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tonight, states of emergency. the severe weather threat sweeping across at least a dozen states. reports of tornados touching down, along with massive flooding. also tonight, new questions about the florida school shooting. did more officers also hesitate to rush into the building and save students? clearance in jeopardy. is the president's son-in-law about to lose high level access? jared kushner's background check and the new rules in effect that may be blocking him. plus, not backing down. a crook with a shotgun confronting a mother and daughter. but the women defending their store, grabbing their own guns and firing back. wild escape. the prison break caught on camera. inmates busting out by smashing through a window. and the credit card company admitting a mistake, now giving back $330 million to customers.
tonight, find out if you're one of them. good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. as we come on the air tonight, the severe storm threat, states of emergency in missouri and ohio. you can see the high water there in arkansas, massive flooding, weather warnings across 12 states, drenching rains and damaging winds, even reported tornado activity sweeping from texas all the way to new york. abc's marcus moore in arkansas starting us off. >> reporter: neighborhoods across the heartland under water tonight, and right now, 12 states under severe weather alerts. in dallas, roads washed out and water as far as the eye can see in kentucky, this parking lot in louisville swallowed. days of rain here in arkansas have left many roads impassable, dozens of them just like this here in white county. the land around paul rhodes' cabin submerged in six feet of water, somehow his belongings spared. >> it's just nature. you can't fight nature.
>> reporter: these homeowners in little rock not as fortunate. the kitchen now under two feet of water. 20 rivers across the midwest in major flood stage at this hour. the grand river swallowing streets in michigan, as the ohio river spills into downtown cincinnati. this may look like a river, but it's actually flooding caused by a levee breach along the kankakee river in indiana. officials warning residents to get out. >> you're not going to save your home at this point and all you're doing is endangering the lives of the first responders. >> reporter: tom, tonight we are in searcy, arkansas where just within the past half-an-hour a strong thunderstorm blew through, and you can see some of the damage the wind did to this car wash here and throughout the parking lot. there's debris like this, also shingles. witnesses say it was flying in the air and the power went out when this storm blew through. tom. >> marcus moore and his team chasing that storm tonight, marcus, thank you. >> let's bring in meteorologist cindy fitzgibbon. joining us from our boston
station. you were telling me there's tornado warnings? >> two active warnings in parts of missouri and arkansas and this is going to go well into the night. typically when you see a line like this it indicates wind damage and that's what we're seeing. the tornado watch until 10:00 tonight. you can see the flood warnings in red, and those flood watches extend all the way into pennsylvania. this line of storms as it shifts eastward is going to bring that tornado and severe weather threat into places like memphis and nashville during the overnight hours and then look at that heavy rain tomorrow morning in the northeast with a wintery side of this too. snow, ice possible across interior new england. but also snow tonight across minnesota. look at that wide swath of heavy rain. the problem is, this is going to continue to bring flooding concerns well into next week. >> a washout throughout the week. cindy, thank you so much. next to the scrutiny and frantic moments when that gunman opened fire on students in parkland, florida. the broward county sheriff's office investigating reports that even police on the scene may have hesitated to take immediate action.
this as officials are already looking into why an armed school deputy, scott peterson, is apparently failed to take on the shooter. he has now resigned. abc's kenneth moton with more. >> reporter: tonight, growing pressure on the broward county sheriff's office. sheriff scott israel tells abc news his department is now investigating reports that at least three deputies waited instead of rushing into stoneman douglas high school during the deadly mass shooting. the allegations reportedly made by officers from a nearby police department who were also on the scene. this week the deputy assigned to guard the school, resource officer scott peterson, resigned after the sheriff says he failed to confront the shooter. >> devastated, sick to my stomach. there are no words. >> reporter: the missed opportunities to try to stop the alleged shooter, nikolas cruz, from gunning down 17 students and educators are stacking up. >> the thing is i lost my mother a couple days ago, so like i'm dealing with a bunch of things. >> reporter: that 911 call appears to be the voice of cruz three months before the
shooting. in another call, the woman who had first taken the teen in after his mother died. >> he has a lot of weapons. he put gun in the head of his brother before so it's not the first time, and he did that to his mom. >> reporter: records show deputies responded to 18 calls related to cruz before the shooting. abc news also obtained the transcript of the tipster who called the fbi last month. the woman saying cruz was, quote, going to explode, and she was worried about him getting into a school and just shooting the place up. the fbi admitted it fails to follow up on that tip. tonight in parkland, anger is mounting at the deputy who has already stepped down. >> he was supposed to protect these kids and he didn't. instead, my teachers, my friends threw their bodies on kids to protect them. >> kenneth moton joins us live now outside that high school. some students may be returning there tomorrow? >> reporter: tom, students and parents were invited to a voluntary orientation tomorrow. students will return to class
wednesday. this difficult process of re-opening is happening as the final victim of this horrific mass shooting is laid to rest tomorrow. >> a sad situation in florida. kenneth, thank you. next to the growing list of major companies backing away from the country's largest gun lobby, the nra, tonight. you can add delta airlines and united to the list cutting corporate ties with the group. but tonight the nra fighting back with a new video. here's abc's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, backlash against the nra growing. >> you're watching nra tv. >> reporter: an online petition demanding amazon remove the gun advocate's channel from its streaming service has more than 45,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. nra spokesperson dana loesch firing back in a newly released video. >> i find it interesting that those individuals who simultaneously preach about free speech want to silence the speech of the millions of people who make up nra membership. >> reporter: delta and united airlines cut ties to the gun
lobby giant today. they join more than a dozen major corporations now dumping discounts for nra members. this after nra leadership has continued to make highly charged comments on gun control, this one baseless. >> many in legacy media love mass shootings. crying white mothers are ratings gold. >> their solution is to make you, all of you, less free. >> reporter: tonight, president trump repeating his push for armed teachers, tweeting, they should get yearly bonuses. but the decision to arm them should be left up to the state. >> the teachers love their children. >> reporter: trump does say he supports legislation banning bump stocks on ar-15s. >> we're going to get rid of the bump stocks. >> reporter: early last week he also said he supports raising the age for buying automatic weapons, but in recent days his language has been focused on securing schools in lockstep with the nra. >> it's time to make our schools a much harder target.
>> schools must be the most hardened targets in this country. >> reporter: florida's republican governor rick scott who's been endorsed by the nra is against arming teachers, and says he wants to increase restrictions on buying guns. >> we will require all individuals purchasing firearms to be 21 or older. >> reporter: in a statement today the nra says the corporations that cut ties with them are punishing nra members in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice and eventually will be replaced. tom. >> stephanie ramos, thank you. much more on all of this tomorrow on "this week." george going one-on-one with nra spokeswoman dana loesch and a student who survived the parkland shooting. americans who support gun rights may point to our next story as a reason why. the incredible scene in oklahoma caught on surveillance, a man armed with a shotgun confronting a mother and daughter inside of their store, but the women didn't back down. they grabbed their guns. here's abc's zachary keisch with the late details.
>> reporter: he was armed and dangerous. police say that's a thief strapped with a shotgun, robbing this tulsa, oklahoma liquor store. it looks like he's about to get away with it, but watch. as the crook turns away, the mother/daughter duo grab guns of their own. mother tina takes aim and fires multiple rounds. >> i saw the shotgun and saw him and started to shoot. >> reporter: the alleged robber returns, shot in the leg and limping, but he won't give up. >> we were wrestling for the gun. my thoughts were just empty the gun, empty the gun, empty the gun. that's all i could think of was just to empty the gun. >> reporter: he wrestles the gun away, pistol whips her and tries to go after her daughter ashley lee. >> i just wanted him to get out of there and he just kept coming back at me, kept coming back. >> reporter: just like a scene out of a movie, she squeezes off a round at point blank range. mother and daughter fighting for their lives, finally able to run out of the store to safety. tina says her daughter won't be working there anymore.
as for the suspect, he's in police custody in the hospital. now, police say he could be connected to at least ten other robberies in the area. tom. >> incredible moments on video and incredible bravery. zachary, thank you. now to politics and the big changes in effect tonight at the white house when it comes to security clearances. will some of the president's closest advisers including his son-in-law, jared kushner, have their access blocked to key top secret documents. the president has said that's for white house chief of staff john kelly to decide. a lot of questions around this issue, and tonight the democrats firing back with a memo of their own surrounding the russia investigation. abc's david wright is at the white house for us tonight. >> repor who gets access to the nation's most closely guarded secrets. no more access to documents classified as top secret unless you've passed a background check by order of chief of staff john kelly. some of the president's closest advisors, including trump's son-in-law jared kushner,
haven't passed a background check. until he does, it's unclear what access, if any, he'll be given to top secret information. the president bristles at any suggestion he's been running the white house like a family business. >> well, jared's done an outstanding job. i think he's been treated very unfairly. he's a high-quality person. he works for nothing, just so -- you know, nobody ever reports that, but he gets zero. >> reporter: kushner and others were on temporary clearances, but the domestic abuse scandal surrounding former white house staff secretary rob porter prompted kelly to clamp down. trump says that's kelly's prerogative. he's fine with it. >> general kelly respects jared a lot, and general kelly will make that call. i won't make that call. >> reporter: tonight the nation gets its first glimpse at a document top secret until today that's been a huge source of contention in washington. the house intelligence committee finally released a redacted version of the democrats'
point-by-point rebuttal to the so-called devin nunes memo released weeks ago. subject line, correcting the record, the russia investigation. the nunes memo raised questions about the fbi's handling of some of the initial warrants for wiretaps. the democrats insist the fbi and doj officials did not abuse the process to spy on the trump campaign, but much of the evidence they cite is blacked out. this afternoon devin nunes addressed an annual gathering of conservative activists. >> we want it out because we think it is clear evidence that the democrats are not only trying to cover this up but they're also colluding with parts of the government to help cover this up. >> david joins us live from the white house. president trump has just sent out a tweet blasting that democratic memo? >> reporter: that's right. the president calls it a total political and legal bust. he insists that all this memo
does is show that the fbi did not disclose that some of the intel relied on for warrants came from intelligence that was paid for by the clinton campaign. again, hard to judge that though because of all the redactions, tom. >> david wright at the white house, thank you. moving overseas to those terrible images pouring in from syria. the united nations security council taking action today, voting in favor of a 30-day cease-fire. u.n. and u.s. officials calling it hell on earth. here's abc's foreign correspondent james longman. >> reporter: while diplomats argue, syrians die, under siege, trying anything they can to avoid the bombs, but tonight after days of setbacks, world powers unanimously approving an immediate 30-day humanitarian ceasefire for hard-hit areas including eastern ghouta. they were waiting on russian agreement, accused of stalling rather than negotiating. >> here we are voting for a ceasefire that could have saved lives days ago. >> reporter: 500 people are thought to have died, over 100
of them children just this week alone. syrian president assad says he's targeting terrorists with the help of russian planes. i spoke to nour, one of thousands stuck in the area. what would be your message to world leaders now? >> we need more than a ceasefire. we need evacuations for the injured. >> reporter: it is hoped food and medicine will reach the people. syria is a patchwork of failed local ceasefires. this one is not meant to put a stop to a nearly seven-year civil war. the vote is a sign of unity, but with russian help, president assad is slowly crushing the last of those who opposed him. tom. >> james longman with those devastating images out of syria, james, thank you. back here at home the beginning of the final farewell to reverend billy graham. mourners paying last respects along the 130-mile funeral motorcade route through north carolina. his body will be laid to rest next week. known as america's pastor, adviser to presidents, graham was a pivotal figure in both religion in politics. still ahead on "world news
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couple of hours before we could even touch the bar, it was so hot over there. >> reporter: here in in south korea nate offered some olympic training tips. >> sink the hips. >> reporter: then we graduated to the real thing with his bobsled teammates. >> that's when you're going to push in and hit the bar. >> reporter: his brakeman, chris vogt, doubles as an army captain. four men jumping into a bathtub-sized sled at full speed is a delicate dance. not easy. weber admits his team isn't favored to win a medal but hopes they'll be fan favorites. >> it's going to be a lot of red, white and blue up there. >> reporter: matt gutman, abc news, pyeongchang, south korea. >> we will be cheering them on. we thank matt for that story and thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" and "this week" in the morning and i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. good night. .
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this early edition of news because of the warriors game. >> parents teachers and students demanding change in the wake of the mass shooting in florida. abc 7 news reporter was there for it all. he joins us from lafayette. cornell. eric, dion. the congressman has hosted many townhalls but he says this is by far one of the largest. many were surprised when a gun rights supporter showed up demanding to be heard. >> what can be done both by congress and by to us limit the influence of the nra? >> there were tough questions at this townhall meeting on gun violence hosted by east bay congressman mark saying he is proud to get a failing grade in the nra. >> he told the packed house that parents students and teachers he will fight for a federal ban on assault weapons but won't be