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Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s “mystery client” revealed to be Sean Hannity

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(CNN) — Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen also represents Fox News host Sean Hannity, Cohen’s attorneys said Monday afternoon.

Cohen had told the court earlier he had at least 10 clients between 2017 and 2018, including the President, and the former GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy who acknowledged paying $1.6 million to a Playboy model with whom he had an affair.

Judge Kimba Wood ordered Cohen to attend and provide information about his clients as she weighs an emergency action by Cohen’s attorneys to stop prosecutors from reviewing more than a dozen electronic devices and documents seized during a FBI raid of Cohen’s office, home and hotel room last week.

Cohen’s lawyers had publicly identified Trump and Broidy as clients, but only revealed Hannity’s name after the judge ordered them to.

Cohen’s lawyers have called the raid “completely unprecedented” and asked the judge to let their lawyers review the documents or put in place a special master to comb through the seized material and separate communications that should be protected by attorney client privilege.

“This is perhaps the most highly publicized search warrant in the history of recent American criminal jurisprudence. It is paramount that the review of Mr. Cohen’s data and documents be handled in such a way as to eliminate, as much as possible, even the ‘appearance of unfairness,'” the letter said.

Late Sunday, lawyers for Trump asked for copies of the seized material to be turned over so the President could review them for confidential information.

Prosecutors with the US attorney’s office in Manhattan said they have a “filter team” of lawyers separate from those involved in the investigation in place to review the documents for any communications between Cohen and his clients.

Prosecutor Thomas McKay told the judge during a sidebar session on Friday, “This is a fast-moving investigation. We are devoting a large amount of resources to the whole case but, in particular, to our filter team to get this review done very quickly.”

Cohen acknowledged that seven of the 10 clients he had in 2017 to 2018 involved business consulting over legal advice. He also listed in broad terms his legal work in the dozen years before he began working for the Trump Organization in 2007.

Last week, prosecutors said in a court filing that they have been investigating Cohen for months “for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings.”

They also said that Cohen appeared to have few clients other than the President and they had not uncovered any emails between the two suggesting the potential risk of violating attorney client privilege was slim.

The search warrant authorizing the raid indicated prosecutors were looking into potential violations of bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations, sources told CNN. The warrant also sought information that included payments allegedly made to keep women silent about affairs with Trump more than a decade ago.

It also emerged Cohen facilitated a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who said she became pregnant from a relationship with Broidy, who was the deputy chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned Friday when the payment became public.

Broidy admitted to the relationship in a statement but did not address whether he impregnated the woman. He said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Keith Davidson, an attorney representing the woman, and said he retained Trump’s lawyer “after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson.”

Davidson also represented former adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, a former playmate. Both women claimed to have affairs with Trump, who has denied the allegations.

Next weather system on track for Wednesday

Clouds and 30s we’ve seen throughout the day will give way to clearing skies overnight.  Naturally, this will chill the air with overnight lows dropping in the upper 20s.

A good dose of April sunshine for your Tuesday will push temperatures around the 50 degree  mark come that afternoon.

The next weather system I see for the rest of the work week is on track for Wednesday across the Midwest. This will not only bring scattered showers around our neck of the woods but areas farther north along the Iowa and Minnesota border and points east into Wisconsin we’ll see spots reaching a foot of snow.   Amounts of an inch or two may make their way as far south from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Galena, Illinois.   Anywhere south of that and you’re looking at the last of the raindrops slowly end that night with a few snowflakes within.

After seeing highs around 50 degrees on Thursday comes a slight bump in temperatures heading into the upcoming weekend with highs in the warmer 50s to possibly reaching 60 by Sunday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan coming to Taxslayer Center

MOLINE, Illinois — One of the country’s most popular stand-up comedians will perform at the Taxslayer Center this summer when Jim Gaffigan visits Moline on his “Fixer Upper” Tour.

Gaffigan is a three-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer and New York Times Best-selling author.

The comedian is scheduled to perform on Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which cost between $35.95 and $59.75, go on sale on Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. in person at the Taxslayer Center box office or online at ticketmaster.com.

While he continues to travel the country doing stand up, Gaffigan has continued to expand his roles in front of and behind the camera on TV and movies, with 10 films he’s worked on slated to be released or start production in 2018.

 

Supreme Court again refuses to hear Blagojevich appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court for the second time has refused to hear an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his corruption convictions.

The justices didn’t comment Monday in letting stand the convictions and 14-year prison term the 61-year-old is serving. His scheduled release date is 2024.

Blagojevich’s lawyers had wanted the high court to take up his case to make clear what constitutes illegal political fundraising. They argued that politicians are vulnerable to prosecution because the line between what’s allowed and what’s illegal is blurry.

His convictions included trying to extort a children’s hospital for contributions and seeking to trade an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated when he was elected president for campaign cash.

The court also refused to hear his 2016 appeal.

American woman and Japanese man win Boston Marathon’s elite divisions

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(CNN) — An American woman and a Japanese man won the elite divisions in the Boston Marathon Monday, the first time runners from each country have taken the top spots in more than 30 years.

Desiree (Desi) Linden, a two-time Olympian, battled the rain and wind to win the 122nd running of the storied race. It’s also the first marathon win of the 34-year-old’s career.

“I love this city,” Linden said to NBC Sports. “I love this race, this course. It’s storybook, so I’m thrilled to be here and to get it done.”

Yuki Kawauchi of Japan came in first place in the men’s elite division, overtaking Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya in the final miles. American Shadrack Biwott was third.

“For me, these are the best conditions possible,” Kawauchi said jokingly, according to the Boston Marathon’s Twitter account.

For the fourth year in a row, Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s push rim wheelchair division, while American Tatyana McFadden won the women’s push rim wheelchair division for the fifth time.

In 2011, Linden finished second in the women’s division, just 2 seconds behind Caroline Kilel. She also was second at the US Olympic Marathon trials in 2012. Linden finished fourth in the Boston Marathon last year.

Earlier in the race, Linden temporarily took herself out of contention to help fellow American Shalane Flanagan, who won the New York City Marathon in November — the first American woman to take that honor in 40 years. Flanagan dropped out of the lead pack to go to a portable toilet. Showing tremendous sportsmanship, Linden hung back to wait for Flanagan so they could both return to the lead pack together.

“Honestly, at mile 2, 3, 4, I didn’t feel like I was even going to make it to the finish line,” Linden said. “I told her in the race, I said, ‘You know, if there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out.’ When you work together, you never know what’s going to happen. Helping her helped me and kind of got my legs back from there.”

Linden took the lead around the 2-hour, 12-minute mark, passing Gladys Chesir of Kenya and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia.

Flanagan finished sixth, one of six American women finishing in the top eight.

Before Linden, the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon was Lisa Rainsberger in 1985.

The last Japanese man to win the famous race was Toshihiko Seko in 1987. The last American man to win Boston was Meb Keflezighi, in 2014.

MetroLINK adds battery-electric buses to fleet

MOLINE, Illinois — Mass transit in the Quad Cities is getting more environmentally friendly.

MetroLINK welcomed three battery-electric buses to their fleet Monday, April 16.

The 40-foot-long buses are quieter than most buses and give off zero emissions, according to a statement from the Quad Cities Chamber. The buses will reduce long-term operation costs and fares will remain the same for riders.  Here are a few features that come with the new buses:

  • State of the art wheelchair securement system
  • Nine security cameras
  • 360 degree camera system
  • Electric infotainment system
Hop on the WQAD Facebook page at 1:15 p.m. to take a virtual tour of the new buses.

Back in 2002 MetroLINK unveiled its clean air initiative.  Now 80% of the fleet runs on compressed natural gas as opposed to Diesel fuel.  Adding to their efforts to go green, the new buses have no liquid fuel nor do they require oil changes; they also are built with 30% fewer parts.

“These buses will improve the quality of life for area residents in so many ways,” said Illinois DOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “By working with our federal and local partners, we are reducing operating costs and helping the environment by cutting down on harmful emissions, all while providing riders with a safer, more pleasurable experience.”

The buses were paid for by grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration.

An additional $3.165 million was recently secured for the purchase of five more battery-electric buses and charging equipment.  That money was awarded by the Federal Transportation Administration.  Those buses are expected to be running by 2019.

MetroLINK is the first public transit system in Illinois to use battery-electric buses, according to Jennifer Hirsch, Manager of Administration for MetroLINK.

These buses will be assigned to Metro Route 20, which provides service from Centre Station downtown Moline down to SouthPark Mall and the Quad City International Airport.

Click here to see MetroLINK’s website for maps and schedules.

Financial expert: Deere could be hit hard by Chinese tariffs

MOLINE- The threat of tariffs on the agriculture industry could continue to have an impact on some of the largest employers in central and western Illinois.

Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski joined us Monday, April 16 on Good Morning Quad Cities. Grywacheski says China is proposing $150 billion worth of tariffs which could impact the manufacturing and agriculture industry. He says Deere and Company could be hit hard by the tariffs, but that's not the only company that could be affected.

"For Caterpillar, that would be hit hard with its high volume of sales into China," Grywacheski said Monday.

Out of Deere, Caterpillar, and Arconic, Deere's stock was the only one down Monday morning. Deere's stock was down $0.52 as of 11:10 a.m. Caterpillar's stock was up $1.97. Arconic's stock was up $0.30.

Jo Daviess County Sheriff seeks public’s help in burglary investigation

Multiple Apple Canyon Lake homes were broken into over the last week and the Jo Daviess County Sheriff is asking the public to provide any information they might have.

Nobody was home at the time when the homes were broken into and robbed of electronics and alcohol.

Anyone with information pertaining to these burglaries is encouraged to contact Dubuque/Jo Daviess Crime Stoppers at (800) 747-0117 or the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 777-2141.  Callers providing information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.  Callers are reminded that they may remain anonymous.

 

Muncie Police chief defends use-of-force in video going viral of arrest

MUNCIE, Ind. – The chief of the Muncie Police Department has provided WXIN – a Tribune Media sister station of WQAD in Indianapolis – some context regarding a viral video of officers using force during an arrest Sunday.

The video, which garnered thousands of shares within a few hours on Facebook, shows an officer punching a man who Chief Joe Winkle says had ran from police and refused to show his hands.

The video was also being shared on Quad Cities area social media this week, with people reporting it happened in Moline rather than Muncie.

Chief Winkle says the suspect, 36-year-old Joshua Douglas, threw a bag containing 65 grams of crystal meth during a foot pursuit. Someone reportedly called 911 on Douglas because they were afraid he was going to drunkenly drive his car from a Taco Bell.

Although some are questioning the officers’ use of force during the apprehension, Chief Winkle says he believes they followed protocol for a person resisting arrest. The chief says the officers didn’t know whether the man had a weapon on him.

Officers did manage to place Douglas into custody. He’s now facing charges of resisting law enforcement, dealing methamphetamine, and possession of a narcotic.

The chief told the Muncie Star Press that he doesn’t believe Douglas was injured during the apprehension. He also said he urges citizens to “just comply” if they’re being arrested.

Black men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks agree to meet with CEO

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The two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week have agreed to meet with Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson.

The timing of the meeting has not been set, according to a Starbucks spokesperson. The company said it hopes the meeting will occur this week while Johnson is in Philadelphia addressing the controversy over their arrests.

A store manager called the police because the two men were sitting in the store without placing an order. They were arrested for trespassing. The customers said they were waiting for another man to arrive. That person arrived at the store as they were being arrested.

In an interview Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Johnson said he hoped to meet with the two men in person to apologize face to face.

“I’d like to have a dialogue with them so that I can ensure that we have opportunity to really understand the situation and show some compassion and empathy for the experience they went through,” he said. “Finally as we’re working to solve this, I’d like to invite them to join me in finding a constructive way to solve this issue.”

He called the arrests “reprehensible” and promised to take action so that it doesn’t happen again.

Johnson has apologized repeatedly since news of the arrests went viral last week, but he declined during Monday’s interview to say whether the manager would face discipline, declining to “point blame.”

“My responsibility is to look not only at that individual but to look more broadly at the circumstances that set that up, to ensure that this never happens again,” he said on “Good Morning America.”

Johnson said staff would get more training on “unconscious bias.”

“I’ve been very focused on understanding what guidelines and what training ever let this happen,” he said. “What happened was wrong, and we will fix it.”

Johnson had already posted apologies on the company’s website. He said the company wanted to “express our deepest apologies to the two men who were arrested with a goal of doing whatever we can to make things right.” He was in Philadelphia on Monday when he conducted the interview on “Good Morning America.”

“Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling,” he said in the blog post.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued his own statement saying the incident “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.” He added that the apology from Starbucks “is not enough” and that he would ask the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to examine the firm’s policies and procedures and whether there should be bias training for its employees.

And protests are taking place Monday in Philadelphia by community residents who want the Starbucks store closed.

Prosecutors in Philadelphia have announced they will not pursue charges against the men. Police Commissioner Richard Ross defended his officers’ actions in a statement on Facebook, saying that the officers were called to respond to a trespassing complaint and that they behaved properly and followed procedure.

Starbucks has a history of advocating racial equality. In 2015 in the face of protests nationwide about police shootings of black men, Starbucks launched what it called the “race together” effort, having employees write that term on coffee cups to try to engage customers to think and talk about racial issues.

Burke Cleaners in Moline robbed at scissor-point

MOLINE, Illinois — Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a dry cleaners in Moline this morning by wielding a pair of scissors at a cashier.

According to Moline Police, a white male with blonde hair, aged 35-45 entered Burke Cleaners, 3024 Avenue of the Cities, armed with scissors and demanded money from the cash register. The robbery occurred around 7:00 a.m. The suspect was wearing gray sweatpants and a gray hoodie, according to a description in the media release.

The suspect was able to flee on foot and has not been located.

Anyone with information regarding the armed robbery is asked to call the Moline Police Criminal Investigations Division at (30) 524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at (309) 762-9500.

Quad Cities is one of top 20 metros with worst foreclosure rates in nation

More than a decade after the national housing crisis, four Illinois communities still have some of the worst foreclosure rates in the nation.

Attom Data Solutions’ quarterly foreclosure report shows that Rockford, Peoria, Cook County and the Quad Cities are all in the top 20 metropolitan areas in terms of foreclosures per total homes in the first quarter of 2018.

Vice President Daren Blomquist said the housing crisis is so far gone that Illinois’ foreclosure woes can longer be blamed on that.

“[Illinois] loans originated in the last seven years since the end of the Great Recession are performing not as well as the rest of the country and falling into default at higher rates,” he said.

At one foreclosure for every 335 homes, the Rockford metropolitan area has the seventh-highest foreclosure rate in the nation.

Bob Nieman, a veteran Rockford real estate agent, said his area’s lagging economy and high property taxes are the biggest reasons for so many bank-owned homes.

“Add high taxes with high crime and you’ve got an exodus from the state of Illinois and the Rockford area,” he said, adding that banks are extraordinarily hesitant to list homes that they’re sitting on.

Illinois had the fourth-highest percentage of foreclosed homes in the nation, behind New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

The situation does appear to be improving, Blomquist said, with foreclosures dropping nearly 25 percent year-over-year.

“We’re getting closer to a point where the foreclosure activity in Illinois is, maybe, normal,” he said.

The average foreclosure proceeding in Illinois is falling but still among the nation’s longest, averaging 791 days.

Mayor of Madrid, IA resigns amid talks of dissolving police force due to brutality lawsuits

MADRID, Iowa — Madrid’s mayor resigned last Friday after launching controversial discussions to dissolve his town’s police department in light of multiple federal lawsuits alleging officer misconduct, according to The Des Moines Register.

The proposal would transfer Madrid’s law enforcement duties to the Boone County sheriff.

Dirk Ringgenberg declined to discuss specifics about the proposal after he resigned Thursday as mayor.

“I think you can piece it together,” said Ringgenberg, an Army veteran who is a teaching assistant at Iowa State University. “I was named in one of the lawsuits as the mayor, and you can probably see what I’ve done to try to correct things. But now I’ve resigned.”

The lawsuits accuse the city of Madrid of hiring or maintaining the employment of officers with “checkered” histories who have continued to engage in a pattern of professional or criminal wrongdoing against citizens.

Madrid Police Chief Rick Tasler was suspended by the City Council for five days in 2010 following a series of online videos that showed him pointing a handgun at a sparring partner’s head.

And Madrid Officer Nick Millsap in 2007 pleaded guilty to an aggravated misdemeanor charge of animal abuse for his part shooting seven dogs that were removed from a home when he was the police chief of Hamburg.

In one of the lawsuits, the city late last year agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement to Madrid resident Jamie Graham, 58.

Graham alleged the officers were involved in 2015 incidents in which they assaulted him unjustly. Graham, who has several drug convictions on his record, outlined a series of threats and intimidations he said he received from the officers in the town of 2,600 people.

In one situation, Graham accused Tasler and Madrid Officer Neal Cooley of holding his arms while Millsap elbowed him in the head and left him bruised and bloody.

In a second and ongoing lawsuit, Woodard resident Justin Brewer, 34, made similar allegations: He said Tasler held him while Millsap punched him in the face in 2016.

Brewer was never charged and sustained injuries to his jaw that require physical therapy, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Millsap wouldn’t identify himself to Brewer.

It also states that Tasler was upset that agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation had been called to investigate the matter, later calling Brewer on his cell phone and warning him “about spreading false reports about what happened that night,” according to the lawsuit.

Brewer’s lawsuit does not indicate the outcome of the DCI investigation. However, the DCI on Friday provided the Register with a summary of the review conducted by Boone County Attorney Daniel Kolacia following the investigation.

Kolacia’s summary outlines the following events:

Brewer was belligerent and refused to leave a beer tent after he pushed his way to the front of a line and was denied service because it was after last call.

Police were called. Millsap struck Brewer because officers believed they were going to be assaulted.

The use of force was reasonable given the circumstances known to the officers at the time, Kolacia concluded.

Des Moines attorney Glen Downey, who represents both Graham and Brewer, said he is filing a third lawsuit against the department involving another Madrid resident who alleges police misconduct.

“What you see in Madrid is a fractured community,” Downey said, noting community concern about the future of its police force. “What I can tell you is if there is no oversight and the only option is federal lawsuits, then that’s what’s going to be done.”

Tasler declined to comment Friday.

Millsap resigned from the force last last year. He said Friday that he couldn’t discuss the Brewer case because it was ongoing. He maintains the allegations against him in the Graham case are “nowhere close to being factual.”

“It kind of becomes a cash-grab and a way to make money for attorneys,” Millsap said about the lawsuit. “It’s unfortunate the taxpayers had to foot the bill for what equated to a justified use of force and arrest.”

All Madrid officers now wear body cameras, according to the City Council’s minutes from last year.

Madrid City Clerk Mary Jo Reese referred questions to Councilman Kurt Kruse, who she said likely will be appointed interim mayor during the council’s meeting Monday.

“All I can say is he (Ringgenberg) is involved in a lawsuit and he resigned,” Kruse said.

Boone County Sheriff Gregg Elsberry did not immediately return calls Friday.

The agenda for Monday’s council meeting includes Ringgenberg’s resignation. It does not include discussion about the future of the city’s police force.

There is, however, a public comment portion of the meeting, and some Madrid residents plan to speak about the town’s police.

“This is going to take away from the safety in town,” Madrid resident Truen Olson posted on Facebook, urging residents to speak against dismantling the police department.

The council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the community room across from Madrid City Hall, 304 S. Water St.

 

 

And Our 2018 Jefferson Awards Finalist Is…

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - A woman who is spreading joy in memory of her son is about to head to Washington, D.C. to share her story on a national level.

On Friday, April 13th, WQAD News 8 announced our 2018 Jefferson Awards Finalist - Michelle McMullen. She is going to the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in June to represent the Quad City Area and her nonprofit - Jordan's Joy.

The organization honors Michelle's son, Jordan Schmidt, who passed away in 2013 from a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Jordan's Joy raises money for area children battling rare and life threatening diseases. The nonprofit also creates special memories for them and their families.

Since 1972, the Jefferson Awards Foundation has identified and honored more than 50,000 local "unsung heroes," recognizing their outstanding public service by awarding them with the country's longest standing and most prestigious award.

WQAD News 8 will host a half-hour special on our 4th Season of the Jefferson Awards on Friday, June 29th at 11:30am and 6:30pm. During that special, we will share Michelle's experience in Washington, D.C.

For a full list and stories of all our Jefferson Awards Nominees, click here.

Paid summer breaks & other common myths about teachers

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As teachers in several states across the United States protest for higher pay and more funding for public education, lawmakers and onlookers are debating whether teachers deserve more money.

But many of the arguments against teachers’ demands are based on misconceptions about the teaching profession and how they’re compensated.

Here are a few common myths about teachers and their pay.

MYTH: Teachers work less than other professionals

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average length of an American school day is just over 6.5 hours. But teachers work much longer than that.

Kristen Emanuel, a 7th grade teacher in New York City, said she regularly works 11 hours a day. Nine of those are spent at school.

More than 3.5 million full-time teachers in the United States are required to work 38.2 hours a week on average, according to the NCES. But when taking into account all other school-related activities teachers participate in — like after school conferences, staff meetings and extracurricular programs — they actually end up working 53.3 hours during a typical work week.

For most other professions, a typical American work week in 2017 was 42.3 hours, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Emanuel stays at the school late to work on lesson plans and prepare for the next day, she said, knowing it will be harder to get work done at home with her three kids.

When she finally leaves work, Emanuel makes her kids dinner and puts them to bed. “And the second they’re down, I start grading papers and doing lesson plans for the next day,” she said, adding she also spends 4 to 5 hours grading papers on the weekend.

“I love my students, but it’s also emotionally exhausting, physically exhausting and mentally taxing,” Emanuel said.

Leslie Busch, a special education teacher in Kentucky, agrees. “It’s not a 9 to 5 and leave-your-stuff-at-work kind of job,” she said. “You live it. You breathe it. It’s there with you all the time.”

MYTH: Teachers have a paid summer vacation

“That’s a misconception on many people’s minds,” Busch told CNN. In fact, teachers are only paid for the days they work. For Busch, that’s 187 days a year.

Busch said many teachers, including herself, choose to have a portion of each of their paychecks withheld during the school year so they can continue to receive a paycheck through the summer. That means about 9 months’ worth of money is spread out over 12 months.

Several teachers in different states told CNN they choose to have their pay prorated so they can have a steady stream of income over the summer, but they’re not getting paid to lounge by the pool, they said.

“I get a paycheck,” Busch said. “I do not get extra pay.”

Emanuel also chooses to have her pay spread out. “It’s about budgeting,” she said, “and allocating pay.”

“I do it myself because I just like to have that steady stream of income,” she told CNN, adding that some teachers choose not to have their pay withheld, and receive the money up front. But those teachers won’t get a paycheck over the summer.

MYTH: Teachers are given all their supplies

Many teachers have to pay for classroom supplies out of their own pockets, further adding to the financial burdens many educators are facing.

A 2016 study by educational publisher Scholastic found teachers, on average, spent $530 of their personal money on supplies for their classrooms.

They’re buying supplies for students like pencils, notebooks, tissues, books, lesson plans, technology and software, the study showed.

Kerrie Dallman, the president of the Colorado Education Association (CEA), said each year she’d spend between $800 and $1,000 on average buying supplemental textbooks and classroom materials, but most CEA members pay about $650.

Emanuel, the teacher in New York City, buys books, posterboard, tape, scissors, staplers, hand sanitizer, tissues and organizational materials, she said. “It really runs the gamut.”

It’s gotten better in recent years, she said, with organizations like DonorsChoose.org helping teachers supply their classrooms. But she said still spends at least $1,000 each year.

MYTH: All teachers receive an adequate wage

Besides the teaching work they take home, many educators take on extra work or second jobs to supplement their incomes.

In the 2015-2016 school year, 17.9% of public school teachers had a job outside of the school system, according to data from the NCES. Another 44.5% took on extracurricular activities within the school system that netted additional pay.

Dallman said she worked all kinds of jobs to make extra money when she was in the classroom, teaching high school social studies.

“In the past I’ve coached swimming, I’ve coached softball,” she said. “I have worked for UPS as a truck loader in the summer in 100-degree heat in a semi-truck at midnight.”

The CEA collects information from its 35,000 members to see what additional jobs they take to supplement their salaries, and there are many examples of teachers driving for Lyft, working at Walmart or doing landscaping, Dallman said.

Colorado teachers aren’t alone, either. Educators in Oklahoma told CNN about working 2, 3 or even up to 6 jobs to make ends meet.

“I think it’s a real testament to an individual’s commitment to teaching when they could probably go find another job and earn more money,” Dallman said.

“But,” she adds, “they stay in the classroom because of their passion for our students.”

I-80 in Cedar County: site of several accidents early Monday morning

TIPTON, Iowa — The Cedar County Sheriff and Tipton Police departments covered several traffic accidents on I-80 early Monday morning, Trooper Dan Loussaert told WQAD.

“Cedar County roads have been the most trouble this morning, with a fair amount of vehicles sliding into ditches between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.,” said Trooper Loussaert.

There were also three accidents along I-80 that Trooper Loussaert could provide details on:

At the 266 mile marker, a semi heading eastbound slid into the median, but sustained no damage.

Also at the 266 mile marker, a single vehicle heading eastbound hit the bridge, sending one person to the hospital with minor  injuries.

At the 269 mile marker, a semi and a van hit each other while traveling in the same direction, and the semi continued on, leading officers to believe it may not have even been aware of the accident. There were no injuries but the incident is still under investigation.

Scott County is receiving some reports of accidents which have not yet been confirmed by police.

Check back here for updates as this is a developing story.

Black teen who missed bus gets shot at after knocking to ask for directions

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – A 14-year-old boy says he was shot at after knocking on the door of a Michigan home to ask for directions after missing his school bus Thursday morning.

The alleged shooter, identified as former Detroit Fire Department Lt. Jeff Zeigler, was arraigned Friday on felony charges of being in possession of a firearm and assault with intent to murder, according to WXYZ.

The teen, Brennan Walker, said the incident happened after he missed his bus and decided to walk to school, about a 4-mile trip. Somewhere along the way, he got lost and decided to ask for help.

“I knocked on the door, stepped back, knocked, stepped back and then a lady came downstairs yelling at me,” Brennan said. “She asked me, ‘Why are you trying to break into my house?’ and I told her, ‘No, I was just looking for directions to Rochester High.'”

Brennan said a man then came downstairs with a shotgun and Brennan started running, “I turned back and saw him aiming at me.”

Zeigler fired one shot in Brennan’s direction, missing him, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Dept.

Prosecutors say surveillance video showed that Brennan knocked on the door, refuting Zeigler’s claim that the teen was trying to break into his home.

“There’s a lot more to this story than what is being told and I believe that will all come out in court,” Zeigler said while appearing in court via video. “I was in bed yesterday morning when my wife started screaming and crying…”

The judge ordered a $50,000 bond with no 10 percent option, and, if he is released, Zeigler will have to attend counseling and wear a GPS monitor. He’s also prohibited from coming within 10 miles of the high school student, so he’ll have to find a new place to live if he posts bond, according to WXYZ.

Walker’s mother told WJBK that what she heard while watching video of that morning has her furious.

“One of the things that stands out, that probably angers me the most is, while I was watching the [surveillance] tape, you can hear the wife say, ‘Why did ‘these people’ choose my house?'” mother Lisa Wright said. “Who are, ‘these people?’ And that set me off. I didn’t want to believe it was what it appeared to look like. When I heard her say that, it was like, but it is (what it looks like).”

Zeigler is due back in court April 24.

 

Check traffic cameras before you commute this morning

Before heading out while roads are still slick this morning, check IDOT’s live cameras for traffic and road conditions in order to plan your commute accordingly.

Patches of ice that formed yesterday are hiding under light snowfall this morning. A vehicle rolled over an icy patch last night, sending two people to the hospital. Reports of accidents  are still coming in this morning–a car has crashed into a tree on 38th St. and 7th Ave. in Rock Island, causing the driver minor injury.

Slippery conditions for the morning commute

Snow showers will come to an end this morning, but not before creating quite a slick commute. Even though there isn't much snow, you will want to allow a few more minutes to get to your destination. We will continue to update this story with traffic information as car-truck volumes increase this morning.

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Road conditions will improve drastically after 10am this morning.

We'll remain mostly cloudy through the day today with highs in the 35-40 degree range. We'll clear out tonight with lows in the 20s. Mostly sunny skies and strong April sun will warm us into the lower 50s on Tuesday.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

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