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with the law for torturing his dog. why the dog's other owner is responsible for getting justice. back and forth... it's a war of words between the two presidential frontrunners... hear hillary clinton criticize donald trump's rhetoric against isis at
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winter break.. some ways to keep your kids busy while they're out of school... without spending any money.
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first on 13... a black lab in fort dodge is recovering from severe burns this morning. and authorities say one of the owners intentionally injured the dog.... that owner is 52 year old gary wilson... deputies arrested him early yesterday morning. he's charged with "animal torture".. an aggravated misdemeanor offense. under iowa law the only way to have a more serious offense is
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have a repeat offender. deputies say wilson threwot grease on "bob"... back in november. the dog experienced third degree burns all over his body the burns went untreated until wilson's estranged wife picked him up. and she says it's not the first time wilson's acted violently... a history of domestic violence and animal abuse now. kind of go hand in hand.we are going to get justice for this, i don't intend to stop. deputies say wilson has posted bail... but he could face up to two years in jail and a fine of more than six thousand dollars. two people are dead after two separate crashes on iowa roads... the first happened along highway one- 46... north of grinnell... around 4 yesterday afternoon. troopers say 45 year old james harris... of tama... was driving
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struck an oncoming semi. harris died at the scene. the crash remains under investigation. the same goes for another crash... in rural walcott... around five-30 last night. officials say the driver went into a ditch off of 220th street... near the "iowa 80 truck stop." the vehicle rolled several times. the driver died at the hospital. no names have been released. one of the six soldiers killed in an afghanistan suicide bombing has ties to iowa... 45 year old joseph lemm was killed on monday... near "bagram air base." lemm grew up in bernard... and his father still lives in new vienna. lemm was a 15 year veteran of the new york city police department. this red, white, and blue bunting was hung outside the 50th police precint in the bronx in his honor. he leaves behind a wife and two kids. the war of words between two presidential frontrunners is heating up...
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out with video of mr. trump being translated into arabic, 'no muslims coming to the united states,' other kinds of derogatory, defamatory statements, it is playing into the hands of the violent jihadists. hillary clinton is standing by her claim that isis operatives use donald trump as a recruitment tool. clinton made the comment during the recent democratic presidential debate... and reiterated it during a town hall in keota. but she offered no concrete examples to back it up... she's terrible. donald trump is on video and isis is using him on the video to recruit. and it turned out to be a lie, she's a liar. trump is now demanding an apology from clinton.. but her campaign says that's not going to happen. clinton's democratic rival is
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bernie sanders has just two stops scheduled throughout the day. the first is in red oak at 10 a-m.. for a meeting in the "red coach inn." then at noon... he heads to council bluffs for a meeting at "barley's" earlier this month... a des moines city council woman cast the deciding vote in support of her measure to extend the city's tax abatement program. and she did it despite concerns of a perceived conflict of interest... christine hensley's extension allowed projects outside of targeted areas to qualify for tax abatements. the potential conflict of interest... hensley works for "midwest housing equity group... a syndication firm that buys and reinvests tax credits for developers. 'i have a legal opinion from our city legal, indicating i do not have a conflict of interest and again, remember were voting on an amendment to the urban revitalization plan, we are not voting on projects.' she's right... the legal opinion did say that her vote wouldn't violate any laws... however it also came
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it reads, in part, "there are are significant factors due to your mheg board membership and consultant contract that may create the appearance of a conflict or the potential for a conflict that should be taken into serious consideration in determining your participation in discussion of and voting on ifa applications." the legal opinion recommended that hensley abstain from voting in order to prevent the appearance of a conflict of interest. davenport is using a new tool to keep geese out of some city parks... it's called "d-j the migrator"... and it works similar to a remote control airplane... crews built it themselves. they're using it to chase geese away from places like golf courses and ball fields. that's where they say the birds can leave a mess behind... so the golf course staff out here would have to be constantly out here cleaning off the greens and that sort of stuff, so were looking to kinda help that a little bit so
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deal with the remnants or the stuff the geese leave behind. the tool works on both land and water. winter break can be full of fun... and learning... for students in the metro. the "des moines public library" is hositing a variety of activities over break. organizers say students can always find crafts, legos, and story times at the library. there are also specialized programs... like "winter survival"... which brings in a naturalist from "polk county conservation" to discuss how animals settle in for the winter. and it's also a great place to ring in the new year... we've got some really great new years celebrations. one's at forfest and that's for teens, and then we've got a whole family celebration going on at franklin. most library locations are open every day... besides holidays. for more information visit
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it is going to be wet and windy today. rain will be steady and heavy at times this morning with around 1" possible. temperatures will be in the low to mid
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begin to drop back to the 30s late this afternoon and evening. some of the rain lingering in northwest iowa may transition briefly to snow this evening. a cold front will pass through on christmas eve morning. this may also bring a few light snow showers to parts of central iowa early thursday morning, but no accumulation is expected. the weather will be quiet christmas eve through christmas day. more active weather returns this weekend with rain chances on saturday morning and possibly
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coming up next, david geiger
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report. then... meet a girl in the giving spirit. what a seven year old is donating to iowa veterans. but first... an army sergeant's journey from taliban prisoner... to man freed during a prisoner swap... has taken another turn. see what happened when bowe bergdahl faced a military judge
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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.
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congress wants to review the nation's dietary guidelines. in the spending bill passed last week, a million dollars were included for the national academy of medicine to study how the federal dietary guidelines are updated every five years. this comes out just as the 2015 guidelines are getting ready to be released and it's a result of a bipartisan attack at an october congressional hearing. house representative and democrat from minnesota collin peterson says, "my concern is we've had these guidelines that have pushed people away from eggs and butter and milk and so forth. and then they come back and say, 'well, we were wrong.' and so my question is, what are we going to do to make sure that doesn't happen in the future?" science changes and they are guidelines; however, it affects school meals and military rations. the just-enacted spending bill will let usda have 30 days to hire a study done on the guidelines to see how is process bias, and if the latest research is used. we put stories up every day just go to
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army sergeant bowe bergdahl was
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bergdahl didn't enter a plea at the pre court martial appearance... he's facing charges of "desertion" and "misbehavior before the enemy." bergdahl disappeared from his base in afghanistan in june
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captivity by the taliban for five years... and freed in a prison swap. an army investigator has recommended against bergdahl facing any jail time... but a u-s army commander disagreed... and ordered he face a general court martial. that means he could get life in prison. bergdahl's next court appearance is january 12th. the woman police say drove through a las vegas crowd will appear in court today. lakeisha holloway's hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a-m. police say she intentionally hit sidewalk last sunday... one person was killed... and dozens more were injured. holloway is charged with one count of murder and child abuse. her three year old daughter was in the incident. a new report out this morning shows the number of births is up slightly in the u-s. but, certain birth rates are down. the u-s birth rate grew one percent in 20-14.
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teens having babies dropped nine- percent ... and reached a record low for women in their early 20's. and while the twin birth rate rose slightly, multiple births reached an historic low. c-sections dropped for the second straight year ... to 32-point-two percent of all births. and, pre-term births were down more than nine-percent. a young cedar rapids girl is using her allowance to spread christmas cheer. isabel westercamp saved up for more than a year to buy 100 hand soaps.... the soaps play patriotic music when pumped. the gifts will be delivered to the "veterans affairs" in iowa city. they'll be accompanied by 100 letters... hand written by the seven year old. dear veteran, thanks for your military service for america, love isabel. she says she wanted to show appreciation for veterans... because
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her father says her great grandmother and two of her great grandfathers served in world war two. the dust is flying in downtown des moines... one of the city's most historic buildings is getting a makeover. straight ahead see the plan to convert a hotel to apartments...
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