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Results of the Christmas Bird Count\u00a0in the Quad-City region are in, and they once again show evidence of\u00a0overall warmer weather in the area during December-January.

In years past, so-called semi-hardy birds such as robins, winter wrens and eastern bluebirds would not be common\u00a0because they would have flown south, but this year they were counted in large numbers,\u00a0said\u00a0Kelly McKay, the Hampton, Illinois,\u00a0field biologist, who tabulated seven counts in the region. He was helped by Steve Hager, biology professor at Augustana College, Rock Island.

\"Their winter range is shifting north,\" he said. \"Here is a piece of evidence that is very strongly connected to climate change.\"

The exception to the \"generally warmer\" scenario\u00a0was the\u00a0period of near zero temperatures the region experienced in mid-December.\u00a0During that time, the Mississippi River froze over, leading to a lower-than-usual number of waterfowl and gulls in the count.

The Christmas census of bird populations has been conducted nationally for 117 years under the auspices of the National Audubon Society. On designated days in December and January, volunteers count birds at feeders and in the field, taking note of both numbers and species. Over time, the data reflect trends.

The seven counting areas compiled by McKay and Hager each\u00a0encompass an expanse of about 117 square miles.

The total number of birds counted this year\u00a0was 146,872, compared to 153,295 in 2015-16, 163,881 in 2014-15 and 159,644 in 2013-14.

McKay offered two reasons for the lower total, first being the frozen river on the days the\u00a0counts were made in the Quad-Cities and Clinton, Iowa/Savanna, Illinois, two\u00a0typically\u00a0high\u00a0water-bird spots.

Second,\u00a0red-winged black birds that have traditionally roosted in the thousands in the wetlands near Barstow, Illinois, are no longer there because of habitat loss, McKay said.

Among the \"best finds\" in this year's count were a golden eagle in the Princeton/Camanche, Iowa,\u00a0count and an osprey and two mountain bluebirds in the Clinton, Iowa/Savanna, Illinois count.

While semi-hardies were counted in good numbers,\u00a0previously common winter birds was a mixed bag, McKay reported. Finches were in poor numbers across the region, but there were large numbers of American tree sparrows and dark-eyed juncos.

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Signs of a busy household \u2014 a child\u2019s pink bicycle and kick scooter \u2014 are scattered across the front lawn at Holly Kay\u2019s rental home in Bettendorf.

A closer inspection of the landscape reveals handprints enshrined in five separate decorative stones, which the single mother received as gifts last Mother\u2019s Day from her five children.

Inside, an overwhelmed Kay, 33, has a moment to herself at her kitchen table, where she\u2019s jotting down a list of Quad-City contacts she has made this week in preparation for her teenage son\u2019s upcoming birthday.

In years past, Kay has sent party invitations to her son\u2019s classmates, but no one ever showed. So, for his 14th birthday this month, the devoted mother took to Facebook and asked her network of family and friends to send her son, Mitchell, birthday cards to help lift his spirits.

Within the past week, Kay\u2019s request has gone viral, and the public\u2019s response has blown her away.

\u201cI thought, even if Mitchell ended up with 10 cards, he would be so excited,\u201d Kay said, her phone ringing with notifications.

Since Jan. 9, her initial post has been shared more than 7,000 times, and as of last week, Kay had received more than 800 cards\u00a0in the mail from friends and strangers across the country.

On a single day, Jennifer Simmons, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, delivered Kay a box of nearly 130 cards for Mitchell.

\u201cThis is the best part of my day,\u201d Simmons told the smiling mother, who plans to surprise Mitchell with the snail mail next week.

The eighth grader turns 14 on Feb. 20, but Kay rented out three rooms\u00a0 Friday, Feb. 17, at the Bettendorf Community Center, where she plans to host a public birthday bash for her son. Several Quad-City businesses and organizations, including Happy Joe's Pizza and Analog Arcade Bar, already have reached out to volunteer their services, Kay said.\u00a0

Because she does not allow Mitchell to use social media, the teenager has no clue what's coming, except that his family is throwing him a party.

\"I know the party is going to be huge, but that protective mom in me makes me worried that nobody's going to come,\" said Kay, a hairdresser who formerly managed the Great Clips in Rock Island.

Last year Kay, whose\u00a0children range in age from 2-16, moved her family from Rock Island to Bettendorf. She is taking a break from work and relying on savings, and the help of the father of three of her children, to support them. In March, she plans to enroll at Scott Community College in hopes of becoming an ultrasound technician.

When Mitchell's new classmates at Bettendorf Middle School noticed Kay's post on social media, they immediately banded together, temporarily ridding the mother's fears of bullying and her son\u2019s loneliness at the lunch table.

\"I've never seen anything like this,\" said Lisa Reid, principal\u00a0of Bettendorf Middle School, who noted the call for help has empowered students.

\"They\u2019re taking on something they read about on social media that wasn\u2019t negative,\" she said. \"It\u2019s really refreshing.\u201d

On Feb. 6, his peers gave Mitchell a cake and\u00a0a tri-fold poster board adorned with dozens of signatures and\u00a0short notes, including one that asks him to connect on Snapchat.\u00a0

Kay praised the students and faculty for their efforts.

She said Mitchell, who enjoys video games and Japanese culture, has struggled to make friends, but she thinks these acts of kindness will give him a boost of confidence \"he's never had before.\"

\u201cIt's so much more than a $2 card,\u201d she said. \u201cHe\u2019s going to wake up in the morning and not be bummed about having to go to school.\u201d

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday the idea of Russian involvement in U.S. election is bothersome, but he added the United States doesn't come to the table with clean hands, noting the CIA's involvement in an Italian election in the 1940s.

Grassley, R-Iowa, on a conference call with Iowa reporters, was responding to questions about new revelations that the Trump campaign had contacts with Russian intelligence agents before Election Day. The New York Times, citing unidentified sources, reported Wednesday that four Trump aides and associates had contacts with Russian agents. But the newspaper also reported those sources said they had found no evidence of collusion in order to affect the result of the election.

For months, Democrats have been raising concerns about Russian involvement in the election. Those concerns have amplified in recent days. In Iowa, the state's lone Democratic congressman, Rep. Dave Loebsack, said Wednesday that Americans are demanding accountability and a new investigation ought to be launched into the matter.

\"It has become clearer with each passing day of the Trump Administration that there must be a full, independent investigation of his administration and campaign\u2019s connection to Russia,\" Loebsack said.

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., also has called for an independent investigation.

On the conference call Wednesday, Grassley said that Russian involvement in U.S. elections should be taken seriously, but he also added it's not new that Russia has tried to influence U.S. public opinion. He said the French are worried about Russian meddling, too. And he also told about reading how the CIA supported one political party in Italy's 1948 election, while the Soviet Union backed another.

\"We don't come to this table hands free,\" Grassley said. Still, he added, \"None of this should be going on, so the answer is, yes, it is bothersome to me.\"

Later, Grassley tweeted that \"ANY Russian meddling in US election UNACCEPTABLE.\"

On the conference call, Grassley also expressed concerns about leaks to the news media, which played a part in the abrupt resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The Republican senator also said Wednesday that Flynn also had to be held to account for misleading statements to Vice President Mike Pence, which led to his resignation late Monday.

Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat, requested the Justice Department provide documents and a briefing on the circumstances leading up to Flynn's resignation.

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DES MOINES \u2014\u00a0Speakers at a hearing on Iowa water-quality legislation were generally supportive of its provisions to establish long-term funding and foster collaborative approaches to reducing pollution and flood threats.

However, a part of House Study Bill 135 that would allow \u201cnutrient exchanges\u201d came under fire from opponents of corporate agriculture.

\u201cThis bill does nothing to stop pollution,\u201d Jessica Mazour of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement told a House Agriculture subcommittee Thursday. \u201cIt further passes the cost of cleaning up Iowa\u2019s water on the public. We shouldn\u2019t have to subsidize cleaning up the water from the pollution they created.\u201d

\u201cPollution trading,\u201d as Mazour called the \u201cnutrient exchanges,\u201d do nothing but transfer pollution across the state. If one polluter pollutes less, someone else can pollute more.

Tim Whipple of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities said, however, that the plan would allow interested parties \u201cto be able to share and work outside the boundaries of a city.\u201d It can be less expensive to invest in upstream improvements that could improve both water quality and flood control than building water and wastewater treatment facilities.

He disagreed with the claim that it shifts pollution and noted the bill requires \u201cmeasurable and quantifiable reduction\u201d in pollution.

Current monitoring is inadequate to provide those measurements, Mazour said.

The bill is similar to legislation approved by the House last year. It calls for a $232 million appropriation over 13 years from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund to be administered by the Soil Conservation and Water Quality Division of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The appropriations will grow from $5 million the first year to $22 million a year after 2020.

It also includes a 6 percent excise tax on water sales by water services in the state. Those revenues will go into a water-quality fund administered by the Iowa Finance Authority to help pay for water-quality and wastewater treatment programs for cities and other eligible entities. It will be capped at $500,000 per recipient.

The idea, Rep. Chip Baltimore, R-Boone, said is that by creating the revolving fund, the state can foster collaboration between communities and landowners in a watershed to address both water quality and quantity.

\u201cWe want to be flexible and allow everyone to participate to solve water-quality problems,\u201d he said.

One of the most attractive aspects of the plan, Whipple said, is that it would create a permanent source of funding. By utilizing the Finance Authority\u2019s bonding capacity, cities would be able borrow money at a lower cost.

\u201cThey\u2019ll make substantial progress sooner,\u201d he said.

Several business and industry groups endorsed the plan for similar reason because, as John Stineman of the Iowa Chamber Alliance said, access to low-cost, plentiful water is a key to economic development.

But Chad Kleppe said Master Builders of Iowa opposed the bill because it would divert Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund money that is used to address a variety of infrastructure needs, including the $300 million a year in deferred maintenance costs at state facilities.

Roger Wolf of the Iowa Soybean Association said the legislation recognizes \u201cthese are shared problems and they are shared solutions.\u201d By encouraging watershed-wide collaboration, the bill \u201cgives us a road map to improve water quality \u2026 and provide the context for how we can grow a finance solution.\u201d

Later, a Senate subcommittee took up Senate Study Bill 1034, which is\u00a0Gov. Terry Branstad\u2019s water-quality bill.

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After a monthslong investigation into Iowa State University President Steven Leath\u2019s use of university-owned aircraft, the Iowa Department of Public Safety this week announced no charges will be filed.

The Story County Attorney\u2019s Office earlier this month met with Division of Criminal Investigation agents to present findings on Leath\u2019s plane use, which came under fire in September after multiple news reports \u2014 confirmed by university statements \u2014 showed he used the aircraft for several trips that involved personal business.

The university at that time also confirmed Leath, a pilot, had damaged the school\u2019s Cirrus SR-22 in a hard landing more than a year earlier in Illinois and told Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter, although other regents said they weren\u2019t aware until news reports in fall 2016.

After the hard landing became public, Leath made $17,500 in donations to the Iowa State University Foundation to cover the cost of the damage, storage and transportation to bring him home. After a regents audit in December raised questions about additional trips, Leath wrote another check for $19,113.

He also vowed to stop flying the Cirrus, sell it and launch a review of university Flight Services, including whether to eliminate the program, which employs three pilots who fly the school\u2019s other plane, a Beechcraft King Air 350, for various school purposes, including athletics recruiting.

Alex R. Murphy, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety\u2019s investigative operations, reported this week that \u201cpursuant to a review of the investigative findings, it was determined that there was no probable cause to substantiate a violation of Iowa law.\u201d

Rastetter said Thursday that news didn\u2019t come as a surprise to the Board of Regents, noting the Story County Attorney\u2019s Office looked into Leath\u2019s plane use because a complaint was filed. She didn\u2019t take it up on her own, he said.

\u201cIt was clear to us there wasn\u2019t any criminal issue involved,\u201d he said. \u201cBut it was good to see that that was confirmed by the DCI.\u201d

(Lee Hermiston contributed to this report.)

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\u00a0Fans of Arconic Eaglecam suspect there may have been a third egg laid in the nest this week.

\"But we don't have a good enough view to confirm it,'' said John Riches, spokesman for Arconic Davenport Works. \"We may not know until they hatch.\"

Two eggs have been laid this season in the nest of Liberty and Justice, with the first one on Valentine's Day and second one on Feb. 17.

According to Riches, he and Eaglecam viewers believe they saw a third egg being laid about 6 p.m. Monday. The nest is located on Arconic's riverfront property in Riverdale. He said the new camera offers more of a horizontal view and the second camera, which has a better view into the nest, is blocked by\u00a0tree limbs.\u00a0\u00a0

\"I'm confident there are two eggs, but I can't say with certainty there is a third,\" he said, predicting the eggs will hatch sometime during the week of March 21.

Liberty and Justice joined the Quad-City community in 2009. They have fledged 11 eaglets from their nest. To view the nest, go to qctimes.com/eaglecam.

\u2014\u00a0Jennifer DeWitt

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CHARLES CITY, Iowa \u2014\u00a0U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley heard north Iowans express disgust and distrust in government and with President Donald Trump during a town hall meeting at the Floyd County Courthouse Thursday.

A crowd of about 125 squeezed into a third-floor courtroom to comment and question Grassley, R-Iowa, about Obamacare, the Supreme Court, Trump's Cabinet picks, his credibility and stability and many other topics.

Becky Higgins of Nora Springs shouted to those gathered, \"How many of you are upset that politicians aren't working for working people?\" which drew supportive cheers.

She told Grassley \"big money is the name of the game\" and \"rural America is mad that you aren't listening to us.\"

Tahmyrah Lytle, a North Iowa Area Community College student from Mason City, asked Grassley to defend his vote favoring Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, claiming DeVos was unqualified.

Grassley said he thought a new president was entitled to have his own team in place to help him carry out his policies. He said he voted for President Barack Obama's nominees for the same reason.

\"Even if they're unqualified?\" Lytle asked.

Several questioners asked if Grassley favored investigations into Trump's ties with Russia.

The senator said three investigations are under way or are planned \u2014\u00a0one by the Department of Justice and FBI, on which he and Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., will receive a briefing next week; another by a Senate subcommittee looking into Russia's possible involvement in U.S. and other elections; and a probe started by the bipartisan House and Senate Intelligence Committee regarding Trump and his staff's involvement with Russia.

Grassley said he supports all three investigations.

Many questions centered on health care. Grassley said he felt certain that when the Republican-controlled Congress revamps the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, key provisions will remain.

They include coverage from pre-existing illnesses, coverage for young adults on their parents' insurance up to age 26 and no lifetime cap.

When questioned directly about Trump, Grassley was sometimes decisive, other times evasive.

He said he did not think, as Trump has stated, that the media is \"the enemy of the people\" but said a recent survey showed 93 percent of the Washington press corps voted Democratic, \"so there is obvious bias.\"

He added, \"It's just common sense as to why freedom of the press is in the First Amendment. It's there because it's a guarantee for responsible government.\"

But when someone asked Grassley to \"repudiate Trump's lies\" and another asked him to exert his leadership to urge the president to be more truthful, Grassley replied, \"I don't know him. I've met him a couple of times. People who do know him say, 'Donald Trump is going to be Donald Trump.'\" Some in the audience jeered at that response.

A woman asked him what he hoped his legacy would be after this, his last term.

Grassley, who is 83, smiled and said, \"What makes you think this is my last term?\" Then he added, \"I don't care about legacy. History will take care of that.\"

During the session, which lasted an hour, Grassley was peppered with shouts from the audience, but no signs or posters were allowed in the room.

At one point, when a woman said she was embarrassed to be an American, many in the room booed.

Grassley cautioned everyone to be \"Iowa nice.\"

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DES MOINES \u2014 State Rep. Matt Windschitl wants to \u201cprotect Iowans at all costs\u201d by enacting sweeping changes to the state\u2019s gun laws.

The majority of speakers at a hearing Thursday said, however, it likely would endanger Iowans, especially Iowans of color.

Windschitl chaired a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on House Study Bill 133, which includes stand-your-ground provisions as well as removing the renewal requirement for permits to carry firearms and allowing minors of any age to handle a handgun in the presence of a parent or guardian.

Laural Clinton of Des Moines was one of several African-Americans to speak against the bill out of fear they\u2019ll become \u201ctarget practice\u201d if the stand-your-ground provisions become law.

As the mother of three sons \u2014\u00a0one whom she described as \u201cthat black kid in a hoody that everybody fears\u201d \u2014\u00a0Clinton, who has a permit to carry, said the bill scares her.

Renaldo Johnson of Clive, another gun owner, found aspects of the law \u201cconcerning to me as a black person.\u201d His concern is in allowing the use of deadly force if a person perceives their life is threatened.

Describing himself as a \u201clarge, black male,\u201d Johnson said he\u2019s afraid that if someone feels threatened by his presence, \u201cI\u2019m on the ground with a bullet in my chest.\u201d

Several speakers pointed out that in states with stand-your-ground laws, the number of people killed has increased.

\u201cI have no problem with Second Amendment,\u201d Johnson said, adding that if the bill is approved, \u201cblack people should be highly educated in regard to this and armed.\u201d

Lawmakers heard from supporters of the proposed legislation, too. Barry Snell of the Iowa Firearms Coalition called it a \u201cdramatic and historical step forward toward abolishing the Second Amendment as second-class right in the state of Iowa.\u201d

Sport shooters Natalie and Meredith Gibson encouraged adoption of the provision that allows children younger than 14 to handle handguns under the direct visual and verbal contact with a parent or guardian.

\u201cWe\u2019re not trying to form a toddler militia,\" Meredith said in reference to the name opponents have used to describe that section of the bill.

The subcommittee also heard from representatives of colleges, hospitals and cities that oppose the state pre-emption of their rules against weapons in their facilities. Robert Palmer of the League of Cities said many entertainment acts, for instance, have no-weapons clauses in their contracts.

Law enforcement and prosecutors raised several concerns but kept coming back to the stand-your-ground language.

David Walker, a retired Drake law school dean, said Iowa\u2019s so-called Castle Doctrine already allows Iowans to use deadly force if they reasonably believe their life is endangered.

Adopting the proposed bill would not enhance Iowa law or public safety, he said. It would, however, \u201cadd a psychological element. It will be seen as an encouragement \u2026 and make people more trigger-happy.\u201d

Subcommittee member Rep. Mary Wolfe, D-Clinton, a criminal defense attorney, said Iowa\u2019s Castle Doctrine is for \u201call intents and purposes a stand-your-ground law\u201d that does not require Iowans to retreat unless they can do so without endangering themselves or others.

\u201cYou can stand your ground in Iowa,\u201d she said.

Regardless of what current law does or doesn\u2019t allow, Mark Maxwell of ABATE of Iowa said his group welcomes passage of the bill \u201cbecause we don\u2019t fear good people with guns.\u201d

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The strength of Davenport's balance sheet has led to a bond sale that will reduce municipal debt service costs.

Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service have reaffirmed the city's Aa3 and AA- ratings, according to Jon Burmeister, managing director\u00a0of Public Financial Management, the city's municipal adviser.

\"While they didn't adjust the rating per se, the quality has improved with better management performance, better flexibility, strong liquidity and all the tough decisions (the city) made through its budget process to keep that general fund balance, which has been improving the past few years,\" Burmeister said.\u00a0

The city received six bids from across the country for its $21.9 million A-series bonds, which will fund the 2017 capital improvement program.

\"If you look through all the different underwriters, there are 51 different underwriters that combined forces together in six different bids,\" Burmeister said. \"The other thing that's very impressive in my mind is if you look at all the different states these folks are located, there's 21 different states all the way from Arizona to Kentucky to Colorado to Virginia interested in your bonds.\"

With a true interest cost of 2.79 percent, Burmeister said the city was able to decrease the par value of the bonds to $20.82 million, representing a savings of $1.28 million at present value.

That news was music to city officials' ears.

\u201cOver the past four years, Davenport\u2019s unassigned reserves have grown by 64 percent and governmental funds have increased available cash by $42.5 million,\u201d city Finance Director Brandon Wright said. \u201cWe are pleased to save $1.28 million in the recent bond sale through the city\u2019s prudent fiscal management and favorable market conditions. The mayor and city council as well as city staff have continued to focus on strengthening the city\u2019s financial position resulting in low borrowing costs.\u201d

The city's B- and C-series bond issuances refinanced bonds from 2009 and 2010.

Burmeister said the refinancing through its B-series bonds saved $494,000 in debt service while the refinancing through its C-series bonds saved $941,000 in debt service.

In total, the city saved more than $1.4 million in interest costs by refinancing.

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1. Iowa meets Nashville

Nashville-based Jake McVey, a country singer originally from Mediapolis, Iowa, is headed to Davenport this weekend. His songs, \"Back Seat\" and \"Y'all Girls,\" in which he mentions Templeton Rye whiskey, are climbing the country radio charts. See McVey in a concert presented by WXLP-FM (96.9), also known as\u00a0Dwyer and Michaels 97x, from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Circle Tap, 1345 W. Locust St., Davenport.\u00a0

2. Kick off Mardi Gras

Consider a sample of this menu: Jambalaya crawfish fumet, Tasso cured pork belly, smoked collard greens, spicy crab egg rolls and King cake. Are you in the mood for\u00a0Mardi Gras yet? Kick off the New Orleans-themed festivities this weekend at the Cajun Cook-Off set for 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. The Cajun Cook-Off, sponsored by KWQC-TV and the Quad-City Times, features Cajun-inspired creations from area chefs representing the Davenport Country Club, Zeke\u2019s Island Caf\u00e9, Thunder Bay and more. Tickets, $30, are available at figgeartmuseum.org.

3. Storming into town

You may remember Electric Shock, an AC/DC cover band based in the Quad-Cities. That group is debuting its reformed lineup under the name Rolling Thunder this weekend. Hear the same rock 'n' roll tunes such as \"Highway to Hell\" and \"Thunderstruck,\" with opener Daylight Over, at 9 p.m. Saturday at Harley Corin's, 1708 State St., Bettendorf.\u00a0

4. Cornmeal concert

Are you a fan of Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth or Hot Buttered Rum? If so, staff at the Redstone Room says you'll enjoy this\u00a0bluegrass jam band. Cornmeal, which formed in 2000, recently changed up its lineup and released a new album called \"Slow Street.\" Hear their fresh sound, with opener Sun Stereo, 9 p.m. Friday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Advance tickets, $12, are available at rivermusicexperience.org. Tickets cost $15 at the door.\u00a0

5. Mardi Gras at the Mansion

Gear up for the inaugural \"Mardi Gras at The Mansion,\" a festive fundraiser at the Hauberg Civic Center\u00a0set up by the Friends of the Hauberg Civic Center, a nonprofit organization\u00a0with the mission of maintaining the historic property in Rock Island. Expect gumbo, red beans and rice, bread pudding and drinks starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hauberg Civic Center, at 1300 24th St., Rock Island.\u00a0Don't forget to wear purple, green or gold. Tickets, $35, are available at\u00a0eventbrite.com\u00a0or by calling (563) 265-2753.

6. \u00a0For the dogs

Keeping on the Mardi Gras theme, here's another party with a cause. Mardi Paws, a Fat Tuesday celebration featuring live music, plenty of beads to go around, Cajun food as well as pizza from Davenport's Johnny's Pizza and Slices, is set for 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Great River Brewery, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport. Proceeds go to the Humane Society of Scott County.\u00a0

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Dec. 10

1. Curtain rods, valued at $400, were reported stolen on the 2700 block of Magnolia Drive.

Dec. 23

2. Tools, valued at $6,825.26, were reported stolen on the 900 block of State Street.

Jan. 5

3. A hit and run crash, with damage totaling $2,000, was reported on Interstate 74 at mile marker 5.1.

4. Kara Ann Linville, 42, 2168 W. 35th St., Davenport, was arrested at the intersection of Holmes and 6th streets on suspicion of first offense operating while intoxicated and possession of an open container.

Jan. 6

5. A 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe was involved in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 74 near the Kimberly Road on ramp, resulting in $3,000 in damage.

6. Cameron West Anderson, 32, 2102 W. 75th Place, Davenport, was arrested at the intersection of Forest Grove Drive and Devils Glen Road on suspicion of second offense operating while intoxicated and possession of an open container.

Jan. 7

7. A hit and run crash, no damage value given, was reported on the 700 block of Lincoln Road.

Jan. 8

8. Norma Jean Deere, 43, 3050 Willowwood Drive, was arrested on the 3000 block of Willowwood Drive on suspicion of second offense operating while intoxicated and assault on peace officers.

Jan. 10

9. Mitchell Clark McCombs, 21, 3039 Oak Street Court, was arrested on the 3000 block of Oak Street Court on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

10. A 2006 Ford F15 and a 2015 Ram Promaster collided at the intersection of Interstate 74 and Spruce Hills Drive, resulting in $600 in damage.

Jan. 11

11. Packages of shirts, valued at $650, were reported stolen on the 1400 block of 23rd Street.

12. A simple assault was reported at Unity Point at Terrace Park, 4500 Utica Ridge Road.

Jan. 13

13. A Ford F150, valued at $64,410, was reported stolen at Lindquist Ford, 3950 Middle Road.

14. Crystal Dunfee-Hale, 41, 1314 Gaines St., Davenport, was arrested on the 2200 block of Kimberly Road on suspicion of driving while license is denied, suspended or canceled.

15. Ian Richard Hayter, 29, 102 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, was arrested at the intersection of Interstate 74 and Spruce Hills Drive on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

16. Shoes, valued at $400, and fraud, totaling $400, were reported on the 2500 block of 18th Street.

17. Leticia Rubio, 36, 3344 East Kimberly Road, Number 268, Davenport, was arrested on the 800 block of Middle Road, on suspicion of first offense operation while intoxicated, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, and possession of an open container.

Jan. 14

18. A driver\u2019s license, a Social Security card, identification cards, a wallet and cash, valued at $96, were reported stolen on the 2600 block of Maplecrest Road.

19. Rickie Leigh Schloemer, 28, 1611 Robeson Ave., was arrested at the intersection of 14th Street and Alcoa Avenue on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

20. A 2005 Jeep Cherokee Laredo, a 2008 Hummer H3, and a 2009 Chevrolet Impala collided at the intersection of Middle Road and Spruce Hills Drive, resulting in $15,000 in damage.

21. Mary Jean Peterson, 63, 4175 53rd Ave., was arrested on the 4100 block of 53rd Avenue on suspicion of assault on peace officers.

Jan. 15

22. A Playstation 4 controller and games, valued at $292.97, were reported stolen on the 1200 block of Glencoe Lane.

Jan. 16

23. A garage heater, valued at $40, was reported stolen on the 4100 block of Woodview Drive.

24. A wedding band, valued at $250, was reported stolen at Bettendorf Health Care, 2730 Crow Creek Road.

Jan. 17

25. A 2000 Mazda 626 and a 2009 Nissan Murano collided at the intersection of 53rd and 18th streets, resulting in $10,000 in damage.

26. Anna Caroline Jordan, 22, 900 Spruce Hills Drive, was arrested on the 900 block of Spruce Hills Drive on suspicion of driving while license is denied or revoked.

27. A Buick Rivera, valued at $1,200, was reported stolen on the 3700 block of Moencks Road.

28. Fraud, totaling $3,745.48, was reported on the 3100 block of Holiday Court.

29. A 2000 Honda Accord and a 2013 Blub school bus collided at intersection of Middle Road and Spruce Hills Drive, resulting in $5,000 in damage.

Jan. 18

30. An Apple computer, valued at $500, was reported stolen on the 4400 block of N. Newport Court.

Jan. 19

31. A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2008 Chevrolet HHR station wagon, and a 2010 Nissan Altima collided on Interstate 74 at mile marker 5.2, resulting in $7,000 in damage.

32. A 1999 Dodge Ram was involved in a single vehicle crash at Burlington Coat Factory, 1431 Kimberly Road, resulting in $6,100 in damage.

33. A 2010 International semi-trailer and a 2014 Peterbilt semi-trailer collided on I-80 West at the 301 rest stop, resulting in $250 in damage.

34. A 2004 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2006 Toyota Sienna collided at the intersection of Forest Grove and Middle roads, resulting in $900 in damage.

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Kelly Thompson, vice president of grant-making and community initiatives at Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, has been named a PLACES Fellow by The Funders\u2019 Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

She is one of 16 leaders from across the country to receive the fellowship. As part of the fellowship, Thompson will participate in a year-long curriculum that will equip her with the tools, knowledge and network to enhance grant-making decisions at the Community Foundation in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods.

Thompson earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Augustana College.\u00a0

She oversees grant-making, scholarships and the Community Foundation\u2019s collaborations with others on issues and also manages the foundation's youth philanthropy program, Teens for Tomorrow.

This year\u2019s fellowship drew a record number of applicants hoping to join the PLACES (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Smart Growth) program.\u00a0

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5122 S. Richmond Circle

Bettendorf

Price: $420,000

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

Square footage: 1,719

Agent: Brent Scogland, brentscogland.ruhlhomes.com

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\"NWS:
NWS: Weather summary

\u2022 Here's the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service.

Skies will be mostly cloudy with rain (70 percent chance) after 4 p.m. The high will be in the lower 50s. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.\u00a0

Tonight will be breezy with rain likely (90 percent chance). The overnight low will be around 43 degrees with winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

\"NWS:

A winter storm continues to take aim on the region for today through Friday! The location of the heaviest snowfall band has shifted southward from previous forecasts. However, significant snowfall and strong winds are still expected to impact much of the region through Friday. Widespread snowfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches are anticipated for areas near and south of Interstate 90, with locally heavier amounts in parts of northwest A Iowa, where isolated thunder may enhance snowfall rates at times tonight. If you have travel plans through tonight and Friday, please be sure to monitor forecasts and road conditions, and consider adjusting your plans, if possible

\u2022 Blizzard warning issued for parts of Nebraska, Iowa: Heading west today? Might want to read this first.

Blizzard warnings have been issued for northwest Iowa and the northeast corner of Nebraska. The National Weather Service says a mix of rain and snow this afternoon is expected to worsen into heavy, blowing snow tonight into Friday morning.

Accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are expected in some areas. The snowfall is expected to lessen as the storm system moves east. The service says the severe conditions could include whiteout, which would make travel extremely hazardous.

\"high
high water sign

\u2022 A National Weather Service flood watch is in effect for those living along the Cedar River near Conesville until further notice. This morning the Cedar was at 10.2 feet. Flood stage is 13 feet with minor flooding possible. The river is forecasted to rise above flood stage Saturday evening and continue rising to 14.3 feet on Wednesday.

The forecast is based on the routed flow from upstream in combination with the forecasted rainfall. Consequently there is limited confidence in the river reaching flood stage.

\"Jake

Country artist Jake McVey, a 1999 graduate of Mediapolis High School, is getting national attention with his single, \"Y'all Girls.\"

\u2022 Entertainment reporter Amanda Hancock serves up her best options for the weekend. Check out Amanda's picks.

\"021717-Buffalo-Bill-006\"

Board of Directors member Beth Peters talks about some of the items on display at The Buffalo Bill Museum in Le Claire, Iowa.

\u2022 They didn't know Buffalo Bill, but for this LeClaire family, celebrating his birthday this weekend feels personal.

Marsha Peters remembers when her mom, Edith, helped start the Buffalo Bill Museum in a small storefront on Cody Road in LeClaire. Read more.

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1. All good things must come to an end

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NWS: Weather summary
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NWS: Weather summary 2

A good Thursday to all. After a handful record-setting warm February days in the Quad-Cities, things turn a little more seasonable. (Translation: Snow)

Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

Rain is likely today after 3 p.m. Skies will be cloudy and breezy with a high near 52 degrees and north winds gusting as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight rain and possibly a thunderstorm is likely. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent with new rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible. The overnight low will be around 43 degrees with wind gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday brings a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. Skies will be mostly cloudy and breezy with a high near 57 degrees with winds gusting as high as 25 mph.

Friday night brings a chance of rain before 11 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow between 11 p.m. and midnight, then snow likely after midnight. The chance\u00a0of precipitation is 70 percent with new snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Skies will be cloudy and blustery with a low around 25 degrees and winds gusting as high as 30 mph

For the weekend expect a high in the lower 30s on Saturday and in the lower 40s in Sunday.

\u2022\u00a07 day forecast.

2. Turmoil at United Neighbors

\"United

Sharon Stepheny, a parent and volunteer, works with students Tuesday at United Neighbors in Davenport. The United Neighbors after-school program teaches children using different activities and projects as well as providing dinner for them.

People serving people, accessibility and helping the vulnerable improve their quality of life is the mantra United Neighbors was built on.

It was an attractive calling card for executive director Evelyn Nelson, but in the past five months, an investigation into its rental assistance program has inhibited the organization from fulfilling its mission and potential.

As the organization tries to emerge from the predicament, more turmoil continues follow in the form of lawsuits and allegations by former employees. Read more.

3. Public, council split on potential changes to Levee Commission

\"WALK

Local residents enjoy\u00a0recent mild temperatures walking along the Davenport riverfront in LeClaire Park.\u00a0

As Cathy Bolkcom finished her five minutes of public comment regarding potential changes to the Levee Improvement Commission, she asked those in attendance at Wednesday's Davenport City Council meeting to stand up if they were in support of leaving the commission as is. Only a few seats remained occupied, the message was clear: let the commission operate as it has for 106 years.

Despite public outcry against the ordinance, which aims to combine the commission and parks and recreation advisory board into one panel, the City Council is split on how to proceed.

A motion to table the ordinance garnered a\u00a05-5 vote, only to be overruled by Mayor Frank Klipsch, who voted against the delay. Instead, a motion to approve first consideration for the ordinance was passed by a 6-4 vote. Read more.

4. Liggins wants case dismissed

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Defense attorney Miguel Puentes speaks to his client, Stanley Liggins, on Wednesday in Scott County District Court, Davenport.

Stanley Liggins, the man accused in the strangulation death of a 9-year-old girl more than 26 years ago, asked a judge on Wednesday to dismiss the case against him.

Defense attorney Derek Jones argued during a lengthy hearing in Scott County District Court that the 55-year-old Liggins was denied due process as the result of what he said was the withholding of 77 police reports. Read more.

5. Expanded netting project begins at Modern Woodmen Park

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Crews with Empire Fence and Netting pull new cable around Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday.

Baseball fans seated anywhere in the grandstand at Davenport\u2019s Modern Woodmen Park will be protected from line drive foul balls and broken bats at Quad-Cities River Bandits games beginning this season.

Crews began the installation of nearly 12,000-square feet of netting Wednesday at the Midwest League stadium, a project which will ring the playing surface from the outer edge of the visitor\u2019s dugout on the first base side of the facility to the far end of the grandstand in left field. Read more.

6. Why TV audio might not be working\u00a0

\"Julie

Julie Sisk

Our Ask the Times guru, Roy Booker, fields a couple of television-related questions: one concerning problems with channel 8-1 and 8-3. The other, what happened to WQAD's Julie Sisk. Want the answers? Read more.

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. DIVIDED U.S. REACTS TO NEW TRANSGENDER POLICY

Conservatives praise the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, while transgender rights advocates vow to overcome a major setback.

2. UNEASE HANGS OVER MEXICO DIPLOMACY

Resentment over the proposed border wall and immigration crackdown in the U.S. threatens to sour a meeting between Mexico's president and Trump's chiefs of diplomacy and homeland security.

3. IRAQIS ADVANCE IN FIGHT TO DRIVE MILITANTS FROM MOSUL

Iraqi forces enter Mosul International Airport and take over the runway amid fierce clashes with Islamic State militants in the country's second-largest city.

4. WHERE PYONGYANG'S PR MACHINE SPUTTERS

North Korea exerts total control over its message at home. Abroad, in cases like the Malaysia killing of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, not so much.

5. SYRIA PEACE TALKS CONVENING

Hanging over government and opposition envoys is whether the \"Geneva IV\" talks will be just another sequel to chronically fruitless negotiations.

6. LOST HOPE: HOW FAR VENEZUELA HAS FALLEN

The economy is so crippled that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving and the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line, while the murder rate is among the highest in the world.

7. OIL INDUSTRY AWAITS OPPORTUNITY IN FAR NORTH

Petroleum drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was not a consideration under President Barack Obama but it's getting renewed attention under the new administration.

8. WHAT SCIENTISTS ARE BUZZING ABOUT

Astronomers discover seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star \u2014 and these new worlds could hold life.

9. ALL EYES ON BAO BAO AFTER 16-HOUR FLIGHT

The panda, born at the National Zoo in Washington, starts settling into her new home in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.

10. WHY PROF IS KNOWN AS 'FATHER OF THE SELFIE'

Every day for three decades, long before they were called selfies, Boston College's Karl Baden snapped a photo of himself to document the aging process.

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CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) \u2014 Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting three dozen holdouts who had defied a government order to leave.

It took 3 \u00bd hours for about 220 officers and 18 National Guardsmen to methodically search the protesters' temporary homes and arrest people, including a man who climbed atop a building and stayed there for more than an hour before surrendering.

Native Americans who oppose the $3.8 billion pipeline established the Oceti Sakowin camp last April on federal land near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to draw attention to their concerns that the project will hurt the environment and sacred sites \u2014 claims Dallas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes. The camp gained increased attention starting in August after its population had grown and authorities made their first arrests. At its height, the camp included thousands of people, but the numbers had dwindled during the winter and as the fight over the pipeline moved into the courts.

The Army Corps of Engineers said it needed to clear the camp ahead of spring flooding, and had ordered everyone to leave by 2 p.m. Wednesday. The agency said it was concerned about protesters' safety and about the environmental effects of tents, cars, garbage and other items in the camp being washed into nearby rivers.

Most protesters left peacefully Wednesday, when authorities closed the camp, but some stayed overnight in defiance of the government order.

As police in full riot gear worked to arrest the stragglers Thursday, cleanup crews began razing buildings on the square-mile piece of property at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers.

Protesters maintain the camp is on land that rightfully belongs to American Indians under old treaties. The Indigenous Environmental Network, which once had a strong presence in the camp, denounced the eviction of those who remained. Executive Director Tom Goldtooth said it \"is a continuation of a centuries-old practice, where the U.S. government forcefully removes Indigenous people from our lands.\"

Authorities entered the camp \"cautiously and tactfully\" to ensure the safety of officers and protesters, according to Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Iverson. The arrests were a last resort, he said.

\"We did not want this. Unfortunately, there were some bad actors that forced us into this position,\" he said.

Only one person resisted arrest; otherwise there were no major incidents, and there were no injuries, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said.

Afterward, officers showed visible relief, smiling, shaking hands and patting one another on the back.

Guardsmen and officers entered the camp from two directions shortly before midday, alongside numerous law enforcement and military vehicles and with a helicopter and airplane overhead. As they checked and cleared buildings, they marked them with a fluorescent orange \"X.\"

They declared the camp cleared shortly after 2 p.m., though Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said 15 protesters crossed the frozen Cannonball River on foot to the south bank. That land also is Corps-managed but is on the Standing Rock Reservation, where North Dakota authorities don't have jurisdiction. They planned to station officers on the north shore to keep anyone from re-entering the camp.

Before authorities moved in, Gov. Doug Burgum had said those remaining at the camp still had a chance to leave without facing charges. The state sent a bus to the site on Thursday to transport anyone to Bismarck, where officials were doling out basic necessities, along with hotel and bus vouchers.

No one took advantage of the offer Thursday, and only nine people used the center Tuesday and Wednesday. The center was closed Thursday due to the lack of use, state Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said.

Energy Transfer Partners began work on the last big section of the oil pipeline this month after the Army gave it permission to lay pipe under a reservoir on the Missouri River. When complete, the pipeline will carry oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.

___

Nicholson reported from Bismarck, N.D. Follow him on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/NicholsonBlake

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However, a part of House Study Bill 135 that would allow \u201cnutrient exchanges\u201d came under fire from opponents of corporate agriculture.

\u201cThis bill does nothing to stop pollution,\u201d Jessica Mazour of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement told a House Agriculture subcommittee Thursday. \u201cIt further passes the cost of cleaning up Iowa\u2019s water on the public. We shouldn\u2019t have to subsidize cleaning up the water from the pollution they created.\u201d

\u201cPollution trading,\u201d as Mazour called the \u201cnutrient exchanges,\u201d do nothing but transfer pollution across the state. If one polluter pollutes less, someone else can pollute more.

Tim Whipple of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities said, however, that the plan would allow interested parties \u201cto be able to share and work outside the boundaries of a city.\u201d It can be less expensive to invest in upstream improvements that could improve both water quality and flood control than building water and wastewater treatment facilities.

He disagreed with the claim that it shifts pollution and noted the bill requires \u201cmeasurable and quantifiable reduction\u201d in pollution.

Current monitoring is inadequate to provide those measurements, Mazour said.

The bill is similar to legislation approved by the House last year. It calls for a $232 million appropriation over 13 years from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund to be administered by the Soil Conservation and Water Quality Division of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The appropriations will grow from $5 million the first year to $22 million a year after 2020.

It also includes a 6 percent excise tax on water sales by water services in the state. Those revenues will go into a water-quality fund administered by the Iowa Finance Authority to help pay for water-quality and wastewater treatment programs for cities and other eligible entities. It will be capped at $500,000 per recipient.

The idea, Rep. Chip Baltimore, R-Boone, said is that by creating the revolving fund, the state can foster collaboration between communities and landowners in a watershed to address both water quality and quantity.

\u201cWe want to be flexible and allow everyone to participate to solve water-quality problems,\u201d he said.

One of the most attractive aspects of the plan, Whipple said, is that it would create a permanent source of funding. By utilizing the Finance Authority\u2019s bonding capacity, cities would be able borrow money at a lower cost.

\u201cThey\u2019ll make substantial progress sooner,\u201d he said.

Several business and industry groups endorsed the plan for similar reason because, as John Stineman of the Iowa Chamber Alliance said, access to low-cost, plentiful water is a key to economic development.

But Chad Kleppe said Master Builders of Iowa opposed the bill because it would divert Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund money that is used to address a variety of infrastructure needs, including the $300 million a year in deferred maintenance costs at state facilities.

Roger Wolf of the Iowa Soybean Association said the legislation recognizes \u201cthese are shared problems and they are shared solutions.\u201d By encouraging watershed-wide collaboration, the bill \u201cgives us a road map to improve water quality \u2026 and provide the context for how we can grow a finance solution.\u201d

Later, a Senate subcommittee took up Senate Study Bill 1034, which is\u00a0Gov. Terry Branstad\u2019s water-quality bill.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) \u2014 Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year's State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring \"We wouldn't be Peoria without Caterpillar.\"

It's been that way for decades in Peoria and in other company towns across the United States. A major employer provided generations of locals with jobs and gave the cities a central identity, while executives helped keep cultural institutions, Rotary clubs and higher-end housing markets healthy.

Now many of those midsize communities are looking for a new identity as more companies trade their longtime hometowns for major cities with easier access to global markets and to the lifestyle talented young workers want, with public transit, nightlife and trendy restaurants.

Caterpillar's recent decision to move 300 top headquarters jobs to the Chicago area made Peoria the latest city with a vacuum to fill. In 2014, Decatur, Illinois, lost Archer Daniels Midland's headquarters to Chicago after 40 years in the town. ConAgra Foods moved 1,000 jobs last year from Omaha to Chicago.

Some companies also are leaving suburban areas for downtowns, though the suburbs are still a popular choice. General Electric is moving its executives from a suburban campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, to downtown Boston, and McDonald's said last year it will relocate to downtown Chicago from a sprawling headquarters in suburban Oak Brook.

A study by the virtual think tank CityObservatory.org found the number of jobs located within three miles of the city center grew by nearly 2 percent between 2011 and 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Center city jobs grew slightly faster than those in the periphery in one recent seven-year period, a reversal from much of the past several decades.

\"I don't know that I'd call it a trend yet but it certainly is becoming one,\" said Tom Murphy, a former Pittsburgh mayor and senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute. \"Maybe for the first time in history, rather than having people follow where jobs are ... we're beginning to see jobs following people instead.\"

By a 2-to-1 margin, young college graduates are now choosing a place to live first, then finding a job, said Joe Cortright, director of CityObservatory.org.

For companies recruiting top talent, \"the biggest competitive advantage is to be in the city,\" Cortright said.

The change is adding to the divide between urban and smaller communities in the U.S., especially in the Midwest, which is beset with sagging manufacturing industries.

\"We joke about that there's the great state of Chicago, and then there's the rest of Illinois,\" said Bishop Harold Dawson Jr., a lifelong Peoria resident and pastor of New Life Christian Church.

Like many locals, Dawson can rattle off a list of relatives whose livelihoods in Peoria have depended on Caterpillar. The company known as CAT for short established its first plant in Peoria in 1909 and employs more than 12,000 workers in the area, even after several layoffs.

The city of about 110,000 has been trying to breathe more life into its downtown and a scenic stretch along the Illinois River. But while new restaurants, coffee shops and apartments are opening, Ardis acknowledged few people would call the area \"dynamic.\" And parts of the city's core are seeing growing poverty.

The headquarters move has been a blow to the city's collective morale.

\"There is emotion around\" the decision, said Jeff Griffin, president of the Peoria Area Chamber. \"Peoria is not unique in that tragedy across the country.\"

Griffin said he and his counterpart in Omaha talked recently about the importance of diversifying the local economy \u2014 relying on small business rather than large corporations.

\"Part of the big challenge is leadership needs to recognize the rules have changed,\" Murphy said. \"They need to think about how they build their cities and the amenities they offer, and be really clear about what their competitive advantages are today, not what they were 100 years ago.\"

A city should perhaps think about spending on public transit rather than highways, he said.

Improving the atmosphere of downtown seems to be helping some midsize cities recoup from the loss of major businesses, urban experts say.

In Greenville, South Carolina, where the decline of the textile industry left a huge gap in the economy, leadership arranged to remove a four-lane bridge that obstructed the view of a scenic waterfall, and added trees and cafes and sidewalks. A downtown that was once \"dead\" is now \"beautiful and hugely successful,\" Murphy said. In addition to drawing tourists, the city has a booming advanced manufacturing industry, anchored by companies such as BMW.

But other places, such as Decatur, are struggling to find a new identity. The city has the fifth-highest unemployment rate out of Illinois' metro areas, and Moody's Analytics warns a lack of jobs could push the city back into recession.

Across the Midwest and Northeast in particular, a number of midsize cities are facing \"big challenges,\" Cortright said.

\"What do we do with the Peorias?\" he added. \"I don't' think we know what the answer to that is.\"

Peoria has a growing health care industry and is home to other companies such as Maui Jim sunglasses and Bump Box, a monthly delivery of skincare and other products for pregnant women.

Ardis said the city just has to find more.

\"We're not just going to roll over and play dead,\" he said.

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Follow Sara Burnett on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sara_burnett

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This story has been corrected to show that Decatur has the fifth-highest unemployment rate out of Illinois metro areas, not the second-highest rate.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 An unlimited number of students in Iowa will be able to enroll in for-profit virtual schools that receive public education funding under a bill a Republican-led legislative panel approved Thursday.

The legislation comes amid growing discussion at the Iowa Legislature this session over whether to expand educational opportunities outside of regular brick and mortar public schools. Some groups have praised the effort while others have raised concerns over its potential impact on state funding for public education.

A subcommittee of the Senate Education Committee signed off on the bill, which includes several provisions beyond online learning. It now heads to the full committee.

Enrollment in virtual schools is currently capped in Iowa to several hundred students. Those students from around the state are technically part of two school districts \u2014 CAM Community Schools in Anita and Clayton Ridge Community Schools in Guttenberg \u2014 that contract with two out-of-state, for-profit companies that offer online curriculum. The system allows state education dollars to go to the companies, though the districts also receive some money.

The bill would remove the cap and remove a stipulation that such virtual schools be available through just the two school districts.

Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton and the bill's sponsor, said the proposal gives more students and parents additional choices over educational opportunities. She also said it would allow more Iowa school districts to offer online learning that could come down to a few online classes.

\"The online option actually gives local school districts additional options as well, particularly when they can't find a teacher for a hard-to-fill area,\" she said. \"So it's not just opening it up to more students to do the full online, but it's also opening it up for school districts to access and use those tools that are available as well.\"

Representatives for some education groups agreed with Sinclair. Margaret Buckton, of Rural School Advocates of Iowa and the Urban Education Network of Iowa, is registered undecided on the bill but said she supported the effort of allowing more online opportunities for students. She said the issue shouldn't be viewed as for-profit companies coming into the state, because school districts go to great lengths to ensure there are education standards in place.

\"It allows public school districts to work in a myriad of ways to provide different programs to students,\" she said.

Virtual schools in Iowa have been around for several years and were originally intended to be a pilot program with an expiration date. Gov. Terry Branstad nixed a sunset date in a budget veto last year, saying at the time that some students in the program \"may be the targets of bullying, medically fragile, or individuals who struggle in the traditional classroom setting.\"

Still, some groups questioned the expansion and its impact on public dollars. Melissa Petersen is a spokeswoman for the Iowa State Education Association, which represents 34,000 school employees in the state. She said she hoped the final version of the bill would include strong language on oversight and accreditation.

\"What is happening to the money that flows through a district now with this exploitation of open enrollment?\" she said. \"How are we making sure there's accountability on the back end when the for-profit company now receives that amount of taxpayer dollars?\"

Robert Rafferty is a lobbyist for K12 Inc., the company that contracts with Clayton Ridge. He said he doesn't expect the company to immediately expand its offerings to other school districts. He said the bill would simply make sure the current cap doesn't leave out families.

Amid the discussion over this legislation and other education bills, Republican lawmakers are considering the creation of education savings accounts. It could potentially allow students to use state funding for school-related expenses such as private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring and online learning.

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After a monthslong investigation into Iowa State University President Steven Leath\u2019s use of university-owned aircraft, the Iowa Department of Public Safety this week announced no charges will be filed.

The Story County Attorney\u2019s Office earlier this month met with Division of Criminal Investigation agents to present findings on Leath\u2019s plane use, which came under fire in September after multiple news reports \u2014 confirmed by university statements \u2014 showed he used the aircraft for several trips that involved personal business.

The university at that time also confirmed Leath, a pilot, had damaged the school\u2019s Cirrus SR-22 in a hard landing more than a year earlier in Illinois and told Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter, although other regents said they weren\u2019t aware until news reports in fall 2016.

After the hard landing became public, Leath made $17,500 in donations to the Iowa State University Foundation to cover the cost of the damage, storage and transportation to bring him home. After a regents audit in December raised questions about additional trips, Leath wrote another check for $19,113.

He also vowed to stop flying the Cirrus, sell it and launch a review of university Flight Services, including whether to eliminate the program, which employs three pilots who fly the school\u2019s other plane, a Beechcraft King Air 350, for various school purposes, including athletics recruiting.

Alex R. Murphy, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety\u2019s investigative operations, reported this week that \u201cpursuant to a review of the investigative findings, it was determined that there was no probable cause to substantiate a violation of Iowa law.\u201d

Rastetter said Thursday that news didn\u2019t come as a surprise to the Board of Regents, noting the Story County Attorney\u2019s Office looked into Leath\u2019s plane use because a complaint was filed. She didn\u2019t take it up on her own, he said.

\u201cIt was clear to us there wasn\u2019t any criminal issue involved,\u201d he said. \u201cBut it was good to see that that was confirmed by the DCI.\u201d

(Lee Hermiston contributed to this report.)

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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s divorce case show the government has given him large benefit checks after he served time in prisons for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund.

Jackson receives about $138,400 annually, the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2lvfBd1 ) reported.

Jackson's attorney, Barry Schatz, said about $100,000 of that is workers' compensation and is tax free. The rest of his benefits are Social Security Disability Insurance payments, some of which may be taxable.

Jackson received the payments because he has depression and bipolar disorder, which led to an extended leave from Congress in 2012.

\"Whatever benefits Jesse Jackson Jr. has, he earned them, and as a matter of law, he's entitled to them,\" Schatz said. \"If the government thought he wasn't entitled to them, they wouldn't be paying them.\"

Jackson's worker' compensation benefits are for a temporary, total disability, according to Schatz. Jackson's health is checked once a year and benefits might change should it improve.

\"He's not a slacker,\" said Schatz, who added that Jackson currently isn't able to work.

Pete Sepp, who heads the nonpartisan National Taxpayers Union, says the payments show the government is still figuring out how to take care of ex-lawmakers convicted of crimes.

\"Once again, the average taxpaying citizen is left to wonder if justice was done for them,\" Sepp said.

Details about Jackson's payments were disclosed in court documents after Sandi Jackson began a divorce proceeding last year.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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More than 50 million people are being warned to watch for high winds or even tornadoes as a storm system that pummeled California this week moves into the Midwest. After the system clears, snow and cold could replace the spring-like conditions much of the region has enjoyed for the better part of a week.

The severe storms will ramp up Friday from Detroit to Nashville, Tennessee. Meteorologist Patrick Marsh of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said Thursday that the weather pattern is more typical of April or May.

\"The calendar says it's not really spring, but if you look at the air temperatures, it looks like spring. That's what the atmosphere is operating on,\" said Marsh, the center's warning coordination meteorologist.

Moist air from the Gulf of Mexico will send temperatures toward 70 degrees in northern Indiana and southern Michigan on Friday, which is about 30 degrees above normal. \"This is pretty much you would expect a couple months from now,\" Marsh said.

People typically think of tornadoes in the spring, though in the Southeast they can come any time of year. So far in 2017, there have been swarms of twisters in Louisiana and Georgia.

\"In Oklahoma, every April, May and June I really need to be paying attention. But in Birmingham, Alabama, I've got a threat year-round,\" he said. In the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region, the weather Friday will hit an area that would normally be worrying about snow.

\"It's not out of the question that there could be snow this weekend in the same area,\" Marsh said.

The storm arriving Friday is part of the same system that brought heavy rains to California this week and snow to Wyoming on Thursday.

Blizzard warnings were posted for the northern Plains beginning overnight Thursday. Northern Indiana and Michigan have snow in the forecast for Saturday, while there's a fire danger in the southern Plains \"all from the same system,\" Marsh said.

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Follow Kelly P. Kissel on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kisselAP and go to http://bigstory.ap.org/author/kelly-p-kissel to see his work.

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Bills to curtail transgender people's access to public restrooms are pending in about a dozen states, but even in conservative bastions such as Texas and Arkansas they may be doomed by high-powered opposition.

The bills have taken on a new significance this week following the decision by President Donald Trump's administration to revoke an Obama-era federal directive instructing public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender. Many conservative leaders hailed the assertions by top Trump appointees that the issue was best handled at the state and local level.

Yet at the state level, bills that would limit transgender bathroom access are floundering even though nearly all have surfaced in Republican-controlled legislatures that share common ground politically with Trump. In none of the states with pending bills does passage seem assured; there's been vigorous opposition from business groups and a notable lack of support from several GOP governors.

The chief reason, according to transgender-rights leaders, is the backlash that hit North Carolina after its legislature approved a bill in March 2016 requiring transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. Several major sports organizations shifted events away from North Carolina, and businesses such as PayPal decided not to expand in the state. In November, Republican Pat McCrory, who signed and defended the bill, became the only incumbent governor to lose in the general election.

\"We don't need that in Arkansas,\" said that state's GOP governor, Asa Hutchinson, earlier this month. \"If there's a North Carolina-type bill, then I want the Legislature not to pass it.\"

North Carolina's experience also has been evoked in Texas, where a \"bathroom bill\" known as Senate Bill 6 is being championed by GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who founded the Legislature's tea party caucus and oversees the state Senate. Business groups and LGBT-rights supporters have warned that passage of the North Carolina-style bill could cost Texas many millions of dollars, as well as the opportunity to host future pro sports championships.

Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston, assessed the bill's chances of enactment as \"effectively zero.\" The measure might not even clear the Senate, he said, and would be \"dead on arrival\" if it reached the House of Representatives.

\"The centrist conservative Republicans in the House, led by Speaker Joe Straus, view SB 6 as an unwanted distraction,\" Jones said.

In Virginia, South Dakota and Wyoming, bills targeting transgender people already have died this year for lack of high-level support. The South Dakota bill, opposed by GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard, would have required public school students to use the locker rooms and shower rooms matching their gender at birth.

In several other states, such as Kansas and Kentucky, bathroom bills remain alive but are gaining little traction. Kentucky's GOP Gov. Matt Bevin, though a staunch social conservative, has dismissed the proposal as unnecessary government intrusion.

\"Is there anyone you know in Kentucky who has trouble going to the bathroom?\" he asked.

In Tennessee, two lawmakers promoting a bathroom bill abruptly ended a news conference last week when it was interrupted by protesters, one wearing a T-shirt reading, \"You can pee next to me.\"

Major Tennessee businesses have joined forces to oppose the bill. And on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said the bill was no longer needed because of the Trump administration's decision to revoke the directive on transgender students' rights.

There's a bathroom bill pending in Missouri, where an identical proposal didn't even receive a hearing last year. Wisconsin's GOP-controlled Legislature also rejected a bathroom bill last session; its sponsor promises to bring it back this year even though GOP leaders have not made it a priority.

Other states with pending bathroom bills, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, include Alabama, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, South Carolina and Washington.

When these types of bills advance to public hearings, the sessions can be emotional. Samantha DeMichieli, a 13-year-old transgender girl in Missouri, started crying when she told lawmakers this week about being bullied; she said the prospect of using a different bathroom was \"horrifying.\"

Attorney Gary McCaleb of Alliance Defending Freedom, which supports the push for bathroom bills, said politicians need to hear the testimony of students with the contrasting views, such as girls who feel \"embarrassment and humiliation\" for sharing bathrooms with transgender schoolmates.

As for the Republican leaders who don't embrace the bills, McCaleb suggested they were succumbing to pressure from the business community.

Looking ahead, McCaleb said it was difficult to predict if any of this year's bathroom bills would pass.

\"It's tough to know,\" he said. \"There's a lot of moving pieces.\"

National LGBT-rights groups are closely monitoring the fluctuations, recalling how North Carolina politicians took activists by surprise last year when they passed the divisive bathroom bill in a fast-paced special session.

\"That experience makes us very wary about when and how legislation will move,\" said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign. \"On the other hand, the American public has been incredibly vocal against these bills... so we're hopeful that legislators have learned a lesson from North Carolina.\"

Even if all the new bathroom bills fail, Warbelow said activists will continue to push for explicit and effective federal protections for transgender students \u2014 protections have been undercut by this week's revocation of the Obama-era guidance.

\"Students deserve clear concrete protections at the federal level that they can rely on no matter where they go in this country,\" Warbelow said. \"The idea of turning civil rights over to the states is outrageous \u2014 you'll have decisions made school district by school district.\"

For activists on both sides of the issue, the debate has symbolic and political importance that transcends the presence of transgender students in U.S. schools. According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, about 150,000 young people in the U.S. \u2014 0.7 percent of those between the ages of 13 and 17 \u2014 identify as transgender.

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Follow David Crary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CraryAP

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