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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he thinks the reports Wednesday that the Trump administration was considering leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement was a negotiating tactic and that the pact has been good for agriculture.

Grassley, R-Iowa, spoke with reporters from the Quad-Cities on Thursday after meeting with a delegation to Washington, D.C., led by the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce. The delegation is in Washington this week for its annual meeting with area lawmakers and executive branch agencies.

Grassley, who has long been a champion of free trade, said there were two options floating Wednesday \u2014\u00a0renegotiation or withdrawal.

\"I think the withdrawal one is posturing,\" he said.

President Donald Trump has long complained that NAFTA was a bad deal for the United States. And late Wednesday, there were reports that the Trump administration was preparing an executive order to withdraw from NAFTA.

Later, the president tweeted that he would renegotiate with Mexico and Canada instead.

Trade is an important part of the Quad-Cities economy, and Grassley said it has been good for Iowa agriculture.

On Thursday, the president told reporters he would seek to renegotiate, but he left open the option of terminating the pact if negotiations are not successful.

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Elton John will perform at the iWireless Center on Nov. 10 as part of a six-city concert tour. The Friday night show will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale May 5 at 10 a.m. Visit Ticketmaster.com for more information.

According to a news release, John's band features \"Nigel Olsson (part of Elton's original three-piece band) on drums, Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, John Mahon on percussion, Kim Bullard on keyboards and Matt Bissonette on bass.\"

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Phil Axtell is getting the chance he earned.

The Quad-City Mallards announced Thursday Axtell will be the head coach next season, moving quickly to keep the man they promoted in January to replace Terry Ruskowski.

It wasn't necessarily a no-doubt decision, not with names like Reading's Larry Courville and Alaska's Rob Murray on the coaching market. But by announcing the decision less than a week after the Mallards were eliminated from the playoffs, the Mallards made it clear they feel Axtell is the right man for the job, and eliminated any speculation or uncertainty.

Keeping Axtell was the right move, the latest from a team that is showing the willingness to try and bring a championship back to the Quad-Cities.

Firing Terry Ruskowski in January and putting a rookie Axtell in his place was a make-or-break decision. Ruskowski's resume could have made team owner Jordan Melville and team president Bob McNamara hesitant to make the switch and instead stay with the veteran for the rest of the season.

Giving the job to Axtell was a risk. McNamara said he felt the roster was good enough to contend, and if instead the team missed the playoffs, the organization would be forced to try and find another option at coach, perhaps resetting the timeline on when a championship could be realistically possible.

Instead, Axtell thrived. The team went 21-12-2 and went on an eight-game winning streak under his guidance. The Mallards scored over half-a-goal per game more than under Ruskowski, and played tight with the Fort Wayne Komets in the first round of the playoffs. Players responded to his coaching style and attitude, and the difference on the ice was obvious.

When the Mallards announced the decision to promote Axtell in January, McNamara mentioned how the team was no longer content with making the playoffs and losing in the first round, something that happened three of the four seasons under Ruskowski. Though the Mallards again exited early, they were competitive in the series with the Komets, taking two of the five games to overtime and keeping all but one of the games to a one-goal spread.

Now, there's a positive feeling entering the offseason. There's a feeling that this year's team \u2014\u00a0while good \u2014\u00a0may have been one year early from truly competing for a championship. There's a feeling that if Axtell gets the core of this team to return, while shoring up a few areas, that the Mallards might be the ones moving on next year instead of Fort Wayne.

There is still plenty of growth that needs to come from Axtell, and that's not unexpected. He was placed in a very tough situation, and he made the most of it, but he still is essentially a rookie head coach, with lots to learn and improve on. Every coach has to start somewhere, and what he accomplished in a half-season with the Mallards was a very good start to his head coaching career.

Now, he has to deal with things like trying to get players to return, something that Ruskowski struggled with, as well as recruiting players in the offseason to join the team. Ruskowski had a very good base of scouts and agents to draw on, but Axtell was also pivotal in landing several players from this year's team. He has a good eye for talent, and also has several connections, especially at the junior level. This includes Cedar Rapids coach Mark Carlson, whose RoughRiders team has been something of a pipeline for the Mallards recently.

He'll also have McNamara, who will retain his role as general manager and Jon Piche, director of hockey operations, there to help with this aspect, and those two will be valuable as Axtell settles into the role.

Axtell will have to deal with the stresses of the offseason and of coaching the entire season, not just half of it. And he'll also have to deal with the extra things like community involvement and media relations that Ruskowski's experience allowed him to treat as if second nature.

But Axtell impressed in just half a season, and the amount of growth from Jan. 20 to today was noticeable. It will be fun to see just how much more he grows next season, and the Mallards could continue to grow with him.

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The Iowa Department of Transportation said this week it received 16 bids for a package of proposals to build a new Interstate 74 bridge and a pair of affiliated projects.

An official said, however, it will likely be at least another couple weeks before final awards are made.

The DOT gave contractors until Tuesday to submit proposals. Although some of the 16 bids overlap, the response appears to have been a robust one. Ten different companies or joint ventures submitted 16 bids on four different packages.

Sam Shea, a district transportation planner in the DOT's Cedar Rapids office, said Wednesday the agency is pleased, although it is still in the process of ensuring that the bidders were responsive to the solicitations and that they meet state's requirements to take on the project.

\"We saw plenty of interest,\" Shea said.

Prior to the bidding, the DOT said it had estimated the cost of the contracts to be awarded at between $400 million and $450 million, and it looks as if the bids mostly came in under that.

The DOT allowed contractors to bid as a combined package on the part of the bridge going over Mississippi River channel as well a separate span that will lead from the water's edge and connect to the central span. Bids also were accepted for those as separate projects.

For the combined package, the bids ranged from between $322.1 million and $416.2 million. The lowest bid was from Lunda Construction Co. of Black River Falls, Wisconsin. The second lowest bid was at $357.8 million.

Two joint ventures bid the projects separately, and those came in at $393.6 million and $416.5 million between them. A separate joint venture bid on one of the projects, but not the other.

Separately, there were six bids on the viaduct over downtown Bettendorf and off-ramp leading to U.S. 67 there. Bids for that package were sought separately from the others. Those bids ranged from $30.1 million to $37.9 million.

The lowest bidder in this case was Civil Constructors Inc. of Freeport, Illinois.

The Iowa DOT's review process can take as long as 30 days, although it usually makes an award before that.

In this case, however, the size of the project may lead to a longer time frame, with the Federal Highway Administration's Iowa and Washington, D.C., offices both weighing in, Shea said.

\"It looks like we are probably at least two weeks away, perhaps a little more,\" he said.

In Illinois, a contract is expected to be awarded in June for work from the river to 7th Avenue in Moline, which will include the viaduct over downtown and street improvements to accommodate the interchanges. That's estimated at $120 million. Then, likely in September, contracts will be awarded for work on the interstate from 7th Avenue to just south of Avenue of the Cities, as well as street improvements, including reconstruction of 19th Street. That work has been estimated at $128 million.

Construction on the I-74 bridge is expected to get underway yet this summer with work on the foundations in the Mississippi River. The span itself is expected to be built in 2019 and 2020, and the existing bridge is scheduled to be torn down in 2021.

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Brandt Construction Co.'s last ditch effort to win the Rockingham Road reconstruction project has failed.

The Davenport City Council has approved awarding the contract to Langman Construction and denied the appeal of Brandt after its bid for the project was disqualified.

Rock Island-based Langman Construction's bid of $2.44 million was almost $200,000 more than the bid of Brandt, but Finance Director Brandon Wright deemed that Brandt was not a responsible and reliable bidder.

Attorney Greg Jager, from the Pastrnak Law Firm, represented Brandt through the appeal process. City Administrator Corri Spiegel previously denied Brandt's appeal.

The city gave Brandt the opportunity to appeal to the City Council, which Jager did at the council's Wednesday meeting.

Jager's defense centered on questions of whether the city followed its own purchasing guidelines, and he attempted, with the help of project manager Kevin Smiley, to explain delays with Brandt's completion of a project on Jersey Ridge Road.

In the report card for the Jersey Ridge project provided to Brandt, Jager said that it received a satisfactory score for both timeliness and the overall project and that there was nothing written in city code that indicated one factor could be used to disqualify a bidder.

\"Over the past decade, Brandt has performed $24 million worth of work in the city,\" Jager said. \"There haven't been any complaints given to Brandt, report cards given to Brandt until he was the apparent low bidder on the Rockingham Road project.\"

Summing up, Jager said that there was not enough evidence to support Wright's decision to disqualify Brandt from the Rockingham Road project.

Doug House, construction analyst for the Indiana, Illinois and Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting, supported the city's decision to disqualify Brandt, citing the lack of timeliness, safety violations and various disputes at Brandt.

House said his organization provided documents to the city about an East River Drive project, which also experienced significant delays and created additional work for staff.

Kathy Jones, one of the workers currently on strike at Brandt, chastised the company for its working conditions and labor practices.

\"Brandt Construction is capable of making the right decisions when it comes to its workers, but they have decided not to,\" Jones said. \"It's sad that employees are the ones suffering when it comes to their decisions to do the right thing.\"

Taking into account the current labor dispute and past problems with Brandt, Alderwoman Maria Dickmann, 2nd Ward, and the other members of the City Council voiced support for staff's recommendation.

\"Considering Mr. Brandt has about a dozen striking employees that he has continued to refuse to meet with, I can't see how on earth they would be able to complete this project in a timely manner,\" Dickmann said. \"This level of construction is going to need the utmost attention, and we do not want our friends down on the west end experiencing any more delays than is absolutely necessary.\"

Terrence Brandt disputed Dickmann's figures and said only three employees were on strike.

\"We don't actually have a contract so theoretically they're on strike,\" Brandt said. \"There is no bargaining unit whatsoever. We're an open shop company.\"

Dickmann fired back that whether or not they were fired to lower the number, they were still considered on strike.

\"They won their National Labor Relations Board complaint, so I just don't think it's their opinion,\" Dickmann said.

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The Quad-Cities' unemployment rate fell in March to its lowest level for that month since 2008 as a continued decline in the size of the labor force drove some of the decrease, a labor analyst said Thursday.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES, reported that unemployment in the four-county Quad-City metropolitan statistical area was 4.8 percent in March. That was down 1.2 percent from the 6.0 percent reported a year ago. In February, unemployment was at 5.3 percent.

\"We're still experiencing a decline in the overall labor force, which is related back to some of the things we have seen happening in the area \u2014 such as declines in the manufacturing sector,\" said Tom Austin of IDES.

The local manufacturing sector lost 800 jobs over the year and now employs 22,400 Quad-Citians. But the sector gained 200 jobs between February and March, according to IDES statistics.

\"One of your largest industries is manufacturing. With declines continuing over a long time, people have had to look at what their other options are,'' he said.

In addition to a decline in the total labor force, the Quad-Cities saw a decline in the number of people unemployed and an increase in the number employed, he said.

The number of Quad-Citians unemployed declined 21 percent in March to 9,108 versus 11,503 a year ago and 10,075 in February. The statistics also show a total of 180,855 were employed, which compared to 179,813 a year ago and 179,142 in February.

The labor force declined by 1,353 people, or less than 1 percent, to 189,963 in March from 191,316 a year ago. In February, it totaled 189,217.

The labor force decline could be due to fewer people still looking for work, retirements, and others returning to school or waiting for other opportunities. \"Manufacturing typically has older workers in it. So they might be in a situation where they can retire,\" Austin added.

The other sectors posting declines were wholesale trade, transportation-warehousing-utilities and other services, which each lost 100 jobs over the year.

\"Overall, you're ahead,\" he said.

The area's non-farm jobs grew by 800 from 180,700 a year ago to 181,500 in March. The strongest gains were in educational-health services (+900); professional-business services (+400); financial activities and government (+300 each).

The last time the March rate was equal or lower was in 2008 when it was 4.8 percent.

The unemployment rate identifies people in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa who are out of work and seeking employment.

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Habitat for Humanity Quad-Cities is looking for families interested in earning/buying a Habitat house. A free partner family application workshop will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Habitat for Humanity Administrative Office, 3625 Mississippi Ave., Davenport.

For more information, call Barb at 563-359-9066.

The workshop will cover the application process and the qualifications required to be considered for the program. Applications will be available at the workshops as well as at the Habitat Quad-Cities administrative office after the workshop.

Qualified applicants need to have a strong desire to own a home, a stable income of at least $26,000 and be willing to work alongside Habitat volunteers to build the home. Partner families earn \u201csweat equity\u201d performing volunteer hours while working with a mentor throughout the duration of the building process, and attend classes on home ownership. Applicants will have the ability to purchase their new home at a reduced rate and zero percent interest mortgage.

Habitat for Humanity Quad-Cities is a non-profit Christian housing organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.

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Iowa legislative Democrats warned Thursday they are planning to do battle next year if Republicans seek to make major changes to state's public employee retirement system.

Iowa Sen. Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, the Democratic leader in the Senate, joined a handful of Quad-City area Democratic legislators in Davenport on Thursday for a post-mortem on the 2017 session, which Hogg called \"brutal\" for working families.

The Republican-controlled Legislature adjourned last weekend after making sweeping changes on several fronts, including reductions in collective bargaining rights for most public employees, a voter identification law and a host of other changes.

Democrats still have to wait another 19 months before they'll get a chance to compete with Republicans at the polls. But asked what they expected were major issues to come in the 2018 session, Hogg said water quality and income taxes will be big topics. He also raised the idea Republicans, much like they did with collective bargaining, could seek to make changes swiftly to Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System, or IPERS.

\"We will be defending IPERS,\" he said.

Both Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have said a task force will review the future of IPERS. Reynolds also has raised the prospect of shifting to a 401k-like system, while protecting retirees and employees who are relying on the current system.

Locally, Hogg blamed Republicans for failing to get a bill passed addressing per-pupil inequities in Iowa's school funding formula. The Senate passed legislation, 47-0, to eliminate the inequity over 10 years, as well as imbalances in transportation funding. Its first year cost was $14 million. Currently, some school districts, including Davenport, can't spend as much as some others.

The legislation failed to get a vote in the House, with officials there blaming new revenue projections that prompted the state to make mid-year budget cuts for fiscal 2017, as well adjustments for 2018.

Hogg, however, said Republicans devoted money to such things as targeting Planned Parenthood, so there were funds that could have gone to the legislation.

State Rep. Ross Paustian, R-Walcott, rejected Hogg's criticism, saying that when Democrats controlled the Senate, they didn't move on the inequity issue.

\"That's just plain politics,\" he said.

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A Davenport man has been charged in federal court after police and prosecutors say he sold heroin to a confidential informant in December and January.

Prosecutors on Thursday unsealed a one-count complaint for distribution of heroin against Larry Lazzle Bolden, 48, in U.S. District Court, Davenport. A preliminary hearing and a detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.\u00a0

According to the criminal complaint, Bolden sold a substance suspected to be heroin to the informant three times and facilitated a fourth sale between December and January in Davenport.

The suspected heroin was tested at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, according to the complaint.

The lab determined that one of the substances tested positive for heroin and fentanyl and another substance tested positive for acrylfentanyl, according to the complaint.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain medication that is said to be up to 100 times more potent than morphine.

The other substances submitted to the lab tested positive for heroin, according to the complaint.

Bolden was arrested in February and initially charged in Scott County District Court with two counts of controlled substance violation. The charges were dismissed Thursday when the federal case was unsealed.

He has multiple felony convictions for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, aggravated battery and forgery in Rock Island County.

In August, Bolden was charged in Rock Island County with obstruction of justice. He posted 10 percent of a $2,000 bond and remained out of custody until his arrest in the Scott County case.

In March 2002, he was sentenced\u00a0in U.S. District Court, Rock Island, to more than 13 years in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The sentence was reduced to more than 10 years in 2006, according to court records.

He was released in 2011 and was ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release. In August 2013, he was sentenced to almost 21 months in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release.

Bolden was released from custody in November 2014, according to Bureau of Prisons online records.

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Three Quad-Cities communities have been recognized for their new investments along the Mississippi River in 2016 by Site Selection magazine. The economic development magazine annually ranks metropolitan and micropolitan areas by number of projects per capita and by number of total projects.

Awards are based on growth in the industries of manufacturing, call centers, headquarters, data centers, distribution warehouse, office, and research and development, according to a news release from the Quad-Cities Chamber.

The Davenport-Moline-Rock Island metro ranked sixth in total projects with 19, Muscatine ranked fourth in projects per capita (42,903) with three and Clinton ranked seventh in projects per capita (48,051) also with three.

Companies in the six-county region of Scott, Clinton and Muscatine in Iowa, and Rock Island, Mercer and Henry in Illinois, invested $247.92 million and created 186 new jobs in 2016.

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Parents of youngsters in the Rock Island-Milan School District are invited on Wednesday, May 3, to a kindergarten roundup for the 2017-18 school year.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 in order to qualify.

Specific times at each school are as follows: Denkmann Elementary, 4 p.m.; Earl Hanson Elementary, 3 p.m.; Eugene Field Elementary, 4:30 p.m.; Frances Willard Elementary, 3:30 p.m.; Longfellow Liberal Arts, 3 p.m.; Rock Island Academy, 3 p.m.; Rock Island Center for Math & Science (by invitation), 3 p.m.; Ridgewood Elementary, 3 p.m.; Thomas Jefferson Elementary, 2:45 p.m.

Find school boundary information and other requirements at rockislandschools.org. For questions on the Center for Math & Science, call the school at 309-793-5995.

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A Spring Community Garage Sale event organized by the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department has been canceled because of the threat of rain this weekend.

The event was scheduled for Saturday at Longview Park with a rain date for Sunday, but the weather forecast for both days has prompted the department to cancel the sale.

The next Community Garage Sale is scheduled for Sept. 30. For more information, call 309-732-7275.

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1. Free show\u00a0

Here's a no-cost option for your Saturday night. See Michigander, the moniker for Jason Singer, a\u00a0singer-songwriter from Kalamazoo, Michigan, along with Moses Nesh, a blues act from Atlanta, Georgia. Music is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Free admission. Reserve your spot at raccoonmotel.com.

2. Spring wine walk

The Bucktown Center for the Arts is hosting a special spring edition of its Final Friday series. During the venue's Spring Wine Walk, stroll through art galleries and sample a variety of wines.\u00a0You can purchase hand-painted wine glasses and five drink tickets for $20. Festivities are set from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Bucktown Center for the Arts,\u00a0225 E. 2nd St., Davenport.

3. QCSO Family Concert

The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra, or QCSO, is taking on the Dr. Suess classics \"Green Eggs and Ham\" and \"The Sneetches\" during its annual family concert, set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. The family-friendly tales will be told through the music of QCSO with support from on-stage actors, video and narration. Tickets, $3-20, are available at qcso.org.\u00a0

4. Skellington Swerve

Skellington Swerve is hosting its spring bash this weekend. The live variety show, featuring live music, comedy, games and food specials, is slated for 8 p.m. Thursday at Skellington Manor, 420 18th St., Rock Island. Admission is free. For more information, visit\u00a0skellingtonmanor.com.

5. Comedy showcase

The Establishment is hosting a comedy showcase featuring some of the area's top stand-up comedians. ComedySportz member Jeff Adamson hosts the night of jokes. The showcase starts at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island. Tickets, $5, are available at\u00a0establishmentqc.com.

6.\u00a0Reading series

SPECTRA, the poetry reading series, is back Thursday at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island. An open mic is set for 7 p.m. and open to poets, storytellers, singers, comics, interpretive dancers and more.\u00a0SPECTRA kicks off at 8 p.m. featuring out-of-town headliners Natalie Eilbert and Derrick Austin. For more information, visit rozztox.com.

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The Davenport School Board continues a series of public meetings with a \"Community Conversation\" set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. The host is One Eighty, 601 Marquette St., Davenport.

Participants will hear an introduction from Rusty Boruff of One Eighty, meet the board members, learn about district priorities and take part in a question-and-answer session.

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Dr. Karmen Hopkins of Davenport has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. She is a 2000 graduate of the college.

Now a chiropractor and college instructor, Hopkins graduated from Sandburg with an associate in applied science degree in mortuary science. While attending Sandburg, she worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor in the College\u2019s Fitness Center, and she credited that experience with helping her decide to further her education in the health field.

She went on to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic, graduating in 2010 with her bachelor\u2019s and doctorate, and she opened her own practice a month later in Davenport.

In addition to her practice, she provides chiropractic care for runners in the Special Olympics torch run, teaches fitness classes at the YMCA and teaches part-time at Palmer, focusing on techniques taught in the college\u2019s curriculum.

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\"NWS:
NWS: Weather summary

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

The afternoon will be breezy along with patchy drizzle before 4 p.m. and cloudy skies. The high will be near 48 degrees. West winds will gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 41 degrees.

Friday showers are likely mainly between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 56 degrees. Northeast winds will be 5-10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation could be between a tenth and quarter of an inch.

Friday night there is a 30 percent chance of showers mainly before 1 a.m. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 43 degrees.

\u2022 7 day forecast

\u2022 Area river levels

6 things to do this weekend

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Check out entertainment reporter Amanda Hancock's choices for fun things to do this weekend in the Quad-Cities. LINK LINK LINK

The best pop albums of all time

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Check out this list of the best pop albums of all time. Both contemporary pop legends as well as icons of the past appear on this list, with Michael Jackson solidifying his position as the undisputed King of Pop. Read more.

Input sought for U.S. 61 bridge over Iowa 22 in west Davenport

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U.S. 61 sign

The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the removal and replacement of the Business U.S. 61/West River Drive bridge over Iowa 22 in Davenport.

The existing bridge, built in 1957, will be replaced by a concrete beam bridge with greater vertical clearance for Iowa 22. The Iowa 22 interchange ramps will be modified to improve safety and mobility and Iowa 22 will be reconstructed between the interchange ramps.

Business U.S. 61 traffic will be detoured during construction using Iowa 22 and Interstate 280.

For general information or to make a comment regarding the proposed improvements, contact Sam Shea, transportation planner, Iowa DOT District 6 Office, 5455 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404, phone 319-364-0235 or 800-866-4368, email sam.shea@iowadot.us.

Comments must be received by May 15 to be considered.

Bettendorf mulls bus route changes

Proposed changes to routes
Existing routes

The City of Bettendorf has scheduled public hearings for proposed route changes to its transit system. The meetings will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to\u00a0 6 p.m., May 11, at the Kelinson Room of the Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, and on 7 p.m., May 16, at Bettendorf City Hall Council Chambers, 1609 State St.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at pubworks@bettendorf.org or 563-344-4055.\u00a0

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

1. TRUMP'S ABOUT-FACE ON NAFTA

Hours after the administration threatened to pull out of the trade pact, Mexico and Canada agreed to renegotiate the deal to \"the benefit of all three countries.\"

2. LAWMAKERS NEAR DEAL ON SPENDING BILL

A breakthrough seems possible after the White House backs off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans under \"Obamacare.\"

3. UNITED MAKES 'BUMPING' CHANGES

The embattled airline says it will raise the limit \u2014 to $10,000 \u2014 on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees.

4. HOW NORTH KOREA HAS MASTERED BRINKSMANSHIP

The technique over the years has won the country a grudging respect from Washington and its allies, while sometimes filling Pyongyang's coffers with aid by relieved rivals.

5. AS TRUMP CALLS FOR WALL, A LOOK AT WORLD'S BARRIERS

While the structures are effective at protecting borders, they've also destroyed city neighborhoods, harm the environment and prevent innocent victims from reaching safety, an AP examination finds.

6. ANN COULTER'S BERKELEY SPEECH CANCELED

Still, the liberal California university is bracing for possible violence and protests whether the conservative pundit comes to the campus or not.

7. STANDOFF CONTINUES IN DELAWARE

A man suspected of shooting and killing a state trooper outside a convenience store remains barricaded \u2014 and trading fire with officers \u2014 inside his house.

8. SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE TAX BREAK WISH LISTS

But owners don't plan a hiring binge if the Trump administration's plan to lower tax rates becomes law.

9. 'YEP, I'M GAY'

Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out.

10. WHERE THEY PLAY FOR PAY

Now that the NFL draft is here, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is one of several college stars ready to cash in.

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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 A second man has been charged in the death of an Illinois judge who was gunned down outside his Chicago home earlier this month, authorities announced Thursday.

Chicago police said Earl Wilson, 45, has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 66-year-old Cook County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Myles.

Joshua Smith, 37, already has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery and obstructing police. Smith, who authorities allege was the getaway driver after the shooting, is being held without bond at the Cook County Jail.

\"We believe (Wilson) is the shooter in this reprehensible attack and was assisted by Mr. Smith,\" Cmdr. Rodney Blisset said, adding that the investigation continues.

It's not clear whether Wilson has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said police had identified Wilson as being at a higher risk of perpetrating gun violence or being a victim of it.

Wilson has a criminal record that includes a conviction of attempted murder in 1992, Johnson said. Wilson served 12 years of an 18-year prison sentence and since his release in 2004 has been arrested several times for vehicle theft, domestic battery and gun possession.

\"When we fail to address the problem, we continue to get these same results,\" Johnson said. \"Tragically, in this instance, it culminated in the injury of on innocent victim and took the life of a dedicated public servant.\"

Authorities have said that Myles was fatally shot while investigating a commotion involving a female friend outside his home on April 10. The woman had been shot in the leg.

Myles was shot multiple times after exchanging words with the person who shot his friend, authorities said. Robbery was the motive, they said.

Police have said that shell casings found outside Myles' home matched ballistics evidence from an attempted armed robbery in January.

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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible.

David Dao's legal team said the agreement includes a provision that the amount will remain confidential. One his lawyers praised United CEO Oscar Munoz.

Munoz \"said he was going to do the right thing, and he has,\" attorney Thomas Demetrio said in a brief statement . \"In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened ... without attempting to blame others, including the city of Chicago.\"

The deal came less than three weeks after the episode and before Dao had even sued. The deal means United will not face a lawsuit, which could have been costly, both in legal bills and in further damage to the airline's reputation.

Keeping settlement amounts secret is standard practice, including because companies often don't want others contemplating lawsuits or negotiating deals over separate grievances to know how much they've been willing to pay previously.

Several legal observers unconnected to Dao's case said a payout to him of a few million dollars was possible. Chicago-based attorney Terry Sullivan said United executives may have been willing to pay as much as $5 million to make this particular case go away. \"United just couldn't afford any more bad publicity on this,\" he said.

United issued a brief statement Thursday, saying it was pleased to report \"an amicable resolution of the unfortunate incident that occurred aboard Flight 3411.\"

The dragging was one of several recent embarrassments for United.

The airline was criticized in March after a gate agent stopped two teenage girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings \u2014 an apparent violation of a dress code for passengers traveling in a program for employees and their dependents. Then a giant showcase rabbit died this week after it was shipped across the Atlantic on a United flight from London's Heathrow Airport to O'Hare.

Cellphone video of the April 9 confrontation aboard a jetliner at Chicago's O'Hare Airport sparked widespread public outrage over the way Dao was treated.

The footage showed airport police officers pulling the 69-year-old Kentucky physician from his seat and dragging him down the aisle. His lawyer said he lost teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion.

In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Demetrio said the settlement also averts any lawsuit against Chicago officials. The airport police officers who pulled Dao off the jet work for the city.

\"I praise Mr. Munoz and his people for not trying to throw the city under the bus or pass the buck,\" Demetrio said. \"He stood in front of the world and has stated that, 'We, United, take full responsibility.'\"

Demetrio said it was \"unheard of\" for a company to admit responsibility so quickly and completely.

\"I hope corporate America notices when you goof up, people respect you a heck of a lot more when you admit it, instead of making people go through three years of depositions, motions, court hearings.\"

He said Dao was also impressed that \"United stepped up to the plate.\"

The incident arose from a common air travel issue \u2014 a fully booked flight. Wanting to seat four crew members, the airline offered passengers $400 and later $800 to voluntarily relinquish their seats. When no one did, United selected four passengers at random.

Three people got off the flight, but Dao refused, saying he needed to get home to treat patients the next day. The airline then summoned the officers, who forcibly removed Dao.

The dragging was a major public-relations crisis for United. The company's response in the immediate aftermath was widely criticized. Munoz first defended the airline and described Dao as \"belligerent\" before publicly apologizing days later and vowing to do better.

The three airport police officers who took Dao off the plane were placed on leave from the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The agency released a report Monday in which the officer who pulled Dao from his seat, James Long, gave his version of events. Long said Dao was verbally and physically abusive and was flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest.

The department's roughly 300 officers guard the city's two main airports but are not part of the regular Chicago police force. They receive less training and cannot carry guns inside the terminals.

Also Thursday, the airline released a report detailing mistakes that led to the incident. United said it would raise to $10,000 the limit on the payments it offers to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and increase training for airline employees.

The airline has vowed to reduce, but not eliminate, overbooking.

United representatives have not said whether ticket sales have dropped since Dao was removed from the jet.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) \u2014 The Illinois Department of Corrections has withdrawn its plan to lay off 124 nurses while continuing to negotiate with the state employees' union.

Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said Thursday the department had informed the Illinois Nurses Association that it would not remove the nurses June 15. She says prison officials are available to meet any time but the union is unavailable until May 8.

Union spokesman Chris Martin says the Corrections Department decision is welcome news. He encouraged support for legislation to halt privatizing prison jobs sent to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Associated Press reported in March that Corrections announced it would replace the nurses with those hired by a private health care provider.

The union says Rauner reneged on an obligation to keep negotiating an expired contract.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 A state judge has ruled that the Iowa Department of Transportation has the authority to order cities to remove automated traffic-enforcement cameras from highways and interstates.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2pndgks ) that the ruling Thursday is in response to a request for judicial review filed by Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Muscatine in 2015. The cities made the request after the DOT ordered some speed cameras turned off because they did not make interstate highways safer.

The three cities had argued that the DOT was infringing on cities' ability to self-govern. But Judge Scott Rosenberg wrote that the DOT has the power to apply safety regulations on primary highways, and that the right doesn't interfere with cities' ability to enforce speed regulations.

A Des Moines official says the city will appeal.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he thinks the reports Wednesday that the Trump administration was considering leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement was a negotiating tactic and that the pact has been good for agriculture.

Grassley, R-Iowa, spoke with reporters from the Quad-Cities on Thursday after meeting with a delegation to Washington, D.C., led by the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce. The delegation is in Washington this week for its annual meeting with area lawmakers and executive branch agencies.

Grassley, who has long been a champion of free trade, said there were two options floating Wednesday \u2014\u00a0renegotiation or withdrawal.

\"I think the withdrawal one is posturing,\" he said.

President Donald Trump has long complained that NAFTA was a bad deal for the United States. And late Wednesday, there were reports that the Trump administration was preparing an executive order to withdraw from NAFTA.

Later, the president tweeted that he would renegotiate with Mexico and Canada instead.

Trade is an important part of the Quad-Cities economy, and Grassley said it has been good for Iowa agriculture.

On Thursday, the president told reporters he would seek to renegotiate, but he left open the option of terminating the pact if negotiations are not successful.

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DALLAS (AP) \u2014 United Airlines moved to staunch criticism \u2014 and any customer defections \u2014 by reaching a settlement Thursday with a passenger dragged off one of its planes two weeks ago and issuing new policies designed to prevent similar customer-service failures.

On April 9, Kentucky physician David Dao was forcibly removed from a flight after refusing to give up his seat to a crew member. The incident ignited a debate about poor service and a lack of customer-friendly policies on U.S. airlines.

United and lawyers for Dao declined to disclose financial terms of the settlement Thursday. Earlier, United announced steps it would take to reduce overbooking of flights. Among other things, the airline said it will raise the limit on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights to $10,000, and it will improve training of employees.

Dao's lead attorney, Thomas Demetrio, praised the airline and its CEO, Oscar Munoz, for accepting responsibility and not blaming others, including the city of Chicago, whose airport security officers yanked Dao from his seat and dragged him off the United Express plane.

Dao never filed a lawsuit against United, but Demetrio had said legal action was likely.

Dao was waiting to fly to Louisville, Kentucky, an April 9 when the airline decided it needed four seats for Republic Airline crew members who needed to travel to work another United Express flight in Louisville the next morning. When Dao and his wife were selected for bumping, he refused to leave.

Video of the incident has sparked more than two weeks of withering criticism and mockery of United. Munoz initially blamed Dao, but later said he was horrified by the event and called it a failure on United's part.

On Thursday, United released a report on the incident that outlined new policies to prevent a repeat. The airline vowed to reduce, but not eliminate, overbooking \u2014 the selling of more tickets than there are seats on the plane.

United won't say whether ticket sales have dropped, but the airline's CEO acknowledged the Dao incident could be damaging.

\"I breached public trust with this event and how we responded,\" Oscar Munoz told The Associated Press. \"People are upset, and I suspect that there are a lot of people potentially thinking of not flying us.\"

To head off customer defections, United had already announced that it will no longer call police to remove passengers from overbooked flights, and will require airline crews traveling for work to check in sooner. On Thursday, it added several other new policies including:

\u2014 Raising the limit on compensation to $10,000 for customers who give up their seats starting Friday. That is a maximum \u2014 it's unclear how many, if any, passengers would see that much. The current limit is $1,350. Delta Air Lines earlier this month raised its limit to $9,950.

\u2014 Sending displaced passengers or crew members to nearby airports, putting them on other airlines or arranging for car transportation to get them to their destinations.

\u2014 Giving gate agents annual refresher training in dealing with oversold flights. Munoz said he also wants agents and flight attendants to get more help at de-escalating tense situations.

While not a factor in this month's incident, United also said that starting in June it will pay customers $1,500 with no questions asked if the airline loses their bag.

For United, the timing of the viral video could hardly have been worse. The airline struggled badly after a 2010 merger with Continental, enduring several technology breakdowns that angered customers. In the past year, however, the airline has flown more on-time flights and lost fewer bags. It recently rolled out plans for expanding service this summer.

Instead of being commended for those signs of progress, United has been pilloried. Munoz apologized again and faulted his own initial response, in which he defended airline employees and called Dao belligerent.

\"That first response was insensitive beyond belief,\" Munoz said. \"It did not represent how I felt,\" saying that he got \"caught up in facts and circumstances\" that weren't initially clear, instead of expressing his shock.

United said it will reduce overbooking, particularly on flights with a poor track record of finding volunteers to give up their seats, but won't end the practice. Munoz said if airlines can't overbook there will be more empty seats and fares will rise.

Earlier Thursday Southwest Airlines, which bumped the most passengers off its planes in 2016, announced plans to stop overbooking flights, citing the United incident as a catalyst.

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David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Former \"The Bachelor\" star Chris Soules \"acted reasonably\" after he rear-ended a fellow Iowa farmer by calling 911 and trying to resuscitate the man, his new legal team said Thursday.

Soules is charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident, a felony that carries up to five years in prison, in Monday night's crash near his farm in northern Iowa that killed 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher.

Authorities say that Soules' truck rear-ended Mosher's tractor, throwing him into a ditch. Police audio shows that Soules called 911 to report that he had \"rear-ended a guy on a tractor\" and sought medical help for Mosher before he left the scene in another vehicle.

Authorities say that Soules was located at his home about 10 miles away but that he initially refused to answer his door for officers. He was arrested five hours after the crash after they obtained a warrant to enter the home. Soules was released on bond Tuesday after 10 hours in jail. Investigators are looking into who drove Soules away and whether alcohol, speed or texting played a role in the crash. The sheriff says alcoholic beverages were found at the scene and police are trying to determine who had possessed them.

Soules had been represented by attorney Molly Spellman at his initial court appearance Tuesday. But on Thursday, high-profile defense lawyer Alfredo Parrish and two colleagues from his Des Moines law firm informed the court that they are now representing Soules in the case.

A statement issued Thursday from the firm and Soules' publicist argued audio of the 911 call showed that initial portrayals of Soules having fled the scene were misleading. The statement noted that Soules identified himself on the call and \"explained his role in the terrible accident.\" It added that he tried to perform CPR on the victim and stayed until emergency medical personnel arrived \u2014 two facts that aren't clear on the call.

The call featured someone performing CPR but it wasn't clear that it was Soules, who told the dispatcher that he didn't know the technique. The call was abruptly ended by Soules, who police say then \"took off\" in a truck.

\"His attorneys are confident that once all the evidence is made public, it will show Soules acted reasonably and did everything in his power to provide aid to Mr. Mosher,\" the statement said, adding that everyone \"in this close-knit farming community is mourning Mr. Mosher's passing.\"

Soules, who is required to wear an ankle bracelet for monitoring, is due in court next week for a preliminary hearing. He is charged with violating a law that requires drivers involved in fatal accidents to remain at the scene \"except to seek necessary aid or to report the accident to law enforcement authorities.\"

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 The state of Iowa has spent $55,000 so far defending itself against a lawsuit challenging a new collective bargaining law.

An invoice reviewed this week by a state council shows the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines charged the amount on behalf of four lawyers and a paralegal. They worked more than 175 hours between Feb. 20 and March 30 on a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61.

The outside counsel was hired after Attorney General Tom Miller announced he wouldn't defend against the lawsuit to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest because public sector unions have previously supported him.

Documents show the state plans to use the same firm on a separate collective bargaining lawsuit filed by Iowa State Education Association.

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