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Rowan County, KY Clerk Still in Jail; World Food Programme Running Out of Money. Aired 6:30-7a ET

Aired September 6, 2015 - 06:30   ET


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's early morning in Calcutta and the city on the banks of the river wakes up to a new day. This branch of the Ganges is an essential lifeline for the people of west Bengal. Its abandoned waters provide one of the region's main food staples, fish.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In Bengal, they are saying that if you are not a fish eater, you are not a Bengali. Fish is the soul. You can't take the city away from the food. But for me, it's my - it's my city and that's why I have become a chef the chef I've become. And I'm a proud cook.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bangkok based chef Gagananan (ph) has traveled back to the streets of his home city on a journey. He's here to learn about a traditional Bengali dish Chingri named after its two main ingredients, green coconuts and prawns.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And this dish for me is a plastic (ph) example of how diverse a recipe could be, how easy it is to cook, yet so complex in taste.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He will enlist the help of a local chef to learn the recipe. But first he has to gather the ingredients, starting with the prawns. Lake fish market is no place for the faint hearted, but offers the best of the day's catch.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But this is the noise of people arguing, buying. This is why I like about Calcutta. And that's what I love it. And then - then nothing has changed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The fishmongers used a traditional curved blade could (inaudible), which has news by Bengal for century.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The weight of the blade is to heavy you can't carry it. You're going to sit on it. And you got keep cutting it. These things you only get in the market in Calcutta. You won't get in any other market in India.


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: And you can watch the full show at

Rowan County Kentucky clerk Kim Davis still in jail today. But look what's happening outside the detention center where she is, a lot of supporters for her, for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Our affiliate WKYT reports hundreds of these folks rallied outside that detention center. This was yesterday. A federal judge held Davis in contempt for not issuing those licenses and ordered her to spend time behind bars until she complies with the law. And, of course, her attorney has she is prepared to be there weeks, days, months.

Germany is welcoming thousands of refugees at Munich's railway station. Take a look at this. More coming in, too, in hopes of being granted asylum. 11,000 migrants and refugees have crossed into Austria from Hungary just in the last 24 hours.

Germany's asking other European Union countries to step up and take some of these refugees as well.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: And in Jordan this week, a devastating text message went out to the nearly 230,000 refugees taking shelter in that country. Food aid they've been receiving from the World Food Program would be cut off because the agency is running out of money. CNN's Ian Lee is live in Cairo with us, with that story.

Ian, has the food been cut off as of today or will it be tapered off soon? And what are these refugees going to do for food?

IAL LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Victor, they've been cut off since September 1st. And let me just give you a scale of the refugee situation in Jordan. Imagine the city of Phoenix, 1.5 million people all of a sudden becoming refugees. That's how many of the Jordanian government says are in their country now. 220,000 of them are without food assistance. That's because the World Food Program has run out of money. And it really doesn't take a lot to keep this going. One person takes roughly $14 a month to give them the food that they need. That's less than 50 cents a day. The World Food Program saying that to keep their program running through November, that they need roughly $230 million for the refugees in and around Syria. But the question is, what are they going to do if they aren't given food? Well, believe it or not, some of them have returned to Syria.


LEE: Other ones are looking to go to Europe. And as we've seen, there's that massive influx of refugees and migrants to Europe now. Well, there is 229,000 of them who are not getting food who are making those decisions right now.

BLACKWELL: What are other countries, the governments doing to either shore up this organization or support these refugees?

LEE: World Food Program is reaching out. They're trying to get more money. But there has been a lot of criticism of the wealthy Gulf nations who haven't taken in any of the refugees. Yes, they have given some money to help support the refugees. But if you look at Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, none of them have taken it any refugees, and they have been criticized heavily. Not only by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, but here in the Middle East, looking at social media, Twitter, Facebook, Intagram, a lot of condemnation from just average Arabs saying that these countries need to be stepping up. And when you look at them, a lot of them have been active participants in the war in Syria in various degrees, some of them backing militia groups. So, a lot of criticism right now on those gulf nations, those wealthy Gulf nations to step up and do more.

BLACKWELL: Yeah. No clear indication that's going to change in the short-term, though. .

Ian Lee in Cairo for us, thank you.

PAUL: You know, the growing refugee crisis has a lot of world leaders or some, anyway, pointing fingers. In an interview on CNN, Turkish president Recep Erdogan said, quote, "the whole Western world is to be blamed in my opinion on this issue." We also know that Russian President Putin blamed the U.S. For more, I want to bring in CNN military analyst and former commanding general of the Europe and 7 Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling. Lieutenant General, thank you so much for being with us. Is there any truth, do you think, any credence to these claims

MARK HERTLING, CNN ANALYST: Both of those comments confuse me truthfully, Christi. It's out of my understanding as to why either one of those presidents would say that. I think I can allude to why Mr. Putin has said that. He is trying to distract all of Europe from the key problems, some of which he's caused in Ukraine and other places. Mr. Erdogan, I'm not sure why the Turkish prime minister would say that. There are certainly challenges. This has been going on for a long time. Several years. We are late to come in this story. The refugee crisis has had an effect on Europe and specifically several countries in Europe for the last two years.

PAUL: You know, at least one American in Congress says ISIS at the end of the day is the core issue here and that the U.S. did drop the ball in that fight initially. Listen to what Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce had - on situation room.


REP. ED ROYCE (R ) CHAIRMAN, FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: We went a full year with the administration rejecting calls from some in the Pentagon, from us and certainly from the ambassador in Baghdad for air strikes before they took these 14 major cities and even today, three quarters of the planes that take off return without being able to drop their ordinance because they can't get approval out of Washington.


PAUL: Did the U.S. miss the opening bell, so to speak, in this fight, and get in too late?

HERTLING: Well, certainly, we did. And that we all know, but going back again to the causes of this Christi, there are several causes. There's ISIS, there's poor governments in many countries, not only in the Middle East, but in North Africa who are also contributing to the refugee crisis. There's a lack of coming together of the world's nations to counter, especially the Arab nations, to counter this kind of religious civil war that's ongoing. And it's certainly just the way a few governments are treating their people that has caused them to see no other way, but to get out of there. As to Chairman - Congressman Royce's comments about the war itself, yes, should we have been in it a little bit earlier? Probably. But again, this is a civil war in Syria. His comments about three-quarters of the planes returning to bomb, that's a really, really old statement. And it was occurring at the early stages of the bombing campaign. It's no longer occurring.

So, some of these things are just politics-generating rhetoric. And that's unfortunate. Because I think there are a lot of nations stepping up against ISIS. We are seeing increased intelligence in terms of how to attack them. And the critical piece is how do you get a good government in Syria? Is it to overthrow Assad without someone being there to take his place? Is it coming in on the help of one group at the expense of another? Is it continued bombing? Is it continued intelligence? All of these factors play in with diplomatic and informational and economic aid to the people of that country. And so, this is a very complex fight. And anyone that just offers out a few sentences about how it should have been or could be solved just flat out does not understand the complications involved.


PAUL: All right. So great for the clarification. Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, we appreciate it. Thank you so much, sir.

HERTLING: Thank you, Christi.

PAUL: And to find out ways that you can help, go to the World Food Program's Web site. You can donate there.

You can also head to for more ways to help. And thank you for doing so.

BLACKWELL: Well, talk about crashing the party. This happened at a college football pre-game show. Look at this. Wildcat fans surprised by the crash landing of a drone just moments before kickoff. And you remember, there was the crash landing at Arthur Ashley during the U.S. Open. We're going to look over these incidents and talk about the dangers here. .

Plus, the story behind a picture that's going viral. How this teenager offered help to a sheriff's deputy just one week after a deadly shooting.



PAUL: Well, more drone drama this morning. This time right before the University of Kentucky football game this privately owned drone crashed inside the southwest corner of the stadium just before kickoff yesterday. The owner has been identified as a student according to ESPN. BLACKWELL: You know, this is the second time in a week that a major sporting event was interrupted by a drone. You remember, Thursday night a drone crashed into a seating area at the U.S. Open. One person was arrested in that case.

Here's Rene Marsh with more.


RENE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A U.S. Open match came to a sudden halt, the action interrupted with a crash.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Seemed as if that fell from somewhere.

MARSH: Broadcasters confused as security and police raced to the stands.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have a moment here where we're not entirely certain as to what it is that landed in the stand, whether it fell from above, whether it's something that's been left behind, if it's a projectile or a drone-like device.

MARSH: It was a small black drone seen here flying into the stadium that crashed into an empty section of seats.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People are trying this at airports. They're doing it at major sporting events. And fortunately, this time, there wasn't a hazard, but what happens next time?

MARSH: Police say 26-year old Daniel Verley, a New York City schoolteacher flew the drone from outside the arena. He was arrested on charges including reckless endangerment and reckless operation of a drone. After a short delay, the match continued.

This is not the first time a drone has gotten too close to a major sporting event. In 2013, this drone hit a crowd of spectators during a running of the Bulls event at the Virginia Motor Sports Park. And this drone disrupted a soccer match between Albania and Serbia. The U.S. Open is just minutes away from LaGuardia airport, one of the many airports around the nation that have seen a spike in close encounters between planes and drones.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Loot at that guy.

Yeah, we were on the final 31 Right, about 800 or 900 feet was our altitude. 100 feet below us was a drone.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What happens when someone puts an illegal substance on one of those drones? A powdery substance? A contaminant? Or even, God help us, explosives?

MARSH: This latest drone scare, another example of the challenge in keeping this technology out of restricted air space.

(END VIDEOTAPE) MARSH: No one was injured in this latest incident. But there was a similar situation at New York's Shea Stadium in 1979. A model aircraft plunged into the stand. One person was killed. And that's the worst case scenario. Law enforcement trying to get a handle on this technology, wants to avoid. Christi, Victor.

PAUL: Rene, thank you so much. Listen, still to come, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin opening up about the Donald Trump campaign and what role she might play in his cabinet. Listen to part of her interview with CNN, next.


PAUL: Following President Obama's trip to Alaska the state's former governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speaks out on "State of the Union" today. She talks with CNN's Jake Tapper about the commander-in-chief, the 2016 race and what role she'd like to play if Donald Trump is elected president.


JAKE TAPPER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump says that he would love to have someone of your strength in his administration. When you take a look at the cabinet, is there a particular area you think would line up best with your strengths, a position you'd want to serve in?

SARAH PALIN: That's a great question. I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby, oil and gas and minerals, those things that god has dumped on this part of the earth for mankind's use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations, for us to import their, their resources, I think a lot about the Department of Energy. And if I were head of that, I'd get rid of it and I'd let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their states. So, you know, if I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job, but it would be really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro responsible development to be in charge.


PAUL: You know, she had a lot more to say. Be sure to check out the rest of Jake's interview with Sarah Palin on "State of the Union." Starts at 9:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN today.

BLACKWELL: Take a second and look at this picture. It's a picture of a good deed and it's going viral. According to Tammy Jones Kelly, a deputy constable in Harris County, Texas, that teenager being boy there with her approached her at a gas station and asked if he could watch her back to keep her safe while she fueled her car. You know, last week in that same county, Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth was shot in the back and killed while putting gas in his car. Small gesture, but big importance there.

PAUL: No doubt about it. And great picture, too. Thousands - meanwhile, thousands of migrants and refugees are trying to find new homes in Europe. At the top of the hour, we are taking you live to the heart of this crisis. And taking a look at how leaders are trying to determine the best way to handle this surge.

Plus, final cut day in the NFL. Big surprises and big names. One might just day break your heart. Coy Wire is with us in a moment.



PAUL: Cut down day in the NFL, not too kind to one polarizing quarterback.

BLACKWELL: I hear people's hearts are going to be broken. Tim Tebow sent packing by the Philadelphia Eagles. And he's not the only big game looking for a job, though. Coy Wire, NFL veteran here with us.

COY WIRE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Good morning. And it is a sad, sad day. I remember this day. I've been cut. It's the worst feeling in the world. It's a notable cut. Reggie Wayne who went to the Patriots, he got a $450,000 signing bonus about a week or two ago. He was cut. But he gets - not a bad bonus for a week's work.

BLACKWELL: Week's bank?

WIRE: Yeah, exactly right. Other notable cuts you mentioned, Tim Tebow. And this was a big one, right? Because everyone - just yesterday the whole sports world looked like - they thought that Tim Tebow was going to have a job. Matt Barkley had been traded and, you know, here we are. Tim Tebow, you now have Chip Kelly who is an offensive guru and Bill Belichick, they both have cut Tim Tebow. So they kind of think he may be - doesn't have what it takes to become a quarterback in the NFL. The other one, this is the hard tag. Devon still. This is a type of guy, and when you see him cut, you just feel for him. Remember, Leah (ph) Still his daughter battling cancer, you know. We followed this story all along - for you hear on CNN. He was released. The good news in this is, that he has got five years in the league, so he has this medical coverage for five years following. He also has his pension. So they are still relying there. And Leah's cancer is still in remission. So, that's the good story there. You know, football season now finally we're getting ready for some real games. And this off-season, I wanted to go check out what some of the teams are doing to prepare for this upcoming season. And one of the things that is happening right now on the NFL, is teams are using technology to gain an advantage. Wait until you see this, what the Arizona cardinals are doing.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bigger, faster, stronger. In my nine years of playing in the NFL, that was always the mantra. But the days are simply - around - and running wind spring have come to an end. Sports performance, training is evolving at an alarming rate because of technology. [07:00:02]

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was kind of blown away by the technology initially.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Real time, real football, seen through your own eyes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I put it on, and it took me literally two plays, and I was like this is so cool.