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Saturday, March 25th, 2017

WQAD.com LogoIt’s a good idea to keep the umbrella handy this weekend

It’s a good idea to keep the umbrella handy this weekend

We have a soggy mess on our hands! Showers and a few rumbles will continue through our Saturday with highs around 50. The rain will linger into tonight with some light showers. Due to the clouds and rain, lows will only be in the upper 40s. There won’t be anything sunny for our Sunday as a few more showers linger through the day. Highs will be warmer with temps in the low 60s. A break in the rain is in store for Monday morning with a small chance of some showers in the afternoon. We’ll finally begin to dry off on Tuesday as a little sunshine returns. You can expect pretty seasonal …

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Quad-City Times LogoLet the trout fishing begin: Iowa DNR releases 2,000 fish into West Lake Park

Let the trout fishing begin: Iowa DNR releases 2,000 fish into West Lake Park

Instead of shopping at the grocery store or heading to a fish fry Friday night, one Davenport man decided to try to catch dinner himself.

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Learn how to take political action at Rock Island workshop

Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) is offering a nonpartisan workshop to empower citizens, titled “Taking Action 101: Simple Ways You Can Change Your World” 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 25 Union Hall, 4600 46th……

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Ceremony honors Quad-City Vietnam veterans

The public is invited to the Vietnam Veteran Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the VFW Post 8890, 1810 1st St., East Moline. The ceremony will include the reading of a roll call of all the Quad-City area names……

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Rock Island Arsenal announces $60 million housing project

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL - The Rock Island Arsenal is getting new housing for the first time in decades. On Friday, March 24th, 2017, the Rock Island Arsenal announced its $60 million housing project. Work has already begun on two subdivisions. They will be the first new homes for the arsenal since 1960. The older buildings have been torn down and will be replaced by new homes. A total of 71 new homes are being built, including 41 single family homes and 30 duplex units. The duplex units are being built along Rodman Avenue, right across from the national cemetery. The duplex units will range from …

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Illinois hires Nancy Fahey to lead women’s basketball team

After a 9-22 season, Illinois has a new Women's Basketball Coach. Nancy Fahey brings her Hall of Fame credentials to lead the Illini.

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Henry County GOP Lincoln Dinner this weekend

The Henry County Republicans will host its 30th annual Lincoln Day Dinner today (March 25) at the Broken Chimney Restaurant, 618 Tenney St., Kewanee.

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Moline couple's 'Barn Raisers' on WQPT Sunday

MOLINE — WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, will air "The Barn Raisers," the newest film from Moline-based documentary filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle at 9 a.m. Sunday.

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Ground broken for 71 new Arsenal homes for military families

Ground was broken Friday for 71 new residences for the families of military personnel working at the Rock Island Arsenal, to replace housing that has been torn down.

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Today in history for Saturday, March 25, 2017

Today is Saturday, March 25, the 82nd day of 2017. There are 281 days left in the year.

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Illinois Quad-Cities apply for $2.4 million lead-based paint grant

ROCK ISLAND — A $2.4 million grant application was submitted Thursday by Moline for a 2017 Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant that will cover much of the Illinois Quad-Cities.

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Groundbreaking to be staged Tuesday in East Moline

EAST MOLINE — Nine community organizations will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday for an event stage and green-space area.

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How you can help victims of Naplate’s EF-3 tornado

NAPLATE, Illinois — The February 28th tornado that tore through Naplate left a line of destruction through the village.  The village didn’t reach the threshold to receive financial aid, but there is a way you can help. The EF-3 tornado caused a range of damage to the village from minor things like broken windows, to more severe destruction like torn roofs and even homes that were completely destroyed, said a spokesperson in the village. Read More: ‘EF’ Scale: What determines tornado strength Naplate will not be receiving any federal or state money, but that doesn’…

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Eight seeking three Moline-Coal Valley school board seats

Residents of the Moline-Coal Valley School District on April 4 will have their pick of eight candidates to fill the three open seats on the school board.

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Police in Kansas find “meth sandwich” during traffic stop

EL DORADO, Kansas -- Some drug dealers believe hiding contraband in nearly plain site is the best strategy to avoid detection. But one trafficker driving through Kansas may have been a bit too bold for his own good. Officers pulled the suspect over and noticed an unopened sandwich bag on the passenger seat. At first glance, the sandwich appeared normal, but upon closer inspection, the sandwich appeared to have a zipper on it. Sgt. Jeff Murphy of the El Dorado Police Department said that raised suspicion, and upon further investigation, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich itself proved to be …

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Local college leaders headed to Mexico

The presidents of Augustana College in Rock Island and St. Ambrose University in Davenport have been selected for the first Higher Education Summit of the United States and Mexico on Wednesday through Friday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Celebration Belle opens for 33rd year

MOLINE — The Mississippi River cruise season starts April 1, as the Celebration Belle launches its 33rd year.

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Moeller sets new comedy, music and wrestling festival

Moeller Nights, Codfish Hollow, Bummer City and the Nerve Center are presenting Turnbuckle, a new comedy, music and professional wrestling festival planned May 26-27 at Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa, Iowa.

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Area food handler's of certification course

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Health Department public health week promotion

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1.4M Illinoisans affected after state agency vendor hacked

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The governor’s office says about 1.4 million Illinois job seekers are affected after one of the state’s employment security agency vendors was hacked. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office said Friday afternoon that the Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the Illinois General Assembly about the hack. State officials say the hacker may have accessed the names, social security numbers and birthdates of job seekers in the vendor’s database. Authorities say the data break may have impacted ten states. The agency says the vendor, Amer…

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NAMI Smarts teaches family members and peers advocacy

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WQAD.com LogoDavenport riders enjoy high-flying fun before skatepark renovations

Davenport riders enjoy high-flying fun before skatepark renovations

DAVENPORT -- After featuring stunts and jumps for more than a decade, Davenport's skate park is ready for a facelift. The popular setting will temporarily shut down on Monday, April 3 and will remain closed about a month for a major repair and restoration project. That's why Alex Dickinson let his skateboard do the talking on Friday. It has a language of its own. "The bowl's great for riders," he said.  "You've got the rails and the stairs for the street skaters. It's really a nice, diverse park for sure." After debuting in 2006, the skate park is ready for a $90,000 upgrade. A Los Angeles …

WQAD.com LogoNon-severe storms tonight… More wet days ahead

Non-severe storms tonight… More wet days ahead

The spring air of today will be rinsed out in the form of showers and thunderstorms this evening.  Any storms in our viewing area will be non-severe as the best chance for that activity will be well south. After this evening, we’re looking at more rain than storms as temperatures will hold steady in the 50s. By Saturday, the storm system will be just to our south not only allowing the showery weather at times to continue but holding temperatures in the 50s as well.  The coverage by Sunday will be more isolated as the system departs.  However, another system will be waiting in the wing…

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Toy tractor show April 1 & 2 in Bishop Hill

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Groundbreaking, new focal point in Downtown East Moline

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April Mystery Book Discussions at Bettendorf Library

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Read local at the Bettendorf Library: Mary Davidsaver

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Deere Women Retiree Group plans luncheon for April 13

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WQAD.com LogoIowa’s February unemployment rate drops to 3.2 percent

Iowa’s February unemployment rate drops to 3.2 percent

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report says Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 percent in February, its lowest level since 2001. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday that the rate was two-tenths of a point lower than the 3.4 percent in January and was down six-tenths of a point from 3.8 percent a year ago. The national rate dropped to 4.7 percent last month from 4.8 percent in January. Iowa now has the seventh-lowest unemployment rate in the country, according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois’ unemployment rate is 5.4 percent. Agenc…

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Lake Odessa ribbon cutting April 6

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WQAD.com LogoRobots expected to take 38 percent of U.S. jobs by 2030s

Robots expected to take 38 percent of U.S. jobs by 2030s

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin addresses a press conference in Berlin on March 16, 2017. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images) By Ese Olumhense Treasury secretary ‘optimistic’ about job security Increasing automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are not threats to the American workforce, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an early morning interview on Friday with the news website Axios. “It’s not even on our radar screen,” Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund manager said, adding that machines would not pose any challenge to jobs for anothe…

WQAD.com LogoArconic has first eagle hatch of the season; two more to go

Arconic has first eagle hatch of the season; two more to go

Eaglet hatched on March 23, image from Arconic EagleCam DAVENPORT — There’s a new eagle in the world that was born in the Arconic Eagle Nest. The first of three eggs in the 7-foot nest hatched Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2017, according to a post on Arconic’s website. Arconic eagles, Liberty and Justice, laid their first egg on Valentines Day, February 14, 2017.  Eagle watchers suspected that the second and third eggs were laid between February 17 and February 21. On March 15, Arconic officially made the call that a total of three eggs were laid this season. Click here t…

WQAD.com LogoNAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Celebrating Spring

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Celebrating Spring

YOU GUYS - It's finally here... SPRING! And it finally feels like it today, although there are some spring showers on the way. As we gear up for all the wonderful things this season has to offer - flowers blooming, Easter, baseball, my obsession with spring cleaning, etc. - I thought we could start by doing something for nature. This week, we are feeding the birds - and no, not in a "Mary Poppins" kind of way. I found out how to make these cookie cutter bird feeders from the blog Messy Little Monster. All you need is boiling water, gelatin, bird seed, and cookie cutters - easy, right? Actual…

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A new face in Belarus' anti-government protests: The poor

MALADZYECHNA, Belarus (AP) — The half-million Belarusians who can't find work in their country's stumbling Soviet-style economy face an array of hard choices: register with the state employment exchange, which will force them to take "public work" for a pittance;……

WQAD.com LogoLocal electronic music pair ‘The Tripp Brothers’ competing in national contest

Local electronic music pair ‘The Tripp Brothers’ competing in national contest

Who we are: The Tripp Brothers What our music is: Glitch Hop What sets our music apart from the rest: “The Tripp Brothers (Sean & Jimmy Tripp) have been a staple the Quad Cities electronic music scene since 1997. Deejaying and producing house, techno, and now there new sound glitch hop, the Tripp Brothers have been making people get down and funky for 20 years. The Tripp Brothers sound is pure energy, fusing funk electronic bass music with powerful live Saxophone and Trombone hits and solos. The thing that makes us standout compared to other DJ’s or electronic music produce…

Quad-Cities Online LogoFirst eaglet seen in Arconic nest

First eaglet seen in Arconic nest

DAVENPORT — Arconic eagles Liberty and Justice welcomed a new addition to their nest on Thursday with their first egg hatch of the season.

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2016-17 Dispatch • Argus • QCOnline Area Boys' Basketball All-Star team

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Quad-Cities Online LogoBettendorf names nine as Student Spotlight honorees

Bettendorf names nine as Student Spotlight honorees

BETTENDORF -- Bettendorf High School has named nine third quarter Student Spotlight recipients.

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Harbor Freight Tools offering refunds in class action suit case

If you bought tools at Harbor Freight in the last few years, you could be due some money. The company settled a class-action lawsuit that could result in some shoppers getting up to 30 percent back on their purchases. Locally, the tool chain has stores in Davenport, Muscatine, Burlington and Dubuque. The class-action suit accused the company of using misleading sale prices. Specifically, the lawsuit said Harbor Freight advertised merchandise at “sale” or “compare at” prices that had not been sold at the stated regular or “compare at” price for 28 of the proceeding 90 days. Harbor F…

WQAD.com LogoThe 20-year-old leading the March Against Revenge Porn

The 20-year-old leading the March Against Revenge Porn

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Leah Juliett was 15 years old when nude photos of her first leaked online. It was 2012; at the time, there wasn’t a name for what happened to her. It was revenge porn, a new phenomenon where non-consensual pornography is distributed online to shame, exploit or extort its victims. When Juliett was 14, a male classmate asked her for naked pictures. She was interested in him and sent him four. But he wasn’t satisfied with the ones she sent — he wanted ones that clearly showed her genitals. Juliett declined. A few months later, a high school lab partne…

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Illinois Unemployment Rate Declined Last Month

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell below six percent in February. The drop to 5.4% leaves Illinois' jobless rate at its lowest since late 2007.

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Police: Woman falsely claims sexual assault by 3 black males

DENISON, Texas (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old woman who burst into a church in northeast Texas and claimed she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by three black males in ski masks has admitted she lied. Denison Police Chief Jay Burch says on Facebook that Breana Harmon Talbott was undressed and bleeding on March 8, 2017 when she claimed she had been sexually assaulted in woods behind the church in Denison, 75 miles northeast of Dallas. Burch says investigators searched the area and “almost immediately, Talbott’s story and allegations began to unravel.” Aut…

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Storms could spawn tornadoes across parts of Midwest, South

Forecasters are warning of severe storms as a powerful system moves across the central United States, the start of what could a turbulent stretch of spring weather over the next few days.

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Is there something wrong with this White House photo of health care talks?

Watch Video Democrats, women’s groups and liberals seized on a photo Thursday shared by Vice President Mike Pence of a meeting he attended with President Donald Trump and members of the House Freedom Caucus. Their gripe? The photo featured no women, even though lawmakers were discussing Republicans’ health reform proposal — and members of the House Freedom Caucus want to strip a requirement that health insurance plans cover essential benefits, including coverage for maternity services. “Appreciated joining @POTUS for meeting with the Freedom Caucus again today. This is …

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Who's in the news? Paul M. McCoy

Paul M. McCoy, who is employed by Genesis Health System in Davenport, has been nationally recognized for earning a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

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Buildings evacuated after gas line hit in downtown Davenport

Several businesses were evacuated for about 30 minutes Friday morning after a gas line was hit by a construction crew near 2nd and Brady streets in downtown Davenport.

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EXCHANGE: Streator man continues his search for dead relative

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — After years of work, Naramor Cemetery looks more like a cemetery than cow pasture.

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Man gets 45 years for killing grandmother for inheritance

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison in Illinois for killing his grandmother for an inheritance.

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Illinois unemployment rate drops below 6 percent in February

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell below six percent in February.

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Illinois judge rules in favor of lawmakers seeking pay

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Illinois lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget, which has caused a pileup of more than $12.8 billion worth of unpaid bills.

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Illinois high court gives nonprofit hospitals partial win

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday vacated a lower court's ruling that found unconstitutional a state law allowing not-for-profit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes in certain cases.

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Outlook looking bleak for GOP on 'Obamacare' repeal bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans' capstone health care overhaul seemed in dire trouble Friday as Speaker Paul Ryan weighed strategy at the White House with President Donald Trump. GOP lawmakers and aides said they lacked the votes to succeed in……

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Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has issued a presidential permit to pipeline builder TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump would discuss the pipeline later Friday morning. The State Department says that it determined that building Keystone serves the U.S. national interest. That’s the opposite conclusion to the one the State Department reached during the Obama administration. The State Department says it considered foreign policy and energy security in making the determination. The permit wa…

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Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.

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Babies in vehicle that was stolen in California found safe

Watch Video CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Two young brothers who were in a vehicle that was stolen in Southern California have been found safe. Police in Cathedral City say the one and two-year-olds were with their babysitter when she got out of the car to run an errand last night. Someone took off with the car, with Jaden and Carlos Cortez inside. Police say the children were found early today in Desert Hot Springs, about 14 miles away from Cathedral City.

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Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S.……

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Black Lives Matter groups joining forces with wage activists

A cluster of Black Lives Matter groups and the organization leading the push for a $15-an-hour wage are joining forces to combine the struggle for racial justice with the fight for economic equality, just as the Rev. Martin Luther King……

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Student stranded for 5 days near Grand Canyon grew desperate

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Texas college student stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon says she was making farewell videos for her family as she grew desperate for help.

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Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are……

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Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

CHICAGO (AP) — The last straw that convinced Chicago native Marissa Marshall it was time to move away was hearing dangerously close gunfire in the rough neighborhood where she found affordable housing.

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Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure leading to……

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Activist who didn't divulge Israel bombings will leave US

DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago Palestinian activist who didn't disclose her time in an Israeli prison when she got U.S. citizenship has agreed to plead guilty and leave the country.

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Police: Random racist violence ends in death of black man

NEW YORK (AP) — One was a neighborly black man who lived in a rooming house in New York's Garment District, liked to collect autographs outside Broadway's theaters, struck up a Twitter friendship with a Hollywood actress and took photos……

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‘A sweet day’: Gummy bear giant Haribo to open first U.S. factory

MADISON, Wis. – Move over, cheese curds. Gummy bears are coming to Wisconsin. German gummy maker Haribo announced on Thursday that it will open its first U.S. factory in the Badger State. The Kenosha County plant will create 400 jobs, according to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and is scheduled to open in 2020. The project marks one of the largest investments from a foreign company in the state's history, the governor's office said. Walker thanked Haribo for choosing his state. "Haribo is a great fit with the many other iconic companies that already call Wisconsin home," he said, citing t…

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Buildings evacuated after gas line hit in downtown Davenport

Several businesses were evacuated for about 30 minutes Friday morning after a gas line was hit by a construction crew near 2nd and Brady streets in downtown Davenport.

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Today on GMQC: We Learn Some Intimate Details About Each Other

If you didn’t watch Friday’s Good Morning Quad Cities, here are the funny moments you missed: Within the first minute of the show – so by 4:31am – we learned each other’s middle names and apparently, Eric has two depending on where he is in the world: So, if we start calling each other Kay, Lewis, and George – you know why. On that note, Lewis Ketz has a big year ahead of him. He’s getting MARRIED! We found out that his bachelor party is the same weekend and location as another big event: Best of luck to you, Lewis. Kay Sharp is ready to hold down th…

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One of three eggs of Liberty and Justice has hatched

We have an eaglet.

WQAD.com LogoGas line hit on Brady Street prompts evacuations; road closure

Gas line hit on Brady Street prompts evacuations; road closure

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment DAVENPORT — People had to evacuate and a portion of Brady Street was blocked off when a construction crew hit a gas line. The gas line was hit around 8 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, according to Davenport Fire Cheif Lynn Washburn.  Emergency crews on scene blocked off Brady Street between 2nd Street and 3rd Street. A spokesperson from MidAmerican Energy said the contractor was doing work on the sewer system when the gas line was hit in the 200 block of Brady Street.  The gas was being shut off in the area and MidAmerican Energy w…

WQAD.com LogoHow To Get “Healthy For Good” During National Nutrition Month

How To Get “Healthy For Good” During National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and even though there is only a week left, it's never too late to get healthy. On Friday, March 24th, 2017 on Good Morning Quad Cities, News 8's Angie Sharp spoke to Hannah Eddy, Dietitian with Hy-Vee, about some easy ways to change up your morning breakfast routine. You may be surprised by how much salt and sugar is in your go-to breakfast foods. Click the video link above to learn more, plus a fast and healthy breakfast recipe you can make the night before. Because eating healthier can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, or other diseases, Alex Ha…

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Motions Over, Now for the Trial

On Midwest Week, the motions have been heard and ruled on, so now Stanley Liggins can be tried for the third time for murder.

WQAD.com LogoFlower and Garden Show going on in Rock Island this weekend

Flower and Garden Show going on in Rock Island this weekend

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Gardens and flowers and mulch, oh my! The QCCA Flower and Garden Show is back in Rock Island for another year of new exhibits for 2017. The Flower and Garden Show opens on Friday, March 24th and runs through Sunday, March 26th.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the show are $8 for adults, $1 for children 6-15 and free for children 5 and under.  Friday is Senior Day.  Anyone 65+ is able to attend the show from 10am to 4pm for just $6.  Adult discounted advance tickets are avail…

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‘Town That Garbage Built’ for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5 million

REDUCTION, Pa. (AP) — “The Town That Garbage Built” is up for sale. A family that has owned the Village of Reduction in Pennsylvania for nearly 70 years has decided to divest itself of the 75-acre property. The $1.5 million asking price includes farmland, 19 single-family homes and a 1914 one-room schoolhouse. The village was once home to about 400 employees of the American Reduction Company. The company operated a plant that processed tons of garbage a day from Pittsburgh, before the city opened its own facility in 1936. The current owner’s father bought the property in 1…

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QC-Times 'Big Story': Off-Limits Places

This week, Quad-City Times columnist Barb Ickes is starting a new series exploring "off-limits" places in the Quad Cities area. The first installment of the series took her to the underbelly of the I-74 bridge.

WQAD.com LogoIllinois unemployment rate drops below 6 percent in February

Illinois unemployment rate drops below 6 percent in February

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state’s unemployment rate fell below six percent in February. The drop to 5.4 percent leaves Illinois’ jobless rate at its lowest since late 2007. Preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released by the department Thursday indicate 25,600 non-farm jobs were added to Illinois’ economy last month. January job growth was revised to show an increase of 8,100 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of 1,700 jobs February’s payroll progress still leaves Illinois lagging behind the …

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Toddler attacked by dog adopted only hours earlier

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities north of the Quad Cities have declared a five-year-old boxer-Labrador mix a dangerous dog for attacking a toddler just hours after it was adopted from an animal shelter. Clinton Police Chief Kevin Gyrion says the dog’s new owners took it to a friend’s house hours after they had adopted him on March 15, 2017. Sometime after arriving, the dog bit a 15-month-old boy in the face, leaving massive facial wounds. Gyrion says the boy was flown to an Iowa City hospital. He will recover, the chief said, but will need reconstructive surgery for the damage t…

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Iowa Senate Republicans propose shortening early voting time

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Republicans have amended a voter identification bill to reduce the number of early voting days. Lawmakers voted 26-21 Thursday in support of the bill. It includes a provision to reduce early voting before a general election from 40 days to 29 days. The bill also would require people to show acceptable identification at the polls. The state would send identification to people who need it. Related: Iowa House GOP passes voter ID bill, sends to Senate Democrats have argued the bill would make it harder for people to vote, and reducing early voting would pre…

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Editorial: For Silvis mayor, council

Thanks to lower taxes, new housing and impressive development through smart and aggressive planning, Silvis truly has become the City of Progress. It’s no wonder then that the candidates for mayor and 2nd Ward alderman say continuing to grow Silvis……

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Have weekend plans? Here’s when it will rain and how much we will get

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a rainy weekend in the Quad Cities. In fact, you have to look back to Christmas weekend to find days with an abundance of either rain or snow. This weekend, we have a good deal of moisture incoming from the Gulf of Mexico. Some of our weather models show as much as three inches of rain possible! While this may be an outlier, should some thunderstorms repeat over one given location, it is certainly possible. See where severe thunderstorms are possible With that in mind, please watch for high water in ditches and culverts. While flash flooding is…

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Here’s everything you need to know with strong storms possible tonight

Get ready for some thunderstorms! In fact, this will be just what we need to really make things really green around here. Last week, I talked about how thunderstorms actually cause the grass to turn green! Most of our day will be dry today, but storms are expected after 5pm Friday evening. The above animation shows the future radar off of the HRRR model. By late evening, thunderstorms will likely weaken as they move in from the southwest. But storms will still have the potential for some gusty winds in excess of 60mph. Tornadoes and significant hail are not expected. The other threat for the…

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Police officer calls back IRS scammer in viral Facebook video

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – After a man pretending to be an IRS agent left a threatening voicemail for a Wisconsin police officer, the department decided to call back. In the Facebook video of the exchange, officer Kyle Roder calls the number and asks, “Hello, is this the IRS? It said to call this number, you said I had committed a fraud or something?” The scammer, unaware he’s about to be scammed, asks for a case number. When Roder says he wasn’t given one, the “agent” says he can look Roder up by his address. “But you said you’re going to issue a war…

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The Pledge from Ms. Ottens’ class at Morrison Northside School

MORRISON, Illinois — Second graders in Ms. Ottens' class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Morrison Northside School. Submit your school for participation in the Daily Pledge …

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Fugitive ex-teacher accused of kidnapping teen reportedly seen in Texas: police

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - After a reported sighting in Texas, authorities are once again expanding the search for a 50-year-old former teacher and the 15-year-old girl he's accused of abducting. It's been 10 days since Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins disappeared from Maury County, Tennessee. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation remains hopeful the two will be found and says more than 650 leads have come in so far. The TBI urges the public to remain vigilant for any signs of the two. Related: Family of teen believed to have been kidnapped by teacher speaks out Thursday afternoon, a report arose o…

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A high near 76 before your rainy weekend

Happy Friday, Quad-Cities. It's getting hot out there. From spring to winter to summer in a week. The lions and lambs are wreaking havoc this March.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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Xavier knocks off Arizona in West Region

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O'Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region on Thursday night.

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Ducks end Michigan's run with victory, head to Elite 8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Dorsey's teammates call him "Mr. March."…

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Kane, Crawford lift Blackhawks over Stars in SO

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 33rd goal in regulation and connected again in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night to open an eight-point lead for first place in the……

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Illinois judge rules in favor of lawmakers seeking pay

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Illinois lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget, which has caused a pileup of more than $12.8 billion worth of unpaid bills.

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Erdogan urges US, Britain to drop 'exaggerated' laptop ban

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the United States and Britain on Thursday to drop what he said were "exaggerated" new aviation restrictions imposed on flights from some airports, including Istanbul.

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Development underway for Bettendorf’s I-80 corridor

BETTENDORF, Iowa - After a generation in the making, progress is starting to be made in Bettendorf. The Scott County Board voted to renew the city of Bettendorf's plan to develop I-80 and Middle Road Corridor. K & K Hardware has been in downtown Bettendorf for more than 75 years. "I really don`t think there are a lot of things driving traffic down here right now," said Casey Keller, manager at K&K. Keller is hoping downtown will change, "Whether it`s apartments or more retailers." You can see the progress already being made downtown, from construction work to make way for the new I-74…

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Prep girls' soccer: Alleman-Sterling; Orion-Sherrard-La Salle-Peru

Alleman 1, Sterling 0: Dora Cacari scored on an Anka Snider assist in the 55th minute to give the Pioneers the advantage. Goalie Megan Taghe made that goal stand up in the net, pitching the shutout.

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Prep baseball: MC-Illini West

Mercer County 5, Illini West 2: Mercer County's Jake Reusch did it himself on Thursday afternoon, picking up the win on the mound and hitting a big fly at the plate. Reusch scattered three hits over six innings striking out……

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Editorial: For Silvis mayor, council

Thanks to lower taxes, new housing and impressive development through smart and aggressive planning, Silvis truly has become the City of Progress. It’s no wonder then that the candidates for mayor and 2nd Ward alderman say continuing to grow Silvis……

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Letter: Shoe repair shops should advertise all services

I read recently that a local shoe repair shop was going out of business and the possibility of others following is very real.

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Letter: Elect Spivey, Looney to lead BHC board at a crossroads

In the race for Black Hawk College Board, there are two seats open and three candidates.

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Letter: Time GOP came to grips with truth about Russia

Regarding John Donald O’Shea's March 19 Viewpoints, “Why would Putin want to help Trump?” I am amazed that someone who is a retired circuit court judge is so misinformed, hypocritical or just lazy as to continue repeating Republican talking points……

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Letter: Thanks to all who responded to late husband's emegency

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, my husband, Donald Janssen, was brought to the emergency at UnityPoint Health hospital having a heart attack. Now I would like to say thank you to the people that tried so hard to help him.

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Trump budget drains the swamp

Everyone in Washington hates Donald Trump's new budget. So it must have something going for it. This is a budget plan that will surgically remove trillions of dollars of wasteful spending from the obese $3.9 trillion federal budget. Many agencies……

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Today in history for Friday, March 24, 2017

Today is Friday, March 24, the 81st day of 2017. There are 282 days left in the year.





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