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Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

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Helping area children start school on a bright note with United Way's 'Write Start Quad Cities'

News 8's Andrew Stutzke caught up with a member of United Way to hear how this school supply drive impacts families across the Quad Cities region.

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Monday night storm causes minimal damages, outages in Muscatine

On Monday evening, Muscatine was hit by its latest severe storm, with the weather being strong enough to down tree branches and cause a brief power outage.

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Davenport man sentenced to 18 years in federal prison on child porn conviction

Davenport man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.

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Muscatine teachers explore local careers through STEM externship program

This year, 79 teachers across the state of Iowa will be participating in the 2024 Iowa STEM Teacher Externships program, including six from Muscatine County.

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Rock River to flood as Mississippi continues to fall in the Quad-Cities

Heavy rain from recent storms is expected to cause major flooding on the Rock River later this week, while the Mississippi continues to recede.

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Illinois lawmaker recap: Rep. Gregg Johnson pleased to see local tax incentive program

Rep. Gregg Johnson, D-East Moline, said he would like to see more attention paid on the economic side to counties outside of the Chicagoland area.

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Tom Loewy: Patience, a full tank of gas, and plenty of ice are the keys to after the storm

A trip through the neighborhoods and farms of the Quad-Cities metro area in the aftermath of Monday's storm.

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Firms that investigated collapse recommend changes to Davenport city code

Scott Nacheman, principal investigator of Chicago-based White Birch LLC, gave a presentation to the city council on Tuesday outlining recommended changes.

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Bettendorf graduate earns Girl Scouts Gold Award for planting native garden at Paul Norton

Kaelee Wolf joined Girl Scouts in kindergarten. This past school year, she earned the Gold Award, for planting a native garden at Paul Norton Elementary in Bettendorf.

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Orion waits on two plans for new village hall

Steve Wright of the Orion Food Pantry spoke to trustees Monday about providing space for the food pantry at any new village hall.

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Pending Death Notices for Quad-Cities, July 17, 2024

Thomas "Tom" Brown, 61, of West Liberty, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2024 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic in Iowa City. Arrangements by: Henderson-Barker Funeral Home, West Liberty.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2024

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Consulting firm recommends changes to Davenport’s building codes in strategy session Tuesday

Davenport is holding a meeting on Tuesday for a management update and for the Mayor and council to hold a discussion.

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Moline boat dock closed, officials say

Moline boat dock Harold’s Landing is closed until further notice, according to Moline Parks and Recreation Department officials.

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Hawkeye newcomers say they’re quickly gelling in Iowa City

Iowa welcomes six new players this season, and head coach Fran McCaffery says the incoming freshman and transfer class fill holes in the lineup.

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Knox County Sheriff's Office searching for missing adult

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the publics’ help in locating a missing adult.

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Moline offering special debris pickup after severe weather

Tree limbs must be less than six inches in diameter for pickup.

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John Deere 'reaffirming' certain diversity policies in social media statement

Amid ongoing social media backlash and widespread company layoffs, John Deere announced Tuesday that it is scaling back some social & cultural awareness initiatives.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issues disaster proclamation after Monday night severe weather

The proclamation covers Des Moines, Dubuque, Mitchell, Polk and Scott Counties.

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Disaster proclamation in effect for 5 Iowa counties after Monday's derecho

The proclamation covers Des Moines, Dubuque, Mitchell, Polk and Scott Counties.

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Repairs on power outages underway around the Quad Cities following Monday's derecho

Altogether, over 60,000 people lost power due to severe weather Monday evening.

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One taken to hospital after Muscatine fire

A resident at the Grandview Senior Lofts was transported to UnityPoint Health-Quad Cities Muscatine by ambulance for treatment of smoke inhalation after a two-alarm fire at the complex Tuesday morning, according to a news release. The Muscatine Fire Department responded at 10:56 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a structure fire at the Grandview Senior Lofts, 1925 Grandview Ave., Muscatine. (Getty) The fire was located on the third floor of the complex, and was quickly extinguished after units arrived on the scene. There was heavy smoke throughout the third floor of the building, and a second alarm for departmental call back was initiated. Approximately 15 personnel from the Muscatine Fire Department were on scene along with six officers from the Muscatine Police Department, and two firefighters from the Fruitland Fire Department.

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NWS rates Monday tornado in Des Moines metro EF-1

People in the Des Moines metro are still cleaning up after a tornado hit the area yesterday evening. The National Weather Service says first a derecho hit the area, followed by an EF-1 tornado.

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Derecho blows through Iowa, Illinois Monday evening

The system produced at least three tornadoes, with wind speeds equivalent to that of a category two hurricane.

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Davenport man sentenced to 216 months for child pornography charges

A Davenport man was sentenced to federal prison on child pornography charges. According to court documents, Zane McBride, 48, was identified as a suspect through cyber tip notifications from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The investigation showed that McBride was downloading, viewing, chatting online about and trading child sexual assault material with other people. McBride was attributed with receiving over 10,000 visual depictions of child sexual assault material. McBride was sentenced July 11 to 216 months in federal prison for receipt of child pornography. McBride was ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution. After completing his term of imprisonment, McBride will be required to serve five years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched by the Department of Justice. For more information, click here.

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Emergency management: Call Red Cross if you need shelter after flood, storm

Scott County Emergency Management Agency has announced that anyone in Scott County who needs shelter because of flooding or Monday night's storm damage is encouraged to call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

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Derecho blows through News 8 viewing region Monday night

People from across the region documented storm damage and activity during Monday's severe weather. Here's a look at some of those photos.

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The Beast captures tornado, trees snapping near Andover, Illinois

Monday's storm has since been confirmed to have been a derecho, producing at least three tornadoes in the region.

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Madigan back in court after lawyers ask judge to gut indictment in light of SCOTUS ruling

CHICAGO — Armed with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that scaled back a key federal bribery statute, lawyers for ex-House Speaker Michael Madigan argued in a new filing Monday that 14 counts of the indictment are “fatally infirm” and should…

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Monday's storm damages family farm in Sherrard

The Weihler family has owned the farm in Sherrard since the 1860s.

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Everything you need to know for the Rock Island County Fair

Stock car races that were initially scheduled for Tuesday evening were canceled due to poor track conditions caused by Monday night's severe weather.

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Trial begins in case of man accused of setting Sterling apartment on fire, killing 3

Steven Coleman faces 10 felony charges, including murder and arson, related to a fatal Sterling apartment fire in June 2020.

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German American Heritage Center & Museum named Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area site

The German American Heritage Center & Museum has another historical distinction to add to its lengthy accolades. The center in Davenport has received official designation as a Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) site. Representatives from the German American Heritage Center & Museum, Silos & Smokestacks, Senator Ernst’s office, Iowa Travel Industry Partners and various heritage area sites and partners were present to commemorate the event. “We are excited with the addition of German American Heritage Center and Museum as one of the heritage area’s newest sites,” Candy Welch-Streed, SSNHA director of partnerships, said. For more information about the German American Heritage Center & Museum, located at 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, click here.

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Trial begins in case of man accused of setting Sterling apartment on fire, killing 3

Steven Coleman faces 10 felony charges, including murder and arson, related to a fatal Sterling apartment fire in June 2020.

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Governor issued disaster proclamation for Scott, other Iowa counties

Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Scott, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mitchell and Polk counties in response to severe storms that occurred on July 15, a news release says. The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and Disaster Case Advocacy Program.  The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants up to $7,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website https://homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/assistance. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.  As of July 1, 2024, the award amount for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program has increased from $5,000 to $7,000. This increase is not retroactive.  The Disaster Case Advocacy Program addresses serious needs related to disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse conditions. Disaster case advocates work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice, and referrals to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor's proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Advocacy Program, contact your local community action agency or visit here.

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Kewanee hit hard during Monday's storms

The National Weather Service has since said an EF-1 tornado did form in Kewanee.

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Sterling apartment fire trial: Day 1

Coleman is accused of setting an apartment building on fire, which killed a women and two children.

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Crews working to get power restored to thousands after severe storms roll through Iowa, Illinois

MidAmerican hopes to have power restored to most customers by 7 a.m. Wednesday and a full restoration completed by 7 p.m.

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Families recovering after severe weather hits Sherrard

The Weihler farm has been in the family since the 1860s, but the barn suffered damage during the storm.

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Engineers present findings about QC building collapse

Following the tragedy of the collapsed apartment building last year, independent engineers hired by the City of Davenport spent several months coming up with way to keep something like that from happening again. Engineers delivered their findings with recommended changes to the city code, and Our Quad Cities News reporter Victoria Frazier was there for the new information.

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Rick Springfield, July 27

Currently touring in support of his 2023 release Automatic, the artist's first album of original material in five years, the widely adored musician, actor, and daytime-drama icon Rick Springfield takes the stage at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on July 27, the chart-topping rock singer/songwriter a longtime fan favorite for hits including "Affair of the Heart," "Love Somebody," and the Grammy Award-winning "Jessie's Girl."

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Quad Cities region picking up the pieces after derecho moves through Iowa, Illinois

The storm systems produced wind gusts over 100 mph and several tornadoes, including at least three in the News 8 viewing region.

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Thomas Rhett, July 30

An Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Award winner who can boast a remarkable 18 chart-topping hits in a mere nine years, Thomas Rhett, on July 30, serves as the opening headliner for this year's Mississippi Valley Fair's grandstand acts, the singer/songwriter sure to demonstrate why USA Today labeled him “The Prince of Country Music.”

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Koe Wetzel and Priscilla Block, July 31

On July 31, this year's Mississippi Valley Fair brings with it grandstand performances by a pair of Billboard-charting talents in Koe Wetzel and Priscilla Block, the former an acclaimed country rocker whose top-10 hits include this year's "Sweet Dreams" and "High Road" (featuring Jessie Murph), and the latter of whose country-pop song "Just About Over You" went viral on TikTok, reaching Nashville music executives who signed her to Mercury Nashville.

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T-Pain, August 1

Boasting two songs that peaked Billboard charts in "Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown and "Low" by Flo Rida, the latter of which was named third in the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade, rap and R&B sensation T-Pain acts as grandstand headliner for the August 1 Mississippi Valley Fair, the artist's "Good Life" and "Blame It" winners of Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance, respectively.

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EF-1 tornado confirmed by US National Weather Service in Kewanee

A third EF-1 tornado has been confirmed from Monday’s round of storms.

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Biden stay in or get out? Iowa Democratic candidates respond

Two of the four Democrats running for Congress in Iowa called for President Joe Biden to end his re-election campaign.

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Derecho brings damaging winds, 3 EF-1 tornados in Quad Cities confirmed by US National Weather Service

The storm Monday which moved across Iowa and Illinois into Indiana and Ohio has been classified as a derecho by the Storm Prediction Center.

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2024 Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, August 1 through 3

An eagerly awaited weekend of live performances returning to the Quad Cities for the 53rd time, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will, from August 1 through 3, again enjoy residency at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center. For 2024, the Davenport venue will host performances by eight local and national jazz acts: Chicago Cellar Boys; El Dorado Jazz Band; Graystone Monarchs; Mike Davis' New Wonders; Paul Asaro & His Rhythm; T.J. Muller's Jazz-O-Maniacs; The Dooley Band; and the Bix Youth Jazz Band.

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Deserta and Pony Bradshaw, July 27

A disparate pair of independent-music acts will take the stage at Davenport's Raccoon Motel for two concerts on July 27, the first with the rockers of Deserta performing in support of last year's album Don't Dare Stop, and the second with Georgia-based folk-rock, country, and blues vocalist Pony Bradshaw celebrating the release of his new recording Thus Spoke the Fool, scheduled for release on August 16.

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Cities impacted by severe weather implement debris collection sites

After the storms moved through the area, communities are putting together collection points for debris as part of the cleanup process.

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Illinois Republicans urged to look beyond traditional base as GOP courts unions

Former N.Y. congressman tells Illinois delegates there are persuadable voters in Democratic camps

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Electric Blue Yonder, July 28

With the project of married couple Beth Hataway and Johnny Veres delivering, according to Americana UK, "an atmospheric folk sound [that] will capture your attention and draw you in emotionally," the touring artists of Electric Blue Yonder headline a July 28 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the group praised by Slant as “a diamond-bright exploration of rock's past, present, and hopeful future.”

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Tylor & the Train Robbers, July 29

Their springtime release Hum of the Road lauded by Saving Country Music as "instilled with insightful road-worn and real-life wisdom," and the artists themselves hailed as "a band that attentive country music fans across the United States revere," the talents of Tylor & the Train Robbers headline a July 29 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the musicians' latest also praised by Americana Highways for delivering "what made people like Guy Clark and Townes van Zandt legends."

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Mike Mains & the Branches, July 30

Touring in support of their 2023 album Memory Unfixed, a work that Jesus Freak Hideout called "a delightful return [that] provides a compelling entry point for new fans," the indie rockers of Mike Mains & the Branches headline a July 30 concert a Davenport's Raccoon Motel, their latest also praised by I Am Tuned Up as a recording that "expands upon [the musicians'] ability to utilize pop sensibilities and overlay them with an authentical and vulnerable lyrical approach."

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BYOBrass, July 26

A collective of Iowa-based musicians and educators founded in 2017 by a group of friends at the University of Northern Iowa, the high-energy ensemble BYObrass headlines a July 26 outdoor concert in the "Live at 5" series, the event held in Davenport's SkyBridge Courtyard and sponsored by Friends of Common Chord.

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JJ Grey & Mofro, July 27

Performing in support of their new recording Olustee, an album that Relix magazine called "a blend of reflection, raucousness, introspection, and exultation," the talents of JJ Grey & Mofro headline a July 27 concert at Mt. Carroll's Rhythm Section Auditorium, Relix adding that "their music encapsulates the spirit of 21st-century Southern swamp boogie, a genre which JJ Grey has been instrumental in defining.”

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Scholar Presentation: Dr. Sandra Hindman, “Illuminated Manuscripts,” August 1

Showcasing exquisite examples of manuscripts from her gallery, Les Enluminures, along with period jewelry, renowned professor, scholar, and gallerist Dr. Sandra Hindman will participate in an August 1 Scholar Presentation at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, providing a rich, historical context for her remarkable artifacts, and delivering an insightful presentation in celebration of the venue's exhibit Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection.

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Beloved Quad Cities 'Santa' passes away

The man known to thousands of Quad Citians as Santa Claus has passed away. (OurQuadCities.com) Michael Thomas Peppers, 81, of Davenport - a familiar sight in parades and various appearances in his costume and customized Santamobile - passed away at his home Monday, according to a Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home obituary. Peppers loved to collect and restore cars, including his Santamobile creation that he often drove in parades and to appearances. He also owned drag-race and stock cars. He was the founder of River City Nomad Club, and was a member of Friends of Credit Island, Downtown Davenport Association, Davenport Jaycees, River Valley Car Club and played Santa for the Festival of Trees. He worked alongside the late "Happy" Joe Whitty to provide a holiday party for children with special needs. He received many awards for community service including the community service award from the Scott County Sheriff's Department and a key to the City of Davenport from the mayor.  Peppers was in the first graduating class of West High School. He was an Army veteran during Vietman War. He started volunteering as Santa Claus during his time in Vietnam and continued doing so his whole life. Those left to honor his memory include his daughter Nikki (Scott) Schletz; grandson Avi Goel; siblings Robert (Sharon) Peppers, Thomas (Charlene) Peppers, Patricia (Jerry) Hatch and Arthur Peppers; brother-in-law Steve Daily; and numerous nieces and nephews. For information about services, visit here.

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Oneida native earns bronze medal at national SkillUSA championship

In order to qualify for nationals in Atlanta, Gavin Gerard took home gold at the Illinois championship in April.

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Write Start Project: Support QC students by donating needed school supplies

WQAD News 8 is partnering with United Way to supply thousands of Quad City-area students with school supplies through the Write Start Project.

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2024 Mississippi Valley Fair, July 30 through August 4

Returning to the area for its incredible 104th year, an eagerly awaited six-day festival boasting games, competitions, vendors, and concert sets by more than two dozen national and local acts returns with the 2024 Mississippi Valley Fair, its July 30 through August 4 engagement at Davenport's Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds boasting, as always, grandstand performances by chart-toppers, multi-platinum sellers, and multiple-award winners.

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Quad-City Times Bix 7, July 27

Returning to downtown Davenport for its incredible 50th year, the Quad-City Times Bix 7 will again find runners and walkers taking on a seven-mile foot race alongside live bands and cheering crowds, the July 27 event famed for being the largest non-marathon race in the Midwest, having captured the imaginations of thousands upon thousands of enthusiasts from both the United States and countries around the globe.

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“Quad Cities Beer: A History,” July 28

Presented on July 28 as the latest program in the German American Heritage Center's popular "Kaffee und Kuchen" series, Quad Cities Beer: A History will find authors Michael McCarty and Kristen DeMarr celebrating the heady heritage of the region, with patrons invited to purchase a copy of their local-history book before or after the event and have it signed by the authors.

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Man shot, critically injured in domestic disturbance, Rock Island police say

The Rock Island Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance Monday night where one person was shot, officials said. The incident remains under investigation.

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Genesius Guild's “Plutus,” July 20 through 28

Returning for their third consecutive blast of season-ending silliness in Rock Island's Lincoln Park, the Haus of Ruckus duo of Tee Green and Calvin Vo will lend their signature wit – and that of Guild founder Don Wooten – to a new version of the Aristophanes comedy Plutus, its July 20 through 28 run treating patrons to, as Green says, “an example of satire written in ancient Greece that still holds up in 2024. Which is a bummer.”

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Countryside Community Theatre's “The Little Mermaid,” July 26 through August 4

A Tony Award nominee adapted from one of the most beloved animated musicals of all time, Disney's The Little Mermaid wraps up Countryside Community Theatre's summer season with a July 26 through August 4 run at Eldridge's North Scott High School Fine Arts Auditorium, this take on the Oscar-winning film lauded by Broadway World as "a family-friendly stage musical with great visual punch."

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“Clue: On Stage,” August 1 through 11

Described by DC Metro Theatre Arts as a mystery comedy with “a dizzy, stimulating joy that makes it a whole lot of fun,” the movie and board-game adaptation Clue: On Stage takes residence at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse August 1 through 11, the show a farcical riot that, according to Broadway World, “creates one laugh after another – and a series of 'Ah-hah!'s – as the audience is led on a merry chase.”

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Lost electricity? Be careful with that food in the fridge

Experts say when in doubt, toss it out

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Davenport man sentenced to 18 years in Federal Prison for receipt of child pornography

A Davenport man was sentenced to 216 months, or 18 years, in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.

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Man wounded in Monday night shooting in Rock Island

Police think the shooting happened during a domestic disturbance.

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Rock Island County Fair cancels Tuesday night stock car races

After Monday night’s storms that passed through the QCA and surrounding areas, the Rock Island County Fair has decided to cancel Tuesday night’s stock car races.

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Oneida native earns bronze medal at national SkillsUSA Championships

In order to qualify for nationals in Atlanta, Gavin Gerard took home gold at the Illinois championship in April.

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Derecho brings damaging winds, 2 EF-1 tornados in Quad Cities confirmed by US National Weather Service

The storm Monday which moved across Iowa and Illinois into Indiana and Ohio has been classified as a derecho by the Storm Prediction Center.

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TORNADO in Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline and East Moline - Confirmed by NWS

The National Weather Service has confirmed a TORNADO struck Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline and East Moline on Monday evening. The tornado had winds of 100 mph and was on the ground for about 8 miles as it tore through parts of the Quad Cities. It's rated as an EF-1. A roof was torn off and apartment building and there was considerable tree damage along the path. It was on the ground from 7:19 until 7:32 p.m. and was covered during Our Quad Cities News' extended severe weather coverage Monday night. And yes, this tornado DID cross over the Mississippi River!

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Stockcar Racing canceled at Rock Island County Fair

Sorry racing fans, but Mother Nature says there's no stock car racing in East Moline tonight. According to an email from track officials, the race track at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds in East Moline isn't suitable for safe racing tonight, due to last night's storm. They made the decision to cancel the race. There is no word on rescheduling.

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LIVE: Davenport to get update on building collapse investigation, code of conduct

Davenport is holding a meeting on Tuesday for a management update and for the Mayor and council to hold a discussion.

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EF-1 tornado confirmed near Taylor Ridge, US National Weather Service says

Another tornado from Monday night’s storms was confirmed by the US National Weather Service.

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Stoplights out of service on Locust Street following Monday night storms

In Davenport on Locust Street, stoplights are out following the aftermath of Monday night’s storms.

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A Very Vintage Market Returns to Downtown Burlington

Downtown Burlington is gearing up for it’s A Very Vintage Market July 20.

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New railroad exhibit at the Putnam Museum

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Red Cross helping Scott Co. residents needing shelter

Scott County residents who have been displaced due to flooding and/or last night's storm have resources for finding a place to stay. A news release from Scott County Emergency Management says anyone in Scott County who needs shelter should call the American Red Cross directly at 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).

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Galesburg starts storm cleanup

A news release from Galesburg details how the city is managing debris from last night’s storm. Tree limbs and power lines throughout Galesburg were brought down by the storm. Staff are working to clear limbs and storm debris from the public roadways and rights-of-way, but if power lines are involved, city staff can’t clear the debris until after Ameren has repaired the power lines and given them clearance. The repair work may take time since the storm affected a substantial portion of Ameren's territory. Crews are working overtime to complete the needed clean-up and repairs. Click here for the road closure map on the city’s website. The website will be updated as the roadways are cleared and re-opened.  Residents cleaning up their property can drop off storm debris at the oversized brush and limb drop-off, 636 Pickard Road. The drop-off site will have extended hours for the next two weeks; the hours will be Wednesday through Sunday each week, July 17 - 21 and July 24 – 28. The hours will be 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Friday - Sunday. Click here for more information on oversize brush and limb drop-off. Galesburg will clear all trees and limbs from public property, such as streets, terraces/right of ways and public parks. It will clear all downed city-owned trees, those planted on city property, including the right-of-way, regardless of where they fall, even if they fall on privately owned property. Residents are responsible for clearing downed trees or limbs from their privately owned trees, except for portions that may have fallen on the roadway or right of way. Smaller sections of limbs and branches can be placed at the curb for the standard yard waste pick-up. Click here for more on the guidelines for debris. Yard waste must be bundled in lengths no more than five feet and less than 50 pounds in weight. The ties for the bundles must be degradable and no single piece of brush can be greater than five inches in diameter. Residents with issues regarding power lines or power outages can check the Ameren power outage map. For more information on cleanup or pickups, call the Galesburg Public Works Department at (309) 345-3623.

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Tornado hits Quad Cities metro Monday evening, NWS confirms

A map from NWS Quad Cities shows the tornado's path spanning from Davenport over the river into East Moline, causing damage to trees, roofs and cars.

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Court proceedings are underway for a Rock Falls man accused of murder

Steven Coleman was arrested back in June 2020 as a suspect in an arson case that killed three people.

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A Very Vintage Market brings vendors, shoppers to Burlington

Downtown Burlington is the place to be on Saturday for fans of vintage items. A Very Vintage Market takes over the 200 - 800 blocks of Jefferson Street on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Over 120 vendors will be offering antiques, vintage-inspired décor, repurposed items, architectural salvage and more. A food court will be on Jefferson and Fourth Streets. Admission is free. Click here for more information, a list of vendors and a map, call Downtown Partners at (319) 752-6365 or click here. The market expects to attract about 10,000 vintage fans to Burlington.

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Davenport resident earns national Corps of Engineers award

Mark Cornish of Davenport has been selected as the recipient for the 2023 Civil Works Planning Excellence Award.

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Flooding along the Mississippi River remains high after rounds of heavy rain

The National Weather Service has also monitored the levels along the Rock River as severe weather added to the water level.

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Energy crews hard at work restoring power to bi-state region

Roughly 30,000 residents across Iowa and Illinois remain without power this morning after severe weather moved through the region.

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Davenport man sentenced to over 18 years in federal prison for child pornography

A Davenport man was sentenced to over 18 years in federal prison for child pornography charges.

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3 Things to Know | Quad Cities headlines for July. 16, 2024

Thousands are still left without power this morning, MidAmerican is currently working on restoring power, and Grant Street in Davenport is closed due to damage.

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Enjoy Celtic night out Saturday in Rock Island

The Scottish American Society of the Quad Cities will host its fourth-annual summer party with live music, food, and good company Saturday, July 20 at the Riverfront Grille, 3619 34th St., Rock Island. The “Celtic Night Out” is open to all, Scottish society membership nor kilt required. (But if you own a kilt, it’s a good place to wear it!) The event features a mix of Scottish and Irish entertainment, including the Quad Cities’ own pipe band, the Black Hawk Pipes and Drums, and Blame Not the Bard, an Eastern Iowa favorite known for energetic fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin, and vocals, according to an event release. Doors to the event will open around 6 p.m. Bagpipes and drums kick off the event at 6:15, followed by dinner, and Blame Not the Bard from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission at the door is $35 for adults, and includes both bands, hors d'oeuvres and pizza buffet and haggis in the restaurant’s air-conditioned private party room. Children are welcome, at a reduced admission of $10 at the door for ages 12 and under. A cash bar is located in a separate room. Cash and credit are accepted. Blame Not the Bard Though they started as an Irish band, Blame Not the Bard also play Scottish traditional tunes. They have shared festival line-ups with the likes of Gaelic Storm, Scythian, Talisk, Aoife Scott, The Dublin City Ramblers, The Elders, The Red Hot Chili Pipers, Jig Jam, and the High Kings, the event release says. Blame Not the Bard began in 2015 as a side project among friends. They were soon delighted to see that their love for fiery instrumentals, unearthing captivating stories, and getting the whole crowd involved was catching on, leading them to some of the most iconic stages in Iowa. In the years that have followed, BNTB has played hundreds of shows across the Midwest, lighting up stages in nine states with venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to major festivals including the Kansas City Irish Fest and main stage appearances at the Iowa Irish Fest.  In August 2023, BNTB released their sophomore album "Now and Again," which features their current lineup of Andrew Philbrick, Corey Baker, Nicole Philbrick, along with their newest member, Dan Vaughn. Band members effortlessly transition between fiddle, banjo, bass guitar, flute, mandolin, percussion and vocals. For more information, click HERE. Black Hawk Pipes and Drums Black Hawk Pipes and Drums began in 2000 under the initial sponsorship of the Scottish American Society of the Quad Cities. BHP&D are a non-competition band that's often seen performing in parades, ceremonies, performances, and for parties like ours. Their music consists of many of the traditional marches along with their own mixture of reels, jigs, hornpipes, strathspeys, and slow airs. They also provide lessons at no charge.  In the style of a traditional Celtic ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) party, audience members at the event are also welcome to dance or offer a song, poem, or joke between sets. For more on BHP&D, click HERE.

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Galesburg receives grant to improve school infrastructure

The City of Galesburg received a “Safe Route to School” grant of $235,376 from the Illinois Department of Transportation to improve the areas around Silas Willard Elementary School by the 2025 school year.

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REVIEW: Songs for a New World at The Black Box Theatre

Songs for a New World continues at The Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Avenue in Moline, Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.

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REVIEW: The Bikinis at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse

The Bikinis continues at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 – 3rd Avenue in Rock Island through August 24th with matinee performances on Wednesdays, evening performances Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and Dinner performances on Sundays.

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REVIEW: 84 Charing Cross Road at Richmond Hill Players Barn Theatre

84 Charing Cross Road continues at Richmond Hill Players Barn Theatre in Geneseo, Thursday through Saturday, July 18 through 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m.

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Man arrested after K-9 Unit found meth during a traffic stop

A man was arrested after a K-9 Unit found meth during a traffic stop.

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Monday’s storm classified as derecho

The storm Monday which moved across Iowa and Illinois into Indiana and Ohio has been classified as a derecho by the Storm Prediction Center.

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At RNC, Illinois delegates 'thrilled' about Trump VP pick JD Vance

In JD Vance, Illinois Republicans said they saw someone who could appeal to working-class voters while potentially serving as an heir apparent to the former president.

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MidAmerican gives update on power outage caused by last night's weather

The energy company have been busy restoring power, even bringing extra field crews. They estimate power furthur west of Des Moines to be back sometime today.

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City of Muscatine FY24-25 budget book now publicly available online

City of Muscatine officials have announced the fiscal year 2024-2025 budget book is online for the public to view.