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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

WQAD.com LogoExtreme heat today, followed by strong storms tonight

Extreme heat today, followed by strong storms tonight

Even though we've got a few isolated thunderstorms this morning, we will go mostly sunny through the day today. That will allow the atmosphere to heat into the lower 90s. As we warm up, a few isolated storms will be possible, just because of the heat and humidity. However, if we heat up or possible severe weather late tonight as a cold front sweeps through the region from the northwest. The timing of the storms will be after 9pm and before 2am Friday morning. The main threat will be damaging wind potential, along with very torrential rainfall. Also, systems like these that come after very hot…

WQAD.com LogoHow a ‘breatharian’ couple surviving on ‘universe’s energy’ fooled news outlets

How a ‘breatharian’ couple surviving on ‘universe’s energy’ fooled news outlets

NEW YORK – The sky is blue. The grass is green. Humans need food and water to survive. Well, unless you believe a story published in several major news outlets over the past week. Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castillo, a so-called "breatharian" couple, were spotlighted in widely-shared news articles claiming that they are able to survive off "the universe's energy" and refrain from eating, save a piece of fruit or vegetable broth three times a week. "Humans can easily be without food -- as long as they are connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing," Castillo was qu…

WQAD.com LogoChimpanzee dies after falling from branch during fight at Kansas City Zoo

Chimpanzee dies after falling from branch during fight at Kansas City Zoo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A violent exchange in a chimpanzee exhibit left an animal dead and the Kansas City Zoo staff mourning his loss, according to WDAF. Zoo regular Harold Miller said he's spent many mornings walked to the three-acre chimpanzee exhibit. He didn't realize Wednesday morning he was about to watch Bahati, a chimpanzee, fall about 40 feet to his death. "I heard the chimps making a racket even before I got near to the enclosure," Miller said. "It was obvious there was a lot more screaming this morning. Our staff went out to investigate and obviously saw that one of our chimpanzees,…

Quad-City Times LogoRick's Six: Humid, traffic changes, cat hoarding and Bix at Six

Rick's Six: Humid, traffic changes, cat hoarding and Bix at Six

1. Hot and humid in the Q-C…

WQAD.com LogoBBB: How You Can Spot QC Scams

BBB: How You Can Spot QC Scams

MOLINE- The Better Business Bureau is showing off its online website that helps you find out where there are local scams. The BBB's Chris Coleman spoke to us Wednesday, June 21 during WQAD News 8 at 11. The Scam Tracker website allows users to click on a row in the table below the map, to see who is trying scam residents. The BBB also has additional information on web purchasing scams and rental scams.  Encounter a scam? Report it via BBB's Scam Tracker. Need to check a business' credibility? Check BBB's Business Directory. …

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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NAACP presents Image Awards

The Rock Island County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 2017 Freedom Fund Banquet, is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Jumer’s Hotel and Casino, 777 Jumer’s Drive, Rock Island. The event theme is Steadfast and Immovable……

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Runge hosts car wash fundraiser

Runge Mortuary and Crematory, 838 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, will host a car wash fundraiser Saturday in benefit of Kennedi’s Kisses, a non-profit organization that provides support to families after the death of a child.

WQAD.com LogoPresident Trump’s Cedar Rapids rally through the eyes of an 11-year-old

President Trump’s Cedar Rapids rally through the eyes of an 11-year-old

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Stand in line for two minutes outside the U.S. Cellular Center, chances are you'll meet people from different places and people of different ages. "I'm very excited to go see the President, and I'm hoping Barron will be here," says Georgia Pennington. She's eleven and a half, and she woke up at 4:30 a.m. to come see President Trump from Chicago. Georgia has been waiting for six hours, and she can hardly wait any longer to see the President. Suddenly, hundreds pile in. All that waiting pays off because Georgia snags a front row seat. "I stood in line the whole time because…

WQAD.com LogoRipslinger ready to Beat the Elite

Ripslinger ready to Beat the Elite

Assumption standout Joy Ripslinger will look for 1 more big win this summer.  The 9 time State track champion will be the "Beat the Elite" challenger at this year's Bix 7.

WQAD.com LogoWieskamp continues to impress among the nation’s best

Wieskamp continues to impress among the nation’s best

Muscatine senior Joe Wieskamp continues to shine this summer.   The future Hawkeye was named 1 of just 10 all-stars at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.   Wieskamp averaged 12.4 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 62% from the field.

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Reynolds to tour downtown Davenport projects today

DAVENPORT -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa State Sen. Roby Smith, R-Davenport, plan to tour downtown Davenport developments at 4:30 p.m. today.

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Muddy Fest founder happy, already eyeing next year

The founder and organizer of the first Muddy Fest, which took place last weekend in Davenport, is happy with how it turned out and already making plans for next June.

WQAD.com LogoEmergency responders expect more injuries after latest Iowa fireworks law

Emergency responders expect more injuries after latest Iowa fireworks law

DAVENPORT-- Emergency crews say with the latest Iowa fireworks  laws they expect to see more injuries this coming 4th of July. The bill included the sales of bottle rockets, firecrackers, and roman candles. "With the new fireworks that are now available in Iowa we see a lot of blast injuries and burn injuries," says Dr. John Hartman, Genesis Medical Director of Trauma services. Hartman warns those celebrating with fireworks should always keep a watch on children even when handling sparklers. "One of the biggest things is keeping fireworks out of the hands of children about 26% of injuries ar…

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Today in history for Thursday, June 22, 2017

Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2017. There are 192 days left in the year.

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Beg your pardon

In a story published Wednesday, the circumstances surrounding the resignation of former Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd were incorrectly reported. He resigned in 2014 after entering an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of attempted official misconduct related to……

WQAD.com LogoWatch: Donald Trump’s speech in Cedar Rapids

Watch: Donald Trump’s speech in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump arrived in the Midwest on Wednesday in search of his supporters’ warm embrace and to celebrate a Republican congressional victory in an election viewed as an early referendum on his presidency. Related: Full coverage of what was happening inside and outside the U.S. Cellular Center Trump touched down Wednesday evening in rainy Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he’s set to tour a community college agriculture program and hold a campaign-style rally. He began his day by reveling in Karen Hande…

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Rock Island County Board approves plans for substance abuse treatment center

The Rock Island County Board has given its approval to a Zoning Board of Appeals special use permit that will allow Top of the World Ranch to build a 24-bed high-end substance abuse treatment center on 315 acres in rural……

WQAD.com Logo‘He didn’t really have a face when he got up’: Dog mauls 2 kids sitting in minivan

‘He didn’t really have a face when he got up’: Dog mauls 2 kids sitting in minivan

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Two children are in the hospital after a dog attacked them on a residential street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Police said a 5-year-old pit bull terrier broke through a fence, got inside a minivan, and attacked the kids in their car seats. Neighbors told WPMT they rushed out to help after the dog started attacking the 2-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. Tom Grab, CEO of Ingrain Construction, tried to help the children's mother pull the animal off. "You just snap into 'just try to get the dog off at all costs,' so at that point I wasn't thinking," Grab said. "(I) held i…

WQAD.com LogoYOUR HEALTH: Helping voiceless children speak

YOUR HEALTH: Helping voiceless children speak

ORLANDO, Florida – "This is something that calms her down." Music and dance are soothing to four year old Anna Stinson.  Anna has autism and has not formed many words. "I'd see the pain in her eyes," said her mother, Angelique Hall.  "Because she's literally trying to tell her mommy something and she knows her mommy doesn't understand." But for the past few months, Angelique has opened a window into Anna's world using a specially designed app that displays images that are personal to her. Livox is a new app developed five years ago.  It allows for easy communication between caregivers a…

WQAD.com LogoTrump in Cedar Rapids: What people are saying on the street

Trump in Cedar Rapids: What people are saying on the street

“I have no idea what he’s going to say, and that’s what I love about him.” (chanting) “My body my choice.” “I’m really excited to see Trump talk, this is actually my second time seeing him… I kind of hope he talks about North Korea… I’m up for anything.” (chanting) “I believe that we will win.”…

WQAD.com LogoTrump in Cedar Rapids: Behind-the-scenes media setup at U.S. Cellular Center

Trump in Cedar Rapids: Behind-the-scenes media setup at U.S. Cellular Center

Elizabeth Wadas gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how the media sets up to cover events like this.  Hundreds of media outlets were expected, and as you can see, there’s not much space to go around!…

WQAD.com LogoTrump in Cedar Rapids: Demonstrators and the signs they carry [PHOTOS]

Trump in Cedar Rapids: Demonstrators and the signs they carry [PHOTOS]

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Hours ahead of President Donald Trump’s arrival at the U.S. Cellular Center downtown Cedar Rapids, dozens of demonstrators lined up to share their opinions, literally at their fingertips. Click here to hear from one of the rally’s leaders.

Quad-City Times LogoBix at Six starts Thursday: 10 things to know

Bix at Six starts Thursday: 10 things to know

The first of four Bix at Six training runs kicks off Thursday, bringing hundreds, sometimes thousands, of runners and walkers to downtown Davenport and the rest of the Bix course.

WQAD.com LogoTrump in Cedar Rapids: Jim Mertens explains what this event is all about

Trump in Cedar Rapids: Jim Mertens explains what this event is all about

President Donald Trump is back in Iowa for the first time as president. WQAD News 8's Jim Mertens explained what the event and his visit here is all about. While the president is expected to touch on health care, he's also here to recognize the Branstad administration for their support in the state.

WQAD.com LogoMothers of gun-shot victims unite against violence

Mothers of gun-shot victims unite against violence

DAVENPORT- Family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence are coming together this weekend, including one mom whose 17-year old son was shot to death during a robbery last month. "He was shot multiple times," said Krissi Taylor, about her son, Akeim Hill of Davenport. "He loved basketball. He dreamed of going to Michigan State. That was his all-time dream", she said. But those dreams were dashed when he and his girlfriend were robbed at gunpoint just before Mother's Day on a neighborhood basketball court. Taylor is one of 19 different families who have lost a loved one to gun violenc…

WQAD.com LogoNew 24 hour daycare in Muscatine set to open a preschool this fall

New 24 hour daycare in Muscatine set to open a preschool this fall

MUSCATINE-- Plans are in the works at Happy Time Daycare in Muscatine to place a preschool in the back of the building. Since the building's grand opening in May, owner Dallas McManus says he had no idea how badly parents need the 24 hour child care service. “ It’s getting busy we’re getting several kids in got about 35 enrolled now. We have several enrolled for the preschool in the fall and we’re adding more kids every week,” says McManus. McManus says having a preschool steps away from the daycare saves time for parents working odd hour jobs. “The fact that they will be able to …

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Trump in Cedar Rapids: Demonstrators gather before event

WQAD.com LogoLee County 911 Dispatch Center fears for future if funding bill isn’t passed

Lee County 911 Dispatch Center fears for future if funding bill isn’t passed

DIXON, Illinois - Time is of the essence at the Lee County 911 Dispatch Center for IL Governor Bruce Rauner to sign a bill extending funding before it expires on June 30th. "In dire straits, what could happen is the call may not be completed, the call may not go through the routers, the phone companies could not supply the services anymore," said Shelley Dallas, Lee County 911 director. The dispatch center is funded by an 87 cent fee on phone bills and the new legislation ups the charge to $1.50 for downstate communities and extends the fee to Dec. 31, 2020,  but that increase wouldn’t ha…

WQAD.com LogoRock Falls man sought for stabbing, home invasion

Rock Falls man sought for stabbing, home invasion

ROCK FALLS, Ill. — Police are on the look out for a Rock Falls man who broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and attacked a man around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21. According to a release from the Whiteside County Sheriff’s office, Isaiah Reyes, 29, broke into the woman’s home in rural Rock Falls and stabbed a male visitor in his thigh. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and was later released. An arrest warrant has been issued for Reyes on charges of home invasion and aggravated battery. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked…

WQAD.com LogoThursday’s heat will give way to more storms

Thursday’s heat will give way to more storms

The rain from this Wednesday kept our temperatures on the cooler side, but it’s going to be a warm and muggy night! With a warm front swinging through, we’ll see the warmth and humidity increase tonight. Lows will only be in the low 70s. A shower or storm can’t be ruled out (mainly north of Highway 20), but most will see a partly cloudy sky. The heat really cranks up on Thursday with highs easily reaching the 90s. While a few showers are possible that afternoon, we’ll be watching out for strong storms developing late that night into Friday. These will be forming along a…

WQAD.com LogoDes Moines woman sentenced in ‘Nigerian’ email scam

Des Moines woman sentenced in ‘Nigerian’ email scam

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines woman is headed to federal prison for scamming nearly 100 people around the country. A federal judge sentenced 67-year-old Victoria Lovan to 16 months in prison for three counts of wire fraud. Lovan admitted to working with accomplices overseas to carry out what’s called the Nigerian email scam. Lovan accepted wire transfers from 89 victims. She kept part of the money and sent the rest to her accomplices. In addition to prison time, Lovan was also ordered to make restitution to the victims…

WQAD.com LogoMichigan airport evacuated; officer seen bleeding from neck

Michigan airport evacuated; officer seen bleeding from neck

Watch Video FLINT, Mich. — Officials on Wednesday evacuated an airport in Flint, Michigan, where a witness said he saw an officer bleeding from his neck and a knife nearby on the ground. On Twitter, Michigan State Police say the officer is in critical condition and the FBI was leading the investigation. Bishop International Airport posted on Facebook that passengers were safe and were being told to check for flight delays or cancellations. Ken Brown tells The Flint Journal he was dropping off his daughter at the airport and saw the officer bleeding from his neck. He says he saw a man detaine…

WQAD.com LogoEstimate: Special session costs $48K for 1 day

Estimate: Special session costs $48K for 1 day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  Rough estimates show that it costs nearly $48,000 for one day of legislative special session in Illinois, factoring in travel and per diem payments for lawmakers. The Secretary of the Senate’s office provided a snapshot, accounting for $111 daily per diem and 39 cents per mile for 177 members of the General Assembly. The total also includes paying staff needed when lawmakers are at the Capitol. However, the actual cost may be lower. The calculation considers full attendance and several lawmakers were gone Wednesday. Also, some lawmakers say they are forgoing t…

WQAD.com LogoOklahoma couple’s ‘noodling’ gender reveal video goes viral

Oklahoma couple’s ‘noodling’ gender reveal video goes viral

MANNFORD, Okla. – An Oklahoma couple’s very unique gender reveal video is going viral. The art of noodling is ingrained in Oklahoma’s culture, and Shelby and Colt Moore decided to use that form of art to reveal the gender of their baby. Video of the reveal shows Colt going under the water and grabbing a flathead catfish. When he surfaces, the catfish has a pink tag in its mouth. The couple’s friends and family then scream with joy. “It’s a girl!!! Collins Taylor Moore will be welcomed into the world on 12-2-17!” Shelby posted on Facebook along with t…

Quad-City Times LogoRemember Rooney? See 'rare' show at Village Theatre on Saturday

Remember Rooney? See 'rare' show at Village Theatre on Saturday

If you were a teen or tween in the early 2000s, Robert Schwartzman probably looks — and sounds — familiar.

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Video: Bustos on GOP Health Care Plan from House Floor

Here's the text of her speech, supplied by her press office. Mr. Speaker, I worked in health care for nearly a decade – and I’ve seen up close how health care impacts the people I'm fortunate to serve. That’s why I began a short video series we call “Hear from the Heartland.” In this, I listen to families about how Trumpcare would affect them. I’ve spoken with Anastasia and her little boy Gryphon, from Elizabeth, Illinois. Gryphon was born with cerebral palsy. And because of Trumpcare, Gryphon’s family might not have anywhere to turn for affordable coverage – and would be at ri…

WQAD.com Logo9-year-old wows crowd with amazing dance moves at Chicago street fest

9-year-old wows crowd with amazing dance moves at Chicago street fest

CHICAGO – Anyone who thinks they’ve got moves may have to reevaluate after watching this little girl tear up the dance floor at The Taste of Randolph, a Chicago street party. The girl is 9 years old, reported DNAInfo, and a viral video of her moves has been viewed over 270,000 times since she stole the show during DJ Psycho B’s set at the festival Friday. Her footwork, rhythm and seemingly spontaneous moves stunned onlookers as they filmed and danced with her. Comments like “Little Ball of Fire” and  “I have to get my daughter some dance lessons” fl…

WQAD.com LogoConvicted Oklahoma child molester moves next door to victim

Convicted Oklahoma child molester moves next door to victim

BRISTOW, Okla. - An Oklahoma woman says the man who was convicted of molesting her when she was a little girl now lives next door. “He’s like right there, practically in my backyard and that kind of makes me nervous and not want to go home ever,” 21-year-old Danyelle Dyer told KFOR. Danyelle and her family say her uncle, Harold English, recently got out of prison and moved in with his mother whose property is just over the fence. “When you have to see it, I can only imagine what it does to my daughter when she’s there and she has to witness it,” said Laurina Dyer. “She shouldn…

WQAD.com LogoSheriff to cut sentences of inmates who helped save guard’s life

Sheriff to cut sentences of inmates who helped save guard’s life

POLK COUNTY, Ga. -- A group of Georgia inmates who helped save the life of a correctional officer will have time knocked off their sentences, WXIA reports. On Monday morning, the officer, who was in charge of security for the sheriff’s office, collapsed during a work detail amid high temperatures and 100 percent humidity. The six inmates decided to act – one used the guard’s work phone to call 911 while others removed the correctional officer’s bulletproof vest so they could perform CPR and help cool him off. One of the inmates, identified as Greg Williams, told the station that the…

Quad-City Times LogoLeadership to change Thursday in Diocese of Davenport

Leadership to change Thursday in Diocese of Davenport

For just the ninth time in 136 years, the leadership of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport will change Thursday afternoon.

WQAD.com LogoOvernight shooting in Moline under investigation

Overnight shooting in Moline under investigation

MOLINE — The Moline Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place Wednesday morning, around 2:40 a.m., in the 2400 block of 16th Street. While canvassing the area, officers found a 9mm handgun in the 1800 block of 27th Street. Moline Police believe the gun was used in the shooting. Officers also believe that a 35-year-old black male who showed up at Genesis East Hospital in Davenport for treatment was also involved in the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Moline Police at (309) 797-0401 or Crime Stoppers at (309) 762-9500.

WQAD.com LogoTrump in Cedar Rapids: Click here to see what’s happening

Trump in Cedar Rapids: Click here to see what’s happening

Watch Now: News 8 at 6 Scroll down to browse our videos from Cedar Rapids! CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- WQAD will have full team-coverage of President Donald Trump's appearance and rally in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, June 21. Jim Mertens and Elizabeth Wadas will bring reports from inside and outside the U.S. Cellular Center, where Trump is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. In addition, WQAD web producer Callie Risenhoover will providing updates on all of WQAD's social media platforms, including multiple Facebook Live reports from in and around downtown Cedar Rapids. For those wishing to watch the speec…

Quad-City Times LogoConstruction begins on Overlook Village, a $33 million senior living project in Moline

Construction begins on Overlook Village, a $33 million senior living project in Moline

Under threatening skies Wednesday, members of Dial Retirement Communities and Russell launched a new $33 million senior living project that will transform a key piece of Moline's history and its landscape.

WQAD.com LogoIllini plan performance center, not stadium renovations

Illini plan performance center, not stadium renovations

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says plans for a $132 million renovation at Memorial Stadium are on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance center. Whitman on Tuesday said that the new project will cost between $60 million and $80 million. It will include some things planned in the stadium renovation, such as locker rooms, training facilities and coach offices. But it won’t include renovations to the stadium’s south end zone. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports  Whitman said those plans will be…

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Showers return to forecast

Noon update: Showers return to forecast

WQAD.com LogoCoaches fired for using school bus to make beer run

Coaches fired for using school bus to make beer run

Watch Video TISHOMINGO, Okla. — Two high school basketball coaches in Oklahoma have been fired for using a school bus to make a beer run. The impromptu booze search happened while the team was attending an out-of-town basketball camp.  It was student athletes who first realized something was amiss. “We noticed that the school bus was gone, but (the coach) had told us to stay in our dorms and so we proceeded to do that,” said Kyle Miller, one of the Tishomingo High School basketball players who was on the trip. The store clerk from the convenience store where the coaches boug…

WVIK Logo'The Gallery Gap' Ep. 13: Kara Walker's The Emancipation Approximation

'The Gallery Gap' Ep. 13: Kara Walker's The Emancipation Approximation

Kara Walker's artwork The Emancipation Approximation is on view at the Figge until August 27. This series of 27 silkscreen prints features the provocative silhouettes for which Walker is known.

Quad-City Times LogoStep inside a corn maze — made of green soda bottles — at the Figge Art Museum

Step inside a corn maze — made of green soda bottles — at the Figge Art Museum

During the last stretch of her flight into the Quad-Cities on Tuesday, Jean Shin leaned toward the plane window, pulled out her iPhone and took several aerial photos of the Midwest landscape.

WQAD.com LogoDubuque woman accused of stealing from disabled man

Dubuque woman accused of stealing from disabled man

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have accused a Dubuque woman of stealing from a disabled man while she worked for a service agency. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that 24-year-old Jatika Williams is charged with dependent adult abuse-exploitation and theft. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her. Court documents say investigators determined that Williams stolen nearly $1,100 from the man while working for Area Residential Care. The service agency for disabled people has declined to comment but has confirmed Williams no longer works the…

WQAD.com LogoWatch: 4-year-old steals the show at graduation

Watch: 4-year-old steals the show at graduation

This four-year-old Florida girl may be small, but she's got a big voice and an even bigger personality. Michelle Neshin said she was recording Sophia during a school graduation performance. The kids were singing Moana's "How Far I'll Go." "She just came out there with all the gusto," Neshin said. "I think it didn't hit me until afterwards. Everyone was coming up to me asking 'did you watch her?' I think when I actually watched the video on my phone was when it hit me." Sophia's clearly no stranger to the spotlight.  She's got an agent, she sings, dances, models and acts. As for the graduatio…

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Watch: Valedictorian silenced mid-speech after going off script

A Pennsylvania high school silenced its valedictorian: Peter Butera, 18, during his graduation speech, apparently for going off script. The student had just told his audience at Wyoming Area High School that the “authoritative nature” of “a few” administrators and school members “prevents students from developing as true leaders.” Butera later said the principal told him to stop. Butera, who is heading to Villanova University, got a standing ovation. He later had a chance to finish his speech on Jimmy Kimmel. CNN contributed to this report…

WQAD.com LogoWatch: Nevada reporter cooks on the sidewalk on first day of summer

Watch: Nevada reporter cooks on the sidewalk on first day of summer

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Tuesday, June 20th was so hot for westerners that a reporter decided to test some theories about cooking outside. Katie Boer started cooking in the early afternoon while the temperature outside was 106 degrees.  The sidewalk cement was 151 degrees and the hood of her car was 192 degrees. With scorching temps like that, she was able to bake cookies, fry an egg, cook fish, boil water, and melt crayons. Parts of Las Vegas reached 117 degrees on the summer solstice.  …

WVIK LogoLIVE STREAM: Congress Investigates Russian Cyber-Attacks on US Election Systems

LIVE STREAM: Congress Investigates Russian Cyber-Attacks on US Election Systems

Wednesday is another big day of testimony before two Congressional committees investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election.

WQAD.com LogoLawmakers head to Springfield for special session in hopes to pass a state budget

Lawmakers head to Springfield for special session in hopes to pass a state budget

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Today lawmakers head back to Springfield and will have 10 days to try and pass a full budget. Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s prepared to sign the republican spending plan put out last week but the two sides are divided over taxes. The governor wants a property tax freeze. to balance out an income tax hike proposed by democrats. It calls for a four-year property tax freeze, term limits and changes for an income tax increase that expires after four years. But democrats aren’t buying it. Our local representatives, Republican Tony McCombie and Democrat Mi…

WQAD.com LogoUniversity of Iowa fire blamed on extension cord

University of Iowa fire blamed on extension cord

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials are blaming an idle electrical extension cord for an accidental fire that damaged the Bowen Science Building at the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. The university said in a news release Tuesday that the damage estimate from the June 11 fire has been raised to at least $1.5 million and doesn’t include damage to lab equipment or supplies that may need repairing or replacing. The original estimate was $500,000. No injuries have been reported. The fire sprinkler system contained the flames to a second-floor laboratory. The building opened in 1972. I…

WQAD.com LogoStarting Your Day Right: A Tropical Tango Smoothie

Starting Your Day Right: A Tropical Tango Smoothie

DAVENPORT- Smoothies are the perfect, healthy way to get a GREAT START to your morning! It is important we don't feel cloudy in the early hours of the day, eating a proper breakfast is part of having a clear mind. The best time to eat fruits is first thing in the morning after your morning water. Eating them right after a fill meal is not a great idea, there is a good chance full digestion will not occur. DON'T YOU WANT TO USE WHAT YOU EAT? Wednesday, June 21, Greatest Grains showed us how to make the delicious 'Tropical Tango Smoothie' stuffed full of great tasting fruit found around the mo…

Quad-City Times LogoRick's Six: Longest day, Costco project heads to vote, and sweet treats

Rick's Six: Longest day, Costco project heads to vote, and sweet treats

1. Scattered showers possible on this longest day…

WQAD.com LogoStorm chances going up; major heat tomorrow

Storm chances going up; major heat tomorrow

Good morning! We have more storms in the forecast today as temperatures rise into the lower to middle 80s. Storms are expected to move across Eastern Iowa and Northwestern Illinois through midday, limiting temperatures just a bit. Where it remains sunny, places like Burlington and Galesburg could rise up to 90 degrees. Southeastly breezes will be gentle, in the 10-15 mph area outside of storm activity. Tonight will be warmer and more humid. We'll stay in the 70s all night with a definite stuffy feel. An isolated storm can't be ruled out as well. Thursday will be hot and humid. Temps will sur…

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

WQAD.com LogoOne Person Hurt in QC Shooting

One Person Hurt in QC Shooting

DAVENPORT- Police are investigating a shots fired call near 8th and Fillmore Wednesday morning, June 21. Dozens of police were on the scene searching for evidence around 3:30 a.m., but they didn't find any evidence of a shooting. Police left the scene around 4 a.m. Davenport Police also said one person was taken to Genesis East early Wednesday morning in a shooting, but that was separate from the shots fired call at 8th and Fillmore. They also say the victim came from the Illinois Quad Cities.

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RI Sheriff Gerry Bustos to announce re-election bid

MOLINE — Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos will make a formal announcement of his plans to run for re-election Thursday afternoon.

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Moline approves loan extension for developer

MOLINE — The Moline city council approved a $3.4 million loan extension Tuesday night for local developer Rodney Blackwell, CEO of Financial District Properties HQO LLC.

WQAD.com LogoGovernor Rauner calling on lawmakers to come together on eve of special session

Governor Rauner calling on lawmakers to come together on eve of special session

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Lawmakers are heading back to Springfield for a special session. In the room where President Lincoln gave his 'House Divided' speech, Governor Bruce Rauner stood asking lawmakers to come together. "Right now, our state is in real crisis," said Governor Rauner. That crisis is the state has gone two years without a budget. On the eve of a special session, Governor Rauner is asking the Democrats to back a plan introduced last week by the Republicans. "It moves us to middle ground on key issues.  It is truly balanced. It funds schools, higher education, and human services…

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Carbon Cliff prepares for JDC parking restrictions

CARBON CLIFF — In anticipation of the John Deere Classic, village trustees on Monday approved a motion to waive the bidding process designated under the village code and named Quad City Towing Inc. of Rock Island as its authorized agent……

WQAD.com LogoLocal developer, Rodney Blackwell, asks for second extension to pay back City of Moline $3.4M

Local developer, Rodney Blackwell, asks for second extension to pay back City of Moline $3.4M

MOLINE-- The Kone development project was a symbol of new hope, hope for jobs and opportunity for the city of Moline. That's why city leaders say they granted developer, Rodney Blackwell, a multi-million dollar loan to complete the KONE project. The plan for the site was originally to house the Kone headquarters, have a floor for condominiums, and have a public restaurant. Fast forward five years and about two and a half floors are empty, and only two out of the seven condos are occupied and no restaurant. And Blackwell with Financial District Properties still hasn't paid the loan in full. FD…

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Niabi Zoo to get community advisory board

ROCK ISLAND — Niabi Zoo will have a community advisory board and the Forest Preserve District is looking for volunteers.

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RICo board approves Top of the World Ranch

ROCK ISLAND — Rural Milan will be home to a new high-end substance abuse treatment facility, Top of the World Ranch, after the Rock Island County board voted in favor of the facility in a 14-6-2 vote.

WQAD.com LogoIowa mother says counting app saved her baby’s life

Iowa mother says counting app saved her baby’s life

DES MOINES, Iowa – Many people use their cellphones to play games, waste time or check the latest sports scores – but one Iowa woman believes an app she downloaded saved her baby girl's life. "I haven't let my mind go there," said Emily Eekhoff about what could have happened if she hadn't rushed to the hospital. "They could have been burying our baby instead." Eekhoff was 33 weeks pregnant when she noticed something had changed. "We were a little scared that things weren't right," Eekhoff told WHO-TV Tuesday morning at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She had been using the Count the K…

Quad-Cities Online LogoHalpin hopeful for special session budget action

Halpin hopeful for special session budget action

MOLINE — State Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, is hoping state lawmakers can reach a budget resolution during a special General Assembly session that starts today in Springfield.

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PHOTO: Camping it up

WQAD.com LogoMan dies with 109-degree temperature at Las Vegas music festival

Man dies with 109-degree temperature at Las Vegas music festival

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A 34-year-old California man died of an apparent heat-related illness after attending the first night of an electronic music festival. Michael Morse, 34, made the trip to Las Vegas to attend the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with two of his friends, and the family now blames festival organizers for his death, according to a report. A general view shows the 21st annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/Getty Images) “It was the worst call of my life because … …

WQAD.com LogoHenry County Sheriff’s office posts tour of facility, looks to rev up financial support

Henry County Sheriff’s office posts tour of facility, looks to rev up financial support

ILLINOIS — Last October, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office asked their community to pass a public safety sales tax. They were hopeful that a small sales tax would not only help save staff but also allow to them to replace things like their rusty cars. Fast forward eight months and they continue in their efforts to rev up financial support. Officers put together a video showing their current facility and the things that need to be fixed. The video was posted to their Facebook page with the caption: “This tour is to show the public what the current facility looks like, and why…

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Today in history for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Today is Wednesday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2017. There are 193 days left in the year.

Quad-Cities Online LogoZahm to seek Henry County clerk, recorder post

Zahm to seek Henry County clerk, recorder post

CLEVELAND — Jon Zahm plans to announce his candidacy for the Henry County Clerk/Recorder post at 6:30 p.m. June 21 in Cambridge.

WQAD.com LogoNEWS 8 TRIO ‘Smores without the campfire

NEWS 8 TRIO ‘Smores without the campfire

Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on "News 8 at 6:30" for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting. Denise and Johnnie would rather set up camp inside than outdoors right now.  But it doesn't mean they can't enjoy a trio of great recipes that make your 'Smores even better! Isn't everything better with a sugar cone? We're calling it 'Smore-ssant (like croissant, get it?) And let them eat cake! Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top news, weather, health, and lifestyle ideas on "News 8 at 6:30". …

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Water rates going up in Atkinson

ATKINSON — Residents will see an increase in their water rates in their July bills.

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Spilman obituary correction

An obituary notice for Lori E. Spilman, of Waterloo, Iowa, that was published June 11 included the wrong year of her death. A June 17 funeral listing had the wrong time for her funeral. We sincerely apologize to the Spilman……

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Proposed bee prohibition opposed in Aledo

ALEDO — Seven people on Monday night spoke against a planned city ordinance banning beekeeping within city limits.

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Beg Your Pardon

In Tuesday's issue, a story about the Rock Island City Council incorrectly stated Russ Hodge said the Rock Island Public Library Foundation would donate $2 million. It should have read that the assets of the Rock Island Public Library are……

WQAD.com LogoVictory Center homeless shelter can’t pay staff or utilities due to lack of donations

Victory Center homeless shelter can’t pay staff or utilities due to lack of donations

CLINTON, Iowa-- Everyday the Victory Center Rescue  Mission is packed with hungry people and helping hands. Employee Jeremiah Mussmann, has only been working at the homeless shelter for seven months but he says everyone there feels like family. "It's bar none the most gratifying job I've ever had. I was blessed with an amazing family they're here locally ....and I just try to give back the blessing I've been given." says Mussman. However starting Friday,  June 23, it is a job he will have to do for free until further notice. The Victory Center has seen a steady decline in donations from the…

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More communication sought among Port Byron village board

PORT BYRON — Communication challenges are being addressed by the village board.

WQAD.com LogoIowa Supreme Court upholds decision in Muscatine traffic camera case

Iowa Supreme Court upholds decision in Muscatine traffic camera case

MUSCATINE, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court has issued a ruling that upholds the Iowa Department of Transportation’s authority to order the removal of automated traffic-enforcement cameras. According to the Muscatine Journal, the court denied Muscatine’s request for the continuance of issuing  traffic tickets from the camera at the intersection of Highway 61 and University Drive. This is the second ruling in the case. A state judge made the same ruling in April of this year. The initial decision came in response to a request for judicial review filed by Des Moines, Cedar Rapids…

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DCFS educates local groups on new initiative

MOLINE — Representatives from child welfare agencies in Rock Island, Mercer, Henry and Whiteside counties convened at Bethany for Children and Families on Tuesday to discuss issues facing the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Quad-City Times LogoWelcome, summer! Solstice hit at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday

Welcome, summer! Solstice hit at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday

Just before midnight Tuesday, the sun reaches its northern-most point from the equator to make Wednesday the longest period of daylight of the year.

WQAD.com LogoMuscatine cleaning up after a weekend storm tore through the area

Muscatine cleaning up after a weekend storm tore through the area

MUSCATINE, Iowa - People in Muscatine are still cleaning up after a storm with rain totals up to 3.50 inches and pea to golf ball sized hail came through the area in about 20 minutes. "We had a sudden severe storm come through and apparently there was some debris that came flying through the air and punctured the library," said Betty Collins, youth services librarian. The Musser Public Library is currently closed from the storm damage and are running programs out of Wesley United Methodist Church. "Right now, we're just trying to get the water out of the air in the building and out of the car…

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President Bush set to headline Iowa humanitarian fundraiser

Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to appear at an Oct. 14 fundraiser for Trailhead International Builders at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

WQAD.com LogoProgram ending that puts art at Iowa universities, prisons and rest stops

Program ending that puts art at Iowa universities, prisons and rest stops

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For decades, Iowa taxpayers have been paying for public art projects at the state's universities, prisons and rest stops. Lawmakers, though, have decided that won't be the case any longer. Since 1979, Iowa law has required that .5 percent of the construction costs for any new or renovated state building must be dedicated to public art. Known as the Art in State Buildings program, it has resulted in murals, sculptures and paintings at college campuses, state parks, government buildings, and prisons. Many of those sculptures were built at the University of Northern Iowa's p…

Quad-City Times LogoQ-C airport sees 'dismal' passenger numbers in May

Q-C airport sees 'dismal' passenger numbers in May

The Quad-City International Airport posted an 18 percent decrease in passenger enplanements for May amid increasing airfares and corporate travel cutbacks, airport officials announced Tuesday.

WQAD.com LogoIowa State students show off world’s first solar utility vehicle

Iowa State students show off world’s first solar utility vehicle

RIVERDALE, Iowa — Members of Iowa State University’s competitive student solar car team, known as “PrISUm,” gathered at Arconic in Riverdale earlier today to show off Penumbra, the world’s first solar utility vehicle What started as a design on paper two years ago, was turned into a completed DOT street legal car. “When you think about Iowa, you don’t necessarily think about high technology, and as students, in our free time, we were able to produce the world’s first solar utility vehicle,” said Senior Materials Engineering student Matt Goo…

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Cedar Rapids mayor to announce plans in Iowa governor’s race

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Ron Corbett, the Cedar Rapids mayor and former Iowa House speaker, was widely expected to announce plans Tuesday to challenge Gov. Kim Reynolds for the Republican nomination for governor. Corbett, 56, has scheduled an evening picnic with supporters to announce his future plans at a market in Cedar Rapids, where he’s leaving office after two terms. If he runs, the announcement would set up a one-year campaign for the June 2018 GOP primary featuring Iowa’s first female governor and the popular mayor of the state’s second largest city. Several Democra…

Quad-City Times LogoMuscatine Mayor Broderson returns to office

Muscatine Mayor Broderson returns to office

MUSCATINE — Five weeks after being removed from office by the Muscatine City Council, Diana Broderson picked up the keys to her office Tuesday and returned to City Hall, where she was met with flowers and messages expressing support.

Quad-Cities Online LogoHand-in-Hand rolle bolle pegs its 100th year

Hand-in-Hand rolle bolle pegs its 100th year

HAMPTON — Laughter and cheerful chatter filled the Monday night air at the Empire Park rolle bolle court, pierced by an occasional sharp thud as a bolle collided with a backstop.

WQAD.com LogoHenry County Fair counts on community during Illinois budget crisis

Henry County Fair counts on community during Illinois budget crisis

CAMBRIDGE, Illinois - The Henry County Fair is back for a remarkable 158th event in Cambridge from June 20-25. It remains resilient in the wake of a state budget crisis nearing its third year. As youngsters work with animals on Tuesday, June 20, it says a lot about hard work in the show ring.  Work that's tougher to showcase, though, with state cuts and funding delays. "It is very frustrating," said Nicole Haverback, 17, during a break in the Open Swine Show.  "I know how hard I work and people work with their livestock." The fair expects up to 20,000 visitors this week.  They'll come to s…

WQAD.com LogoFirst full day of summer will bring back the heat

First full day of summer will bring back the heat

Welcome to summer! We officially kick off the summer season Tuesday night at 11:24 PM with the summer solstice. Those showers and storms from Tuesday afternoon will be long gone for the rest of the night. The sky will be clearing out causing our overnight lows to be in the upper 50s. Most of Wednesday will be partly cloudy, but a few showers and storms will return that afternoon and evening. With more warm air filtering through, highs in the Quad Cities will be in the mid to upper 80s. Some more showers and storms will also swing through during the overnight hours. Summer is back in full force…

WQAD.com LogoIowa Supreme Court issues statewide courthouse weapons ban

Iowa Supreme Court issues statewide courthouse weapons ban

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has for the first time issued a statewide order prohibiting weapons in courthouses and other public areas used by the state court system. Chief Justice Mark Cady says in the order released Tuesday that it does not affect peace officers. It does, however, ban other visitors from carrying weapons into courthouses. The order requires the chief judge in each judicial district to work with local officials to carry out the order in all 99 counties but does not specify how weapons would be detected. Currently 72 counties prohibit weapons in courthouses…

Quad-City Times LogoThe Raccoon Motel kicks off a busy summer

The Raccoon Motel kicks off a busy summer

Son Little's sold-out show on Monday kicked off a busy week for the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport.

Quad-City Times LogoSweet treats to try this season at the Freight House Farmers Market

Sweet treats to try this season at the Freight House Farmers Market

If you frequent the Freight House Farmers Market in downtown Davenport on Saturday mornings, then you know it's not all fruits and vegetables.

WQAD.com LogoSurvey: Davenport wants your input on how to improve QC transportation

Survey: Davenport wants your input on how to improve QC transportation

DAVENPORT — City leaders are working on a plan to make walking and biking more doable. Quad Citizens are being asked to take a survey that illustrates their own biking/walking habits and offers input on what pathways are desirable and which are not. Click here to take the survey. The survey consists of 50 questions. The first section consists of 16 questions that ask you about your own habits, motivation and which pathways you find important.  Section one is a mixture of multiple choice, multiple answer, and rankings. The second section is a series of pictures asking how safe each pathw…

WQAD.com LogoTrump’s Iowa visit to include stop at college, officials say

Trump’s Iowa visit to include stop at college, officials say

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Officials say President Donald Trump also will visit Kirkwood Community College during his visit to Cedar Rapids Wednesday. Trump already had been scheduled to address a 7 p.m. rally at the U.S. Cellular Center. White House officials have confirmed that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will join Trump on a tour of the college’s agriculture program earlier in the day. The president originally was slated to be in Iowa June 1, but that trip was postponed because of a change in his schedule. Wednesday’s visit is his first…

Quad-City Times LogoCouncil approves security agreement for Dolan Commons development

Council approves security agreement for Dolan Commons development

Financing for the Dolan Commons LLC development in the 2700 block of Avenue of the Cities in Moline has been secured by the city.





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