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cold air to the west and northwest. futurecast, very interesting. i will take you right to the holiday weekend hour-by-hour. steve: the number of holiday travelers in the u.s. is expected to top 100 million people for the first time ever. thousands of iowans are traveling right now. kcci's kim st. onge caught up with a few of them. she's live just east of van meter. kim, what are you seeing out there? kim: it is snowing pretty hard, or it has been since about 3:00. the wind is blowing the snow around, decreasing visibility. this is i-80. i have seen at least one truck in this area. i have seen the rain transitioning to snow around 3:00. it has been coming down pretty
the snow is it really accumulating on the roadways just yet. just driving on them, they are already slick. the biggest thing you are seeing out here right now is the wind. it gives you a better idea of just how strong that wind is. it is blowing the snow around, decreasing visibility. it is even whipping our news vehicle around a little bit. if you're driving, make sure you have both hands on the steering wheel. one driver told me that road conditions seem worse west of the metro. >> is pretty crappy. not fun to drive in. we have seen a couple of cars in the ditch. definitely slow going.
you may want to take a couple of baxter minutes to dust your car off. -- a couple of extra minutes to dust your car off. cynthia: right now, protesters are causing a headache at the st. paul minnesota airport. several have been arrested in a black lives matter protest at the mall of america. protestors at the mall headed to an airport terminal. security checkpoints were closed. protesters want police to release video of a black man shot and killed by minneapolis police last month. black lives matter protests also causing travel problems in los angeles right now. demonstrators on the 405 freeway forcing two southbound lanes to close. we're told the traffic backup caused hundreds of people to miss flights at lax. steve: as kim mentioned, it is a busy day for travelers. in fact, it's one of the busiest of the year. cynthia: and as danielle nottingham reports, millions of americans flying can expect to
danielle: thousands of airport passengers were up early to avoid the rush at new york's laguardia airport but they still , faced delays. thick fog and rain delayed nearly 200 flights in the northeast wednesday morning. >> the lines are much longer than normal. the big thing is to give myself some extra time. danielle: long lines also snaked should -- snaked around chicago's o'hare airport and there was heavy traffic at drop off areas of lax. officials say the nearly 38 million people flying over christmas and new years can expect to see a heavier security presence. >> i'm hoping that today will be a little bit smoother and the transition to catch other planes won't be so bad. danielle: the tsa tell cbs news more passengers will likely pass through body scanners. the enhanced airport security comes after the terror attack in paris. the technology has evolved. a generic figure now replaces more revealing body images to protect privacy. >> i feel safer with people going through the body scanner rather than just go and not get
has happened in this country. danielle: rain and snow caused problems on the roads in the pacific northwest. triple-a says 100 million americans will travel more than 50 miles from home between christmas and new year's. and, cheap gas helps. the average price for a gallon is around $2. danielle nottingham, cbs news, los angeles. cynthia: triple-a says the average roundtrip airline ticket costs about $174. breaking news right now at 5:00. officials identify a body found by a hunter as 34-year-old jeffery allen versteegh of oskaloosa. he had missing since july. a hunter found his body december 16 along railroad tracks north of town. the cause of death still under investigation. also just into the newsroom, warren county officials arrest 21-year-old trey robert sundbrock of indianola for killing his girlfriend's dog. he faces animal torture charges. steve: a big fire today at an east-side des moines auto parts store.
on maury around 10:15 this morning. it was fully engulfed when they arrived with flames shooting out the 3 garage doors in front. the owners believe the fire started in a room where they have a wood-burning stove but , the exact cause remains under investigation. no injuries have been reported so far. the shop's business manager says auto parts on maury has been there for 18 years. funeral services are being held tonight for longtime madrid high school football coach randy hinkel, who died suddenly on sunday. he was 58-years-old. hinkel's visitation is going on right now and continues until 7:00 pm at the madrid junior/senior high school. the funeral service immediately follows. the public is welcome. cynthia: as you know, governor branstad has made history. he's the longest serving governor ever. in american history. this morning, i sat down with the governor to look back on his 20 years in office for close-up.
youngest governor ever, facing the farm crisis. he talks about seeing the state through the worst of times. governor branstad a lot of : people lost their farms but we saved a lot and built a more -- saved a lot of farms and did a lot to build a more diversified economy. now, iowa produces more ethanol from corn then we use in gas. cynthia: you can hear the governor looking back on his record-breaking time in office on "close-up" this sunday morning at 10:30 after face the nation. steve: in commitment 2016 news, back and forth between the front-runners. donald trump and hillary clinton are trading barbs as the candidates wrap up 2015, and look ahead to the election year. aixa diaz is in our washington bureau with a countdown to the
aixa: donald trump in hillary clinton are focusing less on their opponents and more on each other. mr. trump: it's disgusting, i don't want to talk about it. aixa: donald trump versus hillary clinton. the two front runners and their respective parties take jabs on the campaign trail. gov. christie: i'm so tired of hearing about the bickering between donald trump and hillary. aixa: trump's comments about clinton's bathroom break during the last debate sparked reaction from both sides. sen. sanders: i also went to the bathroom. i know, i know, i have to admit it. mr. bush: she's great at being the victim. you know this will enhance her victimology status. aixa: niall stanage of the hill says the attacks on clinton could end up helping her campaign but he also says , trump's comments are doing little to hurt him. >> there have been various controversies that people have said, well this will be the end, this is the beginning of the end of donald trump, that has never happened. aixa: a new cnn/orc poll keeps
republicans, with ted cruz coming in second. sen. cruz: while others have thrown rocks back and forth, i haven't been willing to play that game and i'm not going to start now. aixa: stanage says cruz is trump's chief threat for the gop nomination. >> he has the capacity to appeal to conservatives while at least being a more orthodox politician. aixa: a quinnipiac poll shows 50% of voters surveyed say they would be embarrassed to have trump as president. 35% said the same about clinton. in washington, i'm aixa diaz. cynthia: new at 5:00, goats eating christmas? vanessa peng shows us how the animals are helping with the holiday cleanup. she's live in ames, vanessa? vanessa: cynthia, a lot of us love our live christmas trees. but what about after christmas, what do you do with those trees? do it the eco friendly way, and
they're in their winter garb, ready to recycle christmas. >> there's this surplus of variety just waiting out there, and that's christmas trees. vanessa: when it's warmer, these goats usually clear out overgrown fields. >> in the summer we use our goats on customers' properties to deal with unwanted vegetation , weeds, and brush, but in the winter there's not a lot of that happening and the goats don't have a lot of variety in their diet. vanessa: so after the holidays they'll gladly eat your christmas leftovers without the tinsel and ornaments. >> one, it gives the goats some variety and two, christmas trees , actually have tannins in them that help the goats deal with internal parasites that they're suspectible to. vanessa: the hard workers of goat rental service, goats on the go, will eat your tree for free while you watch. all they ask is if you can, give to kid for a kid. the organization donates kids, or baby goats, to needy haitian children. >> make that last kind of usually joyless event of the
fun and watch the goats in action and give to a good cause. vanessa: the christmas tree ditching event is called goats on the snow, a play on "goats on the go." it will held at 3892 north 500th avenue in ames on january 2 from 10:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. the goats will be dressed in their hats and scarves, and some will even be available for petting. cynthia: next at 5:00, no plea. silent and distraught, las vegas crash suspect appears in court for the first time. the new charges she faces. steve: plus it's alive. , straight ahead, a good-look at a real-life elf on a shelf. cynthia: deadly storms. a look at the damage to our south where strong winds trampled trees and destroyed
cynthia: new at 5:00 the mother , accused of plowing a car through crowds on a las vegas strip makes her first court appearance. lakeisha holloway was arraigned on murder, hit and run and child , abuse charges. she didn't enter a plea, but nodded to acknowledge she understood she will stay in jail through the holiday until the investigation is complete. her lawyer says he's working to understand his client. >> we want her family to reach out to us. we want to try to get the best picture we can of who this young lady is and what the circumstances are that put her in this position. cynthia: holloway's 3-year-old child was in the car when the crash happened. that child is now in state custody tonight. steve: manslaughter charges today for the wal-mart truck driver who crashed a van last year carrying actor tracy morgan. one man died in the crash on the new jersey turnpike. morgan was severely injured. lawyers for kevin roper say wal-mart's settlement with morgan generated publicity that
trial. new at 5:00, explosive air bags made by takata have now killed 8 people. u.s. transportation officials say the latest fatality was a teenage driver who was injured in a july crash near pittsburgh. roughly 23 million takata air bag inflators have been recalled in the united states on 19 million vehicles. cynthia: deadly storms sweeping through the south today. officials say at least one person was killed in arkansas when a tree fell on a house near atkins. that is just northwest of little rock. several tornado watches throughout that region today. here in central iowa, a gloomy, rainy day outside. steve: kurtis, what is on the way? kurtis: rain transitioning to snow, no doubt about that. the roadways come at this time, are slushy.
northwest winds, 24. u.s. some gusty winds out there. rainfall today, jordan creek over an inch. ankeny, over seven hundredths. we had thunderstorms and thunder snow today. still in the 50's along the mississippi river. most of the state hovering at least for now above the freezing mark. the wintry mix we are experiencing moving out by 7:00 a.m. the winds will stay strong. 34 degrees at 10:00 p.m. actual temperature, 28. we are only headed up into the 30's tomorrow. a high of about 36 degrees.
the system changed over to that snow. it was bigger is at times. all of the severe weather from around indiana, the southern side of indiana down through kentucky, arkansas. we did have a tornado warning in the quad cities. that is how close by a tornado warning was. her comes our quick moving system for quest missy. then high pressure will build in for christmas day. there is your timeline. the mix of snow moving out. on thursday, from nebraska across iowa, a little band of light snow set up moving out by the afternoon. christmas day, i think we will start out with a little bit of sunshine, and then the clouds will role in.
i think we could see a mix just northwest of the metro. very late into saturday morning, we could see some snow accumulations. that pulls on out. quiet weather on sunday initially for another system moves in on monday. i think most locations will stay under one inch of snowfall. the omaha-council bluffs% area could see 1-2 inches of snow. tomorrow, -- tonight, gusty winds. tomorrow, light snow, looks to be one inch or less. this was day, 39. generally drive. we could see some showers here in the metro. to the northwest after 6:00 p.m.
potential for rain, maybe some snow. colder it -- colder air as -- colder air as we head into the receive. -- new years. steve: watch us for the rain and mist kicked up by the cars, but the travel times to your mix master's are nine minutes to the west and seven minutes to the east. cynthia: kcci 8 news is live with new developments right now. here's what we're working on for 6:00. mark: it has been almost three years since mike wasike was nearly beaten to death by teenage carjackers in des moines . his wife tells us tonight about the family's big news, bringing her husband back to iowa. marcus: a homeless veteran has been on the receiving end of a lot of holiday help, but is there more to this story?
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steve: last week, we showed you how a utah family decided to take it a step further, with a real-life elf on the shelf. cynthia: tonight, hallie jackson shows us more of the adorable viral pictures. hallie: twas the
week before christmas, and in the town of paradise the elf on the shelf , wasn't being very nice. he'd tiptoed downstairs with some wrapping paper and glue >> i couldn't go to the bathroom in the middle of the night when i needed to. >> he makes mischief and messes, not quite a role model. just look at that sweet tooth. >> he drank out of the syrup bottle. >> but big brother zack knows this elf's not a toy. he's rockwell, his brother. yes, he's a real boy. spreading the magic of the season with a little help from his pop. >> i'm holding him the entire time . >> and the magic of photoshop. rockwell sees you when you're sleeping, tells santa if you've been nice. his pictures so popular online people shared and shared twice. strangers all over the world clicking photos of this kid.
viral and get the attention that it did. >> but this family's had a taste of what it's like to spread joy. look who's next to rockwell do you recognize that boy? that is wil, he can fly as we've told you before. his pictures proof, kids with down syndrome can soar. these photos, all taken for one simple reason. to share the love this family shows, no matter the season. and for the two youngest kids it's a love that never ends. ,>> we're really excited to watch them grow up and be best friends. >> life's not always picture-perfect, but one thing is clear. you don't have to wait 'til christmas to feel this kind of cheer. it's santa's best gift you can't find under the tree. so from the lawrence family and ours, happy holidays. steve: i don't use this word often but that is adorable.
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