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\"NWS:

Today through tomorrow will have many of the trademarks of a winter storm, except for the snow. A raw east wind will increase to 20 to 30 mph by tonight, as rain spreads north over the area. The wind driven rains will continue tonight through Thursday, with a few rumbles of thunder. Highs today and tomorrow will be quite cool, with many locations remaining in the 40s.

Here's the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service. Expect rain (100 percent chance) before 3 p.m. with a high near 45 degrees. It will be breezy with an east wind between 10 to 20 mph gusting as high as 25 mph. \u00a0

Tonight more rain is likely after 2 a.m. The low will be around 42 degrees. East winds of around 20 mph will gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch are possible.

Triple Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel opens Thursday

\"Triple

Concrete cutters Coulter Campbell, left, and Brandon Norris, right, work behind the bar as Rich Cooksey, a partner in the project, stands by at the former home of the\u00a0Musician's Union Local 67 in Davenport. Developers think their future bar and venue, dubbed Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, will hold a maximum of about 60 people.

You could say Dan Bush and Sean Moeller have a lot going on. The pair recently \u201cmoved in together\u201d \u2014\u00a0they share an office, coined \u201cThe Nerve Center,\u201d in the U.S. Bank building in Davenport.

Last week the entrepreneurs sent a Facebook post announcing Turnbuckle, a two-day comedy, music and professional wrestling festival set for Memorial Day weekend at Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa, Iowa.

As the pair counted the Facebook stats they talked about how many tickets were left for the first-ever shows at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, a bar and performance venue that Moeller and Bush, along with partners Rich Cooksey and Devon Wiese, teamed up to open.

Two of the three concerts set for opening weekend \u2014\u00a0which kicks off Thursday \u2014\u00a0had already sold out.

\u201cIt\u2019s a big day here,\u201d Moeller said. \u201cAnd we have lots more coming. Just wait.\u201d Read more.

Illinois man faces DUI, drug charges after crash on I-88 near Hillsdale

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A Des Plaines, Illinois, man faces driving under the influence and drug charges following a head-on crash on Interstate 88 near Hillsdale Wednesday.

The crash happened just after 5 a.m.

According to the Illinois State Police, a 2004 Honda Accord driven by Dennis P. Farrell, 62, was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic on I-88.

He struck a 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by Jamin Perez Salgado, 23, of Des Moines. Both vehicles lost control, left the roadway and entered the center median, state police said.

State police, Hillsdale Fire Department, and the Rock Island County Sheriff\u2019s Department responded to the scene.

Farrell was taken to Genesis Medical Center, Silvis. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

He was arrested and charged with DUI drugs, possession of cannabis, possession of paraphernalia, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and improper lane usage.

Third Arconic eaglet in nest

\"3rd

The third eaglet in the nest of Liberty and Justice, which began hatching Tuesday evening, is out of the egg this morning.

The third eaglet in the nest of Liberty and Justice, which began hatching Tuesday evening, is out of the egg this morning. The third eaglet in the Arconic nest of Liberty and Justice, which began hatching Tuesday evening has been spotted out of the egg this morning.\u00a0Read more.

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A $5,000 cash-only bond was set Wednesday for a Rock Island man accused of assaulting a woman with a handgun in January in Davenport.\u00a0

Devell Carl Lewis, 29, faces charges of domestic abuse assault, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison, and possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a felon, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.\u00a0

Online jail records show that he was booked into the Scott County Jail about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lewis on Wednesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He will be arraigned April 20.

At 10 p.m. Jan. 10, Davenport police were called to the 2300 block of West 3rd Street for a report of a domestic assault that occurred outside the home the previous night.

Police said in an arrest affidavit that Lewis assaulted the woman several times with a handgun, which caused extreme bruising and a puncture wound around her right eye.

Court records show that Lewis has multiple felony convictions, which prohibits him from owning or possessing a firearm.

In late January, he was arrested on a felony drug charge in Rock Island County and remained in the county jail until Sunday, when he posted $7,500 and was released.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 24 in that case.\u00a0

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After six years leading Renew Moline, the organization's CEO and president, Janet Mathis, is resigning effective May 8.

In a news release Wednesday, Renew board Chairman Steve McCann said Mathis is resigning to focus on other business interests.

He credited Mathis with working with the city of Moline \"to create a public-private partnership that is truly unique in the economic development world.\"

\"As a result of Janet\u2019s efforts, Renew is in an extremely strong position financially and very well positioned to assist the city in its economic development efforts,\" he said.

Mathis has more than 25 years of public policy and development experience. A veteran staff member of several state agencies and constitutional offices, both within Illinois and in Canada, she is an Edgar Fellow and is involved in many charitable organizations, including currently serving as board president of the Center for Youth and Family Services. She recently was elected to the governing board of FARM Illinois.

In the news release, Mathis thanked Renew's board.

\"The public private partnership that is Renew Moline is a truly unique model,\" she said. \"The organization\u2019s founding board members have been consistent in delivering that message. After undertaking benchmarking visits to other communities as part of Renew\u2019s current strategic planning effort, I can attest that it\u2019s true.\"

\"Moline is lightyears ahead of other similar communities that had industrial, or even just aged, downtowns.\"

During her tenure, several projects were completed or opened, including KONE Centre, Moline Live-Work Enterprise Lofts, WIU-QC Phases I and II, the Mills at Riverbend Commons and multiple historic loft housing conversions.

\"Committed community members, visionary city councils and leadership from individuals and organizations both internal and external to the city and Renew are what has led to this success \u2014\u00a0resulting in more than $420 million invested in the downtown area since 1989,\" she said.

\u201cI applaud the vision that created this place-making economic development model. I also appreciate the leadership needed to continue it in a time when others are just now trying to figure out how to add to and move beyond the historic rehabilitation and retailer-oriented Main Street programs to what Renew Moline does to plan for and execute the broader community vision,\" she said. \"I look forward to continuing to be a cheerleader for all of these efforts in the years to come.\u201d

Renew's board will begin a search soon for a new chief executive.

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You could say Dan Bush and Sean Moeller have a lot going on.

The pair recently \u201cmoved in together\u201d \u2014\u00a0they share an office, coined \u201cThe Nerve Center,\u201d in the U.S. Bank building in Davenport.

Minutes before I walked in one day last week, the entrepreneurs had just hit \u201csend\u201d on a Facebook post announcing Turnbuckle, a two-day comedy, music and professional wrestling festival set for Memorial Day weekend at Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa, Iowa.

As they counted the Facebook stats \u2014\u00a0it was up to a dozen shares\u00a0\u2014\u00a0they talked about how many tickets were left for the first-ever shows at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, a bar and performance venue that Moeller and Bush, along with partners Rich Cooksey and Devon Wiese, teamed up to open.

Two of the three concerts set for opening weekend \u2014\u00a0which kicks off Thursday \u2014\u00a0had already sold out.

\u201cIt\u2019s a big day here,\u201d Moeller said. \u201cAnd we have lots more coming. Just wait.\u201d

\u2018As much as a bar can feel like home\u2019

There\u2019s a bit of mystery surrounding Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, at 304 E. 3rd St., the former Musicians Union Local 67 headquarters in downtown Davenport.

While passersby have seen evidence of construction work over the past months from the outside, the owners are keeping the interior\u2019s look under wraps until Thursday.

\u201cIt\u2019s something people have been curious about forever and we want the unveiling to be an actual unveiling with no expectations,\u201d Moeller, who founded Daytrotter and left the company in July, said. \u201c I don\u2019t think anyone is really ready to walk in there and see what it looks like. People are not going to know what hit them. We want it to be a beautiful moment.\"

Bush, co-owner of Analog Arcade Bar, and Moeller promise the Q-C\u2019s newest concert spot, which fits about 60 people, will be different from anything else in the area.

\u201cWe wanted to create a place that the Q-C doesn\u2019t have,\u201d Moeller said. \u201cIt\u2019s a space that feels warm, gritty and lived in and spilled in. We wanted to create the greatest possible environment to have a cocktail and see live music.\u201d

Moeller offers plenty of descriptions: \u201cIt\u2019s kind of a hybrid between an old grandpa bar from the 1970s and The Ryman Auditorium,\u201d or \u201cIt\u2019s a place you want to just be all the time because you never know what's going to happen\u201d or \u201cIt\u2019s going to have that cozy feeling \u2026 like as much as a bar can feel like home.\u201d

The place will offer more than 100 types of whiskey, cans of beer and wine as well pizzas from Quad-City original Mama Bosso. When the weather warms up, crews will work on adding an outdoor patio.

Bush says that the business \u2014\u00a0which won't have TVs and play vinyl records in the absence of live music \u2014\u00a0is anything but \"pretty or sparkly.\"\u00a0

\u201cA lot of my friends are confused because they hear whiskey bar and they think of mahogany and leather seating,\u201d Bush said. \u201cIt\u2019s not upscale \u2014\u00a0it\u2019s the complete opposite of that. It\u2019s really a place to get comfortable.\u201d

Still, Thursday's opening marks an upgrade for the corner space, which sits across the street from Hotel Blackhawk.\u00a0

\u201cOne of the things we\u2019re most proud of is taking a building that\u2019s been an eyesore for so long and giving it a refresh,\" Bush said. \"We're making it a destination.\"\u00a0

Opening weekend

Since Moeller left Daytrotter, he\u2019s kept a busy schedule of hosting shows at Baked Beer and Bread Company, The Village Theatre and Codfish Hollow.

He says the intimate size of Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel presents a challenge for booking bands.

\u201cThat\u2019s where I have to use my charm to get people into that room,\u201d Moeller said. \u201cThe goal is to get people that there is no chance you\u2019d ever see in this size venue.\u201d

This weekend, Dent May, Liza Anne and The Deslondes, among others, are set take the stage. Shows are listed through June at raccoonmotel.com.

\u201cThese are bands who haven\u2019t played a venue this small in years,\u201d Bush said. \u201cYou\u2019re going to see something that probably no one is going to see it again.\u201d

The lineup includes a \u201cspecial guest\u201d performance from Lissie, the Rock Island born singer-songwriter. After a writing trip in London, she\u2019ll be here just in time Saturday to hop on stage\u00a0at the new venue.

\u201cEvery time I come home, it seems like there\u2019s something new going on,\u201d Lissie, who now lives on a farm in northwest Iowa, said.

\u201cI saw the space a few months back when it was under construction, but you could tell it was going to be really cool and really unlike anything else in the Quad-Cities,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s going to have a real style to it. It\u2019s a place I\u2019d hang out when I\u2019m in town with my friends.\u201d

She\u2019s also making her debut \u2014as an artist and audience member \u2014 at Codfish Hollow for its first show of the season.

\u201cEven after a week somewhere else, it seems like I\u2019m always ready to go back to Iowa,\u201d she said.\u00a0

'Another level'

As far as the Quad-City music scene goes, the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar \"takes it to another level,\" Moeller said.\u00a0

\"I can book any day there in the manner I want,\" he said. \"I\u2019ve never really had that before.\"\u00a0

Together, Moeller and Bush plan on raising the bar even more.\u00a0

\u201cWe have a similar idea for the Quad-Cities and what we want it to be,\u201d Bush said. \u201cWe throw ideas out all the time of how make this a cooler place to get people to stay. That's our goal.\"\u00a0

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A Davenport man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison in connection with two shootings and a burglary and eluding case.

Micah Lee Bates Jr., 29, pleaded guilty March 17 to willful injury resulting in serious injury as a habitual offender, eluding while participating in a felony as a habitual offender and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in the three separate cases.

In exchange for his plea, Scott County prosecutors dismissed charges of attempt to commit murder; possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a felon as a habitual offender; OWI first offense; second-degree criminal mischief as a habitual offender; second-degree burglary as a habitual offender; going armed with intent as a habitual offender; willful injury resulting in bodily injury as a habitual offender; and possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a felon as a habitual offender.

On March 22, he was sentenced by District Court Judge Paul Macek to up to 15 years in prison on the willful injury and eluding charges, which will run at the same time. Under the habitual offender statute, Bates must serve at least three years of the sentence before he can be considered for parole.\u00a0

Macek sentenced Bates to up to 10 years on the intimidation charge, which will run back-to-back with the two other sentences, for a total of up to 25 years.\u00a0

Bates has been in custody since October in connection with several cases dating back to July.

On Oct. 3, Davenport police received a complaint of a man with a gun in a home in the 900 block of Sylvan Avenue.

Police say Bates went into the home and make verbal threat to assault several people inside. One person, a woman, fled the home; Bates chased her outside and began to assault her.

Bates then got into his vehicle, rammed another vehicle and took off. Police tried to pull over the vehicle, but Bates disobeyed both visual and audible signals to stop and drove at speeds in excess of 50 mph in a 25-mph zone. Bates was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief, eluding and OWI.

According to the arrest affidavits filed by Davenport police, Bates and co-defendant Randall T. Ramsey II drove to East 12th and Judson streets at 11:47 p.m. Aug. 21. The men were armed with handguns that had laser sights attached to them.

Bates and Ramsey then shot a man multiple times \"with the intent to cause his death,\" according to the arrest affidavit. The man survived after undergoing surgery at University Hospitals, Iowa City.

Ramsey, 28, of Moline, is charged with willful injury resulting in serious injury and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He has a status hearing April 4 in that case.

At 11:33 p.m. July 9, Bates was in the parking lot at 826 E. River Drive armed with a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport police.

While in the parking lot, Bates got into an argument with two other people and began firing at them. One of the victims was struck in the leg.

Ramsey was charged with giving false information in acquiring a weapon and dominion/control of a firearm or offensive weapon by a felon after police say he provided the gun to Bates.

Taylor Joseph Fuglsang, 23, of Davenport, was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and accessory to a felony, an aggravated misdemeanor, after police say he drove the getaway vehicle following the shooting.

He pleaded guilty to the accessory charge March 1 and will be sentenced April 26.

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Update: The third eaglet in the nest of Liberty and Justice, which began hatching Tuesday evening, is out of the egg this morning.


Earlier report: The third eaglet in the nest of Liberty and Justice began hatching Tuesday evening, and may be out out of the egg by this morning. \u00a0 \u00a0

At 9:18 p.m., Arconic spokesman John Riches said that people watching the\u00a0 Eaglecam could see that the adult eagles had removed pieces of egg from the nest.\u00a0

\"It may have hatched by now, but we won't be able to tell until in the morning when we'll be able to see the nest more clearly,\" he added.\u00a0

It\u2019s hard to tell how long it would take the final eaglet to emerge from its shell, \u201cbut I hope we can get a picture tomorrow of all three eaglets,\u201d he said.

A photo sent by Riches early Tuesday evening shows one of the eagles\u00a0and two eaglets near an egg with a hole in it.

Off to the right of the photo is a pile of fresh\u00a0fish on\u00a0which the eagles have been feasting. Riches said the adult eagles \u201chave been busy today filling the pantry.\u201d

The first of the three eggs hatched Thursday about 4:30 p.m., Riches said.

The second of three eggs hatched about 11 a.m. Saturday, he said.

Riches said that Liberty and Justice had three eaglets in 2012 and all survived.

Liberty and Justice built their 7-foot nest on Arconic\u2019s 400-acre facility in 2009 in a tree near the Mississippi River. In the spring of 2010 they fledged a pair of eaglets and later that year Arconic, then known as Alcoa, installed the first Eaglecam. Employees and the community helped name the eagle pair Liberty and Justice.

Since the spring of 2010, Liberty and Justice have fledged 11 eaglets from this nest.

To view the nest, go to qctimes.com/eaglecam.

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A Des Plaines, Illinois, man faces driving under the influence and drug charges following a head-on crash on Interstate 88 near Hillsdale Wednesday.

The crash happened just after 5 a.m.

According to the Illinois State Police, a 2004 Honda Accord driven by Dennis P. Farrell, 62, was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic on I-88.

He struck a 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by Jamin Perez Salgado, 23, of Des Moines. Both vehicles lost control, left the roadway and entered the center median, state police said.

State police, Hillsdale Fire Department, and the Rock Island County Sheriff\u2019s Department responded to the scene.

Farrell was taken to Genesis Medical Center, Silvis. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

He was arrested and charged with DUI drugs, possession of cannabis, possession of paraphernalia, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and improper lane usage.

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DES MOINES \u2014 The winter moratorium which prevents low-income eligible customers from being disconnected for non-payment ends Saturday.

MidAmerican Energy Company is encouraging all customers who are concerned about paying their energy bill to call MidAmerican toll-free at 888-427-5632 to discuss possible payment arrangements.

\u201cWe understand that every customer\u2019s financial situation is unique, and we want to do whatever we can to help customers get back on track,\u201d said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction, MidAmerican Energy. \u201cWe have a variety of payment options, can set up payment agreements, and offer budget billing.\u00a0

Customers struggling to pay their monthly energy bills are encouraged to contact their local community action agency to determine if they qualify for assistance.\u00a0\u00a0

The end of the moratorium is often a time when scammers prey on energy customers. Typically, scammers pose as energy employees and threaten to shut off power unless immediate payment is made using a pre-paid debit card (often a Green Dot card).

MidAmerican Energy makes several attempts to contact customers regarding overdue bills; disconnection is a last resort, not a first step in the process. MidAmerican Energy accepts several different forms of payment and representatives will go over all options with customers.

Customers who receive a suspicious call threatening immediate disconnection should hang up and call local police and MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to report the scam and check on the status of their account.

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1. Get ready for some wet weather

\"NWS:

Today through tomorrow will have many of the trademarks of a winter storm, except for the snow. A raw east wind will increase to 20 to 30 mph by tonight, as rain spreads north over the area. The wind driven rains will continue tonight through Thursday, with a few rumbles of thunder. Highs today and tomorrow will be quite cool, with many locations remaining in the 40s.

A good Wednesday. Keep that umbrella handy. You're going to need it later today and tomorrow.

Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Today rain is likely after 4 p.m. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. It will be cloudy and breezy with a high near 49 degrees. East winds between 10 to 20 mph could produce gusts as high as 30 mph.\u00a0

Tonight rain is likely after 1 a.m. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent with new rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. The overnight low will be around 42 degrees. East winds will gust as high as 30 mph.\u00a0

Thursday more rain is on tap throughout the day. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent with new rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. The high for the day will be near 48 degrees with a low of 38 degrees.

\"NWS\"
NWS

\u2022 Don't be alarmed when you hear storm sirens this morning, it's only a drill. It's Severe Weather Preparedness/Awareness Week in Iowa. So the National Weather Service in the Quad-Cities will join others across the state with a tornado drill scheduled for 10 a.m. today. Remember, it's only a drill.

2. Bettendorf mulls street changes to boost downtown

\"State-Grant

The city of Bettendorf is studying whether to turn State and Grant streets into two-way traffic in an effort to boost its downtown.

The windows from the Bettendorf City Hall are a good vantage point for watching cars zooming along State Street.

High speed limits and one-way traffic are characteristics prohibitive to the vision city officials have to redevelop the downtown area into a more intimate, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use area that other municipalities regularly enjoy.

A feasibility study conducted by Snyder & Associates is two-thirds of the way complete and will assess the options the city has to reach this goal by coming up different options for how State and Grant streets can be turned into two-way thoroughfares between 15th and 26th streets.

The idea is to transfer control of State Street from the Iowa Department of the Transportation into the city's hands, allowing for the city to lower the speed limit.

The bulk of through traffic would be routed onto Grant Street, which would need to expanded to handle the increased traffic load. Read more.

3. Juveniles arrested in connection with rash of stolen vehicles

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Four boys ranging in ages from 12 to 15 have been charged with the theft of at least one vehicle that was involved in a hit and run crash Tuesday, Davenport police said.

According to a news release issued by Davenport Police, at 9:32 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to 1300 Arlington Avenue regarding a hit and run crash involving a stolen Hyundai. Officers located the unoccupied Hyundai in the 1600 block of Judson Street.

Another stolen vehicle, a GMC Acadia, was determined to be involved in the Davenport crash and also was reported to have been involved in a hit and run crash in Rock Island.

At 11:30 a.m., officers contacted OnStar,\u00a0a vehicle security company, which tracked the Acadia to the area of East Central Park and Carey avenues in Davenport.

Davenport police, with assistance from Bettendorf police, were able to take the boys into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Each boy is charged with second-degree theft and interference with official acts. Additional charges of reckless driving and driver under suspension were leveled at the driver Then, at 11:59 a.m., Davenport police were sent to the area of West 15th and Harrison streets for a single-vehicle crash involving a stolen vehicle out of Bettendorf. The occupants of that vehicle fled on foot. Read more.

4. Rock Falls man charged with 39 counts of child pornography

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A rural Rock Falls, Illinois,\u00a0man was arrested on a $200,000 warrant Friday after police say he possessed child pornography.

Dustin R. Zimmerman, 34, was charged in Whiteside County with 39 counts of child pornography.

Three of the charges are Class 1 felonies, each punishable by four to 15 years in prison, and the remaining charges are a Class X felonies, each punishable by six to 30 years in prison, according to court records.

He was arrested about 4 p.m. at his home in the 1500 block of East U.S. 30. Read more.

5. Community gets update on John Deere Road project

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An overpass under construction\u00a0on John Deere Road near 38th Street in Moline is open to limited traffic in this file photo.

Sue Reilly looked carefully at the maps of\u00a0construction occurring on John Deere Road that the Illinois Department of Transportation put up Tuesday at the Moline Public Library.

The DOT held an informational meeting to share with the public the current state of\u00a0construction that is expanding John Deere Road to six lanes\u00a0between 38th\u00a0and 70th streets in Moline.

During this construction season, crews are reconstructing the eastbound lanes of John Deere Road and making improvements to the following\u00a0feeder streets: 38th Street, 41st Street, 53rd Street, 60th Street and 70th Street. Traffic flow will be adjusted as necessary. Read more.

6. At GruBeez, a comfort food-filled menu that's always changing

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GruBeez, a primarily carry-out restaurant on the corner of West 3rd and Pine streets in Davenport, offers a comfort food-filled menu.\u00a0

Count the following as specialties at GruBeez: Chicken and waffles, steak with shrimp, pizza, fried fish and burgers topped with macaroni and cheese or hash browns or sandwiched between two doughnuts.

\u201cIt\u2019s comfort food \u2014\u00a0the only things that are missing is a TV and a couch,\u201d said Antonio Perkins, 47, who co-owns the small Davenport eatery with his wife, Nina. \u201cWhen you\u2019re messing with GruBeez, you don\u2019t want to be going back to work.\u201d Read more.

\u2022 Photos: 10 comfort foods at GruBeez

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Four boys ranging in ages from 12 to 15 have been charged with the theft of at least one vehicle that was involved in a hit and run crash Tuesday, Davenport police said.

According to a news release issued by Davenport Police, at 9:32 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to 1300 Arlington Avenue regarding a hit and run crash involving a stolen Hyundai. Officers located the unoccupied Hyundai in the 1600 block of Judson Street.

Another stolen vehicle, a GMC Acadia, was determined to be involved in the Davenport crash and also was reported to have been involved in a hit and run crash in Rock Island.

At 11:30 a.m., officers contacted OnStar,\u00a0a vehicle security company, which tracked the Acadia to the area of East Central Park and Carey avenues in Davenport.

Davenport police, with assistance from Bettendorf police, were able to take the boys into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Each boy is charged with second-degree theft and interference with official acts. Additional charges of reckless driving and driver under suspension were leveled at the driver.

Then, at 11:59 a.m., Davenport police were sent to the area of West 15th and Harrison streets for a single-vehicle crash involving a stolen vehicle out of Bettendorf. The occupants of that vehicle fled on foot.

Additional investigations are being conducted by the Bettendorf and Rock Island police departments.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip on the Police Department\u2019s mobile app CityConnect Davenport, IA.

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DES MOINES \u2014 Iowa House Republicans launched an \u201call-out assault on women\u201d with a proposal to ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, according to Democrats on the Human Resources Committee who sought Tuesday evening to thwart the measure.

The committee was scheduled Tuesday afternoon to take up Senate File 471, a bill that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

But the GOP offered an amendment to ban abortions much sooner \u2014 after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Minority Democrats hoped to indefinitely delay action on the bill, which was approved in the Senate 32-17, and on the amendment.

\u201cWe won\u2019t be going to the meeting tonight,\u201d Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames, said. \u201cWe will be working on strategy, developing amendments and coming up with as strategy to make this, at least, better.\u201d

The committee reconvened about 9 p.m. only to adjourn for the night. Chairman Joel Fry, R-Osceola, said he wanted to give Democrats time to draft amendments.

Under legislative rules, the bill must be approved by a House committee before a Friday deadline to remain eligible for consideration this year.

Staying in caucus\u00a0\u2014 a closed-door meeting\u00a0\u2014 \u201cuntil it dies\u201d would be worth it, Wessel-Kroeschell said about the bill.

\u201cRead this amendment. This takes away rights of women to make their reproductive health decisions. All of their rights. Not just a few,\u201d Wessel-Kroeschell said. \u201cIf it only passes for a few years, that\u2019s a few years of women who have no choice about their reproductive health care.\u201d

Nonetheless, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, doesn\u2019t think the amendment or bill will die this year.

\u201cLife is an important topic to Iowans,\u201d she said. \u201cWe hear that at the doors, at forums, so this is another opportunity to pass a bill, perhaps, that is a pro-life bill and we\u2019ll see where it goes.\u201d

The House passed a 20-week abortion ban in the past and will continue to look for more opportunities to limit abortion, she said. Discussions about restricting abortion have been going on throughout the current session in many forms \u2014 the 20-week abortion ban, a personhood bill and now the fetal heartbeat language \u2014 she noted.

Democrats were prepared to oppose SF 471 but said they were unaware of the GOP \u201csneak attack\u201d until Tuesday afternoon.

\u201cThis is the latest example of Republicans rushing through a special interest agenda without giving Iowans an opportunity to speak, Wessel-Kroeschell said at a news conference.

The amendment is an extreme measure in that it would make abortion illegal as early as six weeks into a pregnancy when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, she said.

\u201cThis bill would take away a woman\u2019s right to make her own medical decisions before she had known she had a decision to make,\u201d Wessel-Kroeschell said.

Courts have struck down similar laws in other states, she said.

\u201cThere is no question the amendment is unconstitutional,\u201d Wessel-Kroeschell said.

Last fall, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, vetoed a similar \u201cheartbeat\u201d bill there but did sign into law a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

Upmeyer acknowledged that Friday\u2019s deadline does make a difference, but said if Democrats want to run out the clock, \u201cwe have many opportunities to do things through different committees and end up with a bill if that\u2019s what we want to do.\u201d

She and House Minority Leader Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, disagreed whether the majority party can call for a vote if the minority party is delaying action.

However, Upmeyer called for bringing the bill out of committee to the House floor.

\u201cThat is the best place to have the debate,\u201d the speaker said. \u201cWe won\u2019t resolve anything sitting in caucus. Let\u2019s hope we can have a discussion and move forward.\u201d

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DES MOINES \u2014 Gov. Terry Branstad submitted budget revisions Tuesday lowering spending in the coming fiscal year $173.3 million from his previous state fiscal plan.

The governor, who had until Wednesday to submit his revisions, also lowered the budget for fiscal 2019 $103.3 million from his earlier recommendations, according to documents released after 6:30 p.m.

Overall, the governor\u2019s revised budget calls for a $23.9 million spending increase in fiscal 2018 with a $236.5 million increase over that in fiscal 2019. The current budget calls for spending $7.25 billion. That would increase to $7.28 billion in fiscal 2018 and to $7.5 billion the following year.

The budget revisions are based on the Revenue Estimating Conference lowering the general fund revenue estimate for the current year by $131.1 million. To correct that imbalance, the governor recommended a transfer of $131.1 million from the cash reserve \u2014 $104 million in fiscal 2018 beginning July 1 and $26 million the following year.

\u201cIt\u2019s not an easy situation,\u201d Branstad said Monday when asked about what revisions he was considering.

Using $131 million from the cash reserve in the short term means that the fiscal 2018 budget \u201cis going to be a very difficult, tight budget.\u201d

\u201cIf you recall, we had a significant balance at the end of fiscal year 2019, and so we think that \u201918 is going to be difficult, but \u201919 is going to be, I think, a lot better,\u201d he said.

He also called for maintaining his recommendations on water quality funding, funding an Iowa State Patrol academy to increase the number of troopers on\u00a0state roads and not closing any institutions operated by the departments of Corrections and Human Services.

In fiscal 2018, Branstad\u2019s revisions reduce spending for administration and regulation by $19.4 million, $1.1 million for ag and natural resources, $666,504 in economic development, $58.4 million in education, $86.2 million for health and human services, $7.7 million for the Judicial Branch and $4.6 million for the legislative branch.

Justice systems, which include prisons, would get a $4.9 million increase.

The revisions would cost the state Board of Regents $8.6 million in fiscal 2018. Although several line items show increases, the University of Iowa would get $5.3 million less, Iowa State University would get cut $5.9 million and the University of Northern Iowa $911,571.

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