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to warm or cool l tients' organs during major surgeries. the devices are most common during heart, lung, and liver surgeries. the c-d-c issued a warning to hospitals last october letting g em know about e bacteria. it also instructed hospitals to improve their sterilization protocols for the machines. u-i-h-c says symptoms of n-t-m include a prolonged fever, pain, redness, heat or r irritation around a surgical incision site. it can also cause joint and muscle pain and energy loss. the c-d-c estimates the risk of infection is less than one percent. however, u-i-h-c is contacting patients who've had major surgeries since 2012 because it can take months or years for infected people to show symptomom kcrg-tv9's iowa c cy bureau chief mark carlson joins us live. mark, how is the university contacting all these people? at this point everyone who may
received a letter from the hospital. we went into the operating room today to see the machine at the center of this, take a look. n-t-m bacteria is found all over the earth, and often in water. the issue is as grows near the fan n the machche, it blows into the air of the operating room and near the open surgical site. that is how an infection can begin. this is not just an issue for u-i-h-c, the c-d-c is asking hospitals that preform major lung, liver and heart transplants to take steps to avoid the spread of this bacteria in the operating room. officials say right now this is all really new, and th just want to connect with patients who underwent these major procedures to see if they have had any symptoms. "we need them to understand the risk of association at our hospital and other hospitals because this is something that has potential to impact every hospital in the united states that does these surgeries and
that there are patients popping up at various places. " officials have since started using the machines agaa, but they have moved them outside o othe operating room, so that the fans can't blow bacteria near the patient. n-t-m infections is rarely deadly, but can lead to things like lung disease. in iowa city, mark carlson, kcrg tv nine news. the iowa state patrol says a multi- vehicle crash killed three people this morning on an icy portion of highway 30 in benton county. it happened about 5:20 a-m near keystone. this is video of authorities redirecting traffic as multiple ambulances and a medical helicopter arrived at the scene. the state patrol says the driver of a minivan carrying ten people lost control of it on the ice. the
vehicle hit the van, and that collision cause two other vehicles to crash as well. in addition to the three deaths, several other people were injured. highway 30 re-opoped later this morning. the iowa department of transportation is planning to change one of dubuque's most dangerous intersections. the d-o-t is holding a meeting right nowowhat's discussing proposed improvements to the intersection of highway 20 and swiss valley road. the improvements include reshaping the intersection's curve. the d-o-t says the changes s e part of the first phase of construction on a full interchange at swiss valley road. the work won't begin till 2019. let's turn now to meteorologist e winters. joe a quiet day weather wise. what can we expect this evening? quiet weather remains in place tonight with a partly cloudy sky and lows in the teens. friday brrgs a light snow chance, under 1", but not until late. the morning features an increase of clouds as highs push near 30. for the weekend saturday looks dry as highs jump above
light snow moves into the forecast on sunday with continued chances through early next week. tonight: partly cloudy low: 15-21 winds: nw 5-15tomorrow: chance of snow late high: 27-33 winds: s 5-10 bruce and beth... u-s marshals arrested a cedar rapids man in arizona wanted on charges for sexual abuse involving a minor. the marshals f fnd out 41- year-old jerek strouf had left the state, and issued an arrest warrant for him last month. they say he's a suspect in a 2014 crime that happened in linn county. mmshals found strouf leaving
friend's home in maricopa, arizona and arrested him yesterday afternoon. he's awaiting extradition back to iowa. a cedar rapids man who admitted to killingngis best friend in 2014 over drugs has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. 34-year-old bobbie little was originally charged with first-degree murder and second-degree theft. he pleaded guilty yesterday to voluntary manslaughter, first-degree robbery and second- degree theft. little admitted to fatally stabbing 37- year-old shanna beyhl in april 2014 because she wouldn't give him crack cocaine. he says he then stole her property, including a gaming system, two cellphones, two televisions and a digital camera. little faces up to 40 years in jail, and could have to pay 150-thousand dollars to beyhl's estate. a report from iowa's state auditor shows iowa workforce development wrongfully paid out more than 909-thousand dollars in unemployment benefits from 2012 through 2014.
mosiman shows those included overpayments to legitimate businesses and payments resusuing from a fictitious employer scheme. the auditor's office found more than 700-thousand dollars in overpayments were due to a telephone system malfunction. on march 8, 2014, iowa workforce development's phone system did not properly record information called in. so the organization paid out each claimant's maximum benefit that week. some iowa veterans are urgrgg state lawmakers to oppose a bill to legalize the use and sale of fireworks in the state. the veterans national recovery center says fireworks can cause flashbacks for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. yesterday a state senate committee passed a bill that would allow the sale and use of fireworks nd roman candles. an amendment would allow cities in iowa to continue to ban fireworks even if the bill passes. muslim students at the university of iowa have a place to pray on campus for the
the university of iowa's muslim student to renovate two rooms the school had been using as offices since the flood of 2008. one room will serve as a prayer room for men, the other a prayer room for women. previously, muslim students said they had a difficult time finding quiet places to pray on the busy campus. "i'd have to go on top of a staircase and just pray there, and hope that no one would walk by and start asking me questions and stuff like we pray" the muslim student association is holding an inauguration ceremony for the rooms right now. the university says it hopes other students ask if they have requests fofo religious, cultural or other spaces the school might be missing. faith is the great cure for fear. president barack obama spoke today at the annual national prayer breakfast in washington. at the breakfast, he said fear can lead people to lash out at anyone who's different, but faith can help quell that fear. he advocated for tolerance
democrats hillary clinton and bernie sanders are getting ready to go toe- to- toe tonight in another presidential debate. this is the first dedecratic debate featuring just the two candidates, since martin o'malley dropped out of the race after monday's iowa caucuses. sanders has said clinton is not progressive engh, while clinton says she's the candidate who will be able to implement changes. sanders is the favorite to win new hampshire's primary next tuesday. instead of businesses, the city of toledo is considedeng putting bedrooms in some of its downtown storefronts. that's because realtors and developers are pushing the city to rezone the downtown area to fill long-empty buildings.
friday brings a light snow chance, under 1", but not until late. the morning features an increase of clouds as highs push near 30. for the weekend saturday looks dry as highs jump above freezing. light snow moves into theheorecast on sunday with continued chances through early next week. tonight: partly cloudy low: 15-21 winds: nw 5-15tomorrow: chance of snow late high: 27-33 winds: s 5-10tomorrow night: chance of light snow low: 20-26 winds: s 5-10saturday: partly
iowans filed morerehan 27- huhured written complaints last year. 221 of those were related to used vehicle sales. 216 were home improvement complaints, and 201 iowans complained about home mortgages. cell phones, internet service providers and magazine and newspaper subscriptions also made the list. automakers will likely have to recall 5 million vehicles due to air bag problems. documents filed with the government show moisture can get inside airbag control computers made by continental automotive systems. the moisture can cause power supplies to corrode and fail, resulting in airbags that may not inflate. continental is planning to notify automakers, o will recall cars ding to 2006. honda, fiat, chrysler and mercrces have already issued recalls to replace the airbag computers. more americans applied for unemployment benefits last week than did the week before" but the number is still near historically low levels. the labor department says the number of applications
thousand last week, eight thousand more than the week before. the weekly number of pepele seeking unemployment benefits has stayed below 300-thousand for the past 11 months. that suggests employers are keeping workers and looking to hire. the commerceceepartment says u-s factory orders dropped two point nine percent in december. that's the fourth decline in the past five months. orders for commercial aircraft saw an especially largrgdrop in december. last year, demand for american manufactured goods fell for the first time in six years. the cy of toledo has been struggling to bring in businesses to fill downtown storefronts for years. now, it's considering a new option for filling those empty spaces, and it doesn't involve new businesses at all. stay with your 24 hour
like many small towns, the city of toledo is having a difficult time filling empty storefronts downtown. so one local realtor and several building ownerssre suggesting something different. at least half the storefronts on the square in downtown toledo sit empty now. so owners are asking the city to re-zone them so they cananut street level apartments into those empty storefronts. kcrg t-v nine's dave franzman joins us from our newsroom. dave, is the city interested in making a radical changnglike that? bruce interested enough that leaders directed the city's attorney to draft some proposed rules. toledo has a particular need... lots of demand for rental housing but practically no interest in the typipil small town business space. but if it works here, it could be a model for other communities with the same problem. sue micllef and her husband have a bit of a
toledo. sot/nat they have the space, two buildings on the town square, but no tenant and no new prospects. owning a real estate asset that produces little income is a drain. "it's not only bad for us persovally... because it costs money to pay the taxes and upkeep, if you keep it up, but it's bad for the community." so when local realtor byron itt started talking about ground floor apaptment conversions, owners began paying attention. witt says with the reopening of a nearby meatpacking plant there's a constant demand for apartments d rental housing fron workers who commute. on the other hand, nobody wants thehempty spaces downtown to start a business. so he posed the question to city leaders... how about making ground floor residential legal in the business district. "everybody knows about the problem... it's just what do you do about it and i kind of pushed it" witt says many small towns already have walkup apartments on upper
and they ararpopular as lower cost rentals. businesses would pay the city higher property taxes, but residential would at least bring in something. "there are a few people who own these buildings that don't pay taxes... so they're just sitting ere doing nothing g but dilapidating " toledo's mayor thinks the city is a month or two away from approving a plan for ground floor residential in the community's business district. and he thinks if they do other smaller communities will watch to see if it works. live in the newsroom, dave franzman kcrg tv9 news. now here's a look at what's coming up at 5:30 on abc's world news. two days until ththbig republican debate right here on a-b-c. trump versus cruz already. breaking news on the zika outbreak, an emergency now declared in the u-s, the new concern. and the hostage drama in a parking lot, a
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recapping today's top stories, the iowa state patrol says a multi- vehicle crash killed three people this morning on an icy portion of highway 30 in benton county. it happened about 5:20 a-m near keystone. the state patrol says the driver of a minivan carrying ten people lost control of it on the ice. the patrol says another vehicle hit the van, and that collision cause two other vehicles to crash as well. university of iowa hospitals and clinics are contacting 15-hundred surgery patients who may have had exposure to a type f bacteria in the operating room. doctors diagnosed one rmer patient with non-tuberculous myco-bacteria, also known as n-t-m. let's go back to joe now for a final look at tonight's forecast. quiet weather remains in place tonight with a partly cloudy sky and lows in the teens. friday brings a light snow chance, under 1", but not until late. the morning features an increree of clouds as highs push near 30. for the weekend saturday looks dry as highs jump above freezing. light snow moves into the