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Sunday, August 28th, 2016

WQAD.com LogoU.S. Government plans to spend $20 million on surplus cheese to help farmers and the hungry

U.S. Government plans to spend $20 million on surplus cheese to help farmers and the hungry

DONAHUE, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories in an effort to help farmers through a lagging dairy market and contribute to nationwide food banks. "We understand the nation's dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions and that food banks continue to see strong demand for assistance," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Currently, there is a 30-year-high cheese surplus in the United States according to the USDA. "There is a cheese surplus because there is a milk surplus," …

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What made this week tough for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

It’s been a tough week for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Starting with Clinton, this week saw the release of another 15,000 emails, which weren’t originally turned over to her attorneys. The new batch of emails were uncovered by the FBI on Tuesday from Clinton’s private email server. These emails were sent while she was Secretary of State and appear to show how Clinton Foundation donor gained access to the State Department, including a sports executive who donated millions of dollars and later got a visa for a British soccer player with a criminal past. Turning to Tr…

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River Roots Live is back with a twist for food lovers

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – River Roots Live is back in downtown Davenport this weekend, August 26-27, 2016. The two day event features 14 artists, or bands, fans can watch. Even though rain is in the forecast for this weekend, Downtown Davenport Director of Events, Jason Gilliland, says it will be business as usual. Rain or shine artists will have a cover over their heads while they perform. Fans won’t have the benefit of a cover, other than a few white tents set up around the park. Gilliland is encouraging fans that head down to River Roots Live to come prepared with some rain …

KWQC-TV6 LogoSplash Landing closes with 5th annual Doggy Splash Day

Splash Landing closes with 5th annual Doggy Splash Day

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – It was a much different scene today at one Bettendorf pool. Instead of kids splashing around, man’s best friend took to the water. Hundreds of dogs swam today at Splash Landing. It was Bettendorf Parks 5th annual Doggy Splash Day. Pet owners from across the QCA brought their four-legged friends to cool off and have some fun. Kathy Behncke of the Crow Creek Dog Park Committee loves to see all the dogs splash around each year. “There’s some showoffs going off the diving board which was awesome, I love that. And a lot of the dogs just met their…

WQAD.com LogoSinkhole closes portion of Washington Street in Davenport

Sinkhole closes portion of Washington Street in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A large sinkhole is causing detours in Davenport. The hole opened up in the afternoon Sunday, Aug. 28, on Washington Street near the intersection of W. 13th Street. Right now, Washington is closed for about a block at the site of the sinkhole.  …

WQAD.com LogoSplash Landing in Bettendorf hosts annual Doggy Splash

Splash Landing in Bettendorf hosts annual Doggy Splash

BETTENDORF, Iowa-- Splash Landing in Bettendorf was closed to humans Sunday August, 28, but it was open for the annual Doggy Splash. This is the last event the water park will host before closing for the summer. "It is  so much fun and the dogs are having such a ball and people are so appreciative that we get to do it at the end of the year that we just kept on with it," says Kathy Behnecke, organizer with the Crow Creek dog park. There were separate time slots for small, medium and large dogs to make sure all the animals got equal playing time in the pool.

WQAD.com LogoFarm Days gave Davenport families a taste of the farm life

Farm Days gave Davenport families a taste of the farm life

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Families got a taste of what makes farm life fun this weekend in the Village of East Davenport. Farm Days wrapped up Sunday afternoon, Aug. 28, with tractors, farm animals and wagon rides to entertain the crowds. The event took over 11th Street. Kids also got the chance to drive a tractor, participate in a tractor pull and learn how to milk a cow. 11th Street was blocked off between Mount and River streets during the festival, but is back open to traffic tonight. …

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QC native Miss Illinois heads to Miss America pageant

MOLINE, Illinois — Miss Illinois Jaryn Franklin headed off to the East Coast this morning for the 2017 Miss America Pageant. She was surrounded by family, friends and fans for her send off. The East Moline native is the first from the Quad Cities to be crowned Miss Illinois in more than 50 years. Over the next two weeks, she'll be in Atlantic City competing against 51 other contestants for the title. Franklin says it's a dream come true, all thanks to the people who've supported her. "I am just so thankful and so humble to be given this opportunity and I am so ready to take on miss America…

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Flash Flooding affects Sterling and surrounding area

Miller Rd & 2nd Ave in Sterling , IL Sent by Concha Sitter STERLING, Ill (KWQC)-  Heavy rain and thunderstorms flooded parts of Sterling this evening. According to the National Weather Service, water completely covered parts of Highway 30 near Sterling/Rock Falls. Sterling Police report that they responded to one stalled car in the 800 Block of West Le Fevere  Road in Sterling. Henry and Whiteside Counties are both under a flash flood warning until 11:15 Sunday Night. As always, do not drive through standing water. Turn around, don’t drown. Check the weather here.

WQAD.com LogoQuad City football historians replicate vintage game set in the 1920’s

Quad City football historians replicate vintage game set in the 1920’s

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- A group of Quad City football players got the chance to play the game the old fashioned way Sunday, August 28. Players from Rock Island and Moline played a flag football game as if it was set in the 1920's. Players wore period uniforms and replica leather helmets and even executed plays as written in a football handbook from the decade. Quad City football historians Chris Zimmerman and Simon Herrera organized the event to bring awareness to the pro football history at Douglas Park. "We had Jim Thorpe, who played for the (Rock Island) Independents, George Halas who pla…

KWQC-TV6 LogoVolunteer rescue and recovery unit trains new divers

Volunteer rescue and recovery unit trains new divers

PORT BYRON, Ill. (KWQC) – The Quad City community, surrounded by two rivers, has a need for rescue and recovery teams. Big River Rescue and Recovery unit trained new divers earlier today. The unit is entirely made up of volunteers, who respond to the call from first emergency responders. Leading the operation today were training officers Mark Poulos and Steve Ebel, who formed the group after recognizing a need for a recovery and rescue unit. “We noticed that none of the local emergency responding agencies had dive teams,” says Poulos. “Those that have dive teams let t…

KWQC-TV6 LogoRock Island hosts 1920’s vintage football game

Rock Island hosts 1920’s vintage football game

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – Douglas Park in Rock Island looked just like it did in the 1920’s on Sunday. Two teams, the Rock Island Independents and the Moline Universal Tractors, squared off in a flag football match. Teams were wearing custom replica jerseys and helmets, and they used a 1920’s style melon football. Some of the fans even dressed up for the era. Despite being in the same area at the same time, these teams never played each other in that era. “I didn’t know they played on this exact field at this exact location,” said Justin Schatteman, one…

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Handsome cop upstages rock stars in Northern Ireland

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Fans in Northern Ireland are keenly awaiting a Belfast music festival featuring Avicii and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But the build up to Friday’s event has been dominated by a policeman offering safety advice for the event. Though rarely receiving more than a few dozen responses to online posts, Police Service Northern Ireland got more than 3,000 when police officer Bobby Singleton advised revelers on how to behave responsibly at the concert. Singleton, who bears a passing resemblance to the U.S. actor Ben Afleck, earned the hashtag #OfficerHotStuff fr…

WQAD.com Logo‘Don’t Breathe’ knocks ‘Suicide Squad’ out of number one at box office

‘Don’t Breathe’ knocks ‘Suicide Squad’ out of number one at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The horror movie “Don’t Breathe” has reason to let out a big sigh of relief. Studio estimates released Sunday show audiences turned out in droves for the late summer thriller, which brought in $26.1 million. That’s more than double the early predictions for how the scary pic would perform, and far beyond the less than $10 million production budget. “Don’t Breathe” unseated “Suicide Squad” from its three week run atop the box office. “Suicide Squad” grossed $12.1 million, bringing its total to $282.9 million…

KWQC-TV6 LogoNavy gets $2.7B attack submarine sponsored by Michelle Obama

Navy gets $2.7B attack submarine sponsored by Michelle Obama

(AP) – An attack submarine that is sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state has been delivered to the U.S. Navy. Submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, based in Groton, Connecticut, delivered the submarine that will become the USS Illinois to the Navy on Saturday after nearly five and a half years of construction. The first lady, who’s from Chicago, will be involved in the life of the submarine and the lives of its sailors and their families. The submarine will become the USS Illinois, SSN 786, and begin its active service at a commissionin…

WQAD.com LogoGetting criminal psychiatric evaluations is slow in Iowa

Getting criminal psychiatric evaluations is slow in Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Nearly two months after a suspect in a Dubuque killing was ordered to have a psychiatric evaluation he was transferred to the facility earlier this month. The delay in Helmon Betwell’s case is fairly typical for Iowa defendants waiting for an evaluation at a state facility in Coralville, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports. The Iowa Medical and Classification Center has 18 beds to serve the entire state, and there is always a waiting list. Fred Scaletta with the state Corrections Department says the current waiting list has 11 people on it, and that is shorter tha…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWomen in US plan to go topless in push for equality

Women in US plan to go topless in push for equality

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Women around the U.S. plan to go topless as they hit the beach or march in parades in celebration of GoTopless Day, focused on promoting gender equality and women’s rights to bare their breasts in public. GoTopless Day is celebrated annually on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, marking the day American women earned the right to vote. Events planned include gatherings at beaches from New Hampshire to California and parades in New York City and Los Angeles featuring giant balloons shaped as breasts. Other celebrations are planned in cities across the globe. A…

KWQC-TV6 LogoVisitor misbehavior abounds as US parks agency turns 100

Visitor misbehavior abounds as US parks agency turns 100

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Tourist John Gleason crept through the grass, four small children close behind, inching toward a bull elk with antlers like small trees at the edge of a meadow in Yellowstone National Park. “They’re going to give me a heart attack,” said Gleason’s mother-in-law, Barbara Henry, as the group came within about a dozen yards of the massive animal. The elk’s ears then pricked up, and it eyed the children and Washington state man before leaping up a hillside. Other tourists — likewise ignoring rules to keep 25 yards from wildlife — picked up the…

KWQC-TV6 LogoNew corn disease found in Illinois field

New corn disease found in Illinois field

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois researchers say a new type of corn disease has been found in northern Illinois. The university said in a news release Friday that bacterial leaf streak was found in a field in DeKalb County. Confirmation of the bacterial disease brings the number of states where it has been found to nine. Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas are among them. Not much is known about bacterial leaf streak, including how damaging it may be or how to treat it. Assistant Dean for Agriculture Suzanne Bissonnette says anyone who suspects they have found the disease in a field should …

WQAD.com LogoUtah woman struggling to prove she’s alive after government declares her dead

Utah woman struggling to prove she’s alive after government declares her dead

ROY, Utah (KSL) — Barbara Murphy isn’t dead. But the federal government thinks she has been deceased for two years. “This is the walking dead,” she chuckles as she answers the phone at her home. She cracks similar jokes as she welcomes visitors into “the house of the living dead” or comments on how good she feels, considering her “condition.” Murphy says she has tried to see the humor in the situation that began two weeks ago. It keeps her from worrying about the potentially devastating consequences. “It’s the only thing carrying me thr…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWWII soldier finally laid to rest in Rhode Island after 74 years lost at sea

WWII soldier finally laid to rest in Rhode Island after 74 years lost at sea

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — It took 74 years, but one Rhode Island World War II soldier is finally being laid to rest at home. Army Capt. Elwood J. Euart of Pawtucket had been previously lost and unaccounted-for since October of 1942. Three nephews who never had the opportunity to know Euart met the casket along with a full military ceremony, as their uncle’s remains arrived on the T.F. Green tarmac Saturday morning. The nephews heard about their uncle through heroic stories and pictures that their mother and grandmother shared with them though. Euart met his fate just after saving six men …

WQAD.com LogoSouthern Illinois highway named for fallen Green Beret

Southern Illinois highway named for fallen Green Beret

HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — A roadway through a rural stretch of southern Illinois has been named for a 33-year-old Green Beret killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008. On Saturday, friends and community members gathered at an American Legion post in Highland to dedicate the stretch of highway that was the final leg of the journey to bring the soldier’s body back home. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gary Vasquez was killed in Yakhchal, Afghanistan, along with two other soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Highland native w…

KWQC-TV6 LogoData show increase in ex-offenders returning to Iowa prisons

Data show increase in ex-offenders returning to Iowa prisons

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New data show there’s an increase in the number of former Iowa inmates returning to prison, and corrections officials are still figuring out why. The Iowa Department of Corrections measures recidivism as the percent of offenders released from prison or work release who return to corrections within three years. For the budget year that ended in June, just over 1,600 offenders were in that category for a rate of 34.2 percent. That’s up from 31.9 percent the previous year, when just over 1,500 inmates returned. Lettie Prell, research director for the department, says…

WQAD.com LogoStudies: Illinois’ fixed-tuition law drives up others’ costs

Studies: Illinois’ fixed-tuition law drives up others’ costs

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Researchers say an Illinois law that locks in tuition rates for in-state students appears to have the unintended effect of driving up tuition for out-of-state students and fees for all. The law, which took effect in 2004, guarantees that a student starting as a freshman at a state university will pay the same tuition rate for four years. Only three other states have similar laws, Oklahoma, Texas and North Carolina. A recent study and another published last year show that tuition and fees started to rise much faster for non-resident students at Illinois state schools wh…

WQAD.com LogoData show increase in ex-offenders returning to Iowa prisons

Data show increase in ex-offenders returning to Iowa prisons

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New data show there’s an increase in the number of former Iowa inmates returning to prison, and corrections officials are still figuring out why. The Iowa Department of Corrections measures recidivism as the percent of offenders released from prison or work release who return to corrections within three years. For the budget year that ended in June, just over 1,600 offenders were in that category for a rate of 34.2 percent. That’s up from 31.9 percent the previous year, when just over 1,500 inmates returned. Lettie Prell, research director for the departme…

KWQC-TV6 LogoOne person rescued, but two still missing after a small plane crash near New Orleans airport

One person rescued, but two still missing after a small plane crash near New Orleans airport

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – U.S. Coast Guard officials say one person has been rescued and crews are searching for two others after a small plane crashed into a lake near a New Orleans airport. Multiple media reports say Coast Guard personnel responded to the scene Saturday night after the aircraft crashed in the vicinity of the Seabrook Bridge near Lakefront Airport. The airport is located adjacent to Lake Ponchatrain, about 10 miles northeast of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. Coast Guard officials say the Cessna training flight crashed about 8:30 p.m. The person rescued was transfer…

WQAD.com LogoShowers and storms end the weekend

Showers and storms end the weekend

Scattered showers will last throughout the afternoon. Majority of showers are looking to stay south of I-80. Temperatures will be slightly warmer than yesterday, only climbing into the mid 80s. Showers will move out during the evening hours, bringing in partly cloudy skies. Overnight lows will drop into the upper 60s. Scattered showers and storms will move in Monday and continue throughout the day. Meteorologist Kelsey Woodard Stay ahead of the weather! Download the News 8 Weather App  — for iOS, click here  and for Android, click here Download the free News 8 App — for iOS, click h…

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September Club Calendar

Club meeting announcements for October's calendar (to be published Sunday, Sept. 25) should be submitted by Sept. 12 to Club Calendar, c/o The Dispatch, 1720 5th Ave., Moline, IL 61265, or emailed to press@qconline.com.

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Out & About: Ya Maka My Weekend

The District of Rock Island was alive with reggae and Caribbean food again last weekend with the two-day Ya Maka My Weekend festival. It was the 25th year for the event.

Quad-City Times LogoWeek in Review: Here were some of the week's top stories

Week in Review: Here were some of the week's top stories

A definitive announcement about a case that stretches back 20 years was our top story of the week, and school issues also dominated the news.

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

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Editorial: We must not surrender to Illinois 'tyranny enshrined'

It may be tempting to throw in the towel and declare the entrenched Illinois political class the winner in the battle to take back our state.

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Letter: Reader takes issue with use of Berko column

Recently I wrote a note to your paper expressing my concern over the use of Malcom Berko as your weekly resource advisor on investments.

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Creative tension and polarization

When trying to sort out the relationship between individual rights and the common good, it is useful to look at two contrasting models of how this relationship might be envisioned.

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August’s end punctuated by dates to celebrate, remember

This last full week of August has been an interesting one.

Quad-Cities Online LogoAre successful music festivals dying breed in Q-Cs, elsewhere?

Are successful music festivals dying breed in Q-Cs, elsewhere?

The summer music festival season in the Quad-Cities winds down with River Roots Live this weekend and then the Rock Island Grand Prix and its concerts featuring The Travoltas over Labor Day.

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Time for soft-on-crime pollitcal attack detente

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. -- Matthew 5:7…

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Letter: Keep R.I. a clean city, reject backyard chickens

At Monday's Rock Island City Council meeting, Ald. Joshua Shipp was very outspoken in supporting having up to 10 live chickens in residential yards. Ald. Chuck Austin and Ald. Virgil Mayberry rightfully opposed it citing the terrible smell that would……

WQAD.com LogoBBQ from across the country at Davenport’s Ribfest 2016

BBQ from across the country at Davenport’s Ribfest 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The music and the BBQ were a draw for thousands of people who attended the annual River Roots Live and Ribfest at LeClaire Park on the Davenport riverfront. "Well there's a lot of different things to ribs, of course the sauce is huge," said Cherry Skahill, from Bettendorf, Iowa, who attended Ribfest 2016 on Saturday afternoon. Five vendors from across the United States and one local vendor set up for Ribfest 2016. Carolina Rib King was one of the national vendors. "[Ribfest] definitely gives us a chance to get our name out there and spread it out throughout the United S…

KWQC-TV6 LogoRock Island Police hope to see violence decline with continued community outreach efforts

Rock Island Police hope to see violence decline with continued community outreach efforts

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – In the Quad Cities area, there have been three separate shootings in the past three weeks. On Aug. 7, three people were shot and injured on 16 1/2 Street in Rock Island, then, less than a week later, another person was shot an injured on Railroad Ave. in Moline. A few days ago, another shooting in Rock Island near 12th Street and 12th Ave. took a man’s life. Hundreds gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center on Saturday for the 5th annual Rock Island County NAACP’s Community Day and Resource Fair. With all the recent violence, org…

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Nearly 1 million from Illinois served in WWII

As the Depression dragged into the late 1930s, the United States was faced with another threat, as another world war loomed in Europe and Asia. Illinois, as in other times of crisis, became a national leader in the effort.

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Islamic State has been diminished by attacks, US intelligence says

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies now view Islamic State as a shrinking and increasingly demoralized military force, a sharp shift from the seemingly invincible extremist army that declared an Islamist caliphate two years ago.

WQAD.com LogoRockridge, Sterling Newman meet in week 1

Rockridge, Sterling Newman meet in week 1

Sterling Newman host Rockridge in week 1 of the football season. This is the third straight year these two teams have played to open the season.  The game was delayed by weather.  Sterling Newman would win 36-13 after they finished the game on Sunday, August 28th.

KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa quarterback’s brother performs at Kinnick Stadium

Iowa quarterback’s brother performs at Kinnick Stadium

Iowa starting quarterback C.J. Beathard’s brother and country music artist Tucker Beathard performed Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium. The performance was part of the Back Porch Revival Concert. KWQC’s Gabriella Rusk tells the story.

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KWQC TV6 News at 10PM August 27 2016

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WQAD.com LogoVote for Week 1 Score Standouts

Vote for Week 1 Score Standouts

Vote for the week 1 Score Standouts. Take Our Poll…

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Celebrity birthdays, Aug. 28, 2016

Actor Sonny Shroyer is 81. Actor Ken Jenkins is 76. Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen is 76. Actor David Soul is 73. Former pop singer-musician Honey Lantree (The Honeycombs) is 73. Former MLB manager and player Lou Piniella is……

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Bonus Highlight Zone highlights on Saturday

There were a few games that didn’t make the Highlight Zone on Friday due to time restraints. Here are those highlights recapped on Saturday.

Quad-Cities Online LogoTimber Rattlers win another tight one over QC

Timber Rattlers win another tight one over QC

DAVENPORT -- Quad Cities River Bandits starter Yoanys Quiala was perfect in his first trip through the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers lineup on Saturday night.

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Saturday sports briefs

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Quad-Cities Online LogoNavy gets $2.7B attack submarine sponsored by Michelle Obama

Navy gets $2.7B attack submarine sponsored by Michelle Obama

An attack submarine that is sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state has been delivered to the U.S. Navy.

Quad-Cities Online LogoSilvis moonlight parade called a hoot

Silvis moonlight parade called a hoot

SILVIS -- Prayers for bright moonbeams instead of shower streams were answered Saturday in Silvis.

WQAD.com LogoCreekside Vineyards volunteers coming together to make QC wine

Creekside Vineyards volunteers coming together to make QC wine

COAL VALLEY, Illinois — Every year around the end of summer volunteers come to the Creekside Vineyards to pick thousands of grapes. For owner Jennifer Mital, it's a chance to connect with the community while getting the extra help she needs. "Part of our work here  in the vineyards start all the way back in March... So really this is our last big push to get all these healthy grapes off," she says. Grape picking, she says, is also a way to keep a bit of Illinois' history around for years to come. "Before prohibition there were more vineyards in Illinois than corn and soybean fields.   (…

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Rockets bolstered by opening-week matchup with Sterling Newman

STERLING -- For the fourth straight year, the Rockridge football team dove head-first into the waters of a new season.

Quad-Cities Online LogoHot conditions can't cool off Geese as they win their own tourney

Hot conditions can't cool off Geese as they win their own tourney

KEWANEE — Volleyball tournaments can be mentally and physically draining, but when you add gym temperatures approaching 100-degrees, the heat and humidity can help things get messy.

KWQC-TV6 Logo“Vettes Supporting Vets” raises money for Vietnam veterans

“Vettes Supporting Vets” raises money for Vietnam veterans

LE CLAIRE, Iowa (KWQC) – You may have seen hundreds of Corvettes on the Le Claire levy today. The annual “Vettes Supporting Vets” took place, supporting Vietnam veterans. “We wanna honor our veterans and show our support. Most of these veterans groups are not federally funded,” said Randy Huber, the fundraiser’s organizer. “So, all the money they raise for the year is money they actually raise. So, they don’t get it from the federal government. So, we help with that.” Each generation of Corvette was judged in its own category. A record 3…

Quad-Cities Online LogoNAACP dispenses cubes of advice at resource fair

NAACP dispenses cubes of advice at resource fair

ROCK ISLAND -- Despite a broken ice maker, local NAACP members were able to supply plenty of ice and nice advice Saturday.

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Funerals for Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

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Deaths for Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Coppens, Maxine, 90, Racine, Wis.; Maresh-Meredith and Acklam, Racine.

WQAD.com LogoQC kids get new shoes ahead of Quad Cities Marathon

QC kids get new shoes ahead of Quad Cities Marathon

EAST MOLINE, Illinois —The Quad Cities Marathon is less than a month away, and this year the event is helping future runners succeed. Organizers of the QC Marathon announced a new program today called Shoes for Kids. Sponsors of this year's race donated 75 pairs of shoes to 75 kids, who will all get free entry into a QC Marathon Weekend Race. The goal is to encourage all kids to live a healthy, active lifestyle. That's something adults and kids are excited about. My favorite part of today is we get new shoes and I'm super happy," said A'lyvia Perry. Race director Joe Mareno hopes the kids w…

KWQC-TV6 LogoRib Fest and River Roots Live off to a successful start

Rib Fest and River Roots Live off to a successful start

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – River Roots Live and Rib Fest are in full swing along the river front. The annual events include live music today and tonight and lots of food vendors filling LeClaire Park. We caught up with a few people enjoying some bands; they tell us they look forward to this weekend every year. “I go every year,” said Kim Taylor of Moline, Illinois. “I love the music, I love sitting out, listening. I’m bringing my grandkids tomorrow.” River Roots Live features a lineup of more than ten artists and bands.

WQAD.com LogoA clown is trying to lure kids into the woods, South Carolina residents say

A clown is trying to lure kids into the woods, South Carolina residents say

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (WHNS) — A note some Greenville County residents found on their apartment doors has them concerned for the safety of their neighborhood, reports WHNS. Residents at Fleetwood Manor Apartments reportedly received letters on Wednesday, Aug. 24, stating the property management has received complaints of a person dressed as a clown trying to “lure children into the woods.” The letter, which appears to be printed on Fleetwood Manor Apartments letterhead, reminds the public children should never be alone or walking through the woods at night. The property man…

KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa Utilities Board approves huge wind energy project

Iowa Utilities Board approves huge wind energy project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a wind turbine operation it says will be the nation’s largest wind energy project. Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy is behind the planned $3.6 billion wind turbine operation that will generate up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity. MidAmerican Energy said that is enough 800,000 homes and the project will see 85 percent of the company’s Iowa customer needs met through wind energy by 2020. Bill Fehrman, the utility’s CEO and president, announced the project in April. The company said Friday in a news release that the locatio…

WQAD.com LogoDomino’s delivers pizza by drone in New Zealand

Domino’s delivers pizza by drone in New Zealand

Watch Video WASHINGTON — In New Zealand, pizzas will soon be dropping from the heavens. Domino’s demonstrated its ability to deliver food via a drone Thursday in New Zealand and plans to test actual deliveries to customers next month. “It doesn’t add up to deliver a two kilogram package in a two-ton vehicle,” said Scott Bush, a general manager for Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, which is independent of the U.S. chain and operates in seven countries. “In Auckland, we have such massive traffic congestion it just makes sense to take to the airways.” A …

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Births for Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

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WQAD.com LogoShowers chances remain in the forecast

Showers chances remain in the forecast

Clouds will build in tonight. A few isolated showers and thunderstorms cannot be ruled out during the evening hours. Overnight lows will drop into the upper 60s. Tomorrow will start off dry, though we could see a little patchy fog. Partly cloudy skies will stick around before showers and storms pop up late in the afternoon. Majority of showers are looking to stay south of I-80. Temperatures will be slightly warmer than today, climbing into the mid 80s. Scattered showers and storms will move in Monday. Meteorologist Kelsey Woodard Stay ahead of the weather! Download the News 8 Weather App  …

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EM's Jaryn Franklin represents Illinois in pageant

Just before she leaves for the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Jaryn Franklin will be part of a send-off on Sunday morning at the Quad-City International Airport.

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Lorant 'Rancy' Tucker

Lorant "Rancy" Tucker, 52, of Davenport, died Aug. 23, 2016, at Clarissa Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

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Alan Stroud

Alan E. Stroud, 78, of Bettendorf, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Clarissa Cook Hospice House.

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Albert Sebille

Albert Sebille, 80, of Davenport, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at Genesis East.

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Cecil Ritter

Cecil Ritter, 76, of Blue Grass, Iowa, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at home.

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Leo Kedley

Leo Francis Kedley, of Davenport, died Aug. 25, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice, Bettendorf.

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Kenneth Yarger

Kenneth L. "Kenny" Yarger, 86, of Kewanee, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at home.

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Wayne Thompson

Wayne S. Thompson, 76, of Annawan, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.

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Reba Ropp

Reba F. Ropp, 83, of Colona, died Aug. 26, 2016, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.

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Janet Quanstrom

Janet Quanstrom, 75, of Kewanee, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at Saint Luke, Kewanee.

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Roger Mann

Roger Mann, 73, of Galva, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Quad-Cities Online LogoMark Lunde

Mark Lunde

Dr. Mark W. Lunde, 72, of Chicago, formerly of Cambridge, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago with his family by his side. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at……

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Louis Turilli

Louis Turilli, 101, of East Moline, passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at his home.

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James Manley

James Manley, 64, of Rock Island, passed away on Aug. 23, 2016, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.

Quad-Cities Online LogoLeah Corken

Leah Corken

Leah Alice Corken, 83, passed away on Aug. 19, 2016, of natural causes.

Quad-Cities Online LogoMaxine Coppens

Maxine Coppens

Maxine Coppens, 90, of Racine, Wis., passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Home Harbor.

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De'Mar Bester

De'Mar De'Angelo Bester, 24, of Rock Island, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.

Quad-Cities Online LogoLucille Beeding

Lucille Beeding

Lucille A. "Lucy" Beeding, 79, of Rock Island, passed from this world into heaven after a courageous battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.

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Linnea 'Whoopie' VanAcker

Linnea J. "Whoopie" VanAcker, 87, of Moline, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.

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Thomas Scott Sr.

Thomas R. Scott Sr., 88, of Moline, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in his home.

Quad-Cities Online LogoIlene Hedstrom

Ilene Hedstrom

Ilene Lorraine Hedstrom, 84, of Moline, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, where she lived the past two years.

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New corn disease found in Illinois field

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois researchers say a new type of corn disease has been found in northern Illinois.

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Northwest Indiana seeking to lure Chicago commuters

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — Indiana cities along Lake Michigan's southern shore hope to lure more Chicago residents with revitalized downtowns and a new commuter train track.

Quad-Cities Online LogoReport: Black men, boys shot most by Chicago police

Report: Black men, boys shot most by Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — After threatening to sue, the Chicago Tribune has obtained data from the city's police department that tracks every time an officer has opened fire in the city over the past six years. The vast majority of those……

WQAD.com Logo1934 letter reveals a livid Bonnie and Clyde

1934 letter reveals a livid Bonnie and Clyde

This image provided Wednesday by RR Auction of Boston shows the last page of an April 1934 letter from Depression-era gangsters Bonnie and Clyde to a former member of their gang they felt had betrayed them. (Uncredited) The cursive is Bonnie’s; the signature, Clyde’s. A four-page letter written by the duo in April 1934 is hitting the auction block in September, and it’s a fiery one. It’s addressed to one Raymond Hamilton, a one-time member of their gang who, at the time the letter was written, was behind bars in the Dallas County Jail. That he was there was a reflection…

Quad-Cities Online LogoA monumental task: Getting Mainers to support a new park

A monumental task: Getting Mainers to support a new park

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — Among the empty storefronts on once-bustling Penobscot Avenue, longtime resident Jean McLean stood in her art gallery, the sole employee left at a business that once had three.

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English no longer a must for NYC cabbies

NEW YORK (AP) — People who hope to drive New York City's famous yellow cabs must pass tests on such details as driving rules and where they can pick up passengers. But one test they no longer have to take?……

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Wal-Mart takes Texas to court to crack liquor-sales market

HOUSTON (AP) — Wal-Mart's court fight to sell liquor at its stores in Texas looks to be back on track, but the courtroom is getting crowded.

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Hillsdale board critic Bubba Brooks gets a warning

HILLSDALE -- For 32 years, Dan "Bubba" Brooks has without incident driven his semi truck through the streets of Hillsdale to and from his home on Warren Avenue.

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RI shows support on Community Day

Kids jumping in bouncy houses, a deejay mixing up the music and a dizzying array of information about community resources kept families informed and entertained Saturday in Rock Island.

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Italy buries quake dead, recalls sisters embracing in rubble

ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country’s devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying to save as many people as possible. In the central town of Ascoli Piceno, they gathered to bid farewell to 35 of the 291 people confirmed dead so far after the quake that struck a swath of countryside early Wednesday at the foothills of the central Apennine mountains. Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole, left, delivers his speech as he celebrates…

Quad-City Times LogoDrugs, mental illness are dangerous pair

Drugs, mental illness are dangerous pair

For Pat Dwyer, the pain of losing his daughter, Emily, is so horrible that he can't face it all at once.

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Ultra-marathon runner reunited with missing stray dog

LONDON (AP) — An ultra-marathon runner has been reunited with the stray dog that accompanied him through part of a grueling desert race in China and then went missing.

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Trump says he will end 'war on American farmer'

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump warned Saturday of a "war on the American farmer," telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton "wants to shut down family farms" and implement anti-agriculture policies.

Quad-Cities Online LogoScams and waste loom over fundraisers for Orlando shooting

Scams and waste loom over fundraisers for Orlando shooting

The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight.





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