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Sunday, August 20th, 2017

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Two people shot overnight in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A shooting sent two people to the hospital early Sunday morning in Davenport. Around 4 a.m. on Sunday, August 20, officers responded to gunfire in the 100 block of E. 35th Street, not far from Brady Street Stadium. Police found one person who had been shot. They were taken to the hospital. Roughly ten minutes later, another person showed up at Genesis East Hospital with a gunshot wound. Police believe the two incidents are related. The conditions of the two victims were unknown Sunday afternoon. Over the past week, there have been at least eight other shots fired incide…

WQAD.com LogoHidden in the woods of Galena is a place where adventure never ends

Hidden in the woods of Galena is a place where adventure never ends

GALENA, Illinois -- For more than 58 years, a hidden gem found deep in the woods of Galena has been attracting families and couples from all over the country. Chestnut Mountain is a winter and summer resort that sits along the rolling hills of Galena. Many families escape to the resort from Chicago, Iowa, Wisconsin and even the Quad Cities. For Tony Albert and Ali Grise from Bettendorf, their much needed weekend getaway is what brought the couple to the resort. "A mini vacation to get away from reality of work and everything," said Albert. "It's fun to not have responsibilities of everyday li…

Quad-City Times LogoBlaze destroys Bettendorf apartment building

Blaze destroys Bettendorf apartment building

Nezir Tafa said he just woke up when he heard a loud pop and suddenly saw flames shooting up onto his second-floor porch outside his apartment at the Sutton Place apartment building in Bettendorf.

Quad-City Times LogoWeek in Review: Here are some stories you may have missed last week

Week in Review: Here are some stories you may have missed last week

1. News on Trudy…

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Quad-City Times LogoOut & About: Colonastock

Out & About: Colonastock

Colonastock debuted Wednesday at the Colona home of Tristan and Jessica Tapscott with musical acts performing from a hayrack in their yard. The couple intends to make the event an occasional concert series.

WQAD.com LogoMore widespread rain moving in for some on Sunday

More widespread rain moving in for some on Sunday

Showers and storms this morning are looking much more widespread south of Highway 30. By midday, much of the rain will have weakened. Places north of Highway 30 may remain dry. With the rain and cloud cover, this will keep our temps only in the low to mid 80s. A few more showers and storm are possible tonight, and lows will be near 70. We’ll be dealing with some cloud cover and a few showers on Monday for the Great American Eclipse. Fingers crossed that we’ll have enough breaks in the clouds to view it! Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s. Most of the rain will hold off until lat…

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Quad-City Times LogoDeere factory meets its farmer

Deere factory meets its farmer

With a hearty handshake from decades of working on the farm, Bob Wieland greeted all the employees he could during a factory tour last week at John Deere Seeding Group in Moline.

Quad-City Times LogoMARK-TO-MARKET: Global uncertainty, Fed rate hike drive gold market

MARK-TO-MARKET: Global uncertainty, Fed rate hike drive gold market

Gold prices have been on a roller coaster ride. After setting a 2017 high on June 6 at $1,297.50/oz., gold subsequently plunged more than 7 percent within a month. On July 7, gold mounted a comeback, triggering a 9-week rally……

WQAD.com LogoEast Moline family launches nonprofit organization to promote suicide awareness

East Moline family launches nonprofit organization to promote suicide awareness

EAST MOLINE, Illinois--In The Quarter in East Moline, a sea of people in blue shirts along the river all have one special person in common. 19-year-old Foster Atwood, a graduate from United Township High School and an aspiring police officer, took his own life in July. His family since started a Facebook page in his honor in early August. Since then his family has since started a non-profit organization, Foster’s Voice. “My son took his own life, so I’m telling his story to let other parents, to let other people know that they are not alone,” says Kevin Atwood, Foster’s father. The …

WQAD.com LogoBurlington Football has plenty of speed on offense

Burlington Football has plenty of speed on offense

Burlington returns severeal key players on the offensive side of the ball including their quarterback.  The Grayhounds are looking to improve on last years 3-6 season.

WQAD.com LogoSherrard Football looks to new coach for direction

Sherrard Football looks to new coach for direction

Sherrard Football turns to Scott Monson to run the program.  Monson has been part of the Sherrard program for 25 years holding different coaching jobs. This is the first time he has been a head coach with the Tigers.

WQAD.com Logo33 arrested, no one hurt in Boston protest that draws crowd of 40,000

33 arrested, no one hurt in Boston protest that draws crowd of 40,000

BOSTON, Massachusetts-- Thousands of people took to the streets of Boston is response to a planned "free speech" rally. Despite fears of a repeat of Charlottesville, the 40,000 demonstrators marching through the streets of Boston were well-behaved. So well-behaved, that they caught the eye of President Trump, who applauded them for speaking out against "bigotry and hate." I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017 The President added, …

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Today in history for Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

Today is Sunday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2017. There are 133 days left in the year.

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Pops concert attracts crowd

Quad-Cities Online LogoFloatzilla fans say great weather may have helped them set records

Floatzilla fans say great weather may have helped them set records

ROCK ISLAND — It’s going to take several months to learn if two marks recognized by the Guinness World Records were set Saturday during the annual Floatzilla on the Mississippi River.

WQAD.com LogoFirefighters battle flames at Bettendorf apartment building

Firefighters battle flames at Bettendorf apartment building

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Fire crews spent several hours battling an apartment fire in Bettendorf. Firefighters were called to 1824 Sutton Place in Bettendorf around 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 19. The six-unit apartment building is located near Harris Pizza. When firefighters arrived, flames were burning through the roof of the two-story building. It took about an hour to bring the fire under control, and almost two hours to extinguish it. Crews remained on scene overnight to monitor hot spots. All of the apartment building's residents were able to get out safely, but a firefighter sustained minor …

Quad-Cities Online LogoBox tops, Hy-Vee gifts add up big for special playground

Box tops, Hy-Vee gifts add up big for special playground

SILVIS — Cereal box tops sure can add up.

Quad-Cities Online LogoTrailblazing general speaks at RIA Women’s Equality Day

Trailblazing general speaks at RIA Women’s Equality Day

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL — Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, U.S. Army assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, spoke at the Rock Island Arsenal Women’s Equality Day Observance ON Aug. 10 in Heritage Hall.

Quad-City Times LogoFloatzilla falls short of record

Floatzilla falls short of record

Hundreds of kayakers, boaters and other buoyant floaters joined in the sun and fun Saturday at this year’s Floatzilla, drifting on the rivers and lakes at Sunset Park in Rock Island, Credit Island and the downtown Moline docks.

WQAD.com LogoChristmas comes early for hundreds of children in East Moline

Christmas comes early for hundreds of children in East Moline

EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- Kids and their families lined up by the hundreds for a toy drop in East Moline. Project Toy Drop took place at Phoenix Body Solutions gym. It went from a gym to what looked like a toy store filled with stuffed animals, board games and other toys. "We're bringing toys to kids in need in the community," says David Clevenger, President of Kids Wish Network and gym owner. Kids Wish Network is a national group that helps kids in need. This is the first time for the toy drop in the Quad Cities. "We want to give these kids a Christmas in the summer," says Clevenger All the t…

Quad-Cities Online LogoQ-C ready for Monday's eclipse

Q-C ready for Monday's eclipse

MOLINE — Monday's solar eclipse will look like a bite being taken out of the sun, according to Alan Sheidler of the Quad-Cities' Popular Astronomy Club.

WQAD.com LogoThe heat will crank back up on Sunday

The heat will crank back up on Sunday

  Quiet weather will be sticking with us through early Sunday morning. Lows just before the sunrise will be in the low 60s. However, the heat and humidity will  crank up by Sunday afternoon! Highs will be near 90 in the Quad Cities with a partly cloudy sky. A few shower and storms are possible Sunday with the best chance west of the Mississippi River. A few more showers and storms are possible during the overnight hours. While we’re looking forward to the Great American Eclipse on Monday, we’re going to have to battle some cloud cover and rain chances. We’ll have some s…

WQAD.com LogoPolice identify man killed in Davenport shooting

Police identify man killed in Davenport shooting

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Police have released the name of the man shot and killed in a Davenport neighborhood. Du’Jor Simpson, a 22-year-old from Davenport, died on Friday, August 19. Around 9 a.m. on Friday, police responded to the 500 block of W. 14th Street for reports of gunfire. Officers found Simpson with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. Over the past week, there have been at least eight shots fired incidents in Davenport. Police Chief Paul Sikorski said the shootings have been target-specific and retaliatory. Sikorski said more patrols will be out …

Quad-City Times LogoBlack Hawk Center gets donations for playground

Black Hawk Center gets donations for playground

Things went from deep gratitude to stunning shock and some tears Saturday as the Black Hawk Area Education Center, East Moline, was presented with money for a new playground for its 150 special needs students.

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Scribble: Jodie Toohey

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Quad-Cities Online LogoBlack Hawk College Digest Aug. 20

Black Hawk College Digest Aug. 20

Get introduced to CNC, blueprint reading at BHC…

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Dred & Harriet Scott - Born on a Steamboat

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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Robert Young Center receives $5,000 donation from Jaycees

Jaycees of the Quad-Cities presented UnityPoint Health – Robert Young Center with a $5,000 check recently at the Robert Young Center in Moline. The donation is for the center’s new Intensive Outpatient Program that will enhance services for children and……

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RI Foundation supports Girl Scouts

The Rock Island Community Foundation invested $2,500 in Girl Scout leadership development for girls participating in after-school programs at Rock Island Schools and the Martin Luther King Center.

WQAD.com LogoRecent uptick of shots fired in Davenport could be a result of retaliation

Recent uptick of shots fired in Davenport could be a result of retaliation

DAVENPORT - There have been three shootings in three days. However, unlike the other two, the most recent shooting ended with the death of one man. Police say gunfire was reported in the 500 block of West 14th Street just after 9 a.m., Friday, August 18th. "It's petrifying. Makes you afraid to even go out of your house," said one neighbor who asked not to be identified. In the past week, there have been eight shots fired incidents. Four in one night alone. Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski says there's a reason for the uptick in shot fired calls and shootings. "We have had target specific …

WQAD.com LogoIowa State Fair-goers voice support for President Trump amidst White House shake-up

Iowa State Fair-goers voice support for President Trump amidst White House shake-up

DES MOINES, Iowa-- President Donald Trump may be facing one of his most difficult weeks as Commander-in-Chief, following both domestic and foreign terror attacks and a White House shake-up. But here in Iowa, at the State Fair, you don't have to go far to find some of the President's most vocal supporters. A cardboard cutout offers photo opportunities with the president. And a banner reading "I Stand with Trump" is filled from end to end with signatures. The "Iowans for Trump" say that low approval ratings mean nothing to them, and they appreciate that the president spoke his mind after the Ch…

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Bustos plans economic talks Aug. 22 at Black Hawk College

MOLINE — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., will present an economic roundtable 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 22 in the conference room of Black Hawk College Building 4 at 6600 34th Ave., Moline.

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Swanson's legislation signed by Rauner

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday signed the first bill introduced by Rep. Dan Swanson, R-Alpha.

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Rockridge Boosters plan fundraiser Saturday

ANDALUSIA — The Rockridge Boosters Club will host a daylong Rock the Ridge event Saturday at Lions Park, 302 E. 2nd St.

Quad-Cities Online LogoYoung Moline boy devouring facts

Young Moline boy devouring facts

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Quad-Cities Online LogoDr. Hauck, Q-C's first private practice psychologist, dies Thursday

Dr. Hauck, Q-C's first private practice psychologist, dies Thursday

MOLINE — Author and well-known psychologist Dr. Paul A. Hauck, 92, of Moline, died Thursday.

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Gordon won't seek re-election to Davenport council

DAVENPORT — Ald. Jason Gordon, At Large, announced Friday that he will not seek re-election to the Davenport City Council.

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Best Lawyers honors 14 at Lane & Waterman

DAVENPORT — Fourteen lawyers at Lane & Waterman LLP have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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Augmented reality comes to the Putnam

DAVENPORT — Want to pet a polar bear? Polka with a penguin?…

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Sun chips form eclipse party diet in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE — Solar chips will be the food of choice for an eclipse party at the Cambridge grade school Monday.

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Osco cropduster's hearing set for October

A court hearing involving Henry County and cropduster Craig Woodley was canceled last week and arguments will be heard instead in October.

Quad-Cities Online LogoPitch scores for Rocky entrepreneurs

Pitch scores for Rocky entrepreneurs

ROCK ISLAND — A team of Rock Island High School student entrepreneurs served up their best pitch this summer and hit it out of the ballpark.

Quad-Cities Online LogoLeno plans October Adler visit

Leno plans October Adler visit

DAVENPORT — Jay Leno will perform at the Adler Theatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

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Who's in the news? Kim Pelzer and Meredith Skala

Kim Pelzer, a teacher at Tipton Elementary in Tipton, Iowa, has won the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the Iowa State Education Association. Pelzer received $1,000.

WQAD.com LogoYOUR HEALTH Gene therapy for better eyesight

YOUR HEALTH Gene therapy for better eyesight

GAINESVILLE, Florida – Imagine only being able to see the things in front of you in soft focus, and just in black and white. For people with the genetic eye condition achromatopsia, those are just some of the side effects. Each time Tara Cataldo prepares to leave her house, she has to make sure her face is completely shielded from the sun. "I need to have very dark, very tinted sunglasses to feel comfortable outside, to see really well," said Tara. Tara has achromatopsia, a genetic condition that makes her eyes incredibly sensitive to light. She is also very nearsighted; even while wearing …

WQAD.com LogoSherrard school district adding extra kindergarten classrooms because of high enrollment

Sherrard school district adding extra kindergarten classrooms because of high enrollment

SHERRARD, Illinois-- Summer is almost over which means parents, kids, and teachers are preparing for back to school. But one school district wasn't prepared to receive an overwhelming number of kindergartners. "We were keeping an eye on the numbers but with the online registration and some unexpected walk-ins and transfers it did surprise us a little bit," says Sherrard Principal Konnie Fry. Last year the school district had 94 kids enrolled and this year it's risen to 105. It was enough for the school board to vote on adding two additional classes to each elementary school in the district. B…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

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Today in history for Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

Today is Saturday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2017. There are 134 days left in the year.

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Lutheran women’s gathering honors Reformation

The fall women’s gathering at St. Paul Lutheran Church will feature a portrayal of Katharina von Bora Luther, wife of Martin Luther, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.

Quad-City Times LogoFill the Boot event on Saturday, Aug. 19

Fill the Boot event on Saturday, Aug. 19

Moline Firefighters are showing their support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as it kicks off the annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign to help children and adults with Muscular Dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow……

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Niabi Zoo celebrates Nocturnal Day during solar eclipse

Niabi Zoo invites families to the zoo for solar eclipse viewing and nocturnal animal activities on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost of the Nocturnal Day activities are included with general zoo admission. Admission cost is $8.25 for……

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Walk to Defeat ALS brings hope to those fighting disease

The Quad-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS begins at noon Saturday at Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St., Davenport.

Quad-City Times LogoHostess memory: 'Mom dressed us in red, blue and yellow polka dots'

Hostess memory: 'Mom dressed us in red, blue and yellow polka dots'

In response to our call for memories of the Hostess plant, we received this photo and letter from Tamra Schadel, Eldridge: "We grew up being walking advertisements for Hostess/Wonder Bread.

WQAD.com LogoAppleby witness says someone is hiding a secret, but it’s not him

Appleby witness says someone is hiding a secret, but it’s not him

COLONA, Illinois - David Whipple says he has told police all the information he has to give in the case of Trudy Appleby, and if they want to know where she is, it will have to come from someone else. "I told them what I seen and everybody thinks I know more and I don't. I got no reason to lie, and I ain't hiding a damn thing," said Whipple in an interview with WQAD-TV News 8 on Friday. Yesterday, Moline police identified William "Ed" Smith of Colona as their prime suspect in the 11-year- old girl's disappearance back in 1996. He died three years ago. Trudy's father Dennis Appleby has said…

WQAD.com LogoMuscatine city administrator fighting to release closed session minutes

Muscatine city administrator fighting to release closed session minutes

MUSCATINE, Iowa - It's been a long battle for Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson. "It has been a long trying year, for not only myself but for my family and my supporters, it`s been difficult," said Broderson. It was a year ago that the city council took away her power to appoint positions. That move would eventually lead to the council voting to impeach her in May. Now, it's a waiting game as a judge could rule any day now in her lawsuit against the city to keep her job. "We're just waiting, it's all in the judges hands, the judge could just make a final decision, he could allow some things to …

WVIK LogoTornadoes Hit Parts of Jo Daviess & Stephenson Counties

Tornadoes Hit Parts of Jo Daviess & Stephenson Counties

Meteorologists have confirmed three tornadoes caused minor damage in northwestern Illinois on Wednesday night. The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities says around 7:30 pm, a thunderstorm produced two tornadoes three miles west of Freeport. They damaged a house, crops, and trees. The third tornado touched down about five miles west of Elizabeth, and did extensive damage to trees. The weather service says a warm front was moving into Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties on Wednesday night causing the storms.

WVIK LogoDeere Posts Solid Third Quarter Earnings

Deere Posts Solid Third Quarter Earnings

John Deere is hiring again at U.S. factories, thanks to improving conditions in markets for farm and construction equipment. This morning, the company announced third quarter earnings of $642 million, or $1.97 per share compared to $1.55 in the same period a year ago. That's a 27% jump. Worldwide sales and revenue rose 16% to $7.8 billion.

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg plans to see the light with “Eclipse Express”

Galesburg plans to see the light with “Eclipse Express”

GALESBURG, Illinois - Galesburg isn't about to be left in the dark during the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Around here, just about everybody is getting into the act to make this once-in-a-lifetime event a tourism success. "It's really cool," said Amtrak passenger Shawn Walden. Amtrak passengers will climb aboard an "Eclipse Express" to Galesburg on Monday. "There's special prices for people to step on the train in Chicago," said Denise Bradburn, who is helping to organize the event. Amtrak is offering same day, round trip service for the big event.  The train is expected to a…

Quad-City Times LogoNew food pantry is welcome at Vera French

New food pantry is welcome at Vera French

A new food pantry has opened in Davenport, and it represents nearly the 200th for those who partner with River Bend Foodbank.

WQAD.com LogoGreat looking weekend!!  Concern about cloud coverage on Eclipse Day

Great looking weekend!! Concern about cloud coverage on Eclipse Day

The nice summer conditions we had today will be replaced with more clouds and a small chance for a shower or thunderstorm as a wave of low pressure moves in.   It will come in two waves.  The first comes in by evening with the coverage being more isolated.  The second wave comes in overnight.  That too will have isolated coverage as well.  So, the bottom line, most will stay dry tonight. Afterwards, skies will clear as overnight lows drop near 60 degrees.  The air by sunrise may saturate enough to produce some patchy fog in spots. Great looking weekend with plenty of sunshine both days.…

Quad-City Times LogoAugie organizes 'yarn bomb' project

Augie organizes 'yarn bomb' project

A big "yarn bomb" project is coming to the Quad-Cities, and you can be part of it.

WQAD.com LogoSilvis Public Library runs out of free solar eclipse glasses

Silvis Public Library runs out of free solar eclipse glasses

SILVIS, Illinois -- The Silvis Public Library had free solar eclipse glasses Friday, August 18th, but quickly ran out. They were limiting glasses to two per person. For more solar eclipse information -- click here Related:  Solar eclipse sparks nationwide debate for schools: Stay home or come to class? How Monday’s eclipse will affect your pet 20 seconds ‘all it took’: Oregon man left partially blind by 1963 eclipse …

WQAD.com LogoStrategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump’s turbulent White House

Strategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump’s turbulent White House

Watch Video WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump’s White House, is leaving. Trump accepted Bannon’s resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, the latest to depart from the president’s administration in turmoil. White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday would be Bannon’s last day on the job. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” she said in a statement confirming reports of Bannon’s departure. A combative and unorthodox Republ…

Quad-City Times LogoMemories of Davenport's Hostess plant

Memories of Davenport's Hostess plant

Workers remember Robin Hood explosion…

WVIK LogoNew Mental Health Program In Scott County Scratches Surface Of Population's Needs

New Mental Health Program In Scott County Scratches Surface Of Population's Needs

There's a new mental health program in Scott County thanks to the philanthropic arm of Genesis Health System.

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Who's in the news? Miona Morrell

Miona Morrell of Davenport has been appointed as National Color Bearer #3 for 2017-18 term by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

WQAD.com LogoAsian carp found near Lake Michigan got past barriers

Asian carp found near Lake Michigan got past barriers

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee says an autopsy shows the 4-year-old male silver carp originated in the Illinois/Middle Mississippi watershed. It was caught June 22 in Chicago’s Little Calumet River, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from Lake Michigan. That would suggest the carp somehow evaded three electric barriers 37 miles (60 kilometers) from the lake. But offi…

WQAD.com LogoThree organizations cancel fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Three organizations cancel fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Watch Video (CNN Money) — First, top CEOs abandoned President Trump. Now, major organizations are canceling plans to hold events at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The Cleveland Clinic, the American Cancer Society and an organization that supports disaster relief said Thursday they were abandoning plans for fundraisers at the private club. The cancellations follow the spectacular implosion of Trump’s business councils this week over the president’s that counter-protesters shared the blame for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Vi…

Quad-City Times LogoJay Leno will perform at the Adler Theatre in October

Jay Leno will perform at the Adler Theatre in October

Jay Leno is coming to the Adler Theatre, Davenport, in less than two months.

WQAD.com LogoEverything you need to know about Monday’s solar eclipse

Everything you need to know about Monday’s solar eclipse

From viewing safety, to the best places to watch, how to photograph and everything in between!…

WQAD.com LogoBBB: Watch out for this meat bundler

BBB: Watch out for this meat bundler

MOLINE- Better Business Bureau leaders are warning people of a scam springing up in the Quad Cities. Meat bundling scams are popping up in the area. The BBB's Sandra Bowden says salespeople will go door to door, show you cuts of meat, and try to get you to buy them, but Bowden says the buyer never gets what they're paying for. Bowden joined us Thursday, August 17 on WQAD News 8 at 11 for our Scam Tracker segment. She says buyers complain the meat's frost bitten, tough, and has no flavor. Leaders at the BBB say Dwayne Bockelmann from Rogers, Arkansas, recently scammed a southern Illinois woman…

WQAD.com LogoNAILED IT OR FAILED IT: 2 Ways to Watch the Eclipse Without Special Glasses

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: 2 Ways to Watch the Eclipse Without Special Glasses

If you are on the hunt for those special glasses for the Great American Eclipse, you're probably not going to find them. Members of the Quad Cities Astronomical Society, who were on Good Morning Quad Cities on Friday, August 21st, say they are having a hard time finding anyone or any places handing them out. However, that doesn't mean you can't watch the Eclipse on Monday, August 21st. During our weekly Nailed It Or Failed It Segment on WQAD News 8 at 11am today, we showed you two ways to watch the Eclipse by using things that you probably already have around your house -all you need for this…

Quad-City Times LogoTour de force: Three Q-C men band together for bike trek down Mississippi River

Tour de force: Three Q-C men band together for bike trek down Mississippi River

It began with a conversation on an annual bike trip back from Galena between Tom Rowe and Jim Millman.

WQAD.com LogoMan killed in shooting in Davenport neighborhood

Man killed in shooting in Davenport neighborhood

DAVENPORT -- A man was found with a gunshot wound in a Davenport neighborhood. Gunfire was reported in the 500 block of West 14th Street just after 9 a.m., Friday, August 18th, according to Lt. Kevin Smull with the Davenport Police Department. That's where police found the injured man.  He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Groups of neighbors gathered outside to watch officers place evidence markers in the street. One woman, who asked not to be identified, said she was scared for her own safety. "It's happening everywhere lately. You hear of more shootings an…

WQAD.com LogoPolice: Iowa man tried to sell stolen fridge back to owner

Police: Iowa man tried to sell stolen fridge back to owner

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man accused of trying to sell a stolen refrigeration unit back to its owner has pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge. The Daily Nonpareil reports that 38-year-old Roger Otts of Council Bluffs pleaded guilty to the theft charge and probation violation on Thursday. Authorities say Otts stole a refrigeration unit worth $12,000 from a trucking company and tried to sell it back to the owner for $8,000. Authorities say Otts was unaware that the owner was disguised as a buyer. Otts was arrested that day. As a habitual offender, Otts must serve at least three…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

News headlines for the morning of August 18, 2017…

WQAD.com LogoSolar eclipse sparks nationwide debate for schools: Stay home or come to class?

Solar eclipse sparks nationwide debate for schools: Stay home or come to class?

The impending 2017 solar eclipse left schools around the country debating whether they should stay open or close for the day, considering safety. Leaders of at least one district in Illinois, where the Great American Solar Eclipse will last the longest, decided to close their doors on Monday, August 21st, according to the Washington Post. Edwardsville District 7, in southern Illinois, decided to close their doors that day, according to a statement from Superintendent Dr. Lynda C. Andre.  In the statement she compares the eclipse to snowy, icy, or dangerously cold days, noting that it “…

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Deere posts $641M in profits in 3Q

Deere & Co. boosted its forecast for earnings and sales this year as demand for its farm and construction equipment grows amid stabilizing markets.

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Midwest Week: Mayor vs. City Council in Muscatine

A judge is expected to rule soon in the bitter dispute between the Muscatine city council and mayor, and whether she should keep her job.

Quad-City Times LogoDeere 3Q profit up, construction equipment market improves

Deere 3Q profit up, construction equipment market improves

MOLINE, Ill. — Deere's fiscal third-quarter profit topped analysts' estimates, buoyed by improving farm and construction equipment markets. But its adjusted revenue missed Wall Street's view.

WQAD.com LogoSpanish police kill 4 terror suspects in shootout south of Barcelona

Spanish police kill 4 terror suspects in shootout south of Barcelona

Watch Video CAMBRILS, Spain – Four terrorists were killed early Friday in Cambrils, Spain, and a fifth person is in police custody, Catalan police tweeted. Authorities say there is an ongoing police operation, but the situation is under control. One man in Cambrils posted video on Twitter he said was taken near his parents’ home in which a barrage of gunshots can be heard as people run for cover: Ahora mismo en #Cambrils (no son imágenes fuertes, solo se escuchan tiros). Primero en frente de mi casa y ahora en la de mis padres… pic.twitter.com/HFC6DtqIlu — Eric 'Di…

WQAD.com LogoTeens rally for love and peace at Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia

Teens rally for love and peace at Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. -- A group of teens gathered to spread hope with a love-filled, peace rally near the Robert E. Lee monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond Thursday, according to WTVR. The rally was planned before the weekend events in Charlottesville and the wave of nationwide Confederate monument talk that followed. "It was a perfect time to showcase love and peace," said Amiri Richardson-Keys, owner of the Arts Community Center. "We are getting an enormous amount of love, it's unbelievable love." Amiri Richardson-Keys He said passersby gave the kids water bottles, honked their horns, and stop…

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Analysis: Confederacy 'Not A History To Be Celebrated'

Thursday morning, President Trump took to Twitter to say removing the statues of Confederate generals meant removing "beauty" from American cities, towns and parks.

WQAD.com LogoWeek 1 of The Score Pre-Game Pep Rally takes us to…Orion High School!

Week 1 of The Score Pre-Game Pep Rally takes us to…Orion High School!

ORION, Illinois- The Good Morning Quad Cities crew is excited to announce its week one school for The Score Pre-Game Pep Rally. Friday, August 25, we'll be heading to Orion High School, home of the Chargers. They'll take on Spring Valley Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, but before then, we need the students' help. We need the students, band, and cheerleaders to be there before 6 a.m. If you want to get there as early as 5 a.m., that works too! The football team is not needed. We'll be broadcasting live starting at 5 a.m. that day on the football field. Our coverage goes until 7 a.m. There will be ga…

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WQAD.com LogoExperts Explain the Dos and Don’ts For Monday’s Eclipse

Experts Explain the Dos and Don’ts For Monday’s Eclipse

We are just days away from the Great American Eclipse, so we brought in the experts to tell us what we can expect on Monday, August 21st. Jeff Struve and Dr. Robert Mitchell from the Quad Cities Astronomical Society were our Guests on Good Morning Quad Cities today. They told us why this eclipse is so special and scientifically, how this happens: "The moon is passing directly between the earth and the sun," explained Dr. Mitchell, who is a Professor at St. Ambrose University. "Most of the time, it doesn’t pass exactly between, but when it does, the moon’s shadow falls directly on the eart…

WQAD.com LogoScore Preview- Assumption focuses on Quality over Quantity in 2017

Score Preview- Assumption focuses on Quality over Quantity in 2017

Assumption enters 2017 with plenty of motivation after losing in the 1st round last season.  The Knights will boast plenty of talent this season despite a lack of depth.  The Knights have just 28 players on the varsity level led by standout quarterback Jayce Levy.

WQAD.com LogoScore Preview- Galesburg looks to build on record setting season

Score Preview- Galesburg looks to build on record setting season

The Galesburg football team is far from content after a historic 2016.  Fresh off the schools 1st playoff win, a new group of Silver Streaks are eager to continue to set the bar at Galesburg.

WQAD.com LogoStarting kindergarten isn’t easy, but knowing a few things can help

Starting kindergarten isn’t easy, but knowing a few things can help

ROCK ISLAND -- The first day of school can be nerve wracking. "It's just hard dropping off your kid the first day because it's always a scary thing," said Brinn Bell. "You just have to be positive." All parents just want the best for their kids, and kindergartners will learn social skills all while taking in the basics. "They come in not knowing how to write their name or any of their letters or numbers," said teacher Melissa Messerschmidt. She says kids should know a few things before starting kindergarten: how to write their name be able to recognize upper and lower case letters say the al…

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Today in history for Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Today is Friday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2017. There are 135 days left in the year.

WQAD.com LogoDavenport pop-up shows giving people a glimpse of the bigger festival to come

Davenport pop-up shows giving people a glimpse of the bigger festival to come

DAVENPORT -  Tonight was a preview of a bigger show to come next weekend in Davenport. It was the first of four pop up shows leading up to the Alternating Current Festival. The two-day festival will be the first of its kind in downtown Davenport.  It will have more than 100 performances, acts, and screenings in 16 different venues to give people a variety of art to enjoy. "We have you know a lot of people who are doing handmade type of things crafted, we have a lot of comedians, we have you know film makers. We have all kinds of things going on here in the Quad Cities, we`d like to be able …

WQAD.com LogoDavenport superintendent still under investigation by the state of Iowa

Davenport superintendent still under investigation by the state of Iowa

DAVENPORT-- Iowa's Board of Education Examiners are still investigating whether or not to take away Davenport's Superintendent Dr. Art Tate's license. Last year Tate made the decision to illegally dip into state funding reserves because he says how the state finds education puts Davenport students at a disadvantage. School board members say they expected the decision to be made in June, so now they head into the school year, just one week away, with uncertainty for the future. Not only uncertainty for Superintendent Tate, but also for all school board members who unanimously backed Tate's dec…

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Beg Your Pardon

A story in Thursday's issues incorrectly stated when the Rockridge board of education will hold a retreat. No date has been set; the retreat will be before Sept. 11. We regret the error.

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HenCo to help fund economic development job

CAMBRIDGE — After heated argument, the Henry County Board on Thursday voted 13-3 in favor of putting $20,000 a year for three years toward a $93,000 economic development position.

WQAD.com LogoIowa running back turning heads, heading into HER freshman year

Iowa running back turning heads, heading into HER freshman year

  WATERLOO, Iowa-- It's almost football season, and one Iowa player is already generating a lot of buzz. There are 52 players on Waterloo's Columbus High Football team, but #32, incoming freshman, stands out. She is going to be a running back. "Yeah, I get tackled," Janiya LaBeaux, 14, said blankly. "But I just get up and keep playing." LaBeaux is the first female football player ever at the school. She's just 5 foot 1 inch, but says she doesn't let that get in her way. She's been playing football pretty much her whole life. She was on a team with all boys in middle school, too. The number…

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Facebook’s adding text bubbles and round profiles

(CNN Money) — The next time you get into a political argument on Facebook, your comments will look sleek in brand new speech bubbles. Starting Tuesday morning, Facebook is rolling out some updates to conversations on its newsfeed. Comments under posts will now look more like an iPhone text message exchange, each bon mot enshrined in a light gray speech bubble. “We think the speech bubble makes these feel more like a back and forth between two people,” said Paddy Underwood, a Facebook product manager. Making a few design tweaks to your apps design isn’t a big deal. Unles…

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Annawan school board approves tentative budget

ANNAWAN — School board members on Wednesday tentatively approved a deficit budget.

WQAD.com LogoAlabama parents of 3 now expecting sextuplets after ‘trying again for another one’

Alabama parents of 3 now expecting sextuplets after ‘trying again for another one’

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. -- An Alabama couple and their three children are preparing for the family to more than double after finding out mom is pregnant with sextuplets, according to WHNT. Eric and Courtney Waldrop have been together since the eighth grade. They got married in 2004 and they always wanted a family. “I knew I wanted a houseful," Courtney said. A few years later, the couple welcomed their first boy. “Then we had our twins in 2012,” Courtney added.  Now their house is filled with the sounds of three little boys. “We just recently decided that we wanted to try again for another…

Quad-Cities Online LogoNew primary care clinic opens Sept. 1 in Geneseo

New primary care clinic opens Sept. 1 in Geneseo

GENESEO — Starting Sept. 1, patients can schedule appointments with the new primary care clinic at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo.

WVIK LogoThursday, August 17, 2017

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