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Evening rain showers to mix with light snow late… no real cold for a while.

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Scattered rain showers developing across the area will continue through most of the night until the last of the raindrops change to a light snow sometime after midnight.  Little if any accumulation is expected before sunrise.

That will lead to highs around the mid 30s on Tuesday which is still not bad for this time of year given the normal high is 31.  Skies will improve that day as the morning clouds will lead to some increasing sunshine later that afternoon.

In fact, Tuesday’s highs will be the coolest we see for the rest of the week as I still see a slow warming in the days to follow.  After seeing highs in the upper 30s on Wednesday comes warmer 40s on Thursday before temperatures jump just above 50 by the time Friday rolls around.

That night into Saturday is when we see a passing shower or two followed by drier skies and highs in the 40s on Sunday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Student taken to hospital after school bus slides of icy road

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BELLEVUE, Iowa — One student was taken to the hospital after a school bus slid off an ice-covered road and into a ditch.

There were seven students, one attendant and a driver on the bus when it slid off of High Bridge Road Monday, January 22nd around 6:40 a.m.  According to a statement from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the driver was trying to make a left-hand turn onto 343rd Avenue when ice caused the bus to slid into a ditch and roll onto its side.

One student was taken to a Dubuque hospital for evaluation, said the statement.  The other students were all turned over to their parents.  The driver and the attendant both refused treatment.

The yellow 2016 International bus, registered to the Dubuque Community School District sustained about $90,000 in damages.  Secondarily, a fence that got damaged in the crash is estimated to cost about $750 in repairs.

There were no charges filed due to the icy roads.

Home catches fire in Rock Island

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — A fire broke out at a home in the 1500 block of 12th Street Sunday evening.

Firefighters were called around 7:10 p.m. to find fire on the main floor entrance, according to a statement from Rock Island Fire Marshal Greg Marty.  It took just 10 minutes for firefighters to get the fire under control.

There were no injuries reported and nobody was home at the time of the fire.

The Rock Island Fire Marshal’s Office is trying to determine what the cause of the fire was.


CASI receives funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

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Tom Pospisil  from Eriksen Chevrolet was on-hand to present a check for $540 for the December Three Degree Guarantee to CASI – Center for Active Seniors - Senior Secret Santa Program.

Accepting the check were Laura Kopp and Sammy Meier from CASI.

The Center for Active Seniors, Inc., located in Davenport, Iowa, is a 40,000-sq.-foot facility dedicated to providing services that meet the needs of older adults, fosters respect, dignity and quality of life. The organization does this by offering opportunities for social engagement, lifelong learning, creative expression, health & fitness, and so much more to senior residents of Scott County and the greater Quad-City area. With many older adults spending the holidays alone in their homes with little to no friend or family support the Senior Secret Santa Program provides seniors with gifts during the holiday season to help lift their spirits.

If you would like to learn more about The Center for Active Seniors, Inc. – Senior Secret Santa Program, please click here.


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

Dozens of Arsenal workers show up and leave, due to government shutdown

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ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL- The Deputy Garrison Commander of the Rock Island Arsenal says about a third of his workforce showed up to work Monday, January 22, but they were home because of the shutdown.

Joel Himsl says the shutdown affects about 75 of his workers in the Garrison Command alone. Himsl called the shutdown orderly, and workers prepared for this Friday, January 19.

Garrison Public Affairs Officers Eric Cramer says the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, Mississippi River Visitor Center, Rock Island Arsenal Health Clinic, and the Army Community Service are all closed Monday.

The following offices are all open though:

  • RIA Emergency services and gate operations
  • RIA Visitor Control Center
  • Child Development Center
  • Child and Youth Services
  • RIA Commissary
  • RIA Exchange
  • Rock Island National Cemetery
  • Memorial Park and Field
  • Leisure Travel and Outdoor Recreation
  • Fitness Center
  • Auto Craft Center
  • Arsenal Island Golf Club Clubhouse
  • Lock and Dam Lounge
  • Common Access/I.D. Card branch

Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski talked about the shutdown Monday morning on Good Morning Quad Cities. He said agencies like national parks and museums are shut down Monday, but he says the bulk of the federal agencies are simply scaling back their non-essential employees.

Grywacheski says there could be a delay or a cutback in the federal services we expect on any other day.

"For the employees who will not be going to work today, their health benefits will continue, but they will not be getting paid," he said Monday morning.

800,000 federal employees have been placed on furlough, which means they did not report to work Monday. Everyone who stayed home was paid later in earlier government shutdowns. The vote to end the government shutdown was set for 11 a.m. CT Monday.

To see how else the government shutdown is affecting parks and buildings, click here.

Teacher holds snow-day English class live on Facebook

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An English teacher at Raleigh-Egypt High School in Memphis didn't let a few snow days keep her from helping students with their class assignment.

Candous Brown took to Facebook Wednesday morning for a live teaching session with about 40 of her students, according to WREG.

It was Brown's first shot at Facebook live and she says after the initial jitters it was like a walk in the park.

"This is my first time going live. I've never done this before. Hopefully y'all can hear me," Brown said on Facebook Live.

Brown's students have been on "snow break" since Tuesday and needed some help with a class assignment.

"A couple of kids had sent a message saying they were trying to do their work while the break was still on. and that they were confused about some of the questions. and they requested a lesson live over Facebook," Brown said.

Pretty soon there were 40 students taking part in the Facebook class.

Brown made it clear up front they shouldn't be fooled by her kitty-kat pajamas and that she was still very much in charge.

"I'm not about to play this game about not having a pencil and you better have your book," Brown said.

Brown says her students are reading "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond and had what are called "text-dependent questions."

"The text-dependent actually help them progress through the test to make sure they understand any probing questions they may have about the text I can go ahead and clarify them," Brown said.

Brown believes the Facebook live class was a huge success but gives her students all the credit.

"For them to actually have the drive and determination the will to actually want to do this outside of school? I'm proud of them I'll say that I'm very proud of them,"

This isn't Brown's first dip in the Facebook pool. In October she turned a popular rap song into a motivational tool after some her students misbehaved while on a field trip.

The full list of the 2018 SAG Awards winners

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(CNN) — The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are Sunday, and we’ll be updating this list of winners throughout the night.

Winners are indicated below by an asterisk and the word WINNER.


Motion Picture Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” *WINNER

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Woody Harrelson,”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Hong Chau, “Downsizing”

Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture

“The Big Sick”

“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”


“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“Baby Driver”



“Wonder Woman” *WINNER

“War for the Planet of the Apes”

Television Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”

Jeff Daniels, “Godless”

Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”

Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” *WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” *WINNER

Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”

Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”

Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” *WINNER

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Claire Foy, “The Crown” *WINNER

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Laura Linney, “Ozark”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”

William H. Macy, “Shameless” *WINNER

Marc Maron, “GLOW”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”

Alison Brie, “GLOW”

Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” *WINNER

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“The Crown”

“Game of Thrones”

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“Stranger Things”

“This Is Us” *WINNER

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series


“Curb Your Enthusiasm”


“Orange is the New Black”

“Veep” *WINNER

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

“Game of Thrones” *WINNER



“Stranger Things”

“The Walking Dead”

Deal reached to reopen government

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(CNN) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday that he and Senate GOP leaders have reached a deal to reopen the government, and the chamber is on track to pass a plan to keep the government funded for three weeks.

“We will vote today to reopen the government,” Schumer said on the Senate floor, saying he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had reached an “arrangement.” The Senate is now voting on the proposal to keep the government open until February 8 and it is expected to pass.

The movement comes thanks in part to commitments from McConnell and other Republicans in bipartisan meetings, according to four Democratic sources. Those sources say at least three Democratic senators who were no’s before now plan to vote yes.

After the bill passes through the Senate, it will then go back to the House. House GOP lawmakers are largely united and it is expected to pass. But without a guarantee that the House will take up the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is planning to vote no, according to a senior Democratic source. That source said a large chunk of Democratic caucus is expected to remain opposed, but GOP leaders feel confident they won’t need much help approving the latest stopgap bill.

The vote comes several hours after the workday for hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees was supposed to have begun, and it comes three days after the government officially shut down Friday at midnight. Many of the shutdown’s full effects were less visible during the weekend, when much of the federal workforce would typically be off anyway.

“I don’t think this is the right way to get policy outcomes is to shut the government down. When we tried it, it didn’t work well for us,” GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters, appearing alongside GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona. “Here’s what I predict. Once we start talking about immigration and voting on immigration, we’ll find 60 votes to make sure these DACA recipients’ lives are not ruined by March 5.”

The Senate vote was moved from 1 a.m. ET Monday to noon after it became clear Democrats would block the spending bill over disagreements on a variety of issues, most notably what do about young people affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said he thought Schumer of New York agreed to push back the vote to give his caucus “a chance to chew” on a GOP proposal to break the impasse.

“It’s better to have a successful vote tomorrow at noon than a failed vote tonight,” Cornyn told reporters.

A senior Republican aide told CNN Monday that McConnell wasn’t planning to provide any firmer commitment on immigration than he already has.

“If that’s not enough for Democrats, then we’re in this for the long haul,” the aide said. “If it’s enough for Flake, and Graham, and Collins — who want this done as much as they do — it should be enough for Democrats.”

Flake said Sunday night he was now a “yes” on the funding bill and it was his hope that six or seven more moderate Democrats would come on board to get the continuing resolution over the finish line — to 60 votes — to end the shutdown.

He said the Democrats still want something tangible on DACA but said it was problematic because it could run into the February 8 funding deadline.

He argued that they won a concession from McConnell that he isn’t requiring President Donald Trump to sign off before an immigration bill moves to the floor.

“For the first time, we have the majority leader move off of we can only move something if the President agrees,” Flake told reporters.

Earlier Sunday, Trump called for Senate Republicans to change the chamber’s rules to resolve the funding impasse as the government shutdown continued into its second day. He tweeted a call for McConnell to invoke the so-called “nuclear option” and thereby remove leverage for Senate Democrats.

Senate rules impose a threshold of 60 votes to break a filibuster, and Senate Republicans currently hold a slim majority of 51 votes, meaning even if they can unite their members, they need nine more votes to end debate. The White House is calling for the Senate to change its rules and move the threshold to a simple majority of 51 votes.

A spokesman for McConnell said in response to the tweet that the Senate Republican Conference does not support changing the 60-vote rule, a reiteration of Republican Senate leadership’s already-stated opposition to the move Trump has called for over the past year.


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