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Judge issues gag order for Iowa family, mental health help postponed

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CLINTON, Iowa -- A family battling the mental health system for the past 10 years is still on hold after a judge rescheduled their first hearing.

Gracie and Aaron Nelson sat in front of a judge for the first time yesterday, Sept. 21.  They hoped the judge would give them state financial backing for their son's treatment. Instead, the judge postponed the hearing and issued the family and their lawyer a gag order.

Aaron's son, Tyler, is diagnosed with severe mental illness. Gracie married into the family 13 years ago, and they were able to start treating Tyler 10 years ago. However, the treatments didn't help much, and his diagnosis became more severe the older he got.

Related: "Find help yourself" - Family fights Iowa mental health system for 10 years

The Nelsons tried to get the Clinton County Department of Human Services and Attorney to help them pay for the increasing medical costs, but they were denied.

They filed complaints with the Iowa Attorney General's office, and the Des Moines office finally offered to represent the DHS in court.

"That is not a common move," the Nelson's attorney, Matt Noel, said.

News 8 was not allowed in the courtroom, and the judge told the Nelsons that they were not allowed to speak about the proceedings or they would be held in contempt of court.

Noel said he was not sure when the next hearing would be.

Future Ready Iowa Summit debuts in Muscatine with call for more skilled workers

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MUSCATINE, Iowa - Although Iowa is posting the lowest unemployment rate in 18 years, communities need to do more to be workforce ready.

It's no secret that jobs are changing with the times.  While not every career requires a college degree, companies are still struggling to find applicants with the up-skills to qualify for jobs.

"There's definitely a need for more," said Mandy Parchert, HNI Corporation, on Friday, September 21. " I think that everyone here today in the industry would agree that we need more."

This is the first of more than a dozen Future Ready Iowa Summits.  In a nutshell, it's a statewide fact-finding mission to identify ways to be workforce ready.

"Collaboration is certainly the way we're going to close our skills gap," said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development.

Community college programs are taking a bite out of Iowa's unemployment rate.  They offer specialized training and industry partnerships to fill future jobs.

"It's still extremely important for the economy of Iowa to change the workforce, and the only way to change the workforce is to create a more educated workforce," said Bill Decker, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency.

Iowa businesses are finding new ways to grow.  It's up to schools, communities and students to be future ready.

"How do we come together, remove our competition as an industry, and really look to grow the future pipeline of talent to manufacturing?" asked Parchert.

There will be a total of 18 Future Ready Summits across Iowa.  Davenport will host a session in early October.

Fifth grader with Type 1 diabetes dies after blood sugar drops during sleepover

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 9-year-old Pennsylvania girl who died after a sleepover last weekend, according to WPXI.

Fifth grader Sophia Daugherty, who had Type 1 diabetes, suffered a traumatic brain injury after her blood sugar plummeted.

For several days, doctors worked to save her life. Sophia, whose hypoglycemic attack had caused brain swelling and a herniated brain stem, was pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m. Wednesday, according to the New Castle News.

“She was a popular little girl,” said Laurel Superintendent Len Rich. “The most commonly used adjective was sweet, sweet Sophia.”

Sophia played basketball and softball for Laurel Elementary School and was also a member of the Girl Scouts, according to the paper.

With roughly 80 other students in her grade, everyone knew Sophia, according to WPXI. Counselors from the community as well as the high school are working with those who knew her.

“One thing we believe is it’s best for us to be here together,” Rich told WPXI. “It’s normal to grieve, it’s normal to cry, it’s normal to feel terrible, it’s normal not to understand why. But it’s better that we all go through it together and we rely on one another.”

3 infants among 5 people stabbed at New York City daycare

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - Three infants, all one month or younger, were stabbed in a New York City day care early Friday, police said.

Authorities were called at about 3:40 a.m. to a residence serving as a daycare on 161st Street between 45th and 43rd Avenues in Flushing.

According to police, adults upstairs heard screaming from below. They came downstairs and saw a 52-year-old woman stabbing three female infants with a butcher knife and machete.

A 1-month-old and a 3-day-old baby were stabbed in the stomach. A 20-day-old was stabbed in the ear, chin and mouth, said police.

The father of one of the children tried to intervene and was stabbed in the leg, police said.

The woman also stabbed one female co-worker eight times, police told WPIX.

According to authorities, there were nine children and their parents at the location during the time of the incident.

Police arrived and discovered the woman in the basement kitchen with self-inflicted knife wounds on her arm. She was taken into a custody for a psych evaluation, said authorities.

Father catches repairman sniffing young daughters’ underwear on camera

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LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles family is speaking out after their home security camera captured a repairman going through the hamper in their little girls' room Wednesday morning, pulling out underwear and sniffing them.

The man was also seen stuffing a pair of undergarments in his pocket while he was supposed to be conducting repairs on the 3 and 5-year-old girls' bedroom. The footage was captured by a Nest camera perched on one of their cribs.

"I would have never imagined that somebody would do this," father Jason Cooper told KTLA.

Cooper said the moving company they hired had left their floors scratched, so the firm paid for a contractor to fix the issue.

"My wife thought he might have been a little bit creepy, but I didn't catch any red flags," Cooper said.

The shocked father said he was in another room when the repairman was there and only realized what had been happening when he checked footage after he left.

"And then the next clip I saw was him picking up a pair of underwear, one of my daughters' dirty underwear, turning around from the camera, but you can see him bringing it to his face," Cooper said.

Stunned and infuriated, Cooper complained to the moving company and filed a police report.

He also phoned the repairman directly, letting him know what the camera recorded and that he planned to share it with news outlets and on social media.

Cooper said he heard the man gasp, and he believes the repairman was going to try to apologize. But he says he told him he didn't want to hear anything he had to say.

"This gentleman violated a 5-year-old and 3-year-old's privacy, my family's privacy," Cooper said. "Obviously my wife and I are really distraught over this and we want other people to know."

Barbershop owner apologizes for hanging Kaepernick doll from noose

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PLACERVILLE, Calif. – A California barbershop is taking heat after a photograph of a hanging doll portraying Colin Kaepernick was posted on social media.

"They got Colin Kaepernick hanging from a noose," said Joseph.

The picture was shared by Joseph, who wanted to be referred to only by his first name. It was taken inside the Bowtie Barbershop in downtown Placerville and shows the former 49ers player hanging from the ceiling by a noose.

"I literally had no idea that I was offending people," owner 'Bow Tie'Barber told KTXL. "We have a hangman out here called George and so, you know, with the theme of Hangtown I hung him. And it was wrong, it was absolutely wrong.”

Barber is a well known public figure in the community and says the hanged doll has been in his barbershop since 2016 when Kaepernick and a teammate kneeled during the national anthem.

"I am a die hard 49ers fan and when that action happened there was a lot portrayed on the 49ers and I took it personally," Barber told KTXL.

But even with an apology, some, like Joseph, say the damage is already done.

"Imagine how many kids already seen that doll," he said.

Now, Barber says he has learned a valuable lesson and hopes his apology is accepted.

"I’m publicly announcing that I apologize. It was the wrong thing for me to do," he told FOX40. "Absolutely will never happen again. I absolutely see the other side of it. I'm sorry."

The doll has since been taken down.

Barber said he hopes to speak to Joseph in person to offer his apology face to face.

School district’s video about tight pants on girls doesn’t sit well with parents

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COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Out of dress code. This is how the Shamokin Area School District describes tight pants on students.

For some parents, the video released earlier this week does not sit well.

“I thought it was sexist to tell you the truth I don't think it is fair for the boy and the girls. They should both be able to wear what they can,” Robin Dorkoski told WNEP.

“It is not allowing any of the students to show their individuality and it is all based on the female so I think the school is being sexist on the dress code,” said Nikysha Gulba.

The 54-second video focuses only on pants worn by girls.

School officials tell WNEP the video was created after an increase of dress code violations.

The school district's website clearly states baggy clothes and spandex are not permitted.t

The video was released by the district just a couple weeks into the school year. Parents questioned the timing of it, saying if anything it should have been released earlier.

“We already did all of our shopping and so why would they go around and do this it is not fair for low-income people,” said Jose Valentin.

Nikysha Gulba has two girls at the elementary school and believes the district-wide dress code needs to be fixed.

“It needs to be relaxed no vulgar writing no pants around your knees, no short shorts these kids need to be able to express themselves."

For families who cannot afford new clothes, district officials point out that a number of clothing options are available for students at the school.

Puppies to blame for drug-resistant infection in 118 people

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(CNN) — From January 2017 through February 2018, puppies sold at six pet store companies led to infections in 118 people in 18 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

The cause of illness: Campylobacter, common bacteria that can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever, according to the CDC outbreak report published as part of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

No deaths occurred, though 26 people were hospitalized. Samples of the bacteria from patients showed resistance to all antibiotics commonly used to treat Campylobacter infections, including macrolides and quinolones, according to the CDC.

Most patients will recover from a Campylobacter infection within five days without treatment, though drinking extra fluids is recommended. In rare cases, an infection can lead to complications, including paralysis and even death. People with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and those with cancer or other severe illnesses, are most at risk of serious infection.

Sanitation and handling

The investigation began in August 2017, when the Florida Department of Health notified the CDC of six Campylobacter infections linked to a national pet store chain based in Ohio. Information from an examination of data prompted a multistate investigation to identify the source of outbreak and to prevent additional illness.

The CDC identified 118 people, including 29 store employees, who became ill between January 5, 2016, and February 4, 2018. Patients ranged in age from younger than 1 year old to 85, and most (63%) were female. States reporting illness were Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Of the patients interviewed by the CDC, the overwhelming majority — 99% — reported direct contact with a dog, and 95% said the dog they’d touched was a pet store puppy. The health agency noted that most infections with campylobacteriosis stem from eating raw or undercooked poultry, unpasteurized dairy products, contaminated water and produce. And although infection usually does not spread from person to person, having sex with an infected person or changing an infected person’s diapers can increase the risk.

Though the CDC report does not name pet stores involved in the outbreak, Petland, a national pet store chain, was implicated in the original CDC outbreak notifications.

“As a result of the inquiry, the CDC had no new recommendations for Petland other than to continue our established practice of in-store hand sanitization and education,” the chain’s director of public affairs, Elizabeth Kunzelman, wrote in an email.

Store records reviewed during the outbreak investigation revealed that 142 of the 149 investigated puppies had received one or more courses of antibiotics, according to the CDC.

Common-sense care

“At Petland all decisions relating to the use of antibiotics is determined by each of our store’s independent, licensed, consulting veterinarians who are responsible for examining each of our puppies and determining any medical treatment,” Kunzelman said. “We expect veterinarians to practice appropriate discretion with antibiotics on puppies, just as we would expect the same from pediatricians with babies.”

Mike Bober, president and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, which works directly with the CDC to develop educational programs for pet owners as well as industry and governmental organizations, said, “outbreaks of this kind certainly point to a need to make sure that everyone involved in the handling of animals is well-trained and follows important hygiene and handling practices that place an emphasis on preventing and taking steps to avoid disease transmission.”

Because animals are living creatures, disease will arise on occasion, he said. “It’s not something we can just sanitize out of existence.”

“We do think it is responsible care and common-sense care that is the best approach here,” Bober said. Wash your hands thoroughly and exercise care and caution when cleaning up after animals, since disease can be transmitted through fecal matter.

The CDC also advises pet owners contact their veterinarians if they see signs of illness in a puppy or dog.

“Pet ownership is a tremendously positive thing in people’s lives,” Bober said. “More than two-thirds of Americans have pets, and the health benefits of the human animal bond far outweighs the risks that come with these naturally occurring organisms.”

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: We’re Starting Fall Today Instead Of Tomorrow

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Because... WHY NOT!? We had our end-of-summer fun and now we are ready for cooler temperatures, fall decorations, and pumpkin everything.

So today on our weekly Nailed It Or Failed It segment on WQAD News 8 at 11am, we got a jump start on the season and showed you two easy, affordable, and fast ways to make a fall wreath.

You don't need a lot of time (my biggest issue), talent (Jon's biggest issue), or money (everyone's biggest issue) to make your home beauti-FALL (see what I did there?).

All you need for these crafts are foam wreaths from your local hobby store, a variety of ribbon, and a variety of fake flowers. It's that easy! Click the video above to see what we did with those supplies to make an instant decoration for your front door.

Did we NAIL IT or FAIL IT? Click the video below to see what our wreaths looked like after just five minutes of work and to see our Cocktail of the Week:

This week's Cocktail of the Week is a Ketz Concoction! Jon mixed up a Carmel Coke today. Find the recipe below.

  • 1 shot butterscotch schnapps
  • 6 ounces Coca-Cola

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the cola, then the schnapps. Stir and serve.

Teens accused of attempted break-in lead police on pursuit, crash into pasture in Mercer County

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ALEXIS, Illinois — Two teens accused of trying to break into a home were captured after leading police on a chase and crashing into a pasture, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities were called to an attempted break in at an Alexis home shortly after midnight, on Friday, September 21, according to the sheriff’s office.

The statement said a suspicious vehicle left Alexis heading westward into Mercer County.  The driver lost control during the pursuit, drove through a fence and into a pasture near 220th Street and 15th Avenue.

“The vehicle occupants fled on foot into a corn field,” read the statement.  The two 15-year-old boys were then apprehended and authorities discovered they had been driving a stolen vehicle.

The teens, two 15-year-old boys, were apprehended and taken to the Mary Davis home in Galesburg.  Both were charged with burglary, attempted residential burglary, vehicle theft, and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

Muscatine man stabbed during fight with multiple baseball bats

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MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Police are looking into a fight that sent one man to the hospital after getting stabbed.

A statement from the Muscatine Police Department said police responded to a reported fight on Sept. 19 involving "multiple subjects with baseball bats."

Police said Darrion Michael Reth was stabbed in the back during the fight. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The statement said police arrested Ramon Abel Mendoza as part of the following investigation. Mendoza is charged with inflicting willful, serious injury, a felony, and rioting, a misdemeanor.

Muscatine police continue to investigate this fight. They are asking anyone
that has information is asked to call Detective Anthony Arnaman at (563) 263-9922.

U of I program could move to Western Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, Illinois- The state's flagship university is looking to expand a program to the western part of the state.

The Illinois Innovation Network is a state-wide research enterprise lead by the University of Illinois. Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas says the U of I is looking to develop more of its research centers across the state.

The U of I is currently developing campuses in Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield. Illinois Board of Higher Education Executive Director Al Bowman says the U of I could partner with universities like Western in the future.

The Alzheimer’s Association Quad Cities receives funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

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Tom Pospisil  from Eriksen Chevrolet was on-hand to present a check for $600 for the August Three Degree Guarantee to the Alzheimer’s Association Quad Cities.

Accepting the check were Megan Pedersen and Jerry Schroeder from the Alzheimer’s Association Quad Cities.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

If you would like to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association or how to support the cause, please click here.

If your charity or organization, would like to be considered, please click here.


Don’t miss this year’s Boo at the Zoo October 27th and 28th

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Boo at the Zoo, one of the Quad Cities most popular “merry not scary” family-friendly Halloween events, returns to Niabi Zoo for two days on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The trick-or-treat stations, manned by local businesses and non-profit organizations, will feature Halloween-themed decorations and backdrops that make the perfect setting for a family-friendly day.

Niabi Zoo is located at 13010 Niabi Zoo Road in Coal Valley, Illinois.

Boo at the Zoo activities are included with paid zoo admission.  Admission prices:

$9.00 Adults

$8.00 Senior citizens (62+ years)

$6.50 Kids (3-12 years old)

(Member receive free admission and parking)

Boo at the Zoo is made possible by WQAD, Eye Surgeons Associates, Zeglin’s Home TV and Appliance, Sexton Ford, and RIA Federal Credit Union.

If you are a business interested in booth space at the event, please email Lisa Short at

Trump administration moves $260M from cancer research, other programs to help pay for custody of immigrant children

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump administration is planning to shift more than $260 million to cover the rising cost and strain of housing thousands of undocumented immigrant children in their custody – including millions of dollars from programs like cancer research and HIV/AIDS prevention.

The request comes as the program has been strained by record-high levels of children in custody, driven in large part by new policies that are holding kids longer and making it more difficult for them to be released.

It also comes amid news that the Department of Health and Human Services once again could not locate 1,500 children it had released over a three-month period.

There are more than 13,000 children currently in HHS custody, spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer told CNN. The number fluctuates daily, but that is higher than the record-setting 12,800 in custody last week.

The program request is detailed in a letter to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, and other lawmakers from HHS Secretary Alex Azar dated September 5, which was obtained by CNN.

The letter was first reported by Yahoo News.

The documents show a plan to take money from a variety of places, including $16.7 million from the child benefits program Head Start, $3.8 million from HIV programs as part of a bigger $16.7 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $9.8 million from Medicare and Medicaid program operations, $2.2 million from maternal and child health programs, $5.8 million from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, $13.3 million from the National Cancer Institute and $87.3 million overall from the National Institutes of Health.

The program that houses immigrant children who came to the US alone or were separated from an adult at the border has regularly needed additional funding in past years, requiring that it be allocated from other parts of the department’s budget.

In a statement, HHS said these types of reprogramming requests are routine and have occurred for the the immigrant children program in previous years going back to 2012. Similar transfers of money are also used in times of need, like with the Zika concerns in 2016.

“HHS is utilizing the Secretary’s transfer and reprogramming authorities to provide additional funds for the care of unaccompanied alien children,” said HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan. “The funding will now likewise be used for increases in caseloads and unexpected surges in children needing care from our program. Unfortunately, the need for additional funds has grown since FY 2011, due to the continual increase of unaccompanied alien children at the border. These transfers are only a temporary solution to the sad consequence of a broken immigration system.”

HHS said that so far, the only reallocation that has happened in 2018 was $17 million in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program that supports HIV/AIDS treatment for those who struggle to afford it.

Federal agencies are allowed to shift funds as long as they are not taking more than 1% from a given pot of money or increasing another pot of money more than 3%. Those types of requests must be sent to the relevant congressional subcommittees and approved by those committees’ chairmen.

With Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, those chairmen are Republicans. Democrats do not need to sign off.

River Drive in Moline to reopen amid I-74 Bridge construction

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MOLINE, Illinois -- Traffic patterns are changing as work on building the new I-74 Bridge continues.

River Drive in Moline was expected to reopen on Friday, September 21, according to a project update.

Starting Monday, September 24, the closure on 19th Street was expected to expand from Avenue of the Cities to 7th Avenue for roadway improvements.  A detour will be set for 19th Street and 12th Street as well.

Workers expect the work to be complete by November.

Just one in 10 English people will be smokers by 2023, study says

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(CNN) — Just one in 10 English people will smoke cigarettes in five years and Britain could be a smoke-free society by 2030, according to Public Health England (PHE).

The forecasts were made after 400,000 people gave up smoking in England last year, leaving 6.1 million smokers — or 14.9% of the population in the country, according to the Office for National Statistics. That’s down from a 15.5% rate the previous year and a 19.8% level in 2011

PHE predicted that between 8.5% and 11.7% of people will smoke in 2023 if current trends continue.

The body’s chief executive, Duncan Selbie, urged the National Health Service (NHS) to commit to the goal of making Britain effectively smoke-free by 2030 — meaning that less than 5% of the population would smoke — at the annual NHS Expo event earlier this month.

The figures suggest that the country could be on track to achieve that goal.

However, PHE warned that the majority of people attempting to quit are not using the most effective methods.

Six in 10 smokers want to give up but most who try rely only on willpower — or going “cold turkey” — which is the least effective way to quit, the health body said.

The organization launched its Stoptober campaign on Thursday, encouraging people to give up cigarettes for 28 days in October.

“Britain is a global leader on tobacco control and our robust policies mean smoking rates have fallen to record lows,” Public Health Minister Steve Brine said in a statement announcing the campaign.

He added: “But we are not complacent — we know we must do all we can to keep encouraging smokers to quit for good.”

There were 77,900 deaths attributable to smoking — down 2% from the previous year — in England in 2016, the latest year for which figures are available, according to the NHS.

Poorest smokers “left behind”

Although the figures indicate that the total number of smokers in England is falling rapidly, more must be done to reduce inequalities in order to bring about a “truly smoke-free society,” according to one expert.

“While smoking rates are declining on average, the poorest and most disadvantaged smokers are being left behind. Funding must be found if the government is to achieve the vision of a smoke-free society by 2030,” Deborah Arnott, chief executive of smoking charity Action on Smoking and Health, told CNN.

One in four people in routine and manual occupations smoke, compared to one in 10 in managerial and professional posts, according to PHE’s figures.

Arnott called for a levy to be placed on the tobacco industry on a “polluter pays principle,” with money raised being spent on tobacco control measures and campaigns.

“Tobacco manufacturers are some of the most profitable companies on earth; they can easily afford the costs of radical action to drive down smoking rates,” she said.

Candidates for Illinois Governor duke it out in first TV debate

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CHICAGO, (Illinois News Network) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner clashed with Democrat J.B. Pritzker in the first televised debate of an increasingly expensive Illinois gubernatorial race along with two third-party candidates vying for a chance to get their message out to voters.

The state’s candidates for chief executive argued their case Thursday evening on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago. NBC 5 Political Editor Carol Marin put tough questions to each. Pritzker was asked about removing his toilets in his house for a tax break while Rauner was pressed on his comments about not being in charge of the state.

Rauner, the first-term Republican who is seen as the most vulnerable governor in America, was quick to blame House Speaker Michael Madigan for blocking his agenda through a stranglehold on Illinois politics.

Pritzker has taken criticism for his ambiguity during the campaign, refusing to give any details about how much more the wealthy would be taxed and who the billionaire considered wealthy for that matter.

The Chicago billionaire stuck to that script Thursday, promising investment in infrastructure, higher education and other projects while also lowering property taxes and income tax for middle-class Illinoisans. He said that it’s all possible by changing Illinois’ constitution to allow for a progressive income tax.

“Illinois has the most unfair tax system in the entire nation,” Pritzker said. “We need to ask the wealthiest people like Bruce Rauner and me to pay a higher rate and we need to provide a tax cut for middle-class families and those who are striving to get there and lower local property taxes.”

Marin tried several times to get Pritzker to talk about the rates he envisions for the graduated tax. Pritzker wouldn't talk numbers. Rauner pounced on Pritzker’s ambiguity.

“Mr. Pritzker is dodging your question because he doesn’t want to tell the truth to the people of Illinois,” he said. “He is proposing a massive new income tax hike on all the people of our state. He doesn’t want to talk about it because the truth is so painfully unpopular.”

Rauner said the state cannot tax its way out of existing fiscal and economic realities. The governor took criticism from all three other candidates for his role in the state’s historic two-year budget stalemate that shuttered social service providers and hobbled the state’s higher education institutions.

The candidates were asked what they would do to stem the tide of outmigration that’s struck Illinois in recent years. Pritzker said the state should invest more in schools, convincing students to attend and stay in the state. Rauner said the state needs to lower the tax burden on people and business.

“The challenge is lack of economic opportunity,” Rauner said. “That comes from a broken system of deficit spending and, to cover it up, higher and higher taxes.

Marin asked the union-backed Pritzker about Chicago hotel workers who are on strike, many of them from Hyatt group hotels. Pritzker's family founded and manages the hotel chain. He said he doesn’t have a say in the management of the hotel chain. He took criticism for that and anti-union actions by other companies he has an interest in.

Both Conservative Sam McCann and Libertarian Kash Jackson took shots at the front-runners.

There was a heated exchange between McCann and Rauner after the governor accused the state senator of acting as the spoiler at the behest of Madigan.

Jackson had a couple memorable one-liners about not only the big-government philosophies of both of the state’s major party candidates but also the protectionism against third-party candidates and the amount of spending that Rauner and Pritzker have spent on the campaign.

“I spent $25,000,” he said. “You two gentlemen spent $200 million to get on this stage. Who’s the fiscally-minded guy?”

The election is Nov. 6.

Related: Illinois governor hopefuls meet for 1st debate

Woman who killed 3 people at Rite Aid center was a disgruntled worker

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(CNN) — A woman who shot dead three people at a Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland was a disgruntled employee working there temporarily, authorities said.

Snochia Moseley, 26, opened fire at the facility near Aberdeen on Thursday — the latest shooting in the United States and the second workplace rampage in 24 hours.

She killed three people and left three others wounded before turning the gun on herself, authorities said.

A source close to the investigation said Moseley was a disgruntled employee at the facility roughly 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.

She showed up to work at her normal time

Moseley showed up for work at the warehouse, where she was a temporary employee, at her normal time Thursday morning.

She opened fire outside the building and on the warehouse floor, then fatally shot herself in the head with the same 9 mm Glock pistol.

Deputies were dispatched at 9:09 a.m., Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler said. Within five minutes, he said, deputies were at the scene, along with the FBI, state police, first responders and other law enforcement authorities.

The sheriff declined to release details about the six victims or the shooter, saying their next of kin are still being notified. Police are still searching for a motive, he added.

Mother texted daughter when gunfire broke out

When the gunfire erupted, Alexie Scharmann got a series of text messages from her mother.

“I love you … more than you’ll ever know,” said her mother, who works at the facility near Aberdeen.

“There’s a shooter in the building. I’m hiding. I love you,” she texted, according to CNN affiliate WBAL. “Be good and take care of dad (and) the pets if something should happen.”

Scharmann’s mother survived the shooting, and sent her the text message she was hoping for at 10:33 a.m.

“I am outside and safe. I love you,” it said.

Shooter was a former security guard

Moseley was once a security guard at the facility where the shooting occurred, a law enforcement official said. She used a gun that she purchased legally, Gahler said, adding that no law enforcement officers fired shots during their response.

Rite Aid spokeswoman Susan Henderson said roughly 1,000 employees work at the distribution center, where products are received and processed for delivery.

“The shooting happened adjacent to the primary building,” she said.

Colleen Hendrickson lives and works in the area, and was waiting for the bus when the shooting started.

“I, of course, thought it was far off or, that’s like down the road or something, right?” she told CNN affiliate WJZ. “No, it’s right outside. It’s right on the doorstep.”

She saw emergency vehicles, ambulances and helicopters rush to the scene.

“It’s really just usually very calm, and this is the most chaotic I’ve ever seen it,” she told the station.

Three shootings in two days

A day earlier, two other shootings made national news.

A coworker injured three people when he opened fire Wednesday at an office complex in Middleton, Wisconsin. Later that day, a gunman wounded four people in Masontown, Pennsylvania.

Police killed the shooters in both incidents Wednesday.

In Harford County, where Thursday’s shooting happened, a man killed three people and wounded two others in October at a remodeling business where he worked. The gunman later drove to Wilmington, Delaware, where he shot and wounded a sixth victim.

This town in Greece is draped in thousands of spider webs

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AITOLIKO, Greece – It sounds like a something out of a horror movie: A town covered in thousands of webs, each crawling with hordes of spiders.

But for residents of a town in Greece, it’s a spooky reality.

In recent days, the webs have draped plants, trees and boats along the lagoon in Aitoliko, a town of canals that’s otherwise known as Greece’s “Little Venice.”

Giannis Giannakopoulos noticed the “veil of webs” earlier this week and captured the spider creations with his camera.

“It’s natural for this area to have insects, no one is especially worried,” he told CNN. “But I have never seen any spider webs this big in my life.”

The phenomenon is rare, although the webs have appeared before in other parts of the country.

According to arachnologist Maria Chatzaki, they’re always from the same type of spider: the Tetragnatha genus, a tiny critter no longer than 2 centimeters, or 0.7 inches.

Chatzaki told CNN the webs often turn into sheet-like covers that are home to thousands of spiders living underneath.

Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis, president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, said there’s a simple explanation.

Behind the phenomenon, Pergantis said, are the spiders’ favorite snacks: gnats.

Small mosquito-like insects with a lifespan of two to three days, gnats use most of their existence to reproduce. They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

And since temperatures in Aitoliko lately have been ideal for gnats, Pergantis said there has been a whole lot of reproduction going on.

“When these temperatures last long enough, we can see a second, third and fourth generation of the gnats and end up with large amounts of their populations,” he said.

With the growth of the gnat population, the spiders also thrive and multiply.

“It’s the simple prey-predator phenomenon,” Pergantis said. “It’s the ecosystem’s natural reactions and once the temperatures begin to drop and the gnat populations die out, the spider populations will decrease as well.”

Neither the gnats nor these spiders are dangerous to humans. But Aitoliko residents will need to do a lot of dusting.


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