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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

KWQC-TV6 LogoTrump picks former Ga. Gov. Perdue to lead USDA

Trump picks former Ga. Gov. Perdue to lead USDA

WASHINGTON (AP) – A person familiar with the decision says President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary. The person who revealed Trump’s pick was not authorized to speak publicly before it is announced. Perdue is a 70-year-old agribusiness owner and veterinarian. He made Georgia history in 2002 when he became the first Republican elected governor since the aftermath of the Civil War. His election marked the completion of Georgia’s shift to a solidly Republican state after generations of Democratic control. Perdue&…

KWQC-TV6 LogoFormer Iowa lawmaker sentenced to federal prison

Former Iowa lawmaker sentenced to federal prison

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Kent Sorenson had reason to be confident walking into court Tuesday morning. Even the federal prosecutor was recommending the former state senator receive 2 years probation instead of prison. Sorenson had pleaded guilty to both charges related to the secret payments he accepted from 3 former Ron Paul campaign operatives in exchange for switching his endorsement to their candidate days before the 2012 Republican Caucus. Sorenson’s cooperation with federal investigators was key to convicting the three men, which is why the prosecutor told the judge he can s…

WQAD.com LogoBoy becomes world’s youngest recipient of smaller artificial heart

Boy becomes world’s youngest recipient of smaller artificial heart

CHICAGO -- As he awaits a heart transplant, a boy from the Chicago suburb of Aurora became the youngest person in the world to receive a smaller version of a temporary artificial heart, according to WGNTV. Jaheim Whigham, 11, is one of the most popular patients at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He says the artificial heart he received six weeks ago makes him feel like a robot. On Tuesday, the Lurie cardiac team, his family and his army of caregivers proudly talked about his status as a medical marvel -- the world's youngest recipient of the 50cc SynCardia Total Arti…

WQAD.com LogoIllinois attorney general’s office sues student loan company for fraud

Illinois attorney general’s office sues student loan company for fraud

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is suing the nation’s largest student loan company, alleging unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection. The lawsuit filed Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Cook County seeks restitution and penalties. It names Navient Corporation and several company subsidiaries, as well as Sallie Mae Bank. Navient formerly was part of Sallie Mae. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a separate lawsuit Wednesday, alleging Navient made it harder to repay loans by giving bad information, processing pay…

WQAD.com Logo‘A Dog’s Purpose’ under fire after TMZ publishes leaked video of German shepherd

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ under fire after TMZ publishes leaked video of German shepherd

WINNIPEG, Canada – Animal lovers are calling for a boycott of “A Dog’s Purpose” Wednesday, Jan. 18, after TMZ published disturbing video the site says was taken on the set. The video was recorded in 2015 at a set outside Winnipeg, Canada, according to TMZ. The footage shows the dog struggling to stay out of the swirling, frothy water as a trainer forces it in. Sources told TMZ that eight outboard motors were used to create the churning water. Another man, who doesn’t appear on camera, can be heard saying, “He ain’t gonna calm down until he goes in the …

KWQC-TV6 LogoDavenport Police Department inviting more people to become officers

Davenport Police Department inviting more people to become officers

Davenport, IA (KWQC) The Davenport Police Department is hiring, and they’ll be holding a workshop for potential police officers tonight. But many people have their reservations when it comes to signing their name on the dotted line to protect and serve. That’s according to Davenport Police Officer, Scott Fuller, a 15 year veteran, who says he knows why people stay away from the job. “When something happens to a family member or someone that works in the same profession as you, such as De Moines, Dallas, it affects us all,” said Fuller. “It tells you how particul…

KWQC-TV6 LogoRivermont Collegiate to expand

Rivermont Collegiate to expand

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf plans to expand on its campus as it also re-introduces a boarding school program. School officials announced it’s Capital Campaign today. Construction will come in phases: the first includes remodeling an existing building into a girl’s dorm, the second phase aims to start new construction. There are plans to build on to add a new hall with a STEM center for science, technology, engineering and math; a student center; and a dorm for boys. The boarding program is open to students grades 9 through 12, and the hope i…

KWQC-TV6 LogoTow truck company rams second house in two weeks

Tow truck company rams second house in two weeks

MOLINE, Il. (KWQC)- Wednesday morning a tow truck plowed through one Moline home. According to the Moline Police Department, the incident happened around 2 a.m. on the corner of 10th Avenue and 53rd Street. Charles Short rents the home and said he woke up to the tow truck five feet away from where he was sleeping. “When it hit, it took me a second to realize that it wasn’t a dream,” Shot said. “Then I realized a truck hit it, I could see it, it was in my house.” However, this isn’t the first time Bridgeway Towing has crashed into a home. Less than two week…

WQAD.com LogoIowa City police won’t use resources to enforce immigration law

Iowa City police won’t use resources to enforce immigration law

Iowa City has adopted a new policy making it clear that local police won't be involved in immigration enforcement. The City Council passed the resolution unanimously on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Under the policy, police will not make an effort to detect undocumented immigrants, and the city will not devote any resources to enforcing federal immigration law. "We don't believe it's the business of our community to enforce federal immigration laws, that's the federal government's job. And most importantly, it's the federal government's job to pay for it," said council member Rockne Cole. City l…

WQAD.com LogoThe Snow Drought Continues: Could We See No More Snow This January?

The Snow Drought Continues: Could We See No More Snow This January?

It’s pretty odd that we’ve made it past the middle part of January, and there’s almost been no snow! So far this month, we’ve seen only a trace of snow in the Quad Cities. Because of that, we’re in the running for one of the least snowy Januaries on record. Only two other years we have seen a virtually snowless January (1944 and 1989). The average amount of snowfall accumulation for January in the QC is 9.4 inches. Granted, January isn’t over yet. We still have several days left until the end of the month. However, temperatures for the rest of the week and t…

WQAD.com Logo‘Penguin shuffle’ is the proper way to walk on ice

‘Penguin shuffle’ is the proper way to walk on ice

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to walk on the ice, reports Jodi Whitworth with WHO. The Iowa Illinois Safety Council has one of two “slips, trips and fall” simulators in the state. “The idea isn’t to teach you how to walk again. It’s to teach you how to recognize when you’re in the situation and get out of it safely,” says executive director of Iowa Illinois Safety Council, Adam Lathrop. Experts say the best way to walk on the ice is to march, despite the common penguin shuffle. They also say you should look straight ahead, keep your a…

WQAD.com LogoMoline police ask for help finding man wanted for home invasion and arson

Moline police ask for help finding man wanted for home invasion and arson

Moline police are asking for the public's help to try and find a man wanted on home invasion and arson charges in the city. Rosalio Arguero, 21, is accused of forcing his way into a home on 4th Avenue and 48th Street in Moline in the middle of the night Saturday, then coming back and setting a fire outside. "He forced entry in order to get into the home, and then it was just a short time later, the occupants of the home had left, that the house started on fire," said Moline Det. Scott Williams. "The house was full of smoke. Thank God, the fire department got there when it did, it would have b…

WQAD.com LogoIowa DOT continues to put in work following ice storm

Iowa DOT continues to put in work following ice storm

DES MOINES - It's been a busy few days for the Iowa Department of Transportation workers, and the work isn't quite done yet. The ice storm over the weekend forced some DOT crews to put in almost 400 hours. They will now spend the next couple of days cleaning brine off trucks, refilling pot holes and fixing damaged signs and guard rails along the roads. "It's crucial. We are minutemen. Once we know, once we are aware that something is compromised, especially critical signs that are going to warn the traveling public they gotta stop or merge. We have to get out there and get it repaired. If a s…

WQAD.com LogoLow income schools skeptical of Obama’s last minute policy push

Low income schools skeptical of Obama’s last minute policy push

CARBON CLIFF, Illinois-- The Obama administration is considering a last minute policy that would give almost $1 billion to schools with large numbers of low income students. But Eagle Ridge superintendent Andy Richmond is skeptical his district will ever see these federal funds. Here in Mr. Hughes' first grade classroom, students are confident in their reading skills. But when Superintendent Richmond read about the new policy, he wasn't so confident. In his final days in office, President Obama is trying to pass a bill that would cut spending from wealthier schools and funnel money, almost $1…

KWQC-TV6 LogoState attorney general alleges fraud at student loan company

State attorney general alleges fraud at student loan company

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is suing the nation’s largest student loan company, alleging unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County seeks restitution and penalties. It names Navient Corporation and subsidiaries, including Sallie Mae Bank. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a separate lawsuit Wednesday, alleging Navient made it harder to repay loans by giving bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to address complaints. Madigan alleges the …

KWQC-TV6 LogoW. Virginia sheriff accused of meth theft pleads to felony, resigns

W. Virginia sheriff accused of meth theft pleads to felony, resigns

SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) – A prosecutor says a newly elected West Virginia sheriff who admitted he was a meth addict and was charged with stealing the drug from a police locker has pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned from office. Bo Williams entered the plea to a charge of entering without breaking Wednesday in Roane County Circuit Court. County Prosecutor Josh Downey says Williams was accused of taking methamphetamine from the storage area when he was a Spencer police officer last fall. He resigned in December, a month after being elected sheriff. He took office this month. According to …

KWQC-TV6 LogoWorld’s primates facing extinction crisis, new report says

World’s primates facing extinction crisis, new report says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct, and scientists say it’s our fault that our closest living relatives are in trouble, a new international study warns. About 60 percent of the more than 500 primate species are “now threatened with extinction” and 3 out of 4 primate species have shrinking populations, according to a study published in Wednesday’s journal Science Advances. While scientists had tracked dwindling numbers of individuals and groups of primates in forests around the world, this is the first b…

WQAD.com LogoPutnam’s upcoming Beatles exhibition seeks your help

Putnam’s upcoming Beatles exhibition seeks your help

DAVENPORT, Iowa — If you have a concert ticket from a Beatles concert, the Putnam Museum may want to talk to you. The Putnam Museum and Science Center is searching for Beatles memorabilia to put on display with their upcoming exhibit The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition. Items can include ticket stubs, lunch boxes, posters, or anything you may have related to the band. Items will be on loan to the Putnam, and will be returned after the exhibit closes June 4, 2017. The exhibit opens March 11. “The Magical History Tour will take visitors on a journey from the begin…

KWQC-TV6 LogoPutnam seeks Quad City Beatles memorabilia as part of upcoming exhibit

Putnam seeks Quad City Beatles memorabilia as part of upcoming exhibit

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – With a little help from its friends, the Putnam Museum hopes to soon have a special collection of Beatles memorabilia provided by fans in the Quad Cities. The Putnam announced Wed., Jan.18, 2017 that it is looking for Beatles memorabilia to go on display as part of its new exhibit, The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition. Local memorabilia can include anything from a concert ticket stub to items related to the Fab Four. Local items will be on loan and returned to owners after the exhibit closes on June 4th, 2017. If you have Beatles items and w…

WQAD.com LogoMilder each day… Next batch of rain not too far away

Milder each day… Next batch of rain not too far away

It took a while but the sunshine finally made its appearance as temperatures climbed just over the 40 degree mark. Skies will remain fair tonight as temperatures drop around the 30 degree mark. On Thursday, clouds will quickly return followed by another round of rain showers developing later that day.  This flow of moisture is coming right out of the south, so temperatures will have no problem reaching the mid 40s.  The rain will continue that night before ending Friday morning as highs that day return once again in the 40s. 50 degree plus temperatures are still in the cards come this weeken…

KWQC-TV6 LogoRauner budget office says Senate plan won’t erase deficit

Rauner budget office says Senate plan won’t erase deficit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office estimates a Senate proposal to break a nearly two-year Illinois budget deadlock would still leave the treasury billions of dollars in the red. The review obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press shows tax increases floated in the Senate plan would increase revenue by $1.7 billion. But it says it adds more than $4 billion in spending. Republican Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature have locked horns since early 2015 on how to allocate state tax dollars. The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget says if noth…

KWQC-TV6 Logo2 proposals address Illinois’ minimum wage

2 proposals address Illinois’ minimum wage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two proposals on raising Illinois’ minimum wage will be tackled by the new Illinois General Assembly. The Herald and Review reports Senate members have proposed raising the current minimum wage, which is $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until reaching $11 in 2021 as part of a bipartisan budget package. A proposed bill by House members is meanwhile looking to bump up minimum wage to $15 an hour by October. Senate approved bills in 2014 and 2015 to raise the minimum wage to $11 by 2019. The House has not yet approved a minimum wage increase. About 63 percent of …

Quad-City Times LogoBenefit concert to celebrate Ellis Kell's memory, support his family

Benefit concert to celebrate Ellis Kell's memory, support his family

At the Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert slated for Saturday at the RiverCenter, Davenport, dozens of area musicians will take the stage to honor Kell, the Quad-City icon who died in December.

WQAD.com LogoMarine killed in training exercise was Florida 19-year-old

Marine killed in training exercise was Florida 19-year-old

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — The Marine Corps says the Marine killed during a live-fire training exercise at a California desert base was a 19-year-old from Florida. The military branch said in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 18, that Lance Cpl. Austin J. Ruiz of Naples, Florida, served as a combat engineer with the III Marine Expeditionary Force based in Okinawa, Japan. Ruiz was killed Friday during training that involved firearms in preparation for a larger exercise at Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base in Southern California. A second Marine was flown to a Palm Springs hospital and is list…

WQAD.com LogoProposals address Illinois’ minimum wage

Proposals address Illinois’ minimum wage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two proposals on raising Illinois’ minimum wage will be tackled by the new Illinois General Assembly. Senate members have proposed raising the current minimum wage, which is $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until reaching $11 in 2021 as part of a bipartisan budget package, the Herald and Review reports. A proposed bill by House members is meanwhile looking to bump up minimum wage to $15 an hour by October. Senate approved bills in 2014 and 2015 to raise the minimum wage to $11 by 2019. The House has not yet approved a minimum wage increase. About 63 percent…

KWQC-TV6 LogoHand-in-Hand’s 2017 Chili Cook-Off – Jan. 28

Hand-in-Hand’s 2017 Chili Cook-Off – Jan. 28

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Want to eat chili and help out a good cause? Come out and support Hand-in-Hand’s annual fundraiser, the Chili Cook-Off. The event takes place on January 28, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds New Fair Center Building. Children 5 and under are free, children 6-12 years old are $5, adults are $15, and a pair of adults are $25. The event features chili tasting from over 20 chili teams made up of local individuals and businesses such as Cure It With Corn, John Deere, Happy Joe’s, Fidlar Technologies, QC Hash House Harriers, F…

WQAD.com LogoBuffalo Elementary School students learn through virtual reality headsets

Buffalo Elementary School students learn through virtual reality headsets

BUFFALO, Iowa — Students at Buffalo Elementary School are the recipients of three Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets programmed with content from Davenport-based Victory Enterprises. "My favorite part about doing the virtual reality is probably just being able to go from Buffalo school automatically to space in two seconds," said Shelbi Buchanan, a fifth grader at Buffalo Elementary School. Buffalo is the first school in the country to use the content. Students got to try out the headsets at an unveiling on Tuesday, January 17 inside the school's new lab. The headsets look like high-tec…

WQAD.com LogoGeorge HW Bush in ICU, wife also hospitalized

George HW Bush in ICU, wife also hospitalized

HOUSTON (CNN) -- Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, have both been hospitalized, his spokesman said Wednesday, Jan. 18. President Bush, 92, was admitted to intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital to address "an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation," his spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a statement. Barbara Bush also was admitted to the hospital Wednesday morning as a precaution after "experiencing fatigue and coughing," McGrath said in the same st…

KWQC-TV6 LogoQC Democrats hold Standing Up for Principles rally tonight

QC Democrats hold Standing Up for Principles rally tonight

ROCK ISLAD, Ill (KWQC) – The Rock Island County Democratic Party along with the Quad City Federation of Labor have organized a “Standing Up for Our Principles,” a rally for Wed. Jan. 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. The rally is headlined by national and local leaders urging action at the local, state and federal levels. Speakers include: Michael T. Carrigan is the president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the federation of labor unions representing 900,000 Illinois workers. Glenn Poshard, former U.S. Congressman and president emeritus of the Southern Illinois University System Clem Balanoff, who ran…

KWQC-TV6 LogoUS Reps from the QCA to attend inauguration

US Reps from the QCA to attend inauguration

QUAD CITIES (KWQC) — Despite their differing opinions on policy with the president-elect, two local representatives say they will attend the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday, January 20, 2017, along with Senator Dick Durban (D-IL). Congresswoman from the 17th District Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced that she plans to attend the inauguration as well as the Women’s March in Chicago on Saturday. “Despite my vehement disagreement with President-elect Trump’s behavior and billionaires-first agenda, I plan to stand with Presidents Obama and Clinton, Secretary Cli…

WQAD.com LogoFive pounds of shaved fur later, Sinbad the cat gets new lease on life

Five pounds of shaved fur later, Sinbad the cat gets new lease on life

Meet Sinbad -- the abandoned Persian cat who won the internet's heart with his amazing recovery story after having five-pounds of matted fur shaved off him by friends at the Anti-Cruelty Society. The Anti-Cruelty Society is launching a new program that will focus on helping pet owners who can no longer care for their pets. If you are in that situation, you can contact them at: (312) 644-8338 or anticruelty.org. You can also follow Sinbad's adventures on Instagram and Facebook.  …

WQAD.com LogoIllinois among states pushing for cost-free vasectomies

Illinois among states pushing for cost-free vasectomies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Call it contraception equality. Vasectomies, which are not covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law, are increasingly being included in state measures that would require insurers to provide cost-free coverage of birth control. Backers of laws and proposals in such states as Illinois, Vermont, Maryland and most recently New York say that if women can get tubal ligation with no out-of-pocket costs, men should be able to get their surgical sterilization covered cost-free as well. Such state measures are seen as a key backup if the federal mandate is repea…

WQAD.com LogoAttorney who tried to hypnotize clients for sexual pleasure caught on video

Attorney who tried to hypnotize clients for sexual pleasure caught on video

SHEFFIELD, Ohio -- A disturbing video released on Tuesday shows an Ohio lawyer attempting to hypnotize a female client for his own sexual pleasure, according to WJW. Police set up a sting in November 2014 after a woman claimed Michael Fine, a former divorce attorney, used hypnosis in an attempt to take advantage of her sexually. The victim returned to Fine's office with a hidden camera to help police with their investigation. "Let's take a deep breath ... one more time.  Ok, I gotta calm down, let's do this together," Fine can be heard telling the victim in the video. Prosecutors say the …

WQAD.com Logo3 men fined, lose hunting privileges for illegal hunting in Iowa

3 men fined, lose hunting privileges for illegal hunting in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two men from Minnesota and one from Iowa have been fined and have lost hunting privileges for illegally hunting and killing deer in two northern Iowa counties. The Iowa Natural Resources Department says Michael Paschke, of Worthington, Minnesota; Dakota Isebrand, of Sherburn, Minnesota; and Seth Norland, of Ledyard, Iowa, have pleaded guilty to a total of 58 violations. The violations occurred in October and November 2015. The department says the combined fines and court costs assessed in Kossuth County were more than $11,500 and a $25,000 civil penalty. The combined …

WQAD.com LogoWatch: President Obama’s final press conference

Watch: President Obama’s final press conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama will deliver his final press conference from the White House briefing room at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. George Stephanopoulos will anchor the conference.

Quad-City Times LogoSee country duo Thompson Square in Davenport on Friday

See country duo Thompson Square in Davenport on Friday

Thompson Square's latest song "You Make It Look So Good," like many of the hits released by the husband-and-wife country duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson, is about two people falling in love.

Quad-City Times LogoAt Graveyard Studios, momentum is growing for Q-C hip-hop artists

At Graveyard Studios, momentum is growing for Q-C hip-hop artists

There are two meanings behind the name of Josh Graves’ recording studio.

KWQC-TV6 LogoSpokesman: Former President George H.W. Bush admitted to intensive care unit, wife Barbara Bush also hospitalized

Spokesman: Former President George H.W. Bush admitted to intensive care unit, wife Barbara Bush also hospitalized

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit on Wednesday, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman. The former president was admitted to the ICU at a Houston hospital to “address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. McGrath said the former first lady was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing. George Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath. McGrath said earlier Wedne…

WQAD.com LogoCity leaders consider new plan for Davenport riverfront

City leaders consider new plan for Davenport riverfront

DAVENPORT -- With the Rhythm City riverboat gone, city leaders are discussing plans for the riverfront. At a meeting Tuesday, January 17, 2017, the focus was on Main Street landing and the space the riverboat left empty. An idea to create a green space was presented. Alderman Ray Ambrose said they want to get the public involved and hear their vision for the riverfront. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment…

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Green, Rock rivers flooding and suspect sought in home invasion, arson

Noon update: Green, Rock rivers flooding and suspect sought in home invasion, arson

Good afternoon, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast.

KWQC-TV6 LogoFifth grader from Bettendorf selected to attend presidential inauguration

Fifth grader from Bettendorf selected to attend presidential inauguration

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) — Officials with Lourdes Catholic School say 5th grader Adam Nikulski has been selected to attend the presidential inauguration on Friday, January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. According to school officials, Nikulski was invited to attend the inauguration after having attended the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM during the summer of 2016. He was nominated for the forum last spring by Lourdes Catholic School Principal Jennifer Alongi. Adam’s mother, Gail Nikulski, is planning to attend the inauguration with him.

WQAD.com LogoChanges coming to McDonald’s iconic Big Mac sandwich

Changes coming to McDonald’s iconic Big Mac sandwich

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — McDonald’s Big Mac is getting even bigger. And smaller. For those who think the Big Mac is a bit too big, McDonald’s is coming out with the Mac Jr. For those who think the Big Mac isn’t quite big enough, McDonald’s is unveiling the Grand Mac. McDonald’s said it’s going company-wide with the burgers after successful test markets earlier this year in Ohio and Dallas/Fort Worth. The Big Mac is distinguished by the fact that it has two burger patties instead of one, and it also has the famous “special sauce.” The Grand Mac…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWatch Live: Obama Holds Final Press Conference as President

Watch Live: Obama Holds Final Press Conference as President

App users click here NBC News Special Report: President Obama holds his final news conference in the briefing room of the White House. – – Scheduled for 1:15 p.m. CST…

WQAD.com LogoCorona has a Trump-Mexico problem

Corona has a Trump-Mexico problem

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Corona is going through a serious Trump hangover. Just one day after Donald Trump was elected president, the U.S. company that distributes Corona took a 7% dive in the stock market — and it hasn’t recovered. Constellation Brands’ stock remains down 10% since the election, seriously missing out on Wall Street’s big Trump rally. The post-election slump is largely driven by fears that Trump’s aggressive stance towards Mexico will ricochet against Constellation’s portfolio of Mexican beer brands Corona, Modelo and Pacifico. Constellat…

KWQC-TV6 LogoUPDATE: Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve

UPDATE: Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse. The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be about 12-feet long lumbering across a trail. WFLA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2iHA8pY ) officials are concerned the increased attention brought on by the video could pose a danger to the gators. Polk County Natural Resources Director Jeff Spence says they’ve already asked one person to leave who …

Quad-City Times LogoOfficials: 16th 'Be A Tourist' went well

Officials: 16th 'Be A Tourist' went well

The 16th year of the tourism promotion, "Be A Tourist in Your Own Backyard" was a success, even with ice storm warnings all weekend long.

KWQC-TV6 LogoArmy plans Dakota Access oil pipeline environmental study

Army plans Dakota Access oil pipeline environmental study

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army has started the process of launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline’s disputed crossing of the Missouri River in North Dakota, though a federal judge could stop the effort. The Army published a notice Wednesday of its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement on the Lake Oahe crossing. Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners won’t be able to lay pipe under the reservoir while the study is ongoing — it is currently blocked from doing so anyway. A study could take up to two years, according to …

WQAD.com LogoProposed Iowa bill would allow abortion patients to sue doctors for emotional distress

Proposed Iowa bill would allow abortion patients to sue doctors for emotional distress

DES MOINES (WHO-TV) -- It's a bill that's unprecedented not just in the state of Iowa, but the entire country. "Allow women to sue their abortion provider at any time after the procedure for emotional distress," said Planned Parenthood supporter and activist Lori Hunt. Republican state Senator Mark Chelgren is behind the bill he says protects women forever without a statute of limitations. "I want to give a lifetime warranty so to me that was my thinking, which is hey, we need to make sure we are protecting them for life," he said. The only problem is a group of over 50 women representing Pl…

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Ryan's Hallmark relocating to NorthPark, SouthPark

Ryan's Hallmark Shop is closing its longtime store at Moline's CityLine Plaza, but returning as a new Hallmark store at NorthPark and SouthPark malls, its owners announced.

KWQC-TV6 LogoReport of Iowa gunman turns out to be accidental shooting

Report of Iowa gunman turns out to be accidental shooting

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — Police say an Iowa man who claimed he was shot by a random gunman was actually the victim of an accidental shooting. Police in North Liberty say the victim was shot in the leg and his condition is stable. Officers are still investigating the circumstances surrounding Monday’s shooting at the Golfview Mobile Home Court. It’s not clear whether the victim, who has not been identified, shot himself or someone else did. Initially, the victim told police that he didn’t know the gunman. A witness reported that a man wearing a dark colored hoodie shot the victim with…

WQAD.com LogoSchool official fired for tweet about student’s spelling of ‘tamarrow’

School official fired for tweet about student’s spelling of ‘tamarrow’

FREDERICK, Md. -- A Maryland school system employee was fired after she tweeted a student about his spelling. On Jan. 5, a student tweeted @FCPSMaryland and said, "close school tammarow PLEASE." Several hours later, Frederick County Public Schools Social Media Manager Katie Nash tweeted back "but then how would you learn how to spell 'tomorrow?' :)" The response instantly prompted backlash as thousands of people retweeted and liked the post, with many students replying to the comment. “As a new employee, I think I sort of would have expected that there would have been some counseling or …

KWQC-TV6 LogoWatch Live: HHS Nominee Tom Price Testifies at Senate Hearing

Watch Live: HHS Nominee Tom Price Testifies at Senate Hearing

App users click here Rep. Tom Price, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, testifies before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on his nomination. – – Scheduled for 9 a.m.

WQAD.com LogoMissing woman’s text about getting pulled over is last anyone heard from her

Missing woman’s text about getting pulled over is last anyone heard from her

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Family and friends are worried about a young Kansas City woman who has been missing for two days after texting that she had been pulled over, according to WDAF-TV. Toni Anderson, 20, hasn't been seen since early Sunday morning, January 15, 2017 after she told co-workers she was headed to a gas station at 31st and Southwest Boulevard, but she never made it there. "She's a great person, really nice. We're all worried sick for her," said Pete Sanchez, Anderson's boyfriend. Sanchez says Toni works as a server at Chrome nightclub off of U.S. Highway 40, on Kansas City's Eas…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWatch Live: Scott Pruitt EPA Confirmation Hearing

Watch Live: Scott Pruitt EPA Confirmation Hearing

App users click here President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, testifies. – – Scheduled for 9 a.m.

KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa National Guard to help with presidential inauguration

Iowa National Guard to help with presidential inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWQC) — The Presidential Inauguration for Donald Trump is this Friday, January 20, 2017, and members of the Iowa National Guard will be there to help make sure things go smoothly. The National Guard Bureau requested around 30 soldiers and airmen from the Iowa Army and Air National Guard to assist federal, state, and local agencies with the 58th Presidential Inauguration. The Iowa National Guard has mobilized Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing based in Sioux City and the 132nd Wing in Des Moines, plus soldiers and airmen from the 71st Civil Support Team, also based in …

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Truck drives through power pole in Moline, crashes into nearby house

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment MOLINE, Illinois– MidAmerican crews expect to be out most of the day repairing a broken power line pole after a tow truck drove through it and crashed into a near by house. Crews say it happened around 3 a.m. on 53rd street and 10th Avenue in Moline, Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Moline Public Works crews had the area blocked off because of low hanging live power lines in the area. As of 11:25 a.m. the area was still blocked off. Police confirmed the driver of the tow truck was taken to the hospital, there’s no word yet on h…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMore clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning’s sentence

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning’s sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Obama became the president to have granted more commutations than any other when he announced Tuesday that Manning will be freed in May, almost 30 years ahead of schedule. Manning, the transgender Army intelligence officer who leaked more than 700,000 U.S. documents, was one of 273 people receiving clemency on a single day. Receiving pardons from the president w…

WQAD.com LogoAugie alum and former CEO Brenda Barnes passes away

Augie alum and former CEO Brenda Barnes passes away

Augustana College graduate and former CEO of Sara Lee, Brenda Barnes, has passed away.  She was 63 years old. Barnes climbed the corporate ladder, made Fortune’s annual Most Powerful Women list, and was well known for balancing life as a career woman and a mom. According to a report by Fortune, Barnes headed Pepsi-Cola North America in the 1990s, but left the job in 1997 to raise her family.  During that time she stayed active in the career world, serving on several Fortune 500 boards. In 2004 she started as president of Sara Lee, and moved to serve as the company’s CEO, Fortune…

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Trial date set for former Illinois congressman

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A federal magistrate has ruled former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock will be tried this summer on federal corruption charges. Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins on Tuesday set the July 11 date for Schock’s trial on fraud, filing a false tax return, theft of government funds and falsification of Federal Election Commission filings charges. The 35-year-old Schock has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Journal Star in Peoria reports Schock and some of his attorneys appeared via video-conferencing monitors while two of his attorneys and a federal prosecut…

WQAD.com LogoFull list of President Obama’s 64 pardons, 209 sentence commutations

Full list of President Obama’s 64 pardons, 209 sentence commutations

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 209 people and pardoned 64 others Tuesday as one of his final acts in the White House. “These 273 individuals learned that our nation is a forgiving nation, where hard work and a commitment to rehabilitation can lead to a second chance, and where wrongs from the past will not deprive an individual of the opportunity to move forward,” read a statement on the White House website. During his time in the White House, President Obama gave 1,385 commutation grants, 504 included life sentences. He has issued a total of 212 p…

WQAD.com LogoThe Pledge from Mrs. Flickinger’s class at Winola Elementary

The Pledge from Mrs. Flickinger’s class at Winola Elementary

VIOLA, Illinois — Second graders in Mrs. Flickinger's class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Winola Elementary. Submit your school for participation in the Daily Pledge …

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

KWQC-TV6 LogoWe’re Hiring: Davenport Police Department is looking for new officers

We’re Hiring: Davenport Police Department is looking for new officers

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — The Davenport Police Department needs more officers. There’s an applicant workshop Wednesday, January 18 for anyone thinking about joining the force. The workshop is at the police department from 6:30 until 8 p.m. If you can’t make it, there are two other workshops in January: Saturday, January 21 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m at the Davenport Public Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St. Tuesday, January 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Family YMCA, 624 W. 53rd St. Qualifications include a high school diploma and at least 30 college credits, or police or mili…

Quad-City Times LogoRick's Six: Minor flooding, food and Q-C loses a hero

Rick's Six: Minor flooding, food and Q-C loses a hero

1. Today brings break in the rain…

KWQC-TV6 Logo3 Quakes hit central Italy

3 Quakes hit central Italy

ROME (AP) – Three earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, with tremors felt in the capital. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The first quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 hit the region north of Amatrice at about 10:25 a.m. (0925 GMT), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A second quake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit the same area about 50 minutes later, and ten minutes later a third was measured at magnitude-5.3. The mountainous Amatrice region was shaken by three quakes last year, killing nearly 300 people and causing significant damage to…

WQAD.com LogoLevee at risk of failing in Colona

Levee at risk of failing in Colona

Recent heavy rains and ice jams from the Green River are putting significant stress on the levee in Colona, Illinois. A Flash Flood Watch was issued Tuesday night as river levels rose up near the top of the levee. If the water overtops the levee, many residents on the southwest side of Colona could be inundated. WQAD News 8's Lauren Simone was at the scene, showing flooding and thick ice slabs that had washed up from the river.  The rising water is due to the heavy rains that poured down the last couple days. Crews were on scene monitoring the levee. The river rose up over eight feet in jus…

KWQC-TV6 LogoTow Truck runs into Moline house

Tow Truck runs into Moline house

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – The Moline Police Department was called to an accident after a tow truck ran into a house. The accident happened before after 3:00 AM Wednesday, January 18th. The crash happened at the corner of 10th Avenue and 53rd Street in Moline. Police say the driver of the Bridgeway tow truck veered off the road, took down a power pole and crashed into the home. No word yet on any injuries. The accident is under investigation. No one lost power. On Friday, January 6th a tow truck hit a home in Davenport. The truck from that incident, as well as the one from this incident bot…

KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa bill would allow lawsuits after abortions

Iowa bill would allow lawsuits after abortions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later. If approved, it would be the first law of its kind in the U.S. The proposal would permit the woman to file a lawsuit at any point in her life, something that would go against typical statute of limitation rules. It could also make the state vulnerable to costly court challenges. Sen. Mark Chelgren is the Republican who introduced the bill. He says the measure is about holding doctors and clin…

KWQC-TV6 LogoSecret Service settlement reached in class-action lawsuit

Secret Service settlement reached in class-action lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in promotion practices by the agency that protects the president. More than 100 black Secret Service agents alleged in the 2000 lawsuit that they were routinely passed over for promotions in favor of less-qualified white agents. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says in a statement released Tuesday night that he is “pleased that we are able to finally put this chapter of Secret Service history behind us.” The Secret Ser…

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2016-17 ECHL honors

Sher-Wood Hockey Player of the Week:…

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Today in history for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2017. There are 347 days left in the year.

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Celebrity birthdays, Jan. 18, 2017

Movie director John Boorman is 84. Former Sen. Paul Kirk, D-Mass., is 79. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 76. Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson is 64. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 62. Country singer/actor Mark Collie (TV: "Nashville") is 61. Actor Mark Rylance is……

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RI woman enters Alford plea to bike theft

A Rock Island woman on Tuesday entered an Alford plea in Henry County Circuit Court to the theft of a $4,400 bicycle and attachment from a Coal Valley home.

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Letter: Did the band R.E.M. have window to the future?

The lyrics to R.E.M.'s song -- "It's the end of the world as we know it'' -- include "reporters baffled, trumped."…

Quad-Cities Online LogoEditorial: Washburn union leader, community supporter

Editorial: Washburn union leader, community supporter

Area union workers have long known that Rory Washburn, executive director of the Tri-City Building and Construction Trades Council, had their backs.

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No joy in Springfield as speaker wins 17th term

If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats' nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan's reelection last week, it would be either "defensive" or perhaps "joyless."…

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Letter: President Obama will be greatly missed; never forgotten

Many thanks and gratitude are in order for our president and fellow American citizen, Barack Obama, a classy, intelligent, caring, outstanding, graceful, personable and legitimate president.

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Letter: Obama good, decent man; lacked leadership US needed

I think President Obama was a decent and good man.

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Florida man busted in Henry County on pot charge

A Florida man has been charged in Henry County Circuit Court with cannabis-related felonies.

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Lady Wildcats race past U.T.

Davenport North bests United Township 65-51.

WQAD.com LogoIowa City West girls best Bettendorf

Iowa City West girls best Bettendorf

Women of Troy best Bettendorf 69-45.

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Girls' bowling: UT-Sterling; Rock Island-Moline

United Township 2,906, Sterling 2,390: The Panthers went to 6-0 in dual meets behind a 649 high series from Leah Burkeybile at Highland Park Bowl. MaKyla Penderson was next in team-high for the Panthers with her 607 series.

WQAD.com LogoPleasant Valley girls best Linn-Mar in battle of ranked teams

Pleasant Valley girls best Linn-Mar in battle of ranked teams

The Lady Spartans race past Linn-Mar 45-40.

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East Moline teachers plan one more day of pickets

EAST MOLINE -- East Moline Education Association members held information pickets Tuesday outside Glenview Middle and Ridgewood Elementary schools.

WQAD.com LogoU.T. boys best Davenport North

U.T. boys best Davenport North

United Township races past Davenport North 56-40.

WQAD.com LogoBettendorf falls just short at top ranked Iowa City West

Bettendorf falls just short at top ranked Iowa City West

Iowa City West bests Bettendorf 59-45.

WQAD.com LogoAssumption edges Alleman

Assumption edges Alleman

Assumption holds off Alleman at Don Morris Gym 67-63.

KWQC-TV6 LogoHigh School Basketball 1/17

High School Basketball 1/17

High school basketball action from around the QCA. Scroll below for both girls and boys highlights! Boys Highlights: Girls Highlights: …

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Marx: Why tomato soup and grilled cheese complement each other so well

To the best of my knowledge:…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMixed opinions voiced at hearing over vacating Davenport street near school

Mixed opinions voiced at hearing over vacating Davenport street near school

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) –  A local school is hoping to make changes to traffic patterns and neighbors are voicing concerns. School leaders at St. Paul the Apostle in Davenport say it’s a matter of safety. East Rusholme Street runs through the middle of the campus. The request is for the city to give up the right-of-way on a one block portion of the road between Arlington and Carey Avenues. The city vacating the right-of-way would give the school and church control over that part of the street. Many who live or work nearby are questioning the potential impact to the surrounding ar…

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RI man gets 18 years for sex crimes against children

A Rock Island man was sentenced on Monday to 18 years in prison for sex crimes against two children.

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Rice cooks up a win for Maple Leafs

GENESEO -- Geneseo senior Keaton Rice wanted to right all of his, and the rest of his basketball team's wrongs in the late stages of Tuesday night's game with the Davenport West Falcons.

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Wrestling: West Carroll-Erie-Prophetstown;

West Carroll 45, Erie-Prophetstown 30: E-P paired two wins by pin with three forfeits as they were bested in the road dual. Garrett Passmore scored a pin in three minutes at 160 pounds and Lucas Carey (220 pounds) pinned his……

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Boys' wimming: Central-United Township; Rocky-West

Davenport Central 102, United Township 81: Edward Sierra-Lee continued his winning ways for UT when taking the diving event with a score of 182.10 for the Panthers' only victory. Former Rock Seth Land won the 50 and 100-meter free for……

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Prep boys' basketball: Kewanee-Prophetstown; Mercer County-Galva; Annawan-Stark County; Fulton-Sherrard

Kewanee 58, Prophetstown 49: Juan Contreras Jr., who scored 10 of the Boilermakers first 14 points, led the way for Kewanee with 27 points in the Three Rivers win. Carson Prescott added 18 for the Boilers.

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Men's basketball: Kishwaukee-Black Hawk

Kishwaukee 78, Black Hawk 73: Black Hawk fell despite leading 44-33 at the half. The Braves struggled to make free throws down the stretch, converting just three of their last nine after making their first ten of the game. Corielle……

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No. 21 Purdue dominates Illinois 91-68

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — When Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas are in sync, it's difficult trying to name a better power forward-center combination in college basketball.

Quad-Cities Online LogoWine and chocolate are the perfect pairing, right? Not really, and here's why

Wine and chocolate are the perfect pairing, right? Not really, and here's why

Chocolate? Good. Wine? Even better. But together? Not for me.

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Quad-Citians traveling to celebrate, protest Trump inauguration

Dozens of Quad-Citians will be in Washington Friday for the inauguration of Donald Trump as president and, like the country, they are a divided group, with some making the trip to express support for the new president and others to……

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg will replace 2,000 lead water service lines for free

Galesburg will replace 2,000 lead water service lines for free

GALESBURG, Illinois - Galesburg city leaders have laid out plans to replace thousands of lead water lines. Last summer, lead was discovered in the water supple of dozens of homes. It's a problem that's finally seeing a solution. While the water in Galesburg is fine, the problem is about 3,000 lines leading to homes are made of lead. The city will replace most of those lines thanks to a loan from the Illinois EPA. "The $4 million forgivable loan from the Illinois EPA will help us hopefully remove about 2,000 of those lead service lines," said Mayor, John Pritchard. Work on the first 500 servic…

WQAD.com LogoMuscatine community starts petition in support of ousted mayor

Muscatine community starts petition in support of ousted mayor

MUSCATINE, Iowa - The Muscatine community is rallying behind their mayor and calling for an investigation into their city council. On Thursday, January 12, 2017 the council voted to remove Mayor Diana Broderson from office.  The vote didn't sit well with some people and now they want change. After the Muscatine City Council’s vote Ann Brumback posted a change.org petition online. She wants an investigation into the Muscatine City Council after it unanimously voted to remove Mayor Diana Broderson from office. “It’s already reached over 500 signatures. I just posted it on my Face…





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