Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – July 29, 2018 | NBC Nightly News


>>>TONIGHT, THE
RELENTLESS BLAZE THAT’S DRIVEN FIREFIGHTERS TO THE BRINK OF EXHAUSTION. THE CARR FIRE GROWS IN STRENGTH, UNCONTAINED, AS RED FLAG WARNINGS SWEEP ACROSS FIVE WESTERN STATES. >>>A SECRET GOVERNMENT PROGRAM REVEALED AIR MARSHALS TOLD TO FOLLOW AMERICAN TRAVELERS DOCUMENTING THEIR EVERY MOVE IN THE AIRPORT AND ON BOARD. >>>A HOLLYWOOD STAR CONFRONTED BY POLICE IN HIS OWN HOME. GUNS DRAWN, PROMPTING CHANGE IN HIS COMMUNITY. >>>DANGEROUS GOO CLOCKING FLORIDA’S WATERS. A TOXIC PROBLEM AND A CYCLIS LIMPS ACROSS THE TOUR de FRANCE FINISH LINE. >>>GOOD EVENING. WITH NEARLY 20 FIRES BURNING ACROSS CALIFORNIA, TONIGHT IT IS THE LARGEST BLAZE THAT APPEARS MOST DANGEROUS, THREATENING COMMUNITY. LATE TODAY WE LEARNED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THAT FIRE HAS GROWN. AND FIREFIGHTERS ARE WORKING NONSTOP TO KEEP THE FLAMES FROM SPREADING INTO STILL MORE NEIGHBORHOODS. STEVE PATTERSON IS ON THE FRONT LINES FOR US AGAIN TONIGHT. STEVE, GOOD EVENING. >>Reporter: YEAH, KATE, NEARLY A WEEK LATER, AND THIS FIRE IS STILL GROWING. NOW NEARING 90,000 ACRES WITH ONLY 5% CONTAINMENT. FIREFIGHTERS ARE SAYING THEY’RE DOING ALL THEY CAN. BUT I CAN TELL YOU, BEING WITH THEM TODAY, THE CONDITIONS OUT THERE ARE MISERABLE. AT THE FRONT OF THE RELENTLESS CARR FIRE, FIREFIGHTERS DOING ALL THEY CAN TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE. >>CAN I GET THE HEAVY FUELS DOWN AWAY FROM THE LINE SO WE’LL HAVE LESS CHANCE OF EMBERS CROSSING THE LINE? >>Reporter: FOR NEARLY A WEEK NOW, THOUSANDS OF CREWS ACROSS CALIFORNIA HAVE BEEN LOCKED IN A FIERCE BATTLE TO GAIN GROUND. TONIGHT THE FLAMES KEEP SPREADING. THIS IS WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE FACING RIGHT NOW. INCREDIBLY HOT TEMPERATURES, STEEP TERRAIN, AND THIS HEAVY WIND. CAL FIRE DIVISION CHIEF CHRIS ANTHONY SAYS THE CONDITIONS ARE UNBELIEVABLE. >>EXTREME IS NOT EVEN THE RIGHT ADJECTIVE TO USE ANYMORE. IT’S AN UNDERESTIMATE. BECAUSE THE FIRE IS SO EXPLOSIVE NOW IN CALIFORNIA. >>Reporter: CREWS NOW FORCED TO TAKE A DEFENSE POSTURE, BULLDOZING LINES, AND LIGHTING BACKFIRES, PRAYING FOR THE SMOKE TO CLEAR SO THEY CAN CONTINUE AN AERIAL ATTACK. AND THEY’RE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK, IN SOME CASES WITH ROTATIONS UP TO 36 HOURS. >>THE BIGGEST CONCERN IS THE SAFETY OF OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC. >>Reporter: MEANWHILE, FEAR OF AN INCREASING DEATH TOLL. SIX DEAD, HUNDREDS OF HOMES REDUCED TO PILES OF RUBBLE, STRETCHING SEVERAL BLOCKS. >>ONE MINUTE IT’S FINE, THE NEXT MINUTE EVERYBODY IS SCREAMING. >>Reporter: SATURDAY, A FAMILY’S WORST FEARS REALIZED. 70-YEAR-OLD MELODY BLEDSOE AND HER GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, JAMES AND EMILY, DEAD. AND THE OUT OF CONTROL FIRE RAGES ON. STEVE PATTERSON, NBC NEWS, REDDING, CALIFORNIA. >>>PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY LIGHTING A POLITICAL FIRESTORM, SAYING HE WOULD BE WILLING TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN IF CONGRESS DOES NOT FUND HIS CONTROVERSIAL BORDER WALL AND ZERO TOLERANCE IMMIGRATION POLICIES. AS KELLY O’DONNELL TELLS US, THE THREAT COMES AT A MOMENT WHEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WERE SHOWING RARE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS ON THE FEDERAL BUDGET. ROC >>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT WITH A PROVOCATIVE THREAT. I WOULD BE WILLING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IF THE DEMOCRATS DON’T GIVE US BORDER SECURITY. HIGH RISK RHETORIC HE ROAD TESTED EARLIER THIS YEAR. >>LET’S HAVE A SHUTDOWN. WE’LL DO A SHUTDOWN. AND IT’S WORTH IT FOR OUR COUNTRY. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A SHUTDOWN IF WE DON’T GET THIS STUFF TAKEN CARE OF. >>Reporter: BUT THERE’S A VERY LONELY STRATEGY. TODAY, WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN SENATOR RON JOHNSON SAID, NO WAY. >>I CERTAINLY DON’T LIKE PLAYING SHUTDOWN POLITICS. I DON’T THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL SO LET’S TRY AND AVOID IT. >>Reporter: BUT THE PRESIDENT CEASE IMMIGRATION AS A WAY TO HAMMER DEMOCRATS THIS FALL. >>THEY WOULD TO GET RID OF I.C.E. I.C.E. IS TOUGH AND I.C.E. IS SMART. >>Reporter: THE BIG DEADLINE, OCTOBER 1st, WHEN GOVERNMENT FUNDING RUNS OUT. DESPITE THE PRESIDENT’S DARE, NO CLASSIFY HANGER IS EXPECTED. MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL ON KENTUCKY RADIO FRIDAY. >>SO YOU’RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? >>THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. >>Reporter: THAT’S BECAUSE LAWMAKERS IN BOTH PARTIES ARE ALREADY APPROVING BIG SECTIONS OF THE NEW BUDGET TO KEEP DEPARTMENTS OPEN. BUT GOP LEADERS GAVE THE PRESIDENT BAD NEWS WEDNESDAY. THE VOTE TO FUND HIS BORDER WALL WOULD COME LATER THIS YEAR, NOT IN THE HEAT OF MIDTERM RACES. >>THAT’S SOMETHING WE DO HAVE A DISAGREEMENT ON. >>Reporter: AND THE PRESIDENT’S TWEETS COME AFTER HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN SAID HE BELIEVES MR. TRUMP WOULD BE PATIENT WITH THE REPUBLICANS’ PLAN TO PASS AS MUCH OF THE BUDGET WHERE THERE IS BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FIRST, BEFORE TAKING ON THE DIVISIVE ISSUE OF BORDER SECURITY FUNDING. TODAY, DEMOCRATS WERE NOT COMMENTING ON THE PRESIDENT’S NEW THREAT, AND THE REALITY IS, NEITHER PARTY WANTS A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, AND THE POLITICAL BLAME THAT COMES WITH IT. KATE? >>MAKES SENSE, KELLY O’DONNELL, THANKS. >>>A NEW REPORT IN ” “THE BOSTON GLOBE” TODAY REVEALS A TSA PROGRAM THAT HAS AGENTS TRAILING AMERICANS EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE NOT ON ANY TERROR WATCH LIST. WHO MIGHT BE THE TARGET OF INCREASED SCRUTINY. >>Reporter: ON ANY GIVEN DAY, SEVERAL DOZEN AMERICAN TRAVELERS MAY BE TRACKED AS PART OF A SECRET GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM CALLED “QUIET SKIES.” “THE BOSTON GLOBE” INVESTIGATION REVEALS THE TSA IS PUTTING AIR MARSHALS ON PLANES TO WATCH U.S. CITIZENS WHO HAVE RAISED RED FLAGS BY THEIR FOREIGN TRAVEL HISTORY AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. >>OUR REPORTING ON THIS IS BASED ON DOZENS AND DOZENS OF GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS FROM WITHIN THE TSA, MOSTLY, AND INTERVIEWS WITH MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM. >>Reporter: WHEN A TRAVELER IS SELECTED FOR SURVEILLANCE, A TEAMED OF ARMED UNDERCOVER AIR MARSHALS IS PLACED ON THE PERSON’S NEXT FLIGHT TO OR FROM DOZENS OF AMERICAN CITIES. THE AIR MARSHALS KEEP CLOSE WATCH, TAKING NOTE OF WHETHER THE PERSON USES A PHONE, FIDG FIDGETS, EATS, CHANGES CLOTHES, OR CHATS WITH OTHER PASSENGERS. THE OBSERVATIONS ARE SENT BACK TO THE TSA. TRAVELERS ARE NOT NOTIFIED WHEN THEY’RE BEING MONITORED. SOME AIR MARSHALS COMPLAIN THE PROGRAM FORCES THEM TO SHADOW AMERICANS WHO POSE NO REAL THREAT. THE TSA, IN A STATEMENT TO NBC NEWS, SAYS THE PROGRAM IS NOT INTENDED TO SURVEIL ORDINARY AMERICANS. SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TELL NBC NEWS THE QUIET SKIES PROGRAM HAS EXISTED SINCE 2010 AND THAT THE SCREENING PROCESS HAS SINCE EVOLVED TO INCLUDE DOZENS OF OTHER FACTORS SUCH AS SUSPICIOUS FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS. >>THERE NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN THE SYSTEM. THERE NEEDS TO BE A REASON TO BE INTERESTED IN THEM OTHER THAN JUST SOMEONE SELECTED AT RANDOM. >>Reporter: TSA WON’T DISCLOSE WHETHER THE PROGRAM HAS STOPPED ANY TERRORISTS OR PREVENTED ANY THREATS. AN AGENCY SPOKESMAN SAYS THE RELEASE OF SUCH INFORMATION WOULD MAKE PASSENGERS LESS SAFE. GEOFF BENNETT, NBC NEWS, WASHINGTON. >>>ACTOR VING RAYMES IS IN THE NEWS TONIGHT. RAYMES JUST ONE POSSIBLE ABOUT A CONFRONTATIONAL MOMENT WITH POLICE IN HIS OWN HOME. HE SAYS EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO TODAY AFTER A NEIGHBOR CALLED 911 ON HIM, HE SAYS BECAUSE OF HIS RACE. NBC’S LUCY KAFANOV HAS THE STORY. >>Reporter: FROM “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE” TO HIS ICONIC ROLE IN “PULLS FICTION,” VING RAYMES IS SEEN IN DOZENS OF MOVIES AND COMMERCIALS. HE SAYS POLICE SHOWED UP AT HIS SANTA MONICA HOME WITH AGAINST YOU DRAWN AFTER HIS NEIGHBOR MISTOOK HIM FOR A ROBBER AND CALLED THE POLICE. THE ACTOR SHARED HIS ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENT IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT RACISM. >>HE SAID TO ME, A WOMAN CALLED, THIS IS LITERALLY WHAT THE POLICE OFFICER CALLED, A WOMAN CALLED 911 AND SAID A LARGE BLACK MAN WAS BREAKING INTO THE HOUSE. >>Reporter: THE SITUATION QUICKLY DEFUSED WHEN AN OFFICER RECOGNIZED HIM. NOT FOR HIS FAME BUT BECAUSE THEIR SONS PLAYED BASKETBALL TOGETHER, AND APOLOGIZED. SANTA MONICA POLICE SAY THEY DON’T CARRY LASER GUIDED PISTOLS AND A SPOKESMAN TELLS NBC NEWS, WE RESPONDED TO A CALL FOR SERVICE. THE COMMUNITY EXPECTS AND DESERVES THAT. IN RESPONSE TO THE INCIDENT, THE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHED A MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS PROGRAM TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY RELATIONS. LUCY KAFANOV, NBC NEWS. >>>A CONFRONTATION OF A DIFFERENT KIND THIS WEEK FOR GUN RIGHTS AND GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES. A FEDERAL COURT HAS RESUMED THAT PLANS FOR 3D PRINTED FIREARMS CAN BE LEGALLY POSTED ONLINE, MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO PRINT A FULLY FUNCTIONAL, UNTRACEABLE GUN AT HOME. AS JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS REPORTS, OPPONENTS ARE TRYING TO KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING. >>Reporter: CODY WILSON OF AUSTIN, TEXAS HAS A PASSION FOR GUN RIGHTS. >>HOW IS THAT NATIONAL CONVERSATION GOING? >>Reporter: AND HE IS DEVELOPING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROGRAMMING A 3D PRINTER TO MAKE A FULLY WORKING PLASTIC HANDGUN OR ASSAULT STYLE RIFLE. >>I DON’T THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY OR ANYONE ELSE SHOULD HAVE YOUR ABILITY TO CONTROL YOUR ACCESS TO IT ON THE INTERNET OR THE ABILITY TO PRINT IT ON A MACHINE. >>Reporter: BUT WHEN HE WANTED TO POST DETAILED PLANS ONLINE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SHUT HIM DOWN, SAYING IT WOULD PUT WEAPONS IN THE HANDS OF HOSTILE FORCES OR TERRORISTS. HE SUED, SAYING IT VIOLATED HIS RIGHT OF FREE EXPRESSION, AND SAYING SIMILAR PLANS HAVE LONG BEEN AVAILABLE ON THE WEB. BUT FEDERAL COURTS RULED AGAINST HIM. THEN SUDDENLY LAST MONTH, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DROPPED THE GOVERNMENT’S OBJECTION, CONCLUDING THAT RULES LIMITING EXPORTS OF WEAPONS OF WAR DON’T APPLY TO WILSON’S INSTRUCTIONS AT ALL. ADVOCATES OF GUN CONTROL SAY THAT WOULD MAKE HOMEMADE GUNS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE IN THE WORLD. >>IF YOU ARE PROHIBITED FROM HAVING GUNS BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LENGTHY CRIMINAL RAP SHEET, MULTIPLE FELONY CONVICTIONS, YOU WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK IN A GUN STORE AND BUY A GUN, BUT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN. >>Reporter: THE GUNS, WHICH FIRE CONSEQUENTIAL BULLETS, COULD NEVER BE TRACED IN A CRIME BECAUSE THERE’S NO SERIAL NUMBER. AND PLASTIC GUNS COULD MORE EASILY SLIP THROUGH METAL DETECTORS. ABOUT GUN RIGHTS SUPPORTERS SAY IT’S UNLIKELY THAT CRIMINALS WILL TRY TO MAKE THEIR OWN GUNS. >>IT MAKES LITTLE PRACTICAL DIFFERENCE IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE WITH A BLACK MARKET, PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE GUNS ARE ABLE TO BUY THEM ANYWAY. >>Reporter: NEW JERSEY’S ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS HE’LL SUE TO SHUT THE WEBSITE DOWN. HE SAYS ONCE THEY’RE POSTED ONLINE, EVEN FOR A FEW DAYS, THEY’RE ON THE INTERNET FOREVER. PETE WILLIAMS, NBC NEWS, WASHINGTON. >>>A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN FLORIDA TONIGHT AS TOXIC ALGAE BLOOMS IN THAT STATE’S ONCE-PRISTINE WATERS. THE FOUL-SMELLING MUCK STRETCHES ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE STATE, CAUSING HEALTH AND BUSINESS CONCERNS. MAYA RODRIGUEZ HAS THE LATEST. >>Reporter: ALONG THE THOUSANDS OF MILES OF CANALS IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA, A THICK, STINKY, BLUE-GREEN MESS IS NOW CHOKING THE WATERWAYS. HOW BAD IS IT HERE? >>IT IS PRETTY DRASTIC. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE ALGAE THAT WE’RE SEEING RIGHT HERE IN THIS MARINA. >>Reporter: THE ALGAE CAN CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION AND POTENTIALLY INTERFERE WITH LIVER FUNCTION AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. IT’S CAUSED BY A COMBINATION OF POLLUTED WATER, SUNLIGHT, AND RISING TEMPERATURES. A RECIPE FOR A SUMMER BUMMER. LANCE HAS BEEN CRABBING HERE FT. MYERS FOR TEN YEARS AND SAYS NOW THERE ARE FEWER CRABS AROUND. >>JUST IN THE LAST THREE OR FOUR WEEKS, I’VE NOTICED MY CHECKS HAVE DROPPED BETWEEN 60 AND 70%. >>Reporter: THE ALGAE BLOOMS HAPPEN ALMOST EVERY YEAR. THIS ONE, THOUGH, MADE WORSE AFTER HURRICANE IRMA. AND FIERCE SPRING STORMS THAT STIRRED UP WATER POLLUTION AND RAISED WATER LEVELS. THE ALGAE FURTHER SPREAD AND THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS RELEASED WATER FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE TO PROTECT FLOODING. BUT WITH SOARING TEMPERATURES AND MORE FRESH WATER RELEASES, THE FEAR NOW IS THAT MORE WATERWAYS WILL LOOK LIKE THIS. ALGAE COATING THE CANALS, TURNING THE WATER GREEN, AND GIVING OFF A FOUL STENCH. AND IT’S NOT JUST FLORIDA. SIMILAR ALGAE BLOOMS REPORTED FROM WASHINGTON TO WISCONSIN TO THE SHORES OF LAKE ERIE. BACK IN FLORIDA, SOME HOMEOWNERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD. >>IT MAY AFFECT OUR PROPERTY VALUE. IT’S A STATEWIDE ISSUE AND WE NEED HELP FROM LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS. >>Reporter: HELP THAT OFFICIALS SAY WILL COME THROUGH MORE WATER MANAGEMENT PROJECTS STILL AT LEAST SIX YEARS AWAY. MAYA RODRIGUEZ, NBC NEWS, CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA. >>>AHEAD TONIGHT, A KEY TOOL FOR SURVIVING AN OPIOID OVERDOSE. BUT NARCAN ISN’T >>>OPIOID ADDICTION IN OUR NATION IS SKYROCKETING. OVERDOSE DEATHS NOW TRAGICALLY COMMONPLACE IN SO MANY COMMUNITIES. ONE SOLUTION, NARCAN, A DRUG THAT CAN BRING PEOPLE BACK TO LIVE WHEN THEY OD. IN TONIGHT’S 81 NATION OVERDOSED REPORT, WE MEET A WOMAN GIVING THAT LIFESAVING ANTIDOTE TO THOSE IN NEED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. JACOB SOBOROFF HAS THE STORY. >>Reporter: FROM HERE, INSIDE HER HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO, TRACY MITCHELL HAS SAVED OVER 300 PEOPLE OF DYING FROM AN OVERDOSE. SHE DOESN’T DO IT FROM AN AMBULANCE OR A FIRE TRUCK. SHE DOES IT WITH ENVELOPES AND POSTAGE STAMPS. >>IF YOU WERE TO ASK ME IF I WOULD DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO SOMEBODY’S LIFE, 20-PLUS YEARS AGO, I WOULD SAY ABSOLUTELY NOT. >>Reporter: IT REVERSES THE EFFECTS OF HEROIN. WHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SURGEON GENERAL HAS RECOMMENDED THE WIDESPREAD USE OF THE DRUG, IT’S OFTEN HARD TO FIND OR TOO EXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE. >>PEOPLE GOT AHOLD OF ME THROUGH REDDIT. I BECAME A MODERATOR OF A FORUM ON REDDIT THAT DEALS SPECIFICALLY WITH OPIOIDS. >>Reporter: HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN THIS FORUM? >>RIGHT NOW, OVER 50,000. >>Reporter: TRACY ESTIMATES SHE’S SENT OUT OVER 2,000 KITS, MANY TO PEOPLE WHO END UP STAYING IN TOUCH. >>IN A WORLD FULL OF STIGMA AND JUDGMENT, YOU HAVE DEFINITELY HELPED ME BECOME PROUD THAT I’M IN RECOVERY AND INSPIRED ME TO HELP OTHERS IN ANY WAY I CAN, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. THAT’S NICE. >>Reporter: FOR SURE THERE WILL BE PEOPLE THAT SEE YOU SENDING NEW NEEDLES TO PEOPLE AND SAY YOU’RE JUST ENABLING PEOPLE TO USE DRUGS. >>THAT’S INTERESTING TO ME, BECAUSE THE PERSON I SAVE COULD BE SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY. >>Reporter: JUST DAYS AFTER WE WATCHED TRACY SEND OUT THOSE THREE OCCASION PACKAGES, SHE HEARD TWO OF THEM WERE USED TO REVIVE OVERDOSE VICTIMS IN FLORIDA AND IN TENNESSEE. >>IT’S SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH THAT I WAS WILLING TO PUT IT ON MY ARM. IT’S RIGHT WHERE I USED TO SHOOT DRUGS, IN THE PIT OF WHERE I USED TO SHOOT DRUGS, SO IT COVERS ONE OF THOSE SCARS. TODAY I HAVE A BACHELOR’S DEGREE, MASTER’S DEGREE, THREE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN, AND I’M VERY, VERY GRATEFUL. >>Reporter: AND THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES SHE’S SAVED UNDOUBTEDLY FEEL GRATEFUL TOO. JACOB SOBOROFF, NBC NEWS, SAN FRANCISCO. >>NBC’S DR. JOHN TORRES JOINS ME NOW. HELP US UNDERSTAND THE VOID SHE’S FEELING. NARCAN IS MORE AVAILABLE THAN IT USED TO BE. >>KATE, IT’S AVAILABLE IN MOST STATES WITHOUT A SUBSCRIPTI PRESCRIPTION. YOU MIGHT NEED TO LOOK AROUND A LITTLE BIT. THE NASAL FORM IS A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE, $130. THE INJECTABLE FORM IS CHEAPER, $30, NOT AS EASY TO USE. MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T THINK TWICE ABOUT CARRYING AN EPIPEN TO HELP THEM OUT. IF YOU HAVE A FRIEND OR LOVED ONE WITH AN OPIOID ADDICTION, NARCAN COULD TAKE THEIR LIFE. >>>WE’RE BACK >>>THIS IS A VIDEO WE JUST HAD TO SHARE TONIGHT. A SIMPLE MOMENT OF FATHERLY LOVE THAT’S GOT TWITTER REALLY BUZZING. AN EIGHTH GRADE GIRL WAS SURPRISED BY HER DAD. HE HAD TOLD HER HE COULDN’T AFFORD A DRESS SHE DREAMED OF WEARING TO A DANCE, DESPITE WORKING THREE JOBS. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, HE FOUN WAY TO WIN. KELLY COBIELLA, NBC NEWS. >>HE’S A WINNER FOR SURE. >>>WHEN WE COME BACK, SIX BASEBALL GREATS INDUCTED IN THE HALL OF FAME TODAY. >>>IN COOPERSTOWN TODAY, SIX NEW MEMBERS WERE INDUCTED INTO BASEBALL’S HALL OF FAME. THESE PLAYERS MADE THEIR MARKS ON AMERICA’S PASTIME WITH REMARKABLE PERFORMANCES ON THE FIELD. BUT FOR MILLIONS OF FANS WHO NEVER REALIZED THEIR MAJOR LEAGUE DREAMS, THERE IS A WAY TO GET SOME CREDIT IN COOPERSTOWN. BLAKE McCOY TELLS ARE RUSS LIKE ALL GREAT BASEBALL STORIES, IT STARTS WITH A TRIP TO THE BALLPARK. >>LOOK AT THIS. >>I’VE GOT TO TAKE A PICTURE HERE. >>Reporter: THIS GROUP OF BASEBALL FANS IS ON A MISSION. >>I’M INTO THE PARKS MORE THAN I’M INTO THE TEAMS. >>Reporter: TO VISIT EVERY MAJOR LEAGUE BALLPARK IN AMERICA. A YEAR’S LONG JOURNEY THAT WHEN COMPLETED WILL EARN THEM INDUCTION INTO THE BASEBALL STADIUM HALL OF FAME IN COOPERSTOWN. >>TONIGHT WILL BE MY 50th. >>Reporter: AND YOU’VE SEEN SO MANY STADIUMS, THAT MANY DON’T EXIST ANYMORE. >>THAT’S TRUE. SOME CITIES I’VE GONE BACK MORE THAN ONCE BECAUSE A NEW STADIUM REPLACED AN OLD ONE. >>Reporter: WHO TYPE OF PEOPLE ARE GOING ON THESE TRIPS? >>IT’S FUNNY, WHEN I FIRST STARTED, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BUDDIES, FATHERS AND SONS. I COULDN’T HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG. >>Reporter: MARY AND TODD MILLER BEGAN THEIR ROMANCE OVER BASEBALL AND HAVE MATCHING TATTOOS. >>WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, IT WAS A SPORT THAT EVERYBODY PLAYED. >>Reporter: FOR KIM AND TODD SAYED, IT’S A CHANCE TO CONNECT WITH THEIR TWO GROWN KIDS. >>IT BRINGS US BACK TOGETHER, KNOWING WE HAVE THIS TRIP TO TAKE. >>Reporter: THEY’RE PORTFOLIO A BOOMING TREND. SPORTS TOURISM. FANS SPENDING BIG BUCKS ON AIRLINE TICKETS AND HOTELS. AND NOT JUST BIG EVENTS LIKE THE WORLD CUP BUT SMALLER, NOSTALGIC TRIPS TOO. FOR BILL, AMERICA’S PASTIME IS NOT JUST ABOUT GETTING TO THE GAME. >>I HAVE ONE LEFT. >>Reporter: WHAT’S THE ONE LEFT? >>MINNESOTA. >>Reporter: IT’S ABOUT THE JOURNEY AND THE PEOPLE YOU MEET ALONG THE WAY. BLAKE McCOY, NBC NEWS, MIAMI. >>SOME GREAT PARKS OUT THERE. >>>THAT IS “NBC NIGHTLY NEWS” ON A SUNDAY NIGHT. LESTER HOLT WILL BE BACK WITH YOU TOMORROW. TUNE IN AS HE TELLS US THE INSPIRING STORY OF A YOUNG WOMAN WHOSE ENTERPRISING SPIRIT HAS HELPED FEED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. I’M KATE SNOW. FOR ALL OF US HERE AT FOR ALL OF US HERE AT NBC NEWS, HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.

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  1. It's so sad to see how Kelly O'Donnell, over the years, changed from a beautifully shaped reporter to a giant blob.

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