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>>> BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT >>> BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT

THE RECORD RISE IN COVID CASES THE US HITS A NEW DAILY HIGH SO DOES FLORIDA

NEARLY 10,000 CASES IN THAT STATE IN JUST ONE DAY TEXAS AND FLORIDA NOW REVERSING SOME OF THE REOPENINGS >> WE CONTINUE TO SEE MORE COVID-19 POSITIVE TEST RESULTS AND RISING HOSPITALIZATIONS >> BEACHES IN MIAMI SET TO CLOSE AGAIN WHAT THE TEXAS GOVERNOR WISHES HE’D DONE DIFFERENTLY

ARIZONA PUSHING THE LIMITS NOT REVERSING COURSE IN ITS REOPENING EVEN AS SOME HOSPITALS FILL UP AND RESIDENTS WAIT IN LINE FOR HOURS IN 105-DEGREE HEAT TO GET TESTED >>> THE SUPER SPREADING EVENTS BEHIND THE NEW OUTBREAKS PACKED BARS THE NEW SCIENCE ON HOW THEY ARE DRIVING THE OUTBREAK CALLS FOR JUSTICE, RALLIES TODAY FOR ELIJAH McCLAIN WHO DIED AFTER A VIOLENT ENCOUNTER WITH POLICE

THE OUTRAGE AFTER THE OFFICERS INVOLVED WERE RE-ASSIGNED TO DESK DUTY FOR THEIR OWN PROTECTION >>> BACK TO SCHOOL AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT HOW NOTRE DAME PLANS TO BRING STUDENTS BACK IN AUGUST THEY’RE CUTTING CLASS SIZES IN HALF >>> AND SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT

THE GIANT DUST CLOUD BLANKETING THE SOUTH WHERE IT IS HEADING NEXT >> THIS IS "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS" WITH JOSE DIAZ BALART >> GOOD EVENING I’M KATE SNOW IN FOR JOSE TONIGHT

WE’VE PASSED YET ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THIS COUNTRY AS TODAY THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES TOPPED 25 MILLION THAT INCLUDED MORE THAN 125,000 DEATHS TONIGHT MUCH OF THE FOCUS IS ON THE SOUTHERN AND SOUTHWESTERN STATES WHERE CASES ARE MOUNTING THE 24 STATES NOW SEEING DAILY CASES INCREASING

GOVERNORS ARE FINDING THEMSELVES HAVING TO REVERSE REOPENING RULES TODAY THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCED CAMPAIGN APPEARANCES BY THE VICE PRESIDENT PLANNED FOR ARIZONA AND FLORIDA WILL BE POSTPONED WE HAVE REPORTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AGAIN TONIGHT WE BEGIN WITH SAM BROCK IN WE BEGIN WITH SAM BROCK IN MIAMI >> Reporter: TONIGHT ANOTHER RECORD BREAKING MILESTONE FOR FLORIDA

NEARLY 10,000 CASES IN A SINGLE DAY ON THE HEELS OF 9,000 THE DAY BEFORE THE SURGING NUMBERS AND POSITIVITY RATES PROMPTING THE MAYOR OF MIAMI-DADE TO CLOSE BEACHES FROM JULY 3rd TO 7th IF YOU DIDN’T CLOSE DOWN THE BEACHES FOR THE JULY 4th HOLIDAY WHAT WOULD THE POTENTIAL OUTCOME BE? >> WELL, LOOK WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN OTHER HOLIDAYS LIKE MEMORIAL DAY, TWO WEEKS LATER WE SEE A SPIKE SO THIS IS SOMETHING TO STOP THAT

>> Reporter: NOT EVERYONE IS ONBOARD WITH THE DECISION >> I THINK FOR ME, I’M PRETTY ATHLETIC, HEALTHY, WORK OUT I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT >> HONESTLY I JUST THINK IT IS ALL POLITICS IN THE END >> Reporter: AS THE NUMBER OF CASES SPIKES, TESTING IN SOME AREAS BLOCKS LONG

IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS MORE THAN 10% OF ALL TESTS IN FLORIDA COMING BACK POSITIVE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR DRIVING THE HIGHER RATES GOVERNOR RON DeSANTIS ORDERED BARS ACROSS THE STATE SHUT DOWN BAR OWNERS BREAKING THE NEWS TO PATRONS >> I HAD TO WALK UP TO THEM AND SAY, UNFORTUNATELY WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO CONTINUE SERVING YOU

WHENEVER YOU FINISH YOUR BEVERAGE, PLEASE JUST CLOSE OUT YOUR TAB AND GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS >> Reporter: FLORIDA ALSO A POTENTIAL LIABILITY FOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS THE NBA PREPARING TO RETURN IN ORLANDO NEXT MONTH THE LEAGUE ANNOUNCING IT’S TESTED AROUND 300 PLAYERS AND 16 HAVE COVID-19 THOUGH THEY’LL BE ISOLATED AND HAVE TO TEST NEGATIVE TWICE IN MORE THAN 24 HOURS TO RETURN

TEXAS TAKING AN EVEN MORE AGGRESSIVE STANCE WITH GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT CLOSING BARS AND REDUCING CAPACITY AT RESTAURANTS AFTER INFECTION RATES HIT DOUBLE DIGITS ABBOTT TELLING KBIA — >> IF I COULD GO BACK AND REDO ANYTHING IT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN TO SLOW DOWN THE OPENING OF BARS >> Reporter: THIS AS THE HOUSTON AREA ALREADY REACHED 100% ICU BED CAPACITY AND THE CRUNCH FOR CARE IS EXTENDING TO OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE, TOO >> THEY CAN’T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHY COULD YOU JUST LET MY LOVED ONE SIT IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM THAT IS SO ILL AND WHERE DO WE NEED TO GO? >> Reporter: FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY TEXAS IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTERS, A JUDGE ORDERING CHILDREN HELD FOR MORE THAN 20 DAYS MUST BE RELEASED BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH DESCRIBING CONDITIONS IN THE FACILITIES AS ON FIRE WITH COVID A VIRUS INVADING ALL AREAS OF SOCIETY, FORCING NEW AND IMMEDIATE ACTION WITH HUMAN LIFE HANGING IN THE BALANCE

>> SAM JOINS US NOW FROM MIAMI BEACH SAM, WHAT HAPPENS IF CASES CONTINUE TO SURGE IN FLORIDA? >> Reporter: IN SOUTH FLORIDA THE MAYOR OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, KATE, DESCRIBING THIS AS A REVERSE REOPENING YOU COULD START WITH THE BEACH CLOSURES WHICH COULD BE EXTENDED BEYOND THE JULY 4th HOLIDAY THEN GYMS, SALONS, DANCE STUDIOS, AND EVENTUALLY RESTAURANTS IF NECESSARY KATE? >> ALL RIGHT

SAM BROCK FOR US IN FLORIDA THANK YOU >>> ANOTHER COVID HOT SPOT, ARIZONA TODAY CASES ARE SURGING AND TESTING SITES ARE OVERWHELMED BUT THE STATE IS STICKING TO ITS REOPENING PLAN AND DOCTORS THERE ARE INCREASINGLY ANXIOUS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

VAUGHN HILLYARD IS IN PHOENIX >> THERE IS GOING TO BE A BIT OF A WAIT WE’RE CURRENTLY ON HOLD WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH TESTS FOR EVERYONE >> Reporter: TONIGHT ARIZONA HITTING A RECORD NUMBER OF NEW CASES

THE STATE IS ONE OF THE WORST CORONAVIRUS HOT SPOTS IN THE COUNTRY >> TO THE HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE, POSITIVE COVID >> Reporter: JASMINE’S MOTHER LORENA IS ONE OF OVER 20,000 NEW CASES THIS WEEK DESPITE THE STAGGERING NUMBERS THE GOVERNOR IS RESISTING ADDING NEW RESTRICTIONS BUT URGING PEOPLE TO STAY HOME >> WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE IDEA THAT WE WANT TO SAVE LIVES AND SAVE LIVELIHOODS — >> Reporter: ALL THIS WHILE THE DEMAND FOR TESTING SURGES

LONG LINES OF CARS AS PEOPLE WAIT FOR HOURS >> KIND OF A TREASURE HUNT RIGHT NOW, SO WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS JUST GOT TO KEEP LOOKING >> Reporter: THE GOVERNOR ACKNOWLEDGING THE SHORT COMINGS >> WE WANT TO MAKE IT AS EASY AND CONVENIENT AS POSSIBLE

IT IS NOT GOING TO RESOLVE ITSELF OVERNIGHT >> Reporter: DARRELL BRANDT UNABLE TO SECURE A TIME SLOT AT ANY OF HIS NEARBY TESTING LOCATIONS >> I HAVE ASTHMA, AND I HAVE DIABETES I’M SCARED TO DEATH THIS COULD BE THE END OF IT

>> SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE TO WAIT MULTIPLE DAYS TO EVEN FIND A TESTING SLOT AND THAT OF COURSE IS NOT IDEAL BECAUSE WE NEED TO START CONTACT TRACING IMMEDIATELY >> Reporter: HOSPITALS ARE NOW ON THE BRINK ICU BEDS FILLED TO 87% CAPACITY THIS DOCTOR GIVING THIS DIRE WARNING >> I’M REALLY WORRIED ABOUT WHERE THIS IS GOING IN ARIZONA

I THINK PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY, BUT WE ARE SEEING THE SURGE IN CASES WE’RE NOT SEEING IT SLOW DOWN >> VAUGHN JOINS US FROM PHOENIX WHY DID THE VICE PRESIDENT CANCEL HIS CAMPAIGN APPEARANCES IN ARIZONA AND FLORIDA NEXT WEEK? >> Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT, KATE, AN OFFICIAL NOW SAYING IT IS OUT AN OFFICIAL NOW SAYING IT IS OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION BUT THE VICE PRESIDENT STILL EXPECTS TO MEET WITH THE GOVERNORS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS >> ALL RIGHT

SO JUST THE CAMPAIGN APPEARANCE IS CANCELED THANK YOU >>> IN THEIR LATEST BRIEFING THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE LINKED THE SURGES WE’RE SEEING TO YOUNGER ADULTS GOING OUT IN CROWDS THERE IS NEW SCIENCE TONIGHT ON JUST WHY BARS CAN BE SUCH SUPER SPREADING EVENTS >> Reporter: AS RESTRICTIONS LIFT, BARS ARE BACK AND THEY’RE PACKED

BIG CROWDS IN STATES LIKE FLORIDA, ARIZONA, AND TEXAS WHERE COVID CASES ARE ON THE RISE, PRIMARILY AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY THE NUMBER OF KNOWN CORONAVIRUS CASES AMONG 18 TO 34-YEAR-OLDS INCREASED FIVEFOLD IN JUST ONE MONTH COMMUNITIES ARE TRACING THE OUTBREAKS BACK TO BARS AND RESTAURANTS 21-YEAR-OLD ADRIANA CARTER IN SAN MARCOS, TEXAS, WENT OUT FOR A FEW DRINKS WITH FRIENDS

>> I HAD A REALLY LONG, STRESSFUL WEEK WHAT HARM COULD THAT DO, YOU KNOW? JUST ONE NIGHT >> Reporter: AND CAME HOME WITH COVID PASSING IT ON TO HER ROOMMATE THE RISE IN CASES IS COINCIDING WITH THE RISE IN SPENDING

DATA FROM CHASE BANK SHOWS MILLENNIALS SPENT MORE MONEY LAST MONTH THAN ANY OTHER AGE GROUP HEALTH EXPERTS SAY PLACES LIKE BARS ARE A PERFECT STORM FOR TRANSMISSION >> PEOPLE IN PROXIMITY, POOR AIR CIRCULATION, PEOPLE NOT WEARING MASKS OR HAVING TO TAKE THEIR MASKS OFF TO DRINK OR EAT >> Reporter: THIS VIDEO SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TWO PEOPLE ARE TALKING AS ONE PERSON SPEAKS, PARTICLES ENTER THE AIR AND IF THEY CARRY THE VIRUS, IT COULD SPREAD

THE COLLEGE TOWN OF IOWA CITY HAS SEEN AN UPTICK IN COVID CASES SINCE BARS REOPENED WITHOUT CROWD RESTRICTIONS >> I DEFINITELY WASN’T TAKING IT AS SERIOUS AS I SHOULD HAVE >> Reporter: THIS STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SAYS HE WAS EXPOSED WHEN HE SHARED A JUUL WITH OTHERS AT A FRIEND’S HOUSE >> WOULD YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR BEHAVIOR NOW SEEING THE EFFECTS OF IT ALL? >> Reporter: OH, YES, FOR SURE OBVIOUSLY IF WE JUST WORE MASKS, SPACED OUT A LITTLE BIT FURTHER, AND NOT SHARED A JUUL

>> Reporter: A STRIKING EXAMPLE THAT ONE NIGHT OUT IS ALL IT TAKES NBC NEWS, IOWA CITY, IOWA >>> TONIGHT THE WHITE HOUSE IS RESPONDING TO AN ALARMING NEW REPORT THAT RUSSIA SECRETLY OFFERED BOUNTIES FOR THE DEATHS OF US TROOPS OVERSEAS

KELLY O’DONNELL HAS LATE DETAILS >> Reporter: TONIGHT THE STUNNING CLAIM THAT PUTIN PUT A BOUNTY ON AMERICAN SOLDIERS IS RATCHETING UP PRESSURE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RUSSIAN LEADER SET OFF BY THIS STORY FROM THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THAT A RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE UNIT OFFERED BOUNTIES ON THE LIVES OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN TO TALIBAN-LINKED MILITANTS

"THE TIMES" WRITES US OFFICIALS CONCLUDED THE REWARDS WERE OFFERED LAST YEAR, BUT IT IS UNKNOWN IF 20 AMERICAN DEATHS THERE WERE CONNECTED NBC NEWS HAS NOT CONFIRMED THIS REPORTING TONIGHT THE WHITE HOUSE OFFERED ITS FIRST RESPONSE, STATING, NEITHER THE PRESIDENT NOR THE VICE PRESIDENT WERE BRIEFED ON THE ALLEGED RUSSIAN BOUNTY INTELLIGENCE

JOE BIDEN MADE IT AN ISSUE TODAY >> HIS ENTIRE PRESIDENCY HAS BEEN A GIFT TO PUTIN THIS IS BEYOND THE PALE IT’S BETRAYAL OF THE MOST SACRED DUTY — >> Reporter: THE FORMER US

AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA CALLS THIS A DIRE TURNING POINT >> THAT IS A RADICAL ESCALATION OF HIS BELLIGERENCE TOWARD THE UNITED STATES, AND I THINK IF IT IS TRUE, IT DEMANDS A VERY FIRM RESPONSE >> Reporter: AND THE TOP HOUSE REPUBLICAN ON THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE HAS A STERN MESSAGE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, THAT IF THE BOUNTY REPORT IS ACCURATE, THE ADMINISTRATION MUST TAKE SWIFT AND SERIOUS ACTION TO HOLD THE PUTIN REGIME ACCOUNTABLE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS LONG URGED A DRAWDOWN OF US

FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN >> WE WANT TO BRING OUR SOLDIERS BACK HOME WE WANT TO BRING THEM BACK HOME >> Reporter: DENIALS COMING FROM THE TALIBAN AND THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY, WHICH CALLED THE BOUNTY REPORTING NONSENSE KELLY O’DONNELL, NBC NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE

>>> THERE IS AN UNUSUAL WEATHER EVENT BLANKETING THE SOUTH THIS WEEKEND, A MASSIVE DUST CLOUD THAT STARTED IN AFRICA AND IS NOW MAKING A MESS RIGHT HERE IN THE US KATHY PARK HAS DETAILS >> Reporter: TONIGHT A MASSIVE CLOUD OF DUST IS ON THE MOVE, AND IT IS CHOKING PARTS OF THE SOUTH THIS WEEKEND FROM FLORIDA BEACHES TO TEXAS SKYLINES NICK NAMED GODZILLA FOR ITS SIZE, THE MONSTER WEATHER EVENT HASN’T HAPPENED IN HALF A CENTURY

THIS PHOTOGRAPH FROM SPACE SHOWS IT LEAVING THE SAHARA DESERT A WEEK AGO TRAVELING 5,000 MILES COATING THE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN, AND GULF OF MEXICO WITH A LAYER AND GULF OF MEXICO WITH A LAYER OF DRY, DUSTY AIR A NORMALLY SUNNY DAY IN PUERTO RICO TURNED HAZY THE DUST ALSO DARKENED SKIES IN CUBA THE TINY PARTICLES LEADING TO POOR AIR QUALITY AND THREATENING THOSE WITH RESPIRATORY ISSUES IN COVID-19 HOT SPOTS LIKE HOUSTON, THE AIR POLLUTION IS MIXING WITH THE PANDEMIC

BUT THERE IS A BRIGHT SPOT WITH THIS PHENOMENON SPECTACULAR SUNSETS AFTER A DAY FILLED WITH DUST KATHY PARK, NBC NEWS >>> UP NEXT, CALLS FOR JUSTICE NEW RALLIES TODAY AGAINST THE POLICE, FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF A YOUNG BLACK MAN IN COLORADO

ALSO AN NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES AS ONE MAJOR UNIVERSITY SHOWS US WHAT THEY’RE DOING TO REOPEN SAFELY >>> WE’RE BACK WITH AN HISTORIC >>> WE’RE BACK WITH AN HISTORIC VOTE IN MISSISSIPPI TODAY LAWMAKERS IN THE STATE HOUSE AND THE SENATE THERE VOTED TO PUSH AHEAD WITH LEGISLATION TO REMOVE THE CONFEDERATE EMBLEM FROM THE STATE FLAG THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO PASS AND BE SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR MISSISSIPPI IS THE LAST STATE IN THE COUNTRY WITH THAT IMAGERY ON ITS STATE FLAG

IN NEW JERSEY, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED TODAY IT IS REMOVING WOODROW WILSON’S NAME FROM BUILDINGS ON THE CAMPUS NATIONAL ANTHEM TO PROTEST RACISM AND POLICE BRUTALITY >>> TONIGHT RENEWED OUTRAGE FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF ANOTHER YOUNG BLACK MAN STOPPED BY POLICE PROTESTERS TOOK TO THE STREETS DEMANDING MORE ACTION BE TAKEN AGAINST THE POLICE INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT WE HAVE A REPORT FROM AURORA, COLORADO >> Reporter: TONIGHT PROTESTERS CALLING FOR CHANGE AND CHARGES

HUNDREDS MARCHING IN FRONT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND MUNICIPAL BUILDING IN AURORA, COLORADO, DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR ELIJAH McCLAIN WHO DIED AFTER POLICE DETAINED HIM LAST AUGUST LATE YESTERDAY, POLICE SAY THREE OFFICERS INVOLVED WERE MOVED TO NONENFORCEMENT DUTIES, RE-ASSIGNED FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY >> LIKE I SAID, CHARGES NEED TO BE BROUGHT BECAUSE IT WAS MURDER, WHAT WAS DONE >> Reporter: AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION HAS FOUND THAT THE OFFICERS FOLLOWED ALL PROPER PROTOCOLS

THE GOVERNOR HAS NOW STARTED A NEW, INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION McCLAIN WAS 23 YEARS OLD, HEADING HOME FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD CONVENIENCE STORE YOU CAN SEE HIM IN THIS NEWLY OBTAINED SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE >> IT WAS HIS JUICE AND HIS SNACKS HE WOULD COME AND PUT IT ON THE COUNTER AND THEN BUY WITH CASH MOSTLY

AND THEN GIVE A BOW BEFORE LEAVING THE STORE >> Reporter: AFTER HE LEFT, HE WAS WALKING AND DANCING, WEARING A SKI MASK SOMEONE THOUGHT THAT WAS SUSPICIOUS AND CALLED 911 >> STOP I HAVE A RIGHT TO STOP YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE BEING SUSPICIOUS

>> Reporter: THE POLICE STOPPED HIM AND PINNED HIM DOWN USING A CHOKEHOLD >> I CAN’T BREATHE DIRECTLY >> Reporter: DURING THE STRUGGLE PARAMEDICS INJECTED ELIJAH WITH A SEDATIVE HE DIED A FEW DAYS LATER IN THE HOSPITAL >> HE DESERVES JUSTICE

THEY MURDERED MY FRIEND AND NOTHING HAPPENED THEY GOT TO GO BACK TO WORK >> Reporter: IN RECENT WEEKS THE STATE OF COLORADO HAS PASSED SWEEPING NEW POLICE REFORMS THEY WERE SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE GOVERNOR ON JUNETEENTH

>> 100% OF LEGISLATION IS IN DIRECT RELATIONSHIP TO CASES THAT HAPPENED IN COLORADO INCLUDING ELIJAH McCLAIN >> Reporter: MANY PEOPLE HERE HOPE THIS WILL LEAD TO PROSECUTIONS NBC NEWS, AURORA, COLORADO >>> STILL AHEAD FOR US, BACK TO SCHOOL AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE STEPS ONE UNIVERSITY IS TAKING WITH THE AIM OF BRINGING STUDENTS BACK SAFELY

>>> PLUS, THE REMARKABLE REUNION MY CONVERSATION WITH THIS PAIR FINALLY MEETING 40 YEARS AFTER THEIR LIFE SAVING ENCOUNTER >>> NOW TO OUR SERIES "THE WAY >>> NOW TO OUR SERIES "THE WAY BACK" A LOOK AT HOW COMMUNITIES ARE PREPARING TO LIVE WITH THIS PANDEMIC TONIGHT AN NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE BIG PLANS ONE MAJOR UNIVERSITY HAS FOR GETTING STUDENTS BACK ON CAMPUS SAFELY >> Reporter: NOTRE DAME THE FAMED CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY IN INDIANA TAKING STEPS TO REOPEN

YOU FEEL YOU CAN MANAGE THE RISKS? >> I AM CONFIDENT WE CAN >> Reporter: THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT FATHER JOHN JENKINS IS CONFIDENT OF THE NEW SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND GUIDED BY ADVICE FROM JOHN HOPKINS AND CLEVELAND CLINIC AMONG THE CHANGES, DAILY TEMPERATURE CHECKS STARTING WITH AN EARLY OPENING ON AUGUST 10th >> THEY’RE GOING TO STAY HERE RIGHT UNTIL THE END UNTIL THANKSGIVING AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO SEND AWAY SO WE DON’T HAVE THE KIND OF GOING AWAY AND RETURNING WE USUALLY HAVE FOR A NORMAL SEMESTER >> Reporter: 54,000 NEW SIGNS ENCOURAGING STUDENTS PRONE TO CLOSE CONTACT TO KEEP THEIR DISTANCE INSTEAD AND WEAR MASKS

VICE PRESIDENT PAUL BROWN HELPED CRAFT THE NEW PROTOCOL IT WILL BE HARD FOR A STUDENT TO SAY THEY DIDN’T SEE THE SIGN >> TAKE MY WORD FOR IT THERE IS A BATHROOM >> DOWN SIZING CLASSROOMS

>> IT IS CROWDED IN HERE THAT IS HOW IT IS PREPANDEMIC WHEN STUDENTS RETURN, THEY’LL BE HALF AS MANY >> Reporter: IN THE 80 CHAPELS, CUTTING CAPACITY IN HALF >> EVEN WHEN YOU PRAY SOCIAL DISTANCE

>> YEAH PRAY HEALTHY >> Reporter: THIS DINING HALL FOR 725 STUDENTS WILL BE REDUCED BY 70% HOW MANY PEOPLE PER TABLE? >> 12 IT WILL BE A MAXIMUM OF FOUR IN THE NEW CONFIGURATION

>> Reporter: IN THE DORMS STILL TWO TO A ROOM BUT MORE DEEP CLEANING >> CHANGES EVEN COMING HERE FOR THE FIGHTING IRISH THEY’RE STILL WORKING OUT THE EXACT NUMBER BUT THEY KNOW FOR SURE IT WON’T BE 80,000 FANS >> IF THERE IS AN INFECTION ON CAMPUS, WHAT WILL YOU DO? >> OUR CONTACT TRACING TEAM WILL KICK IN TO IDENTIFY THOSE WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THAT PERSON WE HAVE ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE SPACE

>> Reporter: NOT EVERYONE IS CONVINCED THIS POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR EILEEN HUNT BUNTING WANTS TO CONTINUE ONLINE LEARNING INSTEAD DO YOU THINK IT IS WORTH THE RISK TO REOPEN CAMPUS? >> IT IS NOT WORTH THE RISK, AND IT’S NOT ANYBODY’S DECISION BUT THE INDIVIDUAL’S TO ASSESS THAT RISK >> FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY ARE ANXIOUS SO THEY HAVE A SPECIAL HEALTH CONDITION, WE’RE GOING TO WORK WITH THEM

>> Reporter: ROOTED IN FAITH AND GUIDED BY SCIENCE ONE UNIVERSITY MOVING FORWARD TO BRING STUDENTS BACK NBC NEWS, NOTRE DAME, INDIANA >> INTERESTING TO SEE THOSE PLANS >>> WHEN WE COME BACK, MYSTERY SOLVED HOW THIS LITTLE GIRL IN A NEARLY 40-YEAR-OLD PHOTO FINALLY FOUND THE HERO WHO SAVED HER LIFE

>>> THERE’S GOOD NEWS TONIGHT >>> THERE’S GOOD NEWS TONIGHT ABOUT HEROES AND HOME COMINGS THROUGHOUT THE COVID CRISIS WE’VE BROUGHT YOU STORIES OF FIREFIGHTERS HONORING HEALTH CARE WORKERS WELL, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS IN NEW YORK RECENTLY THAT LED A VISITING NURSE TO FINALLY FIND THE FIREFIGHTER WHO SAVED HER LIFE ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO IT WAS THIS PROFOUND MOMENT, AN INSTANT CAUGHT ON CAMERA, THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR DIEDRA TAYLOR >> I’VE ALWAYS KNOWN I WAS GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE

>> Reporter: SHE IS THE LITTLE GIRL IN THIS PHOTO SNAPPED 37 YEARS AGO WHEN SHE WAS RESCUED FROM A FIRE ONE ICY DECEMBER NIGHT IN NEW YORK CITY WHY DID YOU KEEP THAT NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ALL THESE YEARS? >> IT IS PART OF MY HISTORY YOU KNOW? >> Reporter: NOW AN EMERGENCY ROOM NURSE SHE ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT THE FIREFIGHTER WHO SAVED HER WHEN SHE GOT A CHANCE TO VOLUNTEER ON THE COVID FRONT LINES AT A NEW YORK HOSPITAL RECENTLY SHE CARRIED THE CLIPPING FROM HER HOME IN VIRGINIA ONE DAY SHE MENTIONED IT TO SOME NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS

>> THEY PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH THE CAPTAIN AND WHEN I MENTIONED EUGENE’S NAME HE KNEW EXACTLY WHO I WAS TALKING ABOUT >> Reporter: HE KNEW GENE >> I WILL SAY I FELT LIKE MY HEART SKIPPED A BEAT >> Reporter: GENE IS A RETIRED NEW YORK CITY FIREFIGHTER HE ALSO NEVER FORGOT THAT NIGHT

>> I FOUND THE CHILD, THE BABY AND GAVE HER TWO QUICK BREATHS AND GOT HER REVIVED SHE STARTED CRYING >> Reporter: THE PAIR FINALLY FINDING EACH OTHER NEARLY FOUR DECADES LATER AND IN THE AGE OF COVID CONNECTING WITH A PHONE CALL

>> HEY, HOW ARE YOU? >> Reporter: THEN ON THIS ZOOM CALL WITH US >> THAT DAY I CRIED ALL DAY AND AT 75 YEARS OLD, AND WHAT’S ALL GOING ON IN THIS WORLD RIGHT NOW, IT IS JUST WONDERFUL >> Reporter: WHAT BROUGHT THE TEARS? >> THE WHOLE THING THAT THIS YOUNG WOMAN, WHO IS NOW THE LEGACY HAS CARRIED ON BECAUSE OF BOTH OF OUR GOOD FORTUNE, THAT I FOUND HER AND SHE FOUND ME

AND KNOCK ON WOOD WE HAVE A LOT IN COMMON WE’VE BOTH BEEN IN THE MILITARY DIEDRA WAS IN THE ARMY I WAS IN THE MARINES

>> Reporter: IT WAS A REALLY SPECIAL PHONE CALL JUST HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THANK YOU >> Reporter: A REUNION THAT NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE PANDEMIC >> Reporter: I FEEL NOW SHE IS PART OF MY LIFE AND MY FAMILY’S LIFE ALSO

>> SO SPECIAL TO MEET THEM DIEDRA AND GENE PLAN TO MEET IN PERSON WHEN IT IS SAFE AND MAYBE EVEN CATCH A YANKEES GAME THEY’RE BOTH LIFE LONG FANS THAT IS "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS" ON THIS SATURDAY

I’M KATE SNOW AND I’LL BE BACK WITH YOU AGAIN TOMORROW STAY SAFE AND HAVE A GOOD NIGHT

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