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a farm worker is killed in a grain bin accident near murray this morning. what he was doing in the grain bin... and why authorities say it's so dangerous. a national group says iowa is one of the worst states in the union when it comes to protecting animals. find out who is saying that ... and who is working to change the perception of our state. and a local ski resort still has some snow ... but enough to have any fun on. find out when they say ski season could finally begin in iowa. news at four front door open yesterday they told us fleur drive would remain closed through the weekend ... this afternoon fleur drive reopened to traffic as the flood waters recede from the shoulders and back into the raccoon river. good afternoon ... i'm sonya heitshusen. .and i'm dan winters ... thanks for joining us. we begin this afternoon with a
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it happened just before nine this morning in rural clarke county. two men were working to remove grain from a bin near murray when one of them ... 39-year old eric
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reasland ... disappeared. authorities couldn't spot reasland in the bin ... so they began cutting holes in it... to release the corn. it took them three hours to find him... but by that time it was too late. he was pronounced dead at the hospital. authorities say the grain in the bin had apparently "crusted over" reasland was walking on the grain to break it up ... which is not recommended. 4916-4927 "i think he was busting it up with some kind of do it." it does not appear reasland was walking on the corn. we do know the name of the victim of a fatal crash last night on hubbell avenue in des moines. 61-year old james pascasio was hit hand killed was he was crossing hubbell avenue at east 42nd street around 5:30 last night. police say he was hit by a 19-year old driver who didn't leave the scene. neither speed nor impairment appear to be factors in the crash ... and no
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charges have been filed. police say their investigation is ongoing. and there are no updates in the search for a hit-and-run driver who killed an iowa state student this week. 18-year old emmalee jacobs of urbana was hit and killed while crossing a street monday morning. her body was found by an isu police officer. her death was not recorded by any nearby traffic cameras. police are asking for anyone with information about the crash to please contact them. a memorial service for jacobs will be held friday evening in urbana. her funeral will be held at center point urbana high school on saturday morning. a new report released today gives a scathing review of iowa's animal protection laws. the animal legal defense fund says when it comes to protecting animals ... iowa is the second worst state in the union. only kentucky finished below iowa. iowa gets low marks for it's "ag gag law" which prohibits undercover video on farm operations and greatly limits the authority given to humane officers. groups are trying to change those laws.
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tom colvin with the animal rescue league is working on a proposal that he says will address some of the state's shortcomings. 06:10:44 there are some provisions like lax punishments and very few felonies for egregious acts not mandatory reporting by some of those components built into this proposal... lot of those concerns 06:11:14 illinois ranked as the state with the best animal protection laws. 50 years ago today a des moines middle school student walked into class ... and changed american history. december 16th, 1965 mary beth tinker, her brother john and another student named christopher eckhardt came to school wearing black arm bands to protest the vietnam war.
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all three were suspended for refusing to remove the armbands. they challenged the school... all the way to the supreme court ... paving the way for the tinker vs. des moines ruling that upheld the ideal that student's do have first amendment rights in the classroom. today mary beth tinker walked back into harding middle school to share her story with a new generation of iowa kids. tinker says the impact of the court case she helped start is still felt in schools today... and has helped create generations of future leaders. 32700-32732 "young people have wonderful ... kids will always stand up for justice and a better world ... all over the world and they are part of that." mary beth tinker is now a national youth activism and
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speaker. she tours the country meeting with school groups. we told you earlier in the newscast that fleur drive is back open as flood water recedes. an adel car dealership remains open as well ... despite its proximity to the rising water. the car store is located on highway 169, which was closed last night due to the flooding raccoon river. but the store remains open for business, even with the water just feet from the front of the business. the dealership has been there ten years, and so far no cars have ever been flooded. 'they usually close this street down, its kind of wild that its happening in december, but its usually an every spring type of occurrence makes things a little quieter, a little less drive by traffic but other wise its business as usual."
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while no cars have ever been flooded on the lot ... the owner says he has while no cars have ever been flooded on the lot ... the owner says he has had to move all his vehicles in the middle of the night twice to avoid flooding. a number of roads around marshalltown are closed by high water right now ... and a local businessman could be happier. 'the towing business actually was like real good. like yesterday with highway 14 closed..we were extremely busy on the tow trucks...people getting stuck in the mud. the mild weather has kept larry wegner and his six employees scrambling over the last week. he says there is mud everywhere ... and where there is mud there is likely a car stuck. wegner says there's another reason his business seems to boom during flood season ... a lesson he learned back in 1993. definately helped us for some reason, we had one of the biggest tire months weve ever had..the month that highway 14 was closed. part of it i think.. was due to all the extra traffic cause of all the people that were coming down
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to see the bridge and the water on the bridge and stuff. but wegner says there is no bigger business boom than after a snow storm ... and he hopes for one soon. tow truck drivers are finding ways to stay busy during our warm december. the same can't be said for ski slope operators. coming up next ... find out how soon seven oaks says these green and brown hills could be covered with fresh powder. and coming up later ... some shocking statistics about alzheimers ... and good news for funding research into the disease. loving the warmer winter we've
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plenty of people are...but for some local businesses, it spells problems. meteorologists say this winter looks to be warmer than normal by five to ten degrees on average... but a ten degree difference is huge for a business that banks its success on snow. local ski ranges are typically
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busy this time of year... but as channel 13's reid chandler shows us, this year, they're holding out for colder days. joel bryan :16-:22 reid chandler 1:03-1:14 "i mean the phone's ringing, everyday. the email's are coming in, facebook, instagram. people are asking - unfortunately, their guess is as good as ours." - joel bryan - general manager, seven oaks for joel bryan, a warmer winter means an emptier cash register at seven oaks ski range. "we have had a december like this before; our latest opening is december 26th, our earliest opening was november 22nd." - - joel bryan - general manager, seven oaks bryan says an average ski season in iowa lasts twelve to fourteen weeks... but so far, it hasn't been cold enough for much snow. that means a ski season as short as eight weeks. "on a typical season, we'll start making snow at about 26 degrees. and anything below that is decent snow- making. this year, with it being so warm, we'll start at 28 degrees - we'll start making snow. and that's only if we know the temperature is going to continue to drop." - joel bryan - general manager, seven oaks it's a waiting game. ever vigilant, bryan and his workers check weather reports up to fifteen times a day. "i mean, we're having people sit, on-call, basically every night just to wait for those temperatures to drop." - joel bryan - general manager, seven oaks "now the window to make snow might be
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small, but it lasts for awhile once you do get it made. what you see behind me was actually made three weeks ago, but it's not enough to get the ski lifts up and running just yet." reid chandler - channel 13 news "and so, being in the valley, we're north-facing, the snow doesn't melt real fast. so if we can get it on the ground, it sticks around for a long time. it's just a matter of us getting enough on the ground to feel confident to push it all out, to then open the doors." - joel bryan - general manager, seven oaks seven oaks still rents its facility out for events year-round, and sees plenty of business in the summer months for canoe rentals and other sports. bryan says that creates a safety net for times like this. "we're still fairly busy, but this time of year, we're normally working seven days a week, you know 16 hours a day, and so we're just not used to it." - joel bryan - general manager, seven oaks but the sooner he can start pumping out snow, the sooner he can make a few bucks. "i wouldn't say it's sleepless nights yet. that'll come around december 26th if we're not open." - joel bryan - general manager, seven oaks in boone, reid chandler, channel 13 news. sleepy hollow sports park in des
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kind of pain. it's hoping to open the ski slopes right after christmas, as well. the lack of snow means another season has to wait ... snowball fight season. today ankeny and centennial high schools offered their students another outlet for their aggression ... nats of ball dodging. dodgeball! this morning the seniors from each school took on their teachers in a dodgeball tournament. to qualify for a spot in the tournament, kids had to bring in toys or cash to donate to "toys for tots." u-s marines were on hand for the event to collect all those donations. you know you like one of these guys better. vote now in our #christmas song throwdown. you know you like one of these guys better. vote now in our #christmas song throwdown.
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ad lib main weather coming up next ... some good news in the fight against
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coming up next ... some good news in the fight against alzheimers. hear why a local advocacy group is celebrating today.
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heart disease. asthma. diabetes. 7 out of 10 americans take prescription drugs. but in the last 7 years drugs prices have doubled. hillary's going to take on the drug companies. require medicare to negotiate lower drug prices. let people buy their prescription drugs from countries like canada at half the price. and cap monthly prescription costs for every american. the drug companies have been over charging long enough. it's time to fight back. i'm hillary clinton
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flu and diabetes all dropped in the last year. but at the same time the rate of deaths from alzheimer went up... by eight- percent. there is still so much we don't know about alzheimer's disease ... but doctors and researchers are making strides in understanding and treating it. that work is about to get a major boost from the federal government ... joining us now with that good news is carol sipfle ... executive director of the alzheimer's association
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for more information on alzheimer's ... including resources for more information on alzheimer's ... including resources for your or a family member dealing with alzheimers ... go to www-dot-a-l-z-dot- org-slash-greater-iowa we will
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couple behind theterror attack. hear how authorities say the internet fueled that attack ... and possible copycats. another debate is in the books ... and another round of iowa campaign trips begins. hear what marco rubio had to say in iowa today ... and who endorsed hillary clinton this morning before her iowa trip. and an anonymous elf has brightened the holidays for hundreds of
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families. find out how much they paid to settle strangers' holiday debts. news at four front door new information today about the couple who committed the terrorist attack in san bernardino in the name of isis. the f-b-i uncovered messages from two years ago where they expressed interest in martyrdom during an attack. that news comes as the federal government also announces a new level to the terror alert system and issued a new warning under it. nbc news' edward lawrence has the story. natsot nearly 700,000 students went back to school in la today. natsot student "it was kind of scary hearing about it" a terror threat message that closed the system yesterday shows the new environment we live in, as the f-b-i director outlined a new enemy. sot james comey, fbi director
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another terrorist attack we dealt with in recent times, involved people consuming poison on the internet and radicalizing" on-line terrorist propaganda may have united san bernardino attackers syed farook and tashfeen malik. the f-b-i says starting two years ago, the couple used private instant messages ... but not social media -- to see if they were a terror match. sot james comey, fbi director "they are both in those communications, which we have been able to recover now, demonstrating a committed interest in jihad and martyrdom" in an effort to respond to evolving threats, homeland security secretary jeh johnson changed the terror alert system. adding an on-line tool to release vital national security information. the first bulletin warns to watch for self radicalized people. in addition johnson outlined new, more strict, screening for visa applications to move to the united states.. sot jeh johnson, secretary of
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consulting social media is something that i believe we need to do and we have begun that." all of this new information for the public led to this recommendation by the f-b-i director. sot james comey, fbi director "don't let them win this.. by freaking you out. channel that into something healthy. tell us if you see something concerning and live your life." audio outcue: i'm edward lawrence, nbc news, washington. late today the white house announced president obama will go to san bernardino to meet privately with the families of the victims of the terrorist attack. tensions are high in baltimore after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial of the first police officer tried for the death of freddie gray. gray died in police custody last april. officer william porter is the first of six officers charged in the case. jay gray is in baltimore with the latest. after deliberating for about 16-hours over three-days.. this afternoon jurors in the william porter case told judge barry g williams for the second time.. that they were dead-locked.. at which point he declared a hung jury in the high-profile case.. williams dismissed the 8 women and 4 men on the panel.. telling them "thank you for your diligence." porter is the first of 6 baltimore police officers to face trial after freddie gray was fatally injured in the back of a police transport van.. gray died in april from a
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severe spinal injury while in custody after being arrested when he ran from police. prosecutors say officers failed to get medical help for gray.. after the van stopped several times in route to the police station.. nats protests a handful of protesters gathered as news of the mistrial spread.. "the community can show their anger by protesting, that' s a normal thing to do, as long as they don't hurt the community.." a stepped-up police presence is also in place.. and an emergency operations center has been activated to coordinate any necessary response.. nats riots violent riots gripped the city after gray's death. minutes after the ruling baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings-blake issued a statement which reads in part: "our reaction needs to be one of respect for our neighborhoods, and for the residents and businesses of our city." it's now up to the decide if there will be a retrial in the case.. jay gray - nbc news - baltimore this is a live picture from
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throughout the night to make sure any protests remain peaceful. it hasn't happened in nearly a decade... but today, the federal reserve bank raised interest rates. nbc's chris pollone reports on what the move means for you and your wallet. new york stock exchange traders waited anxiously for the federal reserve's announcement: thanks to an improving u-s economy, it's raising key interest rates, one quarter of one percent. "this action - marks the end of an extraordinary seven year period. during which -the federal funds rate was held near zero to support the recovery of the economy. "they're not putting their foot on the brake, they're just lifting the foot off the gas a little bit." financial analysts say the move has long been expected and might be just the first of several rate bumps to come. "over time - the expectation is that the federal will raise at least a few more times. so it could be as much as one or two percentage points higher after a couple of years." on the plus side for consumers... banks will offer slightly higher
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interest for cash deposits. prices for consumer goods should remain steady... and the dollar could get stronger... making purchasing power for americans traveling overseas higher. the downside? it will cost a little more to borrow money for a car or a home... and credit card interest rates will likely increase, too... meaning if you carry a balance on your credit cards or have a variable rate mortgage, you might want to shop for a better deal. "the expectation is that the fed is going to keep rates unusually low for a very long time." economists say inflation remains extremely low... and the rate hike probably won't have much of a noticeable effect on the economy... but it marks a historic milestone as the country rebounds from the crash of the last decade. chris pollone, nbc news, new york. stocks ended the day -- up sharply. the dow jones industrial average - which had been up slightly before the announcement -- closed 224 points
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the final debate of 2015 is in the books ... and the candidate reviews are in. the final debate of 2015 is in
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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.
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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. reviews are in. there were no make-or-break moments in last night's las vegas debate. but there were some smaller moments that caught poll watchers eyes. chris clackum has that story. no real surprises out of last night's debate in las vegas .. but a reaffirmation from trump.. he won't go third party. "i am totally committed to the republican party. i feel very honored to be the frontrunner and i think i'll do very well" but trump's not the frontruuner in iowa... ted cruz is.. and where marco rubio was on wednesday. presidential candidate :23 - :30"we are only 47 days away from being the first state to pronounce itself in this very important election" analysts say rubio, like cruz,
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is positioning himself when or if the trump candidacy collapses. "so what rubio is trying to do is fend off his fellow freshman and say i'm the alternative to trump i'm the consensus pick" observers say that's why cruz and rubio exchanged blows in the debate over defense spending... presidential candidate :51 - :54 "you can't carpet-bomb isis if you don't have planes and bombs to attack them with" well as immigration. presidential candidate :57 - 1:03 "he was fighting to grant ammnesty and not to secure the border. i was fighting to secure the border" "like to introduce the next president of the united states...hillary clinton" democrats are also looking forward to iowa... hillary clinton headed there after a stop in omaha.... invited by billionaire warren buffet. presidential candidate 1:17 - 1:23"our economy does better when we have a democrat in the white house, that is just a fact. after the debate, trump went to
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lead in national polls will hold through the holidays. chris clackum, nbc news. as you just say briefle ... marco rubio made iowa his first stop today after last night's debate. rubio spoke before about 100 people in ankeny. it was not a rah-rah speech. but rather rubio stressed the seriousness of the war on terror and said this should be the priority of the federal government. rubio...335 this is the most important thing... 355 tough you are." tonight at five...see how rubio tried to not-so-subtly take on one of his chief rivals.
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ad lib main weather coming up next ... find out what six- figure surprise some ohio
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coming up next ... find out what six- figure surprise some ohio residents
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wi announcer: a horrific terror attack in paris. then, a brutal act of terror here at home. 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.
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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
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workshop ... and apparently at an ohio wal-mart, too. this week layaway customers at two cleveland wal-mart's received an early christmas gift. someone had paid off their layaway gifts ... more than 100-thousand dollars worth! homa bash has the story. he walked in to two walmart stores, paid off close to 107-thousand dollars in layway goods.. and made them promise to keep his identity a secret. "oh wow. the same person?? oh wow. somebody got some money." "i wish they would've paid mine. and yours and yours!" no kidding. the layaway angel made stops at the steelyard commons walmart.. and the one on leavitt road in lorain. the items ranged from a pair of
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socks to a 70-inch television - and tons and tons of toys. "made me happy because i know a lot of customers walked out of the store or are coming in the store very positively impacted by it." "and if you're wondering what nearly 110k in layaways looks like, look at these receipts. this is covering christmas gifts for more than 200 people in northeast ohio." people like tara neal.. "whoever did it, god bless them." with four young kids at home, the holidays can be tough. so over the last couple of months, she had only paid off 10-dollars on a "frozen" bed for her three year old daughter and when she came to pick it up today.. fully paid.. "it's such a blessing to know there are still people out there that care. it's like santa, like a real santa to me.." and when cathie cromwell got the call.. she couldn't help herself. "i just cried. it's amazing someone would have this much compassion during the christmas season to help us. to help people who maybe
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hip healing... iowa state star naz mitrou-long will be off the court for the rest of this season. coming up...what he says about his decision...and the player who will help fill the void. farm accident... a worker dies in a grain bin in murray. what he was doing at the time and why authorities say it's so dangerous. 282310 - its been very agonizing not knowing where he is at missing teen... the polk county sheriff's office is searching a rural area for a missing 17-year-old. why experts are expanding the effort...and what the teen was doing
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11:45:23-11:45:29 he waited about 8/10 minutes turned off the auger went back up to the grain bin and couldn't find him. an iowa family is grieving the loss of one of its own in a tragic morning accident. good evening...and thank you for joining us... i'm dan winters... and i'm sonya heitshusen... a search and rescue mission quickly became a recovery in rural clarke county this morning. several crews responded to a grain bin near murray. the clarke county sheriff says the owner and 39-year-old hired hand... eric reasland of creston were checking out the corn that had crusted over. the owner went below to start the auger... while reasland ked over the corn to try to break it up... 11:49:01 a lot of time the crust will stay up there and grain go down below it... gap get it to go down in the auger. 11:49:13 crews put about five holes in the bin to get the grain to
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