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NBC News 24 Dec 2019

Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - December 24th, 2019

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Trump: Pelosi ‘hates all of the people that voted for me,' demonstrators stage anti-government Christmas Eve protests in Hong Kong and new questions over controversial pardons issued by Matt Bevin.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).

1:28 Trump: Pelosi 'Hates All Of The People That Voted For Me'
2:45 Trump: 'We'll Deal With' Possible Missile Test By N. Korea
3:35 House Committee Suggests It May Consider New Articles Of Impeachment
3:52 Christmas Eve Protests Turn Violent In Hong Kong
5:22 FBI Probes Controversial Pardons By Fmr. Kentucky Gov.
6:54 Police Name Mother, Stepfather Persons Of Interest In Kids' Disappearance
8:16 Missing Baby Reunited With Family As Community Mourns Mother
9:46 Mounting Frustration In Bahamas Months After Hurricane
11:52 City Devastated By Opioid Crisis Battles Back From The Brink
14:17 Notre Dame Closed On Christmas For First Time In 200 Years
15:06 Prince Philip Leaves Hospital As Royals Prepare To Celebrate Christmas
16:46 Family's Christmas Lights Spectacular Draws Thousands


Georgia partially reopens to mixed reactions amid coronavirus pandemic, U.S. coronavirus death toll surpasses 50,000, and small businesses fear new $310 billion aid may quickly run out.

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1:40 U.S. Deaths Top 50,000 As States Begin Reopening
2:02 Georgia Allows Gyms, Salons, Bowling Alleys To Reopen
3:51 Alaska, Oklahoma Allow Some Business To Reopen
4:24 Some Texas Business Defy Stay-At-Home Order
5:03 New Protests Over Stay-At-Home Orders
5:57 U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Soars To Over 50,000
8:00 Trump: Disinfectant ‘Injection' Comment Was ‘Sarcastic'
11:19 Navy Calls For Reinstating Captain Fired Amid Outbreak
13:00 Small Businesses Fear New Aid May Rapidly Run Out
15:03 Nurses Who Traveled To Help NYC Worried About Jobs
17:38 Grocery Worker Provides Neighbors Critical Lifeline
New York has largest single-day increase in coronavirus deaths, U.S. death toll increases as states struggle to contain outbreak , and Sen. Klobuchar and husband speak out about his battle with coronavirus.

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1:35 New York's Deadliest Day, But Signs Of Hope At Hospitals
5:12 U.S. Deaths Top 12,000 With Nearly 400,000 Cases
5:34 Wisconsin Holds Primary Election Amid Pandemic
6:22 Alarming Infection Rates Among People Of Color
8:47 Acting Navy Secretary Resigns After Calling Captain ‘Stupid'
9:49 Report: Top Trump Adviser Warned Of Pandemic In January
10:46 Trump Replaces Watchdog Overseeing $2 Trillion Relief Fund
11:19 Chaos & Confusion Over Small Business Relief Rollout
13:48 China Lifts Lockdown On Initial Epicenter Wuhan
14:15 U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson 'Stable' In ICU
15:26 New Coronavirus Antibody Tests May Be Game Changer
17:35 Amy Klobuchar & Husband On His Coronavirus Battle
New York has deadliest day as coronavirus hospitalizations level off, many small businesses still waiting for coronavirus relief loans, and Bernie Sanders suspends 2020 presidential campaign.

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1:36 U.S. Death Toll Tops 14,000 With Over 400,000 Cases
2:02 Deadliest Day In New York But Curve Flattening
5:44 Coronavirus Survivor: 'i Beat A Deadly Disease'
6:17 Nursing Homes Under Siege in COVID-19 Outbreak
7:22 Coronavirus Impacting 2 In 3 Rural U.S. Countries
9:03 Small Businesses Slam Banks Over Slow Relief Money
11:23 Bernie Sanders Drops Out Of 2020 Presidential Race
13:22 On The Front Lines: Washington State Turning The Tide
15:31 Search For Solutions: Experimental Coronavirus Drugs
18:00 Coronavirus Takes Deadly Toll On Grocery Store Workers
Gov. Cuomo warns New York will run out of ventilators in 6 days, coronavirus deaths in the U.S. surge to over 6,000, and a record 6.6 million people filed jobless claims last week.

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>>> TONIGHT, THE
PRESIDENT'S BITTER NEW ATTACKS, LASHING OUT AT DEMOCRATS, SAYING
THEY TREAT HIM UNFAIRLY, AND SINGLING OUT HOUSE SPEAKER
NANCY PELOSI. >> SHE HATES ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT VOTED
FOR ME AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. >> THE DEEPENING
IMPASSE OVER THE SENATE TRIAL. >>> PLUS, WHAT THE
PRESIDENT SAYS TONIGHT ABOUT A SO-CALLED CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM
NORTH KOREA. >>> THOUSANDS OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT
PROTESTERS IN HONG KONG TAKE TO THE STREETS AND SHOPPING
MALLS ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE. POLICE BEATING THE
DEMONSTRATORS AND FIRING TEAR GAS IN VIOLENT NEW CLASHES.
>>> THE MYSTERY IN IDAHO. TWO CHILDREN MISSING
FOR MONTHS. THEIR MOTHER AND HER HUSBAND NEVER
REPORTING IT TO POLICE. THE HUSBAND'S FIRST
WIFE FOUND DEAD. WHAT THE POLICE ARE SAYING TONIGHT.
>>> ROYAL CHRISTMAS. 98-YEAR-OLD PRINCE PHILIP IS HOME FROM
THE HOSPITAL, BUT THE QUEEN IS RAISING EYEBROWS TONIGHT FROM
WHO IS MISSING FROM FAMILY PHOTOS IN HER CHRISTMAS MESSAGE.
WE'LL TELL YOU THE REASON. >>> THE REMARKABLE
RISE OF A YOUNG MAN WHO OVERCAME HIS CHALLENGES.
áá >> HOW HIS LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE SHOWING
AMERICA AND THE WORLD THAT HE'S GOT TALENT. >>> PLUS ONE FAMILY'S
CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. THE LIGHT SHOW YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS.
>> THIS IS "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS" WITH LESTER HOLT.
>> GOOD EVENING. I'M KRISTEN WELKER IN FOR LESTER.
ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SHARPENING HIS ATTACKS
AGAINST DEMOCRATS AS THE STANDOFF OVER THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS
INTENSIFIES. SPEAKING FROM HIS MAR-A-LAGO RESORT, THE
PRESIDENT ACCUSED HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI OF HATING THE
ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY, AND THE PRESIDENT ALSO
ADDRESSED NORTH KOREA'S OMINOUS WARNING OF A CHRISTMAS
SURPRISE, ALL OF IT CREATING A SHARP CONTRAST TO HIS
HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS OVERSEAS. CHIEF WHITE HOUSE
CORRESPONDENT HALLIE JACKSON HAS THE LATEST FROM WEST PALM BEACH.
>> Reporter: ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE, THE PRESIDENT IS MAKING
HIS OWN LIST OF WHO'S NICE, LIKE MITCH McCONNELL.
>> VERY SMART GUY, VERY GOOD GUY, AND A VERY FAIR GUY.
>> Reporter: AND WHO IS NOT, LIKE NANCY PELOSI.
>> SHE IS DOING A TREMENDOUS DISSERVICE TO THE COUNTRY.
SHE HATES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. SHE HATES ALL OF THE
PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR ME. >> Reporter: IT'S A
FAMILIAR REFRAIN FROM THE PRESIDENT, FRUSTRATED AS
NEGOTIATIONS OVER A SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL APPEAR TO BE ON
A HOLIDAY HIATUS. DEMOCRATS BACK THE HOUSE SPEAKER AS SHE
HOLDS OFF ON SENDING THOSE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TO THE
SENATE UNTIL SHE IS CONFIDENT THAT PROCESS WILL BE FAIR.
STILL, THE PRESIDENT INSISTS IT'S REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE
THE UPPER HAND. >> WE'RE IN A VERY GOOD POSITION.
ULTIMATELY THAT DECISION IS GOING TO BE MADE BY MITCH
McCONNELL, AND HE HAS THE RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER HE WANTS.
HE IS THE HEAD OF THE SENATE. >> Reporter: THE TRIAL
START DATE IN QUESTION AT HOME AND OVERSEAS, QUESTIONS ON THE
TIMING OF SOMETHING ELSE. THE SO-CALLED
CHRISTMAS SURPRISE NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN HINTING AT FOR WEEKS,
EVER SINCE OFFICIAL THERE RELEASED THESE PHOTOS OF KIM JONG-UN
ON HORSEBACK VISITING A SACRED SITE, SEEN AS A SIGN PYONGYANG WAS
PLOTTING AN AGGRESSIVE MOVE. >> WE'LL FIND OUT WHAT
THE SURPRISE IS, AND WE'LL DEAL WITH IT VERY SUCCESSFULLY.
LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS. >> Reporter: U.S.
MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS ARE ON ALERT FOR A
POSSIBLE LONG-RANGE MISSILE TEST WITH NEW SATELLITE PHOTOS
SHOWING NORTH KOREA EXPANDING A FACTORY USED TO PRODUCE THOSE
MISSILES. THE PRESIDENT DOWNPLAYING THAT
CHRISTMAS GIFT THREAT WITH A QUIP. >> MAYBE IT'S A NICE
PRESENT. MAYBE IT'S A PRESENT WHERE HE SENDS ME A
BEAUTIFUL VASE AS OPPOSED TO A MISSILE TEST.
>> Reporter: ALSO THIS WEEK, AS PART OF ITS ONGOING LEGAL FIGHT
WITH FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL DON McGAHN, THE HOUSE
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS NOW SUGGESTING IF POTENTIAL TESTIMONY
REVEALS NEW EVIDENCE, THEY MAY CONSIDER NEW ARTICLES OF
IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP, BUT RIGHT NOW, KRISTEN,
THAT SEEMS HIGHLY UNLIKELY. >> HALLIE JACKSON
TRAVELING WITH THE PRESIDENT. HALLIE, THANK YOU FOR
THAT. >>> OVERSEAS NOW, THERE WAS NEW VIOLENCE
IN HONG KONG ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE AS ANTI-GOVERNMENT
PROTESTERS CLASHED WITH POLICE IN A SHOPPING MALL AND ON
THE STREETS. NBC'S ERIN McLAUGHLIN HAS THE LATEST.
>> Reporter: TONIGHT IN HONG KONG ON THE EVE BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
CLASHES AT ONE OF THE CITY'S LUXURY SHOPPING MALLS.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS WATCH IN SHOCK AS POLICE BEAT BACK
WATCH IN SHOCK AS POLICE BEAT BACK PROTESTERS.
PROTESTERS SAY IT'S A
FIGHT FOR GREATER
DEMOCRACY WHAT SOME HAVE SARCASTICALLY DUBBED HONG KONG'S
WHITE CHRISTMAS. INSTEAD OF SNOW, TEAR GAS AND PEPPER SPRAY.
ONLY FOR PROTESTERS TO GO ABOUT SETTING IT UP AGAIN.
A CYCLE OF VIOLENCE NOW IN ITS SEVENTH MONTH.
OBSERVERS SAY PROTEST INTENSITY DIPPED IN DECEMBER.
BUT WITH MORE PROTESTS IN THE WORK, QUESTIONS OF THE LATEST SPIKE
WILL GIVE PROTESTERS MOMENTUM GOING INTO THE NEW YEAR.
ERIN McLAUGHLIN, NBC NEWS. >>> AND IN THIS
COUNTRY, THERE ARE NEW QUESTIONS TONIGHT OVER THE CONTROVERSIAL
PARDONS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY JUST BEFORE HE LEFT
OFFICE. NOW THE FBI IS LOOKING INTO THEM AS WELL.
NBC'S PETE WILLIAMS HAS THAT STORY. >> Reporter: MATT
BEVIN, KENTUCKY'S FORMER REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR IS OUT.
BUT NOW THE FBI IS STARTING TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS
LAST-MINUTE PARDONS AND SENTENCE REDUCTIONS FOR MORE
THAN 600 PEOPLE, INCLUDING CONVICTED MURDERERS AND A MAN
ACCUSED OF RAPING A CHILD. CHRIS HARRIS, A
DEMOCRAT IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE WHO CALLED FOR AN INQUIRY SAYS HE
HAS NOW BEEN CONTACTED BY AN INVESTIGATOR. THE FBI ISN'T
COMMENTING, BUT FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS LITTLE CHOICE
BUT TO TAKE AN INITIAL LOOK WITH ALL THE PUBLIC CALLS FOR SOME
SCRUTINY. AMONG THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ACTIONS,
THE PARDON OF PATRICK BAKER, CONVICTED OF MURDER IN A HOME
INVASION. HIS RELATIVES HOSTED A POLITICAL FUNDRAISER
FOR GOVERNOR BEVIN LAST YEAR, BUT BAKER SAYS HE DIDN'T KILL
ANYONE. >> I AM INNOCENT. I WANT TO THANK MR.
BEVIN FOR HIS COURAGEOUS ACTIONS AND ALLOWING ME TO COME
HOME TO MY FAMILY. >> Reporter: ALSO RAISING QUESTIONS, THE
PARDON OF A MAN CONVICTED OF RAPING A 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL.
THE PROSECUTOR SAYS THE GOVERNOR NEVER TALKED TO THOSE
INVOLVED WITH THE CASE. >> HE DIDN'T REVIEW
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S FILE AND HE NEVER TALKED TO THE
VICTIM OR HER MOTHER. SO IT REALLY MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT WAS HE
BASING HIS DECISION OFF OF. >> Reporter: BEVIN
SAYS THERE WAS NO IMPROPRIETY IN ANY OF THE PARDONS, THAT ALL
WERE BASED ON THE MERITS. BE NOW LEADERS OF THE
KENTUCKY REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE URGING STATE OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT
THEIR OWN INVESTIGATION. PETE WILLIAMS, NBC
NEWS, WASHINGTON. >>> AND TURNING NOW TO A BIZARRE MYSTERY IN
IDAHO WHERE A FRANTIC SEARCH IS ON FOR TWO MISSING SIBLINGS AS
POLICE SAY THEIR MOTHER AND HER HUSBAND ARE REFUSING TO
COOPERATE WITH THE INVESTIGATION. STEVE PATTERSON
REPORTS. áá >> Reporter: TONIGHT A
GRANDMOTHER'S DESPERATE PLEA. >> SHOW US THE KIDS.
>> Reporter: AUTHORITIES SAY KAY VALLOW'S
GRANDCHILDREN, 7-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA VALLOW AND 17-YEAR-OLD
TYLEE RYAN WERE LAST SEEN IN SEPTEMBER, NEAR HER HOME IN
REXBURG, IDAHO. POLICE SAY THEIR MOTHER LORI VALLOW AND
HER HUSBAND CHAD ARE CONSIDERED PERSONS OF INTEREST.
THE COUPLE WAS MARRIED WEEKS AFTER DAYBELL'S THEN WIFE TAMMY WAS
FOUND DEAD IN OCTOBER. AUTHORITIES FIRST BELIEVING HER DEATH
WAS NATURAL, BUT HAVE SINCE EXHUMED HER REMAINS FOR AN AUTOPSY
AFTER NEW EVIDENCE DEEMED IT SUSPICIOUS. IN ARIZONA,
INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO LOOKING AT THE DEATHS OF VALLOW'S ESTRANGED
HUSBAND AND HER BROTHER, BOTH EARLIER THIS YEAR.
THE COUPLE'S ATTORNEY ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING WE LOOK FORWARD
TO ADDRESSING THE ALLEGATIONS ONCE THEY HAVE MOVED BEYOND
SPECULATION AND RUMOR. VALLOW SAYS SHE HAS BEEN INCREASINGLY
WORRIED ABOUT THE COUPLE'S EXTREMIST RELIGIOUS VIEWS.
>> THEY'RE FEEDING OFF OF EACH OTHER AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY.
>> Reporter: A CHRISTMAS CUT OFF FROM LOVED ONES, SEARCHING
FOR ANY SIGN OF HOPE. >> WE LOVE YOU, JJ, AND WE LOVE YOU,
TYLEE, AND PLEASE COME HOME. >> Reporter: STEVE
PATTERSON, NBC NEWS. >>> NOW TO THE LATEST IN THE HEARTBREAKING
CASE OF THE TEXAS MOTHER MURDERED. HER NEWBORN KIDNAPPED
AND HER FRIEND CHARGED IN THE CRIME. TONIGHT THE BABY GIRL
NOW BACK WITH HER FATHER. SAM BROCK HAS THE VERY
LATEST. >> Reporter: A HOLIDAY GIFT FOR THE FAMILY
DEVASTATED BY THE LOSS OF HEIDI BROUSSARD. BABY MARGOT NOW BACK
WITH HER FATHER SHANE. >> THAT'S THE BEST THING THAT COULD EVER
HAPPEN. á SILENT NIGHT á >> Reporter: BUT THIS
HOLIDAY ALSO BRINGS IMMEASURABLE PAIN. A VIGIL HONORING
HEIDI'S LIFE, BUT WITHOUT HER PARENTS WHO RETURNED TO
LOUISIANA FOR FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS. HEIDI'S MOTHER TELLING
NBC NEWS IT HIT US HARD WHEN WE ARRIVED HOME, REALIZING THEIR
DAUGHTER WOULD NEVER AGAIN WALK THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR SAYING
"MOM, WE'RE HERE." RACHEL WEST SOMEONE OF HEIDI'S CLOSEST
FRIENDS. >> DEVASTATING IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT OF WHAT
THIS IS. >> Reporter: NOW QUESTIONS ABOUT
HEIDI'S CHILDHOOD FRIEND MEGAN HUMPHREY. THE TWO WENT TO CHURCH
CAMP WHEN THEY WERE 11. HEIDI'S BODY WAS
DISCOVERED FRIDAY IN A CAR TRUNK ON HUMPHREY'S PROPERTY.
HUMPHREY FACES CHARGES OF KIDNAPPING AND TAMPERING WITH A HUMAN
COURSE. >> I'M FEELING ANGER, SADNESS,
CONFUSION, WANTING TO UNDERSTAND. I TALKED TO HER THE
WHOLE WEEK HEIDI IS MISSING. >> Reporter: A BABY
REGISTRY IN MEGAN'S NAME SHOWS THE SAME DUE DATE AS HEIDI'S.
HUMPHREY'S ATTORNEY DID NOT RESPOND TO NBC'S REQUEST FOR
COMMENT. >> PRAY FOR BABY MARGOT.
>> Reporter: PALPABLE PAIN, ONLY SOFTENED BY HEIDI'S MEMORY.
>> SHE IS A LIGHT IN COMPLETE AND TOTAL DARKNESS, AND SHE
ALWAYS WILL. >> Reporter: SAM BROCK, NBC NEWS,
AUSTIN. >>> IN THE BAHAMAS, THE OFFICIAL DEATH
TOLL FROM HURRICANE DORIAN STANDS AT 70. BUT THIS THE WAKE OF
MASSIVE DESTRUCTION, LOCAL OFFICIALS BELIEVE HUNDREDS OF
MORE MAY HAVE DIED ON HARD HIT GREAT ABACO. WE SENT NBC'S KERRY
SANDERS BACK TO THE ISLAND WHERE PEOPLE ARE STILL STRUGGLING.
>> Reporter: ALMOST FOUR MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE DORIAN
FLATTENED AND FLOODED GREAT ABACO ISLAND, LIFE HERE REMAINS A
STRUGGLE. IS THERE WATER? >> NO, THERE IS NO
WATER. >> Reporter: NO WATER, NO POWER, NO SEWER.
EVERY STRUCTURE ON THE ISLAND STILL DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
WHERE DID YOU RIDE THE STORM OUT? >> RIGHT INSIDE HERE.
>> Reporter: MATTHEW TAYLOR HOPED TO HAVE A ROOF ON HIS MURPHY
TOWN HOME BY NOW, BUT ON THIS ISLAND 90 MILES LONG, AT ITS
FATTEST ONLY FOUR MILES WIDE, FOR ABOUT 9,000 SURVIVORS WHO
ARE NOW HERE TRYING TO REBUILD, NEEDED SUPPLIES ARE SCARCE.
>> MY WORK IS ON HOLD BECAUSE OF NAILS. >> Reporter: NAILS?
YOU DON'T HAVE NAILS? >> I'M OUT OF THE NAILS THAT I NEED.
>> Reporter: THE HARDWARE STORE, LIKE MOST OF THIS ISLAND,
LOOKS TODAY AS IT DID THE DAY AFTER THE HURRICANE.
SO HERE IN MURPHYTOWN, YOU FEEL FORGOTTEN. >> Reporter:
FORGOTTEN, SAY SURVIVORS BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE
UNTOUCHED CAPITAL OF NASSAU. DALE HILL IS AN
ELECTED COUNCILMEMBER. HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO PEOPLE THAT SAY THE
BAHAMIAN GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED THEM? >> THE BAHAMIAN
GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED. >> Reporter: THE MOST ASKED QUESTION IS
WHEN. WHEN WILL THINGS IN THE IMPACT ZONE GET
BACK TO NORMAL. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY BECAUSE WE ARE ON
AN ISLAND AND IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO GET SUPPLIES HERE, THAT
ANSWER IS A MOVING TARGET, BUT PROBABLY YEARS.
WHILE NEARLY 100 MILLION CHARITY DOLLARS HAVE BEEN
DONATED OR COMMITTED TO HELP SURVIVORS, FRUSTRATION HERE
MOUNTS AMID FEW VISIBLE SIGNS OF PROGRESS.
KERRY SANDERS, NBC NEWS, GREAT ABACO ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS.
>>> AND NOW TO OUR SERIES ONE NATION, STORIES THAT PROVE
WE'RE NOT SO DIVIDED AFTER ALL. TONIGHT HARRY SMITH
TAKES US TO ONE OF THE CITY'S MOST DEVASTATED BY THE OPIOID
EPIDEMIC, AND SHOWS US HOW PEOPLE ARE DETERMINED TO BRING IT
BACK FROM THE BRINK. >> 20 SECONDS. NEXT MAN UP, NEXT MAN
UP, LET'S GO! >> Reporter: THE CLASS AT THIS REHAB CENTER
IS MORE THAN A WORKOUT, IT'S A TEST. >> WHO KNOWS WHAT IT
FEELS LIKE TO BE FRUSTRATED? TO BE ASHAMED OF WHAT
YOU'VE DONE? COME ON! THAT A GIRL,
BEAUTIFUL. >> Reporter: INSTRUCTOR DALE KING
GREW UP IN PORTSMOUTH, OHIO, WENT TO COLLEGE AND THEN THE SERVICE.
WHEN HE GOT HOME, HE DIDN'T LIKE WHAT HE SAW.
HIS CITY, HIS NEIGHBORS DEVASTATED BY THE OPIOID CRISIS.
HOW MUCH HAD YOUR TOWN CHANGED? >> IT TO ME IT WAS
ALMOST UNRECOGNIZABLE. I'D SEE ALL THESE SIGNS FOR PAIN CLINIC,
PAIN CLINIC. THERE WAS NO BUSINESSES ANYWHERE.
>> HELP EACH OTHER OUT, LET'S GO! >> Reporter: KING WAS
INTRODUCED TO CROSSFIT IN THE MILITARY. NOW IN PORTSMOUTH, HE
TRAINS PEOPLE IN RECOVERY, AND HE PROVIDES JOBS IN HIS
GYM AND HIS OINTMENT COMPANY. NICOLE MAYNARD HAS
FOUGHT HER WAY THROUGH ENOUGH CROSSFIT CLASSES TO FALL IN
LOVE WITH IT. IT'S NOT A STRETCH TO SAY IT'S HELPING SAVE
HER LIFE. WHERE WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WEREN'T SOBER NOW?
>> I REALLY DON'T KNOW. PROBABLY HOMELESS.
I MIGHT NOT EVEN BE HERE. I MAY HAVE BEEN DEAD
ALREADY. >> Reporter: A SHORT WALK FROM DALE'S GYM,
A BREW PUB OPENED DOWNTOWN. TIM WOLF'S ARMY
ENGINEERING UNIT HELPED REBUILD A ROCK. HE FIGURED WHY NOT DO
THE SAME THING IN HIS HOMETOWN. SO YOU WOULD COME BACK
TO PORTSMOUTH, DECIDE YOU'RE GOING TO BE IN THE DEVELOPMENT
BUSINESS. DID ANYBODY SAY YOU'RE NUTS BECAUSE THIS TOWN
IS OVER? >> YEAH. AND THEY'RE STILL
SAYING THAT. EVERYBODY QUESTIONS THE INVESTMENT ALL THE
TIME. BUT IF THIS IS OUR HOME AND WE HAVE NO
OTHER CHOICE BUT YOU EITHER FIX IT UP OR YOU LET IT FALL DOWN
AROUND YOU. >> Reporter: IF NOT US, WHO SAY THESE
VETS? TIM NOW HAS 18 PEOPLE IN RECOVERY WORKING
FOR HIM. LITERALLY REBUILDING THE TOWN HE AND DALE
KING LOVE. >> THIS WILL BE THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN
ANY SMALL TOWN, I GUARANTEE IT. >> Reporter: A NEW
SPIRIT FOR A CITY AND ITS PEOPLE. HARRY SMITH, NBC NEWS,
PORTSMOUTH, OHIO. >> A CRITICAL INVESTMENT INDEED.
>>> WELL, POPE FRANCIS CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS EVE WITH A MIDNIGHT
MASS AT THE VATICAN, ATTENDED BY THOUSANDS. THE PONTIFF TELLING
THE FAITHFUL THAT A PERSON'S SIN DOES NOT CHANGE GOD'S LOVE FOR
THEM. ANOTHER CATHOLIC TRADITION FOR THE
FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 200 YEARS, THE ICONIC NOTRE DAME
CATHEDRAL IN PARIS WILL NOT HOST ANY CHRISTMAS SERVICES
AFTER IT WAS DEVASTATE BY A MASSIVE FIRE IN APRIL.
>>> JUST AHEAD, A ROYAL CHRISTMAS. GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE
HEALTH OF 98 PRINCE PHILIP, WHILE THE QUEEN RAISES QUESTIONS
ABOUT WHO ISN'T IN THE PHOTOS DURING HER CHRISTMAS MESSAGE.
WE'LL TELL YOU WHY. >>> ALSO, A BELOVED HOLIDAY TRADITION
LIGHTING UP ONE AMERICAN CITY.
>>> WE'RE BACK NOW WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY'S CHRISTMAS.
THERE IS NEWS TONIGHT ABOUT WHERE PRINCE PHILIP WILL BE
SPENDING THE HOLIDAY, WHO ISN'T GOING TO BE THERE TO CELEBRATE AND
WHO IS MISSING FROM THE PHOTOS SEEN DURING THE QUEEN'S CHRISTMAS
MESSAGE. MOLLY HUNTER IS IN LONDON TONIGHT.
>> Reporter: AFTER FOUR NIGHTS IN A LONDON HOSPITAL,
98-YEAR-OLD PRINCE PHILIP HAS WALKED OUT JUST IN TIME FOR A
ROYAL CHRISTMAS. GOOD NEWS FOR A ROYAL FAMILY IN NEED OF SOME
HOLIDAY CHEER. PRINCE PHILIP WILL BE HOME AT SANDRINGHAM
FOR THE QUEEN'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. SHE WILL ALLUDE TO A
ROUGH YEAR SAYING, QUOTE, THE PATH OF COURSE IS NOT ALWAYS
SMOOTH AND MAY AT TIMES THIS YEAR HAVE FELT QUITE BUMPY, BUT
SMALL STEPS CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. >> THE QUEEN HAS BEEN
DRAGGED INTO A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS OVER BREXIT.
SO PERHAPS IT'S ONLY WISE THE MOTHER OF THE NATION SETS A VERY
CALMING NOTE. >> Reporter: SITUATION IS RAMPANT,
WHETHER SHE IS TALKING ABOUT THE STARK DIVISIONS OVER BREXIT.
>> PEOPLE VOTE! >> Reporter: OR MAYBE DIVISIONS WITHIN HER
OWN FAMILY. SHE'S WATCHED A SORDID SCANDAL ENGULF HER SON
ANDREW, AND SHE'S WATCHED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
HER GRANDSONS BECOME STRAINED. ON HER DESK DURING THE
TELEVISED ADDRESS, A NOD TO THE ROYAL LINE OF SUCCESSION.
NOT PICTURED THIS YEAR, HARRY AND MEGHAN, AND THE PALACE
JUST RELEASING THIS SWEET VIDEO OF FOUR GENERATIONS AND THREE
FUTURE KINGS ALL MAKING CHRISTMAS PUDDING.
AND MEGHAN AND HARRY ARE SPENDING CHRISTMAS WITH MEGHAN'S MOM IN
CANADA. SO TOMORROW WE'LL SEE WILL AND KATE, THE
QUEEN, AND HOPEFULLY PRINCE PHILIP WITH THE REST OF THE ROYAL
FAMILY. KRISTEN? >> MOLLY, THANK YOU
FOR THAT REPORT. >>> NEXT, WE'LL STOP BY A HOUSE WHERE THEY
TAKE DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS TO A WHOLE
>>> WE'RE BACK NOW WITH THE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION THAT IS
TRULY A FAMILY AFFAIR. BLAYNE ALEXANDER SHOWS US THE SPECTACULAR
DISPLAY OF LIGHTS, ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE. >> Reporter: EVEN FROM
SANTA'S SLEIGH, CHRISTMAS ON THE MOODY FAMILY'S LAWN IS
ENOUGH TO STOP YOU IN YOUR TRACKS. >> I LOVE EVERYTHING,
THAT, EVERYTHING. IT'S SO COLORFUL. á YOU BETTER WATCH
OUT á >> Reporter: MORE THAN JUST TWINKLING LIGHTS,
THIS IS A FULL-ON PRODUCTION, WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
FILLING THE STREETS IN A SINGLE NIGHT. >> MY FAVORITE PART
ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL HOUSE IS ALL THE PEOPLE THAT COME HERE
TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. >> Reporter: FOR
DECADES, IT'S BEEN A MUST-SEE HOLIDAY TRADITION IN COLUMBUS,
GEORGIA, ALL THANKS TO ONE CHRISTMAS LOVING COUPLE, JERRY AND
EDITH MOODY. >> WE TELL EVERYBODY IT'S LOVE AT FIRST
LIGHT. >> Reporter: DEREK KEITH HAS BEEN HELPING
SINCE HE WAS OLD ENOUGH TO WALK. >> WHEN THEY'RE
RELAXING ON THE BEACH, WE'RE HANGING UP LIGHTS ON THE ROOF.
>> SO CHRISTMAS IS YEAR ROUND. >> Reporter: 20 MILES
OF CORDS AND 500,000 LIGHTS, THE FESTIVITIES ARE FREE,
BUT WITH ONE REQUEST, HELP BRIGHTEN ANOTHER CHILD'S LIFE.
>> THANK YOU, MERRY CHRISTMAS. >> Reporter: THE
MOODY'S COLLECT DONATIONS FOR MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION, SO
FAR RAISING MORE THAN $140,000. >> WE DO THIS FOR OUR
KIDS, EVERYBODY ELSE'S KIDS, AND THE KIDS THAT ARE UP TO 99.
>> IT GETS ME EMOTIONAL. BUT IT'S A GOOD
EMOTION BECAUSE I KNOW THE GOOD COMES OUT. >> Reporter: A SHINING
EXAMPLE OF THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT. BLAYNE ALEXANDER, NBC
NEWS. >> MERRY CHRISTMAS! >> COLUMBUS, GEORGIA.
>> LIGHTING UP PEOPLE'S LIVES ON THIS HOLIDAY.
>>> UP NEXT, A BRILLIANT YOUNG STAR AND HOW HIS LIFE IS
AND HOW HIS LIFE IS CHANGING AS HE INSPIRES AMERICA.
>>> THIS WEEK WE'RE
ENDING OUR PROGRAM WITH UPDATES TO SOME
OF OUR FAVORITE STORIES. TONIGHT WE CATCH UP
WITH A YOUNG MAN WHO BECAME A HUGE SUCCESS THIS YEAR, FINDING HIS
VOICE IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. JO LING KENT WITH
TONIGHT'S "INSPIRING AMERICA." >> Reporter: KODI LEE
FIRST CAPTURED OUR HEARTS WITH HIS ANGELIC VOICE.
áá >> Reporter: THEN DELIGHTED THE NATION
WITH HIS BIG WIN ON "AMERICA'S GOT TALENT" THIS YEAR.
HOW DOES IT FEEL? >> IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.
>> Reporter: AND NOW THE 22-YEAR-OLD MUSICIAN WHO IS BLIND
AND HAS AUTISM IS TAKING HIS CRAFT TO ANOTHER LEVEL.
>> LAS VEGAS! >> Reporter: TAKING LAS VEGAS BY STORM,
HEADLINING SIX SHOWS. á I'VE BEEN SO MANY PLACES IN MY LIFE á
>> DUDE, I LOVE THE AUDIENCE! >> Reporter: KODI'S
MOM TINA SAYS WINNING HAS TRANSFORMED THE WAY HE COMMUNICATES.
>> WITH ALL OF THE INTERVIEWS AND THE EXCITEMENT OF
PERFORMING, I THINK THAT'S WHAT HELPED GIVE HIM THAT
CONFIDENCE AND THAT WANT TO SPEAK TO PEOPLE.
>> Reporter: KODI'S ALSO BACK AT THE PIANO, WRITING NEW
SONGS WITH HIS TEACHER SAL. áá
>> I GOT A FEW SONG I'M MOST EXCITED ABOUT.
>> Reporter: AND FOR MOM TINA, HIS LYRICS WILL BE MORE THAN JUST
WORDS. SHE HOPES THEY'LL LIFT OTHER FAMILIES UP TOO.
>> ALL OF US PARENTS WANT IS FOR OUR KIDS TO BE ACCEPTED AND
HAVE OPPORTUNITIES. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT HE OPENED THE
DOOR BY WINNING IS HE GAVE ALL OF THESE KIDS ACCEPTANCE AND
OPPORTUNITIES. >> Reporter: KODI LEE CLOSING OUT HIS BIG
YEAR ON A HIGH AND HOPEFUL NOTE. JO LING KENT, NBC
NEWS. >> WHAT AN INSPIRING YOUNG MAN.
WELL, THAT IS "NIGHTLY NEWS" FOR THIS CHRISTMAS EVE.
I'M KRISTEN WELKER IN FOR LESTER. FOR ALL OF US AT NBC
NEWS, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. HAVE A VERY MERRY
HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOOD NIGHT.

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