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as part of the nuclear deal. those low oil prices are one factor in a sagging stock market, which is hurting investors. but they're helping consumers as drivers save money at the gas pumps. the price of regular gas is down about ten cents a gallon in iowa from just a month ago. triple-a's fuel gauge report says regular is averaging about one dollar 80 cents right now. and prices are even lower in many locations, including cedar rapids. today's price is down from a dollar 86 cents last week. and down from a dollar 95 a gallon last month. a year ago right now, gas in iowa averaged a dollar 91 cents a gallon. kcrg t-v nine's dave franzman has been checking on the effects of the lower prices and joins us live. dave, this is a bigger deal for some people than others. bruce, it makes anyone who drives happier. for some people, it amounts to
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week in savings. however, for businesses that operate a fleet or small business owners with just a few delivery drivers, it's making a noticeable difference on the bottom line. sot/nat at the college community district...fueli ng up a fleet of buses doesn't take the bite out of the budget that it used to a few years ago. the district pays the wholesale price for diesel plus a delivery fee. schools avoid most fuel taxes, so that means it costs just a dollar a gallon right now. "we hahan't seen dollar a gallon diesel prices since i've been here." college community planned to spend 250- thousand dollars in the fiscal year that ends june 30th on diesel fuel for buses. the amount spent more than halfway through the school's fiscal year is just 50-thousand dollars. sot/nat small businesses like pierson's
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don't use 100-thousand gallons of fuel a year like a school bus fleet. but even part time delivery drivers like mark minger see the savings adding up compared to what it cost to fill up a van like this a a ouple of years ago. "we've changed vehicles, but it was running 35 dollars a tank. now we fill up a tank for 15 less than 20." but that's dwarfed by how much the city of cedada vehicles in the last six months cost 634-thousand dollars less than the bill for the same time period the year before. the only prprlem, if it's a problem, is how do you budget for fuel in the future? do you assume prices s ay as low as they are right now, or do base the budget on we'll tell you how businesses and the city handle at tonight on t-v v nine newewat six. live in c car news. icy sidewalks have created a
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for property owners and the city of cedar rapids. the gazette reports that city has mailed 234 notices since the first of the year telling owners to clear their sidewalks. in comparison, the city mailed 359 letter in all of 2015. after a city notice, property owners have 48 hours to clear their sidewalks. after that, the city notifies the property owner by letter, investigates and can charge owners 159 dollars to clear the sidewalk. meteorologist joe winters joins us now. joe, some very seasonable temperatures today. what can we expect this evening? all weather eyes are focusing on a storm system gathering strength in the mississippi valley, bringing severe and wintry weather to the south and east coast for the next couple of days. here in iowa we are generally quiet. the only real active weather for us through the weekend will be a disturbance rolling through the state tonight allowing light snow and
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accumulations should be minor, if at all, and end friday morning. as an area of high pressure pushes east, late this week, a more southerly flow develops helping to push us above freezing for some on saturday and for most on sunday. have a great night! tonight: chance of light snow low: 13-19 winds: n 5-10tomorrow: mostly cloudy high: 22-28 winds: n 5-15 bruce and beth... today, the iowa supreme court heard arguments in the case where a former criminal investigator says the state was wrong when it fired him for whistle- blowing. former division of criminal investigation agent larry hedlund saysse lost his job becacae he initiated a pursuit of governor branstad's speeding s-u-v in april 2013. the vehicle was clocked going at least 84 miles per hour in hamilton county, but law officers did not stop the state trooper who was driving
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that day. the iowa department of public safety denies that it retaliated against hedlund, saying instead attorney is asking the supreme court to reconsider hedlund's claim that he was unfairly fired. an investigator with the iowa civil rights commission says a former university of iowa field hockey coach could win her lawsuit for wrongful terernation. in a screenini decision, said a reasonable person could infer that discrimination led to the athletic director firing tracey griesbaum. the university claims the firing resulted from concerns about how griesbaum treated her players. but flickinger says the university's investigative rerert did not outlineneany policy violations by griesbaum. the iowa department of revenue says it's using tighter security measures this year. that's after it saw more than
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tax returns last year. radio iowa reports the agency will be using updated technology to track potential fraud and verify bank accounts. it will also use geographic mapping to see where fraud rings are located, and are working to strengthen communication with the i-r-s and other states. supervisors and other elected officials in linn county could get raises. linn county's compensation board is recommending a three point five percent increase in pay for the county attorney and sheriff. it's recommending a three percent increase for supervisors and other officialaland other officials like the auditor, recorder and treasurer. last year, linn supervisors approved a two-percent increase on a 3 to 2 vote that put their yearly wage overerhe 100-thousand dollar mark. cedar rapids washington high school is one of four schools receiving recognition from the state board of education for helping students break down barriers. the students in certain subgroups, such is low- income students and students who don't speak english as a first language,
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reading and math at those four hools. the department of education says 74 percent of african american students at washington are proficient in math and reading. that's well above the statewide average of 54 percenen west union elementary school was the other eastern iowa school receiving recognition. 93 percent of its low-income children are proficient in reading and math. tonighthtn kcrg t-v nine news at 10, hear why people at that school say these numbers are so important. a former u-s marine recently released from iran as part of a prisoner- swsw returning to michigan. amir hekmati is scheduled to arrive today at flint's bishop international airport. the 32-year-old hekmati had been receiving medical treatment in germanan since his releaea over the weekekd. he spent four and a half years in an iranian prison after iran accused him of spying. presidential candidates are running more and more t-v ads just 11 days before the iowa caucuses. our fact-check team digs into a
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hillary clinton ad.
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it was a beautiful day weather-wise in dubuque, with lots of sunshine and very clear skies. this is video from earlier today.
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all weather eyes are focusing on a storm system gathering strength in the mississippi valley, bringing severe and wintry weather to the south and east coast for the next couple of days. here in iowa we are generally quiet. the only real active weather for us through the weekend will be a disturbance rolling
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alalowing light snow and flurries to develop. accumulations should be minor, if at all, and end friday morning. as an area of high pressure pushes east, late this week, a more southerly flow develops helping to push us above freezing for some on saturday and for most on sunday. have a great night! tonight: chance of light snow low: 13-19 winds: n 5-10tomorrow: mostly cloudy high: 22-28 winds: n 5-15
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millilis of people on the east coast are preparing for a major snowstorm this weekend. a preview snowfall yesterday caused more than one hundred crashes in the washington d-c area. d-c's mayor declared a state of emererncy today in preparation of this weekend's storm. governors in maryland, north carolina, pennsylvania and virginia have also declared states of emergency. d-c mayor muriel bowser says crews are prprparing their response. "we will have resources on hand for a full deployment of our snow resources. that includes: 106 heavy plows, 37 contract plows, lighghplows over 70, 145 dump trucks, 30 loaders and 20 bobcats."
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the bulk of its flights in the northeast ahead of the storm. all major airlines have issued waivers for travel over the weekend, allowing passengers to ange flights to avavd storms. presidential candidates hillary clinton and donald trump have each followed very specific strategies for campaigning in iowa. but those strategies may not pay off in the state's fifit-in-the-nation caucuses. and our fact check team looks at hillary clinton campaign ad that makes a claim about heath care for children. stay with your 24 hour
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just eleven days before the presidential campaigns are running even more ads on t-v. the kcrg t-v nine and gazette fact check team works to explain the claims in some of those ads as we try to keep the politicians honest. some of the ads are now recycling claims we have already checked... like this one from hillary clinton. "the first lady who helped get health care for 8 million kids." we first checked this claim in an ad that aired this past august. clinton is referring to the children's heaeah insurance program, which passed in 1997. as first lady at the time, clinton did not introduce, vote on or sign the law - but lobbied hard for it. at the time, senator ted kennedy, who sponsored the bill, said it would not from clinton. claim an 'a'. with only e even days left until the caucusese both the
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democrat hillary clinton have both been able to use their name recognition to help stay near the top of the polls. as a result, both have run campaigns counter to the traditional efforts that focus on grassroots and small events. trump, in particular, has mostly appeared behind podiums in larger arenas and ballrooms. " 17:20 his celebrity allows him to do well in polls without having to engage in retail politics that normal candidates running for nomination, whether they are democrats or republicans, have to do that kind of thing. the questions with that strategy is whether that will pay off for him when it comes to february 1st. " tonight on the kcrg-tv9 news at six, chris earl will look at the stylesesf caucus campaigns and the big factor that could end up deciding who wins the caucuses. a new poll out today from loras college in dubuque shows republican presidential
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among likely iowa caucus- goers. the poll showed trump with 26 percent and cruz with 25 percent. that's well within the margin n error of three poinin one percent. marco rubio came in third with 13 percent support. ben carson followed with 8 percent, and jeb bush came in at 6 percent. democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton will beben iowa city tonight for a rally, along with singer demi lovato. she's scheduled to meet with supporters at 7:30 at the iowa memorial union at the university of iowa. dduque city leaders are working to improve their community's air quality. so it's partnering with the university of iowa to teach organizations how to test fororir pollution. stay with tv-nine.
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learning how to use hand- held sensors to measure air pollution. it's part of a partnership between the university of iowa, city of dubuque and other organizations s in dubuque to improve the city's air quality. today's training involved people from the dubuque solid waste agency, the university of dubuque, the dubuque school district, and several environmenenl ororanizations. organizers say this is part of a program on whether hand-held pollution sensors help with environmental training. "i think that having the handheld monitors just adds some excitement and interaction in the training s s that it makes it more fun to learn about these concepts." organizers hope to hold future traings for the public. more hospitals and ambulances in iowa could be getting automated c- p-r devices. the iowa department of public health received a six point three million dollar grant to install the devices in health care facilities around iowa. the health department says the machines perform longer and are more consistent
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perform c-p-r, as you s s here. the devices cost about 10-thousand dollars each. iowa's agriculture secretary is asking for 500-thousand dollars in state aid to prepare in case of an animalalisease outbreak. the request comes after a bird flu outbreak killed 30 million iowa birds last year- mostly through euthanasia. iowa governor terry branstad did not include money for bird flulurevention in his stata budget proposal. agriculture secretary bill northey says the department of agriculture needs the money to better prepare for future responses. a new survey shows bankers in iowa and across the midwest are worried about the region's economy. january's rural mainstreet index dropped to 34 point 8 from 41 point 5 in december. cores below 50 indicice market decline. creighton university oversees the survey and says this is the fifth straight month of decline. an economist with the university blames lower prices for agriculture and energy, and manufacturing
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now here's a look at some of what you'll see at 5:30 on a-b-c. this week...s.sying on top of a major storm systete heavy snow, strong winds, freezing rain could impact millions of people and travel. the forecast shifts. the latest on several cities in the possible track, this week on a-b-c's world news tonight with david muir. democrat hillary clinton adds star power to her iowa campaign, hoping to take some
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and hear how a huge winter storm will affect iowows who'll march for life tomorrow in washington
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that'srecapping today's top story, low oil prices are contributing to a lagging stock market. but they're helping consumers as drivers save money at the gas pumps. both the college community school district and pierern's flower ssp say they're spending less money on gas than they originally budgeted for. let's go back to joe now for a final look at tonight's forecast. all weather eyes are focusing on a storm system gathering strength in the mississippi valley, bringing severe and wintry weather to the south and east coast for the next couple of days. here in iowa we are generally quiet. the only real active weather for us through the weekend will be a disturbance rolling through the state tonight allowing light snow and flurries to develop. accumulations should be minor, if at all, and end friday
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