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MORNING RUSH: Skywalk Singer Early Show

By now, you’ve probably forgotten about the stress of getting out the door and fighting the morning rush to get to work.

Some people forget it as soon as they hit the downtown skywalk, thanks to a little free entertainment.

The show starts each morning at 6:40 and it lasts about 45 minutes.

The venue is the skywalk on 7th Street across Walnut.

And, as Channel 13′s Dan Winters discovered, the audience is on the move.

PAROLE GRANTED: Des Moines Mother Set Free

A Des Moines mother convicted of drowning her two week old son is about to become a free woman.  Heidi Anfinson is serving a 50 year prison sentence for the 1998 death of her infant son, Jacob.

This morning, the Iowa Board of Parole voted unanimously to release her from prison.

“I was just so excited when she said, Guess what, Heidi`s free.   I said what?”

Marietta Mitchell didn’t know if she’d ever see her 53 year old daughter become a free woman.

“Went crazy almost when they locked her up for this,” says Mitchell.

Anfinson’s family has always believed in her innocence.

“Of course I do. I don`t think she ever did anything  to cause Jacob`s death at all,” she says.

BIRTHDAY WISH: Metro Man Giving Back

A goal set a year ago is coming full circle for one metro man.

Nate Beaird wanted to celebrate his 30th birthday by giving back and to do so, it’s taken the help from hundreds of people, some of which he’s never met.

“Hey, I’m Nate, and this year, I’m turning 30 years old, but instead of a normal birthday party, I’m partnering with World Vision to combat malaria,” says Nate Beaird in a recorded video.

With this simple request, Nate set out to fight the deadly disease, by raising $30,000 by his 30th birthday.

That money will provide 5,000 mosquito nets to protect 10,000 kids from malaria.

Nate said it was a cause he could get behind.

“What I found out was these nets are super practical they’re very inexpensive, and for the cost of a sandwich at a fast food chain, you could save two kids lives and I thought that was pretty incredible,” says Beaird.

BUS CRASH: DART Bus Involved In Accident

Des Moines police are investigating an afternoon crash involving three vehicles — including a DART bus.

The accident happened around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at 9th and University in Des Moines.

Several people from the vehicles were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Authorities says the injuries don’t appear series in nature.

The crash remains under investigation.

PREP VOLLEYBALL: SE Polk vs. Dowling

Southeast Polk and Dowling match up.

VOTING TIMELINE: One Week Until Election

With just days until the election, there are some deadlines you should be aware of:

Friday is the deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail.  It must to be postmarked no later than Monday, November 5th.

Saturday, Auditor’s offices across the state are open for in-person early voting.

Monday is the last day you can vote absentee in person, before the election.

Tuesday is the election.  Polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

You can register to vote on election night.  To register, you need to bring a photo ID and a utility bill, or something else to prove your address. 

The state is seeing about 20,000 requests for absentee ballots per day.

He says Iowa is on track to meet or surpass the 2008 early voting number of 545,000.

TRICK-OR-TREAT: Beggars Night Safety

The DOT is reminding Iowa drivers to be extra cautious over the next few days as little ghouls and goblins will be roaming the streets looking for treats.

With more people out walking in the streets at twilight and throughout the evening drivers should be scanning for people standing in or near the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the number of childhood pedestrian deaths increased fourfold among elementary and middle school-aged children on Halloween evenings when compared with all other evenings.

Children can very easily get caught up in the excitement of the evening and forget to look before trying to cross the street. Costumes also tend to cause trouble for some children, masks can impede vision, and long, baggy or loose costumes may cause falls that leave children in an unsafe position.