New signs aim at welcoming ‘all people’ to Quad City businesses

MOLINE, Illinois — One Human Family QCA is distributing new signs in the business community that aim to set a friendly, apolitical tone throughout the Quad Cities region.

The fliers are designed for businesses that welcome all people and happily serve all customers. Interested leaders of organizations may tape to the door of their workplace the free sign that reads, “We welcome all people.”

The new signs currently come in three sizes: 24” by 18”, 8.5” by 11” and 4” by 6”. They are available for pickup at:

  • Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities, 2930 W. Locust St., Davenport
  • Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, 1601 River Drive, Moline
  • SIS International Fair Trade Center, 108 E. 2nd St., Davenport

Because it aligns with their mission, members of the Q2030 Welcoming & Inclusive Workgroup are also planning to collaborate with One Human Family to develop a training program for participating businesses.

Western big 6 Basketball Banquet, College Signings

Coaches in the Western Big 6 come together for their annual Basketball Banquet.  Coaches trading jokes with and about each other.  United Township Coach Ryan Webber stole the show with his impersonations of the other coaches.

19 Student-Athletes from the WQAD viewing area are heading to the Division-1 level to play a number of sports.  There were signings at Assumption, Rock Island, Moline, Davenport Central, United Township and Galesburg.

Davenport advisory board eyes smoking ban in public parks, golf courses

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- A smoking ban could be coming to Davenport public parks and golf courses.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the parks and recreation advisory board approved a resolution to support policies banning tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping in those public areas. The advisory board offers advice and gives feedback to the parks and recreation department.

“I think it’s a great idea," Brenda Moline, who walks her dog every day at Vander Veer Park. “The pollution is still there, I believe. And even though the park is so big, the kids are running around everywhere.”

Moline says her dog sometimes gets into tossed cigarette butts and worries little kids can do the same.

"Little kids could pick them up and put them in their mouths," she says.

But some people aren't sure a ban is even necessary.

“I have plenty of friends (who smoke) who are considerate enough to walk off the path or walk over near the trees," Nathan Wulf says. "I don’t know what provoked it to be necessary here exactly.”

Tuesday night, the advisory board heard concerns about second-hand smoke and discarded cigarette butts, which pose a health threat to animals and children.

"(Smokers) can have a right to choose if they’re in their own home or their own car," Moline says. "But this is a public place. If it’s a public place, no, they shouldn’t have that right.”

The ban would come more than a decade after the Smokefree Air Act was passed in Iowa, which banned smoking in most public buildings and businesses. Violators of the new ban could face fines or be removed from the public area.

The advisory board will look at a final draft of rules before making any sort of recommendations to the city council. The council would have to make a vote on an ordinance to put a ban into effect.

Time capsule from 1960s found hidden in concrete at Michigan elementary school

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Renovations at a West Michigan school led to the discovery of a time capsule that's half a century old. It's giving teachers and students a unique view at what school was like decades ago.

A construction crew stumbled upon the capsule – which was concealed in a concrete block – at Central Elementary in the Kenowa Hills School district. Inside was a glimpse of the past from the year 1967, a time when gas was just 27 cents a gallon.

“This was welded shut, it was completely waterproof when we found it. When they were demoing it, they took the rock down and noticed something inside the rock ... that’s where they found the time capsule,” says Central Elementary Principal Cherie Horner.

The school board cracked open the box Monday, and found a trove of memories inside. Students and faculty are enjoying a glimpse at what the school was like five decades ago.

“They have a list of all the courses kids took, as well as tumbling, which I thought was interesting, shop and home economics," Horner said. "And also fees – so in sixth grade your books cost $6 and PE cost $4."

There was a student handbook printed on a small book, which contained a listing of all school staff. And even though a lot has changed from that era, there are some goals that remain the same.

“The hopes they have for the schools and the kids are the same hopes and dreams that they have now,” Horner said.

Administrators will keep the time capsule on display at Central Elementary for anyone who wants to see it. The school is undergoing renovations for the next two years so there's a chance more will be found. Horner plans on hiding several time capsules from the current era for those in the distant future to discover.

Hotel owner facing child sex charges had ‘sex dungeon,’ police say

VERNON, Conn. – A Connecticut hotel owner faces a slew of charges after he allegedly tried to pay for a young girl to be his sex slave, according to WTIC.

On Tuesday, police arrested 46-year-old Simon Hessler after he tried to "solicit in exchange for money, a 10-12 year old girl," police said. An investigation later revealed a "sex dungeon" located on the property of another business Hessler owns, police said.

Hessler, the owner of the Baymont Inn and Suites in Manchester, had been unknowingly communicating online with a trooper, who he thought was a human trafficker able to provide him with a child slave for two days of "limitless sex," according to the Hartford Courant.

During their email exchanges, police say Hessler sent the investigator photos of the alleged dungeon – "an elaborate sado-masochism room with multiple beds with whips and chains and handcuffs on the wall," according to the paper.

He allegedly bragged in the emails about his experiencing in "slave training" and said he had various customers between New York City and Boston.

Hessler arranged to have a young girl delivered to a camper on his hotel property, and police arrested him after he made a payment to an undercover officer, according to the arrest warrant.

Police said they will be analyzing evidence taken from the "sex dungeon" and other properties for potential new victims.

Hessler faces charges of attempted conspiracy at trafficking in persons, attempted felony to patronize prostitute, second-degree attempted sex assault, attempted impairing the morals of a minor, attempted unlawful restraint, attempted cruelty to persons and attempted promotion of child pornography.

He was originally held on $250,000 bail but that was later raised to $1 million.

YOUR HEALTH: Helping women who face heavy menstruation cycles

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – 49-year old Ann Rich is a graphic designer for a large law firm.

For almost a decade, she started feeling sick every month.    It started right after she had twins at age 38.

"Once I stopped nursing and got my period back again, it was sort of overwhelming."

A third of all women seek treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding at some point in their lives.

Rich also struggled with bad migraines that came along with her period.   For years she just dealt with it.

"I'm sort of like an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' kind of girl. Surgery kind of scares me."

Dr. Stephanie Brown says for many women in the years after childbirth and before menopause, periods can bring heavy bleeding and discomfort.

For some women, birth control pills can regulate hormones and provide relief, but for others a new ablation technique may be a solution.

Dr. Brown uses a device called Minerva.

"It's a great option for when you don't want to be as aggressive as a hysterectomy," said Dr. Brown, an Ob/Gyn with Advanced Women's Care in Pittsburgh.  "It kind of meets in the middle."

Minerva is used during an outpatient procedure that takes about two minutes.

"A thermal conductive apparatus that is placed in the uterus that gently removes endometrial lining and glands that produce heavy bleeding every cycle," said Dr. Brown.

After the procedure, Dr. Brown says women see an immediate improvement, little or no bleeding for up to three years.

MINERVA ABLATION:  Dr. Stephanie Brown said risk factors are minimal and complication rates are very low.   The risks are mainly if you puncture the uterus or the cavity is not secure.   And Minerva tells you that before you can even start the procedure.

Dr. Brown says someone would not be a good candidate if they have a significantly irregular shaped uterus.

Minerva isn't yet offered in the Quad Cities.  Go here for the nearest location.

But it worked for Ann Rich.

Her periods went away.

Her migraines did, too.

"I can handle it and take care of the kids."

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Edgington restores water, Rockridge High School and Junior High School to resume class Thursday

EDGINGTON, Illinois -- Rockridge High School and Junior High School students in Edgington will go to class as usual on Thursday as officials fixed a water main break and turned the town's water back on.

The schools were closed because the restrooms were out of service with no running water.

Meanwhile, the town has announced a boil order which will last until Saturday morning.

Officials turned off the city's water in order early Wednesday morning to stop it from flooding and freezing on the streets. Crews spent much of the day digging into the ground in front of the fire station to locate and repair the leak.

"I got roughly between 40 and 50 phone calls just telling me that they had no water pressure," said Mary Le Cleir, who is on the Edgington water board. "So I just told them we'd get water for them as soon as we could."

Water was restored in the late afternoon on Wednesday, but the hours without it disrupted area businesses as well.

The Rocket Stop convenience store, just a block away from the site of the water main break, was forced to rent a portable toilet for its customers to use.

"No, we don't normally have one," said cashier Pam Versluys. "We just ordered it this morning when we found out we had no water."



Illinois deer hunters should be aware of 400 deer with EHD this shotgun season

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Shotgun season is beginning, and white-tail deer are a concern this year after a disease called EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease) is hitting the Illinois deer this year.

For Rudy Morgan, deer hunting season is his favorite time of the year, but he and other hunters are keeping an eye out for deer with EHD.

“EHD is a blood born disease that is transmitted to the deer from a tiny midge,” says Morgan, owner of R & R Sports Inc.

A midge is better known as a gnat or a “no-see-ums”.

“They call them ‘no-see-ums’ because you really don’t notice them,” explains Morgan.

The Illinois National Department of Natural Resources says 432 white-tail deer have been affected in the state – including animals in Rock Island and Knox counties.

“When they do get the disease they normally head for water just before they die,” Morgan says.

Infected animals have symptoms like swelling by the face, excessive salvation or foam around the mouth, and a weak appearance.

“The state of Illinois does have test stations where they test for EHD.  That’s something new they started this year,” mentions Morgan.

“The DNR are here every year.  They are here during shotgun season and taking samples from every county around,” says Sandy Matthiesen, an owner of Matthiesen’s Deer and Custom Processing and Catering.

At her family-owned business, they are cutting up 30 to 40 deer a day from Iowa and Illinois, turning away anything that doesn’t look right.

“As a processor, we aren’t going to cut it up.  We aren’t going to feed it to anyone,” says Matthiesen.

“If it doesn’t look healthy use your own judgment.  Do you want to eat anything that’s sick?” emphasizes Matthiesen.

“People are overly aware of it, but it’s a natural thing it’s been around since the 50’s,” says Morgan.

When deer are infected with EHD they usually die within 5 to 10 days.

If anyone eats venison affected by EHD, they will not contract the disease.

Once the first hard frost hits (killing off the midges) deer are less likely to contract EHD.

Wheel of Misfortune makes a comeback on WQAD; original host becomes first guest spinner

MOLINE-- For the first time in almost 20 years, WQAD Channel 8 and Crime Stoppers are bringing back a case solving tool that took the Quad Cities by storm.

You may remember this segment from back in the 90's. Once a week, Detective Rick Ryckeghem from Crime Stoppers would spin the Wheel of Misfortune. Every spot was a picture of the Quad Cities most wanted criminals.

The reward money for tips that led to the capture of each misfortunate criminal picked would be doubled for that week. It was a simple concept with an 85-percent success rate.

We couldn't bring back the wheel without the help of the original host, Rick Ryckeghem. News Eight's Elizabeth Wadas sat down with him to learn where the original concept came from.

"Still to this day I have people come up and say weren't you the Crime Stoppers guy? You're the Wheel of Misfortune, yeah, we love that show!" says retired Detective Rick Ryckeghem.

Almost two decades ago, it took this detective, a simple concept and an audience to put the Quad Cities most wanted behind bars.

"If your picture popped up on it, you were probably going to end up in jail later," says Ryckeghem.

The creator himself says he's lucky his face didn't land on it too.

"Because I stole the idea."

The detective and Wheel of Misfortune personality got the idea from a different police department.

"I actually committed a theft because it was an idea a guy in Texas had."

He took the stolen goods back to the Quad Cities.

"It was simple. It was just a matter of you happened to be watching the news or wherever we ran it, and all you had to do if you knew the guy, you called," says Ryckeghem.

From there the tips came rolling in. People got paid to help police catch the bad guys.

"We probably captured or arrested 85-percent of the people who were on it."

Every now and then new faces would pop up with guest spinners. But there was always one constant, the trusty host who gave his all to his craft and his community.

"It's one of my fondest memories of the police department. It's what I joined the police department to do, to help the community and this was, I thought, an amazing way to do it," says Ryckeghem.

So with a salute from the pro, the Wheel of Misfortune makes a Quad Cities come back. Now all we need is help from you.

"Pay attention. Watch it. You'd be surprised the amount of people you know at some level that have a warrant," says Ryckeghem.

The Wheel of Misfortune will air every Wednesday on WQAD News 8 at 5 and 10.

Wheel of Misfortune: Trino Teague

Originally aired in the 1990s, the Crimestoppers' Wheel of Misfortune returned to WQAD on Wednesday, November 14.

The former host, Rick Ryckeghem was joined by Detective Jon Leach to spin the wheel.  One hearty spin landed on 25-year-old Trino Teague.

Ryckeghem explained that Teague is a documented gang member, wanted for unlawful use of a firearm, fleeing, robbery and assault.

Teague was described as being 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  He is considered armed and dangerous.

Any information leading to Teague's arrest could be worth up to $400.

Pain Center in Rock Island closes suddenly, leaving patients without treatment

MOLINE, Illinois-- Integrative Pain Center of America in Rock Island suddenly closed its doors overnight. Leaving all of their patients, like Mike Brown, with nowhere else to turn.

"The pain is pretty much miserable can`t sit for too long can`t stand for too long," said Mike Brown. Mike has been living with chronic pain for more than eight years.

To help control it, Mike was getting treatment and pain medicine from Integrative Pain Center of America in Rock Island. On Friday, he noticed a note left on the front door saying the center was closed until further notice.

"It`s just odd that they would just suddenly just cut us off and not some kind of referral or hey this is going to happen maybe you should look for another option or something along those lines," said Mike.

The abrupt close left Mike and other patients without help and in extreme pain.

"I know there`s an opioid crisis you know because of people who are addicted and obtain their opioids illegally but there are also chronic pain patients who have been on this regimen of pain medications for years," said Kelly Carlson.

That stereotype is something mike has always stayed away from.

"In the entire time I've been on it I've never once taken more than I was supposed to I've never called them hey I ran short can you give me some extra," Mike said.

Without a referral from his doctor, Mike has nowhere else to go so now all he can do is wait.

News 8 did reach out to Integrative Pain Center of America, but no one answered our calls.

John Deere Road construction ending next week, businesses relieved

MOLINE, Illinois -- Moline's Planning and Development Director says all lanes of John Deere Road will be open Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Next Wednesday, November 21, 2018, the off ramp from I-74 to John Deere Road will also open.

Previously only two lanes in each direction, John Deere Road will now have an extra lane added to both eastbound and westbound lanes. The project also added extra turn lanes.

Work to expand John Deere Road started nearly two years ago. The $68 Million project, actually six months ahead of schedule, was originally set to open in the spring.

Local businesses said they are impressed by the work, and said it was worth the wait.

Sales Manager at Zimmerman Honda, Sean Fortin, said the road often caused a lot of traffic.

"It was terrible, there were times where literally there was traffic wrapped around the corner," Fortin said.

Employees at Zimmerman Honda are used to seeing cars come and go, but lately, they see more dump trucks.

"In the long run, yes, it's been awhile," Fortin said. "Traffic on John Deere Road is going to be so much better, so much easier, better flowing and it'll just be nice for everyone."

Charlene Lundstrom, an employee at QC Entertainment, said she uses John Deere Road every day to get to work.

"It doesn't seem like it should be done already," Lundstrom said. "It feels like it should've taken longer to do everything that they've done. Because I've watched them from the very beginning."

But construction season never seems to end.

"I think people are pretty excited about it being done," Lundstrom said. "Now they're just worried about I-74."

The next project is the I-74 and John Deere Road interchange. However, that project is still in the early planning stages.

Woman kept 44 dead dogs in freezers, 130 living in ‘horrendous’ conditions: officials

SHAMONG TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The smell of ammonia and feces left responders nauseous and dizzy after they found 44 dead dogs and 130 living in “horrendous” conditions inside a New Jersey woman’s home Tuesday, according to police.

New Jersey State Police arrested 65-year-old Donna Roberts, of Shamong Township, on charges of animal cruelty.

Detectives were assisting health department workers with an inspection at the Oakshade Road residence when they found the dogs.

The living dogs were of various breeds, and detectives said they showed evidence of animal cruelty. Four of the dogs were in critical condition and were taken to an emergency veterinary clinic.

The 44 dead animals had been packaged in plastic and stored in freezers “throughout the residence,” police said.

“Although the circumstances surrounding the demise of the 44 dogs that were discovered inside plastic bags in freezers remain under investigation, the deplorable and inhumane living conditions the rescued dogs were forced to endure is tragic,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a news release that the inspection was the result of a new ordinance regulating the ownership of large numbers of dogs.

“When contact with the occupant raised concerns about the welfare of animals on the property, we sought a search warrant, which was then executed by the State Police,” Coffina said. “We are appalled by the horrendous conditions these dogs were subjected to, and as a result I authorized charges against the property owner, Donna Roberts.”

Roberts, who was released after being charged, has a pending court date.

‘No remorse’: Judge sends teen shooter to juvenile detention

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy has shown no remorse for shooting his teacher and a classmate at his Indianapolis-area school, and he should be held at a state juvenile detention center until he is 18 or deemed rehabilitated, an Indiana judge ruled Wednesday.

Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Paul Felix rejected a request from the boy’s attorneys that he be sent to a private treatment facility after he admitted shooting seventh-grade science teacher Jason Seaman and 13-year-old Ella Whistler during the May 25 attack at Noblesville West Middle School.

The boy apologized for the attack during a hearing last week. His admission in juvenile court is similar to a guilty plea in adult court.

“I did not think it was sincere,” Felix said during the teen’s punishment hearing Wednesday. “No remorse was shown last week.”

The boy, who was led into the courtroom in an orange-and-white striped jumpsuit, showed little reaction as he sat between his parents and his attorneys, answering the judge’s questions with, “Yes, your honor.” But after Felix announced his ruling, the boy appeared slightly dazed, his eyes blinking, and nodded when his mother spoke to him.

The Associated Press isn’t using the boy’s name because he is charged as a juvenile.

The judge told him that evidence shows he planned the attack on his own and had meant for it to be deadly.

“You went into the school intending to kill not just two people but many people,” Felix told the boy. “You wanted devastation, an inescapable tragedy for the ages.”

Felix ordered that the boy be sent to the Indiana Department of Correction for placement in a state juvenile detention facility for rehabilitation until he is 18, followed by probation.

The judge’s order, however, is “indeterminate,” meaning that the DOC’s juvenile division could release him before he turns 18 if the department determines that he’s been rehabilitated through treatment in state custody, said Andre Miksha, chief deputy prosecutor for Hamilton County.

Upon his release, whether at age 18 or earlier, the juvenile court will determine the length and terms of the teenager’s probation and will he remain under the court’s supervision until he turns 21, unless the court discharges him from its jurisdiction earlier, Miksha said.

Defense lawyer Christopher Eskew said he hopes his client receives the counseling he needs in the state juvenile system, but that he’s concerned about Correction’s resources. Most of the department’s treatment programs are for alcohol, drugs or sexual abuse.

“There’s very little actual emotional treatment there,” Eskew said after Wednesday’s hearing.

Eskew argued that he needs therapy at a private treatment facility, not exposure to older teenagers at a maximum security juvenile detention facility.

But Felix said older teens were unlikely to be an influence on the youth, who has been held at a juvenile detention center since the shooting. The judge noted that Legos were taken away from the boy in October after he used them to form the shape of a rifle.

“My fear is for the safety of those you will be near, not the other way around,” he said.

Prosecutors said during last week’s hearing that the boy took two handguns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition from a safe in the basement of his family’s home, and took them to school in a backpack.

Prosecutors said the boy “is obsessed with violence” and that the day before the shooting he made a video that was found on his phone and other devices in which he displayed the handguns and said: “Tomorrow’s Friday, you know what that means. I have to take other people’s lives before I take my own.”

Whistler survived, despite being shot seven times. The teacher, Seaman, was shot three times. He testified last week that the boy returned to his classroom from a bathroom break and opened fire.

Seaman, a former football player at Southern Illinois University, said he threw a miniature basketball at the boy as he fired shots, and then tackled the youth and disarmed him.

Investigators testified that the boy’s online history was filled with searches for school shootings, including “What was the largest mass shooting in America” the day before the shooting. He also searched for a “blueprint” of the Noblesville school.

California couple ‘adopted’ 93-year-old veteran after his town burned in wildfire

Lee Brundige, 93, flanked by Tracy Grant and her boyfriend Josh Fox.

CALIFORNIA – Tracy Grant was in a parking lot handing out hamburgers to evacuees from the devastating Camp Fire in Northern California when she encountered Lee Brundige.

The 93-year-old World War II veteran had just fled his house in Paradise by driving his own car as the wildfire was approaching.

“He called me the burger girl,” Grant says. “It took us about 24 hours to convince him to follow me home.”

This was last Thursday in Oroville, about 11 miles south of the fire. Brundige told her he could sleep in his car that first night, and that’s exactly what he did, despite Grant’s protestations.

“I didn’t like leaving him there, but he’s very independent. So I made sure he had blankets and a pillow,” Grant says. “I stayed with him until about midnight.”

The following day the spread of smoke led the sheriff to evacuate the area where Brundige was parked. So Grant says she “gave him no choice but to come with me.”

Brundige was living alone in the home that his late wife designed, Grant says.

“He had no idea the fire was coming. He just happened to have his gardener there who started banging on his windows to wake him up.”

Since Friday Brundige has been living with Grant, her boyfriend Josh Fox and their two dogs, Axle and Cash, who keep him company.

The Camp Fire, bigger than the city of Atlanta, is the deadliest in state history. So far it’s killed at least 48 people and completely razed the town of Paradise.

Grant says Brundige doesn’t know whether his house is still standing. If it is, it won’t have power or any utilities, she adds.

“We are more then positive his home is gone,” Grant says. “Even if it isn’t, the town will not be livable for a while.”

Grant says she has contacted Brundige’s son and is learning more about her new boarder.

“We found he has many friends and is loved by his community,” she says. “He can stay with us as long as he would like.”

2018 midterms update: what has changed since election night

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(CNN) — The state of play in key races has shifted since election night almost one week ago, offering a different picture of where the balance of power will stand in Washington come January.

Democrats have taken the lead in a handful of key House races while the margin in Florida’s Senate race has narrowed, forcing a recount.

A key US Senate race in Arizona was settled on Monday night — six days after Election Day — when Republican Rep. Martha McSally conceded to Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Two governors’ races remain undecided in Georgia and Florida.

Here’s a breakdown of where key races stand:


Democrats so far have picked up a net of 31 seats in the House of Representatives, with nine key races still undecided. That brings the current balance of power tally to 226 Democratic-held seats and 200 Republican seats.

In the still undecided races, Democrats have an overall advantage in six out of nine of them.

CA-39: Republican Young Kim leads Democrat Gil Cisneros

CA-45: Democrat Katie Porter leads Republican Rep. Mimi Walters (lead has flipped since election night)

CA-48: Democrat Harley Rouda leads Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (lead has grown since election night)

CA-49: Democrat Mike Levin leads Republican Diane Harkey (lead has grown since election night)

GA-7: Republican Rep. Rob Woodall leads Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux

NJ-3: Democrat Andrew Kim leads Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur (lead has flipped since election night)

NM-2: Democrat Xochitl Torres Small leads Republican Yvette Herrell (lead has flipped since election night)

UT-4: Democrat Ben McAdams leads Republican Rep. Mia Love

ME-2: Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin (46.1%) leads Democrat Jared Golden (45.9%) (this race is headed to a ranked-choice runoff)


Republicans currently hold 51 seats. Democrats hold 47 seats.

One key Senate race remains undecided, and Mississippi will head to a runoff November 27.

The biggest shifts since election night: Democrats picked up a seat in Arizona, and the Republican lead in Florida has narrowed, forcing a recount.

Arizona: Democrat Sinema defeated Republican McSally

Florida: Republican Rick Scott leads Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson (lead has narrowed since election night, votes are now being recounted)

Mississippi: Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith will face Democrat Mike Espy in a runoff later this month.


Democrats have picked up seven governors’ seats, giving them control of 23 governorships. Republicans control 25.

There are two races that are still undecided.

Georgia: Republican Brian Kemp leads Democrat Stacey Abrams

CNN has not made a projection in the Georgia governor’s race. Kemp has declared victory over Abrams, but Abrams has not conceded. Abrams’ campaign said they believe there are enough uncounted ballots to force a December 4 runoff.

Florida: Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum withdrew his election night concession in Florida governor’s race, with his challenge to Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis being forced into a recount.

Win Tickets to see Cirque Musica Holiday Sweepstakes – Official Rules

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One winner will be selected to receive 4 tickets to Cirque Musica Holiday at the TaxSlayer Center on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

ARV = $162

  1. Winner Notifications:  The Sweepstakes winners will be notified after 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Winners must have a valid email address where they can be notified. If a winner: (a) is not in compliance with the Rules, (b) does not respond within 24 hours of initial contact attempt, (c) is unwilling or unable to attend the final judging event on the designated date at the designated time, (d) does not sign and return any required documents or provide required identification to Sponsors by deadlines set by Sponsors, or (e) does not meet the eligibility requirements, Sponsors may elect selecting another entrant (with the next highest vote total)from the remaining pool of eligible entries for that drawing, time permitting. If Sponsors cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  2.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:  Only one winner per household. Winners are subject to verification by Sponsors of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). Winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity prior to participating in the Live Shopping Event, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Failure to do so will disqualify the winner.  Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for any prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. All properly claimed prizes will be awarded, but in no event will Sponsors award more prizes than are provided for in these Rules.
  3. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), each winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.


  1. Taxes: The value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsors at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Each winner must provide Sponsors with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before any prize will be awarded.  Sponsors will have the right, but not the obligation, to require any winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsors reserve the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  2. Conditions:   Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes shall be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and their advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prizes received by the winner, no entrant shall be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor shall have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling.  If Sponsor determines that an entrant is using the Sweepstakes for gambling purposes, such entrant may be disqualified and reported to the authorities.


  1. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: In consideration for his or her participation in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsors, Tribune Media Company, the participating retailers in the Retail Method of entry, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto and including participation in the Live Shopping Event), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Sweepstakes and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Sweepstakes-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.
  2. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsors due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes, (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsors will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.


  1. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Illinois’ choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  2. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 by November 28, 2018.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at http://www.wqad.com.
  3. Names of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after November 28, 2018. Requests for winner’s lists must be received by January 31, 2019.
  4. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Sweepstakes and Sweepstakes website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsors.


  1. Sponsor: WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265.

TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL 61265



‘MAGA’ building blocks encourage kids to ‘Build the wall’

(Photo Credit: Keep and Bear)

A conservative website called “Keep and Bear” that offers up pro-Donald Trump and pro-Second Amendment merchandise is now taking orders for a “MAGA” building block set that encourages children to “Build the wall.”

According to the website, the starter set comes with more than 100 pieces including “President Trump in a MAGA hard hat.”

The set is selling for $29.95 and will begin shipping on Nov. 23rd, the website said.

“A mob of 10,000 Central American migrants is marching through Mexico and heading toward El Paso, Texas,” a description reads. “Mexican border agents attempted to stop them at the Mexican border, but to no avail.”

“The wall must be built,” the description continues. “The wall will keep America safe and strong. Only then will we be able to help those in need.”

(Photo Credit: Keep and Bear)

Keep and Bear was launched in 2016 “to showcase the release of the groundbreaking film, ‘Keep and Bear: America’s Most Controversial Right’.”

The website said the film, which supports the Second Amendment, was so successful that the website grew to “become one of the largest purveyors of conservative resources online.” They sell t-shirts, bumper stickers, flags, Bibles, patriotic novelty items, and more.

‘I could actually hear the bones breaking in my face’ says road rage victim

DICKSON CITY, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man says he was nearly killed after being punched out at a stoplight in Dickson City by a road rage driver.

Jim Abdalla was rushed to the emergency room after he was punched several times in the face after the incident two weeks ago. He still hasn't recovered from the beating.

Abdalla was driving in Dickson City on October 30th, when he says a man in a white Honda or Hyundai vehicle was driving erratically.

"He was looking through and the arms were going, and he was pointing fingers, and I'm not quite sure what his problem was," Abdalla told WNEP.

According to the Dickson City police report, Abdalla told the driver, "You're in the wrong lane." Moments later, the light turned red at the intersection of Route 6 and Scott Road.

After Abdalla stopped, the man he was arguing with got out of his car and came to the driver's side window, so Abdalla rolled his window down to see what he had to say.

Instead of continuing the argument, the man started punching Abdalla in the face, and since Abdalla had his seatbelt on, he was a sitting duck.

"He blasts me in the face, there was blood flying out, just bang, bang, bang, bang, as I'm strapped in my seat," he said. "I could actually hear the bones breaking in my face as he was hitting me."

Why did he roll the window down?

"I rolled it down because I didn't really think that it was that big of a deal," Abdalla replied.

"We would want to follow up on this as best we can so we could get somebody like this off the road," said Dickson City Patrolman Michael Fredericks.

Dickson City police want to talk to a bystander who helped break up the fight.

Police describe the driver as a white man in his 30s with beard growth and a tattoo on his chest.

"He may hurt somebody if not kill somebody," said Abdalla.

Abdalla hopes anyone on Route 6 Tuesday morning, October 30, steps forward with information about the road rager who beat him.

"It's not bad now. It's been two weeks, but he could easily have killed me or somebody else, so this guy needs to be caught," Abdalla added.

Abdalla is in the process of posting a reward to help find the road rage driver.


Wisconsin company gifts employees handguns for Christmas

HORTONVILLE, Wis. — A Wisconsin company that makes glassware is giving each of its employees a handgun of their choice as a Christmas bonus this year, WFRV reported.

BenShot employees 16 people in Hortonville, Wisconsin. It makes bulletproof drinking glass products, including whiskey glasses, beer mugs and decanters, with bullets embedded into the glass.

A handgun for Christmas: Wisconsin company decides to buy firearms for every employee this holiday season https://t.co/WcWiuVxJ2V pic.twitter.com/SjarR1CXCj

— WUSA9 (@wusa9) November 14, 2018

“We are a small, close-knit team at BenShot,” Ben Wolfgram, son of the father-and-son team at BenShot, told WISN. “I want to make sure all employees are safe and happy. A handgun was the perfect gift.”

The employees get their choice of firearm as a gift as part of an effort to promote personal safety and team-building.

Each employee was given a gift card to purchase the weapon with a background check conducted by the seller so the company would comply with state law.

The company paid about $8,000 for the gift cards.

“For us, now, we have an entire armed staff,” he told the Appleton Post-Crescent. “I think that’s pretty good.”