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Davenport firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a detached garage behind 1134 Tremont Ave.

The tenants of the rental home said they were getting ready to go out when they saw flames coming from the garage.

Firefighters were dispatched at 8:55 p.m. and quickly put out the blaze. Firefighters also inspected the nearby two-story, five-bedroom home as there was some smoke inside, but the fire did not spread to the house.

The house, built in 1900, is a rental property owned by First Financial Group LC in Bettendorf.

No one was injured.

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Passage of an $867 billion, five-year farm bill and the EPA\u2019s proposed changes in the controversial Waters of the United States rule have made this a \u201cgreat week\u201d for Iowa agriculture, according to Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

The Iowa Republican, a member of the House-Senate conference committee on the farm bill, said Thursday, \u201cI can tell you this is good news for Iowa.\u201d

\u201cFarmers and ranchers are the backbone of our economy, and it is our responsibility to provide them with the certainty and predictability they deserve,\u201d Ernst said in a conference call with reporters.

\u201cWith their livelihoods dependent on factors largely out of their control, getting the farm bill done was a must-do and a big win.\u201d

Ernst was pleased her Farmers First language that addresses the \u201cincredibly high rate\u201d of suicide in the agricultural community was included in the final version, which now goes to President Donald Trump. It will provide mental health support and resources to farmers, she said.

Other Ernst proposals in the bill included the GROW Act, which she said will revise and strengthen conservation programs, and another program to encourage food stamp recipients to use more dairy products. She called it a \u201cwin-win\u201d for nutrition and dairy producers.

Another \u201chuge win\u201d was the EPA-proposed replacement for the \u201cburdensome\u201d Obama-era WOTUS rule. Since implemented in 2015, Ernst said, farmers have been in a \u201cstate of regulatory limbo.\u201d

However, the proposed rule will provide \u201cmuch-needed predictability and certainty by establishing clear and reasonable definitions as what qualifies as a WOTUS,\u201d Ernst said.

That rule, she said, has been one of her top priorities since arriving in Congress in 2015. She sponsored legislation to nullify WOTUS, but President Barack Obama vetoed it.

\u201cWith this new proposed rule,\u201d she said, \u201cwe are one step closer to finally ending egregious federal overreach.\u201d

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A consultant is recommending the city of Bettendorf build a new fitness and community center and an outdoor aquatics center to replace the aging facilities it operates.

The fitness and community center would be built in Middle Park where the Splash Landing Aquatics Center is now, while the aquatics center would be down the hill to the southwest, with a parking lot in between. The aquatics center would be about 130 percent larger than Splash Landing.

Together, the two buildings would cost $37 million to $39 million, Lindsey Peckinpaugh, of the Chicago architectural and design firm Perkins + Will, explained in a presentation Thursday afternoon at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center. A duplicative presentation was held Thursday evening.

Perkins + Will was hired by the city's park board in March to assess the city's three existing recreation and community centers and to provide direction as to whether the city should continue to maintain and invest in those buildings, or whether it would be feasible as well as more cost-effective and beneficial in the long run to build new.

The three existing buildings are the Life Fitness Center, 2222 Middle Road, Splash Landing, 2220 23rd St., and the Herbert Goettsch Community Center, 2204 Grant St. All are at least 50 years old and need major upgrades, City Administrator Decker Ploehn has said.

One feature many residents wanted is a lap pool, such as is available in the Life Fitness Center, but that is not included in the consultant's recommendation except as a possible addition in the future to the fitness/community center.

The consultant's recommendation is to sell the Life Fitness Center, which it describes as a \"sub-optimal space,\" allowing a business to continue offering tennis, which isn't widely available elsewhere in the Quad-Cities.

The existing lap pool might be leased by the park board, the consultant said.

The recommendation for the Goettsch Community Center is to demolish it because renovation isn't considered cost-effective, and to move the activities that occur there to the center in Middle Park, Peckinpaugh said.

Consolidating the functions of the Life Fitness Center and the Goettsch Center into one building would save money on staff and energy costs, Peckinpaugh said. A new building is expected to boost attendance by 50 to 60 percent, which would increase revenue, she said.

At present, the city pays about $495,000 to keep the Life Fitness Center operating; this would fall to $30,000 in the new building, Peckinpaugh said.

It is not the city's goal to make park operations pay for themselves with no subsidy, as recreational amenities are considered one of the services of the city, such as police and fire protection, City Administrator Decker Ploehn has explained. But the city tries to operate as efficiently as possible, he added.

After Peckinpaugh's short presentation, the afternoon crowd \u2014 most in the 50-plus age range \u2014 broke into small groups to talk about individual concerns.

These include how the project would affect property taxes, the lack of a lap pool in the new center, and what would happen to the 100-plus families per month who come to the food pantry at the Goettsch Center, located down the hill on Grant Street.

Many of them walk, and a Middle Park location would be a hardship, said Barb Emerson, who has worked at the pantry affiliated with Churches United for 13 years.

Other comments:

\u2022 Chuck Cline is concerned about cost. \"This is a heck of a lot of money,\" he said. \"We've had 10 years of prosperity. But if we had a downfall, people would move out, jobs would disappear, businesses would close and those of us still here would be holding the bag. We retirees can't do that.\"

\u2022 Blake Hickey, 11, plays tennis and is disappointed tennis courts are not in the plans.

\u2022 Katie McDermott thinks the plans are \"awesome.\" Asked for specifics, she said, \"All of it.\"

\"We need a new pool and places for kids to go,\" she said. \"It's definitely good for the city.\"

Proposals for Bettendorf rec center
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Authorities have identified the victim and a suspect in relation to Sunday's fatal shooting in Moline.

The victim, identified as William T. Fowler, 31, Moline, was shot about 6 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of 8th Street, according to the Moline Police Department on Thursday. Fowler was hospitalized locally, then sent to Iowa City, where he has since died.

Nathan C. Luten, 29, Silvis , has been identified as the suspect in relation to the attack, according to the department's release. As of Thursday afternoon, he had not been charged with the killing of Fowler, who was not the target of the attack.

Luten, however, has been charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, harassment by telephone and threatening a public official, according to Rock Island County court records.

The department news release state's those charges stem from actions Luten allegedly took while police were investigating the shooting. He is accused of threatening a Moline police detective then fleeing in a vehicle. He was later arrested in Silvis.

He was being held in the Rock Island County Jail on $130,000 bail.

Two juveniles are also suspects in the shooting, the release states.

The department is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500 or the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140.

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DES MOINES \u2014 Gov. Kim Reynolds and legislators face another relatively tight budget year, but not the prospects for more midyear shortfalls thanks to continued strength in an economy that still faces uncertainties, a state forecasting panel said Thursday.

Members of the Revenue Estimating Conference scaled back their previous growth estimates by $18 million, but still expect tax collections to increase by 4.7 percent through June 30.

Then the estimate slows to 1.8 percent growth in fiscal 2020 \u2014 the budget year for which lawmakers will craft a new state spending plan in the upcoming legislative session.

Tax receipts are projected to growth by $344.7 million this fiscal year and another $139.8 million in fiscal 2020.

\u201cIn the eight weeks since we met last, little has changed economically,\u201d said panel member Holly Lyons of the Legislative Services Agency. \u201cThe underlying fundamentals of the national and state economy remain sound. The economy continues to be in mid-expansion, with nothing on the immediate horizon that suggests a serious downturn or recession.\u201d

Panel members Lyons, Clear Lake businessman David Underwood and David Roederer, director of the Department of Management, noted there remains international trade uncertainty that is hurting Iowa\u2019s agriculture and manufacturing sectors, and Iowa\u2019s economy is stymied by a shortage of qualified workers. At the same time, wage growth is gradually accelerating \u2014 but slower than the national average \u2014 and interest rates are manageable with inflation around 2.2 percent.

Iowa\u2019s revenue picture also is clouded by federal and state tax policy changes that will affect \u2014 in an unsure way \u2014 the remaining six months of fiscal 2019 tax collections.

The governor and Legislature are required to use this December estimate in their upcoming budget deliberations. Roederer said the current year likely will end with a surplus of about $200 million, but with expectations that growth in revenue will slow due to a mix of economic and tax policy factors.

\u201cThere will never be enough money to fully fund everything that everyone comes into the door wanting. That won\u2019t happen,\u201d Roederer told reporters after the meeting. \u201cWe believe that there will be enough funding to do the essentials which government is supposed to do and the commitments that have been made.\u201d

The panel members advised caution due to the uncertain conditions, with Underwood noting that \u201cI believe our most prudent course of action is to remain patient and disciplined in what we do as well as conservative, watchful for the signs of the recession that will come someday.\u201d

Rep. Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, called Thursday\u2019s projections \u201cgood news for Iowa taxpayers\u201d and expected Republicans to formulate a two-year budget next session that \u201cinvests in Iowans\u2019 priorities in a responsible way.\u201d

Democrats were less optimistic heading into a new year that begins with state income tax cuts Jan. 1 they say favor the wealthiest Iowans while slashing the amount of available revenue to fund vital state programs and services.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, ranking member of the Iowa Senate Appropriations Committee, called the estimates \u201clackluster.\u201d His Iowa House counterpart, Rep. Chris Hall, D-Sioux City, predicted lawmakers won\u2019t be able to fund basic needs.

\u201cThe 2019 Legislature faces significant budget challenges and today\u2019s lower estimate adds another layer of uncertainty,\u201d Hall said in a statement. \u201cThe state budget will continue to limp along in the direction of Kansas as long as Republican leaders ignore the state\u2019s economic needs \u2014 better wages and a better educated, trained workforce.\u201d

The 88th Iowa General Assembly, made up of Republican majorities of 54-46 in the House and 32-18 in the Senate, is set to convene Jan. 14 for the 2019 session. One day later, Reynolds will deliver her Condition of the State address and her budget proposal.

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Free throws matter.

Just ask the Pleasant Valley boys basketball team.

The Spartans connected on 15-of-16 attempts from the foul line over the final 2 minutes, 17 seconds Thursday to hold off Davenport West 67-57 in a Mississippi Athletic Conference battle at West.

\"All the work you put in at the line over the years, it\u2019s games like this when it pays off. We needed every free throw we could get,\" said PV junior Jacob Parker, whose 6-of-6 effort down the stretch was matched by Carter Duwa.

The Falcons forced the issue.

West, which had trailed 17-4 early late in the opening quarter, used the hot second-half shooting touch of Malik Westerfield to play its way back into the game.

Westerfield scored all of his game-high 25 points in the final two quarters, knocking down seven straight shots from the field at one point as the Falcons clawed their way back from a 48-37 deficit early in the fourth frame.

West pulled within 50-45 with three minutes left in the game and trailed 52-47 following a Westerfield basket with 2:07 to play.

The Falcons had the ball in their hands down five in both scenarios, but a steal by Cade Collier ended one possession and West turned the ball over on the other at the onset of PV\u2019s parade to the free throw line.

\"There wasn\u2019t anything easy about this, but I feel like it was a good game for us to play,\" Spartans coach Steve Hillman said. \"West does a great job of scrambling on defense and constantly comes at you with double teams. They make it really difficult on you and there\u2019s a lot we can take from this.\"

West coach David Robinson believes the Falcons will have an opportunity to grow from the experience as well.

\"PV stepped up at the line down the stretch to get the win, but I think our guys are seeing that we can hang with some of the better teams in the MAC,\" Robinson said.

\u201cWe rattled them a bit with our defense, played our way back into the game, but the execution we needed on a couple of possessions wasn\u2019t there or we could have made things really interesting. We\u2019re getting lessons in understanding how precious every possession is. Once we work through that, and I believe we will, good things will follow.\"

With the way they competed, the Falcons (0-5, 0-4 MAC) put Pleasant Valley in a position Hillman believes will become familiar territory for his team this season.

\"We\u2019re not the type of team that is going to blow anybody out,\" Hillman said. \"We\u2019re going to have be strong with the ball, stay organized and play the way we need to play, and for the most part, we did that down the stretch.\"

Duwa led a group of three Spartans in double figures, scoring 12 of his 23 points in the first half to help Pleasant Valley (4-1, 3-1) build a 34-23 halftime advantage.

Hunter Snyder added 15 and Parker had 11 to go with nine rebounds.

\"It was a good team win for us and we needed to play a good team game,\" Parker said. \"West competed from beginning to end. We got off to a good start in the first quarter, and we needed that with the way they pressured and defended. They made us earn it.\"

And Pleasant Valley did just that, one free throw at a time.

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Seven games into the 2018-19 season, Rock Island girls' basketball coach Henry Hall was not overjoyed with the way his team was playing defense.

The last three games, he has seen what he was looking for, culminating with a lockdown effort on Thursday en route to a 58-30 Western Big Six Conference victory over Alleman at Don Morris Gym.

Through those first seven games\u00a0\u2014 all wins\u00a0\u2014 the Rocks (10-0, 4-0 Big 6) were not exactly bad, allowing 45.4 points per game. However, over the last three they are giving up a paltry 36.0 points per game.

\"We have worked hard the last few weeks,\" Hall said. \"We put the emphasis on that end of the floor. Offense sells tickets but defense wins championships, and the girls have bought in.\"

The swarming Rocks forced 22 Alleman (5-7, 1-3) turnovers, which is good, but 16 of those turnovers were steals, and that is outstanding.

\"Yeah, we didn't deal with pressure very well at all,\" Alleman coach Megan McCracken said. \"We had way too many unforced steals that led to too many layups.\"

The biggest problem for the Pioneers was RI senior Brea Beal. She had eight of those 16 steals, many leading to points for her or layups for teammates.

\"Eight steals?\" Beal asked. \"That's kind of crazy. I think I am proving my one-on-one defensive skills are pretty good. As a team, we are working a lot harder on defense. We are calling each other out and watching more film than in the past. No one likes it when you see your mistakes on film. I've seen plenty of mine this year.\"

Added Hall, \"I thought our defense was really good all game, but Brea took a defensive challenge one-on-one and set the tone for the rest of the girls.\"

Beal got the Rocks started in the first quarter with 14 of her 22 points in the opening eight minutes. Then, she settled in to playing the role of facilitator out in front of the offense. She also dominated the second half with 10 of her 15 rebounds.

\"To be honest, she is doing things she has never done before,\" Hall said. \"We are moving her to the perimeter more than she ever has for us, and she is accepting the challenge and doing really well.

\"Then, Hannah (Simmer, eight points and five rebounds) and Carlee Camlin (eight points and five rebounds) just work hard all the time and do what we want them to do.\"

Beal said her role this year is much more like what she does in the summer AAU season and what she will do more of in the future at South Carolina.

\"In AAU I do a lot of this stuff,\" she said. \"I run the point and usually guard the opponent's best offensive player. I'm showing all of my game. I love playing defense.\"

Beal's 22 points leave her 13 points behind Jen Youngblood as the school's all-time leading girls' scorer. The Rocks host Normal Community on Saturday at 5.

Alleman fell behind 21-7 after a quarter and could never get back in the game the rest of the way, hurt by those turnovers, missed second-chances and poor free-throw shooting.

\"Brea is going to get her points, but we didn't block out well and they got a bunch of second-chance points,\" McCracken said. \"We didn't dominate the other players outside of Brea, we missed (11) free throws, and those lost opportunities hurt. It's a long season, and we are making progress. I continually challenge them and they are not satisfied at all.\"

DeAjah Woods led Alleman with eight points and no one had more that three rebounds.

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BELLEVUE, Iowa \u2014 It took a quarter for Bellevue to get cooking, but once they did, there wasn't much stopping the Comets.

The Class 2A No. 7 Comets rolled to a 59-35 win over Easton Valley on Thursday at Bellevue High School, thanks to a second quarter in which Bellevue outscored the River Hawks 17-3.

Bellevue trailed 14-10 after the first quarter but went on a 14-2 run to open the second quarter and never gave the lead back, leading 27-17 at halftime and 46-26 after three quarters.

\"Our intensity was a little down,\" Bellevue head coach Rick Reeg said. \"I like to change our defenses a lot so we were trying some stuff that didn't go so well right away and we looked a little unsure. But when we went to man, it's kind of what we do to get our energy back. ... It changed our mentality.\"

Bellevue was led by senior Giana Michels and junior Lindsey Banowetz, who each scored 17 points. The duo have been leading the Comets all season, but Bellevue got plenty of contributions, with 10 different players scoring and the Comets owning a 37-29 rebounding advantage thanks to 10 rebounds from Teresa Paulsen.

\"It's really hard for teams to key in on anybody in particular because if one person is having a bad day it seems like someone's always stepping up, and that's what we like,\" Reeg said. \"We can go big, we can go small, so it's really hard for opponents to match us up.\"

The Comets hope to continue building toward a state tournament berth after falling a game short the past two seasons.

\"We've got a pretty special team this year,\" Michels said. \"It's just that little hump that we have to get over. I think reminding ourselves of (those losses), playing every game almost like it's our last. We just go hard every practice and give it our all.\"

Easton Valley (3-4) was led by Sadie Zaruba, who had 10 points and five rebounds, and Sarah Driscoll, who added nine points.

\"We knew we were coming into a pretty tough matchup for us,\" Easton Valley coach Joe Kilburg said. \"I thought we hung with them to the best of our ability, but their shooters got hot, and I think the depth came to be an issue. They were way deeper than us.\"

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The Public Building Commission on Thursday refused to delay demolition of the Rock Island County Courthouse, pending approval of the project from the State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

SHPO sent a letter last week to the commission and county board members revoking its letter of compliance for the project when it came to its attention that demolition of the courthouse, built between 1895-97, was not included in the overall project of construction of the new Justice Center Annex when it was submitted in Oct. 2016.

Commissioner Clarence Darrow made a motion to delay demolition, but the motion died when the other commissioners failed to second the motion.

Commissioners Craig Kavensky and Tom McCune were absent. Marshall Douglas participated by phone.

\"I make a motion that until we obtain the required permit, that demolition be delayed with the exception of removal of the asbestos,\" Darrow said.

Rock Island County Chief Justice Walter Braud, a vocal supporter of demolition, quickly rose to his feet and addressed the commission.

\"I'd like to say something about that,\" Braud said.

\"I need a second to the motion,\" Darrow said.

\"Hopefully, you won't get one,\" Braud said. \"And if I speak a minute, you'll see there isn't any legal ... it's just an overreaction. I suggest you let me say what I'm going to say.\"

Commission chair Brent Ganahl ignored Braud, saying, \"we have a motion, do we have a second?\"

Not hearing a second motion, Ganahl said the motion failed.

Gilbane Building Co., project manager for the annex, submitted a permit this week to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, notifying them of the stormwater runoff plan and stormwater pollution prevention plan for demolition of the courthouse.

The application also notes the project has been submitted to SHPO in its entirety.

In their letter to board members and commission members last week, SHPO called the courthouse an \u201chistoric resource\u201d and is subject to state review according to the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act. The courthouse was deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

It is not known how long it will take the IEPA to approve the permit, or the time it will take for SHPO to review and approve the project.

During public comments, Rock Island resident Diane Oestreich said she was upset seeing a fence has been put up around the courthouse.

\"I was very disheartened yesterday when I drove down 15th Street and saw the barricade around the courthouse,\" Oestreich said. \"It's not necessary to have it at this time. It's not abandoned or going to vandalized, or anything like that.\"

Oestreich said the fence also will prevent people from visiting the Civil War veterans memorial.

\"Why do you allow this to go on?\" Oestreich said. \"I hope that as you are obeying the Historic Preservation Office's request to fill out the appropriate permits, that you do not permit demolition by neglect. (The courthouse) needs to be winterized. Secondly, the sheriff shouldn't be stripping the building yet until we see what the resolution is, because that is demolition.

\"I am very concerned as a taxpayer and as a resident that there are pending lawsuits in the Chicago area for misuse of bond money,\" Oestreich said. \"I don't want that to happen in Rock Island County, because I would pay, and you would pay. I want everything to be on the up and up. Demolition of the courthouse has not been public.\"

Rock Island resident Italo Milani filed a lawsuit Oct. 11 seeking a judicial review of the legality of using of bond money for demolition of the courthouse. Milani contends the bonds were issued solely for the purpose of annex construction.

Milani's hearing will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Mercer County courthouse, during which time he will ask for a temporary injunction halting demolition.

Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos said after the meeting that nothing has been stripped from the courthouse. He also dismissed reports by other media that the historic brass doorknobs with the initials \"RIC\" carved in them were stolen by employees moving out of the building. Bustos said he removed all doorknobs and is storing them in a secured location in the Justice Center.

Commissioners on Thursday also approved several bills, including $293,754 from Gunlocke, of Wayland, N.Y., for the purchase of new furniture for the annex.

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The fate of Bettendorf attorney Stephen Newport, accused of exposing himself to a female client and placing her hand on his scrotum without her consent during a meeting at his office in January, is now in the hands of the jury.

After more than two hours of closing arguments in Scott County District Court Thursday, the jury of eight men and four women were dismissed to begin deliberating at 4:05 p.m.

They were dismissed for the day around 4:30 p.m. Deliberations will resume at 9 a.m. Friday.

Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of Newport, 66, who is charged with third-degree sexual abuse, prostitution and indecent exposure for an incident that the woman said happened on Jan. 19.

Newport was representing the woman in a personal injury lawsuit that was slated to go to trial later that month. After a deposition of a medical expert had gone south, Newport had talked to the woman about settling the case.

The woman, 43, of Davenport, testified this week that she and Newport had talked on the phone about a possible settlement on Jan. 18 and agreed to meet at his office the next day.

The woman said she still wanted to take the case to trial but reluctantly agreed to settle for $25,000.

She said that at the end of the meeting, the two started to talk and the attorney told her that he had prostate cancer and that he could no longer get erections. He also told her about a medical implant he had in his scrotum and asked her if she wanted to see it.

The woman testified that when she agreed, Newport undid his pants, lifted up his shirt and placed her hand on his abdomen to feel the device. He also placed her hand underneath his scrotum, she said. He also was touching himself, she said.

The woman left shortly after and went to a friend\u2019s house, she said.

She further testified that Newport called her later that afternoon to talk about the settlement. During the call, he told her that now she could take off her clothes or give him oral sex, she testified.

\u201cShe was vulnerable, and he took advantage of her vulnerability,\u201d Assistant Iowa Attorney General Coleman McAllister said in his closing argument.

She reported the incident on Jan. 24 to the Bettendorf Police Department.

McAllister said the woman has consistently said Newport is the person that assaulted her and that it happened in his office.

She also has consistently said that he had a scar on his abdomen, the color of his pubic hair, and that he had a medical device implanted in his scrotum and that there has been \u201cno reasonable explanation\u201d for why she knows those facts.

He also argued that the woman\u2019s allegation is further backed up through a recorded phone call between the woman and Newport on Feb. 7. A detective investigating the case was with the woman while the call was made.

During the call, the woman asked him about his earlier alleged statements about sexual favors.

\u201cYou\u2019d give me (oral sex) you mean?\u201d he asked on the call.

\u201cDon\u2019t worry about it. We\u2019ll figure it out.\u201d

Newport has maintained that the woman\u2019s case was settled on Jan. 18 and that there never was a meeting between the two at his office on Jan. 19.

Defense attorney Victoria Cole disputed the woman\u2019s version of events, saying that her statements are not \u201creasonable\u201d or consistent with the other evidence in the case, and that police did not fully investigate the matter to back-up or dispute her claims.\u00a0

She argued that the woman initially told police that she was at Newport\u2019s office that day from 11 to noon. She also said that twice in her deposition before trial.

Cole said the woman at trial testified that she was at Newport\u2019s office from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. after being shown phone records.

She said that the woman also described Newport\u2019s implanted device as \u201ctubings, she had described it as a round ball, she describes there being a square box in the abdomen.\u201d

Newport\u2019s wife, Cheryl Newport, testified Thursday that the implant in his scrotum is a valve that helps with urinary incontinence. She described it as rectangular in shape and is smaller than the size of a \u201cflash drive.\u201d

\u201cShe has made so many inconsistent statements that it is unbelievable,\u201d Cole said of the woman. \u201cHer memory of the facts, you just simply cannot keep track of.\u201d

The woman, Cole argued, had a motive to make up an allegation about Newport.

\u201cShe was mad at Mr. Newport,\u201d she said. \u201cShe was raging mad that he wouldn\u2019t take the case to trial. According to her, there was nothing owed.\u201d

To bolster Newport\u2019s claims that the two did not meet on Jan. 19 as the woman claimed, she argued that cell phone records suggest that the woman had stopped by the office around 9 a.m. that morning, signed a document, and left to go to a friend\u2019s house.

Cole said a secretary in the office had signed the document as a witness and had faxed it out later that morning. She also pointed to the testimony of Cheryl Newport, an\u00a0 assistant Clinton County Attorney, who said that her husband was still at their home when she left around 9:30 a.m. that day to attend a 10 a.m. court hearing in Scott County Court.\u00a0

She also testified that she and her husband had lunch together that day.\u00a0

McAllister disputed Newport\u2019s statements that the case was settled on Jan. 18 and noted that phone records show that there was a phone call between them that afternoon that lasted for more than 90 minutes.

The woman testified this week and Newport said in his interview with police that she had called her mother during the meeting to talk about the pros and cons of settling.

Phone records show that there was a phone call between the woman and her mother at 6:36 p.m., approximately 36 minutes after the call with Newport on Jan. 18.

The records also show that there were three calls between the woman and her mother between 9:38 a.m. and 12:44 a.m. Jan. 19 when the woman said she was in Newport\u2019s office.

Newport declined to testify. Defendants do not have to testify because the burden of proof is on the state. Defendants decision not to testify cannot be held against them when the jury deliberates.

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One is lanky and labeled an introvert. The other is sturdy and more an extrovert.

One has more of a guard skill set and maneuvers his way around a defense. The other is more of a post and not afraid to plow through a defender.

One has blonde hair and is right-handed. The other has dark hair and is left-handed.

Dylan and Sean Peeters are brothers and the top two scorers on the Davenport Assumption boys basketball team going into Saturday\u2019s 25th annual Genesis Shootout at the Carver Center on the Augustana College campus.

\u201cBy just looking at them, you wouldn\u2019t even think they were siblings,\u201d Assumption coach Matt Fitzpatrick said, \u201cbut when you get to know them, they have a lot of the same qualities\u00a0\u2014 really intelligent, high character, reliable, hard-working and respectful. They are twin brothers in that manner.\u201d

Separated by about 18 months, both have grade-point averages of at least 3.8. Both scored close to 30 on the ACT.

When Fitzpatrick took Assumption\u2019s basketball team to watch the state tournament two years ago, Dylan spent the trip playing geography trivia.

\u201cI\u2019m not sure if he still can, but up until a couple months ago, Dylan could name every country in the world,\u201d Sean said. \u201cI have no idea how he ever did that.\u201d

Both are passionate about basketball and have aspirations of playing beyond high school.

Dylan is a 6-foot-8 senior averaging 16.5 points and 6 rebounds per game. Sean is a 6-4 junior compiling 14 points and 5.8 caroms per contest.

Those two, along with senior Anthony Valainis, are the most experienced players on the Knights roster this season.

\u201cAt the time when you\u2019re playing, I can get upset and annoyed with (Dylan),\u201d Sean said. \u201cLooking back on it, though, it definitely is something really cool, and I'm glad I got the opportunity to play with my brother.\u201d

Basketball has been Dylan\u2019s primary sport since he was young. Sean was more into soccer at a young age but shifted toward hoops in seventh grade.

\u201cWe\u2019d always go in the driveway, shoot and throw each other lobs and fancy passes,\u201d Dylan said. \u201cIt has been fun playing together and making memories.\u201d

They\u2019ve been through turbulent moments together.

Dylan missed time last season with a back injury. Sean broke his right foot as a freshman and fractured his left foot last season.

\u201cWe\u2019ve never really had a chance to get in a rhythm playing with each other,\u201d Dylan remarked, \u201cbut we\u2019ve done a good job of being supportive for each other.\u201d

Their father, Bernie, was a standout athlete at North Scott and football player at Luther College. He was in the CFL, had a tryout with the Chicago Bears and played rugby until he was about 50.

Their mom, Maria, is 6-1 and is a former Daniel. Billy and Joe Daniel, her nephews, were basketball standouts at Assumption.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been exposed to Assumption basketball for our whole lives,\u201d Dylan said. \u201cWhen you\u2019re young, you definitely look up to those guys and see yourself playing for them in the future.\u201d

When Fitzpatrick was hired, Joe Barrer\u00a0\u2014 the former coach\u00a0\u2014 alerted him of Dylan.

\u201cHe calls me and says, \u2018Dylan Peeters is one of the better players in the Quad-Cities. You better make sure he\u2019s coming to Assumption,\u2019\u201d Fitzpatrick said. \u201cHe came in and was this gangly, skinny kid but yet very skilled. You could see it was there.\u201d

Dylan struggled in the weight room initially but has worked tirelessly on improving his strength and explosiveness. Injuries have occurred with his rapid growth spurt.

\u201cIt has been a process,\u201d Dylan said. \u201cI wasn\u2019t noticing any changes in my body as a freshman or sophomore year, and it was kind of frustrating. In the last year or so, I\u2019ve seen a change.\u201d

Sean, conversely, came into the program physically mature.

\u201cSean was a freak, like a grown man, but his game was really raw,\u201d Fitzpatrick said. \u201cBut you\u2019ve seen this year, his 3-point shot is getting there, he\u2019s handling the ball more and he\u2019s really progressed. Their progressions have just been different.\u201d

Dylan isn\u2019t certain where he\u2019ll play college basketball next season. He has an offer from Division II McKendree University. He\u2019s also considering preferred walk-on opportunities at Iowa or Drake.

Sean hasn\u2019t received much interest yet, but Fitzpatrick believes that could change with another year of development.

After missing time the past two seasons with injury, Sean said his appreciation for the game has grown.

\u201cIt was terrible, sitting there and not being on the court,\u201d Sean said.

That\u2019s why the Peeters brothers are savoring this season. It likely will be the final year they play organized basketball together.

And after coming one win shy of the state tournament last season, they have aspirations of finishing their time together at the state tournament in Des Moines.

\u201cIt was the worst feeling going out after that game last year, and that\u2019s definitely not something we want to end (Dylan\u2019s) career on this year,\u201d Sean said. \u201cWe want to get to Wells (Fargo Arena) and win it all.\u201d

Assumption is 1-3 going into Friday\u2019s game against Burlington, but its three losses are to teams with winning records\u00a0\u2014 Dubuque Wahlert, North Scott and Pleasant Valley\u00a0\u2014 and all by fewer than 10 points.

\u201cWe were good last year, but we never put it all together,\u201d Dylan said. \u201cWe had injuries the whole year that kept tearing us apart. If we stay healthy and get in a flow, we can definitely do it this year.\u201d

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Karli Rucker saw playing time as a reserve in all 33 games the Northern Iowa women\u2019s basketball team played last season, but she sees things differently now as a first-year starter.

The sophomore from North Scott leads the Panthers in scoring as they work toward Sunday\u2019s 2 p.m. game at 16th-ranked Iowa, putting what she learned a year ago to work as UNI\u2019s starting point guard.

\"It was different last season, spending most of the game on the bench and just watching,\" Rucker said. \"Coming out of high school, it was such a different role, but I see now how it\u2019s helping me.\"

Rucker did average over 12 minutes per game last season, providing her an idea of the speed and physicality that are part of the game at the collegiate level.

\"I got a taste of what it was like, and it gave me an understanding of where I was and where I needed to get to,\" Rucker said. \"Like any college freshman, you find out pretty quickly that you have a lot to learn, and then you get busy trying to learn it and adjust to the game at this level.\"

When she wasn\u2019t on the court last season, Rucker\u2019s job was to study what was taking place.

Most often she sat next to assistant coach KK Armstrong, now in her third season on coach Tanya Warren\u2019s staff and a former UNI player who ranks in the top 10 on the school\u2019s career scoring, assists and steals lists.

\"She would point out things as situations came up, maybe how we could have done this or how we could have done that differently,\" Rucker said.

\"I learned so much just by watching what was going on and listening to what she was saying. It really prepared me for this year, gave me a better understanding of what it takes to compete at this level. I see the game differently now.\"

That prepared her as much as anything to become the Panthers\u2019 starting point guard this season.

Rucker said she came into this year with a different mindset.

\"I knew I had to step up more, be more of a vocal leader,\" Rucker said. \"From the start of practices and going back to the offseason, I\u2019ve tried to get that done.\"

Rucker is making a smooth transition to her starting role.

She has led UNI in scoring five times during its 5-3 start to the season, averaging 15.6 points, 3.5 assists and 32.1 minutes per game.

\"I\u2019m happy with the way my offensive game is coming along, although there is always room for a few more shots to fall,\" Rucker said. \u201cI\u2019m working to finish stronger, finish shots, and I\u2019m working on shot fakes and working on how to deal with playing against bigger guards.\"

Along with working to reduce turnovers and bring greater flow to the UNI offense, Rucker finds those areas to be among the challenges that accompany being a first-year starting point guard.

\"Knowing when and who to feed the ball to, how to help dictate the tempo that we need to play at, those are areas that I work on every day,\" Rucker said. \"I feel like I was prepared as well as I could be for this season, but game experience is helping me, too. The more we play, the more comfortable I am with my role.\"

In addition to preparing for the Hawkeyes, Rucker is now working to help the Panthers adjust to the loss of Megan Maahs.

The junior center who led the Missouri Valley Conference in rebounding last season suffered a season-ending knee injury in UNI\u2019s most recent game on Dec. 4 against North Dakota.

\u201cIt\u2019s one of the biggest hurdles we\u2019ve had so far. Megan is a big part of our team, and it\u2019s going to take all of us to step up a bit and replace what she brought to the team. It can\u2019t be one player,\u2019\u2019 Rucker said.

The two-week break between games is giving UNI some time to adjust.

\"If there is one good thing about the timing it is that we\u2019ve had some practice time to work through it,\" Rucker said. \"We\u2019re ready to get back out and compete.\"

Rucker looks forward to the Panthers\u2019 first match-up of the season against an in-state opponent.

\"It\u2019s a big opportunity for us to play a Big Ten school, a tough, ranked opponent, and get a chance to play close to home,\" she said. \"We\u2019re looking forward to it. We know it will be a challenge, but these are the challenges that get us ready for the Valley.\"

With what she has learned so far in her collegiate career, Rucker sees that clearly now.

\"These games all help get us to where we want to be,\" she said. \"They all help us work toward our potential.\"

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When the Camanche boys\u2019 basketball team started practice last month, the injury report was quite long.

Cameron Soenksen was sidelined with a broken arm sustained during football season. Carson Seeser was out after surgery on both knees. Jordan Lawrence and Chase Grim were lost for the year with knee injuries.

\u201cThe tough part was we didn\u2019t have a lot of guys to practice and guys were playing out of position,\u201d Camanche coach Josh Davis said. \u201cWe had to be pretty vanilla in our preparation, a ton of basics.\u201d

It has not hindered the Indians in the win-loss column.

Ranked fifth in Class 2A this week, Camanche is off to a 5-0 start with notable victories over defending state champion Cascade, Iowa City Regina and Northeast.

The Indians still have road games versus Durant and Bellevue along with a home tilt against state-ranked West Branch before the holiday break.

\u201cWe knew our pre-Christmas schedule was really tough, and I didn\u2019t know how we\u2019d come out of it,\u201d Davis said. \u201cI\u2019ve been really pleased with how we\u2019ve played and defended.

\"The thing is, we haven\u2019t played to our full potential yet.\u201d

In recent seasons, Camanche thrived on a fast-paced style with full-court pressure and a slew of possessions. With the injuries, particularly to Lawrence, the Indians aren\u2019t as deep. They\u2019re pressing much less and excelling more in the halfcourt.

\u201cEvery year we re-evaluate,\u201d Davis said. \u201cThe last few years, being uptempo and getting a ton of possessions was our strength. This year, we have length. We\u2019re still pressuring teams in the half-court, but I think we\u2019ve pressed only a couple times all season. Our kids have really bought into it.\u201d

Camanche still is hoisting plenty of 3-point shots, about 22 per game. But as Davis pointed out, \u201cnot as many and we\u2019re taking better ones.\u201d

\u201cThe kids still have the green light when they\u2019re open,\u201d he said.

Soenksen, still not 100 percent according to Davis, leads Camanche in scoring at 18 points per game. He\u2019s also averaging nearly six rebounds and three steals per game.

Caleb Delzell is collecting 13.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game along with 23 assists to just four turnovers. Sophomore Zayne Feller is the team\u2019s third-leading scorer, and has taken on the role of defending the opposing team\u2019s best player.

The biggest change has come at point guard. With Dev Patel graduated and Lawrence out, freshman Zach Erwin has stepped in and performed admirably.

\u201cHe\u2019s still learning, but he wants to be really good,\u201d Davis said. \u201cHe watches a ton of tape, and anything you\u2019re telling him, he\u2019s absorbing it and trying it. We\u2019ve got a lot of good leaders around him.\u201d

Seeser, Jaxon White and Calvin Ottens are among the seniors in Camanche\u2019s rotation.

The Indians have held three opponents to less than 40 points and all five under 55. They did that only six times in 23 games last year.

\u201cWe\u2019ve really preached it and talked about the defensive end,\u201d Davis said. \u201cWe\u2019ve told our team defense will determine how many games we win. Offense will determine by how much.\u201d

Friday features: There are two showdowns involving state-ranked teams in the Quad-Cities on Friday night. In Class 3A, third-ranked Marion visits second-ranked Maquoketa in an early Wamac tussle. In 4A, third-ranked North Scott welcomes No. 6 Bettendorf.

Marion (5-0) is averaging nearly 70 points per game and shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc. Maquoketa (6-0) has won five of its six outings by double digits.\u00a0

The Cardinals are in the midst of a rugged stretch. They knocked off Mount Vernon on Tuesday, 51-44, and have games against No. 3 West Delaware (5-0) and Dyersville Beckman (4-2) next week.

North Scott (4-0) and Bettendorf (4-0) were pegged as the preseason favorites by the coaches in the Mississippi Athletic Conference. The Lancers are the league's top scoring defense, and the Bulldogs rank first in scoring offense.

Bragging rights at stake: When the 25th Genesis Shootout takes place Saturday at Augustana College's Carver Center, the all-time lead in the series is on the line between the states.

Iowa and Illinois have each won 11 Shootouts and tied on two other occasions. After Illinois dominated for a large stretch, Iowa has taken five of the last six events. In fact, the Hawkeye state has prevailed in 15 of the last 21 games over the past three years.\u00a0

Illinois still leads in games won, 73-63.\u00a0

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PEORIA, Ill. \u2014 An early morning start didn't do much to help the Quad-City Storm's recent lack of energy.

After taking an early lead, the Storm fell 2-1 to the rival Peoria Rivermen Thursday at Carver Arena in a game that started at 10:30 a.m. for a kids day.

\"It's sometimes there's a lack of (energy), and we're just not sticking with it, not bearing down,\" head coach Dave Pszenyczny said. \"We've got guys that just don't want to get the job done themselves, and they're going to someone else to try and get the job done.\"

Joe McKeown scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season on the power play 15 minutes, 27 seconds into the first period, but Peoria quickly answered with a power-play goal from Vincent Beaudry at 18:55.

\"We scored a quick one to go up 1-0. You'd think that would give you a little bit more confidence, but unfortunately the bench was flat,\" Pszenyczny said. \"I've got to find the answer for that because you're up 1-0 on a pretty good team, you should still be hungry and not give them any life.\"

Ben Blasko scored the game winner at 4:19 in the third period to give the Rivermen their fourth straight win over the Storm since dropping the season opener.

\"There was a lack of energy, no communication in the D-zone,\" Pszenyczny said. \"We had numerous chances over and over in the offensive zone, but in the defensive zone we just wanted to direct traffic and let guys stand out in front and get three or four rebounds on our goalie.\"

Peter Di Salvo made 37 saves on the day as the Rivermen were credited with 39 shots while the Storm were credited with just 10.

\"You almost wish you were losing games because of your goaltending, but that's not the case,\" Pszenyczny said. \"It's just the compete factor. I don't understand how you can play professional hockey and not want to be out there every single second that you can be.

The Storm stay on the road to play the Rivermen again tonight at 7:15 p.m.

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IOWA CITY \u2014 Fran McCaffery admitted to having some mixed feelings about the demise of the Hy-Vee Classic.

The annual doubleheader involving Iowa\u2019s four NCAA Division I men\u2019s basketball programs will be played for the final time Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Iowa State plays Drake at 3:30 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. battle between Iowa and Northern Iowa.

It\u2019s not clear if the two big dogs, Iowa and Iowa State, plan to have anything to do with the other two programs in the future, but it won\u2019t be in the current neutral site, doubleheader format.

\"It's just one of those things,\" McCaffery said. \"I have enjoyed the event. I have tremendous respect for (UNI coach Ben Jacobson) and his program. The players that he has are very good. It's going to be a tough game for us. But we'll just move on with whatever schedule we have.\"

The reasons the event is going away after only seven years are murky. The Big Ten has gone to a 20-game conference schedule, which has made the Hawkeyes\u2019 non-league schedule more crowded. There also is an underlying feeling that Iowa and Iowa State have little to gain from playing fired-up, lower-profile in-state opponents, especially if they don\u2019t get the financial return of a home game.

The decision to terminate the event hasn\u2019t necessarily sat well with fans.

\"I can understand that,\" Iowa senior forward Nicholas Baer said. \"You have four great universities within the state with great programs and very loyal followings for each of them. I can understand why people would be upset that the Hy-Vee Classic is ending. Hopefully it will come back some time.\"

The Iowa players, although somewhat muted in their responses, don\u2019t appear to like the decision very much, either.

\"This is something I always looked forward to, playing against other in-state teams,\" Baer said. \"As an Iowa kid, it\u2019s something I always enjoyed. So I\u2019ll be sad to see it go.\"

Some of the Hawkeyes, such as Baer, junior Cordell Pemsl and freshman Connor McCaffery, have fond memories of Wells Fargo that date back to their high school days playing in the state tournament.

The doubleheader affords an opportunity for old friends and rivals to play against one another. The top freshmen for Iowa and UNI \u2014 Muscatine\u2019s Joe Wieskamp and Cedar Falls\u2019 A.J. Green \u2014 played together at the AAU level for many years and were looking forward to butting heads in Des Moines for the next four years.

\"Obviously, it would be fun to continue to play them in the future, but it is what it is,\" Wieskamp said. \"I\u2019m just going to be excited to play them one time.\"

Others, such as Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon, never would have gotten to play in Wells Fargo if not for the Hy-Vee Classic, previously known as the Big Four Classic.

Bohannon never got there as a high school player. His Linn-Mar team saw its last chance to advance to Des Moines ended when Green hit a game-winning shot for Cedar Falls in the substate final in 2016.

\"It\u2019s always been a lot of fun to be able to play there and play against Iowa teams, and it\u2019s a really great thing,\" Bohannon said. \"But at the end of the day, we\u2019re just going to worry about our next game on the schedule. It\u2019s unfortunate that it\u2019s not going to keep going.\"

Bohannon, whose brother Matt played at UNI, said he knows the Panthers and Bulldogs always are very motivated to play against the Hawkeyes and Cyclones, and the fact that this is the final episode should only add to that.

\"It\u2019s definitely a game they probably mark on their schedule,\" Bohannon said. \"A lot of guys on that team want to be in our shoes, they maybe wanted to play for Iowa. For them to play against us, we\u2019re going to get their best shot \u2026

\"I know a lot of kids on their team, and I know what their mentality is,\" he added. \"It\u2019s going to be a fun game.\"

McCaffery admitted he\u2019s not sure if or when UNI or Drake might show up on Iowa\u2019s schedule in future seasons.

\"I don't really think about it,\" he said. \"Down the road, I wouldn't say it's not a possibility. I wouldn't say no. I wouldn't say yes.\"

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Soon, students will be able to earn their CNA with only eight face-to-face meetings through a new hybrid program at EICC.

The hybrid model is built on an eight-week schedule; students are required to meet face-to-face once a week, and the remainder of the work is completed online.

According to a press release, the first session will run from Jan. 22 to Mar. 14, and the required class sessions will be held at the Scott Community College Urban Campus. Tuition is $637 and includes the textbook and the required criminal background and abuse registry checks.

Despite the unconventional format, the new CNA program has the same coursework as the traditional 75-hour program, which is for those beginning direct patient care, including safety, hygiene, mental health and social needs.

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The investigation into a fire at a rural Scott County home in which firefighters discovered a body continues, Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane said.

A positive identification has not yet been made of the body found in the ruins of the home at 23340 277th Ave.

The deed holders of the property are listed as William P. and Patricia A. Fisher. The single-family, one-story frame home was built in 1880, according to the Scott County Assessor\u2019s online records.

The fire was reported at 6:35 a.m. Monday. Firefighters from LeClaire, Princeton, McCausland, Bettendorf and Eldridge fire departments responded, according to a news release issued by the Scott County Sheriff\u2019s Department.

Firefighters found the home engulfed in flames. After the fire was out, firefighters searched the debris and came upon an unidentifiable body.

An autopsy was conducted Tuesday, but Lane said that a positive identification has not been made of the body, and that the investigation is continuing. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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The Public Building Commission on Thursday refused to delay demolition of the Rock Island County Courthouse pending approval of the project from the State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

SHPO sent a letter last week to the commission and county board members revoking its letter of compliance for the project when it came to its attention that demolition of the courthouse, built between 1895-97, was not included in the overall project of construction of the new Justice Center Annex.

Commissioner Clarence Darrow made a motion to delay demolition, but the motion died when the other commissioners failed to second the motion.

Commissioners Craig Kavensky and Tom McCune were absent.

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CEDAR RAPIDS \u2014 Sen. Joni Ernst often sides with President Donald Trump, but the Iowa Republican is not with him on the potential shutdown of the federal government next week.

\u201cI would not be proud to shut down the government,\u201d Ernst said Thursday. \u201cI think we all in Congress strive not to shut down the government. I think that would be very detrimental to our federal agencies and the various activities that they support.\u201d

In a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders earlier this week, Trump said he would be proud to shut down the federal government if he does not get funding for a wall at the United States\u2019 border with Mexico. \u201cBuild the wall\u201d was a signature issue \u2014 and one of Trump\u2019s best applause lines \u2014 throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. He promised voters Mexico would pay for it.

Like many congressional Republicans, Ernst has been less enthusiastic about building the wall. She shares the president\u2019s concern about border security despite her reluctance to shut down the federal government if Congress does not approve the $5 billion Trump is demanding in 2019. Democrats have indicated they are willing to spend $1.3 billion on border security such as fencing.

\u201cWe do need to secure the border,\u201d Ernst said during a conference call with reporters. \u201cI do support the president in those efforts. We need to make sure that we\u2019re working and finding a way ahead to ensure that we\u2019re protecting homeland and securing the border.\u201d

Ernst hasn\u2019t given up on meeting the Dec. 21 deadline Congress faces for funding the government.

\u201cI\u2019m always an optimist, and I hope we can find a way forward, working between the House and the Senate to find a plan that will work for Republicans and Democrats,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s going to take us a bit of time here, but we\u2019re going to push through and, hopefully, we do not see a government shutdown.\u201d

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The 35th annual Bald Eagle Watch will kick off on Saturday, Jan. 5. The event is hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers\u2019 Mississippi River Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Clinton Community College, Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge.

Educational programs and environmental exhibits will be held at the Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton.

Eagle viewing will be held at Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Illinois, off Highway 84 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Activities at the Clinton Community College will be 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.:\u00a0

The programs and exhibits will feature a live bald eagle, conservation groups and artists. Food and refreshments will be available at the Clinton Community Center.

A bus shuttle between the college and Lock and Dam 13 will depart and arrive every hour beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m. The last shuttle from the lock and dam to the college will depart at 1:30 p.m. Limited parking is available at the lock and dam.

For more information, contact Thomson Park Rangers, 815-259-3628, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 815-273-2732.

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Moline authorities are investigating bomb threats issued by email to three businesses in the city.

The Moline Police Department said the emails contained the same threat and all were deemed unfounded. The names of the businesses were not released.

The threats appear to be part of a wave of such threats that were distributed nationally, the department said.

Investigators in Moline will be working with federal investigators on the threats, the department said.

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French police officers stand guard, in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. French police conducted an intense but ultimately fruitless search operation Thursday in the Strasbourg neighborhood where a suspected gunman who killed three people and wounded 13 near a popular Christmas market was last seen. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

STRASBOURG, France (AP) \u2014 A man suspected of being the gunman who killed three people near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died in a shootout with police Thursday following a two-day manhunt.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the dead man's identity hasn't been confirmed yet. But Castaner said the \"individual corresponds to the description of the person sought since Tuesday night,\" 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt.

A top police official also told The Associated Press that \"everything indicates\" the man was Chekatt. The official could not be named because he is not authorized to speak publicly on ongoing investigations.

Castaner said the suspect opened fire on police Thursday night when officials tried to arrest him.

\"The moment they tried to arrest him, he turned around and opened fired. They replied,\" Castaner said.

A local police official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said the man who shot at police was armed with a pistol and a knife.

The shooting occurred in the Neudorf neighborhood of Strasbourg, where police searched intensively earlier Thursday for Cherif Chekatt, a 29-year-old suspected of being the Christmas market gunman.

Chekatt is accused of killing three people and wounding 13 on Tuesday night. Castaner said earlier Thursday that three of the injured had been released from hospital and three others were fighting for their lives.

More than 700 officers were deployed to find Chekatt, who had a long criminal record and had been flagged for extremism, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told CNews television.

Asked about the instructions they received, Griveaux said the focus was catching Chekatt \"as soon as possible,\" dead or alive, and to \"put an end to the manhunt.\"

Security forces, including the elite Raid squad, spent two hours searching in Neudorf on Thursday based on \"supposition only\" that Chekatt could have been hiding in a building nearby two days after the attack, a French police official said. Chekatt grew up in Neudorf.

Chekatt allegedly shouted \"God is great!\" in Arabic and sprayed gunfire from a security zone near the Christmas market Tuesday evening. Authorities said he was wounded during an exchange of fire with security forces and a taxi driver dropped him off in Neudorf after he escaped.

Prosecutors opened a terror investigation. More than 700 officers were deployed to find Chekatt, who had a long criminal record and had been flagged for extremism, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told CNews television.

Asked about the instructions they received, Griveaux said the focus was catching Chekatt \"as soon as possible,\" dead or alive, and to \"put an end to the manhunt.\"

So far, five people have been arrested and remanded in custody in connection with the investigation, including Chekatt's parents and two of his brothers.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the fifth, who was arrested Thursday at an undisclosed location, was a member of Chekatt's \"entourage\" but not a family member.

Police distributed a photo of Chekatt, with the warning: \"Individual dangerous, above all do not intervene.\"

France has raised its three-stage threat index to the highest level since the attack and deployed 1,800 additional soldiers across the country to help patrol streets and secure crowded events.

French authorities said Chekatt, born in Strasbourg, appeared on a watch list of people flagged for extremist views. They said he had 27 criminal convictions, receiving the first at age 13.

The people who died in the attack included a Thai tourist, 45-year-old Anupong Suebsamarn, according to the Thai Foreign Ministry. Five of the wounded were in serious condition, the prefecture of the Strasbourg region said.

French President Emmanuel Macron was in Brussels on Thursday for a European Union summit. EU leaders held a minute of silence for the latest victims of a mass shooting in France.

Hundreds of people gathered in Strasbourg's 500-year-old cathedral Thursday evening to mourn and seek comfort.

\"Evil does not prevail,\" Archbishop Luc Ravel said. \"And the message of Christmas has not been contradicted but rather confirmed by Tuesday's dramatic night: Evil and good are both there, but in the end the good will have last word.\"

Strasbourg's usually busy streets were eerily empty Thursday morning, with a heavy police and military presence. Some lit candles and brought flowers to a makeshift memorial at the site of the attack.

\"You can feel a very heavy atmosphere due all these events,\" said resident Lucille Romance. \"People are in a state of shock and are avoiding getting out of their house.\"

___

Petrequin and Ganley reported from Paris. Jean-Francois Badias in Strasbourg, Sylvie Corbet and Elena Becatoros in Paris, Colleen Barry in Milan, Italy and Raf Casert in Brussels, Belgium, contributed to this story.

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MAQUOKETA, Iowa \u2014 A federal grant will help pay for the largest construction project ever in an eastern Iowa city, where officials plan to spend about $9.5 million on sewer lines, new sidewalks and other improvements to a key street.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Maquoketa more than $3.8 million in BUILD grant funding for the project along Platt Street, KCRG-TV reported . Maquoketa is about 30 miles south of Dubuque and has a population of about 6,000.

The project has also received a $3 million grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation. Taxpayers will cover the remaining $2.7 million.

City Public Works Director Frank Ellenz said the changes are overdue and the infrastructure is deteriorating.

\"Two to three years ago, we had 13 water main breaks in that one section of road over the winter,\" Ellenz said. \"Thirteen water main breaks is a lot of water main breaks.\"

City leaders believe the changes will help local businesses and attract more residents.

\"This is on the area that is a main corridor, a main entry way into our town from two different directions,\" said Wendy McCart, Executive Director of the Maquoketa Area Chamber of Commerce. \"It's really going to do a lot for that first impression when they come to the area.\"

City leaders hope to begin gathering bids for the revitalization project in January.

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MWABank, the bank launched by Modern Woodmen of America, has reached an agreement with San Diego-based Axos Bank to acquire approximately $225 million of its deposits \u2014 marking MWABank's first step toward closing and selling the bank.\u00a0

Axos, the banking subsidiary of Axos Financial Inc., announced the deposit assumption agreement Thursday in a news release. Axos will acquire\u00a0about $194 million of checking, savings and money market accounts and $31 million of time deposits from MWABank.

Axos is not assuming any assets, employees or branches in the transaction from MWABank,\u00a0a wholly owned subsidiary of Rock Island-based Modern Woodmen.\u00a0

\"After considerable deliberation, Modern Woodmen's board of directors decided to sell the bank and focus on our insurance business,\" Sharon Snawerdt, Modern Woodmen's corporate communications manager, said in an interview Thursday.

She said MWABank is in discussions to sell its other assets and programs, including its mortgage and loan business and credit card business.\u00a0

Thirty MWABank employees will lose their jobs. They were notified Thursday. Snawerdt said the employees will work for several months until the transaction out of banking is complete.

Those employees may apply for open positions at Modern Woodmen, which employs nearly 500 people in the Quad-Cities. They also will be provided severance packages and outplacement services.\u00a0

\"MWABank has always made customer service its first priority,\" MWABank President and CEO Steve Ollenburg said in the release. \"So we were very careful to find a good home for our customers. We believe we\u2019ve found that in Axos Bank.\"

MWA Bank began in 2003 as a direct bank of Modern Woodmen. It principally conducts business via the internet, mail, telephone and other electronic means. Its only traditional banking location is in downtown Rock Island.

\"The whole banking business is a different business model than the insurance business,\" Snawerdt said, adding \"That environment has intensified over the last eight years with a lot of costly oversight to remain compliant.\"

\"We are excited about the opportunity to provide comprehensive banking services to MWABank\u2019s retail and business customers and fraternal chapters,\" Greg Garrabrants, president and CEO of Axos Financial, Inc., said in the release. \"Our digital consumer banking platform and service-oriented model are an ideal fit for MWABank\u2019s model of providing high-touch services to clients across the country. We have a proven track record of ensuring a smooth client transition in these types of transactions.\"

He added the transaction is expected to add thousands of new customers to Axos Bank and further reduce its funding costs.\u00a0Axos Financial Inc. is the holding company for Axos Bank, a nationwide bank that provides consumer and business banking products through its low-cost distribution channels and affinity partners. It has nearly $10 billion in assets.\u00a0

Axos will pay no deposit premium and replace higher cost funding with the acquired deposits at closing.\u00a0

Pending regulatory approvals, the banks expect the transaction to be complete by March 31, 2019.\u00a0

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DAVENPORT \u2014 The next traveling exhibit at the Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., aims to foster a community-wide discussion and deeper understanding of race, equity and inclusion during its 17-week run.

\u201cRace: Are We So Different?\u201d opens Jan. 26, encouraging visitors to explore human variation and its impact on our lives. Developed by the American Anthropological Association in conjunction with the Science Center of Minnesota and funded by the National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation, the exhibit has been touring the nation since it opened in 2007 in St. Paul, Minn.

When the show opened on Martin Luther King Day, the museum received 6,285 visitors that day alone, said Jeff Martin of the American Anthropological Association.

The look at race and racism in the U.S. uses interactive components, historical artifacts, iconic objects, photos, multimedia presentations and graphic displays, according to understandingrace.org.

The exhibit examines race through the eyes of history, science and lived experience, according to the AAA website, americananthro.org. The program explains how human variation differs from race, when and why the idea of race was invented, and how race and racism affects everyday life, it says.

A 20-plus-member community team is working with the Putnam to plan and develop related public discussions and programming. The group includes volunteer leaders from business, education, the Chamber of Commerce, government, and nonprofit organizations.

\u201cThis exhibit helps initiate the understanding process regarding race,\u201d said Randy Moore, community team member and president of Iowa American Water Co. \u201cIt allows the opportunity for people to get answers to questions as opposed to making assumptions. Everyone in the Q-C will benefit from this exhibit, especially those who are trying to better understand what is happening in our country.\u201d

\u201cIt will benefit those who want to facilitate change and those who are serious about making this a better community,\u201d he added.

Among the exhibit\u2019s offerings, \u201cRace\u201d will give groups the opportunity to discuss equity and inclusion in their workplace, facilitated by trained community members who serve as exhibit volunteers.

The Putnam is seeking applications for volunteer discussion leaders and exhibit hosts willing to enrich the exhibit experience for visitors and/or discussion groups.

\u201cWe want these people to be representative of our community,\u201d Putnam marketing director Kevin Smith said Wednesday. \u201cDiversity is key for that.\u201d

The exhibit will run until June 2, 2019. A half-day training session for facilitators will be scheduled in January prior to the exhibit\u2019s opening.

Hosts are needed to support visitors and answer their questions as they explore the exhibit. Hosts may guide visitors to other resources offered by the museum such as registering to attend a group discussion.\u00a0

Volunteers may devote a few hours each month or several hours a week from February to early June, according to the Putnam. Job descriptions and applications are available at putnam.org/volunteer.

The museum also plans to offer businesses the opportunity to use the exhibit to open discussion about equity and inclusion in their workplace. Smith said area employers will be invited to schedule group tours.

The \u201cRace\u201d exhibit admission will be included in the price of general admission \u2014 $9 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 3-18) and free for Putnam members. Seniors, college students and military save $1 on admission.

\u201cRace: Are We So Different?\u201d is sponsored by the Regional Development Authority and Hubbell Waterman Foundation.

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Gun deaths in America have reached a record high.

Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun deaths in decades, according to a new analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database.

A similar analysis was first conducted by the\u00a0Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, a non-profit gun policy advocacy group.

CNN\u00a0replicated that analysis\u00a0and found that 39,773 people died by guns in 2017, which is an increase of more than 10,000 deaths from the 28,874 in 1999. The age-adjusted rate of firearm deaths per 100,000 people rose from 10.3 per 100,000 in 1999 to 12 per 100,000 in 2017.

CDC statisticians confirmed with CNN on Thursday that these numbers are correct and they show gun deaths have reached a record-high going back to\u00a0at least 1979, which was the year firearm deaths started to be coded in\u00a0mortality data.

CNN's analysis also showed that 23,854 people died from suicide by guns in 2017, the highest number in 18 years. That's a difference of more than 7,000 deaths compared with 16,599 suicide deaths by guns in 1999.

The age-adjusted rate of suicide deaths by firearm rose from 6.0 in 1999 to 6.9 in 2017.

\"Gun

Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun deaths in 38 years, according to a new analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database.

Firearm deaths in the data include gun deaths by homicide and suicide, unintentional deaths, deaths in war or legal interventions, and deaths that are undetermined.

When the data are analyzed by race and gender, they show that white men made up 23,927 of the total 39,773 firearm deaths last year, including suicides.

In 2017, the age-adjusted rate of suicide deaths by firearm was highest among white men at 14 per 100,000 \u2014 compared with:

That same year, the age-adjusted rate of homicide deaths by firearm was highest among black men at 33 per 100,000 \u2014 compared with:

Also in 2017, the age-adjusted rate of firearm deaths in legal interventions or war was highest among American Indian or Alaska Native men at 1.1 per 100,000 \u2014 compared with:

\"In 2017, nearly 109 people died every single day from gun violence. Gun violence is a public health epidemic that requires a public health solution, which is why we must immediately enact and implement evidence-based interventions \u2014 like permit-to-purchase policies and extreme risk laws,\" Adelyn Allchin, the director of public health research for the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence,\u00a0said in a written statement\u00a0released last week.

\"Gun violence has been part of our day-to-day lives for far too long. It is way past time that elected leaders at every level of government work together to make gun violence rare and abnormal.\"

On Wednesday, the\u00a0National Rifle Association tweeted\u00a0its long-standing position that \"gun control laws are not the answer. If we want to prevent more horrific acts of violence our leaders need to stop demonizing the men and women of the @NRA and find solutions that will save lives.\"

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\"NWS:
NWS: Summary

Here is the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service.

Look for drizzle between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., then rain after 4 p.m. Oh, and some patchy fog after 3 p.m.

\"NWS:
NWS: Weather summary fog

Otherwise, the afternoon will be cloudy with a high near 39 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight rain is possible before 1 a.m., then a slight chance of drizzle between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. also with patchy fog. The low will be around 31 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a high near 42 degrees and a low around 26 degrees.

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IOWA CITY \u2014 Amani Hooker\u2019s performance this season has Iowa football coaches contemplating the future look of the Hawkeye defense.

The junior strong safety split time between his traditional position and shifting to a spot inside the box, which allowed Iowa to deal with the growing number of Big Ten offenses that have adopted a spread approach.

His move nudged the Hawkeyes out of their traditional 4-3 defensive alignment and into a more athletic look better suited to deal with the one-back offensive sets that have become more commonplace.

Iowa began exploring the idea of essentially adding a fifth defensive back to its alignment on a more frequent basis during the preseason, and Hooker made his debut there five games into the season at Minnesota.

He proved to be the right player for the spot at the right time, providing the crucial blend of athleticism and strength to make the move work.

Hooker was named the Big Ten defensive back of the year and earned second-team all-American honors from both the Associated Press and USA Today after finishing second on the team with 59 tackles, sharing the team lead with four interceptions and breaking up a team-leading seven passes.

Iowa coaches liked the results as well.

\"It certainly has provided us with a different perspective,\" linebackers assistant Seth Wallace said Wednesday. \"Conversations continue to exist as to how we shape this thing moving forward, how that changes our personnel and how it affects recruiting.\"

Those questions will continue to be discussed into the offseason.

\"The conversation is about how it can help us moving forward and not just in the present, how does it allow us to compete based on the offensive personnel that we are facing on a regular basis?\" Wallace said. \"We\u2019re seeing more one-back sets in the Big Ten than ever. How do we respond to that? Those are the questions we continue to develop answers to.\"

The answer, Wallace said, likely extends beyond Hooker\u2019s time in an Iowa jersey.

\"What he did definitely provided us with a bit of an edge, and Amani was the right guy to make it work,\" Wallace said. \"Now, we\u2019re out there looking for that next guy.\"

Finding that player with the right skill set, the requisite blend of strength, speed and smarts, is among Iowa's objectives as it builds its 2019 recruiting class.

Hooker\u2019s emergence came at a time when the middle of Iowa\u2019s defense was in the midst of a period of adjustment.

The Hawkeyes entered the season knowing they would have three first-year starters after Josey Jewell, Ben Niemann and Bo Bower exhausted their eligibility.

What Wallace didn\u2019t know at the onset is how their replacements would perform.

Ultimately, the Hawkeyes started five different lineup combinations at linebacker during their 8-4 season and runner-up finish in the Big Ten West.

Injuries and inconsistencies in performance kept things fluid throughout the season, but the experience gained this season positions Iowa well for the future at all three linebacker spots.

\"I don\u2019t want to say we over-performed at that position, but I do think that from an expectation standpoint, especially with the injuries and the different starting lineups, just the mix and match, there were some real positive things that are giving us a jump start heading into bowl prep and next year,\" Wallace said.

The only senior in the group is Jack Hockaday, whose contributions over eight games as a starting middle linebacker Wallace labels a significant component to Iowa\u2019s stability.

Djimon Colbert with nine starts, Kristian Welch with six and Nick Niemann with five will provide the Hawkeyes with some serious experience as they work toward 2019.

Amani Jones, a starter in Iowa\u2019s season opener, joins four freshmen who adjusted to the college game this season in creating the nucleus of talent at the position as the Hawkeyes look toward the future.

\"I think the mixing and matching and dealing with some of the injuries we encountered was a real positive for us,\" Wallace said. \"It\u2019s put us in a good place.\"

Hooker's work changes Hawkeye defensive approach
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ROCK ISLAND\u00a0\u2014 Hope Creek Care Center is in so much debt Rock Island County officials project it cannot be sustained for any longer than one year unless solutions are found.\u00a0

On Wednesday, Rock Island County Treasurer Louisa Ewert told county board members the county-owned nursing home at 4343 Kennedy Drive, East Moline, has a total debt of $4.3 million.

\"Every week we continue to juggle their funds,\" Ewert said. \"Their debt continues to grow.

\"In my opinion, it will be unsustainable if a solution is not found very soon.\"

Board members reacted with stunned silence Wednesday as the news sank in. Board member Robert Reagan, R-Moline, asked what Ewert meant by \"soon.\"

\"I'm going to say one year to find a solution for finding more revenue or reducing expenses,\" Ewert said.

\"It's going to have to start within three or four months,\" she said. \"But within a year, there may not be any more to borrow from.\"

Ewert said Hope Creek owes $1.3 million on a tax anticipation warrant, $1.2 million in an internal loan from the county's liability fund, and $87,000 to the county's working cash fund \u2014 a total loan debt of $2.6 million.\u00a0

Hope Creek also owes $1.7 million to vendors, Ewert said, and $193,000, or six to seven months, toward the health insurance fund.

\"Not only are they in arrears to their outside vendors, they are in arrears to some of the internal vendors, too,\" she said. \"From one year ago today, there has been a bigger loss.\"

Ewert declined to propose long-term resolutions.

\"I only handle money; I don't know what the solution is,\" she said.\u00a0

In June, county board members approved writing off nearly $2.7 million of Hope Creek's debt\u00a0\u2014 primarily past-due Medicaid payments\u00a0\u2014 despite opposition from several members.\u00a0

In a previous report, Hope Creek advisory board president Jessey Hullon said it costs the facility $221.93 per patient per day; Medicaid pays just $140 per day.

Hope Creek Executive Director Cassie Baker said Thursday the facility has an occupancy rate of 72 percent, with patients filling 150 of the 210 beds available.

Baker said the state currently owes Hope Creek $980,596 in Medicaid reimbursements.

Board member Cecilia O'Brien, D-Moline, said she hopes the state's financial situation will change once governor-elect J.B. Pritzker takes office in January.\u00a0

\"Maybe there will be some changes in Springfield that could affect or help the situation,\" she said.\u00a0

County board chairman Richard Brunk, D-Moline, said he had spoken with state Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, who told him he had looked into money owed by the state to Hope Creek.\u00a0

\"(Halpin) found out that the state is as current as the state gets,\" Brunk said.

Brunk said Rock Island County Administrator Jim Snider will be working soon on an in-depth analysis of Hope Creek.

\"My instructions to him have been to find any and all potential options, if they exist,\" Brunk said. \"We need to have solid, indisputable, unbiased, unquestionable information presented to the Governance, Health and Administration committee, as well as to the full board.

\"If there are opportunities to straighten the ship, I believe they are still going to involve some pretty tough choices and tough decisions,\" Brunk said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted Thursday that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power.

Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

The case, which is separate from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has offered insight into how Moscow seeks to influence American policy.

Prosecutors say Butina and her Russian patron, Alexander Torshin, used their contacts in the National Rifle Association to pursue Russian back channels to American conservatives during that campaign, when Republican Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

\"In

FILE - In this April 21, 2013 file photo, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia. Prosecutors say they have \u201cresolved\u201d a case against Butina accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government, a sign that she likely has taken a plea deal. The information was included in a court filing Monday. (AP Photo/File)

Butina's case, brought by federal prosecutors in Washington, also comes amid a broader push by the Justice Department to enforce U.S. laws governing foreign agents, including those accused of working for Russia.

As part of her deal, Butina pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent and she agreed to cooperate with investigators.

She probably will be deported from the U.S. after her sentence is completed. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, though the defense noted Thursday that federal sentencing guidelines recommend no time to six months.

Authorities charged that Butina's work was directed by Torshin, a Russian government bank official now under sanction by the Treasury Department for his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prosecutors also have said that Butina's boyfriend, conservative political operative Paul Erickson, identified in court papers as \"U.S. Person 1,\" helped her establish ties with the NRA.

In their filings, prosecutors have said federal agents found Butina had contact information for people suspected of being employed by Russia's Federal Security Services, or FSB, the successor intelligence agency to the KGB. Inside her home, they found notes referring to a potential job offer from the FSB, according to the documents.

Investigators recovered several emails and Twitter direct message conversations in which Butina referred to the need to keep her work secret and, in one instance, said it should be \"incognito.\" Prosecutors said Butina had contact with Russian intelligence officials and that the FBI photographed her dining with a diplomat suspected of being a Russian intelligence agent.

Butina's lawyer, Robert Driscoll, had previously decried the charges against her as \"overblown\" and said prosecutors criminalized her mundane networking opportunities. He has said his client was a student interested in American politics and wanted to see a better relationship between the U.S. and Russia.

Butina, jailed since her arrest in July, had mounted an aggressive defense and tried to have the charges against her tossed. But for several weeks, Butina's lawyers and federal prosecutors had indicated in court papers that they were working toward a resolution in the case.

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Amanda's picks: 6 things to do this weekend in the Quad-Cities
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Lucas Lee Wetzel, 23, of Muscatine pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of methamphetamine in\u00a0Muscatine County District Court on Wednesday.

During an investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force, Wetzel made two deliveries of methamphetamine to a confidential source.

Wetzel proceeded to immediate sentencing and received a total sentence of a term not to exceed 35 years.

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The Government Bridge across the Mississippi River between Davenport and Arsenal Island will be closed to all rail, pedestrian and vehicle traffic for the next three Saturdays.

The bridge will be closed from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, 22 and 29.

The closure is so repairs can be made on Lock No. 15.

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A good Thursday to all. Drizzle, rain and fog are possible throughout the day. Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

1. Drizzle and fog

\"NWS:
NWS: Summary

Look for a chance of drizzle between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with patchy fog possible after 3 p.m., then rain likely after 4 p.m. Otherwise, the day will be cloudy with a high near 39 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

\u2022 Illinois winter road conditions

\u2022 Iowa winter road conditions

Tonight rain is possible before 1 a.m, then a slight chance of drizzle between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.\u00a0There's a chance of light freezing rain or freezing drizzle between 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. north of U.S. 30. A glazing of ice is possible on untreated surfaces. Also, there's a chance of patchy fog. The overnight low will be around 31 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.\u00a0

Friday will be mostly sunny with a high near 42 degrees and a low around 26 degrees.

Before hitting the road today, check out these links.

\u2022 Flight information from the Quad-City Airport

\u2022 Area radar

\u2022 Seven-day forecast

2. Davenport council confirms 3 to civil rights commission despite protests

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Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch smiles as he talks to Interim Fire Chief Jim Bickford at the Davenport Central Fire Department on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Following a lengthy protest in City Hall on Wednesday night, Davenport aldermen widely approved a slate of mayoral appointees to join the city\u2019s resident-led panel that reviews local civil rights complaints.

Commission appointments are often quiet affairs that receive little attention during city meetings. But with the civil rights commission \u2014 as well as others under Mayor Frank Klipsch\u2019s tenure \u2014 critics have railed against the mayor for replacing commissioners whose decisions may not align with his own desires. They\u2019ve also called it a veiled attempt to oust Civil Rights Director Latrice Lacey and retaliate against sitting commissioners who opposed a recent city code change that fell apart, claims the mayor denies.

Addressing those concerns, Klipsch said Wednesday that his decision to appoint new members was part of a longstanding goal \u201cto get more and more people engaged in city government,\u201d calling it \u201can opportunity to get new people and more people involved.\u201d He also said the exiting commissioners \u201chave done a fantastic job\u201d and thanked them for their years of service.\u00a0Read more.

3. A Davenport institution disappears

\"Cal

At one time the last remaining grocery store on Harrison Street in Davenport, Cal & Bob's Quick-Shop Grocery Mart closed in 1978. The building was demolished last month to make way for new development.

Growing up at his grandparents' grocery store, Cal & Bob's, Jimmy Gilland\u00a0learned how to ride a bike, pop a cap off of a soda bottle, and how to build a makeshift pool table out of gumballs and Styrofoam cups.

Gilland considered the former Cal & Bob's Quick-Shop Grocery Mart, which was open for 33 years at 1720 N. Harrison St., Davenport, his childhood home. Now living in Indiana, Gilland said every time he returns to Iowa, his first visit is to the old store.\u00a0

But that tradition will now take a different shape for Gilland and his family, as the building was demolished last month.\u00a0

The building is gone, but the memories of Cal & Bob's being the \"heart of the neighborhood\" live on with past and current residents, said Denise Johnston, daughter of the late owner Cal Miller.

Happy Joe's President Larry Whitty bought the parcel of land, along with two others on North Harrison, this past summer. He has yet to announce plans for redeveloping the location. Read more.

Gone and almost forgotten: Razed Davenport buildings

4. Former Rock Island couple charged with not telling cops about woman's dismemberment

\"Dismembered

In this Dec. 5 photo Jared Chance appears on a monitor during a video arraignment at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich. Chance has been charged in the dismemberment of a woman in his apartment in western Michigan.\u00a0

A former Rock Island Police sergeant and his wife are accused of not informing police that their son dismembered a dead woman's body in western Michigan.\u00a0\u00a0

James Chance and Barbara Chance of Holland appeared in a Grand Rapids court on Wednesday, charged with perjury and other crimes. Prosecutors allege that they knew that Jared Chance cut up the body of a woman from the Kalamazoo area. Read more.

5. 6 things to do this weekend

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Amanda Hancock

Check out entertainment reporter Amanda Hancock's choices for fun things to do this weekend in the Quad-Cities. And don't miss number five.

6. Now, about that LeClaire Street closure ...

\"Road
Road Closed, Detour Signs

A Quad-City Times readers writes: \"LeClaire Street coming off the Government Bridge in Davenport has been closed for a couple of weeks now. Originally, the street was closed all the way to 4th Street, but now it is only closed coming off the bridge, and opens up after that. However, with this closure, it is not possible to get from the Government Bridge to 4th Street via LeClaire Street. What is going on with this construction and when will this small section of LeClaire Street reopen?\" Ask the Times columnist Roy Booker goes fishing for the answer.

Today's photo gallery: A look back at prep sports from 10 years ago this week

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A look back at prep sports from 10 years ago this week
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In separate cases, thousands of members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 61 and the Iowa State Education Association are asking the Iowa Supreme Court to consider whether the revised collective bargaining law passed and signed in February 2017 violates the Iowa Constitution by establishing different bargaining rights for units with fewer than 30 percent public safety employees, and by prohibiting payroll deductions for union dues while still granting provisions for professional or trade organization deductions.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"734e42f9-8b6c-5f77-9b42-9e27409f4057","description":"Mike Beranek, left, president of the Iowa State Education Association, and Danny Homan, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 61, meet with reporters Wednesday outside the Iowa Judicial Building in Des Moines where the Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments in two union lawsuits seeking to overturn Iowa\u2019s 2017 collective bargaining law.\u00a0","byline":"Rod Boshart, Times Bureau","hireswidth":3264,"hiresheight":2448,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/34/734e42f9-8b6c-5f77-9b42-9e27409f4057/5c11b8c6776be.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1246","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/34/734e42f9-8b6c-5f77-9b42-9e27409f4057/5c11b8c65f76d.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1246"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/34/734e42f9-8b6c-5f77-9b42-9e27409f4057/5c11b8c65f76d.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/34/734e42f9-8b6c-5f77-9b42-9e27409f4057/5c11b8c65f76d.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/34/734e42f9-8b6c-5f77-9b42-9e27409f4057/5c11b8c65f76d.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}}],"revision":7,"commentID":"c2099c69-49ff-5eba-b597-de30c2c11656","body":"

DES MOINES \u2014 Attorneys for Iowa\u2019s two largest public employee unions asked the state\u2019s highest court Wednesday to strike down changes in collective bargaining laws they say unconstitutionally treat some union members differently than others in contract negotiations.

In separate cases, thousands of members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 61 and the Iowa State Education Association are asking the Iowa Supreme Court to consider whether the revised collective bargaining law passed and signed in February 2017 violates the Iowa Constitution by establishing different bargaining rights for units with fewer than 30 percent public safety employees, and by prohibiting payroll deductions for union dues while still granting provisions for professional or trade organization deductions.

However, Matthew McDermott, the attorney representing the state in defending House File 291, said the changes enacted by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Terry Branstad present a \u201clegitimate public policy decision\u201d by a separate branch of government that should be upheld by the six justices who heard the arguments Wednesday. Justice Daryl Hecht, who plans to step down Thursday for health reasons, did not participate.

\u201cThe state reformed our collective bargaining system in a way that conceivably and rationally gave state and local governments more flexibility to control their budgets and balance the state\u2019s legitimate interest in preserving public safety,\u201d McDermott told the justices.

\u201cThe Legislature has a very wide berth in deciding what is in and what is out. It\u2019s up to the Legislature to make that call,\u201d he added. \u201cWe have a system in government in Iowa that works and it is the separation of powers and we believe that the statute that was enacted here is certainly one that meets the rational basis test and for that reason we ask that this court affirm the district court,\u201d which had rejected the unions\u2019 arguments.

However, AFSCME attorney Mark Hedberg said the new law violates provisions of the state constitution by granting greater bargaining rights to some public employees but not to other identically-situated workers. Because it grants different rights to different bargaining units, the law unconstitutionally infringes on members\u2019 rights to associate with and be represented by their union, he argued.

\u201cWe don\u2019t have a right to bargain, but when the state is granting out a privilege, it can\u2019t do so based upon the association that a person has with various groups; and in this case, we believe they gerrymandered the statute,\u201d Hedberg said.

The law is grossly over- and under-inclusive in its application toward various union workers and \u201chas taken away their collective bargaining rights and desperately affected their ability to bargain for terms and conditions of employment,\u201d he said.

Outside the Iowa Judicial Building, Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Council 61, told reporters that \u201cwe\u2019re here to finish what we started, what I promised we would do on Feb. 16 (2017) when the Iowa Legislature passed the gutting of Chapter 20. I promised that we would take this to the Supreme Court. Today is the fulfillment of that promise.\u201d

ISEA President Mike Beranek told reporters the state Supreme Court \u201cis the next step in our fight to win back the rights taken from our members by the Iowa Legislature.\u201d

He said the changes in HF 291 have diminished the roles in their school districts of his union\u2019s 33,000 members.

The new law, he said, has reduced the scope of bargaining to only wages, and many school districts have removed past contract language and replaced it with an employee handbook.

No longer can most public employees collectively bargain over health insurance, vacation policy, workplace safety issues and myriad other benefits and policies. Essentially, most public employees now can collectively bargain only for base wages unless both sides agree to include more topics.

\u201cThere are a lot of people upset about this,\u201d Homan noted. \u201cWhat Republicans told us is that nothing would change, that in a year we\u2019d all see that this is a great bill. It\u2019s not a great bill.

\u201cWe have employers across this state that are taking contracts and cutting them down to one page, putting nothing more in them than base wages,\u201d he said. \u201cInside our state institutions, we decide who gets to go on vacation by putting names in a hat and drawing out a name. People get laid off or transferred based on whether or not they brought the supervisor cookies and doughnuts. We have regressed in state service back prior to 1974. This is a travesty.\u201d

The court will issue a ruling later.

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A permit needed for demolition of the Rock Island County courthouse has been submitted to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, notified county officials last week that demolition of the courthouse was not included in plans submitted to SHPO for approval in 2016 for construction of the Justice Center Annex, 1317 3rd Ave., adjacent to the courthouse. Because of the oversight, SHPO revoked the county's compliance letter for the overall project, leaving them unable to move forward.

County Administrator Jim Snider provided county board members with copies of the IEPA application prior to Wednesday night's committee of the whole, but the topic did not come up for discussion during the meeting.

Rock Island resident Tom Sparkman asked board members to reverse their decision to raze the historic structure, built between 1895-97.

\"We can still consider investors willing to put their money into the old courthouse and refurbish it so it will have a second life,\" Sparkman said. \"I just can't fathom why we would want to tear down something that is such an asset; an historical structure made with old-world craftsmanship and materials that you'll never see today in buildings.

\"With the right investor, it could last for another 120 years,\" Sparkman said. \"It would provide our community with culture and a tax base. We are struggling right now -- having to raise taxes. We have investors willing to do this and generate dollars for our community. I don't understand taking something and destroying it just to make it into an empty lot.\"

Once the courthouse is razed, the lot will be turned into green space with berms and security bollards to protect the annex next door, which began functioning as the new courthouse on Monday.

Chicago-area architect and former Quad-Cities resident Randy Brockway told board members he sent letters to 66 developers, seeking their interest in renovating the courthouse. He has received five proposals in return, including from Restoration St. Louis, Abbey Station owner Joseph Lemon, Jr., and The Alexander Company Inc., of Madison, Wis.

\"The building is far from a wreck; it is ripe for redevelopment,\" Brockway said.

Rock Island resident Joshua Shomo said the courthouse is a \"gift,\" built by the founders of Rock Island County.

Gilbane Building Co., project manager for the annex, submitted the permit, notifying the IEPA of the storm water runoff plan and storm water pollution prevention plan.

The application also notes the project has been submitted to SHPO in its entirety.

In their letter to board members and commission members last week, SHPO called the courthouse an \"historic resource\" and is subject to state review according to the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act. The courthouse was deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

It is not known how long it will take for the IEPA to approve the permit, but Snider said he anticipates approval before demolition begins in January.

Snider said he believes there was no additional cost for the permit application as it is likely included within services provided by Gilbane.

The county approved an intergovernmental agreement in July transferring the deed to the Public Building Commission for the purpose of demolition. A bid of $430,490 from Valley Construction was approved by the commission during their Nov. 29 meeting.

Although the deed was never transferred, Snider said it was not necessary in order to proceed with demolition, according to State's Attorney John McGehee. Approval of the agreement is enough to give the commission authority to raze the building, Snider said. McGehee was not present at Wednesday's meeting.

Board member Rich Morthland asked board members to delay demolition and allow more time to consider other options.

\"We will be judged not only by the voters, but by posterity,\" Morthland said. \"I ask you to take a pause. We can only not stop it once.\"

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Heading into the season opener against Linn-Mar, Bettendorf head coach Brian Tritt had a conversation with senior post Kylie Wroblewski as part of the team's preseason meetings.

The Bulldogs had graduated four starters from a 17-6 team, Wroblewski the lone starter back. Three of the team's starters heading into the year hadn't played any varsity minutes.

There was a little bit of uncertainty.

\"Going into that first game, I said 'Kylie, I don't know how Tuesday's going to go. It might go really good, it might go really bad,'\" Tritt said. \"We were just sort of chuckling about it.\"

Wroblewski dominated the opener, scoring 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds as the Bulldogs edged the Lions 73-70 in quadruple overtime. The 6-foot-2 senior hasn't slowed down since, averaging a MAC-high 20.7 points and a Class 5A-high 11.7 rebounds per game for the 7-0 Bulldogs heading into Friday's game against North Scott.

\"I knew that this year I\u2019d have to be more than just a person on the court that can score. I knew I\u2019d have to not only be a threat on the court but also be there for my teammates and be more of a leader this year,\" Wroblewski said. \"It's awesome to finish my senior year off in such a great way.\"

Wroblewski has grown each year she's been with the program. She didn't see varsity time as a freshman, but when Tritt took over the team prior to her sophomore year, he knew the type of player he had waiting in the wings.

\"Just her footwork. Obviously she\u2019s got some length, but you need to be more than just a tall girl,\" Tritt said. \"She\u2019s a sponge. Whenever the coach is talking, she\u2019ll look you in the eye and picks up on those things.\"

Wroblewski quickly made an impact as a sophomore, averaging 10 points per game and leading the team with 131 rebounds. The next year, despite being the only junior in the starting lineup, Wroblewski led the Bulldogs with 13 points per game and controlled the glass even more with 165 rebounds.

Now, she has 663 career points and 378 career rebounds and is the\u00a0focus of opposing teams each and every night. She also has 19 blocks this season, doubling her career total.

\"Sophomore year you\u2019re coming into a pretty intimidating environment with a lot of great girls in the MAC,\" Wroblewski said. \"So you\u2019re just trying to find your voice and try to do the best you can.

\"Now that I\u2019ve established my presence, I feel like I'm believing in myself and I\u2019ve been working really hard on my offensive and defensive aggressiveness.\"

That aggressiveness has given the younger Bulldogs time to settle in.

In that season-opener over Linn-Mar, three other teammates finished in double figures and junior Emma Dennison is averaging 8.4 points per game and sophomore Ashley Fountain is adding eight points per contest.

\"Having that (Linn-Mar) game in my pocket, going into the rest of the season, I felt like if we can get through four overtimes, then there's nothing that can stop us now,\" Wroblewski said. \"I wanted to make sure I helped create a positive environment and those girls that were new to varsity this year, I wanted them to feel welcome and know they have the skills to play at this level, and they\u2019ve been doing a great job.\"

It isn't just her offensive production that has skyrocketed. Wroblewski has also taken a big step on the glass. Entering this year she was averaging 6.6 rebounds but has greatly improved those numbers, giving the Bulldogs valuable extra possessions.

\"I\u2019ve been really working on trying to snatch the rebound,\" she said. \"Sometimes in the past, you\u2019re tall so you just try and tip it to yourself. As you play that really good competition, sometimes that doesn\u2019t always work out so I\u2019ve just been trying to be aggressive and have that mindset where nothing\u2019s going to stop me from getting this ball.\"

Also a fixture on the softball team, Wroblewski hasn't had much exposure on the AAU scene. This last summer, she juggled both, and the experience at the club level helped both her game and her college prospects.

She's received interest from St. Ambrose, Augustana and Coe as well as from Division II Northwest Missouri State. Wroblewski plans on waiting to make a college decision until the end of the season.

Right now, she's working on continuing to expand her game. She's started to bring the ball up the court during games, operating more as a point forward or stretch 4, which is how Tritt thinks she'll fit at the next level.

\"I think the fact that she\u2019s really eager to expand her game is a hint that there\u2019s more to come besides just having her back to the basket,\" he said. \"I think the sky\u2019s the limit, I think she\u2019s going to keep on going and has tremendous upside once she gets to college, wherever she ends up going, to be a pretty big impact player at the next level.\"

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Izzy Anderson scored 18 points including going 8-10 from the line to propel Augustana past Dubuque 61-54 on Wednesday.

The Vikings used a 12-2 run between the first and second quarters to turn a one-point lead into an 11-point advantage and never again trailed.

Augustana (5-5) took a 30-22 lead into intermission before a second half in which neither team could put together a run.

While the Vikings struggled to put Dubuque (1-8) away, the Spartans also failed to make much of a dent in the Augustana advantage.

The Vikings' lead fluctuated between five and nine points for the entire second half.

Alexis Jones added nine points for Augustana and shared team high rebounding honors with Sadie Roberts with six.

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There have been some lean seasons recently for the Prince of Peace girls basketball program.

Over the previous four years, the Irish had gone 6-82 including a 40-game losing streak.

It appears the program is turning a corner.

The Irish snapped that 40-game losing streak by beating Calamus-Wheatland 54-46 to open the season and already have three wins on the season after a 63-31 victory over Cedar Valley Christian on Tuesday night. So far, Prince of Peace is 3-4.

What perhaps is most impressive about the turnaround is just how young the Irish are this season under head coach Dave Nelson.

Prince of Peace has just one senior and one junior on its roster along with nine sophomores and two freshmen.

Freshman Lilly Isenhour leads the team with 12.5 points per game and scored 17 in the win over Cedar Valley Christian.

Starting to gel: After an 0-2 start, Davenport North appears to be finding its stride, winning its last four games to move into a tie for third in the MAC standings.

The Wildcats lost two seniors from last year's 13-10 team and then dropped its first two games of the year by a combined six points.

Since then, North has turned it up a notch offensively, averaging 66 points per game over its last four, including an 82-point outburst in a win over Central. The 82 points is the most scored by the Wildcats since an 82-point performance in a season-ending overtime loss to Johnston in a regional final on Feb. 21, 2017.

Bella Sims nearly had a triple-double in the win over Central, scoring 14 points and adding nine rebounds, 14 assists and five steals. She scored 17 points on Tuesday to help lead the Wildcats to a 49-42 win over Muscatine.

Ivy Wilmington leads three Wildcats in double figures with 13 points per game while Sims is adding 12.7 points.

\"I think people thought we had new people and we weren't going to work well together,\" Wilmington said following the win over Central. \"The first few games it wasn't really clicking, but ... I think this is a great fit and we're all coming up together.\"

Road to 100: North Scott coach TJ Case collected his 100th career victory last week, becoming the third active coach in the MAC to reach the century mark.

PV head coach Jennifer Goetz has won 121 games in her eight seasons with the Spartans, while Muscatine's Susan Orvis has won 114 games in 10 years with the Muskies.

Since Case took over six years ago, the Lancers have had the best winning percentage in the MAC at .794.

It will be a couple of years before another coach reaches 100 wins. Bettendorf coach Brian Tritt has won 39 games in three seasons while Assumption coach Katelyn McNamara has 34 wins in three seasons as well.

West coach Pat Finn won 43 games in five seasons with Bettendorf but is looking for his first win in his first full season leading the Falcons.

Still unbeaten: With about a third of the season completed, there are still six area basketball teams that have yet to suffer a loss.

In Illinois, Geneseo has used a stifling defense to improve to 11-0 and Rock Island is 9-0 following a win over Macomb.

In Iowa, Pleasant Valley remained unbeaten by handing North Scott its first loss of the season on Tuesday. The Lancers face the other unbeaten MAC team on Friday when they travel to face the 7-0 Bettendorf Bulldogs.

Central DeWitt moved to 6-0 with a 71-36 win over Solon, led by freshman Taylor Veach, who scored 27 points after missing the previous two games.

Bellevue was idle on Tuesday and is 6-0 heading into tonight's matchup with Easton Valley.

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Jon Terronez sat in the bleachers at Davenport North High School last December watching the inaugural Muddy Water Duals.

Serving as an assistant wrestling coach for Davenport Assumption, Terronez was there to see his nephew Jayden compete for Moline.

His initial thought?

\"Why isn't Assumption a part of this event?\" Terronez said. \"So when I became head coach, one of the first things I kind of tackled was for us to get involved.\"

The second annual Iowa versus Illinois mat showdown has two more teams and a new location.

Assumption and Geneseo, both storied programs, have been added to the Saturday, Dec. 22, event to make it a 12-team field. It also is moving from North to Augustana College's Carver Center.

\"North was a good starting venue, but when we increased the number of teams, we needed a little bit more space,\" Davenport Central activities director and tournament organizer Brian Ehlinger said. \"Augie offers that opportunity, and it puts us on par with boys and girls basketball.\"

The three Davenport public schools\u00a0\u2014 Central, North and West\u00a0\u2014 along with Assumption, Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley will represent Iowa.

The six Illinois schools are Alleman, Geneseo, Moline, Rock Island, Sterling and United Township.

Illinois prevailed in duals last year, 13-10, and had a 41.1 to 30.1 advantage in dual-team average to claim the traveling trophy sponsored by Rock Valley.

\"This (trophy) looks good on this side of the table,\" Moline coach Jacob Ruettiger said at Wednesday's news conference held at Sancho's in Davenport, \"so hopefully we keep it there.\"

Each team will wrestle five duals.

Geneseo dropped a quadrangular meet at Naperville to join the event. Geneseo coach Jon Murray said it has been at least six years since his program has wrestled a dual against an Iowa school.

Murray is a proponent of the date as well. It allows his team several days to recover with the holiday break.

\"It is the first time I remember coaching here we've had five duals in one day,\" Murray said. \"What we're looking for is competition.

\"It is all about preparing for the state tournament, and these (Iowa) guys provide a level of competition we need to see to do that.\"

Ehlinger had the coaches seed the teams to create the most compelling matchups.

The featured duals will come in the last two rounds\u00a0\u2014 Bettendorf vs. Geneseo and Assumption vs. Moline in Round 4; Bettendorf vs. Moline and Assumption vs. Geneseo in Round 5.

Mediacom Channel 22 will broadcast those matches, Ehlinger said.

\"When you add schools with rich history and good storied programs like Assumption and Geneseo, it is going to help this get better and better,\" Ruettiger said. \"People know those teams and are going to want to come out and watch. That's what makes events like these special.\"

Moline went 5-0 at last year's Muddy Water Duals. It also beat Assumption in a dual meet at Augustana.

Ruettiger said the experience was valuable for his squad.

\"It brought them together a little bit more,\" he said. \"There is that river rivalry of which team is the best. I think our kids fed off that last year.\"

Ultimately, the objective is to promote and grow the sport of wrestling in the Quad-Cities.

The majority of metro programs have seen a decline in participation. Several struggle to fill a complete lineup.

As this event continues to gain traction, coaches believe it can pump energy into the sport.

\"If we want to grow this sport and get it back to where we perceive it to be or the glory days, we\u2019ve got to focus more on those dual meets,\" PV coach Jake Larsen said. \"People want to see that team aspect. They really do.

\"The individual (tournaments) are great, but look at the college level and the excitement from the duals you see at Carver-Hawkeye (Arena) or at Penn State. If you build the dual, you\u2019re going to build fans, support, and you\u2019re going to get people who want to go out and see what it is all about.\"

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Here's a question for the die-hard hockey fans in the Quad-Cities.

What do Joakim Wassberger, Dustin Boyd and Joe McKeown all have in common?

That trio can claim the privilege of scoring the first goals for their respective franchises\u00a0\u2014 Wassberger for the Quad-City Mallards in 1995, Boyd for the Quad-City Flames in 2007 and McKeown for the Quad-City Storm this October.

\"That was amazing, obviously the whole game was exciting for our whole team and I think everyone in the rink,\" McKeown said. \"To get that first goal on the board for the team ...\u00a0 it was a lot of fun.\"

McKeown, 24, is making sure he's more than just the answer to a trivia question with his play this season for the Storm. He's the team's leading scorer with five goals and five assists and has been a reliable player for head coach Dave Pszenyczny.

\"I'm getting a lot of opportunities I hadn't seen that in a long time,\" McKeown said. \"I've been getting more ice time and with that comes confidence. In practice, I'm trying to do everything extra, whether that's in the gym or on the ice.\"

McKeown has had to take some chances to get to where he is today. The Campbellford, Ontario, native was a very productive player with the Wellington Dukes in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, totaling 118 points in 158 games, and earned a scholarship to Division I Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

McKeown played two seasons with the Falcons but didn't see much playing time, scoring four goals and tallying two assists in 30 games. After playing in just three games last year in his junior season, he walked away, deciding to take his chances in the pro game.

\"It was very tough,\" McKeown said. \"I wanted to be playing in games, and in practice it's not the same battling against your teammates as it is going out there against people you hate and wanting to take two points from them.\"

McKeown signed with Peoria but also didn't see much time with the Rivermen, playing mainly as the team's 10th forward. He played in 15 games, scoring one goal and adding one assist but also made an impression on Pszenyczny, who was the captain of Peoria last year.

\"He just works hard and he's got a shot, and it's just trying to keep developing him into a better player,\" Pszenyczny said. \"It's hard for a player to get confidence in their first year pro if they're not getting availability. When I took this job, I wanted everyone here to be able to learn something and be put in certain situations to succeed.\"

With Pszenyczny at the helm of the expansion Storm, McKeown saw an opportunity for a fresh start.

\"I think coming to an expansion team was really good for me,\" he said. \"Everybody started out on the same page, there were no veteran players that were going to get more rope at the start of the season than anyone else. We all started out on even ground and had to prove ourselves.\"

Before he joined the Storm's training camp, McKeown skated in camp with the ECHL's Jacksonville Icemen. It was a valuable experience, letting McKeown know how he compared in a slightly higher caliber league.

\"I think it gave me a lot of confidence coming into this training camp knowing that I felt like I did pretty good up at that camp ...,\" McKeown said. \"Saying it's a step down (to the SPHL), I don't know. It's just different.\"

Since joining the Storm, McKeown has been one of the more reliable players on the ice. He has produced at least a point in half of the team's 14 games this season and is one of just four active players with a plus rating, leading the team at plus-6.

He sees time on the penalty kill, power play and Pszenyczny trusts him to take faceoffs in crucial situations.

\"He's just getting the job done,\" Pszenyczny said. \"He's definitely earned my trust. I put him in those areas, and he succeeds.\"

Despite all his individual success, right now McKeown is focused on helping the Storm climb out of the bottom of the league standings, starting with today's game against the Peoria Rivermen. It might not be as hard as it sounds. Just four points separate the Storm from fourth place in the league, and only three of the team's nine losses have been by four or more goals, five of the other six losses coming by one goal.

\"It's never a good feeling through the week knowing you lost on Saturday,\" McKeown said. \"We've just got to keep battling every day in practice and when we get into these games, stop letting them slip away. We've got to work and want to win the games.\"

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1. Moline (6-1, LW: 1)\u00a0

The trio of Deonte Billups, Brody Harding and Drew Wiemers delivered in last Saturday's 55-45 home win over Normal West. Billups had 20 points, Harding poured in 11 of his 15 in the third quarter and Wiemers finished with 12. Moline, winner of five straight, is averaging 68 points a game.\u00a0

Next up:\u00a0Friday vs. United Township; Saturday vs. North Scott

2. North Scott (4-0, LW: 2)

Coach Shamus Budde's team has handcuffed its last two opponents to 38 and 39 points, respectively. Cortaviaus Seales tossed in 20 points, just one off his career high, during Tuesday's 11-point road win over Pleasant Valley. Three of North Scott's next four opponents are a combined 15-1.\u00a0

Next up: Friday vs. Bettendorf; Saturday vs. Moline

3. Bettendorf (4-0, LW: 3)

The Bulldogs are the MAC's top scoring offense at nearly 74 points per game. D.J. Carton is averaging 25 points a contest, while Blake Tyler and Lucas Hayes are also scoring in double figures for coach Curtis Clark's team. Bettendorf is shooting nearly 40 percent from 3-point range.\u00a0

Next up: Friday at North Scott; Saturday vs. Rock Island

4. Davenport Central (5-0, LW: 5)

Keshawn Pegues, Josh English and Kaiden Phillips have been in double figures each of the past two games for the Blue Devils. Off to its best start in more than a decade, Central is averaging 27 free throw tries per game. Emarion Ellis is expected to return from suspension Saturday.

Next up: Friday at Muscatine; Saturday vs. Alleman

5. United Township (7-1, LW: NR)

Defense has been the theme for the Panthers, who are allowing just more than 35 points per game during their current seven-game win streak. Daveon Ellis had 14 points in the 44-41 triumph over Galesburg, and Atem Agot recorded 15 points and eight boards in a 42-39 win against Rockford Auburn.

Next up:\u00a0Friday at Moline; Saturday vs. Assumption

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1. Maquoketa (6-0, LW: 1)

Ranked second in Iowa Class 3A, Maquoketa buried 12 trifectas in a 78-46 rout of South Tama last Friday. It clipped Mount Vernon 51-44 on Tuesday to set up a Wamac showdown with fellow unbeaten and third-ranked Marion.\u00a0

This week:\u00a0Friday vs. Marion; Tuesday at West Delaware

2. Camanche (5-0, LW: 2)

Cam Soenksen had 20 points and 10 boards while Caleb Delzell collected 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a 71-48 win over rival Northeast on Tuesday. Camanche is holding opponents to 42.8 points per game.

This week:\u00a0Friday at Durant; Tuesday at Bellevue

3. Wethersfield (7-1, LW: 3)

Isaac Frank drilled seven 3-pointers and had 31 points in last Friday's 67-51 win over Sherrard. Coltin Quagliano finished with a game-high 21 points for the Flying Geese in their 52-35 victory over Brimfield on Tuesday.\u00a0

This week:\u00a0Monday at Peoria Christian; Tuesday vs. Morrison

4. Central DeWitt (4-1, LW: 4)

First-year head coach Grady Gallagher's club is riding a four-game win streak. Tucker Kinney had 19 points in a 63-48 win over Independence last Friday, and the Sabers pulled out a 53-48 road victory against Solon on Tuesday.\u00a0

This week:\u00a0Friday vs. Mount Vernon; Tuesday at Dyersville Beckman

5. Calamus-Wheatland (6-1, LW: NR)

Since a season-opening loss to Class 2A top-ranked North Linn, Cal-Wheat has won six straight. Point guard Hunter Rickels is averaging more than 20 points per game, and the Warriors have won three games by four points or fewer.\u00a0

This week:\u00a0Friday at Lisbon; Tuesday at Midland

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Longtime attorney Stephen Newport told a Bettendorf police detective in March that he did not know how a female client he was representing in a civil case had known about a medical device that had been implanted following treatment for prostate cancer.

The woman, 43, had told police on Jan. 24 that the 66-year-old had taken her hand without her permission to feel the device in his lower abdomen, and then underneath his scrotum, during a meeting in his office on Jan. 19.

A video recording of Newport\u2019s interview with Detective Bryan Payton was played Wednesday on the second full day of testimony in his trial in Scott County District Court.

He is charged with third-degree sexual abuse, prostitution, and indecent exposure.

Payton testified Wednesday that police had executed a search warrant on Newport\u2019s Bettendorf law office on March 14. Newport went to the police department to be interviewed later that day, Payton said.

During the interview, Newport talked about the woman\u2019s personal injury lawsuit and said that he had encouraged her to settle her case, rather than take it to trial, after a deposition of a medical expert that did not work out in their favor.

He disputed that he met with the woman on Jan. 19 and said that they had spoken about a possible settlement on Jan. 18.

The woman testified Tuesday that she wanted to take her case to trial but reluctantly agreed to a settlement of $25,000.

She also testified that after leaving Newport\u2019s office after the alleged incident, he called her later that afternoon and told her that \u201cnow you can take your clothes off\u201d or give him oral sex in lieu of attorney fees.

Payton testified Wednesday that he met with the woman on Feb. 7 and was present when she made a phone call to Newport. During the call, the woman asked him about his earlier alleged statements about sexual favors.

\u201cYou\u2019d give me (oral sex) you mean?\u201d he asked on the call.

\u201cDon\u2019t worry about it. We\u2019ll figure it out.\u201d

Police have said in an arrest affidavit filed in April that Newport said he was just asking her a question about what she was talking about when she brought up payment options and sexual favors.

During the interview with Payton, Newport said the two never discussed sexual favors. He also denied that she ever touched him or that he touched her.

Payton testified that Newport had told him that the device he had implanted was used to assist with urinary incontinence following prostate cancer treatment.

Under questioning from Assistant Iowa Attorney General Coleman McAllister, Payton said he did not gather any evidence that would offer any alternate explanations about how the woman knew about the implanted medical device, the color of Newport\u2019s pubic hair or that he had a scar on his abdomen.

\u201cDid Mr. Newport provide you with any explanation for that when you met with him?\u201d McAllister asked.

\u201cNo,\u201d Payton said.

Defense attorney Victoria Cole asked Payton about a meeting on Feb. 15 between the woman and Newport at his office. The woman secretly audio and video recorded the meeting while Payton listened in.

When questioned by Cole, Payton said Newport did not make any incriminating statements during that meeting and that the woman did not appear frozen and was talkative.

He also said he did not request cell tower data to determine whether the woman was at Newport\u2019s office on Jan. 19. Payton also said he did not interview anyone that was allegedly in the building at the time of the incident.

McAllister rested his case Wednesday after calling four witnesses over two days.

Cole and co-chair Art Buzzell will continue their case Thursday.

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