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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

KWQC-TV6 LogoKWQC News at 4pm on September 28, 2016

KWQC News at 4pm on September 28, 2016

KWQC-TV6 LogoHesco barriers used for flood response in Iowa, and to protect soldiers overseas

Hesco barriers used for flood response in Iowa, and to protect soldiers overseas

Cedar Rapids, IOWA (AP) – Iowa’s second-largest city has managed to keep flooding at bay with help from barriers that were used to protect soldiers in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Flood crews erected Hesco barriers along nearly ten miles of the Cedar River this week, to help guard neighborhoods and businesses from rising flood waters. As of Tuesday morning, the sand-filled containers had protected thousands of properties, some up to four feet beneath the surging waterway. The barriers were invented by British entrepreneur James Heselden, a former coal miner, who used them to stop …

KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa college research finds copper alloy could reduce healthcare infections

Iowa college research finds copper alloy could reduce healthcare infections

GRINNELL, Iowa (KWQC) – A research partnership between Grinnell College and Grinnell Regional Medical Center concluded that using copper alloy materials in a hospital setting substantially decreased the hospital’s bacterial burden. The results could reduce the number of healthcare-associated infections. Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Grinnell College, and a research team with undergraduate students, published their results in the American Journal of Infection Control. The new study shows for the first time that copper maintains the reduced bacterial…

KWQC-TV6 LogoRegulators: Illinois doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka

Regulators: Illinois doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois regulators have suspended the license of a suburban Chicago doctor who allegedly gives patients modified vaccinations containing cat saliva and vodka. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on Wednesday ordered the emergency action in the interest of public safety. The order says Dr. Ming Te Lin told investigators he’s been preparing alternative vaccinations for children at his office in Flossmoor for more than a decade. He adds alcohol and sometimes cat saliva gathered with a swab from a cat’s mouth for patients with allergie…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWATCH LIVE: Donald Trump campaigns in Iowa

WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump campaigns in Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KWQC) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is back in Iowa. He’s speaking at an event this afternoon in Council Bluffs. Click here to watch it live: Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will attend an early voting event in Des Moines on Thurs., Sept. 29, 2016.

WQAD.com LogoHighway 92 to (probably) close later this week, due to flooding

Highway 92 to (probably) close later this week, due to flooding

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa– According to current projections from the National Weather Service, Columbus Junction officials say Highway 92 will probably be closed from Thursday afternoon/evening through Sunday afternoon/evening. City officials assessed the high water situation this morning. The city says materials are already being put in place to close Highway 92 as soon as water inches closer. If needed, the route will be closed with Hesco barriers. We’ll have more information here on News 8 (both on-air and on WQAD.com) as soon as action is taken and Highway 92 is closed.

WQAD.com LogoFlood victims watch out: State warns of flood-related scams

Flood victims watch out: State warns of flood-related scams

DES MOINES, Iowa– Flood damage victims in Iowa should be on alert for criminals who try to victimize them again through flood-related scams. This warning comes from Iowa’s Department of Public Safety and the Attorney General’s office, who report two scam attempts in Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says one scam involves a caller asking evacuees to leave their doors unlocked. Another scam reportedly involves asking for credit card information to reserve a “free” hotel room for flood victims. The Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Roxann …

KWQC-TV6 LogoChannel Cat suspends service due to high water

Channel Cat suspends service due to high water

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – MetroLink announced Wed. Sept. 28, 2016 that the Channel Cat water taxi service on the Mississippi River has been suspended because of flooding. At Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities, the river was just over flood stage, which is 15 feet. It’s projected to crest at 16.9 feet on Sunday. The Channel Cat has suspended weekend service due to unsafe operating conditions. Service will resume when it is safe to operate.

KWQC-TV6 LogoClinton bags big GOP endorsement, Trump fights persistent sexism charges

Clinton bags big GOP endorsement, Trump fights persistent sexism charges

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – With just 40 days separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from Election Day, both campaigns are fighting for positive press coverage. Early voting starts soon in many states. Busy Americans are beginning to pay close attention. So this is an absolutely critical time. Unfortunately for Trump, his week has been consumed by two-decade-old sexism and racism charges, which his recent statements have extended for several additional news cycles. Clinton, following her own rough patch brought on by hidden health issues, isn’t squandering her valuable moment of p…

WQAD.com LogoBrighter day, Thursday… but that will be brief in the days to follow

Brighter day, Thursday… but that will be brief in the days to follow

Clouds rule the roost today which naturally kept those temperatures waaay down.  Daytime highs averaged around the lower 60s, the coolest since early May! These same clouds may still squeeze out a passing drizzle or sprinkle this evening before being scoured away later tonight.  This will allow temperatures to drop around the 50 degree mark. The system responsible for the clouds and spotty drizzle is ‘cut off’ from the main steering winds. It will spin just to our east across the Ohio Valley on Thursday resulting in more sunshine and highs around 70 locally.  However, this same …

WQAD.com LogoCedar River flooding closes County Road G-28

Cedar River flooding closes County Road G-28

CONESVILLE, Iowa — Flooding has caused county road G-28 at the Cedar River to close. The Muscatine County Highway Department closed G-28 (231st Street) from the intersection of Echo Avenue to Camp Avenue.  The closure started at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016. It will remain closed until further notice and drivers have been asked to use State Highway 70, State Highway 22 and Independence Avenue instead. Drivers can still access private homes in the area of G-28. River water is creeping up to Highway 70, but it will remain open for the time being.

KWQC-TV6 LogoIllinois reports 3 West Nile deaths

Illinois reports 3 West Nile deaths

SPRINGFIELD, Ill (KWQC) – Three people have died from complications due to West Nile virus infections this season. The Illinois Department of Public Health says all three were in Cook County and tested positive for West Nile earlier this month. There are currently 64 known cases of the mosquito-borne illness in Illinois. Last year, there were 77 human cases, including nine deaths. Health officials say it’s important for everyone to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including using inscect repellent and staying indoors between dusk and dawn. West Nile virus is transmitted th…

WQAD.com LogoMan freed after DNA evidence clears him of 1992 murder

Man freed after DNA evidence clears him of 1992 murder

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man sent to prison for the 1992 rape and murder of a 6-year-old boy is free after his conviction was vacated by a Cook County judge. New DNA evidence shows Mark Maxson did not kill Lindsey Murdock. The 55-year-old Maxson was freed Tuesday from Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet. In a statement, the Cook County state’s attorney office said re-investigation of the case determined Maxson’s conviction couldn’t stand. Prosecutors say the investigation into the boy’s murder is ongoing. Investigators focused on Maxson after he told a reporter…

WQAD.com LogoTotal eclipse-zone campsites available for reservations

Total eclipse-zone campsites available for reservations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It’s not too early to book a campsite to view next summer’s total solar eclipse in southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that reservations can be made at select campgrounds for Aug. 14-27, 2017. A total solar eclipse will be visible in southern Illinois on Aug. 21, 2017. More than 1,600 Illinois eclipse-zone campsites are available to be reserved at http://www.ReserveAmerica.com. Some sites also allow group campgrounds and picnic shelters to be booked. Additional campsites will be available on a first-come, firs…

WQAD.com LogoOfficer helping with Iowa arrest accidentally shoots himself

Officer helping with Iowa arrest accidentally shoots himself

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a detective helping with an arrest in Newton accidentally shot himself. The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force said in a news release that officers approached 25-year-old Chad Coady in a restaurant parking lot about 9:30 p.m. Monday. The release says Coady drove toward the officers’ vehicles, causing two crashes. According to the release, the handgun of one of the officers then went off as he was putting it back into its holster. The bullet struck the officer’s lower right leg. The officer was later reported in good condition at a Des Mo…

WQAD.com LogoCedar River in Iowa forecast to return to below flood stage

Cedar River in Iowa forecast to return to below flood stage

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the Cedar River in Iowa is slowly receding from its crest in Cedar Rapids, and a new forecast says the water level will drop below flood stage sooner than expected. City spokeswoman Sara Baughman (BAHF’-muhn) said Wednesday that the city’s temporary flood protection system is still doing its job holding back the swollen river. She says pumps have been handling the storm sewer backup and water that has seeped through barriers. National Weather Service data show the river has dropped to 21.19 feet as of 7 a.m. Wednesday from Tuesday morning…

WQAD.com LogoJudge’s ruling reduces Election Day registration in Illinois

Judge’s ruling reduces Election Day registration in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has scaled back Election Day voter registration for highly populated areas in Illinois, a decision that sides with Republicans who claimed in a lawsuit that last year’s extension of same-day registration is unconstitutional. Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan’s (dehr-YAY’-gehnz) move on Tuesday temporarily blocks wider same-day registration lawmakers put into effect in 2015. Voters will still be able to register on Nov. 8, just not at individual polling places. The state piloted same-day registration in 2014 at some locations. The option was popular, …

KWQC-TV6 LogoDavenport: Flood preparation, closures and cancellations

Davenport: Flood preparation, closures and cancellations

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — City officials issued the following information concerning preparation, closures and cancellations due to the rising Mississippi River flood waters: The Mississippi is continuing to slowly creep its way up. Current river forecasts indicate the river is expected reach 16 ft early Friday, September 30th, crest at 16.9 ft on Sunday, October 1st, and begin receding the following day. While there are no significant changes to flood plan activities, crews will continue to monitor river levels and implement flood plan measures based on predicted and arriving conditions. Of …

KWQC-TV6 LogoSenate passes stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

Senate passes stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has passed a bill to keep the government running through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The 72-26 vote came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to Flint, Michigan, to help the city address its water crisis. Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with Republican assurances that money for Flint will be finalized after the election. The hybrid spending measure is the last major item on Capitol Hill’s pre-election agenda and caps months of wrangling over funding to f…

KWQC-TV6 LogoFormer Iowa All-American Randy Duncan dies at 79

Former Iowa All-American Randy Duncan dies at 79

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Iowa Public Relations) – University of Iowa All-American quarterback Randy Duncan passed away Tuesday evening in Des Moines, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 79.  Funeral arrangements are pending. “The word ‘legend’ is so often overused in sports, but in the case of Randy Duncan it fits perfectly,” said UI head football coach Kirk Ferentz.  “He was one of the true Hawkeye legends, who served as an outstanding representative of Iowa football and the University of Iowa.  A great family man, Randy was humble and caring, and lived life to the…

Quad-City Times LogoRegional Development Authority coping with Rathje's death

Regional Development Authority coping with Rathje's death

The Regional Development Authority is trying to keep business running as usual after the recent death of its president and chief executive officer.

KWQC-TV6 LogoCongress overrides Obama’s veto of Sept. 11 bill

Congress overrides Obama’s veto of Sept. 11 bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has rejected a veto by President Barack Obama for the first time since he became president. The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto of legislation and allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s alleged backing of the attackers. The Senate had voted 97-1 to override his veto. The lawsuit legislation now becomes law despite elements that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and interests at risk. Several lawmakers who voted for the legislation acknowledged the defects could trigger lawsu…

KWQC-TV6 LogoFloodwater covers road near Nichols, Iowa

Floodwater covers road near Nichols, Iowa

NICHOLS, Iowa (KWQC) – Flood waters are getting high around Nichols. Rushing water is washing over some roads and Muscatine County announced it will close County Rd. G28 at the Cedar River Wednesday Afternoon. KWQC viewer Mike Fridley sent us pictures and video of what he called a levee break near Nichols, Iowa. Water is flowing freely across Iron City Ave. in multiple spots. Drivers might want to avoid this road until water levels recede. Do you know of any other levee breaks or road closures due to high waters? Let us know! Send us your pictures on our Facebook page, email us at news…

WQAD.com LogoSouth Carolina school shooting: 2 children, 1 teacher wounded

South Carolina school shooting: 2 children, 1 teacher wounded

(CNN) -- Two children and a teacher were shot by a gunman at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, a spokesman for Anderson County Emergency Management told reporters Wednesday afternoon. The suspected shooter, a teenager, is in custody, spokesman Taylor Jones said. The students were sent to a local trauma center, Jones said. One child was taken to Greenville Health System emergency trauma center by helicopter, spokeswoman Sandy Dees said. The teacher also was hospitalized. The severity of the injuries is not known. Townville is in the extreme western part of the state, southwest…

KWQC-TV6 LogoShooting at South Carolina elementary school-UPDATE another victim found

Shooting at South Carolina elementary school-UPDATE another victim found

UPDATE:  (AP) – Authorities: School shooter apparently shot his father to death before rampage; 2 students, teacher wounded UPDATE: NBC is reporting that authorities are also investigating a death, discovered just a few miles from the school, that’s believed to be connected to the case. TOWNVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Anderson Co. deputies say there has been a shooting at Townville Elementary school. They say one suspect is in custody and there is no longer an active threat. Two students and one teacher hurt and taken to hospitals and a teenager is in custody, according to Taylor Jones w…

WQAD.com LogoTwo men arrested after report of gunshot and fight in Davenport neighborhood

Two men arrested after report of gunshot and fight in Davenport neighborhood

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The report of a disturbance and gunfire led authorities to a neighborhood where two people were fighting, police said. Police were called to the scene in the 700 block of East 14th Street, just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016.  Two 22-year-old Davenport men were arrested, both charged with interference as well as other offenses, according to a statement from the Davenport Police Department. One of the men involved in the fight was hurt, police said.  There was no word on what type of injury the person sustained. Investigators found a shell casing in the …

Quad-City Times LogoFarmers harvesting in a hurry to beat flood

Farmers harvesting in a hurry to beat flood

Farmers, including Joe Dierickx of DeWitt, Iowa, are hustling right now to harvest corn and soybeans, especially those at risk of flooding.

KWQC-TV6 LogoTyson issues nationwide recall for chicken nuggets that could contain plastic

Tyson issues nationwide recall for chicken nuggets that could contain plastic

(WFLA) – Tyson Foods is recalling 132,520 pounds of chicken nuggets that could be contaminated with plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Tuesday. The fully cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets items were produced on July 18, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: 5-lb. bag containing “Tyson FULLY COOKED PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS” with a “Best If Used By” date of July 18, 2017 and case code 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33. 20-lb. bulk packages containing “SPARE TIME Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken…

WQAD.com LogoPolice issue warrant in U of Illinois shooting

Police issue warrant in U of Illinois shooting

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police say an arrest warrant for a first-degree murder charge has been issued for an 18-year-old man in the deadly shooting at a party on the University of Illinois campus. Police said Wednesday that they’re looking for Robbie Patton, of Champaign, and believe he’s still in the area. The early Sunday shooting came during at a fight at an apartment in the campus’ main commercial district. George Korchev, a 22-year-old from Mundelein, was killed and three others were wounded. None of the victims was involved in the altercation. Champaign County State…

Quad-City Times LogoBettendorf turns on traffic signals at 53rd and Falcon avenues

Bettendorf turns on traffic signals at 53rd and Falcon avenues

The city of Bettendorf reports that traffic signals at the intersection of 53rd Avenue and Falcon Avenue have been activated for eastbound and westbound traffic on 53rd Avenue.

WQAD.com LogoReports of ‘exploding’ Samsung washing machines prompts warning

Reports of ‘exploding’ Samsung washing machines prompts warning

NEW YORK — Samsung, maker of the troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, has another problem on its hands. U.S. regulators on Wednesday warned owners of certain top-loading Samsung washing machines of “safety issues” following reports that some have exploded. The warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission includes machines made between March 2011 and April 2016. It did not specify a model, however you can check your serial number on Samsung’s website. The commission suggested people use only the delicate cycle to wash bedding and water-resistant and bulky items because the low…

WQAD.com LogoMom says ‘creepy clown’ who scared drivers is her ‘sweet child’ in costume

Mom says ‘creepy clown’ who scared drivers is her ‘sweet child’ in costume

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The mother of a 12-year-old boy with autism says the "creepy clown" who scared drivers in Virginia was her son -- and he is sweet, not creepy. Holly Brown tells News 6 her son Angus is a huge Stephen King fan and recently got the Pennywise clown costume for Halloween. Brown, who had been out of town, said her son dressed up in the clown costume to surprise her when she got home from her trip. Angus' grandmother was driving the child to his mother's home Monday when Angus rolled down the window and waved at other drivers, Brown said. Given recent headlines about "creep…

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Jeopardy!, crime map, the Cubs

Noon update: Jeopardy!, crime map, the Cubs

KWQC-TV6 LogoDavenport Police respond to overnight shot fired, 2 arrested

Davenport Police respond to overnight shot fired, 2 arrested

Nicholas Banks DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Police responded to a shot fired call late Tuesday evening, September 27, 2016 in the 700 block of 14th Street. The call went out to police around 11 p.m. when a resident in the neighborhood was startled by the gunshot, followed by an unknown male at her doorstep asking “please help me.” The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, told KWQC that she called 9-1-1 and they instructed her to remain inside and not open the door. When police arrived, they say they found a shell casing but no reports of damage or injuries. William Smith Jr. Aft…

KWQC-TV6 LogoAmerican Red Cross assists Iowa flood victims

American Red Cross assists Iowa flood victims

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWQC) — The American Red Cross is attending to victims in flood devastated areas in Iowa. On Wednesday morning, September 28, 2016, they sent a report as to where aid is being delivered. Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The American Red Cross continues to help families in north and eastern Iowa as they begin the cleanup process following devastating flooding from the Cedar and Wapsipinicon Rivers Two Red Cross emergency shelters remain open in Cedar Rapids and another shelter remains on standby, if emergency officials request it. At the emergency shelters, Red Cross workers are …

WQAD.com LogoTwo Susan G. Komen charities combine forces under one new name

Two Susan G. Komen charities combine forces under one new name

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Two Susan G. Komen charities are combining forces and will be working under one name, “Komen Greater Iowa.” The new operation will combine “Susan G. Komen Iowa” and “Komen Quad Cities” and will fuse together by early 2017, according to a statement from “Komen Quad Cities.”  “Komen Greater Iowa” will serve 95 Iowa counties and four Illinois counties. With the merge, Komen charities anticipate that they will run more efficiently, improve fundraising events, maximize time, and make a bigger impact together. …

KWQC-TV6 LogoColumbus Junction prepares for ‘probable closing’ of Highway 92 due to flood waters

Columbus Junction prepares for ‘probable closing’ of Highway 92 due to flood waters

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (KWQC) — Due to flood waters, city leaders have announced the probable closing of Highway 92. According to the city website, officials met morning to assess the high water situation. According to the current projections, officials say it seems probable that Highway 92 will be closed from Thursday afternoon/evening, September, 29, 2016 to Sunday afternoon/evening, October 2, 2016. Materials are being put in place to do that. If needed, they say it will be closed with Hesco barriers. Officials are not asking for volunteers. They say action will be taken as the situation…

WQAD.com LogoClinton man’s death deemed accidental, months after body is found in Mississippi River

Clinton man’s death deemed accidental, months after body is found in Mississippi River

CLINTON, Iowa -- The death of a man whose body was found in the Mississippi River has been deemed accidental. Joshua Snyder, age 36, was reported missing in January of 2016. Two months later, on March 17, Snyder's body was found in the river near Dewey Island in Scott County. On Monday, September 26, the Clinton Police Department said that Snyder's death was accidental, based on results of the autopsy and police investigation.

KWQC-TV6 LogoDonald Trump to hold Wednesday rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa-UPDATED

Donald Trump to hold Wednesday rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa-UPDATED

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KWQC) — Donald Trump’s planned stop in Ottumwa, Iowa for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 has been removed from his itinerary and replaced by a stop on the western side of the state. According to Trump’s website, a rally is now planned for Council Bluffs at the Mid America Center Convention Center for 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Doors will open at noon and tickets will be available on his website. OTTUMWA, Iowa (KWQC) — In the wake of the first presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump has planned another visit to Iowa. Trump spoke to a packed house at th…

WQAD.com Logo3 smart moves that can help you save more money

3 smart moves that can help you save more money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — By Walter Updegrave I’m just starting out and I’ve already opened a savings account, but I’m looking for ways that I can save more money. Any suggestions? –G.J. This is the point at which many personal finance gurus rattle off a list of specific things you can do to pare expenses and plow more dough into your savings account. Among the usual suggestions: pull the plug on cable TV, sign up for every customer rewards and loyalty program you can, eat out less often, buy clothes off season at discount outlets and, the ever popular, cut back on t…

WQAD.com LogoNo, drilling into your iPhone 7 won’t reveal ‘hidden’ headphone jack

No, drilling into your iPhone 7 won’t reveal ‘hidden’ headphone jack

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – YouTube video of a man drilling into his iPhone 7, claiming to unlock a 'hidden' headphone jack, is going viral. The latest addition to the iPhone line comes with Apple's new Lightning port instead of the standard headphone jack, a change that hasn't gone over well with some consumers. Playing off those sentiments, Ukrainian YouTuber Taras Maksimuk, who lives in Sacramento, California, published "Secret Hack to Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7" to his channel TechRax. The video shows him placing the iPhone in a vice and using a 3.5mm drill bit to make a hole in the …

WQAD.com LogoPolice searching for assailant in clown mask after Pennsylvania teen stabbed to death

Police searching for assailant in clown mask after Pennsylvania teen stabbed to death

READING, Pa.– Police are investigating an incident in which a person in a clown mask stabbed and killed a 16-year old in Reading, Pennsylvania on Sunday night. According to the Reading Eagle, a fight broke out after a person showed up wearing a clown mask. Officials told the newspaper that they responded to reports of a person lying on a front porch of a home, and that there was a large crowd in the street. The victim was identified as Christian Torres, 16, a 10th-grader at Reading High School. Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams told the paper, “We urge anyone who was th…

WQAD.com LogoJudge orders soldier to carry photo of drowned puppy in his wallet

Judge orders soldier to carry photo of drowned puppy in his wallet

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Fort Bragg soldier who intentionally drowned his 8-month-old puppy in 2015 was ordered by a judge Tuesday to keep a photo of the dog in his wallet. Police said Burrow tied up the pup named Riley then threw the animal into MacFadyen Pond in Fayetteville, North Carolina. On Jan. 2, 2015, the dog’s body washed ashore. Burrow allegedly told investigators that the mixed lab-shepherd pup had run from home several times, and he and his wife could not afford the bills after the dog got hurt. John Burrow will have to carry a photo of the lab mix puppy, Riley, he hog-…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMoline men named ‘Outstanding Residents’

Moline men named ‘Outstanding Residents’

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) — Congratulations to two local friends! Earlier this summer we told you about a man known across the QCA for his kindness and commitment to local sports. Dexter Johnson, a Moline superfan, has been to every game of every sport in the city. He is so well known in Moline, a community fundraising effort earlier this year helped Dex replace a lost lawnmower and make improvements to his home. His good friend Terry Christopher says the show of appreciation was well deserved. “For those the kids it means something for him to be at those games. They have made big figure h…

WQAD.com LogoDon’t click on that Brad Pitt obit! He’s alive, and it’s a hack

Don’t click on that Brad Pitt obit! He’s alive, and it’s a hack

Attention Facebook users: Brad Pitt isn’t dead, and clicking on that post could give a hacker control of your account. A fake article that appeared to come from Fox News was floating around Facebook on Tuesday, touting the headline “R.I.P Brad Pitt.” A spokesperson from the social network warned users that the post is hoax– with a hacker behind it. TMZ first reported the story on Tuesday. Clicking on the link prompts you to enter your Facebook username and password. It’s a phishing attempt that could give the hacker the keys to your account. Brad Pitt — D…

WQAD.com LogoThe Eric Factor: I need your answers to these five questions

The Eric Factor: I need your answers to these five questions

Good morning! This poll is an introduction to a story I am working on concerning the occurrence of significant flooding. Before I try to find a cause and effect, I wanted to start by getting your pulse on it first. And I promise not to look at this poll until I’m done writing the story! Thank you for making your voice count. -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll…

WQAD.com LogoVolunteers make 11k greeting cards for overseas troops to send loved ones throughout the year

Volunteers make 11k greeting cards for overseas troops to send loved ones throughout the year

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- The ninth annual "Cards for Troops" event had its most successful year yet. The event was held at the Rock Island Arsenal Tuesday, September 27, 2016, and more than 300 volunteers put together beautiful cards for different holidays, birthdays, or life events to send to troops overseas. The cards are blank when soldiers receive them, allowing them to write their own messages and send them out to loved ones throughout the year. "It's all about the troops, it's not about quantity, it's just about the troops and we want to honor them and honor their families," said Cards …

KWQC-TV6 LogoAutumn Bliss!

Autumn Bliss!

CLINTON, Iowa (KWQC) — The sun shines brightly. The blue skies and exquisite view are also stunning attractions. Eagle Point Park in Clinton’s Lyons District is a crown jewel. Two hundred sixty five acres. Visitors get the opportunity to enjoy the marvelous view. A view of the widest spot on the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Renovation of the park lodge is a legacy project of the Clinton Rotary Club. The club raised about one million dollars to renovate the building. A beautiful patio, new roof, and beautiful interior work are included. Wedding receptions, church events,…

KWQC-TV6 LogoEarly voting starts Sept. 29 in Illinois and Iowa

Early voting starts Sept. 29 in Illinois and Iowa

QUAD CITIES (KWQC) – Early voting starts in Iowa and Illinois on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The early voting period last until Monday, November 7, 2016. The common method of early voting is by mail, through an absentee ballot. However, on Sept. 29 in Iowa and Illinois voters can also cast their ballot physically as well. In Scott County, this process is handled through the Auditor’s Office. In Rock Island County, the County Clerk handles early voting. If already registered in either state, voters won’t even have to show ID. Anyone interested just has to head to thei…

WQAD.com LogoMan drops ring in baseball game proposal gone wrong

Man drops ring in baseball game proposal gone wrong

NEW YORK -- It's the proposal that almost wasn't.  This man pulled out all the stops to propose to his girlfriend, but when he pulled out the ring - it dropped. The couple, Andrew and Heather, along with fans surrounding them looked for the ring. After a few minutes of searching, the bride-to-be found it in the cuff of her jeans. And after all that, she accepted his proposal. "I panicked with him," Heather said later to MLB. "It was all like such a shock to me, I didn't know that it was gonna happen in the first place and then he dropped the ring and I didn't know what to think. I felt rea…

WQAD.com LogoIf you own a front-loading washer, you may be owed money

If you own a front-loading washer, you may be owed money

Consumers who have noticed foul odors or a slimy mold coming from their front-loading washing machine may be eligible for a cash rebate. The reimbursement is the result of several class action lawsuits against Whirlpool and Sears over complaints that the washing machines weren't cleaning themselves, allowing mold and mildew to build up, ruining laundry. The settlement covers Whirlpool, Kenmore or Maytag front-loading washing machines manufactured between 2001 and 2010. Whether it was bought, gifted or otherwise acquired, owners are eligible for a $50 cash payment and either a rebate on the ne…

KWQC-TV6 LogoCalifornia man shot by officers has died

California man shot by officers has died

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a man in a San Diego suburb (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Police say a black man shot several times by officers in a San Diego suburb has died. El Cajon police released a statement late Tuesday night several hours after the shooting saying the man had been declared dead after he was taken to a hospital. Police Chief Jeff Davis said at a news conference earlier in the evening that the man was not armed but had pulled an object from his pocket and pointed it in a “shooting stance” toward two officers. That prompted one of…

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Floodwaters could close U.S. 61 in Louisa County

WAPELLO, Iowa — U.S. 61 north of Wapello could be closed sometime Saturday if predictions of high water hold, Louisa County Engineer Larry Roehl warned the Louisa County Board of Supervisors during the board’s regular weekly meeting Tuesday.

Quad-City Times LogoMuscatine, Louisa counties prepare for rising waters

Muscatine, Louisa counties prepare for rising waters

MUSCATINE, Iowa — With rivers expected to reach above flood level across the state, Louisa and Muscatine Counties have been making preparations.

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The Pledge from Mrs. Gorsegner’s class at Prophetstown Elementary

First graders from Mrs. Gorsegner's first grade class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Prophetstown Elementary. Click here to see more daily pledges. Submit your school for participation in the Daily Pledge – click here.

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Rick's Six: Flood stage, new bridge, zoo in crisis

1. Mississippi hits flood stage; scattered sprinkles…

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Burn ban in effect for Scott County

A burn ban is in effect for Scott County, according to Dave Donovan, emergency management coordinator, Scott County Emergency Management Agency.

Quad-City Times LogoEldridge couple reinvents Trails End Cafe — this time on wheels

Eldridge couple reinvents Trails End Cafe — this time on wheels

The fast-growing landscape of food trucks around the Quad-Cities is filled with operators who dream about — one day, maybe — opening brick-and-mortar restaurants. Many hope to gain enough cash and customers through mobile eateries to afford a permanent space……

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Two injured Tuesday in Davenport crash

Two people were injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash in the 4000 block of Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport.

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Local political party members gear up for early voting

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Early voting begins in both Illinois and Iowa Thursday, September 29, 2016. Local political party members are gearing up for this period, which runs until Monday, November 7, 2016. Scott County Republicans are holding an early voting rally on the first day people can cast their ballot, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Scott County GOP Office and Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate will be in attending the rally, along with other local candidates. Scott County Republican Chairwoman, Judy Davidson, says the group has been holding this rally …

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Marion doctor subpoenaed in marijuana investigation

MARION (AP) — A southern Illinois doctor who works at a clinic where many patients try to access the state's medical marijuana program has been subpoenaed in a state and federal investigation.

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Disabled man gets license, shows driverless tech's potential

DETROIT (AP) — Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat……

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Shimon Peres, ex-Israeli president and PM, dies at 93

JERUSALEM (AP) — Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, died……

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AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

DENVER (AP) — Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation……

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54 of 200 results Copy story Download Assets Michigan inmates get job training in 'vocational village'

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — Few states have been more aggressive in releasing inmates and diverting offenders than Michigan, where a decade ago, one out of every 200 people was in prison, and penal costs were beginning to crowd out basic……

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Vandeberg sidelined with broken foot

Matt Vandeberg broke his foot in practice on Monday and will most likely miss the rest of the regular season.

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Pleasant Valley Volleyball bests West

Pleasant Valley rolls past Davenport West on the MAC Volleyball courts.

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Bettendorf Volleyball sweeps Burlington

Bettendorf sweeps Burlington 3 games to none.

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Moline bests Quincy to claim Western Big 6 Title

Moline earns a 2-1 win over Quincy on Tuesday night.  The win, along with a tie between U.T. and Rock Island, gives the Maroons the Western Big 6 title.

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Moline soccer wins Western Big 6 Title

Watch highlights from Moline’s 2-1 win over Quincy…

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Time for Latino vote sleeping giant to wake up

If the Latino vote keeps being taken for granted, the sleeping giant will never wake…

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Caveat emptor: The middle class and college

In a recent post, Emmeline Zhao, the editor of RealClearEducation, told the story of Michelle Henderson, a Wheaton, Ill., mom who owes $130,000 in student debt. Money she borrowed to send her daughter to college. Out-of-state. Why?…

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Letter: Top managers escape any real blame for mess they created

Fraud, massive firing and a scapegoat with a golden parachute, Wells Fargo was caught again in a fraud scandal.

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Editorial: Bustos, Harlan on the issues

(Editor’s note: We sent the following via email Monday to U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, and her Republican opponent, Patrick Harlan, of Galesburg, proposing a series of point-counterpoint pieces.)…

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Letter: Longtime public works chief backs Safe Roads Amendment

This November, Illinois voters have the opportunity to do something that is long overdue -- add protections to the Illinois Constitution guaranteeing that funds collected for road construction and maintenance will actually be spent on meeting those needs. This “Safe……

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Celebrity birthdays, Sept. 28, 2016

Actress Brigitte Bardot is 82. Actor Joel Higgins is 73. Singer Helen Shapiro is 70. Movie writer-director-actor John Sayles is 66. Rock musician George Lynch is 62. Zydeco singer-musician C.J. Chenier is 59. Actor Steve Hytner is 57. Actress-comedian Janeane……

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Today in history for Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2016. There are 94 days left in the year.

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Prep girls golf…

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Moline to launch investigation into employee misconduct

MOLINE -- The Moline City Council announced Tuesday night that an independent investigation will be launched into allegations of misconduct by a city employee.

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Rocks, Panthers fit to be tied

ROCK ISLAND -- Both the Rock Island Rocks and United Township Panthers had plenty of opportunities to win Tuesday's Western Big 6 Conference boys' soccer match, but neither were able to seize those chances.

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Chicken Coops Could Soon Find Their Way to Backyards in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa – The city of Davenport is thinking about allowing backyard chickens inside city limits. During the city’s work meeting, leaders asked if there was a need for a chicken ordinance and looked at what other cities have done. Rock Island is set to vote on its own ordinance in the coming months, and Moline passed its own in July of this year. If Davenport decides to allow chicken coops, they will join a handful of other cities in the agreement. For chicken lovers like Liz Smith, finally being able to have chickens in her backyard is a relief. For over a year, Liz went bef…

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Why Rock Island/Milan school district officials aren’t worried about $1 million dollar deficit

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - The Rock Island/Milan school district is looking at a nearly $1 million  deficit. However, the district says it's not worried. Board members approved a budget that includes a $900,000 deficit. Even with the budget going into the red, the Superintendent doesn't plan to cut staff or programs. The district's financial officer, Bob Beckwith said Rock Island will actually see some good news from the state. Illinois is offering $23 million in state aid to Rocky this year. The state's temporarily budget ends at the end of December, but Rock Island thinks it'll still be okay …

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Maroons a step ahead in sweep of Pioneers

ROCK ISLAND – Strong starts are often the key to victory. Tuesday night, the Moline volleyball team worked that plan to perfection in a Western Big 6 Conference victory over Alleman.

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Paint it Maroon: Moline slays Quincy, wins WB6 soccer title

QUINCY -- A house of horror for the Moline boys' soccer team in the last 20 years offered a different mood on Tuesday night.

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Muslim panel describes life in Q-C 'amazing'

MOLINE -- A panel of Muslim Americans described their experiences in the Quad-Cities as "amazing," "fortunate," "exceptional" and "exceptional-er."…

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UT tops Rocky spikers again

EAST MOLINE -- Nearly five years passed between instances of United Township volleyball wins over Rock Island. It took less than year to get a second-consecutive win.

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RI school board passes next year's budget, expects $1M deficit

ROCK ISLAND -- Rock Island-Milan School board members on Tuesday voted 6-1 to approve the 2016-17 school year budget, which anticipates a $1 million education fund deficit.

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3 wines that stand up to spice and green flavors of okra-shrimp saute

Matching wine with green vegetables, especially a strong flavor like okra, can be tricky, as can matching wine with tomatoes. This dish of late-summer vegetables sauteed together as a base for plump shrimp boasts spice (another tricky component!) and acidity……

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Golden milk is a sweet treat

With fashion week swirling from New York to London, Milan and Paris, one can't help but think about ingredients that are in vogue.

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Know the volume of your baking pans

I baked a cake in a Bundt pan for a dinner party. For lack of that particular tube pan, I could have divvied up the recipe's same batter into two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans. If dessert were required……

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It's breakfast put on steroids

If you're the sort of person who gravitates toward diners, whose favorite restaurants serve breakfast all day (we are not talking about McDonald's), who makes breakfast for dinner at home and whose idea of a good time is making frosted……

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If you're a pizza lover, head to Brix in Moline

Kevin and Karen Urick are touring the Quad-Cities one meal at a time for the column Dinner for Two. The Geneseo couple love everything about food. They grow food, travel the world for food, enjoy eating all styles of food……

Quad-Cities Online LogoBeef, cheese, poblano and beer -- an addictive burger emerges

Beef, cheese, poblano and beer -- an addictive burger emerges

The ancestor of this recipe was a beloved burger on the menu of a bar where I was a cook back in my college days.

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Suspicious package taken from police HQ in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have removed a suspicious package from its headquarters that led to an evacuation. A statement on the department’s Twitter page said a dog alerted to the package after an employee spotted it. A robot removed the package, and about 8:30 p.m. about a half-dozen police cars followed by a firetruck formed a motorcade heading down a street on the outskirts of downtown Charlotte. Police say the package will be rendered safe at a remote location. Authorities also said there was no phone call or threat made to the department. After the p…

Quad-Cities Online LogoEarly voting starts Thursday in Illinois

Early voting starts Thursday in Illinois

Though the election isn't until Nov. 8, Illinois residents can begin the process on Thursday with early voting at county clerks' offices in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties.

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Illinois launches “Serving Those Who Served” initiative

Springfield, IL (KWQC) – Officials in Springfield Tuesday kicked-off a new program all about volunteering to help veterans in the state. Governor Bruce Rauner joined officials from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs at the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield, to encourage people to participate in the “Serving Those Who Served” initiative. It is set to run through the month of November, and creates a state-wide database where veterans groups can list projects that require help, and volunteers can find opportunities to lend a hand. You can find more on t…

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Judge backs Bustos challenger, rules against Election Day voter registration

A two-year-old state law allowing voter registration at polling places on Election Day has been temporarily halted by a federal judge in Chicago.

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Morrison's Brackemeyer 3rd, Rockridge boys' harriers second at TRAC meet

KEWANEE -- The Three Rivers Conference boys' cross country meet at Baker Park featured a dominant performance by Sterling Newman, and a breakout performance from one school’s lone runner.

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Carbon Cliff man accused of child sexual assault

A Carbon Cliff man is accused of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 13 years old.

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Lessons learned from many tows

Every boater should know how to safely tow another boat, if only to get them to shore and tied off. Here are some tips I've learned from more than 200 assists I have done in the last 46 years we’ve……





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