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1. Another warmup brings rain, flooding possibilities

\"NWS:
NWS: Weather summary

A good Monday to all. Patchy fog is possible for the morning commute. Otherwise the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 53 degrees.

Tonight showers are likely with a possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 45 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent with new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

For Tuesday, there's a chance of showers with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Skies will be cloudy and breezy with a high near 64 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent with new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday night will bring more showers and possibly a thunderstorms. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with new precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 38 degrees.

A NWS flood warning is in effect for the Cedar River near Conesville until Thursday where the river is at 12.7 feet this morning. The Cedar is expected to rise to 13.5 feet Tuesday before falling. Flood stage is 13 feet.

Closer to home, a flood watch is in effect for the Mississippi River in the Quad-Cities. The Mississippi is forecasted to rise to 15.1 feet by early next week. Flood stage is 15 feet.

At 15 feet water affects homes on South Concord Street south of River Drive in Davenport and also affects industries along the river at the south end of Davenport.

2. 'Moonlight' wins best picture at botched Academy Awards

\"'Moonlight'

Accountant Martha Ruiz, far left, and stage manager Gary Natoli observe as the cast of \"Moonlight\" takes the stage after winning the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Oscar winner, take two. Barry Jenkins' \"Moonlight\" \u2014 not, as it turned out, \"La La Land\" \u2014 won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the \"La La Land\" producers were in mid-speech.

Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway apparently took the wrong envelope \u2014 the one for best actress winner Emma Stone \u2014 onto the stage for the final prize. When they read \"La La Land\" as the winner, representatives for ballot tabulators PwC \u2014 formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers \u2014 realized the mistake and raced onstage to try to stop the acceptance speeches.

Host Jimmy Kimmel came forward to inform the cast that \"Moonlight\" had indeed won, showing the inside of the envelope as proof. \"I knew I would screw this up,\" said Kimmel, a first-time host.

Gasps were heard around the auditorium. Presenters, winners and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences huddled to discuss the debacle. Read more.

3. Brown triplets bring scoring, grit and intelligence to Knights

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The Assumption girls basketball team contains the Brown triplets -- Bailey (left), Delaney (middle) and Carlye. The Knights face Center Point-Urbana in a Class 3A state quarterfinal Tuesday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The license plate on Christy Brown\u2019s red sports utility vehicle reads: \u201c3SENUF.\u201d Translation: Three is enough. Jamie and Christy are the parents of triplets \u2014 Bailey, Carlye and Delaney Brown. All three girls are juniors on the Davenport Assumption basketball team participating in this week\u2019s Class 3A state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The Brown sisters have been attending state tournaments since they were seven. They often would paint their faces, stand in the front row cheering for former Knights such as Kate Fennelly, Grace Fennelly and Jasmine Binion along with trying to get on the big screen in the arena.

Nine years later, they\u2019ll experience the state tournament as competitors when Assumption takes the court at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday against third-ranked Center Point-Urbana. Read more.

4. Meet the Q-C's 'Fixer Uppers'

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For C.J. and Janessa Ormsby and their sons Gavin, 12, and Levi, 2, home renovation is a family affair. \u00a0Shortly after getting married in 2012, C.J. and Janessa spent six months renovating their Bettendorf home, which was formerly a Baptist church. The property was the couple's first flip and inspired them to start a construction and design business, called Shabby to Chic, which draws comparisons to the popular HGTV show \"Fixer Uppers.\"

When C.J. and Janessa Ormsby watch \u201cFixer Uppers,\u201d the home-flipping show on HGTV, the scenes look very much like their life in Bettendorf. Almost exactly like their life.

Like the show\u2019s starring couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, the Ormsbys own their own construction and design company, called Shabby to Chic.

The Ormsbys follow a similar strategy of renovating the worst, often run-down, house in a neighborhood and making it shine. Just as the roles shake out on TV, C.J., who owns a masonry company, leads the construction efforts and Janessa adds interior design touches. Plus, the couples' first names even have a similar sound. Read more.

5. Brady Street road work resumes

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Road Closed, Detour Signs

The city of Davenport reports that sewer cleaning, lining and manhole repairs will resume on Brady Street beginning today. Overnight work will be transient throughout the week.

\u2022 The two left lanes of Brady Street will be closed between River Drive and Palmer Drive. This stretch will be closed between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights,\u00a0

\u2022 Travel on 3rd Street will be reduced by one lane as it intersects Brady Street between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

\u2022 Travel on 4th Street will be reduced by one lane as it intersects Brady Street between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

\u2022 Work on the remainder of the Brady Street sewer repair and pavement resurfacing project is tentatively set to resume March 20. All sewer repairs and resurfacing are expected to will be completed on or before June 17.

In other Davenport road work:

\u2022 The northbound curb lane of Marquette Street is closed from 4th to 5th streets for water repair. It is anticipated to re-open Tuesday.

\u2022\u00a0Work continues on 28\u00bd Street between Western and Gaines; E. 29th Street and Lorton Avenue; Fillmore from 17th to 18th streets; Forest Grove Road; Locust Street at Main Street; and River Drive.

And in Clinton ...

\u2022\u00a0The city of Clinton reports that because of sewer improvements, North 3rd Street from 22nd Avenue North to Main Avenue will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. today. The road will be closed to all through traffic for about two weeks.

6. Apartment fire displaces multiple East Moline families

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Fire fighters respond to a reported kitchen fire at the Colonial House Apartments in East Moline on Sunday.

Several East Moline families were displaced Sunday afternoon after an apartment fire. The fire started shortly before 2 p.m. in a structure at 4107 12th St., where several multiple-unit apartment buildings are located.

A tenant on another floor notified firefighters, who discovered the fire in the kitchen of a third-floor apartment. The origin of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries were reported. Read more.

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Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007 -- Flooding, ice jams the worry now

Much dependent on track of new storm, rain totals

Flooding and dangerous ice jams along area rivers are now the concern as warmer temperatures and rain move into the area today and will continue through Thursday, the National Weather Service, Davenport, said. A flood watch has been issued by the weather service. The Mississippi River is not the worry at this time, said meteorologist Linda Engebretson.

Friday, Feb. 28, 1997 -- Spring flood forecast is grim

Mississippi and Rock rivers might crest above banks

River watchers issued a grim reminder Friday: Flood season is just under way. Some Quad-City area residents are just beginning to assess the damage done by the Rock River during the past week, but the tributary will be making headlines again this spring, bursting over its banks and rising to near record levels, according to a preliminary forecast issued Friday by the National Weather Service.

Sunday, March 1, 1987 -- Lueders considers retiring a winner

Soon after the greatest moment in his career as a high school wrestling coach, Clinton's Bob Lueders admitted he may retire from coaching before next season.

Wednesday, March 2, 1977 -- Davenport Revamps City Hall

An ordinance creating the position of city administrator was approved unanimously by the Davenport City Council Wednesday night after it quashed two proposed amendments. The 10-0 vote on the entire ordinance came without debate. There was also no debate before the two Democrat-proposed amendments were defeated on a 3-7, party-line vote.\u00a0

Friday, March 3, 1967 -- Moline Drops Rock Island

If you are a basketball fan who likes to let off steam and see spine-tingling action, the only answer is to attend a Moline-Rock Island high school game. Of course you have to wait until next year now. Moline's husting Maroons overcame a poor first half shooting exhibition to defeat the Rock Island Rocks 54-45 in the championship game of the regional tournament Friday night at Wharton Field House, Moline.

Monday, March 4, 1957 -- Dog? Cat? Human? No, 'Sniffs' Is Just a Kwazy, Mixed-Up Wabbit

Someone apparently forgot to tell \"Sniffs\" she's a rabbit. Therefore, as it fits her mood, she acts like: 1. A dog 2. A cat 3. A human, and 4. A mixture of all three. \"Sniffs showed promise of being little more than a rabbit when she came into the lives of the Floyd E. Krumbholz family of 2127 W. 2nd St., Davenport, a year ago this Easter.

Wednesday, March 5, 1947 -- Laws 'Aimed at Destruction Of Labor Unions' Blasted by Van Bittner, CIO Executive

Washington -- (AP) -- CIO Vice President Van A. Bittner told congress Wednesday the American people will not \"mildly accept\" laws \"aimed at the destruction of labor unions.\" Declaring that is the purpose of bills which the house labor committee is considering. Bittner contended they are being backed by \"wartime profiteering groups.\"\u00a0

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LeCLAIRE \u2014 Buffalo Bill has been gone for 100 years. But you wouldn\u2019t know it from the way his likeness and his legend thrived Sunday at the LeClaire museum that bears his name.

Hundreds of visitors came to the Buffalo Bill Museum to celebrate Buffalo Bill\u2019s birthday (he was born Feb. 26, 1846). January marked the 100th anniversary of the death of William \u201cBuffalo Bill\u201d Cody, 71, who was well-known for his Wild West shows.

Volunteer Janet Willman, who greeted guests, said the annual celebration brings recognition to Cody\u2019s legacy and also brings the community together.

Throughout the years, many visitors come from other countries. They\u2019re familiar with Cody because he traveled overseas with his Wild West show, she said.

The birthday celebration, which included free admission to the museum, helps keep Cody in everyone\u2019s mind, \u201cespecially young children,\u201d said board president Ron Leiby. Additionally, guests can see the regional history exhibits the museum offers. For those who hail from the area, \u201cPeople who live in this area should know their history,\u201d Leiby said.

Joe Scherschel, of Hampton, Illinois, has a personal attachment to the Cody legend: the mother of his great-grandmother Sarah Adams was a great friend of Cody\u2019s mother. According to a newspaper account, \"Mrs. Adams was born on April 5, 1844, near the site of the home of Buffalo Bill's parents.\" Adams' mother took her as an infant to the Cody home and put her \"in the big, old-fashioned cradle with the future Buffalo Bill.\"

Scherschel also has another connection to the museum: He well remembers riding the Quinlan steamer, depicted in pictures at the museum entrance: \u201cFor a nickel you could stay on as long as you wanted to,\u201d he said.

Not only did guests learn about history, but they also learned what\u2019s coming up for the museum. Leiby said the board is working on an expansion to the north for a one-room school that used to be on Territory Road.

\u201cThis is probably the premier small-town museum for 50 miles around,\u201d he said. \u201cWe take great pride in it.\u201d

The museum boasts thousands of items on display, as well as an archive room with records and other history about the LeClaire area, and the dry-docked Lone Star, a wooden hull, steam-powered stern-wheeler that guests can tour.

By 2:30 p.m., more than 264 people had visited the museum, where refreshments were served and Acoustic Friends performed folk and pop tunes. Members of Ballet Quad-Cities were on hand to promote the troupe\u2019s upcoming \u201cThe Wild Wild West\u201d show.

Visitors included Paula Mess of Camanche, Iowa and her daughters Abby, 10 and Taylor, 8, along with her mother-in-law Rosemary Mess of Princeton, who was born and raised in LeClaire.

The girls played a kind of scavenger hunt game in which they searched for images and objects in the museum. \u201cI like looking around at the old stuff, and how people used to live,\u201d said Paula Mess, who enjoyed being able to go board the Lone Star \u201cand see how life was lived back then.\u201d

\u201cThere were no cell phones, and you had to talk face-to-face,\u201d Taylor Mess said.

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City hall: The Davenport City Council will discuss the second consideration of an ordinance that will may bring changes to a few of its boards, commissions and committees at its Wednesday committee-of-the-whole meeting.

The ordinance to combine the Levee Improvement Commission and the Parks and Recreation advisory board into one advisory panel has drawn a standing-room only crowd the past two weeks.

The Council meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers, 224 W. 4th St., Davenport.

School boards:\u00a0The Davenport School Board will meet in regular session Monday and look at revisions to proposed budget cuts.

In other business, a public hearing and plan will be considered for improvements to Brady Street Stadium. The board will view an estimated $1.3 million stadium plan, including upgrades in the locker rooms, concession stands and press box.

The board meets at 6 p.m. in the Jim Hester Board Room, on the third floor of the Administrative Services Center, 1606 N. Brady St., Davenport.

Other district meetings this week: North Scott Community School District, 308 N. Main St., Donahue, Iowa. A policy meeting is at 5 p.m. and the regular board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the Pleasant Valley Community School District meets at 6 p.m. at the Belmont Administration Center, 525 Belmont Road, Bettendorf.

In Illinois, the Moline-Coal Valley board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the Coolidge Professional Development Room, 3430 Avenue of the Cities, Moline. Finally, the Rock Island-Milan board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the library at Rock Island High School, 1400 25th Ave. The board will vote on naming Rock Island Fieldhouse after the late basketball coach, Duncan Reid.

Sports:\u00a0The Iowa girls high school basketball tournament gets under way in Des Moines with three Quad-Cities area teams in action. Bellevue Marquette takes on Kingsley-Pierson in a Class 1A quarterfinal today at 11:45 a.m. Davenport Assumption facing Center Point-Urbana in 3A Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. and North Scott going up against Nevada in 4A later that day at 6:45 p.m.

Three Mississippi Athletic Conference boys basketball teams will play on Tuesday night for berths in their state tournament next week. Bettendorf and North Scott will clash in a Class 4A substate final at Davenport West and Muscatine will go up against powerhouse Iowa City West in Cedar Rapids.

Big Story:\u00a0A shortage of doctors in certain areas of the U.S. has created several processes by which foreign-born doctors can fill the gap.

Quad-City hospitals and clinics employ many non-American doctors and employ various visa-related programs to do so. Reporter Devan Patel is talking to doctors and will explain what's happening in our Big Story on Sunday.

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Several East Moline families were displaced Sunday afternoon after an apartment fire.

The fire started shortly before 2 p.m. in a structure at 4107 12th St., where several multiple-unit apartment buildings are located.

A tenant on another floor notified firefighters, who discovered the fire in the kitchen of a third-floor apartment. The origin of the fire remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross was at the scene to help 30 to 40 people find shelter, firefighters said.

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When C.J. and Janessa Ormsby watch \u201cFixer Uppers,\u201d the home-flipping show on HGTV, the scenes look very much like their life in Bettendorf.

Almost exactly like their life.

Like the show\u2019s starring couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, the Ormsbys own their own construction and design company, called Shabby to Chic.

The Ormsbys follow a similar strategy of renovating the worst, often run-down, house in a neighborhood and making it shine. Just as the roles shake out on TV, C.J., who owns a masonry company, leads the construction efforts and Janessa adds interior design touches. Plus, the couples' first names even have a similar sound.\u00a0

\u201cWe get it all the time,\u201d Janessa Ormsby, 33, said. \u201cA lot of friends say, \u2018You remind me so much of Chip and Jo.\u201d

It\u2019s a compliment for Ormsby, who has seen nearly episode of \u201cFixer Upper,\u201d including the makeovers, demolition days, references to shiplap and the occasional marital spats. She's currently reading \u201cThe Magnolia Story,\u201d a book by the celebrity couple, and, for a recent birthday, her husband arranged a surprise trip to Waco, Texas, where the couple lives and films the show.\u00a0

\u201cPeople love Chip and Jo, including us,\u201d she said. \u201cThey\u2019re kind to one another and show love; they have great personalities and good character and have faith. I think\u2019s why people connect with them and like watching them so much.\"

The first flip

Fans also\u00a0admire Joanna Gaines\u2019 simplistic style, which Janessa Ormsby counts as inspiration for her own home, a space accented with light colors, large windows, vintage furniture found at \u201cpodunk antique stores on the side of the road,\u201d hand-crafted stonework and repurposed wood.

In fact, the Ormsbys' Bettendorf home, their first property flip, sparked their interest in the renovation industry.

Back in 2012, a month after they got married, they bought a 1960s former Baptist Church because it was cheaper than buying a brand new house, and started a six-month renovation.

\u201cI thought he was crazy,\u201d she said. \u201cI just wanted to buy a pretty house and move in. But my husband really has amazing vision.\u201d

Together, they gutted the church \u2014\u00a0including the classrooms, baptistry and pews\u00a0\u2014 transformed the floor plans, added a garage and upgraded the exterior.

\u201cThere was a lot of compromising between our styles; he\u2019s more industrial and I\u2019m a bit more warm,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd it really strengthened our marriage.\u201d

When they think back to their house\u2019s history \u2014\u00a0and imagine the weddings, sermons and baptisms held there \u2014\u00a0they say the \u201csweat equity\u201d was worth it.\u201d

\u201cSome mornings, I\u2019ll come out to the kitchen and be amazed,\u201d she said. \u201cIt was so much work and lots of late nights. Nothing makes you feel better than a finished product and knowing you did it together.\u201d

Seeing potential

They didn\u2019t plan to flip more homes, but one day Janessa Ormsby's husband came home with some unexpected news.

\u201cHe told me he bought a run-down house for us to fix,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd I said, \u2018Um, what?\u2019\u201d

After flipping that house on Central Avenue in Bettendorf \u00a0\u2014 and making a profit equal to what her yearly salary was in just three months \u2014\u00a0they decided to establish Shabby to Chic, which Ormsby now considers a happy accident.

\u201cIt\u2019s really a blessing,\u201d she said. \u201cWe get to combine our skills and do something we can get our whole family involved in. And we get to improve a neighborhood.\u201d

With impressive \"before and after\" photos, and quickly-sold houses to show for it, the pair is currently on their fifth renovation project, which happens to be the property next door to their house. The 700-square-foot house was in such rough shape that the Ormsbys decided to tear it down and start anew.

They often search real estate websites for \u201cdumpy houses,\u201d including foreclosed properties, and\u00a0have horror stories about surprise infestations, molds, plumbing issues, etc.

\u201cThey\u2019re not the prime real estate most people look for,\u201d C.J. Ormsby, 40, who has worked in the industry since he was 20, said. \u201cNobody likes that in their neighborhood. It\u2019s what we call a declining neighborhood.\u201d

But he doesn\u2019t see the bad.

\u201cI see potential,\u201d he said. \u201cI look right past the crappy sidewalks, the paint job, the floors, the cracks, the terrible light fixtures. The way I think about it is if we don\u2019t fix it up, other investors will come and just do the minimum. We don\u2019t do the minimum.\u201d

A good team\u00a0

It's easy to see why their friends, including Janessa\u2019s mother, Janice Willis, draw comparisons between the Ormsbys and \u201cFixer Uppers,\u201d currently in its fourth season.

\u201cI watch the show and I just think of my daughter and son-in-law,\u201d Willis, who lives about a mile from her daughter, said. \u201cI think it\u2019s because they have mutual respect and a lot of love.\u201d

C.J. and Janessa Ormsby share other traits with the small-screen stars. They value their Christian faith, family time and often let their kids \u2014\u00a012-year-old Gavin and 2-year-old Levi \u2014\u00a0test out power tools.

Plus, every now and then, there are some TV-worthy moments of drama.\u00a0

\u201cWe don\u2019t worry about getting it done and looking high-quality,\u201d C.J. Ormsby said. \u201cBut we worry, \u2018Are we doing all of this work and not going to make any money?\u201d

\u201cNothing ever goes quite as planned with construction,\u201d his wife added. \u201cSometimes, I\u2019m just not sure what it\u2019s going to look like and sometimes I\u2019m not sure what he\u2019s getting us into.\u201d

The doubts, usually temporary, go both ways.

\u201cShe\u2019ll show me something for a house and I might kind of grumble about it not really fitting in,\u201d he said. \u201cBut I\u2019ll be darned if by the end of the project, I end up loving it, even if I don\u2019t like admitting it to her in the moment.\u201d

What ultimately makes them a good team, they agree, is trust.

While giving a tour of her home, Janessa Ormsby, who is pregnant and wearing a \u201ctoo blessed to be stressed\u201d T-shirt, said it always seems to work out.

\u201cWe pray about things about a lot,\u201d she said. \u201cIt keeps us going.\u201d

That\u2019s something her mother has noticed, too.

\u201cEven when they do snap a little bit at each other, they come back and make it better before the sun goes down,\u201d Willis said. \u201cThey view it as a part of life and not a catastrophe.\u201d

Although the couple\u2019s traits may be a good formula for binge-watching, C.J. Ormsby isn\u2019t so sure.

\u201cI\u2019m not a flashy guy or a guy that likes the spotlight,\u201d he said. \u201cWe both come from pretty darn humble beginnings. We grew up without any extra money and I think that\u2019s helped us to stay humble.\u201d

Those beginnings have also made their success with Shabby to Chic more sweet.

\u201cIt takes away some of those burdens and pressure of having a growing family,\u201d he said. \u201cGod steered us this way and we\u2019re thankful.\u201d

They\u2019re not exactly ruling out a shot at TV, though. Janessa Ormsby knows exactly what she\u2019d do if HGTV came knocking.

\u201cI\u2019m not sure it would happen,\u201d she said. \u201cBut it\u2019s something we would pray about.\u201d

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\u2014\u00a0Jeff Cook

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1. Back in court

Stanley Liggins was back in court last week, with his attorneys and prosecutors arguing over evidence, witnesses and where his third trial will be held in connection with the 1990 assault and death of 9-year-old Jennifer Ann Lewis. Liggins, now 55, has been convicted in the crime twice, but both convictions were overturned. On Friday, Scott County District Court Judge Marlita Greve decided that to assure fairness, the third trial will be moved to Black Hawk County.

2. Positive news

Davenport school officials have been fighting for several years to get state legislators to fix inequities in Iowa's per-pupil funding formula for schools, and last week, it appeared a solution may be on the way. As about 50 Davenport students were at the Capitol on\u00a0Monday, a state senator was introducing legislation that would eliminate the inequities over a period of years, and state Sen. Roby Smith, R-Davenport, also was proposing a fix. Davenport school leaders are hopeful the struggle may be nearing an end.

3. Levee objections

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch's plan to merge the Levee Improvement Commission with advisory boards for parks and recreation and the Adler Theatre-RiverCenter hit some choppy waters at Wednesday's City Council meeting. A motion to table the ordinance, which also includes streamlining other boards and commissions in the city, resulted in a 5-5 vote, forcing Klipsch to cast the tie-breaking vote to keep it moving. The ordinance then was approved 6-4 on its first vote. To take effect, it must be approved by the council two more times. Stay tuned.

4. Unneighborly

United Neighbors doesn't seem very united right now. The community organization that helps improve the quality of life for many in Davenport is going through a rough time. A new executive director found some issues with a rental assistance program the agency runs, and that has led to an investigation by the Iowa Finance Authority. That audit has not been completed, but in the meantime, four former employees, including former leader Ida Johnson, have filed lawsuits against the new director and the agency.

5. Feisty crowds

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, wanted to talk about veterans' issues at an event last week in Maquoketa. The crowd that showed up wanted to talk about other things, such as Obamacare, President Donald Trump and more. It was a rowdy session with lots of shouting and signs. Crowds gave a similar reception to Iowa's other Republican senator, Chuck Grassley, at town hall meetings all week long.

6. New on board

In a calmer manner, Bettendorf got a new city leader last week as the City Council turned to a former member to take a vacant seat on the council. Lisa Brown was chosen from among 16 candidates who applied to fill the at-large council seat left open when Gary Mohr was elected to the Iowa House last fall. Brown previously served as an at-large alderman for 14 years, and she also served four years of the city's Parks and Recreation Board.

7. Empty offices

To say things are a bit unsettled in Moline would be a major understatement, as columnist Barb Ickes detailed in Friday's newspaper. Let's see, the city administrator left abruptly in November; there is an open question about possible financial irregularities by a city employee; there were multiple issues with mayor and council election petitions, leading to hearings and now multiple write-in candidates for Tuesday's primary election; and the city clerk was suspended with pay and has filed a lawsuit to allow her to return to her job. Tuesday's primary may sort out at least one of these issues; the others could stretch on for a while.

8. Lesson in cuts

Speaking of problems, the state of Illinois' inability to perform as a functioning government took its toll on more people Thursday night. That's when the Black Hawk College board approved a plan to cut expenses, and 15 teachers and staff lost their jobs in the process. These are actual Quad-Citizens who are affected at least partly because the Illinois Legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner have failed to produce a budget for two years. Declining enrollment also is a reason for Black Hawk's financial issues, but at least some of the enrollment declines at post-secondary institutions across the state can be traced to the uncertainty coming from Springfield.

9. Cooking up success

A group of Davenport students are trying to continue the culinary tradition set by their predecessors. The Davenport ProStart team heads to Des Moines this week to compete in a state competition. In the past 12 years, a Davenport team has moved on from that competition to the national tournament nine times. Last week, education reporter Deirdre Cox Baker visited the team's kitchen at Davenport Central as the students honed their skills.

10. Yummy time

Speaking of good eats, the annual Girl Scout cookie sale is in full swing in the Quad-Cities. Food and entertainment writer Amanda Hancock gave us the scoop on Wednesday's Food page. Preorders started a few weeks ago, and the stands you see around town popped up last weekend. Sales go through March 12; you can find more information at girlscoutstoday.org.

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DES MOINES \u2014\u00a0If and when he leaves office to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will see an increase to his six-figure salary, will remain eligible to receive a five-figure state pension and also could become eligible for a federal pension, according to state and federal officials.

Branstad, the longest-serving governor in U.S. history, has been paid an annual salary of $130,000 each of the past five years, according to state data.

Once he becomes ambassador, Branstad will stop receiving his state salary, and instead, he will be paid a federal salary between about $170,000 and $187,000, according to a U.S. State Department spokesman.

Branstad also will remain eligible to collect a state pension from his first stint as governor and time as lieutenant governor and a state legislator, a state official said. That pension, in recent years, has been valued at about $50,000, according to his tax returns.

That would push Branstad\u2019s annual compensation, with the combination of federal salary and state pension, above $200,000.

U.S. ambassadors also can receive various allowances, such as cost of living.

What\u2019s more, Branstad also could, depending on various factors, become eligible for a federal pension from his job as ambassador.

Branstad would not receive a second, separate pension for his second stint as governor, the state officials said.

Branstad\u2019s spokesman declined to comment on the governor\u2019s current and future compensation, but he said the governor is grateful that Iowans have elected him to serve the state.

\u201cGov. Branstad is humbled that a farm kid from Leland would have the opportunity to serve Iowans for over 22 years as their governor,\u201d spokesman Ben Hammes said in an emailed statement. \u201cHe is also thankful for the friendships he has made in all 99 counties and grateful for the prayers from Iowans who have encouraged him as he transitions to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.\u201d

Branstad\u2019s nomination by President Donald Trump to serve as ambassador to China is yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, although that generally is considered a formality and a matter of time. Once confirmed, Branstad will resign as Iowa\u2019s governor, a post he held from 1983 to 1999 and again since 2011.

The head of the state\u2019s largest public employee union has criticized Branstad for simultaneously collecting a state salary and pension. When asked about Branstad remaining eligible for a state pension while serving in a federal role, Danny Homan, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 61,\u00a0once again criticized Branstad. He referred to recent changes signed into law by Branstad that significantly weakened public employees\u2019 collective bargaining rights.

\u201cGov. Branstad has proven his uncanny ability to disparage public employees while reaping their benefits in the same breath,\u201d Homan said in an emailed statement. \u201cHow hypocritical of us to send an ambassador to China to encourage the advancement of workers\u2019 rights when he has just decimated the rights of over 180,000 workers in Iowa.\u201d

While the collective bargaining debate heated up at the Capitol, Iowa Rep. Sharon Steckman, a Democrat from Mason City, shared on social media a 2011 report on Gov. Branstad collecting both a state salary and pension.

\u201cIt\u2019s interesting that he can go after public employees when he\u2019s one himself, and one of the highest paid public employees that we have,\u201d Steckman said this past week. \u201cWhat\u2019s good for the goose should be good for the gander.\u201d

Branstad has earned more than $2 million in salary over his 24 calendar years as Iowa\u2019s governor, according to state data. He became the state\u2019s first million-dollar governor, in terms of career earnings, during his first stint, in 1999.

Branstad\u2019s salary of $130,000 was just less than the national average in 2016, according to the Council of State Governments.

The highest-paid governor in 2016 was New York\u2019s Andrew Cuomo at $179,000, according to the council\u2019s report.

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The need is great.

Forty-four veterans pour through the doors of the\u00a0Quad-City Veterans Outreach Center in Davenport\u00a0during the first 41 minutes it was open Saturday.

While the center at\u00a0250 W. 35th St. \u00a0has been\u00a0operational for four months,\u00a0this was the first of the monthly Free Saturdays where veterans and their families could pick up food, toiletries and clothing, have a meal and get a free haircut.

\u201cNext month we\u2019ll offer free chiropractic care for veterans and their families,\u201d director Lola VanDeWalle said, \u201calong with a hot lunch, food baskets, and benefit representatives from all the VA offices will be here each month, too.\u201d

David Woods, Scott County director of veterans affairs, said\u00a0the outreach center is valuable because it will be open year-round, including weekends.

\u201cThey do one heck of a great job here and this is a great turnout,\u201d Woods said.

He and other service representatives help facilitate the filing of claims for compensation or pensions.

VanDeWalle, a Blue Grass businesswoman, and her family renovated and opened\u00a0the storefront building a half-block east of 35th\u00a0and Harrison streets\u00a0in November.\u00a0She acted\u00a0after hearing from various veterans organizations that gaps in services existed, despite the efforts of\u00a0other agencies\u00a0that are limited by government guidelines as to what they can do and how much.

\u201cWe got a call last Thursday about a vet who had his bike stolen, so we were able to round up one for him,\u201d she said.

Army\u00a0veteran Gary Hughes of Davenport was happy to get his hands on what appeared to be a shiny new blue Schwinn.

\u201cIt\u2019s a cheap way to get around,\u201d he said, smiling.

Reaction to the services was uniformly positive.

Raleigh Brown (USAF) of Davenport was enjoying the hoagie sandwich and chili-mac lunch. James Hawthorne (Army) of Davenport\u00a0said \u201cterrific\u201d between mouthfuls.

Shawn Rockwell (USMC) of Davenport said, \u201cThis is a blessing.\u201d

Richard Buettner (USAF)\u00a0 and his\u00a0wife, Edna, of Bettendorf,\u00a0were wide-eyed at all the resources.

\u201cOur doctor is a vet and he said he\u2019d like to volunteer here, too,\u201d Edna said.

Mel Kussman, Bettendorf,\u00a0enjoyed the free hair\u00a0trim by Cassie VanDeWalle, from Instyle Salon in Blue Grass. Former sailor George Taylor felt his\u00a02\u00bd-year-old ponytail snipped and beard sheared.

\u201cIt was time,\u201d he admitted, laughing.

Lola VanDeWalle\u00a0and her volunteers keep the center open various days and nights and hours during the week. She expects the Free Saturday to be the fourth Saturday every month, unless there\u2019s a holiday.

She\u2019s already hearing from community groups\u00a0that want to help in some way, including a Girl Scout troop that will be holding a food drive for the outreach center.

She said the\u00a0operation has become a \u201cThank You\u201d center as much as a place of resources.

\u201cWe always have to stay open a good hour after we say we\u2019re going to close for the day,\u201d she added.

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Education spending, overhaul of the state\u2019s collective bargaining law and changes to Iowa\u2019s voting procedures took center stage Saturday at a legislative forum\u00a0at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where more than 400 people crowded into a large meeting room, many with pointed questions for Republicans who now control the Iowa Statehouse.

\u00a0The 90-minute session, the second of a series of monthly forums featuring state lawmakers from the Iowa Quad-Cities, was the first since broad changes to the state\u2019s collective bargaining law were approved by the legislature and signed by Gov. Terry Branstad.

\u00a0Some in the audience called on Republicans to justify their votes. Others said they felt under attack.

\u00a0\u201cA lot of people are angry about this vote. Beyond that, I\u2019m deeply hurt, offended, feel betrayed, feel undervalued. I work extremely hard at my job, and all I can figure is that state legislators decided we\u2019re being overcompensated,\u201d said Derek Jones, a state employee. He said that lawmakers had chosen \u201ctax breaks for big corporations\u201d over state workers.

\u00a0Quad-City area Republicans voted for the legislation, while Democrats voted against it.

\u00a0Rep. Norlin Mommsen, R-DeWitt, said the changes would create competition in the state as well as opportunities for teachers and students. He also said it would give school more room to adapt with declining enrollment.

\u00a0\u201cI think it will be very good for education in the long run,\u201d he said.

\u00a0That brought a response from Sen. Rita Hart, R-Wheatland, who said there would, in fact, be more competition, but that poorer school districts will have a hard time attracting quality teachers.

\u00a0She pointed to Wisconsin, which passed changes to its collective bargaining law in 2011, saying teachers are retiring and \u201csmaller districts are struggling more to stay alive.\u201d

\u00a0The crowd at St. Ambrose was the largest for a legislative forum in memory, according to some of the organizers, and while there were episodes when some in the crowd interrupted lawmakers, it didn\u2019t appear as tense as the atmosphere encountered by some federal lawmakers at town hall meetings across the country.

\u00a0The bulk of the comments from the audience Saturday challenged Republicans on the panel, and there were frequent complaints the legislature had been overly-generous with tax breaks for businesses and stingy on spending for K-12 education.

\u00a0The legislature approved a 1.1 percent increase in basic state aid to school earlier this year, and that drew complaints that schools are cutting programs in response.

\u00a0Rep. Cindy Winckler, D-Davenport, said the 1.1 percent increase will mean a greater burden will fall on property tax payers in more than half of the school districts in the state.

\u00a0However, Sen. Roby Smith, R-Davenport, defended the GOP record on education spending. He said that 55 percent of state funds go to education, and that K-12 was not affected by the $118 million in reductions legislators approved for the state\u2019s overall budget for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year.

\u00a0\u201cIt\u2019s our number one priority,\u201d he said.

\u00a0He also pointed a finger at Democrats who controlled the state Senate last year, saying that while his bill to try to fix the inequity in per pupil funding was seeing action this year in a GOP-controlled Senate, it got nowhere last year when the Democrats controlled the chamber.

\u00a0The inequity has been an issue, particularly in the Davenport school district, for several years now. However, Rep. Phyllis Thede, D-Bettendorf, noted that she, too, introduced a bill last year to try to fix the problem. But, she said, it was stymied in a Republican-controlled House.

\u00a0Some in the crowd also questioned the need for a pending voter identification bill, saying voter irregularities are practically non-existent.

Rep. Gary Mohr, R-Bettendorf, responded that the public supports voter identification. And Smith said state law doesn\u2019t require that county auditors investigate discrepancies in voting.

\u00a0That brought a response from Winckler, who said that election officials follow federal laws and that questionable votes or other activities are reported.

\u00a0Lawmakers also heard pleas to make changes to the state\u2019s medical marijuana law. Felicia Haakenson, of Davenport, whose 5-year-old\u00a0daughter, Kaitlyn, has intractable epilepsy and is treated with cannabis extract, tearfully urged the legislature to update the law.

\u00a0The Haakensons bring the oil in from out of state and there are questions whether this is legal.

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