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they work at the most popular restaurants in the country ... and earn some of the lowest wages. we'll show you how they asked for a raise today ... and ask whether or not their protests will effect the presidential campaigns. more than a dozen des moines employees are being let go from a des moines landmark hotel. find out why... and how much notice they received. and iowa is the number one pig producing state in the nation ... that also makes us the number one producer of hog manure. we'll go along for a ride with the guys who tackle the dirty job of cleaning up after those hogs.
mild conditions for the evening with temperatures in the 50s tonight. skies will stay cloudy through the night with some drizzle by morning. a strong storm system will bring thunderstorms to iowa wednesday afternoon which may become severe, especially across southern iowa. fast food workers across the country walked out on the job
protest for higher wages. the group, "fight for 15", staged strikes here in iowa. 13:16:00 hey hey ho ho, poverty wages have got to go 05 more than a dozen people stood outside the mcdonalds in waukee over the noon hour... see. the group wants to raise the minimum wage from 7-25 an hour supporters argue the current rate doesn't add up to a livable wag for millions of americans. 13:40:54 for somebody that doesn't - couldn't go to college, for somebody that couldn't afford that, their family just couldn't make it work- and so they're stuck in that job. 7.25 or 9 like i make isn't enough 07 similar protests outside of fast food chains were held across the state similar protests outside of fast food chains were held across the state today.. from council bluffs to davenport. those protestors have sympathetic ears in some of the presidential candidates. but how much does their message really resonate? political
numbers behind the minimum wage. minimum wage workers are getting some major attention lately. all three democratic presidential candidates say they should get a substantial mandatory raise. by the numbers... lower paid earners make up a small percent of the workforce. there are roughly 77 million people working in our country. about four percent...one in 25 make minimum wage of 7.25 an hour or less. those who make less usually get tips and may actually then make more than minimum. we wanted to see what those at the bottom of the wage scale do for a living. the bureau of labor statistics helped us out. about 21,000 fix and install things for a living. about 183,000 clean and maintain the grounds or buildings. the biggest category, though...the food business. about 1.5 million americans cook, serve and clean up your food for minimum wage or less. who are the people doing these jobs? most are the young. slightly more than half are under the
age of 24. they're not the age group that usually votes. but plenty of people who do vote are talking about whether pay day for those workers should bring a much bigger check. hillary clinton, martin o-malley, bernie sanders, rick santorum and ben bigger check. hillary clinton, martin o-malley, bernie sanders, rick santorum and ben carson have all expressed support for raising the wage ... though to varying degrees. on friday the iconic hotel fort des moines will be shutting down for renovations. no one was more surprised by the news than current hotel employees who were notified yesterday. employees say hawkeye hotels, current owners of hotel fort des moines, informed the 16 member staff that they will be without jobs by the end of the week. employees say they knew about the renovations well ahead of time but were told they would happen in the
spring of 20-16 and they would be transferred to other hotels at that time. now they have just 4 days to find new jobs. they say it's like a slap in the face. 20:56:51-20:57:05 "it's not a big deal to them because it doesn't affect them but to us it's 16 families that have to go without, that have to just wing it." "it doesn't seem like a lot but it's 16 families that are not gonna have this money coming in and having 4 days to find a job is not a lot at all." the hotel stopped accepting guests last thursday and anyone with reservations will be tranferred to the residence inn and hampton inn. the company's corporate director was unavailable for comment but said more would be explained in a news release sometime today. downtown des moines' newest hotel took a big step forward last night. the city council signed off on its portion of making the events center hotel a reality. work will begin almost immediately. demolition will start in early
december. construction will begin in february. the building is expected to open by the end of 2017. yesterday we told you to expect a major announcement on the future of walnut street in downtown des moines. this morning we found out what it is ... wells fargo is renovating its lobby. the bank on walnut street will transform its entryway into a museum honoring the history of the company and des moines. it will be the 12th bank-museum of its kind. while it might not be an earth-shattering announcement, des moines officials say it is a small step towards creating a better downtown. 110904-110923 "this is one more reason to bring your family down here ... i should bring my kids down here ... more people, more foot traffic is what we're aiming for here." the museum will be open by this time next year. university of iowa students and
faculty were alerted to three reported sexual assaults near campus, this morning. a man wearing a flannel shirt and flip-flops reportedly tried to grope three women near the university of iowa hospital. that makes nine reported assaults near the campus so far this semmester. iowa state campus police are investigating the death of a male student found last night near railroad tracks. the student's name is not being released. police say they don't suspect foul play... but the exact details of how he died are still being investigated. anyone with information is asked to call police. on thursday morning the iowa department of public safety will honor five individuals with one of the state's highest awards. the sullivan brothers' award of valor honors police officers and firefighters who risk their lives to save others. among this year's honorees will be bradley melton of the nevada fire department and chris brandes of the nevada police department. in february the two men ran into a burning apartment complex to make sure it was evacuated. they
his burning apartment to safety. tomorrow dozens of ceremonies will be held across the state to honor the thousands of current and former soldiers who risked their lives for the country. tomorrow, of course, is veterans day. there are too many ceremonies for us to list here ... so thankfully the iowa department of veterans affaris is doing it for us. to find their list of veterans days events around the state tomorrow ... head to w-h-o-t-v-dot-com. you'll find a link to the list on our homepage. have you ever looked at the sugar content on a nutritional information label? they tell you how much sugar is in a product ... but they don't give you the daily percentage like other nutrients. well that is about to change. coming up ... we'll talk with a
local dietitian about a change in policy by the food and drug administration. find out how much sugar they now say you should limit yourself to. and from sweets to something not-so- sweet. coming up next we hit the job site with one of the dirtiest jobs in the state ... manure hauling. it's a dirty job ... and a stinky one ... but someone has
from hog pits on farms. it's also a controversial job at times when things go wrong and manure spills. but those working the fields have some new high tech ways of keeping crops fed and our waterways clean. roger riley has that story. its a clock work operation as six giant tractors pulling 8500 gallon tanks work to pump over a million gallons of hog waste from this farm in franklin county 8:23 we remove the manure from the pits for the farmer and apply it to the farmers ground kevin westaby and his kgl enterprises do this work for the same group of farmers every year. the manure is knifed into the ground using gps computers according to the farmers manure management plan filed with the iowa dnr clip
which tank spread where in the field i can tell how many gallon of manure went on ever 20 ft wide by 66 foot block of klkthe farmers field the pits are pumped below the hog barns...as the manure goes into the tank, a nitrogen stabilizer can be added if the farmer requests. we are regulated by the dnr every year all our employees have to go through a three hour training kevin westaby was a founding member of the iowa commercial nutrient applicators association, with some 80 members our association works with them often we have a dnr representative come to our board meetings and just talk about regulations or changes in the law, westaby is well aware of the concern many have over iowas water supplies 1216 the main thing is the industry has changed we hear a lot of negative stuff bout agriculture and pollution, and were trying to do stuff right, we follow the rules, we try to follow the law.. while the harvest is winding down in
iowa.. this crew has just over a weeks worth of work yet to get done. i put in 16 17 hours a day until we get done then these units will be parked..the tank applicators gone through, and parts are replaced before they wear out. westaby started his business in 1992, its change a lot since then. agriculture as a whole from when i started in this business is doing a much better job of managing nutrients and pollution than when i started this business. from franklin county, roger riley channel 13 news soon every field in the state will be ready for a fresh layer of manure. the u-s-d-a says the state's fall harvest is nearly complete. as of yesterday 93-percent of the corn crop is now out of the fields. 98-percent of the soybean crop
ad lib main weather skies will stay cloudy and overcast tonight and temperatures very mild. we will hold in the mid to low 50s during the night. drizzle will develop by early morning. as a strong upper level low moves into the central us, it will intensify over iowa on wednesday afternoon. this will lead to an enhanced risk of severe storms across parts of iowa, especially southeast iowa. all modes of severe weather are possible: large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes. the time period most likely to see severe storms will be
between 1 pm and 6 pm. behind the storms, comes very strong winds. a high wind watch will go in effect at 9 pm wednesday until 6 am thursday, as winds across central and northwest iowa may gust as high as 50+mph. colder air will return to the state with temperatures dropping to 32 degrees by early friday morning. highs will only be in the 40s. that chill doesn't last long, as we will return to the low 60s by sunday. coming up next ... we'll sit
the son of a polish immigrant who grew up in a brooklyn tenement. he went to public schools, then college, where the work of his life began -- fighting injustice and inequality, speaking truth to power. he moved to vermont, won election and praise as one of america's best mayors. in congress, he stood up for working families and for principle, opposing the iraq war, supporting veterans. now he's taking on wall street and a corrupt political system funded by over a million contributions, tackling climate change to create clean-energy jobs, fighting for living wages, equal pay,
bottles at the grocery store. after decades of debate, the food and drug administration is finally setting a daily recommended allowance for added sugar. that means food labels will soon tell you how much sugar is being dumped into what you're eating and drinking. when you see the numbers ... you'll probably be shocked. joining us now with more details on the new daily sugar allowance recommendation is brian smith ... a dietitian with unity point in des moines. one of the biggest nations in
i owe about $68,000. i owe $44,000 in student loans. my plan, the new college compact, says you should not have to borrow money to pay tuition if you go to a public college or university. and you ought to be able to refinance student debt. and i don't believe the federal government should be making a profit off of lending to young people who are borrowing to be able to get their education. we have got to make college affordable.
olympic games. we'll tell you why russia could be facing an international ban. republican presidential candidates will debate tonight for the fourth time. we'll tell you what's different this time ... and what the focus will likely be this time around. and coming up in the workout of the week ... forget all that expensive equipment, we'll take you to a metro gym that's getting you fit the old fashioned way. news at four front door russian track and field athletes
after a shocking report today. it accuses russia of a wide spread state-sponsored doping program. n-b-c's keir simmons reports from london. s/ alysia montano/ us olympic athlete :33- :44 s/ boris johnson/ london mayor 1:06- 1:12 s/ keir simmons/ nbc news/ london, england 1:15-1:31 this morning president putin's athletes are facing world condemnation... with the rio olympics less than a year away... russia may have no business competing on the world stage... declared the u-s anti doping agency. according to a report that reads like a cold war spy thriller...russian secret agents and a mysterious moscow laboratory were used for state sanctioned doping. across the globe - athletes are outraged - american alysia montano - who in 2012 finished fifth in the 800 meters. 'it's about you putting out an honest effort, honest time and energy, and emotion and being cheated out of it. you can't ever get back those
moments' russians mariya savinova and ekaterina poistogova took gold and bronze in that same race... but now - according to the report... they and eight more athletes and coaches should be banned for life ... branding london's 2012 olympics sabotaged... london's mayor... stunned... 'it was a very successful games, one of the greatest if not the greatest games ever. there've been some very serious allegations made against the russian team' "now the russians have been told they have until thursday to respond, otherwise further action may be taken by the end of the week. but get this - interpol says it is investigating some of those people in this report, so this could yet lead to a criminal investigation. back to you." the u-s soccer federation is following in the footsteps of youth football groups in trying to prevent head injuries. the organization announced
player age ten or young from "heading" the ball in games or practice. players age 11 to 13 will only be allowed to head the ball in games. the rules change is part of a lawsuit brought by parents and players who say leagues aren't doing enough to prevent concussions. the iowa hawkeyes could move closer to a spot in college football's "final four" this evening. last week the hawkeyes were ranked ninth in the first college football playoff poll of the season. after a win on the road at indiana on saturday ... coupled with a pair of upsets from teams ahead of them in the rankings ... the hawkeyes should move up in tonight's poll. the final poll released in mid- december will determine which four teams will compete for the national championship. mild conditions for the evening with temperatures in the 50s tonight. skies will stay cloudy through the night with some drizzle by morning. a strong storm system will bring thunderstorms to iowa wednesday afternoon which may become severe, especially across
southern iowa. it's round four in the republican debate battle tonight ... live from mild conditions for the evening with temperatures in the 50s tonight. skies night with some drizzle by morning. a strong storm system will bring thunderstorms to iowa wednesday severe, especially across southern iowa. it's round four in the
milwaukee. tonight could be the most interesting of all the debates so far. there will be fewer candidates on stage ... and some bigger storylines off the stage. n-b-c's steve handelsman is in milwaukee tonight where the focus will once again be on center stage. all eyes here in milwaukee will be on two of these candidates: ben carson, tied for the lead in national gop polls with donald trump and jeb bush, who's slumped since previous debates. he's vowing to fix his problem with a more energetic forceful performance here but still says: it should not be about yapping. it should be about doing carson's problem is his personal life story that he used in his campaign... and researchers unable to confirm carson's claims that he was angry and violent until he embraced christianity. donald trump has mocked carson's
rise in the polls ...based on that story they could clash but fox business...running this debate...promises less drama and more focus on economics steve handelsman, nbc news, milwaukee. next week three republican candidates will go from the debate stage ... to our iowa forum stage. on tuesday ben carson will join dave price here at our studio to talk about education issues. on wednesday we'll talk with louisiana governor bobby jindal live from dmacc in ankeny about health care issues. then on thursday we'll be live at dmacc in newton to talk with donald trump about jobs. we want you to take part. right now at w-h-o-t-v-dot-com you can find information on getting tickets to the jindal and trump events. even if you can't make it to the townhalls, your voice can still be heardf. you can also submit a question for the candidates right now on w-h-o-t-v-
overcast tonight and temperatures very mild. we will hold in the mid to low 50s during the night. drizzle will develop by early morning. as a strong upper level low moves into the central us, it will intensify over iowa on wednesday afternoon. this severe storms across parts of iowa, especially southeast iowa. all modes of severe weather are possible: large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes. the time period most likely to see severe storms will be between 1 pm and 6 pm. behind the storms, comes very strong winds. a high wind watch will go in effect at 9 pm wednesday until 6 am thursday, as winds across central and
sunday. earlier in the show we told you the hotel fort des moines is suddenly closing at the end of the week. we're now hearing from the owners of the building on why they are closing so quickly. hotel employees say they thought the hotel would remain open ... and they would keep their jobs ... until the spring. but yesterday they were told the hotel would close for renovations on friday ... and they would be out
of a job. just a few minutes ago the owners of the hotel ... hawkeye hotels ... reached out to us with this comment on the closure. dev patel of hawkeye hotels writes ... 'deciding on the exact date as to when to close the hotel for renovations was quite difficult, as we know what this hotel means for the people of des moines, and for iowans all across the state who have become accustomed to staying at this hotel during their travels. however, as time went on, there were a few quality control issues that really caused us to quicken our pace and move our closure date up significantly.' the restaurant django that is attached to the hotel will remain open throughout renovations. coming up next in the workout of the week ... we'll take you to an altoona gym that's promising big results
thats the philosophy at ice performance training center in altoona. ice owner and trainer... todd downing doesnt believe in a lot of trendy or expensive workout equipment. he does believe in hard work and commitment - a combination thats proven to deliver results. this is ice performance training center in altoona. you wont find a lot of fancy equipment here...
what you will find is owner and personal trainer... todd downing... pushing people to their physical and emotional limits. today... downings clients are pushing through four stations... consisting of eight exercises... everything from hanging knee raises... to reverse pull-ups to battle ropes. hes talking about chrissy mathews. chrissy... a college athlete... says she got lazy after graduation. so unhappy... her weight dictated almost every aspect of her life.
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downtown revitalization... the city says plans are in the works to update the walnut street corridor. the first addition to the area...and why the mayor says it's just the beginning of what's to come. wicked wednesday... a system that brought snow to the southwestern u-s will be in iowa soon. how much rain it'll bring us...and if the storm will bring anything severe with it. hotel fort des moines says it'll be shutting its doors... beginning friday. employees say that's months before the planned renovations were supposed to begin. good evening...and thank you for joining us... i'm dan winters. and i'm sonya heitshusen... thank you for joining us... the temporary closure was supposed to begin in the spring of next year... b the current owners told the 16 member staff just yesterday that the schedule has changed. now employees say they have just days to find a new job. our justin surrency joins us