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courthouse. live in studio, emmy victor, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. mark: still no verdict in the pete polson trial. the jury spent today trying to decide whether polson was too intoxicated to form the intent to kill when he went on a shooting spree in pleasant hill last november. polson says he was high on meth and doesn't remember shooting at three people, injuring two of them. prosecutors say everyone who met with polson after the shooting say there were signs he was on drugs. he's facing several charges, including 3 counts of attempted murder. the federal trial of two former ron paul 2012 aides continues. the case could go to jury tomorrow. former state senator kent sorenson testified friday that dmitri kesari gave his wife a check for $25,000. but then told sorenson not to cash it. kesari told him to bill a company called ict for payment which would then pay sorenson's company grassroots strategy. count on kcci for complete
coverage of both trials. stacey: governor branstad is defending his cost-saving estimate for medicaid. >> every year, the department of human services gives us an estimate of what they think it is going to cost. it is a range and we have always chosen the mid range. stacey: the chair of the iowa senate oversight committee has requested the documents used for that estimate. new at 5:00 iowa's abortion , rates are on the decline. the iowa department of public health says there were 4020 abortions in 2014. that's down from 400 -- that's down from 4423 abortions in 2013. mark: a western iowa girl is recovering after being hit by a train. it happened around 12:30 sunday afternoon in council bluffs. authorities say the 10-year-old tried to cross a set of tracks after a train passed. but was hit by another train going the same direction. family members say the girl has a wound on her head but was
arrived. doctors told the girl's family she fractured her skull. she's listed in stable condition at an omaha hospital right now . thankfully, she is expected to make a full recovery. stacey: a huge tree hits the home of a des moines family who just moved in. the damage was reported this morning at 5423 southwest 16th street. wind gusts near 40-miles-per hour were reported at the time, as well as dry conditions. the parents and 4 children were inside the home when the tree came down. >> when i heard it, i saw a shadow of leaves and branches, so i thought the whole tree was going to get in our house. so i grabbed by brother and i moved the furthest away i could. stacey: a section of the roof and electrical connection to the house was damaged, so was a car. no damage estimate yet. and luckily, no injuries. mark: several field fires reported today across central
kcci's vanessa peng is live in story county and vanessa, there are a few things contributing to fire danger today. vanessa: mark, that's right. one of the biggest reasons is the strong winds gusting to 35 miles per hour, which is moving dry material, like corn stalks and husks, all over the place. if any of this catches an ember, it can carry it with the next gust, and spread a fire quickly. out in the field, when a farmer hasn't seen a raindrop for days, and what's left of the harvest is flying this way and that, -- >> it doesn't take much to start a fire especially with this wind, it travels really fast. vanessa: luckily, a fire at jordan uthe's corn field near boone, was contained before it got out of hand. all it took to take off was a little spark from an engine manifold. >> it's just so dry you never know. vanessa: the national weather service says monday will be the 20th straight day of no rain in des moines.
the last years. 105 the lack of rain, mixed with low humidity and lots of dry material creates a toxic recipe for fires. >> if you have a bearing go bad or or a belt gets to dragging. something creates a spark and as dry as the conditions are, it wouldn't take much of a spark to ignite a fire. vanessa: uthe's field fire was one of many firefighters fought on monday. you can see in this video how quickly the fire spread across a field colo in about an hour. >> with the winds coming out of the southeast things like that that's why it moved across to the northeast so quick. vanessa: firefighters contained it before it spread to a nearby house. farmers tell us they'll take the warm without the wind. >> it is probably a positive for anything other than fires. the corn's nice and dry coming out of the field and harvest has been clicking right along. vanessa: burn bans are still in place across the state. live in story county, vanessa peng, kcci 8 news, iowa's news
stacey: --mark: the wind is really taking the attention from the warmth today. regards that were -- kurtis: the red flag warning in effect until 7:00 p.m. and then the wind will slowly die down. audubon, 44 wind gusts. mid-30's across the state. your planner for tonight, mostly clear skies and very mild. 70 that 7:00 p.m.. we'll see some clouds increasing on tuesday and there is a slight chance of an afternoon shower. another mild one as we hit 75 degrees. current readings, 78 in des moines. 81 in carroll. 79 in webster city. simply check on your forecast coming up.
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announcer: this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci 8 news at 5:00 with steve karlin, stacey horst, and chief meteorologist john mclaughlin. mark: back to work after a week long break. lawmakers return to capitol hill to tackle an important to do list. stacey: kcci's aixa diaz is live in our washington bureau.
agenda? aixa: congress comes back to a house speaker race, controversial benghazi hearing, and debt ceiling showdown. who will become the next speaker of the house? that's one of the questions lawmakers are facing this week. the pressure is on paul ryan to house majority leader kevin mccarthy dropped out of the race. >> if there's disarray in their own party because they can't choose a leader, that's politically disastrous for them, been taken to rally behind somebody this week. aixa: on thursday, former secretary of state hillary clinton testifies about what she knew leading up to the 2012 benghazi attacks that killed four americans. the white house says this week's hearing is politically-motivated, republicans say they're after the facts. >> those republican members of the benghazi committee are going to come loaded for bear when secretary clinton is before them because they're under a lot of pressure to produce. >> we are trying very hard to do a very fact-based, comprehensive investigation.
then we'll issue a final report. aixa: congress is also up against a november third deadline to raise the nation's borrowing limit, or allow the government's loans to go into default. >> very, very unlikely it happens, but it does allow the republicans, at least, an interesting tool to play a game of political chicken with the president. aixa: the senate returned to work today. the house is back in session tomorrow. stacey: aixa, what other issues will congress be taking up? aixa: 41, the budget. lawmakers have two months to come up with a deal to avoid a government shutdown before christmas. also, congress has been going back and forth on transportation projects. mark: commitment 2016. democratic presidential debate a , new poll shows a slight uptick for hillary clinton. she gained six points over last
poll. bernie sanders is up one to 21%. joe biden has 17% and has not yet indicated if he will join the race. some analysts say to expect the announcement within 48 hours. stacey: first lady michelle obama is calling on the biggest names in media to help promote education. the better make room campaign encourages teenagers between the ages of 14 and 19 to never stop learning. mrs. obama: we want to create a space where young people can engage with each other, where they can inspire each other to complete education beyond high school. we want to make room for their stories, their dreams, their achievements because the truth is that right now that space really doesn't exist in our popular culture. stacey: the initiative is part of the first lady's reach higher program to expand educational opportunities for young people nationwide. mark: own a drone?
government know about it. today, the u.s. department of transportation announced a new task force on drones. secretary anthony foxx says pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year and there have been reports of interference with wildfire fighting operations. officials say they're concerned a drone might cause serious damage if it's sucked into an engine or smashes into an airliner's windshield. in sports, thehehicago cubs facing an uphill battle. stacey: care now down 2 games after lots -- they are now down 2 games. mark: meantime, the kansas city royals are getting ready for game three of the american league championship series. they lead the series 2-0 in game three tonight. stacey: snow in october. the early season layer falling across the heart of oswego county in central new york. some areas got up to nine inches. the snow isn't expected to last.
forecasters say more traditional fall weather is on its way back. mark: it is hard to imagine. stacey: they can keep the snow for now. kurtis: this warm air is headed towards upstate new york. we are at 78 degrees. the big problem today has been the wind. still gusty, just not as strong as it was earlier in the day. 17-25 miles per hour with gusts around 30. still mild at 10:00 p.m.. not as windy tomorrow. with southwind's, we warm up very nicely. by noon tomorrow, 70 degrees. our highs today, we hit 80 in des moines.
if you head west of the metro, most locations were in the 80's. 70 -- 77 ottumwa, lamoni. the all-time record was 85. a very mild one, but not making the top three. now, generally mostly sunny skies. some showers as you head to the twin cities. overall, a fairly tranquil pattern. there is a week system that will interact with this slightly moist air and could squeeze out a couple showers. this will slide away tuesday night and wednesday but we will be on the mild side again tomorrow. futurecast, mostly clear out there tonight.
tomorrow, we start with some sunshine and the clouds slowly roll on it. by 4:00 p.m., there could be some showers. wednesday, we start with sunshine but then we start to see some clouds roll in, especially wednesday evening. still breezy for your evening activities. south winds about 10-18 gusting into the 20's. wednesday, 74. we will be drive-through thursday. that will be 23 rain free days. that will be in the top five dry -- the all-time dry stretch.
we probably will not see that because we have a good chance of rain on friday. sunshine on sunday at 62. more 60's next week. stacey: time for kcci 8 traffic. time to beat the traffic. slow down in the usual places but other than that, green is good. mark: kcci 8 news is live with new developments right now. here's what we're working on for 6:00. back at the polk county courthouse for verdict watching the pete polson trial, but still no decision by the jury. this central iowa honor guard is serving at more military funerals than ever before and then their bus broke down. at 6:00 how these veterans got , back on the road, despite having no money to pay the in $6,000 repairs.
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the bern. stacey: "curb your enthusiasm" actor larry david lit up the stage with his bernie sanders impersonation on saturday night live last weekend. mark: the show poked fun at the recent cnn democratic presidential debate. stacey: david looked so much like sanders that even sanders himself was impressed. here's what he said in iowa sunday. sen. sanders: in terms of larry david, i think we can put him on a stage in my next rally, let him do it rather than me. he does it better than i do. and yes, last week, i bought my second pair of underwear. that's a joke. please don't write it down. it was a joke. i have an ample supply of underwear. stacey: that is good to hear. david had a whole string of fake sanders lines in the sketch, including him saying he doesn't have a super pac he doesn't even have a backpack. mark: larry david has regular work as long as bernie sanders stays in. stacey: we're back next with a
a high fire danger. 70's again tomorrow. thursday, we cool into the 60's. stacey: thank you for joining us. "the cbs evening news" is next and that will be back for kcci 8 news at 6:00. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [kcci captioning is brought to