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BRI FIRST AT 4 03-05-2020
BRI FIRST AT 4 03-05-2020
FIRST AT FOUR FOR BRI

Local leaders address the coronavirus.

I'm kimt news three's annalise johnson.

I'll show you what's being done in olmsted county to keep you safe./// wind and wintry mix, how long it lasts in your forecast./// first thing, 911, get help coming.

And as we learn new details about this water rescue in olmsted county á we're finding out what you should do if you find yourself in trouble on the ice./// plusá breaking news out of mower county where new murder charges are filed against a man accused of killing his daughter.

Kimt news three first at four starts right now./// good afternoon and thank you for joining us for kimt news three first at four.

I'm raquel hellman.

I'm amy fleming.//// this afternoon we're following several developing stories.

New murder charges are filed in mower county against this man who's accused of killing his daughter á and her mother.

Plus we're hearing from olmsted county health officials and mayo clinic about how they're preparing for the spread of the coronavirus.

Andá after a dramatic ice rescue in olmsted county á a specialist shows us how to avoid a rpu live eye but we start with the wind advisory that's in effect right now.

Stormteam 3 kimt stormteam three chief meteorologist chris nelson joins us now á chris today: slight mix chance, mostly cloudy, windy highs: upper 30s to low 40s winds: wnw 15á 35, gusts near 40á50 mph tonight: mostly cloudy, breezy lows: mid 20s winds: nw 25á35, gusts near 40mph friday: mostly sunny highs: near 40 new at 4 new at four á olmsted county agencies are joining forces to create a joint information center.

It will include the city of rochester á federal medical center á mayo clinic á olmsted county á olmsted medical center á rochester international airport á and rochester public schools.

The goal is to make sure people across the community have access to the latest information on the virus.

Kimt news 3's annalise johnson attended a press confernce this afternoon on what is happening within these agencies to best protect the community.

Raquel amy á i heard from mayo clinic á olmsted medical center á and olmsted county public health here at the government center.

Currently á no one in minnesota has tested positive for coronavirus.

As soon as any case is labá tested á that's reported the state's public health system.

It's flu season á so there are people being treated at mayo clinic for respiratory illness... novel coronavirus has similar symptoms to any run of the mill cold and flu... but to date á no mayo patients have tested positive for coronavirus.

Dr. pritish tosh spoke at today's press conference... he says mayo originally was planning for the event of caring for one or two coronavirus patients... but have recently shifted their plan to account for the posibility of caring for multiple patients during a pandemic spread.xxx thank you annalise.

On monday á minnesota gained the capability to test people for the virus at the state public health laboratory.

The state now has the capability to test up to 100 people a day./// breaking news we're following breaking news this afternoon.

Murder charges are filed in mower county against dariaz higgins.

Higgins is charged with second degree murder in the death of moelani robinson... if you remember back to this time last year á he was already charged in wisconsin for the murder of noelani's mother á sierra.

On march fifteenth 20á19 á noelani's body was found wrapped in a blanket in a ditch in steele county á near blooming prairie.

Authorities say noelani had been at the rodeway inn motel in austin from feburary sixth to about march tenth of 20á19.

Higgins told authorities noelani fell off the toilet and died.... but an autopsy shows she died from (noná accidental blunt force developing story new developments today in an olmsted county water rescue.

We're learning what led to three people being trapped in frigid water.

It happened just after four yesterday afternoon on lake zumbro.

That's where they say debra jenkinson á of zumbro falls á was using a kayak to get to her dog who fell through the ice.

But her kayak began to sink that's when albert smisek and ronald welke á both of rochester á tried to help.

The men were ice fishing with a selfá propelled fishing vehicle... which also ended up falling through the ice.

All three people were in the water for 20 to 25 minutes before they were that scary situation has us wondering á what we should do if we find ourselves in a similar predictament.

Kimt news three's jessica bringe is finding out.

She joins us live from silver lake in rochester..

Jessica á what are some simple actions we can take to prevent a potentially deadly accident??

Live amy and raquel á especially as it's getting warmer..

Ice water rescue specialist sam jayáquith tells me if you're around icy water á like you can see behind me á make sure to wear your phone around you neck for easy access and carry a whistle in case of an emergency.

Jayáquith says if a person or animal falls through the ice..

Like in yesterday's incident..

Call for help immediately.

Don't go in yourself.

That may only make things worse.

Also á if you're planning to be around water put on a personal flotation device..

And that goes for your furry friends as well.xxx <to be an ill trained, semiá not a professional trying to facilitate a rescue, one you don't have the equipment and you don't have the experience.

Just call 911 and get the professionals coming.> i also spoke with the olmsted county sheriff's department this afternoon á deputies tell me yesterday's incident could have been much worse..

And the department is asking everyone to stay off the ice this time of year.

Live in rochesterá jessica bringe kimt news 3./// thank you jessica.

Fortunately nobody involved in yesterday's water rescue in olmsted county was injured./// campaign 2020 campaign 2020 heats up as senator elizabeth warren is ends her presidential campaign today.

She is dropping out despite earlier assertions that she would stay in the race until the democratic national convention.

It comes after warren had a very poor showing on super tuesday.

Warren came in third in iowa, fourth in new hampshire and nevada, and a distant fifth in south carolina.

Later in this newscast we will be digging deeper into how campaign 2020 is shaping out.

It's a quick and easy way to help save lives.xxx we've been low on a positive and o positive but there's a shortage of people donating we're getting this from 1977 off of their record point of no return, here's kansas krpráááá independent, listener supported radio playing everything from kansas to kiss to the beatles.

We're rocking in rochester a cloudy skies and colder temps are back.

But will the sun return?

We're finding out if we'll see a weekend warm up.///// today students at byron high school teamed up with the mayo clinic blood donor center for a blood drive.

Kimt news three's maleeha kamal went to the event and found concerns about coronavirus are having little impact on generous donors.

On the scene look live:the turnout here for the blood drive at bryon high school has been good.

Close to 50 people came out today to donate blood.

I spoke to an rn to see if the coronavirus has change the requirements and donation and i was told nothing has changed, about 27 people signed up to donate bloodá but impulse donors came pouring in, boosting the numbers.

Registered nurse mali queensland draws blood for the mayo clinic blood donor center.

She says mayo is in contact with the cdc daily... and maintains coronavirus is having no impact on blood donations "our criteria hasn't changed at this point as long as people are feeling well when they come in they can donate.

If cornoavirus affects our area and anyother area it will definitely affect the amount of people that can come in and donate."

Look live: but the criteria could change the types of blood most needed is o positive and a positive.

If you'd like to find out where you can donate á head over to kimt dot com and look for this story under local news./// adoptable pets á on pizza boxes.

How a local business is helping homeless cats and dogs find loving homes.

Plus.xxx "we will be making a one thousand dollar donation to the mower county humane society."

They're donating a lot more than just that.

How hormel is helping these adorable puppies find homes./// your full stormteam 3 forecast is coming up next.

Your full stormteam 3 forecast is coming up next.

It's been a gloomy and gusty day in our area.

We have a wind advisory and you can see just how strong the wind is.

Look at the flags and the trees getting blown around left right and center.

We're joined now by kimt stormteam three chief meteorologist chris nelson.

Chris?///// a cold front is swinging through as we speak which will impact our weather in several ways this thursday.

Starting with the return of clouds overnight, a quick moving band of rain is following this early morning.

Rainfall rates range form light to moderate in this band and may leave things wet for your morning commute.

Luckily, temperatures will be holding above freezing through the morning and daytime hours, keeping most of the surface precipitation as rain.

Slight chances for a wintry mix hold up for the day so some could experience more frozen precipitation as the temperatures change in the upper atmosphere.

Following the passing front, winds form the northwest are expected to increase immensely across the area.

Sustained winds nearing 35 mph are very possible with gusts reaching near 40á50 mph during the day.

A wind advisory will go into effect starting at 9am until 6pm due to the windy conditions.

Drivers take note!

Things will remain breezy into the night before a much calmer friday moves in.

Plan for sunny skies on friday, temps near 40, and winds returning to a light and variable state.

We're still on track for the warmest air of the year this weekend!

A lot of us are looking to reach the 60s on sunday!

Today: slight mix chance, mostly cloudy, windy highs: upper 30s to low 40s winds: wnw 15á 35, gusts near 40á50 mph tonight: mostly cloudy, breezy lows: mid 20s winds: nw 25á35, gusts near 40mph friday: mostly sunny highs: near 40 (( ad lib chat with amy, raquel, and chris )) thanks chris .//// the mower county humane society is feeling grateful today after hormel chili made a generous donation.

The shelter has a dog named chili, so once hormel heard that, they felt even more of a pull to help out.

Chili recently had 6 puppies.

Today, hormel donated lots of food and toys for the cats and dogs at the shelter, one thousand dollars and they're covering the adoption fees for all of chili's puppies.

In addition to all of that, they are also covering all pet adoption fees on national pet adoption day on may 2nd.

Volunteers from the shelter say they appreciate everything hormel continues to do for them, besides just an effort is underway to help animals at (another local humane society as well.

Rumorz bar and grill in clear lake is partnering with the humane society of north iowa to feature adoptable cats and dogs on pizza boxes.

Rumorz owner katie schowalter says the idea came from a new york pizzeria that's doing something similar.

In just a few days á they've seen an overwhelming response á particularly on facebook.xxx "lots of comments, i originally thought it'd be a great place because it's a tourist town during the summertime, people coming from des moines or minneapolis might find a pet they just have to get."

There are no plans to stop this effort any time soon.

Four pets are currently being featured á and new animals will be rotated in as when you think of public radio, you might think of mozart and nápár news.

In rochester, though, there is another public radio option.

And we've been rock from the beginning straight ahead, we pay a visit to rochester's kárápáráááá our own independent radio station playing everything from judas priest and the scorpions to the minnesota department of education releases the minnesota report card with 2019 graduation rates.

Find out how rochester public schools are doing.///// back in the old days, rock radio stations had program directors who decided what music the station would play.

They sampled rock albums and made decisions based on the tastes of their listeners.

Now, though, radio stations with formats from from rock to country to hip hop are all owned by gigantic radio chains including iá heart media and cumulus.

George mallet is here after paying a visit to a rochester radio station that is entirely independent.

Yesááá entirely independentááá and entirely dedicated to classic rock.

You may already know what station i'm talking about.

Krpr.

They are breaking the mold when it comes to rock radioáááá and independent radio.

They are playing the kind of rock i likeáááá simply putááá lots of loud wailing guitars without a bunch of talking.

Let's get back to music.

We're getting this one from 1977 off of their record... rochester's publicly supported rock radio stationááá krpráá áá could be missed if you didn't know it's tucked in a southeast rochester shopping center.

But the fans of album oriented radioá áá know where it is on the dial.

It's been at 89.9 since it was a mere college radio station and remained there when it was purchased by the group of radio afficionados who formed rochester public radio.

We're proud to say that we are the only independent, locally owned radio station left in the city so it's a good thing our group came around and we've been rock from the beginning.

Brian taylor is the program director and morning man on the popular station.

He's proud his crew isn't locked into corporate playlistsáááá and is free to rock.

That's our thing, we go to the local record store.

We did through the vinyl.

We dig through the cd's and we find tracks that maybe weren't the a cut or the b cut on that record, but they were songs that, in the old days, you played the whole record, you familiar with it.

Music natso for a moment.

And if you think the station sounds a little warmer than the digitized corporate inhabitants on the dial... it' because it is.

It's old school.

I mean it's analog equipment that we use to send the signal out to everybody we try to not process it must.

We want our station to sound exactly a public radio stationáááá krpr also offers informational and educational programming.

Case in pointááá kimt provides news updates to krpr.

Back in the old days of analog radioáááá i would have now said something likeá ááá krprááá tune it in and rip the knob off.

To find a radio station playing my kind of rock without a bunch of commercialsááá is a godsend.

Krpr is at 89 point 9 on the radio... providing classic rock n roll day and night.

And the station recently began streaming online so listeners can enjoy their music the world over.

George will post a link to the krpr website when he posts this story at kimt dot com.

There is always a need for blood donations.

Find out who byron high school is teaming up minnesota is making sure we're prepared for the coronavirus.

I'm kimt news three's annalise johnson with how our area is equipped to handle the virus should it make it's way here.

Warmest air of the season, could it be record warmth?

Details comign up calling all white claw lovers.

Some new flavors will be hitting store shelves.

What sparked the inspiration for them./////// coronavirus minnesota now has the capability to test up to 100 people a day for the novel coronavirus.

This means the state á including our area á is more equipped to handle the virus should it emerge in minnesota.

New at 4 new at four á we're finding out how rochester public schools is preparing for a possible coronavirus outbreak.

Kimt news three's annalise johnson was there as district leaders talked about thier plans this afternoon.

She joins us live.

Annalise?

Live raquel á rps was a part of a press conference with the city of rochester here at the olmsted county government center.

The elderly á the sick á and the young are most at risk of coronavirus's symptoms becoming serious.

Superintenden t michael munoz says rps is in daily contact with olmsted county public health á the minnesota department of health á and the minnesota department of education.

They're working on plans for what to do to support kids learning if they need to stay home á and what happens if and when school buildings á or even the entire district need we are working together to prepare, plan, and respond in the best way possible for our community and students rps is starting to have conversations about what happens if and when schools have to close.

On kimt news 3 at 6 á i'll tell you what parents need to know and begin planning for.

On kimt news 3 at 5 á we'll hear from olmsted county public health on how people and businesses can prepare.

Live in rochesterá annalise johnson kimt thank you annalise.

Governor walz said earlier this week "preparation is not panic á preparation is the right thing after a stretch of nice weather á we are now under a wind advisory á and there have been some flurries flying too.

We're joined now by kimt stormteam three chief meteorologist chris nelson á chris á today: slight mix chance, mostly cloudy, windy highs: upper 30s to low 40s winds: wnw 15á 35, gusts near 40á50 mph tonight: mostly cloudy, breezy lows: mid 20s winds: nw 25á35, gusts near 40mph friday: mostly sunny highs: near 40 starting todayá bridge avenue between hawthorne and marshall street in albert lea will be closed because a tree is being removed.

Here you can see excatly where the road closure runs.

The closure is expected to last about a week and a halfá depending on the weather.

Albert lea public works is asking you to follow the detour signs and keep both drivers and the crews working on tree removal safe.

This section of the number of rochester students to graduate is climbing.

The minnesota department of education is releasing its 20á19 report card.

It shows that rochester public schools' graduation rate is nearly 86 percent.

That's compared to the state average of nearly 84 percent.

Both rochester and the state averages are breaking news we're also following another breaking story.

A blooming prairie man wanted in connection to a las vegas murder is arrested.

The rice county sheriff's office says they arrested sixtyáyearáold mark doocy wednesday night at the flying j truck stop in webster township authorities say doocy was in a vehicle when they tried to make contact with him á but got no response.

They ended up having pull him out of the car.

He was taken to a hospital in the twin cities where he's in custody and in stable condition.

The murder happened in las vegas on february 28th.

The name of the victim is not being released.

Stay with kimt news three on air and online as we work to senator elizabeth warren run for president is over.

Xxx there's no room for anyone else in this what this means for the candidates still left in the race for the democratic as the coronavirus spreadsá a state of emergency is declared on the west coast.

How our country is handling the crisis.///// campaign 2020 elizabeth warren is the latest candidate to drop out of the race for the democratic nomination after the super tueday primaries.

Skyler henry explains what this means for the campaign moving forward.xxx surrounded by supporters and her husband... senator elizabeth warren announced she is suspending her campaign for president.

"there are two lanes, a progressive lane that bernie sanders was the incumbent for and a moderate lane that joe biden was the incumbent for and there's no room for anyone else in this.

I thought that wasn't right but evidently, i was wrong."

(track 2) warren called her fight to be the president the honor of a lifetime.

But her departure leaves the race as a twoáman battle between former vice president joe biden and senator bernie sanders.

"if you say, 'yeah, there was sexism in this race,' everyone says 'whiner!'

And if you say, 'no, there was no sexism,' about a bazillion women think 'what planet do you live on?'" (track 3) former presidential candidate& senator kamala harris praised warren's campaign and echoed her thoughts on sexism.

"this election cycle in particular has also presented very legitimate questions about the challenges of women running for president of the united states."

(standup: skyler henry/cbs news/the white house) both biden and sanders have talked with warren as they seek her endorsement.

But she says she needs time to think it over.

(track 4) biden and sanders both praised warren.

(gfx) biden tweeted she "is the fiercest of fighters for middle class families.... we needed her voice in this race, and we need her continued work in the senate."

(/wipe gfx) sanders tweeted that: "without her, the progressive movement would not be nearly as strong as it is today.

I know she'll stay in this fight and we are grateful that she will."

"i guarantee that i will stay in the fight for the hard working folks across this country who got the short end of the stick."

(track 5) sanders and biden continue the race for delegates with six states voting next congresswoma n tulsi gabbard is the only other democrat still in the race but with only one delegate á she has no realistic chance of winning the nomination./// byron high school has teamed up with mayo clinic blood donor center to host a blood drive.

Kimt news three maleeha kamal attended the event and found out our community is in constant need of whole blood.

On the scene look live: students against destructive decisions helped organize todays blood drive here at byron high school.

For some individuals it was their first time and for others it was a repeat.

One lady today me that today will be her 54 time donating blood.

I also spoke to organizers to see why people should donate blood.

Alydia freiricks donated blood for the first time today.

Student sot: "i was very excited about because i felt it was my opportunity to help.

Rn sot: "right now we have been low on o positive and a positive and which are actually the most common blood types."

Registered nurse mali queensland says the need for whole blood is unendingááá and it is particularly tough to get donations this time of year.

Rn sot: "people just being busy and not taking the time but it also cold and flew season.

We have had a lot of donors not come in because they aren't feeling well."

Donations are critical in the treatment of transplant and cancer patients.

Newborns and preemie babies need them too.

Queensland says the sheer volume of patients treated at mayo increases such needs.

Donors will tell you, it makes you feel great to give and you'll even get a snack when you're done..

Student"it didn't hurt at all and it was a the blood drive was put together as a way for students to give back to their community.

Donations made today will stay in the area.

As the coronavirus spreads, president trump continues his efforts to calm public fears.

Find out about the emergency i'd be lying if i said the journey had been an easy one it's been a year since alex trebek was diagnosed with cancer.

Stick around to find out how the host of jeopardy is doing today./// tracking a warm weekend ahead.

We're joined now by kimt stormteam three chief meteorologist chris nelson.

Chris what are you tracking?///// a cold front is swinging through as we speak which will impact our weather in several ways this thursday.

Starting with the return of clouds overnight, a quick moving band of rain is following this early morning.

Rainfall rates range form light to moderate in this band and may leave things wet for your morning commute.

Luckily, temperatures will be holding above freezing through the morning and daytime hours, keeping most of the surface precipitation as rain.

Slight chances for a wintry mix hold up for the day so some could experience more frozen precipitation as the temperatures change in the upper atmosphere.

Following the passing front, winds form the northwest are expected to increase immensely across the area.

Sustained winds nearing 35 mph are very possible with gusts reaching near 40á50 mph during the day.

A wind advisory will go into effect starting at 9am until 6pm due to the windy conditions.

Drivers take note!

Things will remain breezy into the night before a much calmer friday moves in.

Plan for sunny skies on friday, temps near 40, and winds returning to a light and variable state.

We're still on track for the warmest air of the year this weekend!

A lot of us are looking to reach the 60s on sunday!

Today: slight mix chance, mostly cloudy, windy highs: upper 30s to low 40s winds: wnw 15á 35, gusts near 40á50 mph tonight: mostly cloudy, breezy lows: mid 20s winds: nw 25á35, gusts near 40mph friday: mostly sunny highs: near 40 (( ad lib chat with raquel, chris, and amy )) thanks chris.///// alright guys á here we go again.

It's no secret that i'm a fan of white claw.

(ad lib banter) now á the company is adding three new flavors.

Take a look.xxx the topáselling spiked seltzer brand in america is adding lemon á watermelon and tangerine.

They picked the new flavors based on the more than 70á thousand requests from social media.

They join white claw's lineup of five existing flavors á black cherry á raspberry á ruby grapefruit á lime á and mango./// what do you think about the new flavors?

(banter) white claw controls about 60 percent of the hard seltzer beverage category in the uás áá but competition is tightening.

Deepápocketed rivals have all begun selling their take on the drink./// many of you know him from jeopardy which you watch right here on kimt news three right before first at four.

Long time host alex trebek is giving us an update on his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Raquelá he's making it clear that he's not giving up.

The official twitter account of his game show "jeopardy!"

Shared video of trebek talking about his prognosis.

A year ago he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

He says the oneáyear survival rate for the stage 4 pancreatic cancer is only 18 percent.xxx i'm very happy to report i have just reached that marker.

I'd be lying if i said the journey had been an easy one.there were some good days but a lot of not so very good days.

I joked with friends that the cancer won't kill me, the chemo treatments will.

There were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer functioned and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on.

But i brushed that aside quickly, because that would've been a massive betrayal trebek ended his update urging people to keep a positive attitude and promising to keep everyone posted.//// every month á kimt news three and our giving your best partner á diamond jo casino á honor someone who goes above and beyond to give back to their community.xxx he's took a bunch of time from his life and from a bunch of stuff from his job to help people out.

Those are our volunteer of the month's daughters á who nominated their dad for the award.

I'll introduce you to him tonight on kimt news three at six./// and next on first at four á the coronavirus crisis.

A state of emergency is declared in california as the coronavirus spreads./ andá president trump could pass a multi billion dollar bill to help fight the virus.

We're finding out if congress is on board with the emergency funding measure.//// coronavirus with cases of coronavirus now over 170 in the uásá california is keeping a cruise ship off the coast until kits arrive to test passengers.

Health officials in san francisco announced the first two cases of coronavirus in that city.

The grand princess cruise ship remained off the coast of san francisco today while passengers wait to be tested for the coronavirus.

That's after a 71áyear old man who was a passenger on the shipáálast montháádied from the illness.

Leah carlson and her sister laura are everything was running through my head.

I don't want to go home.

I don't want to go home to my family because i don't want to take anything to them.

I don't want to take it to my city if i happen to have it on my clothes or whatever.

I don't even know.

19 states in total have confirmed cases.//////// nowá president trump could sign an emergency funding bill to fight the coronavirus as soon as tomorrow.

The senate passed the more than $8 billion dollar bill today.

The bill includes more than 2 billion dollars to help federal, state and local governments prevent, prepare and respond to the crisis, and it includes 3 billion to develope vaccines and test kits.

The trump administration dispatched health officials to the hill for a briefing with lawmakers./// by the end of the week we believe we will have shipped enough for 75,000 people to be tested the vice president has flown to washington áá the state hardest hit by the virus.

Three republicans á two in the house and kentucky senator rand paul á voted against the emergency funding bill.

The capitol is still open to the public, and so far, there are no extra safety measures in place./////// coronavirus has not yet infected anyone in minnesota according to health officialsá but the state is preparing for the worst.

Find out on kimt news three at five what agencies across olmsted county are doing to make sure we're this weekend we will be springing forward for daylight saving time.

George the good news is á we will get more daylight.

But the bad news is á we will lose an hour of sleep.

And thank you raquel

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