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The Iowa Hawkeyes have lost five straight bowl games, which is one reason they’re taking a different approach this year. The Hawks are treating the bowl more like a typical road game, and arriving much later.

Iowa arrived in New York City on Christmas Eve. The game is Wednesday.

Monday, the Hawks had the day off from practice and visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Kicker Miguel Recinos talked of the emotional experience.

Iowa is a slight favorite versus Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.

John Sears covers the Hawkeyes in New York City.

Hawkeye tour video provided by University of Iowa.

The Iowa State Cyclones arrived in Memphis Monday for Saturday’s Liberty Bowl.

The temperature in Memphis Monday night was around the freezing mark, which is still much warmer than Iowa.

Iowa State returns to its first bowl game in five years, which coincidentally, was also the Liberty Bowl.

This time the 7-5 Cyclones play a virtual road game. The 10-2 Memphis Tigers will play in their home stadium.

The game is sold out.

Michael Admire will cover the Liberty Bowl for channel 13.

IOWA  —  It’s Christmas Eve, and that means Santa’s on his way around the world to deliver presents!

If you want to stay up-to-date with where Santa and his reindeer are heading, check on their current location with the Official NORAD Santa Tracker.

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A central Iowa man is asking for a quarter of a million dollars for Christmas, not for himself but for victims of human trafficking.

Nate Beaird launched his Merry Christmas Nate campaign last month. His goal is to raise $750,000 by the end of the year to create a safe house and rehabilitation center in Des Moines for victims. So far, Beaird has raised slightly more than $10,000. He says while the safe house isn’t fully-funded, raising awareness about the the issue has been the most rewarding part about the campaign.

“It will be hard to put a number on it, but it will be something that we may see later and see the ripples of our earnings,” he says. “We don’t know how far this is going to go. We are just happy that we have been able to raise as much awareness as we have.”

Beaird is partnering with Wings of Refuge, a restoration program for trafficked victims based out of Iowa Falls. For more information about the campaign, click here.

BOONE, Iowa  —  A Boone meat packaging facility has been operating without a license, according to an inspection completed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardhip’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau.

A consumer complaint led to an inspection at the 6th Street business, which found as well as not having a license, Lambert & Ewers Smoked Meats had also been storing products at unsafe temperatures and unsanitary conditions were found within the facility.

While no illnesses from the meats have been reported, customers are encouraged not to consume products purchased at the Des Moines pickup location at 403 Maple Street, foods that arrived by home delivery, and any purchased on the company’s website.

All products are being recalled, and the investigation into the facility is ongoing. Anyone who has purchased meats from the company can call 1-800-572-7902 for more information.

MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa  —  Investigators are working to determine the cause of a plane crash that claimed the life of one person.

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office officials responded to the 2000 block of 210th Street in Oskaloosa on a report of an aircraft having crashed. The preliminary investigation indicates the aircraft hit a power line, which then caused the plane to crash into the ground, but there is not yet information as to why the aircraft was flying so low.

First responders found the pilot deceased when they arrived on scene. The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of family members. No one else was in the aircraft at the time of the incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting in the ongoing investigation into the crash.

Courtesy of John Bandstra

DES MOINES, Iowa — Christmas shopping is tough enough when you know what you’re looking for, but when you don’t even have that figured out, forget about it.

“I don`t know what I`m getting,” said shopper Steven Rus, who was doing some last minute holiday shopping Friday Night for his grandparents and his mother. “I think that`s what a lot of people, that`s, they`re kind of panicked you know? They don`t know what they`re coming to get, and you know, expectations are high for a lot of people at Christmas and I don`t know what I`m going to get. We`ll find out. Hopefully, I can find something.”

Stephanie Bandow said she was almost done but just had a couple more things to pick up. Bandow described the scene inside Jordan Creek Town Center as crazy, with lots of people and long lines.

“It`s just finding the time, because I work and so then trying to get it done after work and on the weekends and I try to stay away with the mall on the weekends quite honestly, especially during Christmas,” said Bandow.

Waiting until the last minute to get all of your Christmas shopping done has its consequences.

“The big hardest part about doing last minute shopping is like coming and trying to find parking spots,” said Mackenzie Kane. “It`s been really crazy and it`s really hectic, everywhere in the mall. There`s a lot of looking and trying to find stuff and people are running out of things and that`s kind of hard too.”

No one ever plans to wait until the last minute, it just kind of happens.

Deb Buckner started her shopping online on Cyber Monday, and has continued shopping the last few weeks at the mall. Buckner likes to have everything done by now, preferably the middle of December, but that didn’t happen this year. “I prefer to try and avoid the crowds,” said Buckner.

“I prefer to have mine done by Thanksgiving,” said Angie Taylor. “I`ve got a lot of shipping to do. I`m not going to have my shipping done in time, so I`m gonna ship it the day after Christmas and I like to get everything shipped by December 1st, so I am really far behind.”

RAPID CITY, South Dakota  —  A bus full of Iowa State students was involved in a fatal crash on Thursday night.

Officials say the crash happened around 8:45 p.m. on Interstate 90, east of Rapid City. The bus reportedly lost power and came to a stop in the middle of the highway. A van then rear-ended the bus and a 31-year-old man died at the scene.

No one on the bus was injured.

The students, who were on an ISU Ski Club trip, were transported back to Rapid City via Air Force buses.

WASHINGTON D.C. – The former CEO of a Kosher meat-processing company in northeast Iowa has had his prison sentence commuted by President Donald Trump.

Sholom Rubashkin, 57, was convicted on several bank fraud charges following an immigration raid at the Postville Agriprocessors plant in 2008. He was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for his role in creating fake documents in order to obtain bank loans.

Attorneys for Rubashkin filed several appeals, even asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case but were denied. They claimed the district judge in the case had a conflict of interest, because she met with authorities who were planning the immigration raid. Rubashkin’s sentence was also called into question as lawyers said it was too harsh for a non-violent first time offender.

Wednesday, The White House issued a statement that President Trump had commuted Rubashkin’s sentence. It cited bipartisan support for the action from legislators, including Rep. Steve King of Iowa, and former Department of Justice officials. The statement also mentioned the disparity in sentencing for the case as compared with sentencing in similar cases.

Rubashkin has served more than eight years in prison. He will be on supervised release and still be responsible for the restitution imposed in his original sentence.

This action does not vacate Rubashkin’s conviction.


DES MOINES, Iowa — The end of an era at Des Moines’ Christ The King School .  For decades lunch room manager Eileen Miller has faithfully kept the students fed.  “It is a big part of my life.  It is different from when I started twenty-nine years go.  All we had to do was put the food on the tray.  Now we have to count calories and sodium.”

Despite the changes, she’s been the constant.  Now she is laying down the menu for retirement.  “Oh I’ll miss the kids. I’ll miss seeing the kids,” she said.  Eileen has seen much more than just kids looking for a warm meal after recess.  To her it has been generations of families.  “I now have former students that now have students and a lot are here today for lunch.”

Almost all of her eight kids, twenty-six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren have been served by Eileen.  Sheila McGoldrick, Eileen’s daughter said, “My daughters went to school here so they were served by grandma through the lunch line.  It was the highlight of their day to see that familiar face as they came through the line.”

Many of them including daughter Sarah Dudley arrived in time for the celebration.  “It was really neat to be able to surprise her like that,” said Sarah.  Make no mistake, they also wanted one last tray from Eileen.  “She puts her heart in anything she does completely,” Sarah said.

After serving what the school believes to be well over a million meals, Eileen left her stamp on the final day on job with her signature dish. Pirowskis and Fudgies.  “Pirowski is a hot roll with meat and cheese inside and the fudgies are like a peanut butter cup with peanut butter and chocolate on top.”

While it may seem like a daunting task to take over for such a lunch time legend, Eileen has already handed down her secrets. She said,  “Just serve food that they like and serve it with a smile.”

Eileen’s food prep days are not over just yet. She plans to host her large family this Christmas.