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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

WQAD.com LogoWoman hides pregnancy from mother-in-law until day before delivery

Woman hides pregnancy from mother-in-law until day before delivery

ROY, Utah – A Utah couple managed to keep a big secret from members of their own family for nearly nine months. When Tannin and Katie Pease found out Katie was pregnant with their third child, they decided to wait as long as possible to tell Tannin’s mom. In fact, they managed to keep it a secret until the day before Katie was set to deliver, according to KUTV. The family recorded the moment they revealed the news to Tannin’s mom, Carolynn. So how’d they manage to hide the pregnancy for nearly nine months? Well, it helped that Carolynn lives in Montana, but keep…

KWQC-TV6 LogoGrassley, Ernst, and other GOP face town hall anger

Grassley, Ernst, and other GOP face town hall anger

(CNN/KWQC) – Across the country, as Senators and Congressmen are on home recess, town halls are turning into a hot beds for political activism. Protesters are packing these events and expressing outrage over a number of issues surrounding Washington and President Donald Trump, leading many to wonder if there’s a power shift on the horizon in 2018. Constituents across the country lining up to give their Washington representatives an earful, taking on president trump’s agenda on nearly everything. But protests like this aren’t unique to republicans. Democratic lawmakers…

WQAD.com LogoChanges to Bettendorf school calendar upsets parents

Changes to Bettendorf school calendar upsets parents

BETTENDORF, Iowa — The Bettendorf School Board approved class calendar changes for the 2017-18 school year and not all parents are happy. Parents received an email Tuesday, Feb. 21, notifying them of the changes that were approved, which includes early releases each Wednesday and a weeklong fall break Oct. 30-Nov. 3. An online petition was created the following day. Most of the complaints made by parents who signed the petition say that adding a weeklong break in the fall is detrimental to students, especially with it being so close to Thanksgiving break, which is scheduled for Nov 22-24. …

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Trump administration hints at ‘greater enforcement’ of marijuana laws

WASHINGTON – The White House said Thursday, Feb. 23, it expects law enforcement agents to enforce federal marijuana laws when they come into conflict with states where recreational use of the drug is permitted. “I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said regarding federal drug laws, which still list marijuana as an illegal substance. That’s a reversal from the Obama administration’s stance, which laid out in an official memo that the federal government wouldn’t interfere in states where nonmedical …

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Clinton police ask for public’s help identifying two men

CLINTON, Iowa — Clinton police are asking for the public’s help in identifying these two men. The men were on camera exiting Legends Sports Bar in Clinton just before midnight on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Clinton police have not released why the want to speak with these men. The department posted the video to their Facebook page on Thursday, Feb. 23. Anyone who recognizes one of these suspects is asked to call the Clinton Police Department at 563-243-1458.

WQAD.com LogoIowa woman fights to keep custody of neglected dogs

Iowa woman fights to keep custody of neglected dogs

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — The woman accused of neglecting more than a dozen dogs is still fighting to keep some of the pets. Lindsey Morrow was arrested after dogs were found living in filthy conditions on a property near Sandyville, Iowa. A couple of the dogs were found dead. During a court hearing, a veterinarian showed the judge a plastic bag containing 4 pounds of matted fur removed from just one of the recovering dogs. The hearing wrapped up Thursday, Feb. 23. A judge says he will issue a ruling as soon as possible. The dogs that were rescued are in the care of the Animal Rescue League of Io…

KWQC-TV6 LogoFire crews respond to diesel fuel leak in Scott County

Fire crews respond to diesel fuel leak in Scott County

WALCOTT, Iowa (KWQC) – A diesel fuel leak was discovered and stopped on Thursday when a neighbor found a sheen on in Mud Creek. The creek is approximately 10 miles northwest of Walcott. According to a press release from the Iowa DNR, the neighbor traced the leaking fuel up a tributary of Mud Creek to an underground tile line in a farmyard. It was then discovered that the leaking pipe was connected to an above-ground diesel fuel tank. The Maysville Fire Department placed absorbent booms in the tributary to prevent the fuel from traveling further downstream. Mud Creek flows northeast where…

KWQC-TV6 LogoAFSCME union members vote for authorized strike.

AFSCME union members vote for authorized strike.

Rock Island, Il (KWQC) Illinois’ largest labor union is giving the o-k for a strike with members voting to authorize a strike if contract negotiations don’t progress. 81 percent of AFSCME’s 38 thousand members voted in favor of a strike only if an agreeable contract can’t be made with the state. Some notable state workers who would possibly join the strike are, dispatchers, child protective service providers, parole agents. Local AFSCME representative, Miguel Morga says a possible strike could have a big impact the QC as well. “I think there’s several hun…

KWQC-TV6 LogoHome values on the rise: Bettendorf residents see increase in property taxes

Home values on the rise: Bettendorf residents see increase in property taxes

BETTENDORF, Ia. (KWQC)- The Scott County Assessor’s Office has completed the Bettendorf residential property revaluation project. In 2015, the county hired a private appraisal company to conduct door-to-door inspections. As homeowners receive their 2017 assessments, many residents say they are shocked to see how high their property taxes have increased. Bettendorf resident, John Scott said his home in September was appraised at $129,000. When he received his 2017 assessment in the mail, the new value was $163,000, an increase of nearly 30 percent. “The first thing that came to m…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMothers turn to social media for breast milk needs

Mothers turn to social media for breast milk needs

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – Thousands of mothers across the country, including here in Iowa are turning to social media for breast milk to help their babies, but experts warn that’s not the safest idea. One Eastern Iowa mom tell us she gives away her extra breast milk online to help those who may who may have trouble nursing and need it most. Inside Joanna Castillo’s freezer is something you may not expect. Bags piled high and stacked one by one with pouches of breast milk. “We weren’t going to use it all and there’s lots of mommies who need it or babies,…

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University of Illinois announces Athletics Hall of Fame

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — The University of Illinois has announced the inaugural class of its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2017 class celebrates 28 athletes dating back to the first Fighting Illini football team in 1890, through the addition of women’s varsity teams in the 1970s, and continuing with current coaches and athletes. The class of 2017 will be introduced Friday, June 23, at the Fighting Illini Athletics Hall of Fame Gala at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Ticket information will be available in the coming weeks. The University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame I…

WQAD.com LogoProposed Iowa law does away with age limits for teaching kids how to shoot handguns

Proposed Iowa law does away with age limits for teaching kids how to shoot handguns

BETTENDORF, Iowa — These two moms are spending the morning catching up while the kids get their energy out with dad. "His next birthday present, at five, will be a BB gun to start practicing," says mom Amber Bratton. Teaching kids at any age how to use a handgun would become easier if a new bill is passed in Iowa. Similar bills have been discussed before but haven't had enough support. The president of the Iowa Firearm Coalition says with more republicans in office, the support for these laws is growing. Right now in Iowa, a kid has to be 14-years-old to learn how to use a handgun. They ca…

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Diesel leak discovered in Mud Creek in Scott County

A leak from a diesel tank was discovered Thursday after the fuel had reached Mud Creek about 10 miles northwest of Walcott, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.

WQAD.com LogoPossibly 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled near Mud Creek in Scott County

Possibly 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled near Mud Creek in Scott County

WALCOTT, Iowa — Possibly 500 gallons has spilled from a leaking pipe from an above-ground diesel fuel tank near Walcott on Thursday morning, Feb. 23. A neighbor traced the fuel through an unnamed tributary of Mud Creek to an underground tile line in a farmyard. The Maysville Fire Department placed absorbent booms in the tributary to prevent the fuel from traveling further downstream. The farmer is unsure when the leak happened, making it hard to estimate the the amount that was spilled. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says possibly 500 gallons spilled, with half possibly reaching t…

KWQC-TV6 LogoFederal hiring freeze impacts efforts to fully open Thomson prison

Federal hiring freeze impacts efforts to fully open Thomson prison

THOMSON, Ill. (KWQC) – With the change in the White House comes a delay in the effort to fully open the federal prison in Thomson, Illinois. The prison, recently taken over by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, was in the process of hiring and housing federal inmates. We contacted the Administrative United States Penitentiary (AUSP) Thomson Executive Assistant for and update on the hiring process. In An email, Lynelle Asberry says there are currentily 114 inmates located at the facility. But since President Donald Trump ordered a federal hiring freeze, they are currently reviewing guidance f…

WQAD.com LogoTooth Fairy payouts a surprisingly accurate measure of fiscal health

Tooth Fairy payouts a surprisingly accurate measure of fiscal health

Take Our Poll NAPERVILLE, Ill. — It appears the enamel market is booming. According to a survey released by Delta Dental of Illinois, the average payout from the tooth fairy for a lost baby tooth has risen by nearly a dollar over the past year, from $3.11 to $4.04 on average. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental, kids in Illinois raked in a whopping $10.2 million for lost teeth last year. The folks at Delta Dental claim their tooth fairy poll is also a fairly decent economic indicator for the broader economy. They not it has tracked with the movement o…

KWQC-TV6 LogoJustice may crack down on legalized marijuana

Justice may crack down on legalized marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is suggesting the Trump administration may crack down on states that have legalized recreational marijuana. White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Spicer says during a press briefing Thursday that the issue rests with the Justice Department. But he says, “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it.” He adds that it’s “something that the Department of Justice I think will be…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMuseum honors German immigrants

Museum honors German immigrants

Theresa Bryant takes us to the German American Heritage Center where there is an exhibit highlighting women immigrants of Iowa. THE CULTURE THEY CARRIED: WOMEN IMMIGRANTS OF IOWA Through May 21 German American Heritage Center 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport (563) 322-8844 gahc.org…

WQAD.com LogoRobin Thicke’s ex-wife accuses him of evidence tampering

Robin Thicke’s ex-wife accuses him of evidence tampering

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer Robin Thicke’s ex-wife is accusing the singer of tampering with a court order in an attempt to get her arrested in their bitter custody dispute. The allegations are made by Paula Patton’s attorneys in a court filing released Thursday, Feb. 23. They came a day before a judge is scheduled to begin a hearing on the actress’ allegations Thicke was abusive during their marriage and toward their 6-year-old son. In late January, a judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring Thicke to stay away from Patton and to have only supervised visi…

WQAD.com LogoIllinois state worker’s union okays a strike

Illinois state worker’s union okays a strike

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - State workers in Illinois have authorized a strike. The state council of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees says 81 percent of its 38,000 members voted in favor of the strike approval. AFSCME has worked without a contract for two years. The union and Governor Rauner continue to disagree over health care contributions by state workers, overtime pay, merit pay, and privatization. "We've been at impasse for a long time. Every day that goes by that we're not implementing our contract is well over two million dollars of extra cost to taxpayers…

WQAD.com LogoTaco Bell pulling popular chicken-shelled chalupa

Taco Bell pulling popular chicken-shelled chalupa

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A Taco Bell treat that has a shell made entirely of fried chicken will vanish from the fast food chain’s menu despite its popularity. Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch says the Naked Chicken Chalupa always was planned as a limited-time offer, but it has proven to be popular and exceeded the company’s expectations. A date for the end of its run hasn’t been announced. After two years of testing, the chalupa made its national debut on Jan. 26. The shell of the sandwich looks a lot like a taco and is made with all-white chicken. It’s packed with lettuc…

KWQC-TV6 LogoRecord-setting weather streak comes to an end

Record-setting weather streak comes to an end

QUAD CITIES, (KWQC) – After a record-breaking run, the extraordinary warm February weather is about to come to a halt. The KWQC TV-6 forecast calls for rain Thursday night, including a chance for hail. Then, by Friday evening, colder air will bring light snow. Accumulations will be less than an inch in most of the TV-6 viewing area, but parts to the north and west of the Quad City metro could see up to 2 inches. It brings and end to a string of six consecutive record-setting days, a record for the warmest low temperature and an all-time record high for the month of February set on Sunda…

WQAD.com LogoMadigan forms Illinois House panel to address school funding

Madigan forms Illinois House panel to address school funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a panel to pick up where a recent commission left off revamping the state’s outdated public school funding formula. The Chicago Democrat announced the panel Thursday, Feb. 23. He says the group will address questions left unanswered by a funding reform commission convened by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner last year. That commission reported its findings earlier this month. It concluded Illinois must change how it funds schools to ensure all students are properly educated. But it produced no legislative proposals. …

Quad-City Times Logo3rd egg for Arconic's eagles?

3rd egg for Arconic's eagles?

Fans of Arconic Eaglecam suspect there may have been a third egg laid in the nest this week.

WQAD.com LogoThird grade artist’s doodle catches Google’s attention

Third grade artist’s doodle catches Google’s attention

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- A third grade student's artwork has caught the attention of Google for the second time. On Thursday, February 23, 2017, representatives from Google announced that Shalini Chandupatala was a finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition. Chandupatala is one of 53 state winners. A panel of judges chose the third grader at Hopewell Elementary to represent Iowa for the second year in a row. "We have hundreds of thousands of entries each year," said Jordan Basile, a Google representative. "I'm really impressed with Shalini's work. She's won two years in a row, and I haven't seen …

WQAD.com LogoIowa panel OKs gun bill with stand-your-ground provision

Iowa panel OKs gun bill with stand-your-ground provision

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A subcommittee in the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has approved a comprehensive gun bill that includes a stand-your-ground provision. The panel signed off on the measure Thursday, Feb. 23, and it now heads to the full House Judiciary Committee. The bill would allow people in Iowa to use deadly force anywhere if they believe such force is necessary to avoid injury or risk to one’s life or safety. People could use deadly force even if an alternative course of action is available, and it allows people to be wrong in that estimation of danger. The bill als…

WQAD.com LogoWarmer jackets a must this upcoming weekend

Warmer jackets a must this upcoming weekend

Clouds continue to thicken and lower which will allow the rain chances to continue along with a few rumbles of thunder overnight.  Not expecting anything severe as rainfall amounts could be around a half an inch. By Friday we’ll be sandwiched between two weather extremes… The blizzard conditions along the Iowa/Minnesota border and the threat for severe weather near the Ohio Valley.  Here locally, we’ll be looking pretty good around  given the circumstances as daytime highs will range between 45 to 55 degrees from north to south under a pretty stiff wind out of the southwes…

WQAD.com LogoIowa offering replacement birth certificates issued between 1993 and 2009

Iowa offering replacement birth certificates issued between 1993 and 2009

The State of Iowa is offering replacement birth certificates issued over a 16 year span because they do not contain enough information. From May 1993 to October 2009, parents were given newborn birth certificate wallet cards after having a baby. The certificates, which are supposed to be used as a vital record, do not contain enough information, making them less useful, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics. The wallet cards (which are 2 and 5/8 in. x 4 in.) were printed as a perforated attachment to a larger document (which is 3.5 in. x 8 in.) If you h…

WQAD.com LogoPolice: Missing teen Sarah Dunsey ‘was not kidnapped’ in Las Vegas

Police: Missing teen Sarah Dunsey ‘was not kidnapped’ in Las Vegas

Sarah Dunsey. Images courtesy family. LAS VEGAS – Authorities are now saying the Utah teen reported kidnapped in Las Vegas may not have been kidnapped at all, according to DailyMail.com. 17-year-old Sarah Dunsey disappeared Jan. 15 while at the MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last week, Dunsey’s mother offered up a heart-wrenching plea to the world to help find her daughter. In a video posted to YouTube, the family claimed Sarah was a victim of sex trafficking and she was being held against her will. DailyMail.com is reporting Las Vegas authorities said Dunsey “was not kidnapped.&#…

WQAD.com LogoDelphi call center fielding more than 1,000 tips realted to Indiana murder investigation

Delphi call center fielding more than 1,000 tips realted to Indiana murder investigation

DELPHI, Ind. – One tip could be the one clue investigators need to catch whoever killed Abby Williams and Libby German. Dispatchers are working around the clock, answering phone calls coming into a call center. Last week a tip line was created to help with Abby and Libby’s murder investigation. The two teenagers’ bodies were found the day after they were hiking along the Delphi Historic Trails. Investigators are digging through more than 1,000 tips, but they need more. “We’re hopeful. Every time it rings we wonder if that’s going to be the call, the person whatever it is the clue …

KWQC-TV6 LogoUPDATE: Illinois union OKs strike over Rauner contract dispute

UPDATE: Illinois union OKs strike over Rauner contract dispute

.SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Tens of thousands of Illinois government workers have voted in favor of authorizing a strike if contract talks don’t progress. The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees reported Thursday that 81 percent of union members voting favored a strike. Roberta Lynch is AFSCME executive director. She says the vote empowers the union’s executive board to call a strike “if no other path forward can be found.” AFSCME’s 38,000 members have been unable to agree on a contract with Republican Gov. Bruce R…

KWQC-TV6 LogoPolice dig into basement of Joliet house searching for missing person

Police dig into basement of Joliet house searching for missing person

 JOLIET, Ill. (KWQC)  – Illinois State Police are conducting a dig in the basement of a home in Joliet in connection with a missing person case from nearly 27 years ago. ISP, along with agents from the FBI, are unearthing a portion of a residential concrete basement slab, located at 100 S. Margaret Street. According to a news release, the dig is being conducted in response to new leads provided in the case of Robin Abrams. The residents of the house are not involved in the case and are being temporarily relocated until the dig is complete. According to the Illinois State Police Missing…

KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa to exchange birth certificates issued from 5/93 through 10/09

Iowa to exchange birth certificates issued from 5/93 through 10/09

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) — The Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics is working to exchange any newborn birth certificate issued from May 1993 to October 2009, where the birth certificate is a small wallet-size card. Officials say the reason for the exchange s that the wallet cards issued didn’t contain enough vital record information to be used for identification purposes, essentially making them less useful for the purpose they are intended to be used for. The newborn birth certificate wallet cards were issued from May 1993 to October 2009, and after the birth o…

WQAD.com LogoAlan Colmes, Fox News contributor and longtime broadcaster, dies at 66

Alan Colmes, Fox News contributor and longtime broadcaster, dies at 66

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Alan Colmes, Fox News contributor and longtime broadcaster, died Thursday morning. He was 66. Colmes died after battling a “brief illness” according to a statement on his website. “He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with [wife] Jocelyn,” the statement read. “He will be missed.” Colmes joined Fox News in 1996 and was co-host alongside Sean Hannity on the popular “Hannity & Colmes,” which found him debating the news …

WQAD.com LogoIs this sign sexist? Debate breaks out over North Carolina billboard

Is this sign sexist? Debate breaks out over North Carolina billboard

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – It's just seven words long, but that's enough to start a firestorm: "Real men provide. Real women appreciate it." A billboard containing those words sits along an interstate in North Carolina, and it's inflaming passions. Some people find the message sexist. A group of those who don't like the billboard's message plan to hold a protest this weekend. Molly Grace says she's never organized a protest before, but she's putting one together now after seeing the billboard earlier this week. Grace, who owns a clothing and lifestyle store in Winston-Salem, says the point of t…

KWQC-TV6 LogoBettendorf 3rd grader finalist in Google Doodle contest for 2nd time

Bettendorf 3rd grader finalist in Google Doodle contest for 2nd time

UPDATE: Voting doesn’t start until Thursday evening. BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) — A talented 3rd grader from Hopewell Elementary is getting national attention once again. On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Google announced the 53 state and territory winners in its ninth annual Doodle 4 Google competition. The contest is open to K-12 students across the United States and encourages students to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “What I see for the future…” Shalini Chandupatala of Bettendorf, is one of the 53 winners with her doodle, “Happy Healthy and Safe …

Quad-City Times LogoNotes @ Noon: Famiy matriarch still full of spunk, dance moves at 85

Notes @ Noon: Famiy matriarch still full of spunk, dance moves at 85

During a blues performance last August at Ross’ Restaurant in Bettendorf, an 85-year-old regular at the diner stole the show.

KWQC-TV6 LogoLyft ride service launches in Davenport

Lyft ride service launches in Davenport

QUAD CITIES (KWQC) — A new ride share service is now in Davenport. The Lyft service launched on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at noon. The ride service is launching in a total of 54 new markets on Thursday, including Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Des Moines. Lyft launched in 40 cities in January 2017, making for a total of 300 Lyft cities across the United States. “In just the first two months of 2017, we’ve introduced Lyft to nearly 100 new cities, thanks in large part to today’s launch,” said Jaime Raczka, Head of Early Stage Markets and Expansion, “We look forward to continuing this…

WQAD.com LogoNY zoo tries to live stream giraffe giving birth, says ‘animal rights extremists’ flagged it as ‘sexually explicit’

NY zoo tries to live stream giraffe giving birth, says ‘animal rights extremists’ flagged it as ‘sexually explicit’

HARPURSVILLE, NY — An upstate New York zoo is vowing to live stream a giraffe giving birth despite the removal of an earlier video because of “animal rights extremists.” The Animal Adventure Park, in Harpursville, aired two giraffe cam videos on YouTube overnight into Thursday. The first, lasting 10 hours, has been removed, and the second two-hour video has stopped, but is still viewable. “April the giraffe is expecting a calf. … Follow the process as she and her mate, Oliver, welcome a new baby,” the park had posted. However, park officials say “animal rig…

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Change in weather, Amanda's picks and a party for Buffalo Bill

Noon update: Change in weather, Amanda's picks and a party for Buffalo Bill

KWQC-TV6 LogoPolice ready for SWAT situation at pipeline protest camp

Police ready for SWAT situation at pipeline protest camp

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A SWAT vehicle is ready for use if it becomes necessary to use force to remove the remaining protesters from the now-closed Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North Dakota, authorities said Thursday. American Indian elders have told police there are people willing to resort to drastic measures to stay in the camp that was shut down Wednesday ahead of spring flooding, Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Iverson said. Similar sentiments have been expressed by protesters on social media, Iverson said. Authorities are prepared for a worst-case “SWAT scenario…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWatch Live: Rex Tillerson, Mexican Foreign Secretary Hold Press Conference

Watch Live: Rex Tillerson, Mexican Foreign Secretary Hold Press Conference

App users tap here Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Luis Videgaray deliver statements from Mexico City.  …

WQAD.com LogoChef Scott: Time to Love Liver

Chef Scott: Time to Love Liver

BETTENDORF, Iowa - Quit blaming the chicken livers! So many families refuse to make liver for dinner because they didn't like the taste as a kid.  That's a shame.  It's inexpensive and you can make it tasty. "You know,  when I was growing up, chicken livers were a favorite in our house", says Chef Brad Scott, head of Scott Community College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center. "Let's give them a second chance." 1. Add 3 tbsp of chef's butter (50/50 mix of butter and margarine) into hot skillet 2. Add cut up vegetables, about 1/4 cup per person each of green peppers, mushrooms…

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Stepping up to the plate

QUAD CITIES (KWQC) — Tavien Gillette is getting ready for his final year of baseball in high school. But first, another team needs his talents. Gillette is going to Nicaragua on a mission trip. A mission his family has been a part of for more than a decade.

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

Amanda's picks: 6 things to do this weekend

1. Iowa meets Nashville…

WQAD.com LogoGPS unit of work-release escapee found in southwest Burlington

GPS unit of work-release escapee found in southwest Burlington

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- A man at a work release facility did not return as required. Eric Allen Shaffer, age 34, was supposed to return to the facility Wednesday, February 22, 2017, according to a statement from the Iowa Department of Corrections. He was admitted into the facility on January 23. Shaffer has been convicted of willful injury, going armed with intent, and escape of a felon in Des Moines County.  Officials describe him as being white, standing 6-feet tall, and weighing 204 pounds. A spokesperson with the Iowa Department of Corrections said around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Shaffer's GPS u…

KWQC-TV6 LogoLocal Scott County group organizes “Castaway” town hall meeting

Local Scott County group organizes “Castaway” town hall meeting

UPDATE: Senator Grassley’s office provided the following statement to TV-6, “Senator Grassley held several hour-long Q&As last year in Scott County. He plans to hold at least one such event in Scott County this year, as he does in every county, every year. Senator Grassley is committed to hearing from a wide cross-section of Iowans as often as the Senate voting schedule allows. Just this week, Senator Grassley is holding 12 Q&As with Iowans.” BETTENDFORF, Iowa (KWQC) – Senator Joni Ernst has started her 99 County Tour across the state of Iowa. Senator Ernst was me…

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Durbin prompts medical, dental schools to combat drug crisis

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants medical and dental schools in Illinois to have training sessions on responsible opioid prescription.

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2 plans to name Illinois highways for Obama in the works

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from Chicago want portions of Illinois highways named for former President Barack Obama.

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Hastert victim again argues for remainder of hush money

CHICAGO (AP) — A sexual abuse victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is making another argument for the remainder of money he is owed for keeping silent about the politician's misconduct.

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University of Illinois kicks off 150th birthday celebration

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is kicking off a 15-month celebration of the institution's 150th birthday.

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Not-for-profit owner pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who federal prosecutors say filed for bankruptcy 10 times in five years has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

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Who's in the news? Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson, vice president of grant-making and community initiatives at Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, has been named a PLACES Fellow by The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

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US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of……

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US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors.

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Pope buys quake-zone produce to help farmers, donates food

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis's chief alms-giver went on a shopping spree in quake-struck central Italy on Thursday, buying up prosciutto, cheese and local produce from struggling local businesses and donating the bounty to Roman soup kitchens.

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Olympic bid withdrawal new setback for Hungarian leader

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The decision to withdraw Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics is the third political defeat for Hungary's populist prime minister in less than a year.

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Romania's huge protests cause rifts among families, friends

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Video editor Mihnea Lupan lives just around the corner from his mother, but their views on the massive anti-corruption protests shaking Romania are miles apart.

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Florence's Duomo encourages digital graffiti as deterrent

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Florence's famed Duomo is cleaning up its act, removing centuries of graffiti from the cathedral dome interior and letting new visitors leave their mark digitally instead.

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North Korea denies it was behind killing at Malaysia airport

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea denied Thursday that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes……

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Conservative activist O'Keefe posts tapes targeting CNN

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative activist James O'Keefe has released what he says are 119 hours of raw audio secretly recorded inside CNN's Atlanta headquarters in 2009.

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Some San Jose residents return to waterlogged homes

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Some residents returned home to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after being abruptly evacuated when a surging creek carrying engine fuel and sewage water inundated thousands of homes in San Jose.

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Philly mayor: $5.7M beverage tax haul doubles projections

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the city's sweetened-beverage tax raised $5.7 million in January, more than double what city officials had projected.

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Governor: Dakota Access protesters can leave without arrest

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's governor said, after public……

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Henryetta abolishes decades-old dance ban

HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) — Kick off the Sunday shoes: Dancing in public is now legal throughout Henryetta.

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Plight of company towns: finding a new identity

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year's State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring "We wouldn't be Peoria without Caterpillar."…

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Oregon joins suit against President Trump's travel ban

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon asked a federal court late Wednesday to join a lawsuit filed by Washington state against an immigration ban imposed by President Donald Trump.

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Chicago schools take a stand on immigration enforcement

CHICAGO (AP) — As educators around the United States wonder whether a crackdown on immigrants will reach their schoolhouse doors, principals in Chicago have been given a simple order: Do not let federal immigration agents in without a criminal warrant.

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Woman wearing anti-Trump sign barred from Lincoln Center

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman is claiming she was barred from attending a performance at New York City's Lincoln Center because she wouldn't remove an anti-Trump sign affixed to the back of her jacket.

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Ray and Sue Bollaert Anniversary

Ray and Sue Bollaert, Milan, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They were married Feb. 20, 1967, in Danville, Ill.

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Levi Glispie Birthday

The Rev. Levi Glispie will be honored at an open house Saturday, March 4, in observance of his 90th birthday. He was born March 3, 1927, in Preston, Miss. He married Willie B. Glispie…

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Janice Housman Birthday

Janice Housman will celebrate her 80th birthday with family and friends on Sunday, March 5.

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Hugh White Birthday

Hugh Donald White, Coal Valley, will celebrate his 100th birthday with an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12, after morning services at First Presbyterian Church, 2431 1st St., Coal Valley. He is being honored by……

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Gerald Newberry Birthday

Gerald "Jerry" Newberry, Milan, will be honored at an open house March 4 in observance of his 80th birthday.

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Iowa House panel OKs medical marijuana oil bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa House subcommittee approved a bill that would legalize medical marijuana oil and create a state-run program to grow and dispense the product. People affected by epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis and cancer spoke Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in support of the bill, telling lawmakers cannabis oil helped them. The GOP-led panel unanimously supported the bill, which now moves to the House public safety committee. The Iowa Department of Public Health would run the program, and an agency official said it was important participants receive license cards. Relate…

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Oscars look to 'La La Land,' host Kimmel for ratings boost

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the Oscars had doubled down on nominating films with actors named Ryan, the ceremony's chances for a ratings bounce might be as likely as host Jimmy Kimmel's Trump jokes.

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University of Iowa eliminating some scholarships as part of cutback

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is eliminating academic scholarships expected by more than 2,400 resident students for the 2017-18 school year. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that a letter being sent by university President Bruce Harreld blames the Legislature’s decreasing university funding by $8 million. University officials estimate that cutting the scholarships will save the university about $4.3 million. The university already has reduced its Summer Hawk Tuition program, tightened residency requirements for out-of-state students and raised the minimum number of …

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Strong sewer odor at Davenport school

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Students at Sudlow Intermediate School were being kept outside at the start of the day on Thursday, February 23, 2017, due to a strong sewer odor inside the building. School officials say that staff was working to eliminate the odor before they let students inside. They say students are normally left outside before the start of the school anyway. Maintenance determined that a sewer drain trap in an air handler room had dried out allowing sewer smell to enter the building. This was corrected and an all clear was given shortly before the start of school. Mid American …

Quad-City Times LogoLeClaire mother-daughter celebrate the town's 'superstar' at Buffalo Bill Museum

LeClaire mother-daughter celebrate the town's 'superstar' at Buffalo Bill Museum

They didn't know Buffalo Bill, but for this LeClaire family, celebrating his birthday this weekend feels personal.

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Snow joke: Parts of Iowa could receive a foot of snow tonight

Winter is far from over. And just because we set six record high temperatures in a row does not mean we are out of the woods when it comes to snow. I still have a gut feeling that there's still one weather system out there that will get the shovels out of the garage again. I could be wrong, but still. Blizzard Warnings are up for areas of Northwestern Iowa for what will blow in tonight. Heavy snow and a lot of wind will grind all roads north of Des Moines to a halt tonight. More than a foot of snow is likely for Spencer, Lake Okoboji, and Algona, Iowa. Right now, our models bullseye the Roch…

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Is it weird that you wear socks to bed? Science suggests you should

Take Our Poll Do you wear socks to bed? A report by the National Sleep Foundation suggests that wearing socks to bed could help you sleep better. Warming up your feet causes your blood vessels to dilate, which the NSF says may help signal to your brain that it’s bedtime. Once your feet get warmed, your body redistributes heat throughout your body, getting it ready to sleep. If wearing socks to bed isn’t your thing, you can still get the same benefits by layering extra blankets at the foot of your bed or using a hot water bottle to warm up the foot of your bed before you go to s…

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17-year-old wakes up on way to his own funeral

HUBBALLI, India — A 17-year-old in India who was presumed dead woke up on the way to his own funeral, according to the Times of India. Last month, Kumar Marewad suffered a dog bite and developed a high fever.  When his condition worsened last week, his family brought him to a local hospital. The infection spread, however, and relatives were left with a difficult decision. “We had decided to take Kumar home after doctors told us his chances of survival were bleak once taken off the ventilator,” the teen’s brother-in-law Sharanappa Naikar told the Times of India. Once …

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Watch Live: Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence and More Speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference

App users tap here. Live coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. – Scheduled start time 8:10 a.m. CST Schedule (All times eastern) 9:10am Kellyanne Conway (interviewed by Mercedes Schlapp of the Washington Times) 9:30am Roots of Conservatism: Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker & Dan Schneider of  American Conservative Union 10:05am Governors Reclaiming America’s Promise: Govs Bebin(Ky), Brownback (KS), Ducey (AZ), Walker (Wisc.) 10:45am Jim DeMint-Heritage Foundation 11:00am Dale Bellis Liberty HealthShare 11:10am Sen. Ted Cruz 11:30am Dana Loesch The Blaze …

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Church Helps Local Hispanic Community During Uncertain Time

EAST MOLINE - A local pastor has continued to grow his church in the Watertown neighborhood over the past nine years. "I came here for one mission...to start a Hispanic ministry here," Cristo Rey Lutheran Church Pastor Pablo Dominguez said. Dominguez came to the U.S. in 2002 and opened Cristo Rey six years later, in an old bank building off Illinois Route 84. "This is the best location for this Hispanic ministry because we're around for the Hispanics here," Dominguez said. The church provides clothing, money, and even food for residents in Watertown. His effort has been so inspiring to Rock …

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US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. There is no shortage of tension points as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly meet Thursday with top Mexican officials. After all, it’s Kelly who’s tasked with executing Trump’s plan to target millions for possible deportation, and Tillerson who must explain it to the…

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The Pledge from Mrs. Beeler’s class at George O Barr Elementary

SILVIS, Illinois — First graders in Mrs. Beeler's class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at George O Barr Elementary. Submit your school for participation in the Daily Pledge …

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Powerball ticket sold in Indiana hits $435 million jackpot

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A single Powerball ticket sold in Indiana has won Wednesday night's massive $435 million jackpot. The numbers pulled were 10, 13, 28, 52, 61 and the Powerball was 2. The identity of the winning ticket holder wasn't immediately available. If it seems like massive Powerball jackpots have become relatively common, that's because they have. Five of the ten largest Powerball jackpots have come since the start of last year. The reason: Powerball changed up its formula in October 2015 so that players have more numbers to choose from. More numbers mean longer odds of a winner -…

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Rick's Six: Rain, turmoil, divided council, and added protection

1. All good things must come to an end…

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Can Trump brand of diplomacy work in Middle East?

Trump’s diplomatic style is all about personal connections…

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Antiquated Electoral College system needs fixing

Imagine a football or basketball game where both teams play their hearts out. Despite good and bad calls both ways, one team gets the most points. Then the other team is given the victory.

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Letter: Key questions the newspaper didn't ask E.M. mayoral candidates

I am a little disappointed in your staff after reading the article on the three candidates for East Moline mayor’s position. It was a golden opportunity to ask some direct, hard questions and give EM voters something to consider.

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Letter: Retired Silvis clerk says Pirmann most qualified

On Tuesday, Silvis residents will, in essence, elect their city clerk.

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Midwesterners' world view starkly different

If Albert Einstein had lived in the Midwest, we’d have an entirely different theory of relativity.

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Editorial: Silvis makes mayor, city clerk and alderman picks

On Tuesday, Silvis Democratic primary voters will find a ballot crowded with candidates for mayor, city clerk, and aldermen in Wards 2 and 3.

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Letter: Bring on independent investigation of Trump's Russia ties

Thus far, Donald Trump’s presidency has been a dreadfully and embarrassingly unprecedented disaster with his antics favoring a reality-like television show filled with lies and fake news, further dividing our country while playing to his mostly insular alt-right supporter base……

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Letter: Why Don Jacobs is backing Freeman for E.M. mayor

Several years ago, my brother, Denny, and I owned JJ Music and were delivering to a restaurant in East Moline. As we were installing, a young kid around 15 approached us and asked if we would give him a job.……

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Letter: Everyone who is born in America is an American

I need to explain the reason for my story. I am trying to get all Americans together for a simple reason: We are all Americans: whites, African American blacks. And so on down the line.

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Today in history for Monday, Feb. 23, 2017

Today is Thursday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2017. There are 311 days left in the year.

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Newman races past Morrison

Newman opens the postseaon with 74-52 win over Morrison.  …

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Alleman bests Orion in Regional opener

Alleman gets 19 points from Nathan Graves and 11 from Ryan Hodge in a 53-47 win over Orion.  The Pioneers will now get Rockridge in Friday night's Regional championship game.





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