Suspicious Cedar Rapids death of woman now called a homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the suspicious death of an 18-year-old woman in Cedar Rapids is being investigated as a homicide.

The body of AnnaElise Edgeton was found in her apartment late Saturday morning. Concerns were raised after Edgeton missed time from work.

Police say an autopsy shows she was shot to death. No arrests have been reported.

How you can take part in the ‘Valentines for Veterans’ program

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois congresswoman is collecting Valentine’s Day cards for veterans.

This is the fifth year that U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has invited constituents to send Valentine’s Day greetings to those who have served their country.

Bustos says people may mail or drop off the valentines at one of her offices, located in Peoria, Rock Island and Rockford (addresses below).  All you have to do is drop the Valentine’s Day card in a normal envelope and send it to one of the offices.  No need to put any special “Attn:” or markings, according to a spokesperson from the office.

She says it’s a way to make sure “our veterans know that their sacrifices and service to our country are appreciated and will never be forgotten.”

The deadline to submit valentines is February 9.

Peoria Office 820 SW Adams St. Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: (309) 966-1813

Rock Island Office 2401 4th Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201

Phone: (309) 786-3406
Fax: (309) 786-3720

Rockford Office 119 N. Church St. Suite 207 & 208 Rockford, IL 61101

Phone: (815) 968-8011

Amazon lists Chicago among 20 finalists for its second headquarters

Amazon has released a “short” list of cities it is considering for its second headquarters.

But the list isn’t exactly short. The 20 potential cities include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington D.C.

Last year, Amazon received bids from 238 cities and regions from across 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America. The company said it would make a decision in 2018.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy said in a statement. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

Amazon said it evaluated each of the bids based on the criteria it previously outlined, such as proximity to a major airport and ability to attract tech talent.

In the coming months, the company said it will work with each of the locations to “dive deeper” into their proposals, obtain more information and evaluate how the city could accommodate Amazon’s hiring plans and benefit its workers and the local community.

Called HQ2, the new facility will cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate, and will create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Cities made splashy attempts to attract the company’s attention. For example, Tuscon, Arizona sent a giant cactus to CEO Jeff Bezos and Stonecrest, Georgia offered to de-annex some of its land and rename it the city of Amazon.

Meanwhile, Kansas City Mayor Sly James gave five-star reviews to 1,000 random items on Amazon’s website, which tied in the city’s strengths into each post.

Amazon has said the second headquarters would be a “full equal” to its Seattle campus. The tech giant estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an extra $38 billion to the city’s economy.

‘Nobody ever thinks it will happen to them’: 27-year-old woman dies after catching flu

TUSTIN, Calif. – The parents of Katharine Gallagher said she was a healthy, vibrant 27-year-old woman when she suddenly died after contracting the flu and then developing pneumonia last month.

The Southern California woman went to urgent care on a Sunday, and by 6 p.m. the following Tuesday, she was dead.

"Walking down the aisle behind her casket was probably the worst thing that’s ever happened to us," her mother, Liz Gallagher, told KTLA in a tearful interview in Lake Forest on Tuesday.

Katharine Gallagher was 27 when she got the flu and died just days later on Dec. 5, 2017. (Credit: Gallagher family)

The flu season has hit the nation especially hard this season, and in California, the death toll has risen to at least 42 people under the age of 65 — a rising number state health officials say could make it the worst flu season the state's seen in a decade. Gallagher, of Tustin, became one of those dozens of fatal flu cases when she developed severe acute bronchial pneumonia as a complication of the flu and died on Dec. 5, her mother said.

Now her mother wants to warn others, particularly young people who may feel less susceptible to developing serious flu complications, about paying attention to the early signs and getting treatment.

When Gallagher fell ill with the usual flu symptoms — a fever, chills, nausea, aches and pains — she didn't expect it would take such a serious, and ultimately fatal, turn. After going home sick with those symptoms and a backache on a Friday, Gallagher was reluctant to go to the doctor, figuring the virus would pass on its own, her mother said.

Liz Gallagher, whose 27-year-old daughter Katharine died after getting the flu in December 2017, speaks to KTLA about her daughter's death on Jan. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

The following Sunday, she visited urgent care for antibiotics and IV fluids, her mother said. But the virus only got worse.

"The next thing we know, we got a call from her boyfriend ... saying that it was bad and the paramedics were there," she said, her voice quivering with emotion.

"And so after about 10 minutes, he said to me, 'They’ve called it' — worst thing I’ve ever heard in my life."

Katharine Gallagher and her mother, Liz, are seen in an undated photo. Katharine died in December 2017 just days after getting the flu, her mother told KTLA in an interview on Jan. 17, 2018. (Credit: Gallagher family)

Gallagher died just two days after going to urgent care. She did not have the flu shot, and once she got the virus, her mother said she tried to just sleep it off.  Her mother said it's important other people around her daughter's age take the virus seriously.

"Young people just think they’re invincible, and most of them don’t want to pay what it costs now to go to doctors," she said.

"Life is short, and I guess it’s trite to say 'Live every day the best way you can,' but nobody ever thinks it will happen to them."

She was the only child of her parents, Phil and Liz Gallagher, who described the Boston University grad as "very bright, intelligent, bubbly."

‘New California’ movement hopes to create 51st state from rural counties

SAN DIEGO – A group has launched a campaign to divide California into two states.

The New California movment hopes to divide California into two states. — one made up of coastal counties and the other comprising rural counties.

It isn’t the first attempt to split California, but unlike a failed campaign in 2016 to divide California into six states, the campaign to create New California would split the state into one made up of rural counties and another made up of coastal counties.

The movement was founded by Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed. Their website claims that the current state government has established a “Tyranny over the Counties of New California.”

“After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the organizers write. “The nature of the State becoming ungovernable has caused a decline in essential basic services such as education, law enforcement, fire protection, transportation, housing, health care, taxation, voter rights, banking, state pension systems, prisons, state parks, water resource management, home ownership, infrastructure and many more.”

The New California movement issued a “Declaration of Independence,” dated Jan. 15, 2018, that uses similar language to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The document states that the counties of New California “strive to be free from the State of California, and that as a Free and Independent State, have full power to establish and maintain law and order.”

Government shutdown deadline nears

(CNN) — House Republican leaders are moving toward a vote Thursday to avoid a shutdown, but as a new day dawns in Washington, it’s still unclear if GOP leaders have enough support to keep the government open.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and his lieutenants were up against the clock and their own ranks as they scrambled to lock down votes. If Congress doesn’t send a bill to the President approving more money by midnight on Friday, most federal agencies will be forced to stop operations. GOP leaders can’t count on Democrats who have said they will not support a short-term spending bill that funds the government into mid-February if it does not include a fix for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that expires in March. That left Ryan looking to pass the spending bill with just Republican votes.

But conservatives are still a major question mark.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is one of a small group of conservatives opposed to the short-term funding bill and told reporters Wednesday he didn’t believe GOP leaders had the votes to pass it because of the internal divisions. He didn’t rule out supporting it, saying he spoke to President Donald Trump and met with the chief deputy whip, Rep. Patrick McHenry, a fellow GOP North Carolinian.

Asked about Meadows’ saying he’s a no and others in the Freedom caucus planning to oppose the bill, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California tweaked his GOP colleagues, saying “they want a shutdown? I don’t think they’d want to shut down.”

‘What other choice do I have this week’

While reluctant to pass yet another short-term continuing resolution or “CR” — the fourth in just months — many rank-and-file members seemed mostly resigned Wednesday to the fact that it was the only option, even if they were not happy about it.

“What other choice do I have this week,” asked New Jersey Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur. “I’m certainly not going to vote to shut the government down. That’s irresponsible.”

During a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning, GOP leaders made the pitch that the stopgap bill was the only path to keeping talks going on a broader budget deal and a separate effort to come up with a bipartisan compromise on DACA. Without a unified Republican conference heading into that vote, leaders would be forced to give concessions to Democrats in order to get their support and avoid any shutdown.

“There seemed to be a consensus with the cards that we have that this is the best way to play it,” North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Walker said after the meeting. He called the latest short term bill “a proverbial crap sandwich,” but said at this juncture he supported it.

As the afternoon wore on and leaders surveyed GOP lawmakers, one member of the Republican Whip team told CNN that things were going in the right direction.

Republicans added sweeteners to the bill, hoping to make it tough for Democrats to oppose it. They tacked on a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a popular program that some states say is close to running out of money. They also delayed some taxes from the Affordable Care Act — one on medical devices and another on high-cost, so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans, items they believe it would be tough for those Democrats in swing districts to vote against.

Ryan also emphasized that the standoff over immigration is preventing a longer-term funding deal for the Pentagon.

“Funding for modernizing the Army has been cut in half in just the past eight years. Navy sailors are putting in 100-hour work weeks, and less than half of their aircraft are capable of flying. The number of fatal accidents or those resulting in the loss of aircraft for the Marines has doubled over the last decade,” Ryan said, adding, “it’s baffling to me that Democrats would be willing to block funding for a military over unrelated issues.”

House Democratic leaders are urging their members to oppose the measure because it fails to address DACA, according to Democratic sources.

House Republicans aren’t unified

But Ryan still had work to do with the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Ohio GOP Rep. Warren Davidson, a member of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters he’s undecided on how he’ll vote. But he blasted Democrats for their position, saying, “they’re picking 800,000 people who brought them here illegally versus our troops and that is very frustrating so we have wanted to have this money to our troops since October 1, meanwhile our troops aren’t getting this money.”

GOP leaders have consistently argued House Democrats would be responsible for a shutdown if the measure fails on the House floor, and Meadows conceded that it would be easier to blame Democrats for a shutdown if the House clears the bill but it fails in the Senate (Democrats are quick to point out that Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the Executive Branch).

Pressed what he and other conservatives are asking leaders for, Meadows said they are pressing for more details on the big picture plan going forward. “At what point are we going to have a plan on where we land or are we just going to hope that February 16 is better than January 19 because it’s in a different month?”

In the Senate

In the Senate, it was still unclear exactly how Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would manage to get the votes. McConnell, unlike, Ryan needs Democrats. And many Democrats were keeping their powder dry as to how they would vote, waiting on the House to lay their cards on the table and prove they had the GOP votes on their own to pass the continuing resolution.

Senate Democrats are also caught in a tough spot. A handful are running for re-election in states where Trump handily won in 2016. Red state Democrats don’t want to run the risk of being labeled as responsible for a shutdown.

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

But others are under pressure from their liberal base who mobilized when lawmakers voted for a short-term spending bill last time around.

Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, said he had doubts about voting for another short-term CR while Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, remained vague about what his plans were.

“I would hope we’d have something everybody has agreed to,” Leahy said. “I would hope the President and Republican leaders wouldn’t want to humiliate themselves by not going forward with what we agreed to.”

Others are just tired of the whole exercise: Congress using short-term spending bills to kick the can down the road only to return to do it again a month later.

“I’m just tired of voting for CRs,” said Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine.

QC Red Kettle Campaign falls short

The Red Kettle campaign from 2017 did not reach their goal, but you can still help.

The Quad Cities Salvation Army reported collecting about $650,000 of their $825,000 goal.

It's not too late to make a donation to help reach the goal.
You can mail a check to: The Salvation Army, 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803, you can also give on the website, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Mother praised for making 5-year-old ‘pay rent’

ATLANTA – A mother’s method of teaching her young daughter the importance of money is earning high praise on social media.

“I make my 5 year old pay rent,” the post on Essence Evans’ Facebook page reads. Evans says she gives her daughter $7 as allowance, but, just like in the real world, only a portion will go to the things her daughter really wants.

“I make her give me $5 dollars back,” wrote Evans, a mother of one from Atlanta, according to Yahoo. “$1 for rent $1 for water $1 for electricity $1 for cable and $1 for food.”

The remaining two dollars are her daughter’s to spend as she wants. But where are the other $5 going?

“Now, what she doesn’t know is the $5 is actually going away in her savings account which I will give back to her when she turns 18,” Evans wrote. “So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $3,380 to start off.”

Evans urged people to share her lesson in finances with other mothers, adding, “when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount.”

Evans’ advice has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and has thousands of comments, largely positive.

“Thank God for the wisdom He gave you to do this at an early age,” Lorrie Pope-Wiggins wrote. “We always want better for our kids, but they also need to know that life is real, and nothing is handed out.”

“You are brilliant for teaching this to your child in this way!!” Melissa Thomas commented. “I have done similar with my kids, and I am now the proud parent of 2 young ladies who know and respect what they can earn more than something given to them.”

Why you should check your sprinklers during freezing weather

HOUSTON – Officials are asking residents to make sure their sprinklers don’t automatically turn on like they did for one Texas home, turning the front yard into an icicle-laden scene out of the movie Frozen.

The sprinklers were apparently on long enough to noWyt only coat the trees and front lawn, but also to create a dangerous patch of ice on the road.

"We are forecast for another hard freeze tonight," the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management tweeted Wednesday. "Please make sure your sprinkler system is turned off."

With the temperatures expected to fall into the teens and low 20s overnight, the National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning and reminded residents to take care of the four Ps – people, pets, pipes, and plants.

Sprinklers that were left on last night were a large source of road ice. We are forecast for another hard #freeze tonight. Please make sure your sprinkler system is turned off. #WinterWX #SevereWX pic.twitter.com/5cY4ftiqvz

— Harris County OHSEM (@ReadyHarris) January 17, 2018

How cold is it? Cold enough for Texans, that's for sure.

Ranger Dan shows fellow park rangers a quick science experiment on flash freezing in 12 degree weather at Fairfield Lake SP. pic.twitter.com/nwYPesrhQV

— Texas State Parks (@TPWDparks) January 17, 2018

Another hard freeze warning is in effect from 9 PM tonight through 9 AM Thursday. Remember the 4 P's: People, pets, pipes, and plants! #bcswx #houwx #glswx #txwx pic.twitter.com/X5yn8JY6fw

— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 17, 2018

Obama welcomed Trump to Washington a year ago, they haven’t spoken since

(CNN) — A year since they last met, President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama haven’t spoken, the first time in decades two successive presidents have avoided communicating in the 12 months after handing off power.

Ties between presidents — if not always friendly — are usually at least existent. That Trump and Obama have avoided each other speaks to the unprecedented nature of the current White House, and the lingering animosity between two men who openly sparred during 2016’s presidential campaign.

Trump hasn’t shied away from blasting decisions Obama made during his tenure, and has steadily chipped away at key pieces of Obama’s legacy like the Paris climate accord and the Affordable Care Act. He’s also launched personal attacks, falsely claiming that Obama ordered the phones tapped at Trump Tower or that Obama failed to call family members of slain US servicemen.

Obama, meanwhile, has reserved his criticism of Trump for policy matters. On the rare occasions he’s spoken publicly over the past year, he’s made only veiled references to the current Oval Office occupant.

The last time they spoke, Trump and Obama were standing on the East Front of the US Capitol as an idling military helicopter stood nearby. Moments after Trump was inaugurated, Obama appeared loose and smiling, his post-presidency life about to begin.

Behind at the White House, tucked into a drawer in the Oval Office, was the traditional note left by a president to his successor.

“Congratulations on a remarkable run,” Obama wrote. “Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.”

Trump was touched by the note, and tried to arrange a phone call with Obama, people familiar with the situation have said. But Obama was flying cross-country to Palm Springs and Trump couldn’t get through. When one of Obama’s aides reached back out to the White House to return the call, the new President’s staffers said Trump just wanted to say thank you for the note — and wanted Obama to get the message. The men never connected directly.

Since then, there have been no conversations or meetings between the two men — breaking a long line of first-year chats or sit-downs between incoming and outgoing presidents. Usually presidents rely on their predecessors for advice and counsel, even if their relationships are fraught with political differences or lingering electoral animosity. Sometimes they rely on them to carry out diplomatic functions in their stead.

Obama spoke on the phone with George W. Bush on February 27, 2009, to discuss his decision to withdraw some troops from Iraq. Bush encountered Bill Clinton on June 1, 2001, at a funeral in Boston. Clinton spoke with George H.W. Bush on September 15, 1993, at a White House ceremony for NAFTA. Bush Sr. spoke with Ronald Reagan — under whom he served as vice president — on April 26, 1989, during a meeting in Los Angeles.

Reagan spoke with Jimmy Carter on October 8, 1981, at the White House to discuss attending the funeral of slain Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat. Carter spoke with Gerald Ford on September 7, 1977, during a meeting at the White House. Ford spoke with Richard Nixon on November 1, 1974, at a hospital in Long Beach, California. And Nixon spoke with Lyndon B. Johnson at least twice before June 19, 1969, when Nixon said as much during a news conference.

52 killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

(CNN) — Fifty-two people were killed in a passenger bus fire on Thursday in the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan.

Five others escaped the blazing bus in the region of Aktobe and are receiving medical treatment, said emergency official Ruslan Imankulov. All people on the bus are accounted for.

Images from the AFP news agency show the vehicle up in flames and then later gutted and charred on a road by fields covered in snow.

Police, rescuers, doctors and psychologists are working at the site, Imankulov said.

The nationalities of the passengers and the cause of the accident is unknown.

We Need YOUR QUESTIONS for Davenport Schools Superintendent, Dr. Art Tate

DAVENPORT - On Thursday, February 1st, Good Morning Quad Cities is having "Breakfast With..." Dr. Art Tate, Superintendent of the Davenport Community School District.

Our conversation is set to take place a few days before Dr. Tate is scheduled to appear in front of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for a hearing. He is being investigated for illegally dipping into the school district's reserve funds.

We also plan to answer any of your questions for Dr. Tate and/or the Davenport Community School District. If you have any questions/comments for Dr. Tate, fill out the form below:


This Breakfast With... comes after a tour of the new National Weather Service building in Davenport, our conversation with the Interim CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and Moline's Planning and Development Director, Ray Forsythe.

To see all our "Breakfast With..." conversations, click here.

Gage’ing His Impact

Gage Williams, the heart beat of the Kewanee Boilermakers. See how he has been inspiring his team with a shot of a lifetime. The young man that has cheered on his teammates, is finally the one getting cheered for.

City of Moline reveals vision for I-74 corridor

MOLINE - As work is being done on the new I-74 bridge the city of Moline has been working on a vision for the space where the old bridge now sits.

"I think it looks like a good deal they got going on here, I'm really anxious to get this new bridge that we desperately needed forever," said Peggy Redmann, resident.

The area spreads 9 blocks it  includes a signature park along the riverfront, new mixed-use office and retail space, as well as residential areas.

Residents were able to give their input on what they want to see.

"We need grocery stores and we need drug stores and YMCA's and anything that could be athletic for anybody that's moving into the area," said Darla Evans, Moline resident.

The old Spiegel Moving and Towing building with stay, the city owns it and plans to turn it into mixed-use space.

The rest of the area will be new development that will make a big impact on the city.

"We have an opportunity for new property taxes, sales tax , water users, you know obviously food and beverage taxes and just a great opportunity for job creation," said Ray Forsythe, Planning and Development Director.

For residents seeing the plans for the first time they're anxious for what's to come.

"Seeing all of that construction right now off of 74 that is an eye sore, it helps me tolerate it better knowing what it's going to be," said Christie Coverdill, Moline resident.

City leaders will take the input from the open house to finalize a plan, it will then go to city council for review.

Annawan ceremony dedicates overpass to fallen officers

ANNAWAN, Illinois-- A community is keeping the memory of two fallen officers alive.

On January 17th a dedication ceremony took place at the Annawan Community Center for fallen officers Chad Wolf and Adam Streicher. A large crowd of family, friends and law enforcement were present to be a part of an emotional tribute.

The overhead pass on route 78 that goes over interstate 80 at exit 33 is officially renamed after both of them.

The official sign name says Deputy Adam Streicher Trooper Chad Wolf Memorial Pass.

"I feel so honored that all of these people are here for our son..it's breathtaking to me," said Karen Wolf, Chad Wolf's Mother.

Chad Wolf was a Michigan State Trooper who was killed in a motorcycle accident while on patrol in 2015.

Both Wolf and Streicher went to Annawan High School. Streichers Mother said it's the perfect way to keep her son's legacy alive.

"It's my hope that families friends, strangers they'll see that sign and they're say oh my there's two officers that gave their life," said Laurie Streicher, Adam Streicher's Mother.

Adam Streicher was a deputy with the Stark County Sheriff's Department. He was shot while serving a warrant in 2002. He was 23.

Both families received a replica of the  sign from state lawmakers.



Colona Fire Department struggle to keep volunteer numbers up

COLONA, Illinois-- The dwindling number of local volunteer firefighters is raising concerns about safety.

"When the fire call goes out the question is who is going to show up?" said Colona Fire Chief, John Swan.

According to Chief Swan they're struggling with recruitment and retention. Colona Fire Department currently has about about 30 volunteer firefighters on staff.

"We're having a real big problem in the smaller communities," said Swan.

During the day volunteers are scarce with only 3-5 volunteers to answer fire calls but even those numbers can fall.

"Initially it might be just 1 or 2 firefighters rolling out in the daytime cause of being so short staffed," said Swan.

Chief Swan says they're focused on raising awareness among the community because it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

"It causes undue stress and increases the chance of loss of life or injuries due to the fact that we don't have enough help so it's very important the manning issue on a fire scene, it can make a difference between life and death," said Swan.

According to Swan the shortage is hitting not just locally but at the state and national level.

In Illinois, there are about 42,000 firefighters and more than half of them are volunteers.