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Saturday, June 3rd, 2023

KWQC TV-6 1 dead after fiery crash in Sterling KWQC TV-6

1 dead after fiery crash in Sterling

No name has been released.

QCOnline.com India train crash kills over 280, injures 900 in country's deadliest rail accident in decades QCOnline.com

India train crash kills over 280, injures 900 in country's deadliest rail accident in decades

The accident, which happened about 137 miles southwest of Kolkata on Friday night, led to a chaotic scene as rescuers climbed atop the wrecked trains to break open doors and windows using cutting torches to free survivors.

KWQC TV-6  911 call released from one day before the partial collapse of The Davenport apartments KWQC TV-6

911 call released from one day before the partial collapse of The Davenport apartments

The audio was released Friday.

Quad-City Times Explore and Seek stands in for Ride the River Quad-City Times

Explore and Seek stands in for Ride the River

If exploring Quad-City area parks and natural areas while searching for answers to scavenger hunt clues sounds like fun, then River Action has an offer.

Quad-City Times Illinois organizations offer aid to those impacted by Davenport building collapse Quad-City Times

Illinois organizations offer aid to those impacted by Davenport building collapse

Project NOW, Quad Cities Open Network and more Illinois service organizations are working together to help those affected by the building collapse.

Quad-City Times Residents left cracking apartments days before the collapse; 146 actions taken at the building in past 3 years Quad-City Times

Residents left cracking apartments days before the collapse; 146 actions taken at the building in past 3 years

Two tenants moved out of their apartments in the days before 324 Main Street collapsed. They told their landlord of cracks in the walls and floors.

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Fulliam Ave. work begins Monday in Muscatine

The Fulliam Avenue Reconstruction Project will begin on Monday in Muscatine, with Phase I consisting of reconstruction of the Fulliam Avenue roadway from Green Acres Drive to Kindler Avenue, including new sidewalk of the south side of Fulliam and storm sewer improvements, a news release says. This section of Fulliam Avenue, including the Kindler intersection, will be closed to through traffic starting at 7 a.m. Monday. Residents in this area will have access to their homes during most of the reconstruction work except during the actual paving. The project is tentatively scheduled to be completed August 11, weather permitting. Heuer Construction, Inc., was awarded the $702,543.50 contract during the May 4, 2023, City Council meeting. Funding for the project comes from Road Use Tax in the Roads Maintenance Budget.

Quad-City Times Demolition of collapsed apartment building begins early Saturday morning June 3, 2023 Quad-City Times

Demolition of collapsed apartment building begins early Saturday morning June 3, 2023

Crews began a certain level of demolition on part of The Davenport apartment building at 324 Main St. late Friday into early Saturday.

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Rock Island County first installment of property taxes due by June 7

Nick Camlin, Rock Island County treasurer, announced that the first installment of Real Estate tax is due Wednesday, June 7.

Friday, June 2nd, 2023

WQAD.com Construction starts on $21.7M aquatic facility and ice rink in Bettendorf WQAD.com

Construction starts on $21.7M aquatic facility and ice rink in Bettendorf

Construction is expected to be completed by May 2025.

WQAD.com 911 call made on Saturday warned of impending Davenport building collapse WQAD.com

911 call made on Saturday warned of impending Davenport building collapse

The caller said one of his workers noticed the exterior wall wasn't "looking good" Saturday afternoon.

OurQuadCities.com '5th floor has caved in.' Hear 1st moments of Davenport building crisis in scanner traffic OurQuadCities.com

'5th floor has caved in.' Hear 1st moments of Davenport building crisis in scanner traffic

Families and friends of loved ones believed to be trapped in the rubble of a partially collapsed downtown Davenport apartment building kept watch again Friday as crews continued work at the site. Three men are believed to be trapped in the debris: Branden Colvin, Ryan Hitchcock and Daniel Prien. On Friday, crews continued search efforts. (Clockwise, from upper left) Brandon Colvin, Ryan Hitchcock and Daniel Prien (City of Davenport) Scanner traffic from Sunday night: The partial collapse Scanner traffic takes us back Sunday night, when Davenport Police and Firefighters were called to the partially collapsed apartment complex known as The Davenport shortly after 5 p.m. Some of the radio traffic lets you hear what first responders faced in that first hour of the crisis: The Davenport apartment building, located at 324 Main St., Davenport, sustained a partial building collapse May 28, 2023. (Brian Weckerly, OurQuadCities.com) "Davenport Engine One, EMS accident fast track solo, the Davenport Landmark Apartments, three two four (324) Main Street. Units responding to the Landmark Apartments - fifth floor has caved in." "Considerable damage after water flow. We're going to use PD to evacuate the building." "Truck One is all the way to the roof." "That gas smell is probably two thirds of the building, generally in the center. So far, we'll go all the way up and work our way down." "The roof is falling down on them." "I think our best bet of getting them out is going to be from this second-story roof area in the center of the building and laddering up to the apartment. We're talking to the subject from the window. He's saying that his apartment is completely blocked and he can't get to the door so we're going to have to make the rescue from the second floor roof with a ladder." To hear more, click on the video above. We met the man who lived in Apartment 510 shortly after he was rescued. Robert Graham shared his story with us Sunday night. "You know you have to think on your feet because I couldn't get out," he said. "The ceiling started cracking so what I did I took the couch, I put it on top of me and I was yelling out the window. And I called 911 and they came and got me out with the basket. "Thank God for the fire department." Local 4 News will continue to provide updates as the search continues.                

KWQC TV-6  Former tenants react to collapsed apartment KWQC TV-6

Former tenants react to collapsed apartment

Champion said he kept having a feeling that the apartment was going to collapse.

KWQC TV-6 iCan Shine Bike Camp from The Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities to return  KWQC TV-6

iCan Shine Bike Camp from The Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities to return

iCan Shine Bike Camp from The Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities to return.

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The most and least educated states in America

Here's a look at which states are the most educated in the U.S. Where does your home state stack up?

OurQuadCities.com 'I was praying it wasn't him.' Daughter speaks out about missing Davenport man OurQuadCities.com

'I was praying it wasn't him.' Daughter speaks out about missing Davenport man

What our Local 4 News crew saw Friday at the site where an apartment building partially collapsed Sunday is the busiest the scene has been in days. Four search dogs went through rubble at the bottom of the building, where workers moved very carefully: This could be the spot where any of three missing men are. Those three men are Branden Colvin, Ryan Hitchcock and Daniel Prien, whose daughter spoke to Local 4 News. Clockwise, from upper left: Brandon Colvin, Ryan Hitchcock and Daniel Prien (City of Davenport) Nancy Prien Frezza is Prien's only daughter. "For the City of Davenport, I'm speechless," she said. Her father is the third person believed to be in the rubble of the building. Frezza says she knew nothing about the tragedy until Thursday - almost five days after it happened. "I was praying it wasn't him," she said. She has not spoken with her father since 2021, because he frequently moved around, she said. The 60-year-old man was living in his downtown apartment for more than half a year before the partial collapse. "I was planning to reach out to him in the new few months," Frezza said. "I wanted to tell him about his other grandkid and tell him that I miss him. I kind of just wanted to tell him how good we're doing," she said. "A part of me - a deep, deep part of me - believes that he is no longer with us, and that he's somewhere in that rubble. A part of me really does hope that if he is, it was not brutal." She said her father used to work for the Barnum & Bailey Circus, which is where he got his love of traveling. Meanwhile, Branden Colvin's cousin told Local 4 News that the overnight work at the site has been encouraging. "I really feel good thoughts of joy about actually seeing them go off in there making progress removing the rubble so they can find my cousin," he said. "I feel really happy about this. I just hate that it took all of us to protest and rally to actually get them to get off their butts .... God is good. He's the best of planners."

KWQC TV-6  Renowned engineer: Investigate failure of The Davenport now KWQC TV-6

Renowned engineer: Investigate failure of The Davenport now

A renowned expert on building collapses speaks out about The Davenport disaster -- what might have caused it, and what officials should do now? Allyn Kilsheimer is the structural engineer who led the investigation into the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, that killed 98 people and he was also an investigator at the 9/11 Pentagon crash site.

WQAD.com Davenport building collapse: What we know as of June 2 WQAD.com

Davenport building collapse: What we know as of June 2

A 911 call made the day before the collapse warned of the collapse. Updates from the Friday morning press conference.

WQAD.com Jefferson Awards 2023 | Recap of Quad Cities finalist, nominees WQAD.com

Jefferson Awards 2023 | Recap of Quad Cities finalist, nominees

Our nominees and finalist truly reflect our mission of Hard Work. Determination. Here's a look back at some of the best moments.

QCOnline.com Watch live: President Joe Biden will address budget, debt agreement QCOnline.com

Watch live: President Joe Biden will address budget, debt agreement

President Joe Biden planned to discuss the contentious, just-passed budget deal in a speech to the nation Friday night.

QCOnline.com Biden celebrates bipartisanship, 'crisis averted' in Oval Office address on debt ceiling deal QCOnline.com

Biden celebrates bipartisanship, 'crisis averted' in Oval Office address on debt ceiling deal

The Senate approved the measure late Thursday night after the House passed it in yet another late session the night before.

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Quad City Storm announces season home games

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Pool weather this weekend

The heat wave continues throughout the weekend. Perfect temperatures to go outside and hang out with family and friends by the pool. It is going to be very important to stay hydrated and apply sunscreen frequently!

KWQC TV-6 QC Pride promises a fun-filled Pride Month KWQC TV-6

QC Pride promises a fun-filled Pride Month

The Quad-Cities is joining the nation and parts of the world in celebrating Pride Month with activities planned. Every year in June, LGBTQ+ communities around the world celebrate, but they have a rockier landscape this year. The Quad-Cities LGBTQ+ community has events planned all month long for people to gather.

WQAD.com 911 call made on Saturday warned of impending Davenport building collapse WQAD.com

911 call made on Saturday warned of impending Davenport building collapse

In total, the Davenport Fire Department was at the scene for less than four minutes the day before the collapse.

OurQuadCities.com Taylor Park's splash pad opens in Muscatine OurQuadCities.com

Taylor Park's splash pad opens in Muscatine

The much-anticipated opening of the splash pad at Taylor Park is officially here, according to a news release. Parks and Recreation Department officials announced Friday that the Taylor Park splash pad, along with the modernized playgrounds at Taylor Park, Musser Park, and Sunset Park are now available for public use as of 3 p.m. Friday. (City of Muscatine) Park hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is no facility supervision. Parents are responsible for supervising their children. The improvements at Taylor Park, which include the splash pad, new playground equipment, pickle ball courts, a new shelter, and a parking area, are part of the Southend Improvement Fund Project. That fund also supported the playground equipment improvements at Musser Park and Sunset Park. Contact the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department at 563-263-0241 for more information.

WQAD.com Construction on $21.7M Bettendorf aquatics facility and ice rink begins WQAD.com

Construction on $21.7M Bettendorf aquatics facility and ice rink begins

A lazy river, swimming lanes, splash pad and more is expected to be completed by Memorial Day 2025.

WQAD.com Davenport apartment collapse update for Friday June 2, 2023 WQAD.com

Davenport apartment collapse update for Friday June 2, 2023

A 9-1-1 call to dispatchers was made the day before the building collapsed, with the caller expressing concern on the bulging wall.

WQAD.com Rescuers at site of Davenport building collapse complete search for survivors, move on to recovery WQAD.com

Rescuers at site of Davenport building collapse complete search for survivors, move on to recovery

Officials said Friday the building has been unstable and needed to settle before further action could take place.

QCOnline.com Family's Alaska fishing trip becomes nightmare with 3 dead and search over for 2 more QCOnline.com

Family's Alaska fishing trip becomes nightmare with 3 dead and search over for 2 more

An Alaska fishing adventure became a nightmare for a family of eight when disaster struck one of the two boats they chartered over the Memorial Day weekend, leaving three people dead and two more missing.

WQAD.com LISTEN: 911 call made the day before the Davenport building collapse WQAD.com

LISTEN: 911 call made the day before the Davenport building collapse

The caller said one of his workers noticed the exterior wall wasn't "looking good" Saturday afternoon.

QCOnline.com US employers added a surprisingly strong 339,000 jobs in May in a sign of economic health QCOnline.com

US employers added a surprisingly strong 339,000 jobs in May in a sign of economic health

While the overall report painted a mostly encouraging picture of the job market, there were some mixed messages in the May figures.

QCOnline.com As China cracks down on dissent, New York City gives refuge to exhibit remembering Tiananmen Square QCOnline.com

As China cracks down on dissent, New York City gives refuge to exhibit remembering Tiananmen Square

As the annual celebration of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen uprising approaches, a new exhibit is opening in New York City to remember the protests.

QCOnline.com Rescuers at site of Iowa building collapse complete search for survivors, move on to recovery QCOnline.com

Rescuers at site of Iowa building collapse complete search for survivors, move on to recovery

An Iowa task force completed its search for survivors at the site of a partially collapsed Davenport apartment building without finding three missing people who are feared dead, authorities said Friday.

WQAD.com LISTEN: 911 call made the day before the Davenport building collapse WQAD.com

LISTEN: 911 call made the day before the Davenport building collapse

The caller said one of his workers noticed the exterior wall wasn't "looking good" Saturday afternoon.

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Development official called 911 day before Davenport building collapse

A 911 call was placed the day before the building collapsed Sunday.

OurQuadCities.com Film critic Linda Cook reviews 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' OurQuadCities.com

Film critic Linda Cook reviews 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse'

Let's go under the sea for a retelling of a classic Disney favorite, and then join your friendly neighborhood webslinger for a journey into the Multiverse. Film critic Linda Cook reviews 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.' You can catch all of Linda's movie reviews here.

QCOnline.com Border Patrol wouldn't review the medical file of a girl with a heart condition before she died QCOnline.com

Border Patrol wouldn't review the medical file of a girl with a heart condition before she died

Border Patrol medical staff declined to review the file of an 8-year-old girl with a chronic heart condition and rare blood disorder before she appeared to have a seizure and died in custody, an investigation found.

KWQC TV-6 City of Bettendorf remembers former Mayor Ann Hutchinson KWQC TV-6

City of Bettendorf remembers former Mayor Ann Hutchinson

City of Bettendorf remembers former Mayor Ann Hutchinson.

QCOnline.com Underestimated Kevin McCarthy emerges from debt deal empowered as House speaker QCOnline.com

Underestimated Kevin McCarthy emerges from debt deal empowered as House speaker

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is nothing if not a political survivor. Underestimated from the start, the Republican was never taken too seriously by the Washington establishment. But with House passage of the debt ceiling and the budget deal he negotiated…

OurQuadCities.com Resources offered to victims of building collapse OurQuadCities.com

Resources offered to victims of building collapse

The American Red Cross is hosting a Multi-Agency Resource Center for residents displaced by the partial building collapse at 324 Main St. The Red Cross and partners will be providing resources and assistance to victims Saturday, June 3 at the Downtown Davenport Bitner YMCA. City of Davenport staff will be present to assist with the intake process of the financial assistance. In addition to the American Red Cross, the following organizations will have representatives available: • Alliance of Therapy Dogs• Center for Active Seniors, Inc.• City of Davenport - Community and Economic Development• Community Action of Eastern Iowa• Community Health Care, Inc.• Congregation of the Humility of Mary• Davenport Public Library• Family Resources, Inc.• Humane Society of Scott County• Iowa Department of Health and Human Services• Iowa Department of Transportation - Motor Vehicle Division• Iowa Division of Insurance• Iowa Legal Aid• Kinna's House of Love• Mount Sinai Christian Fellowship• Project NOW, Inc.• Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network• Quad Cities Open Network• River Bend Food Bank• The Salvation Army• UnityPoint/Scott County Health• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs• U.S. Postal Service• Vera French Community Mental Health Center The Multi-Agency Resource Center is Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Downtown Davenport Bitner YMCA, located at 630 E. 4th St., Davenport. Those attending should bring proof of address and photo ID if available. For questions, call (571) 562-1254.

KWQC TV-6  Goodbye, ‘Mayor Ann’ KWQC TV-6

Goodbye, ‘Mayor Ann’

The Quad-Cities says good-bye to a longtime city and community leader. Former Bettendorf Mayor Ann Hutchinson, 74, died May 27 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

QCOnline.com White House wants to engage Russia on nuclear arms control in post-treaty world QCOnline.com

White House wants to engage Russia on nuclear arms control in post-treaty world

The Biden administration is ready to talk to Russia without conditions about a future nuclear arms control framework, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday.

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Boil order issued for Milan due to hydrant repair

Milan residents who live west of U.S. 67 should boil their water before use until further notice.

KWQC TV-6 Moline officials: Children under 17-years-old no longer allowed to enter Mercado On Fifth without adult KWQC TV-6

Moline officials: Children under 17-years-old no longer allowed to enter Mercado On Fifth without adult

Moline officials: Children under 17-years-old no longer allowed to enter Mercado On Fifth without adult.

WQAD.com NEST camera footage shows minutes before Davenport building collapsed WQAD.com

NEST camera footage shows minutes before Davenport building collapsed

This security camera footage from May 28 shows the minutes leading up to the collapse. The footage cuts off due to the power going out.

OurQuadCities.com Moline summer fest to be in MARK parking lot OurQuadCities.com

Moline summer fest to be in MARK parking lot

There will be a big Mo.Live! summer festival in downtown Moline, but details are still yet to be announced. Tory Brecht, spokesman for the city, announced Friday there is a new website for the Aug. 25-26, 2023 event (www.molinelive.com) and a Facebook page. They expect to have a band lineup announcement and sponsorship announcements in the coming weeks, he said. The two big changes this year are going from three nights to two and moving the location off of River Drive into the Vibrant Arena at The MARK west parking lot. Part of the home page for the new festival website. “We think the changes will make for a more comfortable crowd experience,” Brecht said. The Mo.Live! event will feature live music, local art, the Friday Mercado on Fifth market (on 5th Avenue and 12th Street), a CrimeStoppers 5K Race, “Touch-A-Truck” and meet first responders, and a food truck alley.

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Union alleges USP Thomson failed to tell staff, inmates of possible fentanyl exposure

AFGE Local 4070 says an inmate tested positive for the synthetic opioid twice in the last six days.

KWQC TV-6 Boil order issued for parts of Village of Milan KWQC TV-6

Boil order issued for parts of Village of Milan

Boil order issued for parts of Village of Milan.

OurQuadCities.com Muscatine-based bank buys SENB Bank OurQuadCities.com

Muscatine-based bank buys SENB Bank

Central Bancshares, Inc. of Muscatine, parent company of CBI Bank & Trust, and McLaughlin Holding Company, parent company of SENB Bank, based in Moline, are merging. Central Bancshares will acquire McLaughlin Holding Company and merge SENB Bank into CBI Bank & Trust, the company said in a Friday news release. The transaction is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval and is anticipated to be completed in the third quarter of 2023. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The SENB Bank at 3535 Avenue of the Cities, Moline. SENB Bank was organized in 1961 and has total assets of approximately $337 million. It serves the Quad Cities market in both Iowa and Illinois, as well as the state line (Rockford/Beloit) region of Illinois and Wisconsin, with six locations: Moline and Roscoe, Ill.; Davenport, Bettendorf, and Buffalo, Iowa; and Beloit, Wis. Central Bancshares is the privately held parent company of CBI Bank & Trust, based in Muscatine, and F&M Bank, a division of CBI Bank & Trust, based in Galesburg. Central Bancshares serves approximately 40,000 consumers and businesses through 17 banking centers, with locations in Coralville, Davenport, Kalona, Muscatine, Walcott, Washington, and Wilton in Iowa, and Brimfield, Buffalo Prairie, Galesburg, Monmouth, and Peoria in Illinois. CBI Bank & Trust at 101 W. 2nd St., Davenport. In addition, the bank’s Trust and Investment Divisions manage combined client assets of approximately $1.4 billion. After the completion of the transaction, Central Bancshares will have total assets in excess of $1.45 billion. The boards of directors and executives of both companies believe that the transaction will create a strong partnership, bringing together two compatible, community-oriented banking enterprises, the Friday release said. “It’s a great opportunity and an excellent fit for both organizations,” said Terry Esch, president of McLaughlin Holding Company and SENB Bank. “Our customers can rest assured that there is a strong commitment to continue providing the same safe, stable banking environment that they’ve grown to know and trust and that they will continue to receive the same high level of customer service.” CBI Bank & Trust at Davenport's Paul Revere Square on Kimberly Road. That sentiment was reinforced by Greg Kistler, president/CEO of Central Bancshares and CBI Bank & Trust. “We are excited to partner with SENB Bank,” Kistler said. “They share our core community banking philosophy: empowered local management and employees dedicated to serving our customers and communities.” A CBI bank location in Walcott, Iowa. “After the acquisition is completed, customers will not see any immediate changes,” Kistler added. “The bank will continue to operate at the same locations, supported by the same friendly officers and staff. Systems conversions will take place in 2024. In short, it will be business as usual, supported by the financial strength and resources of a larger parent organization.”

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Boil order in effect for parts of Milan

The Village of Milan has announced a boil order. Because of a hydrant repair, a boil order is in effect for the residents of 1st Ave. W. to 4th Ave. W. and west of US 67. Effective June 2, a boil order in effects for parts of Milan (Village of Milan) Until further notice, all drinking and cooking water should be boiled for 5 minutes prior to use. Any businesses with a food license whose business will be affected by the water being turned off should contact Misty Sierens, Sanitarian, with the Rock Island County Health Department at (309) 558-5842. For more information, click here.

Quad-City Times Living in limbo: Daughter waits, all worry Quad-City Times

Living in limbo: Daughter waits, all worry

It's almost been a week since The Davenport partially collapsed, and the friends and families of missing are living in limbo.

QCOnline.com Beloved New York swan babies rescued after mother was eaten by family, police say QCOnline.com

Beloved New York swan babies rescued after mother was eaten by family, police say

The cygnets, or baby swans, were recovered, but officials say the mama swan was eaten.

OurQuadCities.com Couple on road to visiting every Texas Roadhouse in U.S. OurQuadCities.com

Couple on road to visiting every Texas Roadhouse in U.S.

When Judy and Mike McNamara sat down for their 4 p.m. dinner Thursday at the popular Texas Roadhouse, 4005 E. 53rd St., Davenport, it was the 336th visit to a different location in their quest to visit every Texas Roadhouse in America. They’ve been to restaurants in the 30-year-old chain across 43 states, and plan to complete the continental U.S. (48 states) during their current trip over the next five weeks. In 2017, Judy McNamara retired after working 45 years at the Union Camp/International Paper mill in southeastern Virginia. Traveling was next on the list for Judy and her husband Mike; they both worked at the mill and he retired in 2008. Mike and Judy McNamara at a Texas Roadhouse in Charleston, W. Va. In 2003, the couple (who live in Franklin, Va.) visited their first Texas Roadhouse while seeing her brother in Knoxville, Tenn. Years later, Texas Roadhouse would ultimately change the trajectory of their trips. When Judy and Mike began hitting the road regularly in 2017, they created a new mission -- to visit all 600-plus Texas Roadhouse locations in the U.S. When planning visits to museums and national parks, they check to see if there is a Texas Roadhouse nearby. “The food is like home cooking to us,” Judy said. “We don’t like fancy cuisine or fine dining. Texas Roadhouse fits the bill of good country home cooking and is family oriented.” The Davenport entrance on Thursday, June 1 -- the 336th Texas Roadhouse Judy and Mike have been to in 20 years (photo by Jonathan Turner). “It’s not just the food, it’s also the people,” Mike said. Between 2003 and 2017, they visited Texas Roadhouses in 37 states. “In 2021, we visited my father’s hometown close to Egg Harbor Township, N.J. When I told the manager, Cody, he brought us out two T-shirts with the city on it, but when he realized they were the wrong size, I joked ‘I’ll just take yours’. A few minutes later, Cody handed us the blue Egg Harbor Township polo he’d been wearing – he literally gave us the shirt off his back,” Mike recalled. There are Texas Roadhouse locations in every state but Hawaii. The McNamaras haven’t been to ones in Alaska, which didn’t open until 2014. The McNamaras at the Davenport location on 53rd Street, Thursday, June 1, 2023 (photo by Jonathan Turner). Judy and Mike’s favorite meals are the sirloin, chicken critters, herb chicken, pulled pork, pork chops and ribs – always with a side salad. They plan to visit at least 26 more locations this summer and finish off the continental 48 states -- leaving only Alaska to be visited. They hope to visit their 400th location early in 2024. Texas Roadhouse opened its doors in 1993. Since then, the company has grown to more than 600 locations in 49 states and nearly 40 international locations in 10 countries. They are famous for their Hand-Cut Steaks, Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs, Made-From-Scratch Sides, and Fresh-Baked Bread. Texas Roadhouse hand-cut steaks in Davenport (photo by Jonathan Turner). In 2019, Mike and Judy went to their 100th Texas Roadhouse at the first one, in Clarksville, Ind., where W. Kent Taylor founded the company. Taylor was a native of Louisville, Ky., and the chain’s headquarters are in Louisville. During 2020 (which sidelined many restaurants during the COVID outbreak), the McNamaras visited 72 Texas Roadhouses, which had limited seating. Six-ounce sirloin is his favorite On Thursday, Mike ordered his favorite (and the chain’s top seller), the 6-ounce USDA Choice Sirloin, cooked medium well. Each meal includes two sides, and he got a salad and sweet potato. Judy ordered pulled pork, with salad and apple sauce. Around the country, they’ve gotten a lot of free restaurant hats and T-shirts. Texas Roadhouse around the world serves 544,000 meals per day. On this trip, Judy and Mike will also go to Montana, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Washington State, traveling in their 36-foot-long RV they got in 2019. They’ve put 25,000 miles on it so far. “It’s like home cooking; I don’t like fancy food to start with,” Mike said. “We enjoy it.” “The servers, kitchen managers, managing partners, they’re all friendly,” he said. Judy and Mike with Texas Roadhouse vice president Mike Schmidt, left, and CEO Jerry Morgan, right, at the company Founder's Day in 2022. Other Texas Roadhouses in Iowa they’ve been at are Coralville and Council Bluffs. Judy keeps a spreadsheet of all the locations they’ve been to. In Illinois, they’ve been to Crystal Lake, Edwardsville, Rockford, and Sycamore. The chain is not in the Illinois QC. James Gentry, a partner of the Davenport restaurant, gave Mike and Judy Texas Roadhouse belt buckles on Thursday, including a Davenport 20th-anniversaruy one. Gentry remembered seeing the couple at the chain’s Founder’s Day last September in Louisville, which honors Kent Taylor’s Sept. 27, 1955 birthday. He died in 2021 and Jerry Morgan is the current CEO. “They’re a big deal with Texas Roadhouse,” Gentry said Thursday of the Judy and Mike McNamara. He’s worked for the chain six years, and in Davenport since last December. “I didn’t know them until I saw them at Founder’s Day. When they talked about their journey, I thought, that was so cool. When they walked in the door (in Davenport), I was glad I was working today.” A true family “There’s not many places you can go as a restaurant owner and say, I love my job,” Gentry said. “There is no better company in the world. It’s just awesome the way they take care of us.” During the COVID pandemic in 2020-21, Taylor donated his compensation package to support his company's frontline workers. Much of the Davenport restaurant was full a little past 4 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2023 (photo by Jonathan Turner). “It’s one big family,” Gentry said. “I just got here in December, but everybody’s loving it.” He moved from the store in Forsyth, Ill. “It’s a great team.” When Judy and Mike visited Texas Roadhouse in Parkersburg, W. Va., they took a picture with their server Jessie.  Fourteen months later, they returned. “As we walked back to her table, she recognized us right away. After more than a year, you’d think we’d be a faded memory, but Jessie knew exactly who we were,” Mike said. “It amazes us. The people we’ve met – every now and then we’ll talk to a server who’s worked there 10 or 12 years.  People seem happy working there, which makes us want to come back. It feels like a family.” Texas Roadhouse considered opening a location on John Deere Road in Moline, but was too close to Davenport, Gentry said. “They like it to be at least a 20-minute drive, so you don’t impact the other stores too much,” he said. Early this year, Jerry Morgan reported record company results for 2022, with over $4 billion in revenue and double-digit bottom line growth in spite of significant cost pressures. “Everything is made from scratch,” Gentry said. “The bread is made in front of the guest. The cinnamon butter is made fresh. There’s somebody back there mashing potatoes every 30 minutes.” “The number-one thing here is the affordable price,” he added. Texas Roadhouse planned to open 25 to 30 Texas Roadhouse and Bubba’s 33 company restaurants in 2023. For more information, visit the restaurant website HERE.

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Stock market today: Wall Street leaps, nearly escapes its bear market after strong jobs report

Stocks rushed higher after a strong report on the U.S. job market eased Wall Street's worries about a possible recession.

OurQuadCities.com Bettendorf breaks ground on The Landing OurQuadCities.com

Bettendorf breaks ground on The Landing

Bettendorf officials broke ground Friday morning at The Landing, an $18 million aquatic facility and ice rink. It's located at the corner of 23rd Street and Middle Road. The event kicked off the city's day-long 120th Birthday Community Celebration and included remarks by Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher, YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley Board Chair Mo Hyder, Mike Bell from RDG Planning & Design and Dan Ward from General Constructors, Inc., which was chosen by Bettendorf City Council in early May 2023 to construct a large component of The Landing. The Landing was awarded a $790,000 Community Action and Tourism Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the City of Bettendorf and the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley announced Thursday. “We were able to receive this grant thanks to The Landing Community Campaign, which raised $14,712 from 97 donors between May 15 and June 1, 2023,” said Kim Kidwell, Bettendorf Culture & Recreation Director. “Thank you to everyone who supported this project and helped us secure this additional funding!” The Landing will be built in two phases. “After presenting the results of The Landing Community Campaign at Enhance Iowa’s June 1 Board Meeting, we were granted $40,000 more than what was originally recommended,” said Decker Ploehn, Bettendorf City Administrator. “This puts us in a great position as we start building this multi-million dollar project.”

OurQuadCities.com Davenport Public Library Main Branch closed until further notice OurQuadCities.com

Davenport Public Library Main Branch closed until further notice

The Davenport Public Library announced its Downtown Davenport location will not be open. Due to its proximity to the apartment building collapse at 324 Main St. and for the safety of the community, the Main St. branch is closed until further notice. This also includes the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center and any programs normally scheduled for the location. Patrons are reminded that the Fairmount and Eastern locations will remain open for normal hours: Davenport Public Library Fairmount Branch3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport Hours:Monday - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.Tuesday - 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.Thursday - 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Sunday - CLOSED The drive-thru window will remain open during normal operating hours. Davenport Public Library Eastern Branch6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport Hours:Monday - 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.Wednesday - 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Sunday - CLOSED Curbside - call (563) 505-8589:Monday & Wednesday - 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.Friday & Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information on locations, time and services, click here.

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US births in 2022 didn't return to pre-pandemic levels

The nation continues to see fewer babies born than it did before the pandemic, with births remaining flat last year.

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Hear chamber music teacher-student pairs

Chamber Music Quad Cities will present a special “Passing The Torch” concert Saturday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St., Davenport. The program explores music by two teacher-student pairs: the Bohemians Antonín Dvorák-Josef Suk, and Cuban-born Tania León together with Puerto-Rican-American composer Carlos Carrillo. It will be performed by cellist Greg Sauer, pianist Thomas Sauer, violinist Serena Canin and violist Lee Taylor. Saturday's performers will be (L to R) violinist Serena Canin, pianist Tom Sauer, violist Lee Taylor and cellist Greg Sauer. All musicians who live and work long enough end up teaching in one format or another, and the Saturday concert showcases two teacher-student relationships among composers, one pair each from Europe and the Americas, a program release says. Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) and Josef Suk (1874-1935) had a particularly close bond; after studying for several years with Dvorák, Suk married Dvorák’s daughter daughter, Otýlie, in 1898. They had one child, a son, also named Josef, in 1898. Otýlie died of heart failure aged 27 in 1905, a year after her father. Carlos Carrillo, professor of music at the University of Illinois (photo by L. Brian Stauffer). The Cuban-American composer Tania León -- a Kennedy Center honoree in 2022 -- has mentored many young composers and fostered the growth of numerous arts organizations during her long and distinguished career, the concert release says. Her student Carlos Carrillo (a native of Puerto Rico), is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and will be on hand in Davenport to hear the premiere of his most recent piano trio. Tickets for the concert are $20 each, available HERE. For more information on the performers, click HERE.

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Gas prices, vehicle sales and production: Track changes in Iowa

Check out the peaks and valleys in volatile local gas prices, and track motor vehicle sales, financing and production.

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WQAD.com Rescuers at site of Iowa building collapse complete search for survivors, move on to recovery WQAD.com

Rescuers at site of Iowa building collapse complete search for survivors, move on to recovery

Officials said Friday the building has been unstable and needed to settle before further action could take place.

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Eyes on the pies: Aledo busy baking rhubarb treats ahead of annual Rhubarb Fest

The proceeds from the bake sales are said to be one of the best fundraising tools for local non-profits, such as the Mercer County Senior Center.

WQAD.com Unusually dry May is impacting eastern Iowa farmers' crops WQAD.com

Unusually dry May is impacting eastern Iowa farmers' crops

Brian Hora said his crops are growing, but hots days have been putting stress on his corn and beans.

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The Peanuts gang invades the Figge!

Good grief! Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang are kicking off summer 2023 at the Figge Art Museum in a new exhibit opening Saturday. The immortal comic strip debuted Oct. 2, 1950, and explored the emotional themes of everyday life, including friendship, disappointment, faith, and tolerance, according to a museum release. Schulz’s drawings coupled with his storytelling transformed images of daily life into art that captured the humor, vulnerability, and dignity of the human spirit, the release said. The new Figge Art Museum exhibit runs from June 3 to Sept. 2, 2023. "The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz" will make its Figge debut on Saturday, June 3 in the third-floor gallery, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Explore the personal history of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz (1922-2000) and his role as the inspiration and artistic talent behind the famous comic strip and its unique cast of characters. Follow Schulz from his Minnesota roots to his life in California and see the development of the characters that make up the unique world of Peanuts we know today. Schulz’s persistent dedication to the art, wit, and wisdom of Peanuts revolutionized the art of thecomic strip. For 50 years, he researched, wrote, designed, and drew each Peanuts strip that appeared in daily and Sunday newspapers, producing nearly 18,000 strips. Charles M. Schulz, circa 1956 (photo by Frank Ross, staff photographer at The Saturday Evening Post). “Schulz drew on everyday experiences to create entertaining comic strips that everyone can relate to,” said Figge assistant curator Vanessa Sage. “Over a half-century after launching, the strip continues to make its mark all over the world.” Appearing in just seven newspapers in 1950, the popularity of Peanuts and its influence spread quickly throughout the U.S. and the world. By 2000, it was the most successful comic strip in newspaper history, appearing in over 40 languages, in 75 countries, in more than 2,600 newspapers, and with over 355 million readers. The strip and its characters were also the inspiration for nearly 50 television specials, twoplays, four movies, a symphonic concerto, numerous books, and thousands of licensed products.Peanuts products became a billion-dollar worldwide industry, and Schulz became the highest paid, most widely read cartoonist in history. Snoopy, by Charles M. Schulz, American (1922-2000), courtesy of Peanuts Worldwide LLC. “Schulz’s remarkable ability to connect with his audience every single day for 50 years and stay relevant is a testament to his extraordinary talent,” said Figge executive director Michelle Hargrave. "From Snoopy, to Lucy, to Charlie Brown, the humorous anecdotes and lessons of Peanuts are timeless. The nostalgic experience this exhibition creates will resonate with visitors of all ages.” Featured in the gallery will be 52 original Peanuts comic strips, sketches, photographs, and elements of Schulz’s studio that tell the full story of the pop culture favorite comic strip. A range of ephemera, including books, memorabilia, and toys will also be on display, many on loan from a Quad-Cities area Peanuts collector. Charles M. Schulz, American (1922-2000), courtesy of Peanuts Worldwide LLC. "The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz" is curated by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, Calif. The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 2, 2023. Upcoming companion programsPrograms scheduled with the exhibit include: It’s an Adventure with Charlie Brown (ages 5-9)Monday-Thursday, June 5-8 | 9:30-11 a.m.Members $150 / Non-members $165Experience an adventure with your favorite Peanuts characters! Students will paint birdhouses for Snoopy’s woodland friends, learn to draw their favorite characters, and more! Curator Talk: Benjamin L. ClarkThursday, July 15 | FREE EventMember Reception 5 p.m. | Curator Talk 6:30 p.m.Learn more about The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz exhibition now on view by joining us for this talk led by Benjamin Clark, Curator at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, Calif. Cartooning (ages 9-12)Tuesday-Thursday, July 25-27 | 9:30-11 a.m.Members $150 / Non-members $165Create fun exciting, and loveable characters while learning drawing techniques. Students will outline their unique characters and use color to bring them to life. Cartooning (ages 13-18)Tuesday-Thursday, July 25-27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Members $150 / Non-members $165Create fun exciting, and lovable characters while learning drawing techniques. Students will outline their unique characters and use color to bring them to life. FREE Film at the Figge: "The Peanuts Movie" (2015)Thursday, August 10 | 6:30 p.m. | FREE EventSpend your evening watching Charlie Brown and his lovable crew in this hit movie from 2015! This film is free to attend but seating is limited to 140 and will be on a first-come basis. For more information about the Figge., visit its website HERE.

WQAD.com VIDEO: Security camera catches partial collapse of Davenport building WQAD.com

VIDEO: Security camera catches partial collapse of Davenport building

At first, just a few bricks fall from the building. Then minutes later, the entire facade crumbles.

WQAD.com More crews brought in to search through rubble of Davenport building collapse WQAD.com

More crews brought in to search through rubble of Davenport building collapse

Due to the heat, the building has been constantly shifting, making recovery efforts difficult for teams.

WQAD.com Monroe Elementary School holds final 'last day of school' WQAD.com

Monroe Elementary School holds final 'last day of school'

Along with Monroe, Buchanan and Washington Elementary are also set to close permanently.

WQAD.com Will Davenport host a town hall to address families impacted by building collapse? WQAD.com

Will Davenport host a town hall to address families impacted by building collapse?

When asked if he'll address residents directly, Mayor Mike Matson said, "We're here every day."

WQAD.com Have any search dogs found bodies, survivors in the Davenport collapse rubble? WQAD.com

Have any search dogs found bodies, survivors in the Davenport collapse rubble?

When asked if any human remains have been found, Mayor Mike Matson said, "We can't disclose that."

QCOnline.com Money stored in Venmo and other payment apps could be vulnerable, financial watchdog warns QCOnline.com

Money stored in Venmo and other payment apps could be vulnerable, financial watchdog warns

Customers of Venmo, PayPal and CashApp should not store their money with these apps long-term because the funds may not be covered by deposit insurance, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warns.

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Iowa task force works at Davenport building wreckage

Iowa Task Force One -- a search and rescue team -- has worked over the past day to help in the Davenport building collapse at 324 Main St. The Cedar Rapids-based team was mobilized through a request by Davenport’s Incident Command Team to provide assistance through the Iowa Department of Homeland Security for a comprehensive urban search and rescue team.  Iowa’s two divisions of Iowa Task Force One – based in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City -- both mobilized and arrived on-scene as quickly as possible, the city said Friday. Total personnel on-site is approximately 45, tasked with completing a reconnaissance of the building to search for survivors and those presumed to have perished in Sunday’s building collapse. Three men are feared dead: Ryan Hitchcock, Branden Colvin and Daniel Prien. (Clockwise, from upper left) Branden Colvin, Ryan Hitchcock and Daniel Prien (City of Davenport). “That search was completed before sundown last night and that allowed us to move to the next phase of our mission, shoring and securing the building for controlled recovery,” the city release Friday said. “Iowa Task Force 1 has installed shoring on the exterior walls and we are continuing to work with on-site commanders to provide search and recovery capabilities in accordance with their needs. Iowa Task Force One will remain on site and engaged with this process until further notice. “We’ve had some challenges with utilities and infrastructure in the area,” Davenport Fire Chief Mike Carlsten said Friday, noting MidAmerican Energy had a 13,000-volt transformer at the building that had to be removed. Fire Chief Mike Carlsten speaking at the city press conference Friday, June 2, 2023 (photo by Jonathan Turner). “We had to make sure we had to eliminate that transformer and take it out of the circuit,” Carlsten said. “For them, it took several days.” The department got control of that area Thursday night, allowing search and rescue teams to do their work. Rick Halleran, chief of the Cedar Rapids-based Iowa Task Force One, started working on site on Sunday night, the day of the collapse. They continued on site Thursday, with a team of 50 workers, to search for survivors and fatalities. “We had to get some groundwork and things in place before we could have the team back,” Carlsten said. “The first 24 to 36 hours we were there, the facility was in a constant state of motion and we had to allow the building to settle before we could formalize a solid plan before we could have their team come back in and actually move forward.” “This is a really dynamic situation – not just for the city of Davenport and the state, but all across the country,” Halleran said. “This is a large-scale event, and moving accurately from the start to where we’re at now takes time. And we need to be concerned for those who are on site working.” Rick Halleran, chief of the Iowa Task Force One search and rescue team, speaking at Friday's press conference (photo by Jonathan Turner). “We do what the building tells us to do,” he said. “This building is very dynamic.” The only day there wasn’t searching for people was Wednesday. “This is a very dynamic situation, very fluid,” Carlsten said. “We are doing the best we can to balance the building conditions and the safety of our responders.” “Something this large, we’re looking at days or weeks of how we have to do things, because it’s a very thoughtful process that we have to move through and look at all the ‘what-ifs’ before we make decisions,” he said. When Mayor Mike Matson was asked if he would trust living in that building himself, he couldn’t answer the question. “I’m terribly upset, sorrowful at what happened. My head has been in a lot of places,” he said. “All we can do is try and do the best we can.” He would not say if any human remains have yet been discovered. Search crews and supplies June 1, 2023, at the site of The Davenport apartment building, located at 324 Main St., Davenport, which sustained a partial building collapse May 28, 2023. (Bryan Bobb, OurQuadCities.com) Many residents feel they aren’t being heard and Matson was asked if he would hold a town hall and answer their questions directly. “I have met with the families; that’s where the focus is,” he said, telling the media Friday: “I’m talking with you every day.” Chief Carlsten said he's spoken with officials in Miami-Dade County in Florida, and other communities for advice on dealing with the situation. On June 24, 2021, a 12-story beachfront condominium in the Miami suburb of Surfside, Fla., partially collapsed, causing the deaths of 98 people. Four people were rescued from the rubble, but one died of injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.

WQAD.com Iowa Task Force 1 chief describes search, recovery process in Davenport building collapse WQAD.com

Iowa Task Force 1 chief describes search, recovery process in Davenport building collapse

Chief Rick Hallerman said, "We do what the building tells us to do." He also spoke of how the heat has impacted the team's response.

WQAD.com Davenport officials say Wednesday was the only day teams didn't search collapsed building site WQAD.com

Davenport officials say Wednesday was the only day teams didn't search collapsed building site

Fire Chief Carlson said the situation is very fluid and rescue/recovery teams are taking a "thoughtful" approach to searching the disaster area.

WQAD.com Why did Davenport wait to activate Iowa Task Force 1 after initial search? WQAD.com

Why did Davenport wait to activate Iowa Task Force 1 after initial search?

Fire Chief Carlson explains why they waited to have the team come back days after the collapse. Iowa Task Force 1 chief also details his team's response.

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Search crews on-site Friday at partially collapsed Davenport building

Davenport city officials are set to hold a briefing at 10 a.m. Friday for the partially collapsed building downtown.

WQAD.com Davenport fire chief details response to building collapse since Sunday WQAD.com

Davenport fire chief details response to building collapse since Sunday

Chief Mike Carlson said he's been speaking with communities around the nation that experienced a disaster like this.

WQAD.com How has the Iowa Task Force 1 responded to the Davenport building collapse? WQAD.com

How has the Iowa Task Force 1 responded to the Davenport building collapse?

Iowa Task Force 1 responded to the collapse when it happened on Sunday night, but came back again on Thursday to search through the rubble.

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FDA warns consumers not to use off-brand versions of Ozempic, Wegovy

Consumers are being warned not to use versions of the popular weight-loss drug used in Ozempic and Wegovy that are sold online because they might not contain the same ingredients as prescription products and may not be safe or effective.

WQAD.com WQAD asks Davenport mayor if he would have felt comfortable living in now-collapsed building WQAD.com

WQAD asks Davenport mayor if he would have felt comfortable living in now-collapsed building

Pictures of the building before the collapse showed just how bad the condition of the building was days before it partially collapsed.

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Family's Alaska fishing trip becomes nightmare with 3 dead and search over for 2 more

The tragedy tore the Tyau family apart: Two sisters and one of their husbands are dead, while the other's partner and the boat captain remain missing off southeast Alaska four days after the boat was found partially submerged off an…

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Foodie Friday: The Daiquiri Factory

If you're in the mood for a cool place to hang out and enjoy music, delicious daiquiris and phenomenal food, this Foodie Friday is for you! Manager Micki Conard and chef and kitchen manager Zach Ohland dropped by for Foodie Friday to tell us what's happening at The Daiquiri Factory. For more information, click here.

WQAD.com Iowa officials expected to detail demolition plans for partially collapsed building WQAD.com

Iowa officials expected to detail demolition plans for partially collapsed building

Davenport Mayor Mike Matson says officials likely would announce Friday that a company would plan out a “very systematic approach” for the building.

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WATCH: June 2 morning press conference about collapsed Davenport building

The City of Davenport is holding a morning press conference on Friday, June 2 to provide further incident updates regarding the building collapse at 324 Main St., Davenport. The Davenport apartment building, located at 324 Main St., Davenport, sustained a partial building collapse May 28, 2023. (Brian Weckerly, OurQuadCities.com)

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QC Pride Festival today and Saturday in R.I.

The Quad Cities Pride Alliance is kicking off Pride Month with its first-annual Pride Festival, today and Saturday at Schwiebert Park in downtown Rock Island. The event ($10 per day, no weekend pass available) will be Friday, June 2 from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, June 3, from noon to midnight. The schedule of activities (including DJs, live music, burlesque and drag shows) is below: The mission of the Quad Cities Pride Alliance, Inc. is to unify and serve the LGBTQ+ community through educational programs, leadership development, connection to local and peer resources, and to engage in and host community events that promote equality, awareness, and inclusivity.

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Davenport city officials host briefing Friday morning to give update about partially collapsed building

Davenport city officials are set to hold a briefing at 10 a.m. Friday for the partially collapsed building downtown.

WQAD.com Good Morning Quad Cities - 6/2 - update on Davenport partial building collapse WQAD.com

Good Morning Quad Cities - 6/2 - update on Davenport partial building collapse

The three still missing are Brandon Colvin, Ryan Hitchcock, and Daniel Prien.

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Fort Bragg drops Confederate namesake for Fort Liberty, part of US Army base rebranding

The change is part of a broad Department of Defense initiative, motivated by the 2020 George Floyd protests, to rename military installations bearing the name of confederate soldiers.

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First disaster recovery funds given in Davenport collapse

The American Red Cross with community and government partners are hosting a Multi-Agency Resource Center for residents impacted by the partial building collapse at 324 Main St., Davenport. The YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley opened their new facility in downtown Davenport in January 2021. It will be held Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Downtown Davenport YMCA, 630 E. 4th St., Davenport. The Red Cross and partners will be providing resources and assistance to those affected as they plan next steps in their recovery. Those seeking assistance are asked to bring proof of address and photo I.D. if available. For questions, please call 571-562-1254. The city of Davenport staff will be on site to assist with the intake process of the financial assistance from the city provided to residents impacted. For more information, call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767). The Salvation Army is at 100 Kirkwood Blvd. (563-324-4808), open until 4 p.m. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a disaster proclamation for Scott County in response to the incident at 324 Main St. That proclamation activates grant assistance and case management services to be made available. Details can be found here. Community members wishing to make donations or volunteer to those in need can do so through the Quad Cities Community Foundation or through the Salvation Army. (qccommunityfoundation.org) The Quad Cities Community Foundation has opened the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery fund to assist residents who have been displaced. Those wishing to donate to the fund can do so HERE. “The generosity we have seen this week from Quad Cities residents—and friends around the country—is not a surprise,” Sue Hafkemeyer, the Community Foundation’s president and CEO, said in a Friday release. “We know this is a community that supports its neighbors, especially when times are tough. We are incredibly grateful to those who have made contributions, and we encourage all Quad Citizens to consider giving what they can to support the long-term recovery of these community members.” Grants total $80,000 Thanks to the generosity of over 250 donors and businesses who have made gifts to the fund thus far, the Community Foundation can make two grants totaling $80,000 to be immediately administered in partnership with the Quad Cities Open Network (QCON) and their Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program. Funds will provide swift and flexible financial support to all households who lived in 324 Main Street. Kelly Thompson of the QC Community Foundation. “The scale of these grants, and the speed with which they were organized, is a testament to the strength of our local nonprofits and community organizations,” said Kelly Thompson, the Community Foundation’s vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives. “By working together and relying on existing partnerships, we are getting resources to people within days of when donations started coming into the fund. We hope more resources will be available as our community continues to give generously.” The initial grant provides a VISA gift card to help with the immediate needs of households that lived at 324 Main St. Gift cards will be available through the Quad Cities Open Network table at Saturday’s multi-agency resource center. Additionally, for those who lost telephone access in the disaster, the grant will allow QCON to provide the same households with TracPhones. An additional grant—made possible through donor contributions—will allow impacted households to access additional financial assistance over the next 60 days. These funds can be accessed as a VISA gift card, store gift card, or vendor payments. Registration for these funds can also be completed at the QCON table at Saturday’s resource center or later, by referral from the American Red Cross, Community Action of Eastern Iowa, Open Door Crisis Assistance, or the Davenport Public Library. To ensure organizations maintain a complete and consistent list of affected households and to confirm they can take advantage of all available resources, all households must register with the American Red Cross before receiving these funds. They can do so by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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Plans to demolish a partially collapsed six-story apartment building in Iowa could become clearer Friday, five days after much of the structure crumbled and left three tenants missing and feared dead. Davenport Mayor Mike Matson said Thursday he expected to announce a company "to do a very systematic approach to this building, on how to remove things at certain times." It is a difficult task because officials have said the remains of the building have continued to shift since part of the structure sheared off on Sunday, leaving an unstable building that eventually will collapse on its own. Adding to the challenge is a giant pile of brick and steel at the base of the building that is helping to hold up the structure but also may contain the remains of people killed in the collapse. Matson has said the debris pile "could be a place of rest for some of the unaccounted" and insisted the city would be sensitive about those remains, comparing work at the site to an archeological dig. Work to bring down the building comes amid questions about why neither the owner nor city officials warned residents even after a structural engineer's report issued last week indicated a wall of the century-old apartment building was at imminent risk of crumbling. The revelation was the latest flashpoint following the partial collapse that has left some residents upset with city leaders over what they see as an inept response. "Do I have regrets about this tragedy and about people potentially losing their lives? Hell yeah. Do I think about this every moment? Hell yeah." Matson said Thursday. "I have regrets about a lot of things. Believe me, we're going to look at that." City officials said Thursday that they did not order an evacuation because they relied on the engineer's assurances that the building remained safe. The state's search and rescue team, search dogs and cameras were used Thursday to continue combing the building for missing people. The building collapsed shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday. Rescue crews pulled seven people from the building in their initial response and escorted out 12 others who could walk on their own. Later, two more people were rescued, including a woman who was removed from the fourth floor hours after authorities said they were going to begin setting up for demolition. Earlier this week, authorities said five people were missing. But Davenport Police Chief Jeff Bladel said during a media briefing Thursday morning that two of them have since been accounted for and are safe. City officials named those unaccounted for as Brandon Colvin, Ryan Hitchcock and Daniel Prien. The city said all three "have high probability of being home at the time of the collapse, and their apartments were located in the collapse zone." Bladel said transient people also often enter the building but there was no indication anyone else was inside and missing. The city announced that each displaced household would be eligible for $6,000 in addition to a $5,000 state grant for households up to 200% of the federal poverty level. Money also will be available for businesses in the building and those nearby. City Administrator Corri Spiegel said the building likely is "filled with asbestos" given its age, and the city will develop a plan to ensure workers and people in the area are protected when the remaining structure is demolished. Matson said he and others spoke Thursday with government officials from Miami-Dade County, Florida, about how they responded to the collapse of an apartment tower in 2021 that killed 98 people. The city on Wednesday night released documents, including structural engineering reports, that show city officials and the building's owner were warned that the parts of the building were unstable. A report dated May 24, just four days before the collapse, suggested patches in the west side of the building's brick façade "appear ready to fall imminently" and could be a safety hazard to cars or passersby. The report also detailed that window openings, some filled and some unfilled, were insecure. In one case, the openings were "bulging outward" and looked "poised to fall." Inside the first floor, unsupported window openings help "explain why the façade is currently about to topple outward." Despite the warnings, city officials did not order that the estimated 50 tenants leave. Rich Oswald, the city's director of development and neighborhood services, said officials relied on assurances from the structural engineer hired by the building owner. The engineer said the building wasn't in imminent danger of collapsing. Andrew Wold, the building's owner, released a statement dated Tuesday saying "our thoughts and prayers are with our tenants" and that his company, Davenport Hotel L.L.C., is working with agencies to help them. County records show Davenport Hotel L.L.C. acquired the building in 2021 in a deal worth $4.2 million. Tenants had complained to the city in recent years about a host of other problems they say were ignored by property managers, including no heat or hot water for weeks or even months at a time, as well as mold and water that leaked through ceilings and toilets. City officials gave orders to vacate some individual apartments and tried to address other complaints, but a broader evacuation was never ordered, records show. City officials ordered repairs after they found seven fire code violations on Feb. 6. They were told three weeks later by building maintenance officials that "none of the work was completed," records show. Assistant City Attorney Brian Heyer said he is unaware whether the city had considered earlier civil enforcement action to protect residents. Only after the collapse did the city file a civil infraction seeking a $300 fine against Wold for failing to maintain the structure in a safe manner. He will be required to pay for the cost of demolition, Heyer said. Emails and calls to an attorney believed to be representing Wold have not been returned. Foley reported from Iowa City. 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