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NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Two Easy Ways to Celebrate National Popcorn Day

I just love it when unofficial national holidays land on Fridays. For example, today is National Popcorn Day, which basically gave the three of us an excuse to eat popcorn for the entire duration of Good Morning Quad Cities. Now that our stomachs hurt, we turn to Nailed It Or Failed It on WQAD News 8 at 11am with two more ways to celebrate this amazing (and probably fake) holiday.

The first gives us a break from stuffing our faces with popcorn by using the popcorn kernels for a science experiment. All you need to create Hopping Corn is popping corn, water, baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring (if you want). Click the video above to see how we combined all those ingredients into a fun and fast science activity!

The second way we can celebrate National Popcorn Day is by turning our popcorn into a dessert (because... why not?). I found this easy (and delicious) Movie Night Treat on Pinterest (of course) and made it for Jon to enjoy this weekend (because... he's the best!). Click the video below to see how it turned out - PLUS:

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: You already know that we enjoy a cocktail at the end of our shift on the last day of the work week, but now - we're making it official with a fancy animation and some surprises along the way! Click the video below to see this week's special drink by Jon, called the Ketz Koncoction.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Vodka
  • Sprite Zero
  • Lime
  • Ice Cubes

Instructions:  - Fill a glass with ice cubs. Pour in 1.5 oz. of vodka. Top up with Sprite Zero and stir gently, and then garnish it with lime juice.

Fire breaks out at East Moline mobile home park

EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- A fire broke out at the Mississippi Mobile Home Park Friday morning, January 19th.

The fire broke out around 10:15 a.m. in the 800 block of 1st Avenue. The person who lives there was not home at the time but a family member was there soldering pipes, which ended up catching insulation on fire.

The home was a total loss, according to a spokesperson with the East Moline Fire Department.

Silvis Fire Departments also assisted at the scene.  There were no reported injuries.


Fire at Mississippi Mobile Home Park

Watch this barge bust through river ice to deliver concrete for the I-74 bridge project

MOLINE, Illinois — When one thinks of ice breakers, visions of Coast Guard cutters busting through Arctic ice floes come to mind.

But earlier this week, observers could see the same phenomenon right here on our stretch of the Mississippi River.

Workers constructing the new I-74 bridge connecting Bettendorf to Moline have braved below-zero temps, frigid water and chunks of ice to keep work going through the winter. Earlier this week, they shared this video on the @I74RiverBridge Twitter feed:

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Construction on the massive project, with a price tag topping $1 billion, began in July 2017 and is anticipated to take place over 3 1/2 years. The new bridge will be more than twice as wide as the existing bridge, providing four lanes in each direction.
A multi-use path on the bridge will connect to paths in Bettendorf and Moline. Between Middle Road in Bettendorf and Avenue of the Cities in Moline, I-74 will be expanded to three lanes in each direction with additional lanes at select locations.

Danielle Mulholland, project manager for Iowa DOT, said work has been going on pretty much all winter, other than days with extreme sub-zero weather. This includes pouring concrete into coffer dams on the bottom of the river that will eventually serve as the foundations for the bridge arches. Divers have also been in the water all winter, inspecting work as it goes on.

“It’s pretty amazing, ” Mulholland said, of the winter work being done. “When they put the schedule together, they know it’s Iowa and Illinois and that it’s not going to be sunny and 75 every day, so they build that into the schedule. They just take extra precautions and monitor the weather.”

Rendering of what new bridge will look like when complete. Courtesy of Iowa and Illinois DOT.

You can take a live look at bridge construction here, via the I-74 Bridge Project’s webcam.

Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — It was all in a day's work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis.

First he celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants at 36,000 feet during a flight on Thursday to this northern Chilean beachside town.

Then after landing, Francis came to the rescue of a policewoman who was thrown from her rearing horse as his popemobile passed by.

In between, he did what he actually came to do: celebrate Mass for some 50,000 people in a desert-hot field near the town of Iquique.

And as a final gesture to cap a most remarkable day even by Franciscan standards, the 81-year-old Argentine set off a near-national uproar by accusing victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile priest of slander.

Welcome to the Francis papacy, five years on.

It all began with LATAM Flight 1250 from Santiago.

The crew of Chile's flagship carrier was gathering in the first-class section for the usual photo with the pope when flight attendants Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi revealed that they were a married couple. Francis motioned for them to sit next to him for the photo and asked if they had been married in the church.

They told Francis that they had been wed in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because the Feb. 27, 2010 earthquake that rocked Chile had damaged the church.

Francis then made a proposal of his own: "I'll marry you!" and they readily agreed. The head of the airline served as the witness.

"He told me it's historic, that there has never before been a pope who married someone aboard a plane," the 41-year-old groom told journalists aboard the flight after he exchanged his "I do's" with his beaming bride.

Ciuffardi said the pope also told them: "This is the sacrament that is missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage. May this motivate others to get the sacrament of marriage. I'll do it for this reason."

Ciuffardi and the 39-year-old Podest have two children, 6-year-old Rafaela and 3-year-old Isabela. They said they plan to take a "mini-honeymoon" and return to Santiago on Friday.

The airborne wedding came about spontaneously, as is often the case with the ever-surprising Francis.

"We told him that we are husband and wife, that we have two daughters and that we would have loved to receive his blessing," Ciuffardi said. "All of a sudden he asked us if we were married in the church, too."

The couple explained that their church's bell tower had fallen during the quake, forcing the cancellation of the church service. One thing led to another, and they never followed up.

"He liked us and he asked, 'Do you want me to marry you?'" Ciuffardi said. "He asked: 'Are you sure?' 'Yes, of course!' we said."

A Vatican official then hastily drew up an official, albeit handwritten, marriage certificate, stating that the two had consented to the sacrament of marriage on Jan. 18, 2018, and that Francis had blessed it "aboard the papal plane from Santiago to Iquique."

Recounting the story to the 70 or so journalists who travel with the pope on his foreign trips, Podest said Francis offered a bit of advice to the not-so-newlyweds.

"He also said that the wedding rings shouldn't be too tight, because they'll torture you, but that if they're too loose, they'll fall off. So we have to be careful," she said blushing.

She said she and Ciuffardi also told the pope that when they first started dating, she was his boss at LATAM. Francis asked if she was still the boss, and both readily agreed.

"And that's why the marriage works," Ciuffardi said.

An hour after the impromptu ceremony, after the flight attendants had passed through the cabin with breakfast trays of fruit cups and warmed croissants, coffee and tea, the plane landed in Iquique and the happy couple bid the passengers farewell.

"We hope you had a good flight," Podest said.

Francis then moved on to the real purpose of his visit, celebrating Mass for the region's migrant community.

During his homily, he urged the Chilean government to continue welcoming migrants and caring for the least fortunate among them, saying, "There is no Christian joy when doors are closed."

The Argentine pope, who has frequently called on wealthy countries to welcome migrants and refugees, praised Iquique for having been a "land of dreams" for so many newcomers. And he urged Chile to continue to be a place of hospitality, employment and justice, especially for migrants, who are often exploited.

"Let us be attentive to the lack of steady employment, which destroys lives and homes," he said. "Let us be attentive to those who profit from the irregular status of many immigrants who don't know the language or who don't have their papers in order."

After the Mass, as his entourage headed back to Iquique, Francis had a scare when a police horse reared up just as his popemobile was passing by, throwing the rider and forcing the pope's driver to swerve slightly to get out of the way.

Francis, who wasn't hurt, had his driver stop so he could get out to check on the officer, described by the Vatican as a Chilean policewoman.

Francis stayed with her, bending down to speak with her, until an ambulance arrived. The Vatican said the rider remained conscious "and received some words of consolation from the Holy Father."

After she was taken away, Francis resumed his ride.

It was the second such incident in recent months. Francis got a black eye in Cartagena, Colombia, in September when his popemobile stopped short and he hit his head on the side rail. He cut his eyebrow and wore a cassock stained with a few drops of blood for the rest of the day.

Francis has insisted on using minimally covered popemobiles on his foreign visits so he can be close to his flock. But Thursday's incident again underscored his vulnerability in the open-sided vehicles that often pass through tight, crowded spaces.

Earlier in the trip, Francis was hit in the head with a flying object that someone in the crowd had thrown toward him. He wasn't hurt, and the Vatican later revealed the offending object: A rolled up canvas hat with the words "Pray for the Chilean family."

Francis' visit though ended on a sour note for many in Chile, as he was asked by a Chilean reporter about his controversial decision to appoint a bishop accused of helping keep quiet about the crimes of Chile's most prominent sexual abuser, the Rev. Fernando Karadima.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up Karadima's crimes, accusations of complicity by the victims of against Barros are "all calumny."

Patricio Navia, political science professor at Diego Portales University in Santiago, said the comment will likely erase any good will the pope had won over the issue.

Sushi lover’s stomach-churning discovery: a 5-foot tapeworm living inside him

Warning: Story contains images and descriptions some may find graphic

FRESNO, Calif. – A California man is likely altering his regular sushi habit after discovering a tapeworm that may have entered his body through the raw salmon he loves so much.

Doctor Kenny Banh revealed the Fresno man’s case on a January 8 episode of the Podcast “This Won’t Hurt A Bit,” a show that mixes medical topics with laughs.

Banh said a young man walked into the hospital complaining of bloody diarrhea and asking to to be tested for worms. The self-diagnosis seemed a little suspicious to Banh – until the man opened a grocery bag he had with him. “I take out a toilet paper roll … and wrapped around it of course is what looks like this giant, long tapeworm,” Banh said.

Five-foot long tapeworm came 'wiggling out' out of man's body after he ate sushi https://t.co/P6VjfN9iHm pic.twitter.com/pldGRbm1Vt

— 2GO_Health (@2Go_Health) January 18, 2018

Banh asked what exactly happened, and the patient recounted the abdominal cramps and other symptoms – including a trip to the bathroom when he discovered what was going on. “I looked down and it looked like there was a piece of intestine hanging out of me,” Banh remembered him saying.

The man thought he was dying, Banh said, “Oh my goodness my guts are coming out of me,” and started pulling at the worm. Once the tapeworm moved in his hand, Banh said, instead of just being horrified, the man was also relieved to know that it wasn’t his own entrails.

6 – PARASITES https://t.co/wYWZ3E02bX

— thiswonthurtabit (@wonthurtabitpod) January 10, 2018

Rolled out over paper on the floor of the hospital emergency room, Banh said the tapeworm measured 5 and 1/2 feet in length.

Where the tapeworm came from was the next question, and the man said he hadn’t travelled or had any questionable drinking water that he could think of. He did, however, tell Banh “I eat raw salmon almost every day,” the doctor said during the podcast.

In January, 2017 doctors warned of Japanese tapeworm parasites found in the meat of U.S. salmon. The parasites may be found in different types of fish that haven’t been flash frozen to kill the worms.

Because the Japanese version is from the same family of tapeworms, illness and symptoms should be largely the same, Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told CNN after the study was published.

The most common fish tapeworm, Diphyllobothrium latum and related species (including the Japanese tapeworm), can grow up to 30 feet long, according to the CDC.

“Actually, most of the people who are infected don’t have symptoms,” Schaffner said. Some feel a little bit of abdominal discomfort, some have nausea or loose stools, and some even lose a little weight.

Most often, tapeworm leads to only minor symptoms, but in exceptional cases the infection can turn into a serious medical problem, according to Roman Kuchta, lead author of the study and a research scientist at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Once the diagnosis is made, however, the cure is simple – the same pill that people give to infected dogs can be given to humans. When asked if he’ll keep eating sushi, Banh said he would, but just not the salmon.

CNN contributed to this report.

Authorities searching for work-release escapee

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Authorities are looking for an escapee from a Davenport work-release facility.

According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, 24-year-old Arthur Kieth Lobley was supposed to report back to the Davenport Work Release/OWI Center on Friday morning, January 19th, but never showed up.

The Department of Corrections said Lobley was convicted of two counts of second-degree robbery, and was admitted to the facility on November 29th.

Lobley is described as standing six-feet tall, weighing 159 pounds. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call local police.

Amazon increases its monthly Prime membership rate to $12.99

Amazon has increased its monthly Prime membership fee from $10.99 to $12.99, an increase of 18 percent.

Amazon first announced the monthly payment option less than two years ago. This is the first price increase since the monthly option was introduced.

The annual membership option, which requires customers to pay a one-time fee of $99, is not increasing at this time, according to Recode.

Amazon’s Prime program for students is increasing from $5.49 to $6.49. The standalone Prime Video membership, which does include shipping benefits, will remain at $8.99.

The new prices are now live on the Amazon Prime subscription page.

Read More: Amazon lists Chicago among 20 finalists for its second headquarters

Student hit by vehicle near John Deere Middle School in Moline

MOLINE, Illinois -- A young girl suffered minor injuries after being hit and pinned underneath a vehicle near John Deere Middle School.

The incident happened around 7:45 a.m. Friday, January 19th.  Officers were blocking traffic in the area where the collision happened, at 12th Street and 21st Avenue.

Bystanders said they saw a group of good Samaritans help lift the car off the child to get her out from underneath.

Initially, Moline Police Detective Michael Griffin said the student who was hit was expected to be treated and released for minor injuries.  He later said he learned that the child was being transferred to Peoria for her injuries.

"At this point in time (doctors) do not believe the injuries to be life threatening," Detective Griffin said.

According to Moline Detective Michael Griffin, the student who was hit was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries, but was expected to be released the same day.

"I have watched the kids cross this street and it's the squealing tires, breaks, cars are flying through here at 35 miles per hour when kids are trying to go to school," said a concerned parent. "It's ridiculous."

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Ricky Martin accidentally hears reporter’s fangirl freak-out on live TV

CHICAGO – Chicago-based feature reporter Ana Belaval is a huge Ricky Martin fan. And now, the singer/actor knows it, too.

During a WGN Morning News satellite interview with Martin, where he talked about his new show "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," Belaval had the opportunity to ask Martin a question about his recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Like Martin, Belaval is a Puerto Rico native and has been invested in the country's progress since Hurricane Maria.

After their exchange about Puerto Rico, Belaval thinks the interview is over and starts explaining how she begged WGN Entertainment Reporter Dean Richards to let her in on this interview, even though she wasn't in the studio.

"I seriously went very berserk on Dean Richards because you have to understand, when you're part of a minority, and you don't have a lot of role models in media, and you have a Ricky Martin that wherever you go in the world, it's a good name to mention as a Puerto Rican, oh my goodness you feel related to him," she said.

She keeps talking and then he chimes in, "That's beautiful. I love what I'm hearing." And then Belaval says to the other anchors: "Oh he's still there?! I'm gonna kill you!"

Then Martin quips, "Please, I don't want to be involved in another 'American Crime Story.'"

Watch the full exchange in the player above. And below, see Belaval's interview with Martin about Puerto Rico.

Who’s affected by a shutdown: By the numbers

(CNN) — If Congress can’t agree on a plan to fund the federal government before time runs out, a shutdown is expected to affect millions of Americans.

For starters, the continuing resolution proposed by House Republicans would include a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program — but if it doesn’t pass the Senate, CHIP will be funded only through March.

And thousands of federal employees will be placed on furlough — meaning they won’t report to work Monday.

Who’s affected by the government shutdown?
  • 700,000 undocumented immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be affected, as there’s currently no fix in place ahead of the March 5 deadline 9 million children who are under the Children’s Health Insurance Program — whose parents usually earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private health coverage — will have less certainty about the future of their health care
  • About 1.3 million active-duty military will be expected to work potentially without pay.  The military is currently paid through February 1. In the 2013 government shutdown, about 850,000 government employees were furloughed each day — and there could be a similar number this time around 1.87 million civilian government workers could be exempt from furlough — including the workers at the Transportation Security Administration and food safety inspectors, border patrol officers and federal prison guards 681,170 residents in Washington, DC, could potentially not receive basic services such as trash pickup, because the city budget is tied with the federal budget Up to 417 national park sites could be closed, though the Trump administration is going to “try to allow limited access wherever possible,” Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift told CNN 19 Smithsonian museums will be closed

Shutdown looms larger in Senate after House vote

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(CNN) — The Senate is bracing for a potential shutdown.

House Republicans passed the spending bill out of their chamber Thursday night, but the bill’s future in the Senate is precarious with more than a dozen Democrats already having announced they’d vote against it.

The Senate adjourned after 10 p.m. ET Thursday with no sign that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had or would have the votes to pass a measure to keep the government funded past a Friday midnight deadline any time soon. Unlike in the House, where Republicans could pass the bill with GOP votes alone, McConnell needs Democrats to pass the bill out of the Senate — as many as more than a dozen depending on GOP no votes or absences. Many Democrats have come out in recent days saying they’d vote “no” with more leaning that way and only one saying that he’d back the proposal.

“I want to keep the government open,” West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said earlier this week. “I’m just going to work and work and work to keep the government open.”

On the Senate floor, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pitched a very short term continuing resolution, to give senators a few more days to work through their differences, unlike the plan passed out of the House that keeps the government running until mid February, but initial reactions to that idea from McConnell’s aides were skeptical, CNN reported.

In one sign of good news for McConnell, Sen. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican who had told CNN earlier Thursday that he would not vote for the bill, told reporters he would now support it, following assurances from GOP leadership that defense appropriations would have regular order.

Many Democrats pinned their frustration with the House-passed CR on the fact that the bill did nothing to protect hundreds of thousands of recipients of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which expires on March 5.

“.@realDonaldTrump created a crisis on #DACA and destroyed a bipartisan solution. #Dreamers belong here. I will vote NO on this spending bill because it does not put them on a pathway to citizenship,” Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada tweeted Thursday night.

Democrats weren’t the only ones angry about the process. Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, said he was also frustrated citing the handling of DACA. He said he would support a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for a few days, but that a longer term one — like the one in the House-passed proposal — he would have a hard time supporting.

“I can’t see voting yes on cloture,” Flake told reporters.

Others — including Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine — said they were tired of continuing resolutions in general.

“We have to close this escape hatch and stop voting for CRs and tell leadership they have to make their deals and then we will get it done,” King said. “I’d vote for one for a few days to do the paperwork, but to kick it down the road for another month, we’re not going to know anything then that we don’t know now.”

But, Republicans had also included a six-year re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in their short-term spending package, a maneuver they’d hoped would pressure Democrats to avert a government shutdown.

Still, McConnell was drawing up contingency plans to keep the Senate in session through the weekend if Senate Democrats block a short-term spending bill before the Friday deadline, according to two GOP aides. Senate Republican leaders were working through scenarios that could force Democrats up for re-election in 2018 to take politically challenging votes for days after the missed deadline.

The plans serve in part as a threat to Democrats, who have grown increasingly willing to keep McConnell from the 60 votes he would need to pass a short-term funding bill and avoid a shutdown.

But, McConnell also has problems with his own members. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina threatened to vote against a short-term spending bill, as did Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Many Democrats have kept their options open in part because it was unclear if House Speaker Paul Ryan and his lieutenants would even have the votes in their Republican conference to pass a short-term spending bill out of the House as they did Thursday.

GMQC crew celebrates National Popcorn Day

MOLINE- Friday, January 19 is National Popcorn Day, and it turns out, there's a lot of health benefits to the snack.

Popcorn is a whole grain, and it has a lot healthy fiber that can help improve digestion and keep  away excess cholesterol. It has more fiber than pretzels or potato chips. It's also less fatty than potato chips, so it's a better snacking option if you're trying to lose weight.

Popcorn is gluten free, containing more protein than any other cereal grain. It has more iron than eggs or roast beef.

Check out the videos above and below to see the Good Morning Quad Cities' crew's progress early Friday morning.

Warm weekend here, big snows just west

We are now headed into our second January thaw. Temperatures will go above freezing beginning at 10 o'clock today and last into the evening hours. A few hometowns (where snow has melted) could see temperatures rise into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees!

More mild weather is anticipated tonight into tomorrow as well when temperatures will rise into the 40s once again. There will be one difference though. Clouds will thicken up as we go through our Saturday with a few showers possible by dinnertime. Rain will be present in our forecast through Sunday when temperatures will surge up to 50 degrees in the Quad Cities. As low pressure scoots right overhead, some rumbly rain is also possible.

On the other side of Iowa, Winter Storm Watches are in effect. For the area of Northwestern Iowa, near the Sioux City area, as much as a foot of snow is possible. Some blizzard conditions could be possible as well! If you're traveling west of Des Moines late in the weekend, be ready for dangerous weather conditions.

Colder temperatures will move in after a cold front comes through Sunday night. If there's enough moisture still present, some of the light showers could switch over to some light snow on Monday. Little to no accumulation is foreseen at this time.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

“Juntos” program prepares Hispanic students and their families for a future education

MOLINE - It's a roll of the dice whether students will decide to move forward with their education.

"Some people don't go, especially like Hispanics because we don't have the money or whatever, I think it's important that at least they be well informed," said Sally Galindo, parent.

A new program called "Juntos" aims to change that.

The University of Illinois Extension and the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley gives eighth grade Latino students and their parents an opportunity to explore education and career goals.

Sally Galindo and her son are taking part in the next five weeks of the program that will help them prepare for the future.

"You don't think about it until you're like oh my gosh this is coming, it's coming up soon ya know," said Galindo.

According to the student report card at John Deere Middle School in Moline 35% of students are Hispanic with only 11% are meeting or exceeding 'The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.'

"It's certainly high enough that it's an issue that we want to address," said Diane Baker, 4-h Youth Development Coordinator with the University of Illinois Extension.

In the program students and parents learn how to succeed in school, attain and prepare for a college education and how parents can be involved through a variety of different activities.

"For families to develop those communication skill sets early, that's what we spend a lot of time on tonight," said Baker.

Even though Sally's son isn't quite sure what path he wants to take yet, through the program he'll be prepared to have a successful future.

The first five week session still has a couple more openings and runs on Thursday nights, a second five week session will start in March.

You can register online in English or Spanish at the University of Illinois Extension’s web page or call (309) 756-9978.

New report recommends lowering blood alcohol limit for drivers nationwide

MOLINE, Illinois-- Some may enjoy the occasional drink or two when going out.

And that could possibly be the maximum number of drinks a person could have if they're driving.

A new report from a panel from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is calling for the blood alcohol limit be changed from .08 to .05 nationwide to reduce alcohol impaired driving fatalities. 

"The way it's measured out is (...) a drink 80 proof whiskey,  one beer or 6 ounce pour wine would equal one drink so if somebody weighs 160 pounds if they have two drinks that would put them at the .05 limit," says Barrel House Manager, Tom Knocke.

According to the report more than 10,000 alcohol-impaired deaths occur every year and this would used as a preventing measure.

But some here in the Quad Cities aren't so sure lowering the threshold is the solution.

"I think it's still going to be out there. People have problems with drinking and driving  I don't think lowering the level is going to solve it the only thing it's probably going to do is get more tickets," said Milan resident, Pat Hartmann.

In all 50 states drivers over the age of 21 are prohibited to drive at BAC levels past or at .08.

Recently Utah passed a law to lower the level to .05 which is set to take effect in December of 2018.

Rock Island Police say DUI's have decreased over the past few years with awareness efforts and emerging technology apps.

They're waiting to see studies that show whether or not lowering the BAC levels would impact drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.

"Nobody is going to support drunk driving. With new Uber and the taxis that are out there everyone has the abilities to get a ride so we're not seeing as many people drive (drunk) as well," said Lieutenant Timothy Steines.

Steines says it's still too early to tell what the impact  in the area could be if the  law is changed.

" I guess the numbers would be how many accidents or fatalities we have where people are between .05 and .08 currently," said Steines.

Other recommendations the report stated is increasing state alcohol taxes and making alcohol less available by reducing the hours and days alcohol is sold in stores bars and restaurants.

Research from the report advises doubling alcohol taxes could lead to an 11 percent reduction in traffic crash deaths.

 

 

 

 

 

Woman confesses to a killing after police spot murder weapon in her Facebook photo

SASKATCHEWAN, Canada – On the evening of March 24, 2015, Cheyenne Antoine and Brittney Gargol posed for a selfie and posted it on Facebook before heading out for the night.

Within hours, 18-year-old Gargol was dead, her body found lying on the side of a road in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Nearly two years later Antoine, now 21, confessed to the murder after police identified the belt she used to strangle and kill Gargol.

It was the same belt Antoine was seen wearing in that photograph on the last night of her friend’s life.

A woman confessed this week to killing her friend during an argument in 2015 after police spotted the murder weapon in her Facebook photo https://t.co/FgNKxaFD1n pic.twitter.com/5JUnd7Cb5z

— CNN (@CNN) January 18, 2018

A match

Saskatoon’s Senior Crown Prosecutor Robin Ritter told CNN the wide webbed black belt Antoine was wearing in the photograph matched some marks left on Gargol’s car.

“[The car] was dirty and it had dust, and you could see on the side of the car — you could see marks, and the marks were consistent with that black belt,” Ritter told CNN. “And it also looked like there was a struggle.”

Story falls apart

Police interviewed Antoine about her friend’s death several times, but Ritter said Antoine, who was also 18 at the time of the killing, “manufactured evidence and false statements to police.”

“She told police they went out drinking and met up with a white male,” Ritter said. Afterward, Antoine said she went to her uncle’s.

However, when Saskatoon Police talked to Antoine’s uncle, the story fell apart.

There was no white male to speak of, and Antoine’s uncle eventually admitted to police that Antoine had asked him to lie for her and say “two black men” killed Gargol.

The confession

Antoine was arrested in March 2017 and charged with second degree murder and causing an indignity to a body.

On Monday, she entered a plea deal in court and admitted to the murder.

According to her confession, Antoine and Gargol were intoxicated and got in an argument, and she strangled Gargol with the belt before leaving her body.

The sentence

Because she admitted to the killing and appeared remorseful in court, Antoine was convicted of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder. She will spend seven years in jail.

“Seven years… is in the range of sentences for manslaughter,” Ritter told CNN, “In that it strikes an appropriate balance between the need to protect society and the need to rehabilitate offenders.”

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