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steve: right now, all clear after a day of wild weather that spread both snow and thunderstorms across the state. what can we expect overnight? kurtis: a lot more tranquil. we had snow just west of the metro, some bigger snow showers in boone and greene county. we are dropping down below freezing. could be a few slick spots forming early morning hour. another impulsive energy midmorning through the afternoon. eventually, the high of 36 degrees. 6:00 p.m. temperature, 33. snowfall amounts central iowa looked to be an inch or less. if you had to the west, you could see two inches. christmas day, 39.
chris is night when we could see a wintry mix, especially to the north and northwest. it is very quiet across the midwest with mild 50's from st. louis through detroit. kansas city, 46. a brand-new futurecast. i will take you right into the weekend. steve: all of the wild weather had a big impact on people traveling today for the holidays. kcci's kim st. onge caught up with some of them who were caught in heavy snow. she's live in downtown des moines. kim, looks clear now. kim: that is great news for those drivers who were caught in it earlier. aside from wet roads and maybe some slick spots, the weather right now is a lot different from earlier today. just when we thought spring-like weather in winter may be here to stay mother nature reminded us, , midwest weather is anything
>> everyone has been saying where is winter? , do you like the fact that you are kind of getting a taste of it? no. >> kim: andrea haymond-tang and her family got caught right in the middle of the mid-day snow storm during their 11 hour drive from south dakota to iowa city. >> it's pretty crappy. not fun to drive in. we've seen a couple of cars in the ditch. kim: but the wind stole the show. it blew around the flakes, making visibility difficult. >> the roads are mostly just wet. it's mostly just the wind blowing the car around. kim: while these drivers battled slick roads, other travelers battled long delays at the airport. >> it just kept getting later and later. kim: as anxious travelers greeted their loved ones, one family could barely contain their excitement. u.s marine avery palen is coming home for the holidays, after being stationed in north carolina for a year. he has no idea his brothers and
>> yay. hi! oh, i missed you so much. kim: avery gets to spend two weeks with his family in ottumwa before he will have to head back to north carolina. by the way, triple-a says a record-breaking amount of people will be traveling this holiday season. live in des moines, kim st. onge, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. steve: we are learning more right now about some deadly storms to our south. a government meteorologist says early reports show more than a dozen tornados touched down today in mississippi. one raced along for more than half an hour, for about 100 miles, killing a 7-year-old boy who was in a car with his family. 40 others were injured. an 18-year-old woman in arkansas was also killed when a tree blew over onto her house. >> it is the holiday season,
and just, the loss of this family that they sustained from this storm is just tragic. steve: the mother and 2 other siblings were able to get out of the home without any serious injuries. thousands of people across the region are without power tonight. new at 10:00, as the investigating into eddie tipton expands nationwide, the executive director of the agency he used to work for is removed. tipton is the former security director for the multi-state lottery association. he was convicted earlier this year of rigging a multi million dollar jackpot in iowa back in 2010. today, we've learned charles strutt, the executive director of msl, was placed on administrative leave indefinitely back in october. strutt held the position for 28 years. in des moines, a massive fire tears a family-owned business to pieces. kcci's ryan smith spoke to a 3rd generation employee about
ryan: you can still smell the bird structure here nearly 12 hours after the fire started. the building has been reduced to nothing more than a charge shall -- a charred shell. the manager here plans to not only rebuild but one day expand his family business. flames pierce through three garage doors at this east side body shop. responding fire fighters arrived to find auto parts on maury fully engulfed with flames. >> the whole room was swallowed up by flames. ryan: manager austin reed faced the blaze head on when he stepped into a room containing a wood burning stove. >> as soon as i opened up the door, the flames were coming out at me and it was covered by smoke, i couldn't really see much other than the flames. ryan: reed attempted to use a fire extinguisher but quickly realized the fire was too powerful. the shop has been around for nearly two decades. the reed family tonight vowing to rebuild. >> i want to do this for my grandpa, because he's always had the dream to have a big salvage
ryan: with that goal in mind, about a dozen friends braved the rain and near-freezing temps to nail wooden boards to what's left of the charred structure. >> i got a great support system and friends and family and i really appreciate it. everything they do for me it shows you who your true loved ones are and who will be there for you. ryan: five people inside the auto body shop when the fire started. luckily, no injuries reported. the official cause remains under investigation. reporting from des moines, ryan smith, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. steve: in mahaska county, officials have now identified a body recently 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 some railroad tracks north of town. the cause of death is still under investigation. in warren county, officials have arrested 21-year-old trey robert sundbrock of indianola for killing his girlfriend's dog. he now faces animal torture
a man who was nearly beaten to death during a carjacking in des moines almost 3 years ago, is back in central iowa tonight. mike wasike has been cared for at a rehab facility in oklahoma the past 2 1/2 years. his wife worked for the past year to find a facility closer to home. last week she moved him to mitchell village care center in mitchellville. wasike still can't walk, talk, or feed himself. but the move will make it much , easier for his family, including the couples 2 young -- including the couple's 2 young children, to visit. >> i never knew i could have mike back in iowa anytime soon, i am really grateful. this is the best christmas gift i've had this year. steve: wasike's wife says doctors have told her he may not get much better than he is now. the 3 teenagers involved in the attack are all in prison. an outpouring of support tonight following a runnels man's facebook posts about an army veteran living in his vehicle in the altoona walmart
this is the jeep army veteran nick goben was living in. the man who noticed him says goben had been living there since at least thanksgiving. through a lot of help, goben is now living in an altoona motel with his room paid for, through the end of january. but there may be more to this story. goben's brother and one of his sisters tell kcci, their brother has turned down jobs and places to live in the past and they , feel he is now taking advantage of kind-hearted people. >> people can have a bad past and still change. if some of these things are true so be it, he deserves a change. ,steve: jacob holloway says he does not regret helping someone who fought for our country. as you might already know, governor branstad has made some history. he is now the longest serving governor ever. today, kcci chief political reporter cynthia fodor sat down with the governor to look back on his 20 years in office, for
at age 35, branstad was the youngest governor ever, facing the farm crisis of the 1980's. he talks about seeing the state through the worst of times. >> a lot of people lost their farms and we went through some difficult times, but we saved a lot of farms and did a lot to diversify the economy. we started renewable energy from -- started renewable energy and now iowa uses more -- produces use in gasoline. steve: you can hear the governor reflect on his record-breaking time in office, on close-up this sunday morning at 10:30, right after "face the nation." protests in minneapolis put a roadback in holiday travel plans for hundreds. next at 10:00, what the demonstrators are demanding. plus, goats on the go.
>> black lives, they matter here. black lives they matter here. steve: those are black lives matter protesters trying to shutdown the minneapolis-saint paul international airport today. they moved to the airport, after a brief rally at the mall of america, blocking traffic leading to both terminals. at least 15 people were arrested. the protesters want police to release video of the police shooting death of 25-year-old jamar clark. the man accused of killing 3 people last month at a colorado planned parenthood clinic says he wants to fire his defense team. prosecutors have filed 179 felony charges against robert dear in the shooting attack. in court today, dear said he wants to represent himself. dear's scheduled competency evaluation, at the state mental hospital, could take up to 6 months. california is one of the few states this year enjoying a white christmas. experts say the snowpack there is higher than normal for this time of year. that's thanks to a series of
sierra nevada. snowfall is expected to continue there into friday. that's good news for the golden state after dealing with 4-years of extreme drought conditions. some goats are getting in on the holiday fun this christmas. kcci's vanessa peng shows us how the animals will be helping with holiday cleanup. vanessa: 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, weed, 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
>> 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 christmas season kind of more fun and watch the goats in action and give to a good cause . steve: vanessa peng reporting. the christmas tree eating event is called "goats on the snow. " it will held at 3892 north 500th avenue in ames, on january 2, from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. a.m.kurtis: i have some fruitcake. i get it every year as a gift. i put it in the attic and bring it out.
kurtis: the clouds are thinning. temperature still above freezing. west winds at 16. tomorrow, 6:00 a.m., the windchill 20. parking lots and sidewalks, a few slick spots. snow moves in by just after 9:00 a.m.. , 34 degrees. temperatures tomorrow will cruise up to around 36 and stay just above freezing around the clock p.m. this is during those thunderstorms. we had some thunder snow in boone county. 82 hundredths here in des moines. it has been an incredible december of precipitation.
add to that before the month is over. a whole lot of moisture. system moving out along with the threat for severe weather. a widespread up-fake down in mississippi and alabama. i think there was some more severe weather tomorrow well to the east. this is a fast-moving system that will move through with some light snow. high pressure builds in christmas eve late and should hang around for much of christmas day. here is futurecast. look out quickly this little band of snow moves and. tracking off to northeastern iowa. client the rest of the night. christmas day, i think generally quiet. it is christmas night i think we could see a wintry mix especially to the north and west. what's what happens early
i think some snow starting to accumulate in north central iowa. that moved out. a little bit of flurry activity saturday night. a another -- another system arrives early next week. up to the west, maybe 1-2 inches. less than an inch for the rest of the state. the best chance would be around i-80 north up towards around the ames area. tomorrow, 36. light snow moving in. christmas day, generally drive. 39 degrees. chance for a shower here at 8:00 p.m. saturday, rain. snow to the north. monday, we will have to keep an eye on that system. right now, new year's eve looks
steve: next at 10:00, a comeback kid sinks a shot you will not believe. the story of an arizona teenager's triumph you don't want to miss. elizabeth: the clock is ticking. and the procrastinators are out in full force. thursday, we'll help you navigate the last minute rush to get those holiday gifts. join us from 4:3 paris: there's a lot to do on a dairy farm. nobody's gonna do it for you. you have to get out there and do it yourself. bernie sanders is a well-known friend of family farms. bernie cannot be bought out by big money. bernie's opinion cannot be purchased. it's time for our next president to get in there, roll up his sleeves, take off the gloves, and take on wall street,
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steve: new tonight, a christmas elf emergency. listen, as a new jersey 7-year-old calls 9-1-1, over her elf on the shelf. >> why did you call 911 honey? >> don't come to my house. ok? >> were you accidentally calling 911 and made a mistake? >> yes, i was trying to call my dad to tell him about the accident. >> isabel apologized. she touched her elf on the shelf. she won't call 911 again. steve: the popular children's book says, isabella's mistake meant christmas magic would go away from her home, and santa wouldn't come. the responding officer wanted to calm isabella's fears, so the local police and fire departments escorted santa to visit her home to cheer her up. that is public service. also new at 10:00, the remarkable story of basketball player christopher hupp. he is being called the comeback kid at his middle school after making a shot you have to see
from tucson, arizona. >> we never expected him to play. he only said he was going to but we never expected it. >> christopher hupp's lovell basketball is hard to miss. sadly, this 13-year-old's love for the game was put on hold after being diagnosed with a bacterial infection in his brain, causing him to lose movement on his left side and unable to walk for
months. >> i thought, i can't do sports anymore. i just have to be brave and hope i get there. >> and he did. after going through surgery and physical therapy, christopher was able to regain his strength in just two months. just in time to watch his teammates, the esperero eagles, playing a tournament not knowing , he'd be doing a little more than just watching from the sidelines.
i'm like, no, there's no way. >> i saw him adjusting his shoes. i was like, this is going to be scary. >> showing no fear with just second left in the game, christopher set himself up at the 3 point line, caught the ball, setting his eyes on that basket while everyone else had , their eyes on him. >> when i made it, i
was surprised, happy. i was just glad that they supported me. they know what i have been through. >> and one of his biggest supporters of all say they couldn't be prouder. >> there are no words. whatever he wants to do, he is going to be able to do it. steve: scott reister is your with sports. sometimes success can be a bad thing.
announcer: from iowa's sports leader, this is kcci 8 sports. scott: alex gordon, the face of the royals franchise, reportedly has no chance of resigning with the world series champions. the all-star is a free agent and there is a huge gap in negotiations. how huge? jon heyman of cbs sports says that gordon's representatives have told the royals they have no chance at the all-star left fielder. espn reports that kc is offering $12-$13 million per year. gordon wants something closer to 20 a year. he is getting interest from the giants. gordon has spent his entire 2007. the hawkeyes are spending their last night in iowa before heading to pasadena. thursday, they travel to the rose bowl and the coaches have plenty to look at on the plane ride over. stopping stanford means stopping christian mccaffrey, who can flat out do it all. he was the team's leading receiver and rusher, plus
two touchdown passes this year. his 3,496 all-purpose yards are already over 200 better than barry sanders's previous ncaa record which stood for 27 years. , the 19-year-old didn't win the hiesman, he was the runner up, but he did win ap player of the year. >> is just phenomenal. 1000 yards alone in kickoff returns. our preparation starts right there. you had better find a way to try to contain him a little bit. that will take a great team effort, not only defensively, but on special teams as well. scott: kcci will begin reports monday from pasadena. the game on new years day, is next friday. the poinsettia bowl in san diego. they crossed northern illinois.
the godaddy bowl. georgia southern. 80 yard touchdown run. georgia state goes up by 10 and they are just laying it on bowling green. the iowa energy at home tonight. you can't put it in front of little sister space, come on. down from that this on the assignment and he says, i belong in the nba. he had 23 points. lazarus jones. he had a good game as well. iowa led by 14 at the half and then back came reno.
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this message. kurtis: pretty quiet weather except for tomorrow. we are to get a nice light dusting of snow. then, late christmas night,