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WQAD.com LogoRock Island Arsenal lays out the future for the Island

Rock Island Arsenal lays out the future for the Island

MOLINE - It's an island, but its impact reached far from the shores of the Mississippi River. As the Trump administration looks to increase defense spending, those who run Rock Island Arsenal operations are looking for ways to keep the work flowing. In the State of the Arsenal Address, Major General Edward Daly said the next few years will be critical for Quad City operations. "There`s some uncertainty about the future across the board and so now more than ever I think we need to communicate," said General Daly. There are already new investments on the Island. Work has begun on 73 new homes, …

Quad-City Times LogoArsenal commander lays out visions for island's future

Arsenal commander lays out visions for island's future

It was a community meeting Maj. Gen. Edward Daly, commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at the Rock Island Arsenal, said he wishes he would have had seven months ago.

WQAD.com LogoMissing University of Illinois student’s parents make plea to her and her kidnapper

Missing University of Illinois student’s parents make plea to her and her kidnapper

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois-- The FBI's search for a kidnapped University of Illinois student continues in both Illinois and Iowa. And now, her parents are in Champaign, speaking out, with an emotional plea to their daughter's kidnapper. This is the first time student Yingying Zhang's family is talking about their daughter's disappearance on camera. They came to Champaign from China as soon as they found out she was missing. Zhang's mom was understandably too emotional to speak on camera, so Zhang's aunt shared their joint message to her kidnapper. "To the person who did this, please be kind to her a…

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'I caught one': Public, scientists combine to count Loud Thunder species

ILLINOIS CITY — Shouts of "I caught one!" could be heard up and down the creek bed as children helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service capture and identify fish at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, 19408 Loud Thunder Road, Illinois……

WQAD.com LogoToilet charity gets Indian village to take on Trump name

Toilet charity gets Indian village to take on Trump name

MARODA, India (AP) — A charity that provides toilets to poor Indians is leading an effort to rename a tiny northern village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. The new name, Trump Sulabh Village, is not official, and so will not appear on maps. The charity’s name is Sulabh International after the Hindi word for “accessible,” which is meant to describe the simple pit toilets it builds for free across a country that has too few. Many of the 400 villagers said they had no id…

WQAD.com LogoDancing gorilla shows off ‘Splashdance’ routine at Dallas Zoo

Dancing gorilla shows off ‘Splashdance’ routine at Dallas Zoo

DALLAS – A splashing gorilla’s sweet dance moves – captured on video at the Dallas Zoo – are prompting comparisons to “Flashdance.” He’s not a “Maniac,” though his dancing is being likened to that of Jennifer Beals’ character in the 1983 movie. He’s Zola, a 14-year-old Western lowland gorilla. The video shows him just playing in a plastic pool, but his moves piqued the interest of zookeepers. The Dallas Zoo posted a 30-second clip of Zola splashing and spinning around wildly on Tuesday. It was shot by zookeeper Ashley Orr. “Zola’s ‘dancing’ is really just a pl…

WQAD.com LogoMan claiming to be ‘Mad Max’ arrested for ‘numerous illegal weapons’

Man claiming to be ‘Mad Max’ arrested for ‘numerous illegal weapons’

BARSTOW, Calif. – An armed man who claimed to be “Mad Max” was arrested while driving an all-terrain vehicle in Barstow, California shortly before midnight, authorities announced Friday. An illegally sawed-off shotgun allegedly found on Jack Lee Ernest is shown in a photo distributed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on June 23, 2017. Jack Lee Ernest, 49, told the arresting deputy that he “fashioned himself as ‘Mad Max,’ a reference to a violent movie involving deadly assaults from vehicles,” stated a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff…

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Today in history for Saturday, June 24, 2017

Today is Saturday, June 24, the 175th day of 2017. There are 190 days left in the year.

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Facebook founder Zuckerberg visits Iowa town

WILTON, Iowa — Residents of Wilton, Iowa may have seen a famous face as they were out and about today, June 23. Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a stop in the Iowa town to meet with the mayor and city administrators, according to Wilton-Durant Advocate News. While in Wilton, Zuckerberg toured downtown and even stopped in to the Candy Kitchen for a chocolate malt, as seen below in pictures posted on the Wilton Candy Kitchen Facebook page. Photo from the Candy Kitchen Facebook page. Photo from the Candy Kitchen Facebook page. Stay tuned to WQAD News 8 for any developments in the r…

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Big Brothers/Sisters seeking 100 mentors

DAVENPORT — Finding 100 "Big" mentors in as little as 100 days is the goal of the fourth Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley recruitment campaign.

WQAD.com LogoUPDATE: Emergency crews change Savanna river rescue to recovery mission

UPDATE: Emergency crews change Savanna river rescue to recovery mission

UPDATE: Emergency crews have changed the river rescue to a recovery mission after an elderly man fell into the water while trying to put his boat in the river just before 4:00 p.m. Earlier: SAVANNA, Illinois — Crews are on scene at the Savanna Marina for a single person river rescue. Stay tuned to WQAD News 8 for developments.

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Truitt leaving Black Hawk College

MOLINE — Black Hawk College President Bettie Truitt will be retiring at the end of 2017.

WQAD.com LogoSam’s Choice beef ravioli recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

Sam’s Choice beef ravioli recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

CINCINATTI, Ohio — According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS),  the Wornick Company, a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 61,538 pounds of beef ravioli products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The product may contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. The beef wonton ravioli items were produced on Feb. 22, 2017 and March 28, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 14.5-oz. plastic bowl packages containing “Sam’s Choic…

WQAD.com LogoDozens of cats getting love and care after being rescued from hoarding situation

Dozens of cats getting love and care after being rescued from hoarding situation

DAVENPORT - Kings Harvest Animal Rescue got 24 cats out of a hoarding situation in Eldridge on Monday. "It's really hard to see them come in like this, it breaks our heart," said Kylie Jo Mitchell, Animal Care Taker. Today, the cats are doing much better and are getting named. "So far I have Chloe, we have Bebe, Avery and Craig and Craig is after my brother," said Mitchell. The cats came in covered in flees and had ear mites but the caretakers have been giving them the love and nurture they need. "We've done a lot of worming and cleaning ears and doing the shots right now," said Mitchell. …

WQAD.com LogoNorthwest flow to bring delightful weather in the days ahead

Northwest flow to bring delightful weather in the days ahead

The major summer warmth and humidity will lay low for the next several days leading to a fabulous stretch of weather around the area.  We’ll even have a chance to give the A/C a bit of a break, too! Tonight will be a more pleasant night compared to past nights with overnight lows dropping around the mid 50s. Mostly sunny skies will prevail both Saturday and Sunday as a persistent northwest breeze will play a major role in our temperatures.  Expect highs to only climb around the low to mid 70s with overnight lows around the lower 50s. We’ll continue with this delightful stretch of…

WQAD.com LogoQuad City taxpayers react to footing the bill for special session

Quad City taxpayers react to footing the bill for special session

MOLINE, Illinois - While lawmakers are to blame for not meeting the deadline for a state budget, it's Illinois taxpayers who are being billed for the mess. The Chicago Tribune estimates the 2017 special session in Springfield will cost an extra $50,000 a day in per diems and gas allowances for lawmakers. "They shouldn't be getting a paycheck until it's settled," said John McCarrell of East Moline while on a grocery shopping trip with his wife and grandkids Friday. "It's a big club. Government, it's a big club. I'm embarrassed by it, I really am," he said. Lawmakers are paid a base salary of $…

WQAD.com LogoWoman finds frog in restaurant salad, says she still feels sick a week later

Woman finds frog in restaurant salad, says she still feels sick a week later

SAN DIMAS, Calif. – A California woman says she still feels sick after finding a frog in her salad while eating at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in West Covina earlier this month. A frog is seen in a salad at a BJ’s restaurant in West Covina. (Credit: Shawna Cepeda) Shawna Cepeda was dining with her family and was about four bites into a salad when she noticed the food tasted a little bitter and started to stir it around, according to her June 13 review on Yelp. “I see something kind of rolled up. I was like, ‘this doesn’t look right,’ so I passed it to my husband,” Cep…

WQAD.com LogoMoline man fulfills solemn promise to fallen pilot’s family

Moline man fulfills solemn promise to fallen pilot’s family

MOLINE - Friendship comes full circle in the air over Moline. "Bittersweet," sighed Laura Moynihan,  on Friday, June 23. On a day bright for flight, Air Force A-10's offer a salute from the sky. "First time you've seen it, dear?" asked Brad Baltzell, Moline,  to Lauren Moynihan, 17. These are the same planes flown by Major Mark "Elvis" Moynihan in Bosnia. A mission that inspired a solemn promise. "He asked if anything happened in Bosnia to make sure his daughter's education was taken care of," recalled Baltzell. While Major Moynihan survived Bosnian strife, he was killed in 2000 during a st…

WQAD.com LogoWQAD News 8 Recognizes 8 People Doing Positive and Inspiring Things in the QCA

WQAD News 8 Recognizes 8 People Doing Positive and Inspiring Things in the QCA

The Jefferson Awards are all about honoring our community’s “unsung heroes.” On Friday, June 23rd, WQAD News 8 and Genesis Health System shared the selfless and inspiring stories of our 8 Jefferson Awards Nominees – including our Finalist who spend this week in Washington, D.C. for the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony. The Jefferson Awards Foundation was created by Jackie Kennedy in 1972, making 2017 its 45th year. It’s the country’s longest standing – and most prestigious – celebration of public service. Several different kinds of awards are g…

Quad-City Times LogoOutdoors: Your guide to summer running/walking events

Outdoors: Your guide to summer running/walking events

Hundreds of participants flooded downtown Davenport Thursday for the first Bix at Six of the season, kicking off a busy summer of running and walking events.

WQAD.com LogoTwo Iowa men sentenced to prison for sexual abuse

Two Iowa men sentenced to prison for sexual abuse

MUSCATINE COUNTY — Two Iowa men were sentenced to prison today for separate incidents involving sexual abuse of a child. Trial testimony showed that Martin Eduardo Guerrero, 43, of Muscatine, performed a sex act against a twelve-year-old child. Martin Eduardo Guerrero Guerrero was found guilty of third degree sexual abuse and was sentenced to a prison term not to exceed 10 years followed by supervised release for the remainder of his life. The defendant will also have to register as a sex offender. Denis Edilberto Lopez-Hernandez, 33, of Iowa City, was also sentenced after pleading gui…

Quad-City Times Logo7G Distributing moving to Eastern Iowa Industrial Center

7G Distributing moving to Eastern Iowa Industrial Center

The Eastern Iowa Industrial Center will have a new inhabitant come next year.

WVIK LogoPresident's Retirement Ends 30 Years With Black Hawk College

President's Retirement Ends 30 Years With Black Hawk College

The president of Black Hawk College is retiring after nearly 30 years with the school.

WQAD.com LogoMan visits Disneyland for 2,000th consecutive day

Man visits Disneyland for 2,000th consecutive day

ANAHEIM, Calif. – A man “marked a milestone of Super Hero proportions” on Thursday when he visited Disneyland for the 2,000th consecutive day, the resort announced. Jeff Reitz, of Huntington Beach, California visited Disneyland for his 2,000th consecutive time on June 22, 2017. (Credit: Disney) Jeff Reitz, an Air Force veteran from Huntington Beach, California, began his daily visits to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on Jan. 1, 2012, according to a Disney news release. He has gone every day ever since. The Disneyland Annual Passholder says the theme parks give him something to …

WQAD.com LogoThomson Prison on schedule to become fully operational

Thomson Prison on schedule to become fully operational

THOMSON, Illinois -- Plans to get Thomson Prison fully operational are on schedule. Illinois Senator Richard Durbin sat down this week with the Bureau of Prisons acting director Thomas Kane to discuss the latest developments. According to Kane, the activation of the prison remains on schedule and they continue to make progress on infrastructure projects. Kane also says the prison will continue in their efforts to increase staff this year. Thomson Prison has been in the process of opening since September 2013.  …

WQAD.com LogoI-74 Bridge groundbreaking set for Monday

I-74 Bridge groundbreaking set for Monday

MOLINE -- It's been decades in the making. On Monday, June 26th, a groundbreaking is set for the new Interstate 74 Bridge. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will be at Leach Park in Bettendorf for the ceremony at 2 p.m. Other invitees are Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and all of the Quad Cities' mayors.

WQAD.com LogoTwo men charged in Maquoketa bank robbery

Two men charged in Maquoketa bank robbery

MAQUOKETA, Iowa -- Dante Rhodes, 41, and Gregory Stapleton, 31, both of Dubuque, have been indicted on charges in connection with a robbery that took place at a Maquoketa Fidelity Bank & Trust in March of this year. The men have been charged with conspiracy to commit a bank robbery and committing or aiding and abetting a bank robbery. Following the robbery, the Dubuque natives led police on a high speed chase into Dubuque that eventually ended in two separate crashes. According to police, Rhodes lost control of the car and side swiped a vehicle before crashing head-on into an unmarked pol…

Quad-City Times LogoWhat's that funny-looking house?

What's that funny-looking house?

Walking to his job at Augustana College in Rock Island, Brandon Tidwell often found himself staring at a "really different looking house" on 7th Avenue near Old Main.

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Sunny skies, ugly dogs and tiny crossbows

Noon update: Sunny skies, ugly dogs and tiny crossbows

Quad-City Times LogoWhere were these circus pictures taken?

Where were these circus pictures taken?

This folks at Habitat ReStore never know what they'll find tucked away in the donations that come their way.

WQAD.com LogoTotal solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US

Total solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes this one so special — at least for Americans — is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States. The path of totality on Aug. 21 — where day briefly becomes night — will pass over Oregon, continuing through the heartland all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. Those on the outskirts — all the way into Canada, Ce…

Quad-City Times LogoHonor Flight treats veterans on Q-C bus tour

Honor Flight treats veterans on Q-C bus tour

With 40 flights behind it, Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities again is spreading its wings to offer a flight-less option for area veterans.

WQAD.com LogoDeputies shoot, kill California teen while trying to stop dog attack

Deputies shoot, kill California teen while trying to stop dog attack

PALMDALE, Calif. – In what officials called an "extremely unfortunate incident," California sheriff's deputies shot and killed a teenage boy while trying to stop a charging dog. The deputies opened fire when a pit bull charged at them a second time early Thursday in the Southern California city of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Armando Garcia's aunt provided this photo of the teen to KTLA. Deputies initially responded to a noise complaint around 3:45 a.m., according to sheriff's Capt. Christopher Bergner. Authorities had been to the location, in a…

WQAD.com LogoCanadian sniper shatters longest confirmed kill record with two-mile shot

Canadian sniper shatters longest confirmed kill record with two-mile shot

WASHINGTON – A Canadian special operations sniper successfully hit an ISIS fighter from a record-breaking distance of more than two miles away while assisting Iraqi forces in the push to retake Mosul, according to Canadian Special Operations Command. The unnamed marksman was part of Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2 special operations unit that is currently deployed in an “advise and assist” capacity to help Iraqi security forces battle ISIS from behind the front line in Mosul. “The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of the Join…

WQAD.com LogoWoman arrested at Trump rally after egg-throwing incident, police say

Woman arrested at Trump rally after egg-throwing incident, police say

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a protester has been charged with assault after a fracas outside the rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for President Donald Trump. Watch: Donald Trump's speech in Cedar Rapids Police say 22-year-old Anne Seifert was arrested after an incident Wednesday evening, June 21st, near the U.S. Cellular Center, where Trump later addressed supporters. A public phone listing for her couldn't be found Friday. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her. Police say an officer saw Seifert throw an egg at a man and then punch and k…

WQAD.com LogoFBI: Search for visiting Chinese scholar is agency priority

FBI: Search for visiting Chinese scholar is agency priority

Note: Keep watch at the top of the screen starting at about 12 seconds URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The FBI says the search for a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois is a national priority for the agency. Jon Holloway, assistant special agent in charge of criminal investigation at the Springfield FBI office, discussed the FBI’s efforts Thursday night at a campus meeting about 26-year-old Yingying Zhang’s disappearance. Holloway says updates are being regularly sent to the office of the FBI’s acting director and U.S. field offices.  Related: Chinese sch…

WQAD.com LogoIllinois lawmakers meeting again to try to reach budget deal

Illinois lawmakers meeting again to try to reach budget deal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature is holding another day of a special session with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders still at odds over an elusive budget deal. Lawmakers will meet Friday, June 23rd, for the third straight day of a session that could continue through the end of the month. Estimate: Special session costs $48K for 1 day Rauner called the session to try to force a deal before July 1, when Illinois could enter its third fiscal year without a budget. Not passing a budget could trigger a downgrade of Illinois’ credit rating to “junk&#…

WQAD.com LogoMissouri man killed in Fort Madison worksite fall, police say

Missouri man killed in Fort Madison worksite fall, police say

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Missouri man has been killed in a fall at a construction site in southeast Iowa. The accident occurred a little before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fort Madison. Police say a witness reported that the man fell 20-25 feet from a wooden box that was being hoisted by a forklift. The man was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police identified the man as 45-year-old Brian Wood, who lived in Linn Creek, Missouri.

WQAD.com LogoFriday on GMQC: Awkward Moments, Angie’s Dog, and Eric Geeking Out

Friday on GMQC: Awkward Moments, Angie’s Dog, and Eric Geeking Out

MOLINE- Things got weird on Good Morning Quad Cities Friday, June 23, and you’re about to find out why. Angie did Breakfast With…Whitey’s Thursday, June 22 and got to wear a hair net inside their factory. We ran the story Friday morning, and after the segment, Angie adlibbed a question to me, asking if she should wear the net on the air. I was extremely caught off guard and had no idea what to do. Please see how I responded below…. Also, Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day, and even though Angie did not take her dog to work, she did have a cute video of Zuno that she w…

WVIK LogoQC-Times 'Big Story': Man Turns Life Around After Serving Time For Manslaughter

QC-Times 'Big Story': Man Turns Life Around After Serving Time For Manslaughter

For this week's Big Story in the Quad-City Times, sports reporter Don Doxsie has the story of a former Quad Cities athlete who did time for manslaughter.

WQAD.com LogoHuge stuffed cow saves 2-year-old boy after fall out window

Huge stuffed cow saves 2-year-old boy after fall out window

CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are crediting a huge stuffed cow with saving 2-year-old boy who fell out of a second-story window and onto concrete below. It happened Wednesday in Chelsea. Police say the boy was playing in a bedroom with his 12-year-old sister and bouncing on the bed when he bounced right out of the window. He fell 16 feet onto the concrete. Luckily, he was holding onto the cow, which broke his fall. The boy's great uncle, Luis Estrada, tells WCVB-TV that the 2-year-old takes the stuffed animal with him everywhere. The boy has some cuts and was taken to a ho…

WQAD.com LogoProtester confronts U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley at airport

Protester confronts U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley at airport

ARLINGTON, Virginia -- Several lawmakers were confronted by protesters as they waited for flights home from the Reagan National Airport. U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley was one of the lawmakers stopped on Thursday, June 22nd.  The confrontation was caught on camera. In the video, you see Grassley start to walk away, when a man with the Center for American Progress, Topher Spiro, speaks to him. Grassley, who has been in Congress since 1975, did end up walking away, as Spiro continued asking about the progress. Click here to read Grassley's full statement on the health care bill draft. Spiro is th…

WQAD.com LogoOur real-sky animation shows exactly when the sun will shine today

Our real-sky animation shows exactly when the sun will shine today

Thunder shook the house this morning, and even though we have rain this morning, it won’t last too long today. Check out the animation below as we use our technology to show you when the rain moves out and then when the sun shines. (Note, the red bar that moves under the temperatures indicates the timing). Tonight will be absolutely perfect for the backyard bonfire or camping. Temps will drop to the middle 50s by Saturday morning. Get ready for lots of sunshine for both days this weekend. Highs around 75 each day. In fact, we won’t likely warm up much until the middle of next week…

WQAD.com LogoFire crews called to Bettendorf home early Friday morning

Fire crews called to Bettendorf home early Friday morning

BETTENDORF — Fire crews were called to a home on the west side of the city. It was around 5 a.m. Friday, June 23rd when crews responded to Medina Court, located southeast of Tanglefoot Lane and Utica Ridge Road. Multiple fire trucks were on scene and several police ares were there as well. This is a developing report.  Stay with WQAD News 8 for updates.

WQAD.com LogoCongresswoman Bustos: Passenger Rail Still on Track

Congresswoman Bustos: Passenger Rail Still on Track

MOLINE- There is good news for city leaders hoping to get an Amtrak line from Chicago to the Quad Cities. Illinois U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says passenger rail for the Quad Cities is still on track. Thursday, June 22, Bustos received a commitment from the Federal Rail Administration that it would work with the Illinois Department of Transportation to finish the project. The commitment means the project won't be abandoned by federal entities if there are cuts to Amtrak. The hotel and train station are under construction in downtown Moline right now. City leaders toured the 5th Avenue bu…

Quad-City Times LogoRick's Six: Cooler temps, Q-C rail, and child endangerment

Rick's Six: Cooler temps, Q-C rail, and child endangerment

1. Rain gives way to cooler temps…

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

WQAD.com LogoHow you can help abuse survivors at Saturday’s ‘Fill the Truck’ event

How you can help abuse survivors at Saturday’s ‘Fill the Truck’ event

Staff and volunteers of Family Resources will be collecting brand new basic need items outside of 13 area Hy-Vee stores from 9 a.m.-Noon on Saturday, June 24. All items collected will benefit Family Resources’ sheltering and housing services. The event helps gather donations for survivors who are leaving domestic violence situations. The goal is to get as many supplies as possible to be sent out throughout the community. “Many of these people come with just the clothes on their backs. When you’re talking about coming with absolutely nothing, you’re looking at easily $100 just to take …

WQAD.com LogoRipslinger adds Gatorade player of the year honor

Ripslinger adds Gatorade player of the year honor

Assumption standout Joy Ripslinger caps off historic career with Iowa's Gatorade of the Year honor.  …

WQAD.com LogoAssumption softball closes in on MAC title with sweep of West

Assumption softball closes in on MAC title with sweep of West

The Lady Knights improve to 14-0 in MAC play with a sweep of state ranked Davenport West.

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BHC approves scaled-down budget

MOLINE -- Black Hawk College board of trustees on Thursday approved the 2018 fiscal year budget, noting the dramatic drop in state funding and the impact it is having on the college.

WQAD.com LogoDavenport Diocese welcomes new Bishop

Davenport Diocese welcomes new Bishop

BETTENDORF - For the first time in more than a decade, there's a new Bishop in the Davenport Diocese. After a two-hour installation ceremony in front of a packed church, Thomas Zinkula says he's starting to feel like a bishop. "I feel a lot more like a bishop these days, so I`m banking on the holy spirit anyway to help me to be a good bishop." The ceremony at St. John Vianney Church in Bettendorf was filled with deep symbolism and ritual. Bishop Zinkula who was raised on a farm near Cedar Rapids says he's ready to lead, "I don`t know, I just feel like this is the place for me to be. I feel ca…

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Cars and kabooms planned Saturday in Colona

COLONA -- The 22nd annual Colona Freedom Celebration and Car Show is planned Saturday along the Hennepin Canal Parkway in the village.

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Playcrafters to hold auditions Saturday and Sunday

MOLINE -- Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., will hold auditions for two plays this weekend.

WQAD.com LogoU.S. Marine amputee fights through rejection, pain to become police officer

U.S. Marine amputee fights through rejection, pain to become police officer

OCEANSIDE, California -- 30-year old Chris Lawrence is about to realize his dream of becoming a police officer. But the road to get there hasn't been easy. Chris Lawrence, a Milwaukee native, joined the Marines when he was 20-years old and quickly found himself in Iraq. But his deployment was cut short, after an explosion damaged his feet and left arm. It was months before he started walking again, but when he did, his right leg wasn't responding and had to be amputated. In spite of his injuries, Lawrence started thinking about becoming a police officer. He moved to California and applied to …

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Regional Development Authority Board creates memorial scholarship to honor Ellis Kell

During its annual meeting Wednesday, the Regional Development Authority adopted a new mission statement, elected new officers and board members and approved a memorial scholarship gift offer in honor of Ellis Kell, RDA President Matt Mendenhall announced in a news……

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Today in history for Friday, June 23, 2017

Today is Friday, June 23, the 174th day of 2017. There are 191 days left in the year.

Quad-Cities Online LogoTiny crowds force Mini Makers to end annual show

Tiny crowds force Mini Makers to end annual show

MOLINE -- Attendance has grown too small for the Metro Mini Makers to continue its annual show and sale…

WQAD.com LogoMan ‘proposes’ to little girl after popping the question to her mom

Man ‘proposes’ to little girl after popping the question to her mom

FISHERS, Ind. — A 5-year-old girl is stealing the spotlight from her just-engaged mother, thanks to her stepfather-to-be's sweet, thoughtful proposal. When Grant Tribbett, of Westfield, Indiana and Cassandra Reschar started dating, she was already a single mom. Once Grant decided that it was time to propose, he asked one of Cassandra's girlfriends to book a nail appointment for the mother and daughter. The Saturday after they got their nails done, Grant took them to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Then, they went for a walk in the Ritchey Woods Forest Preserve in Indiana, where he finally p…

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Feds 'committed' to Chicago-Quad Cities passenger rail

WASHINGTON – The federal government remains committed to passenger rail service between the Quad-Cities and Chicago, according to Thursday testimony in a U.S. House of Representatives committee meeting.

WQAD.com LogoMissing boy who didn’t want to go to camp found on roof by TV news chopper

Missing boy who didn’t want to go to camp found on roof by TV news chopper

HIALEAH, Fla. – The search for a missing 11-year-old Florida boy ended when a television news helicopter spotted him camped out on the roof of the family home Tuesday afternoon, according to WTVT. “My mom is embarrassed,” Angel Gort told the station. “I didn’t mean to cause any trouble, and I didn’t mean to waste any of the police officers’ time.” Angel, who says he has ADHD, told reporters he didn’t want to go to camp and got into a fight that morning with his mother. He clambered onto the roof of his family’s Hialeah home but didn’t tell anyone wher…

WQAD.com LogoBoys wear skirts in England heat wave to protest school’s ‘no shorts’ policy

Boys wear skirts in England heat wave to protest school’s ‘no shorts’ policy

LONDON – As a record-breaking heat wave grips Britain, some teenage boys are protesting their school’s “no shorts” policy by donning skirts instead. Students at the Isca Academy in Exeter, England, turned up at school Thursday wearing skirts after their head teacher wouldn’t relax the dress code, which bans shorts. The teenagers argued it was just too hot to wear trousers as temperatures soared to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (nearly 27 C). Local news site Devon Live captured the scene outside the academy Thursday morning as schoolgirls doled out spare skirts to their class…

WQAD.com LogoNEWS 8 TRIO: Shaking up a summer staple

NEWS 8 TRIO: Shaking up a summer staple

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 don't want you to settle for just another glass of lemonade.  This summer, why not a try a trio of recipes that leave your taste buds happy all season long? Just chill!  More ice is nice... Isn't everything a little better with blueberries? Take strawberries and spice it up a bit 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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VanKerrebroeck returning to Annawan administration

ANNAWAN – Wednesday’s school board meeting was the last for retiring superintendent Joe Buresh.

Quad-City Times LogoLetcher becomes commander of Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center

Letcher becomes commander of Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center

The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center has a new commander.

Quad-City Times LogoBishop Zinkula takes over in Diocese of Davenport

Bishop Zinkula takes over in Diocese of Davenport

The pews were filled, the choir sang, organ music filled the air and more than 100 bishops, priests and deacons filed into the circular confines of St. John Vianney Catholic Church for the ordination of Bishop Thomas Zinkula.

WVIK LogoDetails On Arsenal Museum's Future Coming Soon

Details On Arsenal Museum's Future Coming Soon

Quad Citians should soon have more details about the future of the Rock Island Arsenal Army Museum.

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Hillsdale delays decisions on village treasurer, attorney

HILLSDALE -- Village board members could not agree Monday night on a replacement for village treasurer Barb Dillin.

Quad-Cities Online LogoBring on the carnival cuisine: Henry County delivers fair faves

Bring on the carnival cuisine: Henry County delivers fair faves

As the weather gets warmer, state and county fairs bring back food that can be found only once a year. Before avocado rolls and kale chips, we always had elephant ears and fried Twinkies.

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Davenport Diocese Welcomes New Bishop

Thomas Zinkula became the ninth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport Thursday in a standing room only mass at St. John Vianney.

Quad-Cities Online LogoStingrays, squids offer kids summer learning at Rock Island library

Stingrays, squids offer kids summer learning at Rock Island library

ROCK ISLAND -- Kids, teens and their parents could cut open squids and sting rays Thursday during the Dissection Lab at the Rock Island Main Library.

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Senate health care response splits along party lines

WASHINGTON -- A draft of the Senate counterpart legislation to overhaul the U.S. health system unveiled on Thursday would make drastic changes to the Medicaid program, but largely retain the existing federal tax credit structure from the 2010 health law.

Quad-Cities Online LogoBass Street fountain may sparkle again on Saturday

Bass Street fountain may sparkle again on Saturday

MOLINE -- The Bass Street plaza fountain could be fully operational again by Saturday.

WQAD.com LogoRock Island County Sheriff Bustos announces re-election bid

Rock Island County Sheriff Bustos announces re-election bid

ROCK ISLAND– Sheriff Gerry Bustos is running for re-election for the year 2018. He announced his bid on June 22nd. Bustos has served more than 30 years at the Rock Island County Sheriff’s office. He took over office back in September 2014, after previous Sheriff Jeff Boyd resigned due to an investigation leading to a cyber-stalking charges.  Bustos says he hopes to run a professional campaign and keep politics out of the race. “It’s about public service, it’s about law and order, not the political aspect of it. Again make no mistake I am a Democrat but that’…

WQAD.com LogoLocal organization collects school supplies to donate to kids

Local organization collects school supplies to donate to kids

DAVENPORT– United Way of the Quad Cities teamed up with 20 local businesses and unions to host a school supply drive. The drive took place on June 22nd at the Wood Intermediate school. It’s part of the organizations first “Day of Action.” The groups goal was to collect 10,000 basic school items such as pencils, paper, notebooks, and backpacks. “There are a lot of different students that are starting the school year out without the tools that they need and it’s so important so that they can focus on their school day instead of where they’re gonna get a …

WQAD.com LogoParents explain ‘heartbreaking’ surrogacy case, headed to the Supreme Court

Parents explain ‘heartbreaking’ surrogacy case, headed to the Supreme Court

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A first-of-its-kind case is being appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court following a surrogate pregnancy during which the relationship between the surrogate and Paul and Chantele Montover completely broke down. Paul and Chantele's story begins decades ago. "We started dating, we were 15 years old," said Paul and Chantele Montover, of Cedar Rapids, in an exclusive interview with WQAD News 8 in June, 2017. Both 50 years old now, Paul and Chantele rekindled their high school relationship five years ago. "We had both went through a divorce we met back with each other and histo…

WQAD.com LogoAgape Center hopes to build new facility to serve those in need in the Quad Cities

Agape Center hopes to build new facility to serve those in need in the Quad Cities

BETTENDORF - Serving truly comes from the heart for the volunteers at The Agape Center. "We open our door and it's unconditional love, just like our name is...  we don't turn anybody away," said Dana Myrick, volunteer. The center sits in Devils Glen Park, when they started back in May of 2016 they were serving around 70 families and now they help over 700 with food, clothing and household items. "Word of mouth, we are a very no judgment free zone, we have no judgment when anybody walks in," said Devyn Timbrook, volunteer. The current building they sit in, isn't big enough to serve the hund…

WQAD.com LogoDavenport business, hospitals, carefully watching health care legislation

Davenport business, hospitals, carefully watching health care legislation

DAVENPORT - There's a new million-dollar printing press to show how One Step Incorporated is growing during challenging times. The 22-year-old Davenport business has doubled its workforce to 40 and tripled sales over the last five years.  It prints a variety of items for businesses reaching from Chicago to the Quad Cities. But at the same time that it's enjoying solid growth, health insurance costs have also doubled over the same time frame. "No small business wants the government telling them they have to do this," said owner Doug May, on Thursday, June 22. One Step and its employees split …

WQAD.com LogoOvernight thunderstorms could become strong

Overnight thunderstorms could become strong

One more round of strong thunderstorms later tonight before the delightful, well advertised weather for the upcoming weekend moves in. What I’ll be keeping an eye on tonight will be a line of thunderstorms developing along the Minnesota/Iowa border.  They’ll move southeast compliments of a cold front. I’m expecting this line to be arriving in our northern counties sometime around midnight before leaving our southern counties around 4am.   During this time period, one of two of these storms may become severe with the highest threat being an intense wind gust close to 50 mph…

Quad-City Times LogoDavenport woman wins $10,000 in lottery game

Davenport woman wins $10,000 in lottery game

A Davenport woman is $10,000 richer after claiming a prize in an Iowa Lottery scratch game.

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Masons marking 300th year Saturday with Lyndon event

LYNDON -- Masonic lodges from the 6th Northern District are using their celebration of the 300th year of modern Freemasonry as an opportunity to teach others what being a Mason is all about.

WQAD.com LogoUS officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

US officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Grizzlies in all continental U.S. states except Alaska have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1975, when just 136 bears roamed in and around Yellowstone. There are now an estimated 700 grizzlies in the area that includes northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho, leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servi…

Quad-Cities Online LogoFormer Henry County sheriff honored for child abuse work

Former Henry County sheriff honored for child abuse work

CAMBRIDGE -- Former Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla has been named the Hero of Hope award recipient by Braveheart Children’s Advocacy Center in Cambridge.

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Sticky, new diocese leader, wild end to car chase

Noon update: Sticky, new diocese leader, wild end to car chase

WQAD.com LogoMotorcyclist kicks car in road rage incident, triggers chain-reaction crash

Motorcyclist kicks car in road rage incident, triggers chain-reaction crash

LOS ANGELES -- An apparent road-rage crash involving a motorcyclist and the driver of a sedan was captured on cellphone video Wednesday morning on the 14 Freeway near Los Angeles, according to KTLA. Police are investigating a crash on the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita on June 21, 2017. (Credit: Chris Traber) The crash was reported about 5:49 a.m. Wednesday on the southbound side of the 14 Freeway near Newhall Avenue in Santa Clarita, California Highway Patrol Officer Bond said. Tim Morrison and Chris Traber, who shot the video, were on their way to work when they say the driver of the silver s…

WQAD.com LogoFashion blogger, model dies after freak whipped cream accident

Fashion blogger, model dies after freak whipped cream accident

PARIS, France – French authorities are probing the death of a popular fashion blogger who was killed after a whipped cream dispenser exploded. Rebecca Burger was a fitness, travel and fashion enthusiast with more than 162,000 followers on Instagram. She was known for posting photos on social media and sharing tips on food and fitness. Burger also competed in beauty competitions across the globe. The  BBC, citing French media, reported that Burger died over the weekend after a whipped cream dispenser exploded and hit her in the chest, causing her to go into cardiac arrest. She was taken …

WQAD.com LogoWhat will happen to the Rock Island Arsenal Museum?

What will happen to the Rock Island Arsenal Museum?

On Friday, June 23 various arsenal commanders will hold a town hall meeting to address concerns about the arsenal. Arsenal leaders will start the meeting by giving an update on the golf course, quarters one and new housing developments. But the big question is, what will happen to the museum there? The future of the Rock Island Arsenal Museum has been in question since 2016. Last year, jobs were cut and museum collections were shipped off to another Army museum in Alabama. Questioning the museum`s future comes after the U.S. Army consolidated museums across the country. Those museums were the…

Quad-City Times LogoAmanda's picks: 6 things to do this weekend

Amanda's picks: 6 things to do this weekend

1. Watch Artists in motion…

WQAD.com LogoChef Scott: Spanish Brunch Pie

Chef Scott: Spanish Brunch Pie

BETTENDORF – Everyone's looking for two things in the morning: a new taste to our breakfasts and an easy meal to make. "You know, I don't get to make breakfast for you guys very often so I thought I'd do a nice Spanish Brunch," said Chef Brad Scott, the head of Scott Community College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center in Bettendorf. "Let's get started." 1.  Break 4 eggs into a bowl 2.  Whisk in 1 Tbsp of taco seasoning 3.  Spray pie pan with cooking spray 4.  Place four flour tortillas on the base of a pan to form a crust 5.  Add 1 cup pre-cooked sausage 6.  Add 2 cups…

WQAD.com LogoEverything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Whitey’s Ice Cream

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Whitey’s Ice Cream

MOLINE – It’s the place where having ice cream for breakfast or ice cream in the middle of winter is absolutely acceptable… and even encouraged. Whitey’s Ice Cream has been a staple of the Quad Cities since 1933, started by a man named Chester “Whitey” Lindgren and bought by Bob and Norma Tunberg in 1953. On Thursday, June 22nd, WQAD News 8 had “Breakfast With…” one of Bob and Norma’s sons, Jon Tunberg, who is the Co-Owner of Whitey’s with his brother, Jeff. During Good Morning Quad Cities, Jon took News 8’s Angie Sharp on…

WQAD.com LogoPhilando Castile shooting: Dashcam video shows rapid event

Philando Castile shooting: Dashcam video shows rapid event

(CNN) -- What's most shocking is how fast it happened. It took just 40 seconds for an ordinary traffic stop to turn deadly -- from a police officer saying, "Hello, sir," to him firing seven shots at a seated motorist. But the police dashboard camera video released Tuesday adds a visceral element to what police witnesses had described -- unnerving even in the context of other police shootings and after a video taken by Philando Castile's passenger went viral. Until Tuesday, few people had seen the dashcam video from July 6 when Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile in Minnesota. It was shown…

Quad-City Times LogoThe Big Story: A day in the life of Monsignor Zinkula

The Big Story: A day in the life of Monsignor Zinkula

On a rain-soaked May morning in Dubuque, Monsignor Thomas Zinkula opened the door to St. Pius X Seminary.

WQAD.com LogoExtreme heat today, followed by strong storms tonight

Extreme heat today, followed by strong storms tonight

Even though we've got a few isolated thunderstorms this morning, we will go mostly sunny through the day today. That will allow the atmosphere to heat into the lower 90s. As we warm up, a few isolated storms will be possible, just because of the heat and humidity. However, if we heat up or possible severe weather late tonight as a cold front sweeps through the region from the northwest. The timing of the storms will be after 9pm and before 2am Friday morning. The main threat will be damaging wind potential, along with very torrential rainfall. Also, systems like these that come after very hot…

WQAD.com LogoFBI investigating officer’s stabbing at Flint airport as terrorism

FBI investigating officer’s stabbing at Flint airport as terrorism

(CNN) -- A Canadian man yelled "Allahu akbar" before he allegedly stabbed a police officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport in what the FBI is investigating as a terrorist act, officials said. Amor Ftouhi, 49, has been charged with violence at an international airport, acting US Attorney Daniel Lemisch said in a statement. He had his initial court appearance late Wednesday afternoon and will remain in custody pending a full detention hearing next week, a US District Court official said. Ftouhi could face up to 20 years in prison and more charges could be added, officials said. It wasn't immedi…

WQAD.com LogoHow a ‘breatharian’ couple surviving on ‘universe’s energy’ fooled news outlets

How a ‘breatharian’ couple surviving on ‘universe’s energy’ fooled news outlets

NEW YORK – The sky is blue. The grass is green. Humans need food and water to survive. Well, unless you believe a story published in several major news outlets over the past week. Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castillo, a so-called "breatharian" couple, were spotlighted in widely-shared news articles claiming that they are able to survive off "the universe's energy" and refrain from eating, save a piece of fruit or vegetable broth three times a week. "Humans can easily be without food -- as long as they are connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing," Castillo was qu…

WQAD.com LogoChimpanzee dies after falling from branch during fight at Kansas City Zoo

Chimpanzee dies after falling from branch during fight at Kansas City Zoo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A violent exchange in a chimpanzee exhibit left an animal dead and the Kansas City Zoo staff mourning his loss, according to WDAF. Zoo regular Harold Miller said he's spent many mornings walked to the three-acre chimpanzee exhibit. He didn't realize Wednesday morning he was about to watch Bahati, a chimpanzee, fall about 40 feet to his death. "I heard the chimps making a racket even before I got near to the enclosure," Miller said. "It was obvious there was a lot more screaming this morning. Our staff went out to investigate and obviously saw that one of our chimpanzees,…

Quad-City Times LogoRick's Six: Humid, traffic changes, cat hoarding and Bix at Six

Rick's Six: Humid, traffic changes, cat hoarding and Bix at Six

1. Hot and humid in the Q-C…

WQAD.com LogoBBB: How You Can Spot QC Scams

BBB: How You Can Spot QC Scams

MOLINE- The Better Business Bureau is showing off its online website that helps you find out where there are local scams. The BBB's Chris Coleman spoke to us Wednesday, June 21 during WQAD News 8 at 11. The Scam Tracker website allows users to click on a row in the table below the map, to see who is trying scam residents. The BBB also has additional information on web purchasing scams and rental scams.  Encounter a scam? Report it via BBB's Scam Tracker. Need to check a business' credibility? Check BBB's Business Directory. …

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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NAACP presents Image Awards

The Rock Island County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 2017 Freedom Fund Banquet, is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Jumer’s Hotel and Casino, 777 Jumer’s Drive, Rock Island. The event theme is Steadfast and Immovable……





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