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and small towns like solon are helping the salvation army reach its red kettle campaign goal -- one kettle at a time. you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source, this is kcrg-tv9 news morning news. first, meteorologis t kaj o'mara has your first alert forecast, kaj... plan on clouds to hang on this morning, followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon highs will range from the upper 30s north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out there for wednesday. rain will be a aund most of the day on wednesday with amounts around a half inch common, with isolated three quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas
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chances of rain still on track for this weekend. rain ounts on this systemem main in question and we'll continue to monitor this system as we get closer to the weekend. coralville's big debt and what to do about it will coralville's big debt and what to do about it will be a big topic at tonight's city council meeting. on december 9th, moody's investors servicic downgraded the city's bond rating. that's generally seen as a negative reflection of the city's finances and can make it harder for coralville to borrow money the bond rating dropped to the owest rating of investment grade on moody's scale. the company rated coralville this way because of its high debt and liabilities. liabilities include things like ownership of a hotel and performance center. coralville has about 267-million dollars in debt. in iowa, only cedar rapids and des moines - both much larger cities - have more debt.
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the rating will have little impact on residents. they say they expect to see the city continue to grow. while coralville residents' property taxes do help pay off this debt, those property taxes will not increase. "no, they're not, and we have.. and we have never missed debt payment, we continue to make those payments, and we don't have any plan to do differently." the city is moving forward with a 7-thousand seat arena project in the iowa river landing. the city says that project will open debt-free, if it gets to that point. cedar rapids and linn county public health might have to give back some federal grant money. it's part of a program to remove lead paint from older homes. if homeowowrs don't t e the money, it will go back to the federal government. kcrg-tv9's forrest saunders join us live in the newsroom this morning. forrest, this grant is meant to make homes safer? that's right. in august 2013, the two groups received two- point- two million dollars to address lead-based
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in older homes in cedar rapids. they've handled the problem in 20 homes since that time, but there's enough money left for another 125 homes. people have to qualify financially and have children either living in the home or visiting often. and the grant money would pay for contractors to fix the problem. children with lead paint exposure can suffer serious health problems, like learning disabilities or impaired hearing. " 13:56:04 we want to take care of all the people we can. we have a goal of 125 units to complete and we really want to get the wororout to people that the money is available. and it's a short amount of time left before the program time runs out. " the city needs to start the projects by july 31st or else it has to return the money to the u-s department of housing and urban development. homeowners who qualify get 100-percent of the work paid for. you can find more information under this story on kcrg dot com or you can call c-r hazard hunters at 319-286-5872.
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thanks a lot forrest. governor brbrstad says the three companies that will now manage the state's medicaid services will be able to accommodate tens of thousands of iowans. last friday, a state official terminated the state's contract with wellcare of iowa saying it failed to disclose information during the bidding process. now the department of human services will contact the people who chose wellcare. it will re-assign them qually among the three remaining managed care companies. the whole privatization effort has been delayed for two months. "medicaid patients will be able to stay under the present system for the 60 period. and then it depends on whether your doctor signs up for one of the three providers that have been approved. when we t to march 1, most othem will have. " governor branstad says he is confident the medicaid program will be ready for private management by march first. he said the same about the original
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deadline. for the second year in a row, unity point finley hospital's birthing unit has seen a record number of babies born. as of yesterday, finley had delivered 733 babies, which beat last year's record of 730. and many of the moms are return patients. staff says they're noticing more families having three or four children. "that's very comforting for a mom to know that when she had a great experience and lots of support the second time. " the hospital says this year, its most popular baby names are similar to national trends. liam for a boy, and olivia for a girl. the better business bureau has a new tool t t help you protect yourself from scams. it will send you text alerts about scams on your phone or through email. the bbb's website lists hundreds of the latest scams. the most common scam to watch out for right now is the i-r-s scam. a caller will claim you owe back taxes and try to steal your
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information and money. if you ever get a call like this, it is important to take control of the conversation. "the number one rule is give out no information on the phone. this is one phone call and they ask for all sorts of personal information. that is the first sign to not do that, say 'send me documentation or let me look nto this and i will get back to you, what is your number, what is your name. and at this point if it's a scam they'll usually hang up on you." to sign up for the alerts, go to k-c-r-g dot com and look for this story. governor branstad wants to improve cyber- security in the executive branch of state government. he signed an executive order yesterday that requires state security agencies to develop a plan by july first on how to respond to a possible cyber attacc it requires the agencies to identify vulnerable cyber- security areas and establish data breach reporting protocols. the governor's order also recommends
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school system to train iowans to respond to cyber- security concerns. fans heading to the rose bowl game in pasadena, california, can n pect some ight security for the game and the tournament of roses parade. people from the city of pasadena and the department of homeland security will hold a news conference today with more details about the security situation. both the game and the parade are boosting security, after the recent terrorist attacks in nearby san bernadino and at an athletic stadium in paris, france. the eastern iowa airport plans to boost security and add more parking for the influx of travelers heading to pasadena. airport officials recommend passengers arrive two and a half hours early for charter r flights. commercial passengers should arrive 90 minutes early. airport staff hope to make it a festive atmosphere, though. they wi have trivia games and extra concessions.
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bowl on e-s-p-n on new year's day. the hawkeyes play the stanford cardinal at four p-m, iowa timeme and before the game, don't miss a special hour- long edition of t-v nine's "countdown to kick-off" the t-v nine sports team will previethe rose bowl starting at 9 a-m ght before the tournament of roses parade. you can see that here on kcrg t-v nine. fans of apple's "live photos" have one more placto view images. aa apple is having a t tgh time "k"kping up" with the demand for kimojis. that's ahead in today's tech bytes. good morning! it's ---.
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switch to u.s. cellular and get 15 gigs of data for just $70. plus $400 in promo cards. followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon highs will rangegerom
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north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out there for wednesday. rain will be around most of the day on wednesday with amounts around a half inch common, with isolated three quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas day continue to look quiet, with chances of rain still on track for this weekend. rain amounts on this system remain in question and we'll continue to monitor this system as we get closer to
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thanks kaj. now here's abc's reena ninan
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with this morning's techbytes. hey there, in today's "techbytes" one of apple's newest features now works on cebook. >> live photos turn your favorite photos into three secondssf videos. the catch, only available on facebook's ios app. the new homebot turbo plus uses an app to direct the device to areas owners would like clean. >> point their phone camera at areas that need extra cleaning and the vacuum will head too that location. and now you can react to your friend's text messages just like kim kardashians. with kemoji.
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clinton. overnight, the g-o-p presidential frontrunner used a sexually derogatory remark against his democratic opponent. and this morng, the clinton amp fired back at trump. abc's kenneth moton is following the latest war of words. hillary clinton versus donald trump...the top contenders' war of words got downright nasty overnight. the gop frontrunner used a vulgar term to describe clinton's 2008 loss to president obamasot trump she cas favored to win and she got . she lost, i mean she lost. trump rallied thousands of his supporters in grand rapids, michigan...calli ng out clinton for taking a bathroom break during the abc news democratic debate. sot trump "i know where e went, , 's disgusting, i d d't want t t talk about it. no, it's too disgusting. trump's latest attack...sparked by this claim from clinton. sot hillary clinton he is becoming isis's best recruiter. they are going to people showing videos of donald trump insulting
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order to recruit more radical jihadists. trump called that a lie and demanded an apology. clinton's campaign said quote "hell no" and clarified clinton's claim on msnbc. sot brian fallonclinton campaign spokesman these comments are aired across the middle east,t,sis is pointing to them on social mediait's farcical to suggest from donald trump of all people, that hillary clinton should apologize to him instead, clinton got creative... quick nat from video she released this campaign video just in time for christmas featuring the "grinches in gopville" youtube ad we'll send them back to gopville where they all belong, we'll protect our progress and keep american families strong clinton has not responded to trump's latest comments but her campaign chair went on a twitter rant saying she will never back down from calling out trump. kenneth moton, abc news washington. space-x is back on solid ground in the space exploration game. 3 2 1 .we have lift-off of falcon 9
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falcon 9 rocket into space - and landed it upright on solid ground. no one had ever landed a rocket that traveled as deep into space. the launch was the first since june when one of the company's rockets exploded en route the international space station. one eastern iowa city is honoring those who risked or gave their lives in military combat. it's a monument for those with a prestigious medal from the president.
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meteorologist j o'mara joins us now with your first alert forecast. plan on clouds to hang on this morning, followed by partial clearing this afternoon. ternoon highs will range from the upppp 30s north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out there for wednesday.
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day on wednesday with amounts around a half inch common, with isolated ththe quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas day continue to look quiet, with chances of rain still on track for this weekend. rain amounts on this system remain in question and we'll continue to monitor this system as we get closer to the weekend.
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time is running out for the salvation army to reach its holiday season goal. but it's getting a little boost from small towns throughout johnson county. keep it here on tv-9. it's . good tuesday morning to you
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morning. it's december 22nd anan this is what you need to know today. the human rights commission in dubuque is "ban the box" by not asking job applicants if they are convicted felons. the coralville city council today to discuss the city's large debt and poor bond rating. city leaders say they won't increase property taxes. time is running out for homeowners in cedar rapids to use federal grant money to get rid of lead-based paint. heating up as donald trump and hillary clinton take jabs at each other. and the new comments are especially nasty. and small towns like solon are helping the salvation army reach its red kettle campaign goal -- one kettle at a time. you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour n ns source, this is kcrg-tv9 news
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first, meteorologis t kaj o'mara has your first alert forecast, kaj.... plan on clouds to hang on this morning, followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon highs will range from the upper 30s0s north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out there for wednesday. rain will be around most of the day on wednesday with amounts around a half inch common,n,ith isolated three quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas day continue to look quiet, with chances of rain still on track for this weekend. rain amounts on this system remain in question and we'll continue to monitor this system as we get closer to
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the human rights commission in dubuque is urging prospective employers to not ask job applicants whether they ari convicted felons. they call the initiative "ban the box." it refers to the box on applications that asas if you're a convicted felon. members of the human rights commission asked the dubuque city council to discuss that initiative. the council talked about it at yesterday's meeting, but the commission isn't asking the city to change a law or ordinance. it says it just wants a discussion. the commission says it can be next to impossible for a convicted felon to find a job after prison. "they will be able to let thehe employers know, 'yeah i have a criminal background but this is
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opposed to checking the box and the employer says 'nope', even if they may be qualified. " the dubuque area chamber of commerce says the change could could cause safety concerns for employers. the city of dubuque itself has removed the convicted felon question from its job plications. but it does criminal background checks. we told you earlier this year about the ban the box initiative in waterloo. the city's human rights commission says right now it's focusing on banning the box on employment applications. the commission says it hopes to meet with the city's chamber of commerce soon. following this weekend's democratic presidential debate, the two frontrunners are campaigning in iowa. former secretary of state hillary clinton, will be making stops in eastern iowa today. she'll start off with a town hall at keota high school at 12:15 this afternoon. then, clinton is going to fairfield to hold another town hall event there at 4:45. finally, she will finish off the day with a volunteer hank-you event in bettendorf. that will
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second in the popos, senator bernie sanders is also campaigning in iowa. he's on the other side of the state with visits in storm lake, carroll, and council bluffs. this is video frfr sanders' event yesterday in sioux city. mike huckabee is in eastern iowa, trying to boost low poll numbers. today he is stping in new hampton, cresco, osage, northwood and forest city. yesterday, huckabee stopped at the kava house caf in swisher to answer questions from supporrs. the former arkansas governor says he is not worried about the upcoming caucus and primaries, even though he's near the bottom of the pack. "you know if i thought it was over i would go home put my feet up and get back to living a nice comfortable life instead of trudging through the snow and going out there and spending all of january in some of the coldest weather in north america." he said his campaign conducted its own poll and found about 75 percent of iowans are still undecided.
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south carolina senator lindsey graham dropped out yesterday. he had been polling in the low single digits since he launched his campmpgn last june. but graham says he plans to stay engaged in the discussion over national security and defeating isis. a fairfield man will serve 3 years probation for violations of the transport and display of a grizzly bear he killed in alaska. 35-year-old brenton clark pleaded guilty to charges that he transported illegally-killed wildlife. clk admitted to killing a bear inlaska and taking it back for display in his home in jefferson county. clark's probation includes a 2-thousand dollar fine, 120 days of home confinement, and coumunity service. he%will also have rrtrictions on possessssg firearms and hunting. time is running out for people to use federal grant money through a program calle"c-r hazard hunters." homeowners in cedar rapids can apply for help to get rid of lead paint in their r ouses. kcrg-tv9's forrest saunders joins us at the desk this morning. forrest, cedar rapids and linn
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health received the federal grant in the summer of 2013. that's right brady. but there are only seven months left before the city has to return any unused grant money. the grant aims to prevent childhood lead poisong. the city says a home is more likely to have lead-based paint if it was built before 1978, which is referred to as the "danger zone." so far, crews have only finished working on 20 homes. they have enough federal funding for to that within the next seven months. a cedar rapids couple come and baby only a few months old. 14:13:15 " it's not scary anymore now that they are going to be taking care of it and abating it. if we see any more chipping or anything like that we can call and the city will come take care that too." the money covers inspection costs,
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nd relocation assistance during repairs. the city says they do have some properties in the works right now. families who apply have to meet financial guidelines and need to have children in the home or have children visit often. the grananmoney can be used until the end of july next year. we do have the contact information for this project popoed on kcrg dot comom alright, thanks a lot forrest. this is the last week for the johnson county salvation army's bell ringers, who are trying to reach a goal of 325 thousand dollarsn red kettle donations. and small communities in the county are trying to help them get there. earlier this holiday season, a solon resident noticed there wasn't a single r kettle in that city. she reached out to the salvation army, and they were
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first kettle. it's on the counter top at sam's main street market. salvation army development director isha smith says this gives residents of smaller communities a chance to donate without leaving their town. "one of the goals for the salvation army of johnson county is to get out into the smaller communities with r services, and one way to open that door up is to introduce our kettles in on the e counter toppevel, and then eventually we can get enough volunteer support that we can do a stand kettle in the community." smith says so far, people have dropped more than 2- hundred dollars in the solon kettle, which is a lot for a single location kettle. children from the boys and girls clubs in cedar rapids will be going around giving random acts of kdness. these kids will be surprising everyone from neighbors to businesses to city departments. boys and girls clubs officials say this event is to help curb increased violence in cedar rapids. this is the 5th year for the event. there will soon be a permanent monument in cedar rapids to honor veterans who have earned the purple heart. the eastern iowa purple heart
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committee announced they wl put it at the all- veterans memorial park. it's designed to be a lastingg monument to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. " i want the recipients to know this has been an absolute joy to work on, because every time we have gone to talk to somebody about what we're doing, the response is always, what can we do to help? " the city will dedicate the monument on memorial day of next year. construction crews marked putting a final steel beam in a 11-story building in cedar rapids. the building won't be done for another several months, but workers commemorated this milestone. up ne... this morning's
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first alert storm team meteorologist kaj o'mara joins us now. plan on clouds to hang on this morning, followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon h hhs will range fromom the upper 30s north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight,
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another good rain chance out there for wednesday. rain will be around most of the day on wednesday with amounts around a half inch common, with isolated three quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas day continue to look quiet, with chances of rain still on track for this weekend. rain amounts on this system remain in question and we'll continue to monitor this system as we get closer to the weekend.
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a man convicted of lottery fraud in iowa has connections to other state's lotteries. investigators say he helped his friends win lottery money. that's coming up next.
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says eddie tipton may have had access to lottery jackpots in as many as 37 states. tipton is already serving a 10 year sentence on two fraud charges here in iowa. he's a former lottery security worker who installed secret software on the machines that randomly generate winning lotto numbers. then, he would know the wininng digits in advance. investigators say he tried to get people he knew to collect the multi-million dollar winnings@in other states. "we're looking into any jackpots that could be associated with eddie tipton." tipton's attorney says there is no evidence that he tampered with any of the computers. waterlooooolice say one woman is responsible for stabbing another woman on sunday. 37-year-old rachel berger faces charges of willful
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and going armed. she's in the black hawk county jail. police say berger got into a fight with the other woman at berger's home at 604 burton avenue. they say berger stabbed the woman three times as the victim was leaving. police found the victim at a home in the 400 blolo of riehl street and took her to the hospital. the amana fire chief says it's unlikely investigators will be able to determine what caused the fire at the amana gololcourse on november 6th. the state fire marshal's office determined there are too many variables and nothing points to one of them being the cause. the fire chief says the cause will be lissd as unknown. the building was destroyed, but nobody was hurt. mediacom is threatening legal action against iowa city. the company gave the city a letter of complaint and a copy of a federal lawsuit they plan to serve unless iowa city reconsiders three agreements with imon communications. medicom alleges that the city's agreements
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competitive disadvantage. has given the city y til the end the year to respond to its concerns. the city had no comment on the issue. the iowa secretary of state's office is accepting applications for the safe at home program. it's a program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, and stalking. it gives them a legal post fice box address fo government records. lieutenant governor kim reynolds expects about 150 people will sign up in the first half of theheear. ""this program offers a way out. it's not the answer, there's other initiatives that we will continue to work on, but it is, as you indicated, another tool in the tool box to start to make a difference for individuals that are suffering." " iowa joins 33 other states in adopting the program. people in cedar rapids are remembering the lives of two homeless people who were killed earlier this year. the catherine mcauley center hosted a memorial walk for 56-year-old raymond ursino and 41-year-old sharon mead.
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at the places the two were found and held a candlelight vigil for them. " 14:33:32 at that time, it could have been me. it could have been someone else knew. so many people out there. " angela jones - knew both victims jennifer tibbetts "14:38:16 homeless is really an issue in our community. we need to remember that. we dodot see the homeless population. they are the invisible population in our community they are there and they are struggling.. " the event coincided with national homeless persons' remembrance day. we are closer to having a new building in the cedar rapids skyline. construction workers placed the last beam on top of the crst building sterday. and a lot of people involved with the project had a chance to leave their mark. owners, workers, and architects wrote their signatures on t`e beam before hsting it to the top of the building. construction workers also lifted a christmas tree and an american flag with the beam. c-r-s-t's
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corporate headquarters will occupy two floors of the building. and bankers trust, r-s-m international, and holmes murphy will fill the rest of the eleven stories. the building should be
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door on your tuesday. the coralvill city council will discuss how to address the city's big debt at it's meeting today. moody's investors service downgraded the city's bond rating earlier this month. this can make it harder for
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money. the city says residents will not see property taxes rise and the city will continue to grow. 20-16 democratic presidential front- runners hillary clinton and bernie sanders will be campaigning in iowa today. clinton will make stops in keota, fairfield and burlington. sanders will be in western iowa, making stops in storm lake and council bluffs. this is the last week for the johnson county salvation army's bell ringers. they are trying to reach a goal of 325 thousand dollars. small communities across the county are trying to help with that goal minus the ringers. solon has its first red kettle this year. . has raised more than two hundred dollars, which is a lot for a single location kettle. now, one last look at this morning's weather, kaj... plan on clouds to hang on thisis morning, followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon highs will range from the upper 30s north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out
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rain will be around most of the day on wednesday common, with isolated three quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas day continue to look quiet, with chances of rain still on track k r this weekend. rainin remain in question and we'll continue to monitor the weekend. we certainly hope your is off a good start. hey! this holiday, u.s. cellular's giving you 15 gigs of data for just $70! but i wanted a pony. [ gasps ] you're getting data. pony-sized data? u.s. cellular sized data.
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good morning, america. coast-to-coast holiday travel alert right now. severe weather snarls travel, flooding, tornadoes and powerful storms threaten to wreak havoc for millions in the air and on the roads. donald trump on the attack, lashing out at hillary clinton at a rally, demanding an apology for saying isis is using him to recruit terrorists. and mocking her last loss to president obama.
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