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DOON, Iowa  —  Floodwater has receded in northwest Iowa, where a train carrying crude oil derailed on Friday.

The oil has now been contained, but removing all the oil from the water could take months. At least 200 people are now helping with cleanup efforts.

BNSF Railroad is asking anyone with damage as a result of that derailment to contact them to get everything cleaned up and repaired.

“We have representatives from the EPA, state, local, regional, regulators are on site overseeing what we’re doing and working with them to make sure that we clean up in the appropriate way as it relates to federal law and state law,” said BSNF spokesperson Andy Williams. “Every plan that we come up with we’re having approved by them before we move forward. The long-term cleanup will take a while, a matter of months, probably, and we will be working hand in hand with the EPA and other agencies.”

The sheriff’s office is asking everyone to stay away from the area because of the heavy machinery being used.

BONDURANT, Iowa  —  Before the rain hit on Sunday, a group of people in Bondurant met to dedicate a garden to an 11-year-old girl who lost her battle with cancer last year.

The dedication of Ava’s Butterfly Garden, in memory of Ava Hutchinson, started with dozens of monarch butterflies being released.

This garden in Bondurant is shaped like a butterfly, which is a theme that means a lot to Ava’s family.

“Butterflies and flowers and gardens are a sign of renewal, too, so that’s a big thing for me,” Joni Hutchinson said.

“Her love of life was huge, and she seemed to always bring everybody together. And everybody talks about how strong-willed she was or how she influenced them to make them feel better,” Chris Hutchinson said.

The community and We XL 4H, a club to which Ava belonged, donated $3,000 to help pay for the garden.

DES MOINES, Iowa– Saturday, local authorities are investigating a drowning at Gray’s Lake.

Des Moines fire officials say it happened just after 7:30 p.m. at the beach area of the lake.

A 6-year-old girl, was at the beach with her family.

The girl was treated on scene.

Later she was taken to a Des Moines hospital, where she was pronounced dead.


DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The Red Cross of Central Iowa spent Saturday installing smoke alarms in the Meadows mobile home park in Des Moines.

Red Cross officials say this effort was a direct response to a fire at the mobile park back in May. No one was hurt, but the home that caught fire was completely destroyed. Officials are still trying to figure out what caused the fire.

The same day Red Cross volunteers responded to that fire, crews were asked by the Meadows property management to assist the community in installing smoke alarms to ensure residents’ safety. One resident found that one of her detectors needed a new battery.

“That just blew my mind because it’s like, oh my god, my house could go up and I’d never know,” said resident Sheila Mohr.

Even though the mobile homes are smaller, Red Cross officials say the material they are made of is more flammable and there is a better chance of a deadly outcome if residents are caught inside during a fire.

“Every sleeping quarter should have a smoke detector. Or if they are close by to each other they could have one just right outside,” said Red Cross Disaster Program manager Keith Kuperman. “But we’re trying to really install one in each sleeping quarter and to have one in the living area, as well, to make sure that they could get out quickly. Unfortunately, it’s not like a regular structure, which has particular building codes, which enables them to have more time to escape during a fire. When you’re dealing with the mobile home community, they go up a lot quicker. So we do need to make sure that they do have adequate coverage throughout their area.”

The Red Cross had a goal of getting to every home in the neighborhood and installing over 1,000 new smoke alarms.

DES MOINES — The Barnstormers have never won a championship. Not even with Kurt Warner. But now they are one win away from changing that.

The Barnstormers started slow spotting Nebraska a 7-0 lead then a 10-7 lead, then Iowa ran away with United Conference title beating the Danger 48-17.

Iowa will host the winner of Arizona and Sioux Falls in two weeks.

IOWA  —  Narcan is a vaccine used to revive people who overdose on opioids, and starting next week it will be handed out for free to nearly to nearly 2,000 Iowans in over 350 pharmacies across the state.

“This is just a temporary solution to the respiratory depression the person has experienced. It released the seal and just enters it into the person’s nose and pushes the plunger,” said Kevin Gabbert, Opioid Initiatives Director at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

According to the department, 200 Iowans died of an opioid-related overdose in 2017. That number is up from 59 in 2005.

“Opioids are a problem across the Midwest and across the country. If we don’t get behind fixing the problem, everyone paying for a portion of it, which means if providing that for free is the answer that gets beyond that, that’s what we should do,” Des Moines resident Michelle Wermuth said.

The health department says the free Narcan handout, also sponsored by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and Iowa Pharmacy Association, gets behind the problem and helps reduce the number of deaths.

In 2016, legislators legalized easy access to the vaccine.

“Any pharmacist that wants to use her standing order can honor that, and individuals that come into that pharmacy can purchase naloxone without previously being seen by a physician,” Gabbert said.

“I don’t know whether they’ll get help or not, but if they keep taking these illegal drugs, they’ll eventually get the job done, whether it’s accidental or on purpose,” Rep. Clel Baudler said in 2016.

Through federal tax grant money, the Department of Public Health bought $150,000 worth of Narcan, which will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Narcan nasal spray usually cost $150.

The handouts begin next Friday, June 29th. Anyone is welcome to pick up the vaccine.

Click here to find out which pharmacies are participating in the handout. A questionnaire must be filled out before collecting the vaccine, and those picking up the vaccine must receive instructions from a pharmacist.

The Department of Public Health stresses Narcan is not the solution, but can temporarily reverse and opioid overdose until emergency personnel arrive.

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Khartoum, Sudan — Amal is 11 years old and seeking a divorce.

The young Sudanese girl was in elementary school when a 38-year-old man asked for her hand in marriage.

Her father accepted the proposal, and Amal (not her real name) was immediately wed.

In Sudan, child marriage has been woven into the fabric of the country’s culture, driven by tradition and poverty. More than a third of girls there are married before their 18th birthday, according to a 2017 UNICEF report, and 12% are wed before they reach 15. Under the country’s 1991 Personal Status Law of Muslims, children can marry when they reach “maturity,” which is only 10 years old. It’s the lowest legal age of marriage in Africa.

Noura in her own words: Teen who killed rapist husband shares her story

The recent case of Sudanese teenager Noura Hussein, sentenced to death earlier this year for killing her husband as he tried to rape her, has focused attention on child marriage in Sudan. Now 19, Noura was just 15 when she was forced to marry a man more than twice her age.

Pre-teen bride Amal says she was repeatedly abused at the hands of her husband, who smoked cigarettes as he beat her.

In an interview in Khartoum, her father sitting beside her, Amal told CNN that her husband had another wife who lived in the same house with them.

After the abuse, Amal said that she went to her father for help, but he kept sending her back. Eventually she escaped with the aid of her husband’s first wife.

“He treated me horribly,” Amal said of her husband. “Then when the beatings became every day, I went to the police station.”

A doctor who evaluated Amal’s injuries at the station found evidence that she’d been tied up and assaulted.

Though he had heard her story before, Amal’s father wept while his daughter talked to us.

“Twice, she came to my home, twice, and was terrified and frightened. I sent her back,” he told CNN. “I am regretful.”

Amal’s father, who works as a tinsmith laborer in the street, is raising six daughters on his own. When he described why he married Amal off — despite her young age — he cited tradition and honor.

“When I let him marry my daughter, it was on trust, on the basis that he would look after her, let her continue with her education and honor her as agreed,” he said. “But I found that this was not happening. It was all beating, humiliation and provocation.”

Many Sudanese parents marry off their daughters in hopes of avoiding poverty, violence or family shame. Unmarried women are often stigmatized as agir, “infertile,” or bayra, “not demanded for marriage.” But, in reality, child brides are more likely to face sexual, physical and psychological violence, according to UNICEF.

“I didn’t know that getting married at a young age could have such consequences,” Amal’s father added.

Despite what happened to Amal, he says it won’t stop him from marrying off his younger daughters.

In December 2015, the Sudanese government joined the African Union campaign to end child marriage on the continent. One year later, Sudan received recommendations from the United Nations with the same goal.

In the intervening years, Sudan’s National Council for Child Welfare (NCCW) formulated a strategy for abandoning the practice, but the reform sparked counter-mobilization by conservative religious groups in the country and little has been done to implement it.

The SEEMA Center, a nongovernmental organization working with victims and survivors of gender-based violence in Khartoum, is among civil-society groups working to change that.

Nahid Jabralla, director of SEEMA, has been campaigning in support of Amal, Noura and other young women and girls with stories like theirs.

“Many of the cases brought to SEEMA Center are related to forced marriage, child marriage or domestic violence, including marital rape and cases to do with injustice,” Jabralla told CNN. “However, what is brought to SEEMA Center is a very small portion of the cases of the violations that women and children are subjected to in the Sudan.”

Read more: In Sudan, the #JusticeForNoura campaign gave a voice to the voiceless

The Sudanese government has not responded to CNN’s requests for comment on child marriage in the country, or Noura’s case.

While official statistics show that 34% of girls in Sudan get married before they reach 18, this varies significantly across the country. In Sudan’s East Darfur State, for example, 57% of women marry before the age of 18, according to a 2014 UNICEF health survey.

Sudan is full of Nouras and few have seen justice, Jabralla says.

Despite these odds, young girls like Amal are still fighting for a different future.

The 11-year-old, who likes to play with dolls and has filled countless notebooks with poetry, is adamant on having her divorce finalized.

As soon as it is, she wants to get back to school, to be reunited with her friends.

Asked what advice she would give other young girls fighting early marriage, Amal looked down at her hands.

“Be brave,” she said.

“I wish I was braver.”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The ailing father of designer Kate Spade died just hours before his daughter’s funeral in Kansas City, Missouri.

An announcement was made Thursday at Spade’s funeral, according to WDAF. A priest at the service said Earl (Frank) Brosnahan Jr. was recently put into hospice and passed away Wednesday night. He was 89 years old.

“He had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter,” a family statement says. Read the full statement from family below.

Brosnahan was born in Kansas City and lived most of his life there, according to his family. He was surrounded by family in his home when he died Wednesday.

Spade, whose real name was Katherine Noel Brosnahan, took her own life earlier this month. She was found dead in her New York City apartment on June 5. Her husband said she suffered from depression for years.

Spade’s funeral is taking place this afternoon at Redemptorist Church in Kansas City.

Here is the full statement from the Brosnahan family:

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Katy’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan Jr., passed away last night at age 89. He had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter. He was at home and surrounded by family at the time of his passing.

Frank was born in Kansas City, Mo. and was a lifelong resident. He served in the U.S. Navy before graduating from the University of Miami in 1949, after which he returned to Kansas City to work in the family construction business. He was president of the Midwest Heavy Construction Association in the mid 1960s after taking over the family business fro his father Earl F. Brosnahan Sr. and his mother Helen Rose Brosnahan (nee Mottin).

Frank married June Therese Mullen in 1953 and had six children, Missy, Earl III, Ann, Reta, Katy (decesed) and Eve. He was an avid tennis player and a charter member of the Carriage Club in Kansas City for more than 50 years. Frank married Sandy Palmer in 1992 and she was at his bedside when he passed.

Later in life Frank took up golf and was a great lover of his two Yorkshire Terriers. He was especially proud of his wife, children and grandchildren. Frank is survived by his wife Sandy, three brothers and a sister, five children, eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Katherine and Helen De Salme and his daughter Katherine Noel.”

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GREECE – A 9-year-old boy in Greece permanently injured his left eye when he repeatedly gazed into a laser pointer’s green beam, doctors say.

Examination revealed a large hole in the macula, a small area in the retina that helps with discerning detail in faces and while reading or driving, the doctors said in a case report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Further imaging revealed two more injured areas below the macular hole.

Macular holes are typically treated with surgery that is accompanied with an almost 100% risk of cataract formation, Dr. Sofia Androudi, a physician involved with the case, wrote in an email. Cataracts cause blurry vision by clouding the eyes’ clear lenses.

However, in this case, because the macular hole resulted from the laser burn, the nerves in the eye that absorb light were totally damaged, said Androudi, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Thessaly in Greece. “This means that even if the surgery would be successful, the boy would not be able to see.”

The boy’s vision was measured at 20/20 in his right eye and 20/100 in his left, according to the report. A person with a visual acuity of 20/100 would have to be within 20 feet of a point of focus in order to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.

Children are often reluctant to report eye injuries or symptoms, Androudi said, and she suspected that the patient had injured his eye at least a year before coming in for treatment. But even if he had come in earlier, there was no available therapy for his case, she said. Eighteen months after he came in, there were no changes to the boy’s vision.

“When you have something as powerful like a laser, it’s so powerful that it is converted to heat like a burn,” said Dr. Thomas C. Lee, director of the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, who was not involved with the care of this patient. “That can leave scar tissue behind and can cause bleeding. The patient can actually get a blind spot right in the middle of the eye. … It’s like a magnifying glass burning a piece of paper. It’s the same thing.”

The United States Food and Drug Administration restricts the sale of laser pointers with more than 5 milliwatts of power throughout the US. However, the restrictions are not enforced or regulated and pointers are very easy to purchase online, Androudi said.

“Typically, they’re less than 5 milliwatts, and those are relatively less harmful, but they’re often mislabeled. The power output, rather than being 5 milliwatts, can be 10, 50 or even higher,” said Dr. Peter Gehlbach, director of the Wilmer Echography Center and professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, who was not involved in this patient’s care. “And these are particularly dangerous powers, and there’s no way for you to know as a user that this laser pointer that you got off the internet has the right power.”

The patient’s father had bought the laser as a toy from a street merchant, Androudi said. Green-blue lasers are typically considered more dangerous than red-orange lasers because they emit a light that is very close to 550 nanometers, the wavelength to which the human eye is most sensitive. Put simply, it’s easier to see green light than red, she explained.

Although awareness about the dangers that lasers can pose has increased, experts recommend that parents who use laser pointers for work should keep them away from their children. That means no playing with them like they’re light sabers or aiming them in front of cats to get them to chase the little dot.

“Fundamentally, lasers should never be considered toys,” Lee said.

JOHNSTON, Iowa  —  Johnston Police are looking for a 60-year-old man whose been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

Jeffrey Lynn Dreesen was as last seen at 3:00pm at 6005 Breemen Court in Johnston.  He was wearing a blue jeans and a red/yellow jacket.

If you’ve seen Mr. Dreesen you’re asked to call Johnston Police Department at 515-278-2345.