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WQAD.com LogoDavenport Police Department requests 150 body cameras for officers

Davenport Police Department requests 150 body cameras for officers

DAVENPORT -- The Davenport Police Department asked the City Council for permission to buy 150 body cameras during Wednesday night's council meeting. The cameras, which would be implemented over the next six years and would cost $550,000, are worn on the officer's shirts and then the data is uploaded through a wireless system. In addition to the cameras, the officers also asked for camera mounts and charging station equipment. Officers say the cameras would help them to be more transparent with community members. The decision is expected to go in front of Davenport City Council for a vote next…

WQAD.com LogoLittle York boy makes it to the Bigs with Milwaukee Brewers

Little York boy makes it to the Bigs with Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin-- Every day's a good day when you're living your dream. Players at Miller Park get ready to go, but they can't play without him. Meet 22-year-old Andrew Raes, a top groundskeeper for the Milwaukee Brewers. "A lot of people thought I'd be a farm kid and country boy," remembers Andrew. "I'm like uh uh. You can count me as a city boy now." Andrew grew up in Little York, Illinois. Little York has a population of 300 people. "Greg was brought up on a family farm, I was brought up on a family farm," says Andrew's mom Michelle. Andrew was brought up on something else, baseball. …

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Debate continues over new Taco Bell in Davenport

DAVENPORT -- The debate over whether or not to allow a new Taco Bell to open in Davenport is getting, well, spicy. The proposed restaurant would sit on the corner of West Kimberly Road and Sturdevant Street, right next to the Quick Star Gas Station. Some say the property, which has been vacant for 17 years, is perfect for the food joint, while others say it would only add to the existing traffic nightmare. Back in 1999, the land was set to be a Shnucks Grocery Store but the project fell through.  …

WQAD.com LogoVIDEO: Incoming storms light up Wednesday night skies

VIDEO: Incoming storms light up Wednesday night skies

As rain moved into the area, the sky began to light up with spectacular lightning shows. Check out some of the videos we received from News 8 viewers. From Joe Harris in Bettendorf: From Jereon Van de Sande between Woodhull and Andover: From Nathan Bell: From Karen Berhenke in Moline: It may not be video but we had to include this picture captured by Kala Peterson while trying to get the cat inside: …

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Beg your pardon

-- The date of the upcoming Oktoberfest in Aledo was incorrectly reported in a story published Wednesday. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in Central Park.

WQAD.com LogoIowa Supreme Court hears woman’s $75 speeding ticket case

Iowa Supreme Court hears woman’s $75 speeding ticket case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn't speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it's not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, argued Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired …

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Sherrard schools face shortfall

SHERRARD - The Sherrard School District is facing a $180,687 shortfall in its budget, with revenues projected at $16,080,048 and expenditures at $16,260,735.

WQAD.com Logo‘Totally disgusting’: Neighbors shocked by Oklahoma man’s decorations

‘Totally disgusting’: Neighbors shocked by Oklahoma man’s decorations

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Some residents in the Oklahoma city of Guthrie say decorations for Halloween at one home may have gone too far. Swinging, bloody props that have many people thinking they're real can be found hanging from a tree in front of Tyler Everest's home. "Totally disgusting, and scary, and way out of control for the age limit of the kids on the street," one neighbor told KFOR. Some people have even contacted law enforcement to see if Everest is breaking any laws or ordinances, but police say it's all protected by free speech. "It would have to be something way more graphic, somethin…

WQAD.com LogoWhy a Michigan man carries an American flag and wears a tutu on his morning run

Why a Michigan man carries an American flag and wears a tutu on his morning run

WYOMING, Mich. – He's well known to his neighbors in Kent County, Michigan – it's hard to miss a man jogging while carrying an American flag and wearing a tutu. At first glance, one might think he's a little nuts, and Robert Woldhuis will admit that he kind of is. He's an ultra runner, now training for a 50 mile race, but Fridays are what he calls 'Fly the Flag Friday' and it's getting a lot of attention. Everyone has a favorite superhero. Some people might say Batman or Superman, but what about 'Tutuman?' Woldhuis told WXMI it started in 2014, when he wore a tutu during a race. The costu…

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Q-C artists create many bodies of work for good cause

Area artists have created bodies of work — literally shaped around the female form — that will be auctioned Saturday to benefit the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative.

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Critical Mass to hold conference Friday in Rock Island

Critical Mass, a global leadership and development firm committed to empowering, equipping, and elevating underrepresented and underserved populations for positions of local and global leadership, will be hosting a Global Leadership Conference on Friday.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

News headlines for the evening of Wednesday, September 20, 2017…

WQAD.com LogoYOUR HEALTH: Bagging a tumor inside your body

YOUR HEALTH: Bagging a tumor inside your body

AUSTIN, Texas – Kathryn Norris needed to have a tumor removed. But she never thought the doctor would use a method that captures the tumor inside her body. Minimally-Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon Dr. Greg Marchand told her he'd be using his version of in bag morcellation.   He'd go in laparoscopically, break up the tumor and remove it with this device, minimizing the risk of spreading disease. "It was very comforting to know that this procedure was going to hopefully contain everything so it would not be infiltrating other parts of my body and stuff like that," said Kathryn. Basically, Dr.

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Pensions group to meet Saturday

DAVENPORT — The Illowa Committee to Protect Pensions will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Davenport Library at 3000 Fairmount St.

Quad-Cities Online LogoDavenport illustrator wins big graphic-novel contract

Davenport illustrator wins big graphic-novel contract

A longtime dream has come true for Jason Platt, a Davenport-based illustrator, actor and playwright.

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How to protect yourself from identity theft

DAVENPORT-- Almost 143 million Americans had their personal information exposed after a data breach from Equifax. That's almost half the population and the chances of those affected being in Iowa and Illinois are very likely. During a presentation on what to do if you've been hacked at the Davenport Library, many Quad Citians shared their concerns. "We have to be aware in this age of technology," says attendee Mona Martin. Although Martin wasn't hacked, she's looking for answers on how to make sure it stays that way. Her questions were answered by Certified Public Accountant Douglis Reiling o…

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Today in history for Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Today is Thursday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2017. There are 101 days left in the year.

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Money Approved to Upgrade Loud Thunder

Work could begin soon on major improvements at the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Rock Island County. Tuesday night, the Forest Preserve Commission, made up of all the members of the county board, approved borrowing 4.5 million dollars.

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Moline looks to get rid of first-responder fee

MOLINE - The city of Moline is looking to get rid of it's first-responder fee. Currently, non-residents of Moline are charged if a first-responder comes to the scene of an accident they caused. The charges are $66 for police, $262 for a fire truck and $127 for an ambulance. Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri says the revenue received from this fee could be made up in other ways. "We would consider it as a potential financial benefit because if people feel more welcome to shop in Moline, we'll have more sales tax revenue, so I think that we feel like it will be a financial wash," said Acri. The propo…

WQAD.com LogoCurrent conditions causing plants and lawns to dry up

Current conditions causing plants and lawns to dry up

MOLINE - So far in September we've only seen .02 inches of rain. That unusually dry conditions is causing plants and lawns to dry up. According to lawn and garden expert Craig Hignight, fall is the time that grass grows the most but the dry conditions are stunting that this year. Outdoor plants and shrubs are also feeling the effect, without water they won't properly be prepared for the winter months. "One of the most important things would be to go ahead and invest some water in trees and shrubs, those plants require water to go into winter properly," said Hignight. Hignight says leaf color …

WQAD.com LogoElizabeth, Illinois woman arrested in death of infant

Elizabeth, Illinois woman arrested in death of infant

ELIZABETH, Illinois -- An arrest was made on Wednesday, September 20, in a case that was originally deemed not suspicious. According to the Rockford Register Star, in May of this year, 6-month-old Tripp Luebke was put down to sleep and was later discovered by his mother, not breathing. In the initial reports, there was no foul play suspected, but all of that changed after months of investigating by the Elizabeth Police Department, Northwest Illinois Critical Incident Response Team, Major Case Assistance Team, FBI, and Jo Daviess County State's Attorney Office. Elizabeth M. Roen, 27, of Elizab…

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Local JA Needs Help Teaching Life & Work Lessons to Kids

The Heartland chapter of Junior Achievement needs volunteers to help prepare students for life and the workforce. WVIK's Michelle O'Neill has the details. Spokeswoman, Tawnya Hambly, says Junior Achievement of the Heartland is based in Moline but serves 24 counties with around 2,900 volunteers. And anyone can volunteer, from college students to retirees. All the lessons are all ready to go, and new J.A. volunteers receive about one hour of training. One example is a program for third graders called, J.A. Our City. The students become entrepreneurs who plan to open a restaurant. While more than…

WQAD.com LogoAttempt to oust Muscatine mayor ringing up big bill for taxpayers

Attempt to oust Muscatine mayor ringing up big bill for taxpayers

MUSCATINE, Iowa -  It's a simple question the city of Muscatine doesn't seem to want to answer: How much money has been spent trying to remove Mayor Diana Broderson? It's been almost two years that the city council has been trying to oust the city's mayor. We requested documents to find out how much money the city has spent so far to impeach Mayor Broderson. After several hurdles and getting our attorney involved, we finally received some documents. The paperwork is monthly bills from the Brick Gentry law firm in Des Moines. If you add up all of the numbers that haven't been redacted by the…

WQAD.com LogoMoline may allow 18-year-olds to serve and sell alcohol

Moline may allow 18-year-olds to serve and sell alcohol

MOLINE, Illinois -- Moline leaders are looking to change a city rule that keeps anyone under 21 from serving alcohol at restaurants or scanning it at the grocery store. Aldermen have proposed changing city ordinance to match state law, which allows employees 18 and up to serve or sell alcohol. Many restaurant managers in Moline are supportive of the change, saying it would allow them to open up more job opportunities to young adults. "I like it a lot. They serve alcohol on the Iowa side, so consequently, I lose good staff and applicants that come in here and apply for a job, because they can'…

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UPDATED: Phone problems at Moline, East Moline dispatch center have beend fixed

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WQAD.com LogoIowa students training puppy as a service dog

Iowa students training puppy as a service dog

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- An Iowa kindergarten teacher came up with a unique idea to teach her students a big, life lesson. The idea is called Victor. And, well, it's more of a dog than an idea. Marit Beisner brought Victor into her classroom to reverse roles with her students, letting them serve as teachers. Her kindergartners are training Victor to become a service dog. "He puts his paws up on our lap in case someone's scared," one student explains. Another adds, "We teach him how to turn on a light switch; we teach him how to sit." You can hear another in the distance, excitedly shouting, "Vict…

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg CUSD 205 will have an early release for remainder of the week

Galesburg CUSD 205 will have an early release for remainder of the week

GALESBURG, Illinois — Galesburg Community Unit School District 205 will release students early for the remainder of the week due to heat. Students  will be released  from school two hours early on Thursday, September 21, and Friday, September 22. …

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Puerto Rico ‘100 percent without power’ after Hurricane Maria

Watch Video SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The island of Puerto Rico is completely without electricity, a spokesman from the governor’s office said Wednesday. “We are 100 percent without power,” the spokesman said. The storm, a Category 3 as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, kept thrashing Puerto Rico, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds. “This is total devastation,” said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor. “Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same. … This …

WQAD.com LogoDrenching storms in spots tonight…  Sizzlin’ September heat through the weekend

Drenching storms in spots tonight… Sizzlin’ September heat through the weekend

The sizzlin’ September warmth has arrived as temperatures today peaked around the lower 90s.  This will not breakdown over the next few days with near record highs around 90 degrees and overnight lows in the upper 60s right into the weekend. As far as any chance for rainfall, I do see a couple chances.  The first will take place tonight as an approaching but weakening front moves in.  Still anticipating a scattered coverage of showers & thunderstorms to pass through.  One or two could be a nice drencher.  Please let it be at my house!!  After tonight, the next wave doesn’…

WQAD.com LogoMagnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off coast of Japan

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off coast of Japan

A USGS map shows an earthquake that struck off Japan on Sept. 20, 2017. FUKUSHIMA, Japan – A day after a powerful earthquake along the Pacific Ring of Fire hit Mexico, a magnitude 6.1 quake struck off the coast of Japan. Wednesday’s quake hit at 4:37 p.m. local time, or 8:37 a.m. PT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  Its epicenter was about 200 miles off the coast of Japan, and about 315 miles northeast of Tokyo. The quake hit about 228 miles from Fukushima, the site of the nuclear power plant that was inundated following a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on M…

WQAD.com LogoFake News alert: Dollar Tree is NOT closing all its stores

Fake News alert: Dollar Tree is NOT closing all its stores

Have you seen on Facebook that popular low-cost retailer Dollar Tree is closing and shuttering all their stores nationwide!? Chalk it up as another "fake news" Facebook hoax. The fact checking website Snopes.com reports that the surprisingly real-looking hoax posts on Facebook were created by a prank news generating site called React365. According to the Snopes report, as screenshots and shares of the rumor spread, many conflated Dollar Tree with competitors Family Dollar or Dollar General, causing confusion about which chain of low-price retail stores was purportedly closing. The React365 s…

WQAD.com LogoMom charged after infant son dies while co-sleeping with her

Mom charged after infant son dies while co-sleeping with her

DETROIT — A Michigan mother faces criminal charges after her infant son apparently suffocated while sleeping with her in bed, according to the Detroit News. Leslie Gwen Neuman, 33, faces involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse charges in connection with her son’s death. She was arraigned on Monday. Police said 6-month-old Connor Kleeman was found unresponsive on Dec. 29, according to CBS Detroit. According to prosecutors, Neuman had been drinking when she put the child on the bed with her and awoke to realize the baby was not breathing. The medical examiner…

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Runway Lighting A New Priority For QC Airport

The Quad City Airport will soon have some cash to spend after the Federal Aviation Administration promised it $3.3 million for capital improvements this year.

WQAD.com LogoNEWS 8 TRIO: Gameday Nachos 3 ways

NEWS 8 TRIO: Gameday Nachos 3 ways

Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on “News 8 at 6:30” for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting. Hosting a party this weekend for the big game? Denise and Johnnie are back with 3 different ways to jazz up your normal gameday nachos. Cheeseburger Nachos Cheesesteak Nachos Mexican Corn Nachos Enjoy! Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top news, weather, health, and lifestyle ideas on "News 8 at 6:30".

WVIK LogoEnrollment At Black Hawk College Continues To Fall

Enrollment At Black Hawk College Continues To Fall

Enrollment at Black Hawk College has fallen to the lowest level in five years even after Illinois finally passed a budget and sent funding to thousands of colleges and schools as a result.

WQAD.com LogoJimmy Kimmel shows proof that senator lied ‘right to my face’

Jimmy Kimmel shows proof that senator lied ‘right to my face’

(CNN Money) -- Jimmy Kimmel didn't pull any punches when it came to the Senate's new health care bill and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, saying that Cassidy lied "right to my face." "A few months ago after my son had open heart surgery, which was something I spoke about on the air, a politician, a senator named Bill Cassidy from Louisiana was on my show and he wasn't very honest," Kimmel said opening Tuesday night's show. Kimmel then explained how Cassidy came up with what the senator called the "Jimmy Kimmel Test," which according to the host was a test that said that "No family should be denied m…

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Near-record highs, Jersey Mike's opens, and new I-74 bridge work

Noon update: Near-record highs, Jersey Mike's opens, and new I-74 bridge work

Quad-City Times LogoFirst Christian Church in Moline to close: 'It was a very difficult decision'

First Christian Church in Moline to close: 'It was a very difficult decision'

First Christian Church of Moline was so busy in the 1960s, there were three services on Sundays and chairs had to be brought in every week to accommodate the crowd.

WQAD.com LogoHere are some hidden features in iOS 11

Here are some hidden features in iOS 11

Watch Video Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 11 is now available as a free download. The redesigned software packs in big changes and minor tweaks, some you may never even see. The update is available on smartphones as far back as the iPhone 5S. (For iPad compatibility, see here). Or you can wait and buy an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, which hits stores on Friday, or hold off for the iPhone X coming later this year. Here are our 9 favorite hidden features in iOS 11: #1: Controlling the Control Center The Control Center has always been a bit troubled. In its most recent incarnati…

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Rolling Stone’s Top 10 One-Hit Wonders

Monday, September 25th is National One-Hit Wonder Day! A few years back, Rolling Stone published a list of the “top 10 one-hit wonders of all time”.  Here’s what they had: 10.) The Vapors – “Turning Japanese” 9.) ? and The Mysterians – “96 Tears” 8.) Chumbawamba – “Tubthumping” 7.) Blind Melon – “No Rain” 6.) The Knack – “My Sharona” 5.) Soft Cell – “Tainted Love” 4.) Big Country  – “In A Big Country” 3.) Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit…

WQAD.com LogoIowa City advances measure to ban smoking in city parks

Iowa City advances measure to ban smoking in city parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City leaders have advanced a measure that would ban smoking in all city parks and trails. Television station KCRG reports that the City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to advance the measure from first reading. The lone vote against the proposal came from Mayor Jim Throgmorton, who said there’s enough room in some of the eastern Iowa city’s larger parks to allow for designated smoking areas. The measure must pass two more votes to be enacted. The ban would include tobacco and e-cigarettes.

WQAD.com Logo19-year-old Texas football player dies after sustaining injury during game

19-year-old Texas football player dies after sustaining injury during game

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old Midwestern State football player has died after suffering a neck injury while making a tackle during a home game last weekend. School President Suzanne Shipley on Wednesday released a statement mourning the death of cornerback Robert Grays of Houston. Shipley says Grays died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown. He was critically injured during a game Saturday in Wichita Falls. Athletics department spokesman Blake Barington says Grays suffered a neck injury while making a tackle in the fourth quarter of a 35-13 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsvi…

WQAD.com LogoEnough fentanyl to kill 32 million people seized in NYC drug bust

Enough fentanyl to kill 32 million people seized in NYC drug bust

NEW YORK — Agents made a record fentanyl bust in New York and seized enough fentanyl to kill 32 million people, according to WPIX. Officers seized nearly 270 pounds of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine worth $30 million during separate busts, law enforcement officials said Monday. They also arrested four people. “The sheer volume of fentanyl pouring into the city is shocking,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan. Investigators first recovered more than 140 pounds of fentanyl during a raid on a Kew Gardens apartment along with nearly 59 pounds of fentanyl mixed with other nar…

Quad-City Times LogoIllinois-born Cerny Brothers find a buzz in Midwest

Illinois-born Cerny Brothers find a buzz in Midwest

Besides the capital letter, there’s not much of a difference between the Cerny brothers -- the Robert and Scott whose version of hanging out includes drinking beers and playing music on the back porch -- and the Cerny Brothers --……

WQAD.com LogoStudy finds gym equipment dirtier than public toilet seats

Study finds gym equipment dirtier than public toilet seats

SEATTLE – If you’re looking for an excuse to skip the gym, here’s a good one: Health clubs are described by doctors as breeding grounds for bacteria. Everything from MRSA to toenail fungus can be readily picked up at the gym and brought home, reports one study. “If you have them available, you’ll use them. If you have to look for them you don’t,” said Adriana Medina Cagan, talking about sanitizing stations at gyms. Cagan trains and teaches at Fremont Health Club, a gym she tells KCPQ is one of the cleanest in the industry. On every other machine, there’s a bleached rag and a b…

WQAD.com LogoHeat wave sends temps into the 90s today

Heat wave sends temps into the 90s today

Typical temperatures for this time of September are 50 degrees at night and 75 degrees in the afternoon.  That’s not what we're seeing today though! We’ll have generous sunshine to start the day with highs in the lower 90s. There’s an outside chance of a thunderstorm today with the best chances occurring in the evening. We will not get a break from the heat over the next few days with highs around 90 degrees, straight into the weekend. -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen Stay ahead of the weather! Download the News 8 Weather App — for iOS, click here and for Android, click here Downloa…

WQAD.com LogoFull list of everything coming (and going) on Netflix in October

Full list of everything coming (and going) on Netflix in October

Stranger Things is the most anticipated title coming to Netflix in October — but there are plenty of new films arriving on the streaming service next month. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Miss Congeniality, Tommy Boy, Blood Diamond, and Boogie Nights lead the list of new titles coming in October. It’s also the last call for popular titles including Titanic, The Wonder Years (seasons 1-6), Family Guy (seasons 9-14), Million Dollar Baby, and 30 Rock (seasons 1-7). Here’s the full list of everything coming (and going) on Netflix in October. Avail. 10/1/17 88 Minutes A Ci…

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Watch the moment children found alive in collapsed school after earthquake

Watch Video MEXICO CITY — Rescuers searched for survivors through the night after Tuesday’s powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and surrounding states, killing scores and leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings. At least 217 people died in Mexico City — the country’s capital — and in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos, officials said. Previously, authorities had said that as many as 248 people had died. The death toll was later revised. President Enrique Peña Nieto said 22 bodies were found in the debris of an elementary school in Mexico City that …

WQAD.com LogoAmazon’s smart glasses will use bone-conduction technology to allow users to hear Alexa

Amazon’s smart glasses will use bone-conduction technology to allow users to hear Alexa

Amazon is currently developing smart glasses equipped with Alexa voice assistant that will allow users to communicate with Alexa using “bone-conducting technology,” reports the Financial Times. According to the report, the glasses will look fairly normal and will lack a visible screen or camera like Google Glass. Users will be able to give Alexa a command anywhere at anytime rather than being limited to only when in range with an Amazon Echo device, according to Engadget. The glasses will utilize bone-conduction technology, which is the conduction of sound to the inner ear throug…

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Jersey Mike's Subs opens today in Davenport

Jersey Mike’s Subs is holding its grand opening today for its new Davenport store.

WQAD.com LogoKeokuk leaders trying to make plan for Davenport’s Rhythm City Casino barge

Keokuk leaders trying to make plan for Davenport’s Rhythm City Casino barge

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa city is seeking business occupants for an old casino restaurant barge. The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that Keokuk accepted the old Davenport Rhythm City Casino restaurant barge as a donation in May, and now city officials are deciding what to do with it. Read More: City of Keokuk to take Rhythm City barge downstream The barge was on the market for two years with a nearly $400,000 price tag, but no prospective buyers emerged. Keokuk City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the city will look to partner with local businesses that want to occupy the 300…

WQAD.com Logo‘Researcher’ says this Saturday will be the end of the world

‘Researcher’ says this Saturday will be the end of the world

If you had big plans this weekend, David Meade regrets to inform you that the world will be ending Saturday. Meade, a Christian numerologist and self-described “researcher,” says Sept. 23 is foretold in the Bible’s Book of Revelation as the day a series of catastrophic events will begin, and as a result, “a major part of the world will not be the same,” the Washington Post reports. The Bible prophecies a woman “clothed with the sun” and a “crown of 12 stars” giving birth to a boy who will “rule all the nations” while she fights …

WQAD.com LogoDavenport police head back to driver’s ed

Davenport police head back to driver’s ed

Quad city police officers are back in Driver’s Ed on Wednesday, September 20 for a special training session. Many high-speed chases put police officers in dangerous situations. The training helps officers know how to act in dangerous situations behind the wheel when pressure is on. More from WQAD.com: >‘Crash parade!’ Man films himself mowing down beach chairs, cooler during pursuit >Chihuahua leads police on ‘high-speed pursuit’ across bridge in California >Police pursuit and head-on crash involve 14-year-old who allegedly took grandfather’s car Davenport police have …

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Quad City Airport Using $3.3M To Replace Lighting

Quad City International Airport is receiving nearly $3.3 million in federal funds to replace lighting on a runway and plan for future needs.

WQAD.com LogoQuad City airport using $3.3M from US to replace lighting

Quad City airport using $3.3M from US to replace lighting

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Quad City International Airport is receiving nearly $3.3 million in federal funds to replace lighting on a runway and plan for future needs at the western Illinois airport. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced the money from the U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, September 19th. Durbin says the airport is “a critical transportation link for central Illinois” and the money will help the airport serve residents and visitors safely and efficiently. About $3 million will be used for lighting systems on a run…

WQAD.com LogoForget holiday hiring, Walmart is offering extra hours to current workers

Forget holiday hiring, Walmart is offering extra hours to current workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart won't be doing large-scale holiday hiring at its stores this year. Instead, like last year, it will offer extra hours to its current workers. The nation's largest private employer says, however, that it will be taking on more temporary workers at its distribution centers. But it's not giving a number yet for its planned holiday hires at the centers. So far, the retailers have detailed mixed hiring plans for the holidays. Macy's is increasing the number of temporary workers it's planning to hire for distribution and warehouses. But overall holiday hiring will fall nea…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

News headlines for the morning of September 20, 2017…

WQAD.com Logo1-year-old dies after father leaves him near steamy shower to treat cough

1-year-old dies after father leaves him near steamy shower to treat cough

NEW YORK — A 1-year-old New York City boy died after his father apparently attempted to cure his chronic cough with a home remedy that included leaving the baby alone in a steamy bathroom, sources told WPIX. East Second Street, between Cortelyou Road and Ditmas Avenue in Kensington, is pictured. (Google Maps) Mordechai Halpern was found unresponsive at his Brooklyn home on East Second Street, between Cortelyou Road and Ditmas Avenue in Kensington, Thursday around 5:15 a.m., police said. EMS responded and transported the baby to a hospital, but he died before arriving, police said. Halpern…

Quad-City Times LogoHeat, humidity and isolated showers dominate the day

Heat, humidity and isolated showers dominate the day

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

WQAD.com LogoAlleman Volleyball bests United Township

Alleman Volleyball bests United Township

Pioneers best Panthers 2 games to none.

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Residents urge RICo board to deny Snowstar permit

ROCK ISLAND -- County board members on Tuesday agreed to move a zoning request by Snowstar Winter Sports Park back to the public works committee for further discussion.

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Carbon Cliff approves short-term fixes to telemetry system

CARBON CLIFF - Village Clerk Karen Hopkins informed trustees Tuesday of an email received from Jack Kuseck, of McClure Engineering, concerning inspections of the village's telemetry system after it failed to alert the maintenance department following a large water main……

WQAD.com LogoMuscatine not revealing mayor impeachment costs to taxpayers

Muscatine not revealing mayor impeachment costs to taxpayers

MUSCATINE, Iowa - The battle between the Muscatine mayor and city council has been going on for almost two years in and out of the courtroom. The big question is: How much of the taxpayers' money was being spent to try and remove the mayor? Back in June 2017, News 8 sent the City Administrator Gregg Mandsager a request for documents reflecting the amount spent by the city of Muscatine, relating to the council's attempt to impeach Mayor Broderson. At first, Mandsager said those documents didn't exist, but after getting our attorney involved, he had a different response. Mandsager said it would…

WQAD.com LogoRock Island County leaders send Snowstar proposal back down for improvements, approve plans for Loud Thunder

Rock Island County leaders send Snowstar proposal back down for improvements, approve plans for Loud Thunder

ROCK ISLAND -- Questions still remain about plans to rezone Snowstar in order to let the business operate year round. Rock Island County leaders voted Tuesday, September 19, to send the proposal back down to a lower committee due to some issues that remain with the plan. Residents near the ski park have shown concerns about increased traffic, dust in the summer, and whether or not it poses a safety hazard. Officials say it could be two months before the committee reaches a final decision. The plans for Snowstar may not be finalized but plans for Loud Thunder are moving forward. County leaders…

WQAD.com LogoAmber Alert canceled after Iowa girls found safe

Amber Alert canceled after Iowa girls found safe

UPDATE 9/20 4:45 a.m.: An Amber Alert has been canceled after police say three young girls have been found safe. Olivia Arzaga, and Adia and Lillian Johnson-Enos were last seen in the town of Royal, Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation reports the girls were found safe and returned to a family member overnight. Police are still searching for the mother, 25 year-old Danica Arzaga though, who allegedly took them. The sheriff's office says she may be traveling in a maroon 2003 Cadillac CTS four-door, with an Iowa license plate. ORIGINAL STORY: ROYAL, Iowa -- An Amber Alert remains …

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Moline eliminates first-responder fee

MOLINE -- A first-responder fee that non-residents would pay for a response from the police or fire department was eliminated by the city council Tuesday night.

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Loud Thunder upgrades win OK

ROCK ISLAND -- Loud Thunder Forest Preserve soon will see a makeover that includes four rental cabins with private docks, upgraded camp sites, additional RV camping, and infrastructure repairs.

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Police searching for missing Moline resident

MOLINE -- Police are searching for Sean McDonnell, 39, of Moline, who has been missing since last Monday.

WQAD.com LogoPolice: Child struck by tractor-trailer in Walnut, Illinois

Police: Child struck by tractor-trailer in Walnut, Illinois

WALNUT, Illinois — At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the Walnut Police Department and Walnut EMS responded to the 300 block of E. North Street in Walnut for reports of a child struck by a tractor-trailer. According to Chief Glenn Lawson, a 6-year-old boy was hit and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Perry Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL for further treatment. An initial investigation of the accident has determined that the tractor-trailer was traveling westbound in the 300 block of E. North Street when …

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Airport gets $3 million in federal grants

MOLINE -- The Quad City International Airport has received more than $3 million in federal grants, the bulk of which will be used to upgrade the runway lights aircraft use for navigation.

WQAD.com LogoDad builds ultimate playhouse for his daughters — and it will blow your mind

Dad builds ultimate playhouse for his daughters — and it will blow your mind

Courtesy: Rachel Goldsworthy, Flashes of Life Photography   Courtesy: Rachel Goldsworthy, Flashes of Life Photography HIGHLAND, Mich. — A Michigan dad built a playhouse for his two daughters — and it might be the most elaborate playhouse ever constructed. Adam Boyd, 39, owns a construction company and recently spent his free time and several weekends building the two-story playhouse for his two daughters, 5 and 2. The home features a playground, two porches, 8-foot ceilings, a rock climbing wall, a loft, and — of course — a kitchen playset. Boyd shared photos of …

WQAD.com LogoTaco Bell to get rid of drive-thru, add booze in 300 new locations

Taco Bell to get rid of drive-thru, add booze in 300 new locations

Taco Bell is planning to open more than 300 new locations with a very different layout, Food & Wine reports. The plans call for the new locations to be “cantina style.” They will not have a drive-thru – but they will serve alcohol. “The majority of the new ‘urban in-line’ locations will serve beer, wine, sangria, and Twisted Freezes, aka slushies with tequila, rum, or vodka,” according to Food & Wine.  “Come to think of it, a Cheesy Gordita Crunch with a tequila Twisted Freeze sounds like the perfect pairing.” Taco Bell has already tested the …

WQAD.com Logo8-year-old football players kneel during national anthem before game

8-year-old football players kneel during national anthem before game

BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Every player on the Cahokia Quarterback Club football team (8 and under) took a knee during the national anthem before a game on Sunday, according to KTVI. “One of the kids asked me if I saw (people) protesting and rioting in St. Louis. I said yes; I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?'”said Coach Orlando Gooden. Coach Gooden said the player responded, "Because black people are getting killed and nobody's going to jail.” Gooden, who played football at the University of Missouri, said the kids knew about the Jason Stockley decision. “I felt like it was a go…

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'Messiah' performance at Augie to move to March

ROCK ISLAND -- For the first time in nearly 100 years, Handel's "Messiah" will not be performed locally in December.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

News headlines for the evening of Tuesday, September 19, 2017 To help low income students do better in school, the Davenport School Board has converted its temporary Poverty Committee into a standing or permanent committee. It includes board members and residents of the district. Illinois public health officials say a Kankakee County resident is the first Illinoisan to die from West Nile virus this year in the state. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Tuesday that the resident tested positive for the disease and died earlier this month. The department says there currently are 37 hum…

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Aledo moves to demolish remains of military school

ALEDO -- Forty-four years after it closed in 1973, the dilapidated Roosevelt Military Academy on NW 4th Avenue soon will be demolished.

WQAD.com LogoPlans to change major one way streets in downtown Davenport are up for discussion in early November

Plans to change major one way streets in downtown Davenport are up for discussion in early November

DAVENPORT, Iowa--Talks of changing the direction of traffic flow for two major streets  could be on the city council agenda as early as November. For more than five years, city leaders have been weighing the idea of changing 3rd and 4th streets in downtown Davenport from one-way traffic to two. “We’ve talked about it in general for a long time, this will be the first formal presentation for it ever,” says Executive Director of Downtown Davenport Partnership, Kyle Carter. The presentation given by the Downtown Davenport Partnership will detail the costs of making the change, which will …

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Overturned truck slows I-74 traffic

A semitrailer driver was injured Tuesday in a crash on Interstate 74 just east of Coal Valley.

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Preservation Society to meet Thursday

MOLINE -- The Moline Preservation Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday In the library at Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St.

WQAD.com LogoBurlington area superintendents react to new federal education program

Burlington area superintendents react to new federal education program

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — This week the Iowa Department of Education submitted its final plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Signed into law by former President Barack Obama in 2015, ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was signed into law by former President George W. Busch in 2002. According to the Iowa Department of Education, ESSA "maintains the former No Child Left Behind Act's focus on school accountability and equity for all students while shifting decision-making back to states and local districts". "No Child Left Behind was…

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Today in history for Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2017. There are 102 days left in the year.

Quad-City Times LogoDaily rewind: Governor's Pub plans an expansion, prison guards want to recruit, and trails in Davenport

Daily rewind: Governor's Pub plans an expansion, prison guards want to recruit, and trails in Davenport

The pub stays in the picture…

Quad-City Times LogoHere's our first look at who's playing GAS Feed & Seed Fest in November

Here's our first look at who's playing GAS Feed & Seed Fest in November

LOLO, Cory Chisel and Sarah Jaffe are among the 30-plus acts slated to perform during the second installment of the bi-annual GAS Feed & Seed Festival in November, organizer Sean Moeller announced Tuesday.

WQAD.com LogoDixon community coping with tragic loss of 5-year-old boy

Dixon community coping with tragic loss of 5-year-old boy

DIXON, Illinois - A five year old boy was shot and killed by his father in a house on Fargo Avenue on Monday, September 18. The tragic incident has shaken the community. "To see something like this happen, here in our small town of Dixon is actually pretty shocking," said Hannah Derksen, of Dixon. Police say 33-year-old Robert Michaels shot his son Christopher Michaels. "Just a five year old boy, helpless, defenseless and hopeless at the hands of his father and a hand gun," said Police Chief Danny Langloss. During the investigation, Dixon Police learned that Christopher and his mother had g…

WQAD.com LogoEx-Sheriff Jeff Boyd may run again in primary

Ex-Sheriff Jeff Boyd may run again in primary

ROCK ISLAND - A former Rock Island County sheriff who left office after a conviction related to cyber-stalking may be trying to get his old job back. Jeff Boyd picked up election papers from the County Clerk's office just before Labor day. "Just like any other candidate, he did come to the counter and the worker asked what can we do for you, and he said he'd like papers. He was asked, what papers? And, he replied Sheriff and asked what party, and replied Democrat," said Nick Camlin, Deputy County Clerk. Boyd resigned the office in 2014, after taking an Alford Plea, in connection with the atte…

WQAD.com LogoMissouri trooper gets 10 days, probation in Iowa man’s drowning

Missouri trooper gets 10 days, probation in Iowa man’s drowning

VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper will spend 10 days in jail and two years on supervised probation for the death of a handcuffed man who drowned when he fell out of the trooper’s boat. Trooper Anthony Piercy was sentenced Tuesday in the May 2014 death of Brandon Ellingson on the Lake of the Ozarks. The Kansas City Star reports Piercy avoided a trial for involuntary manslaughter by pleading guilty in June to a misdemeanor, negligent operation of a vessel. Piercy pulled Ellingson over on the Lake of the Ozarks for suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Ellin…

WVIK LogoDavenport To Consider Half-Million Dollar Contract For Police Body Cameras

Davenport To Consider Half-Million Dollar Contract For Police Body Cameras

The Davenport Police Department is pushing for a $550,000 contract with a law enforcement technology company in a bid to buy 150 body cameras.

WQAD.com LogoDavenport man in custody on charges of sexual abuse and burglary

Davenport man in custody on charges of sexual abuse and burglary

DAVENPORT -- A Davenport man is in custody on charges of sexual abuse and burglary for an incident that took place at a residence near W. 14th St. and Scott St. in Davenport on Sunday, September 17. Clarence Ford III, 32, was arrested on Monday evening, September 18, on charges of third degree sexual abuse, a class C felony, and first degree burglary, a class B felony. According to the arrest affidavits, Ford committed "burglary in the first degree upon a property while persons were present" and committed "sexual abuse upon a victim that was a child, twelve or thirteen years of age." Ford is …

WQAD.com LogoNear record highs will wrap up the end of summer

Near record highs will wrap up the end of summer

  We’ll be starting off our Wednesday morning in the 60s with a few clouds here and there. A mild & muggy morning will give way to a hot and humid afternoon! Highs getting around 90 will flirt with the record high of 92 for the Quad Cities. This was set back in 1931. Overall, we’ll continue to see a mix of sun and clouds through the afternoon. However, a front sliding in that evening will spark a few showers and storms. One or two storms may be strong. While the rain won’t be a drought buster, we’ll take it! Most of the rain will be gone by early Thursday morni…

Quad-City Times LogoDriver injured in I-74 crash near Coal Valley

Driver injured in I-74 crash near Coal Valley

The driver of a semitractor-trailer involved in a roll-over crash on Interstate 74 near Coal Valley Tuesday was airlifted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, for treatment of serious injuries.

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K9 Kindness Needs Donations to Help Dogs from Texas

Humans aren't the only ones getting help following Hurricane Harvey in Houston. K-9 Kindnesss brought nine dogs from Texas to the Quad Cities to find them homes.

WVIK LogoPoverty Committee Made Permanent

Poverty Committee Made Permanent

To help low income students do better in school, the Davenport School Board has converted its temporary Poverty Committee into a standing or permanent committee. It includes board members and residents of the district.

WQAD.com LogoToys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy

Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy

(CNN Money) — Suffering from slumping sales and mountains of debt, Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for bankruptcy. The 69-year old Toys ‘R’ Us was once the mecca of kids’ gifts. But it was eventually overtaken by Walmart and ultimately Amazon. In its fight to stay relevant, Toys ‘R’ Us amassed $5 billion in debt. That came from slashing prices, signing major, exclusive licensing deals with toymakers and buying up other toy giants FAO Schwartz and KB Toys over the past decade. At one point, Toys ‘R’ Us showed signs of a turnaround. After being …

Quad-City Times LogoEffort links 12 historic spots in, around Davenport

Effort links 12 historic spots in, around Davenport

You've likely heard of Boston's Freedom Trail, the 2.5-mile, red-lined walking trail that connects 16 locations in downtown Boston that are significant to the history of the United States.

WQAD.com LogoRacist church shooter can’t fire Jewish and Indian lawyers

Racist church shooter can’t fire Jewish and Indian lawyers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied white supremacist Dylann Roof’s request to replace his Jewish and Indian lawyers who are appealing his death sentence for a racist massacre in South Carolina a day after he filed it. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a one-page, 11-word denial Tuesday. Roof’s handwritten appeal was filed Monday. He wrote: “It will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies.” Roof was sentenced to death in January after being convicted of hate crimes in the killings of nine…

WQAD.com LogoVeteran journalist John David recovering after suffering heart attack

Veteran journalist John David recovering after suffering heart attack

MOLINE, Illinois — News 8 viewers may have noticed that veteran WQAD reporter John David hasn’t been on the air since Labor Day. David – or JD as his WQAD family affectionately calls him – suffered a heart attack while in Los Angeles over the holiday, where he and his wife Joyce planned to take in a Dodgers game and attend some TV show recordings. “Prior to leaving the Quad Cities, John had experienced an achy back, sore shoulders and neck,” David’s wife, Joyce, said. “He attributed it to stress and carrying a tripod for one of the Channel 8 phot…

Quad-City Times LogoGovernor's Pub and Grill to stay open and expand with Hy-Vee in Bettendorf

Governor's Pub and Grill to stay open and expand with Hy-Vee in Bettendorf

No, Governor's Pub and Grill is not closing.

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Video: Westbound I-74 shuts down after semi rollover in Coal Valley

Update: According to Illinois State Police, the driver of the semi crossed onto the right shoulder westbound, hit the guard rail, and lost control of the truck, causing it to roll on its driver’s side. East bound traffic was shut down for a short time in order for Life Flight to land. The 24-year-old driver was flown to St. Francis in Peoria, IL for serious injuries. Westbound traffic had one lane closed for recovery.  All lanes reopened at 4 p.m. Earlier: COAL VALLEY, Illinois -- Westbound traffic on Interstate 74 has been blocked because of a semi crash. The Illinois State Police sa…

WQAD.com Logo7.1 magnitude quake kills 44 as buildings collapse in Mexico

7.1 magnitude quake kills 44 as buildings collapse in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 44 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust and thousands fled into the streets in panic. The quake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south, and it occurred as Mexicans commemorated the anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed thousands. Mexican media broadcast images of multiple downed buildings in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby Cuernavaca. A column of smoke rose from a structure in one central neighborhood in the capital. Morelo…

WQAD.com LogoIllinois reports first human West Nile virus death of year

Illinois reports first human West Nile virus death of year

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public health officials say a Kankakee County resident is the first Illinoisan to die from West Nile virus this year in the state. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Tuesday that the resident tested positive for the disease and died earlier this month. The department says there currently are 37 human cases of the mosquito-borne virus in Illinois. Last year there were 155 human cases including six deaths. This year’s first human case of West Nile reports was reported on July 20. Related: First West Nile virus positive mosquito reported in …





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