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quiet, seasonably chilly weather is head into the new year. with lows in the middle 20s. skies will partially clear even with a fairly light wind, there will be a chill in the air. a few clouds will be around on new year's eve with to 15 degree range. friday's looking mostly sunny with highs around 20. we'll be well into the 20s this weekend with partly to mostly sunny skies. our next weather system won't arrive until late tuesday at the earliest.tonight: mostly cloudy low: 13-19 winds: w 5-15 alo: 13 dbq: 16 iow: 17 bruce and beth...
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this week is over, but more than 18 million americans are now dealing with historic flooding. at least thirteen states are affected, including missouri. this is video of a cabin floating down the river in bourbon, missouri. the mayor of the saint louis suburb of valley park ordered mandatory evacuations. missouri's governor activated the state's national guard. forecasters are monitoring 19 levees on the rising mississippi river and its tributaries. the funeral service took place today for a dubuque native who died last week in afghanistan. 45 year old joseph lemm was born in dubuque. and about 50 of his family members from dubuque county were at his funeral today at st. patrick's cathedral in new york. lemm was a 15-year veteran of the new york police department, and he also served in the air national guard.
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service members on december 21st in afghanistan. surviving lemm are his wife and two children. bill cosby has been arraigned on a sex assault charge in pennsylvania. he posted his one-million dollar bail, and will remain free ahead of his trial. the montgomery county prosecutor charged cosby today with aggravated indecent assault of a former temple university employee more than 10 years ago. the 78-year-old comedian previously said under oath his actions with the woman were consensual. prosecutors reopened the case as new evidence was unsealed in the woman's related civil case. this is the first sexual assault charge against cosby, after numerous women came forward saying he assaulted them. it could be a while before an 18-year-old fugitive on probation for killing four people while driving drunk returns to the u-s. today, ethan couch's lawyers won a three-day delay based on an appeal. that move could lead to a legal process lasting weeks or months.
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from texas last month. police found this them week in mexico. couch and his mother were scheduled to be sent back to the u-s today. his case gained national attention after defense attorneys argued his affluent upbringing was partially responsible for his drunk driving. chicago mayor rahm emanuel announced a major overhaul of the chicago police department today. he says the department will double the number of tasers available to officers, from 700 to 14- hundred. he said officers will also undergo training to help them learn when they should use a stun gun, and when it's appropriate to fire shots. the move comes amid growing criticism of chicago police and their use of lethal force. state auditors say administrators of the ambulance service fund in garwin, iowa, misspent more than 13-thousand 500 dollars over five years. the report shows improper cash withdrawals and spending. garwin is a town of about 500 people in tama county.
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service's former secretary, improperly made payments to her husband, steve boege, who was the service's president. the state audit also found personal purchases at walmart and a tama florist. the boeges resigned in february after garwin's mayor requested a state audit. a plea agreement calls for a retired national park service employee to serve probation and to publicly apologize to native american tribes for stealing ancient remains of their ancestors. thomas munson, the former superintenden t of the effigy mounds national monument north of macgregor, is expected to plead guilty to embezzlement next week. the plea agreement recommends that he pay 108-thousand dollars to cover the cost of the government's investigation. in the plea deal, he admits he took two boxes of prehistoric human remains in 1990 from the national monument. heath officials in iowa say flu levels are relatively low throughout the
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so far this flu season, roughly 20 people have been hospitalized in iowa. two people have died. kcrg-tv9's brady smith joins us live in the cedar rapids newsroom. brady, what's behind those lower flu numbers? officials at the state hygienic lab in coralville say this flu season could be milder for a number of reasons, one being the milder winter. wade aldous says it's difficult to say if it's a result of this season's vaccine being effective. that's a figure state health agencies really won't know until the end of the flu season. but he reminded us even a little protection from the virus is better than none at all, and it's still not too late to get a shot if you haven't already. getting back to the milder weather, aldous says it's likely that's a factor. it got colder earlier last flu season, and cold weather forces people indoors, where the virus can thrive. "if you think about it, the reason why the flu can spread so easily during the wintertime
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so since we had a really nice season, at least until recently, everybody was outside." aldous says he recently spoke with the state epidemiologist, who told him that a lot of iowans have been hospitalized with "flu-like" symptoms. however, she told him that many of those cases ended up not being the flu. he reminded us there's several viruses out there that imitate the flu, but you can't be sure you have it until you get tested for it. live in the newsroom, brady smith, kcrg tv9 news. as the hawkeyes prepare to play stanford in the rose bowl in just two days, another hawkeye team is also working hard. the hawkeye marching band will also perform at the rose bowl... but that's not all. january first will be a busy day for the 243-member band. they'll leave their hotel at 5:30 a-m... they'll march five and a half miles in the tournament of the roses parade...
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hawkeye tailgate... and they'll perform a pregame routine, play the national anthem, and give a halftime performance at the game. kcrg t-v nine's scott westerberg reports from pasadena. the hawkeye marching band is practicing here at jack kemp stadium on the campus of occidental college and for these nearly 250 hawkeyes, a trip to the rose bowl is a dream come true. "it's, it's surreal." in less than 48 hours matt reiland and the rest of the hawkeye marching band will live out a fantasy most musicians can only dream of, marching in the tournament of roses parade in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators and a tv audience of millions. "if you told me i'd be in the rose bowl when i joined the university of iowa as a freshman i wouldn't have believed you at all." the junior from solon says it's an honor to wear iowa across his chest and fellow band member ben hicklan took his hawkeye pride to a whole new level. "i started off last year with just the tigerhawk and i've done it for other occasions. i'm like, i got hair on my chest, why not embrace it." while there's plenty of fun to be had, this is serious business. the band puts in
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throughout the year and is spending a ton of time this week trying to make their performance on friday as perfect as possible. "representing all the hawkeye band members that have been here before but didn't get a chance to be here. we're representing them, representing the program and getting a good name out there for our school." and the magnitude of all this isn't lost on reiland. he knows how lucky he is to be a hawkeye band member during this magical season. "i'm lucky enough and fortunate enough to be part of this band and i only hope the people after me can have the same kind of luck." from los angeles, scott westerberg kcrg-tv9 news. hawkeye coach kirk ferentz is heading into the rose bowl with another honor. this time it's the bobby dodd coach of the year award. the award recognizes a team's performance on the field, but also
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integrity. ferentz has also won the big ten coach of the year award and the eddie robinson award as the top coach in the country. after decades of service, dubuque's assistant county attorney is leaving her post. and ashe retires, she remembers some of her most contentious cases.
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quiet, seasonably chilly weather is ahead as we round out 2015 and head into the new year. tonight will be mostly cloudy with lows in the middle 20s. skies will partially clear tomorrow with highs around 20. even with a fairly light wind, there will be a chill in the air. a
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midnight temperatures in the 10 to 15 degree range. friday's looking mostly sunny with highs around 20. we'll be well into the 20s this weekend with partly to mostly sunny skies. our next weather system won't arrive until late tuesday at the earliest.tonight: mostly cloudy low: 13-19 winds: w 5-15 alo: 13 dbq: 16 iow: 17 tomorrow: partial clearing high: 17-23 winds: w 5-15 alo: 18 dbq: 20 iow: 22 tomorrow night: partly cloudy
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friday: mostly sunny high: 20 - low: 8 saturday: mostly sunny high: 29 - low: 10 sunday: partly sunny high: 29 - low: 14 monday: mostly cloudy high: 28 - low: 13 tuesday: slight chance of mix late high: 32 - low: 18 wednesday: chance of rain/snow high: 33 - low: 24
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cedar rapids are faring better now compared to this same time last year. both foreclosure and delinquency rates are down. and a child care center in tipton received national recognition for its work with children who have special needs. stay with your 24 hour
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now than it was a year ago. that's because cedar rapids has had fewer home foreclosures. and more homeowners are making their mortgage payments on time. data from corelogic show the city's foreclosure rate in october was zero point nine percent. that's down from october 2014, when the foreclosure rate was zero point 94 percent. corelogic data also show the 90-day delinquency rate was just over two percent in october. that's down from more than two and a half percent a year earlier. the federal reserve recently announced an interest rate hike, with plans to raise rates again next year. a survey by the real estate site trulia found 75 percent of all respondents and 80 percent of millennials want to become homeowners. but 20 per
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said they thought it would be harder to get mortgages in 2016. the site estimates it'll be a good year for southern and midwestern housing markets. a daycare program in tipton that includes children with special needs is receiving some national attention. tipton adaptive daycare began working with kids who have special behavioral or physical needs 10 years ago. last year, the daycare moved from a home setting to a larger commercial building in tipton. child care aware of america picked this program as the national child care provider of the month for november. director deborah vandergaast, who is also a registered nurse, says many visitors might not know of the special needs focus here. "this is not meant to look like a hospital or a special education classroom it's supposed to be integrated so they can participate in the program at their best ability with their non disabled peers." about one third of the children
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have special needs. tonight at six, we look at why this kind of option is so important for parents. a dubuque county assistant attorney is retiring after three decades in the position. she worked on a number of high-profile cases. but she says those well- know cases are not her greatest successes. and salvation army chapters in eastern iowa are trying to reach their year end goals over the next two days. stay with your 24 hour news source, kcrg-tv9. dubuque's assistant county
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dubuque's assistant county attorney is retiring after 31 years there as a prosecutor. 63-year-old chris corken worked on a number of high-profile cases during her tenure. sometimes, those cases put her and her family in harm's way. in 1988, she says someone firebombed her home as she worked on cross-
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kcrg-tv9's dubuque bureau chief katie wiedemann joins us now. katie, you talked with corken today about how those cases have affected her personally and professionall y. corken managed to balance her huge case load with a busy home life. she says the key to success was keeping those two things very separate. during the past three decades, corken successfully put hundreds of criminals behind bars. some of those cases were successfully prosecuted through jury trials, others through plea deals. she says she still carries with her cases where the victims were small children... and continues to think about the cases where she believes justice wasn't served. corken says her greatest successes came from cases that didn't grab a lot of attention, but rather from the people who's lives she helped change. "i'll get a note from someone saying, thank you for keeping me in jail for a few weeks
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up. thank you for making me do this because i'll neve to be able to keep my kids, if i hadn't those were big wins for me. big big wins." corken says after retirement, she'll continue teaching criminal justice at loras college. coming up at six, hear much more from corken and the people she worked with to help put all of those criminals behind bars. live in dubuque katie wiedemann kcrg tv-9 news the salvation army in cedar rapids is making a final push to meet the goal of its red kettle campaign by the end of the year. the bell-ringing has stopped, but the salvation army says it still needs more than 140-thousand dollars. so far, the organization has raised nearly 650- thousand dollars. that's 82 percent of its 790-thousand dollar goal. and in johnson county the salvation army is 55-thousand dollars short of its goal. it's trying to reach its 325- thousand dollar goal by december 31st.
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the snow storm earlier this week caused an influx of guests at eastern iowa shelters. hear how they handled the extra people. the iowa hawkeyes golden girl will be performing on one of the biggest stages of her life when she steps on the field at the rose bowl game. tonight at 6.
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said goodbye today to a new york police detective who was killed in afghanistan. joseph lemm was born in dubuque. roughly 50 family members from dubuque were at lemm's funeral today at saint patrick's cathedral in new york. flu levels are relatively low across iowa right now in comparison to recent years. the state hygienic lab in coralville say this flu season could be milder for a number of reasons. one simply being the milder weather. let's go back to justin now for a final look at tonight's forecast. quiet, seasonably chilly weather is ahead as we round out 2015 and head into the new year. tonight will be mostly cloudy with lows in the middle 20s. skies will partially clear tomorrow with highs around 20. even with a fairly light wind, there will be a chill in the air. a few clouds will be around on new year's eve with midnight temperatures in the 10 to 15 degree range. friday's looking mostly sunny with highs around 20. we'll be well into the 20s this weekend with partly to mostly sunny skies. our next weather system won't arrive until late tuesday at the earliest.tonight: mostly cloudy
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