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good evening and merry christmas eve. steve and stacey are off tonight. the holiday shopping season is officially over. plenty of central iowans made a mad dash tonight snagging those last-minute presents. christmas eve. >> it's the most wonderful time of the year >> i love christmas and i like giving to other people. ryan: at valley west mall, the holiday spirit is everywhere you look. >> i sitting next to the raindeer. ryan: how fun was that? fun for the kids. a race against the clock for parents. you have about an hour to get everything done. >> absolutely right. but we're just enjoying our company.
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the doors close, this is it. do you like shopping last-minute like this? >> no. ryan: why not? >> i'm organized. it's kind of fun in a way but it's not. >> i'm actually a little ahead of the game this year. usually wait a little bit longer. ryan: for professional procrastinators like matt barber, the gift-wrapping station is key. >> no offense to anyone out there but 90% of the people that come out here are men. ryan: no surprise there. these christmas helpers cut, fold, and tie for a good cause. all proceeds benefit the children's cancer connection. >> we just want to make sure that they look really nice for people and we've had people come up today that have said that you're a life-saver because i don't wrap my own presents or you're a life-saver because i waited until the last-minute. ryan: gift wrapping at valley west will raise about $15,000 for the children's cancer connection. an update now on the latest road conditions across the state from the iowa dot. and things have improved considerably across the state with just a few roads remaining
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but earlier this afternoon, i-35 shut down after reports of multiple accidents. the dot closed southbound traffic between ames and story city after dozens of crashes and cars in ditches. some drivers were forced to swerve off the road to avoid accidents. the tow trucks were busy and people traveling southbound to des moines told us they didn't expect this much snowfall this fast. >> this semi was stopped and we all stopped behind it and i got run into from the back and it kind of caused a chain reaction. >> the number of cars, it's just going up. everytime you turn around there's another one going in. it's one person after the next , semis versus cars, cars smashed in. ryan: storm chaser t.j. kleckner sent in this video of a 2-vehicle accident that happened about 5 miles south of algona along highway 169. you can see the heavy snow was still falling when rescue crews arrived.
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seriously hurt. and, in council bluffs, a first responder needed rescuing herself after she was injured trying to help the victim of a rollover crash. officials say the firefighter slipped and slid down a ravine trying to get close to the victim. the driver of the suv was taken to an omaha hospital and is expected to recover. time to check in with kurtis. kurtis: snow has moved out. we do have temperatures below the freezing mark's. don't expect widespread icing. 19 carol. hovering around the freezing mark in knoxville and ottumwa. there is a system that is going to move in late tomorrow night through saturday. it looks like the heaviest snow will be across the brassica, south dakota, and in through minnesota. that would arrive late tomorrow
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tomorrow morning, temperatures in the 20's, climbing up to 39 degrees. it will be quite foggy. we have been tracking santa claus. he is up in new hampshire heading toward iowa. we have an affiliate up there and i talked to him and he said he is heading towards iowa. 8 day forecast coming up. ryan: the snow meant a lot of traffic headaches, but for many it meant the christmas they had been hoping for. kcci's vanessa peng shows us how iowans feel about snow on christmas eve. vanessa: just like the ones iowans used to know. >> it just wouldn't be christmas without snow. vanessa: mother nature brought what many had been dreaming of. >> i expect to see snow around this time of year. vanessa: so far this winter, it has been relatively mild.
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celebrating a green christmas. >> it's the tradition, i mean you think of snow you think of christmas, you think of christmas, you think of presents you think of family. ,>> i would have enjoyed it either way. snow or no snow it's nice. then there are those, that will vanessa: take a quick sample of the white and decide that maybe , purple is the kind of christmas they want. >> i like having a purple christmas. purple christmas is when the snow is purple. no, i mean i mean, it snows grape skittles, grape. ryan: that was vanessa peng reporting. an algona teen is giving the gift of warmth to the hospital that saved her life. 14 years ago grace braun was born 9 weeks premature. staff at blank children's hospital took care of her for six weeks. now a healthy teen, braun made 50 fleece blankets to give to families in the nicu.
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them by christmas. >> i wanted to somehow give back since i spent the first 6 weeks of my life here. so it's kind of an important place. ryan: braun says it took her 3 months to make all the blankets. at the vatican tonight, pope francis celebrated midnight mass, where he delivered a message of compassion and hope. cbs news correspondent anna matranga has more from st. peter's square. anna: thousands of pilgrims packed st. peter's basilica for pope francis's christmas eve mass. he urged the faithful to shun pleasure, wealth and extravagance and to act in a way that is simple, balanced and consistent. he said, our style of life should be devout, filled with empathy, compassion and mercy. the pope's words resonate with catholics and non-catholics alike. >> he gives the message of love.
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needs more of. anna: children from around the world played a large role in the christmas celebration. that francis has visited since he became pope. security here at the vatican was very high. all of the surrounding streets entering st peter's square had including the pasquinelli family. traveled from the u.s. to see the pope. >> this seemed like a natural place for someone to target, to pinpoint for an event. so we were nervous. anna: tens of thousands are expected to crowd st. peter's square to hear the pope's traditional speech at noon on christmas day. anna matranga, cbs news, vatican city. ryan: and christians from around the world gathering once again in bethlehem for christmas eve celebrations. thousands of people crowded into
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festivities. the palestinian tourism minister says bethlehem is "the birthplace of the king of peace and peace is what we want." however, bethlehem in recent months has been a focal point for clashes between israeli troops and palestinian protesters. coming up, heartbreak in mississippi and parts of the southeast after violent weather leaves several dead. terror for last minute shoppers in north carolina after gunfire erupts at a mall.
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announcer: this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci 8 news at 10:00 with steve karlin, stacey horst, chief meteorologist john mclaughlin, and sports director andy garman. >> i looked up and the roof was blowing off the house. i just told her, hold on. and i held on to her as tight as i could. ryan: the overall death toll from violent storms in the southeast has risen to 14 people in three states. the latest deaths bring the total killed in the tennessee storms to six. in addition, seven people killed in mississippi and one died in arkansas. officials say this tornado was on the ground for at least 10 minutes as it tore through the
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highway knocking a tractor trailer on its side. mississippi's governor says it's the worst as he's ever seen. . it is as bad a tornado as we've had and i have been through a lot of themryan: flooding was a -- a lot of them. ryan: flooding was a problem elsewhere. in alabama, some areas reported as much as a foot of rain in some parts of the state. frightening moments for some last-minute shoppers at a shopping center in charlotte, north carolina. gunfire broke out after an the northlake mall. it ended with what police are calling an officer-involved shooting. one person said to be armed was pronounced dead at the scene. no officers were injured. california's governor has granted pardons to 91 people for criminal convictions and they include actor robert downey junior. he was pardoned for a nearly 20-year-old felony drug conviction that led to downey's imprisonment for about a year. much of the northeast enjoyed mild weather this christmas eve with some finding time to relax , on the golf course. >> it's a lot harder here in
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i'm used to playing on the hard , i see -- on the icy, hard grounds up in the north pole, but we're able to weather through and make it a good round. ryan: the owner of hermon meadow golf club says he can't believe his course is playable on christmas eve. john snyder says in 22 years of business, he'd never been open this time of year. but he was overjoyed when st. nick stopped by to squeeze in a round before his annual worldwide trip. kurtis, you were tracking the big guy all tonight. kurtis: that is why he has been delayed. up in canada right now. he's going to slide on down.
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we have been watching him on our airport skycam. 31 degrees. humidity, 85%. it looks like it is starting to snow in audubon county. it will be that widespread, but by tomorrow morning, patchy fog. roland, 5.1. often, 4.5. 3.5 in marshalltown. christmas morning, patchy, dense fog. some melting by the noon hour. 35 degrees. we will hit a high around 39.
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there is our snow that will move on through. you can see the back edge of these clouds. there is another system upstream that we will have to keep an eye on. if you're traveling, it should be ok across most of the midwest. western nebraska, they will start see snow picking up. 49 kansas city, 54 in st. louis. green bay, 36. no one system moves out. high pressure slides all over the state. lake christmas night into saturday.
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friday afternoon, a-ok. christmas night got pick up some rain showers to the west. notice it stays generally snow to the north. we can see a little bit of a mix here and then it slowly pulled out. snowfall amounts look to be anywhere from 1-3 inches. forecast for tonight's. 25 degrees, mostly cloudy skies. generally up to the west and northwest. showers in the metro would be later than that. saturday, 41. monday, this is definitely a system to watch. we will update you as we get
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as we head into the new year, drier for new year's eve and new year's day. ryan: a texas veteran survived multiple deployments overseas but couldn't survive a massive stroke. coming up, how his last act of heroism is touching millions of lives around the world. >> christmas morning on kcci, we have all the overnight news, weather information you need.
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ryan: a local army veteran last act of heroism was recorded on cell phone video. staff sergeant matthew whalen recently suffered a massive and sudden stroke. his family made the tough decision to take him off life support so that his organs could be donated to two other military veterans. ken molestina has the story. >> he was a four-time combat veteran. a loving dad. he deserved that recognition.
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honor guard ceremony last night center former husband, staff sergeant matthew whalen. the 35-year-old was wheeled away to be taken off life support after suffering a seven and massive stroke. coincidentally, his organs were donated to two other military veterans. >> i think it would mean a lot to him that it was two veterans. ken: the veteran was kept on let his loved ones say goodbye. >> matt was one of the closest brothers and a information. ken: people like sean, for alongside him on deployment. people. his last act would be one that saved two more lives. >> he was a great nco. he was a protector, leader.
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of that cell phone video being posted, it was seen nearly 4 million times. iowa hawkeyes heading out west. scott: it is going to be a big week for the hawkeyes.
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announcer: from iowa's sports leader, this is kcci 8 sports. scott: at the beginning of the season, who would have guessed it. but the hawkeyes are spending christmas eve in pasadena. today was travel day. just before 1:00, the team left
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soak it in. 25 years. legendary sportscaster bob brooks was on board and was hoping it was a better rose bowl trip than the first one he made with the team back in 1956. >> were going to have a big a pet rally. it snowed, sleeted, and we finally wound up. scott: he made it out this year just fine. when they arrived in pasadena, it was daylight. they have tomorrow to get situated. the official welcome event will be december 26 at disneyland. the game is at 4:00 on new year's day. coverage of week long leading up
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january 1the hawkeyes taking on stanford. a gatorade bath times two. western michigan pulled away in the bahams bowl to beat middle tennessee. that is jamauri bogan scoring one of his multiple touchdowns. western michigan won 45-31. coach pj fleck got the bath. he shook it off. and here comes another. western michigan is the bahamas bowl winner. what does aloha mean? is actually the hawaiian word for blow out. that's what is going down at aloha stadium. it's the hawaii bowl. cincinnati getting totally crushed by san diego state. the shot -- rashaad penny, 100 yards on the opening kickoff. it was a big time blow out.
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they face byu friday at 2:30 on espnu in the diamond head classic fifth place game. uni defeated washington state late last night. if any nfl players want to see the new movie "concussion," they actually get to do so for free. sony pictures says its offering players two free tickets to the movie. just in case they don't have disposable income with their average salary of over per year. $2 million but if it makes the players go see the movie, aaron rodgers says that's great. >> still going to be some difficult situations to sort through because players are stubborn. i think we have seen some good examples last few weeks at least , with the referees and the medical staff being on top of anything that looks like a concussion. scott: the packers are trying to stay in the drivers seat in the
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green bay is not worried about how they stack up. >> we are the measuring stick. we're going to play our game. we're going to execute. we're just trying to be the best we can be. we don't have to compare ourselves to anybody, we are the best. scott: the vikings are a game out of first place and thye host the giants sunday night. the vikings will finish the year at green bay. that could be the nfc north showdown. ryan: also excited to see my kansas city chiefs and where they shake out. scott: i didn't know you owned a team. ryan: modest income for me. sanders: over 2 million contributions have been made to the only campaign that rejects a corrupt campaign finance system. you can't level the playing field with wall street banks
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by taking their money.
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kurtis: these are busy times. i have never had the power pointed out to the horizon. he is just east of the metro, headed over into the illinois area. kids, time to get to bed. rudolph is leading this way because there is the potential for fog. right now, visibility is not bad, but link to might -- but late tonight and tomorrow morning, there could be. late tomorrow into saturday, there could be some snow.
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quiet weather on sunday. drive for the new year. ryan: keep that red nose bright, rudolph. thank you very much for joining us. merry christmas, happy holidays. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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