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an ames man almost got away with murder ... but couldn't escape the long arm of the law. find out how long leigh lepon was friend. and four weeks from today iowans cast the first presidential ballots of 2016. hear how the candidates made their pitches in person and on the airwaves today in iowa. news at four front door open heitshusen. for joining us. cloudy skies this evening with temperatures in the 20s... watching for some sunshine on tuesday with windy conditions from the south will take temperatures back to the 30s. wrap up the week. we begin today with an update on of des moines in and snow chances to wrap up the week. we begin today with an update on the final homicide in the city
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2015. police are now asking for your help to find a person of interest. 36-year old tacono conner was found shot to death on december
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apartment complex on south union street. 37-year old amy stolki was also found suffering from a gunshot wound. today police announced a material witness warrant has been issued for 60-year old alf clark. if you have information about his whereabouts you're asked to call polk county crimestoppers. conner was the 21st homicide victim in the city of des moines in 2015. one of the more shocking crimes in recent memory in the metro came to a conclusion this morning. 20-year old ngor makuey was sentenced for beating his elderly neighbor to death. 73501-73506 "as a result of count one, murder in the first degree, you will be sentenced to life in prison." there were no surprises from judge jeffrey farrell this morning. he handed down the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. the defendant chose not to address the court before the sentence was read. makuey was convicted last month of the beating death of 97- year old rupert anderson it happened in july of 2014. rupert's wife was seriously injured in the attack.
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defense. a boone man is also heading to prison on a murder conviction. 34 year old leigh lepon was sentenced to 50 years for shooting his friend, devlin lockman. the 38 year old died from a single gunshot wound to the head. police initially ruled lockman's death as accidental in 2013, but they later filed charges against lepon based on new witness and forensic evidence. a story county jury convicted lepon of second degree murder in november. today, the victim's oldest son took the stand to face his father's killer. 14:57:16 throughout my life, my was probably my biggest inspiration. without reason to keep on keeping on, although i've been trying hard 29 court today. hear from her, plus what lepon had to say before being led away in handcuffs. that's coming up at five. the body of a teenager who disappeared while canoeing in
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iowa this weekend was recovered today. police tell our affilate k-w-w-l 17-year old solon high school student. the released. he and another man were canoeing on coralville reservoir when their boat capsized. the other shore. heavy fog may be to blame for the death of a pilot who was flying to iowa last night. the pilot was en route to sioux city from columbia, missouri when his plane disappeared. the wreckage was found in rural wayne county, nebraska. the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene ... his name hasn't been released. federal officials are investigating the cause of the crash. now to the campaign trail. ted cruz kicked off a week long campaign swing across the state this morning. first stop- kings christian bookstore in boone... i am thrilled to be back here in iowa, and thrilled to be here in boone. im thrilled to be here at this christian bookstore, sitting here you know when steve was talking, i was looking up and seeing joshua 24:15 on the wall, choose this say who you will serve, as for me and my house, we will
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powerful reminder of values that washington dc seems to have forgotten. ted cruz spoke to a packed crowd at the bookstore. he says america needs to bring back traditional values, reduce the size of government, and get a handle on illegal immigration. cruz says his message must be getting out ... because his campaign is now coming more under attack from other campaigns.. 'it has been an interesting few weeks, two weeksago every candidate in the feld was attacking donald trump, now just abo evey candidate in the republican field is attacking me, guess something has changed. thts alright. theyre welcome to throw their attacks, im gonna keep my focu on our positive optimistic vision for this coutry, we can turn this contraround. cruz plans to make 30 campaign
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one of those candidates going after cruz is former senator rick santorum. he'll beginairig is firsttelesio adtomorrow. in the ad ... he mocks cruz for reading children's books during a senate filibuster and says that's not real leadership. 32-55 "santorum: "not all muslims are jihadists, but all jihadists are muslims." voiceover: you want someone to read one helluva bedtime story, ted cruz is your guy. if you want to protect america, and defeat isis, rick santorum's your president. because serious times need serious people." santorum won the 2012 iowa caucus but is polling in the low single digits here now. donald trump begins airing his first television ad of the election cycle tomorrow.. trump doesn't back away from the controversial comments he's made on the campaign trail. instead he doubles down on them. the politicians can pretend it's something else, but donald trump calls it radical islamic terrorism. that's why he's calling for a
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entering the united states until we can figure out what's going on. he'll quickly cut the head off isis and take their oil. and he'll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our pay for. trump speaking at rally: we will make america great again. most every poll has trump and cruz battling it out for the top in iowa.. before the release of this ad... trump spent just 200-thousand dollars on advertising. he's now promising to spend two-million dollars a week as americans start going to the polls. this morning ohio governor john kasich was in west des moines hoping to change the conversation on the campaign trail. for the last month the focus of all the campaigns has been on national security. that shift came after the terror attacks in paris and san bernadino. but kasich says what we need to be focused on is fixing our economy ... and he's the right candidate
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935-1008 "the most important thing we can do ... he's worried about the price hogs ... economics always matters ... we can get a path to a ... more jobs and better jobs." kasich says his tax plan has a more realistic chance of passing than other republican challengers because he believes democrats would be willing to support most of it. in about an hour hillary clinton will return to the metro. she's holding a rally at the des moines historical building in the east village at 5:45. while she's hitting the ground in iowa ... she's left her new hampshire campaign in capable hands. her husband ... former president
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of this campaign cycle for his wife this morning... president clinton told the crowd he wasn't their to speak for his wife ... but to speak about her. he the other candidates comes down to "who do you believe can do what they say they'll do?" 144-217 "every presidential election, people run and believe it or not, it's kind of scary this everybody actually tries to do what they they're running. they're telling you what they believe and so you got to take them seriously, but you also have to take seriously whether they have any chance of doing what they record of doing it." former president clinton has not scheduled any campaign trips to iowa yet. a major religious figure is politics.
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evangelist billy graham ... is bringing his bus tour to the state capitol tomorrow at noon. graham's message to americans is "before you vote ... pray." he's planning to visit all 50 state capitols before election day. today... iowa secretary of state paul pate announced a new tool for registering to vote ... and is already defending it against critics. the new system allows you to register to vote or update your registration online using a department of transportation computer system. to do so you must have a valid drivers license or other i-d issued by the d-o-t. critics argue that not everyone discriminates against them. secretary of state pate says this system wasn't intended to be an answer for everyone ... but he for many. 82552-82622 "if you look at the offer ... one of them will work ... we're trying to make it more convenient ... how convenient can i make it for that group ... anybody. pate also offered one important
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while he says he's doing all he can to make sure a record number of you can vote ... its up to you to actually go out and do it. 82640-82700 we have a bigger problem and that is challenge that we all need to work harder well. the new voter registration tool was created by in-house computer developers so there was no extra cost to taxpayers to create it.
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first vote in the presidential selection process ... iowa lawmakers will soon begin casting their first votes of the year, too. one week from today is opening day of the 2016 legislative session at the state capitol. governor branstad is scheduled to deliver his annual condition of the state address next tuesday morning. congress is still on its winter break. but that doesn't mean nothing is happening in washington. coming up next ... president obama is promising a big announcement on gun control this week as he begins his final year in office. hear what the president did today ahead of his big address on thursday ... and how iowans are president's possible actions. announced that he's going to
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powers to change gun laws and save lives. he didn't say exactly what he'll be doing - but said he'll be taking action within the next few days. and whatever that action might be ... his critics are already lining up to oppose it. brian mooar has the story from washington.
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presidential candidate :40-:45s/ sen. marco rubio / clayton county, ga / sunday :55-1:00 s/ scotty pierce / harleys guns and ammo 1:01-1:05 s/ rona green / gun owner 1:11-1:15 taking action he says congress won't ... president obama announced he'll use his executive powers to tighten america's gun laws. "it's not going to keep every criminals. it will will potentially save lives." the president didn't spell out what he'll be doing in coming days - though the orders are expected to include stronger background checks to keep guns away from criminals and terrorists. he promises the actions will be constitutional - and supported by a majority of americans. that doesn't include the gop presidential candidates. presidential candidate :40-:45"we don't beat the bad guys by taking away our guns; we beat the bad guys by using our guns." presidential candidate :46-:54"the president has not even attempted to point to a single mass shooting have one. at a gun show near atlanta ... this dealer suggests the government ought to focus on the mentally ill. "that's to me where the money needs to flow, is to help the people that need help." but this longtime gun owner says she doesn't oppose more checks on gun buyers ... "unfortunately we need things in just gotten out of control." from president obama - a bold statement - but not the last
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audio outcue: "brian mooar, nbc news, washington." while the president wants to widen background checks ... he can't expand them to every gun sale without action by congress. while gun owners across the country wait on what action the president will take, pro gun activists in iowa are already sounding off. the possibility of a change to gun laws is causing an increase in curiosity. steve anderson is a former des moines police officer and current owner of training specialists in ankeny. he teaches gun permit and renewal classes. he says right now attendance is soaring and he expects the same to soon happen at gun shows throughout the state.
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this december and january we are going to have around 50 each... "i'm sure we will see a large crowd at gun shows across the state of iowa for the entirety of 2016 and this should only accelerate that process." coming up tonight at five ... justin surrency will explain why gun coming up tonight at five ... justin surrency will explain why gun sellers aren't exactly complaining about the president's possible actions. the iowa hawkeye basketball team is helping to soothe the wounds of the football team's loss in the rose bowl last week. after two historic wins last week, the hawkeyes jumped into the top 20 in the a-p poll today. last week the hawkeyes beat number one michigan state at home ... then on saturday came back from a 19-point deficit to beat number-14 purdue on the road. today the hawkeyes entered the a-p poll at number 19. the cyclones are ranked number
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ad lib main weather cloudy skies will hang over central iowa skies tonight. temperatures will stay in the mid to lower 20s. there will be some partial clearing overnight with lows in the
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will pick up on tuesday from the south and will help warm temperatures back in the 30s. it will be cloudy then through the end of the week with both some rain and snow chances. there may even be some accumulating snow friday through early saturday morning. friday through early saturday morning. coming up next ... a heart
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find out how a little girl and her kitten are helping each other overcome a
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a kitten got a seconew owner already have a special connection. chris wolfe shows us how the adoption is helping the kitten... ...and a two-year-old named scarlette. a little girl who had to have her arm amputated after doctors discovered she had a rare form of cancer met with her new best friend wednesday, a kitten named 'doc,' who was adopted by the girl's orange county family after being badly injured and losing a leg. when veterinary technician eileen sanders first met doc, she didn't think the small gray and white kitten was going to survive. 'there were several pieces of bone. her paw was hanging off, and my instinct was immediately end her suffering," sanders said. doc arrived at the
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animal campus in riverside county with a severely injured right front leg. staff members believe the leg may have been mangled in the fan belt of a car engine while the kitten was trying to stay warm. but doc pulled through, and was just the pet matt and simone tipton wanted for their 2-year-old daughter scarlette. scarlette is also an amputee, losing her arm to a rare form of cancer. when she was born, her arm was unusually large and for a while, no one knew what was going on, her mother simone tipton said. 'shes actually the only one to ever have her exact type of cancer documented on earth,' simone tipton said. at just 10 months old, scarlette underwent surgery at the mayo clinic in minnesota. she lost her left arm but is now cancer free, her mother said. 'when we saw doc it was like, hello, this is perfect,' scarlette's mother simone tipton said. now doc is part of scarlette's family and the two will be together for a long time. 'it created a lot of joy in our family ... she understands shes not the only one,' scarlette's father matt tipton said. outcue: her recovery is
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beginning. the family says they've named the kitten "doc" after scarlette's favorite cartoon character "doc mcstuffins." ?chat? ... we'll be right back
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it's been a peacef days after the paris attacks, senators came together for a top-secret briefing on the terrorist threat... marco rubio was missing - fundraising in california instead. two weeks later, terrorists struck again in san bernardino... and where was marco? fundraising again in new orleans. over the last 3 years, rubio has missed important national security hearings and missed more total votes than any other senator. politics first: that's the rubio way. right to rise usa
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hear from the men occupying a federal facility in oregon ... and how they say they're prepared to stay. earlier in the newscast you heard from a few of the dozen republicans hoping for iowans votes four weeks from now. now we'll hear from our republican insider mike mahaffey on what he thinks of the state of the race here. the holidays. we'll check in on star wars chase for history ... and why it still has a long way to go to catch the real box office champion. news at four front door for the third day, armed protesters are occupying buildings on a oregon. law enforcement officials say they're trying to end the standoff quickly and peacefully.
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this is the federal wildlife occupied by a group of purported militiamen who call themselves citizens for constitutional freedom when the group set up an armed compound saturday,. "our purpose as we have shown is to restore and defend the constitution." one of the group leaders, aamon bundy is the son of cliven bundy, who had his own standoff with the federal government last year over grazing rights in arizona. at issue this time, like then, is a decades long fight over the use of public lands in the west. "this effort started by understanding that a ranching family has been put under duress by multiple federal agencies." the occupiers say they're supporting two local ranchers, dwight and steven hammond who own land adjacent to the refuge and were sentenced to federal prison for setting public land on fire. the hammond family has said the group does not speak on their behalf and they plan on reporting to prison. law enforcement is keeping its distance while trying to diffuse the occupation. unsettling for local residents, where the county canceled school all week out of concern for safety.
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method's methods." the occupiers say they're prepared to stay for months, even years, as the fbi, local and state authorities work to resolve the standoff. leanne gregg. nbc news. the attorney for the hammonds says they will seek further legal actions in their case .. including appealing for executive clemency from president obama federal aid is headed to flood ravaged missouri. president obama has approved missouri governor jay nixon's request for federal funds. the missouri national guard will oversee clean-up with the u-s army corps of engineers collecting and disposing of the debris. the mississippi river and many other waterways in missouri and 10-14 inches of rain fell over a wide swath of the two states. cloudy skies this evening with
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some sunshine on tuesday with windy conditions from the south will take temperatures back to the 30s. more rain and snow chances to wrap up the week. 2015 was a wild year on the
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america is not just electing a president, we're also electing a commander in chief. that choice matters. because strengthening the economy, making healthcare more affordable, raising incomes. all of that depends on us being both secure at home and leading the world. i will get up every single day and do whatever it takes to make sure our country is safe and strong.
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and don't expect things to slow down in the next four weeks. in the last 12 months polls had bush, walker, trump, carson and cruz as the leading candidate at one point or another. but the big question is who'll be leading the final poll four weeks from tonight. our dave price sat down with insider mike mahaffey to ask his prediction. cloudy skies this evening with temperatures in the 20s...
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some sunshine on tuesday with windy conditions from the south will take temperatures back to the 30s. more rain and snow chances to wrap up the week. ad lib main weather cloudy skies
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iowa skies tonight. temperatures will stay in the mid to lower 20s. there will be some partial clearing overnight with lows in the teens. the winds will pick up on tuesday from the south and will help warm temperatures back in the 30s. it will be cloudy then through the end of the week with both there may even be some accumulating snow morning. coming up next ... we'll check in on the salvation army's red
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coming up next ... we'll check in on the salvation army's red kettle campaign. hear how far they are from their goal ... and how you can still help them reach it. in the middle of a time when senior poverty is increasing. republicans and some democrats came up with a brilliant idea for cutting cost-of-living adjustments for social security.
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if you cut social security." as president, i will do everything i can to extend the solvency of social security and expand benefits for people who desperately need them. i'm bernie sanders, and i approve this message. look, i know you're a cow and all. and you may not know what i'm talking about, but, uh. the yogurt made from your milk, is delicious.
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the need for charity hasn't gone away. on christmas eve the salvation army packed up its kettles for year. but the fundraising campaign isn't over yet ... and there's still a long way to go to hit the goal in des moines. as of new year's eve the salvation army of des moines had raised 870-thousand dollars. that's less than 80-percent of the way towards its one-point-one million dollar goal. the fundraising campaign doesn't end until january 31st. you can still make your donations online until then at salvation-army- dash-des-moines-dot-org.
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star wars film tonight or tomorrow ... you could be a golden ticket holder. sometime in the next 48 hours "the force awakens" should become the highest grossing movie in u-s history. the movie has earned 742-million dollars at the box office in the last 18 days. that puts it just 18-million dollars behind 2009's "avatar" as the highest grossing film in u-s history. however it still has a long way to go to become the highest grossing movie when you figure in inflation. the all-time record holder on that chart is "gone with the wind." according to the website "box office mojo" ... the 1939 film has earned one- point-seven billion dollars in 2015 dollars. second place on that list is 1977's original "star wars." in 21st place. we'll be back in three minutes
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on average, it takes three hundred americans working for a solid year, to make as much money as one top ceo. it's called the wage gap. and the republicans will make it worse by lowering taxes for those at the top and letting corporations write their own rules. hillary clinton will work to close the wage gap. equal pay for women to raise incomes for families, a higher minimum wage, lower taxes for the middle class. she gets the job done for us.
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president obama says he's about to tighten gun laws... without going through congress... the loophole it takes aim at... and the concerns iowans have about what it means for their second amendment rights. a boone man who maintains his innocence was sentenced for murder today. what he had to say to the court... and say to him. and less than 30-days until the iowa caucus... the candidates you'll see making a final push.. on the ground.. and on the airwaves... president obama is pushing for tighter gun control... and he could take executive action to make it happen... good evening and thanks for joning us...
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