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Chris Soules pleads guilty to reduced charge

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INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A farmer who appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelor” has pleaded guilty in a fatal crash last year near his home in northern Iowa.

In an agreement with prosecutors announced Tuesday, 36-year-old Chris Soules pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to two years in prison. Soules’ attorney says he could also get a deferred judgment and no jail time when he’s sentenced in January.

Soules had been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, a felony that carries up to five years behind bars.

Soule was arrested after he rear-ended a tractor in April 2017, killing 66-year-old Kenny Mosher. Soules called 911 and waited for first responders, but left before police arrived.

Soules appeared on “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With The Stars” in 2015.

85-year-old hit by car in Bettendorf

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BETTENDORF, Iowa- An 85-year-old Bettendorf woman was seriously injured after an 86-year-old man hit her with his car.

Bettendorf PD says around 8-8:30 a.m. November, 13, the 86-year-old man backed out of a driveway and into the woman.

The seriously injured woman was transported by ambulance to Genesis East and then to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

No charges have been filed. The incident remains under investigation by the Bettendorf Police Department.

Sterling’s Festival of Trees to benefit Rock River Hospice & Home

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STERLING, Illinois –

Northland Mall looks more like the North Pole these days.  That’s because the 2018 Festival of Trees is open through Sunday, November 18.

More than 80 decorated trees lead the way to a celebration in Sterling.  After 29 years in the community, Festival of Trees is off to a colorful start.

“They put their heart and soul into them,” said Executive Director Emily Taylor.  “Often times, trees are in memory or honor of someone that has maybe passed on.”

The trees come in all shapes and sizes.  Volunteers put the ‘wow’ factor into each design.

“It’s magical,” said Sterling Rotarian Christy Zeprezauer.  “The holidays, Christmastime, it’s my favorite time of year.”

This Festival of Trees is a major fundraiser for Rock River Hospice & Home.  Each tree evokes warm memories from the past and present.

“You can tell by each tree all the love and the thought that goes behind them,” Zeprezauer said.

A silent auction will take place all week.  Admission is free.  It’s a chance to take home a festival selection and be part of a holiday tradition that keeps going strong.

“Whether it’s contributing to a basket or or auction item, or coming out to help decorate, set-up or tear down, our volunteers are tremendous,” Taylor said.

There will also be a country store and entertainment throughout the festival at Northland Mall.


Thanksgiving week trash collection schedule for Rock Island

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ROCK ISLAND- During the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, the trash collection cycle will be different than usual.

The city says trash will be on schedule Monday through Wednesday the rest of the week will be one day late.

Recycling should be on schedule Tuesday and Wednesday the rest of week will be one day late.

Yard Waste is planned to be on the normal collection schedule.

The Drop-Off Center located at Millennium Waste, 13606 Knoxville Road, Milan will be open on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

City of Rock Island offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

Stutzke’s Stats: Why bridges ice before roads

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Anytime snow or rain is in the forecast during the cold season, concerns about bridges and overpasses freezing up will quickly grab the attention of not only meteorologists but state and local highway departments, too. What is it about these structures that makes them so inviting for ice formation? Let's take a look!

The difference is what lies beneath the pavement, literally. Roads attached to the ground have temperatures that don't fluctuate as quickly thanks to the heat radiating from the ground itself acting as insolation and keeping pavement temperatures warm. Bridges, however, don't have this luxury as both the top and bottom of the pavement surface is exposed to colder temperatures, allowing the pavement to quickly drop in temperature. This makes it easier for things like snow and freezing rain to begin accumulating in this surface first, compared to other surfaces, sometimes, even grass!

This same phenomenon occurs with other elevated surfaces like powerlines, railings, and your car! All of these surfaces cool much faster than the ground itself making them more vulnerable to ice accumulation.

There is ONE element though that can actually help in both situations and that is sunshine! During the day, especially on sunny days, the darker color of the pavement helps attract heat from the sun warming the pavement temperature above freezing in most instances, even when the apparent temperature may be below freezing.  Darker objects will always attract and grab onto more of the suns energy because they have a low albedo, meaning they don't reflect back much energy from the sun.

Anytime you approach a bridge or overpass that appears "wet", especially when temperatures are below freezing, always approach with caution and be prepared for icy conditions leaving plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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Closures expected on John Deere Road

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QUAD CITIES- John Deere Road will have intermittent lane closures for new construction projects.

Thursday, November 15, 2018, there will be lane closures in the right lane on both Eastbound and Westbound John Deere Road.

The closures are expected to start at 8:30 a.m. on the eastbound John Deere Road.

Drivers are asked to use the left lane to pass the construction, rumble strips will be installed.

Genesis Community Baby Shower accepting donations of these items

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WQAD and Genesis are hosting a community wide baby shower
for the families served by Bethany.


Items Needed …..Bibs, Baby Carrier or Sling, Baby Lotion, Baby Monitors, Baby Shampoo, Bathtub, Bottle Brush, Bottle Rack, Bottle Warmer, Bottles, Burp Cloths, Clothes, Diaper Bag, Diaper Cream, Diaper Pail, Hooded Towels, Insulated Bottle Bag, Medicine Droppers, Mobiles, Onesies, Pacifiers, Receiving Blankets, Suction Bulbs, Thermometers, Toys,  Wash Cloths

*Stuffed toys cannot be accepted

About Bethany

The mission of Bethany for Children & Families is to keep children safe, to strengthen families, and to build healthy communities.

Bethany for Children & Families will respond to the critical needs of Quad City region youth and families. The agency will provide quality services, contribute to innovative community collaborations, and lead in resolving community problems impacting families and children.

A modest warm up still on track for the rest of the work week

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Another cold day its turning out to be as temperatures will stay below the freezing mark of 32 degrees for the second straight day.  The bright point has been the sun as it does take a little bit of the edge off the cold.

Winds have been light and will remain so overnight.  So, no nasty wind chills as lows will drop back in the teens.

A modest warm up is a good way to describe the next few days with highs around 40 on Wednesday to upper 40s by the time we end the work week.

Clipper from the Canadian northwest will race through the area Friday night into Saturday.  This will lead to not only a few snow showers Saturday morning but a reinforcing shot of cold 30s both Saturday and Sunday.

A slow warming will then return heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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They told a boy with cerebral palsy to lie down in the water – then they used him as a bridge

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Canadian police are investigating after a boy with cerebral palsy was forced to lie down in a stream so students could walk over him.

A Facebook video viewed 300,000 times shows 14-year-old Brett Corbett acting as a human bridge across the waterway outside Nova Scotia’s Glace Bay High School as a female student steps on his back without getting wet.

“It started as a dare. But then someone threatened to push me,” Brett tells the CBC.

“He was told if he didn’t get in, he would be thrown in … so he felt he had no choice,” adds mom Terri McEachern. She tells the Washington Post a total of three students walked on her son during the Nov. 7 incident, leaving her heartbroken. She wasn’t the only one. “Parents; you failed this generation,” a family friend captioned the video he uploaded.

Per the Post, other footage shows students yelling profanities at Brett, whom they direct back in the water when he stands. A student tells the Cape Breton Post that those involved were suspended for a day, though a rep for the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board wouldn’t confirm that, noting school and police investigations are ongoing.

Some students have also apologized. “This has turned out to be the worst decision of my life,” a boy said in a statement read at a public meeting Saturday, per CTV News.

“I should have helped you up instead of breaking you down,” added one of two girls who apologized to Brett in person, bringing him to tears.

“He said he was glad it happened to him, because maybe his story can make a difference,” McEachern tells the Washington Post. (An empathy expert is also accused of bullying.)

Teens record themselves throwing bottles at cars, post it on Snapchat

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MOORE, Oklahoma - Teens who recorded themselves throwing bottles out of a car window at other vehicles - and posted the clip to Snapchat - are now going viral for the wrong reasons.

A concerned mother saw the video on her daughter's phone and reported it.

“If they went out again next weekend, and I had done nothing and maybe someone died - I would have lived with that forever,” the mother told KFOR. “That would have been my fault because I could have said something.”

The mother said she felt it was her responsibility to make sure the teens are stopped.

“I saw the video on my daughter's phone, and I told her that that was extremely dangerous,” she said.

The mother believes a few of the teens seen in the video go to school in Moore.

Shortly after the mother posted the video, she said her daughter got a message from one of the girls in the car. She said 'please take down the video. It was all a joke.'

“I said that wasn't a joke when you're throwing things out a window at moving cars,” the mother said.

The mother said their family received threats, leaving them shaken. She said they just wanted to do the right thing, find the teens and hold them responsible.

“It's been extremely stressful,” she said. “Stress on my daughter. She knows she did the right thing.”

Jerrell Brewer believes his truck was one of the many targets hit over the weekend. He said he found a dent in his truck and a glass bottle nearby Saturday morning.

Once Brewer saw the video, he said he recognized the area and was furious.

“Very upsetting because they could have hu “I don't think they understand how bad the situation could have got.”rt someone," he said. “I don't think they understand how bad the situation could have got.”

“Maybe this could be an example to other kids that may have got the idea to go out sometime without thinking about it,” the mother said. “Maybe they will think twice.”

Bettendorf woman hit by a vehicle, transported to Iowa City

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BETTENDORF, Iowa — An elderly woman was struck and injured by a vehicle on Nov. 13.

Police responded to an accident on the 1500 block of Lakewood Drive in Bettendorf, according to a press release from the Bettendorf Police Department. When they arrived, they found an 85-year-old woman had been hit by a vehicle.

The vehicle was driven by a 86-year-old male, who was backing out of his driveway according to the press release.

The woman was transported to Genesis East Hospital before she was transferred to the University of Iowa Hospital, the release states.

No charges have been filed. The incident is under investigation.

Holiday music concerts in the QC that will warm your snowy heart

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QUAD CITIES — It’s the holiday season, and that means listening to all your favorite Christmas music! While some might fight the holiday cheer until after Thanksgiving, here’s a list of concerts and performances that will give you every chance to be as festive as your green and red heart desires.


  • Lighting on the Commons @ John Deere Commons, Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. See more, here.
  • Christmas in the Village of East Davenport, Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. – Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. See more, here.
  • Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh @ Adler Theatre, Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. See more, here.
  • Miracle in Bedford Falls @ Quad City Music Guild, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. See more, here.
  • Lessons and Carols @ St. Ambrose University – Galvin Fine Arts Center, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. See more, here.


  • Piccolo Christmas @ First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Saturday, Dec. 1 at 12:15 p.m. See more, here.
  • Saxophone Christmas @ North Park Mall, Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. See more, here.
  • Christmas at Augustana @ Centennial Hall, Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. See more, here.
  • A 19th Century Christmas @ The Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Sunday, Dec. 2 at 12 p.m. See more, here.
  • Noel the Musical @ Adler Theatre, Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.
  • Canadian Pacific Holiday Train @ Freight House Farmers’ Market, Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. See more, here.
  • Wonderland by Cirque Musica @ TaxSlayer Center, Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. See more, here.
  • Christmas with the Holiday Singers @ Lavendar Crest Winery, Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6-9 p.m. See more, here.
  • An Ambrosian Christmas @ St. Ambrose University – Galvin Fine Arts Center, Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. See more, here.
  • Tuba Christmas @ South Park Mall, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. See more, here.
  • The Nutcracker @ Adler Theatre, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. See more, here.
  • Lessons and Carols @ Augustana College – Ascension Chapel, Thursday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. See more, here.
  • Home Free @ Adler Theatre, Thursday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. See more, here.
  • One Voice: Emmanuel @ TaxSlayer Center, Friday, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. See more, here.
  • A Christmas Carol @ Countryside Community Theatre, Dec. 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. See more, here.
  • A Christmas Story: The Musical @ Adler Theatre, Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. See more, here.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys @ Adler Theatre, Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. See more, here.

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NOTE: This is an ongoing list and will be updated as information is made available. Check back tomorrow for the latest updates!

Enter to win tickets to Cirque Musica Holiday at the TaxSlayer Center this December

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CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents Wonderland, will be playing for one spectacular performance on December 4, 2018 at 7pm.

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents Wonderland is a fun-filled concert experience for the whole family featuring the talented cast of Cirque Musica accompanied by holiday songs performed by a live symphony orchestra.

Audiences will journey into a visual world of “Wonderland” with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of a symphony orchestra performing the greatest holiday music of all time.

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents Wonderland is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great holiday music, LIVE, while enjoying an edge of your seat circus experience.

You can win tickets to the show!  Just fill in the form below to register to win 4 tickets to the performance on December 4th.  Deadline for entry is November 28, 2018

For contest rules, click here.


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