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A good Wednesday to all. Another frosty start for the Quad-Cities. Early morning temperatures are in the teens so you will want to bundle up before heading out this morning.

Here is the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

1. Sunny today, Thursday

Today will be sunny with a high near 38 degrees and a low around 18 degrees.

Thursday will be sunny with a high near 42 degrees and a low around 29 degrees.

Stay tuned, looks like snow is on the horizon for Friday night and Saturday.

\u2022 7 day forecast

2. Davenport schools expecting less money from state

\"Cindy

Cindy Winckler

Iowa Rep. Cindy Winckler shared \u201cthe good, the bad and the ugly of our state budget\u201d with the Davenport School Board during an open forum at Tuesday night\u2019s meeting.

Winckler cited the board\u2019s five-year plan that, while not set in stone, was originally pinned to hopes the district could get more than 1 percent in supplemental state aid. While the board won\u2019t know for sure what the funding level will be until mid-February, that hope will likely remain unfulfilled.

\u201cSince we are no longer setting supplemental state aid 18 months out, the school funding level that will be a part of that revenue estimating conference will be 0 percent,\u201d she said. \u201cAnything else that the Legislature decides will be coming out of new revenue; we\u2019re talking about $101.7 million increase. \u2026 We\u2019ve already spent it about three different times. We do have to have a balanced budget.\u201d

Winckler, a Democrat, said she was sharing this information because the board will be well into making decisions about next year\u2019s budget before the state supplemental aid is set.

\u201cIt does not look very bright,\u201d she said. Read more.

3. 5th Avenue road closure in Moline

\"Road
Road closed sign

The city of Moline reports that 5th Avenue will be closed to traffic from 13th to 14th streets today. Water Distribution will be installing a new service line. Work will begin at 7 a.m., and is estimated to be completed and open to traffic by the end of business day.

4. Davenport man accused of breaking into home, assaulting two women

\"Brandon

Brandon Scott Hagedorn

A Davenport man on probation in a drug case was arrested Monday on charges accusing him of breaking into a home and assaulting two women.

Brandon Scott Hagedorn, 22, of the 1000 block of North Pine Street, faces charges of first-degree burglary, assault while participating in a felony, third-degree criminal mischief and domestic abuse assault. Read more.

5. Mead movement: Quad-Cities' first meadery to open Thursday

\"Bootleg

Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, 321 E. 2nd St., Davenport, is slated to open on Thursday.\u00a0

Of the many questions Rick Harris fields about his business, the top one is this: \u201cWhat is mead?\u201d And he expects to get that question even more starting on Thursday, when his Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, the Quad-Cities\u2019 first meadery, opens its doors on East 2nd Street in downtown Davenport.

Mead, which is made by fermenting honey and often likened to honey wine, is a rather under-the-radar alcoholic drink, Harris said, though it is picking up buzz around the country. Read more.

Bootleg Hill Honey Meads

6. Brewed Book gets $75,000 grant to expand

\"The

The Brewed Book on Harrison Street, Davenport, has received a $75,000 state grant to help with expansion into the back half of the building.

The Brewed Book, a used bookstore/coffee shop in the Hilltop Campus Village area of Davenport, has received a $75,000 Main Street grant to double the size of the store and build two apartments upstairs. Read more.

BONUS 6. Sylvan Island closed today for training

\"Sylvan

FILE: Volunteers work during an Earth Day cleanup event co-hosted by the city of Moline and other organizations in April on Sylvan Island. The island will be closed on Wednesday for training.

Sylvan Island in Moline will be temporarily closed to the public today for police officer tactical training. The island will reopen at sunrise on Thursday.

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A craft fair will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Buffalo Community Center, 426 Clark St., Buffalo, to raise money for the Buffalo Days Angel Tree.

The goal is to make sure children have things to open on Christmas Day.

In addition to handmade craft items, there will be raffles, a lunch, baked goods and a coffee bar.

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A nonprofit environmental organization has set up shop in Davenport to provide free energy audits and low-cost winterization work in the homes of people who are low-income, elderly, disabled or veterans.

Residents of Scott, Clinton, Muscatine and Cedar counties are eligible, and one does not need to own the home to have the work done.

Called the Green Iowa AmeriCorps, the four-member group opened its office in September within Community Action of Eastern Iowa, 53rd and Brady streets, Jasleen Dhillon, outreach coordinator, said.

The group is coordinated by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, headquartered at Cedar Falls. The group has offices at more than a half dozen locations around the state.

Major funding comes from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service; the Corps for National and Community Service, a federal program created in 1993; and UNI.

In doing an energy audit, a member of the team will first check a house for gas leaks and safety issues, Dhillon said.

The auditor will then check for air leaks by doing what is known as a blower door test in which a house is pressurized so that one can see where leaks are occurring, she explained.

If there are leaks, a team member will help to plug them up by caulking, weather-stripping doors or even putting plastic over windows.

Each audited home also receives eight free LED light bulbs and two free aerators to reduce the amount of water flowing from a faucet while still maintaining pressure, Dhillon said. A team member also will install a low-flow shower head.

In addition to the audits and weatherization, the group provides environmental education programs for children and the general public. Examples of work done with children might include talking to a group at the YMCA, she said.

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A new podcast on nutrition and wellness will air Wednesdays, beginning today, on WVIK, the Quad-Cities' National Public Radio station, featuring University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator Kristin Bogdonas.

Called Wellness Wake Up Call, the podcast will air during Morning Edition at 6:45 a.m., 7:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on WVIK-90.3 FM in the Quad-Cities and 95.9 FM in Dubuque. A recording also will be available on WVIK\u2019s website or on podcast apps.

The podcast will provide news and information to promote healthy lifestyles in the Quad-Cities and beyond. Today's episode will be on diabetes.

The program is part of WVIK's digital expansion, which includes other podcasts such as Talking Art and RiverWays Stories, up-to-the-minute news on the station's website, and on-demand music program listening, according to a news release.

Bogdonas provides nutrition and wellness programming to Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties. She has a master's of public health degree from  Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She writes a blog called “Turnip the Beet!” at the University of Illinois’s website web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs and a column called \"Start the Week Off Right\" in the Quad-City Times.

The podcast is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and The Planning Center in Moline.

WVIK is a public service of Augustana College, Rock Island.

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At Pleasant Valley School District the list is short and sweet but not too sweet. In other districts, the list is lengthy and detailed.

Although Iowa Quad-City school districts all must adhere to federal guidelines, they differ in policies that determine what snacks can be brought to classrooms.

Just this school year, the Pleasant Valley School District implemented a policy that, according to Cindy Lewis, director of elementary education, gives parents confidence in what their children will eat in the classroom. Pleasant Valley has had guidelines for some time for snacks being brought into schools. But after an advisory team meeting in 2017, the list was tweaked even more.

\u201cWe\u2019re not trying to make parents crazy,\u201d Lewis said. \u201cWe\u2019re saying to parents you can be confident that the snacks that another student in your child\u2019s classroom brings in are going to be on this list.\u201d

There are some exceptions. If a teacher wants to throw a party because her class has read 100 books, for example, she sends a note to the parents saying what will be served and the parents have the opportunity to opt out.

Homemade snacks have been on the banned list for some time. If the district can't be sure what's in the snack, it can't be served at school.

Parent responses have been mixed to the new restrictions, Lewis said. \u201cSome parents feel like we\u2019ve overstepped. They want to bring candy.\u201d

Acceptable items are fresh or cupped fruit, fresh vegetables, reduced-fat string cheese, plain Rice Krispies treats, pudding cups (fat-free preferred), SkinnyPop popcorn, certain kinds of Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish or Pretzels (whole grain preferred) and Lay's baked chips.

Items cannot contain nuts or be made in a facility that uses shared equipment.

\u201cWe\u2019re rolling it out first in the elementary schools,\u201d Lewis said. \u201cCan you choose this, not that, and still have a lovely party? I believe you can.\u201d\u00a0

So does Julia Marbach, of Bettendorf, who is among a group of parents interested in school wellness in Scott County.

\u201cI believe children can best realize a healthier student environment when our school and community leaders are asked (and positively supported) to lift up nutrition standards when snacks are shared during the school day,\u201c Marbach said.

She wants to see all schools in Iowa follow best practices in the state. Marbach has reached out to Quad-City organizations including the Quad-City Health Initiative, United Way of the Quad-Cities Area and Iowa State Extension to help promote best practices in Scott County schools.

Bettendorf School District: The celebration snack list is \u201cnut aware.\u201d

District nurses, director of nutrition services and administrators developed a list of safe snacks for students. According to the policy: \u201cWe have listened to feedback from parents and are providing a revised list that may be used for either daily or celebration snacks.\"

The celebration foods on the list are acceptable for birthdays, holiday parties and at the teacher\u2019s discretion. Parents are asked to limit treats to one snack per student. Food cannot contain nuts or be made in a facility that uses shared equipment.

Foods must be store-bought, brand-name specific and come in the original packages.

The list notes that the district does not consider all the items on the list to be healthy. Celebration snacks include specific baked goods, candy (one item per student per day), cereal bars, specific kinds of crackers, pretzels and popcorn, certain fruits and vegetables and some frozen snacks.

Davenport School District: Coni Dobbels, supervisor of food and nutrition at Davenport Schools, says the district list posted on its website are suggestions for parents who want to bring healthier snacks to the classrooms.

The list was developed, she said, because a parent approached the district about suggestions for healthy snacks.

\"We try to educate and help parents and teachers,\" Dobbels said. Each school within the district can use its discretion about what students can bring to the classroom.

On the Healthy School Snacks list are fruits, including applesauce, individual fruit cups and frozen fruit bars, along with vegetables in raw or dehydrated forms.

North Scott School District: Amy Guerrero, food services director, said the district\u2019s safe snack list primarily addresses snacks safe for children with allergies.

A Smart Snack list includes items that parents should send to school, and only items on the smart snack list are sold in the buildings, she said.

Items on the elementary-school safe snack list are approved to be shared for special occasions. Only the items on the list are allowed in the classroom.

According to the policy, \u201cIf a snack is brought in and is not on the list, it will be sent home.\u201d

Not all foods on the list are considered to be healthy, the policy notes. It includes Cheetos Jumbo Puffs, several kinds of Tostitos chips and Cheez-It crackers, along with Twizzlers, Tootsie Rolls, baked chips and varieties of cheese and yogurt.

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Rep. Cindy Winckler shared \u201cthe good, the bad and the ugly of our state budget\u201d with the Davenport School Board during an open forum at Tuesday night\u2019s meeting.

Winckler cited the board\u2019s five-year plan that, while not set in stone, was originally pinned to hopes the district could get more than 1 percent in supplemental state aid. While the board won\u2019t know for sure what the funding level will be until mid-February, that hope will likely remain unfulfilled.

\u201cSince we are no longer setting supplemental state aid 18 months out, the school funding level that will be a part of that revenue estimating conference will be 0 percent,\u201d she said. \u201cAnything else that the Legislature decides will be coming out of new revenue; we\u2019re talking about $101.7 million increase. \u2026 We\u2019ve already spent it about three different times. We do have to have a balanced budget.\u201d

Winckler, a Democrat, said she was sharing this information because the board will be well into making decisions about next year\u2019s budget before the state supplemental aid is set.

\u201cIt does not look very bright,\u201d she said. \u201cOur revenue last year was 4.9 percent increase, but they never projected something as low as we\u2019re seeing in that October revenue estimating conference. I wish I had better news.\u201d

Republican tax cuts were cited by Winckler as a cause for the lack of funding, and the goal with the cuts was to \u201cmake the business climate more attractive.\u201d

\u201cIt\u2019s amazing to me that they never realize that investing in education is the biggest impact you can have on a positive business climate,\u201d Winckler said.\u00a0\u00a0

The board also heard update from Interim Superintendent TJ Schneckloth about on ongoing special education audit and Associate Superintendent Bill Schneden on disproportionality issues that have long plagued the district and triggered threats of more oversight from the state.

Davenport will attend the Iowa State School Board on Wednesday morning

\u201cIn this short time, we have really worked hard to be on the same page as our state adviser,\" the interim superintendent said. \"She speaks for the state, so we really see her as an ally, and we\u2019re working hard to utilize her.\u201d

But, admittedly, the district has \"a long way to go.\" It has reviewed only 56 percent of the individualized education plans\u00a0 \u2014 a sort of care road map for children in special education\u00a0\u2014 ordered by the state,\u00a0and only 4 percent of the hours of compensatory education have been completed.

Schneden's update on disproportionality focused on identifying key issues with data, specifically preschool opportunities, the FAST literacy program, attendance, referral rates, removals, suspensions and advanced coursework.

\u201cFor example, less that 50 percent of our kids have a preschool experience, and even fewer of our African-American kids do,\u201d he said. \u201c \u2026 We\u2019re going to be focused on the data and coming back and reporting and guiding the work around disproportionality.

\u201cIf we don\u2019t get the results from our buildings, who don\u2019t get the results from their teachers, who don\u2019t get the results from their students, we\u2019re not going to be able to accomplish this work.\u201d

In the open session, David Stage, a longtime custodian in the Davenport district and a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), asked the board to \u201cstop threatening people with outsourcing,\u201d and offered to donate 1 percent of his salary back to help balance the budget.

\u201cThis is something that we wrote up. It says \u2018I, blank, employee of the Davenport Schools \u2026 voluntarily donate 1 percent of my salary for the remainder of 2018-2019 fiscal school year \u2026 due to the lack of funding the district received from the state,\u201d Stage read from a piece of paper. \u201cIt\u2019s a shame that we even have to come here because the state\u2019s not giving us what we deserve. \u2026 We\u2019re being cheated.\u201d

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For the 33rd year, the Davenport Police Association will put on their aprons and serve a hearty Thanksgiving dinner to the clients and staff of the Handicapped Development Center on Hickory Grove Road.

Officers will be on hand to greet and serve the patrons of the center at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

\u201cThe Davenport Police Association will again promote the spirit of Thanksgiving and kick off our holiday season with a wonderful feast for the clients and staff of the Handicapped Development Center,\u201d said Davenport Police Sgt. Eric Gruenhagen, who is president of the Davenport Police Association.

\u201cWe are very committed to our mission of community caretaking,\u201d Gruenhagen said. \u201cThe clients and staff seem to really enjoy this annual event, and the officers look forward to this celebration as well.\u201d

The Thanksgiving dinner tradition \u201cstarted long before I came around here, but it\u2019s something we\u2019ve all bought into and care about,\u201d he added. \u201cWe plan to continue the tradition for many years to come.\u201d

On Friday, the Davenport Police Association will host its ninth annual Trivia Night, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Golden Leaf Ballroom, 2902 E. Kimberly Road. Teams are to be made up of eight people and the cost is $100 per table. There is an option $20 doublers and mulligans.

The event will feature cash prizes, door prizes and a raffle.

Money raised from the Trivia Night is used to fund the Thanksgiving dinner at the Handicapped Development Center, as well as the annual Cops and Cones and the annual toy drive for domestic violence victims.

The toy drive will be held at NorthPark Mall Dec. 15 and 16.

Police in the Illinois Quad-Cities also are making sure people have a spot at a table this Thanksgiving.

The Rock Island Police and the East Moline Police benevolent associations will be presenting a $4,000 check to Mr. Thanksgiving, Bob Vogelbaugh, to support the 48th annual Thanksgiving Dinner to be held at SouthPark Mall.

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On the day bids were opened for demolition of the Rock Island County courthouse, opposition to razing the structure was growing, with one of the bondholders now questioning the legality of the process.\u00a0

Frederick Shaw of Inverness, Ill., sent a seven-page letter Tuesday to members of the public building commission and county board members claiming use of bond money to tear down the courthouse is illegal.\u00a0

\"I urge you to reconsider, as this action is contrary to representations made by the (commission) in the bond disclosure to induce investors to purchase the bonds,\" Shaw's letter states. \"It also appears that pursuit of either intended course would violate the Public Building Commission Act.\"

Shaw, who works in the banking industry, contends that using excess bond money to demolish the courthouse would be in violation of the bond disclosure and the Illinois Public Building Commission Act.\u00a0He holds $10,000 in bonds for the project.\u00a0

\"They want to take excess proceeds from the bonds and treat that money like a slush fund for a politician's wish list,\" Shaw told the Dispatch-Argus on Tuesday.\u00a0\"Someone wants to have their Taj Mahal with the new courthouse.\"

In February 2016, the commission sold $28 million in bonds to build a new courthouse, called an \u201cannex\u201d to the justice center. The commission will own the building and lease it to the county under a plan approved by the county board, also in February 2016.

Amid public protest, board members approved an intergovernmental agreement in July to transfer the deed of the current courthouse to the commission, which will use $1.6 million in excess bond money to pay for asbestos abatement, demolition and eventual landscaping.\u00a0

The annex, estimated to be completed later this year, will officially be referred to as the courthouse once the current structure is razed.\u00a0

In his letter, Shaw referred to a section in the bond resolution which states changes can only be made with approval of a two-thirds supermajority of registered bondholders.\u00a0

\"To proceed as planned without this consent is a breach of the commissioners' fiduciary duty to the bondholders,\" Shaw said.\u00a0

According to the bond resolution, Shaw said additional bond money must be used only for the purpose of paying the principal of and interest in the bonds.\u00a0

Shaw said commissioners \"are thereby trustees for the bondholders, with the commensurate fiduciary duty to ensure these funds are never converted for other purposes.\"

Shaw said he is considering filing suit against the commission to prevent the use of bond money for courthouse demolition. Another option, he said, would be an order of mandamus, which requires officials to comply with state law.

Shaw said a legal opinion the county obtained from Chicago law firm Chapmon and Cutler LLP in April that supports the commission's use of bond money for demolition does not apply to bond holders.

\"This was written as a cover your (expletive) for the county,\" Shaw said.\u00a0

Rock Island County States Attorney John McGehee said Shaw's letter is nothing more than an opinion.\u00a0\u00a0

\"If he thinks he has a case, he needs to bring legal action in Rock Island County,\" McGehee said. \"There are some new arguments that he raises that have not been raised before.

\"We don't have privity of contract with bondholders; there may be a separate agreement with others, (for example) the banks that give the money out. It could be a complex legal analysis whether we have an obligation to bondholders.\"

McGehee said the action of filing a lawsuit will not stop the courthouse from being razed, which had a tentative demolition date of Dec. 31.\u00a0

\"There would have to be a court order to stop demolition,\" McGehee said. \"A judge would have to listen to the arguments and make a decision whether to stop the project or not. There has no been no order for stopping; it will proceed until there is a court order.\"

\"Mr. McGehee is doing what he's supposed to do, which is protect the county board, and not taxpayers or bondholders,\" Shaw said. \"When you are a bondholder, it places a higher responsibility on you.\u00a0

\"It's a cavalier attitude on what can be done with the excess proceeds of the bonds,\" Shaw said. \"Why do county leaders want to burden the taxpayers with the additional cost of demolition? If the courthouse is not solid, why hasn't it collapsed from the weight of the recorder of deeds office? Other than the politician's egos, there is no reason to demolish the courthouse.\"\u00a0

Shaw joins an ever-expanding group of courthouse supporters, including preservation groups from Moline and Rock Island, local architects, several county board members and Moline architect Italo Milani, who filed suit against the county last month asking for a judicial review of the use of bond funds for demolition.\u00a0

The historic courthouse, completed in 1897, was designed by the Kansas City architectural firm of Gunn & Curtis in the Spanish renaissance style and has a Bedford limestone exterior.\u00a0

Phil Thiele, project manager for Gilbane Building Co., the contractor overseeing construction of the Justice Center annex, opened bids at a meeting Tuesday morning at the county office building attended by courthouse supporters, Chief Justice Walter Braud, county board chairman Ken \"Moose\" Maranda, board member Jeff Deppe, County Administrator Jim Snider, and Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos.\u00a0

Thiele said\u00a0Gilbane has not reviewed all the bids yet, but that they appear to be under budget. He said bids were submitted from Valley Construction, Centennial Contractors, and Advanced Environmental for the three categories of asbestos abatement, demolition, and landscaping.\u00a0

Snider said the commission will likely hold a special meeting to recommend awarding bids.\u00a0

Public building commission secretary Deb Welling could not be reached for comment.\u00a0

\"I have an interest in preservation and have researched Gunn & Curtis,\" Shaw said. \"Demolishing the building does not make sense financially or aesthetically. There has been no effort by the (commission) or county board to market it to private investors for adaptive re-use.\u00a0

\"I'm surprised (commissioners) haven't received approval from the city of Rock Island,\" Shaw said. \"They have to get that to proceed in order to have lawful action.\"\u00a0

Rock Island City Manager Randy Tweet said the city is unaware of any such requirement, but added city attorney Dave Morrison is looking into matter.\u00a0

\"There are county board members who have been misled on the facts,\" Shaw said. \"I'm stunned by the blatant disregard of voters of Rock Island County.\"

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OTTUMWA, Iowa \u2014 Distancing herself from fellow Republican Steve King, Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday said the outspoken congressman should consider whether his rhetoric and actions represent the \"values\" of his district.

\"Steve King needs to make a decision if he wants to represent the people and the values of the 4th District or do something else, and I think he needs to just take a look at that,\" Reynolds told reporters.

Reynolds, who narrowly defeated Democrat Fred Hubbell for her first four-year term as governor Tuesday, was repeatedly asked about King in the closing days of the contest. Hubbell called repeatedly for Reynolds to remove King as a co-chairman of her campaign, citing his anti-immigrant statements and support for white nationalist politicians.

Her remarks Tuesday came during her first news conference since the Nov. 6 election, when a reporter asked about the thoughts on the increased controversy surrounding King. At the press gathering in Ottumwa, Reynolds said she hasn't spoken directly with King since the election and she doesn't have any plans to meet with him in the near future, saying she is currently busy preparing the new state budget.

King beat Democrat J.D. Scholten, 50 percent to 47 percent, by far the closest margin of victory in his nine previous elections in the most Republican of Iowa's congressional districts. In the final two weeks of the campaign, King weathered a series of attacks for his support of a white nationalist candidate for Toronto mayor and meeting with member of an Austrian political party with historic ties to the Nazi Party.

In an interview with Radio Iowa also in Ottumwa on Wednesday, Reynolds said of King's close call in the election, \"I think this would be a pretty good confirmation from his constituents that they would like to see more of him.\"

At his post-election victory party, King blasted his critics and the \"onslaught of an attempt to Kavanaugh-ize me ... like this state has never seen, and like maybe America has never seen.\"

Scholten, a former professional baseball player and paralegal also penned an op-ed in USA Today on Tuesday in which he assessed his near miss against King in a district with 70,000 more registered Republican voters than registered Democrats.

\"So why does Steve King get re-elected?\" Scholten said in the op-ed. \"The best I can sum it up is that it\u2019s a numbers game, combined with the way the media works in small towns and the increasingly urban-centric Democratic Party leaving districts like this one behind.\"

Scholten suggested that in the many small town newspapers that serve the 39-county district, King \"doesn\u2019t create the same headlines that he does nationally.\"

\"Some of the national headlines break through. But for the most part, if you are a farmer on your combine listening to talk radio and getting reports about record low soybean prices, your congressman meeting with Neo-Nazis or tweeting in support of a Toronto mayoral candidate who is a white nationalist just seems far away from day-to-day life,\" Scholten wrote in the piece.

Scholten, who has not ruled out another run, begins a two-day \"thank you tour\" of five cities in the district on Wednesday. In Northwest Iowa, he has scheduled events at noon Thursday at Minerva's Restaurant & Bar, 1405 Highway 71 North, in Okoboji, and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Jackson Street Brewing, 607 Fifth St.

Rod Boshart of The Gazette contributed to this story.

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A roundup of state government and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday:

APPRENTICESHIPS TOUTED: Gov. Kim Reynolds encouraged Iowans and Iowa businesses Tuesday to explore registered apprenticeship opportunities as a way for the state to address its \u201cskills gap\u201d in the workplace.

The governor traveled to the Ottumwa Job Corps Center \u2014 the nation\u2019s largest career technical training and education program for low-income youth, ages 16 through 24 \u2014 to promote expansion of apprenticeship training opportunities within the state.

Last session the Legislature passed and Reynolds signed legislation providing $1 million in grant money to help small to midsized organizations start registered apprenticeship programs in high-demand occupations.

Mark Douglas, director of the Ottumwa center, said Iowa is leading the nation in workforce training initiatives, and the Ottumwa training center is considered a national model for apprenticeship training.

\u201cIn the past several years, Iowa has started many innovative registered apprenticeship programs from a beekeeper to a winemaker,\u201d said Greer Sisson of the U.S. Department of Labor.

\u201cRegistered apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction and a portable, nationally recognized credential,\u201d she said.

As of Oct. 30, Iowa had 754 active registered apprenticeship programs and more than 8,000 registered apprentices.

NEW STATE TAX TABLES: The Iowa Department of Revenue is issuing new income tax withholding tables for 2019 to better align with recent changes in state tax laws.

For individuals, the changes means that employers will be reducing the amount of Iowa tax withheld from employees\u2019 paychecks, beginning Jan. 1, resulting in higher take-home wages for individuals.

The changes to the withholding tables, which have remained the same since 2006, are designed to align the amount of income tax employers send to the state.

The new deductions reflect the income tax cut the Legislature passed and the governor signed last spring.

The department estimates this change will result in a reduction of $273 million in state income tax withholding in 2019.

Over the next five years, the state will continue to adjust the withholding tables as needed to reflect the phasing in of tax legislation.

PRISON INMATE DIES: Henry Lee Whitfield, 69, an inmate at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville, died due to natural causes Friday.

The prison inmate was pronounced dead in a hospice room where he had been housed due to chronic illness.

Whitfield had been serving a lifetime sentence on first-degree kidnapping and second-degree sexual abuse charges in Scott County. His incarceration began on Dec. 18, 1980, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections.

\u2014 Times Bureau

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A Davenport advisory board is calling for tobacco products to be banned from the city\u2019s parks and golf courses, citing public health concerns associated with the addictive substances.

Parks and recreation board members on Tuesday approved a resolution by a vote of 9-1 in support of a blanket ban in all facilities overseen by the parks department. Along with that action, the board asked parks staff to work with Scott County public health officials to draft a new policy particular to Davenport.

Putting such a policy into practice would require the city council to hear and approve an ordinance or resolution. Under possible rules the advisory board considered, a ban could apply to all tobacco products, a broad designation that includes chewing tobacco, snuff and electronic smoking devices commonly known as e-cigarettes or vaporizers.

Options for enforcement ranged from fining smokers to having local authorities make them leave park property.

Kim Mills, who works with Scott County\u2019s public health department and gave a presentation Tuesday advocating for a tobacco-free policy, told the board that smoking in public parks often ends with a higher presence of discarded cigarette butts, which poses a health concern for children and animals. She also said a ban is \u201cnot just about limiting rights\u201d for smokers. \u00a0

\u201cIt\u2019s about health,\u201d she added.

The move comes more than 10 years after the state banned smoking in public buildings and most businesses. Since then, nearly 100 policies have been enacted around the state to deal with smoking or vaping in city parks, Mills said.

Richard Thomas, the chairman of the advisory board, noted the resolution members approved demonstrates the board\u2019s favorable opinion of a ban, saying \u201chopefully the powers that be will move forward\u201d when a drafted ordinance reaches City Hall.

The lone dissenting vote came from Wendy Peterson of the 6th Ward. She said she didn\u2019t have enough information \u201cto even think about\u201d a blanket tobacco ban, questioning how such restrictions would apply when the parks are used for private functions such as wedding receptions. She added that she personally does not smoke or like to see others doing so.

Past efforts to ban tobacco products in the city\u2019s parks have failed. In 2011, a similar proposal was discussed by aldermen, but it fizzled out after some said it would be too burdensome for Davenport's police force.\u00a0

Parks board members also said they want to see a final draft of the rules before forwarding them to city hall for consideration. The advisory board is scheduled to meet again next month.

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We launched Paper Jams, an intimate concert series held in the Quad-City Times newsroom, on May 4.\u00a0

Since then, musical acts such as Liz Moen, Lissie, Yes You Are and Esme Patterson have performed short acoustic sets near the front of our newsroom. We've hosted local bands such as Condor and Jaybird and bands coming from all over the country, including, most recently, Blue Water Highway, a indie/Americana band from Austin, Texas that played a Paper Jams on Saturday.\u00a0

To catch a Paper Jams live, follow the Quad-City Times Facebook page at facebook.com/qctimes.

You can also listen to the stripped-back tunes by watching the videos, which each typically run less than 15 minutes, below.\u00a0

Paper Jams
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