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the state has contracts with four different companies to handle medicaid, and patients have only a couple of weeks to choose one of the four plans. kcrg t-v nine's brea love joins us tonight from our newsroom. brea, you talked with some of those concerned patnts today? yes, bruce. we've gotten multitie calls to the newsroom today, with people asking questions. one caller who did not want to go on camera says he received a packet in the mail yesterday, and has only 16 days to select a plan by the deadline of december 17th. when he called his doctor he was told the provider deadline is the 1st of the year. meaning he will have to choose his plan, without knowing his providers. t ts could cauau problems for anyone under the medicaid umbrella. plan, it could inevitably become one not covered by their current doctor. physicians clinic o oiowa officials say they've heard the concerns, and say contacting your provider is the only thing that can be done at the moment.
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medicaid insurance availille for those patientnt the question then becomes which of those plans did they sign up for. that puts most of the responsibility on the state at this point in time because things haven't been finalized to provide thwse members, our patients, with some direction on what they should do." dalton says some providers may optut of full participation, but pci will participate in one of the options. officials have not determined which one at this time. tonight on tv-9 news at 10, i dig deeper into the different plans, and hear w officials at pci plan to addrdrs the tuation. live in the newsroom, brea love, kcrg-tv9 news. transamerica is the second largest employer in cedar rapids. today, the comomny told workers it's reorganizing and simplifying. a company spokesman provided this statement to kcrg-tv9... "by organizing our company by function rather than product line or business
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across their lifetimes." the company has not announced how this will affect jobs in cedar rapids. let's turn to the weather now and meteorologis t joe winters. joe, any big changes coming tonight? our scattered snow showers and flurries lingering fluluies could still fly on wednesday but there is hope for a brighter sky on the horizon. watch out for a northwest wind building to keep our highs in the middle 30s. a warming trend continues to the sunshine becomes more apparent, high temperatures rise into the middle to upper 40s starting weekend. tonight: chance of flurries low: 25-31 scattered flurries high: 33-39 winds: nw 10-20
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protection project in iowa city appears to forward. for the past five years officials have discussed raising dubuque street and the bridge. twice in the past three years dubuque street has flooded betweenen foster road road was officials hope to prevent future flooding events by raising the road one foot above the 100 year flood plain. kcrg-tv9's iowa city bureau chief mark carlson joins us live along dubuque street tonight. mark, this project has seen no shortage of delays? yes, originally they wanted to breakak ground in the spring of 2014. now, they're hoping to get going in may. concerns from residents and environmental studies have contntibuted to the delays. bb officials say their final design is now ready, and the council is expected to approve it in a couple weeks.
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back in 2010. t t new design takes the roadway just above the 100 year flood plain and not the 500 year flood plain. that should save some old trtrs along dubuque street. but these delays came at a cost. the project is now expected to cost 52 million dollars, up from the original estimate of 32 million. "the bridge itself has taken a little bit differentnthape than what the original concept was, so we have a little bit more money in the bridge, we also, as the delay in the project, originally we were going to be under construction two years ago, so obviously inflation raised the price of the project also. " again they hope to break ground on this by may. it will take two years to complete. and tonight at six, we'll get into what that means for traffic. in iowa city, mark
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kcrg tv nine news. puerto rico faced a major debt deadline today, and its governor has told the u-s senate the territory has no cash left. members of congress, including iowa sator chuck grassley, say they're ready to dig into the fiscal situation plaguing the island. kcrg t-v nine's washington correspondent kellie meyer reports. one senator described it as a crossroads. members of congress and the committee stuck with where to go from here, as the governor and congressman from puerto rico pleaded for help. calling on congress their last hope. track: representatives from puerto rico appearing before the us senate issuing what they call a distress call. we just runl out of cash." track: in july, lawmakers like new york senator chuck schumum tried to help the struggling territory but introducing legislation that would allow them to file chapter 9
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ngressman pierluisi says no action. sot: congressman pierluisi: "enough studying, enough talk, we need to take measures that will put puerto rico on a path to growth." track: iowa senator chuck grassley says congress needs more information before they can help and filing for chapter 9 wod just be a temporary fix. grassley: "it may take away some of their debt obligations but in the end why do they have a fiscal problem anyway." track: but the governor begs, something to be done, before puerto rico is out of time. nat pop: governor: "please give us the tools and we will fifish the job." kellie tag: and the congressman says, time is ticking. he hopes congress will address the issue in the upcoming spending bill. senator grassssy says, with 10 days until the deadline, there just isn't enough time. in washington i'm kellie meyer the territory paid its 354 million dollar debt today,
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million due in january. chicago mayor rahm emanuel fired the city's police chief today. the shakeupupomes after a public outcry over the handling of the case of a police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. "now is the time for fresh eyes and new leadership to coront the challenges s e departtnt and our communini and our city are facing." the mayor's decision came hours after garry in chicago he would nonoresign. the officer, jason van murder charges for the death of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. he is out on bail .. after posting a 150-thousand dollar ond yesterday. secretary of defense ash carter told a house committee today more american special forces will soon head to the middle east to help in the fight against isis. carter says these will be
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northern syria last month. carter didn't say how many are going, but the new forces will be able to conduct raids in iraq at the invitation of the iraqi government, and they can also conduct unilateral operations in syria. "these special operators will over timemee able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture isil leaders. " the pentagon continues to focus on small, mobile special forces and not large- scale troop deployments. the obama administration has come under criticism that this strategy does not do enough to eliminate the threat of isis. the fallout from volkswagen's emissions test scandal is continuing. the german automakesays its vehicle sales have dropped dramatically from a year ago. that storors still ahead here on t-v nine.
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flurries diminish t tight. some few lingering flurries could still fly on wednesday but there is hope for a brighter sky on n e horizon. watch out for a northwest wind bulding to keep our highs in the middle 30s. a warming trend continues to look promising later this week. as the sunshine becomes more apparent, high temperatures rise into the middle to upr 40s starting friday, lasting through
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tonigig: chance of flurries low: 25-31 winds: sw 5-15tomorrow: cloudy, scattered flurries high: 33-39 winds: nw 10-20tomorrow night: mostly cloudy low: 22-28 winds: nw 5-15thursday: gradual clearing high: 41 - low: 25 friday: mostly sunny high: 45 - lowow28 saturday: partly clcludy high: 47 - low: 30 sunday: partly cloudy
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rain/snow high: 42 - low: 32 tuesday: partly cloudy high: 42 - low: 3232 thanks joe. this is a season for giving. that includes gifts to family and friends. but it also includes giving to strangers need. coming up, why one
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and americans spent a record amount of money online yesterday. that's still ahead tonight
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you've probably heard 'tis better to give than to receive.' it turns out therers truth to the saying. today is giving tuesday. it's a day to highlight charities during the holiday giving season. but it's nojust charitable organizations that can benefit from a giving spirit. one psychologist t ys giving is part of our d-n-a. joe rock, who's with the cleveland clinic in ohio, says
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he also says giving g n make people feel like they're connected to their communities. rock says people have more energy when they are working with others toward a common goal. " "by my doing something, it helps somebody else, ititelps mm it's a win-win and as long as you feel like it's a choice and you don't have to do it and you can walk away feeling like a good person for having done it, everybody comes out ahead." " rock says you don't have to gigi money to feel good about giving. he says people who donate their time and services can experience the same good feelings about helping someone in need without spending a a me. quick thumbs tapping across mobile keyboards helped make cyber monday the largest u.s. online sales day ever. adobe collected data showing we spent just over orders monday. that smashes a record set just days earlier on black friday. toys and electronics proved to be big cyber monday sellers. the barbie dream
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lego dimensions. volkswagen says its u-s sales plunged 25 percent last month from the same period last year. the drop came as volkswagen struggles to come to terms with a growing emissions scandal. the german aomaker has admitted that as many as eleven million diesel cars worldwide contained software that could cheat emissions tests. since the scandal broke, v-w has replaced its c-e-o and offered 500- dollar cash payments to people affected in the u-s. small family vacuum business in dubuque is expanding, and it's all thanks to the family's two sons. we'll explain how they're now also helping families who have loved ones with autism, next on t-v ninene and the first alert storm team will feature the colors of christmas across eastern iowa. cong up, we'll explainho built this display in northweststowa. stay with yourr 24 hour
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a product that almost everyone has in their homes... vacuum cleaners. but that family's real life perience has now expanded their business to help families with loved ones who have autiti. denise and jeremy austin first opened their vacuum sales and repair store about three years ago. and now, the austins have added another line of products they say are hard to find, but are bebeoming more and more necessary. kcrg-tv9's dububue bureau chief katie wiedemann has more. inside little bits and vacuums, jeremy austin does it all. he sells and repairs vacuum cleaners. both newewnd used. "so the vacuum cleaners have been our bread and butter for the longest time. " t the apple of his s e, are
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zachary. both boys have autism. love to vacuum. they love to help work on vacuums. they are sometimes too much help. " that's why, among the rows of vacuum stocked with therapeutic tools to help people who have autism. "so it's a necklace thayou wear and you can bite on it and it's like biting on your own clothes. " austin says his shop is one of dubuque where customers can test out these products before purchasing them. unlike buying them on the internet. "you don't know what you're going to get until you get it. parents have spent money on to be able to use it and then they get it and can't use it, so they there it sits." he purchases the products online and then sells no mark up. "there are so many kids out there with autism and i don't " it's a been there done that mentality, which austin says is the best way to do business.
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children with autism, they're all in this together. thaas, have a good day that was katie wiedemann reporting. austin also keeps a catalogue of therapeutic products in his store. he helps families figurere out what kind of tools might work best for their child, and then orders them to the store. students at a sioux city middle school have designed their own holiday light display. the sixth through eighth grade computerer programming students created the light display and synced it to music. the proct uses more than 81-thousd lights and 20 miles of wires. the display is on the west middle school building in sioux city. now here's a look at what's coming up at 5:30 on abc's world news
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the town of tiffin decides whether to accept johnson county's new minimum wage of ten-ten an hour. and find out where the hawkeyes rank in the latest college football playoff poll. that's tonight on t-v nine news at six.
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iowa is privatizing the state's medicaid services, but some are worried about keeping their doctors. the state has contracts with four companies to handle medicaid, and weekskso choose one of don't have to decide until the first of the year. transamerica today told employees it is reorganizing and simplifying the company to better serve customers. transamerica is cedar rapids' second largest employer. the company has not announced how this will affect jobs in car rapids. let's go back to joe now for a final look at tonight's forerest. our scattered snow showers and flurries diminish tonight. some few lingering flurries could still fly on weesday but there is hope for a brighter sky on the horizon. watch out for a northwest wind building to keep our higig in the middle 30s. a warming trend continues to look promising later this week. as the sunshine becomes more apparent, high temperatures rise into the middle to upper 40s starting
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