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Muscatine earns Blue Zones certification

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MUSCATINE — It was not the celebration of the end of a project, but the beginning of one.

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Special needs children denied some rides at fair

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Special Needs Day at the 95th annual Mississippi Valley Fair was not so joyous Tuesday for children and adults who were turned away from several open rides.

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QC Online LogoDavenport library to be hub for new arts academy

Davenport library to be hub for new arts academy

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DAVENPORT -- The new hub for the Quad-Cities' first magnet school for the arts is scheduled to open after Labor Day, at the downtown Davenport Public Library. About 4,400-square-feet of space on the library's main level is…

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QC Online LogoSummer was a lot hotter 60 years ago this month

Summer was a lot hotter 60 years ago this month

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This month has brought an unusual cool spell to the Midwest, with temperatures as much as 20 degrees below normal. It's a far cry from the summer of 1954. Sixty years ago, the region was broiling in…

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WQAD LogoSeniors lead Assumption into State Semifinals

Seniors lead Assumption into State Semifinals

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The Knights invaded Des Moines with plenty of experience and it paid off in their Quarterfinal showdown with Harlan.   Mick Baker was a star on both offense and defense.  The senior collected 3 hits and 4 RBI’s, while making several big plays in the field.  Assumption would build a 7-1 lead at one point, but it came down to another senior in the 7th.  Harlan had cut the lead to 8-7 and with the tying run heading home, Jake Gervase threw and bullet home to record the 3rd out at the plate.

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WQAD LogoNew tool helps high school athletic trainers measure concussions

New tool helps high school athletic trainers measure concussions

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A new tool is helping high school athletic trainers measure concussions and determine when athletes can return to the playing field. With an application called C3 Logix, Rock Island High School athletic trainer Stacey Schuerman used an iPad to do baseline concussion testing on cheerleaders and volleyball players Tuesday. The 15-minute test measures athletes’ balance, reaction time, and memory recall, giving athletic trainers a basis from which they can measure future injury. “We need to have a kind of set level of how the athlete is healthy, in order to be able to test the differen…

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Country Style offering bacon ice cream

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MOLINE -- Country Style Ice Cream is offering bacon and maple-bacon flavored milkshakes, malts and sundaes. "You can add whatever flavors you want to it," Country Style employee Bryan Lundhal said. "Caramel, chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar…

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QC Online Logo'Abandoned in Hell' details Albracht's ordeal in Vietnam

'Abandoned in Hell' details Albracht's ordeal in Vietnam

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MOLINE -- Like many of his brothers who served in Vietnam, Bill Albracht stuffed his war memories in a closet, not caring if the closet ever would be opened. Children had to be raised, and a job…

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SAU students gave almost 80,000 volunteer hours last year

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DAVENPORT -- St. Ambrose University students logged about 80,000 volunteer hours in the 2013-14 school year, about 20,000 more than either of the previous two years. The total for the school year was 79,587, according to a…

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Art scholarship created in name of slain tattoo artist

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ROCK ISLAND -- The mother of Derek J. Jackson, the tattoo artist fatally shot in December, has established a $500 annual art scholarship for Rock Island High School students. The Derek James Jackson Art Scholarship was established…

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QC Times LogoAledo teen gets a break

Aledo teen gets a break

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Aledo, Ill., teen Katelyn Hermanson is eager for classes to begin at Mercer County High School.

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KWQC LogoTreasury Secretary Visits Alcoa

Treasury Secretary Visits Alcoa

United States Secretary of the Treasury, Jacob Lew, visits the Quad Cities Tuesday to tour the Alcoa plant.

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KWQC LogoQCA Braces For Road Salt Costs

QCA Braces For Road Salt Costs

Salt supplies are low and costs are up because they used so much last winter. Salt prices will go up about 25% this winter for Davenport and other neighboring cities.

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Rock Island taking deer management applications

The city of Rock Island is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 archery deer hunting season. Applications may be obtained from the front desk of the Police Department, at the Parks and Rec……

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WQAD LogoGalesburg teachers standing firm in contract negotiations

Galesburg teachers standing firm in contract negotiations

About a hundred people gathered outside of Galesburg High School on Tuesday, July 29 for an informational picket put on by the Galesburg Education Association (GEA). The GEA is demanding several changes, including a 1.5% salary increase, clear definitions of their work hours, and tighter contract security when it comes to their retirement. Galesburg recently reported having a deficit of $2.7 million and they offered raising teachers salaries 2.02% in 2014 as well as a 2.06% raise in 2015. According to Tami Qualls, a supervisor for the GEA, said the offer doesn’t cover other contractual c…

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Ride4Gabe riding across the country hoping to help save a little boy's life

  Two men, riding three thousand miles inspired by one little boy. The bicyclists say this is nothing compared to what the 9-year-old boy is going through. The 3 men met on a cycling Facebook page and that's where Ride4Gabe all started. "Hi!,” said Gabe Griffin. Meet Gabe Griffin, just nine years old. Diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. A disease that causes generalized weakness and muscle wasting that gets worse over time. "At the age where Gabe should be growing into a strong young man he is going to be doing the opposite. He is going to be dying,” sai…

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QC Times LogoTreasury leader touts Alcoa plant's capabilities

Treasury leader touts Alcoa plant's capabilities

With Alcoa Davenport Works' new automotive manufacturing line as a backdrop, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday that the company's investment and innovation is an example of the ad……

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WQAD LogoA wish come true for 15-year-old Leukemia patient from Aledo

A wish come true for 15-year-old Leukemia patient from Aledo

Fifteen-year-old Katelyn Hermanson, Aledo, was diagnosed with Leukemia in September  2013. Since her diagnosis, she’s endured more than 125 chemotherapy treatments and has spent countless days at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Peoria. Katelyn said her illness began with symptoms associated with the common cold.  Doctors, who originally thought she had a case of bronchitis, treated her with an antibiotic. To no prevail, doctors took blood samples and found the problem. “I just can’t explain how much it overcomes you when you find out your child has cancer,” Kate…

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River Action receives grant to restore wetlands

  River Action is getting a grant to help improve a local wetland. The organization is getting a $50,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The money will go towards wetlands on the Rock River in Moline to help repair, dredge, and add new plants. The improvements will help improve water quality that's affected by such things like storm runoff.  “That's where we have recreation,” said Kathy Wine, executive director of River Action. “It's where we get drinking water, and all the fish and wildlife up and down the river use it too, not just humans…

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KWQC LogoMercer Co. Candidates See Changes For Treasurer's Office

Mercer Co. Candidates See Changes For Treasurer's Office

Three months before November's election, Mercer County's Treasurer’s race just got interesting.“I strongly feel that there should be a second set of eyes on everything,” said Bev Lower, Democratic Party candidate for County Treasurer.“I want them to be able to come to me anytime, talk to me,” said Sandy Bull, the Republican Party candidate.One of the two candidates will replace former treasurer Mike Bertelsen who on Monday, admitted in court that he stole thousands of dollars in county funds....

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Teen fell about 80 feet from Clinton cliff

CLINTON — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy fell about 80 feet from a cliff at Clinton park.

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WQAD LogoPleasant Pattern Shows Little Change Ahead

Pleasant Pattern Shows Little Change Ahead

Summer weather of late, or the lack their of has been an ongoing event for most of this month and I don’t see why this will change even as we head into the weekend. This is what us meteorologist like to call a “persistent” pattern or a “what you see is what you get”. Sunshine in the morning warms the surface air and interacts with the cold air aloft growing a scattering of afternoon cumulus. That’s what I expect to see for the next several days with daytime highs near or around 80 degrees and overnight lows around 60. Shower chances are expected in the days …

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WHBF LogoSpecial Needs kids turned away at Mississippi Valley Fair

Special Needs kids turned away at Mississippi Valley Fair

There was some controversy surrounding today's special needs day at the Mississippi Valley Fair. Several guests say there were denied access to rides, and told that there were not free rides available to them as advertised.Bob Fox, the general manager of the Mississippi Valley Fairground tells CBS4 that it was part of a miscommunication with the contract ride company. To make up for that, special needs guests will be allowed in for free between 10:00 and 11:00 Sunday morning.More details as they become available. …

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WHBF LogoKids with special needs turned away at Mississippi Valley Fair

Kids with special needs turned away at Mississippi Valley Fair

There was some controversy surrounding today's "Special Needs Day" at the Mississippi Valley Fair. Several guests say there were denied access to rides, and told that there were not free rides available to them as advertised.Bob Fox, the general manager of the Mississippi Valley Fairground, tells CBS4 that it was part of a miscommunication with the contract ride company over height and weight restrictions. To make up for that, special needs guests will be allowed in for free between 10:00 and 11:00 am Sunday morning.Fox says he apologizes for the miscommunication and hopes thos…

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Epilepsy seminar offers information for employees

Thousands of Americans live with epilepsy. But some employers aren't sure whether they can hire someone with the disorder. On Tuesday one group tried to change the misconceptions. "There are a lot of employees out there who have epilepsy,” said Monta Ponsetto, director of services at the Epilepsy Foundation of the Quad Cities. “They are working. They are thriving. And so it’s just a matter of getting a better understanding, get everyone educated and create a better work environment." On Tuesday the Epilepsy Foundation of the Quad Cities held a seminar and…

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WQAD LogoJason, Denise, and James try Country Style’s bacon milk shake

Jason, Denise, and James try Country Style’s bacon milk shake

On the count of three News 8’s Jason Fechner, Denise Hnytka, and James Zahara tried Country Style’s new bacon flavored milk shake. Love bacon?  This might be for you. County Style has launched this milkshake appealing to bacon lovers.  Denise described it as a salty, smoky flavor.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary tours Alcoa's Davenport Works Facility

The U.S. Treasury Department has its eye on the Quad Cities. Tuesday the Treasury Secretary toured the Alcoa Davenport Works facility. It’s the world's largest aluminum rolling mill crafting cutting edge aerospace and automotive parts, found right here on the Mississippi. "What we saw today really represents so much of what we're trying to accomplish.  It's a workplace that focuses on the products of today and tomorrow, constantly adapting," said U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. Alcoa's Davenport Works facility creates products for all major aircrafts and space vehi…

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Bix 2014: By the numbers

One of the Quad Cities biggest weekends of the year is behind us, but the numbers are in for Bix 2014. 18,956 runners showed up for the three day events. That includes 3,200 kids for the Junior Bix. U.S.A. Track and Field was also in town for the 7 Mile Championships, 306 active military battled up Brady for the Bix 7. Altogether, 40 people had to seek medical treatment, and three were taken to area hospitals. Race director Ed Froehlich says he was hoping to reach 20,000 runners this year.  "But we don't have the population base,” said Froehlich. “You go t…

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WQAD LogoMuscatine residents report ‘suspicious’ man twice within three hours

Muscatine residents report ‘suspicious’ man twice within three hours

Police charged a man with trespassing and disorderly conduct, only to receive another complaint about him hours later. Reports were coming in to the Muscatine Police Department around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014 about gun shots being fired and a suspicious person with a firearm, according to Lieutenant Jeff Jirak. Police responded to the reports in the 1300 block of Washington Street and later found an armed man, 29-year-old Joshua Scott Lewis in the 1300 block of Isett Avenue, Jirak said. According to the Muscatine Police Department, Lewis was charged with two counts of trespassing and o…

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QC Online LogoTreasury secretary visits Alcoa

Treasury secretary visits Alcoa

RIVERDALE -- U. S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wants a law to stop corporations like the Illinois-based Walgreens moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Speaking Tuesday during a tour of Alcoa's Davenport Works, Sec…

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Mercer County board to replace Bertelsen within 60 days

Mercer County has 60 days to fill the seat vacated by former treasurer Mike Bertelsen. Mr. Bertelsen pleaded guilty Monday to felony counts of theft and official misconduct. He also announced his resignation as Mercer County treasurer.

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KWQC LogoComplaints About Special Needs Riders Being Turned Away At Miss. Valley Fair

Complaints About Special Needs Riders Being Turned Away At Miss. Valley Fair

A miscommunication created frustration for some special guests, who claimed they were not permitted on some rides or told they were not for free.

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WQAD LogoAssumption baseball heads to Iowa State Semifinal

Assumption baseball heads to Iowa State Semifinal

Assumption baseball is moving on to the state semifinal after a win against Harlan. The Knights headed to Principal Park Stadium Tuesday, July 29, 2014 to compete in the state quarterfinals. An early 1-1 tie was short-lived as Assumption took the lead in the third inning. Senior Mick Baker scored a run, giving Assumption the lead at 2-1. In the fourth inning, Harlan got a runner on third, but pitcher Jay Campbell struck out the batter, leaving the score at 2-1. Another run by Sam Bennett in the fifth brought Assumption into a further lead, 3-1 and by the sixth inning Assumption had a 7-1 lead.

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KWQC LogoCar Crashes Into Moline Apartment

Car Crashes Into Moline Apartment

It was a very close call tonight for one family celebrating a newborn in their home. A car ended up in the kitchen.

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WHBF LogoIowa lottery sales down

Iowa lottery sales down

Iowa lottery sales are down. That's according to lottery officials who say sales have dropped 7.4% over the past year. Reasons include a harsh winter and fewer high jackpots that drive up sales. Overall lottery sales dipped to $314 million dollars. Scratch tickets are still the biggest income generator.   …

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WHBF Logo'Millionaire Tax' question to appear on fall ballot

'Millionaire Tax' question to appear on fall ballot

(AP) Illinois voters have another issue on the ballot this November. Governor Pat Quinn has signed a proposal allowing voters to weigh in, on whether Illinois millionaires should pay more income tax. Voters will now decide on whether incomes over one million dollars should be taxed an additional three percent. House Speaker Michael Madigan says it could raise $1 billion for education, or about $550 per student.       Madigan had wanted the idea proposed as a constitutional amendment. But he couldn't garner the 71-vote supermajority it needed in the House to put…

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WQAD Logo‘Die Hard’ actor James Shigeta dies

‘Die Hard’ actor James Shigeta dies

(CNN) — James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies “Die Hard” and “Flower Drum Song,” died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Monday, his agent said. He was 81. “It is with great sadness that I report the loss of my longtime friend and client,” Shigeta’s agent said. “James was the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known. … The world has lost another wonderful actor, sadly I lost a dear friend.” While he’s well-known for co-starring with Bruce Willis in 198…

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WQAD LogoFacebook: Get Messenger app or else

Facebook: Get Messenger app or else

(CNN) — For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it’s almost time to download the social-media giant’s dedicated app for doing so, or lose the ability. Facebook says that, for the next few days, it will be notifying people that if they want to continue sending mobile message, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. “As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences,” a Facebook spokes…

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WHBF LogoRock Island state's attorney asks for investigation into alleged pension scheme

Rock Island state's attorney asks for investigation into alleged pension scheme

Rock Island County state's attorney John McGehee is asking Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan to look into allegations of an illegal pension scheme by county board officials. The lawsuit was brought by former county human resources director Meg Hoskins who was fired in 2013. She alleges the scheme involved misrepresenting reporting hours worked by some county board members who are in a state retirement fund. The Illinois State Police is also looking into the claims.   …

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WHBF LogoMidAmerican Energy warns of scams

MidAmerican Energy warns of scams

  MidAmerican Energy is warning customers of a very thorough scam. Callers are demanding payment for a past due energy bill or repair bill to avoid a disconnect. The call even comes through your caller I.D. saying it is coming from Mid American. Customers should never give such information like account numbers and credit card info over the phone. If you get a call, hang up and call MidAmerican's customer service department at 888-427-5632.   …

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Areas of Rock Island under boil-water advisory

Some Rock Island residents are being told they should boil their water before using it for consumption after a water main break Tuesday.

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McVay's preliminary hearing postponed

The man charged with killing Carrie Olson appeared in court today, But the preliminary hearing for Timothy McVay has been pushed back to August 12th. In a mutual agreement the state's attorney and McVay's public defender asked to have the hearing postponed, so they could have more time to look over the evidence. McVay is being charged with first degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death. He was arrested July 18th, more than 3 months after Olson's body was found in the woods up in Minnesota. Mcvay's preliminary hearing is now scheduled for August 12th. The state has 30 days fr…

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WHBF LogoBoil order issued for parts of Rock Island

Boil order issued for parts of Rock Island

  Some Rock Island residents are under a precautionary boil order. The boil order has been issued for the areas marked from 31st to 39th streets, 6th to 12th avenues, 44th to 46th streets, and 7th to 15th avenues after a water main break. The city is advising all drinking and cooking water be boiled until further notice. The city expects the order to be lifted tomorrow.   …

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WQAD LogoPhotos: Day 1 of the 2014 Mississippi Valley Fair

Photos: Day 1 of the 2014 Mississippi Valley Fair

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WQAD LogoRock Island sets 2014-2014 archery deere hunting season application deadline

Rock Island sets 2014-2014 archery deere hunting season application deadline

If you’re a hunter, now’s the time to get your application in for the 2014-2015 archery deer hunting season. Deputy Chief Jason Foy said applications can be picked-up from the front desk of the Rock Island Police Department, Rock Island Parks and Recreation Office, or online  — click here. Click here to read more about the Rock Island Deere Management Program To be considered for a permit, applications must be completed and returned to the Police Department by 5 p.m. August 22, 2014. The city’s approval will permit deer hunting at a select number of sites. An informational meetin…

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WQAD LogoStartup rolls out “ManServants” service

Startup rolls out “ManServants” service

Billed on the company’s website as “what women really want” and “a man, but better,” a San Francisco-based company called ManServants is getting ready to launch this fall. “It’s not a stripper who gets naked,” the website goes on to say. “It’s a ManServant: a gentleman who treats you like a queen. Book one for a bachelorette party or any gathering to be your personal photographer, bartender, bodyguard, and butler all in one.” Those services are listed as “standard”– for additional fees, certain guys will serenade t…

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WQAD LogoTreasury Secretary touts Alcoa’s adaptability to grow

Treasury Secretary touts Alcoa’s adaptability to grow

Alcoa is a shining example of growing American manufacturing jobs in the Quad Cities. That’s why U. S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew toured the Davenport works on Tuesday afternoon. Secretary Lew is learning how Alcoa is advancing during challenging times. The company is helping to revive American manufacturing. “When business people around the world are asked, where is the best place to locate a manufacturing plant, they say the United States,” he said. This $300 million expansion is a good start.  It created 150 new jobs and saved 200 more. “Manufacturing jobs aren…

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Independent Scholars Evening: Meet & Greet Aaron Brown

Press release submitted by The Institute Meet & Greet Aaron Brown Who is Aaron Brown? At Independent Scholars' Evenings July 31, 2014 7 p.m. …

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WHBF LogoDavenport man sentenced on child porn charges

Davenport man sentenced on child porn charges

Michael Anthony McDaniel, age 46, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 7 years imprisonment, after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. McDaniel was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. McDaniel will also be required to register as a sex offender.In March 2011, a member of the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Dewitt, Iowa, Police Department accessed a shared folder and downloaded child pornography…

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KWQC LogoPickets Over Galesburg Teacher Contract Talks

Pickets Over Galesburg Teacher Contract Talks

Teachers in Galesburg and their supporters set up a long picket line outside the high school Tuesday afternoon.

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WQAD LogoBoil advisory issued for some Rock Island residents

Boil advisory issued for some Rock Island residents

A boil advisory has been issued for some Rock Island water customers. The advisory spans from 31st Street to 39th Street, 6th Avenue to 12th Avenue  and 44th Street to 46th Street, 7th Avenue to 15th Avenue. All water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled until further notice. A main break on a hydrant lateral is the cause of the advisory, according to Public Works Director, Randall Tweet. The system’s pressure has been restored and crews are working on repairs. “The boil advisory is expected to be lifted in 24 hours,” said a City of Rock Island spokesperson. “This is just a …

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WQAD LogoPleasant Pattern Shows Litttle Change Ahead

Pleasant Pattern Shows Litttle Change Ahead

Summer weather of late, or the lack their of has been an ongoing event for most of this month and I don’t see why this will change even as we head into the weekend. This is what us meteorologist like to call a “persistent” pattern or a “what you see is what you get”. Sunshine in the morning warms the surface air and interacts with the cold air aloft growing a scattering of afternoon cumulus. That’s what I expect to see for the next several days with daytime highs near or around 80 degrees and overnight lows around 60. Shower chances are expected in the days …

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WQAD LogoDes Moines Getaway Contest 2014

Des Moines Getaway Contest 2014

Des Moines is everything you want to find in a city. It’s a Friday night at a Broadway show. A Saturday morning at the Des Moines Farmers’ Market. A night at your favorite restaurant. Or enjoying laid back music venues. It’s a shopping trip to an East Village boutique. Or an inspired trip through a downtown sculpture park. It’s also everything you don’t expect. It’s easy to get around. Easy to park. To feel safe. To feel at home. Catch a city where you can do it all. Catch Des Moines. You could win a getaway to Des Moines!  Just fill out your email below to…

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WQAD LogoMcGehee asks Attorney General to look into county corruption allegations

McGehee asks Attorney General to look into county corruption allegations

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is being asked to take over an investigation into allegations of corruption in Rock Island County. States Attorney John McGehee said Tuesday that he will ask Lisa Madigan’s office to look into claims first raised in a whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year by a former county worker. “They have a Public Integrity unit with the State of Illinois so I’m going to be referring it to that bureau for particular review,” McGehee said. The suit filed by former Human Resources director Meg Hoskins claims she was asked to inflate…

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WQAD LogoGadget tests your drink for ‘date rape’ drugs

Gadget tests your drink for ‘date rape’ drugs

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — “Date rape” drugs have met their high-tech match. A new electronic device and mobile app called pd.id (Personal Drink ID), aims to help prevent sexual assaults that occur after a victim has been unknowingly drugged. Sexual assault is an epidemic in the United States. Nearly one in five — 20 million — U.S. women and girls have been raped in their lifetimes, and 3 million U.S. women have experienced drug-facilitated rape, according to a 2007 study by the Medical University of South Carolina. Another 1.6 million men and boys have also been vict…

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WQAD Logo‘Bachelorette’ Andi Dorfman makes her choice

‘Bachelorette’ Andi Dorfman makes her choice

Editor’s note: This story contains spoilers about the finale of “The Bachelorette.” Stop reading now if you don’t want to know. (CNN) — Did Andi Dorfman choose wisely with her final rose? At the very least she chose geographically, as the Atlanta-based former assistant district attorney selected former baseball player Josh Murray, who also lives in her city. No long-distance romance for this pair, but plenty of speculation about whether their engagement will actually result in a marriage. Left holding his heart in his hand was Chicago-based businessman Nick Via…

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Backpack giveaway benefiting thousands of schoolchildren

Press release submitted by Carlee Bos, Store Manager, Cellular Connection Premium Verizon Wireless Retailer The Cellular Connection to host second annual backpack giveaway benefiting thousands of schoolchildren Nation's largest Verizon Premium Wireless…

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WHBF LogoRock Island taking in-city deer hunt applications

Rock Island taking in-city deer hunt applications

The City of Rock Island began accepting applications for the 2014/2015 deer hunt season today.Applications can be picked up at the Rock Island Parks and Rec Office, the Police Department, or online at rigov.org.  Applications are due by August 22nd.Approval will allow residents to bow hunt deer on a select number of sites within the city.The city will hold an informational meeting at 5:30 on August 13th at City Hall.

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Boil order issued for parts of Rock Island

Rock Island has issued a water boil advisory for 31st to 39th streets, from 6th to 12th avenues, and for 44th to 46th streets, from 7th to 15th avenues, after a break on a…

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QC Online LogoScholarship established in memory of R.I. tattoo artist

Scholarship established in memory of R.I. tattoo artist

Press release submitted by Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation Scholarship established in memory of Rock Island tattoo artist Derek James Jackson (ROCK ISLAND, IL, July 29, 2014) Susan Poe, the mother of slain…

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KWQC LogoIllinois To Ask Voters About Taxing Millionaires

Illinois To Ask Voters About Taxing Millionaires

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing voters to weigh in on whether Illinois millionaires should pay more income tax. The Democrat signed the proposal Tuesday.

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WQAD LogoUtility company warns customers to look out for scams

Utility company warns customers to look out for scams

Don’t be fooled by swindlers who operate convincing scams to try and steal your money. Local police and MidAmerican Energy are warning utility customers of scams that can seem real. Often, this is how it works- Scam artists will call claiming to work for MidAmerican Energy and they will inform you of a past-due repair bill. They say if you do not pay it your services will be cut off. In some cases, the caller will instruct the customer to buy a prepaid Green Dot debit card and tell them to call back with the card’s serial number. Other callers will ask for a customer’s personal credit c…

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Euchre tournament to benefit abused and neglected children

Press release submitted by The Center for Youth and Family Solutions EUCHRE TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN Rock Island, Ill July 29, 2014— The Center for Youth and Family Solutions…

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Martin Luther King Center annual Family Fun Day

Press release submitted by Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center 630 Ninth Street, Rock Island, IL 61201 (309) 732-2999 ford.dwight@rigov.org Martin Luther King…

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QC Times LogoSunny with a high near 76 degrees

Sunny with a high near 76 degrees

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

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WHBF LogoCyclists ride to raise awareness of fatal disease

Cyclists ride to raise awareness of fatal disease

A group of bicyclists are riding across country to raise money and awareness for a little boy with a fatal disease.The Ride4Gabe stopped in Sterling, Illinois this morning.  Gabe Griffin is a 9 year old boy from Birmingham, Alabama.Gabe suffers from a genetic mutation called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  DMD causes the breakdown of muscles, mostly in boys, that eventually leads to death.Gabe's father Scott Griffin, who runs the Hope4Gabe foundation, said: “At 9 years old, Gabe walks, hugs, breathes and feeds himself like any other typical child that age. If we don̵…

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Metro East briefs for July 30, 2014

East Moline school registration today and Thursday East Moline school registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Glenview, Hillcrest and Wells, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Glenview, Bowlesburg and Ridgewood.

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WHBF LogoPrison time for man caught selling machine gun

Prison time for man caught selling machine gun

 (AP)  An eastern Iowa gun store owner has been given 14 months in prison for selling a machine gun.        Larry Brauer was sentenced on Monday. He owns Lone Wolf Outdoor Supplies in Calamus.        The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says a customer of Brauer's worked with the bureau on a sting operation and bought a machine gun from Brauer for $750 in October 2013.        The bureau says Brauer's federal firearms license doesn't allow him to sell machine guns regulated un…

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WQAD LogoSkip-A-Long in Moline holds groundbreaking

Skip-A-Long in Moline holds groundbreaking

With the dig of a shovel and the flick of some dirt, a QC daycare began its expansion. The Skip-A-Long Child Development Services in Moline held its groundbreaking for the building’s expansion Monday, July 19, 2014. The addition will include two new classrooms, allowing for the center to serve 31 more children. The center will also hire seven more staff members. “This will be surreally helpful for our working families as we have quite a few children on our waiting list,” said Skip-A-Long CEO Marcy Mendenhall. “It’s a community need and so the board really wanted to make an opportunit…

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McGehee asks Illinois Attorney General to handle RI County corruption allegations

ROCK ISLAND --  Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee wants Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate alleged corruption by county officials.

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WQAD LogoTeen falls 80 feet from Eagle Point Park bluff

Teen falls 80 feet from Eagle Point Park bluff

A teenage boy was airlifted to the hospital after falling about 80 feet from the bluff at Eagle Point Park in Clinton, Iowa. Emergency responders found the 17-year-old along the railroad tracks by the spillway at the park, according to a spokesperson from the Clinton Fire Department. He was transported from the area by an ATV unit and cart, the department said. There were 12 firefighters, two ambulances and a rescue vehicle on scene for more than an hour.

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WQAD Logo270 pound man drops 100 pounds with plant-based diet

270 pound man drops 100 pounds with plant-based diet

(CNN) — Having to ask for a seat belt extender on a flight was one of Benji Kurtz’s biggest life humiliations. He also couldn’t shop at popular clothing stores — the clothing wasn’t large enough. When he found clothing that fit, he often didn’t have a choice in styles or colors, able only to purchase pants available in size 50. At his heaviest, in 2005, Kurtz weighed 278 pounds. Only 5 feet 5 inches tall, he was considered severely obese. For several years he cycled around low-carb diets to temporarily lose 30 to 40 pounds, only to gain it back. None of the…

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KWQC LogoPlans To Revitalize Kewanee,IL

Plans To Revitalize Kewanee,IL

Kewanee has a plan to boost the economy and all it's through a project that will create jobs, bring new businesses and attract visitors. "It's a community that has a lot of history.

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WQAD LogoYour face matters for first impressions

Your face matters for first impressions

Progression of facial features from least to most approachable, attractive and dominant. (CNN) — Making a good first impression might have more to do with your facial features than choosing the right outfit, a new study reveals. Researchers at the University of York in England analyzed people’s first impressions of 16 social traits in 1,000 facial images. The traits were then organized into three categories: approachability, youthfulness/attractiveness and dominance. The study reported that impressions of these traits can be formed in as little as 100 milliseconds from measurable …

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WQAD LogoGirl dies after being hit by plane in Florida

Girl dies after being hit by plane in Florida

MIAMI (CNN) — The 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. The girl, Oceana Irizarry, and her father, Ommy Irizarry, 36, of Georgia were both struck on Sunday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The father died at the scene and the girl was rushed to a hospital. Venice Municipal Airport officials reported a plane in distress Sunday afternoon, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said. The pilot of a 1972 Piper Cherokee radioed that he would …

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E.M. Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday

The East Moline Police Department will host the annual Night Out Against Crime at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Willow Springs Swim Club, 3010 Archer Drive, East Moline. There will be food, swimming, K-9 and taser demonstrations, a…

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Mississippi Valley Fair rolls into the QC

Get ready for rides, games, concerts, and food; the Mississippi Valley Fair is in town!Tuesday kicks off the 95th anniversary of the Mississippi Valley Fair, and every year, the grounds are packed with families going to check out all the fair has to offer.But all you have to do is take a look at the numbers to really get a feel for how popular this fair is.Nearly 300,000 people show up every year for the six-day event and organizers say the huge attendance is thanks to the idea of keeping the fair 'fresh' each year.While there are still the same rides, attractions, and that classic fair food,…

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KWQC LogoU.S. Treasury Secretary Visits Quad Cities Tuesday

U.S. Treasury Secretary Visits Quad Cities Tuesday

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will travel to Davenport, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 to highlight economic growth, expanding opportunity, and investing in advanced manufacturing.

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WQAD LogoHearing continued for man charged with murder of Carrie Olson

Hearing continued for man charged with murder of Carrie Olson

The man charged in the murder of 29 year-old Carrie Olson was in court on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The hearing was continued after the defense team requested more time to look at reports. 39 year-old Tim McVay was in court on Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was arrested one day before at a home he was remodeling in Silvis. Olson had been missing since December of 2013 when her body was found in early April, 2014. McVay was charged with first degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death. The family showed up at McVay’s court appearance on July 19, 2014. “They want to remain private…

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QC Times LogoProject will restore Moline wetlands

Project will restore Moline wetlands

River Action Inc., based in Davenport, is spearheading a $200,000-plus project to restore a 225-acre wetland in Moline and thereby improve Rock River water quality.

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Grease fire displaces Davenport resident

A grease fire in a six-unit apartment building in Davenport early Monday morning has displaced one resident.

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Volunteers needed for ASA tournament this week

MOLINE -- Volunteers are needed for the ASA 16U Northern National Girls Fastpitch Championship Thursday through Sunday at the Milt Hand Sports Complex at Green Valley Park, Moline. The Moline Parks and Recreation Department, which is…

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Colona approves treatment plant project change

COLONA – Aldermen on Monday approved a new completion date for the $1.8 million water treatment plant improvement project. The original bid called for completion by Dec. 1, but because the project was re-engineered when it came…

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KWQC LogoLand Price Approved For Marijuana Grow Center

Land Price Approved For Marijuana Grow Center

Rock Island council members have paved the way to bring a medical marijuana growing center to the city in an industrial area. Green Thumb Industries, LLC, which is based in Chicago, would pay the city $135,000 for the property, and would build the center on around 10 acres of land near the Milan border along 51 St. West. …

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WHBF LogoTeen injured in fall at Clinton park

Teen injured in fall at Clinton park

A teen falls 80 feet off a bluff at a Clinton park.  The Clinton Fire Department tells CBS4 it happened around 5:30 pm Monday at Eagle Point Park in Clinton.Crews spent more than an hour rescuing the 17-year-old before he was taken by medivac helicopter to Iowa City.There is no word on his condition.

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NFL star's alleged crime provides lessons for young athletes

Young athletes are always looking up to the pros for inspiration as they too dream of making it big someday.  But what if some of those pros don't set the best examples? Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice has been in the spotlight after an alleged altercation with his now–wife. We spoke to the head football coach from Pleasant Valley High School who says events like this are opportunities to send a clear message to young players. “What kind of man does that to a woman, his wife, girlfriend?” says head coach Rusty VanWetzinga. Through the alleged actions of a pro…

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Moline school board approves new curriculum

The Moline board of education voted Monday night to adopt new curriculum to take effect this fall. The new curriculum is for English, algebra, and geometry classes and will affect grades six through 10.  The change brings the district's curriculum up to higher state standards by placing a higher emphasis on critical thinking.  It's an improved kind of learning that the superintendent said will be more demanding for students. “Units are definitely more challenging.  And essentially it's like pushing all the standards down a grade unit.  So sixth grade basically beco…

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QC Online LogoMoline board approves updated operational plan

Moline board approves updated operational plan

MOLINE -- Moline School Board members voted 6-1 Monday to extend the district operational plan through 2017. Ben McAdams, the lone opponent, has been a vocal opponent of school closures and the expansion of Hamilton Elementary…

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KWQC LogoLocal Veterans Speak Out About Proposed Fix for VA Healthcare

Local Veterans Speak Out About Proposed Fix for VA Healthcare

Leaders of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees announced a $17 billion compromise proposal on Monday that is aimed at fixing problems with the VA healthcare system. At least some local veterans we talked to say the proposed bill be would be an important step forward, but that's all it is - a good first step.

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KWQC LogoMeet K-9 Nicom

Meet K-9 Nicom

There's a new crime fighter on the streets of Whiteside County these days. His name is K-9 Nicom, and he has a real nose for the job. The German Sheppard joined the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office last month and, already, he is proving himself to be a valuable crime fighting asset.

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WQAD LogoDaycare prescription drug mishap has Davenport mom concerned

Daycare prescription drug mishap has Davenport mom concerned

A Davenport mom says she never worried about her daughter going to daycare until she was given a pill to treat ADHD, that was prescribed to another kid. It was mid-afternoon last week, when Sharon Shorter received a call from Friendly House telling her there was something wrong with her daughter. “You need to come and get Kari because she’s throwing up all over the place,” Shorter recalled being told. Once at home, 7-year-old Ukyria, known as “Kari,” was sleepy. “I went in and checked on her and she was sleeping. I was talking to her laying in the bed with h…

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WQAD LogoCommunity rallies around Muscatine teacher battling cancer

Community rallies around Muscatine teacher battling cancer

A community is showing their support for a teacher as she recently was diagnosed with Leukemia. She’s now in treatment and thousands of dollars have been raised within just 48 hours. A hospital room in Iowa City is Konnie Hurlbut’s new home for the next 26 days where she will receive chemo treatment. Just a month ago she was celebrating her wedding day with her husband Jacob. “We got married, went on our honeymoon in Mexico and got back and I just had a sinus infection, bronchitis, that just kind of hung around,” said Hurlbut. After getting some blood work done she foun…

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QC Times LogoMedical marijuana could grow in Rock Island

Medical marijuana could grow in Rock Island

By the end of 2014, Rock Island could house one of Illinois’ 22 medical marijuana cultivation centers.

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QC Times LogoQ-C's Johnny Lujack airlifted to Mayo Clinic

Q-C's Johnny Lujack airlifted to Mayo Clinic

Johnny Lujack, 89, the oldest living recipient of the Heisman Trophy, was airlifted Monday for neurological examination to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to Quad-City family member……

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Marijuana cultivation center could come to Rock Island

Monday night, Rock Island city council unanimously voted to approve a purchase agreement from Chicago–based company Green Thumb Industries. Paving the way for a medical marijuana cultivation center to come to Rock Island. "Cities are clamoring all over the place trying to get these facilities, because of the jobs mainly, it makes complete sense,” said Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley. Mayor Pauley said the city was approached by Green Thumb Industries to buy the more than 10 acre property for $135 thousand. The city–owned lot is on the 81 hundred block of 51st Street…

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WEB EXTRA: Medical marijuana center in Rock Island?

How do Rock Islanders feel about a medical marijuana cultivation center possibly coming to the city?…

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WQAD LogoMedical marijuana company to buy land in Rock Island

Medical marijuana company to buy land in Rock Island

The City of Rock Island could soon be cashing in on a new crop. Monday night, the City Council approved the sale of a 10-acre site at 8153 – 51st Street West to Green Thumb Industries, LLC. The Chicago-based company is applying for a license from the state to grow medical marijuana there. “It’s about sick patients who suffer from chronic illnesses having the power to decide alternative choices of treatment. So, that’s what we’re doing, we’re manufacturing a medicine in a warehouse in Rock Island,” said Ben Kovler, a founding partner of GTI. GTI plans t…

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RI gives go ahead to proposed medical marijuana cultivation center

ROCK ISLAND - Aldermen have given the green light to the $135,000 sale of a site to a company that wants to use the property to grow marijuana for medical use. Green Thumb Industries plans to develop…

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QCA Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan

Muslims are celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan.Quad City Muslims gathered for prayer at the Muslims Community of the Quad Cities in Bettendorf before celebrating with friends and family. They say the end is the most important time of the year, because that means they've completed an entire month of fasting."This is maybe hard for the non-Muslim to understand because it has a very major spiritual aspect," says Dr. Anis Ansari, president of Clinton Islamic Center. "Once we make intention that we are going to fast from dawn to dusk, we don't feel hungry and we don't …

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Kids exploring science at QC Botanical Center

All this week kids are exploring science at the Quad Cities Botanical Center. "To learn more about the environment, about the eco-systems and to know how to care for the environment more properly," says camper Jonathan Young.  Monday kicked off the 2nd Environmental Exploration Camp. The budding scientists got hands-on experience making bug catchers: as part of ecology day.The kids are learning skills involving recycling, gardening, and just exploring the great outdoors.The camp runs through Friday when families are invited to celebrate the camper's new skills.

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