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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

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Traffic alert: Part of Farnham Street closed in Galesburg

The street will be closed to all but local traffic.

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Congress unanimously passes Congressman Sorensen’s ‘All-American Flag Act’

The bill requires the federal government to only purchase flags made entirely in the United States.

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NorthPark Mall Shooting: Teenager arrested in connection to shooting that injured 2

Davenport police said they have arrested a teenager in connection to a shooting at NorthPark Mall Monday afternoon that left the teen and another person wounded.

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Police arrest teen after NorthPark Mall shooting that left 2 people hurt

Davenport police said they have arrested a teenager in connection with a shooting at NorthPark Mall that left the teen and another person wounded.

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3 Things to Know | Quad Cities morning headlines for July 23, 2024

Workers in Davenport are tearing down some of the HESCO barriers as water recedes, and traffic on Central Park Avenue will be redirected for utility work.

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America’s Got Talent casting producer coming to Alternating Currents

NBC’s America’s Got Talent casting producer is coming to the Quad Cities for Alternating Currents.

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Farnam Street in Galesburg closed for sewer work

A news release from the City of Galesburg means bad news for drivers who use Farnam Street. Starting immediately, Farnam Street is closed to all but local traffic between Main and Mulberry Streets for sewer repairs. The work is expected to be finished by Friday, July 26 at 3 p.m.

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Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ hosts 12th annual back-to-school supply giveaway

Mount Olive Church of God in Christ to host it's 12th annual school supply drive

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Channel Cat resumes operations July 24

The Channel Cat is on its way back to normal operations after flooding on the Mississippi River. A news release from the Channel Cat says operations will resume on Wednesday, July 24 at these docks: John Deere Commons in Moline Village of East Davenport Isle of Capri in Bettendorf The dock at Riverbend Commons in Moline is still closed for debris clean up. Click here for the schedule or visit the Channel Cat’s Facebook page.

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Students can get free school supplies at Mt. Olive church

Students going back to school are getting help lining up supplies. Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ is holding their 12th annual Back-To-School event on Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The church is located at 1020 Ripley Street in Davenport. Free school supplies for K-12 students will be on hand for families experiencing financial insecurity. The event is open to the public.

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NBC sending America’s Got Talent casting producer to Alternating Currents

NBC’s America’s Got Talent casting producer is coming to the Quad Cities for Alternating Currents.

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Teen arrested in relation to shooting at NorthPark Mall in Davenport

Authorities have arrested a Rock Island teen in relation to a Monday afternoon shooting at NorthPark Mall that left him and another person wounded.

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REVIEW: Charlotte's Web at Playcrafters Barn Theatre

Charlotte’s Web continues at Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 – 35th Avenue in Moline, Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 at 3:00 p.m.

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Teen charged in shooting at NorthPark Mall

A bystander was struck in the ankle by gunfire, according to police.

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Cement stabilization begins on Criswell Street Tuesday

Criswell Street cement stabilization begins Tuesday.

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International Indie rocker to paddle his way through the Quad Cities area

JW Francis, an international indie rocker, is canoeing the entire Mississippi River.

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Greg Marty named new Rock Island Deputy Fire Chief

Marty replaced former Assistant Fire Chief Terry Smith, who retired on July 17.

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Volunteers needed for cleanup along Muscatine riverfront Aug. 6

United Way of Muscatine County and the city of Muscatine are seeking volunteers to help clean up the Muscatine riverfront after the 2024 flood.

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Former Rock Island-Milan teacher takes plea agreement after appeal in 2019 case

Patrick J. Noya has taken a plea agreement after successfully appealing his conviction in a sex crimes case.

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Heart of America Group feeds the Quad-Cities and beyond with legacy businesses

From the Machine Shed to Gramma's Kitchen to Johnny's Italian Steakhouses, HOA Group keeps the region well fed.

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Pending Death Notices for Muscatine, July 23, 2024

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Pending Death Notices for Quad-Cities, July 23, 2024

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Geneseo Korean War veteran honored for his service with special surprise from his grandson

1st Lt. Keith Elden is the latest generation in his family to join a tradition of military service. He surprised his grandfather with a medal honoring his service.

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Arrowhead Ranch holding liquidation auction

The auction includes hundreds of items such as vehicles, equipment and furniture.

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Bix 7 leaders meet as race is just days away

We’re just days away from the Quad-City Times Bix 7 road race.

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Crews busy cleaning up debris along River Drive in Moline as flood waters continue to recede

Moline's Parks and Recreation Department says Ben Butterworth Park is closed until further notice because some areas are still underwater.

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Illinois awarded $420 million in federal grants to reduce pollution

The grants help fund work to reduce CO2 emissions and promote renewable energy.

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Illinois law requires weather radios in new manufactured homes

A new law in Illinois adds another way to keep people safe in severe weather. Following tornadoes across the QCA that left thousands of people without power and knocked down trees, the law, HB5238, requires weather radios to be installed in new manufactured homes built after 2023. This includes places like mobile homes or spaces built in a factory and set on a piece of land. An official with the National Weather Service says these houses are not safe during severe weather, and residents need at least two ways to be alerted if severe weather is heading their way. For more information, click here.

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Augustana, Rock Island, announces new director of student activities

Augustana College, Rock Island, has announces that Reynard Benschop will serve as director of Student Activities, Leadership & Engagement, a news release says. Reynard Benschop (Augustana College) Benschop, who previously served as associate director of student activities at Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., started at the college July 15.  Benschop will lead the college’s Office of Student Life and Leadership (OSL), which hosts events and experiences that complement Augustana’s classroom learning and leads the way in engaging students in campus life in a variety of cultural experiences through the arts, entertainment and educational programming.  “I am very excited to join Augustana as the new director of Student Activities, Leadership & Engagement,” said Benschop. “It is an honor to be part of such a dynamic and engaged college community, and I look forward to supporting and enhancing student life here.” Initiatives overseen by OSL include Greek life, the Student Life Programming Board, the Multicultural Programming Board and the Leadership Academy. Signature OSL annual events include concerts, leadership retreats and campus community events. The office supports Augustana’s 150+ recognized student groups. Augustana’s Vice President and Dean of Student Life Dr. Wes Brooks led the hiring search. Dr. Brooks said he looks forward to seeing the creative and engaging offerings the OSL will provide under Benschop’s leadership based on his understanding of today's college students, his work experience in student activities and Greek life, and his desire to continue building and strengthening the storied tradition of student life at Augustana. “That’s exactly what the college needs and what our students deserve,” said Dr Brooks. “Augustana values the outside-the-classroom student experience. Rey's commitment to delivering a program that complements classroom learning, is grounded in student development and strategy, and maximizes student joy and engagement are his strengths.” In addition to serving Hamilton College since September 2023 where he was the primary advisor for the Campus Activities Board, Benschop previously served as assistant director of student and community engagement for Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., and as an administrative assistant at Babson College, Babson Park, Mass. He earned his master’s in education from Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio, and a bachelor of arts in general psychology from Moravian University, Bethlehem, Pa.

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Iowa Democratic congressional candidates feel relief with Biden out of race

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Democratic congressional candidates are feeling relieved that the party is able to focus on the future instead of the past. "And then relief that we as a party can move forward and start to unify. I personally never called for President Biden to drop out," said Ryan Melton, the Democratic candidate for IA-04, after he thanked the sitting President Joe Biden for what he had done, acknowledging that it was probably a very difficult decision. Two of the four challenging the Republican Congressional delegation called for Biden to step down almost two weeks ago. Sarah Corkery and Christina Bohannan both asked Biden to step down for the betterment of the party. Des Moines City Council approves preliminary plan to combat public camping "But what really got me to speak out on the 11th when so many people I know personally who donated decades of volunteer time to the party and felt they couldn't even say the words out loud," said Sarah Corkery, Democratic candidate for IA-02. "'I'm concerned about President Biden being our nominee,' and when they felt they had a whisper it in my ear, I thought, this is not the party we should be. We should be able to talk about it, openly, express our concerns and figure out a path forward." Both Melton and Bohannan agreed that Vice President Harris will be great for the party at the top of the ticket, if she does end up being the nominee. Both also said that the delegates should honor the Biden win in the Iowa caucuses, because she was serving with him at the time. Christina Bohannan, running in IA-02, and Lanon Baccam, running in IA-03, have not yet responded for comment on the withdrawal from President Biden.

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Potable water and cleanup kits available to QC flood victims

The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are supporting residents affected by flooding throughout the QCA. The organizations will distribute potable water and flood cleanup kits. Distribution will take place on Wednesday, July 24 and Friday, July 26 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Residents can pick up the items at the following locations at those time: • Former Pleasant Valley Fire Station building - 24495 Valley Dr., Bettendorf • Westside Assembly Church - 3908 W. River Dr., Davenport For more information, click here.

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Witnesses describe gunfire at NorthPark Mall that injured one

Davenport police say gunfire erupted in NorthPark Mall sometime before 4:30 p.m. Monday, injuring one person.

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Video shows Sangamon County deputy fatally shooting woman who called 911 for help

Body camera footage released Monday reveals a chaotic scene in which a woman who called 911 for help was shot in the face by the responding Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy.

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QC girl defies odds despite medical conditions

Doctors said she'd never be able to walk. Born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and other medical conditions, an eight-year-old girl from the Quad Cities has not only survived all of the challenges she's faced, but continues to thrive. Our Quad Cities News reporter Gavin Waidelich introduces us to young Natalia Rhymes as she continues to fight and defy all odds. For more information, click here. For the GoFundMe, click here.

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Local Democratic Party chairs discuss voter turnout

Local Democratic Party chairs discuss voter turnout upon the news of President Joe Biden’s decision to leave the 2024 presidential race.

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QCA high schoolers getting a chance to learn about careers in healthcare through UnityPoint's Trinity College

Campers enrolled in the week-long course through Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences are able to job shadow and go through real-world scenarios.

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United Way spends Monday afternoon handing out school supplies to Quad City-area districts

The organization expects households will spend an average of $103 on supplies for each student.

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Election 2024: How congressional candidates think Biden withdraw will affect their races

Attention on presidential candidates can bring additional voters to the polls, and that can impact other races on the ballot.

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Driver crashes car into Rock Island residence early Sunday morning, police investigating

The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 21. No injuries were reported.

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BREAKING: Shots fired at NorthPark Mall in Davenport, police say

Police say initial information indicates one person sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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1 person in hospital after shooting at NorthPark Mall, police say

Sheriff Tim Lane confirmed to TV6 that shots were fired inside of North Park Mall.

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Shots fired at NorthPark Mall, Scott County Sheriff confirms

News 8 has crews at the scene who are working to gather more information.

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Where the Wind Comes Sweepin' Down the Plain: “Twisters” and “Oddity”

In director Lee Isaac Chung's disaster thriller, you sense them coming, but you're never quite prepared for them. They dominate the screen. They annihilate everything in their path. They leave you awestruck by Hollywood magic. I am, of course, referring to the dimpled grins of Glen Powell. The twisters in Twisters aren't bad, either.

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Shooting reported at NorthPark Mall, sheriff says

Sheriff Tim Lane confirmed to TV6 that shots were fired inside of North Park Mall.

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Kinna's House of Love obtains new home to help, house abuse survivors

The Quad Cities nonprofit has spent four years trying to find a house to help local women. Now, that dream is finally a reality.

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Large police presence reported at North Park Mall

A large police presence has been reported at North Park Mall.

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Illinois DOT begins work on I-80 bridge on Monday

The work is expected to wrap up by Friday, July 26.

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Large police presence at NorthPark Mall

There is a reported large police presence at NorthPark Mall. Our Quad Cities News has a crew on scene. We have received reports that shoppers are seeking cover in stores in the mall. We will keep you updated as more information comes in.

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Heavy police presence at NorthPark Mall in Davenport Monday afternoon

Multiple police agencies are on scene at NorthPark Mall.

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New Faces at News 8: Joe Habersham

Joe just started at News 8 as one of our new reporters! He spoke with Shelby Kluver on The Current about his new role and what he's loving about the Quad Cities.

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Food waters around the Quad Cities beginning to recede

Both the Mississippi and Rock Rivers have been reduced to minor flood stage.

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Kinna's House Of Love obtains new home to help, house abuse survivors

The Quad Cities nonprofit has spent four years trying to find a house to help local women. Now, that dream is finally a reality.

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Car crashes into home in Rock Island, police investigating

Police say the people in the car left the scene prior to police arriving. No arrests or citations have been issued.

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Victim identified in fatal East Moline homicide

40-year-old Damion L. Hall died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

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Saturday Rapids City motorcycle vs. car crash results in no life-threatening injuries, deputies say

Crews were on the scene of an apparent motorcycle crash near the I-80 exit on Illinois Route 84 near Rapids City around noon on Saturday.

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Name released in fatal East Moline shooting

Police found the wounded person in a home, but he was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital.

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Trinity College offers Quad-Cities high schoolers health care experience at summer camp

UnityPoint Health's Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is hosting its annual Healthcare Experience Summer Camp.

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Rock Island Fire Department promotes 3 firefighters

The Rock Island Fire Department is promoting more staff members. The department has promoted Captain Jon Briggs to the position of fire marshal; Lieutenant Brandon Baker to the rank of captain; and Firefighter Justin Welvaert to the rank of lieutenant as of Monday, July 22. Fire Marshal Jonathan Briggs (Rock Island Fire Department) Briggs began his career with the Rock Island Fire Department in 2000. His dedication and service led to his promotion to lieutenant in 2008, and to captain in 2018. He was honored with the Firefighter of the Year award from the Knights of Columbus in 2009. Briggs specializes as a fire investigator and hazardous materials technician. He has been part of developing and leading the department’s drone program and improving operational capabilities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fire administration from Columbia Southern University. "We are incredibly proud of Fire Marshal Briggs and his accomplishments," said Fire Chief Bob Graff. "His expertise, leadership and dedication to the Rock Island community make him an outstanding choice for the role of fire marshal. We look forward to his continued contributions in this new capacity."   Lt. Brandon Baker (Rock Island Fire Department) Captain Brandon Baker joined the Rock Island Fire Department in 2007 and he was awarded Firefighter of the Year by the Knights of Columbus in 2016. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2019. Baker has worked on the Foreign Fire Tax Board for over 10 years. He has been a vital part of the research, testing and application of the department’s equipment, apparatus and operational policies to ensure the department is at the forefront of firefighting technology and practices. He is a State Fire Academy instructor with the Illinois Fire Service Institute and a technical rescue technician with the regional response team. "Lt. Baker's promotion to captain is a testament to his hard work, dedication and leadership," said Fire Chief Bob Graff. "He has been an instrumental part of our team, and we are confident he will continue to excel in his new role as captain." Lt. Justin Welvaert (Rock Island Fire Department) Justin Welvaert has been with the department since 2006. He is certified as a Firefighter III, Fire Instructor 1 and Fire Officer 1 and is a deployable member of the regional Hazardous Materials Team. He is working toward joining the department’s newly formed Drone Team. His dedication to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) Fill the Boot event has helped raise money and awareness. "Justin Welvaert's promotion to Lieutenant is a testament to his hard work, dedication and leadership within our department," said Fire Chief Bob Graff. "His expertise and commitment to our community make him an invaluable asset to the Rock Island Fire Department and we are confident he will continue to excel in his new role."

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Coroner identifies man killed in East Moline shooting

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson released the identity of the man killed in an East Moline shooting over the weekend.

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Geneseo Korean War veteran honored for his service with special surprise from grandson

1st Lt. Kieth Elden is the latest generation in his family to join a tradition of military service. He surprised his grandfather with a medal honoring his service.

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Traffic alert: Section of Territorial Road in Davenport closed as of Monday

The road is expected to be closed for four business days

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Visit Quad Cities earns recognition for industry excellence

Visit Quad Cities, the region's official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), was awarded a renewal of its Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) designation by Destinations International in recognition of the organization's commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination organizations around the world, according to a news release. The accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas to gain this momentous achievement. There are over 110 standards in critical areas such as governance, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, finance, brand management, sales and service, destination development, and partnerships. "We are delighted to include Visit Quad Cities to our esteemed DMAP community," stated Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International. "The relevance of destination organizations has never been more vital to the economic vitality of the places Destinations International members serve, and this industry accreditation is a benchmark for quality and performance. My gratitude extends to the DMAP Board of Directors for their dedication to our industry and their stewardship of this crucial program." "We are both thrilled and humbled to receive a renewal of our industry's highest level of operating standard," said Dave Herrell, president and CEO of Visit Quad Cities. "The DMAP is rigorous and is a testament to our professional team and Board of Directors for serving as positive stewards of the Quad Cities regional destination and the organization that leads tourism. We are incredibly grateful to Destinations International and the DMAP Board for this recognition. We will proudly share this critically important seal in our purpose-led work as we continue to serve the Visit Quad Cities mission." "Accreditation through DMAP underscores the critical role that destination organizations play in their communities," stated Tania Armenta, president & CEO of Visit Albuquerque and chair of the DMAP Board of Directors. "As custodians of their destinations' brands, participation in DMAP underscores a destination organization's adherence to rigorous standards. This commitment is a clear signal to stakeholders that the organization managing the destination brand possesses the necessary infrastructure and expertise to beneficially influence the visitor economy for both tourists and local residents." About Destinations InternationalDestinations International is the world's largest and most reliable resource for destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards. With more than 8,000 members and partners from over 750 destinations, the association represents a powerful forward-thinking and collaborative community around the world. For more information, visit here. About Visit Quad CitiesFounded in 1990, Visit Quad Cities is the region's official destination management and marketing organization (DMMO). Visit Quad Cities is a private non-profit engine that drives economic opportunity through tourism, builds our authentic brand, tells and sells the Quad Cities story, and enhances Quad Citizens' quality of life and place.  

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Quad Cities celebrating 50 years of Bix 7 all week

Races and parties are happening this week leading up to the 50th annual Bix 7 race on Saturday at 8 a.m.

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HESCO flood barriers beginning to come down in downtown Davenport

The end of the 2024 summer flood is in sight as crews have begun taking down HESCO flood barriers in downtown Davenport.

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Officials to release video of officer shooting Black woman in her home after responding to 911 call

Officials in Illinois’ capital plan to release video on Monday of police entering the home of a woman who called 911 for help and the violent scene that ensued when a sheriff’s deputy shot her in the face

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The Project of the Quad Cities searches for dessert contest contenders

The Project of the Quad Cities is searching for contenders in it's Red Ribbon Dessert Contest.

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Hubbell-Waterman Foundation gifts $20,000 to Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

Support from the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation is helping Girl Scouts in the Quad Cities area. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (GSEIWI) received a $20,000 gift from the Foundation to support Girl Scouts in Scott and Rock Island Counties. “Hubbell-Waterman’s consistent support of local Girl Scouts is creating the next generation of leaders in the Quad Cities,” said Diane Nelson, CEO of GSEIWI. “Our goal is to give every girl in the Quad Cities the opportunity to join Girl Scouts. Their support will help Girl Scouts gain valuable skills and develop strong core values.” The Girl Scout program focuses on the outdoors, STEM, life skills and entrepreneurship to build kind, confident and competent leaders of the future. Girl Scout activities are fun and research-backed and each badge, field trip and event build independence, creativity and resilience. Click here for more on Girl Scouts.

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Vehicle collides with building in Rock Island

There is major damage to a building and stop sign in Rock Island after a vehicle crashed into them. Rock Island Police shared with Our Quad Cities News that an accident involving a vehicle and a residence occurred at 1:27a.m. on the 4400 block of 14th avenue. There were no witnesses to the accident; however, police believe it was the driver of a tan, 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, who lost control and struck the residence. The occupants of the vehicle fled the scene prior to the officer's arrival. No injuries were reported, and no arrests or citations have been issued. The Rock Island Chief of police stated "Our officers are continuing to investigate this incident."

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Davenport fire crews respond to shed fire Sunday evening

News 8 is still waiting for more details on the incident.

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School supplies cost growing, along with need, Hayes Elementary School principal says

United Way is collecting school supplies for QC area school children to give them a solid "Write Start" for the school year.

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Bethany for Children & Families celebrates 125 years of serving the QC with a free picnic

Bethany for Children & Families is hosting a picnic for the public from 5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. on Thursday, July 25th in Bethany's west parking lot at 1701 River Drive, Moline. The picnic will be a free event with food, cotton candy, and activities such as a dunk tank, games, and a raffle. The party will continue into the evening as the agency is sponsoring the Crooked Cactus Band from 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. for the Bass Street Landing Summer Concert Series. Bethany for Children & Families is a non-profit child welfare, mental health, community education, and social services agency whose mission is “keeping children safe, strengthening families, and building healthy communities" For more info about Bethany for Children & Families visit click here.

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Robot brings smiles to Bettendorf Happy Joe's

Happy Joe’s newest employee at its Bettendorf location is turning heads. A robot server has been pitching in so staff can spend more time with customers. Joshua Spiller, director of marketing with Happy Joe’s, spoke with Our Quad Cities via Zoom to discuss the robot’s impact. “Its name is Happy 2.0,” said Spiller. “We found it very fitting, obviously, because we do our birthday parties with our Happy the Dog, so why not have this be Happy 2.0 and be like a little sidekick in our restaurant?” Happy 2.0 (Happy Joe's) Happy doesn’t take food orders, but it helps buss tables, take dishes to the dishwasher and delivers orders to tables. The company learned about Happy at an industry convention. “Our CEO, Tom Sacco, was down at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, and he sat on a panel with a lot of other leading providers and other CEOs in the restaurant industry,” Spiller said. “He got in touch with the founder of the company, called Bear Robotics. He has a background as a Google software engineer and his company presented to us. Tom was very interested in what they were about and what their company stood for. We invited them to partner with Happy Joe’s and see what that relationship looks like, test out Happy in our stores and the rest was history. It was like a blessing; we went to a pizza expo and got introduced to a very nice gentleman and his company.” Happy’s programming is user friendly, says Spiller. “It has a scan within the system and by the press of a button, you can tell it to go to Table 1 or Table 2 and then it will come back to the kitchen. You could instruct it as the guest; once you put your dishes onto Happy, you can also press ‘dishwasher’ and it’ll also go back and follow it to the dishwasher and then it’ll go back to the dining room.” Spiller says Happy has been welcomed by customers. “The reaction from customers has been great. They love Happy; some of the highlights that they love about Happy is it has a lot of cool features you're able to use on the tablet display screen. If someone has a birthday, you can put ‘Happy Birthday Josh’ on there, you can have Happy sing music so Happy will sing the birthday song.” (Happy Joe's) Happy can play more than birthday music. “They had a request to do the Star Wars theme song when they brought out their pizza, so we brought out a pepperoni pizza on Happy and played the Star Wars intro song and they loved it.” Kids might be Happy’s biggest fans. “They see it and their faces light up, so the parents get the satisfaction of knowing that they have this experience at Happy Joe’s. Their kids are having that experience as well and they get to see their kids smiling at the end of the day,” Spiller said, “and that’s what makes us happy.” “He makes the atmosphere at the restaurant, and he brings a calming nature, puts smiles on kids. It’s really cool to see the kids followed behind Happy. If you’re in front of Happy, he’ll stop and do some beeping. It’s very aware of its surroundings but the kids are following it, following it back, following the tables bringing out the pizza. It’s really cute to see.” Spiller is adamant that Happy 2.0 isn’t taking jobs away from people. “The reason why we're doing this and allowing Happy to help dishwashers, help bring out the pizzas and help us with the tables is because we want our servers to spend more time with them (customers). We want them to be at the tables interacting, asking those questions, creating that family friendly environment. The beauty of Happy is it's allowing us to do that; it's allowing our servers to spend more time with the family, spend more time with the kids, laugh, giggle, tell jokes, really create that sense of family within our restaurants. That’s what we love about having 2.0, it’s allowing us to spend more time with our guests.” Even staff members are thrilled with Happy, says Spiller. “He's amazing! I would have to say it’s a sight to see and it’s being received very well from the public and also our employees. Some employee feedback from Happy has been ‘it’s been a blessing to have the robot in our restaurant because it allows us to spend more time with the guests,’ whether that’s filling up more sodas or whether that’s sharing a laugh with them.” Spiller is pleased that so many people are enjoying interacting with Happy. “It’s been an interesting and fun journey, implementing this idea into our restaurants. I’m just happy to see that the public is taking very well to it and more importantly, the families and the kids, At the end of the day, if our families are happy then we're happy because that's what we're here for is to make those moments.” Click here for more on Happy Joe's, including hours and menus.

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Isolated afternoon storms

Near normal temps by the end of the week.

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Devils Glen Road widening project starts today

Work begins today to widen Devils Glen Road.

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Crews respond to Davenport garage fire Sunday

Crews respond to a garage fire Sunday in Davenport.

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American Red Cross and Salvation Army supply flood cleanup kits, potable water

Beginning Monday, residents affected by the flood will be able to pick up flood clean up kits.

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More Illinois Democrats – including Pritzker – endorse Harris for president

Illinois governor and senators are on board with Harris campaign after not endorsing on Sunday.

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Muscatine railroad crossing closures begin today

Muscatine will see several railroad closures over the next few days

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East Moline car show works to highlight small businesses in the community

The 16th annual Main Street Car Show allowed Quad Citizens to view over 100 classic cars, and enjoy live music and food.

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Iowa Democratic Party Chair surprised by Biden decision

Iowa Democratic Part Chair Rita Hart said that she was surprised when she learned the President Joe Biden was ending his re-election campaign.

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Traffic Alert: Section of East Locust Street to be repaired, partial lane closures

The project will take place between Grand Avenue and Eastern Avenue.

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Pritzker Turns Thumbs Down to “Deficits as Far as the Eye Can See”

An oft-repeated $1.1 billion demand from Chicago’s mayor would actually wind up costing state taxpayers $5.5 billion. And Governor JB Pritzker is turning a big thumbs down.

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1 dead from gunshot wound in East Moline

A man found by police early Sunday with a gunshot wound and later died of his injuries at the hospital. The East Moline Police Department responded to a 911 call around 6:32 a.m. in the 200 block of 16th Avenue. Officers discovered a man inside with a gunshot wound and administered life-saving measures until the fire department and EMS took over. The man was transported to Genesis Medical Center, Ilini Campus by ambulance, but was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.  Detectives are investigating and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation unit is processing the scene. The identity of the victim will be released by Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson once the family has been notified.  Police say preliminary investigations suggest that the incident is "isolated with no ongoing threat to public safety." The East Moline Police Department asks anyone with information to contact them at 309-752-1555 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.

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East Moline child honored as a hero for saving her mother's life

The Kids Wish Network held a special ceremony for Peyton for her actions to save her mother's life. Her mother hopes this inspires others to teach emergency safety.

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3 Things to Know | Quad Cities morning headlines for July 22, 2024

Construction is underway in Illinois as eastbound I-80 will close this Monday, and sewer repairs will begin along Locust Street in Davenport.

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UnityPoint Clinic to hold free Healthy Futures Fair event on July 27

This Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Musser Public Library, UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and Pediatric are inviting Muscatine families to the free Healthy Futures Fair.

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Muscatine High School softball team leaves for state tournament

For the third year in a row, the Muskie girls softball team will compete in the state tournament.

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Davenport developer pulls 16-unit central city development at Sixth and Sylvan

A 16-unit housing development in central Davenport won't move forward after the developer pulled his rezoning application this week.

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Davenport code enforcement officer quits after argument with boss over Wold-owned duplex

An administrative judge approved unemployment benefits for a former Davenport code enforcement officer who said he was told he could quit or be fired for insubordination, according to state documents.

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Olivia Allen: A glimpse at upcoming Quad-City metro school board meetings

A look at what Quad-City metro school boards are set to discuss this week.

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News 8 This Week: July 21, 2024

This week, News 8's Jon Diaz talks with Iowa Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks on the RNC and a cybersecurity expert on ways to keep yourself safe.

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Comedy and Drachma: Genesius Guild's “Plutus,” at Lincoln Park through July 28

Aristophanes wrote Plutus more than 2,400 years ago, and we're still griping that people wealthier than we are haven't necessarily earned it, whether through hard work or by reason of virtue.

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Along Came a Spider … : “Charlotte's Web,” at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through July 28

It’s hard to imagine a more ideal venue for a performance of Charlotte’s Web than the Playcrafters Barn Theatre. Because the show's action takes place almost entirely in a barn, the space itself blends seamlessly with the set, inviting the audience to immerse themselves in the world of the play.

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Davenport filmmaker's newest movie includes 'Facts of Life' actress

It's a fact of life: Award-winning Davenport filmmaker Stephen Folker just wrapped a movie based on the book "My Heart Remembers." And among its stars is a face familiar to fans of a long-running television sitcom. (Photo: Stephen Folker) Folker was hired to direct and film (cinematographer) after Melinda Myers, one of his producing partners, found the book in a used bookstore about eight years ago "and fell in love with it," Folker said. Melinda’s twin sister and producing partner Melissa Lawrence began to work on the project with her sibling, and Melissa’s husband wrote the screenplay based on the book. (Photo: Stephen Folker) Melissa’s husband wrote the screenplay based on the book after approval from author Kim Vogel Sawyer. "Like many independent productions, it’s extremely difficult to get all the pieces in place to make the film come to life," Folker told Our Quad Cities News. "They ran into numerous roadblocks, yet never gave up. Fast foward: Melinda found my work online and we connected on social media, then she made the drive from Lisbon, Iowa, to Davenport to meet up for lunch and discuss the film." (Photo: Stephen Folker) "Everything from beautiful historic sites (many in the Quad Cities region) to wardrobe (some borrowed, some created), we’ve made it happen," he said. "Melissa drove in from Arizona with a friend to handle craft services and wardrobe. Melinda was my daily script supervisor for continuity. And alongside me, Thomas Ely Sage was my grip/AD when he wasn't in a scene acting." (Photo: Stephen Folker) Folker juggled directing, cinematography, lights and sound - "I've got a process that works," he said. Stephen Folker and Julie Piekarski (Photo: Stephen Folker) The ensemble boasts "some amazing talent," he said. "It was a combination of locals, with our lead and supporting actresses from Missouri. We also have a few actors from the Chicago area and Dubuque. We even had the pleasure of working with Julie Piekarski, most well-known for 'The Facts of Life,'" (she played Sue Ann Weaver in that popular television series that ran from 1979 to 1988.) Stephen Folker on the set. (Photo: Stephen Folker) "She was super-fun to work with and we hit it off. She even helped out on set the following day before going home," Folker said. And she even helped Folker change a flat tire. "She said she could add that to her resume," he said. The final film will be submitted to festivals, and then presented to different sales agents for distribution, Folker said. A synopsis of "My Heart Remembers" In 1903, Isabelle Standler, an 18-year-old woman grieving the recent death of her parents, is confronted by her older brother, Randolf, who reveals a shocking secret: Isabelle is not his biological sister but an orphan named Molly Gallagher, born in Ireland. Disowned and thrown out of her family home, Isabelle seeks refuge with her fiancé, Glenn Heaton, only to face further rejection and a broken engagement upon learning she has no inheritance. Forced to leave Kansas City, Isabelle relocates to Shay's Ford, Missouri, where she finds work and a modest place to stay with the kind-hearted Rowley family. Amid her struggles, she meets Aaron Rowley, a man devoted to helping the town's orphaned and exploited children. Inspired by his dedication, Isabelle decides to help build an orphanage and school, providing education and hope for the street children. Isabelle's efforts are met with resistance from powerful local figures, including the unscrupulous rancher, Jenks, who tries to thwart her plans. Despite these challenges, Isabelle remains determined, driven by her growing faith and the support of Aaron and the community. Together, they work to bring about legislative change to protect child workers and secure a better future for Shay's Ford's children. Isabelle discovers her true worth lies not in her birthright but in the impact she makes on the lives of those around her. About Stephen Folker Stephen Folker is an award winning photographer (Giraffe Photography) and filmmaker (Folker Films.) Since 2010, he's been creating independent films. Starting out with zany comedies, his work has shifted toward heartfelt dramas. His screenplay, "Life as a Peach" was a quarter finalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards along with the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. As of 2020, Folker is a recurring cinematographer for Law & Crime Network. His work has aired on PBS, A&E and Hulu. Earlier this year, he earned two awards for direction at the Iowa Motion Picture Awards. (Photo: Stephen Folker)

Sunday, July 21st, 2024

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Iowa Democrats running for Congress react to Biden withdrawal

Two different candidates, two different reactions to the President’s decision. Both say it’s time the party comes together and unifies.

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Young QCA hero receives award for saving mom's life

Heroes can come in all ages and sizes, and an eight-year-old is proof of that. Our Quad Cities News reporter Feven Zewdu introduces us to Peyton Sallows, the girl who sprang into action to save her mom's life and earned the title of 'Hero of the Year.'

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Fire crews fight garage blaze in Davenport

Fire crews remained on the scene of a fire in a garage on the 1700 block of Fillmore, just south of its intersection with Locust Street, on Sunday evening. Fire crews fight a blaze in a garage Sunday evening in the 1700 block of Fillmore Street, Davenport. (Linda Cook, OurQuadCities.com) Firefighters told Our Quad Cities News crew that the fire started about 6:10 p.m. There were no apparent injuries. Crews remained on the scene at 6:45 p.m. when smoke still could be seen coming from the smoldering structure. Neighbors gathered in the area to watch as firefighters continued to pour water on the garage. Davenport Firefighters remained on the scene of a garage fire that started about 6:10 p.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of Fillmore Street, Davenport. (Linda Cook, OurQuadCities.com) We do not know what caused the fire or how much damage there is. We will remain in contact with the fire department to provide details as soon as they become available. A garage smolders in the 1700 block of Fillmore Street as Davenport fire crews continue to pour water on the structure Sunday evening. (Linda Cook, OurQuadCities.com)

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Quad City tree company removes dangerous falling tree, for free

Squirrel's Tree Care didn't charge Kevin Cross to remove his tree, which had partially blown over during July 15's storms and was about to fully fall on his house.

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Police: 1 dead in East Moline homicide Sunday

Shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, East Moline Police responded to the 200 block of 16th Avenue for an unknown problem where they found a man with a gunshot wound.

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Quad City tree company helps out Davenport resident by removing dangerous falling tree, for free

Squirrel's Tree Care didn't charge Kevin Cross to remove his tree, which had partially blown over during July 15's storms and was about to fully fall on his house.