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Utah high school investigating viral video of students shouting racial slur

PLEASANT VIEW, Utah – A video of five Utah students recorded last year has since gone viral, and some of the girls in the video are receiving death threats, according to KSTU.

“It was not filmed at the school, nor was it related to any school function or activity.  The students were on a trip outside of school on their own personal time,” the Weber School District said in a press release – the second press release of the day related to the video, which has gained national attention.

The girls from Weber High School were believed to be saying gibberish words into an app. They recorded a phrase that when played backwards sounded like a racial slur, district officials wrote.

"A year after the video was made, one of the girls shared it on a social media platform as a private post.  It was viewed by other students who then reposted it to other social media sites," the statement said.

Weber School District is investigating the situation to determine if the girls have violated the school's code of conduct in any way.  If they are found to have violated any policy, the school will take, "appropriate disciplinary action," the press release said.

Weber School District acknowledged the seriousness of the situation, and the strong response it has gotten within the community and online. In their statement, they said:

We understand this is a very sensitive matter and it has invoked a lot of strong emotional response from people all over the world.  There is no excuse for these girl’s action.  With that being said, neither shouldn’t there be justification for threats toward them and their families.  Hatred only breeds more hatred.  These are teenagers who made a big mistake, and they will be held accountability (sic).  Please be patient and reasonable as we deal with this situation.

The school district released another statement earlier Tuesday regarding the incident.

Cold Case: Police digging into 1990 disappearance of Moline man

MOLINE, Illinois — It’s been 27 years since 52-year-old Jerry A. Wolking was last seen and still police are looking to solve the mystery of his disappearance. 

It was October 18, 1990 when Wolking was last seen leaving his girlfriend’s home in Rock Island, headed back to his Moline home, according to the Moline Police Department.  Evidence shows that he made it home, but then didn’t show up for his job at John Deere the next day.

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Days later, Wolking’s blue/silver 1988 Chevrolet Suburban was found in long term parking at the Quad City Airport, police said.   The vehicle was found with mud stuck in the tires and underneath the car and had blood stains inside that were later determined to be Wolking’s.

“Evidence shows that Mr. Wolking was likely involved in an argument near his residence and then struck by his own vehicle,” said a statement from the police. “The suspect then placed Mr. Wolking into the rear of the Chevrolet Suburban and took him to an unknown location, as Mr. Wolking has not been seen since that date.”

During a cold case review in 2013, police said new witnesses came forward, saying that Wolking was afraid of his girlfriend’s estranged husband, concerned that he would cause him harm.

Foul play had always been suspected in the case, according to previous reports.  Back in June of 2013 detectives and crime scene investigators converged on a wooded area off of John Deere Road as part of a renewed search for the Moline man’s remains.  Even earlier, in April of that year, police excavated a site in rural Milan, taking soil samples. The land was once owned by the parents of a longtime person of interest in the case, who has since died.

Now, in 2017, Moline Police are asking for anyone who has information about Wolking’s disappearance to speak up, “to come forward and put this case to rest for Mr. Wolking’s family.”

If you know anything you would like to share with police, you are asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140.  If you want to stay anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.

Ft. Madison prison on lockdown after attack on staff member

FORT MADISON, Iowa — A staff member at the Iowa State Penitentiary was seriously injured after being attacked by an inmate on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

This is the second attack on a staff member at the prison in a week, following another attack that resulted in hospitalization on Oct. 15.

According to a release from the Iowa Department of Corrections, inmate Keith Piper struck the staff member multiple times with a weapon while he was being escorted from one location in the prison to another. Despite the injuries, the staff member, with assistance from others, was able to subdue Piper.

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 issued a statement that said the staff member was a correctional officer at the facility and accused Piper of having 10-inch shanks and stabbing the officer five times.

In their statement, AFSCME said that there was a “blatant disregard for security that must be immediately addressed within the Department of Corrections.”

Click here to read the full statement. 

The injured staff member was transported initially to Fort Madison Community Hospital then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A condition update was not made available.

“Our thoughts are with the two correctional officers who were the victims of the Department of Correction’s inaction,” said AFSCME’s statement.

Piper, who is currently serving a 45-year sentence as a habitual offender, may face additional charges as a result of the incident, which remains under investigation.

The prison remains on lockdown/restricted movement and visiting for all offenders has been suspended indefinitely.

This is the third known attack on correctional staff in the region in October, including the attack on an East Moline Correctional Facility officer that prompted union members there to hold a press conference to draw attention to increasingly dangerous conditions.

No Aaron Rodgers? Packers fans start a petition for the perfect replacement — Colin Kaepernick

(CNN) — The Green Bay Packers are in a funk.

The Super Bowl hopes and dreams of pretty much the entire state of Wisconsin crashed into the turf along with Aaron Rodgers’ shoulder after the star Packers QB was hurt in Sunday’s game. He has a broken collarbone and may miss the rest of this season.

But Packers fan have the perfect replacement in mind — Colin Kaepernick.

Tracey Corder, a Packers fan from California, started a change.org petition addressed to Green Bay, urging the team to sign Kaepernick.

“Aaron Rodgers is possibly out for the rest of the season but there’s a Wisconsin-born QB who should be on our team!” the petition reads. “Lets makes sure the organization know we support Kaepernick to the Packers!”

It’s been signed more than 10,000 times.

Football phenom

Kaepernick became a football sensation five years ago, when he led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in just his second season. But he’s not playing in the NFL right now after he began protesting during the National Anthem. During the 2016 NFL preseason, Kaepernick said he was compelled to kneel in part because of a spate of police-involved shootings that resulted in the deaths of black men, including Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.

The out-of-work quarterback recently filed a grievance against the NFL, saying the league’s owners were colluding to keep him out of the game.

But Kaepernick coming back to the NFL via the Pack isn’t such a crazy idea. Kaepernick is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up a Packers fan.

Sportswriter Harry Lyles Jr. tweeted out a picture of what appears to be a young Colin Kaepernick standing in front of Lambeau Field, wearing a Brett Favre jersey.

But it’s not clear if the Packers are interested in Kaepernick. The team has not publicly responded to the petition, and head coach Mike McCarthy was miffed when a reporter asked about bringing on Kaepernick. McCarthy stressed that Rodgers’ backup, Brett Hundley, will be taking snaps for the near future.

Three arrested for car and home burglaries in Kewanee

KEWANEE, Illinois — Three teens were arrested and charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property in connection with a spate of car and home break-ins over Oct. 13 and 14.

Arrested were Thomas G. Ensley and two juveniles. Police are not releasing the ages of the juveniles, who were released to the custody of their parents and referred to juvenile probation. Ensley was booked into the Henry Countuy Jail on a $75,000 bond.

According to police, the trio stole items from multiple vehicles and broke into two homes during the two-night spree. Recovered items included a stolen rifle, cash, televisions, video game consoles and three bicycles. Police are continuing to attempt recovery of additional stolen property and to determine if other suspects were involved.

Anyone with additional information concerning the case, is asked to contact the Kewanee Police Department at (309) 853-1911.

Kewanee Police Chief James Dison also reminded residents to lock vehicle doors and remove or hide valuables inside cars, noting that most of the burglarized vehicles were unlocked.

Security guard shot in Las Vegas massacre breaks silence

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The security guard who approached Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite before the massacre said he heard “drilling sounds” before he was shot through the door.

In an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” set to air Wednesday, Jesus Campos recounts for the first time on TV the night of the shooting.

Campos was wounded by Paddock on October 1, minutes before the gunman sprayed gunfire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a hotel room in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort Casino.

Paddock killed 58 people and left nearly 500 concertgoers wounded. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

More than two weeks after the attack, Campos said his health is improving.

“I’m doing better each day, slowly but surely. Just healing mentally and physically,” he told DeGeneres.

Campos had been in the building, patrolling the halls when he was sent to check on a door on the 32nd floor. He used the stairwells to get there, but couldn’t get past a barricaded door and had to use the elevator.

“There was metal bracket holding the door in place,” he said.

He said he called security dispatch to report the blocked door and that’s when he heard drilling sounds.

“As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire.” Campos said. “And at first I took cover. I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood. That’s when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired.”

Paddock shot through the door, striking Campos in the upper right thigh.

“And I was going to say that I was hit, but I got on my cell just to clear the radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call.”

While hiding in a doorway, Campos alerted a hotel building engineer who was called to check on the door and a woman who came out of another room.

He thanked first responders, medics and members of the community who helped everyone in need that night.

“Everything puts pieces together on how everyone came together to help that night even in the darkest hour,” he said.

Campos had been scheduled to appear on several news networks last week but those interviews were canceled.

“Jesus Campos wants to tell his story at a time and place of his choosing. He’s asked that everyone respect his request for privacy. We could not be more proud of Jesus,” MGM said in a statement.

Campos had been hailed a hero by authorities who initially said he diverted the gunman’s attention and made him stop firing on the crowd.

But last week, authorities said Campos was shot six minutes before the shooting on the crowd started.

The resort’s owner had disputed the times earlier provided by police but recently said Paddock was shooting at concertgoers “at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after,” Campos first reported shots.

The change in the timeline of events has raised questions about why police didn’t make it to Paddock’s room sooner to break down the door.

The Latest: Senators announce plan for insurance markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is backing away from his positive response to a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets unsettled by his order to end “Obamacare” low-income subsidies.

Speaking in the Rose Garden, Trump had called the deal reached by Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington “a short term solution.” But hours later the White House said Trump is supportive of efforts to seek a solution but opposes the Alexander-Murray plan.

Ford recalling 1.3 million F-series pickups

(CNN Money) — Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-series pickup trucks, the best selling vehicle in America, for a door latch problem that could allow the door to open while the truck is moving.

The affected models include some of the model year 2015, 2016 and 2017 F-150’s, as well as some 2017 Super Duty pickups. The recall includes trucks sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In addition to the problem with the door opening unexpectedly, the latch can also prevent the driver from opening the door when they need to.

Related: Ford reveals $100,000 F-450 pickup truck

Ford estimates it will cost $267 million to make the repairs.

The F-150 pickup has consistently been the best selling vehicle in the country for decades. Ford sold 820,000 of the F-series trucks in the U.S. last year.

Related: Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 500,000 pickup trucks due to fire risk

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the problem.

Traffic lights impacted after collision at major Muscatine intersection

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 38 and Highway 61 may not have complete function after utilities were damaged in a collision.

The crash happened Wednesday morning, October 18th and reportedly involved a semi and a car.

Because of “some damage to the utilities at that intersection,” the Muscatine Police Department’s said that stop lights there may be flashing on red for the next two to three days.

A News 8 viewer said they came upon the crash around 7 a.m.  The photos below are submitted images:

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Cow safe at sanctuary after escaping Brooklyn slaughterhouse, running amok

NEW YORK CITY —The runaway cow captured the attention of thousands of people as he escaped a slaughterhouse and evaded capture. Now he is safe at an animal sanctuary in New Jersey, according to WPIX.

Around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, the dark brown steer - as a castrated bull is called - escaped from a Brooklyn slaughterhouse, according to police.  The steer was spotted running up Coney Island Avenue near Cortelyou Road, as well as on 17th Street and a variety of other locations.

According to one tweet, the steer bumped into a toddler, prompting a call to FDNY medics.  Eventually, the bovine ended up in a fenced soccer field in the Parade Grounds section of Prospect Park.  The also allowed NYPD officers to slowly corral the steer.

"First they tried to catch the cow in the soccer goals, and that didn't work," said Hillary Dovel, who lives half a block from where the steer ended up, and who live streamed the rescue attempts on the Citizen app.  "Then they tried to corral it with one car, but you know that doesn't work.  You just end up going in circles."

"It's been an entertaining morning," Dovel concluded.

Responding officers from an emergency services unit used at least one tranquilizer dart to sedate the animal, and other officers penned him in between two NYPD SUVs, with the fence and a stationary park bench serving as the other two sides of the four-sided pen.

There the steer remained for about a half hour until officers trained in large animal capture arrived.

Meanwhile, about 120 or so spectators watched, recorded on their phones and commented.

"It's not every day you see a cow in Prospect Park," said Steve Espinola, a local resident, who was recording the steer and his rescue on a smartphone.

For every person on scene watching, there were hundreds watching online, and commenting there.

"They scaring the poor cow," Barbara Rigable wrote while watching the situation on the PIX11 News Facebook page.

"They don't know.  They are not from Texas," Evelyn Sanabria responded.

"I wanted steak for dinner," wrote Marcel Black. "But looking at this poor cow, please save him and return back to where he came from."

He, and most people watching online and in person, got their wish.

Local animal activists coordinated with NYPD community affairs officers and came up with a solution.

"I think they did a pretty good job," said Mary Beth Artz, a Brooklyn animal rights advocate.  She and other activists connected the NYPD with their network of animal sanctuary operators.  Mike Stura, who runs the Skylands Sanctuary and Animal Rescue in Wantage, North Jersey, came to collect the animal after ESU officers managed to get a rope around its neck and lead it into an NYPD horse carrier.

"The whole day I hoped it would escape," said Dovel, the neighbor who'd recorded the corralling and rescue from the very beginning.  "Sanctuary is even better."

Agreeing with her was Artz, the animal rights advocate.  "This could also bring attention to the animals in slaughterhouses who aren't as lucky," she told PIX11 News.  She said that the as-yet unnamed steer is better off than all other meat cattle, thousands of which are slaughtered in Brooklyn yearly.  They "won't have a beautiful sanctuary to go to, like this beautiful bull will," she said.

Boo at the Zoo is back for another “spooktacular” year

Boo at the Zoo, one of the Quad Cities most popular “merry not scary” family-friendly Halloween events, returns to Niabi Zoo for two days on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The trick-or-treat stations, manned by local businesses and non-profit organizations, will feature Halloween-themed decorations and backdrops that make the perfect setting for a family-friendly day. Special Zookeeper Chats will highlight interesting facts about zoo animals.

New this year, the Niabi Zoo is featuring nocturnal creatures that people can see during the day time!

The new exhibit, which features Seba’s short-tailed bats, uses lighting systems and other technologies to reverse day and night making the animals active and alert for visitor’s “night exhibit” experience.

The new bat exhibit is one of many initiatives at Niabi Zoo surrounding bats and you can see them at the Boo at the Zoo event.

“This is one of our most popular annual events,” said Lee Jackson, director of the Niabi Zoo. “It’s a great time for zoo guests, volunteers and staff to celebrate the fall season.”

Boo at the Zoo activities are included with paid zoo admission.  Admission prices:

$8.25 Adults

$7.25 Senior citizens (62+ years)

$6.25 Kids (3-12 years old)

(Member receive free admission and parking)

Boo at the Zoo is made possible by WQAD, Eye Surgeons Association, Zeglin’s Home TV and Appliance Inc., Sexton Ford, Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS and RIA Federal Credit Union.

Niabi Zoo’s 2017 season will close Oct. 29.

Stalled truck on I-74 Bridge blocks Iowa-bound traffic

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A stalled FedEx truck has caused a slow-down on the Interstate 74 Bridge.

Drivers headed toward Iowa just before 8 a.m. were being forced down to one lane to get around the truck.  The stalled truck was causing vehicles to backup beyond Avenue of the Cities.

At 8:13 a.m. an emergency vehicle stopped traffic in both lanes right before reaching the truck on the bridge.  A tow truck was backing up from the off-ramp to reach the stalled truck.

Click here to see traffic in the area, anytime. 

Officers fired over removal of United passenger at Chicago O’Hare back in April

(CNN) -- Chicago aviation officials fired two officers and suspended two others involved in the forcible removal of a United Airlines passenger from a packed flight.

Cellphone footage showed security officers on April 9 dragging Dr. David Dao by his arms and legs down the aisle and off the Louisville, Kentucky-bound flight before it took off at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Dao was left bloodied and bruised in the incident that created a firestorm for the airline.

Three Chicago Department of Aviation security officers and a sergeant "mishandled a nonthreatening situation that resulted in a physically violent forcible removal of a passenger" aboard the flight, a City of Chicago Office of Inspector General investigation found, officials said Tuesday.

Employees made "misleading statements and deliberately removed material facts from their reports," the investigation found.

The aviation department, acting on the inspector general's findings and recommendations, fired the officer "who improperly escalated the incident," the inspector general's office said. The sergeant "involved in the deliberate removal of facts from an employee report" also was terminated, officials said.

Two officers were suspended, officials said. None of the four was named.

"The use of excessive force caused the passenger to hit his face on an armrest, resulting in a concussion, a broken nose and the loss of two teeth," officials said.

Dao's attorney: 'Lesson to be learned' for officers

In a statement, Dao's attorney, Thomas Demetrio, said: "It is unfortunate the conduct of these two city aviation employees has resulted in their losing their jobs."

"There is a lesson to be learned here for police officers at all levels. Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world," Demetrio said. "But for the video, the filed report stating that only 'minimal' force was used would have been unnoticed."

Other passengers offered compensation after incident

United Airlines settled lawsuit by passenger

The incident began when gate agents asked volunteers to give up their seats for a United crew that needed to meet another flight.

Dao and his wife initially agreed to take a later flight, a fellow passenger told CNN, but the couple changed their minds when they learned the next flight wouldn't leave until the following day.

United had offered compensation to anyone willing to give up their seats; Dao apparently was chosen at random when not enough people volunteered.

In a video shot by two passengers sitting behind Dao, he repeatedly refused to get off the flight, telling officers that he is a physician and must work in the morning.

Joya and Forest Cummings told CNN that Dao was not belligerent and got only mildly upset when a second officer arrived and demanded he leave the plane, they said. Dao never raised his voice, the couple said.

An officer was placed on leave after the incident.

Incident reports from the officers said Dao was swinging his arms and had his fists balled as they tried to pull him from his seat.

United conceded the flight was neither overbooked or oversold, despite its initial claims.

CEO Oscar Munoz later apologized, calling the encounter "truly horrific." Munoz pledged a "thorough review." Several weeks after the incident, United reached a settlement with Dao.

The dustup had repercussions across the industry.

Southwest announced it would no longer overbook flights, in an attempt to ensure ticket-holding customers will never be booted off flights. Delta said it would offer volunteers up to $10,000 to give up their seats on overbooked flights.

The 10 highest paying industries in the U.S.

Despite record low unemployment rates, American wage growth has remained fairly stagnant. Across all industries, real earnings have increased just 2.5% this year, only slightly outpacing inflation.

This is not good news for the average American worker who has been coping with stagnant wages for nearly 40 years. However, employees in certain industries are faring far better than average.

To figure out which industries are dishing out the largest paychecks, ConsumersAdvocate.org analyzed the latest BLS employment and wage report. It’s researchers found that average annual wages in the highest paying industries are roughly 3 to 5 times the national average of $53,515. So, whether you are just entering the job market or thinking of a career change, the below industries offer the greatest earning potential.

Here are the 10 highest paying industries in the U.S.

Methodology

To determine the industries with the highest wages, ConsumersAdvocate.org extracted information from the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages for 2016. Only private sector industries with over 100k jobs were considered. Industries were ordered based on their respective Average Annual Wages.

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10. Software Publishers

  • Average Annual Wage: $147,921
  • Average Weekly Wage: $2,845
  • Average Annual Employment: 354,290

Over the past five years, the Software Publishing industry has experienced robust growth, as businesses and consumers have increased their investments in software, computers, video games and mobile devices. This growth has been coupled with sizeable increases in wages. The average annual wage is $147,921 or $2,845 per week.

Over the past five years, the Software Publishing industry has experienced robust growth, as businesses and consumers have increased their investments in software, computers, video games and mobile devices. This growth has been coupled with sizeable increases in wages. The average annual wage is $147,921 or $2,845 per week.

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9. Semiconductors and Related Device Manufacturing

  • Average Annual Wage: $149,405
  • Average Weekly Wage: $2,873
  • Average Annual Employment: 182,569

Because of their value in the fabrication of electronic devices, semiconductors are an indispensable part of our lives. Without semiconductors, there would be no radios, TV's, computers or video games, and medical diagnostic equipment would be far less effective. In addition, its industry wages are generous. The average weekly wage is $2,873 or $149,405 per year.

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8. Biotechnology Research & Development

  • Average Annual Wage: $151,946
  • Average Weekly Wage: $2,922
  • Average Annual Employment: 171,188

The biotechnology research and development industry includes occupations involved in the biosciences as it pertains to human health. Professionals in this field may conduct research to discover new treatments, or invent new medical devices, or enhance the value of existing diagnostic tests. Also, this is an industry with ample wages. The average annual wage is $151,946 or $2,922 per week.

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7. Investment Advice

  • Average Annual Wage: $163,224
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,139
  • Average Annual Employment: 190,719

Investment advisors are professionals within the financial industry who provide guidance to clients in exchange for fees. Typically, they provide investment recommendations or conduct securities analysis, either through direct management of client assets or through published channels. Average incomes in this industry are healthy - $3,139 per week or $163,224 annually.

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6. Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction

  • Average Annual Wage: $163,247
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,139
  • Average Annual Employment: 167,698

This essential American industry is involved in the exploration, development, and the production of petroleum or natural gas from wells. It also includes the extraction of crude petroleum from shale or tar sands. Generally, these businesses operate oil and gas wells for themselves or for others on a contract or fee basis. In addition, average wages in this industry are generous - $3,139 per week or $163,247 annually.

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5. Electronic Computer Manufacturing

  • Average Annual Wage: $201,581
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,877
  • Average Annual Employment: 105,420

The electronic computer manufacturing industry is primarily involved in manufacturing of electronic computers, such as personal computers, laptops, workstations, servers or mainframe computers. It also includes the assembly or integration of processors, co-processors, memory and storage into a final computer product. In this industry, the average wages are also considerable - $3,877 per week or $201,581 annually.

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4. Securities Brokerage

  • Average Annual Wage: $202,054
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,886
  • Average Annual Employment: 279,695

A brokerage firm is a financial institution that transacts the buying and selling of financial securities between a buyer and a seller. These firms generally serve investor clients who trade in public stocks or securities, usually through the firm’s own registered stockbrokers. Financial professionals in this industry are well-compensated – the average annual salary is $202,054 or $3,886 per week.

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3. Internet Publishing and Web Search Portals

  • Average Annual Wage: $205,320
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,948
  • Average Annual Employment: 202,896

This industry generally includes businesses that are involved in publishing or broadcasting content exclusively on the Internet, or operating search engine portals. The publishing and broadcasting businesses typically provide text, audio, and video content, while the portals provide other Internet services, such as search, email, auctions or news. The average wages in this industry are impressive - $3,948 per week or $205,320 annually.

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2. Investment Banking and Securities Dealing

  • Average Annual Wage: $255,115
  • Average Weekly Wage: $4,906
  • Average Annual Employment: 145,727

This industry is comprised of individuals and companies that offer a range of financial services, including investment banking and broker-dealer trading. They also offer banking and wealth management services, as well as securities underwriting and corporate financial services. Professionals in this industry are well-compensated – the average annual salary is $255,115 or $4,906 per week.

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1. Portfolio Management

  • Average Annual Wage: $266,718
  • Average Weekly Wage: $5,129
  • Average Annual Employment: 196,420

Portfolio management is engaged in creating the perfect balance in one’s investment portfolio – the exact combination of financial instruments in order to achieve defined financial objectives. Portfolio managers must consider all investment strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities in the effort to maximize a portfolio’s overall return. For this effort, they are generously compensated - $5,129 per week or an average annual wage of $266,718.

Davenport Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting

Davenport Police are investigating an early morning shooting that left one person hurt.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. on October 18, at the corner of East 2nd Street and Pershing Avenue, which is west of the Dam View and Great River Brewery.

Our WQAD News 8 photographer says there is a large perimeter set up along Iowa Street as police investigated the scene.

No word on the condition of the victim at this time.

This story is developing, we will bring you the latest as soon as it becomes available.

RICO approves Snowstar’s zoning request, nears finalization for Loud Thunder improvements

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Illinois -- At Tuesday night's board meeting, leaders in Rock Island County approved Ski Snowstar's request to operate year-round.

Snowstar asked for the zoning change to be able to hold weddings and other events during the summer. Owners say they also plan to add a zip-line and obstacle course.

There will be a one-year trial period to see if the change causes traffic issues in the area.

The board also decided to move forward to the final step regarding improvements to Loud Thunder.

Plans include repairs to the dam and spillway at Lake George, as well as camping upgrades and a new RV campsite.

The board will meet one more time next month to finalize the deal.

 

 

Illinois borrows $1.5B at reduced interest to pay down debt

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois made a payment on a colossal bill backlog Tuesday, borrowing money at a relatively low rate despite its worst-in-the-nation credit rating.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced a sale of $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds, money borrowed specifically to put toward the debt. The backlog Tuesday stood at $15,979,212,107.30 .

The loan carries an interest rate of 3.5 percent — remarkable given Illinois experts expected the state's poor credit to drive interest as high as 6.5 percent. But, more importantly, it's far lower than taxpayers have to fork over in late-payment fees.

Scott Harry, director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement that the result "bodes well for the state's financing coming next week," when officials will offer another $4.5 billion and aim to cut the backlog in half by June.

The red-ink figures, which tripled during Illinois' two-year budget stalemate — the longest of any state since at least the Great Depression — have become the symbol for Illinois' checkbook incompetence, representing IOUs to vendors, service providers, nonprofit programmers, and doctors who provide medical care for state employees and the impoverished.

Officials estimate that nearly $6 billion of that gets a 1 percent-per-month late charge tacked on after 90 days without payment. That costs taxpayers an additional $2 million a day, according to state Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

When Democrats adopted an income tax increase and budget plan in July over Rauner's vetoes, they included gubernatorial permission to borrow $6 billion at lower interest to pay off patient creditors. Republican Rauner, pushed all summer by Mendoza and other top Democrats, reluctantly agreed.

Mendoza said in a statement Tuesday finalization of the bond sale will prompt her to seek matching federal funds for programs such as Medicaid and to pay first bills with the highest carrying charges.

The state struggled with paying bills before Rauner took office in 2015. But as he did, a temporary income-tax surcharge expired and Rauner squared off with Democrats who control the Legislature over spending and taxes. The backlog skyrocketed and the state's credit rating sunk to the point that Wall Street threatened to label it "junk" without the budget deal sealed in July.

Davenport announces plan aimed at reducing juvenile crime

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The City of Davenport has announced a new plan aimed at reducing juvenile crime.

City leaders accepted a $600,000 grant today to help pay for four new officers.

The city will hire two new school resource officers for it's middle schools and two more for community policing activities. Officials hope the additional officers will help police build a better relationship with youth and steer them from criminal activity.

Both sets of new hires are expected to be in place by July 2018.

 

“Me Too”: victims and offenders at the University of Iowa share their stories

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Two simple words became a movement on Facebook and Twitter to stand against sexual harassment and assault.

"Me too."

News 8 went to the University of Iowa where there is currently a lawsuit seeking to change the college's sexual assault policy to ask people to share their story.

"I was at Iowa Western Community College, and trusted somebody and they had their priorities and took advantage," said Mika Covington.

"I was sexually assaulted by a fellow student in my school, I was in eighth grade, I was assaulted in my middle school back of the auditorium," said Emmalyn Brown.

Some people shared a time when they were a victim, while others told of a time when they were on the other side.

"I was unconscious of what I was doing and I didn't pay attention to the person I was talking to and I scared her and I didn't find out about it till later," said Patrick Dolan.

Sexual assault and harassment is something these people still deal with in their every day life.

"For me, I still struggle with not making excuses for the other person," said Covington.

"I have to deeply understand what I did so I don't do it again and so that I can teach other men not to do it," said Dolan.

"Me Too" has a different meaning, for the survivors a sense of hope.

"I feel inspired when I see those, I feel like I'm not alone, often as a survivor you feel like you're alone, you feel betrayed you are isolated," said Brown

For the offenders,"I think we need men coming forward and talking about how they f***** up and then how they get to a place where they don't do it anymore," said Dolan.

A chance to stand up and speak out about what they did wrong.

Gov. Rauner earned about $90M in 2016, paid $23M in taxes

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has released tax returns showing he earned about $90 million in 2016 and paid about $23 million in state and federal taxes.

The former private equity investor made public Tuesday the cover sheets from his federal and state returns.

Rauner and his wife Diana also said they made about $6.6 million in charitable contributions last year through their family foundation and other giving.

The Rauners’ income came from interest and gains on investments, according to the returns. Rauner has not disclosed any attachments, schedules or other documents that provide detail on his sources of income, business losses or deductions.

In last year’s returns, the Rauners earned nearly $200 million and paid about $50 million in federal and state income taxes.

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