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iowa.right now, governor terry branstad is celebrating a milestone.he has now served more time as governor than anyone else in american history. history.it is a record that stood for more than 210 years. new york governor george clinton served more than 20 years before later becoming america's fourth vice- president.but, now there's a new record holder. here's a look at how it all started, 33 years ago. ago."it's my extreme pleasure to introduce to you now the next governor of the state of iowa, terry branstad." branstad."this was cbs 2 news coverage of election night back in 1982, when then lieutenant governor branstad succeeded governor robert ray, bucking a wave of democratic victories that night.branstad served four straight terms before stepping aside, only to return to office in 2011, 12 years after leaving the post. it is a long and successful political career that continues to this day. day.tonight is all about celebrating this historic milestone.
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milestone.fox 28 news reporter and host of 'iowa in focus,' kevin barry joins us now live from the governor's celebration in des moines with more on tonight's festivities. kevin? more than a thousand people came to the fair grounds tonight to celebrate with the governor. the night included a discussion with the governor - where he talked about his time in office.early on - he spoke about how he grew up in a family of democrats until he got to college. he said he didn't fit in with the college democrats at the time - so a friend invited him to a college republicans meeting. and the speaker that night was a state representative named chuck grassley. so the first republican meeting i went to chuck grassley was the speaker and i've been an active republican ever since. says from then on, he was a republican, and eventually got his mother to switch parties
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house. at the bottom of the hour. hear what the governor has to say about how iowa's worth ethic helped him get reelected over and over again. in des moines, kevin barry, fox 28 news. kevin thanks.now fox 28 news looks ahead to next year's races in tonight's vote 20-16 coverage. coverage.a des moines register poll released over the weekend proclaimed a new leader in iowa. iowa.and a new poll out today seems to confirm there's a big shift in support for the republican nomination. nomination.the benefactor of that support is texas senator ted cruz.the latest quinnipiac poll has cruz now in a businessman donald trump.both are far ahead of the rest of the field.florida senator marco rubio checks in at 14- percent.former iowa front runner, doctor ben carson, has now slipped to fourth with 10- percent.the republican candidates will face off in
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on the democratic side, front runner hillary clinton is holding on to her lead here in iowa.but a new des moines register - bloomberg poll shows not by much.clinton is only nine points ahead of vermont senator bernie sanders. sanders made a number of stops in eastern iowa over the weekend, attracting thousands of younger voters.clinton is scheduled to make stops in iowa city and mason city on wednesday. after a weekend filled with rain, we finally got a chance to dry out a bit today. today.but when will we see the sun again? again?justin roberts is in for chief meteorologist terry
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iowa city police are asking for help in solving an attempted robbery this morning. morning.it happened outside the kum and go on south riverside drive just before 11 a-m.a victim told police a man attacked him and tried to steal a bank bag.the victim managed to hold onto the bag but had to be treated for minor injuries. injuries.the suspect ran away before officers arrived.
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surveillance photo of the suspect.if you have any information regarding this case, call crime stoppers at 358-tips.you could be eligible for a cash reward. now to the war on terror. president obama today met with his top military advisors at the pentagon. pentagon.the president says the u-s and its allies are hitting the terror group harder than ever. ever.he cited ramped up attacks not only by the u-s, but france, and the addition of air strikes carried out by great britain.despite what the president sees as progress, he admits it doesn't always look like that so far away from the battlefield. "we recognize that progress needs to keep coming faster. just as the united states is doing more in this fight, just as our allies france, germany, and the united kingdom, australia, and italy are doing more, so must others." staff at the white house met with american muslim leaders.
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the muslim community to become more active in the fight against extremism and radicalization. the department of homeland security is coming under intense criticism tonight for pulling the plug on two federal programs set-up to track terrorists on american soil. soil.two former employees with d-h-s stepped forward in recent days to express concern about the government's approach to fighting terrorism. national correspondent kristine frazao has more in a story you will see only on fox 28 news. news. "we hear of the "see something, say something" and i did say something."in 2012, philip haney was a highly specialized counter terrorism expert within the department of homeland security.haney says after he connected dots to a fundamentalist islamic group in california he told his bosses at d-h-s. california terrorist syed farook would go on to have ties to the same group haney had on his radar years earlier. "they closed the case down because of civil
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haney says his findings could have potentially put farook on a no fly list and the visa farook's wife, tashfeen malik was given to come to the u.s. in 2014 could have been denied had d-h-s and the u.s. department of justice not pulled the plug on haney's investigation. the department of homeland security responded to haney's allegations with this statement -- saying in part the office for "civil rights, civil liberties reviews allegations of civil rights violations and makes policy recommendations to ensure the department upholds the constitution and our laws." dhs added personnel are not permitted to independently create terrorist related lookouts in a database. but haney is not the only one going public in recent days to talk about questionable federal policies. john cohen, a former acting under- secretary at d-h-s told abc news, homeland security barred immigration experts from reviewing social media messages of all foreigners applying for u.s. visas.
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seeking out malik's online messages in support of terror groups.cohen told abc it was "primarily a question of optics. there were concerns from a privacy and civil liberties perspective." clifford may is with the foundation for defense of democracies." we are being very politically correct and we are sacraficing because of that kind of reticencein clifford may's mind, there's little doubt islamist groups will continue to exploit weaknesses in america's policies. i'm kristine frazao reporting. fox 28 news reached out to the american civil liberties union but they declined comment for our story also tonight, an american soldier held captive by the taliban for years is now facing a court-martial. martial.army sergeant bowe bergdahl was part of a prison swap.the u-s traded five former taliban leaders held in guantanamo for his safe return. now, sergeant bergdahl's attorney says he will face desertion and misbehavior
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before the enemy. if convicted in a military court, bergdahl could face a sentence of up to life in prison. three years ago tonight, we were just learning the details of one of worst mass shootings in our nation's history, history,a gunman shot and killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticuit.20 of the victims were young children.the shooting sparked a renewed effort to pass national gun reforms, but those efforts failed.no major events were planned in newton to mark today's anniversary. but there were two events held here in the corridor over the weekend.iowans for gun safety partnered with cedar rapids metro high school students to ask for an end to gun violence. students read the names of the twenty six victims. organizers also passed out orange bookmarks with the victims' names. and in iowa city, a group called moms demand action for gun sense in america also marked the tragic anniversary. the group is calling on lawmakers to pass reasonable reforms including better
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background checks and better tracking of gun purchases. a special group at a local middle school is teaching students how to be the best they can be, no matter what struggle they might face. face.it's only been in session for one year, but students say it's already changed their lives.fox 28 news reporter dora miller has the details on onwhat this group is accomplishing at franklin middle school the trendsetters group is a safe place for 7-th and 8-th graders...the teacher who started the group says she saw a need -- and one year ago -- decided to meet it. it. the trendsetters in this group aren't bogged down by appearance...or by social status... status... "everybody's the same no matter what color skin you are and no matter what you do." (cover with video)it's about potential. potential. "everybody in this room has different talents and has a purpose and a reason." reason." "i expect so much from eachnd every one of you."the students call her ms. johnson... johnson... "she calls each one of us her little babies or
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pumpkin."her group gives students a safe place to just be themselves. themselves. "it's like the only time at school where you get to act yourself, but still in a school setting."no requirements -- no judgement... just one rule... rule... "what happens in group, stays in group." group."" whatever happens in group, stays in group." group.""in this group we all have different situations, family and life, but the thing is whatever we say we keep inside and help each other out."and there's one goal -- one reason these students come here at the end of the day day "to be the best that they can be and to not let somebody else's views, some stereotype, themselves, their parents, anything else get in their way."ms. johnson says her time, money and efforts are to help those who don't feel like they have a voice. voice. "honestly i don't really see that much, but she obviously sees something." something." "she believes in us." us." "they're great kids doing great things and the sky's the
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most of the students are heading off to high school next year.they say because of the group, they feel more prepared.covering the corridor in cedar rapids, dora miller fox 28 news. dora thanks.some holiday spirit will put food on the table for thousands in johnson county. county.earlier today, iowa city mayor pro-tem susan mims helped volunteers distribute meals at the iowa city crisis center.those there say it is great to give back. "it's a very exciting time if they're having a holiday and they want to celebrate that with they're family and even if they're not that they can't normally have access to." to."the johnson county crisis center says the need for food in johnson county continues to grow.a 20 dollar donation helps them purchase a complete holiday meal for a family in need. still to come on the fox 28 news at nine... nine...promoting by setting an example.the corridor company going green and urging others
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to do the same. same.and it seems everywhere you turn these days you hear about star wars.how transportation leaders got in on the fun with a very serious message.
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anncr: when the attacks come here... ...the person behind this desk will have to protect your family. will he be impulsive and reckless, like donald trump? will he have voted to dramatically weaken counter-terrorism surveillance, like ted cruz? will he have skipped crucial
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and votes just to campaign, like marco rubio? 27 generals and admirals support jeb bush. because jeb has the experience and knowledge to protect your family. right to rise usa is responsible for the content of this message. clouds filled area skies today, but the sun is shining bright for one homegrown cedar rapids company. company.van meter recently partnered with a political organization called next gen
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climate iowa - to act against climate change. change.fox 28 news reporter steffi lee explains what motivated the cedar rapids company to do this. this. at van meter in cedar rapids - putting together clean energy materials... materials...is like clockwork. clockwork. "light harvesting, geothermal, solar panels on the roof, it actually took our utility bill from roughly 10 thousand dollars a year to about three hundred dollars a year."vice president of diversified business scott cornish says the employee owned company is already helping other businesses like classic enterprises -harvest the power of solar energy. energy. "the things that we do we want to be generational. not just for the betterment of us today, but for those that come after us."now - they're taking the impact of all of this - beyond their warehouse and other rooftops. rooftops. "we were interested in partnering with next gen based on their commitment to drive public policy towards sustainability and clean energy."next gen climate's campaign urges iowans to
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commit to fighting climate change. change. "so fifty by thirty is the transition to fifty percent clean energy by the year 2030 - and this is something that with the current technology, as it is, we can achieve."both next gen and van meter say it's not only about winning over the environment. environment. "a new icf international economic analysis that has come out shows that we could add an additional 10 thousand jobs in 2030."it's to take this narrative outside the state level. level. " it's becoming more and more affordable and the barriers to get into the market are becoming less and less."where shattering barriers - means bringing these products to a national platform. platform."once you have awareness, then you can start providing solutions."covering the corridor in cr, steffi lee, fox 28 news next gen climate's sister organization also released numbers showing clean energy should result in eighteen thousand new jobs by 20-50. now to a more traditional source of energy.there's good news for drivers here in iowa. iowa.according to gas buddy dot com, the average price for a gallon of gas slipped more than four cents last week.most
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stations in iowa are now below the two dollar a gallon mark. experts say it is possible that prices could continue to fall from levels not seen in more than seven years. the iowa department of transportation is pushing its safety message with the force. ahead of the release of star wars the force awakens, the d- o-t is using its network of electronic billboards to remind drivers about distracted driving.right now cedar rapids signs are displaying "awaken your inner force, focus on the road" and "the force is strong with you, put down the phone."other themed messages are displayed through out the state. state.the force awakens opens in theaters officially on friday but many are showing the movie on thursday.fox 28 news checked with the weherenberg theater in cedar rapids and the coral ridge theater in coralville.managers at both locations say there are still plenty of tickets
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still to come on the fox 28 news at nine. nine.hours to go.what you need to know if you're looking for a health plan before the clock ticks down on the federal deadline. deadline.and the clock continues to tick up for governor branstad's time in office, now in never- before-seen territory.we'll take you back live to tonight's celebration in des moines -- when the fox 28 news
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setting dear future, life is good. no, great. i'm like, a man. only better. but even though i know everything, i still feel like you could surprise me. like that skateboard incident with the squirrel. but life is sweet now. hey, what could go wrong? it's you and me all the way, future.
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paris: there's a lot to do on a dairy farm. nobody's gonna do it for you. you have to get out there and do it yourself. bernie sanders is a well-known friend of family farms. bernie cannot be bought out by big money. bernie's opinion cannot be purchased. it's time for our next president to get in there, roll up his sleeves, take off the gloves, and take on wall street, take on big business, take on big money, and get the working class back to where they should be. he's a rock. sanders: i'm bernie sanders and i approve this message. americans are now getting health coverage through the affordable care act. act.and if you are still in
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need of insurance, the clock is ticking. ticking.and that tops tonight's to your health report. report.you have until tomorrow night to sign up for coverage through healthcare dot gov if you want to be covered on january first.nearly three million have already signed up, but a surge is expected in the coming hours.leaders say signing up has been streamlined and takes an average of ten minutes online. online.if you don't have access to a computer, call this number, 1-800- 318-2596 to learn more about how you can sign up.those who choose not to have health coverage could face fines that could top nearly 700-dollars per adult on their 2016 taxes. a new study out t night is triggering some big concerns for expecting mothers. mothers.new data out of canada suggests the risk of autism nearly doubles for children whose mothers take anti- depression drugs including prozac or zoloft while pregnant.while the risk
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still just a one to two percent risk overall.doctors say this needs to be handled on a case-by-case basis because the risks of depression can be devastating. over the years i've worked with many obstetricians and we have to decide for each person what the risk/benefit ratio is. is.so the bottom line, doctors say you should *never* stop taking any prescribed medications on your own.the best advice, talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you might have. if you think you're kids are growing up too fast, there's new numbers out tonight to back that up. up.the american academy of pediatrics suggests children are physically developing earlier than ever before.they warn signs of sexual maturity does not always come at the same time as clinical puberty. if you are noticing rapid development in your kids, especially under the age of eight, talk to a pediatrician. next on the fox 28 news at nine. nine.marking a major milestone. we'll take you live to des
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moines where governor branstad is celebrating his record- setting service leading the state of iowa. iowa.and later, the u-n-i panthers have already slayed one basketball giant.now they go for another takedown, this time against in-state rival iowa state.a preview of the big showdown -- when the fox
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years ago, iowa voters elected their youngest governor ever. tonight, he is celebrating a new milestone. terry branstad served as the state's lieutenant governor under governor robert ray. ray.when governor ray stepped down, the voters asked branstad to step in.since that night, voters have asked him to step back into the governor's office five more times. times.fox 28 news reporter and host of 'iowa in focus' kevin barry joins us live right now from des moines where the governor marked a historic
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milestone tonight, kevin? one of the cool parts about tonight is that it wasn't only a celebration of history in iowa, but people here also had a chance to hear governor branstad talk about his roughly 21 years in public service. he says a lot of what helped him was the worth ethic he learned when he was growing up on a farm. most iowans know about his 99-county tour every year, but he says that idea goes all the way back to his days when in 6th grade, he was responsible for 120 pregnant lambs having babies. you know this is in be winter time so we'd have to get up early in the morning my younger brother and i and find the hues that had lambs get them in a pen with a headlamp before we went to school. i never missed school but i was late a lot of times. he said that kind of early
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life. branstad also talked about how h h campaigns focus on individually connection with and asking voters to vote for him. in des moines, kevin barry, fox 28 news. kevin ththks.remember, you can get plenty of political headlines from across the state, on 'iowa in focus with kevin barry,'watch it this sunday morning at 9:30, right here on fox 28. a lot of rain over theheast two days made eastern iowa quite soggy. so when will the rain chances turn to a more seasonal chance for snow? snow?justin roberts joins us now with your weatherfirst
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hard to believe with temps topping 60 degrees over the weekend that wwre just over a week away from christmas. christmas.fox 28 news reporter mellaney moore looks into the positives and negatives of our unseasonable warmth warmthin this report from johnson county county these are the trucks you would usually see on our state highways and interstates, but they're not out right now, they're in this garage because we dont have any snow.for the iowa department of transportation, that's saving them money, but for others, it's not bringing money in. theyeyay be named forevergreen, but this business needs some white too. the white does translate to green for us.it is a year- round operation from spring planting to christmas trees and then snow removal.most years we would be snow plowing anywhere between three to five times in november and december owner lucy hershberger says she would rather have her 20
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snow removal emplplees busy with these trucks.typically our snow plowing crews will go out or between twelve and fifteen hours with every snowfall and we have between 40 and 50 snowplow if accounts so it really does make a pretty significant economic impact on the company.the 20 plows at the iowa d-o-t garage in coralville have been out twice for the large snowfall we had in november.we have to replenish our blades, snow plow b bdes that we have on our trucks and if we're not wearing them down, we don't have to spend the money on that kind of thing.when it snows, this garage has employees working 12 hour shifts, covering 1818routes that total 456 miles.so far they have saved on that man power and materials too. everyday we can get by without having a snow storm is just money in our pocket that we can save the public and use that money for other uses. hershberger says one snowfall can bring in ten to twenty thousand dollars to forevergreen.so, wiwi an
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11 snowfalls, it can make a big difference when when we don't see snow.dot staff say since they aren't out dealing with snow or salting the roads, thats allowed them more time for other projects, like filling potholes.covering the corridor in coralville, mellaney moore, fox28 news here's another silver lining to the warm weather... weather...a two million dollar ovovhaul of greene square park in cedar rapids is nearing completion.crews were able to continue working on landscaping during the past several weeks because the weather has stayed so warm.new features include walking ths, seating and wi-fi. and coming up in sports sportsthe panthers are prepped for the big 4 classic -- they northern iowa is ready for another big upset upsetplus -- it was an ames high take over at the united center -- how doug mcdermott led the bulls past the 76ers -
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paris: there's a lot to do on a dairy farm. nobody's gonna do it for you. you have to get out there and do it yourself. bernie sanders is a well-known friend of family farms. bernie cannot be bought out by big money. bernie's opinion cannot be purchased. it's time for our next president to get in there, roll up his sleeves, take off the gloves, and take on wall street, take on big business, take on big money, and get the working class back to whwhe they should be. he's a rock.
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games at richmond, george mason, and new mexico... the u- n-i men are glad to be back in the state of iowa... but this is no easy homecoming... on saturday... it's off to des moines for the big four classic... earlier in the season... the panthers toppled the top-ranked tar heels... and this weekend they'll try to for another upset bid against fifth-ranked iowa state ... now ben jacobson knows it'll be a tough task... but his panthers will be ready to go -- with the eyes of the state watching... it's gotten to the point where... not only are you playing against a high quality team... but you've got the atmosphere to go with it now.. and obviously a very competitive game... and our guys certainly look forward to both... playing against a
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place that should be ld t... it should be a great atmosphere.... in other panther news -- arias austin is leaving the team -- ben jacobson announced that the juco transfer is transfering because he wants more playing time -- austin apperared in all 9 games this season averaging 5 point 4 points per game. good news for iowa state -- naz long will be back in the lineup for the big 4 classic -- long sat out yesterday against arkansas-pine bluff for some much needed rest -- remember he underwent offseason surgery on both hips -- so any extra time for his body to recover will help in the long run and sunday was perfect timing -- now will it happen again? that's to be determined -- but right now the main focus is getting long healthy. "his body is banged up, he's really not where he wants to be physically right now. it gives him a game... a competitive game he doesn't have to play in.. no more wear and tear on the body and it can really kind of get an extra good day of rest for him to get ready for northern
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thing so we will just continue to get naz healthy." healthy."the cyclones stayed at number 2 in the latest coaches poll -- even recieving 3 first place votes -- but in the a-p -- iowa state dropped one spot to 5th -- not surprising with sunday's performance agianst arkansas-pine bluff either way the cyclones stayed perfect -- and a big part of that has been the play of jameel mckay -- last week the seniororforward averaged a double double -- 17 points and 10 rebounds in three games -- earning him co-big 12 player of the week honors -- and not to be outdone by his inner state rival -- jarrod uthoff was named the bibi10's co-player of the week -- the former jefferson j-hawk scored a career high 27 against western illinois on monday -- and then bested that performance with 32 points against iowa state. it maybe early in the prep hoops season -- but one thing is for sure, the west branch girls basketball team can light up the score board -- through 5 games the bears are averaging 66 point per game -- and that hot shooting was on display tonight
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tonightwest branch hosting fairfield -- the bears are 6th in 2-a -- the trojans 5th in 4-aand fairfield got defensive in the first -- off the turnover -- nicole buch lays it up and in for the e ey two -- the trojans started the game on a 7 to 2 runbut west branch would rally -- halley mullinix steals the pass and completes the dine and dash on the other end then later in ththquarter -- tatum koenig -- dials long distance and connects -- the bears finished the first on a 13 to 2 run -- west branch stays unbeaten -- 63 to 41 the final. to t t n-b-a -- fred hoiberg and the bulls hosting the 76ers from one ames high alum -- to another -- doug mcdermott -- deadly from deep -- chicao trailed by 5 at the breakbut the bulls got it going in the third -- this time dougie mcbuckets stops and pops for two more -- chicago outscored philly 34 to 12 in the quarterand then in the 4th -- mcdermott just pads ththstats -- 3 offensive
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rebounds and 2 more points -- he finished with 13 points -- bulls win 115 to 96. and still to come on fox 28 28big money -- mike daniels -- got a huge contact extention from the packers -- why he says the cash won't change him
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in the middle announcer: a horrific terror attack in paris. then, a brutal act of terror here at home.
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it's time for a tested and proven leader who won't try to contain isis. jeb bush has a plan... to destroy them. and keep america safe. jeb bush: the united states should not delay in leading a global coalition to take out isis with overwhelming force. announcer: tested and proven leadership matters. jeb bush. right to rise usa is responsible for the contntt of this message. of october... northern iowa's season looked dead and buried... the panthers werer 2 and 4 -- but never threw in the towel -- u-n-i rattled off 7 straight w ws to reach the f-
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c-s quarterfinals.. and were 3 wins away from bring home a national championship -- until the ride came to a halt on saturday when n-d-s-u ened u-n-i's season -- but the end won't be what mark farley remembers about this years panthers it'll be defined by two things... but one, the defense... and how well the defense played and kept us alive the whole season... from the beginning of the season to the end of the season... the second thing that came along with that was the maturity as our offense came along... was aaron bailey... he was the one that stands out there that resembles what happened with our offefee... coming out of high school mike daniels was tabbed as a two star recruit -- after recing havok on iowa's defensive line he was told he was too short to play in the n-f-l -- now he's one of the highest payed defensive ends in the league the packers signed daniels to a 4 year 42 million dollar extension that includes a 12 million dollar signing bouns - - so far this season the former hawkeye hasas41 tackles and 6 sacks.
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"i want to be in green bay. make sure i'm still in green bay. i want to win super bowls with this team... this is like home to me. the fact that i signed a contract doesn't change the fact that i got overlooked in high school, doesn't change the fact that i was consistantly called short coming out of the draft. i'm ststl pissed.. that's not going to change, that's just how i approach the game, that's how i play." and the awards just keep on coming for desmond king -- and it's another all-american first team honor -- the latest from the football writers association of america -- if king finds his way on to the sporting news all-american list and the american football coaches association's list -- he'll be a consensus all- american. that's a check of sports -- justin has a last check of your forecast when the fox 28
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hustle and bustle surrounding holiday preparations, many people simply forget about donating blood.today, the mississippi valley regional blood center brought its bloodmobile to us here at broadcast park.i rolled up my sleeve today because organizers say a donation of blood is actually a donation of life.for more information on how you can help, head to
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