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YOUR MONEY with Mark: Interest rate hikes, the U.S. Strike on Syria, and potential tariffs

MOLINE - Every Monday on Good Morning Quad Cities, Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski joins us live on the air to talk about a range of financial issues and topics.

On Monday, April 16th, Mark discussed interest rate hikes, the potential tariff impact on Deere and Caterpillar, plus how the U.S. led airstrike on Syria could impact the stock market.

Your Money With Mark airs live every Monday between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. To live stream our newscast from our website, click here.

The Score Sunday – Assumption Soccer, College Signings, Paul Olsen, FCA

The Score Sunday features the Assumption Girls Soccer Team.  The Lady Knights are undefeated and ranked #1 in Class 1A. It was a busy week for high school student-athletes made their college choices official with several signing days.  Augustana Track and Field Coach Paul olsen looks back at his 52 year career.  The St. Ambrose Women's lacrosse teams makes history in their first season.  The FCA story of the week features Ron Kiser, a Muscatine Tennis Coach for close to 40 years.

Rollover on route 5 and 84 near East Moline-Silvis border sends 2 people to hospital

A rollover near the East Moline-Silvis border on Route 5 and 84 sent two people to the hospital. The accident happened around 8:30 this evening.

Rock Island Deputies  say icy roads caused the accident and about 5 other minor ones. They shutdown the eastbound and westbound lanes temporarily to get salt trucks out on the road.

There's no word on the condition of the people sent to the hospital from that roll over.
As of 9:30 p.m both lanes are opened up again.

A thick, warm coat will be needed for Monday

We’re right in the middle of April, and we’re still talking about wintry weather. Snow showers will taper off after the sunset tonight, but very chilly air will settle in by Monday morning. Lows will be in the mid 20s, but it will easily feel like the teens with a brisk northwest wind in place.

There won’t be much of an improvement on Monday with highs only in the mid to upper 30s. On top of that, northwest winds will make it feel like the 20s. A few flurries will fall throughout the day under a cloudy sky.

We will finally see sunshine on Tuesday, and we’ll manage to warm up near 50. A few showers will graze by on Wednesday with highs back in the mid 50s. The work week will end on a quiet note. The low to mid 50s will return on Thursday and Friday with a mix of sun and clouds.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

April snow showers on track for Sunday

It’s April 15th, and we have some snow showers on the way this morning and afternoon. While accumulations will be light, it’s possible that areas to the northwest of the Quad Cities and along Highway 20 could pick up 1-2″ of snow. For those in the Quad Cities, it will be around a dusting at best. Accumulations will likely be on grassy surfaces, but a few slick spots on the roads are possible. We’ll remain very chilly today with highs only in the mid 30s!  On top of that, northwest winds will be gusting at 20 mph at times.

A few snow showers will linger into the evening, but much of the snow will be gone by Monday morning. It will be breezy and cold with lows in the 20s.

Cloud cover lingers on Monday, along with a few sprinkles and flurries. We’ll only make it into the upper 30s. Thankfully, the sunshine will be back on Tuesday with highs near 50. We’ll stick with the 50s on Wednesday, but our next round of showers will arrive as well.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

North Scott, United Township and Rock Island Soccer

WQAD Sportscast for April 14, 2018.

North Scott beats Orion-Sherrard Soccer 3-0.  Rylie Rucker scores the first goal in the 40th minute.

United Township host an 8-team soccer invitational, the Panthers would win three games scoring 17 goals and allowing only one en route to winning the championship.

Rock island and davenport Central soccer played each other at the united Township Soccer Invite.  there game would go to penalty kicks before the Lady Rocks would win 1-0.

State and local candidates speak out at Annual Democratic Gala

 

The Democratic Red White and Blue Gala, brought out dozens of Democrats. The Annual event took place Saturday evening at the Radisson Inn, Downtown Davenport.

Both state and local political candidates made an appearance, spreading their message to potential voters. All Iowa Democratic governor candidates and one governor representative were there.

 

"This is part of our standing up for Iowa Farmers Tour," said governor candidate, Fred Hubbell.

"The economy is not doing well, we can't fund the things we care about like funding education," said Cathy Glasson.

For some, the message from the democratic candidates were well received.

"I like when the candidates talk over several issues and have more than one topic," said longtime local democrat Nancy Nieland.

But for others the messages were a miss.

"I think there's a lot of collective activism, I'm just afraid we're going to put the same old candidates in place. We got to take care of each other and what i'm hearing is the same stuff we may have a blue wave but i want a real blue change," said Davenport Resident, Ray Zirkelbach.

Zierkelbach says the candidates need to address the problem of poverty here in the Quad City area.

They speak these things but we need real movement real systems changed. I'm looking for someone who will stand up and say that(...) and not be scared,"said Zirkelbach.

One thing many Scott County Democrats want to see change is the number of voters at the polls.

 

 

One man hurt, tenants displaced after early morning explosion in Davenport

DAVENPORT– City of Davenport officials say one man is hurt after an early morning explosion at an apartment building.

Officials say shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday April 14, 2018, Davenport Fire crews responded to the 6500 block of  Cedar Street.  First crews on scene found a six unit apartment building with debris in the front and back yards.  Davenport Fire District Chief Neil Gainey says it appeared the apartment building sustained  some type of explosion.

The 16-person crew quickly searched for people inside and fire.  One man occupant of the ground level apartment was outside the back door and required immediate medical attention.  He was treated and transported to Genesis East by Medic and a Davenport Fire crew member.

Crews extinguished the fire and accounted for all remaining tenants.  The Red Cross provided assistance to one adult and three children. The remaining six adult tenants had accommodations available.

Due to the fire and structural integrity of the building and the lack of heat and water, the tenants were unable to return to their apartments.

The incident is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Five teens arrested after police say the car they stole broke down in the middle of the road

MOLINE-- Just before 1 p.m. on Saturday, Moline police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Avenue of the Cities near the I-74 on ramp for a report of a reckless driver.

Police say the information provided by the caller revealed the car was stolen during an incident in Moline on Friday, April 13. The keys were left in the car, and it was stolen from a home, police say.

After a few blocks of reckless driving, police say the stolen car broke down near the 2700 block of Avenue of the Cities, and five teens who were all in the stolen car ran away.

Officers were able to quickly catch all five teens, and they are being interviewed at the Moline Police Department by detectives and Rock Island County Juvenile Probation Officers.

The investigation is ongoing.

Additionally, police would like to remind everyone to remove keys from your car, remove valuables from your car, and lock your car to prevent easy opportunities for criminals.

Old Man Winter will bring snow showers and cold air on Sunday

Talk about a nasty Saturday! Showers will continue through much of the night, and we’ll keep a breezy northerly wind in place. As temperatures cool into the low to mid 30s by the sunrise, any rain will likely transition to snow. A bit of freezing rain is possible tonight along Highway 20 as well.

Snow showers will continue through our Sunday morning, and a little rain and snow mix will last into the afternoon. Light snow accumulations on grassy surfaces are possible on Sunday, mainly northwest of the Quad Cities. It’s possible near an inch could accumulate in a few isolated areas northwest of the Quad Cities. In addition to the snow, it’s going to be blustery with winds gusting around 25 mph at times. We’ll remain in the mid 30s through the day.

Cloud cover will linger through Monday, and it’s still going to be cold and breezy with highs in the upper 30s. We finally will warm back up near 50 on Tuesday with more sunshine. Showers will be possible again on Wednesday with highs in the low 50s.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

WQAD Sportscast April 13, 2018

Rock Island Girls  Track Invite. Harlem wins the team title, Geneseo is the top local finisher. Several local track athletes win top honors in their races and field events.

Alleman traves across the river to face Bettendorf in Soccer. Bulldogs get a goal in the 6th minute to beat the Pioneers 1-0.

Bettendorf hosting a signing day for 18 student-Athletes.  Jackson Stamper will take his running skills to Creighton next season.  The Bulldog seniors will be playing several sports at the next level including, football, basketball, track and cross country, soccer, swimming, volleyball, golf tennis and trap shooting.

 

Family Safety Fair gives offers free digital fingerprinting this weekend

MOLINE, Illinois--Keeping Kids Safe Project, a National Child Safety Program based in Waterloo, Iowa is hosting a Family Safety Fair, Friday, April 13.

The event allows children and parents to meet local members of the Moline fire and police department as well as members of the Illinois State Police.

Safer Families Project also offers free FBI quality digital fingerprinting to take home.

“Sometimes having a conversation about child abduction or to talk fire safety might be might be a little daunting for kids… (In the case of an emergency, police) would be able to look for fingerprints in places like a vehicle or a home and confirm whether or not the child was previously there. It really could help find and save a child,” says Christina Buxton, child safety specialist from Keeping Kids Safe Project.

The information collected during the digital fingerprinting is immediately deleted after a parent receives a copy of the information.

The Family Safety Fair will continue Saturday, April 14 at 7030 44th Ave, in Moline, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

The Latest: Syria’s capital rocked by loud explosions

Syria’s capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

Associated Press reporters in Damascus saw smoke rising from east Damascus early Saturday morning local time. Syrian state TV says the attack has begun on the capital, though it wasn’t immediately clear what was targeted.

Trump announced Friday night that the U.S., France and Britain have launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians and to deter him from doing it again.

Trump: United States, France and UK launch strikes on Syria

(CNN) — President Donald Trump announced on Friday he ordered strikes on the Syrian regime in response to a chemical weapons attack last weekend.

“I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Room.

US aircraft and ships were used in the attack, according to multiple US defense officials.

Trump said the strikes were in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, adding that the purpose of the campaign is to “establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons.”

“The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic,” Trump said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that she “authorized British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons capability and deter their use.”

Trump indicated the strikes would continue until the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons ends.

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” Trump said.

The President also insisted that the US would not remain engaged in Syria forever under any circumstances. He has previously told his national security team he wants US troops to exit Syria within six months.

“America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria,” Trump said from the White House. “As other nations step up their contributions we look forward to the day we can bring our warriors home.”

Trump told the nation in his address the US “cannot purge the world of evil or act everywhere there is tyranny.”

And he described the Middle East as a “troubled place.”

“We will try to make it better but it is a troubled place,” Trump said. “The US will be a partner and a friend. But the fate of the region lies in the hands of its own people.”

He criticized Russia’s support of the Syrian regime saying “Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path.”

Trump also called out Russia’s promise in 2013 that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.

 

This is Breaking News and this article may be updated with the latest information.

Paving The Way

There are always struggles for any first year team, but as Dustin Nolan tells us, the St. Ambrose Queen Bees lacrosse team has found a way to overcome those hurdles and are making history along the way.

YOUR HEALTH: A mission to eliminate Cystic Fibrosis

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – It's been a crushing personal experience.

"My mom had nine children, yeah, it was a big family."

Wanda O'Neal gets emotional when talking about her eight siblings.

"I knew that my sisters and brothers had cystic fibrosis."

In fact, six out of the nine children were diagnosed with the debilitating lung disease.

"My sister Nancy, she was the first to pass away."

One by one, Wanda watched helplessly as five of her siblings became sick with pneumonia, eventually succumbing to C-F.

"They were just so brave."

Searching for a way to turn tragedy into triumph, Wanda has dedicated her life to C-F research at the University of North Carolina.

"We're making steps."

Amazingly, Wanda's 50-year old brother Mike is living with C-F.   Her team of researchers is working to identify what's helped him survive.

More than 10 million Americans are carriers of one mutation of the CFTR gene.   To have CF, a child must inherit two copies of the CFTR gene that contain mutations, one copy from each parent.

Researchers are also taking the CFTR protein that's defective in patients and altering it in the lab so it works better to keep mucus in the lungs hydrated.   North Carolina scientists are collaborating with drug companies on treatments that would make the defective protein work better in patients.

"We're developing the technology to actually personalize it, to tailor the optimal therapy for that person," said Dr. Richard Boucher, director of the Marsico Lung Institute at the University of North Carolina.

NEW RESEARCH:  Researchers at the University of North Carolina a have found that CF patients with the Delta F508 mutation, the CFTR gene, does not fold into its correct form and cannot make it to the cell surface.  Other genes and pathways are involved.   These genetic pathways may respond to specific therapies, including a combination therapy of two new drugs. They are hoping to find out if people who respond to these therapies will have higher expression of the genetic pathways they`ve identified.   If so, they may be on the cusp of personalized approaches to treating CF patients at the level of their genes.
(Sources: http://endeavors.unc.edu/the_family_disease/ and Dr. Wanda O`Neal)

Wanda says she will never stop working to find a cure for C-F, with the memory of her siblings pushing her on.

"It makes a difference that people still remember them for the people that they were, not the disease that they had."

The UNC researchers say the new treatments should be available in three to five years.   The hope is to extend the life span of patients from their 40's well into their 70's.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Worker accused of hiding camera at Davenport public housing facility

DAVENPORT, Iowa – A city worker bonded out of jail after being arrested, accused of planting a hidden camera inside an employee bathroom where he worked.

According to a statement from the Davenport Police Department, 46-year-old Roy Dewitt has been charged with eight counts of invasion of privacy.

Dewitt was the city’s former affordable housing program manager.

According to the affidavit out of Scott County Dewitt “knowingly placed a spy ware digital movie camera concealed in an employee bathroom” which required key access. From January of 2017 to March of 2018, eight employees – both men and women – were recorded multiple times.

“The hidden camera was positioned to record the victims in full or partial nudity,” read the affidavit.

Dewitt was arrested in Pella, Iowa, about 150 miles away from the Quad Cities, on Wednesday, April 11.  According to the Pella Police Department he was in the area staying with family.  Dewitt was then booked into the Marion County Jail; he bonded out after about 12 hours.

Sources tell News 8 that Dewitt had been an employee with the city since 2007.

Clinton County jail project taking on new shape

Concrete walls are going up and the new Clinton County Jail is starting to take shape.

"We`re excited to have the opportunity to move in a new facility and it`ll be good for everybody, the inmates and the staff," said Clinton County Sheriff, Rick Lincoln.

The 22 million project started back in 2016. It will feature a new 911 call center, sheriff's office, and emergency management center.

"We have an obligation to provide a safe and secure environment. The people that spend the most time in jail are the correctional officers that work up there, and they deserve a good place to work," said Lincoln.

But costs are going up, the initial estimate of the project was 22 million dollars has hit almost $24 million dollars for taxpayers.

Sheriff Lincoln says he's trying to cut back costs by saving on furniture and appliances as well as re-modifying the structure of the building.

"There was supposed to be a two story entrance structure we`ve lowered that down to one story so we`re working really hard to keep as close to the original budget that we can but I think we`ll be over that a little bit ," said Lincoln.

Once construction is finished, the entire first floor will be the jail, while the second floor will hold the administrative offices. The jail that was built back in the 1960's and only held 44 beds for inmates, the new one will feature more than 100 beds.

"They still have things to do on the ground floor where they have to get underground so they can`t pour concrete yet. In order to stay on time they`re going to start doing some of the interior work on the second floor before they`re done with the first floor," said Lincoln.

The project is expected to be completed late January of next year.

Two Iowa breweries and a FOB (Friend of Brewed) make top 50 fastest-growing brewers list

As many people are learning - partially through our work here at Brewed - the state of craft brewing in the Hawkeye state is very strong, and growing stronger.

Brewers like Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Confluence in Des Moines and the Quad Cities' very own Great River are well-known and well-respected in Midwest and even national brewing circles.

And if you don't believe us, just ask Forbes magazine, which included two Iowa craft brewers in its Top 50 Fastest-Growing Craft Breweries list, published today.

We were particularly excited to see our friends at Ankeny's New American Brewery check in at #15. Another Iowa brewer, Keg Creek Brewing in Glenwood, was ranked #18. Sounds like a future Brewed road trip is in order!

Let's all tip our steins to these Iowa breweries and hope that we see even more on the Forbes list next year.

Will Ferrell injured in rollover crash in California

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - Actor Will Ferrell was among four people injured in a rollover car crash that temporarily stopped traffic in Mission Viejo, California Thursday night.

The two-vehicle crash occurred just south of Alicia Parkway about 10:55 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority Larry Kurtz said.

Witnesses told TMZ the SUV Ferrell was riding in was sideswiped by another vehicle.

The SUV overturned and came to a rest on its side in the middle of the northbound 5 Freeway, which had to be temporarily shut down.

Kurtz could not confirm the identity of the victims, but video from the scene showed Ferrell sitting up and apparently talking on a cellphone as he was being placed into an ambulance.

A total of four people, including three men and one woman, who were riding in the SUV were transported, Kurtz said.

Three of the patients had suffered minor injuries, but there was one unidentified trauma patient, Kurtz said.

No injuries were reported in the second vehicle, Kurtz said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Ferrell was returning from a "Funny or Die" event in Oceanside where he appeared as Ron Burgundy.

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