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>> the most watched news at noon in central iowa. this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci 8 news at noon. mollie: right now at noon, testimony resumes today in the pete polson trial one day after dashcam video is revealed from the day of the pleasant hill shootings. good afternoon. thanks for joining us today. today's testimony is focusing on the items investigators seized from polson's home. a narcotics agent says he found crystal residue consistent with
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marijuana. the defense is trying to prove polson was too intoxicated to know what he was doing and did not intend to kill anyone. he is charged with three counts of attempted murder. a special agent says he told him he hadn't used drugs in a couple of years prior to the november 2014 shooting spree. >> did you ask if he felt intoxicated at the time? >> yes i did. >> what was his response? >> he stated he did not. mollie: kim st. onge will have much more on today's testimony later on today at 5:00 and 6:00. the federal trial of two campaign staffers for ron paul continues today. prosecutors say jesse benton and dimitri kesari tried to cover up payments made to former iowa legislator kent sorenson to switch from michele bachmann's campaign. just yesterday, former presidential candidate ron paul
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testified that he would never pay for a political endorsement and does not believe anyone working for his campaign would do so either, saying he trusted the people working on his campaign to account for all the money coming in and out of the campaign. we were there this morning when several activists showed up outside the headquarters of the iowa utilities board to protest the construction of a proposed bakken oil pipeline which would cut through iowa. those attending the protest say the courts and not the iowa utilities board should decide if eminent domain can be used in this case. the dakota access pipeline would move at least 450,000 barrels daily. right now the oil is being moved by rail. which pipeline supporters say is much more dangerous than transporting by pipeline. >> this whole argument of rail versus pipeline is a false
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energy transfer partners only owns the pipeline, not the oil. they have no say where extractor smoother oil or how they move it. it is just a lie we've been told. mollie: a recent study found were 22 accidents per billion barrels of oil transported. the rail version is much higher. that number is getting lower as they are making needed safety improvements. and we've learned that a boil order has been issued for the entire town of colfax due to a water main break there. city administrators say the order could last 3-4 days, saying a significant amount of excavating will need to be done to fix the break. another nice day today. but a cold front will soon be moving through. let's check in now with jason for more on that. jason: we have got temperatures that will be dropping into the low 30's. frost definitely has some potential to form the next couple of mornings across the state. for us today we have got a gorgeous forecast.
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you can see out there right now. plenty of sunshine working its way across the state. a few clouds the southern portions. other than that the sun will help us want nicely as we go to the rest of the day. you can see temperatures in the upper 60's. mid-60's through central portions of the state. a decent start to our day but we have been cranking up that wind a notch. you can see it out there. 28 miles per hour sustained up in clarion. it will help us lead to a higher fire danger as we have very dry conditions out there. red flag warnings in effect until 7:00 p.m. those winds of change are upon us. we squeeze out one more nice day. 70 degrees is all we will be climbing to. stark contrast in temperatures coming over the next couple of days. mollie: turning to news from around the state now. police are investigating after a bank robbery in neola. officials say it happened at the farmers-merchants state bank in
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neola around 1:00 yesterday afternoon. the suspect left the bank with cash and is believed to be a white man around 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. they say he was driving this red ford explorer or mercury mountaineer with part of the front bumper missing. also in western iowa, council bluffs police are looking for this man, 27-year old-adam thomas, after he allegedly hit a officer with his truck. the officer is ok but being treated at a hospital. it all started with a fraud report at a bomgaars store. police arrested 27-year-old adam thomas. but while handcuffed, thomas somehow got out of the patrol car, back into his truck, and tried to leave the scene. thomas ran into the arresting officer and that's when the officer fired several shots. thomas did not stop and at last report he's still on the run. president obama had declared america's war in afghanistan over and drew up plans for an almost complete withdrawal from the country. but after months of reviewing the situation, the president has
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decided to change plans. craig boswell is at the white house with more details. reporter: president obama has changed his mind about bringing nearly all the u.s. troops home from afghanistan by the time he leaves office. while america's combat mission in afghanistan maybe over, our commitment to afghanistan and its people indoors. -- endours. reporter: under the old plan america would've kept just 1000 troops in kabul. >> in key areas the security situation is still very fragile. in some places there is risk of deterioration. reporter: u.s. military officials recommended the new plan to the president because of the taliban's resurgence. the militant group captured the afghan city of kunduz last month, the first time they were able to overrun a city since 2001.
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there is growing concern that isis will gain new recruits in afghanistan. administration officials told cbs news the forces will be stationed at four key basis with a price tag of about $15 billion. the u.s. forces will continue to focus on counterterrorism threats as well as the training and advising of afghan security forces as a combat the taliban. craig boswell, cbs news, the white house. mollie: sources say the president was to give a successor more flexibility in how to deal with the terrorism threat in afghanistan once he leaves office. also in washington, congress now has two fewer days to deal with the debt ceiling. treasury secretary jack lew says the u.s. will hit the debt ceiling on november 3, two days earlier then he originally thought. the debt ceiling is a cap set by congress on how much outstanding debt the federal government can have. it's currently set at just over $18 trillion. congress is expected to debate
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debt ceiling next week. the attorney for dennis hastert has told a federal judge that the former house speaker intends to plead guilty in a federal hush-money case. a judge has scheduled a change of plea hearing for october 28. a plea deal would avert a trial and help keep any potentially embarrassing secrets quiet. the 73-year-old illinois republican is charged with breaking banking laws and lying to the fbi in efforts to pay someone $3.5 million to hide claims of past sexual misconduct. international air travelers are back on track today after a computer glitch caused long lines last night at some of the nation's busiest airports. federal officials say a computer that checks passenger names against a terror watch list went down for 90 minutes. no word on what caused the outage, but officials do not believe the disruption was malicious in nature. and in south africa, a parole board has decided that oscar pistorius can be released from prison and moved to house arrest.
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the olympic runner has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter for killing his girlfriend. pistorius was sentenced to 5 years and spent just 10 months in prison. hundreds of israeli security forces are on guard across the country, and jews are on edge after a wave of palestinian knife attacks. jonathan vigliotti reports from jerusalem. reporter: israeli police have set up new c cckpoints between palestinian and jewish neighborhoods. they are stopping, searching, and sizing of anyone who looks suspicious after more than a dozen stabbing attack this month that it targeted israelis. >> we are scared all the time. reporter: this palestinian father says he's giving his five children up the street set of here is really a least will mistake them for terrorists and shoot them. on wednesday police shot and killed a palestinian at the entrance to the old city after
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later, at a jerusalem bus station officers to get another attacker he stepped a 70-year-old easily -- israeli woman. to result's -- jerusalem's mayor is urging citizens to carry weapons. this jewish man his arms up with a pistol and a bullet-proof vest. residents say the extra security is vital. >> 170 take a knife -- when somebody takes a knife you, what he supposed to do? reporter: both sides are holding funerals for those who have died in the violence. no sooner have his burial in bethelhem finished when fighting erupted on the streets once again. jonathan vaguely body, cbs news, jerusalem. mollie: still ahead a new survey , finds more and more employees are calling in sick when they were feeling just fine. but a fake illness isn't the only story people claim to get the day off. and bad news for the millions of americans receiving social security benefits.
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mollie: let's face it. some days you just don't feel like going to work. it seems there is a growing number of people calling in sick when they aren't ill. and some excuses go much further. hena daniels has the results of a new survey. it's new at noon. reporter: it is something many people hesitate to admit. eddie called out sick when you're not really sick? >> never. reporter: others don't mind fessing up. if you feel guilty? >> note. -- nope.. reporter: a new survey finds 30% employees have called in sick when they were feeling just fine. up from 28% from last year. >> a relative endive when they really didn't. reporter: it was the relative?
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reporter: the survey discovered even more outrageous excuses. one person said the universe is telling him to take the day off. another employee claims he broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich. one worker said his grandmother poison him with ham. matthew one city salesman said he fell off a ladder and was in the emergency room. >> we later found out to be untrue. he was recovering from very hard night of partying. reporter: line can be risky. about one in five employees have fired worker for calling in sick with a fake excuse. would ever work with the salesman again? >> he is no longer with the firm. mollie: one advocate for the elderly says they are facing another blow to their retirement income. this after an announcement today that there will be no benefit increase for the tens of millions who receive social security, or for disabled veterans or federal retirees.
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that benefits will remain flat. officials say the main reason is low gas prices. by law, the annual cost-of-living adjustment is based on a government measure of inflation, which is being pulled down by falling gas prices. we will soon have a falling temperature so let's check in to see just how low is going to go. jason: it's going to get frosty up in here after a while. tomorrow morning in the morning after with chances for temperatures dropping into the 30's and even chances for a bit of frost out there. today has been beautiful. mild temperatures all throughout iowa, sitting in the mid-60's at this point. average high for this time of year are around the 64 mark. we've already eclipsed that. a lot of sunshine to go along with it. a few clouds are working -- lurking about to the south. sunshine and areas out to the north will help warm us up as we head into the remainder of the day here.
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seasons of change are upon us. fall colors, beautiful. we have got a ton of these shots on the ulocal page. austin sent that in. send your pictures in and i will get as many of his i can. 66 throughout the metro. very dry air in the next. warning in effect for state. of moisture to go around out there and the winds will be so high throughout the day. 15-20 miles per hour. other than that, beautiful. 70 degrees is where we top up by the evening. temperatures are to change this evening. 39 for your morning low temperature. the reason why the will get so low is we will continue to see this area of high pressure die down. --d dive down and it will bring colder air with it.
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and there will be colder air will be funneling and from the north. while. because of this freeze warning andi n pink and frost advisories again on saturday morning. us. futurecast picks up on clouds to the south and we will keep them to the south and continue to push and the sunshine is we head into the evening tonight. clear skies overnight. they help us to drop the temperature as we go through into the morning hours. for a lot of us. throughout the day. other than that a wonderful down. there today. 15-20 miles per hour. plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the upper 60's to low 70's throughout the state.
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other than that it is pretty decent besides the cool start to the day. friday and saturday morning chances for frost as we bring in the low 30's. after that, look at the warm-up. we are back on track. 65 on sunday with another beautifully sunny day. we are back into the low 70's monday and tuesday, tuesday your next shot for rain. at that point it will have been nearly three weeks since we have seen a drop of rain. mollie: thank you very much.
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is celebrating 60 mollie: for some it is a hobby and for others it is a habit. a fascination with rocks. you will find it at the gem, mineral, and fossil show in des moines. they are with the des moines lapidary society. this is a very special year because i did you have a crown. [laughter] this is the 60th year? guest: our diamond jubilee. mollie: congratulations. what is your society? guest: the definition of lapidary is the cutting and polishing of stones.
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are rockhounds and like you find, collect, cut, polished, make jewelry out of rocks. mollie: how did you get started? guest: my husband took me to mineral shows i don't know how many years ago. i got hooked. mollie: how did you get hooked? guest: childhood. we spent summer weekends at a family cabin and there's lots of exploring to do. i helped redo a fireplace that was full of rocks collected but my great-grandfather. mollie: tell us about the beautiful examples you brought. this is what we will be seeing this weekend? guest: this is a sample of what would be seen. we had geodes. amethyst. this is calcite. we also have a cabochon which is a way to make a stone into something you can put in jewelry. there will be demonstrations of making cabochon?
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guest: maybe. mollie: what will be at the show this weekend will be at the paul knapp learning center. what will we see? guest: there is all kinds of dealers who sell things. we also have demonstrations. there will be somebody who will demonstrate silver work, wire wrapping. it will be glass bead makers. they will be working through the show's you can see how things are done. we also have children's activities. guest: we have a pebble pit which is great fun for children. mollie: they get in? guest: they get in and dig around. they look for fossils. a treasure hunt this year. that is new. and the gold people are here. people like to watch gold prospectors. here in iowa, amazingly. you can find gold. not very much.
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but it is fun. mollie: we are seeing videos from past shows. jewelry for sale. literally something for everyone. how to get tickets? guest: if that the palm at learning center on the fairgrounds. it right across the street from the old know. there is plenty of parking out there. admission is five dollars. we also have an hourly silent auction. mollie: sounds wonderful. your website. thank you both for coming in and bringing these beautiful examples. i want to that level pit. that sounds fun.
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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [kcci captioning is brought to you by the iowa clinic] mollie: enjoy today because it is going to change. jason: the change is truly upon us. today don't forget the red flag warning for the north and northwest. we have very dry air in the mix. we have really stiff breeze. 70 topping out today with sunshine. across the state looking pretty
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