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you're looking live at . it's december second. this is what you need to know today. voters have chosen new mayors for two black hawk county cities. quentin hart gets the seat in waterloo. and jim brown will lead cedar falls. the state board of regents will meet today to talk about tuition increases and renaming a building at the university of iowa. the u-s military is stepping up its forces to fight isis. that may mean more special forces troops on the ground in iraq and syria. firefighters in cedar falls will soon use new helmet cameras when responding to fire calls. they hope the footage will help analyze performances . and one dubuque businessman is helping parents with autistic kids from his vacuum shop in town. all inspired by his own two sons.
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from your 24 hour news source, this is kcrg-tv9 news morning news. watch for some scattered snow showers out there, primarily during the morning hours. while most main roads will remain wet, lesser travelled roads, residential areas, as well as bridges will be slick in spots this morning. be cautious of changing road conditions during the morning. this afternoon, the snow is off to the east, but chilly mid-30s remains, along with plenty of clouds. clouds should also hold most of the night. tomorrow, clearing sky is likely from northwest to southeast, leading us to highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. a nice warmup is likely friday and saturday with temperatures still holding well above average all of next week.today: cloudy, am snow high: 33-39 winds: nw 10-20 alo: 35 dbq: 35 iow: 37tonight: mostly cloudy low: 25-31 winds: nw 5-15 alo: 24 dbq: 30
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gradual clearing high: 38-44 winds: w 5-15 alo: 40 dbq: 39 iow: 41tomorrow university of iowa president bruce harreld is requesting more state funding to raise faculty salaries. he asked governor branstad and other state officials for more than five million dollars in additional funds for the upcoming fiscal year. he told them the money would keep the university competitive. iowa state requested an extra 8.2 million dollars for hiring more faculty. and u-n-i asked for more than 7.6 million in additional funding. the state regents plan to vote on renaming a building on the university of iowa campus today. but they won't release details until they meet later today. some are concerned that the move violates the state's open meetings law. but a regents' spokesman says the board is complying with the law by giving notice of the
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it's not releasing any other details. in the past, the regents have typically renamed buildings to recognize donors. as we mentioned, the board of regents is meeting today. they will also be talking about possible tuition increases for students at the three public universities. tuition has already been increased for the upcoming spring semester at u-n-i and iowa state. now the regents will consider a 3 percent increase at the university of iowa for 2017. jeb bush is dropping hints as to who would be his v-p if he wins the g-o-p presidential nomination. " should i be elected president, i would have my vice president. i think she will be a great partner, i mean - oh wait, did i say that out loud? " he made the comment during a town-hall meeting in waterloo yesterday. he says people always talk about the vice presidency with one gender in mind. but says the country has reached a point where
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gender-specific. right now, bush is still in the single digits in many national polls. iowa senator joni ernst is retiring from the iowa national guard after more than 20 years of service. ernst says she is stepping back because she needs to focus more on her family and her duties as a u-s senator. ernst is a lieutenant colonel and she served as a company commander during operation iraqi freedom. a state budget impasse in illinois means job cuts and a reduction of service for a dubuque- based sexual assault prevention agency. the riverview center gets funding from both iowa and illinois. staff members say two people in dubuque lost their jobs because of the cuts - the development director and the project coordinator. both of those positions were bi-state funded. riverview center executive director carrie melton says, in the illinois offices they will be laying off 85 percent
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of their sexual assault program staff. she says the center will now be unable to protect and assist those people. also in her statement, melton said in illinois, victims of domestic violence will have no choice but to remain in a violent home which will force their children to live in that environment. she also says the loss of services will be a burden on police, prosecutors and schools. tens of thousands of iowans who rely on medicaid are on deadline to choose a new provider, as the state privatizes the health care program. we received many calls into the newsroom about signing up for medicaid in the past few days. patients got letters in the mail asking them to pick from four companies by the middle of the month. but some say they don't know whether their current doctors and hospitals have contracts with any of the four companies. medical officials at physicians clinics of iowa say the only thing a patient can do is call their provider and ask which direction they are leaning toward. "certainly there will be iowa
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available for those patients, the question then becomes which of those plans did they sign up for. that's puts most of the responsibility on the state at this point in time because things haven't been finalized to provide those members, our patients, with some direction on what they should do." dalton says some providers could opt out of full participation, but p-c-i will participate in one of the plans. a northeast iowa woman is sharing her experiences living with h-i-v. this event at u-n-i yesterday was part of world aids day. each december first, people to come together in the fight against h-i-v. tami haught says she was diagnosed with h-i-v in 1993, shortly after doctors diagnosed her husband with aids. her husband died in 1996, and now she's sharing her story with the hope of educating people. she says people still discriminate against those living with the virus, especially in rural
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"18:04:30 i wish everyone knew that one - we are normal. whatever normal is for people. hiv is truly one thing in this world that does not discriminate. anyone who puts themselves at risk by having unprotected sex could contract hiv and you need to get tested. " haught says she enjoys talking with college students because she can help keep them informed. tami is the only h-i-v positive person in her family and says she's thankful to have the support of her loved ones. a family owned dubuque business sells a product that almost everyone has in their homes... vacuum cleaners. but that family's real- life experience has now expanded their business to help families with loved ones who have autism. kcrg-tv9's dubuque bureau chief katie
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inside little bits and vacuums, jeremy austin does it all. he sells and repairs vacuum cleaners. both new and used. "so the vacuum cleaners have been our bread and butter for the longest time. " but the apple of his eye, are his two sons, kenny and zachary. both boys have autism. "our kids love to help. they love to vacuum. they love to help work on vacuums. they are sometimes too much help. " that's why, among the rows of vacuum accessories, the store is also stocked with therapeutic tools to help people who have autism. "so it's a necklace that you wear and you can bite on it and it's like biting on your own clothes. " austin says his shop is one of the only places in 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 toet until you get it. parents have spent money on things, thinking they're going to be able to use it and then they get it and can't use it, so they put it in a corner somewhere and there it sits."
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them for the same price he paid. no mark up. "there are so many kids out there with autism and i don't want to take advantage of them. " it's a been there done that mentality, which austin says is the best way to do business. he says for parents who have children with autism, they're all in this together. thanks, have a good day that was katie wiedemann reporting. austin also keeps a catalogue of therapeutic products in his store. he helps families figure out what kind of tools might work best for their child, and then orders them to the store. christmas lights could be leaving your gadgets in the dark by slowing down your wi-fi. and new parents are looking to photo filters on a popular app for unique baby names. that's ahead in today's techbytes.
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watch for some scattered snow showers out there, primarily during the morning hours. while most main roads will remain wet, lesser travelled roads, residential areas, as well as bridges will be slick in spots this morning. be cautious of changing road conditions during the morning. this afternoon, the snow is off to the east, but chilly mid-30s remains, along with plenty of clouds. clouds should tomorrow, clearing sky is likely from
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leading us to highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. a nice warmup is likely friday and saturday with temperatures still holding well above average all of next week. today: cloudy, am snow high: 33-39 winds: nw 10-20 alo: 35 dbq: 35 iow: 37tonight: mostly cloudy low: 25-31 winds: nw 5-15 alo: 24 dbq: 30 iow: 30tomorrow: gradual clearing high: 38-44 winds: w 5-15 alo: 40 dbq: 39 iow: 41tomorrow night: mostly clear low: 21-27 winds: w 5-10 alo: 24 dbq: 25
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now here's abc's reena ninan and kendis gibson with this morning's tech bytes. hey there in today's "techbytes" you may want to think twice before hanging up those christmas light zblgs a british watchdog warnings that the holiday lights can slow down the wi-fi in the home. nokia has revealed its new virtual reality camera. >> it allows users to capture and feed 360-degree views but the price tag is $60,000. >> ouch. and instagram is apparently inspiring baby names. >> the most popular names of 2015, a new trend naming babies after instagram filters. lux is up 25%.
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>> by the way, top on thebytes." have a great day. at ally bank no branches equals great rates. it's a fact. kind of like ordering wine equals pretending to know wine.
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the u-s military announced it's intensifying
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state in iraq and syria. that may mean more special operations forces on the ground. abc's megan hughes has the details. the us is stepping the fight against the islamic state. defense secretary ash carter-laying out the plan to congress. "we're defending the homeland, we're working to defeat isil at its core in syria and iraq." carter announced the us is establishing a special ops "targeting force." it will be based in iraq--and conduct raids, gather intelligence, free hostages--and aim to capture isis leaders. even before the attacks on paris, carter had planned for a broader role for us special ops forces after a raid in iraq in late october. us forces helped free 70 isis hostages and one american was killed-master sgt. joshua wheeler. at a discussion at the harvard kennedy center, carter disputed republican calls for boots on the ground. "a lot of people don't think that there are boots on the ground or that we're putting boots
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lot from the air but there are by the way boots on the ground. " and with nearly 200 countries coming together to talk climate change in paris- president obama used the opportunity to try to drum up more international support. obama: "i am confident that we can continue building momentum and adding resources to our effort to degrade and ultimately destroy isil," reporter tag: the british parliament will vote later today on whether that country will join in launching airstrikes in syria. world leaders are in paris trying to fight a war climate change. at the u-n conference on climate change, governments pledged 20 billion dollars to invest in clean energy. president obama wants the paris agreement to be legally binding. " some have asked why the world would dedicate some of climate change even as we work to protect our people and go after terrorist networks. the reason is because
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change, affects all trends. " china's president is pledging his country's support of the plan. yesterday, the pollution in beijing was 45 times what is considered safe. schools there had to keep kids indoors. a man is behind bars this morning after police say he killed two people in des moines on monday. authorities were able to catch him after law enforcement spotted his vehicle. kaj o'mara will be back right after the break with a look at your wednesday forecast. stay
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first alert forecast. watch for some scattered snow showers out there, primarily during the morning hours. while most main roads will remain wet, lesser travelled roads, residential areas, as well as bridges will be slick in spots this morning. be cautious of changing road conditions during the morning. this afternoon, the snow is off to the east, but chilly mid-30s remains, along with plenty of
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also hold most of the night. tomorrow, clearing sky is likely from northwest to southeast, leading us to highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. a nice warmup is likely friday and saturday with temperatures still holding well above average all of next week. today: cloudy, am snow high: 33-39 winds: nw 10-20 alo: 35 dbq: 35 iow: 37tonight: mostly cloudy low: 25-31 winds: nw 5-15 alo: 24 dbq: 30 iow: 30tomorrow: gradual clearing high: 38-44 winds: w 5-15 alo: 40 dbq: 39 iow: 41tomorrow night: mostly clear low: 21-27 winds: w 5-10 alo: 24 dbq: 25
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authorities have released the name of the inmate at the center of a smuggling operation at the anamosa prison. the man is currently serving time in kansas. the details, coming up. stay with kcrg-tv9. its. hello to you on your wednesday
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you're looking live at . it's december second. this is what you need to know today. voters have chosen new mayors for two black hawk county cities. quentin hart gets the seat in waterloo. and jim brown will lead cedar falls. the state board of regents will meet today to talk about tuition increases and renaming a building at the university of iowa. the u-s military is stepping up its forces to fight isis. that may mean more special forces troops on the ground in iraq and syria. firefighters in cedar falls will soon use new helmet cameras when responding to fire calls. they hope the footage will help analyze performances . and one dubuque businessman is helping parents with autistic kids from his vacuum shop in town. all inspired by his own two sons. you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source, this is kcrg-tv9 news
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watch for some scattered snow showers out there, primarily during the morning hours. while most main roads will remain wet, lesser travelled roads, residential areas, as well as bridges will be slick in spots this morning. be cautious of changing road conditions during the morning. this afternoon, the snow is off to the east, but chilly mid-30s remains, along with plenty of clouds. clouds should also hold most of the night. tomorrow, clearing sky is likely from northwest to southeast, leading us to highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. a nice warmup is likely friday and saturday with temperatures still holding well above average all of next week.today: cloudy, am snow high: 33-39 winds: nw 10-20 alo: 35 dbq: 35 iow: 37tonight: mostly cloudy low: 25-31 winds: nw 5-15 alo: 24 dbq: 30 iow: 30tomorrow: gradual clearing high: 38-44 winds: w 5-15 alo: 40 dbq: 39 iow: 41tomorrow night: mostly clear low: 21-27 winds: w 5-10 alo: 24 dbq: 25 iow: 25 waterloo and cedar falls have
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morning, after the cities held runoff elections. in waterloo, city councilman quentin hart received nearly 60 percent support in the runoff. he got more than 52- hundred votes to beat former mayor tim hurley, who had more than 36- hundred votes. hart will replace mayor buck clark, who did not seek a fourth term. waterloo voters also filled the city council seat in ward four. jerome amos junior is the winner with nearly 900 votes. chris schwartz had around 600 votes. amos will replace quentin hart, who won yesterday's run-off for waterloo mayor. and in cedar falls, businessman jim brown received overwhelming support for mayor. he got about 75 percent support, with about 35- hundred votes. while incumbent jon crews received 143 votes. and david halterman had about
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mayor crews had urged people to vote for brown in yesterday's runoff. he decided to step down from the position at the end of the year. but his name was still on the runoff ballot. mayor crews has served cedar falls for 30 of the last 44 years. police in des moines have a suspect in custody this morning for a double homicide. and that's after a standoff with authorities late last night on a highway. dallas county authorities closed down several miles of highway 141 last night when they found a car matching the description of the murder suspect's minivan. michael wanchanic was parked at a gas station when officers recognized the car and tried to bring him into custody. leading to a chase that ended when the van died on the highway. "you know i think the cold finally got to him the reason he ended it. he finally came out. um he didn't have any heat in his vehicle, i think that's why he finally decided to get out of
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police say wanchanic is the suspect in a double homicide in des moines on monday. authorities found 26 year old byron howard and 31 year old heath belieu shot to death in their home monday night. some people in dubuque have damage to their homes this morning after late- night gunfire. police responded to spruce street between university and jefferson around 10:30 last nigig. they found shell casings and some homes had broken windows. the police department is still investigating. cedar rapids police are investigating a shooting that sent one person to the hospital. police say they received reports of gunshots around eight o'clock last night near the 16-hundred block of b avenue northeast. they did not find a victim there, but they did find a vehicle with bullet holes nearby. police say a man later arrived at saint luke's hospital for treatment. he is expected to be ok. new this morning...ther e's nothing left a hog confinement in wellman, iowa after a late night fire.
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told tv-9, 4 thousand pigs died when a fire broke out around 9:45 last night. controller adam hocker says everything seemed fine last night, but then he got the call that the building was on fire. no one was inside at the time. the building is cocoidered a total loss. firefighters in cedar falls are getting ready to use some new technology. kcrg-tv9's jill kasparie tells us the fire department bought 3 helmet cameras to be put to use in january. firefighters have a lot of gear and equipment to work with. but in this day and age things are often changing... "17:48:10 there's always new eas, new theories, new equipment and things that come out - all the time for us to perform our jobs as a firefighter." now firefighters have another new tool - helmet cameras that can withstand high levels of heat. fire chief john schilling
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crews can record what they see when they enter a burning building. "17:37:54 the technology is finally here that we can start recording stuff we may miss during the fire. especially when we comeback and do a post incident analysis of the fire." " 17:49:40 what it will do is help us come back, review the tactics we used and learn from that and then we can do in and the next time, the next fire, the next whatever it is that we are using this information on - hopefully will go smoother." not only that, but the department could also use the footage for investigations. "17:40:15 the color of the smoke tells us a lot of things. the color of a flame tells us a lot of things and if incident command is wearing it out there on the scene, he may be catching people we start to see a pattern of that person at case." the chief says the team won't responses, due to patient confidentialit y. chief is ready to see this new technology in action. " 17:42:25 it's just a great tool that's relatively inexpensive that
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every fire we go to. " that was kcrg-tv's jill kasparie with that report. the chief says each one costs a little less than three hundred dollars. they're still working out the details as to how long the city will save the videos and who will have access to those. in a tv-9 follow-up this morning.. authorities have released the name of the inmate who was at the center of a smuggling investigation at the anamosa state penitentiary. they say wesley ziegler worked with a correctional officer to smuggle in cell phones in exchange for money. he's now serving a sentence for robbery and kidnapping in kansas. but he had been serving time in anamosa under a transfer agreement. authorities punished d egler with confinement and transferred him back to kansas after they discovered a cell phone. former correctional officer garrett barton and three others have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the investigation. five other prisis employees have lost
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transamerica corporation says it's reorganizing, but have not said how that will impact jobs there. transamerica is an insurance and investment company that does most of its business in the u-s. the company told employees yesterday that as part of its "2020 strategy," it is combining 14 different didisions into one company. it will now be organized by function rather than products. transamerica's senior vice president released a statement on the re- organization. the statement says in part: "transamerica is making internal changes to better deliver on a singular, consistent and... ...positive customer experiee with our company at every touch point." the transition is starting in the first quarter of next year. and the company says it's too early to comment on how this change will impact jobs. the city admdmistrator of tiffin says that town will go along with the county's recent minimum wage increase. the johnson county
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to raise the county's minimum wage to 1 1 dollars, 10 centntan hour by 2017. last month, tiffin city leaders had discussed opting out. but after hearing a lot of support for the increase, the city council decided to acacept it. solon, swisher, oxford, and shueyville have voted against the county's increase and will stay with the state minimum wage of 7 dollars, 25 cents an hour. cedararapids got into the holiday spirit... with a christmas tree lighting last night. the city says that's one down -- four to go. up next... this morning's weather wise question. meteorologist kaj o'mara is up right after the break. it's ---. first alert s srm team
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joins us now. watch for some scattered snow showers out there, primarily during the
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remain wet, lesser trelled roads, residential areas, as well as bridges will be slick in spots this morning. be cautious of changing road conditions during the morning. this afternoon, the snow is off to the east, but chilly mid-30s remains, along with plenty of clouds. clouds should also hold most of the night. tomorrow, clearing sky is likely from northwest to southeast, leading us to highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. a nice warmup is likely friday and saturday with temperatures still holding well
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snow high: 339 winds: nw 10-20 alo: 35 dbq:q: 35 iow: 37tonight: mostly cloudy low: 25-31 winds: nw 5-15 alo: 24 dbq: 30 iow: 30tomomoow: gradual clearing high: 38-44 winds: w 5-15 alo: 40 dbq: 39 iow: 41tomorrow night: mostly clear low: 21-27
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thanks kaj. one street in iowa city is
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and an actual lift t ter years of flooding closures. that story and more still to come on tv-9. it's
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a flood protection project in iowa city seems ready to move forward. for the past five years officials have discussed raising dubuque street and the park road bridge. twice in the past three years, dubuque street has flooded between foster road and park road. both times the road was closed for nearly a month. officials hope to prevent future flooding events by raising the road one foot above the 100 year flfld plain. officials originally wanted to break ground in spring 2014. some of the
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from residents and enviroental studies showing concern. but now city council is expected to approve the plan in a couple weeks. the new design takes the roadway just above the 100 year flood plain. that should save some old& ttes along dubuque street. 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 different shape than what the original concept was, so we have a little bimore 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. " they will break ground in may and it will take two years to complete. cedar rapids is looking a little more festive this morning. laststight, people helped welcome the holidays with the lighting of the first of five trees for the season. the cedar rapids metro economic alliance held
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medquarter district by mercy medidil center. tree lightings are also scheduled this week in the kingston village, newbo, downtown and the czech village. this is the first year the economic alliance will light five trees. officials say it's to celebrate the progress the districts have made. "05:53:19 it's a way for us to do something for the community. to do something that raises the cognition for the medquarter to draw people into the district. we want to let them know that the community, supporting the community." cheers house speaker paul ryan will light the u-s capitol christmas tree tonight. this is video from last year's tree lighting. this year's tree comes from alaska. it's the first alaskan capitol christmas tree since the tradition started in 19-64. the tree will feature thousands of ornaments made by children inlaska. the tree will be lit through the first of next y yr.
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people in cedar rapids a way to experience kwanzaa. the museum has put up a micro exhibit in its lobby. kknzaa is celebratete during the week between christmas and new year's. the holiday focuses on seven principles including unity, self- determination, and faith. the exhibit is open until january 1st. today, some students in cedar rarads will be able to shop with a cop at target for winter clothes. this time of year, 70 students are picked from the cedar rapids area to get free winter hats, police officers will be shopping with them today at the super target kids will also get to pick out a toy for the holidays. now here's our morning mugshot on your wednesday. it's the angel of hope prayer service. join the community at xavier high school in cedar rapids on december sixth to pray for hope, light and grace for all those in need. it's from m ven to 7:30. for more information call 319-721-2286. if you have
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event or organization you'd like to see featured... send us an e-mail... mugshot at kcrg-dot-com. " " here's what you need to know as
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door on your wednesday. voters in cedar ralls and taterloo have elected new mayors in runoff elections. city councilman quentin hart will replace buck
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waterloo. jim brown will be the new mayor of cedar falls. he defeated the former mayor, jon crews, who did not want re-election but had to remain on the ballot. the iowa board of regents will meet today. it plans to vote on renaming a building on the universititof iowa campus. it has kept the details of the building and the name a secret. the board will also discuss raising tuition at the state universities. now, onlast look at this& morning's weatr, kaj... watch for some scattered snow showers out there, primarily during the morning hours. while most main roads will remain wet, lesser travelled roads, residential areas, as well as bridges will be slick in spots this morning. be cautious of changing roaoa conditions during the morninin this afternoon, the snow is off to the east, but chilly mid-30s remains, along with plenty of clouds. clouds should also hold most of the night. tomorrow, clearing sky is likely from northwest to southeast, leading us to highs in ththupper 30s to lower 40s. a nice warmup is likeke friday and saturday with temperatures still holding well above average all of next week. today: cloudy, am snow high: 33-39 winds: nw 10-20 alo: 35 dbq: 35 iow: 37tonight: mostly cloudy low: 25-31
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gradual clearing high: 38-44 winds: w 5-15 alo: 40 dbq: 39 iow: 41tomorrow night: mostly clear low: 21-27 winds: w 5-10 alo: 24 dbq: 25 & iow: 25 we certainly hope your is
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