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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Hawkeyes move on with plenty of motivation

Iowa prepares for Nebraska with 8 win season on the line.

WQAD.com LogoAugustana earns top spot in D3 National poll

Augustana earns top spot in D3 National poll

Augie’s 4-0 start and victory over D1 Bradley has the Vikings ranked #1 in the nation in lastest D-3 rankings…

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Lady Rocks roll past Quincy

Rock Island opens Western Big 6 play with 50 point win.

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg streaks past Alleman

Galesburg streaks past Alleman

Silver Streaks pull away in 4th quarter to earn 54-48 win.

WQAD.com LogoU.T. Girls best rival Moline

U.T. Girls best rival Moline

United Township improves to 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in WB6 with win over rival Moline.

WQAD.com LogoRockridge Boys edge U.T.

Rockridge Boys edge U.T.

Rockets and Panthers go to overtime in Geneseo with Rockridge edging United Township by 1.

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Fathers, daughters dance at annual Sugar Plum Ball

It’s called the most wonderful ball of the year. The  Sugar Plum ball at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf gave little girls the chance to dress up and go on a date with their favorite man: their dads. The sweet date featured dancing, dinner and a special performance of "Twas the Night before Christmas." "It’s fun to get to play with our friends and bond with our dads," said Lynleigh Schrim, 6th grader. "Time goes fast and you realize you want to slow down and during the holidays you try to do that," said Kevin Rafferty, father.

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Christmas lights and tree up at Illinois Capitol

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, that means more people are decorating for the holidays, and  Illinois' state capitol is no exception. Workers are putting up the rotunda holiday tree this week. The tree stands two stories tall and has been a capitol tradition for nearly 30 years. And the decorating doesn't stop inside, The capitol dome is being strung with lights ready to light up Springfield.  “It's just something we've always done to spruce up the capitol during the holiday season,” said Henry Haupt, secretary of state’s spokesman. Officials say th…

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Ferguson protests spark reminder of one 15 years ago

The protests coming out of Ferguson look all too familiar for one Illinois town. Members of the Decatur community banded together to find what they can learn from Ferguson.   "Now it's time we roll up our sleeves and get some work done, and take action in bridging some of those gaps," said Courtney Carson, Urban League. An incident that happened at a football field forever changed the city of Decatur. But it helped create the man Courtney Carson is today.   "I really believe that God sent those seven students through that issue so that other students wouldn't …

KWQC-TV6 LogoLiving With Lyme Disease

Living With Lyme Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been in the spotlight for months as the Ebola epidemic escalates. Meanwhile, Lyme Disease patients are keeping a close eye on the federal agency, too.

KWQC-TV6 LogoIllinois Approves Rock Island Clean Line; Opposing Sides Both Claim "Win"

Illinois Approves Rock Island Clean Line; Opposing Sides Both Claim "Win"

A major controversial project earned a green light today. The Illinois Commerce Commission approved the Rock Island Clean Line.

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Marine Corps & CBS 4 collect more than 700 toys

Marines packed up their truck at 9 Tuesday night after a very successful Toys for Tots collection. And they're floored with how generous people have been. "The kids need something.  the kids that can't, the parents can't afford it, really need to have some help,” said Alan Griffin, who donated a toy. "You have to appreciate those that don't have quite as much as you do maybe, and uh, it's the right thing to do,” said Roger Preslar, who also donated a toy. No matter what their reason, people coming by Blains Farm and Fleet did a lot of giving. Marines said they …

WQAD.com LogoHundreds protest in Iowa City for Michael Brown

Hundreds protest in Iowa City for Michael Brown

As the sun started to go down in Iowa City people grabbed a sign and gathered around.  While their message was the same as many in Ferguson, Missouri, their actions were different. “We are here today in solidarity with Ferguson,” said protestor, Fatima Elbaderi. Protestors made it clear, they were there for only one reason, solidarity. “Some people are going to handle things differently than others, but I think that the most important thing to focus on the reasons for the anger,” said Elbaderi. Like a lot of people, they want justice for Michael brown, the unarmed 18-y…

WQAD.com LogoFrustrated kids and parents say Iowa Core math is a big problem

Frustrated kids and parents say Iowa Core math is a big problem

Like it or not, the way math is taught in our schools is changing dramatically, but not everyone is happy about it. Iowa Core, based on the Common Core, is a set of standards the state expects students to meet in all public and accredited non-public schools. When legislation was passed in 2008 requiring all schools to adopt Iowa Core, districts chose how they would meet those standards. Many changed the way they teach math and language. Bettendorf schools adopted Iowa Core in 2010. “Most of us when we went to school, the research wasn’t out about how students learn,” said Marty Beck, mat…

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Bell Ringers Needed for Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is in full swing in the QCA. In fact, they started a week earlier to help reach their $760,000 goal to fund a wide variety of programs and services in our community. But, bell ringers are in short supply.

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QC businesses offering deals for Small Business Saturday

Dozens of Quad Cities business owners are encouraging people to shop small, shop local on Small Business Saturday. Check out the special deals and events area businesses are offering on November 29, 2014.   Freight House Farmers’ Market- 421 River Dr. Davenport, IA. More than 35 small businesses are all under one roof, offering locally grown and produced foods as well as gift items such as artwork, gloves, scarves, children’s clothing, candles and soaps. Farmers’ market staff will give away Shop Small tote bags while supplies last. Studio K Consignment- 3357 Devils Glen Rd. Bettend…

Quad-Cities Online LogoMoline window dresser creates wonderlands at her fingertips

Moline window dresser creates wonderlands at her fingertips

MOLINE -- The winter-themed scene in the big window is perfect. Attention to the smallest detail is amazing. The large window to the west, featuring the candy-themed Christmas tree, also is flawless.

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Lower gas prices mean more drivers for Thanksgiving

With the U.S. gasoline price averaging less than $3 for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010, AAA is predicting that at least 41.3 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving to he……

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Law enforcement conducting statewide parking stings

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced state police will conduct statewide parking stings targeting people illegally parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities at shopping malls beginning Friday, November 28th also known as Black Friday- the busiest shopping day of the year and the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. State police will be enforcing the provisions of the parking program with persons with disabilities at downtown shopping areas in Chicago, Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Oakbrook Center, and malls in Champaign, Peoria, Fairview Height…

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Senior housing co-op gets second vote of approval

A proposed senior housing facility in Davenport has passed another hurdle Developers want to put a facility for seniors near Utica Ridge and Crow Creek roads. At an early Davenport city council meeting on Tuesday that last only 11 minutes, aldermen quickly approved a second consideration for the development. Nearby Bettendorf residents have raised concerns about storm water runoff and the height of the building. Council will meet again for a final vote next week. …

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Friendly House holds annual Thanksgiving lunch

Thanksgiving Day came a couple days early  at the Friendly House in Davenport. Hundreds of volunteers and members of the community gathered to enjoy a free Thanksgiving feast. The Friendly House helps enrich lives and strengthen neighborhoods in the QC area. Organizers say the feast cost more than $800, but  it was worth every penny. "This time of year it's hard for people who don't have family to go to and so their neighbors become their family and we provide a venue for them to come and enjoy a dinner together.,” said Jodi Stock, family and senior supervisor at th…

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Davenport residents can sign up for snow emergency notifications

Davenport has launched a new snow emergency notification tool.Residents can sign up to receive text messages or calls when a snow emergency has been declared.To-sign up to receive Snow Emergency Notifications visit, http://cassworks.ci.davenport.ia.us/call/…

Quad-City Times LogoDavenport resident returns home to Ferguson, helps cleanup efforts

Davenport resident returns home to Ferguson, helps cleanup efforts

Davenport resident Xavier Keen traveled home on Tuesday to Ferguson, Mo., to spend time with his family for Thanksgiving.

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"Crispin's Corner" CBS4 News at 10:00 Preview

CBS4 Producer Crispin Havener has a sneak peek at what you will see tonight on CBS4 News at 10:00.If you have any questions or comments for Crispin and the rest of the CBS4 News team, comment on our Facebook page or follow Crispin on Twitter @crispinwhbf. …

KWQC-TV6 LogoMr. Thanksgiving Preps For 44th Annual Community Dinner

Mr. Thanksgiving Preps For 44th Annual Community Dinner

It's not just about the pumpkin pie and turkey... Mr. Thanksgiving has been giving thousands each year, right here in the QCA a place to enjoy the holiday for 44 years now...

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Clinton Mayor and residents try to save Target from closing

Ever since the Target Corporation announced a few weeks ago that the Clinton store would close, Thousands of residents have signed petitions, mayors from nearly a dozen cities have reached out and yesterday U.S. Representatives Dave Loebsack and Cheri Bustos even sent the Target Corporation this letter. It's been a staple in Clinton for more than 40 years. Which is why Mayor Mark Vulich says losing target would be a major economic blow. "Target is a destination for people. People come to Target you know, especially from the Illinois side. And as you pass through the target they may e…

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CBS4 Toys for Tots toy drive kicks off

You can help brighten the holidays for Quad City children! Tuesday, the CBS4 team and local Marines will collect items for local families at our annual toy drive.You can drive up and drop off your donation at Blain's Farm and Fleet in Moline. The CBS4 crew will be there from 8:00am-9:00pm taking new, unwrapped toys and cash donations for Toys for Tots.

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Second Evaluation For Arson Suspect

Jason Earl Anderson, 34, faces two counts of felony arson for the fire that damaged a number of buildings in downtown Rock Island. Today in court, his attorney has requested a second mental health evaluation to see if he is fit to stand trial.

Quad-City Times LogoIllinois panel approves state's part of Rock Island Clean line project

Illinois panel approves state's part of Rock Island Clean line project

The Illinois Commerce Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday to grant approval for the construction and operation of a 121-mile power line in the state that supporters say will take wind-generated elect……

WQAD.com LogoTips for staying safe this holiday season

Tips for staying safe this holiday season

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but police are warning people to remember to keep their guard up this holiday season… when crime rates tend to take an upturn. “I think the holiday season, it gives burglars, thieves, a little more opportunity because sometimes they’re not aware and we’re not as alert as we probably should be,” said Cpl. Hank Jacobsen from the Davenport Police Department. Jacobsen said criminals are looking for the easiest target and will take any opportunity that comes their way. So he has some tips on how you can keep yourse…

WQAD.com LogoBettendorf class mixes drag racing and science

Bettendorf class mixes drag racing and science

The industrial tech class at Bettendorf High School doesn’t look like the traditional classroom. While students spend part of the time in the classroom, they get hands-on experience in the workshop. Recently, the class has been studying Newton’s laws of energy, applying their knowledge to their C02 model dragsters. On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, students had the opportunity to compare their model dragsters made of wood, to the real deal. Drag racer Luke Smith showcased his dragster that he built himself. Students gathered around the car, asking questions about it’s specifics.

KWQC-TV6 LogoDollar General Fire Started By Six-Year-Old

Dollar General Fire Started By Six-Year-Old

Investigators say the fire was intentionally set by a six-year-old boy.

KWQC-TV6 LogoTarget Says Decision is "Final" To Close Clinton Store

Target Says Decision is "Final" To Close Clinton Store

A Target spokesperson says the company's decision to close its store in Clinton is “final” despite ongoing local efforts to keep the store open.City leaders along with local lawmakers and others, held a news conference at Clinton City Hall Tuesday morning. They are pushing Target to reconsider the closure and save the store's 79 jobs.“I decided to make my number one priority as Mayor of Clinton to save this Target,” said Mayor Mark Vulich. “I know some people have said it's an impossibility a...

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Angie's List: Avoiding Thanksgiving dinner disaster

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and you may be preparing your home for family and friends.You're cleaning and decorating and going over grocery lists and meal plans. But don't overlook one very important element that could cause a Turkey Day disaster.Find out if your oven is ready for the holiday rush in this weeks Angie's List. …

WQAD.com LogoHow you can own a piece of Cubs history

How you can own a piece of Cubs history

The Chicago Cubs were selling pieces of the old Wrigley Field to make way for dramatic renovations to the facility. The team made a limited number of Wrigley Field flags, bleacher benches and aisle placards – recently removed from the ballpark – available for bids online as of Monday, November 24, 2014. The team planned to offer the ‘W’ flags, and swatch items with authenticated infield dirt, during the 2015 season according to bleedcubbieblue.com. “In addition to memorabilia, the Cubs and Cubs Authentics are going to continue to preserve historic elements of the ballpar…

Quad-City Times LogoWho's in the news? Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson

Who's in the news? Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson

Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson of Moline have been honored for their benevolence as Outstanding Philanthropists by the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

WQAD.com LogoDavenport minister says Ferguson case should have been taken to trial

Davenport minister says Ferguson case should have been taken to trial

A longtime Davenport minister says he believes the Ferguson grand jury was skewed by a prosecutor sympathetic to Officer Darren Wilson and believes the case should have been taken to trial. “Take it to a jury, have a special prosecutor,” said Rev. Rogers Kirk, of Third Missionary Baptist Church on the city’s west side. Kirk says he condemns the violence sparked by the lack of an indictment, but he understands the rage. Kirk says he wasn’t surprised by the outcome, and hopes it’s a wake up call for other communities. “We don’t want to be a Ferguson, so …

WQAD.com LogoBefore you travel for the holiday, read this

Before you travel for the holiday, read this

Whether you’re traveling across town or across the country, holiday travel can present unique challenges. A nor’easter was expected to dump several inches of rain and snow in eastern states, and cause delays of several hours for many travels headed to that part of the U.S. Travel delays in one part of the country can easily impact direct flights, connecting flights, trains and even roadways elsewhere. Iowa Road Conditions – click here Illinois Road Conditions – click here Amtrak (check schedules and status of any train) – click here Quad City International Airpor…

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Shop small in Tipton

Tipton will join the rest of the nation Saturday in marking Small Business Saturday.

WQAD.com LogoInvestigators say Silvis Dollar General fire intentionally set by 6-year-old

Investigators say Silvis Dollar General fire intentionally set by 6-year-old

Investigators say fire that gutted the Dollar General Store in Silvis, Illinois, was intentionally set by a six-year-old boy from East Moline, Illinois. Firefighters from five departments battled the blaze that was reported just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the store at 1312 John Deere Expressway, at the Crosstown Shopping Center.  The store’s contents were considered a total loss.  Damage was estimated at $500,000.  There were no working sprinklers in the store, investigators said. “The child had started paper towels on fire in the paper section of the store with …

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Dollar General fire started by six-year-old

Investigators say the fire that destroyed the Silvis Dollar General store two weeks ago today, was started by a six-year-old.Police say the child was in the store with his family when he wandered off and lit paper towels on fire with a lighter he had brought from home.  The fire quickly spread throughout the paper section of the store.Police say they are working with the family to provide educational resources for the child, and are thankful that no one was hurt by the blaze.

KWQC-TV6 LogoAccident At 53rd and Brady In Davenport- Update

Accident At 53rd and Brady In Davenport- Update

Davenport police have released more information about a fatal crash at 53rd and Brady St. that happened Monday afternoon.

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Friendly House serves Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving Day came a couple days early at the Friendly House in Davenport.Hundreds of volunteers and members of the community gathered to enjoy a free thanksgiving feast. Friendly House helps enrich live and strengthen neighborhoods in the Quad City area. Organizers say today's feast cost more than $8,000, but it was worth every penny. "This time of year it's hard for people who don't have family to go to," says Jodi Stock of Friendly House. "So their neighbors become their family and we provide a venue for them to come and enjoy a dinner together a traditional Thanksgiving …

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Rauner will move into Governor's Mansion

Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is moving into the executive mansion.It's been more than decade since an Illinois governor called it home. Former governors Rod Blagojevich and current governor Pat Quinn lived in Chicago instead. Rauner says he's excited to make the move to Springfield. "This is home," Rauner says. "This is home, home is worth fighting for, home's worth sacrificing for." Experts say Rauner occupying the executive mansion could attract tourists and save tax payers money. The last governor to call the mansion home full time was Governor Jim Edgar who ser…

WQAD.com LogoEldridge teen killed in Davenport crash

Eldridge teen killed in Davenport crash

Police said an 18-year-old girl from Eldridge died when a van she rode in was involved in a wreck at 53rd and Brady streets in Davenport, Iowa. Connor Speer, 19, from Rock Island, Illinois, was driving a Dodge Caravan eastbound on 53rd Street when the van moved into the left turn lane and drove into the path of a northbound UPS tractor-trailer at the intersection at about 1 p.m. Monday, November 24, 2014 according to a spokesman for the Davenport Police Department. The UPS tractor-trailer broadsided the passenger side of the Caravan, and both vehicles ended up on the northeast corner of the in…

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New vests for county K9 cops

The Muscatine County Sheriff's Department's K9 cops are sporting a new, safer look these days.The department received two $950 bullet resistant and stab protective vests from Vested Interest in K9s, a non-profit charity that raises money to supply vests for four-legged law enforcement.The vests will be worn by K9 Maix, handled by Sgt. Matt Bowers, and K9 Aeton, handled by Deputy Dustin Brooks.  The vests are embroidered with "In Memory of K9 Rocco", a Pittsburgh Police Department K9 who died in the line of duty in January.

OurQuadCities.com LogoNew information on deadly I-74 crash

New information on deadly I-74 crash

The driver killed on Interstate 74 near Galesburg, IL Monday has been identified.26-year-old Jacob Diaz was traveling eastbound on I-74 near mile marker 48 when he ran into the back of a pickup truck parked on the shoulder. Diaz was pronounced dead of the scene.The driver of the pickup truck was injured and taken to a peoria hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition. Officers say the poor weather yesterday contributed to the crash.

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Ski Snowstar opening Friday, earliest start to season ever

Skiers and snowboarders, get ready to hit the slopes.Ski Snowstar in Andalusia, IL is opening Friday.Officials say it's the earliest they've been able to open.They will have hours this weekend at the following times...Friday:  Noon-9:00 pmSaturday: 10:00 am-9:00 pmSunday: 10:00 am-8:00 pm…

OurQuadCities.com LogoVictim of fatal Davenport crash identified

Victim of fatal Davenport crash identified

The Davenport Police Department has identified the woman killed in a car crash yesterday.Police say a Dodge Caravan driven by Connor Speer, 19, of Rock Island, entered the intersection of 53rd and Brady Streets in the path of a UPS tractor-trailer and was struck in the side.  The passenger, 18 year old Marissa Ertz, of Eldridge, was killed.Speer was trapped inside the badly crushed minivan, which was pinned by the truck against a traffic light pole, and had to be cut out.  He was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Genesis East.The driver of the semi was not hurt.The crash …

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RI District arson suspect in court

The man accused of setting fire to the District of Rock Island in September made a court appearance Tuesday.Defense attorney's for Jason Earl Anderson are seeking a second evaluation of Anderson to determine if he is fit to stand trial. They're trying to determine if Anderson can understand the charges against him.Anderson is accused of setting fire to an abandoned building in The District in September, destroying or damaging several nearby buildings. Another hearing is scheduled for January 6th.

WQAD.com LogoClinton campaigns to save Target store from closing

Clinton campaigns to save Target store from closing

Clinton, Iowa, is taking aim with an all out blitz to save its Target store from closing. Earlier in November, the retailer announced plans to shutter 11 stores, including the Clinton location, on January 31, 2015. It would mark the end of a 41-year shopping option in Clinton. “There are values here,” said shopper Ruth Ann Remrey, Savanna.  “You need competition.” But this time, it looks like Target’s days are numbered in Clinton. “I think it’s an important store to the community,” said shopper Dajsia Lathrop, Clinton. Nearly 80 jobs will disapp…

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"Crispin's Corner" CBS4 News 5:00 & 6:00 Preview

CBS4 Producer Crispin Havener has a sneak peek at what you will see tonight on CBS4 News at 10:00.For more information on the CBS4 Toys for Tots Drive today: click hereIf you have any questions or comments for Crispin and the rest of the CBS4 News team, comment on our Facebook page or follow Crispin on Twitter @crispinwhbf…

Quad-City Times LogoArtist brought out best in his radio guests

Artist brought out best in his radio guests

Bruce deGouveia Carter would interview artists as only another artist could.

WQAD.com LogoHelp UnityPoint Health – Trinity Fill Open Positions

Help UnityPoint Health – Trinity Fill Open Positions

UnityPoint Health – Trinity will host an open house and job fair from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Trinity Bettendorf cafeteria on the lower level.  On-site interviews will be conducted. Trinity has immediate openings with competitive salaries. Opportunities available include RNs, LPNs, patient care techs, surgical and emergency department techs, patient service representatives and medical assistants. Trinity also is recruiting for positions in its new comprehensive Heart Center and state-of-the-art Emergency department scheduled to open in April 2015. Employee benefits include: com…

WQAD.com LogoPreparing For Next Snowfall And A Cold Thanksgiving Day

Preparing For Next Snowfall And A Cold Thanksgiving Day

Sunshine today has been a soothing sight to see despite temperatures not even getting out of the 20s.  We’ll change that very shortly as an approaching clipper system  swings our  winds out of the southeast and tops temperatures Wednesday into the low to mid 30s. This clipper will also bring our next round of snowfall, too.  First of the snowflakes will arrive around daybreak and continue off an on through most of the day.  Clippers are not noted in carrying a lot of snowfall, and I don’t see that changing with this one either.  Snowfall will end that evening, leaving behind …

Quad-City Times LogoFriends group grows memorial for lost children

Friends group grows memorial for lost children

A goal of transforming the pain of grief, to hope, drives members of the Quad-Cities chapter of The Compassionate Friends as they build a memorial to children who have died.

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Home Instead Senior Care becomes a certified GoSafe provider

Home Instead Senior Care becomes a certified GoSafe provider: Home Instead Senior Care has announced it is a certified Philips Lifeline GoSafe provider. GoSafe is a leading mobile medical aler……

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LeClaire Community Thanksgiving Dinner set for Nov. 26

LeClaire Community Thanksgiving Dinner set for today: The second LeClaire Community Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m. today, Nov. 26, at the LeClaire Fire Station, 201 N. 15th St. Th……

Quad-City Times LogoIowa won't identify fan booted for heckling Hawkeye assistant coach

Iowa won't identify fan booted for heckling Hawkeye assistant coach

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa is refusing to identify the fan booted out of a Kinnick Stadium suite for yelling at offensive coordinator Greg Davis at halftime of Saturday's game. Iowa s……

Quad-City Times LogoWho's in the news? Amber Wood

Who's in the news? Amber Wood

Amber Wood has been hired as the executive director of Moline-based chapter of the American Red Cross. She will serve a 19-county region, including the Quad-Cities area, west-central Illinois ……

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Eldon man accused of murdering Iowa bait shop owner

More than three months after a bait shop owner died of a gunshot wound to the head, an Iowa man is charged in connection with that murder. Darrell Teeter, 64, was found dead at his Main Street Bait Shop, where he also lived, in Eldon, Iowa, on August 11, 2014. His body was reportedly discovered after he failed to show up for a medical appointment. An autopsy later showed Teeter died from a gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide. The shop had reportedly been ransacked. A 24-year-old Eldon man was arrested in connection with Teeter’s death. Ricky Davidson was charged wit…

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Fatal Accident On I-74 In Galesburg

Police say weather appears to a factor in an accident that left one man dead in Galesburg, Ill. Police were called to the two car accident on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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Ski Snowstar opens Friday, Nov. 28

Ski Snowstar opens Friday, Nov. 28: Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, 9500 126th St. W., Andalusia, will open for the season Friday, Nov. 28.

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Police say Iowa man threatened ex-girlfriend with machete

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man faces multiple charges after police say he tried to enter his ex-girlfriend's home with a machete and threatened to take their children. The Iowa City Press-Citiz……

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Rock Island NAACP leader reacts to Ferguson decision

Hundreds of people across the country are reacting to the Ferguson Grand Jury decision that happened on Monday, November 24, 2014. The following day, the President of the Rock Island County NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Liz Sherwin, spoke to News 8. She stayed at her office Monday night to watch the decision come down from the St. Louis area. Tuesday, Sherwin told us she was disappointed, but not necessarily surprised. Sherwin says she does not know how the public would have reacted if two people of the same race were involved in the shooting, but she had …

OurQuadCities.com LogoDriver who died in I-74 crash identified

Driver who died in I-74 crash identified

A Metamora, Illinois man was killed Monday afternoon on Interstate 74 near Galesburg.Police say Jacob Diaz, 26, was traveling eastbound on 74 when he ran into the back of a pickup truck parked on the shoulder of the highway.  Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the pickup was also injured and taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria where he remains in serious but stable condition.Officers say the poor weather yesterday contributed to the crash.

WQAD.com LogoDriver killed when his car hits parked pickup truck along I-74

Driver killed when his car hits parked pickup truck along I-74

A 26-year-old man died when the car he was driving rear-ended a pickup truck that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 74 in Galesburg, Illinois. Jacob Diaz of Metamora, Illinois, was eastbound on I-74 when his car hit the rear end of a pickup truck that was on the right shoulder of I-74, just west of the exit to East Main Street, at about 2 p.m. Monday, November 24, 2014. Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The pickup truck driver, 55-year-old John Droke of Henderson, Illinois, was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.  Authorities said Droke was…

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LeClaire photographer to speak on bald eagle photography

LeClaire photographer to speak on bald eagle photography: Local photographer Burt Gearhart will give an all-ages slide presentation and lecture, “Up Close Encounters with the Bald Eagles of Le……

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Police investigate sexual assault of Augie student

The Rock Island Police Department and the Augustana College Department of Public Safety are investigating the reported sexual assault of a female student.The incident happened early Sunday morning at an off-campus home.  In an alert sent to students and faculty, the college says that the student reported being sexually assaulted by three men also believed to be students.The college says that alcohol was involved in the incident.

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Buddhist center offers meditation retreat

Buddhist center offers meditation retreat: Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center, 502½ W. 3rd St., Davenport, will present a guided meditation retreat Saturday, Dec. 6, through Thursday, Dec. 11.

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RiverBend Bronze gives holiday concert

RiverBend Bronze gives holiday concert: RiverBend Bronze, the Quad-Cities handbell ensemble, will present its second holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at St. John’s United Methodist Ch……

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Center for Worker Justice receives grant

Center for Worker Justice receives grant: The Dick Fallow Endowment for Social Justice has given its first annual grant to the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa. The grant will be used……

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Health Care Enrollment Experts to Answer TV6 Viewers' Questions

A group of health insurance experts from the federal government and local health insurance navigators will gather at KWQC-TV6 studios Tuesday to answer viewers' questions about how to get covered under the Affordable Care Act.

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Fires, Looting Erupt in Ferguson

It was a violent night in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri after the announcement that a grand jury will not indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of a black teenager. The grand jury’s decision that Officer Darren Wilson was protecting himself when he shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown in August resulted in riots and looting in sections of the northern St. Louis suburb. At least 12 businesses along West Florissant Avenue were set on fire.  The fires stretched along West Florissant all the way to I-270. Our sister station in St. Louis, FOX2 news, reports 2…

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Demonstrations Planned in Iowa and Illinois After Grand Jury Decision

Demonstrations have been planned for Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in both Iowa and Illinois after the Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrations happened in Chicago Monday, November 24, 2014 after the announcement. Mounted policemen took to the streets along with the demonstrators to make sure nothing became violent. Several hundred people marched in Chicago Monday night, but by about 11 p.m., a majority of the people had been stopped by police. Chicago’s Police Chief Gary McCarthy called Monday’s event ‘a protest’ and nothing else. No injuries were reporte…

WQAD.com LogoThe Pledge from Mrs. Humes’ class at Riverdale Heights Elementary

The Pledge from Mrs. Humes’ class at Riverdale Heights Elementary

Kindergarteners from Mrs. Humes’ class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Riverdale Heights Elementary School in Bettendorf. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here. …

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WQAD.com LogoWorst spots for holiday travel

Worst spots for holiday travel

It’s that time of year! If you’re packing the kids in the car and heading to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, you’ll need to know what the roads will look like. Here’s a look at individual forecasts for the next few days. TUESDAY: Residual slick spots will be around from Monday’s snowfall. Poor driving conditions are expected for eastern Michigan and Upstate New York. The next Alberta Clipper will drop out of Canada late in the day, providing the Dakotas with more snowfall. Icy travel is expected along I-94 in parts of North Dakota and Montana. That system will …

Quad-City Times LogoDavenport School Board keeps block schedule another year

Davenport School Board keeps block schedule another year

The Davenport School Board decided unanimously Monday night to stick with block scheduling at Central, North and West High schools for at least another year.

Quad-City Times LogoLeClaire plans special shopping event

LeClaire plans special shopping event

LeClaire merchants will be joining the Small Business Saturday movement this weekend.

Quad-City Times LogoClinton working to keep its Target store

Clinton working to keep its Target store

CLINTON, Iowa — Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich simply will not give up on the city's SuperTarget store.

Quad-City Times LogoToday's high in the upper 20s with snow on tap Wednesday

Today's high in the upper 20s with snow on tap Wednesday

A good Tuesday to all. Ready for this arctic weather? How about spring? Well, today's forecast offers more of the former than the later. The region will wake up to temps in the teens with wind……

Quad-City Times LogoQ-C Red Kettle campaign receives gold coin, needs bell ringers

Q-C Red Kettle campaign receives gold coin, needs bell ringers

The first gold coin of this year’s The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign was dropped in the kettles Friday, Nov. 21, at the Moline Walgreen on 16th Street.

WQAD.com LogoPreparing For Next Snowfall

Preparing For Next Snowfall

Sunshine today has been a soothing sight to see despite temperatures not even getting out of the 20s.  We’ll change that very shortly as an approaching clipper system  swings our  wind out of the southeast and tops temperatures Wednesday into the low to mid 30s. This clipper will also bring our next round of snowfall, too.  First of the snowflakes will arrive around daybreak and continue off an on through most of the day.  Clippers are not noted in carrying a lot of snowfall, and I don’t see that changing with this one either.  Snowfall will end that evening, leaving behind a…

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Locals react to Ferguson decision

The local chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. said they expected this decision and hope it is a catalyst for change in how police departments enforce the law. "Law enforcement should reflect the demographics of the community. The other thing is that body cams should be on all law enforcement because that would eliminate the need for eye witnesses testimony and help verify what was really going on." said Liz Sherwin President of the Rock Island County chapter of the NAACPXavier Keen, lives in the Quad Cities now, but he grew up in Ferguson, and still has family living there, he says the news, …

WQAD.com LogoTwo fatal crashes on Quad City Area roads

Two fatal crashes on Quad City Area roads

Monday’s snow and wind made for a dangerous day on the roads, causing spin outs, rollovers, and at least two deadly car accidents in our area. A small patch of ice causing a semi to roll on its side on Highway 61 southbound near Welton, Iowa just before 2 p.m. “Next thing you know, we were jackknifed. Cab was crunching against the trailer and we ended up rolling and you could see everything in the cab but you don’t believe it’s happening,” said Ronald Smith, who was the passenger in the semi. He made it out with no injuries. “When you look at the mangled me…

WQAD.com LogoDavenport school board votes to keep block scheduling

Davenport school board votes to keep block scheduling

Davenport’s school board decided not to change the district’s high school block scheduling. The decision was a relief to some, but it means the board will have to find another place to make budget cuts. It was good news for North High School student Anthony Desalvo. “I’ve been arguing for a while now,” said Desalvo. Over the past few months the district has heard from parents and teachers pushing the district to keep its current schedule. Block scheduling is four classes per day, that are each 90 minutes long, where traditional scheduling is seven 50-minute period…

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Davenport schools sticking with block schedules, for now

It happened around this time last year, and it happened again Monday night, The Davenport school board unanimously voted to keep block scheduling for the next school year. "It's a big decision.  It affects a lot of people.  We've had a lot of input from teachers, from students, community members, and to simply make a decision like that with a little bit more consideration would be really difficult at this time,” said Davenport school board president Ralph Johanson. Last week, Superintendent Dr. Art Tate recommended the board keep the block scheduling for next school y…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDavenport to Keep Block Scheduling for 2015-2016 School Year

Davenport to Keep Block Scheduling for 2015-2016 School Year

A cost-saving measure for the Davenport School District is off the table - for now. Davenport School Board members voted Monday night to accept the superintendent's recommendation to keep the block scheduling at all of the district high schools for the 2015-2016 school year, while keeping option to move to traditional scheduling open for the future.

WQAD.com LogoPleasant Valley Athletes Take Aim At Next Level

Pleasant Valley Athletes Take Aim At Next Level

Eight athletes from Pleasant Valley High School sign on the dotted line, all with Letters of Intent to Division 1 schools.

WQAD.com LogoIHSA To Vote on Region Format in Football

IHSA To Vote on Region Format in Football

The IHSA is set to vote on a proposal that would shift football in Illinois to a “region” based format.  Under the current proposal, conferences, as we know them, would be eliminated.  The regions would be drawn up based on enrollment and geography.  IHSA football would remain at 8 classes, and would be divided up into 8 regions per class. The top 4 finishers from each region would qualify for the playoffs.  The vote is expected to be finalized by late December.

KWQC-TV6 LogoThe Cost Of Death

The Cost Of Death

"She was a spitfire of a lady. I loved her so much..." The grief was hard enough, it only got worse when her family realized they wouldn't be able to afford a funeral...

WQAD.com LogoBlack Friday Deals: Where to find the best deals on hot items

Black Friday Deals: Where to find the best deals on hot items

Here’s where you can find some of the best advertised price on some of the most popular gift items on sale this holiday season.  Hot Deals Best Buy JC Penney Kmart Kohl’s Target Walmart 32″ LED HDTV  $179.99 LG  $169.99 Seiki*  $99.99 Direct* $197.99 Samsung $98 (Brands vary by store)** 40″ LED HDTV $179.99 Insignia  $239.99 Seiki**  $119 Element 50″ LED HDTV $199.99*Panasonic  $399.99 RCA* $477.99 Samsung $218* Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones  $79.99* 10% off all Beats  $97 $99.95** Fitbit Flex wristband  $79.99 $74.99 (with mail…

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Protecting yourself against identity theft

What are Americans today most worried about?It's not Ebola, terrorism or public speaking. According to two separate studies and polls released just this month, the thing that worries Americans most is identity theft... And, for good reason."It’s the fastest growing crime in America," says Jamie McKenzie of the Better Business Bureau.Identity theft affects more than 16 million Americans each year to the tune of 24.7 billion dollars."It your date of birth, your name, your social security number, could be your driver's license," says Major Tom Gibbs of the Scott County …

WQAD.com LogoSterling bell ringer brings in holiday donations with style

Sterling bell ringer brings in holiday donations with style

A Salvation Army volunteer in Sterling, Illinois, is bringing some style to the bell-ringing routine. For eight hours a day, nearly everyday until Christmas, you’ll find Keith White and his red kettle outside the Kroger grocery store. Even during snow, White forgoes a winter coat — preferring to stay warm by shaking his whole body to the beat of the bells. “People would stop me at different places, we’d be out to eat or shopping, and they’d say, ‘You guys have a great bell ringer out there. Who’s that guy out there ringing the bell?” said Envoy D…

KWQC-TV6 LogoGrand Jury Won't Indict Ferguson Officer in Michael Brown Shooting

Grand Jury Won't Indict Ferguson Officer in Michael Brown Shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests.

WQAD.com LogoPhotos: What Ferguson looked like the day the grand jury returned a decision

Photos: What Ferguson looked like the day the grand jury returned a decision

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Related:  Michael Brown’s family issues statement following grand jury decision Related:  What’s next for the officer involved in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting Get more coverage from our sister stat…

WQAD.com LogoNAACP president issues statement on Ferguson grand jury decision

NAACP president issues statement on Ferguson grand jury decision

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO: “The NAACP stands with citizens and communities who are deeply disappointed that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson for the tragic death of Michael Brown, Jr. We stand committed to continue our fight against racial profiling, police brutality and the militarization of local authorities. The death of Michael Brown and actions by the Ferguson Police Department is a distressing symptom of the untested and overaggressive policing culture that has become commonplace in communities of color all across the country.   We will remain…

WQAD.com LogoMichael Brown’s family issues statement following grand jury decision

Michael Brown’s family issues statement following grand jury decision

Following the announcement that the grand jury returned a “no true bill” indicating they did not find probable cause to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, a statement was issued by a spokesperson for the Brown family. Please attribute the following to the Brown family:   We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.   While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change.  We need to work together to fix the system t…

KWQC-TV6 LogoNiabi Zoo Consultant Report Suggests More Improvements To Zoo

Niabi Zoo Consultant Report Suggests More Improvements To Zoo

A new report says the Niabi Zoo is in a good position to get re-accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Although the report says the Zoo must take some steps to continue to improve.

Quad-City Times LogoQuad-Citians hurt but not surprised by decision in Ferguson

Quad-Citians hurt but not surprised by decision in Ferguson

Hurt, angry and afraid.





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