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NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Pumpkin Treats For Your Halloween Party

It's hard to believe, but Halloween is less than two weeks away! So for the next two weeks, our weekly Nailed It Or Failed It segment is going to focus on some creative ways you can celebrate.

First up, let's talk pumpkins. I found a dessert and a drink you can make with just a few simple ingredients that will be a hit at your upcoming Halloween party.

The dessert is these Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats from the blog, Cincy Shopper. Find out how to make them by clicking the video above.

The drink is a version of Pumpkin Juice, made famous from the Harry Potter books. I found this recipe on a blog called Favorite Family Recipes. You can make this for kids or you can add a special ingredient (see video below) to turn this juice into a cocktail:

NEXT WEEK on Nailed It Or Failed It - two creative ways to make your house the best on the block when it comes to Trick or Treating!

3-month-old and 5-year-old girls rescued in sex trafficking crackdown

(CNN) — Two sisters, one 5 years old and the other 3 months old, were rescued in Denver by undercover agents during this year’s FBI-led sting operation against sex traffickers, officials said.

The alleged trafficker, a friend of the children’s family, made a deal to sell them for sex for $600, the FBI said. The friend communicated with an undercover agent, the FBI said in announcing details of Operation Cross Country XI.

While this alleged crime alone is disturbing, 82 other juveniles were rescued during last week’s nationwide sweep. Some 120 people were arrested.

Despite the arrest numbers, the work is far from over.

“Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested — and the number of children recovered — reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.

For these young children, life may never return to the way it was before. Holly Gibbs, a child sex trafficking survivor and the patient care director of Dignity Health, said, “Human trafficking is a global public health crisis. What happened to these children is a tragedy, and they have a long journey ahead of them. But for the moment, I am glad that they are safe.”

Average age of victims is 15

On October 13, the second day of the operation, a minor was rescued by the FBI in El Paso, Texas, when a 16-year-old female victim was advertised online for “entertainment,” officials said.

The girl was accompanied by a 21-year-old female who offered an undercover agent sexual intercourse with both her and the underage victim for $200, officials said. According to the FBI report, the woman as well as the driver, another female, who took the minor and 21-year-old to the undercover officer’s location, were arrested.

Among the recovered victims across the country was one from Russia. Local and state agencies were involved in the operation, as were police as far away as the Philippines and Thailand.

The average age of the victims recovered from this year’s operation is 15, the FBI said. Sellers tried to pimp them to outsiders from hotels, truck stops or online.

Sometimes, sex trafficking can involve family members or family friends.

Bradley Myles, CEO of the Polaris Project, which launched a human trafficking hotline, says traffickers often prey on those with trauma in their childhood history. And, he said, there often are problems down the road.

“There are ACEs, adverse childhood experiences, and the more ACEs that someone has the higher likelihood that they’ll experience other forms of trauma and abuse in life,” said Myles, who was not involved in the operation but said he hopes the children are given the resources they need to someday recover.

Focusing on the victims

At a press conference in Denver on Thursday, District Attorney George Brauchler reminded traffickers that undercover agents and task force officers are always lurking, be it behind cameras, on the Internet or in a casino, prepared to make another bust.

“To those out there who are watching this who might avail themselves at the opportunity to exploit children or to engage in even the adult sex trade, this is a bit of a warning. … The people that you can’t see behind those cameras, they are fins. They are fins in the water and they represent sharks who are there all the time.”

“And my advice to you is to stay out of those waters where the kids are, to stay out of those waters where exploited adults are for sex, because they are out there and they will get you. And when they get you, my office will handle the rest.”

The FBI continues to work with agencies and organization specializing in child protective services for the 84 rescued children.

There are still thousands of children locked in shackles as chess pieces in a game of sex slavery, and without consistent efforts, Myles said he doesn’t think it will end

“We are seeing about an average of 23 cases a day. So we need that daily drumbeat of a 24-hour response throughout the country,” he said. “Operation Cross Country doesn’t happen every day. But these cases are breaking across our country every day.”

Another elderly woman throws ‘lucky’ coins into plane engine, grounding flight

ANQUING, China – For the second time this year, an elderly passenger grounded an airplane in China by tossing coins into the engine for good luck before the flight, according to an Agence France Presse report.

On Wednesday, authorities detained a 76-year-old woman – who was already flying with Lucky Air – after she apparently threw a several coins into the aircraft for good measure.

The flight was scheduled to take off Wednesday from an airport in the city of Anqing, in Eastern China, but was held overnight after the ground crew reported finding coins scattered on the tarmac next to the plane.

The passengers reportedly left the next morning for Kunming, in southwestern China.

In late June, a similar incident occurred. Police detained an 80-year-old woman after fellow passengers reported that she was throwing coins at the plane during boarding of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 on the tarmac of Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.

“The passenger, surnamed Qiu, who has no prior criminal record or mental health issues, claimed she tossed coins as a prayer for a safe flight,” Shanghai Police said in a statement.

It added that officers found nine coins at the scene, including one that fell into the engine of the Airbus A320 aircraft, with others scattered on the ground nearby.

CNN contributed to this report.

Rainfall on track for the later half of the weekend… Brief chill next week, too

What a fabulous stretch of weather we’ve seen this week!!  In fact, these Friday night football games this season have enjoyed some of the finest weather in years!!  And tonight will be no different as you can see with the temperatures above.  Fair to partly cloudy skies will be in order tonight with overnight lows only dropping in the upper 50s.

Clouds will be increasing in coverage through Saturday as a front moves in from the west.  Winds will remain persistent out of the south allowing temperatures to warm well into the 70s.  I’m still looking at the rainfall to arrive Saturday night before ending sometime mid-morning on Sunday.  Temperatures will be more seasonal for Sunday with highs in the lower 60s.

Low to mid 60s will be common on Monday before a stronger front rushes in on Tuesday sending highs plummeting into the low to mid 50s.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Mom accused of hitting teacher in face with brick after student’s phone confiscated

PITTSBURGH -- A Pittsburgh woman is accused of hitting her daughter's teacher with a brick after she confiscating the girl's cellphone.

According to KDKA, teacher Janice Watkins confiscated a fourth-grade student's phone on Wednesday because the district has a "no cellphone" policy. While taking the phone, the girl allegedly bit the teacher, prompting to school to call her mother, Dai'Shonta Williams,  to the school.

During a meeting between the three, the child claimed Watkins had choked her, at which point Williams got mad and allegedly told the teacher she was “going to get even.”

Investigators say Watkins was driving home after work when she noticed two people get out of their vehicle.

The woman approached Watkins’ car and allegedly threw a brick through her open driver’s side window -- hitting her in the head. After she was hit, she says the woman opened her door, dragged her out into the road and began punching and kicking her.

On Thursday, Williams was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count each of terroristic threats, stalking and reckless endangerment.

FBI assisting in Niger investigation

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(CNN) — The FBI is assisting Niger authorities in the investigation of the deaths of four US servicemen, a law enforcement official tells CNN, a routine step for the bureau when US citizens are killed overseas.

Another US official said FBI investigators are on the ground in Niger providing technical assistance and helping to gather and evaluate evidence related to the attack.

The investigators are based out of US embassies in nearby African countries, the official said, and reiterates the FBI role in Niger is not unprecedented, as the bureau often lends its expertise into terror investigations abroad.

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported the FBI’s involvement.

What we know and don’t know about the deadly Niger attack

Three senior US officials have told CNN that Defense Secretary James Mattis wants answers regarding the ambush on October 4. The investigation will be an effort “to get all the facts correct,” an administration official familiar with the review has told CNN.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Mattis did not provide additional details into why the body of Sgt. La David Johnson was recovered nearly 48 hours after his 12-member team was ambushed by 50 ISIS fighters in Niger.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders was asked Wednesday whether President Donald Trump was satisfied with the information he has received about the mission and ambush.

“I believe they’re still looking into the details of that,” Sanders replied. “But I don’t think that the President can ever be satisfied when there’s loss of life from men and women in uniform.”

Ryan roasts Trump, Schumer at NYC political dinner

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(CNN) — House Speaker Paul Ryan roasted President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and others during his keynote speech at Thursday night’s annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner.

Al Smith V — whose family hosts the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York — was once dubbed the “happy warrior of the political battlefield” by Franklin Roosevelt. The dinner traditionally brings together political rivals and roasts are part of the tradition.

It became a common stop for the two main presidential candidates during US presidential elections, and last year, Trump and Hillary Clinton were guests in what was an unusually tense event.

Here’s a look at some of Ryan’s best jabs:

On Trump’s Cabinet

“Enough with the applause. You sound like the Cabinet when Donald Trump walks into the room.”

On the dinner

“I don’t think I’ve seen this many New York liberals, this many Wall Street CEOs, in one room since my last visit to the White House.”

On Trump last year at the dinner

“I want to promise you, though, as I’ve heard a few stories about how the dinner went last year. So I want to put your minds at ease. You can relax about my remarks. I know last year that Donald Trump offended some people. I know his comments, according to critics, went too far. Some said it was unbecoming of a public figure. And they said that his comments were offensive. Well, thank God he’s learned his lesson.”

On Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

“I want to thank Patricia Heaton. You know, Patricia and I do go back a long ways. Patricia Heaton, she is a Hollywood Republican. A Hollywood Republican. That is an oxymoron. Which clearly was the word that Rex Tillerson was searching for.”

On Schumer

“A lot of people, they ask me, you know, a guy from Wisconsin, what’s it like to work on a daily basis with an abrasive New Yorker with a loudmouth? But you know once you get to know him, Chuck Schumer’s not all that bad. I know why he’s been so hard on the President, actually. It has nothing to do with ideology. You see, Chuck’s mad that he lost his top donor.”

On the headlines from the dinner

“When you read the papers tomorrow, everyone’s going to report this thing differently. Breitbart’s going to lead with ‘Ryan slams the President amongst liberal elites.’ New York Times is going to report ‘Ryan defends the President in a state Hillary won.’ And the President will tweet ‘300,000 at Al Smith dinner cheer mention of my name.'”

On the White House resignations

“The truth is, the press absolutely misunderstands and never records the big accomplishments of the White House. Look at all the new jobs the President has created — just among the White House staff.”

On Clinton during the election

“I’m from Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a fantastic place to visit in the fall. Looking back, someone probably should have told Hillary Clinton that fact.”

On Steve Bannon

“The fact that you learn when you’re speaker: I am now second in line of succession since Steve Bannon has resigned. Very cool, very close.”

On Twitter

“Every morning, I wake up in my office and I scroll through Twitter to see which tweets I’ll have to pretend I didn’t see later on.”

On former House Speaker John Boehner

“Every afternoon, former Speaker John Boehner calls me up — not to give advice, just to laugh.”

On Trump’s insult to him

“You know, at one point, the President actually insulted me. I know that sounds kind of surprising. He described me as a Boy Scout who was boring to talk to. It didn’t hurt my feelings. What hurt my feelings was when my wife agreed with him.”

On Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

“I’ve learned that in Catholicism you are guilty until proven less guilty. I learned that God is always listening. As is Vladimir Putin.”

More than $200M in spending cut from Illinois budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts it will make to the new state budget, including to human services, agriculture programs and transportation.

The cuts were presented in materials Rauner’s budget office gave to the four legislative caucuses.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago says the cuts include $89 million to human services programs, including autism services, after school programming and immigrant and refugee services. Other cuts include $85 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation, $41 million to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and $21 million to the Department of Agriculture.

Rauner’s administration says more cuts will need to be made, because the budget is still $1.5 billion out of balance.

Muscatine man admits firing into group of people last July

MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine man arrested after allegedly shooting another man several times at the intersection of 6th and Linn Streets last July pleaded guilty to willful injury and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in Muscatine County District Court on Friday, Oct. 20.

Sebastian R. Perales, 20 admitted firing several rounds into a group of people standing at the intersection on July 27. At least one bullet struck Trinidad Santos-Salas, 36. Santos-Salas suffered a broken arm as a result of the attack.

Perales is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 1.

11-year-old kicked out of Cub Scouts over gun control question to state senator

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A Colorado Cub Scout who said he was kicked out of his den for asking a lawmaker too tough of a question is getting some big name support.

Ames Mayfield said he was told he could no longer participate in Scouts with his current group after a Scout activity involving a question-and-answer session with Colorado State Sen. Vicki Marble.

“He was supposed to research and ask a question that impacts our community,” his mother Lori Mayfield told KDVR.

When it was Ames’ turn, he asked: “An issue that I’m concerned about is common sense gun control. I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offender to continue to own a gun. ... Why on Earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?”

Mayfield said the den leaders thought the question was disrespectful.

“Given that the Las Vegas shooting happened, I felt that it should be a reasonable thing to ask,” Ames said. “I don’t feel like I did anything wrong.”

Former Congresswoman and gun control advocate Gabrielle Giffords agrees. She tweeted on Thursday, “This is exactly the kind of courage we need in Congress. Ames, call me in 14 years. I’ll campaign for you.”

“It brought tears to my eyes,” the boy’s mother said.

Giffords’ husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, called Ames and Lori Mayfield on Thursday night to have a private conversation about the situation. Ames said Kelly told him to keep asking tough questions.

“I’m kind of glad to have someone on my side that truly understands it,” Ames said.

While he is no longer welcome at his former Scout den, his mother said another area den has invited Ames to join. He will transition to a Boy Scout in February.

Panel: Projections for Iowa’s budget are down again

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say projections for Iowa’s budget are down again, and could force spending cuts when lawmakers return in January.

A three-person panel concluded Thursday that the $7.2 billion budget in effect since July is down by about $130 million. The panel says Iowa’s economy is growing more slowly than expected.

Iowa Department of Management Director David Roederer says it’s too early to know the impact on the current budget but midyear reductions may be necessary.

The news comes months after the GOP-controlled Legislature cut agency budgets and borrowed money to offset reduced projections released earlier this year and last.

Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for poor budget priorities. GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds is seeking bipartisan support for tax cuts and skilled jobs training.

The revenue panel meets again in December.

Trump fundraising arm launches National Anthem petition

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(CNN) — A fundraising committee backing President Donald Trump has launched a petition calling for supporters to be counted among those who believe in standing for the National Anthem.

The message is paid for by a joint fundraising group between Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee and is posted on the Republican Party’s official website. The petition asks for a full name, email address and zip code as a sign of patriotism and support for the National Anthem.

Trump has sparred with the NFL and the players who have protested during the National Anthem, putting himself in the middle of a controversy with significant racial and cultural undertones. The Trump campaign team earlier this month offered supporters an “I STAND FOR THE FLAG” sticker in exchange for contributions of at least $5 to the committee, and Trump himself has frequently tweeted on the subject.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week at an owners meeting in New York that players are not attempting to disrespect the flag in kneeling during the anthem, although he urged them to stand. However, the league said it will not mandate that players stand for the anthem despite Trump’s continued requests.

Anthem protests began at the start of last season, when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during a preseason game’s national anthem.

Protests spread this season after Trump suggested at an Alabama campaign rally last month that NFL owners fire players who kneel during the Anthem. Trump later saidplayers should be suspended.

Dozens of players have taken a knee during the anthem to protest racial injustice. Kaepernick, now a free agent, has filed a grievance against team owners, alleging they colluded to keep him from being signed.

Times Square hotel selling bagel for $1,000

This is no ordinary bagel –
it costs $1,000. (Westin)

MANHATTAN — Forget bagels with schmear and lox, a Times Square hotel is serving up a $1,000 bagel.

The Westin New York hotel’s extravagant bagel will feature Alba white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly, and gold leaf flakes. This is not your humble New York City breakfast.

Westin first debuted the pricey breakfast in 2007, but the bagel only stayed on their menu for a few months. The bagel’s return a decade later will be limited. It will be available from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

Gastronomes with a hankering for a bagel featuring some of the world’s rarest and most expensive ingredients — and with $1,000 to spare — must order their bagel 24 hours in advance.

All proceeds from the bagels will go to benefit Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. Don’t worry about tax or leaving a tip – those are included in the price.

The culinary minds at the Westin say the bagel may make an encore appearance during the next truffle season.

Illinois lottery manager projects $4B in sales

CHICAGO (AP) — The new company hired to run the Illinois Lottery projects it will increase annual sales to $4 billion, generating more than $1 billion per year for schools and other projects by the end of the 10-year deal, according to a contract obtained by The Associated Press.

Lottery officials and Camelot Illinois are set to announce the contract Friday, more than three years after the state first tried to fire its current private manager for falling short of sales goals and other problems. Northstar Lottery Group will remain on the job until Camelot takes over on Jan 2.

Lottery proceeds are used to help fund education and construction projects. Sales for the most recent fiscal year were $2.85 billion, marking the second straight year total sales were basically flat, according to a state report published last month.

Camelot Illinois is subsidiary of Camelot Group, which runs the Great Britain national lottery. The company says its plan to increase sales includes investing $15 million on new, more prominent retail sales equipment and signage and improved online sales, with better marketing and technology such as a mobile app.

Acting Lottery Director Greg Smith said the new agreement incorporates “lessons learned” from the relationship with Northstar. For example, Camelot’s management fee will be reviewed and reconciled each year to reflect actual costs, a process that wasn’t part of Northstar’s initial agreement. Camelot’s management fee is estimated at $25 million in the first year. Northstar’s first-year fee was about $15 million.

Camelot will receive “incentive compensation” only if net lottery income — or sales minus expenses and payouts — exceeds a target amount outlined in the contract to be deposited annually into the state schools fund. That minimum target is $731 million in the first full year and $859 million in the final year, according to the contract, though Camelot projects the amount could reach $1 billion by the last few years of the contract.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016 — the most recent year for which audited data are available — $691 million was deposited into the schools fund.

Camelot’s incentive bonuses would be a percentage of the profit, ranging from 17 to 27 percent.

“The more we grow, the more we sell, the more state benefits and so do we,” said Neil Brocklehurst, Camelot managing director.

The company projects it will payout $23 billion in prizes over the life of the contract. The state has the right to terminate the deal if specific performance benchmarks aren’t met.

The deal was signed despite criticism from some lawmakers that the process wasn’t transparent enough. Details such as Camelot’s sales goals weren’t released during a public comment period.

Camelot will take over from a company that has had a rocky tenure, including going to arbitration with the state over how goals are set. A Chicago Tribune investigation also found the lottery didn’t award many of its largest prizes in some instant games.

In 2009, lawmakers voted to make Illinois the first state to privatize management of its lottery. Supporters said handing day-to-day operations over to an outside company would result in higher revenues, with annual contributions to the state schools fund expected to increase each year.

After taking over management in 2011, Northstar initially reported record sales but later fell short of its goals.

Then-Gov. Pat Quinn tried to fire Northstar Lottery Group in 2014 but Attorney General Lisa Madigan blocked the move in 2015, calling it a bad deal for taxpayers. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a new termination agreement later that year. It stated Northstar should be replaced by Jan. 1, 2017. The state extended Northstar’s contract after missing that deadline.

Illinois’ budget crisis also caused problems for the lottery. Some winners sued to get their payments after the state said it couldn’t pay out, and Powerball and Mega Millions sales were temporarily halted this summer before lawmakers approved a state budget for the first time in more than two years.

The Eric Factor: I need your climate change input

I am embarking on a long-term project that focuses on climate change and how we make our conclusions on it. In order to focus on what’s important, I need to understand where the public stands. The following poll will exist on our website for only one week. While I know it is unscientific, the poll will give a baseline to where our audience resides. There are no wrong answers and if you’re willing to discuss your thoughts in person or learn more, please let me know at the end. That will be a big part of this project.

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How to see Uranus without a telescope as planet nears Earth

WASHINGTON – Uranus will be visible without using a telescope on Thursday night.

NASA says the seventh planet from the sun will be clearly visible because it reaches opposition – which just means the planet is opposite the sun in our sky and at the closet point to Earth.

"It's visible all night long and its blue-green color is unmistakeable. It may be bright enough to see with your naked eye — and for sure in binoculars," according to NASA.

You’ll be able to find the blue-green planet by looking toward the southeast within the constellation Pisces, the fish, National Geographic reports.

Scientists say the planet should be brighter than the fainter stars around it.

NASA says Uranus will be visible all month long, but the best opportunities come up on Nov. 4 and Nov. 30.

Uranus has the third largest diameter in our solar system and is four times wider than Earth. In perspective, if Earth was the size of a nickel, Uranus would be about as big as a softball, according to NASA.

The next time Uranus will be in opposition will be on Oct. 23, 2018.

Ridgewood Spartans Create Unique Grand Finale For The Score Pre-Game Pep Rally Season

CAMBRIDGE, Illinois - The Ridgewood Spartans know how to wake up a community!

On Friday, October 20th, the co-op of students and staff from Cambridge High School and AlWood High School came together early in the morning for Week 9 of The Score Pre-Game Pep Rally on Good Morning Quad Cities:

The Spartans are full of school spirit with a competitive, Spartan-like flair. Students, teachers, coaches, and staff competed in the first ever Ridgewood Warrior Competition by running through an obstacle course around the entire football field. They also created their own noise makers and tried them out for us live on the air:

The Ridgewood Boosters Club helped us pick the winners of our sign contest. There were around 30 entries, with plenty of prizes up for grabs:

We finished the morning like we always do, with the band and students taking us into another Friday full of football:

And just like that - another season of The Score Pre-Game Pep Rally is complete! If you want to see where we went this year and how each school and community brought their own unique spirit to their football field, click here.

Outdoor plans? Here’s when it will rain this weekend

BBQ Alert is in effect today! That's because it's going to be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the 75-80 degree range. This evening will be warm for Friday Night Football. Look for partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 60s. We will have a wind out of the south 10-20 mph.

A few showers may dot the skies Saturday morning with most of the day ending up dry. Temperatures will be warm with highs in the middle 70s, even with plenty of cloud cover. Showers and a few rumbles are likely after midnight Saturday night, lasting through mid-morning Sunday.

So, most of the rain showers will dot the skies in the morning. Small chance on Saturday morning. Bigger chance Sunday morning. As far as Sunday temperatures? It will be a little cooler with highs in the 60s.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Muscatine’s city administrator and council members react to open records request

MUSCATINE, Iowa - City leaders in Muscatine have refused to answer our questions as the city council tries to oust the mayor.

WQAD News 8 continues to push for answers.

At the end of August News 8 asked how much the city billed or quoted prices to other media outlets when they requested documents regarding Mayor Diana Broderson.

This is the second request that News 8 sent to Muscatine City Administrator Gregg Mandsager, he has yet to respond.

Mandsager billed WQAD more than $1,200 to get documents reflecting the amount spent by the city to impeache the mayor, when we received them, they didn't say much of anything.

News 8 asked the city administrator and council members why the city is not being transparent about open records requests.

"WQAD's attorney and the city's attorney are corresponding to resolve that matter," said Gregg Mandsager, city administrator.

"I'll be happy to talk to them about it but at this point this is the first I've heard you're having an issue," said Tom Spread, third ward representative .

"Share that information with us and we can help you out because we're definitely not in a position to try and hide anything," said Santos Saucedo, at large representative.

"No comment," said Michael Rehwaldt, second ward representative.

"Not in a position to comment," said Allen Harvey, fifth ward representative.

"I'm not part of it so I really don't know what the stance is, why they're not, if they're not," said Scott Natvig, at large representative.

Our legal team has spoken to the city's attorney and the city is still not releasing the documents.

Below is the full attempt to get answers.

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promise of "massive tax cuts and reform."

The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code for the first time in three decades, cutting rates for individuals and corporations while eliminating trillions of dollars of deductions and special interest tax breaks.

The tax cuts would add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the coming decade, however, as Republicans have shelved fears about the growing budget deficit in favor of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rewrite tax laws.

"These are reforms that change incentives and drive growth, and we've never done that before," said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Divisions within the GOP indicate the process won't be easy despite the political imperative.

The upcoming tax measure, always a top item on the GOP agenda, has taken on even greater urgency with the failure of the party to carry out its longstanding promise to dismantle former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Republicans have said failure on taxes would be politically devastating in next year's midterm elections, when control of the House and Senate are at stake.

When reconciled with the House budget plan, the nonbinding measure would set up special procedures to pass follow-up tax legislation without the threat of a filibuster by Senate Democrats. Pressure is mounting, however, on the House to simply adopt the Senate budget plan rather than risk lengthy negotiations that could delay the tax measure.

The House measure calls for a tax plan that wouldn't add to the deficit, as well as $200 billion worth of cuts to benefit programs that the Senate has rejected.

Democrats blasted the GOP budget, warning voters that the upcoming tax measure will shower benefits on top-bracket earners, corporations, business partnerships and people inheriting multimillion-dollar estates. Trump promises that the tax plan — still under development — is aimed at the middle class, but previous versions have seen upper-income individuals benefiting the most.

"Unfortunately, there's a big gap between the administration's rhetoric on these issues and the reality of what is on paper," said Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the tax-writing Finance Committee, who warned that Trump's plan is "slanted overwhelmingly toward the very top."

"The more people learn about this tax bill, the less they will like it," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "That's what led to the demise of health care, ultimately, is that it was unpopular with the American people."

Only one Republican, Rand Paul of Kentucky, voted against the budget. He said the measure permits too much spending and abandons the GOP drive to repeal the Obama health law. An amendment by Paul to revive the "Obamacare" repeal failed by a 2-to-1 margin.

Under Capitol Hill's byzantine budget rules, the nonbinding budget resolution is supposed to lay out a long-term fiscal framework for the government. This year's measure calls for $473 billion in cuts from Medicare over 10 years and more than $1 trillion from Medicaid. All told, Senate Republicans would cut spending by more than $5 trillion over a decade, though they don't attempt to spell out where the cuts would come from.

Even so, the measure doesn't promise to balance the budget, projecting deficits that would never drop below $400 billion.

Republicans have no plans to carry out the measure's politically toxic proposals to cut Medicare, food and farm programs, housing subsidies and transportation. Instead, work is under way to add tens of billions of dollars for both the Pentagon and domestic agency operations. And the Senate is poised to send Trump a $36.5 billion hurricane relief bill Monday.

The budget measure also would revive long-moribund efforts to permit exploration for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, permitting legislation opening up ANWR to drilling to catch a ride on the popular tax measure. Otherwise, it would be vulnerable to a filibuster by Democrats.

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