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and best. heading for 26 this afternoon. warmer temperatures are still in the weekend forecast. elizabeth: first in commitment 2016 news this morning, field trip ambush? republican presidential candidate carly fiorina is accused of using a group of daycare kids as props during an anti-abortion speech. shaina: as kcci's mark tauscheck tells us, a polk city man is upset his 4-year-old son had a front row seat. >> anger and disgust and disappointment. mark: chris beck is still trying to understand how his son's daycare field trip to the botanical center wound up in the middle of a campaign event. >> my son, he just wants to watch cartoons and play with toys. mark: 4-year-old chatham was sitting at carly fiorina's feet as she discussed her support for the unborn child protection act and desire to defund planned
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ms. fiorina: planned parenthood clinics were altering late-term abortion techniques for the purpose of harvesting body parts. mark: there is debate over how the children wound up center stage. we saw them coming in with the candidate. ms. fiorina: all right, we brought some young, very young caucus-goers. come on, they're all applauding for you. come on up. mark: fiorina's deputy campaign manager sent a statement explaining the candidate had run into the kids in the botanical gardens, and added, "i guess the kids must have thought she was pretty neat because then their teachers and parents and the kids all followed carly into the event." ms. fiorina they were all : watching the koi fish and they decided they'd like to come along. >> i didn't. ms. fiorina: you didn't want to come along? really? mark: the daycare sent an email to parents and explained, we were simply invited to meet a presidential candidate and did not know the content of the press conference or even that a press conference was scheduled. to no one's surprise, the youngsters became a little distracting. ms. fiorina: this is most competition i've ever had. mark: and after 15 minutes chaperones pulled the kids off the stage. did you feel like they were kind
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>> definitely a photo op . somebody identified a group of kids. politics 101 to get some of that stuff, right? elizabeth: a spokeswoman for the campaign said fiorina was unavailable thursday but is speaking today at the march for life in washington, d.c. and , will likely address the situation with reporters then. shaina: fiorina does not make the top of the gop pack in the caucus-goers. 37% support. ted cruz in second with 26%. and ben carson in fourth with 6% support. on the democratic side, bernie sanders surged to an 8-point lead over hillary clinton. martin o'malley in third with 4% support. >> she completely embodies the concept of women impowerment. [cheers] elizabeth: clinton getting some star power last night while campaigning in iowa city. that's pop singer demi lovato stumping for the former
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actress jamie lee curtis and tennis star billie jean king are also expected to campaign for clinton. they'll join her at an event next tuesday in des moines. before that event on tuesday, clinton will join bernie sanders and martin o'malley for a town hall forum in des moines. cnn is hosting the event at drake university monday. we will be carrying the event live, on our sub-channel 8.3 my des moines, starting at 8:00 p.m. shaina: kcci chief political reporter cynthia fodor sat down with clinton and seven other iowa women this week in waukee. hear her candid conversation coming up a little later on in this newscast. at 4:33, another chilly morning. metinka: at least it is not as cold as it was early on this week, and we only have a few flurries headed our way this morning. that is all tracking off to the south and southeast.
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and will only result in about a dusting of accumulation. headed for highs today around 26 degrees. it looks like the clouds will be holding tight but over the weekend we have melting temperatures. tomorrow will be close to freezing, and sunday looks great in the mid to upper 30's. elizabeth: an ottumwa woman is charged with the murder of her 3-year-old nephew, two years after the child died. shaina: 31-year-old kashenna tucker offered to care for wysdom evans full time after his parents lost custody. court documents say he died from tucker using unreasonable force, torture or cruelty. kcci's kim st. onge has the exclusive story. kim: kashenna tucker told doctors these concrete stairs at memorial park in ottumwa are to blame for 3-year-old wydsom evans' death. tucker says evans fell down them on january 19th, 2014. according to court documents, evans complained of a stomach ache the following day and was throwing up at their emerald hill apartment.
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on the 21st, where he died that day. an autopsy revealed evans suffered multiple head injuries and died from an infection that was caused by a tear in his intestine. authorities arrested tucker this past december in utah, where she went to be with her boyfriend. she was transferred to wapello county jail this month. >> there were several medical experts consulted and additionally, the ottumwa police investigation of the memorial park the stairs that kashenna , described him falling down. elizabeth: tucker recently wrote two letters to a wapello county judge, saying she never killed anyone and wants to know why this is going on. she's being held at the wapello county jail on a $500,000 bond. shaina: a close call for a metro couple, as a police chase comes to a destructive end on their property. the high-speed chase ended with a van barreling through this garage off meredith. it broke through the back end
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kcci's ryan smith has the story. >> we thought we were part of an explosion. we thought the whole house was going. ryan: marion and alfred walk say they are lucky to be alive tonight. two suspects on the run from police plowed through the couple's condominium garage, a spot where alfred frequently works. >> i would have been dead. i often work with a sander and the saw out there and i would have been dead. >> we saw all of the garage was gone and we didn't know why. where did it go? ryan: it started as a routine traffic stop. all. the driver conor forrest led police on a high-speed chase , reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour, before ending in dramatic fashion. not even 24 hours earlier, urbandale police responding to reports to a man driving erratically. zachary senger flew through a
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collision with a dart bus. >> he just crashed into a bus. ryan: senger is now on the hook for eluding and owi. police also learned he's wanted on a probation violation out of wisconsin, in connection to a sex abuse conviction. meredith drive. >> we were spared, that we were ok. that the whole house didn't go. i'm just thankful that we're here to tell about it. shaina: police are not commenting why conor forrest initiated the chase thursday. meantime, alfred and marion are working to get their garage repaired. elizabeth: mail delivery problems in the clive area could be part of a bigger issue. shaina: about 100 people wrote on our facebook page about not getting their mail on time. kcci reached out the letter carrier union leader, and he says it comes down to numbers. kcci's rose heaphy has the details. >> it has been extremely frustrating, probably for the last six months. rose: kathy seward is one of dozens who reached out to kcci.
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townhomes in clive. seward says she receives other people's mail, sometimes twice a week. >> it just continually is getting worse. we don't get our mail. there's been times we've come home and found our mail, you know, just stacked up on the central boxes. not even put inside. rose: we received a flood of facebook comments from people facing similar issues. chad christensen says, "i am always getting my neighbors' mail and packages get returned to senders." rose: commenters say it's not just the clive area. tim calhoun wrote, "happens here on des moines' eastside all the time. misdirected mail, packages never arrive, etc., etc." >> then i'm hearing from others, oh yea, my neighbors that live just over on the other side of the street, they're having the same issues. it is ridiculous. rose: but postmaster cheryl love said on wednesday she blamed the problems on the exploding population in the suburbs. >> it's not that we don't have enough staffing, we're just constantly hiring to stay up with the growth in our parcel business, which is growing tremendously. rose: but when i reached out to the president of the central iowa branch of national association of letter carriers today, he told me it's a lack of
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love could not go on camera today, but did tell me her staff is working to find the impacted areas. seward says she just wants the problem fixed. >> i'm hoping today they will start hearing this and start looking for solutions. shaina: if you are having trouble receiving your mail, the postmaster asks people to contact her or their post office. the sooner they're aware of the issue, the sooner they will work on the issue. elizabeth: still ahead, life-saving warning. the first in the nation tool being tested right now in ames. shaina: plus, hillary clinton steps off the campaign trail and into a waukee home for a candid chat with a group of iowa women. the world a president has to grapple with, sometimes you can't even imagine. that's the job. and she's prepared for it like no other. a tireless secretary of state, standing up against the abuse of women and girls. negotiating a cease-fire in gaza, leading the diplomacy that keeps us out of war. the presidency is the toughest job in the world...
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to get every part of the job done.
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>> this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci 8 news this morning with eric hanson, elizabeth klinge, meteorologist kurtis gertz and right now coverage with shaina humphries. metinka: good morning. tracking some flurries and light snow through ames and perry, moving to the southeast. we are expecting a few flake
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the clouds will be holding tight, even though the snow will be moving out. highs headed for 26, but over the weekend we have some melting temperatures on the way. shaina: the iowa department of transportation is testing out at tool that will warn you when there's ice on the roads. kcci's vanessa peng shows us how it works. vanessa: a car totaled after hitting a patch of ice on iowa roads tuesday. a 25-year-old ben carson campaign staffer dies in the accident. this is the type of crash the iowa department of transportation hopes to one day prevent in the future. >> anything that we can do to prevent crashes, ice related crashes is our goal. vanessa: for the dot, it starts with this small solar powered sensor called the pateye. >> we want to be able to detect it and ideally tell the public, motoring public that, hey, there's ice forming, be aware. vanessa: the dot is the first the nation to test pateye warning systems. they have two in one of their
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special projects engineer willy sorenson says the devices sense when the temperature is 32 degrees or below and there is moisture present. that's when the lights flash blue. sorenson says in theory, these flashing blue lights are a great idea, but in practicality, there's still a lot of work that needs to be done. >> they flash too often right now, as you see. however, there is really no moisture around here that can freeze so it is really not a dangerous situation. vanessa: but that doesn't mean they're giving up. sorenson says the dot is talking to pateye, who is receptive to their feedback. >> we're always looking ahead. we want to be proactive on our ice fighting skills. vanessa: vanessa peng, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. elizabeth: a major winter storm this weekend could cripple much of the east coast. some areas could get as much as two feet of snow. craig boswell shows us how residents are preparing. craig: hundreds of salt trucks and snow plows are getting ready
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d.c. up to 20 inches of snow is forecasted to blanket the d.c. metro area. mayor muriel bowser warns this is an extremely large storm that will last for 36 hours. >> unless you absolutely have to residents and commuters should , get home as early as possible on friday. craig residents are stocking up >> they are running out of lots and lots of things. craig: road crews are pre-treating side streets and main roads well ahead of the storm. and they want their plows in place. an inch of snow paralyzed the nation's capital wednesday night. roads iced over, leading to hundreds of accidents. president obama's motorcade even got stuck in the traffic nightmare. but d.c.'s mayor is getting ahead of this next storm. she's already closed schools friday, and she declared a state of emergency, as did maryland,
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>> more than 50 million people will be affected by this snow event alone. craig parts of new york and new : jersey are under a blizzard watch. bulldozers are building sand dunes along the coast to protect against storm surge. craig boswell, cbs news, washington, d.c. elizabeth: so far two people , have died in weather-related crashes in north carolina. 4:46, waking up to 23 degrees. a few people getting an early start as we look live at i-235
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he basic bargain of america is if you work hard, and you do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. but so many families don't feel like their hard work pays off. that's not the way america is supposed to operate. i want to go to bat for them every single day. get incomes rising... get equal pay for women... cut the cost of health care and child care so people can actually get ahead. hillary clinton, she has what it takes to get things done.
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>> weather is never more than five minutes away, only on kcci 8 news this morning. metinka: snowflakes are flying again this morning, but it is very light reciprocation from jefferson to story city to perry. it is all moving to the southeast over the next couple of hours, but we are just expecting light accumulations. it is enough to make the roads slippery. reporting partially snow-covered roadways. you can see the webcam. visibility is also being reduced
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this is a very weak system, dropping through central iowa diminishing as it heads off to the south. nothing like they are expecting on the east coast. the system will continue tracking away from the region, and behind it quieter weather will be building in. what they are not looking forward to is this monster of a storm will be racing to the east coast, and a blizzard is in the forecast. especially hard-hit areas will be washington, d.c. and new york city. a few flurries this morning, followed by a quiet weekend, 25 degrees in des moines. the wind chill is not that bad. the temperatures will not be changing much from where they are now, with the clouds moving pretty tight. heading for 26 degrees today. over the weekend, temperatures
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above freezing. we will see a little bit of get some more sunshine. over the next eight days, snow chances are returning on monday but a nice warming trend for next week. shaina: thank you. presidential candidates giving their stump speech on the campaign trail. elizabeth: but our chief political reporter, cynthia fodor, asked hillary clinton to stop by and sit down with a group of iowa women for an informal candid conversation. ms. clinton: you're so nice to do this. cynthia: it's not every day a presidential candidate stops by your house. and not many voters get to get up close and personal with hillary clinton. marsha wannamaker put out lunch for the ladies with the former
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ms. clinton: i thought it was a great idea then, and glad this worked out, absolutely. we'd like you to meet some of our friends. hi, i'm claudia. cynthia: the woman who could be the first woman in the white house wants to know what's on the minds of women in the heartland. >> my question is going to be around education and education policy. ms. clinton: let's have universal pre-k start on priority basis for low income kids. cynthia: these busy moms want to know hillary's secret. the question is very simple -- >> the question is very simple, what keeps you going? ms. clinton: my friends say i have a responsibility gene. i feel such a responsibility toward things and people. that's who i am. vitamins, exercise, yoga all help too. [laughs] cynthia: and how can she reach across the aisle? ms. clinton: i've always worked with republicans. it is so funny to me because when i am not running for office they say nice things about me. , cynthia: the former secretary of state confided what keeps her up at night.
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about most, terrorists getting nuclear materials that they could use for a nuclear attack, and this whole issue of cyber. cynthia: before leaving, she talked about coming back -- ms. clinton: maybe if i'm so fortunate to be the democratic nominee we can do it , again. cynthia: inviting this lunch bunch to her inauguration. ms. clinton: we'll have a big iowa day. cynthia: saying she loves iowans. ms. clinton: one more, here we go, make it happen. cynthia: and asked us to take our number one role in the nation seriously to caucus and have a say in who will be the next president. ms. clinton: thank you so much for doing this. cynthia: cynthia fodor, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. elizabeth: you can hear more of the conversation with hillary clinton, up close and personal,
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morning at the world a president has to grapple with, sometimes you can't even imagine. that's the job. and she's prepared for it like no other. a tireless secretary of state, standing up against the abuse of women and girls. negotiating a cease-fire in gaza, leading the diplomacy that keeps us out of war. the presidency is the toughest job in the world... and she's the one leader who has what it takes to get every part of the job done. i'm hillary clinton, and i approve this message. shaina: elizabeth:metinka: we will end up with a dusting of light snow, just enough to create some slick spots for the commute. today, the snow will be moving
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a cool day with a high of 26. tomorrow, highs closer to 30, 32 degrees. highs on sunday back in the mid-to-upper 30's. elizabeth: whether it's your first time caucusing or not, we understand a lot of you have questions about the process. shaina: over the next 10 days, we will answer them for you, starting today with step one, where to go. both of the parties and all of the campaigns are in overdrive, now hoping for record-level participation on february 1. >> we are reaching out to as many people as we can, fielding calls letting them know caucuses , are february 1, and everyone should come out. shaina: in order to do that, you'll need to know where you're going. and both parties have made that pretty easy to figure out. just know your precinct before you check on iowagop.org. >> and if you don't know your precinct, if you have an address, we will find out. shaina: and you can simply type your address into this box at iowademocrats.org for the same result. >> you can print out directions,
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it's just a really helpful little tool that lets people know, hey, this is where i go and here's how i do it. shaina: even if your polling place is the same each and every election year, you should still double check. your caucus location may be different. and both parties stress, you must be present or in line by 7:00 p.m. or the caucus may move on without you. >> come prepared, think about what you're going to do, and come early, exclamation, exclamation, exclamation. shaina: in des moines, shaina humphries, kcci, iowa's news leader. the democrats are also trying something new this year. they have set up a tele-caucus for iowans abroad in the military, school, and the peace corps, as well as satellite locations around the state for voters who can't leave their location. stick with kcci leading up to february 1, as we answer more of your caucus questions. elizabeth: more of today's top stories ahead, a massive snowstorm. i've been blind since birth. i go through periods where it's hard to sleep at night,
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