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The pledge from Mrs. Allen’s class at Colona Grade School

COLONA, Illinois -- Third graders from Mrs. Allen's class at Colona Grade School recite the pledge. Submit your school for participation in the Daily Pledge …

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Storage facility on fire in Milan

A large fire has erupted at a storage facility in Milan.Local 4 News is on the scene with more crews on the way. Huge fire in Milan, you can see it on our skycam in Rock Island! We have multiple crews on scene. Check out @Local4NewsWHBF Facebook page for a live look. pic.twitter.com/mzdvaaWLPt— Tahera Rahman (@TaheraTV) May 24, 2018 #BREAKING: Large fire at storage facility in Milan. We are on the scene with more crews on the way. pic.twitter.com/EgplbMEhhN— Local 4 WHBF (@Local4NewsWHBF) May 24, 2018 This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and OurQuadCities.c…

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Mom battling cancer refuses abortion, gives birth to healthy boy

Watch Video LEAWOOD, Kan.- It’s hard to even imagine finding out you are expecting a baby and all the joy that comes with it – and then finding out you have cancer. It happened to a Kansas woman. She got two opinions and each would bring a very different outcome. Stacey Johnson went from experiencing one of the highest highs that life can offer to one of the most terrifying moments a human can endure all in a matter of weeks. You’d never know it by looking at him, but Johnson’s perfect baby boy went through an awful lot with his mom before he was even born. “IR…

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Pet store owner responds to protesters

The protesters' signs urge Davenport motorists to Google puppy mills.

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Sneaky Pete's, a LeClaire staple, closes after almost two decades

Neighbors in LeClaire, Iowa were in shock Wednesday night. A long-time restaurant will close after almost two decades in business.  Owners of Sneaky Pete's Steakhouse made the announcement on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.They say it's time for a new chapter and the owner of the Mexican restaurant next door will take over the space. The owners expect it to be turned into something different.  Dozens of neighbors shared their disappointment online and with Local 4 News.The sign on the restaurant doors indicates that it's closed for remodeling but the business Facebook page indicates that …

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Boulton suspends campaign for Iowa governor

Less than 24 hours after an article was published detailing alleged sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Nate Boulton, the Democratic candidate for governor has dropped out of the race.According to a campaign staffer, Boulton wants to focus on his job as a state senator, and wants to move the conversation about sexual misconduct forward, but out of the spotlight as a gubernatorial candidate.An article was published by the Des Moines Register that details three women's separate allegations of sexual misconduct by Boulton, one of the instances dating back 15 years ago, when Boulton was a s…

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US forecasters expect 10-16 tropical storms in active season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes.

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Firefighters battle storage unit fire in Milan

Firefighters from multiple departments are on the scene this morning of a fire at a storage unit facility off of U.S. 67 in Milan.

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Quad Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events 2018

QUAD CITIES - It is the unofficial start to summer, and for many a three-day weekend. So, with that being said, here is a list of Memorial Day Weekend events. Backwater Gamblers: The Backwater Gamblers have their first waterski show on Sunday, May 27 at 6:30p.m. and will preform on Monday May 28 as well. The cost to attend is free! Bowes In Home Care: This Rock Falls company is hosting a FREE cookout on May 25 from 11-2 for all local veterans to honor them for memorial day. Breakfast for Veterans at Pleasant View Elementary: On Friday , May 25, Pleasant View Elementary 5th Graders will be…

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Here’s when you’ll see the “arch” of the new I-74 Bridge

Get ready for big changes on the Mississippi River! This morning, as part of our “Breakfast With…” series, we shared donuts with some of the most important people of our area’s water taxi and representatives of the Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportationfrom. Cris Ryder is the new owner of Donuts & More and spoke about why she and her husband decided to recently purchase the restaurants and shared their ideas for taking the Quad City staple to the next level. We brought a dozen tasty donuts to the Channel Cat Water Taxi station at WIU-Quad Cities and hoppe…

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Native bison skull discovered in Iowa lake

Wild herds disappeared from state 150 years ago…

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Milan fire crews respond to structure fire, avenue closed while they tackle fire

We are working to get more information and will update as soon as more becomes available. Commuters can expect a delay if using 2nd Street.

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Vet helps dog with 3 broken legs who was thrown from overpass

SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. — Dr. Adam Conroy has seen a lot of injured animals at his Illinois vet practice, but one in particular topped the list. 7-month-old Trinity had three broken legs when she was found Sunday afternoon on I-24 in Eddyville, Ky., near the Illinois border, according to WGN. “The gentleman said she was lying flat right in the middle of the road at the overpass he had said someone must have thrown her over the overpass for her to land where she did,” Cynthia Guzman, with the K9 Enrichment Initiative, said. “You can imagine you land on all fours the bones can only take so mu…

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President Trump: No immigration deal unless 'real wall,' good security

President Donald Trump says he opposes any immigration legislation that doesn't include "a real wall" along the Mexican border and "very strong border security."…

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Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian but didn't brake

The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal investigators.

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Iowa democratic gubernatorial candidate Boulton suspends campaign in wake of controversy

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nate Boulton has suspended his campaign amidst allegations of sexual misconduct. Wednesday, three women went on the record and shared their stories with the Des Moines Register. The women shared accusations that Boulton groped or rubbed himself against them at various times when he was in law school at Drake and then in 2015, as he was launching his campaign for the Iowa Senate. Boulton released the following statement Thursday morning: “I am so proud of the campaign that my staff, my supporters, and I ran in the past year,” said Bo…

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Pet of the Week: Gerry

Stacey Teager with the Quad City Animal Welfare Center joined Brittany Price in studio to introduce viewers to our Pet of the Week. Gerry is a spunky 8-year-old terrier. He loves to play with  tennis balls, Teager says he thinks he can carry more than one at a time. Gerry does have seizures and is on phenobarbital to control them. Gerry has lived with another dog before. The QCAWC is open noon to 5 PM Monday through Saturday with extended hours until 6 PM on Wednesdays.  …

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Nate Boulton suspends campaign amid sexual misconduct allegations

A Democrat has announced he will be pulling out of the election for governor after allegations of sexual misconduct.

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UPDATE: President cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea

In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday called off next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, calling the cancellation a "tremendous setback" for peace and stressing that the US military was ready to respond to any "foolish or reckless acts" by the North.

WQAD.com Logo2018 SOAR SCHOLARSHIP: Burlington High School Senior Using Visual Impairment to Beat the Odds

2018 SOAR SCHOLARSHIP: Burlington High School Senior Using Visual Impairment to Beat the Odds

At first sight, you would have no idea that Grace Johanns has trouble seeing. However, if you look closely, you'll notice something amazing. Her eyes slightly shake, yet she never misses a beat when she's doing something like playing the flute. "I think music is a good way to express your feelings and relate to others," the Burlington High School Senior said. Grace was born with Congenital Nystagmus, as well as a rare condition called Oculocutaneous Albinism. It makes it difficult for her to see detail as well as certain colors. She's also missing pigment in her eyes and skin. "Kids notice it…

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North Korea demolishes nuclear site ahead of Trump summit

Just weeks ahead of a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish North Korea's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on.

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Illinois cities could lose broad home-rule taxing powers as state population declines

(INN) – Some Illinois towns could lose broad home rule taxing authority as the state’s population continues to decline, a possibility that could ease local taxes and further squeeze municipal budgets. U.S. Census numbers released Thursday show the population of Freeport, Collinsville and Harvey fell below 25,000. That’s the threshold for automatic home-rule status. In 2010, Freeport had 25,638 residents. Now, it has an estimated 24,091 people. The city of Collinsville became home-rule by special census in 2005. Its population has declined to 24,703, according to new Census estim…

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Dem, GOP leaders to get classified briefing on Russia probe

House and Senate lawmakers from both parties are set to meet with top intelligence officials Thursday for classified briefings as President Donald Trump raises new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign.

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Protests worldwide against US idea of auto import tariffs

BEIJING — China, Japan and the European Union condemned Thursday the Trump administration’s decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States. President Donald Trump invoked a provision authorizing the president to restrict imports and impose unlimited tariffs on national security grounds. The move is seen as an effort to gain a bargaining chip in stalled talks with Canada and Mexico over the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico is the top exporter of passenger vehicles and light trucks to the U…

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Federal investigation into Harvey Weinstein allegations is in "an advanced stage"

A former investigator on the case, who is now retired, has called the allegations by the actresses "credible'.

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Seeing double: Nine sets of twins to graduate from Western Dubuque High School

The graduating class of Western Dubuque High School has a lot of similarities.

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Remembering to check your tires during National Tire Safety Week

Keeping your tires properly inflated can save you up to .09-per-gallon on gasoline.

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Tennessee child dies after accidentally being left in hot vehicle

The infant's adoptive mother discovered the little girl's body Wednesday evening.

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'Talking Art' With Jonathan Burnett And Gaye Shannon Burnett

For the fourth year, Jonathan Burnett, Program Founder and Creative Director of the Urban Exposure Independent Film Project , and Gaye Shannon Burnett, President and Co-Founder of the Azubuike African American Council for the Arts, are holding a free 10-week program for aspiring young filmmakers in the Quad Cities.

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Lt. Governor Sanguinetti visits Sherrard High School to learn about school's programs

As chairman of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, Lt. Governor Sanguinetti will also discuss issues important to rural schools.

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Traffic light coming to Elmore Walmart entrance

Davenport intersection to get signal this summer…

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Seven students awarded Hall Of Honor scholarships at Central High School

Since 1994, the Hall Of Honor has awarded 124 scholarships, providing $107,800 to further the educational goals of Central High students.

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Rick's Six: Hot and humid, LeClaire eatery closes, and shots fired

A good Thursday to all. It's finally time to fire up the air conditioner. We're looking at temperatures in the upper 80s through the holiday weekend with temps possibly hitting 90 on Saturday.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

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Local health care providers have safety reminders ahead of holiday weekend

Genesis Health Group wants people to remember to be careful in the heat, pool and even with insects.

Quad-City Times LogoAmanda's picks: What's on tap this last May weekend in the Quad-Cities

Amanda's picks: What's on tap this last May weekend in the Quad-Cities

Happy last weekend of May, ya'll. There's plenty on tap in the coming days, including a handful of chances to see live music outside. If you also want to catch live music from the comfort of your iPhone or computer,……

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

today's headlines: hockey will return to the Quad Cities in the fall, Group Schumacher celebrates its new plant in Durant, and progress in restoring the Civil War Monument at the RI County courthouse. In the forecast, it should be sunny today, with a high near 87 (and that's the forecast through the holiday weekend).

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Hot & Humid Memorial Day Weekend

The weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer right?…

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Alleman Baseball beats West Carroll 15-0 to advance to the Sectional Championship.  Pioneers also set a school record for wins with their 30th of the year. Alleman will face Spring Valley Hall as the Red Devils beat North Boone 12-11. Orion has their season come to an end after falling to Eureka 4-0. Moline played rival United Township in the Regional Softball Semifinal.  Maroons blank the Panthers 5-0.  Moline plays Rock island for the Regional Title. On the Soccer pitch in Iowa. Bettendorf rolls past Davenport West 3-0 to advance to the SubState Final.  The Bulldogs will play Pleasant …

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Colona community saves Fourth of July fireworks

The City of Colona will still have their Fourth of July fireworks after all. Last week Local 4 and Fox 18 News reported that the city didn't have enough money for the event, which is now in its 23rd year. That prompted Alderman Rich Holman to start raising money for it. He donated his City Council salary -- about $2,100. Combined with the funds from a GoFundMe, the community raised about $3,000. Now the president of MedForce Kevin Takacs says he'll match that. The emergency dispatch company has a heliport in Colona. That money pushes Collona past the $5,000 needed for the show."It's al…

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Colona Senior Center desperate for volunteers

The parking lot at the Colona Senior Center used to be packed every day for lunch and dinner. Now, they're lucky if a few cars show up.The few members that are left say they're worried soon it will be empty. It's only open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but the center has been a part of the community since 1982.Then, the members say all these tables were packed for meals. Now, it's just Donna, Jean and Jack. "It just keeps going down, down, down," said member Jack Stevenson.They say more members would be great, but they really need another volunteer. "That way I co…

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Parents and teachers from Dixon High School discuss how to heal from trauma after school shooting

DIXION, Illinois--  Parents and teachers from Dixon High School met at the Historic Dixon Theatre on Wednesday May 23, to learn how to help students process all they saw and heard when police say a fellow student came into the school and started shooting. Teen accused of Dixon High School shooting appears in court “(My daughter) saw the bullet holes patched up and that was really hard for her. She did not want to go back into the gym,” says Reni Whitcolbe. The Illinois Education Association hosted a community screening of Paper Tigers, a movie about an alternative school that specializes…

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Search warrant finds illegal possession of a firearm by Iowa felon

During the execution of a search warrant, 2 firearms were located in the residence, Justin Woods of Davenport was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

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Buena Vista cheerleader wins ACLU award for taking a knee

Alyssa Parker is the winner of the ACLU of Iowa Robert Mannheimer Award.

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Gov. Reynolds spotlights Iowa’s new veterans hiring push

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg spotlighted Iowa’s new push to encourage the hiring of veterans Wednesday at the administration’s weekly press conference.

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Davenport aldermen pass first vote of Elmore Commons Overlay District

Davenport aldermen unanimously passed the first reading of the ordnance that will create the Elmore Corners Overlay District during Wednesday’s city council meeting.

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Golf Outing & Auction to Raise Money for Handicapped Development Center

The Handicapped Development Center's annual auction and cocktail party is on Sunday, June 3 at the Steeplegate Inn in Davenport. The following day, June 4, is the golf outing at Crow Valley Golf Club.The events will raise money to serve handicapped people in the QC community.HDC's President and CEO Jeff Ashcraft joins Local 4 News to share more.To find out more about the fundraising events, click here.

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New Bikes Available For Rent in QC This Summer

The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau wants to make sure you get the opportunity to bike around over the summer, even if you don't own a bike.They have several new TREK bikes to cruise for rent at three visitor centers. The cost is $8 per hour, $28 for half a day, or $40 for the whole day. A rental includes a helmet. Their Vice President of Destination Development Molly Otting Carlson joins Local 4 News to share more.​​​​​​To learn more, click here.

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Michigan officials seek answers from U.S. Olympic leaders

Members of the Michigan Congressional delegation are digesting a few hours of questioning of U.S. Olympic officials.

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Teens concerned about crime rate in Galesburg

Three youths in Galesburg are working to put the crime rate of the city in the spotlight. They say the town has always been peaceful but they have started to see an uptick in crime.

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Rock Island neighbor says she's been worried about vacant warehouse that went up in flames

A massive fire destroyed a building in Downtown Rock Island early Wednesday morning.Local 4 News was first on the scene. Fire crews were called to the corner of 19th Street and 1st Avenue around 5a.m. No one was hurt but residents of The Locks condominiums were asked to evacuate. The building sits several feet from the warehouse. The Rock Island Fire Department says they believe the fire started on the second floor. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. Linda Golden, who lives next door at The Locks, says she's called the city a few times with concerns over the vacant wareh…

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Volunteers look to open a new food pantry location in Maquoketa

Volunteers have operated a food pantry for years, which has bounced around locations. They hope a permanent location will help serve more people.

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Nudist, famous former inventor, called Kewanee home

KEWANEE, Illinois- Before our live shots at Johnson-Sauk Trail Wednesday, May 23, for the GMQC Road Trip, we were able to stop by another hidden gem, a little bit closer to the city. There are 60 cares of land for people to use at Francis Park. "40 of it is woodland area," Kewanee Grounds Maintenance Manager Kevin Newton said Tuesday, May 22. "We have some trails, and 20 of it make up an RV camping site. We have a shelter house here that you can rent for any type of celebrations, reunions, birthday parties, and things of that nature." The crown jewel that everyone enjoys though is the home th…

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International farmers discuss the challenges they face in agriculture

The great outdoors is a farmer's natural habitat, and farmers from all over the world were in the Quad Cities touring on Wednesday, May 23. 40 people from 14 different countries toured John Deere and Cinnamon Ridge farm to get a feel for American farming.

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Parents want to secede from Davenport school district

The mayor of Blue Grass is addressing the recent controversy surrounding the Davenport School District's "Vision 2020" plan.At its recent meeting, the school board named Blue Grass Elementary as a school that could close in a cost-cutting move.Mayor Larry Guy issued a statement tonight: "The City of Blue Grass has maintained a longstanding, warm relationship with the Blue Grass Elementary School and the Davenport Community School District. The City of Blue Grass has been and will continue to be supportive of the Blue Grass Elementary School and the decisions of the Davenport Community School …

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Gamble: Arsenal future on solid ground

MOLINE — Maj. Gen. Duane Gamble, the Rock Island Arsenal senior commander, said he sees many good signs for the future of the Rock Island Arsenal.

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YOUR HEALTH: Could an old drug be a new treatment for autism?

SAN DIEGO, California – It's a medical condition with a lot of mystery attached to it. Right now, there are no FDA-approved treatments for the autism disorder or its symptoms.  The disorder can include difficulty with social skills, communication and repetitive behavior. The CDC estimates autism's prevalence as one in 68 children in the United States: this includes one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls. A 102-year-old drug used to treat African sleeping sickness is getting new use treating symptoms of autism. But now there are results from a very small clinical trial, involving just a few b…

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Quad City church to provide sanctuary for those facing deportation

DAVENPORT, Iowa– A Davenport church is giving refuge to immigrants who may face deportation. Unitarian Unversalist Congregation of the Quad Cities (UUCQC) announced Wednesday to become the first sanctuary congregation in the area. “What we wanted to do was to show our support for immigrants in this country who are going through a tough time and giving a refuge, a place to stay while their case is going through the court system,” said John Dunsheath, UUCQC Chair of the Sanctuary Task Force. The Church’s Reverand, Jay Wolin, said members of the congregation voted in major…

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‘I’m really scared’: Woman calls police as intruder – a bear – destroys her car

CANTON, Conn. – A woman called 911 saying she believed someone was trying to break into her car, a white Subaru, that was parked in the driveway Friday night. Caller: I think there's someone in my car. Dispatch: In your car now? Caller: I believe so, the lights are on and I went out to kind of check it out and I hear noise in there. The woman told police she ran into the house and locked herself inside, telling the 911 operator that she became "really scared" after hearing the car's horn blaring and seeing the headlights turn on. Two officers said they showed up on the scene to see a bear i…

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Iowa mom pulled son into path of train, police say

BELLE PLANE, Iowa – Authorities say a woman and boy whose bodies were found at a railroad crossing in eastern Iowa died in a murder-suicide, according to KCCI. The incident happened May 4. Teresa Gerleman, 35, and her 8-year-old son, Henry Fields were found by police officers responding to a Belle Plaine crossing around 5 a.m. Friday. The Iowa Public Safety Department said after speaking with Union Pacific Railroad employees, video footage from the Union Pacific engine and a multitude of interviews, the conclusion is Gerleman committed suicide and pulled her son into the path of the train,…

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International Space Station to fly over the Quad Cities tonight

Here's a fun thing to do with the kids tonight!  The International Space Station (ISS) will fly over the Quad Cities this evening.  The ISS makes an appearance at 9:17pm and will take 6 minutes to fly over the skies above the Quad Cities. It doesn't look too much different from a high-flying plane but the ISS is traveling at a whopping 17,000 miles per hour! Most planes fly around 5-7 miles above the Earth's surface but the ISS will be around 250 miles up in the sky. Here's what you need to know about the flyover...It will start in the WSW sky and reach a maximum angle of 69° above the…

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Quad Cities Race for Cure needs registrants and fundraisers

The Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure is less than three weeks away, and event organizers are concerned about current registration and fundraising numbers.

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Artist unveils new Civil War soldier statue

Applause erupted Wednesday afternoon as Moline artist John Ketner pulled a black drape, unveiling a bronze replica of the Civil War soldier statue that had long stood on the grounds of the Rock Island County Courthouse.

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Local owners step in to save hockey in Quad-Cities

Ryan Mosley and John Dawson have been coming to hockey games in the Quad-Cities for more than 20 years.

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Staff assaulted at Iowa Medical Classification Center

A staff member was assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa Medical Classification Center in Coralville, IA at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday night.

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Firefighters turn to saunas in hopes of reducing cancer risk

According to the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an increasing number of firefighters are being diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses. Research shows saunas could help them sweat out harmful toxins.

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Body of man pulled from river

  UPDATE: Davenport Police told Local 4 News that the body of a man was pulled from the Mississippi River today. The family has been notified and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. A fisherman located a body floating in the river near the Credit Island causeway around 10:57 a.m. The body was recovered by the Davenport Fire Department and Iowa DNR.Earlier in the day, Davenport Police responded to the Mississippi River near the Interstate 280 Bridge after a caller spotted a vehicle floating in the river. The Davenport Fire Department and divers from Big River Rescue recovered the vehicle…

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Teen ordered to pay $36,631,687.10 after starting Oregon wildfire

Last September, a 15-year-old tossed fireworks on a hot day in the forest and inadvertently set off a massive wildfire that burned 48,000 acres in Oregon. Now he’s learned the price he must pay, and it’s incredible: a grand total of $36,631,687.10 to various entities, including the US Forest Service, reports the Hood River News. The teen’s attorney argued that the penalty amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, but the judge in the case took a few days to assess things and decided that the punishment is warranted, reports KGW.com. The judge ordered the Hood River …

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Rock Island Committee reveals major step in soldier restoration project

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- On Wednesday afternoon people gathered at the Rock Island County Courthouse to unveil a new piece of history. The Civil War Soldiers Monument Restoration project completed a soldier recreation made up of bronze. The monument was created by a local Moline artist, John Ketner of Lost Arts Studio. The recreation is in efforts to preserve the 150 year-old monument which in summer of 2014 almost toppled over on it's pedestal. The soldier stood had stood near the Centennial Bridge by the Courthouse for hundreds of years.  "He's been standing there for about 150 years and  …

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Three women accuse Iowa Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate of sexual misconduct

DES MOINES, Iowa - With two weeks until the Iowa Primary Election, three women have accused Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Nate Boulton, of Sexual Misconduct. The Des Moines Register reported on the women's claims on May 23. One woman said Boulton grabbed her buttocks repeatedly at a Des Moines bar in 2015. Two other women claimed Boulton rubbed himself against their bodies when he was in law school decades ago. Boulton's Campaign Released a statement this afternoon. It read,  “I want to clearly and unmistakably apologize to the women who have come forward,” said Boulton. “Regard…

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Moline tables recycling cart purchase again

MOLINE — The debate over who to purchase recycling carts from continues as the council voted 6-2 Tuesday to table the decision after learning that two other bids came in at a lower cost.

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Local park dedicates bench to former United Township student

Seven new memorial benches were installed at Runner's Park in East Moline Wednesday morning.     The benches represent the lives of loved ones who have passed away in the community. Dozens of people came out to show their support including Mayor Reggie Freeman. Families were also in attendance to help unveil the benches Jaime Atwood was just one of the many families that showed up for the revealing of the new memorial park benches . For Atwood one of the benches dedicated to her son who committed suicide is more than a permanent piece of metal."When people come here and they see his name on…

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Teen charged in murder cover-up appears in adult court

MORRISON, Illinois- A Whiteside County teen accused of trying to cover up the murder of her friend's mother made an appearance in adult court. Rachel Helm, 16, was in shackles and wore a "Stay Strong" t-shirt. She was transported from a juvenile detention facility in Galesburg to Morrison for a pre-trial hearing, which was continued until next month. Helm is accused of burning the body of Peggy Schroeder to conceal her murder last year. Schroeder's 15-year-old daughter Anna is charged with shooting her mother to death, allegedly telling her mom to cover her eyes, and then, shot her in the hea…

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Search Warrant finds illegal possession of a firearm by Illinois felon

Nathan J. LeMaster, age 33, of Bushnell was arrested for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers Wednesday to stop using over-the-counter teething products that contain benzocaine. It also sent letters to manufacturers asking them to stop selling the teething products. Parents might use these products to temporarily relieve a child’s teething pain, but the agency said they pose a “serious risk” to infants and children and often are not effective, since they can wash out of the mouth quickly. The danger the products pose could come in the form of methemoglobinemia, a condition in which the oxy…

WQAD.com LogoLeClaire’s Sneaky Pete’s Woodfire Grille will close after 18 years

LeClaire’s Sneaky Pete’s Woodfire Grille will close after 18 years

LeClaire, Iowa – Another locally iconic restaurant is closing its doors after 18 years in business. Sneaky Pete’s Woodfire Grille announced on Facebook on May 23. “Thank you to all of our wonderful customers and employees I’ve met over the years,” the owner wrote on the company’s Facebook page. The Facebook post also says that Craig Wagner will remodel Sneaky Pete’s. He owns Blue Iguana and Stevenson’s.  …

Quad-City Times LogoNobling to be remembered at Saturday service

Nobling to be remembered at Saturday service

ROCK ISLAND -- Area musicians will pay tribute Saturday to Joe Nobling, who died last Saturday at 66, six weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Quad-City Times LogoGamble: Arsenal future on solid ground

Gamble: Arsenal future on solid ground

MOLINE — Maj. Gen. Duane Gamble, the Rock Island Arsenal senior commander, said he sees many good signs for the future of the Rock Island Arsenal.

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Hockey continuing in the QC as SPHL franchise announced

Hockey is coming back to the Quad Cities.The big announcement was made just around Noon today at the TaxSlayer Center.The new hockey team is in the Southern Professional Hockey League.They don't have a name yet, but there is a name contest already under way.The new Quad Cities team will be run by two local co-owners -- John Dawson and Ryan Mosley.Our Sports Director Jay Kidwell will have more coming up on Local 4 News at 6.EARLIER UPDATELocal ownership of an SPHL franchise is being introduced today at the TaxSlayer Center as executive director Scott Mullen announced that "hockey will continu…

OurQuadCities.com LogoStolen car recovered from river

Stolen car recovered from river

A car was pulled from the Mississippi River near the Interstate 280 bridge on Wednesday.An investigation began around 9:19 a.m. after someone reported of a car in the Mississippi River near the Interstate 280 bridge.Davenport Police responded after a caller spotted a vehicle floating in the river. A dive team was sent to the scene and boats are out on river. A backhoe arrived to retrieve the car. The Davenport Fire Department and divers from Big River Rescue recovered it from the river. The vehicle was a Nissan sedan that was reported stolen out of West Liberty, Iowa on May 23. …

WQAD.com LogoThor donations unaccounted for at Kewanee Animal Shelter

Thor donations unaccounted for at Kewanee Animal Shelter

KEWANEE, Illinois-- He's the little big shot in Kewanee with four legs, a few scars and the will to live; Thor, the black pup whose neck was slashed four times by a teenager. Back in August, Thor had a parade throughout the city thanking the community for their donations. Thousands of dollars poured in to the Thor Fund, specifically set up to cover all of Thor's medical bills. The rest was supposed to go back to the community. "It was supposed to be used for spay and neuter of animals in the community for people that maybe couldn't afford it to have that service so we didn't continue the prob…

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Davenport Police remove stolen sedan from Mississsippi

A Nissan sedan that was reported stolen out of West Liberty was removed from the Mississippi River Wednesday morning.

WVIK LogoSchumacher Builds New Plant in Durant

Schumacher Builds New Plant in Durant

After more than 20 years in eastern Iowa, a German company has built a new plant and offices. Group Schumacher will hold a celebration in Durant on Thursday.

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Democrats drop lawsuit over Iowa governor's fund transfer

A group of Democratic lawmakers has dropped a lawsuit against Gov. Kim Reynolds that challenged her use last year of emergency funds to balance Iowa's state budget.

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Body recovered from Credit Island Causeway

A fisherman located a body floating in the river near the Credit Island causeway, the body was recovered but not identified.

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Iowa candidate runs outside group supporting his campaign

A Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of State has been running a political action committee that's supporting his campaign despite a law that appears to ban the practice.

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Reynolds defends GOP for taking disgraced ex-senator's money

Gov. Kim Reynolds says it was an "appropriate decision" for Iowa Republicans to accept a $522,000 donation from a disgraced former lawmaker.

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Report: Iowa gubernatorial candidate accused of misconduct

A newspaper reports three women have accused a Democratic state senator running for Iowa governor of sexual misconduct that includes inappropriate touching.

WQAD.com LogoPolice: Body and stolen car recovered from river on the same day are unrelated

Police: Body and stolen car recovered from river on the same day are unrelated

DAVENPORT, Iowa - A body, floating in the river near the Credit Island causeway, was found by a fisherman on May 23 just before 11:00 A.M. Police say the body of an adult man was recovered by the Davenport Fire Department and the Iowa DNR. Right now, it is still unclear if the body pulled on May 23 is related to the search operation that took place on May 19. Davenport Fire crews were called to the Davenport Sailing Club, 1225 E River Drive, shortly before 9:30 AM on the morning of May 19 to assist with looking for an individual that was missing. Davenport Fire District Chief Neil Gainey says…

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US health chief pledges more action if Ebola spreads

President Donald Trump's top health official said Wednesday that the U.S. and global partners will "take the steps necessary" to try to contain a new Ebola outbreak.

Quad-City Times LogoSneaky Pete's closes in LeClaire, new ownership expected

Sneaky Pete's closes in LeClaire, new ownership expected

After years of serving up smokehouse-style steaks and hanging businessmen's ties from the ceiling, Sneaky Pete's Woodfire Grille in LeClaire is closed.

Quad-City Times LogoAutopsy pending for body found in Mississippi River near Credit Island Wednesday

Autopsy pending for body found in Mississippi River near Credit Island Wednesday

An autopsy is pending for man who was found floating in the Mississippi River near the Credit Island causeway Wednesday.

Quad-City Times LogoIowa Treasurer: Student loan debt hurts state's economy

Iowa Treasurer: Student loan debt hurts state's economy

Iowa Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, in a visit to Davenport Wednesday, said “staggering student loan debt” has long-term effects on the state’s workforce and economy.

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Gamble: Arsenal future on solid ground

MOLINE — Maj. Gen. Duane Gamble, the Rock Island Arsenal senior commander, said he sees many good signs for the future of the Rock Island Arsenal.

WVIK LogoHockey Will Return to the QC

Hockey Will Return to the QC

Thanks to two local men, hockey will return to the Quad Cities this fall. Wednesday John Dawson of East Moline and Ryan Mosley of Coal Valley were introduced as co-owners of the new team.

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Hillsdale homes can have up to six hens

HILLSDALE -- Village residents can now keep up to six egg-laying hens…

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Fake IDs may be getting more realistic

Those who work at bars are reporting an increase in people carrying fake IDs. It leaves businesses taking extra steps in order to keep their bars open.

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Burglars strip Habitat for Humanity home the day before move-in

Move-in plans for a family are now on hold after burglars broke into their Habitat for Humanity home.

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Couple makes tiny home out of a van, travels the country

Most couples have goals of owning a home or traveling: one couple accomplished both at the same time.

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How to make the office more active

From transportation to communication, we've managed to take movement out of our lives. A few simple adjustments can add activity to the office.

WQAD.com LogoTrump can’t block user on Twitter, federal judge rules

Trump can’t block user on Twitter, federal judge rules

(CNN Money) — A federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that President Trump is in violation of the Constitution when he blocks users on Twitter. The decision is a remarkable coda to one of the more peculiar debates of Trump’s presidency, and a victory for the First Amendment advocates who brought the lawsuit last year. In her ruling, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote that “no government official — including the President — is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared.” “We hold that portions of th…





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