Winter cold to continue through Saturday… No snow or rain for a while

If you were curious as to the coldest air of the year would normally feels like… its been today.  And it will continue as such through Saturday before becoming a bit more tolerable by Sunday.

Winds have been quite blustery at times today and will persist through most of the night.   As skies slowly improve temperatures will slowly fall with overnight lows in the upper teens.  Combined, wind chills will easily drop in the single digits.

Brighter skies will be on tap through most or our Saturday but even with lighter winds temperatures may not even reach the freezing mark of 32 degrees.  A weak disturbance tracking to our north will blow in some scattered high clouds that night into Sunday.  At the same time winds will swing out of the southwest allowing more tolerable conditions and highs in the lower 40s.

Another strong shot of arctic air arrives early next week dropping temperatures for highs at or below freezing before slowly climbing in the 40s in the days to follow.  As of right now, it appears we really don’t have any major chances for precipitation as the pattern remains fairly quiet until Thanksgiving week.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Minimum wage activists look to 2020 ballots after midterm success

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(CNN) — The campaign for higher minimum wages originated years ago in blue cities like New York and Seattle, but it’s proving pretty popular in Trump country as well.

Voters in both Arkansas and Missouri, two states that went strongly for President Donald Trump in 2016, passed ballot initiatives to increase the state minimum wage during Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Initiatives in Florida, Nevada and North Dakota are already in the works for the presidential ballot in 2020.

“Folks in Washington are bragging about how good the economy is,” said Jonathan Schleifer, executive director of The Fairness Project, the Washington-based advocacy group that backed this year’s measures and is leading organizing for 2020. “People don’t pay their rent or put food on the table based on the stock market — it’s how much money is in their paycheck.”

Arkansans will see a boost from its current $8.50 an hour to $11 an hour by 2021, and Missouri will raise the minimum wage from $7.85 an hour in 2018 to $12 an hour in 2023.

Both measures enjoyed overwhelming support, with 68 percent of Arkansas voters and 62 percent of Missouri voters voting in favor.

Minimum wage ballot initiatives have also won handily in red and purple states, such as South Dakota, Nebraska and Arizona, in the past two election cycles.

In Missouri, the measure attracted bipartisan support, winning more votes than either Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill or her victorious Republican challenger, state Attorney General Josh Hawley.

“Claire McCaskill got 1.1 million votes. If every single person also voted for [the minimum wage increase], that still leaves 387,000 voters,” said Carl Walz, campaign manager of Raise Up Missouri, the local organizer for the measure. “That’s potentially 31% of the people who voted for Josh Hawley.”

Feet on the ground

More than 700 Missouri businesses supported the measure and 25 Arkansas businesses and community organizations supported the wage increases.

“Every part of mobilizing the campaign was through the coalition– faith organizations, nonprofits, and businesses,” said Kristin Foster, campaign director of Arkansans for a Fair Wage, the local organizer for the measure.

“Arkansas is a conservative state, but we’re also a compassionate state,” she added. “Poverty is very far-reaching here — if you live in Arkansas, you know someone who’s struggling.”

The initiative faced a legal challenge from Randy Zook, president of the state’s Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas, who unsuccessfully sued to keep it off the ballot through Arkansans for a Strong Economy, an advocacy group he chairs.

“Out-of-state interests poured more than a million dollars into the campaign,” Zook said in a statement. “We continue to believe this will ultimately hurt Arkansas workers, resulting in fewer jobs, reduced work hours and increased prices for consumers.”

Opponents in Missouri echoed concerns that the pay bump would lead to fewer jobs and hours for workers. Recent research from Seattle, which passed a minimum wage initiative four years ago, indicates that workers are taking home more money, even though hours are falling.

“Kiosks, self-checkout machines, and similar automation becomes more attractive as labor costs rise, so look for an increase of machines replacing some lower wage workers,” Ray McCarty, president of the business employer group Associated Industries of Missouri, told CNN in an email. “The better approach would be for workers to obtain training needed to fill the thousands of jobs that require some skill and pay much more than minimum wage.”

But Lew Prince, founder and former co-owner of St. Louis record store Vintage Vinyl, argued that a wage increase for low wage workers would actually help state businesses by going right back into the local economy.

“Workers are customers,” said Prince, who campaigned for the Missouri ballot measure with the advocacy group Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. “Increasing the minimum wage is a great way to boost small business and the economy, because low wage workers turn right around and spend their much needed wages — they spend them on Main Street.”

The wage debate

The last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage was 2009, when it went to $7.25 an hour. Ten large cities and seven states have passed minimum wages to between $12 and $15 through August, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, New York, Washington state and Washington DC.

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, said Thursday that he did not anticipate the Trump administration cutting a deal with a Democratic majority on an increased federal minimum wage, which he called “a terrible idea.”

“It will damage particularly small businesses. To force them to take kind of a payroll increase would be silly … Idaho is different than New York, Alabama is different than Nebraska,” Kudlow said, adding that he would “argue against state and local [minimum wages], but that’s up to the states and localities.”

The strong economy and tight labor market have finally started generating signs of wage growth, with the most recent jobs report showing a 3.1% jump from the prior year.

But David Cooper, a senior analyst at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, says that those trends have mostly passed over lower wage workers.

“For most of the last 50 years, as the US economy has grown and productivity has risen, hourly pay has barely budged,” he said. “Since 1973, average labor productivity has grown 77 percent, yet hourly compensation for the typical US worker … has grown only 12.4 percent. For low wage workers, the trends are even worse.”

Wages on the ballot in 2020?

Schleifer said that after having “proven the model” in three elections, The Fairness Project will take the lessons learned from 2018 and bring them to 2020. While he declined to confirm any formal state partnerships among possible 2020 fronts, Florida, Nevada and North Dakota are “already on that list,” he said.

“The lesson of 2018 for us is that we can run initiatives in dark red states,” Schleifer said. “People were skeptical of Missouri and Arkansas for the minimum wage. What we proved this cycle is that even during one of the most partisan political cycles, voters want to do what’s right.”

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Two Thanksgiving Treats That Require No Oven

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away - GASP! - and if you need an idea on what to make for dessert that doesn't require a lot of time, ingredients, or oven space... I've got you covered.

We gave you a sneak peek at this week's Nailed It Or Failed It segment on Good Morning Quad Cities on Friday, November 9th. We made some cute - and edible - pilgrim hats out of just four items: fudge stripe cookies, mini peanut butter cups, sprinkles, peanut butter candies. Click the video above to find out the secret weapon to put it all together.

We saved our second treat for News 8 at 11am where we made turkey cookies! No turkey involved, I promise. All you need for this one is a package of chocolate sandwich cookies, candy corn, candy eyes, and white chocolate chips. Use the same secret weapon and have the kids in your family help you put it all together as a fun after-dinner activity. I can't wait to do this with my nephews on Thanksgiving (and give my oven a much-needed rest)!

Friday, it was Jon's turn to make a Ketz's Concoction again, and he decided to use some of his leftover Butterscotch Schnapps from a previous Ketz's Concoction. He made a drink called Butter Cream. According to drinkmixer.com, here's how you make it:

1 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
2 oz milk
1 oz crushed ice

Mix butterscotch shnapps with Bailey's irish cream then pour milk over the mixture. Add crushed ice.

Let it sit for just a minute to mix well.

8% (16 proof) Serve in: Cocktail Glass

These roads will be closed for the 2018 Davenport Veterans Day Parade

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The annual Veterans Day Parade is coming on Monday, Nov. 12. Although most of the downtown area will be available for parking, here’s what you need to know to keep your Monday morning stress-free.

Time: The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and lasts one hour. However, Western Avenue between W 4th Street and W 5th Street will be closed from 8 – 11:30 a.m. for staging.

Place: The parade route starts at the corner of W 4th Street and Western Avenue. The route goes south to W 2nd Street, turns left and goes east to Main Street. There, it turns north up to W 4th Street before turning left one more time to finish where it began.

Parking: Western Avenue between W 3rd Street and W 5th Street will be unavailable for parking from 4 – 11 a.m. Viewers may park along the parade route where parking is available up until the start of the parade at 10:00 a.m. Parking will be available at city ramps for a fee.

Related: 2018 Veterans Day freebies and discounts that say ‘thank you’

See the map below for a visual of the parade route.

Iowa man wanted in connection to Burlington stabbing

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with an ongoing investigation involving another man who was stabbed in the face and neck.

Kevin Jermaine Jefferson, 36, is wanted on a Desmoines County warrant, which charges him with robbery, according to a press release from the Burlington Police Department. The charge comes from an investigation into a stabbing that happened on Nov. 4.

Read: Man stabbed in face and neck in Burlington, Iowa; suspect still on the loose

Officers found Damian Gordon, 36, of Burlington, with multiple stab wounds in his head and neck. They transported him from the scene at 1006 Court St. Apt. #1 on Sunday,  Nov. 4 to a hospital for treatment.

It is unclear how Jefferson is involved with this stabbing since he is not wanted for attacking Gordon.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Burlington Police Department at (319)753-8366 or Crime Stoppers at (319)753-6835.

Photos: Roads before and after our first snow of the season

QUAD CITIES — The first snow of the season came silently in the night on Nov. 9, 2018. In anticipation we wanted a before and after gallery to see how much snow we got (not much) and what the transformation looked like! Here’s a few area traffic cameras before the snowfall on Nov. 8.

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Here’s what those same roads looked like at 9:20 a.m. on Nov. 9. Notice a tow truck at I-74 and I-80. Several accidents were reported after the snowfall, including a major pileup on the eastbound side of the I-74 bridge.

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Stutzke’s Stats: Why cold weather drops tire pressure

Get ready to see your dashboard light up with that familiar yellow glow soon as temperatures continue to plummet this weekend.  No, it’s not your check engine light, but your tire pressure monitoring system.

Colder temperatures mean many of us will be dealing with the loss of pressure in our tires. So, what is it about the cold that wreaks havoc in our tire pressure? It all boils down to the number of air molecules and how they interact with each other.

During the warmer months of spring and summer, warmer temperatures promote proper tire pressure by keeping air molecules inside your tires active. Their constant movement and interaction with each other actually promote higher pressure levels as they exert more force towards the outside of the tire.

As air temperatures drop during the fall and winter months, the activity between these air molecules begins to decrease dramatically. This allows more space to develop between the individual particles, decreasing their chances for any interaction with each other and decreasing the pressure with your tires. The colder the temperatures, the lower the pressure. In fact, according to most tire manufacturers, for every ten degree drop in temperature, you’ll likely end up losing one pound per square inch of air in your tires.

While it may be easy to just assume that driving in your underinflated tires will eventually warm them up and then increase the air pressure to where it should be, this practice can actually end up damaging your tires and doing more harm than good. You could also experience a blowout while driving and end up losing control of your vehicle altogether.

Another alternative is to fill your tires with nitrogen. While usually a bit more expensive to do, depending on where you get your car serviced, you’ll find that tires filled with nitrogen are not nearly as susceptible to temperature changes compared to tires that are filled with just traditional air.

As temperatures continue to drop this weekend, keep an eye on your tire pressure and don’t ignore the light!

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

Pritzker election opens door for legal weed

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SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker said he wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use soon after taking office, but even advocates say won’t fix the state’s budget problems.

Michigan voters approved a referendum Tuesday to legalize it recreational marijuana use. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, who has held hearings and crafted legislation in Illinois to regulate and tax cannabis for adult consumption, said the race is on.

“I don’t like getting beaten, so I’m feeling salty about Michigan beating us,” Cassidy said.

She said one of the obstacles for Illinois to get it done has been Gov. Bruce Rauner, who opposed the move. Rauner lost to Pritzker, who supports recreational use. Pritzker said the revenue could help with the state’s finances.

Just how much money it could bring in remains to be seen. Estimates have ranged from $350 million to $700 million a year. By comparison, the state’s backlog of unpaid bill stands at $7.5 billion, and it has at least $130 billion unfunded pension liabilities.

Chris Lindsay with the Marijuana Policy Project said legalization isn’t a silver bullet for the state’s finances.

“Will it pay for everything? No,” Lindsay said. “But will it pay for some important programs that would otherwise go completely unfunded? Yeah.”

Cassidy said she pushes the idea mainly for criminal justice issues and also that the revenue will help, but not to solve the state’s fiscal mess. But Cassidy said she knows where some of the revenue from legal cannabis should go.

In hearings, Cassidy said other states with recreational pot urged policymakers to ensure the regulatory structure is funded. She said Illinois does have an advantage with an already regulated medical cannabis marketplace.

“[Recreational marijuana] will be a much larger marketplace than what we are living with right now,” Cassidy said. “We have to make sure that we do make that investment that the first place the funds go to is building that model out properly.”

Opponents of legalizing cannabis for recreational use, like the Illinois Family Institute, say such a policy will lead to increased exposure to children and will increase impaired driving accidents and fatalities.

Lindsay said there’s already a recreational pot marketplace in Illinois, it’s just unaccounted for, untaxed and unregulated.

“Revenue right now that’s going to underground criminal organizations, probably we can find better things to do with it in the general fund,” Lindsay said.

Cassidy said there are going to be other issues lawmakers will grapple with as they put the policies together, including making sure medical cannabis patients have priority in any possible product shortage, as has happened in other states that have rolled out taxed and regulated pot for adult consumption. She also said it’s important to ensure there’s equal and increased access to the marijuana industry for people of color and women, how to restore records of prior cannabis convictions, and how communities impacted by the war on drugs can benefit from the industry.

“Those are the questions that I wrestle with at night and make sure that we’re answering those well and that we become the model of the country and that our bill and ultimately our law becomes the model that other states look to,” Cassidy said.

The next step she said is for Illinoisans to give the incoming class of state lawmakers feedback on the idea. She couldn’t say how soon after the new year the issue would be taken up.

Moms brawl at school bus stop, 1 airlifted after being slashed with broken coffee mug

SARASOTA, Florida – A brawl between two moms at a school bus stop landed both in the hospital. Both moms used a broken coffee mug as a weapon. Tuesday night, one of the moms spoke with WFTS.

Tiffani Cruz just got out of the hospital. Cruz defends why she smashed a coffee mug over the head of another mom.

“It was self-defense over an incident that made no sense,” she said.

While North Port Police say it started over an argument about parenting, Cruz claims they’ve had issues before. She says two weeks ago she confronted that mom for yelling at another child at the bus stop. But Tuesday morning, their verbal arguments went too far.

“My heart was racing!” said Eithan Cruz, who is of no relation to Tiffani Cruz. The child and his brother, Bairon Velazquez, witnessed the fight from the back window of their school bus.

“Her face was bleeding and stuff,” said Eithan.

“I looked away,” said Velazquez.

Cruz admits she hit the other mom with her mug. Police have not identified the other woman.

“I put my arm up like this and I went to run and that’s when she picked up the glass, ran at me and stabbed me twice in my arm, once at my wrist and in back of my shoulder,” said Cruz.

Pieces of the mug were then used as a weapon in a slashing manner, police say. Both parents ended up in the hospital but paramedics airlifted the other woman to the hospital with a serious cut to her throat.

A WFTS reporter asked Cruz if she thought she went too far and why she called it self-defense.

“Because she hit me. She got this close to my face nudged me with her nose and when she nudged me with her nose— it was her fist going up so my fist was going up,” said Cruz.

Sarasota County Schools is offering counselors after several dozen elementary-aged students witnessed the violent fight.

“What do you think about parents acting that way?” we asked Velazquez who responded with “Crazy.”

“I regret the whole incident, there’s no reason it should have happened. We’re adults,” said Cruz.

Investigators say charges are pending.

The Latest: No gunshots fired at North Carolina high school

HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the active shooter situation in southeast North Carolina (all times local):

8:25 a.m.

A county official says reports of an active shooter at a school in North Carolina turned out to be malfunctioning water heater.

News reports quote Pender County emergency management director Tom Collins as saying that noise from the water heater was taken for the sound of gunfire at Topsail High School on Friday morning. The earlier report of shots fired provoked a massive response by law enforcement and caused the school district to reroute buses and put schools on lockdown.

Capt. James Rowell of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office was quoted as saying in local reports that deputies swept the school but found no evidence that any shots had been fired.

He said deputies did find an HVAC unit that was malfunctioning and making sounds similar to gunshots.

Report: could be a malfunctioning hvac machine inside school that made a loud noise, pender county commissioner. @wectnews https://t.co/uVnYDdXSSM

— Gabrielle Williams (@GSWilliams_News) November 9, 2018


8 a.m.

Schools in eastern Pender County, North Carolina are on lockdown after reports of an “active shooter situation” was reported at Topsail High School.

Pender County schools said via Twitter early Friday that all campuses on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown. School buses for Topsail Elementary, Topsail Middle, and Topsail High were being directed to Lowe’s Foods across from the elementary school, where parents could pick up their children. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

The school district also said that buses for South Topsail, North Topsail and Surf City Schools were being routed to their respective school campuses, where students were to remain on lockdown on buses.

The school district said that parents who planned to drive their children to school should not do so.

There has been a reported active shooter situation at Topsail High School. Pender County Schools is taking all precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff.

— Pender Schools (@penderschools) November 9, 2018


7:30 a.m.

Authorities in North Carolina have responded to reports of an active shooter at a high school.

Capt. James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office tells WECT-TV that the scene at Topsail High School remains active, and there were no immediate reports of injuries Friday.

Reports of an active shooter came in around 6:30 a.m. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

Topsail High School is located near the coast in Hampstead, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Wilmington. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.

In May, an 18-year-old student was found in the school’s parking lot with a large knife strapped to his leg and three other knives. A 16-year-old boy who authorities say armed himself with a semi-automatic rifle after hearing about that potential attack also was arrested.

Car pileup on I-74 halts traffic heading into Illinois

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Traffic is moving again after several cars were involved in a crash that halted traffic heading into Illinois on the I-74 bridge and caused major delays.

The crash happened around 7 a.m. on Nov. 9. Most of the damage seems to have been moved off the road, and there are no longer backups along I-74 on the Iowa side.

Iowa Department of Transportation cameras showed emergency vehicles parked just before the bridge on the eastbound side just before the bridge. Some vehicles can be seen skewed in the lane. Two cars can be seen turned sideways in the road.

Traffic was backed up to Spruce Hills Drive and Kimberly Road in Davenport. Delays lasted for over an hour.

Iowa DOT established a detour route and encouraged people to cross the river by using the Centennial Bridge.

Several cars were seen on tow trucks. See our Facebook Live from The Beast to view the accident as well as other road conditions.

China has developed virtual anchors to deliver the news

(CNN) -- News anchors, beware. The robots are coming for your jobs, too.

China's state news agency has debuted a virtual anchor designed to be able to deliver the news 24 hours a day.

Xinhua unveiled its "artificial intelligence news anchor" Wednesday at an internet conference in the eastern city of Wuzhen.

"Hello, you are watching English news program. I am AI news anchor in Beijing," the computer-generated host announced in a robotic voice at that start of its English-language broadcast.

Developed by Xinhua and Chinese search engine company Sogou, the anchor was designed to simulate human voice, facial expressions and gestures.

The AI news reader "learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor," according to Xinhua.

The news agency said the simulations can be used on its website and social media platforms and will "reduce news production costs and improve efficiency."

It didn't say whether any of China's state-run TV channels have shown interest in acquiring the technology into for usage into the future.

The English-speaking anchor, complete with a suit and tie, is modeled on a real-life Xinhua anchor called Zhang Zhao.

"I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted," it said in an introductory video.

A Chinese-language version, which is based on another real-life Xinhua anchor, was also unveiled at the conference.

Users of China's micro-blogging site Weibo were not completely convinced by the virtual presenter.

"(His) voice is too stiff, and there are problems with the pauses," said one user.

"Apparently, news anchors have to lose their jobs," said another.

China operates one of the most aggressive media censorship regimes in the world and has tightened restrictions on domestic and foreign news outlets under President Xi Jinping. But that hasn't stopped its newsrooms from innovating.

While Xinhua claims the virtual anchor is a world first, it is not the first time that Chinese media has experimented with AI technology.

In 2015, China's Dragon TV used Microsoft's XiaoIce chatbot to deliver a weather report on its live breakfast show. The AI computer program delivered the forecast in a "cute" female voice, according to Xinhua.

Automated reporting has proliferated in recent years. The Associated Press wire service is just one major news organization that uses sophisticated computer algorithms to write thousands of automated stories a year.

Advanced software programs scrape sources like corporate earnings reports and baseball box scores and then transform the data into sentences that humans can understand.

3 California wildfires destroy thousands of structures and force emergency evacuations

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(CNN) — A series of fast-moving wildfires are racing up and down California early Friday, destroying thousands of structures in their paths and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate through flame-lined streets.

Fanned by high winds and low humidity, the fires spread rapidly Thursday and overnight Friday.

The threat continues Friday morning, with more than 20 million people under red flag warnings.

Here’s what we know about the trio of fires:

The Camp Fire

Tanah Clunies-Ross woke up in the dark to what sounded like lumps of coal raining down on her Northern California home. Within minutes, her family and thousands of people were racing to escape the raging flames of the Camp Fire.

“The smell of the smoke and realizing the smoke was a lot closer than I thought and then seeing flames up to my knees. … I lost it,” she said.

Her family was among the 40,000 residents forced to evacuate in Butte County, California, after the fire broke out early Thursday, “growing uncontrollably” at a rate of about 80 football fields per minute. So far, it has burned through 20,000 acres, injured firefighters and residents, and prompted hospitals and schools to quickly evacuate.

The full extent of the destruction is still unknown, but authorities believe up to 1,000 structures have been destroyed — most of those in Paradise, a town of 26,000 people about 85 miles north of Sacramento, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

Paradise resident Whitney Vaughn described the chaotic evacuations on roads lined with burning trees.

“People were abandoning their cars and running with their babies and kids. This was right before someone rammed our vehicle with theirs, trying to get through,” Vaughn wrote on Facebook. “There were no firefighters in sight. I am hoping all of these people made it out.”

Multiple injuries have been reported by both civilians and firefighters, Cal Fire spokesman John Gaddie said. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

Late Thursday, more than 2,200 firefighters were battling the flames and the fire remains uncontained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the area and has requested federal funds to help those impacted by wildfires in the state. Newsom is serving as acting governor while Gov. Jerry Brown is traveling out of state.

Authorities fear the fire, fueled by strong winds, could reach Chico — a city of 90,000 people where many Butte County families already have evacuated to shelters.

The Woolsey Fire

In Southern California, the night sky burned orange as the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties grew thousands of acres overnight, exploding from 2,000 acres to 7,500 in a matter of hours. Mandatory evacuations were in effect early Friday, and 30,000 homes were under threat from the blaze. Some structures have already been destroyed, Cal Fire reported.

Hidden Hills resident Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center. Her deck provided a strong vantage point to monitor the spread of the fire.

By 1 a.m. (4 a.m. ET), more firefighters arrived as the flames closed in on Janic’s street.
“While a lot of my yard and neighbors’ yards burned, the firefighters saved our homes,” Janic tweeted just after 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Friday. “We are still not out of the woods yet.”

The Hill Fire

Just down the road from the Thousand Oaks bar where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting, residents were also grappling with the Hill Fire, which quickly spread to cover 10,000 acres, Ventura County Fire Department officials said.

Just 12 minutes after it started Thursday afternoon, the flames spread across the 101 Freeway, leaving several drivers temporarily stranded. The highway is expected to remain closed Friday morning, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said.

Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames nearly consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west.

While no homes or businesses have been lost due to the fast-moving fire, a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said.

Fire officials anticipate the fire will reach the Pacific Ocean.

‘I’m speechless, heartbroken’: Father talks about 22-year-old son killed in California shooting

THOUSAND OAKS, California – Jason Coffman waited anxiously, standing outside a building where victims of the Thousand Oaks mass shooting were being reunited with family.

It had been several hours since shots broke out at the Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday night. Fifty to 60 families gathered at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center in search of missing loved ones.

Jason remembers saying goodbye to his son, Cody, who went to the bar every Wednesday for its "College Country Night." After hearing of the shooting, he pinged his son's phone and called him repeatedly.

But the phone kept ringing.

Jason Coffman tearfully speaks with reporters in Thousand Oaks after learning of the death of his son, Cody, on Nov. 7, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

On Thursday morning, he shared a tearful phone call with authorities who told him his son had been shot.

A short time later, just before 10 a.m., he received the news he said would forever change his life.

"The companionship that I had with my son, the companionship that my son had with his brothers," Jason said, breaking into tears as he embraced his father-in-law and kept his arm wrapped around him.

"This is not going to be easy for our family for a very long time," he said.

Jason said he and his son would go fishing together and he coached Cody in baseball until high school. Conejo Valley Little League mourned the 22-year-old's death in a heartfelt tribute on Twitter.

Hug your players close tonight, as Camarillo Pony Baseball mourns the loss of former player, current umpire and dad, Cody Coffman. We at CVLL extend our sincerest condolences to the league and the family of this fine man. pic.twitter.com/2gN8NTg1tC

— Conejo Valley LL (@ConejoValleyLL) November 8, 2018

Cody had dreams of joining the military and was speaking with recruiters before he was killed, according to his father.

"My son was on his way to fulfill his dream of serving the country," Jason said.

The Ventura County native leaves behind four siblings, including a sister on the way, stepbrother and 8- and 6-year-old brothers he often bonded with, his father said.

"He wanted to be the big brother to these two boys and sister who's coming," Jason said.

As he spoke to reporters about his son's death, Jason expressed his distress at the pain that would be felt by other families in the coming hours.

Jason Coffman holds up his phone, showing a photo his 22-year-old son Cody, who died after a gunman opened fire on a bar in Thousand Oaks and killed 12 people on Nov. 7, 2018. (Credit: Kent Nishimura/ Los Angeles Times)

"I don’t know what to say to the other people that are going to be going through the situation I am," he said. "I’m speechless, heartbroken."

Reflecting on how he would get through his own pain, Jason held on tightly to his father-in-law, Mike Johnston, saying "I love this man."  He plans to seek the help of his pastor and church but wonders how he will get through.

"I don't know how, I don't know how," he said, before breaking into tears as he held onto his father-in-law.

"We have a faith in our God, in our Christ," Johnston said.

"Life is fragile," Johnston said, his voice choking. "It’s precious, it's sacred. We should cherish it."

Before finding out about his son's death, Jason said he was trying to prepare for the worst.

"If the Lord took him away, we know that he's in a better place," he said.

As he first spoke with reporters after getting the news, Jason recalled the last words he spoke to his son.

"First thing I said was 'Please don’t drink and drive.' Last thing I said was 'Son, I love you.'"

‘He got the best of me’: Man recovering after buck attack caught-on-video

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma – An Oklahoma man is recovering from wounds suffered during a bizarre encounter with a deer.

In a video on Facebook, the deer can be see charging, forcing Travis Hurst to try and hold the buck to keep some distance between his body and the animal's antler points.

Hurst said he was putting together a bonfire for his church on Wednesday night when the buck came out of the woods and straight up to them.

“He gets closer and closer and we're thinking, 'Well, we might feed him or something,'” said Hurst.

Then, the deer charged.

“He stabs my legs and stabs my arms and everything,” said Hurst. “He's wearing me smooth out and finally, I am able to let him go.”

After about five minutes, the deer eventually turned around and went back into the woods.

“He got the best of me,” said Hurst. “I think that he's had some human contact because he wasn't afraid of us at all.”

Capt. Wade Farrar, with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, agreed, saying the deer was likely hand raised by someone.

Farrar says deer are in rut right now, meaning they're frisky and ready to fight.

“He's going to try to act like a big bad deer and if he thinks we are a threat, then he's going to treat us just like he would a big buck out in the woods,” Farrar said.

He says anytime you come across deer or any wildlife, it's best to leave it alone.

“Never a good idea at all,” said Farrar. “It's best to contact us and let us take care of it.”

Hurst says he learned a few lessons from this experience and hopes to never be in this dangerous position again.

“Not posing a threat to him,” said Hurst. “I might keep my hands down and I think that doing this caused him to charge me.”

Looking back and watching the video, Hurst said he's thankful his injuries aren't worse.

“I've had a lot of people call and check on me, ask me what happened because the video doesn't tell what happened but he's OK and I'm OK,” said Hurst.

The Department of Wildlife went out to Shawnee to find the deer, and tranquilize it so they can transport it to a safe area, away from people.

Some parents looking at ‘tough,’ ‘stressful’ year at Colorado Elementary School

MUSCATINE, Iowa-- The Muscatine School District is moving ahead with a plan that would change Colorado Elementary School by next year. Some parents say they'll lose something special.

The plan is to move all the students, kindergarteners through fifth-graders, out of Colorado to Madison Elementary School. Then the pre-schoolers, which currently attend other elementary schools, would all attend Colorado. Sixth grade will also be moved from middle schools to elementary schools.

"The teachers and all the staff (at Colorado), they really go above and beyond for their students every opportunity they get," says Sarah Evans, the mother of a fourth grader and a second grader at Colorado.

She and about two dozen other parents expressed their concerns and questions during an open forum Thursday, Nov. 8.

Superintendent Dr. Jerald Riibe says the district is looking at the change because of declining enrollment and aging buildings.

With sixth graders moving out of the elementary schools, Central Middle School will be closed. That building has stood for about 80 years. Riibe also says the elementary school space will be used better with pre-schoolers consolidated at Colorado.

"I understand why they're doing it," says Holly Bryant, the parent of a Colorado first grader. "Enrollment's down. (My son's) class size is very, very small right now. I'm concerned about where he's going to end up."

While current Colorado students will be sent to Madison Elementary, parents have the chance to opt-in at other schools first next year.

"(Students are) worried about what's going to happen, and especially when they're younger and they don't understand why their school has to close for some reason," Bryant says. "They just are worried about where they're going to end up."

Parents who opt-in at another school likely won't know for sure if they're able to attend until January.

Some parents at the start of the open forum said they were worried about bigger class sizes. Riibe says the elementary schools will have more classes for a grade if necessary. The district also isn't laying-off any Colorado teachers with this plan but will instead have them work at other elementary schools.

Parents and administrators say the change won't be easy.

"It was hard to look at some of the parents that I see in the pick-up line and the teachers I see in the school knowing this is a stressful year and a strong year for us to either rise above or fall together," Evans says. "But thankfully we're all kind of resilient. We have to be. We don't really have a choice."

Sportscast November 8, 2018

Rock Island Senior Basketball standout Brea Beal announces she will be attending South Carolina to continue her academic and basketball career.  Beal was heavily recruited by several big name programs throughout the country.  She made the announcement on her 18th birthday.

New London beats Freemont-Mills in the 8-man State Semifinals.  The Tigers getting a touchdown from Isaac McSorley in overtime to win 60-54 to punch their ticket to the state championship for the first time in school history.

Sterling Newman will get another chance at Gibson City Melvin-Sibley the team that knocked them out last season.  The Comets have been waiting for this chance and will now host the Falcons in a night game.

Two Moline construction projects to wrap up Friday

MOLINE, Illinois -- Two construction projects being done for the Interstate 74 Bridge project are nearly complete.

The reconstruction of 19th Street was expected to be complete and open by Friday, November 9, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Once that's done, the 12th Avenue and 19th Street intersection will open.

The department also said the westbound I-74 expansion near Avenue of the Cities was expected to wrap up on Friday.

Watch: Police chase vehicle through Davenport

*Video courtesy of RyCa TV

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A police presence gathered along West 61st Street in the central part of the city following a reported chase.

Police were on scene Thursday afternoon, November 8 near 59th Street and Main Street. An Iowa state trooper and the Davenport Police Department were on scene.

The incident started with a reported police chase and appeared to end in a crash around 4:30 p.m.

One vehicle was being towed from the scene at 5:30 p.m.

Iowa veteran gets the keys to restored car

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- An Iowa veteran was handed the keys to a refurbished car at a Davenport car dealership Thursday.

Dahl Ford teamed up with Progressive's "Keys to Progress" program and other Quad City businesses to make the donation of a restored 2012 Ford Escape to Navy veteran Matt Belin.

Belin, who lives in Des Moines, said he has had his ups and downs since serving in Operations Desert Storm and Shield, and that the donation meant a lot to him.

"I'm convinced that there's people out there who do care about veterans, that will go to a lot of extent to assist veterans," he said. "For me personally, it's going to be a game changer."

Keys to Progress works with military and charity organizations around the country to find and refurbish cars for vets every November. As of this year, the program says it has provided 600 vehicles to veterans and veterans' groups.

K.V. Dahl III, the owner and GM at Dahl Ford, said that restoring the vehicle was a team effort.

"Our guys in the body shop donated their time, they did all the repairs on their own time -- at night, on the weekends," he said. "We teamed up with a lot of our vendors, they donated the parts, they donated the paint."

Belin said repeatedly that he was deeply grateful for the car, but joked that he would need to be careful with it.

"I'm going to have to make sure that I don't use it too much and gain too much weight, because I'm used to getting my steps in," he said with a laugh.