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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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WQAD LogoIllinois college part of changes to Obamacare contraception mandate

Illinois college part of changes to Obamacare contraception mandate

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(CNN) — The Obama administration announced revisions to the Obamacare contraception mandate so that nonprofit religious organizations can opt out of signing a release form to avoid covering birth control and workers for those nonprofits are able to obtain separate contraception coverage without a copay. “This is part of ensuring that all women have access to contraception coverage,” said a senior administration official. Earlier this month the Supreme Court issued a temporary order that allows Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois, to avoid covering birth control without fil…

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WQAD LogoViral Video:  Man throws down his canes to strut best dance moves ever

Viral Video: Man throws down his canes to strut best dance moves ever

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He is forever young. Video that’s been shared more than a million times shows an older man throwing away his canes as he busts a move to “Rock Around the Clock,” and continues grooving through several other hits from that era. He starts out dancing alone, but has no trouble making room when more than one woman wants to dance with him at the same time! Edgard Eleuterio Daza posted video on Facebook, with the comment “Eternamente Joven,” which translates as “forever young.” Indeed. Get more viral videos – click here. Viral Video: Dog feels bad after stealing…

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Bus trip to Pigeon Forge and Smokey Mountains Oct. 19 - 25

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Press release submitted by Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging is planning a motor coach trip to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains Oct. 19 - 25. The trip includes…

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ILLCIL to host ADA Celebration at Martin Luther King Park

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Press release submitted by Illinois Iowa Center for Independent Living ILLINOIS IOWA CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (IICIL) CELEBRATES THE 24TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT The IICIL will…

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Bus trip to Pigeon Forge and Smokey Mountains Oct. 19 - 25

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Press release submitted by Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging is planning a motor coach trip to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains Oct. 19 - 25. The trip includes…

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WQAD LogoRed Cross to assess its flood relief efforts

Red Cross to assess its flood relief efforts

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The American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area will assess its flood relief efforts on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in front of the Bi-State Regional Commission. The Red Cross had to send trucks out to the Watertown area after flash flooding from July 1, 2014. Water filled basements in the area, and people spent the next two weeks cleaning up. Since then, the Red Cross has handed out clean up kits in that area, Pleasant Valley, and Muscatine. To donate to the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities, click here. Regional Chief Executive Officer Betsy Pratt will speak Wednesday. The meeting starts at …

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Quad City Education Group to host informational meeting Aug. 2

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Press release submitted by Third Baptist Church The Quad City Education Group (QCEG) will host an informational meeting on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at United Neighbors, located at 808 N Harrison St, Davenport, IA 52803…

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Bishop Hill car show to benefit historic site

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Press release submitted by Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Dozens of historic cars compete for prizes July 27 to raise money for restoring 150-year-old school BISHOP HILL, Ill. – Muscle cars, hotrods, classic…

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Illinois Breastfeeding Month for August

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Press release submitted by Rock Island County Health Department Rock Island County Health Department and the Women Infants and Children Program Promotes Illinois Breastfeeding Month for August 2014 Rock Island County Health…

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My First Fish Photo Contest

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Press release submitted by Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau Illinois & Iowa – Whether you caught your first fish at the age of 2 or 82, there is probably a picture recording that proud…

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Rekha Basu: Iowa's Branstad among governors in the wrong on immigration issue

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A few days after Iowa's governor was spotlighted on MSNBC for declaring undocumented children from Central America unwelcome in his state, 'Meet the Press' highlighted one Iowa city's plan to welcome them. Gov. Terry Branstad is this week…

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QC Times LogoDo you know any of these Davenport police 'most wanted?'

Do you know any of these Davenport police 'most wanted?'

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The Davenport Police Department has released its latest information regarding persons on its 'Most Wanted' list. If you have information about any of these fugitives you are asked to call 911.

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WQAD LogoSummer Extremes: Going from floods right into a drought?

Summer Extremes: Going from floods right into a drought?

Another chance of rain came and went on Tuesday, a similar result to most of the cool fronts we’ve seen in July. The tides have really turned around after an extremely wet June in the Mississippi Valley. While some folks, especially south of the Quad Cities, got in on some nice downpours early Tuesday, consider yourself lucky if you got any at all! The next several days look dry as high pressure builds into our region. While there will be some rain chances Friday and into the weekend, the forecast off of the National Weather Service’s GFS computer model only yields 0.60″ of r…

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KWQC LogoOvernight House Fire In Walcott, Iowa

Overnight House Fire In Walcott, Iowa

Fire broke out at a home in Walcott, Iowa overnight. The call came in just after midnight in the 24,000 block of 47th Avenue. The family of six were asleep inside when the fire broke out...

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WQAD LogoSAU Prepares for Another Stadium Showdown

SAU Prepares for Another Stadium Showdown

The Davenport City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 23, 2014  to check plans for a St. Ambrose University sports complex. SAU wants to build a 2,500 seat stadium on the St. Vincent’s Center property, near Marquette and West Central Park Avenue. Those plans looked promising until Mayor Bill Gluba vetoed the plans July 16, 2014. The week before, the City Council gave its third approval of the plans, voting 6-4 in favor of the project. “We had it approved by the city staff, the zoning council, and the city council” SAU Director of Government Relations P.J.

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Illinois rest stop killing suspect faces additional charges

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A man accused of killing a high school friend was charged Tuesday in a second northern Illinois killing. Prosecutors in Illinois' Lee County filed 12 murder counts against 36……

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Special city council meeting to discuss SAU stadium plans

The SAU saga continues Wednesday at a special city council meeting, after Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba used his vetoing powers last week for the first time since he's been in office.As we've seen over the past few months, getting approval for the St. Ambrose sports complex has been a drawn-out, controversial process, and while some say Gluba's veto came as a shock, others say they saw it coming from a mile away."No, I wasn't surprised,” says Ray Ambrose, Fourth Ward Alderman."I figured it was a 50/50 shot. I wasn't shocked when he vetoed it,” says Bill Edmond, Second Ward …

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QC Times LogoAfter the humidity, comes cooler weather for the Quad-Cities

After the humidity, comes cooler weather for the Quad-Cities

A good Wednesday to all. After a very hot and humid Tuesday things cool down some today. Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

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WHBF LogoCouncil has chance to override Dock project veto Wednesday

Council has chance to override Dock project veto Wednesday

Davenport aldermen Bill Edmond and Ray Ambrose responded to Mayor Bill Gluba's decision to veto plans for the redevelopment of the former Dock restaurant, despite a unanimous city council vote in favor of the project."There [are] very few people who don't want to see it developed. It would be something that people could go down to the river for something other than just walking along,” says Bill Edmond, Second Ward Alderman."The dock had a 10-0 vote from the city council. To slow that process down wouldn't be right,” says Ray Ambrose, Fourth Ward Alderman.Mayor Gluba say…

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WQAD LogoVillage Home Stores – Summer Contest

Village Home Stores – Summer Contest

Village Home Stores appreciates its Facebook fans! Village Home Stores offers a unique setting in which you can find inspiration for your new home, remodeling project or that final touch that you need to finish off your home. With over 8000 square feet of space showcasing the latest in appliances, cabinetry, floorcovering and lighting, Village Home Stores has quickly become a favorite stop of many in the Quad Cities and surrounding area. Salute summer with Village Home Stores and keep cool. One lucky fan will be selected to win a glass front mini-fridge stocked full of beverages AND a $300 gif…

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Geneseo hears pitch for administrator search

GENESEO – East Moline city administrator Cole O'Donnell wants to help Geneseo find a new city administrator. Geneseo has been without a city administrator since Melissa Steirer resigned Oct. 25, 2013. She started the job Sept. 3…

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QC Online LogoCross criticizes Rauner tax plan

Cross criticizes Rauner tax plan

MOLINE - Republican candidate for treasurer Tom Cross says he opposes Bruce Rauner's plan to tax 32 different services. Mr. Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, released a plan last week to freeze property taxes and gradually…

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WQAD LogoSpartans come up short in State Quarterfinals

Spartans come up short in State Quarterfinals

Pleasant Valley drops opener in Fort Dodge to Dowling 4-1.

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WQAD LogoAngerer finds new NFL home

Angerer finds new NFL home

After an offseason of sugery and rehab, Pat Angerer has found a new NFL home.  The Pride of Bettendorf signed a free agent deal with Atlanta.  Angerer is entering his 5th season in the NFL.

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WQAD LogoConfidence keys postseason run for Clinton

Confidence keys postseason run for Clinton

After a subpar regular season, Clinton has once again turned it on in the postseason.  The RiverKings are 6-2 in the postseason in the last 3 years and are just 1 win away from an return trip to State.

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WQAD LogoWest eyes trip to State

West eyes trip to State

Fresh off their 1st MAC title in 27, the Davenport West baseball is now 1 win away from a trip to State.  The Falcons hope to continue to prove doubters wrong in Substate Final against #1 ranked Dubuque Hempstead.

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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Community Foundation donors contribute $1.7 million to endowment

Donors to the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend's 50 for 50 Challenge established 69 new funds with more than $1.7 million in endowment from July 2013 through June 2014. The challenge was created with the…

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Aledo hires public works director

ALEDO - The Aledo City Council hired Aledo resident Justin Blaser as the city's new public works director. Mr. Blaser will start his job Aug. 4 and his contract will run through 2017, according to city clerk…

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QC Online LogoBusiness owners learn from success stories at Entrepreneurs Summit

Business owners learn from success stories at Entrepreneurs Summit

DAVENPORT -- Future and current business owners gathered at the Wells Fargo Building in Davenport on Tuesday to learn from and connect with successful business owners and legal professionals at the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit. The summit…

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Bridge Street closed for sewer repairs

Davenport officials have announced that Bridge Avenue is closed to through motorists between Rusholme Street and Central Park Avenue. The closure will allow a contractor to make sewer lateral repairs. The street is expected to be reopened…

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QC Online LogoDaily planner, July 23, 2014

Daily planner, July 23, 2014

Music Round Table 5-6 p.m., River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. Free. 309-523-3440. rivervalley5@mchsi.com, rivervalleylibrary.org. Family Fun Night (nature and animal program) 6 p.m., Davenport Library, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport. Free. 563-326-7832.

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Atkinson proceeds with plans for condominiums

ATKINSON -- Even though it is being done in small steps, the village board is proceeding with plans for a planned unit development (PUD) in West View Estates. At Monday's meeting, board members agreed to contact LuAnn…

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Rebuilding Together seeks home repair applications from local vets

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, a volunteer-based home repair organization, is taking applications from military veterans needing help with major home repairs. To qualify, veterans must have received an honorable discharge, own their home in Scott or Rock…

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QC Online LogoSt. Ambrose will seek council override of mayor's veto

St. Ambrose will seek council override of mayor's veto

DAVENPORT - After months of debate and years of discussion, the Davenport City Council votes today on whether St. Ambrose University's proposed $25 million stadium and sports complex will go forward. Last week, Mayor Bill Gluba vetoed…

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KWQC LogoClinton Sees Millions In Unpaid Sewer Bills

Clinton Sees Millions In Unpaid Sewer Bills

The City of Clinton is in serious debt, and officials say unpaid sewer bills are part of the problem. One of the big offenders is the Miller Ridge Apartments, which has already been in the spotlight this week for a different reason.

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KWQC LogoBix 7 To Give Big Salute To Soldiers

Bix 7 To Give Big Salute To Soldiers

Along with the big 40-year anniversary of the Bix 7 road race this Saturday this year there is a special salute to those who serve. All active duty U.S. military, guard and reservists can participate for free. Race officials hope it's motivating new runners to join this Q.C. tradition.Tony Hammond of Moline joined the National Guard 3 1/2 years ago and this year is his first time taking on the course. The complimentary sign-up for soldiers was a big part of the incentive."My girlfriend is alw...

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Alpha Post Office to see reduced hours

The future of the Alpha, Illinois post office was delivered in front of dozens of concerned customers. The post office will see its hours reduced by 30 minutes each weekday.  Saturday hours will remain the same.  While a half hour change may seem miniscule, residents are fighting the decision. “I didn't spend six and a half years overseas in countries you don't even want to see, in order to come back here and have my services cut and every neighbor of mine in the same situation.  It's disgusting,” says Michael O’Flaherty, a Korean War Veteran who has lived i…

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WQAD LogoCity of Davenport developing news site

City of Davenport developing news site

In this fast paced world, the City of Davenport is turning attention to 24/7 news cycle by having a news website of its own. A presentation for the site from January lists some of the goals for the plan including: to be the go-to source for City news, create positive buzz, be the leading resource during emergency and crisis events, break news good and bad, manage message on potential controversies, create two-way conversations, and change the culture. “I don’t like that too much. It’s like censorship,” said Gary Sushich. “I think it’s a good idea. I think co…

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Former Audubon School land sold again

 The land that housed a Rock Island school for over 90 years, has been sold.. again. After two failed attempts yet another major retailer is hoping to open shop on the former Audubon School site.The school board deciding between two bids Tuesday night, the winner First Equity Acquisitions out of Chicago. They represent C.V.S. Pharmacy.Rock Island - Milan schools superintendent Dr. Michael Oberhaus says the decision came down to dollars and cents."Considerable difference in the price of the purchase agreements and we looked at that along with other stipulations and felt thi…

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KWQC LogoDealing with Illegal Dumping at Princeton Recycling Center

Dealing with Illegal Dumping at Princeton Recycling Center

City leaders in Princeton, Illinois, are looking to take measures to help prevent illegal dumping and catch those who break the rules. It is an ongoing battle at the city's 24-hour recycling center.

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KWQC LogoRock Island Schools Pick Third Developer For Audubon Property

Rock Island Schools Pick Third Developer For Audubon Property

The Rock Island/Milan school district picked a new developer for the Audubon school property. A developer that works with CVS .

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New buyer for Audubon School property signs purchase agreement

A new buyer for the former Audubon Elementary School property entered into a purchase agreement Tuesday with the Rock Island-Milan School District.

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WQAD LogoBus riders could expect longer commute during Centennial Bridge closure

Bus riders could expect longer commute during Centennial Bridge closure

Just days ahead of complete shut-down of the Centennial Bridge between Davenport and Rock Island. Some people have learned their commutes will be much longer than expected. It’s one of the busiest routes for CitiBus. “I use it everyday to commute to get back and fourth to work everyday,” said passenger Ray Gray. That Route takes passengers across the river over the Centennial Bridge. However, along with everyone else they’ll have to find a detour when the Centennial bridge is shut down for repairs. That detour is the Arsenal Bridge. “They’ll hopefully stay o…

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CVS plans store at Audubon school site

ROCK ISLAND -- A CVS Pharmacy may be coming to the former Audubon Elementary School property. On Tuesday, Rock Island/Milan School board members unanimously approved a purchase agreement with CVS which now will investigate the property and…

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Civil War monument needs restoration

ROCK ISLAND -- After standing proud for 145 years, the Civil War soldier outside the Rock Island County Courthouse almost took a tumble. County employees recently noticed the statue dedicated in 1869 was hanging by a thread…

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WQAD LogoCVS could be headed to old Audubon school site

CVS could be headed to old Audubon school site

A CVS Pharmacy could soon be headed to the old Audubon school site in Rock Island. Tuesday, the Rock Island-Milan School Board approved a purchase agreement with First Equity Acquisitions, LLC. The Chicago-based development firm represents CVS. The $890,000 deal comes after two previous buyers, Fareway and Moline Acquisitions, backed out of plans to purchase the 18th Avenue site. This purchase agreement also represents the highest offer for the site to date. Moline Acquisitions, which pulled out earlier this month, had promised only $700,000 for the property. “We’re happy with wher…

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QC Times LogoDefense to present case at Davenport principal's hearing

Defense to present case at Davenport principal's hearing

DES MOINES — Attorneys for Sara Gott, former principal of Madison Elementary School in Davenport, will present their case today in front of an administrative law judge.

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WQAD LogoHAIL TO THE CHIEF:  Viewer’s Personal Encounter With A Tornado

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: Viewer’s Personal Encounter With A Tornado

When someone asks me ‘what is your biggest fear as the television meteorologist?’  My reply would be when a tornado is on the ground and is ready to impact to a small residential town in our viewing area.  Folks, My heart just drops, praying that families are heeding the warnings and taking immediate action.  Here is a great example of that. I received a letter from a gentleman that went through an experience just over a week ago that he would never want to go encounter for the rest of your life.  You may remember this event when several tornadoes raced through Mercer County. …

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QC Online LogoMove makes Brown leave Moline council

Move makes Brown leave Moline council

MOLINE -- Mayor Scott Raes told the city council Tuesday that he has begun the process to fill a vacancy created by the July 18 resignation of Ald. Dick Brown, 4th Ward. Mayor Raes said he hopes…

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WHBF LogoOld Audubon School land sold for $890,000

Old Audubon School land sold for $890,000

The Rock Island-Milan School District has agreed to sell the land where Audubon School once stood.The school board approved the sale tonight to Equity Acquisitions LLC of Chicago for $890,000. The school board says they want to turn the land into a CVS location.Back in May the district sold the site to another Chicago-based group called Moline Acquisitions LLC. That group never said what they were planning for the land, then backed out of the deal.The school was originally sold to Fareway, but strong protests by the neighborhood led to Fareway backing out of that deal last summer.The school h…

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Wanted: a great chocolate chip cookie made in the Q-C

To the best of my knowledge:-- I've been doing a three-day work week for 30 years. What's the big deal, Paraguay?-- Life's hard when your first-string barber is on the mend. I have trust issues.

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QC Times LogoMackenzie arrives in Oregon to obtain medical pot

Mackenzie arrives in Oregon to obtain medical pot

PORTLAND, Ore. — Benton Mackenzie is well known in Iowa. His recent trial and conviction for growing cannabis on his parents’ rural property made for page-one news, closely watched by marijuan……

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KWQC LogoBaby In Moline Escapes Hot Car After Good Samaritan Calls 9-1-1

Baby In Moline Escapes Hot Car After Good Samaritan Calls 9-1-1

Moline Police said a mother left her 6 month old baby unattended inside a hot car for over 20 minutes in Moline. …

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KWQC LogoSchool Shooter Prevention Device Goes National

School Shooter Prevention Device Goes National

"The Sleeve" has already made sales to 22 states. Founder and teacher Daniel Nietzel says he is ready to do this full-time to help protect the kids.

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Fund created to benefit couple who lost home to fire

A fund has been established at Blackhawk Bank & Trust to benefit a Princeton, Iowa, couple whose home was destroyed by fire July 14.

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WHO IS IN THE NEWS, Davenport students

Five students from Davenport high schools were chosen and sponsored by Davenport American Legion Post 26 to attend Boys State at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, the week of June 15-20.

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QC Times LogoWater main work begins in downtown Bettendorf

Water main work begins in downtown Bettendorf

Iowa American Water crews have started relocating almost one mile of water main in downtown Bettendorf as part of the Interstate-74 Bridge and street realignment project, the utility said Tues……

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WQAD LogoToilet paper boosts local economy one roll at a time

Toilet paper boosts local economy one roll at a time

In an effort to boost the local economy, Eldridge, Iowa community leaders have launched a new campaign called Shop, Stay and Wipe Local. The word “wipe,” in the slogan, refers to the one product that community leaders are encouraging everyone to buy locally: toilet paper. “We want [people] to be aware that they don’t have to continue to go anywhere else when they have everything right here,” said Marilee Schafer, owner of 2 Sisters Resale N’ Gifts. Schafer is on the Shop Local Committee for the Eldridge-North Scott Chamber of Commerce, and said that toilet p…

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Benton Mackenzie headed to Oregon for cancer treatment

Benton Mackenzie, an Iowa man convicted of growing marijuana earlier this month is currently in Oregon. He did not flee, and he is not breaking any laws by going. He left this morning with his wife and son, who are currently on probation. Scott county officials permitted his son and wife to take the trip to Oregon. Mackenzie has cancer and was caught growing pot at his parents’ house back in 2010. His mother Dorothy Mackenzie says he is seeing a doctor in Oregon where you can  receive a medical cannabis card without being a resident. "Absolutely. the only reason he is st…

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KWQC LogoDavenport Alderman Calls for "Options" Ahead Of SAU Stadium Vote

Davenport Alderman Calls for "Options" Ahead Of SAU Stadium Vote

A vote to override Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba’s veto last week of St. Ambrose University’s stadium project is expected during a special city council meeting, Wednesday night.Aldermen Ray Ambrose, Barney Barnhill, Mike Matson, and Rick Dunn all voted 'no' for the project, which passed the council by 6-4.St. Ambrose University needs one of those four aldermen to flip their vote to a ‘yes’ for the stadium project to move forward.All but Dunn have told KWQC that they will likely vote ‘no’ again W...

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WQAD LogoTemporary fix means sewage stench fills businesses in Orion

Temporary fix means sewage stench fills businesses in Orion

The vile smell of sewage lingers along 11th Avenue in the small village of Orion, Illinois. The problem, which stems from sewage gas seeping from an open manhole, has haunted those along 11th Avenue for more than five years, according to Jim Larson, the owner of Larson’s Body Shop which sits just feet away from the open manhole. “The sewage smell comes in big time when the wind is out of the south,” said Larson. The grotesque odor produces an unpleasant work environment for Larson and his employees. “It’s really bad when you are trying to eat lunch here,” La…

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Business summit held for QCA immigrants

  Helping immigrants live the American dream of owning their own business. The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held an Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit in Davenport. Guests were given a chance to network with big names in business and get lessons to help them succeed. “We're trying to provide that environment to encourage you ‘don't be afraid of failing,’ said Yinga Sa, chairwoman. “We've all done that before, and you can do it.” For more information, head to iesusa.org/mini-ies-registration. …

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Davenport chooses architect for Central High School upgrades

Davenport schools are moving forward with renovations at Central High School Last month, the Davenport school board decided to end its contract with CSO Architects of Indianapolis after the project came in $5 million higher than planned. At a Tuesday meeting the board approved a contract with Larrison and Associates to handle the architectural work and Russell Construction to serve as construction manager. School leaders are hoping for a completion date in the fall of 2016.   …

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Special meeting for St. Ambrose sports complex

It's been a very long process in approving the St. Ambrose sports complex. Last week, Mayor Bill Gluba threw a curve ball by using his vetoing powers for the first time since he has been in office. St. Ambrose officials that say tomorrow night is crucial. Tuesday night is the night that will determine whether or not St. Ambrose will go ahead with its plans or find other options. Officials say that Mayor Bill Gluba's veto came as a shock since they have already done all the work that has been approved by planning and zoning commission as well as council. On Tuesday, Davenport city counc…

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WHBF LogoWoman dies after being run over at Lee County racetrack

Woman dies after being run over at Lee County racetrack

(AP)  A 70-year-old West Burlington woman has died after being run over by a car on the grounds of the Lee County Speedway in southeast Iowa.Police were called to the track located in Donnellson on Saturday night after a woman was reportedly struck by a vehicle in the pit area        Lee County Medical Examiner Eugenio Torres says the woman, Chon Cha Mathias, died as a result of the car accident.        She had been taken to a Fort Madison hospital, where she was pronounced dead.         Her obituar…

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QC Amtrak multi-modal station renamed the Q

The Quad Cities new passenger rail station has an official name... The Q. Moline's Amtrak multi–modal station includes a hotel, retail and restaurant space. Stretching from 12th to 15th Streets from 4th Avenue to the railroad tracks. The name symbolizes the Quad Cities and the station as a transportation hub.   …

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Duck Creek watershed under investigation

  Duck Creek is part of a study to prevent harmful pathogens from getting in the water.  On Tuesday the Partners of Scott County watersheds presented a plan to identify how bacteria gets into the stream. Right now E. coli is present in Duck Creek, something that is an indicator of possible pathogens. Coordinators are looking for ways to pay for the study. “We have a plan,” said Steve Gustafson, vice chair of Partners of Scott County Watersheds. “We've vetted it through our organization. Now we just have to look for funding. Because unfortunately it costs…

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WQAD LogoYear’s Hottest Is On The Retreat

Year’s Hottest Is On The Retreat

The summery heat and humidity Tuesday is already retreating as summertime Canadian air returns once again. Canadian high flows in from the northwest once again and returns the same cooler, refreshing air mass we enjoyed last week for both Wednesday and Thursday with afternoon highs near 80 degrees. Canadian high flows in from the northwest once again and returns the same cooler, refreshing air mass for both Wednesday and Thursday with afternoon highs in the upper 70s. By later Friday a system will be moving in from the west bringing a scattered coverage of showers along with a few thunderstorm…

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WQAD LogoMississippi Valley Fair 2014

Mississippi Valley Fair 2014

Mississippi Valley Fair…

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Red, White & Boom now set for Labor Day

ROCK ISLAND -- After falling victim to flooding on July 3, the Red, White & Boom! fireworks have been rescheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 1. The fireworks will be shot from a barge in…

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Illinois construction bill includes $47.8M for roads in Henry County

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed a new $1.1 billion construction bill that includes $51.8 million for road projects in Henry, Carroll and Whiteside counties. The bill will see $31 million spent to resurface 30 miles of…

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Honor Flight Act passes U.S. House

Local veterans heading out on future Honor Flights could have a smoother experience going through TSA security checks.The Honor Flight Act, which passed the House today, would direct the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration to establish a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling on an Honor Flight Network private charter, or another flight organized by not-for-profit organizations that honor veterans, to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service.On past Quad City Honor Flights going through se…

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Popular Clinton Restaurant 'The Unicorn' to close its doors

A family's dream has come to a bitter end. Just 3 years after taking over a popular Clinton restaurant named 'The Unicorn,’ the owners are closing the doors for good. When the Graves family started R and R Farms more than a decade ago, using their produce to start a restaurant was just a pipe dream. Now they've seen that dream become a reality, but sometimes life throws you a curveball. "It's been probably one of the hardest decisions I've had to make,” said Owner Rose Graves. An old brick building engulfed in flowers, the inside lined with family photos and filled with …

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WQAD LogoAngerer signs with Atlanta Falcons

Angerer signs with Atlanta Falcons

After four years with the Colts, Bettendorf native Pat Angerer signed a free-agency contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Angerer had 148 tackles in his second year with Indianapolis.  The Colts selected Angerer in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The inside linebacker has battled a nagging foot injury and, more recently, he had microfracture surgery on his knee in the off-season. The Falcons posted and tweeted confirmation of the signing Tuesday, July 22, 2014.  The details of the deal were not released. The Falcons have signed LB Pat Angerer and WR Jeremy Ebert: atlfal.co.nz/1wXijDG #…

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WQAD LogoLocal mom shares anguish after her 5-year-old died in a hot car

Local mom shares anguish after her 5-year-old died in a hot car

After her son died inside a hot car over Memorial Day weekend, a local mom is speaking out in hopes of saving another child’s life. “A child died.  It’s not like he just scraped his knee. He’s dead,” said Melony Jacobs, of Walnut, Illinois. Five-year-old Logan Jacobs, of Princeton, Illinois, died of heatstroke after he was discovered in a car, with the windows up and the doors locked, outside his dad’s house. It was 83 degrees outside. “The neighbor did CPR. The paramedics came. I rushed to the hospital. They were trying to get his temperature down to…

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WQAD LogoWorld’s largest catsup bottle is in Illinois – and it’s for sale

World’s largest catsup bottle is in Illinois – and it’s for sale

The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, located along Illinois Route 159 in a town just east of St. Louis, was up for sale. The iconic bottle-shaped water tower, and the factory below it, went on the market Monday, July 21, 2014, according to our sister station KTVI. A website dedicated to the bottle said the 170-foot water tower was built in Collinsville, Illinois, in 1949 and it was restored and saved from demolition in 1995. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, the site said. It was presumed that the historic status would obligate any buyer to preserve the bottle.

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WHBF LogoAlmost a mile of water main to be relocated

Almost a mile of water main to be relocated

Almost a mile of water main will be relocated during a project that started in Bettendorf this week.Iowa American Water company will work with Bettendorf and the Iowa DOT on the project made necessary because of the future I-74 bridge.In the initial phase, around 2,000 feet of water main along Mississippi Boulevard between 12th and 17th streets will be replaced.  Later phases will include work along State Street, Gilbert Street, 13th Street, and 15th Street.The project, which will last about a year, will cost almost $2 million.  Drivers can expect to see lane closures and detours in…

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WQAD LogoDavenport mother accused of leaving infant son alone in a hot car

Davenport mother accused of leaving infant son alone in a hot car

A Davenport woman faced criminal charges after her six-month-old son was allegedly left alone in a vehicle in parking lot. Police were sent to investigate a citizen report, of a baby left alone in a parked car, at Dollar General, 2010 36th Avenue in Moline, just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Officers said they arrived to find a brown 2001 Ford Taurus, parked in the sun, with all of the car windows slightly open.  The infant was in a baby carrier seat-belted into the rear seat of the car. “(T)he temperature inside the vehicle had reached a dangerous level for the child,” sa…

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R.I. County announce recent increase in credit rating

Press release submitted by Shelly Chapman Rock Island County is pleased to announce a recent INCREASE in our credit rating from Standard & Poor's Rating Service from "A+" to "AA-" and affirms a stable outlook.

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Spray Park in Centennial Park has re-opened

Press release submitted by city of Davenport The spray park in Centennial Park has re-opened following the recent Mississippi River flooding. Also as a follow from the recent flooding, Scott…

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Iowa Blues Solo Duo competition July 27

Press release submitted by Muddy Waters MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY PRESENT THE IOWA SOLO/DUO BLUES CHALLENGE The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents the 2014 Iowa Solo/Duo Blues Challenge Preliminary Round to be…

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WQAD LogoFAA bans flights from the U.S. to Israel

FAA bans flights from the U.S. to Israel

(CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours. “The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile” from the airport Tuesday morning, the FAA said. The suspension comes amid a conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza. The Israeli military said at least 41 rockets were fired from the Palestinian territory toward Israel on Tuesday. Operations at the airport in Tel Aviv continued Tuesday after the FAA issued its ord…

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WQAD LogoUkraine calls businessman and Russian defense minister ‘accomplices of terrorists’

Ukraine calls businessman and Russian defense minister ‘accomplices of terrorists’

KIEV, Ukraine (CNN) — Ukraine opened criminal cases Tuesday against Russia’s defense minister and a Russian businessman, calling both “accomplices of terrorists.” The Ukrainian Internal Affairs Ministry accused Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu of helping form “illegal military groups” in the Donetsk region, where pro-Russian rebels have declared their own government. “The illegal military groups, which are led by citizens of the Russian Federation, make regular attacks on government institutions and other organizations that have led to mult…

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The Salvation Army announces Stuff The Bus

Press release submitted by The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities The Salvation Army announces STUFF THE BUS in participation with First Day Project Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army, Wal-Mart and…

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Red, White & Boom! Fireworks rescheduled for Labor Day

Press release submitted by Quad Cities Chamber (Quad Cities) -- The Red, White & Boom! fireworks have been rescheduled for Labor Day, Monday, September 1,2014, starting promptly at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks will be shot…

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QC Times LogoMom charged with neglect for leaving baby in parked car

Mom charged with neglect for leaving baby in parked car

A Davenport woman has been charged with child endangerment, accused of leaving her infant son alone in the backseat of her vehicle in extreme heat Tuesday morning in front of the Dollar Genera……

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WHBF LogoBaby rescued from hot car

Baby rescued from hot car

Police arrested a mother after they say she left her child in a hot car in Moline this morning.A passerby noticed the 6 month old baby inside a car in the parking lot of the Dollar General on 36th Avenue.  Police arrived and were on scene for twenty minutes before the mother returned.The car did have the windows cracked open but the temperature inside had reached dangerous levels.  Officers were able to open the car and get the baby out.The National Weather Service had issued a heat advisory for today because of the possibility of dangerous temperatures.When the mother 20-year-old B…

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WQAD LogoFish reappears more than 80 years after vanishing from Iowa waterways

Fish reappears more than 80 years after vanishing from Iowa waterways

A brightly-colored fish, once thought to have vanished from Iowa waterways, has reportedly reappeared in the Mississippi River. The longear sunfish was once common in bayous around Muscatine, but it has not been positively identified in Iowa since the early 1930s, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Plowing freed the prairie soil to run into once-clear waters and game fish like brook trout, longear sunfish and grass pickerel disappeared,” according to Iowa DNR wildlife managers. Leading national fish science experts believe the fish, found recently in the Missis…

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Heat advisory in effect until 7 p.m.

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

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Metro East briefs for July 23, 2014

Colona library offering free technology courses Colona Public Library is offering free six-week technology courses to residents in the Colona library district beginning tonight, thanks to a state grant. Courses will be offered in a variety of technology-related…

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KWQC LogoInfant Left Alone In Moline Store Parking Lot-UPDATED

Infant Left Alone In Moline Store Parking Lot-UPDATED

UPDATE: A woman on a shopping trip may have saved the life of an infant left alone in a parked car Tuesday morning. The incident happened in the Dollar General store parking lot, located at 2010 36th Ave. in Moline, Ill.

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QC Times LogoRed, White & Boom! display rescheduled for Labor Day

Red, White & Boom! display rescheduled for Labor Day

The Red, White & Boom! fireworks display has been rescheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, which is Labor Day.

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WQAD LogoRed, White & Boom rescheduled for Labor Day

Red, White & Boom rescheduled for Labor Day

After flooding and safety concerns forced the cancellation of the 2014 Red, White & Boom fireworks, organizers have rescheduled the event for Labor Day. When flooding halted plans to use a barge as a launch point, organizers had hoped to shoot fireworks from the Centennial Bridge.  However, the fireworks vendor said the size and caliber of the fireworks made that bridge unsafe as a launch point.  Flooding also closed roads and venues along the river in the days prior to the Independence Day holiday weekend. Organizers announced Tuesday, July 22, 2014 that Red, White & Boom would happ…

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KWQC LogoRed, White & Boom! Fireworks Rescheduled For Labor Day

Red, White & Boom! Fireworks Rescheduled For Labor Day

The Red, White and Boom Fireworks display that was canceled due to flooding is getting a second chance this year.The annual 3rd of July fireworks display has been rescheduled for Labor Day, September 1...

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RAGBRAI rider dies in northern Iowa

GRAETTINGER, Iowa — A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition.

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WHBF LogoRider dies during RAGBRAI

Rider dies during RAGBRAI

 (AP) A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition.        Bob Libby, medical director for The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, said the 63-year-old man died Monday while riding near Graettinger, a small northern Iowa city in Palo Alto County. His name wasn't released.        Libby says he didn't know the cause of death, but that is was due to a medical condition and not a traumatic injury.        A trauma surgeon, nurse and others cared fo…

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WHBF LogoRider from West Branch dies during RAGBRAI

Rider from West Branch dies during RAGBRAI

 (AP) A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition.        Bob Libby, medical director for The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, said 63-year-old Tom Teesdale from West Branch died Monday while riding near Graettinger, a small northern Iowa city in Palo Alto County. His name wasn't released.        Libby says he didn't know the cause of death, but that is was due to a medical condition and not a traumatic injury.        A trauma surgeon, nur…

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WHBF LogoRed, White, and Boom! is back on

Red, White, and Boom! is back on

The Red, White & Boom! fireworks have been rescheduled for Labor Day, Monday, September 1,2014, starting promptly at 8:30 p.m.  The fireworks will be shot from a barge in the Mississippi River between Davenport and Rock Island. Family activities will start at 6:00 p.m. in Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport and Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island. Both riverfronts will feature additional publicly accessible viewing areas. The festival’s original date of July 3 was cancelled due to flooding of the Mississippi River.  “We’re thrilled to give the Quad C…

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QC Times LogoHealth care ruling could affect tens of thousands in Iowa, Illinois

Health care ruling could affect tens of thousands in Iowa, Illinois

More than 24,000 Iowans and 168,000 people from Illinois selected insurance plans with the aid of taxpayer subsidies, which now are in doubt because of a federal appellate court ruling.

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WHBF LogoMillions in construction money coming to area counties

Millions in construction money coming to area counties

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Tuesday morning which will funnel millions in construction funding to counties in our area.Projects include:$31 million to resurface 30 miles of Interstate 80 in Henry County$16.8 million to resurface I-74/I-80 in Henry County$4 million to resurface 14.3 miles of IL 40 in Carroll and Whiteside CountiesNo word on when construction will begin.

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