long not clear how the alligator got up there yikes out of the western Bureau Hey swifties listen to this while her arrows tour maybe a week away Taylor Swift's first stop will be Glendale Arizona and that city is now planning to temporarily change its name to honor Taylor Swift the new name announcement is supposed to come on Monday what are your what is your guess some of the producers on my team think Swift Dale I don't know I mean hey as long as it doesn't mess with your mail so to come Hollywood's biggest night has some big competition this year with the academy is doing to try to get you to watch the Oscars next so pretty much the whole movie business is going to be in LA on Sunday for the Oscars to celebrate the best they've got to offer but the big question of course what would be the best outcome for the movie Biz because we know the Academy's attention is totally focused right now on getting people back into theaters you see that in their nomination streamers like Amazon Apple Netflix getting 19 Noms this year that's down from 37 a year ago remember kodo won best picture the issue here is that only two Best Picture nominees are those so-called four quadrant movies right ones with big ticket sales for viewers of different ages male and female you see here only top gun Maverick and Avatar the way the water cracked a billion only two other movies even broke 50 million including the favorite for Best Picture everything everywhere all at once the just charmingly eccentric and touching Indie movie does have a chance to make history in several categories for its representation of Asians and Asian Americans both in front of and behind the camera uh Joe fryer joins us now for what is his Super Bowl Joe bless you for that um you know let's talk a little bit about that's going to go micro macro here best picture category there's always some uncertainty because there's ranked Choice voting so it's not like anybody's fully out of the race so fine right that's best picture what is a good night for the movie industry not just one single movie look like this year you know first of all I think it's that just on Monday the positive headlines need to outweigh the negative headlines which of course is something that didn't happen last year so how do you do that well it's the history that's made it's the moments that happen it's the great speeches that are delivered it's if we sort of walk away from the ceremony and we're reminded why we love movies and not reminded why we don't like Hollywood all right so that's a great way to put it and so if you some big movies like Top Gun or whatever win summer Awards whether it's stunningly one of the big ones or even some of the smaller ones well then that's great for the movie industry but even if everything everywhere all at once which maybe not a lot of people have seen does well it's a victory for people who love it and maybe it encourages people who haven't seen it to either stream it or actually go to the theater if it's available and watch it and that could be a win for movies which are slowly clawing back from this sort of pandemic slump and getting closer not quite there to pre-pandemic numbers but trying to get there in some Blockbusters have really helped make that happen like Avatar like Top Gun and even more recently Creed 3 had a great opening weekend so people are going back to the theaters um yeah I know some people who are going to the theater tonight not me but some friends in town there you go which I think is so interesting Joe is how you frame it is like will the will the positive headlines outweigh the negative headlines on Monday because you've looked at the day after headlines for the Oscars and it's like you know too white right too sloppy after last year with the Will Smith slap getting all I mean sucking out all the auction out of the room um you I I wonder like what are they going to say this year are they going to ignore it are they going to address the slap this year we heard a little bit on this from Jimmy Kimmel who's going to host here let me show you I think the decision to go with a champagne carpet rather than a red carpet shows how confident we are that no blood will be shed [Music] clip about it right but like I don't know that's that seems like a bit of a risky as we show the now Infamous slap but maybe a risky move maybe it's a movie has to do I don't know I think he has no choice it is red meat for Jimmy Kimmel to address it I think he does it at the beginning of the show and maybe we don't hear much more about it after that here's where it's actually going to be on my mind is toward the end of the show when the trophy is handed out for best lead actress here's why tradition tells us the person who won lead actor the year before remember that was Will Smith last year is supposed to return this year to give best lead actress well that's not going to happen Will Smith is banned from going to the Oscars ceremony for 10 years so someone else is going to be handing out that trophy not Will Smith so it's going to be on my mind there I'm just curious I think the only other people who mention it are there any other presenters who are comedians who want to make light of it before they get to whatever their job is that night but I think you'll hear about it at the beginning and then they might try and move on real quick Joe the academy is trying to stay relevant right and we're taking some new steps to try to stay around women yeah exactly so you're going to see social media is going to be a big factor in that you're going to see some of the speeches almost live on some sort of social media platforms or posted very quickly afterward to help out with those people you're also going to see a QR code in the corner of the screen click on that you'll get some behind the scenes looks and maybe some more information about some of the nominees are going to do whatever they can to try and get those young people interested in the Oscars do we ever sound more like old people than when we talk about the young people Joe Pryor thank you good luck on Sunday we will see you Monday my friend appreciate you that does it for this hour we will see you Monday because you know what it's a big day we will be bringing you so much hot live fresh news you're not going to know what to do with yourself coverage picks up right now [Music] [Music] thank you thanks for watching our YouTube channel follow today's top stories and breaking news by downloading the NBC News app