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CLOSE TIES: Des Moines Sends Prayers To Kansas

State and federal authorities are now investigating shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas.

Frazier Cross Jr. is accused of fatally shooting three people Sunday. Witnesses say the 73-year-old was yelling “Heil Hitler” as police arrested him.

The attack in Kansas comes as the Jewish community prepares to celebrate Passover. The most observed holiday in the Jewish faith begins tonight at sundown.

“It really hits close on many levels to us,” says Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

Des Moines’ Jewish community shares close ties to the Kansas City area.

“I actually have family in that area, but there is that feeling in the Jewish community that we’re all connected and I think we all feel the pain when things happen,” he says.

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CAPITOL VISIT: ISU Men’s Basketball Team Honored

The Iowa State men’s basketball team received a special honor from state leaders Monday.

The Cyclones were recognized on the House and Senate floors for their success this season which included winning the Big 12 Tournament and a Sweet Sixteen birth in the NCAA Tournament.

Coach Fred Hoiberg predicted the Cyclones would have beaten UConn had they been at full strength.

“It was a great day just all the support we’ve had from the Senate to the Congress over the course of a year,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s been incredible. Just the phone calls we’ve gotten from the different representatives.”

The team was also taken on a tour of the Capitol.

BRIDGE WORK: Road Closed, Detour In Place

Construction on a Des Moines bridge began Monday morning.

Crews are repairing the Euclid Avenue Bridge over Four Mile Creek.

While construction is underway, Euclid Avenue between East 33rd and Hubbell Avenue will be closed. Detours will be posted along the route.

Department of Transportation officials say the construction is expected to be finished by September 30th.

BRIDGE MEETING: Grand Avenue Options

The city of Des Moines is holding an informational meeting Monday night about rebuilding the Grand Avenue bridge downtown.

The landmark bridge is falling apart. Des Moines leaders say it will be more cost effective to replace the bridge than to continue fixing it.

However they want the new bridge to keep some features of the current one — including the arches.

The public meeting will be held at City Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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HOMICIDE CASE: Victim’s Name Released

What started as a medical emergency 911 call on Sunday is now being treated as a homicide investigation.

Des Moines police say 57-year-old Jaunita Lagrone may have been beaten to death inside her home.

Officers were called to a home in the 2800 block of East Douglas around 2:15 p.m. The woman’s daughter, who just returned home from being out of town for the weekend, found her mother lying on the floor.

Police say there were obvious signs of foul play.

Investigators don’t have any suspects at this time, but hope witnesses can give them insight into what happened.

“We’ll have our witnesses come in to talk about who last saw her, any issues she may have had going on. What was happening recently in her life that may have led to this,” says Sgt. Jason Halifax.

WILD IDEA: Soldier’s Surprise Proposal At Hockey Game

An Iowa soldier who has a knack for surprises pulled off another one Friday night.

Dylan Martin was honored as the “Hero of the Game” at Wells Fargo Arena during an Iowa Wild game.

When it came time to recognize him, he got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend.

Last fall Channel 13 was there when Dylan surprised his little brother at school after returning home from a tour overseas.

HOMELESS HELP: ‘Ellen’ Surprises DM Pizzeria Owner, Again

Another trip to the Ellen show netted another big donation for a Des Moines restaurant owner Friday.

For the second time in two weeks, Derrick Walton was a guest on Ellen. Walton owns Rock Power Pizza on Southwest 9th Street.

The former homeless man opens the restaurant on Monday nights only to the homeless to feed them for free.

Last week Ellen gave Walton a check for $10,000 to continue his crusade. Today, JC Penney had a pair of surprises for him.