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Thursday, July 20th, 2017

WQAD.com LogoGrant Wood Elementary breaks ground for $16.7 million new building

Grant Wood Elementary breaks ground for $16.7 million new building

BETTENDORF-- Staff, students and families gathered behind Grant Wood Elementary to celebrate the beginning of a new era. On July 20th ready with shovels in their hands they broke ground as part of a ceremony to say hello to the start of the construction to their new building. The old school building is going to be torn down and a new and spacious one will go up. The new school will be built behind the old one. School officials welcome the space as the elementary school is currently at full capacity. "It's been extremely exciting and it's been a great process to see how all things come togethe…

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Johnson Running for Ill. Senate

A recent retiree from the East Moline state prison has decided to run for the Illinois Senate. Thursday Gregg Johnson from East Moline announced his candidacy for the democratic nomination in the 36th District.

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Local labor activist announces run for Illinois 36th senate district seat

MOLINE-- Democrat Gregg Johnson announced his candidacy for the Illinois 36th Senate District seat. Johnson, a Rock Island native, formally announced his run on Thursday, July 20 at the Moline Township Activity Center. "The leaders in Springfield have been letting us down for decades now and i think we need to send people to Springfield that are actually going to solve the problems of everyday people," he said. Johnson is a 34-year member of AFSCME Local 46 and was elected President of the local in 2010. The candidate said he will focus on issues such as education funding, tax reform, and mid…

Quad-City Times LogoDaily rewind: SBH returns with bid for psychiatric hospital, odor closes a post office, and a cannon occupies downtown Davenport

Daily rewind: SBH returns with bid for psychiatric hospital, odor closes a post office, and a cannon occupies downtown Davenport

Does Bettendorf need a new psychiatric hospital?…

WQAD.com LogoIllinois dodges downgrade to ‘junk’

Illinois dodges downgrade to ‘junk’

Watch Video (CNN Money) — Illinois has just barely avoided the dishonor of becoming America’s first “junk” state. Moody’s decided on Thursday that it won’t downgrade Illinois because the cash-strapped state finally passed its first budget in more than two years. S&P Global Ratings similarly removed the threat of an imminent downgrade last week. Moody’s concluded that the Illinois budget deal — which includes a 32% tax hike — is enough to ease the enormous financial pressures facing the state. Illinois had built up $15 billion in unpa…

WQAD.com LogoFlorida man angry about AT&T trucks parked in front of house, shoots out tires

Florida man angry about AT&T trucks parked in front of house, shoots out tires

Watch Video HIALEAH, Fla. — A retired Florida firefighter apparently shot the tires on multiple AT&T trucks because he was upset they were parked near his home, according to WSVN. Police said utility workers were working on lines near the home when 64-year-old Jorge Jove approached them on Wednesday morning. Jove was apparently upset because the trucks were parked in front of his home, officials told WSVN. The workers told the man they would move the trucks after the work was completed. The man then went inside his home and came back out with a gun and started shooting at the tires. …

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Muscatine man sentenced in child porn case

DAVENPORT — A Muscatine man was sentenced to 12 years in prison in U.S. Federal Court Monday after pleading guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography. According to court records, Casey J. Blain, 36, admitted to possessing at least 369 child porn images and 267 videos that he shared with others online. Blain was arrested in March of 2016 after Muscatine Police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Blain pleaded guilty to the offenses on March 20, 2017. In addition to his prison sentence, Blain was also ordered to pay $12,500 in restit…

WQAD.com LogoCecil the lion’s son shot and killed by American trophy hunter

Cecil the lion’s son shot and killed by American trophy hunter

ZIMBABWE — The son of Cecil the lion, 6-year-old Xanda, has been shot and killed by an American trophy hunter near the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. According to the Washington Post,  officials at Hwange National Park were monitoring Xanda through an electronic collar and noticed that the lion started to leave park grounds. Andrew Loveridge, who works with the team that supplies the collars said, “I fitted it last October. It was monitored almost daily and we were aware that Xanda and his pride was spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is n…

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Thunderstorm chances to linger for a few more days

Severe thunderstorm warning in effect southwest of the QC — click here for details from the National Weather Service The morning showers and thunderstorms in most parts of our area left behind plenty of broken clouds near lunchtime before the sun’s heat returned this afternoon. This evening and overnight the fuel is there for more thunderstorms along a boundary which is positioned just to our north.  However, no well define waves of energy I see that could develop widespread thunderstorm along the front.  This means that any coverage looks isolated. Promising another muggy night …

WQAD.com LogoDebt collection program helps Scott County recover $1.3 million in unpaid fines

Debt collection program helps Scott County recover $1.3 million in unpaid fines

DAVENPORT - Since 2008, the Scott County Attorney's office has been using a fine collection program to help with delinquent fines. This year, the program helped bring in $1,348,677. "I always knew there was a lot of unpaid debt out there and I'm pleasantly surprised at the amount of success," said Scott County Attorney Mike Walton. The program is aimed at collecting unpaid debt from people who have had their driver's license revoked due to non-payment. Walton said it's not uncommon to see people who have had their license suspended continue to drive. That typically just exacerbates their debt…

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Peak Alert Issued by MidAmerican Energy

Hot and humid conditions have caused MidAmerican Energy to issue a peak alert. It's in effect through Friday, encouraging customers to conserve energy.

WQAD.com LogoGas line struck north of Douglas Park in Rock Island

Gas line struck north of Douglas Park in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND —  Crews are on scene where a gas line was hit north of Douglas Park. A spokesperson from MidAmerican Energy confirmed that the gas line was hit Thursday afternoon, July 20th in the 900 block of 14th Avenue. As of 2:20 p.m. crews were on scene working to repair the gas line. Seven homes were impacted and the gas was shut off to the area, according to MidAmerican. Repairs were expected to be complete by 8 p.m. Any roads that were closed off were reopened during the afternoon.

WQAD.com LogoMexican hospital holding baby as ‘medical hostage’ until bill is paid, Indiana family claims

Mexican hospital holding baby as ‘medical hostage’ until bill is paid, Indiana family claims

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. -- An Indiana woman's baby born in Mexico is being held hostage by a Cancun hospital, according to the family. Michaela Smith and Larry Ralph were vacationing in Cancun with her husband when she went into labor 12 weeks early, according to WXIN. The family said doctors cleared Michaela for travel. The family has been working around the clock to bring Beckham and the family home. "A baby born at 28 weeks in the United States has a 96 to 98 percent chance of survival in that first year,” said Larry Ralph Sr. He is the father of Larry Ralph Jr., Beckham's dad. “Literally t…

WQAD.com LogoProsthetic leg credited for saving fisherman’s life when he went overboard

Prosthetic leg credited for saving fisherman’s life when he went overboard

DOYLESTOWN, Ohio — A Doylestown man says his prosthetic leg and a family of guardian angels helped save his life after he went overboard during a fishing trip. Adam Shannon says he was fishing on Dohner Lake near his home Monday evening when a portion of his boat broke, sending him into the water. Shannon's prosthetic leg came off as he went into the lake and about 14 feet of water. The 45-year-old was able to use his prosthetic as a flotation device when it got trapped in his pants and filled with air. Shannon got the prosthetic after being hit by a drunk driver about one year ago, accordi…

Quad-City Times LogoLingering odor shuts down Moline Post Office

Lingering odor shuts down Moline Post Office

An unknown odor noticed Thursday morning in the Moline Post Office caused the building at 514 17th St. to close its doors to the public and temporarily suspend services, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed.

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Possible Change for King Center Board

A major change for the King Center in Rock Island will be the subject of a community meeting Thursday night. The board of directors is considering changing the by-laws to permit non-residents of the city to serve on the board.

WVIK LogoLocal Option Sales Tax Pays For New Grant Wood Elementary

Local Option Sales Tax Pays For New Grant Wood Elementary

City officials, school administrators and students gathered Thursday to celebrate the start of construction of a new Grant Wood Elementary school.

WQAD.com LogoLinkin Park singer Chester Bennington dies of apparent suicide, TMZ reports

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dies of apparent suicide, TMZ reports

PALOS VERDES, Calif. – Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park, has committed suicide, according to a report from TMZ. TMZ says Bennington hanged himself inside a home in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles. His body was found Thursday just before 9 a.m. Bennington was 41 years old. I am in tears.Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……Ifeel so sad for his family,band mates and fans — Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) July 20, 2017 no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington. — Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedrag…

WQAD.com LogoDrone footage captures wall cloud over Hampton

Drone footage captures wall cloud over Hampton

HAMPTON, Illinois -- A local resident captured some footage of a wall cloud that rolled in before Tuesday night's storms. Ross Smith used a drone to get an eagle-eye look at the skies. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment…

WQAD.com LogoMinnesota 5-year-old battling same E. coli that killed his younger sister

Minnesota 5-year-old battling same E. coli that killed his younger sister

WRIGHT COUNTY, Minn. – A 5-year-old Minnesota boy is battling the same strain of E. coli that took his younger sister’s life earlier in the week. State investigators are working to find out how Kade Maresh and his younger sister, Kallan, contracted a shiga toxin-producing bacteria on July 9, according to the Star Tribune. The first symptoms were non-stop vomiting and bloody diarrhea, the siblings’ parents posted on CaringBridge. After several trips to the ER, lab results revealed they had both suffered acute kidney failure. Kallan’s parents later confirmed in a pos…

WQAD.com LogoSchool leaders break ground on replacement Grant Wood Elementary school

School leaders break ground on replacement Grant Wood Elementary school

BETTENDORF -- School leaders are breaking ground on a multi-million dollar elementary school to replace Grant Wood Elementary. Crews are expected to tear down the old building and build a new one in its place. The new building is expected to cost $16.7 million and will have three classrooms per grade.  There will also be a larger gym and cafeteria. The project should be completed before the 2018-2019 school year. To see the schematic plan for the new building click HERE. Related: Out with the old, in with the new: Teachers and students look forward to new Grant Wood school…

Quad-City Times LogoThe Great American Eclipse: Q-C astronomy clubs, others get ready for once-in-lifetime event

The Great American Eclipse: Q-C astronomy clubs, others get ready for once-in-lifetime event

In case you haven't already heard, there is going to be a total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21, and it is going to be a huge event because for the first time in nearly 100 years, the shadow……

Quad-City Times LogoRugg's Six: An accident at Brady Street leaves a man critically injured, there's a battle over Costco, and a gubernatorial candidate makes his pitch.

Rugg's Six: An accident at Brady Street leaves a man critically injured, there's a battle over Costco, and a gubernatorial candidate makes his pitch.

Rick is on a much deserved vacation this week. I'll be your morning host until he returns.

WQAD.com LogoMan pleads not guilty to deadly beating of Rock Island woman

Man pleads not guilty to deadly beating of Rock Island woman

ROCK ISLAND -- A man accused of beating a woman to death with a baseball bat and assaulting two children has pleaded not guilty. Sean Rogers has been charged with murder, aggravated battery to a child and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, according to online court records. The incident happened on Friday, June 2nd.  Rock Island police were called for a battery complaint on 25th Street, near Save-A-Lot grocery store. That's where they found two injured juveniles. Both were taken to the hospital, and one was later airlifted to Peoria for treatment. Officers also found 43-year-old Roche…

WQAD.com LogoChef Scott: Tandoori Chicken

Chef Scott: Tandoori Chicken

BETTENDORF – Let's try something new with chicken and let's do it with inexpensive cuts of meat and some exotic spices not found in your every day meals. Tandoori chicken is a favorite Indian meal that has a huge following in America. "Tandoori is actually a clay pot they use to cook outside in India and Bombay and all of those places", says Chef Brad Scott, director of Scott Community College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center in Bettendorf. "We're going to marinade some chicken and do Tandoori chicken on the grill," says Chef Scott. The time is right to buy chicken legs and…

WQAD.com LogoJDC champ Bryson DeChambeau off to rough start in British Open

JDC champ Bryson DeChambeau off to rough start in British Open

SOUTHPORT, England — Golf is a game that gives and then, crushingly, takes away. Newly minted John Deere Classic Champion Bryson DeChambeau was harshly reminded of this truth after posting a less-than-stellar +6 in his first-ever round at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, placing him in a tie for 135th place and in danger of missing the weekend cup in one of golf’s premier events. DeChambeau, who was the last entrant into The Open thanks to his win at TPC Deere Run, may have been a bit nervy: he carded a triple bogey 7 on hole 1 and never quite found his rhythm the…

Quad-City Times LogoiWireless extends sponsorship of iWireless Center for 2 years

iWireless extends sponsorship of iWireless Center for 2 years

iWireless is extending its sponsorship with the iWireless Center in Moline for at least the next two years.

WQAD.com LogoWe need YOUR HIGH SCHOOL for the GMQC Score Pre-Game Pep Rally

We need YOUR HIGH SCHOOL for the GMQC Score Pre-Game Pep Rally

MOLINE- It’s hard to believe, but the 2017 high school football season is just 5 weeks away, and the Good Morning Quad Cities crew wants to come to YOUR HIGH SCHOOL to broadcast LIVE ON THE AIR from 5 to 7 a.m. This will be our third season doing the GMQC Score Pre-Game Pep Rallies, and last year, we had so many submissions, we couldn’t get out to all the schools. That’s why we’re looking for submissions early, in preparation for Week One of the football season Friday, August 25. We will take submissions from school faculty first because they’re the ones who have …

Quad-City Times LogoIn honor of its 20th anniversary, Family Museum invites public to paint its lot

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Family Museum invites public to paint its lot

As a "nervous first-time mom," Caroline O'Sullivan-Jens remembers being picky about preschool.

WQAD.com LogoDavenport teacher facing child pornography charges indicted by grand jury

Davenport teacher facing child pornography charges indicted by grand jury

DAVENPORT — A fifth grade teacher who was previously charged on allegations of child pornography has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Online court records show that Michael Loren Ross was set to be arraigned on July 27th on charges of receiving and distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography. According to a document filed in the United States District Court, Ross has been accused of receiving and distributing child pornography over a two-year period. The indictment shows that prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of any materials relating to the charges. This i…

WQAD.com LogoTeen shot in Davenport overnight

Teen shot in Davenport overnight

DAVENPORT — A teenager was shot and injured overnight, police said. Officers were called to the hospital where the 19-year-old gunshot victim had arrived by private vehicle, according to a statement from the Davenport Police Department.  He got to the hospital shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, July 20th and was suffering a non-life-threatening injury. Police investigated the 1700 block of West 16th Street. There were no other injuries nor any damage reported. If you have any information call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125.

WQAD.com LogoOccupant injured in eastern Iowa house fire, authorities say

Occupant injured in eastern Iowa house fire, authorities say

ZWINGLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say one person has been injured in an eastern Iowa house fire. The fire was reported in Zwingle about 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, July 19th.  Firefighters say the home was engulfed in flames when they arrived. The lone occupant had escaped but later was flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for treatment. The person’s name, the fire’s cause and other information has not been released.

WQAD.com LogoTranscripts released from Justine Ruszczyk’s 911 call

Transcripts released from Justine Ruszczyk’s 911 call

MINNEAPOLIS (CNN) -- Justine Ruszczyk's family says they're still grappling with the reality of her death. In a statement released to CNN affiliate Sky News Australia, Ruszczyk's relatives said they are devastated she was shot and killed by police Saturday, just minutes after trying to report a possible sexual assault to authorities. "We are still trying to come to terms with this tragedy and we are struggling to understand how and why this could happen," the family said in the statement. Though investigators say it may be months until the case comes to a close, the family wants to know what …

WQAD.com LogoBoy trips on million-year-old fossil during hike in New Mexico

Boy trips on million-year-old fossil during hike in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Luck came not once, but twice for Jude Sparks. The then-9-year-old was lucky enough to trip not on a rock, or a tree root, but on a 1.2-million-year-old fossil when trying to dash away from his brothers on a November desert hike with his family. And as New Mexico State University biology professor Peter Houde explains to the New York Times, Jude was lucky to have been at the Las Cruces, NM, site just after a storm had exposed the fossil—but before the exposure reduced the specimen to nothingness. At first he and his brothers thought it might be from a cow; his p…

WQAD.com LogoPedestrian crossing Brady Street hit by pickup

Pedestrian crossing Brady Street hit by pickup

DAVENPORT — A pickup driver hit a pedestrian who was crossing Brady Street, police said. According to a statement from the Davenport Police Department, it happened in the 6400 block of Brady Street shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19th. The pickup had been headed northbound in the far left lane when the collision happened. The pedestrian was taken to a nearby hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries, according to the statement.  The pickup driver was not hurt. There have been no charges filed, and the investigation is ongoing.

WQAD.com LogoBBB: How to protect yourself from home improvement scams

BBB: How to protect yourself from home improvement scams

MOLINE- It is a good time to fix up parts of your home, but Better Business Bureau leaders say, there's a huge spike in complaints this time of year. Sandra Bowden joined us Wednesday, July 19, for 'Scam Tracker' on WQAD News 8 at 11. Bowden says the BBB has received at least 10 scam calls from consumers and businesses this week alone. She gave out tips on how you can avoid being scammed when contractors don't finish their work. "You only pay 50 percent up front, never pay more," Bowden said Wednesday. "If he tells you that he wants more, that he needs it for supplies and stuff, I would find …

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

WQAD.com Logo‘First Day’ Project kicks off to help QC area schools

‘First Day’ Project kicks off to help QC area schools

The First Day Project is in the middle of its 2017 school supply drive for Quad City area schools. Collections of school supplies for local kindergarten through 12th grade students will wrap up prior to the start of the school year in our Illinois and Iowa districts. Donations help support students in need in Davenport Community School District, Bettendorf, School District, Pleasant Valley School District, Moline-Coal Valley School District No. 40, Rock Island/Milan School District #41, Colona, Carbon Cliff-Barstow, Hampton and Silvis. WQAD News 8 is holding a Drive through Drop Off from 8 a.m…

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Pedestrian hit by truck on Brady Street suffered life-threatening injuries

DAVENPORT -- A pedestrian crossing Brady Street Wednesday night was struck by a vehicle and is now at University Hospitals in Iowa City with serious, life-threatening injuries.

WQAD.com LogoKennedy relatives learn about family’s QC connection

Kennedy relatives learn about family’s QC connection

MOLINE - Her name is Kate, but it's her last name that draws the attention. Kennedy. The Milltown Coffee in Moline is just of one of many stops as Kate Kennedy campaigns for her dad Chris who's running for Governor in Illinois. "It`s nice to hear from other people about their relationship with my grandfather and what their interactions with him were like," said Kate. However, on this trip to Moline, campaigning became a little more sentimental. Former Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba pulls out a picture and shows it to Kate. It's a picture from May 14th, 1968, when Gluba who was 20 at the time was …

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Iowa and Illinois DOT hold public information on I-74 Bridge construction

Pat Walsh spent part of his Wednesday afternoon looking over and photographing the display boards showing the future construction of the Interstate 74 Bridge Project that the Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation put up in Davenport’s RiverCenter.

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Residents brace to navigate inevitable mess for new I-74 bridge

DAVENPORT -- Drawings, videos and maps of the new I-74 bridge were on display at a public meeting held at the RiverCenter on Wednesday evening.

Quad-Cities Online LogoSaturday concert honors late Geneseo band director

Saturday concert honors late Geneseo band director

GENESEO – Rich Stodd was more than a teacher and colleague to Alan Kiser. He was a friend.

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'Chorus Line,' 'Shrek' part of Music Guild 2018 lineup

It's been 13 years since the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "A Chorus Line" was last staged in the Quad-Cities. For the first time in its history, Quad-City Music Guild will present the 42-year-old show about show biz next July as part……

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Niabi adding a staffer to help with growing animal population

ROCK ISLAND -- Another full-time animal keeper will be hired to help with expanding exhibits and the growing collection of animals at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley.

Quad-City Times LogoFred Hubbell brings gubernatorial campaign to Davenport

Fred Hubbell brings gubernatorial campaign to Davenport

Fred Hubbell, one of several Democrats running for governor, brought his campaign to Davenport on Wednesday night, meeting with about 30 people, many of them educators, as part of his statewide tour to talk about growing the state’s economy by……

Quad-City Times LogoInclusive King Center seeks to add non-residents to board

Inclusive King Center seeks to add non-residents to board

Change is afoot in the board that governs the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island, and it is aimed at those who live in Scott County as well as Rock Island County.

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Hillsdale without attorney, treasurer

HILLSDALE — The village is without an attorney after trustees decided to terminate the services of Alcorn Nelson LLC and were unable to appoint former village attorney Virgil Thurman.

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Hillsdale without attorney, treasurer

HILLSDALE -- The village is without an attorney after trustees decided to terminate the services of Alcorn Nelson LLC and were unable to appoint former village attorney Virgil Thurman.

WQAD.com LogoJohn McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) has been diagnosed with primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, according to Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator’s treatment. The office for the 80-year-old former Republican nominee for president released a statement from the Mayo Clinic Wednesday night, announcing that, after undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last Friday, “Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a brain tumor known as glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.” A pathologist was in the oper…

Quad-Cities Online LogoRock Island family starts program to give away girls' clothes

Rock Island family starts program to give away girls' clothes

ROCK ISLAND -- Madison Cook literally will give you the clothes off her back.

Quad-City Times LogoShoe, socks collected for Romanian children

Shoe, socks collected for Romanian children

A local drive to collect shoes and socks for children in Romania has a goal: 4,000 pairs of new shoes donated by generous Quad-City residents.

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Rockridge schools prepare $1M deficit budget

EDGINGTON – Rockridge School Board members Monday approved a preliminary 2017-18 budget that proposes $14,155,750 in expenses and $13,155,750 in revenue for all funds.

WQAD.com LogoYOUR HEALTH: Liquid biopsies ease the pain

YOUR HEALTH: Liquid biopsies ease the pain

PHILADELPHIA – As if it isn't hard enough to have cancer, surgical diagnostic biopsies add to the anguish. They are invasive.  And they hurt. Kim Belcastro was an active wife and mother of two until doctors discovered cancer lurking first in her lungs and then in her brain and spine. "By the time it was diagnosed, it was in four different parts of my body," Belcastro explained. Kim had three surgical biopsies which were debilitating. But at Penn Medicine, her doctors used a liquid biopsy from a simple blood test that looks for the genetic mutations causing tumors to spread.   It searches…

WVIK LogoWest Nile - It's Back

West Nile - It's Back

The first evidence of West Nile Virus this summer has been found in Rock Island County. The health department says one of several batches of mosquitoes it collected has tested positive for the sometimes deadly virus.

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Today in history for Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today is Thursday, July 20, the 201st day of 2017. There are 164 days left in the year.

Quad-Cities Online LogoSunset Marina riding out rough financial waters

Sunset Marina riding out rough financial waters

ROCK ISLAND -- The future of Sunset Marina is facing choppy waters.

WQAD.com LogoDavenport Fire Department helps kids beat the heat

Davenport Fire Department helps kids beat the heat

DAVENPORT---  Kids looking to get away from the summer heat for the next two weeks can go to the park to find some relief. This week the  Davenport Fire Department started their Beat the Heat initiative at various parks in the city. “We’re out here in the parks where the kids are at and having that fun interaction when it’s so hot out letting kids get wet and have fun in this humidity," says the fire department's Lieutenant Zach Soliz. For one hour the department will open up a fire hydrant to let kids cool off. These are project's next location: Mon 7/24 Cork Hill Park Tues 7/25 Eme…

WQAD.com LogoAmerican Red Cross in need of volunteers for this fall’s Sound the Alarm event

American Red Cross in need of volunteers for this fall’s Sound the Alarm event

MOLINE — The American Red Cross is calling for 35,000 volunteers to help install 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 major cities across the country. It’s all part of “Sound the Alarm,” an initiative to help save lives and lessen the number or tragedies attributed to home fires. “Sound the Alarm” will make it’s way to the Quad Cities area with an installation event on October 14, 2017. They’ll be installing in homes in the Quad Cities, Muscatine, IA, and Kewanee, IL. The events are part of a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke…

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Two arrested in marijuana, money laundering case

A Davenport man and woman were arrested Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and money laundering following a federal investigation dating back to August.

Quad-City Times LogoWhat is the attraction of a total eclipse, deep space?

What is the attraction of a total eclipse, deep space?

What is so special about seeing a total eclipse that you're willing to take time off from work to travel hundreds of miles and spend hundreds of dollars to see something that lasts two minutes?…

WQAD.com LogoIowa and Illinois DOT to discuss I-74 process

Iowa and Illinois DOT to discuss I-74 process

DAVENPORT-- Both sides of the Mississippi River are holding meetings to discuss Phase II of the I-74 river bridge constructions. The Iowa department of transportation held a meeting on July 19th at the Davenport River Center. The meetings will provide information about the bridges construction as well as road closures relating to it and construction schedules. "We're to the point where we're getting boots on the ground and we're gonna start to see construction activity and I'm sure people have a lot of questions on whats going... how is their commute is going to be impacted," says I-DOT I-74 …

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Hillsdale without attorney, treasurer

HILLSDALE -- The village is without an attorney after trustees decided to terminate the services of Alcorn Nelson LLC and were unable to appoint former village attorney Virgil Thurman.

WQAD.com LogoArizona woman returns home, finds naked stranger cooking food

Arizona woman returns home, finds naked stranger cooking food

PEORIA, Ariz. — A woman claimed she went to the wrong house after she was arrested for cooking naked and stealing items from a stranger’s home in Peoria, according to KTVK. According to police, Stacy Horton-Garcia went into a house through an unlocked door in the area of 91st Avenue and Peoria Avenue around 3 p.m. on July 11. She wanted to steal the homeowner’s clothes from his closet, authorities said. A surveillance picture captured her cooking food naked inside the home, police said. She also allegedly took a shower before the homeowner arrived home. Surveillanc…

WQAD.com LogoGolden retriever gives birth to rare green puppy

Golden retriever gives birth to rare green puppy

GOLSPIE, Scotland – Dog owner Louise Sutherland from Scotland got the surprise of her life when her golden retriever gave birth to a green puppy last week. Yep, you read that right. Sutherland named the green pup Forest, according to The Sun. Forest is one of nine puppies who her 3-year-old retriever, Rio, gave birth to. “The first pup was stuck, so myself and my daughter Claire managed to free him and pull him out safely,” Sutherland told The Sun. “It was all hands on deck but then as the puppies started to arrive, we noticed that one of the puppies had green fur. We couldn’t belie…

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First West Nile mosquito found in Rock Island County

ROCK ISLAND -- The Rock Island County Health Department has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch reported in the county for 2017.

Quad-Cities Online LogoBetter Q-C economy would improve Q-C airport

Better Q-C economy would improve Q-C airport

MOLINE -- A healthy Quad-Cities economy will help the Quad City International Airport be healthy, too.

Quad-Cities Online LogoLoncka will be sworn in as Henry County Sheriff Friday

Loncka will be sworn in as Henry County Sheriff Friday

CAMBRIDGE -- Henry County Sheriff Kerry Loncka will take the oath of office at 1 p.m. Friday at the Henry County Courthouse in a ceremony conducted by Henry County Circuit Judge Terry Patton.

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No name change planned for iWireless Center

MOLINE -- Suspicions of a new name coming for the iWireless Center were cast aside Wednesday, when iWireless officially extended its sponsorship of the building.

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Carbon Cliff readies new bank accounts

CARBON CLIFF -- Village trustees on Tuesday adopted ordinances needed prior to the move of village bank accounts to Blackhawk Bank & Trust. The ordinances will facilitate internet banking services, Federal Reserve Bank joint custody service, a pledgee agreement form……

WQAD.com LogoDisc golfer hospitalized for possible heat exhaustion

Disc golfer hospitalized for possible heat exhaustion

MOLINE -- A woman in Moline has been hospitalized for possible heat exhaustion. She was competing in the Disc Golf tournament being held at Prospect Park. According to a medic on scene, the woman was showing signs of heat exhaustion but they would not know for sure until she gets to the hospital.      …

Quad-Cities Online LogoJohnson will challenge Anderson in 2018 state senate race

Johnson will challenge Anderson in 2018 state senate race

EAST MOLINE -- Democrat Gregg Johnson will announce his candidacy for Illinois' 36th Senate District at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Moline Township Activity Center, 620 18th Ave., Moline.

WQAD.com LogoUnlivable conditions force East Moline residents out of apartment

Unlivable conditions force East Moline residents out of apartment

EAST MOLINE, Illinois - A notice has been placed on the door of McKinley apartment complex warning residents they need to pack up and move. Joan Vargas has lived at the complex for 13 years and has seen it go down hill. "We've already lost our furniture because it was infested with mites and roaches," said Vargas. The building has water damage and mold all over the ceilings, piles of trash in abandoned apartments and the smell of garbage fills the building. "Living like this for some, is better than not having anywhere to go, " said Vargas. When she saw the notice, she wasn't prepared to have…

Quad-City Times LogoDaily rewind: The iWireless Center stays the iWireless Center, Airport tax questions, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opens

Daily rewind: The iWireless Center stays the iWireless Center, Airport tax questions, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opens

Are you still calling it The MARK?…

WQAD.com LogoMap shows how much of the Great American Eclipse you will be able to see

Map shows how much of the Great American Eclipse you will be able to see

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — On Monday, August 21, the United States will experience a Total Solar Eclipse, the first one to cross the entire country in 99 years. While everyone in North America will have opportunity to see a partial eclipse, the path of the total eclipse will only cross through the U.S., giving the event the name the “Great American Eclipse”. Does your house, work, or school fall in the path of the total eclipse? How long will you be in the moon’s shadow? Will you only be able to see a partial eclipse? NASA has an interactive Total Solar Eclipse map where you can zoom in…

WQAD.com LogoForever’s gonna start tonight: Wedding set for total eclipse

Forever’s gonna start tonight: Wedding set for total eclipse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An astronomy buff and her fiance want to make sure nothing eclipses their Missouri wedding ceremony. Samantha Adams tells The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2vqYs6r ) that her longtime fascination with the stars prompted her to schedule the ceremony for 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 — during an extremely rare total solar eclipse. “I couldn’t think of a more dreamlike wedding for myself,” said Adams, 28, who has a tattoo of the space probe Voyager on her left arm. The couple’s entire ceremony in St. Joseph, Missouri, will have an eclipse theme and e…

WQAD.com LogoPolice officer with stun gun sets naked man on fire

Police officer with stun gun sets naked man on fire

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Police say an officer using a stun gun to restrain a naked man accidentally set the man’s chest hair and beard on fire. Officers found the 32-year-old naked man standing in the street in Manitowoc (MAN’-ih-toh-walk), Wisconsin, on Sunday evening. They say the man yelled that he wanted to harm people living nearby. Officers suspected he was impaired by drugs and placed him in handcuffs, but the man struggled and refused to enter a squad car. That’s when one officer deployed a stun gun, striking a lighter in the man’s hand. The lighter fluid and e…

WQAD.com LogoMan trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for help

Man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for help

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape, police said Thursday. The contractor became stuck Wednesday when he was changing a lock to a Bank of America room that leads to the back of the ATM, Corpus Christi police Lt. Chris Hooper said. He couldn’t let himself out of the room because he didn’t have a keycard on him and was unable to notify bank employees for help. “Apparently he left his cellphone and the swipe card he needed to get out of the room outside in…

WQAD.com LogoExtended interview: Quad City International Airport’s challenges and future outlook

Extended interview: Quad City International Airport’s challenges and future outlook

MOLINE- Leaders at the Quad City International Airport were busy both Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19 helping to chart the airport's vision for the future. Tuesday, the Metropolitan Airport Authority Board approved its budget for fiscal year 2018 and adopted its tax levy. Wednesday, airport leaders held a meeting with the Quad City mayors about its future and what challenges it faces. After that meeting, the airport's Director of Aviation, Bruce Carter, did an extended interview with WQAD News 8, so we could talk about the airport's future. Here were the topics discussed:  The possi…

WQAD.com LogoFirst West Nile virus positive mosquito reported in Rock Island County

First West Nile virus positive mosquito reported in Rock Island County

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY -- The first West Nile virus positive mosquito of 2017 has been reported in Rock Island County. According to the Rock Island County Health Department, the confirmation of the virus' presence in the county serves as a reminder for the public to take precautions to minimize exposure to mosquitoes, as well as to eliminate any standing water that allows the insects to breed. In addition to testing the mosquitoes, the Health Department also collects and tests dead birds for the presence of the virus. Anyone who observes a sick or dying bird is urged to report the bird for possib…

Quad-City Times LogoQC Airport: Spread the tax burden?

QC Airport: Spread the tax burden?

As Quad-City leaders seek to improve air service, one of the possibilities raised at a meeting Wednesday is improving revenues for the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County.

WQAD.com LogoAfter Illinois student’s disappearance, Chinese point finger at “inefficient” U.S. police

After Illinois student’s disappearance, Chinese point finger at “inefficient” U.S. police

BEIJING, China– 26-year-old Yingying Zhang, an international student studying at the University of Illinois, has been missing for more than one month. Now, the public in her native country of China is pointing fingers at the U.S. and American law enforcement. The FBI is working the case, and says Zhang was kidnapped by Brendt Christensen, 28, on June 9th. They now suspect she is dead. But, more than a month later, China’s “Global Times” newspaper reports “the slow progress in finding Zhang has led many [in China] to criticize the efficiency of the U.S. police.R…

WQAD.com LogoiWireless extends sponsorship of iWireless Center for two more years

iWireless extends sponsorship of iWireless Center for two more years

MOLINE -- No need to worry about remembering a new name for the iWireless Center. Despite the news of iWireless ending their sponsorship of downtown Moline's iWireless Center this month, it was announced that the partnership will remain in tact for two more years. According to Don Welvaert, president of the Quad Cities Civic Center Authority, the decision was made in a meeting held this afternoon, Wednesday, July 19. What will happen once the two years are up is still up in the air.

WQAD.com LogoNews 8 Trio: Three ways to get creative with cooking zucchini

News 8 Trio: Three ways to get creative with cooking zucchini

Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on "News 8 at 6:30" for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting. Denise and Johnnie show you three ways to use a vegetable everyone has in their kitchen...the zucchini! Ditch the fries and make delicious parmesan zucchini crisps to serve at your next BBQ. Swap the traditional stir-fry for a zucchini skillet. Whip up a batch of impressive yet super easy zucchini pancakes. Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top news, weather, health, and lifestyle ideas on "News 8 at 6:30".

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West Nile found in Rock Island County

The Rock Island County Health Department has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in the county.

WVIK LogoTraffic Drops at QC Airport

Traffic Drops at QC Airport

Traffic dropped 10 per cent at the Quad City Airport in June, continuing a trend that began in January. All four airlines carried fewer people last month, and only one reports a small increase since the beginning of the year.

WQAD.com LogoStrong storms to graze northern hometowns overnight

Strong storms to graze northern hometowns overnight

Like last night, we’ll keep an eye to the skies for storms to re-fire along a boundary to our north.  This boundary is positioned from South Dakota through southern Minnesota and across the Wisconsin/Illinois border.  Storms will grow strong along this boundary this evening across southern Minnesota  as they move southeast. Damaging straight line wind, possibly greater than 70 mph will be possible with these storms. Right now, it appears the best chance is expected north of the Quad Cities from Minneapolis to La Crosse, Wisconsin to Dubuque, Iowa before losing some of its punch by the…

WQAD.com LogoIowa students need meningitis vaccine to start seventh grade

Iowa students need meningitis vaccine to start seventh grade

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Some Iowa students will need an extra vaccine before they are allowed to start school this year. Iowa law now requires all incoming seventh grade students be vaccinated for meningitis. Students entering twelfth grade are required to have two doses of the vaccine. "It's important that parents get this done. In the past, the law has said, 'Well, your student can start school, and they can be there for one semester.' This law is totally different. They are not allowed to start seventh grade without this vaccine," said Roma Taylor, clinical services coordinator for the Scott Co…

WQAD.com Logo“Hate map” shows the most hated thing in each state

“Hate map” shows the most hated thing in each state

MOLINE -- A new dating app, called Hater, used data from hundreds of thousands of users across the U.S. to make a hate map. According to Buzzfeed, the app, that matches users on one common interest: what they hate, gathered all of it's data to create a map that shows what users from each state hate the most. Some of the results are ironic, like Arizona, where users say they hate sand the most. Maryland seems to be completely against soulmates. As for the Quad Cities area, users from Iowa say they hate long hair on men, while users in Illinois say they hate biting string cheese.   You can…

WVIK LogoDangerous Heat to Continue Until Weekend

Dangerous Heat to Continue Until Weekend

An excessive heat warning & advisory are in effect through Saturday. The National Weather Service says a hot and humid air mass will remain over much of the area through Saturday. The heat combined with the humidity will push peak heat index values over 100 degrees. At night, heat indices will remain at or above 75 providing little relief. The cumulative effects of consecutive days with heat indices over 100 will increase the risk for heat related illnesses for those spending time outside or without access to air conditioning.

WQAD.com LogoIllinois sheriff IDs another victim of John Wayne Gacy

Illinois sheriff IDs another victim of John Wayne Gacy

CHICAGO — A Chicago-area sheriff announced Wednesday that it has identified a teenager who vanished in the 1970s as a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that the victim was James Byron Haakenson, a 16-year-old who ran away from Minnesota. The teenager’s remains were among those of more than two dozen young men found in the crawl space of Gacy’s Chicago area home in 1978 and one of eight who were buried without being identified. In 2011, Sheriff Tom Dart ordered the bodies exhumed and asked relatives of young men who van…

WVIK LogoIowa Council to Consider Psych Hospital Proposal for 3rd Time

Iowa Council to Consider Psych Hospital Proposal for 3rd Time

A Tennessee-based company will try again to persuade an Iowa board to let it build a psychiatric hospital in Bettendorf. At its meeting tomorrow, the State Health Facilities Council will consider a proposal from Strategic Behavioral Health, or SBH, to build a new hospital with 72 beds.

Quad-City Times LogoKidstock campers to show off their skills at Redstone Room

Kidstock campers to show off their skills at Redstone Room

River Music Experience hosted Kidstock, a summer music program for kids ages 8-18, again this summer, sticking to a simple note: Letting kids be rock stars.

WQAD.com LogoFrozen remains of couple missing 75 years found in glacier

Frozen remains of couple missing 75 years found in glacier

Watch Video A Swiss couple who disappeared from their farm in the Alps during World War II have finally been found, 75 years later, mummified in a glacier. Marcelin, 40, and Francine, 37, Dumoulin went missing on August 15, 1942, after leaving to milk their cows in a meadow near their home. They never returned to their family, including their six children. A worker found the frozen bodies of a man and a woman last week during routine maintenance. The corpses were preserved in the receding Tsanfleuron glacier, near a slew of trendy ski resorts at 2,600 meters (8,500 feet) above sea level. ̶…

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Who's in the news? Adam Sigwarth

Adam Sigwarth of Troop 664 in Davenport has achieved the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout.

WVIK LogoHubbell Begins Gubernatorial Campaign

Hubbell Begins Gubernatorial Campaign

Another democratic candidate for Iowa governor will visit eastern Iowa and the Quad Cities this week. Fred Hubbell made his official announcement on Monday.

WVIK LogoWest 76th Expansion Awaits Approval By IDOT

West 76th Expansion Awaits Approval By IDOT

Quad-City Times Logo'Everyone can relate:' Circa '21 opens 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' this weekend

'Everyone can relate:' Circa '21 opens 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' this weekend

In some ways, Sara Tubbs is nothing like her character.

WQAD.com LogoQuad City International Airport looking to boost revenue through added development

Quad City International Airport looking to boost revenue through added development

MOLINE- The Quad City International Airport is trying to make up for major losses in revenue. The airport held a breakfast meeting with area mayors and community leaders Wednesday, July 19. Tuesday, July 18, WQAD News 8 learned the airport is trying to make up for more than $510,00 in lost revenue. The airport's Director of Aviation, Bruce Carter, says he would like restaurants to build on some of the lots the airport owns right outside its facility. "I've talked about trying to see if I can get a Portillo's, or an Olive Garden, or something that way," Carter said. "But I found out from the p…

WVIK LogoLearn All About I-74 Bridge Project

Learn All About I-74 Bridge Project

The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation will hold two public meetings about construction of the new, I-74 Mississippi River bridge.

WQAD.com LogoPair of poachers busted for illegal commercial fishing

Pair of poachers busted for illegal commercial fishing

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Wildlife officers have charged two men with multiple violations after catching them illegally using hoop nets to try and harvest catfish from the Cedar River in rural Muscatine County. Facing charges are Cody Frye, 32 of Nichols, Iowa and Derek Brase, 30 of Wilton. DNR officer Joe Fourdyce said the men were intending to catch catfish, “But because of their lack of experience and knowledge of commercial fishing, they did not catch any catfish. “However, because they were not attending the net frequently enough, they ended up killing some rough fish and soft shell tur…





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