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tv   KOLO 8 News Now 530PM  ABC  February 18, 2016 5:30pm-6:00pm PST

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it's an opportunistic transforming our high desert landscape. and it leaves serious consequences in its wake. and as the threat grows--- cheat grass seems to resist all efforts to stem its tide. but there's a new possible solution being tested. kolo 8 news now's ed pearce has been looking into this development. ed, we're not talking about some new erb-icide herbicide. no, this is a naturally occurring control measure and, if it works, it could have a major impact. 00-:44 :44-1:01 1:01-1:35 1:35-1:41 1:41-1:51 it began over a century ago. a shipment of european grain is thought to have introduced cheat grass to the american west. we helped it get started, spreading it everywhere we disturbed the soil, building roads, over grazing some lands, but wildfire is its biggest friend. burn a thousand acres of native sagebrush and grasses, next year you have a thousand acres
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is now less healthy and, prone to burn again, this growing danger has long been a concern, but it's been joined by another. the high desert is home to the sage grouse and it needs sagebrush to survive. it's now also on the verge of earning official threatened species status and that would have far reaching impacts. keir: " there is real concern particularly from industry--mining, ranching--that without improvements to the great basin range land health we'll see reduced activity, less permitting. but keir and others at the great basin institute are testing what may be a game changing solution. researchers in washington discovered a naturally occurring bateria in the soil there that retards root growth in cheat grass and other noxious exotics. they're trying to find out if it will work here
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spraying a small amount of the microbe is sprayed on the soil in test plots.
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69-year-old carolyn batchelor was last seen monday evening in zephyr cove. she is 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds and was wearing a long black coat. batchelor was last seen in a honda pilot s- u-v with nevada plates h-p-2-2-9-5. if you know anything... call the douglas county sheriff's office. ### nevada rancher cliven bundy has been indicted by a federal grand jury. bundy is being charged in connection with a ranch standoff in 2014. he was arrested in oregon were his sons were part of a standoff at a national wildlife refuge. most serious charges bundy faces are assault on a federal law enforcement officer, and extortion. bundy facesa life in prison if convicted. federal regulators say a corroded pipe was responsible for the oil spill on california's central coast last may. officials say the spill occured in a 2-foot section of the pipe. pressure increased in
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more than 140-thousand gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean. ### a california hospital paid thousands of dollars to hackers to get its computer systems back up and running. malware had locked access to certain systems and was preventing electronic communications. jory rand has the story. it's like a plot out of a hollywood movie. a hospital held hostage by hackers. but this was no movie. hollywood presbyterian medical center was basically taken over, locked out of their own patient records by hackers looking for money. steven gomez, abc news security consultant: "the hospital, i'm not surprised because the fact is they have a lot of sensitive identification information of the patients and of their employees." the hospital first noticed something was wrong back on february 5th. they would go on to pay the hackers nearly 17-thousand dollars in
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untraceable form of digital payment. melissa garza was a patient at hollywood presbyterian during the computer takeover. melissa garza, hollywood presby patient: "all the signs said: do not use the computers. i'm like what's going on here? what's going on with all the computers and they said well we got hacked." by tonight though, with the ransom paid, everything seemed to be back to normal. anna hacobian, glendale: "everything is quiet. nobody talks about it. so it's terrible. it's a hospital." but the question is now raised- did the hospital do the right thing in paying off their attackers? steven gomez: "i am sure the law-enforcement agencies are not happy with the fact that the hospital paid the ransom. they made that decision and for law-enforcement agencies are not happy with the fact that the hospital paid the ransom. they made that decision and for them it's probably the right one." the ceo of the hospital released a statemrnt that read in part- the quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key. in the best interest of restoring normal operations, we did this. apple is getting backing-- from two of its rivals, in its legal fight with the f-b-i over privacy and security. microsoft and google are standing behind apple, saying there should be no government back doors into your devices. federal authorities are
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giant-- help them crack the encryption on the i- phone, belonging to the san bernardino terror suspects. investigators say, that phone may hold important clues about accomplices in the deadly attack. some of those who lost loved ones in the massacre say -- apple should cooperate. "apple complying with this order we may get some justice. it's not going to bring my daughter back." but apple is vowing to appeal. c-e-o tim cook says quote: "the implications of the government's demands are chilling." adding that the software is .."something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create." arguing "if they find a way to break into that phone.. they will be able to then break into any phone." ### the sparks fire department is rolling meesage for senior citizens. today they offered a look at "remembering when." "a lot of our calls that our crews older adults and a olot of that is
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having the right type of mats for the bathroom, for your tub." sparks fire is offering to go and speak at places including nursing homes and senior centers to emphasize these safety points. they hope to hold seminars starting in april. we're getting a look at what the virginian hotel casino will look like after renovations. this photo is from stephan siegal's instagram page. he's the owner of the siegal group and siegal suites. in his post, he said after a lot of hard work and redesign... they're ready to reopen this 17-story high rise building. no word yet on when that will happen. ### cancer can be hard enough to fight... let alone traveling hundreds of miles for treatment. in tonight's medical minute... an organization is working hard to provide a home away from home, for these patients.
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weather can we expect tomorrow, and into the rest of the week? we will have a closer look at our forecast...and what you can expect in the days to come...right after the
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when battling cance travel hundreds of miles to get the proper treatment. finding a place to stay during treatment can be stressful and costly. so the american cancer society is funding hope lodges across the country.... a home away from home for cancer patients. holly firfer brings us an inside look in tonight's medical minute. danny shletz/ dir. hope lodge: "the hope lodge is a place where people can call home
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the city to come to atlanta and get treatments." all of the lodges offer their guests a range of amenities, like here in atlanta. and while it's absolutely free to guests to use the lodge, they need to bring a caregiver. and there are some responsibilities that go along with the stay. danny shletz, dir. hope lodge: "all of the guests have chores . we believe that helps with the environment you're gonna have chores at home so why not have them here." there are 31 locations that have hope lodges and each has a small staff and a group of dedicated and trained volunteers. but the real value of these places can't be measured. danny shletz, dir. hope lodge: "the best thing about the hope lodge is we get to see lives transformed with hope. brick and mortar is just brick and mortar but when you see a transformed heart because of the emotional support that we're able to to give. i think that's what makes my job the best job in the whole wide world."
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after a brief break, a weak system will move through the region on friday, departing friday night. snow showers will develop in the sierra, mainly along and west of the sierra crest. valleys will see clouds, with a chance of rain showers friday afternoon/evening. while accumulations will be system will move through the region on friday, departing friday night. snow showers will develop in the sierra, mainly along and west of the sierra crest. valleys will see clouds, with a chance of rain showers friday afternoon/evening. while accumulations will be light, road controls are possible over the passes. dry, mild weather will return saturday, and last through at least the middle of next week. -jeff tonight: a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 10 pm. mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. south wind 5 to 10
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midnight. chance of precipitation is 20%. friday: a 20 percent chance of rain after 10 am. partly sunny, with a high near 52. southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 25 mph. friday night: a 20 percent chance of rain before 10 pm. mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the evening. winds could gust as high as 25 mph. saturday: mostly sunny, with a high near 52. calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph. saturday night: partly cloudy, with a low around 31. sunday: sunny, with a high near 57. sunday night: mostly clear, with a low around 35. monday: sunny, with a high near 60. monday night: mostly clear, with a low around 36. tuesday: mostly sunny, with a high near 60. tuesday night: mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
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a high near 62. after a brief break, a weak system will move through the region on friday, departing friday night. snow showers will develop in the sierra, mainly along and west of the sierra crest. valleys will see clouds, with a chance of rain showers friday afternoon/evening. while accumulations will be light, road controls are possible over the passes. dry, mild weather will return saturday, and last through at least the middle of next week. -jeff tonight: a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 10 pm. mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. south wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. chance of precipitation is 20%. friday: a 20 percent chance of rain after 10 am. partly sunny, with a high near 52. southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 25 mph. friday night: a 20 percent chance of rain before 10 pm. mostly cloudy, with a low
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10 mph in the evening. winds could gust as high as 25 mph. saturday: mostly sunny, with a high near 52. calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph. saturday night: partly cloudy, the last two nights was only division one... today, we get everyone plus...the reno bighorns are the team to beat right now in the
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the wolf pack won their third game in a row last night... and are now in a tie for third place nevada erased an 11- point, second half deficit to beat san jose state 61-55... marqueze coleman scored 15 points, becomming the 25th player in wolf pack history to pass 1,000 career points... it's the pack's 16th win of the year.... they are tied with fresno for third place... remember, the top five teams get a first round bye at the conference tournament. up next for the pack, the big rivalry game with unlv... nevada beat the rebels here in reno last month... it will be shown live on
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on saturday night the reno bighorns are having as great year!... thay are all alone in first place in both the western conference and the pacific division... they are 22-and-10 overall, ranked first in the d-league in both points and assists... and they are riding a six-game winning streak hammonds: "oh it's been great, i mean this group of guys. we're resilient and we're having a lot of fun doing it. everybody is sharing the ball. we're playing together." stockton: "defensively guys, you know, they care about it other. they give help, they're making sure that their teammate's not getting embarrassed and getting beat. and offensively we're sharing the ball. we don't really have any selfish guys." arseneault: "we didn't have a great start to the season in terms of wins and losses, but we've consistently gotten better. a credit to the guys for buying into our style; they're picking up on things. and it's showed in our record." the bighorns are back at home tomorrow night to host fort wayne at 7pm
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basketball the last two nights... today, all of the lower divisions began their northern playoffs. we begin in division iv... wells taking on pyramid lake... a young laker in the house!... pyramid lake comes out defensive... get outta here!... allen tatsey with the big block out of bounds... won't get a block this time!.. leopards glide right into the paint for the easy underhand scoop... lakers put it away... a.j. wasson...takes a hit, and keeps on ticking... hoop and the foul... pyramid lake advances 66-48 to division i-a.... truckee taking on elko.. the indians blow the game wide open... alicia marin makes the steal and starts the fast break... dumps it off to ashton heathman for the easy two... then it's marin's turn... pump fake, drive to the hoop... elko up 22 in the 4th quarter.... truckee wakes up... sydney mock gets defensive... makes the steal, takes it coast to coast... part of a 15-to-nothing run... but elko wins it 40-33.
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that would have given a former nfl star 9 years for rape... the judge said that the alleged crimes deserve a more severe punishment... darren sharper is accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four different states... sharper has the option to withdraw his guilty plea before the sentencing hearing next month sharper was a six-time all-pro selection, most
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we'll be right bacthey've swamped the town of wangaratta. truckloads of the stuff fill streets and yards. in some places, fluffy weeds have piled as high as the roof tops. the city council won't help with the cleanup because it's not considered a fire risk. but taking care of the problem on their own is
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"it is frustrating. you know that you've got a good couple of hours work ahead of you and that's always, yeah, sort of displeasing." // "it's physically draining and mentally more draining." the strain of tumbleweed that is causing the trouble is named "hairy panic." locals suspect it is coming from a nearby field that a farmer has failed to maintain. jeff is back with another check of your forecast. tonight: a slight chance of rain
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pm. mostly cloudy, with a low breaking news tonight. chopper down. the helicopter crashing into the water near pearl harbor. civilians on board. a popular trip for tourists.
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the sky. several on board. the heroes jumping into the water. also tonight, donald trump takes aim at pope francis, after the pope suggests trump is not christian. the moment on the pope's plane. and tonight, trump's fiery response. the terror attack in california. and this evening, major developments. the fbi moving in. in san bernardino, what did they find? forced to pay. the hackers locking personal computers, trapping your personal information, your photos. forcing you to pay to get it back. now, a hospital, patients' medical records, hacked. and drivers beware tonight. some of the most troubling bridges in america. millions still traveling over them. we've got the list. good evening. and we'll get to that feud between donald trump and the pope in just a moment. but we begin tonight with the breaking news, the horrific chopper crash, not far from

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