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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

OurQuadCities.com LogoGuilty plea from man who sexually abused mentally handicapped victim

Guilty plea from man who sexually abused mentally handicapped victim

(AP) A Davenport man has made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to accusations that he sexually abused a mentally disabled person at a residential care facility.In return for Tyshon VanBlue's plea, prosecutors agreed to drop five counts stemming from an unrelated case involving two Special Olympics athletes. He's scheduled to be sentenced on April 15.VanBlue was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with sexually abusing a resident at the Handicapped Development Center, where VanBlue worked. VanBlue had been charged with performing sex acts on two men in May while they stayed at Iowa State Un…

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SouthPark hosts free family stock car event

SouthPark hosts free family stock car event: More than 25 stock cars will be on display inside the mall at the Slingin’ Dirt stock car racing event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at……

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Local author holds book signing at Rhythm City

Local author holds book signing at Rhythm City: Judi Guay, a local author who has completed her first book, “Prey & Pray”, will hold a book signing from 5–9 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Rhyt……

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Cub Scout Pack hosts medieval fair

Cub Scout Pack hosts medieval fair: Boys in grades K-5 are invited to join Moline Cub Scout Pack 119 for a medieval fair with crafts, games and snacks from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the g……

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Fire at home in Galesburg deemed suspicious

Investigators say fire at an abandoned house in Galesburg, Illinois was suspicious. The fire was reported at a home in the 800 block of Whiting Avenue just after midnight Tuesday, March 3, 2015. “The residence was abandoned at the time of the blaze and the nature of the fire is considered suspicious,” said a statement issued March 5 by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information about the fire was asked to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Knoxville Fire Department or Knox County Crime Stoppers. …

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Trees and seeds for sale from conservation district

Trees and seeds for sale from conservation district: Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a spring tree and seed sale to promote conservation.

KWQC-TV6 LogoRingling Bros. phasing out iconic elephant acts by 2018

Ringling Bros. phasing out iconic elephant acts by 2018

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

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Final legislative forum set for Saturday

The last of a series of legislative forums featuring Quad-City state legislators will be 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenp……

Quad-City Times LogoSunny this afternoon, high Friday in the mid-30s

Sunny this afternoon, high Friday in the mid-30s

Good afternoon, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast.

WQAD.com LogoThese balloons could fly tourists to the edge of space

These balloons could fly tourists to the edge of space

Instead of rocket-powered sub-orbital flights like those of Virgin Galactic, could high-altitude ballooning become the most viable way of letting paying tourists experience space — or at least something thrillingly close to it? Ballooning is already tried and tested technology — “It’s the origin of space travel,” explains Annelie Schoenmaker, external relations and legal officer for Zero2infinity, a Spanish company that plans to launch passengers to near space using balloons known as “Bloons” for €110,000 ($124,000) a time. Zero2infinity is one of tw…

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Ringling Bros. to phase out elephants from circus shows

Watch Video By Gregory Wallace NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Greatest Show on Earth will soon be without elephants. Ringling Bros. announced Thursday, February 5, 2015, it will gradually reduce the use of elephants in its shows, and all will be retired by 2018. Elephants have for years played prominently in the circus’ shows and its advertising. They triumphantly enter the ring, then perform a synchronized dance routine. But Ringling Bros.’ treatment of the pachyderms has also come under scrutiny. It has been repeatedly criticized — and even sued — by several anima…

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Baby’s reaction proves paper is hilarious

  There is nothing like a laughing baby to make everyone’s day – and they sometimes laugh at the most peculiar things! Viral Video: Adorable Red Pandas have the best snow attitudes Watch: How Lady Gaga honored Julie Andrews with The Sound of Music Viral Video: Remember this if your mom ever drives you crazy Viral Video: You may never see a hockey fight end like this again …

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Firefighters urge people to change smoke detector batteries

DAVENPORT, Ia. (KWQC) – With Daylight Saving Time beginning on Sunday, firefighters are urging people to change not only their clocks, but their smoke detector batteries as well. “Your smoke detector is your first line of defense to get out of your house if it does catch fire,” said Lt. Mark Kakert with the Davenport Fire Department. “If you don’t have a working smoke detector, your chances of getting out are a lot smaller than if you do have one.” The reminder comes as several fires have been reported throughout the TV6 viewing area in the past couple months. F…

WQAD.com LogoWind chills below -20 in spots!

Wind chills below -20 in spots!

Make sure the kiddos are dressed in layers at the bus stops this morning! Clinton, Iowa has dropped below -20 on the wind chill at 6AM thanks to a wind out of the northwest around 10 mph. While today will feel frigid and tonight will be cold, all eyes are on a warming trend. Click here to take a peek at the 8 Day Forecast. …

WQAD.com LogoThe Pledge from Mrs. Kuehl’s class at Whittier Elementary

The Pledge from Mrs. Kuehl’s class at Whittier Elementary

First graders in Mrs. Kuehl’s class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Whittier Elementary School in Clinton, Iowa. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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50s in the forecast!

While temperatures will remain quite chilly today, a good case of Spring Fever is in the works beginning this weekend. Temperatures will rise above freezing for a few hours Friday with temps possibly going up to 40 degrees Saturday. As we melt off the remaining snow by early next week, we’ll set our sights on the first 50 degree temperatures this year! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 68 days since we’ve had a 50 degree day. That was on December 27th. The last 60 degree day was almost 100 days ago on November 10th. A long time coming? You bet. Hopefully we have more…

WQAD.com LogoChildren’s Group: Poverty Rates in Illinois Likely to Remain High

Children’s Group: Poverty Rates in Illinois Likely to Remain High

Poverty rates in Illinois are still high, according to a report that was released by Voices for Illinois Children, on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The report is called the 2015 Illinois Kids Count Report. Skribbles Child Care in New Windsor has looked at past Illinois Kids Count Reports. Voices for Illinois Children says that poverty and financial stress are impeding children’s abilities to learn. They also say that Illinois’ fiscal crisis is hindering efforts to get rid of childhood poverty. During the 2014 Illinois Kid Count Report, local agencies said that poverty rates dropped from…

Quad-City Times LogoMississippi River Distilling, Boetje mustard maker unite on new flavor

Mississippi River Distilling, Boetje mustard maker unite on new flavor

An iconic Quad-City brand is blending its spicy flavor with that of a growing area distillery.

Quad-City Times LogoDavenport business brings help, hope to Kenyan village

Davenport business brings help, hope to Kenyan village

Mwalimu Karisa's second dream is getting closer to reality.

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An exclusive look inside Hamilton Elementary

Moline public schools are a little over two months away from summer vacation. That means Garfield and Ericsson schools are shutting their doors completely this May. Those students will then move on to the brand new Hamilton Elementary. Local4 news got an exclusive look into the new and improved school building.   The classrooms here are empty, and there's still some work to be done. It's been about a year since renovations first started but in August these halls will be packed with students.   “The types of need society has for future graduates of students are a l…

Quad-City Times LogoJoe Seng named grand marshal of St. Patrick's Day parade

Joe Seng named grand marshal of St. Patrick's Day parade

Joe Seng said he is feeling so good these days that when he takes his place as grand marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, he will carry one of his treasured accordions to serenade ……

Quad-City Times LogoAnother cold one, then things warm up, finally

Another cold one, then things warm up, finally

A good Thursday to all. Let's dispense with today's forecast for now and talk about weather on the Quad-City horizon. How do these numbers sound? 34, 38, 41, 43 and 53 sound? That's the foreca……

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Speaker Boehner's sorry spectacle

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or a befuddled hack. So far, I’m afraid, it’s the latter.

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Letter: Help save our merchants, vote no on school sales tax

This March 2 there was only a difference of seven cents a gallon in gasoline prices between the BP stations in Rapids City and LeClaire, hardly enough incentive to cause motorists to drive out of their way. As a result, Illinois should be collecting more motor fuel and sales tax revenue and this trend should continue unless Illinois raises taxes.

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Letter: Francee's mom shares grief over Bright Eyes

In response to Rick Sundin Jr.'s letter regarding losing Bright Eyes.

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Letter: Two good reasons to again vote against school sales tax

Despite the current winter weather, spring and local elections on April 7 aren’t far away.  Among the measures to be decided, in addition to the choice of candidates, will be the perennial referendum on whether to impose a 1 percent sales tax in support of education. In the past, voters, in their wisdom, have declined to approve the tax for a number of reasons.

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Scanner front-row seat to compelling drama

One night last week while a snowstorm was in progress I put on my bathrobe and tuned in to the rural Midwest’s most compelling news source: the police scanner.

WQAD.com LogoNikes come up short in State Semifinals

Nikes come up short in State Semifinals

Burlington Notre Dame falls to Newell Fonda 63-56…

WQAD.com LogoMoline bests Ottawa

Moline bests Ottawa

Maroons open postseason with a 63-53 win.

WQAD.com LogoRocks roll in Regional opener

Rocks roll in Regional opener

Rock Island rolls to 68-41 win over Pekin…

WQAD.com LogoRockets roll into Sweet 16

Rockets roll into Sweet 16

Rockridges races past former conference foe Monmouth-Roseville 70-48.

KWQC-TV6 LogoIllinois budget proposal cuts local share in half

Illinois budget proposal cuts local share in half

EAST MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) — Half of the Quad Cities could lose millions of dollars in taxes, threatening police, fire, and public works budgets. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner proposed cutting the income taxes the state shares with cities in half. The loss in state taxes means cities would have to either raise their taxes or cut spending. East Moline’s mayor says if this proposal makes it into the approved budget next year, the city would lose a little over $1 million. The state already keeps 92 cents of every dollar it collects. It sends the rest back to cities and counties. If R…

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EXCLUSIVE: How local police track cyber crime

Massive hacking attack after massive hacking attack has forced all of us to pay a lot more attention to cyber crime.In CBS’s new drama CSI:Cyber, detectives use cutting-edge technology to solve crimes.But what does it really take to catch cyber criminals in the Quad Cities?Some local 'good guys' are working hard to track down cyber criminals and help keep you protected online.Detective Rachelle Kunde is the Scott County Sheriff Department's resident tech-expert.Every day, works on the department's Internet Crimes Taskforce.“We do everything from child pornography cases to trading …

WQAD.com LogoShania Twain to hit Moline during final tour

Shania Twain to hit Moline during final tour

Shania Twain will be performing in Moline, Illinois on her final tour. Tickets for her 2015 “Rock This Country” tour go on pre-sale Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  Twain will be at the iWireless Center Sunday, July 26. The country singer announced on Wednesday, March 4 that this was her final tour, according to Rolling Stone. She has not been on tour for over a decade. During her summer tour she planned to visit 48 cities, including several in her home-country Canada. Click here to see her full schedule. According to the report Twain’s third album “Come on Over” was the best-selling album…

KWQC-TV6 LogoPlans for Davenport Central Fire facelift unveiled

Plans for Davenport Central Fire facelift unveiled

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – After years of talks on upgrading Davenport’s Central Fire Station we are now getting a first look at the plans. Fire officials say these changes will help improve how they regularly respond to emergencies. The project is to not only renovate the current building that opened in 1902 but tear down an addition from the 1940’s. Then, plans call for a new structure in its place that would double the space the department has now. It’s that added room and the difference in the layout that will help make things more efficient and hopefully make for q…

WQAD.com LogoR.I. woman returns home to her apartment engulfed in flames

R.I. woman returns home to her apartment engulfed in flames

When a fire ripped through part of Spencer Towers this week, it took one woman’s belongings and memories along with it. Three people were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 after an apartment fire in Rock Island. It happened at the Spencer Towers at 2nd Avenue and 20th Street shortly after 2 a.m. The blaze started in Gladys Gibbs apartment. Luckily Gibbs was not home at the time. However, the fire destroyed her belongings and her home. “I saw just all the flames coming out of my window and then I knew then it was over because I mean it was just flam…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDavenport hears plans for sports facility

Davenport hears plans for sports facility

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A presentation for a sports complex across the street from the planned site for Mills Chevrolet at Elmore was part of an application for a River 80 Iowa Reinvestment District project. The facility would provide an area for tournament competition sports, a multiplex indoor field with a high roof for baseball, plus a restaurant and bar and a high end outdoor sports retailer, among other features. Councilman Bill Boom said they feel confident in the pitch and plan on voting quickly. It must be submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority in two weeks.

WQAD.com LogoFamily of man killed by Illinois DNR officer files lawsuit against local officials

Family of man killed by Illinois DNR officer files lawsuit against local officials

The family of a man shot and killed by an Illinois State Conservation Officer on I-88 near Rock Falls in November 2013, is filing a lawsuit against the officer and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, along with several other local officials. According to Alexander Loftus of Voelker Litigation Group, who is filing the lawsuit on behalf of the family, Shane Cataline’s family recently met with an eyewitness who disputes what officers said happened. Cataline was traveling from Toledo, Ohio to Mountain View, California when he pulled his van to the side of the road. According to in…

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Netflix movie shut out by big theater chains

By Frank Pallotta NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Netflix’s latest film acquisition is being shut out of the some of the country’s biggest movie theater chains because of Netflix’s plan to release the movie online at the same time. Major American theater chains like Regal Cinemas will not show “Beasts of No Nation,” a war film that was acquired by the streaming company earlier this week. Variety has reported that other major theaters like AMC, Cinemark, and Carmike are also refusing to show the film. Netflix’s plans to debut the film in U.S. theaters and on Net…

WQAD.com LogoMajor renovation will double the size of Davenport’s Central Fire Station

Major renovation will double the size of Davenport’s Central Fire Station

The oldest operating fire station west of the Mississippi River is about to undergo a $15.2 million facelift. On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Davenport Fire Chief Lynn Washburn presented the plans to renovate Central Fire Station to the City Council. Aldermen are expected to give initial approval at next week’s meeting. “Oh boy, we are super excited about it. Like I said, we’ve been waiting for a very long time,” said Washburn. Built in 1902, Central Fire Station originally housed 10 horses and 4 hose wagons. The fire house underwent two additions — one in the 1940s …

OurQuadCities.com LogoLocal 4 News debuts new set, anchor team, branding

Local 4 News debuts new set, anchor team, branding

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, WHBF-TV launched a brand new set, anchor team, and new graphics and branding, reinventing the news station as Local 4 News.Jim Niedelman and Tiffany Lundberg joined Local 4 News as the evening anchor team, alongside Chief Meteorologist Andy McCray and Sports Director Jay Kidwell.The Local 4 News team is excited and honored to bring the Quad Cities informative, compelling, and balanced newscasts from the remodeled studios in Rock Island, IL. If you have a news tip or a unique story idea, email the Local 4 News team at newsroom@whbf.com or reach out on Facebook &nb…

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Davenport schools receive “Gear Up Iowa” grant

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A grant through the Iowa Department of Education is helping local students work toward college goals. Davenport Community Schools was awarded a ‘Gear Up Iowa’ grant last October. It’s benefiting students enrolled in seventh grade at Sudlow, Smart, Williams, Wood and J.B. Young and will follow them all the way through high school graduation. The grant is focused on improving college readiness for low-income and first-generation college students, even providing some scholarship money when they enroll in college. “We want to get kids out to …

Quad-City Times LogoWHBF gets 'Local' makeover

WHBF gets 'Local' makeover

With massive changes in front of and behind the cameras, WHBF began a mission Wednesday to become a contender in the Quad-City television market.

Quad-City Times LogoElmore plans could include big box sports retailer

Elmore plans could include big box sports retailer

The extension of Elmore Avenue in north Davenport could attract a future big box sports retailer, City Administrator Craig Malin told aldermen Wednesday.

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Outdoor warning sirens not just for tornadoes

Outdoor warning sirens aren't just for tornadoes anymore.  So when you hear them, seek shelter indoors immediately. "When the sirens go off, is it because of high winds or is it because of a tornado?,” asks East Moline resident Nancy Donnelly.  That's a common question these days.  When the National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicates a tornado, or a tornado is spotted on the ground, sirens will automatically sound.  In spring 2009, sirens began sounding for severe thunderstorms as well in Rock Island and Scott counties. "But only if the thunderst…

KWQC-TV6 Logo“Papa’s Helping Vets” delivers hope daily

“Papa’s Helping Vets” delivers hope daily

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – Vets helping vets. Papa’s Helping Vets delivers household items to veterans and others in need who are transitioning out of homelessness. The group been doing this for 8 years now as a local non-profit. “We’ll do anything, anything to help somebody,” said Doug “Papa” Dee. Papa and his wife Jude started helping others by picking usable furniture from dumpsters. “It’s just super,” said Papa. “It just gets better and better all the time.” Today they’ve got a warehouse full of donations with…

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8-year-old boy dies after getting head stuck in neighborhood gate

LAS VEGAS — An 8-year-old boy died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 after getting his head stuck in his neighborhood’s automatic gate. The boy apparently became stuck as he was trying to crawl through an open space where the gate has an automatic arm, according to Las Vegas Police. “Another child on a bike rode over the sensor that activated the gate as the boy was crawling through,” police said in a news release. “He couldn’t get out in time and was crushed by the arm of the gate.” The boy was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries. He later d…

Quad-City Times LogoWisconsin village 'sad' to see administrator leave for RI County

Wisconsin village 'sad' to see administrator leave for RI County

People in Mount Horeb, Wis., the self-proclaimed troll capital of the world, will miss their village administrator when he moves to Rock Island County.

KWQC-TV6 LogoThom Cornelis previews the 41st Bix 7

Thom Cornelis previews the 41st Bix 7

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – The Bix 7 road race is 4-and-a-half months away, so it’s time to get in shape and dust off the running shoes. We shook the dust off the man, the myth, the legend KWQC’s Thom Cornelis. He’s out of retirement from the Isle of Capri where the international field of runners was announced. He spoke with race director Ed Froehlich about the new things to expect at the 41st running of the Bix 7 in July.

WQAD.com LogoJohnny’s Italian Steakhouse shares their recipe for Ahi Tuna and Caprese Sliders

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse shares their recipe for Ahi Tuna and Caprese Sliders

Caprese Slider  What you’ll need: Crostini Bread 5/8” Thick 4 Slices Fresh Mozzarella, Sliced 4 wz. Roma Tomato, Sliced 6 Slices Fresh Basil 4 Leaves Balsamic Reduction 2 tsp. Shredded Mozzarella 1 wz. Pesto, Thinned with Oil 2 Tbsp. How it’s made: Brush bread with pesto and grill on flattop. While grilling, place cheeses on bread. Place bread under salamander to melt cheese. Lay tomatoes on melted cheese, top with balsamic reduction and fresh basil. Present as shown in photo. Ahi Caprese Salad What you’ll need: Tuna, Grilled 4 wz. Salt and Pepper Heart n Heart Mix 2 …

KWQC-TV6 LogoBill could expand medical marijuana in Iowa

Bill could expand medical marijuana in Iowa

Update: ELDRIDGE, Iowa (KWQC) — The bill introduced in Des Moines on Monday could change the lives of many patients. It would allow medical marijuana for those with chronic diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, AIDS, glaucoma, hepatitis C, crohn’s disease, colitis, ehlers-danlos syndrom, and post-traumatic stress disorder. A local family from Eldridge, Iowa, says legislators need to move faster. The Mackenzie’s recently lost Benton Mackenzie to his battle with angiosarcoma. He was arrested for growing marijuana, which his family says was helping treat th…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDixon group fighting heroin use after 3 deaths

Dixon group fighting heroin use after 3 deaths

DIXON, Ill. (KWQC) – A group of city and county officials and local organizations are working together to keep heroin and other drugs out of Lee County, Illinois. There have been 3 heroin-related deaths in 10 days and local law enforcement are working to find out where the drugs are coming from. “Dixon is impacted fairly heavily from heroin from Rockford. Most of the users that we have here are going to Rockford purchasing the drug and bringing the drug back,” said Chief Danny Langloss of the Dixon Police Dept. “That was her place right there in that corner.” Past…

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EXCLUSIVE: Tour through new store at SouthPark Mall

South park mall has new additions slated for spring. Dick's sporting goods will be the 80th store or so for the mall, replacing the 1990 addition of sears. "Dick's Sporting Goods is a major anchor for us, and we are very excited about their arrival early this spring,” said Aleshia Chiesa, SouthPark and NorthPark Mall marketing manager. Officials would not disclose the cost or size of the store, but say there was no additional space built onto the mall for this project. There is, however, expansion to the corridor that leads into Dick’s. "Dick's will have two openings,…

WQAD.com LogoFulton man says fishy idea could save Illinois big bucks

Fulton man says fishy idea could save Illinois big bucks

Mike Schafer, owner of Schafer Fisheries, said his carp would be a perfect option for state penitentiaries who need to supply decent food to their prisoners at a lower cost. “The nutritional value is very high in carp products,” Schafer said. “With protein being so expensive in beef and pork and chicken in today’s world, I think fish has a bright opportunity.” Schafer hand makes hot dogs and bologna out of the carp they sell at Schafer’s Fisheries in Fulton, Illinois. He said it tastes pretty similar to regular hot dogs and bologna and is a lot cheaper. R…

Quad-City Times LogoBix 7 will add a few new wrinkles

Bix 7 will add a few new wrinkles

The first time organizers of the Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) decided to have their race finish in Davenport on the same day as the Quad-City Times Bix 7, long-time Bix race director ……

WQAD.com LogoIowa legislators propose second bill requiring police to wear body cameras

Iowa legislators propose second bill requiring police to wear body cameras

Iowa police officers would be obliged to wear body cameras whenever they interact with the public under an Iowa House bill that was introduced this week. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Hunter (D), the bill would pertain to any officer that interacts with the public, including conservation and airport officers. The bill states the recordings would be stored for 30 days, unless the recording lead to an arrest of a person or is needed for the criminal prosecution of a person, in that case the recordings would be kept for up to three years. A similar bill was introduced in February by Rep. Ako Abdul-Sama…

Quad-City Times LogoBill Leaver, former Trinity president, to retire

Bill Leaver, former Trinity president, to retire

Bill Leaver, who for five years was president of what then was called the Trinity Regional Health System, has announced his retirement, effective January 2016.

WQAD.com LogoEnvironmentally-friendly proposal could come at the cost of energy customers’ bills

Environmentally-friendly proposal could come at the cost of energy customers’ bills

Something as simple as flipping a light switch or warming your home on cold nights like tonight is in jeopardy. Exelon’s Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova, Illinois is at the center of a conversation in Springfield right now. “The state of Illinois is really in a historic position to establish an energy policy that recognizes carbon-free and renewable energy for the future generation in the state of Illinois,” said Bill Stoermer, Communications Manager for Exelon. Last week, Stoermer said legislators introduced one possible policy that Exelon thinks is the right solut…

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Police still looking for missing Davenport woman

Davenport police are still looking for the public's help to find 42-year-old Beth Hurst. The Davenport woman was last seen on Saturday, February 21st around 8 p.m. near Central Park and Genesis East Hospital.  She is around 5'4, and weights 134 pounds. She has shoulder length auburn hair and brown eyes. Hurst was last seen wearing yoga pants, and a long dark maroon coat with brown boots. "She walked away and she had her cell phone..she does not drive and she has not been seen from or heard from since..we have spoken with friends colleagues at work and our investigation still contin…

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Tips to prepare for severe weather season

Spring officially starts on March 20th.  That means severe weather season is not far behind. Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois runs March 1st through the 7th.  The American Red Cross wants to make sure you're ready when severe weather strikes.  You should have a plan of action in case of a tornado.  Remember to take shelter in a basement or interior closet, and have an emergency kit ready in case you lose power during a disaster. "Make sure you have three days worth of water, you know, thinking about things like stashing cash in an emergency kit, becaus…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMoline looking to farm undeveloped land

Moline looking to farm undeveloped land

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – The City of Moline is looking to get into farming as a way to bring in some extra cash. The city owns three large parcels of land south of the Quad City International Airport. The plan is to eventually develop that ground into residential neighborhoods. But until then, the city wants to find someone to plant crops. The idea, according to Moline Property Management Coordinator Chris Mathias, is to select a farmer who would be willing to pay rent to farm the land. “These properties are now in the City of Moline. And because it’s our growth area we’re…

KWQC-TV6 LogoHandicapped Development Center spreading word to end word

Handicapped Development Center spreading word to end word

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Spreading the word to end another one as the Handicapped Development Center participated in a rally, asking people to make a pledge to stop using the word “retard.” Pledges were taken from participants at the Northgate Hy-Vee in Davenport in hopes that everyone becomes more sympathetic toward people with disabilities. “Everyone is the same, you know, and has the same heart inside and the same goals, you know, whether they might be a little different, you know, based on what you see on the outside,” case manager Kendra Mulcahy said. HDC sup…

OurQuadCities.com LogoBust nets dozens of pound of pot

Bust nets dozens of pound of pot

A raid on a rural Dixon, Illinois home Monday night netted dozens of pounds of marijuana.Officers from the Lee County Joint Operations Group served a search warrant at a home in the 1500 block of Burkett Road.There they say they discovered more than 38 pot plants in a basement grow room.  Other plants were recovered from the home, an outbuilding, and a camper on the property.  In all officers found about 35 pounds of marijuana.A number of weapons were also found in the home and a motorcycle was seized through asset forfeiture.Franklin Schmall, 49, was arrested and charged with unlaw…

OurQuadCities.com LogoBust nets dozens of pounds of pot

Bust nets dozens of pounds of pot

A raid on a rural Dixon, Illinois home Monday night netted dozens of pounds of marijuana.Officers from the Lee County Joint Operations Group served a search warrant at a home in the 1500 block of Burkett Road.There they say they discovered more than 38 pot plants in a basement grow room.  Other plants were recovered from the home, an outbuilding, and a camper on the property.  In all officers found about 35 pounds of marijuana.A number of weapons were also found in the home and a motorcycle was seized through asset forfeiture.Franklin Schmall, 49, was arrested and charged with unlaw…

OurQuadCities.com LogoPolice warn of IRS phone scam

Police warn of IRS phone scam

Some Bettendorf residents have been receiving scam telephone calls from suspects purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service.  This scam has been circulating around the Quad Cities and entire United States for some time.  Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer in order to avoid arrest, jail time, or lawsuits.  In most cases, the suspect caller becomes hostile and insulting if the victim refuses to cooperate.  It is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS: · &nbs…

KWQC-TV6 LogoNew Furniture Piece: The Gathering Island

New Furniture Piece: The Gathering Island

KNILAN’S FURNITURE & INTERIORS 3015 Brady Street, Davenport (563) 322-0903 knilansfurniture.com…

KWQC-TV6 LogoUS clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. The dual reports marked the culmination of months-long federal investigations into a shooting that sparked protests and a national dialogue on race and law enforcement as the tenure of Attorney General Eric Holder, the first black person to hold that office, draws to a close. In pairing…

KWQC-TV6 LogoArrest in rural Dixon, IL marijuana growing operation

Arrest in rural Dixon, IL marijuana growing operation

The State of Illinois may be getting ready to set up cultivation and distribution operations for medical marijuana, but it’s still illegal for others to do it. In Lee County, law officers shut down an alleged growing operation in rural Dixon. On the evening of Mar. 2, 2015,  officers with the Lee County Joint Operations Group conducted a search of a home in the 1500 block of Burkett Road. There, they say they found a marijuana growing operation. In a news release, officials say they found about 38 cannabis sativa plants growing in potting soil in the basement. They also found other cann…

Quad-City Times LogoRezoning could allow gun sales in neighborhood

Rezoning could allow gun sales in neighborhood

A father and daughter are one step closer to being able to sell firearms out of a former residence in Davenport.

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Last Below Zero Night, Nice Warm Up Ahead

This cold March day will lead to our 16th but final night of temperatures dropping below zero for this year.  Good riddance!  Lows overnight will drop just below zero with shelter valleys likely as cold as -10.  Breeze tonight will be light but enough for wind chills to feel in the minus teens. This will lead to a bright but cold Thursday with afternoon highs in the teens and lows that night in the single digits. Then comes the warmer winds that will kick in during the day on Friday, and continue so in the days ahead.  Highs on Friday will reach the upper 30s before climbing a few degrees …

WQAD.com LogoBettendorf native’s song about Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz goes viral

Bettendorf native’s song about Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz goes viral

After spending part of the past year on tour with Chicago and REO Speedwagon, Tim Stop did what any frustrated Iowa football fan (who also happens to be a talented singer/songwriter/musician) would do: he sang about it. “A friend of mine emailed me the… lyrics,” Stop told News 8 Wednesday. “I told him half-jokingly [that] I’ll make a recording… I spent an hour or two cranking out a version, sent it over to see if he liked it and left to workout. The next time I looked at my phone, it was all over Twitter.” Titled “Season of Punt”– a p…

OurQuadCities.com LogoLawsuit filed in police involved shooting

Lawsuit filed in police involved shooting

A lawsuit will be filed Thursday against the Illinois State Police, the Whiteside County State's Attorney's office, and the sheriffs of both Rock Island and Whiteside counties in response to an Illinois DNR officer's shooting and killing of a driver.Shane Cataline died November 22, 2013 during a traffic stop on Interstate 88.  He had been driving from California to Ohio when the lawsuit says he stopped on the side of the highway to take a break.Illinois Department of Natural Resources police officer Steven Francisko stopped behind Cataline to determine why he was parked on the shoulder.&…

KWQC-TV6 LogoBlue Angels coming for Navy Week Quad Cities and Air Show

Blue Angels coming for Navy Week Quad Cities and Air Show

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Quad City Air Show is one of 12 sites selected to host 2015 Navy Week and the Blue Angels will be there as part of the festivities. Navy Week Quad Cities runs from May 4-10 and the Blue Angels will be featured as part of the air show on May 9-10, 2015. As part of Navy Week, there will be talks, discussions, sailors from the USS Constitution and opportunities to learn from Navy divers. Click here to learn more about this year’s Quad City Air Show.

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Davenport looking to renovate historic building

Davenport city leaders are also looking to renovate the central fire station, a historic building more than 100 years old. Plans include completely demolishing the back addition and creating a two-way access to the garage. The project has been in the works since 2012 and the total cost of the project is estimated to be $15.2 million.The decisions will be made at Wednesday's Davenport city council meeting.

KWQC-TV6 LogoQC company sponsors Kenyan, funds health endeavors in his homeland

QC company sponsors Kenyan, funds health endeavors in his homeland

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A Quad City company is getting a special award, as they help an international student get clean water and a new medical facility for his home in Kenya. The Thompson family hosted Mwalimu Karisa as an exchange student in 2012. Along with their company, Thompson Family RV, they were able to help get clean water for his village in Kenya. Now, the company is pitching in to build a medical facility for the town as well, which is how they got the award. It’s a philanthropic award given to RV companies in the US. “It really empowers us to do more. when he go…

WQAD.com LogoCraig Talks Lily Blooms and Begonias

Craig Talks Lily Blooms and Begonias

See Craig each Wednesday on News 8 at 11.  Submit your questions on our Facebook page or call 309-736-3288 to have your question answered live!…

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Craig Talks Sweet Potato Plants and Moles

See Craig each Wednesday on News 8 at 11.  Submit your questions on our Facebook page or call 309-736-3288 to have your question answered live!…

WQAD.com LogoCraig Talks Lawn Weeds and Apple Tree Pruning

Craig Talks Lawn Weeds and Apple Tree Pruning

See Craig each Wednesday on News 8 at 11.  Submit your questions on our Facebook page or call 309-736-3288 to have your question answered live!…

KWQC-TV6 LogoShania Twain to make farewell tour stop in QC

Shania Twain to make farewell tour stop in QC

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – Shania Twain will embark on a North American tour for the first time in over a decade, with a stop in Moline on the docket. Her 48-date Rock This Country Tour includes a stop at Moline’s iWireless Center on July 26. Most of the North American tickets go on sale on Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. via www.axs.com. Click here for all the details and how to buy tickets.

WQAD.com LogoMcDonald’s to cut back on chicken raised on antibiotics

McDonald’s to cut back on chicken raised on antibiotics

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — McDonald’s plans to cut back on chicken raised on antibiotics. McDonald’s USA said Wednesday, March 4, 2015 it will only use chicken raised without certain types of antibiotics. However, that doesn’t mean all antibiotics will be banned — the chicken can continue to use the antibiotics that are deemed necessary for health reasons. McDonald’s said it will take two years to convert its 14,000 U.S. restaurants and farm suppliers over to the new antibiotics policy. “The farmers who supply chicken … will continue to responsibly us…

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Think we have it bad? Up to 10 inches of snow for S. Illinois

CARBONDALE, Ill. — As much as 10 inches of snow is forecast to fall in parts of southern Illinois as a winter storm moves across the lower tier of the state. The National Weather Service has ……

WQAD.com Logo71-year-old woman hospitalized after fight over handicapped spot at Walmart

71-year-old woman hospitalized after fight over handicapped spot at Walmart

A fight over a handicapped parking spot at a Walmart ended with one woman hospitalized and another arrested in Wisconsin. Police said 32-year-old Kezia Perkins couldn’t make a tight turn to park in a handicapped space at the Walmart in Greenfield, Wisconsin. When she backed up, a 71-year-old woman drove an SUV into the handicapped spot. Surveillance photos showed Parkins approach the SUV; when the 71-year-old woman got out, Perkins used her chest to knock the older woman to the ground, a witness told our sister station WITI. The older woman had recently had hip surgery; she reportedly suffe…

OurQuadCities.com LogoNo charges for Ferguson officer that killed unarmed suspect

No charges for Ferguson officer that killed unarmed suspect

(AP) -- The Justice Department won't prosecute former a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias. Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove former officer Darren Wilson's testimony that he feared for his safety, nor was there reliable evidence that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was shot. The decision in the August 9 shooting had been expected, in part because of the high legal standard needed for a federal c…

KWQC-TV6 LogoPershing Blvd. in Clinton to close for sewer repair

Pershing Blvd. in Clinton to close for sewer repair

CLINTON, Iowa (KWQC) — Due to work on a sewer main, Pershing Blvd., from 27th Avenue North to 28th Avenue North, will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, until 8 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015. Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Engineering Department at 563.244.3423.

WQAD.com LogoInventor of K-Cups says ‘I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it’

Inventor of K-Cups says ‘I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it’

Watch Video NEW YORK — The inventor of K-Cups regrets that he ever invented them. “I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,” John Sylvan told The Atlantic in an interview. Why? Because the K-Cups are bad for the environment — they are disposable and not recyclable. Sylvan originally envisioned the cup-like pouches that brewed a single serving of coffee for offices, where people want different brews. But the technology caught on, and Keurig Green Mountain brewers are now on kitchen counters everywhere. That means more and more K-Cups are being used — and thrown in …

WQAD.com LogoFugitive nabbed after commenting on sheriff’s office Facebook page

Fugitive nabbed after commenting on sheriff’s office Facebook page

HAMILTON, Ohio — A man who commented on his wanted photo on the Butler County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office Facebook page is in custody after turning himself in on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. On Monday, March 2, the sheriff’s office posted photos of Andrew Dale Marcum, of Lemon Township. The 21-year-old is accused of safe cracking, abduction, assault and domestic violence. Several hours after he was featured on the Facebook page, Marcum commented on the sheriff’s office post: “I ain’t tripping half of them don’t even know me.” – Andrew Marcum The sheriff’s office…

Quad-City Times LogoA few more days of nasty wind-chill values

A few more days of nasty wind-chill values

Good afternoon, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast.

OurQuadCities.com LogoGun store, U-Haul projects moving ahead in Davenport

Gun store, U-Haul projects moving ahead in Davenport

The Davenport Planning and Zoning Commission gave the green light to two development projects yesterday.G & G Retailers would be an outdoors store that will sell hunting and fishing equipment, including firearms, in a former hair salon located at Division and West 17th.  The commission voted unanimously to rezone the site for commercial use in the mostly residential neighborhood.  The matter now moves to the next council meeting on March 17th.The site of the former Kmart on West Kimberly could become home to a U-Haul self storage facility.  Planning and Zoning recommended t…

WQAD.com LogoLocal Group Tries to Get People to Stop Saying ‘The R Word’

Local Group Tries to Get People to Stop Saying ‘The R Word’

The Handicapped Development Center (HDC) in Davenport is participating in the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign. The goal is to get people to stop using the word ‘retarded.’ The campaign is happening on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 across the country. The HDC held a rally at their local center Wednesday morning. About 100 people came to listen to speakers, and sign a piece of paper, saying they’d never use ‘the R word’ again. The word ‘retarded’ is commonly used now to refer to somebody as ‘stupid.’ Instead employees at the HDC would rat…

OurQuadCities.com LogoBig grant for Head Start program

Big grant for Head Start program

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced today a $1,310,816 grant for Project NOW’s Head Start programs in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer Counties. The grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “I’m pleased to announce this important investment in future of our region’s youth and the larger community,” said Bustos. “Today’s grant will help children and families get a jump start on a quality education and allow our young people to develop the skills they need to excel and be healthy and productive members of our communiti…

WQAD.com LogoWatch: Video might change your view of love forever

Watch: Video might change your view of love forever

A new awareness campaign might make even the most open-minded rethink their view of the world. “A lot of us make snap judgments based on what we see—whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability. Yet most of us aren’t even conscious of our prejudice,” said the homepage of a website dedicated to the campaign, called LoveHasNoLabels.com. Video published online by the AdCouncil  shows a crowd watching images of skeletons embracing, dancing and celebrating; then the crowd reaction when the people represented by the skeletons emerge from behind the screen. &…

OurQuadCities.com LogoShania Twain returns to the QC

Shania Twain returns to the QC

Country legend Shania Twain will be returning to the Quad Cities with a tour date in July.The "Rock This Country" tour will make at stop at the iWireless Center in Moline July 26th.Tickets go on sale March 10th.

WQAD.com LogoAlleged drunk driver hits 2 people rescuing hurt puppy in Moline

Alleged drunk driver hits 2 people rescuing hurt puppy in Moline

Police said an intoxicated driver told them he did not realize he hit a police officer and another man, as they were rescuing a puppy, in Moline, Illinois. The officer had just retrieved a puppy that had been struck by another vehicle, according to Moline Police Department Public Information Officer Detective Scott Williams.  The officer and a 20-year-old man were both off “well off the roadway” when a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe hit both of them in the 1200 block of 12th Avenue at about 10 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, Williams said. Related:  Driver accused of hitting pedestrian and cli…

Quad-City Times LogoShania Twain returns to iWireless Center in July

Shania Twain returns to iWireless Center in July

Country singer Shania Twain's first North American tour in more than 11 years includes a Sunday, July 26, stop at the iWireless Center, Moline.

KWQC-TV6 LogoTry out your luck with Iowa unclaimed property auction

Try out your luck with Iowa unclaimed property auction

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) — Are you feeling lucky? Maybe you could use a little help. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Iowa State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald may have just what you need. Fitzgerald will be hosting his next unclaimed property eBay auction beginning on March 9, 2015. “If you’re looking for that one-of-kind lucky coin, check out our eBay auction,” Fitzgerald stated. “The auction is filled with unique collectibles that were turned over in unclaimed safe deposit boxes.” Interested bidders may view selected items before the …

OurQuadCities.com LogoDavenport hopes to improve emergency response departments

Davenport hopes to improve emergency response departments

Davenport city officials are looking to improve two of its emergency response departments at city council Wednesday night. Leaders will get a firsthand look at major renovation plans at the more than a century old Central Fire Station. The total project will cost just over 15 million dollars. Another improvement? Purchasing a new fleet-monitoring system for the city’s police department. It costs about $67,000 and officials say it's worth every penny. "If an officer unfortunately gets in an accident it's going to tell us what was happening prior to that accident so all this s…

WQAD.com LogoThe Pledge from Mrs. Kuehn’s class at Whittier Elementary

The Pledge from Mrs. Kuehn’s class at Whittier Elementary

Kindergarteners in Mrs. Kuehn’s class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Whittier Elementary School in Clinton, Iowa. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

WQAD.com LogoInmates Scheduled to Move Into Thomson Prison this Spring

Inmates Scheduled to Move Into Thomson Prison this Spring

Businesses will meet Wednesday, March 4, 2015 to discuss ways they can sell their goods to the Thomson Prison. Last month, the Bureau of Prisons committed $59 million in federal funding to the facility. $15 million will go toward construction while $44 million will go toward staffing and equipment. The money is supposed to keep the activation process on track. Inmates are supposed to arrive at the prison this spring. Wednesday’s meeting is being put on by the Bureau of Prisons. It starts at 1 p.m. at the Thomson Prison in Thomson, Illinois. The prison is located at 1100 One Mile Road. On…

Quad-City Times LogoU-Haul pitches to replace former Kmart in Davenport

U-Haul pitches to replace former Kmart in Davenport

A lot at 3616 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, once home to Kmart, may see new life after U-Haul pitched plans for a self-storage facility before Davenport's Plan and Zoning Commission.

WQAD.com LogoYou won’t believe how warm it will feel next week

You won’t believe how warm it will feel next week

The 50s almost feel like a mirage on the 8 Day Forecast, but all eyes are on a significant warming trend next week. In fact, it will begin this weekend! First, a major storm system will work very far south for this time of year. Half-foot snows are likely for parts of the Ohio River Valley up into the Appalachians. A reinforcing shot of cold air will greet us the next few days. In fact, we’ll start our Thursday below zero here in the Quad Cities. By this weekend, you’ll sense a change in the air. We’ll see temperatures rise to around 40 in the afternoons as the snow slowly m…





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