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Posted: 5:29 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

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Bitter cold air greets you this first day back to work.  This morning's big story is the wind chills, falling through the 20's.  This afternoon will feel raw.  Tonight the winds calm but temps plunge into the low 20's, flirting with records set in the 1800's.  We'll gradually warm up for the weekend, maybe back into the 70's by Saturday. 

Today's interview lineup:

At 6:10 hear Fox's Hank Weinbloom from Des Moines explain how the caucus works and when we can expect to hear results.

At 6:53 hear Jamie Dupree explain why Newt Gingrich appears to be moving on to New Hampshire and South Carolina.

At 8:23 hear Jamie Dupree run down the final day of campaigning ahead of tonight's caucus. 

Our Top National Story is You Decide 2012:  All the speeches and ads come to an end tonight, as Republicans caucus in Iowa and start the process rolling on the 2012 Presidential election.  Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum top the list in the polls.  The caucuses begin at 8pm our time. 

WOKV's Jamie Dupree is reporting from De Moines throughout the day and will have results tonight, and analysis tomorrow morning. 

Ron Paul says he doesn't envision himself in the White House.  Paul is near the top of the polls in Iowa but says the odds of his winning are slim.

Not long ago Newt Gingrich was the frontrunner in Iowa.  But now he says he doesn't think he's going to win Iowa. 

President Obama will try to stay on the Iowa radar, getting back in front of voters following a 10-day Hawaiian vacation spent largely out of the spotlight.  He'll host a live web chat with supporters in Iowa tonight as the caucuses are unfolding.

A group of First Coast Tea Party members are in Iowa to learn how the caucus works and hear what the candidates are saying.  They are still not making an endorsement and don't plan to do so. 

Breaking News while you were sleeping...Jacksonville police open fire on a suspect who tried to ram his car into an officer.  The guy was wanted on a felony warrant for domestic battery at the Sanctuary Walk Apartments on the northside.  The suspect suffered life threatening wounds and his hospitalized this morning. 

Two women bring a guy to the hospital with burns to more than 80% of his body. Our news partner Channel 4 reports the man was brought to St. Vincents and then rushed to Shands Gainesville's burn unit. It's unclear how the guy was burned but we know that cops had to lock down a portion of the hospital last night and they searched the woman's car.  

Check out the pictures at WOKV.COM of the SUV that slammed through the front window of Linda's Seafood restaurant on Lane Avenue.  Two people were sent to the hospital and are expected to recover.

Just one day after a win in their final game of the season, the Jaguars are looking at who might lead the team next year.  They have permission to interview three possible candidates for the head coaching vacancy.  Jacksonville will speak with Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who went 14-18 in two seasons as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.   They'll also speak with New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who has been the Jets offensive coordinator for six years, and Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

This election year kicks off with a big fight looming over the proposed oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.  The short-term payroll tax extension included provision that compells the President to make a speedy decision to build the Keystone pipeline.  Obama has 60 days to decide whether to allow construction of the pipeline.

An Iraq war veteran suspected of killing a park ranger at Mount Rainier apparently died of exposure to the cold.   Benjamin Barnes was only wearing a T-shirt, jeans and one shoe when his body was found. 

A German national is arrested in connection with a string of some 50 arsons in L.A.  Police saying he resembles the "person of interest" captured on surveillance video taken at the scene of one of the fires.  No motive is established yet.

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