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all that and more is coming elizabeth: arrests made six months after a fatal hit and run. how police were able to track down who did it. eric: several bills being considered at the statehouse. how lawmakers pushed through a bill on medical marijuana. elizabeth: what fell apart for the hawkeyes in last night's game against penn state.
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news. eric: good morning and make you so much for joining us. -- thank you so much for joining us. elizabeth: we have a windy morning so far. metinka: the weather is going to turn really nice, this afternoon. right now it is breezy and frosty, 33 degrees in the metro. the southeast breeze is about 12 miles per hour and that will become gusty by the afternoon. highs today will feel like spring so dress in layers. we are headed for 58 degrees this afternoon and the highs keep getting better as we head to friday. elizabeth: today's big stories now, six months after a deadly hit and run, a family finally has answers. west des moines police have charged 37-year-old paul hauser of van meter in connection with the death of 22-year-old daulton holly.
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raccoon river drive in front of west grand golf in august. he had only been in des moines two months when he died. his family in tennessee says they've waited six months for an arrest. police say evidence analyzed at the dci crime lab and witness statements led them to hauser. >> for us, this is all about the victim's family the victim is unfortunately no longer with us so it was up to us to speak for the victim and find out what happened. elizabeth: hauser is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and owi. he turned himself in tuesday, and has since bonded out of jail. and in fort dodge, a man wanted for attempted murder in sac county, is behind bars. fort dodge police were called to the walmart on 1st avenue on a tip. 36-year-old jeremy werneburg allegedly assaulted the officer when he tried to arrest him. he's charged with assault on a peace officer causing injury and
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causing injury. he's also being held on the attempted murder charge from sac county. eric: it's funnel week at the statehouse, and several bills are working their way through before the deadline. major changes are being proposed for iowa's medical cannabis laws. lawmakers introduced a pared-down bill wednesday, replacing 4 manufacturing sites and 12 dispensaries, with just two facilities to handle both jobs. the new version also drops the number of medical conditions eligible for the drug from 11 to three. the republican representative who introduced the bill says it had to be scaled-back to survive. this new version has cleared this week's funnel but it still has to pass through another committee before it's eligible to reach the house floor. another bill would require drivers to move over to the other lane when passing bicyclists. if they can't, drivers would have to wait behind the bicycle until it is safe to pass. advocates say this will help save bicyclist lives. the bill has passed the senate
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now up for a full senate vote. elizabeth: happening today, president obama is unveiling plans for an historic trip to cuba. shaina humphries is following this, and shaina how long has it been since a president visited there? shaina: elizabeth, calvin coolidge was the last sitting president to go to cuba, 88 years ago. now, president obama says he'll visit in the next few weeks. the white house is expected to lay out details of the trip later today. this comes after cuba and the u.s. reopened diplomatic relations 15 months ago. we'll have more on this historic trip, including what some critics are saying, live from washington, d.c. before 5:30. a south korean spy service announced that they have learned that north korean leader kim jong-un is preparing to launch attacks on seoul. the spy service says that includes a cyberattacks. tensions have been growing
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michigan governor rick snyder said the deadline on wednesday, saying the city's goal is to replace field types as soon as possible, but they must locate them first and prioritize which ones need to be removed the fastest. elizabeth: in the mean time, flint residents still need to find a way to get fresh water, and hy-vee is pledging their help. the grocer is sending 11 truck loads of bottled water, in honor of flint native and iowa state basketball star monte morris. the trucks are expected to leave ames today, and arrive in flint tomorrow morning. morris took to twitter wednesday to say thank you. eric: on paper, last night's game between the hawkeyes and penn state should have been an easy win for 4th-ranked iowa. but penn state had a different idea on how the night should go. the hawks led 12 to 4 early, but back to back 3's from penn state's shep garner jumpstarted their offense, and things took off from there. penn state was up 7 at the half. iowa was plagued with missed free throws and turnovers,
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opportunities to score. penn state ended up pulling off the big upset, 79 to 75. iowa has a week to re-focus, before heading to wisconsin next wednesday. state wrestling continues today at wells fargo arena with the first rounds of individual competition. class 1a starts at 9:00 a.m. class 3a at 1:30 p.m. and class 2a at 6:00 p.m. elizabeth: the state wrestling tournament draws thousands of people to des moines. but this year some fans are dealing with a disconnect between wells fargo and downtown businesses. construction on the new 300-room convention center hotel has shut down a major artery of the skywalk system. while the closure is a temporary inconvenience for wrestling visitors it's become a permanent , problem for some skywalk businesses. aj's popcorn reports a 30% drop in sales with fewer people in the skywalk. the owner says she was recently
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>> of course it was hard to do because i don't have a business so i cannot afford the employee's money. elizabeth: the convention and visitors bureau say this construction means progress for the area, even with the skywalks down. the hotel is slated for completion in 2018. eric: the skywalk is not there but at least today is a nice day. metinka: a great treasure of weather getting started all the right now it is a little frosty. 33 in des moines, 30 in fort dodge. the wind will pick up out of the south, heading for 58 in des moines, maybe even 60's to the south west. in the north, you have a little bit more snow with highs only in the 40's. tomorrow, a gorgeous friday with highs in the 60's on the
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eric: in commitment 2016 news, it's a south carolina showdown. the gop race is heating up ahead of this weekend's primary as some of the candidates square off in another town hall tonight. elizabeth: nikole killion is in washington with a look ahead. emmy: tonight three of the gop -- nikole: candidates will take part in a town hall after two competing ones were held last night. it was a town hall two-fer with donald trump on msnbc ted cruz, marco rubio and ben carson on cnn. as a new nbc news / wall street journal poll shows trump slipping behind cruz nationally, the two argued over the airwaves about a letter trump sent cruz threatening to sue over false campaign ads. >> this letter really pressed the bounds of the most frivolous and ridiculous letters i've ever seen. >> i don't know that we are going to have a lawsuit but we certainly want to keep somebody nikole: honest. nikole: the town hall tangle comes as marco rubio picks ups a key endorsment from south carolina governor nikki haley. is considered a setback to jeb
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powerful woman campaigning with him today his mother barbara. , elizabeth: tonight's town hall features jeb bush, donald trump and ohio governor john kasich. it will be held again on cnn, while msnbc will host another one with democrats hillary clinton and bernie sanders. the democrats have the nevada caucus this weekend, before turning to south carolina next weekend. the latest cnn orc poll shows clinton and sanders are neck and neck right now in nevada. both candidates have been trying to appeal to minority voters heading into this caucus. sanders even tweaked one of his most popular ads to make it more diverse. taking sides, google gives an opinion on the ongoing battle between apple and the federal government. eric: dupont pioneer lays off more than 100 employees in johnston. lawmakers hope to keep the company in iowa.
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ahead of the statehouse. >> we have some wind today, but nothing that should affect you too much. we will head outside into a live look at the roads with no accidents to report. people are moving along without any issues. hopefully you have the same type
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>> this is iowa's news leader, this is kcci eight news this morning with eric hanson, elizabeth quinn, meteorologist kurtis gertz and right now coverage with shaina humphries. elizabeth: students at the university of rochester in new york are making the best out of a winter storm there. eric: a group of them built this 10-foot high and 12-foot wide igloo on campus wednesday, and they even stayed overnight inside it. rochester saw more than 16 inches of snow fall in just one day. some creative students. metinka: our snow is all milk they can -- all melting away. we start off a little frosty with temperatures on either side
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will deal likes ring because of the wind coming in from the southeast at 15 miles per hour, helping to pull in warmer conditions. you may want to shed some layers and take a walk over your lunch hour with temperatures flirting with 50 degrees by noon. not record work today, but tomorrow there could be some new record highs across the state. elizabeth: sounds good. right now pope francis is on route back to the vatican, after a five-day tour of mexico. while there, the pope stopped in some of mexico's poorest and most dangerous areas, and focused on drug violence and immigration. his final stop wednesday was in juarez, where he celebrated mass just 50 yards from the texas border. he called on the u.s. to address immigration reform, calling it a humanitarian crisis. overnight, pope francis tweeted from his plane, thanking the mexican people for welcoming him. the fbi is investigating a hack
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hollywood presbyterian medical center paid a $17 -- $17,000 ransom to the hackers in order to get their systems back online. hospital officials say paying the ransom was in the best interest of its patients. experts say these ransom-ware attacks can happen to everyone from individuals to large companies. and the debate between silicon valley and the government continues, as apple refuses to comply with a court order to unlock the phone of san bernardino shooter syed farook. on wednesday, google's chief executive sided with apple, saying enabling hacking on one phone could compromise other users' privacy. apple intends to file an appeal of the ruling as early as next week. eric: it is stem day up at the statehouse more than 170 -- up at the statehouse. emmy: more than 170 students, teachers and administrators will be at the statehouse today. to showcase innovative projects and talk with legislators about
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classrooms. according to the governors stem advisory council increasing -- they are important to increasing the knowledge of our students and providing that the education that we need. right now over 100,000 students , in the state are currently exposed to some kind of stem learning recommended by the council. right now there are 3.4 stem , jobs for every one qualified graduate in iowa. several des moines schools are working to spark the interest early in order to set them up for employment down the road. >> they really been looking hard at not just educators and teachers on the board but also lots of business leaders for their imput so they can say this -- their input so they can say this is what we need of the kids coming out of school .
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is open to the public. students selected to participate range from preschool to the 12th grade. elizabeth: economic headlines now, layoffs at dupont pioneer in johnston, as the company begins a merger with dow chemical. the iowa workforce development confirms about 175 jobs have been cut since the merger was announced in december, and about 10% of the total workforce will be impacted. however, there are efforts being made by governor branstad and senator grassley, to bring the company's new headquarters to iowa. a popular west des moines donut shop, that recently reopened after the owner recovered from a broken hip, may be closing down again. we've learned that donut king on grand avenue will have to stop making donuts at that location by the end of march. the leases for both donut king and the burger king next door, were terminated effective march 31st. that means both businesses
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eric: markets ended the day up for a third straight day. the dow added 257 points. the nasdaq finished up about 98 meets in the s&p 500 gained about 31. a new survey finds businesses are falling behind when it comes to accepting chip-enabled credit cards. right now only 37% of businesses can read the cards. the chip technology is considered more secure than traditional cards that use magnetic strips. toyota is recalling more than vehicles because of faulty seat 1.1 million belts. the recall affects the rav 4 from model years 2006 to 2012. and the rav 4 e.v. from 2012 to 2014. toyota says the seatbelts can be cut by a metal frame during a crash. a new aaa survey shows u.s. drivers shelled out about three -- about $3 billion for vehicle repairs over the last 5 years, just because of potholes. aaa is urging state and local governments to make road
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reduce vehicle damage. elizabeth: right now every major automaker is testing cars that can drive themselves, but researchers say we're still a long way from these cars taking over the road. one major hurdle, is giving the cars the ability to make the right decision when faced with common sense and even moral dilemmas. for example, say your car is approaching a head-on collision, but the only way to avoid it is veering towards a pedestrian. >> the biggest nightmare that people like me think about is that somebody deploys this technology prematurely and the car hits a stroller. elizabeth: in the coming years there will be more changes to , make cars drive on their own. but researchers say true self-driving cars are still a good 10 years away. check this out. nissan is showing off its self driving technology, in the office. a new video from the automaker
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the chairs can return themselves to their original positions once meetings wrap up, and they respond to hand clapping. eric: that is cool. it is not going to hit any strollers out on the street. today, we have some really awesome weather on the way. metinka: it is going to be about 20 degrees too warm for this time of year. make sure you have a light jacket. the wind is picking up from the southeast, only about 15 or 20 miles lower hour, but that will be changing. wind will be very gusty tomorrow, coming in from the west. this morning, the weather is
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we have a little bit of frost, but otherwise no precipitation and these clouds will filter the sunshine and keep the highs down just a little bit, especially across the northern part of the state. friday, here comes that strong cold front from the pacific. behind it, the air will not be cold, but this will bring a lot of wind. high wind watches are's -- are already in effect in parts of nebraska. another warm push of air comes in on saturday and sunday, here comes a cold front that will start to chip away at temperatures and get them cooling back down closer to seasonal levels. today, it is going to feel more like spring with highs in the 50's for central and southern iowa. check out all the heat across kansas. dodge city up to 84. tomorrow, that heat sinks off to
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to spread to the east and it will be a beautiful stretch of weather into the weekend. right now, des moines is all quiet with no fog or snow to sleep down. 58 this afternoon and it will feel wonderful despite the wind. overnight lows near 46. tomorrow, heading for 64 degrees. the weekend looks super with highs near 60 on saturday and just a little bit cooler on sunday. next week remains quiet. eric: thank you. elizabeth: let's hope right easy drive on the roads. shaina: keep that wind in mind, but other than that, no problems to report. everything is so much better than it was earlier in the week.
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we have -- elizabeth: president obama plans a historic trip to
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eric: welcome back, president obama is heading to cuba. elizabeth: he will be the first commander-in-chief to visit the island since -- in nine decades. nikole killion joins us live from washington. nikole: today, the white house is said to unveil its planned for obama's trip to cuba. he is expected to travel to the island nation as part of a broader trip to latin america. this comes after about a year after his administration moved
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-- calls the trip absolutely shameful and points to the castro regime and says that there have been -- has been no progress involving human rights. eric: no surprise that some of the 2016 candidates are weighing in on this as well. nikole: ted cruz's father fled from cuba and said the president should not visit cuba and he also pointed to the castro regime. also marco rubio who is the son of cuban immigrants. he weighed in, saying if he were president, he would not go to cuba and called it an anti-american coming is dictatorship and that it has not changed much and that cuba remains as oppressive as ever.
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eric: one year after -- demise, how is price sheppard doing in the metro? find out if they have been able to lose her shoppers to their idols. this guy turned up in iowa. check out what she is holding.
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>> the most watched morning news in central iowa. this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci 8 news this morning. elizabeth: we are calling it right now, this is probably what many of you will be doing today, going to the car wash. a perfect day for it, going to be a lot of melting. let's shake off winter. we're going to have some serious spring fever today. welcome back, everyone. eric: we're all with you on this thursday morning. we are looking forward to near 60 degrees today.
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but this afternoon it is going to be gorgeous. headed for 58 degrees, so kiss your favorite snowman goodbye. temperatures trend upward even toward friday, with highs in the 60's. high temperatures continue through this weekend a they settled down for next week. eric: big stories this thursday morning, fort dodge police say some observant shoppers helped them catch a dangerous suspect. officers got a tip that 36-year-old jeremy werneburg was at the walmart wednesday. he was wanted for attempted murder in sac county. officers say werneburg fought with the officers forcing them , to use a taser. werneburg now facing several additional charges, including assault on a peace officer. this man, 37-year-old paul hauser of van meter is out of jail on bond this morning. but he's still facing charges in a deadly hit and run. police now say hauser is the one who hit and killed 22-year-old daulton holly of tennessee last
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holly was in des moines working . he was hit while walking along raccoon river drive in west des moines. police say hauser was driving drunk at the time. and this morning we've learned a , des moines man has pleaded guilty to a murder after he's been in jail for three years. 44-year-old lavelle mckinley was arrested in 2013 for the murder of cynthia rouse. now he has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and sex abuse. his case was delayed because an appeal to the iowa supreme court over his public defenders took a year to resolve. elizabeth: several bills advancing at the statehouse before the first funnel deadline. a pared down version of the a first, bill allowing cannabis oil to be made and distributed here in iowa. the new bill reduces the number of manufacturers and dispensaries. it also cuts the number of patients who could use it. the measure now goes to the full house. also today lawmakers could take , up a new bill giving the state oversight of licensed dog breeders. some say it would hold bad breeders more accountable but breeders are against the
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education in iowa schools. it would require health classes to teach about dating violence. it's made it out of committee so far and should be debated in the next couple weeks. and live at the statehouse this morning is our emmy victor. it's also a special day there today, stem day. what's this all about, emmy? emmy: it is a time where teachers and students come to the rotunda and display some of the hands-on learning projects they have from their schools. this is part of the governor's advisory council that is trying to increase stem. in the past year, the number of high school teachers with
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right now, the council receives about $5.2 million before grants to support over 100,000 students. >> if a school or district has been repeatedly funding, we have been encouraging other districts to apply so that money can be spread out and we can get money -- stem to more students. emmy: the event kicks off at 10:00 with words from governor branstad and lieutenant governor. elizabeth: shaina's watching several more developing stories starting with apple's fight with the federal government. shaina: other companies are throwing their support behind apple. google's chief executive sent a series of tweets last night questioning the validity of a court order requiring apple to help the fbi unlock the iphone belonging to one of the san bernardino shooters.
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troubling precedent. but federal authorities maintain this order is only for this terror investigation. our now poll is getting your reaction to this. what do you think? 54% say yes, 46% say no, so pretty close. you can continue voting this morning on facebook, twitter, or by calling 200-1508. this morning, a new report reveals more troubling findings within the department of veterans affairs. an internal watchdog found calls to the suicide hotline went to voicemail and callers did not receive immediate assistance. veteran and senator john mccain says it's particularly troubling because calls to the hotline have increased dramatically in recent years with the wars in iraq and afghanistan. and we've learned a los angeles hospital has paid a $17,000 ransom to hackers who locked up its computer network.
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-- the fbi is investigating. the hospital says it had no choice but to act fast to get its system back up and running. elizabeth: you will still want your winter coat this morning but it will get a break this afternoon. metinka: it is going to feel like spring this afternoon and tomorrow. 33 in des moines, 31 in ames. mid-30's to the west. the kids will need to dress in layers, a jacket, and gloves early. lunch recess, air 50, headed for highs near 58 degrees. eric: thank you, i think of. -- metinka. it's been about one year since dahl's foods closed and price chopper opened in the metro area. we talked with company officials and they say sales are up but wouldn't give exact figures.
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dahl's stores, new lighting, pricing. >> we were long overdue in the dahl's world to be remodeled and this has just been a fresh, clean look so we're very happy to have that. >> oh, i was really skeptical about it and i was a little nervous about it. it's beautiful. they've done a great job with it. eric: meanwhile there's no , disputing the success of rival grocery store hy-vee here in central iowa. it is now a $9 billion business behind the scenes tonight. todd: from the check out lane, to the corporate office, hy vee says there's one secret to success. >> the smile is very important. >> a helpful smile in every aisle truly is what we live off of and it's a great thing to walk down the aisle and see a customer and even catch them in the next aisle and give them another smile it's a cool thing. todd: but it's not the only cool thing. how have they grown to support 82,000 workers. 240 stores in 8 states. and what are customers asking for? here's a hint.
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>> we adapt and change to make sure we have the products and the services that fit the customers' lifestyles of today. behind. todd: we go behind the scenes of hy-vee tonight. todd magel, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. eric: should be pretty interesting to see what's cooking next. behind the scenes of hy-vee tonight at 10:00 here on kcci. and hy-vee is doing something really special today sending 11 , trailers of bottled water to flint, michigan to help with the water crisis. isu basketball player monte morris is from flint and has been asking people to help. he shared the good news on his facebook page. eric:elizabeth: protesting the police chief. what officials in one iowa town found on the top cop's computer. and what protestors want to have happen next. scary sight. do you know what's lurking below these waters? where these sharks are gathering and why. and ellen's in her ear. adele pulls a prank that's sure
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first look here on kcci. >> this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci 8 news this morning with eric hanson, elizabeth klinge, meteorologist kurtis gertz and right now coverage with shaina humphries. metinka: good morning, it is going to be a great day.
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either side of freezing, but by noon we could see warming up to 50 degrees with highs headed for the 50's. it will feel like spring, although now you will need the warmer coat. a bit of a breeze from the south adding a chill to the air but eventually that will be dragging in some warmer temperatures. highs in the 50's and 60's right through sunday, and then next week temperatures get closer to where they should be in the 40's. eric: thank you. around iowa now in denison, outrage over offensive images allegedly created by the police chief. an investigation by the mayor's office found racist and pornographic pictures from chief john emswiler were transmitted to a shared city computer drive. the denison city attorney confirmed the lewd images were created on chief emswiler's personal computer. people are protesting the police chief's actions. >> what he's got on his computer
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reasonable person would agree. we are trying to get it out there, this is what's going on here this is the reason the , things are the way they are and it needs to change. eric: the mayor did take disciplinary action against the police chief but that has not been made public. shaina: now to clear lake. >> well, it's kind of a bummer, i didn't get out as much as i'd hoped. shaina: ice fishing season is coming to an end in iowa. the iowa dnr has said that all permanent ice shacks must be removed by february 20 saturday. and with fluctuating temperatures, officials say fishermen will want to do it sooner instead of waiting. ice shack removal dates are always determined by the weather, when ice is predicted to start melting so it may be a sign the groundhog knew what he was talking about. elizabeth: and now to dubuque, two sheriff's deputies found something strange along the road last month. it was this guy a bearded , dragon. it was frozen and deputies
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but they cranked up the heat in their squad car and rushed it to a veterinarian. after an hour under a heat lamp, the lizard started to move. >> it happened quick enough that hopefully that's what kept her alive, because it was bitter cold that night. elizabeth: apparently the lizard is now doing well. no idea where it came from so the vet, dr mundt, is keeping it at her office in dubuque. eric: guessing they are not native to dubuque. this morning we have some incredible video to show you in the buzz we need the jaws theme playing here. tens of thousands of sharks spotted off the florida coast palm beach. , these are all blacktip sharks . the biological sciences professor counted 157 of them in just one frame of video and there were many more. this was part of an aerial shark migration survey. the professor is still trying to figure out why the sharks are
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area. i am sure any swimmers would like to know. then look at this -- in australia, more amazing video. tumbleweeds filling one town there, truckloads of them in streets and yards, as high as the rooftops. they are getting inundated by tumbleweeds. officials say the dry conditions led to a bumper crop this year. people say trying to clean them up is a never-ending job. they are invading their homes. shaina: this morning we want to , show you a sneak peek of something that is sure to go viral later today. adele is on ellen this afternoon and she pulls off a very funny prank at jamba juice. ellen is in her ear, telling her what to say. >> i will take a jumbo juice. >> what size? >> what size do you have?
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>> do you have an extra small or a extra large? >> no. >> i will take an extra large in a small cup. >> two cups or a large cup? >> one small cup, but a large. i am sorry i have never been here before. in england we do not have this. shaina: i love the employees that are dying. and it gets even funnier from there. something about her accent. also today, she talks about the audio problems with her performance at the grammys, her stage fright and her son angelo. ,a must-see today at 4:00 on kcci. elizabeth: a new study getting
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researchers found some flavored coffee drinks can contain more sugar than soda. some drinks had up to 25 teaspoons of sugar. that's three times the amount in one can of pop. starbucks is now saying it will cut back the sugar in some of its drinks by 25%, in the next few years. shaina: not surprising. elizabeth: did you know it is national drink wine day today? a good reason to enjoy a glass after work tonight. there are some health benefits to wine. moderate drinkers have lower risks for liver disease, type two diabetes, heart attack, stroke and some cancers. shaina: cheers. eric: we can kind of chair the nice weather, maybe have a barbecue tonight and top it off with some wine. it is going to be a beautiful day.
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thanks for waking up with kcci 8>> weather is never more than five minutes away, only on kcci 8 news this morning. metinka: temperatures will be about 20 degrees to warm this afternoon for this time of year so make some plans to enjoy it.
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although now it is a little frosty and a little breezy. tomorrow, even stronger wind will be plowing in from the west and we will be battling those all day long, that it is going to be a pacific system so no arctic air with this one. this morning, the weather is pretty quiet, no precipitation, no fog coming just some clouds filtering in from the dakotas. we are still expecting a decent warm-up. futurecast is showing a system moving in from the west very quickly overnight. the cold front hits central iowa by 4:00 a.m. and you will notice the wind shifting to the west and picking up a whole lot. this system will be quickly heading out, no precipitation with that comment just the wind. saturday comes another push of warm air.
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knebel away at the temperatures and coolest down. will be in the 50's and the southern half of the state, maybe even the 60's, with more 60's across southern iowa as we head toward friday. the brisk wind is coming in from the south least at 14, making it feel a little bit cooler. headed for 58 this afternoon, it is going to feel like spring. tomorrow is going to be great, 64 degrees. the only problem with tomorrow is the wind that will be coming in from the west at 20 to 40 miles per hour. saturday, 50's close to 60, and next week we will need the
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eric: it is going to be a busy day for traffic. shaina: anything around wells fargo might be a little crowd this morning because of the wrestling. other than that, things are looking really good. we have a mobile speed unit at 1200 thomas eric road, -- thomas beck road, 3000 evergreen avenue , and 3500 urbandale avenue, 4900 northwest beaver drive, and 800 northeast 50th avenue. elizabeth: do you have trouble sleeping at night? problems with allergies or
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elizabeth: on the health alert now a new therapy is growing in , popularity and it uses salt. many people are turning to salt rooms and spas as a natural alternative for people suffering from respiratory and skin conditions. the salt rooms are filled floor to ceiling with all-natural salt. people who have tried it say just spending 45 minutes in one of the rooms helped relieve their symptoms, including one
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>> after the first visit he had gotten rid of some congestion we did not even know he had, and after the next visit, he only used the inhaler once all weekend during sports. elizabeth: there haven't been many studies proving the effectiveness of salt therapy but some doctors say it can help everything from copd, to cystic fibrosis, to colds and flu. eric: this morning parents of , special needs children are applauding target's decision to put special shopping carts in every single store by next month. the carts you are seeing their -- seeing there are designed for special needs children they feature a special seat that the child can step into. those in wheelchairs can also ride safely in the seat. target says the carts will be in every store by march 19. the time is now 5:57, waking up to 33 degrees. elizabeth: we are gearing up for another full hour of the news you need to start your day. here's what emmy, shaina and
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emmy: joining you live to tell you more about stem day on the hill. shaina: a historic trip for the president, a similar one has not happened in 88 years. metinka: kiss your favorite snowman goodbye. get ready for a warm-up. elizabeth: and let's take you
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in altoona elizabeth: arrest made. six months after a fatal hit and run, a family finally has some answers. how police were able to track down who did it. eric: plus, funnel week. several bills being considered at the statehouse. how lawmakers pushed through a bill on medical marijuana. elizabeth: plus, iowa stunned. what fell apart for the hawkeyes in last night's game against


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