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NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – June 26th, 2020 | NBC Nightly News

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>>> TONIGHT SUDDEN REVERSALS ON REOPENING IN TEXAS, OVER A MONTH AFTER ALLOWING BARS TO REOPEN, THE GOVERNOR ORDERING THEM SHUT

CASES IN THAT STATE EXPLODING FLORIDA BANNING DRINKING AT BARS AS IT BREAKS ITS SINGLE DAY RECORD MEANTIME, CALIFORNIA SURPASSING 200,000 CASES IN ARIZONA, DOCTORS WARNING ONE COUNTY'S CASES ARE ECLIPSING NEW YORK CITY BUREAUS AT THE HEIGHT OF THE THERE >>> THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE BRIEFING IN 60 DAYS

DESPITE RECORD SPIKES, VICE PRESIDENT PENCE SAYING THE US HAS FLATTENED THE CURVE AND WHAT HE SAID ABOUT MASK AT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RALLY >>> GROWING OUTRAGE OVER THIS DISTURBING VIDEO POLICE RETRAINING AN UNARMED MAN IN HIS FINAL MOMENTS PLEADING, I CAN'T BREATHE

>>> NEWLY OBTAINED SURVEILLANCE FOOT J OF ELIJAH McCLAIN THE EVENTS RIGHT BEFORE POLICE PUT HIM ON A CHOKE HOLD AND THE OFFICERS INVOLVED WHAT HAS NOW HAPPENED >>> ALARMING NEWS IF YOU ARE WORKING FROM HOME WHY YOU MAY BE A TARGET OF RUSSIAN HACKERS

>>> THE MAJOR US AIRLINES ANNOUNCING THEY WILL BEGIN BOOKING FULL FLIGHTS WITHOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING >>> AND THE FIVE-YEAR-OLD GOING THE EXTRA MILE AND THE 100-YEAR-OLD WHO INSPIRED HIM >>> THIS IS NBC THOUG "NIGHTLY NEWS" WITH LESTER HOLT

>>> GOOD EVENING WE BEGIN WITH THE TROUBLING SURGE OF COVID-19 CASES MORE THAN HALF OF STATES NOW SEEING INCREASES GOVERNORS IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA MAKING MOVES THEY HAD HOPED TO AVOID, ROLLING BACK REOPENINGS, RESTRICTING BARS AS CASES AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE SKYROCKET AND UNDER PRESSURE TO DO MORE, THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE HELD A BRIEFING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO MONTHS WITH VICE PRESIDENT PENCE SAYING THERE IS ENCOURAGING NEWS, DESPITE THE DIRE PICTURE PAINTED BY THE NUMBERS WE HAVE IT ALL COVERED STARTING WITH SAM BROCK IN HOUSTON

>> Reporter: AFTER REOPENING RESTAURANTS AND BARS JUST LAST MONTH, TONIGHT A FULL-SCALE ABOUTFACE IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA THE SUNSHINE STATE SUSPENDING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN BARS AFTER SETTING A RECORD FOR DAILY CASES, NEARLY 9,000 AND A BIGGER PULL BACK IN TEXAS BRINGING RESTAURANT CAPACITY BACK TO 50% OFFICIALS FROM HOUSTON TO AUSTIN RAISING THE AWILL REMEMBER

>> WE FIND OURSELVES CAREENS TOWARDS A CATASTROPHIC AND UNSUSTAINABLE SITUATION >> THIS IS CRUNCH TIME FOR US WE NEED EVERYBODY TO RELIGIOUSLY WEAR THEIR MASKS AND TO SOCIAL DISTANCE >> Reporter: FOR ONE RESTAURANT AND BAR OWNER IN THE LONE STAR STATE CLOSED THIS WEEK BECAUSE AN EMPLOYEE CONTRACTED COVID WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THE GOVERNOR'S DECISION? >> I THINK THE DECISION IS CORRECT

RIGHT NOW WE ALL NEED TO GET ON THE SAME PAGE BECAUSE IF WE DON'T, IT WILL JUST GET MORE AND MORE AND MORE >> Reporter: ACROSS TOWN, ANOTHER BUSINESS MAKING CHANGES LOCATIONS ALL OVER HOUSTON RECENTLY THEY BROUGHT BACK IN ROOM DINING ONLY TO TAKE THEM AWAY AND REPLACE TABLES WELL BEFORE THE GOVERNOR'S MANDATE THE FEARS HERE NOT ONLY ABOUT HEALTH

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CONCERN AT THIS POINT? >> MY GREATEST CONCERN IS WE WILL HAVE TO START LAYING OFF PEOPLE >> Reporter: HOUSTON NOW AT 100% CAPACITY FOR ICU BEDS AND DOCTORS IN EAST TEXAS REPORTING PROBLEMS THERE, TOO >> TO TELL THEM I'M JUST HAVING TROUBLE FINDING SOMEBODY TO ACCEPT YOUR LOVED ONE, THERE IS NOTHING I CAN SAY TO MAKE THOSE FEELINGS BETTER >> Reporter: TODAY THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE ANNOUNCING THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF NEW CASES ARE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE NOT TAKING PRECAUTIONS, WHO LIKELY WON'T GET SERIOUSLY ILL, BUT WILL SPREAD THE VIRUS >> YOU WILL INFECT SOMEONE ELSE WHO CLEARLY WILL INFECT SOMEONE ELSE

WE KNOW THAT HAPPENS ULTIMA ULTIMATELY, YOU WILL INFECT SOMEONE WHO IS VULNERABLE >> Reporter: ADRIANA CARTER JUST CONTRACTED COVID NOW HER MESSAGE >> JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A HEALTHY 20-SOMETHING YEAR OLD DOES NOT MEAN YOU CANNOT BE A CARRIER AND GIVE IT OFF TO OTHERS

>> Reporter: A SHARP REMINDER THAT COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE URGENT FIGHT FOR CONTAINMENT SAM BROCK, NBC NEWS HOUSTON >> Reporter: I'M JOE FRIAR IN ARIZONA WHERE NEW CASES AGAIN TODAY TOPPED 3,000 AS GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY PLEADS WITH RESIDENTS TO STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE >> I DON'T WANT THERE TO BE ANY ILLUSION OR SUGAR COATED EXPECTATIONS WE EXPECT THAT OUR NUMBERS WILL BE WORSE NEXT WEEK AND THE WEEK FOLLOWING

>> Reporter: BUT UNLIKE GOVERNORS IN OTHER HOT SPOTS, HE'S NOT ADDING NEW RESTRICTIONS TO SLOW THE SPREAD MARICOPA COUNTY'S 2,000 CASES A DAY ARE ECLIPING NO, SIR >> THE TIME FOR PREVENTION MEASURES WAS A MONTH AGO NOW, I MEAN, THE WHEELS ARE COMING OFF >> Reporter: DEMAND FOR TESTING IN ARIZONA IS SO HIGH, BANNER HEALTH HAS TURNED THE STATE FAIRGROUNDS INTO A MASSIVE DRIVE THROUGH TESTING SITE

IT'S SORT OF LIKE AN ASSEMBLY LINE COMING THROUGH HERE, RIGHT? >> IT IS DEFINITELY A PROCESS EVERYTHING HAS ENSURED THE SAFETY LOCATION, THE STAFF AND EVERYONE ON SIGHT >> Reporter: THE AGRICULTURE CENTER IS THE SCENE OF AT LEAST 1,000 TESTS A DAY APPOINTMENT SLOTS FILL UP VERY QUICKLY >> WE HAVE SEEN REALLY HIGH VOLUMES ON ALL OF OUR CALLS

PEOPLE HAVE — THEY REALLY WANT TO GET IN FOR TESTING THEY HAVE CONCERNED >> Reporter: TO THE WEST AS CALIFORNIA TOPS 200,000 TOTAL CASES, THE GOVERNOR IS PUSHING TO REINSTATE STAY AT HOME ORDERS WHERE 23% OF TESTS ARE COMING BACK POSITIVE WHILE IN WASHINGTON STATE, THE GOVERNOR FOR THE FIRST TIME IS MANDATING MASKS AS COVID-19 HITS RURAL COUNTY, THE ONLY ACUTE CARE HOSPITAL THERE TRANSFERRING SOME PATIENTS 150 MILES TO SEATTLE >> TODAY IN OUR HOSPITAL, WE ARE SEEING 20, 30 AND 40-YEAR-OLDS FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIFE, FIGHTING FOR THE ABILITY TO DEATH

>> FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS ACROSS THE WEST, IT IS HARD CARING FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE DYING WITHOUT THEIR FAMILY BY THEIR SIDE >> I CAN'T HAVE A ROOM FULL OF VISITORS LOVING THEM UNTIL THE END >> Reporter: HERE THE GOVERNOR WANTS TO INCREASE TESTING SITES LIKE THE ONE BEHIND ME TO MEET SURGING DEMAND AND FIND A WAY TO GET FASTER RESULTS AS LABS EXPERIENCE A BACKLOG THE VICE PRESIDENT PLANS TO VISIT ARIZONA, FLORIDA AND TEXAS NEXT WEEK KRISTIN? >> JOE, THANK YOU

>>> IN WASHINGTON, THERE WERE CONFLICTING MESSAGES WHEN THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE ADDRESSED THE NATION TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE APRIL VICE PRESIDENT PENCE DEFENDED THE ADMINISTRATION'S RESPONSE, BUT DR FAUCI HAD A DIRE WARNING JEFF BEN NIT IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE >> Reporter: TONIGHT THE WHITE HOUSE PUTTING A POSITIVE SPIN ON THE NEW NATIONAL COURAGE ON CORONAVIRUS CASES

>> WE FLATTENED THE CURVE WE SAVED LIVES ALL 50 STATES AND TERRITORIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE OPENING UP SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY >> Reporter: AS MANY STATES ARE ROLLING BACK THEIR REOPENING WITH MORE THAN HALF OF THE COUNTRY NOW SEEING INCREASES IN DAILY CORONAVIRUS CASES THE VICE PRESIDENT ADDRESSING REPORTERS TODAY AS THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE HELD ITS FIRST NEWS BRIEFING IN NEARLY TWO MONTHS

THIS TIME AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, NOT AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND PRESIDENT TRUMP, A FIXTURE OF FORMER TASK FORCE BRIEFINGS, DID NOT ATTEND DR ANTHONY FAUCI TODAY PLEADING WITH AMERICANS TO TAKE THE VIRUS MORE SERIOUSLY >> YOU HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY TO YOURSELF, BUT YOU HAVE A SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE IF WE WANT TO END THIS OUTBREAK, WE'VE GOT TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE PART OF THE PROCESS

>> Reporter: THE VICE PRESIDENT, WHILE ENCOURAGING AMERICANS TO TAKE STEPS TO KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE — >> WASH YOUR HANDS AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE DISINFECT FREQUENTLY >> Reporter: — SKIPPED ONE PART OF THE CDC'S ADVICE, TO WEAR A FACE MASK IN PUBLIC PENCE PRESSED BY REPORTERS

>> IS THERE A MESSAGE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND THE PEOPLE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING MASKS? >> WELL, WE THINK THAT WE'RE — THE FIRST PRINCIPAL IS THAT PEOPLE OUGHT TO LISTEN TO THEIR STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES >> Reporter: THE VP CHALLENGED FOR A RECENT POLITICAL EVENT WHERE TRUMP SUPPORTERS DID NOT WEAR MASKS OR OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING >> HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT THE CAMPAIGN IS NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM THAT DR FAUYI LAID OUT >> FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE RIGHT TO PEACEFULLY ASSEMBLE IS LAID OUT IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

AND EVEN IN A HEALTH CRISIS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T FORFEIT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP SUGGESTING MASKS ARE BEING WORN AS A POLITICAL STATEMENT >> THE ONE THING WE DO KNOW, THESE MASKS MAKE A GIGANTIC DIFFERENCE I WOULD INSIST THAT EVERYBODY IN PUBLIC BE WEARING THAT MASK >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID IN A TWEET LATER TONIGHT THAT HE SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER AIMED AT PROTECTING PUBLIC STATUES AND MONOYUMS AIMED BY PROTESTING MONUMENTS

KRISTIN? >> JEFF BENNETT AT THE WHITE HOUSE JEFF, THANK YOU FOR THAT >>> NOW TO DEMANDS FOR JUSTICE IN COLORADO WHERE A SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR WAS APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE THE DEATH OF A YOUNG MAN HERE'S GABE GUTIERREZ >> Reporter: HERE IS THE SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE AT A CONVENIENCE STORE LAST AUGUST

THE FAMILY SAYS HE SOMETIMES WORE A SKI MASK TO KEEP WARM BECAUSE HE WAS ANEMIC >> 911, WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY? >> Reporter: MINUTES LATER, THIS 911 CALL >> YEAH HE'S WALKING SOUTH HE HAS A MASK ON

>> THE CALLER TELLS THE DISPATCHER A MAN LOOKS SKETCHY, BUT MAKES NO MENTION OF ANY CRIME >> WERE ANY WEAPONS INVOLVED OR MENTIONED? >> NO >> Reporter: OFFICERS ARRIVE AT THE SCENE >> STOP I HAVE A RIGHT TO STOP YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE BEING SUSPICIOUS

>> Reporter: AND WITHIN 19 SECONDS, AN ESCALATION >> NO I AM AN INTROVERT PLEASE RESPECT THE BOUNDARIES THAT I AM SPEAKING >> STOP

STOP >> I'M GOING HOME >> RELAX OR I'M GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE THIS SITUATION >> Reporter: DURING A STRUGGLE, ONE OFFICER SAYS THIS >> STOP

>> Reporter: OFFICERS THEN APPLIED A CHOKE HOLD ON McCLAIN'S NECK EIGHT MINUTES PASSED WITH McCLAIN HANDCUFFED ON THE GROUND, OCCASIONALLY THROWING UP >> PLEASE I WAS JUST GOING HOME >> Reporter: PARAMEDICS SOON GIVE HIM KED MEAN, A SEDATIVE

SEVEN MINUTES LATER, RESPONDING OFFICERS ARE TOLD HE HAS NO PULSE IN THE BACK OF AN AMBULANCE >> ARE YOU SERIOUS? >> YES >> Reporter: HE'S REVIVED BUT IS BRAIN DEAD AND IS TAKEN OFF LIFE-SUPPORT DAYS LATER AN AUTOPSY RECLAIRED McCLAIN'S CAUSE OF DEATH UNDETERMINED THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY DECLINED TO FILE CHARGES

>> I'M NOT TRYING TO JUSTIFY THE OFFICERS' ACTIONS I AM ONLY SAYING I CANNOT PROVE A CRIME BEYOND >> Reporter: NEW THE STATE'S ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS APPOINTED AS A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR IN THE CASE McKLEIN LIKED TO PLAY THE VIOLIN FOR SHELTER ANIMALS HE WEIGHED JUST 140 POUNDS

>> CAUGHT HIM OFF GUARD AND BRUTALIZED HIM ON CAMERA >> Reporter: NO COMMENT TODAY FROM THE UNION REPRESENTING THE THREE OFFICERS, BUT AURORA PD JUST CONFIRMED THEY HAVE BEEN REASSIGNED FOR THEIR OWN PRODUCTION >> THANK YOU FOR THAT >>> TONIGHT GROWING OUTRAGE IN TUCSON, ARIZONA AFTER A LATINO MAN DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY IT HAPPENED TWO MONTHS AGO BUT IS JUST COMING TO LIGHT NOW

MIGUEL ALMAGUER HAS THAT VIDEO AND A WARNING SOME OF THE VIDEO IS DISTURBING >> Reporter: THE TRIBUTES ARE FILLED WITH TEARS, ANGER ONE MONTH BEFORE MANY MARCHED HERE FOR GEORGE FLOYD >> I CAN'T BREATHE! >> Reporter: CARLOS INGRAM LOPEZ ALSO DIED WHILE IN POLICE KUSDY

>> AND WE'RE GOING TO PROTEST AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO STAY QUIET >> Reporter: LIKE FLOYD, HE TOLD OFFICERS HE CAN'T BREATHE >> Reporter: IN LATE APRIL, THREE OFFICERS RESPONDING TO A DISORDERLY CONDUCT CALL SAY THEY FOUND THE YOUNG FATHER UNCLOTHED AND ACTING ERRATICALLY >> I WILL TASE YOU >> Reporter: THE POLICE CHIEF SAYS OFFICERS DID NOT USE A CHOKE HOLD ON THE 27-YEAR-OLD, BUT DID CUFF HIM, RESTRAINING LOPEZ IN A PRONE POSITION, FACE-DOWN WITH A SPIT HOOD ON, A MESH COVERING OVER HIS HEAD FOR ABOUT 12 MINUTES AS LOPEZ STRUGGLED TO BREATHE

>> Reporter: CALLING FOR HIS GRANDMOTHER BEFORE HE DIED >> I KNOW THE SYSTEM FAILED MY SON SO IT HURTS ME TO KNOW THAT HE DIED BEING SCA SCARED AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH HIS MIND >> Reporter: THE AUTOPSY LISTS LOPEZ'S CAUSE OF DEATH AS SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST WHILE INTOXICATED BY COCAINE AND PHYSICALLY RESTRAIN

A POLICE INVESTIGATION CONCLUDING THE OFFICERS SHOWED A COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR THEIR TRAINING AND AN APPARENT INDIFFERENCE OR INABILITY TO RECOGNIZE AN INDIVIDUAL IN MEDICAL DISTRESS THE THREE OFFICERS WHO RESIGNED SAYING THROUGH THEIR ATTORNEY THEY WERE SADDENED BY THE DEATH, BUT IT WAS THE RESULT OF A COCAINE-RELATED CARDIAC ARREST AND NOT THEIR ACTIONS >> THE LOSS IS TREMENDOUS I MISS HIM EVERY SECOND >> Reporter: TONIGHT TWO COMMUNITIES USING ONE VOICE TO HIGHLIGHT INJUSTICE AND DEMAND ACTION

MIGU MIGUEL ALMAGUER, NBC NEWS >>> IN JUST 60 SECONDS, THE NEW WARNING FOR ANYONE WORKING FROM HOME COULD YOU BE TARGETED >>> WE'RE BACK NOW WITH A WARNING FOR EVERYONE WORKING FROM HOME IT COULD MAKE YOU A TARGET FOR RUSSIAN HACKERS RICHARD ENGEL WITH MORE ON THAT AND A NEW POWER GRAB BY PUTIN

>> Reporter: VLADIMIR PUTIN IS ALREADY THE LONGEST SERVING RUSSIAN LEADER SINCE STALIN TODAY RUSSIANS WENT TO THE POLL THAT WOULD ALLOW HIM TO STAY IN OFFICE UNTIL 2036 AND PUTIN IS WHIPPING UP NATIONAL PRIDE FOR THE HISTORIC VOTE RUSSIA HELD NO EXPENSE SPARED MASK PARADES THIS WEEK TO CELEBRATE THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF VICTORY IN WORLD WAR II THE CELEBRATION POSTPONED BECAUSE OF COVID, NOW REPURPOSED

THE PANDEMIC IS CREATING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES, TOO RUSSIAN HACKERS, US OFFICIALS SAY, ARE CAPITALIZING ON PEOPLE WORKING AT HOME WHERE CYBER SECURITY OFTEN ISN'T VERY TIGHT WE REPORTED LAST MONTH HOW STATE-SPONSORED HACKERS, INCLUDING FROM CHINA, ARE USING COVID TO TRY TO STEAL CORPORATE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH, INCLUDING ON POTENTIAL CORONAVIRUS VACCINES

IN A RARE INTERVIEW WITH A TOP BRITISH INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL >> ANY LARGE SCALE DISRUPTION TO OUR WAY OF LIFE AND ANY LARGE SCALE MOVE, AN ORGANIZATIONAL MODEL MOVE FROM BASED AT OFFICES TO BASED AT HOME, THAT SORT OF DISRUPTION PRESENTS NEW RISKS OF COURSE IT DOES SO I THINK WE'VE GUILTY TO ACCELERATE OUR DEFENSES >> Reporter: U

S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAY RUSSIAN BACKED HACKERS HAVE BEEN USING RANSOM WARE ATTACKS AND STEALING DATA FOR MONEY AND COULD TARGET THE ELECTION KRISTIN? >> RICHARD ENGEL, THANK YOU FOR THAT >>> AS AMERICANS SLOWLY START BOARDING PLANES THIS SUMMER, SOME PLANES ARE KEEPING SEATS OPEN FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, BUT OTHERING SAY THEY'RE GOING TO START BOOKING FLIGHTS TO FULL CAPACITY HERE'S TOM COSTELLO

>> Reporter: WHILE SUMMER AIRLINE TRAFFIC IS SLOWLY PICKING UP AGAIN, THE PANDEMIC HAS FORCED US AIRLINES TO THEIR KNEES LATE TODAY THEIR CEOs MET WITH VICE PRESIDENT PENCE URGING TO CHECK PASSENGER TEMPERATURES DISCUSSING A NEW PHONE APP TO TRACE PASSENGERS WHO DEVELOP SYMPTOMS

FOR MONTHS MANY AIRLINES HAVE TRIED TO KEEP THEIR MIDDLE SEATS OPEN TODAY AMERICAN SAID IT IS JOINING SPIRIT AND UNITED IN TRYING TO SELL ALL THEIR SEATS >> WHEN AN AIRLINE KEEPS THE MIDDLE ROW OPEN, IT WILL NOT MAKE MONEY ON THAT FLIGHT DOESN'T MATTER IF EVERY OTHER SEAT IS FILLED IT WILL NOT MAKE MONEY ON A FLIGHT WHERE 30% OF THE SEATS ARE EMPTY

>> Reporter: EVERY AIRLINE IS DEEP CLEANING THEIR PLANES AND REQUIRING PASSENGERS TO WEAR FACE MASKS FRONTIER IS PERFORMING TEMPERATURE CHECKS BEFORE BOARDING REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE MIDDLE SEAT IS BLOCKED, INFECTIOUS DISEASE EXPERTS SAY A SNEEZE OR A CUFF COULD TRAVEL AT LEAST TWO ROWS FORWARD OR BACKWARDS >> IT DOES GIVE ME ANXIETY BECAUSE I WAS IN A SEAT WITH THREE PEOPLE AND I WAS REALLY TIGHT >> EVERYTHING WAS FILLED TO CAPACITY, AND THERE IS DEFINITELY NO ONE THAT WAS SOCIAL DISTANCING

>> Reporter: SOUTHWEST, JET BLUE AND DELTA ARE STILL BLOCKING MIDDLE SEATS DELTA PROMISING TO KEEP PLANES 40% EMPTY THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER >> WHATEVER THE DISTANCE IS FROM SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WHEN THE MIDDLE SEAT IS OPEN, WE KNOW THAT THAT IS BETTER THAN BEING RIGHT NEXT TO SOMEONE SHOULDER TO SHOULDERS >> Reporter: THE AIRLINES THAT ARE NO LONGER BLOCKING MIDDLE SEATS ARE ALERTING PASSENGERS IF FLIGHTS ARE FULL, ALLOWING THEM TO CHANGE FLIGHTS IF THERE IS ROOM KRISTIN? >> CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR SUMMER

TOM, THANK YOU >>> COMING UP, COULD AMERICA GET A 51st STATE? >>> WE'RE BACK NOW WITH A QUESTION COULD AMERICA GET A 51st STATE? NBC'S ANDREA MITCHELL REPORTS ON THE BIG VOTE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL >> Reporter: A SYMBOLIC VICTORY TODAY FOR THE NATION'S CAPITAL THE HOUSE VOTING TO MAKE WASHINGTON, D

C A STATE A CITY OF 700,000 HAS MORE PEOPLE THAN VERMONT OR WYOMING RESIDENTS RECEIVED HALF AS MUCH STIMULUS MONEY AND WHEN FEDERAL FORCES USED CHEMICAL GAS TO CLEAR PROTESTERS ACROSS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE BEFORE THE PRESIDENT'S PHOTO OP AND MILITARY HELICOPTERS USED COMBAT MANEUVERS TO CHASE DEMONSTRATORS FROM CITY STREETS, THE MAYOR COULDN'T STOP IT

DC IS THE ONLY JURISDICTION IN THE COUNTRY WHERE THE NATIONAL GUARD ANSWERS TO THE PRESIDENT >> WE NEVER THOUGHT WE WOULD SEE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MOVE IN THAT WAY AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS >> Reporter: FOR THE DISTRICT'S NON-VOTING CONGRESSMAN, IT'S PERSONAL

HER GREAT GRANDMOTHER CAME HERE AS A RUN-AWAY SLAVE >> RICHARD HOLMES MADE IT TO FREEDOM, BUT HE DID NOT MAKE IT TO EQUALITY, NOR HAVE THOSE IN HIS LINEAGE YET MADE IT TO EQUALITY THAT'S WHY WE NEED STATEHOOD >> Reporter: SENATE REPUBLICANS AND THE PRESIDENT OPPOSE IT >> PEOPLE SHOULD NOT LOOK TO US AND SAY WE'RE TOO URBAN

WE'RE TOO BLACK WE'RE TOO LIBERAL AND THAT MAKES US DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER PEOPLE OF THE OTHER AMERICAN STATES AND WE HAVE TO JUSTIFY OUR AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP >> Reporter: THE VOTE TODAY SETS THE STAGE FOR THE ELECTION IN NOVEMBER THERE STILL WOULD >>> FINALLY, LET'S END THIS WEEK ON A HIGH NOTE KRISTEN DAHLGREN TONIGHT ON THE FIVE-YEAR-OLD BRITISH BOY THAT'S INSPIRING THE WORLD

>> Reporter: THEY SAY YOU CAN DO ANYTHING IF YOU TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME TAKE LITTLE TONY, A FIVE-YEAR-OLD DOUBLE AMPUTEE WHO SAW 100-YEAR-OLD CAPTAIN TOM WALKING TO RAISE MONEY FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS >> I SAID, I CAN DO THAT AND THEN I DID IT >> Reporter: WALKING MORE THAN TEN KILOMETERS ON HIS NEW PROSTHETICS

>> IT SET UP AS A CHALLENGE FOR US TO MAKE US WALK WITH HIM EVERY DAY JUST BEEN INCREDIBLE >> Reporter: ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER HOW HIS LITTLE LIFE STARTED BROUGHT INTO THE HOSPITAL AT JUST 41 DAYS OLD BEATEN SO BADLY DOCTORS DOUBTED HE WOULD LIVE

>> WE WERE TOLD THAT HE WOULD NEVER TALK, WALK, CRAWL, SIT >> Reporter: BUT TONY NEVER GAVE UP AND NEITHER DID HIS ADOPTIVE FAMILY THEY HOPED TO RAISE A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR TONY'S HOSPITAL TONIGHT THEY RAISED OVER A MILLION AND WILL KEEP IT GOING UNTIL THE END OF JUNE >> WHAT DO WE SAY TO YOU? >> KEEP TRYING

>> Reporter: BY TURNING SMALL STEPS INTO SOMETHING SO MUCH BIGGER KRISTEN DAHLGREN, NBC NEWS >> REMARKABLE >>> THAT IS "NIGHTLY

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