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  • We`re winding down the season on CNN 10. We have two weeks left on air and there will

  • be a hiatus until Monday, August

  • 13th.

  • Welcome to the show. I`m Carl Azuz.

  • Millions of people in Venezuela have gone to the polls to vote in a presidential election.

  • It started yesterday morning. The leader of the

  • South American country has chosen through a simple majority vote and the incumbent president,

  • Nicolas Maduro, is hoping to continue in its job for

  • at least another six years.

  • One thing that`s interesting about this is that the main group that opposes Venezuela`s

  • leader is boycotting the election. Many of those who aren`t

  • voting believe it`s been rigged to give President Maduro the victory. In fact, the election

  • has been criticized as unfair both inside and outside of

  • Venezuela.

  • The country`s leader blames the United States for trying to undermine the vote. Venezuelan

  • and U.S. presidents have criticized each other for years.

  • But President Maduro says Venezuela`s election would not be tarnished and that the outcome

  • would be respected.

  • The controversial incumbent does have challengers. And while they have different ideas on how

  • to run Venezuela, anyone who wins will have a hard

  • job ahead.

  • Venezuelan politics have always been complicated and temperamental. But even more so now, as

  • the

  • crumbling economy has plunged this country into a very dangerous political stalemate.

  • In 1999, Hugo Chavez was elected president and he turned to his very specific and personal

  • brand of socialism, Chavismo. He gave out free

  • flats, television sets, refrigerators, fixed prices for basic things, like flour and eggs.

  • And that made many people in Venezuela happy. It totally brought up the standard of living

  • in the middle class. The problem was there was no way

  • to pay for these things.

  • When Hugo Chavez died in 2013, his handpicked successor, Nicolas Maduro, was elected president.

  • He continued with Chavismo.

  • The problem was that the price of oil collapsed from $100 a barrel to less than $50. The economy

  • has never recovered.

  • It`s completely collapsed. Inflation in Venezuela, when prices go up and currency buys less is

  • estimated to reach 13,000 percent this year.

  • That`s according to the International Monetary Fund promotes financial stability and cooperation.

  • Empty shelves in grocery stores reflect the

  • shortage of basic things like flour, medicine and toilet paper.

  • In the words of one woman, who says her family doesn`t earn enough money to buy half a dozen

  • eggs, quote, nothing is normal. An estimated 4 million

  • Venezuelans have left the country over the past four years. There are around 31 million

  • there now.

  • The results of the election hadn`t come in by the time we produced this show.

  • A U.S. congressman from Texas says his community would grieve together, love one another and

  • work together to get through a tragedy that took place

  • last Friday. In the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe, schools are closed today and

  • tomorrow, following last week`s shooting at Santa Fe high

  • school. It ended after school resource officers confronted the suspect and Texas Governor

  • Greg Abbott says the officers likely save lives.

  • He was expected to meet with family members of the victims yesterday, following a service

  • at the First Baptist Church of Santa Fe. As the news

  • media arrived to cover that, they observed a rainbow over the church that one reporter

  • said appeared to reach to the school.

  • This is the first fissure that we were able to get close to when we first got here, right

  • after the eruption

  • began.

  • The sound is deafening. And I can see -- it`s hard to see, but I can see that there`s some

  • fire burning inside there. There are still, deep

  • orange pieces being launched out of this fissure into the sky.

  • You can feel the pressure. It is strong. And it almost sounds angry.

  • What I understand after talking to volcanologists is that it doesn`t just start as a big eruption.

  • What happens here is that first, there are cracks

  • in the road. Cracks like these, take a look at this. Cracks like these that you see first.

  • And then, you see the smoke. Those volcanic gasses starting to erupt. And then after that,

  • what can happen, is the lava starting to erupt out of

  • earth. And coming out and being flung into the air, several hundred feet in some cases.

  • Like a lot of private pilot, Paul Steklenski, started working towards his license so he

  • could fly from the pun of it. He originally

  • didn`t think that he`d been doing it as a form of service. But that change a few years

  • ago, and today, more than 1,000 dogs have Steklenski to thank

  • for saving their lives.

  • He`s completed almost 100 flights to save animals. He`s paid for them himself. He`s

  • the founder of Flying Fur Animal Rescue and he`s a CNN Hero.

  • Every dog that steps food on our plane is a passenger. They are getting a private flight

  • to save their lives and I

  • wouldn`t have it any other way.

  • I did not choose this path. It was chosen for me. At the time, I really didn`t know

  • why I was doing it.

  • Clear to 3,500 going direct to I started flying in the spring of 2013, after

  • passing by this airport, on my way to work every day and deciding I would finally take

  • a listen. I was

  • half a dozen lessons in and we decided to adopt the dog.

  • The process of adopting Tessa (ph) opened my eyes to a world that I didn`t know existed.

  • If they don`t get out of certain areas of this country, they

  • don`t live. These animals are perfectly fine and healthy and adoptable, just can`t get

  • out of high kill shelters to that freedom.

  • about 12,000 miles southeast to the field.

  • One side became an airman, I thought this was a way I can use an ability I have to help

  • move a large amount of animals in a short period, and

  • literally save their lives.

  • My current schedule allows me to fly about twice a month.

  • You just look like my Tessa. You`re just like my baby girl.

  • We`ll head to North Carolina and we`ll meet our fosters and rescues there.

  • I tried to greet every passenger before we load them unto the aircraft, to spend a few

  • moments with them.

  • Are you ready to go?

  • So, they can see me. They can smell me and try to -- can give off each other`s vibes.

  • We load the airplane up and then we`ll make stop along the eastern coast.

  • Yeehaw, here we go.

  • I would start to notice that certain animals were more scared than others.

  • You smell my cookies.

  • So, I would lean towards the animal that I can comfort the most to place next to me.

  • Hey, Bernie. You`re so calm right now.

  • It`s very important that their time with me is as comfortable as can be. I`m quite certain

  • they know things about the change and they know things

  • are getting better and they`re going to end up in a pound.

  • All right, buddy, stay right there.

  • How thinking? I think

  • All of the shelters that I work with are no kill.

  • His heart is beating a mile a minute. He`s so scared.

  • These people are dedicated to taking these animals, fostering them and seeing them through

  • adoption. We couldn`t exist without them.

  • I`ll get your stuff, OK? I`ll get your baggage.

  • This is sort of my salvation. It`s something that I feel very privileged to be able to

  • do.

  • Animals can profoundly change you and to be able to help other people experience that.

  • It`s just the absolute best.

  • If you`re big fan of chicken wings, you might think these are worth their wait in gold,

  • 24-carat gold. They`re now on sale to eat at a

  • restaurant in New York City. They`re brined for 12 hours, coated in a dry rub, baked,

  • and fried. And here`s where the money is. They`re coated in

  • a layer of gold dust.

  • Yes, they cost more that buffalo wings. Ten of these are 45 bucks. The restaurant`s owners

  • say they wanted to create something over the top.

  • But why wings and not nuggets? I guess if you`re going to go for the gold and test your

  • diner`s mettle, you can start a flap with a wing folks, or

  • dust up with the nugget folks. Either way, the things shining on the wings are bling

  • and it blings us to another rich ending for CNN 10.

  • I`m Carl Azuz.

We`re winding down the season on CNN 10. We have two weeks left on air and there will

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