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Friday, May 26th, 2017

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QC Mental Health Treatment Reaches General Assembly

A bill that would allow Illinois and Iowa mental health patients to get treatment across the border is now headed to Governor Bruce Rauner's desk.

WQAD.com LogoAfter surviving ex’s attack, woman discovers he was living in her attic ‘for some time’: police

After surviving ex’s attack, woman discovers he was living in her attic ‘for some time’: police

LAROSE, La. — A woman who narrowly escaped after her ex-boyfriend attacked her with a knife was in for another shock when she learned he'd been living in her attic and stalking her, WGNO reports. Authorities arrested 21-year-old Taylor Broussard, a fugitive facing nine active warrants for several felonies, in Baton Rouge, according to WWL-TV. The unidentified woman first called police on April 29 to report that Broussard had entered her home without permission. Days later, on May 3, Broussard again forced his way inside and confronted the woman, who was alone in the house with a child, a…

WQAD.com LogoRock Island preparing for the rising Mississippi

Rock Island preparing for the rising Mississippi

ROCK ISLAND — Rock Island city staff is implementing their flood strategy plan as the river rises. The strategy includes installing pumps and closing gatewells. There are currently several water pump discharge hoses placed along the Rock Island portion of the bike path but all locations are marked. The path is closed at the Moline border. Once the river level hits 16 feet, 18th Avenue at Potter’s Lake will close. The Sunset Marina fuel dock will remain open to sell fuel but the pumpout service will end at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The City’s Incident Command Team meets weekly and wil…

WQAD.com LogoYOUR HEALTH: Avoiding an amputation with a transplant

YOUR HEALTH: Avoiding an amputation with a transplant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Modern medicine has allowed medics to save countless lives.   It gives doctors away from the battlefield a greater chance to try new techniques to help wounded warriors recover in ways no one could have expected even a few years ago. In August 2010 Marine Corporal Jeffrey Cole was exactly one month into his deployment in Afghanistan when he came under enemy attack. "I knew that from the minute I got wounded I couldn't use my arm from the shoulder down," Cole remembered. The machine gun fire shredded the muscles and main nerve in his left arm and severed an artery.  Medi…

WQAD.com LogoVeterans buried in unmarked graves in Davenport will receive headstones

Veterans buried in unmarked graves in Davenport will receive headstones

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- For more than 100 years, some Quad City veterans have lain in unmarked graves. On Saturday, though, they'll finally receive long-overdue recognition. Kory Darnall and Coky Powers have spent the past year identifying 21 veterans who are buried at City Cemetery in Davenport without headstones. "We were doing research on the veterans that are buried here in this cemetery, and when we actually went out to find the grave, there were no stones present on the actual gravesite," said Darnall. So, the pair tracked down burial and military records for the Civil War and Spanish Amer…

WQAD.com LogoS.O.A.R. SCHOLARSHIP: Student Uses Musical Talent To Pass State Law

S.O.A.R. SCHOLARSHIP: Student Uses Musical Talent To Pass State Law

WOODHULL, ILLINOIS - It's a simple melody that means so much, which is why AlWood High School Senior Jack Bumann worked hard to pass a law in its name. "It started when my Uncle passed away," he explained. "He was a war vet and from there on it just felt like I had a little more respect for the veterans to give them what they deserve - the veterans and the fallen soldiers. They fought for our country and they don't deserve a recording, they deserve the real visual thing." However, leaving school to go play Taps at a military funeral or event was not considered an excused absence in Illinois..

Quad-City Times LogoWhat to do around the Q-C this Memorial Day weekend

What to do around the Q-C this Memorial Day weekend

1. Turnbuckle fest…

WQAD.com LogoStaying safe on the water with high river levels expected for Memorial Day weekend

Staying safe on the water with high river levels expected for Memorial Day weekend

ROCK ISLAND - Calm waters and blue skies make for ideal boating conditions. "We're gonna go out and take advantage of some fishing," said John Robinson, boater. Boaters like Robinson are gearing up to take their boat out this weekend. "We're gonna get out and do a little fishing, try and beat the crowds because Sunday and Monday I think it's gonna be a little more packed out here," said Robinson. This Memorial Day weekend the Mississippi River is expected to rise, which can cause some problems for boaters out on the river. "There's a lot of debris floating down the river, anytime we have floo…

WQAD.com LogoSteamboat Days adds a “pop up pub” to the 2017 event

Steamboat Days adds a “pop up pub” to the 2017 event

BURLINGTON — Burlington Steamboat days has announced a new destination point for festival goers to enjoy during this year’s event. The Missi Sippin’ Landing tent complex will be located in the 100th block of Jefferson Stree, between Two Rivers Bank and the Post Office in downtown Burlington. The pop up pub will feature Cappy Crane Specials, Budweiser products, craft beers, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests will also find games, prizes, and food at the tent. The announcement comes after several requests to bring back a beer tent. “We’re bringing it back wit…

WQAD.com LogoChewy, Gooey, Chunky, Hunky and Chubby. World’s biggest biscuit!

Chewy, Gooey, Chunky, Hunky and Chubby. World’s biggest biscuit!

NEW ORLEANS - Something sacred is happening at New Orleans St. Anna's Episcopal Church. WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood says it looks sacred. But it smells like something else. It smells like biscuits.  But not just any biscuits.  Big biscuits. Big enough to have their own zip code. Their own fan club. According to the creative genius behind the biscuits, Chef Shelley Everett, the biscuits already have their own fan club. The fan club moved with Chef Shelley when she moved from New York to New Orleans a few years ago. Chef Shelley moved the club and her biscuit making ma…

WQAD.com LogoWeekend’s best is still on track for Saturday

Weekend’s best is still on track for Saturday

Drying out nicely after the showers and thunderstorms quickly advanced across the area earlier in the day.  Skies will remain fair overnight as temperatures drop around the mid 50s.  However, with the added moisture in the air and a near calm wind the possibility of patchy fog can’t be ruled out by early morning. The warmest day of the holiday weekend is still expected on Saturday with the mercury topping out at the 80 degree mark.  Still not seeing any organized shower during that day which is great news for outdoor plans.  We’ll see some showers late that night as a strong wa…

WQAD.com LogoDavenport teacher celebrates five years on Journey to Excellence

Davenport teacher celebrates five years on Journey to Excellence

DAVENPORT - During this season for graduations all over the region, it's also the reason for a special reunion at Monroe School. "Every year is going by faster and faster," said teacher Alex Lampe, on Friday, May 26. But this Fifth Grade graduation especially hits home for her. "It's very cool," she continued. That's because Alex's very first class is moving on to middle school. "I look back on pictures that I took when they were in First Grade, and they have come such a long way." Alex is reaching a milestone in her teaching career, completing her fifth year in the classroom. "It's exactly w…

WQAD.com LogoThe Rock Island County Illinois Genealoical Society receives funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

The Rock Island County Illinois Genealoical Society receives funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

Tom Pospisil  from Eriksen Chevrolet was on-hand to present a check for $420 for the April Three Degree Guarantee to the Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society. Accepting the check were Sally Bartosh, Linda Polich, Linda Walker, Kitty Humphrey, and Jan McKenzie  from the Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society. Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society was established in 1972 to help preserve and perpetuate members’ ancestral records. Their goal is to help assist members in genealogical research and educate the community on the importance of Rock Island County hi…

WQAD.com LogoDisney’s ‘Pandora: The World of Avatar’ to officially open this weekend

Disney’s ‘Pandora: The World of Avatar’ to officially open this weekend

Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (May 24) | Credit: Ryan Pastorino/Tribune Broadcasting ORLANDO — After more than six years of development, Walt Disney World will officially open “Pandora: The World of Avatar” on Saturday. Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (May 24) | Credit: Ryan Pastorino/Tribune Broadcasting The Disney storyline suggests visitors are “transferred light-years away” to the “Alpha-Centauri solar system” and Pandora. “It’s an otherworldly, fully-themed experience,” say…

Quad-City Times LogoMemorial Day Criterium returns 'bigger and better' for 52nd year

Memorial Day Criterium returns 'bigger and better' for 52nd year

For the fourth consecutive year, hundreds of cyclists and thousands of spectators are expected to take over the Village of East Davenport on Monday for the largest bicycle race event in the Quad-Cities.

Quad-City Times LogoLutheran church reaches out to bicyclists

Lutheran church reaches out to bicyclists

A bike blessing?…

Quad-City Times Logo'A New Day' for Davenport's Juneteenth festival

'A New Day' for Davenport's Juneteenth festival

A new day is dawning for Davenport's Juneteenth celebration, organized for the first time this year by the Friends of MLK organization.

WQAD.com Logo‘Deer whisperer’ police officer saves adorable fawn from sewer drain

‘Deer whisperer’ police officer saves adorable fawn from sewer drain

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — A New Jersey police officer lovingly known as the "deer whisperer" was captured on camera rescuing an adorable baby deer from a storm drain. When word got around that there was a baby deer in danger, everyone at the Woodbridge Police Department knew there was only one man for the job: Officer Timothy Majek, also known as the "deer whisperer". When Majek arrived at the scene, the baby deer was anxiously pacing in the storm drain. After opening up the drain, Majek lowered himself inside and carefully lifted the fawn to safety. This occasion isn't the first time Majek …

WQAD.com LogoFeline Friday: Why cats can’t resist squares

Feline Friday: Why cats can’t resist squares

Twitter’s been on fire with people amazed by cats that seem compelled to park themselves in squares of tape marked out on the floor. These felines appear powerless to resist the call of the #CatSquare. This social media fascination is a variation on a question I heard over and over as a panelist on Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest Pets” series. I was asked to watch video after video of cats climbing into cardboard boxes, suitcases, sinks, plastic storage bins, cupboards and even wide-necked flower vases. “That’s so cute … but why do you think she does that?” was always the q…

WQAD.com LogoNAILED IT OR FAILED IT: The Perfect (GIANT) Paper Airplane

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: The Perfect (GIANT) Paper Airplane

Friday, May 26th is not just one of the busiest travel days of the year or the kick off to Memorial Day Weekend - it's also Paper Airplane Day! I'm not very good at this craft, so I thought I would figure out how to make the perfect paper airplane. As I did my very serious research, I found these giant paper airplanes from the blog - Fireflies and Mud Pies. What a great way to make this craft bigger and better for our weekly Nailed It Or Failed It segment! Because let's be honest - watching Jon, Taylor, and I fold some regular-sized construction paper for five minutes would be BORING. Click …

Quad-City Times LogoHy-Vee donation sponsors 9th Honor Flight

Hy-Vee donation sponsors 9th Honor Flight

On this Memorial Day weekend, Hy-Vee showed its respect for area veterans with the sponsorship of its ninth Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities.

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Rain this afternoon

Noon update: Rain this afternoon

WQAD.com Logo7th-grader named ‘Most Likely to Become a Terrorist’

7th-grader named ‘Most Likely to Become a Terrorist’

Watch Video HOUSTON, Texas – A mock awards ceremony for Texas middle school students ended on a sour note for one seventh-grader. Lizeth Villanueva tells KHOU teachers in the room were snickering as she and other students were handed certificates Tuesday at Channelview’s Anthony Aguirre Junior High, though she wasn’t laughing when she saw what her certificate said: “most likely to become a terrorist.” Underneath that was her teacher’s signature, KPRC notes. Mom Ena Hernandez was furious when she got wind of the “award” later on. “I read it …

Quad-City Times LogoReunion salutes Sacred Heart school one last time

Reunion salutes Sacred Heart school one last time

If you are one of the nearly 3,000 people who attended elementary school at Davenport's Sacred Heart Cathedral, your last chance to see the historic school is coming up.

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Who's in the news? Michael J. McCarthy

Michael J. McCarthy of Bettendorf has received the William B. Waterman Volunteer Attorney of the Year award.

Quad-City Times LogoHow can turtles freeze, then thaw back to life?

How can turtles freeze, then thaw back to life?

If a human being sat at the bottom of a slough all winter, that person would freeze and die.

WQAD.com LogoDavenport company agrees to discontinue high school sports promotions sales

Davenport company agrees to discontinue high school sports promotions sales

DAVENPORT — A company has agreed to discontinue its promotions business in the state of Iowa. An agreement with Attorney General Tom Miller bars Champion Posters LLC, which also does business under the name Varsity Promotions and Consumer Enterprises LLC, from trying to sell promotions products in Iowa. According to a statement from Miller, this agreement also bars the business owner, James D. Shannon, from trying to sell promotions products in Iowa. The Consumer Protection Division had gotten more than 30 complaints about the company, according to the statement.  The complaints alle…

WVIK LogoClock is Ticking for Ill. General Assembly

Clock is Ticking for Ill. General Assembly

Time is running out for the governor of Illinois and legislature to break a two-year deadlock, and agree on a state budget.

WQAD.com LogoMen dressed as construction workers steal nearly $800K worth of jewelry in Brooklyn

Men dressed as construction workers steal nearly $800K worth of jewelry in Brooklyn

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Four men dressed like construction workers robbed a jewelry shop Thursday and made off with nearly $800,000 worth of jewelry, police sources said. Three suspects, who were wearing orange and yellow vests, entered Court Jewelers on Court Street just after 5 p.m., sources said. A fourth man stood outside wearing a white Tyvek with a sign that read “men at work,” sources said. The thieves ran out of the store and were last seen running into the Borough Hall subway station. Police recovered the protective suit nearby, sources said. No injuries were reported and the su…

WQAD.com LogoPill-packing pigeon netted for smuggling drugs

Pill-packing pigeon netted for smuggling drugs

ABDALI, Kuwait - This story sounds like it's for the birds, but it actually happened. Yes, you're looking at a bird busted for smuggling drugs - and it gets better. The high flyer did it in a custom-made mini backpack, or a pigeon pouch, if you will. Police catch a pigeon with 200 ecstasy pills hidden in a little backpack pic.twitter.com/vSB9eYtd84 — Cass Lowe (@CassLowe) May 24, 2017 Authorities said they tracked the fowl flight from Iraq as it crossed the border into Kuwait and netted the avian agent with about 200 ecstasy pills on board, according to the BBC. Law enforcement in…

WQAD.com LogoIowa Governor Kim Reynolds making a stop in Davenport today

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds making a stop in Davenport today

DAVENPORT — Iowa’s newest governor, Kim Reynolds, is visiting Davenport as part of her “Building a Better Iowa Tour.” Reynolds was sworn in as governor on Wednesday, May 24th just minutes after the former governor, Terry Branstad, became the U.S. Ambassador to China.  Reynolds appointed Adam Gregg to stand as her Lt. Gov. the next day. The new governor will be at the Davenport Municipal Airport from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 26th.  At the event she will be talking about her vision for Iowa. The event is free and open to the public — click here to …

WQAD.com LogoDubuque high school teacher charged in marijuana case

Dubuque high school teacher charged in marijuana case

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa high school teacher has been charged with marijuana possession. Court records say 46-year-old Douglas Spahn also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested after a search of his home Tuesday and released the next day. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that court documents say Spahn told an officer that he used marijuana to treat his back pain. Dubuque Community School District spokesman Mike Cyze says Spahn has been placed on leave from his j…

WQAD.com LogoQuad Citizens urged to join in with Memorial Day moment of silence

Quad Citizens urged to join in with Memorial Day moment of silence

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Americans are urged to participate in a Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day. Illinois veterans’ advocates are urging residents to observe a moment of silence on Memorial Day to honor the National Moment of Remembrance. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs says the Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress. It urges all Americans to stop whatever they’re doing at 3 p.m. local time on Monday and pause silently for one minute. Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries says it’s a good way to “recognize the nobility o…

WVIK LogoQC Kwik Star Criterium Returns For 52nd Year

QC Kwik Star Criterium Returns For 52nd Year

Bike racing returns to the Quad Cities this weekend for the 52nd year. On Monday the Village of East Davenport will host the Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium.

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Jason Fechner leads behind-the-scenes tour of Indy 500 prep

GMQC Road Trip: Jason Fechner leads behind-the-scenes tour of Indy 500 prep

We got a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at preparations for the Indy 500 with the help of WQAD News 8 alum Jason Fechner. On Friday, May 26th, Eric Sorensen made his final stop on his GMQC Road Trip route, and met up with Jason in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, May 28th on WQAD. The pre-race show starts at 10 a.m. The race starts at 11 a.m.

WQAD.com LogoMemorial Day remembrance at the Rock Island Arsenal and other events

Memorial Day remembrance at the Rock Island Arsenal and other events

On Monday, May 29th, the Arsenal is holding a Memorial Day Ceremony at the cemetery starting at 10:45 a.m. In honor of Memorial Day hundreds of volunteers gathered at the Rock Island Arsenal’s National Cemetery on Thursday to honor military members who have been laid to rest. The Arsenal’s National Cemetery has 32,000 headstones for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and each one got a flag in preparation for the commemoration. On Tuesday, May 30th the arsenal is asking for volunteers to help remove the flags. DAVENPORT — Service on Saturday afternoon, May 27th honoring …

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Jason Fechner meets Eric Sorensen in Indianapolis

GMQC Road Trip: Jason Fechner meets Eric Sorensen in Indianapolis

On their final stop, our Good Morning Quad Cities Road Trip crew made a visit to Indianapolis, Indiana. Luckily we know a great tour guide there -- News 8 alum Jason Fechner! Click here for Jason's tour through behind-the-scenes prep for the Indy 500 While in the area, the crew is checking out the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Quad-City Times LogoRick's Six: Road rage, money laundering, the apprentice, and revised river crest

Rick's Six: Road rage, money laundering, the apprentice, and revised river crest

1. Chance of rain mixes with weekend…

WQAD.com LogoGMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 5 — Indianapolis, Indiana

GMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 5 — Indianapolis, Indiana

On the final day of the GMQC Road Trip, Eric, Brandon and Cameron will be stopping in Indianapolis. The crew has traveled 2,911 miles all over the eastern half of the country. Here's a recap of their journey: GMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 1 – Norfolk, Virginia GMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 2 – Charleston, South Carolina GMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 3 – New River Gorge, West Virginia GMQC Road Trip: Destination No. 4 — Huntsville, Alabama  …

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

WQAD.com LogoHave the umbrella handy! We’ll see a good dose of rain today

Have the umbrella handy! We’ll see a good dose of rain today

We've made it to Friday, but it looks like we could see more rain than originally expected! A few spotty showers this morning will give way to more widespread showers and storms late this morning into the afternoon. It's possible that a few storms could have gusty winds. These will be moving fairly quickly from west to east. Highs today will remain in the low to mid 70s. I expect most of the rain to be done late this evening, and it should give way to broken clouds. It won't be getting too chilly with lows in the mid 50s. A few spotty showers will pop up Saturday, but heavier showers and stor…

WQAD.com LogoMercer County earns comeback Sectional win

Mercer County earns comeback Sectional win

The Golden Eagles score 6 runs in the 6th and 1 more in the 7th to best El Paso Gridley 9-8.

WQAD.com LogoOrion baseball outduals Deer Creek Mackinaw

Orion baseball outduals Deer Creek Mackinaw

Orion's Brady Grafton leads Chargers to 2-1 Sectional win.

WQAD.com LogoMoline rolls past rival Rock Island

Moline rolls past rival Rock Island

The Maroons pile up 13 runs in 13-2 win over Rock Island.

WQAD.com LogoHall piles up 11 runs to earn Sectional win

Hall piles up 11 runs to earn Sectional win

Hall bests Winnebago 11-4 in Sectional semifinals.

WQAD.com LogoWarren earns walk off win over Alleman

Warren earns walk off win over Alleman

Warren gets 1 in the bottom of the 7th to best Alleman 3-2.

WQAD.com LogoRockridge cruises to Sectional win

Rockridge cruises to Sectional win

The Rockets pile up 12 runs on their way to a 12-1 win over Farmington.

WQAD.com LogoGalva edges Illini Bluffs to advance

Galva edges Illini Bluffs to advance

Galva edges Illini Bluffs 1-0 behind pitching and hitting of Payton Weston…

WQAD.com LogoNewman bests Oregon in Sectional Semifinals

Newman bests Oregon in Sectional Semifinals

Newman bests Oregon 5-1 to advance to Sectional title game.

WQAD.com LogoNewman softball advances to Sectional Championship

Newman softball advances to Sectional Championship

The Comets best Oregon 5-1 to advance to Sectional Championship game.

WQAD.com LogoMorrison bests Winnebago in Sectional semifinals

Morrison bests Winnebago in Sectional semifinals

The Fillies beat Winnebago 6-0 to advance to Sectional championship on Saturday.

WQAD.com LogoOrion softball sees comeback come up short

Orion softball sees comeback come up short

The Chargers score 3 in the 7th to tie the game at 4, but Illini West answers with a run in the bottom of the 7th to win it 5-4.

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Today in history for Friday, May 26, 2017

Today is Friday, May 26, the 146th day of 2017. There are 219 days left in the year.

WQAD.com LogoMeet Bettendorf’s 2017 park patrol volunteers

Meet Bettendorf’s 2017 park patrol volunteers

BETTENDORF-- When the weather warms up and the kids get outside, that's when this marked van hits the streets. You'll know them when you see them. "All park ambassadors have a yellow shirt along with a hat," says park ambassador Ron Maday. Starting on Friday, May 25, park ambassadors will report for duty. "We watch for signs of anybody in distress or in trouble, people that may be violating park rules," says Maday. Every summer about a dozen volunteers are in charge of patrolling 25 different parks in Bettendorf seven days a week. They all have police radios and they watch for things like van…

WQAD.com LogoNEWS 8 TRIO: Triple decker wine slushie

NEWS 8 TRIO: Triple decker wine slushie

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. This colorful summer drink is perfect for a holiday weekend... And it couldn't be easier! Layer 1: Start it off with Frozen strawberries blended with Pinot Grigio. Layer 2: The middle calls for a blend of just ice and wine. Layer 3: Top it off with a layer made of blueberries and a sweet red wine. Substitute the wine for fruit juice or lemonade to make a kid-friendly option! Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top…

WQAD.com LogoVolunteers place 32,000 American flags at Arsenal cemetery

Volunteers place 32,000 American flags at Arsenal cemetery

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL - Hundreds placed American flags at the headstones of fallen service members in honor of Memorial Day. For Shane Wheatley, it's about showing gratitude towards his fellow servicemen, "It`s a symbol how important they were to us, you know, self-sacrifice. They sacrifice their lives to go and fight for us." He joined close to 500 hundred volunteers who placed flags for service members laid to rest at the Rock Island Arsenal's National Cemetery. For Vietnam Veteran, John Weiland, he shared the moment with his nine-year-old granddaughter Atalyssa Sodawasser. "It's pretty cool …

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Beg your pardon

— The time of a Memorial Day service in Tampico was incorrectly reported in a story published Thursday. The service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, at St. Mary's Cemetery and Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

Quad-City Times LogoFlood forecast bumped to 17 feet on Mississippi in Q-C

Flood forecast bumped to 17 feet on Mississippi in Q-C

The flood forecast for Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island, has been bumped up to 17 feet, meteorologist Rich Kinney of the National Weather Service, Davenport, said Thursday.

WQAD.com LogoSextuplets born in Virginia after parents tried to conceive for 17 years

Sextuplets born in Virginia after parents tried to conceive for 17 years

RICHMOND, Va. – After trying to conceive for 17 years, a Nigerian couple welcomed sextuplets into the world at Virginia's VCU Medical Center earlier this month, according to WTVR. Three girls and three boys were successfully delivered at the hospital for the first time ever on the morning on May 11. Ajibola Taiwo was 30 weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth by cesarean section with the help of a 40-person team. The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces. The Taiwo sextuplets were born on May 11, 2017 at VCU Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of VCU) Th…

Quad-City Times LogoHonoring heroes with flags

Honoring heroes with flags

Quad-Cities Online LogoVolunteers plant flags for Monday's Memorial Day observance

Volunteers plant flags for Monday's Memorial Day observance

An army of about 500 volunteers spread out over Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island on Thursday to place flags on each of 26,573 veteran grave sites.

Quad-Cities Online LogoSilvis police replace 'shocking' weapons

Silvis police replace 'shocking' weapons

SILVIS — Three new electroshock weapons — now known as Axons instead of the more commonly known Tasers name — have been ordered by Silvis police.

WVIK LogoWATCH: Community Remembers Richard Morton

WATCH: Community Remembers Richard Morton

About 100 people are honoring Officer Richard Morton Thursday, nearly 50 years after his death.

WVIK LogoQuad Cities Memorial Day Events

Quad Cities Memorial Day Events

Here's how the Quad Cities is commemorating soldiers this Memorial Day weekend:…

WQAD.com LogoTaking the farm to the city, Chicago food truck inspired by Quad City area town

Taking the farm to the city, Chicago food truck inspired by Quad City area town

CHICAGO, Illinois - In the shadow of the sky scrapers, sits a little piece of Iowa, a green food truck inspired by the farm. "My mom had a garden, every body I knew in the neighborhood had a garden, we shopped at farmers roadside stands," said Emily Darland, Owner of The Corner Farmacy. Darland is an Eldridge native and a North Scott grad who's been making fresh food on the streets of Chicago for three years. "We are really proud to be able to showcase some of the finer products in Iowa and spread them all around the city," said Darland. She keeps her roots in mind when making her food to sh…

Quad-Cities Online LogoQ-C water parks ready for summer

Q-C water parks ready for summer

ROCK ISLAND — With summer just around the corner, the Quad-Cities' pools and spray parks are finishing preparations for a new season.

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Rock Island youth win $2,000 for clothing project

ROCK ISLAND — A project started by siblings Logan, Amber and Amy Haskill, of Rock Island, is one of 10 finalists for The Allstate Foundation's Good Starts Young nationwide contest.

WQAD.com LogoRock Island teens compete for $10,000 dollars to better the community

Rock Island teens compete for $10,000 dollars to better the community

ROCK ISLAND-- Some Rock Island teens are competing for $10,000 dollars to better their community. A team of students from the organization QC Closet 2 Closet, were chosen as finalists to compete in a contest called the All State Foundations Good Starts Young Rally.  The contest encourages teens to get involved in the community to create a positive impact. QC Closet 2 Closet helps spread awareness about the challenges foster kids face. The three teens Amber, Amy, and Logan Haskill were surprised on May 25th, by the announcement at the Rock Island High School. The two girls, sisters Amber an…

WVIK LogoArmy Considers Contracting Quad Cities Businesses

Army Considers Contracting Quad Cities Businesses

Hundreds of local businesses tried to sell their services to the Rock Island Arsenal on Wednesday. They set up shop at the iWireless Center in Moline as part of an annual networking event between the Army and business owners.

WQAD.com LogoEast Moline Police Department honor fallen police officer

East Moline Police Department honor fallen police officer

EAST MOLINE, Illinois-- Dozens gathered at the East Moline fire department on May 25th to remember a fallen police officer. East Moline police officer Richard Morton was killed in the line of duty in 1969. Morton and his partner, Robert Butch, were answering a 'routine call' that led to a shoot out. He was shot during the fire exchange and was sent to the hospital where he later died. During the ceremony, officers laid a remembrance wreath on his memorial. It's been more than 40 years since Morton's death but former officer Robert Butch says his memory will live on. "The memories are always t…

WQAD.com LogoS.O.A.R. SCHOLARSHIP: Student’s Survival Story

S.O.A.R. SCHOLARSHIP: Student’s Survival Story

PRESTON, IOWA - When Senior Hannah Bormann was just starting out at Easton Valley High School, she noticed something: "I was having passing out spells and I was having really bad headaches to where I'd have to stay home from a lot of days of school and that really bothered me," she said. Hannah went to see several doctors and after several tests, they found a spot on Hannah's brain - a cancerous tumor - forcing her to undergo not one, but two surgeries her sophomore year. "I was just really nervous that I wouldn't be able to come to school or do anything for a long time or play sports for a …

WQAD.com LogoAudit: Iowa athletics IT director submitted false invoices

Audit: Iowa athletics IT director submitted false invoices

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa athletics department’s information technology director spent school money on personal items for his home and then submitted false invoices to cover his tracks, according to a state audit released Thursday. The employee, Patrick Delin, also spent thousands of dollars traveling to a conference in Colorado that wasn’t related to his work and registering for a Miami conference he didn’t attend, the audit showed. Delin gave his wife, who works in the department’s academic center, a free university cellphone for 2 ½ years even …

WVIK LogoProperty Developer Pleads Guilty

Property Developer Pleads Guilty

A Quad Cities businessman faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to cheating his investors. 56 year old Todd Raufeisen from Rock Island appeared in federal court Thursday and entered his pleas to charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

Quad-City Times LogoMuscatine family celebrates Lacina's 'Survivor' win

Muscatine family celebrates Lacina's 'Survivor' win

MUSCATINE — Lorrie Lacina was surprised her neighbors didn't call in a noise complaint Wednesday night, as she watched her daughter win $1 million on national television.

Quad-City Times LogoMuscatine family celebrates Lacina's 'Survivor' win

Muscatine family celebrates Lacina's 'Survivor' win

MUSCATINE — Lorrie Lacina was surprised her neighbors didn't call in a noise complaint Wednesday night, as she watched her daughter win $1 million on national television.

WQAD.com LogoBears add salsa, sign WR Victor Cruz to 1-year contract

Bears add salsa, sign WR Victor Cruz to 1-year contract

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears added some salsa, signing former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz to a one-year contract Thursday. The Bears were looking for help after Alshon Jeffery signed with Philadelphia. A feared receiver with the Giants, he helped them win the Super Bowl before being slowed by injuries. He was released after seven seasons in February. Cruz has 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns, many of which he celebrated with a salsa dance. A knee injury and a calf problem caused him to miss most of the 2014 season and all of 2015. Last year, he had 39 catc…

Quad-Cities Online LogoRaufeisen pleads guilty to fraud in federal court

Raufeisen pleads guilty to fraud in federal court

ROCK ISLAND — Local real estate developer Todd B. Raufeisen on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he defrauded investors in his land development and management projects of about $1.7 million.

WQAD.com LogoPeriodic chances each day this upcoming holiday weekend

Periodic chances each day this upcoming holiday weekend

After a cloudy morning, skies opened up and gave way to the warm spring afternoon as highs reached the lower 70s. By tonight, a few more clouds will push in though we’ll keep it dry as overnight lows drop into the mid 50s. Starting Friday, warmer 70s will be felt where at the same time I’m expecting a small chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm each day.  These are still later day events with plenty of dry hours in between. The better chance this upcoming holiday weekend may be later Saturday as the coverage is expected to be more scattered. Memorial Day will be a bit cooler…

WQAD.com LogoFormer Playboy playmate sentenced to graffiti removal in body shaming case

Former Playboy playmate sentenced to graffiti removal in body shaming case

LOS ANGELES - A former Playboy playmate pleaded no contest on Wednesday to misdemeanor invasion of privacy for secretly taking a photo of a naked woman in a gym locker room and posting it to Snapchat. Dani Mathers, 30, was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to complete 30 hours of graffiti removal service. If the case had gone to trial, the model could have faced up to six months in jail. The 2015 Playmate of the Year was criticized for "body shaming" the 71-year-old woman after secretly snapping the photo in the locker room of a Los Angeles area gym last July. Mathers posted it …

WQAD.com LogoBritish authorities accuse the U.S. of leaking information and pictures from Manchester terror attack

British authorities accuse the U.S. of leaking information and pictures from Manchester terror attack

MANCHESTER, England-- Eight people have been arrested in connection with the terror attack in Manchester Monday night. It killed 22 people and injured more than 60 others. Many are still in the hospital and face extensive surgeries. While British authorities believe the attacker was part of a larger network, they're concerns about leaks in the investigation. Manchester fell silent Thursday, May 25th, as thousands of people from across Europe gathered to honor the victims of the deadly attack. Hashim Norat traveled more than 100 miles to be there. He, and Manchester's mayor, had a message for…

WVIK LogoMississippi Rising Again

Mississippi Rising Again

Thanks to heavy rain upstream in recent weeks, minor to moderate flooding is now predicted for the Mississippi River.

WQAD.com LogoSassy is sweet on life-saving Rock Island first responder after fire rescue

Sassy is sweet on life-saving Rock Island first responder after fire rescue

ROCK ISLAND - At the Rock Island Animal Hospital on Thursday, May 25, there's an unexpected miracle. "She's pretty fortunate," said Rock Island Paramedic Scott Romine. Sassy, a seven-year-old Maltese, is one lucky dog.  On Thursday, she reunited with Romine. "She was in rough shape," he recalled. Just 24 hours earlier, Scott and Sassy met under the most difficult circumstances.  Her life was on the line. "Not really breathing much at all and kind of faint heartbeat," he said. Rock Island firefighters rescued Sassy from a devastating fire that claimed three of her offspring. "She was in pret…

WQAD.com LogoUPDATE: Car struck by train in Illinois

UPDATE: Car struck by train in Illinois

Update: The driver of the car who was confirmed deceased has been identified by Illinois State Police as Alfred Belles, 76, of Macomb, Ill.   The passenger of the train taken to an area hospital was a pregnant female who was taken in for precautionary reasons. There were no injuries aboard the train reported.  MACOMB, Illinois — Illinois Police are investigating a car versus train accident that occurred three miles west of Macomb, Ill. off of U.S. HWY 136. It took place around 11:00 a.m. According to the Illinois State Police, the car was driving along a private drive crossing the rail…

WVIK LogoMixed News on QC Unemployment

Mixed News on QC Unemployment

Unemployment dropped sharply in the Quad Cities in April, falling from 5.3 per cent a year ago to 4.1 per cent last month.

WQAD.com LogoMeet the 97-year-old heartbeat of modern dance

Meet the 97-year-old heartbeat of modern dance

RICHMOND, Va. -- When it comes to modern dance, Richmond's Frances Wessells stands - or dances - apart. She's been teaching it for 80 years. She's still at it as her 98th birthday approaches. "I think I've spent my life explaining what modern dance was to people," she said prior to an improvisational workout with her longtime dance partner and former student, Robbie Kinter. Wessells' gift, Kinter said, is not just in explaining it. Frances Wessells "Frances wasn't trying to get everyone to dance the same way," he said, "but was always interested in everybody finding their own voice, and find …

Quad-City Times LogoQ-C unemployment drops to 4.1 percent

Q-C unemployment drops to 4.1 percent

The Quad-City region's unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in April as a significant gain in educational/health services jobs helped to offset a continuing decline in manufacturing jobs, a labor analyst said Thursday.

WQAD.com LogoGunshots reported in residential area where daycare is located in Davenport

Gunshots reported in residential area where daycare is located in Davenport

DAVENPORT — Investigators said gunfire was reported while two vehicles were chasing each other in the northwest part of the city. Officers were called to the 4500 block of Cheyenne Avenue around 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24th, according to a statement from the Davenport Police Department. Police said they found shell casings in the area, but only a vehicle was hit. There were no reported injuries. A religious organization that doubles as a daycare is located right there in that intersection, where Cheyenne Avenue and El Rancho Drive meet. Nobody was there when the incident happened. If…

Quad-Cities Online LogoReynolds to visit Davenport Friday

Reynolds to visit Davenport Friday

DAVENPORT — New Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is scheduled to visit Davenport Friday.

WVIK LogoChannel Cat Ready for New Season

Channel Cat Ready for New Season

With summer about to start, the Channel Cat water taxi is preparing for another season. It will begin taking passengers Friday between Moline, Bettendorf, and Davenport.

Quad-City Times LogoIowa American Water lifts boil advisory

Iowa American Water lifts boil advisory

Iowa American Co. has lifted the precautionary boil advisory for about 200 customers in Clinton.

WQAD.com Logo7 recipes you can make with leftover wine

7 recipes you can make with leftover wine

Leftover wine doesn’t have to go to waste! When would there ever be leftover wine? We’re not sure… but in case it happens, here are seven dishes you can make using your extra wine. Red wines: Lasagna — calls for 1/4 cup red wine Surf & Turf — calls for 1/4 cup dry red wine White wines: Tender Round Steak — calls for 4 tbsp of white wine Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash — calls for 1/2 cup of dry white wine Fra Diavolo — calls for 1 cup of dry white wine Chilean Sea Bass — calls for 4 tbsp White wine Seafood Pomodoro from J…

WQAD.com LogoRuthie’s Chef at Rhythm City Casino Shares Crab Cake Recipe

Ruthie’s Chef at Rhythm City Casino Shares Crab Cake Recipe

DAVENPORT - On Thursday, April 26th, Rhythm City Casino Resort Chef D’ Cuisine Brady Moore showed us how to make Crab Cakes during WQAD News 8 at 11am. Moore is the Chef at Ruthie's Steak and Seafood, located inside Rhythm City Casino. Crab Cakes ·     1 can lump crab ·     1/3 each yellow pepper, minced ·     1/3 each red pepper, minced ·     1 Tablespoon chives, chopped ·     4 pieces white bread, crust removed and diced ·     ½ cup +1 Tablespoon mayo ·     1 teaspoon Lemon juice ·     1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ·     1.5 teaspoon old ba…

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Rising river, Amanda's picks and truck rams storefront

Noon update: Rising river, Amanda's picks and truck rams storefront

WQAD.com LogoDeveloper Todd Raufeisen pleads guilty to defrauding investors in Rock Island County

Developer Todd Raufeisen pleads guilty to defrauding investors in Rock Island County

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY -- Developer Todd Raufeisen has pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud and money laundering. In court on Thursday, May 25, Raufeisen admitted to defrauding 22 investors for a total loss of $1.7 million between 2010 and August 2016. According to court documents, Raufeisen promised investors a higher rate of interest than conventional. He also promised investors the money would be placed in escrow until needed, would only be used for specific development projects, and if unused, the money would be returned. Some investors received promissory notes that promised repaym…

Quad-City Times LogoAmanda's picks: 6 ideas for your weekend

Amanda's picks: 6 ideas for your weekend

1. Backyard Barn Crawl…

WVIK LogoDavenport Students Test Virtual Reality

Davenport Students Test Virtual Reality

A high school in Iowa on Tuesday rolled out a virtual reality tool that could help students nationwide explore careers in science, technology, engineering or math, or STEM.

WQAD.com LogoNew Iowa governor names Adam Gregg ‘acting lieutenant gov’

New Iowa governor names Adam Gregg ‘acting lieutenant gov’

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has named Republican attorney Adam Gregg as her administration’s No. 2 leader while seeking to avoid a lawsuit over whether she has the power to name a new lieutenant governor. Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller advised this month that the Iowa Constitution would not give Reynolds the power to name a new lieutenant governor after she succeeded Gov. Terry Branstad. Adam Gregg, photo from State of Iowa’s website Miller’s opinion angered Reynolds, who had indicated she might appoint a new lieutenant even if it risked a legal …

Quad-City Times LogoExelon Q-C station fails to clear energy auction

Exelon Q-C station fails to clear energy auction

Exelon Corp.'s Quad-Cities Nuclear Station, near Cordova, and its Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania did not clear in the latest capacity energy auction by grid operator PJM, local plant officials said Thursday.

WQAD.com LogoThe progress you’ll see this summer on the new I-74 Bridge

The progress you’ll see this summer on the new I-74 Bridge

MISSISSIPPI RIVER - It's been in the works for more than two decades, but this summer - you're going to start to see the new I-74 Bridge take shape. On Thursday, May 25th, Gena McCullough, Planning Director for the Bi-State Regional Commission, was our Guest on our weekly "Breakfast With..." segment on Good Morning Quad Cities as we took a ride on the Channel Cat. She says starting in July, we are going to start seeing more and more equipment taking over the Mississippi River. "The contractors will have to do staging, so you’ll see some barges out there," she explained. "You’ll see some t…

WQAD.com Logo‘Sneezing attack’ causes truck to crash into Davenport business

‘Sneezing attack’ causes truck to crash into Davenport business

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment DAVENPORT — The driver of a truck ran into a business on Locust Street after having “a sneezing attack,” officials said. A Chevy Silverado was heading eastbound on West Locust Street around 6:45 a.m., Thursday, May 25 when the crash happened, according to a statement from the Davenport Traffic Safety Bureau. Officials say “a sneezing attack” caused the driver to run off the road and crash into Pawn King at 1611 W. Locust Street.  The truck hit the front of the pawn shop; both the vehicle and the building…

WQAD.com LogoHow Channel Cat’s new mobile tickets will help you save money this season

How Channel Cat’s new mobile tickets will help you save money this season

MISSISSIPPI RIVER - If you are looking for something unique to do in the Quad Cities this summer, look no further than four spots along the Mighty Mississippi. The Channel Cat begins its 2017 season on Friday, May 26th at 9am, but on Thursday, May 25th, WQAD News 8 got to take the first ride as part of our weekly "Breakfast With..." segment on Good Morning Quad Cities. Our guest, Jennifer Garrity with MetroLINK says something new and exciting this year is mobile ticketing. You can download an app for your Apple or Android phone by searching "Channel Cat" and purchase tickets with your credit …





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