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Past articles by Lauren:

Davenport school board votes to accept Superintendent Art Tate’s resignation

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- The Davenport School Board voted to accept Superintendent Art Tate’s resignation, Monday, October 29. Only one board member, Clyde Mayfield voted no, saying he would rather see Tate stay through the end of his contract in June. → Read More

FBI and Muscatine Police fight against cyber attack against city public buildings

MUSCATINE-- In Muscatine it’s the warning sign outside of Musser Library that’s turning some people away. “It basically says you can’t use the internet and we have no wifi,” says Library Director, Pam Collins. → Read More

Voters in Oneida, Illinois will consider lifting liquor ban come Election Day

ONEIDA, Illinois--On Election Day voters in Oneida, Illinois will decide whether alcohol should be sold in the city. Mayor Larry Lawson says the city has never allowed liquor sales before, in fact the city passed an ordinance to continue the liquor ban after prohibition ended in the 1930’s. → Read More

27 flea-infested cats rescued from person described as a hoarder

The Whiteside County Animal Control Center rescued 27 cats from the home of a person described as a hoarder late Friday evening. → Read More

Annual Apple Fest kicks off in LeClaire despite past week of heavy rain fall

LE CLAIRE, Iowa-- The LeClaire Lions Club hosted the 29th annual Apple Fest on the River Sunday, October 14. The family event featured apples, fresh produce and a variety of homemade food items including cider, kettle corn and jams and honey. → Read More

Flooding along the Wapsipinicon River forces families to boat home

SCOTT COUNTY, Iowa-- Families in Northern Scott county are seeing their share of rain and flooding. The Secondary Road Department declared several streets along the Wapsipinicon River impossible to pass. → Read More

Mother of slain Burlington teen finds closure after a jury convicts two men of murder

BURLINGTON, Iowa--Katrina Johnson says she and her family can finally find closure now that her son’s killers are behind bars. “We are able to find peace; my baby is able to be at peace. → Read More

Community celebrates Chef Brad Scott on retirement during annual fundraiser

BETTENDORF, Iowa--The Scott County Community College Foundation held its annual Home Grown Iron Chef Competition. The event is an annual fundraiser for scholarships and programs at the college. 4 local chefs and 60 student chefs attended the event, cooking up their best meals. → Read More

Family Resources reacts to spike in sexual assault hotline calls during Kavanaugh hearing

This year, she says Family Resources served about 500 more survivor than in years past. → Read More

Quad City Democrats and Republicans respond to Kavanaugh hearing

DAVENPORT, Iowa--- Hours of testimony from Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Ford left both democrats and republicans disappointed Thursday, September 27. For Scott County Democratic Chairman Thom Hart, he points to what he believes is unwillingness from Senate Republicans to support an FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations. → Read More

Viking River Cruises continue talks to launch Mississippi tour in Davenport

DAVENPORT---The gears of an old idea may start to turn again on the Mississippi River. According to a report from the Des Moines Register newspaper, Viking River Cruises is renewing interest in river city stopes on Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport. Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch says a representative from the company has already reached out to him to express interest in the project. → Read More

Members of Gilda’s Club in Davenport reacts to Love, Gilda premiere

DAVENPORT, Iowa--- A comedy legend is taking the big screen one more time, a documentary called Love, Gilda premiered Friday, September 21. The film highlights life of Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. Radner died from ovarian cancer in 1989. Her husband, Gene Wilder and family opened the first Gilda’s Club in her honor a few years later. → Read More

Davenport Police search for stolen pieces of a veterans’ memorial

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Police are asking for help identifying the person who stole pieces of a veterans’ memorial in Davenport. Police say the aluminum pieces missing are from a memorial bridge over the I-74 bridge just south of the Rhythm City Casino. Police say several aluminum panels and support posts were taken over the past several weeks. → Read More

Opioid Crisis Response Act moves through U.S. Congress

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- William Rogers is a medical doctor in the Quad Cities and a part time detective in Ohio. He says he’s seen both sides of the country’s opioid epidemic. “I do pharmaceutical diversion investigations which includes everything from prescribers to pharmacist to paramedics,” says Detective Rogers. → Read More

RICO Administrative building placed on lockdown after employees mistook noise as gunfire

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- The Rock Island County Administrative building was put on lockdown just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 18. RICO Sheriff Gerald Bustos says a man visiting the Veterans’ Affairs Office became upset and started slamming doors on his way out of the building. Bustos says employees in the building mistook the noise for gun fire and called 911. → Read More

Moving into the 21st century: RICO Recorder’s office begins digitizing records

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois--- A team of eight people from US Imaging partnered with Fidlar technologies to start the process of digitizing records from the Rock Island County Recorder’s Office Wednesday September 12. “It’s still kind of seems like a dream a little bit. That’s the goal of any county recorder, to get those records digitized,” says Rock Island County Recorder, Kelly Fisher. → Read More

Family donates first Cuddle Cot to Genesis for grieving parents

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Billie Johnson and her family presented the first Cuddle Cot to the BirthCenter at Genesis Medical Center Wednesday, September 12. The more than $3,000 purchase is a bassinet that provides cooling for a stillborn baby. → Read More

Police say two people hurt after juvenile crashed a stolen car outside North High School

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Police say two people were taken to the hospital after an incident in the parking lot of North High School, Tuesday September 11. Police say they arrived at the school after reports of a person damaging property around 6 p.m. They say a juvenile stole a car and hit two people while trying to drive away. → Read More

American Legion Post 26 name Police and Firefighters of the year

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- The American Legion Post 26 named this year’s Davenport Police and Firefighters of the year, Monday, September 10. This year the award went to Zachary Streit, Engineer Rick Albert and Lieutenant Jason Roth of the Davenport Fire Department for helping to deliver a baby in a firehouse in Davenport back in December. → Read More

WIU sees lowest freshmen enrollment in generations, small business owners feel the impact

MACOMB, Illinois--With more than 30 years in business, making a pizza comes easy at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria in Macomb, but business, owner Chris Vuwick says is changing. → Read More