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Rock Island PD announce “Rock Island Stands Together” initiative.

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ROCK ISLAND- The Rock Island Police Department are donating to help support the missions of Christian Family Care and QC Heart of Hope, as part of their “Rock Island Stands Together” initiative.

Every year the Rock Island Police Department chooses an organization to support within the community. This year they chose to buy and donate different items to Christian Family Care and QC Heart of Hope.

The Rock Island Police Department says they partnered with the Rock Island Police Benevolent and Protective Association #3, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #57, AFSCME Local 988, Hy-Vee, Walgreens, and CVS Pharmacy, to buy the needed items.

The Department is asking the public to join them on Friday, November 16, at 1:30 p.m. for the results of the initiative and the distribution of the items.

Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at US border

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ESCUINAPA, Mexico (AP) — Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans scrambled Wednesday to reach the U.S. border, arriving by the hundreds in Tijuana, while U.S. authorities across the border were readying razor wire security barriers.

Authorities in Tijuana were struggling to deal with a group of 357 migrants who arrived aboard nine buses Tuesday and another group of 398 that arrived Wednesday.

The bulk of the main caravan appeared to be about 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) from the border, but was moving hundreds of miles per day.

The Rev. Miguel Angel Soto, director of the Casa de Migrante — House of the Migrant — in the Sinaloa capital of Culiacan, said about 2,000 migrants had arrived in that area. He said the state government, the Roman Catholic Church and Escuinapa officials were helping the migrants.

The priest also said the church had been able to get “good people” to provide buses for moving migrants northward. He said so far 24 buses had left Escuinapa, Sinaloa, on an eight-drive to Navojoa in Sonora state. Small groups were reported in the northern cities of Saltillo and Monterrey, in the region near Texas.

From Sonora, some migrants said they had already caught buses from to Tijuana.

About 1,300 migrants in a second caravan were resting at a stadium in Mexico City, where the first group had stayed last week

Josue Vargas, an immigrant from Honduras who finally pulled into Tijuana Wednesday after more than a month on the road, said “Mexico has been excellent, we have no complaint about Mexico. The United States remains to be seen.”

US Department of Defence personnel install barriers requested by Custom and Border Protection at the San Ysidro port of entry, San Diego, US, under the Operation Secure Line anticipating the arrival of Central American migrants heading towards the border, as seen from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 13, 2018. – US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he will visit the US-Mexico border, where thousands of active-duty soldiers have been deployed to help border police prepare for the arrival of a “caravan” of migrants. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, meanwhile, went to visit U.S. troops posted to the border in south Texas, and said the deployment provides good training for war.

That didn’t deter arriving groups of Central Americans from going to a stretch of border fence in Tijuana to celebrate.

On Tuesday, a couple of dozen migrants scaled the steel border fence to celebrate their arrival, chanting “Yes, we could!” and one man dropped over to the U.S. side briefly as border agents watched from a distance. He ran quickly back to the fence.

Tijuana’s head of migrant services, Cesar Palencia Chavez, said authorities offered to take the migrants to shelters immediately, but they initially refused.

“They wanted to stay together in a single shelter,” Palencia Chavez said, “but at this time that’s not possible” because shelters are designed for smaller groups and generally offer separate facilities for men, women and families.

But he said that after their visit to the border, most were taken to shelters in groups of 30 or 40.

With a total of three caravans moving through Mexico including 7,000 to 10,000 migrants in all, questions arose as to how Tijuana would deal with such a huge influx, especially given U.S. moves to tighten border security and make it harder to claim asylum.

Many say they are fleeing poverty, gang violence and political instability in the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Mexico has offered refuge, asylum or work visas, and its government said Monday that 2,697 temporary visas had been issued to individuals and families to cover them during the 45-day application process for more permanent status. Some 533 migrants had requested a voluntary return to their countries, the government reported.

The U.S. government said it was starting work Tuesday to “harden” the border crossing from Tijuana ahead of the caravans.

Customs and Border Protection announced it was closing four lanes at the busy San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry in San Diego, California, so it could install infrastructure.

That still leaves a substantial path for the tens of thousands of people who cross daily: Twenty-three lanes remain open at San Ysidro and 12 at Otay Mesa.

San Ysidro is the border’s busiest crossing, with about 110,000 people entering the U.S. every day. That traffic includes some 40,000 vehicles, 34,000 pedestrians and 150 to 200 buses.

Big snow to stay south tonight… Smidgen of snow still on track to start weekend

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I guess you could say we took a few ‘baby steps’ today as daytime highs finally climbed their way above the freezing mark for the first time since Sunday night!  Normally, this is an event that would be noticed during the heart of the winter season.

Tonight will be chilly once again as clear skies and light winds drop overnight lows around the 20 degree mark.

Guarantee sunshine is on tap for Thursday with highs in the lower 40s, where as just a few hours south in downstate Illinois traveling will be a mess.  Winter Storm Warnings are up for parts of southern Illinois where 4 to 6 inches of snowfall is expected.

We’re still on track to see a smidgen of snow come Saturday morning as a clipper races out of the Canadian northwest providing another shot of cold 30s for the upcoming weekend.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Eric Sorensen is prepping for the holidays with a Coffee Break at Wallace’s

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BETTENDORF, Iowa — StormTrack 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen took a coffee break at Wallace’s Garden Center on Tuesday, Nov. 14 to talk about the upcoming holiday season.

We first explored the latest trending decorations for the holidays. Don’t throw out your old potted soil yet! You can use the leftovers from summer to beautify your home this winter.

Then, the plant and garden experts took us to their greenhouse, where rows and rows of poinsettias are in the process of turning red. Did you know the leaves all start off green? Find out why they change color in the video below.

The Moline Boys Choir receives funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

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Tom Pospisil  from Eriksen Chevrolet was on-hand to present a check for $480 for the October Three Degree Guarantee to The Moline Boys Choir.

Accepting the check were Jace Thurman, Joe Mroz, Josef Bodenbender, Michael Koueviakoe, Joshua Abaya, Tameron Daffara, Kaden Golofsky, Christopher Barron, Cobie Becker-Paradiso and director, Karl Bodenbender from the Moline Boys Choir.

The Moline Boys Choir is made up of boys ages 8 to 14 from throughout the Quad Cities who love to entertain. The choir performs for churches, civic organizations, business groups, conventions and clubs, and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. For more than 60 years, the Moline Boys Choir has entertained and thrilled Quad Cities’ audiences.

If you would like to learn more about the Moline Boys Choir or how to support the cause, please click here.

If your charity or organization would like to be considered for the Three Degree Guarantee, please click here.

Judge finds Illinois prisons failing to meet the needs of mentally ill inmates

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SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — A federal judge said the Illinois Department of Corrections has failed to meet the needs of mentally ill prison inmates.

The finding comes two years after the state reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by former inmates.

That 2016 settlement established 25 provisions for the IDOC to meet. A court-appointed monitor said the department did not comply with 18 of those.

Harold Hirshman, the lead counsel for the plaintiffs on the 2016 settlement, said one issue is staffing.

“The settlement agreement provided that they were supposed to hire a significant number of additional mental health personnel and they hadn’t,” Hirshman said. “We went back to court to force them to do it.”

Hirshman said the monitor called the situation an emergency because some inmates were not getting proper oversight or care.

The IDOC said in a statement that the department is committed to improving care.

Nearly 12,000 of the state’s 40,000 inmates are thought to have mental health issues.

Hirshman said there have been some changes, but not enough.

“It’s a very sad thing that getting a written commitment from the state in the guise of curing a constitutional violation still doesn’t mean that they’re going to do it.”

Still, he said the lawsuit has helped to improve care.

“Yes, we have definitely made progress,” Hirshman said. “They’ve gone from 19 psychiatrists to 50 psychiatrists. That’s progress.”

The state must respond with plans to remedy the problems. Hirshman said if that doesn’t work, he’ll go back to court to ask the judge to find the state in contempt.

Video shows group climbing California border fence

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - People on the Mexican side of the border could be seen climbing the fence near Friendship Park Tuesday afternoon after part of the Central American migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana.

Several people scaled the fence and sat on top of it. A few jumped or crawled to openings in the fence onto U.S. soil but quickly ran back as Border Patrol agents approached.

Several border agents were seen patrolling the area in trucks, 4-wheelers, a helicopter and on horses.

The U.S. Border Patrol sent a news release stating it believes some of the people at the fence are from the caravan that's been traveling through Mexico from Honduras.

One man who happened to be on the north side of border while visiting the area described being entertained by the gathering.

"I was very surprised how many people are here and how many different officials are here, it seems like there’s something going on it's not normal to have this many resources tied up all these vehicles saw armored car coming down the road it just seemed more than just an average day," said Greg Boldner.

Video from the San Diego Union-Tribune shows the perspective from the Mexico side of the fence:

This video shows the view from the U.S. side:

Hidden Valley to sell new magnum sized ranch bottle this December

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If you were looking for a way to get more ranch dressing on your dinner table during the holidays, then Hidden Valley has a product for you.

Hidden Valley, which is known for its dressing products, is going to start selling its new magnum sized ranch bottles starting December 3rd.

The company said the product is a limited edition and comes with a custom-designed box perfect for any holiday occasion.

The company has released a photo of the product to show how much bigger it is compared to its regular size of the same dressing.

To learn more about the new Hidden Valley product, click here.

Here are the 10 ‘Worst Toys’ for the holiday season

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DENVER - A consumer group has released a list of what it believes is the worst choice of gifts to give to children this holiday season. The group World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) said the toys below could be dangerous in the hands of children. Most of the toys included in this list pose serious choking hazards, but there is also the risk of stabbing injuries, blunt force trauma injuries, and even battery acid leaks.

1. Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites: This illuminated pillow pet presents a choking hazard and has a "battery acid leakage" hazard, according to the manufacturer.

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

2. Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster: W.A.T.C.H. says the launch force of the disks included in the nerf gun presents the possibility of eye and facial injuries.

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

3. Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw: "These rigid, plastic claws, based on a popular comic book and movie character, are sold to five-year-olds to “slash” like the Black Panther, while simultaneously advising not to 'hit or swing at people,'" W.A.T.C.H. says.

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

4. Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade: W.A.T.C.H. says this plastic sword could cause facial and other "impact injuries."

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

5. Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll: The consumer group says the doll comes with a removal headband, which could be ingested by kids.

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

6. Zoo Jamz Xylophone: This xylophone is marketed to babies as young as 18 months old, but the manufacturer provides no warnings that the 9-inch-long drumstick handle could be a choking hazard.

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

7. Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara the Ballerina: W.A.T.C.H. says the doll comes with a "little kitten" accessory, which could detach and become a choking hazard.

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

8. Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket: While there are many warnings on the packaging, W.A.T.C.H. says these plastic rockets can cause serious eye and face injuries.

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

9. Cutting Fruit: These fake, magnetic fruit coming with a plastic knife to 'slice' them. The product is aimed at kids aged 2 years old and up, but W.A.T.C.H. says the knife is made of hard plastic and can cause puncture wounds and blunt trauma injuries.

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

10. Chen Á Promener Pull Along: This wooden dog is on wheels and is towed by a string. There are no warnings about the cord, which measures 19 inches.

Credit: W.A.T.C.H

For more information on how to purchase the safest toys for kids this holiday season, visit the W.A.T.C.H. website.

California braces for more casualties as Camp Fire death toll climbs to 48

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(CNN) — Nearly a week after the worst wildfire in California’s history broke out, firefighters are still battling its roaring flames, 48 people have been confirmed dead and evacuees are growing more desperate.

The death toll from the Camp Fire rose Tuesday — and officials fear it will keep climbing — as search teams comb through rubble and ashes in fire-ravaged Paradise, a town of about 27,000 residents in Northern California.

“I want to tell you, though, this is a very, very difficult process,” Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory L. Honea told reporters. “There’s certainly the unfortunate possibility that even after we search an area, once we get people back in there, it’s possible that human remains can be found.”

Authorities have requested that 100 National Guard troops join cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and anthropology teams in the grim search and recovery of human remains.

Thousands of firefighters are hoping to make progress in containing the Camp Fire — now the deadliest and most destructive in California’s history.

In Southern California, firefighters have been battling a new blaze, the Sierra Fire, in San Bernardino County. It started late Tuesday about 50 miles east of Los Angeles near Rialto and Fontana, and by Wednesday morning had burned 147 acres, though no evacuations have been ordered, the San Bernardino County Fire District said.

Fire officials said the Sierra Fire was fanned by the Santa Ana winds — strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area.

Winds will be “particularly strong” Wednesday morning but are expected to weaken by evening, the National Weather Service said.

Meanwhile in Northern California, forecasters have said the winds fueling the Camp Fire would slowly begin to decrease Wednesday and give firefighters a reprieve.

A look at the wildfires’ astonishing numbers

• Camp Fire: The Camp Fire has destroyed 7,600 homes and scorched 130,000 acres in Northern California. As of Tuesday, the inferno was 35% contained.

• Woolsey Fire: This Southern California blaze has torched 97,620 acres and destroyed at least 483 structures. As of Wednesday morning, the inferno was 47% contained.

• Hill Fire: A second Southern California blaze has burned 4,531 acres and was 92% contained as of Tuesday night.

• Rising death toll: There have been 50 deaths statewide, with the vast majority in Northern California. Southern California’s Woolsey Fire has claimed two lives.

• A devastating week for the Golden State: More than 230,000 acres burned in California in the past week. That’s larger than the cities of Chicago and Boston combined. And in 30 days, firefighters have battled more than 500 blazes, said Cal Fire, the state’s forestry and fire protection agency.

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Brad Weldon grabbed a garden hose as the Camp Fire approached his house last week, spraying water to keep the flames at bay and protect his disabled, elderly mother.

He had stayed in Paradise for his 92-year-old mother, who is blind and was unwilling to leave.

“There was times we were laying on the ground pouring the water on ourselves so we didn’t burn,” Weldon, 62, recalled Tuesday.

The water to the hose lasted four hours, and unlike many in the Northern California town, Weldon, his family and home survived mostly unharmed.

The house is remarkably unscathed, save for some scorching on the back of a work shed.

“It feels good to have it. I feel so sad for everyone though. Everybody I know lost everything,” he said while crying for his neighbors.

Power companies report problems before the wildfires

While the causes of the Camp and Woolsey fires have not been determined, state regulators are investigating two utility companies that reported incidents shortly before the two fires started Thursday.

Almost 15 minutes before the Camp Fire began near Pulga, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it experienced a transmission line outage about a mile northeast of the town.

In Ventura County, where the Woolsey Fire began, Southern California Edison reported that a circuit relayed about 2 minutes before the fire started Thursday afternoon. It happened “near E Street/Alfa Road” — the same intersection where Cal Fire said the Woolsey Fire began.

But the utility said “at this point we have no indication from fire agency personnel that SCE utility facilities may have been involved in the start of the fire.”

Both power companies said they are cooperating with state investigators.

Hundreds of thousands are displaced

More than 300,000 people have been forced from their homes statewide. Most of those live in Los Angeles County, where 170,000 were evacuated.

The evacuees included celebrities who lost their homes in Malibu as well as first responders who are still working despite losing their own homes.

More than 8,000 firefighters are battling wildfires across California, including many from out of state.

Cal Fire tweeted a map showing all the states where firefighters are coming from — including Alaska, Indiana and Georgia.

“Cal Fire wants to recognize the many out of state partners that have joined in battling these wildfires,” the agency said.

Oil price crash turns up the heat on OPEC

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(CNN) — OPEC is under pressure.

US crude oil prices have crashed almost 26% from their peak in October as fear of a shortfall in supply has turned into talk of a glut.

They suffered their worst day since September 2015 on Tuesday, plummeting 7% to a one-year low. That fall came just 24 hours after Saudi Arabia promised to pump fewer barrels in December and threw its weight behind a proposal for OPEC to cut production by one million barrels per day.

“Normally talk of Saudi production cuts would help to support the price of crude,” said Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell. But other factors, such as soaring US production, are “exerting an even stronger influence,” he added.

Another factor is President Donald Trump’s decision to allow some countries to continue buying Iranian oil for six months following the reintroduction of US sanctions on November 5.

Members of the OPEC cartel and Russia agreed in June to pump more oil to make up for the anticipated loss of Iranian exports. The Trump administration’s decision to grant temporary waivers caught them by surprise.

They’ll regroup in Vienna on December 6 to determine their next move, and they may have to deliver a bigger cut than the one suggested by Saudi oil minister Khalid Al-Falih earlier this week.

‘Signs of an imbalance’

Reuters reported that OPEC and its partners are discussing cutting supply by as much as 1.4 million barrels per day in 2019 to avert a glut that would weigh on prices.

“We will do whatever it takes to sustain the stability that we have achieved,” OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo told CNN Business’ Emerging Markets Editor John Defterios.

The International Energy Agency warned on Wednesday that supply is expected to exceed demand through 2019. In its monthly market report, OPEC said global demand for its oil next year would be about 1.1 million barrels per day less than in 2018, and 1.4 million below current OPEC production.

“At the moment, the market looks balanced in the fourth quarter, but going into 2019, there are signs of a resurgence of an imbalance which we are determined to stay the course,” Barkindo said.

OPEC may need to work hard to persuade Russia to cut supply.

Russia’s energy minister Alexander Novak said on Sunday it was too early to make a decision to reverse course.

Members of OPEC are “working the phones … to ensure that we build this consensus before they arrive in Vienna,” Barkindo said.

If OPEC and its allies cut, it would mean a win for American shale producers. US oil production continues to reach new record highs. US output topped 11 million barrels per day in August, making it the world’s biggest producer.

The United States is “more than compensating for falls in production in Iran, Venezuela and elsewhere,” the IEA said in its report on Wednesday.

Following the “jaw-dropping” growth in August, when US output climbed by nearly three million barrels per day over the same month last year, the United States “shows little sign of slowing down,” the IEA added.

It expects US output to increase by 2.1 million barrels per day in 2018, and another 1.3 million next year.

Quad City area mayors use luncheon to combat hunger

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Nine mayors from both the Illinois and Iowa sides of the Quad City area will serve up some soup on November 14, as a way to raise money for agencies who focus on the hungry and homeless populations in their communities.

The 26th annual "In From The Cold Luncheon" is being held at the Golden Leaf Banquet & Convention Center in Davenport.

The mayors of Bettendorf, Davenport, Milan, Silvis, Eldridge, Moline, East Moline, Rock Island and LeClaire will all participate in the fundraiser.

Attendees buy tickets, and are served soup and bread by the mayors.

100% of the money raised will then be donated to agencies that address the issue of homelessness in our community.

Socks are also being collected to be donated to the agencies.

Since 1992, More than $340,000 has been raised at this annual event.

Kindergarten classroom embraces ‘simple gesture of kindness’

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BIRCHWOOD, Wisconsin -- A video showing a kindergartner greeting his classmates with hugs and fist-bumps is gaining nation-wide attention.

The video shows Colin, a kindergartner at Birchwood Elementary School, greeting each student as they walk into class. The student points to the type of greeting they want, and then Colin greets them. Options include a hug, first-bump, hand shake or a simple hello.

The teacher added the role of "Classroom Greeter" to the kids' jobs. She said the idea is centered on helping the students become better people.

She said she hopes that the "small, simple gesture of kindess" will stay with them as they grow up.

Boil order for Edgington, entire community without water

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EDGINGTON, Illinois — A boil order has been established for Edgington, Illinois on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Officials with the town of Edgington said the entire community is without water. They hope to get water running by Wednesday evening, Nov. 14, but the boil order will not be lifted until Friday, Nov. 16 at the earliest. The order comes after a water main break.

Rickridge High School and Junior High School dismissed at 9:00 a.m. because of the water issues. Parents are being notified by a message to their phones.

Superintendent Perry Miller said they are working in a “minute by minute” basis right now as of 7:30 a.m. The main reason for the dismissal is because restrooms are out of service with no running water.

Elementary schools are not affected.

Families should plan on having school tomorrow, Nov. 15.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said the water would not be restored until Friday. The town hopes to restore the water by Wednesday evening, Nov. 14.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information is available.

What’s happening? Get in the 2018 holiday spirit with these events

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QUAD CITIES -- It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in the QC.

No matter where you stand on the appropriate time to start celebrating the holidays, you won't want to miss out on these festive events on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 19. Some celebrations are just tradition in the Quad Cities.

Festival of Trees Parade

Watch big balloon displays of holiday favorites in this fun event downtown parade. This free event on Saturday, Nov. 17 is a Quad City classic. See more information in the video above.

Lighting on the Commons

This free event on Saturday, Nov. 17 features horse-drawn wagons, hot cocoa and cider, music performances, Santa Claus and fireworks! Look for News 8's Angie Sharp and Eric Sorensen as they flip the big switch! See details and more in the video above.

Sizzlin' Soiree

This ladies-only event on Saturday, Nov. 19 features a night of great food and drink, plus a fashion show for area boutiques and a special group called "Divas Through The Decades." Tickets are still available. See details in the video above.

Hate crimes increased by 17% in 2017, FBI report finds

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(CNN) — Hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by about 17% last year compared to 2016, according to statistics released Tuesday by the FBI.

The statistics, which were released in the bureau’s annual “Hate Crime Statistics” report, are a compilation of bias-motivated incidents submitted to the FBI by 16,149 law enforcement agencies.

The report found that 7,175 hate crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies in 2017, up from 6,121 reported incidents in 2016. While the number has increased, the number of agencies reporting also increased by about 1,000.

Of the 7,106 single-bias hate crimes reported, 59.6% of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ race/ethnicity/ancestry bias; 20.6% were targeted because of sexual-orientation bias; 1.9% were targeted because of gender identity bias; and 0.6% were targeted because of gender bias. Sixty-nine multiple bias hate crime incidents were also reported.

Notably, of the 1,679 religious bias crimes reported in 2017, 58.1% were anti-Jewish while 18.6% were anti-Muslim.

In a statement released Tuesday, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said the report “is a call to action — and we will heed that call.”

“The Department of Justice’s top priority is to reduce violent crime in America, and hate crimes are violent crimes,” the statement read.

“I am particularly troubled by the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes — which were already the most common religious hate crimes in the United States — that is well documented in this report. The American people can be assured that this Department has already taken significant and aggressive actions against these crimes and that we will vigorously and effectively defend their rights,” the statement read.

Man with ‘Trump 2020’ sign banned by Disney … again

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Disney has banned Dion Cini from company properties for, once again, displaying pro-President Trump messages, according to WFTV.

Back in September, Cini lost his annual pass for unfurling a giant Donald Trump flag at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

The 49-year-old New Yorker told the local news station that he’d had it for 24 years.

Disney recently contacted Cini and took him off the blacklist, he said. He, in turn, agreed that he would not hang any more flags — and he didn’t.

Instead, he held a “Trump 2020” sign for a photo on Splash Mountain, as well as a “Keep America Great!” sign on the Expedition Everest ride.

Now, he’s been re-banned from all Walt Disney World properties, which includes the theme parks and resorts.

“I wanted to actually abide by their rules, and not hold up a flag to incite a crowd, but I kind of wanted to test them,” Cini told WFTV. “I just really wanted to find out whether or not it had to do with unfurling a flag, or what was written on the flag.”

Disney rules prohibit “unauthorized events, demonstrations or speeches, or the usage of any flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes, or to incite a crowd.”

While it’s unclear if Disney will ever allow Cini back, he seems interested in going for a three-peat.

He posted to Facebook on Tuesday, “Banned twice. Thrice?”

“I do things differently,” he told the The Washington Post. “I do things that will go viral to support the president. I’m trying to let other Trump supporters know that you don’t have to go to rallies. You can do this on your own.”

Newsweek reports that Cini has pulled similar stunts at the Broadway musical “Frozen” and at Yankee Stadium.

How the new ‘Snow Squall Warning’ aims to reduce pile-ups

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For many Midwesterners, we are familiar with snow squalls. That's when there are brief, intense snowfalls which reduce visibility and cause quick accumulations. At times, squalls can produce 2-3 inches per hour.

Snow squalls like this have been a significant contributor to major multi-car and truck pile-ups. Since some of these conditions can occur outside of big high-impact weather systems, the National Weather Service has begun implementing a new "Snow Squall Warning."

According to The Weather Channel, NWS offices in Binghampton, New York, Burlington, Vermont, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Pittsburgh tested the Snow Squall Warnings last winter with much success. This occurred before national implementation.

The new warnings will trigger wireless carriers to transmit alert messages. The reason? So people driving in these areas are alerted to rapidly changing weather. In addition, NOAA Weather Radios will sound a warning alarm, similar to Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

Snow Squall Warnings will be issued in much the same way, only covering a few counties for an hour or until the threat for dangerous travel has passed.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

When snow will make driving south of the Quad Cities almost impossible

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While Thursday’s forecast remains sunny for the Quad Cities, a major storm will impact much of the State of Illinois.

Winter Storm Warnings are up for the metro-east areas of St. Louis through Friday morning where more than half a foot of snow is expected. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for the southern half of Illinois, as well as half of Indiana, the southeastern part of Missouri, along with parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Interstates affected:

  • I-55 from Joliet, Illinois to Memphis, Tennessee
  • I-74 from Peoria, Illinois to Cincinnati, Ohio
  • I-80 from Joliet, Illinois to Toledo, Ohio
  • I-57 from Kankakee, Illinois to Sikeston, Missouri
  • I-70 from Columbia, Missouri to Indianapolis, Indiana
  • I-64 from St. Charles, Missouri to Louisville, Kentucky

If your travel plans take you south of the Quad Cities, you’ll want to rethink it if you’re traveling past Peoria Thursday.

Back at home, we could have some of our own snow on Friday night. That could last into Saturday the way things look…and it could be enough to turn the ground white. Stay tuned.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Passerby who saved AZ trooper from attack suffers PTSD, uses photography to cope

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TONOPAH, Arizona — More than a year and a half after shooting and killing a man in defense of an Arizona state trooper, a good Samaritan says he now suffers from PTSD.

A man named Thomas Yoxall was heading to California with his wife on Interstate 10 back in January of 2017 when he came upon a fight between a suspect and a trooper, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The trooper, Edward Andersson, had been shot by a suspect after responding to a shots fired scene and finding a vehicle that had rolled.

While on his way to California, Yoxall came upon the scene, stopped and asked the trooper if he needed help, said the statement. When the trooper said he needed help, Yoxall got a weapon from his vehicle, “and told the suspect to stop. The suspect refused. The bystander shot and killed suspect.” 

Andersson, who was a 27-year veteran in law enforcement, had been shot in the chest and shoulder, according to previous reports. He underwent surgery and later recovered.

Yoxall was introduced to the public about a week-and-a-half after the shooting, according to the department of public safety’s records.

“Thomas Yoxall is the citizen that saved the life of Trooper Ed Andersson,” read a statement from the department.

Yoxall described the attack he came upon as a “savage” beating.

“I firmly believe that that morning I was put there… by God,” he said. “It’s difficult to think about that day still. I am just thankful that I was able to respond with the courage, dignity, grace, and poise that ultimately saved Trooper Andersson’s life.”

In a report by AZ Family, Yoxall said he’s suffered from PTSD since the incident, but uses photography to cope with the distress.

“The act of the shooting and everything like that doesn’t define who I am, but it’s a defining moment in my life,” said Yoxall to CBS 5 Arizona’s Family. “My Lord and Savior deemed it that he was gonna bless me with the opportunity to do his work that morning, and save a man’s life. And I will always be grateful for that.”

He said from that day he’s moved on with a deeper passion for his art, according to the report. He often photographs strangers, in an effort to learn about people and share their stories with the public.


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