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they arrived at the home on west 'n' avenue around three-thirty this morning. once the fire was under-control crews found the homeowner dead in the basement... channel 13's stephanie moore joins us with an update. when crews arrived on the scene, the home was fully engulfed keeping until the fire was under control... crews from nevada, colo and fire under control... once it was safe to go inside crews found the body of 36 year old adam blazek in the basement...his wife and children were not home at the time. the fire was wide spread and took six hours to put out... it also caused significant damage to the entire home and garage.. officials are also ruling it suspicious. 'it was a fast moving fire and im calling it suspicious because it looks like there might be two locations where it started but i cant confirm that at this point.' although officials say the fire is suspicious, they don't believe anyone else is involved. an autopsy has been scheduled, and more information is expected
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investigators are still looking into the cause of a fire that torched a business in menlo. crews responded to the five hundred block of sherman street overnight. flames were shooting through the roof of "sargent custom cabinets." it took about eight hours to get the fire under control. firefighters say paint and other flammable materials made it difficult. the building is a total loss. a former lincoln high school teacher is charged with public exposure... the des moines school district says michael madson resigned from his position tuesday. on saturday, police say the 60 year old exposed himself to a woman working at valley west mall. the charge is a simple economics, marketing, and computers at the school for about 29 years. a des moines man facing vehicular homicide charges was back in court, today. troy mure, junior appeared at a preliminary hearing. police say he was drunk and driving recklessly when he crashed into a tree last month, killing his passenger, scalicity perez. mure claims he was being chased and had to speed to get away.
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three people are dead after a four vehicle crash in benton county... it happened along highway 30, south of keystone, early this morning. the iowa state patrol says a van lost control on a patch of ice, when an oncoming car struck it. that's when those two vehicles were hit by two more... the victims' identities will be released once their families are notified. the crash remains under investigation. icy roads led to some travel headaches in the metro... a water main burst on watrous, between 12th and 13th streets, overnight. the road was closed for several hours. it reopened this afternoon. des moines is averaging one water main break a day... and that's a good thing. in 20-14, the average was about five per day. some improvements are planned for a popular story county interchange... the iowa d-o-t drafted a plan for the interstate 35 - highway 30 interchange. people are invited to weigh in on that plan at a meeting on february 16th. it's at the "cross road baptist
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senate democrats say iowa should scrap its privatized medicaid system, the one supported by governor branstad. the problems are widespread. everyday i hear from families confused about the system, who they are to be signed to, are they going to have to choose one doctor over another, it's just a huge mess that in my opinion just needs to go away. that's why a senate committee has introduced a bill to repeal the system... the bill would immediately give termination notices to the three private managed care companies. it's expected to be approved in the committee monday, then later, approved on the senate floor... but house republicans say there is no point having the house debate a bill facing a certain veto. i'm just really disappointed. a year ago, when this topic came up, we were making sure we had a safety net in place and really all along the way we've been
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using people to sabotage this whole idea. the medicaid program serves 560 thousand low income and disabled iowans. the governor pushed for the private system to control costs, but the transition was delayed until march first due to several issues. iowa school leaders say education funding should also be a priority this year... what we need to do as a community and what we need to do as a society is really standup and let people know that cutting into education is not the right step in the future. every dollar we take away from the schools effects our kids' lives. north high school's principal says last year's one and a quarter percent increase wasn't enough. that, along with the governor's veto of a one - time 56 million dollars in funding, has forced the school to make some cuts. those cuts include reducing the
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half time. now, a group made up of students, parents, and alumni is pushing back against the move... this drama program has stopped kids from dropping out, it's helped kids cope with anxiety and depression, and it's given so many kids a safe haven, where they would otherwise go to a home that isn't maybe the most stable. i just look at the skills these kids gain, and cutting back that program and the effort that's put into it is a huge loss. the group is holding a public meeting on the issue monday. it starts at five p-m in the north high school auditorium. meanwhile the district is trying to make its schools more cost effective. we're constantly looking for opportunities to do what we can from an facilities and infrastructure side to be able to do what the district is really called to do. and that's educate children. any dollar we can save from an operational standpoint, that's a dollar we can put back into the
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two solar panels were recently installed at wright elementary school. the panels are providing some of the schools' hot water, free of charge. engineers say they were inexpensive to install, and will pay themselves off within eight years. they say it's a question of when, not if, the panels will be installed at other district schools. 274901 - we are gonna do a lot
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caucus in just a few weeks, des moines will be flooded by basketball fans... see how the city is bracing for crowds, and boasting its businesses. iowa state is searching for that hilton magic after a loss on home court... hear what the players attribute it
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polk county is throwing its weight behind the construction of the new iowa events center hotel. the board of supervisors is partnering with "bankers trust" to loan out 29 million for the cause.
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will be operated by hilton... and is expected to be completed by 20-18. des moines could use that extra lodging, when thousands of basketball fans visit next month... that's when the iowa events center hosts two rounds of the n-c-double-a mens basketball tournament. channel 13's jodi whitworth shows us how the city is preparing for
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the tournament well take place on march 17th and 19-th at
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the tournament well take place on march 17th and 19-th at wells fargo area. tickets are sold out... and there are currently about a thousand people on a waiting list. another layer of clouds moving in from the northwest will keep temperatures steady over the next several hours before they start to cool back into the 20s later this evening. overall this next week will be mostly dry. we do have a slight chance of some flurries in the des moines metro and light snow showers in the northwest on friday, but these will not amount to much more than a dusting. we'll remain cool and in the lower 30s on friday but a warm up is ahead for the weekend when we'll see highs rise into the upper 30s. another weak clipper system will move through late sunday and early monday. this will bring in a chance for light snow showers on monday which will again not amount to much. behind this clipper system will be an arctic blast, bringing in a much colder air mass for the beginning of
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esday night, the cyclones lostto west virginia in frustrating fashion. the rare hilton home loss disappointed iowa state, but it's a long season. michael admire has more. cyclones at oklahoma state
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cyclones at oklahoma state saturday at 1. stillwater, traditionally a tough place for isu. the iowa girls high school athletic union names its first female director. jean berger say she's honored, humbled, and excited. berger moves from interim athletic director at uni to executive director. she succeeds the retiring mike dick. of all the hawkeyes to reach a super bowl, the most surprising might be the one with the most familiar name: ferentz. james ferentz plays for the
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that's a proud papa right there. from the lighter side: ferentz plays center for the broncos. and president obama welcomed ames high's harrison barnes and the rest of the warriors to the white house today. the way the warriors are playing, they may return to see a new president in one year. finally tonight... instead of
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gridiron, you can watch this... the puppy bowl! they'll be taking the field on super bowl sunday on "animal planet." the game runs from two to four p-m,
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iowans have two puppy players they should root for in particular... meet spaniel mix, "jimmy" and boston terrier, "miss sassy." they join "team ruff" and "team fluff" from a pet rescue in de soto. 44 rescue organizations across the country were tapped for talent.
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want to win a beaches resorts luxury-included family vacation in turks & caicos? we've got your chance tonight on "wheel." wheel... of...
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