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always good for money for college too," said haafke. "our scholarship program is something that we just love to have because not only does it help us meet our needs for the community...the community's blood supple needs, but it's also giving college students and hihg school students like henri a chance to get experience in event planning, leadership, recruitment...just so many things," said deroine. if henri is able to get 50 volunteers, the scholarship many can go to any school of his choice. bria: the blood drive lasts until 6 pm and his held at the american legion all in sergeant bluff. live in studio, bria bell abc 9 news. tim: family freinds and fellow firefighters came together this morning to lay sioux city's first woman fire fighter was laid to rest. a funeral mass celebrating the life of jeanne vakulskas' was held at st. joseph's catholic church in sioux city. shdied at home on sunday. a sioux city firefighter for 22 years before retiring......friends and coworkers say vakulskas was
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mother whocared passionately about her job and her family. abc9 reporter bria bell attended services today and at six, has more on what family and friends are saying about the woman who changed the face of fire fighting in sioux city,. tim: authorities in mitchell, south dakota have made several arrests in connection with an armed robbery in yankton last night. authorities say the suspects are wanted in connection with a home invasion. yankton police received a report around 9:30 last night, but the homeowner was able to scare off the three suspects without incident. later, four returned... this time robbing the gunpoint. this morning found the suspect's vehicle hotel.and made this afternoon, three other located by authorities after a stolen vehicle town. were taken into custody after a brief chase and being charged
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tim: meanwhile the spencer police department is requesting the public's assistance with a burglary investigation at the southpark mall. early this morning an undetermined number of people entered the mall by breaking out a window near the front entrance. once inside, they broke into an atm machine located near the front entrance and removed an undetermined amount of cash. anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the spencer police dept. at 262-2151 or online and use the the "text-a-tip" link. tim: on the presidential campaign trail, a republican and democrat are both striking back after political attacks they believe crossed the line. senator ted cruz is angry about an editorial cartoon that depicted his daughters as monkeys. and hillary clinton's campaign says donald trump used "disgusting sexist slurs" against her. " abc's bazi kanani is
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with the latest. " senator ted cruz... turns an alleged insult into ammunition. the washington post took down the editorial cartoon that depicted cruz's two daughters as trained monkeys... but not before cruz forwarded it to supporters in a fundraising appeal. (sot cruz) "folks want to attack me, knock yourself out. that's part of the process. i signed up for that. that's fine, but my girls didn't sign up for that," cruz calls the cartoon proof of the liberal media's desperation to attack him. an editor at the washington post said he does not agree with the cartoonist that cruz's children are fair game for media scrutiny because cruz featured them in this christmas- themed campaign ad. (nats from the ad) also defending against a controversial
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sexually derogatory term to describe her election loss in 2008. (trump) she was favored to win and she got (beep). she lost, i mean she lost. (nats clinton rally) rallying in iowa, clinton called the republican frontrunner a bully. (clinton) you're looking at somebody who's had a lot of terrible things to say about me (gfx) depite controversy, a new national poll shows trump maintains his commanding lead in the republican race. (sot dowd) i think he has more than a legitimate chance to be the nominee. i think right now the odds favor him. on cam tag the last time a republican was this dominant right before christmas... was 1999 when george w. bush went on to win the nomination. a precedent that bodes well for trump. bz, abc news washington" tim: hawkeye fans heading to the rose bowl next week can expect heading to the rose bowl next week can expect to see more security at the both the game and parade. two dozen security teams - with members from the secret service, the department of homeland security, the fbi, and local agencies will all be working the game and parade to ensure safety for players and fans.
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flight restriction over the area. and tactical teams will be on standby if any explosives are discovered. tim on cam and authorities say fans going to the rose bowl game need to be aware of ticket scammers. police advise people to purchase tickets to trusted businesses and people and verify the authenticity of the tickets. tim: several hot spots for family fun will be either closed or under special holiday hours in the next upcoming days. the long lines family rec center gym will remain open for the holiday break, with special hours on christmas and new years eve. it will be closed on christmas day. and the climbing wall will be closed during the holidays but will have extended hours from the 28th through the 30th. tim: the ibp ice center will also have some adjustments to their holiday schedule, they'll be open christmas eve from 1pm to 3 and closed on christmas day. opening back up
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tim: it has become pretty standard for salvation army bell ringers to find unusual and expensive gifts in thier kettles. but in sioux falls something different. an anonymous donor calling it 'mom's final gift. dropping an envelope into a red kettle... with a letter and a wedding ring inside it all happened on monday at a sioux falls hy-vee store . the letter reads -- "'we're donating this ring on behalf of our mother who died on october 10th'. describing her as a charitable woman who loved to give back... and raised her children to do so as well "this really starts to touch the heartstrings of every individual that's out here counting. we can get all caught up in the rush of things but then we start thinking about the human impact, and it's just a wonderful thing to see the people have such a heart of compassion." major thomas riggs says these types of unique donations put a new sense of joy
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more women gave birth to twins this year than any other year before. we'll take a look at why more mothers are seeing double after this. fred: (fred) we have rain and snow chances in your chirstmas forecast. next week will be cooler. your forecast is next! " " fred:
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(tim) fred, there's a lot going on. (fred) that is for sure! fred: (fred) sioux city saw 0.22" of rain today. central iowa has had more snow, and road conditions are snow-covered in those area. the hd radar shows some light snow in the east. there is a severe weather threat from eastern iowa to the gulf of mexico, and tornado watches are in effect in the orange shaded areas. here's the port neal welding company skycam hd from the ho chunk centre in sioux city. 39 was the high and 32 the low today, both above normal. 36 is our sioux city temperature. local temperatures are in the 30s. winds are northwest at 10-15 miles per hour. wind chills are in the 20s and lower 30s. zooming out, we can see the temperature contrast driving
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radar shows strong storms in eastern iowa and indiana. the stormcast hd shows another round of snow tomorrow. it will mainly affect southern and eastern siouxland, where 1-4" of snow may fall. the sioux city metro could pick up 1" of snow. your forecast for tonight is for breezy winds and a low of 29. tomorrow's high will be 31 with snow in the south and east accumulating 1-4". the 7-day forecast shows a good chance of rain and snow in the evening friday, then a chance of rain and snow saturday. we'll cool to only 19 sunday before another chance of snow
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fred: tim: jenna: (tim) central iowa has had more snow, and road conditions are snow-covered in those area. the hd radar shows some light snow in the east. there is a severe weather threat from eastern iowa to the gulf of mexico, and tornado watches are in effect in the orange shaded areas. here's the port neal welding company skycam hd from the ho chunk centre in sioux city. 39 was the high and 32 the low today, both above
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temperature. local temperatures are in the 30s. winds are northwest at 10-15 miles per hour. wind chills are in the 20s and lower 30s. zooming out, we can see the temperature contrast driving that severe weather. the satellite and radar shows strong storms in eastern iowa and indiana. the stormcast hd shows another round of snow tomorrow. it will mainly affect southern and eastern siouxland, where 1-4" of snow may fall. the sioux city metro could pick up 1" of snow. your forecast for tonight is for
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tomorrow's high will be 31 with snow in the south and east accumulating 1-4". the 7-day forecast shows a good chance of rain and snow in the evening friday, then a chance of rain and snow (fred) you bet. tim: a new c-d-c report finding that rates of a particular type of birth are higher than ever - and it could give parents twice the reason to celebrate. with more, here's abc news senior medical contributor dr. timothy johnson "it's a boy! and a girl! with the rate of twin births reaching a historic high last year, more and more parents might need to consider preparing for not just one baby, but two. this according to a new c-d-c report? looking at birth statistics in 2014.
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shift? it's not entirely clear. but researchers say it could be the fact that women are giving birth later in life? a time when research suggests twins may be a more common occurrence. using in vitro fertilization may also play a part in a higher chance of twins. but while the number of twin births is going up, the rate of triplet and other multiple-births dropped 5 percent from 2013 to 2014? marking the lowest rate in nearly twenty years. the rate of births in women under twenty? also down? with birth rates for teenagers declining nine percent from 2013 to 2014? reaching yet another historic low. as for whether these trends will
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with an extra bundle of joy? they can expect double the surprises for years to come. with this medical minute, i'm dr. timothy johnson . " coming up after the break, many across the country could be getting tornados on christmas day. we'll have more on this years crazy holiday weather after thiss. tim: welcome back.
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tonight... and it's having a big impact on holiday travel. airports
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people. and for some travelers... getting home to family has been a nightmare. abc's brandi hitt reports. " nats -- (airport lines) let the holiday travel rush begin -- sot -- julie sholl, flying to california airports are packed across the country. long lines -- forming in chicago -- before 6-am. sot -- kevin oliver, traveler sot -- anvi patel, flying to california ((animated graphic)) today is the "busiest travel day on the roads and skies" this holiday season... nats -- (crowd/bag pop) and it's not off to a great start -- with one to three- hour flight delays... in new york... new jersey... and philadelphia. sot -- (no super) sot -- (no super) this southwest airlines flight was
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oakland for an emergency landing... after the plane -- suffering a mechanical problem -- circled for nearly four hours. sot -- (no super given) nats -- (rain/lighting) across much of the country...severe weather is also impacting the roads... nats -- (quick plow) with snow falling at an inch -- per hour -- in parts of oregon... nats -- "oh my god!" 80 mile per hour winds... leaving damage in southern california. nats -- (clean up) and clean-up is under way in the south... as they brace for more flooding. ((new wx gfx)) 68 million americans are in this storm zone... that could produce tornadoes... damaging winds... and worst travel day... is expected to be sunday. brandi hitt -- abc news -- los angeles. " after the break... a young iowa star wars fan got to see the movie he'd always wanted after the hard work of doctors. we'll have his story when we return. tim:
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inforce awakens" as
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he'll ever see. eric hanson has this emotional story. "for patients, one night in the i-c-u is one night too many. nats - this is the worst time of their lives. the guy in room 5 only knows he's somewhere in the triple digits. (shawn norman/ icu patient) it's genetic disease that i possess. shawn norman is 28. he was a kid when doctors first said "noonan syndrome". (shawn norman/ icu patient) it can make you tired, it can make you weak, it can make you face death. (rita norman/ shawn's mother) it's all heart-related, it's very complicated, it's not very well known. other than you spend a lot of time, dreaming what you'd do when you get out of the i-c-u. oh. shawn's mom
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first wish - electing donald trump. but a couple paramedics helped her with another. busting him out, right past the white board where his big goal still read. 'get out of here to see star wars.' (tom norman/ shawn's father) that's kinda been a goal of his, every time he starts feeling down, or whatever we point at the board and say hey, we gotta get out, we got a couple more days, we're getting close. saturday morning, just after sunrise-- nats - i'll see you there ok? shawn got a chauffeured ambulance ride to ankeny's springwood 9-- where they'd reserved one entire theater for the guy who was living, it seemed, to see this movie. (rita norman/ shawn's mother) star wars was his anchor, his drive, his gotta get to see star wars. with his bed adjusted in the aisle - and 26 loved ones around him-- (shawn norman/ chose star wars as his last movie) i'm thankful. the curtain rose and the coming attractions started. which hurt. (tom norman/ shawn's father) it does, it does. because shawn had made it clear. this movie would be his last. (rita norman/ shawn's mother) so that's what we're doing, that's his
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he's tired of being poked and prodded, he just wants to go home. by the time his face flickered with the return of his favorite character-- (shawn norman/ chose star wars as his last movie) i like han. the hospice nurse by his side had already officially taken over. nats they were telling themselves 'this is what he wants'. (rita norman/ shawn's mother) it's tough but i have to fulfill his wish, i have to. for 2 hours and 16 minutes, the guy who's already decided to donate his body to science soaked in every frame. (rita norman/ shawn's mother) we're making memories, and not everybody gets to do that. once the lights came up, the guy on the stretcher was so exhausted, he mustered only a two-word review-- (shawn norman/ star wars fan) not bad. and a few, final hugs. (tom norman/ shawn's father) ok, shall we get you home? all right, let's get you home. where the guy who's only 28 - wants his story to end. (rita norman/ shawn's mother) it's his call . " tim: fred's back next
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of our forecast.
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(fred) your forecast for
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low of 29. tomorrow's high will be 31 with snow in the south and east accumulating 1-4". the 7-day forecast shows a good chance of rain and snow in the evening friday, then a chance of rain and snow saturday. we'll cool to only 19 sunday before another chance of snow moves in monday.
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