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QC Times LogoMiddle Road hotel project picking up speed

Middle Road hotel project picking up speed

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Winter slowed the project a bit, but crews now are moving ahead with a project to build a five-story Hilton Garden Inn and two retail outlet buildings that will include a new Starbucks at 959 ……

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Adults prove that Easter egg hunts aren’t just for kids

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Easter egg hunts aren’t just for the kids. At least that was the case in Davenport on Friday, April 18. Radio DJs Dwyer and Michaels held an Adult Easter Egg Hunt at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Anyone 21 and older was allowed to participate in the free event. There were more than 5,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. One lucky winner even walked away with a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon. For a list of Easter egg hunts available for the kids, click here.

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Another Dog Declared Vicious In Bettendorf After Attack On Woman

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Another dog has been banned from Bettendorf. It stems from an incident earlier this week when a group of dogs got lose from a home in the 3200 block of Westmar and one of them attacked a woman. Police…

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WQAD LogoEaster egg hunts and activities

Easter egg hunts and activities

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Bettendorf – Palmer Grill Easter Brunch Buffet at Palmer Hills Golf Course Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost is $11 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Ages 1 – 5 are free. Reservations are recommended; call 563-344-7169. For more information – click here. Davenport – Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 19 at Cork Hill Park from 11:30 a.m. – 1 pm. Prizes awarded for kids and adults. Games, face painting, bounce houses, and Easter Bunny will be there. Free lunch provided. Hunt will go on rain or shine. Davenport – Annual Humane Society of Scott County’s Doggie Eas…

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WQAD LogoWahl Clipper stays on the cutting edge in Sterling

Wahl Clipper stays on the cutting edge in Sterling

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There’s a buzz at the 1st Avenue Barber Shop in Rock Falls on Friday. “I’m excited, personally,” said owner Dan Yanes. Yanes actually uses Wahl clippers at work. “This is made right out here,” he said. And after providing the tools for nearly a century of haircuts, this hometown business with a global reach is expanding. “It puts a lot more people into work in construction,” Yanes said. “They’ll probably add some jobs to the warehouse.” Wahl Clipper will invest some $8.5 million to build a new corporate headquarters. The company…

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WQAD LogoCaptain in ferry sinking charged, in custody

Captain in ferry sinking charged, in custody

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JINDO, South Korea (CNN) — The captain of the sunken ferry in South Korea was formally charged and is in custody, state-run media reported early Saturday, citing prosecutors and police. Lee Joon Seok is charged with five violations, relating to his abandoning the boat, negligence, causing bodily injury, not seeking rescue from other ships, and violating “seamen’s law.” An arrest warrant for Lee was issued the night before in connection with the accident that has left at least 29 dead and nearly 270 missing. “Mr. Lee is charged with causing the Sewol ship to sink …

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WQAD LogoIn plan to shoot son, man trades dog for rifle

In plan to shoot son, man trades dog for rifle

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An Iowa man was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon, after exchanging his dog for a rifle. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in July of 2012, Billy Douglas Thorne, 57, traded his dog for a .22 caliber rifle that he planned to use to shoot his son. Trial evidence showed that after Thorne, from Mason City, traded his dog for the rifle, he had others hide the gun in a Mason City park so that police would not find it in his home, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Once Thorne was arrested on harassment charges, the gun was given to police. According to the U.S. Attorne…

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WQAD LogoWhat made Nevada rancher fight the feds?

What made Nevada rancher fight the feds?

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — When the Bureau of Land Management retreated from a standoff with Cliven Bundy, a few hundred people traveled to his Nevada ranch to protest what they see as an overreach of the federal government. One protester from neighboring Utah, Stephen L. Dean, 45, called the Bureau of Land Management’s actions “tyranny in government.” And a banner at the protest site blared: “Has the West been won? Or has the fight just begun!” The Bundy standoff is emblematic of the larger anti-government sentiment around the country that has been amplified with …

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WQAD LogoViral Video: Child ages 14 years in four minutes

Viral Video: Child ages 14 years in four minutes

  A little bit of video can go a long way. With just a few moments per day this time lapse video turns a baby into a teenager right before your eyes. Watch: WWE pays tribute to The Ultimate Warrior Viral Video: This is what joy looks like Viral Video: Waitress has dream day at work Viral Video: Dancing 3-year-old wows crowd Viral Video: Professor burned by his own cell phone rule …

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QC Times LogoSunny with a high near 61 degrees

Sunny with a high near 61 degrees

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

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WHBF LogoKnox College gets $5 million for new art building

Knox College gets $5 million for new art building

Knox College announced today that Dick and Joan Whitney Whitcomb  have committed to be the lead donors for a new academic building for studio art and art history. The $5 million gift from the Whitcombs is the largest gift from living donors in Knox College’s 177-year history. The new building for studio art and art history, which are currently housed within the Ford Center for the Fine Arts (CFA), will offer Knox faculty and students state-of-the-art spaces to study, create and exhibit art, as well as studios for faculty work and senior capstone projects.  “This …

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WQAD LogoSmartphone innovation has stalled, but that’s OK

Smartphone innovation has stalled, but that’s OK

(CNN) — Here’s a short message to smartphone makers before you try to wow us with a bunch of glitzy features in your next device: Don’t do it. It’s been more than seven years since Apple introduced the original iPhone and reset our expectations for what a smartphone should be. But Steve Jobs was right on the money. It took some five years for the competition to catch up to the iPhone. Now, with newly launched high-end devices like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S5, it almost doesn’t matter which phone you buy anymore. The best ones are all pretty much on par with…

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WQAD LogoIowa police search for escaped inmate

Iowa police search for escaped inmate

Police were looking for an inmate who they say escaped while being transported to another facility. According to a report by KCRG, 37-year-old Kenny Bevard escaped near a Menards store in Clive, Iowa, just west of Des Moines on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The inmate reportedly stole a van at a truck stop there. The van was later found in Urbandale. Police had issued a Code Red alert for the neighboring area early Thursday evening. Bevard is described as a white man, 6-feet 1-inch tall, bald, and has tattoos on his arms. He was wearing a white and green jumpsuit and may have had a black sweatshir…

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WQAD LogoMagnitude-7.2 earthquake strikes southern Mexico

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake strikes southern Mexico

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Friday morning in southern Mexico’s Guerrero state, the U.S. Geological Survey said. (CNN) — A magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck southern Mexico’s Guerrero state Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake occurred on the Pacific Coast between the major resort towns of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo during Holy Week, when Mexicans traditionally flock to the beaches, and resorts typically run at full capacity. The quake struck at 9:27 a.m. local time (10:27 a.m. ET) about 19 miles (31 kilometers) northwest of Tecpan, Mexico, according…

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WQAD LogoKansas City residents breathe easier after highway shootings suspect nabbed

Kansas City residents breathe easier after highway shootings suspect nabbed

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) — For more than a month, motorists around Kansas City, Missouri, have worried about something besides traffic jams and potholes. Someone had fired a gun at as many as 20 motorists on major roads and highways. Three people were shot, none with life-threatening injuries. A news conference expecting to reveal details of the case was scheduled Friday, a day after Police Chief Darryl Forte announced a man was taken into custody in connection with the shootings. The suspect’s name won’t be released until charges have been filed. Thursday’s arrest …

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WQAD Logo8 million sign up for Obamacare

8 million sign up for Obamacare

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Some 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, President Obama said Thursday, putting sign-ups above the initial goal of 7 million. But the final enrollment figure remains to be seen: The White House has not released how many people have fully enrolled, which requires paying their first premium. The open enrollment period ended on March 31, though people in some states are still able to sign up. The White House also said that 28% of those signing up on the federal exchange are between ages 18 and 34. The enrollment of you…

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St. Patrick Society elects board, officers

The St. Patrick Society of the Quad-Cities held its annual meeting Thursday and elected its board of directors and officers.

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KWQC LogoTop Six Stories This Week On KWQC.com

Top Six Stories This Week On KWQC.com

Here are the top six stories on kwqc.com for the week of April 13, 2014;More Arrests In Patriot Mobile Home Park Sex Abuse Investigation - We are still learning more about this case coming out of a troubled…

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KWQC LogoFlood Preparations Underway in Davenport

Flood Preparations Underway in Davenport

Davenport Public Works says it will have 24/7 crews out this weekend checking for flooding. There's no significant flooding yet, but crews with Davenport Public Works have been working throughout the…

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WQAD LogoSterling corporation invests millions in expansion

Sterling corporation invests millions in expansion

A cornerstone company in Sterling is investing millions of dollars into a new corporate headquarters building. Wahl Clipper Corp., which develops and manufactures home and professional grooming products, announced Thursday, April 17, 2014 that it will invest almost $8.5 million into its new 40,000-square-foot building. Construction was set to begin in spring 2014. As one of the largest employers in northwest Illinois, Wahl has nearly 900 workers and has pledged to create at least five jobs. It also plans to keep its current 114 headquarters staff positions, according to a spokesperson from the…

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WQAD LogoYour Internet security relies on a few volunteers

Your Internet security relies on a few volunteers

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Last week’s Heartbleed Internet bug revealed a startling fact. The software protecting banks, email, social media and government is maintained by only a few people. They’re all volunteers. And only one does it as a full-time job. Their labor of love is OpenSSL, a free program that secures a lot of online communication. And it was a tiny coding slip-up two years ago that caused the Heartbleed bug, a hole that allows attackers to peer into computers. The bug forced emergency changes last week at major websites like Facebook, Google and Yahoo. But security…

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WQAD LogoWoman tackles world’s longest triathlon

Woman tackles world’s longest triathlon

By Jacque Wilson (CNN) — The first time I spoke to Norma Bastidas, she was having a rough couple of days. Thirty miles into her attempt to set the record for the world’s longest triathlon, Bastidas, 47, had to start over due to a GPS malfunction. The saltwater off Cancun, Mexico, was eating away at her gums and throat. Her face was sunburned. She’d been stung several times by sea creatures, so her lips were swollen. “I wanted to look like Angelina Jolie, but I probably look like Mickey Rourke in ‘The Wrestler,’ ” she joked. Her laid-back sense of hu…

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WQAD LogoNational parks free this weekend

National parks free this weekend

(CNN) — Looking for something free to do this weekend? Check out a national park. Entrance fees will be waived at all U.S. national park sites this Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, to kick off National Park Week, which runs through April 27. Visitors still have to pay the usual fees at campgrounds and concession stands. With more than 400 National Park Service sites covering 84 million acres in the United States, there are plenty of spots to explore. And if you think national parks are just places where you can take a hike or be one with nature, think again. The Statue of Liberty is a …

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Bettendorf man runs in Boston Marathon

One of our very own Quad Citians is heading to Boston for this year's marathon. 65-year-old Jim Buhman started running when he was 40 years old. While he was not there last year for the unfortunate bombings, he has run the Boston Marathon in 2008, 2009, and 2011. He says he is sure this year will be tough, both physically and emotionally. "It's gonna be for me real emotional, I'm not gonna have a great time because I've been injured a bit, but I know I'll finish and to see the memorials and everything that they've got for that is gonna be pretty touching," says Buhman. The avid …

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Local bands for local music education

Local bands for local music education kicks off at 5 PM. Tickets are $5. Proceeds will go to the Davenport Schools Foundation to introduce kids to arts programming.

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Prosecutors Want Arrest Warrants for Captain in Ferry Disaster

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead. Prosecutors…

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QC Times LogoTheft trial for man charged in Wolfe sisters' murders

Theft trial for man charged in Wolfe sisters' murders

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania man accused of having robbed and killed his next-door neighbors, two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker, now also faces trial on charges that he stole a……

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Moline Sam's Club opens hiring center

In anticipation of its new big box store in Moline, Sam's Club has opened a temporary storefront at SouthPark Mall for recruiting employees and club members. …

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Wundram: Park ambassadors see it all

It was early evening, chill along the Davenport riverfront. On a hard bench in front of the LeClaire Park bandshell, a fellow was curled up in a couple of coats and a blanket. He was settled d……

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WQAD LogoNoticeably Warmer This Weekend

Noticeably Warmer This Weekend

Seasonal temperatures on this Good Friday will get even warmer for the rest of the holiday weekend. We’re starting off in the 30s this morning but that will be short lived as April sun combined with the drier air to work should be enough to pop those temperatures around the 60 degree mark. Warmer winds will be more noticeable Saturday as a system pulling into the Northern Plains provide a return flow out of the southwest sending temperatures around 70 degrees.  It could climb a few degrees warmer if the system slows down even more thus allowing for the sun to take advantage of the drie…

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Uncovering Muslim's covering traditions

BETTENDORF -- Some people wonder if she might be undergoing chemotherapy since she wears headscarves. When Dr. Lisa Killinger, president of the Muslim Community of the Quad-Cities, has talked about why she and other women choose to…

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Faith & Values briefs for Saturday, April 19, 2014

Free meals served Saturdays ROCK ISLAND -- Two Rivers United Methodist Church, 1820 5th Ave., provides a free meal at noon every Saturday. Anyone needing a meal is invited. Girl Scouts salute leaders BETTENDORF…

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Bethany gives some guy-talk chances

MOLINE -- Girls have heard plenty of teen pregnancy-prevention information from Bethany for Children and Families, but administrators decided it was time for some "guy talk." The agency hosted a "What About the Boys" conference on April…

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Extra serving of prayer breakfasts served in Geneseo

GENESEO -- A first-serving of the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast will be dished out from 7 to 8 a.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Dedrick Room at the Geneseo Community Center, at 541 E. North St. The Geneseo…

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QC Times LogoA forecast to write home about

A forecast to write home about

A good, Good Friday to all. Things are shaping up to not only a beautiful Friday, but a pretty darn good looking Saturday and Sunday.

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Churches stay open after Easter

DAVENPORT -- Churches are open between Easter and Christmas. The Hilltop Altar Crawl tour of eight Davenport churches will prove it for any doubters, or to "Christmeasters," a term applied to people who attend church only on…

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Easter related activities for Saturday, April 19, 2014

The following churches reported Easter-related services and related events. Moline Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th St.: --5:30 p.m., Easter Eve service, today in the chapel. --7:30, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., Easter Sunday Communion services,…

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Scott County offers to test water, seal wells

There are 10,000 water wells in Scott County, and the county health board was told Thursday that funds are available to test the well water, rehabilitate older-style wells and plug wells if necessary.

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13 Dead in Mount Everest Avalanche

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak. Nepal Tourism…

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Camanche speaker on underage drinking

Speaker talks about underage drinking: The Camanche/DeWitt coalition presents dinner and a town hall meeting about underage drinking 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Camanche (Iowa) Fire D……

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Author, musician to visit Bettendorf public library

Author, musician present program: Minnesota-based mystery author Erin Hart and her Ireland-born husband, Paddy O’Brien, will present a multimedia program 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Bet……

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Library hosts Ida B. Wells program:

Library hosts Ida B. Wells program: Dr. Nancy Huse will present “Ida B. Wells: Our Fearless American Foremother” 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St. The pro……

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RiverWatch holds volunteer training

RiverWatch holds volunteer training: The Illinois RiverWatch Network will hold a training workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Building 2, Room 204 at Black Hawk College, 6600 34th Av……

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Daily planner, April 18, 2014

Helmsplitter, Disintegrator, Archimedes Death Ray 9:30 p.m., Rock Island Brewing Company, 1815 2nd Ave. $5. 309-793-1999. Quad City Rollers Spring Intra-League Scrimmage 7 p.m., RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. $12; $10 advance; $6 ages…

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Today in history for Friday, April 18, 2014

Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her…

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RI County sells real estate, mobile homes

RI County sells real estate, mobile homes: Rock Island County will offer approximately 66 real estate items and 19 mobile home items through a sealed bid auction sale. All sealed bids must be ……

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WQAD LogoIllini Nation unveils new look

Illini Nation unveils new look

Illinois Unveiled it’s new Nike Rebrand to a packed house of fans, student-athletes, and alumi on Wednesday night.  The Rebrand includes new fonts, logos, colors, and uniforms.  The University spent nearly 2 years developing the new brand with the slogan “Respect the past, represent the future”.

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Inside The Gates at the Arsenal Golf Course

Those in charge of maintenance at the Rock Island Arsenal golf course have had some work to do to get the course ready for this season.With frost reaching as deep as 30 to 40 inches in some spots, PGA professional Todd Fowler expects a few problems underground. Find out more on this week's Rock Island Arsenal: Inside The Gates…

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Underage drinking summit

April marks Alcohol Awareness Month, and Thursday folks gathered to discuss the issues surrounding underage drinking. The Center for Alcohol and Drug Services, representatives from all four Scott County school districts, along with community members met tonight to answer questions regarding that topic. In 2012, over 73 percent of 11th graders in Scott County indicated that it would be easy to obtain alcohol and illegal drugs according to an Iowa youth survey trend report.Heather Olson of The Center for Alcohol and Drug Services said, "They are seeing what's available to them, they a…

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WQAD LogoArea’s Best tune up for trip to Des Moines

Area’s Best tune up for trip to Des Moines

Some of the State’s best shined at the Jesse Day Relays. It was the last chance for runners to qualify for next week’s Drake Relays.  On the girls side, Assumption cruises to the team title including dominating several relays. On the boys side, Clinton takes team title, headlined by a huge night from Deshond Robinson.

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WQAD LogoTerry’s Take: The 2014 tornado season eerily quiet

Terry’s Take: The 2014 tornado season eerily quiet

Here we are in the heart of the 2014 tornado season and so far, barely a whimper. Nobody is complaining but usually more than 1,00 twisters touch down in any given year. Sooner or later, the law of averages catches up. It’s just a matter of when and where. Look at where we are in the season so far. Just 107 tornado reports. Over the past 10 years only 2010 has seen less with 94. The 10 year average is 357. The data so far is preliminary and there are always overcounts. To compensate for that there is an inflationary chart that further lowers the total to 91. Compared to the long term tr…

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WEB EXTRA: Tips on keeping yourself safe from a phone scam making rounds in the QC

Video: Tips from Donn Wilmott, General Manager of Central Scott Telephone Company and Tom Gritton, a Sales Consultant at Tri-City Electric Company on keeping yourself and your company safe from a phone scam that’s making its rounds in the Quad Cities.Advice from the FCC:To avoid falling prey to this scam, the FCC recommends voice mail users do the following:•always change the default password from the one provided by the voice mail vendor;•choose a complex voice mail password of at least six digits, making it more difficult for a hacker to detect;•change your voice mai…

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Phone scam costing QCA businesses thousands

Ami Jenkins doesn't always work on the weekend, but last Saturday morning she just happened to be in the office."I stopped in before our regular businesses hour and when I came in the building at 8:30, I noticed that all of our outgoing lines on all of our phones were lit up,” says Ami Jenkins, Executive Director of the Quad City Botanical Center.Hackers broke into the Quad City Botanical Center's phone system and placed 42 international calls."Had we not noticed right away, its hard to say how many phone calls would've been made from those mailboxes and the price would've mou…

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Departing coordinator urges Cambridge to keep Bright Beginnings

CAMBRIDGE -- The departing 16-year coordinator of the Cambridge School District's Bright Beginnings urged school board members on Thursday to keep the program. Beth Smith said parents have become role models for each other and formed lasting…

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Cordova buys riverfront, sells former grade school

CORDOVA -- Village officials on Thursday approved buying the "old Legion" riverfront property for $150,000. The property includes boat docks that will be available for public use. Fishing also will be allowed. Village board…

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Easter egg hunts continue this weekend

Here is a list of some of the local Easter Egg hunts. All are free except where noted: Today - 9 a.m.: Dwyer & Michael's Adult Easter egg hunt for ages 21 and older…

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Silvis schools may lose teachers to help balance budget

SILVIS -- Getting the Silvis School District budget in the black may require fewer teachers, reduced hours and other cuts. The district anticipates an $860,000 deficit in the 2014-15 school year -- $840,000 reported in March plus…

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WQAD LogoFriends turn tragedy into teaching opportunity

Friends turn tragedy into teaching opportunity

With high school prom season getting into full swing, two Illinois State University students, from just east of the Quad Cities are delivering a message to students. Don’t drink and drive. A tragedy has given them a new mission to honor their friend’s life. On March 29, 2014, three ISU students were enjoying an evening at a semi-formal. Not wanting to drink and drive, one of the students, Michael Collins called a friend to give them a ride home. “We weren’t even the ones drinking and driving. We were the responsible ones,” said Ali Seys, one of the passengers. Wit…

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WQAD LogoScott County Attorney discusses child porn and abuse investigation

Scott County Attorney discusses child porn and abuse investigation

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office says they have made all arrests they can at this time in a child porn and abuse investigation taking place at a Davenport Mobile Home. Eight people have been arrested in the case. Most of those people involved in the case were still in jail as of Thursday, April 17, 2014. Five of those arrested are women who knowingly let kids stay with sex offenders. In four of the five cases, children reported sex abuse when left with the sex offenders. The two men accused of the sex abuse are James Faler and Melvin Lucier. The two are registered sex offenders and were roo…

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Bustos campaign builds fundraising lead over Schilling in 1st quarter results

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, has established a major cash advantage over Republican Bobby Schilling in the 17th District congressional campaign. The Democrat raked in $400,000 in campaign contributions in the first three months of the…

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KWQC LogoDavenport Crews Get Ahead of Pesky Problem

Davenport Crews Get Ahead of Pesky Problem

It's a pesky problem, forcing Davenport city crews to be proactive. They're cutting down hundreds of ash trees before the Emerald Ash Borer can get to them. Davenport City Arborist Chris Johnson says,…

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KWQC LogoIowa Drivers License Photos Used To Catch Identity Thieves

Iowa Drivers License Photos Used To Catch Identity Thieves

Waterloo police arrest an escaped North Carolina prisoner, 40 years after his escape. It occurred after the man applied for an Iowa drivers license. Ronald Carnes is in the Black Hawk County jail. He…

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Reserve a spot at the Father/Daughter Dazzle Dance

Reserve a spot at the Father/Daughter Dazzle Dance- Make your reservations today for the Moline Township Activity Center’s annual Father/Daughter Princess Dazzle Dance. The dance will be 5:30 ……

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Brent Carmichael needs our help

In the three decades I have called Brent Carmichael my friend, never have I dominated one of our conversations. No matter the setting, whether it was as softball teammates, interviewer to interviewee or sitting around a table…

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Deere monitoring the conflict in Ukraine

Deere & Co. has restricted travel to Russia and Ukraine for its employees as conflict in the region threatens two large markets for the Moline-based company. Deere has two factories and an operations office in Russia and…

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WQAD LogoViral Video: Dogs pray before dinner, do dishes after

Viral Video: Dogs pray before dinner, do dishes after

Talk about house-trained. These four pooches know all the rules of their household and each one is expected to obey those rules. These dogs pray with their owner before supper and help clean up their bowls afterward. …

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Rock Island plans extra patrol to watch for distracted drivers

To drive home the point that distracted driving is dangerous, area police officers planned to have some extra eyes on the roadways, checking for violators. On Thursday, April 17, 2014 the Rock Island Police Department began a series of patrol assignments that focus on distracted driving. A spokesperson from the department said it was in effort of “reducing traffic injuries and improving traffic safety upon our roadways.” Related: What fines you could face for driving and talking on your cell April 2014 was declared as “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month” by the U.S. De…

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Michaels hack hit 3 million

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A security breach at Michaels Stores lasted eight months and affected about 3 million customers, the company said Thursday. The news comes three months after the nation’s largest crafts chain told customers it learned of a possible hack. It’s been investigating since then. Some customers’ credit and debit card numbers as well as expiration dates were compromised, but the company said there is no evidence that information such as a customers’ names or PINs were stolen. The breach occurred between May 8, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2014 and affected abo…

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Moline schools again question Elliott's tax break

ROCK ISLAND -- The constitutionality of a state law granting Elliott Aviation a permanent real estate tax exemption for land it leases at Quad City International Airport is again under review. During a motion-to-reconsider hearing on…

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Wisconsin park will offer stained glass John Deere combine

A John Deere combine clad almost fully in stained glass panels has been chosen as the centerpiece for a new park in Reedsburg, Wis. The piece, titled Ruminant (the Grand Masticator), was created by Midwestern artist Karl…

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Q-C women invited to build homes

Women in the Quad-Cities are invited to volunteer during the week of May 3-11 during Habitat for Humanity’s seventh annual National Women Build Week.

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Visiting Artist Series gets $50,000 grant

The Quad-City Arts’ Visiting Artist Series has received a $50,000 grant to support its 2014-15 season. The grant is from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Coach removal questioned at Sherrard

SHERRARD -- A volleyball player and a former board member appealed to the Sherrard School on Wednesday to reconsider its recent decision not to rehire Lori Brown as the district's volleyball coach. Chelsey Crippen, a junior, passed…

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KWQC LogoSome Davenport Children In Recent Sexual Abuse Case, Also Used In Making Child Porn

Some Davenport Children In Recent Sexual Abuse Case, Also Used In Making Child Porn

All this week, we've been telling you about a sex abuse investigation at the Patriot Mobile Home Park in Davenport. That's where mothers, entrusted with the safety of their children are now accused of…

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Report says new state patrol cars are unused in Illinois

  A lot full of unused patrol cars is raising questions in Illinois. The cars were bought, but they're not yet ready for the streets. So in the meantime, they just sit. The state of illinois has the lowest per capita number of state employees of any state in the nation. The Illinois State Police has been forced to operate with fewer people. They are in the process of hiring permanent electronic equipment installers and repairman to continue with the work. In the end, skilled installers will provide a more consistent schedule for all of the vehicle repair and install needs. Since 2…

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Virtual tour recreates the effects of dementia

  It's a unique way to put you in the shoes of someone suffering from dementia. Senior Star at Elmore Place unveiled their virtual dementia tour. It artificially impairs a person to give them a sense of what it's like to live with dementia. Those at Senior Star said it's an eye opening experience. “We alter their touch we alter their vision and their hearing,” said Amanda Bucholz, Senior Star. “All these sensations that are kind of lost or diminished as you age.” There are more public tours next month on May 8th, 15th or 22nd at 1 p.m. …

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Mid-American increasing rates

Mid-American customers in Illinois could soon see higher electric bills. Mid-American says the rate increase is needed due to higher service and maintenance costs. The proposed rate would increase the average home bill about $14 dollars per month. Mid-American has to get approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission, that could take until at least November. It would be the first increase since 1992.  …

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RI woman appears Monday on 'Price is Right'

Rock Island resident Sheron Jordan will be a contestant on the popular game show, "The Price Is Right," at 11 a.m. Monday on CBS-TV. For more information about the show, visit facebook.com/ThePriceIsRightCBS. …

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Gaming council's rejection of Cedar Rapids casino bolsters Davenport project

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on Thursday rejected a proposed $164 million Cedar Rapids casino, a move that improves Davenport's potential profit with its upcoming land-based casino scheduled to open in 2015. "It's a very positive…

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Helping Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

MOLINE, IL – The statistics are shocking. One in six boys will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18. For girls, it's one in four. Nicole Cisne Durbin of Family Resources says most of the time, it's…

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Simon Estes: Prayer, music critical to success

DES MOINES — Simon Estes may have sang for some of the most important global leaders, from American presidents to the pope, Nelson Mandela and Hollywood celebrities, but he says his most impor……

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National Donate Life Month: An organ recipient's story

Kim Burdakin of Muscatine wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for a precious gift she received from a complete stranger. She was diagnosed in 2000 with acute liver failure. The wife and mother of two was placed on the transplant list and two weeks later she found out she was able to receive a new liver.The liver came from 21-year-old Steven Toth who was killed in a car accident. Because he was an organ donor, Kim regained her health. She still keeps in touch with her organ donor's family. Fourteen years later, she now volunteers her time working with the Iowa Donor Network to raise awareness …

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Anti-bullying bill being reviewed by Illinois Senate

  A bill passed in the Illinois House looks to help prevent bullying in schools. As of now, each school district has its own procedures for disciplining students. The new bill would require data to be collected. It would consist of the student's name and dates of incidents. That information would be made available and placed on the district's web page. "If a kid is a repeat offender then there needs to be harsher penalties for those kids who continue to do it,” said Rob Handy, parent. “No kid should go to school and feel intimidated, they should go to school to lea…

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Davenport students explore local government careers

Davenport high school students spent a day in the life of a city worker. Thursday marked the 34th annual ‘Local Government Day.’ Groups of teens toured City Hall, the police department and the Scott County courthouse and jail. It's part of their U.S. government class. Students had a chance to work together solving issues in a mock city council meeting. "So now they're able to see the inter-workings of government and figure out how to solve problems just like the real people in government do," said Christine Gray, U.S. Government teacher at Davenport West High School…

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New businesses breathe life into Rock Island

Renaissance Rock Island celebrated ten new businesses opening downtown on Thursday, April 17 with a ribbon cutting event. Businesses such as the ones inside Be Well on 16 1/2 street, who all came together under one roof to support each other through their openings and bring more daytime businesses into Rock Island. “I feel that before, that Rock Island and the District was really known for its festivals and nightlife, but now I’m really starting to see a change where people can come down and go shopping or get a massage,” said Dr. Sarah Sterling, owner of new business Purple…

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Davenport preparing for Mississippi flooding

Davenport is already preparing for flooding expected along the Mississippi. Right now the river sits at 12.8 feet. The National Weather Service predicts it will reach 15.2 feet by Tuesday, April 22nd. High waters are shutting down South Concord St. between Miller Ave. and Wapello Ave. The city is offering sandbags for residents living in the area. The number to request a sandbag is (563) 326-7923. More streets could close by next Tuesday.  …

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South Park Mall demolition set for next week

  Parts of South Park Mall will be torn down beginning next week. Bulldozers are expected to begin removing the former Sears and the food court next Thursday, April 24th. It's to make way for redeveloping the mall's exterior. Plans include new entrances, signs and other upgrades. Shoppers can attend the demolition groundbreaking party. That's next Thursday at 4 p.m. The first phase of construction is expected to be complete by November. All four anchor stores, JCPenney, Dillard's, Younkers, and Von Maur will stay open during the construction.   …

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QC Mom's Blog: Easter Egg Dye

Do you have an egg hunt planned for this weekend? If so, we have some ideas for how to have the most unique eggs in the neighborhood all thanks to the QC Mom's Blog. You can always find fun projects and…

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Meat Prices Going Up

With weather warming up, many are ready to fire up the grill. But some of the food typically found at a backyard cookout, is going to cost more.  The average price of beef at the counter is at it's highest…

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QC Times LogoDavenport casino operator pleased with Cedar Rapids decision

Davenport casino operator pleased with Cedar Rapids decision

Dan Kehl described himself as "very happy" Thursday and ready to turn his full attention to getting Davenport's Rhythm City on shore after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission vetoed a casino……

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WQAD LogoTeen accused of starting Muscatine apartment fire

Teen accused of starting Muscatine apartment fire

A teenager has been arrested in connection with a Muscatine apartment fire. The Muscatine Journal reported that a 16-year-old was accused of breaking into a home on Pine Street and starting a fire using gasoline in the early morning hours of April 10, 2014. The teen was arrested for arson and burglary. According to the report, a pregnant woman had been in bed sleeping, but was able to escape unharmed and call 911. Previous reports indicate that a firefighter suffered a minor injury battling the fire that day. The firefighter was assessed on scene and no treatment or hospitalization was require…

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WHBF LogoEmotional return for Honor Flight Veterans

Emotional return for Honor Flight Veterans

An unforgettable trip for some area veterans on the 27th Honor Fight of the Quad Cities. "You bet we'll remember this the rest of our lives.” A journey across the country and back, all in less than 24 hours. And each one of the veterans says they'd do it again in a heartbeat. "It was a wonderful, wonderful trip. Everybody treats you so nice I was just so impressed with this," said Korean War Veteran Roger Seiboldt. Seiboldt was one of 90 World War II and Korean War vets who headed to D.C. In a jam packed day the veterans took in memorials, monuments and museums... …

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WHBF LogoBusiness boom in downtown Rock Island

Business boom in downtown Rock Island

Big development in downtown rock island, Thursday the district celebrated 10 businesses opening with a rolling ribbon cutting ceremony. Business, after business, after business are opening their doors in Rock Island. "I feel like Rock Island is exciting. And with all the historic buildings. It just gives you the feel of a real community. And I just feel that it's growing," said Dr. Sarah Sterling of Purple Tree Chiropractic and Wellness. Business owners like Dr. Sarah Sterling of Purple Tree Chiropractic and Wellness and Julia Thomas of Mad Roots Juicery moved into the Be Well Q…

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Beg your pardon

The phone number to call if you want to order fish to stock a pond was incorrectly reported in the Bob Groene column published in Wednesday's Sports section. For more information, call the Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation…

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Groundbreaking set for SouthPark project

MOLINE -- Redevelopment of SouthPark Mall will be launched with a groundbreaking/demolition party on Thursday. The public is invited to the 4 p.m. event to be held outside the former Sears building. If weather…

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WQAD LogoQuad City Travel Survey Results, More Input Welcomed

Quad City Travel Survey Results, More Input Welcomed

Your travel habits are helping predict the future of the Quad Cities. In September 2013, the Bi-State Regional Commission sent out the “Quad Cities Regional Household Travel Survey” in hopes of collecting travel information from 1,500 households. On Thursday, April 17th, 2014, Planning Director Gena McCullough told News 8 nearly 1,800 households participated. “I think when you add it up, it was about 2,800 hours of time that people volunteered tracking what they did and where they went on one day of travel,” she said. A survey like this one has not been done in the Quad…

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WQAD LogoQuestions mount in South Korean ferry disaster; hundreds still missing

Questions mount in South Korean ferry disaster; hundreds still missing

JINDO, South Korea (CNN) — Families of those aboard a capsized South Korean ferry — some angry at authorities, others mad at themselves — clung to whatever hope they could on Friday morning, two days after the vessel capsized for reasons authorities still haven’t explained. So far, the east Asian island nation’s coast guard is reporting 25 confirmed dead. There are fears that toll may spike as time passes and experts make their way deeper into the doomed ferry. The rescue operation isn’t over to find the 270-some people — many of them high school stu…

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WEB EXTRA: Guardian talks about Honor Flight experience

The Honor Flight is an emotional experience not just for the Veterans, but guardians too.

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QC Times LogoCase of Pickles the steer returns to spotlight

Case of Pickles the steer returns to spotlight

DES MOINES — The fate of a trophy and banner awarded to, then taken away from, a controversial steer won’t be known until at least next week.

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Facebook launches friend-tracking feature

(CNN) — Your phone always knows where you are. And now, if you want, your Facebook friends will always know where you are, too. Facebook is introducing a mobile feature called Nearby Friends that taps into that steady stream of location information so friends can track each other in real time. The idea is to make it easy for people to meet up in real life, so they can have conversations in person instead of comment threads, temporarily replacing Likes and LOLs with eye contact and actual laughter. A live meet-up is also an excellent opportunity to grab a selfie with your pal and upload …

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