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right now at 6:00, a surge on campus. tonight what students at uc berkeley are saying about the rise in cases. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for joining us. >> concern is growing at uc berkeley. 44 new covid-19 cases confirmed just yesterday. nbc bay area's tom jensen spoke with students about the surge. >> reporter: we came to the uc berkeley campus to talk to students firsthand armed with our social distancing microphone. the students we talked to said you need to go to greek row, because that's where all of the large get-togethers are
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happening. a banner hangs from this greek house reminding students it's rush time when fraternities and sororities sign on new pledges. just as the greek houses try to get new blood, uc berkeley is warning students about dozens of new covid-19 cases, mostly among undergraduate students. >> we did get an email from the school saying there's been a urge in cases and to be extra careful. >> reporter:es ina and other students we talked to voiced a common concern when we asked them about the covid notification. >> it's always greek life that's spreading everything and partying. >> i've seen a lot of people like going to frat and sorority parties. >> the greeks are definitely a large part of it. >> reporter: but the student also said she concerned about cramped dormitories. the campus has opened doer tore living but limits one person per room and requires once weekly testing for students living on
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campus. it recommends those living in fraternities or ororiies to get tested twice per week. some students say there are obvious increases in risk on greek row, but everyone shares in the responsibility. >> they are getting scrutinized a little unfairly. >> reporter: lindsay said greek brothers and sisters often seen together outside their homes but as far as pandemic protocols go, it's just like any other family living together and throwing together. >> it looks like they're throwing a huge party but they're just hanging out outside. >> reporter: they are providing contact tracing and isolation and quarantine services to students who test positive. thom jensen, nbc bay area news. it is hard to believe but today marks one year since the bay area reported its first confirmed case of covid-19. a lot has changed since then. at that time, 11,000 cases worldwide. today more than 102 million
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cases. 26 million of those here in the united states. just like we're seeing on a statewide level, cases in the bay area are trending downward. take a look at this graph. it shows a seven-y average of daily new cases since november 1st. you see the big spike there. january 11th was the actual day. more than 4800 cases on that day. over the last few weeks our numbers are trending down. yesterday just 2200 new cases, less than half of what we were seeing just three weeks ago. they are essential workers who come into contact with a lot of people. we're talking about grocery store workers. now there's a push to boost their pay in two of the bay area's biggest cities. nbc bay area's christie smith has those details for us. >> reporter: yes, and it would be an additional $5 an hour for these workers. oakland city council president is introducing legislation tuesday to provide hazard pay for grocery workers in the
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largest stores in oakland. ones that are more than 15,000 square feet with 500 or more workers nationwide. they estimate there are more than 2,000 grocery workers in the she says she's heard from workers who are scared, worried about new strains of the virus. in san jose, a similar proposal would include large stores with at least 300 workers nationwide. in oakland, they point out with the nature of the job, it makes sense. >> and these are workers in our grocery stores who have been working every day since the pandemic in contact with lots and lots of people. so as covid rages on, it's really important that these workers who are making sure that we can buy the food and supplies that we need as we shelter in place, these workers need to be fairly compensated for the dangers that they are exposing themselves to. >> she says some employers are already offering additional compensation and they would certainly get credit for that.
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meantime, some within the industry say companies have taken extra steps to protect workers and worry that grocery costs could rise. both proposals would be temporary. if it were approved, oakland's hazard pay ordinance would be in effect at least until oakland enters the yellow tier. christie smith, nbc bay area news. new at 6:00, san francisco supervisors are urging muni to bring back transit lines cut during the pandemic. sfmga reduced service on many transit lines and stopped service to several others. supervisors have introduced legislation to bring them back. they argue many people rely on the transportation system, including essential workers, seniors, parents and others. the full board expected to vote on the resolution on tuesday. take a live look at sfo ahead of new mask requirements for travelers. one of president biden's first executive orders was to make masks mandatory for passengers
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on planes, trains, buses, ferries and even ride shares. today a national emergency was declared putting that order into action. an emergency declaration enables the tsa to implement the directive. new rules take effect tuesday on all forms of public transportation. operators are being told they have to remove passengers who are not complying. california's great america has set a reopening date after being closed for nearly one year. the santa clara amusement park set may 22nd as its target date for welcoming back the public. it's the first theme park in california to announce any kind of opening date for 2021. last year great america became the first amusement park in the state to give up on reopening at all during 2020. the reopening is all dependent on state guidelines, of course. our coronavirus coverage continues online. we're tracking the latest information about the vaccine rollout as well. just go to nbcbayarea.com and
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click on covid-19 updates in the trending bar. now to our microclimate weather coverage. another storm on its way to the bay area. you see storm ranger standing by ready to track it all better than anyone else. a live look at the bay bridge as well. gorgeous, gorgeous shot there. meteorologist rob mayeda. rob, what's going on? >> well, a beautiful sunset around the bay area thanks to all of you sharing your photos with us on social media. now we're talking about the rain from some of those clouds and some of that starting to show up on our storm ranger mobile doppler radar. we'll show you the scans west of the peninsula. of course storm ranger seeing what's arriving first in the bay area. we'll take you up into the north bay. marin county, sonoma county beginning to see a few light showers while the more significant rain arrives during the rain tomorrow so rainfall projections this time around we think will be higher for the north bay of the some of the mountains could pick up 2 to 3 inches of rain along with increasing wind as well. we'll take a look at the
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hour-by-hour timeline on the storm. when you can expect the strongest wind and rain coming up in the forecast in about eight minutes. back to you. >> okay, rob, thanks. we'll see you then. a beloved tortoise that calls a south bay preschool home is recovering tonight after a man tried to kill it while vandalizing the school. police say a homeless man started destroying property at the play and learn school yesterday morning. living in the school's garden is a pet tortoise. officers say the man stabbed the tortoise with a piece of wood. that wood pierced the shell, injuring the animal. >> came in with a piece of wood stuck in its shell. it was lodged in and the shell was bleeding or whatnot. so we basically sedated him, put him under anesthesia, we removed that piece of wood. took about an hour and a half, two hours to do. we pulled out all the splinters. >> despite the attack, the 70-pound tortoise is doing surprisingly well. michelangelo is eating and walking around the animal
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hospital. his shell will later need to be glued but he is expected to go home in about a month or two. last week's rain was especially difficult for homeless people, so a little help provided to some in the south bay today. members of the unhouse response group handed out lunch, tarps and tents in sunnyvale. they gathered across the street from the kings academy school to give the items to homeless people who had items damaged or destroyed by last week's storms. >> in many ways, it's never enough. no matter how much you fortify it, you're still left to the elements. you're still out here, it's still cold. it's still going to get damp. so we are just trying to as best we can. >> the group also urges everyone to lend a hand in their community. still ahead, trying to get americans the help they need during the pandemic. tonight the relief package president biden is pushing and the compromise gop lawmakers are proposing. and it is something all of
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us are experiencing from fires to floods to climate is in crisis. tonight we dive deep into the issues and the impact it has on you.
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well, today we are launching a new series here at nbc bay area. we're diving deep into the
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issues surrounding climate change and the impact it's having on everyone. we're also looking at solutions and how the bay area's creative thinkers are trying to tackle the problem. rob mayeda with a look at a story he's been working on. rob? it's the impact of our shortened rain seasons and reduced runoff on our bay area waterways. not just that but the warming temperatures we're seeing as well. we had a chance to speak with kate poole. as we began to talk about some of the impacts of that and how these warming water temperatures in the waterways and reduced stream flows could leave a permanent mark on the bay area. >> climate change has really thrown a significant new challenge to all of us who work on those issues. and just like it's threatening home for all of us, it's also threatening home for the animal and plant life. >> and adapting to climate change and this changing climate
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may lead to rethinking the way we reuse aging infrastructure while helping the bay area ecosystem at the same time. all this week and beyond you can find out more at nbcbayarea.com/climatehotspots. the entire team has been spending time on looking at highest impacted areas around the bay area. that's online now on bay area waterways. i had time to go up to the woodward fire looking at the causes behind the extended fire seasons and the czu area where weather is tied into extended fire seasons we're seeing. those stories will be airing in the next couple of days. >> and last week close to the brunt of the storm, you're up at lake tahoe talking to others. it must have been interesting to get their points of view on what was going on? >> yeah, that was a weather conference up there at lake tahoe. it was on climate change and talking about how this warming
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climate is adding a little extra energy to our atmospheric winter storm. in the even backdrop of these shortened rain seasons, the few storms we do get manage to tap into more moisture and more energy. the hurricane hunters are flying out of a reno airport. they're there taking a look at the storm. they flew out today, that's coming to our coast right now. so that is some research data that's also helping us with our short-term forecast. speaking of which right now as we move away from our long-term climate, we do have cloudy skies. beautiful sunset earlier. the skies have darkened up a bit around walnut creek. it's 57 degrees, mostly cloudy skies and there's san francisco, 56, cloudy, with a few showers off to the west. in fact we might be seeing a few sprinkles around san jose. most of this is higher up in the atmosphere. buts as the lower levels of the atmosphere moisten up overnight, we'll begin to see these showers reaching the ground.
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certainly during the day tomorrow we'll get that. tomorrow morning rain showers mainly for the north bay. 40s to start. a continuation of kind of the muggy conditions we had today with temperatures in the mid-60s and the clouds coming in. during the day tomorrow, the rain sweeps out of the north bay and spills down through the central bay and south bay right in time for your evening commute. so you probably don't have to worry so much for the morning commute but you might want to plan a little extra time as this rolls in right around sunset through about 10:00 should be the heaviest rain we see. still lingering showers into the south bay. fast-moving storm means we'll see a different distribution of rainfall unlike last week where it stalled out over the central coast and santa cruz mountains. this time around it looks like it's going to be the north bay that sees the highest rain totals. you're going to see up to an inch plus. look at san jose, look at fremont. potentially rain shadowed out of any significant rain. but i think if you're up in the hills of the north bay near yountville, you can see over an inch of rain.
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those areas in pockets of orange and red indicating the hills of napa county, sonoma county could see 2, maybe 3 inches of rain on the higher peaks. we'll have to watch that. sierra snow, this is a great part of our story. we jumped from 40% of average to 66% of average in just the last ten days. here you go, another 2 to 3 feet of snow coming down. most of that coming down tomorrow night on into tuesday. here's the not so good news. high pressure making a bit of a comeback for the second half of the week. one of the changes we've had to do for next weekend's forecast is the rain doesn't look like it's going to be in the picture. it's tough to do that with high pressure just off our coast. so for now the stormy weather is bottled up the first two days of the week. wind too, 15 to 35 miles per hour tomorrow evening into tuesday morning. then after that our skies clear and our temperatures start to climb similar to what we saw today as we head toward next weekend. not the best start for february.
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we've had such a good recovery as of late but for now after this early week storm, things are trending dryer as we head towards next weekend. we'll send it back to you. >> rob, thanks so much. coming up, driving class but there are new rules you'll have to follow. we'll explain for you, next.
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>> reporter: a storm is brewing at the white house after ten republican senators asked for a meeting with president joe biden to consider their counterproposal, $600 billion covid-19 relief plan. the president's package, almost three times that amount, has little to no gop support. >> if you want unity and bipartisanship, you ought to start with a group that's shown they're willing to work together for a common solution. >> reporter: they are using the president's own inauguration words pushing for a bipartisan agreement. they say congress needs to act fast. >> we need to provide direct relief to families and businesses across the country who are really struggling here. so we need to act comprehensively and with speed. >> reporter: the biden plan calls for $160 billion for a federal vaccination program. as vaccines continue to run out and new, more transmissable strains come in from other countries. >> the surge that is likely to occur with this new variant from england is going to happen in
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the next six to 14 weeks. we are going to see something like we have not seen yet in this country. >> reporter: the president wants his covid relief plan passed before the senate gets bogged down with former president trump's impeachment trial the week of february 8th. two more lawyers who had been expected to represent the former president have announced they will no longer be part of his legal team. jennifer johnson, nbc news, washington. >> but just a few hours ago after that report was filed, former president trump announced he has selected two respected trial lawyers as part of his legal team. david shoen and bruce castor. this comes one day after five attorneys quit the team. shoen has been working to prepare for the trial. also of note, both attorneys claim this entire second impeachment is unconstitutional because mr. trump is no longer president. the dmv will resume in-person driving tests starting tomorrow. behind the wheel tests were postponed on december 14th.
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those previously postponed tests will be automatically rescheduled. the dmv says it will be sending out texts to let people know the new date and time to come in. new appointments will likely be available around mid-february at the earliest. anthony flores is joining us for the day in sports. there was another game going on. >> no game but a big reason to celebrate. no game for the sharks, but they were back on the ice in san jose today. what the team is saying about finally returning to the bay area. stick around, sports is next.
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welcome back. i'm anthony flores. back in the bay area. the sharks practice in san jose today for the first time since the covid-19 restrictions were lifted in santa clara county. the sharks on the ice at their practice facility today. they had been in arizona since the start of training camp at the beginning of the month. they were able to return back to the bay area after their two home games scheduled to be played in arizona later this week were cancelled because of covid-19 issues with the other team. >> to be gone for that amoun of time, whether you have kids or not, it's hard. it was not ideal. so, you know, being able to get home just for a couple of days here now, it feels like -- our mental state is a lot better and we're extremely to be excited
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for practice here today at our own facility. >> next up the sharks are at anaheim for two games beginning on friday. their home opener, february 13th against the ducks. the warriors are coming off one of their best games of the season. they blew out the pistons last night at chase center 118-91. the dubs are two games over .500 through their first 20. some would be pleased. not draymond green. >> hell no. we're 11-9. no. we can be a lot better. we've shown bits and pieces of it ideally of who we could be, but we haven't quite been that all the time. consistency is important for this team. >> the warriors are back on the court tuesday night against the boston celtics. pac-12 women's hoops, stanford in the pacific northwest to take on washington. lexi holt buries the triple. the cardinal blowing this thing open by closing the first quarter on a 19-2 run.
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hailey jones, one of four cardinal players to score in double figures. stanford beats washington 74-48. and major league baseball is considering a proposal or wants to delay the season by one month. the players association is considering that proposal. that's a look at sports. more news after the break.
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i'm greg, i'm 68 years old. i do motivational speaking in addition to the substitute teaching. i honestly feel that that's my calling-- to give back to younger people. i think most adults will start realizing that they don't recall things as quickly as they used to or they don't remember things as vividly as they once did. i've been taking prevagen for about three years now. people say to me periodically, "man, you've got a memory like an elephant." it's really, really helped me tremendously. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. despite the pandemic, scandinavia's largest film festival will take place this year, but there is a catch.
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>> let me just say they should make a movie about this film festival. it's going to be hosted on an isolated island. one person, only one person is allowed to attend. is that nuts? that one person is a swedish nurse who was chosen from 12,000 applicants. she will spend a week alone on a remote island in sweeten watching film after film. i hope she brings enough popcorn. the public will be able to follow her via a daily video diary during her time on the island. make a movie about that. that's nuts. >> yes. finally tonight -- >> she needs something different than popcorn. like ice cream. >> finally tonight, everyone having a little fun in the snow in the nation's capital. >> that's right. not just people, animals as well. first we want to get to the humans. snowball fight, the perfect way to mark d.c.'s first major snowfall in two years. it was called the great snow awakening brought out a huge crowd to the national mall. and pandas, they had fun
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too. video from the national zoo in washington. this is maeshong letting it loose. see you at 11:00.
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doug mcconnell: hello, i'm doug mcconnell, and we've got some great discoveries for you out here along the open road. we'll explore magnificent meadows in california's high sierra and southern cascade mountains. we'll see these beautiful biological gems of the high country being rapidly restored after decades of degradation to benefit wildlife and all of us. beth christman: the trajectory is too far gone. without intervention, they're never going to come back and support the kind of habitat that we really want to see doug: it's a race to get ahead of our swiftly changing climate while we still have time, guided by science and the wisdom of nature, including california's largest native rodent. kristen wilson: we basically tried to build a beaver dam ourselves.

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