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winds: nw 15-25 alo: 15 dbq: 16 iow: 18 bruce and beth... a mother and two small children are recovering tonight after cedar falls firefighters rescued them from a burning home. a passerby saw the fire at the cedar falls mobile home village just before midnight. police officers tried to put out the flames at first, but failed. two firefighters then crashed through a burning door to rescue ashley calfee and her two children mason and avery hundley. calfee was transferred to university of iowa hospitals with lung damage. the hospital says avery is in good condition, while mason is listed in serious condition. "avery, the girl, is doing pretty good she got away with the least amount of damage. the little boy, mason, has a pretty good cough and they are
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cedar falls firefighters say they don't have a cause of the fire yet or an explanation for why it flared up again five hours later doing significantly more damage. tonight at six, details on how friends and family are looking for donations to help the family recover. today a judge ordered a sentence of up to 50 years for a cedar rapids man who beat his mother to death more than three years ago. 47-year-old edward cusic will have to serve at least 35 years before being eligible for parole. in december, a jury found cusic guilty of second degree murder for the death of anita labkon. he beat labkon with a crow bar at her home on old marion road in northeast cedar rapids. prosecutors say he attacked his mother when he was trying to get prescription medication from her. more than 80 iowans have
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bans domestic abusers from owning guns. a review by the associate press found that offenders used the weapons to kill others, threaten spouses, and shoot at police officers. former governor chet culver signed the law in 2010. it makes it illegal for people who've committed domestic violence- related misdemeanors to own guns. a well known republican in the iowa senate says he'll support a bill to end medicaid privatization in the state. senator david johnson revealed that during a subcommittee hearing this afternoon. senate study bill 30-81 would order the department of health and human services to terminate contracts with the three companies scheduled to take over the medicaid program. for now, the state is scheduled to transition to privatized care in less than a month, on march first. the transition was supposed to happen january 1st, but federal regulators said the state needed more time to sign-up the more than half a million iowans on medicaid. iowa governor terry branstad
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privatization will help cut the rising price tag for medicaid. the administration said costs are expected to grow 21 percent over the next three years. the state currently spends more than 4.2 billion dollars each year on medicaid. branstad has said privatizing will save roughly 51-million dollars during the fist 6-months. kcrg-tv9's forrest saunders joins us now. forrest, why are some senators saying a privatized medicaid program is wrong for iowa? there's a whole list of reasons iowa democrats are condemning privatization. a few of them, that the timeline is too fast. that a suitable provider network isn't yet in place yet. that it shakes up longstanding patient- provider relationships. and they say, ultimately, it could diminish patient care. senate president pam jochum of dubuque says senators will likely be voting this week on the bill to dismantle medicaid privatization. democrats have narrow control of the iowa senate. so, the bill has a chance of passing. a better one now,
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iowa senate republican david johnson from northwest iowa says he's supporting the bill. that happened during this subcommittee meeting this afternoon. johnson said he's on board after hearing concerns from his constituents. he didn't say he's against privatizing medicaid, just that the process should slow down. " i'm going to support it to give it a little extra push. to give it an extra push because i want this to be a bipartisan approach to the issue. " the bill will need that push if it is to survive. especially in the iowa house. battle. republicans have solid control. in fact, house speaker linda upmeyer said last week there's no point in having the house debate a bill the governor. meeting happening right now on the bill. that meeting, later tonight. today, congressman dave loebsack asked president barack obama to stop
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a private medicaid system. in a letter to obama, loebsack outlined some of the concerns he's heard from iowans about the transition. this is video from last month when loebsack met with some families of special needs children and adults with concerns of the medicaid switch over. the iowa utilities board could decide this week pipeline to run through a portion of the state. today the board held the first of four meetings this week concerning the bakken pipeline. wants to build it to carry crude oil from north dakota to illinois. it would run through 19 counties in iowa. last month, regulators in north dakota approved the pipeline. illinois and south dakota given their oks, leaving iowa as the last state to approve it. the iowa utilities board is not going to hear any arguments from the public or any groups. it also is not guaranteeing a decision will come from this
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iowa congressman rod blum has introduced a bill in the u-s house to cut the pay for members of congress each year the government has a deficit. the congressiona l budget office projects the deficit for this fiscal year at 544 billion dollars. blum's bill would cut the first year and 10 percent each following year of deficit spending. once congress balances the budget, the salaries would return to normal. a number of polls shows donald trump leading among republicans, and bernie sanders leading among democrats ahead of the new hampshire primaries. c-n-n's poll of polls shows sanders leading 54 percent over hillary clinton's 40 percent in new hampshire. clinton narrowly beat sanders by a razor- thin margin in the iowa caucuses last week. on the republican side, trump is leading the field with 31 percent of the vote in that c-n-n poll in new hampshire. that's ahead of marco rubio's 15 percent. ted cruz
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13 percent. cruz won the iowa caucuses, followed by trump in second and rubio in third. voters in new hampshire are getting ready to head to the polls for tomorrow's primary. new data out from political advertising tracker kantar media shows donald trump was on the receiving end of a lot of attack ads ahead of the iowa caucuses. an associated press analysis shows 70 percent of ads that mentioned trump attacked him. in total, republican candidates and super pacs ran at least 16 different tv ads that portrayed trump negatively. they aired nearly 25- hundred times in iowa. this was another down day on wall street as stock prices endured more losses. and one sector that's stayed relatively insulated from previous drops this year saw its own share of problems.
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overall we are coming up on one of the coldest weeks so far this winter. arctic air moved in on monday with strong northwest winds. tonight some snow showers and flurries remain in the forecast with winds up to 20 mph. no major systems at anticipated this week with the next chance for light snow last wednesday and again friday. temperature remain in the teens for highs this week with overnight lows in the single digits. have a great night. tonight: cloudy, flurries low: 5-11 winds: nw 15-30 alo: 5 dbq: 7 iow: 10tomorrow: m/cloudy, flurries early high:
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winds: nw 15-25 alo: 15 dbq: 16 iow: 18tomorrow night: partly cloudy low: -2-4 winds: nw 10-20 alo: -1 dbq: 1 iow: 4wednesday: chance of snow late high: 15 - low: 1 thursday: partly cloudy high: 21 - low: 5 friday: chance of snow high: 23 - low: 11 saturday: partly cloudy high: 17 - low: 4 sunday: chance of snow high: 28 - low: 14 monday: chance of
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thanks joe. some fourth and fifth graders volunteer their time to make sure homebound senior citizens receive meals. they're working with other volunteers to package more than six- thousand lunches as part of a fundraiser for meals on wheels. and one cedar rapids man logs more than 700 hours each year helping people who have limited mobility. he's one of our nine who care winners, and you'll meet him coming up on your 24-hour news source,
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this was another rough day on wall street. trading started with a steep sell-off off stocks, but the markets recovered slightly by the end of the day. banks and technology fell sharply. facebook sank four percent, and amazon lost three percent. the down jones fell 117 points. it was down as much as 401 points earlier in the day. the s and p 500 lost 26 points. the nasdaq dropped 79 points. gold jumped 4 percent and bond prices rose. new tool today that lets anyone track where the city is spending its money. it's through a new dubuque's website called open expenses. the program let's people that outline the city's operating costs and the city says it wants anyone to be able to look at the data and understand it. a group of elementary students in cedar rapids is helping to make sure
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citizens enjoy healthy meals. some fourth and fifth graders at summit schools are taking part in the share the love fundraiser through horizons. the students, along with other volunteers, hope to package more than six-thousand meals which cost 10 dollars apiece. businesses and individuals can order a minimum of three meals. as one organizer explains, that money helps horizons' meals on wheels program to continue year to year. "we continue to provide meals to the seniors that need them whether or not we have the funding for them. we continue to provide meals so the need is still there and we are here to serve as many seniors as we can. " the share the love fundraiser runs all this week, and organizers are still looking for more volunteers to help out. all this week, we're recognizing outstanding volunteers in eastern iowa. up next you'll meet a man who builds ramps to help people with limited mobility get in and out of their homes. stay with your 24 hour
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sponsors are honoring nine outstanding volunteers we've selected from here in eastern iowa. we call the our nine who care. today, we're recognizing a man who logs more than 700 volunteer hours each year. ed holstrom is also a three-time winner of the governor's volunteer award. kcrg-tv9's sarah mccarthy introduces us to today's 9 who care winners. clanging shiny aluminum pieces.. drill drilled and bolted together. 00:02:34 there's another one. it'll all add up to a 40 foot, wrap around wheelchair ramp. but for ed holstrom this means much more. 33:15 "we were eating lunch and a lady came out and started telling us how much she appreciated her
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jail. and jail meant he literally could not get out of his home." ed first started volunteering with the wheelchair ramp accessibility program more than ten years ago. the group relies solely on people like ed. 30:39 "above and beyond the work they actually do, ed and volunteers like him are being role models for younger people, role models for people working today, role models for children." and for the many men who met ed through his volunteer work - they say this.. metal ..is just the kind of guy ed is. 00:19:34 "he's willing to help anyone do anything he can help with." 00:21:20 if i call ed to see if he can help with a project, he will almost always say yeah, sure! 00:23:52 "he's good to work with, works with anyone, and he's always there." 00:22:11 "he's always chipping in, always working, always helping out." "i think there's a lot of people in cedar rapids who need help and people like ed who are able
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people wouldn't have the things they need, like the ramps we build. it's a lesson of giving ed says he learned at a young age. 32:44 "i'd have to go back to my dad.. back when i was a young person, my dad was always out helping other people and i would have to do some of the chores he was supposed to do at home. it's just something i grew up with, and i just love to do it. i love to help people. " a message he hopes catches on with others. in cedar rapids, sarah mccarthy, kcrg-tv9 news. every day through next tuesday, we'll introduce other outstanding volunteers on the kcrg-tv9 news at 5. and then this sunday at our 9 who care banquet, we'll announce one finalist who'll travel to washington d-c to
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eastern iowa in a national competition for a jacqueline kennedy onassis award. each of our 9 who care winners will also receive 500 dollars to donate to their favorite charity. now here's a look at some of what you'll see at 5:30 on a-b-c. coming up a blizzard hits the east, a bus flipping, multiple injuries, some critical. the
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a mother and two small children are recovering tonight after cedar falls firefighters rescued them from a burning home. police officers tried to put out the flames at first, but failed. two firefighters then crashed through a burning door to rescue ashley calfee and her two children mason and avery hundley. the hospital says avery is in good condition, while mason is listed in serious condition. let's go back to joe now for a final look at tonight's forecast.
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of the coldest weeks so far this winter. arctic air moved in on monday with strong northwest winds. tonight some snow showers and flurries remain in the forecast with winds up to 20 mph. no major systems at anticipated this week with the next chance for light snow last wednesday and again friday. temperature remain in the teens for highs this week with overnight lows in the single digits. have a great night. tonight: cloudy, flurries low: 5-11 winds: nw 15-30 alo: 5 dbq: 7 iow: 10tomorrow: m/cloudy, flurries early high: 14-20 winds: nw 15-25 alo: 15 dbq: 16 iow: 18 thank you for joining us for kcrg-tv9 news at 5. now we go to new york for abc's world news with david muir. tonight, breaking news here. a blizzard hits with the showdown in new hampshire just hours away now. abc's powerhouse political team, out in force tonight. one-on-one with donald trump. can he close the deal here? one-on-one with marco rubio, after taking fire.
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