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This is Trump’s second veto of his presidency

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(CNN) — President Donald Trump issued the second veto of his presidency Tuesday, stopping a congressional resolution that would have sought to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump wrote to the Senate Tuesday.

Trump added that the resolution is “unnecessary” in part because there are no United States military personnel in Yemen “commanding, participating in, or accompanying military forces of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis in hostilities in or affecting Yemen.”

Trump was expected to issue the veto as the resolution was seen as a rebuke of Trump’s Middle East policies.

Supporters of the War Powers Resolution argued the US shouldn’t be involved in the war without explicit permission from Congress. Opponents argued the US does not have “boots on the ground” and is offering noncombat technical assistance to Saudi Arabia, an ally.

Several supporters made clear their votes were also aimed at expressing their frustrations with Trump’s continued support for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been implicated in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The bill passed the House 247-175. Sixteen Republicans voted yes with Democrats and one voted present. In the Senate the vote was 54 to 46, with seven Republicans voting with Democrats.

While the Democratic-controlled House unsuccessfully sought to override Trump’s first veto on an unrelated issue, it appears unlikely it will hold an override vote this time since the Yemen resolution originated in the GOP-controlled Senate. The override process must start in whichever chamber first passed the bill.

Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made no mention of a veto override in her statement Tuesday night, in which she called for Trump to “put peace before politics.”

“The conflict in Yemen is a horrific humanitarian crisis that challenges the conscience of the entire world. Yet the President has cynically chosen to contravene a bipartisan, bicameral vote of the Congress and perpetuate America’s shameful involvement in this heartbreaking crisis,” Pelosi said.

“This conflict must end, now. The House of Representatives calls on the President to put peace before politics, and work with us to advance an enduring solution to end this crisis and save lives.”

The only other veto Trump has issued was his veto of a resolution of disapproval for his emergency declaration to build barriers along the US border with Mexico. Trump vetoed that resolution last month.

Studio 8 Live Session: Lewis Knudsen and Matt Van

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Two QC indie artists, Lewis Knudsen and Matt Van, came together on April 16 to play back to back and promote their joint concert at The Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel in Davenport the following day.

Lewis Knudsen is from Rock Island. He works out of a self-built studio in a church basement, where he completed a project in 2018 writing, playing and producing a song every week for the whole year.

His music is an eclectic mix of rock genres that generate a range of songs nearly as wide as the array of instruments he plays (including accordion). See his work on Spotify, here.

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Matt Van is born and raised in Moline. He studied for six years to become a pharmacist, but he found out in the middle of school he wanted to be a musician more. He released his first album, "Please, Respond" while he was in school. He now lives in Columbus, Ohio.

His music incorporates acoustic guitar with preset electronic tracks, creating a mix of melancholy that discusses life, love and internal battles. Check him out on Spotify, here.

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Both artists work as full-time musicians, writing and playing around the Midwest.

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Tracking scattered thunderstorms this evening… Possibly severe… Find out where!

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Flood warnings continue along several area rivers including the Mississippi and Rock. Crests are occurring now and will continue for the rest of the month. Be prepared for road closures and detours in these areas. For more information on river levels go to

A pretty warm day its turning out to be with temperatures already in the well into the 70s in many parts of the area!  And as talked about last night, the skies have remained pretty quiet throughout the day as well. That will change heading into the evening hours as several ingredients are coming into play which will result in a scattered coverage of showers and thunderstorms.  The concern will be one or two storms becoming severe with the highest risk being a good rush of intense wind coming down from the storm and/or hail approaching quarter size.

The time period I’m looking at is between 6 and 10pm as a broken line of storms develop to our south and west.   All of this will be dependent on the storm energy that is available and the level of twist in the atmosphere that could turn these storms severe.  Right now, the better twisting mechanism will be focused along a warm front just north of the Quad Cities.  We’ll keep tracking this in the hours ahead.

After midnight, the broken line of storms will already be off to our east leaving behind some on again-off again  rain showers for the rest of the night.

After an early morning shower, comes a drier, cloudy and cooler weather picture for your Thursday with highs in the 50s.

Brighter skies are still on track for the upcoming Easter weekend with temperatures slowly improving each day.  We’ll be around 60 on Friday with upper 60s on Saturday replaced with lower 70s on Easter Sunday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Plants and Gardens: Fixing a grass donut

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Plants and Gardens is a special segment every Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. featuring garden-expert Craig Hignight from Wallace's Garden Center. Viewers ask him questions on Facebook live and he answers them!

On April 17, a viewer said they were having troubles with the middle of a patch of grass. The edges were OK, but the inside of the patch was weakening.

Craig said finding donuts in your grass is more common than you might think, and there's a simple solution to remedy the problem.

Watch the video above to find out more, and join the conversation every Wednesday morning!

Watch more Plants and Gardens, here!

Iowa lawmakers pushing bill to allow stun guns on college campuses

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Lawmakers in Iowa are considering allowing college students to carry weapons like stun guns on campus.

The bill prevents public colleges and universities from making rules that keep nonprojectile, high-voltage weapons off campus. The weapons that would be allowed are made to immobilize a person, as long as it doesn’t generate a projectile.

On Tuesday, April 16, the House passed the bill 60 to 37.

According to a report by KCCI, Republican State Representative Matt Windschitl, said since anyone 18 and older can carry weapons like these, they should be allowed on college campuses.

Opponents of the bill are concerned students may not use the weapons properly, reported KCCI.  The president of Des Moines Area Community College said he would prefer to keep weapons out of students’ hands.

“We’re just concerned any device that could harm someone could be used where it should not be used,” said community college President Rob Denson.

“The benefits for a student or faculty to fend off an attacker or rape far outweigh someone doing something stupid with it,” Windschitl said.

In Iowa, adults do not need a permit to carry a stun gun; this law was clarified in a bill passed in 2018, reported KCCI.  Weapons like this are still considered dangerous weapons.

News 8’s Bianca Reyes is covering this story in the Quad Cities Wednesday, April 17.  Tune into News at 5 to see how local students feel about the proposal.

Read More: Iowa Supreme Court labels all stun guns as ‘dangerous weapons’

Eating just one slice of bacon a day linked to higher risk of colorectal cancer, study says

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Eating even a moderate amount of red or processed meat is linked with an increased risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer, according to a new study published Wednesday.

People who ate 76 grams of red and processed meat per day — that’s in line with current guidelines and roughly the same as a quarter-pound beef burger — had a 20% higher chance of developing colorectal cancer compared to others, who ate about 21 grams a day, the equivalent to one slice of ham, according to the research.

The study also found that processed meat, like sausages or bacon, posed a bigger risk than red meat, with the risk of colorectal cancer rising 20% with every 25 grams of processed meat (roughly equivalent to a thin slice of bacon) people ate per day, and by 19% with every 50 grams of red meat (a thick slice of roast beef or the edible bit of a lamb chop).

“A small amount of processed meat seems to have the same effect as a large amount of red meat,” said professor Tim Key, who co-authored the study and is deputy director at the University of Oxford’s cancer epidemiology unit.

According to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), a slice of ham contains 23 grams of processed meat while a grilled 8 oz steak contains 163 grams of red meat.

Cancer Research UK, which partly funded the research, said that current NHS guidance states that people who eat more than 90 grams (cooked weight) of red and processed meat a day should reduce this to 70 grams — the average amount consumed per day in the UK.

The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, tracked the diets of nearly half a million UK adults, between the ages of 40 and 69, and their diets were studied over the course of five years on average. During this time, 2,609 of the participants developed colorectal cancer.

Growing evidence
This latest research adds to a body of evidence that links red and processed meats to an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

“Our results strongly suggest that people who eat red and processed meat four or more times a week have a higher risk of developing bowel cancer than those who eat red and processed meat less than twice a week,” Key said.

He said that previous research had looked at people in the 1990s, but “diets have changed significantly since then, so our study gives a more up-to-date insight that is relevant to meat consumption today,” he said in a news release.

Another factor increasing the risk of colorectal cancer is alcohol, the research found. The study also said that fiber from bread and breakfast cereal was linked with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, which starts in the colon or the rectum.

In the United States it is the third most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, and around 51,020 deaths are expected to occur due to colorectal cancer in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society.

In the UK, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, according to Cancer Research UK.

The World Health Organization concluded in 2015 that there is enough evidence to classify processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans,” wrote the study’s authors. The WHO has classified red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Dr. Gunter Kuhnle, associate professor in nutrition and health at the University of Reading in the UK, said that this is the “largest study ever undertaken in the UK.”

Kuhnle, who was not involved in the research, said that the results “confirm previous findings that both, red and processed meat consumption increase the risk of colorectal cancer.”

Dr. Julie Sharp, head of health information at the charity Cancer Research UK, said that government guidelines on red and processed meat are “general health advice and this study is a reminder that the more you can cut down beyond this, the more you can lower your chances of developing bowel cancer.”

She suggests reducing red and processed meat by trying meat free Mondays, or recipes that use fresh chicken and fish.

4 tornado safety tips that could save your life

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(CNN) — They can happen at any time and threaten every corner of the United States. It is time to prepare for one of the world’s most destructive types of weather: tornadoes.

On average, the United States sees more than 1,200 tornadoes per year, far more than any country in the world.

While tornadoes can be deadly, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones before, during and after disaster strikes.

1. Get alerts

First things first: Understand the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning, and be able to identify your city and county on a map.

  • Outdoor sirens — While sirens can be useful, they are not always the best way to receive tornado warnings, since they are not widespread.
  • Local television — Local stations will provide on-air coverage for your area during severe weather, but the TV won’t wake you up if a tornado warning occurs at night.
  • NOAA Weather Radio — While it may sound old-fashioned, a weather radio will provide you with up-to-date information straight from your nearest National Weather Service forecasting office.
  • Mobile phone — Wireless emergency alerts are one of the best ways to receive tornado warnings anytime, anyplace. In an IOS device go to settings, then notifications, and scroll to the bottom. Make sure emergency alerts — listed under government alerts — are clicked on. If you use a third-party app, be sure the alerts are issued in a timely fashion. Most importantly, have those notifications ON.

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2. Know the safest places to shelter

There are a few places that will keep you the most sheltered in a tornado.

  • Underground — A basement or cellar is the safest place to protect yourself from a tornado’s violent winds.
  • The first floor in an interior room — In a home, this place could be a bathroom or closet with no windows. Put as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible.

Things can get a little more complicated if you don’t have access to a permanent structure.

  • Mobile homes — Trailers are light and will easily topple in strong winds, so they are one of the worst places to be during a tornado. If you receive a tornado warning while you are in a mobile home, you should go to the closest sturdy building. If a reliable shelter is not available, the next best option is to lie in a ditch and protect your head from flying debris.
  • Cars — The National Weather Service emphasizes that a vehicle is not a safe place to be if a tornado threatens you. Although this is true, one study found that people belted in a car are generally safer than those who stay in a mobile home. So, if you are in a vehicle during a tornado warning, exiting your vehicle and seeking shelter in the closest permanent structure is the best option. If that is not possible, experts suggest you either buckle your seatbelt and crouch down in your car or abandon your vehicle and lie in a nearby ditch.

Be sure your plan is updated and works at all times. If you plan to seek shelter in a public building, make sure it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your plans need to work at any time of the day or night.

3. Avoid dangerous places
  • Under highway overpasses — Sheltering under a bridge may seem like a good option if you are stuck in your car, but the narrow passage can act like a funnel and amplify winds.
  • Outdoors — There are no safe options if you are stuck outside during a tornado warning with no permanent shelter nearby. As an absolute last resort, stay away from trees or other free-standing objects, crouch down in the lowest-lying area you can find, and cover your head.
  • Upper-level floors — If you live on an upper floor of an apartment building or work in a tall office building, find a way to seek shelter on the first floor safely. An interior hallway can be a safe bet.
  • Warehouses, department stores, grocery stores — Structures with large open spaces are particularly vulnerable to collapse, even in relatively weak tornadoes. If possible, find a small, enclosed area to shelter in, and avoid the building’s outer walls.
4. Protect yourself
  • Cover your head — The best advice is to keep a helmet handy. At the very least, cover your head with your arms. If you have time, putting a mattress over you can also help keep you safe.
  • Be loud — Meteorologists suggest that you keep an air horn or whistle wherever you take shelter, so you can be heard by first responders if you become buried by debris.
  • Have supplies — Keep some necessary first aid materials in your shelter in case there are injuries.
  • Wear shoes — If a tornado does occur, there could be hazardous debris that you won’t want to step on.
  • Avoid dangerous material — If you get trapped in a damaged building, be sure to distance yourself from downed power lines, broken gas lines and sharp objects.

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Two juveniles arrested after stolen vehicle leads to foot chase

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Two juveniles have been arrested after police say they chased them from a stolen vehicle early in the morning on April 17.

Police responded to Locust Street and Fairmount Street at 5:02 a.m. for a report of a stolen vehicle, according to a statement. Officers tracked the vehicle with the help of the owner to the 2400 block of Myrtle street, where they saw two juveniles fleeing on foot.

A short chase on foot led to the arrest of a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old.

Both teens are charged with theft. The 17-year-old is also charged with assaulting an officer.

The teens are being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.

Police say this incident is just one in several stolen vehicle reports in the past few days. Investigators are working to see if the thefts are connected.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the stolen vehicles to call the Davenport Police Department at (563)326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

Iowa lawmakers send bipartisan children’s mental health bill to governor’s desk

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DES MOINES, Iowa — State lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill that will require children’s behavioral health services on April 16.

The bill, HF 690, will also establish a children’s behavioral health system and a children’s behavioral health system state board. This board will be used to gather data on children’s mental health in the state and use this data to implement treatment.

This bill was first introduced in the House on March 11, 2019, according to public record. It passed 10 days later with 83 members voting in favor, and 14 voting against.

The state Senate passed the bill, 46-2.

Children’s mental health has been a priority for Gov. Kim Reynolds since her campaign in 2018.

Watch: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds talks mental health, #metoo movement

“Today we moved closer to establishing a first of its kind statewide children’s mental health system, one of my top priorities for this year,” Reynolds stated in a press release. “I commend the Iowa Legislature on their bipartisan approach to get this done and look forward to signing this bill once it reaches my desk.”

Reynolds is expected to sign the bill into law.

Tracking severe storm potential Wednesday

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You'll want to keep an eye to the sky as we head through Wednesday afternoon and evening as the Quad Cities is at risk of seeing a few strong to severe thunderstorms.

This will be a similar setup to what we saw last week with a warm front lifting north through the region and a cold front to follow later this evening. What we were missing last week was the needed instability care of some sunshine. while we have plenty of clouds across the region this morning, there is some clearing taking place to our south and west that will have to be watched. This added sunshine will create more instability as we head into the afternoon and evening, fueling some potentially strong storms.

Our Threat Track is a level 2 ouf of 5 for late this afternoon and into the evening. The primary risk will be large hail up to 1" in diameter and winds up to 60 MPH. A secondary threat of an isolated tornado or two is also on the table. The timing has the storms in here between 4pm and 10pm this evening.


Much of the Quad Cities is under a "slight risk" for severe storms, with the higher chances along and east of a Cedar Rapids to Mount Pleasant Iowa line running straight into western Illinois.

The threat for isolated tornadoes comes into play anytime a warm front, or "triple point" is relatively close to the area. The triple point is where the warm front, cold front, an area of low-pressure meet. It is also where the wind fields are quite favorable for rotation with any storm that can develop and maintain itself. This enhanced area will lay out just to the north of the Quad Cities running through Monticello, Dubuque, Savanna and Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon.

If you haven't already, make sure and download our free StormTrack 8 Weather App to make sure you receive watches and warnings should they be issued this afternoon. We'll continue tracking things in the weather center as the day progresses.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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Two Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors recalled because of nut labeling issues

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The parent company of Ben & Jerry’s is pulling two ice cream flavors because of issues with nuts.

Unilever is recalling some pint-sized containers of Ben & Jerry’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk and Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey because they may contain almonds, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts that aren’t declared on the product’s ingredient list or allergy information list, according to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration.

People with allergies to these types of nuts may suffer serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume the products.

The recalled Ben & Jerry’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar pints (sold in a 2.4-gallon tube) have a Consumer UPC code of 076840104246 and best by date code of SEP1520BJ4.

The recalled Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey pints are sold in a pint tub with a Consumer UPC of 076840100354 and best by date codes of AUG2820BH2, AUG2920BH2, or AUG3020BH2.

Both flavors were sold throughout the US. If you bought the products, you’re asked to stop consuming the ice cream, save the container and call 833-236-1237 for further information.

The recall was started after an undeclared nut was found during production. No one has been sickened by the products, the FDA said, Unilever was pulling them out of an abundance of caution.

“Unilever’s ongoing investigation shows that the issue stemmed from an error from one of its nut suppliers. The situation has been remediated,” the FDA said.

Bakeries are making these hilarious, viral vasectomy cakes

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If you're a fan of clever baked goods, this one might just take the cake.

Bakeries across the country are creating vasectomy cakes.

Bakers say, if there's a hallmark card for an occasion, there's a cake for it too. Some site Pinterest and popular baking shows like "Cake Boss" and "Cake Wars" for the growing trend.

Some cakes read "100% juice, no seeds," and "Congrats on the ol' snip, snip." See more in the video above.

This isn't the first time a cake has been made for an unusual celebration or circumstance. A cop gave a "sorry I tased you" cake to a firefighter in 2018.

Here are some more sweet stories:

Hy-Vee cake designers compete to win Extreme Cake Challenge semifinals in Davenport

Teen buys every cupcake from bakery after getting fat-shamed

WIU Professor in France believes rebuilding fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral is a must

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ILLINOIS -- The impact of the Notre Dame Cathedral spreads far and wide throughout the world. Families and couples are posting pictures on social media of their own trips to the monument sharing what it meant to them and voicing support to rebuild after the devastating fire on Monday, April 15.

500 firefighters battled the flames until late Monday night, April 15. The roof took a majority of the damage with two-thirds of it destroyed.

The two 69-foot towers and most of the artifacts inside, like the Crown of Thorns, were saved from the flames.

Related: Man enters burning Notre Dame cathedral to help rescue relics from blaze

Western Illinois University history professor Dr. Ed Woell is on sabbatical in France and was at the scene of the fire as the flames were being put out. He believes rebuilding the cathedral is a must.

"In front of the cathedral is a small little marker from which the distance of Paris from all other places in France are marked so this little spot is known as Paris Point Zero and the fact that it is right in front of Notre Dame kind of underscores the significance of the cathedral," said Woell.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in donations are already going towards the project. France's president, Emmanuel Macron, says it could even surpass its original splendor.

"It's a great symbol of the country, and you know it's a shame that not all the tourists will be able to see the building now that it is in great disrepair, but it will come back, and hopefully, the tourists will as well," said Woell.

Macron wants the rebuild to be done within five years, but it could take more time to accurately restore the more-than-850-year-old building. Until then, tourists will only be able to see the outside of the cathedral.

Read More: Search For ‘Father and Daughter’ in Notre Dame cathedral photo goes viral


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