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Saturday, April 13th, 2024

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Inside Iowa Politics: Who decides abortion laws?

Senator Grassley said that abortion laws should be left to states.

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Monmouth College holds dedication for a new space at its educational farm

Monmouth College held a dedication for its new yurt on Saturday. It’s an tent-style outdoor classroom space where community members and local students can experience educational activities.

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2 dead in crash along I-80 west of Walcott

The single-car rollover killed one male and one female just after noon on Saturday.

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FIRST ALERT DAY: Significant severe weather possible Tuesday

A FIRST ALERT DAY has been issued

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Bureau County Fair Concert reveals headliners

Mitchell Tenpenny with Special Guest Lauren Alaina are set to headline the Bureau County Fair.

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Corps of Engineers sets session about Mississippi River ecosystem project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will host a public open house on Tuesday, April 30, to discuss plans for Phase II of an ecosystem restoration project in Lower Pool 13 of the Mississippi River. (usace.army.mil) The event is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. at Eagle Point Lodge, 4101 N. 3rd St., Clinton. The Lower Pool 13 Phase II Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project area includes a 4,000-acre wetland complex with shallow lakes, emergent vegetation, managed moist soil areas, and braided channels surrounded by degrading riparian timber. The project boundaries lie within the Green Island Wildlife Management Area which is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. During the open house, a team of subject matter experts will provide an overview of the project and cover potential options for restoration and enhancement of the area. The public is invited to provide feedback and engage in discussion about the project. After the presentation, representatives from the partnering agencies will be available to answer questions and gather input from the community. For more information, visit here. For more information about the public meeting, contact the Rock Island District at 309-794-5729 or email cemvr-cc@usace.army.mil.

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Mississippi River Project Office offering FREE boating safety courses

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is offering free boating safety education classes.

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QCCA Expo Center experiences a Dinosaur adventure

The QCCA Expo Center will be transformed into a Dinosaur Adventure.

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St. Ambrose University hosts ribbon cutting for Higgins Hall

St. Ambrose University hosted a ribbon cutting for newly renovated Higgins Hall.

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Augustana College hosts “It Begins with A” celebration

Augustana College welcomed in their future students with the “It Begins with A” celebration for the Class of 2028.

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Illinois treasurer looking to return $5 billion in unclaimed properties

Michael Frerichs' office is pushing to reunite Illinois residents with unclaimed property and missing money.

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Mitchell Tenpenny, Lauren Alaina to headline annual Bureau County country concert

The 169th Bureau County Fair runs Aug. 21 to 25 in Princeton.

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'May the 4th be with You' | Free Comic Book Day at Moline Public Library

Moline Public Library is celebrating comics and graphic novels with a Star Wars-themed Free Comic Book Day.

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UnityPoint Health recognized as one of the top places to work in healthcare

For the third consecutive year, UnityPoint has been recognized by Becker's Healthcare as one of the "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare."

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Traffic changes coming around Bettendorf's TBK Sports Complex

The work should wrap up in about a month.

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2 killed in crash near Walcott Saturday

Troopers have not yet released their names.

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Winners roar to victory at Davenport Speedway

Davenport Speedway got its 2024 season going Friday, with the Koehler Electric Season Opener. It was a busy night for all, with 120 cars in the pit area. Everyone came in with the goal of winning, but only six would get a taste of the Competitive Concrete Co. victory lane. Mitch Morris captured the Outhouse and Storage to Go Container Rentals IMCA Late Model feature in his first late model start. Morris started third and took the lead from Mike Goben on lap three. The race was shortened because of cautions and curfew. Chris Lawrence finished in the runner-up spot with Goben taking third. Matt Ryan and Joe Beal rounded out the top five. Late Model heat race wins went to Morris, Beal, and Andy Nezworski. Austen Becerra dominated in the Wangelin’s Auto IMCA Modified main. Becerra drew a front row start after his heat race and used it well. Austen was able to pull away from the field on the original start and all following restarts. He finished with a three second lead at the checkers. Spencer Diercks started 11th and dodged a couple of potential cautions to finish second. Third went to Matt Werner followed by Dan Roedl and Ben Chapman. Logan Veloz picked up where he left off last season, taking a win in the D&K Home Products IMCA SportMod feature. Veloz led all 15 laps enroute to the victory. Trey Grimm scored a second-place finish, ahead of Matt Speidel in third. North Dakota’s Robby Rosselli was fourth and Rayce Mullen fifth. Nick Seplak took home a win in the Koehler Electric Outlaw Street Stock A-main. Seplak started ninth and took over the lead from Nick Hixson on lap 10. Seplak held a four-second gap over second place Landen Chrestensen at the checkers. Kraig Hughes finished third, over Jesse Owen and Cary Brown. The Theisen’s IMCA Hobby Stocks debuted as a weekly class with Nathan Ballard posting an impressive win. Ballard went from the fifth starting position to the lead in four laps. Second went to Jordan Miles, who ran near the front all race. Daniel Wauters recovered from an early race incident to finish third. Randy LaMar and Sheldon Hunter were fourth and fifth respectively. Cyle Hawkins outlasted the field in the Fred’s Towing & Cantrell’s Towing 4-Cylinder feature. Only four cars made it to the checkered flag. Joe Lafrenz, Thomas Adams, and Jason Rhoads finished second through fourth, in that order. Stock car racing action continues April 19 at Davenport Speedway. Next Friday is “Hot Rod Night at the Races." Bring your hot rod to the track and get a discount on your grandstand ticket. Results: Davenport Speedway                                                                                                                April 12, 2024 – IMCA LATE MODELS (21 ENTRIES)      A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 70X-Mitch Morris[3]; 2. 8L-Chris Lawrence[2]; 3. 1M-Mike Goben[1]; 4. 07-Matt Ryan[4]; 5. 77-Joe Beal[8]; 6. 2JR-Jesse Bodin[20]; 7. 88-Evan Miller[14]; 8. 1H-Mike Haines[13]; 9. 74-Doug Burkhead[16]; 10. 6-Broderick Prescott[17]; 11. 77F-Josh Foster[12]; 12. 57-Brandon Loos[22]; 13. 35-Ryan Claeys[10]; 14. 84-Sam Halstead[5]; 15. 7-Andy Nezworski[9]; 16. 70-Mack Mulvany[7]; 17. 9-Travis Denning[11]; 18. 16-Dave Wadsager[19]; 19. 65-Chuck Hanna[21]; 20. 3-Bryce Garnhart[6]; 21. (DNS) 77J-Steve Johnson; 22. (DNS) 19-Kelly Pestka Heat 1 - Top 4 Redraw (10 Laps): 1. 70X-Mitch Morris[2]; 2. 70-Mack Mulvany[1]; 3. 07-Matt Ryan[7]; 4. 84-Sam Halstead[8]; 5. 1H-Mike Haines[3]; 6. 74-Doug Burkhead[4]; 7. 16-Dave Wadsager[6]; 8. 57-Brandon Loos[5] Heat 2 - Top 4 Redraw (10 Laps): 1. 77-Joe Beal[4]; 2. 35-Ryan Claeys[2]; 3. 8L-Chris Lawrence[6]; 4. 1M-Mike Goben[1]; 5. 88-Evan Miller[5]; 6. 6-Broderick Prescott[3]; 7. 2JR-Jesse Bodin[7] Heat 3 - Top 4 Redraw (10 Laps): 1. 7-Andy Nezworski[2]; 2. 3-Bryce Garnhart[7]; 3. 9-Travis Denning[5]; 4. 77F-Josh Foster[3]; 5. 77J-Steve Johnson[6]; 6. 19-Kelly Pestka[1]; 7. 65-Chuck Hanna[4] IMCA MODIFIEDS (29 entries) A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 22-Austen Becerra[2]; 2. 21-Spencer Diercks[11]; 3. 93-Matt Werner[3]; 4. 33X-Dan Roedl[17]; 5. 1JR-Ben Chapman[18]; 6. 86B-Jake Morris[13]; 7. 01M-Mitch Way[6]; 8. 5-Rob Dominacki[19]; 9. 44X-Blaise Lewis[29]; 10. 99M-Charlie Mohr[4]; 11. 86-Jeremy Gustaf[25]; 12. 9G-Anthony Guss[21]; 13. 53-Matt Stein[20]; 14. 5D-Bob Dominacki[28]; 15. 87-Blake Woodruff[22]; 16. 99-Brandon Jewell[7]; 17. 8C-Michael Claeys[14]; 18. 9Z-Chris Zogg[26]; 19. 50-Denny Eckrich[23]; 20. 88-Tony Von Dresky[8]; 21. 57-Andrew Hamburg[1]; 22. D55-Scotte Lemke[10]; 23. 1-Eric Barnes[5]; 24. G1-Mike Garland[9]; 25. 32X-Skyler Woods[15]; 26. 2X-Patrick Moore[27]; 27. 17-Jason Pershy[12]; 28. (DNS) 3-Dustin Smith; 29. (DNS) 07-Jon Coombs Heat 1 - Top 4 Redraw (8 Laps): 1. 21-Spencer Diercks[10]; 2. 57-Andrew Hamburg[2]; 3. 99M-Charlie Mohr[8]; 4. G1-Mike Garland[6]; 5. 86B-Jake Morris[9]; 6. 3-Dustin Smith[5]; 7. 5-Rob Dominacki[7]; 8. 87-Blake Woodruff[1]; 9. 86-Jeremy Gustaf[3]; 10. (DNS) 5D-Bob Dominacki Heat 2 - Top 4 Redraw (8 Laps): 1. 17-Jason Pershy[1]; 2. 22-Austen Becerra[3]; 3. 93-Matt Werner[5]; 4. 1-Eric Barnes[2]; 5. 8C-Michael Claeys[8]; 6. 33X-Dan Roedl[10]; 7. 53-Matt Stein[9]; 8. 50-Denny Eckrich[6]; 9. 9Z-Chris Zogg[7]; 10. 2X-Patrick Moore[4] Heat 3 - Top 4 Redraw (8 Laps): 1. 99-Brandon Jewell[2]; 2. 88-Tony Von Dresky[4]; 3. 01M-Mitch Way[5]; 4. D55-Scotte Lemke[9]; 5. 32X-Skyler Woods[7]; 6. 1JR-Ben Chapman[8]; 7. 9G-Anthony Guss[1]; 8. 07-Jon Coombs[6]; 9. (DNS) 44X-Blaise Lewis STREET STOCKS (17 entries) A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 11S-Nick Seplak[9]; 2. 20L-Landen Chrestensen[6]; 3. 0-Kraig Hughes[1]; 4. 95-Jesse Owen[7]; 5. 81-Cary Brown[5]; 6. 76-Bryan Ritter[12]; 7. 11T-Trevor Tucker[11]; 8. 5-Tom Riggs[14]; 9. 2-Nick Hixson[3]; 10. 31-Donnie Louck[4]; 11. 88-Jake Lund[17]; 12. 77W-Andrew Burk[10]; 13. 4S-Tony Von Dresky[8]; 14. K67-Braiden Keller[2]; 15. 41-Kyle Anderson[16]; 16. (DNS) 23W-Keegan Wells; 17. (DNS) 78A-Caleb Andreatta Heat 1 - Top 5 Redraw (8 Laps): 1. K67-Braiden Keller[4]; 2. 2-Nick Hixson[5]; 3. 11S-Nick Seplak[3]; 4. 81-Cary Brown[2]; 5. 20L-Landen Chrestensen[7]; 6. 11T-Trevor Tucker[6]; 7. 23W-Keegan Wells[1]; 8. 78A-Caleb Andreatta[9]; 9. (DNS) 88-Jake Lund Heat 2 - Top 5 Redraw (8 Laps): 1. 31-Donnie Louck[5]; 2. 4S-Tony Von Dresky[4]; 3. 95-Jesse Owen[7]; 4. 0-Kraig Hughes[2]; 5. 77W-Andrew Burk[1]; 6. 76-Bryan Ritter[3]; 7. 5-Tom Riggs[6]; 8. 41-Kyle Anderson[8] IMCA SPORTMODS (29 entries) A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 43LV-Logan Veloz[2]; 2. 88-Trey Grimm[8]; 3. 14J-Matt Speidel[1]; 4. 0-Robby Rosselli[12]; 5. 777-Rayce Mullen[7]; 6. 118-Austin Stamm[3]; 7. 69ER-Ryan Reed[9]; 8. X-Matt Fulton Jr[25]; 9. X14-Randy Farrell[15]; 10. 97-Josh Geigle[18]; 11. 9H-Levi Heath[20]; 12. 71J-Justin Schroeder[17]; 13. 51-Mike Clausen[21]; 14. 22-Alex Houston[13]; 15. 51X-Cody Weih[26]; 16. 8S-Josh Starr[27]; 17. 54-Nick Shrope[22]; 18. 29B-Brendon Schultheis[23]; 19. 39R-Rance Powell[24]; 20. 33-Jarett Franzen[10]; 21. 17-Todd Dykema[11]; 22. 4G-Kevin Goben[14]; 23. 65-David Engelkens[16]; 24. 35-Pat Emerick[19]; 25. 2K-Tony Kraklio[29]; 26. 18C-Dakota Cole[5]; 27. 117A-Logan Cumby[4]; 28. 36N-Joe Nemitz[6]; 29. 9W-Ryan Walker[28] Heat 1 - Top 4 Redraw (8 Laps): 1. 777-Rayce Mullen[3]; 2. 43LV-Logan Veloz[10]; 3. 33-Jarett Franzen[7]; 4. 36N-Joe Nemitz[5]; 5. 22-Alex Houston[8]; 6. 65-David Engelkens[1]; 7. 35-Pat Emerick[4]; 8. 54-Nick Shrope[6]; 9. X-Matt Fulton Jr[9]; 10. 9W-Ryan Walker[2] Heat 2 - Top 4 Redraw (8 Laps): 1. 69ER-Ryan Reed[1]; 2. 17-Todd Dykema[3]; 3. 18C-Dakota Cole[5]; 4. 118-Austin Stamm[4]; 5. 4G-Kevin Goben[9]; 6. 71J-Justin Schroeder[6]; 7. 9H-Levi Heath[8]; 8. 29B-Brendon Schultheis[10]; 9. 51X-Cody Weih[7]; 10. 2K-Tony Kraklio[2] Heat 3 - Top 4 Redraw (8 Laps): 1. 117A-Logan Cumby[1]; 2. 0-Robby Rosselli[4]; 3. 88-Trey Grimm[2]; 4. 14J-Matt Speidel[8]; 5. X14-Randy Farrell[9]; 6. 97-Josh Geigle[3]; 7. 51-Mike Clausen[6]; 8. 39R-Rance Powell[7]; 9. 8S-Josh Starr[5] IMCA HOBBY STOCK (16 entries) A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 29-Nathan Ballard[5]; 2. 4-Jordan Miles[3]; 3. H2O-Daniel Wauters[1]; 4. 4R-Randy LaMar[4]; 5. 28-Sheldon Hunter[9]; 6. 4M-Karter Miles[11]; 7. 8-Evan Roberts[13]; 8. 7M-Justin Morhardt[12]; 9. 2-Kaiden Hixson[15]; 10. 24-Matt Bennett[2]; 11. 17M-Jared Miller[6]; 12. 86-Logan Gustaf[16]; 13. 5-Chase Hixson[14]; 14. 88-Jason Schutterle[8]; 15. 03-TJ Harms[7]; 16. 22H-Kyler Hefty[10] Heat 1 -Top Redraw (6 Laps): 1. 29-Nathan Ballard[2]; 2. 03-TJ Harms[1]; 3. 17M-Jared Miller[3]; 4. 24-Matt Bennett[5]; 5. 22H-Kyler Hefty[6]; 6. 4M-Karter Miles[4]; 7. 8-Evan Roberts[7]; 8. 2-Kaiden Hixson[8] Heat 2 - Top 5 Redraw (6 Laps): 1. H2O-Daniel Wauters[3]; 2. 4R-Randy LaMar[4]; 3. 28-Sheldon Hunter[8]; 4. 4-Jordan Miles[1]; 5. 88-Jason Schutterle[6]; 6. 7M-Justin Morhardt[7]; 7. 5-Chase Hixson[5]; 8. 86-Logan Gustaf[2] SPORT COMPACTS (7 entries) A Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 28-Cyle Hawkins[4]; 2. 56-Joe Lafrenz[6]; 3. 47-Thomas Adams[3]; 4. 514-Jason Rhoads[7]; 5. 8S-Josh Starr[1]; 6. 5B-Jake Benischek[5]; 7. 14-Drew Wise[2]

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Whether Speaker of the House can pass legislation and keep his job is unclear

Members of Congress returned to work on Capitol Hill this week. One of the priorities Speaker of the House Mike Johnson promised to address is the support package for Ukraine. It's been languishing there after the Senate authorized help for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and the border. The speaker keeps getting threats he'll lose his job from hard-right Republicans if he OKs the deal for Ukraine. Some Democrats say they would have the Republican’s back. Host Jim Niedelman returns  with Democratic political consultant Porter McNeil and former Iowa Republican Party Chair Steve Grubbs. "The problem is that you have a House caucus rule that allows one member to call for a vote on removing the Speaker of the House," McNeil said. "Republicans have a math problem," Grubbs said. "You have 218 Republicans, 213 Democrats .... You can only lose three votes." To hear more from our panelists, click on the video. Local 4 News, your local election headquarters, is proud to present 4 The Record, a weekly news and public affairs program focused on the issues important to you.  It’s a program unlike any other here in the Quad Cities. Tune in each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as Jim Niedelman brings you up to speed on what’s happening in the political arena, from Springfield, Des Moines, Washington, D.C. and right here at home.

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Gretchen Teske: Cleveland Final Four showed access to women's sports has changed a generation

Not only are more kids playing basketball, they have more access than ever.

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QC Restaurant Week Saturday: Breakfast, entree discounts among today's specials

Here's a look at five specials for Saturday during QC Restaurant Week in the Quad-Cities.

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Quad-Cities area representatives introduce bill on grants for manufacturing site development

Communities could apply for federal grants to make sites "shovel-ready" for manufacturing facilities under a bill introduced by two Quad-Cities congressional representatives.

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Aspiring chefs showcase skills at Scott Community College

Scott Community College held its inaugural Culinary Showcase on Friday, featuring student chefs and many tasty bites.

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Fairport Fish Hatchery celebrates Earth Day

Friends of Fairport Fish Hatchery (FFFH) will host its second annual Earth Day Celebration with an unveiling of new Interpretive Trail Signs, presentations, and Earth Day activities at the Historic Fairport Fish Hatchery, according to a news release. The Earth Day Celebration will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the hatchery, 3390 Highway 22, Fairport. Fairport Fish Hatchery (muscatinecountyiowa.gov) Twelve new 4-foot by 3-foot sign panels planned for the hatchery’s future Education Pavilion give visitors a deeper dive into the history, operations, and freshwater mussel science behind this 116-year-old research facility. The history of the hatchery The U.S. Federal Biological Station at Fairport was established by an act of Congress in 1908 to research freshwater mussels and fish in their Mississippi River habitat. The Earth Day Celebration is an opportunity for visitors to walk the historic interpretive trails, explore the Iowa DNR’s Mobile Fish Aquarium, and learn about a variety of conservation-centered organizationsfrom around the area. A variety of speakers will present a special program beginning at 10:30 a.m. Speakers are: Sandy Stevens, FFFH projects/future goals; Andy Fowler. fisheries biologist for the Iowa DNR; Heather Gibb, Iowa State Historic Preservation Office/National Register of Historic Places; Gus Elliott, conservation education specialist for the Iowa DNR; and Jeremiah Haas, EXELON mussels/fish and water conservation. (Fairport Fish Hatchery) The event will conclude with an unveiling of the new educational panels. Visitors are welcome to explore the Historic Fairport Biological Station, walk where the most prominent fisheries biologists from the early 20th Century lived and worked, and learn about the historical cottages and the inner workings of the most advanced research facility of its time. This family-friendly event features booths from many participating environmental organizations: Iowa Department of Natural Resources, National Pearl Button Museum, Muscatine Pollinator Project, University of Iowa, USFWS-Lake Odessa, Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission, Muscatine County Energy District, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project. The trail system A comprehensive Educational Trail System opened last year featuring 18 interpretive signs designed to tell the story of this important conservation and commerce research center. Today, the Fairport Fish Hatchery is a warm-water extensive culture station used to hatch and raise warm-water angling favorites for stocking in streams, lakes, and reservoirs throughout Iowa and Western Illinois. The hatchery is owned and operated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The pumphouse (Fairport Fish Hatchery) Fresh water mussel propagation and research is again being conducted at the Fairport Fish Hatchery in cooperation with Jeremiah Haas, EXELON Mussels/Fish and Water Conservation at Constellation Energy, Quad Cities Generating Station. “Our goal is to raise awareness and educate people about the history of the Fairport Biological Station, later renamed the Fairport Fish Hatchery,” said Sandy Stevens, president of the Friends of Fairport Fish Hatchery. A $47,400 REAP Conservation Education Program grant funded the historic interpretive trail system throughout the 60-acre Fairport Hatchery site. The North Trail tells the story of the living quarters where staff lived. The South Trail highlights the Fairport Hatchery operational facilities both past and present. The 18 stops along the trails feature interpretive signs about each historic site, many of which include QR Codes directing visitors online to more in-depth video content about each sign. The grant will also fund educational signs, artifact display cases and an historic timeline for the educational pavilion. This year, Friends of Fairport Fish Hatchery plan to complete an Educational Pavilion paying tribute to the history of the Fairport Federal Biological Station. Bricks and stones from the pumphouse will be used in its construction. The concrete foundation for the pavilion is in place, but fundraising continues for the completion of the project. Bricks and stones from the historic Pumphouse built in 1910 but demolished in 2021 will be used in the construction of the Educational Pavilion. The design of the educational pavilion will reflect the architectural style and materials of the original Pumphouse. (Fairport Fish Hatchery) Friends of Fairport Fish Hatchery (FFFH) was established in November 2020 as a nonprofit rganization to share the stories of the Historic Fairport Biological Station. The goals of FFFH are to preserve historic resources at the Fairport Fish Hatchery, support its historical and scientific research, and educate students and the public about conservation efforts (both past and present) to protect mussels and fish from impacts due to pollution, siltation, and overfishing. The Friends leadership team includes Sandy Stevens, Paul Carroll, Lynn Pruitt, and Jim Elias. Since its inception, FFFH has partnered closely with the Iowa DNR staff (Andy Fowler, Melanie Harkness, Adam Thiese, Randy Schultz) to expand capacity for public outreach and education. The historical hatchery The United States’ leading fisheries biologists, researchers, scientists, and ‘shell experts’ lived and worked at the station for nearly 25 years in the early 1900s. The station was set up for freshwater mussel research and propagation, which was of economic importance to the region at the time.

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From wild boars to bacon: Learn about history of pigs at Bishop Hill lecture

On Saturday, April 20, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will host "Wild Boar to Baconfest: Pigs in History and Popular Culture" provided by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speaker Bureau, according to a news release. Author Cynthia Clampitt presents the history of pigs and pork to examine the impact these animals had worldwide. Clampitt will focus on the Midwest, including why poet Carl Sandburg would call Chicago “Hog Butcher for the World.” Author Cynthia Clampit (Bishop Hill Heritage Association) Pigs were the first food animals to be domesticated, so their history with human beings date back more than 12,000 years. However, antiquity is just one of the reasons why pork is the most eaten meat in the world. This odd, paradoxical animal offers a great range of advantages when it comes to feeding large populations—especially urban populations—though, historically, it has also offered several disadvantages. Once pigs were introduced to the Americas, they became an almost instant success, raised by settlers but also valued by Native Americans. As the Midwest opened, pigs moved west andnumbers grew rapidly. Clampitt has been writing and talking about food history for 30 years and has written two books of food history. Her free one-hour public program will start at 1 p.m. in the Steeple BuildingMuseum, 103 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill. For more information, call the BHHA at 309-927-3899, or email bhha@mymctc.net.

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Rock Island-Milan school board: Contracts, personnel updates and deputy superintendent questions

Highlights from this week's Rock Island-Milan school board meeting.

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North Scott school board report card: Budget items, change orders and math interventions

Highlights from this week's North Scott school board meeting.

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Two arrested in Fredonia for drugs

A Fredonia man and woman are in the Louisa County Jail now after the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office searched their residence as part of an on-going narcotics investigation.

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Muscatine City Councill considers updating hiring policy

Muscatine City Council indicated during its in-depth meeting Thursday that it doesn’t want to change the process of appointing or dismissing police and fire chiefs.

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Geneseo Career and Technical Education Center enables advanced metal-working training

Geneseo school district's new Career and Technical Education Center opened in August of 2023.

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Pending Death Notices for Muscatine, April 13, 2024

Carole L. Brown, 79, of Davenport, Iowa, died Friday, March 22, 2024, at Bickford of Davenport. Cremation will be directed by Cremation Society of the Quad Cities.

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Pending Death Notices for the Quad-Cities, April 13, 2024

Carole L. Brown, 79, of Davenport, Iowa, died Friday, March 22, 2024, at Bickford of Davenport. Cremation will be directed by Cremation Society of the Quad Cities.

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Bragg BBQ opens permanent location in East Moline

A new BBQ restaurant in East Moline is celebrating its grand opening after growing popularity.

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Hope at the Brick House expanding with new building addition

Hope at the Brick House celebrates their new building addition.

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Davenport awarded over $13 million to protect against future floods

The city of Davenport will use over $13 million in federal grant funding to make its roads more resilient to flooding.

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Rock Island County Forest Preserve seeks input

The Rock Island County Forest Preserve District will hold two public input meetings for Rock Island County residents to comment on the district’s preserves and services on Tuesday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 14, according to a news release. Rusty Patched Bumblebee (photo courtesy of Rock Island County Forest Preserve District.) Preserves and other amenities requesting input include: Amôwa Forest Preserve, 19500 Hubbard Road, East Moline Dorrance Park, 401 Agnes St, Port Byron Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 836 State Ave, Hampton Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, 19408 Loud Thunder Road, Illinois City Martin Conservation Area, Loud Thunder Road, Illinois City Indian Bluff Golf Course, 6200 78th Ave, Milan Niabi Zoo, 13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley “Our preserves belong to the people of Rock Island County,” said Jeffrey Craver, Forest Preserve District director. “The board, staff and I value the public’s suggestions and we’re excited to collect the public’s input on what improvements the Forest Preserve District should consider.” The first public input session will be take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Indian Bluff Course Clubhouse, 6200 78th Ave, Milan. The second meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Niabi Zoo’s Administrative Office Building, 13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley. Written comments about the Forest Preserve District will be accepted until Friday, May 31, and may be sent to: Forest Preserve Office c/o Jeffrey Craver, 19406 Loud Thunder Road, Illinois City, IL 61259. About the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District The mission of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District is to maintain and acquire lands with the intent to restore and conserve such lands for the purpose of preservation, education and recreation for its residents with fiscal responsibility. The Rock Island County Forest Preserve District is governed by the Forest Preserve Commission, which governs seven forest preserve areas totaling 2,659.46 acres. They include Amôwa Forest Preserve, Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, Illiniwek Forest Preserve, Niabi Zoo, Indian Bluff Golf Course and Forest Preserve, Dorrance Park and Martin Conservation Area. For more information, visit here.

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Habitat for Humanity dedicates Davenport home

Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities celebrated the dedication of its latest home in Davenport. The home is the last of four Habitat for Humanity got from the City of Davenport to renovate. The home took about ten months to complete, and Mevi Adigo and her family are the proud new owners. Habitat for Humanity requires applicants to put in a lot of work to get one of its homes. The other three homes from Davenport were dedicated in December. For more information, click here.

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QCA clubhouse resembles the Masters

With the Masters tournament this weekend, golf season is in full swing, and a local golf course has some similarities to the one in Augusta. Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton, Illinois, is rich with history and its clubhouse might look a little familiar.

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Des Moines man allegedly drives to Davenport to meet with girl

An 18-year-old Des Moines man is facing sex abuse and child porn charges.

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Road construction season: What QC residents can expect

This Quad Cities area will look at bit different next week because of construction throughout the whole area. Starting with $8.7-million revitalization project begins in Rock Island. Multiple streets will be cut off and parking may be a challenge. All over the Quad Cities construction projects will start up, and it could make it difficult for people to get around. Quad Cities residents saw a "road closed" sign go up on the Government Bridge a couple weeks ago. That's so crews can begin work on a roundabout at 2nd and LeClaire street. That work is expected to last through July. A file photo of the Iowa entrance to the Government Bridge. (Brian Weckerly, OurQuadCities.com) It's going to get even trickier next week to get to Rock Island or Davenport. Crews will begin cleaning the Centennial Bridge. Traffic will be cut down to one lane each way. There will be no lane closures from 6-8 a.m and 3-6 p.m. for the work commute. Those are peak commute times. If you head to work or leave work outside those times, you can expect delays. Depending on the weather, the Illinois Department of Transportation says this work should take about a week. In Bettendorf, a construction project also begins Monday. That's happening on 18th Street from 53rd Avenue to Saint Andrews Circle. Crews will reconstruct the street and 18th Street will be reduced to one-way traffic northbound from 53rd to Saint Andrews Circle. Traffic will also be one-way westbound on 56th Avenue. The work is expected to take four months. 18th Street reconstruction project detour map (City of Bettendorf) And in Moline, work is continuing on a big project downtown. Work is being done on 19th Street from River Drive to 7th Avenue. Crews are converting the street from four to three lanes and they're creating a bike lane. It's part of a $3-million project to connect the Mississippi River to the Rock River through Moline. This first phase could take four to five months. Moving toward downtown Rock Island, Our Quad Cities News has images of what the end result will be for its revitalization project. Some new street-scaping, sidewalks, and a roundabout. Parking will be cut off on 18th Street from 1st to 3rd Avenues. Work begins next Monday or Tuesday and it will last until November or December. An official groundbreaking for the Rock Island project is set for Monday afternoon, with work beginning on Tuesday.

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Free boating courses offered to be water-safe

As warmer weather returns to the QCA, so do the number of boaters to area waters. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is offering free boating safety education classes during the month of April. From novices to seasoned boaters, anyone wanted to learn about or brush up on safe boating knowledge can take the course. No on-the-water experience is offered during the classroom-based course. Participants 12 and over who complete a course and pass the final exam will be issued an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Boat Safety Certification, which is honored in both Iowa and Illinois. Classes are open to anyone 11 or older, and will be offered on the following dates at the Mississippi River Project Office from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Saturday, April 13 Saturday, April 20 Saturday, April 27 Preregistration is required, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, and classes fill quickly. For more information, click here.

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Family of missing East Moline veteran asks for community's help

Friday, April 12 marks two weeks since 92-year-old William Weber went missing from his Fox Pointe Apartments home in East Moline.

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Quad Cities River Bandits announce free admission day to celebrate 'Best Minor League Ballpark' award

Fans are invited to celebrate Modern Woodmen Park being recognized as the nation's "Best Minor League Ballpark" in USA Today 2024 Reader's Choice Awards.

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Bix 7 race organizers unveil big plans for the 50th year

This summer marks the 50th Quad-City Times Bix 7 Road Race.

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Server at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse gets a surprise during QC Restaurant Week

Shelly Kulig was honored surprise for being the most requested server at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse for going "above and beyond".

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Bragg BBQ opens in downtown East Moline

The restaurant, which started as a food truck, celebrated its new brick-and-mortar location with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 12.

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The Lemonade Stand opening in downtown Davenport

The new restaurant for culinary interns specializes in Cajun-inspired Bayou BBQ. The menu features rotating dishes and a variety of lemonades.

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Family of William Weber still searching for missing 92-year-old

The East Moline has been missing for 2 weeks.

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Culinary event at Scott Community College allows high school students to showcase their work

A tasty showcase took place at Scott Community College as high school students from 10 different QCA schools participated in a culinary showcase event.

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Visit Quad Cities 2024 QC Restaurant Week continues through weekend

QC Restaurant Week is in full swing, and there’s still time to take advantage of deals at participating locations.

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UnityPoint recognized as top place to work

For the third consecutive year, UnityPoint Health has been recognized as one of the top places to work in healthcare in the country by a national industry publication, according to a news release. This week, Becker’s Healthcare included UnityPoint Health on their 2024 list of “150 Top Placesto Work in Healthcare.” The list highlights hospitals, health systems and healthcare companiesthat prioritize workplace excellence and the happiness, satisfaction, well-being, and fulfillment oftheir employees, the release says. (unitypoint.org) UnityPoint Health, which provides care across Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin, isthe only health system headquartered in Iowa to be named to this year’s list and is one of only ahandful of health systems in Illinois and Wisconsin to be included. “It’s truly an honor to be recognized as a top place to work in healthcare for the thirdconsecutive year,” said UnityPoint Health Chief Administrative Officer Jessica Meisner. “Wecontinue to have a strong commitment to our culture and team members and this recognition isaffirmation of that ongoing effort across our organization.” In naming UnityPoint Health to this year’s list, Becker’s Healthcare said, “(UnityPoint Health)utilizes engagement channels for team members to share information, network and exploreopportunities to improve overall team member experience. The feedback is then used to identifyimprovement opportunities for all team members. Advancing talent and culture is at the centerof UnityPoint’s strategy, and it works to offer best-in-class career experiences by recruiting andhiring diverse talent and supporting team member growth.” UnityPoint Health also has been named a top employer by Forbes (three times) and the WestDes Moines Chamber of Commerce since 2021.

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Castle home for sale in Orion

A castle is listed for sale in Orion, Illinois with 27 acres included for $700,000.

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All About 8: Meet Sherry Phillips, News 8's own 'Dr. Dolittle'

Once a month, we highlight some of our off-screen colleagues at WQAD. For April, meet Sherry: she's rescued alligators, horses, pigs, geese & everything in between.

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Health warning for consuming QCA-caught fish

Illinois health officials are sending a warning about fish consumed that were caught locally. The Illinois Department of Public Health released its latest consumption advisory, and testing resulted in advisories for nine bodies of water statewide. Officials advise to avoid predatory and bottom-feeding fish because of increased likelihood for containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Bodies of water to be aware of in the QCA are the Mississippi River and Rock River. The fish there are also being recognized for contain polychlorinated biphenyl and methylmercury. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says to limit consumption of carp to one per week.

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Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese headline one of the most anticipated WNBA drafts in years

Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, Cameron Brink and others make this one of the most anticipated WNBA drafts in recent years.

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Sterling-based Veteran's support organization hosting 5K

22Mohawks is hosting the event, which raises awareness for suicide prevention and provides resources to veterans, and their families in Illinois.

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Walcott water tower crashes to the ground

Walcott's old water tower, which had sat dormant for several years, crashed to the ground during a controlled tipping.

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Downtown Rock Island groundbreaking will be Monday

The city of Rock Island, in partnership with the Quad Cities Chamber and Rock Island Downtown Alliance, will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of the $8.7 million Rebuild Downtown Rock Island project, Monday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the intersection of 18th Street and 2nd Avenue. City council members unanimously approved final plans and construction contracts during the March 25 meeting. Valley Construction will work with design and engineering firms Veenstra & Kimm and Streamline Architects on the project. "The Rebuild Downtown Rock Island project is an exciting opportunity for the City to revitalize the downtown historic area through the largest single investment in more than 30 years," Mayor Mike Thoms said in a Friday release. "We are excited for what this project will bring to our community. The goal is to encourage private investment and improve the overall quality of life for those who live, work in and visit downtown Rock Island." The $8.7-million Rebuild Downtown Rock Island project is being funded with $3 million from a State of Illinois Rebuild Downtowns grant, $3.9 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, $1.5 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District funds, and a $267,000 State of Illinois Tourism Attractions grant. Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) director Kristin Richards will be present at the groundbreaking to speak about the state’s investment in downtown Rock Island. “DCEO is committed to supporting economic development projects that boost communities and small businesses,” Richards said in the release. “Through the Rebuilding Downtowns and Main Streets Program, Illinois is proud to provide grant funding to support the Downtown Rock Island project, which will beautify the area, attract visitors, create jobs and provide new spaces for the community to come together.”   The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Improvements will include:· “Welcome to Downtown Rock Island” gateway sign across from Schwiebert Park at 1st Avenue and 18th Street Total reconstruction and streetscaping of four blocks Decorative lighting and landscaping Two large-scale murals in Arts Alley Ten new outdoor patio areas at existing restaurants Rock Island block letters for photo opportunities Conversion of the parking lot at 2nd Avenue and 18th Street into greenspace for recreation and special events Installation of a mini roundabout at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 18th Street The city in partnership with the Rock Island Downtown Alliance is committed to working with and supporting businesses and residents who may be affected by the construction project. “Businesses will remain open during construction, and we are asking for the community’s help in supporting them, especially as access temporarily becomes challenging,” said Jack Cullen, executive director of the Downtown Alliance.“We will get through this together, and we will be better off in the end.” Monday's groundbreaking will be at the intersection of 18th Street and 2nd Avenue, which will be transformed to look like this, with a new roundabout. As part of the Rebuild Illinois (RBI) Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awarded $106 million in capital grants to 50 commercial corridors and main streets throughout Illinois, which represents the largest-ever RBI investment focused on community revitalization. For more information on the Rebuild Downtown Rock Island project, click HERE.

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REVIEW: Ballet QC presents stunning double bill

Red and green play key roles in the stunning new Ballet Quad Cities productions, but it’s as far from a Christmas theme as you can get. I had the privilege of seeing the only dress rehearsal of this wonderfully entertaining, mesmerizing double bill – “Dorothy Goes to Oz” and “Snow White” – Friday afternoon at the Adler Theatre. An excerpt from Ballet Quad Cities' "Dorothy Goes to Oz," at the Adler Theatre, April 12, 2024. The colorful, classic tales (the former choreographed by artistic associate Emily Kate Long, and latter by artistic director Courtney Lyon), will be danced in two public performances on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. In a weekend with an insane amount of special shows and events in the area, this one should not be missed. “Dorothy” was first done on the lawn of the Outing Club, Davenport, in September 2021, and used as a bullying prevention program in a three-year partnership with Pleasant Valley schools. This half-hour version has a variety of musical selections, but none from the classic 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.” Mahalia Zellmer, left, Christian Knopp, Kira Roberts, and Madeleine Rhode in "Dorothy Goes to Oz" (photos by Jonathan Turner). Dorothy is portrayed by the fresh-faced, radiant Kira Roberts, and she starts solo against a bright blue-sky backdrop, which perfectly complements her blue-and-white checkered dress. Her solo is playful and peppy. After storm clouds gather, with a dark gray background, the whirling tornado is embodied by Sahsha Amaut, Stephanie Eggers, Jayne Friscia, Madeline Kreszenz and Jillian Van Cura. They twirl to old-fashioned rock music, fittingly disorienting, like any tornado is. Glinda the Good Witch is Eleanor Ambler (who after a gentle, lovely dance, ceremonially brings Dorothy her famous ruby slippers), the Scarecrow is Madeleine Rhode, Tin Man is Christian Knopp, Cowardly Lion is Mahalia Zellmer and the Wicked Witch is Sierra DeYoung – all ideally inhabiting their iconic characters with flair, finesse and poise. Rhode is especially good as the loose-limbed, precise Scarecrow and shares a playful, light and graceful duet with Roberts. A long yellow banner spread across the stage symbolizes the story’s yellow brick road. Four of the same dancers (save Van Cura) who were tornado return in bright red and white to play the poppy field, which causes our friendly quartet to fall asleep. DeYoung is a hoot as the flamboyant Wicked Witch, accompanied by her fun, fiendish Flying Monkeys (played by Van Cura and Marcus Pei). The trio isn’t as nightmarishly evil as the original Wicked Witch in the movie, and their bouncy, ‘60s-style groovy rock music leavens the conflict in the story. We never really feel Dorothy and her buddies are in danger. “Oz” is a fairly quick jaunt, warm-hearted, whimsical and a blissful dream. New “Snow White” The second half, featuring the slightly longer “Snow White” (37 minutes) is more weighty and dramatic, but equally spectacular in its stylish, achingly elegant, and beautifully lithe, limber performances. The professional dancers all make lifting a leg or an arm an exquisite work of art. Madeleine Rhode as Evil Queen and Eleanor Ambler, Sierra DeYoung, Stephanie Eggers and Kira Roberts as Pison Ivy. “Snow White” is the 1812 retelling of an old German fairytale by the Brothers Grimm where a young princess is so beautiful that her evil and jealous stepmother, the Queen, decides to kill her. However, Snow White’s purity and beauty (inside and out) protect her, and good overcomes evil. This mesmerizing, all-new production by Courtney Lyon for Ballet Quad Cities features an arresting musical montage of Austrian composers Gustav Mahler and Anton Webern and German composer Richard Strauss. I especially admired the unity of both ballets here that begin and end with lead dancers alone on stage. Roberts as Dorothy does that in the first half and the Rhode is absolutely regal in “Snow White,” beginning with a striking, smoky image alone at the start. An excerpt from "Snow White" at the Adler Friday, April 12, 2024. The role of the poison ivy are like the evil queen’s henchmen (here henchwomen), surrounding the Queen’s mirror, intensely played by Eleanor Ambler, Sierra DeYoung, Stephanie Eggers and Kira Roberts. Sahsha Amaut is the innocent, delicate and beautiful Snow White and seven spirits of the forest represent the creator of magic, shadow, water, breeze, moss, time, and light, serving as Snow White’s protectors. While they nicely comfort Snow White, I couldn’t really detect distinct personalities, as Lyon originally envisioned for their elemental roles. In the ballet, the queen orders a huntsman (the handsome, smooth Christian Knopp) to take Snow White into the woods to kill her and bring back her heart as proof. The huntsman has compassion for Snow White and lets her go. When the queen finds out through the mirror that Snow White is still living, she tries to kill Snow White herself with a poisoned apple. Here, several apples are rolled on stage, and one of the poison hands her one. The spirits think she is dead but cannot bear to bury her, so they put her in a glass coffin, which is lovingly, gently symbolized by a sheer white veil, which Van Cura as the forest goddess places over Amaut, who lays on the floor. It’s appropriate her role is called “Creator of Magic,” because this whole ballet is enchanting magic. Sahsha Amaut dances Snow White and Christian Knopp is the Huntsman. The music used is Richard Strauss from his Alpine Symphony (1915), the Mahler is from his Fifth Symphony (1901-02), and Webern from his Six Pieces for Orchestra and Four Pieces for Violin and Piano. The breathtaking dancers present a perfectly balanced program here, light and dark, all lighter-than-air, priceless movement, and while not at a holiday, it’s a true gift. For tickets and more information, visit the BQC website HERE. You can see another video excerpt from dress rehearsal on the upper right of this page. To see a slide show from Friday, April 12, click below.

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Minor traffic changes coming to Middle Road and Competition Drive, public works officials say

Minor traffic changes are coming to the Middle Road and Competition Drive Roundabout.

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Students from Clinton High-School address drug overdose prevention

News 8's Shelby Kluver talks to Clinton HS students who are going to the iJAG national convention through their project focused on addressing opioid overdose.

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City of Walcott water tower taken down

The water tower was built in 1967, but had not been used in years.

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Rock Island Army Corps of Engineers providing free boating safety course

Classes are held every Saturday in April.

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Village of Albany to inspect utility water pipes for lead

The Village of Albany will be assisting our residents with inspecting utility water service pipes from the water main into their residence, according to a media release from the Village of Albany.

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Habitat for Humanity gifts new house in Davenport

The home was obtained from the City of Davenport two years ago. The family moving in said "we're very grateful and very excited for this new house."

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Aspiring chefs in the Quad Cities participate in culinary showcase

High school students can enroll in the culinary programs at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges while still in high school.

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Bragg BBQ opens in downtown East Moline

The restaurant, which started as a food truck, celebrated its new brick-and-mortar location with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Apr. 12.

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Quad Cities River Bandits announce free admission day to celebrate 'Best Minor League Ballpark' award

Fans are invited to celebrate Modern Woodmen Park being recognized as the nation's "Best Minor League Ballpark" in USA TODAY 2024 Reader's Choice Awards.

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Parr Instrument Company breaks ground on expansion

The new facility being attached to their current building will more than double their square footage.

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Man drove from Des Moines to be with child, 13, in Davenport, police allege

An 18-year-old Des Moines man faces felony charges after police allege he drove to Davenport to sexually abuse a 13-year-old, according to court records. Isaac McDow faces charges of sexual exploitation of a child - cause to engage in act and second-degree sexual abuse, court records show. Isaac McDow (Scott County Jail) On Wednesday, Davenport Police were called to an area of East 12th Street, Davenport, for a report of a missing child, arrest affidavits say. McDow was found with the 13-year-old at a Davenport hotel, police allege in affidavits. He and the child both said they had been intimate during the course of the night and the morning, and McDow had made a 47-second recording. McDow "did drive from Des Moines to meet up with the ... child," police say in affidavits. McDow, who was released on his own recognizance, is set for a preliminary hearing April 30 in Scott County Court.

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Silvis Heights under boil order

The order is due to a water main break that happened on Thursday.

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Rock Island prepares to break ground on major downtown project

The city of Rock Island will break ground on a project to revitalize its downtown on Monday.

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Rural Iowa house has $80K in damages after fire

When Burlington firefighters arrived at 6:04 p.m. and saw flames coming through the roof.

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The Last Picture House wins Eddy Award for riverfront restoration

Owners Scott Beck and Bryan Woods won an Eddy Award for Revitalization after a restoration of a flood-damaged building in downtown Davenport.

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Police arrest teen for sexual abuse of minor

Davenport police charged 18-year-old Isaac McDow with second-degree sexual abuse.

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Boil order for Silvis Heights

A boil order was issued for Silvis Heights on Friday. An underground water valve replacement is causing the order for all residents north of Crosstown Avenue. The boil order will remain in place until further notice.

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Bettendorf Public Library to feature historic Iowa author

The Bettendorf Public Library invites you to learn about an Iowan called 'the most remarkable woman writing short stories in the Republic.' The Ruth Suckow Traveling Exhibit will be on display at the Bettendorf Public Library April 14 - May 12. According to a release, author Ruth Suckow lived throughout Iowa, and her work probed life in the Hawkeye State from the 1880s through World War II. In conjunction with the exhibit, the library will feature Profound Realism: The Rediscovery of Ruth Suckow on Thursday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. The free lecture will be presented by area Ruth Suckow Memorial Association members Michael and Hedy Hustedde, who will give a talk about their personal attraction to Suckow's legacy and introduce the traveling exhibit. The Ruth Suckow Traveling Exhibit is Sunday, April 14 through Sunday, May 12 at the Bettendorf Public Library, located at 2950 Learning Campus Dr., Bettendorf. For more information, click here.

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Swimmer/activist to speak at Iowa Republican event

Riley Gaines is used to making waves, both as a swimmer and an activist. The former University of Kentucky swimmer has advocated against the inclusion of trans women in the women's division of sports, and will be the keynote speaker at the Iowa Federation of Republican Women Spring Conference Thursday, April 25, at Rhythm City Casino in Davenport. “When we heard Riley Gaines speak at the National Federation of Republican Women convention last fall, we knew we needed her to come here to Iowa, share her experiences, and speak truth and common sense to our members,” Michelle Crawford, IowaFRW president, said in a Friday release. Riley Gaines “The event is open to the public and we expect 300 people to come hear her message of motivation and fighting for what’s right,” Crawford said. “When you hear her personal story, what she’s been through, and her commitment to standing up for girls and for equality, you’ll never forget it.” As part of the National Federation of Republican Women, IowaFRW members belong to the most influential grassroots women’s political organization in the U.S. with more than 65,000 members nationwide. “One thing I’ve heard a lot from girls through all of this is that they feel helpless,” Gaines, a former University of Kentucky NCAA swimmer, said in the release. “And one thing I learned right away when I met the ladies with the Federation of Republican Women is there is nothing helpless about them! They are fierce fighters for women and girls, they don’t shy away from standing for what’s right, and I am proud to be associated with them. I am excited to speak at the IowaFRW Spring Conference.” Gaines has become an emblem of fairness and reason in the debate over transgender women competing in girls’ and women’s sports. Known for excellence in both athletics and academics, she is a role model for young girls and a powerful speaker who addresses her experiences candidly and age-appropriately, the Friday release said. While public speaking was never her goal, she has gained national prominence and expanded her advocacy beyond sports and locker rooms to include the necessity of preserving safe spaces for women. She participated in the 2021 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, coming second in the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay and seventh in the 200m freestyle race; she made the All-SEC First Team that year. In 2022, while swimming for the University of Kentucky in the 200-yard NCAA freestyle championship, Gaines tied for fifth place with University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who became the first openly trans woman champion in the NCAA women's division after winning the 500-yard freestyle. Gaines will speak at the statewide conference in Davenport on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. “After Riley directly experienced competing against a man in women’s sports, being forced without warning or consent to undress before the fully intact male, and subjected to discrimination by the NCAA, she became one of the most powerful voices to speak out against the injustice, challenging the rules of the NCAA, USA Swimming, International Olympic Committee (IOC), and other governing bodies,” her website says. In September 2022, Gaines supported the campaign of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul by appearing in a TV ad for him, where she shared her criticism of trans women in women's sports. “Everyone should hear Riley’s story and we hope parents will bring their teens and tweens to the April 25 event,” Crawford added. “This isn’t just about swimming or sports – this is about fairness and safety and fighting alongside warriors like Riley Gaines to protect women and girls:” Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Iowa FRW website HERE.

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Iron & Grain sales to help Gilda's Club University

Gilda's Club University (GCU) at St. Ambrose University is having a fundraiser at Iron & Grain next week to bolster its presence on campus and continue providing essential support to young adults dealing with cancer. Scheduled for Thursday, April 18th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., this event is set to take place at any location of Iron & Grain Coffee House (1618 N. Main, Davenport, or 585 12th Ave., East Moline). During the fundraiser, Iron & Grain will donate 40% of all energy drink purchases from all locations to GCU to support their programs for young adults impacted by cancer. Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities (gildasclubqc.org) The fundraiser is aimed at addressing the unique challenges faced by YAs, aged 18-39, who find themselves navigating the complexities of a cancer diagnosis amidst their academic, professional, and personal pursuits, according to a Friday release from Gilda’s Club. GCU recognizes the strain this age group faces and aims to alleviate it by offering tailored programs and resources. Since its inception in 1998, Gilda's Club Quad Cities (GCQC) has been a steadfast source of support for cancer patients and their families in the QC region, the release said. In 2022, GCU was chosen as one of two pilot sites in the country, extending vital services specifically tailored to young adults at St. Ambrose University, Davenport. As GCU endeavors to maintain its presence on campus, support from events like the Iron & Grain fundraiser becomes increasingly crucial, Gilda’s said. By indulging in an energy drink at Iron & Grain on April 18th, you can directly contribute to GCU's overarching mission of empowering young adults confronting cancer. To learn more about Gilda's Club Quad Cities and Gilda's Club University, visit their website HERE or call 563-326-7504.

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Scott Area Landfill closed early April 12

Due to high winds, the Scott Area Landfill closed at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12. The facility will reopen on Saturday, April 13, with regular hours of 8:00-11:30 a.m. The Scott Area Landfill is located at 11555 110th Ave., Davenport. For more information, click here.

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Bill introduced to help IL QC manufacturing

Congressman Eric Sorensen (IL-17) and with Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-01) have introduced the bipartisan Opportunities for Non-developed Sites to Have Opportunities to be Rehabilitated for Economic Development (ONSHORE) Act. This legislation will help strengthen our supply chains by giving communities the tools that they need to attract manufacturing jobs, companies, and facilities, according to a Friday release. Congressman Eric Sorensen (IL-17) (photo submitted) “Manufacturing is the heartbeat of what keeps our economy strong and our communities thriving,” said Sorensen. “Unfortunately, the Illinois side of the Quad Cities has struggled to attract investment from manufacturing companies because we lack land and buildings that are ready for them to use. Congress needs to help our neighbors in Central and Northwestern Illinois to bring in more manufacturing jobs. The ONSHORE Act provides opportunities for our towns, cities, and villages to create sustainable jobs for generations to come.”  “By establishing the Critical Supply Chain Site Development grant program, we're investing in the revitalization of communities, fostering economic growth, and fortifying our domestic supply chains,” Miller-Meeks said. “This program not only empowers regions to attract investment and create jobs in Iowa but also ensures our nation's strategic interests and economic security are safeguarded.” Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, speaks during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hybrid hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool) “We have turned down dozens of requests for information related to projects that could bring thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment to the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities due to a lack of available shovel-ready land and move-in ready buildings” said Ryan Sempf, director of government affairs for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. “ONSHORE will help the Quad Cities and other communities compete for these projects while supporting American interests in the reshoring of critical supply chain industries.”  The ONSHORE Act establishes the Critical Supply Chain Site Development Grant Program. This program, managed by the Department of Commerce, offers grants to help communities and other eligible groups get sites ready for manufacturing projects in industries that are considered strategically important.  These grants can cover various expenses such as connecting the site to public utilities like water mains, completing environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act, investing in training programs for the local workforce, and other necessary preparations for manufacturing projects. The Secretary of Commerce decides which industries are strategically important and eligible for these grants.  From 2021 to 2023, the Illinois side of the Quad Cities could not reply to companies looking to bring in jobs 75 times. Out of these, 60 inquiries were about manufacturing projects that could have created thousands of jobs, the release said.  Read the full text of the bill here. 

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Burlington Fire Department responds to house fire

The fire was called in around 6 p.m. Thursday. According to first responders, there were no working smoke detectors on the property.

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Fire damages Flint River Township home

There were no reported injuries after fire did an estimated $80,000 of damage to a home in rural Flint River Township. On April 11 at 6:04 p.m., the Burlington Fire Department was dispatched for smokecoming from a residence in the 16000 of Kingwood Estates Dr. in Middletown. Burlington Fire arrived 14 minutes later and discovered fire through the roof of the home and set up water shuttle operations. The Burlington Fire Department was assisted by the Danville Fire Department, Gladstone Fire Department, West Burlington Fire Department, Alliant Energy and Gas and the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office. The last unit cleared the scene at 9:25 p.m. No one was home at the time of the incident. The residence sustained major heat and water damage. There were no working smoke alarms present in the home. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

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QC Restaurant Week Friday: Donuts, coffee and Italian among today's specials

Here's a look at five specials for Friday during QC Restaurant Week in the Quad-Cities.

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Take a Look: Mark previews new releases “Fallout”, Disney’s “Wish” and more

This week on “Take a Look” with Mark S. Allen: Mark talks about “Fallout”, action-horror film, “Civil War”, Disney’s “Wish” and “Sasquatch Sunset”.

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3 Things to Know | Quad Cities morning headlines for April 12, 2024

Louisa County police arrested a man on drug charges, and the Rock Island Army Corps of Engineers is offering free boating safety classes.

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INTERVIEW: Royal Ball Run founder Jen Hartmann

Royal Ball Run founder Jen Hartmann joined Our Quad Cities News This Morning to talk about autism services in the Quad Cities. Watch the video above or click here for more information.

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Police continue their investigation into missing East Moline man

This Friday marks two weeks since William Weber was last seen. Police are telling the public to call authorities if they see his silver Chevrolet Malibu.

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Muscatine Community College dean named EICC vice chancellor

Jeremy Pickard dean of instruction and dean of ag business and professional services for Muscatine Community College, has been selected as EICC's Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs beginning June 1.

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Susan Clark Jr. High chinchilla born on day of solar eclipse

Susan Clark Jr. High FFA Instructor Ashley Weibe shared this week that one of the school’s pet chinchillas, Snowball, gave birth to an adorable new baby on the day of the solar eclipse.

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Quality Cobbler owners announce retirement, shop in Muscatine Mall to close in August

After 35 years of helping repair shoes and boots in the Muscatine community, Quality Cobbler will be closing its doors later this year.

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Senior Resources to open new Senior Center in Muscatine on May 6

After about a year of planning, Senior Resources, in collaboration with the Muscatine community, will soon open its new Senior Center.

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Moline-Coal Valley school board report card: Censure and purchase of new office building

Highlights from this week's Moline-Coal Valley school board meeting.

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Cook review: 'Wicked Little Letters' will shock and amuse audiences

It’s more of a whydunit than a whodunit. And it’s still a good yarn, especially considering it’s based on a true story that happened in the early 1920s in England. We first see Olivia Colman as Edith Swan, at home in Littlehampton, where she opens the 19th letter that’s full of foul language. 'Wicked Little Letters' (IMDb) Edith and her family are horrified at the string of letters that Edith has received. The missives seem to grow more profane as time goes by. Edith blames the poison-pen notes on her Irish neighbor, Rose Goodings (Jessie Buckley), an exuberant, foul-mouthed single mother who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Edith’s pious father (Timothy Spall) becomes so outraged that he takes off to the police station and insists a constable investigate. A constable who is assigned to the case visits a pub where the hard-drinking Rose is arrested then, eventually, jailed. Edith explains that the two neighbors once were fast friends until an incident at a party. The letters, Edith explains, began shortly after that. A woman constable listens to Rose, who continues to maintain her innocence. This constable takes a more scientific approach to finding the culprit, only to be admonished by her superior because the case isn’t hers to pursue. This is a fine cast, with Spall especially detestable as the man who seems to enjoy punishing his daughter. Colman and Buckley are great, too. They’re particularly enjoyable in flashbacks when we can see how the women from two opposite worlds become friends. The film has some comedy, some drama, and a little mystery. But, because of the incredibly foul language in the letters, it may shock some viewers with its “R” rating – that makes it unsuitable as family fare. It’s fun romp with an underlying theme about oppression and the lengths women have gone to overcome it. 3 stars Running time: One hour and 40 minutes. Rated: R for extremely foul language and sexual content. At Cinemark, Davenport. Watch the trailer here.

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St. Ambrose University names 2024 McMullen Award winners

St. Ambrose University honored its 2024 McMullen Award recipients on Thursday.

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Construction for $8.7M downtown Rock Island project begins Monday

Construction will begin on Monday and is broken into three phases, with the entire project expected to be finished by the end of the year.

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What the recent fertilizer spill means for the East Nishnabotna River

According to a retired research engineer, the river has been troubled for decades.

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Pending Death Notices for the Quad-Cities, April 12, 2024

Carole L. Brown, 79, of Davenport, Iowa, died Friday, March 22, 2024, at Bickford of Davenport. Cremation will be directed by Cremation Society of the Quad Cities.

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Pending Death Notices for Muscatine, April 12, 2024

Carole L. Brown, 79, of Davenport, Iowa, died Friday, March 22, 2024, at Bickford of Davenport. Cremation will be directed by Cremation Society of the Quad Cities.

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Quad Cities Chamber’s Hob Nosh connects QCA leaders through networking style event

The Quad Cities Chamber hosted their largest after-hours networking event, Hob Nosh, at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Thursday night.

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Central DeWitt archer with one arm prepares for nationals

Hledik's high score is 297 out of a possible 300.