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those numbers are significantly lower than the last time johnson county had a special election to fill a supervisors position in 2013. that year, six point seven percent of registered voters turned out... or about six thousand voters. republican john ethredge won. as kcrg-tv9's mark carlson explains, it's an expensive process for so few people to show up. "holding a special election here in johnson county will cost tax payers somewhere in the 40 thousand dollar range." voting booths were quiet throughout the special election supervisor race in johnson county. at one precinct in iowa city only three people voted tuesday. "well you're always disappointed, it's the opportunity the people have to pick the people that are going to represent them and you hope that people will avail to that, but people just didn't do that yesterday. " johnson county auditor travis weipert says the county has done a lot in recent years to try to increase voter turnout. including registration drives, increasing
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they've even created a roving vote mobile that can park pretty much anywhere from a grocery store parking lot to a high school football game. and weipert says while some people think a special election by mail would boost the vote, he says it might but it also would cost more than double the current cost of a special election. "i had someone email today about why couldn't we have done this election all by mail, and you start showing them what the costs would be and they're like... actually it probably is cheaper to open all the polls than it is to mail out 90 thousand ballots with return postage." weipert says state law requires all of the county's precincts to be open a special election day. a final option would be to appoint a new supervisor - a decision left to weipert, the county treasurer and the recorded. but weipert says when making a decision as big as picking a new supervisor -- it should be left up to the voters. even if only 4 percent show up. in iowa city, mark carlson, kcrg tv nine news. joe, recently we've seen bitter
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a little snow, what will this evening's forecast bring? quiet weather has arrived and sticks with through the remainder of the work week. the weather attention this week will be off to the south and east as a major storm develops. here in eastern iowa we are expecting a partly to mostly cloudy sky into friday. for the next couple of days we stay seasonable temperature- wise with 20s for highs and teens for overnight lows. the 30s are ahead for the upcoming weekend with the mildest day, providing some melting on sunday. have a super night! tonight: mostly cloudy low: 12-18 winds: se 5-10tomorrow: mostly cloudy high: 23-29 winds: e 5-10 beth back to you... there is an arrest in the case of an iowa state student killed by a hit and run
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ames police say a bus driver hit emmalee jacobs while she was in a crosswalk. jacobs was from center point-urbana. police say 23-year-old benjamin clague was driving a campus bus, called cyride, when he hit 18-year-old emmalee jacobs during finals week last month. it happened at the intersection of lincoln way and ash avenue. clague is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and failure to obey a traffic signal. emergency responders took jacobs to mary greeley medical center, where she later died. today, jacob's father, brad jacobs, told tv-9 quote we are thankful that the ames police department and iowa state university were able to work together and that they found the person responsible for emmalee's death. an iowa city man faces felony charges after police say he used a juvenile to help him sell marijuana to high school students. police say 22-year-old christopher wells was selling edible marijuana for 15 dollars a piece to high schoolers. police searched his home and found more than one point eight pounds of the drug.
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a record last night for the longest stretch of time without missing a vote of any u-s senator. a report from c-q roll call shows grassley has gone 22 years, six months and six days without missing a vote. today, grassley said he votes because he wants to show iowans he's doing his job in washington. "i like to show people that i'm trying to do a job thoroughly, even for those who might disagree with how i vote. so i can tell the constituents of iowa as i've cast 7,500 and some votes " grassley last missed a vote in 1993 when he was in iowa inspecting flood damage with president bill clinton. people in dubuque may see something unusual floating in the sky tomorrow. that's because the city of dubuque and the university of iowa are teaming up on a project aimed to improve the air quality in dubuque. they'll be testing out handheld pollution
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the city will consider using the sensors on a regular basis. people with drones have roughly one month left to register them with the federal aviation administration. new rules require people with drones or robotic flying devices weighing between half a pound and 55 pounds to register them online. people who don't register by february 19 could face fines or even jail time if they're caught flying their devices. tomorrow is the last day to register the drones without paying the 5 dollar registration fee. kcrg-tv9's brady smith joins us live in our cedar rapids newsroom. brady, you spoke with a commercial drone operator today... what does he think of this new rule? he says it's a good thing, and it will add another layer of accountabilit y to people who operate drones as a hobby. dan augspurger uses drones on a commercial basis, for aerial photography. he's also a corporate pilot, so he understands the need for the f-a-a to keep track of drones, because they do pose a threat to manned
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will allow the f-a-a to get a better idea of how many drones are flying around u-s airspace, and it will let them track drones back to their pilots, if there's ever an accident. you can register online right now at f-a-a dot gov. "as a hobbyist or for recreation, it's really easy, it takes a few minutes online and you're good to go, i think for three years now." " the f-a-a says if you operated an aerial drone before december 21st of last year, you need to register it before february 19th. if you purchased the drone after december 21st, you must register it before you fly it. there are penalties for not registering a drone. we'll tell you what those are coming up tonight at 6. live in the newsroom, brady smith, kcrg tv9 news. a second-grader in marion is being recognized as a hero for how she responded after a fire broke out in her home. marion firefighters say her response shows how important fire education is in elementary school.
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sticks with through the remainder of the work week. the weather attention this week will be off to the south and east as a major storm develops. here in eastern iowa we are expecting a partly to mostly cloudy sky into friday. for the next couple of days we stay seasonable temperature-wise with 20s for highs and teens for overnight lows. the 30s are ahead for the upcoming weekend with the mildest day, providing some melting on sunday. have a super night! tonight: mostly cloudy low: 12-18 winds: se 5-10tomorrow: mostly cloudy high: 23-29
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flurries northwest low: 10-16 winds: n 5-10friday: turning partly cloudy high: 25 - low: 13 saturday: partly cloudy high: 29 - low: 12 sunday: mostly cloudy high: 35 - low: 21 monday: chance of snow high: 30 - low: 22 tuesday: partly cloudy high: 24 - low: 17 wednesday: partly cloudy high: 25 - low: 14
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now here's katie wiedemann with a look at what's coming up tonight on the kcrg-tv nine news at six. "20 dogs just like jada are on their way to the dubuque regional humane society because of overcrowded shelters down south. find out why the human society here says it's worth bringing these dogs closer to home. " a center that helped children learn about science and technology in eastern iowa is closing for good after 30 years. leaders hoped it could stay open, but it ran out of funds. and t t price of oil took another tumble today, causing stocks to slide again. stay with your 24 hour news source, kcrg-tv9.
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marion second grader for keeping calm when a fire broke out at her home. on january 8th fire fighters responded to a call at 590 bentley drive in marion. a grease fire severely damaged one apartment unit there. but chloe taylor, who lives just three doors down, says she knew what to do. the marion fire chief presented chloe with a hero award. chief deb krebill says this shows why it's important for fire fighters to come to schools and go over safety tips with children. "if there's a fire and the fire alarms go off, they tend to hid under the bed, in closets, because they're scared. so we out on our gear, put on masks and say this is what we're going to look like, don't be scared." tonight at ten we'll explain how chloe reacted to the fire to keep her family safe. after more than 30 years in eastern iowa, the iowa
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formerly science center, is closing for good. the non-profit geared toward technology education shut down last fall, but officials hoped it could re-open. yesterday, the center's executive director said it doesn't have enough money to keep going. last month, a solon company put the center's displays, equipment, and furnishings up for bids in an online auction. school lunches could taste a little different under new legislation approved by a senate committee. the senate agriculture designed to loosen restrictions around the white house's healthier school meal rules. the measure would ease requirements for whole grains and delay an upcoming deadline to cut sodium levels. schools have said the previous standards were too difficult to meet. now, the measure heads to the full senate. another drop in the price of crude oil sent the stock market into a downward spiral today. oil and gas companies slid the furthest, as oil prices threatened to also damage the energy sector. the price of crude oil fell below 27 dollars a
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early 2003. shares in exxon mobil fell 4 percent and chevron fell 3 percent. the dow fell 249 points. u-s indexes are down 10 percent or more since the beginning of the year. the fate of the dakota access pipeline now rests with the iowa utilities board. today, regulators in north dakota approved the pipeline to move crude oil from the state's oil patch to illinois. the proposed pipeline would go through iowa, south dakota and illinois. south dakota and illinois have already approved the project. regulators in iowa are expected to make a decision on the pipeline next month. services for seniors in linn county could all come under one roof. that's after those services dispersed when the county's old senior center was destroyed by the 2008 flood. and we have some college basketball action for you tonight on kcrg nine point two. it's a missouri valley conference showdown as the u-n-i panthers host the wichita state shockers. tipoff is at seven tonight
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after years of doing without, a county- funded senior center could become a reality for linn county. right now, cedar rapids is the largest city in iowa without a designated place for senior citizens. the 2008 flood destroyed a linn county-owned building in downtown cedar rapids that housed the witwer senior center. since then, other organizations throughout the community have hosted meals and other programs and attractions for seniors. kcrg-tv9's dave franzman joins me now. dave, after years of no real push for a replacement senior center why the rush now? beth, supporters for a replacement center talked about what to do for years.
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ago, county leaders talked about first steps to relocate public health and a child and youth program in a new joint building. within days, senior groups were asking is there room for us too? and supporters believe this may be their best chance in years to recover what they lost. sot/nat art fans can find other like-minded seniors at united way's human services campus. but if your tastes run to line dancing, cards or bingo or you want to take advantage of programs to help with aging, that's a trip somewhere else. "how fabulous to have a center so there would be no confusion and people would all be together ." myrt bowers and other members of an older adult advocacy group have worked behind the scenes for years to find some way to replace what they had here. the free rent and utilities from the county for the witwer center was worth about 60-thousand dollars a year.
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re-open at another location. but adding a senior center to a joint county building planned for this vacant lot could be their best shot at a central facility for all seniors. " if you're a person in the 80 to 90 year old age group, it's much easier to get transportation to come to one place to do what you want with all the programs that are presented at a senior center. " others believe a centralized location would attract more seniors. "people that are engaged in things like this are shown to be much healthier and happier." linn county supervisors decided any building proposal would have a senior center as an potential option. center supporters say their job now is to turn that option into reality. the witwer senior center may not exist any longer but supporters say they could actually furnish a new cedar rapids senior center fairly quickly. after the flood, fema
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equipment and other items lost to high water. it's brand new and in storage... waiting for a new home for seniors. beth? now here's a look at what's coming up at 5:30 on abc's world news. coming up, tracking the monster storm down the coast... up to two feet of snow blizzard watches already in effect. the dow spiraling, the culprit and how to protect your savings. and a sopranos star revealing
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dubuque dogs. the humane society in dubuque is finding good homes for puppies that are in delivered from overflowing shelters in the south. panthers prepare. u-n-i is hoping they can upset wichita state tonight in cedar falls. tonight at 6 tonight at 6.
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recapping today's top stories, there is an arrest in the case of an iowa state student killed by a hit and run driver. ames police say a bus driver hit emalee jacobs while she was in a crosswalk. jacobs was from center point-urbana. police say 23-year-old benjamin clague was driving a campus bus, called cyride, when he hit 18-year-old emmalee jacobs during finals week last month. clague is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and failure to obey a traffic
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figure out what to do about extremely low voter turnout in special elections. the johnson county auditor says just 3 point 8 percent of registered voters decided to cast a vote in yesterday's election. the election cost taxpayers roughly 40- thousand dollars. let's go back to joe now for a final look at tonight's forecast. quiet weather has arrived and sticks with through the remainder of the work week. the weather attention this week will be off to the south and east as a major storm develops. here in eastern iowa we are expecting a partly to mostly cloudy sky into friday. for the next couple of days we stay seasonable temperature- wise with 20s for highs and teens for overnight lows. the 30s are ahead for the upcoming weekend with the mildest day, providing some melting on sunday. have a super night! tonight: mostly cloudy low: 12-18 winds: se 5-10tomorrow: mostly cloudy high: 23-29 winds: e 5-10 thank you, joe, and thank you for joining us for kcrg-tv9 news at 5. now we go to new york for abc's world news with
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