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l process. bush and other republican presidential candidates have promised to undo obama's actions if they're elected. during a campaign stop today in cedar rapids, senator marco rubio said he doesn't think obama's actions will work. "he's obsessed with undermining the second amendment. he's obsessed with burdening law abiding citizens who are going to follow the law no matter it is. " rubio went on to say he thinks obama should focus on violence, not guns. today, president obama defended his executive actions to tighten criminal background checks. he said his actions are consistent with the consitutional right to bear arms. "each time this comes up, we are fed the excuse that common sense reforms, like background checks, might not have stopped the last massacre or the one before that or the one before that. so, why bother
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at times, obama became emotional speaking about the sandy hook school shooting victims. a white house advisor told tv-9 today that for the president, this is personal. "i have never seen the president more frustrated by the inability of congress to take reasonable steps to protect people from having to go through what those families went through. " iowa senator chuck grassley says barack obama's executive order is under the jurisdiction of the senate judiciary committee, which he chairs. radio iowa reports grassley and his panel plan to review the details of obama's proposal to ensure the second amendment is upheld. grassley says he's also working on a bill to prevent people in the u-s illegally from buying guns. let's look now at weather conditions from our coralville city cam. you can see the sun just starting to set as our
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meteorologist joe winters joins us now. joe, some clouds are rolling in with some precipitation? sunshine helped push today's highs near 30 across eastern iowa and is a start of milder trend lasting through the end of the week. clouds build tonight associated with a storm system edging eastward. as the system gets closer more moisture moves in bringing a better chance for rain and snow showers. isolated activity is possible late wednesday, but more likely thursday and friday. as this draws to a close the coldest air of the season arrives for the early part of next week. tonight: mostly cloudy low: 22-28 winds: s 5-15tomorrow: iso. rain/snow late high: 30-36 winds: s 5-15 bruce and beth... the u-s military command in afghanistan
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and two others were hurt today in southern afghanistan. it happened while troops were fighting taliban forces in helmand province, which shares a border with pakistan. the u-s and its afghan partners have intensified efforts to push back against recent taliban gains. all of the service members were special operations forces. defense officials said a medical helicopter was hit by mortar fire while on the ground but was able to take off. dubuque police and the state medical examiner's office are investigating after police found a man's body in a home. just before noon yesterday , officers went to 2944 jackson street for a disturbance call. when they arrived, they found the body of 72- year-old gary breckenridge, but no one else was there. the medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy. police do not believe there's any danger to the public. dubuque police say the two year old boy who suffered a gunshot wound sunday night is in
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name... jeremiah danta- benjamin horsley. he's now at university of iowa hospitals. police still haven't said how he ended up with a gunshot wound to his upper body. the department of human services is now also involved, which is standard for a case like this involving a child. a judge has handed down a 55-year prison sentence to a man convicted of murder in waterloo. a jury convicted roderick ward junior on second-degree murder and a weapons charge last year. he shot and killed gary wilson in august 2014 after an argument. this time of year. but a new group in dubuque is winter months to convince the city to stop using pesticides and other chemicals in city parks. instead, the group's members want the city to consider alternative ways of pests in the parks, once the snow melts. common pests in the parks include things like.. mice... cockroaches... termites... fungi.. and weeds.
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chief katie dubuque does this group want the city to do? parks" wants an all out ban of the use of pesticides like round up in city parks. and they don't want to wait for that ban to take effect. covers the city's parks. but it's what sits beneath the winter snow, that worries carla kaufman. "i threw up every 10 minutes for 18 hours and the second time for 36 hours. " she says that's the reaction she has when exposed to round up. that's why she got involved with the "poison free park" group. members of the group say keeping pesticides out of public places will benefit everyone who uses the parks. "month after month you see more and more studies coming out to indicate that this is an endoxxxx disruption. that this is cancer causing. that's
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defects and it negatively impacts the health of people. " the city says, they use round up to kill weeds in the city's parks, landscaped areas, grassy areas and golf courses. they say the use is compliant with the state and federal regulations. dubuque's leisure services has met with the group and have agreed to create a city wide integrated pest management plan, but they say they expect to present the plan to the city council in july. still this group wants a total ban of round up in city parks, by the time the snow melts. "it's not unreasonable to say this needs to be done now. because people's health is at stake. there safety is at stake. " poison free parks is also asking the city to consistently notify the public of the use of pesticides with flags and online they also want to make some parks and tot lots completely
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wiedemann kcrg tv-9 news. poison free parks is holding a meeting at seven o'clock tonight at the jubeck brewery on 11th street in dubuque. curbside recycling of paper, plastic, and other items helps the environment by decreasing what goes into landfills. but some recyclables are losing their value. that means linn county will start paying more to allow residents to recycle.
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across eastern iowa and is a start of milder
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the week. clouds build tonight associated with a storm system edging eastward. as the system gets closer more moisture moves in bringing a better chance for rain and snow showers. isolated activity is possible late wednesday, but more likely thursday and friday. as this draws to a close the coldest air of the season arrives for the early part of next week. tonight: mostly
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winds: s 5-15tomorrow: iso. rain/snow late high: 30-36 winds: s 5-15tomorrow night: chance of rain/snow low: 27-33 winds: s 5-15thursday: rain/snow likely high: 35 - low: 30 friday: rain/snow likely high: 36 - low: 32 saturday: chance of snow high: 30 - low: 29 sunday: clearing & colder high: 9 - low: 8 monday: slight chance of snow high: 12 - low: -1 tuesday: partly cloudy high: 10 - low: 0
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it's a lesson in clean water. governor branstad wants to divert some dollars from a tax benefiting schools to clean up iowa's rivers and streams. new proposal from governor branstad. and he's for it. the dubuque city staff has to find a way to fill gaps in the budget. stay with your 24 hour
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funding to improve iowa's water major issue when the iowa legislature convenes next week. governor branstad is proposing using money from the school sales tax to fund water quality efforts. but some lawmakers oppose that idea, saying it pits school needs against water quality. branstad's proposal includes extending a one-cent sales tax established in 2008 to make improvements in school buildings by 20 years. he wants to divert a portion of that money to water quality projects. today, u-s agriculture secretary tom vilsack traveled to iowa to support branstad. last year, des moines water works spent one-point-five million dollars to operate a system that removed
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drinking water. the utility blamed farmers upstream for the runoff, and sued three counties. city storm water utility fees could get much higher for large commercial property owners in cedar rapids. the city is considering a change that would base those fees on the size of buildings, parking lots, and other surfaces that keep water from infiltrating the soil. that could send rates soaring for some businesses. but the proposal would also include ways for those large property owners to cut costs. "put in features such as rain gardens, infiltration practices, wetlands...those can actually reduce the fee someone pays" the city believes the change in storm water billing could bring in as much as an extra one and a half million dollars a year. a presentation on the proposal will take place tomorrow from 4:30 until 6:00 p-m in the basement of city hall. the dubuque city council is asking city staff to rework the proposed budget to
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property tax hikes. the council has rejected a two- point- two percent increase for homeowners, and an eleven point- seven percent hike for commercial property owners. instead, the council wants to raise property taxes no more than one and a half percent for homeowners, and nine and a half percent for says the proposed increases aim to cover health care costs and offset other losses. americans are buying more cars than ever before. high of about 17.5 million for 2015. the old record was set in 2000 with 17.35 million vehicles sold. lower gas prices and low interest rates are responsible for the spike. fiat chrysler's u-s sales jumped 13 percent over last december and nissan's jumped 19 percent. recycling your paper, plastics, and other items will soon cost cedar rapids a lot more money. and the city is planning to pass some of those costs
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and we have boys high school basketball for you tonight on kcrg nine point two. cedar rapids prairie hosts the xavier saints. tipoff is at 7:30. again, you can see the game tonight on kcrg nine point two. linn county communities will
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paper, plastic it's because those recycled becoming less valuable. and the cedar rapids- linn afford to subsidize all of the cost anymore. plastic bottles have lost the most in value. new plastics are made from petroleum, which has been getting cheaper. so when the price of oil drops, it's less expensive for companies to buy new rather than use recycled materials.
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neighborhood on the northeast side of cedar rapids.. dave, how much more will it cost the city to pick up recycled items? bruce, since curbside recycling began almost 17 years ago, the landfill... or solid waste agency... has picked up the entire cost of processing materials left out at the curb. with the increased costs, that complete subsidy is coming to an end. and cedar rapids may pay as much as 225-thousand dollars a year as a share of higher costs. the recycled items collected at the landfill are picked up, sorted and sold by another company. the most recent contract charged the landfill 34-dollars and 50 cents a ton. but the new contract, starting july 1st, asks for 65 dollars a ton to do the same thing. that's an 88 percent increase in processing costs and
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landfill is asking cedar rapids, marion and smaller communities to share the bill. "recycling has never been free...i guess people have been fortunate because it's been subsidized by the landfill for years. yes, it'll be a change but i think people want to maintain it" the landfill has paid about 140-thousand a year for recycling processing. that amount will stay the same but communities will pick up any increases. the landfill expects communities to pay a new yearly recycling fee of $1.79 per person. but will that come from city budgets or new recycling fees for residents. we'll talk about that tonight at six. live in cedar rapids, dave franzman kcrg tv9 news. now here's a look at what's coming up at 5:30 on abc's
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breaking news...after the terror attack in california, the new plea late today...the 18 minute mystery, they need your help tonight. the storm, the passenger jet, the runway, the emergency evacuation. and breaking news involving cosby's wife, next. cedar rapids firefighters practice ice rescues... procedures they hope they'll never have to put into use. but the johnson county sheriff warns of dangerous conditions after a man falls through
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see these stories and more
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recapping today's top stories, president obama announced his new measures for gun control that include more f-b-i workers for background checks, more funding for mental health care, licensing of all gun sellers, and background checks on all potential buyers. but a number of republicans are pushing back against the executive order. let's go back to joe now for a final look at tonight's forecast. sunshine helped push today's highs near 30 across eastern iowa and is a start of milder trend lasting through the end of the week. clouds build tonight associated with a storm system edging eastward. as the system gets closer more moisture moves in bringing a better chance for rain and snow showers. isolated activity
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possible late wednesday, but more likely thursday and friday. as this draws to a close the coldest air of the season arrives for the early part of next week. tonight: mostly cloudy low: 22-28 winds: s 5-15tomorrow: iso. rain/snow late high: 30-36 winds: s 5-15 thank you for joining us for kcrg-tv9 news at 5. now we go to new york for abc's world news with breaking news tonight. the showdown after the president breaks down. the president taking executive action on gun control, and begins to cry with victims families standing beside him. but tonight, the opposition, swift and sweeping. also breaking at this hour, the new plea from the fbi tonight. after the terror attack in california. they have just revealed an 18-minute mystery. they need your help now. the major storm. the passenger jet off the runway. the emergency evacuation and the bitter blast now gripping the country. armed and dangerous. the young woman, at least six stores now, barrelling in,
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the feds now releasing this
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