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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

WQAD.com LogoOrion leaders worried about lack of severe weather sirens

Orion leaders worried about lack of severe weather sirens

ORION, Illinois-- With severe weather season approaching, there are questions about who should be in charge of the storm sirens in Orion, Illinois. For years, the Henry County Sheriff's Department set them off for the village from their headquarters in Cambridge, Illinois. But the button that triggers the siren is now broken. Henry County Sheriff James Padilla says the county sent out a letter to affected communities warning them of the malfunction. But Orion Mayer Jim Cooper says he never received that letter. Mayor Cooper says he just found out on Tuesday afternoon that the sirens have been…

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Hispanic outreach helps to break barriers to higher education

MUSCATINE, Iowa – David Ayala is a man on the move these days. Ayala, 19, worked his way up over the last three years to become an assistant manager at Hy-Vee. As the ’15 Columbus Junction High School graduate makes the rounds, he remembers timely fatherly advice. “You need to stay in school,” he recalled. Elizabeth Medina understands the academic, economic and cultural barriers facing Hispanic students. They are the same barriers she faced long before becoming admissions director at Muscatine Community College. “One of the things that my dad would tell me is, …

WQAD.com LogoBone marrow testing in Rock Island dedicated to Marla Floyd

Bone marrow testing in Rock Island dedicated to Marla Floyd

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- On Monday, it took people in Rock Island just ten minutes to possibly save someone's life. Volunteers came out to register to be a bone marrow donor. All it takes is a swab of the inside of your cheek. Monday's drive was dedicated to East Moline native Marla Floyd who needs a bone marrow transplant. She has a rare form of blood cancer. Bone marrow donations have become much less invasive over the years. If you are a match, to donate, the process is similar to giving blood.

WQAD.com LogoIllinois is short 600 school substitutes a day, study finds

Illinois is short 600 school substitutes a day, study finds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A survey of Illinois public school districts finds administrators are scrambling to find substitute teachers for as many as 600 classrooms a day. The review of 400 districts that the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools released Tuesday reveals that teachers call in absences more than 16,000 times per week. Administrators have trouble finding enough people to fill in for nearly 20 percent of them. Jeff Vose (VOHS’) is association president. The regional superintendent for Sangamon and Menard counties says stricter licensing requirements a…

KWQC-TV6 LogoFunds still available for utility assistance through Project Now

Funds still available for utility assistance through Project Now

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – The winter weather has been up and down so far this season, and Project Now reports that it still has funds to help with winter utility bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP has funds available for people in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer Counties. To receive help in paying your utility bill, you need to make an appointment and bring the following items: Photo ID 30 days proof of income for all household members Social Security number for all household members Medical Card Proof of disability, if applicable Current utility bill Contact t…

WQAD.com LogoRancher loses thumb at rodeo, still picks up four first-place scores

Rancher loses thumb at rodeo, still picks up four first-place scores

DENVER -- Life at the National Western Stock Show can be fun. But Justin Johnson is proof life can also be dangerous. During a recent team roping event, Johnson, a rancher from outside Casper, Wyo., lost his thumb. "This is probably the No. 1 danger of team roping events is cutting your fingers out," Johnson told KDVR from his hospital room. Johnson said his thumb got stuck on a saddle horn and his trusty rope quickly became a nasty knife. "I was not in a panic, I just dallied, a little tug and there goes my thumb flying across the arena," Johnson said. Johnson's wife was quick to point out …

WQAD.com LogoRhode Island sisters reported missing in 1985 found alive; mother arrested

Rhode Island sisters reported missing in 1985 found alive; mother arrested

HOUSTON — Two sisters, who were reported missing from Rhode Island more than three decades ago, have been found alive in Houston. Kelly Yates and her sister, Kimberly Yates, were allegedly abducted by their fugitive, non-custodial mother, Elaine Carolyn Yates, who police have arrested. Mugshot of Elaine Yates after her arrest in January 2017. Their father, Russell Yates, filed a missing persons report for the girls on Aug. 26, 1985. The girls were 3 years old and 10 months old at the time. In November of 1988, authorities issued a felony warrant for Elaine Yates after their father receiv…

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African American exhibit set Jan. 18

Davenport Public Library, St. Ambrose University, and the Davenport Civil Rights Commission have announced the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture with a Smithsonian poster exhibition and Russell Lovell’s “Iowa: Bright Radical Star.” The opening……

KWQC-TV6 LogoWatch Live: Betsy DeVos confirmation hearing for education secretary

Watch Live: Betsy DeVos confirmation hearing for education secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWQC) – Confirmation hearing begins for the woman who’s in line to be education secretary, Betsy DeVos. App users click here…

WQAD.com LogoPresident Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence

President Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence

WASHINGTON – It seems that former soldier Chelsea Manning, who was imprisoned after leaking thousands of documents, will be released from prison. On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that President Obama largely commuted the remaining prison sentence for Manning. After spending seven years in prison, Manning is set to be freed on May 17, 2017. Earlier this month, a source at the Justice Department told NBC News that Manning’s sentence may be commuted. Chelsea Manning, who was known as Bradley, was imprisoned in 2010 after leaking 700,000 military files and diplomatic cables to Wikilea…

Quad-City Times LogoChicago Cubs World Series trophy coming to Davenport later this month

Chicago Cubs World Series trophy coming to Davenport later this month

Calling all Chicago Cubs fans.

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ACLU: Marion law on sidewalk picketing is unconstitutional

MARION, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa civil rights group is warning as eastern Iowa city to stop enforcing a local ordinance that requires a permit for anyone to hold a political sign on a sidewalk. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says it sent a letter Tuesday to Marion leaders demanding an end to enforcement of the ordinance after receiving a complaint from Rick Stewart. The ACLU says Stewart was holding a sign in September supporting presidential candidate Gary Johnson while standing in a public median. Stewart says a police officer told him city law required him to have a permit to h…

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Ice jams creating flood threat on Green and Rock rivers

COLONA -- Ice jams in the Green River combined with heavy rains Monday pushed water out of its banks and is threatening to do the same along the Rock River, into which the Green drains. The Green River rose more than eight feet between Monday and Sunday. The National Weather Service Quad Cities office reports minor flooding at a few spots along the Green and Rock Rivers on its flood watch page. Rick Crew, Colona's public works director, said crews were monitoring the situation as well as removing debris from the near by Hennepin Canal, which was exacerbating the flooding issues. Residents of …

Quad-City Times LogoFood pantries: Scott County ‘tremendously underserved,’ food bank chief says

Food pantries: Scott County ‘tremendously underserved,’ food bank chief says

Food pantries in Rock Island County do a better job giving to those in need than their counterparts in Scott County, where the population is “tremendously underserved,” River Bend Foodbank executive director Mike Miller says.

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Poll: Young Americans doubt media's ability to cover Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Most young Americans are concerned about the media's ability to report on Donald Trump and his efforts to obstruct coverage of his administration, and most think it's at least somewhat likely he will make it harder……

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Pence promises big investment in infrastructure

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President-elect Mike Pence is pledging to a group of mayors that the Trump administration will make a serious investment in infrastructure.

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Ryan's Hallmark closing in Moline, opening in both malls

MOLINE -- Ryan's Hallmark Shop at 1998 1st Street A, Moline, will close on Feb. 28 after more than 30 years in City Line Plaza, according to owners Terry and Tom Lawrence.

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Flood warnings issued near Colona, Illinois

COLONA, Ill. (KWQC) – The National Weather Service Quad Cities Office has issued a Flash Flood Watch and a Flood Warning for parts of Henry County due to flooding and a levee that appears to be at risk of failing. The NWS says rising levels, due to recent heavy rain and ice action on Rock River, Green River and Hennepin Canal, are causing a weakening of the levee near Colona. The Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday. Meanwhile, a Flood Warning remains in effect until 1:15 p.m. Wed. Jan. 18, 2017. On Tuesday afternoon, emergency management officials reported flood…

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Air France searcher recalls defeat's pain as MH370 hunt ends

SYDNEY (AP) — Searchers' frustration over Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is difficult to overstate, from the monstrous waves that battered search crews in one of the world's most desolate stretches of ocean to the dearth of information on the plane's……

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Brazil struggles to curb prison violence that has killed 125

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities are scrambling to stop a wave of prison violence that has killed at least 125 inmates in two weeks, many with their heads cut off or their hearts and intestines ripped out.

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Biomass boiler brings environmentally friendly heat to UI

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The greenhouse at the University of Illinois Energy Farm will soon be receiving environmentally friendly heat during winter months.

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2 charged after gunfire exchange with off-duty officer

CHICAGO (AP) — Two men face attempted murder charges after gunfire was exchanged with an off-duty Chicago police sergeant.

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Illinois is short 600 school substitutes a day, study finds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A survey of Illinois public school districts finds administrators are scrambling to find substitute teachers for as many as 600 classrooms a day.

WQAD.com LogoTrade school fires president after he gave homeless student shelter in library during sub-zero weather

Trade school fires president after he gave homeless student shelter in library during sub-zero weather

LIBERTY, Mo. -- He was only trying to be kind to a homeless man. That, according to the former campus president of a Kansas City trade school, is what led to him being fired, while offering a homeless man shelter from cold weather. Brian Carroll, campus president at Vatterott College in Kansas City for five years, says one of his students had no place to go. On Friday, January 6th, he allowed a student, who is homeless and schizophrenic, to sleep overnight in the school's library. The school fired him on Monday, January 9th, the next business day. "Education is a beautiful thing to me," Carro…

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Prosecutor: Orlando gunman's widow knew about the attack

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time, prosecutors said Tuesday as she appeared in court to answer charges of aiding and abetting her husband in the months before the……

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Dakota Access company seeks to block pipeline study

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri……

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Official: Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said.

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Ex-Drury University swimmer: Hazing ended athletic career

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former swimmer at a southwestern Missouri university says hazing that he and others endured during his freshman year left him with physical and mental injuries that ended his athletic career.

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Ex-Virginia Tech student wants slaying trial moved

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A judge is considering a request to move the upcoming trial of a former Virginia Tech student charged in the slaying of a 13-year-old girl.

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Police seek teen, mom in killing of Missouri State player

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a teen suspect and his mother in the fatal shooting of a Missouri State University football player who witnesses say tried to stop a fight involving his sister and others in Las……

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Player suicides lead to tough set of questions for coaches

NEW YORK (AP) — A suicide at Northwestern brought back painful memories for Penn track coach Steve Dolan.

Quad-Cities Online Logo18M more Americans would be uninsured under 2016 GOP repeal

18M more Americans would be uninsured under 2016 GOP repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance premiums would soar and some 18 million Americans would lose health coverage if Republicans partially repeal President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement, Congress' nonpartisan budget office estimated Tuesday.

WQAD.com LogoRyan’s Hallmark in Moline closing, owners taking over shops at NorthPark and SouthPark Malls

Ryan’s Hallmark in Moline closing, owners taking over shops at NorthPark and SouthPark Malls

MOLINE — After more than three decades in business, Ryan’s Hallmark Shop on the border of Moline and Rock Island is closing up and moving into two different locations. The longtime shop, located on 1st Street A, is closing because of “problems with the lease,” according to a statement from the owners, Terry and Tom Lawrence. The shop will officially close on February 28, 2017. Starting on January 19, all merchandise will be sold at discounted rates. Their next move will be to open new Hallmark stores in NorthPark and SouthPark Malls on February 1. The new stores will ta…

Quad-City Times Logo5 foodie things to do this month

5 foodie things to do this month

1. Bread and brews…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDISH Network decides to drop KWQC-TV

DISH Network decides to drop KWQC-TV

DAVENPORT, Iowa (GRAY TV) – KWQC-TV, the NBC affiliate for the Quad Cities area, announced Tuesday that pay-TV provider DISH Network has decided to stop carrying their programming Tuesday, January 17, at 6 p.m. Central Time. Our parent company, Gray Television, owns the number one- or number two-ranked television station in over 50 markets. In many of these markets, Gray’s television stations have higher ratings than every other broadcast station and cable channel combined. Despite the popularity of Gray’s stations, DISH has refused after many months to even begin negotiating car…

WQAD.com LogoConstruction on massive Iowa wind project to start in April

Construction on massive Iowa wind project to start in April

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment A massive wind project in Iowa has set its sights on two locations west of the Quad Cities. Two wind farms will be built within Boone, Greene and Mahaska Counties, according to a statement from MidAmerican Energy.  It’s all part of the Wind XI project, which is a $3.6 billion investment in wind energy, the largest economic development in Iowa’s history. Related: $3.6 billion wind power project proposed in Iowa In this part of the project, 169 wind turbines will be built, adding a total of 338 megawatts of new wind generat…

WQAD.com LogoTSA found a record number of guns in carry-ons last year

TSA found a record number of guns in carry-ons last year

Watch Video NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Airport security screeners confiscated a record number of guns in carry-on bags last year, and most of them were loaded. The Transportation Security Administration said it discovered 3,391 guns in carry-ons at checkpoints in 2016, a 28% increase from the year before. That works out to about nine every day. The TSA said 83% of the guns were loaded. The number of guns confiscated at checkpoints has climbed every year since 2007. One obvious reason is that Americans have more guns. The number of background checks conducted by the FBI for gun purchases and p…

Quad-City Times LogoMy first time at Ross' Restaurant: A mountain of food and surprises

My first time at Ross' Restaurant: A mountain of food and surprises

Last month, I launched a series in the Quad-City Times Food section with the mission of reaching and writing about the far corners of the Quad-City dining landscape.

Quad-City Times LogoFlash flood watch issued for Henry County, Colona

Flash flood watch issued for Henry County, Colona

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch until 9 p.m. for Henry County.

KWQC-TV6 LogoWal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US

Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world’s biggest retailer said Tuesday that its plans will also generate about 24,000 construction jobs. The jobs will come from the opening of 59 new, expanded and relocated Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations as well as e-commerce services that were previously announced. Wal-Mart is opening fewer stores this year, but still adding jobs as it offers more positions in online grocery pickup, trainers for its new academies for hourly workers and constru…

Quad-City Times LogoQ-C airport passenger numbers dip for 2016

Q-C airport passenger numbers dip for 2016

After seeing an 8 percent decline in passengers for the month of December, the Quad-City International Airport ended the full year down 2 percent, airport officials said Tuesday.

WQAD.com LogoNew Ford Mustang gets face lift and more horsepower

New Ford Mustang gets face lift and more horsepower

Watch Video DETROIT (CNNMoney) — Ford just revealed updates for one of America’s most famous cars. The 2018 Mustang is going to get a more powerful engine and a 10-speed transmission. But the most noticeable change for the Mustang will be its new face. Designers sloped the car’s nose down lower over the grill, a change that makes the front end appear longer. Also, new headlights are smaller and more intricately shaped. Overall, the reworked front end gives the Mustang more of a sleek “sports car” image and less of a blocky “muscle car” look. On the bac…

WQAD.com LogoScott County Sheriff’s Department appoints two new chief deputies

Scott County Sheriff’s Department appoints two new chief deputies

SCOTT COUNTY, Iowa--  Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane appointed two officers to serve as chief deputies for the county's jail and operations Monday, Jan. 17. The position is normally held by one person, but the Scott County Board of Supervisors approved the decision to make this a two person job to better manage the department. Officer Shawn Roth served the Davenport Police Department for 16 years. He'll now serve as the Chief Deputy Major for operations such as investigations and deputies. His counterpart Bryce Schmidt, whose had over 20 years experience in law enforcement will serve as the C…

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Green River flooding, flu shots, and tax scammers cometh

Noon update: Green River flooding, flu shots, and tax scammers cometh

WQAD.com LogoIowa’s incoming governor supports program cuts to defund Planned Parenthood

Iowa’s incoming governor supports program cuts to defund Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she supports cutting money that helps at-risk youth in Iowa in order to pay for a new program that ends state funding for Planned Parenthood. Reynolds, the incoming Iowa governor, defended the plan Tuesday by saying other services like foster care wouldn’t be affected. Gov. Terry Branstad and Reynolds want to create a state program that distributes family planning money to organizations that don’t perform abortions. The plan includes passing up millions of federal dollars and redirecting $2.8 million that currently goes to child …

WQAD.com LogoTemperatures to get a nice boost in the days ahead

Temperatures to get a nice boost in the days ahead

Clouds today will linger through most of the night as some dryness sneaks in near morning.  This will give temperatures a chance to cool down with overnight lows around the mid to upper 20s.  My only concern is the standing water in spots from yesterday’s rain which could freeze. So, be careful out there. Looking forward to Wednesday as sunshine returns. This will give temperatures a slight boost with highs near the mid 40s. We’ll stay quite mild in the days ahead as a couple more rounds of rain enter the picture.  Our next weather system arrives Thursday night into Friday with …

KWQC-TV6 LogoSchool bus rear-ended in Carroll County-UPDATED

School bus rear-ended in Carroll County-UPDATED

UPDATE: The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office says all occupants that were taken to the hospital were treated and released with minor injuries. Heather Skerik was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to wear a seat belt. CARROLL COUNTY, Illinois (KWQC) – A school bus full of children was rear-ended south of Shannon, Ill. on Wednesday. At approximately 3:22 pm on January 11, 2016, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department was called to an accident on Shannon Road at the CP railroad crossing. The school bus was travelling south on Shannon when it ca…

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Who's in the news?

Donald Doucette, chancellor at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, has been named to a one-year term on the board of trustees for Palmer College of Chiropractics.

KWQC-TV6 LogoWatch Live: Josh Earnest Delivers Final White House Press Briefing

Watch Live: Josh Earnest Delivers Final White House Press Briefing

App users click here Josh Earnest gives his final briefing to the press corps as White House Press Secretary. – – 11 a.m. CST…

WQAD.com Logo$100,000 winning lottery ticket sold at Jewel-Osco in East Moline

$100,000 winning lottery ticket sold at Jewel-Osco in East Moline

EAST MOLINE, Illinois — Someone in the Quad Cities may be holding onto a lottery ticket worth $100,000. A Lucky Day Lotto ticket that was sold at Jewel-Osco on Avenue of the Cities matched all five numbers in the drawing Friday, January 13, 2017. The numbers were “04 – 08 – 09 – 13 – 45” If you have the winning ticket, Illinois Lottery officials urge you to “immediately sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place” until you can cash it in. Prize Centers are located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Rockford, Springfield, and Fairview Hei…

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Henry County Fair Rock & Roll Bingo set for Feb. 4

Press release submitted by Amy Jeffries…

KWQC-TV6 LogoBreaded okra recall due to possible glass fragment contamination

Breaded okra recall due to possible glass fragment contamination

BELLS, Tenn. (KWQC) – According to the Food and Drug Administration, The Pictsweet Company is voluntarily recalling select packages of Pictsweet Farms 12 ounce Breaded Okra after the company learned that some packages may contain glass fragments, which could cause injury if ingested. The company says there has been one minor injury reported in connection with this issue. The recall impacts Pictsweet Farms 12 ounce Breaded Okra (UPC#: 0 70560 98377 8) with a “best if used by” date of Nov 3, 2018 and a production code of 3086B C, 3086B D, 3086B E, 3086B F, or 3086B G. This info…

WQAD.com LogoJordan’s Joy receives funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

Jordan’s Joy receives funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

Tom Pospisil  from Eriksen Chevrolet was on-hand to present a check for $500 for the December Three Degree Guarantee to Jordan's Joy. Accepting the check were Mike White, Janson Bender, Sharon Vershaw, Rob Edel and Michelle McMullen  from Jordan’s Joy. Jordan’s Joy charity provides comfort and care to local Quad-City families who have a family member fighting a life-threatening illness. From providing meals while traveling to doctor’s appointments, to helping with medical bills or even funding a pizza and game night for a child and their family, Jordan’s Joy seeks to help these fami…

Quad-City Times LogoTraffic alert: Illinois 84 closed near Colona

Traffic alert: Illinois 84 closed near Colona

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that Illinois 84 in Colona is closed at the Green River because an ice jam is causing water to cover the roadway.

WQAD.com LogoColo, the world’s oldest zoo gorilla, dies at 60

Colo, the world’s oldest zoo gorilla, dies at 60

COLUMBUS, Ohio —  Colo, the world’s oldest zoo gorilla, has died, according to The Columbus Zoo. Colo had celebrated her historic 60th birthday last month surrounded by thousands of fans. The zoo posted on its Facebook page: “It is with great sadness we report that the oldest gorilla in the world, Colo, passed away in her sleep overnight. Colo was the first gorilla born in human care and she exceeded her normal life expectancy by more than two decades.” Tom Stalf, Columbus Zoo president and CEO, went on to say, “At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium our mantra is to t…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWarren County farmer killed in grain site accident

Warren County farmer killed in grain site accident

Photo: Flickr – jacinta lluch valero WARREN COUNTY, Ill. (KWQC) — A farmer died after an accident at a grain site. The Warren County Sheriff says the accident happened on Saturday afternoon, January 14, 2017 around 2:15 in the Kelly Township, near the Knox County line. The sheriff says the farmer got entangled in an auger at the grain site. He was taken to the hospital in Galesburg where he was pronounced dead. The sheriff did not release the identity of the farmer. Stay tuned to KWQC-TV6 and kwqc.com for updates as we receive them.

KWQC-TV6 LogoRock Island crime prevention meeting – Jan. 18

Rock Island crime prevention meeting – Jan. 18

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Citizens are invited to the monthly Community Crime Prevention Partnership Meeting at the Rock Island Police Department Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Officials say the educational meetings are intended to strengthen existing partnerships with the citizens of Rock Island to help police prevent crime and improve services. Attendees are encouraged to provide feedback on issues and concerns they may have and to offer input on policing strategies in Rock Island. Officials hope the structure of these meetings will facilitate conversations between the citi…

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Markets cheer, EU wary as UK PM May signals 'clean Brexit'

LONDON (AP) — Britain's future outside the European Union became much clearer Tuesday: It's so long to the single market, goodbye to the European Court of Justice and farewell to the freedom of movement for workers.

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German supreme court rejects bid to outlaw far-right party

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's supreme court on Tuesday rejected a bid to outlaw a fringe far-right party accused of pursuing a racist and anti-Semitic agenda.

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MH370 hunt ends, maybe forever, after nearly 3 years, $160M

SYDNEY (AP) — The nearly three-year search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended Tuesday, possibly forever — not because investigators have run out of leads, but because the countries involved in the expensive and vast deep-sea hunt have shown no……

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88 million tons a year: Auditors decry EU food waste

BRUSSELS (AP) — The sheer waste of food had been bothering teacher Marijke De Jongh for so long that two years ago she set up a pop-up restaurant to serve perfectly good groceries and meat that were approaching their expiry……

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China's Xi defends trade as Beijing seeks bolder global role

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday trumpeted the need for free trade and urged the world to "say no to protectionism," delivering a strong rebuke to isolationist tendencies that helped fuel Donald Trump's presidential election victory.

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Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt following crash on Chicago expressway

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Police say three people have died following an early-morning crash on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago.

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EXCHANGE: New year, new opportunity to overcome hearing loss

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — With the New Year, many set out to change the path of their lives by making resolutions.

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Additional mental health training given first responders

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police and firefighters are getting additional training on how to better respond to mental health emergencies.

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Illinois to get $3.6M in federal funds to develop parks

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will get roughly $3.6 million in federal grants for local governments to increase public access to outdoor parks and recreation.

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A look at next steps after damning report on Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — The release of a damning Department of Justice report, which found civil rights abuses permeate Chicago's 12,000-officer police force, was in many ways just the start of a process that could take a decade or more.

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Report: Oregon players hospitalized after intense workouts

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — At least three Oregon football players have reportedly been hospitalized following a series of intense workouts.

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New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.

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As Trump takes oath, 4 portraits give voice to hopes, fears

As Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office, the prospect of his presidency inspires the hopes of millions of Americans, the doubts and fears of millions of others. In effect, Trump will inherit leadership of many Americas, each……

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Tax deadline looms for Prince estate; government to get half

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," Prince once sang. But his money matters a lot to the IRS, and the case provides a cautionary tale not just for the wealthy, but not-so-rich Americans as well.

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UK’s May signals clean break with EU: No partial membership

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear: the U.K. will make a clean break from the European Union and leave its single market of some 500 million people. In her most direct remarks since the June 23 vote, May said Tuesday that Britain must regain control of its laws and borders, even as she called on the bloc to negotiate a free-trade agreement that will benefit both sides. “We do not seek membership of the single market,” she said in a highly anticipated speech. “Instead, we seek the greatest possible access to it through a new, comprehensive, bo…

WQAD.com LogoEast Moline teachers may strike if deal isn’t reached by Friday

East Moline teachers may strike if deal isn’t reached by Friday

EAST MOLINE, Illinois-- Members of the East Moline Teachers Union will hold two more picketing sessions before meeting with the school board Friday, January 20, 2017. The union will hold their next picketing session outside Glenview Middle School and Ridgewood Elementary between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 and again on Thursday, January 19 outside Bowlesburg Elementary. The union canceled their original plans to discuss strategy in good faith the East Moline School District would be willing to come to the table and negotiate. The two sides have been at a stalemate on fair pay negoti…

WQAD.com LogoBetty White turns 95!

Betty White turns 95!

Popular actress and comedian Betty White turns 95 on Tuesday, January 17th. Known best for her role as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls” and Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” White is considered by many to be a pioneer in television and one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars. The Illinois native has worked in the industry since 1939, recently guest starring in “Bones” and doing voice-over work in “Spongebob Squarepants.” “I just appreciate the fact that people have been so kind to me all these years,” Whit…

WQAD.com LogoGM to invest $1 billion in U.S. plants, add or retain 1,000 jobs

GM to invest $1 billion in U.S. plants, add or retain 1,000 jobs

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Under pressure from President-elect Donald Trump for its investment in Mexican plants, General Motors will announce plans Tuesday to invest at least $1 billion in U.S. factories, a move it said will create or retain at least 1,000 jobs. The announcement is due later Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the plans. The person said all the investment has been in the works for some time and it is not part of any deal with Trump. But the company joins a number of major employers eager to demonstrate a commitment to U.S. jobs ahead of Friday’s inaugu…

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Walmart adding 10,000 U.S. jobs

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Walmart, the nation’s largest business employer, plans to add 10,000 U.S. jobs this year. The job growth will represent less than 1% of the company’s current American workforce of about 1.5 million people. But it bucks the trend of major brick-and-mortar retailers, which have been slashing jobs and closing stores. Macy’s is closing 68 stores and cutting more than 10,000 jobs. Sears Holdings is closing 150 Sears and Kmart stores, eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs. The Limited has closed all its stores, and American Apparel is likely to do th…

WQAD.com LogoThese 8 men are richer than 3.6 billion people combined

These 8 men are richer than 3.6 billion people combined

LONDON (CNNMoney) — Eight men now control as much wealth as the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people, according to a new report from Oxfam International. The men — Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Amancio Ortega, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg — are collectively worth $426 billion, the anti-poverty group said on Sunday. “Such dramatic inequality is trapping millions in poverty, fracturing our societies, and poisoning our politics,” said Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s Vice President for Policy and Campaigns. …

KWQC-TV6 LogoNew report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974

New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights. It is the only entity which strives to count all abortions in the U.S.; the latest federal survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacks data from California, Maryland and New Hampshire. The total f…

WQAD.com LogoCooking with Fareway: Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cooking with Fareway: Cauliflower Fried Rice

· 1 (14 ounce) bag Mann's Cauliettes · 1 Tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce · ½ Tbsp. sesame oil · ½ Tbsp. grated ginger · 1 Tbsp. canola oil, divided · 1 large egg, beaten · 1 garlic clove, minced · ½ onion, diced · 3 ounces broccoli florets, chopped · 1 large carrot, grated · ¼ cup frozen corn · ¼ cup frozen peas · Sesame seeds, to garnish Directions In a small bowl, WHISK together soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger; SET aside. HEAT 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a medium skillet over low heat. ADD egg and SCRAMBLE until cooked through, about 4 minutes. SET aside. HEAT remaini…

WQAD.com LogoIstanbul nightclub shooting suspect confesses, governor says

Istanbul nightclub shooting suspect confesses, governor says

(CNN) -- [Breaking news update 3:10 am ET] A man arrested in Turkey has confessed to carrying out the deadly New Year's gun attack at an Istanbul nightclub, the city's governor has said. "The terrorist actually said that he did it," Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told journalists Tuesday. Sahin identified the suspect as Abdulgadir Masharipov from Uzbekistan. He was born in 1983 and was educated in Afghanistan, Sahin said. The attack at the Reina nightclub left 39 people dead and dozens more injured after a gunman opened fire in the early morning hours of New Year's Day. [Previous story publish…

WQAD.com LogoThe most popular Netflix show in your state

The most popular Netflix show in your state

Map from CableTV.com site In an entertainment analysis, CableTV.com has put together a map of which Netflix original series is most popular in every state. If you live in Illinois, you’re most likely binge watching “Jessica Jones.” And in Iowa, “Orange is the New Black” is the top-ranking show. Related: Netflix users targeted by email scam seeking credit card, account information Marvel was the big winner across the board.  Daredevil and Jessica Jones are the favorites of 21 states. Click here for a full list of state favorites. This map was made by cross chec…

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A Team Effort

JACKSON COUNTY, Iowa (KWQC) — Barbara and Larry Koranda are a team. Husband and wife. Working from their Jackson County home, the two excel in stained glass design. Cutting. Grinding. Foiling are a few of the procedures. Currently, they are working on a window which will be installed at East Iron Hill Church. The window has two hundred sixty pieces of glass. There are a variety of colors. The scene depicts Calvary’s Cross and should be in place in time for Easter. The couple will spend about eighty five hours working on the piece. Both took classes through Kirkwood Community College and …

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Cubs World Series trophy making stop in Davenport this month

DAVENPORT — Cubs fans will have the chance to see the World Series trophy up close at the River Music Experience. Over a five-month span, the Chicago Cubs are bringing their championship trophy to multiple states.  On Monday, January 30, 2017 that trophy will be downtown Davenport. Fans can see the 24-inch trophy in person and take photos with it. The visit will last from noon until 1:30 p.m.  Then the trophy will be headed to Iowa City to continue the tour. Click here for the full tour schedule.

KWQC-TV6 LogoIcicle crashes through ceiling of home

Icicle crashes through ceiling of home

BILLINGS, Mont. (KWQC) – Hanging icicles can be dangerous, but we don’t expect them to come crashing into our home. That happened to Carol Schell. She found a massive icicle in her closet after hearing a loud crash in her home on Monday, January 16, 2017. The icicle formed because her furnace exhaust pipe had come loose. The pipe was spraying steam, which froze just as fast as it was dripping from the trusses. Schell said she is glad no one was hurt. “Something drips on me, and I’m like, eww. And I look up and here’s this icicle hanging out of the closet,”…

Quad-City Times LogoUpdated: Some area schools are starting classes late today or are closed because of the weather

Updated: Some area schools are starting classes late today or are closed because of the weather

Icy roads and foggy weather conditions are causing some area schools to have late starts this morning.

KWQC-TV6 LogoIstanbul gunman captured after more than 2 weeks on run

Istanbul gunman captured after more than 2 weeks on run

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year’s nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying Tuesday that he’s an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre. The man was being questioned by police, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara. Yildirim expressed hope that the interrogation would unveil the “forces” behind the attack, which killed 39 people and has already been claimed by the Islamic State group. Hundreds of people were gathered at the swanky Reina nightclub to…

WQAD.com LogoThe Pledge from Mrs. Hoover’s class at Winola Elementary

The Pledge from Mrs. Hoover’s class at Winola Elementary

VIOLA, Illinois — Second graders in Mrs. Hoover's class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Winola Elementary. Submit your school for participation in the Daily Pledge …

Monday, January 16th, 2017

KWQC-TV6 LogoGalesburg to hold public hearing on lead water service project

Galesburg to hold public hearing on lead water service project

GALESBURG, Ill. (KWQC) – Efforts to improve the water in Galesburg, Illinois began back in 2015. In the fall of that year, the city found elevated levels of lead in some home’s drinking water. In April of 2016, the City Engineer, Wayne Carl, spoke with TV6 via email. He said the city had worked with water quality professionals and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower lead results below the EPA action level. At this time, TV6 also spoke with Galesburg residents, like Dwight White. White lived in an old house with his family. One of the many homes potentially at risk …

WQAD.com LogoWaffle the house cat ‘guards’ Colorado home from bobcat

Waffle the house cat ‘guards’ Colorado home from bobcat

TELLURIDE, Colo. – When Waffle spotted a bobcat outside the family home in Telluride, the orange and white Colorado house cat wasn’t backing down. Despite the size difference, Waffle didn’t show any fear in taking on the bobcat. “If it wasn’t for the dam (sic) glass I’d shred you for looking at me that way!” Erik Fallenius captioned the video on YouTube. Waffle, safely inside the house, hisses and claws at the curious bobcat on the porch. When the bobcat moves to a different window for another peek inside, Waffle follows and makes sure the bobcat doesn…

WQAD.com LogoYour child’s ‘Sophie the Giraffe’ toy might be filled with mold, parents warn

Your child’s ‘Sophie the Giraffe’ toy might be filled with mold, parents warn

NEW YORK — Reports of mold found inside of "Sophie the Giraffe" teething toys are once again circulating on social media — causing many parents to worry. According to GoodHouseKeeping.com, pediatric dentist Dana Chianese said she was cleaning a Sophie the Giraffe toy last month when she noticed something smelly coming from a hole on the toy. The mother said she decided to cut it open and found what resembled a "science experiment" – disgusting mold coating the inside of the toy her child had just been teething on. The toy is made by French company Vulli, and comes with a warning t…

Quad-City Times LogoRick's Six: Dense fog, school delays and living the dream

Rick's Six: Dense fog, school delays and living the dream

1. A foggy start…

WQAD.com LogoWhat if Monday’s rain fell as snow?

What if Monday’s rain fell as snow?

Much of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois got a super-soaker on Monday. Officially in the Quad Cities, 9/10 of an inch of rain came down. Other spots received more than an inch! If that precipitation came in the form of snow, we would be digging out from a big snowstorm! On average, 7-14 inches of snow would be seen if temperatures were about five degrees cooler. There are typically only one weather system each Winter that produces this much precipitation. I do believe we will be in a more snowy weather pattern beginning January 25th. Keep in mind, we can get snowstorms all the way out into …

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Sorry for the delay

A production system failure delayed delivery of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus for several hours in some areas today.

WQAD.com LogoMore foggy days on the way

More foggy days on the way

A Dense Fog Advisory was in effect for all of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois through 6:30am. Visibility restrictions have improved greatly from south to north through sunrise. But we aren't totally in the clear and you know the drill: Leave early and allow more distance between you and the traffic in front of you. And don't forget to click those lights on, even after sunrise. Click here for school delays We'll get a little break in the foggy forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, but it's coming right back beginning on Friday. Foggy and drizzly weather could continue straight through the we…

KWQC-TV6 LogoCrash during police pursuit kills Bettendorf native and son

Crash during police pursuit kills Bettendorf native and son

ANDERSON, Ind. (KWQC) – A head-on crash that happened as a robbery suspect was running from police has killed a Bettendorf, Iowa native and his son. Dan Oberhart, 53, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, and his son, Riley Oberhart, 24, died Saturday night in a head-on collision that investigators say was caused by a robbery suspect running from police in Anderson, Indiana. (courtesy Sara Simmons) Dan Oberhart, 53, and son, Riley Oberhart, 24, died Saturday night as they were traveling in a car in Anderson, Indiana, about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Oberhart’s wife, Kathleen, 50, a native…

KWQC-TV6 LogoThe search for 370 has ended

The search for 370 has ended

SYDNEY (AP) — After nearly three years, the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has ended in futility. Crews have finally completed their deep-sea search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean without finding a single trace of the plane. The Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia said Tuesday that the search had officially been suspended after crews finished their fruitless sweep of the 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) search zone west of Australia. The end of the hunt raises the prospect that the world’s greatest aviation mystery may never be solved. For…

Quad-City Times LogoLibrary hosts discussion about fake news

Library hosts discussion about fake news

Local media leaders will host a free panel discussion about the rise of fake news at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave. Topics will include the definition of fake news,……

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Letter: Did the band R.E.M. have window to the future?

The lyrics to R.E.M.'s song -- "It's the end of the world as we know it'' - include "reporters baffled, trumped".

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Letter: Reader a big fan of Streep, columnist Eugene Robinson

I don't know who I like more: Meryl Streep or Eugene Robinson. Since I don't imagine Ms. Streep is going to make any more speeches, I hope you will hold on to Mr. Robinson.

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Editorial: Navigating new Viewpoints

As part of the new and improved print edition of The Dispatch•Argus you're holding in your hands today, you'll notice some changes in Viewpoints.





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