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Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Quad-City Times LogoNickelback gives fans what they wanted

Nickelback gives fans what they wanted

Is there a band more divisive than Nickelback?…

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Win a Home Makeover from the Acri Company

The Acri Company wants to give your home a makeover! One grand prize winner will receive their choice of new windows, siding, or acrylic bath liner system from The Acri Company. Plus, everyone that enters will receive a $500 off coupon. Click this link or go to http://www.acrihomemakeover.com to enter to win.

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Why Giuliani deserves nation's thanks

Rudy Giuliani deserves the thanks of a grateful nation.

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Government rating colleges, bad idea that's likely to happen

In August 2013, the Obama administration announced that they planned to publish their ratings of college and universities by the 2015-2016 academic year, which is only a few short months away.  The details of what they intend to do remain sketchy.  Nevertheless it seems likely that they intend to push forward with this ill-advised endeavor.

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When colleges cut, bigwigs turn to students

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Bruce Rauner  has proposed a budget that trimmed funding for state universities.

KWQC-TV6 LogoSt. Ambrose Women Fall In MCC Tournament Semifinals

St. Ambrose Women Fall In MCC Tournament Semifinals

WQAD.com LogoNew Store Opens In Davenport With Exclusive Nike Shoes

New Store Opens In Davenport With Exclusive Nike Shoes

A new store in the Quad Cities is debuting an exclusive line of Nike shoes. The Full Kit opened its doors on Saturday, February 28th, 2015. The men’s clothing and shoe retailer started in Iowa City 14 years ago and now has a second location at 312 Main Street in downtown Davenport. “When it came time to expand and open a second location, Davenport was the first place we looked,” said Owner, Mitch Dettman, who is from the Quad Cities. “I’d always wanted to open a store where I grew up and what I call home.” According to a press release, “The Full Kit of…

WQAD.com LogoBacon, Bacon, and More Bacon Raises Money for Churches United

Bacon, Bacon, and More Bacon Raises Money for Churches United

Bacon lovers, unite – and tonight… they did. On Saturday, February 28th, 2015, the 2nd Annual Big Bacon Bonanza took place at the RiverCenter in Davenport. The bacon-themed festival is hosted by Churches United of the Quad City Area and benefits the organization’s hunger and shelter ministries. More than 20 vendors provided “delightful bacon creations, bacon merchandise, community vendors, and live music,” according to a press release. One of the favorite food items was the bacon-topped brownies. “They had some savory bacon, which was bacon that was I think …

WQAD.com LogoBowl-A-Thon Raises $160,000 For Junior Achievement Programs

Bowl-A-Thon Raises $160,000 For Junior Achievement Programs

Locals are hitting the lanes to help kids in our community. On Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 245 teams met at four different bowling alleys in the Quad Cities for the 32nd Annual Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon. More than 1,200 people participated in the event, which supports Junior Achievement programs. Organizers say an estimated $160,000 was raised. “It gives our kids the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship, business skills, and what it takes in the economics of the country,” said Dr. Mike Oberhaus, Superintendent of the Rock Island-Milan School District. The Bowl-A-Thon was h…

WQAD.com LogoWomen, Men Don Red Dresses During Annual Running Event

Women, Men Don Red Dresses During Annual Running Event

These chilly February temperatures did not stop dozens of people from running through the streets of Davenport… in unusual running attire. On Saturday, February 28th, 2015, the Quad City Hash House Harriers held its 5th Annual Red Dress Run. Women and men wore red dresses to “show their spirit and draw attention to this annual fundraising event,” according to a press release. However, organizers say it’s not all that strange. “We don’t just dress up in crazy clothes one day a year,” said Betsy Green. ” We do it at least once a week.  We have a l…

WQAD.com LogoGeneseo falls just short in 2A Quarterfinals

Geneseo falls just short in 2A Quarterfinals

Geneseo falls to Washington in 2A Quarterfinal action…

WQAD.com LogoBingo Night Attracts 800 People To Help Epilepsy Patients

Bingo Night Attracts 800 People To Help Epilepsy Patients

800 people showed their support for the fight against Epilepsy in the Quad Cities. The non-profit organization, Ribbons for Kellsey, held its annual Candy Bar Bingo Benefit at The Stern Center in Rock Island on Saturday, February 28th, 2015. The group was created when 9-year-old Kellsey McGuire from Milan, Illinois was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2007. Organizers say this year’s event was their biggest one yet. “It just shows the support our family has,” said Brandi McGuire, Kellsey’s Mom. “It also shows the community’s support for people with Epilepsy and wa…

WQAD.com LogoMercer County brings home Silver in 1A

Mercer County brings home Silver in 1A

Golden Eagles impressive in both the quarterfinals and semifinals before falling to Dakota.  Mercer County brings home 2nd place trophy.

WQAD.com Logo“Team Logan” Helps Local Toddler Fight Medical Challenges

“Team Logan” Helps Local Toddler Fight Medical Challenges

A local community is coming together to support a family in need. Logan Meincke, a three-year-old boy from Walcott, Iowa, almost died last summer after he contracted E. coli. “He and his parents spent two months at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital,” said a press release. “The doctors and nurses helped Logan fight the E. coli, but during the battle to save Logan’s life, his kidneys  were severely damaged.” Logan needed a transplant and his mother, Jennifer, was a perfect match. They both went through the procedure on January 29th, 2015. On Saturday…

WQAD.com LogoProphetstown finishes the season with 3rd place win

Prophetstown finishes the season with 3rd place win

Lady Prophets win 3rd pace trophy with 45-28 win.

WQAD.com LogoAugustana captures CCIW Tourney Title

Augustana captures CCIW Tourney Title

Vikings best Illinois Wesleyan to earn 1st CCIW Tourney Championship since 2011 and automatic berth in NCAA Tournament.

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'Sweet' event spreads awareness about epilepsy

It's a 'sweet' event that raises funds for a local non-profit.Hundreds gathered tonight to play 'Candy Bar Bingo' at the Stern Center in Rock Island. The fundraiser supports 'Ribbons for Kellsey', a non-profit started by a Sherrard family.The goal is to spread awareness about epilepsy in the quad cities and beyond."We provide assistance to those with epilepsy," said Brandi McGuire, the president of Ribbons for Kellsey. "We help out local families as much as we can.For more information on how to donate or volunteer to Ribbons for Kellsey visit http://www.ribbonsforkellsey.c…

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New retail shop hopes to bring business to downtown

The Full Kit is the new tenant in town, replacing the women's clothing store, The Ruby Slipper, with a men's clothing store.The Full Kit retail shop is geared toward a younger demographic. They consider themselves a specialty clothing store, selling national brands like Nike and Adidas, which they hope helps downtown become a destination for shoppers, once again."In the last couple years with all the news lofts and people coming into downtown, the businesses and restaurants have been able to thrive," said Mitch Dettmen, The Full Kit owner. "I think the next natural pr…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMan tries to lure 6-year-old into truck

Man tries to lure 6-year-old into truck

ALBANY, Ill. (KWQC) – Albany police are looking for a man they say tried to lure a six-year-old boy into a vehicle. It happened on the 100 block of N. Bluff St. at a bus stop just blocks from the child’s home on Friday, February 27, 2015 at around 3:40 PM. The young boy wasn’t alone; a group of students was dropped off at the corner with him after school. Chuck Swanson, a neighbor, says he saw them head toward home. “There was between five and 10 kids there,” he said. Seeing nothing out of the ordinary, Swanson headed inside. Police Chief Wyatt Heyvaert says, s…

WQAD.com LogoEngineers give Iowa’s infrastructure a C-

Engineers give Iowa’s infrastructure a C-

People at the pump in Iowa may notice a hike in prices starting Sunday. On Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad approved a bill for a 10-cent gas tax increase, that will go into effect on March 1st. The bill is meant to help fund projects for Iowa’s crumbling infrastructure. “When you compare what our options are to really fund the shortfall in our infrastructure, something needed to be done and this is the path we took in order to address that shortfall,” said Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. That shortfall is clearly expressed in a new report card from the American society of…

WQAD.com LogoLatino Youth Summit Focuses on the Future

Latino Youth Summit Focuses on the Future

Dozens of Latino youth in the Quad Cities are taking part in an event that’s all about them and their futures. The Latino Youth Summit took place on Saturday, February 28th at Black Hawk College in Moline. Approximately 50 students, grades 7-12, attended along with their families. “We do have so many Hispanic students here in the Quad Cities and we want to make sure we’re reaching out to them and providing all the resources that are available for them so they can take advantage of them,” said Gabriella Hurtado, with Black Hawk College. The free event included workshops …

WQAD.com LogoDogs Show Off Their Stuff In Local Obedience Competition

Dogs Show Off Their Stuff In Local Obedience Competition

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are showing off their skills in the Quad Cities this weekend. The Illowa Kennel Club is hosting the United Kennel Club Dog Show at the Bettendorf Community Center on Saturday, February 28th and Sunday, March 1st. Dogs compete in several different obedience challenges in hopes of becoming “Best in Breed.” “Each breed has a breed standard where they have a certain height and certain coat and certain temperament and then the judge picks a dog that best meets that breed standard,” said dog owner, Michele Duckett. The top four performers of each …

WQAD.com LogoTrain Show Attracts Young, Old, and New Collectors

Train Show Attracts Young, Old, and New Collectors

If you love toys or trains, this is the event for you. On Saturday, February 28th and Sunday, March 1st, the Great Midwest Train Show is taking place at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. The event takes place from 10am-4pm both days. The show includes vendors from all over the country selling the latest models and collectibles. There is also a riding train for kids, door prizes, and operating model railroads in a variety of shapes and sizes. Organizers say there is a new generation of collectors, thanks to advancements in technology. “It used to be the further you turn the knob on the…

WQAD.com LogoFuture Engineers Learn From Local Experts, Professionals

Future Engineers Learn From Local Experts, Professionals

A day-long event is teaching area Boy Scouts all about Engineering. On Saturday, February 28th, 2015, the Rock Island Post of the Society of American Military Engineers and the City of Davenport Public Works Department teamed up to host the 6th Annual Engineering Merit Badge Clinic at the Davenport Public Works Center. The two groups host the event to “develop and support youth awareness of the need for engineering professionals,” according to a press release. Organizers say it’s worked. They say past events have inspired some Boy Scouts to go to to college and pursue a caree…

WQAD.com LogoYouth Conference Gives Quad City Kids Leadership, Life Skills

Youth Conference Gives Quad City Kids Leadership, Life Skills

Several students around the Quad Cities are at school on a Saturday. On February 28th, 2015, students gathered at Western Illinois University’s Quad Cities Campus for the 3rd Annual Youth Educational Conference. This year’s theme was “Game Changers… It’s your move.” The event was created by QC Native, Ashely Allen, who also founded the group – United Now To Ignite Today’s Youth (UNITY).  “Each year, the conference incorporates interactive activities that engage the mind and teamwork and life skills, all while having fun,” according t…

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Bacon Bonanza a big successful

The Big Bacon Bonanza took place Saturday evening at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport.More than 20 vendors provided their unique bacon selections and merchandise, all to raise funds for hunger and shelter ministries in the Quad Cities."I got to tour some of the facilities this event helps," said Danielle Dimovski, the Bacon Bonanza celebrity judge. "So that's what's awesome on that side of it. On the other side, it's bacon. What's not to love."This year was the second-annual event with hundreds of guest attending.If you missed it today, you can still purchase bacon me…

Quad-City Times LogoAfter a wintry start, week offers hope for warmth

After a wintry start, week offers hope for warmth

Keep your fingers crossed.

Quad-City Times Logo200 brave frigid weather for Red Dress Run

200 brave frigid weather for Red Dress Run

Behind the silly costumes, the bar hopping and trying to keep warm, the Quad-City Hash House Harriers, Dirty Pirate Chapter, is a group of warmhearted people who give back to the community.

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KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa’s 10 cent gas tax effective Sunday

Iowa’s 10 cent gas tax effective Sunday

Throughout the last six months Iowans have seen gas prices drop to as low as $1.75 a gallon. Lately, they’ve been rising and tomorrow they’ll jump ten cents because of a tax increase signed by Governor Terry Branstad last week. “Nobody likes the price increase on it, me most of all,” said Alvin Kraft while filling up his tank. “They wouldn’t have gotten it passed if they wouldn’t have had a low price to start with. If gas would have been four dollars a gallon they wouldn’t have gotten that passed to start with.” Quad Citians say they don&…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMom donates kidney to her son

Mom donates kidney to her son

WALCOTT, Iowa (KWQC) — Playing ball, taking selfies, and jumping in a bounce, it’s hard to tell that three-year-old Logan Meincke just got back Saturday morning from another trip to the hospital. His mom, Jenny Meincke, says he is rambunctious and loves to play. It’s surprising after a recent transplant surgery, and that’s all thanks to his mom. “Last summer, he had what looked like the flu on a Sunday afternoon when we were at the ballpark,” says Jenny. It turns out, he had ecoli and the damage to his own kidneys was irreversible. Logan needed a new kidne…

WQAD.com LogoScattered Flurries Throughout Tonight

Scattered Flurries Throughout Tonight

Tonight we are going to see temperatures only drop down into the low teens. We will see a few scattered flurries this evening, lasting through late tonight. This winter system has been tracking even further south, meaning our snowfall amounts are lowering quite a bit.  Here in the QC it’s looking more like a heavy dusting, while our most southern counties could see a few tenths of an inch. Some Isolated areas could even see up to an inch in spots south of the QC. This system will continue to produce a few scattered flurries tomorrow morning, though not leaving us much for accumulation. …

Quad-City Times LogoTrain show fascinates buffs of all ages

Train show fascinates buffs of all ages

Young and old, boys and girls, they all lined up to watch and listen as the train rolled around the bend, brightly colored metal and plastic, shimmering as it chugged forward under puffs of smoke.

Quad-City Times LogoEngineering skills earn Boy Scouts merit badges

Engineering skills earn Boy Scouts merit badges

In the end, 61 Boy Scouts earned merit badges for engineering Saturday during the sixth annual Engineering Merit Badge Clinic at the Davenport Public Works Center.

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Hundreds Without Power in Cordova

CORDOVA, Ill. (KWQC) — Officials with MidAmerican tell us 839 people lost power Saturday morning in Cordova, Ill. They say a primary line went down and caught fire and was shut off for safety reasons. The fire was quickly put out. Crews are currently working to restore electricity for those affected and say it should be back on soon.

WQAD.com LogoLight Snow Developing Late, Amounts Even Lighter

Light Snow Developing Late, Amounts Even Lighter

We’ll turn our winds out of the southeast this morning as the next weather system pulls in from the west.  Clouds are expected to increase on Saturday and then lower and thicken as we head into that night.  Later tonight is when the first flakes from this system arrive before departing around lunchtime on Sunday. Overnight computer runs are shifting the track an extra county south which will lessen amounts even more across the area.  A solid inch appears more realistic from Iowa City through the Quad Cities and Princeton.  Along Highway 34, which covers Mt. Pleasant through Burlingto…

Quad-City Times LogoMore land sold at future Elmore Avenue; owner wants big box retailer

More land sold at future Elmore Avenue; owner wants big box retailer

The roads aren't even built yet, but the land is selling one vacant parcel after another.

Quad-City Times LogoFebruary's weather boosts business for some

February's weather boosts business for some

The owner of Goacher Towing said he has slept only six hours in the past three days while he has been hauling vehicles out of ditches, unlocking cars and responding to accidents he hears on hi……

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Quad-City Times LogoFuture RI medical marijuana grower gives up 1 of 3 Illinois licenses

Future RI medical marijuana grower gives up 1 of 3 Illinois licenses

A Chicago-based medical marijuana grower with plans and a license to grow pot in Rock Island is giving up at least one of its three Illinois permits, officials said Friday. …

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Letter: Now, more than ever, we must fight for little guy

Growing up in the 50s, my Dad would tell me you have to look out for the little guy.  His idea was if he saw a fight and an opponent was outnumbered, he jumped in and helped the guy even if he didn't know the person. …

Quad-Cities Online LogoIsrael, Iran and a Holocaust lesson

Israel, Iran and a Holocaust lesson

One of the most important lessons from the Holocaust is “When someone says they want to kill you, believe them.”   …

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Even snowstorms subject to WWII censors

In January, 1942 the Quad-Cities and much of the rest of the Midwest was hit by an extreme winter storm and nightmarish temperatures. Much like what we have recently been experiencing.

WQAD.com LogoDon Robinson has counted on his wife Deb during his coaching career

Don Robinson has counted on his wife Deb during his coaching career

It’s all about family in Prophetstown as Deb Robinson has always been the score keeper for the Lady prophets and has played a huge supportive role for her husband Don.

WQAD.com LogoAugustana Moves into CCIW Title Game

Augustana Moves into CCIW Title Game

Augustana tops North Central to advance in the CCIW title game  …

WQAD.com LogoThe Fieldhouse Quad Cities Play of the Week- Stewart buzzer beater

The Fieldhouse Quad Cities Play of the Week- Stewart buzzer beater

Marlon Stewart hits stepback 3 to end 1st quarter in Lancers win over Cascade…

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Highlight Zone “Photogs Make The Call” Intro

WQAD.com LogoGeneseo Wins NIB12 game over Rochelle

Geneseo Wins NIB12 game over Rochelle

Geneseo Maple Leafs get the home win over Rochelle, 65-42.

WQAD.com LogoQuincy travels to Alleman and beats Pioneers

Quincy travels to Alleman and beats Pioneers

Alleman has a tough Western Big 6 season comes to an end.

KWQC-TV6 LogoProphetstown falls in State Semifinals

Prophetstown falls in State Semifinals

WQAD.com LogoBurlington Falls to CR Washington

Burlington Falls to CR Washington

Burlington falls in the 2nd game of the postseason, 62-39…

WQAD.com LogoRocks best rival Moline

Rocks best rival Moline

Rocks end regular season with 59-42 win over Moline…

WQAD.com LogoRidgewood has fine season come to a tough end

Ridgewood has fine season come to a tough end

Ridgewood battles back in the regional championship but would come up short to Williamsfield.

WQAD.com LogoBureau Valley Brings Home Regional Title over Princeton

Bureau Valley Brings Home Regional Title over Princeton

Bureau Valley Storm are Regional Champions after defeating Princeton, 70-50.

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg beats United Township in overtime

Galesburg beats United Township in overtime

Galesburg picks up some momentum as they close out the Western Big 6 conference with a win on the road.

WQAD.com LogoRockridge edges Kewanee for Regional Title

Rockridge edges Kewanee for Regional Title

Rockets best Boilermakers 53-47 for 3rd straight Regional Championship.

WQAD.com LogoMonmouth Roseville wins regional title

Monmouth Roseville wins regional title

Monmouth Roseville wins their 4th straight regional title.

WQAD.com LogoBettendorf Tops Hempstead to Advance

Bettendorf Tops Hempstead to Advance

Bettendorf moves past Hempstead, 57-51.  They next play North Scott, with a chance to advance to State…

WQAD.com LogoPleasant Valley moves into regional final

Pleasant Valley moves into regional final

Pleasant Valley welcome back Will Carius and get a home win to move on in the playoffs.

WQAD.com LogoClinton upsets Iowa City High

Clinton upsets Iowa City High

Clinton uses comeback to best Iowa City High…

WQAD.com LogoNorth Scott advances over Western Dubuque

North Scott advances over Western Dubuque

North Scott tops Cascade 65-46.  They will play Bettendorf with the chance to advance to Des Moines.

OurQuadCities.com LogoMayor Gluba responds to court decision

Mayor Gluba responds to court decision

1 Statement by Mayor Bill Gluba In response to the Courts ruling in favor of the City of Davenport regarding a freedom of information case I am a firm believer in open meetings and freedom of information requirements. Public records are just that public and should always be made available to the   public and that is what we do all the time in the City of Davenport. So I am of course pleased, that the Court exonerated City Administrator Craig Malin, City Clerk Jackie Holecek, me as Mayor, and the City Council in this case and found no wrong doing on the part of the City.

OurQuadCities.com LogoStranger Danger incident

Stranger Danger incident

The Albany Police Department is investigating an incident regarding suspicious activity that occurred on 02-27-15, at 1540 hours, in the 100-block of N. Bluff Street.                On the present date, at 1540 hours, students were getting off the bus at the intersection of N. Bluff Street and 1st Avenue in Albany.  A number of students got off the bus and walked north bound on N. Bluff Street.  One male juvenile, 6 years old, was approached by a male black subject who asked the little boy to come to his vehicle.&…

WQAD.com LogoTaylor Ridge Post Office armed robbery suspect in custody

Taylor Ridge Post Office armed robbery suspect in custody

Police say an arrest warrant was issued for a Viola, Illinois man in connection with an armed robbery at the Taylor Ridge Post Office that took place in January. According to a statement from Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos, an arrest warrant for 39-year-old Walker L. Hampton of Viola was issued Friday, February 27, 2015. Walker Hampton Previous reports indicate that on Saturday, January 24, two employees were present when a male with a handgun went into the post office and demanded money. The male did reportedly get away with some money. Hampton has also been charged in connection wi…

WQAD.com LogoTop Rocky swimmer pulled from state after bullying allegations

Top Rocky swimmer pulled from state after bullying allegations

A top Rocky swimmer won’t be able to compete at state this weekend after district leaders decided not to let him. Allegations of hazing essentially ended his season early. Late this week, district administrators decided not to let him compete as they investigate claims that he and three other swimmers hazed a teammate over the past two months.  All four swimmers were initially punished. They’re not allowed to say how, but a subsequent investigation sparked when parent Kristen Kessler addressed the school board this week. “Swimmers physically held my son against his will and…

KWQC-TV6 LogoGun regulator proposes bullet ban

Gun regulator proposes bullet ban

QUAD CITIES, Iowa (KWQC) — The government agency responsible for regulating guns wants to remove an armor-piercing bullet from store shelves. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the bullet in question, a 5.56mm “green tip,” named for the paint on its nose, no longer qualifies for a sporting purpose exemption. The bullet and the weapon that can use it, are the ATF’s main concerns. It allowed the manufacture of the green tip bullet back in 1986 because at the time, there were no handguns designed to use it. Today there are, based around the popu…

KWQC-TV6 LogoCongress approves one-week funding measure for Dept. of Homeland Security

Congress approves one-week funding measure for Dept. of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week, with just two hours before a midnight deadline. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The vote late Friday was 357-60 as Democrats joined majority Republicans in backing the bill that averts a partial government shutdown. The vote was a turnaround from a few hours earlier, when tea party conservatives rebelled against GOP leaders and helped sink a measure that would have ensured full funding for the agency for three weeks. Democrats had opposed that measure, …

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Galesburg School district tries to balance student safety and class time

Dangerous wind chills and cold temperatures overnight led some schools to cancel classes Friday, but one school district is now facing too many snow days. This winter Galesburg has already maxed out its snow days, and because of the teacher strike the district has too many days to make up this school year. "In a district our size we maybe have dismissed once or twice a year, but last year we had a lot of dismissals last year it was six and this year we've already seen seven," said Bart Arthur, Galesburg Superintendent. And the school already has to make up days that the …

WQAD.com LogoKelly Osbourne quits E!’s ‘Fashion Police’

Kelly Osbourne quits E!’s ‘Fashion Police’

By Frank Pallotta NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — “Fashion Police” is losing one of its most popular co-hosts. E! announced on Friday that Kelly Osbourne will be departing the network’s style and red carpet show to “pursue other opportunities.” “We would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years during which time the show became a hit with viewers,” the network said in a statement. The departure comes as “Fashion Police” is facing scrutiny over one of its hosts comments. On Monday’s telecast, co-…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMuscatine Fire Department vying for Department of Homeland Security funding

Muscatine Fire Department vying for Department of Homeland Security funding

MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) – While the Department of Homeland Security and its employees wait on Congress to come through with long-term funding to keep that federal agency running, local communities are counting on the Department of Homeland Security to come through with money for them. The Muscatine Fire Department submitted its application for what is called a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant from the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday. “What it is is to help fire departments increase their staffing, keep people from losing their jobs, an…

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Students get a look back in time

Students are getting a look at an interesting part of American history; right inside this classroom united township high school students are watching the "Journey", 450 years of the African American experience. “It has a lot of history a lot of background into and it's a lot of stuff that us kids don't know,” said Demont Jones. The documentary takes a look at the founding of St. Augustine Florida, in the 15 hundreds, before the founding of America, before slavery in America was based on race  “The most interesting thing that I learned is that even though th…

WQAD.com LogoChild approached by stranger after school prompts Albany Police investigation

Child approached by stranger after school prompts Albany Police investigation

Police are looking for information after a stranger approached and “ran toward” a child who had just gotten off the school bus in Albany, Illinois.  The incident happened around 3:40 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015. Chief Wyatt Heyvaert said multiple students were heading northbound on N. Bluff Street after getting  off the bus at N. Bluff Street and 1st Avenue.  Then, a six-year-old boy was approached by a black male, who asked the child to come to his vehicle. “The boy was startled and replied, “No.” The male black then ran toward the boy and the boy took off…

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Iowa fuel tax increase begins March 1st

The 10 cent gas increase means more revenue for cities across the state.  For Davenport Public Works, that means more dollars for more projects on roadways you travel on. Earlier this week, the Iowa legislature approved the increased fuel tax, which will generate more than 250 million dollars annually state-wide, for improvements on roads and bridges. It's estimated Davenport will receive $1.6 million from the increased tax each year.  "We are currently going through staffing analysis here in the Engineer staff, about what will be the best ways to utilize those additional re…

WQAD.com LogoOfficer will not faces charges in shooting death of Burlington woman

Officer will not faces charges in shooting death of Burlington woman

A Burlington, Iowa police officer will not face charges in the shooting death of a 34-year-old woman. During a domestic call on Tuesday morning, January 6, 2015, Officer Jesse Hill with the Burlington Police Department fired his weapon hitting Autumn Mae Steele, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Hill was reportedly shooting at Steele’s dog when he slipped and shot Steele instead. According to a report by KBUR, in an eight-page memo, Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers explained that no charges would be filed against Hill. “After reviewing the complete DCI investigation,…

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Local business leaders meet with legislatures

Local business owners getting the chance to talk with state lawmakers today, issues line infrastructure, broadband and health care among those brought up at The round table forum organized by the chamber of commerce  “This is a chance for us to spend time with our legislators, the delegation that represents the quad cities region and make sure that they get the chance to hear from business folks about those priorities those challenges. It's a great conversation and I think both elected officials and our business leaders really value it,” said Tara Barney, president of the Q…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWithout heat in the winter

Without heat in the winter

The temperature outside this week has barely crept into the single digits. The temperature inside Barbara Chick’s home? “Between 49 and sometimes it would get up to 60ish,” Chick said. Thanks to nine space heaters provided by her landlord. “We have two in the back bedrooms, one here, one there and there’s four downstairs,” she added. That’s been the only heat source she and her five kids have had since their furnace went out days ago. “We pretty much hibernated downstairs in the basement in my room with the space heaters. We all slept down ther…

KWQC-TV6 LogoEast Moline Police push for more surveillance cameras

East Moline Police push for more surveillance cameras

ROCK ISLAND CO., IL (KWQC) — Some local police officers are making a push for more cameras. They say surveillance cameras at homes and businesses can not only help them solve cases on the street and lead to convictions in the courtroom, but help you as well. You can count on seeing cameras up at QCA businesses, both big and small, and maybe even some homes. But police and prosecutors count on them too, saying more cameras could mean more crimes solved. East Moline Police Lt. Darren Gault says, “The advantage to video surveillance is it’s immediate evidence.” He says i…

KWQC-TV6 LogoBurlington police officer cleared of wrongdoing in fatal shooting

Burlington police officer cleared of wrongdoing in fatal shooting

A Burlington police officer who shot and killed a woman has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Investigators say no charges will be filed against Officer Jesse Hill in the shooting death of 34-year-old Autumn Steele. She was killed when her dog attacked the officer while responding to a domestic disturbance call on January 6. According to police, Hill was backing away from the dog when he fell backward while firing two bullets. One of them hit Steele in the upper torso. Officials say body camera evidence and witness statements supported the officer’s account of what happened. Officer Hill i…

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QC tech experts call FCC ruling on net neutrality a 'win'

A historic change after the FCC voted to make the internet subject to federal regulation, much like landline telephone service. The policy, known as Net Neutrality, is designed to make sure internet service providers- like Comcast and Verizon - will not be able to charge content providers -- like Netflix or Twitter -- for faster data delivery service.... Essentially keeping the internet operating as a 'fair playing field' for all.Local tech experts say, while the issue has been contentious, the FCC ruling is a win for the ‘little guys’.“Big companies still have the opportu…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWind Chill Advisory for part of the Quad City area overnight

Wind Chill Advisory for part of the Quad City area overnight

Here we go again! A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for several counties in the TV-6 viewing area until 9 Saturday morning. The alert includes Dubuque, Jackson, Cedar, Clinton, Muscatine and Scott counties in Iowa and Jo Daviess, Carroll and Rock Island counties in Illinois. Wind chill temperatures could dip to 20 to 30 below zero, with actual temperatures from -3 to -12. A Wind Chill Advisory means frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes on exposed skin. It comes after Friday morning cold shattered records for this late in the winter season. Click here for the First Alert Forecast…

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Tech symposium helps QC businesses

Business leaders gathered Friday to talk technology in Bettendorf.A free Information Technology Symposium at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center covered topics like making smart technology decisions, reducing cyber security risks, and healthcare IT.The goal: to help folks learn and network around the newest and latest technologies.“Technology is ever-changing and there's a lot of opportunity along with a lot of risk so we think that arming people with information allows them to make better business decisions," says Micah Mosher, VP of Client Relations, Shared IT, inc.The e…

WQAD.com LogoParking restricted during Davenport’s weekend snow emergency

Parking restricted during Davenport’s weekend snow emergency

Be mindful of where you park over the weekend, as Davenport has issued a snow emergency to go into effect Saturday, February 28. The snow emergency starts at 7 p.m. and is planned to expire at 5 p.m. Sunday. During the snow emergency, parking on posted snow routes is prohibited.  Cars that are parked on these routes could be ticketed or towed. “As always, parking off street in all other areas, will not only help you avoid being plowed in, but will help crew efficiency and remove hazards,” said a spokesperson from the City of Davenport. If you’re looking for a place to park downtown, the…

WQAD.com LogoIowa State Senator to introduce legislation expanding medical marijuana use

Iowa State Senator to introduce legislation expanding medical marijuana use

At a legislative forum in Davenport Friday, February 27, 2015, several Iowa lawmakers discussed bills they are working on in their committees. The bills need to be approved by the committees by the end of next week to continue on in the session. One issue not mentioned was medical marijuana. “I do not have any bills on the House side in regards to medical marijuana,” said State Representative Linda Miller. A bill will be introduced on the Senate side on Tuesday, March 3, 2015,  from State Senator Joe Bolkcom. The bill expands the use of cannabis oil and possibly other types of mar…

WQAD.com LogoGenesis Wipes Out Standard Times for Heart Attack Responses

Genesis Wipes Out Standard Times for Heart Attack Responses

Genesis Health System is beating the national guidelines for heart attack response times. Hospitals are timed on how long it takes them to open up blood flow into the blocked artery of a patient. It’s called the ‘door-to-balloon time,’ and the timer starts as soon as the patient gets to the emergency department. In December of 2014, 44-year-old Lee Hipwell found out he had a complete blockage in one of the arteries of his heart after he felt pressure on his heart after playing basketball.  He had a heart attack, and went to Genesis. “They had to put a stent (in my arte…

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Illinois working to protect students in classrooms

Illinois is working hard to prevent similar situations like the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.This month the Speaker of the House called on a bipartisan task force to find solutions.Many schools already have procedures in place, so administrators know what to do when the unexpected happens. A new state-wide task force is trying to protect kids in the classroom.It's made up of lawmakers who plan to work with schools, police and health professionals to stop school shootings before they happen.“A law enforcement drill that we’re mandated to conduct to each ye…

WQAD.com LogoStudio 8 presents Indie Pop band The Penny Serfs

Studio 8 presents Indie Pop band The Penny Serfs

Who we are: The Penny Serfs What our music is: Indie Pop What sets us apart from the rest: “[The band members] spend our lives working for famous bands on tour. We have played music our whole lives and love the sound we have created. It’s nice to play in a band after sitting on the sidelines watching our bosses get standing ovations. We put every part of our soul into the Penny Serfs and in our single “Dead Love” it can be heard. In this modern day of technology, the internet paradox is our main focus. Being connected to everything yet feeling lonely because of it. That is the bas…

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Medical marijuana lawsuit against IL

Frustration continues for folks who want to grow and sell medical marijuana.A new lawsuit claims the State of Illinois didn't follow license requirements on who gets to do it.Some applicants argue they did not get a fair evaluation.They say background checks and scoring procedures were not properly followed. Governor Rauner agreed the evaluation process started by Former Governor Quinn was flawed.His office says they will cooperate with any court review.

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McVay in court in Rock Island

The man accused of killing Carrie Olson was in court Friday.Timothy McVay's defense is looking at several motions, including one to dismiss the charges against him based on issues surrounding evidence found at the crime scene. McVay is charged with first degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death involving Carrie Olson, whose body was found up in Minnesota last spring. Carrie Olson’s family was also in court Friday."They've been very patient and they're here at every court hearing and they intend to be here at every court hearing including any kind of motion hearing, so the…

KWQC-TV6 LogoPeoria Congressman pays back government for office remodel

Peoria Congressman pays back government for office remodel

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Associated Press has learned that Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has repaid the government $40,000 from his personal checking account for renovations to his congressional office. It was modeled after the TV show “Downton Abbey.” Schock is under scrutiny for using an office expense account to pay for the redecorating, as well as taxpayer and campaign funds for flights on donor-owned planes and concert tickets. Financial records obtained by the AP show that Schock paid $35,000 earlier this month to the owner of the decorating firm, Euro Trash. He p…

KWQC-TV6 LogoJuvenile offenders succeed through Safer Foundation

Juvenile offenders succeed through Safer Foundation

  DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Teenagers with criminal records are getting a second chance at earning a high school diploma. “That’s what I got on my mind, just getting my GED and be able to apply for another construction job and start working under good job again,” said 16 year old Jeremiah Quintanilla. Our visit with Jeremiah was six weeks ago when he started in the Safer Foundation’s Youth Empowerment Program. Today is graduation day for that class. The class started with seven students, some of their criminal records had things like stealing cars and theft …

WQAD.com LogoPurina Beneful Lawsuit Raises Questions For Local Dog Owners

Purina Beneful Lawsuit Raises Questions For Local Dog Owners

A lot of dog owners are re-thinking what they feed their pets after a lawsuit was filed claiming that Purina Beneful “resulted in serious illness and death of thousands of dogs.” One of those dog owners is Barb Esp from Coyne Center, Illinois. She says her nearly five-year-old pug, Emma, died in January 2014 after months of seizures and being sick. “It was undigested dog food in the entire digestive system from her throat through her stomach into her intestines,” explained Barb. “They were all inflamed and infected. She was bleeding internally.” Days later, …

WQAD.com LogoAppeal promised after Davenport wins lawsuit over casino deal consulting expenses

Appeal promised after Davenport wins lawsuit over casino deal consulting expenses

The City of Davenport won a lawsuit over $387,000 worth of  bills it racked up in its quest to own Rhythm City Casino, but the other side is vowing to appeal the decision. The action was filed by Davenport chiropractor Dr. Allen Diercks, and Davenport resident Patricia Lane, in Scott County District Court in mid-2013. The city paid accounting firm Deloitte & Touche for analysis leading up to a failed bid to purchase Rhythm City Casino.  The lawsuit complained the contract with Deloitte & Touche was signed without city council approval, and that responses to requests for information a…

WQAD.com LogoMillions in funding keeps Thomson Prison opening on track

Millions in funding keeps Thomson Prison opening on track

Millions of dollars are being funneled into the process of opening Thomson Prison in Thomson, Illinois. The Bureau of Prisons committed to share $59 million in federal funding with Thomson Prison, keeping the activation process on track. This commitment was confirmed during a meeting in Washington with the Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels on Thursday, February 26, 2015.  U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos were in attendance. The process to opening the prison began in September 2013, when Durbin and Bustos confirmed they were “fully committed” t…

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg-Cuba connection spans classrooms to cigars

Galesburg-Cuba connection spans classrooms to cigars

Each snapshot tells a story for Dr. Lori Sundberg. “Cuban people have a strong sense of culture,” she said. The Carl Sandburg College president just returned from an eight-day, eye-opening exchange with other Illinois education leaders in Cuba. “You can see it in their faces,” she recalled. A trip that’s really all about learning. “It’s a study in the ways that Communism works, and the ways in which it doesn’t,” she said. The U.S. and Cuba recently relaxed some diplomatic, travel and trade restrictions. This trip got the go-ahead based on e…

WQAD.com LogoProphetstown girls fall in semifinal play

Prophetstown girls fall in semifinal play

Prophetstown girls basketball will play for third place after they lost to Central A&M, 56-53 in the 1A semifinals Friday, February 27, 2015. The Lady Prophets beat defending state champs Annawan to make their second consecutive appearance at the state tournament. Prophetstown finished second in 2A play in 2014. After 3qtrs @TheProphetPost trails central a&m 43-39 @wqad #qcscore — The Score WQAD (@TheScoreWQAD) February 27, 2015 The Lady Prophets were tied at 17 with Central A&M at the end of the first quarter of Friday’s game; they trailed 32-35 at the half and 43-39 af…

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Does the military have a lying problem?

According to a U.S. Army War College study, "Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession," we have a major problem with our officers telling the truth.

WQAD.com LogoSub-Zero Lows Again Tonight, More Snowfall Looming

Sub-Zero Lows Again Tonight, More Snowfall Looming

Promising one more sub-zero night, which will be the last we see this season, before temperatures get a decent bump through the weekend and into early next week.  However, this bump in numbers is also a sign of not just one but two weather systems that will bring a variety of moisture to the area. Let’s talk about tonight and yes, another frigid night it will be again as clear skies and near calm winds sets the tone for another drop in temperatures.  Lows tonight will drop in a range between -7 to -12 degrees with the coldest of the air once again in sheltered valleys. Click here to se…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMan pleads guilty in death of Eldridge teen

Man pleads guilty in death of Eldridge teen

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — The man charged in the deadly crash that killed 18-year-old Marissa Ertz of Eldridge, Iowa, has entered a guilty plea. Connor Speer, 19, was accused of driving under the influence, when he ran a stop light and pulled into the path of a semi at 53rd and Brady Street. The accident happened on November 24, 2014. On January 20, 2015, after a review by the Scott County Attorney’s Office, a charge of homicide by vehicle was filed against Speer. He is also charged with a first offense OWI and running a red light. Speer pleaded guilty to operating while under the i…

WQAD.com LogoNew ATF rule could ban green tip bullet used in AR-15 assault rifles

New ATF rule could ban green tip bullet used in AR-15 assault rifles

By Ben Rooney NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A proposal to ban a bullet that can pierce armor has upset the gun industry and its supporters. The bullet in question is the M855 “green tip,” which is used in the popular AR-15 assault rifles. Handgun bullets made of steel have been banned from public use since 1968. But the M855 has managed to avoid the ban because it is used in assault rifles, which aren’t technically handguns, and fall under the category of sporting rifles used by target shooters and hunters. The bullet would be banned under a new framework that was proposed e…

KWQC-TV6 LogoTrial set for murder of Carrie Olson

Trial set for murder of Carrie Olson

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) — The Olson family sat in the front row behind the prosecution at Timothy McVay’s status hearing Friday morning. McVay, 40, came out in his yellow jumpsuit and shackles and stood by his defense attorneys, Aaron Dyer and Jonathan Ruud. He is charged with first degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death. 29-year-old Carrie Olson of Davenport was reported missing in December 2013. She was found five months later in April 2014 on a property in Minnesota. McVay was arrested in July and faces the two felony charges. Originally, a trial was planned for l…

KWQC-TV6 LogoCourt sides with city in open records lawsuit

Court sides with city in open records lawsuit

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — The court has made a ruling in a lawsuit filed against the City of Davenport over open records Residents filed the suit, Diercks and Lane Vs. Malin, Holecek, and City of Davenport; claiming the open records law was violated when the city administrator signed a contract to pay an accounting firm without approval from the city council. The City of Davenport says a judge has ruled in the city’s favor. The accounting work was for work to be done on the Rhythm City Casino, back when Davenport was interested in buying it in 2012.





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