Skip to main content
Global Edition
Friday, August 19, 2022

Midmorning with Aundrea - July 30, 2019 [ENCORE PRESENTATION]

Credit: WCBI
Duration: 0 shares 5 views

Midmorning with Aundrea - July 30, 2019 [ENCORE PRESENTATION]
Midmorning with Aundrea - July 30, 2019 [ENCORE PRESENTATION]

(Originally aired June 10, 2019) Break away from your everyday with Aundrea Self!

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission approved a measure that gives wireless phone carriers the authority to block Robocalls automatically without needing the customer's permission.

And various agencies are training for disaster preparedness using the latest drone technology.

And we say farewell to New Orleans musical icon Dr. John.

>> danze gave the medals to the et a fit diet and fitness.

They keep you accountable.

But how safe is the information you share?

And, drones could helping rescue crews save lives.

We take you inside some traing.

Plus, another young soldier's d-day story.

Midmorning starts right now.

Ist itnn isn't it annoying when you answer the phone and get a recording.

Americans receive about 5 billion robocalls every month... according to call blocker youmail.

Last week the government took steps that could lead to far fewer of them.

Laura podesta explains.

"the reason fo this call is to inform you that irs is filing a lawsuit against you."

If you are tired of calls like this&.

You're not alone.

10:49:45 i receive robocalls at home, at my office, on my land line, on my mobile, 10:44:25 "as result many americans, myself included rarely answer their cellphones unless they recognize the number."

Frustrated members of the federal communications commission decided to do something about it.

"the chair vote to approve" the panel pushed through a measure that gives wireless phone companies the right to block robocalls automatically - without needing the customers' permission.

Cell phone owners will no longer have to opt in or download an app.

Ronan: 17:05:59 it gives us an extra tool in our arsenal to go after the robocallers and the scammers."

Verizon's ronan dunne says his company has already started using free call blocking features... including a measure before congress called stir/shaken.

It would require all calls to carry an authentic digital signature..

Ensuring that the number you see in the caller id is legitimate.

Is it plausible i will never get another robocall again?

Well it depends on what you mean by a robocall.

There are certain calls that customers receive, say from their financial institution, maybe around the time of elections, where some may want to receive them, some may not.

It's not clear yet just how many unwanted calls will be blocked once all providers implement the technology..

But experts predict we'll get far fewer spam calls than we do now.

Laura podesta, cbs news, basking ridge, new jersey.

If a consumer wants to keep getting the robocalls they can opt-out of the automatic service.

The fcc doesn't require providers to offer the blocking service for free, but expects them to do so.

Dozens of fake 911 calls continue to ring into the chickasaw county e-911 center.

It started about two weeks ago and hasn't stopped.

Dispatchers believe the issue stems from old phones that still work, but aren't in service.

They also say these types of calls aren't something that just started happening.

The phone never stops ringing at 911 centers because dispatchers are always answering emergencies.

Here recently in chickasaw county, the phones have been ringing even more than usual, but with non- emergencies.

Dispatcher rena gann says these types of calls come in a pattern.

"the first coupl of days of spring break.

The first week or so when school lets out for the summer is when you can definitely tell and then it will taper off, but yeah, you're talking about 30 phone calls an hour constantly, yeah, back to back."

And the issue is that it holds up other lines with real emergencies.

"you never kno with what's going to be on the next phone ring.

What's going to be going down, you know, that you've really got to be paying attention to and deal with and then, here's this other phone ringing in the background and you're like well, is that real?

What is this?"

Gann says it sounds like a child on the other end of these fake 911 calls and some sound accidental, while others seem intentional.

Dispatchers believe the issue stems from parents giving their children old phones that still work, but aren't in service.

"the parents ar letting them play with them and they are not taking the batteries out, so they are still active and those that are not under a service contract or anything like that, they still can call 911 no matter what button you push."

When these calls come in in, the true number won't show up, instead it pops up as if it were a burner phone and it pings off of the same 911 towers.

"we've got t answer regardless.

Just because we can look at that phone and look up here and see the number that's coming in and it's that same number, we still have to answer it because people depend on us for their life."

Gann says she believes these fake calls ring into other emergency centers, but their 911 systems are more equipped to help curve the issue.

"they have th capabilities to ping the location and come up with a generalized location and you may know somebody in that area and an officer could may go and talk to somebody, 'hey, this is going on.'

Where we do not have that capability.

We are hoping to upgrade because our county really needs it."

Gann says she gets about 100 fake 911 calls each shift.

Are you a forgiving person?

It's tough sometimes to forgive.

Researchers say many of us feel that only certain people deserve it..that we are "punishing" th by refusing to forgive.

But as steve nannes explains, you might be doing more damage to yourself by holding on.

Grudges, or resentment are often described as poison, slowly weakening the person who cannot let go.

But that's not just a metaphor.

Some medical researchers believe it can take a toll on you physically.

Johns hopkins hospital describes it as being in constant fight-or-flight mode.

This causes constant changes to your heart rate, blood pressure and immune system.

When those three things are on a roller coaster, the rest of your body suffers.

Psychologists say refusing to forgive and let go... messes with your mental health as well.

People who hang onto grudges are more likely to go through severe depression and ptsd.

The good news is that you can change this behavior and ultimately, your health.

If forgiving others doesn't come easily for you, try practicing the reach forgiveness model which the study says calms stress levels.

Recalling the incident that hurt you empathizing with the person who wronged you thinking of forgiving that person as an altruistic gift committing yourself to forgiving them holding onto that forgiveness without taking it back.

One study published in the international journal of psychology suggests that the more you pray, the more forgiving you can become.

But no matter how you are able to do it, rember, forgiveness is essential and will heal your heart in the process.

For today's health minute, i'm steve nannes.

More than 80 percent of dieters are áforegoingá help from nutritionists and trainers, in favor of do- it- yourself options, like diet and fitness apps.

That's according to a marketdata report.

The demand for these apps has created a growing industry of devices and trackers designed to help you meet fitness goals.

But they can also give áanyoneá with access to the data, a detailed picture of your health.

When courtney berentsen wants to watch her weight, making a nutritious breakfast includes an extra step... ... tracking her food with the calorie counting app - my net diary.

I think that i probably could have achieved the same goals just from keeping, like, a food diary, but i didn't want to.

I wanted something that was easier.

What is it that makes it so easy?

I mean when i first bought it it was definitely the barcode.

The app includes a built-in barcode scanner that reads and logs prepared foods.

Now i eat a lot more, like, fresh food that i can't scan, so honestly, it's probably just, like, habit.

Whether you're trying to "los it" or "tone it up there's an app for that and results are promising.

A recent study from duke digital health showed participants lost five pounds in three months by using the popular app, my fitness pal.

Gary bennett is the center's director.

We like to say in the weight loss world, if you use more, you lose more.

And the key challenge for any digital health app is how often and how long people will use it.

You're tracking using these tags.

This will be my steps, my, i guess, heart rate and those things-- yep.


Often these apps can incorporate data from fitness trackers and other smart devices.

C-net created a wellness lab to field test some of the new technology.

Executive editor sharon profis gave us a tour.

This is the naked mirror.

What it does is it actually gets you a scan, a 3-d scan of your body.

And not only does that let you track the physical progress of your goals, but it also gives you body mass, fat mass-- these gloves actually have sensors in them.// they're actually tracking your-- your workout, your throws or your punches-- okay.

To make sure that you're actually following the workout, and to track your progress.

So every time i hit it-- it knows.

--it knows.

Right now a lot of the wearables and apps are really centered around losing weight, or getting fit, // but we haven't even begun to scratch the surface on health or medically-driven needs.

While these apps have yet to reach their full potential, gary bennett says there are already risks to consider.

What's your greatest concern when it comes to these apps and all the data that we're putting in there?

Whether these data can be used to make judgments about the kinds of treatments and programs we have access to-- whether we can get insurance, how much we're charged for insurance-- we can use health data to learn a lot about a person // 10:40:44 what's happening to the data.

How are they being used?

How long are they being stored?

To whom are they being sold?

Those are really important questions for consumers to-- to ask.

When we return, a look at how some emergency teams are training.

Mid morning will be right back.

Onesre drones are becoming a vital tool for law enforcement and other first responders.

This week, agencies from around the country are in colorado to train with some of the latest drone technology.

Omar villafranca takes us inside the massive disaster response drill.

This train wreck and fire looks like a disaster...but its just a traing drill for drones.

At least two dozen local and state agencies are training here on how to use drones and new technology in a worst case scenario...and we got a behind the scenes look.

Train fire there aren't too many places you can crash and burn a real train.... but at this federal facility 130 miles south of denver..they're re-creating crashes....for drone training.

As more police and fire departments turn to drones..the first responders on the scene...arrive by áairá.

So the more we can use this to do the work rather than send a first responder into harm's way, we're all about that matt sloane is ceo of skyfire& his company trains hundreds of emergency personnel on how to use drones in disasters.

How important is this drone in assessing what's going on?

This is the best tool that we've gotten since the fire hose// so instead of getting out, putting your life in danger, walking behind a house, you can put the drone up in the air in 30 seconds, you can see what's going on// but firefighters are trained to hold a hose, not one of those.

That's where you come in.


This ball drone has a protective carbonfiber sphere which gives it the ability to fly into tight spaces&and even bounce off walls.

Last month&.the new york city fire department used one in a manhattan subway tunnel for a mass casualty exercise.

In april&.while notre dame was on fire&.

The paris fire department used their drone to peer inside the cathedral and look for hotspots.

In a fire disaster...a regular drone camera can't see through flames or smoke..but check this out... some first responders are using drones with thermal cameras to help find hotspots and possible victims. emergency crews from california to georgia traveled to this yearly traing exercise.

Jason ritter is with georgia's emergency management agency.

His drones flew over this year's superbowl in atlanta.

You have swat team who drills.

You have fire departments who drill.

How important is it for you to drill with drones, to keep that skill sharp?

It it's very important.

And because of that, we practice and train monthly with our aircraft.

Drone technology continues to evolve&.and matt sloane says each new advancement&.co uld save both the lives of first responder's and citizens.

I think next we're gonna start to see gas detection sensors, radiation detectors.

// we're really just scratching the surface here.

Tag: what first responders learn here, they can take back to their communities across the country&to not only use in accidents&but in the aftermath of a hurricane&or other natural disasters.

Omar villafranca, cbs news, pueblo colorado.

When we come back, remembering a singer who always managed to be in the right pace.

Mid morning returns in a moment.

Onfami one family escaped a devastating house fire with only the clothes on their back.

But they are grateful they are alive and say they have two family members to thank.

So they saved us, they saved us not the fire alarm ... it was just after 3 in the morning when randy and rebecca grimsley learned they lost just about everything.

01:05:10 we just got done three years ago putting $90 thousand in to remodeling it, so now it's a complete tear down and start over.

The grimsley family is left salvaging what they can from their lebanon home after a fire.

01:03:29 and ran around the house and seen it was on fire.

They're now putting years of belongings in plastic bags while they try to figure out what to do next.

But one thing they do know, is they wouldn't have made it out of the fire alive without the help from their poodles maggie and morgan.

01:03:10 maggie yipped and a little bark and i looked and seen morgan going in a circle at the door and thought maybe they had to go outside, so i got up went down stairs, opened the front door let them and when i turned around i seen a flame out the back french doors.

The family says the poodles rarely bark so when they heard maggie they knew she need to tell them something.

01:05:29 they did their job good, we didn't hear the fire alarm go off until we went outside.

Maggie and morgan will be rewarded for their heroic actions.

01:06:30 they're going to get a steak dinner tonight, aren't you guys the grimsley's are just glad they'll live to see another day.

01:06:59 we have each other and our dogs to thank for it, life will move on kelsey gibbs nc 5.

The music world is mourning the loss of new orleans legend "dr. john.

The singer and pianist, who was known for his gravelly bayou voice and his virtuoso piano style, died following a heart attack.

Kenneth craig takes a look back at his half- century career.

He famously sang about being in the right place at the wrong time, but dr. john's career proved he was, more often than not, in the perfect place at the perfect time.

He fused voodoo funk, psychedelic rock and his new orleans roots to create a sound that won him 6 grammy awards and an induction to the rock and roll hall of fame.

His voice is one of the most recognizable in the world.

"love tha chicken from popeyes."

Dr. john was born malcolm john rebennack and he began his career as a guitarist, learning from the greats in new orleans like professor longhair and art neville.

He made the piano his main instrument around 1960, after his ring finger on his left hand was damaged in a shooting incident in mississippi.

He moved to los angeles where he developed his own persona: "dr. john, th nite tripper."

He recorded about 35 albums in his half- century career and collaborated with the grateful dead, the rolling stones and van morrison.

As a musician, he says he focused on keeping his music fresh.

"anything that' not changing is dead.

And who wants to listen to dead music?"

To his fans, his music was very much&alive.

Kenneth craig, cbs news, new york.

He was brave then.

He remains so today.

A story from normandy next on mid morning.

Th mon i this month in honor of the anniversary of d- day, we are sharing stories of young soldiers, now veterans.

Veteran jake parson was honored for his bravery last week in france.

The 96-year-old is the last surviving member of his army unit that stormed omaha beach 75 years ago.

Anthony mason has his story.

"75 years.

Ho come i'm still alive?

I'm still alive."

Jake larson was 21 years old when he stormed omaha beach with his army unit.

"never in my lif did i ever think that i would be standing on omaha beach on the 75th anniversary of dday.

// it's like a dream come true, like i won the lottery.

" the 96 year old vet says the beach today looks dramatically different.

"the sea here i clear.

// it was bloody bodies.

Person say now except that war is hell."

"just think of i a million mines out in front of us."

2,400 rounds shooting at you at one-- at-- at any one time.

You stopped for a cigarette.

I stopped for a cigarette behind that berm, and got out the cigarette.

I had this waterproof cigarette holder.

My matches were all wet.

So i-- i turned to-- to my left, and not three feet from me there was a soldier.

And i says, "buddy have you got a match?"

And h didn't answer.

I looked again, and there was no head under the helmet.

I-- that-- the soul of that boy-- inspired me to up at that instant and run for the cliff.

How does it feel to come back here, jake?

It's one of the most unbelievable things that can ever happen to me.

I-- i-- had-- had never dreamed of this and-- and here, six months or so ago, it-- it came out that they were gonna have a 75th anniversary.

I-- i-- i never figured i'd be even livin' this long.

// 96 years old is not chicken feed stuff 01:04:32 no, sir, it's not.

But larson almost didn't make it here... and it wasn't because of his age... but funding.

Veteran organizations were going to help but there was a problem... "as quick as the found out that my service records were burned up // they dropped me like a hot potato.

" but two women at his favorite coffee shop decided to raise money for him through a crowdfunding site.

"when they tol me they were gonna put that on the-- internet or some place, go fund me, i-- i said, "do yo know i'm gonna get one of the chairs here and get a tin cup and sit out in front.

And i'll bet you i'll pick up more right outside here than you will through-- through that."

Said, "who i gonna pay money for me to go over there?"

Was astounded.

Turns out a lot of people did.

They-- they-- they asked for-- $10,000.

I-- i got $12,000.


How did that make you feel?

Well-- well, it made me feel great because i've got a book that i didn't know if i could publish or not, but this is gonna help me publish that.

It-- the-- the-- the name of the book is going to be the luckiest man in the world.

That's how you feel?

That's exactly how i feel.

The motto of your unit, which is on a pin on your hat, i believe-- yes, "to the las man."

You're the last man now-- i-- i am the last man.


And-- and-- now, i-- i received that motto when i was f-- 15 years old.

In fact, i'll show it to you.

It-- it's that little pin there, 135th infantry regiment, out of the 34th division, 15 years old.

Anthony mason: 00:55:34 you got that then.

Jake larson: 00:55:36 and i-- my-- i marveled at that at 15, "to th last man."

Neve dreaming that when-- i-- after the m-- after these battles here that i would be the last man.


What do you want people to know on this 75th anniversary, jake-- that-- that-- don't remember me, remember all those g-- guys that sacrificed their lives for-- for the freedom f-- f-- for-- for freedom that we all-- enjoy today.

And remember freedom is not free.

We'll be right back to wrap things th andor that and more on

You might like

Related news coverage


More coverage