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good wednesday morning. you're looking live at the snow falling on our city cam. it's december 30th and here's what you need to know. the mother of a homeless man burned in his camp in cedar rapids wants to get oneof his prized possessions -- his dog's ashes -- back from police. family and friends of des moines native and university of iowa student nicole underwood remember her caring spirit. she died in a bus crash in chicago on monday. faly of an airman and new york police officer born in dubuque will attend his funeral today. sergeant joseph lemm was one of six killed in a suicide bombing in afghanistan. "affluenza" teen e ean couch is on his way back to america this morning with his mother. police think he fled the u-s after violating his probation. and hawkeye fans are celebrating this morning after the men's basketball team upset the number one ranked d d undefeated michigan state spartans.
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source, this is kcrg-tv9 news morning news. first, meteorolog t kaj o'mara has your first alert forecast, kaj... plan on snow to overspread the area during the morning commute. many areas should see around an inch of snow, though some isolated 2" reports cannot be ruled out either. the bottom line is that the commute will likely turn slick, even with minor snow accumulation. this system should be out by noon at the latest, with clouds holding on the rest of the day. quiet weather is likely from thursday through at least early monday with cooler temperatures as well. our next system of any impact isn't out there until day 6 or 7 in the forecast . have a great day!today: am snow likely high: 24-30 winds: w 5-10 alo: 27 dbq: 27
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winds: w 5-15 alo: 12 dbq: : 7 iow: 17ttmorrow: mostly cloudy high: 17-23 winds: w 10-20 alo: 18 dbq: 20 iow: 22tomorrow night: partly cloudy low: 3-9 winds: w 5-15 alo: 5 dbq: 8 iow: 9 coralville police are looking for the suspect who robbed a wendy's officers say they were called to the wendys on commerce drive at about 11:30 last night. police say the suspepe was armed. no one was hurt, and thth investigation is ongoing. the mother of a homeless man who suffered severe burns earlier this moh has a wish for her son, beyond his recovery. she's hoping to get one of her son's most valuable possessions back. 38-year-old corey smock was living in a tent in cedar two weeks ago, a candle tipped over and his sleeping bag caught on fire. a passerby saw the fire and pulled smock out, but he had severe ashes fire. heathman-- tried to get the ashes, she said the police
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smock has to give consent. but he is in a medically induced coma because 60 percent of his body is burned. heathman says she believes in her heart she is the only one smock would want to keep ththashes. "as his mom, i know what that dog meant to him, that was the only thing in this world corey had that meant anything to him." heathman is asking for the police to make some kind of exception. a dubuque man faces a murder charge in chicago after a dispute over a dice game. the chicago sun-times reports police arrested 23-year-old emmanuel harvey for a death on the city's south side last may. police say harvey and another person shot and killed 29-ymar-old alvin randolph. they say the 2 went to confnfnt another person for cheating in a dice game. randolph tried to break up the dispute. that's when police say harvey and the other person shot and killed him. the chago sun times reports harveys a graduate of city high in iowa city. one person is dead and another is injured after a car crash in fairfax.
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walford died in the crash yesterday. her vehicle crossed the center line on highway 151 near prairie drive in fairfax and hit another vehicle head-on. then a truck smashed into the passenger side of skalsky's vehicle. 22 year old hannah looney of shellsburg was injured. she was in the second vehicle. one person is dead and another injured this morning from a grain bin accident. benton county sriff randy forsyth says a 56 6 ar old keystone man n s vacuuming grain into a semi at the benton grain company. that's in keystone. the sheriff says a wall of corn surrounding him collapsed, and covered him. they have not released his name. the state of iowa is producing more ethanol than ever before. the iowa renewable fuels association says the state produced more than 4 billion gallons of ethanol this year -- a new record. that's about 27% of all the nation's ethanol. the association says the state's 43
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last year's production by increasing efficiency. people in dubuque now have an easier time tracking road conditions in another way. a live website shows you when a plow last cleared snow from e ery city street. all 23 of dubuque's snow plow trucks have an automated vehicle location tracker. information about where those trucks have been during a storm, shows up, live, on the city's website. the gps sensors t tck the actual snow plow blade, not the truck itself. so activity only shows up on the map, when the blade touches the ground. plow drivers use that information after a ststm to figure out which streets need attention. "some of my drivers will check the public site before they come into work and just see where they're at on their route. " dubuque e de the gps tracking system live to the public back in 2013. in recent years, they've had some technical issues getting that information on their website. but they recently switchededo a cellular system to help better share that data online. the city spends
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year for the tracking system iowa's department of transportation is getting some feedback on a snow plow pilot program. it added new blue and white lights to some d-o-t snow plows this winter. the goal is to make the plows easier to see for drivers, and c c down the nunuber of crashes. " our early indications are the public's come back with some pretty positive comments of being able to see the blue lights being able to distinguish our trucks better " every snow plow in district 1, located in central iowa, has the new lights. at least 2 trucks in the other d-o-t districts also have them. right now, the iowa d-o-t is still looking for about 200 part time employees this winter. most of those positions are for snow plow operators. drivers are required to havava c-d-l license, but the d-o-t does provide training. the d-o-t's website has a page for people to apply. if you visit the grocery store
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ringing bells is common place. bubueven after christmasasthe salltion army's fundraising campaign still has a ways to go. kcrg-tv9's forrest saunders is live this morning at the johnson county salvation army in iowa city. forrest, the salvation army is short of their goal but they are determined to get it. that's right chris and vicole. they still have another month, but they need to make 55 thousand more dollars. joining me now is patricia smith with the salvation army. what is your goal for this campaign? how do you plan to reach it? so far, the red kettle campaign has raised 270 thousand dollars. that means they still have5 thousand dodoars left to go. organizers say this funraising campaign is especially important because the money raised for this event accounts for 60 percent of the year's budget. to help boost donations the salvation ar is starting the big ten kettlelelub this week. credit union
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large donation.
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tv-9's forrest saunders, thanks a lot. twitter is cracking down against hateful speech on its site. and a n research group says they havava new system that wiwi let you put your favorite emoji into passwords. that's ahead in today's techbytes.
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area during the plan on snow to overspread the area during the morning commute. many areas should see arund an inch of snow, though some isolated 2" reports cannot be ruled out either. the bottom line is that the commute will likely turn
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this system should d out by noon at the lateses with clouds holding on the rest of the day. quiet weather is likely from thursday through at least early monday with cooler temperatures as well. our next system of any impact isn't out there until day 6 or 7 in the forecast . have a great day!today: am snow likely high: 24-30 winds: w 5-10 alo: 27 dbq: 27 iow:8tonight: mostly cloudy low: 13-19 winds: w 5-15 alo: 12 dbq: 17
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mostly cloudy high: 17-23 winds: w 10-20 alo:8 dbq: 20 iow22tomorrow night: partly cloudy low: 3-9 winds: w 5-1alo: 5 dbq: 8 iow: 9
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now here's abc's marci gonzalez and kendis gibson with this morning's techbytes.
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"techbytes" twitterer going after hateful behavior >> it's been under fire for not doing enough for thwart isis propaganda. a new feature on google's new chrome brouser is designed to hel peoplq remove weak words from their e-mails. >> it undndlines self-demeaning phrases like i'm no expert and actually the intention is to help them sound more assertive. and finally, british researchers have come up with a new system that basasally uses emojis as pass words. >> users are required to draw she instead of pass word and use more steps to use emojis, all meant to increase safety. >> and those are your "techbytes come on in pop pop. happy birthday. i just had a heart attack...
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with his mother is headed home. authorities believe ethan and tonya couch ran out of the country after a posting on social media showed coh violating his probation. now,w,ome of the victim's s families are hoping this face punishment. kim hutcherson has the story.
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defense helped him avoioijail time-- - expected back in the the u-s wednesday.he was apprehended monday puerto vallarta, mexico...a.ang with his motherer tonya, after the pair went missing from texas in mid-december. "they are in the process of being, or have been already, deported to the united stateso that they are available for the us marshall service" they disappeared after video was posted online that showed him apparently violating the terms of his probation -- a sentence he received after being convicted of intoxication manslaughter. the case ... now infamous, after his lawyers said he suffered from "affluenza" ----ssentially being a rich kid with no limits. his sentence for the drunk driving crash that killed four people -- ten years probation n th no jail time. an attorney for the victim's families said they believe both mother and son deserve punishment.
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satisfying to the families that indeed, it appears that his mother tonya may have committed a crime and may finallye held accountable as well." tonya couch faces charges of hindering apprehension, which carries a sentence of two tten years in jail. as for her son, authorities don't know yet how they will proceed against him. at the moment, the most severe punishment he faces is 120 days in jail. i'm kim hutcherson reporting. even though the snow is not t n issue today in iowa, people across the country are dealing with the severe weather. along rising vers, volunteers armed with sandbags are fighting g me, and many rivivs haven't crested yet. there were white out snow conditions in the northeast and midwest made travel is nearly impossible - by road or by air. 850 cots were set-up at o'hare irport overnight. thousands of passengers across the country are stranded. president obama's actions, radical jihadists, and college debt. those e e things one republican presidential candidate promomed to tackle at an event in iowa. you're looking live on our
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kaj will be back right after the break with a look atatour wednesday forecast.
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meteorologist kaj o'mara joins
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first alert forecast. plan on snow to overspread the area during the morning commute. many areas should see around an inch of snow, though some isolated 2" reports cannot be ruled out either. the bottom line is that the commute will likely turn slick, even with minor snow accumulation. this system should be out by noon at the latest, with clouds holding on the rest of the day. quiet weather is likely from thursday through at least early monday with cooler temperatures as well. our next system of any impact isnsn out there until day 6 or 7 in the forecast . have a great day!today: am snow likely high: 24-30 winds: w 5-10 alo: 27 dbq: 27 iow: 28tonight: mostly cloudy lolo 13-19 windnd: w 5-15 alo: 12 dbq: 17 iow: 17tomorrow: mostly cloudy high: 17-23 winds: w 10-20 alo: 18 dbq: 20 iow: 22tomorro
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winds: w 5-15 alo: 5 dbq: 8 iow: 9
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with just weeks until the iowa caucuses, g- o-p candidates still have a lot of competition for the nomination. but the field of candidates is getting smaller as one republblan drops out of the race.
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good wednesday morning. you're looking live on our city cam. some snow falling out there for the morning commute. it's december 30th and here's what you need to know. the mother of a homeless man burned in his camp in cedar rapids wants to get one of his prized possessions -- his dog's ashes -- back from police. family and friends of des moines native and university of iowa student nicole undeeood remember her caring spspit. she
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chicago on monday. family of an airman and new york police officer born in dubuque will attend his funeral today. sergeant joseph lemm was one of six killed in a suicide bombing in afghanistan. "affluenza" teen ethan couch is on his way back to america this morning with his mother. police think he fled the u-s after violating his prpration. and hawkeye fans are celebrating this morning after the men's basketball team upset the number one ranked and undefeated michigan state spartans. 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 yoyo first alert forecasas
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plan on snow to overspread the
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family and friends are remembering a 21-year-old university of iowa student who week. during a bus crash in chicago on monday. control on interstate 55 early monday morning. the bus hit a construction sign. police swerved to avoid a pickup that moved into the bus's lane. four others had non life- threatening injuries. work and on track to graduate in may. she planned to continue er education and attend graduate school. friends say she was traveling to chicago to celebrate new year's eve with friends and her boyfriend. they described her as carivg and charismatic. 07:07:54 "i can't tell you how many times i would be upset and she would show up at my door with care packages, like fuzzy socks, and all of my favorite things. i've never had a friend like that." underwood's l led ones in des
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raise enough money to create a 10 thousand dollalascholarship for human services students in her honor. waterloo police are investigating a report of someone firing a gun at a group of people. it happened around 2:30 yesterday afternoon in the 500 block of elm street. police say the initial report was that someone fired several times at the group. injuries. police found a small amount blood and several shell casings. 5 years in federal prison. 23-year-old dameon harris was convicted of being a felon and a drug user in possession of a firearm. waterloo police say the charges stem from an april incident where he tried to hide a gun before officers arrived. harris is one of seven people arreed in waterloo part of the department of justice's "project safe neighborhood s." this is video from a news conference announcing those arrests. they stem from six incidents this past spring, one of them deadly. the goal is to try to stop
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firearm from h hing one in waterloo. in a tv-9 follow-up this morning.. family, friends, and military service members will honor an airman killed in afghanistan at his f feral todayay air national guard sergeant joseph lemm was 1 of 6 u-s service people who died in a suicide bombing on december 21st. sgt. lemm was born in dubuque and was a new york city police detective. about 50 family members left on a bus yesterday to head to his funeral. the service will be held at st. patrick's cathedral in new york city. sgt. joseph lemm is survived by his wife and their 2 children. republioan presidential candidate marco rubio says national security would be his top priority if he's e ected. the florida senator made several stops in eastern iowa yesterday, including one at the waterloo center for the arts. he told dozens of supporters that the government's number 1 job is to keepepmericans
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the military to help fight terrorism. he also told voters that he would undo many of president obama's actions. new jersrs governor chris christie is tataing to voters in iowa today hoping to win them over for the republican presidential nomination. yesterday he made several stops in eastern iowa. one of those was at iowa city's hamburg inn #2 -- a traditional stop for those campaigning. he was critical of president obama's recent efforts to fight climate change. christie also questioned the governing experience of many o ohis opponents, both republicans and democrats. he says too many of them are vying for a position they are not prepared for. "now, we have candidates for president like hillary clinton, who comes from the senate, and marco rubio and ted cruz and rand paul who are from the senate, all who have never had an executive job in their lives." at that event, christie ao talked about his desire to create more accountabilit y for colleges and universities. christie also stopped in cedar
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crowded room at the fieldhouse last night about president obama's president doesn't understand the american people. "the american people are anxious about terrorism because the american people have seen the dead bodieie killed by they've seen dead parisians and they've seen dead americans. and they are nervous because, for the first time in years, they don't believe that their government is protecting them." in the recece cnn - orc poll, christie ranks in the middle of the pack with about 4 and a half percent. the g-o-p presidential field is down to a dozen people. former new york governor george patakakended his bid for president last night. pataki was a long shot in the crowded field. he never made the main stage in any of the g-o-p debates. and he only received around one percent support in recent polls. christmas may be over but a familiar sign of the holiday season -- the salvation army red kettles -- still need your help. the johnson county salvation army is still
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from its holiday campaign goal. tv-9's forrest saunders is live this morning at the salvation army. what is the group doing to help reach its goal? our give hope today holiday campaign goal for this year is $325,000. we have raised just under $270,000 leaving just about $55,000 to go. our campaign ends on january 31, 2016 so we have just a month left to raise the e eded. the funds raised in our holiday campaign account for over 60% of our annual budget. to assist with meeting our goal, and in the hopes of exceeding it, we are launching the big ten golden kettle club this week. the university of iowa community credit union started our 2015 campaign with a $10,000 gift and we are w looking for 9 other companies or prprate individuals to join the uiccu and become a big ten golden
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$10,000 gift. we will be recognizing these donors ad our volunteer appreciation/annual meeting in february with a special presentation and will continue to l lt them up throughout 2016. weweave teared down this program and will also be recognizing silver shield gifts of $5,000 and above and bronze bell gifts beginning at $500. chris and nicole? tv-9's forrest saunders live in
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morning. thanks a lot, forrest. the hawkeye football team is pretty used to national media attention with its nearar perfect season. but it's nothing compared to media day at the rose bowl. we'll check in with our tv-9 sports team in pasadena. up next... this morning's weather wise question. meteorologist kaj o'mara is up right after the break.
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joins us now.
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morning commute. many areas should see around an inch of snow, though some isolated 2" reports cannot be ruled out either. the ottom line is that t t commute will likely turn slick, even with minor snow accumulation. this system should be out b noon at the latest, with clouds
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weather is likely from thursday through at ast early monday with cooler temperatures as well. our next system of any impact isn't out there until day 6 or 7 in the e recast . have a great day!today: am snow likely high: 24-30 winds: w 5-10 alo: 27 dbq: 27 iow: 28tonight: mostly cloudy low: 13-19 winds: w 5-15 alo: 12 dbq: 17 iow: 17tomorrow: momoly cloudy high: 17-2-2 winds: w w0-20 alo: 18 dbq: 20 iow: 22tomorrow night: partly cloudy low: 3-9
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thanks kaj. hawkeye fans are over the moon about the team playiyi in the rose bowl. but after last night, fans have
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about with a huge upset on the basketball court. that and more still to come
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the iowa donor network is lking forward to the rose parade. this year's parade will feature a few local families. the organization will honor
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in the "donate life rose parade float." they will join dozens of other families from across the nation who have all felt the impact of an organ donation or transplant. people will see a photo of the solon man russ gerdin carried by his daughter. russ's family says they're looking forward to the parade to remember russ who received a liver transplant following a struggle with liver cancer. the iowa donor network teams up with other donor organizations around the nati for the float. the tournament of roses parade will air live from pasadena at 10 a-m friday. you can see it right here on kcrg t-v nine. the donate life rose parade float will be about floats. away from facing stanford in the rose bowl. national media near perfect for media day yesterday. tv-9's scott saville and scott westerberg have more from pasadena. good morning from the rose bowl i am scott saville was a littl chilly this morning. we hit
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afternoon and we actually saw some surfers out their. ya and a few hawkeye fans and they liked the warm temps especially compared to back home. iwas also media day and some crazy questions. one national media guy asked d ach ferentz how tough it was to bounce back from that opening season loss and he looked at him and said we went 12-0 during the regular season. it was almost like uper bowl media day. ya you get some off the wall ones like who can eat more. about 420 credentials were handed out so a lot of eople and a couple o o people that have been their a while bob brooks and chuck shared their thoughts from the first time tty were at the rose bowl. 1956 we stays at the same hotel as the players. they were available for visiting. access was easier and no tv so you had the run of the place. j jt as many media then as their is now but the difference is you have all the social media and the twitter and the snap chat which makes it more unique. coming up later today we will have a story with iowa band that is here and will l y throw some up with the golden
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catch one. i am never good at that. we also talk to iowa defensive coordinator phil parker later today. back to you in cr the rose bowl game will air friday. the 12-and-1 hawkeyes facehe 11-and-2 stanford cardinal with the kick off f ortly after four p-m, iowa time. you can see the game on e-s-p-n. and don't miss t-v nine's
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earlier that day. the hour-long special airs at 9 a-m, right here on kcrg-tv9. cheering storming the court hawkeye fans are celebting this morning after the men's basketball team upset the number one ranked and undefeated michigan state spartans last night. iowa controlled the game from start to finish. the final score was 83 to 70. this is thfirst time since 1999 that the hawks have knocked off a number one ranked opponent. it's the first time the team has ever done it at home. giant killers are nothing new for college basketball in iowa this year... the uni men's basketball team knocked off then #1 north carolina 71-67 back in november. the panthers also took down the then - #2 ranked iowa state cyclones 81 to 79 at the big four classic in des moines a week and a half ago. spspking of panther basastball, we have live action for you tonight on kcrg 9.2. the panthers will take on the bradley braves at 7 tonight at the mcleod center in
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door on your wednesday. famimi and friendndare remembering a 21-year-old university of iowa student who died earlier this week. des moines native nicole underwood died in a bus crash in chicago on monday.y.he was studying social work and was set to graduate in may. friends describe her as caring and charismatic.
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died last week in afghanislan are in new york for his funeral today. air national guard sergeant joseph lemm was born in dubuque. he worked as a new york city police detective. his funeral is at st. patrick's cathedral. and the hawkeyes men's basketball team upset the number one team iithe nation last night. they beat the undefeated michigan state spartans 83 to 70 at carver-hawkeye. now, one last look at this morning's weather, kaj... plan on snow to overspread the area during the morning commute. many areas should see around an inch of snow, though some isolated 2" reports cannot be ruled out either. the btom line is that the commute will likely turn slick, even with minor snow accumulation. this system should be out by noon at the latest, with clouds holding on the rest of the day. quiet weather is likely from thursday through at least early monday with cooler temperatures as well. our next system of any impact isn't out t tre until day 6 or 7 in the forecast . have a great day!today: am snow likely high: 24-30 winds: w 5-10 alo: 27 dbq: 27 iow: 28tonight: mostly cloudy low: 13-19 winds: w 5-15 alo: 12 dbq: 17 iow: 17tomorrow:
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iow: 22tomorrow night: partly cloudy low: 3-9 winds: w 5-15 alo: 5 dbq: 8 iow: 9 we certainly hope your is off to a good start. good morning america is next. and we'll be back with a local news update at 7:25. also make sure to join us at eeven for the kcrg- tv9 news at midday. have a
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