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morning news. good thursday morning it's . all this morning, tv- nine is live from the newly completed hancher auditorium. right now, we're in its beautiful new lobby. the whole building will officially open tomorrow with a ribbon-cutting. but we have an all-access pass this morning to take you on a tour through this expansive new building. the university of iowa took on the project after the 2008 flood destroyed the old hancher building. you can actually see where old hancher used to be out this window. before we dive into hancher's
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in meteorologist kaj o'mara. kaj, what are we looking at for temperatures today? plan on the rain to exit the area very quickly this morning leaving the daylight hours dry and quiet. temperatures will bounce back into the lower 80s south and upper 70s towards the north. our next area of low pressure is not far off though, and will begin to impact our weather beginning tomorrow. plan on some showers and storms in the area for friday and especially on friday night. this weekend continues to look great into the 50s. the plan weather-wise for saturday night continues to be unchanged with clear sky and comfortable temperatures for football into the 60s.today: gradual clearing. wind: nw 5-15. high: 82 tonight: increasing clouds. wind: light e. low: 62 tomorrow: showers and thunderstorms likely. locally heavy rain possible. wind: s 5-10. high: 78 tom. night: lingering showers and a few thunderstorms. wind: nw 5- 10. low: 57
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now that this facility is complete, performers will take to this stage very soon. of course, there's quite a history behind this stage. before we take a look at one of the upcoming performances, let's take a look back. the original hancher opened in 1972. it was named after virgil hancher, who served as the university of iowa's president for from 1940 to artists, student performances and community productions. but the massive 2008 flood badly damaged the building. the iowa river crested at a record 31 and a half feet on june 15th, damaging hancher and 19 other university buildings. the u-i decided to completely replace hancher instead of repairing the old building. it opted to build the new hancher near the old
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the u-i said goodbye to the old building in september 2011 when crews built a special stage for a farewell to hancher performance. work on the new building started in december 2012. after months of disputes over fema funding, the federal agency decided to pay 270 million dollars to help replace hancher, the school of music and art building east. demolition on the old building started in september 2013. but just because hancher didn't exist as a building, it didn't go away. for the past eight years, plays concertsan happening at other venus on campus and across the state. here's a look at the progress on hancher, the building, in may 2014.. last year, people on campus were able to become part of the building when they signed a steel beam that crews lifted into place. that locked those names into hancher history. the last of hancher's traveling performances happened at the riverside casino earlier this year in february.
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office officially started selling tickets for its first season in the new building. we still have so much to show you here live at hancher. but we'll send it back now to the studio, where brea has today's top stories. monday--it's the day for the final vote from linn county supervisors to raise the minimum wage in the county. the board approved the second reading of the ordinance yesterday. one more "yes" vote would boost the minimum an hour now to 8-25 an hour january 1st. then each year, it would go up by a dollar until 2019. the minimum wage would top out at 10-25 an hour. not all supervisors agree on the issue. supervisor john harris represents the smaller parts of linn county and voted against the increase. he says business owners won't be happy with the change. they are apparently telling him the biggest concern is not the first increase but paying workers over
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cities will "opt out" if this ordinance passes and state lawmakers will through their 2 cents in soon. "i think state legislators are paying more attention to this than anyone thinks they are. i'm confident this year we'll see some legislative action in des moines" johnson county passed a similar ordinance last year. the wage went up to 9- dollars-and 15 cents in may and will go up to 10-10 an have opted out of that increase. police in iowa city accuse a cedar rapids man of sexually assaulting a woman at a jimmy johns restaurant. police say a woman had gone inside a restroom at the downtown jimmy johns around 2:30 monday morning. and that's when they say 20 year old grant ajango walked in, locked the door and sexually assaulted her. police say she fought back and was able to text "help" to some friends. those friends and jimmy john workers forced open the door,
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faces charges of third degree sexual abuse and false imprisonment. the city of cedar rapids is evicting linn county from one of its properties. that's forcing court administrators to move a huge archive of old files to a new storage site. in about a year, the city plans to tear down the hubbard ice building to make way for some new flood control efforts. all the old files there are headed about three miles south to a new spot. iowa law requires the county to keep the longer depending on the type of file. when they get to the new home, officials say there won't be much left over space. " the area we are going to is much smaller than hubbard. we will be full to the brim. " the county has gone electronic and is no longer adding files to the archive. linn county pays about $50,000 dollars each year to rent space at the hubbard ice building. the new spot will cost a bit more, $54,000 to start, with a two point five percent
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let's go back now to nicole, chris and kaj, all live at hancher. inmates at a the mitchellville prison are playing a special role in hancher's grand re- opening. their handiwork will be on prominent display whenever people come to see a shows. we'll explain, coming up.
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in meteorologist kaj o'mara. kaj, what are we looking at for temperatures today? plan on the rain to exit the area very quickly this morning leaving the daylight hours dry and quiet. temperatures will bounce back into the lower 80s south and upper 70s towards the north. our next area of low
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our weather beginning tomorrow. plan on some showers and storms in the area for friday and especially on friday night. this weekend continues to look great with highs into the 70s and lows into the 50s. the plan weather-wise for saturday night continues to be unchanged with temperatures for football into the 60s.today: gradual clearing. wind: nw 5-15. high: 82 tonight: increasing clouds. wind: light e. low: 62 tomorrow: showers and thunderstorms likely. locally heavy rain possible. wind: s 5-10. high: 78 tom. night: lingering
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wind: nw 5- 10. low: 57
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in this morning's "gma first look," a possible break in the 20-year mystery surrounding a college freshman's disappearance. investigators digging up a campus hillside, searching for her remains. >> it's definitely been tough. we don't have closure. we don't know what's happened and it's been 20 years. >> kristen smart was just 19
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after a party at cal poly in 1996. according to investigators, this man, paul flores, offered to walk her home and was the last person seen with her. flores remains a person of interest in the case but has never been charged or arrested. shortly after her disappearance, the trail went cold, and though her body was never found, she was presumed dead in 2002. we'll have the late developments coming up live i'm val, the orange money retirement squirrel from voya.e? we're putting away acorns. you know, to show the importance of saving for the future.
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sitting in the practice room, where performers will rehearse once on stage, all eyes in the audience will be on the performers. but before the audience sees the performers, they will first see hancher's ushers. and the uniforms those ushers will be wearing have quite the backstory. kcrg-tv nine's mark carlson explains. nearly everything is ready... "this is a great place, it's a
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hancher auditorium. "it's a place for all iowans." but 100 miles away from the bright lights and big stage... a group of women playing a big role - won't be there. nats "170 of them." inside the closed gates of iowa's women's prison in mitchellville... inmates are cutting, piecing and sewing together the uniforms that wil the inside out." "we've made scrubs, jeans and coats, but the intricacy of the jacket and the precision that needs to be done here really tested our skill set, and i think they're succeeding on it. " the women here are paid a small wage for their work.. meaning the product comes at a lower price for the university.. but hancher executive director chuck swanson
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"it's making a difference in people's lives, and building new audience, we're always trying to change people's lives. " swanson says enriching lives is the mission of hancher. and here -- having a job is a big step towards rehabilitation. "our whole goal is to train offenders, teach them skills, so when they get released they can find jobs, keep jobs, be successful and "here i think we're making a difference in their lives, but i think they also feel like they're making a difference in other people's lives now. " "i like making people feel better, but to know that something i made they're wearing, it makes them feel better about themselves, and it makes us feel better to know we did such a good job for them. " swanson says he hopes someday -- some of the women of mitchellville will get out and come attend a show. but even for
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they'll always know-- they played a role on the big stage. "a year or two from now they'll see hancher on the news for having a great event there, and they may see a glimpse of their jackets, and they'll be able to say, hey i was part of the project that made those jackets. " jackets that will soon help spread a lot of joy-- far beyond these walls. in mitchellville, mark carlson, kcrg tv nine news. opening the door to the lobby is the first part of the hancher auditorium experience. it's bright and spacious -- meant as we had executive director chuck swanson take us through the lobby -- a part of hancher that will be well worth your time. chris: so as people first walk into hancher auditorum, chuck, their eye is drawn there right. can you tell us a little bit more about what it is and what it represents? chuck: well, it's a piece of art by a west african artist, ellena suey is his name and he's actually a professor in west africa. it's the result
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construction happens, we spent 0.5% of the construction budget on visual art. to 1:03 this is a piece of art that is tied together by thousands of pieces of copper wire. ellena suey, just two years ago, got the golden lion award in venice, which is artist of the world. take a look at it, the colors go so well in the lobby of the building. we really wanted to, as a team, really a wonderful experience before they even go in the theatre, to see what's on stage. we have our showcase, our gift store.. 5:17, all the profits go to arts education. so much thought went into the box office to accessibility. . i love the frontage of that, the nights are gorgeous. i love the signage up here for the concerige and our coat check. chris: as the lobby weaves around to the west and people encounter this, what do
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communities across the state, council bluffs, storm lake, spencer, algona, muscatine, maquoketa and iowa city and we wanted to work with young people so we connected with seventh-grade art teachers in those seven communities. 8:09 each panel there's a map of the city and the title is "we all perform" and it tells the work that hancher has done around the state touching the lives of young people. some of these students will be coming to the university of still ahead, we're talking to hancher's production manager. we'll learn a little more about what this building is really capable of, and what it can do that the old hancher couldn't. its here is a live look at .
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area very quickly this morning leaving the daylight hours dry and quiet.
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towards the north. our next area of low pressure is not far off though, and will begin to impact our weather beginning tomorrow. plan on area for friday and especially on friday night. this weekend continues to look great with highs into the 70s and lows into the 50s. the plan
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clear sky and comfortable temperatures for football into the 60s.today: gradual clearing. wind: nw 5-15. high: 82 tonight: increasing clouds. wind: light e. low: 62 tomorrow: showers and thunderstorms likely. locally heavy rain possible. wind: s 5-10. high: 78 tom. night: lingering showers and a few thunderstorms. wind: nw 5- 10. low: 57 let's go back to nicole and chris in the auditorium. thanks kaj. it's like an extra jolt of learning before students head to
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rebuilt hancher in iowa city, where nicole, chris and kaj are live all morning. here's what you need to know today. a fire is not stopping a popular cedar rapids diner from serving breakfast. riley's is sharing a space while repairs go on at the current building. a former substitute teacher accused of sexual exploitation of a student has plead not guilty. this incident led to two administrators leaving suddenly. in just four days, linn county could pass an wage. one supervisor is worried about cities opting out. president obama says the u-s will fund a program to get rid of unexploded bombs in laos. the u-s dropped them there during the vietnam war. the organization running johnson county's meals on wheel program says it needs more funding. each meal costs about $2.50. you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source, this is kcrg-tv9 news morning news.
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who's live at hancher. plan on the rain to exit the area very quickly this morning leaving the daylight hours dry and quiet. temperatures will bounce back into the lower 80s south and upper 70s towards the north. our next area of low pressure is not far off though, and will begin to impact our weather beginning tomor storms in the area for friday and especially on friday night. this weekend continues to look great with highs into the 70s and lows into the 50s. the plan weather-wise for saturday night continues to be unchanged with clear sky and comfortable temperatures for football into the 60s.today: gradual clearing. wind: nw 5-15. high: 82 tonight: increasing clouds. wind: light e. low: 62 tomorrow: showers and thunderstorms likely. locally heavy rain possible. wind: s 5-10. high: 78 tom. night: lingering showers and a few thunderstorms.
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brea, back to you in the studio. has an obligation to help laos get rid of unexploded bombs. the u-s secretly dropped the bombs during the vietnam war. obama is the first president to visit laos, and toured a prosthetics museum exhibit yesterday. unexploded bombs kill or severely injure about 50 people in laos every year. the president says the u-s will invest $90 million dollars over the next three
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will mark a decisive step forward in the work of rolling back the dangers of uso, clearing bombs, supporng survivors and advancing better future for the people of laos. " the pentagon will help find those explosives. it will give records of where the bombs were dropped. hillary clinton and donald trump took to national television to discuss national security. the democratic and republican presidential nominees appeared separately at the same town hall-style clinton says having "steadiness" is the most important quality needed for a commander- in-chief. trump explained he has a plan to defeat the terror group isis, but refused to elaborate. senator chuck grassley blames democrats for a failed bill that would've given funding to fight the zika virus. "2:56 i've heard accusations that republicans somehow don't want zika funding, well if 52- out of 64 republicans support it and it takes 60 votes, and the democrats won't vote for it/ how come are the
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money to where it's needed." senator grassley made those comments during his weekly conference call yesterday. it follows the funding bill failing for the third time. the democrats blocked the bill because a part of the bill would have prevented money from going to planned parenthood. the congress has until the end of the month to pass the spending bill. or the government will shut down. dubuque high school in epworth are getting some hands-on learning in a new robotics class. a grant from the monsanto fund allowed the class to start up. in the class, students take raw materials and turn them into small robots that works similarly to a remote controlled car. there's no specific right way to build them, so students have to figure out the best way. karl stubben teaches the class. he says the course will give a "leg up" to students planning on studying engineering in college. "if they have this background at
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to be halfway through. " right now there are only 14 students in the robotics class. teachers say it's low because they added the course back in may when most student already made their schedules. but they tell tv-9 there is big interested for next year. monsanto is presenting the high school with a 25-thousand dollar check for the program at the volleyball game at western dubuque tonight. let's go back now to chris and nicole, both live at hancher. watson. he's the project manager from mortenson construction. brian, what was it like to build this place from the ground up? what does it mean for you to work on such a historic project. this facility in a way really catapults hancher into the future of the performance arts.
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thank you, brian. let's go out now to take another look at hancher's exterior. as you can see, the sun's coming
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up over this glistening new building. kaj will have a check of your forecast next. he'll also have today's weather-wise question. let's see if i can keep my streak going, and get it he'll also have toa if i can keep my streak going, and get it right. that's after the break. it's ---.
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plan on the rain to exit the
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hours dry and quiet. temperatures will bounce
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towards the north. our next area of low pressure is not far off though, and will begin to impact our weather beginning tomorrow. plan on some showers and storms in the area for friday and especially on friday night. this weekend continues to look great with highs into the 70 night continues to be unchanged with clear sky and comfortable temperatures for football into the 60s.today: gradual clearing. wind: nw 5-15. high: 82 tonight: increasing clouds. wind: light e. low: 62 tomorrow: showers and
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wind: s 5-10. high: 78 tom. night: lingering showers and a few thunderstorms. wind: nw 5- 10. low: 57 still ahead, leah has another look at your top stories. we'll be right back. stay with tv-nine. still ahead, leah has another
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we'll be right back. stay with tv-nine. breakfast at riley's will live
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on, even during a relocation process after a damaging fire. the owner of the diner style restaurant in cedar rapids has to decided to
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fire crews believe a small vent fan overheated in the ceiling above the dishwasher on tuesday afternoon. most of the roof is gone and smoke damaged the rest of the inside. tomorrow morning the restaurant will open at 6:30 at daisy's garage just down the street. owner richard pankey wants to offer the breakfast menu every morning. then after 11 during the weekdays or after 1 on the weekends, daisy's garage will take over offering lunch and dinner. pankey tells tv-9 that this seems like the best solutio and his staff happy. " 1:11:21, "so hopefully the same riley's crowd will go down there, eat off the same riley's menu at daisy's garage, same staff will be down there, so nobody loses a job, everyone can go down there and there's ample seating."" pankey says he hopes to re-open riley's at its downtown location. he says it will take at least 3 months to fix the building. a family in waterloo was forced out of their home after a fire. it started around 7 last
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everyone inside got out safely. the house does appear to be a total loss. in a tv-9 follow-up this morning.. a former cedar rapids substitute teacher has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual exploitation by a school employee. 24 year old mary beth haglin will go to trial in november. during a past interview with tv9, she admitted she had a relationship with a student at washington high school. the investigations of the teacher- student sex scandal led to last month's resignations of washington principalra director mike johnson. alliant energy is offering help to customers who've dealt with recent flooding in northeast iowa. the company is increasing rebates 50 percent to help offset the cost of replacing damaged equipment, like a-c units and water heaters. this offer applies to people living in seven counties: allamakee, bremer, chickasaw, clayton, fayette, howard and winneshiek. this is video from the town of spillville nearly two
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damaged homes and businesses. the meals on wheels program in johnson county says it is running short of funds, but not ideas. the group managing the service kicked off a new fundraising campaign. it's called "refueling meals on wheels." the agency says for each meal it delivers, there is a $2.50 shortfall in funding. it says part of the problem is delayed payments from the privatized medicaid program. "'"we've had to relocate our offices and part of the reason medicaid slowdown in payments our receivables have basically almost tripled since the state switched to medicaid managed care," " the group recently voted to maintain its meals on wheels service because it felt a moral obligation to feed and do wellness
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program is receiving a donation today that could send nearly 10 veterans to washington d-c. remax real estate concepts raised five thousand dollars for the program. it sends veterans to see the national memorials for their military service. the organization donated five hundred dollars every time they worked with a military client. now time for our morning mugshot. the broadway smash hit inspiring one of the most popular movie musicals is at the old creamery mainstage tonight and features the unforgettabl e songs like "summer nights" and "greased lighting." tickets are $30 for adults and $18.50 for students. the musical runs through october 8th. you can call the box office at 319-622-6262 for tickets and information. if you have a non-profit event or organization you'd like to see featured... send us an e-mail... mugshot at kcrg-dot-com.
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tomorrow, the university of
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the u-i rebuilt the old hancher after the 2008 flood badly damaged the building. the building can seat 18- hundred people. designers chose that number in order to make sure the acoustics and sight-lines for everyone in the house are top- knotch. a new, choreographe d version of the nutcracker performed by the joffrey ballet is coming to the new hancher stage. the performance marks a new chapter in a long, collaborative history between hancher and the joffrey. hancher is holding
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architects created hancher to be able to accommodate huge, complex shows. the backstage area has a rigging system that will let the crew change scenes in just seconds. the backdoor can let in scenery that's two-stories tall. and the floor has some spring in it...it will actually help dancers and performers jump even higher. the uniforms hancher ushers will wear have an interesting backstory. inmates at the mitchellville prison created them. and hancher plans to send a performance to the prison as a thank- you. at this morning's weather. kaj? plan on the rain to exit the area very quickly this morning leaving the daylight hours dry and quiet. temperatures will bounce back into the lower 80s south and upper 70s towards the north. our next area of low pressure is not far off though, and will begin to impact our weather beginning tomorrow. plan on some showers and storms in the area for friday and especially on friday night. this weekend continues to look great with highs into the 70s and lows into the 50s. the plan weather-wise for saturday night continues to be unchanged with clear sky and comfortable temperatures for football into the 60s. today: gradual clearing. wind: nw 5-15.
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tomorrow: showers and thunderstorms likely. locally heavy rain possible. wind: s 5-10. high: 78 tom. night: lingering showers and a few thunderstorms. wind: nw 5- 10. low: 57 we certainly hope your is
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and brea will be back with a local news update in about 20 minutes. also make sure to join us at eleven for the kcrg- tv9 news at midday.
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