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A few more showers to dodge tonight… More active weather later next week

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Flood warnings continue along several area rivers including the Mississippi and Rock. Crests are occurring now and will continue this week. Be prepared for road closures and detours in these areas.  Second crest still on track for parts of the Mississippi River by the Sunday-Monday time period. For more information on river levels go to https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=DVN

Not quite done with the raindrops yet!  Expect a few more scattered showers this evening hours before the passage of a cold front drys out the rest of the night.  We’ll keep it cloudy for the rest of the night with lows dipping around 30 degrees.

The passage of this front will lead to a brighter but chiller day with highs not getting out of the 40s.  Have that light jacket as a northeast breeze will put a bit of a chill from time to time.

This cool down will be short lived though as high temperatures will bounce back into the lower 50s under more sun on Tuesday.

Warmer winds will then blow in for the rest of the work week sending temperatures around 60 degrees during this periods for daytime highs.

However, this will also lead to our next round of showers along with a few thunderstorms.   The better coverage appears to take place Thursday night into Friday before chilly 40s return the following weekend.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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New bill will create hotline for Illinois students to report bullying

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SPRINGFIELD- A new bill will help Illinois students anonymously report bullying.

State Rep. John Cabello, R-Manchester Park, is the driving force behind a bill that will allow students under 18 to use a toll-free hotline to report harassment, according to IL News.

A hotline already exists. The Department of Children and Family Services operates a hotline for reporting child abuse or neglect.

“There should be no cost involved, at least to the state,” Cabello said. “Everything is already there. It’s just another way of trying to make sure we get these kids the help they need.”

When called, the operator will give the caller information on how to handle their situation. The next step is to notify school officials about the details of the call. In severe cases where the bullying involves criminal action the police will become involved.

Locally, a recent Facebook post by a Moline High School student created buzz about students’ ability to report bullying. According to the post, students have been subjected to racial slurs and other forms of bullying.

The post says no action was taken by the school after reports were made, but when the bullied student retaliated they were sent to the office. Moline High School could not be reached for comments.

Cabello says his idea was inspired by similar accounts from across his region.

“What we’re trying to do is give the kids going through this another avenue of trying to make sure it stops.”

Illinois farms get bigger, fewer as farmers age

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EDWARDS, Ill. (AP) — The number of farms in Illinois is going down, but the remaining operations are growing bigger as aging farmers struggle to find successors, according to agricultural officials.

The Illinois Farm Bureau says the state has 71,000 farms, down from 241,000 farms a century ago, the Journal Star reported .

Succession is a major issue for older farmers, said Ross Pauli, who has an 800-acre farm in Edwards. Many farmers in the state don’t have relatives who will take over the business, so neighboring farms take over the land instead and grow, he said.

“I don’t have any kids to take over when I’m ready to retire,” Pauli said. “I’d like to find a young farmer for my land.”

Pauli, 57, represents the average age of farmers in Illinois, according to the farm bureau. Nationally, farmers older than 65 outnumber farmers younger than 35 by a ratio of six to one.

Farmers are likely working past the age when others would have retired because they “like what they’re doing,” said Patrick Kirchhofer, manager of the Peoria County Farm Bureau.

“It’s a lifestyle that a lot of people like. You can be your own boss and you’re rewarded by making good decisions,” he said.

New farms likely aren’t starting because the industry is expensive and difficult to break into, Pauli said.

“You can’t go out and buy land and the equipment needed unless you’re raising vegetables on smaller acreage,” he said.

Already established farms will probably continue to grow, said Chris Magnuson, a spokesman for the Illinois Farm Bureau.

“Existing farmers are always on the lookout for more land,” he said.

Advances in technology have allowed farmers to be more productive, giving them the capability to farm more ground with fewer people, Magnuson said.

Iowa Hawkeyes Prepare for Tennessee

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Iowa Hawkeyes will play 2-Seed Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  The Hawks have beat some top teams this season and are ready for the challenge of another one.  Luka Garza had a big first game in the opening round win over Cincinnati, Iowa is looking for a repeat performance from the Sophomore Forward.   Iowa players take a shot at guessing the last time the Hawks played in the Sweet 16.

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Man shot while trying to kill a cockroach

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DETROIT- A man trying to kill a pest ended up shooting his foot instead.

The wheelchair-bound 50-year-old man threw his shoe at a cockroach inside his home, according to WDIV.

However, he kept his revolver inside the shoe. When he threw his shoe the gun discharged and shot him in the foot.

There is currently no word on the man’s condition.

Listen up for the Iowa siren tests

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MUSCATINE- Don’t be alarmed when sirens start going off. On March 27 Iowa has its annual state-wide tornado drill.

A test tornado watch alarm will start at about 10 a.m. A test warning will begin at 10:15 a.m.

Additionally, the National Weather Service will turn on the all-hazards weather radio system and the Emergency Alert system on local radio and TV stations.

The outdoor warning sirens in Atalissa, Conesville, Fruitland, Muscatine, Nichols, West Liberty and Wilton will be turned on to see if they’re working.

If there is actual severe weather anywhere in Iowa on March 27 the drill will be postponed until the 28th or 29th.

A press release from Muscatine  encouraged citizens to review their home protection plan.

Priest stabbed while leading televised Mass in Montreal; suspect arrested

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(CNN) — While shocked parishioners and a television audience watched, a man stabbed the elderly rector of St. Joseph’s Oratory at Mount Royal, Canada’s biggest church, as he led Mass on Friday morning, Montreal police said.

Police said the stabbing was not considered a terrorist attack. “Today’s event is an individual act committed by one individual,” police said on Twitter.

The church tweeted that Father Claude Grou was “out of danger.” The 77-year-old priest was taken to a hospital and is recovering from his wounds, Constable Caroline Chevrefils said.

The 26-year-old suspect was detained by security staff at the church and taken into custody by police, Chevrefils said. She said the suspect is known to police.

Grou was celebrating Mass for about 60 people in the church and an audience watching the event being livestreamed when the suspect went toward the priest and stabbed him several times with a sharp object, Chevrefils said.

Video showed Grou moving away as the man approached, then falling and getting up after the attack. Parishioners separated the attacker from the priest.

Police were called to the church at 8:40 a.m.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, is expected to appear by video feed at the Quebec Court Criminal Room about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. If any charges are filed, they will be determined by prosecutors, Chevrefils said.

Messages of sympathy filled social media.

“What a horrible attack at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal this morning,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. “Father Claude Grou, Canadians are thinking of you and wishing you a swift recovery.”

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante tweeted: “What a horrible and inexcusable gesture that has no place in Montreal. I am relieved to learn that the life of Father Claude grou, Rector of the @osjmr, is out of danger and that his condition is stable. On behalf of all Montrealers, I wish him speedy recovery. ”

Christian Lépine, the archbishop of Montreal, posted a statement on the archdiocese website thanking police, paramedics and parishioners for their response.

“We are all shocked by an act of violence taking place here in a place dedicated to peace,” Lépine said.

St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest church in Canada, is in the culturally diverse Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood.

Where are the local Easter Egg hunts?

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Before you find any eggs, you need to know where the Easter Egg Hunts are happening. Check this list for upcoming Easter activities in your area.

April 7

Rock Island’s 2nd Annual Underwater Egg Hunt: It turns out the Easter Bunny is an excellent swimmer. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. thousands of colorful eggs will be ready to grab at the Rock Island Fitness & Activity Center. Bring a swimsuit and a bag for the eggs. Participants will receive a goody bag and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. The hunt is $5 and pre-registration is required.

Register online or call RIFAC at (309) 732-7275

April 13

Nahant Marsh’s Spring Celebration and Eco-Egg Hunt: From 9 a.m. to noon, kids can tromp around a nature preserve while they search for eggs. The Nahant Marsh Education Center in Davenport will hold a Spring Celebration for kids 3-12. In addition to the egg hunt there will be nature themed activities for families to learn about local wildlife. It is $7 per child or $5 for members. Children two and under can get in for free. Money raised will support environmental education and natural resource projects.

Pre-registration is recommended. Register online or call 563.336.3370.

Muscatine Third Annual Parks & Recreation Easter Egg Hunt: From 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. the Muscatine Parks & Rec Depaertment will hold a family friendly event in Weed Park. The hunt begins at the Rose Garden playground at 10 a.m. The event is free.

For more information call the Parks & Rec department at (563) 263-0241

April 14

Downtown Davenport Egg Hunt: Eggs with candy, live music, face painting, food trucks, and bouncy houses- the CITY Church will hold an Easter extravaganza in downtown Davenport. The celebration will take place after the Sunday service from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Click here for more information.

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Attempted robbery at Bettendorf credit union

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Bettendorf, Iowa- A robbery took place March 23 at the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union.

At approximately 1 p.m. a man robbed the credit union north of the Palmer Hills Golf Course. He wore a gray hoodie, glasses, and a partial mask. The robber had a handgun.

The suspects fled on foot before the Bettendorf PD arrived. He left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Nobody was hurt in the robbery.

The FBI and Bettendorf PD have arrived on scene. They’re canvassing the surrounding area to try and find the escaped suspect.

 

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