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A good Wednesday to all. It's going to be another hot and sticky day with heat-index levels reaching, dangerous levels. You just might want to hold off on mowing the grass \u2014 and instead\u00a0\u2014 sit back and soak up the air conditioning.

Here's the latest from the National Weather Service.

\"NWS:
NWS: Heat advisory

A heat advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. today until 7 p.m. tonight.

WHAT: Heat-index values up to 103 expected.

WHERE: Portions of northeast Missouri, east central, northeast and southeast Iowa and north central, northwest and west central Illinois.

WHEN: From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., today.

IMPACTS: Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1.

\"Heat
Heat index chart

1. Hot and humid III

Look for isolated showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Skies will be mostly sunny with a high near 94 degrees with heat-index values as high as 101 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 74 degrees.

Thursday there will be scattered showers and thunderstorms then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4 p.m. Skies will be mostly sunny with a high near 91 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60% with new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Showers are likely Thursday night with possibly a thunderstorm. Skies will be partly cloudy with a low around 70 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60% with new precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

\"Heat
Heat exhaustion
Photos: Swimming at Sunset Marina

2. Bridge washing forces lane closures

\"U.S.

File: The U.S. 30 bridge over the Mississippi River at Clinton, Iowa.

A pair of bridges spanning the Mississippi River north of the Quad-Cities are scheduled for one-day washings, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

\u2022 Today, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., workers will be washing the U.S. 30 bridge between Clinton,Iowa and Whiteside County, Ill. One lane of the bridge will be closed with flaggers.

\u2022 On Thursday, from 6 a.m. to\u00a0 4 p.m., the U.S. 52/Illinois 64 between Savanna, Ill., and Sabula, Iowa, gets a washing. One lane of that bridge will be closed. Flaggers will be positioned for a safe flow of traffic.

Drivers should expect delays and should allow extra time or take an alternate route.

3. Scott County mask mandate talk likely moot

\"070820-qc-nws-scott-004\"

Davenport residents tell Scott County Board of Supervisor member Ken Croken, right, they are against his motion to make face coverings mandatory attire for every county employee and every resident who ventures out into the public on Tuesday outside the Scott County Administration Building.

Four people gathered in front of the Scott County Administration Building just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fifteen minutes later, there was a crowd of close to 20 men and women of all ages. None of them wore masks. They huddled in tight clusters and even posed for a group photo.

A number of those who gathered said they \u201cwere not worried\u201d about spreading COVID-19 \u2014 despite the fact the county has over 800 confirmed cases, including 274 cases in the past 11 days.

They were there to protest Scott County Board Supervisor Ken Croken\u2019s motion to make masks mandatory for everyone who ventures out into the public. The Board of Supervisors held its regular committee of the whole meeting to discuss his proposal, as well as his motion to ask that any visitor inside county buildings wear a mask.

While emotions ran high in the debate over the possibility of requiring people to wear masks in public, it may be moot by the time the five members of the Board of Supervisors reconvene.

The debate over requiring masks in public was silenced later Tuesday after the Iowa Attorney General\u2019s office issued an opinion saying Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson did not have the authority to issue a proclamation requiring citizens to wear face coverings under penalty of law. Read more.

PHOTOS: Scott County Board of Supervisors Meeting

Related: Muscatine mayor doesn't have authority to issue mask mandate, state rules

\"Broderson\"

Mayor Diana Broderson makes a proclamation requiring the use of face coverings in Muscatine.\u00a0

The Iowa Attorney General\u2019s office issued an opinion saying Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson did not have the authority to issue a proclamation requiring citizens to wear face coverings under penalty of law.

The opinion cited a June 23 decision, in response to a request from Sen. Zach Wahls of Coralville, where Assistant Iowa Attorney General Michael Bennett reported that while Statewide Disaster Emergency proclamations were in place, the governor retains the power to delegate, sub-delegate or retain the administrative authority to issue directives of this nature. The code also empowers the Iowa Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the governor, to take reasonable measures as necessary to prevent the transmission of infectious disease.

The state Department of Health does not require the use of face coverings.

\u201cAny local action or regulation would need to be consistent and compliant with the governor\u2019s proclamations and the Iowa Department of Public Health directives in scope and remedies while the governor\u2019s emergency proclamations are in place,\u201d the ruling said.

The ruling also said local regulations of this nature, if not preempted under the current emergency disaster proclamations, would likely be under the jurisdiction of local boards of health. While Muscatine County Public Health Director Christy Roby Williams was at the news conference where Broderson was issuing the proclamation, she did not make the order.

In another ruling issued in March, Assistant Attorney General Heather Adams wrote, \u201cWhile cities and counties have police powers to protect the health and safety of their citizens, the state has the authority to declare and coordinate the response to a public health disaster.\u201d

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4. Bettendorf school district, staff sued over assault on high school bus

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Former Bettendorf baseball coach and teacher Brandon Nau reads his mail after arriving home at his Muscatine apartment earlier this year. Nau has filed a lawsuit against the Bettendorf School District and several others in connection with an assault on his son last year by a baseball teammate.

A former Bettendorf teacher and baseball coach is suing the Bettendorf School District, a principal, the former athletic director and the current baseball coach in connection with a \"hideous assault\" that occurred on a district-hired bus last year.

Brandon Nau has filed an eight-count complaint that includes allegations of failure to report abuse, bullying, assault and battery, negligence, and denial of due process.

The case is related to the assault last year by a baseball teammate against Nau's son during a return trip to Bettendorf from a Burlington game. The incident was described by a member of the school board as \"an absolutely hideous assault\" for its sexually disturbing nature. Read more.

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5. Whitey's closes 53rd Street store after employee tests positive for COVID-19

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Whitey\u2019s Ice Cream has temporarily closed its 53rd Street location after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Whitey's Ice Cream has closed its 53rd Street, Davenport, location for a few days after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The company posted on Facebook:

\"We were just informed that an employee at our 53rd Street location has tested positive for COVID-19. Throughout this whole process we have made every effort to ensure the health and safety of not only our employees, but our customers as well. Given this news, we are going to close down our 53rd Street location for a few days in order to deep clean the store again and give our employees time to get tested. Although, the Scott County Health Department is not requiring us to close this location due to this positive test, we feel it is the right thing to do in order to best serve the Quad-Cities. All other locations will remain open at this time and please continue to check here for more information on our 53rd Street store. Please understand that we are doing our very best to navigate these strange times and we greatly appreciate your understanding and support.\"

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Four people gathered in front of the Scott County Administration Building just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fifteen minutes later, there was a crowd of close to 20 men and women of all ages. None of them wore masks. They huddled in tight clusters and even posed for a group photo.

A number of those who gathered said they \u201cwere not worried\u201d about spreading COVID-19 \u2014 despite the fact the county has over 800 confirmed cases, including 274 cases in the past 11 days.

They were there to protest Scott County Board Supervisor Ken Croken\u2019s motion to make masks mandatory for everyone who ventures out into the public. The Board of Supervisors held its regular committee of the whole meeting to discuss his proposal, as well as his motion to ask that any visitor inside county buildings wear a mask.

A woman asked why Croken thought he could \u201clegislate what people want to do with their bodies.\u201d A man tried to explain how wearing a facemask \u201ccould be even more dangerous because of elevated levels of carbon monoxide.\u201d

A few people raised their voices, but the protest remained peaceful.

The board will vote on Croken\u2019s pair of motions during Thursday\u2019s regular 5 p.m. meeting. While emotions ran high in the debate over the possibility of requiring people to wear masks in public, it may be moot by the time the five members of the Board of Supervisors reconvene.

The debate over requiring masks in public was silenced later Tuesday after the Iowa Attorney General\u2019s office issued an opinion saying Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson did not have the authority to issue a proclamation requiring citizens to wear face coverings under penalty of law.

The AG\u2019s opinion cited a June 23 decision\u00a0\u2014 in response to a request from Sen. Zach Wahls of Coralville\u00a0\u2014 where Assistant Iowa Attorney General Michael Bennett maintained that while Statewide Disaster Emergency proclamations are in place the governor retains the power to delegate, sub-delegate or retain the administrative authority to issue directives of this nature.

The code also empowers the Iowa Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the governor, to take reasonable measures as necessary to prevent the transmission of infectious disease. The state\u2019s Department of Health does not require the use of face coverings.

Gov. Kim Reynolds offered her own take on cities or counties seeking to put mask orders in place.

\u201cWe don\u2019t believe that they can, and that is in conjunction with the attorney general. We believe that when my public health disaster proclamation is in effect that unless the local government\u2019s declaration or proclamation is consistent with the state proclamation, then it is not appropriate and it does not go into effect.\u201d

Dr. Louis Katz, an infectious disease expert who serves as the medical director for the Scott County Health Department, opened the meeting with an explanation of why he supports Croken\u2019s motion to require face covering in public.

\u201cIt is your Constitutional right to have guns,\u201d Katz said. \u201cYou do not have a Constitutional right to just shoot someone.

\u201cLet me make this very clear\u00a0\u2014 masking is about harm reduction, not about harm elimination. We are talking about source control. We are talking about people wearing masks to cut down on spreading the virus from themselves to other people.\u201d

Katz called Scott County\u2019s surge in COVID-19 cases \u201ca public health emergency.\u201d

Board of Supervisors Chair Tony Knobbe then allowed public comment. As people filtered through, a few made impassioned pleas for \u201cindividual liberties.\u201d A man who said he was a chiropractor presented \u201cevidence masks don\u2019t work,\u201d and still another man offered the theory \u201cthe virus feeds on fear and enters our bodies when we are in a state of heightened fear.\u201d

Jennifer Lane and David Melchert were two of those who gathered outside the county\u2019s administrative building during the meeting.

A resident of rural Scott County, Lane said she doesn\u2019t think COVID-19 \u201chas caused as many deaths as they claim\u201d and \u201cthere's no solid proof masks are helpful at preventing the spread of COVID-19.\u201d

Melchert lives in Pleasant Valley and said there is \u201ca difference between freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and liberty.\u201d

\u201cTake (Katz\u2019s) example of gun ownership,\u201d Melchert said. \u201cBy not wearing a mask, I\u2019m not firing a gun in public and endangering people. Knowing I\u2019m healthy, assuming I'm healthy, I have the liberty to not wear a mask because I believe I\u2019m not endangering others.\u201d

Croken\u2019s colleagues on the board said they doubted a mask-in-public mandate would pass Thursday but saw merits in a proclamation urging Scott County residents to cover their faces when in public spaces.

\u201cMy sense is the five supervisors think masks are a great idea,\u201d Knobbe said. \u201cBut the debate is over whether it\u2019s permissible to order people to wear them. And we may have little to debate Thursday.\u201d

Supervisor Ken Beck said the effort to get people to mask was part of a \u201cculture change.\u201d

\u201cLook at how hard we had to work to get people to wear seat belts,\u201d Croken said. \u201cDo I think we can even vote to have a mandate? No. But I think we can raise awareness and encourage people to follow all the safety recommendations.

\u201cI think a proclamation in support of safety measures would be a good step.\u201d

Scott County employees are required to wear masks indoors and where social distancing cannot be maintained. The board will debate Croken\u2019s motion to require visitors to wear masks in county buildings.

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A Clinton man is dead after a late-night drive-by shooting Monday.\u00a0

Clinton police responded to a report of gunfire from a vehicle shortly before 11:30 p.m. at 321 2nd Ave. N., according to a news release.

Saul Devaughn Jackson, 29, was struck by a bullet, transported to Mercy One, then died from his injuries.\u00a0

Clinton police continue to investigate the incident.

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Rock Island County Health Department Administrator Nita Ludwig opened Tuesday\u2019s QC COVID-19 press briefing with a few sobering statistics.

\u201cWe are now entering the third straight week of increases in COVID-19 cases,\u201d Ludwig said. \u201cAfter having increases of six or seven cases a day in June in Rock Island or Scott County, we are looking at upwards of 22 cases a day in Rock Island County and between 40 and 45 cases a day in Scott County.

\u201cThese increases are serious and dangerous. Unintentional spread is very real \u2026 and as we see increases in positive cases we fully expect to see increases in hospitalizations.\u201d

In Rock Island County there are eight patients hospitalized due to complications of COVID-19. County officials reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total number to 1,097. The total number of deaths stands at 30.

Iowa reports hospitalizations by region. In Scott County\u2019s 11-county region, there are 34 patients hospitalized. Thirteen of those patients are an intensive care unit.

Scott County officials reported there are now 825 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, an increase of 15 in the last 24 hours. The county\u2019s COVID-19 related death toll remained at 10.

A number of employees of Davenport bars and restaurants have tested positive in recent days.

Whitey's Ice Cream closed its 53rd Street, Davenport, location for a few days after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The Meat Market Saloon & Deli, 1629 Washington St., Davenport, announced Tuesday it will \u201cclose temporarily while we can be sure of the health status of all our employees. We want nothing more than to return to normal but COVID-19 has different plans for us right now.\u201d

The Facebook post said no reopening date has been set.

On the Thirsty\u2019s on 3rd Facebook page management announced the establishment will be closed because \u201cwe have two employees not well.\u201d The bar, located at 2202 W. 3rd, said it \u201cwill keep people posted as to when we will open our doors again.\u201d

Iowa officials reported 32,029 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 and a total of 339,940 individual tests administered.

Illinois officials 587 new cases and 37 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 related issues. The state has confirmed a total of 148,452 cases and 7,063 deaths. The state has conducted just over 1.8 million tests.

The community based COVID-19 drive-through testing site in Rock Island has tested 1,726 individuals through Monday. It will remain at the QCCA Expo Center parking lot through Sunday, July 12, 2020.

The QCCA Expo Center is located at 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. everyday.

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MUSCATINE \u2013 Mayor Diana Broderson confirmed Tuesday that Muscatine police are investigating allegations that a person threatened her life and the lives of Muscatine Police officers on a local social media site in relation to a proclamation requiring the wearing of face coverings.

Muscatine Police officials had no comment except to say there is an ongoing investigation.

\u201cIt\u2019s amazing to think people can behave this way over being asked to wear a mask,\u201d Broderson said.

On Sunday, a crowd of protesters disrupted a proclamation Broderson was giving that requires Muscatine residents going out in public to wear a face covering as a way of slowing COVID-19.

The posts have been removed from the site. Broderson said the threatening posts were removed almost right away.

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Campfire Cooking is sponsored by J&J Camper Sales.

Yogurt is an ideal base for meat marinades. Once you try it, you\u2019ll return to it again and again. Yogurt tenderizes, adds a bit of tang and helps to keep meat from drying out during cooking. It\u2019s also a perfect vehicle for whatever spices you want to play with. Here, I offer two recipes. One for chicken marinated in warm, fragrant curry and garlic and the other for pork that\u2019s spicy and lemony. Both are very easy and very delicious.

\"ingredients

Easy ingredients make this a great camping meal!

A few tips to ensure campfire perfection. First, you want to build your fire so it\u2019s reduced to coals \u2013 if there are active flames, you risk singeing and burning the meat. So be patient and let your fire enter the \u201cglowing coals\u201d stage, then you\u2019re ready to go. Also, you want to marinate your meat for at least a few hours, if not overnight, to let the yogurt work its tenderizing magic. Last, if you are using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes prior to adding the meat \u2013 if they go on the fire dry, they\u2019ll go up in\u00a0flames.

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Cook these over hot coals for the ideal flavor.

In the\u00a0video, I build pita pockets with my kebabs \u2013 I like having something handheld around the fire. It\u2019s easier than balancing a plate on your lap. I stuff warmed pita with spinach, red onion, the curried chicken and top all of that with tahini sauce \u2013 the tahini sauce recipe is below.

If you\u2019d rather serve veggie kebabs alongside the meat, go for it. Just toss chunks of onion, mushrooms and peppers with olive oil, salt and pepper and thread onto skewers, adding them to the fire when the meat is about half-way finished. Or, you could make a foil packet with potatoes, olive oil, seasonings and onion and toss that directly on the coals while the kebabs are cooking. No matter how you serve these tender, flavorful kebabs, it\u2019s hard to go wrong.

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Enjoy straight off the skewer or in a perfectly hand-held pita.

Emmy-winning host Cat Neville is the publisher of Feast Magazine and the producer of tasteMAKERS, which airs nationally on PBS. She has been in food media for about 20 years and when she\u2019s not on the road, she can usually be found playing around with new flavors in her St. Louis kitchen.
Print your copy: Kebabs recipes!

Curried Chicken Kebabs

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

\u2022 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs

\u2022 1 cup full-fat plain Greek-style yogurt

\u2022 2 Tbsp curry powder (or more to taste)

\u2022 \u00bc red onion, diced

\u2022 2 garlic cloves, minced

| Preparation | If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes. Cut chicken into long strips and set aside in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix the yogurt, curry, onion and garlic until thoroughly blended, then stir the yogurt mixture into the chicken, being sure to coat the chicken thoroughly. Cover and marinate in the fridge for a few hours or, even better, overnight. Thread chicken onto skewers and cook over a glowing coals in your fire pit, or on a grill at medium-high heat, turning frequently, until cooked through.

Lemony Spiced Pork Kebabs

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

\u2022 1 lb boneless pork chops

\u2022 1 cup full-fat plain Greek-style yogurt

\u2022 2 garlic cloves, minced

\u2022 \u00bc red onion, diced

\u2022 juice of \u00bd lemon

\u2022 2 tsp coriander

\u2022 1 Tbsp cumin

\u2022 1 Tbsp ground mustard

\u2022 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

\u2022 1 tsp cayenne pepper

| Preparation | If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes. Cut pork into cubes and set aside in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix the yogurt, garlic, onion, lemon juice, coriander, cumin, ground mustard, pepper and cayenne until thoroughly blended, adding salt to taste if you\u2019d like. Then stir the yogurt mixture into the pork, being sure to coat the cubes thoroughly. Cover and marinate in the fridge for a few hours or, even better, overnight. Thread pork onto skewers and cook over a glowing coals in your fire pit, or on a grill at medium-high heat, turning frequently, until cooked through.

Tahini Sauce

Yield: about 1 cup

\u2022 \u00be cup tahini

\u2022 water, as needed

\u2022 juice of \u00bc lemon

\u2022 1 garlic clove, minced

\u2022 2 Tbsp olive oil

\u2022 pinch of salt

| Preparation | In a bowl, mix tahini with water, 2 Tbsp at a time, mixing until the tahini is smooth. The tahini will seize up on you \u2013 that\u2019s normal! \u2013 and you just need to keep stirring and adding more water incrementally until the tahini is smooth. Add in the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, stirring to combine. If the sauce seizes up again, keep stirring and add water if\u00a0necessary.

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UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY MOLINE

Maombi Sinadungu and Kabunze Kasaika, Rock Island; boy Monday, June 29.

Jana and Christopher Cerveny, East Moline; girl, Monday, June 29.

Alyssa Stiles and Michael Leathers, Colona; girl, Tuesday, June 30.\u00a0

Mirandah Vorberg and Kent Hoffman, Taylor Ridge; boy, Tuesday, June 30.\u00a0

Caroline and Andrew Krack, Altona, Ill.; boy, Wednesday, July 1.\u00a0

Kayla Moldenhauer and James Kellums; East Moline; girl, Wednesday, July 1.\u00a0

Courtney Rettig and Darious Binion, Moline; boy, Wednesday, July 1.\u00a0

Kayla and Brittany Schmidt, East Moline; girl, Friday, July 3.\u00a0

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Kaysha and Tanner Gandia, Muscatine; boy, Wednesday, July 1.\u00a0

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Laura and Jeremy Sanders, East Moline; girl,\u00a0Thursday, July 2.\u00a0

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Luke Bohonek and the Bettendorf baseball team didn\u2019t let a second chance go to waste Tuesday night.

Denied by Camanche pitcher Logan Shaw the opportunity to capitalize on a bases-loaded situation in fourth inning, the Bulldogs loaded the bases to open the fifth and rallied for a 4-3 nonconference win over the Indians at Modern Woodmen Park.

\"We just had to stick with it, keep picking each other up,\" Bohonek said.

The freshman cut into a 3-0 deficit, driving his second single of the game into right field to fuel an inning which started with consecutive singles by Luke Carroll and Andrew Wall before Andrew Kramer reached on an error.

A bases-loaded walk to Ashton Westphal positioned the Bulldogs to tie the game as Adam Like hit into a double play.

Zach Garton\u2019s second hit of the game drove home what proved to be the game winner on a single that sailed just beyond the reach of shortstop Kyle DeWeerdt.

That proved to be just enough for Bettendorf to get past the Indians, ranked eighth in this week\u2019s Iowa Class 2A poll.

\"That\u2019s a very good Camanche team and they made us fight for everything,\" Bulldogs coach Blake Hanna said.

\"They\u2019d be a good team in any class and I liked the way our guys battled. They kept at it and kept at it, kept believing in what we asked them to do and we were able to execute just enough at the end.\"

The Indians, playing their final regular-season game, didn\u2019t go quietly.

After Bohonek retired Camanche in order in the sixth, the Indians loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh before reliever Brandon Richards completed a shutout inning of relief work by coaxing Cade Everson into a game-ending groundout.

Ethan Buckley had opened the inning by beating out an infield single, the fifth time an Indians leadoff batter had reached base in the game.

\"We had our chances,\" Camanche coach Darryl Cochran said. \"We kept grinding, but Bettendorf\u2019s pitchers didn\u2019t let us get much going.\"

The Indians (10-4) capitalized on a pair of errors by the Bulldogs in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead when Tucker Dickherber scored on an errant pickoff attempt.

Shaw had struck out a pair of batters with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth before Camanche extended its lead to a short-lived 3-0 margin in the top of the fifth.

Mike Delzell opened the inning by slugging a triple to the gap in right-center and then scored on a Zach Erwin single up the middle. Erwin came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Everson before the Bulldogs (8-6) rallied.

\u201cThis was a good experience for us. We were able to get (five) pitchers some work in before starting the postseason, and it was a chance to play a good opponent on a beautiful field,\" Cochran said. \"We appreciate the opportunity Bettendorf gave us with the chance to play here.\"

Being part of the first high school game played at the Midwest League facility this season was something the Bulldogs didn\u2019t take for granted either.

\"This is one of the best experiences I\u2019ve ever had in baseball, to play on a field this nice and to come away with a win. It was a good night all the way around,\" said Bohonek, who improved to 4-0 on the season while teaming with Carter Furness, Westphal and Richards on the five-hit victory.

Photos: Camanche vs Bettendorf baseball
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GOOSE LAKE, Iowa\u00a0\u2014 Bree Mangelsen felt Northeast\u2019s softball program lost its identity two years ago. With coach Travis Eversmeyer stepping down, the Rebels saw their string of seven consecutive seasons of 23 wins or more end.

They also saw the team dynamic shift in a negative way.

\u201cNothing was working, and we felt almost cheated,\u201d said Mangelsen, a senior catcher and five-year starter. \u201cWe really hit a team low. We lost our team chemistry and who we are as a program.\u201d

Eversmeyer returned to the dugout early last year and Northeast is climbing its way back to being a viable contender in Class 2A.

With no senior starters on last year's team and the addition of eighth-grade pitcher Madison Kluever, Northeast improved to 14-2 on the season Tuesday night with a 6-2 and 13-1 doubleheader sweep of Central DeWitt at Northeast High School.

Northeast started the season ranked 13th. It has ascended each week to its current position of No. 4.

\u201cI don\u2019t know if we expected to be sitting fourth, but we expected to have a good season,\u201d Eversmeyer said. \u201cThis group has some bigger goals in the next couple of weeks they want to accomplish.

\u201cWe\u2019re playing really well right now.\u201d

And the culture is back at a level which produced 34-5 and 32-9 seasons in 2015 and 2016.

Northeast has several signs posted in its dugout\u00a0\u2014 E+R=O (Event + Response = Outcome), The Rebel Way, Competitive Excellence and Relentless Effort. Just outside the dugout, there is a sign that reads: \u201cHonor those who came before you.\u201d

\u201cThe culture has gone up a lot,\u201d all-state outfielder Neveah Hildebrandt said. \u201cWe know what is expected of us and what other people expect out of us.\u201d

The Rebels were 20-13 and lost in the regional semifinal last season. It laid the groundwork for what this season has become.

\u201cWhen coach Eversmeyer returned, we knew this was a coach we have to respect and one who would put us in our place,\u201d Mangelsen said. \u201cNothing was going to get by him.

\u201cHe really talks about culture and how we react to things. That gets the girls' mindset to the right place they need to be. We know Northeast is going to start making a statement again with our softball program.\"

The Rebels have an experienced and sound lineup.

Hildebrandt, the leadoff hitter, had two hits and two runs in the opener. She was 3-for-4 with a grand slam and six RBIs in the nightcap.

Afterward, an assistant coach presented her with an oven mitt\u00a0\u2014 the traveling trophy Northeast uses to designate the team MVP for that night.

\u201cDefinitely the most important part one through nine, we can do what coach asks us to do,\u201d Hildebrandt said.

Mangelsen had five hits and Alexis Ehlers collected four in the two games. Eight of the nine spots in the order had at least one hit in the two games.

Kluever scattered 11 hits in the opener. She wiggled out of several jams, including a bases-loaded, no-out predicament in the sixth. The Sabers (9-11) stranded 10 baserunners.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been in some of those situations this year,\u201d Eversmeyer said, \u201cand we\u2019ve gotten out of a couple against North Scott, had to find a way against Durant and Wilton. We know we can get out of it.\u201d

Northeast committed two errors and turned three double plays in the doubleheader. Kluever, meanwhile, has issued only 12 walks in 93 innings.

\u201cOur pitching and defense has taken (us) from good to elite,\u201d Eversmeyer said. \u201cOur infielders are making plays every single night that are very impressive. Our pitcher knows she doesn\u2019t have to strike out everybody. She pitches to her defense and pounds the strike zone.\u201d

The Rebels have positioned themselves to host all the way through the regional tournament. They could see Dyersville Beckman, which knocked them out a year ago, in the semifinal round. State-ranked Jesup and power Iowa City Regina loom on the bottom half of the bracket.

\u201cIf we keep our same mindset and stay true to ourselves and not play bigger than who we are, we have a chance to make it (to state),\u201d Mangelsen said. \u201cThis is the team to do it and help set the tone for upcoming years.\u201d

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At stake is Gov. JB Pritzker\u2019s signature policy proposal\u00a0\u2014 a constitutional amendment scrapping the state\u2019s protection of a flat-rate income tax for a new structure allowing lawmakers to tax different levels of income at fluctuating tax rates. A rate structure that would take effect if the amendment passes is expected to bring in more than $1 billion in additional state revenue this fiscal year and more than $3 billion annually when it is implemented for a full fiscal year.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["illinois income tax constitutional amendment","gov jb pritzker","todd maisch","john bouman","richard guebert","cindy neal","quentin fulks","jb pritzker","rate","revenue","politics","economics","finance","state","income","taxable income","tax rate"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":1,"commentID":"21511bca-3b1e-5b58-a6e5-e490cad788ee","body":"

SPRINGFIELD\u00a0\u2014 Days after the governor donated $51.5 million of his personal fortune to a committee supporting a graduated income tax constitutional amendment, a new coalition has begun an effort to defeat the measure.

At stake is Gov. JB Pritzker\u2019s signature policy proposal\u00a0\u2014 a constitutional amendment scrapping the state\u2019s protection of a flat-rate income tax for a new structure allowing lawmakers to tax different levels of income at fluctuating tax rates. A rate structure that would take effect if the amendment passes is expected to bring in more than $1 billion in additional state revenue this fiscal year and more than $3 billion annually when it is implemented for a full fiscal year.

Pritzker\u2019s whopping check, reported over the July 4 holiday weekend, went to the Vote Yes for Fairness ballot initiative committee, to which he had already donated $5 million. The only other donation to the committee was for $250, so the governor is basically self-funding the committee\u2019s push for the constitutional change from his estimated $3.4 billion fortune.

On Tuesday, in four cities, a group of business-tied organizations\u00a0\u2014 including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Farm Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business-Illinois and the Technology and Manufacturing Association\u00a0\u2014 called concurrent news conferences in four cities to make their case against the proposal.

Todd Maisch, president of the Illinois Chamber, said at the news conference the coalition\u00a0\u2014 which he is hopeful will grow to include several more business groups\u00a0\u2014 was \u201cnot prepared\u201d to address how much it was willing to spend on the fight.

\u201cHowever, there will be resources,\u201d he said. \u201cBut again, the important thing is we don't need to match the proponent spending. We only have to go ahead and be competitive. We don't need to spend dollar for dollar because this is, frankly, an unpopular idea once voters figure out what's really going on. \u2026 If the proponents were certain that they had this in the bag, would they have written a $51 million check? I don't think so.\u201d

The news conference prompted a swift pushback from pro-amendment groups, including from Vote Yes for Fair Tax, another committee backed by community and advocacy groups, labor organizations and faith groups.

\u201cWorking people overwhelmingly support the fair tax amendment because everyone who makes under $250,000 will get a tax cut or pay no more,\u201d John Bouman, the group\u2019s chairman, said in a news release.

The rate structure

Ultimately, it will be up to the voters whether the flat tax\u00a0\u2014 which currently taxes all income at a flat rate of 4.95%\u00a0\u2014 will remain enshrined in the state\u2019s governing document as it has been since the 1970 constitutional convention. If more than half of those voting in the November election or three-fifths of those voting on the ballot question approve the measure, the way will be paved for a graduated rate structure to take effect.

Lawmakers already have approved the rates that will become law on Jan. 1 should voters approve the constitutional change. Rates would remain flat or decrease for those making $250,000 or less, while they would increase for those making above that amount.

Per the rate structure, single filers would pay the maximum rate of 7.99% on all income once their taxable income tops $750,000. For joint filers, that rate takes effect on all income when it exceeds $1 million.

For the rest of the brackets, each varying tax rate would apply to only one specific margin of income.

The rates for all filers are 4.75% on taxable income from $0 to $10,000; 4.9% from $10,001 to $100,000; 4.95% from $100,001 to $250,000.

For joint filers, a 7.75% rate would kick in on margins from $250,001 to $500,000; and 7.85% from $500,001 to $1 million. For single filers, the 7.75% rate applies from $250,001 to $350,000, while the 7.85% rate applies from $350,001 to $750,000.

The bill also includes an increase in the property tax credit from 5% to 6%, and up to a $100 per-child tax credit for couples earning less than $100,000 and single persons earning less than $80,000.

The corporate tax rate would go from 7 to 7.99%, not including an existing corporate property replacement tax of 1.5 to 2.5% that is not changed by the bill.

The arguments

The main argument for the opposition is not about what the rate structure will do upon the amendment\u2019s passage but rather focuses on whether Illinois politicians can be trusted with the power to set varying tax rates on differing levels of income.

For proponents, including Pritzker, passage of the measure is about raising revenue from the state\u2019s highest earners without having to rely on middle-class Illinoisans to balance state books. Financial strains from the COVID-19 pandemic make it even more necessary, he has said.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, however, said the revenue projected to come from the graduated tax would not balance the state\u2019s books, considering the pandemic\u2019s effects and rising pension and debt obligations. That means, he argued at the news conference, that adjustment to the already-passed rate structure would be imminent.

Unspecified spending cuts and reforms to the state\u2019s pension payment plan should take precedence over attempts to raise more tax revenue, the opponents argued.

\u201cIllinoisans are rightfully concerned that the progressive tax will lead to future tax increases,\u201d Guebert said. \u201cIf enacted, this proposed tax increase will not meet the projected deficits and debt obligations that are coming in the next few years. ... It's a farce to believe that we can just tax the top 3 percent of income earners over and over again.\u201d

The graduated tax structure would not change the number of votes in the General Assembly needed to raise taxes\u00a0\u2014 the necessary threshold would remain a simple majority. Opponents, however, argue that it\u2019s politically easier for elected officials to vote for a tax hike when it applies to only some of the state\u2019s residents, not all of them.

Another opponent, Cindy Neal of NFIB Illinois, said property tax relief should be a greater focus than revenue hikes.

While opponents argue that the increased corporate rate would hurt job creators and small businesses, proponents have argued the vast majority of small business owners will see a tax reduction under the plan if they are pass-through entities such as S-corps or sole proprietors.

Among those proponents is Quentin Fulks, a former Pritzker top campaign staffer who heads the Vote Yes for Fairness committee to which the governor has funneled his millions.

\u201cSince the truth isn\u2019t on their side, this press conference was filled with lies from start to finish,\u201d he said in a statement immediately following the opposition news conference. \u201cContrary to what they say, the fair tax will only affect small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year in profit, while at least 97 percent of Illinoisans will see no income tax increase or a tax cut.\u201d

Similar arguments will be sent to every household in the state in the form of a pamphlet explaining the amendment later this year. A secretary of state spokesman said the pamphlet, which the state is required by law to send, will be mailed starting Sept. 21. The arguments for the change were written by Democrats, while Republicans wrote the arguments against.

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SPRINGFIELD \u2014 Illinois\u2019 chief election authority told a federal appeals court Monday it wants to continue its appeal of looser election rules for third-party candidates.

If an appeals court agrees, the matter is unlikely to be settled before the July 20 petition filing deadline granted by Rebecca Pallmeyer, chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois. She extended the cutoff established by statute in response to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state\u2019s election rules during COVID-19.

While the appeals court\u2019s decision is unlikely to affect ballot access for third parties in the current general election cycle, its decision could have implications on future elections as the state continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In its court filing, the Illinois State Board of Elections acknowledged that date is \u201cquickly approaching,\u201d but points out \u201cit has not passed.\u201d The issue presented in the case \u2014 \u201ca District Court\u2019s authority to rewrite Illinois\u2019 statutory requirements that govern how the board conducts an orderly election during the COVID-19 global pandemic\u201d \u2014 is one that might resurface.

The novel coronavirus is present in Illinois, the board argued, and will remain so for an \u201cunknown\u201d amount of time.\u201d Because confirmed cases are rising in a number of other states and might climb in Illinois, \u201cit is possible it could last beyond the 2020 election and into future elections,\u201d according to the document.

The elections board also wrote \u201cit is likely\u201d additional challenges to the election code will be filed before the Nov. 3 general election and any guidance from the appellate court would assist officials.

But by the time a final decision is made by the judge, any arguments posed by the Board of Elections \u201cwill be moot,\u201d Oliver Hall, an attorney for the Libertarian and Green Parties of Illinois, wrote in a response.

He is also the founder of the Center for Competitive Democracy based in Washington, D.C.

The state previously challenged Pallmeyer\u2019s authority to make concessions for third-party candidates this election cycle, including moving the deadline for them to file a petition, reduce the number of signatures needed for those petitions and allow for signatures to be collected electronically.

It wrote in court documents that it is improper for a federal court to dictate how a state conducts elections because that is a power granted to states by the U.S. Constitution.

Hall pointed to the appellate court\u2019s decision in late June, when it denied the board\u2019s request to suspend enforcement of those looser ballot access requirements, as evidence its case should be tossed out.

At the time, the court ruled that the elections board failed to show that a later petition filing deadline would \u201cirreparably\u201d damage officials\u2019 ability to administer the election. It added third-party candidates would suffer \u201cclear harm\u201d if Pallmeyer\u2019s order was undone.

Because it is not possible to alter those new ballot access rules in \u201ca timely and fair fashion,\u201d any court action would be \u201cmoot,\u201d Hall argued, and thus continuing this case is unnecessary.

Sam Cahnman, an attorney representing an independent candidate, wrote in a separate document that in two years, when the next election will be held, a COVID-19 vaccine will likely have been developed. Therefore, he wrote, the board\u2019s argument that its election code might be challenged at the next election is \u201cunlikely.\u201d

The State Board of Elections is asking the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals to agree the case should proceed and to set a schedule for both sides to file their arguments. It wrote in its document it does not want oral arguments.

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Wednesday will be another hot day in the Quad-Cities, with a heat advisory for temperatures that may feel as if they're in the triple digits.

Timothy Gunkel, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the weather service had issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday. The heat indexes will feel as if temperatures are 100 to 105, he said.

The high temperature in the Quad-Cities Tuesday was 92, but it felt more like 100 when humidity was factored in.

\u201cWe\u2019re letting people know it\u2019s going to be very warm,\u201d Gunkel said, adding Quad-Citians should drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check on their relatives and neighbors.

Thursday\u2019s high temperature will be close to 90, but a chance of showers and thunderstorms that day might help relieve the heat.

Temperatures slowly will drop to the upper 80s on Friday and Saturday, and will reach the middle 80s on Sunday, he said.

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Twenty stakeholders gathered virtually Tuesday evening for the first meeting of the African American Parent Advisory Council.

Led by Rock Island-Milan School District parent and school board member Tiffany Stoner-Harris, Tuesday\u2019s meeting was for information only. A second informational meeting is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday.

The African American Parent Advisory Council is aimed at targeting Black parents to provide a safe place to share concerns without filters, Stoner-Harris said. She\u2019s been working to launch the council since last school year.

She said she wanted to build healthy relationships with Black families and create a nurturing space to increase parent engagement. She said she hoped the council would meet on at least a monthly basis to openly talk about increasing student opportunities and student achievement.

Stoner-Harris said her hope was to involve parents, students and other community individuals, all with a focus on serving Black students and families of the district.

Among those joining the virtual meeting Tuesday included Superintendent Reginald Lawrence, Ed Yancy of Rock Island Care, Citizens Active for Responsible Education, and former school board president Linda Dothard.

Stoner-Harris urged those in attendance to share information about the council to others to boost attendance and interest in the council that is not only for parents but for guardians and caregivers as well.

Stoner-Harris said the council was like the many other advisory councils of the Rock Island-Milan district, including the building leadership team or parent teacher associations.

\u201cIt\u2019s something that exists in other formats, but the purpose here, though, is to specifically focus on African American parents and students,\u201d she said.

Stoner-Harris said creating this space for families was crucial, noting there had long been a gap between the district and the Black community and that parents needed a new approach and a setting that allowed them to feel comfortable sharing their needs and concerns.

\u201cOur African-American parents aren\u2019t visible\u00a0\u2014 they aren\u2019t present at a lot of our committees we have as a district,\u201d she said.

Stoner-Harris said people should be concerned when they are at a district meeting and there are no Black individuals present. She said Black students made up the second-largest student group for Rock Island-Milan and they are also the population that quite often falls into the lower tiers in terms of proficiency.

According to Illinois Report Card data, the district\u2019s 2019 racial diversity was 42% white students and 31% Black. Hispanic students made up 12.5% of the district.

\u201cWith this council, people are saying, \u201cWhy is it just for African-American students or African-American parents? Why can\u2019t we include everybody,\u201d Stoner-Harris said. \u201cWhat I would say is, I have been in meetings where I have been the only Black person there among a group of white people. Why don\u2019t I hear anyone saying why is Dr. Tiffany Stoner-Harris the only Black person there?\u201d

She said the voices of Black families were just as valuable as anyone else\u2019s and she wanted to give families a sense of ownership and empowerment to talk about student achievement and other priorities for students. She said she wanted the council to discuss academic and personal needs.

Stoner-Harris also reviewed data with meeting attendees. She shared that about 445 of the district\u2019s 1,964 Black students have IEPs, Individual Education Plans written for children who have disabilities.

\u201cThat\u2019s an issue in itself to think about and talk about,\u201d she said. \u201cWhat\u2019s happening that a quarter of the population has IEPs. And what are we doing differently to help decrease that number.\u201d

She also shared English language arts and math data that showed Black students were not meeting expectations. Stoner-Harris said the data showed the district had work to do across the board to increase achievement for all students, but Black students\u00a0 consistently are struggling.

\u201cWe need to be having the conversation with parents\u00a0\u2014 problem solving together to figure out how we can work with you,\u201d she said. \u201cWhat can we do different. Where are the barriers? Where are the systemic barriers.\u201d

Stoner-Harris said she also wanted to have conversations with students and families about how they handle prejudice, stereotypes and microaggressions.

\u201cHow are we helping kids learn to deal with those things, to understand those things,\u201d she said. \u201cHow are we helping them?\u201d

The council’s next meeting is Saturday, July 11, on Google Meet. The video link is meet.google.com/kdf-mtrt-gkq, or families can join by phone, (US) +1 252-772-1088 PIN: 211 630 418#.

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CEDAR RAPIDS \u2014 A Fort Dodge inmate is Iowa\u2019s first state prisoner to die from COVID-19 \u2014 fallout from an outbreak at the facility first detected last week.

Ray Allen Vanlengen, 71, was pronounced dead just before 11 p.m. Monday at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. His death was determined to be likely caused by complications related to COVID-19 and other medical conditions, the Iowa Department of Corrections reported.

Vanlengen had been transported Sunday to UIHC because of the seriousness of his illness. The Johnson County Medical Examiner has conducted a review, but no autopsy will be performed, the Corrections Department reported.

At least 61 inmates and five staff members have tested positive at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility after the first inmate case was reported Thursday, the Fort Dodge Messenger reported Tuesday, though three staff members had tested positive earlier.

The prison had about 1,000 inmates as of Tuesday\u2019s daily count with 75 in medical segregation.

Statewide, 66 prison inmates and 11 staff have tested positive as of Tuesday. More than 2,700 had been tested.

During a news conference Tuesday in Urbandale, Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed a coronavirus \u201coutbreak\u201d at the Fort Dodge prison and said intensive testing was scheduled to take place.

The governor said corrections already had tested about 300 people. She said state public health officials were scheduled to test another 600 inmates and 100 staff at the facility starting Wednesday.

\u201cIt\u2019s just incredibly important for us to get in there, do the testing so that we can understand the scope, do the isolation for those who have been exposed and really take the measures that we need to take to prevent it from spreading throughout the facility,\u201d Reynolds told reporters.

The Corrections Department has been trying to keep COVID-19 out of its nine prison facilities because the highly-contagious virus can spread easily in the close quarters where prisoners are held, as the swift increase in Fort Dodge illustrates.

The warden of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center abruptly retired in May after the state Corrections Department director launched an investigation of an outbreak at the facility in Coralville, The Gazette reported last month.

Vanlengen had been serving a 100-year maximum sentence for four convictions of second-degree sex abuse from Black Hawk County. His sentence began on December 1, 1995, and his tentative discharge date would have been Jan. 17, 2039.

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Second Chance Housing, a fledging nonprofit that is so new it doesn't even have a website, received an $8,500 grant from the Quad-Cities Community Foundation to buy the computer hardware and software it needs to do its work.

A community-based student robotics organization that works out of the Arconic Learning Center in Riverdale was awarded a $10,700 grant to update its equipment and to do outreach in the community.\u00a0

Trinity Health Foundation\u00a0obtained $9,000 to help with the development of a new strategic plan for fundraising because the face of philanthropy \u2014\u00a0traditionally geared to hospital infrastructure \u2014 is changing.

These are three of 10 grants totalling nearly $110,000 awarded this week by the Quad-Cities Community Foundation to help the entities \"build capacity,\" or strengthen their ability to do the work they are dedicated to doing, said Kelly Thompson, the foundation's vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives.

Other recipients were:

\u2022 One-Eighty, Davenport, for staff training and security upgrades, $12,549

\u2022\u00a0Dress for Success Quad Cities, for technology upgrades, $11,963

\u2022\u00a0Grow Quad Cities, affiliated with the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, for technology upgrades, $5,000

\u2022\u00a0Humility Homes & Services, Davenport, for strategic planning, $14,250

\u2022\u00a0Quad-City Symphony Orchestra, for musician training, $6,485

\u2022 St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, for technology and security upgrades, $13,782

\u2022\u00a0WQPT Quad-Cities PBS/Western Illinois University Foundation, for staff training, $15,000

Second Chance Housing: the money will mean the ability to buy computers, a copier/scanner/fax/printer machine, software licenses and money to hire someone to create a website, said Grace Cervantes, director of the start-up organization that received its nonprofit, 501(c)(3) status in September of 2018.

The organization founded by Timothy Ross Jr., Davenport, is currently rehabbing a large house at 904 W. 6th St., Davenport, that will provide affordable apartments for people who are homeless, veterans, the underserved and minorities, Cervantes said.

The plan is to provide 15 apartments, with a shared bathroom, kitchen and laundry on each of three floors, she said.

Four apartments have been completed so far, she said.

Second Chance is not affiliated with a national group of the same name, she said.

Trinity Health Foundation: In the past, health care philanthropy has focused on infrastructure, or building things, whereas now donors appear to have more interest in care coordination and cost-effective ways to deliver services, Mary Macumber-Schmidt, director of development for the foundation, said.

Grant money will help the foundation develop a strategic plan that \"works with donors in areas that matter most to them and help improve the health care of our community,\" she said.

Development will include the hiring of a consultant and the meeting of focus groups comprised of various stakeholders.

QC Elite FIRST Robotics Team 648: This nonprofit is both its own robotics team (now in its 20th year) and the umbrella organization for 10 other teams.

The teams compete at various levels, beginning with Junior Legos, and involve about 120 students from both sides of the river and 30 to 40 adult mentors, said Katie Resig, treasurer and secretary for Team 648 and administrator for all the teams.

The money will be used to purchase tools, equipment and a bench for the team's \"pit.\" As with auto racing in which cars break down and need to be fixed, so do robots break down during competition and need to be repaired, Resig explained.

In addition, the purchase will give the team spare tools to take with it when it goes out in the community for outreach presentations, without having to borrow tools from the main shop, she said.

\"Outreach is vital,\" she said, because that is how young people get interested in science, technology, engineering and math\u00a0 \u2014 by seeing how these subjects can be applied and by actually experiencing them, feeling them,\u00a0 with their own two hands.

Robotics teams not only teach the STEM subjects, but they also teach what's needed to run a business because students \"are responsible for every bit of the team,\" Resig said.

That means fund-raising, writing letters to companies and coordinating travel.

With registration fees, insurance and travel costs, competition can be very costly, she said.

Transformational grants are made from the Quad-Cities Community Impact Fund, a permanent fund started by donors in the community so that the Community Foundation can respond to high-priority needs and opportunities as they arise.

Another round of Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants will be awarded in the fall. Letters of interest are being accepted now through Sept. 1. To learn more, visit https://www.qccommunityfoundation.org/nonprofitcapacitybuilding.

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COLUMBUS JUNCTION \u2014 Spread out and many wearing masks, the constituents who came Tuesday to meet with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley didn\u2019t make for the type of scene he typically encounters on the 99-county tours of Iowa he has made over seven terms in the Senate.

\u201cIt\u2019s not a pleasant environment,\u201d the Iowa Republican said after meeting with about 20 people at the Columbus Junction City Hall. \u201cIt\u2019s not the face-to-face dialogue you like to have.\u201d

Grassley, who greeted Mayor Mark Huston with an elbow bump rather than a handshake, removed his own mask only when he was at least 6 feet away from the constituents and reporters.

\u201cI hope we get a vaccine so we don\u2019t have to do this very long,\u201d he said.

However, the public health protocols didn\u2019t mask the opinions of audience members who don\u2019t like what some said was the liberal takeover of public education, the failure of schools to teach the \u201ctrue history\u201d of the country and the new media\u2019s role in creating political divisions.

That was all right with Grassley, who said his county meetings are the place \u201cwhere I find out what\u2019s on people\u2019s minds so I can be a better representative of the people.\u201d

Based on his interaction with high school students, Grassley pushed back a bit on criticism that K-12 schools aren\u2019t adequately teaching citizenship and civics.

\u201cAt least in Iowa, it seemed to me they\u2019re trying to teach at least the principles of government,\u201d he said. Grassley, a history buff, said it\u2019s important that history is taught \u201cbecause you got to understand the past if you\u2019re going to see a path forward, a pathway forward for the future.\u201d

He did share another speaker\u2019s concern with the removal of historical monuments, some of which have been criticized as racially or culturally insensitive.

Grassley said he thinks it\u2019s the duty of the federal government to protect monuments on federal property, and to have a process for determining \u201cif they come down and how they come down, as opposed to having mobs tear them down.\u201d

In response to questions about privacy concerns of companies collecting personal information and sometimes selling it, Grassley said there are discussions in Congress about regulating the process \u201cbut it is not going to be an easy process.\u201d

California has taken the lead on addressing privacy issues with a state law that sets rules and allows people to see the data a company has collected about them. Grassley said the state has followed the lead of the European Union, which he said is considering even more extensive privacy protections.

\u201cIt doesn\u2019t matter whether you\u2019re liberal or conservative, you got a lot of people that respect freedom of expression enough that you don\u2019t want too much government regulation,\u201d Grassley said.

Companies like Facebook, which has huge amounts of customer data available, may prefer Congress to act rather than deal with 50 different state laws.

Grassley recalled that a couple of years ago the Judiciary and Commerce committees heard testimony from Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook\u2019s data mining. Since then, he said, the discussion has evolved to questions about whether social media platforms are censoring political speech and doing enough to prevent those from using the platform to promote violence.

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Evan Reifert has achieved his goal of becoming a pro baseball player. Now he\u2019s searching for a new peak to climb.

Reifert, a 2017 Wilton graduate, recently agreed to a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers as an undrafted free agent.

\u201c(Milwaukee\u2019s) development system is really good,\u201d said Reifert. \u201cJust going from there, I think that was a big factor, going to a team that knows how to develop their players.\u201d

After spending some time in his hometown, the former Beaver star is set to travel to Milwaukee later this week where he will take a physical and officially put ink to paper on his contract. He\u2019ll also find out more regarding what the organization plans for him including where he\u2019ll be placed in the Brewers\u2019 minor league system.

Regardless of where he starts next season, his college journey has left Reifert well equipped to handle bouncing around the minor leagues as he tries to prove himself.

\u201cI kind of bounced around from school to school, and gained some interest in the draft,\u201d Reifert said. \u201cIt\u2019s been crazy \u2026 but I\u2019m feeling good about where I stand. Obviously, this year\u2019s draft got shortened to five rounds (because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic). There wasn\u2019t a whole lot I could do there, but the interest level with teams was still there. So now I\u2019m just trying to take that opportunity and run with it.

\u201cThe opportunity with the Brewers was too good to pass on.\u201d

The Texas Rangers selected Reifert in the 30th round of the draft after his freshman season at North Iowa Area Community College, but he opted to continue his college career instead. Reifert had arrived at NIACC as the 12th-ranked recruit in Iowa, including fourth among right-handed pitchers.

He cuts an imposing figure on the mound, standing 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds. At pre-draft camp in 2017, Reifert\u2019s fastball was measured in the 90 mph range and that has only increased over the years.

At that workout, he also showcased his overall athleticism, running a 60-yard dash in 6.63 seconds.

In his two seasons at NIACC, he made 22 appearances including nine starts. While playing for the Trojans, his ERA was a humbling 7.16, but he showcased his upside by striking out 77 in just 44 innings of work.

\u201c(Evan) is a very hard-working athlete. He puts in tons of time in the offseason,\u201d said Jake Souhrada, Reifert's high school coach at Wilton. \u201cHe\u2019s always doing the extra to get himself ready to play. He\u2019s been putting in time all summer here (in Wilton).

\u201cI\u2019m very happy for him, it\u2019s a great chance for him to go showcase his talents.\u201d

Reifert initially signed to play his junior season with North Carolina and even went through fall scrimmages with the Tar Heels before opting instead to play for Div. II Central Missouri.

His time with the Mules was short, though, with the season canceled after 23 games because of the coronavirus. Central Missouri was in the midst of an exceptional start, sporting a 20-3 overall record and 8-0 mark in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Reifert threw 2.2 innings over four appearances for the Mules, walking five but striking out four and giving up just one hit and a single earned run.

\u201cIt\u2019s another chapter in my life. I\u2019m closing the college door where I\u2019ve learned a lot about myself and the game. It\u2019s another step toward my dream of making it to the big leagues,\u201d Reifert said. \u201cIt\u2019s been unreal, it\u2019s been a roller coaster, but it\u2019s a dream come true.\u201d

While playing for the Beavers, Reifert went 5-2 over 45.1 innings as a sophomore in 2014, carrying a 2.62 ERA. That improved to a 9-0 record and 1.29 ERA as a junior.

Offense was more of a focus for Reifert as a senior as he hit .454 with an .897 slugging percentage and led the Beavers that year with nine home runs and 34 RBIs. When he was on the mound, Reifert was still effective, posting a 0.72 ERA over 19.1 innings.\u00a0

The last Wilton player to get draft was Jeremy Weih, who was chosen by the Oakland Athletics in 2006.

Reifert jokes that at just about every point in his baseball travels, he has gotten asked where Wilton is, but he\u2019s proud to have come the town.

\u201cThe amount of emotions, you name it, it\u2019s been there,\u201d said Reifert. \u201cI\u2019ve loved everywhere I\u2019ve been. \u2026 It\u2019s unreal to think about going through the journey I\u2019ve gone through and getting to this point.\u201d

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Five environmental projects, including water improvement in Kenya, water quality sampling and litter pickup in Scott County and bluebell and prairie grass planting in Davenport, have received a total of nearly $8,900 in grants from Iowa American Water.

Since the company's Environmental Grant Program began more than 20 years ago, almost $96,000 has been awarded to projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, according to a news release from the company.

Here's a closer look.

\u2022 Kenya project.\u00a0Davenport West High STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Boosters will receive $2,000 for the Clean Water for Kenya Initiative & Local Water Education project.

Students and community partners are collaborating on the Kenya work, which is aimed at stopping waterborne illness while maintaining flow rates that will ultimately save lives in that African country.

The project has two focus areas: a filtration system that will be implemented in Kenya and a local/international sanitary water education program.

\u2022 Litter pickup.\u00a0Keep Scott County Beautiful will receive $2,000 to restock supplies for the 16th annual Xstream Cleanup.

Rather than host a single big cleanup day, the new model is to have hundreds of volunteers worth throughout the year in areas of their choosing.\u00a0

\u2022\u00a0Water quality sampling. Partners of Scott County Watersheds will receive $1,835 to buy equipment to do water quality sampling, rather than having to borrow from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The equipment will allow the organization to continue its spring, summer and fall \"snapshot\" volunteer water quality monitoring and contribute to its 20+ years of water quality data.

\u2022 Bluebells.\u00a0River Action, Inc. will receive $1,500 to do a bluebell planting in Davenport's Junge Park. In partnership with the city of Davenport, a section of land will be planted in native prairie and woodland plants. Initial work will include removing invasive plant species growing there now, including honeysuckle, red canary grass, Japanese hops and garlic mustard.

\u2022 Prairie grass.\u00a0Davenport Parks & Recreation will receive $1,500 for its Park Prairies program in which mown turf in multiple parks will be replaced with native grass areas to help with infiltration of storm water. Because of their longer roots, native grasses are better at infiltrating water than short-rooted blue grass.

Projects were picked by judges based on\u00a0environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.

\u201cOur (program) is designed to help organizations carry out projects that benefit our waterways, raise awareness about the importance of water in our lives and promote community participation,\u201d Randy Moore, company president, said in the news release.

\u00a0\u201cWe are pleased to support these worthwhile endeavors and extend our appreciation to the individuals and organizations that are making them happen.\u201d

Iowa American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing service to about 216,000 people.\u00a0

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ATKINSON, Ill. \u2014 If construction goes as planned, Rebuilding Together Henry County will move into its new home early in 2021.

A groundbreaking was held recently for the organization\u2019s permanent home at the corner of Church St. and U.S. Route 6 in Atkinson.\u00a0

\u201cWe are hoping to move in by early next year,\u201d\u00a0Sarah Snyder, executive director of Rebuilding Together, said.

\u201cThe new facility will replace the six or seven other locations where we have office, storage and work space, some donated space and some rental space,\u201d Snyder said. \u201cImagine running a business out of six different locations. That\u2019s what Rebuilding Together has been doing for many years. In order to serve our growing mission, we need to be more efficient. This building will allow all of our operations to be in a single location.\u201d

The 4,000- to 6,000-square-foot proposed building will include office and conference room space, a workshop and a storage room for materials.

\u201cThe workshop area in particular is needed to pre-build wheelchair ramp modules,\u201d Snyder said

The Rebuilding Together organization is serving as its own general contractor with the shell of the building being completed by Greiner Buildings.

The building project is expected to cost approximately $500,000, and Snyder said $480,000 of that total has been raised.

\u201cWhen 70 percent of the $500,000 was met, we received a matching grant of $125,000 from the Geneseo Foundation,\u201d she said. \u201cWe also had decided that when we reached 90 percent of our $500,000 goal, we would begin the building process. We started raising money for our building project in June of last year and it has taken us a solid eight months to raise $480,000. Our $480,000 includes the matching grant from the Geneseo Foundation as well as $118,000 in-kind donations from businesses and individuals.

\u201cWe need an additional $20,000, and I believe that amount will help with any unexpected costs that happen whenever you building something,\u201d Snyder said.

Rebuilding Together Henry County has been working in Geneseo and other communities in Henry County for 26 years.

Snyder shared some statistics about RTHC and said,

\u201cBeginning in 1994 as a nonprofit, at that time called \u2018Christmas in April\u2013Geneseo,\u2019 our organization has made home repairs with a market value of over $1.8 million. We have installed over 200 ramps for our Henry County neighbors who have limited ability to access their homes\u00a0\u2014 once again at no charge to the recipients.\u201d

\u201cOur new fire home safety program has installed smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers in over 100 homes,\u201d she said. \u201cOnce the new building is complete, a new durable medical equipment loan program will be implemented.\u201d

Rebuilding Together Henry County has received in-kind contributions from Wirth, Inc., Village Home Stores, Hazelwood Homes, Durian Builders, Jacob and Hefner Assoc., Chicago Street Decorating, Greiner Buildings, Tom Greiner, Cory Junior, DeDecker Plumbing, VO Excavating, Two Brothers, Specht Construction, Edwards RediMix, Verstraete Electric, Steve Durian, Greg Wiles, project manager; and Rebuilding Together volunteers.

For more information about the organization, visit www.rebuildingtogether-hc.org or call Snyder, executive director, at 309-944-6442, or email her at ssnyder@rebuildingtogether-hc.org. Anyone interested in donating to RTHC’s building fund may mail contributions to Rebuilding Together Henry County, Post Office Box 254, Geneseo, IL 61254.

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URBANDALE, Iowa \u2014 Local officials don't have the authority to require that residents use masks to halt spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday, a day after the mayor of Muscatine issued such an order.

Asked at a news conference about Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson's order, which took effect Monday, Reynolds said local officials need the governor's approval to implement such rules.

Because Reynolds has a public health proclamation in effect, a local official can't implement requirements that conflict with the state rules, the governor said.

\"If it's not consistent with that then it's not appropriate and it's not in effect,\" Reynolds said.

Reynolds in March ordered schools closed, restricted large gatherings and also didn't allow indoor operations of bars, restaurants and other business. She began relaxing restrictions in late May and gradually lifted most of them in the weeks that followed. Since bars and restaurants reopened fully in early June, spikes in cases among young adults have been occurring, particularly in college towns with active bar districts. She never mandated a shelter in place order and never required face coverings to be worn.

Muscatine County has a high rate of infection with more than 23% of those getting tested having positive results on Monday. The county has the 11th highest case numbers per 100,000 population in the state at 1,502. It's neighbor is Louisa County where an outbreak at a Tyson meatpacking plant in Columbus Junction drove cases higher in the region.

Reynolds said she can enable local health officials to require face coverings and she's considering it as 10 counties in Iowa show spikes in known positive cases in recent days.

\"It's one of the things we're going to look at. All things are on the table and we're going to continue to review, manage, mitigate and contain the coronavirus,\" she said.

Reynolds, the lieutenant governor, the state's epidemiologist and other staff all arrived at Tuesday's news conference wearing masks for the first time.

Reynolds acknowledged Tuesday that much of the spread of the virus in Iowa is among people under 40 and if it's determined that increase is tied to bars she may consider limiting hours or \"take a look at rolling back some of the mitigation efforts on bars.\"

Reynolds also noted increased cases in Webster County, in part because of an outbreak at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, where 39 inmates and three staff members have tested positive. She ordered testing on another 600 inmates and 100 staff members Wednesday.

The state posted 274 known new cases on Tuesday and now has 31,929 known positive cases. State data indicates 725 Iowans have died with three new deaths posted in the last 24 hours as of Tuesday morning.

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If you thought COVID-19 already had turned the sports world upside down, just wait.

It\u2019s entirely possible we haven\u2019t seen anything yet.

We already have the major league baseball season beginning on July 23 (maybe), the NBA season resuming on July 30 (perhaps) and the NHL season restarting on Aug. 1 (possibly).

The NFL has eradicated two weeks of preseason games (There\u2019s always a silver lining, isn\u2019t there?). The Indy 500 is on Aug. 23, the Kentucky Derby is Sept. 5 and the Masters is the second weekend in November.

But things may be on the verge of getting even crazier.

We may have college basketball in October and college football in April.

Dan Gavitt, the NCAA\u2019s senior vice president of basketball, reportedly has proposed starting the college basketball season two weeks earlier than scheduled. Games slated for December \u2014 when the virus is expected to intensify and many schools won\u2019t be having live classes \u2014 would be moved to late October and early November.

Games would start Oct. 27 instead of Nov. 10 and practices presumably might start as early as Sept. 15. It sounds as though there might be about a month-long intermission in the middle of the season.

But wait, there\u2019s more.

The Ivy League reportedly could announce as early as Wednesday that it will shift its entire football season from the fall to the spring. A handful of lower-level colleges already have canceled their football seasons but if one entire conference just shuts down the sport for six months, it could have a trickle-down effect for everyone.

Some media outlets have reported that many FBS universities already are uncomfortable with the idea of having a football season this fall because the virus isn\u2019t showing any signs of just going away. However, no one wants to be the first to pull that trigger.

It really looks like the Ivy League is going to pull it. Forbes Magazine stated that it\u2019s a 98% certainty that the oldest college conference on earth is going to do this.

How long before everyone else follows?

Meanwhile, just about every sports activity out there these days is couched in \"ifs.\" No one talks about when this game or season will be played but if it will happen at all.

Schedules are being announced for high school football seasons as we write this, but there remains widespread skepticism and fear that those games won\u2019t be played.

The governor of Michigan already has recommended that all fall high school sports activities be shifted to the spring and a few other states are considering it.

It could be another trickle-down thing. If a few do it, everyone may follow, which will bring about another new set of problems. It could very well cripple some of the sports normally held in the spring.

I mean, you\u2019re not going to run the cross country and track seasons concurrently, are you? That football player who also competes in baseball or track is going to have to choose one or the other. How many coaches are there who coach one sport in the spring and another one in the fall?

And high school sports already faces a critical shortage of officials. This could push that crisis over the edge.

We do actually have one state holding high school sports events now. Iowa has bucked the national trend by going forward with baseball and softball game this summer, but every day brings new reports of some team canceling or postponing a game because the second baseman\u2019s sister\u2019s best friend\u2019s aunt tested positive for COVID-19.

I know some people in the know who are very skeptical that Iowa\u2019s high school football season will come off, as scheduled.

It\u2019s really one big mess.

It has been a mess for a few months now, and it\u2019s not showing signs of getting any less messy.

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A roundup of state government and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday, July 7, 2020:\u00a0

STATE TROOPER ACTED APPROPRIATELY: Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters Tuesday she believed a state trooper \u201cacted appropriately\u201d during a recent incident in which the SUV in which the governor was riding struck a Black Lives Matter protester. The protester said he stood in front of the moving vehicle in an attempt to speak with the governor but Reynolds said the individual \u201csped up and stepped in front of the vehicle intentionally.\u201d She told a Tuesday news conference in Urbandale that \u201cyou cannot block traffic as we leave an event,\u201d leading her to conclude \u201cI do feel that the driver acted appropriately.\u201d

The protesters had been urging Reynolds to sign an executive order by July 4 that would automatically restore voting rights to released felons. The governor has said she intends to make the move in time for the November election, but has no set timeline when the order on felon voting rights may be issued. Under state law, Iowa governors are not to drive themselves and state troopers are assigned to the task.\u00a0

ANOTHER TEST IOWA SITE: A new Test Iowa clinic site was scheduled to open Wednesday in Kossuth County. During her Tuesday’s news conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the new clinic site located at the former Ernie Williams Harley Shop in Algona. Test Iowa clinic sites are partnerships between the state and local health care providers to increase access to testing in their communities. The state provides testing supplies and processes the samples through the State Hygienic Lab while the clinics operate and staff the test sites. Individuals who wish to get tested at any site must first complete the online assessment at testiowa.com. They will then be directed to schedule an appointment. Test Iowa is a statewide initiative to expand COVID-19 testing. Locations and hours of operation for all test sites can be found at testiowa.com or coronavirus.iowa.gov

STATE CATALYST FUNDING: Officials with the Iowa Economic Development Authority announced Tuesday that $2.6 million in Community Catalyst Building Remediation grants have been awarded to 26 Iowa communities. The program was initiated in 2018 and funded by the Legislature to help create fundamental, positive change in Iowa\u2019s downtowns. The grants of $100,000 per community assist with the redevelopment, remediation or rehabilitation of buildings to stimulate economic growth and reinvestment. IEDA officials received 73 applications from Iowa cities that were approved through a pre-application process last fall to apply and at least 40 percent of the grants went to cities with populations of less than 1,500. Scoring criteria was based on project impact, appropriateness, funding/partnerships and incorporation of sustainability/smart growth principles. The grants will support local improvement projects such as fa\u00e7ade upgrades, building rehabilitations and renovations. Cities are required to provide financial and/or in-kind resources to supplement these projects.

Among those towns receiving grants were Maquoketa for the Mitchell Maskrey Mill rehabilitation, Preston for the Preston Times building, Sabula for the Ackerman Building rehabilitation and Tipton for the Hardacre Theater apartment rehabilitation. A full list of the of the 2020 Community Catalyst Grant recipients is available at the https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/UserDocs/community-catalyst-july2020.pdf?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=available%C2%A0here&utm_campaign=CatalystAwardsJuly2020 Web address.

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The Quad-City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops concert has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 12, in Davenport's LeClaire Park, with several other changes including limited crowd size and ticket sales in groups of two, six and 10.

The changes are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are in line with recommendations from the Scott County Health Department, the Quad-City Orchestra Association announced in a news release issued Tuesday afternoon. Even the precautionary changes are subject to revision based on conditions as the date approaches, the news release said.

The concert featuring the music of Fleetwood Mac had been scheduled for Aug. 15 on Arsenal Island.

Also guiding the orchestra board of trustees was an online survey sent out in June asking people about alternative dates, various safety measures and the possibility of a live-stream broadcast. The results were overwhelming, and showed people want a live concert, Brian Baxter, the orchestra's executive director, said.

Here are some of the particulars on how this year's concert will be different.

Group ticketing:\u00a0People will purchase a reserved plot of space in LeClaire Park as they would a seat at a concert venue. These plots are sized for groups of 10, 6, or 2 people, and are available in three price zones.

Tickets will go on sale in early August. They range from $42 to $282, depending on\u00a0park location and area size. A limited number of distanced bandshell seats will be available in pairs and sold for $35 per seat.

Attendees will not be admitted to the park until everyone in their group has arrived. There is no re-entry if guests choose to leave the park.

Social distancing: Use of the plot map will significantly limit the total audience size, which has been averaging around 7,000 the past couple of years.

\u00a0Groups should arrive together and not mingle with other groups attending. The ground will be marked to keep groups socially distanced for entry. Guests will exit as a group, and departure will be controlled to disperse group movement across the park and maintain social distancing.

Face masks or coverings:\u00a0Coverings will be required for entry, exit, and to move about the common areas. Coverings are strongly recommended but not required when attendees are in their seating plots. Disposable masks will be available for those who arrive without one.

Reduced contact:\u00a0Tickets must be purchased in advance; they will not be sold on-site.

Program booklets will be available only in a digital format, so attendees can print their own copies in advance if they wish. Guests may also request a print out of the program be mailed to them for a $4 fee up to 14 days before the event.

Food & beverage: Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages. There will be no on-site vendors.\u00a0

Hand washing:\u00a0Additional porta-potty locations including handwashing stations and hand sanitizer will be available.

Don't be sick: Anyone who is experiencing symptoms or who has been in contact with someone experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath within 14 days of the event is expected to stay home.

Musician, staff and volunteer safety: The orchestra will be smaller with distanced seating, and face masks will be required in certain areas for production staff and volunteers. The Youth Orchestra opener has been canceled this year.

More about tickets: Tickets may be purchased online at QCSO.org, by phone at 563-322-7276, and in person at the box office located at 327 Brady St., Davenport.

The box office is open for walk-in service only from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.\u00a0

Current QCBT Riverfront Pops ticket holders will be contacted by the box office directly to exchange their tickets for a seating plot or permanent bandshell seat pair.

A map of the park with additional details will be released later this month.

Executive director Baxter said in the news release that \"in this extremely challenging environment, we hope that this year\u2019s Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops will serve as an opportunity for our community to demonstrate how we can safely enjoy live music in the era of COVID-19.\u201d

Fleetwood Mac music will include hits such as \u201cBig Love,\u201d \u201cDon\u2019t Stop,\u201d \u201cGo Your Own Way\u201d and \u201cRhiannon.\u201d

As always, the event will close with the traditional renditions of Tchaikovsky\u2019s \"1812 Overture\" and Sousa\u2019s \"Stars and Stripes Forever\" set to a fireworks display.

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Davenport and\u00a0Pleasant Valley\u00a0school districts\u00a0have canceled their high school graduation ceremonies. Both districts made the announcements Tuesday.

The\u00a0Davenport School District\u00a0had planned a graduation ceremony for each of its four high schools July 19 at Brady Street Stadium. District spokesman Mike Vondron said Tuesday that district officials had decided to cancel the ceremony that morning after a steady increase of COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities.

Superintendent Robert Kobylski posted a video to YouTube notifying parents and students Tuesday afternoon.

\"What I learned yesterday has me very concerned,\" Kobylski said. \"I learned yesterday that we are in the midst of a surge. That surge is creating not only issues for the entire community, but it's specifically creating issues for younger adults and adolescents who are now succumbing to this illness. It is with great disappointment that I must cancel our graduation exercise scheduled for July 19.

\"It is not a decision I take lightly. I know this is an important day not only for all of our graduates but for all of the families, friends and everyone who was involved in the success of each one of our 2020 graduates. I'm so disappointed I can't see each and every one of you handed a diploma and walk across the stage. But the virus, unfortunately, is in control of the situation right now.

\"We have to do the right thing as a community, and we have to keep everyone safe,\" Kobylski said.\u00a0

Pleasant Valley parents responded in April to a district-wide survey giving them options to celebrate graduation, with administrators agreeing to a traditional ceremony held outdoors in the high school's Spartan Stadium.\u00a0

The school district sent emails and text messages to parents Tuesday morning with the cancellation announcement, also citing an increase in COVID-19 cases and the potential risk to students and families.\u00a0

\"It is with deepest regret, the Pleasant Valley Community School District is canceling live graduation,\" the email read. \"Due to the increased cases of COVID among our students and the community, we do not want to jeopardize the health of our families. It is not wise to have over 1,000 students and family members in our stadium as the cases continue to increase. Therefore, the decision has been made to cancel the ceremony this coming Saturday, July 11.

\"We will hand out diplomas to each student when he or she would have picked up their tickets today and tomorrow.\u00a0Please know this decision was not made lightly. It is a disappointment for us as much as it is for your student and your family. This is truly unfortunate\u00a0for our students, and we apologize that we are not able to hold a live ceremony.\"

Both school districts produced\u00a0virtual ceremonies\u00a0in the case of cancellation and were broadcast on schools' websites, social media and local television.

Bettendorf High School still plans to hold a graduation ceremony Aug. 1 in the high school gym, although the status is \"pending\" on the district's calendar.\u00a0

According to the\u00a0Iowa Department of Public Health, Scott County has 825 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 50% of which are in ages 18-40. The confirmed case count has risen by 205 cases since June 30.

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PGA Tour sponsor MetLife has designated two small businesses that normally play key roles with the John Deere Classic to receive $25,000 each in charitable donations as a way to support them in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MetLife recently committed $1 million in charitable donations to small businesses that rely on their local PGA Tour events for a significant part of their businesses \u2014 including Edwards Creative in Milan and Uncommon Ground of the Quad Cities in Bettendorf \u2014\u00a0after several tournaments either were canceled outright or significantly scaled back because of COVID-19 concerns.

The John Deere Classic, scheduled for this week at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, was canceled because issues stemming from the pandemic.

Both Quad-City businesses expressed appreciation.

\u201cThe cancellation of the John Deere Classic will impact our business because the tournament is the largest annual summer event on our schedule,\u201d said Cathy Edwards, vice president of Edwards Creative. \u201cWe spend three to four months prior to the tournament building and refurbishing the exhibits that you see on and around the course. It is literally our favorite project every year. We are extremely grateful to both MetLife and the Tour for this recognition.\u201d

Uncommon Ground, a landscaping design and installation firm, echoed those sentiments.

\u201cCOVID-19 has significantly impacted our spring season sales as our work with the Tour and the John Deere Classic is a revenue boost and allows us to showcase our designs and work to current and potential clients,\u201d said Mike Cavins, vice president of Uncommon Ground. \u201cI want to thank MetLife for easing the financial burdens of our family-owned business and for supporting small businesses around the country.\u201d

MetLife is the Official Life Insurance Sponsor of the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.

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Summer has brought blazing heat and the Mississippi River is also seeing the effects of the hot temperatures.

If you are going to take advantage of the sunny, warm days \u2014 and there should be plenty as the heat is forecast to stick around for several weeks \u2014\u00a0by going out fishing, consider these pieces of advice that will make you, and the fish, happier in the long run.

First, listen to your mother! She would have told you to keep a cooler with drinking water in the boat to avoid dehydration. Soda and alcohol will only exacerbate the problem so avoid them during this extreme heat. One trick is to freeze water bottles and put them in your livewell. It will help keep any fish you harvest cooler, and the livewell water will slowly melt those bottles, giving you freezing cold drinking water all day.

Next, make sure you have a good hat and sunglasses, and even consider using a face covering and gloves. These items not only will protect you from direct sunlight but also work well to cool you. By wetting those items, you increase your evaporation levels and ultimately cool your body more effectively than without them.

Finally, think about the fish you are trying to catch during this heat. The Mississippi River Valley region is going to be in the mid- to upper-80s, which can be a very stressful temperature for many species of fish, but particularly for northern pike, walleye, perch and several non-game species. Smaller panfish and channel catfish tend to handle the warmer temperatures better than the previously mentioned species.

Also, larger fish are usually impacted more by thermal stress than smaller fish, so if you are targeting fish from our world class walleye fishery on the river, consider giving it a break when the water temperatures are this high.

These fish will still be feeding vigorously as their metabolisms are sky high; however, the stress of angling can be a killer, especially on the larger fish. In any kind of fishing, even catch-and-release, there is a level of mortality depending on species, bait types, and the angler\u2019s handling of the fish. When you add in very hot water temperatures to the mix, those numbers can jump considerably.

For example, in 2012 when we had a long heat spell similar to what is being forecast, there were a fair number of dead \u201cslot-sized\u201d walleyes floating down the river in Pool 14. Slot fish are walleyes between 20 and 27 inches, which must be released immediately to comply with the current fishing regulations on both sides of the Mississippi River.

These fish appeared to be in good condition, but were dead nonetheless. The most likely candidate was angling mortality even though the anglers did everything to protect the fish under the regulations. I saw one of these walleyes already on Monday while out on the Mississippi River.

If you are fishing in our area ponds or lakes, temperatures in those waters can reach or exceed 90 degrees in certain situations. At that point, nearly all of our area fish species are going to be stressed at some level. Therefore, consider using those resources for a couple good meals compared to throwing them back.

However, do not mistake these conditions as an excuse to circumnavigate fishing regulations. While nature rarely wastes resources, because the turtles and raccoons appreciate the easy meals, it is probably better to give the fishery a small reprieve while it fights though the summer heat.

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Search below to see businesses in your community that received money from the Paycheck Protection Program meant to\u00a0keep Americans employed during the pandemic. The program has been popular but also controversial.

The\u00a0Paycheck Protection Program\u00a0is the centerpiece of the federal government\u2019s plan to rescue an economy devastated by shutdowns and uncertainty. The program, which helps smaller businesses stay open and keep Americans employed during the pandemic, has been both popular and controversial.

Demand was so great that a first infusion of $349 billion ran out in just two weeks. Many businesses couldn\u2019t navigate the application process rapidly enough to get one of those first loans before funding dried up. Meanwhile, several hundred companies traded on stock exchanges -- hardly the image of a small business -- received loans maxing out at $10 million each, causing a public backlash and leading dozens to return the money.

And the public may never know the identity of more than 85% of the nearly 5 million beneficiaries to date because the administration has refused to release details on loans under $150,000 -- the vast majority of borrowers.

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KEWANEE\u00a0\u2014 Late last Wednesday afternoon, Kewanee athletic director Tim Atwell was talking with Boilermaker boys' basketball coach Shaune Lewis about a variety of general topics.

Among those was Lewis's impending late model race set for the following evening at the Davenport Speedway. Aside from his coaching job and running the family business, Lewis Auto Body Inc., on Kewanee's North Lexington Avenue, racing was a passion of his.

As events turned out, that late afternoon conversation was the last Atwell would have with Lewis, who suddenly passed away at the age of 47 after a medical emergency during his heat race last Thursday night.

\"This was really very unexpected,\" Atwell said. \"Shaune was just in talking to me on Wednesday around 4:30. He'd come in, go to the weight room and supervise the kids who were in there. We were talking about the race for (last Thursday) night, and talking about basketball.

\"In general, everything was good with him. I guess you just never know.\"

While he has heard rumors regarding Lewis's passing, Atwell declined to identify any cause of Lewis' death.

\"I can't confirm anything, so I don't really know for sure,\" he said. \"I know it was awful hot that night.\"

Multiple reports from the track that night said that Lewis had a medical emergency during his heat race that required emergency personnel to tend to him in his 44x car on the track.

Instead, Atwell prefers to member what Lewis did in life, particularly for a Kewanee boys' hoops program that he took over in 2015. In five years, he had three winning seasons and a record of 93-60.

In his first two years at the helm of his prep alma mater, the Boilermakers won back-to-back Class 2A regional titles and reached the sectional finals in '17. This past winter, the Boilers went 27-5 and took first in the Three Rivers Conference's East Division.

\"Shaune was always positive and was a typical basketball guy, a gym rat who was always around the school,\" said Atwell. \"He was very positive and popular with the kids and the other coaches, very well-liked. You'd come to Kewanee for a football game, and you had a good chance at seeing Shaune there.

\"You'd see him stop by a soccer match, or pop his head in the gym for a volleyball match. He'd watch girls basketball, freshmen or varsity, and he'd watch the wrestling team. He was committed to all of our events.\"

Lewis served as an official before getting into coaching, starting as the head coach at Kewanee's Central Junior High and working his way up the ladder to the high school varsity level. Along the way, he made a positive impression at every stop.

\"It's going to take awhile to get over this,\" said Atwell.

If there is any consolation in Atwell's mind, it is that Lewis spent his final hours on Earth doing one of the many activities that was nearest and dearest to him.

\"How many of us will get that opportunity?\" he said. \"Racing was a hobby, one of the things he did when he was not coaching, but it was something he really enjoyed doing.\"

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Congress set aside $659 billion to throw a lifeline to small businesses and organizations side-swiped by the coronavirus pandemic and to help paychecks keep flowing to workers who might otherwise head to the unemployment line.

Yet that's not exactly how it worked out. Among the 650,000 companies on the partial list of recipients released Monday by the Treasury Department were fashion designers such as Oscar de la Renta, the clothing retailer Candie's and companies that own hundreds of fast-food restaurants including P.F. Chang\u2019s and TGI Friday\u2019s.

While many companies belong to industries hard-hit by state and local government shutdown orders, they also have deep pockets or the backing of private equity firms. All got loans in the millions of dollars.

Loans also went to private equity firms, venture capital firms, law firms and other companies that might have felt an initial pinch from the economic downturn but seem in better position to weather the storm than smaller businesses, including some that didn't get loans due to issues with the program\u2019s design.

\u201cWhile the intent of the program should be applauded, the implementation of the program was fraught with inconsistencies and one could have predicted this outcome,\u201d said Katie Vlietstra, a vice president at the National Association for the Self-Employed.

The PPP offered loans up to $10 million to companies with fewer than 500 employees. The most appealing aspect of the program: possible loan forgiveness if most of the money was spent on workers. Otherwise the loan had to be repaid, with an interest rate of 1%.

The bigger companies didn\u2019t break the law when they applied for loans. The statute that created the program didn\u2019t place a ceiling on the amount of revenue a prospective borrower could have, and a business could get a loan even if it had access to credit elsewhere.

That\u2019s why, some experts say, bigger companies with dedicated accountants and attorneys would have been foolish not to take advantage of the program. Even if they ended up paying back the loans with 1% interest.

\"This was a cash gift. Who wouldn\u2019t apply for it?\u201d said Bob Phibbs, a retail industry analyst.

Boddie-Noell Enterprises, owner of 346 Hardee\u2019s restaurants, received between $5 million and $10 million, the government said. The Rocky Mount, North Carolina-based company has more than 10,000 employees.

\u201cWe applied for the PPP since it was created specifically for payroll and potentially offered much more favorable terms than would have a traditional bank loan,\u201d said Boddie-Noell spokesman Rick Rountree.

But when the loans were first proposed, lawmakers described them as a rescue for small businesses and their employees. Outrage followed when big players got money in the program\u2019s first round of funding while many smaller businesses were left waiting as the initial $349 billion ran out.

In April, soon after loan money began flowing, it was learned that well-financed big companies including two publicly traded restaurant chains, Ruth\u2019s Chris Steak House and Shake Shack, and the NBA\u2019s Los Angeles Lakers had gotten loans. Many of the companies gave the money back under pressure from the public and Treasury Department; the government said $30 billion in return funds included the money those companies sent back.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin soon said the government would audit loans above $2 million, though some experts have their doubts.

\u201cThe SBA will have its work cut out for it in terms of scrutinizing loans to ensure these recipients fully complied,\u201d said Karen Kerrigan, president of the advocacy group Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

The government didn\u2019t release exact loan amounts on Monday, but listed companies within a range. P.F. Chang\u2019s China Bistro said its loan of between $5 million and $10 million helped keep 12,000 workers employed as it transitioned its over 210 restaurants to take-out. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company said it is using the money for employee salaries and benefits.

P.F. Chang\u2019s is owned by the private equity firm TriArtisan Capital Advisors. The same firm owns TGI Friday\u2019s, which owns or franchises more than 500 restaurants around the country and which got a loan between $5 million and $10 million. TGI Friday's said the forced shutdowns left it with no more than 20% of its revenue, and that the loans allowed it to rehire furloughed staffers.

Muy Brands, a San Antonio, Texas-based owner of more than 750 Wendy\u2019s, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut franchises, received between $15 million and $30 million between three entities. CEO James Bodenstedt is also a major donor to President Donald Trump, according to federal campaign finance records. Neither company responded to requests for comment.

The Small Business Administration issued a caveat alongside the data which noted that businesses on the list may ultimately not be deemed eligible for loan forgiveness. Moreover, the agency said, some companies on the list might have been approved for loans but did not actually receive the money.

Congress boosted the program to $659 billion in late April. There is still about $130 billion left over. Congress has extended the program until Aug. 8.

\u201cIt would have been a much bigger problem if they had run out of money, because suddenly the little tailor who applied for $2,000 and couldn\u2019t get it because it was taken by public traded companies,\u201d Phibbs said.

The list also included well-known fashion and retail names whose revenue plunged amid store closings across the country. Among them: Iconix Brand Group, a publicly traded company that owns the Candie\u2019s, Joe Boxer and Ed Hardy brands, which received between $1 million and $2 million. It did not respond to a reporter\u2019s request for comment.

Untuckit, which has 85 shirt stores, received a loan between $5 million and $10 million; the company said it used the money to keep paying its workers. High-end designers Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang, which collectively employ 300 workers, each got loans in the $2 million to $5 million range. None of the companies responded to a request for comment.

Private equity firms that buy and sell companies with price tags in the millions of dollars also appeared on the Treasury's list. Aliera Companies, a private equity firm specializing in healthcare, got a $5 million to $10 million loan. Aliera said the loan would help \"pay our more than 250 employees during these difficult and uncertain times.\u201d

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AP Business Writers Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit and Ken Sweet in New York contributed to this report.

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WHAT WE KNOW: The Relay For Life was postponed from its original date of June 27 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHAT'S NEW: At Monday night's meeting, aldermen approved the Relay For Life walk from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Central Park.

Mercer County organizer Mary Flint said the ACS canceled all events through the end of June.

City Administrator Chris Sullivan said after talking with the Mercer County Health Department, they will implement special measures for Central Park events because of COVID-19. Those include dividing Central Park in half and asking people to maintain 50 on each side. Signage will also be in place to remind the public to social distance. Mayor Chris Hagloch said that while the city was required to post all rules and regulations, \u201cWe\u2019re not going to run around enforcing.\u201d

Several other events have been scheduled for Central Park.

Sullivan said Aledo Main Street tentatively was moving forward with the remaining \u201cCinema At Central\u201d events set for July 17 and Aug. 7. They were unable to hold the June 12 movie at the park, but he said they plan to schedule a third date.

Hagloch said he spoke with band shell organizer Rusty Ruggles and learned acts still were tentatively scheduled for July 23, July 30 and Aug. 6 following the Farmer\u2019s Market (4-6 p.m. also held in Central Park).

The Aledo Farmer\u2019s Market and Bake Sale has been happening at Central Park every Thursday, and opened as scheduled on June 11. Approximately 315 shoppers made their way through to begin the season, according to the Aledo Main Street Facebook page, run by AMS Executive Director Dana Murphy. Attendees have been asked to social distance and wear a mask.

Despite Phase 4 guidance for public pools, Aledo\u2019s public pool will not open this season, Hagloch said.

The decision came during an Aledo Park District special meeting.

\u201cWe said by the time we got the pool filled, chemicals in it and ready for operation, you would have maybe a month\u00a0\u2014 they said August is always slow. They said it wouldn\u2019t be worth it,\u201d Hagloch said.

The district approved removal of trees, grading and leveling to get the the future ball diamond site ready for tiling on land purchased by the city adjacent to the Northside ball diamond complex. Hagloch said they\u2019re hoping work could be completed by fall and include seeding.

The council approved Brandt Construction Company to perform street resurfacing with a low bid of $444,415.60. Previously, aldermen approved the project up to $420,000. According to supporting documents by Public Works Director Justin Blaser, the difference can be made up using \u201cRebuild Illinois Funds.\u201d The city will receive six installments of $39,981.72 for a total of $239,890.32 every six months for the next three years. The first installment has already been received.

The project included 21 blocks. The city had bid 6-8 blocks of southwest 5th street last fall, and the bids came back high.

\u201cOur engineering company (Hutchison Engineering) said, \u2018I think we can get better bids if we put more streets with it. We rejected those bids, and we came back this spring then and included some blocks in Northwest 5th Avenue to 4th Avenue, and so those all went out to bid together with the southwest, (for a total of 21 blocks).\u201d

Hagloch reported the current liquor licenses to the board, currently Aledo has two Class A (Club-type), three Class B (packaging), four Class C (Tavern), five Class D (restaurant) and one Class E (banquet).

Hagloch said, \u201cWe\u2019re working numbers right now,\" Hagloch said. \"We had four that had paid a half a year who have been adversely affected by this pandemic, that\u2019s went on for three-plus months. We are waiving their other half payment, bringing that forward along with some reimbursements on liquor licenses.\u201d

In other news:

WHAT'S NEXT: The council hopes to meet in person for the July 20 meeting. It has been four months since it has met in person. Suggestions included holding it at the fire station, or in the City Hall parking lot to make sure the space is large enough for everyone to social distance.

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In its debut Western Big 6 Conference season, the Sterling football team quickly made its presence felt by going 7-0 to capture the conference championship.

The Golden Warriors (10-1 overall in 2019) will begin their title defense in the third week of the upcoming prep campaign, traveling to Augustana College to take on fellow Big 6 playoff qualifier Alleman (5-5) in a 7 p.m. tilt on Sept. 11.

All eight of the conference's member schools have their matchups for the 2020 season mapped out after the IHSA released statewide football schedules on Monday.

Included among those schedules are several local matchups pitting Western Big 6 clubs against members of the Mississippi Athletic Conference. That includes Sterling, which travels to Eldridge to face Iowa Class 3A quarterfinalist North Scott (9-2) in a Week 2 matchup on Sept. 4.

The opening weekend of Aug. 28-29 will feature three such local interstate matchups, two on Friday night and the other on Saturday evening.

Alleman hosts Davenport Assumption on that first Friday in a 7:45 p.m. showdown of the Quad-Cities' Catholic schools, while United Township (1-8) kicks off the same evening with a road trip to Clinton.

Saturday night at 7, Moline (5-5) crosses the river to Brady Street Stadium to face Davenport West. It is the first of consecutive cross-river games for the Maroons, whose home opener is against Pleasant Valley on Sept. 4.

The Maroons' opener is one of two Saturday dates on the WB6 calendar this fall. On Oct. 10, Alleman welcomes Quincy (4-5) to Lindberg Stadium for a 7:45 p.m. conference matchup.

Last season's league runner-up Rock Island (8-3), which finished 6-1 to edge the Pioneers by a game for second place, heads to the Chicago suburbs for opening night with a 7 p.m. matchup at Plainfield Central.

Matchups of longtime Big 6 rivals include the Rocks hosting Moline in the Sept. 11 conference opener, then traveling to face UT at East Moline's Soule Bowl the following Friday. In the regular-season finale on Oct. 23, Rocky and Alleman tangle on the Almquist Field turf.

Looking to return to the postseason after consecutive 4-5 finishes, Geneseo kicks off its second season of Big 6 membership by hosting Chicago Noble/Comer, the first of three straight Bob Reade Field dates for the Maple Leafs, including their Sept. 11 league opener against Galesburg (2-7).

The Leafs' first road trip is on Sept. 18 to face longtime pre-Big 6 rival Sterling. In other noteworthy rivalry games, Moline and UT face off Sept. 25 at Browning Field, the week after the Maroons play host to Alleman. On Oct. 2, the Pioneers and the Panthers meet at the Soule Bowl.

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(sent to me)\u00a0If 2020 was fast food it'd be the North Atlantic cod fish thing the Culver's dude tries to make us believe he went and caught himself.If I had a dollar for every time I get distracted...Wow, I love Adolph's Tacos.I'd be OK with a few days of \"precedented'' times.Studies show parents are much happier when their kids listen the first time.I want a face covering that has an area for food.I'm the kind of person who thinks he lost his keys as I'm driving the car.I'm hoping 2020 is like a mullet \u2014 all business in the front and a party in the back.It's amazing how 15th Street and 3rd and 4th avenues in Rock Island was the worst stretch of road in the history of the world, but is now near perfect. Maybe other cities will take notice of what streets can actually look like.Sad is four adult males having a conversation about what stove burner they favor. Usually right or left front. Sad...If 2020 was a drink, it would be a colonoscopy prep. 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To the best of my knowledge:

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Iowa 2nd Congressional District Democratic candidate Rita Hart said Tuesday she agreed with the principles of legislation to reform concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) if she won the Nov. 3 general election and that she was interested in learning more about the bill that will make those changes.\u00a0

Hart was asked about the CAFO farming practice during the ongoing \"Lunch and Learn Series,\" hosted by Aaron Lehmen, president of the Iowa Farmers Union.\u00a0

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker introduced the Farm Systems Reform Act in December as a way to help strengthen small and independent farms. The bill will transition farmers away from using concentrated animal feeding operations, place a moratorium on larger CAFO operations, restrict meatpacking monopolies and restore mandatory country-of-origin labeling requirements.

\"This is an issue near and dear to the hearts of anybody who works in agriculture,\" Hart said. \"We have got to listen to people telling us small farmers are having a harder time staying in business. One of the biggest reasons is the consolidation of the market. In that consolidation, many of our family farms have been displaced. We have larger facilities that are controlled by out-of-state entities.\"

Hart, who served in the state Senate for six years, lives on a 600-acre farm with her husband near Wheatland where they grow corn and soybeans.\u00a0\u00a0

\"I am very much interested in working on any kind of plan that promotes a different way of going about (farming) so independent family farms can continue to provide a way of life for so many families and contributing in a real way to feeding the world,\" she said. \"It's important to small towns, it's important to rural communities and it's important to families.\"

Lehman asked Hart about the impact of COVID-19 on meatpacking plant employees and what she would do to ensure their safety.\u00a0

\"That hit us hard here in Iowa where we had a couple strong outbreaks in several packing plants,\" Hart said. \"We cannot get this economy going if we don't get a handle on COVID, if we don't have the proper protective equipment. If we don't do the things that are going to keep people safe and healthy, then this economy is in for a real challenge. That's exactly what was happening in the (meat) packing industry.\"

Hart suggested things need to \"go slower\" and more has to be done to keep people safe.

Lehman also asked Hart how farmers can be better connected to local communities through grocery stores and schools.\u00a0

Hart acknowledged the need for more grocery stores in small and rural communities, saying their presence would create a positive ripple effect.

\"A lot of people are 30 miles or more from a grocery store where they can buy a decent head of lettuce or good produce,\" she said. \"Very few (stores) are left because they've been squeezed out of the market. Yet we have some of the best farmland in the world right here, and it doesn't take very many acres to (grow) a ton of produce. But we lack the way to bring those things together.\"

Hart said communities should sponsor entrepreneurs willing to grow produce, build greenhouses and work with local school districts and FFA groups to provide students with nutritious food and small grocery stores with products.

\"We have to have programs in place that help those things get started and figure out what it would take to keep them profitable so it makes sense for the local farmer to get involved,\" she said. \"The results would be tremendous if every one of our smaller towns had a good, decent grocery store. Not only would it be a small business, but it would improve the health of the people, also, because we have a high rate of obesity. It certainly is unacceptable in an area where we have some of the greatest farmland in the world.\"

\"I've been working hard on rural issues for a long time in my Senate district.\"

Hart will face Republican challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks in the Nov. 3 general election.\u00a0

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Amerigroup Iowa has donated four computers to Empower House \u2014 the QCA Brain Injury Clubhouse in Davenport \u2014 to increase access for Iowans with brain injuries for virtual learning programs and remote social and emotional activities.

The computers will support Empower House and the Quad-Cities with tools and resources to promote independence and encourage virtual connections through social activities and programs, a news release said.

\u201cAmerigroup Iowa is pleased to partner with Empower House to ensure individuals have the resources to stay connected, promote health and wellness, and enable emotional and social support,\u201d said Jeffrey Jones, president, Amerigroup Iowa. \u201cThis program is an extension of our digital-first approach as a company, to connect with members when they want and how they want it, putting them at the center.\u201d

Empower House provides empowerment for a more purposeful life after brain injury. A Clubhouse is a place where people with brain injuries come to be productive and enjoy contributing to a common cause.

Empower House also helps people learn work skills and find jobs.

\u201cCOVID-19 has been especially hard on some of the members of Empower House who rely on the activities, social programs and the sense of belonging that the Clubhouse gives them,\u201d said Claire Motto Steil, Empower House co-founder.

\u201cThe laptops will be used throughout the Clubhouse facility and will also help connect with members and run programming virtually during the pandemic,\u201d she said. \u201cWe are grateful for this donation from Amerigroup Iowa and for all their support for our members and community.\u201d

According to the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, more than 100,000 Iowans live with disabilities related to brain injuries and nearly 40,000 Iowans suffer traumatic brain injuries every year.

The daily activity of Empower House is organized around a structured system known as the work-ordered day. This six-hour period, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, resembles business hours of the working community.

Empower House is affiliated with Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa.

For more information, go to\u00a0https://empowerhouseqca.org/

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A Clinton nonprofit serving people and pets needs the help of the community.

Midwest Pets for Life has a mission to people with low income, and those who are elderly, disabled, or home-bound who, without help, may not be able to keep their pets.

\u201cSometimes, the pet is all they have,\u201d said Sandi Bartels, executive director. \u201cIt's the reason they get up in the morning,\"

\u201cWith the purchase of a building and all the expenses that come with owning a building, and not a lot of cash flow due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in need of monetary donations, dog and cat food, laundry detergent, bleach, pet food bowls, pet carriers, and Have-A-Heart traps for our Trap Neuter Release program,\u201d she said.

\u201cOur spay/neuter equipment will cost approximately $25,000,\u201d Bartels said. \u201cWe need this equipment in order to have veterinarians travel to our building and perform surgeries.\u201d

\u201cThere are many people struggling right now to just feed themselves, let alone their pet. And right now is when they just might need that pet the most,\u201d Bartels said.

Midwest Pets and its services

Midwest Pets For Life is run entirely by volunteers.

In May, the group purchased a 7,000-square-foot building at 129 4th Ave. S., Clinton, from which it will provide services in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

Among its services are

To volunteer or For more information, go to https://midwestpetsforlife.org or e-mail us at midwestpetsforlife@gmail.com

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Whitey's Ice Cream has closed its 53rd Street, Davenport, location for a few days after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The company posted on Facebook:

\"We were just informed that an employee at our 53rd Street location has tested positive for COVID-19. Throughout this whole process we have made every effort to ensure the health and safety of not only our employees, but our customers as well. Given this news, we are going to close down our 53rd Street location for a few days in order to deep clean the store again and give our employees time to get tested. Although, the Scott County Health Department is not requiring us to close this location due to this positive test, we feel it is the right thing to do in order to best serve the Quad-Cities. All other locations will remain open at this time and please continue to check here for more information on our 53rd Street store. Please understand that we are doing our very best to navigate these strange times and we greatly appreciate your understanding and support.\"

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A good Tuesday to all. Mother Nature is throwing another day of heat and humidity our way. But that is pretty typical of July, so we should be used to it. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Quad-City region.\u00a0

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NWS: Summary

It states, \"Very warm and humid conditions will be seen today with afternoon heat-index readings of 92 to 97. Isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible but no severe weather is expected.\"

Wednesday through Monday: \"Hot and humid conditions will be seen on Wednesday with afternoon heat-index readings around 100. There may be some isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms but no severe weather is expected. The very warm and humid conditions will continue Thursday through Monday with afternoon heat index readings in the 90s. Thunderstorms will be possible each day through Sunday. The Storm Prediction Center has a marginal risk of severe storms for Thursday. Beyond Thursday it is too early to determine any severe risk.\"

1. Hot and humid II

Today there is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Skies will be sunny with a high near 92 degrees with an overnight low around 74 degrees.

Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 94 degrees. Heat-index values will be as high as 101 degrees. The overnight low will be around 74 degrees.

Photos: Cooling off in the Fountain at Schwiebert Riverfront Park

2. Bruno the Bear's journey ends in St. Louis

\"After

Eugene Makovec captured this photo of Bruno the bear near Foley, Mo., heading south on Thursday. Bruno \"came through our neighborhood just sauntering through the soybean field before crossing McIntosh Road into a cornfield,\" Makovec said in an email.

ELSBERRY, Mo. \u2014 Bruno's multi-state journey has come to an end.

Bruno, a black bear whose travels in recent weeks gained a following on social media, was tranquilized by the Missouri Department of Conservation as he wandered into the St. Louis metro region.

The bear was seen in the Quad-Cities area a few weeks ago.

Police said Bruno was tranquilized for the safety of the public and for the bear, Elsberry police said in a Facebook post.

Bruno had become something of a sensation on social media as people spotted him trekking hundreds of miles through Iowa, Illinois and into Missouri over the span of a month. He started his journey in Minnesota or Wisconsin in early June.

The bear was seen Thursday south of Elsberry, about 60 miles northwest of St. Louis, Dan Zarlenga, a spokesman for the Department of Conservation, previously said. Bruno by Sunday had walked into St. Charles County, outside of Wentzville.

It's unclear where Bruno was taken after he was tranquilized. The bear was not taken to the St. Louis Zoo, zoo staff confirmed Monday.

Bruno's journey comes to end in St. Louis metro region

3. Croken: Wearing a mask will help keep Quad-City businesses open

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Ken Croken\u00a0 is shown at Ambrose Hall, St. Ambrose University.

Tony Knobbe isn\u2019t surprised by phone calls and emails. It goes with the territory when you serve as chair of the Scott County Board of Supervisors. And then last Friday board member Ken Croken asked the supervisors to consider making face coverings mandatory attire for every county employee and every resident who ventures out into the public.

Croken\u2019s request for face coverings in public \u2014 a move that may be impossible without an order from Gov. Kim Reynolds \u2014 will be discussed during Tuesday\u2019s committee-of-the-whole. Any possible action will require a vote during Thursday\u2019s regular board meeting. Read more.

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More on the coronavirus in the Quad-Cities

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4. Discussions about policing under way in the Quad-Cities

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Larry L. Roberson President of the Davenport NAACP Metrocom Unit #4019 speaks during a press conference at the Davenport Police Department's Community Room on June 3, 2020.

Local government officials and various groups advocating for racial equality and social justice are discussing policing and other issues in the Quad-Cities.

How law enforcement agencies police and the prevention of abuse of police powers, particularly against people of color, has been the focus of debate and protest in the United States since the May death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

The Quad-Cities area has been no different. There have been a number of protests, and government officials and representatives of the NAACP and other groups said recently they have been discussing those issues together.

The NAACP has been meeting with the police agencies in Scott County \u2014 the county\u2019s sheriff\u2019s office and the Davenport and Bettendorf police departments \u2014 to discuss concerns over restraint tactics like choke holds and racial profiling as a problem, Larry Roberson, president of the Davenport branch of the NAACP, said Monday. Read more.

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5. Arconic Davenport Works lays off 30 salaried employees

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Gov. Kim Reynolds looks at the monitor of a Zwick robotic\u00a0tensile tester with quality assurance manager Terrence Thom at Arconic Davenport Works in Bettendorf on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

Arconic Davenport Works recently laid off 30 salaried workers.

\u201cAs a result of reduced demand due to COVID-19, we are eliminating approximately 30 salaried positions at Davenport Works, effective June 30,\" read an Arconic statement on the matter.

That is in addition to the previously announced 154 hourly workers at the Riverdale facility to be placed on indefinite layoff, effective July 19. Read more.

6. Downtown Rock Island added to the National Register of Historic Places

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A mural of Sauk warrior Black Hawk, painted by artist Richard Haas on the rear of the Plaza Office Building, sits in the newly designated Downtown Rock Island Historic District.\u00a0

Standing on Rock Island's Great River Plaza on 2nd Avenue, surrounded by historic buildings, Mayor Mike Thoms stated the obvious\u00a0\u2014 Downtown Rock Island is a historic area.

The significance of Monday's announcement, though, is that now everyone else knows it too, as the multi-block area between 1st and 6th avenues, from roughly the Centennial Bridge on the west to 21st street on the east has been\u00a0officially added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The listing administered by the National Park Service adds an element of prestige and means that people wanting to redevelop historic buildings in the area will be eligible for both federal and state historic tax credits to help finance their projects. Read more.

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GENESIS BIRTHCENTER DAVENPORT

Katie Seibert, Bettendorf; girl, Tuesday, June 16.\u00a0

Cameron Heberling and Jaylyn Phipps, Davenport; boy, Tuesday, June 23.\u00a0

Alexis Hagger, Davenport; boy, Wednesday, June 24.\u00a0

Bridget and Brendan Smyth Davenport; boy, Wednesday, June 24.\u00a0

Ellen Brophy and Gabriel McCay, Davenport; girl,\u00a0Wednesday, June 24.\u00a0

Jessica Witherell-Smith and Matthew Smith, Muscatine; girl, Thursday, June 25.\u00a0

Andrey and Andrew Hanssen, Eldridge; boy,\u00a0Thursday, June 25.

Kasandra and Brad Brenny, Bettendorf; girl,\u00a0Thursday, June 25.

Hailey Reth and Thaddeus Walker Davenport; boy, Saturday, June 27.\u00a0

Melissa Coleman\u00a0and Conrad Utley, Davenport; girl,\u00a0Saturday, June 27.\u00a0

Erica and Andrew Wright, East Moline; girl,\u00a0Saturday, June 27.\u00a0

Kelsey and Patrick Mesick, LeClaire; girl,\u00a0Saturday, June 27.\u00a0

Erika and Eric Luken, Colona; girl, Sunday, June 28.\u00a0

Morgan and Harris Waterman, Bettendorf; boy, Monday, June 29.

Brittany and Adam Thiese, Davenport; boy, Monday, June 29.

Brandi and Marcelino Diaz, Davenport; boy, Tuesday, June 30.

Brittney and Justin Glenn, Port Byron; girl, Wednesday, July 1.

Laura and Eli Mayfield, Davenport; boy, Thursday, July 2.\u00a0

Shavonda Oliver and Keelan Hester, Davenport; girl,\u00a0Thursday, July 2.\u00a0

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(CNN) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Monday the status of the coronavirus pandemic in the US is \"really not good\" as new cases surge across the country.

\"We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this. And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline,\" Fauci said in Facebook Live interview with National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins.

\"The European Union as an entity, it went up and then came down to baseline,\" he continued. \"Now they're having little blips, as you might expect, as they try to reopen. We went up, never came down to baseline, and now it's surging back up. So it's a serious situation that we have to address immediately.\"

His comments come as coronavirus cases continue to soar in the US -- with at least 32 states reporting higher rates of new cases this week compared to the last, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Nearly 3 million Americans have been infected with the virus and more than 129,000 have died.

Fauci on Monday pointed to \"a series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up\" too early as a key factor in the virus' surge and emphasized the US \"should use the public health effort as a vehicle and a pathway to get to safe reopening.\"

\"So we've got to make sure that we don't create this binary type thing of 'it's us against them,'\" he said of public health efforts and the US economy.

\"It's not. We're all in it together.\"

Fauci's assessment builds on the stark warning he issued to lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week, telling them he wouldn't be surprised if the US sees new cases of coronavirus rising to a level of 100,000 a day.

\"We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around and so I am very concerned,\" Fauci told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

He specifically expressed dismay over people congregating in crowds and not wearing masks and inadequate attention being paid to guidelines on reopening.

\"We're going to continue to be in a lot of trouble,\" he said. \"And there's going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop.\"

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International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities.

The guidelines, issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, provide additional pressure for universities to reopen even amid growing concerns about the recent spread of COVID-19 among young adults. Colleges received the guidance the same day that some institutions, including Harvard University, announced that all instruction will be offered remotely.

President Donald Trump has insisted that schools and colleges return to in-person instruction as soon as possible. Soon after the guidance was released, Trump repeated on Twitter that schools must reopen this fall, adding that Democrats want to keep schools closed \"for political reasons, not for health reasons.\"

\"They think it will help them in November. Wrong, the people get it!\" Trump wrote.

Under the updated rules, international students must take at least some of their classes in person. New visas will not be issued to students at schools or programs that are entirely online. And even at colleges offering a mix of in-person and online courses this fall, international students will be barred from taking all their classes online.

It creates an urgent dilemma for thousands of international students who became stranded in the U.S. last spring after the coronavirus forced their schools to move online. Those attending schools that are staying online must \"depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction,\" according to the guidance.

The American Council on Education, which represents university presidents, said the guidelines are \"horrifying\" and will result in confusion as schools look for ways to reopen safely.

Of particular concern is a stipulation saying students won't be exempt from the rules even if an outbreak forces their schools online during the fall term. It's unclear what would happen if a student ended up in that scenario but faced travel restrictions from their home country, said Terry Hartle, the council's senior vice president.

\"It's going to cause enormous confusion and uncertainty,\" Hartle said. \"ICE is clearly creating an incentive for institutions to reopen, regardless of whether or not the circumstances of the pandemic warrant it.\"

The international education group NAFSA blasted the rules and said schools should be given the authority to make decisions that are right for their own campuses. It said the guidance \"is harmful to international students and puts their health and well-being and that of the entire higher education community at risk.\"

Nearly 400,000 foreigners received student visas in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, down more than 40% from four years earlier. School administrations partly blame visa processing delay.

Colleges across the U.S. were already expecting sharp decreases in international enrollment this fall, but losing all international students could be disastrous for some. Many depend on tuition revenue from international students, who typically pay higher tuition rates. Last year, universities in the U.S. attracted nearly 1.1 million students from abroad.

Trump's critics were quick to attack the new guidelines. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, said the \"cruelty of this White House knows no bounds.\"

\"Foreign students are being threatened with a choice: risk your life going to class in-person or get deported,\" Sanders said in a tweet. \"We must stand up to Trump's bigotry. We must keep all our students safe.\"

Dozens of colleges have said they plan to offer at least some classes in person this fall, but some say it's too risky. The University of Southern California last week reversed course on a plan to bring students to campus, saying classes will be hosted primarily or exclusively online. Harvard on Monday said it will invite first-year students to live on campus, but classes will stay online.

Immigration authorities suspended certain requirements for international students early in the pandemic, but colleges were awaiting guidance on what would happen this fall. ICE notified schools of the changes Monday and said a formal rule would be forthcoming.

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