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Saturday, February 6th, 2016

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Share the love at Davenport’s Freight House

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Volunteers with “Café on Vine” and “Central Community Circle Food Pantry” collected food for those in need today. Every Saturday donations can be dropped off at freight house. Donations can range from canned and boxed items to cash. “With like valentine’s day approaching it may not be like flowers or chocolate but uh to put a meal on somebody’s table is a great way to give back,” said Freight House employee Aaron Fischer. Donations often help high at risk teens, or families that have an income but are struggling to put food on the table.

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Davenport fire concerns remain amid cities ‘balanced budget’

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – After a month-long discussion about Davenport’s budget, city council says they have found a balanced budget without cutting core services. The City of Davenport was tasked with cutting $900,000 from it’s budget for the 2017 fiscal year. Each of the city’s 11 departments was asked to cut two percent of its portion of the general fund. Included in those were Davenport fire and police. Davenport Police were facing a three position cut, including a juvenile liaison officer. However they were able to find a way to keep that position, and expand it …

WQAD.com LogoNames released of 6 relatives found dead in Chicago home

Names released of 6 relatives found dead in Chicago home

  CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have released the names of six family members found dead this week in their home on Chicago’s southwest side. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of the two boys, two women and two men Saturday. Their deaths remain under investigation. The boys were identified as 13-year-old Leonardo Cruz and 10-year-old Alexis Cruz and the women as 58-year-old Rosaura Martinez and 32-year-old Maria Herminia Martinez. The men were identified as 62-year-old Noe Martinez Sr. and 32-year-old Noe Martinez Jr. The medical examiner’s off…

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Blizzard hits QC on February 1, 2015

KWQC-TV6 LogoGiving tips to parents on parenting

Giving tips to parents on parenting

SILVIS, Ill. (KWQC) — About 75 families attended the Growing Great Families Conference at George O. Barr Elementary School on Saturday. Debbie Lee, Co-Chair of the conference said, “We have a variety of workshops from heavy topics to light topics.” Parenting is a tough job. The conference goal is go offer a helping hand to parents. Organizers invited all families from United Township Partner Schools to attend the workshops. There were 20 workshops, including Stress Management, Couponing and Saving Money, or Talking To Your Kids About Sex. Jessica Pankey attended. The most i…

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Three arrested following shots fired reports in Des Moines County

Three people were arrested after a report of shots fired in Des Moines County led to a car chase. Gunfire was reported near Timberland Estates on Washington Road around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016, according to a statement from the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office. A caller identified "a possible suspect vehicle" and followed it westbound toward Mt. Pleasant. From there, Henry County Deputies and police from Mt. Pleasant tried to pull the suspect vehicle over, but it fled, according to the statement. The chase ended in rural Henry County. Three people inside the vehicle were arrest…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWhat issues will the candidates talk about Saturday night?

What issues will the candidates talk about Saturday night?

MANCHESTER, N.H. (WWLP) – New Hampshire voters go to the polls in just a couple of days, and a substantial number of them still haven’t made up their minds. Saturday night’s debate will focus on a variety of issues that are on voters’ minds. It is being held in partnership between the Republican National Committee and Google, which has been tracking what voters are most interested in hearing about. In New Hampshire, Google found that these five issues are most important to likely Republican primary voters: Gun control Education ISIS Immigration Economy These issues are fairly consis…

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Rock Island residents displaced after fire breaks out in living room

A Rock Island family was displaced after a fire broke out at their home. Firefighters arrived at the home near 13th Avenue and 14th Street around 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016, according to Fire Marshal Greg Marty. It took fire crews 30-40 minutes to get the fire under control because the home was already heavily engulfed in flames when they arrived. The fire started in the living room, but there was no word yet on what the cause was, according to Marty; he said the home was most likely a total loss. Everyone got out safely and there were no reported injuries.  The Red Cross w…

WQAD.com LogoTraffic slow-going on I-80 westbound near LeClaire, Iowa

Traffic slow-going on I-80 westbound near LeClaire, Iowa

Situation on right shoulder slowing traffic on I-80 westbound near LeClaire, 2-6-16 Westbound traffic on Interstate 80 was moving slowly near LeClaire, Iowa.  Emergency vehicles could be seen in the area and appeared to be dealing with a situation on the right side of the highway. Cones set up in the right lane, still from Iowa Department of Transportation camera around 4 p.m., 2-6-16 Iowa Department of Transportation cameras showed a bundle of vehicles settled in the right lane or right shoulder around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016. A closer look showed cones blocking a portion o…

Quad-City Times LogoSpace heater caused Rock Island fire, survivor says

Space heater caused Rock Island fire, survivor says

Valencia Henderson said she is taking life one day at a time after escaping a fire that tore through her Rock Island home Saturday afternoon.

WQAD.com LogoDog attacks becoming a problem for Ameren Illinois utility workers

Dog attacks becoming a problem for Ameren Illinois utility workers

After having numerous incidents where workers have been attacked by dogs, Ameren Illinois is publicly asking customers to be mindful of their pets. The latest incident happened in January 2016 where a lineman was bitten on the hand by a dog in Viola, Illinois, according to a statement from Ameren Illinois.  That employee returned to work in early February. The utility company said that over the last five years, more than 40 Ameren Illinois field workers have been treated for injuries after being “attacked and bitten by dogs” while working. Click here to see Ameren Illinois̵…

KWQC-TV6 LogoStrong earthquake topples high-rise building in Taiwan

Strong earthquake topples high-rise building in Taiwan

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) – Rescuers are searching for more than 100 people missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan. The magnitude-6.4 quake killed at least 14 people, most of them in the collapse of a 17-story residential building. The spectacular fall of the building in Tainan raised questions about its construction, and Taiwan’s interior minister said there would be an investigation. The emergency management information center says rescuers pulled out at least 247 survivors from the collapsed building. Throughout the city, 334 people were rescued. Hundreds …

Quad-City Times LogoBettendorf expo makes science exciting

Bettendorf expo makes science exciting

Adelaide Rhodes crawled through a colorful play tunnel that simulated the human outer ear — complete with a sheet of bubble wrap covering the tunnel's end like ear wax.

WQAD.com Logo24 snacks a healthful host should avoid at a Super Bowl party

24 snacks a healthful host should avoid at a Super Bowl party

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers fans, as well as more casual observers, are making bets and planning parties. One of the biggest sporting events of the season, last year this game drew over 114 million viewers. However, Sunday will also be home to Puppy Bowl XI, Kitten Bowl III and a wide variety of snacks to munch on as you watch these events. Not all snacks are created equally, though. For the health-conscious among us, and for those who are still sticking to their New Year’s resolutions, certain foods items are best left untouched. The experts at HealthG…

WQAD.com LogoSeveral dead, over 100 missing after strong quake rattles Taiwan

Several dead, over 100 missing after strong quake rattles Taiwan

Watch Video TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers are searching for more than 100 people missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan. The magnitude-6.4 quake killed at least 14 people, most of them in the collapse of a 17-story residential building. The spectacular fall of the building in Tainan raised questions about its construction, and Taiwan’sinterior minister said there would be an investigation. The emergency management information center says rescuers pulled out at least 247 survivors from the collapsed building. Throughout the city, 334 people were rescued. H…

WQAD.com LogoWild surveillance video shows men chasing runaway ATV

Wild surveillance video shows men chasing runaway ATV

In northeast Iowa, an ATV got away from its owners and caused quite an unnerving scene; all of it was captured on surveillance video. The incident happened in Fort Atkinson, Iowa in the parking lot of Huber’s Store, which is a hardware and grocery store, according to a report by KWWL. The video shows the ATV speeding around the building just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 9.  Another angle then shows the ATV swiping the side of the building before overturning.  Two men are seen chasing it and finally getting it under control. According to the report, the ATV owners contacted the o…

WQAD.com LogoWinter weather on the way

Winter weather on the way

Today we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds throughout the afternoon. Daytime highs will be sitting in the low 40s, keeping temperatures above normal for this time of year. Tonight clouds will increase into the area leaving us with mostly cloudy skies. Overnight lows will drop just below freezing, staying in the upper 20s and low 30s. During the early morning hours tomorrow, areas north of the QC could see a little bit of a winter mix. This means that roads could be a little slick, keep this in mind if you have travel plans. The system will quickly move out, leaving us with clouds for the af…

KWQC-TV6 LogoSuper Bowl 50 will be missing its Starr

Super Bowl 50 will be missing its Starr

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Super Bowl weekend will have stars on the field and stars in the stands…but one star will be missing: Bart Starr. When all the Super Bowl MVP’s are recognized on the field during the pregame Sunday, Bart will be shown on video from his home. But one thing I’ve learned, the NFL family is never far away from Starr’s heart. There was a time, before Cam Newton was superman…that the NFL was protected by the first superman. That man is Bart Starr. Super indeed. Quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. The MVP of Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. “That was quite a ru…

KWQC-TV6 LogoCapitol Edge: Flint water crisis, presidential power

Capitol Edge: Flint water crisis, presidential power

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – Failing to over power the president, Flint’s water crisis, and pleading the fifth are all part of this week’s Capitol Edge. The week began with House Republicans failing to get the needed support to override President Obama’s veto of a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. “We want answers from everybody,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) yelled at an Oversight Committee hearing on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle questioned the Environmental Protection Agency a…

WQAD.com LogoIowa couple have baby on their shared birthday

Iowa couple have baby on their shared birthday

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa couple who have the same birthday just had their first baby — on their shared birthday. Television station KCCI reports that Greg and Katy Merhroff, of Des Moines, were married two years ago, and both share Feb. 4 as their birthday. Their newborn, Aurora Claire, was supposed to be delivered on Wednesday, but instead arrived at Methodist West Medical Center in West Des Moines on Thursday, Feb. 4. Aurora Claire even shares her birthday with her aunt, who is mom Katy’s twin sister. …

WQAD.com LogoLowest price for Super Bowl ticket is $3,000, company says

Lowest price for Super Bowl ticket is $3,000, company says

  SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — For a mere $3,000, you can attend the Super Bowl. That’s the lowest price of a ticket to the big game on Sunday, according to an executive from the online ticket marketplace StubHub. Prices are holding steady, said Jason Deppen, StubHub’s director of field operations. “We’re seeing prices as low as $3,000 to get in, so we are talking upper corner, upper end zone. Those prices are hovering around $3,000. The average price we’re seeing — $4,500, $4,700 — and prices get up to into the tens of thousands depending on suite level…

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Women leaders sought for Athena awards

Friday is the deadline for nominations for the 2016 Athena Awards presented in partnership by The Women's Connection and the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce.

WQAD.com LogoBranded for Bernie: Dozens get inked with free Sanders tat

Branded for Bernie: Dozens get inked with free Sanders tat

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Fans of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are wearing their support for him on their sleeves — and on their rib cages, calves, necks and backs. Several dozen people have flocked to Aartistic Tattoo in Montpelier, Vermont, to get a free tattoo of the senator, complete with his unkempt hair and thick-rimmed glasses. The Burlington Free Press reports (bfpne.ws/1QMWh2o) that the promotion began a week ago. Tattoo artist Chad Fay says it will run as long as Sanders does. Tattoo artist Jessica Andrew tells the newspaper she inked Sanders’ image on…

WQAD.com LogoDavenport Subway restaurant target of armed robbery

Davenport Subway restaurant target of armed robbery

A Davenport Subway restaurant was the target of an armed robbery on Friday evening, February 5, 2016, police said. It happened just before 9 p.m. at the restaurant in the 900 block of West Kimberly Road, according to a statement from the Davenport Police Department. The armed robber was described as a black male who stood about 6-feet tall and weighed about 210 pounds, according to police. "The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk," read the statement.  The suspect got away with "an undisclosed amount of cash." There were no injuries reported. If you have any inf…

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Restaurant clerk robbed Friday night

 Davenport police are investigating an armed robbery Friday night at a Subway restaurant. …

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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American Cancer Society seeks drivers

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery is seeking volunteers who can use their own vehicles to drive patients undergoing cancer treatment to and from their appointments. The appointments……

Quad-Cities Online LogoFormer Argus owner made mark US, world

Former Argus owner made mark US, world

J.B. Danforth, born in 1819 in Vermont, who eventually came to Rock Island in 1851, had a varied career that revolved around politics and military affairs of the country. …

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Letter: Only governors qualified to instantly become president

What we're trying to do this year is hire a guy to be our CEO. We're doing it backwards.  I have hired a lot of executives and the process is as follows: first you read the candidates resumes to see if they have the education, training, experience and accomplishments to seem qualified to perform the job. You weed out those not qualified and THEN do interviews with the remainder.

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Democracy only works if voters get whole truth

Perhaps, because I spent 26 years on the bench, I have never had an iota of use for political correctness or lies. I believe they stand in the way of finding facts -- of determining the truth.

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Rajun Cajun Food Fest at the Figge

The 4th annual Rajun Cajun Food Fest will be hosted at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, from 5-8 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9. Chefs from nine Quad-Cities restaurants will be co……

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‘Share the Love’ food drive aids hungry

The Freight House Farmers Market, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport, will accept cash, market purchases or shelf-stable foods from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in February for the Central Communi……

WQAD.com LogoWethersfield advances over Mercer Co in LTC Tournament

Wethersfield advances over Mercer Co in LTC Tournament

Wethersfield advances over Mercer Co in LTC Tournament, 69-53…

WQAD.com LogoAnnawan continues to pursue LTC title

Annawan continues to pursue LTC title

Annawan wins to move into the championship game of the LTC tournament.

WQAD.com LogoUnited falls to Princeville

United falls to Princeville

United falls to Princeville…

WQAD.com LogoErie gets better of Prophetstown

Erie gets better of Prophetstown

Football teammates square off on the court with Erie winning 51-44.

WQAD.com LogoCentral stays near the top of the MAC, defeats Assumption

Central stays near the top of the MAC, defeats Assumption

Central stays near the top of the MAC, defeats Assumption 58-36…

WQAD.com LogoMt Vernon tops Central DeWitt

Mt Vernon tops Central DeWitt

Mt Vernon tops Central DeWitt by 9…

WQAD.com LogoKewanee with a big win over Orion

Kewanee with a big win over Orion

Kewanee with a 35-point win over Orion.

WQAD.com LogoNorth Girls move 1 game closer to MAC title with win at Muscatine

North Girls move 1 game closer to MAC title with win at Muscatine

North girls win, 73-46…

WQAD.com LogoNewman a 7-point win over Princeton

Newman a 7-point win over Princeton

Sterling Newman picks up a TRAC win.

WQAD.com LogoDurant girls earn 15 point win over Northeast

Durant girls earn 15 point win over Northeast

Durant girls earn 15 point win over Northeast…

WQAD.com LogoPleasant Valley girls with a 20-point win

Pleasant Valley girls with a 20-point win

Pleasant Valley continues to play well as post season approaches.

WQAD.com LogoWest girls win over Burlington

West girls win over Burlington

West girls win over Burlington, 73-41…

WQAD.com LogoRockridge over rival Sherrard

Rockridge over rival Sherrard

Rockridge goes on the road and beats Sherrard…

WQAD.com LogoNorth Scott girls get home win over Clinton

North Scott girls get home win over Clinton

North Scott girls get home win over Clinton…

WQAD.com LogoRock Island falls to Quincy by 3

Rock Island falls to Quincy by 3

Rock Island travels to Quincy and comes up short against the Blue Devils  …

WQAD.com LogoNortheast wins over Durant by 5

Northeast wins over Durant by 5

Northeast wins over Durant by 5…

WQAD.com LogoUnited Township gets better of rival Moline

United Township gets better of rival Moline

United township beats Moline by 14, 54-40.

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg remains perfect in Western Big 6

Galesburg remains perfect in Western Big 6

Galesburg rolls past Alleman 71-32…

WQAD.com LogoLady Knights top Central

Lady Knights top Central

Lady Knights top Central, 75-25…

WQAD.com LogoSpartans edge rival Bettendorf in MAC thriller

Spartans edge rival Bettendorf in MAC thriller

Pleasant Valley uses a 4th quarter comeback to edge Bettendorf 40-39.  The top ranked Spartans improve to 17-0 overall and 12-0 in the MAC.

WQAD.com LogoMuscatine scores 15-point win on the road

Muscatine scores 15-point win on the road

Joe Wieskamp leds the way with 32 points as the Muskies beat North.

WQAD.com LogoNorth Scott holds on to win by two

North Scott holds on to win by two

North Scott gets a home win over Clinton.

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Highlight Zone Basketball “Weathercaster Appreciation”

Friday was National Weatherperson’s Day, so we honored our KWQC-TV6 meteorologists with our theme. We have all your highlights and scores on the Highlight Zone. You can watch them in the videos above. Here are some of the highlights from this week: North girls clinch a share of the MAC title for the 1st time in school history Newman boys take a 1-game lead in the Three Rivers Conference Galesburg and Pleasant Valley boys remain undefeated in conference play Be sure to tune in next Friday at 10:15 p.m.

KWQC-TV6 LogoRobbery at Davenport Subway

Robbery at Davenport Subway

Davenport, IA (KWQC)- Police confirm an armed robbery occurred at a Subway restaurant tonight, Feb. 5,  on West Kimberly Road. Police were on scene around 9:30 PM investigating. They tell us a suspect entered the restaurant tonight with a gun, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a 6 foot tall black male weighing 210lbs. No one was injured.  …

WQAD.com LogoNew Davenport transit committee addressing cost, efficiency of bus system

New Davenport transit committee addressing cost, efficiency of bus system

It's a fresh, new system that should cost less. That's how Davenport's new transit committee is looking at how CitiBus will soon run. The goal of the group is clear- make sure everyone knows what the priorities will be. "It`s not about adding routes, changing routes or whatever, it`s about meeting the need of a high level of service, while at the same time keeping our cost in line and maximizing the resources we have," Davenport mayor Frank Klipsch said. Each member steps up with a different perspective. "Being a native of Davenport, I`m curious to know why a lot of people my age are not usin…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDavenport city leaders work to make getting around by bus easier

Davenport city leaders work to make getting around by bus easier

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Getting around Davenport by bus could soon get easier. Proposed changes to Davenport bus routes have caused heated debate, even a mayoral veto that council members overrode. Now, a new council is tackling the issue with a first of its kind Transit Committee. “If we find common ground, it’s a lot easier to build from that than coming from all different directions,” Mayor Frank Klipsch announced Friday afternoon, as he guided the discussion about the city’s bus service. Starting July 1st, it’s set to change from a spoke and hub, whe…

Quad-City Times LogoGaul, Cullen honored with Iowa journalism awards

Gaul, Cullen honored with Iowa journalism awards

Quad-City Times reporters Alma Gaul and Jack Cullen were recognized by their peers on Friday when representatives of Iowa’s daily and weekly newspapers gathered for the annual Iowa Newspaper A……

WQAD.com LogoWoman with Asperger’s syndrome shot dead by police

Woman with Asperger’s syndrome shot dead by police

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A woman shot and killed by Phoenix-area police after they say she charged them with a knife had posted a popular online video last year in which her dog tries to comfort her as she cries. Police in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa say several officers went to 24-year-old Danielle Jacobs’ home Thursday in response to calls about a suicidal person. Authorities say two officers shot the woman when she lunged toward them with a knife. Her 2015 video shows Jacobs sobbing and striking herself while her dog tries to comfort her. Her description of the video said it showed w…

KWQC-TV6 LogoCounterfeit bills found in LeClaire and Davenport

Counterfeit bills found in LeClaire and Davenport

LECLAIRE, Iowa (KWQC) – Counterfeit cash is making its way around the Quad Cities. Fake bills have been passed off at local businesses in LeClaire and Davenport. LeClaire Police tell us in the last two weeks, a $100 counterfeit bill has been found at two locations in the city and multiple others along 53rd Street in Davenport. Businesses in LeClaire said they’re prepared. Some of them have already been trained on how to detect fake money by the Secret Service. “We wanted to make sure if they did come into our community we’d be ready for it,” said Donna Walley. W…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDavenport mayor and police address 2016 violence

Davenport mayor and police address 2016 violence

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Gun violence in Davenport is a concern on many residents’ minds. Today the mayor and police chief addressed that issue. “Chief Sikorski is committed to making sure that we get to the root cause of some of these issues,” said Mayor Frank Klipsch. “We’re continuing with our prevention and really that is community outreach,” said Chief Paul Sikorski. As investigators work to make sense of the gun violence across the city, Davenport’s chief of police says it’s time to start being proactive. “One of my commitments is to be engaged in the ci…

KWQC-TV6 LogoBill introduced could help bicycle safety in Iowa

Bill introduced could help bicycle safety in Iowa

A new bill is on the table in Iowa and the name describes it all. The “Change Lanes To Pass Bicycles” bill has been introduced. It would require drivers to move over to another lane when going around a cyclist. Charlie Harper, a long time rider and owner of Harper’s Cycling and Fitness in Muscatine, knows all to well how dangerous it can be on the roads. Harper said, “They come awful close to you […] I had a friend that several years ago a pick-up passed close and the mirror hit his shoulder and knocked him off the bike.” When Harper gets behind the steeri…

Quad-City Times LogoHome show opens weekend run in RI

Home show opens weekend run in RI

The 39th annual Quad-Cities Builders and Remodelers Association Home Show offers just about everything you would need for your home and yard.

WQAD.com Logo11-year-old found guilty of murdering 8-year-old for not allowing him to see puppies

11-year-old found guilty of murdering 8-year-old for not allowing him to see puppies

WHITE PINE, Tenn. (AP) — An 11-year-old Tennessee boy has been found guilty of murdering an 8-year-old girl after the child and her sister refused to let him see their puppies. WATE has posted court records (http://bit.ly/1KtuoNA ) showing that a Jefferson County Juvenile Court judge this week found the boy guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced him to state custody until he turns 19. The Associated Press does not generally identify juveniles accused of crimes. The boy and 8-year-old McKayla Dyer lived in the same mobile home park in White Pine, Tennessee, about 40 miles outside …

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KWQC TV6 News at 5PM on Feb. 5, 2016

WQAD.com LogoMan found guilty in death of 3-year-old daughter in southwest Iowa

Man found guilty in death of 3-year-old daughter in southwest Iowa

BEDFORD, Iowa (AP) — A man accused in the death of his 3-year-old daughter in the southwest Iowa city of Bedford has been found guilty of murder. The Omaha World-Herald reported Thursday that 26-year-old Charles Hall was convicted of murder and child endangerment last Friday. Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at Hall’s home last May and found the girl unresponsive. The Taylor County medical examiner later pronounced her dead. Hall’s girlfriend, 26-year-old April Clair, has pleaded guilty in the case. She is charged with child endangerment resulting in bo…

WQAD.com LogoMan and teen plead guilty in fatal Iowa drag race

Man and teen plead guilty in fatal Iowa drag race

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A man and a teenager have pleaded guilty to charges in connection to a drag racing crash that killed an elderly couple. The Quad-City Times reports that 37-year-old Timothy Bell II and a 17-year-old pleaded guilty on Wednesday, February 5, 2016 to two counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving and one count of serious injury by vehicle. In a plea agreement, Scott County Attorney Mike Walton will dismiss two additional counts of vehicular homicide by drag racing. Police say the teen was racing Bell in Davenport on Oct. 25 when their cars collided with a car driv…

Quad-City Times LogoScattered flurries and a low of 24

Scattered flurries and a low of 24

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

KWQC-TV6 LogoTask force recommends cuts to Rock Island Co. Board

Task force recommends cuts to Rock Island Co. Board

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – Fewer members and less in benefits. That’s included in a resolution drafted by some members of a Rock Island County Board task force. The document calls for the board to realign the number of members to 15 after the 2020 U.S. Census. Right now, there are 25 members. Also, board members would no longer receive pension and health benefits, effective in April, due to the budget crisis. Other fiscal steps include reducing the number of committees from eight to four as a way to lower per diem costs associated with committee work and commit to building a Genera…

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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) VS clinical depression

President of Southpark Psychology Dr. Carl Vincent explains seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and clinical depression.

WQAD.com LogoTexas “affluenza” teen transferred to adult jail

Texas “affluenza” teen transferred to adult jail

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck has been transferred to an adult jail. Records show that 18-year-old Ethan Couch was moved Friday from a juvenile detention center to the Tarrant County jail. A hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 19 to determine whether his case would move from juvenile to adult court. It wasn’t immediately clear if the jail transfer affected his status in the juvenile system. Couch was given probation for the 2013 wreck that killed four people. During the juvenile trial, a d…

KWQC-TV6 LogoLatino attendance sets record for 2016 Iowa Caucuses

Latino attendance sets record for 2016 Iowa Caucuses

QUAD CITIES (KWQC) – The Iowa Presidential Caucuses brought out record crowds in more than one way. The Iowa Republican Party says a record-setting 185,000 people turned out for the caucuses on Monday night. Now, the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC is releasing more impressive numbers. The National Vice President of the group tells KWQC that up to 13,000 Latinos attended this year’s caucuses, based on exit polling data. In 2008, turnout was about 2,500. Only about 1,000 voted in the 2012 caucuses, though only Republicans caucused that year because Democratic Pres…

WQAD.com LogoSterling police look to identify suspects of Walmart thefts

Sterling police look to identify suspects of Walmart thefts

The public is being asked to help identify theft suspects as the police investigate a series of thefts at a Sterling, Illinois Walmart. The thefts happened on November 13, December 8, and January 20, 2016 at the Walmart at 115 East Lincolnway, according to a statement from the Sterling Police Department. Police say they are trying to identify two men in their mid-twenties.  When the January theft happened, one of the men was wearing a black Puma sweatshirt and a white baseball cap. The other man was wearing a camo sweatshirt and a baseball cap. If you have any information, you are asked to ca…

WQAD.com LogoStarving sea lion surprises restaurant staff, finds new home

Starving sea lion surprises restaurant staff, finds new home

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A starving sea lion has been rescued after finding its way into the booth of a fancy San Diego restaurant. Experts at SeaWorld were called Thursday morning to The Marine Room, an oceanfront restaurant in La Jolla. Rescuers found an 8-month-old female pup asleep in a dining booth. The pup was severely underweight and dehydrated. The pup was taken to SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Center, and experts are cautiously optimistic about her recovery. There’s been a surge in sea lion mortality over the past year, with marine biologists collecting thousands of sick, starv…

WQAD.com LogoAmboy, Illinois drug investigation leads to multiple arrests

Amboy, Illinois drug investigation leads to multiple arrests

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Five people from Amboy, Illinois were arrested after a three-month-long drug investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies. Since early November 2015, the Joint Operations Group (JOG) had been working with the Amboy Police Department to zero in on the city’s drug problem, according to a statement from Chief of Police Danny Langloss.  The JOG is a collaboration between the Dixon Police Department Street Crimes and Lee County Sheriff’s Detectives. During their investigation, the JOG…

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QC Housing Market trends

Ruhl and Ruhl Real Estate released its results from 2015 and forecast for 2016 for the Quad City area.  Officials say sales were “strong and steady” in 2015 with noticeable improvements in the Illinois Quad Cities. The company says real estate appreciation in values will continue to range from one to two and a half percent per year, varying by market and price range.  …

WQAD.com LogoObama says U.S. has “strongest, most durable economy in the world”

Obama says U.S. has “strongest, most durable economy in the world”

Watch Video WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using new jobs numbers to take a victory lap on the economy. Obama says the U.S. has “the strongest, most durable economy in the world.” He pointed to wage and income growth, job growth, lower oil prices and increasing health insurance as evidence of that claim. The president says those recent numbers are inconvenient for Republicans who are talking down the economy. He accused Republican presidential candidates of being on a “doom and despair tour” in New Hampshire. Obama spoke to reporters hours after the Labor…

WQAD.com LogoDavenport’s Rockingham Road is ready for a revival

Davenport’s Rockingham Road is ready for a revival

Rockingham Road is a lifeline to Davenport. "It gets pretty wicked down here," said resident Chris Waldo. These days, the aging, crumbling road looks more like it's on life support. Longtime residents, like Waldo, try to avoid it. "I'm tired of having to buy shocks all the time and worry about potholes popping my tires," he continued. "When it rains down here, it's pretty  bad," added James Yarolem, Olderog Tire Service. After more than a half-century of serving customers on Rockingham Road, the tire business knows all about the troubles. "You can't even drive through it," Yarolem said.  "I…

WQAD.com LogoUltimate Blackhawks Fan Contest – February

Ultimate Blackhawks Fan Contest – February

Are you the ultimate Chicago Blackhawks fan? WQAD News 8 has 5 Chicago Blackhawks games left on this season’s schedule. Station Day Date Game Start Time End Time MyTV 8-3 Sat 2/6/2016 Blackhawks @ Dallas 6:30 PM 9:30 PM WQAD Sat 2/13/2016 Blackhawks vs Anaheim 7:00 PM 10:00 PM WQAD Sat 3/26/2016 Blackhawks @ Calgary 9:00 PM 11:30 PM MyTV 8-3 Sun 3/27/2016 Blackhawks @ Vancouver 6:30 PM 9:30 PM MyTV 8-3 Sat 4/9/2016 Blackhawks @ Columbus 6:00 PM 9:00 PM MyTV 8-3 can be seen over the air on channel 8-3 or Mediacom channel 3 or 716. We are giving away another Chicago Blackha…

WQAD.com LogoIllinois governor proposes plans to shrink state government, costs

Illinois governor proposes plans to shrink state government, costs

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced proposals he says would help shrink Illinois government and its costs. The proposals include legislation allowing voters to decide whether to dissolve units of local government. The Republican publicized four bills Friday in Naperville. Officials there are considering merging road-maintenance services with a township. Three bills are aimed at making township consolidation easier with specific plans for Evanston and DuPage County. The other allows voters to petition for a referendum. Rauner says the proposals are a step toward “red…

KWQC-TV6 LogoLeClaire Police say beware of bogus $100 bills

LeClaire Police say beware of bogus $100 bills

LE CLAIRE, Iowa (KWQC) – Police are investigating several incidents of counterfeit $100 bills being used at Quad City businesses. According to police, a fake $100 bill was used at two different locations in LeClaire in the past two weeks. Police say several businesses in Davenport along 53rd St. report similar incidents. Investigators have determined that the serial number of the bill has been the same at every location. LeClaire Police investigator Anthony Themas issued a news release alerting businesses to be on the lookout for a 1990 series bill with the serial number K44932793A. He s…

WQAD.com LogoEnjoy the weekend!  Arctic air ready to pour in next week…light snow, too

Enjoy the weekend! Arctic air ready to pour in next week…light snow, too

Quiet skies continue tonight as well as the weekend before we encounter another Arctic plunge from the north next week. A weak disturbance advancing in from the west will add some broken cloudiness to our skies overnight as well as into Saturday morning.  Not much to be shaken from these clouds expect some snow flurries from time to time.  Due to the clouds, temperatures overnight will only drop around the mid 20s. The weekend looks pretty decent given the time of year with daytime highs on Saturday around the 40 degree mark with lower 40s still expected on Sunday.  Clouds and sun will be o…

WQAD.com LogoWoman crashes her own funeral following murder-for-hire plot

Woman crashes her own funeral following murder-for-hire plot

MELBOURNE, Australia — A woman showed up at her own funeral, terrifying her husband, who police say paid to have her killed. Noela Rukundo was visiting her native country of Burundi in January 2015 for her stepmother’s funeral when she was kidnapped, the mother of eight recently told the BBC. The story is receiving worldwide attention after interview was posted online on Thursday. Rukundo’s husband called her while she was resting in the hotel room and urged her to go outside and get some fresh air. Shortly after walking outside, a man pointed a gun at Rukundo and forced…

WQAD.com LogoObama asked to increase government response to Zika outbreak

Obama asked to increase government response to Zika outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s allies in the Senate are urging him to ramp up the government’s response to the outbreak of the Zika virus in the Americas and the potential for its widening spread in the United States. All 44 Senate Democrats and two independents sent Obama a letter urging him to use money from last year’s government-wide spending bill to come up with a comprehensive response plan to combat Zika, both overseas and in the U.S. They say he should add money to his upcoming budget request if necessary and that curbing the virus abroad is one of the b…

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Quad-City Times LogoNew Q-C website promotes trail exploration

New Q-C website promotes trail exploration

Before October, Lisa Miller hadn’t hopped on her bicycle for an extended cruise for about a decade.

WQAD.com LogoFlashback Friday- Rocks claim 2011 State Title

Flashback Friday- Rocks claim 2011 State Title

A look back at Rock Island's 2011 run to a State title…

WQAD.com LogoDavenport Mayor talks plans in first mayoral briefing

Davenport Mayor talks plans in first mayoral briefing

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch laid out his plans for the city regarding the budget, safety, street and sewer repairs. Klipsch addressed budget issues for the city. Right now, Davenport is facing a $900 thousand deficit. Saturday will be the city’s first budget session where they’ll discuss places they need to cut. The mayor also announced he’ll be committing more money to the street and sewer budget. $12.5 million will go to streets and $8.65 million will go to sewers. Klipsch also talked about  the search for a new city administrator. The city has identified a new selection…

WQAD.com LogoHills that defy gravity: Explaining the viral, weird phenomenon of magnetic hills

Hills that defy gravity: Explaining the viral, weird phenomenon of magnetic hills

NEW YORK -- A strange phenomenon can be experienced on a hill in the small town of Middlesex, New York. The location on Newell Road has come to be known as “Spook Hill.” At the peak of the road, just as the pavement appears to decline, a car stopped in neutral will roll backwards uphill. Many believe it’s just an optical illusion or Earth’s magnetic forces at work. But, others think the cause could be more supernatural in nature. Stories tell of an old Native American burial ground near Spook Hill and that the spirits of those passed are pushing cars back up. This phenomenon is no…

WQAD.com LogoIowa teacher quits after he’s accused of exposing himself at a mall

Iowa teacher quits after he’s accused of exposing himself at a mall

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a high school teacher was arrested and charged with public exposure after an incident at a West Des Moines mall. West Des Moines police say 60-year-old Michael Madson, of Des Moines, exposed himself to an employee at Valley West Mall on Saturday afternoon, January 30, 2016. Madson didn’t immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment on Madson’s behalf. Des Moines school district spokeswoman Amanda Lewis says Madson has quit his teaching job a…

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Ross-Technical Media Operator

JOB OPENING: Ross /Technical Media Operator for Production Department JOB DESCRIPTION: KWQC TV6, the top rated NBC affiliate in Davenport, IA, is accepting applications for a full time Ross/Technical Media Operator. Candidate will be responsible for operating Ross Overdrive system to produce live news broadcasts and pre-produced content. Other duties will include but are not limited to, operation of Yamaha digital mixing console, studio operations including teleprompter and camera, Master Control operations, and basic news graphic production. Candidate must have working knowledge of live contr…

Quad-City Times LogoRock Island Arsenal Museum to reduce collection, operations

Rock Island Arsenal Museum to reduce collection, operations

About 3,200 artifacts will be removed from the Rock Island Arsenal Museum's collection amid an upcoming reduction in staff.

WQAD.com LogoLincoln-era piano restored in Illinois

Lincoln-era piano restored in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A piano that Abraham Lincoln likely heard when he courted Mary Todd in Springfield has been restored. The Springfield Art Association will reveal the square grand piano Saturday at a concert at Edwards Place. It will feature music the 16th president was said to favor. Erika Holst is art association collections curator. She says the piano was manufactured in Philadelphia about 1835. There is evidence that Ninian Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, who was Mary Todd’s sister, owned the piano at the time Lincoln courted his future wife at the Edwards’ home. Th…

WQAD.com LogoDoctor sentenced to prison for deadly painkiller prescriptions

Doctor sentenced to prison for deadly painkiller prescriptions

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A doctor convicted of murder for prescribing exorbitant amounts of painkillers that left three patients dead, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng was sentenced Friday, February 5, 2016. Her second-degree murder conviction in October 2015 is rare for a doctor. It came after a dozen of her patients died. She was only charged with three killings because other factors were involved in some of those deaths, such as drugs prescribed by other doctors and one possible suicide. The 45-year-old Tseng was convicted of 20 drug-related counts. T…

KWQC-TV6 LogoHopewell Elementary student chosen as winner for Iowa in Doodle 4 Google competition

Hopewell Elementary student chosen as winner for Iowa in Doodle 4 Google competition

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – A national spotlight is once again shining on the QCA and this time, its all thanks to a local second grader. A talented student in Bettendorf could soon have art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see. Google is announced the 53 state and territory winners in its eighth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “What makes me…me.” Shalini Chandupatla, a second grader from Hopewell Elementary in Bettendorf, is one of the 53 winn…

WQAD.com LogoYou’ll eat an unbelievable amount of food on Super Bowl Sunday

You’ll eat an unbelievable amount of food on Super Bowl Sunday

Did you know the Super Bowl is the second largest day for food consumption in the U.S.? Here are some game day food numbers for you to chew on: According to the National Chicken Council, more than 1.3 billion wings are expected to be devoured during the game. Almost 57% of Americans who eat wings like to dip them in ranch dressing, 35% go for blue cheese. According to the National Restaurant Association, Super Bowl Sunday is the busiest day of the year for pizza. Pizza Hut is getting ready to sell more than 2 million pizzas and Domino's is expecting to sell 12 million slices.  This will…

WQAD.com LogoCrane falls on cars in New York; one dead, at least two injured

Crane falls on cars in New York; one dead, at least two injured

Watch Video NEW YORK — A crane collapsed onto cars in front of a building in New York, killing one person and injuring at least two others, according to WPIX. Reports of the fallen crane at 40 Worth Street came in around 8:24 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2016. One person died at the scene. Two others were being evaluated at the scene, according to EMS. According to the NYC Fire Wire, the person who died at the scene was inside their vehicle when the crane collapsed. The Office of Emergency Management tweeted to expect traffic problems due to a “construction accident.” Visit WPIX.com …

WQAD.com LogoThe 15 best foods to help you fight off that stubborn cold

The 15 best foods to help you fight off that stubborn cold

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, U.S. citizens are in the thick of winter. With a little under two months until spring officially begins, many colds and flus are still waiting to strike. Though you can come down with a cold year-round, the colder temperatures during winter months tend make people more susceptible. The common cold, though not as severe as many other ailments that see a seasonal winter uptick, can still wreak havoc. Between the congestion, sneezing and missed work days, it’s best to avoid it entirely. As the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “Let foo…

WQAD.com LogoNetflix renews ‘Orange is the New Black’ for 3 more seasons

Netflix renews ‘Orange is the New Black’ for 3 more seasons

LOS ANGELES — Netflix has announced their original series Orange is the New Black has been renewed for three additional seasons. Season four is set to premiere on June 17. Executive producer Jenji Kohan has also committed to continue with the show for seasons five, six and seven. “Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal and impactful series that is both funny and dramatic, outrageous and heartfelt. Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of Orange is the New Black, and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them,” said Cindy Holland, Vi…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDebate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders mix it up over Wall St.

Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders mix it up over Wall St.

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — For months, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have campaigned against each other with a velvet touch, eager to distinguish their race for the Democratic presidential nomination from the combative contest taking place in the Republican primary. No more. The pair tangled again and again during their first one-on-one debate of the 2016 race, battling over who is the best liberal standard-bearer for a party that’s moved to the left during President Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House. Clinton cast herself as a “progressive who gets things done.” Sanders att…





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