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Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

OurQuadCities.com Logo3rd annual Black Business Expo and Summit to be held in downtown Davenport

3rd annual Black Business Expo and Summit to be held in downtown Davenport

Helping existing businesses grow and develop a culture that helps entrepreneurs make it in the Quad Cities is key for the local economy. The Black Business Expo and Summit aims to foster that culture.The event takes place Saturday at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's free to attend. QC Empowerment Network Member Tracy White joined us to talk more about the event and what you'll be able to find. To see her full interview, watch the video above.   …

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Shoplifting suspect arrested after wild confrontation in Walmart parking lot caught on video

YUBA CITY, Calif. -- A suspected shoplifter is in jail after his getaway attempt almost killed a man trying to stop him on Saturday. Video of the weekend's dramatic confrontation has been shared hundreds of thousands of times. It shows the suspect in a Walmart parking lot in Yuba City, California almost running over a man trying to stop him from getting away, according to KTXL. Police say the 46-year-old victim boxed the suspect's car in with his own, then tried to puncture his tires. "He had a little utility knife with him that he tried puncturing the tires with," Yuba City Police Lt. Jim R…

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President Trump says more must be done to protect children

As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre.

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Nurse gets probation for stealing painkillers at hospital

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa nurse who’d been convicted in a 2015 morphine theft case has been given probation in a second case involving the theft of painkillers. The Des Moines Register reports that Cassandra Pierce, of Ottumwa, was granted a deferred judgment on Feb. 2 and sentenced to three years’ probation. Under a deferred judgment, Pierce’s conviction will be removed from her record if she successfully completes the terms of her probation. Prosecutors say she kept substantial portions of painkillers she’d signed out in May 2016 for three patients at …

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Rev. Billy Graham dies at age 99

The Rev. Billy Graham, counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died at age 99.

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Showcasing black owned businesses in the Quad Cities

The 3rd annual black business expo and summit kicks off Saturday. It showcases dozens of black owned businesses in the community while providing networking opportunities and inspiration. This is the only event in the Quad Cities region that is designed to specifically highlight black owned local businesses. The Black Expo is put on by QC Empowerment Network, which is a group of individuals who are working to empower the black community.   This years theme of "Build It" allows business owners and people in the community to add on to their business. The expo will also feature summits providin…

WQAD.com LogoDrinking alcohol more effective than exercise for living a long life, study finds

Drinking alcohol more effective than exercise for living a long life, study finds

IRVINE, Calif. – Drinking alcohol could be more important than exercise when it comes to living a long life, researchers say. The 90+ Study from the University of California, Irvine seeks to find out why people in the fastest growing age group in the United States – the “oldest-olds” – live as long as they do. Those who like to indulge in a moderate of alcohol should also enjoy the findings of neurologist Claudia Kawas and her team, who have been studying 1,700 nonagenarians since 2003. After analyzing the habits and behaviors of 1,700 people in their 90s, they found…

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Road opened back up after crash on I-280 - UPDATE

Our crews tell us the road has been opened back up and traffic is moving freely.

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Police officer fatally shot during standoff in Alabama

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told news outlets early Wednesday that Officer Justin Billa was shot Tuesday night and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

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World War II veteran finally receives his medals

The 90-year-old man was presented with nine medals and awards, all honors he received while serving in World War II, but never actually saw.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

WQAD.com LogoFlood Warning: Track the level of area rivers here

Flood Warning: Track the level of area rivers here

Flood Warnings are in effect for area rivers. For the rivers that are longer, like the Rock River, it may take until this weekend before water reaches its highest levels.     Here is a look at the water levels, as well as the forecasts from the National Weather Service. …

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Rick's Six: Lottery winner, flooding concerns and food trucks in Bettendorf

A good Wednesday to all. If you thought we received a lot of rain yesterday, you'd be correct. It was a record day. The National Weather Service saw 1.36 inches of rain fall at its Moline office. That breaks the……

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Augustana College Students Question Title IX Policies

Students at Augustana College are asking administrators for answers about sexual assault policies. In early January, a student reported she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus house. Michelle O'Neill reports the student shared her story with local news media, and some students say they're not satisfied with the college's response.

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Study out of California shows drinking may help you live past 90

The doctor also noted that people who were slightly overweight, but not obese, were 3% less likely to die young.

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correction

Former Davenport Mayor Ed Winborn and his wife, Sandy, are restoring a home in the 500 block on West 14th Street in Davenport. The street name was incorrect in a story in Sunday's editions.

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Active Weather Continues The Second Half Of This Week

After a very soggy Tuesday we get a reprieve from the rain today, but it won't last long. Several systems will impact the midwest in the upcoming days, each with it's own set of headaches.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

today's headlines: flooding is expected on some area rivers thanks to rain, snow melt, and frozen ground, work will begin soon to build a Costco store in Davenport, and the difference between "party declaration" and "party registration." It should be sunny today, with a high near 32.

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DAILY RECORD: births, fire calls

Daily Record routinely publishes public records available through government agencies.

WQAD.com LogoAugustana’s comeback clinches share of CCIW

Augustana’s comeback clinches share of CCIW

Augustana comes back to beat Elmhurst 79-77.  The win gives the Vikings a share of the CCIW title and earns them home court advantage at this CCIW tourney.

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Erie-Prophetstown cruises to Sectional wrestling title

Panthers race past Princeton 54-22 to punch ticket to team State Duals.

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Northeast rolls past Camanche

Northeast claims District title with 52-30 win over Camanche…

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Lady Spartans special season comes to an end

Pleasant Valley falls to Iowa City West 61-51 in Regional final ending season at 29-2 overall.

WQAD.com LogoLady Lancers repeat run comes to an end

Lady Lancers repeat run comes to an end

North Scott falls to Fairfield 55-44 to end their season 1 win shy of Des Moines.

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Bettendorf falls to Iowa City High

The Bulldogs season ends 1 win shy of State after a 65-40 loss to Iowa City High.

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Geneseo city council does not explain police chief's administrative leave

Geneseo city council held a special session tonight to hear public comment and have a closed door session to discuss police chief Piortrowski's external review and administrative leave.

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City of Sterling dealing with sewer line overflow

People in Sterling have been asked to limit their water use.

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Moline man works to raise his house before flood waters get too high

MOLINE--Dave Arnold is the master of his home and not mother nature. After 35 years of living along the Rock River in Moline, he’s decided to raise his house eight feet off the ground, keeping it away from the raising flood water. “The flood last year was predicted to put several inches of water in the house… we just never want to do that again,” says Arnold. Although he’s still working on the finishing touches, he’s excited to see how the house will stand up against the next round of high water. “My wife worries when it is a predicted flood. At least this will make her confiden…

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Dog found abandoned and neglected in Davenport

Donations are pouring in for an abandoned dog found early in the morning on February 17. "We noticed a kennel right outside of our doors with just a blanket tossed over it. Initially we thought you know, it was a kind donation," said Aleesa Schrank.  Employees at King's Harvest Animal Shelter in Davenport showed up at work to find an empty kennel left by the front doors. What they originally thought was a generous kennel donation, turned out to be what an abandoned dog, who they've named Bambi, was left behind in around 1:30a.m Saturday morning. Bambi managed to break out of the kennel and…

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Keeping an eye on flooding

Illinois and Iowa officials are keeping an eye on flooding this week. The Rock River in Illinois is expected to crest to a moderate flood zone later this week. Iowa's Wapsipinicon River is already in a minor flood stage, causing some road closures. Scott County Secondary Roads engineer Angela Kersten says just a few inches of fast moving water on the road could knock over an adult. She says a foot of that water could whisk away a small car, and two feet of fast moving water could carry away any type of vehicle. Both she and Moline Public Works manager Rodd Schick warn drivers to honor t…

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News 8 Trio: Baked Bread & Beer

On February 20, Elizabeth Wadas was in the kitchen with Stephanie Sellars and Jessica McMahon from Baked Beer and Bread Co. Today they showed us three of their signature menu items: 1. “Hanky Panky’ cocktail 2. The bacon-baked sourdough 3. Boozy Cupcakes   Want to visit Baked Beer & Bread Co? Head over to 1113 Mound Street in Davenport, Iowa 52803. If you're interested in being booked for News 8 Trio, contact producer Andrew Espitallier at Andrew.Espitallier@wqad.com…

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Rock River forecast to reach 14.9 Friday

The National Weather Service, Davenport, said Tuesday that the residents along the Rock River in Moline should prepare for a major flood.

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United after the loss of Justin Dell

The halls of a Warren County, Illinois high school are filled with heartbreak after the loss of a student and classmate Saturday, Feb. 17.Feb. 20 was the first day back for students at United High School after 16-year-old Justin Dell passed away.The Mercer County Sheriff's Department said he was pulled from a pond near his home in Alexis after falling through the ice.He passed away the next day at a Galesburg hospital.As students fill back into the school, trying to provide support and comfort has been the primary goal for teachers and staff at United, just outside of Monmouth since they lear…

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Lindsey Vonn earns bronze in women's downhill skiing

At 33, Vonn becomes the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing at the Winter Games.

Quad-City Times LogoBettendorf facilities plan back on the table

Bettendorf facilities plan back on the table

Bettendorf School Superintendent Michael Raso said Tuesday that he is placing the proposed six-year facilities plan on the agenda for the March 5 school board meeting.

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Veterans get free massages as Capri celebrates 52nd anniversary

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Capri College students preformed 52 random acts of kindness today. One act for every year the college has been open. The anniversary celebration on February 20 included free massages for veterans in the college's massage therapy department. Veterans got free chair massages and students also made cards to send to veterans at the hospital. "It's good to get involved in the community to help boost morale overall and to let people know we care for various reasons, I mean we need a lot of random acts of kindness lately in our society," said Brooke Lee, a massage therapy instructo…

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TBK Bank Sports Complex will feature a new hotel

BETTENDORF, Iowa - The sports complex being built near Middle Road and Interstate 80 is planning to feature a new hotel as well. Frontier Hospitality Group of Davenport announced plans to open The Cambria Hotel at the site of the new TBK Bank Sports Complex next year. The announcement was made on February 20. The 112 room hotel will be built during the second half of 2018 and the first half of next year and will feature onsite dining, a fitness center and a multi-function meeting space. “The hotel prototype is very eye appealing and it fits the bill for not only the sports teams and their f…

WQAD.com LogoHomes in Gladstone evacuated, BNSF rail traffic shut down after “major gas leak”

Homes in Gladstone evacuated, BNSF rail traffic shut down after “major gas leak”

GLADSTONE, Illinois – A major gas leak prompted the evacuation of homes on the west end of Gladstone on February 20 and interrupted traffic both on roads and on railways. Fire officials there say a four inch gas leak at Consolidated Grain and Barge Company (CBG) prompted the evacuation. The gas leak resulted in BNSF railway being contacted and railway traffic was shut down. Cars were not able to drive on The Lock and Dam Road from IL 164 and from US 34, according to the department’s Facebook page. Officials confirmed just before 8:30 p.m. on February 20 that Nicor Gas responded t…

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Frontier to open hotel at BettPlex

Frontier Hospitality Group has announced plans to build a new hotel at the TBK Bank Sport Complex, better known as the BettPlex, in Bettendorf. Construction is scheduled to begin on The Cambria Hotel Bettendorf in the second half of this year and finish in the first half of 2019. The 112-room hotel will feature a fitness center, meeting space and on-site restaurant. "The hotel prototype is very eye appealing and it fits the bill for not only the sports teams and their families, but also the Quad City bound business traveler," said CEO and Co-Owner of Frontier Hospitality Group Dan Huber. T…

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Maquoketa law enforcement: no viable threat at high school

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Police do not believe there was a viable threat toward students after the Maquoketa (Iowa) Law Center was notified Monday night about an "inappropriate comment or threat" made by a Maquoketa High School student.

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Ploehn: All Quad-Citians can participate in improvement initiative

All Quad-Citians are invited to participate in an April community-wide initiative that was received enthusiastically Tuesday afternoon at the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce economic forecast.

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Final voter registration day for Illinois Primary Election

Today was the last day to register to vote in the Illinois Primary Election. Many residents have chosen to vote early, while others will vote on primary election day next month.

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Frontier to build hotel at Bettendorf sports complex

Frontier Hospitality Group announced Monday that it will develop and operate a new Cambria Hotel at the TBK Bank Sports Complex in Bettendorf.

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Dubuque Police look to ID suspects caught on camera

Police in Dubuque are asking the public for help to identify two theft suspects wanted for credit card fraud.

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Rockford police searching for three missing people, foul play suspected

Rockford Police are searching for three missing people after finding two children home alone.

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Prosecutors fight to keep Rock Island arson suspect behind bars

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - Prosecutors are fighting to keep a man who started a big fire in Rock Island's district in state custody. Jason Anderson has been in a state facility for the past two years for the arson, but time is up to legally confine him. The fire destroyed or damaged nine buildings on the block. A hearing will be held later this month to decide if Anderson will be set free or ordered to remain in custody of the Department of Human Services. "We believe through our allegations and the complaint that he would cause some harm to the community and we are concerned, so we filed a peti…

Quad-City Times LogoWillie Minor, accused in East Moline fatal shooting, appears in court

Willie Minor, accused in East Moline fatal shooting, appears in court

Willie Frank Minor, 29, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 6 shooting death of Jon Keener in downtown East Moline, made a brief appearance Tuesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

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East Moline murder may be tied to road rage incident

ROCK ISLAND- A hearing for a man charged with shooting to death a motorist in East Moline was postponed Tuesday, but sources say police believe the motive is connected to a road rage incident. Willie Minor, 29,  was in court for what was supposed to be a preliminary hearing, where police officers were expected to testify about the circumstances that lead to his arrest in the death of Jon Keener. Keener, 52,  was shot in the head just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6th. Rock Island County States Attorney John McGehee declined to comment on a motive, or whether it is allegedly connected t…

Quad-City Times LogoIllinois airports to push for taxing authority changes

Illinois airports to push for taxing authority changes

Three regional Illinois airports, including the Quad-City International Airport, are joining efforts to push for new state legislation that would expand their taxing authority.

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Overdue lunch accounts getting sent to collection agency

Parents of schoolchildren everywhere know about the reminders you get when your kid’s lunch account gets low.  In one area town, the school district is getting serious about collecting on overdue lunch accounts.  The West Burlington School District is sending out a letter today warning parents that anyone with outstanding balances that are seriously delinquent could have those debts turned over to a collection agency.  "We feel terrible about having to do this, but negative balances now stand at around $4,000 and we have an obligation to taxpayers to stay solvent," West Burlington School …

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New hotel to be built at TBK Bank Sport Complex in Bettendorf

The 112 room hotel is scheduled to be built in the second half of 2018.

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Man accused of using guitar as murder weapon still incompetent to stand trial

County offices were closed yesterday in Iowa, but court went on as scheduled.  In Des Moines County, the case against a man accused of using an electric guitar as a murder weapon was reviewed yesterday.  Garret Selters' is at the Regional Treatment Center in Oakdale after having been found incompetent to stand trial.    Selters remains incompetent to stand trial. IMCC is still attempting restoration of his competency. The case will be reviewed again in 60 days.

OurQuadCities.com LogoMan charged with murder in East Moline standoff appears in court

Man charged with murder in East Moline standoff appears in court

The man accused in the daytime shooting of a man in East Moline, an incident that triggered an armed stand-off with police was in court this morning.    Bond was kept at $5 million dollars for Willie Minor, who faces first degree murder charges for the shooting death of 52-year old Jon Keener of Muscatine.  Keener's body was found outside of the vehicle he had been driving with a gunshot wound to the head.Minor and several other individuals were later found inside a home several blocks away from the shooting.All surrendered after a four-and-a-half hour stand-off that led several neighboring…

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Armed robbery at cash store in Davenport

Police are searching for an armed robber who held up a store on Washington St.

WQAD.com LogoFire at the Captain’s Table believed to be accidental

Fire at the Captain’s Table believed to be accidental

MOLINE, Illinois - We may never know what caused the fire at Captain's Table in Moline in January. Officials from the Moline Fire Department say they believe the fire was accidental. They say that the damage at the restaurant was too severe to fully investigate. The owners of the Restaurant are planning to rebuild Captains Table in the same location. …

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Teen girl missing since Saturday

Family members of a missing teen from Granville, Illinois are working to organize search parties.They said 17-year-old Kaylee Cox was last seen on Saturday.Her mom says she left cheerleading practice to stay at a friend's house in Mark, Illinois, but never showed up.If you know where she might be, you're asked to call the Granville Police Department at 815-339-2514.

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Advocacy group sues Justice for prison policy files

An advocacy group is suing the Justice Department for not turning over records sought under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

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Davenport woman wins $30,000 lottery prize

A Davenport woman has won a $30,000 prize in an Iowa Lottery scratch game, the lottery announced Tuesday. According to a news release, Luanne Morgan won the 58th of 91 $30,000 prizes available in the Bonus Crossword scratch game. Morgan……

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Hawkeye baseball hype starts with Bob the Bopper

If preseason hype is any indication, this year should be a great year for Hawkeyes junior outfielder Robert Neustrom. He was recently named the Baseball America and Perfect Game Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. "To me it's just a big good job, a pat on the back for what I did this offseason," Neustrom said.Neustrom had monster performances in the Cape Cod League and the World University Games.Those proved his second-team All-Big Ten campaign last year was no fluke, but he knows a new season comes with a clean slate."It doesn't mean anything right now," Neustrom said. "You know, it's high…

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Former Davenport Fire Chief files complaint with Iowa Civil Rights Commission

COMPLAINT ATTACHED: Former Davenport Fire Chief Lynn Washburn has filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, claiming she was subjected to bullying behavior by the City of Davenport and City Administrator Corri Spiegel.

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President Trump seeks to ban all devices that “turn legal weapons into machine guns”

(CNN) -- President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban so-called bump stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly. "Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns," Trump said at a Medal of Valor event at the White House, addressing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "I expect these regulations to be finalized, Jeff, very soon," Trump said. Moments earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump o…

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Florida legislators won't hear assault rifle ban bill, want officers in school

Less than a week after 17 people were fatally shot at a Florida high school, the state House has voted down a motion to take up a bill that would ban assault rifles, effectively killing the measure for this session.

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Sterling asks for water conservation to relieve overwhelmed sanitary sewer system

The wastewater treatment plant saw an increasefrom one million gallons on Friday to more than 16 million gallons now.

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ATF to assist with investigation of I-80 Trucking Equipment fire

COLONA, Illinois - Fire investigators have not been able to determine the cause of a fire at I-80 Trucking Equipment, but the The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is now getting involved and are asking people with information to call an arson hotline. Leslie Strain with the Illinois Fire Marshall said that a preliminary search of the scene is done and that the cause of the February 7th fire cannot be determined. People with information are asked to call the arson hotline at 1-800-252-2947. The ATF said you can also reach out to them directly. McHenry County Sheriff's …

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Roads closed due to flooding

Here are some of the area roads closed due to flooding.You can check current river levels and flood projections at any time at ourquadcities.com/riverlevels.Scott County90th Avenue: From 277th Street to 288th Street288th Street: From 82nd Avenue to River Camp RoadJo Daviess CountyN. Holland Rd & E. Roberts Rd (Scales Mound)N. Carr Rd at railroad crossing (Scales Mound)S. Main St & S. Bench St (Galena)S. Fulton Rd & Evergreen St (Hanover)W. Rush Rd & S. Four Corners Rd (Hanover)In the area of 6996 W. Blanding Rd (Hanover)W. Steele Rd & S. Burton Rd (Elizabeth)S. Apple River Rd & S. Goose Hollow…

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President Trump proposes ban on gun devices like bump stocks

President Trump directs Justice Department to ban gun modifications like bump stocks used in Las Vegas massacre…

WQAD.com LogoSen. Dick Durbin praises Florida teens for speaking out against assault weapons

Sen. Dick Durbin praises Florida teens for speaking out against assault weapons

ROCK ISLAND - As the nation learns from the tragedy at a Florida high school, assault weapons and the mentally ill are a lethal mix. "Who needs an AR-15, honest to goodness, or an AK-47?" asked Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Ilinois, during a stop in Rock Island on Tuesday, February 20. Sen. Durbin is renewing the call for more stringent checks to keep assault weapons away from the mentally ill. "When we put that kind of weapon in the hands of a 19-year-old who is mentally unstable, we just invite the disaster that happened in Parkland, Florida," he continued. While the call for action isn't new, thos…

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Big Story: What's with all the video slots?

They're popping up everywhere — sometimes just a few hundred yards apart.

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Early Voting Now Open in RI County

It should be easy to vote early in the Illinois primary election for residents of Rock Island County.

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Mercer County Crime Stoppers seek information on wanted man

NEW BOSTON, Illinois – The Mercer County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward up to $1,000 for information that would lead to the arrest of a wanted man. Police are looking for Joshua Dale Session, 31, who was last known to be living at 715 Oak Street in New Boston, Ill. Joushua Session, who is wanted out of Mercer County, has marijuana leaves on his upper left arm. Session is wanted out of Mercer County on numerous felony charges including aggravated fleeing and eluding, and residential burglary. Session is a white male, 6’02’ and weighs 165 pounds. He has brown hair and…

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Mail truck gets stuck in water near Preston

The sheriff says the driver had to swim to safety after an ice jam flooded the road.

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ATF to assist with I-80 Equipment fire investigation

Local 4 News has learned the Federal Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has been called in to assist in the investigation into the cause of the I-80 Equipment fire in Colona earlier this month.    An investigator from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office has completed the preliminary search of the fire scene -- and so far the cause is undetermined -- but the fire is still under investigation.    Leslie Strain, spokesperson for the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office says they are asking anyone with information or tips in the case to reach out to the Arson Hotline at 1-800…

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UNITED NATIONS: Envoy says US extends hand to Palestinians

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is offering "the outstretched hand of the United States to the Palestinian people in the cause of peace" — but she says the Trump administration will not change its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Help find owner of digital photo card found in Davenport

A family found an SD card on the beach of Credit Island Park in Davenport with what looks like photos of a marriage proposal.

WQAD.com LogoDisney Princess steps up when no one shows up at 7-year-old’s birthday party

Disney Princess steps up when no one shows up at 7-year-old’s birthday party

ARVADA, Colo. - A Colorado girl’s dream princess party turned out to be anything but because no one from the first-grader’s class came out to celebrate. Leyana’s mother said she handed out birthday invitations at her daughter’s school a week before the party but was devastated when no one showed up to their apartment. Leyana had been dreaming about the day for months. She wore her white ruffle dress on Saturday and counted down the minutes until her classmates would arrive for her birthday party, but no one showed up. “It was horrible. It hurts. It hurts your heart,” her mother t…

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Costco Coming to QC

Work will begin soon to build a new Costco Wholesale store in Davenport. The project has won all the re-zoning and approvals it needs from the city, and it could open by the end of the year.

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Help find owner of digital photos card found in Davenport

A family found an SD card on the beach of Credit Island Park in Davenport with what looks like photos of a marriage proposal.

Quad-City Times LogoRock Island County sheriff: Be aware of river levels

Rock Island County sheriff: Be aware of river levels

The Rock Island County Sheriff's Office encourages those living along low-lying areas and rivers to be aware of rising river levels.

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Pentagon says 'soon' on 1st Guantanamo transfer under President Trump

The Pentagon missed a deadline Tuesday to send a prisoner from the Guantanamo Bay detention center home to Saudi Arabia in what would have been the first transfer under President Donald Trump.

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Eastern Iowa Hay Producers hold annual conference

Area hay and forage producers are invited to the 35rd annual Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association annual meeting and conference Thursday, March 15, at Buzzy’s in Welton, Iowa.

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World Cultures Festival will be held at St. Ambrose

The World Affairs Council of the Quad-Cities and Quad-Cities Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees will team with the St. Ambrose University’s International Studies program to host the annual World Cultures Festival.

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Early voting going smoothly in Rock Island County

Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney said Tuesday early voting has been going smoothly since it opened Feb. 8.

WQAD.com LogoCold but dry Wednesday… Light wintry mix heading into the weekend

Cold but dry Wednesday… Light wintry mix heading into the weekend

  Another concern overnight will be any standing water refreezing as temperatures are expected to drop around the 20 degree mark.  The most vulnerable areas will be on neighborhood streets and sidewalks. So, be careful walking to work or school. Wednesday will not only be our brightest day for the rest of the week but also the coldest with highs around the freezing mark of 32 degrees. Temperatures in the days ahead will be more seasonal with highs around the 40 degree mark.  However, several waves of light moisture will interact with these temperatures setting the tone for a light wint…

WQAD.com LogoFlooding forcing road closures across region

Flooding forcing road closures across region

Steady rain and melting snow are pushing area rivers and streams over their banks, leading to a number of road closures. In Scott County, 288th Street from 82nd Avenue to River Camp Road and 90th Avenue from 277th Street to 288th Street are closed due to high water on the Wapsipinicon River. The Rock Island County Sheriff's Department also issued a flood statement. It reads: In Jo Davies County in northwest Illinois, multiple roads are closed in the Galena and Hanover area. They are: Holland Rd & E. Roberts Rd (Scales Mound) N. Carr Rd at railroad crossing S. Main St. and S. Bench St (…

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Storm system brings flooding, freezing rain, snow to Midwest

A storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states with risks of flooding, freezing rain and snow is causing fatal accidents and forcing schools to close.

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Several roads closed in Jo Daviess Co. due to flooding-UPDATE

More roads added to the list of closures due to standing water.

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Illinois Primary Election candidates

The General Primary Election in Illinois is coming up on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Here are the candidates who are on the ballots.

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Democrats on House panel urge Equifax to extend protections

Democratic lawmakers on a House investigative panel are asking Equifax Inc. to provide its free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for at least three years.

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The Mercer County Crime Stoppers is looking for wanted man from New Boston

Session is wanted out of Mercer County for multiple felony charges including aggravated fleeing, eluding and residential burglary.

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Have you seen this wanted man?

The Mercer County Crime Stoppers is seeking information regarding the location of a wanted person.Joshua Dale Session, 31, of the 700 block of Oak Street in New Boston, is currently wanted out of Mercer County on a numerous felony charges, including aggravated fleeing and eluding and residential burglary.Session is 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.Session also wears glasses and has tattoos of marijuana leaves on his upper left arm.If you have any information regarding the location of this individual, contact the Mercer County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-582-2762 or 309-582-35…

Quad-City Times LogoHigh water forces closure of several Scott County roads

High water forces closure of several Scott County roads

The Scott County Roads Department reports the following Scott County secondary roads are impassable due to flooding:…

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UPDATE: North Carolina students protest school shootings

Students who walked out of classes in western North Carolina to protest mass shootings at U.S. schools say teenagers are tired of being ignored on the issue.

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Area rivers quickly on the rise with more rain in forecast

Noon update: Area rivers quickly on the rise with more rain in forecast

Here's a soggy afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service. Today's high will be near 44 degrees. There's a 90 percent chance of precipitation with new precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

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Jimmy Buffett coming to Des Moines for one night only

Jimmy Buffett is bringing Margaritaville to Des Moines for his "Son of a Sailor" tour.

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Trump plan: Less-comprehensive health plans at lower cost

The Trump administration Tuesday cleared the way for a lower-cost, limited alternative to the comprehensive individual medical plans required under former President Barack Obama's health law.

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QC Hidden History: Joe's Barber Shop

It started with a young man from Rock Island trying to find his way.50 years later, Joe's Barber Shop stands in Davenport as a place of comfort and refuge for many people both young and old.He's spent half-a-century making a difference in the lives of many in the Quad Cities. It's part of our continuing coverage of Quad Cities Hidden History.His name? Joe the Barber.And he's celebrating a special anniversary.Joe McLemore first started his business in 1968 -- that's after he tried his hand at factory work."I've been on the street, Harrison Street in Davenport. This is my 50th year," McLemore s…

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Owe taxes? No passport

You might have trouble getting a passport if you owe taxes to the government.Beginning this month, applicants who are considered seriously delinquent or owing $50,000 or more will be denied a passport.They could even have it revoked.The Scott County Recorder's office says they learned about the rule through a newsletter. "You won't be happy when you get that letter," Scott County Recorder Rita Vargas said. "So if you already know, I would say call the IRS and make those arrangements so that doesn't happen to ya."The IRS says the certification will be reversed within 30 days of paying or setti…

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Chicago fans who taunted Washington Capitals player banned from United Center

CHICAGO -- The four fans ejected from Chicago's United Center for making racist taunts against a black hockey player have been banned from attending Blackhawks home games. The fans were notified of the decision directly by the Blackhawks, team spokesman Adam Rogowin wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Monday. "Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks," Rogowin wrote. The ban comes after four fans were ejected for chanting "basketball, basketball, basketball" at Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, who was sitting in the …

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Billboard is tagged with 'Kill the NRA;' gun group responds

The National Rifle Association is rallying members after a Kentucky billboard was spray-painted with the message "Kill the NRA."…

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River Levels Rising

As the rain continues, the rivers near the Quad Cities continue to rise.

Quad-City Times LogoKeeping Coya's going: Moline woman opens Mexican cafe in honor of her mother

Keeping Coya's going: Moline woman opens Mexican cafe in honor of her mother

Inside the bright blue Mexican cafe and underneath the pink “Order here” sign, a black-and-white photo might catch one's eye.





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