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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - OCTOBER 30, 2019
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Youprotting protecting your identity.
What you should do after that equifax breach.
And, getting the lights back on in florida.
We talk to local crews on the way to help.
Plus, a look at toy hall of fame.
Midmorning starts right now.
There is still a lot of talk about equifax and the data breach that consumers are hearing about this week.
It has left nearly half the us population's personal information like addresses and social security numbers at risk.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
Seth lemon talked with cybersecurity experts and has more.
It could be the largest theft involving social security numbers in history.
Credit monitor equifax says hackers gained access to the personal information of 143 million u.s. consumers yet many americans don't even know if they're affected.
"i guess i shoul be concerned.
I honestly haven't looked into it at all."
"i haven't reall checked it."
If you've ever applied for credit equifax might have your info.
It is one of three major credit bureaus used by banks, lenders, and businesses to approve loans and credit cards.
You can find out if your info was compromised by going to "equifa security 2017 dot-com."
1:21 sl identity theft can really unravel someone's life?
Al: oh, it can destroy you.
Adam levin is a cyber security expert and says the information exposed in the equifax puts millions at risk of identityk theft.
That means you check your credit reports.
You look at your credit scores to make sure they don't take an unexplained drop.
You check your accounts, your bank and cc accounts to make sure every transaction you see is yours.
07:51:40 i think it's best to assume that your information has been compromised cbs news business analyst jill schlesinger says people who feel their information is at risk can freeze their credit file at each of the three agencies.
07:59:03 "a credi freeze essentially prevents anyone from opening new credit in your name and that also includes you and that's why it's a bit of a pain in the neck but it really is the safest approach to take."
You'll have to unfreeze your account if you want to apply for a loan.
But the extra steps could keep criminals from cracking your accounts.
Seth lemon, for cbs news, new york.
Equifax is offering one year of free credit monitoring, which after public outcry no longer requires consumers to give up certain rights in order to join.
A new product may keep your information safe.
It has been 10 years since apple changed the way we look at cell phones - and the way we interact with each other.
The company unveiled its much anticipated new iphones...includin g the iphone8 and iphone ten.
And as fans expected -- new features include 3-d face scanning, wireless charging, and no home button.
Chris martinez shows us.
The starting price of the new iphone 8 and 8s was one of many surprises in store at apple's event tuesday.
The tech giant showed off new upgrades including better cameras, speakers, and an all glass design... for wireless charging.
"put it down an pick it up when you want to charge without ever pluggin in a cable again."
And the rumored iphone x-- is actually the iphone ten: no home button, full edge-to- edge display... "we call thi face id" and facial recognition technology to unlock the screen... even in the dark.
It also has animated emojis... micking the user's head movement and expressions.
While the original iphone sold for 599 dollars... the iphone ten starts at 999.
"stepping u another increment in price doesn't seem suprising.//"wit installment plans it may be palatable."
The price tag for the new apple watch will also higher... with some big upgrades to match.
It uses your same cell phone number... without needing your iphone nearby.
Tuesday's event was held at the new steve jobs theatre on the company's new so-called 'spaceship' campus: apple park.
Jobs originally launched the first iphone ten years ago.
The iphone ten will go on pre- order october 27th.
Apple also showed off its new apple tv 4k... which has higher pixels and resolution.
Can you hear me now?
When it comes to hearing aids, the word "trendy may not exactly come to mind.
But the tech industry is hoping to change that&transformi ng the way hearing aids are designed and marketed.
A bill signed into law earlier this month could help pave the way to more innovation&makin g the devices more affordable and for the first time available over-the- counter áwithoutá a prescription.
John blackstone visited one start up preparing to tap into the market.
Headphones and earbuds transformed the way we listen to music.
Now, the tech industry wants to do the same for how the hearing impaired hear the world.
"it's been a ver difficult experience for me."
Kr liu has worn hearing aids since she was two and a half years old.
Her devices today are small and hidden but that doesn't mean the stigma has disappeared.
"you wea glasses and it's socially acceptable, you might have 5 or 6 pairs.
It's a fashion statement.
Why can't hearing technology be that way?
Liu works for doppler labs, a san francisco based startup that hopes to market a version of its three hundred dollar "hear one earbuds as an alternative to standard prescription hearing aids that cost thousands.
"the industry i gonna be completely disrupted, the question is by who?"
Noah kraft, ceo and co-founder of doppler labs says the earbuds are not just for those with hearing loss.
They can be used to stream music, answer calls, and raise or lower sounds around you.
Jb: so can we really turn up the restaurant?
Nk: yeah sure in a demonstration room made to sound like a noisy restaurant&.kra ft showed me how his earbuds and a smart phone app can help anyone hear better&.
Nk: let's say we turn up so now you're amplifying and enhancing my speech and that's essentially what a hearing aid would do."
Jb: these could be hearing aids.
Nk: you got it an audio sample from doppler also simulates what it sounds like on a plane when the noise filter is activiated.
Doppler's product is currently sold in select stores and online as wireless earbuds, ánotá as a hearing aid.
But that could soon change.
"the yays are 94 the nays are 1."
Insert gfx from 1:49-1:56 in august, the senate passed a measure that will allow companies like doppler to market devices ádirectlyá to people with mild to moderate hearing loss, no prescription need.
Nk: what this legislation does is that it opens the market to technological leaders to say we're actually looking at these problems differently.
Insert gfx from 2:03- 2:13 roughly 40 million adults in the u-s suffer from some hearing loss.
In a study earlier this year, researchers at johns hopkins found the rates may nearly double by 2060.
Audiologist sol marghzar wants more people with hearing loss to get help but worries self- diagnosing might in some cases mask a bigger problem.
"there are man diseases that create hearing loss and they could be medically or surgically manageable and by just going and getting a hearing aid you will neglect that.
Doppler isn't the only company that sees huge market potential.
A handful of others have introduced similar audio enhancing gadgets jb: everyone's needs are a little different.
Can you match them with an over the counter product?
Nk: we can do it better and i say that with full confidence.
Noah kraft and kr liu hope that for those with hearing loss, high tech earbuds will not just bring sound, but also acceptance.
"she may b amplifying the world and i may be streaming music but we're both just using our ears, we just happen to hear the world differently."
For cbs this morning - john blackstone - san francisco farmers across the nation are turning more to tech to help.
But one group in wisconsin is getting a little help from above.
Velena jones has the story.
Farms across dane county are planting their crops from high in the sky this september.
Its all in an effort to improve water quality jeff endres is not new to testing new methods to cover crops "we value ou soil, keeping soil in its place from a birds eye view endres and eight other farms are applying cover crop seeds by plane.
Cover crops are planted to protect the soil after a cash crop like corn is harvested.
So...why do it from the air?
With a cooler summer---the method is helping jump start growth "this reall helps us with the timing it allows the seed to be put in place prior to the harvest we can get a head start on the growth and then we dont have to take the time to actually come in and seed it."
Taking flight...allows farmers to cover more ground.
They're applying seeds to more than a thousand acres to test the method.
Farmers arent the only ones benefitting "we really don want soil leaving farm fields and adding to the phosphorous in the lakes and causing algal problems in the lakes.
So it's really a win, win."
Different from traditional planting..
The seeds lay on the ground.
Which means their success depends on the weather.
"it does presen a little more risk that way but generally we have seen it works pretty well on a general basis.
We just need to have a good amount of rainfall and the right enviromental conditions to get it going" but in wisconsin...the benefits of getting an early start on the crops season outweighs the risk "we can see th cover crop earlier as we all know we run out of warmth and sunlight in the fall and as you start to run out of that.
You run out of time for it to grow 23:30 so when we have all this extra time, it gives the cover crop extra time to get bigger in the fall."
Selected farmers will continue this method for the next three years.
They hope other farmers will follow their lead.
In waunakee, velena jones wisctv news three hang on.
Help is on the way.
Linemen from 4 county are now thligh a the lights are still out across much of florida.
Downed power lines and blown transmitters means many places are running on generators.
And, people who are returning to their homes, face an uphill battle.
Mark strassmann reports.
One line at a time& utility crews are working around the clock to restore electricity to the millions who have been in the dark since irma swept through the state.
"this is the firs time in our company's history that we've had all 35 counties all 27,000 square miles of service territory hit" florida power and light ceo eric silagy is facing questions about the more than 4-million customers who have lost power.
The utility company spent á3-billion dollarsá to harden their infrastructure after hurricane wilma in 2005 reportedly knocked out power to 3- million customers.
"the stor hardening has had absolutely made a difference because we havent seen the kind of structural damage that we saw during wilma" fpl says customers on the east coast should have power back by the end of the weekend& but on the harder hit west coast, full restoration won't be complete until september 22-nd& nearly two weeks after irma hit.
Widespread outages mean water and sanitation systems are down... there's no air conditioning in the 90 degree florida heat and humidity... and traffic lights without power are creating chaos on the roads - resulting in at least one death.
"it's not ver pleasant, i'll tell ya that."
Vincent and ernestine chapman -- both in their 90s --have been without power since sunday night.
We need it ..
I take a lot of medication and its, we keep it where we can see it "they don't giv you much information, ya know?
There is no way of knowing when it will be on."
A team from 4 county electric is in florida this morning to help.
The local crew of more than a dozen men left early wednesday morning, traveling to one of the hardest hit areas in florida.
Our jory tally caught up with some of the linemen before they hit the road and has this story.
It's a scene four unjty intern haley tallent has seen time and time again growing up as the daughter of a four county lineman "dad, you know, when yo coming back you know and he'd tell me not too long, you know, and i remember there was some crying going on, but it was more of a heart warming feeling knowing, my mom knew dad had to go, my dad had to go and help, the ones that didn't have power, she knew and understood that."
Now the families of 15 4 county linemen will watch as their love ones head to florida the group will be driving around ten hours to help their sister electric cooperative, clay electric.
"we decided we would go wit our heavy construction crews and then supplement them with a couple of other construction folks because a lot of what's going to be happening down there is just putting up lines and putting up poles and that's what these guys are really good at.
The traveling linemen main task will be to give linemen a chance to rest while will be working to restore over 100,000 power outages "you can really get quickl overwhelmed in a situation like this.
You're working long days, you're working in dangerous conditions, you know, you're not at home, you're hungry, you're thirsty, you're busting your rear-end to get power back on, you get tired real easy.
It is such a relief for you know other folks to come and help take that burden off of you."
This will be this lineman's first time working out of state after a major storm.
He's looking forward to helping those in need, including other linemen.
"it can get pretty tiresom working 36-48 hours straight so i can imagine those guys are pretty tired.
They'll be glad to see us to come help them."
While 15 lineman will be out of their normal service area, there will still be plenty of crews here to assist customers.
You've heard the saying - everything i need to know in life, i learned in 's a yea it's a 5 year old's dream come true..
A kindergarten class filled with active learning, "high fives," a plenty of story time fun.
Well it turns out, that's a type of class that's not hard to find at east side elementary school in west point.
Here's renae skinner with the educator of the week nat pop: "bear begins wit what sound?
And what letter is that?
Track: now all we need is an " word" to describe an averag day, for kindergarten teacher, misses tracy washington.
Sot: tracy washington/ educator of the week- "when come to work everyday i see the kids excited, and that gets me excited, the teachers are excited, the principal is excited, so we always have a good start!"
Track: that excitement is easy to spot....not just on the children's faces ..but also on hers..
Sot: tracy washington/ educator of the week "i love it!
Get to spill out everything i have and then i get to share it with them and i get to watch them go back to the table and reproduce what they learned" track: by now you might have noticed another adult in the room--misses washington says she wouldn't be a good teacher without her partner in class--misses emily black.
Sot: emily black/ teacher's assistant: "she' very passionate.
We both strive for the students to do the best that they can do...we push them a little harder because we know that they can do it..and she's a wonderful teacher" nat pop: "give m five, alright pay attention...we are going back to chapter 1 in just a minute" track: but instead of a "hig five"--we wante to give misses washington, a thumbs up nat pop: and i'm thinking, why me?
Track: in west pot i're point i'm renae skinner.
If you'd like to nominate a teacher, visit wcbi dot com military veterans are sometimes stereotyped as rough and tough.
But today, reporter luke simons meets with an air force veteran... not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve.
When eddie luna retired from the air force& "i saw a sign for bus drivers.
His daughter told him to apply.
"i'm not scared, i'll driv anything."
But unlike most bus routes& this one has a special place in eddy's heart.
"i know what these childre are going through and challenges they face.
The sacrifices the parents are making."
Eddy has spent the last three years driving for randolph field independent school district located at joint base san antonio's randolph air force base.
His current riders& include a special group of young students.
"got to go th extra mile with special needs students because they require more attention."
"we try to mak it as calm and peaceful.
Try to teach them safety."
"they yell mr eddie, mr. eddie.
It's a beautiful thing."
And whether that special need is easy to see& or one other people may not even know about& mr. eddie treats them all the same& "when they clic that seatbelt and give a thumbs up and smile that they accomplished something.
It brings tears to your eyes."
Last year& mr eddie earned a statewide bus driver of the year award.
"after he wo $1,000& he bought everyone bbq."
For mr. eddy& getting behind the wheel of the bus isn't about winning an award& it's about helping families that remind him of his own.
"i know what it' like to be away from my kids.
My wife when i was gone she had to be mom and dad.
It's tough and i respect that."
And seeing those smiles on the young faces everyday& "we're her because we want to be here."
"there's n pressure to come to work.
We love this and we want to be here."
Reporting from joint base san antonio - randolph& luke simons .
Kens 5 eyewitness news.
When we come back, classic toys in line for the
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