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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: A trolly tour of Charleston, SC!

GMQC Road Trip: A trolly tour of Charleston, SC!

Quad-City Times LogoBoil advisory issued for portions of city of Clinton

Boil advisory issued for portions of city of Clinton

Iowa American Water has issued a precautionary boil advisory for a portion of the city of Clinton that is expected to be in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday.

WQAD.com LogoHealth department cracks down on allowing pets in certain areas of farmers markets

Health department cracks down on allowing pets in certain areas of farmers markets

DAVENPORT--  You may soon start to notice more "no pets allowed" signs at the Freight House Farmers Market, To enforce a FDA food code, no pets will be allowed on the markets patio and deck. Farmer's market Chairman Patrick Connor says due to the code, pets can't be in areas where people are eating with the exception of licensed service dogs. The code isn't anything new in Iowa, only that the Scott County Health Department is now cracking down on it making sure the market is following protocol. "The ruling came down that we have to enforce no dogs, other than service dogs, on the patio and t…

WQAD.com LogoS.O.A.R. SCHOLARSHIP: Student’s Inspiration To Serve

S.O.A.R. SCHOLARSHIP: Student’s Inspiration To Serve

WARREN, ILLINOIS - Hannah McGivney does a lot... and she's got the scrapbook to prove it. The Warren High School Senior is involved in Servant Leadership - a community service program she joined when she enrolled in CollegeNow at Highland Community College last fall. "You can get college credits and still be considered in high school and go to prom, go to homecoming, play sports, do all my organizations and clubs - like, how can anything get any better than that?" said Hannah. However, that means she's spent her last year of high school working hard on her first year of college. It's just one…

WQAD.com LogoRock Island Arsenal looking for new contractors to remain relevant

Rock Island Arsenal looking for new contractors to remain relevant

More than 600 manufacturing companies are at the 10th annual Midwest Small Business Symposium at the iWireless Center, Wednesday, May 24. The first day of the two day event is all about finding out the current and future needs are. For the Rock Island Arsenal that means finding contractors for maintenance work and other manufacturing projects. Major General Edward Daly of the Rock Island Arsenal says symposiums like this one are important because the Arsenal still plays a major role in the Army's future. "I will tell you that this 960 acre island, the Rock Island Arsenal, is absolutely criti…

WQAD.com LogoTeacher surprises student with cap and gown, bringing him to tears

Teacher surprises student with cap and gown, bringing him to tears

SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia high school teacher filmed the emotional moment when she surprised one of her pupils with a cap and gown. A semester before graduation, Jamias Howard, 19, was no longer able to make it to class due to some private problems, WSB reports. He only had a few credits left to complete. That’s when his special education teacher, Kimberly Wimbish, got involved. Every day after school she met Howard at places like the park and even restaurants and tutored him — all on her own time. “I want so much for these babies,” she told …

WQAD.com LogoDavenport students earn college degrees before graduating from high school

Davenport students earn college degrees before graduating from high school

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Nearly 40 Davenport students have earned a college degree, and they haven't even graduated from high school yet. Four years ago, Davenport North High School launched its Accelerated Associates program, which lets students earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree from Scott Community College at the same time. Now, 37 students are finishing the program. They participated in their college commencement ceremony last week, while awaiting their high school graduation next month. "They were like, 'Yeah, bring back your diploma cover for the next graduation.' I was li…

WQAD.com LogoYOUR HEALTH: Fighting PTSD with martial arts

YOUR HEALTH: Fighting PTSD with martial arts

TAMPA, Florida – Finding ways to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is an on-going effort that can help tens of thousands of veterans. But Florida researchers are looking into martial arts, like jiu jitsu, as a therapy. It`s become more than just combative martial arts for Army veteran Jacob King. "I lost some friends oversees," he said.  "That was really difficult for me to cope with." Jiu jitsu is helping him battle those demons. "Feeling in my chest, I'd get a headache, get a little dizzy," he recalled.  "This is not normal.  This isn't right." About 15% of those who ser…

WVIK LogoDavenport Central Dedicates New Facilities

Davenport Central Dedicates New Facilities

Two years and nearly 24 million dollars later, the Davenport School District is celebrating the completion of a major addition to Central High School. A ribbon cutting Wednesday afternoon marked the completion of a new auditorium and new swimming pool.

WQAD.com LogoIllinois schools won’t last a full year without funding, superintendents warn

Illinois schools won’t last a full year without funding, superintendents warn

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois education leaders warn lawmakers that schools can't survive a full year without state funding. As administrators step off a school bus on Wednesday, May 24 -- one week before the legislative session ends -- they come with a call to action. In this case, schooling lawmakers yet again about the funding crisis that threatens public education. "We're cheating these kids out of a high quality education," said Galesburg Superintendent Ralph Grimm.  "That's not right." Regional Superintendent Jodi Scott hosted the event, which featured seven of nine school districts…

WQAD.com LogoScary video shows 3-year-old struggling to stand after tick bite

Scary video shows 3-year-old struggling to stand after tick bite

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Parents in Oregon recorded the terrifying moments after their daughter was left partially paralyzed from being bitten by a tick. On May 13th, Amanda Lewis’ daughter Evelyn became fussy after her bath and didn’t want to stand up. The next morning, Evelyn was still having problems standing and could barely walk, crawl, or use her arms. Afraid, Lewis and her husband decided to film a video and send it to their family to see if they had any idea of what could be wrong with their daughter. After the symptoms worsened, Evelyn was rushed to the emergency …

WQAD.com Logo‘Heartless and unforgivable’: Nuns accused of trapping, relocating family cats

‘Heartless and unforgivable’: Nuns accused of trapping, relocating family cats

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Cats have gone missing from a Sacramento, California neighborhood recently and two nuns have admitted to trapping and relocating some of the felines, according to KTXL. Gallant Circle in Citrus Heights is normally a cat-friendly neighborhood. But a woman says she saw something in her neighbor's backyard that she couldn't ignore. "And I looked through the fence to my neighbor's yard and I see a black cat in a trap," she said. The resident asked KTXL not to show her face or give her name because she too feels she is a victim of what has gone on next door. Her cat has bee…

WQAD.com LogoCongresswoman Bustos releases statement on President Trump’s proposed budget

Congresswoman Bustos releases statement on President Trump’s proposed budget

ILLINOIS — The White House released President Trump’s budget yesterday, May 23, in a plan called “The New Foundation for American Greatness.” Illinois representative Cheri Bustos is sharing her distaste with the newly proposed budget. “What he has shown is that rural America is just about at the bottom of his list,” said Bustos. Bustos also pointed out that the cuts to the rural development program would result in fewer jobs in small communities that are already struggling. While there have been plenty of skeptics of the budget, Trump’s budget chief, …

WQAD.com LogoBehind the scenes: photos from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

Behind the scenes: photos from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) — Below are photos from WQAD’s trip to a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. We got to meet sailors from the News 8 viewing area while on board – Here are some behind the scenes pictures from our trip! Token from AT1 Rob Mathiesen in VAW-123 The Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron call themselves, The “World Famous” Screwtops. AT1 Rob Mathiesen stands with WQAD Photograher Stephanie Mattan and Reporter Johnnie Jindrich in front of the E2C Hawkeye. The Clinton, Iowa native wanted joined the U.S. Navy because he wanted to do something diffe…

WQAD.com LogoDirect flights to Punta Gorda via Allegiant returning this fall

Direct flights to Punta Gorda via Allegiant returning this fall

MOLINE — Snowbirds from around the Quad Cities region got a piece of good news Wednesday, with the Quad City International Airport announcing that after a year’s hiatus, Allegiant Airlines flights between Moline and Punta Gorda, Florida, will resume this fall. The direct flights to southwest Florida via Allegiant began in the autumn of 2013, but were discontinued last fall and winter. “We are aware of how strongly the passengers from our regional area missed this service when it wasn’t available,” said QCI director of aviation Bruce Carter. “We are extremely pleased…

WQAD.com LogoWarmer temperatures on track to push in heading into the upcoming weekend

Warmer temperatures on track to push in heading into the upcoming weekend

Plenty of broken cloudiness along with a few sporadic light showers or sprinkles has been the highlight throughout our Wednesday.  Naturally, this kept temperatures in check for another day with highs just over the 60 degree mark. A pesky shower or two can’t be ruled out heading into this evening, otherwise skies will remain mostly cloudy for the rest of the night. Overnight lows will fall around the 50 degree mark. Thursday will be a great looking spring day!  We finally see sunshine and temperatures reaching into the 70s! This will be the best day heading into the holiday weekend as …

WQAD.com LogoArconic eaglets banded for tracking

Arconic eaglets banded for tracking

BETTENDORF -- The three Arconic eaglets came down from their nest yesterday for a very special reason. Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury, who were born in March, were fit with GPS trackers and silver ID bands. The solar-powered GPS will track where the eaglets go and how fast they fly. Their beaks and feathers were also measured to determine their age and gender. The U.S. Wildlife Service and West Virginia University will study the eaglets for five years to learn their habits and better understand their migration patterns.  …

Quad-City Times LogoAllegiant resumes Q-C-Punta Gorda service

Allegiant resumes Q-C-Punta Gorda service

After a one-year hiatus, Allegiant will again provide seasonal air service between the Quad-City International Airport and the Punta Gorda (Florida) Airport, Quad-City airport officials announced Wednesday.

Quad-City Times LogoFigge Art Museum to offer free admission starting Saturday

Figge Art Museum to offer free admission starting Saturday

The Figge Art Museum will offer free admission to visitors from Saturday, May 27, to Sept. 3, the museum announced Wednesday.

Quad-City Times LogoReunion salutes Sacred Heart school one last time

Reunion salutes Sacred Heart school one last time

If you are one of the nearly 3,000 people who attended elementary school at Davenport's Sacred Heart Cathedral, your last chance to see the historic school is coming up.

Quad-Cities Online LogoRI fire Wednesday claims three pets

RI fire Wednesday claims three pets

ROCK ISLAND -- Two occupants escaped an 8:30 a.m. Wednesday fire at 930 23rd St., Rock Island.

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Chance of showers, Turnbuckle fest and new Iowa governor

Noon update: Chance of showers, Turnbuckle fest and new Iowa governor

WQAD.com Logo‘Top Gun’ sequel is ‘definitely happening,’ Tom Cruise says

‘Top Gun’ sequel is ‘definitely happening,’ Tom Cruise says

SAN DIEGO – Tom Cruise confirmed a sequel to “Top Gun” is in the works. The actor made the announcement Tuesday on the Australian morning news show “Sunrise.” When asked by a host if he could confirm rumors of a “Top Gun 2,” Cruise responded, “it’s true.” WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: @TomCruise just confirmed that Top Gun 2 is happening! "I’m gonna start filming it probably in the next year". #sun7 pic.twitter.com/X17xvxz4Q4 — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) May 23, 2017 “It’s happening, it is definitely happening,” he added. The actor said he will start filming …

WQAD.com LogoChild porn conviction results in six-year prison term for Davenport man

Child porn conviction results in six-year prison term for Davenport man

DAVENPORT — A Davenport man was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison on child pornography charges following an FBI investigation. Jason M. Mower, 43, was sentenced on Tuesday, May 23 in U.S. District Court to 80 months in prison after being found guilty of possessing child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. According to court records, Mower was a member of an online child porn site. An investigation into that site led the FBI to conduct a search warrant of Mower’s Davenport residence in 2015. Investigators discovered more tha…

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First-ever Turnbuckle Fest mixes comedy and music: 'It's our dream festival'

The lineup for the first-ever Turnbuckle Comedy and Music Festival at Codfish Hollow Barn on Friday and Saturday, turned out to be much more comedy than music.

Quad-Cities Online LogoClass of 2017 graduates from Erie High School

Class of 2017 graduates from Erie High School

ERIE -- Erie High School honored its 2017 graduates in a ceremony that took place Sunday, May 21, at the school.

WVIK LogoDavenport Students Pre-Approved for Apprenticeship Programs

Davenport Students Pre-Approved for Apprenticeship Programs

An extra benefit is now available for participants in the Davenport School District's Student Built Home Program. In addition to a variety of skills, the students are now considered pre-approved for apprenticeship programs.

WQAD.com LogoBranstad era ends, Reynolds becomes Iowa’s 1st female governor

Branstad era ends, Reynolds becomes Iowa’s 1st female governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After more than 22 years as Iowa governor, Terry Branstad is set to resign and be sworn in as ambassador to China. Branstad will resign at a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday in his formal office at the Iowa Capitol. He will then be sworn in as ambassador by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Steven Colloton. Soon after, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be sworn in as the 43rd governor of Iowa at a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. She will be sworn in by Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds photo from ltgovernor.iowa.gov The 70-year-old Branstad …

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: 360° view of the New River Gorge Bridge Walk, 851 feet in the air

GMQC Road Trip: 360° view of the New River Gorge Bridge Walk, 851 feet in the air

Desktop users – click the image for the 360 view. Mobile users – hold down the image to be taken to the 360 view. …

WQAD.com LogoMultiple pets die in Rock Island house fire

Multiple pets die in Rock Island house fire

Fire in Rock Island, May 24th. WQAD photo ROCK ISLAND — Multiple pets died in a house fire southeast of the Broadway District. Firefighters were called to 9th Avenue and 23rd Street around 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 24th. Two people who were inside the home were able to escape, according to a firefighter on scene.  There were also four pets inside, three died, one was revived. Crews said they arrived to find smoke coming from the first floor.  They were still on scene as of 9:30 a.m. The Red Cross was called to assist the residents.

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Photojournalists Brandon and Cameron attempt the Bridge Walk

GMQC Road Trip: Photojournalists Brandon and Cameron attempt the Bridge Walk

Related: GMQC Road Trip: Eric performs daring stunt in West Virginia…

WQAD.com LogoTeachers caught on camera throwing punches in front of class

Teachers caught on camera throwing punches in front of class

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Middle school students screamed in class as a teacher and a staff member got into a fist fight right in front of their desks. The brawl happened on May 19th at Stone Mountain Middle School, which is northeast of downtown Atlanta. DeKalb County Schools Public Information Officer Andre Riley says the teacher and paraprofessional were arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges. Their identities have not been released. A student recorded most of the fight on her cell phone. The women are throwing punches and pulling hair, and another adult has to get …

WQAD.com LogoGraco recalls 25,000 car seats that may not restrain child in a crash

Graco recalls 25,000 car seats that may not restrain child in a crash

Graco Children’s Products Inc. (Graco) has issued a recall of more than 25,000 car seats. The model impacted is the Graco My Ride 65 convertible child restraint. The company says the seat webbing may not restrain the child in the event of a crash. The model numbers impacted are:  1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. Graco says it will notify owners who are registered owners of the car seats. Dealers will provide consumers with a replacement harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 17, 2017. Owners may contact Graco customer …

Quad-City Times LogoFloodgates going up Friday in Clinton

Floodgates going up Friday in Clinton

Floodgates are going up in Clinton because of rising Mississippi River levels.

WQAD.com LogoDay after Senate budget vote, GOP tries to push Rauner plan

Day after Senate budget vote, GOP tries to push Rauner plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly is back to work after the Senate approved a major spending package. Eyes are back on to the Senate on Wednesday to see how negotiations will shape up between majority Democrats and Republicans over issues important to Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Senate approved a $5.4 billion tax increase for a $37.3 billion spending plan Tuesday. Republicans said Democrats were walking away from attempts to trade a tax increase for a local property tax freeze and Rauner-demanded reductions in the cost of the workers’ compensation system. The Republica…

WQAD.com LogoDivision and W. 3rd Streets in Davenport reopened after crash

Division and W. 3rd Streets in Davenport reopened after crash

Update: The road has reopened to normal traffic, according to the Traffic Safety Bureau. ________________________ Original:  DAVENPORT — Drivers are being asked to avoid the area of Division Street and West 3rd Street because of a crash. The roadway is expected to be reopened between 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., according to an alert from Lt. Shawn Voigts with the Traffic Safety Bureau. In a statement Voigts said, “the morning commute will be disrupted.” There were no details available on what happened in the crash or if there were any injuries.  …

Quad-City Times LogoUpdate: Division Street reopened after crash

Update: Division Street reopened after crash

Update at 7:48 a.m.: Division Street has been reopened to traffic.

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Eric performs daring stunt in West Virginia

GMQC Road Trip: Eric performs daring stunt in West Virginia

Click here for more information about the West Virginia Bridge Walk Tour …

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Meteorologists are never there when you really need them…

GMQC Road Trip: Meteorologists are never there when you really need them…

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Take them home, where they belong

GMQC Road Trip: Take them home, where they belong

WQAD.com LogoEast Moline Gets Big Backing from Local Bank

East Moline Gets Big Backing from Local Bank

EAST MOLINE- The city is supposed to get its first two hotels with 'The Bend' project. Developers have broken ground on a $75 million project at the site of the old Case New Holland plant. Three apartment complexes and two Hyatt hotels are supposed to be built. Thursday, May 18, new Mayor Reggie Freeman was our guest on Good Morning Quad Cities' Breakfast With segment. Even though the project has been years in the making, he says he's very confident the development will get done. "If Triumph Bank wasn't confident in it happening and approving the monies to help that development go with loanin…

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: No trip is complete without MmmBop

GMQC Road Trip: No trip is complete without MmmBop

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Check out our digs in the Shabbona Creek RV

GMQC Road Trip: Check out our digs in the Shabbona Creek RV

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Sing-along to Holiday Road with Eric Sorensen

GMQC Road Trip: Sing-along to Holiday Road with Eric Sorensen

Quad-City Times LogoRick's Six: Fog, lane closures and a vet's park fight

Rick's Six: Fog, lane closures and a vet's park fight

1. Patchy fog starts our Wednesday…

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 3 – New River Gorge, West Virginia

GMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 3 – New River Gorge, West Virginia

Watch Now: Good Morning QC It’s now Day three of the travelers’ road trip. Photojournalists Brandon Green and Cameron Jacobs are traveling with Eric Sorensen, scoping out the best vacation spots for the summer. Destination No. 3 – New River Gorge, West Virginia.  They have now traveled 2,018 miles. In the plans for this destination are the New River Gorge Bridge Walk and a chat with some of the folks at the tourism office. GMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 1 – Norfolk, Virginia GMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 2 – Charleston, South Carolina…

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

WQAD.com LogoThose spotty showers are still possible this afternoon

Those spotty showers are still possible this afternoon

  We can’t seem to shake these spotty showers! A few sprinkles or showers are possible today, and it’s going to stay cool with highs in the mid 60s. You may also run into a bit of patchy fog this morning. At least we could see some more peeks of sunshine through the clouds by the afternoon. Any showers will be short lived this evening, and we’ll also see some more clouds clearing tonight. Overnight lows will fall into the upper 40s. It’s looking much brighter tomorrow! More sunshine will be gracing us, and we’re finally going to warm up back into the low 70s.

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Who's in the news? Karen Allison

Karen Allison has been hired as the new principal at Hoover Elementary School in Bettendorf beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

WQAD.com LogoLady Rocks roll in Regional opener

Lady Rocks roll in Regional opener

Rock Island bests Pekin in Regional opener.

WQAD.com LogoGeneseo bests Dunlap for Sweet 16 berth

Geneseo bests Dunlap for Sweet 16 berth

Geneseo gets a pair of goals from Lainie Dahl to best Dunlap 2-0.

WQAD.com LogoBettendorf edges Assumption with last minute goal

Bettendorf edges Assumption with last minute goal

Alina Steffen's goal with 28 seconds left in regulation gives Bettendorf a 1-0 victory over Assumption and a share of the MAC title.

WQAD.com LogoDespite no budget, Illinois House has spent only six hours in May session

Despite no budget, Illinois House has spent only six hours in May session

MOLINE - Six hours, that's how much time the Illinois House has formally spent in session so far in May. "It's ridiculous," said Illinois resident, Kathy Nobiling. You would think lawmakers would be working non-stop, considering the state is going on two years without a budget. The Illinois Policy Institute is a government watchdog group. It looked into the hours and while some work has been done behind closed doors or in committees in Springfield, the group says it's not enough. "They can have lots of closed doors meetings, they can have lots of debate, but in the end, you know we need to se…

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Moline commits to multi-city 911 center

MOLINE -- The aldermen have approved the intergovernmental agreement for the QComm911 emergency dispatch center.

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Geneseo under deadline pressure for sewage decision

GENESEO -- Aldermen discussed how best to apply bond money in next year’s budget again on Tuesday.

WQAD.com LogoHampton Illinois trustees make new ordinance that stings for beekeepers

Hampton Illinois trustees make new ordinance that stings for beekeepers

HAMPTON, Illinois-- Armed with only his smoker in hand, beekeeper Gary Anderson heads out to tend to 70,000 of his buzzing friends. Gary has been keeping bees for five years, and now he has 51 hives total. He keeps the majority out in the country for honey harvest, but he has two in his Hampton Illinois backyard. But that's all about to change. "I feel sorry for everybody else that wants to keep bees or have thought about it. Well, now they can't in Hampton. Hampton village trustees told beekeepers to buzz off. They voted Monday night to write an ordinance that makes it illegal to keep bees i…

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RI school board meets in closed session again

ROCK ISLAND – For the second meeting in a row, Rock Island-Milan board members met in closed session for an extended time to hear citizen comments and discuss personnel matters.

WQAD.com LogoTenant finds human remains in cellar of woman who vanished in 1988

Tenant finds human remains in cellar of woman who vanished in 1988

SPANISH FORK, Utah -- Nearly 30 years after she went missing, Spanish Fork Police are hopeful they’ve found the remains of Peggy Sue Case buried in a backyard shed. “The tenant who was moving out this morning was removing some items from the cement cellar in the backyard,” explained Lt. Matt Johnson with Spanish Fork Police. “He became somewhat curious and he and the individual with him decided to dig and remove some of the soil.” Lt. Johnson told KSTU the tenant first got the idea to dig after a neighbor had told him that a woman living in the home had gone missing back in 1988. …

WQAD.com LogoHomeless man who aided Manchester Arena attack victims hailed as hero

Homeless man who aided Manchester Arena attack victims hailed as hero

MANCHESTER, England – Stephen Jones, a homeless man who was outside the Manchester Arena when Monday's deadly attack took place, is being hailed as a hero after he helped the wounded as they fled the scene. Stephen Jones, pictured, helped the wounded as they fled the Manchester Arena bombing on May 22, 2017. (Credit: ITN) "First there was a bang, I thought it was some kind of firework, and then there was a big explosion," he told CNN affiliate ITN. "I just felt the wind force, and then everyone started screaming and running. Me and my mate we got up and we started running. We realized what …

WQAD.com LogoFather of 2 dies in botulism outbreak linked to gas station’s nacho cheese

Father of 2 dies in botulism outbreak linked to gas station’s nacho cheese

WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – A California father has died and at least 9 others were sickened as health officials continue to investigate a botulism outbreak tied to tainted nacho cheese. Antioch man Martin Galindo, 37, died this week after contracting botulism, which left him in a coma, according to KTXL. Galindo's brother said he doesn't know for sure if Galindo got the illness from the Valley Oak Food and Fuel in the small area of Walnut Grove, but says the timelines do match up.  Galindo's illness was confirmed by the California Department of Public Health as having ties to the botulism…

Quad-Cities Online LogoEaglets set to soar for science with tracking devices

Eaglets set to soar for science with tracking devices

BETTENDORF -- There was hardly a squawk or flutter from Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, the Arconic eagles, as GPS/GSM telemetry units were strapped to their backs on Tuesday.

WQAD.com LogoNEWS 8 TRIO: Helping new moms stay organized

NEWS 8 TRIO: Helping new moms stay organized

Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on "News 8 at 6:30" for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting. Denise and Johnnie invited Toys R Us assistant manager Rachel Wentzloff to tell us of some simple tricks that can help keep new moms organized. Forget drawers, try this for towels and bibs to save space A simple way to remember your breast feeding regimen Never forget which toy or stroller is yours Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top news, weather, health, and lifestyle ideas on "News 8 at 6:30".

Quad-Cities Online LogoQ-C Korean War vet taking his jeep to Washington parade

Q-C Korean War vet taking his jeep to Washington parade

ROCK ISLAND -- While the Korean War has been called "The Forgotten War," veterans of the era continue to dedicate their time and resources to ensuring those who lost their lives in the combat are remembered forever.

Quad-Cities Online LogoFailing guidewall causing demolition at Lock & Dam 15

Failing guidewall causing demolition at Lock & Dam 15

ROCK ISLAND — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers crews are working to prevent part of Lock and Dam 15 from falling into the Mississippi River.

Quad-City Times LogoAging Lock and Dam 15 guidewall being repaired

Aging Lock and Dam 15 guidewall being repaired

Aging infrastructure at Lock and Dam 15 in Rock Island is undergoing unscheduled maintenance to repair a concrete guidewall.

Quad-City Times LogoBettendorf casino authority hands out $1.58M in grants

Bettendorf casino authority hands out $1.58M in grants

The Scott County Regional Authority announced $1,577,243 in grants to 65 projects and organizations during a news conference Tuesday in Davenport.

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Cambridge board tours radium setup

CAMBRIDGE -- The village's pilot study of its radium removal system will end this week and results will soon be available.

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Riverdale schools won't hire out custodial services

PORT BYRON -- Riverdale schools have decided not to outsource custodial service.

WQAD.com LogoCouple unwittingly drove 10 miles down highway with unconscious man on trunk

Couple unwittingly drove 10 miles down highway with unconscious man on trunk

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Tennessee driver had no idea there was a man on the trunk of his car when he merged onto a Memphis-area interstate Thursday night, according to WMC-TV. The bizarre traffic stop happened after Carl Webb and his wife left a barbecue festival in downtown Memphis. They had backed their car into the parking space, and it was dark outside when they returned to the car. The sunshade was stuck up, so they couldn't see if anything - or anybody - was on the trunk of their Taurus. But there was. The couple headed onto I-55 and didn't realize anything was wrong until the police s…

Quad-Cities Online LogoClass of 2017 graduates in Annawan

Class of 2017 graduates in Annawan

ANNAWAN -- The Class of 2017 was honored at a graduation ceremony that took place Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the school.

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Riverdale honors its 2017 graduates

PORT BYRON -- Riverdale High School paid tribute to the Class of 2017 in a graduation ceremony that took place Sunday, May 21, 2017.

WQAD.com LogoIowa court offices to close for a day due to budget cuts

Iowa court offices to close for a day due to budget cuts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The closure of Iowa court offices for a day later this week will save the state $364,573, though it might lead to delays in some trials. Iowa court offices will be closed Friday because of mid-year budget cuts that forced the Judicial Branch to reduce its overall expenses. Besides the one-day closure, the $3 million mid-year budget cut approved by the Legislature this year forced a hiring freeze for judicial positions and travel restrictions, causing delays in some civil trials. Those reductions will continue for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. G…

Quad-Cities Online LogoCamlin's replacement up for vote next month

Camlin's replacement up for vote next month

ROCK ISLAND -- The Rock Island County Board plans to vote June 20 on a nominated replacement for District 15 representative Nick Camlin.

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Colona reverts to original Stonebridge zoning

COLONA – The city just “grew” another 20 or so lots for single-family homes.

Quad-Cities Online LogoVandeWiele, Bluedorn named to statewide committees

VandeWiele, Bluedorn named to statewide committees

ROCK ISLAND -- Walter Braud, Chief Judge of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, has announced the Supreme Court's appointment of a local judge and court administrator to standing committees of the Illinois Judicial College.

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S.O.A.R. SCHOLARSHIP: Student With A Special Cause

MOLINE - It was on the first floor of the J Wing at Moline High School where history was made. Two years ago, Saneha Borisuth was walking in the special needs wing when she realized something. "I didn't know any of the special needs students and if anything, I didn't hear a lot of positive things," she said. "I heard more like - oh, we don't know them or like, oh we feel bad for them - and I wanted to change that viewpoint that people had, especially me - I had that same viewpoint, too." That's how Sports Unlimited was created. The club connects special needs students with student athletes th…

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Today in history for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Today is Wednesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2017. There are 221 days left in the year.

WQAD.com LogoPalmer College planning 10 year campus improvements

Palmer College planning 10 year campus improvements

DAVENPORT - Palmer College of Chiropractic is working on improving it's campus in the next ten years. The college is starting with the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center, a $15 million project. "'I think the athletic center is going to be something that sets Palmer apart," said Kelly Kimball, student. Students said they've been anxiously awaiting this project. "Well, we had a facility and it was fine, the improvements are gonna make it a lot better with the indoor running tracks and everything which was a complaint before," said Tony Haddad, student. The athletic and recre…

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GMQC Road Trip photo gallery

We packed three WQAD news staffers on an RV and sent them across the country for the (first annual?) Good Morning Quad Cities Road Trip. Oh the places they’ll go! You can see some of them here. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment…

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SCRA Spring Grants

Thanks to one of the Quad Cities's casinos, there'll be more money to spend on schools, parks, and affordable housing. Tuesday the Scott County Regional Authority awarded its spring grants, totaling 1.5 million dollars.

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Visiting circus says “show must go on” with elephants in Davenport

DAVENPORT - Just days after The Greatest Show on Earth folded its tent for good, a touring circus vows to preserve shows under the Big Top with elephants. Garden Brothers Circus is performing four shows over Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24, at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport. Performances are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day. Backstage on Tuesday morning, Bonnie and Libby really are the elephants in the room. "She's 50, and she's 49," gestured trainer Habib Omar, a fifth generation circus performer.  "They've been around before I was even born." The veteran showgirls are …

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Apollo 11 relic owned by Illinois woman to be auctioned off

Watch Video CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois woman’s bag of moon dust brought to earth by Apollo 11 astronauts will be auctioned off later this year. The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2qaZSjj) Nancy Lee Carlson of suburban Chicago bought the moon dust for $995 at a 2015 government auction. After she sent it to Johnson Space Center for authentication, officials deemed it government property and confiscated it. The government said the “rare artifact” was mistakenly sold. It was recovered in 2003 during a criminal investigation against a Kansas space museum director and mi…

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Shower chance continues for just a little bit longer

Gray and in some places dreary day too, as most of the showers we’ve seen have been confined along the river and points east.  Some of these showers this afternoon even had the right ingredients to produce a couple of non-threatening funnels clouds.  The activity will become spotty in coverage through the early evening hours before drying out for the rest of the night.  Overnight lows will drop around the the 50 degree mark. By Wednesday, the broad area of low pressure responsible for the dreary conditions of late will slide to our south and east.  Due to its circulation, a few light…

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Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education plans to end its contract with a testing software vendor after a technical audit found the $14 million system was “unfit.” The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/2qKYSVJ ) reported the 91-page audit found that the TIER testing platform, which is designed to give reading tests to students, was a “dense and disjointed” system and would likely experience technical failures in the future. “At this time we are choosing to terminate the contract,” department spokeswoman Staci Hupp said. “We’r…

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Young Eagles "Join" Research Program

Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury are now part of a multi-year study of eagles in the midwest. Tuesday morning tracking devices were attached to the three eaglets from the nest near the Arconic plant in Riverdale.

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10-year-old raises money to buy vests for police department’s K-9s

FRANKLIN, Ind. - Three K-9s at an Indiana police department will have some extra protection thanks to the hard work of a 10-year-old boy. Richie Scott, a fourth-grader at Creekside Elementary School in Franklin, started raising the money for protective tactical vests back in December as part of a community service project. The project was part of Richie’s testing to earn his black belt in taekwondo. “I wanted to protect those who protect me, and the whole community,” Richie told WXIN. Richie and his family started a GoFundMe page, held a bake sale and placed donations jars in differe…

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Six Candidates for Dav. City Council

Six candidates want to represent Davenport's Third Ward on the city council. They all filed enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bill Boom following his conviction in federal court of a felony.

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Arconic's newest eaglets become part of migration research

For the second year in a row, the nesting eaglets at Arconic Davenport Works have joined a research project focused on the migration patterns of bald eagles.

Quad-City Times Logo7th Avenue lane closure in Moline

7th Avenue lane closure in Moline

The city of Moline reports that Valley Construction will be performing water main replacement work in the 2100 block of 7th Avenue beginning today, weather permitting.

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: IS, chance of showers and James Bond star dead at 89

Noon update: IS, chance of showers and James Bond star dead at 89

WQAD.com LogoBen Folds to headline Davenport’s new music festival Alternating Currents

Ben Folds to headline Davenport’s new music festival Alternating Currents

Ben Folds will be playing in the Quad Cities this summer as the headliner for music festival Alternating Currents. Alternating Currents, the music festival that is replacing River Roots Live, will be Downtown Davenport on August 25th and 26th. Ben Folds will be playing at the festival Saturday night, August 26th, according to the Downtown Davenport Partnership’s Executive Director Kyle Carter. His show will be at the Adler Theater.  Julien Baker will be his opening act. Carter told WQAD News 8 that tickets will go on sale Tuesday, May 30th.  More details on purchasing tickets will be…

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A look back at the Quad-City Times of yesteryear

In December 2016, Doug Lambert’s uncle, Theodore "Ted" Bowman, died in Billings, Montana, at the age of 96. While cleaning out his house, Lambert found a case with a dozen older-style 8 MM films believed to be from the 1940s……

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Man charged with animal cruelty for dropping dogs from parking tower

OAK LAWN, Ill. -- An Illinois man is facing two felony counts of animal cruelty after police say he dropped two toy poodles from a parking tower at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn over the weekend. Edward Hanania, photo from June 2016 Investigators believe 22-year-old Edward Hanania falsely claimed to be the owner of two toy poodles on a lost and found section of an area Facebook page, but when the real owner came forward, things took a turn for the worse. One of the dogs, 1-year-old Angel, survived the five-story fall. Angel's father, 6-year-old Garo, was also thrown from the structu…

Quad-City Times LogoNombo's comfort foods and more join food truck scene in the Q-C

Nombo's comfort foods and more join food truck scene in the Q-C

For most of her adult life, Missy Carter did what was expected.

WQAD.com LogoMan suspected of shooting at officer charged with 5 crimes

Man suspected of shooting at officer charged with 5 crimes

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A judge has set bail at $125,000 for a man accused of firing his handgun at a Waterloo police officer. Court records say 22-year-old Miquelle Miller was charged Monday with assault on a police officer and four related counts. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. Police say Miller shot at Officer Tyler Brownell, who’d been dispatched to check a report of gunshots around 11:20 p.m. Sunday. Police say that as Brownell approached a man about two blocks from where the gunshots were reported, the man suddenly fired at Browne…

WQAD.com LogoChicago ordinance aimed at protecting airline passenger rights

Chicago ordinance aimed at protecting airline passenger rights

CHICAGO --   A new ordinance could ban all city employees, including aviation police, from boarding an airplane, unless in a criminal matter or medical emergency. The proposed changes come after a passenger was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight last month. The viral video shows police with the Department of Aviation dragging Dr. David Dao off a United Express flight, because he refused to give up his seat for an airline employee. The flight to Louisville, Ky., was overbooked, so aviation police were called to remove Dao. The three aviation officers involved and a supervisor hav…

WQAD.com LogoFisherman finds GoPro that’s been in lake for three years, watches footage, returns it to owner

Fisherman finds GoPro that’s been in lake for three years, watches footage, returns it to owner

PICKWICK LAKE, Alabama --  A Facebook post has helped set a lost GoPro on the way back to the man who lost it in 2014. Corey Glenn was fishing on Pickwick Lake in Alabama over the weekend and reeled in an unexpected catch - a GoPro Hero 3. Glenn took the camera home and cleaned and recharged the device. He thought there was no way it would still work... until it actually turned on and the footage began downloading to the computer. The footage was dated February 28, 2014. That means the device had been on the bottom of the lake for three years, two months and 21 days. The footage shows a …

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Woman in viral ‘Fake Homeless’ video arrested

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A woman featured in a viral "Fake Homeless" video has been arrested in Virginia. In the video posted on YouTube, at least two men approach the woman after it appeared she was begging for money at an intersection in Henrico's West End. The men question the woman about her homeless status after they follow her from the median where she was asking for money to her car parked nearby. After a verbal spat, the woman goes to the McDonald's where she parked to complain about the men. The McDonald's workers were unable to help her. The four-minute clip, which made the front page…

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Alliant Energy Wants to Raise Rates

The Iowa Utilities Board wants to know what customers of Alliant Energy think about its request to raise rates. Starting Tuesday the board will hold eight public comment meetings across the state as it considers a possible 12.5 per cent increase.

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Headliner Ben Folds sets tone for new fest Alternating Currents

Following last month’s announcement that River Roots Live will not return for its 13th year this August, the Downtown Davenport Partnership has fielded questions about the outdoor festival's replacement, Alternating Currents.

WQAD.com LogoYour stolen car is found and returned, now what?

Your stolen car is found and returned, now what?

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Stolen cars are a growing problem in the Quad Cities. Since January 2017, Davenport police have reported 235 cars stolen. 207 of them have been recovered as of May 2017. Sometimes the vehicles are never found, others are recovered and damaged. But some are found with no damage at all. But Davenport police warn there still could be hidden dangers. Police say most suspects steal cars to commit drug crimes. Drug residue can be left behind in the car's seats, ceiling and floors. Methamphetamine can also cling to car surfaces and seep into someone’s skin. Even if physical damag…





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