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>> the most-watched news at noon in central iowa -- this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci eight news at noon. mollie: right now at noon, president obama says the detention center at guantanamo bay undermines america's national security and needs to be closed. good afternoon. i am mollie cooney. fearing president obama would take executive action to close the guantanamo bay detention
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steps to make sure the president must go through them if he plans to shut down the facility and lawmakers also set a deadline for him to submit his proposal. today is the deadline, and president obama unveiled his plans publicly. mark albert is at the white house with all of the details. mark: president obama announced campaign promise and close the detention facility at guantanamo bay in cuba. >> it's counterproductive to our fight against terrorists because they use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit. mark: there are 91 prisoners still being held at gitmo. the plan is to transfer 35 of them to other countries. the remaining 56, including 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohammed, would be moved to a facility here in the u.s. the administration is looking at 13 different locations, including existing prisons in south carolina, kansas, and colorado. >> i don't want to pass this
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president, whoever it is. mark: the white house says moving the prisoners to america will save as much as $85 million per year, but it will take a one-time cost of as much as $475 million to implement the plan, which means getting an approval from congress, and that appears unlikely. >> it would be illegal under current law to transfer foreign terrorists at guantanamo into the united states. mark: congressman mac thornberry, the chairman of the house armed services committee, called this more of a pr move than a real plan to work with congress. but he cracked the door a bit when he told wmav radio that it's not impossible to shut down gitmo and that he's willing to hold a hearing on the details of the president's proposal. the white house is urging congress to act quickly. mark albert for cbs news the , white house. mollie: the most recent gallup poll shows that the majority of americans, 66% oppose closing , the facility. just 29% say they support the president's plan.
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passed a bill to allow children to handle handguns. the law would allow a parent to let a child handle handguns and ammunition at any age, under supervision of a parent, guardian, or instructor 21-years-old. the minor would be allowed to possess a pistol, revolver, or ammunition. legislators debated the bill for about an hour with many arguing against it, calling the proposal ridiculous or absurd. >> what this bill does, the bill before us, again allows for one-year-olds, two-year-old, three-year-olds, four-year-olds to operate handguns. we do not need a militia of toddlers. we do not have handguns that i'm aware of that fit the hands of a one-year-old or a two-year-old. mollie: the bill is not expected
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could in the meantime, the house also passed a measure allowing snowmobile and atv operators to carry loaded firearms. a follow up now on a story we first brought you last night on the news at 10:00. that's when we told you how city workers digging a new grave at laurel hill cemetery left machine tracks over multiple flat stone grave sites. we were watching when des moines city workers were out this morning cleaning up the mess crews left behind. sunshine a little bit in parts of iowa has given way to clouds, but temperatures are still mild. let's check in now with frank for a first look at your forecast. frank: i remember putting on my sunglasses earlier this morning and 20 minutes later, i had to put them away. the temperature right around 40 degrees. low 40's across the state right now. we are headed this afternoon for the low-to-mid 40's across the state. we have the clouds on satellite radar. some very white flurries earlier this morning. they are pretty much out of here for the time being. for the rest of the day, you can expect temperatures to climb to the mid-40's.
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5:00. the winds will switch out of the south tomm moore north and westerly could that will bring cooler air for the rest of the days. it little bit of cooler weather, but once we have through with that, more sunshine and temperatures could be back in the 50's. i will let you know when coming up . mollie: now it's the republicans' turn to hold their presidential caucuses in nevada. weijia jiang has more on the last hours of campaigning there. weijia: donald trump has a message for nevada voters. >> you gotta vote, vote, vote. weijia: he's hoping to turn support in the polls into a win. the billionaire businessman has a double digit lead over his gop rivals entering tonight's nevada caucuses. senators marco rubio and ted second place. >> it is important to be able to say that i am the alternative to donald trump, but it has to be a close second.
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south carolina and one day after he fired his communications director for sharing misleading information on social media about rubio. >> it's every single day something comes out of the cruz campaign that is deceptive and untrue. >> this guy is sick. there is something wrong with this guy. weijia: cruz says he's conducting his campaign with the highest standards of integrity. >> none of you have heard me say throw the kind of insults at marco rubio that he throws at me every single day. weijia: both cruz and rubio have invested significant time and money in nevada, but it will be up to voters there to decide if weijia jiang, cbs news, washington. mollie: bill gates is bucking the trend in apple's battle with the government over a locked iphone that's part of the investigation into the san bernardino terror shootings. apple has resisted providing a piece of programming that would allow the fbi access to the many tech companies, including microsoft, back apple's position, but the microsoft
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saying it's like obtaining phone company records. police and firefighters in phoenix braved flames but also gunshots this morning as they tried to help shooting victims at a home that was on fire. it turns out their efforts were in vain. authorities say 5 people were found dead inside the home, including the gunman. they say those killed were all related, and the gunman was shot by police. and firefighters in melbourne, australia were able to bring a construction site fire under control today but not before the blaze caused a massive crane collapse. cameras were rolling as crews battled the fire 10 stories up, but as the flames spread, the crane's giant arm came crashing to the ground. luckily, no one was hurt. justice antonin scalia's seat continues. and on both sides, it appears to be a case of do as i say, not as i did.
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>> action on a supreme court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over. jan: that's then-senate judiciary committee chairman joe biden, who in 1992 suggested he was just fine with blocking any election year nominees when president george h.w. bush was in the white house. >> president bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not name a nominee until after the november election is completed. jan: the current judiciary committee chair, republican chuck grassley, immediately agreed to what he called the biden rules. >> in his heart of hearts, he understands why this senate must do what he said it must do in 1992. jan: with president obama poised to move the court to a liberal majority, republicans are vowing to block any nominee. democrats, like senate minority leader harry reid, are questioning their motives.
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to delegitimize president obama. jan: but democrats like reid, even then-senator obama, have blocked or tried to block republican nominees when they controlled the senate. and republicans, who were in the senate minority, cried foul. >> any president's judicial nominees, after full debate, deserve a simple up-or-down vote . jan: here's senate majority leader mitch mcconnell yesterday. >> it is today the american people who are best positioned to help make this important decision. mollie: that was jan crawford reported. next, living with an artificial heart. we'll show you how one man has done so for 2 years and how dire the need is for heart organ donors. and scientists in the netherlands say their research shows what may cause a child to be a picky eater.
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>> this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci eight news at noon. with mollie cooney.
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about 610,000 people die of heart disease, amounting to 1 in every 4 deaths. an increasing number of people now are living with artificial hearts waiting for a heart , transplant, but as ben tracy shows us, one day, a fake heart may beat forever inside your chest. >> now we're rocking and rolling. ben: you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with lance white until you notice that backpack, those tubes, and that unusual sound. are you aware of that sound at all at this point or is it just white noise to you? >> it's white noise to me. when people tell me about it, i hear it. ben: it's the sound of his heart beating. >> the artificial heart is right here. ben: well, not his heart exactly. the one he was born had to be removed when he had heart
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he now has a total artificial heart beating inside his body. do you feel any less human knowing that you are carrying around a machine that is pumping a fake heart inside your body? >> you do. in the beginning, you do. if it stops, i'm in trouble. i don't exist anymore. ben: this is what it looks like. two artificial ventricles are implanted in the chest. they are attached to a set of tubes connected to an external battery carried around in a backpack. it pumps about 130 bursts of air per minute, replicating a rapid heartbeat. that noise is always there. >> when you're as young as i am, i don't want to turn the switch off. i have a lot more life to live. i have young kids. i want to see them grow up and finish school and have kids. ben: he's one of about 2000 people worldwide who have ever received a total artificial heart. >> we put this in place because otherwise death will occur
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ben: dr. francisco arabia is a cardiothoracic surgeon at cedars sinai heart institute in los angeles. he says the problem is a lack of donor hearts. as many as 100,000 people in the u.s. need new hearts, but last year, only about 4,000 made the wait list, and little more than 2500 received a transplant. >> it's a matter of having a higher demand than supply. we use the total artificial heart to give patients the time to be able to wait for the correct donor. ben: lance has been waiting for almost two years. >> i'm hoping this will be my year. patience is a virtue. >> hey, my man. ben: companies such as syncardia are working on creating a permanent artificial heart for widespread use, something that could last for decades and one day make donor hearts unnecessary. it's no easy task. our hearts pump about 2000 gallons of blood every day and
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of blood vessels. but lance has something else on his mind. >> i think more about wanting to meet the family if i'm ever allowed to do that, of the person who was able to donate the heart, and thank them and let them see, you know, who i am and what they done for me and my family. that's what i think about. that's what i think about. ben: ben tracy, los angeles. mollie: anxious and depressed parents are more likely to have children who are fussy eaters. that's according to researchers in the netherlands. they tracked thousands of family members and found the more anxious the parents were, even during pregnancy, the more likely their pre-schoolers would be picky eaters. frank, where you a picky eater when you're young? i think you either about everything. frank: i'm am one of the pickiest eaters. you would not believe the list of things i've not try to my life. ketchup is on that list. it's pretty crazy. let's check out this meet
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they have those most temperatures around here lately, but not quite as nice as down method thanks for sending that in on my facebook page. the winds are light out of the south and we'll be changing around this afternoon, bringing cooler air . notice that at 2:00, there are six degrees above our average high temperature this time of year. it's going to cool down a little bit and you will wake up tomorrow morning just below freezing. we did have a few isolated flurries out there this morning. now those are out of here, we are dealing with the clouds and not much in the way of any sunshine around the state. temperatures warmer in the south. just a bit cooler off to the north with minneapolis hanging out in upper 30's. if very weak frontal boundary sliding through the state could
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that will change the way its northerly by the end of the week. we will zoom things in and start things out at 1:00 this afternoon keeping the clouds out there. you can see the frontal boundary sliding through the state this evening. you could see if you isolate a sprinkles off to the east, but i think most of us stay dry. tomorrow will be windy and a cloudy day. we could see sunshine in the afternoon. it is extreme eastern iowa where we could take up on isolated flurries. most of us stay dry with that system as well. 46 is your high temperature in des moines with a win switching out of the west. they will become trees the out of the north at 10-20 and you will notice that. thursday is a windy one with 36. just below average for this end of the week. friday is 43. if you can hang on to the
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temperatures back near 57 degrees. you like warm temperatures could this weekend will look pretty good for it. mollie: still to come, they travel the world but start their singing careers right here in des moines.
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chorus next, coming up. mollie: new year, new classes and concerts on tap with the extremely talented iowa youth chorus. angie pierce jennings is joining me now with information on this year and the new members. thank you for coming in today. angie: thank you for having me. mollie: tell us about the organization and who are your members. angie: the iowa youth chorus is in its 34th year. we have about 150 students, 100 in the metro and 50 making up our newton and hell outreach choirs. mollie: how old?
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angie: it is six to 18 and we also have the early beginnings childhood program, which is infants through age seven. we really have something for everyone. mollie: those classes happen in a bit. we will tell everyone in a bit. what do you perform? angie: we perform overseas and throughout the iowa community. we have several concerts throughout the metro area. beyond. mollie: and directors? stephenson, who has been with us for many years , and she teaches early childhood classes as well as primary choir and the younger children. we have jim shad, the conductor
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and we also have an iowa youth corps student for over 10 years. mollie: this can be lifelong. the kids get to travel. you go all over. angie: the children get to travel. they get to really be ambassadors for the community. i like to say that there is really something in the name i will youth chorus. we'll -- iowa youth chorus. we represent our state in the country and throughout the world. mollie: as far as auditioning, do they need special training beforehand? angie: no, actually it's the place them in the right choir and find out what their strengths are and to bring out the best in them. when students audition, we do that twice a year at the beginning of each semester. they can come with anything prepared. they can even sing "happy birthday." we just want to hear their singing voice. mollie: you have a couple concerts coming up.
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night. angie: this friday night, you can see us at holy trinity church. this will be a collaborative concert with wartburg college . that first sunday in march, we have our synergy concert, which will be the iowa youth chorus and singer-songwriter carole montag in downtown des moines. mollie: the beginning classes -- when do those start? angie: february 29, we are starting classes for one-year-olds and two-year-olds. they are a wonderful and intimate setting with parents, teachers, and child teaching that love of music.
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all mollie: it is warmer but we would like to see the sun. frank: wouldn't that be nice? it would make us all feel better. we will see a warmer by the end of the week. a couple cloudy days, but it leads us warm with 46 degrees.
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back in the low 40's and maybe in the 30's by thursday.
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