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Friday, August 7th, 2020

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Good Morning from WVIK for Friday, Aug. 7

- three more COVID deaths in the QC, - Dubuque issues a mask mandate, - and Illinois extends unemployment benefits for 20 weeks.

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Rick's Six: Heat returns, schools enter 'uncharted territory', 3 overnight shots fired calls in Davenport, and Hawks alter ticket plan

A good Friday to all. The heat and humidity return to the Quad-City area this weekend. Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

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The Sauk Trail

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island. In patches of virgin Illinois woods near Rock Island, one can still find remnants of the Sauk Indian Trail at least two hundred years old. This trail once ran from the nearby Indian village of Saukenuk, across Illinois to the tip of Lake Michigan, and from there north to the English fort at Malden, Canada.

OurQuadCities.com Davenport Police respond to at least two shooting incidents overnight OurQuadCities.com

Davenport Police respond to at least two shooting incidents overnight

Local 4 News was the first and only station to spot a police presence in at least four different locations Thursday evening going into early Friday morning in Davenport. Just after 11 p.m. Thursday, there was a heavy police presence in the area of W. 14th and Vine Streets as officers searched for and found multiple shell casings. Local 4’s Ryan Risky saw more officers in an alleyway near the intersection of Madison and Locust Streets just after midnight on Friday. According to scanner traffic, police were looking for at least two juveniles. Moments later, a police presence was seen near Wendy’s and CVS, right off Locust Street. Police then responded to a second shooting-related incident around 12:30 a.m., where multiple shell casings were found near a trailer park across from West High School. Local 4 News was the first and only station at all four scenes. Davenport Police respond to an alleyway near Madison and Locust Streets early Friday morning in Davenport (Ryan Risky, OurQuadCities.com.) This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and OurQuadCities.com for updates. Got a news tip? Forward it to Local 4 on Twitter or Facebook or download our app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

OurQuadCities.com Police searching for shell casings near trailer park in Davenport OurQuadCities.com

Police searching for shell casings near trailer park in Davenport

UPDATE: Local 4’s Ryan Risky counted at least seven squad cars on the scene. He reports officers were checking nearby trailers for damage. EARLIER UPDATE: Local 4 News is the only station on the scene right now in Davenport, where it appears police are searching for shell casings. The call came in around 12:30 a.m. Officers are currently locating shell casings near the intersection of N. Fairmount and Locust Streets, next to Ted’s Mobile Home & RV and across from West High School. We’re working to find more information and will provide updates when available. BREAKING NEWS: Possible shots fired call at a trailer park across from Davenport West High School. Police are searching for shell casings. @WHBF first on the scene pic.twitter.com/CiEpRxmu8O— Ryan Risky (@rriskyyy) August 7, 2020

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

OurQuadCities.com A vaccine for the Coronavirus is being tested at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics OurQuadCities.com

A vaccine for the Coronavirus is being tested at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

A vaccine for the Coronavirus is being tested at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Iowa City is one of the cities that’s participating in this new vaccine trial that will hopefully prevent people from getting COVID-19. The hospital is looking for 250 people to be part of it. Volunteers must go to the hospital six times over a two-year period, they will get two doses of the vaccine. The second dose comes three weeks after the first one. Doctor Nathan Shaw is one of the participants. “I’m very optimistic that a vaccine will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help us get back to life or more normal life more quickly and I’m hoping my participation in the trial will help with that,” said Dr. Shaw. According to Dr. Patricia Winokur there’s been a big response from people who live in the area. “We do have participants that are coming from the Quad Cities to participate which is fantastic, we’re really happy to have people that are really stepping up to the plate, I think certainly people are hoping that maybe they get a vaccine that helps.” said Dr. Winokur. Dr. Shaw remains hopeful that something positive will come out of this trial. “So far its been through phase one and two trials so they’ve already looked at basically it’s ability to produce antibodies in people,” said Dr. Shaw.

OurQuadCities.com Kewanee woman with family in Beirut shares her emotions after explosion OurQuadCities.com

Kewanee woman with family in Beirut shares her emotions after explosion

“So I opened up my phone and I thought it was a joke. You know like, there’s no way this could happen.” That’s what Rita Speck said ran through her mind when she heard the news of the explosion that reports say killed over 135 in the port of Beirut. Speck, who owns The Station restaurant in Kewanee, says her cousins still live and do business near where the explosion happened. “At first they thought it was an earthquake,” Speck said. “Because they didn’t know what to expect. and it kept shaking and moving and the windows blew out. One of my cousins, he said there was a car on top of a building. He says there were a lot of the people bleeding from the shrapnel of the glass.” While her family members didn’t suffer any serious injuries, their livelihoods may be affected for years to come. “What do you say? You’re gonna be ok? It’s hard,” Speck said. “Major devastation. So it was hard talking to them, and you know getting on the phone you just let them talk and you know I love you, I’m thinking of you. It’s just so far away you don’t know how to help people when they’re overseas.”

OurQuadCities.com Survey shows mental health effects of the pandemic OurQuadCities.com

Survey shows mental health effects of the pandemic

On Thursday the Quad Cities COVID-19 Coalition discussed the mental health effects of the coronavirus. A survey by Johns Hopkins University shows more people say they are suffering from mental health problems. The most effected are adults from the ages of 18-29. Things you can do to help improve your mental health are things like exercising and having family dinners. It’s also important to be on the lookout for signs that you might need more help.

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Times, Dispatch-Argus create informational video on COVID-19

The Quad-City Times and Dispatch-Argus partnered with local health experts in putting together a two-part video that answers some basic questions about COVID-19 risks now that school and sports are starting back up.

WQAD.com The Missing 50 Minutes WQAD.com

The Missing 50 Minutes

Hampton police explain the missing body camera video by saying former Officer Bush's gun sling made contact with the on/off switch.

WQAD.com The Missing 50 Minutes: Police body cam footage missing from incident when Black college swimmer was mistaken for suspect WQAD.com

The Missing 50 Minutes: Police body cam footage missing from incident when Black college swimmer was mistaken for suspect

Hampton police claim the camera turned off multiple times because the officer's AR-15 gun sling made contact with the on/off switch.

OurQuadCities.com Local 4 Gives Back: Rhonda’s Respite House OurQuadCities.com

Local 4 Gives Back: Rhonda’s Respite House

Local 4 News is committed to giving back to our community. We want to recognize and celebrate those who put others first. Today, along with Genesis Health Systems and Finn’s Grill, we honored Rhonda’s Respite House in DeWitt. It’s a peer-run respite that’s been helping those with mental health conditions for the last couple of years, and they’ve stepped up their efforts in a big way during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I thank you, I thank the nomination committee, I thank Genesis, I thank the community, I thank the state for believing in us and seeing what it is we’re doing and how we’re making a difference in people’s lives,” says Todd Noack, Executive Director for the respite house’s organization Life Connections. We want to know about your experience with one of these everyday heroes. Use the email form below to tell us your story. Here’s how you can nominate someone.

OurQuadCities.com Long-term care facilities in Rock Island County are seeing a surge in coronavirus cases OurQuadCities.com

Long-term care facilities in Rock Island County are seeing a surge in coronavirus cases

Long term care facilities in Rock Island County are seeing a surge in coronavirus cases. It’s a trend that’s been a problem for nursing homes across the county. This week 10 residents have tested positive with the virus at Heartland Health Care in Moline. Last week 21 cases were linked to an outbreak at St. Anthony’s Care Center in Rock Island. “This is not a surprising situation, it’s an fortunate one, but it’s not surprising,” says Janet Hill, Chief Operating Officer, with the Rock Island County Health Department. Health officials say the cases coming from the nursing homes aren’t typically from the patients who live there. They say the staff coming in, and out the building could be responsible for bringing back the virus. Hill says, “Most times people who work at nursing homes are younger, and I think they need to understand the actions they take in their off hours could impact the people they care for.” Last week the county reported one of the highest COVID counts in months. That was due in part to an outbreak at St. Anthony’s Care Center in Rock Island where 21 cases were reported. Hewell Colvin says his sister was one of those cases. “It brings a lot of concerns one in particular is her age group. She’s going to be 79 this month,” says Colvin. He says the staff at the center have been open, and honest with him. “I believe they are doing the best they can under these terrible circumstances,” he says. Colvin says he speaks with his sister on the phone at least 3 times a week. He says that communication is critical to help ease those concerns.

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The effects of a pandemic on mental health | QC COVID-19 Coalition holds briefing Aug. 6

A group of healthcare professionals gather bi-weekly to update the Quad Cities community on the coronavirus pandemic.

OurQuadCities.com Lopiez celebrates one year anniversary OurQuadCities.com

Lopiez celebrates one year anniversary

Lopiez in downtown Davenport just celebrated a big milestone with their one year anniversary. Making it to the one year anniversary is quite the accomplishment considering all of the challenges that they have faced. The New York Style Pizzeria’s grand opening was pushed back a couple of months due to last months historic flooding. Once they recovered from that, the Coronavirus Pandemic hit. “We were slated to open around Cinco De Mayo last year and that’s right when the flood wall broke and we had about six inches of water in here and that obviously that set us back a couple of months, but once we were up and running we were going full steam.” Lopiez General Manager, Broc Nelson says that it was a big relief when they finally opened their doors. Before Lopiez came, New York Style Pizza is something that the Quad Cities didn’t have. “We offer something that is a totally unique pizza experience for the Quad City area.” Said Nelson. “You know there’s a lot of Quad City Style Pizza and you know you got your fast food pizza places and some other unique spots in town, but nothing really like what we do.” Then the Coronavirus Pandemic came and shut down their dining area. During that time they were doing carry out only. “We can’t serve people if they’re ill and we can’t do service ourselves if we’re ill so we need to keep everybody safe so that we can keep the ship afloat.” Despite the challenges, they overcame them and through hard work and dedication the owners were able to grow their business. “We opened up a second location that we do carry out and delivery from on Brady Street for dinner time. We’ve got our food truck up and rolling which allows us to serve slices in remote locations.”

OurQuadCities.com Fill The Boot becomes virtual this year OurQuadCities.com

Fill The Boot becomes virtual this year

The Moline Fire Department is still holding their annual Fill The Boot fundraiser. The money goes towards funding research for Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, and Neuromuscular diseases. Last year they raised more than $16,000 dollars. For safety reasons though, this year the event will be virtual. “Normally Fill The Boot is we’re out on 41st Street and Avenue Of The Cities and we have our boots out and we talk to the public, let them know why we’re raising money and they’re able to actually fill the boot. This year we’re doing a virtual fill the boot so it’s all online.” Donations are being accepted from now until Labor Day. You can donate through the link below. https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=4208

WQAD.com Davenport Civic Leader Clyde Mayfield passes away WQAD.com

Davenport Civic Leader Clyde Mayfield passes away

The longtime leader Clyde Mayfield's family remembers him as an 'incredibly' selfless man.

OurQuadCities.com Davenport Public Library to host free virtual job searching workshop OurQuadCities.com

Davenport Public Library to host free virtual job searching workshop

Need help finding a job or growing your career? The Davenport Public Library is hosting a free virtual job searching event that can help accomplish both. Anyone is welcome to attend. Join the library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26 for their “Power Your Job Search with Google Tools” workshop. During this virtual session, participants will learn how to use Google Apps, track jobs in Google Sheets, use Google to find jobs and design a resume with Google Docs. The program will be facilitated through GoToMeeting. Those interested in joining can do so from a computer, tablet or smartphone here or by dialing +1 (872) 240-3311 with access code 847-417-277. Learn more about the Davenport Public Library’s virtual programming on their Virtual Branch Calendar of Events.

Quad-City Times ICKES: As schools start up again, school nurses say it will be 'uncharted territory' Quad-City Times

ICKES: As schools start up again, school nurses say it will be 'uncharted territory'

Imagine being a school nurse right now.

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Back to the future: Steak 'n Shake brings back car hop service

Steak 'n Shake is bringing back its car-side service to Davenport and Moline. Meanwhile, a closed Steak 'n Shake in west Davenport is one of 15 locations set for sale at auction.

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Hawkeyes announce social distancing guidelines at Kinnick Stadium

In an open letter to University of Iowa fans Gary Barta, the Director of Athletics Chair, announced new health and safety guidelines for fans coming to Kinnick Stadium this season. Those guidelines are contingent on games being played and fans being allowed to attend the five BIG 10 home games. Those guidelines include: Main stand and premium seating in Kinnick Stadium will follow six-feet social distancing guidelines. Capacity will be reduced to approximately 10,000-15,000 seats per game. Fans will be required to wear face coverings.All tickets and parking passes will be mobile.The student section will have limited capacity.Parking lots will be restricted to 50% capacity and open four hours before kickoff. Due to those changes, purchasing tickets will also look different. Those changes include: No season tickets or season parking will be sold this year.New single-game prices (to be announced soon).Fans will select tickets in groups of two or four, socially distanced throughout the stadium.Seat locations will be best available at the time of purchase, by section. Parking will be sold on a single-game basis with one spot per account. Barta said that tickets and per-seat contributions will automatically roll over to 2021 and season ticket holders don’t need to take further action (unless you want to request a refund or convert your per-seat/parking requirement to a tax-deductible donation). For more information, you can visit the Hawkeye Sports website.

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Floatzilla 2020 is on

Floatzilla will not be stopped by 2020. Organizers joined Local 4 News at 4 to tell us more about the event happening on August 15 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. You can choose from five launch sites: Lindsay Park Yacht Club, Bass Street Landing, Marquette Street Landing, Credit Island or Lake Potter. For more information, visit Floatzilla’s website: riveraction.org/floatzilla

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Rock Island County reports the fourth death in a week due to COVID-19

The Rock Island County Health Department reported on Thursday that a man in his 70s who was isolating at home passed away due to COVID-19. This is the second day in a row that the county has reported a death and the fourth in a week. The county now has had 34 individuals die due to COVID-19. There were also 14 new cases reported in Rock Island County, bringing the overall total to 1,693. Currently, 17 patients are hospitalized. The new cases are: A man in his 70s who is isolating at homeA man in his 40s who is isolating at homeA man in his 40s who is isolating at homeA man in his 40s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 80s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 80s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 60s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 60s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 60s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 50s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 30s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 30s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 20s who is isolating at homeA girl in her teens who is isolating at home Also on Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,953 new cases, the most since late May, and 21 additional deaths, which did not include the previously mentioned death in Rock Island County. There have now been 188,424 positive cases of COVID-19 and 7,594 deaths in the state. In the past 24 hours, 41,686 tests were processed with 2,937,749 in total. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for July 30 through August 5 is 4.0%. As of last night, 1,517 patients were in the hospital with COVID-19, with 346 in the ICU and 132 on ventilators. For a more complete look at the numbers from the local counties, visit our COVID-19 Cases in Illinois & Iowa webpage. To get more statistics about COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

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Liquidation sales continue for Gordmans, Pier 1 in Davenport

When Gordmans reopened its doors in Davenport this summer after temporarily closing for COVID-19, it was with liquidation sales that continue.

OurQuadCities.com Child, car collide in downtown Moline OurQuadCities.com

Child, car collide in downtown Moline

A car and child were on a collision course Thursday, but luckily the police say the child should be okay. It happened around 3 p.m. in the 1400 block of 5th Avenue in Moline. According to police, it was more a case of the child running into the side of a moving car than the child getting hit by car.

OurQuadCities.com Long-term narcotics investigation leads to arrest in Sterling OurQuadCities.com

Long-term narcotics investigation leads to arrest in Sterling

On Thursday, the Black Hawk Area Task Force along with the Sterling Police Department concluded a long-term narcotics distribution investigation in the Sterling/Rock Falls area. 29-year-old Andre Peat was arrested in the 600 block of Locust St., Sterling. Peat’s last known residence was in Mount Carroll. The Illinois State Police SWAT team and the Illinois State Police Air Operations Unit assisted in the arrest. Andre Peat was arrested in Sterling on August 6, 2020 after a long-term narcotics investigation in Sterling Peat is charged with three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession with the intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. At the time of arrest Peat was in possession of a stolen semi-automatic handgun. Peat is currently on parole in Illinois for the offenses of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Felon in Possession of Firearm. Peat is also currently out ion bond after being charged in Carroll County for the offense of Aggravated Fleeing and Alluding.

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Lottery numbers for Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

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Two Quad-City libraries awarded grants

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded $559,358 in 2021 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants to 28 public libraries statewide. PNG is a mentoring program created by Secretary White and administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work…

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Gas leak in Davenport

Local 4 News is currently at the scene of a gas leak on Minnie Avenue in Davenport. The leak happened sometime before 2:30 p.m. Local 4 News was the first and only station to report to the scene. Local 4’s Ryan Risky says MidAmerican Energy has arrived to help with the situation. We’re currently working to find more details and will provide updates when available. #BREAKING: @WHBF is the first station at the scene of a #gasleak on Minnie Avenue in #DavenportIA that happened sometime before 2:30 p.m. According to Local 4's @rriskyyy, @MidAm_EnergyCo is assisting with the situation. More details will be provided when available. pic.twitter.com/6yEWTF2XDG— Britni Moses Local 4 News (@BritniMoses) August 6, 2020 This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and OurQuadCities.com for updates. Got a news tip? Forward it to Local 4 on Twitter or Facebook or download our app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

OurQuadCities.com Driver abandons car after rollover accident OurQuadCities.com

Driver abandons car after rollover accident

Davenport Police are investigating a rollover accident that occurred around 11:00 p.m. on August 5 at the intersection of East 14th and Brady Street. A vehicle was traveling east on East 14th Street in the right lane when it attempted to turn left onto northbound Brady Street, but there was a vehicle in the left lane that was going straight. The first vehicle swerved to avoid the other vehicle and ended up hitting the curb on the north side of East 14th Street, taking out a gas line and rolling over landing on the driver’s side. The driver left the scene before rescue crews arrived. The Davenport Police Traffic Safety Unit is following-up on the incident.

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Absentee ballot requests will be sent to all Scott County voters

Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, announced on Thursday she is mailing absentee ballot request forms to all active voters in Scott County for the November 3, 2020 General Election. It seeks to limit exposure to COVID-19. The forms will be mailed in two waves. The first wave, to voters outside of Davenport (including Bettendorf, Eldridge, LeClaire and other towns and unincorporated areas), will be mailed on August 11th. The second wave to voters in Davenport will be mailed on August 17th. “We have to take steps to limit exposure to the coronavirus for the county’s precinct election officials and the general public,” Moritz said. “In 2016 we had 45,527 voters go to the 63 polling places in Scott County, and in 2012 we had 46,621 voters. Numbers like that going to our polling places represents a huge opportunity for community spread of COVID-19.” “Last June we had to consolidate polling places and it would have been a public health disaster to accommodate that many people at the polls,” Moritz said. “Several of our usual locations were hesitant to open their facilities to the general public, and some locations did not lend themselves to social distancing, all of which necessitated combining locations.” Moritz encourages all voters to consider voting by absentee ballot, and the first step is to complete the absentee ballot request form. She said for privacy the request form can be reverse folded and taped shut in the corners. Return postage is free to the voter. More information can be found on the Scott County Auditor’s website.

OurQuadCities.com Friendly House to give away school supplies, coupons for free physicals during Back to School Resource Fair OurQuadCities.com

Friendly House to give away school supplies, coupons for free physicals during Back to School Resource Fair

The Friendly House of Davenport is hosting a free event on Thursday, August 13 to help families better prepare for the upcoming school year. Located at 1221 Myrtle St., the nonprofit organization’s Back to School Resource Fair will run from 4 to 6 p.m. — rain or shine — in their south parking lot to enhance social distancing. “We recognize that many families have questions about the upcoming school year, but we don’t want school supplies to be something of worry for anyone,” said the Friendly House in a press release. “Come out to this free curbside/drive-thru program for all families to get school supplies, snacks, coupons for free school physicals and lots of information about a wide range of programs to serve your students and family.” Until they run out, there is a one-bag limit of school supplies per student. Parents of students not present during the event will be allowed a three-bag limit of supplies. The following community organizations have partnered with the Friendly House to make this event happen: AmericorpsAT&TCapri CollegeChild Abuse Council Child Care Resource and Referral of Southeast IowaCommunity Centered Counseling ServiceCommunity Health Care, Inc.Community Partners Protecting ChildrenCraftsmen TrailerGenesis HealthGilda’s Club Quad CitiesGirl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western IllinoisISU ExtensionKiwanis Club of DavenportLife ConnectionsLutheran Services in IowaMidAmerican Energy CompanyNelson ChiropracticPalmer College of ChiropracticPregnancy ResourcesQC PregnancySafe Families for ChildrenScott County Health DepartmentScott County KidsShoe CarnivalVera French For more information, call Senior Services Supervisor Janece at 563-323-1821, Ext. 17.

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AAUW awards scholarships, fellowships

The Davenport-Bettendorf Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has announced the 2020 scholarship and fellowship recipients.

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UFC legend Randy Couture to take part in Quad-Cities motorcycle ride for vets

Mark "Bam'' Pustelnik has had his share of ups and downs and challenges along life's path.

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Hampton police body camera video two in Jaylan Butler case

This body camera was worn by former Hampton Police Officer Ethan Bush.

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The Missing 50 Minutes

News 8 Investigates: There were 50 minutes of Hampton police body camera video missing from the night Jaylan Butler was falsely accused of being a suspect.

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Scott County area landfill preps 'future use' land for more trash

It's a bright sunny day at the Scott Area Landfill where a large machine is unrolling wide sheets of heavy plastic onto the smooth, sloped side of what looks like a huge bowl in the earth.

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Obsessed With Sharks

Brian Buckles is passionate about art, marine life, and ocean conservation. The 36-year-old Bettendorf native blends those loves in a new exhibit open at Beréskin Gallery and Art Academy, in Bettendorf.

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Larry "The Flag Man" Eckhardt's funeral and memorial ride planned for Sunday, August 8

The procession will be making stops in 3 Illinois cities before ending with a celebration of life event honoring the local icon.

WQAD.com Oquawka man arrested for domestic battery and injuring an officer WQAD.com

Oquawka man arrested for domestic battery and injuring an officer

While the police attempted to arrest the man, he made his charges worse by reportedly attacking the police and injuring one deputy.

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Captain's Table Reopens Aug. 14 With Plenty of Outdoor Seating

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Pleasant Valley parents express concern over alleged teacher post on Facebook

Earlier this week several profanity laced posts appeared on the Facebook feeds of parents in Quad Cities Area. Some parents are saying the posts came from a teacher in the Pleasant Valley School District. With school starting soon, they’re worried about the learning environment their kids might be walking into. Local Four reached out to the PV school district, they declined to comment.

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Friendly House to distribute school supplies

The Friendly House in Davenport will be hosting a Back-to-School Resource Fair in the south parking lot from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, August 13, or as long as supplies last.

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Watch: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds news conference at 11 a.m.

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold a news conference from Iowa PBS at 11 a.m.

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House struck by gunfire in Muscatine

The Muscatine Police Department is investigating a shots fired incident from the early morning of August 6. Around 2:00 a.m., there were reports of shots fired at 2208 Sampson Street in Muscatine. Police discovered the house had been hit with several bullets but no one was injured. The incident is still being investigated by the Muscatine Police Department Major Crimes Investigators. Anyone that has any information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Joe Roseman at (563) 263-9922 or jroseman@muscatineiowa.gov.

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Bettendorf Schools Will Open With a Hybrid Plan

When the new school year begins, the Bettendorf schools will use a hybrid plan.

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Moline barber breathes new life into Old Towne shop

Rachel Camacho has been a barber in the Quad-Cities for more than a decade. But this month, she is celebrating the one year anniversary of her very own spot: the Rustic Barbershop Studio in Moline.

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Moline's Heartland Health Care Center facing outbreak

The long-term care facility has ten cases within its walls; about a third of the 34 new cases in Rock Island County that were announced on Wednesday.

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Relief from the expanding drought conditions?

As of today the CPC (Climate Prediction Center) released their latest drought monitor outlook. Unfortunately things do not seem to be getting much better. The area in yellow in eastern Iowa and North Western Illinois has been expanding due to the lack of rain over the past few weeks. But there does seem to be some near by relief, the CPC also released a 6-10 outlook for a precipitation trend. With in the next 6-10 days it looks like we will have a chance of seeing a bit above normal amounts of rain fall. The next 7 day forecast appears to align with this trend as starting Saturday we could see a daily chance of showers and thunderstorms. This trend might help offer some relief, but this won’t last for long. For the next 8-14 days the trend appears to be somewhat below normal.

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Lane Closures On I-74 & Centennial Bridges

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Sidewalk Messages Appear When It Rains

Something surprising will appear in Rock Island the next time it rains. Members of the Arts Commission have started stenciling messages of encouragment on sidwalks around the city that will only become visible when they're wet.

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Lee Enterprises reports third quarter results

Davenport-based Lee Enterprises, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality, trusted, local news, information and a major platform for advertising in 77 markets, today reported third quarter fiscal 2020 financial results for the period ended June 28, 2020.

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Moline's Heartland Health Care Center facing outbreak

The long-term care facility has ten cases within its walls; about a third of the 34 new cases in Rock Island County that were announced on Wednesday.

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Good Morning from WVIK for Thurs., August 6

- another local death from COVID-19, - Iowa school districts want to make their own decisions about re-opening, - and Com-Ed pleads not guilty.

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Rick's Six: Q-C loses 2 community leaders, Captain's Table set to reopen, and road work updates

A good Thursday to all. Look for mostly sunny skies and temperatures near 80 degrees. Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

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Birthplace of the Computer

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island. The next time you turn on your IBM or Macintosh to e-mail a daughter or figure your income tax, take a moment as the screen warms to say "thank you" to a nameless, not-quite-respectable bar in Rock Island, Illinois, the birthplace of the modern digital computer.

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A man in Muscatine is making downtown more colorful with his murals

A man in Muscatine is making downtown more colorful with his murals. What started off as just one mural has turned into eight.Christopher Paul Anderson has called Muscatine his home for over 10 years and his artwork can be seen throughout downtown. “I just thought it’d be a good project you know try to give some good changes in this community,” said Anderson. One of his recent murals has gotten a lot of feedback from the community. “This angel wings basically it’s a way for people to get involved because I wanted you know I like the way people enjoy the art work but I thought it’d be even better if they can actually get involved with becoming part of the art work,” said Anderson. He has big plans for the future. “I would like to see there be at least a dozen murals downtown that are big you know and colorful as many as we can do really,” said Anderson. Anderson is currently working on a mural at The Merrill Hotel in Downtown Muscatine.

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Davenport city council to continue SRO discussion at next meeting

Davenport City Council will continue its discussion at the Aug. 12 city council meeting over entering into a governmental agreement with the Davenport Community School District to provide a school resource officer for West High School for the upcoming school…

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Clinton schools spend $15,000 on face shields for students and staff

With direction from the county health department, the district says face shields will make it easier for kids to learn compared to masks.

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Cleanup day in Moline’s Floreciente neighborhood

Several organizations from the Quad Cities are coming together for a cleanup day in Moline’s Floreciente neighborhood. LULAC Council 5285 is looking for volunteers to help clean the street around the Latino neighborhood, which will be held on Saturday, August 15. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes, sunscreen, masks and need to practice social distancing. Patricia Perea is the treasurer and said there will so be more than cleaning, organizers will also educate people about participating in the census. “We chose the Floreciente neighborhood because there’s a large Latino population there but this would be a good way for people to get to know the people in the Floreciente neighborhood,” said Perea. Organizers are also taking donations for working gloves, trash bags, snacks and water.

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Quad City Symphony Orchestra now accepting students for fall season of Private Lesson Program

Registration is now underway for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s fall season of its Private Lesson Program. “Private instructors not only give students weekly instruction on how to improve musicianship and technical ability, but they also serve as trusted guides through various activities such as audition preparation, searching for the right college and instrument purchase,” said the symphony in a press release. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra prides itself on playing an active role in providing such services to the community for decades. Through the symphony’s Private Lesson Program, students of all ages and ability levels are matched with highly-qualified instructors for weekly lessons at locations around the Quad Cities. Visit the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Private Lesson Program webpage for information on instructors, locations, financial aid, how to register and more.

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Clinton schools spend $15,000 on face shields for students and staff

With direction from the county health department, the district says face shields will make it easier for kids to learn compared to masks.

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Local COVID-19 survivor speaks out as Jo Daviess County reaches warning level

Jo Daviess County is seeing a higher rate of new cases reported and a higher positivity rate than what the state considers stable.

OurQuadCities.com Quad Cities Chamber provides back-to-school resources for area employers, parents OurQuadCities.com

Quad Cities Chamber provides back-to-school resources for area employers, parents

As employers and working parents try to navigate back-to-school plans and balance their children’s education with their own work schedules, the Quad Cities Chamber says they are “here to help.” The organization has provided the following resources for employers and parents related to childcare and back-to-school plans for area school districts. Childcare If an employee identifies childcare as a challenge, here are some regional resources employers can direct them to: Referrals to childcare providers Iowa: Call 855-244-5301 or email Child Care Resource and Referral of Southeast Iowa at Community Action of Eastern IowaIllinois: Call 309-205-3070 (option 3) or email Child Care Resource and Referral of Midwestern Illinois at SAL Family and Community Services Financial aid for childcare Iowa: Apply online hereIllinois: Call 309-205-3070 (option 2) or toll free at 866-370-4556 (option 2) Illinois School-Age Childcare Resource Fair Virtual events hosted by SAL Family and Community Services will cover area childcare programs, childcare referrals, Illinois Child Care Assistance Program, becoming a childcare provider and other community resources.Join the virtual fair at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 6Join the virtual fair at 7 a.m. on Friday, August 7 United Way Quad Cities resource hotline Dial 2-1-1 or 563-355-9900 for assistance with childcare, food, rent, utility assistance or other health and human service needs. Additionally, both Child Care Resource and Referral providers listed above are willing to work with employers to open safe and successful pop-up childcare centers at their place of business. The Quad Cities Chamber says they are working closely with business owners, school districts and childcare providers to develop creative solutions to assist employers during this time. What if an employee cannot find quality, reliable care? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers to pay qualified family leave wages to employees who are unable to work because they are caring for a child whose school, place of care or provider is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19. Learn more about paid family leave under the FFCRA: Fact sheet for employeesFact sheet for employersFAQ Back-to-school plans in the Quad Cities Below are links to area school districts’ back-to-school plans: Iowa Quad Cities Bettendorf Community School DistrictDavenport Community School DistrictNorth Scott Community School DistrictPleasant Valley Community School District Illinois Quad Cities Carbon Cliff-Barstow School District #36East Moline School District #37Moline-Coal Valley School District #40Rock Island-Milan School District #41Silvis School District #34United Township High School District #30 The latest COVID-19 news and resources from the Quad Cities Chamber are here.

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Expect lane closures on Centennial Bridge for inspections

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be closing lanes on the US 67 Centennial Bridge in Rock Island, Illinois.

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Local COVID-19 survivor speaks out as Jo Daviess County reaches warning level

Jo Daviess County is seeing a higher rate of new cases reported and a higher positivity rate than what the state considers stable.

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Friends, colleagues mourn longtime Davenport community leader Clyde Mayfield

Friends, colleagues mourn longtime Davenport community leader Clyde Mayfield

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Hampton police first body camera video in Jaylan Butler case

Body camera video worn by former-Hampton police officer Ethan Bush shows what happened before officers came in contact with Jaylan Butler.

OurQuadCities.com The Captain’s Table to open back up August 14th OurQuadCities.com

The Captain’s Table to open back up August 14th

The Captain’s Table in Moline is set to reopen its doors August 14th. It has been two and a half years since a fire destroyed the restaurant and it has taken all this time to rebuild. The fire burned down the restaurant in January of 2018. It was just a small fire, but due to cold temperatures the fire department had trouble putting the flames out. “Everything was freezing just as soon as it was coming out. Fire trucks were frozen to the ground due to all the water so you know, just a small fire that caught and just put us under water.” They originally planned to reopen at the beginning of July, but the Coronavirus Pandemic pushed everything back. Assistant GM Josh Osterberg says the extra time has allowed them to get even more prepared to reopen. They have completely remodeled the inside and outside, plus they have made some major changes around the restaurant. “We’ve revamped the menu quite a bit. There’s a lot of items that are more reasonably priced so anybody and everybody can come through.” Said Osterberg. “We’ve taken a lot of the fencing down so it doesn’t look like it’s a gated off place. We want everybody to know they’re more than welcome to join us.” One feature that will return is the fantastic view of the Mississippi River. “There is not a single seat in this house that you can’t get a river view. The view at say seven o’clock when that sunset is going down is some of the prettiest I’ve seen along any coast.” They will also be catering to people who want to stop by while they are out on the river boating. “We do now have a 10 boat dock that is for transit which means that anyone who wants to swing on in and wants to grab a lunch on a Saturday afternoon, we’ve got space for them and it doesn’t cost them any money whatsoever. They can come in and get dinner. “ The restaurant will use a call ahead system for customers right now. Osterberg recommends calling no more than two hours ahead to be put on the list.

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Henry’s Christmas Yard partners with Oscar Meyer Weinermobile for food drive

Henry’s Christmas yard just hosted their third food drive of the year. This time they gave people some more incentives to come out by teaming up with the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. Owner Scott Hildebrand says that the event was a major success and people were lined up waiting to get a photo with the Weinermobile. Over five boxes were filled with food and people also got the bonus of being able to see Henry, the dog who right now doesn’t have any inflatables in his yard. “The Weiner Mobile is the main attraction and also we have Kona Ice here so anybody can get a nice drink to cool down with and if you donate food then you also get a 12×18 inch flag on a stick.” The Weinermobile will be at another food drive this Sunday at the Freight House in Davenport.

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Wanted: Have you seen these fugitives?

It’s a Local 4 News exclusive. You can get an elevated reward for information on this week’s cases. Hasan Grayson, 37, is 5-foot-9 and 230 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Grayson is wanted by Moline Police for possession of a weapon by a felon. He is considered armed and dangerous. Ryan Harmon, 38, is 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, bald and has blue eyes. Harmon is wanted by Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office for possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon. He is considered armed and dangerous. You have a week to contact police for an elevated reward. Call the tip line at 309-762-9500. All tips are anonymous.

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Police: 15-year-old charged in Davenport shooting incident

Police are asking for information about the second vehicle involved in the incident on Friday, July 31 described as a red Ford SUV.

OurQuadCities.com Rock Island-Milan School District to begin school year with full remote learning OurQuadCities.com

Rock Island-Milan School District to begin school year with full remote learning

School starts Thursday for students in the Rock Island-Milan School District, but kids won’t be stepping back into the classroom. The district will begin the fall semester with all remote learning. That will be the case until Labor Day at least. Superintendent Dr. Reginald Lawrence says, “Our families can expect that students will be online. Our day starts from 8:30 until 1:30 That’s five hours of academic instruction, and interaction with teachers.” He says the district has been working for months trying to ensure that all families will have access to technology. “Contact your school principal. Contact us here at the Administration Center. We want to ensure that every family has a Chromebook for their children as well as internet connectivity,” says Lawrence. “We have hot spots we’ve given out to families, and right now we have something new. We call it Rockfi. It’s our own brand of putting some high power routers in the community. Virtual instruction is expected to last until at least Labor Day, depending on the spread of the virus. When students, and teachers do return to the school building, there will be some changes. “Masks will be on, social distancing of 6-ft as much as possible. Washing of hands, not passing and sharing of items cleanliness in the classrooms,” says Lawrence. Superintendent Lawrence says, while staff is ready for the students return, safety is their number one priority. Lawrence says, “Everyone wants to do their best in getting back to a point where we can all see each other in person.” Superintendent Lawrence says, the remote option of learning fives the district more time to prepare for students returning to campus.

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Colona man overcomes obstacles with successful YouTube Channel

A Colona man is finding a new passion after tragically losing his arms and legs . In 2015, the affects of pneumonia caused him to lose feeling in his arms and legs. Doctors then had to amputate all four. Now, he’s launched a successful Youtube Channel where he breaks down the history of video games. He already has 45,000 subscribers in only a few years. His YouTube Channel PatmanQC is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCkuHXWWyw-3KXKIHyc88oA

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QC Festival of Praise to return September 5th

Organizers have announced that the QC Festival of Praise will be happening this Labor Day Weekend. In their 22nd year, the christian music event will be happening by the stage in in Leclaire Park in Davenport on September 5th. Contemporary christian artist Big Daddy Weave is headlining the show. Attendees will not be required to social distance or wear masks. “Well it just boils down to their choice,” Kathryn Bohn, executive director of the festival said. “If they feel in any kind of jeopardy coming in with their health, they probably shouldn’t come.  But that’s their choice, I’m not going to mandate it.”

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Downtown Davenport hosting drive-thru event Saturday for local businesses

The Downtown Davenport Partnership is hosting another drive-thru event this Saturday for downtown businesses.

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New artwork decorates Schwiebert Park

Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island has some new artwork that also has a purpose. Local artist John Vandewalle joined Local 4 News to tell us more about the sculptures and why they were installed. Watch the video above for the full interview.

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Figge Art Museum celebrates 15th anniversary

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport is celebrating its 15th anniversary, but not in the way they expected due to the pandemic. Executive Director and CEO Michelle Hargrave joined Local 4 News at 4 to tell us how they’re marking this momentous occasion, including a scavenger hunt this Saturday. Visit figgeartmuseum.org for a complete list of offerings and watch the video above for more information.

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Lane closures on Centennial Bridge

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced they will be performing a bridge inspection on the Centennial Bridge that will cause lanes to be closed. Thursday, August 6, the Illinois-bound outside drive lane will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Friday, August 7, the Iowa-bound outside drive lane will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Centennial Bridge to have lane closures; RI County road is closed

Road work will shut down two locations through Friday in Rock Island County.

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Rock Island County reports another death due to COVID-19

The Rock Island County Health Department reported on Wednesday another resident of the county has passed away due to COVID-19. The man in his 80s had been isolating at home. There have now been 33 deaths in the county due to the coronavirus. “Sadly, another resident in our county has died from COVID-19,” said Nita Ludwig, administrator of the Rock Island County Health Department. “We urge residents to keep doing their part to reduce the spread of the virus by staying home as much as possible, washing their hands frequently, and socially distancing and wearing a face covering when out. Our most vulnerable residents need help from all of us.” There were also 34 new positive cases reported, bringing the county total to 1,679. It was noted that 10 of the new cases are associated with an outbreak at a long-term care facility. The new cases are: A woman in her 90s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 90s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 90s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 90s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 90s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 90s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 80s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 70s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 60s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 60s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 60s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 60s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 50s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 50s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 50s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 40s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 40s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 30s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 20s who is isolating at homeA woman in her 20s who is isolating at homeA girl younger than 13 who is isolating at homeA female infant who is isolating at homeA man in his 80s who is isolating at homeA man in his 70s who is isolating at homeA man in his 60s who is isolating at homeA man in his 50s who is isolating at homeA man in his 50s who is isolating at homeA man in his 40s who is isolating at homeA man in his 40s who is isolating at homeA man in his 30s who is isolating at homeA man in his 20s who is isolating at homeA man in his 20s who is isolating at homeA man in his 20s who is isolating at homeA boy younger than 10 who is isolating at home Currently, there are 17 patients in the hospital in the county. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,759 new cases and 30 additional deaths on Wednesday. The total number of cases is 186,471 and number of deaths is 7,573. In the past 24 hours, 46,668 tests were processed for a total of 2,896,063. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for July 29 through August 4 is 3.9%. As of last night, 1,552 patients were in the hospital with COVID-19, with 368 in the ICU and 129 on a ventilator. For a more complete look at the numbers from the local counties, visit our COVID-19 Cases in Illinois & Iowa webpage. To get more statistics about COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

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WATCH: Illinois Governor Pritzker’s COVID-19 Update

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is giving a COVID-19 Update at 2:30 p.m. You can watch it here or on his Facebook page.

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Davenport police identify two that were killed in weekend motorcycle accident

The man and woman killed in Saturday’s motorcycle accident have been identified

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Rock Island coffee shop weighs options for returning to Phase 3

Under Phase 3, restaurants like Theo's Java Club couldn't have indoor seating. Theo's says they want to help get the state in the right direction.

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Despite the pandemic, UT welcomes freshmen Thursday, Friday

Students and staff at United Township High School will begin their day with a temperature check and some health-related questions, as they start the school year during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Reynolds’ executive order automatically restores voting rights for most Iowa felons

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an Executive Order that automatically restores the voting rights for some of Iowa’s felons. Reynolds signed the measure at the State Capitol Wednesday morning amid some of the people who had long advocated for the change, like Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad and president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP Betty Andrews. The Executive Order restores the voting rights for most felons who have discharged their sentence — meaning they’ve completed parole, probation, or supervised release and completed any special sentence imposed by chapter 903B. It excludes those who have been found guilty of the state’s most serious crimes, specifically those found in Chapter 707 of Iowa Code. That includes homicide, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and involuntary manslaughter. Those felons can still petition the governor but their right to vote will not automatically be restored on the completion of their sentence. Another part of the Executive Order also clarifies that fully payment of restitution is not required for voting rights to be restored. The governor also spoke about the need for a constitutional amendment to address the issue as her Executive Order could be overturned by the next governor of the state, as Gov. Tom Vilsack’s was overturned when Terry Branstad became governor again. Reynolds said she will continue to work toward that goal.

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Who's in the news?

Each year, the Jaycees of the Quad Cities honors local community members who are making a positive impact in our area.

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I-Cash program passes $1 billion in unclaimed property returns

More than $1 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to Illinoisans and their families in the past five years, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced Wednesday. It is the most that has been returned in any five-year period in the program’s 58-year history. “Government needs to work smarter,” Frerichs said. “The numbers show our improvements to the unclaimed property program created a faster, better, and more efficient service.” Unclaimed property refers to property or accounts within financial institutions or companies in which there typically has been no activity for several years. In Illinois, the state treasurer is tasked with safeguarding unclaimed property, such as unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts and unused rebate cards. The state treasurer is legally required to return the property to the rightful owners no matter how long it takes. “While $1 billion is a significant achievement that only could be obtained by working collaboratively with our staff and state lawmakers, it is the stories behind the unclaimed property that I find most memorable,” Frerichs said. Frerichs shared some examples in a news release: A Chicago-area woman adopted two children after their family perished in an auto accident. Years later, the state treasurer’s office obtained more than $100,000 for the woman after auditors discovered an unpaid life insurance policy.A Chicago man, World War II Army veteran and life-long bachelor left nearly $2 million to several Chicago-area philanthropies. These monies were from an investment account that languished because the decorated soldier’s surviving family members passed away before he did.The Carver Community Center in Peoria received $19,000 from The (Richard) Pryor Foundation. The legendary comic is a Peoria native who spent time at the Carver Center as a youth.Orphans of the Storm animal shelter in Riverwoods received $19,000, nearly all of it from the life insurance policy of a Rolling Meadows woman who worked as a secretary at Ford Motor Company.Monument of Faith Evangelistic Church in Chicago received $38,000 from a church member’s life insurance policy. An estimated one-in-four people in Illinois have unclaimed property. Currently, there is more than $3.5 billion in the unclaimed property fund. Individuals can search the state treasurer’s database for their name or the name of their business or non‑profit at www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH.

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The Captain's Table in Moline has an opening in the offing

The timing couldn't be better for outdoor dining.

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Juvenile arrested for July 31 shots fired incident in Davenport

A male juvenile, 15, of Davenport, has been arrested and charged in connection with a shots fired incident that occurred on July 31 in the 1200 block of Perry Street. In the incident, police say individuals in two cars exchanged gunfire with each other near the intersection of 12th and Perry Streets. The juvenile has been charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held in the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center.

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WATCH: Governor Reynolds sign Executive Order restoring voting rights of some felons

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is signing an Executive Order restoring voting rights of some felons on at the Iowa State Capitol at 11:00 a.m. You can watch it here or on her Facebook page.

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Jesse White awards over $550,000 Project Next Generation grants

Funds provide technology and mentors to help at-risk youth.

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Augustana Chooses New Chaplain

A pastor now serving at a Lutheran Christian retreat center in Washington State will be the next Campus Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life at Augustana College. The Reverend Melinda Pupillo will begin at the college in January, and succeed Richard Priggie who retired last spring.

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Two arrested after string of robberies leads to police chase

A police chase took Davenport Police officers through a few neighborhoods Monday night. Two collisions happened along the way, before officers brought it to an end and took two people into custody. Police say the case is connected to recent robberies. They arrested 27-year-old Dybreona Pollard of Silvis. She’s accused of robbing four businesses since Saturday. They also picked up 52-year-old T Allen, on charges of eluding police. Officers tell Local 4 News they spotted the suspect’s car and tried to stop it near Lombard and Gaines, but the car took off instead. Officers lost track of the car when a patrol car got into a collision. No one was hurt there. A second police officer spotted the car a short time later, at Locust and Howell Streets. Police say the driver ran a stop sign and hit a motorcycle on 16th and Division Streets. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Officers eventually caught up with the car near 16th and Fillmore Streets. Police used a PIT maneuver to stop the white Cadillac, and make the arrests.

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Moline Holds Workshops for Job Seekers

With unemployment rising, the Moline Foundation and Moline Public Library are collaborating on a series of workshops to help people find jobs. Every Wednesday for the next six weeks, the library will hold a free Zoom session.

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NewsNation coming soon to WGN America

There’s a new primetime newscast coming to WGN America. It will be powered by stories from Nexstar news stations across the country, including Local 4 News. It’s called “NewsNation” and it will premier September 1. Anchors Joe Donlon and Albert Ramon tells us what we can expect, and gives us a first look at the state-of-the-art facilities. For more information, head to WGN America’s website.