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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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New bill will create hotline for Illinois students to report bullying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Illinois farms get bigger, fewer as farmers age

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa Hawkeyes Prepare for Tennessee

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

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Man shot while trying to kill a cockroach

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

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

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

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

Listen up for the Iowa siren tests

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

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

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

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

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

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

Priest stabbed while leading televised Mass in Montreal; suspect arrested

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Messages of sympathy filled social media.

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

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

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

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

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

Where are the local Easter Egg hunts?

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

April 7

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

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

April 13

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

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

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

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

April 14

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

Click here for more information.

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Attempted robbery at Bettendorf credit union

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

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

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

Nobody was hurt in the robbery.

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

 

Job to pay $1K for watching all 20 Marvel movies back-to-back

Do you have the strength to binge more than 40 hours of superhero movies?

CableTV.com will pay someone $1,000 to watch all 20 previously-released movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) back-to-back before the highly-anticipated “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters on April 26.

The ideal candidate is a Marvel superfan who is also an active, outgoing social media personality who’d be thrilled to live-tweet their marathon experience while tagging CableTV.com (@CableTV, #CableTV). Once you’re done, the site will ask for your takeaways from the movies to make rankings.

To participate, you must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.

You’ll be watching movies from each of the three phases from the current MCU:

Phase 1

  • “Iron Man” (2008)
  • “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)
  • “Iron Man 2” (2010)
  • “Thor” (2011)
  • “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)
  • “The Avengers” (2012)

Phase 2

  • “Iron Man 3” (2013)
  • “Thor: The Dark World” (2013)
  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014)
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
  • “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)
  • “Ant-Man” (2015)

Phase 3 

  • “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)
  • “Doctor Strange” (2016)
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017)
  • “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)
  • “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)
  • “Black Panther” (2018)
  • “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)
  • “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018)

In addition to the money, you’ll also get every Marvel MCU Blu-Ray film, including all three MCU Blu-Ray box sets; and a “Marvel Marathon Survival Kit,” which consists of:

  • A Captain America popcorn popper
  • Orville Redenbacher popcorn
  • A Thanos Infinity Gauntlet mug
  • An Iron Man Snuggie
  • A $100 Grubhub gift card
  • And more Marvel gear

To apply, fill out CableTV’s application form with approximately 200 words including your level Marvel expertise and the social media platforms on which you’re active.

Click here to apply and to learn more about the position.

Man accused of lacing co-workers’ drinks with LSD

ARNOLD, Mo. – Authorities continue to investigate after a Missouri rental car agency employee allegedly slipped LSD into his co-workers’ drinks last Thursday.

On Monday, Arnold police questioned a 19-year-old Enterprise Rent-A-Car worker accused of spiking the beverages, according to KMOV, but he hasn’t been charged pending laboratory tests.

Police got a call from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car manager who reported that two employees, a 24-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, had both been hospitalized after they began to feel “weird and dizzy,” according to the Jefferson County Leader.

The manager told police she noticed the suspect “acting weird” and holding a dropper. After she saw him “messing with” her bottle, she decided not to drink out of it, according to the paper.

The 19-year-old admitted to adding LSD to the drink, police said. He allegedly told investigators he did it because “they were too uptight, and needed to have better energy,” according to the Leader.

Mercy Hospital South workers treated and released the two workers.

Sgt. Tony Dennis with the Jefferson County Sheriff Department said their symptoms sounded similar to those of someone on LSD – shaking or tremors, as well as high blood pressure and heart rate, according to KOLR.

LSD is often administered as a clear, odorless liquid.

The co-workers reportedly started feeling better after the effects of the drugs wore off.

The suspect could face charges of assault and possession of a controlled substance.

Iowa with come from behind win over Cincinnati

Iowa was down by 13 in the first half of the NCAA Tournament to Cincinnati.  The Hawkeyes rallied for a 79-72 win to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Hear what the Iowa players had to say about that win.  Also, two players from the WQAD viewing area were a big part of the comeback.  Bettendorf's Nicholas Baer scored 10 points, Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp with some big 3-pointers, scoring 19 in the win.

Wilton Police getting calls about ‘rough-looking’ foxes

WILTON, Iowa-- Sergeant David Clark with the Wilton Police Department says people are used to seeing a few foxes here and there around town. But over the past week, the police station has been getting a lot of calls from people seeing them everywhere.

"It's just not normal," Sgt. Clark says. "This year we seem to have an influx. On average, we get at least a few calls, but sometimes it's upwards of six or ten calls a day, reference just people seeing foxes in the area."

The canines have been spotted near the elementary school playground and by the cemetery across town. People commenting on Facebook have seen them near a trailer park and in their own neighborhoods.

Sgt. Clark says people have been calling in about the foxes because of their somewhat frazzled appearance.

"They're looking a little rough," he says.

Several photos on Facebook show foxes that are thin, losing their fur and missing their trademark fluffy tails.

"They're having that winter coat start to come off so they might be shedding some of that fur," says Derrick Slutts, a conservation officer with the Iowa DNR. "I know it's hard to talk about mange but that could be a possibility though."

Slutts says mange is a skin disease caused by mites. It can be fatal for foxes and can transfer to coyotes and dogs. He says that's rare and people don't have much reason to be concerned.

"It seems like we get an uptick in animals getting out and about," Slutts says. "It's their mating season, coming up here, especially with fox."

Slutts reminds people not to leave food out for the foxes. He says if they start damaging property, you can pay to have them trapped and relocated. Otherwise, they typically avoid people, pets and children.

"They're solitary animals," he says. "They don't want to be around people or pets. And they're gonna be more scared of you than you are of them."

Couple married for 56 years die hours apart while holding hands

MELVINDALE, Mich. – A Michigan couple passed away on the same day after 56 years of marriage in a true tale of everlasting love.

Judy and Will Webb, both 77 years old, died just hours apart while holding hands on March 6, 2019.

Judy’s health had begun to suffer after a medical procedure, and, without explanation, so then did Will’s, according to WXYZ. They spent their final hours together in hospice care after both battling a series of health complications.

The Webbs were parents to three daughters and loved their five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A service for the couple happened in early March at the Michigan Memorial Funeral Home in Huron Township.

YOUR HEALTH: A better way to take chemo? Perhaps cows have the answer

DENVER, Colorado – We all know someone who's had chemotherapy.

Many people who have gone through it can tell you getting those IV drips in the hospital is one of the worst parts.

But what if you could take those powerful chemotherapy drugs right in your own home?

That's just one of the benefits of an innovative therapy coming from an unlikely source.

It's helped Ana Garcia Gustafson who is fighting pancreatic cancer.

"I'm giving it all I can give!   Kickin' it in the derriere."

To keep hope alive, she takes a mix of potent chemo drugs.  Treatment days are six-hour infusions.

"That's pretty tough for an old lady."

Some chemo drugs can be given orally, but many must be given by IV.

"Some drugs just cannot survive the condition in the stomach," explained Tom Anchordoquy, a pharmaceutical scientist at the University of Colorado's Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

"It'd make things a lot easier and cheaper."

He's putting powerful drugs into raw milk.

Milk particles can survive harsh stomach conditions and make it to the bloodstream, right where cancer drugs need to be.

"This particle goes in and it protects it," he explained.   "It's like you'd be surrounded by a shield."

That means patients could take powerful drugs that normally have to be given by IV orally at home.  And potent drugs too dangerous for humans could now work when attached to milk particles.

"By putting them in these particles, we can hopefully minimize their toxicity a little bit and make them a little more amenable to human use, said Anchordoquy.

NEW RESEARCH: Extensive research is now being conducted using particles from raw milk, attempting to encapsulate chemotherapy drugs in them.  This creates a barrier or shield that could protect the drug from the acidic enzymes in the stomach, allowing the drug to move from the digestive tract into the blood.  If successful, the drug would then circulate in the bloodstream and treat the cancer patient in this way.  Right now researchers are focused on one particular drug, Irinotecan.

His biggest supporter is Ana.

"What a great mind to think outside the box!"

With hope intact, Ana's learning to live a new normal.

"We'll take it one day at a time.  I want to live."

Scientists say getting treated at home is a big plus for patients undergoing chemotherapy.   But researchers are even more excited about what this technique could mean for future treatments.

Very powerful drugs that cannot be used in humans right now could soon be a real option just by attaching them to milk particles.

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.

Rock Island to introduce new regulations for Airbnb users

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- With some local homeowners using Airbnb to earn extra money, disagreements over how the popular online booking service should be regulated has put some neighbors at odds.

The city of Rock Island in considering new rules for home sharing platforms like Airbnb. City Manager Randy Tweet said city staff would present a proposal to city council sometime next month.

Airbnb host Debbie Freiburg said she loved having guests in the lower unit of her home.

"It's been the most exciting thing I've ever done in my life," she said. "I love it. Love the people. And I hope to continue someday."

She advertised it as a "Private Hideaway in the Woods" on the platform until recently -- she's been barred from using it since Rock Island city council voted 4-3 in January to deny her a special use permit.

"My view is that it's just a bad idea," said Rock Island 4th Ward Alderman Stephen Tollenaer. "I'm here to protect the neighborhoods. That's what the special permit does, it's the perfect system the way it is," he said.

One of Debbie's neighbor's started a petition, signed by seven people, complaining about the traffic coming down their dead-end street and the strangers coming to stay on their block. The neighbor declined to be interviewed by News Eight, but said that most people wouldn't want such a business on their block.

Debbie says her guests are wonderful people.

"They want to stay with a family. They want to stay in a home," she said.

She's hopeful that the city will rethink how it handles the gig economy and services like Airbnb. But until then, her private hideaway is an empty nest.

 

 

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