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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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Moline, Kewanee, Quincy rank as most affordable cities in Illinois

Moline, Kewanee, and Quincy have been considered some of the most affordable cities in Illinois. The top ten list was made by Movato, a real-estate based blog that reports quirky trends in the field. To create the list, Movato used Census data to find cities with populations of more than 10,000. Each of those cities were ranked in six categories: food costs, utility costs, miscellaneous costs, median home price, unemployment rank, and adjusted median income. With all those numbers swirli…

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First mountain bike race of the season

Mountain bikers kicked off their summer early today with the first race of the season. the Illiniwek Abermination Mountain Bike Race features a difficult course full of twists and turns.Bikers raced through the winding 4.5 mile loop on the mississippi river bluffs at illinawek forest preserve in Hamption , Illinois and the event offered races for bikers of all skill sets. "We have in FORC itself a lot of families and it's grown more and more families we have a kid zone now to help entertain the kids and we have a kids race, which is free and that's just for them to have fun and…

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Local runner heads to the Boston Marathon

Just two years after the devastating Boston Marathon Bombings, One Quad Citian isn't letting the memories of that tragic day stop her from running the race."It takes a lot to make you not want to run a race, when they said Boston strong I believe that, cause a lot of people are asking me now , well sergeant Shaw aren't you nervous, no. I'm nervous running in a race that big but I'm not nervous about actual something is going to happen, like it did two years ago", said Sergeant Shaw. Sergeant Shaw has been running for six years and going to Boston has always been a dream of…

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Protecting Iowa poultry from H5N2 avian flu

WALCOTT, IA (KWQC)- Last week a northwestern Iowa turkey farm contracted the H5N2 virus, resulting in 27,000 birds being euthanized. Now– farmers here at home are taking extra precautions to keep their poultry safe. “Obviously there’s tremendous concern because raising poultry is part of our livelihood.” Ron Kardel spoke with KWQC over the phone because he doesn’t want anyone near his livelihood with a confirmed case of the avian flu so close to his farm that raises 120,000 turkeys a year. “Anything to put a block or a barrier between the outside world and…

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Money Smart Week tackles financial issues

Opportunities to improve financial literacy are available at a variety of events during Money Smart Week.

WQAD.com LogoNews 8’s Kory Kuffler named ‘Newsman of the Year’

News 8’s Kory Kuffler named ‘Newsman of the Year’

Kory Kuffler named “Newsman of the Year” by IWCOA, April 19, 2015 News 8’s Kory Kuffler was recognized as “Newsman of the Year” by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA). Kuffler was awarded the title for his time, effort, and dedication to his wrestling coverage at the IWCOA All-State Banquet Sunday, April 19, 2015.  Nominations were entered in the beginning of March and winners were selected by the IWCOA members, according to the association’s Facebook page. Click here to see sports coverage by Kory Kuffler. Click here for a ful…

WQAD.com LogoViral Video: Cubs fan catches foul ball with her beer, chugs the rest

Viral Video: Cubs fan catches foul ball with her beer, chugs the rest

A baseball fan in the stands at Wrigley Field caught a foul ball in the strangest way possible- in her cup of beer. It happened Saturday, April 18, 2015 as the Cubs were playing the Padres. The lucky catcher was 24-year-old Krista Dotzenrod from Minnesota, according to the Chicago Sun Times.  “I was told they were amazing seats because you can catch a lot of foul balls,” Dotzenrod said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. “I was sitting there, and all of a sudden there is a ball in my cup. It fell straight in there. I didn’t know what to do.” A clip of her once…

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Woman charged for starving dogs to death

CHICAGO (AP) — A 24-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after authorities say she starved two puppy pit bulls to death then hid them in the garbage.The Chicago Sun-Times reports Shantell Burnett is suspected of running a dog-fighting ring in her home.Police say they noticed a foul smell after they were called to a home at 11758 S. Morgan St. on Friday. They say they found two dead pit bulls covered in urine and feces. Animal control took another puppy and three grown pit bulls that were alive but extremely skinny. One dog had bite marks on his face…

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Woman charged with DUI after sideswiping pickup

One driver was taken to the hospital after being sideswiped by an alleged drunk driver north of Lomax, Illinois. According to the Illinois State Police, a woman driving a Chevy Cavalier southbound on Carman Road in Henderson County crossed into the oncoming lane and sideswiped a pickup around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015. The two vehicles were near the intersection of Henderson 575 N. which is just north of Honey Creek. Police said both the pickup and the Cavalier ended up on opposite sides of the road. The pickup driver was taken to an area hospital, police said. The driver of the Chevy…

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Businesswoman’s view that only men should be president has the internet talking

After business owner Cheryl Rios declared on Facebook that women aren’t fit for the U.S. presidency, the public began pouring on the heat.  Rios stood by her views citing “hormones” and a “biblical background.” She shared her views based on the possibility of Hillary Clinton becoming president and said the following on her personal Facebook page: “If this happens — I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country — but more importantly a female shouldn’t be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have th…

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Live: Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing 20 years later

KFOR in Oklahoma is live streaming a memorial event about the Oklahoma City bombing. Search KFOR in the search box above the map to start the stream.

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Foreign exchange students lend a hand to Habitat for Humanity

As they honored an event centered around connecting people all over the world, area volunteers helped with a Habitat for Humanity project. Saturday, April 18 was Global Youth Service Day.  A group of high school-age foreign exchange students from around the area gathered in Rock Island to help build a house. Students from Malaysia, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, Germany, Macedonia, Russia, Thailand, Slovakia, and Serbia helped with the project, according to a statement from Habitat for Humanity.

WQAD.com LogoWet weather wraps up the weekend

Wet weather wraps up the weekend

Cooler temperatures are on tap for today with highs only reaching the upper 70s. Mainly cloudy skies is what we’ll see as the next round of wet weather moves in. Scattered showers make their way through today. We will stay very scattered and brief throughout the afternoon hours, with majority of the system moving in during the evening. Rain will continue throughout the remainder of the evening, not leaving the QC until the late morning hours Monday. Temperatures drop even more as we move into the work week with highs staying in the upper 50s and low 60s. The much cooler conditions will r…

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

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Hillary Clinton's uphill battle

Hillary Clinton made her expected entry into the presidential contest last week: quietly, gracefully, and powerfully.

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Bloodiest war on U.S. soil sparks remarkable heroism

With this year being the 150th anniversary of the conclusion of the Civil War, a good deal has recently been written about the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. This week’s column, which profiles Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, adds to this discussion.

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Letter: Too high taxes, distrust reasons voters said no

Reading Eric Timmons’  April 12 story,  “Breakdown offers clues to why tax vote failed,” it seems as though he didn’t seek guidance from those ordinary residents who voted “no.”…

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Let's put end to unfair state EDGE

SPRINGFIELD -- When it comes to business, Illinois government has churned out more sweetheart deals over the last decade than a lovelorn teenager on Valentine’s Day.

WQAD.com LogoUnited Township and Alleman split in softball

United Township and Alleman split in softball

United Township takes game one 14-4.  Alleman comes back to earn a split winning game two 6-5.

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Letter: GOP need not apply for RICO’s Hope Creek board?

My comments are in regards to Wednesday’s editorial, “Hope Creek needs qualfied, independent leadership.”…

WQAD.com LogoUnited Township sweeps Alleman in baseball

United Township sweeps Alleman in baseball

United Township would break a 3-3 tie in game one of a double header against Alleman by scoring 5 runs in the 6th inning.  The Panthers take two by scores of 8-3 and 4-3.

WQAD.com LogoMoline routes Quincy in game 2 of double header

Moline routes Quincy in game 2 of double header

Moline would score 20 runs in the second game against Quincy to sweep the twin bill from the Blue Devils.

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Galesburg baseball improves to 4-0 in WB6 play

Behind another strong outing from Peyton Isaacson Galesburg wins game one of the double header against Rock Island 10-0.  The Silver Streaks would make it a sweep by winning game two 3-0.

WQAD.com LogoBandits open homestand with a comeback win

Bandits open homestand with a comeback win

Trailing most of the game Quad Cities gets a home run from Kristian Trompiz to tie it at one then score the go ahead run in the 8th to win 2-1 over Kane County.

WQAD.com LogoMallards and Rush series tied 1-1

Mallards and Rush series tied 1-1

Mallards play from behind again in game two against Rapid City.  Quad City would get two goal from Joe Perry but fall 3-2 to the Rush. The series shifts back to QC for games 3,4 and 5 starting Wednesday.

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Rauner trying to broker mega-deal

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is seizing Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity.The businessman-turned governor is trying to broker a deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the legislature, in exchange for new revenue to save programs supported by democrats.Democratic leaders who control the legislature say they're willing to negotiate, and talks could begin in the next week.Rauner has been promoting an agenda he says will make Illinois more competitive and end years of financial mismanagement. Democrats say any budget deal must include both spending cuts and new r…

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Fans still support River Bandits despite weather

Rain or shine, fans still showed for the first home games of the River Bandits this first week.Just over 4,000 fans attended this year's opening day; the best turn out in years. Around a thousand fans showed for each of the last two games, which the river bandits general manager says keeps with the average.He says weather does play a factor, but total attendance so far is up to more than 6-thousand, which is nearly a thousand more fans than last year."It depends on how much of a fan you are and how much you like baseball," said one fan.Another fan at Saturday's night game agree…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDavenport city leaders awarded for helping soldier

Davenport city leaders awarded for helping soldier

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – It’s a happy ending to a homeowner’s nightmare and a reward for those who made it happen. Last summer, a local soldier serving in Afghanistan learned his Davenport home had flooded after severe storms. Half of the basement caved in, damaging furniture, the furnace and other items. Soon after, the city stepped up, offering a forgivable loan of up to $40,000 to help pay for repairs. City leaders were rewarded for that good deed at a military ball on Saturday. Sergeant First Class Bradshaw Nunnally came back to the Quad Cities on Christmas Day, 2014. …

WQAD.com LogoConstruction workers still waiting for answers after major lay-offs in Wever, IA

Construction workers still waiting for answers after major lay-offs in Wever, IA

There’s not much to do this weekend for Orascom construction workers in Wever, Iowa after being temporarily laid off from the Iowa Fertilizer Plant on Friday, April 17. The enormous $2-billion project in Wever, south of Burlington, is the largest construction project in Iowa history, with nearly 3,000 workers manning round-the-clock shifts to build a plant that was expected to be operational by late 2015. Some workers were driving nearly two hours each way to commute to the site from other areas in Iowa and Illinois. Workers who were contracted under AECOM-URS were told to pick up their …

WQAD.com LogoNews 8 reporters recognized by Iowa Broadcast News Association

News 8 reporters recognized by Iowa Broadcast News Association

Members of WQAD’s news team were awarded by the Iowa Broadcast News Association for their coverage throughout 2014. Reporter Jenna Morton and photojournalist Scott Weas placed third in the Sports Coverage category for their coverage on Pickelball, a sport similar to tennis that’s played with a paddle and a Wiffle ball.  The Sports category recognizes excellent coverage of sports figures or events, not including play-by-play coverage. Congrats to @WQADJennaMorton on her award for sports coverage. Watch out #sportscorner, #reporterisland is coming 4 u pic.twitter.com/3NUCNwva…

WQAD.com LogoQC kids arm themselves with knowledge in how to handle emergencies

QC kids arm themselves with knowledge in how to handle emergencies

Kids in the area had the opportunity to get a better grasp on how to handle emergencies. Moline and East Moline Police and Fire Departments held the “Passport to Safety” event at SouthPark Mall on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Abie sure enjoyed meeting James & Kelsey today at the Southpark Mall safety fair. Photo shared by Bruce McCrady At the event, different stations were set up to teach families about fire safety, animal safety, anti-bullying and more.  When a child completed a lesson, they got a stamp on a safety passport that could be used to win prizes. StormTrack 8 Chief Me…

Quad-City Times LogoDavenport recognized for repairing soldier's home

Davenport recognized for repairing soldier's home

For the 17 months he was stationed in Afghanistan, the last thing Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Bradshaw Nunnally needed to worry about was his house.

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Bobcat hunting bill advances

Legislation to create a bobcat hunting season has advanced in the Illinois General Assembly.The House approved the measure 62-43 Friday, sending it to the Senate.The bill is nearly identical to one the legislature approved in 2014.Democratic Governor Pat Quinn vetoed it, saying bobcats need protection, even though they've been removed from the threatened species list.The DNR says there could be 300 to 500 permits issued the first year.

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Viral Video: Puppy will not take a nap

A German Shepherd is trying to take a nap when her pup stumbles over her while chasing a ball. This no-nonsense mom gets up and corrals her baby into its bed. She then seemingly tucks the puppy in. Viral Video: Adorable Red Pandas have the best snow attitudes Watch: How Lady Gaga honored Julie Andrews with The Sound of Music Viral Video: Remember this if your mom ever drives you crazy Viral Video: You may never see a hockey fight end like this again …

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Students celebrate end of semester, neighbors not happy

St. Ambrose students were celebrating the end of the semester today, but not everyone was as excited as they were.The party of 300 plus students took place at four different homes near the university and neighbors nearby weren't too happy. Local 4 received calls complaining that students were acting inappropriately.Students say for the 'House Crawl', they stay at one home for about 30 minutes and walk to the next, ending at a local bar.Davenport Police confirmed that students called them before-hand to warn them about the party,and did have officers on scene at one point."I'm …

Quad-City Times LogoFirst-ever "QC on Tap" event draws crowd

First-ever "QC on Tap" event draws crowd

More than 100 varieties of craft beer from 50-plus breweries throughout the United States were available for sampling Saturday at the first "Quad-Cities on Tap" event at the QCCA Expo Center, ……

WQAD.com LogoMarathon winner disqualified for not running whole race

Marathon winner disqualified for not running whole race

Kendall Schler was the first woman to cross the finish line of the Go! St. Louis Marathon Sunday, April 12, 2015. She ran through the tape and took a photo with Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee. But race officials were immediately suspicious. According to KSDK, Schler was wearing her bib in the wrong place and did not have a bicycle escort at the end. Kendall Schler Four minutes later, the real winner, Andrea Karl crossed the finish line at 2:54:28. Along side her were the bicycle escorts. KSDK said that race officials figured out what happened within about 20 minutes. When verifying…

Quad-City Times LogoFormer state legislator Joe Hutter, 77, dies

Former state legislator Joe Hutter, 77, dies

Joe Hutter, a longtime Bettendorf police officer, community champion and two-term Iowa state representative, died early Saturday at the age of 77.

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Fighting poverty, not people

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – Fighting poverty, not people – that was the motto at a conference Saturday at the Second Baptist Church in Rock Island. Quad Citians gathered to talk about generational and situational poverty, regardless of a person’s situation, everyone was there to support those who are struggling. The Opportunities for Quad Citians Committee organized individuals from businesses, social services, faith-based organizations, law enforcements, local schools and healthcare sectors. Mentors or what they called “navigators” worked one-on-on with individuals struggling with po…

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Run for Renewal 5k

Quad Citians laced up their running shoes early this morning for the 11th annual Run for Renewal.Hundreds of runners took their mark at 'Sister Concetta Park' in Davenport.All the proceeds from today's run go toward supporting 'Project Renewals' efforts to help local kids."It helps our youth program so we can give them education support and recreational activities they wouldn't normally have", said Ann Schwickerath, Project Renewal Director. And our own Chris Langlois enjoyed the sunshine today,he emceed the 'Run for Renewal'.

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Kids event tackles problem of hunger

The River Bend Foodbank opened its doors Saturday to small visitors whose big hearts will help feed the hungry.

WQAD.com Logo2015 Gilda’s Run for Laughs event surpasses last year’s with $30,000 raised

2015 Gilda’s Run for Laughs event surpasses last year’s with $30,000 raised

Hundreds of runners and walkers took part in the annual Gilda’s Run for Laughs 5k. The participants were greeted with temperatures in the upper 60s and overcast skies Saturday, April 18 as they ran through the District of Rock Island. The 2015 theme was “Beat the Blues,” and the crowd of 40 did just that, raising around $30,000 for Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities. “One hundred percent of the proceeds today go to Gilda’s Club to help provide free emotional and social support to individuals and families affected by any type of cancer diagnosis here in the Qu…

OurQuadCities.com LogoVolunteers clean up a Moline neighborhood

Volunteers clean up a Moline neighborhood

One of Moline's oldest neighborhoods is getting a helping hand from local volunteers. "Many, many years ago the Sweeds were in this neighborhood then after the Sweeds came the Greeks, railroad avenue at one time had their Greek community here, and now this group, this community is mostly Latino and they are thriving a lot of them are home owners, that tells you something right there, having roots and having their home and their yard in good condition", said Maryann Garcia, event organizer and volunteer. Folks in the Floreciente neighborhood say the area is flourishing with…

WQAD.com LogoCar overturns, two drivers injured in McDonough County crash

Car overturns, two drivers injured in McDonough County crash

When a driver failed to stop at an intersection in McDonough County, two vehicles collided and the drivers were sent to the hospital. The crash happened when an 86-year-old driver heading eastbound on CR 1950 N. went through an intersection without stopping around 12:45 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, according to the Illinois State Police.  A 47-year-old driver was heading northbound on CR 1500 E. and when the two cars met, they crashed. The eastbound car hit the northbound car’s passenger side, causing it to roll over into the northeast ditch, police say. Both drivers were injured and…

Quad-City Times LogoQ-C men create beverage drink that ties into their African heritage

Q-C men create beverage drink that ties into their African heritage

Two young men who lived in bordering African countries never met until they ended up attending the same high school in East Moline.

Quad-City Times LogoOpportunity conference links neighbors with resources

Opportunity conference links neighbors with resources

Donna Beegle lived in generational poverty for her first 28 years until she met people who helped navigate her to a better life.

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Police searching for missing girl

The Davenport Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating 10 year old Akasha Gordon.Police say Gordon left her home and was last seen Friday around 9:30 p.m. in the Ridgeview area. She has short brown hair and was last seen wearing jean shorts and a tank top. Police say Gordon was riding a purple, pink, black, and white bicycle at the time.Anyone with information is asked to call Davenport Police at 563-326-7979 or dial 911.

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Police find missing girl

UPDATE: Missing 10 year old Akasha Gordon is found safe, after police and search parties located her Saturday morning.ORIGINAL STORY: The Davenport Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating 10 year old Akasha Gordon.Police say Gordon left her home and was last seen Friday around 9:30 p.m. in the Ridgeview area. She has short brown hair and was last seen wearing jean shorts and a tank top. Police say Gordon was riding a purple, pink, black, and white bicycle at the time.Anyone with information is asked to call Davenport Police at 563-326-7979 or di…

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A big deal is brewin'

Honeymoon periods are not easy to come by. They're too expensive.

WQAD.com LogoMissing 10-year-old Davenport girl found

Missing 10-year-old Davenport girl found

Updated at 10:15 a.m. —  Shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, Akasha Gordon was reported found, according to Lt. Brent Biggs with the Davenport Police Department.  She was safe and unharmed. Original post —  A 10-year-old girl was reported missing from her Davenport home. Akasha Gordon was last seen Friday, April 17, 2015 around 9:30 p.m. in the Ridgeview area, according to Davenport Police. She left home to ride her bicycle. Akasha has short brown hair, and was last seen wearing jean shorts and a tank top.  She was riding a purple, pink, black and white two-wheel bike, po…

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Davenport Police searching for missing girl

Davenport, IOWA – (KWQC) Davenport Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Akasha Gordon, 10. Police say Gordon left her home and was last seen Friday around 9:30 p.m. in the Ridgeview area. Police say Gordon was riding her bike at the time. She has short brown hair and was last seen wearing jean shorts and a tank top. She may be riding a purple, pink, black, and white bicycle. Anyone with information is asked to call Davenport Police or dial 9-1-1. Check http://www.kwqc.com or our KWQC Facebook page for updates.

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Showers Move In

Today we’re going to see temperatures slightly cooler than yesterday, but still reaching the upper 70s.  We will see a mixture of sun and clouds for the morning and afternoon hours. As we move into the evening, more clouds will build in along with a few light showers and storms. The wet weather will continue into Sunday, with showers starting during the morning hours and staying scattered throughout the day. We will see a drop in temperatures as well with highs only reaching the low 70s. The wet weather will move out as we approach Monday, but the cooler temperatures will stick around. …

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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You can help reforest Rock River watershed

The Rock River Trail Initiative will distribute — for free — this coming week some 10,000 small oak tree saplings in the 11 counties the river flows through. …

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Scott Health Board earns 2 state awards

The Scott County Board of Health has accepted two state awards for service, the first ever received by the board, which was established in 1969.

Quad-City Times LogoTax credits boost 3 Davenport projects

Tax credits boost 3 Davenport projects

Three Davenport redevelopment projects have received substantial “brownfield” tax credits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to help move them forward.

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Letter: Buy North American gimmicky branding for a bad bill

The economy and our state’s fiscal health is taking center stage in Springfield as the spring legislative session ramps up to its scheduled conclusion in May. One distraction that should be stopped is an effort called Buy North American.

WQAD.com LogoBettendorf beats rival Pleasant Valley in soccer

Bettendorf beats rival Pleasant Valley in soccer

For the second straight year Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley would go to penalty kicks to decide their game on the pitch.  The Bulldogs would win a thriller 1-nothing in pk’s.

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Gov. Rauner visits tornado-ravaged Fairdale

 A special visitor stops by tornado-ravaged Fairdale as families and volunteers continue cleaning up.A day of hugs and giving thanks."I never expected to see the governor to come through Fairdale," Tornado survivor David Richardson. More than a week after the small town of Fairdale was flattened by a tornado the state's leader Governor Bruce Rauner spoke with victims like the Thick family who rode out of the storm in a van. As Governor Rauner walked the small town meeting homeowners he also met with the volunteers, helping clean up the tight knit community.B…

WQAD.com LogoMallards open playoffs with road win at Rapid City

Mallards open playoffs with road win at Rapid City

After trailing just 29-seconds into the opening period, the Mallards score two goals in the second and get the game winner from Benjamin Dieude Fauvel in the third period to take a 1-game lead in the best of seven series with Rapid City.

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Augustana students shave heads to raise money for childhood cancer

Dozens of Augustana students shaved their heads Friday, April 17, 2015 to raise money for childhood cancer research. The 4th annual St. Baldrick’s event was held at Augustana College’s PepsiCo Recreation Center. “My aunt had cancer, my aunt Chris, and she had to shave her head and I can’t imagine being a woman and having to go through that and on top of that having to look like you’re very sick. And it’s a children’s issue, too. I can’t imagine being in second grade and having to go to class and not having any hair at all,” said Ellie Schwe…

WQAD.com LogoRiCo Republicans hopeful for presidential seat in 2016

RiCo Republicans hopeful for presidential seat in 2016

Area Republicans are hopeful their party will come out on top for the presidential race in 2016. The Rock Island County Board picked up two Republican seats, Illinois elected a Republican Govenor and Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson beat Democrat Mike Jacobs who served for nine years. “I think we’ve been with one party for a while and I think the people are probably ready to do something else,” said Drue Mielke, a Rock Island County board member. The Rock Island County Republicans are hoping their momentum could carry over to the White House in 2016. Already four Republic…

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Bell leads Augustana into Spring Practice

The Augustana Vikings take to the spring practice fields under new Head Coach Steve Bell.

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Trivia night supports Rebuilding Together Quad Cities

Trivia skills are helping someone live in a safer home.Rebuilding Together Quad Cities held it's annual fundraiser.Local 4 This Morning's Chris Langlois took part as the 'rent a geek'. Folks got to bid on him in the later rounds.Proceeds helps the organization repair homes for elderly, low-income or disabled Quad City homeowners. "It's not the biggest fundraiser in the world but it's at least one house for us to work in during our work day cost for the  materials for that so one out of fifty houses that we do during the year really helps," said rodney Jennings, executive d…

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Mixed opinions on Illinois bobcat hunting bill

Hunting big cats could become a reality in Illinois. A measure to create a bobcat hunting season is making its way through the legislature with House approval Friday. Those who support it say bobcat numbers are growing, but in the Quad Cities area it’s hard to tell if there’s really a need for it. This is the second time around for the bobcat hunting bill in Illinois. Former Governor Pat Quinn vetoed last year’s plan just before leaving office. Lawmakers are more confident that it will get Rauner’s seal of approval if it gets to his desk. Those behind the measure say …

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Suspicious activity in one Bettendorf neighborhood

People in one Bettendorf neighborhood have seen a lot more police roaming their streets this week.The big question is why. Police tell local four news they responded got called out to the 3500 block of Manchester Drive Thursday. A neighbor told police about seeing two men at someone else's front door when no one was home.They ran away when the neighbor yelled at them.Police won't say if someone actually broke in or was planning to.Neighbors also say it was odd to see U.S. Marshalls on their street.One woman told local four news they asked her if she saw a man they were looking for.There'…

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Parents lobbying against proposed budget cuts that would cut Arc program

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) — Some local parents call Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget plan devastating. Those parents and staffers at the Arc Quad Cities Area are fighting to keep funding that pays for respite services. They say without it the Respite Program will be eliminated, affecting not only the 30 families who use it, but every family in the area. Staffers and parents are lobbying lawmakers to help fund Arc, which serves more than 300 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who can’t get care like this anywhere else in our community. We found Es…

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QC students compete in trebuchet event

The eggs were flying at Bettendorf High School Friday morning as teams of high school students competed in an annual trebuchet event. Students combine math, physics, art and design to create a working catapult that launched eggs at a target. Part of the QC High School Tech Challenge, this was the 8th year for the annual event.

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Heads shaved for St. Baldrick’s

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) Many raised money for childhood cancer research at Augustana College. Dozens turned out to have their heads shaved, after raising money through pledges for the St. Baldrick’s event. One Augie alumna who took part, Elle Janss, said she’s been growing her hair out for two years just for the event. “I do love my hair and everybody else loves my hair which is one of the strong reasons why I want to shave it off,” she said. “If I love my hair so much somebody else will love it even more and mine will grow back and somebody else might not, so I …

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Ultimate basketball marathon raises money for Friendly House

It's the Quad Cities ultimate pick-up basketball game.Davenport's Friendly House is holding it's annual 12-hour marathon basketball game from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. It's all about raising money for programs and services at the Friendly House.Each player pledged at least $120 . "Right now everyone's energetic and ready to play, but 3 or 4 in the morning the game's get a little slower," said Terry Hendershott, assistant director at Friendly House. "People don't have the energy but people like playing overnight." This is the 8th year of the basketbal…

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Augustana students shave heads for childhood cancer research

Augustana students spent the evening proving that bald is beautiful.The 4th annual St. Baldrick's event took place on campus Friday.50 students signed up, but even more shaved their head. All to support childhood cancer research."I love my hair and I know someone else is going to love it too. And mine grows back, so I think it's just a great thing to do to support kids who have cancer to raise awareness and anybody can do it," said Elle Janns, 2013 Augustana College alum. Friday's event raised a total of $17,000 to help find a cure for childhood cancer.

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Two Alleman seniors headed to West Point

A pair of Alleman High School seniors are headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point this summer. On Friday, April 17, 2015, both Brady Hoskins and Andrew Lekowski received their appointments in front of family, friends and teachers at Alleman. “Yeah, that’s actually pretty rare. It was pretty surprising that we both got in,” said Hoskins. “It was a big relief, too, knowing that I would have someone else there that I know.” The application process for West Point is extensive, and Hoskins says he spent nearly a year and a half on it. Students must …

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Seminarian remembers selling raffle tickets to Cardinal

As a new theology student at Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Chicago, Moline native Guillermo Trevino admitted being nervous the first time he met Cardinal Franci……

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Heroin epidemic rising in QCA, according to coroner

QUAD CITIES (KWQC) – It is a killer in the Quad Cities. Heroin deaths are on the rise across the QCA. The Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said they had a record number of heroin-overdose deaths last year, nine people died. Between 2010-2014, 36 people died. “The epidemic is clearly getting worse, but no means has it leveled off and I don’t anticipate that it will,” said Gustafson. “Kids are trying it more and more. They’re not so much shooting it up, but they’re snorting it. So, they think it’s less lethal if you will and not as terr…

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Retired state trooper receives high honor

A retired state trooper in Iowa received a high honor.Senator Chuck Grassley presented Mark Domino with the State Congressional Badge of Bravery today.He got the honor for his response to a chase after strong armed bank robbery three years ago. Domino chased the suspects down despite being shot. The Badge of Bravery is presented to one trooper a year to honor exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty.

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Two local students head to West Point

Two local high school students set for graduation have big plans for next year. They'll be heading to West Point in the fall.Alleman seniors Andrew Lekowski and Brady Hoskins attended a congressional appointment ceremony to recognize their acceptance to the service academy. Both say they've had a lot of support. "I was ecstatic when I got accepted into West Point because it's always been my dream college and it's one of the greatest feelings I've ever had," said Andrew Lekowski."I've met a lot of great people here," said Brady Hoskins. "A lot of my past classmates hav…

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Two local students heading to West Point

Two local high school students set for graduation have big plans for next year. They'll be heading to West Point in the fall.Alleman seniors Andrew Lekowski and Brady Hoskins attended a congressional appointment ceremony to recognize their acceptance to the service academy. Both say they've had a lot of support. "I was ecstatic when I got accepted into West Point because it's always been my dream college and it's one of the greatest feelings I've ever had," said Andrew Lekowski."I've met a lot of great people here," said Brady Hoskins. "A lot of my past classmates hav…

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Proposed bill promotes road safety in Illinois

You know what to do when you come to a stop sign, but, what about when a sign that's supposed to be there isn't.They sometimes get destroyed or damaged by things like weather or construction, but as local 4's Kelsey Gibbs explains, Illinois lawmakers are stepping up to make sure the roads are kept safe.

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Rock Island Library restoration project

Work to restore the Rock Island Library is underway.Crews are repairing the weather-damaged stone on the outside of the 112-year-old building. Capital grants are paying for the repairs. The restoration will block parking spaces and the front steps at times. You can expect the work to last until the end of August. …

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Students compete in Trebuchet challenge

Quad Cities area students dabbled in Middle Aged-engineering.Twenty-seven student teams from Pleasant Valley, Clinton and Moline High School met on the hillside of Bettendorf High School to test how far their devices would catapult eggs.It was a fun way of learning more about engineering outside the classroom. "For them to actually see those concepts in work is measurable because that's the real world, and that's what we're here for," said instructor, Dan Drexler.Each team had 4 shots at different targets. Bragging rights went to the team with the longest throw of the day. …

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Bustos talks college affordability at Black Hawk College

A small group of students and faculty at Black Hawk College got a direct line to Washington DC to share their concerns about paying for education.They met with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos to discuss the affordability of college. Bustos explained she's working to lower interest rates on student loans and make it possible to refinance existing loans."Well I like to listen to students and administrators at Black Hawk Community College so that when I go back out to Washington I'm introducing legislation or I'm voting on legislation that pertains to students and student loan debt that I know f…

KWQC-TV6 Logo‘Thank goodness no one was injured or killed,’ Galena Mayor talks derailment six weeks later

‘Thank goodness no one was injured or killed,’ Galena Mayor talks derailment six weeks later

GALENA, Ill (KWQC)-“It was serious, thank goodness no one was injured or killed,” Galena Mayor Terry Renner says the response to the train derailment south of town was incredible, hundreds of first responders flocked to the site. “It was amazing,” Renner said. “The amount of people that showed up that night was like a swarm of bees down there. It was a good response for everybody coming in.” Six weeks later, the city has formally requested 227 thousand dollars from BNSF Railway for the derailment. “That is for the time that was spent by the volunteer…

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St. Ambrose Dome repairs almost completed

Teams should be able to use the St. Ambrose Dome again soon.Crews have started making repairs on the dome that collapsed during February's heavy snowstorm.Teams have had to use other practice fields while the dome's out of commission. The work should be done by next week. …

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Dog flu outbreak could reach the Quad Cities

More than a thousand dogs across the Midwest have gotten sick from a flu outbreak and at least five deaths have been confirmed.Since starting in Chicago, it's spread to Wisconsin, Ohio an Indiana.Veterinarians warn you should keep your dogs from going nose to nose with other petsWhether your dog is active or not it could be at risk of getting the flu. "The virus is airborne so what happens is a dog sneezes or coughs and that can get on a floor on a counter, on your clothes it can live up to 48 hours on surfaces.so what's the first thing your dog does when you get home, sniffs your c…

WQAD.com LogoRock Island event aims to help veterans find employment, education opportunities

Rock Island event aims to help veterans find employment, education opportunities

Veterans attended a job fair in Rock Island as they looked ahead to life after service. The Employment-Education event was held Wednesday, April 15, 2015 to help show veterans what kind of path they could take moving forward. “I’m just looking to make contacts for a post-Army career because I’m going to be looking at retirement here pretty soon,” said Maj. Wayne Stratton, U.S. Army. “So I just want to make sure that I can make some contacts and do some networking. While veterans were getting the information they needed, employers were getting to meet with some possible prospects to h…

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School district will patrol Davenport Citibus

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Following complaints from bus drivers and passengers, Davenport city leaders and the school district are making changes. Davenport Community School District’s Rachael Steiner confirms the district will be putting staff members sporadically and unannounced on Citibus to make sure students are behaving well. Steiner says many complaints have been about students on Route 22 from Williams Intermediate School. The district has worked closely with city officials and Davenport Public Works to come up with a solution. They will work with guardians to make sure their chil…

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QCA students use engineering skills in trebuchet competition

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – Ready, set, launch! Students around the QCA put their math and science skills to the test in the 8th annual trebuchet competition. The trebuchet is like a catapult and they’re tossing large eggs at targets. The competition took place at Bettendorf High School but students from several area districts were included. Each team was challenged to come up with a design and make sure the product could hit targets at 75, 100 and 125 feet away. The students do all the research, make and test the trebuchets. “It actually gives them a chance to integrate some…

WQAD.com LogoViral Video: Zoo onlookers frightened when silverback gorilla slams glass

Viral Video: Zoo onlookers frightened when silverback gorilla slams glass

A group of zoo visitors were looking at some Silverback Gorillas at a Nebraska zoo when the pleasant scene turned scary. Reflection of the onlookers as gorilla slams the glass The 12 second video starts by showing a little looking through the glass at the Henry Doorly Zoo and banging on her chest. Within seconds one of the animals runs toward the onlookers and body slams the glass, leaving a huge crack. For a moment you can see the startled group’s reflection in the glass. The video then shows them all running for the door. Viral Video: Adorable Red Pandas have the best snow&n…

WQAD.com LogoStudio 8 features local pop artist Dan Pepper

Studio 8 features local pop artist Dan Pepper

Who I am: Dan Pepper What my music is: Pop What sets my music apart from the rest: “I have been writing and recording music for the past 10 years. I have performed and played for many occasions, but never having played my music. The reason being, I write music that I would enjoy listening to. Whether it is a lyrical idea or chord progression, I’ll try it out and record it. I have two albums available on iTunes and Spotify. A favorite of mine is ‘Sleep Tonight’ which was written nine years ago, but I use today as a lullaby for my three month old.” Click here to…

KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa home sales, prices up in March

Iowa home sales, prices up in March

CLIVE, Iowa (KWQC) –  Spring is the season for warmer weather, flowers and home sales. And, according to the Iowa Realtors Association, this spring has already delivered some big numbers. Based on March numbers, home prices are rising and homes are selling faster than last year. Home sales rose by 17.3 percent with 2,446 sold in March when compared to the same time last year. “With the improved economy and the warm weather this spring, Iowa buyers and sellers were very active in March. The six largest market areas experienced double digit percent increases in home sales, said IAR …

Quad-City Times LogoSymphony fundraiser combines 100 cellos, local visual artists

Symphony fundraiser combines 100 cellos, local visual artists

The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra's centennial is obviously a once-in-a-lifetime event, so executive director Benjamin Loeb was in search last year of a fundraiser idea just as monumental.

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Rock Island mother takes plea deal in death of baby

A Rock Island mother has entered an Alford plea in the death of her child.  An Alford plea means a defendant is not admitting guilt, but acknowledges that they would likely be found guilty at a trial.Leila Martin was supposed to go on trial in June.  In January of this year her boyfriend, Lavail Dunbar was convicted for 1st degree murder and aggravated battery of a child in connection to the death of four-month-old Jeremiah Morrison back in September 2013.The boy was found unresponsive at his home with multiple head wounds. Friday afternoon Martin entered an Alford plea to the char…

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Casino projects adding up to 400 construction jobs

Dual casino projects will add up to 400 local construction jobs in the Quad Cities over coming months. Inside the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union on Friday, there’s excitement over the long-term possibilities. “It’s money coming in,” said apprentice welder Josh Starkweather, 27.  “It’s putting guys to work. That’s what we like to see.” Starkweather and others are fired up about the prospects. Rather than travel to long-term jobs, they’ll be able to work close to home. “Especially with these big time consuming projects,” he conti…

WQAD.com LogoSoggy Later Half Of The Weekend, Spring Jackets A Must Next Week

Soggy Later Half Of The Weekend, Spring Jackets A Must Next Week

Outdoor plans on Saturday will be ok, though we will see an increase in clouds I could see a passing shower or two later in the afternoon.  As far as temperatures I do believe we should have no problem reaching the low to mid  70s this afternoon. System slowly approaching from the west may spit ahead of it a renegade shower or two into the evening hours.  The bulk of the moisture is still expected on Sunday morning before it becomes more scattered the rest of the day.  Rainfall amounts will likely exceed a quarter of an inch in spots before tapering by Monday morning. Temperatures will sl…

WQAD.com LogoWhite-nose syndrome confirmed in bats in Des Moines County, Iowa

White-nose syndrome confirmed in bats in Des Moines County, Iowa

It has recently been associated with bats at the Maquoketa Caves, and now the disease that has killed millions of bats threatens them in Des Moines County, Iowa. “Three bats collected in Des Moines County were confirmed to have white-nose syndrome,” said a statement from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  “Two little brown bats and one northern long-eared bat observed near a cave entrance showed visible signs of WNS during monitoring for the disease.”  No signs of WNS were seen at that site when it was checked in February 2014. The fungus that causes the syndr…

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Davenport's Lafarge plant, quarry sold

Summit Materials, a Missouri-based construction materials company, has agreed to buy Lafarge North America's Davenport cement plant and seven cement distribution terminals for $450 million, bo……

OurQuadCities.com LogoFrancis Cardinal George, led Chicago archdiocese, dies

Francis Cardinal George, led Chicago archdiocese, dies

(CBS News) After fighting a long battle with cancer, Francis Cardinal George has died, multiple sources reported on Friday afternoon.Priests have been notified of George’s passing.Last month, George had been re-admitted to Loyola University Medical Center for treating hydration issues and pain managementAt the time, a church statement did not have any further information on Cardinal George’s condition, but did ask for prayers for the cardinal. Earlier in March, George was hospitalized after experiencing leg pain.In late January, George announced his cancer treatments had stop…

WQAD.com LogoHundreds of workers laid off from Iowa Fertilizer Plant construction site

Hundreds of workers laid off from Iowa Fertilizer Plant construction site

Jobs, that were considered to be some of the best in eastern Iowa, appeared to be less reliable after hundreds of workers learned of temporary layoffs at the Iowa Fertilizer Plant construction site. The enormous $2-billion project in Wever, south of Burlington, is the largest construction project in Iowa history, with nearly 3,000 workers manning round-the-clock shifts to build a plant that was expected to be operational by late 2015. Some workers were driving nearly two hours each way to commute to the site from other areas in Iowa and Illinois. Workers contracted under AECOM-URS were told t…

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Branstad issues disaster proclamation for Clinton County

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) — Governor Terry E. Branstad today issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Clinton County in response to recent severe weather. The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of a severe storm system that made its way through Iowa on April 9, 2015. In addition, the proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Clinton County. The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty …

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Deer hunting equipment stolen from Jo Daviess County park

Police are trying to figure out who took deer hunting tree stands and tree stand equipment from a park in Jo Daviess County. One or more people went onto private property in the Apple Canyon Lake area and took the tree stands that police say were mounted on trees, according to a statement from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff. Crime Stoppers are asking for any information on who may have taken the equipment. If you have information to share, you are asked to call the Dubuque/Jo Daviess Crime Stoppers at 800-474-0117 or the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department at 815-777-2141. Any informat…

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Is this the most demanding birthday invitation ever?

Credit: razz32 An unidentified mother is causing a backlash online for an apparent email she sent out prior to her son’s first birthday party. A copy of the email was shared on Reddit on Thursday and was sent to a group of people expected to attend her son’s birthday party. The email includes specific request about acceptable gifts for her son. “With (name)’s birthday coming up, we thought we’d ask 4 [sic] items that he will really get a lot of use out of in the coming months. I provided my mom and sister-in-law with a list of 4 other items (name) would like for h…

WQAD.com LogoCollapsed St. Ambrose Dome undergoing repairs after February snowstorm

Collapsed St. Ambrose Dome undergoing repairs after February snowstorm

Now that spring is here, the St. Ambrose Dome is coming back to life. Workers were on site at the N. Brady Street athletic facility in Davenport, Iowa Friday morning, April 17, 2015. A spokesperson from St. Ambrose University said the workers were putting in 10-hour days to fix the dome. St. Ambrose Dome 1 week after being flattened by snow. WQAD Photo The dome collapsed Sunday, February 1 when a snowstorm brought a round of heavy snow and winds to the QC. Athletes that use the dome for their sports were forced to find other places to practice and play. There was no set date for the dome to re…





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