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Orion superintendent assesses building projects

ORION – The school district's three building projects have gone well, Superintendent David Deets told board members Wednesday. Orion used its 1-cent school facilities sales tax to fund heating/air conditioning projects at the grade school and high…

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Trustees learn mouse was cause of boil order

COAL VALLEY -- Trustees on Wednesday learned that a two-day boil order in the village was caused by a mouse discovered in the generator for well No. 4. The incident took place Monday morning, but the boil…

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Sherrard schools see surplus for 2014-15

SHERRARD -- The Sherrard School Board on Wednesday approved a tentative budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that shows nearly a half million dollar surplus in the education fund, the district's main operating fund. The board will…

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Dock Development Moves Forward

Davenport city leaders take another step forward with the Dock project. They are just one vote away from making it a reality.The discussion Wednesday night was about the land lease and parking agreements. Those were the actual items on the agenda, and they were covered. But a lot of the discussion at the meeting focused on the dock plan itself. Many speaking out about the belvedere, concerned it would be like a flood wall blocking the river views. Actually it's just an elevated space or walkw...

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Wedding Proposal at Backwater Gamblers Show

Those attending tonight's Backwater Gamblers show got an added feature:a wedding proposal.Bill Resch proposed in grand style to Kristy Poston  Wednesday night.After the Whitewater Gamblers unveiled a banner asking during intermission bill got down on one knee and proposed.Kristy Poston said yes.Bill said he had been working on the plan for month, and for Kristy it was a big surprise."He's a very private person, he does not like to be in front of people so this is just unexpected," said Poston."I'm extremely nervous to be in front of all these people doing this. But she's w…

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18 years after Trudy Appleby's disappearance, a vigil seeks answers

It's been 18 years since the mysterious disappearance of Trudy Appleby.But for those close to Trudy, the pain and confusion felt on day one still lives in their hearts as they search for any details and clues leading to her whereabouts. Family and friends sat in a packed church. The years have passed, but the memories remain. "She was a happy-go-lucky little girl," says Trudy's grandmother Ann Eddleman.   Trudy was 11 years old when she went missing on August 21st, 1996.  Witnesses say they saw her getting into a car with a man who looked to be in his mid-20's. &n…

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KWQC LogoImmigration Impacts Local Schools

Immigration Impacts Local Schools

For weeks, many people in the QCA have weighed in on the US border crisis, showing both support and concern for Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba's Caring Cities Campaign. Now, he says the Quad Cities is no longer preparing for an influx of undocumented children.

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KWQC LogoIllinois Coaches Already Completing New Concussion Training

Illinois Coaches Already Completing New Concussion Training

As local high school football teams prepare for their first games more coaches throughout Illinois are starting the season with new training aimed to cut down on student athlete concussions. …

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Four-star general tours Arsenal; unknown what cuts will be made

ROCK ISLAND -- The commanding general overseeing the Army Materiel Command said Wednesday workloads will decline in the coming years at the Rock Island Arsenal, but just how much is still unknown. Gen. Dennis Via, a four-star…

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Dock proposal needs levee commission clarification before it can move forward

DAVENPORT - Davenport's city attorney wants clarification from the city's levee improvement commission before plans can go forward with a proposed $12 million, 40,000-square-foot commercial building called The Dock at Davenport. Tom Warner told city council members…

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Louisa County wants more help to combat drug dealers

Fourteen people in Louisa county are charged with conspiring to make meth. The investigation dates back to April and a search warrant in Oakville, Iowa in Louisa County.Through the investigation of local police and a drug task force, all 14 of the suspects face up to 25 years in prison if convicted."There is no doubt in my mind it could have gone much quicker ..there is no question in my mind that there would be far more cases made against those who are selling it in our community," said Brad Turner Louisa County Sheriff. Louisa county sheriff brad turner only has 9 deputi…

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WQAD LogoRecall rights are final sticking point in strike negotiations

Recall rights are final sticking point in strike negotiations

Strike negotiations have ground to a halt in Galesburg, Illinois, and it could be next week before both sides are back at the table. After nearly six hours of negotiations Wednesday, talks between the Board of Education and the Galesburg Education Association stalled once again around 3:30 p.m. Luan Statham, chief negotiator for the GEA, said only one sticking point remains between the two sides. “Right now we are down to one issue, and that is the recall rights. It is an issue that is not a money issue; it’s a language issue. It does not cost the district any money,” said St…

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United Way hits record-setting Day of Caring mark, sets campaign goal

DAVENPORT -- An $8.5 million workforce campaign and 2,600 Day of Caring volunteers on Wednesday set United Way records. The campaign goal was announced during an 8 a.m. kickoff breakfast at Davenport's RiverCenter, attended by about 500…

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Today in history for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when…

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Daily planner, Aug. 21, 2014

"Encountering God: What Ancient Practices Can Teach Us Today" (video) 7 p.m., Lifetree Cafe, Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 SE 3rd St., Aledo. Free. 309-236-2911. Gallery talk on the Living Proof exhibit, Pamela Crouch and Mary…

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KWQC LogoGalesburg Strike Negotiations Come To Halt, One Sticking Point Left

Galesburg Strike Negotiations Come To Halt, One Sticking Point Left

The Galesburg teacher strike continues and there's just one more sticking point left for the Galesburg Education Association and the school board to work through.fter just about five and half hours of negotiations today, bargaining has come to a halt.

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More than 2,600 volunteers give back

Alcoa safety trainer John White used literacy to share a special message with a class of first-grade students Wednesday at Neil Armstrong Elementary School in Bettendorf.

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Rock Island County Board members want special meeting on reforms

ROCK ISLAND -- A majority of Rock Island County Board members have signed a formal notice calling for a special board meeting next week that will set the stage for radical reform in county government. The meeting…

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Who's in the news? The Rev. Alan Egly

The Rev. Alan Egly has been recognized as a 2014 Citizen of the Year in the Honorary Category by the city of Rock Island.

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V.I.P. general visits R.I. Arsenal

Checking in to make sure soldiers have what they need. General Dennis Via was at the arsenal's joint manufacturing and technology center Wednesday to check up on the Army Material Command. The four star general overseas the AMC, which is responsible for everything a soldier wears, eats, drives, shoots, and more. "The Quad Cities community is a great community.  That relationship is vibrant it is critically important I think to our armed forces because our soldiers and their families live in those communities,” said Gen. Dennis Via with Army Material Command. Via also overs…

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WQAD LogoFour-star general: ‘Rock Island Arsenal is a national asset’

Four-star general: ‘Rock Island Arsenal is a national asset’

The Rock Island Arsenal welcomed a four-star general Tuesday. Gen. Dennis L. Via is the 18th Commander of the U.S. Army Material Command (AMC). Basically, the renown general is responsible for overseeing anything a soldier wears, shoots, drives, eats or communicates with; those objects, whether it be armored vehicles or weapons, are produced in abundance at the Rock Island Arsenal. During his tour of the arsenal, Gen. Via received an inside look at some of the Rock Island Arsenal’s current projects. “Right now they are working on an ambulance for the National Guard,  which has bee…

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WQAD LogoStorm Chance Continues; Noticeable Humidity Ahead

Storm Chance Continues; Noticeable Humidity Ahead

Storm chances will be out there later today and tonight as a warm front to our south slowly drags itself across the two state.  This warm front is also the leading edge of the hot dome of air that will slowly expand northward in the days ahead. The challenge comes as to the timing  and precise area where these storms will pop up. Earlier today, we saw a few pass just south and west of the Quad Cities.   A couple of storms can’t be ruled out by sunrise.  The coverage will be more prone for towns just north and east of the Quad Cities.  Starting Thursday, the ‘Ring …

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Additional repairs needed on Centennial Bridge

ROCK ISLAND -- The Illinois Department of Transportation said additional repairs are needed on the Centennial Bridge, but it's unknown if the work will delay reopening. The bridge between Rock Island and Davenport has been under repair…

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Share your workplace horror stories

Labor Day is a holiday set aside to remember and honor all working people. But what about those people who are stuck in jobs they'd rather forget? We want to hear your stories about the worst jobs…

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Keeping kids fit in R.I.

A group of kids in Rock Island got a lesson in staying healthy. More than 300 students at Francis Willard School participated in the “Get Fit and Stay Healthy” program. The program's aimed at  promoting healthy lifestyles through eating right and exercise. One little girl says it's as easy as dancing. "You can like, you could do like this, move your feet, have fun, and then you could also just be proactive,” said 1st grader Iyona Euring. The initiative is part of the community outreach program sponsored by South Rock Island Township.

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WHBF LogoDHCU nominates h.s. football teams to do ice bucket challenge

DHCU nominates h.s. football teams to do ice bucket challenge

A local credit union is also taking part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. After being challenged by the RIA Federal Credit Union, DHCU Community Credit Union has donated 100 dollars to ALS. DHCU is challenging a few local celebrities, and all high school football programs within 50 miles of DHCU to participate. For every school that accepts the challenge, DHCU will donate 100 dollars to ALS, and 100 dollars to that school's football program.

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Community coming together to help families despite the strike

Day eight of the Galesburg teachers strike. Picketers still out protesting as both sides struggle to find a deal, but it's also impacting families in the school district. Although school is not in session, school lunch is. The school district and community are stepping in so kids are taken care of. “The strike is affecting everybody not being in school is hard enough so we just wanted to make sure that people are affected as little as possible and students being hungry is certainly not an affect of the strike that is acceptable at all. So, we're trying to ensure that that's not happen…

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R.I. organization gives grants to Q.C. non-profits

Quad city organizations doing good for the community every day got a little boost of their own this morning. The Rock Island Community Foundation was handing out grant checks to local non profits. 53 organizations benefitted from the money, including a very grateful Kings Harvest, a homeless shelter in Davenport. "It really is a great recognition that they said yes, we understand what you're doing and we want to help support that.  it means a lot to us,” said Mary Fahrion with Kings Harvest Ministries. The event was held at the Botanical Center.

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KWQC LogoBoating Access To Lost Grove Lake Begins Friday

Boating Access To Lost Grove Lake Begins Friday

After two decades and more than $12 million, Lost Grove Lake in Scott County is ready to open to boaters this weekend.According to Iowa DNR, the man-made lake is now about half-full which is enough to allow boat access to some of the lake Friday.Conservation officers are expecting a good turnout of boaters and fishermen like Bob Jones.“There's a lot of fishermen looking forward to it,” said Jones. “This area has needed a lake like that for many, many years and I know it's been a long time com...

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KWQC LogoBB Guns Look Like Real Guns

BB Guns Look Like Real Guns

A 911 call yesterday put Davenport police officers on high alert. There was a report of an individual with a gun and a group of kids. After officers arrived on scene, they discovered that the alleged gun was actually a bb gun.

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WQAD LogoMenopause: Questions women are thinking, but not asking

Menopause: Questions women are thinking, but not asking

Editor’s note: Dr. Deepali Patni is a board-certified OB/GYN at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston. By Dr. Deepali Patni (CNN) — Menopause: the permanent end of fertility (and periods!) that commonly happens to women in their late 40s and 50s. For many women, just saying the word “menopause” can increase anxiety levels. Change is never easy, especially as we get older. And although menopause symptoms — night sweats, mood swings, sleep problems, weight gain — make it seem like a daunting time in a woman’s life, there are many things that your gynecologi…

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WQAD LogoIllinois Twinkie bakery to close, putting 400 out of work

Illinois Twinkie bakery to close, putting 400 out of work

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Just 13 months after Twinkies made their celebrated comeback to store shelves, one of the four bakeries that make the cream-filled treats is closing. Hostess said Wednesday that it will close the Schiller Park bakery, located outside Chicago, as the company streamlines its manufacturing. Hostess shut down all of its plants after it filed for bankruptcy in 2012. The Schiller Park bakery reopened in 2013, after private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., paid $410 million for the Hostess brands. Twinkies returned to store shelves last Jul…

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Quad Citians get their hands dirty for Day of Caring

It's a day to give back. All across the Quad Cities 2600 volunteers are getting their hands dirty for the United Way Day of Caring. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun for a group of missman inc and estes construction employees, coming together today to spruce up a Skip-A-Long Child Development Center. "You know with a lot of hands you can get a lot of stuff done," said Volunteer Rich Parsons from Missman Inc. They weeded, they mulched, they painted, and they laughed. "It's a lot of fun, and you know we have a good time doing it," said Parsons. "It's kind of …

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WQAD LogoViral Video: Kids reenact your favorite TV shows

Viral Video: Kids reenact your favorite TV shows

A group of kids put their own spin on the six ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Breaking Bad, Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men, and True Detective were included in the kid-portrayal. The award show will be hosted by Seth Meyers and will air Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7 p.m. Viral Video: Organization reunites soldiers with dogs they left behind Viral Video: 4-year-old devestated after accidentally deleting photo Viral Video: Kewanee gets ‘Happy’ Viral Video: Katy Perry song instantly…

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Mallards to hold auditions

Press release submitted by Quad City Mallards Mallards to Hold Auditions for P.A. Announcer, Game Night M.C., Anthem Singers MOLINE, Ill. (August 20, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards will…

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WHBF LogoI-DOT: Unexpected problems found on Centennial Bridge

I-DOT: Unexpected problems found on Centennial Bridge

Centennial Bridge workers have found more problems on the bridge than they first expected.An Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman tells CBS4 that while making repairs to the concrete deck, crews have discovered more problems.Adding to that, the way the bridge was put together more than 75 years ago has made fixing the issues more complex and special parts are needed.No word on if this will change when the bridge will re-open, which is slated for September 6th. But the spokesman says that if their are any delays it would only be a few days.

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WQAD LogoDay 8 with no contract agreement, Galesburg teacher says ‘we can’t just give up now’

Day 8 with no contract agreement, Galesburg teacher says ‘we can’t just give up now’

Talks have ended on day eight of the Galesburg teacher strike and there’s still no deal. The Galesburg Education Association and the school Board met Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to continue negotiations with a federal mediator after a marathon 14-hour session on Tuesday. Their Wednesday meeting ended around 3:35 p.m., with no agreement. “It’s an issue that is not a money issue,” said Luan Statham, GEA negotiator. “It’s a language issue that does not cost the district any money, and that’s the only sticking point right now.” Related: Galesburg pare…

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KWQC LogoIL DOT: "Very Concerned" About Centennial Bridge Schedule

IL DOT: "Very Concerned" About Centennial Bridge Schedule

 The Illinois Department of Transportation has released an update on Centennial Bridge construction and some unexpected problems have arisen.

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WQAD LogoRecord-Breaking ‘Day of Caring’ Takes Place Across the QC

Record-Breaking ‘Day of Caring’ Takes Place Across the QC

United Way of the Quad Cities Area is breaking a record. On Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, 2,600 volunteers participated in the organization’s 10th Annual Day of Caring, which is a record number of volunteers for a day dedicated to giving back to the community. In a matter of hours, organizers say up to 200 projects are completed. The projects include reading books to school children, distributing food to the hungry, and cleaning up spots around the area. On the corner of 5th Avenue and 7th Street in Moline, a group of seven John Deere employees are trading their work clothes for work glo…

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Don't be alarmed: Arsenal cannon fire is for ceremony

Cannon fire may be heard coming from Arsenal Island today and again Thursday morning in conjunction with a change-of-command ceremony for the Army Sustainment Command that is based there.

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WHBF LogoMeth investigation leads to 14 arrests

Meth investigation leads to 14 arrests

Fourteen people are charged with conspiring to make methamphetamine, a class B felony that could land them in prison for 25 years.The investigation began after a search warrant was served back in April in Oakville, Iowa.As a result of the investigation by the former Washington-Louisa County Drug Task Force, and the Columbus Junction and Wapello Police Departments, the following people were arrested:Anthony SillTina SillRobert ZaehringerJason BreuerDustin BreuerCrystal LeeRobyn HollandJill LovellRichard StoutChristina RobertsonLaura Jo CocklinJason GoldsberryJamie EwartLisa HayesDeputies say t…

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WQAD LogoDriver dies after I-74 crash in Knox County

Driver dies after I-74 crash in Knox County

The driver of a vehicle that went off the road on I-74 south of Woodhull has died. On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Illinois State Police said a truck tractor went off the right side of the roadway near mile marker 37 and traveled into the ditch and rolled at around 4:30 p.m. A statement from the Illinois State Police said the driver was the only one inside the truck and was seriously injured. He was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. Westbound traffic was stopped for about twenty minutes and the right lane stayed closed for about two hours. Police said the driver was not wearing a seatbel…

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Trinity Principal to take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Press release submitted by Trinity Lutheran School Color Run, Principal Meyer taking ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all part of Trinity's Welcome Back Party Trinity Lutheran School is hosting a Welcome Back Party…

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KWQC LogoDriver Dead After Semi Rollover Near Woodhull, IL

Driver Dead After Semi Rollover Near Woodhull, IL

One man is dead after a semi accident on I-74 Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened around 4:24 p.m. on August 19, 2014State Police say the semi was traveling westbound...

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One-truck accident kills one, injures another

WOODHULL, Ill. — A truck driver was killed and a passenger was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident that temporarily closed parts of Interstate 74, the Illinois State Police said. …

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WHBF LogoTrucker killed in I-74 accident

Trucker killed in I-74 accident

A truck driver was killed after his semi rolled over on Interstate 74 Tuesday afternoon.The semi was traveling on I-74 westbound south of Woodhull around 4:30 when it left the highway and rolled.The driver, whose name is being withheld until family is notified, was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Galesburg, where he was pronounced dead.Investigators believe the man was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

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WQAD LogoThe Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear

The Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment (CNN) — It’s like a chair that isn’t there, but magically appears whenever you need it. It’s called the Chairless Chair and you wear it on your legs like an exoskeleton: when it’s not activated, you can walk normally or even run. And then, at the touch of a button, it locks into place and you can sit down on it. Like a chair that is now there. “The idea came from wanting to sit anywhere and everywhere, and from working in a UK packaging factory when I was 17″, says Keith Gun…

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QC Times LogoChance of showers, thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight

Chance of showers, thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight

Good afternoon, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast.

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WQAD LogoJill Duggar and Derick Dillard are expecting

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are expecting

(CNN) — Might there be a spinoff of “19 Kids and Counting”? Although their wedding has yet to air on that popular TLC show, Jill Duggar and new husband Derick Dillard have revealed to People magazine that they are expecting. The baby is a first for the pair, who married June 21 in Springdale, Arkansas. “We are so excited,” said Jill Duggar, who now goes by Jill Dillard. The 23-year-old and her 25-year-old husband met when her father introduced the pair. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have 19 children. The Duggars’ religious beliefs dictate chaperoned courtship…

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WQAD LogoColumn defending cops in Ferguson sparks online fury

Column defending cops in Ferguson sparks online fury

(CNN) — In a single column, a veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,” the Washington Post headline blares. The piece was written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. “Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I…

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WQAD LogoHolder visits Ferguson amid federal probe into Michael Brown death

Holder visits Ferguson amid federal probe into Michael Brown death

FERGUSON, Missouri (CNN) — A St. Louis County grand jury will begin hearing evidence in the shooting death of Michael Brown Wednesday, as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived for a visit to Ferguson, Missouri. County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch told reporters that the grand jury’s work would begin Wednesday. Holder’s visit comes on the heels of a quieter night that still saw some scuffles between police and protesters, some of whom authorities accused of throwing water bottles and urine at them. Sent by a President troubled by the shooting and the resulting violence, Ho…

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WQAD LogoThe woes continue for Target

The woes continue for Target

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Target’s mantra is “Expect more, pay less.” These days, it’s investors and shoppers who are expecting a lot more from the discount retailer. Target cut its 2014 profit forecast yet again Wednesday in the latest sign that it’s continuing to struggle from its massive data breach late last year. The company’s second quarter earnings plunged nearly 62% compared to the same period last year. The hack, which affected 110 million shoppers, cost Target $111 million in the second quarter alone. “Target just dropped an epic full year…

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WHBF LogoR.I. Arsenal will be booming this afternoon

R.I. Arsenal will be booming this afternoon

Residents living near the Rock Island Arsenal, you might hear some loud booms coming from the Island this afternoon.The Army Sustainment Command will be firing off cannon as part of a rehearsal for tomorrow's Change of Command ceremony.Major General Kevin O'Connell will take over the leadership of ASC from the outgoing commander, Major General John Wharton.The cannon firing will take place around 3 this afternoon, and around 10:30 tomorrow morning during the ceremony.

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WQAD LogoSam’s Club Opens in Moline

Sam’s Club Opens in Moline

The new Sam’s Club store opened in Moline on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The store currently has dozens of TVs on display throughout it. There also food vendors inside that will be giving out free samples to people for the opening weekend. The building is more than 130,000 square feet. It is bringing in about 170 new jobs to the community. The manager says that the new Sam’s Club could keep Illinois residents from having to go to Iowa, to shop at that Sam’s Club. Read more: The woes continue for Target since massive security breach “This was a great opportunity for us t…

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Labor Day weekend Pow Black Hawk State Historic Site

Press release submitted by Anna McMeekan This coming Labor Day weekend will mark the 74th Annual Labor Day Weekend Pow Wow hosted by MAPA, the Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation, Black Hawk State…

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KWQC LogoPeanut And Almond Butter Recall

Peanut And Almond Butter Recall

Peanut and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other grocers are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. says ...

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WHBF LogoVolunteers fan out across the QCA for Day of Caring

Volunteers fan out across the QCA for Day of Caring

More than 2,600 volunteers are fanned out across the Quad Cities as part of the 10th annual United Way Day of Caring.  That's almost 600 more than last year. Over 600 of the volunteers started the day at the Campaign Kick-Off breakfast where campaign chair Carrie O’Neill will announced the campaign goal for 2014. “This is a proud day for the whole Quad Cities,” said Scott Crane, United Way of the Quad Cities Area president.  “Today is what Living United is all about. When you lend a hand and join thousands of other Quad Citians, you make a real differen…

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NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Sept. 26

Press release submitted by Glinder Taylor-Walker NAACP to host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet Let's Do It Again! Yes it's going to be a beautiful event and it's gonna be a…

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R.I.A. to host night at the ballpark for Honor Flight

Press release submitted by R.I.A. Federal Credit Union R.I.A. Federal Credit Union is partnering with the Quad City River Bandits to help raise money for Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. R.I.A. will be selling…

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First Tune Up for Taming of the Slough session Aug. 21

Press release submitted by River Action First Tune Up for Taming Session – August 21st What: 'Tune Up for Taming' is a series of training sessions allowing participants to test the course.

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Brissman Foundation announces fall grant cycle

Press release submitted by Community Foundation of the Great River Bend Milan, Illinois – The Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds to benefit the…

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KWQC LogoThousands Volunteer  for United Way Day of Caring

Thousands Volunteer for United Way Day of Caring

More than 2,600 volunteers will be giving their time at parks, schools and other nonprofit organizations throughout the Quad Cities Wednesday. …

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WQAD LogoChicago hostage situation ends as eight are rescued

Chicago hostage situation ends as eight are rescued

(CNN) — Law enforcement officers forcefully but safely ended a two-day hostage situation at suburban Chicago house Wednesday morning, barging into the home and rescuing two children and two women while taking two suspects into custody, authorities said. The move — made after nearly 20 hours of negotiations between suspects and police — finished a standoff that police say began with a robbery attempt that initially left six children and two women hostage in the home in Harvey, Illinois. “We’re very happy that there’s been a peaceful resolution. No shots wer…

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WQAD LogoBush takes ice bucket challenge, challenges Clinton

Bush takes ice bucket challenge, challenges Clinton

(CNN) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge, and is now challenging his predecessor in the White House to follow in his footsteps. In a video posted on his Facebook page, Bush takes a soaking from his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, and then nominates former President Bill Clinton to take the challenge. The challenge is raging this summer on social media, as people get doused with a bucket of ice water in order to bring awareness — and raise money — to combat amyotropic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Watch…

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WQAD LogoVideo shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley

Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley

(CNN) — A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn’t end military operations in Iraq. In the video posted Tuesday, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. Foley reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his “real killer” is America. “I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again,” he can be heard saying in the video. He is then shown being beheaded. “We have seen a vi…

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WQAD LogoIllinois woman given wrong lottery ticket, wins $150,000

Illinois woman given wrong lottery ticket, wins $150,000

A central Illinois woman played the lottery occasionally, but said she never won anything, until she was given the wrong lottery ticket. “I asked the clerk for a $1 Lotto Quick Pick ticket and when I got home I realized she had given me a Lucky Day Lotto ticket instead,” winner Tammy Mann said to staff at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Springfield. Mann purchased the ticket at a Toluca, Illinois gas station. A few days after the drawing, Mann stopped in at another gas station to check her ticket on the self-serve scanner. The message “file a claim” appeared on the screen so she a…

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Army Materiel Band performance open to the public

Press release submitted by Rock Island Arsenal Garrison Public Affairs Office Army Materiel Band performance at historic Quarters One open to the public ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - (Aug. 14, 2014) The…

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WQAD LogoDefiant Rick Perry at courthouse: ‘We will prevail’

Defiant Rick Perry at courthouse: ‘We will prevail’

(CNN) — A defiant Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was booked on Tuesday on two felony charges related to his handling of a local political controversy. Perry voluntarily appeared at the Travis County Court to be fingerprinted and to have his mug shot taken. “I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high knowing that the actions I took were not only lawful and legal but right,” Perry told reporters. “I’m going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being, and we will prevail and we’ll prevail because …

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Macy’s to pay $650,000 for racial profiling

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Macy’s must pay a $650,000 fine to settle complaints that its staffers wrongfully accused minority shoppers of stealing. New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman started to investigate Macy’s, which has 42 stores in New York State, in February 2013 after receiving complaints about racial profiling. “The office has received complaints from close to two dozen African-American, Latino and other customers who are members of ethnic minority groups who claimed that they had been apprehended and detained at Macy’s, despite not having sto…

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Patient tested in California for possible Ebola exposure

(CNN) — Another patient is being tested in the United States for possible Ebola exposure — this time, in California. The unidentified patient is being isolated in a “specially equipped negative pressure room” at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. Trained staff are using protective equipment, coordinated with infectious disease specialists, to provide care for the patient, said Dr. Stephen M. Parodi, director of hospital operations at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, in a statement. The patient is considered “low-risk” and tests are…

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WQAD LogoStormTrack 8 blog follows morning storms, more possible throughout the day

StormTrack 8 blog follows morning storms, more possible throughout the day

(Click on image thumbnails for larger versions.)   9:15am – This will conclude our live blog for the morning as storms are moving out of our coverage area. But I wanted to talk about the potential for more stormy weather tonight and tomorrow. Storms will continue to pulse up and die down south and west of the Quad Cities today. A few may creep into areas just west of Davenport and may clip western Rock Island County. Widespread rainfall? I’ll believe it when I see it! In fact, the models keep us dry through tonight. After midnight, a warm front will be on the move northbound. …

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A forecast you'll sweat over

A good Wednesday to all. Patchy fog will start your day. Another hot AND humid day is in store for the Quad-Cities with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible to round out the day. And th……

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Dock restaurant plans go back for approval

It's a project years in the making, and Wednesday night, it could finally take another step forward.Following Mayor Gluba's unprecedented, and even surprising, veto of the dock project,Davenport City Council chose to override it last month, and now those unanimously approved plans can move forward."I think the reason we've had unanimous support from city council is i think the majority of people in town want to see the dock back, they want to see a quality building, they want a place to go enjoy and engage with the river,” says Todd Raufeisen of Raufeisen Development.A land lease a…

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WQAD Logo“Positive movement” in Galesburg strike negotiations, but still no deal

“Positive movement” in Galesburg strike negotiations, but still no deal

After more than 14 hours of negotiations, there is still no deal between teachers and school board members in Galesburg, Illinois. Representatives from the Galesburg Education Association and the Board of Education met with a federal mediator Tuesday for the first time since a strike began on Wednesday, August 13th. Contract talks lasted until early Wednesday morning, when both sides reached a stalemate around 12:30 a.m. “We’ve been here for a lot of hours, and we had some movement, some positive movement, but we just couldn’t get the deal done tonight,” said Luan Stath…

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QC Times LogoCredit Island was site of battle in War of 1812

Credit Island was site of battle in War of 1812

Well-armed American Indians on horseback — as many as 1,200 — were massed on either side of the Mississippi River and on what is now Credit Island. With them were 20 to 30 British soldiers.

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Today in history for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the…

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Daily planner, Aug. 20, 2014

Backwater Gamblers Water-Ski Show 6:30 p.m., 44th Street and The Rock River, Rock Island. Free. 309-786-8987. backwatergamblers.com. Acoustic open-mic night 6:30-8:30 p.m., Community Stage, River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. Free. 563-326-1333. bdale@rivermusicexperience.org, rivermusicexperience.org.

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WHBF LogoDeadline for term limit referendum coming soon

Deadline for term limit referendum coming soon

A deadline to get term limits on the November ballot is looming for Bruce Rauner.The Republican candidate needs to win in court by the end of the week to get that idea on the November ballot. Advocates for the change are making one of their final pushes to persuade the Supreme Court to overturn its decision.The proposal would limit legislators to eight years in office and increase the number of votes needed to override a veto. Rauner says he needs the court to act now. But democrats say the matter of term limits is unnecessary.

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Nexstar leaders take ALS Ice Water Challenge

You've probably seen videos of your friends taking the ice bucket challenge. That now includes some of our bosses.Nexstar CEO Perry Sook, COO Tim Busch and COO Brian Jones took the challenge as part of the company's 2014 management meetings.So far, the ALS Association says that through the challenge, they have received $15.6 million in donations.

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Nexstar leaders take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You've probably seen videos of your friends taking the ice bucket challenge. That now includes some of our bosses.Nexstar CEO Perry Sook, COO Tim Busch and COO Brian Jones took the challenge as part of the company's 2014 management meetings.So far, the ALS Association says that through the challenge, they have received $15.6 million in donations.

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Carbon Cliff approves purchase of new software program

Village officials on Tuesday night approved spending $4,215 to purchase a new software system from United Systems Technology. The program includes general ledger, accounts payable, A/P multiple checking, Ppayroll and cash control, which totals $2,175 for the…

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Clinton Won't Fund Additional Sidewalk To New School

While construction continues with the new Clinton Middle School, so do concerns with its public entry way on 13th Ave. N, which is considered to be a busy road.

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KWQC LogoVigil to Mark 18th Anniversary of Trudy Appleby's Disappearance

Vigil to Mark 18th Anniversary of Trudy Appleby's Disappearance

This week marks 18 years since Trudy Appleby was last seen outside her Moline home, and her friends and family are preparing to mark the difficult occasion with a vigil Wednesday night. In a year when the community has come together in force to help solve other missing person's cases, Trudy's loved ones are calling on the community to help them find closure.

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WQAD LogoRock Island County Board takes step towards downsizing

Rock Island County Board takes step towards downsizing

Voters may have another shot at changing the size of the Rock Island County Board. There’s been a lot of talk, but very little action to downsize the Rock Island County Board. Two years ago, voters in Rock Island County said they wanted the board shrunk. However, legally it could only change its size during a census year, or so board members thought. That was until Attorney General Lisa Madigan advised the county that residents could vote to reduce its size through a binding referendum. On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 the board voted to draft up a referendum to downsize the board which could…

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Rock Island County divisions on display as Banaszek block votes

ROCK ISLAND - A majority of Rock Island County Board members are calling for a special board meeting next week where votes would take place on hiring a professional administrator and putting a mechanism in place to remove the board…

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KWQC LogoDock Project The Focus Of Levee Commission Special Meeting

Dock Project The Focus Of Levee Commission Special Meeting

The dock project was the topic of discussion at another meeting Tuesday. The Levee Improvement Commission Plans to recommend city leaders go back to the drawing board. …

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Davenport commission votes against RiverVision lease plan

After years of planning, the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission voted unanimously against the latest plan for the RiverVision Project.The old restaurant "The Dock" has been an eyesore along Davenport's riverfront since it closed more than 10 years ago. Plans to give the area a facelift have at times been drawn out.  Today's vote is a request for city council to go back to the drawing board once again. The Levee Commission has one job.  Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba says it's to "preserve and protect the riverfront."The Levee Commission says that's behind their…

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QC Times LogoMotorcycles roar through Bettendorf

Motorcycles roar through Bettendorf

Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts rolled into Bettendorf Tuesday hoping to see some of the most exotic bikes in the world at the second annual Geico Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour.

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QC Times LogoBettendorf manufacturing company expands, receives help from city

Bettendorf manufacturing company expands, receives help from city

The Bettendorf City Council approved expansion plans, including a financial incentive package, for a Bettendorf manufacturing business.

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Metro East briefs for August 20, 2014

DO NOT DELETE OR MOVE BRIEFS. JACKIE WILL DO IT. THEY'RE LISTED CHRONOLOGICALLY, SO ENSURE ONES THAT HAVE DATES THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY ARE USED. Reunion for Gram B annual get together Sunday, Sept. 28 for…

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Moline seeks community input on distribution of CDBG funds

MOLINE -- Moline will spend its Community Development Block Grant allocation the next five years on needs identified and prioritized, in part, by the community. Moline is preparing its 2015-19 Consolidated Plan for the U.S. Department of…

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Vigil for Trudy Appleby set for today in East Moline

A vigil for Trudy Appleby will be held at 7 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 121 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline. Trudy was 11 when she disappeared on Aug. 21, 1996, two weeks before her…

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Vallas jabs at Rauner's 'exotic tax shelters'

ROCK ISLAND - Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is a "vulture capitalist" who has shipped U.S. jobs overseas and uses "exotic tax shelters" to protect the resulting profits, Paul Vallas, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, said during a stop in…

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Condos may happen in Atkinson

ATKINSON -- The village is another step closer to having condominiums in West View Estates. At Monday's meeting, village board members approved a zoning ordinance amendment changing the number of acres required in a planned unit development…

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Davenport levee commission does not recommend Dock leases

DAVENPORT -- The Davenport Levee Improvement Commission wants to scrap a proposed $12 million, 40,000-square-foot commercial building called The Dock at Davenport. But during a meeting Tuesday, commission members acknowledged their recommendations not to approve a land…

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Annawan School Board approves tentative budget

ANNAWAN -- School board members on Monday approved a tentative budget reflecting a $380,797 deficit. The 2014-15 spending plan projects expenditures at $4,330,354 with anticipated revenues of $3,949,557. The new figures compare with last year's budget of…

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Levee Commission moves on Dock site

Without giving its approval Tuesday, the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission unanimously forwarded lease and parking agreements on the former Dock restaurant site to the City Council.

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WQAD LogoPeanut, almond and nut butters recalled on fears of salmonella

Peanut, almond and nut butters recalled on fears of salmonella

(CNN) — The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling several lots of peanut, almond and other nut butters on fears of salmonella contamination. The company was made aware of the risk after routine testing showed a potential link between consumption of these products and four instances of illness. The affected products include Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and specific private label nut butters sold under the Trader Joe’s*, Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway brands. Click here to see the FDA…

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WQAD LogoSex offender placed on escape status at Davenport work release facility

Sex offender placed on escape status at Davenport work release facility

A man has been placed on escape status after failing to return to a Davenport work release facility. A statement from the Department of Corrections said that on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 29-year-old Randy Paul Doss never returned to the facility after an authorized appointment to update his sex offender registry status. Doss was serving a lifetime sex offender special sentence that followed a sentence for third degree sex abuse, the statement said. In July of 2012, Doss was released from the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility and in May of 2014 he was sent to the Davenport Work Release Facil…

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